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Yamaha August 24, 2019 posted by Mike

Minty Fresh: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

The RZ350 is a special sort of machine in the annals of RSBFS. The last of the 50-state factory two strokes, the little parallel twin that could utilized liquid cooling, a computer controlled adjustable exhaust port (YPVS), and catalytic converters. Even with all of this tech it was short lived on US shores, and even shorter for California. And while the RZ350 was made in decent numbers for delivery around the world (including the RD350LC variants sent to Canada), these remain relatively hard to come by in the US today. If you do find one, it is often modified, beat up, and abusted. And pricey. Today’s find is as clean and example as you are likely to hope for – with all stock parts in place and mileage that is actually reasonable. But better bring your wallet to this gunfight; the bidding is hot and heavy with only a few days remaining. The seller has included a LOT of detail, and I will let him tell the story of this special bike.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
This is one of the best original Kenny Roberts version RZ350s left in the world. I have decided to sell my collection of mint, original classic bikes. All my bikes were regularly ridden locally when we lived in California, but at 62, and since moving to MN last fall, I decided it’s time to downsize. I sold my KZ1000 MkII, CBX, RD350, RD400, Z1B, T150V Trident and CB1100F, leaving only this bike and my early Z1 which is the only one I will keep. The RZ is the last to be sold because I have been waiting for the MN title to come back (now in hand).

This is a 1984 Yamaha RZ350L (model 48H). Serial number is 000173: this is the 73rd out of the 9900 RZ350s to have been produced in 1984 (the first 100 bikes of each model that Yamaha makes are reserved for press/production prototypes). It may well be the lowest serial number RZ still in existence. The US RZ350 was only produced in 84 and 85, before US legislation made it too difficult to meet environmental regulations.

More from the seller:
The odo is showing 69xx miles (I am riding it a little), and the bike looks and feels like it is genuine. It was previously owned by well known classic RD parts supplier HVC Cycle (Lincoln, NE). Then the previous owner bought it from HVC and owned it for about 6 years. I have owned the bike 3 years. I only buy bikes with excellent original paint on the bodywork and frame. They hold their value much better due to the rarity. The fairing wasn’t perfect enough for me, so I found a NOS fairing (in Alaska) and NOS decals (cost $1200). The tank is perfect inside. Only the barrels have been painted (the original paint always flakes off). The original 48H pipes have been ceramic coated and came out beautifully. The small emissions pipes on the headers (not now used) have been capped with high temp silicone caps. No marks or dings on the bodywork except for a pea sized, very shallow dent (paint not broken) at the neck of the tank that can’t be seen. A tiny mark next to the Yamaha decal on the front of the fairing (see pics)

More from the seller:
The only mods made are not readily visible: emissions pipework and canister removed (I dont have it). Airbox replaced with K and N filter and Y Boot for better breathing. Dynojet needle kit fitted. Main jets increased to 420 (240 is stock which shows how much the Y boot improves the breathing). The 48H features the same barrels (same porting) as the higher power Euro 31K version but the stock US airbox and jetting restricts the engine to 52bhp. This bike probably makes more than the 59BHP of the 31K model due to better breathing. Diaphragm fuel tap replaced with conventional type. Carbs have been ultrasonic cleaned and set up by me. New float valves and jets. Fueling is perfect with no flat spots or hesitation. Starts and idles perfectly. Plug color is great.

I fitted new plugs, gearbox oil and EBC brake pads. I checked the oil pump. Motobatt sealed battery. New brake fluid and fork oil. I was told that Racetech cartridge emulators have been fitted but I have not inspected to confirm, however the front end feels very good and not undersprung for my weight (200lb). Compared to an RD400, these feel like a much bigger and more solid bike. Bridgestone BT45 tires.

The rare single seat is fitted (these were an optional extra). Also included is the stock double seat tail (also original paint) and grab rail. Both tails use the same seat. Buyer pays for shipment of tail. Also included user handbook, Yamaha shop manual plus complete original toolkit.

Many hi res photos can be found here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmFQSxYk

Also you will see some of my other bikes (now sold) to give you an idea of the quality of bikes I have collected. Also see pics of the packaging that the NOS fairing came in (note original warning decal on screen).

More from the seller:
This bike truly looks and rides like a new bike. if you have been looking for an RZ350 for a collection, yet is still great to ride, this is it.

Clean title with current MN registration in my name. The bike is located just outside Minneapolis, MN. I can assist with loading if the buyer uses a shipper. I can keep the bike here for a month in my temperature controlled garage to help international buyers (two of the last four bikes I sold went to the UK). Bidders with less than 10 feedback please contact me before bidding, or the bid may be rejected.

