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MV Agusta July 19, 2011 posted by Jared

Reader’s Ride: 2005 MV Agusta Ago #31

Location: San Diego, CA
Miles: 413
Price: Currently $11,000 w/ no reserve

Up for grabs here we have a bike from one of our readers who was kind enough to give us here at RSBFS a heads up on his MV Agusta Ago (#31/300) that he just put up for auction on eBay. The Ago version of the F4 was built as a tribute to legendary racer Giacomo Agostini who collected fourteen world titles over a seventeen year span with MV. True to form, the F4 Ago is no slouch when it comes to performance with 1000cc engine cranking out 166hp. Couple that with striking silver and red paint, fancy red alcantara seat, and MV’s unmistakable quad-exhaust, and you have a recipe for one choice machine.

The particular bike for sale here looks to be in excellent condition, and only having 413 miles, I wouldn’t doubt it. Though the seller does state that there are some rubber boot marks on the heat shield, he does include a photo of this and it appears to be less than a quarter inch long. I would be interested to know of the certificate of authenticity signed by Agostini himself is included with the sale.

More from the seller:

“2005 MV Agusta Ago.

Looks great, strong runner.

1 owner, Orig Paint .

Buy It Now about 1/2 of new price & only 413 miles.

Just did oil change and new battery a few days ago.

Smog labels say 2004 Model.

I bought late 2004 and DMV calls it a 2005.

Some rubber boot marks on the right side heat shield.

Larger pictures can be e-mailed, direct if closer look for
blemishes is desired.

Bike always stored indoors, and run every couple of months
to keep healthy.

59 year old owner, former bike wrench and former shop owner.

Every effort has been made to show condition of bike with
pictures and video.

Can e-mail better, larger pictures directly , on request.

Bike in exc cond, though no warranty expressed or implied.
Sold AS – IS …”

The seller seems very upfront with the condition of the bike and also has many hi-res photos and is willing to send more upon request. These are all good things I look for when buying. The auction already has a fair amount of activity and currently sits at a bid of $11,000 with no reserve. If you need this stunning MV Ago in your garage (or living room), then take a look at the auction here and bid with confidence!

-JS

Honda July 18, 2011 posted by Jared

1994 Honda RVF400 (NC35) For Sale in Seattle!

Location: Seattle, WA
Miles: 8,713km (5,402mi)
Price: $11,500

Obviously the RVF400 is bound to draw direct comparisons to its bigger and more sought after brother, the RFV750R. Both bikes share the same graphics and get their power from the V4 engine configuration. But the little RVF (NC35) deserves its own place in the spotlight. It makes 60hp and weighs only 360lbs. Add in its adjustable inverted forks, Nissin four piston calipers, and more conventional 17 inch wheels and you can see why the RVF400 has the ability to be quite capable in the category of performance.

The bike up for grabs here appears to be a relatively unmodified (except a few small changes and a Yoshimura pipe) and has not collected many miles throughout its life. The original pipe is included with the sale as well as a Haynes service manual. However, the original tool kit is not included.

From the ad:

“This 1994 Honda RVF400 aka NC35 is stunningly clean and mint. This is the nicest used example I have ever personally seen in this country. Had I not seen a couple brand new ones fresh out of the crate in the late 90’s this would be the best one I have ever laid eyes on.
VIN: NC35-1001095
This bike was owned for several years by an employee of Ducati North America. I’m told he imported the bike into the US as well. For the last 2 years the bike has been owned by a married couple on the west coast. None of the previous owners rode the bike very much as it has accumulated 8713 kilometers  (5402 miles) in 17 years of existence.

The bike is stock with a few exceptions:

~The original protective molding around the edge of the windshield is missing.
~The stock muffler is off the bike and in a box. In it’s place is a Yoshimura slip-on with hardly any use on it.
~The left side passenger peg bracket was modded to still support the muffler but not have the peg. The right side passenger peg bracket/peg is removed from the bike but included.
~The stock footpeg “feelers” for the operator are removed and not included.
~The bar-end pieces are aftermarket and a slightly different style than the original ones.
~The rear fender/license plate mounting area has 2 extra holes drilled in the plastic in order to accept a US style/size license plate.
~A battery tender lead is installed on the bike.

