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Moto Guzzi March 11, 2020 posted by Donn

Storm Trooper – 1983 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans III

Some lucky rider bought-it-now last night but still worth a look !  – Donn

Would that it were so all venerable GT’s could be shared among a group of like-minded owners as this 1983 LeMans.  With 50K-ish miles, it still looks sharp and raring to go.

1983 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans for sale on eBay

LeMans fans were left asking in early 80’s while Moto Guzzi re-designed their 844cc engine to meet emission regulations, and though the CX100 liter was available, the LeMans III’s return was eagerly awaited.  The angularized heads had bigger valves and more efficient cooling, and 36mm Dell’Orto carbs whispered through an intake silencer.  76 hp were on tap, with a single-disk dry clutch and of course shaft drive.  Suspension preload was air-adjustable though damping didn’t change, and the linked braking system worked better than most of its type.  Guzzi designed the modern fairing in their factory wind tunnel, and reviewers loved the way it cut through a cross-wind.  A large white tach dominates the binnacle, which relies on warning lights for everything else except MPH and Volts.

This example has been among friends, knowledgeable fans who took excellent care.  The paint and pipes look excellent, and I’d expect updated shocks as well.  From the eBay auction:

This is the last series for the 850 cc motor.  This particular bike has been sold and bought among a group of Pittsburgh area Moto Guzzi enthusiasts who are all aquainted with each other since it was new.  The odometer shows 12,000 miles but it actually has about 50 K on it, the odometer was replaced a number of years ago.  I have the original bill of lading from Italy from 1983.  I’ve owned the bike since 2005.  I had this serviced at Westmoreland Moto Guzzi before it went out of business a few years ago.  The dealership installed a new clutch assembly and I had them go over it back in 2007. The bike has a lighter flywheel than stock, clip-ons, newer tires and a new battery.  The Corbin saddle was added a number of years ago before I purchased it.  I installed lighter throttle springs, but I have the originals also if you really feel the need to exercise while you ride.  It was painted by a pro in 2009.

While Moto Guzzi re-grouped, several new players nailed down the mass-market, and the company segued into a niche sort of fan base.  Having relinquished the sporty ideals, the LeMans still provides a classic GT sound and enough fury.  Lucky for this particular bike to have fallen into the hands of these owners, and fortunate for the next rider as well.

-donn

Storm Trooper – 1983 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans III
Kawasaki March 7, 2020 posted by Donn

Before Kris – 1988 Kawasaki KR-1

Update 3.7.2020: We first posted this KR-1 in September of last year. It’s back on eBay, this time with a buy-it-now of $8,400. Links updated. -dc

Kawasaki had a tiger by the tale in 1988, and for a season or two the KR-1 bested every RGV, TZR and NSR.  Coming out of a collection, this KR-1 looks to have missed the scrapes most 250cc two-strokes got caught up in.

1988 Kawasaki KR-1 for sale on eBay

Kawasaki’s 249cc two-stroke might have been furthest from a real race bike, as there wasn’t a factory presence in the 250 category.  Still the snappy parallel twin, with balance shaft, was eminently tuneable and the package very light.  The 55 hp produced by the Integrated Power Valve System worked beautifully with just 271 lbs. of dry weight.  The frame looked overbuilt but was a light alloy, and 41mm forks were up front with dual discs.  Out back there was the Uni-Trak monoshock and an 18-inch rear wheel.  Pillion accommodations put the lie to racey looking bodywork.

This Seattle owner has a few classic sportbike auctions going, and goes into detail about their KR-1:

Recently completely serviced and detailed with clear Washington state title. The KR-1 is considered to be the fastest and more lively two stroke 250 sports bike compared to all the other models in its class. The model was never imported in to the USA and is probably the rarest model in the 250cc two stroke sports bike category around the world. This particular Kawasaki KR-1 has just 8,298 miles, the bike is mostly all original and in exceptional preserved condition.

