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Kawasaki November 19, 2010 posted by Phil

Simon Andrews’ (who?) Kawasaki ZX-10 race bike for sale!

Now here’s what I call a once in a lifetime oppourtunity – not a Desmosedici, not a RC30 or RC45, not even a NR750 (although it’s close) – but a true British Superbike front runner race bike, Simon Andrews’ ZX-10 and only for 25,000 pounds (around US$40,000):

Update: Nov 20, 2010 – Simon Andrews came 4th in the 57th Macau GP motorcycle race.

British superbike front runners,MSS Colchester Kawasaki, are selling Simon Andrews‘ BSB bike.

The bike – Andrews’ actual 09-10 race bike – cost in excess of £70,000 to build and many more thousands to develop – but is up for sale for £25,000. Apart from a 60-plate registration the bike also comes with treaded tyres, a starter motor and generator and a specification list worthy of next year’s start line.

Here’s that list in detail:

  • Ohlins FGR 800 Forks – latest spec & recently serviced Ohlins
  • TTX Rear Shock Ohlins
  • Side Mounted Steering Damper
  • Billet Brembo 2 pad pinless mono bloc calipers (top spec pre-lithium)
  • Staubli Dry Brake Couplings (Front & Rear)
  • Brembo Master Cylinder
  • Renthal Bars
  • Kit Quick Action Throttle & Cables
  • Goodridge Brake Lines
  • Brembo 320mm Front Discs
  • Adjustable offset triple clamps – 3 bolt bottom clamp and stepped top
  • Adjustable head angle
  • Adjustable swing arm pivot
  • FTR modified swing arm with factory spec bracing
  • SBK QD rear wheel
  • FTR billet one piece chain adjusters and caliper carrier
  • FTR Subframe
  • FTR Battery Box mounted by front sprocket
  • Marchesini forged magnesium wheels 3,50 x 16.5 and 6,25 x 16.5
  • Floating Rear Disc, Brembo 2 piston GP Rear Caliper
  • Valter Moto Footrest Assembly
  • Factory Arrow one-off Titanium Full System (2010)
  • FTR Alloy Fuel Tank under seat with Q/D Filler Cap, (Newton)
  • F-Hot MSS Spec Tank Cover inc. Carbon support
  • F-Hot MSS Spec Rear Seat Unit (sml race type)
  • F-Hot MSS Spec race fairing with Skidmarx screen
  • Carbon Factory Type Air Box
  • DC Mil Spec Loom
  • Kit ECU with MSS programming inc. traction control/launch control/improved rev ceiling etc etc
  • Kit Tacho & Tacho Support
  • Kit Gearbox
  • Reduced Fly Wheel Kit
  • Full Spec Motor: Kit Rods/Kit Pistons/ROO45Q10’s cams
  • Slipper clutch
  • MSS/GB Racing Engine Protection Covers
  • Samco Camo Hoses
  • Various Spares: Sprockets, Chains, Wheels, etc

If you’re interested, contact Ian Stewart at Colchester Kawasaki on 01206 860006

Sure, $40,000 is a lot of money in these times, but hey, what are the chances you’ll find another proper BSB front runner race bike for sale anytime soon?  And just check out that list of race parts: Ohlins FGR800 forks and TTX shock, Brembo billet monoblocs, carbon this, carbon that, factory one-off full titanium exhaust, kit ECU with traction control – oh I could go on!!!  I think just all the parts alone are worth the asking price!

And if you’re trying to be REALLY sneaky, just slap minimal lights on and some tiny mirrors and – BAM! – you got a proper pukka (it’s a British thing) racer for the road and you’ll be giving that $60,000 Desmosedici (plenty of those around anyway) a very good run for its money (IF the Duc can even keep up)!

If you’re ready for some serious shopping and Duc huntin’, jump over to the blog listing here.  Hmm…do the girls come with the bike?  Quack quack!


Bimota November 14, 2010 posted by Phil

Bimota down under! Bimota YB11 for sale in Australia.

Bimota YB11 with Yamaha YZF1000 Thunder Ace engine for sale in Australia.

I surely wasn’t expecting to find this many Bimotas for sale, but right after posting the Tesi 3D, I found two other Bimota listings on ebay.  I already posted the SB6R that was “stranded’ in Europe and here’s the other listing – a YB11 in Australia.

First registered 2003.  Excellent condition, few stone chips around headlight.  Near new tyres. New chain and sprockets. Braided brake lines.  Reg to 14/07/11.  Yamaha 1000 Thunderace motor with Bimota Magic added.  A very fast, good handling motorcycle.  Original Owners Manual. Original Bimota Key Fob and work shop manual included.

