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Moto Guzzi September 2, 2015 posted by Donn

Glossy Black – 1995 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100

Following the final Le Mans model in 1993, Moto Guzzi introduced a similarly-styled model with an 1100cc engine.  Guzzi had tested the waters for a 1000cc 4-valve overhead cam Daytona model in 1992-93 and decided there were still a couple of good years in a carburetted pushrod machine.  With a revised frame and rear suspension, it was a fine platform for the 90 hp engine.  Not seen every day in black, the glossy forks and swingarm are a great look.

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1995 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 for sale on eBay

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A couple of changes from other bikes in the Guzzi line-up from those years - absent is the linked brake system, possibly attempting to be more basic and sporty.  The 320mm  front and 283mm rear disk are up to the task of hauling down the 500 lb. machine.  Also the hip upside-down forks were traded for a more conventional 41mm fork tuned by White Power.  They also did the rear monoshock, which suspends the new Compact Reactive Drive Shaft ( CARC in Italian ), a parallelogram which helps isolate the force of the shaft drive from the suspension.  Though not super sporty, the hallmark shaft drive is maintenance-free.

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The 1100 here shows well and the present owner knows the previous owner and the bike's history, always a good thing.  Mileage at 13,000 is mid-pack.  Generally stock, it does have a Corbin seat and aftermarket exhaust with carbon mufflers, and new tires.  From the eBay auction:

This is a fairly rare bike. Very original and in exceptional condition. There are minor cosmetic imperfections from normal use but the bike has obviously been well looked after for its entire life. I know the history of it going back many years having bought it from a good friend who owned it for a long time.  The bike is largely original with the exception of the Corbin seats and a single gel battery conversion.  It also presently has a Brembo Gold front brake master cylinder on it as the original (included) needs to be re-built. It has a nice full aftermarket exhaust with an extremely nice OEM exhaust included.

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He goes on to say that the front brake light switch isn't working but expects to repair it, and that the rear main seal was suspected of fouling the clutch but is working fine after an adjustment.

20150831 1995 moto guzzi sport 1100 cockpit

The 1100 Sport tested well at the time, a stable platform with lots of torque, the 17-inch front wheel aiding turn-in.  The revised rear suspension reduced the tendency of the rear suspension to extend under power, but made the torque effect of the big twin more noticeable, an improvement to a knowing rider.  The sculpted fairing, tank, airbox, and seat fairing all work well together ( especially in black with the classic red and gold emblems ) creating a strong, handsome presence.  The Sport 1000 is great mix of classic Guzzi character and modern components...

-donn

Glossy Black – 1995 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100
Aprilia August 30, 2015 posted by Donn

Beauty Tribute – 2003 Aprilia Falco SL1000R

Update 8.8.2018: This bike is available on eBay. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Halfway between the RSV and the Futura on Aprilia's 2003 dealer card, you'll find the Falco 1000R.  Neither race replica nor sport-tourer, the Falco is a able performer with room for two and the feasibility of soft bags.  This Falco has been painted in tribute to Alex de Angelis, factory 250 rider back then, and blinged every way but Sunday. It's a treat for the eyes, and also for an afternoon on the road if not the track.

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2003 Aprilia Falco 1000R for sale on eBay

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With the 998cc Rotax twin slightly de-tuned from RSV Mille-spec, the Falco still has almost 120 horses on tap.  Hefty twin-spar aluminum cradle frame supports the 43mm Ohlins forks and monoshock rear.  Brakes are big at 320mm front / 220mm rear.  Despite pushing 450 lbs. fueled, the Falco is capable of a sub 12-second 1/4 mile and almost 160 mph top speed.  With its slightly cushier seat and higher bars, it's a more comfortable ride for a longer day.

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The owner had blue and white ribbons applied to the fairings, a tribute to Alex de Angelis, who rode the Aprilia RSV 250 back then, and is riding an Aprilia in Moto GP this year for IodaRacing.  He also updated just about everything on the bike, bringing many systems up to the RSV level and lightening and color-coordinating everything else.  Truly too much to list, the owner provides this preamble in the eBay auction:

Here is for sale a very beautiful and unique motorcycle with tons of upgrades. It's one owner bike and I am the only owner and purchased this bike brand new from a dealership. Bike has always been cared for and always stored in heated garage under bike cover with a battery tender attached. Bike is always washed after every ride and oil is changed regularly. Always use Agip oil recommended by Aprilia. I have a lot of bikes (6) and this is one of my favorites but I need to thin out my herd.

If you ever wanted to have a beautiful and unique motorcycle with tons of upgrades here is your chance of owning one without doing all the work.

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In between upgrades the owner somehow had time to live in NYC and ride the bike, looking great for 16,500 miles.  Widely reported as more fun on the road than the RSV, the Falco wasn't a winner in the showroom and only survived another year.  This particular Falco, with upgrades and accessories on the order of triple its value, does look like a winner...

