Posts by tag: fuel injection

Suzuki May 1, 2013 posted by

Turbo Time! 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo


Does everybody know what time it is? Turbo Time!


That’s right folks – your favorite one hit wonders are back for a limited showing. Today’s example – a very sweet Suzuki XN85, offered in the US in extremely limited numbers and for one year only. Turbo badges and stickers aside, this 650cc air cooled four cylinder pumped out 85 ponies at the crank, and was generally regarded as one of the sharpest handling sportbikes of the era. Credit the 16″ front wheel for agility, and legendary designer Hans Muth for the sculpted bodywork.


From the seller:

This is a one owner XN85 turbo . I am selling this bike for my brother in-law as he doesnt have much experience on ebay. Very low miles and in very good running order.

Everything works on the bike all gauges and turbo work properly. Very low production of these bikes ( 300 in the US) as they where very expensive back in 1983. None listed on Ebay except for this one.

Buyer is responsible for pick up and or shipping. The bike can be brought to the US border near Montreal if need be.

The bikes has 41379 KM which is equivalent to 25711 Miles.


Factory turbo bikes are some of the easiest “rare” bikes to collect. For while there were very, very few sold in North America they are also not prohibitively expensive. These are sure to go up in value over time, but it may be a long, long time before they are worth real money. Beware that parts on these one year only models can be difficult to source, although there are quite a few crossover parts with the rest of the Suzuki lineup for regular wear items.


This Canadian example is available right now – with very reasonable pricing. The current bid is only $2,025 with reserve not met. The BIN is only $3,400. When was the last time that kind of scratch bought you a very cool and very rare motorcycle? For more information and pictures click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!


Honda April 2, 2013 posted by

Force Fed: 1983 Honda CX650T TURBO


Honda Turbos – or any factory Turbo bike, for that matter – are genuinely rare motorcycles. Built to showcase technology of the future, these bikes were complex, expensive, and very, very fast. In the case of the Honda 650 Turbo, for example, the roll-on performance today is just as astounding as when it was first released. These days the larger bikes such as the ZX-14 and Hyabusa can equal and likely better it, however the CX650T is no slouch despite the age and the relatively small displacement.


The 650T is a one year only bike, following on the heels of the CX500T one year before. Much of the bike was new, and the 650 was a radical improvement over the on boost / off boost toggle switch affair of the 500. Engine size went up, boost went up, the price went up – and sales stayed flat (at best). The turbo era was over before it really began; at the price range these bikes were riding in, one could buy a much more conventional machine of larger capacity. The riding community spoke with their wallets, and turbo motorcycles spooled down forever.


From the seller:
This is an almost 100% original CX650Turbo with 7,262 miles on it, and is in museum quality condition.

I bought this bike about 5 years ago, and road it hard the first year. The previous two owners kept the bike in a heated dust free bubble for the first 6,000 miles of it’s life. I bought the bike to ride and ride it I did. The bike is amazing. It wasn’t untill the wife opened the car door into the left blinker that I realized how really rare these bikes are and how hard parts are to find for them. I paid almost $300.00 for an original left blinker. You don’t have to worry this bike needs nothing. The only things on the bike that are not original are: tires, left blinker, hand grips, battery, fornt and rear brake lines, and brake pads. All have been replaced with O.E.M. parts. the brake lines are spiegler black steel braided to match the original. The original starter toggle has been replaced with a switch off of a 1976 CB 700 SC. This switch is identical to the original except it has a starter button instead of a toggle. The original toggle switch is no longer available.

The bike starts, runs, and idles as new. All lights work and instruments work as they should.There are no oil leaks .The fork seals are good. The stator puts out 13.7 volts at idle and slightly higher at 4,000rpm. The tires are battlax to match original and have about 1,100 miles on them,the battery is brand new. There are no chips, cracks, dents. in the fairing or tank. The bike can be started up and road home without concern. The new owner will not be disappointed.

There were only 1,777 of these bikes manufactured by Honda in 1983 and only about 1,100 brought into this country. Of the 1,100 about half went to tech. schools and motorcycle training centers to train future motorcycle mechanics. This bike is extreamly rare and getting harder it find and more expensive every day.

The bike comes with the original tool kit , air pressure guage, leather owners manual, and an original shop repair manual. I do not have the original keys, but I do have an original key fob attached to an aftermarket key


CX650Ts are pretty bulletproof. The major weakness is an appetite for stators somewhere in the 20,000 mile mark. The repair is not for the faint of heart, as it involves pulling the motor. Other than the charging system weakness, parts are turning scarce due to the low volume of production. However treat the bike well and you will be rewarded by a very fast, comfortable and unique experience.


