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Featured Listing November 15, 2020 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1R

As the icing on the 1970’s superbike cake, Kawasaki’s KZ1000 built on the 900 Z1’s formidable reputation.  Bob’s Z1R-D1 has quite low miles and a curatorial owner who emphasizes correctness for finishes and mechanical updates.

1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1R for sale on eBay

It’s easy to see the lineage from earlier Kawasaki’s early -70’s four cylinders, even though the factory stylists put a great set of bodywork on the Z1R.  Inside, the 1015cc mill had a heavier crankshaft and the four Mikuni carbs had slightly larger bores.  The new four-into-one exhaust let the 94 horses loose and weighed less too.  Headstock gussets and firmer rear shocks shored up handling, and three big disk brakes – drilled up front – slowed the 18-inch alloys with authority.  The angular café design is resolved from nose to tail and even takes in the rectangular fuel cap.

Look into the background of Bob’s pictures and you’ll see many Z1R’s, other period superbikes, and blue ribbons – as he says, this one won’t disappoint.  The engine and chassis have been given new gaskets and fasteners but keep their original looks.  Period upgrades like V&H exhaust and K&N filters accompany the rebuilt carburetors and new Avon tires.  The silver blue metallic paintwork has been refinished, but is virtually indistinguishable from new.  Some of Bob’s comments from the eBay auction:

THIS IS AN AMAZING UN-RESTORED EXAMPLE THAT HAS NEVER HAD THE FRAME OR ENGINE PAINTED. SOME OF THE HARDWARE WAS REPLACED WITH OEM OR “NOS” PARTS, BOLTS, SCREWS, NUTS AND WASHERS ARE NEW OLD STOCK AS I HAVE A VERY EXTENSIVE “NOS” INVENTORY, ALONG WITH COUNTLESS OTHER PARTS. 
 
ALL THE PERIOD CORRECT MODS ARE BOLT ON ITEMS THAT CAN EASILY BE CHANGED BACK TO THE ORIGINALS. SO IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AN ALL ORIGINAL Z1R THIS IS A GREAT BIKE TO START WITH AND I WOULD BE HAPPY TO HELP THE NEW CUSTODIAN SOURCE THE NEEDED PARTS.
 
THE BODY WORK WAS PAINSTAKINGLY RE-FINISHED TO A DEEP LUSTER SHOW QUALITY FINISH USING THE METALLIC STARDUST SILVER.
I THOROUGHLY INSPECTED AND RE-SEALED THE OUTER COVERS/SEALS AS NECESSARY WITHOUT REPAINTING THE ENGINE SO NO OIL LEAKS ON YOUR CARPET. THE ORIGINAL CARBS WERE ULTRASONICALLY CLEANED AND REBUILT, RE-JETTED, AND SYNCED  WITH ALL NEW SEALS AND GASKETS. THE PERIOD CORRECT VANCE & HINES EXHAUST WAS DISASSEMBLED, STRIPPED AND RE-CHROMED TO BETTER THEN NEW SPECS (NOT AN INEXPENSIVE TASK).
 
THE WHEELS ARE ALL ORIGINAL AND IN PERFECT CONDITION. SHE IS FITTED WITH AVON TIRES “SEMI PERIOD-CORRECT”. THE BRAKES WERE COMPLETELY OVERHAULED. THE SEAT IS A CUSTOM SEAT FROM THE 70’s AND IS IN AMAZING PERFECT CONDITION. THE WINDSCREEN AND SEAL ARE “NOS” AS ARE THE LEVERS AND MORE COMPONENTS THEN I CAN LIST. A NEW RK CHAIN AND SPROCKETS WERE INSTALLED. 
THE FRAME HAS NOT BEEN REPAINTED. THE FRONT FORKS HAVE BEEN REBUILT WITH THE LOWER LEGS PROPERLY REFINISHED TO OEM STANDARDS. THE REAR SHOCKS ARE PERIOD CORRECT PROGRESSIVE UNITS. THE TANK AND SIDE COVER EMBLEMS ARE NEW OLD STOCK. THE ORIGINAL OWNERS MANUAL AND KAWASAKI POUCH ARE INCLUDED. THE BIKE HAS THE ORIGINAL LION HEAD KEY. LIKE ALL MY BIKES THIS WILL BE A BIKE THAT WON’T DISAPPOINT.
 
