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Kawasaki March 9, 2016 posted by Donn

Succeeding with Excess – 1986 Kawasaki Ninja 1000R

Trying to stamp out bugs such as Honda and Yamaha in the mid-eighties, Kawasaki resorted to enlarging the bore and stroke of the popular GPZ900R, and built a bike that set new straight-line speed records but could be a challenge to control.

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1986 Kawasaki Ninja 1000R for sale on eBay

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Evolved from the 900 cc model, the GPZ1000RX displaced 997 cc’s and laid down 125 hp.  Cycle World tested it as the fastest bike they had ever pointed their radar gun at, going by at 159 mph.  The strength of the engine was matched by the new perimeter frame and seriously built steering head holding 40mm forks and swingarm supported by Kawasaki’s Uni-Track monoshock.  Brakes were dual 280mm front discs and 260mm rear.  Weighing in the light-heavyweight area of a little over 500 lbs., handling is helped by 16-inch wheels.

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Listed by a motorbike museum and repair shop, this is a nice stock Ninja with recent maintenance.  Fairings appear complete and undamaged.  From the eBay auction:

This model has 125 horsepower and is one hell of a ride.
This bike in particular is a great example of a well preserved Ninja 1000R.
She runs great and everything works as it should!
We took this bike in to our shop and completely went through it:
Compression checks Perfect: 175 psi on all four cylinders
Complete carburetor cleaning, adjustment, and synchronization
Fuel lines replaced
Brand new Yuasa Battery installed
Throttle cable lubed and adjusted
100 Point Inspection and test ride.

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A couple of not unexpected details like a fork seal leak and run-down original (!) rear brake pads will require attention, but at least the owner is upfront with them.

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Hard to say where this auction will end, the 1000R reviewed as too much in most regards, but the handling acquitted the big red machine and allowed a 1/4 mile in under 11 seconds.  A quick trip down memory lane for the new owner…

-donn

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Succeeding with Excess – 1986 Kawasaki Ninja 1000R
Sport Bikes For Sale March 5, 2016 posted by Donn

Storage Wards – 2006 Yamaha YZF-1000 R1 50th Anniversary

Sometimes you have to look past the head-scratchiness of an offering, because it is just that special.  This strange auction of a contemporary classic R1 in 50th Anniversary Roberts colors, along with its storage unit buddy ( a 2012 Panigale TriColore ) is one of those times.

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2006 Yamaha YZF-1000 R1 50th Anniversary Edition for sale on eBay

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The liter-bike wars were raging in the mid-2000’s, and the bikes were getting downright serious, closing in of 200 hp, but without today’s electronics keeping an eye on things.  Yamaha’s flagship had a Genesis 5-valve head and booked 174 hp.  The swingarm had been lengthened 16mm to stabilize the handling under acceleration, and the R1 reviewed as not very flickable but rock-steady when set in a corner.  The beautiful castings of the Deltabox frame were accompanied by top-line Ohlins suspension, tuned by the racing department.  320mm front discs are grabbed by radially mounted 4-piston calipers, with 220 mm rear.  Forged Marchesini wheels were also part of the 50th Anniversary special, and reduced unsprung weight significantly.  The knife-sharp bodywork was available in corporate blue or black, but the Roberts team colors were part of the 50th edition.

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Parked in a Vegas storage unit before it was ever registered, this is a no-mile superbike.  Not much in the way of photographs, but the owner says this in the eBay auction:

I am selling both motorcycles as a package deal, and I am willing to sell them separately since they quite expensive for both.

The photos speak for themselves, pristine condition, not a single scratch on either bike and the 2012 Ducati 1199S Tricolore edition only has 2700 miles on it.  Yamaha has never been registered and engine has been sealed to prevent any damage these last 10 years it has been waiting for a good collector to realize the value of such a magnificent motorcycle.  
But if you are a true collector and interested in the Yamaha R1 50th Anniversary Edition with 0 miles and kept in pristine condition reach me to discuss options.  Email is possible too.
Yamaha is a Limited Edition model, only 500 of them are made and it has a VERY special number stamped on it.  I will not e-mail you photos of the number because too many people simply want to collect photos every time I have put this up for sale previously.

