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Classic Sport Bikes For Sale February 13, 2011 posted by

1962 Yamaha YDS1R (YDS2R) Restored In Los Angeles

This is a great looking, restored, YDS1R race bike on eBay!

Bike:  1962 Yamaha YDS1R

Miles:  TMU

Price:  $18,500/Offer

Location:  West Los Angeles, California

What makes a bike collectible?  Well, being the first production road racer from a multi-world-championship-winning motorcycle manufacturer can’t hurt.  The YDS1R was Yamaha’s first production road race bike and based strongly on the factory example–and which also lead to the TD1.  The YDS1R was originally a kit intended to be fitted to a stock YDS1, the kit enabled the bike to produce 30hp with a top speed of just over 100mph but was also a serious race bike in terms of maintenance and tuning.  Yamaha later offered the YDS1R as a complete bike and followed it with a YDS2R before finally releasing the TD1.  Read more about the YDS1R here.

The bike for sale here looks to be in outstanding condition with a 1st place trophy from the now defunct Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance.  Here is what else they list in the ad:

Yamaha YDS1R for sale, Very rare Pre TD1 Road racer. Original Asama Road racer Gas tank,
1-1/2″ Yazaki racing tach, complete. ready for show.
Ordani racing brakes, (I have original Brake you can choice)
International shipping available.

I’ll admit, I don’t know a lot about these bikes but based on the date shouldn’t this be a YDS2R?  Any aficionados, please comment and put me straight! See the bike with .


Classic Sport Bikes For Sale January 26, 2011 posted by

How Brave Are You? 1974 Yamaha TZ750

How Brave Are You?  1974 Yamaha TZ750

 Well big fella, are you really brave enough to ride this beast?  A 750cc two stroke, in that frame, with those wheels?  Not on my to do list my friends.  I honestly can’t fathom what an untamed 750cc two stroke from the 70’s is like to ride.

This picture says it all.  Expansion chambers running amuck.  The sound must be something else.  I would think this thing would want to twist the frame into a pretzel when it comes on the pipe.

Part of a 10 bke GP collection for sale?  This guy’s email is going to fill up fast.

Part of 10 GP bike collection for sale. This is a 74 TZ700 updated to a 77 spec. bike. Frame work done in 76 by Wasco. The engine is all fresh. bottom end done by Scott Clough Racing. Top end is original 140 hp Don Vesco cyl`s. Piston assy`s from Ferry Brower.
This is a ground up re-build and nothing has been over looked. It is track ready or for your display. The bike has not been run.
Bike is sold as is and ships to the US lower 48 states only…Known ridder history. Included in the sale are $6600. in new and used spare parts. You can E-mail me for further information and pictures @

Just like it  came from the factory.  I do not know the seller but I’ve seen some of his previous projects up for auction and the bikes just look gorgeous.  I’ve done some restoration projects and when I see stuff like this  I realize I’m just a amateur.

Now be honest, would your heart not be racing knowing you were about to ride this thing around a track?  Here is a great read from Motorcyclist Magazine about racing one at Daytona.  Here is some more history on it from  They made this fun comparison:

the 1974 TZ700 and the 2000 R7 Superbike

  TZ700 R7
Wheelbase 56.28″ 56″ 
Weight 345 lbs 356 lbs 
Front Tire  3.25 x 18 3.5 x 17
Rear Tire 3.5 x 18 6 x 17
Horsepower 145 173


   The buy it now price for some Yamaha race history is $45,000 and the seller has added the it is a matching numbers bike.  Be sure to check out the auction because he has also listed all the spares included.  If you have the nads and the wallet .




Classic Sport Bikes For Sale January 9, 2011 posted by

1969 Honda CB750K Sandcast With Hardly Any Time Left On eBay

1969 Honda CB750 Sandcast

Location:  Appleton, Wisconsin

Mileage:  13,642 Miles

Price:  Currently $12,500USD with reserve not met.

“Just because something is rare, doesn’t make it valuable.”  This slogan is used by many to low-ball sellers, or to just tell sellers that what they have is actually pyrite, not the gold they believe it to be.  However, as the collectibility of Japanese motorcycles becomes more prevalent and focused, some bikes will become the most desirable and therefore the most valuable.  As far as the direction vintage, Japanese, street bikes appear to going in, the ’69 CB750 Sandcast appears to be one of the top performers.

The Honda CB750 was absolutely revolutionary when released in 1969.  As played out as it has become, the CB750 was a four-stroke race bike for the road, something the world had never seen, and also single-handedly ballooned the sales of cider in the West Midlands.  The CB750 of 1969 was revolutionary in it’s electric start, front disc, transverse mounted inline-four, and single overhead cam among other things.  Some of the most surprising attributes of the CB750 were it’s affordable price ($1469 USD in 1969) and the fact that it was actually dependable!  The last real CB750 was released in 1978, as that was the end of the SOHC, dry-sump, bikes that were what made it so special when released.  The bikes were relatively the same from ’69-78, but what makes the sandcast so special?

Speaking of Ferrari’s on a bike website isn’t the most popular move, but it’s going to be the easiest way to explain why the sandcast is the most expensive CB750.  In 1975, at the Paris Motor Show, Ferrari released the iconic 308; the 308GTB wasn’t released to the buying public until 1977 however and the first 712 cars feature fiberglass bodywork.  These ‘glass cars can easily be identified by the horizontal line at the top of the A-Pillar, which isn’t present on the steel bodied cars.  The fiberglass bodied 308GTB is the lightest of the 308 line, features a dry-sump oil system, least amount of government regulation items (bumpers, emissions), and is carbureted as opposed to fuel-injected.  Some of these features were carried on through the post ’77 cars but the most important feature of the first 712 is the fiberglass body.  It has been widely speculated why these early cars feature fiberglass bodywork as opposed to the steel of the cars only a year later.  The most widely accepted reason is that Scaglietti/Ferrari didn’t have the resources to immediately start production with the steel body tooling.  These fiberglass 308’s are generally valued in the $40-55k range, or more, dependent on condition while other carbureted 308s tend to lie within the $25-35k range.

What does this all mean for the CB750 shown here?  The sandcast CB750s were produced up to serial number 1007414, these bikes featured some identifiable features such as front fender, gas tank, chain guard, master cylinder, etc., and most importantly the sandcast engine.  The sandcast engine has no performance benefits over the later die-cast blocks.  Honda went with the sandcast motors early on simply because a cope & drag system is considerably cheaper and faster than fronting the money for a die-cast production line.  The sandcast CB’s routinely sell for $10-20k more than a later (pre-’79) CB750 of the same condition.  You don’t want to ask about RSC parts for a CB750…

I know, you’ve probably skipped the last few paragraphs and I’m fine with that; Here is the review of this particular CB for sale:  This bike is in very good condition for being forty-two years old.  This bike is supposedly original except for a missing side cover and having the top clap replaced at a Honda dealer in the 1980.  The SN of the engine does not match the SN of the frame.  I’m not versed well enough on sandcast CB750s to know if this is possibly the original engine or not.  If it is not however, whomever found the engine did a lot of leg work as the engine is only thirty-three numbers from the frame.  This bike is in very good, driver, condition and should be more than acceptable for a restorer or someone who wants to simply be the eccentric guy at bike nights who rides the “…sandcast ‘750!”.  This CB750 appears to be early production based on it’s left mounted horn which is in line with the early SN.  The mileage also appears to be consistent with the condition of the bike shown.

This bike is right for you if you have the money for a brand new CBR1000RR, but not the interest in one.  Or, if you prefer appreciation to depreciation…See the bike on eBay .  Learn more than you’ve ever wanted to at the Sandcast Only Owner’s Club here.  Find NOS parts or get your sandcast bike restored here.


BMW January 3, 2011 posted by

1938 BMW R51RS Available this week in Vegas

Check out the latest writeup over at our companion site,, on this BMW R51RS available by Bonhams this week at their Vegas auction.

Many thanks to Brian for the guest post and if any of you are going to be at any cool events this year, we’d love to have your first hand accounts and pictures on Rare Sport Bikes. Shoot me an email if you’re interested!


Classic Sport Bikes For Sale January 3, 2011 posted by

1988 Ducati F3 Santa Monica in Oz

1988 Ducati 400cc F3 6 speed Santa Monica limited edition in Australia!

We’ve already stepped into 2011 here in Hong Kong (and in Australia where the bike is located), so I’d like to wish everyone safe and happy riding in 2011!  Keep the rubber side down!

OK, now let’s move on to the bike…it seems that we here at RSBFS have a thing for the miniature versions of 90s sports bikes – ZXR400, VFR / RVF400, GSX-R400, FZR400…etc., so this 400cc version of the Ducati F1 750 should hit the spot right on:

DUCATI F3 400 Santamonica Superbike.

A limited edition F3 Six Speed Santamonia released in Japan along side the F1 750 Santamonica, 2 seater also a Japan special edition bike.  There was only a handful of these ever made and this is in original condition with just over 5,000kms. I am a collector and will sadly miss this bike however due to circumstances the bike is for sale to a collector. Always undercover and well maintained it also comes with a few spares and extra bits.

The bike is an original Six Speed F3 2 seater in original limited edition Santa Monica colors 1 of 150, MADE only in ITALY! Come as a factory 2 seater or monoposto (single with seat cover). Tyres very good. The factory original Hand book and tool case also come with the bike.

It was purchased by me in Japan and as far as I know its has two owners prior to me. It is fully complied to Australian design and safety standards and ready to register in Queensland right now. It comes with all paperwork required such as import approval, dereg etc.  International buyers are welcome, I am willing to assist in anyway possible to make a smooth transaction.

While the 400cc Ducati Pantah engine is generally considered to be a gutless lump, you can’t deny that this is an extremely handsome looking bike, and on top of that it’s a Santa Monica too (which is extremely sought after in the 750cc version)!  The 750cc and 400cc version shares pretty much the same chassis and running gear, except for smaller diameter forks (35mm vs 40mm) and narrower wheels, but other than that, most of your friends will be none the wiser and could be fooled into thinking that this is the Santa Monica F1 (well, the big ‘400F3’ letters on the tail might give it away, but that’s a minor point).

Sadly, the F3 will always live in the shadow of its bigger brother, but that’s a shame because I think it’s a cool bike in it’s own right. If you, like us, think that the smaller versions are in some ways even cooler than their bigger brothers, . Cheers and have a g’day mate!


Classic Sport Bikes For Sale December 10, 2010 posted by

Very clean 1996 Yamaha YZF-750R

1996 Yamaha YZF-750R with 24,000 miles for sale.

We have seen some crazy prices with some of my previous posts – such as the pair of Ducati MH900e’s for close to a cool million dollars or the ex-Chili Ducati 916 WSBK race bike – so here’s something a bit more affordable but no less fun (if not more – because you won’t be constantly thinking of the repair bill if you bin it!):
this is the one you should have had when  you were racing.. the ow 1 [I think he meant the OW01] was 22000$ so i guess you didnt get that , this was 8000$.    so heres the diff, no snorkels threw the tank, they were a pain any way.
135 hp at 422lbs
128 hp at 435lbs for this one
both had 165mph top speed,
so here she is in all the glory , it has a small scratch on the tank near the cap and a ding on the front fender , most likly from a stone.  the foot pegs are barly worn , only a small wear on the outer edge where your boot would rub..  its so clean pix cant show the reality.
check out  the seat, yea your passanger will like it, unlike modern bikes that have little pad for rider or passanger.
cool factor, bikes are all the same look these days . this is an era that had flash, you got a fast bike that looked fast.
has excelent tires,, maybe 800 miles on them,  carbon vance and hines pipe and thats it.
shes  a beauty  have a look and a listen
i have a mint rear seat cowl as well  its white covers the rear seat
if you r gonna look may as well make offer, or send an e mail , thanks

The YZF-750R was actually very decent sports bike, if it were not for the Honda CBR900 Fireblade that stole the show when it was introduced back in 1992.  Fast forward 18 years and things look a bit different – most of us are a bit softer around the edges and with several strands of hair fewer.  We are also not chasing the latest and greatest race replica since we can’t contort ourselves to fit into that race tuck position for more than 5 minutes.  Now classics such as the Yamaha YZF-750R is starting to look like a pretty attractive “softer” sports bike for daily street riding.  No matter how you look at it, 125 horses is nothing to sneeze at.

The SP version (with pink, blue, and white graphics, flatslides, and solo seating) is quite a sought after bike as it was never really imported into the US (funnily enough our neighbours up north got a few of those) but for street riding the regular R version is a much better bike.  The YZF also has a pretty good fan base – just check out the YZF section on EXUP Worldwide forum. Here’s also a pretty good review and buying advice on the YZF750R over at Visordown.

This specific sample, while a bit high on mileage at 24,000 miles looks to be very clean and well taken care of. Aside from the high Buy It Now price (for this time of year) and the somewhat uninformative description (sorry, a pet peeve of mine), this YZF would make a great Christmas tree ornament.  If you’re shopping for a modern day classic this Christmas, .

MCN did a test comparing a few older bikes (the YZF750 being one of them) with a 2006 GSXR1000 around Cadwell Park, and the results might surprise you:


Classic Sport Bikes For Sale November 18, 2010 posted by

Rolling Laverda History: 1970 American Eagle 750S

Rolling Laverda History:  1970 American Eagle 750S

Every time I start thinking I really know motorcycles something like this roles around.  Once again I’m reminded sport bikes didn’t first appear in the 80’s and there is much more to Italian motorcycles than Ducati, Bimota and MV Agusta.  I had to do some research on this one since Schwinn wasn’t even in my vocabulary in 1970, let alone Laverda.  From what I can gather this is the bike that got put Laverda on the map.   It combined a strong motor with a good handling chassis for the day. 

Why does it say “American Eagle” on the back you ask?  That is partially what makes this bike so unique.  Laverda’s were intially sold as Amerian Eagles when they entered into the US market.  The US importer (Jack McCormack) didn’t last long and was out of business by 1971. 

If I haven’t put you to sleep with the history lesson I think you’ll notice a pristine motorcycle.  How does 2,800 miles sound?  Yep and I think the pictures back the claim up.  The seller claims all documentation is correct and the bike has matching engine and frame numbers.  How about some spare parts to round out the package?  Yes, it has those too.

Oh, I bet it makes a nice howl with the open carbs like that.

Doesn’t look like it was built in  1970 to me.

What we all like, pictures:

Auction details:


Did you catch that last line?  Apparently Evel Knievel used an American Eagle Laverda for his jumps for almost a year.  I never knew he used anything other than a Harley. 

This thing just screams cafe racer, doesn’t it?  I found an interesting bit of info from the internets that claims American Eagle badged Laverdas generally price lower than ones with a Laverda badge.  Logic would make me think it would be the other was around since the American Eagle bikes seem to be more rare (they are mechanically identical by the way).  I don’t think any of that is hurting the auction, bidding is quite active but the reserve has not been met.  As of this writing the bike had hit $8,600.  If you’d like to help find the reserve .