Posts by tag: F1

Sport Bikes For Sale May 21, 2010 posted by

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma From The Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum

This is a titled & registered RG500 in California!

Bike:  1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma Walter Wolf Edition

Price:  $15,500USD

Location:  Solvang, California

Mileage: 20,000km

Located in Solvang, California is a 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma in Walter Wolf colors.   This bike is available from the collection of the Slovang Vintage Motorcycle Museum.  They state that the bike is entirely original and has 20,000km (12,427mi) on it.  They state that the bike has been titled & registered in California for many years.  No service or damage history is provided.  Now, all my information says that the Walter Wolf Edition bikes were MY ’87 only but, I’ll trust the Solvang Museum and assume that they were also produced at the end of the 1986MY.

The RG500 is what many consider to be the ultimate, large displacement, road-going two stroke ever produced.  The RG500 was based on the RG500’s that won world championship’s during the late ’70’s and early ’80’s.  The street going RG’s featured a 498cc, square-four, two-stroke with rotary valve and exhaust port valves and 4x28mm Mikuni flatside carburetors working together to produce 95HP at 9000rpm (83RWHP).  The GP replica also featured 38mm conventional forks with anti-dive, adjustable pre-load and an adjustable mono-shock out back.  The magic was in the aluminum frame however, the RG produced 95HP while only weighing in at 175kg (385lbs) wet!

Some side history about Walter Wolf Racing:  Walter Wolf Racing was a UK Formula 1 race team that competed from 1976 to 1980 and is one of the reasons Williams F1 is where it is today.  The cars were finished in a distinctive Black/Red/Gold scheme which is referenced on the replica RG.  Walter Wolf also had an attraction to Lamborghini’s and has some very distinctive specials produced during the early ’80’s.

If this is a real Walter Wolf replica, and I don’t doubt that it is, it is the rarest RG500 produced–that I’m aware of.  This bike looks to be in fantastic condition from the sole picture present as you would expect for a museum bike.  The asking price is $15,500 which is right where we see standard RG500’s so, I would call this a good price for what you’re getting if it can be verified to be 100% original.  See the bike on Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum’s website here.


Uncategorized April 24, 2010 posted by

Two Norton F1’s-1990 and 1992 John Player Specials

Two Norton F1’s-1990 and 1992 John Player Specials

Well I guess these fall under the category of rare: he says sarcastically. We’ve got two versions of Nortons’ F1 on Ebay and Ebay UK.  Lets start with the one in the here in the States.  Don’t buy this bike expecting to join a  F1 owners club as the seller states this is 1 of 2 known Norton F1’s in the country.  I make no claim to be an expert on Norton motorcycles, all I knew was they seemed to go in and out of business frequently and that the 2010  incarnation are  sharp looking.  After a little research I came up with a few tidbits about the F1.  After several incarnations of the company,  Norton was relaunched in the late 80’s and soon experienced racing success using the Wankle rotary valve engine in the RCW588 works bike.  The F1 was built as a detuned replica of that bike.    It appears there were several versions of the F1.  I believe this is the F1 Commander, which I believe is a little less sporty than the F1 Sport you will see below.  It looks like some, if not all, F1’s sport Spondon frames.  I would assume the John Player version was a special color scheme for the F1’s.  I saw one figure claiming less than 55 of these world wide.

From the Ebay auction:

One of only two known to be in the U. S. is this John Player Special (JPS) Twin Rotor Norton F1. The other known example in the U. S. is in the fabulous Barber Museum.

This example is one of the last series of Norton F1 built. Incredible handling and brutal speed, it is simply a wonderful machine. In superb condition, with only minor scrapes on the cowl that have been properly touched up. She runs perfectly and in just fast!         



I’m  taking a pass on discussing the price on this thing.  The bidding was already up to $14,000.   If it really is one of two bikes in the U.S. and you’ve wanted one and money is not an object,  is price really a concern?  Want to wait for the next one to pop up for sale? I didn’t think so.  Check out the bidding on .


Now, across the Atlantic another F1 has appeared for sale.  This one is a 1992 F1 Sport in John Player colors.  I’m starting to assume all Norton F1’s were in John Player colors.  The Sport appears to be: well, Sportier. 

