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BMW May 6, 2021 posted by

Flying Brick – 1987 BMW K100RS with just 21,536 Miles !

BMW wagered heavily on the future with the K-series, and took their water cooled four ( and triple ) into the sunset.  This RS variant is five years into the model’s run and has an understated magnificence.

1987 BMW K100RS for sale on eBay

Bayerischen had been considering the proper successor to its almost universal air cooled flat twin, and settled on the distinctive side-winding inline engine, with Bosch fuel injection.  With four valves per cylinder it made 90 hp for the RS and worked seamlessly with the factory’s shaft drive.  The chassis holds the engine from above, supported by right-side-up forks and the monolever rear end.  Brembo brought their triple slotted disk brakes, and even ABS was optional.  Always thinking longer haul, the Rennsport had a larger 18-inch front wheel, and an almost 6-gallon tank.

This Canadian owner hasn’t owned his RS forever, but chose carefully and took great care with it.  It’s the top model in a premium color and rarely out in the weather.  BMW-specific maintenance is recent, with fuel injection pump and shaft drive taken care of.  New tires, brakes and fork seals, and a nice day-only leather seat.  If exportation paperwork is available then re-importing to USA should be a snap.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Garage kept all its life, meticulously maintained by mature owner. In beautiful rare special order mother pearl white paint with hand painted red pin striping from the BMW factory, this was a substantial higher cost option. You can see gold in the paint when the sun or the light shines on it. 

With 1000cc longitudinal DOHC inline flat 4 cylinder engine, liquid cooled, fuel injected which was very rare on motorcycles in the 1980’s. Super silky smooth, with triple Brembo drilled disk brakes and shaft drive.  New Bosch fuel pump, new fuel screen filter, new rubber mount/vibration damper for fuel pump, new fuel filter, new fuel lines, new fuel cap rubber seal. New spark plugs, new air filter. 

New professionally reupholstered seat with real leather, not vinyl, with custom fitted gel pad in seat for driver for extra comfort and soft rubber grips on handlebars for extra comfort. New coolant, new thermostat, new radiator hose. New rear brake reservoir, new rear brake hose line from reservoir to master cylinder, new rear brake pads. New front and back Pirelli tires. Brake fluid flushed. Recent front fork seals and front brake pads. 

The driveshaft spline was lubed at 16,000 miles. New Battery in July/2018. Oil and filter changed every year regardless of mileage and has now been changed again for the 2021 season. Only use high 94 octane fuel.  Inside the factory aluminum fuel tank looks like new. Comes with extra new fuel cap rubber seal, extra new gear shifter rubber, motorcycle cover, battery tender. 

Also has all original manuals, plus Clymer shop manual, original BMW tire repair kit, original tool kit, also both original keys. 

Like a lot of things BMW, the design and build were quite durable, and the successor K1100 took the RS through 1996.  Sporty for a tourer, the RS was quick but only a long-term threat to a lightweight sportbike.  And the flat twin survived, in oil-cooled then water cooled form, and may outlast all the four-bangers.  Hoping this RS will find the owner to extend its run many more seasons.

-donn

Flying Brick – 1987 BMW K100RS with just 21,536 Miles !
Ducati April 28, 2021 posted by

Lights and Mirrors – 2005 Ducati 999R

With everything that wasn’t cast or welded made of carbon fiber, Ducati’s 999R was almost ready to race right out of the crate. Here’s a Sacramento example that has 6,000 miles and a fresh major service.

2005 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

Introduced in 2003, the 999 was a new design which has taken its share of lumps, but is more appreciated as time goes on.  The EVO testastretta aboard the 2005 R has incremental improvements with more titanium parts and revised Marelli fuel injection, and calls out 150 horses at 9,750 rpm.  The trellis chassis is visibly more robust at the transmission mounts, which hold the massive double-sided swingarm.  Headstock angle and Öhlins dampers are adjustable though a race tech and trackside data system might be part of the equation.  Even with the high compression twin, a slipper clutch isn’t factory installed, since they were “free” ( unrestricted ) under WSBK rules, it was assumed any race team would just install their favorite.  A slightly taller windscreen above the full carbon fairing and Termignoni canister muffler occupy the ends, above forged Marchesini alloys shod in Pirelli Diablo Rosso gumballs.

