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Yamaha October 3, 2015 posted by Donn

Four Hundred Four Fizzer – 1988 Yamaha FZR400

Eclipsed by the 600’s, or maybe just soft-pedaled by the factory as a domestic Japanese market special, the FZR400 lived out its eight-year stateside run in relative obscurity.  Because of it medium size and power, it was a bike that any rider, almost regardless of size or experience, could jump on and have a blast.  Occasionally recognized by the media as a sweet handler, it could embarrass its big brothers in the twisties, and finding one in nice shape is a rarity these days.

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1988 Yamaha FZR44 for sale on eBay

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Peeking out around the bodywork is the DeltaBox aluminum frame, seriously overbuilt for the 60 hp machine.  The overbuilding continues with the 41mm forks, 282 mm dual front rotors, and 110mm front / 140mm rear tires, larger than many bigger bikes at the time.  Max thrust arrives at 12,500 rpm, and Yamaha’s EXUP exhaust ultimate power valve extends the torque band from the peak at 9,500 rpm.  Great paint design on the full endurance-style fairing.  There’s room for lunch behind the dual seat ( with monoposto cover ) but for anything more than that you’ll need a backpack.

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Listed by a Texas dealer, this FZR400 appears very good and shows just under 12,000 miles.  Supertrapp muffler and remote-reservoir monoshock are the only mods discussed in the eBay auction:

Here we have what may be one of the best remaining Yamaha FZR400s in the market today – we understand it was owned originally by a dentist in California, and then went into a well known sport bike collection and has therefore had very little use. It is showing just 11,373 miles on the clock. 
 
While the motorcycle is largely original it is fitted with a period Supertrap exhaust and aftermarket rear suspension. We can source and supply original items ex-Japan if required.

A nice addition is the tail cowl has three famous signatures including that of Wayne Rainey.

This motorcycle is mint mint mint!

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Reviewed as a bike you could enjoy cruising back roads and at the far reaches of its 14,000 rpm redline, the FZR400 is a bike for junior and expert riders alike.  After 1989 the fairing was given a 90’s angular styling but the early models’ design hangs together nicely.  While it would be cool to happen upon a homologation special, this one appears to have been cared for and parked indoors.  Many have been to the racetrack and had 600 cc engines installed, but a carefully maintained stocker might be better in the long run…

-donn

Four Hundred Four Fizzer – 1988 Yamaha FZR400
Bimota October 1, 2015 posted by Donn

We Live Too Fast – 1988 Bimota YB6

The liter-bike big brother of the successful 750cc YB4, the Bimota YB6 was a super-high performance hand-crafted machine.  Designed by Frederico Martini, a total of 546 of the Yamaha-powered superbike were produced from 1988-90.  It looked a great deal like the 1987 championship-winning YB4, but had 140 hp of Yamaha 5-valve engine behind the fairing.

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1988 Bimota YB6 for sale on eBay

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Squeezing the four cylinder engine as a stressed member, the massive aluminum extrusions of the YB6 provide a stable platform for the 165 mph machine.  The swingarm is a similar welded extrusion, and the big Yamaha motor is rotated a few degrees back to shorten the wheelbase.  Marzocchi provided the fully adjustable 42mm forks and remote reservoir monoshock.  four-piston Brembo calipers grip the 320mm front rotors, with 230mm rear.  Lovely endurance monoposto fairing is one of the most together designs ever, with dual fresh air intakes and classic but exciting graphics.

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Listed by a Piano, Italy shop that appears to specialize in restoring and customizing Harleys ( their motto is the title of this post ), this YB6 looks amazing.  Number 125 of the production run, it also looks to be number 1 in the Bimota historic register.  Pictured with a track-oriented dash with no odometer, the auction says it has 12,000 miles, might be km.  Not-so-period Termignoni carbon muffler could be retro-modded easily.  Lights and street dash are included, along with owner’s manual and rear stand.  The owner offers references and assistance with shipping.  From the eBay auction:

THIS IS THE BIKE DISPLAYED ON THE BIMOTA BOOK “25 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE” by GIORGIO SARTI.

Very early model, one owner from new (the president of Bimota Club Italia), fully preserved conditions, comes with original indicators, user manual, dashboard, paddock stand. Italian registration documents.

Bike is currently located in Italy, 33080 Roveredo in Piano (Pordenone) but I can get them delivered all around the World at cost, no problem.

We can supply US contact as reference.

