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MV Agusta January 4, 2020 posted by

Senior Service – 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R

Often the peak in disposable income arrives after the tire-tearing and footpeg scraping has already been accomplished, and the experienced rider can appreciate a very special model without resorting to the whip, preserving it for the next owner.  This initial-year F4 1000R appears carefully ridden and maintained, with a handful of choice upgrades.

2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R for sale on eBay

MV made mostly internal upgrades to their initial 1000S, with evolutionary tweaks to the chrom-moly chassis.  The 998cc four is a new layout with a focus on heat dissipation ( i.e. durability ), while increasing power to 174 hp.  Marelli fuel injection incorporates their “engine brake system” which acts as a slipper clutch for the rider.  50mm forks by Marzocchi and Sachs monoshock are simply the best of either world, and an Öhlins steering damper is also included.  Brembo monobloc calipers are radially mounted to 320mm discs.

Most often seen in MV’s red and silver race livery or just black, this 1000R shows beautifully in the pearl white with black lowers and red accents.  The wallet-lightening full titanium calliope is also a nice weight savings over the factory exhaust.  An optional factory pillion is installed, thankfully without accompanying footpegs.  Cleanliness is not only skin deep, as the unfaired pictures show.  From the eBay auction:

It presently has 6694 certified original miles. It starts, idles, runs, shifts, brakes and performs like new.  It could pass for a six month old bike. It doesn’t have a scratch on it, I provided many detailed closeup photos to show this. The original owner was 63 years old and I am 72. It has a gorgeous sounding $4000 titanium exhaust system. The tires are excellent with about 1200 easy miles on them. I felt that it was geared too low and replaced the sprockets to 16/38. This gives it 70 mph at 4200 rpm and 80 mph at 4900 rpm. I had a Speedo Healer installed so that the speedometer is accurate. I also installed a new DID X chain.

Since winning a bevy of “bike of the year” awards in 1999, the F4 750 looked longingly at liter-bike power, and MV did their homework racing 900 and 1000cc variants in the early 2000’s.  The 1000R is one of the few non-special models from MV, though it’s only missing a paint scheme and decal or two.  The previous owners, as astronaut Frank Borman might have said, used their superior judgement to avoid situations requiring their superior riding skills, and though it can’t be called inexpensive, it might be a very good buy.

-donn

Senior Service – 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R
Suzuki October 4, 2018 posted by

Winter is Coming – 1982 Suzuki GS1100E in Canada

Suzuki had a bit of a horsepower dynasty going in the early 1980’s, their DOHC air-cooled fours having plenty of power and potential for lots more.  The GS1100E was their very sporty standard, years before naked superbikes became a thing.

1982 Suzuki GS1100E ( Canada ) for sale on eBay

Looking a little staid in the factory tan metallic, the GS1100E had a nice tank-into-seat flow that echoed the Katana.  The normal looking twin-downtube frame was beefier than usual, and the Kayaba forks and twin shocks look routine but are multi-adjustable.  Even the 1075cc engine could masquerade, until closer examination of the specs revealed a narrow valve angle and their Twin Swirl Combustion Chamber.  On the ES it was tuned for 108 hp and 63 ft.-lbs. torque.  For 1982 a slightly lower seat height and pegs a couple of inches back gave a sportier feel.  Though its stability and weight made the -E’s home on the boulevard and dragstrip, it got high marks on the back roads.

 

This GS was imported to Saskatchewan from the U.S. and should be an easy border crossing back, and while it doesn’t look pampered there is a garage.  A recent battery and tires are mentioned, though nice detail would do a world of good.  From the eBay auction:

Try to find one in this condition near you. It is rare in North America.

It is already an Antique and it’s probably only going up in price in the future.

I bought this bike a couple years ago in Boise / Idaho and brought it across.

I did all the paperwork and had the safety inspection for Saskatchewan done on it. A few minor repairs and two new tires and it was safe to drive.

Now the tires have maybe 500 km on them – that’s how little I actually drove the bike.

It has 27960 on the clock and I assume that this is in miles since the bike comes from the States.

The bike itself is in great condition I’d say. That’s what the mechanic told me when he got the bike ready for this season after winter.

The bike starts good and drives good, the lights are all working including signal lights. The battery is new from this spring.

I even have a short video how easy it starts cold – I could send it to you.