The body work is all original and is in very good condition, there are absolutely no cracks on any of the body panels but there are some minor nicks and scrapes. The wheels are perfect with no rock chips or scratches anywhere. The frame and engine have no major corrosion and are nice and clean. Overall cosmetically this bike is in very nice condition.

The bike runs and rides great, and shifts smoothly through all 6 gears. The carburetors were recently ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted, and a full service tune-up was performed which included new spark plugs, chain, air filter, brake pads, oil change, new tires, and fluids flushed. All of the lighting, switches, and electrical components work as they should.

These bikes were never imported into the USA, and very few were exported outside of Japan to any other countries so this is a very rare  Kawasaki model. 

Kawi and Suzuki traded the “fastest 250” back and forth a few times, with the KR-1S snatching it back before the factory decided to focus on their four stroke offerings.  Though Suzuki had staying power, the KR-1 stole the moment in the very late -80’s.  Early interest in the auction says the hammer might fall at a high price, but the new owner will have a sparkling and rare example.

-donn

Before Kris – 1988 Kawasaki KR-1
Kawasaki March 5, 2020 posted by Donn

Dark Horse – 1996 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R with just 5,800 miles !

One of Kawasaki’s alternative livery used basic black instead of championship lime, but this carefully tended example is an eye-catcher even so.

1996 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R for sale on eBay

Right in the middle of the 1989-2003 model run, the ’96 was the first year where the rest-of-world and North American models had the same ZX-7R name.  The classic 748 cc inline was carburetted and boasted 111 ponies.  Intake runners were dialed back a few mm to improve throttle response, and mid-range torque was augmented by a crossover pipe between downpipes 1 and 4.  Not messing with the good, the alloy twin-spar chassis can handle whatever comes its way and the conservative headstock geometry takes it all in stride.  Components like the 6-piston front brakes and piggyback reservoir rear shock were definite improvements.

This Virginia owner took super care of this baby, and the detailed photos show no wear or corrosion, not even a rub on the heel guards.  Rarely seen OEM mirrors and signals might actually work as intended.  The rims look as though they’ve been subjected to just one tire change.  From the eBay auction:

Bike still has over 99% of its original OEM parts – Bridgestone Battlax Hypersports and stainless steel front brake lines are not.  Extremely well preserved and under 6K there’s not much of a service record here.  Maintenance done recently – MOTUL 10W40 100% synthetic, OEM Kawasaki oil filter, MOTUL 7.5W 100% synthetic fork oil, MOTUL MC CARE chain clean and lube, OEM Kawasaki air filter, NGK spark plugs, OEM Kawasaki fuel filter, rear 41 PSI, front 37 PSI, P21S Carnauba Wax – check!

Clearly this bike is ready to show or ride to the beach, canyon.  Runs like it looks, INCREDIBLE.  Items included in sale: original owners manual, clear Exempt title, 2 keys and 1 spare, original sales ad, period correct never used tank bra, 100% original never used OEM Kawasaki tool kit.  Rare was the factory Ebony with reflective iridescence decals that color morph in sunlight but rarer here is a true survivor time capsule ready to take you back – don’t miss it.

Though the street-going ZX-7R had grown up into a slightly overweight kit, the AMA Superbikes had to make room for Doug Chandler and his Team Muzzy special, who repeated in 1997.  For a fan, this might be a perfect redux – hardly used, perfect shape, serious rather than flashy, and sensibly priced.

-donn

Dark Horse – 1996 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R with just 5,800 miles !
Ducati January 22, 2020 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 2008 Ducati S4RS Tricolore

This Featured Listing is part of the The Edinger Ducati Collection. Thank you for supporting the site, David! -dc

Ducati took a step away from the “Swiss Army knife” of motorcycles when they put the liter-sized desmoquattro in a Monster frame, but they generated a lot of excitement in the showroom and on the road.  The 2008 eyeball magnet shoehorned the 998cc testastretta engine into ( well, under ) the classic gold trellis frame.  David’s limited TriColore edition has lots of carbon, both factory and upgrades, and premium Öhlins suspension.

