Posts by tag: Isle of Man TT

Norton January 3, 2018 posted by

Players Club: 1974 Norton John Player

Reaching back a bit further than regular RSBFS fare, today’s bike is a great example of a rare, motorsports-themed repli-racer. Sure, it’s nearly 44 years old, but an iconic model of a legendary marque will always have a home in a collector’s heart. In this case, a Norton-Villiers era British twin celebrating success in the death-defying Isle of Man TT, sponsored by a well known brand of cigarettes, John Player. Put all of these fun facts together into one bike, and you have a the very limited production John Player Norton of 1974.

1974 Norton John Player Special for sale on eBay

Based on the successful Commando model, Norton attempted to go racing with a bespoke factory effort. Success was limited, although Peter Williams managed to win the Formula 750 Isle of Man TT in 1973 on a semi-monocoque framed Norton emblazoned with John Player sponsorship. This bred the idea for a limited edition replica, and in 1974 the JPS Norton was born. Only 200 examples of this bike were built, with the distinctive dual headlight fairing mimicking the racer’s Peel Engineering-designed unit. While the livery and aero bits resembled the racer, the road going JPS model was much closer in DNA to the 850 Commando. Sadly Norton was unable to compete financially given the rise of the Japanese and the onslaught of the Italians, and racing exploits ceased as British motorcycle companies consolidated to avoid total insolvency. Norton joined forces with BSA and Triumph, forming Norton-Villiers-Triumph. The oddity that is the JPS Norton is a classic remnant of the time.

From the seller:
Rare chance to own an original, unrestored,numbers matching, 3 owner Norton JPN with 6,411 original miles. One of approximately 200 built to commemorate Norton winning the world championship with Peter Williams aboard. Current owner has owned over 25 years. Bike has always been garaged. Bike was last ridden 11 years ago, and was prepped for long term storage. Beautiful bike. Age and health forces sale.

We don’t see too many of these JPS models moving at auction. This is partly due to the one year only, limited production of the bike. It is also due to the age of the bike in question; we tend to see older bikes as strictly collectors (rather than riders), and as a result they change hands much less frequently. The history and mileage of this example supports the theory: 44 years old, only 3 owners and 6,411 miles. This particular bikes is available in the US, and looks to be complete. Pictures are not the greatest we have seen, but there is enough there to get the basics (interested buyers should contact the seller for more details). The best part of this JPN auction is the price: the BIN is only $14,500 (which is definitely in the ballpark, re-commissioning costs notwithstanding), and the seller is open to offers. Check it out here, and start the New Year with a ghost of Christmas past. Good Luck!!

MI

Players Club: 1974 Norton John Player
Ducati June 18, 2012 posted by

Monster Monday Mailbag!

Good morning guys!

Here are the latest reader rides and suggestions, and it’s a packed day to say the least! My apologies to those who were missed and good luck to those still available.

Anyone score any new rides or gear for Father’s Day? Drop a comment and tell us about it!

dc

Let’s kick things off with this Honda CBR400RR Joey Dunlop tribute bike spotted by Jeremy. Located in San Francisco for $6500.

Mark spotted this unusual Suzuki RG400 available in Toronto for $8900 CAD. The seller is a dealer who states they can export to the U.S.

This 1985 Yamaha FZ750 custom cafe is being offered from Noel. Normally I’d post this on one of our sister sites, but since he’s thrown in some free advertising for us on his listing you check it out. Opening bid is $2500 reserve not met and it’s located in Minnesota.

Jay W. has been loving our GSX-R 1100 posts and sent us this listing for a 1986 Suzuki GSX-R. With about a day to go it’s at $3k reserve not met and has 21k miles.

Here’s another submission from Mark, a sweetheart 1985 Suzuki RG500 in Toronto for $9000 CAD.

Joel emails us his gorgeous 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 survivor. With a bit over 7k miles he’s asking $6200 in Detroit. Good luck with the sale!

Eric emails us this sweet spot, a 1987 Yamaha FZR1000. This is a really sharp looking ride and appears mostly original for just $4500 in Bakersfield, California. As a bonus, the seller is throwing in a parts bike!

Shaun emails us his 1992 Ducati 851 with just 11k miles in Dallas, Texas. Good luck with the sale!

Finally Tony sends us this RZ350 he spotted on San Francisco Craigslist for $6500. Just 5k miles from an older rider according to the seller.

Ducati March 20, 2011 posted by

1979 DUCATI NCR 900,handbuilt factory racebike.

1979 DUCATI NCR 900 For Sale

Location: St. Louis, MO
Mileage: How about a Tach and Temp gauge?
Price: 6 bids up to $11,100 and a long way from the $50,000 B.I.N.

Finally, a Ducati that you can get excited about!

