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BMW April 20, 2015 posted by Donn

Silver slipper ( yellow stripes ) – 2000 BMW R1100S

Introduced in late 1998 as a 1999 model, BMW brought an S-model back to the brand.  Pushing 98 hp from the 1098cc boxer, the light(er) weight Beemer could break 12 seconds in the 1/4 mile and very nearly 140 mph.  Telelever front end has inherent dive control, and low-maintenance Paralever swingarm encloses shaft drive.  This second-year R1100S with optional paint has low miles and some nice upgrades.

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2000 BMW R1100S for sale on eBay

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For the R1100S introduction, BMW made many sport-related upgrades to their sport-touring package.  While their family of touring bikes hangs the rear suspension directly from the transmission housing, the R1100S has a sub-frame providing much great rigidity to the chassis.  The flowing design of the bodywork hides the underseat exhaust and an aluminum fuel tank holding almost 5 gallons.  Carbon front fender and clip-on handlebars were first on a BMW on the R1100S.  BMW pioneered development of ABS and debate continues of whether sportbikes should have it, but the triple Brembo disks on this bike appear to be ABS controlled, and who knows, it could make a save one day.  This example has only 8,500 miles and the newly recovered seat has the cowling, also the nice touches of enlarged windshield, barbacks, clear signal lenses, and factory cover.

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From the eBay auction :

New Michelin Tires, Full Remus ext, New recon seat, bmw cover, Barbacks, New batt.

Bike is in the best condition runs great needs nothing but a rider. you can see in the pics how fine the bike is.

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A sparkling presentation with new tires and battery, upgraded exhaust, and usual Bosch Motronic reliability, a successful bidder should have a summer full of trouble-free miles.

-donn

Silver slipper ( yellow stripes ) – 2000 BMW R1100S
Ducati April 17, 2015 posted by Donn

Air-cooled collector’s edition set – Ducati MH900e and PS1000LE

In one quick transaction, you could have two venerable Ducati air-cooled twins, rare and collectible with low miles.  The first of Pierre Terblanche’s tribute designs, the 2000 MH900E has only 1900 miles, with a nice selection of memorabilia.  With 7,800 miles, the 2006 Paul Smart 1000LE is signed by Paul Smart ( he may have been the original owner ) and has the optional lower fairings and Pro Italia exhaust.

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2000 Ducati MH900e and 2006 Paul Smart 1000LE

for sale on eBay

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These single-cam bikes are great performers in vintage costume, the 900 having 75hp and the 1000 92hp.  With the stability and wide turning radius of a the long trellis frame, they are good-handling riders.  Current upside-down forks and single-sided swingarms are on both bikes, along with three big brake disks.  While the dry clutch is a nod to past, fuel injection acknowledges the present.  The exhaust on the MH900E is tucked under the seat, and the PS1000LE has a two-into-one with a polished aluminum muffler.

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From the eBay auction:

One auction price for a lot of 2 bikes.

Bike 1 is a year 2000 Mh900e, it has about 1800 miles on it and is in excellent condition.  This bike comes with the special T-Shirt with the bikes serial number which is number 30. It also comes with the matching plaque and owners manual.
 
Bike 2 is year 2006 Paul Smart 1000 LE with rare number fairings.  Even more rare is the rear fender signed by Paul Smart.  The bike has the original manual with it.  The bike was bought from Pro Italia in Glendale, CA.  It is believed that the pipe system was custom ordered from Ducati and came with the bike originally.  I have been told but I cannot prove the bike was owned by Paul Smart himself.  The bike has about 8k miles on it and runs very well and is in excellent condition.
 
We are reducing our collection and would like to see the bikes go to a good home.

Both fitting tributes, the MH900e is named for Isle of Man TT specialist Mike Hailwood, who had 14 wins there between 1961 and 1979.  Paul Smart won the 1972 Imola 200 on a Ducati 750 Desmo from which the PS1000LE color scheme is derived.  Presuming a minor amount of service to make them ready, this could be an expeditious way to an epic riding season.

-donn

Air-cooled collector’s edition set – Ducati MH900e and PS1000LE
Yamaha April 9, 2015 posted by Donn

V4 Victory – 1985 Yamaha RZV500R

After the late 1970’s domination of the 500cc Grands Prix by Yamaha and Kenny Roberts, and the ’80s comeback and 1984 championship with Eddie Lawson aboard, Yamaha introduced a racey 500cc two-stroke for the street.  Known variously as the RZ500 and the RD500LC, the bike was never available for U.S. dealers ( though many have found their way here ), this RZV500R being a Japan-only lightweight replica.