S.W.M.B.O. says :Too many toys” so the baby goes – Happy Wife, Happy Life!

Will ship anywhere in the world at buyers cost.  All assistance will be given.

While the bike might have been first registered in 2003, the YB11 was produced from 1996~1998.  Judging from the chassis (or VIN) number, this bike appears to be #473 manufactured.  There were approximately only 650 YB11s made, so #473 would place this as a later production model, probably a 1997.

Of the YB series, the most famous of them would be the YB4 when it won the F1 Championship (the predecessor to the current WSBK series) back in 1987.  Of course, the YB11 has come a long way since the YB4, but it still features many design details and innovations that are indicative of Bimota’s thinking – the first production bike to use 51mm diameter forks, adjustable rake via eccentric bushes in the steering headstock.

The YB11 is definitely not the most famous of the YB series (nor of all Bimota models) nor the prettiest, but would be a good introduction to Bimota ownership or make a good addition to any Bimota collection.


Bimota November 13, 2010 posted by Phil

1998 Bimota S6R with a Buy It Now price of $4150!

1998 Bimota S6R with only 5630 miles and a Buy It Now price of $4150!

Sounds like a smashing deal, doesn’t it?  I thought so too, until I read that  a.) the bike is “stranded” in Europe  b.) it has been involved in an accident.  Now, before you write this bike off completely, let’s see how bad it’s been smacked up:

You bidding on a 1998 BIMOTA SB6R (Suzuki 1100cc engine)

I’m selling this bike for a friend of mine. It was taken to Europe (Austria) 6 years ago and it’s still there since. The bike was involved in  an accident back in 2004 (A car ran over it in a parking lot). All plastic fairings are broken, clutch and brake lever, both handle bars,mirrors, windscreen, left side foot peg bracket, are broken, must be replaced . The gas tank and the frame is scratched and fixable.. Forks, rims, tires, radiator are good.. This bike has only 5630 original miles… it has aftermarket exhaust, carburetors, ignition module, chain and sprockets, new tires.. Florida clean title.. Vin#ZESSB6003WR000018 no warranty.  Runs and drives..

Buy it now price:  2995euro (4150.00usd) shipping is 300euro(415usd) within Europe.

Now let’s look at what it is first: the SB6R is the 7th (I consider the SB6 to be the 6th) Bimota with a Suzuki engine in it, and this time it’s the bullet-proof water cooled GSX-R1100 engine.  It’s got a stout SLC (Straight Line Connection) perimeter beam frame, massive (at the time, and to a certain extent, even today for a RSU fork) 46mm Paoli forks, Ohlins rear shock, Brembo brakes, all nicely wrapped in some sexy clothing.

Building on the success of the earlier SB6 model (a total of 1144 units were built, the most popular Bimota model to date), the SB6R had some minor mechanical updates plus a completely redesigned set of bodywork.  The changes improved the handling and engine response over the SB6, which was already a very fast bike in itself.  The SB6R proved to be a popular model as well with 600 units sold, but to many Bimotistis, the SB6 is the prettier sister and remains one of the prettiest Bimotas ever.

Now, back to this specific crash-damaged, stranded-in-Europe sample: the damage list sounds extensive, but it doesn’t look TOO bad from the photos. Broken clutch and brake lever? Easy.  Handlebars?  No sweat.  Left side foot peg bracket?  Hello ebay! The gas tank and the frame is scratched and fixable.  The most concerning parts are the damaged bodywork, mirrors, and windscreen, but you wouldn’t be needing those for a streetfighter now, would you?

Which is basically how I see this bike as – a potentially very cool streetfighter project.  Of course, you can also rip off all the lights and turn it into a track bike, but I don’t see much point in that.  Or, you can replace the bodywork with a set of SB6 replacement fairings from Airtech Streamlining – that works too. However, for me, the best way is to stick a bikini fairing on it and custom fit a set of cool projectors lights, along with some street bike handlebars and top it all off with a nice subtle custom paint job. What better way to show off that beautiful polished SLC perimeter beam frame?


Bimota November 12, 2010 posted by Phil

Can you tell it’s Friday? 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D Limited Edition #28 of 29!

Bimota Friday is BACK!  And to kick it off we have a 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D Limited Edition – #28 of 29 – with only 60 miles (what?!) on it!

Up for sale is a MINT condition, pretty much brand new,Bimota Tesi3 D Limited Edition number 28 of 29 ever produced. This bikes retail price is over 36K…and good luck finding one of these Limited Edition models for sale…let alone…finding one with only 60 miles on it.  The Bike is located in California.  The buyer is responsible for handling all shipping!

It’s not everyday that you come across a Bimota, and even rarer still if it’s a Tesi.  Just check out that fabulous engineering on that hub center steered front end.

