Posts by tag: 2008

BMW December 7, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: 2008 BMW HP2 for Sale

There’s a proud tradition of independent motorcycle builders “sportifying” some very unlikely machines: CBXs converted into monoshock cafe-racers, heavily modified Swallower Moto Guzzis with chain drive and Hossack front ends, even venerable RZ500 engines stuffed into R6 frames. In the case of the HP2, BMW built their very own factory eclectic performance motorcycle by taking the quirky, flat-twin R1100S powerplant and adding high-spec parts to create a bit of an odd-duck sportbike, but one with real-world ability.

Certainly, if you were designing a sportbike from scratch, you likely wouldn’t build it around an air-cooled 180° twin with shaft-drive. But throw in a set of DOHC heads with radial valves, titanium connecting rods, fully-adjustable ergonomics, and a self-supporting carbon-fiber seat/subframe, and the performance intentions of the bike start to look more convincing. A 9,500rpm redline and 128hp were Ducati superbike territory just a few years ago and that power, while not class-leading, comes with a big lump of torque for brisk, if not eyeball-flattening performance from the claimed 392lbs dry machine.

In theory, BMW’s Telelever front end should offer up improved performance under heavy braking, but reviewers of bikes so equipped generally felt they were a bit vague in terms of steering feedback. However, the HP2 reviews were very positive with regards to the handling and feel of the bike, and those Brembo monoblock brakes provide plenty of stopping power. Keep in mind, the HP2 might seem weird to ride at first if you’re used to inline fours: that shaft-drive means increased inertia and the bike lacks a slipper clutch as delivered, although one is available for the bike. And while cornering-clearance is generous for road-use, the standard suspension settings can have the heads touching down at extreme lean angles, so track-day junkies should plan accordingly and see about raising the rear ride-height.

Really, you get the feeling the whole thing was helping to set the stage for their S1000RR by establishing that BMW could create a sportbike that didn’t rely on generous helpings of nostalgia and a reliance on “character.” Obviously, this falls somewhere short of the bar set by the RR in terms of outright performance, but it’s surprisingly capable, given the limitations of the platform. Of course, high performance parts can mean expensive replacement costs, and BMW does recommend those titanium rods be replaced at the 30,000 mile mark… Luckily, that service is a long way off for today’s Featured Listing.

From the seller: 2008 BMW HP2 for Sale

Only 1125 miles. Added it to my collection in 2008. Looks and runs well. Bike always stored indoors, and run every couple of months to keep healthy. Have very large bike collection being thinned down to make more space. Overall, a pretty well preserved bike.

64 year old owner, former bike wrench and former shop owner. Every effort has been made to show condition of bike with pictures . Can e-mail better, larger pictures directly, on request. Bike in good cond, though no warranty expressed or implied. Sold AS – IS .

Payment by cashier check, must clear for bike to be released. Chase or Wells Fargo the quickest. Cash, in person, works, too. :o)

Today’s HP2 has obviously spent more time being admired than being ridden, with just 1,125 miles on the odometer, but that might make it ideal for someone who wants to admire it: it’s certainly a striking bike, with tons of cool details and the low miles means you’ll get plenty of time riding it before you start to eat into the value. Aside from some discoloration on the exhaust pipes, it looks to be in excellent condition, as it should be with such low miles. The seller also includes a video of his collection and a short clip of the bike going around a corner, so we know it will both start and turn. The asking price for this bike of kit is $15,000 which is steep, but the HP2 is most definitely a rare and collectible bike that can also get a wiggle on and a surprise a few people at a track day.

-tad

Featured Listing: 2008 BMW HP2 for Sale
Bimota November 15, 2016 posted by

Funky Forkless Flyer: 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D for Sale

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Most Bimotas are about obsessive light weight as a path to improved performance, but their radical Tesi goes a step further. The name literally means “thesis” in Italian, and that’s what the series has represented from the start: an experimental alternative to traditional telescopic forks. Three-quarters of the Tesi looks pretty familiar: Bimota’s hybrid trellis/ machined-aluminum frame and swingarm with minimalistic origami bodywork and a funky Zard exhaust. But the front looks a bit like the rear, with a second swingarm and a hub-center steering setup holding the front wheel, resulting in a machine that looks like nothing else on the road.