The close-ups show just how many carbon parts Ducati made for the -R, and how built everything is.  Not seeing much to quibble over.  Just wish the photos were as high resolution as the comments from the eBay auction:

Only 200 of these bike were built in 2005. The R bike is almost identical to the factory prepped race bikes, save for the lights.  The motor is identical to the factory race bikes.  I’m assuming if you’re looking at this ad, you know what an R bike is and how rare they are. This is very much a collector / track enthusiast bike. I’ve never tracked this bike, and to my knowledge it has not been tracked.

Designed by Pierre Terblanche, this bike was absolutely the cutting edge Super Bike from 2003-2006. The 2005-2006 bikes had many engine improvements, making them the ultimate of the 999R run.

The R bikes have a larger bore and shorter stoke than the 999 or 999S. Therefore they rev much quicker than the standard 999 engine. Rated at 150 hp in stock trim, but add the Termi exhaust and race ECM that come in the crate with the bike, and it’s rated at 165 hp. All in a bike that officially weighs in at 399 lbs! 0-60 in less than 3 seconds.

The R bike is absolutely dripping with carbon fiber.  All the body work, belt covers, clutch cover, exhaust shroud, heel guards…. almost everything.  The motor has titanium valves, titanium connecting rods, and sand cast cases, magnesium valve covers and headlight bucket.  All these super lightweight and technical parts are what add up to its amazing sub-400 lbs weight.

I bought this bike in January 2013, and it’s lived in my home with my collection of bikes since then.  I just completed the extensive 6,500 mile maintenance on the bike when re-commissioning it. The bike is 100% and in amazing, like new condition. 

We did all the standard maintenance and a more extensive tear down for the 6,500.  Obviously as part of the maintenance it got new belts, fuel pump, spark plugs, tires, battery, brake fluid, etc.  All engine internals looked great and are completely within specification. All Ducati parts purchased at a Ducati dealer.  All the work completed by a 30 year Ducati master tech. I’ve ridden this bike a few times since we completed the work, and it’s absolutely amazing.

I’ve got the books and manuals that came with the bike as well as two keys, a cover and stand.  If you can arrange pickup I’ll be happy to include the stand.  I’ll help with shipping / pickup on my end, and can deliver to a forward air terminal within reason.

Not part of Ducati’s plan, but the short run of the 999 design makes it almost a guaranteed rarity, particularly in -R form.  However in the four years of production, the 999 won three WSBK mantles.  Really wanting for track time and a knowledgeable team manager, a 999R adjusted mid-range would still be a blast on a good back road.  Carefully.

-donn

Lights and Mirrors – 2005 Ducati 999R
Suzuki April 26, 2021 posted by

We ID – 1996 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23

Suzuki saved their best 250 two-stroke for last, with many updates for the VJ23.  Today’s RGV250 recently became easier to import because of its age but sparkles like a much newer machine.

1996 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 ( South Africa ) for sale on eBay

A lot of interesting tidbits deep in the VJ23 specs, such as the narrower 70-degree vee, almost square bore and stroke, making almost all of the engine brand new.  The power valve and ignition are under electronic control, extending the mid-range powerband, and fresh air comes right through the frame.  41mm USD forks are fully adjustable, and brakes are actually 10mm smaller but still plenty for the under 300 lbs. dry weight.  Tire sizes are still staggered 17 front / 18 rear, and the ’96 came with electric start, somehow without increasing mass.

Coming from way off shore a pre-purchase look see will be tough, but the owner may not have factored that into his starting bid.  Luckily the photos are all one could ask, and the condition is too.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Thanks for taking the time to look at a unique rare piece of two stroke history.
This authentic full power V model is one of only 119 units produced.
The total number of VJ23,s ever produced is 2018 units (That includes the 119 V models).
Some of the features that defines it from the regular JDM VJ23 are:
  • Large black identification plate on the right side of the frame’s headstock.
  • 240 kph speedometer instead of 180 kph item.
  • Four teeth smaller rear sprocket (42 tooth instead of 46 tooth)
  • Light grey rear master cylinder cap instead of black.
  • Different exhaust and silencer markings.
  • Revised airbox lid.
She is in great mechanical and cosmetic condition. 
Both front and rear tyres have been replaced recently with a sticky fresh matching set of Pirelli’s.
Here’s what’s included in the sale:
  • Original full power factory exhaust pipes and silencers.
  • Pillion footrest hangers and pegs.
  • Pillion rear seat.
  • Tool kit.
  • Owners manual.

Since few stateside riders knew what they didn’t know, the RGV would live on the track and an occasional grey market import, until the market recently warmed up with the end of the EPA blackout period.  Not sure about CA, but 49-state registration shouldn’t take heroic effort.  Small parts for a big rebuild though, could take some time.  Nothing the new owner of this RGV should have to worry about anytime soon.

-donn

We ID – 1996 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23
Ducati April 22, 2021 posted by

On the Dotted Line – 2006 Ducati PS1000LE with 702 Miles !

Always a very limited edition, Ducati’s Paul Smart 1000 celebrated a race win with a retro design.  Today’s example is barely broken in, has just a couple of farkles, and is signed in two places.

2006 Ducati PS1000LE for sale on eBay

Ducati’s entrant into the nostalgia sweepstakes used the new air-cooled dual spark engine, displacing 992cc’s and pushing 92 ponies.  Marelli fuel injection ensured smooth running under any conditions, and 320mm cross-drilled brakes guarantee stopping in short order.  The trellis frame is finished in a blue-green metallic, with the gold Öhlins suspension providing a gold accent.  The long tank stretches the rider from single seat to low clip-ons, calling for the open road rather than cross-town traffic.

This Orlando PS1000 shows immaculate, with just a tank protector and exhaust megaphones that only look longer than the factory setup.  No word on maintenance, so belts and tires might want replacement, if you’re going to ride.  Notes from the eBay auction:

#837 0f 2,000 Paul Smart motorcycles made worldwide.
This motorcycle is factory original, except the exhaust.
The motorcycle has been signed by Paul Smart on both the Gas Tank and Tail Section.
This is a very clean bike, worthy of any collection.
The bike has 702 original miles currently, may increase by 1 or 2 miles during sale.

Always reviewed as somewhat more oriented toward the show than the ride, the PS1000LE may have passed out of riding-limited-edition to collector-only status, though any shopper smarting at the ask should follow the next 1974 750SS Paul Smart replica auction.  But if you’re pockets are the right depth for a nearly new, signed PS, this one fills that bill beautifully.

-donn

On the Dotted Line – 2006 Ducati PS1000LE with 702 Miles !
Aprilia April 15, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 2008 KTM 990R Super Duke with 3,893 Miles !

Update 5.10.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

KTM’s Orange Army is no longer a special operations group, but has a wide range of rides and high European sales numbers.  RSBFS reader David has this first year R-model Duke, with under 4,000 miles.

2008 KTM 990R Super Duke for sale

KTM was playing a little catch-up ball in the super-naked category, but made a splash in 2005 with the 990 Super Duke, edgily styled by the Austrian Kiska design studio.  For the 2007 update, radial mount brakes were added, fuel injection maps smoothed, and fuel tank size increased to a hair under 5 gallons.  The proven eight-valve Rotax-derived twin is right out of the superbike, and the R-variant boasts more power with 132 hp at 10,000 rpm.  R-upgrades also include Akropovic exhaust, solo seat, steering damper, titanium coating on the WP forks, and contrasting orange finish on the chromoly trellis frame.

David hails from central Tennessee and has kept the variety of semi-gloss black finishes on his -R up beautifully.  It has new Michelins and up-to-date maintenance, the low 3,893 miles giving the next owner a practically new-Duke experience.  David is asking $6,800 for is Super Duke R.

The 990 Super Duke R matched specs with Ducati’s Monster S4R almost line by line, but had a more hypermotard vibe, with factory axle sliders and black as a fashion statement.  Reviewers praised the power and light weight, and did their late braking and explored the lean angles on the racetrack – but promotional videos showed plenty of wheelies and stoppies on Main St.  Maybe a little of each awaits the next rider on this immaculate Super Duke R.

David asks $6,800. Located in Chapel Hill, Tennessee

Featured Listing – 2008 KTM 990R Super Duke with 3,893 Miles !
Buell April 5, 2021 posted by

Nyellow – 2003 Buell Lightning XB9S

A world away from their earlier tube-framed generation, Buell introduced their Lightning XB9S.  Today’s Buell is a 2003 model with just 5,718 miles.

2003 Buell Lightning XB9S for sale on eBay

Buell packed a helping of their design paradigms into the XB9S, starting with the alloy chassis whose spars held 3.8 gallons of fuel, the “tank” housing the airbox.  Harley’s 984cc twin resided under the frame, and delivered 92 hp.  Showa usd forks worked well up front, and the alloy monoshock held the dry sump’s oil supply.  The rim-mounted 375mm front brake theoretically allowed the wheel to be built lighter, reducing unsprung weight.  After slinging the exhaust and rear damper under the engine, not much mass was left to de-centralize.  Sunny day bodywork included short fenders and a body-color fly screen.

