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Moto Guzzi June 6, 2020 posted by Donn

Not Low Carb – 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport

During the 1997 model year Moto Guzzi progressed the 1100 Sport to fuel injection and upside-down forks, but along with the catalyst-delete Staintune exhaust, the conventional forks and 40mm Dell-Orto’s help this earlier ’97 silver goose look and act the classic part.

1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport for sale on eBay

Toward the end of the DeTomaso era, Guzzi endeavored to embrace their sporting heritage, with the Daytona and 1100 Sport as the results.  Never abandoning their 90-degree axial V-twin or shaft drive, the Sport kept in touch with past models.  Most riders use the square-heads’s 90 hp rarely, but the 5-speed regularly calls on the 70 ft.-lbs. torque – available at just 5,900 rpm.  Premium Showa dampers and Brembo brakes round out the components, with staggered 17-inch front / 18-inch rear wheels helping its 475 lbs. wet weight change direction.  Supersport fairing shows off the big block, which a stressed part of the chassis.

This suburban NY owner appears to be paring down their collection of nicer vintage and sport machines, and the Sport 1100 appears in excellent shape.  Miles are low at 12,992 and looks stock beside the head guards and exhaust.  Open venturis on the carbs so no dirt roads !  From the eBay auction:

Great running and beautiful 1100 Sport with Staintune exhaust and new battery. This bike is a blast to ride, handles amazing and pulls incredibly hard at speed.  It’s in very good condition and needs nothing.  The design catches everyone’s eye, this is an attention getting bike and wonderful Moto Guzzi.

Guzzi survived the turn of the century and reinvigorated their lineup, though the Sport appears today with just a cafe fairing.  In its GT form, the 1100 Sport pushes a lot of the right buttons for weekend riders, with plenty of stability and big torque.  Not quite enough miles to justify survivor status, this 1100 Sport seems to have been the nice day go-to bike for this collector, and might be for the next owner.

-donn

Not Low Carb – 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport
Featured Listing June 5, 2020 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 2008 KTM RC8 with under 6,900 miles !

Update 6.5.2020: This bike has SOLD in just 2 1/2 hours after posting! The seller has informed me the transaction is now complete. Congratulations to buyer and seller! Interested in your own Featured Listing? Get all the details! dc

KTM swerved into the Superbike world in 2008, and though not currently in their line-up, they are a singular V-twin experience.  RSBFS reader Francisco has a very sharp first-year RC8 with just 6,875 miles.

2008 KTM RC8 #3 of 50 For Sale

KTM’s history is primarily off-road, and joining the superbike market in the late oughts left it no time for reverence to any past.  The 1148cc engine is their advanced 75-degree V-twin, a fast-track design project with fuel injection, four valves per cylinder, three oil pumps, 12.5:1 compression and 152 hp !  The trellis chassis holds the engine from above, with a steel headstock, and the cast alloy swingarm pivots directly in the rearmost bosses.  WP is a subsidiary of KTM and supplied the 43mm forks and adjustable monoshock.  The alloy seat subframe is hidden, but the angular bodywork makes a lasting impression, especially in the company’s chosen orange and black.

Francisco is the original owner and has kept his RC8 perfectly, with the hard to find factory accessories.  He has this to say about his RC8:

2008.5 Limited Edition KTM RC8 with under 6,900 miles. Number 3 of the first 50 RC8 bikes produced for North American delivery. It even comes with the commemorative metal plaque identifying it as #3 of 50. The bike is totally clean and completely stock. It only has 6,875 miles. It is registered in California. It has always been covered and garaged and is has been lovingly maintained. Never dropped. It comes with a factory tank bag, factory passenger pad, factory passenger pegs (never used) and the rare factory tail bag. I have all the original manuals and the original brochure. I have all the keys including the plastic key and the Key code card.

It runs great overall. As with any new first generation bike it had its problems initially, but I was fortunate to have the top KTM tech correct some early water pump problems this model had. Also, the low end gear changing when cold is not BMW smooth but loosens up once the bike warms up. The ride and handling are fantastic. The engine pulls like a tractor across a really wide power band and its stock exhaust sounds throaty and crisp. The adjustable suspension works great to give you a great tight feel across even the bumpiest of roads.

Of all the sports bikes I have owned I enjoyed the comfortable upright seating position of the RC8 the most. It really is a lot of fun to ride and you can even do long trips on it. I rode it to Laguna Seca a couple of times and I was never tired or sore. The bike is located in Thousand Oaks, California. Looking for someone to buy it that really wants it, not just someone looking for a deal.

