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Suzuki February 14, 2010 posted by Phil

1987 Suzuki RG250 Gamma 2 stroke on ebay

1987 Suzuki RG250 Gamma with 12,087 miles for sale on ebay.

There are quite a few 2-stroke fans on RSBFS and although I am not too familiar with these machines, I do have an appreciation for them. The parallel-engined Suzuki RG250 is quite special in that it was the first mass-produced motorcycle with an aluminum frame and aerodynamic fairing. 1987 was the last production year for the RG250, later replaced by the RGV250 with a V twin. To learn more about the RG250, click HERE.

And here’s a :

With 49 hp (this is the Canadian version) on tap, the RG250 won’t win any drag races, but with only 287 lbs (dry) to push around, the weight to horsepower ratio ain’t too shabby even by modern standards and should make one serious fun machine.

Although I didn’t grow up around these smoke machines, 2-strokes remind me of the era when life was a bit more simple and racing was about pure rider talent and cojones – the likes of King Kenny, Barry Sheene, Mick Grant, and Agostini (I may have missed a few, but please spare me).

In any case, this sounds like a Suzuki that I wouldn’t mind having a go on!

phil

Suzuki February 13, 2010 posted by Phil

Pair of Suzuki GSX-R750 Limiteds for sale!

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 and 2005 Suzuki GSX-R750 limited editions for sale in Canada.

While I’m the resident Bimota freak at RSBFS, I do have a soft spot for limited editions and homologation specials such as the Yamaha OW02 YZF-R7, the Honda RC30, and the Suzuki GSX-R750 Ltd and GSX-R750RKs.  So when I came across this pair of GSX-R750 Ltds, I just had to post it immediately for our readers:

I’m thinking of selling my LTD 750 since I don’t ride it and don’t have time for it ? 22,000 kms aprox 12K miles great shape, BONE STOCK !(except for windshield) every safety decal is still on there and reflectors as well.Asking price is $10,000.00 CDN

Just picked up a 2005 GSX-R LTD 750 , will sell it along side with the 86 for an extra 4K

Wow – $14,000 CDN for A PAIR of GSX-R750 Ltds?!  That’s got to be one of the best bargain that I have seen in a while! Note to self: have to play more lotto numbers!!

Oh, click here to see on the ad on Ducati.ms (yes, Suzuki’s for sale on a Ducati forum!)

phil

Bimota February 12, 2010 posted by Phil

1993 Bimota DB2 in San Diego

1993 Bimota DB2 for sale in San Diego asking for $11,000.

Having posted several Bimota listings, I notice something quite interesting – the older DB2s tend to have a higher asking price than the newer DB4s.  I don’t think the DB2 is particularly more desirable / collectible than the DB4, so I find it strange that an older model with very similar components (if not slightly inferior) would demand a higher price. Having said that, I personally like the more “dated” styling of the DB2 and the steel trellis frame (the DB4 has an aluminum trellis frame).

Anyway, here’s another reader tip for a 1993 Bimota DB2 for sale in San Diego:

Original Owner, Sales Documents, Serviced by GP Motorcycles in San Diego, Service Records, Complete Tool Kit, Owners Manual, American Variant with Non DOT Headlamps, Original Tires, 4400 Miles.

Excellent Show Quality Machine with No Mechanical or Cosmetic Needs.

I appreciate the fact that it’s an original owner machine and that it comes with the tool kit and manual.  I’m guessing the “American Variant with Non DOT headlamps” means this one has the Euro spec projector beam head light unit.  What I am more concerned about are the “original tires” – which means the owner never changed tires during his / her 17 years of ownership?

In any case, this is a clean DB2 with low miles, but the asking price of $11,000 is definitely high in my book.  If anyone is interested, I would suggest inspecting the bike in person and try negotiating with the seller for a more reasonable price in the range of around $8000.  Oh, and budget for new tires!

By the way, it’s Chinese New Year over here, so happy new year!  Wishing everyone safe and happy riding for the new year of the Tiger!

phil

Ducati February 9, 2010 posted by Phil

1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight!

Now this gets me excited – a rare 1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight with 42,000 miles for sale in Sacramento.

