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Kawasaki November 3, 2022 posted by

Looks the Part – 1999 Kawasaki ZRX-1100 Eddie Lawson Commemorative

Team Green had their own take on the retro revolution, and offered a look back to the early 1980’s AMA championships.  Despite the resemblance, the ZRX1100 was thoroughly up to date for the mission.  Today’s has lower mileage, and looks excellent even in the bright sun.

1999 Kawasaki ZRX-1100 for sale on eBay

Kawasaki designers wanted to keep as many elements of the ELR as possible, and saved the bikini fairing, finned engine, low seat and dual shocks at least.  The polished cooling fins are largely cosmetic, since the 106 hp mill is water cooled, but the cam profile combines with the 36mm carburetor size to maximize the torque curve.  A budget steel frame and 5-speed transmission are more modern designs, and the tubular fabricated swingarm echoes the chassis.  42mm right-side-up forks and remote reservoir KYB shocks offer full adjustment, and the 6-pot Tokico brakes got raves.

The long term owner has added a few gold highlights to the usual brake carriers and shock reservoirs, and deleted the rear fender and a good portion of the muffler.  Might just be the sun, but the tire dates could be verified before taking a big handful of right wrist.  Otherwise it’s very tidy and seems to be ready for a late afternoon blast out of suburbia.  Comments from the eBay auction –

Time to let her go, I have owned it for 10 years, stored in a heated garage and typically only a Sunday driver. Super clean, not a scratch on it and well maintained, low miles for a 23 year old bike (13,000). I’m sure if you are looking at this you know the history of the Eddie Lawson replica and significance of the features on this bike. Looks great in the garage, I always get tons of complements, if you are looking to add a ZRX to your collection this is a good one.

No real surprise that even without considering the commemorative paint, the ZRX looks almost as good and rides rather better than the ELR from fifteen years earlier.  It pays homage in many ways, but acknowledges the march of time in others.  Not sure their race engineer – Rob Muzzy – from the early championship days, would have it any other way.

-donn

Looks the Part – 1999 Kawasaki ZRX-1100 Eddie Lawson Commemorative
Honda September 17, 2022 posted by

Erion Nation – 2001 Honda CBR929RR Erion Edition

As lucky as Erion Racing was to have been Honda’s partner in AMA Formula Xtreme, Honda recognized their good fortune in the four-peat 1997-2000 championships conducted by Kevin Erion’s team.  The factory produced a not-often-seen tribute CBR929RR and today’s has some serious miles but hardly shows it.

2001 Honda CBR929RR Erion Edition for sale on eBay

Honda’s 2000 update to the CBR900RR included an all new engine with the titanium HTEV power valve and 152 hp.  The swingarm is located in bosses cast into the transmission case, cutting out the middleman and using the engine as a stressed chassis member.  Even though brake size was increased to 330mm and a 17-inch front wheel was fitted, other components like the titanium exhaust helped reduce weight to well below the 1999 model.  Bodywork was sleek and blended into the Honda line-up almost anonymously.

Offered without comment by an eBay dealer with hundreds of listings, this Erion has nearly 37K miles and certainly isn’t perfect.  But the personalizations look limited to trimming the rear fender, mirror extensions, shorty levers, conformal signals, rim reflectors and tank grips.  Minor wear and tear is sprinkled all over, except for the left mirror area which needs repair.  Even so this might be a nice deal for a limited edition seeming to be in its original wrapper.

Formula Xtreme was an inclusive concept, with a wide-ranging selection of models awarding less cylinders and valves more displacement.  They hosted the Daytona 200 for several years, but was eventually absorbed into other AMA classes.  The RSBFS archives have a few actual Erion race bikes, but very few of the commemoratives.  It might be largely a sticker edition, but still a great year for CBR fans.

-donn

Erion Nation – 2001 Honda CBR929RR Erion Edition
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