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1985 Yamaha RZV500R for sale on eBay

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Deep in the fairing and DeltaBox frame is a V-4 500cc two-stroke, first ridden in the 1982 OW61 grand prix race bike.  Water-cooled and with Yamaha’s Power Valve System controlling the size of the exhaust port, it has the peaky 87hp of a much large engine.  Four side-draft Mikuni carbs turn into the top of the engine, with the front expansion chambers and mufflers sweeping back and the rears inside the seat cowling.  After kick-starting, the wet clutch from their 750cc bike transmits power to a tall first gear, leading to six closely spaced speeds.  Suspension is by Yamaha’s own forks and monoshock, and with three 2-piston brakes, which have vented disks.

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The hand-welded frame of the Japanese market replica is somewhat lighter than the rest-of-world RD’s, and the total package is some 20 lbs. lighter at a little over 400 lbs. wet.  Originally de-rated, this engine has been released with larger exhausts, and a comprehensive engine re-build.  As the eBay auction states:

The 500cc engine has some torque to get you going, but really comes alive in the 6-10k rpm range. The engine was completely rebuilt in 2008 by well-known RZV/RD/RZ engine specialist Wilson Performance of Lee’s Summit, MO at a cost of $4000. It has done very little mileage since. I have receipts for the work, which included Wilson’s “Blueprint” rebuild plus “Phase 1” performance tuning. To see what is included in the work, click here. In summary, the performance build included new RZV Performance cranks, new Wiseco pistons, port and gasket matching, plus a lot more. 

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The 19,000 miles attest to regular usage, and has been the recipient of some restoration, appearing to be in very good shape.  From the eBay auction:

The bike has 30,533km (just under 19k miles) on the clock. The paintwork is very nice, although there are a few nicks, scratches, and rock chips; all decals are cleared into the paint, the base of which is a pearlescent white. The bike is clean, but not show clean. The stock magnesium wheels were professionally refinished and the Dunlop Arrowmax tires are in very nice condition. The oil tank leaks some from the fill cap. The upright foam seat bolster has some worn spots around the edges (see pix). There’s some surface corrosion on some bolts here and there. I have tried to describe and photograph anything that really stood out on the bike condition-wise, but this is now a 30 year old motorcycle with some light wear and tear, so I cannot be held accountable for every single scratch, chip, crack or ding. A new Yuasa battery is included in the sale.

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With bids meeting the reserve with four days to run, this rare bike deserves a look.  It’s so close by to me I might try to inspect it myself…

-donn

 

V4 Victory – 1985 Yamaha RZV500R
Yamaha April 8, 2015 posted by Donn

Survivor – 1989 Yamaha FZR1000

Originally showcasing the 5-valve head in 1987, the FZR 1000 enjoyed continued development in 1989 with the EXUP ( EXhaust Ultimate Power valve ) which tailored the header opening to RPM with an ECU-controlled valve.  Allowing a large header to flow high engine speeds, and providing linear low and mid-range power and torque, the system also quiets the exhaust at lower RPMs.  The result is smooth delivery of nearly 140 horsepower from any engine speed.  Similar setups were eventually used by Honda, Suzuki, and Triumph.

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1989 Yamaha FZR1000 for sale on eBay

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With the 1002cc engine canted forward 35 degrees in the full DeltaBox cradle, the four 37mm Mikuni carburetors are semi-downdrafts, with air intake tubes from the front.  Front and rear suspension have adjustable pre-load, carried by 17 inch front and 18 inch rear wheels.  Braking is handled by dual front disks with 4-piston calipers and single rear.  Developed from their endurance racers, the 1990 fairing carries dual headlights.

