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Featured Listing May 14, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing -1988 Yamaha TDR250

Yamaha saw an opportunity in the late 1980’s to use their TZR250 two-stroke drivetrain and possibly show up on – ABC’s Wide World of Sports’ The Superbikers ( well, maybe just during a commercial break ).  A longtime friend of RSBFS, Moto2 Imports offers this recent import with just over 14,000 miles and U.S. title.

1988 Yamaha TDR250 for sale at Moto2 Imports

More of a supermoto than dual sport, Yamaha sought to transfer the 50 ponies and light weight of the TZR to a motard.  The parallel twin was tuned for better torque and a few less peak hp at 46, as well as painted silver.  Like on the TZR, timing is computer-controlled and uses 28mm flat-slide carbs and reed induction.  The hefty steel chassis could handle tarmac and jumps, and crossover exhaust stayed out of the way.  Air-charged front forks had 160mm travel, and the Monocross rear coped with 150mm.  Seeing far into rally bikes’ future, the Ultimate Dual had an integrated seat, tank and fairing with a high windshield.

Moto2 gives every import a thorough going over, but favors originality, selecting better candidates for import rather than doing more restoration.  It this case the TDR looks excellent with barely even a boot scuff, and Moto2 tests everything for proper operation.  Comments from correspondence and – their website –

Yamaha’s dual-sport adventure bike features a TZR250 derived two-stroke 250 engine specially tuned for the TDR. Bike has 14,000 miles (22,667km) and is in excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition. New Dunlop tires. Will come with US title.  Asking $7,999

Excellent condition example. Engine is in good running condition with all lights, horn, blinkers working properly. Dunlop tires in nearly new condition. Weighing under 300lbs with 50hp on tap, Yamaha’s two-stroke dual sport 250 is a blast on and off road. Video available on request.

While a little off RSBFS’s beaten path, the TDR is a close relation to the racy TZR.  It pre-dates the European super motard craze, and would’ve been a hit here but for the twilight of two-stroke emissions.  A gem for a fan of the brand, or maybe just a wild pit bike, Moto2 requests offers on (844) 44-MOTO2 or via email – here –.

-donn

Featured Listing May 14, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1997 Kawasaki ZX-7RR N2

Maybe it’s the Ninja Turtles paintjob, or the twin headlights or the gaping air scoops that flank the headlights, but the 1997 Kawasaki ZX-7RR oozes with purpose. After all, nothing about a lime green-and purple single-seater sportbike says “ride me to work.” These are the colors of losing your chicken strips up the inside of a dentist on a Ducati. This is the livery of a long day in the general district courthouse followed by indefinite license suspension.

The 1997 Kawasaki ZX-7RR was built to homologate the bikes Rob Muzzy was tuning to within an inch of their lives for AMA Superbike and Formula USA competition. Aside from the fairly obvious single-seat tail section and deleted passenger pegs, the bikes had beefier Nissin brakes, fully-adjustable suspension and 41mm flatslide carbs.

With Doug Chandler and Scott Russell on board, the ZX-7RR’s predecessor took four AMA Superbike titles in the 1990s, as well as a brace of Daytona 200s courtesy of Russell. Eric Bostrom also rode a ZX-7RR in the latter half of the ‘90s.

Thanks to the big flat slides, a tall first gear, the ZX-7RRs made pretty miserable street bikes, which led to most of them being stripped of their street equipment and thrown around amateur road racing series and track days with abandon. To find one as blemish free and low mileage as this one is a real rarity.

This 1997 Kawasaki ZX-7RR N2 is completely stock except for an air-valve mod, and has done less than 6,000 miles. It resides in Canada, but the seller says he has explored importing it to the U.S. and does not anticipate any serious issues.

From the seller:

I have for sale a 1997 Kawasaki ZX7RR in very good or even excellent condition. This fine example has been ridden only 9500km (5900mi) by its original owner. The seat cowl, tank, upper cowl and fender are scratch and dent free. There are a few paint chips and a small rub mark on the muffler that I have tried my best to point out in the pictures. I can provide more pictures if desired.
The bike is stock with the exception of the seat pad which I had re-upholstered. The engine ‘air system’ has been replaced with what I gather is a ‘Kleen Air’ mod. I have all the original hardware to return it to stock condition.
I believe I am the third owner and I have had it in my collection for 6 years. Although not ridden during that time, I periodically started and ran the bike and kept fresh fuel in it. I did recently ride it to the local garage for a safety inspection and everything performed as a like new bike should.
I live an hour and a half east of Toronto, Ontario and would consider delivering the bike to the New York City area or Buffalo NY. This model may be imported into the USA (VSP312) via an importer to whom I would supply the paper work including the ‘Recall letter’.
I am asking $18,500 for this clean example of a ZX7RR. Please call Neil at (705) 924-9147 or email n_macmillan@hotmail.com

At $18,500 U.S., the bike is priced as a rare collector bike, and a low-production piece of AMA history. Considering that similar homologation mounts from Honda and Yamaha of this vintage are going for more than double that, this Kawi represents something of a bargain.

