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Aprilia April 8, 2017 posted by

Teutonic Two-Stroke: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

Suzuki has a long-standing relationship with the smaller Italian brands, providing their well-engineered powerplants to the likes of Bimota, Cagiva, and Aprilia. It makes sense: big companies may have excess production capacity, and it’s practical for smaller companies to purchase powerful, reliable, thoroughly-developed engines and transmissions and instead focus on frames and styling. In the case of the Aprilia RS250, they used Suzuki’s two-stroke v-twin from the RGV250 that competed against Honda’s NSR250 in the hotly-contested quarter-liter sportbike segment.

Specs for the bikes in the class look virtually identical at a glance, a case of convergent evolution. While some machines like the Yamaha TZR started out motivated by parallel twins, by the time the class was legislated out of existence they all used liquid-cooled 249cc v-twin two-strokes with some form of powervalve, and they all produced a strangely specific 45hp… Distinctive, asymmetrical “banana” swingarms featured prominently as well, and created space to fit the required exhaust expansion chambers for maximum power, while still allowing extreme lean angles. All of those features can be found on the RS250, although it appears at first that Italian tuners went to work modifying it with a much higher claimed output than Japanese rivals. But the reality is that the Japanese bikes were hobbled by home-market legislation that limited their power output well below what was possible, something that didn’t apply to Aprilia.

So performance was on par with bikes like the [de-restricted] NSR250, with surprising power, agile handling, and a dry weight in the neighborhood of 300lbs. But while the Japanese bikes are handsome and certainly look great in race-replica graphics, the Aprilia has unmistakable Italian style, and the sculptural, polished frame that makes the simple beam units from Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha look like crude, industrial extrusions. I’m a big fan of this particular bodywork and color combination, and I think it’s one of the very best-looking bikes of the 1990s: balanced and aggressive without being cartoon-y, with just a splash of garish color. And I like the earlier dash seen here, with that added-as-an-afterthought speedo and idiot-light section that looks easily removable for track day excursions or racebike conversion.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

This is a used RS250 2 stroke. This bike was purchased by a Marine in Germany and shipped back via plane to the USA. It has 10,280 miles or 17,000 kilometers. Bike has a fresh change of oil and carbs have been taken apart and cleaned. Bike is currently running and has great compression. I have all the keys and manuals. I have every single document to convert to a US title. I also have some spares. (please see photos) There are minor scratches on the bike from normal wear and riding. A very clean and well preserved RS250…

The photos provided by the seller of this example are decent, but it’s had to get a real sense of just how nice it is. There are some graphics/logos missing from the tank and bodywork, so maybe a nicely repainted set of plastics? Mileage isn’t museum-quality low, but that just means you should get out and ride it! As the seller mentions, the bike was imported from Germany [see: post title] at some point, and it apparently doesn’t have a US title as yet. As always, do your research before buying, as titling these kinds of imports will vary significantly from state to state: there’s a very good reason you see so many Oregon and Nevada plated cars and bikes running around Southern California…

-tad

Teutonic Two-Stroke: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale
Ducati December 22, 2016 posted by

Low-Mileage Future Classic: 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR for Sale

If you want a machine with charisma, humane ergonomics, and a dash of tradition, the early 90s Ducati 900SS is a modern classic that offers a less frantic experience than similar bikes from Japan. Straight-line performance for the two-valve v-twin is modest, but these were all about midrange power and torque. Powered by a 904cc version of Ducati’s air/oil-cooled Pantah-derived engine, the 900SS came in SS/SP and SS/CR flavors. The SP was equipped with some carbon bits and adjustable suspension components, so handling for the more entry-level CR is pretty basic.

I happen to love the half-faired version of the bike seen here, although I’d probably try to find a nice SP version and just fit the abbreviated fairing: the non-adjustable Showa forks found on some CRs aren’t great, but even those are better than the much-maligned Marzocchi parts… I’m not sure which are fitted here, but it really shouldn’t matter since you either won’t use the bike for serious canyon-strafing and live with the stock parts, or will just bin them and get something better. But plenty of parts exist to sort that out: a set of forks from the SP, an adjustable Öhlins rear shock and some good rubber should see things improve significantly.

