Author Archives: Rem

Sport Bikes For Sale May 31, 2011 posted by Rem

1994 Yamaha YZF-750R

For Sale: 1994 Yamaha YZF750R $3,200

Hey, remember the ’90s? If you don’t, then this bike will bring you right back to the days of sport bikes not only being judged by their speed and handling, but their outrageous color schemes as well. If you secretly miss the days of brick-sized cell phones, Pulp Fiction, and Ace Of Base ruling the airwaves (okay maybe not that one), then this could be the bike for you!

The YZF750R arrived in early 1993 and was based on the OW01, however it shared no common parts with its famous older brother. Though not as rare and collectable (yet), the YZF750R proved itself to be a highly competent and user friendly bike on the street. Present on this model are a six-speed gear box, dual 320mm discs up front with six-piston calipers, and Yamaha’s EXUP system allowing the bike to pull hard through the entire rev range.

The bike for sale here is a clean, one-owner example that has been enjoyed to its potential but seems to be well cared for. A few modifications are added to the bike including, but not limited to, a Vance and Hines slip on, braided brake lines, and EBC Pro-Lite rotors. The seller also states that the bike had one “low speed lay down” resulting in some fairing scratches. Though not perfect, the bike appears to be relatively unmolested and properly maintained.

Detailed ad from the seller:

“Here is my 1994 YZF750R that I bought new. Thats right…I’m the only owner and I planned to keep this bike forever. I haven’t riden anything I’ve liked more. I just dont find the time to ride it anymore. I’ve kept it running well and replaced items when needed. Everything works as it should. I have made a few upgrades over the years to enhance performance and track capability. I did a track day at Road America a few years ago and was getting compliments on how fast it was and how well it lapped the track. Back in my racing days I did a few weekends at BIR with it while my primary bike was being rebuilt. I find myself being drawn back to the dirt. Its not perfect and has had one slow speed lay down so the fairing has some scratches, but overall in very good shape.

16,500 miles-Less than 1000 miles per year
Vance and Hines SS2R slip on. (always keep the EXUP to maintain your midrange)
Factory jet kit
Speed Screen windscreen
Steel Braded brake lines
Frame and clip on crash savers
Barnett clutch springs
Dropped one tooth on counter shaft
EBC Pro-Lite rotors (the stock rotors tended to warp from the strong 6 piston calipers)
Stock OE Yamaha pads still in the package (the Yamaha pads gave the best feel and stopping power)

A few other items of interest:
MSRP of $10,500 back in 1994.
Inverted forks
6 piston calipers
26,000 mile valve adjustment intervals
Genesis 5 valve head
1995 bike of the year for SportRider
1994 bike of the year for Cycle World
Only real contender against the Ducati 916 in those years

I will hate to see it go.

I have extras that can go with the bike if I get the asking price….swingarm stand, Yamaha shop manual, spare plastics/parts, etc.

$3200.00”

 
If you’re a fan of bright-colored graphics, yellow wheels, and a clean example of what mid-nineties sport bikes were all about, then this bike should be right up your alley. This YZF750R will draw compliments from those who are fans as well, but is not so outrageously priced and pristine that one has to be afraid of enjoying what this bike was built to do; go fast. Still interested? Check out the for sale ad for this modern classic.

-RN

Ducati May 31, 2011 posted by Rem

Rare and Italian-Part Two:1998 Ducati 916SPS #354

Location: Lino Lakes, Minnesota
Miles: 10,600
Price: $9,350

Here’s a rare and interesting Ducati. Rare because of the limited production (#354) and interesting because of numerical designation of the bike. It’s called a 916 but what lurks underneath the fairing is a 996. Outside of that little anomaly, what you get is one beautiful Italian 90 degree L-twin homologated race bike with lots of tasty carbon fiber and fully adjustable suspension and a stellar race pedigree.

This one is not without some modification however. From the seller:

1998 916SPS – one of 1058 made worldwide and one of 100 imported into the USA. It is number 0354 and sold new for $21,250.00. It runs excellent, corners like it is on rails and the engines pulls strong through the entire RPM range. It has never been dropped, although there is the normal road wear on the fairings. I have meticulously taken care of this bike. The bike has about 10,600 miles, I did the maintenance on it. I flushed and replaced clutch, front and rear brake fluid and the radiator. I also checked the valve clearances, they are to specs. The current belts where replace just prior to my purchase in 2009. The tires are Pirelli Diablo with 400 miles on them. The oil has also just been changed.

The bike is mostly stock. The upgrades are: a AFAM quick change carrier (I am running 15 X 38 sprockets), a power commander, a 1098 clutch (weights 2 lbs less than the stock SPS clutch), tapered head bearings and carbon fiber air runners. I had the MS Production carbon fiber clear coated; fender, v-cowl, air box sides, chain guard, license plate holder and the exhaust heat shield. That really improved the looks of the bike. The battery mount has been upgraded to fit a maintenance free battery. I also updated regulator by running 12 gauge wires (to match the size from the regulator) from the stator to the new weather proof regulator connectors. free battery. I also updated regulator by running 12 gauge wires (to match the size from the regulator) from the stator to the new weather proof regulator connectors.

More photos:

Although not many of these will come available everyday, this one does appear to be at a reasonable price considering what it is and what it cost new. Modifications on bikes like these tend to be frowned upon unless they are common to the bike and generally considered an upgrade. These mods appear to fit the bill but you will have to make your own call on what you think in this case.

Make the jump to the listing!

-RN

Bimota May 30, 2011 posted by Rem

Rare and Italian! 1982 Bimota SB3

Location: New York, NY

Mileage: 10,466

Price: $25,000

Here is something you don’t see everyday…unless you check in at RSBFS. Yet another rare Bimota for sale. I believe it has been said that bikes come up in bunches, so here we go.

At the heart of this classic is a Suzuki in-line four 987 cc engine from the GS1000, cranking out 87 hp. At 450 lbs it’s not the lightest or fastest bike around but it certainly looks good. After some reading up on the SB3, it’s production range ran from 1979-82 and produced only 402 examples of this model. This is #390. For being a 1983 bike, the dual front disc brakes, trellis frame and individual intakes for the carbs look pretty sweet.

From the seller:

“Up for auction is a very rare 1982 Bimota SB3. This motorcycle has been in a private collection since new. The bike is almost 30 years old and in beautiful condition, as it should for remaining in a climate controlled environment for its entire life. This is an exclusive and exotic motorcycle. Its craftsmanship and design will grace any collection. The motorcycle was purchased by Malcolm Forbes new, and was sold from the Forbes collection. It has been maintained meticulously, even being taken back to Italy for a complete renovation at the Bimota factory. Only serious buyers please. I reserve the right to end the auction early since the Bimota is offered for sale locally.”

At the time of writing this, there has only been one bid placed for $10,200, with a BIN price of $25,000. Okay, so maybe buying a bike at this price isn’t for everyone. But with only 402 SB3s produced over roughly a three year period, that these probably won’t come up for sale too often. Mileage on this particular bike isn’t in the range of “super low”, but if this bike has been taken back to Italy to be serviced by Bimota and as meticulously maintained as described, then it should be relatively trouble free. There appears to be a small crack in part of the faring, and anyone serious about dropping the kind of coin this bike is listed for should be aware of it. This would make a fantastic addition to any serious collection of classic and/or Italian sport bikes.

Photo goodness

See the eBay auction .

-RN