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Honda December 15, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1982 Honda CB1100R

Update 12.15.2021: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Always a fan favorite, this 1982 Honda CB1100R Featured Listing is being brought to us via RSBFS reader Paul. This bike has been in his stable since 1985, and has been relocated to the US and titled in Illinois. That makes this rare homologation model even more rare, as we scarcely see them in the States (the last example that appeared on RSBFS was over a year ago). Values for these models remain strong, and given the age, few number of bikes built over a 3 year period and legendary Honda quality, one can expect values to remain strong for a long time to come.

The CB1100R is an interesting model to be sure. Feeling familiarly like the “F” model released in the States, the R is a very different animal. Sure, the bone structure may be similar, but the CB1100R was built to go racing – endurance racing at that. In the multi-hour segment of racing reliability is favored over outright speed; as the old adage goes, you first have to finish in order to finish first. However you also need power, handling, and a platform that can take good care of the rider for long periods of time. Power – about 115 ponies worth – came from bumping compression and cam timing on the air-cooled, inline four. Engine internals were lightened and blueprinted where possible to ensure longevity on those long, full throttle runs. Handling was aided by what was cutting edge of the day – multi-adjustable front and rear suspension (twin shocks and anti-dive front fork components). The engine was rigidly mounted in the frame in the manner of race bikes as well – great for stiffness, but not ideal for the buzz-free, touring set. Braking was another area of focus, with twin piston calipers up front gripping innovative cast rotors with internal venting. Tank size – as expected for endurance racing – was quite large at just under 7 gallons. Overall the package was a significant success for Big Red – and the bikes are coveted to this day.

From the seller:
1982 Honda CB 1100 R – titled in Illinois

I have owned the bike since 1985. I bought it from a local Honda dealer
who was selling it as a goodwill gesture for a friend of the shop owner.
The owner had brought it from England I believe, titled it here, but
wanted a “new” bike so was selling this one.

More from the seller:
The bike has a total of 11,500 or so miles on it. It has had the front
forks rebuilt, the complete brake system taken down and rebuilt,
replacing any needed parts with original Honda parts. It had the wheels
dismounted and new tires mounted about 6 years ago, on which there is
maybe 700 miles. The chain was taken off, soaked, and reoiled. It comes
with a rear wheel lift, the original tool kit, the original owner’s
manual, copies of the manual (which in reality acts as a shop manual as
it has all the torque values for everything on the bike), a parts manual
for the CB 1100 R models, listing Honda’s part numbers. Some cross over
to American Honda parts, some need a place like David Silver to get
parts. It has just come back from a local dealer who deals in sport
bikes, where the carbs were rebuilt as when I went to start it, it
started, but the carbs poured fuel out from the gaskets. Handle bars
have a ratchet system that allows 0.5 degree adjustments to up and down
setting, and obviously infinite adjustment to front and back setting, to
fit the rider.

More from the seller:
There were only 1500 of these made in 1982 and another 1500 in 1983.
These were the minimal numbers Honda had to manufacture to homologate
them for endurance racing. I very much doubt there are more than 4-5 in
this country presently, since they were never officially imported by
Honda. Per the rules of the day the bike had to be a two seater, and two
screws can be removed to remove the rear tanneau, revealing the rear
seat. There are also rear foot pegs. The exhaust is original although I
have repainted it.

The mechanical condition is excellent. It has been gone over by Honda
guys several times in the time I have owned it, with no defects found.
It is not pristine; there are some “battle” marks on the left side of
the fairing. Otherwise it is intact.

