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Ducati June 7, 2015 posted by Mike M.

The Start of Something – 1988 Ducati 851 Tri-Colore Strada

1988 Ducati 851 Tri-Colore Strada on eBay Italy

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Here’s one for our European visitors (or those ambitious enough to attempt the import process)…  an all original 1988 Ducati 851 Tri-Colore Strada up for auction in Italy.  The 851 was the introduction of Ducati’s “desmodronic” four valve heads and a big leap forward in an attempt to catch the Japanese manufacturers.  The 851 featured the signature Ducati steel trellis frame, Marvic wheels, Brembo brakes and those funky side pod mirrors.  Ducati’s work paid off quickly in the form of a World Superbike Championship in 1990 with Raymond Roche in the saddle and Ducati was officially back.  The 851 would be the forefather to the very successful 888 and 916 models.

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Now, this one IS located in Italy, so our US readers might throw up their hands in frustration, but surely somebody in Italy is reading this and will give her a good home, no?

The seller is upfront in stating that the bike is in “average condition” with some typical wear and tear that’s to be expected as it’s nears it’s 30th birthday.  So, again, this would either make a good restoration candidate or a really cool classic to actually get out and ride.  Check it out here: 1988 Ducati 851 on eBay in Italy

Bike is 99% original, paintwork is average as the general conditions, still with all the original rare parts as the 16″ wheels, original silencers etc. 

Mechanically is very sound with just 25500kms from new (a lot of documentation to prove). Original UK sold bike, all history present.

Ride and collect!

Bike is currently located in Italy, 33080 Roveredo in Piano (Pordenone) but i can get them delivered all around the World at cost, no problem.

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The Start of Something – 1988 Ducati 851 Tri-Colore Strada
Suzuki June 2, 2015 posted by Mike M.

The Market is HOT! – 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 LE

1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited Edition on eBay

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By now we all know the market for vintage GSXR-750s is red hot.  This listing is already reflecting that with 17 bids pushing it past $8000 with several days still to go.  Just one year after the first GSXR-750 revolutionized the sport bike world, the Limited Edition raised the bar even further.  Production numbers are a frequent subject of debate, but the general consensus is between 500 and 1000 made with just 199 reaching the U.S. dealerships.  The Limited Edition was a significant upgrade from the standard model, featuring a close ratio transmission with a dry clutch, electronic “anti-dive” technology, bigger forks and front brakes from the GSXR-1100, a fiberglass solo seat and special paint and graphics.

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The seller is upfront about the condition, and while it’s not quite “showroom” quality, it would make an excellent starting point for a restoration or *gasp* a really nice classic rider.  You can check it out on eBay right here: 1986 GSXR-750 Limited Edition

1986 Suzuki GSXR 750 Limited edition.   This is a very rare bike.  500 to 1000 made, depending on who you talk to.  I’ve owned this bike 10 years.  I bought it, rode it for 4 miles, everything worked as it should.  I put the bike into storage until now.  It will need tires, a battery, and a full service.  The bike is very clean.  The upper front fairing has been repaired and painted.  The muffler heat shield has a scrape on it.  The wheels have been painted white.  As far as I can tell, the rest of the paint is original and in very nice condition.  With a servicing and a little cosmetic work, this bike would be near perfect.  Overall it is in excellent condition..  Production date is 3/86.  7183 original miles.  I have a NOS. foam gauge bracket , red Suzuki decal for upper front fairing, and an air filter.  New  after market Lockhart Phillips smoke wind screen, bubble headlight cover., and very rare supplementary service manual, and a microfiche card for the limited edition.

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The Market is HOT! – 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 LE
Yamaha May 27, 2015 posted by Mike M.

The one you’ve been waiting for – 1989 FZR1000

BEAUTIFUL 1989 FZR-1000 on eBay

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We’ve seen a rash of FZR-1000s here on RSBFS lately and I dare say that this is the nicest one yet.  This 1989 model was crowned as “Sportbike of the Decade” by Cycle World and for good reason.  While the GSXR-1100 and ZX-11 were adding horsepower and weight, the FZR-1000 was getting more and more focused.  It was certainly still a contender for the top speed numbers, but was quite a bit lighter on the scales and that resulted in a more balanced machine.  The red, white and blue color scheme is beautiful and it shows off the sexy Deltabox frame perfectly.  For those looking for originality, this one appears to still have the factory signals, mudflap and chain guard, which is pretty rare these days.

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 The seller’s eBay listing is almost completely void of any details, but the pictures do a lot of talking.  You can check out the listing here: 1989 Yamaha FZR-1000 on eBay

Beautiful example of the late ’80s model FZRs…low mileage, paint and bodywork in outstanding shape! Needs tires and could use a carb-sync/tuneup. New battery and all electrical and mechanical working great! Real head turner.