Francisco asks $8,500 for his RC8.

KTM campaigned the RC8 with some success in World Superstock, and did well in regional superbike championships in Germany, Britain, and the AMA.  Reviewers loved the handling and ergonomics, and the computer-aided design gave no quarter.  The company bowed out of the superbike sweepstakes in 2015, likely to free up development resources for their return to MotoGP.  KTM’s RC8 is a stand-out design, with the well-developed LC8 drivetrain, and though competitively priced when introduced, they’re a downright bargain these days.  Francisco’s original and cared-for example is about as nice as they come.

-donn

Featured Listing – 2008 KTM RC8 with under 6,900 miles !
Suzuki May 31, 2020 posted by Donn

Unlimited Edition – 1987 Suzuki GSX-R750

Suzuki made a tsunami-sized splash with the 1986 GSX-R750, with 100 hp and a hair over 400 lbs. soaking wet.  This Florida example looks preserved rather than having just survived, and has been made ready to ride or show by just the 2nd owner.

1987 Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale on eBay

Introduced just the year before, the 1986 model’s biggest change was a 1-inch extension of the swingarm to bring the handling more to the street.  The air/oil-cooled 749cc’s pushed 10.6:1 compression and carried a performance car-like 6 quarts of oil but saved the weight of a water system.  The small-tube alloy chassis also saved several pounds, and held the 41mm conventional forks and Full Floater monoshock.  Wheels and brakes were closer to and endurance racer spec – matched 18-inch rims and 310mm dual front disks.  The full fiberglass fairing carried dual headlights and a cushy dual seat.

The seller picked an extraordinary example of this iconic bike and polished it like a gem, beside going through most of the systems and making things better than new.  Presents as very stock and the sprocket change is a great idea for a classic bike with a possibly vintage rider.  Comments from the eBay auction:

I bought from the original owner, the guy that walked in the showroom in 1987 and drove her home.  It needed carb cleaning, brake pads and calipers cleaned, new tires, new chain and installed 2 new sprockets (15T520P front and smaller rear to make the gears longer and it runs sooo much nicer with this ratio). The original solo seat cowl (which I have) has a crack on the side where it bolts to seat but I was able to find this blue replacement and simply bolted on the original pad however the sale comes with the original white cowl as well.  I bought her along with the original exhaust, which is included in sale($$).

She was garaged kept in a cool environment and the paint is original and looks like the day it came off the showroom floor since I buffed and polished fairings.  By the time I was done getting her tuned and dialed in and installing new chain and sprockets, new battery and fluids, and solid tune after carb removal and cleaning and rebuild, I honestly dropped about $1500 in parts and labor for the things I couldn’t do myself and it was well worth it the way she runs now. I even have the original bar ends in a box which I think would make her 100% stock.  There are some minor imperfections I will be happy to share with you if you are interested, but most are not visible and normal for a 32 year old machine.

I have been riding her just about every other weekend for 20 or 30 miles and only run ethanol-free fuel and she continues to turn heads and put a smile on my face.  It is one of the finest 100% vintage and authentic GSX-R750 I have ever seen – and is turn key, sitting in my garage, looking for a new home.  I have an extra set of plugs as well, the Title is clean and in house, and it has never, repeat NEVER been dropped or scraped .

Suzuki did well with GSX-R on the World Endurance circuit and TT-F1 races, but with Yoshimura managing in 1989, won the Daytona and AMA Supersport titles with Jamie James aboard.  It was just the first few chapters of a multi-volume history that is still being written, at least in North America – the model has been retired elsewhere.  Arguably the first endurance racer set up for the road, the early GSX-R750’s focus on light weight and handling made it special even without the Limited Edition’s homologation parts.  This looks like a well and carefully loved example.

-donn

Unlimited Edition – 1987 Suzuki GSX-R750
MV Agusta May 28, 2020 posted by Donn

Trouble in Paradise – 2008 MV Agusta F4 1000R Corse

The Corse was MV’s first limited edition of the F4 1000R, and a pretty big investment.  This San Jose example has some interesting details, very low miles, and one ‘oh darn*’ in its past.


2008 MV Agusta F4 1000R Corse

MV Agusta cut their teeth on special editions of the F4 750 and first gen F4 1000, and in the Corse’s case only 300 were made.  The second generation F4 1000 had been substantially re-designed, with 174hp on tap and a new chassis under the carbon fairings.   Marzocchi forks have carbon nitriding on the legs, and the Sachs monoshock has adjustments in high and low speed ranges.  Brembo supplied their new monoblock 6-piston brakes, and a special Corse exhaust was fitted.