This bike is located in Ohio. It presents very well, and with just over 7,000 miles on the odometer this is one of the lower mileage examples we have seen. The bidders have stepped out for this one as well; the current bid is sitting at $9k with several more days to go. The current price is pushing up the value on these bikes, but still within reason for a good example. Check out all of the pictures and details here, and then let us know what you think. To turbo or not to turbo? What’s your thought?


Ducati May 8, 2012 posted by

Watershed Ducati: 1992 851

For Sale: 1992 Ducati 851 for sale

Update 5.7.2012: We first spotted this 851 in March and it’s back with a buy-it-now that is $1700 less at $10399. Links updated. -dc

Originally launched in 1987, the Ducati 851 simultaneously added liquid cooling, four valve desmo heads and fuel injection to the venerable L-twin. These changes not only launched an iconic superbike – the 851 – but paved the way for racing and commercial success for Ducati. It emerged upon the world as an exotic supermodel, and remains a significant milestone to this day.

This particular bike shows only 661 miles on its classic white-faced Veglia clocks. I do wonder how somebody (or multiple people, depending upon the ownership history) could ride such a beauty so little. The good news for the buying community is that there is a nearly new, last model year 851 available for sale. Provided that it has fresh oil and belts and valve adjustment, this is a collectable that can be ridden.

From the seller:
Up for auction is a gorgeous 1992 Ducati 851 Superbike with only 661 original miles. This bike was a part of a local Ducati collection. As nice as they come with less then a 1,000 miles.

As a ’92 model year 851, this is a Strada (street) edition. The SP4 (sport production) and SP4S variants of that year already badged as 888 models. This makes this the latest, and most updated 851 available. With a 17″ front wheel (the original 851 when introduced in 1987 had a 16″) and 5 years of evolution, this 851 is quite comparable with modern machinery.

Located in a dealership in Colorado, this low mileage 851 is looking for a new home. Nearly new does not come cheap, however. The opening ask on this auction is a cool ten grand. The BIN is set at $11,999. Those are some pretty big numbers for this bike, which might explain why there have been no takers. What is a fair price for this bike? Click the link to check it out, and then let us know what you think.


Bimota March 30, 2012 posted by

Another one from the collection: 2000 Bimota DB4 ie

For Sale: 2000 Bimota DB4 ie

From THAT garage in Michgan comes another collectable bike with low miles. Ah, to have been able to tour through that collection before it was liquidated…. Be that as it may, today’s offering is a wonderful Bimota DB4 ie with only 1,638 miles on the clock. This bike is not as rare as some that we have seen offered out of this shop, but it is still a pretty cool ride from Rimini.

With a claimed 1,638 miles on the KM only speedometer/odometer (making this an imported bike – check for the paperwork), this DB4 is hardly broken in. Ducati air-cooled, two-valve twins have had a long history of reliability and are known for great torque. Don’t expect too much in the power department – stock these run in the 80-ish HP range – and fuel injection likely adds more convenience than performance. At least with fuel injection the carbs won’t flood the crankcase with gasoline when a needle valve sticks!

From the seller:
Up for auction is a 2000 Bimota DB4 ie (Fuel Injected). This is a very clean motorcycle that I am selling for my Dad who is selling his collection.

This is one of the best driving Bimotas ever made. The fuel injection is spot on with no flat spots and the bike is very light and agile.

The condition of the bike is fantastic and is like new with only 1,638 Miles (2,637 Kilometers). It is upgraded with a Moto Corse Titanium exhaust and Moto Corse carbon fiber clutch cover. It has been stored properly in a heated and temperature controlled environment and has oil in the cylinders. It was fully serviced before going into storage mode.

The DB4 utilizes the same oval/eliptical tubing as found in the DB3 Mantra, but returned Bimota back to a serious sportbike offering (I’m really not sure how to classify the Mantra…). This is a classic shape that has all the artwork you would expect from Bimota, all of the great sounds you would expect from Ducati, all at a price that seems very un-Italian. If you are looking for either an air cooled Duc or a Bimota, this DB4 is a nice find.

Speaking of artwork, I just love the picture below. Check out the beautiful frame welds and the 17 digit VIN etched into the headstock. On most bikes this is pretty boring stuff. When you look at a Bimota, however, everything looks top notch.

This auction is going on right now, and bidders have been active. Bidding at the time of this writing is at $7,802, with reserve still in place. This seller has a history of non-sales due to high reserves in auctions, so this one will hinge on the reserve price. To check it out, including all of the great photos of this pretty bike, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!!


