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Moto Guzzi April 19, 2019 posted by Donn

Idiosyncratic – 1987 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000SE

The Le Mans' long history included a run of just 100 Special Editions for 1987, in classic red and white.  This NorCal example is in surprising condition for its age and miles.

1987 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 SE for sale on eBay

The Le Mans was already venerable in 1987, having been introduced in 1976, and the 1000 SE was essentially a Mk. IV design with a few DeTomaso-era details.  Based on the square-head Le Mans III, the 948cc longitudinal twin pushes 81 hp at a modest 7,400 rpm.  The crankshaft sits low in the traditional downtube frame, the long chassis providing a stable platform, made a little snappier by the 16-inch front wheel.  Classic eighties livery is making a high speed pass when parked.

Having somehow survived 30-plus years and almost 28,000 miles, this SE has just a few scrapes to show for it.  K&N filters, head guards, and Corbin seat are signature updates.  Not much maintenance history in the comments but the compromise handlebars are admitted in the eBay auction:

This bike is all original except that the stock clip-on handle bars have been replaced by a standard handle bar. The handle bar now on the bike makes for a more comfortable riding position. Very good condition, fully sorted, runs well, needs absolutely nothing. I ride this bike frequently around the San Francisco Bay area. California title and current registration. The only obvious cosmetic flaw is a small scratch on the left rear seat bodywork, shown in one photo. The bike is entirely unrestored with all original paint, decals, and seat. A Corbin seat also comes with the bike and is shown in one photo.

The Le Mans 1000 reviewed as a European thoroughbred, not at the leading edge of technology but a torquey bullet.  Some may find it a bit of an ask for such a rider, but as they say, no more are being made.  Despite its rubs and chips, this one is complete, nearly correct, and operational.

-donn

Idiosyncratic – 1987 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000SE
Honda April 16, 2019 posted by Donn

De-Stabilization – 1983 Honda CB1000F

This Florida owner shows a few other classic -80's machines behind, but this unrestored CB1000F might be the one to cut away from the herd !

1983 Honda CB1100F for sale on eBay

Honda's was looking deep into the corner and the vee-four 750 was brand new, but before the carburetted inline four left the sport category, displacement was increased to 1,062 cc's and 38mm carbs delivered 110 hp.  Just oversquare 69mm stroke kept torque up there at 72 ft.-lbs.  Though still a typical twin-downtube, the chassis was beefed up and sported 39mm forks and a box-section swingarm.  Dampers were premium with air-adjustable anti-dive forks and adjustable twin rear shocks.  More UJM than sport, the 18-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel kept seat height low.  Brakes reflected the 543 lbs. dry weight with three 296mm disks.

Obviously a fan from the looks of the garage, this owner has taken nice care of his reference CB1100F.  The preservation of the deep blue paint and black engine finish is as rare as the factory black chrome exhaust.  Just a few rubs tell of its 21,000 miles.  The owner is correct that at this age, most have been disassembled, restored, and altered.  From the eBay auction:

Original bodywork with original paint and factory original 4-2 black chrome exhaust. All in excellent condition with only minor imperfections. Tank is dent free with no trace of rust inside original key opens all the locks, tool kit and original owners manual included,  seat is perfect, no nicks or anything. I put 3000 miles on it last year, just put on new tires, all carburetor O-rings have been changed, then carbs synced, only ethanol free gas used. new o-ring chain, old one was fine, but old is all, This bike is 100% ready to ride and enjoy, no modifications, just stock and original.

As you can see in the pictures, this bike is in excellent condition. hard to find one that has not been apart, repainted or screwed with especially in the awesome blue paint scheme. one minor scuff on right fairing, hard to get to show up in pics some oxidation under aluminum clear coat in spots as well, but a really nice bike, always get compliments. Tires are new Dunlops in original factory sizes.

Honda tweaked the CB1100F until it did pretty much everything well - it got high marks for usable power, stable handling, and comfortable cockpit.  Answering the escalating power competition, it ran a quarter in just over 11 seconds, and Honda quality insured popularity.  Starting out at a reasonable $4,900, this example should do better - last January a red one with less miles brought $9,350 at Mecum in Vegas.  Sure to be a hit at a show or cruise night, this CB1100F marks a sweet spot in Honda history and owner care.