I have a preference for Ducati’s Supersport (over the Superbikes) as they make better “real world” street bikes with a good dose of old world charm and character from the air-cooled lump.  Of the Supersports, the two most desirable models are the 900SS FE Final Edition as it is the most refined of the air-cooled SSs; the other is the first year (1993, for the US at least) 900SS Superlight, with the signature white frame and 2-piece Marvic wheels:

1993 Ducati 900 SS Superlight, one of 300 that were imported for sale by the orginal owner for only $5,000. This bike has been well cared for. It has Fox shock, forks revalve by Aftershocks, stainless steel brake lines, Corbin seat, has only 42,000 miles. This bike is in excellent shape.

I think the 1993 Superlight is one of the best looking Ducati’s ever, and at $5000, it’s a lot cheaper than other SL’s on the market.  Granted, the mileage is quite high on this one, but if the bike is in good condition then it would be a nice addition to any collection.

Check out previous 900SS SL listings on RSBFS.  Oh, here’s the link to the ad: 1993 Ducati 900SS SL for sale in Sacramento. Enjoy!

phil

MV Agusta February 7, 2010 posted by Phil

2000 MV Agusta F4 750 for sale in Houston

2000 MV Agusta F4 for sale in Houston – for chips (well, almost)!

As mentioned previously in my MV Agusta F4 SPR post, I am a bit jaded with MV Agusta for churning out different paint jobs of pretty much the same bikes and calling them new models over the past few years (‘the new AGO!’, ‘Senna Special!’, ‘Brutale Italia!’).  Nevertheless, MV are beautiful bikes and I predict the F4 is going to be a collectible classic in the future.

If you, like me, have been wanting to add an F4 to your collection (and honestly, all F4s are pretty much the same with the probable exception of the Tamburini and ‘CC’ – Claudio Castiglioni – editions), here’s your chance to pick up a 2000 MV Agusta F4 for only $8900!

2000 MV Agusta 750 F4 with approximately 11,000 miles.

This is a beautiful, rare and collectable Italian sports bike. This particular one many after market carbon fiber goodies including an exhaust system. Some of the features include an engine designed with the help of Ferrari engineers, highest quality suspension components and four exhaust tailpipes exiting the rear. Sounds, looks and rides awesome. Turns heads wherever it goes. Clean title in hand.

Personally I think a Brutale would be more fun to ride, but as I said, the F4 will be a collectible classic and $8900 for an  iconic bike is a steal.  I would also like to point out the high quality of the photos (love the ‘DO NOT TOUCH’ sign!).  Note to sellers out there:  if you want your bike to sell, try to take some decent photos of your bike!

phil

Ducati February 7, 2010 posted by Phil

1998 Ducati 900SS FE for sale in San Francisco

Bargain 1998 Ducati 900SS FE (Final Edition)!

My first post on RSBFS was a 900SS FE and I have always liked the classic lines of the old air-cooled Supersports.  For most people and for most street riding, these bikes are more than enough to get that stupid grin on your face without getting into too much trouble.  And $4500 will get you this very nice 1998 Ducati 900SS FE Final Edition (#30 of 300) for sale in San Francisco:

Final Edition #30
10670 Miles
All Stock except for AFAM front & 39tooth Rear Sproket (1k miles)
1k miles on brakes and tires
Magnetic Tank Bag
Battery Tender
2nd Owner
Minor Cosmetic scratches and rear light lense cracked

So there are some cosmetic scratches and the rear lense is cracked, but what do you expect for a 12 year old bike?  And for the bargain asking price, I can easily over look the minor details.  FEs have been hovering around the $5500 – $6000 range, so this one’s a steal.

Also check out Ed’s 900SS/FE website – chock full of good info.  If you end up getting this or any other 900SS FE, don’t forget to get your bike in the 900SS FE registry as well!

Finally, just to show that Supersports can be Supersexy as well, see this tricked out 900SS FE special done up by performance parts dealer Motowheels complete with BST carbon fiber wheels, carbon fiber tank, Rizoma goodies… hmm….

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Harley Davidson February 6, 2010 posted by Phil

Rare 1994 Harley Davidson on ebay

1994 VR1000 with only 120 miles is up for grabs on ebay.

Now, before you all go waving your arms and shout: “Harley don’t make sport bikes!”, please read up on the VR1000 as listed on the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame website.  Or check out another VR1000 listed on here previously.

With that knowledge in hand, I present you a :

The 1994 VR 1000 was the first pure racing motorcycle Harley-Davidson ever built. Every other Harley racer, from 1915 through 1993, had been a modified production machine. The VR was purpose-built from the ground up.

