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Yamaha January 23, 2022 posted by Mike

Older Display Model: 1979 Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special

To start this post off on the right foot, let’s make it clear: if you win this auction and do nothing, you will have won a static display. Seller claims this 1979 model of the last of the RDs is mint – and cosmetically it does appear to be so. But after sitting quietly since 1986 (for the math challenged that is 36 years of inactivity), some mechanical effort may be required to wake the beast within. Is that worth it? Well, yeah, it is. After all, this is a freaking Daytona Special, and Special is more than just a name.

1979 Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special for sale on eBay

The final year of the RD400 series, the Daytona Special – or “F” model in Yamaha nomenclature – was already a throwback in a new world order of four strokes. Still, the venerable parallel twin had some tricks and some teeth. Updates with disk brakes (single disk front and rear) and industry leading cast wheels, the 365 pound (dry) RD was pushed along by 44 angry bee horse powers. Active riders were rewarded when keeping the tach above 5,500 RPM and on the boil, where the RD exhibits some of its race-bred DNA. Autolube oil injection keeps the two stroke happy while eliminating the gas station shenanigans of oil bottle guesswork. All told, this was the most up to date, refined and “last gasp” serious road-going two stroke available in America before the brief-lived RZ350.

From the seller:
The RD400 has been inside our dealership on display since August 1986. It is in mint condition for a 43 year old motorcycle. It does not currently run/operate. It has a clear Texas title.

The bike comes with 1 key, an original Yamaha brochure, and 2 (Daytona Special 400) stickers/decals.

We can assist with shipping if help is needed.

Well, not really that much info available. It is not clear if the seller has tried to get the bike running and given up, or if this is more of a push-it-out-the-door-as-is affair. Thankfully smokers are not that complicated, although I would firstly be concerned with whether the motor turns over (i.e. pistons/rings not seized in the barrels), followed by fuel system. If all that passes muster, the thing should run. From there a leak down test to check the crank seals is in order; no use getting it running just to have it run lean and seize up at an inopportune moment. And finally, be sure and budget in a new set of sticky rubber to take advantage of what comes next. Is that worth the effort? The Daytona Special is a pretty special bike, both mechanically as well as historically. To find one in such showroom condition with only 3,000 miles on the clock is rare indeed. Check out all of the details here, and then be sure and jump back to the comments and share your RD thoughts and experiences. Good Luck!!

MI

Older Display Model: 1979 Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special
Kawasaki January 19, 2022 posted by Mike

Anarchy in the UK: 1989 Kawasaki KR-1S 250

Although most RSBFS readers are demographically located in the US, I say never mind the bollocks. Sure, this KR-1S is located in Jolly Olde England, but it is a freaking KR-1s! Possibly the rarest of the regular 250cc two stroke set by manufacturer, the KR series has a reputation for being fast, fast, fast.

1989 Kawasaki KR-1S for sale on eBay!

Of all of the quarter liter smokers, the Kawasaki was generally considered a bit of a failure. Suzuki, Honda and Yamaha dominated the sales floor, as the more rare Kawasaki lagged behind. The downside of the fast, fast, fast component of the KR-1 is that these have also been known to be somewhat fragile, but those that have survived are piquing the interest of collectors. What was a relative “failure” to sell in the day makes this all the more rare today. And today’s sub-8,000 mile example is one that is worth a look.

From the seller:
Kawasaki kr1s 250
1989 g reg
7900 miles from new
1 former owner first for 30 years
Original order as good as they come
Original tool kit under seat /handbooks /
Original number plate /1 key fits all locks
Does run but could do with a service and mot
Bodywork near immaculate
Any questions viewings welcome

There is not as much info as we might like to know, and only a few pics of this beauty. The ask is $11,500 USD – which is significantly below the nearly $18k asked for this 1991 California plated dream machine. If you can handle the shipping and importing, this could be a find. Only 10,000 total units of the KR-1 250 series were made, with fewer being the KR-1S model as seen here (and rarer still, the coveted R model).

Check out all of the details on this 1989 Kawasaki KR-1S here. Good Luck!!

MI

Anarchy in the UK: 1989 Kawasaki KR-1S 250
Featured Listing January 17, 2022 posted by Mike

Featured Listing – 1989 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

Update 1.17.2022: The buyer couldn’t get this worked out when it sold so it’s been relisted. Links updated. *edit: just a few hours after we posted the bike sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

If you have a bike for sale that would benefit from this kind of exposure, contact us for a Featured Listing. -dc

The RSBFS faithful will undoubtedly know Chris Perkins from GSXRonly.com. Chris has listed some amazing builds on this site, complete with the requisite photography and honest descriptions. And today’s bike is no exception, except that instead of a perfect resto or a mod-rod hammer style big bore build up it is more of a very clean survivor / rider example of the classic liter bike monster, the GSX-R 1100 in beautiful blue & white.