Asking Price: $18,500

The Honda CB1100R tips the rarity scales pretty close in line with other popular homologation models (i.e. RC30). This is simply because all homologation bikes are built with a limited number target in mind (usually just the minimum number of street bikes to qualify the bike for racing). But with the CB1100R that is further limited by the lack of US distribution (Europe, parts of Asia, Australia and New Zealand). Todays 1982 Featured Listing has a long history with the current owner, and looks to be in great condition for the age. If you are in the market, you would do well to give Paul a shout and strike up a deal. This one probably won’t last long. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing – 1982 Honda CB1100R
Honda October 28, 2021 posted by

Come In For a Test Drive – 1987 Honda VFR-750R / RC30

Update 10.28.2021: Previously posted September 2020, this RC30 is back on eBay with a buy-it-now of $48,995. Links updated. -dc

A ( if not The ) classic superbike at this juncture, Honda’s RC30 has beauty and real-world capability.  This example is slightly under-documented but has collectible looks.

1987 Honda VFR-750R / RC30

The RC30 was designed and built for the Superbike World Championship, which it won with Fred Merkel aboard the two first years.  The version found at the showroom had 112 hp available, with just 400 or so pound to push.  Endurance racing aspirations dictated the single-sided swingarm and quick release front axle, and the era required staggered wheel sizes of 17 front and 18 rear.  The RC30 always seemed more than the sum of its parts, the alloy chassis and big-bang V-4 not quite accounting for its well-balanced presence.

Seller Eurocycle appears to be a new outfit, with locations in Sonoma, Reno, and Vegas.  No history is offered but the condition is excellent for its nearly 24K miles.  Finishes and tires look fresh.  Besides new and used bikes, Eurocycle’s website shows rentals ( no the RC30 wasn’t listed ) and some kind of club membership – maybe a knowledgeable reader could chime in.

Eminently collectible, an RC30 was reviewed as not hard to ride, and might be an inspiring occasional rider for a small stable.  More history or perhaps some catch-up maintenance might be expected before sending this V4 out on a mission.  The ask is a little shy of what might be expected for a nice example, but as with so many things this year, all bets are off.

-donn

Come In For a Test Drive – 1987 Honda VFR-750R / RC30
Ducati May 19, 2021 posted by

Quail Grail – 2001 Ducati 748R #839

One benefit of the tighter World SuperSport rule book was that since less could be modified for racing, the showroom specials sometimes came better equipped than their WSBK stablemates.  Here’s a Bay Area Ducati 748R whose great looks stretch the truth about its twenty years since new.

2001 Ducati 748R #839 for sale on eBay

Most of the 748R’s differences aren’t visible, like the titanium connecting rods and valves, allowing 12,000 rpm and 105 hp.  Lifting the tank and opening the carbon airbox will let you see the shower injectors and spacious trellis to accommodate.  More accessible are the Öhlins dampers, 320mm Brembo brakes, and light 5-spoke alloys.  The close-ratio gearbox helps you take advantage of that higher revving engine.  The fairing is a close match for the 996, though 748’s are often seen in speed yellow.

None of this 748R’s cosmetic defects are shown in the pictures, but they sound pretty minor.  The Micron exhaust is unusual with its blue-red fade design, but not seeing any other mods.  The interest is there as bids are over $9,000 but haven’t crossed the reserve threshold yet.  The owner reviews recent maintenance in the eBay auction:

Only 2,610 Produced of which 185 U.S. Models
Year 2001 only 100 shipped to U.S.
Only 5,168 miles
 
The Ducati 748R was produced from 2000 through 2002 as a homologation to compete in the World Superbike Championship Series.  This 748R is not only registered in California, has a clear Title.
 
Some may argue this is the holy grail of the 748 series because of the limited production, larger frame, overhead shower-injector arrangement.  This Race Homologation Model also has titanium rods, valves, crank and high compression pistons.
 
Bike has a 1.25 inch scuff mark located on the right side fairing and 1.5″ scratch on the on the right side of the headlight.  Rear wheel has brake fluid splatter on right side.  Aside from those flaws, the vehicle is very clean for being 20 years old.
 
This bike runs and rides excellent.  
4/11/21 Clutch fluid flush and oil change done myself
5/15/21 Serviced and inspected at Nichols Sportsbike in Milpitas, CA
-New set of Dunlop tires installed
-New timing belt  
-Brake fluid flush

The eminent Quail Motorcycle Gathering and Ride would have this been this month, just an hour or so ride for this 748R, but was cancelled again this year and will re-boot in 2022.  Perhaps more classic oriented than this 2001 race prep machine, there still might be room for a rare R-model with the venerable 916 nose.

-donn

Quail Grail – 2001 Ducati 748R #839
Ducati April 28, 2021 posted by

Lights and Mirrors – 2005 Ducati 999R

With everything that wasn’t cast or welded made of carbon fiber, Ducati’s 999R was almost ready to race right out of the crate. Here’s a Sacramento example that has 6,000 miles and a fresh major service.

2005 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

Introduced in 2003, the 999 was a new design which has taken its share of lumps, but is more appreciated as time goes on.  The EVO testastretta aboard the 2005 R has incremental improvements with more titanium parts and revised Marelli fuel injection, and calls out 150 horses at 9,750 rpm.  The trellis chassis is visibly more robust at the transmission mounts, which hold the massive double-sided swingarm.  Headstock angle and Öhlins dampers are adjustable though a race tech and trackside data system might be part of the equation.  Even with the high compression twin, a slipper clutch isn’t factory installed, since they were “free” ( unrestricted ) under WSBK rules, it was assumed any race team would just install their favorite.  A slightly taller windscreen above the full carbon fairing and Termignoni canister muffler occupy the ends, above forged Marchesini alloys shod in Pirelli Diablo Rosso gumballs.

The close-ups show just how many carbon parts Ducati made for the -R, and how built everything is.  Not seeing much to quibble over.  Just wish the photos were as high resolution as the comments from the eBay auction:

Only 200 of these bike were built in 2005. The R bike is almost identical to the factory prepped race bikes, save for the lights.  The motor is identical to the factory race bikes.  I’m assuming if you’re looking at this ad, you know what an R bike is and how rare they are. This is very much a collector / track enthusiast bike. I’ve never tracked this bike, and to my knowledge it has not been tracked.

Designed by Pierre Terblanche, this bike was absolutely the cutting edge Super Bike from 2003-2006. The 2005-2006 bikes had many engine improvements, making them the ultimate of the 999R run.

The R bikes have a larger bore and shorter stoke than the 999 or 999S. Therefore they rev much quicker than the standard 999 engine. Rated at 150 hp in stock trim, but add the Termi exhaust and race ECM that come in the crate with the bike, and it’s rated at 165 hp. All in a bike that officially weighs in at 399 lbs! 0-60 in less than 3 seconds.

The R bike is absolutely dripping with carbon fiber.  All the body work, belt covers, clutch cover, exhaust shroud, heel guards…. almost everything.  The motor has titanium valves, titanium connecting rods, and sand cast cases, magnesium valve covers and headlight bucket.  All these super lightweight and technical parts are what add up to its amazing sub-400 lbs weight.

I bought this bike in January 2013, and it’s lived in my home with my collection of bikes since then.  I just completed the extensive 6,500 mile maintenance on the bike when re-commissioning it. The bike is 100% and in amazing, like new condition. 

We did all the standard maintenance and a more extensive tear down for the 6,500.  Obviously as part of the maintenance it got new belts, fuel pump, spark plugs, tires, battery, brake fluid, etc.  All engine internals looked great and are completely within specification. All Ducati parts purchased at a Ducati dealer.  All the work completed by a 30 year Ducati master tech. I’ve ridden this bike a few times since we completed the work, and it’s absolutely amazing.

I’ve got the books and manuals that came with the bike as well as two keys, a cover and stand.  If you can arrange pickup I’ll be happy to include the stand.  I’ll help with shipping / pickup on my end, and can deliver to a forward air terminal within reason.

Not part of Ducati’s plan, but the short run of the 999 design makes it almost a guaranteed rarity, particularly in -R form.  However in the four years of production, the 999 won three WSBK mantles.  Really wanting for track time and a knowledgeable team manager, a 999R adjusted mid-range would still be a blast on a good back road.  Carefully.

