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Honda September 7, 2011 posted by Rem

Clean, Original, First Year – ’83 Honda VF750F Interceptor

Location: Malibu, California
Mileage: 26,000
Price: Auction, $2,750 BIN

I know this bike is a little older that what we usually see on RSBFS, but I like it for two reasons. One, it’s clean and original for an ’83. Two, I think the Interceptor has an important history in the sportbike evolution that deserves recognition. Pre-Ninja and Hurricane days, the Interceptor was breaking ground in developing the sportbike in the US. It was also the precursor to the VF1000R (’85), the famed and heralded RC 30 (’90) and has clear lineage to the current VFR 800, a bike I own. I may be dating myself, and I am getting old, but the Interceptor was serious business back in the day and I still think an important bike in the history of the sportbike.

The seller gives some good detail about the bike-

I’m selling my adult owned, unmolested 1983 VF750 V45 Interceptor. Everything on the motorcycle is stock with the sole exception of the F1 slip on exhaust.

I am the second owner of this bike, the first was also an adult. I recently paid registration and I have clean CA title in my name. Everything works – no excuses.

Starts, runs, drives, shifts and stops as it should. The fork seals do NOT leak, the engine does NOT leak, there are no ticks or other odd sounds coming from the engine. I have a receipt for the most recent service done in August, 2011 – new battery, adjust and sync carbs, change engine oil and filter, flush/change brake/clutch fluid, new air filter, etc. There is not a single thing wrong with this motorcycle I am aware of, and I last rode it an hour ago before taking the photos. A full size, gray cover is included.

All original paint, and the only two small scuffs the bike has ever had (may or may not be visible in photos) on the upper fairing have been left alone. There are no dents on the tank, although there are three small paint chips that you may or may not notice. It’s in really nice condition for it’s age. I get compliments almost every time I go for a ride somewhere on it.

The tires are older, but have very good tread and are not dry rotted or cracked in any way. It has approximately 26,000 miles on it. I am a 41 year old adult, and I ride the bike to get breakfast or coffee once, sometimes twice a week in Malibu near my home. If you are looking for a nice, clean, vintage Honda Interceptor, this is a great opportunity. I want to see this bike go to a good home.

We’re expecting a baby in early November, and my riding makes my financee nervous. So, I’m offering the bike for sale. I am going to offer it for sale locally as well, so I reserve the right to end this auction early. I doubt it will last too long, there are not many around that are in decent, original condition. So if you’re interested, don’t wait…

Questions? Please ask away. 

Here’s some more pics-

The bike seems to be well cared for and the mileage isn’t too bad for its age. If well maintained I would suspect that this machine could runs for many more miles. The bike is listed as original except for a slip-on exhaust and the tires are older, so that may be of some concern. The seller says there are no dents in the tank but it looks like there may be a small dent on one side if you look closely at the photos. You may want to clear that up with the seller. Otherwise this looks like a clean, original example of a first year Honda Interceptor VF 750F.

If you are collector, or have always loved the Interceptor and maybe remember it from back in the day, then you may want to take a look at this bike. At $2,750 you could have a shot at  clean early piece of Honda and motorcycle history. Interested? The make the jump!

-RN

 

Sport Bikes For Sale September 4, 2011 posted by Rem

Blue Smoke, Blue Fairing- Titled ’89 Yamaha RZ 350 YPVS

Location: Newport Beach, California
Mileage: 7,700 (approximate)
Price: Auction, $5,000 current bid SOLD for $7300

Even though the US didn’t see many of the cool two-strokes that the rest of the world got, there was at least the Yamaha RZ 350. Introduced to the US in 1984 (costing $2,399 new), the bike was worked over by Yamaha to make sure it could meet emission and noise issues in the US. Sadly it was pulled from the Yamaha lineup in 1986 and never returned.

So this good looking RZ is a Canadian import that features the two-stroke, Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS) liquid cooled motor with 63 bhp at 9,000 rpm and 32 ft.lbs. of torque. It also sports full fairing, something you didn’t see on the US Kenny Roberts bikes.

Check out some more pics-

From the seller-

Time to thin down the blue smoke two stroke herd…up for sale is a fantastic example of an 1989 RZ 350 YPVS Liquid Cooled two stroke that will be sure to impress your friends on bike night! Mileage is in kilometers on the speedo so approx 7700 miles and counting as I still ride it around once a week.

If you are a vintage bike fan you know that it is very difficult to find an RZ 350 in near mint condition as most them have been raced, crashed and rebuilt several times already.