From the seller:

You are looking at a 1992 Norton F1 Sport (P55B) chassis number 050358. This is 1 of only 66 F1 Sports made by Norton Motorcycles in the early 90’s. It is in Norton JPS Racing colours and totally standard. The only additional work that has been done to the bike apart from routine maintenance and servicing is to Moly Inlay the inlet faces which was done by Norton Motorcycles Limited in 1999. It was first registered on the 23rd of October 1992 and purchased by me from the original owner in March 1999. It has only covered 1307 miles in total and is still fitted with it’s original Michelin tyres.  I also have the original owners handbook, F1 Sport Supplement, spare key and wallet. This bike is in excellent original conidtion with no accident damage.

The final form of evolution of the original F1 the F1 Sport (P55B) utilized the front fairing of the F1 but for that was a carbon copy of the factory race bikes, the petrol tank and seat unit both lifted straight off the Trevor Nation/Steve Spray machines. Most connoisseurs of Norton Rotaries, and certainly everybody who has had the chance to sample them all, will agree the F1 Sport was the best Norton Rotary ever produced. 


Being a little more racey, I’d assume this one will fetch even more than one for sale in the U.S.  .  I’d love to see some comments on these bikes from guys that are really up on the Nortons. 



Ducati February 13, 2010 posted by

1992 Ducati Fast By Ferracci 851 Custom Superbike

1992 Ducati Superbike 851 Custom for sale on ebay.

You need to read the full ad to understand what this bike is.  Located in Tucson, Arizona is a 1992 Ducati 851.  Now, the frame defines what make & model a bike is.  The Arizona title and registration of this bike states that it is a Ducati 851 however, it is a complete custom bike that has been pieced together from some choice bits.  The frame is supposedly a Superbike race frame obtained from Fast By Ferracci with a long dead 851s VIN stamped on it.  The engine is from a 2001 996.  It has a Ducati Corse fully adjustable shock linkage, a Ducati Corse aluminum fuel tank, custom made F1 two into one exhaust, Ohlins rear shock, 17″ Marchesini five spokes, Showa Gold Nitrade forks, Brembo four-pots, Corbin seat and numerous carbon bits.

It will be interesting to see what this bike will sell for, at this point it’s very hard to value.  There are numerous custom 851s but, this one does have some–very possibly legitimate–Corse items; specifically, a titled Superbike  frame.  What do you think this bike is worth?  Is it worth more than a stock bike as it has some very rare bits bolted on or, will it sell for about the same?  Custom bikes are very hard to value because:  If this were a Fast By Ferracci Superbike race bike, determine a value based on that, and if this was a bone stock 851 we could easily determine a value.

One thing I have no doubt about is that the buyer of this bike needs these parts history verified and documented prior to sale.  If a World Superbike frame is what you’re paying for, it needs to be proven.  If this bike seems interesting, and it should, .


Honda November 21, 2009 posted by

1989 Honda CBR600F

EDIT:  This bike has been sold!  Look for it to possibly be in a future Icon advertisement!

Have we lost our minds posting a twenty year old CBR?  To start off, yes, and secondly, this is one of my bikes (own a piece of RSBS history Woot, Woot!) which I guess is okay.  So, this CBR is rare in that it is in fantastic condition for a CBR F1 (it does have some minor scratches but nothing that detracts from the fantastic overall condition of the bike), most are now rattle canned black or have the usual defects from neglect.  The posting:

For sale is 1989 Honda CBR600F (F1) in amazing condition. This bike has 45,1XXmi however, it looks and runs as if it has less than 10k. It has a clean title, no issues and is adult/collector owned. It starts up right away and runs flawlessly. Never stored outside, always in a climate controlled garaged/building. The only modifications are a Vance & Hines full system and a K&N air filter.

Recent work (but not limited to) includes:

New JT steel sprockets front & rear (Stock gearing) with less than 3,000 miles.

New Regina Gold O-ring chain with less than 3,000 miles.

New Pirelli Sport Demon tires front & rear (110/70/17 & 140/70/17) with less than 500 miles.

Oil change using Honda filter and Motul oil with less than 300 miles.

Brake fluid flush & replacement.

All servicing up to date.

Call or email with questions or come see it–you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks for looking,


Also available is an additional, NOS, fuel tank in unused condition, still in the Honda factory packaging; rear stand; rare mono-seat faring shown in the photos, front tire with 50-70% tread, and additional bits for an additional $200.  The bike is located in Eugene, Oregon but I have received several quotes for shipment to San Francisco & Los Angeles for under $400–That is enclosed transport.  My price is $1,800 for the bike alone and $2,000 for everything I have for it, especially the NOS fuel tank.  Feel free to shoot me an email or give me a call if you have any questions.