1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100 on eBay

Featured Listing – 1989 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 for sale on eBay

The GSX-R line should require no introductions on these pages, as Suzuki’s revolutionary race bike for the street bowed as a 750 in 1985, introducing light weight and race-spec components that redefined performance for the 750cc class. The 1100 model followed the next year, and similarly made existing liter bikes obsolete. But nothing remains static in the competitive arena of competitive motorcycles, and by 1988 the original 750 had already been upgraded in several areas, including a more robust frame. 1989 introduced similar changes to the 1100 (including a bump in displacement), resulting in the best handling and fastest big Suzuki to date. The 1127cc inline four – still cooled via a combination of air and 2 high-flow oil pumps – churned out 143 HP when new, could rip a quarter mile in the very low 10s, and nudged 170 mph flat out on the top end. Heady stuff for the 1980s.

From the seller:
1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100

15,600 miles
New Michelin tires
Yoshimura Duplex Exhaust
Repainted Rear Wheel
Great brakes, clutch and chain/sprocket
Cleaned and rebuilt carbs, new needle valves, ‘O” rings fuel lines and seals for the fuel delivery to the bowls
Lowers have been repainted due to tip over cracks and scuffs. Plastic welded and repainted with PPG products
Rear tail panels have had a few of the mounting nipples repaired.
Small crack left ear near the mirror on the upper fairing
Small crack (repaired from inside to stabilize) on right rear tail,
Small crack on left rear tail
Small crack on front fender
Scratches on the tank
Original white pearl paint is yellowing, as is typical for these bikes.
Metal is very nice, small scratch on right side of swing arm behind pipe
OEM reflectors, rear fender , rear tire hugger
OEM directional’s and mirrors

Running bike, Add fuel. Very fast, somewhat loud, but a lot of fun. If you are looking to have the rest of the bodywork painted, we can make that happen. I have the complete decal kit in hand. Otherwise, ride it as it is.

I try very hard to advise of all known defects so there is no confusion as to the condition, many times I am overly critical, but I have made a trip myself to get bikes, and have been disappointed at the description.

More from the seller:
This 1989 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 is a really nice, mostly original example of a survivor /rider that is in need of a new pilot. Clean Florida title in my name. Ready to assist in shipping, but it is the buyers responsible for making arrangements. Any question or offers, please call.

Asking price: $11,500

Contact information: Chris Perkins 407-492-5854 gsxronly.com

Today we are seeing earlier generation GSX-Rs evolve into true collector bikes. Time has been kind to the style and the legend that is the Gixxer, but so many of these models were not treated kindly in return. Therefore simply finding a serviceable example of one these bikes from the 1980s is a feat unto itself. And when you find one, you have work to do. Potentially a lot of work, depending upon the condition and how recently it was used. Today’s Featured Listing 1989 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 has already had a pretty thorough going over by the sounds of things, and Chris is very open as to the overall mechanical and cosmetic shape of the machine – in both pictures and words. The period correct Yoshimura exhaust and Lockhart tinted screen is just icing on the cake! If you have lusted after a classic GSX-R and are looking for a rider or if you seek a platform to build the bike of your dreams, check out all of the great pictures and then give Chris a shout and strike a deal. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing – 1989 Suzuki GSX-R 1100
Ducati January 14, 2022 posted by Mike

Just As Super: 1996 Ducati 900 SS/SP

OK – so what we have here is no Superlight (reference Doug’s earlier post HERE). But in nearly all respects – other than not being yellow, not being a solo tail section, and not having those nifty, crack-prone Superlight modular wheels – this is the same. Maybe even better.

1996 Ducati 900 SS/SP for sale on eBay

By 1995, the Ducati Super Spoort line was in need of a refresher. Ducati pulled out a 1-2 punch and introduced the ultra-affordable (for a Ducati) 900 SS/CR, and then immediately made the have-nots drool with the more expensive 900 SS / SP. The SP was really what the Superlight had been – an upscale, serial number-plated exclusive version of the base ride. Differences are few, but relatively substantial. Suspension goes from adequate to multi-adjustable – with the biggest upgrade to the Showa fork up front. Out back, the SP model gets a different swing arm (aluminum vs steel) that can accommodate a wider rear tire. A carbon front mud guard was standard, as was the rear mud guard and a carbon clutch cover. Engine, brakes, electrics, bronze colored frame and most everything else remains the same as the CR model. But the refinement – and the bragging rights – are right there in the “this is really a two seater Superlight” spec designation.