On Aug-20-19 at 19:15:52 PDT, seller added the following information:
Note I have the Instavin report for this bike which shows it was originally sold in VA in 1984. The original owner sold it to Nebraska in 07 where HVC Cycle bought it and sold to previous owner in IL in 2012. I bought it in 2016. Serious bidders can get a copy from me at don_pottter at me.com

On Aug-21-19 at 07:40:04 PDT, seller added the following information:
A bidder had asked about the slight heat deformation on the lower cowl right side (the hi res pics I posted on Flickr allow you to zoom in on every part of the bike – please check them). I had forgotten about this since its not visible unless you look under the bike. When I bought the bike it had HVC pipes on it which are bigger diameter than stock pipes (HVC owned this bike). The cowl had gotten hot on one side. I put some aluminum foil to protect it. It has not gotten any worse because I replaced the pipes with stock which are much smaller. I took off the cowl and took pics, also of the underside while it was off – see the link to Flickr. As you can see its very clean under there. I also added a pic of the shop manual and the mint condition owners manual. I am 100% transparent with any issues. If you need more pics let me know.

With over 30 bids and over $9k, this bike has not yet reached reserve. When you think about it, $9k for a clean and original RZ is not much dosh. We have seen rattier and hacked up examples asking much, much more. I suspect that this one will spike near the end, but it all will come down to how high the reserve has been set. This seller has done a pretty good job of outlining the bike and how it came to be in this condition, including some of the restoration efforts necessary. Parts are getting harder and harder to find for these bikes, so if you are intent in owning a showroom example of the breed, you best start out with a complete one. This one fits the bill nicely. Drool over the many pictures, watch the video, and then check it out here. There is not a lot of time left, but plenty of action remaining – even if you’re just watching from the sidelines. Good Luck!!

MI

Minty Fresh: 1984 Yamaha RZ350
Featured Listing August 20, 2019 posted by Mike

Featured Listing: 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo!

In 1982 Honda fired a technological missile, the implications which were heard and felt around the world. Overnight Honda had changed the game (again), offering the promise of liter power in a mid-sized package with the first full factory Turbo motorcycle. With futuristic styling, wild colors and TURBO emblems screaming mystical propulsion methods, the CX500 Turbo made a bold statement before the key was even turned. Once the bike fired up, there became an interesting dichotomy between the low boost tractability and comfort of the Dr. Jekyll side around town, and the wild Mr. Hyde nature of the bike on boost. In 1982 this was the most technically advanced motorcycle you could purchase, and despite the performance it was built with typical Honda quality and reliability.

Featured Listing: 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo!

Starting with the rather pedestrian CX500 standard/cruiser power plant, Honda introduce forged pistons into the the Moto-Guzzi like transverse vee. Unlike most vee configurations, this one splayed 80 degrees rather than the usual 90. This engine already had liquid cooling and four valve heads (operated by pushrods), and was already at that time known for being overbuilt. The chassis was sturdy and equipped with shaft drive and monoshock rear suspension. It was an easy – if not overly inspired – choice to be the foundation for something much, much greater. The basic engine package was beefed up, Honda bumped the compression slightly, and then bolted on an IHI turbocharger built to Honda specifications. At it’s peak, the turbocharger pumps out 19 psi before the wastegate opens to slow the party down.

Simply bolting on a Turbo is not enough to engineer a working, reliable motorcycle. So Honda introduced digital (programmed) fuel injection – a world’s first for motorcycles. This system contained redundancy to protect the engine; fail safe circuits ensured fuel delivery while a separate ignition system protected the more highly stressed engine from potential meltdown. Rarely utilized or needed, these fail safe measures show the level of planning that Honda put into the CX500 Turbo. Management of these redundant systems was completely automatic, the rider being made aware of any potential failures via a comprehensive and well-laid out instrument panel. “Cockpit” might be a better description for the gauge cluster, as in addition to the usual tach, speedo, fuel and temp gauges there also exist a number of warning lights, a fuel system failure warning light, and of course a centrally located TURBO BOOST indicator.

From the seller:
In 1977 Honda began their Turbo powered motorcycle project…which would become the world’s 1st ever, from the ground up…purposeful built, turbocharged motorcycle and Honda’s 1st fuel injected bike. When finally released in 1982 it was described as “a technological tour de force”…”a milestone in motorcycle history”…”one of the most futuristic motorcycles of it’s time”…”one of the most influential motorcycles of the decade”. Now some 37 years later all that still rings true!

The project was a combined effort of Honda’s R&D folks, IHI Turbo America and Italian automotive stylist, Giovanni Michelotti, one of the most prolific & influential designers of the 20th century. Michelotti created the innovative and curvaceous fairing and body work.

Two years pre-production, in 1980… Honda in a bold and unprecedented move…put their CX500TC/Turbo on display at the Cologne International Motorcycle Show. This was probably no more than a “finger wag” at Yamaha…as the 2 giants, from the Land of the Rising Sun, were in a fierce battle for market supremacy. “Turbo Wars” soon followed.

Honda’s platform would be their tried and true…bullet-proof V-Twin / 4-Valve / CX500 motor. Every aspect of the bike was considered. Not only designing a motor that would be capable of handling the rigors of turbocharging but a frame to work with the stresses and a suspension to complement it all. Block castings were made thicker. A stronger crankshaft, connecting rods and clutch were employed. Honda’s first specific forged pistons were used. Larger end & main bearings installed. Over 200 new patents were created to build this motorcycle.

An improved futuristic liquid-cooled / digitally fuel injected motor…pushing those (up to) 82 ponies through a modern shaft drive to the rear wheel…with TRAC Anti-Dive forks up front and a Pro-Link rear suspension handling duties at the rear…twin piston brake calipers in place to haul it down…beautiful redesigned gold Comstar wheels fore & aft…a comprehensive dashboard…all that wrapped in a wind tunnel designed Michelotti fairing & body panels. A motorcycle with superb ergonomics & smoothness. A rolling piece of art!

More from the seller:
This example has been well cared for with only 16,904 miles. A fine example of this rare, 1 year only production, motorcycle at this price point. Three known owners…with the last 2 being in their late 60’s. Private collection offering. All pictures are recent and more are available as needed. I do have quite a number of pictures showing the cleanliness of the undercarriage.

A new stator & stator connector had been installed along with cam seals & water pump seals and all associated O-rings, seals & gaskets (previous owner). All this is called a “Triple Bypass”. An excellent factory spec re-spray of the body and motor was done also at that time. This bike shows quite well! Runs and shifts as it should. Turnkey bike w/no known issues.

> Matching Dunlop D404T tires are in excellent condition
> Battery was replaced and is excellent
> Seat was recovered to factory spec
> A “Visual Instruments Inc” voltmeter has been added
> Brakes are excellent
> Coolant flushed & replaced
> Castrol 4T/Full synthetic oil & WIX filter done @ 16,830 miles
> Rear shaft spline & ring gear correctly lubricated
> Stock tool kit & owner’s manual with bike
> Factory Shop Manual with bike
> Extra set of keys

Your chance to own a rare example of “Motorcycle History”! These rarely come up for sale. Be the only person w/one of these at your local cycle rally or cruise-in! Located near Binghamton NY


Asking Price: $6,750

Contact Joe: jshuta@hotmail.com or 607-343-9019 (9am to 9pm EST)
Live calls only, please – no text messages

Nestled between some truly interesting hardware in the Honda showroom – including the CB1100R, the GL1100 GoldWing, the CBX, the VF750 and the simple FT500 Ascot – the CX500T was competing for attention and customer wallet share. And it required a bigger share of the customer’s wallet than most of the bikes on the floor (MSRP $4,898). As a result, not many of these one year only models were sold. With sportish-touring bodywork, a wide seat and higher bars, the CX500T is a comfortable place to rack up the miles. Roll on torque – the real strong suit of the Honda Turbos – fits nicely into the highway cruiser persona. At 550+ pounds these were never destined to be racers, however they are fabulous riders and far more reliable than a 37 year old technological wonder has a right to be.

This bike looks to be absolutely gorgeous. With 16,000+ miles on the clock it has been ridden, but we all know that nothing deteriorates faster than a hangar queen. Regular use is positive for the mechanicals, the seals, the electrics and the turbo system. This one has the right number of miles to be carefully used, without being beaten up or at the end of its service life. History has proven that these Honda Turbo bikes have very few weaknesses – the key being the stator. The fact that this one has been changed is a real plus, as there are another estimated 20k-25k miles to be enjoyed before this should become a concern. Otherwise all of the pieces are here, and the general handling shows the care that went into the stewardship of this rare factory Turbo; it is not often that we see such a clean first-year example. Located in New York, this one is going for a very reasonable asking price. Give Joe a call (607-343-9019 – no texts please) or drop him an email and start the conversation. It only takes one experience on boost to know that Turbo ownership is worth everything that was promised. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo!
Ducati August 17, 2019 posted by Mike

Venti­quattro: 1993 Ducati 888

The follow-on evolution of the wildly successful 851, the Ducati 888 had a short, but equally productive life span. Championed by Doug Polen on the world’s SBK stage Ducati was victorious in both 1991 and 1992 campaigns. As a street bike, the 888 continued on through 1994. However by 1993 the SPO models in the lineup were already powered by the next revolution in Ducati firepower, the 916cc desmoquattro engine (as was the SBK racer). However the 888 was still a very stout street bike, and the overall update to the 851 made this an outstanding platform in its own right. Often overlooked as simply the bridge to the 916, the 888 is worth a serious look if you are a riding enthusiast.

