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MZ February 16, 2015 posted by

V-Twin Alternative: 2005 MZ 1000 Sport for Sale

2006 MZ1000 Sport L Side

If you’re in the market for a practical exotic that will turn heads and won’t break the bank to buy or to run, this virtually new MZ 1000S deserves a closer look. As much as we’d all probably love a garage full of weird exotica, for budgetary and space reasons, many riders are forced to buy a do-it-all machine.

2006 MZ1000 Sport Dash

So what do you buy if you want a bike that’s sporty and practical for daily use, but one that’s also good for riding to the twisties and not just in the twisties, something with a bit of “get out of town-iness”. And what if you want something a bit out of the ordinary? Well, the Ducati ST2, 3, and 4 represent a pretty great bang for your buck, but were introduced before Ducati adopted much longer service intervals, and the four-valve L-twin can be pricey to maintain. The BMW R1100S and the Triumph Sprint are also pretty good choices, but not really all that exotic…

2006 MZ1000 Sport Front

Introduced in 2005 and powered by a big parallel twin that provided packaging advantages and midrange punch at the expense of top-end performance, the 1000S engine was an ideal powerplant for the road. Unfortunately, the lack of a truly prestigious brand name worked against the 1000S and was at odds with MZ’s quirky, grassroots image and the bike was discontinued after just three years. These are extremely rare in the US, although the ones that do come up for sale tend to be in excellent condition, and this one has just 16 miles on the odometer from new.

2006 MZ1000 Sport R Side Fairing Detail

From the original eBay listing: 2005 MZ 1000S for Sale

The MZ 1000 Sport Touring bike is a museum quality motorcycle. Owned and sold by a former MZ Motorcycle dealer, this bike is one of a kind. It has only been ridden around the dealership to park it. It has been kept in a climate controlled environment on display in the owner’s various stores, from Michigan to Tennessee. This is truly a wonderful bike for the European motorcycle collector or for someone who is just looking to buy a piece of German history. 

Everything on it is original, everything is perfect like it would have been 20 years ago. Never titled, never tagged.

The bike listed for $11,000 in 2005.There were only 40 of these bikes imported into the USA. This bike is like new. Owned by the original dealer and sold by the original dealer. Fantastic bike.

Who ever is fortunate enough to become the new owner of this bike will become the proud owner of the last brand new MZ 1000 in the world.

It truly should be in a museum. 

2006 MZ1000 Sport Cockpit

In spite of the racy looks, the 1000S was really never intended as a pure sportbike, with handling biased towards the “comfort” end of the spectrum. But don’t let that fool you into thinking this bike can’t get a wiggle on when asked. It will function as a sporty, stylish everyday motorcycle that can munch miles and looks far less dated than many other bikes from the “straight edge” school of design.

2006 MZ1000 Sport Tank

If you really want a classy, competent machine that will leave onlookers scratching their heads or or nodding in sagely respect, something like the MZ 1000 Sport should do the job nicely, assuming you’re willing to take a bit of a chance on servicing and parts. These are reportedly very reliable, and easy to get serviced by non-MZ mechanics, but it’s still a bit of a leap of faith, buying an out-of-production sportbike that was never made in great numbers.

-tad

2006 MZ1000 Sport R Side Fairing

V-Twin Alternative: 2005 MZ 1000 Sport for Sale
MZ December 6, 2014 posted by

The People’s Sportbike: 2001 MZ Skorpion Sport Cup

2001 MZ Skorpion Cup L Front

If you’re looking for something a bit different that won’t break the bank to buy or maintain, the MZ Skorpion offers something different for folks who don’t mind being on the receiving end of the occasional double-take, a 660cc sportbike with just one cylinder… Built from 1994 to 2004 and a very popular choice for club racing in “Sound of Singles”-style classes these days, they offer handling and versatility in an unintimidating package that stresses finesse over raw power.