A quick bit of info on the Tesi: before working for the exclusive Italian marque, ex-Bimota chief engineer Pier Luigi Marconi wrote his Mechanical Engineering degree thesis on the hub-center steering concept.  While at Bimota, Marconi applied his thesis design to create the Tesi 1D (‘Tesi’ meaning ‘Thesis’ in Italian, and ‘D’ indicating that it has a Ducati engine – a Bimota modified 851 motor – inside) – Bimota’s first alternative front end design.

After the Tesi 1D was introduced in 1990, there came the Tesi 1D SR (slightly larger engine displacement than the 1D), the Tesi 1D EF (Edition Final), Tesi 2D, and now the latest incarnation, the Tesi 3D.

The Limited Edition refers to the very first production series of the 3D, the it has carbon tie rods, CNC machined fluid reservoirs on top of the triple clamp, and a wet clutch, as opposed to steel tie rods, plastic fluid reservoirs, and a dry clutch for the later production series.  I am not so sure about the seller’s claim of “29 ever produced” as some other countries – such as Japan – also had a limited edition first production series as well.

Personally, I would say the LE is definitely the best looking of all the 3Ds, especially with the machined fluid reservoirs sitting oh-so-pretty on top of the triple clamps (which coincidentally echo the same design on the 1986 Bimota DB1).  The starting bid of $30,000 – while significantly cheaper than MSRP – is still a bit high considering that another similar Tesi 3D LE sold for quite a bit less earlier. Click here to see other Bimota Tesis previously listed.

In any case, the Tesi 3D is definitely the jewel in the current Bimota lineup (yes, more so than the DB7 in my opinion), so if you are lucky enough to be in the market for one, I’d say go for it.  Besides, how many Bimota Tesi 3Ds have you seen lately?  😉


Bimota October 28, 2010 posted by Phil

1999 Bimota DB4 – end of season sale!

End of season sale – 1999 Bimota DB4 with Motocorse kit and low miles!

Now this is more like it – a DB4 with Motocorse kit (titanium FULL exhaust, FCR carbs, and a different tank to fit over the carbs) and other goodies.

End of season sale!

A friend has decided it is time to thin his collection of bikes. So it is time to find this bike a new owner.

The Bike was Purchaced used from a owner in NY. My friend bought it and after installing new belts, rode it for a couple hundred miles and decided it was not for him. I do not have lots of information on the history of the bike but I will fill you in on what I know. If you have further questions please feel free to ask them, I wont promise to know but I m willing to try and find answers where possible.

Overall the bike is in really good shape for its age,It is a real attention getter.
The bike does have some wear and tear from the miles but most of the damage seems to be related to some poor design ideas.
There is a boot mark on the pipe as there is no heal guard, I would have a guard made to prevent this in the future.
The left side body panel has a paint chip where it has contacted the frame.
There are a few scratches on the underside of the bellypan, probably due to someone loading the bike in a truck.
The bodywork is in good shape but some of the lower fairing mounts are worn.
Paint has very little wear but is not perfect.

The DB4 is powered by a air cooled Ducati 900 motor, It has a dry clutch with a 6-speed transmission.
All tune up parts are Ducati so there is no problem getting motor parts.
The suspension is Ohlins in the back with a set of Paioli conventional forks up front.
The wheels are Antera and are pretty light for stock wheels.
Tires are Michelin sport cups and although plenty of tread is there I would plan on installing some fresh tires.
Brakes are by Brembo and need nothing.
All lights and switchgear works as it should.

The previous owner Obviously spent some time and money on the bike.
The clip-ons are Two brothers racing bars with a lot of adjustments to them.
The Bike also has a Corse full titanium 2 into 1 exhaust, this system is completely titanium not just the canister. It has a huge core in the canister yet is not too loud, a very well made system.
The bike also has a bank of Keihn FCR 39mm flatslide carburetors. from what I have learned this was part of a kit that included the exhaust and a new fuel tank to fit the Carburetors.
Braided steel brake lines
carbon fiber bits : rear hugger and front fender as well as the clutch cover.
steering damper
Gold 520 chain

It was originally sold for around $19,000 in 1999 and I have heard the “kit” alone was another $3000,00.
This is your chance to own a piece of Italian artwork that is a blast to ride.

Check out the photo with the wooden barn doors (?) in the background – look familiar?  That’s because it’s from another DB4 listing we had earlier in February.  The bike was listed for $8500 back then – anyone want to guess how much it will go for this time round?