This model is a rare Elf racing Blue color full fairing model unlike the short fairing RZs that where sold in the States during 1984-85. Also, the bike has different instrumentation as well. It runs great and all lights and instrumentation work including brake lights. There are very little to no spider cracks on the fairing. The engine looks great as well protected from the full fairing from the elements over the years.

The bike has been in my collection for about 1 yr. I purchased it from a reputable vintage bike reseller who only deals in nice stuff. It was imported from Canada and now has a clear California title in my name which makes it even more rare. The Meztler tires have plenty of life and chain and sprocket are in good shape.

The brakes have been rebuilt and the bike was recently tuned by Mach1 two stroke shop in Costa Mesa, CA. It runs great and needs nothing but a new owner carry on the two stroke tradition.

Check out the recent youtube video taken a few weeks ago.  

Feel free to ask questions as I’m not a two stroke expert but I do believe this bike to be an original stock or near stock example. For sale as is with no warranty.

Also, I have a pair of Gibson Allspeed black expansion chambers in nice shape to wake up the full power of the RZ for an additional fee of $500. The bike is for sale locally so I reseve the right to end the auction early.

This bike look to be in good shape with mileage that isn’t too high. It’s also titled in California which is a bonus. The maintenance seems solid and there’s a link to video of the bike in the seller’s description. Current bid is $5,000 but the reserve has not been met. Hard to day where the price will settle, but it may be reasonable for this kind of bike. You won’t see one these cursing the streets everyday, so it will turn some heads.

If you want to try a two-stroke and love Yamaha’s and like to ride something that gets attention, take look at this auction!

-RN

Honda September 2, 2011 posted by Rem

Red, Silver and Bitchin’- Another Clean ’93 CBR1000F!

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Mileage: 9,994
Price: Auction, $3,600 BIN

Well, another clean CBR1000F has popped up (that’ll make two this week) and I just had to write this one up too. Again, very clean, low mileage and looks original. And as mentioned in the previous post, this bike wasn’t the edgiest machine available at the time but still made for a potent ride. While not as potent as the game changing CBR900RR early released in ’93, the CBR1000F returned to the Honda lineup in ’93 after its brief absence in ’92. The bike would eventually leave the Honda line for good in ’96. However, for its years of production, the CBR’s 130 bhp 1000cc in-line four and 160 mph top speeds made for some good times.

Here’s the information from the seller-

AMAZING CONDITION 1993 HONDA CBR 1000F.  THIS BIKE WAS PREVIOUSLY OWNED BY A FRIEND OF MINE WHO IS 47 YEARS OLD AND OBVIOULSY METICULOUSY MAINTAINED THIS MOTORYCYCLE.  I AM THE SECOND OWNER (51 YEARS OLD) AND I HAVE CONTINUED THE MAINTANENCE AND ADDED SOME EXTRA’S.  THIS BIKE HAS LESS THAN 10,000 MILES AND RIDES AND PERFORMS BETTER THAN NEW.  SINCE I HAVE OWNED IT, I HAVE ADDED A VERY COMFORTABLE CORBIN SEAT, NEW VANCE AND HINES EXHAUST, NEW JET KIT, RECENTLY TUNED, TOP GRADE SYNTHETIC OIL, CHANGED ALL FLUIDS, FLUSHED AND FILLED RADIATOR, NEW TIRES, 2000 MILES AGO, NEW BATTERY IN 2008.

THIS BIKE IS AWESOME, VERY FAST, EXCELLANT HANDLING, AND IS LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME WITH SOMEONE WHO WILL CARRY ON THE TRADITION OF TOP NOTCH CARE AND RIDING ENJOYMENT.  GOOD LUCK.  THIS BIKE IS ALSO FOR SALE LOCALLY SO I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO END THIS AUCTION AT ANY TIME. 

YOU CAN PICKUP THE BIKE AFTER ALL SALE FUNDS CLEAR.  DEPOSIT IS NON-REFUNDABLE.

GOOD LUCK.

This bike looks clean. Check the photos-

For a bike that’s almost 20 years old this thing looks to be in great shape. Appears that maintenance has been taken care of and upgrades (again the Corbin seat) are solid. The mileage is pretty low considering the age and if well maintained the bike should run for years to come. And I think the looks of the CBR1000F are timeless.

At $3,600 or maybe even less, I think any potential buyer will be getting a lot of bike for a reasonable amount of cash. And while this might not be the sportiest sportbike on the planet, I think it offers plenty for most of us (certainly me). Agree? Check it out!

-RN

Honda August 31, 2011 posted by Rem

Red, White and Bitchin’- 1990 Honda CBR1000F

Location: Saltville, Virginia

Mileage: 33,000

Price: Auction, BIN $4,000

In the 1990 liter-bike world the CBR1000F (or Hurricane until Honda pulled the name) wasn’t the most aggressive model on the market. The GSX-R 1100 and FZR 1000 were more track focused, edgy machines. However, the CBR brought a lot of things to the table that made it appealing to many riders. Honda build quality, still serious liter bike power and ergonomics that would’t pretzel you meant a pretty solid choice for many everyday riders. I also happen to think the bike looks good, even today. I stood in awe of many a CBR1000 as a younger man. That awe still sticks with me.

Only a few more picks of this one-

Info from the seller-

FOR SALE

1990 HONDA CBR1000F ‘Hurricane’

33K miles

Red/White/Blue Color Code: NH193K

Excellent Condition – 9

Superb Build Quality, Fit, and Finish!

All Decals/Stickers as from factory.

PRICE: $4, 000

Mods/Upgrades

Corbin Gunfighter in Royal Blue Connelly Leather

Second Look Tank Bra

Throttlemeister

K&N Airbox Filter

Fresh Michelin Pilot Roads

New Sprockets/Gold Chain

Carbs Rebuilt/Synced

New Battery

All work done by Atlas Honda of Bristol, Virginia.  Sale includes original owners manual, tool kit, and navy blue seat.  More pictures available upon request.

Buyer responsible for shipping arrangements.

The seller highlights some modifications (the Corbin I’m sure is an upgrade from stock, but the original is included if desired). The rest looks to be good modifications and maintenance. The overall condition looks good too for a 21 year old bike, a testament to the quality Honda consistently puts out.

So, the question here is the price. The seller is looking for $4000 BIN. That’s quite a bit for this bike considering there’s 33,000 miles on the clock. Granted, clean versions of these bikes are not really around anymore. And this bike, if it has a solid maintenance history, should run for many, many more miles. I will also say again, I think this bike looks as good today as back when it was new.

But still, I think you should ask yourself if this bike is worth $4,000 to you. If you have decided it is, make the jump.

-RN

Sport Bikes For Sale August 29, 2011 posted by Rem

Seeing Double? Yep, another Yamaha FZR 750R

Location: Winchester, Virginia
Mileage: 31,143
Price: Auction, BIN $12,000

People have said many times that bikes pop up in bunches here at RSBFS and it seems to be true. Andrew posted a rare and interesting FZR 750R and I thought “wow, won’t see one of those again anytime soon.” Wrong. Here’s another one. Andrew’s post points out the details on this fine and rare machine. Production was 200 as a homologation special by Yamaha for AMA Superbike racing. Yamaha didn’t put out any other 750 in the FZR lineup at this point. The bike features well known Yamaha features of the time – the Delta Box frame and five valve per cylinder Genesis engine.

Here’s some more pics-

Here’s the description from the seller-

This 1987 Yamaha FZR 750R is a very rare superbike. this bike, as shown in the V.I.N. number, is #101 one of only 200 superbikes imported to the USA and was a factory AMA competition model. This is not the same production bike as the more common FZR 600 or 1000 street models.

It is my understanding that Yamaha VIN number sequential digits began with number xxxx101, therefore this bike is #1, the FIRST produced.

Whats it worth? I have no idea, but I have been told the range could be from $8,000. to the mid twenties, therefore I started the bid at $8k.

Here’s what I know:
These 200 superbikes were the pre-cursor to Yamaha’s famed OW01 FZR 750RR Homologation.
There were only 200 of them made to satisfy the AMA Homologation rules
There are very few left as most of them were raced just like any other LE Homologation production model.

This bike is #101 of only 200 made for the US market. To homologate the FZR for AMA racing, Yamaha had to bring 200 street-spec 750 into this country. This bike escaped the racetrack, instead becoming a garage queen. The bike is entirely stock. Never safety wired, never put on the track.

This bike has been in our family for many years, it has been in storage and it’s time for me to let it go. The bike has new tires and a new battery. I put some fuel in it and it started right up, it sounds good and everything appears to function properly, ie. clutch, brakes, etc. The bike has normal wear and some minor fairing cracks, paint chips, etc. I can send additional photos of any area if needed.

I have a clear Virginia title in hand for the successful bidder!

So it sounds like the bike runs and has been fairly well maintained. It does look to be missing a mirror. Might want to get some more detail on that. Never been raced but does have quite a few miles on it. Certainly, 1 of 200 (I don’t know if I buy that it’s the first one- maybe someone can weigh in) is also rare. But, does all of that add up to BIN of $12,000?

The seller admits not much knowledge of worth and seems to have just picked a starting point ($8k). While it’s a cool ride, it’s not an OW01 or 02. I would argue those are more impressive and important machines, so maybe not a fair comparison. The other one posted here by Andrew doesn’t list a BIN or reserve, so hard to immediatley compare.

Bottom line: I do think this bike is cool, I don’t know if it should command the price of say a GSXR750LE. You may certainly disagree.

So while there may be debate on value, I see little debate on cool. Decide for yourself by checking this bike out.

-RN

Laverda August 22, 2011 posted by Rem

Rare, Italian and not a Ducati: 1999 Laverda 750S Formula

Location: Carlsbad, California

Mileage: 10,000

Price: $7,500 or offer

These have been posted on RSBFS before but they are certainly not a bike you see rolling through the neighborhood that often (at least not my neighborhood). As mentioned before, the Formula was a hopped up limited edition version of the regular 750S. The upgrades included top notch Brembo four piston calipers and dual floating discs, along with lightweight Marchesini rims and a fully adjustable rear shock. All of this was powered by a 750cc parallel twin that cranked out 92 bhp.

Some more pics-

From the seller-

Up for reluctant sale is my 1999 Laverda Formula. This is a very special bike – it is a TRUE 1999 model and one of only a handful imported into the country, in all these years I have never seen another like it for sale. I am the founder of the Zanelist, the largest online support group for Laverda owners, and have owned the bike practically since new (2000), and put all relevant miles and service into the bike. This is a bike best sampled by the Italophile, these Laverdas were some of the last hand built motorcycles to come from an Italian motorcycle company still owned and operated by Italians. The character really shows and the fact that these bikes were built at the base of the Dolemites comes out in the way they perform in switchback mountain roads. These were the last bikes to be imported into the country before Laverda shut their doors, which happened just months after I bought the bike. 

Now, some history on this machine in particular: 

The bike has always received THE BEST oil (Motul 300V Double Ester), and has never been left sitting for too long.

Bike was in a low side accident several years ago and the lower fairings were repainted factory “Mediterranean” blue with factory decals. There are some small imperfections (dust) in the repainted fairings but they can only be seen upon close examination.

Factory race cans installed (Termignoni) and accompanying chip. Throttle response is perfect and the sound is incredible.

2000 Laverda Factory cams – these cams are the pinnacle of Laverda engineering and eliminate the notorious flatspot in the RPM range earlier Formula models exhibited. The bike responds smoothly throughout the rev range.

New Regina (OEM) chain installed (less than 1000 miles)

New Dunlop Q2 tires installed (less than 1000 miles)

Forks (Fully adjustable Paioli) rebuilt with new seals and oil (less than 1000 miles)

ALL fluids replaced (less than 1000 miles)

Shock replaced with new OEM (Less than 1000 miles)

Laverda Formula 668 Subframe (reduces weight/improves balance of machine – stock steel subframe is included with purchase)

New LiFeP04 Pulse battery (~10 lbs. lighter than stock battery).

New Fuel Pump (Upgraded ND Unit less than 1000 miles)

New Speedometer (Original was damaged in my accident and will be provided in sale for proof of mileage as stated.)

Factory Shop and Parts manuals included

As for why I am selling the bike, this Laverda is now at a point in its life where it would be best served by an owner who wishes to add something quite rare (and beautiful) to their collection. I have 2 other bikes, a sport tourer and an older air cooled Laverda, and I’m at a point where I can’t really justify an Italian exotic as I am now saving up for a house. It’s a captivating machine that exudes the essence of Italian motorcycling, like a 2 wheeled Ferrari F-40. Someone who wishes to own something really unique and characterful will have no regrets. 

PLEASE – serious inquires only. “Test Rides” only for those who provide cash in hand. That said, if you have any technical or vehicle history questions, feel free to ask away. 

Bike has approx. 10,000 total miles. Valves were adjusted less than 1000 miles ago. This bike runs perfectly. 

The seller is clearly a fan of the brand and seems to have covered the maintenance end of things very well on this bike. The seller does mention an older low side accident and the subsequent repairs. Also, there have been some modifications to the bike, although they seem to be smart upgrades. However, depending how into originality you are, you may want to take that into consideration. Otherwise it seems the bike is well cared for and the mileage doesn’t seem too high. The BIN price is $7,500, which seems about right, but the seller also allows offers.

There’s a lot of bikes out there, and something different is always welcome in my book. The Formula model has the kind of upgrades that makes the bike even more interesting. If you want to start or finish a collection of interesting Italian bikes, make the jump!

