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Featured Listing July 3, 2019 posted by

Sponsored Listing: 1949 Norton International

Update 7.2.2019: We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Amatumoto Grand Prix Motorbikes for being a sponsor of RSBFS! This 1949 Norton International is available now for purchase. Contact Amatumoto today! -dc

The Norton International was the Yamaha R1M of the era surrounding WWII. Developed in the early 1930s as a road-going version of Norton’s fearsome Isle of Man weapons, it continually evolved until Hitler’s push into Poland stopped production at the end of the decade. Before The War, the 500cc Norton International Model 30 and its 350cc Model 40 sibling had been blessed with telescoping forks and an alloy head and cylinder.

When production resumed in the late ‘40s, the telescopic forks were still holding things together at the front, but the alloy engine had succumbed to postwar materials shortages. Still, even with almost a 20-year run under its belt at that point, the International was still pretty close to motorcycling’s nadir.

The 500cc four-stroke thumper was good for around 30 horsepower, which seems a little weak-kneed, until you consider that Royal Enfield can barely muster that out of their brand-new single-cylinder engines. That grunt pushed around just under 400 pounds and was routed through an entirely enclosed transmission. Fun fact: the gearbox in these things was stout enough that it remained unchanged long after the International was out of production.

This 1949 Norton International Model 30 is resplendent in black, red and high-polish livery and looks like it just rode out of a grainy black-and-white photo. The seller says this one packs the alloy top end, and can be had with a spare for an additional 1,500 Euro. It is in near-perfect condition, but sports the rough-hewn patina only a 70-year-old hand-built race replica can muster.

As beautiful as it is, this Norton is way off the ranch for us, as our usual fare ranges between 1985 and 2004. That said, it’s an important, special and very nice piece of motorcycling history that we just couldn’t ignore. It’s available in Madrid for an undisclosed price, but the seller can be contacted at info@gpmotorbikes.com, or on their website at www.gpmotorbikes.com.

MV Agusta July 3, 2019 posted by

Respect the GOAT: 2005 MV Agusta F4 AGO #75/300

MV Agusta. Giacomo Agostini. Greatest of all time? Individually, these are storied names with a rich and successful history of racing at the top level. Together, they were an unstoppable force – allowing MV Agusta to exit the racing scene while still on top, and providing Agostini the platform on which to rack up an incredible number of wins and record number of championships. This bike – the 20005 MV Agusta F4 AGO series – was the first of the 1000cc F4 models to be produced, and it was released in very limited numbers. Today there are a lot of fake AGOs with the #1 number plate on the side (i.e. sticker), but these are not true collector models. The real AGOs are serially numbered as proof of authenticity, complete with the signature of the great one himself.

2005 MV Agusta F4 AGO #75 for sale on eBay

The F4 was the reboot of the famed MV Agusta brand in 1999. Initially released as a 750cc model, a punched-out 1 liter was offered by 2005. Utilizing the same hemispherical radial valve head and variable trumpet style intake (as designed by Ferrari F1 racing engineers), the bigger bike was burlier in most dimensions: 40 additional horsepower and 20 lbs of additional weight over the original F4 750 Oro – a known lightweight machine. When compared to the standard 750S model, the F4 AGO actually weighs *less* than the 750! Front forks are Marzocchi units, while the rear shock was originally a Sachs model – however this has been swapped out by the previous owner (see below). The rest of the AGO is pure graphics and the serialized number plate. Only 300 of these models were originally produced and distributed.

From the seller:
I am downsizing my motorcycle collection and this beautiful Italian stallion is up for sale. I’m sad to see it go but bikes like this are meant to be ridden and this one has spent the last few years being admired for its beauty more than appreciated for its performance. This is your chance to own a piece of MV Agusta history and motorcycle racing history as this bike celebrates the racing career of Giacomo Agostini. Google him if you don’t know who he is.

I obtained this motorcycle from Guy Webster of the Guy Webster Italian Motorcycle Museum in Ojai, CA after he started to liquidate the museums inventory. This bike was on display in Guy’s museum for many years. His “motoguy” sticker is still on the tank and can be easily removed, but in honor of the late motorcycle enthusiast I had decided to leave it in place. Guy had fitted an Ohlins rear shock. The original Sachs shock comes with the bike. The original red paddock stand is included. Certificate of authenticity is included. Comes with 2 keys. Bike is registered to me in the state of California, and is current and has a clear title. With 10,936 adult ridden miles the bike has been well cared for. Still has the original RG3 Arrow exhaust which sounds magnificent. Tires are in good shape.

Bike will also come with a Berzig center stand fitted specifically for this bike. Main oil pan gasket likely needs to be changed and one will be included with the bike. I will also include an oil filter and oil for your first oil change.

The rebirth of MV Agusta brought some fantastic Italian hardware to our shores. And while the numbers of units shipped did increase a fair amount, F4 models are still less plentiful than similar Ducati models, for example. That makes the F4 reasonably rare. The AGO model is known as a 300 unit production only – making it a rare model. Perhaps the most rare of all? This bike has over 10k on the clocks, meaning it is not a garage queen museum piece but an actual rider. It is not often we see these bikes with actual miles on the odometer, and it has nothing to do with the reliability or longevity of the bike. These are modern and well-engineered machines with top quality components throughout – and can take the miles and a fair bit of abuse. But given the cost, many see these as a bike to protect and save, rather than collect miles. This one was saved from that fate, but there is some regular wear apparent on the tank and fairing.

Located on the Central Coast of California, this F4 managed to get out on its fair share of sunny days. Devoid of snowfall or significant inclement weather, it looks like this bike lived where it could be used as intended. The problem is that makes a difference in resale value. An AGO model F4 1000 didn’t start out life as a cheap bike. The upside for collectors is that AGOs have not really made the turn in terms of value appreciate as of yet. And while a very low mileage museum dweller might set you back about $23k or more these days (still way below original MSRP, by the way), this slightly more used example is priced at a more reasonable $15k. Now that price is probably more in line with a nearly new base model F4 – but for the dosh you get the cachet of the rarer AGO model. In the long run the AGO is certainly in a better position to rise in value, just based on the numbers and historical fact. Check it out here, and then be sure and share your thoughts on MV Agusta F4s, and the pull of the AGO commemorative model. Good Luck!!

MI


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Featured Listing July 2, 2019 posted by

Sponsored Listing: Moto3 Honda NSF250RW for Sale!

Update 7.2.2019: We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Amatumoto Grand Prix Motorbikes for being a sponsor of RSBFS! This NSF250RW is available now for purchase as is or as a custom build. Contact Amatumoto today! -dc

Why buy a race replica when you can pick up an actual race bike? Today’s Sponsored Listing from our friends over at Amatumoto GP Motorbikes is a Honda NSF250RW, and it’s no stripped-down streetbike in race plastics, it’s an evolution of the machine that won last year’s Moto3 Constructors Championship in a very competitive field. If you’ve never watched Moto3, the racing is very close, with bikes nose-to-tail at 145mph.

For years, the “lowest” of the three tiers of Grand Prix racing used to be the domain of tiny little two-stroke 125cc machines that weighed less than an average adult American male. This of course gave the class differentiation a nice symmetry, with 125cc, 250cc, and 500cc machines. But in 2012, the smallest class shifted to a formula using 250cc four-strokes to match MotoGP’s move away from two-strokes. Bikes are limited to singles with a bore of no more than 81mm, four valves, a rev ceiling of 13,500rpm, and a minimum weight for the combined bike and rider of 326lbs.

Unlike Moto2, where the entire field uses a single engine [formerly Honda, now Triumph] to keep costs down and ensure close racing, Moto3 allows a variety of engine builders to participate. While physically much larger than a two-stroke of similar displacement, the Honda single still needed to be as light and compact, while taking advantage of every opportunity to save weight, increase power, and centralize mass. To that end, the 249cc engine has its cylinder head reversed, with the ram-air intake to the front and the exhaust exiting to the rear. Other manufacturers have experimented with this configuration with varied success, but here, the main goal appears to be mass-centralization.

The engine is canted backwards in the frame 15°, allowing the engine to be placed further forward in the chassis and maximize airbox volume, with a bore and stroke of 78 x 52.2mm, below the class maximum bore size. The engine is backed, naturally, but a six-speed cassette gearbox for quick ratio changes to maximize the small engine’s potential, and the package weighs in at a claimed 185lbs dry.

From the Seller: Moto3 Honda NSF250RW for Sale!

Do you want a Moto3 Honda NSF250RW? Our company can get the most exclusive bikes of the market. Only for VIP customers, museums or exclusive collectors! Contact with our team and inform yourself. Only 2 units available – RESERVE NOW

In our VIP club you will find the most exclusive race and road bikes, also you can offer your bike for manage the sale. We work with customers to worldwide and we want offer the best service and products.

At Amatumoto Grand Prix Motorbikes Store, we take pride to have in our stock great exclusive bikes used on the races. That said, we understand that the collector of bikes hobby is enjoyed by some of the most passionate and diverse enthusiasts on the planet. Simply put: there are just too many awesome styles to fit in to one showroom. No need to worry though, as we’re happy to search for the bike of your dreams. Just give us a bit of pertinent information and we’ll keep an eye out. Amatumoto can build a READY to RACE bike… with engine, exhaust, wiring on demand with the specs that choose our customers.

Contact us via our website: http://www.gpmotorbikes.com/

If you’re a track day junkie or a racer, this is your opportunity to buy a very serious piece of hardware. Just add sponsor decals!

-tad

Yamaha July 2, 2019 posted by

Street Survivor: Unmolested 1987 Yamaha FZR1000

The late 1980s’ prevailing ideas about greed, money, partying, and the blessed individual weren’t always reflected in the vehicles people drove — the Chrysler LeBaron wasn’t exactly haute couture — but when they were, stand back. The early iterations of the Yamaha FZR1000 reflected the big-hair-and-cocaine era like few others, with a high-contrast red-and-white speedblock bodywork set off with gold script. The bright red wheels only added to the visual cues that this thing was absolutely batty.

1988 Yamaha FZR1000 for sale on eBay

Under the fairings, the 135 horsepower inline four stood ready to cash the checks that the bodywork wrote. It’d nail 60 in less than three seconds on its way to 167 mph on the big end, but unlike a lot of the ’80s big bikes it ran with, it could turn. That made them monsters in the hands of road racers at places like Daytona.

This 1987 Yamaha FZR1000 is in near-perfect entirely unmolested condition, and has just been woken from a 16-year dormancy. The oil and battery are new, the carbs freshly cleaned and old gas was drained. Unfortunately, sitting left a little bit of rust in the gas tank, so it might require being re-lined sooner than later. Aside from another rust spot in front of the kickstand, this thing looks every bit as fresh as its 5,329 miles suggest.

From the eBay listing:

Up for sale is a 1987 Yamaha FZR1000 Motorcycle. All original. Clear title. Only 5,329 miles. Matching numbers. One owner machine. Have the original sales receipt for $5,799 in 1988.. And all service records. Owners manual and tool kit. The motorcycle was sitting since 2003. To freshen the bike up..a new battery was installed, Gas tank flushed. Carburetors Cleaned. The bike starts right up, no smoke or leaks, noises etc. Sounds great. Rides nicely. Goes through the gears smoothly. All of the electronics do work. Gas tank has some light rust inside. Both front and rear brakes work as they should. Condition is outstanding. Spot of rust on the frame in front of the shifter. Always garage kept, little to no rust. No dents in the tank, No cracks in any of the plastics. A true survivor bike. 5 Day No reserve auction. Sold as is. Owners manual and toolkit included. Please see all 24 pictures before buying. Email with any questions.

If you want to ride it, it’s for sure going to need a fresh set of rubber, but with that taken care of, this is a beautiful example of an iconic sportbike from the dawn of the genre.


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Featured Listing July 1, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1985 Honda VF1000R for Sale

Honda, especially during the 1980’s, didn’t do things by half-measures. When they decided that the V4 was the future of motorcycling, they went all in. This engine configuration could be found in a half dozen bikes or variations by the mid-1980’s, with today’s Featured Listing VF1000R at the top of the heap. With such pedigree, and as almost a dry run for the legendary VFR750R, why then has the bike been overlooked by collectors? Perhaps since the bike doesn’t have the race-winning history of the RC30 to drive its mystique and value. Either way, the Honda VF1000R was a very trick motorcycle and well worth consideration.

The VF1000R was an impressive technological achievement, with a 90 degree 998cc V4 that included gear driven dual overhead cams, air-assisted Torque Reactive Anti-Dive Control forks with a quick-release front axle, a Pro-Link rear shock, Comstar modular wheels, and radial tires. That might seem pretty obvious, but radial tires were very new to motorcycles at the time. The bike even had adjustable bars, a ventilated rear disc brake, and spring-loaded flaps in the fairing to aid cooling.

However, that technology had a price, and that price was weight: the VF1000R weighed in at 520lbs. dry. Handling was stable but not the most nimble. That stability made for a pretty great roadbike though, with flexible, effortless power accompanied by a musical gear whine from the cams and that V4 exhaust. If you’re looking for Honda racing looks and heritage in a practical, affordable package, this bike might be for you.

The VF1000R has been off collector’s radar until recently, but that is already changing and prices are on the rise. Today’s Featured Listing isn’t a purely original collector bike, but the more modern forks and fabricated exhaust are practical upgrades that suit the bike, as well as freeing up some additional horses and accentuating that great V4 growl.

From the Seller: 1985 Honda VF1000R for Sale

VF1000R’s are not the easiest motorcycles to build, service or source parts for. Making the task more frustrating, is the lack of mods that can be done. The suspension on these bikes is the first mod that has to be done. The temptation to go inverted on the forks is overwhelming. However, talking to the current guru on the suspension for these first generation superbikes, Jamie Daugherty, indicated there really was not a viable swap. The stock forks are about 3 inches, on average, longer than the current crop of USD forks available for this build.

Built to be a rider. Functional, adjustable and upgraded modern conventional forks by Jamie Daugherty at DMr and an upgraded rear shock using a Fox Twin Clicker fully serviced by DMr  was essential. The rear shock can not be rebuilt or upgraded, except a few seals, so a Fox Twin Clicker was refurbished. Here is how Jamie Daugherty describes his work on the VF1000R suspension…

“Forks – the VF1000R forks were setup with our DMr BD20 cartridges. This is a full cartridge conversion with Ø20mm valving and Sonic Springs. It features external spring pre load and damping adjustments and is setup with the correct spring rate and damping configuration based on the rider weight and type of riding.

Rear Shock – the Fox Twin Clicker was revalved to upgrade the damping performance to meet the needs of the VF1000R application. It was assembled with the correct spring rate to complete the package. All adjusters were set on the suspension dyno to the ideal settings so no adjustment is needed once the shock installed.”

The 34 year old fiberglass body work was in decent condition, which is a testament to Honda quality. A few liberties were taken with the paint, an 86 style decal on the tank and a few other subtle touches. PPG products were used, exclusively for the paintwork.

Stock Comstar wheels. Just, because I like the look and vintage feel.

The exhaust was fabricated using Yoshimura RS-3 dual units to replicate the stock look,

The seat material was sourced from Motorcycleseatcovers.com who sent  a few samples of the Honda red that they stock. After ordering the covers in the proper color, a pre-sown set of covers, the main seat and the solo pad cover,  arrived in a very timely manner. Excellent materials and workmanship. Orlando Auto Upholstery did the seat and solo pad re-skin quickly and efficiently.

The exhaust on the VF1000R is unavailable from Honda, unable to source any aftermarket bolt on units, a custom set was fabricated using Yoshimura RS-3 cans and custom mid pipes. Special thanks to Tim and Yoshiumra RD in California for all the help and consideration.

The intent of this build was to update the bike for riding in today’s environment, not to be a static display. It may not be the fastest, lightest most technical bike on the road in 2019,  but it was the top performer in its day.  Too many of the these old bikes are restored and shelved. Lets get them back out on the road to enjoy, not to look at in an office display.

15,979 miles

Asking $7500 bike is located in Clermont, FL
Contact Chris: gsxronly@aol.com or 407-492-5854

Products and Services used.

  • DMr FRONT FORK CONVERSION
  • FOX TWIN CLICKER REAR SHOCK
  • SUPERSPROX CHAIN WHEELS
  • RK Gold CHAIN
  • YOSHIMURA RS-3 MUFFLERS
  • CBR1000RR CLUTCH MASTER
  • GSX-R750 BRAKE MASTER
  • SPEIGLER STAINLESS BRAKE LINES & CLUTCH LINE
  • EBC BRAKE PADS
  • REFRESHED PAINT WITH PPG PRODUCTS
  • SHINDY DOUBLE BANJO WITH SPEED BLEEDER
  • UPGRADED MASTER CYLINDERS FOR EASE OF SERVICEABILITY

Special thanks to:

  • ORLANDO AUTO UPHOLSTRY
  • MOTORCYCLESEATCOVERS.COM
  • SLIPSCREENS LTD
  • YOSHIMURA RD IN CALIFORNIA
  • Seminole Powersports North

I imagine a restoration on one of these isn’t exactly a lucrative proposition, given the bike’s rarity, complexity and relative values, but I’m glad someone’s doing it! Especially since the motorcycle is selling for $7500. That seems like an amazing deal, unless you are a collector who prioritizes originality above all else. As the seller indicates, it’s built as a rider, not a museum-quality collectible. More of a “restomod” than a restoration. Personally, I’m most interested in riding these great old machines, and some Honda enthusiast will scoop this one up and understand why.

-tad

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