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Ducati January 8, 2020 posted by

CitiSmart – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE

Arguably the pick of the SportClassic litter, the 2006 Paul Smart Limited Edition sacrificed practicality for the cool of a teal-framed monoposto.  This NYC example has moderate miles but is super clean.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for sale on eBay

Ducati’s air-cooled dual spark engine was originally used in the Monster, but its relatively plumbing-free presentation made it perfect for the vintage looking SportClassics.  92 hp on tap make it more than a design exercise.  The frame color and fairing harken back to the 1972 Imola winner, and spoked wheels ping appropriately.  Appointments are first rate with big 320mm Brembo disks and Öhlins dampers all around.

Despite city life and 10K-plus miles, this PS looks undamaged and clean enough to put right in the garage.  Even the Termignoni megaphones fit the vintage look well, though a quick spritz on the header pipes would do wonders.  From the eBay auction:

The motorcycle has:
-Termignoni slip on exhaust with ECU
-new clutch pressure plate, springs, and cover
-Motobox fender eliminator and tail light
-frame sliders
– aftermarket oil fill plug
***All original parts that were taken off will come with the bike***
The bike has always been garage kept on a battery tender and a Ducati Performance dust cover.
The major Desmo Service had been done at 7,411 miles. 
The bike has had 4 oil changes since then. I used Motul 300v 15w50.

While a low or no-mile example might push the mid-twenties, this auction shows a starting bid of $18K, just above the original MSRP.  Harder to quantify is the total production of just 2,000, and then considering only 500 or so made it to our shores, a pristine example like this might be worth a second look.

-donn


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Norton January 7, 2020 posted by

You’ll Never Take Me Alive, Copper! 1989 Norton Commander P52 for Sale

The history of rotary motorcycles is relatively short and includes a few technologically interesting, but largely unsuccessful motorcycles by Hercules, Suzuki, and Nortons. I’ll admit that I’m stretching the definition of “sport bike” much more than I usually do with this Norton Commando P52 police bike, but it’s such an oddball I had to post it. I mean, how could I not post a fully-faired Norton rotary-powered motorcycle? Hey, at least the P52 shared the same basic engine with the very rare and sporty Norton F1!

A rotary engine is elegant simplicity in concept, but problematic in execution: they have very few moving parts, and no need for camshafts, as the rotors themselves effectively open and close the fuel/air inlets. There are no poppet valves to bounce and play havoc when they try to share space with fast-moving pistons, and their rotational motion means they’re extremely smooth, compared to a reciprocal piston engine. One can understand an interest in avoiding engine vibration, as Norton’s previous parallel twins required the company to engineer the famous “Isolastic” mounting system to prevent the bikes from basically shaking themselves and their riders to pieces.

Unfortunately, Norton traded one set of problems for another by switching to a rotary design and, aside from a few spectacularly cool racebikes that did well in competition and a few road going F1 replicas to match, the bike was a relative failure. Rotaries tend to run hot, so after an initial run of air-cooled motorcycles, Norton switched their twin-rotor design to liquid cooling, which helped control temperatures somewhat, but added weight and complexity. Overall, Norton managed to work out most of the bugs, aside from emissions, fuel economy, and problematic apex seals. Reliability improved, but the bike didn’t really offer much of a performance advantage, compared to conventional machines, and it never really found enough of an audience to justify itself or save Norton from insolvency.

Rotary-powered cars haven’t fared all that much better than rotary-powered motorcycles: enthusiasts may love them, but warranty claims for NSU’s R0 80 basically sank the company and Mazda’s rotary has been in and out of production for years, owing to their fairly horrible fuel consumption and issues with emissions, as well as rotor apex seal durability. Ultimately, they’re not the simplest, or most efficient way to motivate a motorcycle. Considering the hard miles law-enforcement machines rack up, I can only imagine the headaches experienced by officers using a Norton Commander P52 in the field…

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Norton Commander P52 for Sale

This is a very rare Norton Rotary motorcycle and is in running condition.  It was sold to the Dubai (Middle East) Police Department as a demonstrator, probably with the hope of a large fleet sale.  I purchased this bike in the UK around 1995 and have finally been able to go thru it and get it 100% running and titled in the State of Arizona.

This bike has matching frame (VIN) and engine numbers.

This bike has a calibrated speedometer and has only 1150 original miles from new. Very little was done to bring the bike up to full running condition. As it sat for years (always indoors), I had to professionally rebuild the SU carbs with proper parts from the UK. As a safety measure the fuel lines were replaced due to age and hardness. (I have the old fuel lines for historical reasons). 31 years ago Iridium spark plugs were not yet either in wide use or even available. These plugs are well suited for an engine that burns oil  (as is the case in 2 stroke or rotary engines) so I installed NGK Iridium plugs in this bike to minimize fouling and promote easy starting and running. Again, I have the stock plugs. Norton also recommended Shell Rotella oil but once again I did some research and was advised by several people in the know that the Shell oil is perhaps not the best modern choice of rotary oil. Mazda, who perhaps has more success with the rotary engine in the world had commissioned Idemitsu  of Japan to develop a full synthetic oil for use tn their rotary engines. I decided that the Idemitsu oil was the best modern choice for the Norton Rotary and drained the oil tank and replaced the engine oil with Idemitsu full synthetic oil designed for the rotary engine.

The bike has all the equipment as shipped from the factory, including a 58/100 watt siren, front and rear blue flashing strobe lights and the STOP POLICE illuminated  rear sign. I have 2 new screen printed extras that were made by a friend of mine in the sign business. The siren can be heard for miles so I will include a 100 Watt audio L PAD that can be plugged in line with the siren driver to safely adjust the volume to a comfortable level. I Laser cut a “Norton” sign to replace the Police sign if so desired.

The machine uses 2 batteries and new sealed batteries were installed recently. ALL keys are included and except for the trunk key, duplicates were made for the rest.

The factory workshop manual only ever existed as a “work in progress” but I was able to secure a copy of the manual as a draft. All further work on the full published manual stopped when Norton shut down. I was also able to secure a full wiring drawing of the bike.

Several sales brochures  for the strobes and siren manufacture are part of the literature package included. A full parts list with images is part of the sale.

Norton designed in some unique features into this machine such as a 100% enclosed rear drive chain with an oil bath to promote long life. Built into the trunk is an on board battery charger with the typical UK plug and 240 volt AC input. I designed and built a 110 VAC to 240 VAC step up transformer, all mounted in a plastic box with a UK socket. This allows the built in battery charger to operate properly from US 110 VAC power.

The original owners manual, operators manual, and color sales brochure are part or the package along with letters from Norton to the Dubai authorities and letters in Arabic back to Norton.

The brake system had to be 100% rebuilt as the DOT 3 fluid had started to degrade. All calipers, and master cylinders were completely rebuilt and the fluid was replaced with DOT 5 silicone fluid to eliminate any future  concerns. Again, due to the age of the machine I did change the antifreeze coolant. The rubber hoses connecting the radiator to engine have hardened to the point of minor leaking… I have factory original  replacements that  have not been installed yet.

The tool pouch was missing the basic tools except for the important real wheel axle spanner wrench.

As the bike in NOT restored, various scratches and blemishes exist. I went so far as to NOT polish the bike in any way. To the best of my knowledge the bike is as described.

The Norton F1 is the bike we’d normally want to feature here on RSBFS, being a full-on race-replica with pretty solid performance credentials. The sport-touring Commander seen here used a variation of the liquid-cooled two-rotor powerplant, with fully-faired bodywork that included integral panniers, although later machines used detachable luggage instead. The starting bid is set at $15,000 which seems… honestly, I’d have no idea how to value this bike, but hopefully some collector with a taste in interesting machinery will give it a good home!

-tad


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Featured Listing January 5, 2020 posted by

Featured Listings on Sale Until March 1st!

Good morning,

We’re offering 20% off Featured Listings from now until March 1st with no limits. List your $10k bike normally for $100, now just $80. List your $25k bike normally for $125, now $100. List your $5k bike normally for $50, now just $40. List all three for $220!

Review all the details and contact me when ready to sell on RSBFS!

I’d also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the readers, buyers, and sellers for their support in 2019 and can’t wait for another great year in 2020! Thanks for reading and Happy New Year!

Dan Crouch

Check out all the current Featured Listings below. Thanks for supporting the site guys!

Featured Listing – 1998 Triumph T595 with just 2,518 miles !

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Featured Listing: 1974 MV Agusta 750 S America

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Aprilia January 4, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 2009 Aprilia RS125 Jorge Lorenzo Edition

Before the three MotoGP world titles made him synonymous with factory Yamaha, Jorge Lorenzo made a damn solid case that he was the next GOAT on 125cc and 250cc two-stroke Derbis and Aprilias in the big show’s feeder series. After three seasons on Derbis in 125, Lorenzo made the leap to 250s with Honda in 2005.

But in 2006, he moved from Honda to Aprilia and everything changed. He put the series on his back and ran to the next two world titles aboard the Fortuna-liveried Italian machines. This 2009 Aprilia RS125 pays tribute to those machines and those championships in the “Spain’s No. 1” livery that Fortuna used in countries that forbade tobacco sponsorship.

With just 28 horsepower, you’ll never challenge a Lorenzo lap record on one of these things, but with less than 300 pounds to push around, there’s plenty of fun to be had, especially when the road gets skinny and twisty. With just 10 miles on the dial, it’s safe to say this one hasn’t been fully enjoyed yet. It’s a US version, which means its lights are inoperable and it hasn’t got mirrors. Thanks to the EPA, this thing was never going to be legal on these shores. But as a short-track blaster or a pure collector’s item, its pedigree is hard to argue.

From the seller:

For sale is a 2009 Aprilia RS125 Jorge Lorenzo Special Edition. This bike is like new, show room quality with only 10 original miles. This is a motorcycle collectors dream! Not only are they super rare in general, but you won’t find one in this condition with this low of miles unless it’s still in the crate.

Price: $6,000
Contact Matt: matthewsumma@hotmail.com or cell/text 816-914-0516.

You can park this little ripper in your shop for $6,000, which is less than a dime-a-dozen Suzuki DR-Z.

MV Agusta January 4, 2020 posted by

Senior Service – 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R

Often the peak in disposable income arrives after the tire-tearing and footpeg scraping has already been accomplished, and the experienced rider can appreciate a very special model without resorting to the whip, preserving it for the next owner.  This initial-year F4 1000R appears carefully ridden and maintained, with a handful of choice upgrades.

2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R for sale on eBay

MV made mostly internal upgrades to their initial 1000S, with evolutionary tweaks to the chrom-moly chassis.  The 998cc four is a new layout with a focus on heat dissipation ( i.e. durability ), while increasing power to 174 hp.  Marelli fuel injection incorporates their “engine brake system” which acts as a slipper clutch for the rider.  50mm forks by Marzocchi and Sachs monoshock are simply the best of either world, and an Öhlins steering damper is also included.  Brembo monobloc calipers are radially mounted to 320mm discs.

Most often seen in MV’s red and silver race livery or just black, this 1000R shows beautifully in the pearl white with black lowers and red accents.  The wallet-lightening full titanium calliope is also a nice weight savings over the factory exhaust.  An optional factory pillion is installed, thankfully without accompanying footpegs.  Cleanliness is not only skin deep, as the unfaired pictures show.  From the eBay auction:

It presently has 6694 certified original miles. It starts, idles, runs, shifts, brakes and performs like new.  It could pass for a six month old bike. It doesn’t have a scratch on it, I provided many detailed closeup photos to show this. The original owner was 63 years old and I am 72. It has a gorgeous sounding $4000 titanium exhaust system. The tires are excellent with about 1200 easy miles on them. I felt that it was geared too low and replaced the sprockets to 16/38. This gives it 70 mph at 4200 rpm and 80 mph at 4900 rpm. I had a Speedo Healer installed so that the speedometer is accurate. I also installed a new DID X chain.

Since winning a bevy of “bike of the year” awards in 1999, the F4 750 looked longingly at liter-bike power, and MV did their homework racing 900 and 1000cc variants in the early 2000’s.  The 1000R is one of the few non-special models from MV, though it’s only missing a paint scheme and decal or two.  The previous owners, as astronaut Frank Borman might have said, used their superior judgement to avoid situations requiring their superior riding skills, and though it can’t be called inexpensive, it might be a very good buy.

-donn


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Featured Listing January 2, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 2005 Honda RC51 SP2

Update 1.2.2020: Brent has renewed his Featured Listing for this RC51 that also includes all the stock parts. I sincerely appreciate the support and good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

The Honda RC51 got right to the point when it came out, knocking Ducati and the other Japanese brands off their seats at the top of the World Superbike grid beneath future MotoGP star Colin Edwards. To do it, they had taken a page from the Italians’ book, relying on rules that let v-twins have 1,000ccs to take it to the 916 and 998. It won the title again in 2002, and accomplished the same feat in AMA Superbike with the peerless Nicky Hayden.

The RC51 did it all with reliability, aplomb and majestic build quality — the only way Honda knows. It was a death blow to Suzuki’s wayward TL1000R, which never really hit its stride as either a street or race bike, and it showed the Italians that mechanical sex can also be totally reliable. The critical numbers from the throaty, snarling v-twin are: 130-ish horsepower at the crank, and the better part of 165 mph on the big end.

This 2005 Honda RC51 looks incredible, wearing the pretty charcoal fairings of the later bikes, and blessed with the SP2’s updated fueling system, which nixed spotty low-end fuel delivery from the SP1 machines. It has done just 5,750 miles, and wears a Sato titanium exhaust system and a custom-tuned Power Commander.

From the seller:

The RC is #189 and tastefully modified with all original equipment mint and in my possession. The bike has under 5,743 miles and has less than 1,300 miles on the latest Q3+ Dunlop’s. Sato Banzai titanium exhaust, Kyle Racing tuned power commander and tail tuck kit.

Also included: I have both front and rear stands and two OEM oil changes also a fresh set of OEM air filters in the box all
HONDA authentic. New and unworn matching Carbon fiber Bell Race Star RSD CHIEF and matching Honda Racing leather jacket.

The bike has never been down or repaired in any way. Spark plugs have been replaced at 4,000 miles. Meticulously maintained. I am the second owner. Have owned for last 1,750 miles. Bike is in top shelf working condition and needs nothing. Bike was built as is from zero miles. Has gear adjustment and speedo correction performed as well.

Brent, the seller of this magnificent beast, is asking $10,000 and can be reached at 405-613-7607.

Ducati January 1, 2020 posted by

January in Italy ! – 1998 Ducati 916 Senna #199 of 300

Happy New Year to RSBFS readers !

As the 916 era progressed, three Senna editions were issued, with changes mostly to the available colors.  In a suitably commemorative black with Ferrari red wheels, this Italian example whispers, “airline tickets”.

1998 Ducati 916 Senna ( Italy ) for sale on eBay

On its 1994 introduction, the 916 set the sportbike universe on its ear, with the poster-ready Tamburrini design and torquey fuel-injected twin.  A combination of 11:1 compression, heavily oversquare cylinders ( 94 x 66 mm ), and Weber fuel injection made 114 hp available.  Showa handled damping up front with 43mm inverted forks, and the single-sided rear swingarm had an Öhlins adjustable.  The headstock was also adjustable for a more expert rider.  320mm floating front disks provide most of the braking, with a 220mm disk at the rear.  Perhaps not the first bike with underseat exhausts, but certainly an iconic example.

In mirror black, this 916 looks almost flawless.  Without the road wear on the oil cooler, it could almost be presented as having the 27 km’s the new odometer shows.  From the eBay auction:

The Senna III final version first appeared in 1998, 916 SPS chassis and running gear, Pankl con-rods inside the engine, carbon-fiber airbox. Overall, only 300 bikes of the Senna III were built, and the present one is number 199 of the series and carries an identifying plaque on the top yoke. It underwent a complete check and restoration in Ducati Factory in Borgo Panigale in 2018, including belts, valves, seals and gaskets, new exhaust system, clutch, braking pads, filters, sprocket, chain, pulley, tyres, footpeg and so on, all on the records, see documents in attached pics. The bike is 100% original. The odometer is new, the bike had around 10,000 km.

Good that the previous owners got their kilometers in, because the rarity, condition and price of this commemorative will probably put a lot more miles out of the question.  Not quite sure whether a 916 SPS is the basis for the Senna III, as most references show the displacement to be 916cc, where 996cc’s would be expected on an SPS from that year.  Unfortunately, the location of this 916 is far north from the sunny sole of Italy, but it would be epic to van it down south for a couple of days of riding before the trip home.  Oh, and stop by the factory…  All the best for 2020!

-donn


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Honda December 29, 2019 posted by

What Could Be – 1986 Honda NS400R

With most riders expecting the best part of 200 hp per liter, later two-strokes of middling displacement are often treated like caged animals. This Honda V-3 doesn’t appear to have been babied, but does boast current California registration.

1986 Honda NS400R for sale on eBay

Honda acknowledged that the 500cc GP formula was not going to be won with the four stroke NR500, and returned to the podium with the NS500.  Wishing to capitalize on their success within Japanese regulations, they presented a 387cc race lookalike, which was brought stateside in a plain gray wrapper.  The surprisingly symmetrical triple had two forward cylinders and the third more vertical.  The bank of three 26mm Keihin carburetors are plumbed directly in from the top, with the outside exhausts riding underneath and the center taking a scenic underseat route to the license plate.  Even with Honda’s ATAC power valve, acceleration below 7,000 rpm is gradual, then a controlled explosion to the 9,500 rpm peak of 72 hp.

Thirty-plus years on, almost every bike will have some unknowable history.  This example has evidently received more attention on the mechanical side than to the out-front details that grab eyeballs.  Seems like doing about 10% of the required beautification would make a 90% improvement.  From the eBay auction:

Just serviced and ready to ride.  Has some cosmetic issues as can be seen in the pictures, but the previous owner installed a brand new engine which has less than 1,000 km or less than 600 miles on it, even though the odometer reads 26,296 km which is about 16,400 miles.  Odometer may change slightly as it is ridden occasionally to keep it in great running condition.  Starts easily and runs great, but needs new kill switch assembly.
Previous owner had installed a new engine, and we rode this bike a few times over the years, but with 60 bikes in the collection it did not get ridden very often. I had it completely serviced in August 2019 and new CDI units were installed (this bike uses two).  Just had the carbs cleaned last week so it is running fine.  The bike has a CA title and registration and I have it in hand.

The livery on this NS400R is similar to Honda’s GP works livery in the early 1980’s, when Freddie Spencer was quickly drafted from Honda’s AMA Superbike effort.  Spencer hit pay dirt in 1985, winning at Daytona as well as the 500cc and 250cc GP championships.  This NS400R has a lot of question marks – high mileage, engine change, and pictures that serve only to start a conversation.  But if some of those could be resolved, it might justify the owner’s reference to a high-dollar Mecum auction winner.

-donn


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