Update 7.14.2011: Pictures removed due to copyright. -dc

Just imagine 29 years ago this was “The Shit!” as we say here in the mid-west. Equipped with all the same components that you’ll find on any modern day Ducati racer such as Brembo, Lightweight Campagnolo rims, loud dual exhausts, triple vented discs brakes, Marzocchi suspension and a NCR tuned V-twin. Okay, so Campagnolo has been replaced by Marchesini and the Marzocchi bits by Ohlins- quit being so picky.

This looks to be a nicely restored and maintained ex-racer. We’ve hosted several bikes from this particular seller before and this one appears to be right in line with the others we’ve seen . Obviously, at 50k this machine isn’t for the faint of heart or light of pocket.

1979 DUCATI NCR 900. One of 20 for this year. Documented since new! This is a smiliar machine as to what Mike Hailwood won his comeback in the Isle of Mann TT! The closest most of us will ever come to being a legend or owning a machine ridden by one.This is a rare opportunity to obtain a piece of Ducati history.

I think you’ll agree with me this would fit well in any Ducati collection or on display in your Man Cave next to your Magnum PI 308 Ferrari.

I’d love to hear it run and do a few laps around Barber at the Vintage Festival, but then again who wouldn’t?

Cheers!

doug

Honda February 26, 2011 posted by

Tired of Ducatis? How about a Honda RC45 race bike with IoM TT history?

Rare Honda RC45 race bike with Isle of Man TT race history for sale in Jersey Channel Islands.

Some (well, one mainly) of our readers commented that he is tired of seeing super low mileage Ducatis being listed and in some way I agree.  My bad really, since I tend to focus on Italian bikes, so naturally Ducatis and Bimotas come up a lot.   For this listing, I’ve gone out on a limb and tried to write about something other than my normal run of Italian super models – a Honda RVF750R (RC45) race bike:

HONDA RC45 RACE BIKE

FULL TONY SCOTT 792CC ENGINE
VERY RARE HRC TWIN FUEL INJECTION
HRC TOTAL LOSS IGNITION AND LOOM
HRC KIT EXHAUST
PFM WORLD SUPERBIKE BRAKES
OHLINS WSB FORKS
FACTORY SWINGING ARM AND SHOWA SHOCK
DYMAG 17 IN WHEELS WITH SPARE REAR
SPARE FAIRING AND TAIL UNIT
GENUINE HONDA STAND
EX MARK JOHNS RACING
ISLE OF MAN TT HISTORY
THIS BIKE IS IN RACE READY CONDITION

I don’t think the legendary RC45 needs much introduction, but would you like to freshen up your memory on its history, there’s a pretty good write up over on Faster and Faster.  And here’s a video of John Kockinski riding the RC45 in 1997 (he won the WSB title that year):

The bike is listed at 22,000 GBP (approx. USD35,000). It’s always hard to put a value on race bikes, but just as a reference, RC45s have been selling upwards of low $20,000s from what I’ve seen. $35,000 is quite a bit more than that, but how do you put a value on super rare HRC parts (check out the PGM-FI controller in one of the pics – haven’t seen those before!) and IoM TT race history?

For serious collectors or those with $35,000 spare cash burning a hole in their pockets, .

ph

Honda March 28, 2010 posted by

1998 Honda TT100 FireBlade Evolution With 20 Miles In The U.K.

This is a special CBR900RR created to commemorate Honda’s 100th victory at the Isle of Man TT.  Located in Stowmarket, Suffolk, England is a 1998 Honda TT100 FireBlade Evolution with only twenty miles.  These were created by Mick Grant and Russell Savory to commemorate Honda’s wins at the TT; these bikes were distributed through Honda dealers as a special order item only.  This example is number 22 of 23 produced.  The bike features special bodywork, Ohlins 43mm USD forks, Ohlins rear shock, Brembo four piston calipers up front, Dymag alloy wheels, Stack electronic dash, a single sided swing arm and the engine mods are:

Engine wise the crankcases were modified, pistons con rods and crankshaft were all balanced the cylinder head was ported and gas flowed, RS Performance high lift cams and springs were also fitted but kept the standard valves, also the standard 11.1:1 compression ratio was retained, the gearbox was changed to an HRC based close ratio unit, with speed shifter, the ignition system was changed to help the bike rev to a higher 12,200 rpm, along with Keihin 41mm FCR flat-slide carb’s, exhaust was a custom designed titanium 4-1 with a choice of either road legal or race silencer producing a rear wheel figure of 150+bhp.

This bike is a lot more than just a pretty paint job.  It’s looks may be somewhat dated but I’d say this is a very good looking CBR that I would be proud to own–sadly they weren’t sold in the U.S.  The parts to convert your stock CBR into an Evolution can also be purchased here–the prices appear to be off…read: low.  This bike is very cool and is what Honda should have made the 900 into at some point in it’s production run.  Look to see a Supermono from this dealer in the near future.  See this bike at MadeInItalyMotorcycles.com here.

AG