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BMW September 11, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 2010 BMW HP2 Sport ABS with 7,908 Miles !

With a long list of “firsts” for BMW, the HP2 Sport was the pinnacle of flat-twin sport generation that began with the R1100S in 1998.  RSBFS reader Bill’s example is immaculate, hiding even its low miles.

2010 BMW HP2 Sport ABS for sale – Asking $20,000

With specs reading like a shopping list for any BMW fan with a racetrack handy, starting with the 1170cc engine.  Four valves were finally aboard each cylinder head, and blueprinted for the HP2 with larger valves and more robust pistons.  133 hp are expected at 8,750 rpm, sent to the rear wheel via close ration gearbox, quick-shifter and paralever shaft drive.  The list continues with Öhlins dampers front and rear, Brembo monoblock brakes with ABS, tuned for the track and even de-selectable.  The all-stainless exhaust is tucked tightly to allow more lean, and warms the integral carbon seat sub-frame.  A run of just a few hundred, with build quality every manufacturer could aspire to.

Bill’s HP2 looks to have been wiped down after every ride, and ridden only on nice days and freshly swept streets.  It’s consigned to EuroCycle in Sonoma, and here are their comments:

2010 BMW HP2 Sport ABS in absolutely pristine condition for the BMW Motorrad enthusiast. This motorcycle is so clean you can eat off the engine! Only 62 of these motorcycles were brought to the US market in 2010. The motorcycle was serviced by San Diego BMW in 2020 where the valves were checked, a complete fluid change, and a new battery was installed. This motorcycle has been garaged, covered, and impeccably maintained since new. Never dropped or down and in perfect mechanical and 100% original cosmetic condition. BMW made an iconic engineering statement with the HP2 Sport by building a very limited production, hand-crafted “factory special” featuring DOHC radial valve heads, exotic internals, and carbon fiber bodywork from an F1 constructor (signed by the technician who built each piece).

The result was the highest performance BMW boxer twin ever made (136bhp), featuring sublime handling, ABS brakes, a factory-installed quick shifter, and the first carbon fiber subframe on a production motorcycle. This bike sparkles with carbon fiber valve covers and tail light assembly, milled-from-billet foot controls/clip-ons/upper triple clamps, Motek MotoGP-style instrumentation (with programmable displays and lap timers), Magura levers, forged aluminum wheels, BMW’s patented telelever/paralever front/rear suspension with fully adjustable Ohlins shocks and Brembo radial-mount monoblock calipers. The best components available were used in constructing these machines. The bike comes with a perfect owner’s manual, tool kit, and the original 2nd set of lower race bars.

Also viewable on CycleTraderhttps://www.cycletrader.com/listing/2010-BMW-HP2-SPORT-5017769038

Bill asks $20,000 for his HP2 Sport, and can be reached by phone – 510-815-4466 or email – calimototv@gmail.com

The HP2 Sport was delivered ready to drop at the race prep shop, with spares and adjustments galore.  But luckily a few missed their fate and were preserved for an advanced road mission or carpet runner.  Bill’s beauty could go right to the head of the next coffee run or remain a showpiece, hopefully a little of both.

-donn

Yamaha September 11, 2021 posted by

California Dreaming: 1985 Yamaha RZ350

Today’s find is a rare and wonderful thing. Not only is it a fantastic Yamaha RZ350 in classic racing colors, it also appears to be completely stock and original. And this is the funny bit here – in that this is perhaps the rarest of the RZ350s, given that this is an original California model. When released this would have been the heaviest and potentially most choked up model due to the additional EVAP canisters and extra-stringent emissions rules. But today the stock bits that made the RZ350 C.A.R.B. compliant in California are all but unobtainable – making this bike such a rare example of originality.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

The tech used to make the RZ350 50-state legal was substantial, but rather well known in automotive circles. Since we all know (and love) the blue smoke that emanates from a two-stroke, it should come as no surprise that the smoke is unburned hydrocarbons from the oil mixed in the gas. The oil is necessary to lube the bottom end, as two strokes do not have a crankcase full of oil. Additionally, two strokes have very dirty exhaust gas as some of the intake charge goes right out the exhaust port at the best of times. The smoky exhaust is evidence of greenhouse gas and particulate matter that are two major causes of pollution – which, in LA at least, caused a horrible brown haze that blanketed the valley and persisted throughout the year. By introducing catalytic converters into the heavy exhaust pipes, Yamaha sought to burn off some of the excess fuel ejected by the cylinders. The converters required an additional air bleed to aid in burning, which is some of the additional exhaust tubing (and reason why expansion chambers are the #1 performance mod made to these bikes). In California there is the added fun of the evaporative canister, which aims to capture any escaping fuel vapors. This is why CA bikes have a veritable spaghetti bowl of rubber tubing out of the tank. This was a lot of work for Yamaha, and the complexity meant that CA was a one year only bike.

From the seller:
Here is your chance to own one of the cleanest, unrestored Yamaha RZ 350s out there.

The Good:
– Darn near showroom new
– 11,000 miles, but you would believe me if I said 3,000 miles
– Body work (9.5/10)
– Has never been repainted
– Frame paint is close to mint
– Never been dropped
– Bolt plating looks factory new
– Forks look new
– Wheels look new
– Stock pipes are mint, no scrapes or scratches
– No rust in the gas tank
– All original decals, even on the gas tank and gas cap
– California RZ so it has the extra smog canister
– Motor has never been out of the bike
– Comes with its original tool kit
– Still has the rubber headlight gasket
– On original top end
– Runs fantastically

More from the seller:
The Bad:
– Bit of wear on the handlebars from tie downs and the key on the ring
– A little paint coming off the right hand brake caliper and brake master
– Rubber piece that goes around the fairing is kind of dry and needs some glue

The Neutral:
– The owner before me had cleared the side covers, front fender, and fairing years ago because he wanted it to match the tank better

More from the seller:
Please look at the pictures to see how clean this bike really is. I included a photo with the fairing swung down so you can see how clean it is underneath. I know there are cheaper RZs out there, but they aren’t as clean or original as this one.

So there you have it. What was likely the least desirable RZ when new due to the additional emissions equipment has turned into a time capsule and an ultra rare offering today. This bike looks far, far better than a 36 year old motorcycle should, especially when you consider some of the more, um, well-used examples seen on these pages recently. The price reflects the condition and originality, with an auction already above $8k (reserve not met) and a Buy It Now of $16,500. It will be interesting to see how high the bidding goes on this California special. You can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!


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Featured Listing September 10, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: All Original 1990 Yamaha TZR 250 SP

Location: Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Mileage: 17,540km/10,898m
Price: $16,000
Contact: gregory.zydyk@gmail.com

Straight out of a private collection is this amazing 1990 TZR 250 3MA. 1 of 500 produced solely for the JDM in it’s original state. No paint work, OEM body panels, original windscreen, original turn signals and ready to roll (see video below).

In 1990 Yamaha threw every available option at the TZR SP. It came from the factory with upside down forks, braced swing arm, the latest YPVS offering and a dry clutch. It is very close to the full on race version TZR 250W. If you’re not familiar with Yamaha’s reverse cylinder design- the carburetors face the front wheel and the exhaust exits on the rear of the cylinder which is why Yamaha designed a true under tail exit exhaust for the ultimate Racer Boy look!

The seller has gone above and beyond the call of duty to accurately describe their machine with hi-res photos. Please take your time- browse through them all and enjoy how well this 3MA has been preserved. I did some research today and poured over the RSBFS.com archives where I could only find 1 other 1990 3MA ever listed on our site. So, based on our 14 year history- you are looking at a truly rare machine.



I hope you enjoyed that video as much as I did. There’s nothing quite like a 2 stroke buzzing down the road at 10k rpm and hearing the rattle of the dry clutch when slowing down- especially when you can do it without worry. That’s right, this TZR 250 is titled, tagged and completely legal under the 25 year old rule. This is a no hassle 2-stroke purchase.

Is this the one you’ve been waiting for? Will you ride it or put it on display?

If you’re interested- please contact Greg at gregory.zydyk@gmail.com

dd

Honda September 10, 2021 posted by

Nine Tenths – 1994 Honda CBR900RR

1994 brought new fox eyes to the CBR900RR, but didn’t increase the weight or sporty intent.  Today’s example is destined for back road fun, leaving the show stand to others.

1994 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

Almost superbike sized, the Fireblade is more of a beefed-up supersport than a lightened superbike.  Its 122 hp, 43mm cartridge forks, and 296mm four-piston brakes are stretched over a 55-inch wheelbase and lightened to just 454 lbs.  Compare that to the liter-size GT’s and see why it did well at the more technical AMA venues.  But it was most at home on the canyon road, with plenty of usable power and easy-to-access handling.  Just one update was advertised for 1994, a redesigned shift drum for smoother action.

Though this CBR would be a project to restore, it appears to be clean and free from any career-ending incidents.  Though it has a carbon muffler, almost conspicuous by their presence are the rear mudguard, droopy turn signals, and clear windscreen.  No info on why an available model was imported, but more knowledgeable readers will please weigh in.  Notes from the eBay auction:

The color scheme is awesome and it goes like stink and handles as well as any modern sportbike. It only weighs 185K dry. It put out 111HP to the shaft and for a 25-ish-year-old bike, that was game-changing. I got this one a few years ago out of Gary’s collection, but just don’t ride it, as I have two others and an RVF. When we do ride it up the canyons, it keeps up with everyone. It’s a head-turner too. Anyone who knows motorcycles knows this bike and how it changed the game in the early 90s. Lots of people stop and take pictures, just warning you. There are VERY few of these around, but if you are looking at this listing, you already know that. This thing is stock and has a Yoshi carbon slip-on. Sounds amazing and runs perfectly.

Everything works and the tires are only a few years old and in great shape. Always garaged. There is a chip in one of the fairings around the clutch plate (see pics) and a few love bumps here/there, but the body is in perfect shape. Clean fluids too. A couple of rips in the seat, but they are super small. Anyway, again, you know what this is if you are looking at this listing, so I don’t need to list any specs…you already know. If you are a beginning rider, DO NOT buy this bike. Just because it is old/vintage, it is a lot to handle for a beginner This bike is in amazing shape…I’m not going to say museum quality, but it is beautiful, and I hate to get rid of it, but I need to clear some motorcycles out of the garage. Odometer is in Kilos btw, which is about 8,500 miles here in the lower 48. Very low for a 27-year-old bike.

Hard to believe this CBR900RR was right across the showroom aisle from the CBR1000F, fully enclosed and around 550 lbs ready to ride.  Different missions, product managers, and designers – and really different roads or tracks in mind.  Probably better to choose another if a scratchless creampuff is your goal, but this one could be the go-to bike, close by the garage door.

-donn

 

 


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Ducati September 9, 2021 posted by

1993 Ducati 888 SPO For Sale!

1993 Ducati 888 SPO For Sale on eBay!

Coming in on the heels of Mikes French Drama Lama 888 SP5/Strada is this Merica 888 SPO. This Ducati is certain to please WhyzeeF and Luke because this one lacks a LE number plate on the triple, but . . . it does have that pesky No 1 tail plate . . . Hmmmm. Oh! I know, that’s because Ducati won the WSB championship in 1992. They followed 92’s championship season up by winning both the WSBK and AMA Championships in 93′ with the 888. So, this number plate actually means something! 🙂

From the seller-

In case you are not aware 888SPO was sold only in the US market. The SPO was a combination of the high performance SP5 and the European- specification Strada. Apart from a different EPROM, the engine of the SPO was identical to the Starda. The SPO shared more with the SP5 when it came to the chassis. There were only 170 produced for the 1993 model year with another 120 equipped to meet California emissions. This is not a California example. There were another 100 released for 1994 with only a few cosmetic differences including a production number plate on the triple clamp.

This SPO presents well and for a good reason- It’s averaged around 400 miles a year since it crossed the pond. As the seller mentions, there were around 390 of these imported in 93′ and 94′. Not super low numbers by Italian manufacturers standards, but low enough to make them sought after and highly collectable. These have been slowly creeping up in price over the years and this one seems to be leading the way and pushing the envelope with a BIN price of $18,500. If you’re interested in this one and want to compare pricing or condition you can search our archives and gain a lot of insight on these.

Check out this SPO here!

Ciao!

dd


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Norton September 8, 2021 posted by

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.

 


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Ducati September 7, 2021 posted by

Sticker Shock – 2003 Ducati 749S

As unlikely as it would be to ever see a yellow Ducati racebike, this owner has a pretty good visual play going on the factory WSBK livery from the early oughts.  Looking excellent and reporting recent maintenance, this 749S might go for less due to the salvage title.

2003 Ducati 749S for sale on eBay

A tidy mark-up from the base model, the 749S used a higher compression engine and reported 110 hp, pretty good ponies from 3/4 of a liter.  Other upgrades included better Showa suspension, and the headstock, footpegs and seat are all adjustable to suit, though comfort was never its strong suit.  The 749 gives up 10mm of rear tire to the 999, but shares a lot with the superbike.  The skinny package carries just 4.1 gallons of fuel, so the right wrist might make the reserve light a regular presence.

This 749S has low miles, some racy graphics and a neat take on the front turn signals.  A close look is required with the salvage title, but the owner might drop it by a shop of your choosing if you’re not SoCal.  Stickers come and go with relative ease.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Very Rare Bike! Lots of Carbon Fiber Extras! Only 12,000 Miles! Title in hand, registered in California through 02/22.

Very recently fully serviced. New Battery, New Pirelli Tires, New Fairings. The original fairings are included with some minor damage. The bike was given a “Salvage Title” due to insurance not wanting/unable to get replacement fairings. It was never wrecked, simply fell over cracking the left side fairings and mirror.

Runs Great!  Gets a lot of looks!

The big twin’s advantage in superbikes didn’t translate into supersports, and Ducati ‘s entry was a marketing exercise if not a contender.  But in amateur hands or on the road, the 749S might be a better choice.  If the buyer were to be a rider hoping for miles, rather than a collector focused on re-sale, this might be a great option.

-donn


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Ducati September 6, 2021 posted by

The French Connection: 1993 Ducati 888 SP5

Update 9.6.2021: We have received word from a reader who is well known and respected in the modern classic Ducati community, that there is some cause for concern with this example. See the thread here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/138029276886641

the Ducati SP5 Community & I have been all over this “genuine” SP5. It’s a fake.

According to the frame VIN, 3 months ago it was a 888 Strada being sold for $13,000 in France. Now it’s $38k.

Thank you for the heads up, -dc


Queue up the Oooh La Las, because regardless on which side your baguette is buttered you are looking at an Italian legend… that has been well preserved… yet definitely ridden… and lives in France. Sure, the global pandemic may prohibit you from taking the Grand Tour across Europe, but you can get Italy delivered via France without ever leaving home right now thanks to eBay.

1993 Ducati 888 SP5 for sale on eBay

The Ducati triple 8 was an evolution of the milestone 851, and incorporated key learnings from the initial seasons of WSBK racing. Namely, more capacity and more power. The 888 produced just 2 ponies shy of 120 HP in the SP5 trim, thundering its way to an 11,000 RPM redline. That is big territory for a twin. This is, in fact, the SPS motor, which therefore includes stronger rods and twin injectors. Limited to 500 units, the SP5 offered a substantial set of components, from race-ready Brembos (including braided lines and a fully floating rear disk), the close-ratio six speed box, solo tail section with the upswept Termi cans, and Ohlins rear shock. Up front the SP5 came stock with a multi-adjustable Showa front fork, but it appears today’s seller rectified that cost cutting measure with a proper Ohlins front unit. Exclusivity was pretty good to start with across the years of the 888 (1991 – 1994 model years), but to ensure stature the 888 SP5 was fitted with a bespoke numbered tag on the headstock. Today’s bike is #369.

From the seller:
for sale this fantastic ducati 888 SP5 N° 369
only 32, 000 km, new complete overhaul.
many rare parts like the magnesium rims “Raymond Roche replica”, the carbon footrests (originals, not replicas ), the ohlins fork, the brembo race brake calipers, the magnesium casing.
a unique opportunity to acquire this exceptional motorcycle.
the engine was completely rebuilt 10 years ago at virginio ferrari and the bike has not been driven since.
it is therefore running in.
Bike is in perfect condition

Unlike many rare Ducatis, this particular beast has been ridden a fair amount. 32,000 KM equates to just under 20,000 American miles, which is a lot for a rare collector. The seller indicates a significant amount of work done on the bike, including a complete engine rebuild. Note that the work was completed 10 years ago, and it is likely the bike was parked soon afterwards. Visually the bike appears to be in good condition, especially when the mileage is taken into consideration. Historically significant, justifiably rare and potent, this 1993 Ducati 888 SP5 is looking for a new home. The seller is asking $38,000 USD, and you can check out all of the details here. Does the 888 touch a nerve in your collector heart? What’s your favorite 888 variant? Be sure to let us know in the comments. Good Luck!!

MI


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