WITH ONLY 9,200 ORIGINAL MILES THE BIKE STARTS IDLES RUNS AND RIDES LIKE IT DID IN 1978

The KZ1100 and Z1R went a lot of places, of course it liked a good straightaway and did well at the drag strip.  When race-prepared they were a force in superbike racing – AMA and all over the world.  Compared with its contemporaries, it struggled against newer designs from the other Japanese manufacturers and got gigged for the smallish fuel tank.  But for many owners, the bulletproof mechanicals and sharp fairing give the Z1R a head start.  Bob’s auction has a $12,000 starting bid and buy-it-now of $17,900 and he can be contacted through the eBay auction.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1R
Ducati November 13, 2020 posted by Donn

Choucoune – 1997 Ducati 900 Supersport

Ducati’s 1990’s Supersports were some great all-around bikes and only relinquished that honor to the new Monster. This late SS is over on the sporty side with the CR’s half-fairing and looks better than excellent.

1997 Ducati 900 Supersport for sale on eBay

The 900SS took styling cues from the 907 Paso, but with the 84hp air cooled desmodue.  Appointments were contemporary with 6-speed, 17-inch wheels and inverted Showa forks, and the drivetrain wasn’t left behind with newer 38mm Mikuni carburetors.  Trellis frame and silhouette fairing helped keep the weight under 425 lbs. wet.  Nicer components like aluminum swingarm, lighter wheels and carbon rear mudguard moved around on the range but are readily available.

This SS hails from Florida and The half-fairing with engine scoop looks better than its just over 10,000 miles.  Just a couple of mods evident, Sargeant seat, carbon clutch cover and tinted windscreen.  A word about recent maintenance might help some prospective buyers weigh the rebuilt title.  From the eBay auction:

Show quality!  It is so clean that you could eat off the engine. Look closely at the photos and you will realize that this is a very special motorcycle. It has only 10,179 careful  miles on it.  That makes only 442 miles per year of its life. It has been lovingly cared for during its entire life. It starts, idles, runs, shifts, brakes, and handles like the day it was made.  It also looks  like  new. Both tires are excellent. 

It has an amazingly comfortable Sargent seat and dual carbon slip ons that sound great!  It has absolutely no issues and is ready to go anywhere. You will not be disappointed.

It has a “Rebuilt” title because of cosmetic damage when it was knocked over in my garage. The engine was not even running and the bike was stationary.  Now there is not a scratch on it and it is not possible to tell that it had any repairs.

SS’s had roles as varied as racebike and sport tourer among their owners, and the design and better quality suspension made it possible.  Even with clip-ons the riding position was a good compromise and reviewed well.  The classic sound and appearance will make new fans even now.

-donn

Choucoune – 1997 Ducati 900 Supersport
Moto Guzzi November 10, 2020 posted by Donn

On My Mark – 1984 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans Mk. III

The third revision to the Le Mans had many technical updates, many setting the stage for the 1000.  This Cali example has miles but is in nice shape with a few special touches.

1984 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans Mk. III for sale on eBay

A child of the -80’s but thinking earlier, the Mk. III has bigger valves and NiguSil coating on the cylinder walls, helping net 76 hp from the longitudinal twin.  More responsible thinking went into the quiet intakes and exhaust, though the 36mm Dell’Orto carburetors were equipped with an accelerator pump.  Air adjustable forks and dual rear shocks reviewed as needing less psi than recommended for the best handling, and the shaft drive and linked brakes had their well known quirks.  The frame-mounted secondary spoiler picks up air from the cockpit fairing and further slices the Le Mans through the air.

Almost 40 years old now and in such nice condition, the Le Mans’ past is almost a non-issue.  Presented by a Guzzi specialist in Indio, CA, it’s quite clean with special gold anodized alloy wheels, new tires, and apparently un-filtered velocity stacks.  Fans will like the billet fork brace and head guards.  From the eBay auction:

Made in 11/83 – 29K original miles, motor #VF019393 frame #VF150037, like new motor and tranny. 850cc 76HP motor. This bike came with Rare Astralite gold anodized wheels, and we just put new Avon Roadrunner tires, front and back,  We pulled the motor and transmission, fixed all leaks, and replaced a clutch disc, and intermediate plate.

We installed a new timing chain tensioner, fixed the integral brakes, and new battery.

 Great Guzzi for a daily driver, Super Fast and fun to ride smooth motor and Easy to handle!

 

Oddly enough, Moto Guzzi’s attempts to modernize were met with even more reverence for the older Le Mans, though the 1000 had nearly a ten year run.  The 850’s were just a hair lighter but the smaller fairings had a sportier vibe.  Those gold wheels look sharp on the white / black background, and hopefully the reserve isn’t too optimistic.

-donn

On My Mark – 1984 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans Mk. III
Yamaha November 9, 2020 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 1986 Yamaha SRX600

Update 11.9.2020: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader in just 5 days! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Practically looking like a custom from the factory, Yamaha’s SRX600 has been the basis for club racers, knobblied flat-track lookalikes, and some cafe racers that make the showroom version look cushy.  RSBFS fan Lee’s survivor is a great starting point for Yamaha’s original ideas or maybe yours.

1986 Yamaha SRX600 for sale on Bend, OR Craigslist

Almost looking to out-simplify the 1960’s British singles, the SRX came to the U.S. with just a kickstarter, and a 96mm bore thump which ran smoothly to 6,500 rpm ( and 45 hp ) thanks to its balance shaft.  Dual front disks and alloy wheels were up to date, the 5-speed relied on a generous torque curve, but dual rear shocks seemed more for show than go.  The very visible chassis and poured-in-place tank and sidecovers show a clear adherence to the design mission.

Lee’s SRX has 13,250 miles, looking good despite the years.  Helping the four-valve 600 breathe freely is almost a requirement, and this one has the Supertrapp exhaust.  Some patina, but nothing unexpected makes it look like a great resto-rider with a good collection of spare parts.  Lee’s comments from his – Craiglist post –

The ultimate cafe bike. Only imported into the US in 1986. Single cylinder 600cc kick start only. All original 13,250 miles with Supertrapp exhaust. Just serviced with new petcock, valve adjustment and oil change. Shorai lithium battery, new seat cover. Spares include unique 2-1 intake manifold for Mikuni carb. Great platform for making yourself a rare cafe bike. If you know motorcycles then you know you don’t see a bike like this.

Lee asks $3,200 for his SRX600. Lee is the US Importer for the Austrian glove brand RACER and can be found here, – racerglovesusa.com –

Yamaha followed their fans back to the basics of motorcycling, but it didn’t result in many sales outside of the home market, where there were 400 and 250cc variants.  The 600 didn’t show up on 1987 U.S. line cards, but soldiered on in Europe for a few more years.  Reviewers and owners praised the honest engine, light weight and crisp handing – and took the kickstarter and single cylinder as badges of motorcycling honor. 

-donn

Featured Listing – 1986 Yamaha SRX600
Ducati November 6, 2020 posted by Donn

A Different Animal – 2007 Ducati Monster S4RS

As tough as it was to make the water-cooled engine look beautiful, the four valve testastretta ( and 130 hp ) was worth it.  Here’s a powerful creampuff with under 1,000 miles and a veritable mountain of farkles.

2007 Ducati Monster S4RS for sale on eBay

The S4RS was a certain pinnacle of Monster engineering, with the superbike’s 50mm throttle bodies tucked under the fuel tank.  It’s geared more for the stoplight to stoplight contests than the GP course, and excels in traffic.  Öutstanding Öhlins dampers are front and rear, as are wide 17-inch rims.  Ergonomics accommodate the long engine and might require a lean over the tank, and the smooth dry clutch will tone up your left grip.

Out of dry Palm Springs, this S4RS looks better than new, with carbon a major element.  Depending on who did the installation, the upgrades might’ve challenged the purchase price.  Comments and a list from the eBay auction:

Purchased new in 2007 and been garage kept ever since. Only 939 Miles from new. 3 keys. Clean title in hand. Detailed serviced history and all manuals included. Perfect condition. Never been dropped and only adult ridden, in the dry. Has over $15k in extras added on to this motorcycle, no expense has been spare on this bike. All work has been done by either a Ducati dealership or a Ducati Certificated Master Technician. Sorry no test rides.
 
Items Include: 
  • Termignoni full race exhaust system with ECU
  • Ducati Performance slipper clutch w/ red pressure plate and black springs
  • Ducati Performance Garmin Zumo 590 GPS
  • BST Carbon Rims with Pirelli Diablo Rossa Corsa tires 
  • Custom rear sets from Pro Twins (Ducati dealership in the UK)
  • Black powder-coated passenger foot-pegs w/ carbon fiber heel guards
  • CNC Racing rear sprocket cover and flange bolts in black
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber chain guard (front & rear pieces)
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber tail unit
  • Ducati Performance rear view mirror set with built-in turn signals
  • Hyperpro 140 mm steering damper (frame-mounted)
  • Rizoma NEXT fluid reservoirs w/ clear tubing
  • Brembo radial brake master cylinder + lever
  • Brembo radial clutch master cylinder + lever
  • Ducati Performance front & rear turn signals
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber front mudguard
  • Rizoma open clutch cover
  • DID 525 final drive chain
  • CNC Racing clutch slave cylinder
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber rear hugger
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber radiator covers
  • Ducati Performance aluminum gas cap in black
  • Ducati Performance carbon fiber front sprocket cover
  • Evotech bar-end weights
  • Zero Gravity black fly screen.
  • Renthal 42-tooth rear sprocket
  • K&N air filter
  • Shift Tech carbon fiber plate surround
  • HID main headlamp bulb
  • Renthal 14-tooth front sprocket
  • Pro Grips
  • Custom Paint Protection Film on all fairings and tank
  • Front and rear paddock stands
  • Custom indoor cover

