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Ducati June 8, 2012 posted by Jared

Be Like Mike! 1983 Ducati 900MHR

Location: Cincinnati, OH

Miles: 12,750

Price: $18,000

After and eleven year hiatus from racing, Mike “The Bike” Hailwood returned on a Ducati and won the isle of Man TT. To take that long of a break from racing and return to race in such a dangerous race is impressive in itself. But to win it is the stuff legends are made of. Ducati must have though the same thing because they produced the 900MHR shortly thereafter to commemorate the event!

In 1984, the 900MHR got a bump in displacement as well as a reworking of a several key areas in the drive train. Now the bike up for grabs here is an ’83 model, meaning that is the 900cc version of the MHR. The 900 isn’t as fast and trick as the 1000cc bike, but it is still an awesome looking bike and it represents something very awesome in the world of racing. This particular bike looks to be in good condition for its age. Though take note of the lower fairing damage pictured which the seller states happened while in storage. It was restored 11 years ago, so I am assuming that happened after that.

From the seller:

For sale is my 1983 MHR. The bike was cosmetically restored to a very high standard about 11 years ago and ridden very sparingly since. Recently, the carbs, brake hydraulics, fuel, and electrical system have been gone through and serviced and sorted as needed (fluids, filters, etc.). The bike has all OE parts. The Michelin tires have still have the nubs on the tread. All gauges and electrics work as they should. The bike runs and sounds absolutely wonderful. The chrome Conti exhaust pipes are beautiful. The paint is very nice, with minor damage at the lower left side of the faring that occurred while the bike was in storage. As seen in the pictures, the odometers reads 20520 kilometers. This bike would make an excellent addition to anyone’s Ducati collection but isn’t so valuable that one couldn’t ride and thoroughly enjoy it. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

The bike looks to be very clean and these don’t pop up for sale too often. The condition of the bike looks good and a deep cleaning would do wonders. A pristine 1000cc version sold back in September for $21k. I think the asking price of $18k is a little on the high side given the smaller engine and slight cosmetic damage on the bike. But the for sale ad does have the “make offer” option, so maybe it could be scored for a little less. Check out the ad here and add this to your Ducati collection!

-JS

Sport Bikes For Sale May 30, 2012 posted by Jared

Gamma’s Everywhere! Another ’86 Suzuki RG500

Location: Niantic, Connecticut

Miles: 9,200 (15,000km)

Price: Currently $7,444 with Reserve in place

You would think that with all the RG500’s posted here on RSBFS lately, that they aren’t exactly rare. Well I can assure you that they are indeed rare. I am guessing that someone has preformed the ancient Gamma rain dance in order to coax a handful of these to show up on the market. I’m not complaining, these things are awesome! If you live in Canada, check out this Walter Wolf edition. If you prefer something a little faster, check out this Lance Gamma RG500 currently for sale. We even have one for sale in Italy coming up.

Now, some might recognize this bike as it was for sale back in October from a previous owner. The bike still sports the same modifications (original parts still included) and given that the bike is now registered out of CT, the title and registration definitely came in handy. It also appears that the bike has had some maintenance done in the mean time.

From the seller:

Rare offering — 1986 Suzuki RG 500 ………………..Collector Quality

9200 original miles ( 15,000KM)

Bike has had a few mods to the suspension and braking which have enhanced its braking and handling but in no way has it permanently altered its original form .

Fully adjustable rear Fox shock – GSX brake calipers and floating discs front and GSX wheels.

Included in the auction will be all of the original OEM RG 500 parts for those you who want a totally original RG of which are also in excellent condition.

( see last photo of bike in stock form)

*Original front and rear wheels –Cushdrive / sprocket,calipers and discs.

*Original RG 500 rear shock

*Original 2 pc seat and rear pillion as pictured.

*Original owners manual

Replaced coolant

Replaced brake fluid

Replaced spark plugs

Changed transmission oil

Replaced air filter

Replaced battery

New tires approx 300 miles ago.

Clutch cable just replaced.