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS

At 130 hp, power from the 999-spec narrowhead engine is about all that can be used without more recent electronic aids.  Headers and plumbing that would be under a superbike fairing are smoothly integrated into the engine scoop and aftermarket radiator shroud.  The beautifully crafted single-sided swingarm could have been glorified rather “disappeared” in black, but it shows off the wide rear wheel from the right.  The one-piece tapered handlebar is all business, though some might have preferred the clip-ons used on earlier models.  Dry weight is under 400 lbs, superbike cooling woes are largely gone with the full fairing, and the bikini windscreen reviewed as much more effective than appeared possible.

RSBFS reader and collector David chose this Monster for his usual rider, and accessorized carefully.  The carbon engine scoop and Termingnoni mufflers are most evident, with the carbon tank guard and radiator shroud doing their part to hide hoses and scratches.  Almost disappearing are the Rizoma mirrors and revised signals and levers.  As tricky as it is to keep Monsters looking sharp, David has kept up with it, and he asks $10,500 for his example.  Here are his notes:

This is a two owner bike and is loaded with aftermarket accessories including, dark windscreen,
carbon fiber engine covers, carbon fiber belly pan, adjustable levers, carbon fibers radiator
shrouds, Carbon fiber front fender and rear hugger, open clutch cover, rear sets and
aftermarket blinkers front and rear.  This bike is #284 of 400.  I bought the bike from the original owner in 2009 and it was my favorite bike for 10 years and the Tricolore livery and limited number of bikes made for one year only makes this bike a collectable bike. It had plenty of good rubber left on it with Dunlop’s front and rear.  I have every receipt for the last 10 years and it has only been serviced by authorized Ducati dealership.  The bike has 15,298 miles and I am asking $10,500.

The liquid-cooled, 4-valve per cylinder, 998 Testastretta L-Twin engine features a 100mm bore
and short stroke of 63.5mm to limit average piston speed and allow increased rpm.  The result is
a staggering 130+hp and 76.6 lb-ft of brute torque.

Testastretta technology allows a reduced angle between the intake and exhaust valves resulting
in a clean, compact combustion chamber that is highly efficient.  The optimized combustion
environment and linear flame front inside the specially designed heads, combined with cutting-
edge electronic engine control technology, guarantees precise and optimal combustion
throughout the rev range.

The chassis components are unparalleled.  Fully adjustable Ohlins suspension front and rear
complemented by super lightweight Y-shaped 5-spoke wheels ensure outstanding handling,
while 320mm Brembo twin discs on the front have radial-mounted calipers with four pistons
and four pads per caliper to provide incredible race-worthy stopping power.

Beside the TriColore being a single year model, it was also the last S4 variant, with air cooled engines taking up the slack until the 1198-powered Monster 1200 was introduced in 2014.  The TriColore colors wouldn’t be seen on a Monster until the 2018 25th Anniversary edition.  The power to sensibility ratio is off the usual charts, but speaks to a skilled, adult rider.  Please contact David by email – here –.

Featured Listing – 2008 Ducati S4RS Tricolore
Honda January 13, 2020 posted by Donn

One Way or Another – 2004 Honda RC51 / RVT1000R Nicky Hayden Edition

Honda spent mega-$ designing their own V-twin Superbike, but reaped the benefits on both the AMA and WSBK scenes.  This owner has identified the 2004 Nicky Hayden commemorative as the RC51 for the long term, and has kept it beautifully for the next owner.

2004 Honda RC51  RVT1000 Nicky Hayden Edition

for sale on eBay

Similarly to their Superbike nemesis, Honda chose a 90-degree L-twin, and added PGM-FI fuel injection with two injectors per cylinder.  Power and torque were outstanding with 136 hp and 77 ft.-lbs., but the mystery resided in the alloy chassis.  At the ends of the lighter and more rigid frame, 43mm inverted forks and Pro-link monoshock were tuned to keep the 17-inch rubber on the tarmac.  The monoposto fairing wore a facsimile of Nicky’s livery, smaller sponsorship decals and white number areas front and rear.

