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Honda March 31, 2022 posted by

In the Power* Band – 2004 Honda CB50R Dream

The 1962 Grand Prix season had a new class – 50cc, and Honda built a bike to compete, the RC110/111.  It’s been the subject of more than one commemorative, the most recent being in 2004.  Like most we’ve seen, today CB50R has been used only for display, and though it’s built for racing, will likely continue to live behind the velvet ropes.

2004 Honda CB50R Dream for sale on eBay

Unlike a gazillion Honda Cubs, the 1962 racer and CB50R are double overhead cam four-stroke twins, with the 2004 boasting 7 hp.  The 18-inch wheels are sized for the 156 lb. curb weight, and six close-ratio gears help keep the kettle boiling above 10,000 rpm.  The suspension looks impossibly light but are adjustable Showa bits.  Never intended for the road, it lacks lights, air cleaner, odometer – there’s not even a typical electrical system or kickstarter !

This example looks more like it’s been stored rather than fawned over, even if it hasn’t been ridden, a detailing would do wonders.  Only 440 were made, and they were reportedly built by HRC, with an elevated MSRP.  Just a few notes in the eBay auction:

A Dream Come True!
2004 Honda CB50R “The Dream”
Like new condition having being put into a collection then used for display since new.
Motorcycle is not street legal and is sold with the original Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin

In 1960 when Honda scored their first Grand Prix victories, the GP season was just seven races, all in Europe.  They won the 125 and 250cc championships in 1961, with Mike Hailwood aboard the 250.  The year after they took the 350 and 250cc crowns, with Jim Redman riding.  Bunch of racing history after that – this CB50R is a testament to Honda’s commitment.

-donn

In the Power* Band – 2004 Honda CB50R Dream
Aprilia December 19, 2021 posted by

Matte Max – 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC ABS WSBK Special Edition

In four seasons with the factory Aprilia WSBK team, Max Biaggi presented two championships, a second and fourth.  Aprilia returned the favor with a – North America only – Special Edition commemorative which also shows off how far their carbon fibre fab skills had come.

2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory Special Edition for sale on eBay

The RSV4 engine is a complex V-4 but has been a reliable winner since its intro in 2009.  The 65-degree V is way oversquare, using 13-to-1 compression, and 48mm throttle bodies each with two fuel injectors.  Taming the 180-odd hp is a suite of electronic aids, from the Euro-3 ECU with ride-by-wire throttle and three performance maps – to the Performance Ride Control system which encompasses traction, wheelie, and launch control.  A cassette type gearbox would make trackside gear selections a relative snap.  All Öhlins suspension are a regular feature on the Factory models and Brembo M430 monobloc brakes are feathered by Bosch ABS with race, road, and rain settings.  The fuel tank shape was massaged with WSBK rider feedback, and the forged alloy rims make room for a 200mm section rear tire.

Props to the seller for reeling off 17,818 miles on this RSV4, and keeping it in seemingly display condition.  Not sure how many of the carbon bits are from the Aprilia counter, but the matte finish is easy on the eyes and a lot more resilient than a glossy coat.  The extended warranty might allay some worries if it can be extended.  RSV4 fans might comment on just how the turn signals were re-incorporated into  the headlights.  Clearly too much too list, but the auction does it in style, with a link to most of the bling.  Just a few of the comments from the eBay listing :

X-tremely clean, highly detailed, well serviced and adult owned “weekend rider” – 17,800mi. and still under zero-deductible and transferable extended warranty until 1/1/2022 –

Matte finish Twill weave Carbon Fiber extras   E  V  E  R  Y  W  H  E  R  E   !

Front and Rear OEM CF Fenders, OEM CF Seat Side Panels, Full CF Belly Pan, CF Oil Cooler Screen Frame, CF Upper Chain Guard, CF Front Drive Sprocket Cover, CF Air Intake Covers, CF Tank Edge Guards, CF Air Puller Covers, Sliders and more…

Max was at the far end of a twenty-year factory riding career, and went out on top after the 2012 championship.  Feeling out his early retirement, he pinch hit for Aprilia in 2015 and just last month set an electric bike speed record ( 283 mph ! ) at the 3 mile-long runway meant for the space shuttle in Titusville, Florida.   Aprilia continued their streak in 2014 with Sylvain Guintoli aboard, but ran into the wall of Rea after that.  Saddled with the longest model name ever, it’s a very fitting tribute and a great value at half the sticker with no mods, this RSV4 looks good enough to show but too fun not to ride.

-donn

 

Matte Max – 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC ABS WSBK Special Edition
Aprilia December 4, 2021 posted by

Gemology – 2006 Aprilia RS125 Jorge Lorenzo with 7 Miles !

Almost the right size to sneak in behind the Xmas tree, Aprilia’s RS125 is ready for an up-and-coming rider, or maybe one trying to unlearn an over-reliance on the right wrist.  Today’s is the salient Jorge Lorenzo commemorative with just roll-around-the-showroom miles.

2006 Aprilia RS125 Spain’s No. 1 Edition for sale on eBay 

Aprilia built on its RS125 knowledge since the model originated in 1992, and added a lot of appointments for 2006.  Rotax made the NikaSil lined two-stroke, claiming 28hp at 10,500 rpm.  Except for where the steering head is boxed in, castings for the alloy chassis are open on the inboard side, but substantially webbed for rigidity.  Inverted 40mm forks end in a radial brake mount, with a single 320mm disk and four piston caliper.  Borrowing on the RSV1000’s aura, the wheels and fairing look like they were left in the dryer a bit too long.  Weight with a half-full tank should be under 300 lbs.

Not much to know about a bike with under 10 miles, but the ask for a 125 might get a request for some close-ups, and the Alberta dealer does offer to have a video call with a prospective buyer.  Seen with blue or silver wheels, some aluminum polish will want to be in the new owner’s kit.  Four bars from the eBay auction:

Aprilia RS 125 vintage 2006 is basically new condition, however due to its age we are selling this bike without any warranty or implied conditions.  Therefore this bike is sold as is however we will run up this motorcycle for you if you are seriously interested and or can send you a video of it running if required.

Jorge had already moved up to 250’s when he joined Aprilia, but his back to back 250cc championships deserved a tribute.  In his subsequent nine seasons with the factory Yamaha GP team, only his first year was out of the top three.  Retired early like race number 99, it would be surprising if this RS125 hit the rev limiter again.  Maybe a new lease on life would be as a pit lane display bike for a gentleman racer with a well broken-in Aprilia race bike.

-donn

Gemology – 2006 Aprilia RS125 Jorge Lorenzo with 7 Miles !
Ducati July 6, 2021 posted by

1982 Ducati 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica

Though its specs didn’t look like much on paper, Ducati’s 1982 tribute to Mike Hailwood’s 1978 Isle of Man win turned into one their most exciting special editions.  Today’s example presents very well, and appears quite original.

1982 Ducati 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica for sale on eBay

The engine in the MHR is a later development of the Taglioni-designed 750, with bevel-gear driven cams, pre-dating the desmodromic valve train and claiming 80 hp.  40mm Dell’Orto carburetors were protected with racey looking screens, and the 860’s had recently acquired electric starting.  Marzocchi supplied forks and shocks, and Brembo brought triple 280mm disks.  The wafer-thin fiberglass fairing was painted in a designer’s impression of Hailwood’s 1978 race livery, plenty of room on the seat fairing for race number 12, if the new owner is inclined.

Offered by a Miami specialty dealer, this MHR looks excellent, though no background information is supplied.  But for the holes in the fairing, the absent front signals wouldn’t be missed, and a single bar end mirror is installed.  Loving the glass bevel gear inspection window, and the basically perfect fairings, though it’s possible they’re spilling the beans about a past restoration.  Rather limited comments from the eBay auction:

Mike Hailwood replica in amazing original condition.  Rare low mile survivor.

Runs and drives as it should.  A great opportunity for a collector as they don’t come up often in this condition.

Mike Hailwood’s win is the stuff of such legend that several different commemoratives have been manufactured – the 1982-86 MHR, the not exactly authorized MH900E,  a one-one here and there, and a really faithful – replica – of the race bike.  But the original might be the most approachable and even at its level, affordable of the choices.  And the principals of Sports Motor Cycles Manchester have relocated to New Zealand, offering their smashing decal in a range of sizes.

-donn

 

 

 

1982 Ducati 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica
Yamaha March 9, 2021 posted by

Out in the Yellow Paint – 1985 Yamaha RZ350

A classic in part because it’s the last year of U.S. imports, Yamaha’s Kenny Roberts edition typifies two-stroke fun.  Here’s a windy city example with low miles, excellent cosmetics, and Jim Lomas expansion chambers.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

Yamaha had their air-cooled 350 in the house since 1973, but liquid cooling brought more stable cylinder head temperatures and better all-round running to the RZ.  YPVS electrically tuned exhaust ports made for a wider torque band and 59 hp.  The RZ had Yamaha’s first perimeter frame on a road machine, in steel tubing with a racer’s drop-in fuel tank.  Other race-bred improvements like triple disk brakes and monoshock rear were making their way on to more popularly-priced bikes.  Yamaha’s day-glow GP race livery reflected their Marlboro sponsorship, but the AMA series speed block livery is adorned with Roberts’ autograph.