As always with a Ducati: condition is key and maintenance is critical: valve adjustments every 6,000 miles and timing belt changes every 12,000 miles or two years at the very least. The air/oil-cooled Ducati engine is fundamentally rugged, but needs more attention than many other machines and neglect is your enemy: the 900SS may be cheap to buy, but putting a bad one right can quickly exceed your purchase price, so this one looks like a pretty good deal.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Ducati 900SS/CR for Sale

Ducati’s Supersport line has a pedigree that unmatched, its lineage traceable all the way back to the original 750cc racing Supersport of 1972. That bike won the famous Imola 200 race under rider Paul Smart, cementing respect for the Italian motorcycle manufacturer. The early 1990’s were special years for Ducati’s 900SS.  With the re-designed frame, improved Brembo brakes, the 900SS had the handling to accompany the booming 904cc desmodue. Powered by an air-cooled desmodromic 2-valve 90° V-twin is nicely carbureted by Mikuni, and has a wide power band.

This 900 SS/CR has had a pampered life, one owner, 5888 original miles, dealer serviced and always garaged. Basically stock with the exception of carbon fiber exhaust by D&D, bar end mirrors and rear fender eliminator. Recently serviced with belts replaced and carbs rebuilt. Includes all stock parts, both original keys and original manuals. This your opportunity to own a beautiful example of Italian engineering.

I happen to think the air/oil-cooled Ducati twins are some of the nicest-sounding engines of all time, but if you buy this one you’d better hope your neighbors agree, as those D&D cans are pretty loud… I’d keep them, but the seller indicates that he has “all stock parts” so you can always fit the original, much quieter pipes if you prefer. The Pantah-engined 900SS has been at or nearly at the bottom of the Ducati food chain for a while now, but prices are starting to creep up for good examples. The Buy-It-Now for this very clean example is a reasonable $5,200 but as always, a few folks are really jumping the gun on values: there’s an SS/SP that’s been sitting on eBay for a while now, with an asking price of almost $9,000… But nice, reasonably-priced examples like this one are still out there if you look.

-tad

Low-Mileage Future Classic: 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR for Sale
Aprilia October 25, 2016 posted by

NY-Titled Two-Stroke: 1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Replica for Sale

1996-aprilia-rs250-l-frontAprilia took an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it mentality” when motivating their RS250 two-stroke race replica, and packed Suzuki’s proven RGV250Γ “Gamma” engine and six-speed gearbox into their machine, albeit with extra tuning for a claimed 70hp. While that number may be theoretically possible, it seems pretty optimistic and might make for a short-lived and exceptionally high-strung machine in practice. Suffice to say, the RS250 was a worthy competitor for machines from Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha.

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While I love trellis frames, it’s hard to argue with the beautifully sculpted aluminum alloy beam frame seen here, paired with a distinctive, asymmetrical “banana” swingarm intended to allow the expansion chambers to tuck up close to the side of the bike for maximum cornering clearance. And while bikes from the Japanese manufacturers used components that were similar on paper, they were far less sensual in execution.

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The RS250 was restyled in 1998 and featured pointier nose and tail sections, reflective silver-on-flat-black graphics, and a new dash that matched their RSV. I definitely prefer this earlier bodywork and the older-style dash seen here that is clearly set up with easy removal of the the speedo and idiot-light dash for racing. Or so you can honestly say things like, “No officer, I have no idea how fast I was going.” And while race-replicas are often garish beasts to quickly identify them on a crowded racetrack, this era RS250 is pretty subtle. Best of all, this example has a New York State Title, which definitely adds to the bike’s desirability and means you can do more with your little race-rep than just display it as the previous owner has apparently done, or thrash the daylights out of it on track.

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From the original eBay listing: 1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Replica for Sale

#265 of 500 made!

I woke up today and decided at the age of 55, it was time to grow up. Walked into my man cave which is full of toys, and rolled out my extremely rare RS-250 to sell. She has only 3176 kilometers (1904 miles).  What could be better than that? A CLEAN & CLEAR NYS STREET LEGAL TITLE!

But probably the BEST THING about this bike is that it runs and rides perfectly. Starts with just a kick and idles smooth as glass! Being a 40 plus year motorcycle enthusiast and owner of a bike shop, my toys are always ready to ride – even though I rarely play with them.

