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Honda August 18, 2014 posted by Marty

Road: NEW 2002 Joey Dunlop RC51 in the UK

There is a new documentary out called ROAD which which is based on the life on motorcycling legend Joey Dunlop so it seemed extra appropriate to post a Joey Dunlop commemorative edition RC51/VTR1000.


Back in 1997 Honda’s response to a resurgent Ducati was its own V-Twin, the SP-1, which would be the basis of the US RC51 and European VTR1000 models.  In the capable hands of ‘Texas Tornado’ Colin Edwards, the SP-1/RC51/VTR1000 went on to win the World Superbike crown in 2000 but the bike also also proved capable of mastering road courses like the Isle of Man TT.  It was on a SP-1/RC51/VTR1000 that  Joey Dunlop achieved his 24th TT win, a win that occurred in awful weather conditions and which the Irishman later declared ‘was probably one of my best wins.’

There would be two further TT victories for Joey Dunlop on the SP-1/RC51/VTR1000 that same week, bringing Joey’s TT wins to date to a mind boggling 26. Tragically he was killed at a race a few weeks later and Northern Ireland went into mourning in a way not seen since the death of Ayrton Senna in Brazil (over 50,000 people in Ireland attended Joey Dunlop’s funeral).

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2002 Joey Dunlop RC51 for sale on eBay UK

This SP-1 is one of a limited edition of only 26 machines commissioned by a Honda dealer in the UK. The Joey Dunlop model came with gold-anodised OZ wheels; Lazer exhaust system; Power Commander; carbon-fibre rear hugger; WP multi-adjustable rear damper; Goodridge brake hoses; adjustable rear-sets; paddock stand ‘cotton reels’; Dunlop GP208 tyres; sponsors’ decals; screen name logo; and number patches. New fork yokes were fitted, carrying two plaques: one (with signature) commemorating Joey’s 2000 F1 TT win; the other a numbered plaque referring to Joey’s respective TT victory.

So this bike is already pretty amazing but this particular sale is for a a bike that is basically brand new.  And on top of that, this bike been signed by Linda Dunlop (Joey’s wife) as well as his sons Gary and Robert Dunlop.

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Price for this bike is an eye watering 30k pounds, which translates into about 50,000 USD.  This appears to be double what the bike sold for last time but given the fact that it is the only Joey Dunlop version ever produced, is new and is signed by members of the Dunlop family, it may actually be worth the asking price, especially for any collectors already in the UK.


Road:  NEW 2002 Joey Dunlop RC51 in the UK
MV Agusta August 15, 2014 posted by Marty

Hedge Fund Toy: 2002 MV Agusta Senna with 188 miles

When it comes to Rare Sporbikes, I think RSBFS author Mike said it well when he wrote the following:

Bikes become collectable in a few ways: They can be iconic motorcycles that have simply survived the ravages of time and modification, they can be homologation machines built in limited numbers and destined for the racetrack, or they can be born into collectability, with a flashy name and fashionable limited number plate.”

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2002 MV Agusta Senna for sale on eBay

This is an MV Agusta 750 Senna edition.  The Senna edition was built to commemorate the life of Formula 1 driver and motorsport legend Ayrton Senna.   Only 300 Senna editions were produced, although Ducati did do a Senna edition of their 748 too.

The Senna edition has the MV Agusta 750cc model as its basis.  The 750 was the model that re-launched the MV Agusta brand back in the late 90’s and was designed by Tamburini, the same man responsible for the Ducati 916.  When the MV 750 was launched it was considered by many to be the most beautiful bike in production, with the 4 pipes exiting under the rear fairing being particularly lust inspiring. Spec, build quality and handling were excellent, only the engine was a bit of a letdown.  The basic design endures today in the MV Agusta 1000 and three cylinder models but the F4 750 was the 1st.

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So the bike is beautiful, good mechanically and rare to boot.  An yet I have to be honest and say I hesitated before posting this bike.  Even with the good looks and limited production numbers, I just can’t think of it as a “true” rare sport bike.  I guess its just a personal preference but I don’t like bikes where the only difference is paint and a perhaps a number plate on the top yokes and then they want to charge a lot more money for it.  Then again, the MV Agusta Senna edition bikes have appeared here on RSBFS a couple of times before and always seem to draw interest so I decided perhaps its just me and here it is.

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This one appears to be owned by a collector (or possible hedge fund employee given its location) and is certainly one of the nicest we have seen.    Prices for these typically range between 12-15k, and with the low miles on this one I would expect the reserve to be close to the upper part of the range.  So if you are a Senna fan and have been looking for an uber low mileage way to commemorate his life, this may be for you.


Hedge Fund Toy:  2002 MV Agusta Senna with 188 miles
Suzuki August 6, 2014 posted by Marty

Don’t Panic!: 2001 Suzuki TL1000R

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Every once in a while someone produces a bike that truly harkens back to the old days of motorcycling, a bike that requires concentration and skill to master and doesn’t suffer fools gladly.  Or as one of my favorites writers wrote, bikes from a time “when men were REAL men, women were REAL women, and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were REAL small furry creatures from Alpha Centraui.”  The Suzuki TL 1000R was one of these bikes.

The Suzuki TL1000 series were V-Twins built in response to the enormous success of the Ducati 916/996.  Both the S/Street and R/Racing bikes were equipped with a 1000cc V-Twin torque monster engine that would let riders leave long marks off the starting line.  However, the bikes were also equipped with a rotary rear shock system that was overwhelmed by the v-twin engine, which resulted in front end lift and for many riders, a different type of long black mark (usually in their underwear).

As the reviewers at MCN/motorcyclenews wrote,

” the TL series had a truly awesome engine, producing a claimed 135bhp and a bonkers, adrenaline-pumping lunge off the line.  However, while the TL had a truly great V-twin engine, it was attached to one of the most unpredictable handling chassis ever devised.  Simply put, the Suzuki TL1000R was for experts or nutters only.”

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2001 Suzuki TL 1000R for sale on eBay

This particular example is one of the R/Racing series and looks exceptionally clean with less than 5000 miles.  It also has the desirable K series monocolor bodywork including the rear cowl, and even the OEM toolkit.  The only modification appears to be a tail tidy and while the seller indicates he does not have the original tail unit, that should be not too tough to source for anyone who wanted to restore this bike to completely stock.

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Notes about condition from the seller

  • stored in a climate controlled, secured garage.
  • Still has original chain, sprockets, and exhaust.
  • Engine and drive train are mechanically perfect.
  • All original body, windscreen, chassis, electrical, and motor train components.
  • Fuel tank has NO scratches, dings, or dents.
  • PAIR/flapper valves, evaporative emissions canisters/tubing are all still stock and in-place.


The Suzuki TL/V-Twin effort only lasted from 1998-2003, so the bike is already rare just by its limited production time frame.  Also finding one of these that hasn’t been crashed or hacked up by drag bike enthusiasts will only become harder as time goes on.  The seller is asking about 1400 above KBB retail but given the condition and low miles, this seems like a fair price.  I think this bike is a good bet for a collector but would also be good for someone who wants to add a bit more risk to their riding experience.


Don’t Panic!:  2001 Suzuki TL1000R
BMW August 5, 2014 posted by Marty

Christmas Malcom Forbes Style: 1982 Krauser MKM1000

Update 8.5.2014: First posted in December of last year, this unique bike is back on eBay and a few thousand cheaper. Thanks for the heads up Mike! Links updated, -dc

Back in the late 70’s/early 80s, BMW motorcycle’s were not exactly “sportbike” oriented. Enter Mike Krauser, president of Krauser Inc which was at the time the world’s largest manufacturer of detachable luggage for motorcycles. Krauser Inc was especially well known for the luggage they made for BMW motorcycles and Krauser was a big fan of BMW – he considered them to be the total package at the time in terms of quality, simplicity, and durability.

1982 Krauser BMW MKM1000 for sale on eBay

BMW Krauser For Sale

Krauser undertook an effort to design a road machine that would be top of the line and working with designers, the result was an entirely new concept in frame design wrapped around a BMW engine. The end result was sold as the BMW Krauser MKM 1000. Weighing just 496 pounds wet, the MKM was lighter than all of its competition, including the Ducati Super Sport and the Moto Guzzi Le Mans.


Despite a production run of only 100 over only two years, the bike was an instant classic due to it’s distinctive style and 70 horsepower – the most powerful stock airhead that was produced at the time. The extra power was due to optional proprietary Krauser 4 valve heads which unfortunately weren’t very reliable but the high price at the time (14,000 USD) meant that the MKM1000 was usually “a millionaire’s ride” anyway. And according to the seller, that is exactly who the original owner of this bike was, none other than Malcolm Forbes Sr., creator and publisher of Forbes Magazine.


This particular example is said to have only about 3,800 miles on the odometer and included with the bike are the original Krauser rear stand, the original Krauser Build Book for the bike, and also the paperwork from Forbes Magazine.


Lastly, according to the seller this very bike will also be featured in an upcoming classic bike magazine article, to be published early in 2014.

Want to learn more about Krauser? Link to a review is here:


Thanks to everyone who forwarded the unique bike to us and to Marty for the guest article! -dc

Christmas Malcom Forbes Style:  1982 Krauser MKM1000
Sport Bikes For Sale August 2, 2014 posted by Marty

Sweet Loris: 1995 Aprilia RS 250 Loris Reggiani Factory RS250 race replica

I had a long post written up about how almost every motorcycle company creates a limited edition bike to celebrate a successful rider, how this can result in anything from a Hailwood MHR to a Bostrom 998, etc, etc.   But then my girl told me I was being overly loquacious (one of the risks of dating someone who got 1600 on her SAT’s I guess) so here is the short version.

Here we have a 1995 Loris Reggiani 250 race replica, #485 out of 500 produced.   Loris Reggiani was the motorcycle racer who brought Aprilia their first 250CC MotoGp championship win, a win which occurred at the Misano track in Italy and which paved the way for a cascade of triumphs including 52 World Championships in the last 22 years.  So to summarize, an italian motorcycle company had its first championship win, does it with an italian rider, it occurs at an italian racetrack, and it launches a multi-decade run of success?  How could they not issue a commemorative bike?

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1995 Aprilia 250 Loris Regiani Replica

This particular bike was listed previously on RSBFS but by a different seller so it looks like the new owner has decided to part ways with it. The previous post about this bike on RSBFS  provides good info about why this bike is special and I am not going to repeat it here, click on the link directly above if you are interested.

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I think this bike will appeal to both collectors and someone who would use it as a regular rider.  Previously the bike sold for about %7,500 USD and I am thinking it will reach that number again.


On a personal note, I will be bidding.



KTM July 27, 2014 posted by Marty

No Bull: 2010 KTM RC8R Akrapovic edition

The RC8 was KTM’s first attempt at a big sportbike and wow, what a first attempt. Right from the start it was designed to compete directly against Ducati’s 1098/1198 Superbikes as well as the Big Four Japanese liter class bikes. When it debuted in 2008, the RC8 received positive but not glowing reviews, mostly due to the way it looked. “…looks like a stealth fighter crashed into a motorcycle factory”…”Certainly wasn’t designed by an Italian…”…”Haven’t we had enough undertail exhaust bikes already?”…

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Once people started really examining the bike, it became apparent that while the looks of the bike were a bit unusual, in typical Austrian/KTM fashion it was actually form over function. The RC8 was developed with racing in mind, spent long hours in the wind tunnel during development and was almost infinitely adjustable when it came to setup, including the following components.

  • Front brake lever : Ok, thats available on lots of bikes, so no major bonus points there.
  • Clutch lever: Surprisingly still unavailable on many modern motorcycles.
  • Handlebars: The conversion from almost sport-tour-y to racebike is accomplished with four bolts and fewer minutes.
  • Seat: Not just the seat but the entire subframe, altering seat height from 31.7 to 32.5 inches in mere minutes.
  • Foot pegs: Lots of legroom when set in their lowest position yet still difficult to drag. Virtually unlimited ground clearance when in their high position.
  • Shifter: Adjustable for length (3 positions), leverage and GP-shift conversion.
  • Brake pedal: Nub adjustable for length in 3 positions.
  • Rear ride height: An eccentric allows simple adjustment over a 12mm range.
  • Gauges: Separate displays for street or track, most available via a pair of toggles on the left clip-on. The Road setting has displays for trip meters, clock, fuel mileage, miles to empty (best- and worst-case scenarios), trip time and ambient temps. The track setting has displays for lap timers, top speed, max rpm and race duration.

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After introducing the standard RC8 in 2008, in 2009 KTM introduced the racing model,designated as the RC8R. The RC8R had several advantages over the standard RC8, including more power, different steering angles, and lighter wheels. And then to go one step further, in 2010 KTM produced two separate 25 unit limited-edition series with Akrapovic titanium exhaust systems and updated ECU’s, designated as the Red Bull and Black Akrapovic editions.

2010 KTM RC8R – Black Akrapovic edition for sale on eBay

Here we have one of the 25 black Akrapovic edition bikes with only 1650 miles. This particular bike is listed as being # 8 of 25 for the black Akrapovic edition and overall the bike looks good, although the standard rear tail unit has been removed (a common update) and replaced with a tail tidy.

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So whats it worth? Well KBB lists retail value for a standard 2010 RC8R at 11k but there are no prices available on KBB for the Akrapovic editions. Also, the Red Bull edition seems to be a bit more popular than the black Akrapovic, probably due to the Red Bull graphics being less of a contrast to the orange frame. But given the low miles and rarity of the edition, I would expect reserve price to be somewhere north of 13k. And since these bikes actually include some technical updates and the titanium Akropovic exhaust system, they will probably increase in value over time so maybe get yours while you can?

DISCLAIMER: I own a 2010 red bull edition RC8R that I picked up last year


No Bull:  2010 KTM RC8R Akrapovic edition
Cagiva July 25, 2014 posted by Marty

Hail Hail: 1983 Ducati Mike Hailwood (MHR) in AZ

Joey Dunlop, Agostini, Fast Freddy Spencer, Wayne Rainey, Mike Hailwood, and Valentino Rossi, all have had legendary careers in motorcycle racing.   But only a very few were able to endure over multiple decades, and even fewer managed to do it with a break in-between.   Seriously, to take a multi-year break from racing and then return is impressive in itself, but to come back and win a major race is the stuff legends are made of.

Mike Hailwood was one of the few who managed this feat.  Mike “The Bike” Hailwood won the Isle of Mann TT race 12 times including what many historians consider to be the most dramatic Isle of Man race of all time, the 1967 Senior TT against his great rival, Giacomo Agostini.  In 1978 Hailwood returned to motorcycle racing after an 11 year hiatus and won the legendary isle of Man TT again, this time on a Ducati.  A few years later, Ducati produced the 900MHR to commemorate the event and the bike was an instant hit.

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1983 Ducati 900ss Mike Hailwood Replica for sale on eBay

From a production numbers standpoint, the Hailwood replica is actually not that rare (see production info here) but it still always seems to draw interest from avid motorcycle fans.   The seller indicates that this is bike was previously in Japan and that the bike has the optional factory big cams and Conti pipes. The seller also lists lots of recent refreshes including:

  • new Pirellis front and rear
  • new brakes
  • new cush drives
  • new battery hold down, tank hold down, battery tray.
  • New rebuild on the rear master cylinder.
  • New fuel lines (correct green) and clamps.
  • New alternator harness.
  • New steering head bearings.
  • New turn signals.
  • Petcocks reworked.
  • Carbs looked over at Ducati Phoenix (the carbs were rebuilt by the Woods Bros in Cal in an earlier workup).
  • EFX clipons installed. but have original ones.

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The seller includes both standard and hi-res photos as well as a link to a video walk around in the auction.  This particular MHR certainly appears to be in immaculate condition.

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While bidding on this one has been minimal at this point (the reserve is still in place), the current price is right at the KBB retail limit.  Past MHRs featured by RSBFS have been bid up over $15,000 so I think this one will get a bunch of last minute bids.


Hail Hail: 1983 Ducati Mike Hailwood (MHR) in AZ
Bimota July 24, 2014 posted by Marty

Featured Listing: Rare by Design — 2007 Bimota DB6 Azzurro

I remember reading that collectors look at four criteria when assessing a vehicle for rarity/desirability: age, number produced with a particular configuration, technological impact, and availability in the country being sold in.  What is interesting is that while some vehicles become rare, some are created to be that way right from the beginning.  These vehicles are often referred to as commemorative or limited editions, and are typically more expensive than the standard model.  Many sportbike manufacturers now offer limited edition models, especially the Italian bike companies such as Ducati,  Bimota, MV Agusta, and Aprilia.

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Here we have a 2007 Bimota DB6 Azzuro being offered as a classified ad here on RSBFS.  The Azzuro is a limited edition variant of the Bimota Delirio model which is a standard style bike from Bimota, kind of a Bimota take on the Ducati Monster .  The Azzuro has the same Ducati 1100s air cooled engine which produces about 98 horespower, but is more stripped down than the Delirio.

According to the seller,

this particular bike is number 4 of 23 limited editions that were made to commemorate the Italian World Cup champs in 2006.12 of these bikes went to the team members and 11 were sold to the general public.

This bike has quite a few extras which I’ve listed below.

-Zard slip-on mufflers
-Rizoma mirrors
-Rizoma brake & clutch reservoir mounts
-Brembo RCS radial brake & clutch cylinders
-New Balistic battery
-Pirelli Rosso II tires with less than 500mi
-Bimota service software & cable
-Fork cap tool
-Forks sprung and seviced for 185lb rider(stock springs included with purchase)

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The Azzuro has only appeared once before on RSBFS and this one is priced right in line with KBB prices for a Delirio.   So if you were considering a Delirio anyway, this might be an option.


Featured Listing:  Rare by Design — 2007 Bimota DB6 Azzurro