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Honda April 14, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Two Stroke Temptation – 1990 Honda NSR250SP

1990 Honda NSR250SP on eBay

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If you’re looking for something eye-catching to add to your collection, this might be the one for you.  Coming all the way from a private collection in Japan by way of Canada is this stunning 1990 Honda NSR250SP.  The near flawless condition of the little Honda is surely due to the fact that it has a mere 1166km (724 miles) showing on the odometer.  Our regular readers may notice that this motorcycle did show up on our pages and on eBay about a year ago when it was originally listed for sale in Canada.  It has made it’s way across the border here to California, meaning that you won’t have to deal with any potential customs nightmares.  The seller does mention that it comes with a Bill of Sale only, so getting a title might prove challenging.

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The eBay auction already has quite a bit of interest, with the watchers and the bids coming in fast.  You can check it out here: 1990 Honda NSR250SP on eBay.  There is a lot of information in the description, including details about the bikes and the seller adds a little bit of personal perspective about it here:

If you do not know much about two-strokes then this is probably not the bike for you. This is a street version of Honda’s racing bike. It is extremely light (under 300lbs), agile, starts and runs very well and it is VERY fast. This motorcycle redlines at 12000rpm. When it hits the power band at about 9000rpm you had better be holding on tight. Also, you may not be able to title it depending on the state you live in. That’s why I am expressly stating the bike is sold as-is, where-is, with a bill of sale only with no representations as to ability to register or title. If you have any questions about this or the bike, please email me. And, yes it is available for viewing by legitimately interested bidders. It is located in Orange County, California. If you are a novice, or are not confident in your riding abilities, please do not buy this bike (unless you plan on displaying it only). 

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Two Stroke Temptation – 1990 Honda NSR250SP
Suzuki April 10, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Feeling Lucky? – 1997 Suzuki RGV250

1997 Suzuki RGV250 on eBay

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Few things are as synonymous with the golden era of motorcycle racing as the now forbidden cigarette liveries.  This one has been painted up in the classic Lucky Strike scheme that will remind anybody of Kevin Schwantz and his 500cc GP World Championship in 1993.  Making over 70hp in it’s de-restricted state and weighing under 300lbs, this is a serious machine that will leave bigger bikes behind in the twisties and around the track.  While it’s not a bone stock museum piece, it does appear to be in great condition.  The paint looks flawless and the miles are reasonably low, showing just under 8,500.  This would make a fantastic addition to anybody’s collection.

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The seller has a great deal of information about the RGV’s condition, modifications and extras that you can read about here: 1997 Suzuki RGV250 on eBay

These bikes are very rare and extremely collectable as they are the very last 2 stroke bikes produced by the 4 largest

Motorcycle manufactures. Their value has and will continue to increase as they were only produced for one year.

The condition of this fine 2 stroke GP race replica screamer is superior. It has been properly derestricted which has unleashed its full power..

Of the several RG500’s RGV 250’s I own / have owned over the years , this VJ 23 is the fastest , best handling 2 stroke I have ever ridden.

The absolute closet thing to a GP racer with some street manners ….

One of the things not mentioned is that the classic “banana swingarm” appears to come and go in the pictures, so that might be a question worth asking if you’re a serious buyer.

EDIT:  It has been pointed out to me that the banana swingarm is only like that on one side… learn something every day from our readers!

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Feeling Lucky? – 1997 Suzuki RGV250
Honda April 9, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Big Red – 1985 Honda VF1000R

1985 Honda VF1000R on eBay

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Honda’s VF1000R was an evolution of the earlier 1000cc Interceptor (the VF1000F) and it was evident that Honda had it’s eyes on the racetrack.  While earlier Interceptors had a half fairing, the VF1000R got a full fairing, lower clipon bars, a larger fuel tank (for endurance racing), rearsets and a faux solo seat.  For a brief period of time it even held the crown as “The World’s Fastest Production Motorcycle” topping out at a respectable 150mph.  Unfortunately, much of this was overshadowed by the sheer size of the VF1000R as it was undeniably big and heavy, weighing over 600lbs.  While it might not have been the superbike that Honda was aiming for, they may have inadvertently built the best sport tourer of the 80s.

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This particular one has it’s pros and cons.  The mileage is a respectably low 10,500 however it’s not without a few beauty marks.  The seller is upfront about the wear and tear, but is also including a nice stash of spares and extras in the auction.  The eBay auction, as seen here 1985 Honda VF1000R on eBay has a lot of details about the bike and is worth checking out if you’re interested.

From the seller:

This bike is 30 years old, it’s not a museum piece, but a really nice complete, original rider. It has a little patina, and a few stains and wear marks on the frame. Rear tire has about 10% tread left. The front tire is like new. It doesn’t leave any drops on the garage floor. The paint is glossy but there are a few scratches on the fairing, one small crack, and a small piece missing by the right front turn signal from the previous owner dropping it in his garage.  Since the fairing is fiberglass these are easily repairable.  The seat is in great shape.

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Big Red – 1985 Honda VF1000R
Yamaha April 7, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Win It or Bin It – 1999 Yamaha R7 on eBay UK

Rare 1999 Yamaha R7 on eBay UK

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For many of us who remember the heyday of World Superbike racing, one of the indelible images will always be the maniacal “Win it or Bin it” style of Japanese madman Noriyuki Haga aboard his beautiful Yamaha R7.  Haga won almost as many races as he crashed out of.  While it was probably infuriating for the Yamaha Factory, it sure was entertaining to watch for the fans.

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With the premise of World Superbike racing being that they were based (note: I said BASED) off of the same models you could buy from the dealer’s showroom, Yamaha was forced to sell at least 500 road-going R7s to the public.  Those lucky enough and wealthy enough to get their hands on an R7 would be rewarded with about 110hp (easily tuned to 140hp or more) pushing just 350lbs wrapped up in a gorgeous package who’s silhouette is not far from the legendary Yamaha YZR500 GP bikes

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The telltale gold of the Ohlins suspension, dual filler necks in the aluminum tank, and solo seat are all very clear indicators of the R7s intended purpose and racing pedigree.  You can read a bit more about the OW-02 from the seller’s listing here – 1999 Yamaha R7 on eBay UK

YAMAHA YZF R7 OW02 2001 Covered 18,755 miles from new in immaculate condition fully original bike apart from after market Termignoni exhaust system fitted. Must be seen to appreciate condition, very rare classic, investment opportunity.

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Win It or Bin It – 1999 Yamaha R7 on eBay UK
Suzuki April 2, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Corner Speed – 1992 Suzuki RG125 on eBay

1992 Suzuki RG125 on eBay

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 Two stroke sportbikes are automatically rare over here in the US.  While the rest of the world got to play out their GP dreams on road going versions of their favorite racer’s factory machine, we were stymied by the fun police (aka the EPA) who said that two strokes were too dirty to pass emissions testing.  Somehow this little Suzuki RG125 managed to make it’s way across the ocean and 24 years later it is only showing 5 miles on the clocks!  There are some light scrapes that makes you wonder what happened?  Did somebody tip it over in the parking lot leaving the dealership and get scared?  Stashed it away and forgot about it?

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It is “only a 125” but it still manages to squeeze out about 33hp.  Granted that’s not going to win any roll races on the highway or blow you away with it’s acceleration, however, that’s not what it was made for.  If you are lucky enough to live in an area with some serious twisties, I suspect that there aren’t many guys who are going to be able to hang with you.  Better yet, take it to the track and thrash it.  We all know that there are few things more glorious than the sound of a two stroke ripping through the gears down the straights.

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Corner Speed – 1992 Suzuki RG125 on eBay
Honda April 2, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Hurricane Season – a pair of mint CBR600 F1s on eBay

Two minty CBR600F1s on eBay

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Here’s a chance to jumpstart your vintage sportbike collection with not one, but two VERY clean first generation Honda CBR600s.  The CBR600F1 debuted in 1987 and was Honda’s first fully faired inline 4 cylinder sportbike so there’s definitely some historical significance here.  Dubbed the “Hurricane,” these CBRs featured a 598cc engine pushing out approximately 85hp.  Honda certainly sold plenty of Hurricanes, so they weren’t really rare, but finding a pair in this condition certainly is.  Considering that they both appear to be completely stock, down to the exhausts and even rear mudguards, they would make a nice addition to any collection.

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The seller gives some good details on the condition of both bikes, in his eBay auction seen here: two CBR600F1s on eBay

I am cleaning out the shop and have decided to part with my two Honda Hurricane 600 CBRF1 bikes.  I have a 1987 and a 1988 model.  Both are in excellent running condition.  The white (’87) has a little rash on the right side from a standing still drop but the black (’88) in absolutely MINT condition.  Both are all original stock bikes, and I just had both carbs totally rebuilt with OEM Honda parts by Opie Caylor of CaylorMade Motorsports.  Would prefer to sell both together but would consider splitting up the pair.  These are both very nice classic bikes and are in perfect running condition.  Non-ethanol gas used since carb rebuild so no problems at all.  Clean clear Georgia titles in my name.