 

The early eighties were alive with variations on the UJM, and Suzuki had the market blanketed from the king-and-queen seat on the GL to the bikini fairing on the ES.  As a 1982, the -E was the best part of a Katana and could still blend into the background.  And then post an 11-second quarter.

-donn

Winter is Coming – 1982 Suzuki GS1100E in Canada
Honda August 4, 2018 posted by

Show or Go ? – 1995 Honda CBR900RR

The 1990’s were a good time for alt-color schemes and splashy sticker packages, and it seems like more Fireblades were made in purple and  yellow than Honda’s racing red.  This first-gen CBR900RR has high miles but you’d never know it.  Evidently detailed for display, it is has been refreshed for the road and is on a no-reserve auction.

1995 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

Starting life as a 750cc development project, Honda stroked the engine out to 893cc, changing the overall dimensions very little but approaching shy-liter displacement and 122 hp.  Mass reduction and centralization likely came up at every design review, and the delivered machine weighed just 454 lbs. wet, around what most 600’s were weighing back then.  Forks and Pro-Link monoshock are by Showa and adjustable, and Nissin brakes have four-puck calipers on the 296mm rotors.  The torn paper graphics are pretty 90’s, as are the staggered 16-17 inch wheels, and “speed hole” arrays in the fairings.

The sparkling condition of this CBR fibs about its 32,000 miles, none of the usual wear seems to be on the fairings, cases, or Two Brothers slip-on.  Maybe the careful miles and fastidious cleaning were evenly spread over many years.  A puzzle is how the previous owner added the Euro parking light without changing the fairing.  The owner posts a pretty good – video – and says the bike was shown in his museum, unclear how long, but it starts and idles perfectly.  From the eBay auction:

The bike has the original Owner’s Manual AND Tool Kit that’s never been used !

– Two Brother’s Slip On – Dyno Tuned for proper jetting

– Color matched Stainless Steel brake lines

– Flush Mounted LED Turn Signals – Brighter than the OEMs (OEM units are still available from Honda if desired)

– Factory Paint Job Is in Perfect Condition Everywhere

RECENTLY – Tuning re-verified – It started right up – idles correctly – Drives correctly – No leaks etc.

Below are the items my Master Mechanic has done to prep this motorcycle for sale –

Engine oil & filter replaced

New Battery

New Tires

New Front & Rear Brake Pads installed (Done before putting on display in the Museum)

New Spark Plugs -(Done before putting on display in the Museum)

Valve Clearances Checked – all were in spec. (Done before putting on display in the Museum)

New coolant installed

New OEM Air filter installed (Done before putting on display in the Museum)

The book on the CBR900RR is to dial the dampers back, get small and enjoy the tight handling and light weight.  The third year of the gen-1 had better shifting and fox eyes.  Buying a 20-plus year old sportbike is gutsy baseball, and despite the mileage this Fireblade looks to have had the care for the long road…

-donn

Show or Go ? – 1995 Honda CBR900RR
Kawasaki January 20, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica

Update 2.2.2017: Seller has confirmed the eBay sale of $17,665. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Eddie Lawson rode the factory’s Z1000R to the AMA Superbike Championships in 1981 and 1982. And though he got a better offer from Yamaha in 1983, Kawasaki continued for another year with the replica KZ1000R. With total production under 2000 units, the Eddie Lawson Replica is quite rare and a big, brash time machine of a ride. This example from the northeast looks like an easy return to ride or show status.

Starting as an idea from over in marketing to improve KZ1000 sales, the -R had slightly quicker steering geometry and a few more ponies courtesy of the dealer-installed Kerker exhaust.  The venerable air-cooled two-valve four made just over 100 hp per liter at 102.  An oil cooler was added to help ensure reliability, as was a wider rear rim and tire.  Damping rates in the Showa remote-reserve shocks and forks were adjusted just for the -R.  A two level seat helped the rider stay in position and Eddie Lawson contributed his own superbike bend for the handlebars.  Replica colors are as attractive now as they were then.

