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Honda January 5, 2023

Before & After – 2019 Honda Grom 300cc Build

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2019 Honda Grom 300cc Swap

One of the comical benefits of browsing the internet for motorcycles (or really any vehicle) is that you get to see some custom work that should have been killed in the brainstorming stage. Sometimes you get to see some really good custom work and you can’t help but be envious of the level of skill possessed by the craftsmen. Then you have bikes like this 300cc (250cc + the big bore) Grom Swap. While it’s nothing  I’d ridicule, I imagine something like this falls in the middle of the Venn Diagram for good and bad custom builds. I have so many questions.

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Bolting large engines into the Honda Grom is not a novel idea. A few companies make swap kits and a quick Youtube search yields a lot of interesting videos. The CBR250R swap is the most common since it also employs a single cylinder setup and therefore requires no frame modifications.This builder has gone a step further and tacked on another 50ccs of bore with a Chimera kit. Additional engine mods include a larger throttle body, upgraded cams, and an engine tuner. There aren’t any estimated hp numbers in the listing but a CBR250R makes mid-30s and the cams add about 4 hp per the DCR site. Add the big bore kit, tuner, and throttle body and you’re probably looking at mid 40s to the crank? Frankly, the hp number could just say “Too Fast” and that should send the right message.

One of the more concerning aspects of the build is the amount of torque and stress going through the chassis. More weight from the engine and more speed are going to push this bike out of the intended performance envelope. Don’t be fooled by the aluminum frame covers. The stock steel tube frame lives underneath. All of that being said, the goal was probably not to build a 1:2 scale Fireblade from a performance standpoint so we can’t hold it at gunpoint for that reason.

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The attention to detail on the aesthetic is what really stands out here. You’ll dismiss it as yet another liter bike if you are scrolling too quick. The builder seems to have spared no expense. The only thing the cockpit seems to share with a stock Grom is…nothing?

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If Honda ever wanted to slap Ohvale around in the mini-race bike market they should call this guy. he might be able to save them a couple bucks in R&D. Start to finish this Grom (if you can even call it that) looks great.

Bike does not have Ohlins suspension! Just stickers . Bike does not have an Akrapovic exhaust ! Just sticker , It is all stainless exhaust . 84mm 12.5 comp piston and new cylinder kit , 42mm Throttle body, 6 disc clutch pack , over size injector , custom aluminum 90 degree intake for proper placement of the injector . complete ARacer 5 computer system with data logger , the ARacer system is completely adjustable from an app on my phone . Speedo correction link , hydraulic clutch kit , lithium battery, DCR S2 cam shaft kit with springs and valves , new cam chain and solid tensioner . All the bolts for the engine are titanium and many on the bike are also . The body kit is from Thailand and is all fiberglass, there are some nicks scratches and cracks . It’s good but not perfect . You can see all the rest of the parts installed . The Grom had under 300 miles when I started this build.

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As cool as this build is, the reason it has to live in the middle of the Bad & Good Build Venn Diagram is the price… After seeing all the parts and quality of the finish I fully believe the seller spent a small fortune putting this together. The frame, forks, and rims may be the only stock parts on the whole bike. Unfortunately the old adage says a custom build is always worth far more to the builder than the buyer… Unless you’re Jesse James. In that case the first owner get’s raked over the coals. I don’t mean take any credit away from the build. From design to execution, this guy has hit the mark. I’d bet one would spend more time looking at this at a museum or bike meet than some of the other high dollar attendees.

Thanks for reading!

Norm


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Ducati January 5, 2023

Little Red Racing Hood – 2002 Ducati 748R #707

Jumping back across the pond, today we find a very nicely equipped 2002 Ducati 748R. This iconic design, penned by Massimo Tamburini back in the mid 1990s for the launch of the 916, is completely timeless. And while the smaller motor may lack some of the “I’m gonna kill you” grunt of the bigger bike, the rest of the kit is pure Ducati R bike. Which is to say, about as top-shelf as you can get. Exotic, rare, beautiful and unbelievably potent, the 748R is a bike worthy of riding or collecting; or both.

2002 Ducati 748R #707 for sale on eBay

Like the 916, the 748R was designed to go racing. In the case of the smaller bike, that meant World SuperSport. And while looks remained similar, the 748 went through some pretty major changes from inception through the 2000s. For example, in 2000 the 748R adopted the WSBK winning frame from the 996. The engine was substantially reworked from the airbox on down, including updated Showa fuel injection utilizing throttle bodies and F1-style shower injectors. That air/fuel mixture is introduced via hotter cams and bigger valves, and results in an estimated 105 ponies from the screaming twin. By 2002 the R-spec suspension was upgraded from Showa to Ohlins, new Marchesini wheels were added to reduce unsprung weight, and carbon fiber was sprinkled everywhere to reduce weight and up the glam factor.

From the seller:
DHSuperbikes are pleased to be able to offer for sale a lovely little 2002 Ducati 748R. Uk Bike since New, Lots and lots of History and Receipts and some Tasteful extra’s. Rearsets, Termis, Performance Ducati Clutch, Slave Upgrade, Levers, Carbon ETC ETC

Fantastic Clean condition with a few Marks from General use. If Im being over critical (mirror Scuffed, Carbon Chain Guard Laquer marked)

Very good honest Bike with lots of History and paperwork. Very Easy to make absolutely Mint with a few hours TLC

HPI Clear

Full Service and New Tyres along with Belts done this year at JHP in Coventry and she’s covered 200 Miles Since. Supporting Invoice for £1200

Much like when first introduced in the showroom, the 748 remains the lower-priced brother of the vaunted 916. However this is a good thing in a collector sense, as while a 916R may be priced out of the range of many, a 748R is starting to look downright affordable – while looking exactly the the bigger bike. How much win is that? This bike is located in the UK, shows 15k on the clocks, and is looking for a new home as a classified advert for $11,249 GBP (approximately $13,390 USD in today’s exchange rate). Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI


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Suzuki January 4, 2023

Featured Listing – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 with 590 miles!

Update 1.31:2023: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

In Miami, Florida there is an astounding collection of rare GSX-R models – including today’s Featured Listing 1986 GSX-R 1100 with only 590 original miles. This first year bike is so clean and original you would be hard pressed to find any of those miles evident. If you love ’em sort of slabby and are in the market for a clean example of the big beast of the 1100, you cannot go wrong with a bike that looks this perfect. Interested? Read on!

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 for sale on eBay

While the GSX-R750 dropped first, the 134 HP bad boy 1100 was released later in the same year. This was the bike that – at the time – married the best of big bore power with light weight (435-ish pounds, which was light for a liter bike for the day) and great handling thanks to an alloy frame with pronounced hump-back, adjustable 41 mm front suspension with adjustable anti-dive control, and a single shock rear suspension with rising rate linkage. The 1052cc inline four was fairly conventional, although the use of two oil pumps and a larger quantity of oil allowed for liquid-cooled power in an air-cooled styled package.

From the seller:
COMING OUT OF MY PERSONAL COLLECTION GLOBEMOTORCYCLES.COM OF OVER 150 VINTAGE MOTORCYCLES 🙂 GLOBE MOTORCYCLES

THIS IS AN AWARD WINNING, ALL ORIGINAL CONDITION ULTRA LOW MILES 1986 SUZUKI GSX-R 1100 WITH ONLY 590 ORIGINAL DOCUMENTED MILES!!

MY FLAWLESS GSX-R 1100 HAS THE ORIGINAL FACTORY ORIGINAL 4 INTO ONE EXHAUST, FACTORY ORIGINAL WINDSCREEN, FACTORY ORIGINAL FLAWLESS SOLO SEAT COVER (IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND A PERFECT ONE), AND THE FACTORY ORIGINAL CARBURETOR WITH THE ORIGINAL AIRB BOX AND INTAKE BOOTS/JETS/PARTS AND BRAKE LINES (NOT INSTALLED). EASY TO MAKE 100% PERFECT ORIGINAL IF YOU WANTED TO.

More from the seller:
THE ENGINE:
THE ENGINE IS ALL ORIGINAL AND HAS NEVER BEEN REMOVED FROM THE FRAME AND NEVER BEEN PAINTED. SHE IS THE ORIGINAL EXHAUST IN FLAWLESS CONDITION, FRESH ULTRA SONICALLY CLEANED AND OVERHAULED CARBURETORS, K&N POD FILTERS. COMES WITH THE OEM AIRB BOX AND INTAKE BOOTS.

THE FRAME:
THE FRAME HAS ALL THE ORIGINAL LABLES AND HAS NOT BEEN TAMPERED WITH AT ALL. ORIGINAL CHAIN AND SPROCKETS, CHAIN GUARD, TURN SIGNALS AND MIRRORS, GRIPS, ECT. LOCKHART BRAKE LINES ARE INSTALLED BUT SHE COMES WITH THE OEM BRAKE LINES. NEW METZLER Z6 RADIALS MOUNTED AND BALANCED

THIS BIKE HAS BEEN IN THE CLIMATE CONTROLLED CARE OF 2 COLLECTORS SINCE NEW. HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO HAVE A HUGE PART OF MOTORCYCLING HISTORY IN THE HARD TO FIND RED WHITE AND BLUE COLORS.

RSBFS reader Bob knowns his collectible motorcycles, and his personal museum has offered up some stunning bikes to these pages. Slab-sided GSX-R models are in vogue and in demand, and rarely do we see an example so close to new as this; not rebuilt, not reconditioned, but an original example with a mere 590 miles. You can check out all of the details on eBay here. Look closely and bid quickly, as this one will go fast. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing January 4, 2023

Featured Listing – 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

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1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

As RSBFS writers, we often get first dibs at some of the Featured Listings that we write up. Our meager earnings from the site keep our tanks full and the insurance man happy but they’ll never stack high enough to take advantage of the first looks we get. Initially, it hurts a bit to watch a some of the excellent listings pass by but you eventually get used it. Then every once in a while a good man named Bob comes out of nowhere and dangles 3 dimepiece Zookis in front of you… So close yet so far. Thanks Bob!

Who is Bob? Bob Benyo is the Chief of Restoration at Globe Motorcycles, a private collector/restorer dedicated to bringing vintage motorcycles back to factory condition. Hopefully a future friend of the site as well. Bob has been stripping screws, busting knuckles, missing apexes, and eating chicken strips since the 80s when he graduated from the AMI. He’s one of those cats who has forgotten more about the game than most will know.

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This GSX-R 1100 is one of 3 Zook’s and one of two 1100s our seller is getting offload of this week. If you’ve been patiently waiting out the storm for the past couple years for a classic sportbike this is an opportunity worth exploring.

The GSX-R 1100 was a quick successor to the GSX-R 750 which needs no introduction. The big bore market in general was not new of course but the big bore sport bike market…well that was uncharted territory at the time. Suzuki quickly understood that certain markets had an appetite for big horsepower and they quickly developed an offering based on their 750 platform. A 1,052 cc oil-cooled mill generated around ~120hp and ~70 lb ft of torque at the crank. Throw that in a pot with a lightweight (for the time) chassis and you get to 160 mph pretty quick… That’s surely far quicker than whatever the po po were using to chase GSX-R owners at the time. The powerplant was reliable as well. It became a favorite of tuners and drag rats as they could easily shove more hp through the engine without any issues. I suspect that the engine reliability played a big part in allowing the seller to offer this bike with a healthy engine today. Speaking of the engine, this one exhales into in a period correct SuperTrapp SS exhaust. Those types of bits are always hard to come by on the classics.

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Motorcycles are pretty simple and direct. That being said, there are still multiple parts to the system and the motor is just one part that helps deliver the experience we seek from these types of machines. While I believe the motor is arguably the most important part of the system, it’s only ever so slightly ahead of handling which is another strength of the 1100. Remember, the starting point for this was 750 which was a proper track bike. Much of the engineering that made the 750 great dynamically was carried over to the 1100. The 435 lb dry weight surely is the main character but steering damper, electronic anti-dive tech, and the cartridge-style suspension all carried their weight in supporting roles.

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The other GSX-R 1100 Bob is selling is the stock, low mile one in perfect condition. This one seems to have been the evening cruiser of choice and has some mods that allowed inflexible Bob to enjoy his ownership. The main one of those is the bar riser kit. The 1100 is a loooong bike with a loooong tank and spending even 5 minutes at the helm seems like a test of one’s physical fitness. A tinted Lockhart windscreen and upgraded brake lines come installed as well. A prior seller has painted the original bodywork in red/white/blue which actually looks high quality and stock.

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Even the inside front of the belly pan is clean… That’s a surefire way to determine if someone is OCD about their toys…

All said and done, this seems like as good as an opportunity as any to snatch up an early ancestor of the Suzuki lineup. The seller has considerable experience in owning and maintaining these bikes so from a quality standpoint, I see very little risk. From a collector standpoint, status has already been achieved and value is a function of time at this point…and Jerome Powell. I think you should gather more details from the seller but it seems the bike has had an interesting backstory as well so there’s your cherry on top.

The “Buy It Now” price is $16K and there have been 0 bids on the auction which starts at $10.5K. BaT sold an ’86 1100 for $14.5 in July ’22 and an ’87 1100 for $11.5K in December ’21. Reach out to Bob directly at skyad1@aol.com with any questions.

Thanks for reading and good luck!

Norm

Suzuki January 4, 2023

Featured Listing – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R Limited Edition!

Update 1.31:2023: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Firing a shot across the bow of 2023 is our first bona fide Collector Alert of the New Year. Brought to us by RSBFS regular Bob, today’s Featured Listing is an ultra rare Japanese home market example of the much sought after Limited Edition GSX-R750R. Looking perfectly preserved, residing indoors for what looks to be its entire life span, and showing only 863 kilometers on those white-faced, metric clocks (a mere 535-ish miles for those of us that compute mileage in American), this is a wake up call for anyone who dreams of collecting. Born and bred for the race track with goodies and tech over and above the already stunning GSX-R of the era, the Limited Edition has gained cult status and remains a key model in a very exclusive blue chip collector club.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R Limited Edition for sale on eBay

Much has been written about the mighty GSX-R750 and how it revolutionized sport bikes and production racers in particular. But the extra “R” in the Limited Edition meant that these special bikes were homologation specials more sharply focused for the race track. The biggest deal with the Limited Edition relates to the transmission. A close-ratio 6-speed is mated to a dry clutch setup, which is lighter (thanks to its magnesium construction) and has less parasitic drag than the standard oil-bath variety. Flat slide carbs replace the base CV vacuum units, suspension was upgraded for track duty (including New Electrically Activated Suspension (NEAS) forks from the 1100), and the package was wrapped in a special fiberglass solo tail.

From the seller:
COMING OUT OF MY PERSONAL COLLECTION GLOBEMOTORCYCLES.COM OF OVER 120 VINTAGE MOTORCYCLES 🙂 GLOBE MOTORCYCLES

THIS IS AN AWARD WINNING, ALL ORIGINAL CONDITION ULTRA LOW MILES JAPANESE IMPORT 1986 SUZUKI GSX-R 1100 WITH ONLY 863 ORIGINAL DOCUMENTED KILOMETERS!! FLORIDA TITLE IN MY NAME.

ONLY A HAND FULL OF THESE JAPANESE IMPORTS EVER MADE IT TO THE US. THIS IS NOT THE RARE DOMESTIC LIMITED EDITION.

IN THE STUNNING MUST HAVE, HARD TO FIND FACTORY YOSHIMURA RACING BROWN OVER RED COLORS.

More from the seller:
MY FLAWLESS GSX-R 750 LIMITED EDITION HAS THE ORIGINAL FACTORY ORIGINAL 4 INTO ONE EXHAUST, FACTORY ORIGINAL WINDSCREEN, FACTORY ORIGINAL FLAWLESS SOLO SEAT COVER, AND THE FACTORY ORIGINAL CARBURETOR WITH THE ORIGINAL AIRB BOX. SHE STILL HAS THE JAPANESE WRITING ON THE FRAME DECALS

THE ENGINE:
THE ENGINE IS ALL ORIGINAL AND HAS NEVER BEEN REMOVED FROM THE FRAME AND NEVER BEEN PAINTED. SHE HAS THE ORIGINAL EXHAUST IN FLAWLESS CONDITION, FRESH ULTRA SONICALLY CLEANED AND OVERHAULED CARBURETORS.

THE FRAME:
THE FRAME HAS ALL THE ORIGINAL JAPANESE LABLES AND HAS NOT BEEN TAMPERED WITH AT ALL. ORIGINAL CHAIN AND SPROCKETS, CHAIN GUARD, TURN SIGNALS AND MIRRORS, GRIPS, ECT.

More from the seller:
THIS BIKE HAS BEEN IN THE CLIMATE CONTROLLED CARE OF 2 COLLECTORS SINCE NEW. HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO HAVE A HUGE PART OF MOTORCYCLING RACING HISTORY IN THE IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND JAPANESE IMPORT COLORS.

I HAVE BEEN COLLECTING, RESTORING, REPAIRING, RIDING, AND RACING MOTORCYCLES SINCE BEFORE GRADUATING FROM AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE INSTITUTE “AMI” IN DAYTONA BEACH FLORIDA IN 1980. I HAVE OWNED OVER 22 GSX-R’S BUT ONLY 1 OF THESE JAPANESE LIMITED EDITION 750’S I NEVER PLANED ON SELLING HER BUT I AM OUT OF ROOM. SO DON’T MISS OUT ON YOUR CHANCE TO OWN ONE OF MY AMAZING BIKES.

Over and above the rest of world Limited Edition, the Japanese home market LE model came with very distinctive paintwork, a 4-into-1 exhaust that deleted the heat shielding look, and lighting specific to the Japanese market. These bikes also added a fuel gauge to the cluster, but were otherwise mechanically similar to the exports. But there is no looking away from the striking paintwork on an imported LE, and today’s example is one for the ages.

With few miles, no observable blemishes, a long ownership history and a clean and clear title, this Japanese home market GSX-R750R Limited Edition looks to be as good as it gets. There is no doubt that when it comes to collectible Gixxers the LE is THE ONE to have, and the model has been outperforming market estimates as handily as the homologation market outperformed the competition on the race track. Bob has started the bidding low, with reserve in place. There is a Buy It Now that can be activated at the reasonable sum of $28,000. Located in Florida, this rare 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R Limited Edition is deserving of a close up look, and a new home that will appreciate it as much as the seller obviously has. You can check out all of the details on eBay here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Kawasaki January 1, 2023

Starting Off with a Bang ! – 1994 Kawasaki ZXR-400R

“Wouldn’t that be neat to try”, is all the response a bike that was never sold here could want of those with the motorbike affliction.  The ZXR-400R has that in buckets, and while the ask might be irrationally exuberant, at least this owner presents an excellent example.

1994 Kawasaki ZXR-400R for sale on eBay

Never seen down at your local Green dealer, the 400R was focused on the home market and a few progressive license countries.  Small bore but high tech, it used four valve heads, 12.0-to-1 compression and 30mm carbs to come up with 59 hp.  The carefully shaped twin spars hold things steady for 41mm USD forks and Uni-Trak monoshock.  300mm brakes are seen on much larger supersports, but 17-inch tires were sized for the 390 lb. full tank weight.

Bargains in the 400cc market are way off in the rear view mirror, but it’s hard to call this buy-it-now from an eBayer with no history anything more than a conversation starter.  The bike itself looks great, with just 3,564 miles, a largely stock appearance, super clean, and even an intact rear mudguard.  One photo shows a license plate, but title status isn’t mentioned in the eBay auction –

Super clean vintage classic Kawasaki.. extremely rare to be found in US for sale.
It’s never been down, it has Kilometers odometer, 
It has a steering dampener. 

 

The ZXR400R reviewed as fairly roomy for a smaller sport, and handled better than average, but the power was mostly in the upper half of the rev range.  Might be something to find a way to try and see if you’ll enjoy, before spending sports car money on one, even as nice as this.  Hopefully the seller is for real and the make offer button can talk them out of the stratosphere.

– donn


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Laverda December 29, 2022

Zanèy – 1999 Laverda 650 Sport Kevlar Edition

The naked Ghost Strike models are seen here more often for some reason, but in the late 90’s Laverda’s 650 Sport was good competition for contemporary supersports.  This very collectible example apparently has limited edition kevlar bodywork and wicked British Racing Green paint.

1999 Laverda 650 Sport for sale on eBay UK

Laverda had a long history of parallel twins, and developed a new four-valve twin in the early 1990’s.  668 air/oil-cooled cc’s brought 70 hp to bear, with electronic fuel injection.  The alloy twin-spar chassis was fabricated from rectangular tubing and side plate castings, finished in black.  Appointments are excellent, with W-P upside down forks and monoshock, and 320mm Brembo brakes.  The full fairing is molded in kevlar fiber, which has a certain imperfect attraction, and helped keep the dry weight to just over 400 lbs.

Evidently a personal bike from an eBay dealer with an eclectic presentation, this Laverda looks basically new and is hardly used with a hair over 2,200 miles.  Somehow it has escaped the garage elves and though most parts are painted, even the bare aluminum parts hardly have surface corrosion from long term storage.  A walkaround – video – runs the bike toward the end, and enthusiastic comments are part of the eBay listing –

Selling a couple of my cherry picked toys and in my humble opinion this is probably one of the lowest mileage and one of the rarest colours and being the Kevlar bodywork series with the numbered plaque it wants to be tucked away in a collection although this will really make you feel special every time you throw your leg over it, if it doesn’t you have no soul. 

Up against the 748 in its day, the 748 was a bit quicker whilst the Laverda which handles like a charm with all the top spec components lavished on it, is now the much rarer bike and for the collector rare is key.

It has 3,729 kms which equates to just over 2k miles has been in a good long slumber and has been woken up and sounds great,it has been part of a collection for long enough,its not perfection but it is in terms of originality.  The Kevlar panels were never perfect when new and haven’t got any better with age more like a race panel ,engine cases good etc.  Marchesini wheels look superb too, it’s a piece of motorcycling history that can be used or enjoyed in a mancave forever.

The 668 was product of a revitalization effort and built at a new facility in Zanè, not for from the company’s birthplace in Breganze.  Sticking with a parallel twin, it was an all new affair and suffered some reliability issues, but these were cleared up by the time this 650 Sport was built.  The ask here is just under $6K, and though it still has to take a boat ride and visit DMV, pretty reasonable for a very good-looking and sporty Laverda.

-donn


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Honda December 26, 2022

Blue Past – 2003 Honda VTR1000F SuperHawk

Honda had two V-twin solutions in their line-up for a few years, with the SuperHawk playing the supersport role to the RC51’s superbike.  Today’s VTR1000F looks to have been adult-owned and carefully ridden for its rather low 10K miles.

2003 Honda VTR1000F SuperHawk for sale on eBay

A quick search on SuperHawk and RC51 chassis will illustrate the differences between the two machines.  Both are alloy twin-spars, but the VTR1000F uses the crankcase casting to locate the swingarm.  The engines are different as well, slightly less oversquare and less compression aboard the SuperHawk, but still a very able 110 hp.  Somewhat more budget conscious, the VTR1000F used conventional forks, and 296mm brakes that reviewed as merely excellent rather than overpowering.  The thirsty combination of 48mm Keihin carburetors and a 4.2 gallon tank caught flak on earlier models, but 2002 and later models hold 5.0 gallons.

 

This Illinois example is almost without modification and also lacks any suggestion of damage.  The blue is as unusual as the smaller turn signals and rear fender-ectomy are typical.  The owner shouts it out in the eBay auction –

Immaculate, Original – RARE!! – extremely rare condition. 10,550 original miles.

HONDA Precision. Flawless. Smooth – Fast – Comfortable – The Sports Bike Rider’s Dream. A thrill to own and ride. Garage-kept and professionally maintained. RUNS LIKE A DREAM!

The pictures don’t do this bike justice. COLLECTOR-GRADE.

One of the most beautiful bikes on the road. Excellent / MINT Condition. Meticulously cared for throughout its life.  RUNS LIKE NEW!

The ’03 Superhawks are very difficult to find – this one is unmatched and one of the finest true, twin superbikes on the road. BEAUTIFUL. Perfect road-eating thoroughbred!

This is a fabulous, low-mileage example of the ’03 Honda VTR1000F 996 Superhawk. Reliable, quick and SOLID.

There is NOT another Superhawk in the entire country in this condition !!!
EXTREMELY RARE FIND!
As often happens with Honda’s, the VTR1000F did everything well – not always leading the pack, but it won some shoot-outs on being the best all around ride.  The more relaxed riding position won plenty fans, and when new, the asking price was more relaxed as well.  This buy-it-now for this one isn’t the lowest, but the condition appears one of the best.
 
-donn
 

 

 


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Bimota December 24, 2022

Term of Art – 1999 Bimota DB4R/3 Redbro Limited Edition

From a high perch in the rarity department, today’s Bimota DB4R was tuned by Redbro Racing, and has recently been liberated from a Japanese museum.  Had to go all the way to Queensland Australia to find this one, but it appears worth all the pointing and clicking.

1999 Bimota DB4R/3 Redbro Limited Edition for sale on eBay Australia

Bimota had recently re-awakened their relationship with Ducati, and used the now venerable – but then quite sporty air-cooled 904 desmodue.  Most DB4’s are carburetted, but the Redbro /3 used the factory fuel injection, delivering a better-running 80 hp.  The alloy chassis was shared with the Mantra roadster, and the welds are to die for.  Though equipped with a 5.3 gallon tank and pillion seat, designers kept dry weight to 364 lbs.

Specs for the /3 include a titanium exhaust, EFI, and upper-only fairing.  Just 2 km’s on the clocks and the condition reflects that, with just a hint of aging on bare aluminum components – 23 year years old, after all.  Mirrors have apparently never been mounted, and are in the spares picture.  The seller seems somewhat low on feedback, but has a nice selection of collectible bikes on offer.  Comments from the eBay auction –

Bimota DB4R 3 1999
New old stock 
The R stands for “refine, reborn and racing”
Has been sitting in museum in Japan. only 2 kms on the odometer (push). 29 of 35 built. very rare motorbike. will definitely be on for the collection. 900cc Ducati motor. made for the Redbro racing team.  as per pictures, a beautiful bike in the tri colours. fuel injected. 

Instead of being one of a few hundred DB4R’s, this is number 29/35 of the Redbro series 3. The valise of AUD will need to include shipping and leave some for import, so a fairly serious endeavor.  But as special as the DB4R is in its own right, the Redbro with the Ti exhaust and fairing which shows off the desmodue, is even better.

-donn

Bimota December 22, 2022

World Cup Keepsake: 2006 Bimota DB6

Seems to be raining Bimota here at RSBFS these days!  This particular bike has some history here.  It was posted about in 202 and as far back as 2014.  It is no secret that we, as well as many in the exotic motorcycle community are huge fans of all things Bimota.  Some regular readers and a couple of posters are fortunate enough to even own some.  Much as been written about how wonderful the mix of light weight components, top tier suspension is in a street bike so no need to repeat any of that.

The DB6 is unique even in the world of Bimota.  While there is no way overlook the beautiful fit and finish and epic use of materials.  What really stands out is how useable a package this represents.  Some claim that if a person was to only have one motorcycle, it should be a Ducati Monster due to the relaxed ergonomics, great sound and solid performance.  It is an entirely reasonable choice.  But if someone was really looking to kick things up a notch, the answer would be a Bimota DB6.  To think of it as a Ducati Monster on steroids would be slightly missing the point.  Better to think of it as taking the best of the Ducati, and making every other detail just a little bit better.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio Azzurro….#4 of 23 in the world. Very Limited edition with awesome torquey 1000DS engine.

THIS IS ON DISPLAY AT MOTO JAVA IN SF….YOU CAN STOP BY OR CALL THEM TO INSPECT IT!!!!

Extras:

Zard slip-on carbon fiber mufflers

Rizoma mirrors

Rizoma brake and clutch reservoir mounts

Brembo RCS radial brake & clutch cylinders

New battery and trickle charger

Excellent condition. It has 13,371 km, equal to 8,222 miles.  LOCAL PICKUP AND CASH in person Preferred- DO NOT use ebay checkout for this item. . The DB is located in the SF Bay area….I can transport it to Los Angeles inexpensively. 

The example today has a Buy It Now price of $13,999.  Sure there are some used 1000/1100cc air cooled Monsters on the market for about half that sum, but the premium is well worth it if you value the rarity, materials and amazing history of Bimota.   If you were to only have one motorcycle, what else would you spend $14k on that offered this level of exotic in an easy to live with and service package?


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