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Buell July 28, 2020 posted by

WannaBe(emer) – 2002 Buell S3T Thunderbolt

Marketeers at Buell must have looked longingly at BMW’s fanbase and wanted to access some of that longer-than-an-afternoon enthusiasm.  This S3T has all the last year of production improvements, light mileage, and excellent cosmetics.

2002 Buell S3T Thunderbolt for sale on eBay

Late in the Thunderbolt program, Buell had made a lot of updates to the S3T, like electronic fuel injection tailoring the mixture to 101 hp.  The long stroke of the 1203cc Sporty motor, with factory Thunderstorm heads, takes care of providing a healthy 66 ft.-lbs torque at 5,500 rpm.  The almost maintenance-free belt drive smooths out most driveline lash and is lighter than a chain.  Showa provided their multi-adjustable 40mm fork  and underslung rear shock.  Buell’s signature 340mm single disk is up front, with a six-puck caliper, mounted to a set of very pretty fabricated Comstar-type wheels.  The rear exhaust is tucked inside the frame of its way to the central muffler, and can’t get to your leg.  The seat shape was also improved over the years, and the fairing is a nice compromise between local and long distance.

No ownership history is provided, but this S3T has been cared for and shows beautifully.  Seems little needed to be done to improve on the factory’s ideals, with just an intake added.  Its chunky good looks visually prepare you for the 500 lb. riding weight.  The bags are enormous and aren’t an everyday on-off item like the BMW, so they can stay off until a long trip beckons.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Buell’s top of the line bike in 2002 with MSRP of $13,395
Equipped with the Deep-sized Detachable Color Matched Saddle Bags that
have fitted removeable luggage per picture.
Wheels are the factory optional Performance Machine Polished Aluminum.
Factory rated at 101 Horsepower and 90 ft-lbs of torque it is not for the timid.
Fuel Injected and with the Harley Belt Drive it is very low maintenance.
Being the last year of the Tube Framed Buell’s it is a future collectable
especially with the rare color combination. (Volcano Gray / Blaze Orange)
This bike is factory stock with the exception of the upgraded Uno air cleaner
and vinyl rim stripes.
Bike is in very good condition with some minor imperfections.
See scratch on front fender in picture five.
Right passenger saddle bag has a minor scuff on side.
Plastic fuel tank cover has some typical Buell air bubbles in the paint.

The S3T reviewed as a sport tourer that didn’t forget about the sport, with the big torquey lump that made the sections between corners disappear.  Quality control issues seem to have been largely put to bed this late in the game, though even with the isoplanar engine mount stuff wants to come apart.  This Thunderbolt looks unfettered and ready for another 20K miles.

-donn

 

WannaBe(emer) – 2002 Buell S3T Thunderbolt
Buell July 5, 2020 posted by

Secret Weapon – 1995 Buell S2 Thunderbolt

Early in the Buell / Harley-Dave relationship, the racer and design engineer was thought to be the icon’s entreé into sportbikes.  This immaculate S2 has access to plenty of thunder, and every update imaginable.

1995 Buell S2 Thunderbolt for sale on eBay

The S2 had production versions of most of the ideas Erik Buell had been incubating for several years, the quick-steering tube frame, Uni-Planar engine mounts, underslung rear shock and muffler, and extra-large diameter single front disk – all surrounding Harley’s torquey 1203 cc motor.  WP supplied upside-down forks and the unusual monoshock which extends as the chassis compresses is from Showa.  H-D production engineers fitted their belt drive and put their manufacturing expertise into the sculptural exhaust system.  For a bike with planned production of 300 units per year, the frame-mounted fairing, tank and seat console flow together very well.

Obviously owned by a real fan, this Buell looks excellent an has been carefully updated with choice parts, addressing many of the model’s foibles.  As much as the tank bra breaks up the lines of the bodywork, the next owner will appreciate all the scratches the tank doesn’t have.  The auction shares a – video – and says it’s by the previous owner, which indicates that most of the pictures are as well, so a question or two there.  A long list from the eBay auction:

Work and upgrades:
• Borla muffler  
• Piggyback kickstand plate (prevents the motorcycle from leaning too much to prevent a fall)
• Updated ISO’s all around (Buell redesigned the ISO mounts in 2001)
• Updated exhaust hanger (Buell redesigned the muffler hanger mount in 2001)
• Updated primary tensioner (HD/Buell update to all Sportsters and Buell in 1999)
• Updated shifter detent plate 
• Updated crank seal 
• Bronze oil pump gear 
• All new James top end gaskets with jug pigtails 
• KT Performance heat shield 
• Shorai Battery (Lithium light weight battery)
• Original Rear Shock rebuilt by RaceTech 
• Original Front Shocks rebuilt by Lance Kuglar (St. Paul HD)
• Corbin Seat Recovered by Baldwin
• Under seat tote and fairing bags 
• Screaming Eagle CDI Box 
• New signal light control box
• Zero gravity smoke windscreen 
• Updated/late style front rotor (Buell redesigned the front brake rotor in 2001)
• Newer continental tires 
• Jim’s Mega-nut on bead blasted and sealed front pulley 
• CV Performance Carb Kit  
 
Accompanied with the bike:
• Rising road service and parts manuals
• Sales brochures (with some pricing scribbles from 95)
• Borla brochure
• Buell sticker and postcard from the period
• Owner’s manual
• Stock muffler in like new condition
• Rubber stock foot pegs 
• Additional lower belt guard

The T-Bolt sold better than expected right away, and the two companies had several good years together, but eventually applied for an uncontested divorce.  Even though the S2 is on the softer side of sports-biking, the turn and squirt ( maybe even shift ) ride got great reviews.  It’s a strong starting bid for the first real production bike from Erik Buell and friends, but it is a sharp example with all the right upgrades.

-donn

Secret Weapon – 1995 Buell S2 Thunderbolt
BMW April 10, 2020 posted by

Ghost Gray Light* – 2007 BMW R1200S

More than ten years since the last one was made, the R1200S was only recently bumped off BMW’s air/oil-cooled throne by the R1250RS.  This stealthy example has been nicely updated by the East L.A. owner.

2007 BMW 1200S for sale on eBay

Beside the 100cc additional displacement on board the hex-head R1200S, the compression ratio was increased to 12.5-to-1.  Thanks to electronic knock sensors and the ECU’s control of ignition timing, premium gas will get you 122 hp.  The chassis was lightened and is more of a trellis affair than the R1100S, though the tele-lever and paralever suspension will be familiar to any BMW fan.  320mm brakes are complemented by factory braided lines, and the dual exhausts feed a common catalyst and underseat muffler.  There’s a big step up to the pillion, which is a nice backstop for the solo rider, but it’s hidden by a body-color cover.

Almost broken in at 22,430 miles, this R1200S presents nicely in its silver and black monochrome.  Though they were available as factory options, this one got the 5.5-inch rear wheel and Öhlins front and rear shock after the fact.  The R1200S had a lightweight ABS system available, not sure if this bike has it – though a front sensor ring is there.  The addition of a rear fender is very unusual, and ceramic coated exhaust looks great.  The comprehensive list of updates from the eBay auction:

Upgrades from stock are pretty minor and in my opinion, in very good taste and all take offs included:

– Remus headpipe and factory muffler both removed and ceramic coated so no blueing…ever. Looks amazing. Remus exhaust is no longer available FYI.
– EVAP canister removed
– Upgraded to wider OEM sport rear wheel
– Rear hugger added to keep tail section clean
– Helibars added, 1″ taller. Originals not included.
– Suspension upgraded to factory Ohlins, rebuilt and springs replaced (180 lbs rider) less than a year ago. Original front and rear suspension included
– Seat replaced with leather Corbin. Two originals included, both with cracked covers.
– Tank grippers added. Tech Spec if I remember correctly.
– Passenger pillion seat is MIA and didn’t come with the bike. Passenger pegs removed but included. Nobody wants to sit back there anyway.
– Puig double bubble clear windscreen. Original is included, but was painted black.
– Front fender pained black instead of factory silver. Looks much better and stays cleaner looking.
– Odyssey battery freshly installed
– Shorty Pazzo adjustable or like new stock levers, whichever you prefer
– Rear factory bags and racks added. I also keyed the lock cylinders to match the ignition. These are insanely expensive, but really make the bike more usable for long trips.

BMW put the R1200S on a diet, and was moderately successful with a wet weight under 470 lbs., and fans will tell you it feels more stable because so much of the engine weight is down low.  Can’t say the same for the factory hardbags, but they can be in the closet until they’re really necessary.  The R1200S is knocking on the door of a cult classic, a booming crescendo to the oil-cooled boxer -S variant that started way back in 1998.  This one does it almost at a whisper.

-donn

 

Ghost Gray Light* – 2007 BMW R1200S
magni March 20, 2020 posted by

One for the Count – 2002 Magni Sport 1200S

Virtually bespoke with total production countable on just two hands, Arturo Magni’s Sport 1200S was a reverent styling based on the MV Agusta 750S.  Though the SACS-cooled Suzuki 1200 took flak from European cogniscenti, it turns out the drivetrain was a perfect choice.

2002 Magni Sport 1200s for sale on eBay

The first in a series of Magnis to pay homage to – MV Agusta’s 750S –, the Suzuki-based Sport 1200S used Magni’s typically beautiful frame, this time finished in red.  Ceriani forks mount big Brembo brakes, and the swingarm is a historical dual-shock arrangement.  Owners got their money’s worth just in the craftsmanship of the alloy tank, fenders, and side covers.  Suzuki’s late oil-cooled engine was handed down from the GSX-R generation, tuning relaxed in concert with an increase in displacement, and promised 98 hp with the more important 68 ft.-lbs. torque.  And Suzuki’s reputation for staying in the ring when beatings were handed out.  Maybe not Agusta music, but the sculptural 4-into-4 exhaust must’ve made an auditory statement.

Not sure how this Magni came to have 17,000 km, maybe before it was imported or with dealer plates.  Either way, it shows like the exotic it is, nothing detracting from Magni’s metal artistry despite being college-age.  From the eBay auction:

This is an extremely rare (probably nonexistent in the U.S.) handmade model. The Sport 1200S is a machine that recreated the style and presence of the MV 750 Sport. The Magni hand crafted chrome-moly frame, Ceriani forks and Brembo brakes and a pair of Showa shocks at the rear. The engine breathes through a set of signature black curved four-into-four megaphone exhausts. The alloy swingarm was taken from the GSX 1200 Inazuma. Engine modifications included a 1mm overbore to give 1156cc, mild cams, and a 9.5:1 compression ratio, making 100hp. This example is a 17,000 km example that is extremely clean and has been lovingly owned and cared for – this an incredible handbuilt exotic, which is simple to service at any Suzuki or independent mechanic.

Magni went back to MV Agusta for drivetrains after the Sport 1200S, but continued to commemorate the 750S successfully.  Not bad company, the Suzuki-powered Magni is in the second row with Honda, Moto-Guzzi, and BMW.  Though not Magni’s raciest model, the Sport 1200S is a lovely tribute to the 750S, a peculiar combination of rarity and easy maintenance, and might pique the interest of a Suzuki fan as well.

-donn

One for the Count – 2002 Magni Sport 1200S
Bimota October 16, 2019 posted by

A Good Fit – 1987 Bimota YB5

Even Bimota was not immune to the siren call of Yamaha’s 130 hp FJ1200, producing one of their only biposto models.  This example has been carefully preserved in South Africa.

1987 Bimota YB5 ( South Africa ) for sale on eBay

Yamaha had recently given their air/oil-cooled four a big displacement bump and tuned it for a torque band that made shifting almost unnecessary.  The massive lump was narrower than usual since the alternator was placed behind the cylinders rather than at the end of the crank.  At the front of the interesting cradle and spar chassis, Marzocchi supplied 42mm forks, and Bimota fabricated their own swingarm.  Wheels were eighteens front and rear, more of a GT solution, along with 280mm Brembo brakes.  The body-color pillion cover is easily removable should a volunteer turn up.

This owner has a couple of other very collectible bikes at auction, all looking excellent though a long boat or plane ride away.  Close-up photos show the finishes to be unblemished, with just under 10,000 miles the paint almost looks wet.  From the eBay auction:

Number 18 out of 208 units ever produced. 
Bimota YB5’s do not come up for sale often, so this is the perfect opportunity to add a prime example of one to your collection. 
She handles surprisingly well considering a dry weight of 210 Kg.
Apart from the turn signals, mirrors and windscreen everything else is still original. Even the factory paintwork has been preserved.
The YB5 has been part of my private collection for the past five years in which time the vehicle only accumulated less than 500 Km.
The tires were replaced about two years ago and a full service, including replacing the brake pads and the battery was completed three weeks ago.

Bimota couldn’t do much about the mass of that gorgeous drivetrain, though they reduced the dry weight to just under 500 lbs., and balanced the package to neutralize handling.  The YB5’s rake and trail numbers are substantially less than the donor FJ, lightening the handling and stipulating a steering damper.  Low profile tires were specified for the bike, which reduced the gyroscopic effect of the larger wheels.  The “skinny” 1200 slips into the sleek fairing and can take two for a wicked sporty ride.

-donn

A Good Fit – 1987 Bimota YB5
BMW September 11, 2018 posted by

Past Dream – 2008 BMW HP2 Sport

The mid-2000’s saw BMW put their flagship 1170cc DOHC twin into three very different motorcycles – a big super-motard, a hare-n-hound off-roader, and this, the HP2 Sport.  While both the motard and off-road machines were mega-size compared to the mainstream, the HP2 Sport fit better into the superbike genre and can show and go.  This 2008 is just ready for it’s second oil change mileage-wise, but has been a collector’s gem, farkled and serviced to a high level.

2008 BMW HP2 Sport for sale on eBay

Never giving up on the flat twin, the search for four valves led BMW to a complex chain-driven cam arrangement, and achieved 130 hp with 85 ft.-lbs. with the compulsory Bayerische reliability.  Instantly recognizable as part of the brand, it of course uses shaft drive, and the recent Paralever monoshock.  Up front is their newer Telelever suspension, with empty “fork” tubes and conventional shock absorber above the wheel.  Elsewhere it’s all new, trellis frame, carbon fairing and self-supporting seat console.  The 2-1-2 exhaust darts under the engine to the catalyst and then underseat to the canister muffler.

Just shown by the original purchaser, the current owner has curated some nice mods and taken care of some maintenance concerns for the next owner.  The RR mirrors look less automotive than the stockers, and the SW Motech tank bag is a great no-mar solution.  New rubber might be considered if the buyer intends to push things hard.  From the eBay auction:

This bike is in immaculate condition with only 3,507 mile since new. Bike needs nothing as has just had the front forks redone with new seals and oil and both cylinder heads resealed with new BMW gaskets and new cylinder head sliders for good measure.

I am the second owner and purchased the bike from the original owner who had it in a collection thus the low miles. I have ridden it and done a few tasteful mods which are all simple bolt-ons and can easily be removed by the new owner as all original parts are included:

  • Ilmberger Carbon Fiber rear wheel hugger
  • BMW S1000RR mirrors with Sandbar Composites adapters (original mirrors included)
  • Puig windscreen (original windscreen included)
  • SW Motech quick release ring and tank bag (original fuel ring included)
  • Osram Nightbreaker headlight bulbs
  • Pitbull rear stand

Everything else is stock the way it rolled off the production line—perfect. Bike comes with two keys, owner’s manual, factory repair manual, factory training booklet, tool roll, and fanny pack.

Most often seen with few miles, the HP2 was a $erious commitment when new.  The secrecy around total production numbers warrants investigation by Wikileaks, but stateside imports for the 2008-10 years should be no more than a couple of hundred.  Glad to see such a special machine undamaged, but the low miles just scream missed opportunity.  Five days to run on the auction and bidding has been brisk but no challenge to the reserve.  Unlike trains, there won’t always be another.  An epic ride for any fan of the brand or big twins in general…

-donn

Past Dream – 2008 BMW HP2 Sport
Triumph September 8, 2018 posted by

Well-Aged British Beef – 1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 with just 1,340 miles !

John Bloor’s new Triumph engineers had a modular solution for their line of of four-stroke engines – all had 76mm bores and strokes were 65 or 55mm depending on multiples of 250 or 300cc.  The big 1200 was their atom smasher and had two balance shafts in the crankcase to smooth things out.  This time machine was parked halfway to its first oil change and has been professionally re-commissioned.

1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 for sale on eBay

Hard to call a company that had been manufacturing motorcycles for more than a hundred years an upstart, but the re-constituted Triumph was just that – with their new road-pounding 1200, good for 147 hp and 85 ft.-lbs of torque.  More GT than sport, it was big in every sense, plenty of room and stability for two, massive 6-speed powertrain, adjustable Kayaba forks and monoshock, 310mm Nissin disk brakes.  The generous fairing carried dual headlights and allowed the rider to hide from the 160 mph wind.

 

Right up the road from upstate Albany, this Daytona begs to have its back story told.  How a machine perfect for the mostly suburban and rural area could have been parked so soon after riding it out of the dealership is a mystery, like the missing front signals.  The overall condition says back of the garage storage but thankfully missing the big tank dent and tipover that usually happen during nearly 25 years under a blanket.  From the eBay auction:

Super low mile, one owner  Daytona 1200. This Daytona was purchased back in 1995 from Berkshire Motor Works in Schenectady NY. I have all the original paperwork from when the bike was new. The bike is totally stock and has been ridden only 1300 miles from new!  The bike was taken to a local British bike specialist in Scotia and had a $900. Service. The carbs have been rebuilt, new air filter, new battery  and fresh oil change. The bike has never been down or crashed. Everything on the bike works as it should. I have new front turn signals on order.

 

The Daytona 1200 reviewed as very smooth, heavy without really feeling it, the relaxed riding position making for a nicer long trip.  Not destined to compete with sportier liters and 1100’s from Japan, the 1200 was more in line with the boutique Europeans.  It’s a lot of bike for the buy-it-now, but new rubber has to be factored in, and though the carbs have been cleaned, the condition of the tank should be determined.  As owners of black machines would tell you, after a serious detailing this Daytona will look really good – for about a half hour…

-donn

 

Well-Aged British Beef – 1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 with just 1,340 miles !
EBR July 23, 2018 posted by

New School – 2014 EBR 1190RX

Erik Buell Racing had to provide a toned-down version of their flagship 1190RS superbike, since even their managers couldn’t afford the RS.  The 1190RX has some of the expected Buell innovations and a refreshing level of tech compared to earlier offerings.

2014 EBR 1190RX for sale on eBay

Buell had earlier turned a corner and used a Rotax-based engine for their 1125 series, and continued development resulted in the 1190cc engine adopted by EBR, delivering 185 hp and 102 ft.-lbs. torque.  Fuel is in the formed aluminum perimeter frame, and the “tank” holds the airbox.  Showa has provided the big piston forks and a more conventionally configured monoshock.  It would be news if an EBR machine did not have the zero torque load front brake, this one might be the pinnacle of the design at 386 mm with an 8-piston caliper.  Electronics jumped the shark to this model, with an LCD dash and traction control configurable on the fly.

Though it has low miles and looks excellent, the salvage title makes this a real opportunity.  States handle this differently, making a reading of your DMV’s rules and inspection of the bike a requirement.  A couple of calls to local indie shops wouldn’t be a bad idea either, to see how much support is available.  From the eBay auction:

There only about 1200 EBR’s made worldwide. This one is production #26. This is a 2014 model EBR 1190RX. Makes 185HP and 101TQ. The bike just hit 5,600 original miles and runs perfect. The power and torque delivery on this bike is crazy! This bike goes head to head with the Ducati 1199. It has interesting features like all LED headlight, the fuel sits inside the aluminum frame and airbox is on top.

The bike also has traction control and different track modes. There is a single sided front brake rotor and single caliper and stopping distance shorter due to the size of the bigger rotor. The bike is in pristine condition and only has your normal wear. The bike does come with a California rebuilt salvage title from previous damage to the right side plastic. Damage was minor and have pictures to show.  All the parts were special ordered from EBR.

EBR had just a few years afloat, and accomplished a lot, considering.  The Cycle World head-to-head with the Panigale was basically a draw, their biggest complaint being the hefty clutch.  Most of the development costs had been well, amortized in the 1190RS, allowing EBR to offer this advanced superbike at mere Ducati prices.  Now you could have it for significantly less, but put an eyeball on it first…

-donn

New School – 2014 EBR 1190RX