Clearly an RC51 superfan, the owner’ states it’s his third of the model and is selling because he has another rider.  With just second oil change miles and celebratory paint, it’s a sparkling example without so much as a scuff.  A long but informative video is posted – here –.  From the eBay auction:

2004 Honda RC51 Nicky Hayden replica in absolutely mint condition. This is a 1 owner bike with only 3047 original miles. The condition is 10 of 10 and its all original with the exception of a Yoshimura exhaust, a modification that anyone should make if they own one because nothing quite sounds like a RC51 at revs.

It was Honda’s take on the V-Twin replica racer, beating Ducati at it’s own game with multiple World Superbike Championships (Colin Edwards) and a AMA Championship under the late great Nicky Hayden whom also won the 2006 MotoGP championship with the Honda RC211V.

I’m selling this bike because its the 2nd RC51 in my collection and the other is more a rider so I might as well let someone else enjoy this beautiful bike. Add it to a collection or ride it, either way you can’t lose as you may never find a cleaner one offered for sale.

Hayden won the AMA Superbike crown in 2002, and was ushered into the factory Honda GP team making steady progress toward his 2006 championship.  After his death in a bicycle accident in 2017, the Hayden replica is now a sadder commemorative.  If not the singular superbike claimed by the owner, the RC51 is certainly in a select few, even at Honda with its multitude of winners.  Bidding is quite active and shows over $10,000 with four days left to run.

-donn

One Way or Another – 2004 Honda RC51 / RVT1000R Nicky Hayden Edition
Ducati January 8, 2020 posted by Donn

CitiSmart – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE

Arguably the pick of the SportClassic litter, the 2006 Paul Smart Limited Edition sacrificed practicality for the cool of a teal-framed monoposto.  This NYC example has moderate miles but is super clean.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for sale on eBay

Ducati’s air-cooled dual spark engine was originally used in the Monster, but its relatively plumbing-free presentation made it perfect for the vintage looking SportClassics.  92 hp on tap make it more than a design exercise.  The frame color and fairing harken back to the 1972 Imola winner, and spoked wheels ping appropriately.  Appointments are first rate with big 320mm Brembo disks and Öhlins dampers all around.

Despite city life and 10K-plus miles, this PS looks undamaged and clean enough to put right in the garage.  Even the Termignoni megaphones fit the vintage look well, though a quick spritz on the header pipes would do wonders.  From the eBay auction:

The motorcycle has:
-Termignoni slip on exhaust with ECU
-new clutch pressure plate, springs, and cover
-Motobox fender eliminator and tail light
-frame sliders
– aftermarket oil fill plug
***All original parts that were taken off will come with the bike***
The bike has always been garage kept on a battery tender and a Ducati Performance dust cover.
The major Desmo Service had been done at 7,411 miles. 
The bike has had 4 oil changes since then. I used Motul 300v 15w50.

While a low or no-mile example might push the mid-twenties, this auction shows a starting bid of $18K, just above the original MSRP.  Harder to quantify is the total production of just 2,000, and then considering only 500 or so made it to our shores, a pristine example like this might be worth a second look.

-donn

CitiSmart – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE
MV Agusta January 4, 2020 posted by Donn

Senior Service – 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R

Often the peak in disposable income arrives after the tire-tearing and footpeg scraping has already been accomplished, and the experienced rider can appreciate a very special model without resorting to the whip, preserving it for the next owner.  This initial-year F4 1000R appears carefully ridden and maintained, with a handful of choice upgrades.

2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R for sale on eBay

MV made mostly internal upgrades to their initial 1000S, with evolutionary tweaks to the chrom-moly chassis.  The 998cc four is a new layout with a focus on heat dissipation ( i.e. durability ), while increasing power to 174 hp.  Marelli fuel injection incorporates their “engine brake system” which acts as a slipper clutch for the rider.  50mm forks by Marzocchi and Sachs monoshock are simply the best of either world, and an Öhlins steering damper is also included.  Brembo monobloc calipers are radially mounted to 320mm discs.

