Posts by tag: 1993

Honda December 31, 2016 posted by

Ready to Race: 1993 Honda RS125 NF4 for Sale

The very last post of 2016 is this slightly scruffy, but ready-to-race Honda RS125. It’s not a display bike, it’s a full-on racing machine, ideal for a new racer who’s learning the trade, or a veteran who just likes bikes that weigh less than they do… At just 160lbs partly-fueled, these offer up more performance than you might expect, given the minuscule displacement: the 54mm x 54.4mm bore and stroke give 124.4cc, and the little two-stroke produced somewhere just north of 40hp.

Small-displacement two-stroke race bikes sound like a tinkerer’s dream, requiring constant attention and tuning to keep them in top shape and competitive, although the RS125 is relatively simple and designed to be torn down regularly, so that’s not as much of a chore as it would be on a production-based motorcycle. A pure racing Grand Prix motorcycle, an RS125 was the first step on the road to the firey 500cc monsters that were the top dogs of the two-stroke era: Loris Capirossi and Dani Pedrosa both won 125 championships on RS125s.

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Honda NF4 RS125 for Sale

This is a GP race bike, no title, no reg, no bill of sale. Not an NSR road bike. New top end 0 miles/0 min. on plating/ piston/ring/reed/ new 95 reed cage. Will have to go thru a few “heat cycles” before 1st race. Some top end spares (2-new Wossner, 1-coated HRC pistons).

Starting bid is just $3,500 with no takers yet and several days left on the auction. Details in the listing are spare but, if you’re really in the market for an RS125, it probably tells you enough to pique your interest and I’m sure the seller can answer any questions you might have about this little machine.

Happy New Year everyone!

-tad

Ready to Race: 1993 Honda RS125 NF4 for Sale
Honda July 22, 2016 posted by

Grand Prix in Miniature: 1993 Honda RS125 for Sale

1993 Honda RS125 L Side3

Growing up, my only experience with two-strokes was in leaf blowers: I didn’t ride dirt bikes, and two-stroke sportbikes were long gone by the time I got into motorcycles. A thudding v-twin sounds like sex, and the technology that allows a four to scream to 16,000rpm boggles my mind while the noise makes my hair stand on end. But the tinny snarl of a two-stroke engine? Basically it reminded me of Sunday morning hangovers…

But I’m an adult, and adults can admit when they’ve been wrong about something. And I really want a two-stroke race bike like this Honda RS125.

1993 Honda RS125 Rear Wheel

Of course, there are problems with my revised worldview. First of all, I’m a bit too big for something like this: an RS125 weighs something like 160lbs, meaning I weigh more than the bike, and my 6’2” height means it might be a little bit… Cramped, to say the least. That’s not so say that larger riders can’t ride them. It’s just that 180lb rider needs to be very careful about body positioning as their weight will more dramatically affect handling than it would for a smaller rider. In the plus column, their light weight means 125s crash better than heavier bikes…

1993 Honda RS125 L Side Rear

The RS125 wasn’t based on a road bike: it was a pure racing machine, an entry-level, over-the-counter tool that professionals and privateers could order from Honda to cut their teeth on in wheel-to-wheel competition. Powered by a liquid-cooled, two-stroke single with nearly square dimensions of 54mm x 54.5mm and backed by a 6-speed gearbox, the bike was good for 32hp and a 130mph top speed with the rider flat on the tank. Very, very flat on the tank…

Riders like Loris Capirossi and Dani Pedrosa got their starts racing RS125s, and if it was good enough for them, it’s good enough for you, or your kid to go racing.

1993 Honda RS125 Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Honda RS125 for Sale

Original Honda Grand prix racer RS125.

Hard to find and very fast !

Please see picture for more detail.

Bike runs, (not race ready Not race for 20 or more year)

Will ship worldwide.

1993 Honda RS125 Tank

The starting bid is $5,000 and there are no takers yet, with five days left on the auction. This example is a little rough around the edges, but those bare plastics just mean you can get wild with graphics, replicate your favorite historic racing team’s colors, or just leave them bare. The listing is very spare, which is a shame, since it’d be nice to know about the bike’s maintenance history and any parts that come with it. These are racebikes, and you’re unlikely to find what you need to tune and maintain them at your local Honda dealer, so included spares are a big selling point.