Needle valves replaced (Mikuni) from RG500 .com this winter. (Solves gas burping issue that All RG’s were plagued with.)

Carbs were cleaned / rebuilt,sync’d.

Will include new set of clutch plates

Never dropped – never rebuilt– well maintained always stored in a pampered environment.

These bikes are the ultimate two stroke motorcycle — Easy to ride around town — tame and relatively quiet — but get the revs up and suddenly you are on a mid 80′s GP race bike — The power band is amazing. 95 hp from a bike that weighs 350lbs..

4 cylinder 2 stroke perfection .This bike runs great – shifts perfect – looks perfect –and is in top condition, everything works on the bike. Motor is unmolested and very strong . All the body parts are original and in excellent condition .

CT title and currently registered in CT ( 17 digit vin) ( title in hand)

Bid with confidences I am a trusted ebayer with 100% positive feedback – Email me with questions and I will promptly answer them.

LOW RESERVE………………….

Will assist your shipper if bike is being transported…

You can refer to the post from back in October to see what the BIN was on this bike when it was for sale previously. I would have to imagine that the Reserve will come off somewhere around that range considering that the bike has had some maintainance done and all the parts are still included. However, the seller says in the ad that it has a “Low Reserve”, so might be able to get it cheaper. Luckily this time around, the seller has take more detailed photos, and the bike does appear to be in good condition. If a closer-to-stock Gamma is more your style, then take a look at the auction here! If you pick it up, please let us know how awesome it is!

-JS

Sport Bikes For Sale May 30, 2012 posted by Jared

Lance Gamma Bike: 1986 Suzuki RG500 For Sale!

Location: Leicester, North Carolina

Miles: 20k

Price: Currently $8,600 with No Reserve

If you prefer bone stock 500cc sport bikes of the two-stroke variety like the Walter Wolf featured last week, then this might not be for you. However, if you like street worthy GP bikes, then look no further than this Lance Gamma built RG500. Those unfamiliar with the Lance Gamma bikes, feel free to checkout lancegamma.com and see the host of parts and performance upgrades they have to offer. The Lance bikes are seriously dialed in and no doubt make considerably more power than stock RG’s.

Check out the Crawford swing arm that the seller states only 3 exist, one of which on a personal bike of his, one on this bike, and one that sold on eBay for $1,200.

From the seller:

Is this the Gamma you’ve been waiting for? I don’t recall a finer example on eBay in the last year or so. This bike is of Canadian vintage and is titled and registered here in the States. The motor is freshly rebuilt and performance tuned by the premiere RG specialist, Lance Gamma (hence the eBay handle). This motor is at factory first overbore and assembled with all correct and OEM stock Suzuki parts with ported cylinders, bored carbs and milled heads. You can expect to see my clutch kit, ride height strut, petcocks and Crawford pipes along with my LG TriPod filter kit. What is certainly unexpected is the Crawford swingarm, being only one of 3 that were produced (one is on my personal Pepsi bike, the other sold on eBay last year for over $1200). This arm supports a Fox shock and 4.5″ rear wheel along with a 3″ front to handle Pilot Power sport rubber. Upgraded brakes and Race Tech fork mods complete the chassis for a fine handling experience. The bodywork is all new with Lance Gamma premium fiberglass and new paint/graphics applied. If you are looking for a stock collector piece to keep your other mildly interesting bikes company, move along. There’s nothing to see here. If however, you are wanting to discover for yourself what all the hoopla was about at the release of these bikes some 27 years ago (you remember, GP bikes for the street? What were they thinking??), this is one which will bring you up to speed, so to speak. It simply begs to be ridden. If you wish to discuss this bike in further detail or explore the options in my extensive Gamma inventory, please give me a call at 8287774076. I would be happy to put your mind at ease concerning such a frivolous purchase. Test rides happily accommodated to hearty souls willing to take the trek toWestern North Carolinaand visit my shop. And now for your viewing pleasure…..

Here is a video of this bike in action!

