Posts by tag: F3

Honda March 30, 2019 posted by

Low Tech, Big Fun: 1997 Honda CBR600 F3 for Sale

When the original “jellymould” CBR600F Hurricane was introduced in 1987 the enclosed, sleekly aerodynamic fairing hid a dark secret: a steel frame. While racier competitors had switched to lightweight aluminum construction, the simple, effective CBR600 F3 stuck with the less expensive material until the CBR600 F4 was introduced in 1999. Although the styling was hyper-modern, it also helped Honda save money on manufacturing and development costs. Instead of a finished frame and engine cases, or carefully routed wiring and hoses, the whole functional mess could all just be hidden behind relatively cheap, sleek plastic. So while pragmatism may have driven the design and the ingredients were, on their own, not very exotic, the complete package was a world-beater when it was introduced.

Produced between 1995 and 1998, the F3 was an evolution of the earlier CBR600 F2. Compared to that bike, it offered adjustable cartridge forks, a Pro-Link rear, and and ram-air to feed the engine. The result was a few more ponies from the 599cc inline four and a 454lb wet weight. That might sound heavy for a 600, but it was just a couple pounds heavier than a ZX-6R or GSX-R600 of the same period, and actually a good bit lighter than the aluminum-framed YZF600. At a claimed 105hp, peak power wasn’t best-in-class either, but the CBR offered a smooth spread of power with no real dips or flat spots, the perfect balance in a road engine and pretty handy on track as well.

The CBR600 was always pitched as a more versatile mount than competitors from Suzuki and Kawasaki, a bike that was at home in the canyons, in the city, and could even do a bit of commuting or light touring. The CBR600 was never really about the numbers, it was about the complete package, a sort of Goldilocks solution to the Supersport problem. It didn’t make the most in-class horsepower. It wasn’t the lightest. It didn’t have much in the way of headline-stealing innovation. It didn’t even have any acronyms plastered across the fairings!

It also made a perfectly good foundation for a racebike, winning multiple AMA SuperSport Championships, and didn’t seem to suffer at all for its relatively ordinary underpinnings. Eventually, the entire class became more and more track focused, and led to the development of the CBR600RR that was sold alongside the CBR600 F4i as a direct alternative to the high-strung offerings from Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Yamaha. But for a while, Honda’s versatile CBR meant you really could have your cake and eat it too.

This particular machine needs a bit of maintenance before it time-warps you back to your youth, but the miles are shockingly low for such a practical machine, and it looks to be in exceptional cosmetic condition. It may never be as desirable as a CBR900, but I these are certainly functional classics and much more attainable, since prices for the bigger machine are currently spiraling upwards and nice examples are hard to find.

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Honda CBR600 F3 for Sale

Hello, up for sale is my 1997 Honda CBR600F3 with 2,916 orig miles.  Clean title in hand in my name. Bought it 4 years ago and spent lots of time and money trying to make it near perfect (it’s the same model, year and color as what I had in college so it was me trying to relive my youth). Sadly, my bad back in combination with it being too dangerous for a slow, fat guy like myself to ride in Vegas forces the sale.  I have all receipts and replaced parts baggies/boxes for every OEM part I put on it. I saved the old parts to prove it wasn’t wrecked. Feel free to contact me to see it in person 850-five 86-38two8.  Not showroom perfect but damn nice for a 1997! PS: front chock included!

The bad: carbs need to be cleaned. Ran fine in 2014 and I did drain bowls before tear down but no luck in getting it started. Needs battery too as no point in buying one and letting it rot.

The good: over $1,000 in brand new parts. No cracked fairings at all!

  • Brand new oil and filter
  • Brand New Dunlop Q3s with not 1 mile on them – $285 mounted
  • New Ariete 90degree valve stems in gold – $29
  • Powder coated rims in gold – $175

The following all new OEM parts

  • Front lower chin – $35
  • Left side lower fairing – $374
  • Alternator cover and gasket – $69
  • Parts below over $400
  • Various OEM decals still new in OEM packing for spares – $149

The CBR600 may have been anything but exotic, but that was exactly the point: it was an everyman sportbike, and it was damn good at being that. The shape has aged pretty well I think, and the non-standard gold-painted wheels really flatter the Erion Racing-inspired colors. It’s a shame that this attempt to capture the seller’s youth has been put up for sale, but his loss is your gain! Can you really put a price on reliving the dreams of your youth? Apparently you can, and those dreams are going to cost you $3,950.00. That Buy It Now price is obviously on the high-end for an F3, but if this one is as nice in person as it looks in pictures, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a better example with so few miles.

-tad

Low Tech, Big Fun: 1997 Honda CBR600 F3 for Sale
Honda November 11, 2018 posted by

Stock, low-mile Supersport: 1996 Honda CBR600 F3

Our pals at Iconic Motorbikes have come through once again with a surgically clean example of a classic sportbike we children of the 1990s lusted after in the bedroom wall poster days. This one is in excellent-but-not-perfect shape, and is a one-owner machine with fewer than 10,000 miles on it. It shows some minor scrapes and a tiny crack from a tipover in the garage, but beyond that the bike is spotless. All the aluminum parts, rubber and soft surfaces look absolutely clean and very well looked-after. It has clearly spent is life indoors when it wasn’t being enjoyed.

1996 Honda CBR 600 F3 for sale on eBay

The 1996 Honda CBR600 F3 is smack in the middle of Honda’s 1990s golden age, and represents what at the time was a fine track weapon with enough manners to be accessible to most riders, especially in countries where tiered licensing isn’t a thing. The aggressive, multi-colored graphics certainly file these bikes in a definite time period, but I have long defended their garish slashes and neon colors. Think of it like riding a pair of Air Jordans.

From the eBay listing:

This excellent example of a Honda F3 comes to us on consignment and we’re thrilled to have her. Only one owner since new and CA kept from the start. Currently on CA plates and with registration paid through June of 2019.

If you’re considering a 600, an F3 is a fine choice! Super reliable, great mileage and just cool as heck to look at!

This example is 100% stock just as you see in the pictures and has never been raced, tracked or beat up in any fashion. The owner ended up buying a new CBR1000RR and is limited on garage space, otherwise he would of kept it.

Only flaws on the bike are a small crack on bodywork under the right signal, a rub on the oem exhaust and some small marks on the right side lower from a very light fall in garage but it was caught so no broken tabs. Everything works as it should, comes with a tank bra for riding and not rubbing on the tank. Only 9212 miles!

Come pick her up while before she’s gone, this is one of the best paint schemes with a touch of neon and the vibrant red, black and white. If you’re looking to add some accessories, we can help you there as well as we have great pricing with all the aftermarket exhaust, etc suppliers.

Fly into LAX, only 15-20 minutes away and RIDE OUT!

Honda built F3s by the million, so this bike will never really be considered rare, but the majority of these machines were used and abused, so finding one this clean 22 years on is something of a feat. This bike is best purchased as a fun weekend ride, as opposed to a collector investment, but for the classic sportbike enthusiast, it is a must-have.

Stock, low-mile Supersport:  1996 Honda CBR600 F3
Honda September 15, 2018 posted by

Smokin’ in the boys room: 1998 Honda CBR600 Smokin’ Joe’s

The Honda CBR600 is a legendary motorcycle. Introduced as the Hurricane in some markets, the CBR600 was Honda’s answer to the middleweight sport bike conundrum. Long celebrated as a “do anything” type of motorcycle, the CBR600 was a mainstay in the showroom, in satisfied owners’ garages and in the winner’s circle of racetracks around the country. It is the racing connection that brings us this, uh, special livery. It is easy to look at this 20-something and make Prince jokes, deriding it as a Purple Rain homage. But you see children, way back in the stone age motorcycle racing was sponsored by something other than energy drinks. Alcohol and tobacco were the deep pockets that funded many a racing exploit, and this Smokin’ Joe’s replica celebrates Honda’s success in AMA.

1998 Honda CBR600 Smokin’ Joe’s Replica for sale on eBay

Joe Camel – the cartoon spokes-animal mascot for Camel cigarettes (owned by R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company – who also owns the Lucky Strike brand) – was the basis for the Smokin’ Joe’s racing livery. This “smooth character” festooned both the race team as well as this replica model. This is usually the area in the post where we say how this Special Edition bike is different than the standard model that you could buy for less dosh from any dealer in the country. But really, Joe Camel stickers and the purple paint scheme is all that there is to this particular model. The rest is pure, stone stock, Honda CBR600F3. That is not a bad thing, as this is a very well regarded model that lived in glory though 2006. The name made a resurgence in 2011 – and continues to this day – however these models are considered the same line in name only.

From the seller:
1998 Smokin Joes – CBR-600 SE – Race Replica

Purchased from original owner – I acquired the bike 12+ years ago – The Owner was an Helicopter Mechanic.

Mechanically And Cosmetically this bike is a 10.0 Out Of 10. Excellent condition for a 21 year old ICON in the Motor Cycle World. I want to place this bike with the one serious collector who understands what it is and appreciates it’s excellent condition.

I’ve posted as many HD pictures as ebay allows.

If you’re a serious buyer and need pictures of something else – you can ask.

It has been perfectly mothballed & stored in my museum over last 12+ years.

This Motorcycle is titled in Oregon. Totally stock other then a little tail clean up – The bike comes with ALL The OEM Tail Parts Removed For The Tail Clean-up. If the winning buyer wants them you’ll need to work out with your shipper having them come with Bike in a box when shipped – OR – I can package them up for you but you’ll need to cover the shipping costs.

The SJ model is a unique addition to the CBR600 lineup. This is a two year only motorcycle, but unlike other limited editions this was not a contiguous offering; it was only available in 1996 and 1998. Available in North America and Australia, there were a reported 500 units of the 1996 bike, and 1,500 examples of the 1998 model imported. Those numbers qualify this bike as rare, although many will point out that these are really just “kit” bikes; new fairings and stickers result in yet another SJ replica. As a result, there are more than a few faked Joe Camel Hondas floating around. This does not appear to be the case in this instance, however all SJ bikes can be verified through the VIN sequence. As always, RSBFS recommends interested buyers to do the requisite homework.

Values for Joe Camel scooters have not exactly skyrocketed. Today the whole concept of an animated mascot hawking addictive cancer sticks seems distasteful, at best. With most alcohol and tobacco advertising banned from motor sports, this replica represents a different era and a very different palette. Sporting fewer than 2,500 miles and claimed to be a museum-quality example (although the Micron pipe looks oddly out of place on a Yosh-sponsored bike) the opening ask for this particular bike is a strong $5,995 (no reserve!). For those who are willing to forego the auction and must have it right now, the BIN stands at $7,750. Those are big numbers for a relatively standard CBR600 that failed to generate any serious collector value. This bike is clean enough to be worth a look (check it out here), although the auction has had no action as of yet. Is the Smokin’ Joe’s Racing replica a legit RSBFS model, or just the work of a colorblind paint sprayer? Jump to the comments and let us know. Good Luck!!

MI

MV Agusta November 6, 2017 posted by

MotoAmericana: 2013 MV Agusta F3 SuperSport Race Bike

In the annals of US-based motorcycle motorsports, we are in a rare period of ascension. Driven by the goal of delivering US talent onto Europe’s doorstep for inclusion in WSBK and MotoGP championships, MotoAmerica has one of America’s top pilots at the corporate helm: Wayne Rainey. Today’s bike comes from the MotoAmerica series, and is itself a stepping-stone to the bigger classes in the US. Open to 636cc four cylinder bikes, 675cc three cylinder bikes or 750cc twins, the SuperStock category allows for some minor internal and suspension mods (along with a minimum weight) to align with FIM Supersport regulations (check out MotoAmerica). This 2013 MV Agusta F3 has been a championship contender from an established race team, and hosts a variety of upgrades over a stock example. If you want to rip some serious lap times at your next track day event, you might want to read on. I’ll let to the seller pick up the narrative:

2013 MV Agusta F3 SuperSport MotoAmerica Racer for sale on eBay

From the seller:
MOTO AMERICA MV Agusta F3 Racebike!
The MotoAmerica championship replaced the AMA as our national top level motorcycle racing series in 2015, and BellissiMoto was there, with Javelin Broderick racing this awesome MV Agusta F3 all around the country, finishing as high as 7th, in the ultra-competitive field, in our first year, with a young (19yr old) racer who had never visited a majority of the tracks before.

Full Moto America SuperSport Race Build!
Armour Bodies – Racing Bodywork
Arrow – Full Competition Racing Exhaust
Bitubo – ECH 29 Nitrogen Gas Charged Fork Cartridge Kit
– the exact piece from Jules Cluzels 2014 World Super Sport Race bike!
– factory reconditioned after the 2014 season then sent to us
Bitubo – XXF31 Fully Adjustable Nitrogen Pressurized Rear Shock
– the exact piece from Jules Cluzels 2014 World Super Sport Race bike!
– factory reconditioned after the 2014 season then sent to us)).
Bitubo – Adjustable Nitrogen Charged Steering Damper
CNC Racing – Adjustable Brake and Clutch Lever
CNC Racing – Adjustable Rearsets
CNC Racing – Bar End Lever Guard
CNC Racing – Top Triple Clamp
CNC Racing – Clip Ons
CNC Racing – Quick Release Gas Cap
Domino – XM2 Super Soft Grips
EVR – Slipper Clutch (same as used by all the Factory MV Agusta race teams)
Galfer – SPECIAL R&D PRODUCTION – PRO RACER ONLY – Full Floating Rotors
MotoHolders – lightweight aluminum racing fairing stay
MWR – XXL Intake Kit and Racing Air Filter with adjustment kit
– same as used by all the Factory MV Agusta race teams)
MV Agusta – Racing ECU Upgrades and help from Reparto Corse development
Rapidbike – Racing module
Rapidbike – Quick Shifter / Sensor
Rapidbike – YouTune module
RG Racing – Engine Protection Kit (Clutch and Alternator covers)
Rizoma – Brake Fluid Reservoir
Samco Sport – Silicone Racing Hose Kit
Superlight Sprockets and Lightweight 520 MVXZ Racing Chain
Zero Gravity – Double Bubble Racing Windscreen
Paint by Andrew Swenson, Graphics by Drippin Wet.

Bike has been serviced meticulously by professionals, and the bike has been used for less than 250 miles since it’s last complete service.

It runs PERFECTLY and has 2 custom maps; 1 for premium, 1 for race gas.

EVERYTHING WORKS, THE BIKE NEEDS NOTHING.

More from the seller:
Obviously the bike is used, it was raced in the 2015 MotoAmerica Championship by Javelin Broderick, and only suffered 2 crashes, both of which resulted in minor damage which was professionally repaired and the bike was put back into use throughout the year’s remaining racing activities without any negative incidents. Overall Condition is that of an authentic racebike that’s 100% ready to roll onto the starting grid and race again. She would look perfectly at home in World Super Sport, the paint is great, there are very few chips/scratches/cracks, and the bike has been fully torn down and rebuilt after it’s race season before becoming my personal track bike for the past 2 seasons. The bike needs nothing, jump on it and ride. This was our “B” bike during the season, so she has low miles (1649), and an ultra-fresh engine!

More from the seller:
Why am I selling? I own BellissiMoto, America’s premier exotic Motorcycle, Parts, Gear, and Accessories store, but I also have about 25 bikes (3 track/race only bikes already) in my personal collection and it’s time to clear out some of the bikes I just don’t ride enough.

More from the seller:
NOTE – THIS BIKE DOES NOT COME WITH A TITLE.
It was purchased directly from MV Agusta’s Racing Director (Bruce M.), and CEO (Helen V.) under a special arrangement for the race season. Original bill of sale from MV Agusta to me is included, this bike is not stolen, and it is not an unusual or strange purchase arrangement for a professional race bike / team, as the manufacturers shield themselves from the potential liability of having factory racebikes turned back into street bikes, etc…

This is common for collectors or racers, and if you have questions or concerns, please ask – there is nothing to hide here.

There is a huge difference between a stripped down track-day bike and a fully developed racer. Of the two, a bike contending for an established championship will nearly always be the more meticulously prepared of the two; races are won by consistent equipment as much as consistent riding skills. Here is your opportunity to either stock your man cave with one of the coolest possible MV Agustas I can think of, as the coolest bike in your next track day, or as a fantastic foundation for your foray into amateur racing (it always helps to start with a properly sorted bike). As a street bike the F3 has been lauded as a fantastic handling machine; this racer only goes to show you how close the track has come to the street in recent years. Check out this 2013 MV Agusta F3 racer here; you could not build something even close for the asking price. Good Luck!!

MI

MotoAmericana: 2013 MV Agusta F3 SuperSport Race Bike
Ducati August 19, 2017 posted by

Rare Duck: 1986 Ducati 400 F3 for Sale

The stories of our favorite motorcycle manufacturers are often littered with failures and bankruptcy. Some brands even saw multiple deaths, followed by zombie-like resurrections where the victim simply came back wrong, like Gage from Pet Sematary… Truly, “Sometimes dead is better…” Luckily, Italian purveyor of accessible exotics Ducati seems pretty stable these days, rumored purchase by Harley Davidson notwithstanding. But it wasn’t always that way, and today’s Ducati 400 F3 represents a rare collectible from a transitional era of their history when they teetered on the edge of failure.

