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Sport Bikes For Sale September 3, 2022 posted by

A Triumph Owner’s Worst Nightmare – 2000 Buell X1 Lightning

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2000 Buell X1 Lightning 

As an ex-Buell owner, anytime I get the chance to write about one I’m going to take it. From start to finish, Buell has released some cracking bikes. There’s really not a single model, except for the Buell Blast, that people don’t stop and look at. It’s always a conversation piece at brewery bike shows littered with retro-modern Euro bikes ridden by hipsters with tight black jeans, suspiciously clean leather boots, and a few tattoos. If they don’t stop and look on their first pass by, they certainly will when they hear the Harley firing order which will make them wish their poor little Thruxton could carry the same tune.

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The Buell story has been told many time on RSBFS. Track rat turned Harley engineer turned motorcycle builder. The X1 is a precursor to some of the more innovative designs that Buell came up with but what really shines about the X1 is it’s classic design. It’s a simple V-twin housed in a tube frame with a single round headlight up front.

One of the core tenets of the Buell engineering philosophy was keeping a low center of gravity. While that was taken to the next level on the XBs, you can see the beginnings in the X1. The X1 received the underslung exhaust and a battery tray that lives right above the gearbox. An upside down Showa front fork helps keep the front-end stable under braking and on corner-entry which is an ode to Buell’s pursuit of performance. A cheap, lanky front fork would’ve satisfied the bean counters but left riders with much to desire.

Image 41 - 2000 Buell Lightning

In all of the design craziness of the Buell lineup, one of the aspects that tend to get overlooked is actually the engine. The X1 got upgraded heads and and pistons that put out ~80 hp and ~80 lb-ft of torque which was significantly better than the 1200cc Sportster of the time. While that motor would have been exciting in a Sportster, it really shines in the shorter wheelbase X1 that was ~50 pounds lighter. People tend to think any and every Harley engine is a sluggish, overweight piece of metal that happens to create rotational movement. What they don’t realize is these juiced up Harley engines are torque monsters that don’t start wheezing as they get up in the rev range. Combine that with the soundtrack and you have a gem of a motor.

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Aesthetically, the X1 is a great bike with one major flaw. The intake on the right side and air scoop on the left are truly atrocious. They make the X1 look bloated and ruin the visual lines of the design. Fortunately, there are a ton of aftermarket intake options to clean up the front of the bike. Aside from the that design flaw, the X1 has a cafe-esque design with a contrasting swingarm and subframe that nicely draw the eye to the back of the bike. The X1 also benefits from the inherent symmetry of the V-twin which adds to the cafe look. The polished rims are pretty sweet too.

Image 141 - 2000 Buell Lightning

Clean X1s are not that common to come by anymore. At one point, these were very cheap and lot of people did some things they shouldn’t have to these bikes. As far as price goes, for a clean bike this isn’t crazy but anything more than $5k would really be pushing it. That being said, people are going to wish they could pay $5k 5 years from now. This has all the elements of an appreciating classic: a great story, engine, and style. This X1 is also in incredible condition. It looks like it’s fresh off the showroom floor despite the 11k on the odo so that should help value as time goes on. Just double check with the seller on the exhaust as an R&D doesn’t yield any results on a quick google search.

-Norm

Sport Bikes For Sale August 12, 2022 posted by

Short and Quick: 2003 Derbi GPR 50 Grand Prix Replica

A bit of a fun one for your perusal. Famed small-bore manufacturer Derbi offered a line of 50cc GP racer replicas as street bikes. Different from the popular Yamaha YSRs, the Derbis were very nearly full-sized motorcycles – except for their engines, of course. This makes them excellent trainers for young riders looking to move up to a bigger bike in the future, and means that they are excellent toys for grown up kids who still love to zing a smoker up past redline occasionally. I’m too busy doing a crank rebuild on my Kawi AR50 to point fingers at anyone in particular…..

2003 Derbi GPR 50 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
DERBY GPR 50 in original as new condition. Has been stored in my climate controlled showroom since new with an occasional ride. 178 miles on the clock. These bikes are used in Europe by riders as young as 14 to train for GP racing. The engine is a 50 cc two stroke with electric start, oil injection and water cooling. Putting out 15 hp at 11,000 rpm and with the six speed transmission it has a top speed of 65 mph. They are originally sold as restricted to 30 mph, this one is unrestricted. GPRs are almost the size of a typical sport bike and are suitable for anyone up to around six feet tall. This bike is sold with the original factory certificate of origin, see photo, and a bill of sale.

These are legitimately fun bikes that are also legitimately rare. The limited capacity and performance keeps them off major roads and highways, and also limits the value appreciation factor. Bad news if you are hoping this will appreciate like an RZ350 or 500. Good news if your man cave is dying for something to fit perfectly into that corner, and can come out for some street hooning or karting track day fun on a sunny day. Not many days left on this one (will be gone by the end of the weekend) and the high bid is less than $2500 bucks, but there is a reserve in place which could spoil the party. Something this much fun is always worth a look, which I thoroughly encourage you to do (besides, I don’t want to be alone in my tiddler obsessions). Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Short and Quick: 2003 Derbi GPR 50 Grand Prix Replica
Sport Bikes For Sale July 7, 2022 posted by

Aging in Reverse – 1996 Triumph Daytona 900 Super III

1996 Triumph Daytona 900 Super III

I don’t know what it is about these Super IIIs but every one I’ve seen looks like it hasn’t seen a single mile. I just wrote up a Super III so I won’t spend long on the details to avoid feeling unoriginal. The long and short of it is that the regular Daytona 900 was a little fat and a little slow. It was different than Japanese bikes with it’s 3 cylinder and it became something the Brits used to build off of and create what is surely a Hall of Fame motorcycle in the Daytona 675/765.

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Shedding pounds isn’t easy and would’ve required much more R&D so Triumph tapped Cosworth to help add a little power to the Super III. Adding 18 more hp over the regular Daytona 900, Triumph gave the Super III a little extra grunt to deal with the weight and made it an excellent street/sport bike. It’s a shame they had a limited production run for a bike with a street/track formula but we take what we can get. While it’ll lose out on the track to all of it’s Japanese counterparts, Triumph knew it wasn’t building a track bike here.

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From the seller:

“Limited Build 1996 Triumph Daytona Super III. Only 100 were brought into the United States from Hinckley England. I am the 2nd owner. The bike is very clean and rare. New tires with less than 100 miles on them. Original exhaust included. I currently has a 3 into 1 Indigo stainless exhaust on it.”

Not the lowest mile Super III we’ve seen but it’s in great condition. These have popped up anywhere between $3-$5K. The bid is currently at $3.5K with 8 bids so there is some action if you enjoy the thrill. Even if this isn’t the highest value motorcycle out there today, there are a lot of interesting aspects to it: limited production, showroom quality, affordable, and eye-catching. It wasn’t the fastest at the time but it was certainly a chapter in what became an incredibly successful sport bike lineup for Triumph

-Norm

Honda June 28, 2022 posted by

Honda Heavyweight: 1982 CB1100R

The Honda CB line of bikes has spanned decades and a wide range of offerings.  The CB label has been used on everything from small commuter bikes to all out powerhouses.  The original SOHC CB750 is often sited as one of the first true superbikes.  They latter evolved into the DOHC air cooled bikes of the mid 80s.  These bikes were successful on the race track and most notably with Freddie Spencer.  Towards the end of the line Honda decided it was time to make a true homologation special with the 1062cc engine.  Making 115hp Honda added a full fairing and tweaked just about everything when compared to a CB1100F.

Endurance racing is where the CB1100R saw the most race wins.  Details are limited on just how many road bikes were build, but it is safe to say these were not built in large numbers.  Rough counts indicate around 2500 units built across four production years.   Never officially sold in the USA, some have been imported over the years, but this remains a sought after model for most collectors.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

1982 Honda CB1100R. A low mile original one owner bike in almost perfect condition both mechanically and cosmetically. An extremely rare bike in the US and part of the holy grail of collector Hondas.
Absolutely no issues. Do not miss this opportunity, it will be a long wait for another like it whether you’re a collector or true aficionado. This bike is appreciating at an unbelievable rate and shows no signs of slowing down. It’s one of the bikes we will all eventually wished to have purchased when we could.
Immediate PayPal deposit of 1000$ required on purchase to XXX and please send your details so I can call and finalize.
Descriptions, viewpoints and opinions vary between people.
Please look at the photos and do your own evaluation.

DO NOT bid, make offers or press buttons if you’re not absolutely sure you’re buying it.

Your purchase is not subject to ANYTHING!!after you buy.

ANY questions, inspections, viewing, test drives etc are welcome BEFORE PURCHASE ONLY!!!! No warranties are implied or made. Sale as is.

Immediate deposit required. non refundable.

The Buy It Now price of $30,000 can only be described as aggressive based on other transaction data.  The seller unfortunately spends more time in the add laying out rules and making market claims than providing solid details on the bike.  These are relatively simple bikes from a mechanical point of view.  Honda is known for being very supportive with vintage parts availability to keep a machine like this serviced.

Honda Heavyweight:  1982 CB1100R
Bimota June 1, 2022 posted by

Long Way To Go: Bimota HB3 in Japan

The 1980s were a last hurrah for the mighty air cooled four cylinder superbikes.  Soon water cooled engines would produce more power and start to dominate the performance charts.  One of the high water marks of that era was the Honda CB1100R.  Those bikes were desirable in period and remain sought after additions to many collections.  For many the closest one will ever get to these rare motorcycles is to build a plastic kit of one.  Bimota saw what Honda had achieved with the engine and thought that they could turn the wick up a bit.

Reducing the weight, adding better suspension and improving the frame design created an even more lust worthy machine.  The Bimota HB3 was the third iteration of a Bimota with a Honda engine.  Just 101 of these motorcycles were built.  As with anything this rear it is far fetched to find one local, let alone at all.  This example is located in Japan, but due to the age there should be little problem importing it to anyplace else in the world.

From The Seller’s Listing:

It was stored for a long time in the warehouse.
The inside of the tank is clean. (Because it is made of plastic, there is no rust.)
Since the front and rear brakes have been disassembled and cleaned, there is no sticking.
The rear brake master cylinder is not working.
(Repairable with general-purpose products)
I cleaned the inside of the carburetor.
Oil was sprayed and cranked in the cylinder.
Battery needs to be replaced.
I have lost my key.
(Since the handle, electrical system, and key are made by Honda, you can create a key from the key cylinder.)
There is no exterior or other rust.

There are 101 cars in the world, and the number of existing cars in Japan is probably one hand.
It is a very rare individual.
We strongly recommend checking the current car.
We have all pointed out the engine, so we will correct it.
I recognized that the engines of CB1100R and CB1100F are the same, but since the point cover and crankcase of CB1100R are gold, my vehicle is the engine of CB1100F.
will add the progress on the engine key and tank key.
Keys can be created from the cylinder. Since you can construct it on a business trip,
we will arrange it immediately if you make a successful bid.

A Buy It Now price is listed of about $20,000 USD and as of writing has not been sold.  The price might be slightly optimistic after digging into the listing.  It appears that the bike has been in long term storage and will need a decent service before being put back on the road.  If static display is more you thing, a basic detail should be all that is needed to end up with a rare sport bike that anyone would be proud to stare at for hours.   The billet work is wonderful on these bikes and the engineering is rather interesting as well.

Long Way To Go:  Bimota HB3 in Japan
Aprilia May 25, 2022 posted by

RSBFS Featured Listing Summary

Here’s all the available Featured Listings from our readers in the last week of May 2022! -dc


Yamaha GTS1000 for sale

Mike has dropped the price of his GTS1000 listing to $6,750 CAD which is roughly $5,279 today.


Ducati 748 for sale

Michael’s 2002 Ducati 748 listing went live last week. He’s looking for an enthusiast to take over stewardship of this excellent and low mileage example.


BMW HP2 Sport for sale

Fred’s HP2 Sport is looking for a new home at a very reasonable $14,500. These are difficult to find and quickly becoming collectible.


Bimota SB6R

William is an RSBFS team member and his Bimota SB6R listing went live last week.


RSV4 Factory For sale

Dave lowered the price on his Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC to $11,000 last month!


Ducati Monster race bike for sale

Jonathon’s Monster 1100 Evo racebike is available for summer fun!


Ducati 848 for sale

Northwest European has this low mileage Ducati 848 available for just $8,950.

RSBFS Featured Listing Summary
Ducati May 10, 2022 posted by

Gloriously Excessive: Carbon Framed Ducati 996

Everyone knows that the Ducati superbike market is on fire right now.  Amazing low mileage examples are bringing huge numbers at auctions.  Collectors are hunting for the best of the best and paying up for the chance to add one of these beautiful machines to their garages.  As with most things collectable, originality is the primary focus.  Gurus are consulted for information on tiny details in the endless pursuit of perfection.  The bikes not snapped up by collectors are often enjoyed out on the road by owners that want to have the experience of this era motorcycle.  But the often overlooked custom market offers some really unique and interesting items.

The work custom in the collector market can be both scary and polarizing.  Many have seen poorly slapped together projects called custom builds, and rightfully shy away.  Often the modifications do not have a meaningful improvement on the performance.  They often would cost a substantial amount of money to replace with the correct OEM parts.  Those fears are not justified on a bike like this.  Today’s bike is one of those “money no object” builds that rarely trade hands.  Just take a look at the lengthy list of over the top parts that were used to build this bike.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

This special Ducati is for the collector who demands perfection, and something spectacular.

Rare, one of a kind, Ducati Superbike.
Up for sale: the “You Wish” 1036CS built by Alex Ortner which took 1700 man hour to build.

The “You Wish” bike as published in the Ian Falloon’s article in Two Wheels magazine.

Quick synopsis of the bike:
-342lb wet (no gas)
– 155hp with just under 100ft-lb of torque
– Ti, Mag, and CF everything
– 1700hr of build time, many one-off parts

The bike has been gone over and completely sorted by CommonWealth Motorcycles, over the 12-years I have owned it. Also, the motor was rebuilt to a much higher spec than Alex had it by CommonWealth motorcycles and tuned by Doug Lofgren (to the tune of $12,000.00 invoices attached). The motor is now putting out 155hp and just under 100ft-lbs of torque. Also, the motor has roughly 100mi since the rebuild.

The bike has also had a certified independent appraisal done by Mark Mederski of Mederski Vintage Motorcycle Services for $205,000.00

Attached:

*Copy of “You wish” article

*Full Independent appraisal by Medershi Vintage Motorcycle Services

*copies from Common Wealth Motorcycles of the work they have done on the 1036CS since purchased.

*the 1036CS will be sold with a fresh service by Common Wealth Motorcycles for the new buyer so it is ready for the track or road upon delivery.

The trouble with this type of bike is that they are extremely challenging to value.  Do you take the cost of the build?  How do you factor into the fact that some of these period parts are no longer available?   Does the price of the underlying stock bike matter?  Or do you just pick a number that you are comfortable with and tell yourself that you only live once and that life is too short to miss out on an amazing bike like this?

Bidding is already over $15k and the seller is hinting at six figure evaluations.

Gloriously Excessive:  Carbon Framed Ducati 996
Sport Bikes For Sale March 7, 2022 posted by

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