2008-bimota-tesi-r-front-suspension

It’s pretty well established that telescopic forks are a triumph of development over design. They’ve got significant drawbacks, but those limitations are well-known and their widespread use means that most manufacturers stick with them. It doesn’t help that tire manufacturers design their products around traditional suspensions and hub-center steering set ups like this theoretically could get away with softer compounds… Ultimately, the theory doesn’t play out in practice, and the Tesi is typically criticized for the lack of front-end feel that afflicts Hossack-suspended BMWs. Really, the only high-performance machine to make anything other than a telescopic fork work was John Britten, and I’m still shocked that no one has borrowed one of his V1000s, taken it to pieces, copied it, and put it into series production…

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The Tesi has been around for a while, in several different iterations. The earlier 1D actually used a liquid-cooled 851 engine, giving it cutting-edge power, but later models used Ducati’s air/oil-cooled two-valve engines, making them simpler and lighter, but down on power. I’d assume this is mainly down to Ducati’s willingness to supply Bimota with engines, rather than a particular engine’s suitability for the application, although aesthetics may have played a part: the Tesi does look better without a big old radiator cluttering up the place. Regardless, the use of simpler, higher-torque engines mean that the later Tesi models make for excellent road bikes.

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From the original eBay listing: 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D LE (Limited Edition) for Sale 

This is number 05 of 29.  Exceptional condition, new Michelin Power3 tires. Comes with original tools, books, workshop manual, specialty tools, original rear shipping stand, and factory indoor cover.  Both keys and Zard Exhaust. The condition of the bike is as delivered.  This bike is a work of engineering art, the details are only appreciated in person.  Best guess is only 27 left in the USA, 2 were sold to collectors in Europe. These bikes do not come up for sale very often. The only minor issues circled in the last two pictures.

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The listing also includes this walk-around video. The “minor issues” the seller mentions do look pretty minor, just a couple of cosmetic blemishes you’d be likely to miss the first time you saw this bike in person, since you’d be busy trying to absorb all the jewel-like details of this very exotic machine. Bimotas no longer perform much better than mass-production motorcycles, but they make up for it by being exquisite in terms of craftsmanship and style. And with the Tesi, you get all that and more.

Bidding is up to $16,000 with the reserve not met and plenty of time left on the auction. For the money, it’s certainly possible to buy a faster motorcycle, but you’d be hard pressed to find one more fascinating and exotic.

-tad

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Funky Forkless Flyer: 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D for Sale
Bimota August 20, 2016 posted by

Metal Confection: 2008 Bimota DB6R for Sale

2008 Bimota DB6R R Side2

For years, Bimota was a byword for high-performance motorcycles that provided ultimate speed and handling. But recent offerings like this DB6R have seemed strangely… practical. This shift even carries over to the exotic Tesi that is available with a set of handlebars, instead of the expected clip-ons. Recent Bimota offerings have showed a clear shift to building lightweight, jewel-like, highly-polished, but useable machines like the DB6. The air-cooled 1078cc Dual-Spark Ducati v-twin is certainly powerful and refined, especially in a machine with a claimed 390lb wet weight, but the 90hp it makes still isn’t likely to overwhelm and that upright, naked design is far more practical than previous Bimotas. But that should come as no surprise: as a company, Bimota has had to evolve to keep one step ahead of the major manufacturers that have ruthlessly co-opted their innovations. And the new strategy appears to be: appeal to the more mature buyers who can likely afford toys like this and expect perfection for their money.

2008 Bimota DB6R Front

Bimota got their start in the early 1970s and followed in the footsteps of British builders like Seeley, Spondon, and Rickman, building stiff, lightweight frames around powerful, reliable, and easily serviced engines from the major Japanese manufacturers. Kawasaki, Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha had clearly figured out how to build engines, but were still working on how to make their bikes really handle. As the major manufacturers caught up, Bimota had to evolve to keep one step ahead, and their new strategy appears to be: appeal to the more mature buyers who can likely afford toys like this and expect perfection for their money.

2008 Bimota DB6R R Side Rear

Today’s SB6R is a gorgeously-detailed motorcycle. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: if you’re into craftsmanship, just look closely at these pictures. The hinged caps on the risers for the bars, the complex swingarm with tubular and machined aluminum parts, the beautiful brackets and details that set Bimota apart. Miles are low on this one, and the bike appears to be in good condition, although the rear wheel is a bit dirty and the front and rear wheels don’t match… For the Buy It Now of $22,000 you’d think the seller could at least clean it up a bit…

From the original eBay listing: 2008 Bimota DB6R for Sale

Bimota DB6R. Another very rare and unique bike from my own personal collection. One of three special bikes I’m currently selling online. No scratches, no wear and tear. One owner. Like new in pristine condition.

Now that the major manufacturers have the whole handling-thing figured out, where does that leave Bimota? Well, for a while, they were in the hyper-bike game, stripping weight out of their bikes to make them even faster than the already very competent bikes that donated their frames. But this “performance first” ethos led to bikes that needed their engines removed for basic valve services and a somewhat fragile reputation, to put it politely. I like this new, more practical Bimota. Will they survive? Only time will tell.

-tad

2008 Bimota DB6R Seat

Metal Confection: 2008 Bimota DB6R for Sale
Ducati June 22, 2016 posted by

Sweet Sixteen: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici D16RR for Sale

2008 Ducati Desmo R Side

As is always the case with exotic machinery, a simple truth-in-advertising name sounds so much better in Italian… Oooooh. A Maserati Quattroporte… That sounds so sexy. Wait, it just means “four doors”? You’re saying that the name of that four-door Maserati is “Maserati four-door”? The same thing is true for Ducati’s GP6-based Desmosedici D16RR road bike: the name literally means “desmodromic sixteen” and refers to the number of valves in the V4 engine’s Desmo heads… maybe not as sexy as naming your motorcycle after a famous race victory, but it has a pragmatic quality that suits a detuned race bike, with the bonus that most folks just think it sounds cool.

2008 Ducati Desmo L Side Rear

Race-replicas clog up eBay every day, but most are just graphics jobs on the fairing of an ordinary roadbike, or homologation specials designed to allow certain bikes or just specific parts to be used in various race classes. But the D16RR is something else entirely, a one-of-a-kind machine that shares almost no parts with any production Ducati, a detuned MotoGP prototype, fitted with lights. Technically, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, as it’s not like the road bike’s engine parts are actually interchangeable with the race bike’s…  And there are plenty of other changes as well. For example, it’s not a dry-sump engine like the race bikes, but it does have gear-driven cams and a “Twin-Pulse” firing order that gave the bike something closer to the Ducati’s signature v-twin growl…

2008 Ducati Desmo R Side Front

But honestly, the fact that it’s not really a detuned racebike almost makes it more impressive considering the mere 1,500 built, since the design brief for this engine was basically “make a brand new engine that is as much like the race engine as is practical, but shares no parts with it.”  It is an utterly impractical motorcycle, a barely-tamed 989cc V4 monster that cranks out nearly 200hp at the crank, with absolutely top-shelf suspension at the front and rear. A Desmosedici cost over $70,000 new and, although they’re currently trading for much less, you’d better be prepared for very expensive maintenance costs down the line. Does your local shop even stock tires to fit that 16″ rear wheel?

2008 Ducati Desmo Belly Pan

This example has been used a bit, although miles are still extremely low, and it is fitted with one of the accessory Ducati Performance exhausts that were available for the bike and gave it a more authentic style than the stock part, increased noise, and a nice hole in the bellypan.

From the original eBay listing: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici for Sale

This is a pre-owned 2008 Ducati Desmosedici. This bike has 4300 miles and has the GP Exhaust installed. Overall condition of the bike is good, it has been ridden so it has some rock chips in the lower fairing, small scratch in the swingarm and a few minor small cosmetic imperfections. Nothing wrong mechanically and nothing bad cosmetically, normal 4300 mile condition, it has never been down. Tires still have some life but the bike will come with a brand new set. This bike comes with: bike stand, cover, 2 keys, owners manual, new set of OEM tires. It does not have the complete owners manual, just the main one. It does not have the plaque, stock or race exhaust. Only the parts that are listed.

2008 Ducati Desmo Tank

Bidding is very active and up north of $35,000.00, a bargain price for a Desmo. The missing bits might put off collectors but, if the price stays low, someone’s getting a good deal. Personally, I’d be happy with the very cool GP exhaust, since the original configuration always seemed weird to me: why does it need to exit out the top of the tail section? Okay, I get it: you want to keep the brake light and signals looking conventional. But wouldn’t it make more sense for a straight shot out the tail, and build some sort of LED bit around it or suspended beneath it, like on the Benelli TnT? Especially since that would look even more racebike-y?

2008 Ducati Desmo Tail

In any event, until the Honda RCV213 came along, this was the closest bike fans could get to a road-legal GP bike and that always seems to get the attention of collectors. They sound hellacious, look like nothing else on the road even ten years on, and offer up repair and maintenance bills that will definitely remind you that you own a thoroughbred exotic…

-tad

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Sweet Sixteen: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici D16RR for Sale
Yamaha May 20, 2016 posted by

Super Single: 2008 Yamaha YZ450F Track Bike for Sale

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We normally try to post unmolested, rare and exotic motorcycles here on RSBFS. Not customs or kit bikes, no matter how nice. But this little flyweight track-day terror based on a YZF450F seemed like a good excuse to break our own, self-imposed rules. Racing is an expensive hobby, even if you’re doing everything you can to keep costs low: just tires, fuel, and wear items combine with the running costs of whatever you’re using to haul yourself and your bike to the track to make this a serious time and money-suck. And that’s before you start crashing, and before you decide you actually want to be competitive… Track-days are a great way to get casual speed-fix, but if you’re using your streetbike, you’ll always be worried about trashing your street ride while trying to find your limits. And honestly, most sportbikes have way more power than the average rider can really exploit on track anyway.

2008 Yamaha YZF450F Rear Wheel

So what do you do when you want a lightweight, easy-to-maintain pure sporting machine that you can push to the limit on track? Small displacement two-strokes from Honda, Aprilia, Yamaha, and Suzuki are pretty rare to begin with and obtaining parts for the race-only models could prove difficult. There’s a couple reasons that the GSX-R models are so popular at the track. Obviously, they’re pretty great sports motorcycles, right out of the box. But another reason is that everyone has them. Lowside at the track? “Hey buddy, do you have a spare clutch lever, clip-on, and rearset I could borrow?” Bam, back out on track.

2008 Yamaha YZF450F Clocks

So the ideal budget racebike would have solid, useable power in a broad range, be cheap to buy or build, and have easy parts availability. Folks like Roland Sands and the guys at GP Tech who built this bike have been pushing the formula for a while, offering kits to update wheels, suspension geometry, and bodywork to stimulate interest in a low-buck, entry level race series based around offroad bike foundations. Have an old thumper lying around and wanna build something really cheap? You could spend as little as $5,000 plus some grease under your fingernails.

2008 Yamaha YZF450F Rearsets

Or you could just buy this one. It’s certainly a big higher-spec than you might build yourself on the cheap, and considering what the seller is asking it seems like a pretty enticing deal. The seller claims a wet-weight of just 235lbs and that big, tuned single should give plenty of torque to move you down the straights, even if you’re not built like an anorexic jockey.

From the original eBay listing: Yamaha YZ450F Race Bike for Sale

Built in house by Geoff at GP Tech. Starting with new ’08 Yamaha crate motor, ’07 YZ450 frame, powercoated. R6 front end with Ohlins internals. Ohlins rear shock, Galespeed forged wheels (uses 120 front, 150 /160 rear). ValterMoto adjustable rear sets.

Well over $20k in receipts including a factory Yamaha GYTR race head installed at 20 hours ($2k!). Titanium M4 exhaust, all Graves stuff for the single (oil breather recycle etc). Many custom machined parts for retrofit. Modern TZ250 bodywork w/ airtech tank cover. Dual race radiators with silicon hoses.

ALL the fasteners are titanium (including shock and linkage, motor mounts, etc., etc.: roughly $2k).

Weighs in at 235lb wet, bike dynoed when adding 9 map programmable ignition with 2 map switch, Hinson slipper clutch, water temp gauge, now has 47 hours total (27 on head) valves just checked. Runs on pump gas but I use Sunoco 100.

Kick starter that works with the TZ250 bodywork! Starts easy hot or cold.

Never crashed or down, always senior adult ridden.

Some spares, sprockets, ignition, Spare bottom end for future rebuild, shim kit, front and rear stands, tire warmers, service manuals. It is always a conversion piece at the track.

Great clubman bike, D Superbike or fun trackday bike. Sprung for a 175lb rider.

2008 Yamaha YZF450F Front Wheel

These are billed as “affordable race bikes” but, as you can see from the build, “affordable” is a relative term. And while it’s great to put something to your exact specifications, it’s generally way cheaper to buy a machine someone else has already sunk the blood, sweat, and tears into. With a starting bid of $5,000 and a Buy It Now price of $6,500 it’s obvious that you’d be getting a good price, considering the components and effort that’s gone into this little Yamaha. A lightweight race bike for the price of a nice used 600cc supersport? And TZ250 looks thrown in to the mix? Sign me up!