Most Corse’s are built as single seaters, but this one has a pillion ( best suited for a thoroughbred jockey ).  Also most references show the Corse wheel set as a silver 5-V spoke, but these are the usual and lovely MV stars, finished in gold.  A numbered badge would be expected on the top tree, but it’s not pictured.  An apparent tip-over victim, the handlebar end and crank sensor cover should be easy replacements.  Just 890 miles, but the original tires will require replacement if the bike is to be ridden much.  The second owner did re-new the fluids and make the bike ready, as they state in the eBay auction:

– Brake fluid flushed
– Upgraded the water pump 
– Flushed the coolant and changed to engine ice 
– Flushed the fuel system 
– Changed every fuel pipe and all connectors 
– Upgraded and changed the fuel connectors from plastic to metal 
– Changed the fuel filters 
– Changed the oil and filter 
– Changed the fork oil
– Changed and upgraded to a BMC High Performance Air Filter
– New Battery
– Battery Tender is also fitted

While not exactly the museum piece this seller states, it shouldn’t be forgotten how far off the charts the Corse is.  It’s got great potential and could be a substantial savings over a perfect specimen.

-donn

Trouble in Paradise – 2008 MV Agusta F4 1000R Corse
Suzuki May 26, 2020 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 1987 Suzuki GSX-R1100

Update 6.3.2020: This bike has SOLD on eBay for $9,800. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Unless owned by a retired racer, the liter-plus sportbikes generally find themselves on longer, more relaxed Sunday rides.  As some of the original owners are sunsetting, RSBFS reader Billy found his old flame GSX-R1100 and restored it with only the best intentions, but spare riding time did not materialize.

1987 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for sale on eBay

About all the engine you could imagine air/oil cooled and snuggled into a full fairing, with 125 hp and 76 ft.-lbs. torque.  The chassis is very light for the segment, all alloy with some very nifty production welding.  The swingarm is fabricated from similar extrusions, carried by the Full-Floater monoshock.  41mm forks are adjustable and equipped with Suzuki’s NEAS adjustable electric anti-dive system.  18-inch wheels slow the handling a bit, as does the lengthened swingarm and steering stabilizer.  The seat and fairing design nestle the rider in, not that they’ll be there long with a 4 gallon tank and 155 mph top speed.

Billy’s GSXR came to him as a rider, and he’s done a comprehensive mechanical resto, sourced some new fairing lowers and had all the bodywork professionally painted.  It has a very factory appearance and a correct Vance & Hines slip-on, with modern concessions like braided brake lines and individual K&N air filters.  A little of the previous owner’s patina remains, giving the bike great survivor cred and relieving the new rider of too much guilt.  Billy’s comments about the work he did –

I bought this bike in 2013 from a fellow sportbike enthusiast “of a certain age”, who, like me, wanted one back in the day but was too young/poor/busy/etc to have one. I had been looking for a few years at that point for a nice example and this fit what I was looking for:

  • Essentially stock, except some period-correct mods
    • Vance&Hines full exhaust
    • Pod filters (mainly because servicing carbs with the stock airbox is a pain in the butt)
    • Steel brake lines
  • Low miles – just over 6000 when I bought it, which I believe to be accurate but the title does have a “not actual” brand on the miles. The previous owner didn’t know why. I can’t say for sure the mileage is correct but I did replace the stock chain since I bought it, and it wasn’t worn/stretched out, just getting grungy looking. The rest of the bike, in general, seems like it hasn’t had much use.
  • Original paint
  • Nothing polished or otherwise butchered, thankfully
  • Ran/rode fine

Since I’ve owned it, its done a lot more sitting than riding. I have way too many projects and am trying to thin the herd a bit. COVID gave me some time to finally get this one ready to move to the next care taker. While I’ve had it, a lot of freshening has been done, because if I’m going to sit and stare at something in my workshop, I want it to look nice! Here’s the highlights:

  • A LOT of cleaning – the bike was stripped down and any non-stock or corroded fasteners were replaced with the correct new OEM items, that sort of thing.
  • When I got it the PO didn’t have the lower fairings. Like him, I actually like the look of these bikes without the lowers, it ‘lightens’ up the look, but I wanted to put it back to as nice of condition as possible, and that meant adding lowers. There was also some clear coat peeling on the decals on the tank, pretty common from what I’ve seen. Add in some light scratches on the upper from a driveway-type incident and I decided to go ahead and paint the upper, mids, lowers, front fender and tank, otherwise I’d never be completely happy with it. Everything from the seat back is original paint and in great shape. My painter let me down in a couple spots but it wasn’t enough to ask him to re-paint it. I took close-ups of the flaws – fairly minor and nothing that jumps out at you but I wanted the buyer to be aware of these. It’s a quality paint job from a professional auto body shop, 3 stage PPG paint, using repro decals from RDdecals.com – great products. Decals are under the clear, as stock.
  • New consumables: battery/tires/brake pads/oil/filters/fuel lines/fork oil & seals/chain/brake fluid/etc., etc.
  • New petcock
  • Repacked all swingarm/head/etc bearing
  • Rebuilt brake calipers, master cylinders and clutch master cylinder
  • New windscreen (minor scratches from handling – see pic)
  • Rebuilt carbs and installed Factory Pro jet kit, bike runs really well here in Ohio near sea level
  • Adjusted valves
  • Powdercoated side stand
  • More cleaning…

The bike runs and rides fine, no leaks/smoke, and gets a lot of attention from those ‘in the know’.

I’m an hour east of Cincinnati in southern Ohio.

The GSXR-1100 was developed alongside the 750cc model, and seemed to a lot of reviewers a perfectly scaled-up supersport or trimmed down GT, either way winning a lot of flagship shoot-outs.  With an endurance racer’s good looks, the cockpit reviewed as comfortable and got the rider out of the wind, and handled acknowledging the pre-nanny 125 ponies on tap.  Billy’s GSXR is a good year, pre-dating the 1989 chassis change and the water-cooled era.  With low miles and fresh restoration, it should be a trouble-free classic – just in time for some good weather !

-donn

Featured Listing – 1987 Suzuki GSX-R1100
Kawasaki May 26, 2020 posted by Donn

Too Close for Missiles – 1985 Kawasaki GPZ900R

Despite being a generation or so in the rearview mirror, the original GPZ900R Ninja had a lot of firsts for Kawasaki and big sportbikes in general.  Looking complete and mostly original, this example might be a good riding restoration.

1985 Kawasaki GPZ900R Ninja for sale on eBay

Beside being the first Ninja to our shores, the 908cc’s were liquid cooled, had four valves per cylinder, and a counter balance shaft in a compact architecture which kept the center of gravity low.  Four 34mm Keihin carburetors and 11.0:1 compression pushed the Ninja well over the goal line with 115 hp.  Super-high tech hadn’t quite made it to the steel chassis or pretty conventional suspension, but the triple drilled disk brakes were a plus, and linked to the anti-dive system.  At this point the lines are beyond classic, bringing visions of a drag race with an F-14.

Homing in on 28,000 miles, this GPZ900R has been around the world, but on silent more recently.  Appearing quite stock, it’s without damage unexpected for its age.  The owner is upfront about the work required to bring it back in the eBay auction:

Original except exhausts.  Very good condition, does have few nicks and imperfections as per photos Tank has some surface rust inside.  Ran well before I mothballed it around six months ago and now sits on top of my car lift with many others due to space constraints so plan to do the basics to recommission it for daily use.  It will also need a new battery and regulator/rectifier as it didn’t charge battery while riding.  A very easy candidate to turn into a full replica or take to top level.  Stating the obvious but this is same bike used in the Top Gun movie with Tom Cruise. Has become much more in demand since announcement of the new movie.  I know because I had 5 of them and since I started selling I have one left.

The GPZ900R was popular enough to fight off in-house challenges from liter-size successors, and had almost a 20-year run worldwide.  With the delayed opening of the Top Gun re-make, the new owner will have a chance to tidy this one up before donning a flight jacket and heading to a show.  The ask seems a shade more than the condition demands, but the Make Offer button is available.

-donn

Too Close for Missiles – 1985 Kawasaki GPZ900R
Honda May 21, 2020 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – Zero-Mile 2005 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition !

Update 5.30.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Each manufacturer and year can have but one flagship, and for Honda in 2005 it was the CBR1000RR Repsol.  RSBFS reader Don has been saving this first-year Repsol with great care for the next owner, and recently re-filled the consumables but hasn’t yet ridden a mile.

First Year 2005 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition for sale

As Honda often has, they let the development team behind their RC211V Moto GP bike give a great deal of input on the CBR1000RR or FireBlade.  While the racer’s V5 would have put production costs into the stratosphere, a new inline four was presented with electronically controlled ram air and power valve, and eight fuel injectors helping develop 172 hp.  The alloy chassis was composed mostly of die-cast segments, with 43mm cartidge forks and Pro-Link monoshock on an extended swingarm to accommodate all those ponies.  An electronic steering damper provided lighter control feel at lower speeds, and more stability under warp drive.  Styling also took cues from the RC211V, an angular design with rads vented to the side and aerodynamic from the nose to the seat sub-frame.