2001 MZ Skorpion Cup L Rear

MZ, formerly known as “MuZ” was an East German company that dominated two-stroke racing, until defecting racer Ernst Denger fled to the west, taking their expansion-chamber tuning secrets with him to Suzuki…

There’s a bit of “people’s bike” DNA still here, and the entire MZ range of the time featured the same Yamaha 660cc five-valve single, here wrapped in fully-faired sporbike bodywork. Instead of chasing top speed and horsepower numbers, a single-cylinder sportbike offers useable midrange performance, reliability, and character.

2001 MZ Skorpion Cup Dash

Like some Communist dream of a sporting motorcycle for the proletariat, the MZ is good-looking, handles well, and fast enough to challenge all but the best riders, assuming their egos can cope with the mere 48hp produced by the thumping single, a bike with racy looks and a working-class heart.

From the original eBay listing: 2001 MZ Skorpion Sport Cup

The MZ Skorpion Cup is a very unique and super fun alternative to all the other 600 sport bikes out there. This one is a super clean version and sure to bring a smile to your face everytime you throw a leg over it and go for a ride…….street or track? You decide……..these things make great lightweight road race bikes or can be the perfect track day bike!! And your buddies will not be riding one! This bike is ready to go with all new fluids and brakes and perfect Michelin Pilot tires. You will not be disappointed!!!  Why be NORMAL when you can ride an MZ Skorpion cup bike?

Yamaha XT660 single engine
Grimeca Brake with new Dunlop Race pads
Factory steel braided brake lines
Michelin Pilot tires
Factory adjustable rear sets
Factory Clip ons
Rare Yellow color
Solo seat and rear passanger seat included
All fluids just changed

The seller also includes a picture of the included passenger seat to replace the solo cowl, and a nice aftermarket M4 slip-on that should make a pretty cool, thumpy dirtbike snarl when fitted. Because of course you’ll be fitting that: there’s really no point in trying to be subtle when you’re riding a bright yellow sportbike.

2001 MZ Skorpion Cup L Rear Wheel

This bike isn’t perfect, but it is in excellent, road-ready condition with very low miles. And while a Buy It Now price of $4,000 is on the high side for these, it’s still well within the impulse-purchase range. With a very unusual combination of rarity and bulletproof reliability, this is the ideal bike for the rider who wants to be different, but lacks any interest in designer-brand namecheck tomfoolery, the kind of rider who also probably drives an old SAAB 900 when their VW Bug is laid up for the winter.

Someone who appreciates the funky.

-tad

2001 MZ Skorpion Cup R Front

The People’s Sportbike: 2001 MZ Skorpion Sport Cup
BMW November 13, 2014 posted by

Silk Purse: 2008 BMW HP2 Sport for Sale

2008 BMW HP2 R Side Front

The BMW HP2 Sport sounds slightly insane in concept: take an air-cooled 180° twin with shaft-drive and an innovative suspension designed more for touring than sport, then throw as many high-spec parts at it as you can in a serious effort to make it as fast as possible. It’s sort of the Porsche 911 story, a triumph of development over design: it shouldn’t work nearly as well as it does. But, like the venerable ass-engined car from Stuttgart, the HP2 does work.

2008 BMW HP2 L Side Rear

Reviews lauded the handling, stability, and the useable power. BMW’s Telelever suspension has been accused of providing reduced steering feedback and can be a bit heavy, but allows for amazing stability on the brakes which, in this case, were very fierce monoblock Brembos.

The bike featured fully adjustable ergonomics, an exotic, self-supporting carbon-fiber seat/subframe unit, a quickshifter and high-spec suspension. New DOHC heads with radial valves first featured here and would later be expanded to other bikes in the range helped the bike rev to 9500rpm, making 128hp along the way, all in a package that weighed a claimed 392lbs dry.

2008 BMW HP2 Dash

In spite of appearances [see: “180° twin”], the HP2 has all the cornering clearance you’ll ever need on the road. On track, things can get scrape-y at race-pace as the heads touch down at extreme lean angles and the front wheel lifts… If you plan on racing yours, you may need to jack up the suspension slightly, or adjust your lines. Luckily, the bike’s extremely forgiving handling and grip should allow you to ride around this minor limitation.

Inertia in the shaft-drive means a slipper clutch is sorely missed as well. One is available through the aftermarket, but is a real pain to fit, since the transmission needs to be dropped.