Though jamming the 916 engine into the 2001 Monster S4 wasn’t a wild leap, down the road it led to some seriously super naked bikes – right down to this year’s 1200S, with three electronics packages to tame the 147 hp twin.  But the round headlight S4RS has a different feel, with the main computer just north of the helmet chin strap, and the desmoquattro engine quite similar to the World Superbike Ducati from that year.

-donn

A Different Animal – 2007 Ducati Monster S4RS
Featured Listing November 5, 2020 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 2018 MV Agusta F4 LH44 New In Crate !

The Lewis Hamilton Edition F4 is a sight to behold.  As exotic as a recent MV Agusta is, the LH44 has quite a few special MV and LH touches. 

2018 MV Agusta F4 LH44 ( New Zealand ) For Sale

As an update to the F4 RC, itself a template of the 2018 WSBK mount with ride-by-wire controls and many bespoke components, putting the LH44 a step above is not a trivial exercise – but a full titanium exhaust and accompanying ECU program boosts power to 212hp.  It shares most of the RC’s innovations, MV’s Torque Shift System stretches the torque band, and a full electronics package has selectable maps for power delivery, traction control, and of course ABS.  A factory quick-shifter and slipper clutch make going faster even easier.

As with many limited editions, finishes and materials play a large part.  Just 44 of the mostly carbon LH’s were painted with Hamilton’s choice of candy apple metallic, with a unique white frame, and Öhlins finished their signature gold dampers in black to blend in.  The leather and alcantara seat continues the red and black theme, the smoked windscreen lies low, and even the Pirelli Diablo SP tires came with a red graphic treatment.

RSBFS reader Matt represents the owner of this LH44, which has never been out of its original shipping crate, explaining the limited photos of the actual machine.  It’s number 41 of 44, and though it’s in New Zealand, the factory packaging is ideally suited for trans-oceanic delivery.  He had these comments recently:

A very rare opportunity to purchase what is probably the only Lewis Hamilton F4 still in its crate in existence today.

This bike is number 41 of 44 units built, with Lewis himself taking three units for him and his family leaving just 41 of these incredible machines available to the worlds market.

Also included is an extra set of special Pirelli tyres with red stripe and LH44 logo are included, I believe these were a limited production run and an extra set is certainly more desirable for a discerning buyer.

The asking price is $75,000 USD and Matt will coordinate with the buyer’s shipper.  Contact Matt via email – here -.

Since his partnership with MV Agusta, Hamilton has only added to his record, eclipsing his rivals and heroes on the Formula 1 circuit.  Hard to imagine this would do anything but increase the value of his first superbike project.  As this example is still yet to be uncrated, it might be a very special collector bike for an unequivocal superfan.  Reach out to Matt for additional information via email – here -.

-donn

Featured Listing – 2018 MV Agusta F4 LH44 New In Crate !
Featured Listing November 4, 2020 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 1983 Honda CB1100R

Update 11.4.2020: Price lowered to $27,000. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Honda went endurance racing in the early 1980’s, to learn things there was really no other way to know, with long stretches of Wide Open Throttle for unlimited class machines.  RSBFS reader Par brought this homologation special home from Europe and has had it tuned to match the very nice cosmetics.

1983 Honda CB1100R for sale in Phoenix

Though it has passing similarities to the CB1100F and 900F, the CB1100R is engineered for long weekends at the track.  With 10:1 compression and upgraded cams, the 1100R would like premium or race gas to get to its rated 120hp.  The engine is rigidly mounted as a stressed part of the chassis, which helps handling but transmits more vibration to the rider.  The twin rear shocks and right-side-up forks denote the decade, both multi-adjustable.  Four piston calipers are fed by braided lines but the disks are more exotic, 296mm of cast stainless with internal venting.  Gold anodized Comstar wheels were wide for the day, at 2.5 and 3.0 inches.  Hand-laid carbon fiber was used for the fairings, and there is a theoretical pillion ( required for homologation ) under the tail fairing.

Par is a longtime fan of the CB1100R, and knows their strengths and foibles.  Surprisingly stock, right down to the black-finished muffler.  Along with its rarity and very good condition, the bombproof build and recent maintenance can give the new owner confidence in the ride.

