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Triumph June 12, 2016 posted by Donn

Boxer at a Cocktail Party – 2006 Triumph Speed Triple

Recalling the 1938 Triumph Speed Twin, the Speed Triple was introduced in 1994 and is still in the line-up.  The 1050cc triple was part of a 2005 redesign that included electronic fuel injection, inverted forks, and radially-mounted brake calipers.  A nice-handling streetfighter, the Speed Triple was Cycle World's best Standard bike in their 2006 Ten Best issue.

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2006 Triumph Speed Triple for sale on eBay

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Updating a cornerstone in their dealerships' showroom, Triumph enlisted designer Frascoli Rodolfo, but stipulated an evolutionary rather than revolutionary update.  The 1050cc engine has four valves per cylinder and brings home 131 hp, with a wider torque band than the similar engine used in the Sprint model.  Exposed radiator and oil cooler ( and plumbing ) are part of the streetfighter aesthetic.  3-1-2 exhaust has a catalyst in the collector, but the system still looks sporty.  The twin-tube alloy  frame maintains the looks from previous years, but has triple-adjustable 45mm forks and monoshock fitted.  Brembo brakes were part of the update, 320mm fronts with 4 piston calipers, and 220mm rear.

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Evidently garaged within an easy commute to Philly, this Speed Triple looks excellent for its 8,000 miles.  Rare white color and no apparent damage, with new battery and tires is a recipe for success.  From the eBay auction:

EXCELLENT SHAPE - GARAGE KEPT

  • Best Kept Secret in US Sport Bike Market...Gotta Love the Brits!
  • Perfectly maintained
  • New Tires
  • New Battery
  • Great Sound
  • All the extras- End Mirrors, Wind Screen, Low Profile Plate
  • Low Mileage - Less Than 7900
  • Single Swing Arm- Rear

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Capable of 150 mph if you can hang on, but also commutable, flexibility is the reason streetfighters are everywhere.  Triumph has more recently introduced a Street Triple with 675cc engine and less hooligan air.  But even if you wring it out only occasionally, those 1050 cc's are nice to have around.  This example is in nice shape, and better yet garaged and maintained...

-donn

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Boxer at a Cocktail Party – 2006 Triumph Speed Triple
Suzuki June 9, 2016 posted by Donn

2nd Generation – 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750

Coming off 1988's major re-vamp, the GSX-R750 for 1989 had the new frame, upgraded engine with slingshot carbs, revised fairing from the previous year along with a couple of tweaks to improve cornering clearance.  Would that it were an R or RK, but the base K model was a great ride, and could be very quick if suspension set-up was done individually.

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1989 Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale on eBay

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Sporting the SACS ( Suzuki Advanced Cooling System ), the 748 cc motor uses a two-stage oil pump with oil routed past the combustion chambers and piston squirters to help maintain its composure as 13,000 rpm and 112 hp quickly approach.  36mm Mikuni flat-slide carburetors are helped by a shorter intake path, fed by ports beside the headlights.  The perimeter frame is welded up extrusions and forgings of aluminum, as is the swingarm.  Right side up cartridge forks are without anti-dive but adjustable for preload and rebound damping, as is the Full-Floater monoshock.  Stainless 4-1-2 exhaust is new for this year, though this bike has been fitted with a D&D 4-into-1 system.  Brakes are Nissin 310 mm fronts with four-piston calipers, with 230 mm rear.  Steering damper on the left frame is standard.  Though available set up for a passenger, this GSXR has the matching monoposto seat fairing.

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Offered by a New Jersey dealer, this GSX-R750 looks excellent or better and claims only 1,407 miles.  Sharper eyes may see mods but I'm not.  None of the body faux pas look like accident damage.  From the eBay auction:

Incredible find.  1989 GSXR 750K, its an ICONIC sport bike and becoming highly collectible.  Its not only incredible that this bike still exists but its in really great condition too.  

Bike is ready to ride with fresh oil/Filter, brake flush, New Tires.
 
Bike comes with factory (VERY RARE) solo seat cover with bump pad and also included is the stock seat cover/tailight surround.
 
I have tried to detail most of the defects in the paint but certainly can not get them all so i concentrated on the most obvious ones.  I have not noticed any cracks at all in the body, even all the small tabs seem to be intact.  The wind screen is a bit marked up and most of the scratches can be polished out but I opted to put an original windscreen on the bike verses a flimsy cheap aftermarket one.

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Though a production machine and not a rarity at the time, a road registered original like this is not seen often.  Claiming a substantial horsepower advantage over its competition, the factory made some ride-height adjustments and re-shaped the exhaust collector for 1989, resulting in a sharp handling powerhouse.  Since summer is here, any number of aftermarket windshields would serve the purpose while you polish the original or search out a new-old-stock part...