This bike has a US title. It includes one factory key and a Haynes service/repair manual. The original toolkit is not included. Cosmetically this ‘400 looks as good if not better in person as it does in the pictures. It runs/operates just as well as it looks.”

There you have it, a super clean and low mileage RVF400 NC35. These things aren’t for sale all that often, and I got a feeling the seller knows that. I feel the price might be a little on the high side, but to those who have wanted one of these bikes, it may be worth it. I know I would love to have one of these in the stable. Check out the Craigslist ad and see for yourself!

-JS

Cafe Racer July 14, 2011 posted by Jared

ClassicSportBikesForSale.com and CafeBikesForSale.com Weekly Recap!

It’s that time of the week again where we like to show you what is going on over at the sister sites of RSBFS. This week, ClassicSportBikesForSale and CafeBikesForSale offer us some sweet bikes. Over at CSBFS, we have a medley of 80’s sportbikes, one of which will have you feeling the need… for speed. Also, take a look at a minimalistic Kawasaki that can be found on CBFS. Scroll down and have a look!

1961 BMW R50S

1982 Suzuki GS Katana 1000S For Sale on CSBFS!

1984 Kawasaki Ninja GPZ900: Danger Zone!

Old school! 1963 Honda CR93 For Sale

Cafe Style: 1971 Honda CB350 For Sale on CafeBikesForSale.com

Simple and cool: 1972 Kawasaki G3SS on CBFS

-JS

Ducati July 14, 2011 posted by Jared

Go Nicky! Ducati 848 Hayden Edition For Sale

With the first of two (soon to be three) USGP’s roughly a week away, what better way to celebrate the last American rider to win a world championship then with this Nicky Hayden edition Ducati 848. Ok sure, when Hayden won in 2006, he was riding for Repsol Honda at the time. But Ducati was kind enough to release this limited edition to coincide with the 2009 US Gran Prix at Laguna Seca.

The Hayden Edition 848, is the same bike mechanically as the standard 848 in 2010. But with the bike making 134hp and weighing in at only 369lbs, it is no slacker in performance. There were only 150 of these produced which were exclusively sold in the US, all hand signed by the Kentucky Kid himself. The bike has a couple modifications, but the seller states that the original parts are included.

The Hayden Edition 848, is the same bike mechanically as the standard 848 in 2010. But with the bike making 134hp and weighing in at only 369lbs, it is no slacker in performance. There were only 150 of these produced which were exclusively sold in the US, all hand signed by the Kentucky Kid himself. The bike has a couple modifications, but the seller states that the original parts are included.

More from the seller:

“For sale is a Ducati 848 Nicky Hayden Limited Edition. This is one of only 150 bikes imported into the US with this color scheme and
signed by the Kentucky Kid, Nicky Hayden. This bike is in excellent condition, having never been raced or tracked. Extras installed on this bike are a Ducati rear seat cowl (original rear seat also goes with the bike), an Evoluzione clutch slave cylinder (again, the original also goes with the bike), blue anodized Light Tech bar ends, and mirror extensions. Also included with this sale are a Ducati Superbike bike cover, a Ducati rear stand, a copy of the service manual on CD and also a copy printed in a binder, and a new unmounted set of Dunlop Q2 Sportmax tires. This bike was purchased new by me in September of 2009, and has warranty coverage until September 10, 2011. The 7500 mile service requirements have been completed.”

These bikes have been a personal favorite of mine since their announcement back in 2009. They retailed new for $14,495 as a 2010 model year. The bike of for grabs here is still under warranty and looks to be in very good condition with 7,502 miles. It has a current big of $7,600 with reserve ($11,500 BIN). If you’re a fan of these bikes like I am, take a look at the auction and place your bid. Go Nicky!

See you at the corkscrew!

-JS

Sport Bikes For Sale July 13, 2011 posted by Jared

500cc Two-Stroke: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 For Sale!