Derbi May 14, 2019 posted by

Cheap Thrills: 2003 Derbi GPR 50 for Sale

Looking for a cheap bit of two-wheeled fun? The asking price for this Derbi GPR50 is just $1,700 and, while performance won’t blow your hair back, this little race replica looks the part, handling should be good. Ergonomics are shockingly reasonable, even for adults: I’ve sat on a Malossi replica version of this bike and it isn’t really cramped at all, and the owner of that bike is well over six feet tall and built like a linebacker. It even has ample storage under the “gas tank” for a helmet, or a big bag of groceries, making this a practical hooligan tool for both shopping and terrorizing unsuspecting commuters. The fuel cell is located centrally, and the filler cap is under the locked passenger seat.

Aside from the lawnmower-sized engine, the specifications are pretty sportbike-y: the little two-stroke has an electric starter, oil-injection, and six-speed gearbox suspended in a twin spar steel frame with a Showa upside-down fork up front and a Showa shock out back, with hydraulic discs and steel braided lines at both ends. The package is good for around 65mph flat out with no tail wind, although big-bore kits are available that bump displacement to 75 or 80cc, with a subsequent boost in “power” from around 6hp at the wheel to closer to 10hp. That may sound underwhelming, but it represents a more than 50% improvement in power, and the stock bike is already capable of freeway-ish speeds.

The race-replica color scheme might seen cheeky, but Derbi has plenty of real racing credentials. The majority of American motorcyclists have probably never heard of them, but the Spanish company has been around since 1922 and was competitive in Grand Prix motorcycle racing for many years, winning a number of world championships in 50cc, 80cc, and 125cc classes. They’re currently owned by the tentacled horror of the Piaggio group, and produce mopeds, scooters, and small-displacement road bikes, although they were racing in the 125cc Grand Prix class as late as 2010.

From the original eBay listing: 2003 Derbi GPR50 for Sale

2003 Derbi GPR 50 for sale.  This is a moto GP replica of their racing bike.  Excellent condition, with only 2972KM.  Stored in inside for last 9 years.  Still runs great and starts with no problems.  Would be a great first time motorcycle, and can reah 120km/h on 50 cc 2-stroke engine. Item is located Near Brockville Ontario, Canada.  If winning bid is from outside Canada, I will do my best to assist you in the exporting process. It is for sale locally so I reserve the right to end the auction early.

There aren’t many detailed photos, but this Derbi does look very clean and has covered just 3,000 miles from new. It is located in Canada, which could complicate things for a US buyer, depending on your home state. Sure, it’s not very fast, but even in stock form this might be a hoot on a kart track, and that $1,700 Buy It Now price would even make it a pretty hilarious pit bike. Move quickly though, because there are just a few hours left on the auction!

-tad


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Ducati May 13, 2019 posted by

Less Equaling More – 2001 Ducati 996R #114/500

Ducati’s Superbike homologation special in 2001 was the 996R, and received the first narrow head testastretta engine, thinner 320mm front brake disks, and bodywork with almost no vents.  One place it didn’t scrimp was MSRP, and along with its factory-new appearance, this example sports an ask which is virtually the same as in 2001.

2001 Ducati 996R for sale on eBay

The R shared much with the preceding SPS, but the powerplant was comprehensively revised, more oversquare with larger but lighter pistons to displace 998cc.  Valve angle was reduced to 25 degrees, allowing bigger valves and more compact desmodromic actuators.  54mm oval intake tracts had one shower injector for each cylinder, under Marelli electronic control.  As configured in the 996R, 135hp was the result, with max torque of 77 ft.-lbs. at just 8,000 rpm.

Chassis, suspension and brakes sound similar to the SPS, but are closer to the race machine with fully adjustable Ohlins, special Brembo brakes with lighter rotors, and forged Marchesini wheels.  Body work is all carbon but relies on motion to get the airflow to work, the sleek fairings completely uninterested in sitting at idle.  Carbon Termignoni mufflers imparted a distinctive boom to the exhaust.

Not much information about the chain of ownership, but with only 225 miles, it’s been more a series of guardians.  On office display, it looks new in every way, with the mirrors and signals looking like possible updates.  From the eBay auction:

This particular Ducati 996R is a one-owner, USA delivered, 225 original mile example.

Build Number 114 of 500.

Sale includes all owner’s handbooks, both keys, OEM compliant mufflers & ECU, Ducati Performance Carbon Fiber Parts, Termignoni Exhaust and Computer, Evoluzione Slipper Clutch and Titanium Guard, and all original parts.

The FIM’s directive to was make the homologation machines available to customers, but the factory’s interpretation did not really include the general public.  Special connections, select privateer race teams, and a dealer’s best customer could place an order, but a walk-up inquiry might find them to be sold out.  When new £17,000 – over $50,000 – accounting for inflation this -R should be about 75 large.  But even at a smashing discount the new owner will be an unusual motorcyclist.  Very fitting for a most rare Ducati, which will likely never get to 226 miles.

-donn


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Honda May 12, 2019 posted by

Hold On: 1979 Honda CB900F DHOLDA

Rare bikes are, well, rare. The whole point of RSBFS is to highlight those unique rides that exist in only limited numbers. And while the world is a relatively large playground, it is not unusual to see repeats on especially rare offerings. Today’s Bol d’Or 24 hour endurance replica Honda CB900F is one such example. Last seen on these pages over two years ago, this interesting offering is the product of Belgium racing family D’Hollander. Constructed in the spirit of the racers that competed in such events as the aforementioned Bol d’Or 24 hours, DHOLDA-prepped bikes were also competitive at the 1000 km at Mugello, the 24 hours of Francorchamps (Spa) and the 24 hours of Barcelona.

1979 Honda CB900F DHOLDA for sale on eBay

Being that this is a 1979 machine from a bespoke builder, it is impossible to tell what has gone into the engine from simply sitting on the sidelines. Even if we had a build sheet, the likelihood of a 40 year old machine remaining truly as delivered when new is pretty scarce. Still, as recounted in our earlier article from 2017 on this exact bike, DHOLDA was known for building hot rods that could go the distance – and this one continues to accumulate the miles.

From the seller:
Jean D’Hollander “Dholda” Racing of Belgium raced and won the Bol d’Or in 1978 and 1979 on a modified Honda EU-spec CB900F bored out to 1000cc. D’Hollander created replicas of this race bike and sold them to the public, calling them Dholda. Bike is currently registered and inspected in Vermont with a clear Vermont title. Has recent Michelin Pilot tires, battery, and full service showing some $1653.54 in work done.

Not sure exactly what was done to the engine by D’Hollander but it is very fast and sounds amazing through the 4-1. The mechanic noted he estimated hp in 120bhp range but has not been dynoed. I imagine there is a race cam and porting with race carbs and velocity stacks, perhaps a lightened and balanced crank. Does anyone know more? Valve covers have a “220” stamp, which maybe is the compression ratio. Euro spec KPH speedo showing 13,554 km or 8,422 miles. Bodywork in excellent condition with one small spider crack on the fairing lower. Local bidders are welcome to inspect in Vermont. I can email service records and previous emails from Dholda Racing. Carbs rebuilt, and new fork seals installed.

*During my last ride I noted the indicators are flashing together only and the lights work under flasher but not high/low. I expect a switching problem for both but have not looked closely yet. All bulbs are getting power and light up, just not through the correct switch circuit as normal. Tires were new 2017 but have a slow leak at rim-bead and need tubes or remount.

eBay records show that this bike sold back in January of 2017 for $5,300 – well below the $11,900 Buy It Now number. The sale number seems to be impossibly low given the history of the tuner, and the shape this CB900F is in. But that is always the problem with extremely rare and one-off motorcycles; there is just not enough sales history on which to nail a value (or even a prediction). This example now has one recent sale (eBay 2017) and just 161 additional miles. The pictures are all new, and thus should be considered as the bike in current condition. There is also the video (see above) to show you how the bike sits today. Finally, there is the service receipt, which shows some care and maintenance. The Buy It Now figure on this rare model is set at a mere $5,900 – which still feels like a bargain for such a unique niche machine. Check it out here, and Good Luck!!

MI


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