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Sport Bikes For Sale February 25, 2013 posted by

California Kat: 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000


Quick – look at the pictures. Do you spot the rare bike? I’m beginning to doubt the rarity of these post-disco, pre-grunge “it came from the 80s” Suzuki Katanas. RSBFS went for ages without posting a single one, and then BANG! we suddenly find several. Such are the risks associated with bringing you the best of the rare bikes available on the internet; sometimes it is an HRC RC30, sometimes it is a Neiman Marcus “limited edition” offering, and sometimes it is something in between, like this 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000.


Designed by Hans Muth, the futuristic styling assured Suzuki of instant recognition and plenty of press. But the big Katana was perhaps too ahead of it’s time – and the bold angles and “big block” approach to power was already past; just around the corner the Ninja waited to change the game completely….


From the seller:
1982 Suzuki Katana 1000, all stock, 8476 original miles.
Clean title, original Tool kit, owners manual, all original keys. Original seat in photo, new seat from Suzuki also included.

New fork seals, progressive springs installed, anti-dive units replaced with block-off plates, anti-dive units included in sale.

Chrome and brightwork on engine is excellent. Everything works. No oil leaks.
Original exhaust. Black chrome in great condition, no pitting, very shiny. There are some scratches on the bottom right side exhaust shown in picture.

I replaced gas tank and fairing. Originals are included in sale. All work done by Suzuki dealer. engine #GS10X102258.

Bike looks, runs and rides excellent.


Whether you are buying to ride or buying to invest, you might want to take note. Complete Katanas in first year colors and complete with the stock seat, body panels and black chrome exhaust are becoming more and more rare. If unmolested is what grabs your eye, then you might wish to stare at this one for a while. It is certainly not perfect, but has seemed to survive the drag bike turned rat bike status of less fortunate machines.


Your chance to own this piece of stylistic history is now. This bike is located in the sunny State of California, and the auction has just begun. The opening ask is a bit high at $6,000, but Katanas in this condition will pass that mark at auction these days. There is a reserve in place as well, so time will tell us how high this seller hopes to go. Check out all of the info and pictures here. Good Luck!!


Suzuki February 7, 2013 posted by

Old School: 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000


When this first year, 1000cc Katana showed up on eBay, I knew it was perfect for the RSBFS faithful. Who doesn’t like a classic survivor like this? Built to be the baddest road rocket of the day, the Katana still turns heads with its knife-edge styling and purposeful looks.


This particular bike does not appear to be a museum piece. With a claimed 3,325 miles on the clock the bike has certainly not been ridden much. The pictures show that all the right pieces are there, and it still sports the original (and getting hard to find) exhaust system. The best part for collectors is that it looks to be original and unrestored. In short, it appears to be used but otherwise in great condition for its age.


From the seller:


This bad boy has the torque to spank most smokers in the real world, and does it the old fashioned way: with cubes. Although Suzuki would increase the capacity to 1,100cc in the next model year, the ’82 bike is still no slouch. The GS-derived motor with its Twin Swirl Combustion Chambers (TSCC: another great acronym from the 80s!) was the powerhouse of the day.


Katanas are getting harder to find in reasonable condition. This one certainly fits that bill – and then some. This auction just opened and bidding was up to a scant $3,300 at the time of this writing. I would expect this one to go up quite a bit from there based on recent interest. For your chance to check it out, click the link and jump over to the auction. Who wouldn’t want to jump back to the 1980s for this one?


Aprilia July 28, 2012 posted by

Weekend Mailbag and Laguna Seca MotoGP 2012 (RC30, RS125, Jota 1000, 888 SP4,

Hey guys,

Here’s a quick post from California with all the best of picks, suggestions, and personal bikes for sale. Mike, Jared, Rem and Dan are all here and in addition to checking out all the action at Laguna we may troll the parking lot for interesting bikes for sale too! They’ll be posted first to our Facebook page out of convenience but we’ll try to pull them all together for the site later in the week as well. Look for us in with the RSBFS logo on our backs and say hey!


Lets get things started right: Honda RC30 for sale in Costa Mesa on eBay. Currently at about $20k reserve not met with over a week to go. Maybe your MotoGP souvenir for the way home?

Dan spotted this sharp looking RS125 on eBay, with a title and just under 14k miles.

Or how about this AMAZING 1978 Laverda 1000 on ADVRider (you need to make an account to view) with less than 1500 original miles. $13k. Thanks for the forward Joe!

Jamie send us this gorgeous 1992 Ducati 888 SP4 for sale in Australia for $45k AUD.

Jeremy keeps a sharp eye on the San Francisco area ads and this one caught our eye: 1986 Honda NS400R with a reported new from Honda motor! Asking $6200 with the lowers and spares.

Moto Guzzi July 13, 2011 posted by

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 – Rare 4 Valve Bike

If you visit George Barber’s stunning museum you will be able to see a yellow Moto Guzzi Daytona, that is how special these are, after all there were only 283 produced in 1993.  This bike has a 4 valve head which later became a key part of the MGS-01 and the power it could put out.  It was not until the recent crop of Guzzi’s that the 4 valve head again became part of the production bikes.  If you are intrigued by the Guzzi Daytona then this site is a good reference.

The seller has the following to say about this lovely bike:

This 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 is a fine original and unrestored example. The original owner kept the bike at his Arizona home where he spent the winters. Thus the very low miles and superb condition. Recently serviced and tuned, the bike is ready to ride ,show or display in your private museum. The very low production numbers for this bike and it’s provenance thanks to “Dr. John” makes it an excellent investment opportunity. Steady appreciation!  RIDE YOUR INVESTMENT

GOOGLE 1993-94 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for the history, facts and numbers regarding the linage.
Please ask questions before bidding.
Reserve is fair market value.
Additional pictures upon request.
Transportation and export services available.
Thank you

Link to eBay Auction can be found here so you can start your bidding!

As for price that can be tough.  These bikes though often fetch close to $10k when they come up but finding a recent sale price is difficult and lets face it KBB doesn’t work for such a collectable. So if you fancy something that will stand out at your local bike night you should look no further.


Moto Guzzi May 6, 2011 posted by

1990 Moto Guzzi LeMans V

For Sale: 1990 Moto Guzzi LeMans V

These Guzzis have such classic lines and timeless style that I was torn between posting this beauty here on Rare Sport Bikes For Sale, or on our sister site, Classic Sport Bikes For Sale. For while this bike is new enough to belong here, it just looks like a classic in the making.

This bike has everything you expect from a unique and rare motorcycle: Great big cylinders pumping out loads of torque, a cockpit with a purpose – including a center-mounted tach, and peerless Italian styling and cachet.

OK – enough teasing. Here is a great shot of the whole bike. These Guzzi twins are real riders, and it is rare to see one without double digit mileage. After all, don’t we believe sport bikes are made to be ridden? This one has done just that, with the clock sitting just shy of 40k. The best part? This is a one owner, clean and cared for machine.

From the seller:
For Sale – My 1990 Moto Guzzi LeMans V. I am the original owner. Adult owned & ridden since new. Always garaged. Always serviced properly and completely. 39,XXX miles. Bub performance exhaust system, complete and unmolested original exhaust system comes with bike. Aftermarket clip-on handlebars, originals included. K&N air filters, Corbin seat, fresh Avon tires, cylinder head guards. Owner’s manual, original sales brochure included as are various extras and spares. Everything works – needs nothing but it’s next owner. Easily one of the cleanest, best maintained LeManses anywhere.

With all of the original parts included, this looks to be a pretty good package deal. The one-owner concept really appeals to me as you are much more likely to find a honest example when compared against a bike that has been passed down through many hands. So a clean, one owner bike with tasteful and useful mods plus the OEM parts is the upside.

The downside here is that this auction opens with an ask of $5995. Mileage aside, the more recent vintage Guzzis have simply not held their price like the earlier V7 or Mk I, II or III models. That is unfortunate, as the Mk V is a great machine. So, stuck between new and classic, here is a bike that is easily worth that to the current owner, but may be a bit high for the rest of the collector world. To check out this bike, all the details and lots more pics, . Be sure and tell us what you think!


Bimota January 29, 2011 posted by

2008 Bimota Tesi 3D – No Reserve Auction!

For sale: 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D at no reserve

Is this a sportbike, a science experiment, or simply artwork? The original Tesi (which translates to “thesis” in Italian), was the work of Bimota founder and legendary designer Massimo Tamburini – you may remember him from Ducati 916 and MV Agusta F4 fame. The Tesi 3D that you see here was designed entirely in-house at Bimota’s design facility, but retains the hub steering theme. The Tesi 3D is powered by a Ducati air-cooled, two-valve motor. These are very reliable motors with tons of torque, although they are a little flat in the upper RPM range.

Here is a great shot of the front swingarm, as well as the “frame” of the bike. Instead of the traditional perimeter or box frame, the Tesi sports “C” shaped plates to which the engine and front and rear suspension are mounted. Check out the carbon steering rod!

From the seller:
Please call Michael Kiernan at (314)772-5758

All inspections are welcome. Please call Michael Kiernan at 314 772 5758 with any questions regarding this vehicle, shipping and storage.

I’m not sure how a seller of something this beautiful and rare could not have *something* to say about the bike, but apparently the pictures are meant to speak for themselves. Speaking of pictures, here are a few more:

If the Tesi has any drawbacks, the price must certainly be one of them. When new, these left the showroom floor for $36,000 plus taxes, etc. As demand (or the economy) dwindled, so too did the price. Brand new bikes were moving in the high $20k range, which included a factory warranty.

The no reserve auction on this Tesi 3D has an opening bid of $28k – and no takers yet. The bike has 10,000 miles on it, so it is far from new. If you just *must* have a Tesi 3D and have been unable to find one, this might just be your bike. If you are looking for a Bimota bargain, however, I would keep looking. To see for yourself, click on the link and . Good luck!


Sport Bikes For Sale January 25, 2011 posted by

Living on the Edge: 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000S

For Sale: 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000S

For all of you RSBFS fans who think that the staff spends a little too much time and attention on ’90s bikes and newer, here is a GREAT classic from the 1980s. When the Katana was released, it up-ended what everyone thought a sportbike should look like and put Suzuki on the forefront of style and design. Powered by an updated version of the GS 1-liter mill, this two-valve, air-cooled motor was as strong as anything offered in the day.

This particular Katana – a 1982 model – is in about the best condition I have seen for one of these bikes. Far too many Katanas were hot-rodded, used up, and then discarded. Finding something in this shape is really quite rare.

From the seller:
This beautiful motorcycle was used in shows. It has upgraded adjustable rear shocks & front fork brace to improve handling.

Bike is garage kept and covered and has never fallen over. Original seat, windscreen and exhaust were taken off 20 years ago to preserve condition.

Front turn signals were relocated European style, to prevent people from passing too close and breaking them off during a show; can be put back to original position if so requested at completion of sale.

Chain was replaced due to lack of use. New chain is “O” ring type.

Engine is free of oil leaks from top to bottom. Gas tank has no rust inside. All controls electrical & mechanical work.

New Battery and tires.

So where should this auction be in terms of price? Well, if we look at the meager pickings of similar auctions recently (RSBFS posted this Katana HERE, another one HERE, and another ’82 model was auctioned off at the Mid America Auctions event in Las Vegas a few weeks ago), ratted out “survivors” cross the block in the $4k – $5k range. This bike is far from ratted out, however, and should easily bring more than that.

This auction is going on right now, and the entry price is still quite low at $5,000. Get in while you can, as this one will go quickly and is sure to appreciate over time! Click here to .


Ducati January 7, 2011 posted by

Smart Money: 2006 Ducati Sport Classic Paul Smart LE

For Sale: 2006 Ducati Sport Classic Paul Smart Limited Edition

In 1972 Paul Smart rode a Ducati 750SS into the history books by winning the Imola 200. He is credited for putting Ducati on the map, and ushering in the modern era of Ducati dominance on the racetrack. This bike, the Ducati Sport Classic Paul Smart edition, was designed to commemorate that Daytona win and celebrate the accomplishments of such a gifted rider.

From the seller:
This NO RESERVE bike is the Paul Smart 1000 LE, Limited edition of 2000 in the world with only 500 imported to the United States. This is the commemorative bike designed after the 1972 Super Sport that the man, Paul Smart rode to victory in the Imola 200. I am a former racer and I tried to create a bike that was as close to what I thought a Grand Prix bike would look like if it were transported to this modern age. I have put on the factory Termignoni exhaust and chip at the dealership. On that note, the original exhaust was thrown out but that is the only part missing from this beauty. I have all the original parts that I removed to make the bike look like what you see here. Now for what I have added:

Ducati Bubble Screen
Ducati Classic Fairing #16
MPL slave cylinder
Carbon fiber rear hugger
Fender Eliminator kit
Back off rear tail light modification for safety
Speedy Moto open clutch cover
Mad Duc pressure plate and upgraded springs
Factory Ducati Carbon clutch plates
Ducati Tank Cover (no bag, stolen)
Ducati custom bike cover

All extra stickers that I applied are easily removable. I did not clear coat them. I have changed the oil 3 times since new. The bike only has 1530 miles. I put 80 miles on it since the photo. I will include all of the original parts excluding the missing original exhaust of course. I absolutely love this bike but I had knee surgery and this aggressive riding position is not suitable for my knee. I also don’t have time to ride with 2 kids and their sports and other activities.

One cool side note, this model is in the new Tron movie as the father’s bike (Flynn, i.e.; Jeff Bridges) in the beginning of the movie. His son ride the 1000 GT later in the movie.

The bike is flawless and has never seen rain or been dropped. Always garaged and covered. I have all manuals and extra keys.

I hate to see this bike go. It is such a beautiful ride and looks absolutely perfect. The winner is going to have an amazing piece of Ducati history and machinery.

So is this really “smart” money? Given that the Paul Smart edition is really just a Ducati Sport Classic with some asthetics added, there is no real performance gain for going along the limited edition route. The additions made by the seller are indeed tasty and correct for these air-cooled Ducatis, but likely detract from the collector value of this otherwise exclusive machine. On the plus side, the bike has less than 2,000 miles and was obviously not ridden much – despite the performance mods.

The auction is active now, with the opening bid starting at $15,000. This seems a bit high to me given the non-standard appearance, but with a no-reserve auction the seller obviously wants to protect his investment. to view the auction and see all of the details for yourself.