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There’s almost always a travel deal going to Vegas, so a live inspection should be possible and is always better than any pictures.  Especially at the ask, it’d be hard to imagine putting this zero-mile 50th Anniversary special back on the road, but it would be a ground-shaking ride.  And the number ?  Kenny Roberts rode a lot of number 2 machines, and was partial to 1 also, maybe the new owner will comment and say what’s stamped on this R1 ( and maybe why Starry Night )…

-donn

Storage Wards – 2006 Yamaha YZF-1000 R1 50th Anniversary
Sport Bikes For Sale March 2, 2016 posted by Donn

WSBK 2.0 – 1992 Ducati 888 SP4 #288

The second water-cooled Ducati desmoquattro, the 888 did well with Doug Polen aboard, winning the SuperBike World Championships in 1991 and 1992.  The venerable 916 was in development and except for 1997 would take the crown annually until Y2K.  Imported to Oz four years ago, this 888 SP4 was treated to a surprisingly high-level restoration, and looks every bit the ground-breaking SuperBike it is.

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1992 Ducati 888 SP4 for sale on eBay

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Very exotic for a production bike, the 888 SP4 has 116 hp on tap, and over 62 ft.lbs. torque.  It has an open loop fuel injection system, no sensor in the exhaust to mixture control, and won’t require an auxiliary fuel nannie.  The steel trestle frame is bright white on the 888, and carries 42mm Ohlins forks and rear Ohlins monoshock which has progressive linkage.  Seat console is beautiful brushed stainless.  Brakes are standard ( and excellent ) Bremo Gold Lines, 4-pot calipers in front with 320mm discs, 245mm rear.  Wheels are 17 inch lightweight alloys, for tires with with 120 and 180 mm widths.

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After bringing the bike from England to the opposite corner of the globe, the owner commissioned a museum-quality restoration, and the bike looks amazing.  The auction shows detailed photos of the restoration in progress.  As the owner says in the eBay auction:

Very rare genuine 888 SP4. Nut and bolt restoration done three years ago. Every part was either refurbished, repainted or replaced by Metro Ducati. I imported the bike from the UK four years ago in good condition but wanted it perfect, hence the restoration. It has full Australian compliance and is currently on club registration with the Ducati Owners Club. Total restoration cost was $23,000 (on top of the purchase price of the bike). Included are factory books, documented service history and detailed invoices and receipts for the restoration. Bike is absolutely perfect in every way.

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Melbourne is not exactly around the corner, though a party interested in a perfect 888 SP4 will have connections to appraise and verify.  If it was to hit the tarmac, the rider would find it’s a bike with a learning curve, but quick once mastered.  Raring to go but unlikely to be seen outdoors again, it’s a sad fate for this 888.  Maybe  ( for each new owner ) one nice ride on the way to the shop, where the engine will be fogged and the fluids drained before wheeling it into the gallery…

-donn

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Bimota March 1, 2016 posted by Donn

Carbon Unit – 2000 Bimota SB8R

Update 3.1.2016: Previously bid to $7,100 reserve not met this past November, this SB8R is back on eBay and reserve is currently met at $7k. Good luck to buyers and seller. Links updated. -dc

Emerging from the V-Due induced bankruptcy, Bimota produced a master stroke, a beautifully designed monoposto based on the exciting Suzuki TL-1000 twin.  With only 150 built, they show up on the market with surprising frequency, but an appearance by the big twin is always exciting.

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2000 Bimota SB8R for sale on eBay

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Based on the 996 cc V-twin, Bimota produced their own fuel injection system and exhaust for the engine resulting in 135 hp and 78 ft-lbs. torque.  Some street rideability issues emerged and many SB8R’s have aftermarket controllers fitted.  The chassis is an art piece, twin aluminum spars mated to carbon frame connectors.  The seat sub-frame is also carbon, as are the fenders and fairings.

