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BMW September 9, 2011 posted by

With Sporting Intent: 2009 BMW HP2 SPORT

For Sale: 2009 BMW HP2 SPORT

From the great state of New York comes this very rare, very fast, and very expensive BMW HP2 Sport. Released as a final investment into the boxer platform as a sportbike before the release of the S1000RR – the HP2 Sport was an instant collectable for those who could afford the $25,000 MSRP. The 130 horsepower that BMW squeezed from the boxer twin certainly didn’t hurt matters, and the limited numbers produced ensured exclusivity.

What appears to be a teutonic mash-up of Ducati and Bimota in German form, the HP2 Sport was built to redefine performance on BMW terms. Littered with top level components and plenty of carbon fiber, the HP2 Sport delivered on the promise – but only to the rare few. Sure, the cylinder heads would still touch down with hard cornering (check out the valve cover skid pucks!), but overall this bike did a significant amount of PR for BMW and helped move the company from the “gentleman’s touring motorcycle” into the sporting spotlight.

From the seller:

As of the time of this writing, this rare HP2 Sport is just over $10k in moderate bidding – with reserve still in place. These bikes have been crossing the auction block in the $18k range as of late, so it will be interesting to see where the reserve is set. If you play your cards right, this one could be yours for a bargain!

For more information and details, click on the link and jump over to the auction. We don’t see these uber-performance boxers very often, so don’t miss your chance to check it out! Good luck.


Ducati September 1, 2011 posted by

Stunning in Yellow: 1994 Ducati 888 LTD

For Sale: 1994 Ducati Superbike 888 LTD

With the release of the 888, Ducati once again raised the stakes in the Superbike market. Based around the last iteration of the 851 Superbike (which had already been punched out to 888cc), the 888 refined the concept and upped the ante. With more horsepower than the 851, upswept exhaust chambers for greater cornering clearance and upgraded components throughout, the 888 was raced successfully by the likes of Doug Polen.

Sharing the square headlight and vertical nose vents as the 851, the 888 did not appear outwardly changed. Under the skin, however, the upgraded motor added the go, and updated Brembos front and rear helped the bike stop. For those of you into homologation superbikes, be sure and check out this great comparison between the Ducati 888 and a the Yamaha OW01. And for more information, be sure and check out the 851 and 888 forum.

From the seller:
Here is one beautiful 888! The pictures tell no lies! Many are aware of this iconic motorcycle, what it represents for Ducati and race fans alike. Definitely a bike to lust for, as they are getting more difficult to find in such good condition.

This 888 has been custom painted to Ducati yellow, along with some nice upgrades as follows:
Carrozzeria Aluminum wheels
Michelin Pilot Power tires (have about 500 miles)
Carbon Fiber exhaust
Steel braided brake/clutch lines
Silicon hoses (Blue)
Up-graded front discs
Carbon Fiber tank protector
Carbon Fiber fenders front and rear. (stock on 94′ LTD. oops, front not pictured but will convey with bike)

Many more, as well as complete service done at 3000miles. Installed new belts, valves adjusted, all fluids flushed, along with new chain/sprockets, race brake pads.

I am 2nd owner of this bike, bought it back in 97′ with barely 1000 miles on it. Bike was always stored indoors, either in my custom built display or my garage. It has always been well maintained and cared for, having oil/filter changed more than necessary to keep it extra clean and smooth. Ridden only for pleasure at a nice “spirited pace”, and ridden at the track 3 times as well, it’s a seriously fun bike to ride. Although it gets very little use, I hate to sell it. I had listed it last year with only 3500 miles with a reserve of $12,000, It got up to 10k if I remember correctly. I am listing it with a NO reserve, and a lower BIN, so bid/buy as you like. There are other 888’s to be found, but this one stands out, and has very low miles, is in outstanding condition, and will not disappoint anyone.

I have most, if not all of the original parts. (Exhaust pipes, wheels, hoses, foot pegs, etc) These can be obtained by winning bidder at additional costs, along with a complete set of sharkskinz race bodywork if desired.

While normal livery is the traditional Ducati red, this particular bike has been repainted in stunning yellow – reminiscent of a 900 Superlight or first generation 748. The paintwork plays off well against the carbon cans (which must sound awesome), and the whole package really looks great. The seller has made a lot of additions to the bike, the result which modernizes the aging 851/888 look.

This auction is going on right now and the current bid is only $7,100. There are less than 4,000 miles on this beauty, and there is no reserve in sight. This is more than fair money for a 888, and the upgraded equipment represents a real bargain at this juncture. For your chance to view all of the pictures and details, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!


Classic Sport Bikes For Sale September 1, 2011 posted by and Weekly Recap!

It’s been a busy week over at ClassicSportBikesForSale with a handful of awesome bikes posted and still up for auction. If you’re into the classics from the 50’s and 60’s, then get your checkbooks ready. I myself am eyeing the mid-80’s FZ750. There is even a well done Norton Commando café racer still up for auction that can be seen on CafeBikesForSale. Have a look and enjoy!

1986 Yamaha FZ750 up for auction at ClassicSportBikesForSale

1958 Harley Davidson KR RoadRacer For Sale

Super Clean 1968 BSA Thunderbolt up for auction!

Classic Italian: 1956 MV Agusta CS125

1972 Norton Commando Café Racer at CafeBikesForSale


Sport Bikes For Sale August 31, 2011 posted by

Grey Market Minibike: 1986 Yamaha TZR125

For Sale: 1986 Yamaha TZR125

RSBFS readers know we love grey market import bikes – especially the two strokes. But those bikes are often prohibitively expensive and impossible to register in many states (such as CA). If you are not ready to pony up the big bucks for a Lance RG500 Gamma or RZV500 – or God forbid a RZ/RG hybrid – perhaps starting smaller is in order. Sure, you could go the NS250 route, but prices there are rising faster than ever. What’s a dedicated smoker fan to do? How about looking into some of the cool 125cc machines available?

Originally released for the Japanese home market as well as Europe, the TZR125 might seem somewhat familiar. Sporting a Deltabox frame, the TZR’s sporting intent is instantly recognizable. The 125cc two stroke single is liquid cooled, and power is enhanced via a Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS) just like the RZ350 and RZ/RZV500. Braking duties are handled by a single disc in the front and a drum in the rear (later variants offered a rear disc). All in all, it is a lightweight, tidy package meant to bring out your inner Grand Prix daydreams on a bicycle budget.

From the seller:
Ultra rare, STREET LEGAL, Street bike, California registeration fees paid in full Two-Stroke Collector’s Dream Kilometer gauges ( 11,000 kilometers, only about 7000 miles) Just serviced new YUASA battery runs fantastic! one kick, every time! nice Power Pros exhaust NEW FORK SEALS! Steering Head bearings serviced/adjusted new chain fresh oil Yamaha mirrors very light weight super fun to ride very unique, i doubt you’ll ever see another one on the road!

The seller is correct – this is NOT a bike you will see often in the US. It appears to be in pretty good condition for its age, and is certainly a unique offering even by RSBFS standards! For those of you wondering about the fairing, these bikes did not come with one as standard. Given the markets in which this bike was meant to play, fairings add cost to both the purchase price as well as insurance. Keeping the bike naked makes it lighter, cheaper and more damage resistant.

Ask yourself: why do you ride what you ride? If your mount of choice was chosen to keep ahead of your buddies, show off at stoplight drag races or eclipse triple digit speeds on the street with regularity, then this is not the bike for you. If you revel in getting the most out of what you ride – if you value quality of experience over quantity – then this might just fit perfectly as a first step into grey market collectables. The best part? It’s relatively cheap!

This rare, unique and California titled buzzer is being offered at only $2,999! For more information, pictures and a chance to contact the seller, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck, and be sure and tell ’em you saw it on RSBFS!


Sport Bikes For Sale August 25, 2011 posted by

1988 Yamaha FZR750RU

Now this takes me back  few years! I wonder how many of these remain with only 200 being imported for AMA homologation.  This was one actually raced but is now titled in CA.  Sounds like some fun!  When these were originally released they were not available in California as they were only 49 state compliant.  However our seller here has managed to obtain a CA title for this example.  This bike was previously listed on Craigslist back in May of 2009 at a price of $3750 which means you can get a lot of bike for a reasonable outlay.  For reference the you can have a read here.

For sale is a very rare Yamaha factory racer introduced for the 1988 AMA Superbike Series,This machine has 5,554 miles on the clock, with 350 miles since a complete engine re-build using OEM factory race parts, with  a total of almost $6,000 spent including new tires, brakes etc, with receipts for the work.

Wikipedia article,
The Yamaha FZR750RU was only available in 1988 in a limited quantity (200 to USA) at a then price of $6899, which was more expensive than most liter bikes at the time. This was the only 750cc Yamaha sportbike offered for model year 1988-89, period. The following is from a 1988 Yamaha Product Sales Guide:”Yamaha’s FZR750R is a fully fledged road racer designed and built for AMA Superbike racing. Unlike other racers, though, to meet AMA rules, the FZR750R is fully street legal and available down at local Yamaha street bike dealers. Quantities are limited to the 200 required for AMA racing homologation, but for riders with the ability and desire to win races, there’s never been a better or easier way.” Just briefly, the bike weights 448 pounds dry, fuel capacity is 5.3 gallons, and tire sizes are 120/70 ZR 17 front, and, 160/60 ZR 18 rear. Brakes are 320mm front and 267mm rear. Forks are 41mm with spring preload and rebound damping. Delta Box frame, Genesis five-valve-per-cylinder motor and the same close-ration 6 speed gearbox as the factory racer were part of the package.”

This machine is in excellent condition and comes with a host of parts, manuals, receipts, etc.
It was raced in Superbike in the late 80’s by Williams Racing and the engine was race prepped by Vance and Hines “Suicycle” it also has many race upgrades such as strengthened swing arm, race suspension, quick remove calipers etc, also a host of the original parts removed for racing.
The bike has a current California registration, tagged till May 2012

The auction can be found here on eBay

I love the fact that the bike comes with its history documented as well as the service manuals and a lovely collectable called “microfiche”.  For the youngsters out there it is what was used before DVD service manuals. It is going to put a smile on someones face for not a great deal of money.


Moto Morini August 19, 2011 posted by

Stealth Italian: 1984 Moto Morini 500 Sei V

For Sale: 1984 Moto Morini 500 Sei V

Quick: Name an Italian manufacturer of classic vee-twin sportbikes. Chances are that your first response was Ducati. There might have even been some fringe folks who sprung Moto Guzzi to mind. MV Agusta might have been another Italian guess. But how many of you thought of Moto Morini? I’ll bet not too many, mainly because we don’t see them in the US. When we do, it is usually the 3 1/2 (350cc) Sport.

This Moto Morini is a classy, Italian steed. The 500cc, air cooled vee twin is good for 45-50 horsepower. Componentry on Moto Morini motorcycles is generally considered to be well above average for the period – which made the MM expensive compared to other brands. Ceriani and Marzocchi suspension units were used, rear and front respectively. Borani spoked wheels were used on the initial 350cc bikes, later to be replaced by cast hoops. Grimeca disc brakes were fitted front and rear. Veglia instrumentation was fitted standard. The end result was a very high-spec motorcycle, which continues to be an enjoyable mount to this day.

From the seller:
Untouched, all-original Moto Morini 500 Sei-V…down to its Pirelli tires. V-twin, six-speed transmission. Owned since 1999, last registered in 2002. Performance exhaust, 4,777 miles, Owners Manual.

Only blemishes are slight paint bubbling on bottom of front fender, headers could use a black paint touch-up, tachometer is a little loose in its rubber housing, gas stain beneath carb. bowl on engine case.

Recently photographed for inclusion in an upcoming 2012 European Motorcycle Calendar.

The fate of Moto Morini is a long and varied one. From its family origins in 1937, the company was responsible for some very memorable motorcycles and race bikes. Following financial hardship, MM was sold to Cagiva in the mid 1980s. It changed hands again when it was purchased by the Texas Pacific Group (alongside Ducati) in the 1990s. In 1999 Moto Morini fell back into family hands when it was purchased by a company founded by Morini’s nephew (Morini Franco Motori spa). The hard times continued, however, and that company went into bankrupcy and liquidation in 2010. Is this the end of an icon? There is yet another attempt to pull Moto Morini from the ashes as of July 2011; the company was sold to Eagle Bike, a newly formed company that is run by two Italian entrepreneurs. Keep your fingers crossed for this historic brand – we may see new Moto Morini bikes again yet!

The 500cc version of the pre-Cagiva Moto Morini is relatively rare. As stated at the beginning of this post, one tends to find the smaller (350cc) bikes more readily than the 500cc variant. For example, we have posted several 350s over the years (here, here and here), but only one 500cc machine. Like most Moto Morinis we see, this one is clean and well cared for. Mileage is very low, and in general this looks to be in fantastic condition.

Your chance to own a classic Italian vee-twin sportbike is here! For more information, specifications and pictures, click on the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!


Honda August 19, 2011 posted by

Hold on to your leg warmers: 1985 Honda NS400R

For Sale: 1985 Honda NS400R

We have seen a number of these rare birds on RSBFS (click here to search the RSBFS archives), but nowhere near the numbers of the twin cylinder Honda 250s or the 500cc RZ/Gamma set. You see, this NS400R is an odd bike in many ways, and that generally kept interest low – which is a real shame. In the end it was emissions, not interest, that kept the NS400R out of the United States. Still, with an odd-ball displacement (400cc vs 500cc), odd-ball configuration (V3), and lack of importation into the US, the NS400R is not the most loved of the two-stroke coveting set.

For those wanting to be different, the NS400R is a great place to start. With peaky two-stroke power (59 hp stock), mini-GP bodywork, sharp and responsive handling thanks to light weight (about 350 lbs), the NS400R might be everything you dream about in a canyon carver. Back in 1985 it sure was – except that it was missing a cylinder and about 100cc on the competition.

From the seller:

Given the relative rarity of these models, one has to wonder how this one got in such forlorn condition. What is left of the paintwork was intended to celebrate Freddie Spencer’s championship livery (he won both the 250cc and 500cc classes that year) – this is a very sharp color scheme when found in original condition such as this one. Unfortunately this bike got a little beaten up along the way to the auction, and is not exactly in what we would call “pristine” condition. It certainly doesn’t help that the seller has very little to say about the bike – except that it has a Florida title and has approximately 16,000 miles on it.

In a proper state of tune, the NS400R is a fantastic machine. It has some innovative engineering tricks such as the ATAC (auto-controlled torque amplification chambers) exhaust servo to boost low-end torque. Aerodynamically, the bike is very sound and complete, right down to the little fairing attached to the side stand. All in all, this is a very desireable model to own and ride.

This particular example is available at auction right now. There have been no bidders with a $4,000 opening, so if you act quickly you might get yourself a deal. For more info and pictures, click on the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!


MV Agusta August 17, 2011 posted by

New In The Crate (If You Want It): 2006 MV Agusta F4CC R.I.P. Claudio Castiglioni

New In The Crate (If You Want It):  2006 MV Agusta F4CC  R.I.P.  Claudio Castiglioni

The man who brought Ducati back from the brink, MV back from the dead and put his initials on this bike has passed away.  Claudio Castiglioni apparently had been ill in Italy for a short time.  Hopefully MV Agusta has someone with the will and foresight to lead the company well into the future.


This MV has been babied to above Bimota standards.  It hasn’t turned a wheel on the street and he has the watch, the cover and even  the crate if you’d like it!  You may remember the original MSRP was 120,000 cool ones.  This one is being offered at $55,000 OBO.  He already has an offer but I don’t think he will go for my offer of two helmets and a case of Motul.

Nice!  I’ve never noticed that detail work before.  You are buying art as much as a motorcycle.

Pretty but not as sexy as some of the rear sets Bimota has designed.

Are you going to be the one to cut the tag off of it?  I totally understand collecting bikes but this might be a bit over the top.

The info:

2006 MV Agusta F4 CC ( Claudio Castiglioni ) #79 of 100. Incredible 200hp Carbon Fiber, over 90 additional special manufacturers improvements, Brembo monoblock calipers, Titanium valves, lightweight magnesium components, comes with mounted full titanium exhaust, rear stand, Signature bike cover, complete spare exhaust. 20 month balance on manufacturers warranty. Original crate available but shipper may charge extra, Huge savings off $120k MSRP.

Most exclusive of final Tamburini ( of Ducati fame ) designed MV Agustas

Also, comes with Girard Perregaux Special Edition #79 of 100 MV Agusta F4CC Laureato Evo 3 watch.

Winner 2011 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Best Motorcycle- Post 1970


If you’d like to own  a bike inspired by an Italian motorcycling icon, take a look here.


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