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Suzuki December 18, 2020 posted by

! obruT – 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo

Suzuki’s entrant to the turbo sweepstakes was sportier than the green or red models, still more of a GT all in all.  This Oregon example has been ridden some, displayed some, and made ready for the next rider.

1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo for sale on eBay

Suzuki designed a special engine for the turbo, only 673cc and 7.4-to-1 compression, but nicely oversquare with a 10,000 rpm redline.  Full injection ensures smooth running across the range and the advanced oil cooling system used squirters to cool the pistons.  The forward leaning chassis used twin downtubes, anti-dive forks with a 16-inch front wheel and Full Floater monoshock rear.  A little Katana-style goodness made for a distinctive fairing with sportier clip-on handlebars and footpeg location.

Any curator would be happy if their XN85 was in this kind of shape, undamaged and shiny pretty much everywhere.  The owner states he’s only the second, and it’s been in “his” museum for the last twelve years.  That might be worth looking into if you’re local to Portland.  Links to a few comprehensive videos are in – the eBay auction – interspersed with the owner’s comments:

The XN85 Has Been On Display For 11-12 Years In My Museum.

It’s Been Pulled Off The Display Floor And, Over Last 3+ Months As Time Permitted I Have Had The Following Service Items Performed By My Mechanic –

-New AGM Battery Installed

-New Oil & Filter Change

-Both Front And Rear Calipers Serviced – Cleaned & Brake Fluids Flushed From The Long Time sitting Idle While On Display

Recently un-mothballed in a loving fashion by my master mechanic.  The fuel system flushed with non-ethanol premium fuel.  Installed a new battery along with a new battery tender hook-up.  It started up in less then 2 seconds and runs great!  There are no fuel leaks. It idles perfectly.  It’s fuel injected. It Revs & Restarts fine.  It is ready to go and needs nothing  to go riding.  And/or it’s ready to go straight into another Museum.

Though a great engineering exercise, the fuel crisis passed, insurance companies got wind of the power vs. displacement issue, and none of the models survived to see 1986.  The XN85 was relieved for the ’84 model year in the U.S., but was sold abroad for a couple of more years.  Time has confirmed that Suzuki’s ideas about handling and de-tuning the turbo were correct, as the model has consistently reviewed well in the fun-to-ride and reliability departments.  Evidently the victim of a failed BAT auction, this particular XN85 would’ve been a bargain at that strike price, but likely this and XN85 owners everywhere are hoping for better.

-donn

 


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Aprilia December 17, 2020 posted by

50 Shades of Smoke: 2000 Aprilia RS50

This time of year it is common for RSBFS to refer to little scooters as stocking stuffers. But this particular tiddler – an Aprilia RS50 – has already been stuffed full of 77cc goodness. That should certainly up the power ante beyond the estimated 8 ponies of the stocker, and allow this 216 lbs (dry) chainsaw on two wheels to reach a speeding violation in no time flat. Note that the dyno sheet does not appear to be this bike, but rather the output from a motor with the 77cc conversion (along with many other accessories which may not be on this bike).

2000 Aprilia RS50 for sale on eBay

Based around a 49.7cc aluminum single cylinder featuring liquid cooling and reed valve induction, the Aprilia RS50 mill is actually produced by Italian firm Motori-Minarelli (2006 and later models are powered by Derbi units). And unlike some of the more pedestrian scooter-peds available, the RS50 was quite adult sized and had decent components. From full fairing that mimics the RS250 bike, the RS50 included 17 inch wheels (110 front, 130 rear), and a 300 mm single disc up front. Aprilia even included a passenger pillion and pegs – although I don’t know many that would two-up something of this size.

From the seller:
Stage 6 bore kit 77cc ,installed at 3k miles,d.i.d. chain sprocket conversion,full exhaust,upgraded rear adjustable shock.New tires Have all receipts paper work. Bike has amazing power band. Very reliable, exotic sound. I have all the old parts in box ,very fun ride.

I don’t know why nearly every RS50 I have seen includes custom rash on one side or the other (or both). Perhaps it is a testament to how confidence inspiring the handling is, suckering you deeper and deeper into corners until traction cries uncle. Perhaps it is simply the nature of small-bore, two stroke power than demands high corner entry speeds. Maybe it is simply because these smaller bikes have been hooned by youngsters who simply don’t know better. Regardless this bike has been artfully enhanced by a horizontal cornering move that likely left similar scars on the rider. Small bikes are a blast to ride, and they are also cheap to buy and own. This one has some decent upgrades in addition to the graphical customization, and is listed for a pretty strong $2,900 USD with zero bids thus far. That might be a bit high to open the auction, and thus the lack of response. There are several days remaining, so check out all of the detail here, stay safe and good luck!!

MI


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Ducati December 16, 2020 posted by

Social Media Star: 2001 Ducati MH900e

The Ducati MH900e was an internet sensation when it dropped on the Google-Tube in the magical year 2000. Designed as a futuristic homage to the Mike Hailwood replicas of the past – but devoid of the Hailwood name in order to avoid royalty payments (later paid to the family retroactively) – the Evoluzion is perhaps Pierre Terblance’s best known design. Today this bike still looks amazing and modern, despite a couple of decades having passed. This bike continues to make a statement to the riding public. Sadly, many of these bikes were not ridden, but instead hoarded away as collector machines. And while museum pieces allow future generations to adore old-new motorcycles, it subsequently robs the current generation of the pleasure of riding. It also tends to drive the prices up, which we are seeing here.

2001 Ducati MH900e for sale on eBay

In many ways, the MHe accomplishes a fine steak dinner outcome starting with cheeseburger basics. At the end of the day you might just see a plain-Jane air cooled Supersport under all of that fancy dress. But oh, such a fancy dress it is! From the gorgeous asymmetrical swingarm that is art in and of itself, to the high-rise shotgun exhaust sticking out the tail section, to the totally-unique-to-this-model bodywork that is both cutting edge and retro, the MHe screams style. And thanks to evolutionary updates to the redoubtable desmodue twin, torque is abundant and outright power is adequate. In all, you take what has already worked for the past 20 years, and make it look newer and edgier. And it works astoundingly well, even today.

From the seller:
The Ducati MH900e was produced between 2001 and 2002 as an homage to Mark Hailwood’s race at the Island of Man TT in 1978. The MH900e was designed by none other than Pierre Terblanche who made a special visit to the Larz Anderson Auto Museum shortly after the creation of this now rare, limited production motorcycle, for the landmark Art and Design of an Italian Motorcycle talk. Powered by a Supersport 904cc air-cooled L-Twin engine. Only 2,000 units were ever made and the sale of these motorcycles defied norms, selling directly to the consumer from the Ducati website, with 1,000 selling out in only 31 minutes. This particular one owner motorcycle has led a pampered existence. Clean as a whistle and in pristine condition because the bike has never ever been registered! In fact, it has only been exhibited as a fine piece of Italian sculpture in the original owner’s residence. This is not a garage queen! No, this one is essentially, for all practical purposes, new! With less than 10 miles on the odometer and showing no flaws whatsoever in the Ducati Rosso paintwork, as expected with a machine of this caliber, it is remarkable to take in.This MH900e is highly suitable for the discerning collector. Original shipping crate, with corresponding shipping markings included, as well as race stands and full documentation. A must see! All proceeds benefit the Larz Anderson Auto Museum. Accepting bids beginning at $25,000. This is listed on multiple platforms and the listing may end at any time. This is a rare opportunity – don’t wait!

There is a time in nearly every collector bike’s lifetime when it can be had for sticker. Often, a few years from new, it can be had for less than sticker. Then – if the bike is desirable enough and rare enough and in demand – prices will rise. I can already hear the “I remember when you could buy one of these for $10-12k” comments in the making. Sadly those days are gone, and prices have been steadily climbing. This seller is asking for a very steep $25k minimum for this almost new (10 miles claimed, never registered) beauty. And look at the pics – it has been well taken care of in a “I’ll never ride it but just look at it” sort of way. I congratulate people that can do that. I am simply not that strong.

The collector market continues to be strong for MH900e models; these are all individually numbered, and the production run was limited to just 2000 bikes across 3 or so years. A fun fact is that Bimota was tagged to build these bikes, but thanks to the vDue implosion and subsequent Bimota bankruptcy, Ducati was forced to build it themselves. Hand-built in Bologna, the MHe was announced in late 1999 as a 2000 model, while actual production started in 2001. These are interesting, if not uncomfortable, sport bikes that have a pretty stout following and a strong based of demand. We do see them for sale from time to time, but it is rare to find such a low mileage, one owner example. If you are looking to add to your stable of bikes, this could be the blue chip investment you seek. Check out all of the details and images here. Stay safe, and good luck!!

MI


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Bimota December 15, 2020 posted by

Performance Kit – 1984 Bimota SB4S

Early on, Bimota sold kits to incorporate the buyer’s own drivetrain into their chassis and fairing designs.  This unicorn was professionally prepared and has only seen the light of day for 1,800 miles since.

1984 Bimota SB4S for sale on eBay

Bimota specified the 1075cc air-cooled engine from the GSX-1100, and shares its formidable 112 hp.  Rimini made their own four-into-two exhaust, and of course their chromoly semi-cradle chassis, with billet aluminum sideplates.  Components are a history lesson of their own, with Ceriani forks and DeCarbon monoshock.  Looking bigger in the 16-inch wheels, brakes are all 280mm disks, with four-piston calipers up front.  Lightweight fiberglass is stretched over the hippy package, baring only the three-piece alloy wheels.

Showing clean but maybe not museum storage, this SB4S appears original right down to the tires, and complete.  The GSX engine was evidently blueprinted before sliding it into the Bimota kit.  A slick detail and maybe re-finish the front fender and it might look more like the rarity it is.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This bike is super rare, with only 100 or so of the S versions with the full fairing being made. The other 200 or so SB4 models had a 2/3 fairing that did not go under the engine.

This is one of the last (Chromoly) steel framed Bimota made before going to aluminum frames. It is also one of the last kit bikes they sold. This particular bike was ordered and assembled by The Performance Works of Canoga Park, CA. The original build sheet is included with the bike. Details include:
  • Brand new Suzuki GS1100 engine as a starting point
  • Yoshimura pistons, 2mm oversize
  • Vance & Hines clutch basket
  • Welded crank
  • Heavy duty cam chain
  • Carb work
  • Only 1,800 miles!

This bike has just been serviced with new Mobil 1 oil change, OEM oil filter, NGK plugs, and a new battery. It fires right up and sounds great.

Along with the original build sheet, there is the factory sales flyer and a copy of the parts list for the entire bike. The VIN for this bike is SB400127 (#127 out of the 300 or so SB4 and SB4S total bikes built).

So close I could be there in a half hour, but ’tis no longer the season for a test ride.  No worries about getting out of the air stream, any rider under six feet will be stretched out on the tank just to reach the clip-ons.  Geared tall and set up for higher speeds, wide open two-lane would be a lot more fun than errands around town.  Not that this collectible is liable to see a whole lot more of either.

-donn


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Yamaha December 14, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1979 Yamaha RD400F Daytona Special

Update 12.14.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Before race bikes had to have fairings, custom suspension, and forged rearsets, they looked a lot like streetbikes with number plates, and the 1979 Yamaha RD400F Daytona was among the best. Lighter by half than most of the 750cc and 1,000cc superbikes of the time, the RD could run inside outside and around just about any of its peers. Usually, that means you sacrifice something in acceleration or top speed, but the RD’s parallel-twin 400cc two-stroke mill damn near made up for that.

With ~43 horsepower to push around just 365 pounds, the little RDs were darlings on the street, too. Their modern equivalent is probably something like the Yamaha FZ07, practical, lithe, fast enough to scare you and still accessible enough for a commuter.

This 1979 RD400F Daytona is a beautiful example of the brand, in the classic red/white/gold livery. It’s not perfect, but it isn’t that far off. It’s easily nice enough to put on a stand in your basement and stare at, but I wouldn’t be scared to take it out for a few nice weekend rides, either.

From the seller:

Canadian model 1979 RD400 F Daytona Special sold for only 1 year.
Bike is all original stock.
Low 8100 Miles.
Starts, runs and rides amazing for a 40 year old bike, no issues.
Numbers matching. Low number #403
Matching locks for all 3 – tank, ignition, and seat.
Rust free gas tank, no liner, truly in great shape inside.
Bodywork and paint in very nice shape,
Side covers in great shape very clean no brakes.
All electrical working and no cuts or repairs to wiring loom.
All chrome in great shape including the forks are clean no pits or rust, and gas cap.
Has tool OEM kit.
Things to note the Canadian model received a different crank, electronic ignition, as well as separate carbs similar to the earlier model (that doesn’t have the goofy carb tops and rubber accordion boots that came with the mechanical synchronizing system. Other changes from US model is the exhaust pipes, and have larger diameter for the header and inlet to the exhaust cigar pipes. The Canadian exhaust system also don’t have the butterfly valve.
Huge list of work done including,
Full tune up,
Carburetors just meticulously overhauled.
All work done by red seal mechanic.
140 PSI compression left and right cylinders. Can’t get better than that!!
Many fresh 0km OEM parts.
New air filter.
New spark plugs.
New neutral switch seal.
New shift shaft seal.
New clutch push rod seal.
New seat cover.
New fuel tank rear mounting rubbers.
Petcock rebuilt with new parts.
New exhaust pipe rubber joint gasket.
New black rubber fuel lines.
Fresh Motul trans oil.
Rear brake caliper rebuilt
Fresh brake pads, front and rear.
Bike roles very freely when brakes release.
1 season old battery.
Low km chain and sprockets.
Low km tires.
Probably more just can’t think of it at the moment. many months of love, sweet and work has gone into freshening up this nice original Daytona Special
I would rate this bike as a solid 8.5 out of 10.
Small deficiencies;
1 handle bar mounting bolt is not a match.
Black paint on wheels is starting to fade. comes back nice and black with a little mag product and work.
Front brake is a bit spongy from 40 year old rubber line, looks great, no cracks or splits just flexes more than I like. Yes I’m that picky.
Small marks on fuel tank.
Headlight ears have the dreaded RD400 creases.
Scratches and small weld repair on right exhaust pipe near passenger peg.
Tail fairing underside around mounting bolts has a small piece missing, can not be seen from outside.

Asking price is $7,500$6,995 US
Location: Vancouver, Canada

This one is a Canadian model, which means it’s a little harder edged than the versions we got in the U.S. At $7,500 $6,995, it’s not exactly a bargain basement collector’s piece, but it’s definitely one you should want to own.

Ducati December 14, 2020 posted by

Multinational: 1990 Ducati 851 SP2 in Germany

Before the flames start, let me warn you: This bike has little info and few pictures. So why bother to post it here on RSBFS? Simply because the Ducati 851 SP2 is a noteworthy collector machine. Having achieved success in WSBK with the original 851, Ducati punched out the older mill to 888cc, made a few other tweaks, and continued to rack up victories and championships. The homologation machine for the initial 888cc variant was the 851 SP2, which ran the larger power plant under the 851 covers, ahead of the official release of the new 888. All clear? Like all “R” spec bikes, the SP2 is uniquely identified via a numbered plaque attached to the upper triple trees. This Italian wunderkind is currently located in Deutschland.

1990 Ducati 851 SP2 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Used Ducati 851/888 SP2 the number 250 from 381 piece.
22000 km By 1990
Good condition not crash 1 owner
OEM only new Fuel pump and Ohlins Fork tube new and battery.

Pictures are few and decided low resolution, but do show the important bits. The white frame and white wheels are correct, as is the solo tail section. From the right side in the dark at a distance the bodywork looks to be complete and the paintwork intact. The second picture shows the numbered series plate, the adjustable front suspension and an odometer that reads just over 22,000 KM (13,500-ish in miles). Unfortunately, that is it – except for the $45,000 USD ask. That’s right: fork over forty five really big bills and this can be yours. Interested parties are welcome to make an offer below that, but the seller has set the expectation high indeed. The 851 series was a watershed moment for Ducati, and the start of the 851/888/916/996/999 dominance on the track. Check out the few details here, and good luck!! (comments welcome but please keep them civil and to the model in question)

MI

Ducati December 13, 2020 posted by

Family Superbike – 2000 Ducati 996 Biposto

After the 916 set the world alight, the two-seater 996 allowed a close friend to sit by the fire with you.  From a collector’s almost-empty garage, this biposto has had recent maintenance for the long term.

2000 Ducati 996 Biposto for sale on eBay

Looking almost as svelte as a 916, the 996 sports 112 hp, sent through its dry clutch and 6-speed.  Dual exhausts join forces behind the right footpeg, unhindered by the single-sided swingarm.  Showa provided the dampers, partially offsetting the cost of the new Marchesini wheels.  Four-piston stoppers from Brembo look as serious as the 160 mph top speed.  2000 brought an updated charging system to the 996, though the cooling system still struggles in traffic.  The body-colored pillion promises way more sport than touring.

Fairly low miles for a twenty year-old Duc, and the condition looks excellent.  Mods are limited and performance-oriented.  Even better, the owner hasn’t scrimped on service, so the new owner should have a fine honeymoon with the new bike.  In between the all caps and exclamation points in the eBay auction :

This bike has been recently serviced by Cross Country Ducati in Metuchen, NJ where over $3,000 was spent on a FULL Desmo service, in addition to other items that needed to be addressed, simply due to the age of the classic superbike.  You can be 100% confident in this extreme machine with what you are getting, it’s fun and safe to ride.  I sold all my other Ducs over the last 3 years and this is the last one to go.  I am selling this icon because I simply do not ride her anymore.  She sits on stands in my garage with ONLY 7,4XX original miles.  This 996 is mostly still as she was when she came out of the factory.  The only upgrades are a Full Termi exhaust system, Corbin seat and some minor additions like fully adjustable rear sets, levers etc.

Most collectible superbike auctions focus on the single seat and racier replicas, but it’s nice to see more of a rider preserved so well.  The ask is up there and the owner says what he says, but the make offer button is available.  Might be worth a shot for an excellent classic superbike.

-donn


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Moto Guzzi December 12, 2020 posted by

Tiepido – 1984 Moto Guzzi V65SP

Moto Guzzi can often be considered an Italian-flavored BMW. Excelling at rapid, long distance transport, Guzzi V-twins are well know – legendary even – for their bulletproof longevity; just like the German boxer twins. Think of today’s V65 as a pepperoni flavored bratwurst of the R65 variety. Pairing a basic air-cooled, two-valve approach that mimics the BMW (but with a 90 degree twist) with a stout 5-speed tranny, dry clutch and shaft drive (all like the BMW), the Guzzi takes a pretty standard approach to existence.

1984 Moto Guzzi V65SP for sale on eBay

The V65 moniker applies to the capacity of the bike – in this case 650cc (643cc to be exact). The engine itself is a bored and stroked version of the V50, but still decidedly over-square like both is smaller as well as larger bretheren. As stated above, breathing is done via two valve heads, fed by a pair of Dell’Orto carbs. Compression was set at 10:1, netting 50-ish horsepower at 7,000 RPM. But don’t expect drag race performance or two stroke revs out of this old Goose; modest HP, tractor-like power delivery and nearly 400 pounds of weight (wet) do not a rocket ship make. But if you just want to chug out the miles, this could well be your dream ride.

From the seller:
Up for your consideration, a beautifully kept 1984 V65SP with 10,100 miles.
We recently preformed a complete engine out service to replace the notoriously week stock clutch. At that time we also replaced all rubber bits and other items that should be replaced when doing a major service. The carbs have been tuned perfectly to the air filters and aftermarket exhaust. This bike sound great…
Tires were also replace recently with Pirelli Sport Demons.

Truly a beautiful, lightweight Italian masterpiece on two wheels.

This particular machine looks pretty good for an older girl. The paint is claimed to be original and does show well in the photographed light. The running gear has been serviced to a large extent, including a new clutch and a carb balance – the latter which is mandatory to quell some of the lumpy action of the Guzzi vee arrangement. The exhaust has been replaced with aftermarket, but the rest of the bike appears is as Guzzi intended, which is to say overbuilt and good to go for the next few decades of regular use. This bike has some serious character. The half fairing looks to provide some good wind protection, and the factory lowers help protect rider legs while also ducting cooling air over the cylinders and heads. Take that BMW! This 1984 Moto Guzzi V65SP has had few bids yet remains a bargain at time of writing. If you are looking for something interesting, this might be right up your alley. Stay safe and good luck!!

MI


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