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Yamaha January 22, 2022 posted by Donn

Display Model – 1984 Yamaha RZ350 with 1,841 Miles!

Besides being a midsize beast with 52 hp and under 400 lbs., the RZ350 was distinctive having actually been offered in the U.S. for a few years.  Today’s Kenny Roberts commemorative has been on display at the dealer since your cell phone was 2G and looks extraordinary.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

Trying to modernize a venerable engine design, Yamaha threw the book at its 347cc two-stroke, including water cooling, oil injection, their power valve port system, air injection, and a lot more for California-bound bikes.  Power delivery was peaky, with relaxed acceleration under 6,000 rpm, and whoa Nellie ! from there to the 9,500 redline.  Elsewhere it looked its $2,400 MSRP with conventional steel frame, and suspension with pre-load adjustment only, though the triple disks, alloy wheels, and sharp bikini fairing were nice touches.  Almost too obvious to mention, the classic livery celebrates the multiple AMA number 1 and first American GP champion, who went on to become a race bike builder and GP team manager.

After thirty years on display, this RZ is a fantastic piece but not ready to roll anywhere but into the workshop.  It must’ve been well back from the velvet ropes, since there’s not a scrape or bruise to be seen.  Every picture shows off its trim lines, period expansion chambers look the part, and the vapor canister missing from the engine bay seems to indicate it’s a 49-state model.  RSBFS contributors raised a collective eyebrow at the seller’s use of the word “mint” on a non-running bike, but considering it’s pushing 40 the condition is remarkable.  Just a note accompanies the eBay auction:

The RZ has been inside our dealership on display since 1991.  It is in mint condition for a 38 year old motorcycle.  It does not currently run/operate.  It has a clear Texas title.

The bike comes with 1 original key, the original owners manual, and an original Yamaha brochure.

Nothing like a stock showpiece to set the bidding on fire, and with a whole week to go this one will probably set some 350cc records.  Tires will stay wooden originals, but a few things could be shined up here and there, and maybe clean out the fuel system for the long term.  Then it’s probably off to a private museum for this RZ350, though it had a nice run in the dealership window.

-donn

Display Model – 1984 Yamaha RZ350 with 1,841 Miles!
Triumph January 20, 2022 posted by Donn

Strong Silent Type – 1999 Triumph Daytona 1200 Special Edition

The top of Triumph’s Daytona line tilted toward the GT segment, but had sporty components and aerodynamics ready for warp speeds.  This example is presented by a N.C. collector, with low miles and excellent finishes.

1999 Triumph Daytona 1200 SE for sale on eBay

Based more on the big Trophy than other Daytona’s, the 1200SE used Triumph modular engine, with revised cams and cylinder head to make a turbine smooth 147 hp.  The clutch is a little stiffer to handle the up-rated power, and Kayaba suspension is tuned for higher speeds.  The SE got 6-piston calipers for its 310mm disks to make short work of the 100-to-55 brake check.  Roomy fairing and relaxed riding position made long days cake. 

Not sure whether the seller is the collector, but this Daytona was evidently on display for an extended period.  Though tricky to photograph, the black and gold are quite elegant, and the painted forks aren’t all chipped up.  From the list of recent work it’s a safe bet that it was never de-fueled before parking, but it sounds like that’s been taken care of in the eBay auction:

This motorcycle is one of the last versions of the original Hinckley Triumphs launched in the mid-90’s. It is number 157 of the Special Edition series. Spent most of its life in a private collection with very few miles. A full service has been performed including new carb kits, new intake boots, new air filter, new throttle cable, new petcock, new spark plugs and new battery. The tank was removed and flushed. In-line storage shut-off valves installed. Recent oil and filter change. Very nice original paint and seat. Fork tubes have no pitting and seals are leak free. Everything else is leak free as well. Runs very well with no smoke.  Please see video – here –

Probably one of the nicest Special Editions out there. Nicer ones may be in museums or other collections. I did not ride this bike much, so I am not sure if there are any more bugs to be ironed out as a daily, high mileage rider. If any, it shouldn’t be serious. What I do know is, it is fast! Six pot calipers stop fast too!

Number 157 was on RSBFS back in – 2017 – and it seemed like that seller had done quite a bit of more cosmetic work.  Now with looking excellent and freshly tuned up, maybe the next owner will put some miles down.  Triumph moved quite a bit of their production to Thailand in the early 2000’s, and these Hinckley built cycles will see their collectible day come.  Until then the starting bid is low, and the hopefully the reserve will get this 1200 to a new owner in time for spring.