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-donn

Beauty Tribute – 2003 Aprilia Falco SL1000R
Yamaha August 28, 2015 posted by Donn

Simple and Effective – 1985 Yamaha RZ-350 Kenny Roberts Edition

These days, it's longer to tell what's not onboard the RZ-350 than what is.  One of the last two-strokes in the U.S. market, there is no ECU, no 3-way adjustable dampers, no anti-dive, no traction control, no speed shifter, no fuel injection, no anti-lock brakes, etc., etc.  Just 375 lbs., 50 ponies, and maybe you.

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1985 Yamaha RZ-350 Kenny Roberts Edition for sale on eBay

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Not completely without modern equipment, the RZ-350 did have YPVS, the electronically-controlled exhaust port, which improved rideability.  But in most other ways it was just plain riding, a 350cc two-stroke introduced in 1983, the 1985 year having a lightweight bikini fairing and red-white colors.  A 6-speed transmission helps keep the 350cc twin on the boil.  Air-preload forks are complemented by monoshock rear suspension.  Triple-disk brakes make more space between telephone poles.   4.10 x 18 front and rear tires are on pretty light looking wheels.

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A number of racey mods update this RZ350 - catalyst-equipped exhaust removed in favor of expansion chambers with mufflers, and handling enhancements up front include fork brace and steering damper.  The oil metering pump has been secured in favor of pre-mix, a standard racetrack update.  Otherwise the bike looks clean and original.

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Though just five of the last 30 years are accounted for, the owner says in the eBay auction:

Collector quality 1985 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts Signature Edition with only 8889 actual miles in excellent condition.  All original paint and engine. Has Toomey pipes, Daytona fork brace and a steering stabilizer that appear to be period correct. The oil pump has been disabled and is set up for pre-mix only, very common safety modification. I have the dowel pin and instructions from the original owner if you want to put it back to stock.  I also have the original pipes as well as all the smog components, hoses etc. Bike also has its original tool kit and manual. Bike starts, runs, drives, stops, and idles as it should. Mechanically sound. The tires, while having plenty of tread, are starting to get weather checked. I have lovingly owned and enjoyed this bike in my collection for the last 5 years.

Might want to replace or make a close inspection of those tires and other wear parts, but this looks to be a great very sporty RZ...

-donn

Simple and Effective – 1985 Yamaha RZ-350 Kenny Roberts Edition
Moto Guzzi August 27, 2015 posted by Donn

Red Survivor – 1985 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 Mk. IV

Almost 20 years on since the introduction of the V7 and the big V-twin was still the basis for the Moto-Guzzi range.  Alejandro De Tomaso took a personal interest in the machine, displacement was increased from 850 to 1000cc, and the front wheel size reduced to 16 inches in the interest of quicker handling.  In various minor revisions and special editions, the Le Mans 1000 carried the marque until the early nineties when fuel injected models were ready.

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1985 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 Mk. IV for sale on eBay

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Sporting a more angular but bikini-style fairing, the Mk. IV Le Mans looks back at the sporty cafe racer it was when introduced in 1976.  The red-orange paint, now extended to the frame and forks, recalls earlier 850 models.  Small body fairing and chin scoop direct air over the cylinders.  Larger valves and 10:1 compression ratio gave a nice bump in power from the 850, needed as weight had creeped up to over 500 lbs.  With shaft drive and the fairly high-geared 5-speed transmission, if not super quick the 1000 was plenty fast with a top speed of almost 140 mph.  Steering was enhanced with the 16-inch front wheel, though not all riders considered it an improvement to the long heavyweight the bike had become.  Early linked brakes were a safety enhancement, handlebar lever operating the right front brake disk, and pedal gave you left front and rear brake together, each disk 270mm.

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Sparklingly presented by a Nashville dealer, this Le Mans has only 5,100 original miles and appears unrestored.  The eBay auction lists a few updates and repairs:

This Le Mans is in fantastic original condition and was just picked up from the second owner. It is bone stock with the exception of the leather bags and upgraded exhaust (comes with original exhaust as well, in poor condition) The paint is all original and is very glossy with very few minute blemishes. The tires are new Metzlers, 500mi ago. The brakes lines were all replaced due to age (original included) and the rear master cylinder was also recently replaced. Comes with all it's original keys, 2 ignition, and two for the neck.

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Though a mature design at the beginning of the sportbike "revolution", the Le Mans 1000 is still a looker, and can still perform.  The bombproof twin and shaft drive make it a cafe racer for the long term...

-donn

Red Survivor – 1985 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 Mk. IV
Bimota August 26, 2015 posted by Donn

Rebound – 2006 Bimota SB8K Santamonica

As the 1990's wound down Bimota ventured into powerplant development, and produced a race-derived 500cc two-stroke mill for their 1997 V-Due.  Not for the meek however, fuel injection difficulties forced a recall and Bimota re-fit the entire production with carburettors, leaving them mostly outside emissions regulations for street machines, and ultimately forcing the partners to seek investors.  Reincarnated in the early 2000's, most of the models were Ducati-based, but the notable SB8 was built around the big Suzuki twin TL1000 motor.  Introduced as the SB8R, the bike gave Bimota two WSBK wins in 2000 before the team lost their sponsorship.  In 2005 the SB8K was launched as a commemorative edition for its rider Anthony Gobert, and the bike was revised for 2006-07, named for the Italian race course, and is a rare and great performer.

