Posts by tag: homologation

Ducati June 13, 2022 posted by

Changing Of The Guard: 2005 Ducati 999R

The one constant in the universe is time.  It endlessly marches forward.  Some say it heals all wounds, others claim it creates new perspectives.  Time has clearly helped the 999 generation of Ducati.  Once hailed as a ugly duckling and not worthy to follow the beautiful 916, now those comments are little more then a whisper in the back of the room.  Most agree that the design has aged extremely well.   The performance and race winning heritage was never in question and now these are at an age that collectors are starting to take notice.  They offer a ticket into the exclusive Ducati R world at a value that is hard to ignore.

Any Ducati to wear the R badge is riddled with some of the best components available at the time.  Magnesium engine covers, forged wheels, Ohlins suspension, radial Brembo calipers, carbon fiber fairings and shower fuel injection round out the list.  These were not just slightly upgraded S models, these were serious machines with a focus on track performance.  There is a debate in the 999R groups over what year is the best.  The latter bikes (like this 2005) have an upgraded swing arm, a striking red frame and a few other small evolutions over the early bikes.  In the USA the early bikes were the only ones to come with a numbered triple tree, a build plaque and a few other collectable trinkets.  In the real world on the street the changes between the bikes would probably be hard to tell by most owners/riders.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Ducati Superbike. World Ducati Day is coming. Get started with the track season. Modern classic Italian designed by Pierre TerblancheCarbon fiber fairingsMonopostoEVR slipper clutchTermignoni street AND race exhaust with matched ECUs (SOS Diagnostics)Printed shop manual(second set of carbon fiber fairing available separately)Serious offers onlyLocal pickup only in Seattle WA

This example shows about 4,000 miles and had a couple of desirable and period correct upgrades.  No mention of service history, or when the last belt change was performed.  The latter is not a huge deal and often has exaggerated costs speculated, but service records do add to the appeal of any collectable.  The asking price if $18,000 might make some pause, but for anyone following the market closely on these, it is not really out of line.  These have risen sharply in value recently as reflected in some high profile auction results.  With the prices of run of the mill 916s approaching this price point it makes sense that people are turning their eyes to the next series of bikes and seeking out the highest specification examples.

Changing Of The Guard:  2005 Ducati 999R
Honda April 1, 2022 posted by

Feature Listing- 1990 Honda VFR750R RC30 For Sale!

Update 4.1.2022: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

1990 Honda VFR 750R RC30 For Sale!

Location: Seattle, WA
Make: Honda
Model: VFR750R RC30
Mileage: 15,228
Price: $45,000
Contact: Dave at (206) 535-6812 or dave@SeattleUsedBikes.com

We always enjoy a solid homologation superbike and this one is no exception!
This one is being offered by our good friends at Seattle Used Bikes and comes with storied past.

Read on-

When the current owner, who is the third owner, first purchased it in January of 1999 with 13168 miles showing. We are told that it was eventually handed over to his friend, world famous Honda tuner Mike Velasco; who is a PNW resident. Mike went over it, jetted the carbs for the aftermarket (Tyga?) exhaust, performed a valve clearance check and other basics, there was no documentation provided but its clear it has been looked after.

Knowing Mike Velasco tuned this RC30 is something special and should help ease any concerns of prospective buyers. If you’re not familiar with Mike Velasco, I suggest you allow some time for quick web search. You’ll quickly find his name along side Pops Yoshimura, Two Brothers Racing, Freddie Spencer, Fred Merkel and Bubba Shobert.

It has had roughly 2000 miles added since purchase, it did sit for the last few years in controlled environment. We needed to give the carbs a light clean, replace various rubber bits inside, new OEM carb bowl o-rings and intake manifolds were all sourced. We then moved on to the fluids, fresh oil and Honda filter, flushed/refilled coolant along with all the hydraulics, we use all Motul products. We took our time and looked for any other items needing attention, the small details. Last, we installed a set of new Avon Spirit ST tires in the proper OEM size and gave it a professional detail.