-donn

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2nd Generation – 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750
Ducati June 6, 2016 posted by Donn

Still Truckin’ – 1986 Ducati 750 F1

One of Ducati's earliest racey replica's the 1985-88 750 F1 was based on the engine from the Pantah.   Rather than retire and restore, this owner has continued to ride, update and repair the bike.  The result is a rider, not a museum piece, but one you could throw a leg over and enjoy today.

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1986 Ducati 750 F1 for sale on eBay

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Presented as the factory was struggling with cash flow issues, the engineering done for the 750 F1 was limited, and the bikes lightweight, focused on sport.  The desmodue achieved 76 hp, routed through a dry clutch and 5-speed transmission.  Suspension was fairly basic with single-adjustable 40 mm forks and monoshock.  Stoppage provided by triple 280mm Brembo brakes, fronts semi-floating.   Now a classic Ducati look, the trellis frame peeks behind the tricolore endurance fairing.

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Showing a little over 27,000 miles, this 750 F1 looks great, as its age translates to less that 1,000 miles per year.  Beside only the normal patina of a road bike, the maintenance history is good news.  From the eBay auction:

1986 Ducati F1 (ZDM3AAALXGB751485) in excellent overall condition with very few minor cosmetic blemishes: two small dime sized dings on right top edge of tank, some spider crazing on fiberglass fairing, some minor paint scratches and touchups where needed. See pictures for some details. 3rd owner from new.

PHF 38mm carbs fitted. Two into one original Conti exhaust sounds great. Kill switch and switch gear from Bevel Heaven. Belts changed end of 2013; in 2014, less than 700 miles ago, new tires, new chain, replacement rear Hagon mono shock; overhauled front and rear brake calipers; new vacuum petcock. Has slight leak on front fork seals, need replacing sooner or later.

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In hindsight, Ducati's laser focus on getting the F1's out the door, while depriving them of the latest innovations, made for a lighter, more raw, and sportier build.  It also got them over the hump, and with Cagiva's ( note Elephant decals ) help, they were on to bigger and better, as the belt-driven desmoquattros were just over the horizon.  Total production of the 1986 F1 was around 1,200 machines, now how many could say they were kept operational, ridden, maintained and updated over that 30 years ?

-donn

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Still Truckin’ – 1986 Ducati 750 F1
Aprilia June 1, 2016 posted by Donn

The Usual Fantastic – Aprilia RS250 2003 Final Edition in Japan

Early 2000's the two-stroke open range was contracting, MotoGP rulemakers made the 500cc two-strokes obsolete, and the EU's transition from Euro2 to Euro3 basically cut allowed emissions in half.  Aprilia's successful line of small bikes, which had brought them 1990's championships in Moto1 and Moto2, were breaking camp.  The company produced a Final Edition of the RS250 in 2003 with special graphics and the bike's usual ( fantastic ) performance.

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Aprilia RS250 2003 Final Edition ( Japan ) for sale on eBay

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The RS250 is based on a carburetted Suzuki single of 249cc, and with Aprilia's own ECU, cylinders, and exhaust makes 55 hp.  The torque graph is a little peaky though, with most power available above 8,000 rpm.  Aprilia's twin spar frame is a work of art, the thin-walled stampings welded to magnesium alloy steering head and connector castings, supporting a similarly fabricated ( and beautiful ) banana swingarm.  Forks are 40mm Showa upside-down, dual-adjustable, and the Sachs monoshock is triple-adjustable.   Brakes are over-spec, twin 298mm discs in front with four-piston calipers, and 220mm rear.  Bodywork and appointments are sporty to the point of uncompromising, and if you're not busy trying to go fast, you'll find time to be uncomfortable.  The RS250 saves weight using only a kick-starter, but does give you a full-featured instrument panel.

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Coming out of what appears to be a Japanese dealer, this RS250 appears to be in nice shape, with only a few rubs on the rainbow stripes.  Coming up on 5,000 miles which is about half-life for the top end and probably ready for a power valve cleaning.  While the pictures aren't hi-res, they don't show evidence of damage or modification.  Interesting that the owner offers free shipping ( to a port ).  From the eBay listing:

Very rare 2 stroke motorcycles from Japan to the world!!
And Shipping cost is FREE!! (from our office to port near your place)

Aprilia RS250 Later model
VIN; ZD4LDA0003S104576
Year: 2003
Mileage: 8,020 km
Condition : Mint condition. It has tiny scratches on the body work.
Engine condition is very very well.

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Though 250cc two-strokes would remain legal in Moto2 until 2009 and brought Aprilia championships in 2006  and 2007, the bell had tolled for the road bike.  The ask seems high but these were very expensive when new, exquisitely built and lightning quick.  Though road registration would likely be a trial, this would make an outstanding track day machine...

