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Yamaha May 13, 2022 posted by

King’s Livery – 1985 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts

Hardly a week goes by that a new* RZ350 doesn’t pop up these days !  While not a show bike, this example shows the Kenny Roberts colors nicely and has a bunch of NLA period updates.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

Yamaha knew that the two-stroke legality wouldn’t last forever, but kept updating the 59 hp, 320 lb. model – and it kept selling.  Liquid cooling made conformance to EPA exhaust and noise regs plausible, and the Power Valve System made the torque band wider than before.  Slotted discs were sized for the middleweight mission, and the fairly conventional chassis sported an early monoshock rear end.

On consignment for a long time customer, this RZ has been on display so might need a little help re-awakening.  Vintage Toomey chambers, intake, and battery box are of interest – especially since the factory take-offs are included.  Matching left and right tank dents are stickered over, and the handlebar fairing looks to have led the way into a couple of close shaves.  But the finishes are in good shape and the fork brace is a nice addition.  Comments and a list of upgrades and spares are in the eBay auction –

The bike has been very well maintained and is in excellent condition for the year with low mileage and a slew of upgrades and spare parts that come with it! The bike runs excellent and the electric start works, but there is no battery in the bike, as it is stored correctly in a collection and almost never ridden. The factory power valves have been rebuilt by the owner. There are two small dents in the gas tank on either side from the handlebar switches on the bars bumping into the tank over the years which is very common on the bikes (they are covered by the bullet stickers you can see in the pictures). Aside from that, please refer to the pictures for the most accurate description of condition. Aside from the upgrades, this bike is numbers matching and nearly all original OEM, the paint and decals are original and the mileage is true and correct.

-TOOMEY PIPES (VINTAGE 80’S – NOT NEWER PRODUCTION)
-TOOMEY INTAKE (VINTAGE 80’S – NOT NEWER PRODUCTION)
-TOOMEY BATTERY BOX (VINTAGE 80’S – NOT NEWER PRODUCTION)
-FORK BRACE
-BRAIDED STEEL FRONT BRAKE LINE
-STOCK CARBS REJETTED FOR EXHAUST (ONE SIZE UP PILOT AND 420 MAINS)
-TWO SPARE SETS OF OEM EXHAUST (PICTURED)
-NEW SET OF SPARE TIRES (PICTURED)
-OWNER’S MANUAL (PICTURED)
-MANY MANY MORE SPARE PARTS NOT LISTED (PICTURED)
-MANY MORE TASTEFUL PERIOD CORRECT UPGRADES NOT LISTED

More red/white models are in RSBFS recent history than bumblebee’s, and for Yamaha fans of a certain vintage the signature model is the one to try for.  Those same fans might be surprised at the bidding with eight days left to run, and further that the reserve is still unknown.  But even though the model has had a nice season so far, no more being manufactured, and this one has a nice combination of miles, patina, updates, and spares.

-donn

King’s Livery – 1985 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts
Honda May 11, 2022 posted by

Premium Six Pack – 1981 Honda CBX

As much as Honda was show-boating with the extraordinary CBX, some owners leverage that six-of-everything into a display of maintenance magic.  Today’s CBX has just 13.5K miles, and looks like it just arrived via time machine.

1981 Honda CBX for sale on eBay

A bit like two 500cc triples with the cam drive and primary take-off between them, the CBX was scaled up from the -60’s 250cc race motor.  Displacing 1074 cc’s, it laid down 105 silky smooth hp, and six 28mm Keihin carbs made it quite responsive.  Since chrome headers used the place for the usual chassis downtubes, the CBX suspends the engine from a strong backbone frame, and uses that engine to stabilize it.  Looking slightly over-scaled for a UJM, the CBX needed those triple disc brakes and the healthy sized tires strapped on the alloy Comstar wheels.

Presented by a Wisconsin consigner, this CBX appears to have a limited amount of “history”, with one owner said to account for the last ten years.  No denying the re-paint, but it’s faithful to the original, and compliments the excellent condition elsewhere.  Copy from the eBay auction:

  • The Honda CBX simply took the world by storm with its 1047cc Inline Six Cylinder machine
  • Derived from the RC165 Grand Prix Race Bike Powerplant
  • Producing a claimed 103hp, these motorcycles are buttery smooth and make a fantastic noise
  • This pristine example had been collector owned for the last 10 years
  • Indicated 13,457 Miles
  • Finished in beautiful Candy Glory Red
  • Original Exhaust in wonderful condition
  • This example did receive 1 repaint, the rest of the motorcycle has been sympathetically cared for
  • Freshly serviced and ready to be enjoyed
  • The Honda CBX is once the greats in history and this example is one of the nicest, we have ridden!
  • Don’t miss this one, these early Honda CBX’s are one of the hottest appreciating classics on the market right now!

Benelli actually originated the six-cylinder street bike, but Honda turned their three carburetors and six exhausts around, using six carbs and a pair of 3-into-1 exhausts.  Either way the full liter-plus couldn’t be denied.  Neither the engineering, making a looong crankshaft survive is not an amateur affair.  Seems like the previous owner knew when professional help was in order as well.  Sharp without being overdone, this CBX is quite ready for its next collector.

-donn

Premium Six Pack – 1981 Honda CBX
Honda April 29, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 2000 Honda RVT1000R / RC51

Update 8.10.2022: SOLD! -dc

Dissatisfied with the 1990’s WSBK rulebook, Honda channeled their inner Borgo Panigale and surprised Ducati on their own V-twin turf. RSBFS reader Joe started with an excellent RC51 in storage, and went over it with an eye on the long haul.

2000 Honda RVT1000R / RC51 asking $13,500

More oriented toward the track than the previous Firestorm, the RC51 was built to homologate the design for racing, with the quite oversquare 996cc tuned for 136 hp and 77 ft.-lbs. of torque.  The alloy twin-beam chassis used the engine as a load-carrying stiffener, and the side-venting rads kept frontal area low.  A scoop between the headlights delivered fresh air to the engine, and individual exhausts sent used air aft.  Components on the homologation special included the 320mm Nissin brakes and wide six spoke alloy wheels.

Beside returning his RC51 from the back of the garage, Joe improved every significant corner of this very clean example.  Just a few highlights are the race tuned Öhlins front and rear, full Moriwaki exhaust with Power Commander, and Sato rearsets.  Here’s how Joe described the build –

Previous owner let it collect dust for 12-ish years. Bike was in stock form with Erion slip-ons (that come with sale). Parts list included in pics. I spent three months refurbishing and building to what it is now with an open check book. About $8,500 in receipts. All paperwork from new, roughly 500 miles on completed bike. It’s too nice and too rare to abuse or damage. Ready for the track or a museum, no excuses. I hope somebody will appreciate the history and opportunity as much as I did to preserve this machine. I got lucky sourcing the full Moriwaki system that never came in country. 4K in Öhlins setup, I typo-ed the gearing in the pics, it’s 15/41 geared and a calibrated speedo healer so the dash is accurate. ALL stock parts plus additional ’04 Hayden bodywork come with the sale along with front and rear stands, original hang tag from the showroom floor, etc.  The history and story of the bike are better told in person or over the phone – cannot be duplicated.

Joe asks $13,500 for his RC51.

Racers and Honda fans liked the narrow light feel of the new RC, and the gear-driven cams on a liter twin had a sound completely different than anything at the time.  It had instant success on the race track as well, taking the Superbike crown in 2000 and then again in 2002.  By then FIM was thinking to increase displacements, and Honda returned to the inline four that had built so much of their showroom success.  Joe’s SP1 marks an interesting chapter in Honda history, with a lot of well-chosen upgrades.

-donn

 

Featured Listing – 2000 Honda RVT1000R / RC51
Ducati April 8, 2022 posted by

New Heritage – 1981 Ducati 500SL Pantah

Fabio Taglioni designed a new valve train for the next generation of Ducati’s and with it, a revised future for the company.  Here’s a classic rider that shines up beautifully for its nearly 35K miles.

1981 Ducati 500SL Pantah ( England ) for sale on eBay

Bevel drive desmodue’s were expensive to build and the easier “rubber band” proved a reliable way to turn the single overhead cams.  The engine worked within the new trellis frame for a solid chassis, and the swingarm pivot was cast in the back of the crankcase.  35mm forks and dual rear shocks were in-keeping with the sub-400 lbs. dry weight.  New 18-inch alloy wheels and 260mm disc brakes completed the running gear.  Though the eyes stumble over it, the fairing allowed the 45 hp bike to slip through the air at 120 mph.

This offering appears to be from a private seller in southern Britain, and looks quite excellent.  Long past any worries of a maintenance schedule, only the age of the tires and belts ( and maybe the fuel ) would be something the next rider would want  to know.  For the condition, the ask is more than reasonable, as this original Pantah hovers somewhere between classic and vintage.  A short summation of the model from the eBay auction –

The first of Ducati’s ‘new generation’ desmodromic v-twins, the 500 Pantah made its debut at the 1978 Cologne Show. Designed by Fabio Taglioni, the Pantah engine abandoned the Bologna company’s traditional shaft-and-bevel-gears camshaft drive in favour of toothed rubber belts. With 46bhp available at the back wheel the Pantah was capable of close to 120mph, which was some going for 500cc four-stroke in those days. A straight-tube trellis frame and triple Brembo disc brakes ensured that Pantah handled and stopped as well as it went in a straight line.

Pantah’s went on to 600, 650, and 750 cc models, but this would be one of the most original.  Reviewers found power and torque adequate in the upper third of the rpm range, and the overall package nimble.  Many of the concepts introduced on the Pantah are still in use, as this lovely example could be for the next owner.

-donn

New Heritage – 1981 Ducati 500SL Pantah
Kawasaki February 27, 2022 posted by

Soul Survivor – 1990 Kawasaki KR-1S in England

Auction ended due to an error in the listing, but still worth a look – push “See original listing”…  Donn

Maybe because so much of the Kawasaki KR-1S came from the racey end of the gene pool, very few of them have made it to the new millennium.  This example has some miles but shows beautifully, and was on display before the seller decided to find it a new home.

1990 Kawasaki KR-1S ( England ) for sale on eBay

Kawasaki stuck with their parallel twin engine after most others had gone to Vees, maybe since their home market power limit of 45 hp was easy to attain.  In select other countries their tuning and KIPS power valve made 59 hp available, with more certainly possible.  Norms for the race-derived class are here, with extruded alloy chassis and six speeds to help keep the engine above 7,000 rpm.  Plenty of braking from twin disks and 4-piston calipers, and the wheel size is looking toward the end of the staggered era with a 17-inch front and 18-inch rear.  The KR-1S also had one of the lightest dry weights in the class, swapping ounces with Suzuki and staying under 290 lbs.

This central England owner states they’re number four, a fairly low number of caretakers for 32 years.  Looks great in the alternate green and black livery, and the Nikkon exhausts look purposeful if not as showy as a rarer metal.  Comments from the eBay auction:

First registered 14 August 1990
12k Mileage
4 Previous owners 
This has been in my house as a show piece and not used for a year, I put some premix fuel in and it fired straight up and sounded sweet (as all fluids have been drained for indoor storage)
These are the fastest street production 250 2-strokes ever produced
and not many are still here to tell the tale
Fitted with Nikkon race pipes give it that well known 90’s 2-stroke sound
Upgraded Fuel Tap
New Chain and sprockets 
Overhauled the calipers new pads and seals 
Original Kawasaki key fits all locks

Perhaps because Kawasaki wasn’t active in Moto GP then ( busy winning AMA Superbike and World Endurance Championships ), they seem to have barely pursued the segment and sold only 10,000 or so KR copies over the four years.  Add in the wide repute for quick steering and over-damped forks, and the few that were exported had little hope of a long life.  This one looks worth finding an agent to handle shipping and import, or plan on using some free time to chase paperwork.

-donn

Soul Survivor – 1990 Kawasaki KR-1S in England
Buell February 24, 2022 posted by

Ice Storm – 1995 Buell S2 Thunderbolt with 4,050 Miles !

Buell’s first production machine with Harley-Davidson’s backing started their relationship off on the right foot, selling more than four times what planners had thought.  This collector-ready example was parked for a score of years but has been rejuvenated without turning it into a budget buster.

1995 Buell S2 Thunderbolt for sale on eBay

Buell had their tuners breathe a little more life into the H-D 1203cc pushrod twin, and wound up with a conservative 76 hp and 66 ft.-lbs. torque.  Some references say the tube frames were hand welded, and made room for the two 40mm carburetors to look to the right.  Harley’s low maintenance belt drive was adapted, and Showa supplied adjustable forks and pull shock.  An early take on the signature single front brake is used, with a 340mm rotor and 6-piston caliper.  Shapely fairings are finished in a multi-stage pearlescent paint and the airbox and belt drive covers are carbon fiber.

Clearly a knowledgeable fan, the seller found a gem that had been in storage, and went over it with a fine tooth comb.  A few parts had dried up in storage but are now refreshed, with niceties like the shock cover and plenty loud stock exhaust.  Wishing the seller had taken a photo of the S2 with the lowers installed, and maybe the numbered side cover.  Original tires should be replaced but saved in case Mr. Barber needs another S2.  Some of the comments in the eBay auction:

This is the nicest original S2 I have seen since I picked up my first back in June of 1994!

I purchased this bike from the original owner in March of 2021 where it spent the last 21 years on stands in storage with just 3,950 miles on the odometer. This is a 49 state bike #382 of 1399.

It is in very nice shape; original Ice White Pearl paint, never dropped, with extras such as OEM factory paint matched fairing lowers, touring bars and the originals, foot peg lowering brackets and the originals, and fairing bags along with an under-seat bag. It also has all the original dealer invoice and Signature Series documentation. All the original Buell correspondence, sales brochures, factory service manual, and parts book for this bike are included with the purchase.

It is still rolling on the original tires and there have been only 3 recalls performed on the bike that includes the fairing stabilizer, front brake line, and rear shock.

The original owner replaced the primary chain adjuster with a M-6 unit and the ignition was swapped out for a Dyna single fire cone unit and dyna coils. I replaced the M-6 unit with an NOS OEM unit. The M-6 adjuster, and original OEM ignition components go with the bike. An additional D & D muffler that came with the bike is included in the purchase.

Maybe not destined for the astronomical auction circuit like some sportier models, the S2 might be better choice when the spaces are wide open.  More of a riding collector than the higher revving and lighter in weight, Buell’s choice of powerplant will always have its fans.

-donn

Ice Storm – 1995 Buell S2 Thunderbolt with 4,050 Miles !
Moto Guzzi February 11, 2022 posted by

Very Correct – 1978 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk. 1

Probably looking better than when it first arrived in the U.S., today’s Goose was recently the subject of an all-pro restoration and has turned just a few miles since.  The classic cafe racer could be put right into service and veritably sings about Mandello del Lario’s glory days.

1978 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans for sale on eBay

The Le Mans was based on the V7 engine, with a significant displacement and power bump to 80 hp.  Fairly standard Guzzi backbone and downtube frame, with incremental improvements to the forks and dampers.  The upturned V-twin makes for a slim package and reviewed as a smoothie despite some noise from the pushrods and valve train.  Brakes had a then-new linked system, where the right pedal put some braking force into the left front disk, which along with the shaft drive, has become a Guzzi paradigm.  Later Mk.1’s ( sometimes referred to as Series 2 ) had some Ital Design details, like the angular seat and taillight.  High marks were given to the dash and switchgear, and the front quarter view was almost as popular as Cheryl Tiegs.