All of the bodywork is in good condition, we did spot some damage on the right side on the seat section from stress, fairly common on the RC30. The foam inside the upper fairing panels is in good condition but like most of these, the belly pan sustained heat damage at some point and was repaired. We are told it was not uncommon to spot a slight variance in the red color from upper to lower but the white paint is not original. We are finishing up lining the common hot spots with moose racing heat shields to protect it. We did notice the aftermarket exhaust vs stock, is not touching anywhere inside the belly pan. We also spotted a dent in the radiator on the right side, no leaks or fitment issues, no information on what or when it happened, mount on the frame sustained no damage. We have a included pictures of the blemishes found, everything lined up right upon reassembly after servicing.



The original owner of this particular RC30 has made contact with SUB and offered a few stories along with some of his memories. My favorite? He used it as a “grocery getter”

Recently the original RC30 owner reached out to us! Check out the picture!! He is still an avid enthusiast and said he has always had his eye out for #236. While not in the cards to bring it back home he did share a few stories and more details along with some original photos. There were only a small handful of RC30’s sold here in the PNW when new, this one was purchased brand new from our friends at Everett Powersports as a 3 year old non current in 1993, We were told the dealer had just moved it off the sales floor into an upstairs storage area. They allowed a young kinda broke moto dreamer to sit up there and fall in love, he found a way. He had the joy of putting the around 10,000 or so miles on it over the next few years,.it was often used as a daily commuter and occasional grocery getter! It was parked the final year of ownership in his dining room before deciding to move on. During the years of ownership he kept it in virtually bone stock condition, taking proper care along the way following the Honda recommendations, he told us he truly “babied it”

This is a really nice RC30 that has been enjoyed and taken care of along the way. It presents very well and has been tuned by one of the great tuners of the homologation era.

Enjoy the video and make sure you click the link below for the “Under the Skin” photos.

Click here for extensive “Under the Skin” photos


Give Dave a call at (206) 535-6812 or reach out via email at dave@SeattleUsedBikes.com if you’d like more information on this amazing Honda VFR750R RC30.

Feature Listing- 1990 Honda VFR750R RC30 For Sale!
Harley Davidson February 28, 2022 posted by

Two Faced Twin: 1994 Harley-Davidson VR 1000

Harley Davison has a long and storied history of racing having participated in almost every form of two wheeled motorsports over the years.  In the 1990s Harley wanted to take the fight to the the Italians in SuperBike racing.  Every manufacture has come up with a clever plan to stretch the rules of homologating a bike for racing, but the VR1000 took it to a new level.  The rules stated that a specific number needed to be made, and those units needed to be street legal.  The Italians were famous for just slapping lights in VINs on race bikes, but that would not have worked for the Harley.  Sure some markets were harder to get away with that kind of thinking, but in the end it seemed to work.  This history has given us the Ducati SPS and R lines as well as a host of interesting bikes from Japan.  The rules did not stipulate where the bikes were road legal, so Harley exploited that loophole.  They found that the rules in Poland at the time were exceptionally laxed regarding what could and could not be registered for the road, so this was the only market the VR1000 was street legal in when new.

The bike shares nothing from the Harley parts bin, as this was a ground up attempt at a race bike.  A very modern fuel injected, 8 valve, liquid cooled V twin provided over 150 horsepower.  The bodywork was carbon fiber to reduce weight to around 390 pounds.  This all meant that the bike had the performance to take the fight to everyone else in the field.  Front brakes were six piston Wilwood units and the suspension was the best Ohlins had to offer.  In true race bike form the 5 speed transmission utilized a dry clutch.  All of this racing pedigree and performance came with a $50,000 price tag when new.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Vintage Motorcycle Collective
Dealer # MC1463
FOR THE REAL COLLECTOR OF HIGH END RARE BIKES
No Title – They Never Had Titles
Cost $49,626.00 in 1994
Just Out Of A Museum
Ridden 231 Miles in 1994 – In Museum Since
Has The Big Box of Parts & Tools You Could Buy With The Bike – Almost No One Did
200 Made – 50 Made For Street Use – This Is #6
Only Street Legal in Poland
Porsche Designed Motor

1994 Harley-Davidson VR 1000 Motorcycle, only 231 miles, already offered 20K for the box of parts & tools made for this motor only, will be throwing the box in with the bike, a steal of a deal . Sold as is-no warranty. Buyer responsible for shipping.

