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Honda October 4, 2020 posted by

Well Enough Alone – 2005 Honda RVT1000R / RC51 SP2 with 5,181 miles !

Hard for a sport rider to keep any factory’s stock set-up, but the 2005 Honda RC51 SP2 might be a good candidate.  This seriously black stocker from Mass. has all the SP2 goodness and none of the typical farkles.

2005 Honda RVT1000R / RC51 SP2 for sale on eBay

After two successful years with the initial RC51, a weight loss regimen was introduced for 2002, as well as making the chassis more rigid and increasing the throttle body size to 62mm.  Tweaks to steering head angle and monoshock linkage vied to add quickness to the bike’s stability.  Hoping to keep the wheelbase compact, Honda went with side-mounted radiators to suck heat from the 136 hp engine room, and added dual fans to the SP2 to help out.  A taller windscreen was designed with Colin Edwards’ input and cut a more generous hole in the oncoming air.

This RC51 has been preserved in a Boston suburb, and beside the unusual all black, it’s even missing the routine tail tidy and light(er) weight slip-ons.  Can’t quite see what the reflection at the back of the rider’s seat is all about though, doesn’t seem like a removed pad is likely.  Gear-driven cams only require fresh oil, no belt service to get you riding, but checking the date code on the tires might be a thought.   The owner has this to say in the eBay auction:

Bike is in excellent/showroom condition, no dents or scratches. Bike has a new battery and has recently been serviced. There are NO modifications to the engine, exhaust or suspension. Bike is in ORIGINAL condition. Bike is stored indoors and has not been registered since 2015. I do start it and take it up the street a few times a year though. You won’t find a cleaner all original RC51 out there. It is a hard to find color combination as well.

The SP2 has a lot of lessons learned campaigning the SP1 to a championship, and is the one to own unless you want a first-year model or Nicky Hayden livery from 2004.  Most sources indicate production of only a few thousand each year, which will make this RC51 an eventual collectible.  And there’s a winding road of modifications if you prefer, but for pete’s sake if the original parts look this good put them in storage !

-donn

 

 


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Featured Listing October 1, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 1986 Honda NS400R in Rothmans Livery !

Francisco’s Portuguese collection had two NS400R’s, and the second is in the very collectible Rothmans race colors.  Totally stock with 14,609 miles, it’s still in very show-worthy condition.

1986 Honda NS400R ( Portugal ) in Rothmans Livery

Honda built the NSR500 for the GP circuit, but realized even their best showroom customers were merely mortal road riders, and especially for the home market, wanted a bike that could be licensed and insured.  The NS400R had a lot in common with the two-stroke triple, like downdraft carburetors, alloy chassis, and separate ATAC exhaust systems for the single and paired cylinders.  The closely spaced six-speed was tall to start off, but allowed 125 mph in top.  The short wheelbase turned out to be comfortable for full sized riders, and has an incongruous pillion ( this example under cover ).  The Rothmans tribute livery leaves room for the rest of the sponsorship decals as seen on Wayne Gardner’s GP machine.

Representing a Lisbon collector, Francisco has shown several classic sportbikes to RSBFS readers,  all very collectible and showing quite clean and original.  The Rothmans finishes and metals are much better than the almost 10K miles and 35 years would have you believe.  He has this to say about the NS400R in the eBay auction –

Honda NS400R / NSR400 Rothmans very good condition.

Year 1986 with 23,511 km.

Nothing to do.

Portuguese Documents.

Works very good. 

Please feel free to ask me more pictures or videos.

Francisco represents the collector and asks £10,500 for this classic superbike, about $13,565 today.
 
He can be reached via cellular on 011 351 9 1652 4741 or via email – here -.
 
 
Reviews showed the NS400R to be capable of embarrassing bonafide superbikes in between straightaways, and sometimes most of the way down a short straight as well.  Similarly, this NS400R could be in a collection’s sweet spot, but still be available for a mental health day.  Contact Francisco via cellular on 011 351 9 1652 4741 or via email – here -.
-donn
Featured Listing September 30, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 1986 Yamaha RZV500R with just 4,100 miles !

Many of Yamaha’s RZV-500R’s ( or RD500LC ) have been used, some might say, as intended – and look somewhat worn for it.  But this originally British collector example has traveled only 6,586 kilometers and is in tip-top shape.

1986 Yamaha RZV500R ( Portugal ) for sale on eBay

With many years of championship racing aboard the YZR500, the mid-80’s were now or never for a 500cc two-stroke race replica.  The double crank engine had similarities to the racer, but had a smoothing balance shaft and YPVS power valve set-up.  Power was nearly 200 hp per liter with 88 hp at 9,500 rpm.  The carburettors are side mounted and look past the square-tube steel frame toward the engine.  Conventional forks are air adjustable and carry 267 mm front disks.  The smaller 16-inch front wheel sharpens up turn in on the 436 lbs. ride.

Presented by a Portuguese collector, this RZV500R appears un-restored and basically as new.  Beside the bespoke GP exhaust, changes to the square four 500 would be unconscionable.  Right down to the tall tires, it’s as issued 35 years ago.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Yamaha RZV500R fully restored. Mint condition.

Matching Numbers. No needs any work. All working perfectly! 

Year 1989 with 6,586 km

Jim Lomas Full exhausts but original ones are included on this sale.

Used to be a UK bike but now has Portuguese documents.

Please feel free to ask me more pictures or videos.
Francisco represents the collector and asks £17,000 for this classic superbike, about $21,875 today.
 
He can be reached via cellular on 011 351 9 1652 4741 or via email – here -.

The RZV-500R reviewed as the “real” Kenny Roberts replica, with its small cockpit and off-or-on power train.  Francisco’s edition has the mileage of a one year-old machine, and the accompanying cosmetics.  Offers welcome on 011 351 9 1652 4741 or via email – here -.

-donn

 

 

Featured Listing September 30, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1991 Kawasaki ZXR750R for Sale

When you’re searching for very rare motorcycles in the very best condition, you sometimes need to cast a net that extends beyond local borders. Portugal might seem a bit too far for some but, if you’re interested in a bike like today’s Featured Listing Kawasaki ZXR750R, no distance is too great. Or maybe you’re reading this post at your home in Barcelona, and the bike is just a hop, skip, and a jump away…

Known here in the US as the Ninja ZX-7, the ZXR750 was Kawasaki’s entry in the hotly-contested 750cc superbike class war that was raging on track and spilling over into showrooms worldwide. At the time, literbikes were wickedly fast but a bit heavy, with unexpectedly reasonable ergonomics. They were more grand touring machines than roadgoing racebikes so, if you wanted the very best sportbike money could buy, it was the 750s that were the hot ticket for canyon carving and bench-racing sessions.

As was common at the time, manufacturers built limited-editions of their roadgoing machines to “homologate” certain changes to the engine and frame, or the inclusion of components that weren’t practical for mass-produced machines. These rare and exclusive machines were used as the basis for racing machines intended to compete in production-based racing series like World Superbike. The homologation ZXR750R differed from the standard ZXR750 in subtle but significant ways. 39mm Keihin flat-slide carburetors replaced the more road-friendly constant velocity units normally fitted. A lightweight aluminum fuel tank and solo tail helped the bike save a claimed 11lbs over the standard bike. There were higher compression pistons and an 800rpm higher redline, and different ratios in the six-speed box, with a tall first and closely-spaced after that. The fork had thicker [stiffer] stanchions and was fully-adjustable, and the rear shock had 20 clicks of adjustment.

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Kawasaki ZXR750R for Sale

Kawasaki ZXR750R, K version. Mint Condition.

Very rare bike, R model.

Bike is all original.

R model comes with aluminium tank, flat Keihin carburettors, etc.

Year 1991 with 22972 km.

Portuguese documents.

Please feel free to ask me more pictures or videos.

Transport to the UK costs around £550 and it will be Chas Mortimer Logistic Ltd collecting this bike.

On the off chance that you don’t reside in Spain, it’s nice to have that shipping estimate from the seller. The 14,000 miles shown mean this isn’t a museum-piece, but a bike that’s actually been used as intended. That’s good news for the next owner, since adding a few more won’t do much to the bike’s value, and you’ll get to appreciate this homologation special for yourself.

-tad

Bimota September 29, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 2003 Bimota VDue

The last gasp of the two stroke sportbike could have been something incredible; a jewel of a machine with impeccable balance and style and an unmatched power-to-weight ratio. And it almost was. When Bimota release the 500cc v-twin two stroke V Due in 1997, all the elements were there. Acres of carbon fiber, trick and expensive Paioli forks and a direct-injected 90-degree engine. But the first 150 or so bikes were nightmarishly unreliable, thanks to dodgy castings and a fueling system that never worked properly.

2003 Bimota VDue for sale on eBay

The result was the bikes leaked and seized more often than not, and when they did run the fueling and power delivery were untamed and unruly. The debacle ended up torpedoing Bimota as it existed then.

But in 2003 and 2004, a Bimota engineer bought the leftover bikes and fixed what plagued them, throwing a set of carburetors atop the v-twin, which saw in the neighborhood of 120 horsepower in a 320-pound bike. Thanks to emissions regs, the carbs meant the bike was a no-go for the street, but at least its riding potential could be realized.

This 2003 Bimota VDue has just over 330 kilometers on the clock, and according to the seller has lived inside as a display piece since the mid-aughties. The ad doesn’t go into the mechanical condition, but if the cosmetics are to be believed, this is a VDue you could actually get some seat time on.

From the eBay listing:

Bimota 500 VDUE

Year 2003 with 336 kilometers. Immaculate bike.

This bike has been inside an office for decoration over 14 years.

Number 067 from 180 unities made.

Bike is in Portugal with Italian Documents.

Please feel free to ask me more pictures or videos.

Transport to UK costs around £550 and will be Chas Mortimer Logistic Ltd collecting this bike.

Any doubt please call me +351916524741 or call Chas Mortimer Ltd to ask for my feedback.

The damage for this beautiful piece of Italian history is just over 35,0000 USD, and that’s before you get it here from Portugal. But, if you’re of a mind and the means, you’re unlikely to get a similar opportunity too many more times.

Featured Listing September 29, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf

The world of motorcycle collecting is undeniably a global affair. One need only to look at today’s Featured Listing to know why: a rare Japanese sport bike made even more exclusive through the association with an Austrian-born Canadian businessman and F1 entrepreneur, collected and protected by a knowing individual in Portugal. Somehow that all makes perfect sense.

Featured Listing: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf

Walter Wolf – a massive motorsports enthusiast – made his fortune in oil drilling, supplying drilling tools and supplies worldwide. Wolf parlayed that fortune into the circus of F1, propping up an early team with Frank William’s at the helm. For another tie-in to the two-wheeled realm, Wolf also purchased that remnants of Lord Hesketh’s F1 operation. When Frank toook key staff and created his own team under the Frank Williams Engineering banner, Wolf continued under the Wolf brand, winning a few races. Notable drivers included Keke Rosberg, Jody Scheckter, James Hunt and Bobby Rahal.

Wolf was also interested in motorcycle racing, sponsoring several teams including Japanese champion Masaru Mizutani. The Walter Wolf Edition RG500 celebrates a unique personality and branding through unique graphics, wheels, colors and “W” instrumentation. The recipe is pretty simple: start with a rare bike (the RG was made available for a scant 2 years), and run off a stand-out special edition in low numbers. Today the Walter Wolf edition RG500 is cherished by collectors in the know.

From the seller:
Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf Edition unrestored.
Year 1985 with 26000km.
2 Original keys plus many original parts.
Portuguese Documents.
Please feel free to ask me more pictures or videos.
Transport to UK costs around £550 and will be Chas Mortimer Logistic Ltd collecting this bike.

Price: $19,000 GBP (approx $24,000 USD)
Details: eBay auction
Contact: Francisco Godinho

Despite the rarity, there were several different variants of the WW Edition RG500 depending upon locale. Some markets received livery with red wheels and a matching red seat (North America). Others offered the WW bodywork and instruments but different wheels and seat. There was even a silver edition for Singapore, and an extremely limited model offering in Japan commemorating Masaru Mizutani.

Today’s Featured Listing is located in Portugal, although the seller has identified shipping options for the UK. US-based buyers might need to contact the seller for logistics to transport the bike to the States, but given the number of bikes in this seller’s collection I’m sure that should not be an issue. The bike has Portuguese paperwork, and looks to be one of the European models. Have questions? Reach out to Francisco for more details. If you want to stand out from the crowd – or simply pull away from it in a cloud a delicious blue smoke – a rare Walter Wolf Edition is just the ticket you need. Check out all of the details and Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing September 28, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 1986 Honda NS400R

Part of a Portuguese collection, this excellent NS400R is a rare three cylinder two-stroke. In ready-to-display condition, its combination of peaky power and light weight seems too promising not to at least try.

1986 Honda NS400R ( Portugal ) for sale on eBay

Transferring concepts directly from Freddie Spencer’s GP bike, the 387cc engine has two forward cylinders with a middle vertical, providing a relatively smooth 72 hp.  The torque band is extended by Honda’s Automatic Torque Amplification Chamber system, which helps the engine breathe at lower rpm’s.  It has an early adoption of the alloy chassis, and anti-dive forks based on brake application.  More and better tires are now available for the NSR’s staggered 16 and 17-inch wheels, which are very light Comstar variants.  The livery is a great commemorative and just needs a big number 1 in the yellow panels.

Original right down to the exhausts, this NS400R presents beautifully and could be in the garage or the studio.  Francisco represents the collection and has these comments in the ebay.uk auction:

Very Good Condition. Nothing to do.
 
Year 1986 with 30,000 km
 
Portuguese Documents
 
Please feel free to ask me more pictures or videos.

The asking price for this NS400R is £10,000, about $12,750 today. 

Francisco requests offers through eBay or by email – here -.

Though they could’ve marketed a fire-breathing 500 smoker, Honda toned it down to the point where a mere mortal rider can have a ball on the NS400R, and leave most of their friends in an aromatic blue cloud.  Recent auctions have put NS400R prices in the range of four times the original MSRP, but rarely with this example’s cosmetics and very original presentation.

Francisco can also be contacted via cellular on 011 351 9 1652 4741.

-donn

Ducati September 25, 2020 posted by

One and Done – 2000 Ducati 996 SPS #1334

If your significant other said there was room for just a single bike on your side of the garage, a 996 SPS might be a worthy choice.  This turn-of-the-century model has been babied but not left un-ridden.

2000 Ducati 996 SPS for sale on eBay

The SPS was the top of the line for 2000, and carried 73 ft.-lbs. of torque from 8,000 to max power of 123 hp.  Bigger differences from the -S were the Öhlins forks and monoshock, and forged Marchesini alloys.  Adjustable headstock almost needed a pro-level rider, stopwatch, and a racetrack to get the benefit of the steering damper.  Iconic trellis frame and quick-release fairings are accented by carbon fenders and side covers.

In private hands, this SPS looks carefully tended, and maintenance and ownership sound like they’re in for the long haul.  Mod-wise, the carbon cans were likely a dealer option, and not much else is evident except the alloy footpegs.  From the eBay auction:

2000 Ducati 996 SPS #1334 out of 2000 built for year 2000. I have owned the bike for over 10 years and it been rode sparingly. It has always been garage kept and maintained meticulously. It has recently had the belts replaced, brake & clutch fluid flush and replaced, oil & filter changed. I am 50 years old and do not have the time to ride anymore. This bike is an absolute work of art.

Carl Forgarty and Troy Bayliss alternated Superbike championships with Colin Edwards on the RC51, in a great era for superbike racing if not rulesmaking.  For all the limited editions which were more properly commemoratives, the SPS is really what the numbered triple-tree plaques were meant for.  While not a zero-mile collector, this SPS looks to be what homologation was all about.

-donn

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