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Ducati August 16, 2022 posted by

Pandemic Puppy – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP Supersport with 3,886 Miles !

Seems like quite a few Supersports changed hands over the past few years, but today’s might have some of the lowest miles and best condition around – plus the number 131 SP badge.

1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP Supersport for sale on eBay

Ducati was able to put some Cagiva development lira into the 900SS, and presented a pretty together 84 hp package.  Targeting the North American market, the SP had the aluminum swingarm and carbon mudguards, plus adjustable Showa suspension.  The trellis frame and cast wheels were dusted in gold, and the lightweight fairing kept the weight from getting too much over 400 lbs. ready to ride.

This SP looks to be part of a larger collection, and is more stock than usual with original exhaust.  What seem to be aftermarket brake lines caught my eye, and hopefully the carbon trim on the triple tree is preventing rather than covering keychain patina.  The owner might have been too busy shampooing carpet to write more notes for the eBay auction:

All Original. Fluids just done. Belts and carbs done in November of 2019. Runs and looks great. 

Ducati took their eyes off the Supersport segment to bring the Monster to life, and yearly sales waned to just a few hundred in the late 90’s.  Pierre Terblanche penned a 1999 update, but the complex bodywork couldn’t claim the race-derived style of the earlier model.  This collector might have missed the peak of the market, but this example should still do well.

-donn

Pandemic Puppy – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP Supersport with 3,886 Miles !
Laverda August 4, 2022 posted by

Be the Speed – 1983 Laverda RGS1000 with 7,671 Miles !

In the moto business since 1949 ( and agricultural engines way before that ), Laverda saw the lights of the oncoming bullet train in the late 1960’s and set to developing a three-cylinder engine.  The RGS featured new developments all around and this example looks just about as delivered.

1983 Laverda RGS1000 for sale on eBay

Laverda’s air-cooled triple had been in the line-up since 1969, and the RGS had the latest double overhead cams and 120-degree crankshaft.  A conservative 83 hp were on rubber isolators, with 32mm Dell’Orto carbs and a 5-speed transmission.  Marzocchi dampers and 280mm Brembo brakes were premium components for the time, along with 18-inch alloys.  Innovative footpeg carriers and fuel filler were distinctive and complemented the bodywork which flowed from headlight to tailcone.

Offered by an eBay consigner, this Lav is reportedly in Illinois and looks pampered.  Might be ridden occasionally but at 39 years young, not very far.  Just the 3-into-1 exhaust, oil cooler, fork brace and what seems to be a Corsa brake upgrade catch the eye, besides the overall unrestored beauty.  Some of the detailed comment in the eBay auction –

The cosmetic condition of this machine is just as good as it looks in the photos. Every finish on the machine is original. No part of the bike has been re-finished. The running condition of the machine is flawless, starting immediately. This bike has been part of the owner’s collection for a while and is ridden on a regular basis. It runs and rides with absolutely no issues.

As you can also see from the photos, the machine has had absolutely no restoration performed to any part of it. The condition is exactly what it looks like in the photos. I have been a fan of Laverda for some time, and have had two of these RGS machines in the past as well as this one.

The paint on the tank, side covers, and cowl is, as far as I can tell, original, and have never had any type of paintwork or touchup. The bike has never been in any type of accident or been dropped at any time.

The machine has 7,671 original miles on it, and is in perfect running condition with a compression test having being recently performed. The cosmetic condition of the engine finishes, apart from some minor age freckling, is very nice, with the aluminum and cast parts being particularly beautiful for their age.

The seat is original and in perfect condition, and the rear cowl is easily removable, allowing for two up riding. The wheels are original to the machine, are the rarer and more desirable gold version, stamped Laverda, and are in very nice original condition. Please note the original specification smoked windscreen is present and in beautiful original condition.

The RGS 1000 runs and rides the way you expect a machine with this type of mileage to run. All of the mechanical components have been checked over to ensure they work properly including the clutch and brakes, which were recently serviced and adjusted.  The carbs were completely gone through this season and function perfectly, and there is a new battery installed.

Laverda had a long racing history and produced some beautifully equipped road bikes, but without a gazillion smaller bike sales to fund development, even their latest designs were a little quirky and relatively expensive.  But sometimes a fascinating, Euro-centric design with provenance is just the ticket, and if this era and continent strike a chord, it might be a while before a nicer example is available.

-donn

Be the Speed – 1983 Laverda RGS1000 with 7,671 Miles !
Suzuki July 30, 2022 posted by

1998 Suzuki GSX-R750 with Under 7,000 Miles !

Toward the end of the SRAD era, Suzuki wasn’t resting on their laurels and went to fuel injection for the GSX-R750.  Here’s a beauty with just a couple of oil changes’ worth of miles and lots of recent maintenance.

1998 GSX-R750 for sale on eBay

One might quibble over the value of Ram Air Direct tubes at anything but top speed, but the switch to EFI had a measurable effect with 134 hp.  The system samples manifold pressure as well as throttle position, resulting in better low-rpm running and less emissions.  Elsewhere the changes were incremental, slight improvements and weight reduction from the SRAD re-design in 1996.  Some were visible like the re-located steering damper and revised windscreen, but most were harder to detect – lightened crankcase bolts, brake disks 0.5mm thicker, and exhaust headers 20mm shorter.  Some changes weren’t intuitive together, like the lighter 525-series chain but a wider rear wheel and 190mm rear tire.  Unchanged were the aggressive good looks and domed cover for the pillion.

Almost camouflaged in the alternate livery, this GSX-R is easy to overlook but looks excellent in the few pictures provided.  Along with the hard miles it hasn’t done, there are a host of typical mods it doesn’t seem to have had, just easily reversible Micron exhaust, tail tidy, frame bobbins and faux carbon levers.  Knowledgeable readers might chime in with what they see.  The list of recent work is hard to argue with, looking to make this SRAD ready to resume its fun mission.  Notes from the eBay auction –

Mechanically 10 out of 10 , cosmetically 9 out of 10 for a 24 year old bike, a true head turning classic with rare low mileage – turn key bike.

-6,976 original miles, frame sliders, Micron exhaust

-new Michelins (5 miles on them)

-new battery

-new coolant Engine Ice

-new Amsoil oil and filter change

-new spark plugs

-new OMC air filter

-gas tank was taken off completely sandblasted and treated, new seals and new fuel lines

– new rear brake pads

-new stator

-clear title

Ready to ride !

The GSX-R750 designed its way into an epic period of 750cc superbike rules, and came away with every championship Suzuki put their minds to.  While not the ground breaking Slabbie, the SRAD’s had the advantage of a lot of new tech and kept the hits coming.  Rarity could be challenged but this paint, mileage and condition make a good case.  Three days to run on a quiet no-reserve auction but we’re predicting fireworks for the end !

-donn

1998 Suzuki GSX-R750 with Under 7,000 Miles !
Aprilia July 24, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 1997 Aprilia RS250 with 3,400 Miles !

Update 7.24.2022: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Aprilia had a championship winner on their hands with the 1991 RSV250 road racer, and took it to the streets in 1995 in the RS250.  RSBFS reader Phil has been caretaker and occasional rider of this original and exquisite Mk. 1.

1997 Aprilia RS250 asking $12,500

Engineers put their sweat and tears into the RS250’s artful chassis, formed and welded alloy parts to make it rigid and light if not easy to understand.  Knowing that bringing their racing 249cc engine to the road would take some doing, Aprilia tapped Suzuki to supply their V-twin from the RGV250, and made their own intake, exhaust and ECU – resulting in 72 hp.  Suspension is leading edge with USD forks and asymmetrical magnesium swingarm, and the brake sizes would have been seen on a superbike just a few years before.  Ergonomics take no prisoners but make the rider ready for the next squiggly line on the map, and the peaky powerband coaches the left foot to keep 8,500 revs at a minimum.

Phil’s RS is a grey market import, and the metric odometer indicates 3,400 miles.  A friend owned it before him, and let it sit for an extended period, which Phil has reversed by a generous application of maintenance.  We’ll let him pick up the story –

My 1997 RS250 has a gray origin history, but the last 2 decades are clear. It is an Italian market bike, imported into the USA sometime in the early 2000s. It is a 17 digit VIN. It was purchased in 2004 by an acquaintance as a track day toy. He intended to ride it on occasion at the Autobahn country club. He had it prepped for use including tires, fluids, adjustments, etc. Not wired. It was stored in a garage awaiting that first ride. Time passed and it never turned a wheel – either on the street or track! I acquired the bike in April 2021 and had it shipped to me in UT. It showed 4,998 km on the clock. I went through a thorough reconditioning replacing the tires, fluids, hoses and fuel lines, complete carb rebuild, caliper rebuild, rear master replace, chain, air filter, and new battery. All with correct parts where available, sourced from APR and European suppliers. The engine was not disassembled. Oil pump, power valves, carb sync and choke cables were all adjusted to specification. New oil pump lines were installed. High altitude jetting was installed to complete evaluation rides in my locale and all was good!

The bike was trailered to Road America to participate in a 2 day trackday in July on stock jetting. The bike was awesome! The odo now shows 5,482 km which is where it will stay for the time being. Jetting remains at stock settings with the tank and carbs drained. Bike starts first kick every time.

The bike is cosmetically a 9/10+. No corrosion anywhere. The V-shaped portion of the belly fairing shows some stone damage. Two other minimal marks exist on the painted surfaces. A couple of rock chips on the nose fairing. No peeling or blistering anywhere. The frame is polished and shiny like it should be with no marks. The OEM key fob left a rub mark on the triple clamp so it has been removed from the key and placed with the original tool kit. The bike is stock save Jolly Moto expansion chambers with carbon silencers. Pillion seat and footrests are missing as are the stock exhausts. All lights and indicators are present and working. I have a clear UT title in my name. The bike can be registered in UT without restriction.

The unfaired pictures show this gem has been detailed even underneath it all.  The only bit showing any wear could be easily replaced and the next owner could show or go.  Phil is asking $12,500 for his RS250.

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The next owner of this RS250 could go either way, hit the back roads and embarrass four-strokes with double the displacement, or get the safety wire pliers out and join the like-minded at the nearest track day.  Or in this case do either occasionally ( and carefully ), and show it off in between dates.  The original design still looks great 25 years on, and the basic black shows off the chassis beautifully.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1997 Aprilia RS250 with 3,400 Miles !
Harley Davidson July 14, 2022 posted by

Slippery Slope – 1984 Harley-Davidson XR1000 with 2,455 Miles !

Harley bought itself back from AMF in 1981 and strategists came up with a new model with XR750 racebike genes.  Not RSBFS’ normal fare but sporty and collectible, today’s XR1000 is quite original and looks good despite challenging pictures.

1984 Harley-Davidson XR1000 for sale on eBay

Though conceived as a descendant of the XR750, Sportster engine cases were specified, and bolted into the new XLX chassis.  New iron cylinders were manufactured, and new alloy heads had a more modern valve angle with blueprinting done by Jerry Branch in California.  36mm Dell’Orto carbs with factory K&N hung to the right, and an all-business dual exhaust on the left.  Showa forks and shocks and 292mm disk brakes reviewed as some of the package’s best attributes.  After a year in grey, 1984 models were shipped in black with orange accents, and single seat.

A roll out of the storage unit would’ve done this listing wonders, but the pictures are tantalizing even so.  Seemingly free of damage, almost 40 year-old finishes answer to a barely used bike.  Just a note in the eBay auction –

XR1000 orange and black this is one out of 177 made in 1984 last year of this model. I am selling it for a customer, the bike has a couple of mods , 1 carbs, 2 exhaust, 3 rear shocks, I do have original shocks. It has been in storage for 2 years, bike runs strong, located in Tucson AZ.

Though development costs tore through any chance of success the XR1000 had, reviews were upbeat – all about fun, and vibration wasn’t much of an annoyance at the low revs usable with the torque and four-speed trans.  Sporty in perspective, with only the 80-mile fuel tank coming in for across-the-board criticism.  Well that and the $7,000 list price, a whale in 1984.  Doomed by the MSRP, just a thousand were made in 1983, and this owner states 177 built in ’84, though one website reported 700.  Either way a complete rarity in a sea of Harleys, this XR1000 might be worth pursuing.

-donn

Slippery Slope – 1984 Harley-Davidson XR1000 with 2,455 Miles !
Ducati July 6, 2022 posted by

High End Hoon – 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore #382/400

Stir the throttle and brakes a bit too thoroughly and a knowledgeable gendarme might just pull you over to check out the S4RS.  Today’s is a single-year special, all the best components and the national livery to boot.

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore for sale on eBay

10 years into the Monster, Ducati fit a desmoquattro to the naked, and the market considered it worth overdoing.  S4 with a 916, S4R with a 996, and S4RS with the testastretta 998.  130 hp without a fairing was pretty out there in 2008, with a light gold trellis struggling to find enough places to attach plumbing and electrical.  As a flagship, components on the S4RS were top shelf – Öhlins front and rear, 320mm Brembo radial mounts, and Marchesini Y-spoke wheels.  The seat fairing might look like a hideaway pillion, but the S4RS is a mono.

Apparently the seller has an eBay business selling petroliana, but knows their way around a testastretta as well.  Nice mods but more importantly, maintenance is current including a new battery.  Tires aren’t mentioned in the eBay auction, but look good –

S4RS Tricolore.  Only 400 produced total.  Bike is very very nice. Mechanicals up to date and had a few tasteful mods.  Full Arrow exhaust system. Number 382 of 400. Every stock part (except the original tires) is included. I bought this from the second owner with 2,700 miles. I have all the paperwork and all keys (2 black, 1 red). Timing belts changed and valves adjusted less than 500 miles ago. Brand new battery, oil and filter, and coolant flush, tires are in good shape. Bike runs great and needs nothing.  Let me know if you would like more or specific pictures. Bike has an Oberon slave cylinder (previous owner) CRG mirrors and levers, Cox Racing screens on the radiator and oil cooler, open clutch cover, plate, springs from EVR.

Not really at home on the highway, the water-cooled four valve Monsters are more comfortable around town, and often add a tooth out back to help rideability.  Lack of fairings helps the engine stay cool(er), and the exposed works have their own beauty.  Quite collectible at this level, the Make Offer button is there if the ask seems a stretch.

-donn

High End Hoon – 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore #382/400
Ducati June 28, 2022 posted by

Forza Smussato – 1978 Ducati 900SS with 1,900 Miles !

Today’s Supersport is a vintage bevel still on the Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin and presumably never registered.  Condition and ask are more stadium auction than eBay.  Just a couple of klicks down Rte. 7 from me if a reader would like a close-up inspection.

1978 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

Ducati added 6mm to the bore of the 750SS and found 864cc’s and 67 hp.  Still an early adoption of the desmodromic valve gear, reviewers advised against ignoring the valve adjustment intervals.  The stout frame tubes cradle the squared-off engine cases, and spring rates could be kept relatively mild.  280mm brakes and 18-inch spoked wheels round out the running gear.  The single seat seems to have been optional for 1978 and joins the party started by the upper-only fairing.

Dealer plates might explain the 1,900 miles and MSO documentation, and likely all but a few happened more than a generation ago.  Recently the engine was evidently rebuilt, and factory blinkers are still mounted.  Finishes on the chrome, alloy, and paint ( sometimes all in the same picture ! ) are excellent without seeming overdone.  Details from the eBay auction –

Silver with Blue. 1,900 original miles, same owner since 1988 – still on Ducati Factory MSO. In 2019, the bike was totally gone thru, the brakes and the carburetors rebuilt, the engine was disassembled and refreshed after sitting for many years, this was all done by a Ducati Expert. Almost $15,000 was spent doing this work with receipts to verify the work done. The bike is in excellent condition exactly as you would expect for a super low mile example. It comes with an additional front fairing and owners manual. Ducati’s are the ultimate sport bike. If you are collector this is one you should have in your collection! It is a very low mile example that has just been mechanically gone thru.

Though not the first desmodromic valve engine, the bevel has a rabid – following – which capitalizes on the bikes’ vintage beauty.  They weren’t a racetrack challenge to Japan’s latest four cylinder bikes, but were only a tad slower on the road with better torque and lighter handling.  Almost all are collectible these days, occasional riders with close family ties to Imola and looks that always draw a crowd.

-donn

Forza Smussato – 1978 Ducati 900SS with 1,900 Miles !
Yamaha June 24, 2022 posted by

A Mild Thump – 1987 Yamaha SRX250

Yamaha wanted to extend the success of their singles and developed 600, 400, and more rarely 250 variants.  Though references to US imports are hard to find, this excellent example has an MPH speedometer.

1987 Yamaha SRX250 for sale on eBay

Even though there were similar Yamaha 250 singles, the SRX engine was its own animal with 10-to-1 compression and a four-valve head.  Its 32 hp were more than the dirtbike and quad engines, if not more than  enough.  Just about all the double downtube frame is visible, in red on the 80’s-era sports livery.  Even though it’s lightly built with a single front disc and economical with the drum rear brake, the sporting intent is evidenced by the staggered 16-inch front / 18-inch wheels.  A small frame-mounted fairing is accompanied by a chin scoop which hides the exhaust.

Evidently tucked away in Vermont garage for a while, this SRX has amassed 15,641 miles but looks like less.  Brake fluid has bubbled the paint on the reservoir and the owner’s keyring has scored the triple tree, but otherwise it looks a few years old and not 35.  Thinking the seat has been recovered but only because it looks that good.  Noted from the eBay auction –

This bike is very rare. This bike was only made for one year. This bike is in great condition for a 1987. See pictures, they will tell the story. Last fall I put on a new Petcock, rebuilt the carb, and disc brake caliper. Last week I had a professional mechanic tune it up and install a new Yuasa battery. The tank was sealed years ago. Everything works on the bike, lights, blinkers, horn. The speedometer is slightly foggy which I don’t understand because it’s always been kept in a heated cellar or heated garage.

Maybe not the thumpiest single out there, The SRX250 was more of a domestic market sport style for Yamaha fans who needed a 250.  For RSBFS readers, maybe a good starter or pit bike with impeccable taste.  Plenty of bids but hoping the reserve isn’t out of this world.

-donn

A Mild Thump – 1987 Yamaha SRX250