Bimota October 27, 2010 posted by Phil

2000 Bimota SB8R in Dallas

2008 Bimota SB8R for sale in Dallas with 9932 miles – $10,900 only!

I have never been a big fan of the SB8R with that bulbous front end, but the Suzuki TL1000R v twin engine is a charmer and the carbon / aluminum hybrid beam chassis always make good conversation fodder.  And here’s one for sale in Dallas:

2000 Bimota SB8R. This hand-built limited production Italian motorcycle uses the Suzuki TL1000R V-twin engine. This bike has ONLY 9932 original miles! The fairings are carbon fiber/composite and the frame is aluminum and carbon fiber. Accessories include: PAIOLI suspension, Brembo brakes, Ohlins steering damper, Arrow carbon fiber/titanium exhaust installed, factory exhaust (included) Factory rear stand.

Now I don’t want to give the impression that the SB8R is by any means a lemon, it’s just that personally I find it less exciting than the other Bimotas such as the SB8K or the DB series.  Having said that, Motocorse (Japanese Bimota importer) has a long history of offering their own version of Bimotas for sale, and the SB8RC (‘C’ stands for Corse) is one of the sexiest Bimotas ever.  Check out the following video of it:

We have listed quite a few SB8R and SB8RS (Special) in the past, so that should provide some good price reference info. Click HERE to see all previously listed Bimota SB8Rs.

Click HERE to jump to the ad or just give Kyle a call.


Ducati October 21, 2010 posted by Phil

2007 Ducati SportClassic Sport 1000S – one of a kind!

One of a kind 2007 Ducati SportClassic Sport 1000S for sale in San Diego.

The Ducati SportClassic Sport 1000, while a very nice bike, is not exactly what I would call rare (the Paul Smart LE rates a little better), but this fine example is an exception to the norm.  And with the SportClassics being entirely removed from the Ducati lineup for 2011, perhaps they will become rare and collectible in the future. Who knows. In the meantime, have a look at this one:

Up for sale is my pride and joy, 2007 Ducati SportClassic Sport 1000S , Truly one of a kind.
It started life as a regular 07 Sport 1000S and got a FEW upgrades and extras, which include but probably are not limited to;

-Ohlins Steering damper.
-One of 10 fender eliminators in the world (most sought after and disc.)
-Termignoni exhausts , race ECU and K & N performance air filter.
-Adjustable front forks , new , take off of a 2007 Sport 1000DS.
-Gold painted Marchesini wheels off an ST – extremely light and nimble.
-Lower Full fairing (have half fairing securely packaged away.)
-black/red pazzo levers.
-Paul Smith fork guards.
-JC PakBikes license plate relocator.
-GTRossi short rear hugger

The rims are shod with Michelin Power and probably have about 200 miles on them.
The mileage is approaching 7000mi , with scheduled maintenance done at 600mi , 1500 mi and oil and filter change at 4500mi.
The tail has been signed by Cook Nielsen #31 of Ducati Old Blue/New Blue fame and was clear-coated afterwards.
The bike is literally too beautiful for wards and really has to be seen in person.

I am asking $9000 for this red rocket and when you see her in the flesh , you will see why.
you can text or call 858-3367700 or email above for questions , hi-res pics etc.

Considering that an almost brand new Paul Smart LE we listed earlier sold for $9723, this Sport 1000, with all the extra bits added on, doesn’t sound too far fetched. But it isn’t a limited edition like the Paul Smart is.  Whether the “LE” label is worth a few hundred extra is anyone’s call, but one thing’s for sure – this Sport 1000 is a rider and not a museum piece.  And that’s not a bad thing.

Click HERE to check out previously listed Paul Smart LEs and click HERE to jump to the ad on Craigslist.


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Bimota October 20, 2010 posted by Phil

2000 Bimota DB4 – low miles, low serial number, and low price!

2000 Bimota DB4 – serial number 2 – for sale with only 1300 miles.  Asking $7500 only!

We haven’t seen many Bimotas listed lately (biking season is [almost?] over and most Bimota owners aren’t in a rush to sell their bikes anyway), so I am a bit surprised when Dan sent me this one:

2000 Bimota DB4, serial number 2, Ducati engine, 1300miles, like new, orig. owner. $7500.

There’s not much info on the bike other than what’s listed, but  a.) the bike looks clean (like most Bimotas)  b.) it’s an original owner bike  c.) it’s got low miles (only 1300 for crying out loud!)  d.) it’s a low serial number bike (if you’re into that sorta thing)  and e.) at $7500 it’s reasonably priced – no matter what time of the year.

The DB4 tricolore is one of my favourite Bimotas with that charming 2V air-cooled Ducati lump inside. I would have preferred if this one has the Corse kit installed (Motocorse full exhaust, FCR carbs, different fuel tank…etc.), but for $7500, I’m not going to be picky.  Early Christmas shopping anyone?

Click HERE to jump to the ad on Craigslist.