1993 Ducati 888 for sale on eBay

Born from the punched out sports production (i.e. homologation) 851 model, the 888 featured the larger displacement engine that the nomenclature on the fairing might suggest. And the engine was not the only updates piece of the 888 puzzle. Notable designer Pierre Terblanche (yes, of the 999 infamy), reworked the styling of the 851 to lengthen the lines and produce an evolved shape. In many ways, this makes the 888 look physically bigger than the 851, yet it is equal or smaller in the most significant dimensions (wheelbase, overall length, height, etc). These longer lines are echoed in some of Terblanche’s other designs, including the Supermono. Overall, the 888 is a visually striking machine. Aurally, the fuel injected, liquid cooled, 4-valve per cylinder with desmodronic action L-twin remained a booming beast, offering low down torque and an intoxicating higher RPM rush. Formidable on the racetrack as well as the street, the 888 was the middle child that never seemed to get the accolades of the younger or older siblings. It is, on the whole, the rarest of the 851/888/916 trio.

From the seller:
This is a nice 888 with 14026 miles. It needs nothing and was just serviced. It starts and runs good with everything in good working order.

The 888 that Ducati imported into the US was an SP0 model. Note that this was during a tumultuous period in Ducati’s history, before they hit it big and really made strides in consistent manufacturing. Record keeping was marginal, and many models changed mid-year simply due to parts on hand. That being said, the 888 came to America to go racing – in AMA Superbike. Thus, all of the US imported (i.e. federalized) 888s are homologation machines. You can check the VIN number in positions 4-6: “1” for street bike (versus race only), “H” for homologation (versus super sport, super bike, monster, etc), and letters for variation on street bike (i.e. A,B,C), or numbers for the racers. A reported 200 units were imported in 1993, and about half that number in 1994. Of course by the end of 1994, nobody wanted a 888 anymore. The 916 had arrived. That makes the SP0 a rare example – and one to hold on to.

There is not much info about this particular bike, nor too many pictures. It has apparently just had a service (good), and seems to have been thoroughly enjoyed given the mileage (14026). The 851/888 models are far more comfortable than the 916 series that followed, and the engines have proven to be extremely durable provided that the usual belt/valve/oil change services have been completed regularly. Parts are still available, and performance is more than adequate for any para-legal street activities. Best of all, the bidding starts at a reasonable $7k. You get the sound and the status of Ducati ownership, along with the visceral presence of the bike and the rarity of the US homologation model. Win win win. Check it out here and Good Luck!!

MI

BMW August 15, 2019 posted by Mike

Mamma Mia Mamola: 2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika

If you are a motorcycle manufacturer with a relatively “boring” reputation – known more for your gentleman’s autobahn express and less for outright performance – how do you change your image to go after the more sport-oriented buying public? One glance at Detroit and the Golden Era of NASCAR tells of the secret: Win on Sunday, sell on Monday. That is all well and good, but how to ensure you actually win on Sunday? Sponsor and participate in a one-make race series, of course! Drum up publicity with star power, and hold races in conjunction with bigger motorsport events where the fans will be in attendance. And just like that the BMW Boxer Cup was born.

2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika for sale on eBay

Initially pitched as a race of champions with real motorcycle racing stars, the Boxer Cup became a legitimate race series with close competition and abundant exposure for BMW. Randy Mamola, a legend in two-wheeled circles, served as BMW ambassador and spokesperson for the series. To convert the race exposure into sales, BMW created a special version of the R1100RS Sport model. Featuring a graphics package that mimicked the one-series race bike, the Boxer Cup Replika offered a unique livery, a sprinkling of carbon fiber (including unique cylinder head cover protectors), and lower engine cover with oil catcher. The under seat exhaust was a special item from Laser, and suspension was Ohlins modified from stock units. Additionally, the Replika model had slightly different geometry; the rear suspension was raised to quicken steering and provide more ground clearance for the cylinder heads. Randy Momola’s signature graces the fairing – as if you needed a reminder this was a Replika. Back in 2003 these numbered and authenticated models sold for an MSRP of $13,490.