Don sourced a perfect example for his collection, and has prepared it with new fluids and break-in oil for the next owner.  To say it is stock and as new really understates the impact of this time machine.  His comments:

This bike has zero miles and is just as it left the factory, following dealer prep. Over the past 15 years it has been stored in very controlled conditions because there is no evidence of oxidation or corrosion whatsoever.

Prior to first start up, I began by changing the oil (Shell Rotella T 10w40 for break-in) and filter. I also changed clutch and brake fluids (Amsoil DOT 4 racing fluid) and flushed and replaced the coolant. I removed both sets of injectors and cleaned them in an ultrasonic and then with a Motion Pro injector cleaner. All injector seals were replaced with new OEM parts. I installed a new AGM battery and started and heat cycled the engine several times. Engine is running perfectly. I have not ridden the bike.

The bike is now ready to keep, display or ride (still has its original tires however). This is a first year Repsol and will become the most collectable, just as the first year Fireblades already are. Although its now 15 years old, it looks like it was just uncrated. Original toolkit and user manual included.

Based in Minneapolis, Don asks $11,500 for his Repsol.  His walk-around video is below.

Repsol has been a great Honda sponsor and the RC211V had a dynastic run of Moto GP championships, under Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden.  The CBR1000RR had to wait until 2007 for its WSBK championship, with James Toseland aboard – but in Hannspree’s white and green livery.  Nice to know Don’s CBR1000RR is ready to go, but I’m guessing a real collector will pick up a rider and preserve this virtually perfect example as a fitting bookend.

-donn

Featured Listing – Zero-Mile 2005 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition !
Honda May 20, 2020 posted by Donn

Fox Eye Lady – 1999 Honda RVF400R / NC35

In many ways a template of the Superbike RC45, the middleweight RVF400 ( NC35 ) had its own character and predatory facial expression.  This Wisconsin rider looks very good despite some prodigious miles.

1999 Honda RVF400R / NC35 for sale on eBay

Honda made a substantial update to the VFR400R, with a new chassis, inverted forks and 17-inch wheels front and rear.  Changes to the carburetors and valve timing could improve the torque curve but power was legislated to be 59 hp.  Air scoops and tracts over the handlebars deliver fresh if not ram air.  Forks and monoshock are adjustable for pre-load and rebound, and 269mm brakes are Nissin branded.  From down the block, the styling could fool you into an RC45 sighting.

Though it has seen 37K miles, this RVF shows nicely and has just a few wear marks to show for it.  Un-faired photos show the beauty to be more than skin deep.  From the eBay auction:

Clean and titled low-mileage 1999 Honda RVF400 (NC35). Registered and plated in Wisconsin. Clean title on hand. Some history on this bike: This bike is the little brother to the legendary RC45. The NC35 is a classic for collectors or exotic bike enthusiasts. As an evolution to the VFR400 (NC30), the NC35 comes with upside forks and 17” rear wheel for improved handling. Other unique features include a lightweight aluminum frame, and single-sided swing arm. Not to mention Honda’s V4 bullet-proof gear-driven engine with its distinctive rev whine. I purchased it from a private collector and have ridden it regularly. Bike starts right up and runs flawlessly. This bike has only seen non-ethanol fuel.

It is currently kept on battery tender and Pitbull front and rear stands. Cosmetically in great shape. OEM fairings show signs of age, but was very well maintained. The paint/decals throughout are still glossy. A couple of minor blemishes from prior ownership: tank has a small chip which was touched up. Details shown in ad photos. No other cracks or blemishes that I am aware of. Again, I rode this bike for many years. It is not in pristine show room condition. I’m happy to provide additional pictures if desired. Minor modifications I added to the bike – steel braided brake lines, CRG levers and a carbon fiber pipe (original canister available). Overall bike condition is very clean and well cared for; with some normal signs of wear for twenty-one year-old bike. It is a blast to ride and a conversation starter as many have never seen this bike.

The NC35 might’ve been considered a beginner’s bike here, but it was offered only in Japan and made its way around the globe in the gray market.  Lighter race riders have embraced its handling and build quality.  Unlike the racy singles being proffered today, the RVF400 has an exotic V-4 engine with a soundtrack provided by gear-driven cams.  While a collector could keeping shopping for less miles and patina, a rider might be happy it’s not perfect.

-donn

Fox Eye Lady – 1999 Honda RVF400R / NC35