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Suspension front and rear is by Paioli and fully adjustable.  In the braking department, top of the line Brembo 320mm front disks are followed by 220mm rear.  Reviewed as a bit of a hodgepodge, the full fairing has a wide presence for a tandem twin, the Suzuki headlight flanked by large ram-air intakes.  The carbon fiber intake tubes dominate the flight deck, at least until you’re under way.

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On display for several years after 8,000 miles, some renovation work has been done, but the bike still needs tires before riding at speed.  Looking good except for a scrape on the right swingarm and a craked left mirror ( might be tricky to replace ).  From the eBay auction:

This Bimota was recently serviced and a new battery installed.  It starts immediately and runs strong, with a very deep & throaty exhaust note.  The cosmetics look good overall, but there is some evidence of minor scratches and flaws (and a crack in one mirror base) that indicate that this bike probably saw some track duty early in its life.   Since this bike has been on static display for some time, the tires should be replaced for safety if it will be ridden regularly.

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Bimota’s of any year are exotic and rare, but the later bikes have technology that was leading edge then, merely special and expensive today.   The company had a factory race team in 2000, and Anthony Gobert won the Australian GP after having the bike for only 5 weeks.  Sadly, the sponsorship crumbled and the team folded halfway through the season.  Well-engineered as a make-or-break bike for the new partners, the Bimota SB8R is one of those keeper bikes, but ride it for a bit before you put it on display…

-donn

Carbon Unit – 2000 Bimota SB8R
Suzuki February 29, 2016 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo

Update 3.8.2016: This bike sold within 24 hours of posting on RSBFS! Thanks to Chris for supporting the site and congratulations to the new owner. -dc

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Price is $9500. SOLD

Manufactured for just a year and truly a wonder, the Suzuki XN85 might’ve been the first turbocharged sportbike.  While Honda and Yamaha had earlier turbos, they were mid-size GT’s while the Suzuki won kudos for handling.  Though its 85 hp are no longer monstrous, the well-tuned chassis and Kayaba suspension belies the XN85’s weight and lets the wide torque band carry the day.

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seller’s description:

Fully restored 1983 Suzuki XN85. Nut and bolt restoration. This XN85 Turbo is in near mint, museum quality. Near perfect. Restored approximately 2 years ago, the bike was shown at local bike and car shows by the two gentleman that restore antique bikes for a living. When I bought this XN85, there were two Enfields in the garage being restored, one was a sidecar The bike then sat in storage for a few years and is now ready for a new owner. This bike is exceptionally clean. 13,000 miles, but probably 50 miles or less since restoration. This bike is too nice for me to ride, needs to be in a collection or a museum. Runs, rides and stops. Just needs a new owner.
Anyone who knows about the XN85 is aware of how rare these are. Only 300 imported to the United States in 1983, the only year of production.
According to my research, the last one offered for sale was in 2014, on raresportbikesforsale.com. A few have surfaced in Europe, but none recently. Here is your opportunity to own a piece of motorcycling history.

Pictures

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1snkpjc4zqdwl2j/AADMh7MQB5CuxQWP1k5OrWRKa?oref=e&n=221148714
PRICE
$9500 USD

Shipping can be handled via uship.com
Phone Contact
Chris

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An air/oil-cooled four with just 673 cc’s, the XN85’s chassis was the neutral-handling basis for the succeeding GS750ES.  The engine used piston squirters to help the oil cool things, later developed into Suzuki’s two-stage oil pump.  Ergonomics are sporty with factory clip-ons and rearset controls.  The angular fairing recalled the Muth-designed 1981 Katana, and used a 16-inch front wheel to help turn-in.  The XN85 has one of Suzuki’s first Full-Floater rear suspensions as well as anti-dive forks.  Brakes are ready for higher speeds with 290mm front discs, 265mm rear.