There is no doubt that this is a serious machine, truly something that is set apart from other RG500’s. “Mileage” is up there on this bike, but clearly it has been gone through extensively and maintained in excellent fashion. We posted Lance Gamma RG500 a while back and it’s asking price was $23,000, so this one could be a steal at the current price. Bidding is active at the moment, so I am curious to where it will end up. Jump over to the auction here and make this serious RG500 yours!

-JS

Kawasaki May 24, 2012 posted by Jared

Ninja Glory: Low Mileage 1994 Kawasaki ZX7

Location: Houston, TX

Miles: 2,644

Price: Currently $5,000 with No Reserve

You can’t mention early 90’s sport bikes with out thinking of the Kawasaki Ninja, or at least I can’t. Plastered in unmistakable green and blue graphics with some hot-pink and purple logos, the ZX-7 was the penultimate Kawi back in ’94. Here is your chance to own one with very low miles and in excellent condition.

The ZX-7 up for grabs here is as stock as they come. The only modification is the rear seat cowl and the original piece is included in the sale. There isn’t even the common Muzzy exhaust upgrade here! Though it isn’t the more sought after “R” version, this is still a killer bike with plenty of performance and nostalgia to offer its new owner. Plus, you won’t have to pay a premium for it’s homologated and temperamental brother.

From the seller:

Classic and perfect example of a COLLECTOR GRADE ZX-7. It still has the new bike smell when you fire it!!!

100% stock except the addition of a Lockhart solo seat cover. Passenger seat is included.

Complete with owners manual, and tool kit.

Fresh tires.

Battery Tender Jr included.

No dissapointments. Eventhough it is a collector example, it is current for road use, and gets fired weekly.

Bike for sale locally as well so auction may end at anytime.

In ’94, the ZXR had seen a few years of being on the road, and Kawasaki had been able to figure out some issue and refine the bike. This made the ZX-7 one of the top performers in its class. Now you have a chance to own one if you missed out on it back in the day. You probably won’t find a cleaner and lower mileage example, so don’t miss your chance. IfKawasakiis listening, please bring this livery to new bikes! Check out the auction here and get it before it’s gone!

-JS

Sport Bikes For Sale May 21, 2012 posted by Jared

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf For Sale!

Location: Windsor, ON, Canada

Miles: 5,700 (9,951 km)

Price: $20,000

If the standard RG500 is rare enough for you, this Walter Wolf edition should do the trick. Once again, we have another awesome two-stroke from our neighbors to the North.Canadaobviously understood that two-stroke sport bikes would become collectible down the road and allowed their citizens to purchase these legally in order to sell them to those in the States 20 years in the future. Or, they just had less restrictive emissions laws which made these smokers available for sale back then. It’s one of those two scenarios.

Back to the RG500; How does 95hp in a 350lb package sound to you? Sounds like a blast to me, especially with four canisters howling like demons at 13k RPM. The Walter Wolf edition was only cosmetically different from the standard RG500 of the day. The WW for sale here has pretty low mileage with less than 10km on the clock and is claimed to be in original condition with the exception of tires.

From the seller:

I AM SELLING A VERY RARE,COLLECTORS ITEM, 1986 SUZUKI RG500 GAMMA WALTER WOLF LIMITED EDITION,IN VERY GOOD CONDITION CONSIDERING IT IS 26 YEARS OLD.THE BIKE LOOKS LIKE BRAND NEW EXCEPT FOR A FEW SMALL CRACKS,THAT HAVE BEEN PLASTIC WELDED, THAT YOU GET OVER TIME ON THESE BIKES.

THERE WERE ONLY 300 UNITS PRODUCED WORLD WIDE OF THE WALTER WOLF EDITION AND MOST OF THEM HAVE BEEN DESTROIED OR PARTED OUT LONG TIME AGO.THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO OWN A PICE OF HISTORY.

I HAD THIS BIKE FOR ALMOST 10 YEARS AND IT WAS THE PRIDE AND JOY OF MY COLLECTION,BUT NOW I HAVE DECIDED TO LET SOMEONE ELSE ENJOY IT.

I HAD THE CARBUTATORS CLEANED IN AN ULTRASONIC MACHINE AND NEW THROTLE CABLES INSTALLED.THE BIKE STARS MOST OF THE TIME ON FIRST KICK IF YOU KNOW HOW TO DO IT RIGHT.

THE ONLY THING THAT THE BIKE HAS THAT IS NOT ORIGINAL IS A SET OF METZLER TIRES THAT LOOK LIKE THEY HAVE LOTS OF THREAD,ABOUT 90%,WAY MORE THAN YOU NEED TO PASS SAFETY IN CANADA.MOST PEOPLE PUT THEM ON TO IMPROVE THE HANDLING OF THE BIKE.

THERE ARE ONLY 9957 ORIGINAL KILOMETERS ON THE BIKE AND AS YOU CAN TELL IT HAS BEEN STORED FOR ALMOST 10 YEARS SINCE I HAD IT AND AT LEAST 8 YEARS BEFORE THAT.

The seller’s opening bid is on the upper end of what we have seen these Wolf’s go for at $20k. However, I don’t think this price is completely ridiculous considering that one of the last ones we saw was being asked for near double that amount. It has been stored for a while but the seller does mention a recent carb cleaning and new throttle cables and claims that it starts on the first kick (most of the time). This is truly a rare machine and they don’t come around often. So if you are a collector and have been wanting one, take a very good look at this one. Check out the auction here!

-JS

Ducati May 20, 2012 posted by Jared

Exclusive Track Monster! 2001 Ducati 748RS

Location: Hollywood, FL

Miles: Track bike

Price: Starting at $7,500 with Reserve

Oh how I do enjoy purpose-built motorsport machines, from factory racecars to factory race bikes. Their purpose is simple; Speed. No frills, no comfort, no softening. And the 748RS is designed for one use and that is to go fast on the racetrack. Next to a D16RR, the 748RS holds an angry edge in badass-ness.

From the factory, these bikes were intended for privateer racers and featured a engine built by Corse World Motorsport with high end internals and a body dripping with carbon fiber. The particular bike for sale also features a factory supplied big bore kit to add on to the 124hp these came with originally… Those brakes are huge!

From the seller:

This is a real 2001 Ducati 748RS full race bike. I have the original certificate of origin that shows the vin # of this motorcycle

This motorcycle has always been very meticulously maintained and has not been abused in any way.

Bike is track ready with newer tires. all it needs is you

Original as it came from factory except for the big bore engine kit.

With a factory rated 124 HP engine plus the factory supplied big bore kit installed by Bruce Myers. (Original owner and Factory rep for Ducati) this bike is a blast to ride, plenty of low end torque to pull you out of the turns, and lots of horse power for the long straights.

Carbon fiber body work has been recently painted

New slipper clutch pack.

Bike in excellent shape, and all service is up to date. please send e mail if you need any additional information.

An excellent chance to Race and own a piece of Ducati history.

Ducati produced a very limited run of 748RS machines, which were intended as full racing machines and as such came with no road-going equipment. The engine internals and components were vastly different from any road-based Ducati, using a variety of light-weight, high-strength materials making them extremely expensive to purchase. The RS came with a 54mm exhaust system and a slightly smaller size and gauge of Chromoly tubing was used on the frame to reduce weight even further. State of Floridadoes not issue a title for off road motorcycles, comes with a Bill of Sale only, and all the original import documentation.
If motorcycle can not be picked up in person, we will assist with the shipping for a reasonable fee.

Summer is just starting to gear up and that means that track days are in order. Unless you live in a state that doesn’t see 9-months of rain a year, in which case you can ride this anytime. These weren’t officially imported to the States, so seeing them around is quite rare. And considering this is only the third RS featured here on RSBFS, the next chance to own one could be a ways off. Starting bid is $7,500 with a reserve and I suspect the owning price to be around $12k. So take a look at the auction here and pick yourself up a race-ready bike to shave down some knee sliders!