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A beneficiary of the dry Arizona weather, this FZR1000 has some service history and looks great.  Forward turn signals are missing in the first picture but appear in all others.  From the eBay auction:

A survivor from the 80’s where it was BIKE OF THE DECADE!
Beautiful bike that will continue to raise in VALUE!
Original tool kit included! Blinkers are installed(not in pictures).
10,167 miles with the last 5000 documented by previous owner. Bike is for sale locally and seller reserves the right to end auction at any time.
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A past heavyweight champ, the FZR1000 will still deliver an 11-second 1/4 mile and almost 160 mph.  Cycle World named it the “Superbike of the year” in 1989, one of their ten best bikes of the year, and eventually declared the 1989 model “the bike of the decade”.
-donn
Survivor – 1989 Yamaha FZR1000
Bimota April 5, 2015 posted by Donn

Classy Chassis – 1992 Bimota YB5

Designed by the late Frederico Martini, the YB5 was based on the Yamaha FJ1200 drivetrain, the highest displacement Bimota produced.  The inline 4 produces 130hp and has the innovation of an offset generator ( behind the engine ) to reduce overall width.  Continuing the firm’s practice of re-packaging the latest engine developments, the YB5 is a great handling powerhouse.

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1992 Bimota YB5 in New Zealand for sale on eBay

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With production of just 200 units, the YB5 is exceedingly rare, but should be maintainable with Yamaha running gear.  The 1200cc motor is held in a double cradle of chrome-moly steel, and the frame connectors are billet machined instead of cast.  For a 1200 of nearly 500 lbs., the YB5 was a great handler as reviewed.  5-speed transmission, Marzocchi forks, single rear shock, and three 280mm disk brakes complete the package.  Beautiful full fairing and the rear cowling conceals a passenger seat.

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Titled as a 1992, this one evidently was on display for a few years, since production of the model was in 1987-88.

From the eBay auction:

Over the this time just 208 examples of the model were produced with most snapped up by collectors. The bike uses the trusted Yamaha FJ1200 engine which produces an outstanding 130hp. This made it a strong performer in its day and on its release was one of the fastest bikes in the world for a short time.

This example was sold new in Japan in 1992 after spending several years in a showroom. It has travelled just over 20,000 km or 12.400 miles and is in excellent condition.

These old Bimotas are sought after by collectors and don’t come up for sale often.

Currently en route to our Auckland store, we can ship this classic Bimota worldwide at very competitive rates. Do not miss this very special opportunity.

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The seller also has facilities in a Dallas suburb, and likely could assist with a stateside import.

Hand-crafted as any Bimota, powerful as any liter-plus supersport, this is certainly an interesting combination.

-donn

Classy Chassis – 1992 Bimota YB5
Cushman April 1, 2015 posted by Donn

Dawn Patroller – Restored 1993 Cushman ATM 800 Utility Scooter

After Ransomes of U.K. bought Cushman Motors production continued at a lower pace, concentrating on the police and factory markets.  The 9 and 18hp OMC engines long since exhausted, the company turned to Dihatsu for their 800cc mill and automatic transmission.

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1993 Cushman Utility Scooter for sale on eBay

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The water-cooled 800cc triple pushing 27 ponies against the 650 lb. weight give the three 400-8 bias-ply tires a test.  With speeds approaching 35 mph, this Truckster is street legal.  Front cow catcher and rear bumper are ready for action.

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Retired from the Iowa City traffic department, this 1993 was treated to a full restoration, fresh navy blue over a black frame, with red wheels ( even the steering wheel ! )  New carpeting and weather seals for the cargo bay, and fresh interior.  Not so long ago, one might have seen one like this in any major city nationwide.

From the eBay auction:

We are offering a 3-wheeler ATM Police Cushman w/3cyl water cooled 27hp gas engine.  3-speed manual transmission w/ reverse.  Restored and dependable.  Comes with complete parts manuals for body/engine & even accessories. This Cushman has the complete weather protection cab, with removeable doors, and covered trunk. The performance will surprise you, it’s much quicker than you expect.  Vehicle is licensed and titled for street usage.

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Since Textron brought the brand back to U.S. they have concentrated on “gator” type vehicles and a comprehensive line of golf carts.  The venerable trike is relegated to the “Tugger” factory vehicle pictured above.  The last Patrol Truckster was built in 2002, and this lovingly restored Cushman revives a bygone era of community policing.

– donn

Dawn Patroller – Restored 1993 Cushman ATM 800 Utility Scooter
Ducati March 31, 2015 posted by Donn

Cared-for Classic – 1992 Ducati 851 Superbike

The first Ducati with 4 valves per cylinder, fuel injection, and water cooling, the Desmoquattro 851 was introduced in 1987.  Along with winning a lot of races and national series, continued development brought home the World Superbike Championship in 1990.  Handling improvements paved the way to subsequent wins with the 888 and 916 models.

