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Honda September 21, 2012 posted by Jared

Low Mileage Honda RC30 (VFR750R) For Sale in CA!

Update 9.21.2012: This RC30 was first listed in August and failed to meet reserve at $26,600. Links updated. -dc

Location: Costa Mesa,CA

Miles: 4,391

Price: Currently $25,301 with Reserve in place

It’s always hard to come back to the office after a vacation, especially a trip to the U.S. Gran Prix at Laguna Seca. However, coming back to an RC30 makes things a little better. You might recognize this bike from the Mailbag posted over the weekend, but I though it deserved its own post. So here it is!

If you aren’t familiar with the RC30 (VFR750R), these beautiful machines are the epitome of collectible rare sport bikes. Created by Honda to homologate into racing, these bikes featured hand laid fiber glass fairings and all sorts of race tech. The bike up for sale here looks to be in very good condition and the seller includes a lot of photos to see many angles. The bike has RC45 wheels on it to allow modern tire set-ups, but comes with the original wheels and tires.

From the seller:

I am selling the bike for a friend of mine that has had some health issues for a while and just doesnt see himself riding the bike anymore and i actually sold him the bike years ago and hasn’t put many miles on it since either, the bike has RC45 wheels so you can use modern rubber and has a fresh set of Pirelli Rosso Corsa’s on it and have the original rims and tires along with owners manual and tool kit.

This bike was an homologation bike and had to make 300 for the USA so they could race them but wasn’t just any bike, they went absolutely all out cutting no corners in any area when they made the bike and even when sold new people were aghast at the cost but by rights it was subsidized even at the price it sold for because of the special efforts and materials that were put into it from the honeycomb frame, cam gear driven V4 engine and single side swinging arm which was also pioneered by ELF for quick change in endurance races.

So at the end of the day it really doesnt get too much better than this so you have to ask yourself out of the 300 that were imported and then out of that 300 how many went straight into racing after buying all their HRC power up kits and then how many were totalled and how many of that 300 were sold overseas now as collectible and how many of that 300 are in unmolested all original unrestored condition like this? Desmosedicci err i think not this really is a beauty to behold and would be hard pushed to find a nicer example with such low miles on it and what a dream to ride when you hear that symphony of the gears whiring and that V4 just bursting into life as the rpm climbs into the many teens, it feels like the bike is running free on its own and you just happen to be lucky enough to be along for the ride, the gearbox is as smooth as a hot knife going through butter and the bike feels like a gazelle as so light, you really would kick yourself if you miss this one as don’t know when youll see another as not often they change hands.

There you have it, another clean RC30 for sale. The bike has low miles with less than 5,000 and looks to be in very good and maintained condition. The prices on these have been climbing with every clean one sold, and it looks like this is no exception. Bidding is already at $25k and the reserve hasn’t been lifted. But I would put this bike at about $27k given its condition and current location. You can check out the auction here and place your bid today!

-JS

Sport Bikes For Sale September 20, 2012 posted by Jared

First Year: 1989 Yamaha FZR600 For Sale

Clinton, Washington16,660 milesCurrently $2,065 (Reserve Not Met)

Here is a cool score for all you fans of survivors out there and all you Yamaha fans out there. The FZR600 was Yamaha’s break through into true supersport machinery in 1989, and these bikes were an immediate hit. The FZR600 was lightweight (for its time) and came with a 90hp Genesis engine wrapped in a steel Deltabox frame.

The bike up from grabs here is a bone stock example, which is definitely hard to come by in a 20-year old sport bike that was never intended to be collectible. The only issue is some scuffing on the engine case from a drive way tip over. It is a shame that this occurred, but it would ease the mind for someone who wants to ride this thing. Some photos show a solo seat, and some don’t. I am hopping that comes with the bike still.

From the seller:

ForSale. A 1989 YAMAHA FZR 600, This bike is totally stock and original. It’s in excellent condition for it’s age. Everything works great, the bike runs, shifts, stops and handles great. Comes with factory optional solo seat cover. It’s easy to switch back to a passenger seat. Tires are a few years old, just had a oil and coolant service. So many of these FZR’s have been modified, crashed and trashed. This one is 100% original right down to the exhaust. Cosmetically there is only minor scuffing on it’s engine cases and lower right faring ( see pictures ) from being tipped over in a drive way, the rest of the bike is fantastic. Workshop manual included.

If you wanted one of these in 1989 but couldn’t quite swing it, now is the chance to bring out that teenager inside by picking this FZR up. Obviously, a maintenance history of some sort would go a long way with the value of this bike, but miles are pretty low considering its age. Bidding is active, but the Reserve remains on. I can’t imagine it be too far off of the current price and would like to think that this could go for $3-$3.5k depending on how bad someone wants it. If you want it, then click here to jump over to the auction!

-JS

Sport Bikes For Sale September 18, 2012 posted by Jared

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf (Lance Gamma)

Location: Leicester, North Carolina Miles: 7,000     Price: Currently $5,590 with No Reserve

Well if that isn’t every two-stroke lover’s favorite collection of words to see together in a for sale ad, then I don’t know what is! The RG500 is definitely my favorite of the big smokers, and for it to be a Walter Wolf edition is icing on the cake. Now, you take those two things and throw in the Lance Gamma designation and that’s like having said freshly iced cake hand delivered by a supermodel. Sign me up!

I could give you the run-down on an RG500 like I have done so many times over, but I will let the seller take this one because I don’t think I have put it any better.

Some things are rare today because when consumers could buy one brand new, practically no one did, the marketplace having found them simply undesirable. Now they are hard to find because there were so few put into circulation. Such is not the case with this bike. Of all the 10,000+ RG500 Gammas Suzuki produced over a five year period in the mid ’80’s, none of them were unwanted. Perhaps undiscovered for a while but never unloved. The most coveted Gamma of all was to be the full power export model Walter Wolf RG500 Gamma of which only 100 were produced. These bikes were only exported toCanadawhere Mr. Wolf resides. No other venue (including theJapandomestic market) was to ever receive the real deal 95 hp Wolf. Canada WW’s are distinguished by a dedicated series of VIN’s beginning with the last three digits of 883 and ending with 982, this machine being #936. Other race replica export market RG500s would later appear but the only one that was factory sanctioned and manufactured by SuzukiJapanis this model you see here. Of the 100 production Canada WW’s, a surprising number went toMexicowhere Walter Wolf was a big name in F1 auto racing circles. Perhaps as many as 30 of the new bikes were shipped there to very appreciative owners, never to be seen again north of the border. Today only a few dozen remain in recognizable condition and precious few are seen looking this nice. The Walter listed here was purchased new by a collector with ties to American Suzuki Motor Corp where the bike lived a pampered Southern California life until coming into my possession 5 years ago. Modifications include a fine set of Tommy Crawford pipes (these things are even more rare than the Wolf), Katana rims and Nissin calipers along with my Lance Gamma TriPod air filter kit and LG adjustable ride height strut. The bike performs really well and feels new from the saddle. The bike is titled here in the States and is easily transferred for street use. If you are disappointed that the bike is no longer in absolutely stock trim, I understand. I am sure that a nice original bike with 26 year old ABS plastic and untouched motor will be along any time now. Be patient and don’t compromise your beliefs by considering such a well developed and highly functional RG in place of your dream machine. 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…

There you have it, another fine bike from the Lance Gamma shop. The last couple RG’s from here have commanded some serious prices, as they are generally better put together than a stock example. This isn’t a bone stock unit, but it is very well sorted by someone who knows what they are doing. Oh, and it has a title as well. Bidding is active already and No Reserve in sight. I will be following this one closely and you can do the same. Just go here to check this one out and place your bid.

-JS

Sport Bikes For Sale September 11, 2012 posted by Jared

1985 Yamaha RZ500 For Sale in Texas

Location: Cedar Park, TX

Miles: 13,516

Price: Currently $7,000 with Reserve in place

If you didn’t have to coin to drop on the $22k RZ500 posted last week, don’t feel bad. Here is another shot at one of Yamaha’s 500cc smokers from back in the day. We have seen a decent run of RZ’s over the past few months, most of which being in good condition. Some of them have been fromCanada, as they were officially imported there and some in theUS. Lucky you, this one is located inTexasand comes with a title.

This bike might not be a bone-stock example, but it does have some quality modifications that look to be well thought out and tastefully done as well as a host of maintenance done recently. At first glance I can see a set of Yoshimura pipes and a Showa front end. I haven’t seen those much on the RZ’s, but those are two quality companies. The seller lists all the recent maintenance done to the bike.

From the seller:

This is a one in a million bike, lots of money recently spent servicing and refurbishing, very clean, pictures do not do justice to this jewel, well kept and maintained, adult owned, climatized garage kept. I am the second owner, I have owned this bike since 1992, I bought it in Mexico with 700 original kilometers, this is a Canadian model.You all better show me some serious love for this beautiful bike that has a number of upgrades aside numerous new parts . In perfect running condition, this bike hasn’t fouled plugs in years, every unit functioning properly, now with the addition of the V-Force3 reed valves this bike has turned into a beast, I am dead serious, it has made a world of difference, especially on the power band at high rpm’s. As you can see this bike has had a life of luxury pampered to the max, I am an older rider who is very conservative and extremely careful with my bikes, clear Texas Title, questions, encouraged, feel free to call me (visit auction to see phone number). I will accept paypal but prefer cashier’s check or wire transfer, I am sure you understand that a 2.9% fee from paypal would be a substantial amount of money for a bike of this value, please be advised that this bike is also being advertised locally and I reserve the right to end the auction at anytime, happy bidding everyone and please show some serious love for this queen of beauty

Carburetors Entirely Rebuilt, Rejeted, Sinchronyzed to Perfection ( 250.00 Per Carb)

New Stone Guard/Grill

New Transmission Oil

All Fuel Lines Replaced

New Fuel Petcock

V-FORCE 3 REED VALVES ( 800.00 SET OF FOUR)

Pirelli Sport Demon High Speed Rated Tires

New Brake Shoes Both Front and Rear All Fluid Replaced

New Cooling System Hoses ( ALL 5, NOTHING BUT THE BEST, SAMCO SPORT)

New Coolant/Antifreeze

Belly Pan Repainted and Fiber Glass Reinforced with Titanium Insulation

Fuel Tank Repainted Just Purely Of Out Pride

New Thermo Switch and Thermo Unit

All this maintenance performed 1000 KM’s ago

Original Owner’s Manual

I will include the original Cycle World Magazine from 1985

Seems like a well put together bike that has had attention in all the right areas. Prices of these have been climbing steadily and I have no reason to believe there is any end in sight to that. Bidding is already active, but the Reserve remains in place. With the amount of work gone into this bike, mileage, and modifications, I would put the price of this one in the $13k range. You can check out the auction here and place you bid today!

-JS

Ducati September 11, 2012 posted by Jared

Shout at the Diavel! 2012 Ducati Diavel AMG

Location: Oakdale, NY

Price: $26,495

I am already layering on the Nomex suit, because I know the flames will be coming in full force. I might even shower in gasoline and hand you the match to light me up. It does pain me a little to bring you this bike because the Diavel is a little ridiculous and it is brand new. However, I feel compelled as it does wear an AMG badge and it is a limited edition bike. You can bet that you won’t see any Ducati rocking the Mercedes AMG moniker anytime soon after being acquired by Audi.

Ducati partnered with AMG back in 2010, and the MotoGP squad could be seen sporting the logo on their bikes. All that changed earlier this year when Audi purchased Ducati and you can see why the Ducati/AMG partnership quickly dissolved. Shortly before change of ownership, Ducati and AMG teamed up to produce this flagship Diavel. I honestly didn’t think many of these would see the light of day after the Audi deal, and thus why I feel obligated to acknowledge this bike.

You can bet there won’t be huge sales of the Diavel AMG because its limited quantities… and it’s a Diavel. I can almost guarantee this will translate to uber rare status in the future. If you are attemting to amass the ultimate Ducati collection, then there should be a place for the Diavel AMG. That place could be a dimly lit corner of a garage to hide it in, but there still should be a place. You can jump over to the ad here and pick this thing up for MSRP today.

-JS

Sport Bikes For Sale August 22, 2012 posted by Jared

More From The North: 1993 Suzuki RGV250 (VJ22)

Location: Toronto, ON, Canada

Miles: 9,600

Price: $5,100

In accordance with Two-Stroke week, I bring you this 250cc smoker from Suzuki. Most of the 250’s we see on here are of the Honda variety, so it’s nice to see something a little different. There is even another RGV up for grabs as we speak, and you can check that one out here.

This bike here comes to us from Canada, starting to notice a trend? Some one up there is purging their collection (is maple syrup going up in price?). All jokes aside, the little Gamma sure looks great. The seller says it’s a ’93, but it looks more like a ’91 to me. And some slight variations in the graphics indicate and coloring suggests to me that it has been repainted. Also, the grips and bar ends don’t look original. Given all of that it still looks awesome and well done. If anyone has anymore insight into this, please chime in

From the seller:

SUZUKI RGV 250 GAMMA 1993

250C, Liquid cooled, Two stroke, 90 degree V twin, 61 HP, 6 speed transmission, Adjustable inverted forks, Kick starting, Front 2x & rear disk brakes, 76cm seat height, 139Kg dry weight, 16Lt fuel capacity, 210Km/h top speed.

Sports Edition with Dry Clutch. Brand new tires. New battery. Low Insurance. Certified.

I think that the pinging and popping of a two-stroke combined with the rattling of a dry clutch has got to be one of the most intoxicating sounds I can think of. Wrap that up in Suzuki blue and a banana swing arm, and you got me sold! The BIN price on this Gamma is $5,100. I’d say this is a fair price, but I would want some more photos and info on the bike if it were me. You can check out the auction here and decide for yourself?

-JS

Honda August 21, 2012 posted by Jared

Two-Stroke Week: 1996 Honda NSR250SE (MC28)

Location: Toronto, ON, Canada

Miles: 9,800mi (16,100Km)

Price: $7,900

You should probably get used to that gray floor with blue tiles, as you might be seen a lot from this seller in the next couple days. Like a lot of two-strokes that we feature, this bike comes to us from Canada and I still believe it to be some sort of conspiracy to make us in the US jealous. In accordance with RSBFS Two-Stroke week, I bring you this Honda NSR250SE MC28.

Up for grabs in an SE model and features a dry clutch, single sided swing arm, and PGMIV engine management. The bike up from grabs doesn’t have the most complete description from the seller, but does look to be a fair example of a later NSR. It looks like some of the graphics on the left side have seen some wear, but doesn’t look to be a result of a crash.

From the seller:

16100km 1996 Sports Edition

250CC, Two Stroke, Liquid Cooled, 90°V-Twin Cylinder, 45HP @ 9,500RPM, Single side swing arm, Card key, Kick Start , Dry clutch,6 Speed Transmission, Front and Rear Disk Breaks, 77cm Seat Height ,138Kg dry weight, 16Litre Fuel Capacity. Very low insurance. Certified.

Only a buy-it-now price of $7,900 exists in place of your standard auction. The last MC28 we featured (although completely rebuilt and in the States) sold for over $10k. We have seen a steady incline in the sales of these 250 two-strokes, but location and a title can have a large implact on their selling price. You can check out the auction here for this Honda NSR250SE here, and stay tuned for some more options!

-JS

Bimota August 16, 2012 posted by Jared

Bimotus Maximus: Instant Bimota Collection For Sale!

Location: Mesa, AZ

Price: $75,000

Well you don’t see this everyday, a chance to purchase a whole gaggle of Bimotas (Bimoti?) all at once! Looks like someone is liquidating their whole collection. Without further delay, lets take a look at what you get!

Up first is Bimota’s crack at GP engine making with this 1998 500 Vdue with 0 miles. These pack about 110hp in a 500cc two-stroke and a light weight package.

Next is this 1991 YB10 Dieci which sports a 1000cc Yamaha in-line four and makes about 145hp.

This 1992 DB2 shares the motor of a Ducati 900ss as well as all sorts of trellis framing, even the swing arm. 1 of 34 tricolor models in the world.

Here we have a 1996 SB6 Series II came with a GSX-R1100 engine and had fancy suspension bits such as an Ohlins rear shock and some Brembo binders up front.

The 1997 SB6R also featured the GSX-R1100 engine as well as a hefty original price tag of around $35k.

Next is a 1997 YB11, which again featured a Yamaha liter engine. However this bike weight about 31lbs less than the standard Yamaha of the same year.

Lastly, we have a 1999 DB4 which again featured the Ducati 900ss engine of its time. Brembo, Ohlins, Paioli can all be found on this little number

So you get all 7 of these 90’s era Bimotas for a BIN prics of $75k (one for each day of the week). With the help of some previous listings/selling prices for all of these bikes and a calculator, I would put the total price of these at about $60k-$65k. Usually the thrill of collecting comes from the process of hunting down and acquiring collection piece by piece. If you don’t have time for that and love instant gratification, then you can certainly score a heard of Bimoti today! I would absolutely want to see detailed specs on each bike (mileage, maintenance, history, etc…). You can check out the auction here and start your instant Bimots collection today!

-JS