  

Almost every bike of a certain age has been with a few owners, and this KZ1000R looks to have escaped any abuse.  The 21,753 are about middle of the road for a rider, and it looks quite stock, with a nice Telefix fork brace and newer seat upholstery.  From the owner’s eBay auction:

ORIGINAL OTHER THAN THE TIRES AND YELLOW IGNITION WIRES

IN EXCELLENT SHAPE, WILL NEED A CARB CLEANING AND TUNE UP

INSIDE OF TANK HAS ZERO RUST, I HAVE THE ORIGINAL KAWASAKI MIRROR (not on the bike in the pictures)
TWO SMALL COSMETIC AREAS:
1) SMALL CRACK ON THE UPPER RIGHT SIDE OF THE FAIRING BY THE WINDSCREEN (EASILY SEEN IN THE PICTURES) CAN BE FIXED EASILY
2) SCUFFS ON THE TAIL SECTION
THE BIKE HAS BEEN SPRAYED WITH SC1 PROTECTANT (SOME AREAS WET IN THE PHOTOS)

  

With water-cooling and V-4’s being introduced, the winds of change were howling in the early 1980’s, and KZ1000R’s had to suffer a few years of benign neglect before the interest in retro or just-plain-superbikes took off.  Since then they have been raced, collected, and exported, with the net result of fewer of these special machines available.  The -R reviewed as a stiffly-sprung, torquey ball to ride – up until that last tenth, when the size and weight required an expert rider to push.  With a little elbow grease this Eddie Lawson Replica could be a great rider or with more attention, a powerhouse of a collector.  See the eBay auction – here – and the owner, Mike requests inquiries on  (774) 836-8507…

-donn

  

Featured Listing – 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica
MV Agusta September 14, 2016 posted by

Et tu – 2008 MV Agusta Brutale 910S

After Cagiva’s purchase of MV Agusta’s storied name in 1999, the company decided to enter the boutique naked-sport market and developed the Brutale 750.  The model has been the subject of several limited production factory customs, and further evolution brought the Brutale 910S.  Though it will never have the utility or daily ridership of a Monster or SV, the Brutale is one of the very sportiest of naked sports.

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2008 MV Agusta Brutale 910S

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The 910S is powered by an inline four with MV Agusta’s excellent four-valve heads, pretty high compression at 13:1 and making 134 hp.  The rather sculptural trellis frame surrounds the engine and terminates in large cast swingarm connectors.  The front suspension is a pair of rather massive 50mm inverted Marzocchi forks, and a Sachs-damped single-sided swingarm is found under the seat.  Nissin supplies the 6-piston front calipers over 310mm rotors, with a single 210mm rear brake.  It’s unfaired except for the radiator shroud, though the double parabolic headlight looks aerodynamic enough.  Behind the teardrop instrument binnacle, a split level seat and low European handlebars complete the cockpit.

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This Colorado Brutale has less than 2,000 miles, and looks excellent.  Apparently the only mod, the HP Corsa exhaust is a lot shorter and likely quite a bit lighter than the factory dual mufflers.  From the eBay auction:

This bike only has 2,000 miles on it.  It runs and looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor. It only has one small crack in the paint in the tank, which is very difficult to see in the light.  I used a flashlight to take a picture and make it more visible for the ad.  You won’t find a nicer, lower mileage 2008 Brutale anywhere.  This bike has a custom exhaust that gives it an awesome look.

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The 910S reviewed as a nice handling standard with ergonomics favoring the smaller rider.  The low bars and nearly rear-set pegs make for an aggressive posture, the narrow seat helping the rider move around a bit.  The trademark star alloys identify it as an MV Agusta, and the fuel tank’s wings give you almost another gallon.  A distinctive and thoroughly modern take on the naked sport, the Brutale 910S uses Agusta’s potent transverse four, but otherwise makes its own road…

-donn

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Et tu – 2008 MV Agusta  Brutale 910S
Bimota February 22, 2012 posted by

Round 2: More from the Seattle Homologation SportBike Collection For Sale

Update 2.18.2012: The seller has notified me that both V Due’s are now sold, and the RC45 and RC30 are pending sale.