2008 BMW HP2 Cockpit

In typical BMW style, the HP2 was expensive, but provided dead-reliable performance, although the bike’s racing legacy shines through in the titanium con-rod replacement suggested for the 30,000 mile service…

From the original eBay listing: 2008 BMW HP2 Sport for sale

Very clean 2008 HP2 Sport for sale. Non-ABS model with Ohlins suspension, lots of carbon fibre, and BMW OEM LED turn signals! Quickly becoming a collector bike. Not many of these were made. Very fun, sporty, responsive bike that sounds meaner than your average boxer. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Options/Accessories include:
Titanium exhaust
Forged HP race wheels
Ohlins suspension
Carbon fiber bodywork
BMW LED Turn Signals

2008 BMW HP2 R Head

This is available from a dealer, so you aren’t likely to get a screaming deal here. But it is rare, and these will likely be very collectible in years to come: only 2,260 were built and the list price new was over $25,000. With only 5,500 miles on the clock and only some minor cosmetic blemishes, this bike looks barely broken in. If you’re looking for an alternative to an “S” model Ducati superbike that you can actually ride without destroying your wrists and back, this would make an excellent choice.

-tad

2008 BMW HP2 L Side

Silk Purse: 2008 BMW HP2 Sport for Sale
BMW October 22, 2014 posted by

Quirky, Low-Profile Fun: 2007 BMW R1200S for Sale

2007 BMW R1200S R Side

The term “sportbike” isn’t really one that has an absolute definition. It’s more of a loose set of parameters intended to capture an idea, and while most of us generally understand what we all mean when we use the word, there’s still plenty of room for interpretation. Ducati thinks a sportbike should be something ruthlessly dedicated to speed, a track and race machine with only the barest concessions to road use: if your Sunday morning canyon road is more than thirty miles from home, better invest in a gel seat and a good masseuse. Bikes like BMW’s R1200S take the idea of a sporting motorcycle in an entirely different direction.

2007 BMW R1200S R Side Rear

Until the S1000RR came along, BMW had a bit of a different philosophy for their sportbikes. Like Ducati, they wanted to keep their trademark powerplant, in this case a big, horizontally-opposed, air-cooled twin. Unlike Ducati, they felt that comfort should be a part of the equation. What they came up with was what seems at first like an oxymoron: a “practical sportbike”. While you can argue that a GSX-R750 is also extremely practical and reasonably comfortable, it wasn’t available with ABS, doesn’t quite have the character of a twin or the more mature, low-profile image. Let’s face it: “crotch-rockets” definitely attract more heat than less squidly rides. And when you’re out on the road, trying to avoid being hassled by The Man, keeping a bit of a low-profile can be a good thing.

And you really can’t get a whole lot more low-profile than a silver BMW.

2007 BMW R1200S L Side Head

I actually prefer the dash on the earlier model, but this restyle gives the bike a more butch, angular look. I remember when the first-generation R1200S was introduced, some artist or other whipped up a bunch of alternative paint schemes I saw posted in a bike magazine that incorporated some great WWII warplane motifs and iconography, which would have looked even more appropriate on this second-generation bodywork.

From the original eBay listing: 2007 BMW R1200S for Sale

For Sale is a rare, Fun BMW R1200S. Only brought into the US for one year! It’s comfortable, Sporty and can keep up with most sportbikes. It has the Full Remus Exhaust, an MWR Racing High Efficiency Airfilter and a Bazzaz Z-fi Fueling controller (She dyno’s at a nice 115 hp!!) Also installed a C2 Slipper clutch to keep the rearend under control along with R&G Racing Axle and Swingarm sliders along with Carbon/Kevlar Engine sliders and a nice tidy tail to slim up the rearend. Also has a Hyperpro RSC Steeering damper.  Has fresh brake pads and Dunlop Q2’s on it with only about a sixth of thier life used. Odometer is sitting at about 17,000 miles. last service was at 12,000 miles (Due again at 18,000). Also included are all the Specific tools you need for general up keep and a GS-911 Diagnostic tool (Bluetooth!!! Works with your iPhone or Android phone!!). I also have a set of Drop in High Compression pistons I never installed that I will include for an additional Amount. This model has the Showa Suspension. It does not have ABS. (ALL THE BETTER TO DRIVE MY DEAR!!)  There are a couple small scratches in the Paint on the body work on the tail. The windscreen has spots on it from Brake fluid. The only other thing worth mentioning is the small chips in the finish of the rear wheel (pictured in the last photo).

