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Ducati August 3, 2013 posted by

2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR Roland Sands Custom Tracker

2008 Ducati Desmosedici Roland Sands Flat Tracker For Sale

We don’t post many custom builds but I think you’ll agree that an exception had to made here. If you’re not familiar with this bike, yes, that’s a Desmosedici that has been customized as a flat tracker! Build by famous bike builder Roland Sands, this was reportedly as $200k build. It has about a day left on eBay and the current bid is $35,100 reserve not met. Follow the link to get all the details and see below for an excerpt from the listing.


2008 Ducati Desmosedici Custom Flat Tracker build by Roland Sands for sale on eBay


from the seller:

One of the most controversial custom bikes ever built is for sale. The Roland Sands Designs Ducati Desmo Tracker, affectionately dubbed “The Dirty Desmo” by Cycle World is in need of a new home. I comissioned this build by my bud Roland and his amazing team (Rodney, Aron, Cam, and the rest of the RSD Crew) a few years ago. I wanted to have a one off, fully functional, piece of art that paid homage to the Ducati lineage and provenance while pushing the boundries and turning heads. Saying that “the goal was acheived” is an understatement. Never have I seen more people go crazy in a positive or negative way to a motorcycle project. From high praises to literal death threats, the Desmo-Tracker garnered more attention than imagined. From the cover of the December issue of Cycle World to (at last count) over 20 covers/major articles world wide. Thousands of online articles, Men’s magazines, etc. This bike was a passion project that drove recognition both good and bad beyond my wildest dreams. In the begining, the loyal Ducatista shuttered. We were concerned that any relationship with Ducati was lost. Upon completion of the build, a large percentage of the Duc loyalists were complimentary and Ducati asked me to loan them the Desmo-Tracker for display at a few venues. Why would I sell this exceptional machine? My collection has continued to evolve, I’ve gotten married, am starting a family, and have several new projects in the works (please don’t tell my wife). I am truly looking for a great home for a one off creation. I will absolutely not be giving her away which is why I reserve the right to pull the eBay listing at any time for any reason. I have ridden the Desmo Tracker aprox 500 miles. She runs great and fires immediately. The bike has obviously been kept in a temperature controlled secured enviornment since I received it back from its press tour. None of the take off parts are being offered with the bike as I have other Desmo’s. The bike started its life as number 568/1500. When I brought the bike to Roland to start the build, it had 0.5 miles on the odo. Mark Cernicky (Editor from Cycle World and another good friend) rode the bike for the Cover shoot of Cycle World around town and then on the dirt track at Ventura County Fair Grounds. Upon receipt of final delivery to my collection, the Desmo Tracker had aprox 25 miles on it. I shipped it to Sturgis to play in the Black Hills around Rally and then back to San Diego, CA where it has been for the last couple of years. It has been started twice per month religously and been kept on a trickle charger. I have ridden her aproximatley once every 60 days. The bike is street legal (has a headlight and taillights). We never put a license plate holder on the bike, however, one could be mounted easily in several places. The bike has a clean TX title that is immediately transferable. Other than Cernicky, Roland, and myself, the bike has only been ridden by a few other good friends and family members (Sir Alan Cathcart, my brother, and my father in law). I have listed a few of the tech notes below as well as a small sampling of links to various articles and websites. I am more than happy to answer questions to serious buyers only. If you send me rediculous emails, please do not be offended if I do not respond. I am also more than happy to schedule appointments to view in person for active bidders only. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this, as I can not judge who is sincere or not without an active bid. I will require an immediate deposit upon close of a successful eBay auction (within 24 Hours) and complete funding within 3 days (72 Hours) of auction (NO EXCEPTIONS to Domestic or International buyers). Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer upon successful completion of the auction. I do have several recomendations and/or relationships with transportation services (where introductions can be made) in the US and for export if the successful buyer is International. There is only one of these bikes on the planet. It has been an honor to be part of it’s history and an absolute blast to ride. I’m excited to continue to push the envelope with new builds with my friends and equally excited for the Desmo to find a new home that will appreciate her as much as I have. I look forward to serious buyers questions via email. Happy bidding on this one off piece of RSD Italian history.

RSD Desmosedici RR – Desmo Tracker “Dirty Desmo” Custom Build Tech Specs –

Limited Production, Road Legal Version of the Desmosedici Moto GP Racebike. #568/1500

Original Manufacturer – Ducati Motor Holding S.P.A., Production Years – 2007-2008, Engine – 989 cc Desmodromic V4

Custom Builder – Roland Sands Designs – No Engine or Transmission Modifications were made. Original ECU & Dash.