Most often seen in MV’s red and silver race livery or just black, this 1000R shows beautifully in the pearl white with black lowers and red accents.  The wallet-lightening full titanium calliope is also a nice weight savings over the factory exhaust.  An optional factory pillion is installed, thankfully without accompanying footpegs.  Cleanliness is not only skin deep, as the unfaired pictures show.  From the eBay auction:

It presently has 6694 certified original miles. It starts, idles, runs, shifts, brakes and performs like new.  It could pass for a six month old bike. It doesn’t have a scratch on it, I provided many detailed closeup photos to show this. The original owner was 63 years old and I am 72. It has a gorgeous sounding $4000 titanium exhaust system. The tires are excellent with about 1200 easy miles on them. I felt that it was geared too low and replaced the sprockets to 16/38. This gives it 70 mph at 4200 rpm and 80 mph at 4900 rpm. I had a Speedo Healer installed so that the speedometer is accurate. I also installed a new DID X chain.

Since winning a bevy of “bike of the year” awards in 1999, the F4 750 looked longingly at liter-bike power, and MV did their homework racing 900 and 1000cc variants in the early 2000’s.  The 1000R is one of the few non-special models from MV, though it’s only missing a paint scheme and decal or two.  The previous owners, as astronaut Frank Borman might have said, used their superior judgement to avoid situations requiring their superior riding skills, and though it can’t be called inexpensive, it might be a very good buy.

-donn

Senior Service – 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R
Ducati January 1, 2020 posted by Donn

January in Italy ! – 1998 Ducati 916 Senna #199 of 300

Happy New Year to RSBFS readers !

As the 916 era progressed, three Senna editions were issued, with changes mostly to the available colors.  In a suitably commemorative black with Ferrari red wheels, this Italian example whispers, “airline tickets”.

1998 Ducati 916 Senna ( Italy ) for sale on eBay

On its 1994 introduction, the 916 set the sportbike universe on its ear, with the poster-ready Tamburrini design and torquey fuel-injected twin.  A combination of 11:1 compression, heavily oversquare cylinders ( 94 x 66 mm ), and Weber fuel injection made 114 hp available.  Showa handled damping up front with 43mm inverted forks, and the single-sided rear swingarm had an Öhlins adjustable.  The headstock was also adjustable for a more expert rider.  320mm floating front disks provide most of the braking, with a 220mm disk at the rear.  Perhaps not the first bike with underseat exhausts, but certainly an iconic example.

In mirror black, this 916 looks almost flawless.  Without the road wear on the oil cooler, it could almost be presented as having the 27 km’s the new odometer shows.  From the eBay auction:

The Senna III final version first appeared in 1998, 916 SPS chassis and running gear, Pankl con-rods inside the engine, carbon-fiber airbox. Overall, only 300 bikes of the Senna III were built, and the present one is number 199 of the series and carries an identifying plaque on the top yoke. It underwent a complete check and restoration in Ducati Factory in Borgo Panigale in 2018, including belts, valves, seals and gaskets, new exhaust system, clutch, braking pads, filters, sprocket, chain, pulley, tyres, footpeg and so on, all on the records, see documents in attached pics. The bike is 100% original. The odometer is new, the bike had around 10,000 km.

Good that the previous owners got their kilometers in, because the rarity, condition and price of this commemorative will probably put a lot more miles out of the question.  Not quite sure whether a 916 SPS is the basis for the Senna III, as most references show the displacement to be 916cc, where 996cc’s would be expected on an SPS from that year.  Unfortunately, the location of this 916 is far north from the sunny sole of Italy, but it would be epic to van it down south for a couple of days of riding before the trip home.  Oh, and stop by the factory…  All the best for 2020!

-donn

January in Italy ! – 1998 Ducati 916 Senna #199 of 300