Apparently for sale by owner, this beauty shows just half of the 25K miles a lot of RZ’s have, with just a couple of paint chips to show for 36 years.  Throaty exhaust notes in the too short video posted – here –, and just a couple of comments from the eBay auction-

Kenny Robert’s edition, the most desirable year of the most desirable color combination Yamaha RZ 350. Very low original miles (12,647), clean title with owner of record since 1991 and matching VINs. Runs well, idles perfectly, fires up first kick and it was jetted for JL pipes.The bike is in overall in great rider quality condition, it has some very minor imperfections shown in the pictures below. The bike sits in my climate-controlled building and is available to view anytime.

Winning two Grand National Championships, and three World Championships ( and being runner-up in each once ), Roberts is a champions champion.  There have been other yellow and black comemmoratives since the RZ350 was legislated out of existence, but this is still number one.  For a fan of the man, the brand or the sport, a fresh-looking two stroke sportbike would be a great tribute to have in the garage.

-donn

Out in the Yellow Paint – 1985 Yamaha RZ350
Ducati February 6, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition

Update 2.5.2021: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

RSBFS regular Seattle Used Bikes has a customer’s 2006 Paul Smart LE available, with a moderate 11,812 miles on the clock.  Limited to 2,000 examples worldwide, this commemorative also has the factory fairing lowers with Paul Smart’s racing number.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE at Seattle Used Bikes

Paul Smart’s 1972 race machine boasted the desmodromic valve system, and though the 992cc air-cooled engine from 2006 uses belt-driven cams, it has a lot in common with Taglioni’s earlier design.  91 hp are available on the PS1000LE, along with Marelli fuel injection, and a sculptural trellis chassis painted in the blue-green of the 1972 750 Imola racer.  The rider tucks in behind the classic bullet fairing, and find themselves with the modern 6-speed transmission, adjustable Öhlins dampers, 320mm Brembo brakes, and 17-inch spoked alloy wheels.

Owned by a longtime SUB customer, this PS1000LE is immaculate with all the right updates.  New cam service, recent tires and factory updated fuel tank make it very ready for the new owner.  Photographs beautifully and likely rides even better !  Comments from Seattle Used Bikes: 

It is about as nice as they can be found these days, this one also has the very desirable Ducati Performance lower fairings, the Ducati Performance Termignoni 2-1 exhaust with the upgraded ECU, we also have all the original parts, paperwork, 2 black and red key, code card, manuals, welcome letter and brochures..  We have only had it into SUB once for service in April 2014, it had just over 8,600 miles at the time, we performed a minor service, replaced the fuel filter inside the tank and hoses that had gotten soft from ethanol.   When we had the bike in we did notice signs of tank swelling at the time and helped facilitate getting the dealer to replace the tank and made sure to have it sealed inside with Caswell to avoid further issues. It appears tires were updated as well. We do have additional records for 6k service and misc others.   We recently were able to gather all the paperwork and were given the go ahead to get it ready to sell.  Marty just completed the 12K Desmo service, he also made sure its running the way he likes them to.  He noted in the service order “165lbs of compression in both cylinders”.  We’ve gone through everything brought in and given the Paul Smart a thorough inspection, it is very obvious this special Ducati was loved and cherished, articles were kept, brochures, accessory install instructions etc. all archived.

Seattle Used Bikes offers this PS1000LE for $22,000, and they now have a – Deposit Button – to hold the bike while you contact them.

Most SportClassics were more popular after production ended, but the Paul Smart sold out early and stayed desirable.  The Terblanche design combines a reverential look over the shoulder with no-nonsense mechanicals.  SUB also offers this walkaround – video – and welcomes calls on (206) 535-6812.

Featured Listing – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition
Honda September 15, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 1982 Honda CB450T with 1,682 Miles !

Update 11.04.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc


Accompanying bigger silver and blue Freddie Spencer replicas to the showroom, Honda’s 1982 CB450T had nice performance for a mid-size, and brilliant looks.  RSBFS fan Bill has been around concours winners for a while now, and presents his just-about-perfect CB450T.


