Posts by tag: 1200

BMW April 7, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 2010 BMW HP2 Sport

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When BMW stops developing the horizontal twin, likely they’ll stop putting the blue and white Rondel on the tank.  But as noise and emissions regulations compelled them to cool the heads with water in 2012, the pinnacle of the air/oil-cooled generation remains the HP2 Sport.  Dual overhead cams enable the 1170 cc engine to push 130 hp, and match that with 85 ft.-lbs. torque.  Accompanying the powerplant with chassis innovations and weight reductions resulted in the most track-oriented BMW ever.

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The HP2 Sport uses BMW’s Telelever front and Paralever rear suspension with fully adjustable Öhlins dampers, hanging from the blue trellis frame.  Weight is kept under 400 lbs. using a carbon-fiber seat console, as well the fairing, fender and chin scoop.  Brakes are topline Brembo, radially mounted Monobloc ( each caliper a single-piece casting ), appearing to be ABS equipped.

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Though most advice is not to sweat the small stuff, the HP2 Sport is beautifully detailed.  Controls positions are adjustable, as is the chassis geometry.  A full-featured race dash is included.  The stainless exhaust winds its way up under the seat, and a race-developed quick shifter halves the gear shift time.  Carbon appointments from tank cover to heel guards, my favorite detail being the sculpted valve covers.

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Offered by Harrison Eurosports just south of Salt Lake City, this HP2 looks just great and appears un-modified.  Locally owned, it has around 8,000 miles and all service records are available.  Asking $18,900, contact Troy Barnes at (435) 632-8031 for details.

-donn

Featured Listing – 2010 BMW HP2 Sport
BMW March 20, 2016 posted by

Well-loved – 2007 BMW R1200S

Similar to Porsche’s flat-six engine, there will likely always be a horizontal twin BMW.  Before and well, during the development of the S1000RR sportbike, the company continued to enhance the big twin’s sporty prospects, and the R1200S is the penultimate boxer ( bowing only to the HP2 ).  This example has over 31,000 miles but is still capable of turning heads.

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2007 BMW R1200S for sale on eBay

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Based on the 1170cc 4-valve boxer, the R1200S has 122 hp on tap.  The engine is an integral part of the chassis, which uses BMW’s Telelever front and Paralever shaft-drive rear, each with monoshock.  Brakes are 320mm front disks with 265mm rear, and appear to be ABS, though the owner doesn’t mention it.  Wheels are light-alloy 17’s.  Weight is the big ( or little ) story of the R1200S, coming in a little over 400 lbs. dry, the trellis seat frame and other enhancements made for a substantial reduction from the preceding R1100S.

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Save the windscreen there’s no evidence of modifications or damage, and for the mileage this R1200S looks super.  The Florida owner seems to be the original.  He says in the eBay auction:

2007 BMW R1200S only few imported and hard to find and especially in this particular color, google rare BMW boxers in USA and you will get the exact number sold in USA.
Bike is in very good condition and just serviced , new tires and not single scratch, double bubble windshield, luggage rack installed but I don’t have the boxes anymore, all stock and service up to date, new tires now I have around 32000 miles, next service at 36000.  Runs  perfect and not a problem with the bike, selling because I want to buy a R1200 GS.

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Light as any Beemer but still hippy, the R1200S is more comfortable than the average sportbike, sport with a side order of touring.  The innovative suspension provides stability even on rough pavement.  Possibly a better choice for a rider than an HP2, the R1200S connecting rods don’t have  an expiration date.  Certainly track-day eligible, you could also pick up some bags and go another 30K – quickly…

-donn

Well-loved – 2007 BMW R1200S
Bimota April 5, 2015 posted by

Classy Chassis – 1992 Bimota YB5

Designed by the late Frederico Martini, the YB5 was based on the Yamaha FJ1200 drivetrain, the highest displacement Bimota produced.  The inline 4 produces 130hp and has the innovation of an offset generator ( behind the engine ) to reduce overall width.  Continuing the firm’s practice of re-packaging the latest engine developments, the YB5 is a great handling powerhouse.

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1992 Bimota YB5 in New Zealand for sale on eBay

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With production of just 200 units, the YB5 is exceedingly rare, but should be maintainable with Yamaha running gear.  The 1200cc motor is held in a double cradle of chrome-moly steel, and the frame connectors are billet machined instead of cast.  For a 1200 of nearly 500 lbs., the YB5 was a great handler as reviewed.  5-speed transmission, Marzocchi forks, single rear shock, and three 280mm disk brakes complete the package.  Beautiful full fairing and the rear cowling conceals a passenger seat.

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Titled as a 1992, this one evidently was on display for a few years, since production of the model was in 1987-88.

From the eBay auction:

Over the this time just 208 examples of the model were produced with most snapped up by collectors. The bike uses the trusted Yamaha FJ1200 engine which produces an outstanding 130hp. This made it a strong performer in its day and on its release was one of the fastest bikes in the world for a short time.

This example was sold new in Japan in 1992 after spending several years in a showroom. It has travelled just over 20,000 km or 12.400 miles and is in excellent condition.

These old Bimotas are sought after by collectors and don’t come up for sale often.

Currently en route to our Auckland store, we can ship this classic Bimota worldwide at very competitive rates. Do not miss this very special opportunity.

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The seller also has facilities in a Dallas suburb, and likely could assist with a stateside import.

Hand-crafted as any Bimota, powerful as any liter-plus supersport, this is certainly an interesting combination.

-donn

Classy Chassis – 1992 Bimota YB5
Buell July 4, 2014 posted by

Silk Purse Out of a Sow’s Ear: 1995 Buell Thunderbolt

I’m really not sure what it was that made Erik Buell stick with Harley Davidson power for so long. Maybe it was patriotism? Stubbornness, a desire to do something simply because no other sane person would even attempt it, let alone succeed?

Who knows, but the bikes he came up with, especially in those early years, are endearing and playful mutts, with a sort of cobbled-together style that stressed function over form. The weird, bulbous bodywork, the Performance Machine billet wheels, the huge, almost automotive air cleaner sticking out of the right side. But somehow it all works to create something that looks purposeful and cool, and clearly built around that imposing and iconic Harley mill.

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They also tuned the motor to make the powerband more sportbike-friendly and give it more than just a fat bottom-end. They did their best, but these are still heavy, low-revving lumps, and they run out of breath pretty early. But the torque, man. The torque

Buell eventually introduced many weight-saving, mass-centralizing features on their bikes, but you can still see indications of the direction he would eventually take in this early iteration. Although it lacks the distinctive ZTL [“zero torsional load”] perimeter brakes, their signature underslung exhaust was already in place and certainly unusual for the time.

This particular example looks great and includes a number of standard, effective upgrades that boost power for the 1200 Sportster engine to a claimed 108hp at the wheel!

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From the original eBay listing: 1995 Buell Thunderbolt S2 for Sale

Up for sale is a cherry condition 1995 Buell Thunderbolt S2 Signature Edition. This particular bike has been owned and cared for by an adult and has not been down. It currently has 9314 miles which all have been well maintained by Lancaster Harley Davidson. The bike is currently on consignment and sitting in our show room for sale. It has had a fair amount of custom work with out effecting the quality of the ride or reliability. The custom work was all done proffesionally by J&B Moto Company and Lancaster Harley Davidson with the up most care taken when performing the work.

This bike might be relatively clunky and crude by today’s standards, but it makes enough power to keep modern sportbikes honest. With most maintenance parts available at your local Harley dealer, this is an exotic you can live with that offers real-world performance in a sport-touring package. Also, that Harley connection means it’s okay to wear fringed leather chaps while riding, if you feel like it.

-tad

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Silk Purse Out of a Sow’s Ear: 1995 Buell Thunderbolt
Laverda March 12, 2013 posted by

Triple Threat: 1981 Laverda 1200 Mirage

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There have been more and more Laverdas on the market as of late, and that is a good thing indeed for collectors. Today’s bike is not the more often seen Jota or RGS, but the rather special 1200 Mirage model. It looks to be a rider, and has 30k on the clocks.

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So what exactly is a Mirage? Designed as a sort of “power cruiser” for the UK market, the specifications came from the British distributor and key importer, Slater Bros. Start by taking the standard 1200cc motor from the parts bin and give it a hotter cam. Stuff it back into a standard Laverda frame, but provide it with a Jota-specification exhaust, and a slightly different riding position with flatter handlebars. The Mirage is born.

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From the seller:
As you will see from the photos, this is an extraordinary example of a rare high performance motorcycle from the great days of high performance Italian motorcycles. This motorcycle HAS NOT been restored.The owner before me had the paint very nicely professionally redone in the original color about five years ago.I had the pin striping done in traditional Jota fashion just over a year ago when I added the Jota fairing on the bike. Everything was recleared at that time. ( The original fairing and trim panels are are shown and included. I have always been partial to the one installed.) To my knowledge, the motorcycle has never been out of service in its over 30 year life. It has had several vey caring owners who used it and tended to it.I ride it frequently and it it lives covered with its stablemates at all other times. It functions perfectly in all ways without reservation. I would not hesitate to recommend riding it from Texas to where ever you live. Most of my bikes have spent a week in Cody, Wyoming for daily rides over Bear Tooth (13,000+ ft) to Red Lodge and back. This one made the trip last year along with my two other Laverdas (one other listed here). I recommend the ride on anything except a bicycle. You will not pass another of these on the street; Red Lodge or elsewhere. Tires are good. It lives on a battery tender.

Laverda began producing these 1200cc 180 degree crank triples in 1978 following several years (73-77) of the 3Cs and Jotas. They were from a time when an unending war evolved to keep up with ever improving Japanese offerings. The Mirages were tuned “Specials” for the British market. The standard 1200s were Ts or TSs. It is a stunning, impressive and very satisfying ride. I expect that most serious bidders will know exactly what this is. If not, refer to “Laverda Twins and Triples Bible” by Ian Falloon.

All of my motorcycles are inspected, insured, registered and ridden. I strongly recommend that you do the same with yours. I have a couple that the sellers were distressed to discover that I would ride. Collect if you like. If you are going to ride it good for you. I have reached the point where I can no longer ride all of them enough to justify owning them. I have no financial, health or space issues. There are simply others that I desire to own and ride regularly. I hope that there is a knowledgable next owner out there for this Laverda…

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The market for Laverdas – like most things Italian – is looking up. There were times when you could not give a triple away, but those times have changed. While still not as pricy as say a Guzzi V7 Sport, the unique and relatively rare Laverda brand is certainly coming into its own. The current bid on this Mirage is $7,100 with reserve still in place. Click the link for more info and pictures. Good Luck!

MI

Laverda March 6, 2013 posted by

Disco Italiano: 1978 Laverda 1200 Jota America

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Marketed on US shores at the height of the disco era, it is hard to imagine Italian engineers and assembly personnel listening to anything other than Pavarotti during the construction of this beast. Still, singing some “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees might have helped – Laverda would close their doors by the early 1980s (only to be resurrected several times in failed attempts to bring back the magic). Piaggio / Aprilia is the current owner of the brand, but have no interest in manufacturing motorcycles under the Laverda banner.

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From the seller:
The Laverda triple was a highly esteemed superbike of the 1970s even if it was rarely seen in the USA. They developed a reputation for speed, handling, and durability on the race track, winning multiple superbike championships in Britain and Europe. They blew minds when in a British magazine test it went 140MPH, making it the fastest production bike of the era. Look it up in a Guinness Book of Records from the late ’70s.

This particular Laverda, a 1200 Jota America with a build date of November 1977, is a fine rider and attracts attention wherever it goes. I have owned it since 2009, and I enjoy it on club rides and quick trips over the “Dragon”. It runs very strongly and has been very reliable for me. After I bought it I went over it, checking the valve clearances (OK) , cleaning/tuning the carbs, and fixing a slippy clutch. I replaced the plates and springs and the triplex primary chain for good measure. I checked the compression when the engine was dead cold and found all cylinders within two lbs. of 157psi. I confirmed that the cams were the coveted 4C, but I did not pull the heads to see what pistons were in it. I suspect they are higher than the stock compression.

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More from the seller:
I have changed the oil and cleaned the screen several times. I am now running Mobil 1 20w50 motorcycle oil. It is fresh. It has several desirable mods: rear-sets, Jota handlebar, Jota exhaust (I suspect they may be the original ones from England- they are light as a feather with no baffles), modern four-piston Brembo calipers, drilled rotors, braided SS brake lines, SFC fairing, Progressive shocks, the 4C Jota cams, and Moto-Witt ignition. It also has the bum-stop Jota seat, but it has a small tear in it. I have owned five Laverda triples and this one is the fastest. I hate to see this rorty beast go, but my old body finds the riding position too sporty and I just don’t ride it enough to justify keeping it.

It is a fine-looking beast with tons of charisma. I had the exhaust pipes and mufflers re-chromed recently and the oldish paint is still thick and shiny but there are nicks in several places that have been touched up. She makes a very presentable rider – not a show bike. The engine and frame numbers match- it is no. 1697 and is titled as a 1979 model. I just went out to the garage and started her up for the first time since October, when I drained the carbs. She started right away with the distinctive, spine-tingling roar that is unique to these 180-degree triples.

These big triples are bikes from another era. With a classic Italian approach to performance, great looks and terrific sounds, a Laverda makes a statement to the world. It is a great piece of hardware that will not be seen on every corner of your commute, or even at most bike hangouts during spirited weekend rides.

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Your chance to own this hot Italian dish is now. Bidders are turning out for this orange beauty, with the current bid up to $6,399 with reserve still in place. I’m really not sure what the value of a Jota is these days, so this will be a great bellweather for these classic bikes in 2013. For more info and pictures, click the link and jump over to the auction! Disco ball not included.

MI

Buell May 19, 2011 posted by

Bullish on Buell: 1989 Buell RR1200 Battletwin

For Sale: 1989 Buell RR1200 Battletwin 1 / 34 NOS never titled

Erik Buell started his engineering career at Harley Davidson, but left H-D to pursue an opportunity to market Buell Motor Company 750cc two stroke racebikes to privateer teams competing in the AMA Formula 1 series. The racebike stint was short lived, as the AMA discontinued the series in favor of Superbike less than a season later.

Buell then turned to streebikes. He obtained a large quantity of XR1000 motors via his contacts at H-D, and he used these to create the RR1000. Between 1987 and 1988, Buell delivered 50 bikes to customers, placing the Buell Motor Company on the map. When his supply of XR1000 motors ran out, Buell adopted the new H-D 1200cc Evolution engine, upgrading the bike and making the necessary changes to package the new powerplant. Through the 1989 model year, Buell created an esitmated 65 RR1200 bikes; this is one such machine.

Notice how these early Buells contain many of the iconic features seen on later bikes. The Uniplanar engine mounts – to allow the engine to be used as a stressed member while still isolating the vibration of the big twin – continues to be a patented feature on modern Buells. This bike also shows the under-the-engine suspension and exhaust – both necessary compromises to package the big twin.

From the seller:
The history of this RARE motorcycle is part of Harley-Davidson’s success in Canada. Legendary enthusiast, racer and man behind the largest importer of Harley’s in the world(Trev Deeley) brought this machine into Vancouver as one of only three ever to be imported into Canada. I am sure that Trev did all he could do to promote Buell, simply becauce of Buell’s brillance and innovation as a motorcycle racer. Stories of this RR1200 in the window of Deeley’s east Broadway motorcycle shop are consistant…”so many traffic rear-enders distracted by the Buell in the window”…the machine was removed from it’s display. From the spot light to the warehouse; that’s where the RR1200 sat for some time. One of Trev’s racing pals eventually purchased the RR1200 and moved it into his private collection.

Never registered. 152 miles of demo. Sales brochure and original price tag included. Serviced and ready to show or vintage track.

Very rare, very low miles, and never registered – to be honest I’m not even sure where to begin concerning pricing on this one. Thankfully, there are many bidders out there who are currently showing the way. While the auction opened below $1k, bidding has been very brisk; at the time of this writing the price has risen to over $14,000 and the reserve is still in place.

This bike is a very unique piece of motorcycle history. With its aerodynamic wrap-around fairing, color scheme straight out of the 1970s, thundering performance and interesting back story, the next owner will be very lucky indeed. To check out the pictures and details or to watch the sprited bidding, . Good luck!

MI