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Honda January 18, 2010 posted by Steve

1985 VF 1000 R Honda Interceptor with only 3,010 miles for sale on ebay

Looking for a 25 year old sportbike that looks cleaner than most that are 20 years newer? Here you go: .

A lot of early VFR history can be found at www.motorcycleclassics.com - here is a snip:

Years produced: 1985-1986 (U.S.)
Claimed power: 117hp @ 10,000rpm (92hp @ 10,000rpm as tested by Cycle)
Top speed: 149mph (period test)
Engine type: 998cc DOHC, liquid-cooled 90-degree V4
Weight: 277kg (610lb) w/ full tank
Price then: $5,698
Price now: $2,500-$5,000
MPG: 35-42 (period tests)

“Every year the hue and cry of frustrated American sporting riders rises anew, with fresh moaning and weeping and gnashing of teeth,” wrote Cycle Guide in July of 1985. “And always the piteous wail remains the same: ‘give us the good stuff.’”

What Cycle Guide was referring to was Honda’s 1984 decision to sell its full-on, race-based, liter-class sportbike, the VF1000R, in Europe only, while bringing the more touring-oriented VF1000F to the North American market. They might have added, “… but be careful what you ask for,” because in 1985 the VF1000R finally appeared in U.S. Honda sales brochures — though perhaps not because of the clamoring of American consumers.

Additional information from the seller:

Excellant Cond.
Exc condition, never been down.
All original paint, minor chips, dings and scratches from storage over the years.
Numerous pictures to show the good and the bad of it.
New battery, 3 or 4  weeks ago.
Video  on  You Tube.
2007  tags, Bike is on Cali PNO, so no penalties.
Being sold to reduce size of large collection.
Getting more into antique bikes.
58year old owner, former bike wrench and shop owner.
Every effort has been made to show condition of bike with pictures and video.

Video from the seller:

The detailed pictures indicate a few small paint chips and blemishes but the bike appears to be in very good condition considering it is a quarter-century old. With a buy it now price of $4,500 - this might make a good bike for a collector who is also looking for something they can ride.

-SG

Aprilia January 17, 2010 posted by Steve

2008 Aprilia RSV Factory w/1060 engine built by AMA’s KWS Motorsports

Awhile back, we posted race bikes offered by KWS (3 – 2009 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory race bikes for sale!) but some of you might be looking for something you can use for the street. Well, here is your answer: 2008 KWS RSV1060R Factory for $13,498.

This Aprilia is brand new but KWS went ahead and installed a new big-bore 1060 engine. Don’t let the 145 HP fool you, this is not the over-inflated number you would typically see on a bike night dyno. Chip from KWS says “It would not have been fair to let us run that motor [in the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Series]. Our race motors made almost his much power with stock bore.....with another 10hp and our chassis it would have been a slaughter.”

2008 Aprilia RSV Factory w/1060 engine built by AMA’s KWS Motorsports for sale

2008 Aprilia RSV Factory w/1060 engine built by AMA’s KWS Motorsports for sale

More information from the seller:

2008 RSV1060R Factory Brand New! 145hp!!! This is a brand new fully kitted RSVR Factory for less money than a new "R!"

1060cc KWS CP Pistons
KWS CNC Pro Heads
KWS Web Cam Camsafts
LeoVince Full System
PowerCommander PCIIIUSB
K&N Air Filter
KWS Tuned
53 Dyno Miles only!!!!

Considering all you would be getting for less than the MSRP of a base RSV, you should not overlook this one.

-SG

Honda December 4, 2009 posted by Steve

1983 Honda CB1100R D for sale on ebay…

According to the seller - “Only 1500 full-powered CB1100R D series were built and none were imported into the U.S.” This one has 29,206 miles is from Woodworth, LA and is being offered with a

1983 Honda CB1100R D for sale on ebay

I don’t know a lot about these bikes but the seller states the more common B and C versions had “only 100 hp” but the provided D series specifications indicates this one to have 120 hp.

Here is what else the seller has to say about this rare sportbike:

Extremely Rare Classic Collectable.....Only 1500 full-powered CB1100R D series were built and none were imported into the U.S. The B and C series were only 100 hp.

The RD is painted in pearlescent red, white and blue. The engine covers are painted in gloss black, the gold covers received a much deeper color than the earlier models. The engine shares many parts with the CB1100F bike. The rear swing arm is made of rectangular steel painted silver.

“The ‘R’ bikes were produced in limited quantities from 1981 to 1983 to compete in factory endurance racing in Europe.  They have been touted as "the ultimate peak of development for the dohc, air-cooled, twin shock, across-the-frame four." and dominated their racing class in 81, 82 & 83. To this day, they are considered comparable to many "modern" sport bikes. Only a few lucky people in the United States will be privileged to own a CB1100R-D as they were never officially made available for the U.S. market.”

Honda was very successful with these bikes in the famous Isle of Man TT races and they were piloted by legendary riders such as Wayne Gardner, "Rocket" Ron Haslam and Joey Dunlop.

Additionally…

THIS IS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A CLEAN ORIGINAL EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THE RAREST HONDAS BUILT FOR RACE HOMOLAGATION INCLUDING THE RC30 AND RC45. IF YOU COLLECT HONDAS THEN THIS IS IT AS THERE IS BARELY A HANDFUL HERE IN THE USA!!!

WHAT A RARE AND RIDEABLE CLASSIC.....PLUS YOU CAN STILL GET PARTS FROM EUROPE OR THE UK FOR THEM AND CB1100F PARTS WILL WORK FOR THE NORMAL WEAR AND TEAR STUFF SINCE THEY ARE THEY INTERCHANGE.

If I was putting together a collection of Hondas, I would have to include this one as well.

-SG

KTM December 3, 2009 posted by Steve

2009 KTM RC8 with only 220 miles for sale on ebay…

I’ve seen this one listed before on ebay but first time we have posted it here. They didn’t sell it before but that doesn’t mean you should stay away. This is one awesome machine.

It is located in California and you can

What makes the KTM special? I think MCN said it best:

“…the RC8 is simply stunning and for all the right reasons. Its engine is powerful and usable; handling shames Japanese and Italian superbikes; looks totally different to the norm but is, oh so appealing.”

2009 KTM RC8 for sale on ebay

This bike is also rare in that it is white, has only 220 miles and comes with “AWESOME QuatD Exhaust”. More from the ebay listing:

“You are bidding on a very rare White RC8. Very few, if any, of these beautiful machines were brought in to the US.

This bike includes the AWESOME QuatD Exhaust which retails for $2799...this thing sounds like no other exhaust in the world and gives this bike a noticeable boost in power.

This bike comes with the full remaining factory warranty and has only 220 miles.”

If I were shopping for a sportbike at this price point, it would definitely be on my list.

-SG

Cagiva November 13, 2009 posted by Steve

Another pair from Italy – 1985 Ducati Cagiva Alazzurra 650 – both for sale on ebay

Here are two interesting motorcycles, both are 1985 Ducati Cagiva Alazzurra 650’s and are offered on ebay.

The first one is red, located in Damascus, Oregon and has 11,521 miles - .

The second is located in Phoenix, AZ and is described as a “barn find” with only 3,131 miles - the listing states the original “The owner parked it in a barn in 1985 after the kick stand cut-out switch failed and it sat covered for all those years…” .

The first example has a detailed history of the 1985 Ducati Cagiva Alazzurra 650:

First, Let's start with the history of the Cagiva Alazzurra.  Here is a brief description courtesy from "Classic Motorcycles":

"Badge engineering" is a familiar term in the automobile industry, loosely defined as the rebadging of one make and model to create another. Think of a Chrysler sedan from the Eighties, and it will undoubtedly have one or two nearly identical siblings. And while this is the kind of marketing one might expect from decades past in Detroit, it wasn’t common in Bologna, even during their toughest times.

In 1985, Ducati had just been purchased by Cagiva. Cagiva, then the largest Italian motorcycle manufacturer, was primarily making mopeds and small street bikes at the time, and many of them were two-strokes. To expand into the middle- and heavyweight street bike market, it needed four-stroke engines. As the March 1985 issue of Rider magazine said, "There were several reasons why Ducati’s engine manufacturing facility was the logical candidate to supply Cagiva with motors: The physical plant was already there, the product was good, and it was the only segment of Ducati’s operation that had been profitable."

Cagiva’s owners, the Castiglioni brothers, had a new direction in mind for the company, and it included widening the scope of the company’s products beyond that of just sport bikes for enthusiasts. Two years before Cagiva purchased Ducati, Ducati had agreed to supply engines to Cagiva for two models, the Elefant dual-sport bike and the Alazzurra, a bike very similar to the earlier Ducati Pantah. It was 1985 before the two bikes hit the production line.

The 650cc Alazzurra was essentially the latest version of the Ducati Pantah when it debuted in 1985.

1985 Ducati Cagiva Alazzurra 650 for sale

The detailed description of the first bike:

This pristine example has only covered 11,360 miles and is in impeccable condition.  The 650 L-Twin Ducati Desno motor is similar to current Monster motors. Rated at 56 HP and a weight weight of only 435 pounds gives it a top speed of over 115mph.  Carbs are 36mm Dellorto pumpers. 5spd transmission, Brembo dual discs on the front and a single disc rear provide excellent stopping power. Suspension is by Marzocchi, both the front forks and the rear remote reservoir shocks.  This a very comfortable sport tourer with a more standard riding position and a very comfortable seat.

Excellent all original example except for the Yamaha brake master cylinder that was installed to give better brake feel by it's original owner, the late Merlyn Plumlee, the famed HRC crew chief who purchased it for his wife.   The bike has had the belts changed and valves checked, and the carbs were recently gone thru.  Bridgestone BattleAx tires have less than 500 miles and the battery was new last year.  Complete with owner's manual as well as parts and service manuals.  You won't find a nicer one, even the clock works!

I will assist with shipping and can deliver locally to the shipper of your choice.  The PDX Forward Air terminal is not far away and has worked well for me in the past.  Check out my excellent feedback and thanks for looking.

The barn find:

This bike is the definition of a barn find! The owner parked it in a barn in 1985 after the kick stand cut-out switch failed and it sat covered for all those years in Prescott Az. I cleaned out the fuel tank and sealed it, replace the petcocks, fuel lines, spark plugs, cleaned the carbs and rebuilt them, replace the battery,replace the leaking front master cylinder, changed the oil and the bike fired right up! Lukily when put into storage the cylinders were oiled and on inspection looked new. I rode the bike and it runs and shifts smoothly, but with original tires I wouldn't ride it very far. The paint was abused badly from bumps and hits so I had it repainted with the original colors, otherwise it's as it came from the factory. It is not perfect, the hand grips are cracked but are embossed with Cagiva so I did not replace them. The turn signals do not work but I suspect it is a defective flasher but couldn't find a replacement and didn't want to molest the wiring. The wind screen has a warp in it but isn't that bad, other than that it's as sweet an Alazzurra as you will ever find.

It would be really hard to chose between the two but depending on the barn find’s reserve, I don’t think you could go wrong with either.

SG

Honda November 13, 2009 posted by Steve

Low Mileage 1989 Honda Interceptor 250 VTR for sale on ebay


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This 1989 Honda Interceptor 250 VTR is proof that Kawasaki is not the only manufacturer to sell a 250cc 4-stroke sportbike in the US - albeit, only for three years. This particular example only has 4,783 miles and is currently offered on .

I don’t have any firsthand knowledge of these motorcycles so I turned to Wikipedia:

The Honda Interceptor VTR 250 was sold only in the United States from 1988 to 1990, with moderate changes occurring over the three model years. With a 249cc 4-stroke liquid-cooled DOHC V-twin engine and a 6-speed transmission, VTR 250 was the smallest of Honda's Interceptor line of motorcycles.

It was originally available in two color schemes, black with blue and white, and white with blue. The 1989 model was no longer called "Interceptor" and was available in only white with two shades of blue.

The 1990 model was produced in white and blue with stripes and "VTR" decal in blue and magenta. The front wheel was 17" and the front disc brakes were external.

1989 Honda Interceptor 250 VTR for sale on ebay

The ebay description adds a few more details:

1989 Honda 250 VTR Interceptor with low milage of only 4,783 miles.
This 1989 Honda 250 VTR has a brand new set of tires and a new battery.
The carbs have been rebuilt in the last month and all fluids have been changed.
This bike runs great & would be a good starter bike for anyone.
There are some scratches on plastics and a light dent on the gas tank.

This appears to be a very clean, low mileage example and the relatively inexpensive price makes it a perfect starter or commuter bike.

SG