-donn

Lights and Mirrors – 2005 Ducati 999R
Ducati February 13, 2021 posted by

Triplo Otto – 1993 Ducati 888 SPO

Sporting a big number one for Doug Polen’s World Superbike Championships, the 888 came to us in rosso intenso.  This example is at a Florida dealer and shows very well.

1993 Ducati 888 SPO for sale on eBay

A natural progression of the 851, the 888 also was a fuel injected, water cooled desmoquatro with a nice round 100 hp on tap.  Go for the non-ethanol premium gas with 11.0-to-1 compression, and the 6-speed will have you challenging 160 mph before you can get comfortable.  Thanks to EPA, the stateside SPO engine had a single fuel injector for each cylinder, but USD Showa forks and Öhlins monoshock were the same as the European SP5.  Big Brembo brakes and wide 17-inch rims were shared between the continents as well.

Sitting in the lucky Fort Lauderdale sun, this 888 looks great with seemingly undamaged fairings, recent tires and carbon Termis.  The triple tree has been enhanced with a carbon beauty cover, but an SPO numbered badge should be available.  Mileage is a low 7,822, and the comments say it hasn’t been ridden since a major service late 2019 and a little paint work last April –

-888 SPO 1993 with low miles 7,822 to be exact.
-Nice upgrades that you can see on the pictures, pretty much new Dunlop tires, Termignoni Carbon exhaust.
-Left handle switch is missing the button cover (cosmetic only) but as a USA model lights are on all the time.
-Major service done Dec. 2019 and April 2020, bike has not been ridden since then.

Asking major money without the make offer button, spring may have come early to south Fla.  But after receiving a few more pictures and maybe the SPO dash plaque, a bidder may result.  The 888 has a tough kind of beauty – which segue-ed right into the ’94-98 Supersports – but sure looks good in red.

-donn

Triplo Otto – 1993 Ducati 888 SPO
Yamaha January 27, 2021 posted by

Uncompromised – 1989 Yamaha FZR-750R – OW01 with 2,900 Miles !

Metric tons of ink have been spilled concerning Yamaha’s FZR-750R – code named OW01 – and other homologation specials built for the first few years of the Superbike World Championship.  Rare as they are, this Californian is striking with very low miles and a spare set of bodywork.

1989 Yamaha FZR-750R – OW01 for sale on eBay

Yamaha added just the bare requirements to make their FZR-750R ready for the road, lower compression pistons ( still 11.2-to-1 ), the EXUP automatic exhaust tuner, mirrors, reflectors, and a few lights.  The rest is how a superbike team would like to see it, a seriously oversquare four, with 38mm Mikuni flat slides looking right down into the five-valve head, and 109hp before the racekit and tuner worked their magic.  Titanium connecting rods are topped with short-skirted pistons, light to achieve the 12,500 rpm ceiling of the powerband.  A Deltabox frame triangulates light alloy stampings right to the headstock, welded to cast frame connectors which hold the Monocross rear and Öhlins shock.  Conventional forks are up front hung with 320mm Nissin brakes, with a smaller single rear.

Collectors come and go, but judging from recent auctions, apparently thinning the herd in this case.  The OW01 has some compatriots in the garage full of 20th century superbikes, but is set apart at least by the scoops delivering cold air and 916-style folds in the fairing.  Thirty-plus years on, with not enough miles to worry about the history, it looks remarkably tidy.  Not that someone would have to go through it carefully if it was going out on the track, but a carpeted stand is more likely.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Rare FZR 750R OW01.  Bike is a JDM version and in mint condition like the rest of my collection.  Bike will come with a spare upper fairing and I have a lot of miscellaneous NOS parts for it as well. Bike has 4,800 kilometers.

Feedback from race teams was included in new designs, and it was practically a miracle when models survived three years.  The OW01 was superceded for 1993 but soldiered on in private and semi-private hands – like Eddie Lawson’s 1993 Daytona victory.  Many 750R’s found their way onto the racetrack, but that time has passed for this almost perfect specimen.  A singular bike from a special time, anxious for a new home or at least a new offer.