Oh, and it’s only 5 minutes away from me.  I feel an argument with the wife coming on…

The one you’ve been waiting for – 1989 FZR1000
Yamaha May 21, 2015 posted by Mike M.

BSB Replica – 1995 YZF750SP on eBay UK

1995 Yamaha YZF70SP on eBay UK

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If you were a Superbike racing junkie like me in the 90s, you know that BSB provided some of the best racing to be found.  Like AMA Superbike, it was a launching point for some of the biggest name to eventually hit the WSBK scene and the BSB riders always did the home crowds proud when WSBK made their annual stops at Brand’s Hatch.  I always loved the Boost Yamaha’s livery and this replica is a beauty.  Underneath the vibrant purple paint lies all of the homologation goodies that the SP was known for including the solo seat, an adjustable front and rear suspension, 39mm flatslide carburetors, more aggressive cams and a close ratio transmission.  Niall Mackenzie would be proud.  That tall windscreen has to go though… it just looks, wrong!

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As a YZF750R owner, I think the SP is overlooked in the homologation world.  It’s overshadowed by the OW01 and R7, I think (perhaps foolishly) that I’d rather have an SP over those two.  The eBay auction does not have a lot of details, but if you want to check it out, you can find it here: 1995 Yamaha YZF750SP on eBay UK

Yamaha YZF750 SP painted in Cadbury boost paint job, immaculate condition for year! MOT’d & Taxed, Excellent opportunity to buy a rare bike like this one.  The bike qualifies for classic insurance due to being 20years young.  Has a bimota topend converstion, very quick bike!! VIEWING A MUST FOR SERIOUS BIDDERS. 

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BSB Replica – 1995 YZF750SP on eBay UK
Ducati May 19, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Hiding in Plain Sight – Rare Ducati 748R

2001 Ducati 748R on eBay

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Nobody would blame you for overlooking this one.  I almost did.  Just another guy who thinks his Ducati is worth way more than it really is, right?  Maybe not.  It turns out this is a very rare Ducati 748R.  I happen to have a good friend who is a serious Ducati collector and this is one he told me to be on the lookout for.  The 748R is a legitimately hopped up homologation special with quite a few upgrades designed to make it a serious contender on the SuperSport racing scene.  There were approximately 2000 of them made and only 100 of them were designated for import into the U.S.

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The 748R had a slightly different frame to accommodate a larger carbon fiber airbox, different injectors, titanium rods and valves as well as top notch Ohlins suspension both front and rear.  I believe it also featured a slipper clutch as well as a taller first gear, similar to the Honda RC30/45 and the ZX7R homologation models.  So, street riding might be a bit of a chore.  But I wouldn’t complain!

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This one appears well cared for with a number of expected modifications as well as some legitimate engine work.  Whether that’s a positive or a negative is up to you.  The seller gives some more details about the Duc’s condition below or you can read about them as well as the list of modifications on his eBay auction seen here: 2001 Ducati 748R for sale

Time to make some room in my garage so I’m going to part with this rare beast. Its an original 2001 Ducati 748R.  No. 711. Not many of these around anymore and this one’s good some nice goodies. it has 11k miles (I do ride it here and there so there may be some more)

I am the second owner and the previous owner did all of the upgrades. The bike is in very good shape, not mint there are a couple light scratches on the tank, a small scuff mark on the right fairing and the foam around the instrument panel is a bit melted from the sun. (I think this was due in party to the double bubble windscreen magnifying it). The paint is in amazing shape. It has much more power than a regular 748 and the R has a more unique sound due to the differences in the motors. Maintained at Munroe Motors Ducati in San Francisco. Head were checked at 10,000 miles and rockers/valves had no signs of issues.

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Hiding in Plain Sight – Rare Ducati 748R
Yamaha May 13, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Pure Sports – Clean 1988 Yamaha FZR1000 on eBay

1988 Yamaha FZR1000 on eBay

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It seems as though spring has brought out the big dogs in the form of another very clean Yamaha FZR-1000 for sale on eBay.  This one is sporting a more subdued color scheme compared with some earlier listings and looks great.  Even though it’s a bit long in the tooth, the big Fizzer is no slouch on the road.  Yamaha claimed 145hp and it’s dry weight of 460lbs was lighter than both the ZX-11 and GSXR-1100.  While both of those bikes were a bit more focused on straightline speed, the FZR-1000 was more focused in the corners while still being able to keep up on the highway.  This one appears mostly stock, with the exception of a slip on Yoshimura exhaust, a new battery and fresh tires.  The $2500 “Buy It Now” price seems very reasonable for this classic liter bike and I suspect somebody will be clicking their mouse pretty quickly on it.