-JS

Ducati May 17, 2012 posted by Jared

Italian Superbike: 1991 Ducati 851 For Sale

Location: Hendersonville, Tennessee

Miles: 3,911

Price: $9,999 opening bit with No Reserve

Up for grabs here we have the race-proven Ducati 851. Now, it isn’t an SP model, but don’t let that deter you from taking a look. We all now that Ducati basically wiped the slate clean and when the 851 dropped, it featured a liquid cooled motor, four valves per cylinder, and electronic fuel injection. It had to do something to keep up with the Japanese bikes of the day, and it proved very effective in Superbike racing.

This 851 in particular is a one-owner example and looks to have been well taken care of in maintenance through its lifetime. If the seller is true in his owning an YB-6 and RC30 at the time of owning this, I would be inclined to say he was no stranger to up-keep of high end motorcycles. An SP clutch cover and rear sprocket with a Pro-Italia chip highlight a short list of modifications to the bike.

More from the seller:

…The clutch cover was replaced with a Ducati SP ventilated unit. The rear sprocket was also replaced with an alloy Ducati SP item. The micro chip was first replaced with a Euro chip, which was about as ennimic as theUSspec one. So a Pro-Italia +5 chip was installed. That did the trick.

The air filter was replaced with a K&N air filter, and the restrictive exhaust baffles were removed. These were just held in by one spot weld and were designed to be removed.

The side stand has been modified, so as to not retract when weight is not upon it.

I gas tank pad was placed on the tank for protection.

The bike was used until about 1994. Then it was placed into storage, with about 3500 miles on it.

In about 2006 it was taken out of storage with the aim of returning it to the road.

The oil and filter were changed. A new battery purchased. The timing belts were replaced. The brake and clutch fluids were replaced. The valve adjustments were checked.

Them were had our second child, so it went back into storage with about 3900 miles on it. I put new Metzler Z3 tires on the bikes just before storage…

That is just a section of the seller’s detailed description on the bike. Click over to the auction for the fuller ad. The opening bid is set for $10k, which is higher than most 851’s we have seen considering it is a non-SP version. However, finding a one owner and well maintained example isn’t all that common. Do you think that pre-Audi Duc’s will increase in value at a higher rate? Check out the auction here and snag this Italian stallion.

-JS

Honda May 17, 2012 posted by Jared

Survivor Round Two: 1999 Honda CBR900RR

Location: Portland, OR

Miles: 2,073

Price: Currently $2K with Reserve

Déjà Vu anyone? You might be thinking to yourself, “I feel like I have seen this bike before… maybe in my dreams?” Well, if you are an avid RSBFS reader then you have probably seen this bike posted back in December when it was for sale by its original owner. Check out the original post here.

This 900RR is now currently for sale again by (what I have decoded though various forms of calculus, string theory, and quantum mechanics) it’s second owner. It appears to be in its same condition before with a stock nature except for a braided brake lines, Yoshimura exhaust, and fender eliminator. And it has only racked up another 39 miles from its current owner.

From this seller:

Relisted due to non paying buyer.

I bought this bike earlier in the year as part of my collection but have decided to thin the herd. I purchased this from the original owner with 2034 miles on it. I have ridden 39 miles on it. The bike is all original aside from steel braided brake lines, a Yoshi exhaust and fender elimator kit. Bike has been garaged its whole life and is in amazing condition. Comes with original toolkit and Haynes Manual.

Receipt for $1049.50 from Sept 2011 for:

Complete carb removal and service

Full fluid replacement (engine coolant, brake fluids etc)

New Bridgestone Battleaxe tires front and rear.

There you have it, a third chance to own this clean late-model 900RR. It was a game changer back in the day and still offers an impressive performance. If you missed out on this back in December, and again recently (relisted due to non-paying bidder), now is you chance to make it yours. You know who you are! The universe wants YOU to have it! Check it out the auction here and finally own this bike!

-JS