Posts by tag: Japanese

Benelli January 8, 2010 posted by

Update on Bay Area Collection For Sale

Here is an update from Rory on the remaining inventory in the collection -- with pictures!

Update 1.20.10: I got another update from Rory, and he tells me the RC45 and 888 are both sold now.

We've been a bit surprised by the great response through your site and been scrambling a bit to keep up with the inquiries. Invariably, people have been asking for details on bikes that we haven’t pulled out of storage to work on. And, as you already know, a real enthusiast from the East Coast struck a deal for 5 of the bikes, redirecting our focus for a time. A fellow drove up from LA on Christmas Eve to take the Ducati F1, and we have someone coming from Reno today to look at the Honda RC45.

We've at least rolled all the remaining bikes out to take photos and determine general condition and mileage. Anyone can contact us directly for more info.

Here is what is remaining as of January 5th:

’04 Benelli Tornado Tre - This bike has only 2 miles showing on the odometer and looks as though it has never been on the road.

’00 MV F4 - 426 miles The VIN# on this bike ends with 100000. While we can’t be absolutely sure, I spoke with someone at MV USA who believes that this probably the first F4 in the country.

’98 Ducati 916 SPS - 6059 miles. I’ve ridden this one around the block – great bike.

’93 Ducati 888 SPO - 2031 miles. Next on our list to get running.

’06 Yamaha R1 Rossi replica - 17 miles.

’06 Yamaha R1 Special Edition – 0 miles. No photo, but it’s the traditional Yamaha yellow and black paint scheme.

’99 Yamaha R7 OW02 - 3646 km.

’94 Honda RC45 - 3718 miles. Has two 1” diameter paint scuffs on side and rear panels but otherwise good shape. This bike is running now.

’72 Norton 810 Dunstall - 1983 miles. A very nice example and also now running.

Please contact Rory at vtauto@sbcglobal.net for further information about the remaining bikes available for sale in the collection. I'm still tempted to get a second mortgage and get a big trailer for most of them!

If you have a special bike or collection that needs attention, email us at web@raresportbikesforsale.com. We'd be happy to consider your submission for regular posting, or we can provide a feature service for a small fee that will promote the listing on every page of our site.

dc

Suzuki January 2, 2010 posted by

1989 Suzuki VT250K Wolf VJ21A

Located in Ontario, Canada is a 1989 Suzuki VT250.  According to the seller:

Japan home market v-twin 2 stroke. This is the naked version of the RGV250.

I haven't seen one of these before, which doesn't mean it's automatically rare but I don't doubt it is.  Seller states it has 17,000km, the carbs were just gone through, and a new battery.  This is a 282lb, 45hp, Two Stroke.  See it on North American Two Strokes here.

AG

Kawasaki January 1, 2010 posted by

1991 Kawasaki ZX7R K1 Ninja

Located in Winter Haven, Florida is a 1991 Kawasaki ZX7R.  This example has 7,900 original miles, is a one owner bike, and has a clean title.  Information about the K1 & K2:

The race version had the same frame as the J models, but it sported 39mm Keihin Flatslide carburettors, full power engine, close ratio gearbox, alloy tank, fully adjustable suspension front and rear, single seat and was 5kg lighter than the J models.  121BHP & 190kg dry.

The asking price of $6,500 seems a bit high compared to a very similar K1 we've posted previously--but the other one did seem to be a steal at $4k. See this one on Craigslist here.

AG

Aprilia December 30, 2009 posted by

Private Collection in New Jersey

I haven't see this website before but, Motorcycles For Sale Classic, is apparently a broker for a collection of motorcycles out of New Jersey.  It looks to have been recently updated but has some obvious errors--make sure to contact the seller by phone to confirm anything on their site.  Anyhow, these are some of the bikes that are still available that I found interesting:

  • 1977 MV Agusta 850SS with 1,791 original miles.
  • 1977 Ducati 900SS with 2,500 original miles.
  • 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition with 2,358 original miles (Vance & Hines exhaust fitted).
  • 1985 Suzuki RG500 with 385 original miles.
  • Yamaha TZR250 with 22,245 miles.
  • 1984 Yamaha RD500 with 31,600 miles.
  • A second Yamaha RD500 with less miles.
  • Aprilia RS250 with 610 original miles.
  • 1995 Cagiva Mito.

These aren't all the bikes listed on the site--and more appear in the background of photos--but again, I would caution anyone against acting too quickly.  The website listed features errors and older dates but, I haven't seen these photos featured anywhere else and they all look to be correct and from the same location.  Titles and registration isn't mentioned and only a few bikes have asking prices.  Regardless, take a look at the site as it may be an undiscovered mine!

AG

Yamaha December 27, 2009 posted by

1978 Yamaha TZ250E

Located in Menlo Park, California is a completely original 1978 Yamaha TZ250 with less than five miles.  To quote the seller:

1978 Yamaha TZ 250, less than 5 break in miles if that .
This example has never even broken in. Garaged since new, will need new rubber & seals. Campagnolo 5-spoke alloys, fairing & duck-tail seat. Minor dings & scratches from sitting for so long, you will not find another one in nicer or newer condition.

Some information about 1978 TZ250s from Motor Bike Search Engine:

Introduced in 1978, the 'E' version of Yamaha's all-conquering TZ250 production racer featured a new chassis frame. Retaining the same 'monoshock' rear suspension layout (complete with adjustable pre-load and compression damping) as its forebears, it relocated the famous twin-cylinder, two-stroke water-cooled engine some 20mm further forward. Mounted on special alloy plates, this remarkable unit boasted Hitachi's automatically advancing / retarding CDI ignition system and Mikuni VM34SC carburetors. Reputed to develop 53bhp @ 10,500rpm, it was mated to a six-speed gearbox and reined in by front / rear disc brakes. A stepping stone in the careers of such riding greats as Kenny Roberts and Tom Herron etc, the TZ250's influence reverberates to this day.

The asking price is firmly set at $7,500.  It would be nice to see this time machine cleaned up and on display--it would take some serious work to get it back to racing condition.  See this fantastic barn-find on Craigslist here.

AG

Yamaha December 22, 2009 posted by

1990 Yamaha TZ250 Reverse Cylinder on ebay

Is there anything that looks faster sitting still than a TZ250? I actually stumbled across this bike while looking for the RZ350 and thought to myself "This one deserves a spot as well."

Auction info:

1990 Yamaha TZ250A original Yamaha USA import. Bike is in very good condition comes with a few spares see pics. The engine case numbers match the frame number. There are no dents in the frame all parts in good condition. Bike comes with a Ohlins rear shock and the original rear shock. TZ250A are getting very hard to find these days. If you are looking for one of these bikes don't miss your chance. This bike is listed on our website for sale so I reserve the right to end the auction at any time. Will ship worldwide buyers pays for crate and all other costs.

If you take into consideration, that this bike has been exposed to a race environment it's entire life the condition of it is simply amazing! All numbers match, the frame doesn't have any dents and the swingarm looks clean as well. It looks like it's ready to go racing. However, it has a $7,600.00 bid and looks like it will sell. So if your serious about vintage TZ's this one might be for you.

dd