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Likely a project to register for the road, this could be a collection starter, or could be a superb vintage racer with the YB4-based frame.  A top seller for Bimota, but only an hour’s production at their engine supplier, the YB6 is a hand-built superbike with a great pedigree.  Just a pleasure to look at and daydream…

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-donn

We Live Too Fast – 1988 Bimota YB6
Suzuki September 30, 2015 posted by Donn

Gorilla For Sale – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100

The big-bore sportbike can lead a hard life, racing from light to light, changing hands often – it’s rare to see one survive without some half thought-out mods and undamaged, but here is the exception.  The GSX-R models were the right step for Suzuki after many years developing the GS and Katana, introducing the 750 and 1100 to the USA in 1986 and starting a dynasty.  Lightweight for the time, with the beginnings of alloy frame construction and a now legendary powerplant, the GSX-R1100 is a once and future flagship.

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1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for sale on eBay

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Suzuki’s 1052cc mill is air and oil-cooled, with a newly designed two-stage oil pump providing high pressure to the bearings and lower pressure feed to cool the internals.  The carburetted engine with double overhead cams generates 125 hp and 76 ft-lbs. torque.  It’s laid in a cradle of aluminum extrusions welded to cast connectors and steering head, more heavily built than the 750 frame and quite rigid.  Only five speeds are required with all that torque.  41mm front forks are fully adjustable, and Full Floater monoshock rear shock is adjustable for rebound.  Twin 310mm disks are up front with 4-piston calipers, and a single 220mm disk follows.

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This GSX-R has almost 12,000 miles but it doesn’t amount to even light wear over just about 30 years.  Surprisingly stock for a liter bike of a certain age, most have been “improved” or all the alloys polished, re-painted or even re-bodied.  Looks super in the pictures, just a couple of notes in the eBay auction:

Features:
Has original Air Box, Exhaust, all wire ties, all frame plugs, hardware, assembly check paint on bolt heads, original brush finish on frame. Runs as good as it looks. Bike is 99% original I’d say.

Whats NOT original:
Windshield
Battery (brand new sealed Yuasa brand)
Tires (brand new Bridgestone BT45s)

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Bidding started almost as soon as it was posted, and there’s no telling what a time machine like this can bring.  Tests from the day praised the big machine’s handling, torque and light weight, it’d be something to step back in time and smash an 11-second quarter-mile or straighten out Laguna Seca…

-donn

Gorilla For Sale – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100
Ducati September 29, 2015 posted by Donn

Red, White and Green Pinstripes – 2007 Ducati 1098S Tricolore

Following the 999 of 2003-06, Ducati returned to a more horizontal look to the superbike with the 1098.  Cadging another 100cc from World SuperBike rulemakers, the 1098 claimed 160 hp, but more importantly a small car-like 90 ft-lbs. of torque.  Improvements were made to the valve train and cooling system, mostly ending overheating and making the 7500-mile valve clearance inspection less likely to result in a shim change.

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2007 Ducati 1098S Tricolore for sale on eBay

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The superbike that for some time claimed the best street-legal torque over weight ratio, the 1098S is capable of an 11-second quarter mile and 170 mph, leading some to say it’s too much for the street.  The gold trellis frame and Marchesini  forged alloys have the chops to keep up.  All-Ohlins suspension helps out, with 43mm upside-down forks and monoshock on the single-sided swingarm.  Front brakes are 330mm with 4-piston calipers, and the rear is 245mm.  The two-into-one-into-two exhaust begins with a catalyst and ends with twin Termignoni carbon silencers.

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Originally owned by Yankee outfielder Bernie Williams, this 1098 has been treated to some nice updates and is looking for its fourth owner.  The second owner put most of the 12,500 miles on, and the third appears to have kept up with the maintenance.  Along the way it’s acquired a few bumps but nothing major.  From the eBay auction:

Accessories from Ducati:

  • – Manuals, tool kit, 2nd key, code card
  • – Passenger seat
  • – USB Track software & ECU management software – dongle and disc (never used)
  • – Full Racing Termignoni Exhaust with Headers, Air Filter, Racing ECU and Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cans (Dealer Installed Option, all Ducati OEM)

Additional Accessories:

  • – Woodcraft Racing Rear-set Upgraded Peg Set with Woodcraft Brake & Shift Lever Option all in anodized black
  • – Integrated High Intensity LED Tail Light Kit with blinkers included custom made from CustomLED with Hazard’s included
  • – Fender Eliminator Kit by CompetitionWerks – original fender with signals included
  • – Carbon Fiber Chain Guard
  • – Ducati Performance Slipper Clutch with Red Ducati Performance pressure plate
  • – Ducati Performance Bar Ends
  • – Ducati Performance Open Clutch Cover
  • – PUIG Light Smoke Desmo Windscreen