From the seller:
This is a 2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika. This was a race replica for the BMW Boxer Cup series in the early aughts. This particular bike is #194 of only 200 made in 2003. This is a rare, pedigreed motorcycle that comes with a certificate of authenticity and a badge with the replica number.

This bike is in excellent condition! It received it’s 12,000 mi service two years ago, and is perfectly tuned. I changed the oil every 2500 miles during my ownership. The bodywork looks perfect, the only flaw I can find is a mar on the cowl. Of course, the carbon fiber belly pan has the inevitable rock chips of 12,000mi on the road. The rear wheel was powdercoated white, and the valve covers black. The windshield was cut down because it was already cracked and was directing the wind right under my helmet. The original left side mirror was damaged and replaced with a salvaged one. This bike has never been dropped.

Aside from the all stainless steel Staintune exhaust, this bike is stock. No engine, drivetrain, or suspension modifications have been made.

More from the seller:
Stuff not included:
The carbon fiber valve cover protectors and steering damper are long gone.
No ABS. ABS was never included on the BCR, but I know someone’s going to ask about it, so…no.

Stuff included:
This BMW comes equipped with slightly taller touring handlebars, but the original low racing handlebars are included.
The original factory exhaust and emissions stuff is included.
Rear footpegs and hardware are included.
Service manuals and related paperwork are included.
The original valve covers are included.
And yes, the Wunderlich R1100S bike stand is included too!

With 12k+ miles under the keel, this BMW has been used; perhaps more than a collectible bike would normally be utilized, but far, far less than the average BMW of this age. Keeping in mind that the R series BMW is legendary in terms of longevity – and that the Boxer Cup Replika claimed NO additional horsepower – this high-end R-bike should have many more miles in the bank. The bike appears to have been maintained well, although there are some notable changes from stock. At 16 years of age this bike has clearly had a previous life, with changes made by former owner(s). Some items are replaceable (cylinder head cover guards – if you can find them, windscreen), and the powder coated rear wheel doesn’t look all bad in white. There are some questions as to why was the mirror replaced, why are the cylinder head covers powder coated, and why was the windscreen cracked?. These are popular items to suffer in a tip over, although the ad states no crash damage. Overall (and given the age) from the pictures at least, this bike looks to be quite presentable.

Offered for the not-so-princely sum of $5,700 USD, this New Jersey-based Replika offers a serious discount from the MSRP of many, many years ago. But it is still a BMW, it is still perched on Ohlins springy/damping bits sport suspension, and it still retains all of the qualities BMWs are famous for: usable power and torque, predictable handling, low maintenance shaft drive, and good highway speed touring manners. Price is on the lower side for the model, but representative of the miles and condition. Check it out here and Good Luck!!

MI

Mamma Mia Mamola: 2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika
MV Agusta August 8, 2019 posted by Mike

Brussels Sprout: 2006 MV Agusta F4 1000 Senna Edition

Located in Belgium, today’s find is the second of the MV Agusta Senna tribute bikes (the first being based on the original 750cc F4). The first thing to know about Senna tribute models is that part of the original proceeds went to Senna’s favorite charity – caring for needy children in his home country of Brazil. The second thing to know is that these are reasonably rare; each of the MV Agusta Senna tribute models are serialized and limited to only 300 units world wide. This particular example currently calls Belgium home.

2006 MV Agusta F4 1000 Senna Edition for sale on eBay

The basis of the Senna edition was the very capable F4 1000 R model. Well known for the radial valve technology (a development from the Ferrari Formula 1 technical team) and variable length intake runners, the 998cc engine was good for 174 HP. Stylistically, the 1000cc edition followed with the same livery as the earlier 750 Senna machine, with subtle differences in accent color. The wheels, for example, were special Marchesini units in silver – rather than the red star pattern offered on the 750. Front brakes were exclusive to the model; calipers were Brembo Racing “Serie Oro” gold four piston radial units. Other minor cosmetic changes included the front forks (black titanium nitride coated), and a special seat was fitted. The Senna could be considered a R+ model with star power.

From the seller:
Very special engine (limited serie 300 pieces)Has traces of use that you can expect from a second-hand.But in very nice condition

(Translated via Google)
Am the first owner
I added a lot of options.
RG3 Exhaust, Titanium Collector and Custom Ignition Board
MV Agusta Veltro footrest and selectors (only 99 pieces manufactured)
Color wheels Champange (Marchesini)
Dark windshield
Xenon headlight (all)
Integrated indicators on the back
A duo seat, but always the mono and seated frame (see photo) in reserve.
Foldable Handles
Metal fans
I still spared it, brake levers, etc., are included
a lot of carbon
The engine is 43,000 km long and has always been done by an authorized dealer.