-donn

Strong Silent Type – 1999 Triumph Daytona 1200 Special Edition
Ducati January 18, 2022 posted by Donn

Trackday Tuesday Feature – 2012 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO Race Bike

Ducati packed a host of worthwhile changes into the 4th Generation Monster, and RSBFS reader Jonathan has modified his extensively for the racetrack.  With its Paul Smart style fairing, NCR look belly pan, and custom race-prep for just about everything else, this Monster race bike is ready for this season’s Battle of Twins.

2012 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO Race Bike for sale

Ducati massaged the air-cooled desmodue and achieved 100 hp for showroom machines, and was able to stretch valve adjustment intervals for the dual-spark motor.  Accompanying the big power was a heavily triangulated trellis from headstock to engine, and a cast aluminum subframe holding the single-sided swingarm.  Its high gear ratios are a natural for the race course, and the 43mm Marzocchi forks can handle the force of the 320mm cross-drilled brakes.  A plastic fuel cell hides under the tank covers, and the stock seat fairing has a remarkably similar shape to the racing seat.

Jonathan works in a Chicago motorcycle shop when he’s not practicing his AHMRA or BoT craft, and has raced and wrenched many different bikes.  The Monster has had the engine done by MotoCorse in Fort Lauderdale, and shows a dyno sheet with 90 rwhp.  There’s a long list of mods for the track, with a custom exhaust and seat subframe.  Here it is single-spaced:

2012 Monster 1100 EVO BOT1 Bike with PS1000 style fairing, Custom Aluminum Fairing Stay, Custom Aluminum Subframe Mounts, Custom exhaust, NCR style belly pan, race tail, and blueprinted engine from MotoCorse.

Has the following components and modifications:

Yoyodyne Slipper Clutch
Andreani Fork Cartridges
Penske Shock
Ohlins Steering Damper
Rapid Bike with Quickshifter
Zullo ECU Flash
Woodcraft Rearsets
Woodcraft Clip-Ons
Woodcraft Lever Guard
Aim Solo2 Aux Power Cable and Mount (Lap timer NOT included)
Throttle Tamer Tube
Brembo GP Mk2 Front Brake Master Cylinder
GP routed Brake lines (ABS deleted)
Shift Tech Muffler with Custom exhaust
BST Carbon Fiber Wheels
Brembo Supersport Rotors
Keyless Fuel Cap
Woodcraft Clutch Cover Guard
Pro bolt Race Spec Caliper Bolts
MotoCorse Performance Adjustable Camshaft and Layshaft Pulleys
Spare OEM Wheel Set with Rotors

Jonathan asks $22,000 with BST Carbon wheels and Brembo super sport rotors, or just $19,000 with stock wheels and rotors  He can be reached via email here – Tecnicomoto729@gmail.com

A short corner exit video shows the torque –

20220115 2012 ducati monster race bike on track

Especially with the carbon wheel set, the Monster road racer is up-to-date gear for a track day or club racing.  Race bikes always need more maintenance than their road cousins, but the 1100 dual spark is as reliable as they come, and apparently free of any major mishaps.  Spring is on the way and the calendar is already filling in.  Contact Jonathan to discuss this special Monster – Tecnicomoto729@gmail.com

-donn

 

Trackday Tuesday Feature – 2012 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO Race Bike
Suzuki January 17, 2022 posted by Donn

Upsizing – 1985 Suzuki RG500 in Australia

Update: this listing expired overnight, but is still worth a look !  Push “See original listing”  -donn

Most RG500’s seen on RSBFS chronicle the lucky-if-you-can-hang-on 500 two-stroke, but this Aussie example has been bored out to 570cc and well equipped to handle the extra ponies.  It’s finished in a very good dub of Heron Racing’s 80’s livery, and looks just about flawless.

1985 Suzuki RG500 ( Australia ) for sale on eBay

Suzuki had delayed the road-going RG500 until GP technology had moved on a bit ( and engineers had also wrapped up their work on the GSX-R750 ) but it was still heralded as a race bike for the road.  Its 95 hp were a revelation for a ride weighing under 400 lbs., though the square four’s airboxes filled out the fairing.  Using a small cross section alloy chassis, Hamamatsu carefully engineered the RG500 to handle the power, along with air adjustable forks with anti-dive.  Smallish 260mm brakes and staggered 16 and 17-inch wheels were along the smaller, lighter line to quickness.

