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Featured Listing April 30, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 2013 KTM RC8R

This bike just SOLD in 2 days! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The latest Featured Listing in the RSBFS catalog is this fantastic KTM RC8R. By all counts a dark horse in the 2008 – 2013 big bore sport bike arena, the KTM remains a unique and rare offering bristling with features and performance that made it a real contender. This was a bike that took the fight to the Japanese and the Italians before its untimely demise due to corporate mandates. The origami shape, the 75 degree V-twin sound, the huge exhaust slung under the chassis and the bright orange trellis frame makes it clear that something different was happening here – something different that was unmolested by rider aids or anti-wheelie wizardry. The RC8R is a bike that you ride via command and control, and as such represents possibly the last honest large capacity sport bike of the type.

Featured Listing: 2013 KTM RC8R

The lack of electronic nannies does not mean that this mighty KTM is archaic or ill-designed. The truth is there is some truly stunning technology embedded into the DNA of this model that enhances rideability and performance. Take the complex engine management system that includes dual plugs in each head that are capable of firing independently to promote clean burning and torque at lower RPM, while firing together at hard throttle settings and higher RPM to maximize efficiency. The intake system consists of multiple butterfly valves that broaden the torque curve based on RPM and speed, all backed by a throttle body EFI setup. The 1195cc engine was good for 175 HP at over 10,000 RPM, pushing the RC8R to nearly 170 MPH on the top end.

From the seller:
2013 KTM RC8R, I purchased it new in 2014. What can I say about this V-twin rocket that hasn’t already been said here? Fun to ride doesn’t begin to describe this torque monster. I’m ashamed to admit it, but, I have to be realistic – this is the proverbial “its been driven by a little old lady from Pasadena to church on Sundays, never over 25 MPH.” Well, in my case mostly to the local gym and back. And, not frequently at that!

It is completely stock. I’ve changed the oil 3 times. Buyer will get a new oil filter and a jug (4L) of Motorex Oil. Chain Degreaser and Lube. I replaced the battery a couple of years ago.

The photos are a year old because I contemplated selling it last year – and only rode it 233 miles this year – so, the odometer reading is currently 3,854. Only issue is the small tear in the striping where the passenger seat goes (see photo).

Located in Sacramento, with a clean Montana title
$9,499 and a box of Kleenex for my tears.

The big fly in the RC8R ointment was the relative recent entry of KTM into the sport bike world. KTM was a well-respected name in motorcycle circles, but had up to this point made their name with motocross and enduro bikes, and a dominant position at the front of events such as the Dakar Rally. Winning over the sport bike crowd required, well, winning. KTM duly announced plans to attack the FIM SuperStock championship in Europe, created a RC8R one-make series, and saw limited success (highest finish of 4th place) in the US AMA Superbike championship with Chris Filmore. Without the dominant performance shown by their off road machinery KTM struggled to move units off showroom floors. The nail in the coffin was a proclamation from the KTM CEO that they would no longer create street bikes that had the capability to cause irresponsible riding on the street. With that, the capable RC8R project was shelved for good.

Today’s Featured Listing is the last year model of the RC8R line. Production ended in 2013, but this particular example was purchased in 2014 out of remaining stock. Showing the classic lines of the RC8 in bright orange and white KTM livery, you are looking at a neo classic that exhibits character and novelty in a sea of common looking plastic rockets. This is your chance to jump on a one-owner, low mileage underappreciated machine before the world realizes what it overlooked. This is a gem that will continue to look like a standout wherever you go, and it will get you there with speed and style. This well-loved KTM will undoubtedly steal your heart, and by the sound of it also comes with the the heart of the original owner. That is probably the highest compliment bestowed upon the lesser known RC8R line, and bodes well for the future collectibility of this model. Good Luck!

MI

Moto Guzzi April 28, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1987 Moto Guzzi LeMans 1000SE, Now $5,600

Update 5.5.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Scott has recently sold a YB11 and a 999S on the site. He also has this Dunstall Norton available and now this LeMans 1000SE. Thanks for supporting the site, Scott!

This 1987 Moto Guzzi LeMans 1000 is one of just 100 examples that came to the United States, wearing special paint and close ratio gears to celebrate the 20th birthday of Moto Guzzi’s most legendary machine. With fewer than 10,000 original miles on the clock, it’s in excellent, unmolested condition.

By 1987, the Moto Guzzi LeMans 1000 was already more celebrated as a sport-tourer than a sport bike, but it bore the flag of a storied line of highly desirable Italian machines. With around 80 horsepower from its square-head v-twin, it had plenty of shove, especially for the era, but favored handling stability of knife-edge precision.

The 1987 Moto Guzzi LeMans 1000SE celebrated the 20th anniversary of the launch of the 1967 Moto Guzzi V7, which introduced the world to the marque’s signature longitudinal v-twin. With 50-ish horsepower and shaft drive, it was an immediate competitor for the brand. Without the V7, Moto Guzzi would be relegated to out-of-print history books.

From the seller:

Thank you for looking at my 1987 Moto Guzzi 1000 Special Edition. If you are looking for one in great condition, that’s completely stock, this is the one. It has less than 10,000 original miles, to the best of my knowledge, never down, abused, in the rain. It’s had a very sheltered life in a temperature-controlled garage, hooked up to a battery tender, with Stabil mixed in the fuel. In 1987 Moto Guzzi built this special edition to honor the twentieth anniversary of the V7, only 100 or so made it to the United States. Most of the changes were cosmetic but the gear ratios were altered in the SE to give it more lively acceleration. Comes with the original, red, OEM seat as well as the corbin aftermarket pictured.

I’m a sixty-year-old collector that is very particular, I’m told that I treat my bikes better than I treat myself. I looked for this one for a long time as I wanted one as close to new as possible. It’s amazing for a thirty-three-year-old bike. The only imperfections are a cracked windscreen, a little discoloration under the door that covers the fuel cap, see pictures. Other than these it’s in great condition, ready to be ridden or collected. If the new owner wanted to ride it I would suggest cleaning the carburetors as even though it has Stabile in the fuel ethanol still gums things up. I would also put on new tires as I’m not sure how old they are. Other than that it’s ready to ride, no leaks, issues, fire right up and idles at about 1200 rpm once warmed up. If it were to be put in a collection, I’d drain the fuel, take out the battery, fog the engine and put it away.

The only reason I’m selling it is over time I find myself only riding on the track, rarely on the street. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have. As I’m thinning the herd I am not interested in any trades. Scott

Price: $6,499 $5,600
The bike is located in Concord, NH.

Forget about whether you’ll find another one this nice, it’s not likely that you’ll find another one of these, period. With such low production numbers, they don’t populate cruise nights or rare bike shows the way some older Japanese bikes might. If this is your thing, this 1987 Moto Guzzi LeMans 1000SE is absolutely the one you want.

Bimota April 27, 2020 posted by

Hangar Queen – 2000 Bimota SB8R with just 1,560 miles !

Bimota’s SB8R combined Suzuki TL1000 power with a hybrid alloy/carbon chassis, and presented the company with a WSBK win in 2000.  This example was parked in an aircraft hangar for many years but shows none the worse for it.

2000 Bimota SB8R for sale on eBay

Bimota saw the potential in Suzuki’s liter twin and worked their now-typical magic of better handling and lighter weight.  The 996cc mill is canted slightly further forward and equipped with Marelli fuel injection and 59mm throttle bodies.  Along with Bimota’s own exhaust, the package rates 134 hp.  The chassis uses carbon frame connectors and alloy spars, with a self-supporting carbon seat console.  After Paoli 46mm forks were installed in an adjustable headstock, Bimota found room for a more conventional Öhlins shock on the right side of the engine, with a healthy linkage.  Weight was below 400 lbs. dry, and despite the bulbous looks from the front was quite narrow.

Back in a corner behind the King Air or turbine single ( looks like it’s in a real toy shop now ) this Bimota waited for a break in the action that came too late.  Still it was protected from the elements, and shows like a virtually new bike.  The all metal cam drive could deal with the waiting, but all new expendables will be required.  After a thorough going over, the next owner will have real time machine.  Details from the eBay auction:

Stored in a private collection the last 10 years, 1,560 miles from new, $7k in upgrades including Arrow carbon fiber exhaust system, many billet pieces, upgrades to fuel system, new battery, workshop manual, factory cover, we have factory exhaust. Receipts for all upgrades. Bike sounds incredible. When first bought no expense was spared to make this Bimota supersonic and address any factory issues, many racing spec parts were sourced and installed. Look over the receipts for specifics. Bike has sat in a hanger for 10 years – it’s not detailed it will clean up as new.

Bimota dialed in every target where the TL-1000R had missed the mark, though it cost just about double.  Racing helped the road bike, as the exhaust was re-designed after endurance race failures.  The new owner will have to peek around the big carbon fresh air ducts until the thumbs memorize the switchgear, but big torque will make pulling out to pass a memorable experience.

-donn


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Ducati April 25, 2020 posted by

Dust Never Sleeps – 2004 Ducati 749R Racebike

Sometimes a builder gets things looking so good, the will to ride the daylights out of their creation suffers.  Not sure that’s what happened here, but this 749R has been beautifully prepped for the track and looks ready for a late start to the season.

2004 Ducati 749R ( Racebike ) for sale on eBay

Ducati’s 749 accompanied the 999 to the showroom, and the 749R was built in limited quantities for supersport racers to campaign.  The 749R had a much more race-oriented engine than the base and -S models, much more oversquare with a 94mm bore and 54mm stroke.  The architecture was backed up with exotic materials, with titanium con-rods and valves, and magnesium head covers conspiring for 121 hp at 10,250 rpm.  43mm Öhlins forks ride in an adjustable headstock, and the both-sided swingarm has a race-oriented non-progressive linkage to the monoshock.  Even the typically excellent Brembo brakes are lightened for the track, with thinner 4.5 mm rotors.

This 749R had the cobwebs blown off in the owner’s Florida driveway, and looks like a fresh track day build.  From the levers and pegs to the Alicé-derived livery, this build looks right.  Harder to see is the flow smoothing, balancing, and updates internal to the engine.  Too much to list from the eBay auction:

Peach Pit Custom Paint Job
Armour Bodies Bodywork
Vortex Upper stay
 
Engine Build….Ducati Race Kit Plus…. 20k in receits
Ported Heads, Cams, Intake Manifolds, Injectors, Etc
130HP on Pump with Dyno Sheet
 
Marchesini Forged Rims
Ohlins Front and Rear Suspension and Steering Damper
Corse Dynamics Ride Height Adjuster
Microtec ECU
Dynojet Quickshifter
EVR Slipper Clutch
BCM Clutch Cover
Termignoni Full 60mm System
Euro Racing Quick turn Throttle
Attack Offset Triple Trees
Woodcraft Clip-ons
BCM Rearsets
Vortex 520 Gearing
Shorai Battery
Accossoto Brake Master with CRG Levers
Speedmoto frame sliders
Lightened Rear Brake Rotor
The stacked headlight design was short-lived at Ducati, but improvements in the Testastretta kept coming.  An AMA or World Supersport championship wasn’t in the cards, but privateers and club racers kept the marque on the front page.  The auction appears to be without reserve, despite the big bucks sunk in this bike.  As always, the purchase cost of a race machine is just the price of admission, but for a superfan this might be great track day bike.
-donn

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KTM April 24, 2020 posted by

Skorpion’s Sting: 2010 KTM RC8R Akrapovič Edition for Sale

First sold in 2008, KTM’s RC8R superbike came at the tail-end of the analog superbike era, just as things like ride-by-wire, traction-control, and cornering ABS were becoming the norm. After some initial issues with a crunchy gearbox that were quickly resolved, the RC8’s four-valve, twin-plug 75° v-twin was increased from the initial 1148cc to 1195 and gained the “R” designation. It didn’t have the electronic bells and whistles of the contemporary Ducati or BMW, nor did it have much in the way of [road]race-winning heritage, but the Katoom’s 175hp and 90 ft-lbs of torque meant it could easily keep up with other superbikes of the era.

It’s much more user-friendly than any Ducati, with adjustable ergonomics and a general layout that seems to favor taller riders. Handling is excellent and the bike was well-reviewed when new, although the high price and KTM’s inexperience in the world of big-bore sportbikes meant it never sold well. And the styling, although far from subtle, looks as fresh now as the day it was introduced. For better or for worse, depending on your point of view. Buying one now, it’s a good idea to find one with any significant upgrades you might want already installed. The RC8 is pretty rare and have been out of production for a while, so quality components like aftermarket exhausts can be hard to source new. Luckily, this one has that all sorted out already.

Unhappy with the prices of high-performance motorcycle exhaust systems from western countries and with the low-quality of ones available from Eastern Europe, motorcycle racer Igor Akrapovič founded Skorpion to build them himself. If you remember Skorpion from back in the 1990s, you probably had no idea that they would eventually grow to become a juggernaut of aftermarket and official factory accessory exhausts for both cars and motorcycles. The original Skorpion brand Igor founded evolved into the one bearing the Akrapovič name, and awful mispronunciations began.

For the record, it’s pronounced /ah-KRA-po-vich/. Try not to maul it too badly.

From the original eBay listing: 2010 KTM RC8R Akrapovič Edition for Sale

This a very rare special bike. This is not a typical RC8R. It is a genuine Factory Akrapovic Edition. They only made this bike for 1 year and only 25 made for the United States. This bike was imported from Austria. Over $26,000.00 new.

Has Full Akrapovic Exhaust.
Marchesini Forged wheels
Factory Akrapovic Paint/Decals
Annodized forks
Several other factory extras

Bike is mostly stock with slipper clutch and quick shift added. Also has Akrapovic sets and a few other bolt ons.

Excellent Condition. No damages. Recently Serviced. No issues

Only 2500 miles. You won’t find another bike like this. It is a beast ready for the track, collector or hooligan street bike enthusiast. Super condition.

Watch “2010 RC8R Akrapovic Edition” on YouTube

Clean TX Title in Hand

281-415-2646

The seller is asking $12,900 for this very clean, very rare machine and includes a YouTube link to a walk-around of the bike here. Akrapovič makes high-quality stuff although, perhaps owing to their close working relationships with a number of major manufacturers, they do tend toward the quieter end of the aftermarket spectrum. That being said, you can hear the nice, mellow tone the system produces in the video and the exhaust should be up to their usual high standards of quality. The aftermarket quickshifter helps drag the old-school machine into the modern age. You’ll have to manage your own downshifts, although the addition of a slipper-clutch should help there.

-tad


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Honda April 22, 2020 posted by

Band of Horses – 1996 Honda RVF400R / NC35

Honda’s diminutive V4-400 has almost a cult following here, and it was never actually offered for sale anywhere but Japan.  This fine example looks to have just a fraction of km’s showing on the odometer.

1994 Honda RVF400R for sale on eBay

As the last in a long line of small V4’s, and had the commensurate goodies on board – in addition to 59 ponies, the gear-driven cams brought music to every twist of the throttle.  The alloy chassis had upside-down forks up front and 17-inch wheels at both ends.  Nissin brakes are right-sized at 269mm, with black calipers matching the black painted alloy wheels.  Graphics took their cues from the RC45, though the more modern fox eye headlamps were particular to the RVF.

Sounds like this RVF owner picked a nicer example and worked to keep it that way, a couple of stress cracks but find another lightweight sportbike from a past generation without them.  Kudos for using the ignition key without the house keys, and the red wheel reflectors look great day or night.  Comments from the eBay auction:

As for this bike. I purchased it from a private collector last summer, and have ridden it regularly for about 500 miles on short weekend rides. Bike was fully prepped and all fluids replaced prior to my ownership. Bike starts right up and all mechanicals function flawlessly. Currently ridden on non-ethanol fuel only, and kept on battery tender. Miles will go up marginally with the occasional warm up.

Cosmetically in great shape. No dings on tank, OEM fairings with no rash or touch up paint, no signs of bike ever been down, and very glossy paint/decals throughout. A couple of minor blemishes from prior ownership: tank extension has small scratch on upper right corner, minor stress crack on upper left cowl, and small stress cracks on lower side fairing and tabs (reinforced with plastic cement on inside). Details shown in ad photos and I’ll be glad to provide additional pictures or videos if desired. Minor modifications that came with bike: silver bar ends and steel braided brake lines. Reflective wheel tape added for night-time safety. Overall bike condition is very clean and well cared for; with some normal signs of wear for twenty-four year-old bike.

As a baby superbike, the RVF400R had a lot of differences with its big brother RC45, but shared the family build quality.  Pretty racy for the segment, the high MSRP warded off the bean counters and the really junior riders for which it was theoretically intended.  This one has been taken care of nicely and will reward the next owner with plenty of power for its low all-up weight.

-donn


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Aprilia April 19, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1996 Aprilia RS250 Mk. 1

This 1996 Aprilia RS250 Mk. 1 is an RSBFS alum that has come back for a master’s degree looking much sharper than it did the last time it crossed our desks. For one thing, the year has been corrected, the VIN shows it’s a 1996, not a ’97 as we said before. Oh yeah, and the seller has spent more than $4,000 making it even sharper than it was last time we saw it.

Modifications include a set of BST carbon fiber wheels and a 2015 Suzuki GSXR front end, which means radial brakes and much more modern fork internals than this thing originally relied on. It also comes with almost $3,000 worth of spares, including Lance Gamma engine cores, new fork tubes, the original Aprilia wheels and front end, a battery tender, the original KPH speedometer and on and on. It is, in a word, sorted.

The 250cc Suzuki-supplied two stroke mill was refreshed at around 12,000 miles by the previous owner, and the seller has added just 400 to that total since he purchased it in August of 2018. With 72 horsepower available at 12,000 rpm, Suzuki suspension and feathery carbon wheels, this Aprilia RS250 is an expression of what Aprilia would have done with an unrestricted budget and technology.

From the seller:

Over $4k in updates since purchase:
2015 GSXR 600/750 front end
Tubes have some rash – 2 brand new black tubes (with spares)
New steering head bearings and seals
Galfer wave rotors and titanium hardware
Unpainted GSXR fender
BST Carbon Fiber Wheels
3.5×17 for GSXR with ceramic bearings
5.0×17 for RS 250 with ceramic bearings
Metzler M7 tires 120/70 & 160/60

Rode less than 200 miles since 8/2018 – less than 15 with BSTs and no speedo. Garaged entire time and looks like it did when I bought it in 2018.

Over $3k in spares:
Battery Tender
Lance Gamma RG 500 core and spare RG400 case
Pit Bull front and rear stands
(2) 51131-14J00 Black Outer Fork Tubes
MK2 ft end
Original MK1 front end and both wheels
Original passenger seat and passenger pegs
Original KPH speedometer
Original clear windshield
A *new* set of factory style stickers
Parts and repair manuals
All receipts from last and current owners
Original German government documentation

Seller Steve is asking $13,500 for this sorted Italian icon. That number buys you a lot of bike on any market, but with the list of mods and spares this one has, it could be the perfect escape from COVID-19. The seller can be reached at: slow_five0@yahoo.com.

Bimota April 19, 2020 posted by

Brooklyn Charmer – 1997 Bimota YB11 Superleggera with 5,516 Miles !

As the sun gets ready to shine on another riding season in the northeast, a nice example of a liter Bimota has become available.  Looks like this YB11 has undergone a careful riding restoration over the past few years.

1997 Bimota YB11 for sale on eBay

Bimota took a shine to Yamaha’s twenty-valve 1000 early on, and had a nice success with the YB6 and YB8.  With Bimota’s airbox and exhaust, the new ThunderAce engine was good for 145 hp and had a fueled weight in the mid-400’s.  The chassis was twin alloy beams connected with some of the nicest CNC machinings anywhere, with outsized 51mm Paoli forks with accompanying monoshock.  Brembo supplied their typically excellent 320mm brakes, and the exhaust on this example has been updated to an Arrow.

This owner caught the Bimota bug a few years ago, and went through their YB11 with an eye on the future.  The fuel system was refreshed from the filter to carburetors, and the forks got new seals.  The glass bodywork was reinforced and re-finished, and my favorite mod of replacing every appropriate fastener with stainless ensures that service will be easier next time.  From the eBay auction:

Summary of maintenance/upgrades

  • Paioli forks fully serviced
  • Fairing restored and ALL screw holes strengthened with Carbon Fiber backing to prevent future spider cracks
  • All original screws are replaced with hi grade Pro-Bolt Black stainless steel and 318 grade Stainless steel bolts
  • New Spark plugs
  • Carburetors rebuilt and Dynojet Stage 1 kit installed
  • New Fuel filter
  • New Fuel Pump
  • Rear turn signals replaced with sleek and super bright LED blinkers
  • Radiator replaced
  • New Radiator cap
  • New water pump
  • New OEM Yamaha hoses
  • Spiegler Steel Braided brake and clutch lines replaced original rubber lines
  • New brake pads
  • New brake/clutch reservoirs with billet covers
  • Beautiful billet levers with larger range of adjustments replaced original cheap levers
  • Bikes comes with both rear seat cowl and the rear seat
  • Arrows CF Exhaust

The YB11 reviewed as responsive for a big Yamaha, and almost cushy for a Bimota.  This one has been updated and maintained for the long haul, or a brilliant long weekend.  Just plan extra time for a little Q&A at every stop.

-donn


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