Par’s comments on the CB1100R:

Very rare 1983 CB1100R for sale.  To my knowledge it’s the only one in the states.

I used to have one of these bikes that I bought new in 1983 and rode for several years and from that point on it has always been my favorite bike. I was over working in Europe last year and found this bike for sale and could not resist buying it. I was not disappointed, it still rides like a dream. The bike is not mint but in very good shape for a bike that is almost 40 years old. After I brought it back I had mechanics go through the bike very thoroughly and all I ended up having to do was having the valves adjusted properly, rebuilt/cleaned the carburetors and rebuilt the rear brake. It now runs and rides as new and is 100% stock. And has 92,400 kilometers on it.

Registered in Arizona.


Extremely Rare Classic Collectable.  Only 1500 full-powered CB1100R D series were built and none were imported into the U.S. The B and C series were only 100 hp.

The RD is painted in pearlescent red, white and blue. The engine covers are painted in gloss black, the gold covers received a much deeper color than the earlier models. The engine shares many parts with the CB1100F bike. The rear swing arm is made of rectangular steel painted silver.

“The ‘R’ bikes were produced in limited quantities from 1981 to 1983 to compete in factory endurance racing in Europe. They have been touted as “the ultimate peak of development for the DOHC, air-cooled, twin shock, across-the-frame four.” and dominated their racing class in 81, 82 & 83. To this day, they are considered comparable to many “modern” sport bikes. Only a few lucky people in the United States will be privileged to own a CB1100R-D as they were never officially made available for the U.S. market.”

Honda was very successful with these bikes in the famous Isle of Man TT races and they were piloted by legendary riders such as Wayne Gardner, “Rocket” Ron Haslam and Joey Dunlop.

Par asks $27,000 for his CB1000R and welcomes offers by email – here –.

Honda did well with the CB1100R, especially in Australian and New Zealand 6-hour events, the Bol D’Or and the Isle of Man.  The clock keeps ticking however, and Honda adopted their V-4 for 1984 and brought the VF1000R.  But even the homologation special wasn’t the “endurance racer for the road” that the CB1100R was, and 1981-83 models are a distinct moment in Honda history.  Par’s sorted example looks ready to bring that experience to the next owner.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1983 Honda CB1100R
Ducati November 2, 2020 posted by Donn

Tacit Blue – 1988 Ducati Paso 750 with Just 1,538 Miles !

Rare though they are, the 1986-88 Paso 750’s have their loyal fans, and there have been a half-dozen blue examples profiled on RSBFS.  This one hasn’t but a half an oil change’s worth of miles, and has been beautifully stored and cared for since its return to duty.

1988 Ducati Paso 750 for sale on eBay

Design legend Massimo Tamburini’s first Ducati was the Paso, where he proposed a square-tube chassis enveloped by the soap bar.  Other innovations on board included the belt-driven cams on the 748cc twin, with a single Weber carburetor servicing both cylinders from between them.  A rather forward weight bias steers easily on the 16-inch front radial tire, and the 42mm Marzocchi fork was robust at the time.  Mid-sized 280mm brakes, 5-speed transmission and long alloy swingarm complete the running gear.  Even with its opaque windscreen, the very full fairing provides a generous pocket for the rider.

The seller took a leap of faith several years ago, and went for a NOS twenty-five year old.  No word on how the re-commissioning went or what’s been needed since then.  The condition is hard to believe, in a good way.  Likely the cam belts are again due, but also factor the unobtanium exhaust and slick tail-light mod into the equation.  From the eBay auction:

When I bought the bike it had 154 miles on it and it was 25 years old. A brand new, unrestored antique made in limited numbers and even more rare, it’s blue.

Now the bike has 1,538 miles on it and it’s 32 years old, in like new condition.
 
I bought the new Conti slip-ons out of Australia. These are hard to find. The original exhaust to be included. I removed the old saggy rear blinkers and incorporated the signals into the tail light as was done on models sold in Europe. The only non-factory part is the ring on the tank that the fuel cap installs into. This was made by by hand at Ducati Austin as a replacement.

Before being assigned the Paso, Tamburini had already come and gone from Bimota, and joined Cagiva ( who had just acquired control of Ducati ).  Though it was great on a more open road and handled better than the 904cc models, even when tuned right the Weber was temperature sensitive and made the Paso 750 a finicky commuter.  Either way it never really caught on, and they’re rare without any special editions.  The buy-it-now seems realistic in light of the season and a downright bargain for an afficionado.

-donn

Tacit Blue – 1988 Ducati Paso 750 with Just 1,538 Miles !