Milwaukee has never been comfortable with the concept of purebred competition machines. Eighty years earlier the founders had ‘been dragged mumbling into the racing game, convinced of its necessity only after Indian had captivated the sporting enthusiasts of the 1910s and 1920s.

But once installed in the Milwaukee hierarchy, the racing department proved itself a continuing resource of team spirit and public good will. People rode their motorcycles to the races, and supported their favorite riders and manufacturers.

Harley-Davidson had maintained its support of dirt tack, the traditional American fairgrounds racing, and built a few XR 1000 production-based roadracers. But nothing on Milwaukee’s menu suited the demands of Superbike racing in the 1990s. At the upper outposts of “street bike” competition, the track-wise roadsters weigh 375 pounds (170kg) and produce 150 horsepower. Handling and braking factors are tuned to millisecond response margins. All of which is enormously expensive to achieve.

With some money in the bank, Harley decided to build its second eight-valve racer, with an American engine, chassis and brakes. Engineer Steve Scheibe headed the team, and called in experienced help from NASCAR and Indy Car racing. The project took five years and produced a double-overhead-cam, 60-degree V-twin, with 4-valve heads, Weber-USA electronic fuel injection and liquid cooling. Power went by gear to a multi-disc dry clutch and through a 5-speed transmission.

The first bikes used a Penske inverted fork and Wilwood six-piston brake calipers. The road model carries an Ohlins fork with titanium-coated stanchions. The body work is constructed of carbon fiber, and the factory listed the dry weight at 390lb (176.9kg). The production schedule was set for 50 copies of the VR 1000, the price of each listed at $49,490.

The VR first appeared on the racetrack for the Daytona Superbike race in 1994.

There were few illusions about the early chances, and teething problems were anticipated, but the motorcycle handled remarkably well. Top speed was not at the level of frontrunners, though rider Miguel Duhamel turned in good results on some of the tighter circuits. Results for the 1995 season were disappointing, and rider Doug Chandler had difficulty coming to

terms with the machine. National dirt track champion Chris Carr was also on the team and showed a quick learning curve.

Rumors circulated during the offseason that management disputes in Milwaukee cast doubts on the future of the VR 1000. The factions split as they had a half-century before; the economic rationale perceives big-league factory racing as large expense versus small return. The sporting enthusiast segment says racing pays huge dividends in public relations, and puts the company logo on television. And wins hearts and minds.

This is a great example of 1 of the 50 motorcycles built to homoligate the VR-1000 for the AMA race circuit.

Now, I am probably one of the last Harley fans on earth, but I must say the VR1000 is one special Harley that I would not mind having – and I didn’t even know that only 50 were made! Any serious collector should have one of these in their collection (0r museum)!

phil

MV Agusta February 6, 2010 posted by Phil

2004 MV Agusta SPR for sale in Florida

Although I am not quite as familiar with this as I am with Bimota, MV Agusta is another one of my favourite Italian brands (perhaps even more so than Ducati).  MV had been quite disappointing in the past few years in that they were just churning different versions of the same bike with different paint jobs and different editions, but nevertheless the F4 (and the Brutale) are definitely one of the sexiest bikes of all time.

Here is a very special 2004 MV Agusta SPR that would make any collector happy:

RARE COLLECTORS BIKE #290 OF 300 MADE IN THE WORLD

THIS BIKE HAS $8,700 WORTH OF FACTORY MAGNESIUM UPGRADES, STAINLESS STEEL BREAK LINES, FULL RG3 EXHAUST.

THIS BIKE IS VERY FAST
3100 MILES
CUSTOM RED SUEDE SEAT
THIS BIKE NEW FROM DEALER COST $31,000 WITH UPGRADES

According to MV Agusta USA’s website, the SPR is “the fastest and most powerful F4 of the MV AGUSTA 2004 range. Created for the clientele that uses the motorcycle mainly on tracks, the SPR is a synthesis of a long tuning process to the Evolution engine.

The technical staff at MV AGUSTA designed a new cylinder head, new inlet ducts, and redesigned the combustion chamber. Also thanks to the new ‘MAHLE’ pistons, stamped and with cooling oil jets, the SPR engine reaches a stratospheric threshold of the rev limiter at 13,900rpm.

I wish the seller would post more (and better) photos, as this seems to be a very desirable bike.  My favourite version of the F4 is very limited production Veltro Pista (as below), but the SPR is still very rare and special.

phil