Evidently built and imported from England, this RG500 shows beautifully and has some later, larger brakes to go with its additional horsepower, and lightweight modular Astralite wheels.  Not quite sure what year this animal is, but there’re no significant differences over the three model years.  Suzuki had their own Skoal livery for a few limited editions, but this more faithful replica has a bit more flash.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Well this is a hard one as I absolutely LOVE this bike.
Bike was built in England and I have many many receipts, can’t remember when she was brought into Australia but it was a long time and has been previously registered in WA, so no issues there.
The bike is now a 570 with Jim Lomas pipes, Astra Light Wheels and bigger brakes etc, all of the original parts paper work and workshop manual go with the sale.
Plastics are all original Suzuki, also have the original pillion seat.
I ride this bike at least twice a month and it absolutely beautiful to ride, I am fortunate enough to have two RG’s and this is my favorite but due to downsizing she has to go.
This bike is an absolute show stopper and I doubt you will see another one like her, irreplaceable in my mind. 

Team Heron was contracted when Suzuki took a break from a works GP team, and had some significant success with factory support.  They even commissioned a series of – carbon fiber chassis and swingarms – which gave the fire breathing lump a stable if all-enclosing platform.  Suzuki’s Skoal livery was a tribute to the team’s efforts, and appeared on a few different models.  Nice to hear this example is ridden regularly, and looks so great even so.  The ask is right up there and the post-transaction costs won’t be insignificant, but could be a smart investment given the current market.

-donn

 

 

Upsizing – 1985 Suzuki RG500 in Australia
Ducati January 12, 2022 posted by Donn

Bit by Bit – 1991 Ducati 907 I.E. Paso

The 907 I.E. is the most sorted of the Paso line, almost a transformation of the earlier 750’s.  Today’s Paso is a California native wearing paint seeming newer than what lies beneath, but looks like a good first sportbike.

1991 Ducati 907 I.E. Paso for sale on eBay

Last-gen Paso’s were finally water cooled and fuel-injected, better suited for Tamburini’s enclosed bodywork design than air cooling and carburetors.  Weber electronic injection stretches out the power band for the hydraulic dry clutch and 6-speed.  Some reviewers hold that the chassis geometry on the earlier Paso’s was better, but the handling and convenience of a pair of 17-inch wheels are part of the I.E. package.  Ducati’s tough square-tube chassis is under the soap bar, with Marzocchi multi-adjustable anti-dive forks and monoshock.

Beside a quick repair on the near side mirror, the bright re-paint on this 907 I.E. would be helped by some factory decals, which shouldn’t be hard to source.  Then presuming no mechanical show-stoppers, the new owner could fix a little and ride a little – refinish the GPR mufflers, get the Corbin re-covered, new sprockets and chain, powdercoat the wheels, etc.  Could be a sharp example in no time.  Short comments from the eBay auction:

1991 Ducati 907 Paso this bike is getting harder to find
has after market exhaust an has been jetted to it
also just out in a new battery
really clean bike

The Paso was tasked with fending off the imported competition, and it had plenty of character, but at a slightly premium price.  Some years over a thousand were sold, but not always.  The neat complete fairing had its fans, but the company got busy with development of the 916, Supersport and Monster, closing the Paso line in 1992.  For sure a rarity at this point, and an important Ducati with sport touring, a more modern engine, and Tamburini design in its gene pool.  Hopefully the reserve will keep newcomers in mind.

-donn

Bit by Bit – 1991 Ducati 907 I.E. Paso
Ducati January 10, 2022 posted by Donn

More M than XL – 1984 Ducati 350XL in England

No superbike aspirations, but trying to fly the brand’s flag in developing markets, Ducati’s 350XL was strictly for more carefully licensed countries.  This one has some km’s but the 350 desmo shows very nicely.

1984 Ducati 350XL ( Britain ) for sale on eBay

The 349cc two-valver was a 600 Pantah re-cylindered for under 21 ridership, but with 10.4-to-1 compression, Dell’Orto carbs and 40 hp.  Adapted from its big brothers were the 5-speed, dual Brembo disks, Paoli suspension, and more than a fairing’s worth of bodywork.  With lightly raised handlebars, the riding position was multi-purpose, and the bar-mounted fairing gave some protection.

Maybe not restored, but this 350 is awfully clean, with polished cases and forks.  Km’s or miles, 44,555 seems way too many for the condition.  Might need a few things but nothing very exotic here, though hard parts might take some research.  Comments from the eBay auction:

A beautiful untouched Ducati XL350
Starts runs and rides, been part of a private collection for many years
Slight check over will be needed before use
Full v5 lots of history

As a downsized middleweight, the 350XL carried extra pounds that it couldn’t shed, and gave away market share to pure-bred small sports.  Sidecovers that hid the vertical cylinder were stylish, though compromised the brand’s sporting cachet.  Likely just for a fan with a garage-ful of red bikes, this one might occupy a niche.  And except for shipping, this one’s a can’t bust a hole in the budget and might really be a crowd pleaser on bike night.