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2006 Bimota SB8K Santamonica for sale on eBay

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Long revered for their aluminum machined parts, Bimota lavished lightweight materials on the SB8K, the frame an aluminum cradle with beefy carbon connectors, and fairings being carbon fiber.  Though road regulations here did not allow a carbon fuel tank, overall weight is still under 400 lbs, fine for a machine with 143 hp.  Bimota produced their own ECU  for the SB8K which reduces the number of electrical components, and innovative fuel injectors which capitalize on intake flow.

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Components are excellent also, with adjustable 46mm Ohlins forks and monoshock.  Brembo radial-mounted front brake disks are 320mm, with a 240mm rear disk.  Underseat exhausts have aluminum mufflers, and lightweight forged wheels are from O-Z.  The carbon-faired monoposto seat is in nice shape.

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The Santamonica offered here is no hangar queen with almost 9,000 miles, but looks good and unmolested.  The original owner says this in the eBay auction -

Original owner of this awesome Bimota. This is the highest specification motorcycle Bimota ever produced. Bodywork is full carbon fiber with the exception of the tank which is steel due to USA requirements. OZ racing wheels, Brembo radial brakes, Ohlins adjustable suspension and steering damper, mixed carbon fiber/aircraft alloy frame structure and numerous Bimota machined alloy parts. Suzuki TL1000R engine rated at 142.6 HP and 77.8 lb-ft of torque. Total weight less than 400 lbs with a very low center of gravity makes handling light and precise.

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A booming 1000cc twin with a bespoke chassis, the exotic SB8K has the advantage of a proven and repairable engine.  Nice to see one that's been away from the display stand without being abused.  Priced in the mid-40's when new, the patina-ed SB8K is liable to be much more affordable...

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-donn

Rebound – 2006 Bimota SB8K Santamonica
BMW August 22, 2015 posted by Donn

Agent K – 1990 BMW K1

Produced in 1988-93 at a rate of just over 1000 per year, BMW's 90's flagship was sporty though quirky.  They have a cult following of BMW die-hards and engineers, enchanted by the aerodynamics and 100 hp.  Also offered in red with yellow graphics ( ketchup and mustard ) and basic black, the blue metallic with yellow is a good compromise.  The condition, originality, and accessories make this K1 something special.

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1990 BMW K1 for sale on eBay

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Responding to impending emissions rules, BMW developed the straight-four in the early 80's for the K100.  The K1 was the first K-bike with 4 valves per cylinder.  With a steel backbone frame using the engine as a stressed member, the stable K1 was made for extended 150 mph runs on the autobahn.  BMW's new Paralever shaft drive is in a single-sided monoshock rear suspension, with more conventional front forks.  Early ABS brakes use 305mm front disks and 285mm rear.

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The 7-piece fairing achieved a drag coefficient of .38 ( a record .34 with rider tucked in behind the windscreen ), though the slippery fairing traps heat from the engine.  The 1000cc K-engine also generated a secondary vibration in the midrange, causing complaints from some riders.  The seat fairing has built-in panniers, though soft bags might be required for a long trip.

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The owner has put a wealth of information and history in the eBay auction:

I purchased the bike from an avid BMW collector in Boise. I had the bike delivered directly to the dealership and had them go from front to rear of the bike and fix/replace anything that was in need of repair. I told them to not even attempt to start the bike as it sat for almost 2yrs.. told them to replace fuel pumps/filters/fluids/battery, and do a complete service on the bike, and tires are 85% new. This bike at 25yrs old runs good as new, and handles as new. The only thing this bike needs is a new home.

Included with the bike:
- Tool kit and tire repair kit. (original)
-3M Protection around rear box lids to prevent scratching (applied on date of original purchase)
- Cee Baileys Headlight protector (applied on date of original purchase)

Australian made Staintune Stainless Steel Performance Exhaust. ($1,200.00 to purchase now, and Staintune does not carry this part number any longer, refused offer of $900.00 and exchange for OEM exhaust at last bike rally)

Wonderful Bonus to this bike is the ORIGINAL Tank Bag with both original Rain Covers. Additionally, the original saddle bags and original K1 Rain covers.

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The first 20,000 miles on this K1, must've been extremely careful, as there doesn't appear to be a mark on it.  Very original, the only aftermarket parts appears to be the Staintune exhaust.  The collection of accessory soft bags and rain covers are unavailable except on the used market and a useful addition.  Forward looking in design and engineering, the K1 marks a time when BMW peeked over the slippery slope of sportier bikes, which they would address later in the 1990's with the -RS and -S 1100cc twins...

-donn

 

 

 

Agent K – 1990 BMW K1