Posts by tag: Grey Market

Aprilia May 20, 2019 posted by

Loris Reggiani Replica: 1996 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

I found this little gem while searching the “Other Makes” section of eBay. I was hoping to find something truly offbeat to share, but a first-generation Aprilia RS250 in this kind of low-mileage condition is always worth a post! If the seller is reading this: I’d recommend you list this under the “Aprilia” category, as you might get a bit more attention over there… “Other Makes” seems like the place where listings go to get lost among weird off-brand scooters and die these days… Anyway, don’t let that put you off, as this looks like a very clean machine!

All of the RS250s are slick little sportbike, but I prefer the earlier style bodywork, particularly the more traditional gauge cluster seen here, with surprisingly restrained graphics for a race-replica. It’s not quite as distinctive as a Ducati 916 or a Honda RC45, but it somehow embodies all the best styling bits of the 1990s in one little sportbike.

Whichever version you prefer, the bones are basically the same: an utterly gorgeous aluminum and magnesium beam frame with a matching swingarm, wrapped around Suzuki’s RGV250 two-stroke and six-speed gearbox. Aprilia made a wise choice here, as the liquid-cooled v-twin is highly tuneable with plenty of power to motivate the lightweight machine.

From the original eBay listing: 1996 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

At 75 and primarily due to the passing of a family member, as well as for other reasons, I have begun liquidating my small collection of motorcycles. I’m willing to consider all offers and to work with a capable buyer absent any prolonged negotiating drama. Can provide loading help. Bike is in excellent condition, ran strong when last ridden two years ago. Has always been kept indoors in temp and humidity controlled storage.

No rust or corrosion. Paint and graphics are excellent. No dings/scratches/cracks/chips. Good tires, engine, trans, brakes, clutch, electrical, gauges, etc. She is in excellent all around condition for a 23 year old lady. However, she has been sitting and will need to restart up attention and a new battery.

I just no longer want to play around with doing so, although I would like both buyer and seller to be happy with this sale transaction she is being sold as is, where is, no returns. I’m the second owner. Has a 17 digit VIN number so she can be registered in California for road use. Two-cycle, v-twin, liquid-cooled (70hp?) engine, auto oil injection. Comes with an original, printed out in English, factory-issued workshop edition service manual. Has a clear open title for your use. Your prior inspection is welcome, and your questions are always welcome. Opportunity is knocking. Thank you.

Aside from some scuffing on the end of the brake lever, this looks to be in extremely good condition, with the original exhaust and turn signals, parts that don’t often survive on bikes this old. Mileage is listed at 9,033, but the speedometer reads in kph, so I’d assume it has 5,612 actual miles, making this a very low mileage bike for the $9,200 asking price. Move fast as I don’t think this one will be around too long.

-tad

Loris Reggiani Replica: 1996 Aprilia RS250 for Sale
Suzuki May 14, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1989 Suzuki RGV250 SP

Here we go. RSBFS comfort food in its finest form and coming from one of our most trusted allies in Moto2 Imports. Like a big bowl of mom’s mac and cheese, there is little that can sate us like a pristine 1989 Suzuki RGV250SP. If you have followed us for any length of time, you know the numbers on these babies chapter and verse, but a good chorus is always worth repeating.

1989 Suzuki RGV250 SP Pepsi For Sale at Moto2 Imports

In ‘89, Suzuki’s two-stroke v-twin GP replica spat out the best part of 60 horsepower from a deliciously peaky powerplant that was endowed with years of GP paddock trickery. The paintwork aped Kevin Schwantz’s RG500 race livery, and outsized brakes and USD forks showed this thing intended no half-assery. It was also a damn sight cheaper than the legions of 1,000cc sportbikes prowling showrooms, and in the right hands could be made to keep up, at least when things got twisty.


Because these things were never sold in the U.S., thanks mostly to the EPA, but in part because we don’t have Europe’s tiered licensing laws, young riders on these shores were left with a bunch of uninspiring sub-500cc machines, or a suite of not beginner-friendly 600s. Wannabe racers in this country never learned the true joy of a featherweight, unforgiving two-stroke ripper.

This 1989 Suzuki RGV250 SP is as nice as they come, and wears nicer suspension front and rear and a close-ratio gearbox to separate itself from the non-SP machines. Everything on the bike is original with the exception of a set of stainless steel front brake lines, and it will be supplied fully serviced. It has a clean US title, so registering it should not pose a problem.

From the seller:

1989 Suzuki RGV250 VJ21 SP in factory Pepsi color scheme. The bike has 5,755 miles (9,265km) and has been prepped by our partner Speedwerks. The fairings and tank are all OEM and in very good (~9/10) condition. Chassis is similarly nice. The SP model features close-ratio gearbox and upgraded front/rear suspension, however contrary to popular opinion, the VJ21 SP did not come with a dry-clutch. Bike is all original, minus braided front brake lines. Tank interior is clean. The bike has been serviced and is in excellent running condition. Bike will come with a US title. Price is $9,999 or best offer and buyers can contact us at info@moto2imports.com or (844) 44-MOTO2

Even today, there isn’t much that weighs as little as this bike and packs a similar wallop, especially if you want blinkers and a license plate. If you really want to separate yourself from the ranks of FZ07s and Gixxers at your local cruise, look no further.

Featured Listing: 1989 Suzuki RGV250 SP
Derbi May 14, 2019 posted by

Cheap Thrills: 2003 Derbi GPR 50 for Sale

Looking for a cheap bit of two-wheeled fun? The asking price for this Derbi GPR50 is just $1,700 and, while performance won’t blow your hair back, this little race replica looks the part, handling should be good. Ergonomics are shockingly reasonable, even for adults: I’ve sat on a Malossi replica version of this bike and it isn’t really cramped at all, and the owner of that bike is well over six feet tall and built like a linebacker. It even has ample storage under the “gas tank” for a helmet, or a big bag of groceries, making this a practical hooligan tool for both shopping and terrorizing unsuspecting commuters. The fuel cell is located centrally, and the filler cap is under the locked passenger seat.

Aside from the lawnmower-sized engine, the specifications are pretty sportbike-y: the little two-stroke has an electric starter, oil-injection, and six-speed gearbox suspended in a twin spar steel frame with a Showa upside-down fork up front and a Showa shock out back, with hydraulic discs and steel braided lines at both ends. The package is good for around 65mph flat out with no tail wind, although big-bore kits are available that bump displacement to 75 or 80cc, with a subsequent boost in “power” from around 6hp at the wheel to closer to 10hp. That may sound underwhelming, but it represents a more than 50% improvement in power, and the stock bike is already capable of freeway-ish speeds.

The race-replica color scheme might seen cheeky, but Derbi has plenty of real racing credentials. The majority of American motorcyclists have probably never heard of them, but the Spanish company has been around since 1922 and was competitive in Grand Prix motorcycle racing for many years, winning a number of world championships in 50cc, 80cc, and 125cc classes. They’re currently owned by the tentacled horror of the Piaggio group, and produce mopeds, scooters, and small-displacement road bikes, although they were racing in the 125cc Grand Prix class as late as 2010.

From the original eBay listing: 2003 Derbi GPR50 for Sale

2003 Derbi GPR 50 for sale.  This is a moto GP replica of their racing bike.  Excellent condition, with only 2972KM.  Stored in inside for last 9 years.  Still runs great and starts with no problems.  Would be a great first time motorcycle, and can reah 120km/h on 50 cc 2-stroke engine. Item is located Near Brockville Ontario, Canada.  If winning bid is from outside Canada, I will do my best to assist you in the exporting process. It is for sale locally so I reserve the right to end the auction early.

There aren’t many detailed photos, but this Derbi does look very clean and has covered just 3,000 miles from new. It is located in Canada, which could complicate things for a US buyer, depending on your home state. Sure, it’s not very fast, but even in stock form this might be a hoot on a kart track, and that $1,700 Buy It Now price would even make it a pretty hilarious pit bike. Move quickly though, because there are just a few hours left on the auction!

-tad

Cheap Thrills: 2003 Derbi GPR 50 for Sale
Kawasaki May 11, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Kawasaki KR-1S C2 for Sale

As rare as the 250cc two-stroke sportbikes are on these shores, the Kawasaki KR1-S is the rarest of them all, limited edition models of bikes like the NSR250R SP aside. Considering Kawasaki made some of the hairiest two-stroke sportbikes of the 1970s, it’s surprising that Kawasaki seemed largely uncommitted to the class, making just enough to satisfy the demands of the Japanese market. Only 10,000 KR-1s were built during the bike’s entire production run from 1988-1992. Compare that to the more 100,000 NSR250Rs that were built, and you can see why these so rarely come up for sale.

There were no significant updates to the KR-1 during its lifespan, but this was no half-hearted attempt from Kawasaki: the quarter-liter two-stroke class was ruthlessly competitive during this period and there’d have been no point in even participating if that had been their attitude. Instead, it seems like the bike was good enough to go head-to-head with the NSR, TZR, and RGV right out of the box.

Specifications were similar to other bikes in the class: a liquid-cooled parallel twin displacing 249cc making the expected 45 government-mandated horses was hung beneath the beams of the aluminum frame, with only the airbox in between the spars. Keep in mind that this, unrestricted example should make significantly more power. Kawasaki’s proprietary KIPS powervalve system helped widen the powerband and the little smoker was backed up by the de rigueur six-speed gearbox. The complete package was claimed to weigh in at a gossamer 270lbs dry.

Three versions of the KR-1 were available: the base KR-1, the KR-1S that included wider wheels at the front and rear, and a few hundred examples of the KR-1R featuring larger carburetors and a close-ratio gearbox. From a performance standpoint, the entire 250cc class was separated by the thinnest of margins, but all were extremely competent motorcycles. Of course, each emerged with a slightly different character, and the Kawasaki KR-1S was the fastest of the bunch, with a tested 139mph top speed that’s very impressive for a 250cc machine even today and lively handling that made the corners interesting as well!

From the Seller: 1990 Kawasaki KR-1S C2 for Sale

1990 Kawasaki KR-1S C2. I am relisting and selling another bike out of my prize collection. Journalist called the KR-1S the most exotic and fastest of all the 250 2 stokes of that era. This KR-1S is a UK model. Which means UK CDI power box, mile per hour speedo. Non-restrictive. Always been in street bike form. Not a converted back race bike. This is truly a rare bike. Unlike NSR’s, TZR’s and RGV’s and even Aprilia RS’s that come up for sale now and then, you very rarely see one of these for sale especially in the states. I have owned this bike for over 12 years. I have spent many of thousands of dollars on upgrades. I mean many! I installed a pricey set of Dyna mags magnesium rims. The old KR-1S aluminum rims came with a 17” front and an 18” rear. These are 17” front and back. Light weight magnesium and make sporty tires more available. I have put on a set of Michelin pilot sport tires. Green D.I.D.  O-Ring chain with gold aluminum sprocket. Beautiful high end custom steering damper. Then I had made a JMC fulling braced swingarm with eccentric adjustment. Beautifully polished. I was told at the time that this was the only top braced swingarm that JMC has ever made for the KR-1S. I installed a huge custom made “Pace” radiator made for the KR-1S. This radiator is huge, and solves the problem of any overheating. If anything I have to tape of part of the radiator when it’s cool out. But a nice position to be in. Silicone radiator hose are used. Then I purchased a nice new set of Jolly Moto pipes with Carbon silencers. Bikes sound great and pulls better. I had the rear shock rebuilt and the shock spring powder coated green to match the bike. Front forks have been recently rebuilt with all new bushings, oil and seals. Rebuilt both the front and rear calibers with new stainless pistons, bolts, and seals. I had them powder coated too. Custom made steel braided brakes lines with aluminum fittings. They look like new. I also installed new light weight disks front and back.  Have a fortune in light weight titanium, stainless, and aluminum bolts throughout.  All the lights and switches work. The bike has about 16,600 miles on it. So a far as I know the motor has never been touched.  I had plans to rebuild the motor and including all the parts to do it.  I have everything needed to build it included. But now I have gotten old and don’t have time for this project. I recently have tuned it up, changed all the fluids. Adjusted the power valves, etc. Bike does still run strong but mileage is getting up there for 29 year 2 stroke. The original bodywork on the bike is not too bad for its age but not perfect either. I had a few tabs and small cracks repaired. The tank has a couple tiny little chips, but is in remarkably in good shape for its age. No dents. The tank is clean inside without rust. The body panels have a few scratches and touched up spots.  Still not all that bad for its age either. Please refer to the pictures for more details. I am including the stock rims with a brand new fresh powder coat on them. The stock pipes, radiator, manuals, and various other parts as seen in my list and pictures. Lots of stuff.

The following is a list of some of the parts that are included with the bike, but not complete. No much to list. Please refer to pictures.

  • 4 brand new piston sets, including, rings, pins, clips, and small ends
  • Complete set of crank seals and crank bearings, plus new rod sets. Everything needed to completely rebuild the crank like new.
  • 3 gaskets set, plus one extra head gasket
  • New Water pump part set
  • New carb sets including floats
  • Power valve seals
  • New billet aluminum power valves and power valve wheels
  • 1 extra new front disk
  • Numerous new seals and bearing that go into the motor
  • Stock pipes in good condition
  • Stock swingarm with fresh paint and new bearings and seals. Like new
  • Stock radiator in excellent condition
  • Stock wheels with fresh powder coating, sprocket,  and cush drive
  • All the old wheel bearing, wheel spacers, front and back disks, sprockets, brake lines, and caliber parts. The old original nuts and bolts that were replaced with titanium and stainless, aluminum

The bike is sold without any warranty or guaranties. Buyer assumes any risk of purchase. Any crating, shipping is the responsibility of the buyer. I will assist if possible. Also available to visit and examined in person. Bike comes with a current California registration (Good until May 2020) and title!  Bike is located in Southern California. Has all the correct serial and engine numbers, but is listed as a 1980 instead of a 1990.  Only cash or certified cashier’s cheque, Bank Wire from US bank accepted. Please don’t make me a low ball offer. You might think that wow I am asking way too much for this bike? I say “fine, don’t buy it then”. What I can say how often you see one of these for sale in this condition, with all these extras and titled too? Try to find another in the states? These bikes are only going to increase in value as time passes. History has shown this. Plus I am including thousands of dollars in extra parts.

Selling Price is USD $17,500. Serious buyers feel free to e-mail for more pictures and information. mr2stroke@usa.net 

These do show up from time to time, but clean ones are very rare here in the US, and they almost never have valid California titles, making this one quite the unicorn! The seller is open about the fact that it might be getting about time for a rebuild, but the bike includes everything you’d need to do that. Just add labor! The originality is great for collectors, and the stash of extra parts is appealing for anyone looking to keep this rare, Japanese-market bike on the road for years to come. It won’t come cheap, but this has clearly been owned by a knowledgeable enthusiast and that makes a big difference for a bike like the KR-1S.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1990 Kawasaki KR-1S C2 for Sale
Honda March 14, 2019 posted by

Repsol Replica in California: 1994 Honda NSR250R SP MC28 for Sale

Pretty much the only way this Honda NSR250R could be more desirable would be for it to be in Rothmans colors. Honestly, I’m not even the biggest fan of race-replica schemes, but nobody does them like Honda, and the Repsol colors are a close second. But even in its “generic” colors, the MC28 version of Honda’s two-stroke sportbike represents some of the most advanced technology of the time, from the obvious, ELF-designed Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm to the very trick PGM-IV electronic ignition system.

That single-sided swinger increased weight, compared to a more conventional design, but Honda’s PGM-IV was incredibly advanced. The bike still used a pair of carburetors to fuel the 90° liquid-cooled two-stroke v-twin, but every other component was cutting edge, taking sensor input from the throttle position, gear-selection, and rpm to create three-dimensional ignition maps for each cylinder and adjust Honda’s RC “Revolutionary Controlled” Valve.

There was no conventional ignition key on the MC28. Instead, you need one of Honda’s credit card-sized… cards that also housed the bike’s ignition map. De-restricting the MC28 is particularly difficult, since, ideally, you’d need to locate one of the factory HRC cards with a full-power map, or you’re stuck with the government-mandated 45hp. The SP version of the NSR seen here added a dry clutch to hook the 249cc twin to the six-speed cassette gearbox, along with lightweight Magtek magnesium wheels for reduced unsprung weight and a bit of additional flash.

From the original eBay listing: 1994 Honda NSR250R SP for Sale

1994 Honda NSR250SP
Credit card model
HRC parts
Repsol colors
TSR expansion chambers and exhaust
TYGA triple crown
Ohlins shock
TYGA digital gauge
Racetech forks
Nissan disc brakes
Michelin tires
Excellent condition
Runs fantastic

Call or text for fastest response. 949-290-5162. Thank you, Brian. 

Great bike, but so many questions. Why is the mileage listed as “NA”? It’s located in California, but does it have a California title? Has it been de-restricted, or is it still rocking the Japanese-market 45hp? All of these things could conceivably influence the value of the bike significantly, and the $10,400 Buy It Now price suggests that the answer to the last two questions could be “no,” but it’s definitely worth messaging the seller if you’re interested in the bike.

-tad

Repsol Replica in California: 1994 Honda NSR250R SP MC28 for Sale
Yamaha March 8, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Yamaha RZV500R in South Africa

The 1986 Yamaha RZV500R was the neighborhood knee dragger’s chance to ride the machine that carried Kenny Roberts to three world titles and helped Giacomo Agostini break MV Agusta’s ridiculous streak of 17 Grand Prix titles. It was billed as a 500cc GP machine with headlights and blinkers, though the similarities were actually pretty tenuous. The engine was the bike’s closest similarity, a two-stroke, twin-crank 500cc V4, but it was laden with concessions to rideability and emissions. With the right tweaks, though, it would still push out the best part of 90 horsepower.

The RZV500Rs were a Japanese-market special, and came with an aluminum perimeter frame that made them a decent stretch lighter than European and Australian models. This one has had its engine “uncorked,” and wears a set of OEM de-restricted exhausts, Boyesen reeds, an overbore and new gaskets and seals. The engine rebuild was part of a more extensive restoration, which included new paint and brake and suspension modifications. Despite having 35,000 kilometers on the odometer, the bike appears to be in excellent cosmetic and mechanical shape.

From the seller:

This pristine aluminium framed 1986 YAMAHA RZV500R, 2 stroker, lovingly restored by its current owner to its original condition.

Engine : professionally rebuilt – cranks, seals, genuine gaskets, Boyesen dual stage reed valves,

Over bored (0,5) with new Mitaka PTFE coated piston kits.

Fully de-restricted (with standard, de-restricted pipes)

Suspension and brakes upgraded.

New, period correct tires.

Professional paint job.

Runs like a train !

Even though it is no longer a rarity to come across grey market two stroke sportbikes on these shores, this bike stands out from the crowd. We see very few RZV500Rs, and a lovingly restored and de-restricted model is a real prize. The seller is asking $17,900, and can be reached at boss@bolandbikes.com

Featured Listing: 1986 Yamaha RZV500R in South Africa
Suzuki March 8, 2019 posted by

Get Lucky: 1996 Suzuki RGV250 SP VJ-23

For the Suzuki RGV250’s last few model years, Suzuki gave the popular machines a thorough redesign, with updated fairings and a brand-new 70-degree v-twin replacing the long serving 90-degree mill that helped make the bikes famous. In most trims, they were choked down to around 40 horsepower. But a limited number of Lucky Strike liveried V-Spec models left the home country with fully de-restricted engines that made closer to 70 horsepower. With just 345 pounds to move around when fully fueled, they were giant killers.

1996 Suzuki RGV250 SP for sale on eBay

The RGV 250 had a long history as a popular club racer and track day machine, as well as a sly way to satisfy tiered licensing requirements and still have some fun. They sold in their millions outside the United States, though, sadly, they never officially made it to these shores. Older models with U.S. street titles pop up pretty regularly, but anything newer than 25 years old will have some issues getting a road title. This 1996 Suzuki RGV250 lives in South Africa, so getting paperwork lined up to ride it here could be tricky, unless you’re willing to wait.

From the eBay listing:

Extremely rare Suzuki RGV250 SP VJ23 V spec model.
There were only 120 units produced for the export market of which this is number 89.
The vehicle is in an original mint condition and has had a complete engine rebuild ,including new crankshaft, cylinders, pistons and rings less than 1 500Km ago.
Included in the sale is the original screen, passenger rear seat and tool kit.
All the original factory fairing panels are in great condition and the fuel tank is rust free.

These rare limited edition full power Lucky Strikes do not come up for auction often so dont miss out on the opportunity to own a legendry piece of two stroke history.

Worldwide shipping is available!
Shipping cost to any port of entry in:
North America : $ 950
Europe : $ 875

Shipping cost includes insurance, crating and all other charges at the port of discharge.
Please note that the shipping cost does not include any additional customs duties at the port of entry.

Please contact me if you require any additional info.
Thanks for taking the time to view my auction listing.

According to the listing, the bike is all original and has had a full engine rebuild inside the last 1,000 miles. It appears to be in excellent condition, from the fairings to the frame and running gear. The pictures show it set up as a one-seater, but from the photos it looks like the pillion pad and tools come with it. If you’re looking for a very rare, very cool conversation piece that will be eligible for a street title in just two years, you may have found your steed.

Get Lucky: 1996 Suzuki RGV250 SP VJ-23
Kawasaki February 28, 2019 posted by

Lean and Green: 1990 Kawasaki KR-1S for Sale

The entire class of 250cc two-stroke sportbikes has alwasy been forbidden fruit for US-based sportbike enthusiasts. The last real road-burning stroker was the RZ350, a bike that can certainly hang with much more modern machines and punch well above its weight, but the 18” wheels and bikini-fairing mark it out clearly as a bike from a much older era. In recent years, it’s become pretty common to see NSRs, RGVs, TZRs, as well as the much less common Kawasaki KR-1S up on eBay, as importation laws here allow bikes and cars older than 25 years to be brought in and used on the road, although state laws regarding actual registration vary wildly.

Overseas, and especially in their home market of Japan, the quarter-liter sportbike class was hotly contested and although, in principle, a two-stroke is mechanically relatively simple, these little machines ended up being at the cutting edge of motorcycle design, as each manufacturer tried to eke out any small advantage over the others. But despite Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha’s serious interest in small two-stroke sportbikes, Kawasaki chose to mostly sit the whole thing out, producing just 10,000 KR-1s during the entire run from 88-92, and the bike saw no significant updates during four years of production, nearly an eternity by standards of the class.

Maybe that’s because they got it very right the first time, and the bike certainly wasn’t lacking performance, with a class-topping 139mph tested top speed from a KR-1S. It was fast, with excellent, if slightly twitchy, handling. Claimed weight was 270lbs dry, and the liquid-cooled, 249cc parallel-twin slung beneath the aluminum beam frame made the expected… 45hp, as required by Japanese regulations, although it was obviously capable of much more and was highly tuneable. A six-speed gearbox helped riders make use of the available power and a KIPS powervalve system helped make the available power a bit more accessible.

Three versions of the bike were produced, the KR-1, KR-1S seen here, and the extremely rare KR-1R. The S model had wider wheels at both ends, compared to the regular KR-1 and, unlike other bikes in the class, the R model didn’t feature magnesium wheels, a dry clutch, or much else in the way of fancy accessories, although it did have larger carburetors and a close-ratio gearbox. Just a few hundred were supposedly produced.

Note that the bike is currently located in La Chopera, Spain, so be prepared to deal with shipping if you’re not currently enjoying your vacation home in Madrid…

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Kawasaki KR-1S for Sale

Well preserved. Some minor scratches and fairing defects.

The seller also includes the usual copy/paste specifications, if you’re interested, although some history might be nice. Has it been serviced? Is it ready to run? Good information to have, since parts for these are pretty scarce, considering the age and low production numbers. There’s not much time left on the auction, and bidding is only up to $2,550, so maybe take a chance and see if he’ll take a lowball offer?

-tad

Lean and Green: 1990 Kawasaki KR-1S for Sale