Location: Fullerton, CA
Miles: 26,206
Price: Current bid of $5,700 with reserve

Do you have a secret desire to become a MotoGP rider from the early 80’s? This RZ500 could be the first step to actualizing that dream. When Yamaha released the RZ500 back in the day, it was the closest thing you could get to their GP bike. There is something about the words “500cc” and “two-stroke” next to each other that gives me that warm fuzzy feeling inside.

When I first saw the bike up for grabs here, something didn’t sit right. Then it hit me that it didn’t have the original plastics. Instead it appears to have Airtech upper and lower fairings as well as their solo tail section. I would be interested to know if the seller has the original plastics since there is no mention of them in the for sale ad. What this bike lacks in original pieces, it makes up for it with the ‘golden ticket’ that is the California title. You can hop on it and cruise around looking for RG500’s to tangle with.

From the seller:

“You are bidding on my rare canadian california titled yamaha rz 500 v4 liquid cooled Gp two stroke motorcycle. motorcycle runs superb. As you might know these bikes were never sold in the u.s market and had to be imported from canada.
Motorcycle has a clean california title which means its legal to ride in all 50 states which is hard to comeby these days, with so many regulations regarding the enviornment. The bike just recently had a new top end done to it, has about 10 hrs on it only. The bike has 42,175 km which is equal to 26,206 miles. I have the pink slip on hand. Registration is valid till Nov of 2011, bike comes with upgraded turn signals which look better than the ugly stock ones that stick out. this gives the bike
a more street oriented look which it deserves. The fairings are in good shape with minor scrapes and a few scuffs which is normal for a 26 yr old bike. The brake system is stock but works great , rotors are in excellent shape and the brake pads have alot of life left in them. For the most part bike is mostly stock with the exception of front tzr 750 style red fairings and upgraded spec 2 expansion chambers. tires are in very good shape with alot of thread on them. Motorycle also comes equipped with (autolube) feature; direct oil injection which is fully operational and works fantastic. bike has been run on yamalube 2cycle oil and has the ypvs systems which works fantastic and helps put out an insane powerband unlike any other bike i have ever been on, gets alot of attention.”

Though it is not in bone stock condition, the bike appears to be fairly well cared for. It currently has a bid of $5,700 with the reserve still in place. Good condition RZ500’s seem to go for around $9k, so it will be interesting to see what this bike with the different body work will go for. But it does have a CA title, which is a big advantage for someone looking to enjoy the bike the way it was meant to be. Take a look at the auction here and place you bid!

-JS

Honda July 11, 2011 posted by Jared

Across the Pond: Honda NR750, Suzuki GSX-R750 LE, Ex-WSB Yamaha OW01 For Sale!

First off, let me thank Neal who posted these awesome bikes on the RSBFS Facebook page. You sir, are the man! We have three awesome bikes up for grabs here, all of which are located in the UK. This may be pure unobtanium for us here in the U.S., but these are just too killer not to have a look at.

Check out this 1993 Honda NR750 up for auction in the UK! At roughly $386,000, this isn’t an inexpensive bike. But it’s an NR750!! Honda pulled out all of the stops when building these.

Here is another piece of history with this 1985 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition for sale! Looks a little dusty in the photos, but I’m sure it would clean up nice and make an awesome addition to any collection! This dealer also as some more rare bikes for sale.

Next up is an EX-World Super Bike Yamaha OW01! The listing on this item has ended already, but I’m sure it will pop up again soon. This is another piece of racing history that would be fantastic to own.

Thanks again to all those who give us leads on some truly awesome bikes over at the
RSBFS Facebook page!

-JS

Honda July 9, 2011 posted by Jared

Raising the Bar: 1993 Honda CBR900RR for sale!

Location: Dallas, PA
Miles: 25,300
Price: $3,199.95 BIN

In 1993, Honda released yet another iconic sport bike and set a new standard with the 900RR. It was light, it was fast, and it handled like a bike half its size. Unlike the RC30 which preceded it, the 900RR was no fancy machine. Instead it got things done by making way more power than the CBR600F2 of its time while only weighing slightly more. At the same time, it weighed more than 50lbs less than Suzuki’s GSX-R1100 and Yamaha’s EXUP liter bike. The 900RR was in a class own its own, and it was designed from the ground up with the goal to be quicker in every aspect. The CBR900RR was truly in a class of its own.