-donn

De-Stabilization – 1983 Honda CB1000F
Yamaha March 31, 2019 posted by Donn

Fall Clearance Sale – 1992 Yamaha TZR250R-SP

Pictured in a lush garden, this barely used TZR250R-SP is actually old enough to import without EPA scrutiny.  Up for sale at the end of summer in Cape Town means a close-up inspection might be a project, but this example is at least a great what if ? - conversation starter.

1992 Yamaha TZR250-SP for sale on eBay

TZR250 production started in 1986 with a parallel twin engine, and was upgraded to a V-twin when the model was re-designed for 1991.  Some sources says the -SP used a larger carburetor, and all models used Yamaha's Power Valve System to stretch the torque band.  45 hp was mandated in Japan, but once released from its electronic bonds, the engine is capable of a reliable 60 hp.  It's got a small copy of the DeltaBox alloy chassis, and an early adoption of upside-down forks.  A few different swingarms were used, this one the asymmetrical, allowing the rear exhaust to pass under the bike.

Good export histories from these years are hard to come by, but most TZR's were for the JDM, with occasional exports around the Pacific.  Sport Production seems to be limited to 500 units.  No word on the history of this particular machine, but the mileage is seriously low and condition appears excellent.  Aftermarket exhaust and budget shipping are noted in the eBay auction:

Rare superb condition 1992 TZR250R-SP  (3XV-5).

One of only 500 produced.
Original factory body panels and paint. 
Low mileage 2554Km (1576 miles).
The buyer has a choice between the original exhaust silencers or the aftermarket Dog Fight R silencers which are depicted in the photos.
 
Worldwide shipping is available!
Shipping cost to any port of entry in:
North America : $950

Yamaha's 1/4-liter machines are rarely seen, though the sunset of their emissions requirement has brought more recent imports of the later 3XV's.  Never cheap, their quality and tech gave Big Red a run for their money.  The buyer will have to determine whether this example has been de-restricted, and if there are any long past secrets.  If yes and then no, this TZR will still be expensive but might be worth it.

-donn

Fall Clearance Sale – 1992 Yamaha TZR250R-SP
Honda March 27, 2019 posted by Donn

Learning Curve – 1992 Honda CBR400RR

Most often Rothmans livery is seen on two-stroke race replicas, but this middleweight is a 399cc inline four.  It's a grey market import from Japan, registered in Florida and looking excellent with just under 7,000 miles.

   

1992 Honda CBR400RR for sale on eBay

 

Sometimes referred to as the "baby 'Blade", the CBR400RR was developed several years earlier, but restyled in 1992 to accompany the Fireblade to the showroom.  It was also built like a larger bike, alloy twin spars of the chassis and swingarm ready for much more than the factory 59 hp.  Faired scoops deliver fresh air to the engine, by way of four 26mm flat slide carbs.  Showa suspension all around, preload-only adjustable, leaving room for enhancements.  Grown-up dual discs are 276mm, and dry weight is just 360 lbs.

 

This CBR has low miles and is nicely presented.  Some corrosion is almost to be expected but is not readily apparent.  Expert readers will have to comment on the correctness of the fairings and livery, but it's at least complete.  No word on the reason for the sale, but from an island on Florida's west coast, this owner has an hour's slog through Fort Myers to get to some open riding.  Just a couple of comments from the eBay auction:

Beautiful NC29 1992 CBR400RR in Rothmans paint.  Low miles, runs great, very clean, new battery and chain. Florida title ready to go.  Direct Japanese grey market import.

Designer Masanori Aoki was a youngish pro when he led the CBR400RR effort, staying with Honda through the 1800cc Gold Wing, and more recently the Rune factory-custom.  Designed as junior machine for learning riders, the CBR gained a great following in the sporty grey market.  Though committee-designed and conforming to Honda's value-engineering principles, it's still a high-revving, lightweight, and beautiful package.

-donn

Learning Curve – 1992 Honda CBR400RR
Yamaha March 26, 2019 posted by Donn

RZ Redux – 1984 Yamaha RZ350

A major rejuvenation of a small-bore can only start as labor of love.  This Missouri refurb concentrated on the mechanical, but the cosmetic looks great as well.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

Magazine editors said the visible frame on the RZ looked like a racebike, surrounding the water cooled vertical twin.  Since it was a road machine, Yamaha augmented the two stroke with their Power Valve System and catalytic converters.  59 hp was phenomenal for a 350.  Triple disks were great, though the lightweight suspension was adjustable for preload only.  Accented by the cool chin scoop, body work flowed from the bikini fairing to the tank, side covers and seat console.

Sitting for a generation but having covered only 8.050 miles, this RZ was given the works:

Just refurbished:

Both master cylinders and new o-rings in all calipers.

New oil lines, and fresh two-stroke oil

Fresh fork oil

Fresh gear oil

Fresh anti-freeze

New air filter

New battery

New needles and seats in the carbs

The CDI was just sent to RZ’s Unlimited to repair the infamous cold solders

Just installed the 1985 mounting kit for the lower cowl

New grommets for the side covers

It has the above mentioned new manual petcock from RZ’s Unlimited, but I will send the stock vacuum petcock with the motorcycle.

Also has a 16-tooth countershaft sprocket on right now, but I have the stock 17-tooth sprocket.

I have the tool kit, owners manual, and two keys (one original and one duplicate).

An old faux pas on the tank was addressed, but too fancily for the owner:

Both areas were repaired and they did a nice job. EXCEPT! I told them I did not want the warning stickers on the top of the tank removed. So when he repaired the damage, he cleared over the red on the tank and fairing, and you notice where he taped it off if you are close enough. The color is perfect, but it is a little brighter, because of the clear.

Light and easy to ride made the RZ350 popular, though moving over to the track brought the challenge of keeping the little kettle on the boil.  Overdue for a set of expansion chambers, the new owner might want to hang on the factory exhaust in case a move to California is ever an idea.  Bidding is brisk about halfway through the auction but hasn't met the reserve, hopefully this nice riding rehab will pay off for the owner.

-donn

 

Ducati March 22, 2019 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition

Update 3.22.2019: Now on eBay as well. Links added. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

The 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition appears only occasionally on RSBFS, and this Featured Listing is owned by a collector, in primo condition with some choice updates.  It's a rarity as only a couple of hundred were made, and is one of the high peaks of the classic Ducati superbike family.

2004 Ducati 998 Matrix for sale on eBay

The 998 had first-generation testastretta cylinder heads, with revised valve angles for better reliability and reduced maintenance, not to mention 123 hp !  Shortened intakes and electronic fuel injection improved throttle response, and an additional cooling fan whispered a prayer when caught in traffic.  The Matrix edition had top-of-the-line Showa forks, with an Öhlins monoshock, and steering damper to boot.  Brembo brakes and dry clutch are de rigueur for a Ducati superbike and the 320mm disks on the Matrix had outstanding reviews.  It's a biposto ( after all, Trinity had to have a place for the Keymaker ) but the black seats don't clash with the deep green paint.

Stephen in New York has taken nice care of this 998, equipping it with nicer Termignoni carbon underseat mufflers, a billet clutch and carbon covers that top the fairings.  Mileage is just under 9,000 and it's cleaned and detailed nicely enough to be in the dining room.  The owner's comments:

one of 217 supposedly ever built w 8976 miles
adult owned and dealer maintained
kept wrapped in heated garage and never down on a tender
Full Termignoni Carbon Fibre exhaust
Carbon Fibre top panels replacing plastic stock pieces
Billet Pressure Plate and open clutch cover
Ohlins rear shock
LED integrated tail lights
Mirror Integrated turn signals
never down w 3 minor scratches (didn't want to touch so minor)
bike has been meticulously owner maintained

Ducati got a lot of - excitement - for their product placement in the sequel, way more than GM who seemingly rolled hundreds of cars.  Likewise 998 Matrix owners, who stayed out of the -R or -SPS spending spree but still had a very sharp-edged tool.  This 998 looks to have been carefully ridden and maintained, and Stephen asks $12,000 for his copy.  He requests questions and offers by email - here -.

-donn

Featured Listing – 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition