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Yamaha June 18, 2022 posted by Mike

Zero Hour: NEW 1984 Yamaha RZV500R!

When the mind turns to imported motorcycles, the smell of castor oil wafts in the air. Such is the case in the United States at least, as most smokers were phased out of EPA nomenclature by the end of the 1970s. Two strokes were still being built and sold elsewhere however, and among the Holy Grail of the ring-a-ding set were the 500cc big boys – the Suzuki Gamma and the Yamaha RZ. In the 1980s this was as close to a GP racing machine for the street that you could buy. But with the end of the 1980s came the end of new smokers, leaving dreamers and collectors without the ability to purchase a new bike. Enter the wild world of collecting, providing us with this beautiful example of an essentially NEW 1984 Yamaha RZV500R – zero hours on engine, and just 2-ish kilometers on the odometer (likely from initially delivery plus some pushing around). What an amazing time capsule this is!

1984 Yamaha RZV500R for sale on eBay

Sporting largely similar livery as its rest-of-world RZ cousin, the RZV was a Japanese home market only model that had all the good stuff: aluminum frame instead of the mild steel unit on the RZ, some additional aluminum ancillary bits with some magnesium tossed in for good measure, a cool fuel level gauge built into the temp gauge circuitry, and adjustable suspension. That is all upside. Besides losing about 9 or 10 Kilos of weight (20 lbs give or take in decidedly non-metric U.S. of A), the RZV is missing a few other things – like horsepowers. The RZV is restricted to a federally mandated power level of approximately 65 HP to meet Japanese home market requirements. The bike also incorporates a red light when 55 MPH is exceeded (this light also doubles as the low oil light – so beware of speeding when your two-stroke oil tank is low!). But NONE of these downsides likely impact this machine, as it is very, very unlike to ever be ridden in anger.

From the seller:
New 1984 Yamaha RZV500R 51X museum piece

The rarest of 500cc two strokes the 1984 Yamaha RZV500R of which only 1600 were built. Not to be confused with the RZ500 or RD500 which had steel frames. This Japanese only model 51X featured a custom alloy frame and many trick features to lower its weight by 20lbs. This is the most collectible 500 two stroke production model from the 80s.

This 2 push kilometer – zero hour example spent its life in a Japanese collection until it was sold to RDM motors in Japan in 2016. The current owner purchase it from RDM and airfreighted it to California at considerable expense with the help of Moto2GP. The factory anti scuff plastic stickers are still on the frame and the mirrors and manual still vacuum sealed in original factory delivery bag. The tool kit is under the seat and it has two Factory keys plus a Yamaha factory spare windscreen. This example has never been titled or registered. Sold with a Bill of Sale only.

More from the seller:
It’s sitting on Dunlop original date coded tires from 1984. The bike is very clean with no repairs or scratches. The paint on the tank has developed small crazing that’s barely noticeable on the thin white inbetween the red and blue divide. The windscreens black paint accent is peeling off but has a factory replacement windscreen still in box. Nothing else is noted. It comes with a copy of the factory build sheet in Japanese with VIN. The fairings have never been removed.

While never run this bike could be restored or kept as a museum piece. This bike has been followed by many in Yamaha forums since it’s discovery in 2015. It’s believed to be one of two or three New RZV500R’s left in existence worldwide.

This bike comes with a Bill of Sale and is a CASH sale only. It must be picked up as I do not ship.

The Yamaha RZ500 was always a coveted example of forbidden fruit in the US. But the RZV was ever more so rare, offering the RZ experience with less weight and more exotic components. The RZV is restricted in power to satisfy Japanese DOT laws, but as the restriction is exhaust-based (i.e. not computer electronics), this is easily defeated: non-restrictive chambers and appropriate re-jetting and the RZV will scream at full song like the rest of world models. But again, I don’t foresee anyone purchasing such a bike as this and turning around and putting miles on it. It is a shame in some ways, but at least there exist like new examples that we can all drool over.

This is an auction with a Buy It Now option. For either you’d better bring your wallet. While extremely clean RZ500s have topped $20k in the past, this never-been-ridden rarer RZV is looking to bring in a high 5 figure price – very high 5 figures, as in a $95,000 BIN. Bidding is already at the $70k mark, with reserve still in place. Check out all of the details – and the action – here. Good Luck!!

MI

Zero Hour:  NEW 1984 Yamaha RZV500R!
Ducati June 15, 2022 posted by Mike

Classified: 1986 Ducati 750 F1

In the late 1980s, the Ducati F1 was – technologically speaking – a bit of a relic. The revolutionary Kawasaki Ninja had already been in market for two years, offering cutting-edge performance based on a 4-valve per cylinder, liquid cooled platform. The mighty Suzuki GSX-R750 had already made a huge splash, using innovation to add performance and reduce weight. And Ducati? Ducati rolled out an old school, 2-valve, air cooled twin that had both feet firmly mired in the 1970s. What the F1 was missing was zoot suit technology. But the 1970s taught Ducati a LOT about racing, about balance, and about what absolutely required to be on a bike. So Ducati did that – and added nothing else. The result was an extremely narrow, lightweight, stable platform that offered good real world torque and a booming note that makes everyone sit up and take notice.

From the seller:
First introduced in 1985, This Ducati 750 F1 Desmo is one of only 1801 examples produced. Between 1985-1988, Ducati created a street performance version of their race bread machine. Offering the air cooled 748cc Desmodromic engine with the iconic Tri-Color Italian graphics to the public, Ducati’s air cooled L-twin Desmodromic engine combined with the race proven dry clutch, harmonizes with the acoustics of the mechanical parts and exhaust note, creating a machine of function and form, equally.

More from the seller:
This iteration comes with many tasteful race-ready upgrades to improve upon the already impressive machine, these upgrades include: Arkront Magnesium 2-piece wheels (Spain), Lindeman Enterprises rear suspension (aka Lindemann Engineering). Verlicchi Swing arm, Carbon Tech exhaust.

Based on the 600TT racer, the 750 F1 started out life with an impressive pedigree. Much of the DNA was retained in the form of the trellis frame, and very lightweight bodywork, the Pantah motor used as a stressed member, and the Brembo brakes. The F1 – as special as it was – spawned several even more limited editions, including the Montjuich, Laguna Seca and Santamonica, which were all based on the same platform.

These are relatively rare collector machines, and this particular bike does sport some tasty upgrades. This is being listed as a Classified ad, with the seller looking for a cool $18,900 – or reasonable offer. There does appear to be something wonky with the right rear turn signal, but the extent of damage (if it is damaged) is not clear in the photos. We do not see these come up for sale all that often, and since they were produced in limited numbers they will always be scarce and coveted. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Classified: 1986 Ducati 750 F1
Honda June 14, 2022 posted by Mike

Rarified Air: Erion Racing 2000 Honda CBR600 Supersport Champion

Thanks to Ross on Facebook for pointing out that this actually a CBR600F4 and not a CBR600RR. We apologize for the error. -dc

Track Day Tuesday has come around once more, and this time we are showcasing more than a stripped down R1 or the like. Today’s machine is a proven track day hero, taking Kurtis Roberts to the top step of the 2000 Supersport championship. Yes, that is an AMA Supersport 600cc championship. And yes, that is Kurtis Roberts as in youngest son of The King, and younger brother to superstar Kenny Jr. If that is STILL not enough street cred, need I mention Erion racing? That was probably one of the most respected outfits in the AMA, and worthy of their own special Erion Racing livery Honda to boot. I’d say pretty much ’nuff said right there. The seller has a bit to say about this bike, especially since a similarly hyped machine was sold at Mecum earlier this year. But if all checks out this is probably more than a simple track day bike, and likely more of a collector than a flog-at-your-local-track rider.

2000 Erion Honda CBR600 (Kurtis Roberts) for sale on eBay

From the seller:
2000 KURTIS ROBERTS CBR600 (One of two ridden that year) championship winning bike. As ridden from the 2000 season. The other one was sold 3 months ago on Mecum for $22,000 ,that one was given to Kurtis 4 years after winning the championship (made up bike for Kurtis) and no doult was NOT ridden during that season.

Unlike the bike that sold at Mecum this year ,this bike sports all the official decals from Honda and AMA supersport series ,their are also billet pieces on the bike that were made for just Kurtis that the Mecum bike failed to have. I also have a email from Kurtis about the bike that was sold at mecum ,but that will only go to the buyer and not public

More from the seller:
This one comes with all the paper work from Erion Honda ,paid $9000 in 2000 for it ,dyno sheets and CHAMPIONSHIP poster of kurtis ridding that bike. There is Brand new set of Painted bodywork ,un touched and set of spare used wheels ( Kurtis name still on them).

I own 35 AMA bikes so this one doesn’t do much for me other than Kurtis rode it.
The bike has done one trackday since kurtis rode it (2001)
I did start it up last year, then drained the carbs and tank.

Condition is as raced pretty good ,there is a small dent in the fuel tank (if i have time I will pull it out) that is easily fixed paintless dent guy
No tiitle ,invoices from Erion Honda
purchased on the 11-10-2000,invoice and bill of sale from Kevin Erion
Doesn’t sell then it will just sit in the collection

The seller has included some photos of the aforementioned Mecum auction, which was offered up as Kurtis’ personal bike. Today’s example appears to have some provenance by way of documentation, which certainly helps determine authenticity. As a mass-produced sport bike from the turn of the century, this is an old Superstock race bike. You could certainly pick up a CBR600 more cheaply, but then it would be missing the Erion setup, the cool parts, and the fact that the butt in the seat belonged to a champion.

The pictures are not fantastic, but the bike looks to be as expected; race bikes are not babied and coddled, but flogged to win. And speaking of winning, this one could be yours for the asking price of $11k. Check out all of the details here. And if Kurtis Roberts is not your thing, perhaps you’d rather go up the generational chain and emulate dad himself, King Kenny Roberts. You can still pick up skid lids in Kenny livery, such as this one here. Not sure if the Kurtis bike and the King Kenny helmet would make you an instant hero on a track day, but it should could be fun to try. Good Luck!!

MI

Rarified Air: Erion Racing 2000 Honda CBR600 Supersport Champion
Moto Morini June 7, 2022 posted by Mike

Patata Patata – 1982 Moto Morini 500 Sport

In the wild world of rare bikes, there is always an interesting streak of never seeing a particular model for many months – usually followed by multiple examples coming up at the same time. Such is the case with the rare and underrated Moto Morini brand. Usually clumped into the “other” category when it comes to famous Italian supermodels, these eclectic vee twins offer yet another view into the fascinating world of Italian motoring. The brand may be known world wide, but the bikes have had a rather limited and modest distribution making actual examples exceedingly rare in the United States.

1982 Moto Morini 500 Sport for sale on eBay

Just like the last month’s example, today’s find is a 500cc model. It seems that the Moto Morini 3 1/2 (i.e. 350cc) models are more available, but the 500 models do come up now and again. The 72 degree vee twin shares many parts with the 350, which in turn shares many parts with the smaller 125cc model. Moto Morini was never large enough to create a bike from scratch; rather, they modified and evolved from existing platforms, sharing parts wherever possible. Thus, most of the chassis components and many of the engine pieces share the same design, if not the same actual pieces, between different sized bikes. The single camshaft, pushrod operated overhead valve engine is simple, reliable, and oozes a mechanical character that is far different than a Guzzi or Duc. It is more laid back in many ways, yet demands the rider to provide input.

From the seller:
Very nice, original, and correct Moto Morini 500 Sport. Possibly original paint. Runs well. Kick and electric start. Rare chin fairing.Tool kit. Floating front disk. Original rotors included. CRG mirrors. Some paperwork from previous owner. These aren’t getting any easier to find, especially in this condition.
I can connect you with a shipper for most parts of the country.
Sold on Maine transferable registration in previous owners name.

The seller has included a brief video of the bike in question here:

While we have posted Moto Morini 350s in various states of dress, this is the first 500cc machine we have seen with full bodywork. The fairing and chin spoiler are neat bits that make the bike stand out. The paintwork has been noted as possibly original, but it is definitely an original color scheme (and far more jaunty than the basic red livery). Overall this looks to be a good looking, rider quality machine that is ready to be enjoyed. Zero bids with a $4,500 USD opening ask, the starting price for this one is definitely in the low end of the spectrum. Interest is relatively low on these under appreciated machines, but those in the know enjoy the no-frills, unique experience that is Moto Morini. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Kawasaki June 1, 2022 posted by Mike

Horse of a different color: 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R

If a clean Eddie Lawson Replica is not rare enough for you, how about the albino, European cousin? Yes, the KZ1000R did indeed come in white, but only in limited countries and NOT in the US. So if a ELR is on your bucket list but green is not the color of your soul, you now know you have options! And if you are a stickler for nomenclature, only the earliest green models were ELRs – or true Eddie Lawson Replicas. Following years the green machines were known as Superbike replicas, although the non-greenies had no outward graphical indication of the AMA Superbike racing heritage.

1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R for sale on eBay

Starting life out as a regular KZ, the ELR model highlighted the Superbike exploits of Steady Eddie Lawson (who later went on to 500cc GP fame). Known originally as ELRs, then Superbike replicas, the non-US markets received largely the same spec of bike but non green examples were devoid of the Superbike graphics on the tank. Euro requirements resulted in slight changes to the lights and exhaust (no factory Kerker), but otherwise the KZ1000R remained true to form and intent, regardless of color.

From the seller:
Extremely RARE WHITE 1983 KZ1000R, Eddie lawson, original condition. just serviced runs great, only 26K miles. Excellent condition for year. Original german import to Florida USA. Serious collectors & bidders please good luck.

It is possible that we have seen this bike before – check out this RSBFS post last year on a white example with the same mileage. That bike had a 1100cc mill retrofitted due to a problem with the original 1 liter unit. No such indicators from the seller on this particular bike, so it could be the same with the original engine, or it could be a completely different bike (the pictures are different than the previous auction). These are certainly rare enough that we take note when they come along!

Bidding has been non existent on this particular bike at time of writing. The opening ask is $12,500 on this Florida-based machine, which is $2k higher than the pricing on the last one we have seen. No takers yet, and there is a reserve in place – so the seller is obviously expecting more from this one. Do your homework, raid the kids’ college fund, then check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

Horse of a different color: 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R
Moto Morini May 28, 2022 posted by Mike

Milan to Miami: 1982 Moto Morini 500 Strada

A bit off the beaten path and genuinely rare in the United States, this is a beautifully preserved Moto Morini 500. While not in the same performance league as the Ducati superbikes (or even Super Sports), and not in the high-speed transport business as Moto Guzzi, the other, other Italian V-Twin marque produced interesting – if not sporty – scoots predominantly in the 350cc and 500cc varieties. Built in low numbers overall, few were imported into North America – making this very clean 500 Strada (Italian for “street”) a rare gem to be admired and enjoyed. The seller has a lot of information about the marque and the bike, and I will let him pick up the story here:

1982 Moto Morini 500 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Extremely original, low-milage machine. The finish does have it’s imperfections, and a light patina that reminds you that this is truly a 40 year old classic. The inside of the gas tank was professionally sealed, and looks great inside. The original La Franconi pipes are in great shape, with no holes. The Marzocchi suspension still feels nice and firm. All of the paint is 100% original

More from the seller:
The 500 was an obvious early manifestation of the Morini modular concept, using a larger bore and stroke to up the capacity of the original 344cc engine to 478ccs, producing more power and a relaxed ride. The longer wheelbase (the result of an elongated swing arm) gave a stable ride, and the longer seat suited two up riding.

The machine was first shown in prototype form at Milan in November 1975, started production in 1977 and was imported in to the UK from 1978. Originally the machine was produced with a 5 speed gearbox, allegedly due to concerns over the original box being unable to cope with the extra power. However, from 1981 a six speed cluster was fitted, resulting in the ”Sei-V” model, which also saw the introduction of a plastic chain guard, painted mud guards and mechanical rev counter, all designed to reduce production costs. Prior to this a Sport version had been offered which, unlike the 3½ was produced purely through changes to handlebars and footrests plus the appropriate badge!

More from the seller:
The 500 was an excellent machine for the longer distance rider (journalist Dave Minton rode one from Alaska to Mexico down the Trans-American Highway in the 1980s) but lacked some of the rider appeal of the 350s. The engine continued to be developed, and the later 501 motor (actually 507cc) was arguably the best of the ”air-cooled” twins, revving freely and used in later off road machines together with the custom bikes that saw out Morini production at the old factory in the early 1990s following the take-over by Cagiva.

More from the seller:
This model is the most original, low-milage example I could possibly find. It has been living in our climate-controlled museum in downtown West Palm Beach since I acquired it. With only 1,520 ORIGINAL MILES, and the ORIGINAL MSO certificate, this is a survivor-quality machine.

The electric start still works (although they we known for being less-than-great), and fitted with a brand new battery. The charging system has been tested and works great. The brakes operate flawlessly, thank to the rebuilt brake hydraulics. The Pirelli Sport Demon tires are like new, only fitted a couple hundred miles ago.

The original La Franconi pipes are in great shape, with no holes. The Marzocchi suspension still feels nice and firm. All of the paint on this fabulous example is 100% original. The finish does have it’s nicks, scratches, and overall patina that remind you that this is truly a survivor. The inside of the gas tank was professionally sealed, and looks great.

Despite many ups and downs, the Moto Morini brand prevails – today it calls the Chinese motorcycle and bicycle manufacturer Zhongneng Vehicle Group (Znen) as home. This is a brand that has come a long way over an extended period of years, endured the Second World War, rebuilt and produced some memorable competitive and street models. The 3 1/2 and 500 twins must surely be listed up there as iconic models of Italian style, even though they may lack the sharp edge of the more sporting models from other Italian companies. This beautiful 1982 Moto Morini 500 has only 1,500 miles on the clocks, and looks as good as any unrestored example we have seen. Priced as $12,500, this seller has provided some great pictures and is open to offers. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Milan to Miami: 1982 Moto Morini 500 Strada
Featured Listing May 25, 2022 posted by Mike

Featured Listing – Rare Collection of Signed MotoGP Helmets!

May 2022 update: Seller Roscoe Holden informed us that while many helmets have been sold, there are still some classic, signed lids available. See below for more information. Thanks for continuing to support the site, Rosco!


So you’ve got yourself a man cave – or even a museum. Other than parking one or more bikes in there, what to do about decoration? This, my friends, is the ultimate answer. How about more than 30 authentic and replica race helmets and raced by some of the true greats in our sport? Wow! Did I mention that they are signed – some by the rider, and some by both the rider and crew chief or head mechanic? That’s right – get your favorite riders’ signatures on the best canvas available. This is an amazing collection that has taken years and years to accumulate, and is now available.


Valentino Rossi


This is a history of the dome protectors that runs across eras, seasons, sponsors and more. Here is a partial listing of the highlights (there are too many to show them all!):

Mike Hailwood (Ducati 1978)
Giacomo Agostini (MV Agusta 1971, 1972)
Phil Read (MV Agusta 1973, 1974)
Giacomo Agostini (Yamaha 1975)
Barry Sheene (Suzuki 1976, 1977)
Kenny Roberts (Yamaha 1979, 1980)
Marco Lucchinelli (Suzuki 1981)
Franco Uncini (Suzuki 1982)
Freddie Spencer (Honda 1983, 1985)
Eddie Lawson (Yamaha 1984, 1988, Honda 1989)
Wayne Gardner (Honda 1987)
Wayne Rainey (Honda 1990, 1992)
Mick Doohan (Honda 1996, 1997)
Kenny Roberts Jr. (Suzuki 2000)
Steve Martin (Foggy Petronas 2005)
Valentino Rossi (Honda 2002, Yamaha 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009)
Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha 2012)
Marc Marquez (Honda 2013, 2014)


Wayne Rainey


Mick Doohan


Wayne Gardner


From the seller:
It has taken 27 years to accumulate, here is your chance to own this Rare and Unique Collection. The helmets have been all over the world, from Spain, Italy, UK, Europe, the USA to be signed, some have taken about 3 nervous years to returned.

Interested parties should contact Rosco Holden or +61 (0) 412 992 666


Kenny Roberts & Eddie Lawson – also signed by Kel Carruthers
Note: Kenny Roberts helmets have sold, Lawson still available!


Australian motorsports enthusiast Roscoe Holden knows a thing or two about collections. In fact, check out his Motocross, Enduro & Dakar Museum opening, as reported on by MCnews. The same drive and spirit spearheaded his decades-long signature helmet obsession. But after all this time, it’s time for him to let it go. The memorabilia market is gaining momentum, and a collection such as this that tracks across some of the most iconic and memorable racers and time periods in recent history is rare, to say the least. This top collection from top riders, and would look great in an office, a home, a man cave, or museum. Check out all of the pictures, and contact Rosco to make a deal. This is about the coolest thing we’ve seen that doesn’t have wheels! Good Luck, and G’day!


Marc Marquez

Jorge Lorenzo

MI

Featured Listing – Rare Collection of Signed MotoGP Helmets!
Suzuki May 21, 2022 posted by Mike

The Big Kat: 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000

If you are an enthusiast of a certain age, big bore nostalgia simply must look something like this 1982 Suzuki Katana. Designed by Target Design of Germany (with key member Hans Muth involved), the Katana was a stunning departure from motorcycle design of the time. This was a bike that looked mean and ready to hurt you just parked on the showroom floor. If it were a dog, it would growl at you as you approach. Dominated by motor and angular bodywork, the Katana also had subtle elements such as the nifty all-in-one gauge cluster, the offset gas cap, and the two-tone seat.

1982 Suzuki Katana for sale on eBay

Strip away the iconic bodywork and the GSX transforms into what is essentially a more pedestrian GS. The air-cooled mill, the 4-valve heads, the 5-speed transmission… it was already there in the parts bin just waiting to be used. But Suzuki put it to good use in the creation of the Katana, a bike that differed surprisingly little from the stunning concept bike unveiled just a year earlier. From the original model spawned many variants and sub-variants, both in terms of capacity (i.e. extending the Katana name throughout the lineup), as well as different versions of the big bike.

From the seller:
1982 Suzuki Katana 1000
14,505 Original Miles
Engine, carburetors and exhaust completely stock
Brake system overhauled
Recently serviced
New clutches
New throttle cable
The original black chrome exhaust is in excellent condition
Stater cover has minor scratches.

The seller has included a video walkaround tour of this particular bike here:

There is some confusion concerning this particular example. The eBay advert clearly states this is a 1000, but the supplied video calls it out as an 1100. Both are possible, but the 1100 is more likely due to the rarity of the 1000cc homologation models (Suzuki was targeting AMA racing at the time). A VIN check could help here, but none was supplied. Additionally, the seller states the original black chrome exhaust is in excellent condition – but I see bright chrome in the pictures. That could be lighting or perspective as well, so possibly not an issue. There are some non-stock mods that I see including flush-mount turn signals front and rear and what appear to be non-OEM brake lines and fittings. That is really only critical if this is to be considered an investment machine, as stockers continue to command the highest market prices.

This auction is going on now in a classified, Buy It Now format. The seller is asking $19,500 for the bike which in today’s market might actually be going rate for a top line GSX1000S / GSX1100S, if not a little optimistic. We don’t see these time machines come through much anymore, and the stock on hand is certainly dwindling. That makes this a pretty rare find (even during the springtime high season), and interested parties might want to check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

The Big Kat: 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000