The particular bike up for sale here is an interesting one. As if the 900RR in stock trim wasn’t fast enough, this bike has been fitted with a Wiseco R997 Big Bore forged piston kit which bumps the displacement up to 997cc and compression to 12:1 (up from 11:1). This engine also features re-sleeved cylinders, new crankshaft, and a ported and flow-benched cylinder head. The seller states this rebuilt engine has less than 3,000 miles on it. The bike also happens to be one of the first 100 of the 900RR’s produced with VIN ending in 00097 and a manufacture date of 01/92. It also has some updates to the triple clamp to alleviate some of the twitchiness due to its 16” front wheel.

More from the seller:

“This is one of the most desirable CBR’s in the collector bike market, and yes it’s a 93’, and yes its Red, White and Blue !

This is an early production number, one the first 100
produced, its Number 97.

Excellent condition, Runs Excellent, Very Clean, Very well maintained and serviced, garage kept, never crashed, clean PA title.

VIN JH2SC280XPM100097

25300 original miles, professionally built 1000cc motor with less than 3000 miles.

Wisceo R997 Big Bore forged piston kit, 1000cc [997cc], re-sleeved cylinders, 12:1 compression [runs on premium pump gas] 74mm bore,
spring steel head gasket. New crankshaft. Cylinder head ported and flow benched by Davis porting. ‘Factory’ shift kit.

I have owned this bike since 06-2003, the motor was rebuilt just prior to that. The plan was to Vintage road race this bike, but unfortunately at this time its up for auction.

Micron ‘Race’ stainless steel exhaust.

Stainless steel braided brake lines front and rear.

Updated triple clamps from 96’ to increase trail and fork stance 10mm, as you may know the pre 96’ bikes are know to be ‘twitchy’ , original clamps are included. New fuel pump, new front rotors, chain and sprockets with less than 5K. Just serviced 2 weeks ago, including: oil and filter, cooling system flushed and refilled, brake fluid flushed and refilled. Batteryholds charge, its 5 yr’s old, should last this season.

No tool kit or owners manual included. [tool kit still aval
from Honda for $58.72 p/n 89010-mw0-000]

There are a few minor cracks in plastics [see photos], upper faring below RH headlamp, RH and LH mid faring at rear dzus fastener, LH rear cowl, was cracked has been repaired. One tiny ding in rear of fuel tank. There are a few tiny nicks and scratches, this bike is used and 20 years old, the  photos speak for themselves.

Also included is a Factory Honda service manual, Triple
clamps and front axle…”

Though this particular bike isn’t a bone stock and minty example, I think that it is fairly priced for the modifications and low-ish mileage for its age. You also got to appreciate the fact that cosmetically it is mostly original and again reasonable condition for a bike its age (that paint scheme still looks awesome today!). If you are in the market for a 900RR that you can ride how they were meant to be ridden and not have to worry about keeping miles off of a pristine example, then check out the auction and place your bid!

-JS

Cafe Racer July 7, 2011 posted by Jared

ClassicSportBikesForSale.com and CafeBikesForSale.com weekly recap!

Once again we have some sweet bikes from the sister sites to RSBFS, ClassicSportBikesForSale.com and CafeBikesForSale.com. The weather is heating up while summer is kicking into high gear and one way to enjoy it is to pick up a new bike! There have definitely been some killer choices here at RSBFS and there are even more on CSBFS and CBFS. Check them out!

1970 Dunstall Norton Commando on CSBFS.com

 

1974 Suzuki GT750 “Water Buffalo” up for grabs!

 

1985 Moto Guzzi LeMans IV “I’m Lovin’ It!”

1986 Yamaha SRX-600 Super Single Café on CBFS.com

1972 Kawasaki G3SS Cafe


That is just a taste of the awesomness you can find over at ClassicSportBikesForSale and CafeBikesForSale! Make the jump over and take a look around.

-JS