Posts by tag: 1200

Buell February 14, 2017 posted by

Uppity – 2008 Buell XB12R Firebolt

Erik Buell created a few career’s worth of rider’s motorcycles, but they were also for the thinking rider.  The XB12R grabbed a few engineering concepts and hung on.  Centralized mass, low unsprung weight, and and frame rigidity were the factory’s goals, and by all accounts they succeeded.  Harder to quantify issues like handling and fun factor are addressed by the short wheelbase and big V-twin.  Lightly updated, this XB12R is a badge-carrying 25th Anniversary edition, and looks great for its nearly 21,000 miles.

2008 Buell XB12R Firebolt for sale on eBay

Based on the Harley-derived 1203cc muscle, the XB12R sports 84 ft.-lbs. torque and makes do with a 5-speed trans.  Innovations such as fuel carried in the alloy chassis spars and oil in the swingarm are special to the XB series, belt drive, Zero-Torsion-Load front brake, and Uniplanar vibration absorbing engine mounts are Buell paradigms.  Futuristic but not really a glamour solution, the frame-mounted fairing has a bit of an angry bird thing going, but it works well with the big Showa fork tubes and padded frame elements.

Though the brand is again between sponsors, Erik Buell began as a Harley-Davidson engineer and racer, and started manufacturing his own designs in 1983.  This red and gray model has a few nice updates, current maintenance, and has also largely been left un-remuddled.  From the eBay auction:

There is a brand new, highly regarded, Drummer SS exhaust installed and the race ECM was
reprogrammed (by IDS, the builder of Buells race ECM’s)  to match, precisely, the configuration of the Drummer, the K&N intake filter and the expected minimum octane fuel (92) to be used.
 
 The rear light has been upgraded to the 2010 rear LED light. There has been a new cooling fan installed in the last month as well as a new drive belt, front sintered brake pads, new rear pads, engine oil and filter were changed, transmission oil changed, clutch cable and head set bearings were checked. In the last 60 days both forward and rear rocker boxes were removed, machined and resealed, there is a new set of NGK plugs, and a recent AGM battery.

With its light weight and flexible power unit, the Firebolt tested as a great-sounding and turning sport machine, with simplified maintenance.  The limited choice of updates speaks well of the owner, as the engine has an ocean of mods available, and sportbikers love customization.  This XB12R really wants little more than fresh tires and a new rider…

-donn

Uppity – 2008 Buell XB12R Firebolt
BMW January 8, 2017 posted by

Feeling Feint – 2007 BMW R1200S

Not feathering the throttle in the twilight of the flat twin engine’s development, BMW made a great re-design for their 4-valve boxer sport. The R1200S was more sport and less touring, and this mint example has done very little of either.

2007 BMW R1200S for sale on eBay

For 2007 BMW went more mainstream, shelving the cast aluminum backbone for a much lighter trellis frame, with the power unit providing support for the Telelever front and Paralever rear suspension.  The oil-cooled heads have four valves running off a single overhead cam with 122 hp being the result.  The usual outstanding brakes are available with a sport-oriented two channel ABS that also has a defeat switch.  Frame-mounted supersport fairing flows into the sculpted tank and seat fairing, above a couple of the nicest alloy wheels ever.

There’s a sad part to the story of every 10 year-old sportbike that hasn’t even made oil-change miles, but it’s good news for a fan of the model.  This R1200S was also well-spec’ed with ABS, heated grips, and jazzy option paint.  Original tires would need a serious reality check before any kind of spirited riding.  The Georgia-based second owner says this in the eBay auction:

Complete leather box and key fob, pressure gauge etc. the manuals and brochures are as new. I have the original invoice. Bike has been in heated garage. Candy Cane Paint ($800 option) with BMW suspension and 5.5″ rear wheel. ABS, heated grips, factory power plug, battery pigtail for charger. Leo Vince Carbon cylinder covers, Pitbull rear stand. Oil changed with factory oil. Brake purge and bleed. NO codes on my GS911. Original tires, appears as new, but stored out of the ultraviolet. This bike shows as new.

The R1200S with options went into the upper teens, and the auction has quite a few bids with the reserve still unknown.  Even though it reviewed as the sport tourer that didn’t forget about the sport, expectations still have to be tailored to the realities of the big twin, which will dance a half-step to the right when you open the throttle exiting a corner.  But if you missed out on the 1200S ten years ago, this would be a good way to rewind and try a so-new-the-headers-aren’t-blue, very luxurious, and rather rare super sport…

-donn

 

 

Feeling Feint – 2007 BMW R1200S
BMW October 23, 2016 posted by

Don’t Arrest Me Red – 2007 BMW R1200S

Every supercar manufacturer has their adult red, a deep metallic indicating adulthood and serious investment.  This 1200cc BMW sportbike is one of the company’s best, a repaint in McLaren’s Volcano Red, nicely upgraded with low miles.

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2007 BMW R1200S for sale on eBay

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Updating their epic R1100S, BMW saw the writing on the GVWR sticker, and took steps to raise the power to weight ratio on the new machine, using bigger valves and throttle bodies, and forged pistons while reducing the weight with a new frame.  122 ponies find their way through the 6-speed and Paralever shaft drive.  Below the Telelever front end, dual 320mm unlinked EVO brakes are followed by 265mm rear, and ABS has track disable switch.  The sculpted supersport fairing cuts through the wind for the rider, and most -S’s had a pillion seat, though this one has gone monoposto.

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Offered in Connecticut, this example has received many upgrades, as the owner states in the eBay auction

Original options include heated grips and ABS
Painted January 2016 in McLaren Volcano Red –  a show quality $3,500 paint job completed by authorized McLaren body shop this spring, the paint alone cost me $1,200.

Tank and tail section protected by premium 3M clear bra.

New carbon front and rear fenders and engine timing cover all by Ilimberger in Germany – not the cheap knockoffs
New Carbon fiber license plate bracket
New Ohlins Suspension front and rear 
New headers by Sandbar composites in England with Akropovic titanium muffler – cost $1,800.
New AF-XIED adjustable oxygen sensor calibration which allows for mixture adjustment throughout RPM range in both open and closed loop. ($325)
Corbin seat
New Tinted windshield 
Heli-bars with approx 3/4″ rise
New CNC clutch and brake levers ($200)
New PIAA dual horns hidden behind the fairing. Loud as hell!
New Clear turn signal lenses
New Parabolic mirrors
Completely serviced this spring -1,500 miles ago. Brake and clutch fluid flush, engine, transmission and final drive oils changed, drive splines lubed, new tires front and rear, valves adjusted, throttles synchronized, new K&N air filter. New spark plugs
Rear wheel flange and fuel pump both replaced ( recall )

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Not often an owner would re-paint the factory option livery, but it’s inkeeping with the rest of the bike – low miles, premium upgrades, impeccable condition.  Not sportiest of bikes, but big torque straightens a lot of roads and the cockpit is somewhat more comfortable than the average superbike.  Would look good in the garage with an Arena Red Porsche 993 and the Montalcino Red Rover in the driveway…

-donn

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Don’t Arrest Me Red – 2007 BMW R1200S
Harley Davidson October 6, 2016 posted by

Pre-Harley – 1990 Buell RS1200

In the wild west days before Harley-Davidson had taken a proprietary interest in Buell, the race engineer and developer designed an amazing string of sport-oriented machines.  Very rare these days, the RS1200 is a memorable low production special, almost handcrafted in appearance with interesting design elements in every system.

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1990 Buell RS1200 for sale on eBay

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With concepts originating from his Formula One and Battletwin designs, Erik Buell took aim at the supersport segment with the RS1200.  Using Harley’s 1200cc pushrod engine, the bike had plenty of torque if not overwhelming horsepower numbers.  Buell’s Uniplanar frame design attempted to channel the big v-twin’s vibrations into the vertical element.  The RS1200 came with Marzocchi front end, an anti-dive system, and bespoke front brakes, complementing Buell’s aluminum wheel design.  Using mass-centralization before it became cool, the muffler and rear monoshock are way forward.  The fairing sports Vitaloni mirrors and little shin pads, and the swoop of the seat ends in a peculiar though effective pillion seat and sissy bar.

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Preserved by a former Harley dealer, this RS1200 has under 2,300 miles and looks ready to ride.  The billet-cut parts testify to the low production numbers, their raw lack of finish making a serious statement.  Earlier RS’s had a four-speed transmission and it would be worth inquiring whether this machine has the 5-speed.  Though not much history is given, it’s a one-owner bike with some engine work as they state in the eBay auction –

This engine alone has had over $10K in upgrades! Sputh Crank, Aluminum Jugs, Coated Pistons, Andrews V8 Cams, STD Race Heads, Roller Rockers, Shorty E Carb, MSD Ignition, Buell Racing Pegs. Only 2279 Miles! Was bought new from us when we were a Harley-Davidson Dealer. Meticulously Maintained! Needs nothing but a new home.

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Tailoring expectations to reality, you wouldn’t expect the RS1200 to stay with a comparable sportbike in anything but maybe a 3rd gear roll-on contest.  There’s no denying the big twin or hiding from its big mass.  But if you were a fan of sportbike development engineering before computer aided design and additive prototyping, this domestic supersport might be a great way to show it…

-donn

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Pre-Harley – 1990 Buell RS1200
BMW September 3, 2016 posted by

Candy Cane – 2007 BMW R1200S

Built for only two years as BMW approached the flat-twin summit, the R1200S was significantly lighter and more powerful than the R1100S.  This adult-ridden example has low miles, dealer service, and the nice factory option paint.

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2007 BMW R1200S for sale on eBay

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Sporting a single overhead cam and four valves per cylinder, the R1200S uses electronic fuel injection to extract 122 hp from its 1170 cc’s.  Almost expected from a BMW twin, torque is an outstanding 86 ft.-lbs.  The engine is an integral part of the new trellis frame, whose lighter weight helped bring the bike in under a theoretical 400 lbs.  Proprietary suspension designs front and rear, the Telelever leads the Paralever shaft drive using Öhlins adjustable dampers.  Brakes are 4-piston 310mm fronts with 265mm rear, and BMW commissioned a special version of its EVO braking system for the R1200S, unlinked and with more linear feel than usual.  ABS with a disable switch was an option, not sure it’s on this bike though.  The half-fairing is nicely integrated with the tank and solo-plus-afterthought seat.

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Showing just break-in miles for a BMW, this R1200S looks good, though the limited photos invite a closer look.  It looks substantially stock with a Laser cat-back exhaust and new rubber.  The owner is a reluctant seller and says this in the eBay auction:

Previously listed but withdrawn because I thought I could not let it go but I have to move on. Beautiful and rare 2007 BMW R1200S “Candy Cane” in excellent condition. Always maintained with recent fluids change and complete inspection at MAX BMW in NH. Very recent Michelin PR4s. Beautiful bike with speed and stability. It has a titanium full Laser system ($1,200). Always gets attention. This is a fast sporty bike and not for novices. Low mileage at 13400 although I still occasionally ride it.

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Though bag racks are always available for a BMW, most -S’s are seen without them, so someone’s at least trying to extract the sport from the sport-touring.  The R1200S reviewed as very sporty for a BMW, which is about as high as the praise generally gets.  The bikes have to carry the remarkable suspension, reliable drivetrain, and servo-assisted ABS brakes, which for many road riders are worthy compromises for sport riding…

-donn

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Candy Cane – 2007 BMW R1200S
Triumph August 26, 2016 posted by

Four Cylinder Brit: 1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 for Sale

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The sagas of some of the most well-known European manufacturers can read like film scripts, full of action and intrigue. But if Ducati’s story is a bit like an Indiana Jones movie, with death-defying thrills and narrow escapes from doom, Triumph’s history is a bit like a zombie movie, since they were basically dead and buried when John Bloor came along to resurrect the company. So how does a shambling, undead motorcycle manufacturer with limited resources and a less-than-stellar reputation for quality create a successful range of motorcycles from scratch? With interesting niche machines like today’s Daytona 1200.

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Triumph’s bikes of the period were designed around a modular concept that allowed Triumph to develop a wide variety of motorcycles for different riders with a minimal cost. It also allowed them to quickly introduce new models and capitalize on market trends. Introduced in 1993, the Daytona was virtually identical to the touring Trophy, with new bodywork, suspension, and tires. But those small changes resulted in a bike that was much more than the sum of its parts.

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The Daytona 1200 is much like the 900 in terms of character, only more so: the big 1180cc inline four isn’t so much a lightweight sportbike as it is an alternative to something like the ZX-11, a fast, big-bore GT. And while the other bikes in the class battled it out for top-speed honors, the Daytona wisely demurred and stuck with road-biased gearing that emphasized the beastly midrange stomp of the big four and gave the bike seriously rapid acceleration up to 100mph. The engine produced a claimed 147hp and 85lb-ft of torque, pulling around 550lbs wet. That horsepower number may not scream “high performance” but take a look at that torque figure: right on par with modern literbikes, although the Daytona obviously has more weight to lug around. Handling was very good, but limited by the bike’s 550lb wet weight, a downside of Triumph’s modular construction. Comfort was excellent as well, almost as if Triumph expected their customers to actually ride their machines…

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From the original eBay listing: 1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 for Sale

This is a one owner bike purchased from new. It has 5,093 100% original miles. This bike is 100% original except for the D&D exhaust system. It has never been in an accident of any kind. We have the original clean title, everything is authentic.

Very few miles have rolled under the wheels of today’s example. It appears to be in excellent condition, and includes an aftermarket exhaust that should reduce the weight slightly and increase the volume and quality of the noise, although D&D exhausts can be a little on the loud side. That $6,588.00 Buy It Now price is pricey for an old Daytona, but I bet you won’t see one nicer anytime soon. The seller also includes a very nice, high-resolution video of the bike to give you a good idea of what you’ll be buying.

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Triumph knew that their modular design was never going to compete directly with specialized bikes from the Japanese manufacturers, so they simply went their own way, and focused on maximizing the performance of their platform, improving the quality, and styled their products to appeal to a more sophisticated, mature rider who didn’t need to pretend they were going to win races on their machines. That may not have led to bragging rights at the time, but it made for a very well-rounded machine that’s aged very well: styling is classic and the bike offers very real performance. All of the Daytonas, and even the later 595 and 955 versions are starting to increase in value of late. If you’re looking for a handsome bike with character and the ability to munch miles, a Daytona like this one might make an excellent addition to your stable.

-tad

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Four Cylinder Brit: 1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 for Sale
BMW July 21, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 2008 BMW HP2 Sport

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Mid-2000’s BMW knew the air-oil cooled line had to come to a close, and developed a brilliant 4-valve engine to cap their 90-odd years of boxer twin development.  Though the engine was built into an enduro and supermoto model, the HP2 Sport received the most overall development and every detail of the bike is superlative in design and construction.  Featured here is an excellent low-mile example with some significant upgrades.

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One of the very few air-oil cooled four-valve engines for the road, the HP2 has a respectable 130 hp available, and the 85 ft.-lbs. torque makes the Sport a road weapon.  The blue steel trellis frame supports the Telelever front end and Paralever shaft drive rear, both with adjustable spring dampers.  Brembo monoblock brake calipers are radially mounted over 320mm front disks and 265mm rear.  Stainless two-into-one exhaust makes its way to an underseat canister muffler and stays out of the way.  Carbon-fiber fairing and seat console provide their own monocoque structure requiring no tubular sub-frame and helping keep the dry weight under 400 lbs.  Completing the sport picture are a full-featured digital dash, forged alloy wheels, and shift-assist system, the first time such a system has been factory equipment on a road bike.

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The 2008-11 production only resulted in a few hundred machines here in the states, many of those only intermittently ridden.  This one has just under 6,000 miles, and is without any road or hangar rash.  The owner has made some nice improvements as well as kept maintenance up to date.  A lightweight battery pays dividend every time you ride, and the rear monoshock protector is a nice touch for the road.

From the owner:

For sale is my meticulously cared for 2008 BMW HP2 Sport, Non-ABS model. Very few imported into the United States between 2008-2010. 5925 miles, second owner. Always garaged and covered, with regular maintenance carried out by regional BMW dealer.  Engine oil, final drive oil, as well as brake and clutch fluid changed frequently. Never dropped or tracked. All stock with some exceptions: LED turn indicators, Ultrabatt ultra-light lithium battery, and Öhlins rear shock cover installed.  Also included in the sale are a few items seen in the photos: A very nice Baxley front sport chock; a Wunderlich rear paddock stand; a very handy HP2-specific small removable tank bag (great for phone, keys, etc.); a brand new standard BMW battery, and a BMW cover for the garage. Also included are the original owners manual, one ignition key, and one bench seat key (to remove security torx bolt on seat for battery access, etc.). Will be happy to answer any other questions by email or phone.  Asking $14,500.

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Reviewed as BMW’s ultimate canyon carver, the HP2 was developed in the crucible of European endurance racing and single-marque series.  Though the brand focuses more of the touring side of sport-touring, this HP2 strongly favors the sport side, and leaves no details un-planned.  A very special project by a leading manufacturer, the HP2 Sport could be the pinnacle of their boxer motorcycles, and this particular bike is a very fine and well-tended example.  Riders know it’s a plus that the bike is currently ridden and well maintained.  The owner asks $14,500 and can be reached here.

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-donn

Featured Listing – 2008 BMW HP2 Sport
BMW July 4, 2016 posted by

What If ? – 2008 BMW HP2 Megamoto

BMW developed three variants of their HP model – enduro, sport, and motard, in that order.  Each has the 4-valve 1170 cc engine, blue trellis frame, and two-bike price tag – but strangely without BMW’s Telelever front suspension.  The Megamoto is more similar to the enduro, with the step-stool-required seat height but smaller front wheel and chassis tuned for turn-in.  A solution in search of a problem sure, but in a big fun way.

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2008 BMW HP2 Megamoto for sale on eBay

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The HP2 engine is the culmination of BMW’s near century of air/oil-cooled boxer-twin development, the blueprinting with exotic materials helping dual overhead cams deliver 105 hp and 85 ft.-lbs. torque.  45mm upside-down forks complement the more usual BMW Paralever shaft drive rear, this time with Öhlins damper.  BMW’s own brakes are dual 305mm fronts with 265 mm rear.  ABS was available but not seeing it on this bike.  Bodywork is reveals more than it covers, but the bikini fairing and tank cover are nicely detailed.  Smashing forged wheels are finished in blue.

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Without even break-in miles, this is an as-new HP2.  Maybe dump the fuel, put some fuel system treatment in the fresh tank, change the oil and brake fluid, and off you go.  The owner added Touratech travel cases but you can leave them in the garage and the racks don’t hurt the looks badly.  From the eBay auction:

Only one owner; always stored in a dry and warm garage. Used once. Incredibly low mileage. Good as new. No other bike like it on the market right now (with that mileage).

Comes with a few spare parts and accessories(pictures will be added once we sort the parts and accessories out.

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For those who think a water cooling system is needless complexity or just un-BMW, the HP2 in any variant is the final word.  A little too much for an actual urban gymkana, the oversized motards from BMW, Ducati, and KTM have faded from the spotlight.  But if you were a huge BMW fan, and a very skilled rider, this almost unused and quite rare Megamoto might be just the thing for local riding.

Happy Independence Day !  -donn

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What If ? – 2008 BMW HP2 Megamoto