Not unused with 13,000 miles, this XN85 was recently restored, looks mint and has turned only a few hundred miles since.  It’s been mostly going to shows, and might remain there, though it looks like it would be a great rider.  The turbo system’s forced induction allows a much simpler 2-valve head and the engine should be very robust.  Quite rare with only 1,100 in existence and under 300 stateside, it’s likely to be the only one in the neighborhood.

-donn

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Featured Listing – 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo
Ducati February 29, 2016 posted by Donn

Stacked – 2003 Ducati 999R

Delivered with a level of performance and finish that left owners and aftermarket folks scratching their heads, Ducati 999R’s often return to the market with just a few miles and not many mods.  999’s were made 2003-06, and there were R-models in each year except 2004 for SuperBike racing homologation.  Though there are more sensible, even more fun bikes for the street, if you have access to some long rural sweepers this would be an inspiring ride.

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2003 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

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Somewhat more oversquare than a standard 999 and ready for more revs, the 999 cc testastretta makes 139 hp.  Heads and cams were also new for the -R.  The silver trestle frame is hung with top-line Öhlins at both ends, and car-sized Brembo radially mounted brakes.  Wheels were also new, Y-spoke forgings from Marchesini.  The fairing is primarily carbon fiber, and is slightly taller overall, with stacked headlights accommodating the barely more upright riding position.

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Appearing to be a two-owner bike, this 999R looks mint and has had recent major maintenance.  Not much in the way of farkles except the open clutch cover, the owner states the Termignoni exhaust is an add-on, though -R’s were shipped with street and race exhausts, maybe the previous owner sold one and the current owner upgraded.  From the eBay auction:

Thinning my collection and selling my beautiful 999R. Original year and design. 03 was the only year to have the full carbon fiber bodywork, following years changed the rear seating section to plastic. This year is also serial numbered, #186. 1885 miles. Title is clear but want to be open that the bike was dropped by previous owner, probably after a few hundred miles, at slow speed in the rain (so I was told) and the left side fairing was replaced (not repaired or repainted) by motocorsa to the tune of $4500. Nothing else other than the bodywork was damaged.
Mostly stock aside from Speedymoto clutch cover and Termis. Has been ridden sparingly over the last couple of years and was last serviced by Ducati dealer about a 100 miles ago with all new fluids and belts etc. Has Shorai lithium battery. Pictures describe its condition best. Small scratch on swingarm but thats about it as far as flaws. Very nice R model 999.

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Though still a future classic among fans, the 999R’s sheaf of enthusiastic reviews and 3 WSBK titles can’t be ignored.  This is an amazingly well-designed and built road bike, of course for an experienced rider and wide open spaces, or the race course.  2003 seems a good vintage with a numbered edition of 500 and the carbon seat fairing.  Not without its faults, the starting and  cooling systems were frail and wouldn’t be updated until the 1098.  The incident damage is a question that would have to settled by an inspection, but the new cam belts are reassuring.  Quite a few bids with three days yet to run…

-donn

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Stacked – 2003 Ducati 999R
Laverda February 26, 2016 posted by Donn

Italian BMW – 1984 Laverda RGS1000

An old joke about European heaven and hell ( in heaven the French do the cooking, the Italians romance, the British are the police, and Germans run the trains – you know what happens in hell ) came to mind when I read a review of the Laverda RGS1000, owners were so impressed by the build quality they termed it the Italian BMW.  Coming at the beginning of the end for Laverda, the RGS1000 was an inspired sport heavyweight that kept the brand alive and still has a following today.

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1984 Laverda RGS1000 for sale on eBay

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Based on the 981cc triple from the 1970’s Jota ( itself an evolution of the 750cc twin ) the RGS engine uses a 120-degree crankshaft, inherently smoother than the Jota but subject to a secondary vibration requiring rubber engine mounts.  The triple Dell’Orto carbs help the engine toward 83 hp and 57 ft.-lbs. torque.  Suspension is all Marzocchi, air assisted, and triple Brembo 280mm disc brakes.  A very low 30-inch seat height allow the upper-only fairing to protect the rider at the 137 mph top speed.  Chockablock with neat details, it has a beautiful mono seat fairing, Vitaloni mirrors and a tank ready for a magnetic bag ( fuel filler is on the fairing ).