From the seller:
1996 Ducati 900 SuperSport 900SS/SP17,500 miles. Third (3rd) Owner. All maintenance performed by Jim Davis at Advanced Cycle Service San Jose. Belts and Valves done in late 2017 at 17,000 miles. Runs excellent. D&D Slip-On MufflersStainless Steel Brake Lines. Number Plate on Upper Triple-Tree. Owners Manual. Carbon Fiber Front and Rear Fenders and Clutch Cover. Registered until Feb 2022. Clean CA Title in hand.

So is the 900 SS/SP really the same as a Superlight? No. It’s actually better. Whereas the aforementioned Superlight has a Buy It Now of $11,700, this pretty little 900 SS/SP – which has slightly higher miles but devoid of silly go-fast stickers – is currently sitting at only $3,450 with a couple of days to go. It is unlikely to top out above the Superlight asking price, making it the best of both worlds: numbered, rare, sought after and unique, while capable of riding two up (if that helps convince the missus) AND it’s cheaper. Score! Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Just As Super: 1996 Ducati 900 SS/SP
Jawa January 11, 2022 posted by Mike

Czech All the Boxes: 1990 Jawa 350 Twin Sport

Another interesting option in the sub 400 category is this rare little gem – a BRAND NEW Jawa 350. Offered by a seller in Portland, Oregon, this Twin Sport throwback is a two stroke parallel twin straight out of Czechoslovakia. The story of Jawa is an interesting one, with Czech businessman Frantisek Janecek purchasing the motorcycle division of German manufacturer Wanderer in 1929 (the automobile division of Wanderer became part of the Horch-DKW-Audi concern known as Auto Union in 1932, which today is known simply as Audi). Frantisek named the new company JAWA, using the first two letters of his last name along with the first two letters in Wanderer. Perhaps best known in the US for speedway style dirt track racing (Bruce Penhall fans, anyone?), Jawa continues in operation, building mopeds, smaller motorcycles and a Rotax-powered 650cc model. Some models are built under license directly in India. Sadly, the brand remains most populous in Latin America and Europe, and is not imported into the US.

1990 Jawa 350 Twin Sport for sale on eBay

While a 1990 model, this 350 really hasn’t changed much from the 1970s. Witness the front and rear drum brakes, laced onto robust spoke wheels (which is traditionally a more forgiving setup than cast wheels for marginal/unimproved roads). Suspension is basic hydraulic front fork (conventional) with twin shocks in the rear. The parallel twin is a two stroke, and as basic as it is reliable. Air-cooled for simplicity, the 350 utilizes a single carburetor and is estimated to pump out 27-30 cracking ponies. Power is transmitted via a 4-speed transmission and chain final drive. Weight appears to be 330-ish pounds dry.

From the seller:
Brand new 1990 Jawa 350

Not much info from the seller here, other than the bike appears to be in great cosmetic shape and looking like it was parked indoors for some time. No oil stains, grease, scratches or dents are noticeable, and all the pieces seem to be in place – right down to the nifty mudguard protecting the front of the engine case from rocks and debris strewn up by the front wheel. The odometer seems to verify the “new” status as well, showing only 1 kilometer and change on the metric clocks. Already imported into the US (although no note on title, licensing, etc), this unique 350 might have spent all its existence in a man cave. Who wouldn’t want to pour in some premix and seat those piston rings in properly??! Check (Czech?) out all of the details here, but be warned that new and unique does not come cheaply – the Buy It Now is a rather steep $8,500. The seller appears to be open to offers, so gaze at the photos and then give it your best shot. Good luck!!

MI

Czech All the Boxes: 1990 Jawa 350 Twin Sport
Featured Listing January 7, 2022 posted by Mike

Featured Listing – Rare Collection of Signed MotoGP Helmets!


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)
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)
Valentino Rossi (Honda 2002, Yamaha 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


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!
Honda January 4, 2022 posted by Mike

Ooh La La! 1982 Honda CB1100R in France

Behold the mighty Honda CB1100R – designed for Europeans as an homage to European-style endurance racing. That makes this bike’s location in Europe – the southern area of France, to be more specific – all the more fitting. For it was here that Honda participated in the 6 and 12 hour events that begat this homlogation machine, along with victories in the Southern Hemisphere events in Australia and New Zealand. The CB1100R was built for a purpose, and from those homologation roots rapidly developed into a stunning street bike.