There are a few minor cosmetic flaws that I never got around to addressing. Left rear tail graphic was scratched in transport, windscreen cracked and right side fairing has a drip of white paint on it.  That’s pretty much it. Paint is extremely nice and 100% original.

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Bidding is at $9,500 with the reserve met. It’s a shame about those frankly horrible scratches on the tail section, but the bike is otherwise in beautiful condition, with very low miles, and is claimed to run very well. I’d ditch those aftermarket purple fasteners the first weekend I got it home and then proceed to wrestle with the dilemma: do I sit and admire it, or thrash the wheels off it?

-tad

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NY-Titled Two-Stroke: 1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Replica for Sale
Triumph August 26, 2016 posted by

Four Cylinder Brit: 1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 for Sale

1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 L Side

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.

1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 Tank

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.

1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 Front Brake

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…

1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 Clocks

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.

1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 Engine Detail

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

1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 R Side Rear

Four Cylinder Brit: 1995 Triumph Daytona 1200 for Sale
Ducati August 25, 2016 posted by

Low-Mileage Parts-Bin Exotic: 1995 Ducati M900 Monster for Sale

1995 Ducati M900 R Side

Ducati’s Monster was a wonder of parts-bin engineering and basically saved the company from financial ruin, becoming the company’s best-selling model of all time by a healthy margin and bringing Ducati’s mystique to the masses. The four-valve superbikes may have won the glory but they were highly impractical for daily use, expensive to maintain, and far too expensive for the average motorcycle enthusiast. But the Monster, introduced in 1993, used off-the-shelf components almost exclusively: just the tank, dash, seat, and a couple minimal body panels were exclusive to the model. The frame was from the 851 with some minor modifications to the tubing to allow a different airbox: apparently, the remote-reservoir shock from that model is a nice upgrade, if you can find one on eBay. The engine was the Pantah-derived 904cc L-twin from the air/oil-cooled 900SS, and the suspension and brakes were from the lower-spec SS-CR.

1995 Ducati M900 Dash

It was relatively cheap to manufacture, the standard bars and low seat height made it practical for a wide variety of users, and the handling good enough for its given purpose: urban riding, posing, and wheelies. Best of all, it was an Authentic Ducati and made Authentic Ducati Noises. Aside from your average Harley, you won’t likely find a bike with better aftermarket support than a Ducati Monster.

1995 Ducati M900 L Side Tank

You can throw money at the motor, stick on the suspension from a 748, fit a high-mount exhaust and go trackday riding. Replace everything on the bike with carbon fiber for a sleek custom show bike. Fit higher bars, a bikini fairing, some soft bags, and take it touring. That was almost the whole point: the Monster provided Ducati fans with a blank canvas so they could build whatever they wanted. Sure the limited steering lock sucked for city riding, and you have to deal with old-school Ducati service intervals: 6,000 valve checks and 12,000 timing belt changes can get a bit expensive if you pile on the miles and don’t do the work yourself.

1995 Ducati M900 R Side Tank

But the entry costs are incredibly cheap, with well-used examples available for as little as $3,000. Parts are easily sourced and these bikes are relatively simple machines, with only the unfamiliar desmodromic heads a barrier to your average home mechanic. This 11,000 mile example looks to be in very clean condition, with a ton of aftermarket parts and a Buy It Now price of just $4,500.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Ducati M900 Monster for Sale

Third year of production of the original carbureted, air & oil cooled, 2-valve per cylinder L-twin in OEM Grey livery with Bronze frame and wheels, (the same as the bike featured in the Guggenheims “Art Of The Motorcycle” show and book in the late ’90s.)  I am the second owner, since 2000.  This is a beautiful, low-mileage example; difficult to find in this condition.  It is a Cagiva-era bike so sports the elephant logos on many parts.  It has never been crashed, down or dropped.  Tank is clean, shiny metal inside; steering head bearings are smooth, swingarm bushings tight.  It has the desirable “V-2” cylinder heads.  The bike starts easily, idles properly and pulls strong through all 6 gears.  It features a number of aftermarket parts including:

  • Ducati C/F Bikini Fairing
  • ROADRACING billet aluminum mirrors
  • Corbin C/F cover seat w/Grey piping
  • C/F tailsection with integrated turn signals
  • Ventilated alloy clutch cover
  • Beringer clutch slave cylinder
  • C/F slip on exhausts
  • Airbox mod with K&N filter
  • Mikuni carbs jetted for intake/exhaust mods

The bike is current on service and is approaching it’s 12K-mile belt/valve inspection.  Tires are older and, while showing plenty of tread, could stand to be freshened.

Included with the bike will be the OEM seat; factory toolkit and owner’s manual, an additional period OEM instrument cluster with Tachometer, (the existing speedo will transfer into this unit.) A pair of C/F timing belt covers.

1995 Ducati M900 L Side Engine

Obviously, the new owner should be prepared to shell out some money for the upcoming service. The valve check is important, but the belt change is absolutely critical: a blown engine will turn your affordable exotic into an expensive garage decoration very quickly. Some of the carbon bits on this bike are from the lower end of the spectrum: you’d never mistake those DanMoto carbon cans for Termignonis, but they probably sound great and look much better than the stock items. And I’m familiar with that ugly War of the Worlds rear turn signal unit but I’d never actually seen on installed before, probably for good reason. Most kits used to clean up the rear of the bike require cutting a couple extended tubes off the end of the frame and many are worried that removing them will reduce the value of their bike. This kit kept the frame intact and incorporated more modern indicator lights into the sides. Definitely not to my taste, but easy to change if you don’t like it.

Overall, the Ducati Monster remains what it was always meant to be: an affordable entry to Ducati ownership. But that means that many examples have been thrashed and abused, making clean, low-mileage examples like this one increasingly hard to come by.

-tad

1995 Ducati M900 L Side

Low-Mileage Parts-Bin Exotic: 1995 Ducati M900 Monster for Sale
Bimota June 21, 2016 posted by

Affordable Exotic: 1995 Bimota SB6 for Sale

1995 Bimota SB6 R Side

Aside from the disastrous VDue, Bimota’s stock-in-trade was wrapping lightweight frames and fantastically exotic bodywork around reliable powertrains from established manufacturers. The magical formula that led to bikes like the Bimota SB6 seems so simple, it’s a wonder it took so long for other manufacturers to catch on: wrap too much engine in too little motorcycle, fit quality suspension, profit. But it’s obviously more difficult than it looks to make that formula work, and the Japanese tendency to overbuild was clearly blunting the otherwise very butch GSX-R1100’s performance: the SB6 made virtually the same power, but weighed a stunning 90lbs less than the donor Suzuki.

1995 Bimota SB6 Cockpit

With 1,700 built, the SB6 was one of Bimota’s most successful models, and that means that prices are relatively low for this Suzuki-powered blaster. It’s not a cutting-edge performer anymore but, with almost 150hp from the 1074cc inline four, huge midrange, and light weight, a well-ridden SB6 will certainly keep up with modern machines.

1995 Bimota SB6 Front

There are some very minor blemishes on this example, just some small chips around fairing fasteners. But aside from that awful touring seat pad that’d be in the garbage before I even got the bike home, the bike is pretty much immaculate and looks great in the very Italian tri-colore paintwork on the swoopy body panels. I personally prefer the look of the later SB6R, but there’s no doubt this is a very striking motorcycle.

1995 Bimota SB6 Tank

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Bimota SB6 for Sale

9809 miles
excellent condition
72 year old owner can no longer ride
Well, that’s not all that much to go on, but considering the low mileage and the condition evident from the photos, maybe it’s all we need. This is a new listing, and there are no takers yet at the $4,800 starting bid. From what I’ve seen in the past couple years, an SB6 could be a very nice way to get a fast, relatively reliable motorcycle with exotic credentials, distinctive looks, and big, four-cylinder power. Keep in mind that, although the Suzuki powertrain should be easy to service, at least once you get access to it, some other parts like bodywork, electricals, and suspension parts could be hard to come by. It’s a real bummer when your beautiful Italian exotic is sidelined by unobtainable seals for those snazzy Paioli forks… So you’d never want one as your only ride but, considering what these Bimotas are going for, they’re looking very, very tempting at the moment.
-tad
1995 Bimota SB6 L Side
Affordable Exotic: 1995 Bimota SB6 for Sale
Aprilia May 23, 2016 posted by

Smoke ‘Em if Ya Got ‘Em: CA-Titled 1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Replica for Sale

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Although for many, the second-generation Aprilia RS250 captures the essence of lightweight, two-stroke performance, I prefer the earlier versions, like this Chesterfield replica: the later bikes are just a little bit bulbous in the tail, and that techno-futuristic dash just look a little bit too “1980s Dodge Daytona” for me. Not that I’d pass up the opportunity to own one of course! But for me, the earlier bikes are just a bit more graceful, and while the dash looks a bit odd, that’s just because you’re supposed to yank that speedo and the associated idiot lights off for trackday shenanigans!

1995 Aprilia RS250 Dash

The 249cc, liquid-cooled two-stroke and six-speed gearbox combo was basically a heavily-modified Suzuki RGV unit, with the same Brembo Goldline brakes used to stop bikes weighing over 100lbs more, but the rest of the package was all Aprilia. The bodywork is very sleek and distinct from the Japanese competition, with a gorgeous aluminum frame and that classic “banana” swingarm designed to allow the expansion chambers to tuck in close to the bike for maximum lean angle.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Headling

Aprilia claimed 60hp and, with just 300lbs to push around, the bike is a rocket. Straight line and top speed will suffer, even compared to a 600cc supersport machine, but the Aprilia’s light weight pays dividends in corners, so what you lose on the straights you’ll gain back in the corners and under braking.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

Max Biaggi two-stroke race replica in Chesterfield Livery
California plated, insured and registered: clean title in hand.

I’m the fourth owner of this original Max Biaggi Chesterfield (not a sticker kit replica). I bought her from a good friend that needed a car for his growing family. This was THE bike I originally wanted when I first got into motorcycles. 18 years or so and a lot of bikes later, I was lucky enough to get my hands on this wonderful machine.

She has 13,060 on her currently, and runs flawlessly.
Top end rebuilt at 10,000 with Wiseco pistons and Boysen reeds. I just had her serviced and run through by Nichols Sportbikes in Milpitas. They went through the whole machine and have her running tip top! including; coolant and brake fluids flushed, new battery, gear oil change and had the forks re-sealed. The tires were replaced around 12,000 miles or so along with fresh brake pads. Plenty of life on all.

This bike is a beautiful Italian specimen that loves to flaunt her stuff. The decals are not in perfect shape, but are in great condition for the age. The bike decals came original on top of the clear coat, so after 21 years they have some sun fade, minor wrinkling and an occasional worn edge. The bike has never been put down, and the original fairings are in perfect shape. She is a street machine and I take it out regularly for the Italian tune-ups to keep her purring like the hot cougar she is.

She is original with the following exceptions;
Arrow full exhaust. You’re welcome, future owner!
Toby steering damper. Again… you’re welcome.
Aftermarket turn signals. They were on the bike when I got it, never changed them but I have 2 of 4 of the original signals which can still be found on AF1.

I have the owners manual, service record receipts, workshop manual and other parts: gaskets, screws, brackets, passenger pegs and passenger seat. I also have an OEM tank decal replacement kit if you’re not a fan of the awesome, road pounding patina of the current tank decals.

Buyer is responsible for local pick up. Bike located in Bay Area, California.

As you can see from the images, the bike is in good condition overall, and the aftermarket signals and slightly faded stickers can be easily fixed with parts the seller is including with the sale. The headlight lens looks slightly cloudy in the pics, or maybe it’s just dirty, and the recent mechanical overhaul means miles of smiles for the next owner! This bike looks like the perfect machine for someone concerned more with riding than displaying, although the price will likely be out of reach for many enthusiasts…

1995 Aprilia RS250 R Rear

Bidding is up to $7,100 with the Reserve Not Met and several days left on the auction. That’s likely due to the fact that this bike has a clear California title, a bit of a Holy Grail for two-stroke enthusiasts. I’m not generally a huge fan of race-replica graphics, but this is my favorite version of the little thrilla from Aprilia, and that CA title means you can thrash the little quarter-liter machine on some of the amazing canyon roads we have here.