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Coming out of Toronto, this RGS1000 looks excellent and shows only 6,600 kms.  Pictures aren’t hi-res, but once right side up ( how did that happen ? ) they show a clean un-hacked classic.  Nothing about repairs or maintenance, which is acceptable considering the low mileage.  From the eBay auction:

1984 Laverda RGS 1000.  6600 KMS.  Mint condition.  Comes with factory original mint exhaust as well as the three into one Laverda racing exhaust.  Both exhausts are mint as is this particular RGS 1000.  A true all original unmolested survivor. 6600 KMS from new!  A rare opportunity to purchase a true gem. None finer and not a restoration.

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Almost a cult at this point, Laverda owners have several clubs and stay in close touch.  Just as well since despite the hand-built craftsmanship, the RGS requires valve clearance checks every 3000 miles, requiring removal of the fairing and fuel tank.  When carefully maintained, the smooth triple can have a long lifetime.  Though the bike is a portly 550 lbs., the fairing lends excellent fuel economy, and the RGS reviewed as a stable, invigorating ride.  Rare by any definition, only 250 or so of the 2500 total production made it to the states.

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In the end, the gorgeous heavyweight sport tourer made by a small, family-owned Italian firm could only delay the inevitable, and Laverda shortly entered the throws of bankruptcy before being bought and retired by Aprilia in 2000.  But well-made bikes like the RGS1000 live on.  In Laverda’s strange alternate universe, maybe Ducati would be making dual-sports and BMW sportbikes…

-donn

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Italian BMW – 1984 Laverda RGS1000
Ducati February 23, 2016 posted by Donn

Invoking Dharma – 1978 Ducati 900 SD Custom

Eye-catching but not an original 900 SS, this lookalike might be a good alternative for a value-conscious bevel fan.  Presumably customized from a standard 900 Darmah, the tank and fairings present the SS aura and looks better than most originals.

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1978 Ducati 900 SD Custom for sale on eBay

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With single overhead cams driven by a right-angle gear, the 864 cc’s author 74 hp at 7,500 rpm.  Specs are good for the day, 5-speed, right-side up Ceriani forks, twin rear shocks.  Triple-disc Brembo brakes are 280mm front and 260mm rear.  Classic items such as kick-only start and dual Dell’Orto carburetors may require a period mechanic for any serious work.

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Using Ducati body parts or very good replicas, this custom looks great with under 8,000 miles indicated, and features a classic Ducati color with polished fuel tank.  Very showy with alloy rims and stainless spokes.  You know you’ve got a fan when you see the glass bevel view cover !

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From the eBay auction:

Beautiful one of a kind 1978 Ducati 900SS Custom. Not an original 900SS. Matching engine and frame numbers.  Smiths gauges.  Kick start only – no electric start.  Runs perfectly – recently serviced in November of 2015.  Clean – Excellent condition – paint is perfect.  Handmade aluminum polished gas tank turns heads. Alloy wheels with polished stainless steel spokes. Del Orto 38mm carbs. New Ducati (Ducati Yellow- looks orange) paint. Odometer shows 7938 miles. This bike draws crowds wherever it  is parked – shows beautifully!  Very small ding in tank near seat – will send pictures upon request.  An all original SS goes for double the price!  Great for twisty roads – handles beautifully.

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The ’78 900 SS reviewed with a solid chassis, suspension that was good after set-up, great brakes, and an engine that wouldn’t win any drag races but had great presence out on the road.  Likely all true with this 900 SS commemorative,  if you hear what this bike is saying, it will be regardless of whether it’s original or not…

-donn

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Invoking Dharma – 1978 Ducati 900 SD Custom