As dealers often do, no history is offered for this great-looking Lightning.  The presentation is lightly used and undamaged, and levers have had a nice upgrade.  Summer yellow bodywork is a lighthearted color for such a rumbly streetfighter.

With Harley’s production engineering help, Buell pushed a few over a thousand XB9’s out the door each year,  over its seven year run – with a couple of special editions to boot.  They asked a premium price and Buell’s advanced ideas made it worth the upcharge.  This example doesn’t appear abused or neglected, and doesn’t ask much of a premium for good looking copy.

-donn

Nyellow – 2003 Buell Lightning XB9S
Suzuki March 29, 2021 posted by

Gammarosity – 1987 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

Prior to the turn of the century, 500cc bikes were the ultimate Grand Prix class and Suzuki were regularly on the podium and occasionally the top step.  Here’s an RG that has been more carefully tended than most bikes, and pushing 190hp per liter.

1987 Suzuki RG500 Gamma for sale on eBay

Suzuki had won back to back championships in 1981-82 with the RG500 racer, but didn’t introduce the replica until 1985.  It was worth waiting for, with a complex rotary-valve square four engine claiming 95 hp.  28mm Mikuni carbs look into the engine from the side, and there’s only a kickstarter.  Suzuki’s automatic exhaust control tailors the downpipe volume to rpm, widening the torque band.  Though the chassis tubes are small section, they’re beefy and connect up to a massive steering head, all alloy.  “Deca” brakes have ten pistons, per bike – eight on the 260mm front discs and two on the 210mm rear.  Solid looks are partly due to the wide powerplant and tall 90 series tires.

From the garage background, this gulf coast owner is a real Suzuki fan, with a passel of dirtbikes thrown in.  The RG500 is in exceptional condition, with only one short fairing crack in its original good looks.  Naturally a grey import, but no ownership or maintenance history is offered in the eBay auction:

7,906 miles all original. Runs great. Speedo is in Kilometers.
Tail fairing has 1 small crack above left exhaust pipe.

Suzuki bowed out of a factory effort in 1983, but still supplied RG500 developments to the H-B and Heron teams.  U.S. rider Randy Mamola had been on the podium in the last few races of 1982 with H-B, but factory riders Uncini and Reggiani went to H-B’s first string for ’83.  At this point in race replica, square four, or two-stroke road bike history, the time to watch and wait may be behind us.  Just three bidders are testing this auction for the reserve, and if you intend to make some history with an RG500 this looks like a great example. 

-donn

Gammarosity – 1987 Suzuki RG500 Gamma
Yamaha March 19, 2021 posted by

Meet You Half Way – 1979 Yamaha RD400F Daytona Special

To celebrate Kenny Roberts’ 1978 Daytona win, Yamaha styled a distinctive final-year model with all the air-cooled improvements since 1973.  Here’s an Ohio native that shows like it has 1,2oo miles instead of the 12,000 the odometer says.

1979 Yamaha Rd400F for sale on eBay

The RD400F is just bit more grown up than the original RD350, though it shares the wheelbase, 28mm Mikuni’s and kickstarter.  Along the way it acquired five additional ponies, alloy wheels, capacitive discharge ignition, and a wider rear tire.  Its additional 35 lbs. meant 25 more feet in the 60-to-zero test, though braking was identical with front and rear 267mm discs.  Changes to the engine’s porting and an internal bypass improved rideability and lowered emissions, along with an almost Suzuk-ish shroud on the head which improved the noise signature.

Probably looking better than it did on day one, this collector’s item has been restored and polished to a fair-thee-well.  Since the Daytona is an exercise in white, black and chrome, it’s naturally photogenic.  Expert readers will have to weigh in on any discrepancies.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Only 12,122 miles. Clear title in my name. Numbers matching with all the 2VO stampings also. This is a beautiful survivor. The body set has been repainted with the pearl white to perfection. New seat cover. Tires are also new. Gas tank is clean metal inside. Everything works like it should. Starts easy and runs and rides great. Pulls hard and smooth through the gears just like it should. This is stunning survivor.

When the last RD400 rolled out of the showroom, Yamaha was in the middle of a staggering 12 year run of luck in the Daytona 200, and Roberts also won the last of that streak on his YZR680 / OW69.  Yamaha brought back the two-stroke twin ( in a water-cooled form ) in 1983, but took it offshore after only two years.  The sound, simplicity, and lighter weight make the air-cooled RD’s worth pursuing, but rather few are in this remarkable condition.

-donn

Meet You Half Way – 1979 Yamaha RD400F Daytona Special