-tad

1995 Aprilia RS250 Fairing Detail

Smoke ‘Em if Ya Got ‘Em: CA-Titled 1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Replica for Sale
Triumph January 30, 2016 posted by

Classic in the Making: 1995 Triumph Speed Triple for Sale

1995 Triumph Speed Triple R Side

We sometimes equate the idea of rare sport bikes with “expensive.” With exotic machines like the MV Agusta F4 or Ducati Superbikes. But for riders who don’t need 180mph potential or the expense of an Italian superbike, there are plenty of very cool machines like this early Triumph Speed Triple.

1995 Triumph Speed Triple R Side Engine

Construction magnate John Bloor basically resurrected Triumph in the 1990s with a range of sport, touring, and standard machines based around a pair of engines that could be slotted into a simple spine frame to create just about any sort of motorcycle the market demanded. This concept made it easy to develop new models, but the resulting bikes couldn’t be as refined or focused as purpose-built machines. But buyers were willing to trade a bit of performance for character and style and heritage.

1995 Triumph Speed Triple Clocks

The Speed Triple used the 885cc three cylinder version of the engine as opposed to the larger, 1200cc four that powered their sport touring machines. It was styled to evoke the naked sports machines of Triumph’s past, but with relatively modern performance. They weren’t cutting-edge sportbikes, but that wailing triple offered up soul in an era of boring appliances. Handling wasn’t really racetrack-ready, but the Speed works well for backroad blasts and urban assaults.

1995 Triumph Speed Triple R Side Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Triumph Speed Triple for Sale

Up for auction is a very rare motorcycle legend.  The model that impacted motorcycling for the new Triumph company, the SPEED TRIPLE.  In the mid-nineties, Triumph introduced the all new, 3-cylinder SPEED TRIPLE.  It came in two colors in ’95, black and this one, “Fireball Orange.” The SPEED TRIPLE proved to be their most loved model. It went fast, it stopped well, but most stayed in Britain and Europe. Here, it’s a very, very rare Triumph and your chance to own something your friend have probably never seen before.

This particular Speed Triple, a 900cc model, has a great history and documentation. It comes with a clean Texas Certif of title, current Texas license plate, VEHICLE HISTORY REPORT from NMVTIS showing its history from 1998 forward in Missouri and the Texas with no bad history in the 4-page report. You receive 6 pages of service records over the last three years to verify its up-to-date service. We replaced the aftermarket petrol tap with a new correct one. The bike shows 16,900 miles and has stock exhaust system, the optional “Seat Cowl” piece as well as the orange grab bar for use with passengers. 
Specs show it produces about 100 hp(98 ps @ 9000 rpm) through a 5-speed box which it delivers to the road through rare, three-spoke Brembo wheels. And this is a bike that’s 21 years old. No one will have anything this rare where you hang. Records, good history, rarity and a seriously fun ride all for not much money.
It is a used bike, sold “as is” to bidders only in the continental U.S.. We don’t crate, but we will recommend a shipper and expedite their shipment of it to upi at your exense. It is ready to ride and includes the factory rider’s handbook. The battery is fresh and the tires are very nice. The only damage we see is a bent in the side of the gas tank, shown in the images. It does not come with a tool kit and saddle appears to be very good without tears, etc. A bike this nice seldom comes along with this exclusivity, performance and importance as a collectors’ bike.
1995 Triumph Speed Triple Ding
It’s pretty easy to go on eBay or Craigslist and find a nice second or third-generation Speed Triple, but these early bikes are pretty difficult to find, especially in good condition. They were never sold in great numbers, have been pretty forgotten for a while now, and many have been well-used or neglected. These are normally priced nowhere near this bike’s 7,000 asking price but, aside from that slight crease in the tank, this one is in extremely good shape, and that shiny orange paint is pretty appealing.
I think probably the seller is aiming a bit high at that price, but that’s still pretty much chump change if you’re looking for a rare, fun motorcycle and are into naked performance.
-tad
1995 Triumph Speed Triple L Side
Classic in the Making: 1995 Triumph Speed Triple for Sale