-donn

More M than XL – 1984 Ducati 350XL in England
Sport Bikes For Sale January 6, 2022 posted by Donn

Foot-notable – 2003 Voxan Café Racer

Trying to start a motorcycle business is one thing, but setting the corporate sights on a liter V-twin ups the ante somewhat.  Voxan pulled this off in the late 1990’s, at least for a while, and gave the imports some competition.  This very unusual example looks excellent and located in Britain.

2003 Voxan Cafe Racer ( England ) for sale on eBay

An all-French design, the Voxan had a tubular backbone chassis, into which a 72-degree V-twin was hung.  The engine was largely Rotax-inspired, executed by the race engine builder Sodemo, and though a four valve 996, could only generate the legislated limit of 100 hp.  Appointments were first class, with Paoli forks, WP monoshock, and 320mm Brembo brakes.  Innovations had a Buell-ian air with engine oil in the frame tube, and under-mounted rear shock.  The supersport fairing was very sculptural, and housed the radiator up high to show off the powerplant.

Evidently a previous owner was planning to be the brand’s U.K. dealer, and retained a sample Racer though Voxan’s plans changed.  Looking excellent for its reported 16,000 miles, the tailcone is endorsed by three hall-of-fame racers.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Beautiful, very rare French exotica .
Very good condition with all original fittings such as standard cans and original tail unit included. 
Getting very rare as no longer manufactured . 
Lovingly cared for and owned and maintained by motorcycle mechanic
and only top quality Motul oil used.

3 keys, service history, owners manual. Third owner.
Dynojet power commander fitted and remapped. Private plate.
Tailpiece signed by two World champions,
Mick Doohan and Nicky Hayden along with Cal Crutchlow .

Photographic evidence to prove. 
Brembo calipers, Paioli suspension.
This was bike number 23 off the production line and sold to the owner of Three Cross motorcycles as they were going to be the official UK stockists. The deal never went through in the end and so is believed to be the only one in the U.K. 
A piece of motorcycling history as Voxan are no more. Collector’s item. All running.

This would be one for a well-equipped hobbyist, though the chain-driven cams should be low maintenance and some long distance support might be available from Sodemo.  Voxan’s assets were purchased by electric car specialist Venturi, and they have since concentrated on electric cycles.  GP and WSBK Champion Max Biaggi set a host of electric bike speed records aboard the Wattman in Oct. 2020.  This might be the only French superbike in your neighborhood, or maybe even on the continent.  

-donn

Foot-notable – 2003 Voxan Café Racer
Ducati January 4, 2022 posted by Donn

Sunnyside – 1995 Ducati 900SS

The bright courtyard pictures of this 900SS must’ve been taken last fall, because at 6,349 ft., it’s a bit wintry in Santa Fe. But a little warmth awaits the new owner when the truck drops off this very nice Supersport.



1995 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

In the days before the Monster and Multi, Ducati’s Supersport was the do-all bike – built sporty but comfortable enough to take on a commute or weekend.  Air cooled and with belt-driven cams, the 904cc desmodue made 84 hp via 38mm Mikuni carbs and a dry clutch.  Showa supplied the inverted fork and adjustable monoshock, and Brembo the 320 mm brakes.  Dry weight was right around 400 lbs. even with the full fairing.

Never seeming to have been fawned over, this 900SS looks very good and just a few rubs interrupt the flow.  Termignoni mufflers and Superlight monoposto seem to be the majority of the mods.  The seat cover is a little crispy but could easily be re-covered or Sargent-ized.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Very nice example with patina from regular use as expected of a 27 year old bike. 

Looks and sounds fantastic. Pulls strong. No smoking or obvious mechanical wear.
Belts replace 4 years ago but have only ridden about 1500 miles since then.
Tires are virtually new having been installed a year ago and have only about 400 miles on them max.
 
Rare Termignoni high rise pipes and brackets from a superlight.
Superlight solo tail.
Correct factory vented clutch cover.
Battery always on a tender and is strong.

With nothing aboard that isn’t required, even lunch on a 900SS will require a backpack.  And though the handling won raves, U-turns with the chassis geometry can be a dab-fest.  But if a splash and a snack are available at the turn-around point, then the 90’s SS can be a grand day out.  The example gives up SP credentials and static display perfection for a very sensible starting bid and a not-bad buy-it-now.

-donn

 

Sunnyside – 1995 Ducati 900SS