The bit that should jump out at you here is that this special edition, collectible model MV Agusta has been used. A lot. 43,000 KM equates to nearly 27,000 miles. Bravo to the seller for enjoying such a magnificent motorcycle! This must surely be the highest mileage Senna edition we have seen on these pages. And yet the bike shows well. There does appear to be some hazing or spiderweb cracking in places on the bodywork (i.e. where the kickstand tucks in), but overall you would be hard pressed to guess at the number of miles this bike has traveled based on first look. It is also a testament to MG Agusta and modern engineering & manufacturing practices – while a hyper superbike, these remain resilient and reliable rides.

Price wise, the Senna model has held up pretty well over the years. We have seen some wild swings in asking price depending upon condition and mileage, including a nearly never been run example offered at $29k. More reasonable examples have been trading in the $15-18k range as of late, with exceptional specimens a bit higher. This one is being offered for $15,000, with the seller open to other offers. Look through the pictures, and then check out all of the details here. This might be a great find for RSBFS readers on the continent. Good Luck!!

MI

Brussels Sprout: 2006 MV Agusta F4 1000 Senna Edition
2Moto August 6, 2019 posted by Mike

Featured Listing: 2Moto 2M400R-SP

If you are thinking that you haven’t heard of the 2Moto 2M400R-SP, you are probably correct. But I’m sure you have heard of Yamaha’s wildly successful two-stroke, the TZR-250. And knowing RSBFS readers, you probably wished for something like that – but with more horsepower – for your street ride. I mean, imagine the wild hi-jinks you could pull off with that kind of hardware but twice the power. Well, wish no longer. Think of the 2M400R-SP as a top spec TZR, but with 400cc and 85 horsepower at the rear wheel. At 265 pounds, this hybrid weighs less than the 250 it is based off of, but is considerably more potent. At the end of the day this is less TZR-250, and more like what Yamaha could have done with the RZ350 had that lineup continued. We don’t often feature custom builds on these pages, but read on – because this one is worth it.

2Moto 2M400R-SP2004 for sale!

UK-based 2Moto is a bike builder that concentrates on just a few offerings. Most of their business is in the form of YZR500 and NSR500 GP500 replica race bikes. By tame comparison, the 2M400R is their street model – and what model it is! Start with 1990 TZR-250 chassis – this is the 3MA model offering, selected because it best fits the venerable parallel twin RZ motor. It is also widely known as precise and forgiving in terms of handling. Graft onto that a single-sided swing arm from the Honda RVF-400. The RZ style motor is a good choice as there is a solid foundation of knowledge and parts available; after all, these are the same basic engines utilized in off road quads. The power requirements of a quad screaming up a dune is quite a bit different than a racer / street bike, but by careful component selection, porting and assembly, a seriously stout smoker is born. Consider the dry clutch, the electric water pump and the clever custom carbon fiber sprocket cover that incorporates support for the gear selector shaft. Front forks are 600cc Supersport items, if that gives you any indication of the braking and cornering forces expected. Wrap that whole package in 125cc GP bodywork (yes, you heard that right – 125cc), and you end up with the spiritual successor to the RZ, and a phenomenal machine in its own right. This is a level of detail you would expect from larger firms such as Bimota, and the outcome is glorious.

From the seller:
Since the Aprilia RS-250, no new 2-stroke bikes have been built by any manufacturers. We thought it was about time to rectify that situation. And we like the RD-350 YPVS engine as there are lots of relatively inexpensive engine upgrade option courtesy of our American cousins who insist on racing some crazy Yamaha Banshee quads, some making in excess of 150 horsepower!

Having built plenty of specials over the years, we had a pretty good idea what would work. And, what doesn’t. The YPVS engine is fairly long, so most of the 250cc type V-twin chassis are too short, as we know from experience. In the end, the Yamaha TZR-250 3MA chassis fit the bill perfectly. Plus, the same chassis is used in the TZR-125 and the SZR-660, so availability is reasonable. And, we knew the engine would fit with only a few modifications to the chassis.

This highly desirable example of a modern 2-stroke sportsbike can be ridden on the street. A few of main specs are:
-400cc YPVS engine
-85 hp at the rear wheel
-120kg wet weight, no fuel
-K-Tech suspension
-The bike is titled as a TZR-250, 1990 model year and fully road legal in the UK.

Price: $12,500

Interested buyers should contact Felix Hirzel of Team 2Moto: info@2moto.co.uk
Website: http://www.2moto.co.uk

This custom build is not a simple one-off by someone in their backyard. This is a complete bike offered by a noted chassis and speed parts manufacturer. This is a repeatable process thanks to engineering, testing and experience. This is, as the ads say, professional grade. And if this 400cc doesn’t light your fire, perhaps you should check out their other offerings such as GP replicas of either the YZR500 or NSR500, race-ready Moto2 chassis, or a 250-sized GP racer stuffed full of Kawasaki 650cc twin power. Like Bimota, frame kits are on offer as well in the event you want to build your own. But what could be better than a professionally crafted, street-going two stroke like this 2M400R-SP? It is ready to go, no assembly required. Serious parties can send an inquiry directly to 2Moto’s Felix Hirzel, and talk numbers. Drool over the pictures on this one. Take your time. This bike has details you don’t want to miss. And if you miss riding a serious two stroke on the road, consult with your wife, consult with your banker, and consult with your local laws. Then make the call and make us all jealous. Good luck!!

MI

Featured Listing:  2Moto 2M400R-SP
Featured Listing August 6, 2019 posted by Mike

Featured Listing: 1986 Yamaha SRX600

In a world obsessed with multi-cylinder madness, the Yamaha SRX was a breath of fresh air. Utilizing a XT600-derived air-cooled single cylinder power plant, the SRX series evoked simpler times of British cafe racers doing the ton. Impossibly light and narrow, the SRX was all about torque – squirting off of corners in a manner only a thumper can deliver. And the styling? The SRX stood out like a custom in a sea of mass-produced multis. Incredibly, the SRX600 lasted but a single selling season in the US before being discontinued. Finding one today that has not been neglected is not easy. Which brings us to this beautiful two-owner, low mileage example.

1986 Yamaha SRX600 for sale on eBay

Under the covers, the SRX sports a surprising amount of technology. The single cylinder breathes through four valves driven by an overhead cam. The crankcase contains a counter-balancer to quell vibration from the 96mm slug traveling through it’s stroke. Oil feed is via dry sump, minimizing the heft of the engine lower section. The alloy oil tank is tucked neatly away, contributing to the clean lines. The steel frame is minimalist, yet is cleverly integrated into the lines of the bike. The twin-shock swing arm was hardly cutting edge, but did provide a solid foundation at the rear and helped connect the styling back to the neo British design. There was some Yamaha parts bin raiding going on here too; the entire front end is lifted from the RZ350, and the switch gear is common to other Yamahas of the era. The brake disks were utilized on several bikes in the line, and the wheels have a common design element as well. Model specific tank, clip-ons and unique short-stack exhaust poking out the bottom of the right side of the bike complete the picture. Simple in looks, the SRX was a well-designed and well-engineered motorcycle that deserved much more attention than it received.

From the seller:
Very clean and original SRX Super Single. Only 3020 miles. 300 put on by me enjoying this special motorcycle. I got it from the original owner who lost interest when he got to a point in his life when he needed electric start.

When I got the motorcycle it had sat long enough that the gas and brake fluid had perished. I have rebuilt the petcock and carburetors. Brake system was flushed and the rear brake line was replaced. As far as I can tell, the rear brake line is the only non-original part.

Original tires are not dry rotted and are look great. As is all the other rubber parts. This is a very comfortable motorcycle, it is a pleasure to ride and capable of ton up speed too.

Full history starting from when is was bought new in 1989.

I have my reserve/opening bid set below the current market value. This motorcycle is for sale. It is only for sale here on eBay. I will miss this motorcycle.

The seller has included a nice video highlighting this beautiful example. Note the kick start lever; there is no electric start (but with 8.5:1 the SRX is not a chore to kick over). Enjoy the sights and sounds:

Worldwide to SRX was available in various capacities (including a home market 400 and a 250 in the US). The 600 was the most capable of the line, and offered for the shortest period of time. Today a clean SRX is a rare – and delightful – find. These are wonderful motorcycles, seamlessly melding practicality with enthusiasm and capability. It remains a unique riding experience, and is deceptively nimble in the corners. Stylistically it stands out, despite being minimalist. It is every bit a British motorcycle, but thanks to Yamaha quality it lacks one key English aspect; it doesn’t leak oil.