-RN

Honda August 21, 2011 posted by Rem

Another Great 400cc Option: 1990 Honda CB-1

Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Mileage: 12,920

Price: Auction, starting at $2,500

The 400cc bike market never really took off in the US. Although the advantages of the 400cc sportbike were many, I think the reality is that Americans need large displacement to feel right about their bikes. And this isn’t only in the sportbike world, my buddy catches endless hell for riding a Harley Sportster, cause it’s only an 883. Anyway, it’s too bad, because the 400cc has it’s advantages (handling, accessibility, pure fun) that larger machines can’t provide. I think though for the RSBFS crowd, these advantages are well understood.

While not a horsepower monster by any stretch, the CB-1’s 16 valve, in-line four does make a respectable 55 bhp with a redline around 13,500. And with its light weight, it’s certainly enough to have a good time on a twisty road. Here’s the description from the seller-

Background: Having owned a CB-1 back in the day, I searched for a long time to get a pristine example for my wife. I finally found one on a forum. When it arrived, we realized it really was an uncomfortable fit for her due to shoulder injuries. If this sells at or near reserve, we will be taking a significant loss.

THE BIKE:  When we bought it, the bike was described as in great condition, looking more like a 3 year old bike than one of its true age, getting many compliments on any ride.  Relatively new tires and new fork seals.  When receiving the bike, I asked the seller if I should change the oil/filter & he said, it had been recently serviced. I am not sure what that means, but the oil looked good.  The bike started right up (after we filled the tank drained due to shipping) and idled well. We decided that, since she felt uncomfortable on it (man, we all hate getting old), we would just sell it before paying for titling, insurance, property tax, etc. She insisted I ride it without plates through our cul-de-sac to make sure everything works okay. I think she was a little worried about me getting a ticket, as I did the whole sub-division. Everything works fine. This is a sweet engine; redline 13K or so, I only took it up to 5-7K, and it was beginning to howl, pretty quick. That said, we usually buy all our bikes new (being stupid), so I cannot tell you the history of this bike. It certainly looks like a very nice example of a CB-1!

Please feel free to ask any specific questions in case I am forgetting something.

Do not have capability or time to crate, but will be home for shipper pickup if needed. Will provide name of shipper who brought to us (mostly does East Coast, I was told),if you do not have a preference.

And some more photo’s of the screamer-

This example looks fairly clean and stock. The seller highlights that the bike seems to run well and that everything works, although they haven’t really ridden it much. Starting bid is $2,500 which seems to be right in there for a bike like this, based on some other listings. Since these were only made for a few years, I can’t imagine there are lots around.

I love the 400cc sportbike. While this isn’t the more track oriented FZR 400, or one of the many grey market import 400’s, it still maintains the basic ideas of the 400cc sportbike – good power, light weight and great handling. And now, they are also rare. A great combination in my book. If you agree, check out this auction!

-RN

Ducati August 18, 2011 posted by Rem

Real Italian Beauty- ’91 Ducati 851 Superbike

Location: Nacogdoches, Texas
Mileage: 9,253
Price: Auction, BIN $6,500

For me the Ducati 851 is simply one of the best looking Ducati’s ever. And that’s saying something since they’re not a company that cranks out a lot of ugly bikes. Then there’s the race heritage that I’m sure most Ducati fans are familiar with. But for those that aren’t, the 851 started Ducati’s WSB success and won the first WSB race. It’s the first  V-twin, 4 valve, liquid cooled Desmo engine and it cranked out 93 bhp at 9,600 rpm. And I’ll say it again, the thing is just beautiful.

There’s only a few pics-

And here’s a brief rundown from the seller-

This is a classic, all original, never scratched bike.  This bike was completely serviced by Eurosport Cycle in Ft. Worth, in march of 2010, and has less than 100 miles since, I have all receipts when serviced.  They replaced tires, battery, changed the oil, new front fork seals, new ohlins rear shock, cam belts, chain.  This bike sat four 5 years and was not touched.  Its has D&D carbon fiber slip-ons, and carbon fiber front and rear fenders.  I have all the original parts. Please let me know if you need any more info.  thanks for looking 

The seller highlights some of the changes to the bike (D&D slip on exhaust and carbon fiber front and rear fenders) but also kept the original parts. The bike also looks to be taken care of in the maintenance department, hopefully addressing any issues with the fact that the bike has sat for a while. Otherwise this looks to be pretty clean example with decent mileage. At a BIN price of $6,500 it also seems like it’s pretty affordable for a bike of this condition.

I love these Ducati’s for their beauty and all they represent, but don’t have one…yet. Someday. If you love these bikes too and have the ability to pull the trigger, or even if you don’t and just like stunning bikes, go ahead and check out this auction.

-RN