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Triumph January 20, 2022 posted by

Strong Silent Type – 1999 Triumph Daytona 1200 Special Edition

The top of Triumph’s Daytona line tilted toward the GT segment, but had sporty components and aerodynamics ready for warp speeds.  This example is presented by a N.C. collector, with low miles and excellent finishes.

1999 Triumph Daytona 1200 SE for sale on eBay

Based more on the big Trophy than other Daytona’s, the 1200SE used Triumph modular engine, with revised cams and cylinder head to make a turbine smooth 147 hp.  The clutch is a little stiffer to handle the up-rated power, and Kayaba suspension is tuned for higher speeds.  The SE got 6-piston calipers for its 310mm disks to make short work of the 100-to-55 brake check.  Roomy fairing and relaxed riding position made long days cake. 

Not sure whether the seller is the collector, but this Daytona was evidently on display for an extended period.  Though tricky to photograph, the black and gold are quite elegant, and the painted forks aren’t all chipped up.  From the list of recent work it’s a safe bet that it was never de-fueled before parking, but it sounds like that’s been taken care of in the eBay auction:

This motorcycle is one of the last versions of the original Hinckley Triumphs launched in the mid-90’s. It is number 157 of the Special Edition series. Spent most of its life in a private collection with very few miles. A full service has been performed including new carb kits, new intake boots, new air filter, new throttle cable, new petcock, new spark plugs and new battery. The tank was removed and flushed. In-line storage shut-off valves installed. Recent oil and filter change. Very nice original paint and seat. Fork tubes have no pitting and seals are leak free. Everything else is leak free as well. Runs very well with no smoke.  Please see video – here –

Probably one of the nicest Special Editions out there. Nicer ones may be in museums or other collections. I did not ride this bike much, so I am not sure if there are any more bugs to be ironed out as a daily, high mileage rider. If any, it shouldn’t be serious. What I do know is, it is fast! Six pot calipers stop fast too!

Number 157 was on RSBFS back in – 2017 – and it seemed like that seller had done quite a bit of more cosmetic work.  Now with looking excellent and freshly tuned up, maybe the next owner will put some miles down.  Triumph moved quite a bit of their production to Thailand in the early 2000’s, and these Hinckley built cycles will see their collectible day come.  Until then the starting bid is low, and the hopefully the reserve will get this 1200 to a new owner in time for spring.

-donn

Strong Silent Type – 1999 Triumph Daytona 1200 Special Edition
Kawasaki October 27, 2021 posted by

Chined Doll – 2001 Kawasaki ZX-12R

If an unwritten manufacturer’s agreement hadn’t limited its speed to a mere 186 mph, the ZX-12R would’ve been the most powerful and fastest GT in the early oughties.  This example has some miles, but has clearly been pampered and thoughtfully upgraded.

2001 Kawasaki ZX-12R for sale on eBay

The ZX-12R’s air of superiority started right in the engine room, with the 1199cc four using 46mm throttle bodies looking almost straight down on their way to 178 hp.  The airbox and chassis wanted to occupy the same area, so Kawasaki engineered an alloy monocoque frame, which serves as the plenum.  Stainless headers lead to a four-into-one collector and titanium silencer.  Multi-adjustable suspension is fairly conventional but the attention to detail is such that spoilers are cast into the fork legs.  The ram air intake funnels air in behind the headstock and keeps the power coming at higher speeds.  Winglets inhabit the fairing lowers, pre-dating the winglets that are more common these days.

This original owner looks to have taken fine care of his Ninja, setting it up for some higher-speed touring with Power Commander, Marchesini alloys, and Sargent seat.  Corbin bags are shaped to accommodate a co-rider, but passenger pegs have been removed.  Notes from the eBay auction:

2001 Kawasaki ZX1200 A1. This rare one-owner ZX-12R is in excellent condition. Most of these bikes have been drag-raced into oblivion. Here’s your chance to own one never raced, never dropped. Mechanically unmolested, the only extras are Corbin Beetle bags, Marchesini forged wheels, a Power Commander, Sargent seat, and a Muzzy’s clutch hub. The bike will come with owners and factory service manuals. Stock rims are available. The chain and sprockets are less than one year old, and the fork seals were just replaced. The bike needs nothing except a new owner that likes to ride FAST!

Besides too lean fuel injection programming ( which the Power Commander solves ) and mirrors big enough for an endurance racing Porsche, the ZX-12R got high marks and held onto the speed-limited throne until the ZX-14 came along.  The package was more trim than competing uber-bikes and carried the ludicrous speed flag without forgetting it was a sportbike.  Bidding has been active early on and it’ll be interesting to see at what point the reserve falls.

-donn

Chined Doll – 2001 Kawasaki ZX-12R
Suzuki December 2, 2020 posted by

Just Add Water – 1994 Suzuki GSX-R1100

Occupying the top line of the Suzuki catalog is a real balancing act, with performance and reliability up against MSRP. The newly water-cooled 1100 kept it all in perspective, and this Texas survivor looks great in retrospect.


1994 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for sale on eBay

Suzuki traded the oil cooler for a big coolant radiator, and more stable temps in the new engine allowed an increase in compression to 11.2-to-1, with 156 hp at the bottom line.  The chassis was similar to the ’92 but beefier, with multi-adjustable Kayaba dampers front and rear.  310mm Tokico brakes grew an extra pair of pistons in each caliper, helping haul the slightly increased weight down quickly.  The fairing was just a bit fuller, and the windscreen offered better protection from the gale-force wind.  Powertrain dimensions stayed trim and lean-angle clearances were as generous as ever.

Ownership history was interrupted along the way, but with almost 22,000 miles it was somebody’s favorite at some point.  With a very limited collection of road rash, it was a great candidate for the new grips, windshield, rebuilt carbs and calipers, and any expendables.  Comments from the eBay auction:

The 1994 GSXR series was the next evolution after the Slingshot era.  They share many design characteristics with the Slingshot, but a departure from the air/oil cooled era.  Suzuki figured that they could make more consistent power by adding liquid cooling yet trying to offset the extra weight of the liquid cooling.

Today these bikes are quite rare.  This bike is a beautiful example that was rescued and completely gone thru.  Every system and every surface has been attended to.  Most of these bikes were modded but this one is a true survivor, still has factory exhaust and airbox – it is one one the most original 1994 1100s out there, possibly the only unmodded one.

FRESH OIL/FILTER CHANGE
NEW SPARK PLUGS
NEW AIR FILTER
CARBS REBUILT AND SYNCHED
ALL BRAKE CALIPERS REBUILT WITH NEW FLUID
BRAND NEW TIRES
NEW CHAIN
NEW F/R SPROCKETS
REBUILT CLUTCH SLAVE CYL
REBUILT F/R MASTER CYLS
NEW WINDSCREEN
NEW BLINKERS

Bike is absolutely gorgeous, no rust in tank.  Starts stops and handles like a brand new bike. Needs nothing.

As the oil-cooled era wound down, Suzuki wanted to keep the liter-plus power but increase reliability while lowering emissions.  Couldn’t get the weight to the Fireblade neighborhood, but had a nice advantage against the Kawasaki and Yamaha GT’s.  Rebound damping was overdone but could be adjusted to suit.  Long term fans might be ready for a steam locomotive in this kind of condition.

-donn

Just Add Water – 1994 Suzuki GSX-R1100
Honda October 21, 2020 posted by

Steam Train – 1990 Honda CBR1000F

Over on the GT end of the spectrum, Honda’s all-growed-up CBR looked and weighed like adult rider material, and had power to match.  This suburban Portland example is a lot of bike for the buy-it-now.

1990 Honda CBR1000F for sale on eBay

Everything about the 1000F is at the big end of the range – quite oversquare, the bores are 77mm across, fed by four 38mm Keihin carbs.  Power is superbike strong but more torquey at 132 hp and 77 ft.-lbs.  Brakes are ’90-sized at 296mm, but have Honda’s thoughtful take on linked braking, where the lever and pedal each operate both front and rear brakes, splitting the caliper pucks proportionally.  Creature comforts got raves, with the big seat, windscreen and full fairing make reeling off the miles a ( lack of ) breeze. 

Sounds like the owner also has an interest in a used bike parts outfit, and recently put all new fluids and rubber on this Honda.  Miles aren’t much at 8,462, but once you park a bike time picks up speed.  Apparently victim to a zero-speed character builder or two, this 1000F still looks very good and quite original.  Refinishing faux pas like the generator cover and clutch fluid spill should make a nice difference.  Comments from the eBay auction:

The condition is excellent. The bike has 8,462 miles on it. We just put new tires on it. Changed the engine oil and filter with Honda oil and a Honda filter. Changed the coolant with Honda coolant. Changed all of the brake fluid and clutch fluid. New battery. Cleaned the carburetors. New air filter. This bike is ready for the road. There is a couple of scuffs in the paint as seen in photos. There is one crack in the left side fairing seen in the photos. The seat has a small tear or rub spot as seen in photos. The bike is 100% stock with no modifications done. I am including the original invoice from when the bike was bought new in 1990. I am the second owner of the bike. I bought this from the original owner.

The owner also posted a 10-minute video for which offers some nice close-ups – here -.

Though it’s not a fire-breathing track machine, the CBR1000F still has the superbike pedigree and engineering to build up speed quickly.  Then the all-encompassing body makes a quiet, still, almost separate world for the rider.  This example is an advertisement for inside storage, with new looking finishes except where fate tripped up the previous owner.  Though an admitted flipper, the seller has recommissioned the big CBR properly, and left the Make Offer button lit.

-donn

Steam Train – 1990 Honda CBR1000F
Moto Guzzi June 6, 2020 posted by

Not Low Carb – 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport

During the 1997 model year Moto Guzzi progressed the 1100 Sport to fuel injection and upside-down forks, but along with the catalyst-delete Staintune exhaust, the conventional forks and 40mm Dell-Orto’s help this earlier ’97 silver goose look and act the classic part.

1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport for sale on eBay

Toward the end of the DeTomaso era, Guzzi endeavored to embrace their sporting heritage, with the Daytona and 1100 Sport as the results.  Never abandoning their 90-degree axial V-twin or shaft drive, the Sport kept in touch with past models.  Most riders use the square-heads’s 90 hp rarely, but the 5-speed regularly calls on the 70 ft.-lbs. torque – available at just 5,900 rpm.  Premium Showa dampers and Brembo brakes round out the components, with staggered 17-inch front / 18-inch rear wheels helping its 475 lbs. wet weight change direction.  Supersport fairing shows off the big block, which a stressed part of the chassis.

This suburban NY owner appears to be paring down their collection of nicer vintage and sport machines, and the Sport 1100 appears in excellent shape.  Miles are low at 12,992 and looks stock beside the head guards and exhaust.  Open venturis on the carbs so no dirt roads !  From the eBay auction:

Great running and beautiful 1100 Sport with Staintune exhaust and new battery. This bike is a blast to ride, handles amazing and pulls incredibly hard at speed.  It’s in very good condition and needs nothing.  The design catches everyone’s eye, this is an attention getting bike and wonderful Moto Guzzi.

Guzzi survived the turn of the century and reinvigorated their lineup, though the Sport appears today with just a cafe fairing.  In its GT form, the 1100 Sport pushes a lot of the right buttons for weekend riders, with plenty of stability and big torque.  Not quite enough miles to justify survivor status, this 1100 Sport seems to have been the nice day go-to bike for this collector, and might be for the next owner.

-donn

Not Low Carb – 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport
BMW April 10, 2020 posted by

Ghost Gray Light* – 2007 BMW R1200S

More than ten years since the last one was made, the R1200S was only recently bumped off BMW’s air/oil-cooled throne by the R1250RS.  This stealthy example has been nicely updated by the East L.A. owner.

2007 BMW 1200S for sale on eBay

Beside the 100cc additional displacement on board the hex-head R1200S, the compression ratio was increased to 12.5-to-1.  Thanks to electronic knock sensors and the ECU’s control of ignition timing, premium gas will get you 122 hp.  The chassis was lightened and is more of a trellis affair than the R1100S, though the tele-lever and paralever suspension will be familiar to any BMW fan.  320mm brakes are complemented by factory braided lines, and the dual exhausts feed a common catalyst and underseat muffler.  There’s a big step up to the pillion, which is a nice backstop for the solo rider, but it’s hidden by a body-color cover.

Almost broken in at 22,430 miles, this R1200S presents nicely in its silver and black monochrome.  Though they were available as factory options, this one got the 5.5-inch rear wheel and Öhlins front and rear shock after the fact.  The R1200S had a lightweight ABS system available, not sure if this bike has it – though a front sensor ring is there.  The addition of a rear fender is very unusual, and ceramic coated exhaust looks great.  The comprehensive list of updates from the eBay auction:

Upgrades from stock are pretty minor and in my opinion, in very good taste and all take offs included:

– Remus headpipe and factory muffler both removed and ceramic coated so no blueing…ever. Looks amazing. Remus exhaust is no longer available FYI.
– EVAP canister removed
– Upgraded to wider OEM sport rear wheel
– Rear hugger added to keep tail section clean
– Helibars added, 1″ taller. Originals not included.
– Suspension upgraded to factory Ohlins, rebuilt and springs replaced (180 lbs rider) less than a year ago. Original front and rear suspension included
– Seat replaced with leather Corbin. Two originals included, both with cracked covers.
– Tank grippers added. Tech Spec if I remember correctly.
– Passenger pillion seat is MIA and didn’t come with the bike. Passenger pegs removed but included. Nobody wants to sit back there anyway.
– Puig double bubble clear windscreen. Original is included, but was painted black.
– Front fender pained black instead of factory silver. Looks much better and stays cleaner looking.
– Odyssey battery freshly installed
– Shorty Pazzo adjustable or like new stock levers, whichever you prefer
– Rear factory bags and racks added. I also keyed the lock cylinders to match the ignition. These are insanely expensive, but really make the bike more usable for long trips.

BMW put the R1200S on a diet, and was moderately successful with a wet weight under 470 lbs., and fans will tell you it feels more stable because so much of the engine weight is down low.  Can’t say the same for the factory hardbags, but they can be in the closet until they’re really necessary.  The R1200S is knocking on the door of a cult classic, a booming crescendo to the oil-cooled boxer -S variant that started way back in 1998.  This one does it almost at a whisper.

-donn

 

Ghost Gray Light* – 2007 BMW R1200S
Triumph April 17, 2019 posted by

Big British Bruiser: 1999 Triumph Daytona 1200SE for Sale

After years of “close, but no banana” attempts to out-inline-four the Japanese with their 600cc TT600 and Daytona, Triumph finally hit one out of the park with their slim, agile, and characterful Daytona 675, a bike capable of holding its own against the world’s best, while offering a unique blend of flexible power, torque, and a soundtrack to differentiate it from the typical inline four and v-twin sportbikes. This Triumph Daytona 1200SE represents the path not taken: with no analogue in their current lineup, Triumph’s four-cylinder Daytona was ultimately a dead-end for the company, as the smaller three-cylinder proved more popular and led the way forward for the company. But if you’re in search of something cool, classy, affordable, and fast, this one might just tick the boxes for you.

When Triumph was reborn in the 1990s, modular design allowed them great flexibility to refine their offerings and minimize the risks associated with new or niche models. Individual bikes were slightly compromised by frames and engines designed with versatility and not maximum performance in mind, but this kept the company light on its feet and and able to quickly respond to industry trends. The Daytona 1200 slotted their biggest, most powerful engine into the spine frame, added the best suspension in their arsenal and fitted some very effective brakes. It was Triumph’s big stick of their lineup and, even though it was discontinued after just a few years, that doesn’t mean the four-cylinder Daytona 1200 isn’t a great motorcycle.

When new, it was considered a bit of an also-ran, since it was compared directly to Japanese rivals like the Suzuki GSX-R1100 and Kawasaki ZX-11 in that all-important top-speed metric while costing a good bit more. With 147hp from the 1180cc engine to haul 550lbs of wet weight around, power-to-weight compares favorably with the last generation of Suzuki’s GSX-R1100, while offering an extra cog to make even better use of the flexible engine. That may seem unimpressive by today’s ludicrous power levels, but the 85lb-ft of torque is paired with real-world gearing that emphasized performance street riders could actually use, instead of hypothetical top speeds they couldn’t. With stock gearing, a 1200 Daytona could easily embarrass a ZX-11 from 40-100mph, before running out of puff at a mere 160mph.

And like the ZX-11 and the later GSX-R1100, the Daytona wasn’t a sport-touring bike, it was a big GT, a sportbike with comfortable ergonomics suited to mature riders who wanted to occasionally do very immature things on their motorcycles. A GSX-R with wild graphics and neon colors would blast to triple-digit speeds, strafe canyons, but had very boy-racer pretensions, for better or worse. But if you’d aged out of that, but still wanted to scare the bejesus out of yourself without needing to pretend you were hitting LeMans the following weekend, the Daytona was available in elegant black, classic British Racing Green, or a rich yellow. The styling was simple and unadorned by crass graphics, and the bike exudes class from nose to tail.

From the original eBay listing: 1999 Triumph Daytona 12oo for Sale

Helping a family friend clear out an estate. Two Owner bike, Was adult owned its whole life, most recently by an avid motorcycle enthusiast in his 60’s for the last 15 years. Clean and Clear title ready to go and two sets of keys.

Limited edition 1999 Triumph Daytona 1200 in very nice condition. This is a rare bike they do not come up for sale often. limited production Only 250 made, this is bike #175.

She has been sitting in storage for the last 2-3 years or so, fuel was drained before storage. Pulled it out, new battery, gave it a wash, put fresh gas in, fresh oil change, and she fired right up and sounds amazing. Tires have good tread left, the bike brakes and handles amazing, its very fast! This bike has been very well taken care of and well maintained by owners. No leaks of any kind.

Paint is nice, always garaged. there are a few blemishes that I noticed, some scratches on the right side fairing isolated to about 2″x2″, and a hairline crack and some nicks up by the left mirror(see pics)

Modifications that I noticed: 

Micron carbon fiber slip on exhaust

Hella headlights, very bright, turn signals

Nology profire coils

Windscreen?

Very clean for being 20 years old, a few things I have noticed that I want to mention for full disclosure: 

  • Bike hesitated a little  before it took off when I drove it, I would recommend a fuel additive to clean out the carbs and fuel system for the first few tanks of gas since it has been sitting
  • Temp gauge was working intermittently

Don’t let this rare opportunity pass you by!!

With a Buy It Now price of just $5,500 this is a ton of bike for the money, and it looks clean and relatively unmolested, with just 15,000 miles on the odometer and a set of Micron carbon cans to liberate a bit more growl, as you can hear in the included video. It’s unfortunate the seller doesn’t know more about the history, but is pretty thorough in presenting what is there. It’s not quite perfect, with some scratches, flush front signals, and the frankly awful rear turn signals, but looks complete and all Triumphs of the era still represent a seriously fast chunk of classic sportbike for a pretty minimal outlay of cash.

-tad

Big British Bruiser: 1999 Triumph Daytona 1200SE for Sale
BMW September 2, 2017 posted by

Little Red – 2007 BMW R1200S

In the late 2000’s, BMW was most of the way through development of the WSBK-oriented S1000RR, but the flat twin R1200S had a couple of more seasons to play out.  The R1200S was lighter and more powerful than the previous R1100S, and this one was nicely ordered and custom-painted in a Corvette red.

2007 BMW R1200S for sale on eBay

New pistons and cylinders gave the R1200S a little more displacement than it predecessor, and a substantial increase in compression helped increase power to 122 hp and torque to 83 ft.-lbs.  The cast backbone was replaced by a steel trellis, saving a good deal of the 29 lb. weight reduction.  The bike retained the BMW-centric Telelever front and Paralever rear suspension, not light but relatively dive-resistant up front and the shaft drive virtually maintenance-free.  Brakes are massive, EVO servo-assisted and have ABS, but in a nod to sport, are un-linked and the ABS has an override.  The monoposto fairing / tank / seat combo is pretty radically sculpted, the stubby nose housing the oil cooler.

With low miles for a BMW, this is about the only red R1200S around, custom painted since the factory’s red was a candy-stripe option.  The owner has somehow kept up with the exhaust polishing, and sheltered it from the accessory dealers as well as the scratch-and-dent garage elves.  The owner shows off his writing chops in the eBay auction:

Only 17,840 miles. 2007 (only year sold in US, only about 348 imported) BMW R1200S.  Just serviced.  ABS, heated grips.  Never wrecked.  Previous owner had the bike professionally painted to match his red corvette.
Looks and rides like a sport bike, but comfortable enough to do 300 miles rides.  Goes from zero to holy crap in just a few seconds.  She pulls like a freight train with all that Boxer torque and when you hit the power band at 5000 RPM and blow past… well, lets just say it brings a smile to your face and a warm feeling in your loins.
Only 410 lbs dry with 121 hp stock.  Very good condition.  Mechanically a 10 out of 10, cosmetically a 9 out of 10.

Occupying the luxe end of sport segment, the R1200S raced occasionally ( mostly in HP2 spec ) but never achieved the privateer racing successes of the R1100S.  Reviewers praised the relaxed riding position and steady handling, the Paralever and EVO brakes had the side effects worked out, and it’s great for covering miles quickly.  The option Öhlins dampers would be a nice, if not cheap upgrade.  Good for three seasons with the heated grips and ABS, might be a thought as summer draws to a close…

-donn

 

 

Little Red – 2007 BMW R1200S