1982 Honda CB1100R for sale on eBay

There were three distinct models in the CB1100R line, one for each of the three years the bike was in production. This is a “C” spec machine, as the “B” was released in 1981, and the “D” model in 1983. And while the CB1100R line appears to be the same across the years, there are many differences and several non-interchangeable parts between series. Such is the pace of race bike development. While the original model had but a half fairing and exposed engine, the “C” model (as seen here) and “D” model had full fairings and aluminum fuel tanks. But even then the fairings were not the same, and were not interchangeable. The dash layouts were different, and incorporated different mounting elements as well. To find an original CB1100R in stock spec that is correct for its year can be difficult – especially considering the few numbers produced (just 1500 worldwide in 1982).

From the seller:
CB1100R C TYPE
VERY GOOD CONDITION WITH GENUINE EXHAUST
RUNS PERFECTLY
New service including carbs cleaning
I CAN HELP FOR SHIPPING WORLWIDE

Despite being designed as a racer, the CB1100R is no featherweight. Expect the reported 115-120 HP to push at least 515 pounds (dry) of weight around. That number goes up considerably with the addition of enough oil to fill the large sump, and just shy of 7 gallons (!) of high octane fuel. With 10:1 compression and an aggressive cam, this bike relies on good fuel. Engine bits that are gold in color are actually painted magnesium to save weight, and the whole package rides on 18″ Comstar wheels with period technology dual “piggyback” shocks in the rear. This was a tour-de-force in the day, and remains a classic collectable today.

Based in France, this 1982 “C” model CB1100R is looking for a new home. There is not a ton of detail from the seller, but the pictures show a very well presented example of the breed. The ad states “11,300” for mileage, but it appears from the photos that the odometer shot shows 20,000+ KMs. That should equate to 12k and change in miles, if the maths work out correctly. We don’t see these all that often, and when we do come across one they seem to be a RSBFS fan favorite. So check this one out here, and then jump back to the comments and let us know your thoughts. Does this one get a “Vive La France” from you, or is it just stinky cheese? Good Luck!!

MI

Ooh La La! 1982 Honda CB1100R in France
Moto Guzzi January 3, 2022 posted by Mike

Outstanding In Its Field: 1978 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850

If you are among the many locked in by snow and ice, the photographs of this beautiful Moto Guzzi might just as well be an exotic model writhing on some sunny, tropical beach. And let’s face it, there is a lot to dream about when it comes to an exotic supermodel such as this Mark I Le Mans.

1978 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850 for sale on eBay

Originally developed as a 1972 proof of concept show bike, the Le Mans officially became available to buyers in the 1976 model year. Based on the successful (and proven) V7 model, the Le Mans was festooned with hot rodder tricks to help bump horsepower; higher compression thanks to new pistons, better breathing with larger valves, and larger carbs and intake tracts to make use of the improved flow. The rest of the Le Mans was an impressive exercise in design, with tail, tank and bespoke bikini fairing providing an aggressive stance that strikes a pose even today.

From the seller:
Shown at the 2021 Greenwich Concourse for the 100th Anniversary of Moto Guzzi, it was the ONLY Lemans and placed second to a restored 1952 Falcone Sport.

This is a beautiful very original matching number Moto Guzzi Lemans 1 with 17,780 miles and original paint that runs well, has original switches and period correct upgrades of Tarozzi rear sets and Lafranconi exhaust.

Recent servicing includes new fluids, new rings and tires in the past (4) months.

More from the seller:
It is a wonderful example for an original (44) year old Lemans that has a beautiful aged patina. There are blemishes in the paint from a past owners tank bag and a few scratches here and there that would be expected in a motorcycle this age and mileage. The Browning side stand was removed prior to the Concourse and is not included.

The judges at the Greenwich Concourse were amazed at its originality and presentation. This is a bike that will appreciate in value (you know that if your read this far), that should be ridden and enjoyed and will stop traffic at any bike show or Bikes & Breakfast.

Thanks for looking and happy New Year!

Famed auto designer De Tomaso was at the helm of Moto Guzzi during this era, and his sport-oriented design certainly influenced the long line of Le Mans-based bikes to come. And while rare in the US, these first generation bikes were officially imported into the States – with some minor changes. US bikes can be identified by the solid sprinkling of side reflectors front and rear. Additionally, the original Aprilia-sourced headlight did not meet US standards, necessitating a larger sealed-beam unit; it was too big to fit into the original fairing, and required it to stick out like Pinocchio telling a whopper of a lie. This was largely masked by painting the front of the fairing and the headlight bezel black, camouflaging the effect.

Today’s Le Man is very, very original. This can be attested by the representation in the 2021 Greenwich Concourse. It can also be seen in the pictures. This appears to be an authentic, 17,000 mile survivor that has been shown much love and care over the years. If you are in the market for one of these fantastic Italian steeds, this Mark I model looks to be a great find. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Outstanding In Its Field: 1978 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850