This particular example does not have ABS which, to my mind is probably a mark against it: most riders can benefit from that additional safety margin everywhere except the track [where it can be switched off], an environment for which this bike isn’t particularly suited anyway. It’s a bit too heavy, and BMW’s Telelever front suspension has been lauded for its stability under braking but often criticized for a lack of front-end feel. I’ve only ever ridden one BMW with this suspension, a big K1300S, and the movement of the bars was weirdly light, like a sports car with overboosted power steering.

2007 BMW R1200S Exhaust

This R1200S does have a steering-damper, an aftermarket slipper-clutch, and a single-outlet Remus exhaust that looks very cool and should give the bike some much-needed aggression. BMW’s twins have more of a flat drone than other sporty twins, but it’s distinctive and should sound very authoritative as it goes past. 115hp is nothing to sneeze at, since it should be backed up by plenty of midrange as well.

$10,000 does sound pretty steep for one of these, but I haven’t been pricing them lately. There are still a few days left on this listing, so make an offer! All-in-all, a pretty cool, unusual sportbike with all-day comfort for people who plan to do most of their riding on the road.

-tad

2007 BMW R1200S L Side

Quirky, Low-Profile Fun: 2007 BMW R1200S for Sale
MZ August 16, 2014 posted by

Rare and Practical: 2005 MZ1000S

Most attempts to resurrect a defunct or struggling brand start with high-performance, limited-edition hypersports machines that inevitably get compared to the GSX-R1000, and generally not in a good way. So it was interesting when a revitalized MZ chose not to compete directly with hypersports bikes from Ducati and Aprilia, instead creating a classy gentleman’s express that they hoped would be judged on its own merits.

Produced between 2004 and 2007, the MZ 1000S represented a new era for formerly East German MZ. Known in classic circles as pioneers in the two-stroke revolution, their later range of bikes was powered almost exclusively by the 660cc Yamaha single. Great, practical everyman transportation, but MZ needed something to compete with more refined machinery.

2005 MZ 1000S L Side

Unfortunately, one of the reasons people create hypersports bikes in the first place is that folks with more money than skill or sense buy them as dangerous fashion accessories, and the MZ1000S disappeared with barely a ripple… In fact, this is the first one I can ever remember seeing for sale.

But don’t let that discourage you: reviews may not have been glowing in terms of track prowess, but then it wasn’t that sort of bike. It worked as intended, as a rideable, practical exotic that stands out in a crowd. And stand out it surely does.

2005 MZ 1000S R Side Garage

From the original eBay listing: 2005 MZ 1000S for Sale 

Gloss Black/Silver graphics Color scheme with Remus Slip on Exhausts made specifically for this bike – engine is bone stock – fuels beautifully – complete paper work from first owner and myself – factory tool kit – Digital service and owners manual in ENGLISH – parts readily available from Grahams In the UK – Pazzo Clutch and Brake levers (I do have OEM levers and they are in mint condition) Sprockets are Yamaha parts and oil filter is standard K&N item. Slight light scratches in clear coat on tail section, only noticeable up close and in full sun from first owner running soft luggage while sport touring. I do NOT have the stock exhausts.

Bike is an incredible sport bike, while she’s big sitting at rest and tall in the saddle (If you have a short inseam – this might not be the bike for you – I’m 6’0″ and I’m solidly on the balls of my feet at a stop.) But get it going and the size melts away – it is capable of staying with modern 600’s easily in really twisty tight mountain roads and the torque is simply addicting – come out of a corner and just roll it on – you are pulling away while everyone else is downshifting like crazy to match your drive out of the corner – and like a BMW K1200/1300 or Moto Guzzi sport bike – incredibly confidence inspiring and OMG easy to ride fast!

The MZ 1000S was powered by their in-house parallel-twin, bucking the v-twin sportbike trend that saw every niche market motorcycle powered by Ducati, Honda, or Suzuki v-twin engines. This choice certainly came with built-in limitations: parallel-twin engines are very compact and less expensive to produce, but vibrate like the dickens, especially in larger-displacement applications.

Just ask Norton and Triumph.

2005 MZ 1000S L Side Garage

And they really aren’t generally rev-happy engines, happier to punch out useable torque. Even with a balance shaft or two, you’re never going to get screaming revs out of 1000cc parallel twin. Also, there’s a certain bias against the configuration: the very advantages that speak to efficiency in manufacturing suggest a certain… pragmatism that is at odds with an exotic image.

But you will get character and packaging advantages galore, and a torquey powerplant ideal for the sports touring bike MZ had in mind.

Parts availability is a big question mark, although the seller mentions that servicing has never been a problem. This is the epitome of a “mature” sport bike and should be comfortable on both long rides and fast canyon runs on Sunday morning. This could be a really cool buy for someone looking for a bike that will really stand out from the crowd.

-tad

2005 MZ 1000S L Side Rear

Rare and Practical: 2005 MZ1000S
BMW January 1, 2013 posted by

Wanna race? Buy this Pegram BMW S1000RR

Location: Philadelphia, PA  Mileage: 700  Price: Auction

S1000RR

S1000RR

The BMW S1000RR blew up the sportbike scene when it was dropped on the world in 2010. BMW hadn’t really built anything like it before, and most of their sportbikes to that point were quirky and well built but not particularly devastating machines. The S1000RR changes all of that. It was the most powerful 1000cc bike available and set a new mark for all other builders to catch up. It also took its place in the racing world and hence you have this: A Pegram race built S1000RR. A stock 1000RR will crush, so this is even better.

The seller’s words-

2011 Larry Pegram S1000RR

This bike only has 700 miles on it.

full parts list:

-Full LARRY PEGRAM Armour Bodies Plastics

-Full Ohlins forks (tuned @MDM)

– Fully adjustable Ohlins rear shock (tuned @MDM)

-Ohlins steering damper

-Woodcraft Clip-ons

-Brembo brake master cylinder

-Sato case cover

-Woodcraft Frame sliders

-Full Akropovic Exhaust

-Front and rear Vortex Sproket set

-CHAIN

-Vortex rear sets

-K&N air filter

This bike was purchased from Larry Himself. All work was done at the Pegram Factory in Ohio. 

Note this bike does not have the AMA spec ecu/engine. 

Full abs and traction control. The bike was used for 1 race in DAYTONA. Bid with confidence, this bike has never seen the floor, never dropped, ect. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE BIKE. Race ready. 

This is a full turn key race bike for anybody that is looking to race in 2013.  The only reason this bike is remotely for sale is to help fund my sons race season in 2013. NO RESERVE ! 

Please if you have ANY questions, do not hesitate to email me.

I can deliver the bike if you are near my area. Please contact me for more info in shipping. 

And pics-

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For those who wanna know more about Larry Pegram, go to links here and here. Clearly, Larry has been a successful AMA racer and went to the S1000RR recently after having a career on Ducati.

This bike clearly is ready to race and the seller points out that it doesn’t have AMA spec engine and ECU and was raced once. It has a full compliment of killer parts including a fully adjustable Ohlins set up. With all of that goodness you should be able to get on the track and race your brains out. Hopefully you know what you’re doing, cause this bike is gonna move.

If racing is in your blood and you have some spare cash, this could be your ticket. To jump into racing, go place your bid!

-RN

BMW August 9, 2012 posted by

Bavarian Stunner – 2009 BMW HP2 Sport

Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Mileage: 3,200

Price: Auction, $18k BIN

You may not be into BMW bikes, but if you don’t think the HP2 Sport is one of the most exquisitely built sportbikes on the planet? Well, my friend, to quote the late Freddie Mercury – you’re stone cold crazy. Whether you like the horizontally opposed twin, or the shaft drive, it really doesn’t matter, cause how can you argue with Ohlins suspension, unbelievable build quality (I think NASA went to BMW for tips on the new Mars rover) and carbon fiber everywhere. And just look at that rear wheel. The HP2 Sport is a stunner. You would be hard pressed to find a better built bike.

Here’s the info from the seller-

This is the most desirable version – a 2009 with ABS.  There are not many of these in the USA and prices are now edging up.  This bike is stock except it has a carbon rear fender and several hundred dollars in titanium and alloy fasteners.  It also has a Shorai Lithium battery which saves about 8lbs.  The tires have approximately 300 miles on them.  The bike is in excellent condition with two very minor cosmetic imperfections –  a chip/imperfection in the clear-coat on the tail-light bracket (could be very easily fixed with a shot of clear-coat) and a very tiny stone chip on the paint on the rear wheel which you probably would not notice in person if I didn’t mention it.  I have safety-wired critical fasters but the bike has never been raced or abused.  I am 51 years old and a retired multi-championship winning roadracer.  The point being – I am mature and treat my bikes very well.  I am only selling it because I have far too many bikes and I am now doing most of my riding with my wife. 

The reserve is very reasonable.

Good luck bidding,

Drew

And some of the many photos at the auction-

Based on the seller’s description, you would be getting a solid bike with this HP2 Sport. There are only minor modifications and the seller mentions in the auction that the stock fasteners come with the bike. There are two very minor cosmetic issues the seller points out. Mileage is low. Bike looks fantastic. Not sure there are any other issues to address.

I’m sure you all know that these bikes will run you a chunk of change brand new (around $25k). You can take this one home for $18k right now. If you have been looking, I think you may have found your ride. To place your bid or just buy this beauty, make the jump!

-RN

BMW May 29, 2012 posted by

Beautiful Bavarian Build Quality- 2008 BMW HP2 Sport

Location: Spanish Fort, Alabama

Mileage: 3,967

Price: Auction, starting $17,000

If you look through the photos of this bike, one thing becomes very apparent. The build quality of this bike is outstanding. It is probably no surprise for folks that are fans of BMW bikes to begin with, but the HP2 Sport is above and beyond even BMW’s standards. Just look at the parts on this thing. Precision aluminum all over the place (the triple clamp is stunning, just to start) and carbon fiber bits to keep you light and strong. A really beautiful bike across the board.

Here’s the photos-

And the seller’s info-

The downward sloping machined upper fork support is indicative of the quality found throughout this motorcycle.  This bike is like new, never seen a track and has been treated like the collector’s item it is.  As you will see from the price sheet, it does not have ABS.  It does include BMW’s aftermarket LED turn indicators and the currently uninstalled BMW aftermarket GP pattern quick-shifter.  As you will see from the pictures, I have installed a standard shift connector rod as I found the transmission to be smoothest in this configuration.  Unfortunately, the standard quick-shifter was misplaced and is not included in this sale.  Also included is the complete original tool kit, the plastic duplicate key, the owner’s manual, a BMW repair manual on DVD and a BMW aftermarket spark plug wire puller.  The ultra lightweight Shorai battery is brand new.  I mounted and balanced the Michelin Pilot Pures. The stock mirrors give a fine view of your arms, so I added the CRG bar end mirrors. The stock mirrors are available.  Just to be clear, the Pitbull stands in the pictures are not included. 

I am the second owner of this motorcycle.  I purchased it from Hebert Cycles, the original dealer, and met the first owner who put about 2,000 miles on it in about two years.  The original tires were still on the bike when I bought it, and were in remarkably good shape with plenty of tread and wide unused strips on both sides of the rear tire. 

The seller describes some of the changes on the bike, like the bar-end mirrors, but the originals are available. The bike does not have ABS and the quick shift has apparently been misplaced. The bike has low mileage and appears to be in excellent condition. The seller also includes a photo of the invoice and you can see the MSRP on one of these is not cheap. You get what you pay for, apparently.

So if you’re looking for one, this may be your ticket. You could bring one home for significantly less than buying new. Or if you want something that’s an amazing machine and a little different than other options, this may work too.

To take this beauty home, make the jump!

-RN