-donn

Uncompromised – 1989 Yamaha FZR-750R – OW01 with 2,900 Miles !
Yamaha January 23, 2021 posted by

Why Not the Best ? – 1994 Yamaha YZF-750SP with 3,251 Miles !

While a WSBK title wasn’t in the cards, Yamaha’s 750cc FZR built on the OW-01’s designs and homologated newer ideas for next year.  If you see one it will likely be a gray import, but this rare SP has an MPH speedo and is in sparkling condition.

1994 Yamaha YZF-750SP for sale on eBay

Yamaha packed a lot of tech into the new FZR-750, with 5-valve heads, 11.5-to-1 compression, and the EXUP exhaust management resulting in 125 hp – hard to beat in a 750.  The SP had updated cams, 39mm Keihin flat-slide carburetors, and a close ratio gearbox the superbike racers needed.  Suspension on the SP was fully adjustable and somewhat stiffer, plus it shared the scary-good 6-piston 320mm brakes with the R.  The SP only came in a monoposto, and the seat subframe was quickly replaceable. 

Seeming to be ready for its next display spot, this SP is surprisingly free of even shelf wear.  A good deal of work awaits a riding collector, but it certainly looks worth the effort.  From the eBay auction:

Very rare , and collectible 1994 YZF 750SP.  Bike is mint, museum quality with all the factory warning label stickers still on it.  Only 20 of the SP version were ever brought to North America.

Heaps of competition from the other big three in those days, though the YZF did well in endurance racing, and the quality build helped many privateers riding affordable machinery in the later 1990’s.  This one has seen none of that, and hardly looks to have even done the miles on the odometer.  The ask has me wanting to title the post Fund Factor, but maybe a reader can propose an offer and we’ll keep our fingers crossed.

-donn

Why Not the Best ? – 1994 Yamaha YZF-750SP with 3,251 Miles !
Ducati December 31, 2020 posted by

Starting Off with a Bang – 2008 Ducati 1098R #117 of 450

If you’re ready, the first ride of the new year could be on a rather special Ducati.  Many 1098R’s have more accessories than miles, but someone enjoyed this one enough to farkle sensibly and keep maintenance is up to date.

2008 Ducati 1098R for sale on eBay

Ducati returned to the side-by-side headlights in 2007, with a perceptible cat-eye composition.  The -R was meant for the racetrack, with many advanced components which had to be on board to allow them on the factory’s racers.  A high-horsepower testastretta engine, trellis frame, single-sided swingarm, and underseat exhaust are found on every 2008 Ducati superbike.  But the -R homologates the sand-cast 1198cc engine of 180 hp, with twin fuel injectors pointing down each 64mm elliptical throttle body.  The Öhlins twin-tube monoshock allows ride height to be set independent of pre-load, and the fork ends are cast to receive Brembo’s monoblock 330mm brakes.  Marchesini Y wheels speak lightness as does the generous use of carbon on the bodywork.

Offered by an enthusiast in eastern Pennsylvania, who states it has 4,356 miles, but doesn’t show the dash lit up.  Rizoma levers, clutch cover and rear sets are sharp, and no damage is apparent.  Photos are good but not exhaustive, and either way a pre-purchase inspection is in order.  Just a couple of comments in the eBay auction:

1098R #117 of 450. Clean, well maintained. Never raced, never abused. Never wrecked. Pristine example. Choice Rizoma controls and bits. Serviced for belts and valves last year. No issues, ready to go collector’s piece.

With its modernized electrical and cooling systems, the 1098 was almost a practical superbike.  Traction management and a data-analysis dash pushed it well into the 21st century.  The semi-trellis frame lends an accessibility to the 1098R, that riders of previous superbike generations can appreciate.

-donn

Starting Off with a Bang – 2008 Ducati 1098R #117 of 450