The $90,000 asking price is in line with what some other VR1000s have sold for in the last couple of years.  The extremely low mileage is appealing, but truth be told most of these bikes were stored in collections so not many have real street mileage.  What really sets this example apart is the extensive collection of spare parts and tools that are included.  This addition to the package means the new owner would have a substantial leg up if they wanted to keep the bike running and usable, even if only used sparingly.

Two Faced Twin: 1994 Harley-Davidson VR 1000
Honda January 4, 2022 posted by

Ooh La La! 1982 Honda CB1100R in France

Behold the mighty Honda CB1100R – designed for Europeans as an homage to European-style endurance racing. That makes this bike’s location in Europe – the southern area of France, to be more specific – all the more fitting. For it was here that Honda participated in the 6 and 12 hour events that begat this homlogation machine, along with victories in the Southern Hemisphere events in Australia and New Zealand. The CB1100R was built for a purpose, and from those homologation roots rapidly developed into a stunning street bike.

1982 Honda CB1100R for sale on eBay

There were three distinct models in the CB1100R line, one for each of the three years the bike was in production. This is a “C” spec machine, as the “B” was released in 1981, and the “D” model in 1983. And while the CB1100R line appears to be the same across the years, there are many differences and several non-interchangeable parts between series. Such is the pace of race bike development. While the original model had but a half fairing and exposed engine, the “C” model (as seen here) and “D” model had full fairings and aluminum fuel tanks. But even then the fairings were not the same, and were not interchangeable. The dash layouts were different, and incorporated different mounting elements as well. To find an original CB1100R in stock spec that is correct for its year can be difficult – especially considering the few numbers produced (just 1500 worldwide in 1982).

From the seller:
CB1100R C TYPE
VERY GOOD CONDITION WITH GENUINE EXHAUST
RUNS PERFECTLY
New service including carbs cleaning
I CAN HELP FOR SHIPPING WORLWIDE

Despite being designed as a racer, the CB1100R is no featherweight. Expect the reported 115-120 HP to push at least 515 pounds (dry) of weight around. That number goes up considerably with the addition of enough oil to fill the large sump, and just shy of 7 gallons (!) of high octane fuel. With 10:1 compression and an aggressive cam, this bike relies on good fuel. Engine bits that are gold in color are actually painted magnesium to save weight, and the whole package rides on 18″ Comstar wheels with period technology dual “piggyback” shocks in the rear. This was a tour-de-force in the day, and remains a classic collectable today.

Based in France, this 1982 “C” model CB1100R is looking for a new home. There is not a ton of detail from the seller, but the pictures show a very well presented example of the breed. The ad states “11,300” for mileage, but it appears from the photos that the odometer shot shows 20,000+ KMs. That should equate to 12k and change in miles, if the maths work out correctly. We don’t see these all that often, and when we do come across one they seem to be a RSBFS fan favorite. So check this one out here, and then jump back to the comments and let us know your thoughts. Does this one get a “Vive La France” from you, or is it just stinky cheese? Good Luck!!

MI

Ooh La La! 1982 Honda CB1100R in France
Aprilia December 30, 2021 posted by

1999 Aprilia RS 250 Challenge Cup For Sale!

99′ Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup with only 450 miles!

How about this hot AF Italian smoker for your Thirsty Thursday viewing pleasure?

I’m gonna come clean on this one . . . When I first saw it I was 110% stoked and thought it might be the Holy Grail survivor of RS250’s, but then I watched this at :28 seconds in.

I’m guessing that’s not going to buff out! Looks like someone had a rough day at the track and threw it down the road. I hope the rider was okay.

But, the show must go on and like we always say “Smoke’em if ya Got’em!”