Custom Built – Gas Tank, Seat, Rear Fender, Single Swing Arm, Subframe, and Front Plate/Induction

Custom Paint by Chris Wood at Airtrix (Livery Inspired by “Speedy” Ducati GP Bike)

Custom Titanium Exhaust – Hand built/fabricated by FMF

RSD/PM Flat Track Race Wheels (Black Ops Finish) 19 x 3.0 Front & 19 x 3.5 Rear

Brembo Brakes & Hand Controls

Race Tech (Custom 50mm offset for Flat Track Performance) Triples

Renthal Fat Bar (819 bend) Handlebar

PIAA 1100X Platinum Headlight

Ohlins FG353 43mm PFF Inverted Suspension Pressurized, with Preload, Rebound, and Compression Adjustment. TIN Coated Sliders

RIZOMA Racing Components

New 27 x 7.0 – 19 CD5 D3616 (Front) & 27.5 x 7.5 – 19 CD8 D1637 (Rear) Tyres




2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR Roland Sands Custom Tracker
Sport Bikes For Sale October 4, 2012 posted by

1984 Yamaha RZ500/R6 Custom Hybrid WTF

Kutztown, PA – Currently $7,500 with No Reserve

In the world of RSBFS, we see all kinds of bike for sale, from homologated superbikes to grey market imports. What we don’t see too often is one-off custom bikes, especially ones that might be considered a Franken-bike. Normally I would shy away from a bike fitting that description, but this bike is different. Clearly the builder of this one had a vision and took the time to build that vision into something above and beyond.

Do you want RZ500 two-stroke awesomeness with modern R6 technology? Then look no further! Clearly the owner has spent some time on this build and it shows. I really can’t elaborate more on the build, so I will let the seller’s description do the talking:

Up for auction is my custom built legal 2 stroke sportbike. It is a marriage of the old school RZ500 and the high tech R6R Hybrid designed to provide modern handling and braking with the explosive power of the RZ500 engine.

I spent more than a year designing and constructing this motorcycle.

I am an automotive engineer and have been building (and rebuilding) street 2 strokes for more than 15 years. All work and modifications to this motorcycle have been performed by me. I built this so overall design and quality appear to be a factory OEM production bike. I have only ridden the bike enough to debug and fine tune jetting and ignition maps, approximately 50 – 100 miles.

It has spent the last several years living in my family room as a conversation piece. It is currently registered and includes PA T**le.

This is truly a one of a kind motorcycle that will attract attention and conversation wherever it goes. Below is a comprehensive list of features and modifications.

I have included many photos and a video showing all aspects of the motorcycle, please review them all, I’m sure you will not be disappointed.


  • Fully rebuilt with new (OEM Yamaha) seals, gaskets, and bearings
  • .5mm Over Bore
  • New Wiseco Pistons, rings, pins
  • New Carbon Tech reeds
  • New Mikuni TM28 Flat Slide carbs
  • New K&N Air Filters
  • New ZeelTronics Programable CDI and Power Valve Controller
  • StockPorts and heads
  • New Jim Lomas GP Style Expansion Chambers and Polished Silencers
  • Set up with functional Auto Lube


  • Modified 1984 RZ500 Frame
  • Custom built rear sub-frame
  • 2009 R6R upper fairing bracket
  • 2009 R6R Radiator
  • Oil tank under seat cowl and battery under upper fairing
  • PA TITLE!!


  • 2009 R6R Aluminum Swingarm
  • 2009 R6R Upside Down Front End
  • RZ500 Rear Shock
  • 2009 R6R Front and Rear Wheels
  • 2009 R6R Radial Front and Rear Brakes
  • New gold X-oring chain and sprockets


  • Stock RZ500 fuel tank modified with flush filler cap
  • 2009 R6R front and upper fairing
  • 209 R6R Tail section and seat
  • Koso digital instrument panel
  • Yamaha 50th Anniversary Graphics
  • Show quality PPG base and clearcoat paint – OEM 50th Anniversary “Reddish-Yellow Cocktail”

I am a pretty much perfectionist and would say this bike is perfect in every way. I have it jetted and ignition/PV maps for my riding style, but you may want to alter these based on individual preferences. There are a couple bubbles in the paint around the fuel fill, they are small and I tried to show them in the photos. I noticed the battery seemed a little weak today, but it just maybe that it hasn’t been ridden in many months.

Here’s a video of the bike as well

Bidding is already active and up to $7,500 and the reserve is gone. The bike is registered and comes with a PA title, which is always a plus for two-strokes. It’s hard to say where the price will or should go since I have nothing to compare the bike to. However, I can guess that this thing is a blast to ride and you won’t see anything else like it on the road. You can check out the full auction here and place your bid today.


BMW July 11, 2012 posted by

Rare Beemer: 1989 Martin Brune BMW K1

For Sale: 1989 Martin Brune BMW K1

I’ve know I’ve said it before: I’ve got a thing for frame welds (like these). Actually, for most custom frames in general (reference this post). And this particular find meets both merits quite nicely. Given the rarity of a BMW powered Martin frame, it is hard to believe we see these bikes at all. First, let’s check out the eye candy.

Georges Martin (Noted French frame builder, not legendary English musical producer) built motorcycle frames throughout the 1970s and 1980s. This particular bike is associated with Brune, a German motorcycle performance company. The kit was purchased from US BMW gurus Luftmeister (think turbo kits for Beemers), and hand assembled like any early spec Bimota.

From the seller:
This is an extremely rare BMW K1 powered, Martin Brune kit bike originally purchased from Matt Capri at Luftmeister. The frame and bodywork were delivered in 1989 to Henry Louie of Del Amo Motorsports for $10,500.00.

The bike was assembled, dialed in and shown at the Los Angeles Roadster Show the following year. The bike was ridden a few times over the next year and was then placed in the showroom at Big Twin BMW in Boise in 1992 where it had been on display for twenty years.

I purchased the bike from the original owner and brought it back to life in Janurary 2012. After replacing the fuel pump (using a new Triumph fuel pump), new battery, cleaned the injectors, fresh fluids, and the bike runs fantastic. $400.00 in fresh Avon Tires completed the refurbishing.

And now to the paint. As you can see in the photos, the paint and body work are superior in fit and finish. When the bike was dropped off in 1990 for paint, the original owner had laid out the color blocking and told the painter to source “BMW Motorsport colors”. And that he did, but not the motorrad colors as expected but the car colors were used creating the combination seen here! The body work is flawless lending itself to an easy repaint.

– Full chromemoly, polished nickle frame
– Hand formed aluminum fuel tank
– Removable tail section exposing full two up seat
– Force Italia quick change front fork
– White Power rear shock
– PVM racewheels
– RB Racing Exhaust
– K and N Filters
– Full Brembo Brakes

This rare Martin Brune (Manfred Brown, builder, feels there may only be 10 left of the 50 he built) is worthy of a conversation via phone in hopes I may answer any questions and can provide the prospective bidder with a folder of information I have assembled for this bike.

As the seller states, the colors are classic BMW “M” motorsport colors – for the car division. These appear to be from a color palette not normally found in nature. The bodywork looks sharp, and I love the dual headlight design, but have to think it would be more attractive when sprayed in a more sedate color scheme.

The BIN for this particular rare K-powered bike is a very reasonable $9,500 OBO. That is not a lot of money for a pretty rare ride that rivals a kit-built Bimota, Harris or Spondon frame in terms of exclusivity and panache. This is the first bike I’ve seen of this custom class that has this kind of mileage (25k +), but that is right in line with the BMW heritage. For your chance to check out this custom framed Beemer, click the link and jump over to the auction. You won’t see this one every day!

And just in case you don’t believe that livery can make all the difference, here is a Brune BMW in more tasteful colors:


Bimota April 9, 2012 posted by

Weekly Mailbag Report

Hey guys,

Sorry for the late mailbag entry this week. Our offices took a little break for the holiday but we’re back this week. Here are your bikes for sale and your submissions. Enjoy your week!


Simon and Oliver both emailed to alerts us to the 1991 Norton F1 they have on sale in the UK — brand new bike! The bid is currently over $25k with 5 days remaining.

Randy from BellissiMoto forwarded this incredible custom 2007 Ducati Monster S4RS with a reported $38k in upgrades!

Tony spotted this Bimota DB2 on eBay UK though the bike is located in Germany. Unusual to see the half fairing. Asking 6900 GBP.

Another one of regulars, Speir, shot me this link for a clean 86 Kawasaki GPZ 600R in California. While not exactly rare, it is a good looking survivor for just $2550.

Mario from Speed Freaks emailed to let us know about two friends bikes that are for sale in the Atlanta area: A nicely modded Ducati 1000SS and a great looking Triumph Daytona 675.

Justin emailed us his 1989 Suzuki GSX-R 750. It has less than 6k miles and he’s asking $5000. And thank you to whomever tipped Justin to our site!

Rob emailed us from Australia and is needing to move his 2000 Suzuki GSX-R 750. He has a new baby on the way and was hoping someone locally might see this as we have a growing audience in Australia.

Finally, “Big Bubba Brush” email us this spotless 1990 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 in Canada for $5500. With just 4400 miles, this looks really good!

Cafe Racer July 12, 2010 posted by

1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Custom Cafe Racer

Jon emailed me a few days ago about his Guzzi cafe racer and unfortunately I was swamped this weekend. So with 17 hours remaining, please

1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Custom Cafe Racer

More details from Jon’s listing:

And now we present a 1975 Moto Guzzi cafe racer designed and built by the legendary Steve Bolvari.

This spectacular cafe racer started life as a Moto Guzzi 850T, before it was hand built by Bolvari. A “cafe racer” is a motorcycle genre that had its start in London with the famous Ace Cafe “rockers” (the original name for bikers in the UK) of the early 1960s. It is very unusual to find early 1970s Moto Guzzis converted into a cafe racer.

The Moto Guzzi 850T has an 844 ccm V2 four-stroke engine. In unmodified form it made 55 HP at 6100 RPM. It has a 5 speed gearbox and shaft-drive. It originally weighed 562 lbs wet, yet could reach 112mph. Naturally, this cafe racer is much lighter and has had some performance modifications made that are befitting of the genre.


This cafe racer was built by Steve Bolvari of MOTO CUSTOMZ INC. Steve has built a number of show winning bikes. Perhaps, the most notorious is the Moto Guzzi chopper that took People’s Choice award two years in a row at the 2005 and 2006 IMOC Rally.

This bike was modified from a 1975 850T Moto Guzzi. Lots of custom made parts were installed. Straight intake manifolds matched to intake transfer with 38mm Mikuni carburetors. It has an increased diameter two into one exhaust that is characteristically wrapped with heat wrap. The frame has had some modifications with the front dropped 1 1/4 inches. A pair of 13 1/2″ Marzocchi air shocks have been installed. Wide clip on handlebars are used but retain the older controls for the authentic old school look. The paint is very fresh and includes the original Bolvari “Cafe” logo and his signatory checkered-flag motif. A custom seat has been built.

This is a nice reminder that we’d like to do more classic sport bike listings and here’s a great example that I think fits our niche. Sorry for the delay Jon,


[AffomaticEbay]Moto Guzzi Custom[/AffomaticEbay]

Norton May 2, 2010 posted by

1976 Norton Ala Verda custom – ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!

1976 one-off Norton Ala Verda custom for sale on ebay for a cool $75,000.

Beautiful.  Stunning. Gorgeous. Brilliant. Splendid. Magnificent. Gob-smacking.  Bellisimo.  And I’m running out of words to describe this bike.  I have seen this in magazines and websites, but had never thought I would see it for sale on ebay! Even if you’re not interested in Nortons, you owe it to yourself as a motorcyclist to check the bike and try to appreciate the time, effort, and passion that went into the creation of it. .

Not that I can afford it anyway, but some lucky collector will have the chance to add this gem to his/her collection.  I’ll let the pictures so the talking:











The “holy grail custom Norton customs” is a pretty big title to live up to, but looking at the painstaking attention to detail that went into the creation of this, I would say that title fits.  And not only is this the most beautiful Norton custom that I’ve seen – this has to be one of the most beautiful bikes ever. Period.

Here’s a video of a Norton 1975 MKIII being started – sounds nice, ain’t it?  The Ala Verda has a tuned 1976 engine it in and also has electric start.  And probably sounds even nicer with those tasty megaphones sticking out the back like that.

So what’s $75,000 for a piece of “motorcycling’s Picasso”?  Hand over that stack of lottery tickets please.


BMW December 1, 2009 posted by

Uber rare Demonstener D1200R Limited Edition for sale on ebay!

Haven’t heard of Demonstener?  Don’t worry – neither have I, but being 1 of only 5 in the world, this bike definitely qualifies as rare!  I remember reading about this unique boxer engined-hub center steering creation before on Kneeslider, but I thought it was just a one-off design exercise and wasn’t meant for production.  In any case, you can now

Here’s a short list of the (very) tasty specs:

Centre Hub Steering system that allows joining the centre of the front wheel to the chassis achieving the same inflexibility in any wheel position.

• The first Centre Hub Steering with straight steering (rod less) that allows the pilot a trust worthy feeling of anything happening on the tarmac.

• Ultra light steering column that avoids resonance phenomena as the shimmy (wobble).

• Anti diving geometry that keeps the suspension operative even in high performance stops.

• Light and innovative chassis with high degree of inflexibility to eliminate the weaving that allows a rapid assembly and disassembly.

• No welding used. Built on 70/75 alloy.

• Perimeter disc brake system with ABS

• Akrapovic exhaust


 Due to the handcrafted assembly process we are able to offer several extras and options.

• Custom built alloys. (Colour and Trim)

• Owner plate on chassis.

• Carbon fibre body kit

• Custom made body kit design.

• Exhaust system.

The last part makes it that much more interesting with a high level of customization available.

Being a fan of alternative front ends, this bike naturally appeals to me.  Combined with a boxer engine, this is will make one very interesting ride.  Actually, this bike reminds me very much of Swedish custom builder Stellan Egeland’s Harrier – which concidentally is also up for sale! was sold.  Nevertheless, surf on over the Stellan Egeland’s website SE Service to check out some amazing footage of Stellan dragging his toes around the track on the Harrier!