Update 2.23.2012: The seller has notified me that the 888 is no longer available. The R7 is still available and we should be receiving new pictures soon. There may also be an opportunity to obtain an OW-01 from this same collection and I will add details when I receive them. -dc

Long time fans of RSBFS recall the first time the Seattle seller came forward to let a few go from his amazing collection. We were honored to be the exclusive site offering viewers the opportunity to obtain these bikes and were able to connect several readers with his bikes. We are proud to make that opportunity available again as he’s contacted me to let us know that he’s considering thinning the herd even more and is pulling the following bikes from storage to get them ready for sale. Get your drool buckets ready…

Honda RC30 For Sale - PENDING SALE

Honda RC45 For Sale - PENDING SALE

Yamaha R7 For Sale

TWO Bimota V Due 500 For Sale - Both now SOLD

For now consider this post a teaser, but serious parties can contact me directly as we’ll be acting as proxy in the release of the seller’s email address.

As more information and pictures are made available, I will be updating and bumping this post to keep us all up to date.

In the meantime, I’m going start filling out the forms for a 2nd mortgage…

dc

Round 2:  More from the Seattle Homologation SportBike Collection For Sale
MV Agusta January 17, 2012 posted by

2001 MV Agusta F4 S 750 with just 1000 Miles!

I think by now most recognize I’m a Tamburini superfan, and the F4 would be no exception. The bikes he penned were the ones I lusted after in my youth and of course now that I’m older, the ones I find myself desiring the most. My collection is meager though and I find myself still looking up at 748’s as an entry point to owning one of his masterpieces. However with the general consensus being that the F4 1000 variants are far superior, we’ve been seeing the 750 variants come down in price considerably.

Take a look at this 2001 MV Agusta F4 S on eBay

From the seller:

2nd Owner of a Beautiful Agusta MV F4S 750 Monoposto. ONLY 1003 Original Miles!!!

Never been wrecked, laid down, or in the rain. Always kept inside and adult owned only.

Only serviced at an authorized MV Agusta Dealership (BMW-Ducati Triumph MV AGUSTA of Charlotte – also where it was originally purchased).

Just completed a full service in July 2011 (new battery, new fluids, etc…) and only around 50 miles put on it after the service.

All stock except the Gold Series D.I.D Chain Upgrade.

Stand out from the crowd or buy it as a collector bike… either way you can not go wrong with owning this bike.

With an opening bid of $6800 (reserve not met) the seller is already hinting that the reserve probably isn’t far off. Last year we saw a handful of 750’s with reasonable mileage sell between mid $7k’s and $k. With just 1000 miles, I suspect the reserve is in the upper part of that range. Still considerably more than the entry level 748 I’m on the lookout for, but not as far off as they used to be, which gives me something to shoot for next year!

dc

Bimota November 15, 2011 posted by

Destination Japan: 1989 Bimota YB7

Destination Japan:  1989 Bimota YB7

You are looking at Bimota’s entry into the Japanese small cc wars of the late 80’s and early 90’s.  Apparently the Japanese Bimota importer had the exclusive right to the YB7’s until the buyers there voted with their wallets and said “no more”.  The production run was supposed to produce 500 units but I’m seeing claims of 321  actually built.  You don’t have to go to Japan to find this one but you still have to cross a border; it is located in Canada.

Your typical Bimota attention to detail on the frame.  Looking through the RSBFS records, which are under tight security ( think Fort Knox), the YB7 is one of the more rare Bimota’s to be had. We’ve only listed a handful.  It has Yamaha’s FZ400 engine hidden under the bodywork.  I saw the spec sheet claims 65 hp. Hmmmmm, anyone ever had one on a dyno?

The seller loves the close up’s.  This one is going home with someone, it looks like there was no reserve.

The details:

I shipped this bike in from Japan a couple of years ago. It is registered with a legal Canadian title and has been safety inspected. It has only 2,550 kms on it, and recent set of Pirelli tires. It runs great and is a joy to rev up to 14,000 rpm! It is very light and nimble and the handling is amazing, even by today’s standards.

I am assuming that anyone looking at this is aware of how special these bikes are. More pictures available upon request. Although not a museum piece I consider it to be in excellent condition for the age and the distance it has travelled to get here. White wheels are in excellent condition, and the windscreen has only minor scratches. The only cosmetics that I am unsatisfied with are the scratches on the right hand mirror and some minor paint issues, which I have tried to show in the pictures. 

 

Overall it looks like a well kept  bike.  It does have some scratches here and there and some of the stickers look a little worn but overall a clean bike.  It is low mileage with less than 2000 miles on it.

570lbs?  Did I convert correctly?  That seems heavier than I would have expected.

Bid to win!

Ian