Location: Auburn, Washington
Make: Ape
Model: RS250 Cup Challenge
Mileage: 450
Price: $15,995.00

◽ VERY RARE BIKE WITH ONLY 449 MILES VIN ZD4LDA500XS0117

◽ KFG CERTIFIED PRE-OWN AND DYNO HEALTH CHECK

◽ ONE OWNER BIKE CLEAN WASHINGTON TITLE WITH COPY OF ORIGINAL MSO

◽ ALL ORIGINAL PARTS AND BODY – STORED LOVINGLY INSIDE A MAN CAVE

◽ FRESH SERVICE AND FLUIDS

◽ COMES WITH A HUGE BOX OF SPARE OEM PARTS, MANUALS AND RACE BODYWORK

I’m a RS250 fan boy and I’m digging all of the spares and low miles, but wait-

◽ This one sold for $16,800 in September: Iconic RS250

Actually, it sold for $17,976.00, but I’m not squabbling over a few Benjamin’s. I like them both, but would have liked this one more without the raspberry on the tank, but the mileage is super low, but the raspberry on the tank, but it’s really clean, but the raspberry on the tank, but it’s all original, but the raspberry on the tank, but it has (what promises to be) an extensive spares kit, but the raspberry on the tank. . . Ooops! Did I really just type what’s in the grey matter? Sorry!

What do you all think? Worth all the money or a pubie too high?

Make the jump here!

And check out our past rS250 posts here!

Ciao!

dd

1999 Aprilia RS 250 Challenge Cup For Sale!
Kawasaki November 21, 2021 posted by

1993 Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R M1 w/ 6600 Miles For Sale on eBay!

Tim has asked we keep the comments closed on this post. While readers may be disappointed that this option is available to organic listings. I’d prefer to respect a seller’s wishes rather than not have this post on the site at all — especially an example this nice. Good luck to buyers and seller. -Dan

Now that we have the corporate attorney locked in the closet- Let’s roll!

You guessed it! It’s time for another addition of dd’s “90’s dual headlight and neon splash graphics homologation corner”.

1993 Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R M1 Homologation Super Bike For Sale!

Solo tail section, aluminum rear sub-frame, aluminum fuel tank, fully adjustable forks, remote reservoir rear shock, flat slide carbs, close ratio 6-speed transmission and an adjustable swing arm pivot. Did I miss anything? Oh wait, this M1 comes complete with a period correct Muzzy’s full header, Ohlins remote reservoir rear shock, Ohlins steering dampner and a crystal clear factory wind screen.
Hell, I’d bet the wind screen alone is worth $24,999! Okay, not really, but you get my point.




A few years back, I had a K1 and I loved it! Don’t even ask me why I sold my dream green machine. I’m still kicking myself in the ass for that bone head move!
I’ll come clean and tell you I did try to buy this one before it went live on our site, but for whatever reason, Tim, the seller, wouldn’t accept my abysmal $10,000 offer. Go figure!

From the seller:

I have decided to sell my M1 ZX7R. This bike is in exceptional condition runs great and is actually friendly on the street. If you are looking at this then you know, this has the flat slide carburetors, aluminum tank, and adjustable suspension, solo cowl. This M1 however is really well dialed in. I put a featherweight Lithium battery in it, it has a full Muzzy exhaust (loud, like the best way to hear one of these), Ohlins rear shock, Ohlins steering stabilizer, factory OEM windscreen (rare), and the fairings are factory Kawasaki. I also have the OEM factory exhaust for it as well. This is a rare bike and only a handful were brought in for homologation purposes to race AMA. I have a passion for collectible sport bikes but this one is not being ridden. Clear California title and registration in my name, come look at it in person, send a friend. Currently registered until January 2022. I will try to post up some pics of the exhaust but its been in storage in a cardboard box.

You see that extra hole in the fairing right next to the frame mounting point? That’s to make easy work adjusting the Keihin Flat Slide carbs without removing the fairing- Something the previous K1 and K2 models didn’t have (just a small tidbit of info).

Interested? Make the jump here before it’s gone!

Cheers!

dd

1993 Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R M1 w/ 6600 Miles For Sale on eBay!
Suzuki August 22, 2021 posted by

1986 GSX-R 750 Suzuki Limited Edition For Sale!

You all may or may not now this, but corporate frowns upon us for teeing up more than one bike per day. You know, they want to be consistent and make sure we feed you all a steady diet of bad ass machines. I vaguely remember a memo flying around strictly prohibiting 2 post per day. Something to do with an algorithm, number of views, time on page or some happy horse crap.

I’m just gonna crack open a PBR “Throw a finger in the air, and let me see where you at!”