Ducati November 16, 2011 posted by

Save this bike! 1991 Ducati 851 to be parted out….

For Sale: 1991 Ducati 851

Trolling around eBay this morning, something about the ad copy caught my eye:

If the bike does not sell, look for it on Ebay over Thanksgiving in parts.

Visions of one of Bologna’s iconic machines being hacked up during the Turkey Day long weekend made me a big queasy. I’m not sure I will be able to enjoy my holiday of wretched excess knowning that the future of this desmoquattro is in peril.

A RSBFS reader commented on this post that “ANY white framed Ducati is COOL.” I couldn’t agree with Philip more on that point. That’s why I believe this bike is worth saving. After all, the 851 was the bike of the future for Ducati, simultaneously introducing liquid cooling, four valve per cylinder desmoquattro valvetrain, and fuel injection.

This bike has a fair bit of pricey add-ons to consider. The seller lists them all out below, and they are worth reading. Sharp eyes might note the non-standard mirrors, the interesting rear turn signal treatment, the conversion to a 888 solo tail (this is most likely a base 851 Strada model which had the biposto seat with color matched cover), and the additional carbon.

From the seller:
This motorcycle has an interesting history and amazing parts … Parked at Amols Ducati when it closed in the late 1990’s, the original owner had trouble getting it back and when he finally did it was returned to him without a fuel pump. Happy to have his almost new bike back, but not running he put it in his garage and never again got it running. There it sat for more than a decade. I have owned it for a few years and got it running this year. In the beginning of the season I put new rubber on it and in August spent $1,800 tuning it with BCM’s Leslie Grossman.


– Aluminum Rear & Front sub-frames
– 888 Solo Seat mounted on Air Tech 888 solo tail section
– Titanium Axles and Brake Mounting Bolts
– 851 SPO – Brembo Gold Line Floating Iron Rotors and Billet Calipers
– Full Floating low mount rear brake kit from Pro Italia, moves the caliper to the bottom of the rotor for better center of gravity
– Fast By Ferracci stainless steel and carbon fiber complete exhaust system, which is their copy of the famous Termignoni ‘Farne’ exhaust
– AP Lockheed variable ratio racing front brake and clutch master cylinders
– Billet aluminum foot pegs, brackets, and pedals from Pro Italia – (Corsa Pegs are on Ebay for $1,300)
– Steering Damper from Storz
– Oil cooler with stainless braided lines from Earls
– Ferracci Stage 1 computer chip
– Billet muffler clamps from Pro Italia
– Hi-Rise clip ons from Storz (raised the hand grips for comfort)
– Carbon Fiber fenders, exhaust hangers, clutch and sprocket covers

If the bike does not sell, look for it on Ebay over Thanksgiving in parts. The parts alone are worth more than the asking price, buy the parts and get the bike for free. I love this bike, mileage is true and it shows. One of the fairings does have a crack that was done when I was unloading it. I am going to miss this bike, but its going to fund another Ducati.

Another viewpoint is to look at this as an interesting selling technique, appealing to the collector in each of us; after all, who wouldn’t want to protect and preserve this great piece of Ducati Superbike history? It is clear that the cost of adding the various parts to the bike was substantial, but is the reverse really true? I don’t think that the pieces add *that* much to the base price of a used 851, which makes me think this is unlikely to sell.

If you sign up to the “seller holding the bike hostage” theory, the price might just seal the deal: the BIN is set at $8,750 OBO. That is more than most 851s that have passed through the pages of RSBFS, but not really out of line with what the bike has to offer. After all, it has only 3,025 miles! All in all this is not a bad deal, and the seller appears to be willing to entertain offers.

For more information on this (still whole) 851, click the link and check out the listing. Good luck to the seller, the buyer, and the bike!


Bimota May 8, 2011 posted by

Collector alert part 2 – 2000 Bimota DB4 i.e. with zero miles*

Zero miles* 2000 Bimota DB4 i.e. for sale!

*the odometer does read 21 miles, but given the condition of the bike and the status of the seller (one SERIOUS collector!), I would say this one is as good as new – i.e. ZERO miles!*

Ah, another brand new Bimota that eBay seller “joejo20” is selling for his dad.  Just one question for Joejo20: “Is your dad adopting?”

Up for auction is a 2000 Bimota DB4 (fuel injected). This is a Brand New Zero Mile motorcycle that I am selling for my Dad who is selling his collection. Technically it has 21 miles on the odometer but that is how it came from the factory.
The condition of the bike is fantastic and is like new. It does come with the original tool kit and literature. It also has a free and clear title in the sellers name.
Please take a look at the large pictures to get a better idea of condition and email me if you have any questions.
** Visit this link to see higher resolution pictures **

Those with a sharp eye (which means most of our readers) will notice that this DB4 is  a.) not splashed in tricolore b.) a biposto  c.) with neither a shotgun exhaust nor a Motocorse titanium – all of which signifies this as the “iniezione elettronica” fuel injected version. Also note the Euro only projector headlights as well.

While DB4s are relatively rare, the DB4 i.e. is much rarer still – only 9 were imported into the US and we have only come across it once here on RSBFS.

Like most of joejo20’s bikes, this one is a real collector piece with basically no miles and with everything the way it came straight from the factory. For true collectors out there, this one could be had for $16,900.  If this fine specimen is calling out to you,


Bimota August 24, 2010 posted by

Mint Bimota DB4 i.e. – for $1!

That’s exactly what the title says – and yes, it got my attention too!  In any case, here’s a fuel injected Bimota DB4 i.e. with BST carbon fiber wheels and plenty of titanium and magnesium goodies for sale in Cincinnati.

VERY RARE only 9 Imported to the USA. 950 miles. $15k in BLING. BST Carbon Fiber Wheels, All Bolts inside and out are Titanium. Lots of Magnesium and Titanium Factory Race parts. I have new OEM take off parts also. Way to much to list. Car trade 911, BMW M3 M5, Audi TT, Mazda RX 8. I am a 43 year old Ducati Bimota Tech. I built this bike for my self. It is in MINT PERFECT CONDITION. Should weigh in at @ 320 pound and never on the race track.

The DB4 i.e. (only made for one year in 2000 I think) differs from the from normal DB4 in that the i.e. is fuel injected and is a biposto. Normal DB4s have been running around the $8-10,000 range, so this one with BST carbon fiber wheels and titanium and magnesium race parts should be in the $13-15,000 range.  Normally I am skeptical of “race part” claims, but I have dealt with the seller in the past and almost purchased another DB4 from him, so I know he is legit.

Personally, I prefer the original DB4s tricolore colours, but at a claimed 320 pounds and with all the go-fast goodies (BST carbon! Titanium! Magnesium! Race parts!), this one sounds like one heck of a fun ride.  Here’s a list of Bimota DB4s that we have featured in the past for your reference.

If you’re interested in this DB4, give Dean a call and he’ll set you up right.  Oh, here’s the ad on Craigslist.


Bimota July 21, 2010 posted by

Mint 2006 Bimota SB8K in Los Angeles with 177 miles!

Mint (as in 177 miles!!) 2006 Bimota SB8K for sale in Los Angeles.

The SB8K is one of my favourite Bimotas, pairing the charismatic v-twin engine from a Suzuki TL1000R with a hybrid carbon (check out those carbon chassis side plates)/aluminum beam frame from Bimota.  :

Bimota has been making exquisite hand crafted road and race motorcycles for almost 40 years, true functional pieces of rolling art. This factory original Bimota SB8K SantaMonica is derived from the same race platform that Anthony Gobert won the World Superbike race in Phillips Island. It uses the same incredible composite frame with twin aluminum spars. This beautiful frame is graced with 43mm Ohlin forks with radially mounted Brembo brakes. Power is provided by the wonderful Suzuki TL1000R V-Twin motor that produces 143hp. Just as the chassis utilizes the most advanced materials of its day, the engine boasts important technological advances as well. The most noticeable and striking feature is the radial motion of fuel injectors that perfectly mimics the movement of the butterfly valves. This innovation maximizes performance by ensuring a perfect fluidity and consistency of the power delivery over the complete RPM range of the engine. Carbon fiber is also used for the fairing and the fuel tank. The attention to detail is a hallmark of all Bimota motorcycles. This bike is in showroom condition and has only travelled 177 miles from new, perfect in every way.

Aside from the usual expensive lashings of Ohlins suspension, Brembo radial calipers, CNC machined bits, carbon fiber fairings and fuel tank(!), the most innovative feature of this bike has to be the overhead “shower” radial injectors perfectly mimics the movement of the butterfly valves.  Here’s a video of the injectors in action (although it’s not very clear):

Here’s a brief write up on and a past article by Roland Brown for Fast Bikes. My only nit pick about the SB8K is that it looks like a first gen Suzuki SV650s from the front – other than that, this is one exotica that hopefully will find its way into my garage some day!!