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Sport Bikes For Sale August 9, 2010 posted by

1998 Suzuki TL1000R One-Owner Bike With Less Than 1,500 Miles On eBay

This is a one-owner TL1000R with less than 1,500 original miles!

Bike:  1998 Suzuki TL1000R

Location:  South Plainfield, New Jersey

Mileage:  <1,500

This is only the second TL1000R we’ve featured–not counting Bimota’s–and it seems to be another good find!  The seller states that they purchased this bike in June of 1998 and it has less than 1,500 miles because of college and moving.  They don’t mention much other than that the bike is free of modifications which the pictures seem to agree with.

Having TL experience I can say these are quite nice bikes on the road.  On the track they may not keep up with the RC’s and Duc’s but, on the street they are more than adequate.  The bike pulls strong from idle and all the way up to just before red-line.  They are very nice in the city because of the torque and the radiator positioning doesn’t cook you in the summer.  The opening bid for this bike is $3,700 with no reserve, I think you’ll find that is right about where TL1000R’s with 10-20k miles are on Craigslist, making this bike a bargain if it doesn’t go up too much!  If you’re a Suzuki collector, why not pick up a low mile, first year, TLR for the collection?  See the other TLR we featured here.  See this bike on eBay .


Classic Sport Bikes For Sale August 4, 2010 posted by

2003 Honda Dream 50R, Japanese Market, In As-New Condition On eBay!

This is a Japanese delivery 2003 Honda Dream 50R with zero miles and all of the original shipping protection in place!

Bike:  2003 Honda Dream 50R

Location:  Lake Elsinore, California

Mileage:  Zero

Price:  $5,700USD

This Dream 50R was purchased in Japan in 2003 and subsequently shipped to the U.S.  This bike has zero miles and looks to have never been run, with the plastic covering for the seat, exhaust, and blue film still on the chrome bits.  The seller makes no mention of a title or maintenance history but, as you should know, this example is intended for display only.  This bike didn’t make it to the U.S. until the end of 2004, early 2005, and had an MSRP of $5,499–hence why you don’t see very many.

The Dream 50R isn’t just a scooter motor strapped into an old CB frame; here are some highlights:

…double-overhead-cam, HRC-built 50cc screamer that revs to 14,500 rpm…The new Dream uses lower-tech chains to drive its cams, yet it is able to rev 1000 rpm higher than the 13,500-rpm CR110. Power is directed through a 6-speed gearbox.  A lovely oil catch tank created out of aluminum contains crankcase blow-by, and aluminum fenders are used front and rear. Despite the use of a period-spec steel frame, Honda claims the lithe Dream weighs just 157 pounds dry. As with the NSR, the Dream is a product of HRC, and they’ve been kind enough to pre-drill the oil drain bolt to satisfy racing regulations for lockwiring critical fasteners.  Honda claims 7 horsepower at 13,500 from the 49cc engine, but it sounds like much more when the giant open velocity stack ravenously sucks in air for the open 20mm carb as the 40mm piston goes up and down 240 times each second.  The Dream handles like nothing else I’ve ridden. Honda didn’t provide rake and trail numbers, but it will suffice to say you’ve never ridden a motorcycle that turns with less effort…there’s actually enough room for a full-scale adult to fit.

If that paragraph hasn’t caused you to think owning a 50cc bike could be fun, probably nothing will.  Read the full period review from Motorcycle-USA here.  I’d venture to guess that this bike will not sell at $5.7k but, we’ve seen Dream 50R’s with zero miles but this is our first Japan market bike still in the wrapper.  See the other Dream 50R’s we’ve posted here.  See this example on eBay .


Bimota July 22, 2010 posted by

2006 Bimota SB8K Santa Monica With Less Than 1,000 Miles On eBay

Bimota SB8K Santa Monica available on eBay!

Bike:  2006 Bimtoa SB8K Santa Monica

Location:  North Palm Beach, Florida

Mileage:  1,000mi

This looks to be a very nice–as one would expect with a sub-1k mile bike–Santa Monica on eBay that looks to be 100% stock, excluding the tank protector, as the seller states.