-donn

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The Usual Fantastic – Aprilia RS250 2003 Final Edition in Japan
Moto Guzzi May 29, 2016 posted by Donn

Once Red – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

After giving the LeMans token updates for several years, Moto Guzzi made some great modernizations in 1993 and named the result after another endurance racing classic - Daytona.  With help from the brilliant gentleman racer Dr. John Wittner, Guzzi fielded the four-valve per cylinder 1000cc engine in their long stable chassis.  Though built in low numbers and not that many years, the Daytona 1000 lives on, this one in new livery and some carbon bits.

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1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for sale on eBay

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Fuel injected for the first time, the Daytona's 992 cc's generate 102 hp in a wide torque band, and only a 5-speed transmission is required.  While the new heads have belt-driven single overhead cams, the inboard arrangement leaves room for air-cooling fins, saving the water system and preserving the excellent sounds.

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The engine is a stressed frame member, and the large frame / footpeg connectors have been made into more of a statement.  Up front are triple-adjustable Marzocchi forks, with WP monoshock supporting the shaft drive rear end.  Brembo supplies the linked brake system with 320mm front disks and 260mm rear.  Bodywork is a sharp upper-only fairing with a roomy monoposto seat fairing.

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With a fan's head guards and oil temperature guage, and at one time a cover model, this Daytona 1000 has been relieved of its red paint, now a stealthy black with carbon mufflers, front fender, and dash.  The gold highlights impart a retro-classic look.  From the eBay auction:

This bike features Termignoni mufflers, free-flowing exhaust header system (no can), Power Commander, Stage 1 engine performance kit, gorgeous black paint with gold logo transfers, gold powder-coated wheels, Marzocchi forks, Brembo brakes, and Works Performance rear mono shock.
 
Number 5 according to the VIN, it was featured on the cover of Mick Walker's Moto Guzzi Buyer's Guide, back when it was still red.  Stock HP was 98, this one definitely has more.  Tremendous exhaust note!  
 
Included is a stack of receipts, including the original purchase receipt and a charming typewritten (!) letter from the factory to the buyer, thanking him for his purchase.  Also included is the stock black front fender.

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Though the Daytona's arrival breathed a lot of performance into the big air-cooled twin, it only made up some of the ground to the fast-moving sportbike evolution, and the bikes remained an individualist statement.  They reviewed very well, with plenty of oomph, great stability, and only a smidgen of longitudinal twin or shaft-drive oddity.  This example would be a great find if your aim is more café than WSBK...

-donn

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Once Red – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000
Aprilia May 27, 2016 posted by Donn

Super Lite – 2006 Aprilia RS125 in Norway

Restyled to be a dead ringer for Aprilia's liter sportbike, the RS125 is designed and equipped like a larger track weapon.  From the lands of progressive licensing, it brought box-section frame and swingarm, upside-down forks, and four-piston calipers to aspiring riders.

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2006 Aprilia RS125 ( Norway ) for sale on eBay

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Aprilia's two-stroke single is a known quantity, winning Moto 3's since 1992, this time with Dell'orto carburetor and electronic ignition.  The resulting 28 hp is mostly available north of 7,000 rpm, though a computer-controlled exhaust valve aims to maximize lower rpm output.  40mm inverted forks and rising-rate rear monoshock are fully adjustable. Radially mounted front caliper is over a big 320mm rotor, but just one, with 220mm rear.  Expansion chamber exhaust is a must, and this bike has been treated to the Arrow titanium.  Wheels are y-web light alloy if not forged.

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Hard to complain about our locally short riding season when you read about a bike from Oslo, Norway, and with a little over 10,000 miles, this owner has spent some time riding and caring for this bike, as he relates in the eBay auction:

New restored and everything is working properly 100%. Trim setup is mounted is arrow power plant plus rave 2 valve, additionally dyset the carburetor so it gets more gas under higher engine speed of approximately 6000 rpm and upwards. Things that have been made and purchased new. polished frame, new flashing light that is led light in Carbon brake pads front and rear, rear gear, new chain and in addition, it has been the main service and changing engine oil, coolant, brake fluid and spark plugs. It has been laid right in the room temperature, and appears to be rare and exemplary.

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Out of production since 2012, when Moto GP changed their formula to a 250cc four stroke, the Aprilia was half-again as costly as its competitors, and this bike's ask is just about MSRP.  But if you had a track endeavor, this would be a dynamite starter or pit bike.  Plain vanilla compared to the many factory replicas, this RS125 appears undamaged, lightly updated and maintained.  Leaving it to you to coordinate with your summer fjord cruise line to carry this baby from Oslo back to Southampton, where it'll be as easy ship home...

-donn

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Super Lite – 2006 Aprilia RS125 in Norway