These weren’t garage queens, with almost 50k miles combined showing on the odometers, but from the looks of them (and the seller’s garage) they would appear to have been very well maintained.  Collectable classics that you don’t have to feel guilty about riding on sunny days are always a good thing in my book!

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Hurricane Season – a pair of mint CBR600 F1s on eBay
Ducati March 29, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Feeling Foggy are ya? – 1999 Ducati 996S

1999 Ducati 996S Foggy Rep on eBay

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I’m going to level with you RSBFS readers… this one breaks my heart.  You see, it was for sale a mere 10 miles from me for just $4,500!  After 4 hours of text begging with the wife, I finally convinced her that this bike was a sound investment and we should take money out of savings so I could buy it.  I called and the guy said “Sorry, sold it 10 minutes ago.”  My dream was crushed.  I have a feeling that I’ll be crying myself to sleep when it finally sells.

OK, on to the bike itself!  The Ducati 996 was an evolutionary step forward from the legendary 916.  It retained all of the beautiful style of the original 916 but got a bump in power from an increase in displacement, two injectors per cylinder and a redesigned airbox.  This particular one has had some additional changes including the 5 spoke Marchesini wheels, Termi exhaust as well as an SPS carbon fiber airbox. 

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The seller has some maintenance information and details about the modifications that you can read that in the eBay listing here: 1999 Ducati 996S on eBay

The engine was rebuilt in 2002 under factory warranty (I have receipts for proof) by Gold Coast motorsports in New York at a cost of $5900.
At the time the bike has 10k miles. I do not know the maintenance history after this point. I cannot say if the bike was serviced or not after that point.
I can say the bike is clean, drips no oil, doesn’t smoke and it runs fantastic. Obviously is sounds great with the Termi slip ons.

This one is badged #20 of around 200 996S’s imported in 1999 ( the tailcone has a 996SPS Fogarty decal ). No shortage of confusion about the Fogarty “Foggy” replicas unfortunately, most information indicates that the 996 Foggy replicas were a UK-only deal ( to homologate the 996 engine ). Readily available replica decal kits didn’t help matters. Perhaps a dealer-applied kit ? The U.S. received a Foggy tribute Monster in 2001.

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Feeling Foggy are ya? – 1999 Ducati 996S
Yamaha March 27, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Cheap Thrills – 1994 Yamaha FZR1000

1994 Yamaha FZR1000 on eBay

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Yamaha’s FZR1000 brought a lot to the table.  It was a bike that did a lot of things well.  It was lighter than the competing ZX-11 and GSXR-1000 and every bit as fast.  It was also fairly comfortable for a sportbike which made it a very capable highway hauler.  It also wasn’t shy, as you can see by the colors here.  Love it or hate it, you couldn’t miss it.  Pick a color in the rainbow and it’s in there somewhere.  The FZR1000 would eventually be phased out by Yamaha’s game changing YZF-R1, but not before being dubbed Cycle World’s “Bike of the Decade” at the end of the 80s.

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This particular example appears to have been well cared for during it’s 20+ years, only amassing about 1000 miles per year in the process.  The owner lists some basic maintenance and history in his eBay listing seen here: 1994 Yamaha FZR1000 on eBay

Hello, and thank you for viewing my listing.  Up for sale is my 1994 Yamaha FZR 1000.  I’ve owned it since 2009, and it’s been a great bike!  The only maintenance that I’ve had to do is to fix the speedometer shortly after I purchased it, and replace the fork seals (2012), other than that it’s just been tires, batteries, and oil changes.   It runs great with no issues whatsoever.  The plastics are in near perfect condition with only a very small blemish here or there.  It has the solo seat option, which I think makes the bike look much sportier.  The pad on the solo seat has worn through a bit from riding (see photos).  It’s been stored indoors the entire time I’ve owned it, and I’m pretty sure, for it’s entire life.  The original owner of this bike was a certified Yamaha mechanic, and he was very meticulous about maintenance.

The more I see these FZR1000s, the more I find myself wondering why I don’t own one?  It’s fast, it’s comfortable, it’s affordable and those colors just make me smile.  I think I need to start making space in the garage…

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Cheap Thrills – 1994 Yamaha FZR1000