Posts by tag: Limited Edition

MV Agusta March 13, 2021 posted by

Black Diamond – 2004 MV Agusta F4 SPR

As the timeline on MV Agusta’s 750 F4 wound down, their special models department put together a few very special bikes.  The SPR eked 140 hp out of its 749 cc’s, was set up for the track, and the $23K list bought you matte black paint.

2004 MV Agusta F4 SPR for sale on eBay

MV Agusta poured a lot of new parts into the SPR engine – the cams, valve springs, pistons, and intakes were revised, balanced, matched and tuned for a redline of 13,900 rpm.  The chassis also got some attention with 50mm Marzocchi forks, and a new Sachs racing monoshock.  A reinforced clutch transmits all that power to a new close-ratio gearset, and three sets of sprockets were supplied with bike, allowing riders to adjust to the layout of the track.  Further adjustments were available in the bars, footpegs, and of course suspension.  Quick-release fasteners open the fairings, making the hidden artistry easy to get to.

Presented by a Las Vegas specialty dealer, this SPR looks very good though the flat black finish doesn’t lend itself to a show bike clean-up.  Just 5,119 miles are on the dash, so the lack of any history is almost excusable.  Some kind of paint failure is apparent on the top tree, just south of the limited edition number plate it would’ve been nice to have a close-up of.  Though few, the pictures are great and we’ll let them do the talking for the eBay auction.

The 2003 World Superbike displacement change put the entire 750 class on borrowed time, even though they might be the best combination of power and light weight.  Some journals went so far as to say that the last few F4 750cc limited editions were Agusta’s closely guarded inventory reduction scheme.  Only 300 SPR’s were built, and reviewers were delighted, even with the head-scratching flat finish.  The SPR even helped save humanity from a – robotic – invasion.  Not many made it to the racetrack they appeared perfect for, though at this kind of discount it could be an epic Sunday rider.

-donn

 

Black Diamond – 2004 MV Agusta F4 SPR
Featured Listing February 21, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS

The 1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS is probably the pinnacle of MG’s powers, and it’s a true emblem of the storied marque’s steadfast dedication to doing its own thing, consequence and technology be damned. The Daytona line was released in 1993 to celebrate Goose’s racing success with a privateer in the 1980s. If you can find one from any production year, they are magnificent machines, but the ’97 RS model adds some handling finesse and power the older bikes lack.

For ’97, the v-twin got a 12-horsepower bump to just under 110 horsepower, thanks to better breathing heads, Carillo rods and forged pistons, a lightened crankshaft and upgraded EFI. Braking was now handled by Brembo, and adjustable WP suspension front and rear kept the 500-ish-pound brute headed the right direction. Other trick bits included Marchesini wheels and an Bitubo steering damper.

Complaints at the time included notchy fueling from the big twin, but this bike has had its issued smoothed out with a chip tune from Creedon. The mod should bump power slightly as well as cure the throttle response woes.

From the seller:

Asking price for this beautiful, rare beast is $14,500 and it shows 13,360 miles. It’s not Ducati quick, or as precise and capable as a Japanese bike, but neither of those machines carries the same panache. Unless you’re a member of a well-heeled Guzzi club, the chances you’ll ever see another at the local cruise night are nil. Contact Tim with your interest: guzzirider06@hotmail.com

Featured Listing: 1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS
Aprilia February 16, 2021 posted by

Dream Weaver – 2004 Aprilia RSV1000R Nera

Aprilia made a stab at the boutique superbike segment in 2004 with the magnesium engine and carbon fairing Nera.  This wine country example looks excellent and comes at a substantial discount to MSRP.

2004 Aprilia RSV1000R Nera for sale on eBay

It was the first year of the second generation of Aprilia superbikes, and though outwardly similar, the RSV1000R and the Nera had some nice updates.  Evolved from Aprilia’s 60-degree dry sump V-twin, titanium fasteners and CNC matching of the throttle bodies to the intakes allowed the Nera to claim 139 hp.  Magnesium is used for the clutch cover, and hides the Pneumatic Power Clutch slipper unit.  The new chassis and swingarm are fabricated from alloy stampings and finished in a gold tint evoking titanium.  Wheels are forged in magnesium, and the radial-mounted Brembo brakes include an early adoption of the radial master cylinder, providing better feel under hard decceleration.  Full fairings are executed in glossy carbon fiber, and incorporate a fresh air intake and a sharp integrated taillight design.

Nera’s are rarely offered and the few we’ve seen are barely ridden.  This one is in very nice shape and the owner states it’s run just 1,300 miles, though the odometer isn’t correct.  The Akrapovic cans came with the Nera but are not the titanium units sometimes shown.  Just a bit of storage wear is mentioned but can’t really be seen in the inadequate photos.  Not sure what is meant by the black rubber tank mentioned in the eBay auction-

2004 Aprilia Nera, one of only 200 made worldwide. This one is serial number 50. I believe less than 40 came to the United States, but I’m not 100 percent sure.

 

This bike is all original, including the tires. The bike has the carbon fiber gas tank that was included in the original purchase, but I do not have the black rubber tank that came stock on the bike. It is also missing the stock rear carbon fiber license plate holder and the exhaust that came on the bike from the factory. The full Akrapovik exhaust that came in a box with the original bike purchase is what is installed.

 

The bike has been sitting in my house for a while. The bike is not mint, but is very close to mint. There is not one knick or scratch on the magnesium wheels. All body work is very very nice. There is a very small crack in the lower bottom fairing, but it is hard to see. Otherwise, the bodywork is close to mint.

 

In 2004/2005 Aprilia’s, the odometer resets if the battery dies or is replaced, such as the case with this bike. I would just like to let that be known since the odometer has reset. If I had to guess, this bike has less than 1,300 original miles. The tires have plenty of tread and they are the original tires. The bike runs well overall. I do think the battery is discharging when parked. However, I just never got around to investigating to determine if that is true. This bike would need very little work to be considered a 10.

Plunking down thirty-nine large on a Nera put one in touch with a Dream concierge in Italy who coordinated a factory tour, a set of Dainese leathers, Aprilia helmet, and a VIP trip to a MotoGP event.  Even as rarely as they have surfaced, the market hasn’t made a winning investment out of a new Nera.  But whether this auction ends on a bid or buy-it-now, it might be a very rideable collector for the new owner. 

-donn

Dream Weaver – 2004 Aprilia RSV1000R Nera
Laverda February 14, 2021 posted by

Complements Orange – 1984 Laverda RGA 1000 Jota Special

With input from their U.K. importers, Laverda’s RGA hoped to excite some new fans and it was positioned just below the RGS super tourer.  This medium blue metallic seems to have been a Laverda color but perhaps not that year.

 

1984 Laverda RGA 1000 Jota Special for sale on eBay

Laverda began manufacturing motorcycles after WWII, and focused on air-cooled four-stroke engines.  The 981 cc triple was the big gorilla, with 97 hp courtesy of electronic ignition and 32mm Dell’Orto carbs.  Three big cylinders made plenty of torque and the 120-degree crank timing imparted more rumble than vibration to the rider.  The chassis was set up for stability, and the air-adjustable Marzocchi suspension was fairly traditional.  Light alloy 18-inch wheels and single puck Brembo brakes were typically high quality Euro componentry.  The RGA was available with an upper-only or 3/4 fairing made by Sprint in England.  A conventional fuel filler was fitted, eliminating the expense of the remote fuel door on the RGS.

Shown on RSBFS back in 2017, this Jota Special looks excellent and part of a large collection, shows the same 13,776 miles.  Many owners had the engine blueprinted with higher compression pistons and better cams, with the half-a-hot-V6 sound.  Comments from the eBay auction-

Super rare and beautiful bike, fairing by Sprint for Three Cross  Motorcycles, including engine upgrades. 13,770 original miles. Runs perfect with no issues. Sounds like a small Ferrari, no issues, these bikes originally were orange – this has had a color change. They were made with  the intent to capture some of the performance and looks of the original iconic Jotas.

Though still making interesting bikes, Laverda was marginalized by the new machines from Japan, and limped along with a couple of attempted re-starts before the Piaggio group closed the doors in 2004.  Rather sportier than the touring RGS, an RGA makes a quite European statement and no apologies.  Though the reserve hasn’t been met, many bids indicate that this rare and excellent Jota will tempt a fan that already has some orange paint in the garage.

-donn

Complements Orange – 1984 Laverda RGA 1000 Jota Special
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
Moto Guzzi February 5, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

Update 2.5.2021: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Often a classic motorcycle’s history has a major part to play in its future.  This two-owner Daytona was owned by an eminent architect / engineer, and mostly on display for many seasons.  RSBFS fan Gavin has made it ready for the next owner to ride or show.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

Wanting to live up to their storied competition history, Moto Guzzi commissioned a four-valve head for their 1000cc V-twin.  Gentleman racer John Wittner helped design the package, with 95 hp and a ready-to-ride weight of 502 lbs.  Electronic fuel injection and catalyst amidships kept the Daytona legal.  An advanced linkage kept the shaft drive from over-reacting, with a Koni monoshock and Marzocchi forks.  The long tank and integrated fairings provided seating and protection for one and a close friend.

Gavin is based in Conn. and had a well-regarded shop prepare his Daytona for the next owner.  Beside cam belts, tires, all fluids and expendables, the work included fork seals, brakes, the fuel pump, and some electrical system work.  Easy on the eyes if not the ears, the Staintune exhaust of course does away with the catalyst.  Though coming up on 12K miles, it looks and has components of a much younger machine.  Here are Gavin’s thoughtful comments –

This extremely rare Daytona has been meticulously maintained and serviced, and garaged in the living room of my house.  It has been very lightly ridden for the past 15 years and was completely mechanically renovated in December 2020 by Jim Hamlin and team at authorized Moto Guzzi dealer Hamlin Cycles in Bethel, Connecticut. It has 11,706 miles.
 
 
I am the second owner of the bike.  I bought it in 1999 from the original owner, my friend and riding buddy Michael Czysz who was quite the motorcycling visionary and legend.  See the Cycle News article – here – .
 
This Daytona is a superbike of sound and fury.  The roar through the Staintune pipes is not just throaty but has the edge of a passing  jet plane. It has all the torque and power you’d expect from a big V Twin and is an awesome open road bike.  As mentioned it is very, very rare, very uniquely styled, and extremely muscular – turns heads wherever it goes.
 
Gavin asks $14,995 for his Daytona .

As collectible as most Guzzi’s are, the Daytona is a real prize with engineering and performance way over on the sporty side of the range.  The four-valve heads were retired for many years after the Daytona’s sunset, and total production barely exceeded 1,000 total.  Dr. John Wittner and his disciples had good luck with the Daytona’s inspiration, in the thunder twins classes.  Gavin’s Daytona has an interesting history and expert service to back up the excellent cosmetics.  .

Featured Listing – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000
Honda January 7, 2021 posted by

More Polishing Hours than Miles – 1979 Honda CBX

Showing just 3,784 miles, this CBX show bike’s condition is hard to believe.  The third and present owner rode it once or twice but found being a museum docent on every ride was a reminder that this CBX is just too nice.

1979 Honda CBX for sale on eBay

Already a world sales leader, Honda wanted to demonstrate their engineering chops, and found a venue in the double overhead-cam inline six.  Even the small 64.5 mm bores made for a wide package, and provided 105 hp at 9,000 rpm.  Honda kept the center of gravity low, disguising the mass of package.  Period UJM features like air-adjustable forks and the 19-inch front wheel are featured, and there’s a nod to the 600 lbs. riding weight in the 296mm rear brake disk – larger than the 276mm fronts.  The six-into-two exhaust needed its own bottle of chrome polish.

The Florida owner tells most of his CBX’s history, which is surprisingly short.  The level of polish is way over the top, but very little about the CBX isn’t.  For all the dirty flat black Comstar wheels out there, these laboratory examples are a beacon of hope.  From the looks of the tank, the fuel was drained for most of the display years.  The seat fairing looks original but the owner says no, and it’s hard to argue with someone who puts a rag down under the centerstand in the eBay auction:

Three owner bike.  Brief history 1st owner, from Oklahoma, purchased new and  kept the bike in his house until 2002 and bike was sold to a collector in Ohio, 2nd owner never rode the bike and sold to me in 2020.  The CBX was refreshed by the 2nd owner and stored in a climate controlled building with his collection of vintage motorcycles.

Refresh of the CBX was done by a shop in Georgia that performed the following – new tires, chain and sprockets, fork oil and seals replaced, original exhaust chromed to show quality, complete tune up, coils, spark plug wires, carbs rebuilt, wheels and side cases polished and new paint job.  2nd owner likes his bikes “over restored”.   $,$$$ were spent and the bike was placed back in the collection. I purchased last year and just recently decided to start and ride the CBX–after changing all fluids, adding a fuel filter, bike was started and taken to a local shop to check/synch the carbs.  Bike ran great with all 105 horses on tap it was a pure joy to ride – rode 65 miles.  It has been painstakingly taken care of for 41 years and should continue to be.  Not many in this condition left.  Living in Florida, I wanted a nice UJM bike to ride during the winter months – this bike is too rare and collectable.  Took 45 minutes just to get gas as many people wanted to see and talk about it – do not see these driving around in this condition.
All lights – head, tail, turn signals, dash lights, horn function as new.  Tach, speedo and volt gauges are original – not restored.  The tach started to have a whining noise so it was disconnected.   Inside of tank looks new and is not coated.  The bike appears to have all its original parts except for the tail section.  Original tool kit and owners manual are like new.  Original shop manual along with many magazine articles and Honda brochures included with the sale.

 

Honda’s six was more successful than either the earlier Benelli or later Kawasaki, but still only survived four model years.  But during that time, it served as a dealer showpiece, occasional endurance racer, and collector’s icon.  This one has less miles but might be less original than some.  The eye-watering starting bid might be offset by the show-ready appearance, at least for some buyers.

-donn

More Polishing Hours than Miles – 1979 Honda CBX
Featured Listing January 4, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica

From the days when men were men and AMA Superbikes had muscular steel frames, this museum-quality ELR is presented  by RSBFS fan Bob, and his Globe Motorcycles shop ( if not curatorial facility ! ).

1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR for sale on eBay

The big KZ suited “Steady” Eddie’s lanky frame, and with help from updated camshafts and Kerker exhaust, its 104 hp sent the 500 lbs. replica rocketing toward 134 mph.  To augment the taut chassis, Showa built air-adjustable forks and remote-reservoir shocks as similar as could be to the racer’s WP dampers.  Serious speed called for serious brakes, and Kawasaki mounted three 10-inch disks to answer the call.  The low handlebars were a Lawson bend, and the stepped seat provided solid placement for a solo rider, as well as legroom for a pillion.  The mean green livery, with black mechanicals and gold accents on the shocks and wheels, just about defines classic, maybe with a capital K.

Bob has been an ELR superfan from day one, and has the knowledge not to over-restore, and replaced needed parts with NOS when possible.  Carbs have been rebuilt and new classic-pattern Metzeler’s mounted, so you could ride to a vintage show, but you’ll need someone to carry a trophy home.  Just a portion of Bob’s comments from the eBay auction:

JUST WON 2ND PLACE BEST JAPANESE MOTORCYCLE. THE JUDGES FROM THE EVENT WERE BLOWN AWAY AT HOW PERFECT SHE IS.
THIS BIKE UNDERWENT MINOR CLEAN UP / REFRESH AT MY SHOP, GLOBE MOTORCYCLES LIMITED. THE  BODY WORK WAS RE-PAINTED IN EXACT MATCHING KAWASAKI LIME GREEN A FEW YEARS AGO BY ANOTHER ELR EXPERT IN CONNECTICUT, “NOS” HANDLE BAR GRIPS, END CAPS, AND HANDLE BAR SWITCHES WERE INSTALLED – SO VERY HARD TO FIND. I SWAPPED OUT THE ENGINE SIDE COVERS WITH “NOS” UNITS AND NEW OEM GASKETS AND SEALS. 
WITH ONLY 6,822 MILES (10,980 KM) THE ENGINE ITSELF HAS NEVER BEEN PAINTED SO NO PAINT WENT WHERE IT DOES NOT BELONG. THE ENGINE SIDE COVERS WERE REPLACED WITH “NOS” UNITS – VERY HARD TO FIND.
THE CARBURETORS WERE COMPLETELY DISASSEMBLED, ULTRASONICALLY CLEANED, AND PAINTED JUST AS THE FACTORY DID, REASSEMBLED AND SYNCHRONIZED. I RE-JETTED THEM WITH #132 MAIN JETS AND RAISED THE JET NEEDLE WITH ONE WASHER TO AID IN RUNNING BETTER WITH THE MID SIZE COMPETITION KERKER BAFFLE.
THE FRAME AND SWING ARM ARE MOSTLY ALL ORIGINAL PAINT WITH JUST A FEW TOUCH UPS AND LOOK BETTER THAN MOST OF THE OTHER ORIGINAL ELR’s I HAVE HAD. 
THE TIRES HAVE BEEN REPLACED WITH METZLER SPORTEC KLASSICS (K300’S ARE NOT AVAILABLE). THE SEAT IS ALL ORIGINAL WITH NO BLEMISHES.

Bob has the opening bid for his ELR set at $19,500 and can be reached through the eBay auction.

Eddie Lawson had previous experience with Yamaha during his dirt track days, and saw a chance for a 1983 world championship on an RZ-500 ( with teammate Kenny Roberts, under Agostino management ! ).  Too bad the ELR couldn’t be issued with the AMA champ’s signature, but Lawson went on to four MotoGP titles, and the 1982-3 replicas are still a prize for any collector.  Bob’s are some of the finest seen on RSBFS, in striking condition, a keen look back at Eddie Lawson’s first championship.

-donn

 

Featured Listing – 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica