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Ducati October 6, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 1991 Ducati 851 SP3 for Sale in the USA!

Update 2.22.2106: Now listed with AMS Ducati Dallas. -dc

Update 10.6.2015: Price dropped from $32,000 to $27,500. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 L Front

If you’re an 851 fetishist, today’s Featured Listing Ducati 851 SP3 is a rare sight here in the USA. We first saw this particular example back in July from the same owner, but the bike is back now with seriously improved photography. Even if you have no interest in buying, it’s worth a few right-clicks on the images to add to your dream garage…

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 R Front Detail

At the time it was last posted, the RSBFS commentariat was pretty critical of both the pricing and the photography, but with the photography issue sorted, I think it’s clear why the seller has ambitious goals in terms of pricing: it’s a beautiful example of a very rare bike that is likely to become very valuable. The 916 is perhaps the most iconic modern Ducati, but the 851 laid the groundwork and although the 851 certainly isn’t as pretty or as elegant as its descendant, it has a brutal simplicity that is every bit as purposeful and effective.

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 Clocks

Originally introduced in 1987, the 851 was most significant for its introduction of four-valve heads, liquid-cooling, and fuel injection to the venerable L-twin engine, changes required to make the bike competitive in the then-new World Superbike series. It worked, and Ducati returned to the world performance stage in a big way.

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 Front Suspension

Good for a claimed 93hp and the usual fat midrange and lazy power delivery compared to four-cylinder rivals, the 851 was eventually superseded by the bored-out 888 that displaced, surprise surprise, 888cc.

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 L Rear

That bigger motor also powered the homologation SP3 and put out 111hp. Other changes to the SP3 included Öhlins suspension at both ends, a close-ratio gearbox, reinforced cases, and a few cosmetic carbon bits. The original bikes did have a set of Termignoni upswept pipes, although this bike features what appear to be Verlicchi megaphone exhausts. It’s a shame the originals are missing*, but I’ve seen a number of earlier 851’s with similar exhausts so they’re not completely inappropriate.

(*Note: I’ve discussed with the seller and he notes that he has identified a source for the originals but that it would require a trade for the current exhaust. Please contact the seller for further details. -dc)

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 Pipe

From the seller: 1991 Ducati 851 SP3 for Sale

I purchased this bike from The Silverman Museum Collection. It was serviced extensively prior to me purchasing it. I then had the fork seals replaced and the clutch and brake lines replaced along with a few other odds and ends (oil change, battery, etc.) I only rode the bike once (it scared me), I thought it was just beautiful to look at. I would put new tires on it if i planned on riding it a lot, but other than that, it’s in great shape.

I believe these pictures do the bike justice. I can provide a video of a cold start for anyone who is interested: it likes a little throttle when cold but after it’s warm it will idle without issue. It sounds phenomenal.

Keep in mind while the seller is asking some big money for an 851, this is an extremely rare homologation-special SP3 and even cooking 851’s are finally beginning to appreciate in value. While the Ducati Monster can be credited with saving Ducati in terms of sales, it was the 851 that gave the brand back the street cred on which the parts-bin Monster traded, and paved the way for the stunning 916 that graced a million bedroom walls.

-tad

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 L Side

Featured Listing: 1991 Ducati 851 SP3 for Sale in the USA!
Honda September 29, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 1988 Honda VFR400R for Sale

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A precursor to the iconic NC30 that was a sort of “mini RC30,” the VFR400R was powered by the a 399cc, gear-driven V4 and had the bigger model’s same ELF-designed Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm. Visual differences compared to the later NC30 include a more conventional, street-bike styled single headlight and bodywork, along with four bolts to hold the rear wheel in place, instead of a single large hub nut.

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This earlier iteration of Honda’s jewel-like V4 used a more conventional 180° crank, whereas later NC30 versions used a 360° “big bang” crank and firing order for improved traction and tire life. The 180° crank engine should sound a bit more like a conventional four, with combustion events spaced more evenly throughout each engine revolution. You still get the distinctive whine of the gear-driven cams fitted to these engines however.

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Although the small V4 isn’t as manic at high revs as other 400cc four-cylinders, it should have a much wider powerband and still rev to a screaming 14,000rpm. Grunt is ultimately limited by the miniscule displacement, but handling is superlative and these were [and still are] very popular in the UK as track-day bikes, although the 18″ rear wheel does limit tire choice somewhat.

1988 Honda VFR400R for sale on eBay

From the seller: 1988 Honda VFR400R for Sale

Imported legally this year from the UK with the idea of learning about  and testing the market as a possible business idea for the future.

When I received it, it would not idle, so, rather than clean the carbs, I opted for the more circuitous route and replaced the regulator/rectifier, coils, plugs, plug wires and battery as well as the starter solenoid for good measure. It ran better, but eventually I did clean the carbs and found the elusive idle.

The motor is sweet. Whining gear whir and a really nice howling exhaust note as it revs from clutch out at about 3000 all the way up to a redline of 14,000. Smooth and very torque strong powerband all the way up.

Also, as stated in the eBay post, the bodywork is original and a little rough on the two lower panels. The tank and balance of the beautiful old plastic is pretty nice in a slightly weathered patina appreciators sort of way.

I would like to mention the scale. The bike is small, the clearances around the engine and really throughout are tight and favor the small of hand. But, I am 5’10” and do not reach the bum stop under most riding conditions, so the ergonomics are semi comfortable and definitely not cramped.

Overall, this is a very sound , fun ride without the overkill of a larger superbike. I had an S3 400 Kawasaki that would pop your arms straight on the power, but this 400 is faster and more controllable in getting there. Like a RD400 but more muscular and with a much broader powerband. Throttle feedback is really fine. Would make a thrilling track bike or a good rider.

1988 Honda VFR400R L Fairing

Designed mainly for the Japanese market, a good number found their way over to the UK where they were popular as grey-market or “parallel imports.” This example is a bit rough around the edges, as the seller clearly indicates, but these are the original panels and 27 years and 28,000 miles means some scuffs and scrapes and minor cracks are to be expected.

1988 Honda VFR400R R Side

The VFR400R is very rare here in the US, meaning this should be of interest to Honda fans here looking to complete their V4 collections or track day riders more concerned with corner speed than top speed. All-in-all, this bike lacks the endurance-racer styling and raucous “big bang” engine of later versions, but still provides the basic handling goodness that made these so popular in the first place.

-tad

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Featured Listing: 1988 Honda VFR400R for Sale
Ducati September 23, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: Custom 2007 Ducati Sport Classic “Bella” for Sale

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For some people building their dream bikes, the ideal is to create something that’s truly new, something that’s never been seen before. Others take a different approach, building something that looks basically original, but is just subtly different. They’re asking, “What if the factory kept building my favorite bike, but updated it to keep it modern?” Today’s featured Ducati Sport Classic is exactly that kind of machine.

2000 Custom Sport Classic R Side Rear

Mechanically, you’re looking at a twin-shock sporting Ducati powered by their venerable but very effective air and oil-cooled, two-valve Desmo L-twin engine with twin-plug “DualSpark” heads. Dead stock, the engine produced a claimed 92hp, with plenty of midrange and real-world poke. It’s considered by many to be one of the very best streetbike engines ever made, and the extended service intervals of more recent iterations make them reasonably economical to own as well.

2007 Custom Sport Classic Dash

The earliest examples of the Sport Classic actually featured a monoshock rear suspension, with a single shock offset to one side for a vintage look with modern performance. Later bikes switched to the actual twin-shock rear as seen here, although with the very bling-y Öhlins rear shocks, I’d expect this will still outhandle plenty of more mundane sportbikes.

2007 Custom Sport Classic R Side Tank

At a glance, this bike might look almost stock, but a closer look reveals a laundry list of subtle updates and modifications that should improve the performance and looks, but stay true to the original spirit of the bike.

From the Seller: Custom 2007 Ducati Sport Classic “Bella” for Sale

Most people are familiar with the Ducati Sport Classic line designed by Pierre Terblanche, but they may not realize that the inspiration for these icon motorcycles was one of his earlier projects, the MH900E Mike Hailwood tribute. This was a limited edition hand-built bike that was carefully assembled in a separate corner of the Ducati factory. It featured one-off details and a fit and finish that was not available in the rest of the regular mass-produced models.

My vision for the Bella project shares that ideal. I imagined what the Sport Classic would look like if it was produced today with high-tech changes, modern improvements, and upgrades that spared no expense. It would be given the same attention to detail and hand-built treatment as the MH900E while being indistinguishable from a bike coming from the Bologna factory. I wanted only the educated and discerning eye to be able to truly appreciate the countless subtle changes that went into building this original machine. For this reason, almost every part and feature that went into the bike was adapted from other modern, high performance Ducatis or the MH900E itself. At the same time it had to be classy and timeless; no billet parts or carbon fiber. From the featherweight 999R forged Marchisini wheels wrapped in sticky Pirelli rubber, to the Ohlins Superbike front end with Brembo brakes, everything there belongs on a Ducati.

Asking price: $35,000. Contact Joe for details

Specs:
Full ground up restoration and customization with minor frame modifications
iPhone compatible Bluetooth ignition
1098 Digital dash w/ custom ECU firmware, mapping, and wiring harness
Ohlins 1098s forks w/ Brembo radial calipers
999s polished triple clamps and clip-ons
Ohlins dual rear shocks
Brembo radial brake and clutch master cylinders
999r forged Marchesini wheels
Pirelli Diablo Rosso tires
Hypermotard mini handlebar switchgear
MH900E polished reasets, frame plugs, and reservoir holders
One piece hand-formed aluminum solo tail section fabricated by Ill Eagle Designs
Matching hand-stitched suede leather seat and rear pad by New Church Moto
Custom undertail dual tipped exhaust
One piece front fairing w/ recessed LED headlight
Hidden indirect LED taillight and turn signals
Ballistic Lithium-ion batter
All aluminum engine and body parts hand polished and brushed

2007 Custom Sport Classic L Fairing Detail

You can’t go wrong with a red frame for your trellis-framed Ducati, and the builder obviously tried to keep the build “in the family,” using as many parts from other Ducati models to stay in the spirit of a “what if” build.

2007 Custom Sport Classic Rearset

Personally, I think the cone-style mufflers look a bit small, and although I like how the bifurcated headlight echoes both the Diavel’s unit and Ducati’s “D” logo, I’d prefer something just simple and round, but that’s just picking nits: this is a meticulously built, beautifully prepared, and sumptuously photographed motorcycle that looks like it flat works on the road.

-tad

2007 Custom Sport Classic L Side

Photographs used with permission by the seller. Photo Credit: Pierre Robichaud

Featured Listing: Custom 2007 Ducati Sport Classic “Bella” for Sale
Track Bikes For Sale July 23, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 2009 Husqvarna SM450RR F450 Super Single

2009 Husqvarna SM450RR L Side

Today’s Featured Listing Husqvarna SM450RR-based roadracer is a bit outside what we usually feature here, a bike without much of a pedigree or racing history, but one that has function and character by the bucketload. Race bikes are often cost-no-object creations designed to perform without compromise. Super Singles are almost the complete opposite of that design brief and are built to provide the foundation for a race series that keeps costs low and the level of competition high.

2009 Husqvarna SM450RR L Rear

The costs to run top-tier race teams in Moto GP and WSBK are astronomical and, even with limits in place to keep costs from spiraling out of control, there are few that can play at that level. It takes mountains of money and talent to compete, with very few slots and many eager riders fighting to fill them.

2009 Husqvarna SM450RR R Front

So how do you get started racing if you aren’t blessed with deep pockets, or want to really learn the ropes on something that rewards finesse and talent? Where do you find the perfect bike to go racing on a budget? Something with torquey, flexible power, light weight, reliability, and easy parts availability, a bike that allows the riders, not the bikes to shine brightly?

2009 Husqvarna SM450RR Engine Detail

A number of big names, including Roland Sands, were involved in developing bikes to compete in an AMA Superbike feeder class, and bikes like this were the result. Several companies stepped up to the plate and produced kits that utilize big offroad singles as the basis for roadracing machines, utilizing the donor bike’s engine, frame, and swingarm. New wheels, brakes, suspensions, and bodywork were added for the bike’s new mission and while the resulting bikes weren’t exactly cheap, costs could be kept manageable. Performance? With a weight of about 250lbs and 60hp these are seriously quick machines with the power-to-weight of a tuned two-stroke 250, but with a fat wedge of midrange and durability undreamed of by the smoker brigade.

2009 Husqvarna SM450RR F450 Super Single for sale on eBay

From the seller: Brand New 2009 Husqvarna SM450RR Road Racer

Gavin Trippe (A legendary motocross and road race promoter, father of the Supermoto and the AMA Superbike Championship) joined with Troy Lee Designs and Roland Sands Designs to build several F-450 examples based off of current 450cc Motocross bikes.  One of the last and the most expensive design the trio has designed is this Husqvarna 450RR and it’s ready to race!

This Husqvarna’s SM450RR Limited Edition is the only one imported and was constructed to celebrate Husqvarna Motorcycle’s success in the 2008 Supermoto World Championships when Adrien Chareyre (France) and Husqvarna bike won 2 world titles. This motorcycle was the identical backup bike of Adrien Chareyre setup but not raced.

The SMRR’s power plants are more powerful “race” versions and are mated to six-speed gear boxes derived the mx bikes which come stock with a STM slipper clutches. Changes to the engines include an enhanced electric started, 41mm Keihin carburetor and along with special cams and pistons. In collaboration with Arrow, Husqvarna engineers designed a tailor-made exhaust system for the SMRR’s which are constructed from titanium (complete) and feature twin silencers and heat shield also made of titanium.

The bike offer a TIG welded frame with adjustable steering heads (just like on the official Team Husqvarna machine) as well as a shortened, black anodized swing-arm that improves traction and maneuverability. The one-piece steering plate made from anodized Ergal and the increased diameter steering pivot is all aluminum.

The brakes are special for these models and feature a one-piece caliper and pump. Wave disc rotors from Braking are oversize 310 mm for better compromise between adjustability and stopping power. 

Front suspension is handled by 50mm sealed cartridge Marzocchi Forks, and the rear is controlled by a Sachs racing aluminum bodied shock.

There are several titanium bolts on the bike.

The twin-colored anodized aluminum fuel filler cap is special as are the one-piece anodized Ergal racing handlebar clamps. The racing type stand is included.

This bike has never been on a track.

What?! “This bike has never been on a track”?! Someone buy this thing and rectify that immediately! It’s almost a shame that the best thing to do with this Husky is thrash the living hell out of it on track, considering how nicely put together it is. With a number of companies currently making kits to convert dirt bikes into whippy little roadracers, the final product will certainly vary in terms of polish, depending on who’s built them. That’s not a problem with this one.

2009 Husqvarna SM450RR Rider View

Although this nicely finished and highly spec’d machine is unlikely to ever be a collector’s item in the same way the Honda NSR250 has become, it’s the perfect tool for going fast or learning to go fast and will look good doing it.

-tad

2009 Husqvarna SM450RR L Naked

Featured Listing: 2009 Husqvarna SM450RR F450 Super Single
Bimota March 19, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 2000 Bimota SB8R for Sale

Update 6.18.2015: The owner has contacted us to update that this bike is sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

2000 Bimota SB8R L Side

Today’s Featured Listing Bimota SB8R could be considered one of the marque’s most successful modern models, although you’re still looking at a low-production Italian exotic, with approximately 150 built.

After the V Due debacle, it was back to business as usual for Bimota, sticking reliable Japanese lumps into state of the art chassis they tried to get on their feet. And Suzuki’s thumping v-twin was certainly a brilliant powerplant in search of an equally impressive chassis. While the TL1000S and R met with mixed reviews, no one was complaining about the power and, with the 996cc engine retuned to a claimed 138hp and a weight savings of almost 50lbs compared to the donor TL, Bimota’s SB8 was always going to be an impressive performer.

2000 Bimota SB8R R Front

The SB8 is a handsome bike, and houses the original TL headlight in a bulbous, ram-air fairing with a bulging forehead. The intake tubes for the ram-air system are very prominent, but at least they’re formed from gorgeous carbon fiber. Which is good because you’ll have them in your face basically all the time…

2000 Bimota SB8R Dash

The frame is, in typical Bimota style, a masterpiece of cutting-edge design and materials, and was derived from Cagiva’s 500cc Moto GP bike. It featured an aluminum-beam front section and carbon side-plates bolted together to provide strength and good weight distribution.

This machine looks to be in perfect condition, with a laundry-list of updates, upgrades, and OEM spare parts.When all is said and done, at $12,500 this is a relatively inexpensive Bimota, but fairly expensive in terms of performance-per-dollar. But if you’re looking for functional garage jewelry and an unbeatable sense of pride of ownership, you’d have a hard time beating it.

2000 Bimota SB8R Front

From the seller: 2000 Bimota SB8R with 4,723 miles for Sale: $12,500

This bike was purchased new from Ducati Bellevue on 3/2/2002. The 1st owner was a local Seattle aerospace engineer who rarely rode the bike. It was never ridden in the rain, never left outdoors overnight, never around a racetrack nor has it ever been tipped over and/or damaged in any way. Kai at Red Label Moto acquired the bike and it has since passed to me as of 2012. Overall, this bike is in excellent condition and has a ton of hard to find goodies that are included with the purchase. I also have pictures of those as well if you’re interested.

The 1st owner made no modifications to this machine. His one mod was having a custom fuel trimmer or potentiometer made to work with the existing wiring harness. These bikes are known to have fueling issues due to the massive throttle bodies and this is where the potentiometer helps out. Unfortunately the potentiometer is old technology and the adjustment range was limited. I have since installed a PCIII that was tuned by Nels at 2 Wheel Dyno Works in Woodinville.

Some of the most recent updates to the bike include:

  • Barely broke in set of Michelin Power Pure 2CT tires.
  • New braided steel clutch and rear brake lines. Used but perfect condition.
  • Braided steel front brake lines. These bikes came with rubber hydraulic hoses.
  • New EBC brake pads front and rear. The metallic versions in the front.
  • New engine oil and filter as of Sept 2014.
  • Fairly new spark plugs. NGK CR9EK.
  • Out-of-production Evoluzione SB8R fuel trimmer from a Bimota enthusiast in Colorado. This unit is more precisely calibrated with nearly infinite settings between 0 and 999. The Bimota trimmer has 8 positions total. Also, this unit has a way-cool analog digital display that shows where your fuel mixture is set. And a more trick looking gold anodized mounting bracket.
  • The arrow exhaust on the bike has been cored for better performance and sound. The result is outstanding in that it essentially replicates full racing pipes with much better performance and sound. The pipes ended up a couple inches shorter than stock, however they are much lighter after being modified and look better in my opinion.
  • PCIII was installed to permanently wash out some of the fueling issues that was typical of the SB8R model and its huge throttle bodies. Nels at 2wheeldyno did an amazing job and this bike accelerates easier through the rev range than before. The fuel trimmer that had been installed prior to me purchasing the bike was only finite and could not adjust or reach some of these issues in the rev range. This modification alone makes it rideable if you get stuck in traffic.
  • Modded oem footpegs to replicate the footpegs as they would have been delivered on a European market SB8R. The bikes sold in the US were required to have folding footpegs
  • New Shorai lightweight lithium replacement battery. Trust me, the fact that this bike has a new battery of any type is a huge plus. The battery is located under an unholy amount of tank/carbonfider/frame. Ive also installed a CTEK battery tender since it is such a pain in the ass to get to the battery.
  • New vacuum line that goes from the airbox to a vacuum switching valve.
  • Cleaned/serviced air filter foam element.
  • The stock headlight control (left-side switchgear) has an extra metal tab inside so you can’t turn off the headlights. Now the lights can be switched on and off.
  • Ive also sourced out another unused OEM Arrow exhaust set that is in immaculate condition. The one that is currently on the bike is the re-cored version. If you wanted to switch back to the oem sound and condition, it would be boxed up and available.
  • Brand new and unused set of Brembo front brake rotors are also included. These Brembo rotors are OEM and matching to this specific motorcycle as well. Also included are a brand new set of EBC brake pads to finish off the install.
  • Ive also found a SB8RS rear sprocket which replaced the bland SB8R sprocket. This in my opinion, is completes the look of the bike much better than the standard silver colored one and matches the gold front brake rotors. The original is also stashed away and will be included as well.
  • Ive also sourced another gas tank which I’ve been keeping for a rainy day as well. OEM parts are especially hard to find for these bikes and an unused tank is even more rare. Duplicates are always good IMHO.
  • Extra OEM rear and front carbon fiber fender. Figured it couldn’t hurt to have another one of each laying around.
  • Extra OEM seat as well. The one on the bike is an oem version that has the Bimota logo embossed on it.
  • I’ve also sourced out the Bimota shop manual for this bike, as well as the parts catalogue. Always nice to have these around if you’re working on your own bike. Although some of it is in poorly translated Italian, it does touch on some nice little nuances of the bike.
  • The stock tank on these SB8R’s is an Acerbis tank and Ducati just went through a big class action lawsuit because of their Acerbis tanks expanding over time due to the ethanol content in gasoline. I had the tank that’s currently installed on the bike sealed and lined by Russ Foy in late 2014 to prevent any tank bloat. Either way, the only kind of gas I’ve used in the bike has been ethanol free.
  • Includes both factory keys, leather Bimota key fob, owner’s booklet, wiring diagram, display stand, stock footpeg folding thingies, toolkit, helmet lock (?) and the stock rubber hydraulic hoses if you want them. I also have pictures of all the extra bits if you are interested.

Seattle, Washington

2000 Bimota SB8R R Rear

These do seem to change hands regularly with low miles, which is a shame, although this example is obviously no garage-queen, since the seller has made changes to make it more real-world useable.

-tad

2000 Bimota SB8R R Side

Featured Listing: 2000 Bimota SB8R for Sale
Suzuki February 19, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Suzuki GSX-R750 for Sale

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The GSX-R750 is one of the longest-lived sportbikes in existence. But there’s really just one version that I actually lust after, the second-generation Gixxer that was made for just two years, from 1989 to 1990. The look and the proportions are just right, and those dual round headlights are one of the best design elements of the era.

So many bikes these days are trying too hard, with overstyled bits and pieces that detract from the fact that the designers are short of ideas. No matter how many vents, angles, and colors you add to a design, if the overall silhouette isn’t distinctive and striking, it just ends up looking like you didn’t know when to put the t-square down and just trust your original design.

But to me, the 89′-90′ GSX-R is just the distilled essence of sportbike-ness. Gotta be blue-and-white though. The black and red scheme does look cool, but the traditional Suzuki colors are just too classic.

Today’s Featured Listing is exactly the kind of bike I’d want for myself: well cared-for, but also well-used and enthusiast-owned.

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From the seller: 1990 GSX-R750 for Sale

The bike has 19,524 miles. I am not the original owner. I bought it from a collector in the early 2000’s. The bike is currently in heated dry winter storage. I have never had one single mechanical issue with the bike other then front fork seals which have been professionally replaced. Tires are in good shape and not abused as I have not abused this bike in any fashion. All electrical works properly. Cosmetically I will start from front to back.The bike has 19,524 miles.  I am not the original owner.  I bought it from a collector in the early 2000’s.  The bike is currently in heated dry winter storage.  It is climate controlled and off site. I have never had one single mechanical issue with the bike other then front fork seals which have been professionally replaced by my guys here.  That was last year.  Tires are in good shape and not abused as I do not abuse this bike in any fashion.  All electrical works properly.  Cosmetically I will start from front to back.

Front fender is perfect.
Front fairing is in good shape though there is some slight damage on the right side. This was due to a no speed drop on my part. I repaired it as minimally as possible and left the mirror off. Its fine and has posed no structural issue (see image). I do not have that mirror. The left mirror has a slight crack in the smaller riser arm (was this way when I got it / it has not posed a problem).
The fairing shield is in great shape and paint is in great shape.
Lights and horn work as they should.
The levers are not stock, but off one of my old race bikes. I do not have the original levers any longer but they are correct fitment for this bike and work as they should. Grips and bar-ends are not stock.
Right foot peg is bent slightly just from aggressive riding on my part. There is a non –stock bolt in the heal plate bracket that I used from the shop on that side. The original rattled out.
All gauges work as they should with no issues.
The gas tank is also in great shape. Small dimple on top of tank behind filler cap (was there when I bought it) I left it alone as it is very slight.
Key works as it should. Gas tank inside is in excellent shape.
Both side panels are in good shape upper and lower. The right upper has a very small inner repair that is not noticeable. Again minimal but worth mentioning. All fasteners are in great shape.
Both left and right lower side panels have slight paint repair at apex width(see images). It was this way when I purchased the bike and shows no structural compromise.
The rear panels are also in good shape, with just slight stress cracks due to age. They are also minimal and have not posed a problem.
The rear solo cowl is also solid and in good shape with a slight scuff on the right side again minimal but worth mentioning. I bought this piece after the fact and did not restore it. The yellow stripe is just 3m taping and the gray back pad is now black.
I do have the rear seat “two-up” set up. The seat itself is in great shape.
The rear shock, swingarm, and chain and sprockets are all in good shape though they do show their age a bit. The chain guard is an aftermarket piece.
The rear undertail is mostly stock however the left side blinker mount was cracked when I got the bike and I again repaired it as minimally as possible as to not compromise the original form of the bike. The tail was also cut just below the plate mount by the previous owner.

Bike is insured and inspected in the state of NY for 2015.

As you can see if there was ever an issue or a challenge with this bike I did the least obtrusive fix to therefore not compromise the overall original integrity of the bike. The bike has only run synthetic oil since I have owned the bike with proper oil and filter changes at regular intervals.  The battery is new from this summer and does have a tender lead attached.  The motor, air box, carbs and all related are stock.  The bike was run at a track day by the previous owner so I have been told, so there are some safety wired bits but I was assured it was never raced as a dedicated race bike.  It shows no signs of racing competitively.

Asking price is $6,800. You can contact Chris with your inquiries by email.

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While the GSX-R really isn’t all that uncommon in terms of the number manufactured, finding one in this type of condition that has been lavished with appropriate care and maintenance most definitely is.

The miles aren’t perhaps as low as someone might want for their dream Gixxer, but I’d argue that cars and bikes with reasonable, well-maintained miles make far better purchases than those that sit, collecting dust and slowly rotting away. Anything missing or non-stock should be easy to source. If you want to enjoy your purchase by riding it, not just looking at it, this one is worth a close look.

-tad

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Featured Listing: 1990 Suzuki GSX-R750 for Sale
Honda January 23, 2014 posted by

1979 Honda CBX 1000 available in San Francisco Bay Area

Update #2 1.26.2014: Sold in Just 3 Days! Get your bike sold fast with a Featured Listing.

Update 1.26.2014: Updated price now $7000. From the seller:

It has been brought to my attention by a RSFS reader that the bike has had some paint work done on the tank, and the rear tailpiece replaced. I had a CBX “expert” confirm this, and while not apparent when you take a look at the bike, there is a missing sticker on the tank that would have been under the clear coat, and another sticker in its place. With this in mind, I feel I should lower the price on the bike to $7K obo, which is a more accurate reflection of its market value, given the paint.

I also have 16 high-res (4meg) images of all the “patina” on the bike, as well as a video of it running that I can share with interested buyers.

Honda CBX for sale

Today’s Feature Listing is this tasty and mildly upgraded Honda CBX 1000! Designed by Honda engineers to flex a little corporate muscle, this 1047cc, six cylinder, 24-valve air cooled rocket remains one of the most coveted bikes of the 1980s. When it comes to the “naked bike” genre – where the motor is everything – there is nothing like a CBX.

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This example has seen 3 owners and just 12k miles since new. Tim’s asking price is a mere $9k $7k and we feel this is a very fair asking price based on previous CBX sales.

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Contact Tim by email if interested

Thanks for helping support the site with a Featured Listing and good luck with the sale Tim!

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from the seller:

Ready to sell my 1979 CBX. 3rd owner. Always garaged. 12K miles. Runs well. Sport Kit. Pipemasters Stainless 6 into 6 exhaust – sounds great!. Works Performance air-adjustable shocks. New Tires. New brake pads and fluid. Battery always on tender. Solid cosmetic condition with some scratches. Original seat that looks original. Everything works on this bike and it is a solid, ridable first-generation sport bike . Easily restored, but I bought it to ride and enjoy. Includes OEM exhaust that is in rough, but restorable, condition. 3 into 2 exhaust also (probably Bub). All original controls that were replaced by the sport kit. Extra clutch cable and clutch basket. $9K $7k or best offer. Available immediately in San Rafael CA

1979 Honda CBX 1000 available in San Francisco Bay Area