Consigned by a Phoenix classic car dealer, this might be one of the best Le mans restorations out there.  While you can poke around long enough to find a bit of patina on a painted part, the colored bits are great and bare metals look like they were just pried away from the vapor blaster.  Might quibble over the semi-gloss frame paint with the stated restorer, DB Cycles up in the Finger Lakes, who appears to still be in business.  The seller is in debt to Bonhams for most of the notes in the eBay auction :

LM1 that is in nearly showroom new condition today. The Le Mans editions were highly coveted when new and are incredibly rare today. Described by Bike magazine as the ‘sleekest, horniest thing you’ve ever seen on two wheels’, the sensational Le Mans delivered 130-plus MPH performance. It worked well on the racetrack too, with the Le Mans-mounted Roy Armstrong emerging as the overall winner in the 1977 Avon Production Championship. The LM1 was essentially Moto Guzzi’s first attempt at making a cafe racer. Bill Haylock of Bike magazine wrote a glowing review of Moto Guzzi’s Le Mans in the August 1976 issue of the magazine: ‘The Le Mans just looks so goddam beautiful that if I was rich enough I’d buy two of them – one to ride and one just to stand in the living room to admire as an object d’art. It represents the ultimate in motorcycle styling as an art form – the synthesis between engineering and aesthetics in which the Italians are supreme.’  We love the alloy wheels, shaft drive and semi-gloss black exhausts as well as the funky 70’s embossed seating, all correct and exactly as they were sold when new. This example even has the correct LM1 orange safety stripe on the fairing. This particular LM1 was restored in January, 2016 and then decommissioned to be added to a substantial collection of Porsche motorcars and vintage bikes. The LM1 is showing 14,705 miles on the odometer but has just a handful of miles since its complete restoration.  The heart of the LM1 is the 90 degree V twin that is still a hallmark of the bikes produced in Mandello del Lario.  The dual front cross-drilled rotors help ensure adequate stopping power.

Hard to believe this 850 Le Mans is just shy of 45 years old, but time stops for no bike.  Moto Guzzi has weathered multiple owners and seems poised to continue under the Piaggio umbrella.  A fair chunk of change for an air cooled twin, but now a classic and that condition will never go out of style.

-donn

Very Correct – 1978 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk. 1
Ducati February 7, 2022 posted by

Habit Forming – 2013 Ducati Panigale 1199S with Zero Miles !

Hard to call a plain white Panigale an eye-catcher, but in this case it’s an S that’s never been on the road, apparently on display at a dealer.   A revolutionary clean sheet design at the time, this “new” Panigale would be a great performer even after almost 10 years on the carpet.

2013 Ducati Panigale 1199S for sale on eBay

With a cast magnesium bridging the headstock and engine mounts, the L-twin is an integral part of the Panigale’s chassis.  The superquadro engine’s bore is almost double the stroke, allowing 195 hp at 10,750 rpms.  Elliptical throttle bodies respond electronically to the twist of the proverbial wrist, and ride-by-wire describes what happens next, with computer controlled throttle response, suspension, traction control, and of course braking.  If track time beckons, the quick shifter and engine brake “slipper” will make your acquaintance, and the 2-into-1-into-2 exhaust provide audible feedback.

Often puzzling to figure what could bring a fan to chain up a beast like this, but even a dealer who knows that Ducati must keep innovating can succumb to the idea that this is the bike that will stop time.  Looks great though there certainly aren’t enough pictures here to verify.  Perfect as this unused example might be, the next owner will still have to request new Pirelli’s, though at least the cams are chain driven.

Beside the front tire size there’s very little in common with the previous 1198, but the 1199S has unmistakable Ducati looks, even in white semi-gloss.  No make offer button for this gem, and even though the eBayer has some 56,000 listings going, not too much detective work could open a dialogue with the owner.  Looks like this – dealer – has been repeatedly afflicted since a few other creampuffs are available, but this is the sportiest.

-donn

Habit Forming – 2013 Ducati Panigale 1199S with Zero Miles !