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Suzuki July 2, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing: 1992 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike with California Plate and just 2,654 Miles !

Update 7.13.2022: Tom has confirmed this bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

RSBFS reader Tom’s RGV250 is almost half way through the 1988-1998 model run, but a gem with just a year’s worth of miles.  The Lucky livery recalls riders like Kevin Schwantz and a wild ride to team success.

1992 Suzuki RGV250 for sale on BaT

62 hp is the quote from RGV250 reviewers, but the lightweight package claims a power-to-weight ratio of a larger bike.  The 249cc twin is at its best, with multiple acronym-ed systems to optimize the exhaust power valves, mixture and ignition timing.  Though the riding position was uncompromising, components like dual front brakes with four piston calipers, usd cartridge forks and gull-wing swingarm make it worth the workout.  Shifter action was optimized, a help since RPM’s will want to be kept above 7,000.

Tom’s RGV250 has a flawless presence and ICU cleanliness.  The stainless Arrow exhaust is noticeable at first glance, with scaled-down blinkers and braided brake lines.  A start-up video is offered along with a walkaround, and quite a few detailed pictures – plus Tom’s notes from – the BaT auction –

This is an authentic Lucky Strike limited edition VJ22. All bodywork and fuel tank are original OEM Suzuki, and paintwork as well with the exception of a respray on the tailpiece. It had some scratches. This RGV has some tasteful mods that greatly enhance the riding experience. Including new Arrows coated stainless pipes, NOS Fox shock, billet rear-sets etc. Mileage on speedometer is not actual. The original broke right before 4,000 km’s. An NOS speedometer was sourced from Japan. Total KM’s is just under 4,300 (2,654 miles) It has an ultra-rare, clean California title in my name.

 

Aprilia’s comment on the VJ22 engine was that they adopted it to use in their own road-going 250 two-stroke, extending the engine’s post-RGV career.  Never offered here, the age of the RGV’s has made importation easier, but a lot of grey-market bikes have been heavily worked and worked over.  Tom’s has been carefully tended by him and previous owners, with just over 2,600 miles and a tune-up this spring.  Though it is said that a special rider is needed to pilot an RGV250 effectively, it probably has a lot to teach any rider willing to listen.

-donn

Featured Listing: 1992 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike with California Plate and just 2,654 Miles !
Aprilia April 14, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 2001 Aprilia RS 50

Update 4.14.2022: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

Don reports that he received 40 inquiries in the first 3 hours of his bike going live on the site! If you have an outstanding, rare, sportbike for sale, contact us about your own Featured Listing! -dc

Many in the motorcycle community love to wax poetic about the joys of riding a “Slow bike fast” and for good reason.  Few bikes embody this ethos like the Aprilia RS 50.  The 50cc two stroke is full of character and offers a great platform to hone corner speed skills and retaining momentum.  Not to be confused with a pocket bike or some other toy, the RS is fully street legal and in some areas can be ridden without a motorcycle license.

2001 Aprilia RS 50 racing replica sport motorcycle for sale: $2,950.

Diablo black/silver/red Grand Prix color scheme. Original owner, clear title. 968 miles. Mint condition, never mechanically modified. Always garaged. World Championship Aprilia race bike inspired technology, design and construction. Wind-tunnel defined aerodynamic body panels. Ultralight weight rigid space-frame. Exceptional handling and safety.

In addition to having several features that are historic firsts in this motorcycle class, the Aprilia RS 50 is one of the best motorcycles ever made for learning to ride. All controls are identical to those of full-size motorcycles, but its low weight and superb handling assure positive experiences that quickly build rider skills and confidence. In contrast to learning to ride a typical, more formidable motorcycle “cold”, transitioning to heavier, more powerful bikes from the RS 50 is smoother, safer and far less intimidating. High resolution photos available on request.

2001 Aprilia RS 50 specifications:

Dry weight: 89 kg (196 lbs). Fuel tank capacity: 13 L (3.5 US gal), reserve 2.6 L (0.7 US gal).

Engine: Single-cylinder, two-stroke, liquid-cooled. Light alloy cylinder with Gilnisil superficial hardening, reed valve induction, counter-balancing shaft. Compression ratio: 12:1. Electronic CDI ignition. Dell’Orto SHA 14/12 carburetor with heating system on the collector. Electric start. 12V, 105W generator. Variable rate 2-stroke oil injection.

Transmission: Wet, light alloy multi-disk clutch. Six-speed gearbox with helicoid tooth gear primary and chain secondary.

Frame: Twin spar beam frame in cast aluminum with thin-walled cross-rib reinforcements, completely polished. Seat height 810 mm (32”).

Suspension: Telehydraulic front fork with central pin (35 mm), travel 110 mm (4.3”). High-resistance steel rear swing arm with mono-shock, travel 120 mm (4.75”). Wheel base 1280 mm (50.4”).

Brakes: Front: steel single disk 280 mm, caliper with two 25 mm pistons. Rear: steel single disk 220 mm, caliper with single piston 28 mm.

Wheels: Tubeless radial tires, front 90/80 ZR 17, rear 110/80 ZR 17. Light alloy rims, 5 spoke, profiled for tubeless tires, front 2.50 x 17, rear 3.00 x 17.

These coveted bikes do not come to market regularly.  The few that do come up for sale often have lived a hard life, with the bumps, bruises and rash to prove it.  This example has under 1,000 miles and the single owner has obviously lovingly cared for it.  While well suited to a collection, one could also imagine this being an amazing alternative to a Grom as the local run around bike.  The Aprilia community is strong and parts are readily available, making the ownership experience just as appealing as the bike.

Featured Listing – 2001 Aprilia RS 50
KTM April 2, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 2015 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

Update 4.2.2022: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Contact us now for your own Featured Listing!

KTM introduced the Super Duke in 2005 and has proved a long term success for the brand – and the 1290 Super Duke R won most super-naked shootouts in 2015.  RSBFS reader Steve offers his impeccably maintained example for your consideration.

2015 KTM 1290 Super Duke R $11,000 in Northern California

KTM latched on to ending their engine sizes in -90 as catchy marketing, and the 1290 is close but actually gulps 1301 cc’s per rev.  Even pushing 177 hp, the V-twin is optimized for torque, with a 106 ft.-lbs. push at 8,060 rpm.  Those kinds of numbers can’t be trusted to the right wrist, so a suite of electronics offers selectable levels of throttle, traction and wheelie control, along with ABS.  WP supplies suspension at both ends of the orange trellis, with a single-sided swingarm leaving room for the Arrow muffler.  There is also a factory steering damper and ramped clutch which provides a slipper action.  The limited fairings channel air toward the radiator and away from the headlight, and don’t shield the rider as much as remind them of what’s in store.

As KTM’s most extreme streetfighter, there’s not all that much available in the upgrade department, but Steve had an Arrow exhaust fitted, and the 1290 breathes a little easier without the catalyst.  Of course the DOT rear fender has been tidied up.  Nicer Power Parts seats and luggage come with the bike, as well as the factory seats and exhaust.  Service last fall and new tires mean it should be a while before this Duke needs anything.  Steve asks $13,000 $11,000 and supplied these notes:

New Michelin 5 Tires
Full Service completed on 9/14/21 at A&S Motorsports. Maintenance history included.
KTM Power Parts Seats, OEM seats included
KTM Power Parts Luggage Included
R&G Exhaust Hanger, OEM passenger pegs included
TechSpec Tank Grip
Shorai Battery 2 years old
Arrow Race Tech, Slip-On Exhaust w/link pipe, Full OEM Exhaust included
Rottweiler SAS Block-offs/cat delete
Low Mileage 6,700
Includes Owners Manual, one key, plus Orange key and key code card
Tail tidy / fender eliminator
Runs and Drives perfectly, incredible Horsepower and Torque – aka, “The Beast”
Clean Title in Hand, California registration good until October, 2022
Clean Vehicle History Report
Garage kept. Properly maintained and Cared for. Near Showroom Condition.

A stop-and-go is required to adjust or defeat the traction control and ABS, which reviewers didn’t like.  They then went on to urge caution since the Super Duke will wheelie in the first three gears with very little effort !  The ride by wire throttle reviewed as more linear than earlier Dukes with a cable-operated throttle and closed loop EFI ( and the lean programming required ).  Otherwise the Duke will do just about anything you could ask, and the lack of fairings won’t let you tell LEO’s you had no idea of your speed.

Send questions or offers to Steve via – email –

-donn

Featured Listing – 2015 KTM 1290 Super Duke R
Ducati December 9, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 2001 Ducati 748

Update 12.9.2021: Sold in less than a week! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

If you have a bike for sale that would benefit from this kind of exposure, contact us for a Featured Listing. -dc

Our friends at Seattle Used Bikes have asked us to feature their beautiful Ducati 748.

It does not take any reader of RSBFS a long time to figure out that all of us are huge fans of the Ducati 748/916.  It is also not hard to figure out why it is one of the few universally adored motorcycle.  They are achingly beautiful, offer amazing performance and produce a wonderful sound.  For many they are dream bikes and something that has been lusted after for many years.

In the words of the Seller:

It seems to be harder and harder to find a good condition older Ducati Superbike. This 2001 Ducati 748 Superbike arrived last week and we have been asked to help find a new home for it. It has had a couple of local owners, most of its services were performed by the former Eastside dealer so no paper trail of service was provided. It started life as a base “E” model, not an “S” model, but has a few of the “S” upgrades like quick disconnect dzus fasteners on the fairing and nicer wheels. We were told it did have timing belts and basic service performed just last year and our guys gave it a good look over and made a few tweaks as well. It has some nice upgrades like the 10 spoke Forged Marchesini wheels and a Termignoni 3/4 exhaust system as well. There are a few other items like the SpeedyMoto open clutch cover and gold EVR pressure plate and springs. Out back we spot a nice carbon rear fender and chain guard, up front there is a smoke wind screen and adjustable brake and clutch levers. This particular 748 was originally sold from Ducati as a Mono seat model, that can be verified from the matching VIN under the seat. These did come with the steel Biposto sub frame so it could converted to a 2 seater if needed. We have our service records, 1 key, PitBull rear stand, Haynes workshop manual and a clean WA title

Ducati has never been shy about marketing and creating desire around their products and for years the focus was on the plethora of special and limited editions.  Over the years many have been so concerned with the R, SPS and Race Replica versions, they have forgotten how good the standard bikes are.

Traditionally if you had asked a collector what the least expensive way to own one of these gorgeous machines they would have advised you to fine a 748 Biposto.  This was due to the perception that it was the least desirable specification.  Think about that last sentence and be honest about how it makes you feel today.  Did it seem wrong? Well it should as clearly we now know all of these Ducati are desirable in some way.  That is rather evident when you see auction results like this $16,000 748 Biposto.

As time has marched on, and the markets move we are forced to accept that more and more people are entering the hobby and every day there are less and less of our beloved 748/916 available on the market.  None of these are simply used bikes any more, they are collectables and purchased with emotions, not spec sheets.  Will be interesting to look back on posts like this in a few years, willing to bet many will be kicking themselves for not picking up a clean example when they had the chance.

This example from Seattle Used Bikes offers a great opportunity to enter an ever rising market at an appealing price point of $7,999.  There are a few choice modifications that should appeal to someone that is going to get this bike out on the road and use it.  The upgraded exhaust will please the ears, and the open clutch cover will make sure everyone hears that unique dry clutch sound.  The images show that this bike is an original Monoposta.  Normally seen in yellow, the red will appeal to someone that values having something slightly different to the norm.

Featured Listing: 2001 Ducati 748
Suzuki June 27, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750

Update 6.27.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Already the stuff of legend, the GSX-R750 got a substantial revision in 1988, with a higher revving engine, “slingshot” carburetors, and 17-inch wheels.  RSBFS reader Jim’s GSX-R has a professional re-paint and several neat updates.

1989 Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale asking $6,900

Beside the semi-flatside carburetors, the new 748cc engine had larger valves than it predecessor, and hotter cams to operate them.  112 hp at 11,000 rpm was the final result, with max torque of 55 ft.-lbs. of torque measured at a lofty 10,000 rpm.  The enhanced air-oil cooling system on the engine took an extra quart and ran it through a two-stage oil pump and oversize oil cooler.  The revised alloy chassis was substantially more rigid, and added some 15 lbs.  43mm cartridge forks replaced the air-adjustable models but lost their anti-dive circuit.  Brakes remained excellent with a 60-to-zero distance of 122 feet, and the full fairing had the dual headlight looks of an endurance racer.

Jim’s K-model has relatively low miles and looks to have been garaged consistently.  The full Yoshimura exhaust is complemented by a jet kit, and the wider rear wheel makes for a bigger contact patch.  Jim’s comments about his bike:

This is a very clean and unmolested 1989 GSX-R 750. I believe I am the 5th adult owner, previous owner was an engineer in Southern California, and by the previous owner the bike has always been garaged and well cared for. It survived the last 30 years without having its frame polished, being raced or otherwise abused. Low original miles (22,537) and in very nice shape. Few left like this anywhere, truly a classic. It pains me to sell this bike, but it’s time to thin the herd.

Prior to me purchasing it, the previous owner had the bike professionally painted and re-decaled. He said the original bodywork was un-crashed and in good shape physically but suffered from fading and the yellowing you will often seen on the decals. He left the tank and front fender original as they were nice – likewise the solo cowl is original Suzuki paint. They are in excellent shape. Mechanically solid with the carbs just cleaned a month ago, Pirelli Diablo’s are in great shape, almost new RK chain, fresh brake fluid flush and bleed front and rear and also has had a recent oil change. Bike is turn key and ready to ride. Everything works!

It’s very original with a few mods. Period correct Yoshimura Duplex header, a newer Yosh slip on exhaust, Factory Pro Jet Kit, has an 1100 rear shock as well as 1100 gauge surround. Rear wheel is from a 1990 to run a 180 rear tire.

Very hard to find unmolested GSX-R’s of this vintage anymore and prices are going up every year – and I do not think you will find one this nice cosmetically. The bike is located in Maryland near Washington DC and you are welcome to come inspect in person. Bike has a CLEAN and CLEAR Maryland title.

Jim is asking $6,900 for his GSX-R750.

The 2nd generation GSX-R750 weighed a bit more, but with the additional power, the pound/horsepower ratio improved a hair.  Though the model was well on its way to becoming a classic, the J and K years had a lot of nice improvements, and took the AMA SuperBike crown with Jamie James in ’89.  Jim and his previous owners have taken nice care of this GSX-R, and avoided the personalization pitfalls.

Jim is asking $6,900 for his GSX-R750.

Featured Listing – 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750
Moto Guzzi February 5, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

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

Often a classic motorcycle’s history has a major part to play in its future.  This two-owner Daytona was owned by an eminent architect / engineer, and mostly on display for many seasons.  RSBFS fan Gavin has made it ready for the next owner to ride or show.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

Wanting to live up to their storied competition history, Moto Guzzi commissioned a four-valve head for their 1000cc V-twin.  Gentleman racer John Wittner helped design the package, with 95 hp and a ready-to-ride weight of 502 lbs.  Electronic fuel injection and catalyst amidships kept the Daytona legal.  An advanced linkage kept the shaft drive from over-reacting, with a Koni monoshock and Marzocchi forks.  The long tank and integrated fairings provided seating and protection for one and a close friend.

Gavin is based in Conn. and had a well-regarded shop prepare his Daytona for the next owner.  Beside cam belts, tires, all fluids and expendables, the work included fork seals, brakes, the fuel pump, and some electrical system work.  Easy on the eyes if not the ears, the Staintune exhaust of course does away with the catalyst.  Though coming up on 12K miles, it looks and has components of a much younger machine.  Here are Gavin’s thoughtful comments –

This extremely rare Daytona has been meticulously maintained and serviced, and garaged in the living room of my house.  It has been very lightly ridden for the past 15 years and was completely mechanically renovated in December 2020 by Jim Hamlin and team at authorized Moto Guzzi dealer Hamlin Cycles in Bethel, Connecticut. It has 11,706 miles.
 
 
I am the second owner of the bike.  I bought it in 1999 from the original owner, my friend and riding buddy Michael Czysz who was quite the motorcycling visionary and legend.  See the Cycle News article – here – .
 
This Daytona is a superbike of sound and fury.  The roar through the Staintune pipes is not just throaty but has the edge of a passing  jet plane. It has all the torque and power you’d expect from a big V Twin and is an awesome open road bike.  As mentioned it is very, very rare, very uniquely styled, and extremely muscular – turns heads wherever it goes.
 
Gavin asks $14,995 for his Daytona .

As collectible as most Guzzi’s are, the Daytona is a real prize with engineering and performance way over on the sporty side of the range.  The four-valve heads were retired for many years after the Daytona’s sunset, and total production barely exceeded 1,000 total.  Dr. John Wittner and his disciples had good luck with the Daytona’s inspiration, in the thunder twins classes.  Gavin’s Daytona has an interesting history and expert service to back up the excellent cosmetics.  .

Featured Listing – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000
Sport Bikes For Sale November 7, 2020 posted by

Recent Featured Listing Sales!

I’ve been updating Featured Listings this week and here are some notable sales from the past few months. If you’re interested in a Featured Listing, check out the details!

Thank you to all the buyers, sellers, and readers, for supporting the site.

-Dan Crouch

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Triumph July 20, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 1997 Triumph T509 Speed Triple

Update 7.23.2020: This bike has SOLD in just 3 days to an RSBFS reader. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Sharing little more than the letters on the nameplate with the namesake 1938 Speed Twin, fledgling Triumph Hinkley did have the same desire for the Speed Triple – to set the sales floor on fire.  The 1994 introduction did very well indeed and justified a comprehensive re-design for 1997.  RSBFS reader Todd offers his very sharp example in the single-year color Lucifer Orange.

1997 Triumph T509 Speed Triple with just 4,700 miles !

Despite the obscure T509 model designation, the Speed Triple used Triumph’s new modular 885cc engine which claimed 108 hp and 62 ft.-lbs. torque.  Sagem fuel injection was a significant improvement over the original carburetors, and a 6-speed helped keep the engine on the boil.  The updated chassis was alloy with a single-sided swingarm, though shares the rugged good looks of its steel predecessor.    Suspension and brake components were high-spec, with 45mm multi-adjustable Showa forks, with their matching adjustable monoshock, and Nissin 4-piston calipers over 320mm rotors.  The riding position is in keeping with its streetfighter image, and though early T509’s were equipped with clip-on’s, Todd’s has the mid-year conventional handlebar.

Todd is the second owner and has kept his Triple in phenomenal shape.  The powder-coated silver wheels look sportier, and the belly pan and binnacle fairing with its Euro parking light are nice touches.  Todd’s comments from his CycleTrader listing:

Lots of factory accessories on the bike: high mount carbon fiber “race” pipe, seat cowl, fly screen, carbon fiber tank protector, Tiger RS belly pan. Tail tidy and bar-end mirrors installed also. I had the wheels powder-coated silver when I bought the bike (they were originally black). Original mirrors, low pipe, passenger seat included. The bike will also include a Triumph pit stand.

Recent maintenance (done over this past winter to prepare the bike for sale):
-New injectors, fuel pump, fuel filter
-New spark plugs
-Rebuilt front calipers (pistons and seals)
-Front forks refreshed (new seals and oil)
-Coolant change
-Oil and Filter change

-Tires will need replacing soon

And here is a cold start / walk-around – video –

Todd asks $4,500 for his Speed Triple.

Triumph had a lot of competition in the muscle bike segment from the Yamaha V-Max to Ducati’s M900, but had their manufacturing ducks in a row and offered a European alternative at a sensible price.  Todd picked a very good year, accessorized nicely, and cared for this eye-catching T509 beautifully. 

-donn

Featured Listing – 1997 Triumph T509 Speed Triple