Recent Maintenance & Parts/Consumables included:

  • – Lithium Battery with trickle charger connector – installed 2015
  • – Michelin Pilot Power 2CT Front & Rear Tires – now with 600 Miles – Installed April 2013
  • – New D.I.D Performance Racing Grade Chain 525 in gold – Installed April 2013, 600 miles
  • – Ohlins OEM Fork-seal Overhaul Kit – (not just fork seals, but entire overhaul kit – Installed April 2013
  • – Ducati clutch spring replacement kit – Installed April 2013
  • – Ducati Clutch Pack – Installed October 2012
  • – Timing Belt Replacement & Valve Adjustment Major Service at 10,980 miles in 2012 by Ducati

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Tricolore editions number less than 1,000 and this distinctive paint will look super when the faux pas are taken care of.  The 1098 actually had a run even shorter than the 999, giving way to the 1198 after 2008.  With the factory upgrades to the model and the number of quality mods done, this 1098 should be a keeper, and more importantly a rider…

-donn

p.s. – the owner hints that his collection of 1974-2008 bikes may come to market, keep an eye on RSBFS

Red, White and Green Pinstripes – 2007 Ducati 1098S Tricolore
Aprilia September 28, 2015 posted by Donn

Plain Vanilla ? – 2001 Aprilia RS250

Not the GP replica, but still a bantamweight champ, the streetable RS250 ( full VIN ) is a fun afternoon waiting to happen.  Built for the road from 1995-2002, the RS250 boasts 70-odd hp and just over 300 lbs.

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2001 Aprilia RS250 for sale on eBay

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An interesting V-twin of only 249cc, the Suzuki-powered RS250 has Aprilia intake,  ECU, and expansion chambers ( with Arrow carbon mufflers ).  Power comes is strong at 9,000 ( ! ) rpm and redlines at nearly 12,000.  Kick start only, as a starter and bigger battery would push the weight up by almost 10 percent.  Lovely polished aluminum perimeter frame has matching banana swingarm, shaped to accomodate the expansion chambers.  Adjustable Showa 40mm upside-down forks lead the Sachs rear monoshock.  The Brembo brakes could handle a much larger bike – 298 fronts disks with 200 mm rear.  The monoposto layout is surprisingly comfortable for a full size adult.

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Only lightly used with under 3,000 miles, this RS250 looks pretty good in the limited photos.  There are some updates, new parts, and repairs that the owner describes in the eBay auction:

Couple scuff’s in the graphics and little nicks in tail but have all new graphics for the full bike. 

Bitubo steering damper
Puig double bubble windshield
Piaa H3, H1 night tech bulbs
Pirelli diablo rosso corsa tires
Cromex coated exhaust chambers
Repacked silencers
Crank seals replaced
Front braided brake lines
Clear title
Extra two stroke oil

All new graphics (new)
Original windshield 
Original seat (new)
Under tail (new)
Glove holder (new)
License plate holder (new)
Clutch Crankcase Gasket (new)

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The owner also shares a nice youtube walkaround here.

Not locked onto the racetrack, the DOT RS250 can take you anywhere, and might be a rarer sight outside your favorite breakfast place than in the pits…

-donn

Plain Vanilla ? – 2001 Aprilia RS250
Ducati September 24, 2015 posted by Donn

New ( Zealand ) 2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition

For some the ultimate Ducati sportbike, the 916 launched a million dreams ( and posters ).  After a 10-year run, the 998S Final Edition was the last 916-based model, and this one was tucked away right after delivery.

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2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition for sale on eBay

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998’s were produced only in 2002-03, and by special order in 2004, the 998S FE was a transition from the 916 era to the 999.  The Testastretta deep-sump engine generates 130 hp and will carry the next Superbike generation, though the classic dual-headlight fairing recalls the 996.  Ohlins suspension at both ends are state of the art.  Brakes are 320mm with Brembo four-piston calipers in front, 220mm rear.

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Though not a numbered edition, the Final Edition has a plaque on the steering head.  The Italian Tri-colore emblazons the seat fairing.  Dual Termignoni mufflers exit  under the seat.  Steering is stabilized also by Ohlins.

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Hidden away when new, this 998S shows only 2 miles and looks perfect.  Never electrified or fueled, as the owner says in the eBay auction:

A unique & rare opportunity to purchase, what is possibly the only brand new 2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition in the world, that’s right this bike has never been started, never had a battery or fuel in it.