-tad

2008 Yamaha YZF450F R Side

Super Single: 2008 Yamaha YZ450F Track Bike for Sale
Ducati September 29, 2015 posted by

Form and Function: 2008 Ducati 1098R for Sale

2008 Ducati 1098R L Side Front

We could argue all day long about the style of the unpopular but very effective Ducati 999 versus the 916-aping but also very effective 1098. I happen to like the striking Terblanche-styled older machine, but there’s no arguing with the popularity of the restyled bike: they practically flew out of showrooms, adding credibility to my belief that, while Ducatisiti can be passionate about performance, they’re also a very conservative bunch. But no matter how you feel about style, there is no denying that the Ducati 1098R is a serious road and track weapon.

2008 Ducati 1098R L Side Rear

Internally, the 1098R shared little with its more pedestrian brethren, with titanium connecting rods and valves to save weight and allow for a larger bore and shorter stroke. The 1098R actually displaced 1198cc, right on the limit for World Superbike v-twins. Interestingly, this is the exact opposite of the Panigale, where the R model is a bit smaller than the more road-oriented versions to meet those same requirements.

2008 Ducati 1098R Engine

Ducati had to lobby hard to get the rules changed to allow the bigger motor, and while they were able to use almost the full 1200cc allowed, those same rules changes meant they were very limited in terms of other tuning options. That made it tough for the factory to squeeze out more performance, but it means that the road bikes and the race bikes are closer than ever in terms of specifications, so this particular homologation special is very, very special indeed.

2008 Ducati 1098R Dash

With the included “race kit” installed, the twin made a claimed 189hp, but it wasn’t just power that made this bike so impressive. In addition to the snazzy Ducati Datalogging Analyzer, the 1098R featured the first-ever traction control system fitted to a road bike: the DTC system which, unusually for something Italian, was far sexier in practice than it sounds.

2008 Ducati 1098R L Side Fairing

Activated by the installation of a performance chip that was part of the aforementioned race kit, the Ducati Traction Control system featured 8 progressively-less intrusive levels of control to help riders of all skill levels make use of that massive power without high-siding into the weeds. DTC was no newbie gimmick and was basically the same system fitted to Casey Stoner’s MotoGP bike and Ducati’s WSB machines.

From the original eBay listing: 2008 Ducati 1098R for Sale

  • Superbike 1,461 miles
  • Collector bike
  • Never downed or dropped
  • No scratches
  • Recently serviced
  • Original everything
  • Bike cover
  • Stand
  • Books and manuals
  • Title in hand

2008 Ducati 1098R Rear Suspension

This particular bike is barely broken in and looks to be in basically perfect condition, with under 1,500 miles on the clock, although the Buy It Now price of $20,000 may sound a bit ambitious at first.

But with just 300 imported to the US and a price of $40,000 new, one could also look at the Buy It Now price and think “wow, that’s a pretty serious bargain.” And for sure, these are collectibles in the making, as all Ducati’s R bikes are. The question is, just how long will it before collectors are longing for the days when these cost just $20,000…

-tad

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Form and Function: 2008 Ducati 1098R for Sale
Ducati September 27, 2015 posted by

The Sum of Its Parts: 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS for Sale

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS R Side FrontThe water-cooled Monster S4RS was a great engine in search of a bike. It was spawned from the original Monster that was itself the proverbial Franken-bike: frame from an 888, suspension and wheels from the 900SS-CR, and a dash that looks like someone ripped the idiot light cluster straight out of a Fiat. They’ve got very poor steering lock, thanks to that superbike frame, they’re terrible for highway riding, and only seem to fit you if you’re  5’8″… But they were an affordable, almost practical way into Ducati ownership, and were originally powered by the classic air-cooled L-twin engine that had all the performance most riders would ever need.

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS R Side RearSo when they sold like the proverbial hotcakes, Ducati of course had to up their game, adding carbon bits and adjustable suspension for the “S” model and number of limited editions. Eventually, they gave the fans what they’d been clamoring for by sticking the water-cooled four-valve engine into the bike to keep it competitive compared to more modern alternatives from Triumph and KTM.

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS DashBut to me, that’s when the bike really jumped the shark. Obviously, a water-cooled engine needs a radiator, and then the RS version added a very trick, but still sort of tacked-on-looking oil cooler below the not-so-trick-looking radiator. And all those extra bits and associated plumbing looked like the afterthoughts they were, cluttering up what was originally a pretty clean design.

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS L Side Front

And then there’s the handling. While other bikes got the sport naked package right, the Monster RS didn’t quite live up to the hype, in spite of top-flight Öhlins front and rear and superbike brakes. Basically, the 130hp 998cc Testastretta engine overwhelmed the chassis, making riding the bike less of a dance and more a back-alley street fight. And I mean, what’s really the point of a 150mph naked bike? Aside from bragging rights?

From the original eBay listing: 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS for Sale

This is a 2008 Ducati, S4R Tricolore Testastretta.  This is a very rare bike, and to my knowledge is the only model in Utah or surrounding states. There were only 400 of these motorcycles produced in 2008.  This bike is number 52, as verified by the tag over the alternator cover.

This is a 999S, fully liquid cooled engine, Brembo brakes.  Mileage is a little over 18K.  Tires have approximately 85 miles on them.  They are Pirelli Diablo Rosso II’s.  Pipe for Termignoni black carbon fiber pipes.  Chain is new and tight zero rust.  

This bike has never seen rain.  Stored inside and covered during winter months.  No damage, never been in an accident, layed down or tipped over.  All scheduled maintenance performed on or before schedule date by authorized Ducati mechanic.  

Includes bike storage stand

THIS IS A GREAT BIKE.

The parts that went into the S4 didn’t quite gel into a complete motorcycle and, unless posing and wheelies are your game, the water-cooled Monsters might prove a bit of a disappointment. Fine, if that’s what you’re into, since the S4RS is very good at both activities. But there are better choices out there if you want a fast, naked twin.

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Cans

That being said, the Tricolore S4RS is really the best-looking of the water-cooled Monsters, and this one looks like it’s in extremely nice condition. It comes with a pair of shotgun Termignoni pipes already on the bike which, to my ear, sound much better than the Arrows often fitted. It otherwise appears to be completely stock, and that factory rear fender has my right hand itching to grab a hacksaw… The miles aren’t the lowest, but Ducati engines can last a long time when well-maintained.

Unfortunately, there’s been zero interest in the bike so far, with just about a day left on the auction and no takers yet at a $7,850.00 starting bid. I think these will one day have some real value but right now, prices of the early Monsters have bottomed out, possibly dragging these down with them.

-tad

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS L Side Rear

The Sum of Its Parts: 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS for Sale
Honda June 6, 2015 posted by

Super Single: 2008 Honda CRF-Based Race Bike

2008 Honda CRF450R Race Bike L Front

So, this is one for the riders, not the collectors. This bike has no historical value whatsoever: it’s a mongrel roadracing single-cylinder track bike based on Honda’s four-stroke CRF450 dirt bike. But it’s a very well put-together mongrel, and one that looks like it’d be a ton of fun at the track!

2008 Honda CRF450R Race Bike L Rear

This sort of thing has become popular in recent years, with a number of manufacturers making suspension, fairing, and rearset-control kits to create race and track day bikes to compete in Sound of Singles classes and the like.

Just add dirt bike.

Singles make ideal bikes for budding track day junkies: torquey, flexible, and reliable, with incredible light weight that stresses handling over power. Like a 250cc two-stroke, but easier to ride, and with much longer service intervals.

From the original eBay listing: 2008 Honda CRF 450R-Based Race Bike for Sale

The most amazing motorcycle ever!

511 big bore with 0 miles on re-build

Brembo EVERYTHING

Marchesini wheels

Catalyst Bodywork Audi Racing Blue Pro Paint with spare set new unpainted unmounted

Custom EVERYTHING from Race-Tech

I will throw in MANY SPARES inc piston ,cylinder, radiators, hoses, sprockets, cams, valve spacers, un-painted never mounted full set or race faring and many more extras

Well, I’d say that calling this “the most amazing motorcycle EVAR” is probably crossing the line into hyperbole just a bit, but we’re looking at a nicely put together bike, with a spares package to keep you riding

The seller also includes a link to a very comprehensive walk-around of the bike that’s worth a look if you’ve any interest in these bikes at all.

2008 Honda CRF450R Race Bike R Side

$7,000 isn’t cheap, but I doubt you could replicate a bike like this for anywhere near the price. And while it isn’t as sexy as an Aprilia RS250 or RGV, it will likely be far less of a headache to run, with no worries about binning a future classic!

-tad

2008 Honda CRF450R Race Bike Yo

Super Single: 2008 Honda CRF-Based Race Bike