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From the seller’s eBay auction, seen here: 1988 Yamaha FZR-1000 on eBay

1988 Yamaha FZR 1000, This 27yr old bike looks New. Clean Garage Kept 33943 original miles. Never dropped, downed or wrecked. This bike will grab attention everywhere you ride it. New dry lightweight battery. New Pirelli Tires. K&N Filter. Yoshimura Pipe. Long Island, NY Pick-up only, no shipping. 17 inch wheels front and rear.

Pure Sports – Clean 1988 Yamaha FZR1000 on eBay
Honda May 10, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Grey Market Goodies – 1994 Honda VFR400

1994 Honda VFR400 on eBay

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Grey Market imports are always a bit of a rare bird over here in the States.  With our long, flat roads and lack of a graduated licensing system, the 400s just didn’t have a market here and that’s a shame.  (Yes, I know we got the FZR400, but it’s not really in the same league… no hate mail please, Fizzer Fans).  The VFR400 is basically a scaled down version of Honda’s iconic RC30 but it’s still packed with it’s big brother’s trick goodies like the gear driven cams and the single sided swingarm.  Power from the 399cc V4 is respectable if not overwhelming with Honda claiming 60hp at the crank and it is nice and light, tipping the scales at only 340lbs.  So you know what that means…  Keep the RPMs up and learn to carry your corner speed and the VFR400 becomes a great track weapon.

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This particular VFR400 looks like it’s seem some track days based on the sellers description and modifications, but it does come with a clean and clear title out of California, so you should have no problems registering it and riding it on the street as well.  This is the “NC30” model which was the final evolution of the VFR400 and it was well refined by this point.  Most consider it to be the most desirable of the VFR400 models.  You can read more in the seller’s eBay auction here: 1994 Honda VFR400 on eBay

California titled Honda NC30 VFR400R motorcycle. Clean title. Very trick race-bred restoration!! It’s a  real ripper!

This bike was never available in the United States. It is a 1994 model fully registered and titled in California as a 2004 model with a 11 digit VIN. It is ready to ride. There is simply nothing like the howl of this V-4’s gear driven cams in the high RPMs – where this machine was made to run. Everything on this bike is bred from the expensive development of racing NC 30’s in the San Francisco Bay Area

This bike is in fantastic shape- built and ridden by a long time NC enthusiast and racer.

-Full tune performed
-Fresh brake fluid, oil,coolant
-New oil filter, air filter, plugs
-New Rubber front and rear
-Custom Fairing Paint
-Properly jetted Yoshimura race exhaust
-Brand spanking new chain and sprockets
-Fully adjustable rear suspension
-Front Ohlins steering damper
-New front brake wave rotors
-New fork seals
-Brand new custom painted tank
-New intake manifolds
-Fully rebuilt carburetors
-Custom front and rear brake lines
-New battery
-Charging System charging
-New brake pads
-Freshly powder coated rims,front and rear
-Race grade cooling system upgrade

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Grey Market Goodies – 1994 Honda VFR400
Honda May 8, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Spool Me Up – 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo

1983 Honda CX650 Turbo on eBay

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In the 80s, turbos were supposed to be the future of motorcycling.  The technology had been around for a little while, but was just starting to trickle into cars and motorcycles.  They promised liter bike power in a more compact package, so what’s not to love?  Honda’s 1982 CX500 Turbo was one of the flagbearers of the influx of turbo bikes and it was clear there were some issues.  While it was impressively fast on boost, it was tricky to control just when that boost happened as they suffered from serious turbo lag.  Honda addressed the issue with a bump in displacement, better computer tuning and gearing changes for the 1983 model, now known as the CX650 Turbo.

This is a machine that collectors go nuts for, so expect to see a lot of action on this one.  The CX650 Turbo was produced for just one year and they made less than 2,000 of them (rumored production numbers vary from 1500-1800).   The seller’s eBay ad leaves a bit to be desired, with just a few words and fewer pictures, but you can check it out here:  1983 Honda CX650 Turbo on eBay.  Somehow I think it will sell just fine regardless.

this bike is in unreal beautiful condition restored by a factory  certified Honda mechanic everything totally redone in mint condition has been in personal collection for many years has been in heated display garage. won several 1st pace trophies at high end classic motorcycle shows. bike is 100% complete and ready to ride or display. looks like it just rolled onto the showroom floor.

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Spool Me Up – 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo