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Aprilia September 22, 2022 posted by Mike

Featured Listing – Historic 1999 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup with just 664 miles!

Update 9.22.2022: John has updated his listing to note that despite the racing pedigree, this bike has only 664 miles (1,068km). He’s asking $12,500 and can be reached at john.mcleod3092@gmail.com. -dc

Today RSBFS reader John M. brings us a fantastic bit of racing history. The Aprilia RS250 Challenge offered a true one make race series celebrating what was essentially the last of the two strokes. And for the occasion, Aprilia ran off a batch of Cup bikes that were devoid of pesky D.O.T. goodies such as 17 digit VIN numbers, lighting, etc. These were bikes that were only intended for track duty. And this particular one raced… and won. The winning rider for the 1999 US championship series – on this very bike – was John Hopkins. If you are newer to racing, you might recognize John Hopkins’ association with the American Racing entry in the Moto2 world championship (supporting American riders such as Joe Roberts and Cameron Beaubier as a coach). If you have a bit more history with racing, you will know him as a WSBK Superbike competitor, a British Superbike participant, an AMA Superbike rider and a genuine MotoGP racer, having tasted both the 500cc two stroke era, as well as the transition to four strokes on both 990cc and 800cc machines. Today’s Featured Listing is the RS250 that John rode to the 1999 Aprilia Cup championship. This bike was also a winner with Aaron Clark at the help in the 2000 Daytona Race of Champions. And if that is not enough historical significance, the bike was built, fielded and maintained – and ultimately sold – by the legendary Team Hammer crew.

Historic 1999 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup Racer for sale with just 664 miles!

From the seller:
1999 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup Champion

Price: $12,500
Contact: john.mcleod3092@gmail.com

This is a 15-digit VIN Aprilia Factory Race Bike. John Hopkins (Hopper) won the U.S. Aprilia Cup Series Championship on this bike while racing for John Ulrich’s Team Hammer/ Roadracing World in 1999. Aaron Clark (of “Clarkie Tuono” fame) rode this machine to win the title at the Daytona ROC in 2000. The bike only shows 1068 KM’s / 664 miles.

I Purchase the bike from Team Hammer in 2002. It has been preserved in its original, glorious race-bike condition from when I received it 20 years ago. Although I start it and move it around a few times each year, It has not had any additional miles put on it since I acquired it (sans a stealthy ride around my old subdivision). It’s been properly stored inside my climate controlled shop. It’s a bit of a time capsule and I love it for that. I hope you will too.

More from the seller:
Being a factory, built-for-racing machine, it is not currently street legal. Original certificate of origin through Aprilia and Pro Italia Motors (Glendale, Ca) plus a bill of sale will be included in the transfer.

The sale includes all the spares and manuals that I received when I purchased it, please see the photos regarding those items. Original rear-stand included as well.

The bike is in very good condition. Essential, non-dispensable components like the frame and suspension parts are in great shape. There are minor scuffs on the right side bodywork and a very small spot on the lower of the two Arrow mufflers. In my opinion, they are just enough to give it some character without feeling the need to further repair. The bike is incredibly good looking.

I Could write a long dissertation about the history and features of the Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup but I feel it’s safe to assume that if you are here, you already know!

More from the seller:
A bit about Hopkins himself:
During and after the ‘99 Aprilia Cup Championship he went on to compete in AMA 600 Supersport, AMA 750 Supersport (Champion), Formula USA Superbike, Formula Xtreme (Champion) and then of course, MotoGP, Including finishing fourth in points in 2007 with only Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi ahead of him. Then World Superbike and British Superbike (where he racked up 5 wins). He was featured in the 2003 documentary film “FASTER” and later “The Doctor, the Tornado and the Kentucky Kid” in 2006.

It’s not every day that these bikes become available and for this one, it’s the first time in 20 years.
Here’s your chance to own a little slice of road racing history.

Go for it.

Price: $12,500
Contact: john.mcleod3092@gmail.com


This amazing piece of racing history and heritage is currently for sale. While we do see Challenge Cup bikes come up for sale occasionally (many being converted and masquerading as street machines), none have had the star power or provenance of this one. And who would imagine you could purchase a Team Hammer race bike through a Roadracing World magazine advert back in the day?! The best part is this isn’t some trashed or used up bike – when John M. peeled away some of the black vinyl covering up distracting elements of the dash (such as the speedo), the odometer only shows 664 total miles! This is truly an amazing find, presented in “as it was raced” condition. Interested buyers can contact John M. directly. Good luck, and thank you John for supporting RSBFS with such an interesting chapter of motorcycling history!

MI

Featured Listing – Historic 1999 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup with just 664 miles!
Yamaha September 20, 2022 posted by Mike

Thump Supporter – 1986 Yamaha SRX 600

From the cheaper seats – but no less fun – comes a bit of a unicorn in the UJM world, the Yamaha SRX 600. Emulating a British single by heritage, offering Japanese performance and technology by design, and providing impossible fun in a narrow and lightweight package, the SRX was gone before we knew it. It turns out the buying public wanted Ninjas and Interceptors during the sport bike arms race of the mid 1980s, not English throwback bikes. But the ensuing years have been kind to the design and philosophy behind the joy of riding a slower bike fast, and the ultra-narrow and nimble single cylinder 600cc thumper ensures a bucket full of torque with which to play. Today these are relatively rare machines, but do not command the premium we come to expect with collector bikes.

1986 Yamaha SRX 600 for sale on eBay

The inception of the SRX 600 dates back to the XT600 – the dual purpose do everything bike in Yamaha’s lineup. With 4 valves per cylinder to aid in breathing and air cooling to keep things simple and light, the thumper in the SRX was good for approximately 45 horsepower with a redline of 7,000 RPM. That is not a whole lotta get up and go, but the dry weight of the SRX was down in the 350 pound range, making the bike very agile and easy to ride. The SRX makes due with a lighter flywheel to make it more responsive, as well as something that most modern riders have never used, let alone seen on the street: a kick starter (as in the starting device, not the new product investment website). That’s right kiddies, this one lunger is so throwback that it only offers kick starting. Now, foot bumping a big single four stroke can be daunting, but Yamaha did include an automatic decompression device to make things a little easier. Still, when the seller notes that this bike can be difficult to start the lack of an electric starter only complicates matters a bit.

From the seller:
Nice low mile original bike except for supertrapp and air filter pods. Physically very nice for its age.

Needs tuning. A bitch to start but when it does fire up sounds incredible. Could be an altitude issue (I’m at 7000 feet) or simply timing or it doesn’t like the pod filters(I heard the best set up is stock). I recently acquired the bike and it sat for years. I bought a stock airbox since the original was cut and it’s included.

Fresh oil and filter, the tank is pristine inside, new petcock and fuel lines and rebuilt carb.
Brakes all work and have fresh fluid. Fork seals do not leak (yet!).

A nice example that just a needs a bit more tweaking and I just need the space for another bike that’s on its way plus I’m a bit of a big guy for this machine. Tires have plenty of tread but are old. Comes with original brochure and model kit. Clear title in my name located in Santa Fe NM USA

I can hold bike for upwards of 6 weeks while you arrange to ship or pick up. Great time of year to visit our beautiful destination city!

More from the seller:
To answer a few questions: battery is new. Not sure why starting is difficult but from my experience on past bikes it could be a carb setting, timing issue or valve adjust. When it runs it’s on the rich side occasionally backfired so could be that the pilot air is still dirty but I’m very thorough when I clean. The bike has the original owners manual. Physically you’d be hard pressed to find another in such good physical shape. I’m 57 and done kicking bikes, my knees are already messed up so I can’t keep trouble shooting. It may run better at your altitude. I’d put the original airbox back on as most seem to support that it runs best stock.

The 600cc version of the SRX was a one year only bike in the United States (it lasted until the end of the decade in Europe). The buying public wanted sport bikes, and this would be soundly beaten by any of the 500cc or 550cc offerings from that category in the day. These bikes are getting harder to find in decent condition, which makes it RSBFS worthy. The Supertrapp muffler is a decent performance mod, and likely helps the big single from sounding like yet another suburban lawnmower, however the cut airbox and question about jetting definitely exacerbates the kick start issue. The bidding is in the basement at the moment, with the high bid under the $1,500 mark. Depending upon where this ends, this could be a ton of fun (and actually do the ton – barely) for not much cash. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Thump Supporter – 1986 Yamaha SRX 600
Ducati September 15, 2022 posted by Mike

Hail Mary – 2008 Ducati 1098R

In late 2006 Ducati had a conundrum. The Pierre Terblanche designed 999 was a massive hit on the racetrack in the hands of the WSBK team, with 3 WSBK championships to show for it. In the showroom, the 999 received critical acclaim. Well, let’s just say it earned more critics than acclaim. The fact was, when compared to the 916/996/998 the 999 was butt-ugly, and the buying public LOVED the earlier Tamburini design. What they wanted and expected was an evolution of that design. What they got was something completely different. Clearly, the 999 was a step up in performance from the earlier series, but it lacked the flowing, sensuous lines. That was resolved in 2007 with the introduction of the 999 replacement, the Giandrea Fabbro designed 1098. Today’s example is a 2008 model R spec machine, the top of the line of the day.

2008 Ducati 1098R for sale on eBay

You’d be forgiven if you put the Ducati superbikes in a lineup and slotted the 1098 after the 998 – because it really jumps back to the original language of Tamburini when it comes to the design. Iconic elements that helped define the 916 from the start have returned, including the dual side by side headlights which help accentuate the sharp nose of the bike. Back also was the single sided swing arm, allowing the big, fat rear rubber to hang out for all to see. This is highlighted by the tail pipes and silencers returning under the tail in organ pipe fashion. To be fair, Terblanche retained the high exhaust on the 999, but integrated the pipes with sharper angles and more cladding; the 1098 goes back to hanging the cans way up high and in the open. The 1098 did have changes from the earlier 916 series of bikes, with the sharper beak of the nose and the angled bodywork nicely melding the sensuous and rounder 916 with the all-straight-lines 999. Popularity returned to the Bologna brand and the new design was a hit.

From the seller:
If you’re viewing this ad, you probably already know how special these bikes are. But in case you don’t, the 1098R is a homogulation bike meaning they are limited production bikes that must be sold to the public in order for Ducati to enter them into World Superbike Championship racing. Only 450 are made/sold annually for the US. This number 188 of 450. It came stock with top tier equipment to maximize performance and adjustability, and minimize weight, including a bunch of carbon fiber body parts. It’s still one the most beautiful, best handling, and incredible sounding bikes ever made, and an absolute blast to ride. This bike is completely stock with no mods, other than the Zero Gravity windscreen.

More from the seller:
I found this bike sitting in a friends motorcycle shop where it sat for 10 years hung up in a divorce proceeding and is in near perfect shape. It was started regularly, but rarely ridden. It had 499mi on it when I bought it in Feb 2022. I trailered it to the local Ducati dealer to have them go through it and replace a number of things due to it’s age.
Rebuilt fuel pump assembly with new pump, filters and hoses
New timing belt (which is a periodic maintenance items)
New fluids
New Perelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II tires front and back

I put 475 miles on it to make sure everything was working properly, and just because it’s so fun to ride. I’ve only run non-ethanol gas in it. There is no tank swelling (see photo of steering damper spacing from tank)

I bought this because I’ve always wanted one, and it needed rescuing. I’m selling it because I’m in my 60’s, and it’s more bike than I need.

By some accounts, the 1098 was a step backwards for Ducati – not only in design but also in performance. Reports were that the 999 was more comfortable and faster right out of the box, and that the 1098 needed a bit more setup time especially at the track. That didn’t stop the Ducati WSBK winning ways however, as the 1098 proved to be a multi-time championship winning machine for the Italian brand. Today these are coveted bikes in the R specification, as not only are they festooned with top level components (think Brembo, Termi and Ohlins as a start) and lots of carbon, they were also built in limited numbers. And while collectors continue to be focused on the earliest series of these bikes, the follow-on examples are enjoying a rise in valuation of their own.

This particular 2008 Ducati 1098R looks to be in fantastic condition. It has been beautifully photographed, is stated to be in completely stock condition with fewer that 1,000 miles. That is rare indeed for these models, making this one a potential long term acquisition. It has been well cared for, both cosmetically as well as mechanically, and is looking for a new home. There appear to be lots of interest here, as bidding has climbed above $17k quickly, with many days remaining. The bike is located in Maryland, which is appropriate considering this was Ducati’s Hail Mary back in 2007. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Hail Mary – 2008 Ducati 1098R
Yamaha September 13, 2022 posted by Mike

Clean and Original – 1986 Yamaha RZV500R

If the RZ350 earlier this week didn’t wake you from your four stroke stupor, then perhaps another 150cc and 2 cylinders of even more smoking goodness can rouse your interest. In today’s post you will find what looks to be a museum quality home market RZ500 – the aluminum framed, restricted output, ultra rare RZV500R.

1986 Yamaha RZV500R for sale on eBay

Today’s bike looks like a museum piece or a time machine (without the flux capacitor, that is). The photography is exquisite, and it is a pleasure to view such a rare machine kept in this type of condition. Note that there are 7,000 KMs on the clock of this bad boy – which means that it accumulated approximately 4,500 miles to date. That is only 125 miles per year since birth. If we could all be so lucky!

From the seller:
1986 Yamaha RZV500R
Bike is in excellent condition with just only 4000 miles or 7000 km.
It still has the new frame protection stickers on each side.
100% original and untouched.
Bike is located in Lisbon – Portugal. Shipping can be arranged.

If you read the seller’s text, you will note that this beauty is NOT located in the States. That is not surprising, as not many RZV500R examples made it outside of the home market of Japan. This particular bike is located in sunny Portugal, which seems like it could be a perfect opportunity for that European riding vacation you always wanted to take. What could be better than tooling around the back roads of Portugal and Spain on such an amazing machine as this?? Keep in mind that if it is 100% original it will be restricted for home market use, so only about 65HP will be on tap. Still, I suspect most shoppers for this one will not plan to put too many miles on it for fear of damage; after all, it looks pretty near perfect in the pictures. Price is set for $25,000 USD with the seller open to offers. You can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!!

MI

Clean and Original – 1986 Yamaha RZV500R
Yamaha September 12, 2022 posted by Mike

Re-Californication: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

The Yamaha RZ350 was the last of the federally imported two strokes into the EPA-heavy state of California. With precise oil injection, the Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS) to maximize efficiency, and air-injection and catalytic converters in the exhaust stream, this was the cleanest factory smoker on the planet in 1984. Sadly this was not enough for California, and the bike lasted but a year in that market. The RZ350 still sneaked through emissions in other states however, before Yamaha pulled the two stroke plug in America one year later. Today’s example is a nicely refurbed bike in California that shows some miles and a whole lot of care. I’ll let the seller pick it up from here.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Yamaha RZ350L1984 Kenny Roberts Replica

The bike was purchased as non runner earlier this year. It had sat since last registration in 2016.
The bike ran when parked, but of course was parked for a reason!

Thousands have been spent to re-commision this lovely RZ. It starts first/second kick, pulls all the way to the red line and sounds as an RZ350 should. This will make a great rider, it does have some wear and tear which we have detailed. A good honest bike that just needs to be used and enjoyed. All the hard work as been done!, bid with confidence on this appreciating classic.

Clean CA title – currently registered.
15300 original miles.

More from the seller:
History: A considerable amount had been spent on the bike by the previous owner around 2015-2016 which, included engine work at RZ’s Unlimited of Glendale.

Work completed includes:
Crank Rebuild
New Crank Seals
New Pistons, rings
New water pump
Y Boot & K&N
Spec II pipes
Carb jetted to suit above
Telefix Fork Brace
Stainless Braided brake lines F&R
Penske – full adjustable rear shock with remote

An RZ350 owners manual is included along with a few old receipts, showing purchases of pipes, fork brace etc.

The RZ350 market remain a hot spot for bikes in clean condition. Prices are ever-so-surely climbing – especially for bikes in good or exceptional condition. This is not an NOS stock example, having been rebuilt and slightly hot-rodded with Spec II chambers and jetting. But in many ways THIS is the type of RZ you really want. Bikes that have been woken up by the cat delete and mild performance work are snappy and fun, being both lighter and more powerful than the museum correct examples. And with a relatively recent rebuild and some nice chassis add ons this RZ is ready to spread the popcorn sound of joy throughout the neighborhood and surrounding canyons. Nearly a week left at auction and the reserve has already been met, so don’t miss out! This bike is well presented and beautifully photographed. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Re-Californication: 1984 Yamaha RZ350
Featured Listing September 9, 2022 posted by Mike

Featured Listing – 1994 Yamaha GTS1000

From the seller: There are places on the bike that look like scrapes or scratches that are simply reflections or glare but I couldn’t find a way to shoot in sunlight without them and the bike just looked dull shooting when overcast.

Update 9.14.2022: New start up video added!

Update 9.9.2022: Relisted on eBay or skip the link and buy directly from Don for $5,000! Contact Don with your interest: Don@dynamicperf.com

Today RSBFS reader Don brings us the perfect mix of a rare & exotic collectible that you can ride every day. Ahead of its time in concept, executed with all the precision that you would expect from one of the Japanese Big Four, and – as far as exotics go – completely useable, the Yamaha GTS turns heads in a way that few bikes can. But this is not just a show pony; the GTS has the power, braking and handling to back up those unconventional looks.

1994 Yamaha GTS1000 for sale on eBay

Since the dawn of motorcycling, engineers have struggled with the front suspension. This is because the front end of a motorcycle is complicated; there are many jobs to do. The front end needs to be suspended in order to make the ride more comfortable, it needs to combat weight transfer as much as possible (both in dive during braking as well as extension during hard acceleration), it needs to handle side loads due to cornering forces, and it needs to steer. We all know that the most popular solution for this is the telescopic fork. But there are other, ingenious methods that result in real benefit. Enter the RADD-Parker design, utilizing a swingarm that you might find on the back of a motorcycle, and introduces a hub-centered steering arrangement. This approach separates many of the forces and handles those components individually: steering is not affected by suspension compression or side loads, weight transfer can be optimized by pivot location, and most importantly the braking forces can greatly minimize (or even eliminate) front end dive while on the binders.

From the seller:
Yamaha GTS 1000 with rebuildable Ohlins shocks with piggyback reservoirs replacing the outdated and ugly originals (a pair of these is $3000 new)This bike is the ONLY production bike ever built with HUB CENTER STEERING and has other unique features including 5 valve cylinder headS & Yamaha’s Omega chassis. It’s also one of the earliest bikes with EFI and ABS.BIKE magazine declared the 1994 Yamaha GTS 1000 the COOLEST OF RARE MOTORCYCLES. ‘Scarce, stylish, yet capable and completely usable, that’s cool in our book. The bike was only sold in the US in 1993 and 1994 and only 400 were sold. This one is in very good condition especially for a 28 year old bike. All original other than the shocks. Runs great, starts instantly, recently tuned at the dealer who also installed a new battery & fuel pump. There are some very minor chips on the right mirror stalk & along the bezel that runs down the center of the fuel tank as shown in photos. The brake master cylinder on one side shows some oxidation which is shown in a photo.

Price: $6,999 or best offer – on eBay

The GTS is powered by the redoubtable FZR1000 Genesis mill. This provides abundant power and legendary reliability. The rest of the bike is all sport touring goodness. This is something comfortable enough to make you want to put miles on it – and it will gladly gobble up those miles. And when the going gets twisty, the Omega chassis and unique suspension arrangement does much to minimize the size and weight of the machine. It is a stable platform and a very willing dance partner through the apexes. Braking is rock solid, thanks to the RADD-Parker front end and six-piston caliper clamping on a centrally mounted disk. The GTS also offered cutting edge advancements such as computerized fuel injection and anti-lock brakes (ABS). And as exotic as the GTS looks, parts are readily available for it due to the use of popular components.

The Yamaha GTS is legitimately rare. Commercially speaking, this was the rock star of the swingarm front end set. But compared to other Yamaha models, the GTS was simply too expensive and too different to win over new owners. The buying public was not certain that they wanted a better mousetrap. The US saw this bike only briefly, although the model did survive in some geographies from 1994-1999. Even so, the longevity was likely more about shifting the leftover units than full new production over those years. Don has done well to represent the model as well as this particular bike. If you are looking for something worth hanging on to, something not just different but better, consider this 1994 Yamaha GTS 1000. This is a worthy exotic that will take you places in comfort and style. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing – 1994 Yamaha GTS1000
Norton September 6, 2022 posted by Mike

The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get: 1974 Norton John Player Special

One has to wonder if Joe Walsh wasn’t contemplating the Norton John Player Special when the Barnstormers released their seminal album. A blatant tobacco advert in the form of racing sponsorship, the John Player Special was essentially a stone stock Norton Commando with novel bodywork. This was a pure marketing play that intended to drive boatloads of customers to Norton’s door, but instead created a true icon; a limited production, very rare edition that would escalate in value in the passing decades.

1974 Norton John Player Special for sale on eBay

The most expensive of the Nortons parked in front of the dealer shop, the John Player Special (JPS for short if you like your acronyms), was a classic British twin wrapped in the cloak of sporty intentions. The bodywork was novel; clean at the rear, with real race bike intent, and more of an endurance look up front with the bar ends covered. The elephant in the showroom, however, was the full frontal view: massive twin headlights with a massive gap between them. It was a love it or hate it moment, not entirely unlike the Ducati 999 debacle that erupted 30 years later. The look is polarizing, but the remainder of the silhouette remains classic and charming.

From the seller:
1974 John Player Special Norton 850cc Commando Factory Competition Replica

One of the nicest JPS Norton’s in existence. She starts, runs, shifts and stops like new, watch the video below. Her condition is near mint… With the exception of the original racing body work in amazing condition, this JPS Norton has only 2 brake-in miles! since a nut and bold restoration completed this summer by SoloMoto in Greenwich, CT and is a proper collectors bike. Aside for two small blemishes on the original faring, she is utterly mint.

More from the seller:
Back Ground: The Norton Road race team sponsorship by the John Player tobacco company was a new commando model, the John Player Norton – or “JPS” for short. It was announced for the 1974 sale season, equipped with a streamlined, twin headlight half fairing and matching tank/seat unit in the John Player livery. Beneath the endurance-race inspired bodywork was a standard issue MK2A Commando 850. The “gas tank” is actually a fiberglass cover hiding an elongated steel roadster tank buffered by rubber mounting on the isolastic frame to reduce vibration. This was the first introduction of the revolutionary feather bed frame.

JPS this is unique and special model, production totaling for 1974 & 75 is only about 200units, with only 120 shipped to the US. The factory JPN won 14international races including the Transatlantic Trophy, the Formula750cc Isle of Man TT, the British 750cc Championship and the MCN Superbike Championship.

Today’s example has seen some restoration work, and the paintwork appears to be bright in color. The white mag wheels are an interesting add on, with the factory JPS bikes sporting laced-up spoke wheels. Those wheels practically make the bike appear brighter than stock, which makes me wonder if the main fairings were repainted a slightly different color than stock. The tail paint also appears slightly different than the standard JPS, as the red paint does not go up all the way to the top of the tail – but again, that could be my eyes or my lack of knowledge of the intricate variants of the model run. Finally, the stripe under the windscreen with the Union Jack does not appear in any of the catalogs or brochures I researched. But again, I do not claim to be an aficionado of the model, and acknowledge that there may be differences across so few bikes from a small vendor. There are some minor marks in the paint in a couple of places, and the fairing bodywork does appear to be delaminating on both sides where the flat edges meet the sides. Mechanically, this bike is said to have gone through a complete nut and bolt restoration, so that should bode well for the next rider. The pipes are not stock, but should emit quite the bark at full song. You can check out all of the details on this one HERE, and be sure to share your thoughts on the JPS. Do you love it, or does the bug-eye look scare you away? Good Luck!!

MI

The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get: 1974 Norton John Player Special
Benelli September 2, 2022 posted by Mike

Bigger is Better: 1983 Benelli Sei 900

OK – so maybe that Honda CB50R was cool, but you’re bigger than 50cc can motivate. Let’s go back to cubes and revel in a bit more displacement and a whole lotta extra cylinders. Six, in fact. Know as the first production six cylinder street bike, the Benelli Sei is an interesting study in style, design, technology, marketing and showmanship. They are reasonably rare in the United States (and pretty much everywhere else) as Benelli did not have a tremendous production capability. The limited capacity to build them – and the high price – meant fewer buyers and ultimately fewer bikes. It is great to see a rare bike presented in this level of condition.

1983 Benelli Sei 900 for sale on eBay

Benelli was founded way back in 1911 and survived two World Wars before economic conditions forced an ownership change in the late 1960s. The company was bought by Alejandro de Tomaso, perhaps best known for his sports car, the Ford powered Pantera. But de Tomaso was not just a one hit wonder. He was a conglomerate unto himself, owning a number of companies including such legends as Maserati, Ghia and Moto Guzzi in addition to his existing De Tomaso Automobiles. As for the Sei (Italian for the number six), this was a technology warning shot fired over the bow of the invading Japanese manufacturers who were eating Benelli’s lunch (as well as breakfast and dinner) in the major motorcycle markets (especially the US). Taking the existing four cylinder Honda CB500 of the time, Benelli engineers simply mated two extra cylinders to the block to create the original 750cc Sei. Later models (such as today’s example) were punched out to 900cc for even greater performance.

From the seller:
Up for sale a very rare Binelli Sei 900 with only a little more than 11k miles ..runs and sounds amazing with the rare 6 into 6 exhaust.I do not have the stock Silentium exhaust.previous owner upgraded the front brake master cylinder and lever also the clutch lever and cable,braided brake lines were also added.have all take off parts.Also all of the body panels were professionally painted a darker grey looks beautiful.New pirelli tires were also added.come with the stock duplex chains owners manuals and factory brochure.new battery just installed and a recent oil change just done.all electricks work as they should .enside of gas tank is like new seat is like new all origional,see picture.these bikes do not come up often

The 900 Sei is a beast with amazing lines. The view is dominated by motor at the front, but sprinkled with some sublime details throughout; just check out that double chain and those six exhaust pipes! And to be fair, this is a nicely restored example rather than a completely stock and standard bike, but it really does look amazing. Does it look $30,000 worth of amazing? That number is not too far off considering a similar model sold just this year on BaT for even more. You can take that with a grain of salt depending upon number of bidders, relative condition, etc., but there is no doubt that the value for these rare Italian machines is growing – and there is no real end in sight. The Benelli Sei is a historic model and a high-water mark for the pre-resurgence Benelli company. You can check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Bigger is Better: 1983 Benelli Sei 900