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1992 Ducati 851 Superbike for sale on eBay

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The seriously oversquare 92 x 64mm pistons deliver 105-odd horsepower ( a lot of different figures are quoted ) at 9000 rpm, with 53 ft-lbs. torque.  Showa forks at a 24-degree rake and 94mm trail make the 851 happier in high-speed sweepers than snapping through the esses, more stable than maneuverable.  Brembo 320mm dual disks are up front, with single 240mm rear.  Showa suspension front and rear, along with 17-inch wheels from Marvic.

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This one has seen almost 15,000 miles, but a lot of TLC also, from the eBay auction:

It’s time to sell the weekend morning time machine. I’ve owned this Ducati for several years now and have really enjoyed it. This bike really captures the spirit of the early 90’s superbike era when racers like Roche and Polen were racking up race wins on similar bikes. No stories with this motorcycle sale.  I’m simply looking to find another great home for this classic Ducati and move on to other endeavors.
 
Details:

Low miles  – only 14,877

Clear title

Very nice condition – not a museum piece, but shows only minor wear

Full service October 2013 (Valves and belts, clutch inspected and cleaned clutch bearing replaced, grease and adjust steering head & swing arm bearings, electrical system check, compression leak down less than 10%)

Less than 500 miles since last service

Michelin Pilot Power tires installed recently

Motorcycle runs and rides great.

Termignoni carbon high mount exhaust

Passenger pegs and low mount Gio Ca Moto exhaust included

Please feel free to ask any questions or request additional photos before bidding

Additional parts:

Ohlins steering damper

Carbon vented clutch cover

Original owners manual & Service manual

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The body is all business and in great shape, I love the intakes on either side of the headlight.  Some years had part of the lowers painted black, extending the angle of the exhausts forward.  Owner’s and shop manuals, as well as a few spares.  Along with recent tires and service, the condition indicates many happy miles for the next owner.

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-donn

Cared-for Classic – 1992 Ducati 851 Superbike
Ducati March 31, 2015 posted by Donn

Factory-built Tribute – 2009 Ducati 1000S

After the retro-styled MH900E of 2001-02, the Pierre Terblanche-led styling department had another epiphany in 2005.  The SportClassic series used the air-cooled 992cc dual-spark engine, and a steel trellis frame, with up-to-date brakes and suspension.  Most of the 2006-09 production was the naked GT1000, with single or dual seats.  The gem of the series was the 2006 Paul Smart 1000 LE, which commemorated the factory rider’s 1978 Isle of Man TT win.  The Sport 1000S was made in 2007-09 in relatively low numbers and while not having the cachet of the PS, it is a rare retro sportbike.

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1972 Ducati 750 Imola Desmo

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2009 Ducati Sport 1000S for sale on eBay

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Relying on the 2-valve air-cooled 992, the Sport 1000S sends 92 hp and 67 ft-lbs. torque through a six-speed gearbox, via a smooth(er) wet clutch.  Modern 43mm upside forks are used, and the adjustable dual rear shocks ( and dual mufflers ) have a lot of retro appeal ( Paul Smart models used a single sided swingarm and exhaust ).  Brakes are dual 320mm disks in front with 4-piston calipers, and single 245mm rear disk.  The ’07-08 Sports had a dual seat, but in 2009 Ducati brought back the single seat with cowl used on the PS.

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This Sport 1000S has custom turn signals, micro-blinkers smoothly installed on the front fairing, and a fender eliminator kit out back with the brake light and turn signals in an LED strip along the back of the seat cowling.  Sparks stainless steel mufflers are also added.  The fairing has the factory black with white stripe and appears excellent.

The eBay auction states:

This is the rarest of the Sport Classic range. The black Sport classic was produced only in 2009. This example is in pristine condition with all maintenance performed by Ducati Dallas, including the 7500 mile service. Includes a recently installed new Caswell coated gas tank so you never have to worry about tank expansion. Includes – Stainless Spark Exhaust, Fled LED tail light, LED Front Signals, Brown Grips, Mosfet Regulator, Brand New Pirelli Rosso tires.

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One might argue that the PS 1000LE is the rarest of them all, but any of the Sport 1000S years only amounted to a few hundred, all sweet tributes to a great era, factory-engineered with some modern amenities.  This one is from the last production year, and has had some nice care and updates.

-Donn

Factory-built Tribute – 2009 Ducati 1000S