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Kawasaki October 14, 2021 posted by William

The First Hyper Bike: 2015 Kawasaki NINJA H2R

In 2014 Kawasaki announced that they would be bringing back the H2 name plate.  Many times these resurrections are simply marketing ploys and offer little in a way of a connection to the original.  Many were skeptical that any modern motorcycle could live up to the memorable 750cc two stroke triple that was often referred to as “The Widow Maker”.  Well Kawasaki shocked everyone with not one, but two versions of the new 1000cc supercharged monster.  One with a solid 200hp called the H2, the show stopper was the track only 326hp H2R offering.

While the numbers are awe inspiring, it was the press events Kawasaki staged that really took the world by storm.  It is one thing to claim on paper that the bike could top 240 mph, it was another to do just that across the Osman Gazi Bridge.  Within 26 seconds the stock H2R had covered the 8799 feet of the bridge and displayed 250mph on the dash.  The H2R also holds the record for highest top speed of a motorcycle in the Isle of Man at 206mph

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

2015 Kawasaki Sportbike MotorcycleNINJA H2RThis bike is in perfect condition has 843 miles and so many upgrades. woolich racing ecu with quick shifter autoblipPower commander with ignition moduleCustom luggage for GP shiftCustom racing seatCustom foot pegsCustom carbon belly panSpiegler brake lines to bypass ABS with a Brembo Z04 race padsDetailsYear 2015Make KawasakiModel NINJA H2RCategory SportbikeType Motorcycle

All this performance and heritage did not come cheap.  The MSRP when new was $49,995.  This was a tough pill for many in the market for a track only vehicle, no matter how fast it was.  There are some rumors of a few examples ending up being made road legal somehow.  Some also claim that there are still a few H2R remaining unsold on dealer floors.

Bids are starting to come in, but no where near a reasonable selling point.  Data on production numbers and prior sales is spotty at best, so this listing might end up being a valuable data point on the current market

The pictures show a wild set of wings on a carbon fiber fairing.  The green frame is a nice pop of color and instantly tells you it is a Kawasaki.  Crazy to think of the how much fun the 850 of track time must have been, and that the owner was interested in turning the wick up with an ECU tune.

The First Hyper Bike: 2015 Kawasaki NINJA H2R
Ducati October 14, 2021 posted by William

Rules Do Not Apply: 2014 Ducati SUPERBIKE 1199 SUPERLEGGERA

For years the top Ducati specification has been their R model bikes.  These race bikes for the road were released to appease the governing bodies of different organizations.  The rules stipulate that in order to qualify for the race, a specific number need to be produced to homologate them for racing.  The idea was to keep manufactures from creating an ultra low volume full bore race bike, selling a few, and then claim it was the road bike offering.  But what if the manufacture did not care about the rules?  What if this manufacture wanted to push the performance envelope and see what was possible?   Enter the Ducati Superleggera.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

For Sale No stories title in hand 2014 DUCATI 1199 Superleggera with only 1550 miles in perfect condition. This is 32 of only 500 stamped.If you are a real Ducati enthusiast, you can’t live without this machine.the most exclusive and extreme Ducati ever made with an unprecedented 200+ horsepower in homologated configuration and a 166Kg weight ready-to-ride without gas give it the best, by far, power to weight ratio of any homologated motorcycle.EVO tech radiator guards top and bottom, installed when bike was new, paint and radiator guard are in mint condition. BlipBox Auto up and down quick shift, CRG bar end mirrors- custom OE bar ends used Ducati bus charger connection in tail, Ducati lithium charger, integrated rear lights, 2x keys and Ducati manuals, Front Ducati OE stand rear Pitbull.

The listing is full of hyperbole and seems to not know that in the following years Ducati made a 1299SL and a V4SL.  To be fair, both of those bikes wore much higher MSRPs.  Another nit pick would be that the photographs in the listing are more suited to gain Instagram likes then  show a potential buyers the condition of the bike.

The 1199 SL used a substantial amount of magnesium and carbon fiber to shave weight.  The use of these exotic materials meant that no matter how many Ducati built, it would never be allowed to race in World Superbike.  Some period reviews made claims that this road bike weighed less and had a better power to weight ratio then some of the factory race bikes.

With the current bid just topping $10k there should be no expectation of a sale at that number, but it will be interesting to see where bidding goes on this.  Many low mile examples hit the market with eye watering asking prices.  There should be no doubt that these Superleggera models will always be desirable and over an amazing ride to a lucky few.

Rules Do Not Apply: 2014 Ducati SUPERBIKE 1199 SUPERLEGGERA
Laverda October 7, 2021 posted by William

Classic Italian: 1977 Laverda Jarama 3CL

The late 1970s were an interesting time for the Laverda brand.  Competition from all angles resulted in lackluster sales numbers and a fading appeal in the market.  For the 1978 model year a new name was introduced to the North American market, Jarama.  Instead of being named after a dance as was the case with the Jota, the Jarama was named after a race track.  Production numbers are unclear, but most agree it was in the 200-300 range.  Many of these bikes were converted in period to “Jarota” specifications.  Basically combining the updates of the Jarama with the performance parts of the Jota.

Known for being reliable and easy to live with, owners are fiercely loyal to the brand, even decades latter.  It is not uncommon to find used bikes that have covered tens of thousands of miles over the years, a real testament to have usable these bikes are.

From the Seller’s eBay Listing:

1977 Laverda Jarama 3CL, 1000cc triple, bike has the expensive and hard-to-find Jota 4C cams and Dellorto 36mm PHF carbs (Jarota), runs very strong, starts easily and handles well. New fork seals just installed and bike has adjustable Jota Breganze bars as shown in second photo. I may add a running video later weather permitting. Horns need a relay, as always, which I may install prior to selling, otherwise all lighting is functional. Clean fresh oil, and I’ve only used non-ethanol premium gas. Ready to ride but would put new tires on soon. These bikes are over-built and bulletproof and they handle really well. The 180˚ triple sound is amazing. Faint ripple in paint near left side emblem and scuff on left sidecover corner from seat but otherwise very nice. Look carefully at the photos.

For some reason “Make an Offer” does not seem to appear in the preview. I am happy to hear offers and will end the auction early, bring them on.

NY State title in previous owner’s name with bill of sale and other transfer of ownership docs from him and will also be sold with additional official VT bill of sale from me on this matching numbers vehicle. Bike is titled as a 1978 and was an original US import Jarama. Check your state’s requirements before bidding. Laverda Registry: http://www.laverdamania.net/registre180.htm

Bike is being offered with a Buy It Now price of $13,000 and in todays market that does not seem unreasonable for a clean, rare, interesting Italian classic bike.  Seller states that he has the original airbox not pictured, but interested buyers should confirm the current state of the title as well as your local laws before closing a deal.  Sure to stand out at your local Cars and Coffee event for a similar price to a ubiquitous SOHC CB750.

Classic Italian: 1977 Laverda Jarama 3CL
MV Agusta October 1, 2021 posted by William

Motorcycle Art: 2013 MV Agusta F4 RR

Motorcycles are many thing to many people.  Some view them purely as a form of transportation, while others reserve the riding experience for special occasions.  A select few treat them as objects of desire.  Something almost mythical in terms of appeal and performance, something that is a true piece of art.  MV Agusta adopted the phrase Motorcycle Art as part of their marketing years ago, but it really was a fitting label.  The bikes had the specifications to take on almost anything else on the market, but they had the added Italian flair and undeniably beautiful styling.  For 2013 the F4 came in three flavors, the F4, the F4 R and the F4 RR, each and upgrade on the pervious.  The F4 RR used the 998cc “short stroke” four cylinder engine.  It cranked out 201hp and could rev to 14,000 RPM.   Seen more as a rival to the BMW S1000RR then any of the Ducati offerings in period.

The F4 RR commanded a $7,500 premium over the base F4.  For that money you got variable length intakes, titanium connecting rods, forged wheels, electronically adjusted steering damper and a host of other top tier components.  This flagship model was meant to showcase what MV Agusta could do with a road bike.

From the Seller’s eBay Listing:

MV Agusta F4RR

Original owner, purchased from unique super bikes in Miami.

Serviced at Ducati Charlotte.

Everything is factory. Rare bike, I haven’t seen another for sale here on eBay or cycle trader in over a year. This is the RR model, not the R or base.

No reserve auction. Payment due within 3 days. Wire transfer or cash. Title in hand.

Opening bid of $12,999 has yet to be made on this no reserve auction.  At roughly half the original MSRP the timing might be right to add this bike to your garage.  Details are limited, but it is always appealing to purchase a motorcycle from the original owner.  A touch over 6k miles shows that the bike has been used over the years and one can assume most, if not all, of the typical Italian quirks have been worked out.  While an MV Agusta is never going to give the worry free ownership experience of the Japanese brands, it does offer an interesting alternative to a Ducati.

Motorcycle Art: 2013 MV Agusta F4 RR
Cagiva September 22, 2021 posted by William

Often Forgotten: The 1989 Ducati 750 Sport

Some might claim that it is easy to overlook the late 80s Ducati 750 Sport with everything else that was going on with the brand at the time.  We were greeted by the amazing 851 and 88, and patiently awaiting the legendary 916 to arrive.  We were also lamenting the end of the F1 era of superbikes.  There were people that unfairly dubbed the 750 Sport “The Poor Man’s F1”.  Maybe it was a case of being overshadowed by other offerings, or just not being fully understood in period but the 750 Sport offers and enjoyable and usable option for people wanting to experience this time period again.

The 750 Sport is an interesting mix of different Ducati eras.  The 72 horsepower is made with the use of a single Weber carburetor pulled from the Paso, the frame is very similar to the F1 and the brakes and suspension were the standard units from Brembo and Marzocchi.  It has been claimed that around 400 of these machines came to the US, but concrete documentation from this era of Ducati is challenging.

From the Seller’s eBay Listing:

Please note this bike is technically a 1989 model, according to the frame, but it is, and always has been, titled as a 1990 model, accounting for the fact it wasn’t sold until 1990, which was a common occurrence in that time period with low production European motorcycles.

The running condition of the machine is flawless, starting right up. This bike has been part of my collection for a while and just isn’t ridden enough, so it’s time for someone else to enjoy it. It’s basically a well-maintained and well cared for bike that runs and rides with absolutely no issues. Leave it the way it is (preferred) or restore it eventually after having some fun with it. I just happen to like this machine the way it is.

The paint on the tank, fairings, etc. are original, and have never had any type of paintwork or touchup, as far as I can tell. The paint on the frame and associated parts is also original, and aside from some minor age freckling, is in good condition. The bike has never been in any type of accident or been dropped at any time. The seat is also original and is in very nice condition.

Listed with no Buy It Now button, keen watchers will be excited to see where the market prices this example.  With just over 19k miles it will be more appealing to someone that wants to ride the bike, even if sparingly.  This could be the most affordable way to own a classic 80s Ducati.  Condition seems to be that perfect balance of used and loved.  Nice enough to be proud of at a local show, but used enough to be enjoyed on the road guilt free.

The eBay listing goes to great lengths to talk about originality.  Does not mention the aftermarket exhaust.  The F1s are sure to sound amazing and are period correct.  One nit pick is that the front turn signals are no the factory units.  As luck would have it the factory units were used on a wide range of bikes of this time, so sourcing a more correct looking options should be no problem at all.

Engine Number: 750 LS 751253

Frame Number: ZDM1KA3JXLB751788

Often Forgotten: The 1989 Ducati 750 Sport
Sport Bikes For Sale September 15, 2021 posted by William

Neo Classic Hiding In Plain Sight: Triumph Daytona 765 Moto 2

It is not very often that RSPFS posts about a brand new motorcycle, but this Triumph Daytona 765 is very much worth a look in the current market.

When Triumph launched the Daytona 675 in 2006 the media heaped praise on the bike for the wonderful handling and sweet engine characteristics.  The appealing package took the fight to the other offerings in the middle weight class.  For 2011 Triumph upped the ante with the R version.  Ohlins front and rear as well as other subtle changes were sure to impress.  2013 saw the only real meaningful update to the platform with the introduction of a revised frame and engine with a new bore/stroke ratio.  While the middle weight class may have ultimately died off, the 675R remained a cult favorite by offering owners a beautiful bike for either road or track use.  Prices remained strong on the used market as demand stayed steady.  2017 was the last model year in the USA for the 657R and many fans were left wondering what was next.

Triumph Daytona 765 on eBay

For the 2020 model year Triumph announced the return of the Dayton name plate with the 765 Moto2.  Triumph is the exclusive engine provider for the Moto2 championship and wanted to capitalize on that connection.  Even with a global pandemic underway, Triumph was doing track days, press rides and loaning examples out to people on YouTube.  The updated website was rather impressive with epic photographs and a real sense of excitement.  All that buzz and fanfare seemed to fade rather quickly for some reason.

On paper there was much to love about the Daytona 765.  Carbon fiber body work, modern electronics suite and current generation suspension from Ohlins were just the highlights.  An Arrow exhaust system was standard, and the USA and Canadian market bikes were numbered from a limited allocation of 765 bikes.

The increased engine size did not yield more horsepower (128), but did provide 4 more lb/ft of torque for a total of 59.  5 pounds of weight were removed to get the 765 down to 363 pounds dry.  These numbers indicate that the 765 was an evolution of the well loved 675 and that should have been regarded as a positive.  But the elephant in the room was price.  Where the 2017 675R had an MSRP of $14,000, the 765 came in at $17,500.

Triumph Daytona 765 on eBay

It seems that this price point could have been the spark that caused the market to reject what otherwise would have been a home run motorcycle.  So at this point many of you are wondering why a brand new motorcycle with what appears to be an expensive price tag is here on RSBFS.  Well something funny is happening in the market that may interest some of you.

We have all been aware that the market for used vehicles is insane these days.  Production interruptions, pandemics, supply chain issues and geopolitical policies have all effected pricing on almost everything.  Some brand new bikes are selling for over MSRP, and there are even examples of used bikes selling for more money then they were new.  Does this mean that the bargain hunters looking for value are out of luck?  Not with the Daytona 765.  Triumph knows that dealers are stuck with these bikes on the showroom and has had no choice but to lower the price, and not just a little bit.  Some examples are being offered with almost $5,000 off of MSRP.  This means there are some used 2017 bikes with asking prices higher then the brand new 765!  It is not very common for anything brand new to be a bargain when compared to a used example.

Triumph Daytona 765 on eBay

If the original sticker shock was enough to scare some away, maybe these reductions will bring buyers back.  This example here is offered at a dollar under $13k, that is R6 money for a much more exotic, rare and special bike.  Is this enough to convince you to buy new?  Will the pricing on the new bikes suppress the values of the older 675Rs?  We certainly live in interesting times.

 

Neo Classic Hiding In Plain Sight: Triumph Daytona 765 Moto 2
Suzuki September 13, 2021 posted by William

Featured Listing: 1982 Suzuki Katana GS1000SZ

Update 9.20.21: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Update 9.13.21: Price reduced to $12,000. Contact Chris with your interest. Oh and don’t miss his Bimota SB6R either! -dc

Many have fond memories of the glorious excess of the 1980s.  A time when more was better, and yet seldom enough.  Currently there is a new found appreciation of some of the iconic design and memorable machines from the era.  Take the Suzuki Katana, long held in high esteem with a cult following.  Suzuki recently announced it would be revive the name in a modern take on the classic design.  The original Katana was a defining bike in many ways for Suzuki.  All of this has caused a surge of interest in the original Katana, and rightfully so.

The 1982 example featured here is no run of the mill Katana, but rather the rare and sought after 1000cc version of the bike.  In an attempt to further broaden the appeal of the Katana line, Suzuki decided to take the bike racing.  The rules stipulated that they could not use the 1100 variant sold it many markets, so they reduced the bore size 2.6mm to bring the displacement to 998cc.  The reduction in engine size did little to effect the power.  With 90hp on tap and a top speed of over 140mph no one doubted the performance credentials.

In the words of the seller:

This 10,872 mile 1982 Suzuki Katana GS1000SZ has been resurrected  with the intent being to treat the project as a bike that was ridden and maintained as an owner would have over the years using skill and quality OEM  parts, not as a museum show piece. As such, the heart of the motorcycle was left intact. The frame has not been painted and still retains the original sticker near the left rear foot area and wear from the previous owner. The motor has not been removed, but has had a light cosmetic treatment and is a 10k mile running unit.  All mechanical issues with this bike were addressed with OEM Suzuki parts whenever available. The bike was started and ran to assess the mechanical status. 

The clutch made some excessive noise so the entire clutch, from the primary drive (no longer available, thanks Mick Hone Suzuki AUS)  fiber and steel clutch plates, new pressure plate, as well as all springs, bearings and washers replaced with OEM parts. 
The carburetors were then removed and disassembled, sonically cleaned and rebuilt.  The tank is solid and the fuel has been rinsed out. A new Suzuki petcock with a new gasket and fresh fuel line installed. Carbs are jetted with the jets it ran on. Has a factory airbox, K&N filter and the Air/Fuel mixture screws  2 1/2 turns out.  Clutch and carb work was performed by Jeremy Lanier of Lanier Racing. 
I would like to thank Jeremy Lanier of Lanier Racing for his assistance, expertise and wit, also Mick Hone from Suzuki Australia for shipping some hard to find vintage Suzuki parts to the USA and Seminole Powersports North for the great parts and service departments. 
The bike has patina and wear from previous years of use, specifically the frame and swing arm that were not disassembled or painted. There are lots of hours of work and plenty of dollars in parts spent on this 39 soon to be 40 year old bike. If you have any questions on the build or my reputation as a seller and member of the motorcycle community, do your due diligence. I have been building GSX-R’s for over 30 plus years and have built a number of various sport bikes sold on this site.
Ready to assist in the shipping logistics, but buyer is responsible for setting up arrangements
Interested buyers can contact me directly with any questions or legitimate offers on this bike or any other build you would like to commission.
Detailed list of parts used and work completed:
The bike sits in a dry, ready to start state. Oil in the crankcase, no fuel in the tank or carbs. 
(Fuel last for about 2-3 weeks stagnant here in the Florida summer)
New Yuasa battery, 
New Michelin Pilot tires,  
New chain and sprockets
Powder coated wheels with new wheel bearings
New replica seat cover
Freshly painted tank and bodywork using PPG products including liberal amounts of  DCU2021 clear if you wish to wet sand and buff to a show finish
New OEM Coils/ Caps and NGK plugs
New airbox rubber and clamps (air side), as well as the fuel side intake rubber inlets making carb removal and service a non drama event
All new OEM engine side covers, some not available anymore
Powder coated rotor carriers 
New left side switch gear
New Suzuki mirrors
New Suzuki tail light
New throttle cable
New OEM front and rear turn signals
New OEM hand grips
Triple tree bearings
Clutch pivot shaft bearing
Rebuilt front and rear master brake cylinders (Suzuki dealer)
Vintage Vance and Hines exhaust
Complete list of parts and receipts for verification of all work performed.
Not only is this bike a rare and interesting version of a desirable motorcycle, it is in beautiful shape and sure to offer loads of enjoyment to a future owner.   The bike has been tastefully modified and lovingly looked after by a knowledgeable owner with a long history with the brand.  The seller is a long time supporter of RSBFS and we are over the moon that he has trusted us with the listing of another one of his amazing bikes.
Bike is listed at $14,500 $12,000 with a Clear Florida Title
Contact:
Chris Perkins
407-492-5854
Special thanks to Anna Jannotti for her professional expertise and phenomenal photographic skills.
Featured Listing: 1982 Suzuki Katana GS1000SZ
Norton September 8, 2021 posted by William

Norton Reboot: 961 Commando

Often motorcycles are an overly emotional object.  They are not just for point A to B transportation, they are for enjoyment.  As time marches on many find themselves enjoying experiences from the past.  Be that vintage bike that eluded them in period, or a retro styled bike that harkens back to the legends of the past.  At this point many of the main stream manufactures have entire lines of retro bikes to appeal to those looking for a vintage aesthetics, but demand modern build quality and performance.  The market for such bikes is extremely hot right now.

One example of these types of bikes that is not as widely known as it should is the modern Norton Commando 961.  Right as the world economy was in dire straights, Norton Motorcycles was attempting to make a comeback.  In 2008 they purchased a Donington Park facility to manufacture the Commando once again.  Bikes started to be delivered about two years latter.

The 961 is instantly recognizable as a Norton Commando as the engine side covers could be nothing else.  80hp is tasked with moving just over 400 pounds.  Not going to set any local lap records, but more then enough performance for its intended use.  Ohlins front and rear, Brembo calipers, modern rubber and fuel injection mean this is not your fathers Norton.  This was designed to give the owner all of the positives of a vintage bike, the look, the feel, the fun with none of the downsides like leaking oil, carbs that need to be “tickled” before starting or poor braking.

From the Seller’s eBay listing:

I’m proud to offer for sale an iconic British motorcycle that has all the modern technologies but retains the look, feel, vibration, and thundering sound of the old English cafe racers. If you are someone who treats motorcycles like museum art, and you appreciate the finest things in life, and don’t mind being the center of attention at the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, and find yourself taking pics of your motorcycle all the time from every angle…… this is the bike for you. You only live once. This is not a bike that comes on the market very often, and certainly with the extras included here, this is a rare opportunity. Bike is used and I still occasionally ride it so it does have signs of use and miles may increase.

Opening bid is $13k and there is no reserve. So, if you’re the first bidder, you’re guaranteed a great bike to add to your collection unless someone outbids you. Good luck!

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Excellent Condition. Just over 2k very responsible miles.
Recently serviced with fluid changes and heads re-torqued to spec as recommended.

Extras:
Carbon flyscreen from the Dominator
Carbon rear wheel hugger
Carbon chain guard
Zard 2:1 titanium black ceramic coated exhaust
Lithium Shorai battery
Transmission vent installed
Upgraded spark plug wires
Airbox oil drain installed
Hex head magnetic oil drain plug installed
Domino hand grips installed
Cortech tank bag fits well and is included if you want it.

IF the final selling price reaches $16,000.00, I will throw in an almost unused (worn twice) Ruby Castel St. Germain XL helmet with Equilibrialist burgundy leather smoked visor. Helmet will not be included if final price is less than $16k. Price of helmet new with accessory visor if you are able to find these beautiful helmets for sale is ~$2k.

Bike runs well, looks beautiful, and it sounds incredible!

Please view my feedback and bid with confidence.

Cash at time of pick up or direct bank transfer prior to shipping arrangements being made.

Sorry, but out of consideration for the future owner I am not offering test rides.

You are welcome to contact me and come see the bike in person before purchasing.

Bike is located on the central coast of California near Pismo Beach.

Good Luck and thanks for viewing this ad!

When new these were rather expensive motorcycles, and entered the market as many were unable to continue indulging themselves with machines like this.  Currently the Ducati Sport Classic range is super desirable, and for good reason.  Buyers of the Ducati are probably cross shopping with some of the brand new Triumph offerings, but a case can be made to include these Norton 961s on the shopping list as well.  Arguably a better spec then all but the super expensive Paul Smart versions, and a much more rare motorcycle.

It is safe to assume that many overlook the Norton due to lack of dealer support and concerns over small batch British manufacturing.  These are not things to be taken lightly, but to those willing to put in the effort and work though some obstacles there should be a very rewarding experience waiting.

 

Norton Reboot: 961 Commando