1982 Honda CB450T Collector For Sale

Since the Dream days, Honda has always made room for a middle-weight somewhere in their line-up.  The CB450T might be the ultimate parallel twin, with CB900F styling – a 9,500 rpm redline, SOHC and three valves per cylinder pushing 43 hp.  As Honda would do, engineers put some neat stuff in, 9.1:1 compression and a 6-speed transmission, while bean counters stipulated the rear drum brake and emissions-compliant 30mm Keihin carburetors.  Stylists carried the day with the Comstar wheels and stripes that flowed from tank to the upturned seat spoiler, and just needs a number plate to channel the number 19 CB750F AMA Superbike.

Bill has been following RSBFS since the early days, and knows his way around perfect, having placed Honda bikes in the AMA museum and cars in two leading Honda collections.  He wandered through many CB450T’s before finding his example, several years ago now.  But best to let Bill describe:

MINT condition

One year only model. Honda made the CB400T for 1980 & 1981…but ONLY the CB450T [for 1982] got the extra 50cc and the Silver Freddie Spencer paint scheme, with the uber rare rear spoiler…like the bigger…and matching…CB750F and CB900F.

Last year for Honda SOHC

Honda made about 4,600 total production for US market, about 3,100 were made in the black paint with red and orange strips….only about 1,500 were in the Freddie Spencer Replica AMA Superbike race colors (Pleiades silver with 2 tone blue stripes).

Mine has: 1,682 orig miles from new, ALL fluids new with less than 25 miles including  brakes/ you can literally remove the brake pads and lick them…they are cleaner than your dinner plate, bike always kept in climate controlled, carpeted garage as seen in pics. No stories, no excuses, no rips, tears, no BS…it is FLAWLESS period. Even the chain is immaculate. Bike stays on battery tender 100% ready to go.

Bike has 1 mile on brand new tires..yes ONE (1)

I am second owner from new, I’ve owned since 2012, I am 60 years old, prior owner was 60 when I bought it from him.

Only mods to bike are PERIOD CORRECT K&N gloss black 1.5” lower handle bars and short stem black mirrors. YES, YES I have the original high bars and long stem chrome mirrors and they are ‘as new’ too.

Bill asks $4,500 is open to offers.

Freddie Spencer is certainly due a commemorative, having given the best part of his riding career to Honda.  Beside many AMA Superbike race wins, Spencer helped Honda develop the NR500, NS500, and NSR500, and took both the MotoGP 500cc and 250cc championships in 1985.  The ’82 CB450T is a single year special, partly a technology demonstrator for the SOHC drivetrain, and a great tribute in silver and blue.  Bill has a lot of expertise around the brand, and has curated his CB450T to museum level.

Bill has his CB450T in suburban D.C.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1982 Honda CB450T with 1,682 Miles !
Ducati June 17, 2020 posted by

On the Dotted Line – 2007 Ducati 999S Team USA Edition

For 2007, Ducati asked superbike riders Ben Bostrom and Neil Hodgeson to sign 150 copies of their 999S in Parts Unlimited race livery, with all the -S niceties.  This example comes out of Georgia flying U.S. and Italian flags, with under 8,000 miles and in outstanding shape.

2007 Ducati 999S Team USA Edition for sale on eBay

Despite the polarizing looks of the Pierre Terblanche design, the 999 was a superlative for the time, its 998 cc’s good for 143 hp.  Torque was the back story with 83 ft.-lbs. helping out through tricky sections.  The -S came with Öhlins all around, the latest 320mm Brembo offerings, and forged Marchesini alloys.  Always in red ( at least the S ), the taller fairing gave riders an “in” feeling rather than being perched “on”.

Besides saying maintenance is caught up, the owner can’t offer much history with this 999S.  Miles are low, but higher than most limited edition superbikes.  Hard to quibble about the condition, at least until seeing it in person.  Comments from the eBay auction :

This 996S has 7,796 miles and is in excellent shape with only a few small rock chips that have been only been touched up (bike not repainted). It’s up to date on services, has never been tracked, and it’s ready for someone to enjoy it by riding it, or simply continuing its preservation. there are no known issues. I believe that I am the second owner, but I bought the bike from a divorcee, who won it in a settlement. As such, full documentation is not available. I have an extra ecu that will go with the bike.  This Ducati 999S Team USA race replica for sale locally, so I reserve the right to end the auction, if it sells. This is why I’ve included a buy it now option.

Bostrom and Hodgeson have been Ducati loyalists and were rewarded for consistent top top-tens and an occasional podium, though Suzuki was untouchable in 2006.  Ironically, Ducati turned AMA back over to privateers the next year, making this commemorative a single year.  Reviewed as very rideable for a superbike, this example seems like a good compromise between fun, condition, and collectability.

-donn

On the Dotted Line – 2007 Ducati 999S Team USA Edition