As you may know, the SB8K uses a Suzuki TL1000R based 996cc V-Twin with Bimota’s own fuel-injection system that uses radial mount fuel injectors which ensures very good power distribution.  The SB8K also features a very smart ECU which can also be used to download up to an hour of historical data from the bike.  The bodywork, including the tank, is all made of carbon-fiber while the majority of the other items are from aluminum.

I have yet to ride a SB8K but, I do have some very good experience on a TL1000R and I can honestly say the engine is the best part of the equation.  The TLR is heavy at slow speeds and the suspension isn’t perfect, but everything is overall very good with the motor the standout piece.  As many of you Duc’ riders know, the low-end torque of a V-Twin is fantastic and this motor continues to shine as the rev’s climb to the red-line.  The shortcomings of the TLR are the same reasons Bimota originally opened it’s doors:  Because the Japanese could build fantastic motors but didn’t have the resources to build fantastic frames and suspension.  Don’t get me wrong, the TLR is a very good bike, but I don’t doubt that the SB8K is far superior to it.

As the seller states, this bike originally sold for $49,495.29 (The price list says 2007) and this auction has the reserve under the base price of a Ducati 1198 ($16,495).  Which means, this bike has depreciated $33k in just four years.  If this bike goes for just over $16.5k, I call it a deal because, like the seller states, that is 1198 base money and, in the long run, I’d rather have a SB8K over a 1198–especially as that 1198 still has all of it’s depreciation ahead of it.  See Phil’s review of the other SB8K currently on eBay .  See this SB8K on eBay .


Ducati July 20, 2010 posted by

2001 Ducati 748RS With Very Little Use On eBay

This is a very good looking 748RS with 400 total miles on eBay!

Bike:  2001 Ducati 748RS

Location:  Salt Lake City, Utah

Mileage:  400mi

The seller states that this 748RS has only been used ten times with four of those times being races.  This bike has always been owned by a dealership and is still on MSO.  This bike is stock except for the silver paint and decals.  The bike has recently been inspected and is said to need nothing.

This bike is a factory Ducati Corse item for use by privateers and as such requires a large amount of routine maintenance, parts replacement, and inspection.  A lot of this is inspection but there are major issues such as inspection and replacement of the cam items at very low mileage (compared to a street bike) intervals.  Don’t get me wrong, these are fantastic bike’s but, if you think maintenance schedules and parts costs are outrageous for the R series bike’s, this one’s probably not for you.  However, if you’re looking for your own piece of Ducati Corse history and either want to use it as art, or have the pocket’s to run it, this bike IS for you!  Supposedly only around 20 of these were brought into the U.S. making them very rare but, are a factory race item so it’s to be expected.  If you’d like to bid on this nice 748RS, see it on eBay .


Quick Spot July 18, 2010 posted by

1987 Yamaha FZR1000 With 6,000 Original Miles In California

This is a mint FZR1000 with 6k original miles!

Bike:  1987 Yamaha FZR1000 Genesis

Location:  Fremont, California

Mileage:  6,000mi

Price:  $2,800 USD

This was the Bike of the Year for 1987 and this bike is, supposedly, in mint condition with only 6k miles.  The seller states that this bike has new Bridgestone’s.  At $2,800; I call this a great price if the condition is accurate.  You’d be unlikely to find a decent example for less than $2,500 let alone a mint, 6k mile, one.  Give this seller a call!  See the bike on Craigslist here.


Sport Bikes For Sale May 21, 2010 posted by

1994 Yamaha YZF-750R With 2,590 Original Miles On eBay.

This is a one owner, showroom condition, ’94 YZF-750R!

Bike:  1994 Yamaha YZF-750R

Price:  $2,950USD with three days remaining.

Location:  Cincinnati, Ohio

Mileage:  2,590

Located in Cincinnati, Ohio is a 1994 Yamaha YZF-750R with 2,590 original miles with no scratches or marks on it.  The seller states that this is a one owner bike and has the following modifications:  Vance & Hines carbon fiber slip-on, Goodrich Kevlar clutch & brake lines, carbon fiber front fender with original included, K&N filter, smoked windscreen and lastly a fender eliminator kit.  The seller also states that this bike has a new battery, all fluids were flushed and replaced within the last 50 miles, and the EXUP valve was serviced.  This bike has always been stored inside and shows no scratches or marks.

The United States never received the SP variation of this bike which was the homologation special but, we did get the R which was a very capable machine at the time.  This bike was based on the OW01 which preceded it but, the bikes share no interchangeable parts.  The standard R model is more usable in the rear world as it doesn’t feature the homologation pieces (close-ratio transmission, big carb’s, hard suspension, etc.) which are needed for competition use but can sometimes make the bike peaky or contribute other tendencies that aren’t positive aspects on the road.  This YZF was the first bike to feature six-piston front calipers as standard.  The bike also features:  The 5-valve head Yamaha adored during the ’90’s, 41mm, adjustable, USD forks with an adjustable rear shock; a wet weight of 215kg and a BHP number of 125.

I find these YZF’s to be very cool.  Regardless of how you may feel about the colors, they still have the presence and look to remind you that this is still a serious superbike.  Sadly, not many of them are out there and the ones that are, aren’t usually in very good condition.  If you’d like a fantastic example of a YZF-750R that can easily be returned to stock, you should definitely have a look at this example.  Some hi-res photos of the bike can be viewed here.  The eBay listing can be seen .


Sport Bikes For Sale May 10, 2010 posted by

1990 Yamaha FZR400 With 5,176 Original Miles In Southern Oregon

A 1990 FZR400 with only 5,176 original miles in Southern Oregon!  Located in Medford, Oregon is a 1990 Yamaha FZR400 with 5,167 original miles and an asking price of $2,800!  The seller states that this bike is completely original but, has been sitting for some time.  I posted another ’90 in Southern California with 1,830 miles and an asking price of $3,785.  The asking price of the California bike makes this bike look like a steal as it is priced where we are seeing other FZR400’s but, this one is wholly original and only has 5k miles.  The 1990 FZR400 is the most desirable of the three years it was officially imported as they feature an aluminum swingarm, brakes, and some other bits.  These little FZR’s are only becoming rarer in this condition and I should say that this one seems like a very good deal for mileage and condition.  This is another bike I wish I was buying instead of posting!  See this Fizzer on Craigslist here.


Honda May 9, 2010 posted by

1991 Honda CBR400RR Titled & Registered In California

Another very nice CBR400RR has popped up in Northern California this time!  Located in Dublin, California is a titled and registered CBR400RR with no mileage listed.  This bike features a 2007 CBR1000RR front end with radial brakes, Penske rear shock, HRC ECU, and the regulator/rectifier modification.  This bike currently has the CBR front end but an RVF400 front end is also available at a different price.  The seller states that this bike is an exceptional example but, does feature some nicks and blemishes.  Service history includes:

Both front ends have recently been serviced, re-sprung and re-valved by Aftershocks. New DID x-ring chain. The tank has recently been cleaned. The carburetors have just been completely gone through by Donny Babb at Modesto Ducati. This bike runs perfect.

The asking price for the bike with the CBR1000RR front end is $6,500 and $5,500 with the RVF400R front end.  Personally, I would buy the bike with the RVF front end, save the money on the purchase and possibly upgrade to the CBR1000RR front end sometime in the future as the RVF front ends are only getting rarer and the CBR1000RR front ends are only getting cheaper.

When these CBR’s were available, they had all the features of a big CBR just in a smaller package.  They feature a DOHC, four valve per cylinder, transverse four cylinder, four stroke, producing 53hp and rev’ing to 14,500rpm.  An aluminum frame kept weight down to 163kg and they featured a Showa adjustable rear shock and flat-side carb’s .  This bike is just as exotic to us American’s as any other gray import but, features the dependability of a Honda four-stroke.  See the 1994 example Jay posted not too long ago here.  If you’re interested-and as always, you should be–see this bike on Craigslist here.

EDIT:  The bike was on Craigslist but, kept getting flagged.  The seller has posted it on BARF and it can be seen here.