This particular SRX600 looks to be in fantastic shape – just check out the quality high-res picks yourself. With only two owners and barely over 3,000 miles, this just might be the nicest SRX we have seen in a number of years. The bike appears to be as original as you could ask for, right down to the tires (yes, those should be replaced if any serious riding is to be done). This eBay auction is on right now, and the opening ask is a very reasonable (cheap) $2,500. If you have been in the market for a great all-around motorcycle that doesn’t look like a NinjaBusa-RR – one that will stand out for years to come – do yourself a favor and check out this 1986 Yamaha SRX600. These are rare and unique, and this one will certainly find a new home quickly. Give it a look before it is too late, and Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1986 Yamaha SRX600
Ducati August 2, 2019 posted by Mike

Featured Listing: 1985 Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica

Update 8.1.2019: Joe has renewed his Featured Listings. Check out all of Joe’s bikes for sale on RSBFS! Many thanks for choosing us to help move your collection! -dc

In 1978 Mike Hailwood won the Isle of Man TT riding a Ducati. This was 11 years after his last motorcycle race, the previous period during which he was firmly on the Honda payroll. Everything about the event spelled disaster – an old timer long past his glory years on a make of bike nobody really associated him with – and nobody believed he would be competitive. But this was the stuff of heroes; and heroes always win. Hailwood went on to win what can only be considered the comeback of the century. This cemented the legend of Mike “the Bike” Hailwood’s connection with Ducati, and provided for some wonderful bikes. Today’s Featured Listing – a 1985 Ducati MHR – is one such factory offering that celebrated the success of Mike Hailwood.

The Ducati MHR is a bike built in the tradition of homage; it was built to celebrate the famous TT win. But given that the TT was for street-based machinery, the factory replica was not simply a graphics package. Yes, Hailwood won in 1978. Yes, the Pantah (which introduced the next generation belt-driven cams vs. bevel-driven) was introduced way back in 1980. Then why, you might ask, was a MHR being built in 1985 and based on the older hardware? The answer is that Ducati, still a relatively small company, focused on bevel drive for the big bikes (750 – 1000cc), while the Pantah was initially offered in 600cc and below variants. The bevel-drive motors were still very much in the forefront during this time, even though they may seem slightly archaic today. So the MHR is based on the “square case” 900SS of the day – which was a capable machine in its own right. But why still offer a homage bike in 1985 when Hailwood won the TT back in 1978? Simple: the public demanded it. While the MHR was a very limited edition, it was a tremendously successful marketing effort and a strong model for Ducati. Today’s seller has some good details about this bike, so I will let him take it over from here:

From the seller:
1985 Ducati Hailwood Replica

You should know that I am a serious collector, with a large motorcycle collection. I decided to sell some of the most valuable motorcycles in the collection. These motorcycles represent some of the most iconic motorcycles of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Those motorcycles are now being offered up for sale one by one. These motorcycles were targeted by me for my collection many years ago when the best of the best were available and that is what I purchased.

In general, I do believe super rare Italian motorcycle of the 1970s and 1980s are the future Ferrari of motorcycle collecting. We all know what has happened to Ferrari.

More from the seller:
The Ducati Hailwood Millie shown here was made in two series. The first one being a short fairing and only 900 cc with a kick starter and this model, the Hailwood Millie (1000 cc) with the electric starter and the large fairing; one is one of the most beautifully designed fairings ever. It is a big bike not meant for the meek. Of course, it has the electric starter and exhaust note that will thrill any motorcycle enthusiast. It is in absolutely near perfect condition. It is always on a trickle charger and ready to give you a thrill of a lifetime as you wind through the gears and open it up on an open road. This is another Italian bike that, in our opinion, can be classified as the Ferrari of bikes of the future.

This is certainly a bike for the serious collectors. For those that don’t know all the details, the internet is just loaded with information. I can only suggest that you scrutinize the pictures and decide for yourself if this is another rare Italian collector bike that will eventually become as iconic as a Ferrari. Ten years ago, I spent a long time looking for the best Hailwood Millie and believe me this was the beat of the best, hands down.

Prefer phone calls 847-774-4857. Thanks for looking at one of the best!

These second generation MHR machines are truly beautiful motorcycles. Whereas the original offering utilizes a fiberglass cover over a stock SS tank, the latter bikes use a tank that is unique to the model. The rest of the bodywork is all MHE, evoking the spirit (and the livery) of the racer. And while the underpinnings are SS items, some performance items such as the Conti exhausts are model specific. The solo seat is a non-race item; in reality it is a rear pillion cover, making this a two-seater and enhancing the usefulness of the bike. But people who lust after a MHR are not concerned with practicality – they want the booming V-twin soundtrack and the waves of torque that have made Ducati victorious and famous. You may not be able to ride with the effortless agility of Mike Hailwood, but you can still rock the livery and the sound while paying homage to the great man with this stunning 1985 Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica. Interested parties should give Joe a call at 847-774-4857. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1985 Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica