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Featured Listing June 5, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 2008 KTM RC8 with under 6,900 miles !

Update 6.5.2020: This bike has SOLD in just 2 1/2 hours after posting! The seller has informed me the transaction is now complete. Congratulations to buyer and seller! Interested in your own Featured Listing? Get all the details! dc

KTM swerved into the Superbike world in 2008, and though not currently in their line-up, they are a singular V-twin experience.  RSBFS reader Francisco has a very sharp first-year RC8 with just 6,875 miles.

2008 KTM RC8 #3 of 50 For Sale

KTM’s history is primarily off-road, and joining the superbike market in the late oughts left it no time for reverence to any past.  The 1148cc engine is their advanced 75-degree V-twin, a fast-track design project with fuel injection, four valves per cylinder, three oil pumps, 12.5:1 compression and 152 hp !  The trellis chassis holds the engine from above, with a steel headstock, and the cast alloy swingarm pivots directly in the rearmost bosses.  WP is a subsidiary of KTM and supplied the 43mm forks and adjustable monoshock.  The alloy seat subframe is hidden, but the angular bodywork makes a lasting impression, especially in the company’s chosen orange and black.

Francisco is the original owner and has kept his RC8 perfectly, with the hard to find factory accessories.  He has this to say about his RC8:

2008.5 Limited Edition KTM RC8 with under 6,900 miles. Number 3 of the first 50 RC8 bikes produced for North American delivery. It even comes with the commemorative metal plaque identifying it as #3 of 50. The bike is totally clean and completely stock. It only has 6,875 miles. It is registered in California. It has always been covered and garaged and is has been lovingly maintained. Never dropped. It comes with a factory tank bag, factory passenger pad, factory passenger pegs (never used) and the rare factory tail bag. I have all the original manuals and the original brochure. I have all the keys including the plastic key and the Key code card.

It runs great overall. As with any new first generation bike it had its problems initially, but I was fortunate to have the top KTM tech correct some early water pump problems this model had. Also, the low end gear changing when cold is not BMW smooth but loosens up once the bike warms up. The ride and handling are fantastic. The engine pulls like a tractor across a really wide power band and its stock exhaust sounds throaty and crisp. The adjustable suspension works great to give you a great tight feel across even the bumpiest of roads.

Of all the sports bikes I have owned I enjoyed the comfortable upright seating position of the RC8 the most. It really is a lot of fun to ride and you can even do long trips on it. I rode it to Laguna Seca a couple of times and I was never tired or sore. The bike is located in Thousand Oaks, California. Looking for someone to buy it that really wants it, not just someone looking for a deal.

Francisco asks $8,500 for his RC8.

KTM campaigned the RC8 with some success in World Superstock, and did well in regional superbike championships in Germany, Britain, and the AMA.  Reviewers loved the handling and ergonomics, and the computer-aided design gave no quarter.  The company bowed out of the superbike sweepstakes in 2015, likely to free up development resources for their return to MotoGP.  KTM’s RC8 is a stand-out design, with the well-developed LC8 drivetrain, and though competitively priced when introduced, they’re a downright bargain these days.  Francisco’s original and cared-for example is about as nice as they come.

-donn

Featured Listing – 2008 KTM RC8 with under 6,900 miles !
Buell December 18, 2017 posted by

Fundamentally – 1996 Buell S1 Lightning with 23 Miles !

When introduced in 1996, the S1 Lightning was a little easier on the bank account and slightly improved in the power-to-weight department.  Way back to basics, this all original Lightning has just 23 miles and needs only a new collector.

1996 Buell S1 Lightning for sale on eBay

Buell’s second production motorcycle, the S1 incorporates some usual Buell features like the 1203cc Sporty engine with belt drive, patented isoplanar engine mounts, tube frame, with horizontal pull-shock and muffler.  The later rim-diameter front disk brake is hinted at but this single disk is more conventional.  Undersized bikini fairing, fuel tank, and passenger seat all indicate a short-haul fun machine, and the 101 hp / 95 ft.-lbs. drivetrain made shifting the 5-speed more or less optional.

Right down to the rarely seen plastic rear fender, this Buell really is new-old-stock.  The owner indicates it was originally in the collection of Robert Petersen, publisher of Hot Rod, Motorcyclist, and many other magazines.  Pictures show it to be spotless through the glare.  From the eBay auction:

This is the cleanest Buell you will ever find. It has just 23 miles on yes 23 it had 11 on it when it left the Peterson museum and was serviced and they test rode it for 12 miles. I have not started it but the factory battery still has a charge. The fuel was drained. This bike is as it left the factory. Not a mark on it anywhere and the paint is as bright as it was at the day it left the factory as its never been outside.

Buell had their ups and downs, but a surprisingly long and innovative run from the Battletwin to the 1125R some 22 years later.  The S1 was only made for a few years, and around 5,000 examples.  Outdated when introduced, the S1 vibrated to the potato-potato beat, and was somewhat overweight for being naked.  But beloved by some for its brawny basic-ness.  No doubt there is a H-D dealer or collector who’ll want this first-year S1 for the display stand…

-donn

Fundamentally – 1996 Buell S1 Lightning with 23 Miles !
KTM May 9, 2016 posted by

An Austrian Interpretation – 2008 KTM RC8

Founded in 1934 under the name Kraftfahrzeug Trunkenpolz Mattighofen, KTM has grown like the proverbial tree, branching out from bicycles to two-strokes, enduros to supersports, and lately into sportscars.  Their exciting entrance into the superbike arena was well-received and has become a standard-bearer for the company.

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2008 KTM RC8 for sale on eBay

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Based on their LC8 V-twin, KTM developed the 1148cc in only 30 months, the results roar for themselves with 152 hp and 89 ft-lbs. torque. Underneath the stealth fighter styling it uses a chrome-moly steel trellis frame, with fully adjustable WP forks and monoshock.  Superbike-spec Brembo brakes have 320mm front rotors with 240mm rear.  Low polar moment exhaust ends under the footpegs.

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The RC8 presented here has just break-in miles and appears for all intents new.  Evidently owned by a fan, it has been preserved, maybe with an eye toward collectability.  From the eBay auction:

KTM’s RC8 Super-bike represents KTM’s first mass-produced production super bike. This particular KTM is #5 of only 50 produced in their first year; it also only has 1052 miles!! The KTM RC8 was fully designed with the racetrack in mind and is intended to compete directly against Ducati’s 1098/1198 Superbikes as well as the Big Four Japanese liter class motorcycles.

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Introduced in spring 2008 as a 2008-1/2 model, the RC8 wasn’t without problems, there was a recall to adjust the transmission and a few quality control issues, but as a first superbike KTM hit it out of the park.  Smashing design and execution, pricing in between Italy and Japan, and most ergonomics are adjustable for the individual rider.  Never resting on their laurels, KTM improved the powerplant for 2010, and introduced a more dedicated track machine in the RC8R.  But the distinction of a first-year model and fine condition are a draw.  Listed by a Texas dealer, the auction has several days to run, dozens of bids, and hasn’t hit the reserve.  Looking forward to watching this one…

-donn

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An Austrian Interpretation – 2008 KTM RC8
Honda April 22, 2016 posted by

Gen 1 – 1984 Honda VF500F Interceptor

Not long before the flights of 600cc sportbikes started pounding these shores, Honda started a handling-centric mini-frenzy with the mid-80’s Interceptors.  They were light(er) in weight and had 4-valve V-4’s, with small frame-mounted fairings and little belly scoops.  Serial number 18 and possibly the first delivered to the U.S., this VF-500 has been cared for and thoughtfully photographed.

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1984 Honda VF500F Interceptor for sale on eBay

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Tucked into an early double cradle frame, the 498cc water-cooler generates 70 hp, transmitted by a 6-speed transmission.  The 37mm air-adjusted forks lead Pro-Link monoshock rear to the fray, with triple 255mm discs firing the retro-rockets.  Handling is aided by 16-inch front / 18-inch rear stagger.

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Looking surprisingly cherry for its indicated 27,303 miles, this VF500F has no bids but a serious buy-it-now.  The owner promises the following in the eBay auction:

First year and First generation 500 interceptor. This little jewel just happens to be frame number “18”… That’s right the 18th 500 Interceptor ever built… Not only that, but according to the Honda Micro Fiche this is the very first VF500 imported into the USA…

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These little baby interceptors have developed quite a cult following… probably the best of the first-generation interceptors… This beautiful little bike was owned by a motorcycle industry journalist from brand-new… It has been meticulously well-maintained and is in absolutely bone stock museum quality condition… It even has the stock grips, stock turnsignals, bodywork, and stock mirrors still on it… Almost impossible to find them in them in this condition…

this bike runs fantastic…

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Soft-focus photos, nice as they are, beg for more history or suggest an in-person inspection.  Maintenance-free as these V-4’s can be, some repair records might be available.  Having the first customer VF500F in the country would be important to a collector.  If it all checks out, there’s a very good-looking Interceptor at the end of this rainbow…

-donn

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Gen 1 – 1984 Honda VF500F Interceptor
Sport Bikes For Sale June 12, 2012 posted by

Big Boy Bike! 1986 GSX-R1100 For Sale

Location: Clifton, VA

Miles: 12,387

Price: Currently $2,839 with Reserve in place

When the GSX-R1100 debuted on the scene, it was the answer to many of rider’s prayers to a liter bike that was a hard-edged as the 600’s and 750’s of the time. The bike made roughly 130hp while weighing about 450lbs. That might not seem to impressive now, but back in ’86 that meant a lot for a liter bike. The GSX-R1100 was a monster on the track as well with rock solid steering and capable suspension.

This .44 Magnum of a sport bike for sale here looks to be in very good condition and has low miles as well. The seller states that the only scratches on the bike are on the underside of the fairing from loading the bike onto a trailer. Also, the solo tail has some chipping on the corner. Other than that it looks to be very well cared for. The seller even highlights some recent maintenance done to keep the bike running properly.

From the seller:

1986 GSXR 1100. In excellent original condition with 12,387 miles. Runs great. Needs nothing. Ready to ride. Starts easily and pulls stromg. As you probably know if you are reading this, 1986 was the first year for the ground breaking GSXR 1100 and they are getting hard to find in this condtion. The bodywork is complete with almost no marks or imperfections. Tires andBatteryare almost new. As far as I know the bike has never been down, the engine has never been touched internally and the mileage is original.

  • Fresh oil and fluids.
  • New Plugs
  • Mikuni carbs
  • K&N Air Filters
  • Braided Stainless Steel brake lines

The only scratches are on the bottom of the fairing from loading the bike onto a trailer but these are not visible unless viewed from under the bike. Other than that the bodywork is in almost factory perfect condition. The tank is perfect. The seat is good with no tears or rips. There silencer has some very faint rippling on the stainless steel cover plate under the passenger footrest which is not visible in the photos and can only be seen if the light catches them at an angle. There is no rust on the header pipes. The seat hump has a corner broken off on one side – easily fixable and can still be used as is. Wheels are original and in very good condition. This is one of the nicest first year GSXR1100’s you will see. Clean with a few minor imperfactions consistent with a well cared for bike of this mileage.

I also have the original airbox and carbs shown in the last photo. Since no everyone will want these they are NOT included in the auction but the winning bidder will have the option to buy these for an additional $160. If they do not sell with the bike I will auction them on ebay afterwards.

The bike may not be 100% bone stock with the addition of new carbs and air filters, but the original parts can be yours for an extra $160. If I were buying this bike, I would probably pick those up as well, but I do wish the seller would include those at no extra charge. We have seen these early 1100’s go for $4-$5k in the past and would assume that this one would go for roughly that. If you have been looking for one of these you can check out the auction here and see if this one is right for you!

-JS

Sport Bikes For Sale April 27, 2012 posted by

Get One While You Can – Original, First Year GSX-R 1100

Location: Visalia, California

Mileage: 42,000

Price: Auction, currently $3,850

Update 4.26.2012: Previoulsy posted on March 1, this bike sold for $4500 but is back on eBay. Links updated. -dc

So everybody knows that I’m particularly fond of the Suzuki GSX-R. And we really haven’t had an early one in a while here on RSBFS. Well, here’s one. 1986 is the first year of the 1100, a bike that took things up a notch or five when it came out a year after Suzuki shocked the motorcycling world with the GSX-R 750. The 1100 was the same chassis, but with a bigger air and oil cooled 137hp monster of a motor. And a bulletproof motor at that. This bike is legendary.

The pics are a little fuzzy but here they are-

And from the seller-

here we have a 1986 suzuki gsxr 1100 rare british color scheme it has the 530 chain conversion with brand new chain and sprockets, the tank is dent free completely and is in near perfect shape other than some clear coat peeling on the stripe portion. the other panels are in good shape not perfect but not poor a nice example of a 26 year old bike. it has brand new bt45 bridgestone tires and new rear brake pads. the rear grab rail comes with the bike not pictured on it. the bike has not been down at all other than the left lower fairing has a silver dollar size rash where it bubbles out to cover the crank shaft. it has 180 psi compression in every cylinder. all stock bike please call larry with questions. other than me this is a one owner bike included with the bike is the original sales contract. fresh tune up as well plugs, oil carb and valve adj

The seller mentions the minor mods to the bike and some small cosmetic issues. Photos show a pretty clean and original bike and while the mileage is up there the engines in these, as mentioned above, are pretty bulletproof. Many a GSX-R 1100 motor went into many a drag bike. So if the bike has been maintained, you should have something you can ride as you like for quite some time. Who knows where the price goes on this one, but I would suspect between $5k and $6k. We’ll see.

So another early GSX-R 1100 up for grabs. They ain’t gonna make any more of these, so if you’ve been looking, it might be time to pull the trigger. To start the squeeze on that trigger, make the jump!

-RN

Sport Bikes For Sale February 22, 2012 posted by

Nice Early Liter Bike- ’87 Yamaha FZR1000

Location: Valencia, California

Mileage: 40,454

Price: Auction, currently $3,050

Oh, the memories of seeing a clean sportbike from the 80’s. The late 80’s and early 90’s were my formative years when it comes to motorcycles. My first bike was an ’88 Hurricane 600 and I worshipped all sportbikes at the time. And it was then as it is now, the liter bike was the king. GSX-R 1100’s, FZR, Ninja and Hurricane (CBR) 1000’s were amazing bikes that someday many of us hoped to own, if they didn’t scare us too much.

Here’s what the seller has to say about this example-

1987 Yamaha FZR 1000. The first year of the 1000. Don’t let the miles fool you this bike is extremely clean. It runs, shifts and stops perfectly. It is bone stock except for a washable air filter and a 49 state ignition box. I bought this bike from a local dealer who bought it back from the original owner. It comes with a factory service manual and a little log book from the orig owner. Since owning it I have put new tires on it, chain and sprockets,  steering head bearings, fork seals, battery, front brake pads, valve clearance insp and oil change. The bike has never been dropped in any way the only flaws are the small scratch on the red decal on the tail section, missing screen fastener and slightly spotted/scratched original wind screen. It also has a brand new fuel tank from Australia because the orig rusted in the corners, if you have owned an FZR you will know what I am talking about. Current CA reg and clean pink in my name. 

If you have any questions or need specific photos just ask.

I will not crate the bike but I will meet with shipper for pick up. Cash payment in person preferred. Will take check or money order but I keep the bike until it clears.

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As the seller mentions, ’87 was the first year of the FZR1000 and this looks to be a clean example. The seller also mentions the mileage right off the bat, and if the bike has been maintained, then you should have more riding time down the road on this beauty. The bike looks good cosmetically and the seller highlights some small issues, including a ding as shown in the photos. Overall, pretty amazing considering the age of the bike. The gas tank has been replaced, something that has to happen if there’s rust. For pure collectors, that may be an issue, but I think this bike is more about having a cool liter bike from the beginning of the sportbike era.

Who knows what the reserve is on the bike, but I would imagine something like this would be around the $4k mark or a little higher. All in all, a cool early liter bike for possibly not a ton of cash. If it speaks to you, check out the auction!

-RN

 

Sport Bikes For Sale December 7, 2011 posted by

First Year Beauty- Original ’86 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

Location: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada

Mileage: 31,068 (50,000 km)

Price: $3,250

Here’s an opportunity to take home a legendary bike. For those in the know, the GSX-R 1100 is an icon. When it was released by Suzuki in 1986, the power of the air and oil cooled 1100cc motor built an instant following. It was a brute that quickly set a new mark for the liter bike class. It followed the year after Suzuki introduced the game changing GSX-R 750 and is truly one of the great classic sportbikes.

And this bike is a legend. Why? How about an unreal amount of power (130+ hp) in a roughly 430 pound package. And this was back in 1986. Really, that kind of power to weight was a mind blower back then.

This bike appears to be one of the rarest of the rare when it comes to old GSX-R’s. And by that I mean an original, unmodified example. It’s hard to find any early GSX-R’s on the road but a first year that is original falls into the hen’s teeth category.

As described in the ad, the owner of this bike was “old-school” and kept this beautiful machine in original condition. To me that really is a thing of beauty. A piece of history for everyone to enjoy.

The description in the ad reads-

Hard to find first year GSX-R 1100, extremely good condition, owner was “old school”, kept bike original.  Estate needs to sell.  Can include riding gear.  Bike is in New Glasgow, NS

This bike was clearly owned by an enthusiast who took excellent care of the machine. The mileage is significant but these engines are also known for their amazing durability. A bike maintained well, even with higher mileage, should still give you many more miles of riding time.

Asking price on this is $3,250. And that may be Canadian, I’m not sure. Regardless, I think that’s an amazing deal on a real icon. Do yourself a favor and take a look at this listing!

-RN