Designed before Ducati was taken over by Cagiva but produced during their ownership, it was styled to resemble the successful TT race bikes of the late 70s and early 80s. The 750 F1 and lookalike F3 used Ducati’s signature trellis frame developed by Verlicchi and wrapped around the company’s two-valve, air and oil-cooled Pantah engine. In this application the v-twin had yet to have the rear cylinder rotated 180° to situate both carburetors together in the engine’s vee as seen in the later SS and Monsters, so you can see the rear velocity stack/filter sticking out in the breeze, where it probably interferes with the rider’s leg but hey, it’s a Ducati!

And that was really the problem with the F1/F3 to begin with: build quality was generally pretty poor, more kit-bike than the product of a major motorcycle manufacturer, and the suspension was crude. But the elements were there to make a great bike, it just needed a bit of development… It was almost as if Ducati assumed buyers intended to race them, and didn’t bother finishing them. Today’s F3 was a Japanese market version of the F1 with a smaller, 400cc displacement. The seller suggests that it may be the only example in the USA and certainly, I can’t remember seeing one for sale here. It’s had a cosmetic restoration, but is otherwise in original condition.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Ducati 400 F3 for Sale

VERY RARE and might be the only one of these models in the USA.

Japan was one of the biggest markets for Ducati in the 1980s but limited motorcycles to only 400 cc, so smaller versions of the Ducati 750F1 were sold there as the Ducati 400F3 from 1986-88. This 1986 Ducati 400F3 with only 7657 km (4758 miles) was imported from Japan in 2016. 

The paint on the bike was badly faded and the complete bike was torn down and frame and complete bodywork were repainted (powder coating on the frame).  All decals are factory correct decals for this year model.

A Limited run of 509 Ducati 400 F3 bikes were built in 1986 and this bike is number 209 (VIN ZDM400R*400209) and is shown on a numbered factory plaque fitted to the top of the seat fairing, see picture.

The bike is in very good running condition and include:

  • New paint
  • New decals
  • Powder coated frame and swingarm
  • New battery
  • New chain
  • New steering bearings
  • New petcocks
  • Engine serviced (Oil, Oil filter, Timing belts)
  • Engine is 100% factory stock

This vehicle is being offered as-is with no warranty expressed or implied. Please call for specific details on this vehicle.

PLEASE NOTE! THIS MOTORCYCLE IS SOLD WITH A “BILL OF SALE” ONLY AND DOES NOT HAVE A TITLE.  EBAY DOES NOT HAVE THE OPTION TO LIST THIS IN THE ITEM SPECIFIC SECTION! CONTACT ME FOR MORE INFORMATION IF NEEDED.

Obviously, a two-valve, 400cc v-twin isn’t going to be particularly fast, but I doubt anyone considering a purchase will seriously care. This is a bit of history, a collectible. The lookalike 750 F1 has experienced a serious spike in value the past few years. Although the smaller-engined F3 won’t offer the same performance, it should represent a solid investment as it is very rare, especially here in the USA, although bidding is very low so far, at just over $4,0000 with the Reserve Not Met.

-tad

Ducati March 24, 2013 posted by

Small Capacity For Collectors – Ducati F3 350 (Italy)

The Ducati F3 can be seen as a smaller version of the more prestigious F1. Produced for the Japanese market with an engine capacity of 400cc and for the Italian market with a 350cc. Both versions share a number of components with the F1 with the exclusions of the front fork which has smaller diameter stems. With about 40 hp when new, this is not a power bike. It is in style and exclusivity that the F3 earns his status. I mean isn’t this bike a beauty ?

F3_350_1

With the white and red colors and that F3 large logo on the squared tail it stands out not only versus other brands, but even within the Ducati catalogue of historic models. The 350cc version was produced only in 1986 and therefore can be regarded as the rarest among the small capacity Pantah derived sportsters. If you are looking for this model you probably do so because you’d like to add this to your collection. With a price tag of 8500 € this sample available in Italy on eBay (economic crises, where ??), won’t attract a casual rider looking for something exotic to impress his friends on the Sunday ride on the twisters nor to show off at the bar during aperitive time. It won’t be the dynamic performance of the bike that will make you spend this level of money.

F3_350_2

F3_350_4

Nevertheless if you are curious about what it would be to actually ride an F3 the following video from Japan will give you an insight:

This L twin cylinder SOHC 350cc Ducati has currently 39000 km and was clearly regularly driven and maintained (last service and revision in 2012). This is good in my opinion, as bikes need to run to keep moving parts lubricated and in the right order.

F3_350_5

If you are a collector and look for a small capacity bike with a pedigree this could be for you. For more info or to place a bid (the seller wont accept anything below the asking price, so don’t bother if you are not serious about this) check out the link below:

Ducati F3 350 in Italy

Claudio

Honda February 25, 2011 posted by

1996 Honda CBR600F3 With 2,579 Miles, As Seen On Our Facebook Page

A gorgeous, low mileage, CBR600F3 now on eBay!

Bike:  1996 Honda CBR600F3

Miles:  2,579

Price:  $3,850 BIN with bidding at $2,550 with reserve not met.

Location:  New Jersey

This bike was originally seen on Craigslist and posted on our Facebook feed; and I know, many of you may not follow us on Facebook because you don’t have a Facebook account, well, that’s usually where the nice deals of the day from Craigslist have been getting posted!  Anyway, this gorgeous example has made it to the shark infested waters of eBay.  This is a 1996 Honda CBR600F3 with 2,579 original miles!  The seller states that everything on this bike is completely original as if it just left the factory.  The pictures agree, this is a fantastic paint scheme–one of my favorites for the F3–and it isn’t too outrageously priced either.  You’ll find the majority of F3’s beaten to within an inch of their lives and having an asking price of $2,200 on Craigslist during the nicer months, making this one look quite attractive if the reserve is several hundred under the BIN price.  If nothing else, buying this bike would be a much better experience than finding out if you’re good at day trading–probably cheaper too.  See this nice looking F3 on eBay .  See Dan’s original post featuring this bike here.

AG

Classic Sport Bikes For Sale January 3, 2011 posted by

1988 Ducati F3 Santa Monica in Oz

1988 Ducati 400cc F3 6 speed Santa Monica limited edition in Australia!

We’ve already stepped into 2011 here in Hong Kong (and in Australia where the bike is located), so I’d like to wish everyone safe and happy riding in 2011!  Keep the rubber side down!

OK, now let’s move on to the bike…it seems that we here at RSBFS have a thing for the miniature versions of 90s sports bikes – ZXR400, VFR / RVF400, GSX-R400, FZR400…etc., so this 400cc version of the Ducati F1 750 should hit the spot right on:

DUCATI F3 400 Santamonica Superbike.

A limited edition F3 Six Speed Santamonia released in Japan along side the F1 750 Santamonica, 2 seater also a Japan special edition bike.  There was only a handful of these ever made and this is in original condition with just over 5,000kms. I am a collector and will sadly miss this bike however due to circumstances the bike is for sale to a collector. Always undercover and well maintained it also comes with a few spares and extra bits.

The bike is an original Six Speed F3 2 seater in original limited edition Santa Monica colors 1 of 150, MADE only in ITALY! Come as a factory 2 seater or monoposto (single with seat cover). Tyres very good. The factory original Hand book and tool case also come with the bike.

It was purchased by me in Japan and as far as I know its has two owners prior to me. It is fully complied to Australian design and safety standards and ready to register in Queensland right now. It comes with all paperwork required such as import approval, dereg etc.  International buyers are welcome, I am willing to assist in anyway possible to make a smooth transaction.

While the 400cc Ducati Pantah engine is generally considered to be a gutless lump, you can’t deny that this is an extremely handsome looking bike, and on top of that it’s a Santa Monica too (which is extremely sought after in the 750cc version)!  The 750cc and 400cc version shares pretty much the same chassis and running gear, except for smaller diameter forks (35mm vs 40mm) and narrower wheels, but other than that, most of your friends will be none the wiser and could be fooled into thinking that this is the Santa Monica F1 (well, the big ‘400F3’ letters on the tail might give it away, but that’s a minor point).

Sadly, the F3 will always live in the shadow of its bigger brother, but that’s a shame because I think it’s a cool bike in it’s own right. If you, like us, think that the smaller versions are in some ways even cooler than their bigger brothers, . Cheers and have a g’day mate!

ph