And that’s really the issue with two-stroke sportbikes of this era in general: spares are getting thin on the ground. I’d expect that, at some point, someone will start making parts for them as two-stroke sport bikes of this era are becoming more desirable but, until that happens, be sure to do your homework if you plan to do more than display your RS125.

-tad

1993 Honda RS125 R Side

Grand Prix in Miniature: 1993 Honda RS125 for Sale
Moto Guzzi June 11, 2016 posted by

Big Twin: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona for Sale

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona R Side Front

If pure speed, cutting-edge technology, or drive chains are your thing, then today’s Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 probably isn’t the bike for you. But if race heritage, character, and v-twin torque are things you enjoy, you can’t go wrong with this big Guzzi. The Daytona is certainly not light weight, but it does handle: with quality suspension front and rear, and based around a frame developed by dentist and privateer-racer Jr. John Wittner that would be used for decades following its introduction, it was the first modern sportbike from Moto Guzzi.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona R Side Engine

The Daytona featured Guzzi’s traditional longitudinally-oriented v-twin, backed by a five-speed gearbox and shaft drive, but was updated with fuel injection and four-valve cylinder heads. Interestingly, the engine isn’t exactly “overhead cam.” It’s more “high cam,” as the belt-driven cams actuate short pushrods, which in turn operate a pair of rocker shafts that open and close the valves. The engine had a 992cc displacement to squeak in under the limit for racing, as unlikely as that might sound. Half-faired looks show off that huge lump of a powertrain and that bulbous tail section houses the bike’s electronics. A dual-seat version was available but, with the pillion pad basically stuck on top, it looks pretty ridiculous and is best avoided.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona Dash

Think of the Daytona as Moto Guzzi’s 851, a bike that attempted to thrust the marque back onto the podium by applying modern technology to a familiar formula. Not a bike for everyone, but if you’re a Guzzisti, this bike looks very tasty, and those Termignoni exhaust pipes should make this bike sound even better than it looks. Seriously: if you like the sound of a big v-twin sportbike, it doesn’t get much better than a big Moto Guzzi with a set of Termis…

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona R Side Tail

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for Sale

These were imported that year to homologate them for battle of the twins racing. Only 50 bikes came to the US and sources state that only 250 bikes were made worldwide, and this one is #21. This bike runs as perfect as it looks and the sound is even better through the dual Termignoni’s. I bought this bike fifteen years ago for $10k and it has been worth every penny.

The original owner whom I purchased it from said it had the factory “A” kitted motor. I have no proof myself as I have never had the motor apart. I can say that it is fast, but it is no Gixxer thou.

The bike came with WP shock, Marzocchi forks and Brembo brakes witch were top shelf items in its day. I believe the Daytona and MGS-01 were the only models to ever come with the performance 4-valve heads.

Of all of the bikes I have owned, this one is the most fun to ride and has more charisma than a Ducati. I think the pictures speak for themselves as it is almost perfect and you would be hard pressed to find a nicer example. About the only flaw is the paint is bubbled around the gas cap. I tried to capture this on the picture but the paint still looks perfect but is slightly bubbled. In the fifteen years I have owned the bike it has not gotten any worse.

This does come with the factory center stand lift.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona Tank

This example appears to have a spin-on filter conversion clearly visible on the front of the engine: most of the time, you need to drop the sump on a Guzzi to change the filter element, so this is a very desirable update for anyone who plans to use their Daytona regularly. The “A kitted motor” the seller mention refers to the bike’s state of tune. The A kit was an updated chip and intake/exhaust, with an available C Kit that included different cams as well.

There are several days left on the auction, but no takers yet at the $10,000 starting bid. That’s probably a pretty fair price, considering the condition, updates, and low miles. Guzzis of the era are definitely on the rise, and this looks like a nice bike to ride or collect.

-tad

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona R Side Detail

Big Twin: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona for Sale
Honda March 17, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: 1992/1993 Honda CBR250RR for Sale

Update 3.18.2016: VIN confirms this is a MC22. -dc
Update 3.26.2016: Sold for full asking price. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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Today’s CBR250RR is another one of those grey market oddities, a bike that’s extremely rare here in the USA, but not considered particularly exotic elsewhere. Built from 1990 through 1996 and nicknamed the “Baby Blade” for obvious reasons, it was a small-displacement stepping-stone bike for riders before they moved up to a larger bike like a 600. But unlike here, where learner bikes are quickly discarded or skipped entirely by riders who foolishly think of 600 supersports as “starter bikes,” these are high-quality, sophisticated machines, a far cry from the relatively crude CBR300 of today.

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Instead of that bike’s simple and torquey single-cylinder engine, the CBR250RR used a 249cc liquid-cooled inline four that made 40hp and would rev safely to a shrieking 18,000rpm. Backed by a six-speed gearbox, the package was good for over 100mph. It wasn’t as light or as raw as an equivalent two-stroke, but it offered up a far more refined and durable experience. A 250 two-stroke is really its own thing, and the CBR was intended more as a high-quality learning tool before moving on to a larger CBR600 or 900.

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Today’s featured listing is either a 1992 or 1993 model and looks like it’s in very good, mostly original condition.

From the seller:
Honda CBR250RR for Sale

It’s a CBR250RR.  It’s titled, but the year doesn’t coincide with what year it probably is.  I believe it’s a 1992 or 1993 model.  When I originally picked it up, I had my mechanic go through everything.  The only major thing was cleaning the carbs, adjusting the inlet and exhaust valves and spot welding the exhaust can where the springs latch.  We removed the heat-wrapping that was there also.

It’s essentially stock minus the full exhaust (stainless steel).  There doesn’t seem to be any distinct markings on the full system, so I am unsure which brand it is.

The front cowl is ABS, the side fairings are fiberglass and the rear tail is OEM.

I bought the bike with 8,1XX kilometers and it’s currently at 12,7XX kilometers.

It’s been a weekend street bike, I have several other bikes that I ride in my rotation, this one is the one I’m willing to let go for greener pastures.

I do have the manual for the bike, it’s in Japanese.

Bike is currently located at Speedwerks in Delaware.

Will pay for anyone who wants a pre purchase inspection done.

$Price: 4,700 or best offer SOLD.

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These are difficult machines to put a price on. Their origins are relatively pedestrian, although they epitomize what Honda has always done, offering up engineering sophistication to buyers at all levels. And although they were always intended as entry-level bikes, they provide performance and handling not generally found in this type of machinery here in the US. For riders who subscribe to the “Slow Bike Fast” philosophy, these represent a pretty ideal balance of performance. A similar experience can be had on Honda’s CB1 for less money, but the 250RR is just that much cooler and more unusual: you’re definitely going to pay a premium for rarity with a bike like this, but for fans of small bikes with stratospheric redlines, it’s hard to beat a 250RR.

-tad

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Featured Listing: 1992/1993 Honda CBR250RR for Sale
Yamaha March 11, 2016 posted by

Track Rat: 1993 Yamaha TZ250 for Sale


1993 Yamaha TZ250 R Side

This Yamaha TZ250 is not a bike for collectors, so “those aren’t the correct fastener” pedants should probably just move along to the next bike… Everyone looking for a bargain should look elsewhere as well, because the seller is definitely thinking of this as a “race team in a box, just add rider” package. Which is a fair way to think of it: the TZ250 is a production-based race bike and is not simply a TZR250 with the lights and mirrors removed. It was intended for entry-level racers and is relatively durable, but two-stroke racebikes still need regular rebuilds and sourcing parts, while possible, will require time and effort.

1993 Yamaha TZ250 L Side

But for riders who prefer the lightness and simplicity offered by a little 250, there is nothing else that will satisfy. The TZ250 was powered by a liquid-cooled two-stroke v-twin. With a host of internal changes to porting, improved cooling, and a counter-balancer, the new powerplant was narrower and smoother-running than the pre-1991 bikes’ parallel-twin engine. Upside-down forks and a classic asymmetrical “banana” swingarm helped the bike keep pace with rivals from Honda, Suzuki, and Aprilia.

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Yamaha TZ250 for Sale

The bike is a ’93 4DP. 4TW cases and a mix of parts of both models.
(Video of the bike at an STT trackday Advanced group https://youtu.be/INQwEqEP_yE)
Bike was not ridden/raced in 2015, I personally owned and raced it from 2009 to 2014.
Top end has about 100 miles on it. Crank was checked to be in tolerance at that point.

No shipping, local pick-up only

Spares are (see photos);
Extra wheels,
2 sets of front rotors
Misc sprockets
New set of Bridgestone slicks
Tire warmers Chickhawks
New Radiator,
Used Crank,
2 cylinder heads
2 cylinders plating on the bores are in good shape
10 base gaskets
1 ECU and 2 ignition rotors (one rotor needs to be rewound),
Exhaust servo
Exhaust
2 sets of coils
2nd set of Bodywork,
and jets, other gaskets, pins, o-rings and misc bits.

1993 Yamaha TZ250 Wheels

With a Buy It Now price of $10,950, the seller obviously knows that the bike and its package of important spares would take time and real effort to accumulate. But bidding is barely half that amount, suggesting that while the seller is expecting premium money, buyers are more realistic about this little racetrack refugee.

Any TZ250 is a very desirable and relatively rare motorcycle. But this example is a tool, and nothing more, a turn-key racebike, ready to rock.  It has no real collector value or racing history and it’s far from original, a very pragmatic mix of bits from different bikes. That makes it a very effective bike for an amateur racer or serious trackday enthusiast, but will likely leave everyone else out in the cold. $11,000 will buy a lot of motorcycle these days, and I think the seller might be aiming too high…

-tad

1993 Yamaha TZ250 R Side Naked

Track Rat: 1993 Yamaha TZ250 for Sale
BMW January 12, 2016 posted by

Time-Capsule Space Ship: 1993 BMW K1 for Sale

1993 BMW K1 L Side Front

A flawed motorcycle that nevertheless succeeded in its intended mission, BMW’s radical K1 was tasked with changing public perception of the slightly stodgy brand and, although it didn’t actually sell particularly well, it certainly managed to send the brand off in a new direction. A bit too futuristically-styled, and possibly a bit too ambitious in terms of technology, it certainly shook things up for BMW, and it also helped them prepare for stricter emissions requirements that were in the pipeline, something their airhead flat twin wouldn’t be capable of meeting. The K100’s liquid-cooled inline four and offshoot triple found in the K75 would make that much easier, and a sportier version for the four found its way into the K1.

1993 BMW K1 R Side

While a liquid-cooled inline four sounds pretty conventional, BMW of course had to do it their own way, and the long-stroke, Bosch-injected, longitudinally-mounted engine was laid-over on its side to keep the center of gravity low. This generally has the disadvantage of a pretty long wheelbase and the de rigueur telelever shaft drive is pretty heavy, but this was intended as a sport-touring machine, not a pure sportbike: with 516lbs to pull around, that torquey motor made for a bike that was reasonably fast, but certainly no road-burner.

1993 BMW K1 Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1993 BMW K1 for Sale

This bike came from the factory as pictured – special order Silk Blue with no K1 decals. This machine was professionally stored in a collectors climate controlled warehouse for over 20 years. I purchased the bike with 976 miles on it in January 2015. I have only put about 250 miles on the bike.

This machine is nearly perfect. One small V shape crack is shown on the pictures below. The ABS sensor also needs to be reset.

This is really a one of a kind motorcycle that is just about new in every sense.

1993 BMW K1 Rear Suspension

Unable to compete in the changing landscape of Japanese supersports in the early 90s, the bike was discontinued in ’93. It’s a bit of an odd duck today: it doesn’t offer much that appeals to traditional BMW enthusiasts with its inline four and very limited cargo capacity. The fairing panels are subject to cracking and the limited airflow means those bits of plastic can get very, very hot. And it’s not really very sporty compared to Japanese or Italian bikes of the period.

1993 BMW K1 Front Brakes

These certainly aren’t display pieces and, with prices relatively low, a nice K1 could make a pretty neat alternative for riders obsessed with quirky. However, with under 1,200 miles on the clock and a starting bid of over $10,000 this example is for collectors only. Most of the bikes were painted up in some pretty lurid red/yellow paint schemes, but this particular example is a very restrained, traditional blue that will probably help it appeal to BMW enthusiasts looking to complete their collections.

-tad

1993 BMW K1 L Side

Ducati November 9, 2015 posted by

Clean and Collectible: 1993 Ducati 900SS for Sale

1993 Ducati 900SS R Front

Ducati made a pretty good number of their updated, Pantah-engined Super Sports between 1991 and 1998, so these aren’t especially exotic. But it’s rare to find any bike that old in this kind of condition. Powered by a 904cc version of the air-cooled v-twin and backed by a six-speed gearbox and a nice, rattly dry clutch, the SS set the tone for modern Ducatis. This was the bike Hunter S. Thompson was talking about in his classic “Song of the Sausage Creature” piece: a fast, flexible, charismatic roadbike with pedigree and blood-red paint.

1993 Ducati 900SS R Side Front

The 900SS came in SP and CR flavors. The SP was the higher-spec version, with adjustable suspension and some carbon bits. The CR or “Cafe Racer” had non-adjustable front forks and featured a stylish half-fairing that I think really looks great on these models. From the photos, it looks like this bike does have the adjustable front forks, although it lacks the carbon front mudguard generally found on the SP. Or maybe it’s just been painted.

1993 Ducati 900SS Airbox

This is possibly one of the cleanest SS’ I’ve seen in a long time, as you can see from the underseat and undertank pictures. Even the stock airbox is in place, something that is often swapped out for a free-flowing “open” airbox that replaces the top half with a huge filter element.

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Ducati 900SS for Sale

You wont find a motorcycle in better shape for this year.

Rare find, not molested, not a scratch.

Garage kept its entire life. Original owner bought from dealership in Pennsylvania.

New tires and battery

Buyer must provide shipping

1993 Ducati 900SS R Side Rear

These have been a very affordable way into Ducati ownership for quite a while, but that’s likely to change at some point. Unfortunately, the low prices mean that many of these are a bit rough around the edges and have relatively high miles on them, making this an especially nice find. If you’re thinking you’d like to add one of these modern classics to your collection, or just looking for a good rider that’s completely unmolested, this might be an ideal choice.

1993 Ducati 900SS Underseat

Reliability is pretty solid if you do the maintenance and actually ride them, there’s plenty of parts support, and that classic two-valve, air-and-oil cooled Ducati twin is the perfect street engine, with a smooth, flexible powerband and a sweet exhaust note, especially with a set of carbon cans.

-tad

1993 Ducati 900SS R Side

 

Clean and Collectible: 1993 Ducati 900SS for Sale
Moto Guzzi October 26, 2015 posted by

Better Living Through Dentistry: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for Sale

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona L Side

Today’s Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 is the living, breathing result of an almost unbelievable underdog story. Italian and British motorcycle manufacturers never seem to lack enthusiasm. But cash? Well that’s always a problem. So while manufacturers like Honda have the financial backing of large companies to drive development and new technology, brands like Ducati and Moto Guzzi are often left without the cash to make their two-wheeled dreams a reality.

So when the time came for Guzzi to develop a serious sportbike to top off their long-in-the-tooth range, where did they turn? To a dentist. In the United States.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona R Side Engine

In the mid-1980’s Dr. John Wittner, a dentist and weekend racer was campaigning, for some insane reason, a Moto Guzzi v-twin in ProTwins and endurance racing events. His unlikely successes brought him to the attention of the folks over in Italy, and Wittner was asked to design a new sportbike for Guzzi, using what he’d learned successfully racing these supposedly obsolete machines.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona Dash

The resulting bike featured a 992cc version of the classic v-twin with four-valve heads, fuel-injection, and a lightweight spine frame that had distinctive side plates with a characteristic hole where Wittner joked you could store a sandwich… The electronics were stored under that prominent seat hump, and dual-seat bikes looked very ungainly, with a pillion pad perched atop. Best just to go for the solo seat, as seen here.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona R Side Tail

Today’s example is a bit dusty, but looks to be in otherwise nice shape and has just 11 miles from new! From the original eBay listing: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for Sale

[Helpfully translated from Allcapese by the author]

New 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona Serial #39. Sold on MSO. 11 test miles from the factory. It’s dusty from sitting in my garage for the last 8 years. One in a lifetime chance to buy #39 of 50 imported to the US. I have owned 3… This probably being the last.

Yes, it’s dusty… Yes, it has cobwebs… Yes it may have a few scratches.

Watch for more rare bikes and parts being sold as I have 3 college tuitions to pay for.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona L Front Wheel

To be honest, it doesn’t bother me that the bike is a bit dusty. But the seller could at least take some better pictures for us! The Buy It Now price is set at $14,950, you’re looking at some serious change for a modern Guzzi. But this is a historically significant machine, basically ground zero for Guzzis of the modern age: the very first production bike to use both the four-valve engine and the spine frame that was used on sporty Guzzis for years afterwards, most notably on the Sport 1100 that was powered by the two-valve engine.

With just 11 miles on the odometer, I’m sure it’s worth it to spend an afternoon cleaning and scrubbing this one up…

-tad

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona R Side Fairing

Better Living Through Dentistry: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for Sale