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A unique chance to acquire what might be considered the ultimate 916, with forward looking engine and eclectic appearance.  A bit of a boat ride unless you hail from Oceania, and likely some work to replace some rubber bits, but a singular moment in Ducati history, and never ridden.  Possibly a collection starter…

-donn

New ( Zealand ) 2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition
Kawasaki September 16, 2015 posted by Donn

Showbike Restored – 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7R K2

Not often a will a dealer restore an older sportbike to mint condition, rarer still if the bike is not a bargain purchase but someone’s polished showbike.  But the Kawasaki ZX-7R K-model can have that effect on people, and the low-mile machine was a good place to start a great restoration.

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1992 Kawasaki ZX7-R K2 for sale on eBay

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Built as an homologation special in very low numbers, the K variant has a few key upgrades from the standard.  Flat-slide carburettors which are just a millimeter larger, and after un-doing the factory restriction on the J-model result in 121 hp – a 20% improvement.  A close ratio transmission and slipper clutch are more track-oriented.  Front and rear suspensions are fully adjustable, overcoming the reported poor ride of the base version monoshock.  The exhaust hanger is done differently and of course there’s the solo seat fairing.  Superb standard aluminum frame and floating disc brakes complete the package.

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Evidently the previous owner’s baby, the aluminum perimeter frame and swingarm had been mirror-polished .  Part of the restoration was disassembly and painting most of the polished parts the factory gray, however some of the polished bits still show here and there.  The rest of the bike looks cherry, stress cracks in the seat fairing repaired and painted.  Though it only has 8,000-ish miles, the ZX-7R has also been treated to a comprehensive mechanical service, as the eBay auction states:

Our Service Dept has gone completely through this bike from top to bottom. Did a full service on the engine including valve adjustment, valve cover gasket and all fluids and filters are OEM new. The chain and sprockets were replaced with new OEM parts from Kawasaki. Brand new Bridgestone Battlax BT106R tires were installed front and rear. New OEM brake pads and brake fluid were replaced front and rear.

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While it’s easy to find a ZX7-R, the K and accompanying enhancements make it a very special machine, must’ve been neat as a bike show winner.  A very well designed and high performing special edition, the fact that it has been returned to factory original make it part of a longer story.  The results appear to have been worth the hours poured into this rare bike…

-donn

Showbike Restored – 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7R K2
Ducati September 15, 2015 posted by Donn

Yeah Hello – 2006 Ducati SportClassic 1000

Developed as a styling exercise for the 2003 Tokyo Motorcycle Show and offered for sale in late 2005 as a 2006 model, the SportClassic has been a real success story.  Named a “best used bike” by Cycle World in 2014, the 1000cc air-cooled bikes used up-to-date techniques to achieve a vintage feel, and show up regularly in nice shape.

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2006 Ducati SportClassic 1000 for sale on eBay

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Thought the Paul Smart commemorative and Sport 1000S draw most of the attention and high bids, the SC1000 is a great cafe racer.  The fuel-injected Desmodue has an oil cooler to help the fins, and reliably generates 92 hp.  Sponsons on the side of the tank recall Paul Smart’s #16 racer and increase fuel capacity to almost 4 gallons.  Most versions have two-into-two exhaust, this one has been upgraded to Termognini silencers.  Beefy 43mm upside-down forks are stock, these have been re-built by C-M performance.

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2006 was the only SportClassic year with the sculptured monoshock swingarm, the factory Sachs shock on this machine having been replaced by an Ohlins.  While a classic Ducati would always have a dry clutch, this one has been upgraded to one from SpeedyMoto, with their elegant open cover.  Almost invisible rear fender with flying license plate bracket has replaced the factory plastic.  Owner has added fork, frame and swingarm sliders, thankfully unused.

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Maintenance duties have been attended to also, as the owner shows in the eBay auction:

Maintenance Records
Fluid change 2 months ago
One year old tires/battery/clutch
Gas tank has been caswell coated
New Regulator installed by dealer
Battery Tender “pigtail”
All manuals and Keys included
Rear PitBull Stand [included if purchased at asking price]
Also included are a set of hi-rise handle bars [not installed]

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Looking excellent in burnt yellow, this SportClassic has under 5,000 miles.  With 5-1/2 days to go there are already quite a few bids, to be expected for a creampuff which has been updated and maintained…

-donn

Yeah Hello – 2006 Ducati SportClassic 1000