Here’s your second one of the day-

Would you look at that!?

Hand laid fiberglass solo tail section, larger brakes, 1″ longer swing arm, split 3 spoke wheels and the optional dry clutch equaled 6 pounds lighter than the regular 86 model. These don’t pop up very often and when they do, they usually get snatched up pretty quickly.

GSXR 750 Suzuki Limited addition very rare bike only 300 ever in the US 1986 only 6000 miles very valuable this one’s worth having to sleep on the couch for two weeks runs great don’t miss this deal

The seller offers up their phone number for interested parties. Considering the photos aren’t that good and with the vague description anyone interested will be picking up the phone for some more info. This one looks to be promising, but one never knows what lurks beneath on a 35 year old sport bike.

Check out this GSX-R LE For Sale on CL!

Is it too late to say I feel a bit sorry for the seller and what’s about to come through his phone? 🙂

Cheers!

dd

1986 GSX-R 750 Suzuki Limited Edition For Sale!
Honda August 21, 2021 posted by

1990 Honda RC30 with only 2,048 miles!

1990 Honda RC30 For Sale on eBay!

After 2 days of mental Tug-O-War- here it is. I say “here it is” because I know some of you have been reckless eyeballing it on eBay and likely saying “Why haven’t those slugs over at RSBFS.com presented this?”
Well, rest assured, I’ve been pouring over the pictures and researching a few things because lets face it- some of you are RC30 Guru’s and would call me out for getting it wrong 😉

We all know they’re rare, expensive, have fiberglass bodywork, came stock with funky wheels sizes, aluminum tanks and a sexy Elf/Honda single sided swing arm. Nothing really new there so, lets dive in.

What I like:
-Low Mileage
-It’s a RC30 (duh!)
-The sweet Termi exhaust
-HRC 17″ x 6″ rear wheel- The Holy Grail of RC30 parts
-Seller has the stock exhaust
-Seller has the original 18″ wheel

 

Honda rc30
This bike has only 2000 miles. I’m the second owner. I Purchased this bike in 1991 and I kept the bike in my living room For all these years. It’s in excellent shape except the body has some damage from storage- it can be easily fixed because the faring is made of fiberglass from the factory. The bike was never raced or abused.
The paint has some bubbles. Mechanically the bike runs great. Currently, the bike has a termignoni carbon fiber exhaust and a 17×6 HRC rear wheel. I will include the original 18×5.5 original wheel, the original exhaust, the race stand, manual and tools. I will not ship the bike- local pickup only

 


 
What I’m not so sure about:
-The seller states “It’s in excellent shape”
-The paint is a mess
-The lower fairings and tail section are less than desirable condition
-Aftermarket front turn signals
-The HRC sticker on the upper fairing
-What’s behind the Michelin Man sticker and 3 layers of white duct tape
-An aftermarket rear sprocket on a bike with so few miles
-A $45,000 motorcycle being presented without being detailed
 

History tells us that RC30’s did have an issue with the lower header coming in contact with the lower right side fairing. We know it caused some discoloration and in some extreme cases even distorting the fiberglass. The Michelin Man sticker seems to be in that location.
The very nice HRC Honda sticker on the tail section is obviously covering some damage, but I’m curious as to how there is (what appears to be) red vinyl over the sticker? Perhaps the tail section has damage over a larger area than what the HRC sticker is covering?

I’m in no way a paint & body expert, but one has to believe it wouldn’t be a cheap process to bring the body panels back to museum quality. I know the factory fiberglass wasn’t super smooth and the finish wasn’t the best, but that’s part of the RC30 nostalgia- right?

For me, this one is stuck in a “grey” area- It’s priced too high not to be near perfect, but it does have the extremely desirable HRC 17″ x 6″ rear wheel, Termi, low miles and the OEM spares. If you put the money into repairing the body work, you’d have an extremely expensive well equipped RC30 with repaired body work.

Would you pay $45,000, call it a 15 footer and ride it or does the low mileage warrant a full blown resto?

Let’s discuss the current RC30 market and figure it out- Keeping it civil of course 🙂

Check out this low mileage RC30 here!

Cheers!

dd

1990 Honda RC30 with only 2,048 miles!