Posts by tag: Liquid Cooled

Honda July 8, 2011 posted by

Take two, they’re small: Two 1989 Honda VTR250 Interceptors

For Sale: 1989 Honda VTR250 Interceptor

What we found for you today is not one, but two rare Honda VTR250s. These were sold in the US between 1988 and 1990, and were intended to provide competition to Kawasaki’s Ninja 250. While sporty in nature, the styling of the VTR250 also intended to make the bike more approachable to newer riders. The inboard front brake (looks like a drum, but it’s actually a centrally mounted disc) lasted through the 1988 and 1989 model years before becoming a convential disc in the final year available. Power is a 250cc 90 degree vee twin coupled to a 6-speed transmission. It’s a shame that Honda did not continue taking the mini-ceptor fight to Kawasaki through the 1990s – imagine what this bike could have become with another decade of improvements!

Honda VTR250 #1 available on eBay

From the seller:
This 1989 Honda Interceptor 250 VTR is proof that Kawasaki was not the only manufacturer to sell a 250cc 4-stroke sportbike in the US – albeit, only for three years. I consider this to be basically a “scooter” on steroids – It revs effortlessy to 13,500 RPM and the transmission shifts like butter. It is really sweet. I bought it for my collection because it is so light and fun to ride. I am selling it to make room for some others. This particular example only has 6,195 miles. It is in excellent original condition except the graphics have been removed and an F1 muffler was added (it is not loud). It will come with two new sticker tires (not mounted yet). Everything works and it comes with the original owner’s manual. The Honda Interceptor VTR 250 was sold only in the United States from 1988 to 1990, with moderate changes occurring over the three model years. With a 249cc 4-stroke liquid-cooled DOHC V-twin engine and a 6-speed transmission, VTR 250 was the smallest of Honda’s Interceptor line of motorcycles. It was originally available in two color schemes, black with blue and white, and white with blue.

Honda VTR250 #2 available on eBay

From the seller:
Up for auction is a nice Honda VTR 250 also referred to as the 250 Interceptor. The bike features a liquid cooled 90 degree V-Twin engine, 6 speed transmission, and unique inboard front disc brake. The bike runs perfect, all lights, gauges, etc. work and function as they should. tires are almost new. Serviced this spring the bike is ready to ride and needs no repairs. Bike gets around 60 MPG. There is no body damage, only a few small scratches in the rear from bungy cords. The previous owner did repaint the body work apparently because he did not like the white and pastel original paint scheme. The paint was professionally done and is not a “rattle can” job. Overall this bike is in very good condition and would make a great 1st time bike or is a blast for experienced riders too.

The entry price for either of these bikes is very low. For not much scratch you get a pretty rare motorcycle that can be licensed in any state in the Union. The small size and light weight make them a blast on tight roads, and those commuters out there will enjoy some great MPG – what a deal!

Given, neither of these bikes are concours in appearance – but that just lowers the barrier to entry that much more. Check them out for some low dollar fun!

Honda VTR250 #1 available on eBay

Honda VTR250 #2 available on eBay

MI

Kawasaki June 28, 2011 posted by

Leading the way: 1984 Kawasaki Ninja

For Sale: 1984 Kawasaki Ninja ZX 900 A-1

It seems to be classic bike month here on RSBFS, and I am not complaining one single bit! For example, check out this VF1000R or the other VF1000R posted just this week – great stuff indeed. And don’t forget to scoll down through the older posts if you haven’t been to visit us in a while; you just might have missed this classic FZR1000, or this wonderfully preserved GS1150ES. Of course there are also great classics posted over on CSBFS as well. The 1980s were significant years for motorcycle manufacturers, and many revolutionary bikes were produced during this decade.

Of all the bikes of the era, however, the 900 Ninja of 1984 was the first real revolutionary move in the sportbike wars. For until this time, liter-class sportbikes grew bigger in size and weight as they gained additional cubic centimeters. When this 750-sized 900cc liter-bike killer was released, it replaced the contemporary big sportbike of the day: the company’s own air-cooled, two- valve GPz 1100.

With the Ninja, Kawasaki simultaneously introduced liquid cooling, a four-valve head, and a way of packaging the engine and transmission components that dramatically reduced the width of the bike. This allowed for much tighter packaging overall, significantly reducing the size of the motorcycle. While the arms race of size and weight continue to this day, the original Ninja was a milestone step along way.

From the seller:
FOR SALE A CLASSIC 1984 NINJA IN PERFECT LIKE NEW MINT CONDITION.THIS BIKE IS A 10,I AM THE 3RD OWNER OF THIS BEAUTIFUL ALL ORIGINAL STOCK 900 NINJA.I BOUGHT THIS FROM A COLLECTOR THAT WORKED FOR KAWASAKI FOR OVER 30 YRS AND CAME FROM HIS STORAGE AFTER 20 YRS IN STORAGE.I SERVICED THE BIKE AND SPENT A GOOD DEAL OF $$$ GETTING HER BACK TO PERFECT RUNNING ABILITY.THIS IS A ABSOLUTE STOCK MACHINE AND IS IN PERFECT RUNNING AND SHOW CONDITION.YOU WILL NOT FIND ANOTHER CLASSIC BIKE LIKE THIS IN THIS CONDITION,IT IS IMPOSSIBLE,UNLESS YOU GET THIS TYPE OF BIKE FROM THE KAWASAKI MUSEUM IN JAPAN OR I KNOW OF A COLLECTOR IN ORANGE COUNTY CA THAT HAS THE VERY FIRST NINJA 900 A-1 IMPORTED TO THE USA AND HIS FRAME NUMBER IS 1.GO AHEAD LOOK AROUND THE WORLD YOU WILL NOT FIND ONE AS IN ORIGINAL CONDITION AS MINE.THIS BIKE IS PROBABLY THE # 3 IN THE TOP SPOT.ABOUT THE BIKE : SHE HAS NO SCRATCHES DENTS,DINGS OR FLAWS OF ANY KIND.LOOKS LIKE YOU WENT BACK IN TIME 27 YRS.

LOOKS LIKE IT WAS JUST ROLLED OFF THE SHOW ROOM FLOOR AND THAT IS WHAT THIS BIKE IS,SHOW ROOM CONDITION AND ROAD READY.THE BIKE LOOKS AND RUNS JUST LIKE NEW.NO EXSPENSE WAS SPARED GETTING THIS BIKE READY AND OPERATIONAL AND RUNS PERFECTLY AND IS STILL VERY FAST AS IT WAS DESIGNED TO BE WITH GREAT HANDELING AND RELIABILITY.ORIGINAL SEAT COMES WITH THIS PURCHASE AS DOES THE ORIGINAL BIKE MANUAL AND ALL RECENT RECIEPTS.THIS IS A CLASSIC MOTORCYCLIST DREAM.IN THE FUTURE THIS BIKE WILL EASILY BE WORTH 15 OR 20 GRAND AS THEY ARE A TRUE CLASSIC FROM ERAS PAST.IT WAS SAID BY THE KAWASAKI DESIGNER THAT DEVELOPED THIS BIKE THAT THIS IS THE MOST SIGNFICANT MOTORCYCLE THAT KAWASAKI HAS EVER DEVELOPED.

This bike is in amazing condition for a 27-year old bike. All of the plastics look OEM, the paintwork is in good shape, and the modifications have been kept to a minimum. Despite the seller’s enthusiastic claims that it is stone stock and could have come right off the showroom floor, the seat is a glaring aftermarket item that is clearly not OEM. The number of owners and number of miles might also keep the purist collectors away, but their loss is your gain. These are fantastic bikes by any standards – and were the very pinnacle of motorcycling greatness in 1984.

Like most mass-produced Japanese sportbikes, the collector market is still emerging. That means that these are not necessarily a great short-term investment. That being said, these are historically significant motorcycles that will likely have collector value in the future – and can be picked up for much less than your “average” collector bike. The best part is, having not spend the better part of a small house on a bike, you will be more inclined to ride it…which is what it is all about!

This great 900cc Ninja is on eBay right now, and the current bid is a paltry $1,125 with reserve not yet met. The last ’84 Ninja listed here on RSBFS went for just $100 more than that, so the barrier to entry on these future collectables is quite low indeed.

For more pictures (there are lots!) and to get in on the action, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!

MI

MV Agusta June 17, 2011 posted by

2005 MV AGUSTA F4 1000S + full Mamba kit!

For Sale: 2005 MV AGUSTA F4 1000S with full Mamba kit

When you think about it, the modern incarnation of MV Agusta produces some pretty sweet – and pretty expensive – motorcycles. Back in 2005, the base model F4 1000S retailed for $21,795. At that price some degree of exclusivity was automatically in the cards, but the S was not nearly as exclusive (or expensive) as the Ago, Tamburini or Senna models. What’s an MV owner to do to stay current and unique?

To address this issue, MV Agusta released a series of Mamba kits, which allowed owners to dress up their pedestrian rides and convert them into carbon fiber wonders…. for a price. There are multiple levels of Mamba kits: A Standard kit, with no limited numbers, a Base kit, limited to 300 units and containing more bits than the standard kit, and finally the range topping Full kit, limited to 300 units and offering a complete “stem to stern” upgrade of the bike. The top level kit retailed for nearly $13k – which was placed on top of the cost of the bike!

From the seller:
THIS IS THE BEST OF THE BEST OF MOTORCYCLES $22000 BRAND NEW + 10000.00 MAMBA KIT OPTION IS A $30000.00 DOLLAR BIKE

at the crankshaft) 122 Kw (166 HP) at 11750 – Lim. 12700 r.p.m.

THIS IS A FULL MAMBA KIT ONLY 300 MADE IS A $10000.00 DOLLAR OPTION

MVSP F4-1000 MAMBA Full Option Kit
Part Number SP 03 – Limited Edition of 300 Mamba Kits worldwide

The Full Option Kit includes:
Carbon Fiber front mudguard, Red/Clear painted
Titanium treated Red-tint windscreen
Carbon Fiber front fairing, Black/Clear painted
Black painted plastic right and left mirrors
Carbon Fiber right air duct
Carbon Fiber left air duct
Carbon Fiber right wire harness cover
Carbon Fiber left wire harness cover
Carbon Fiber ignition switch cover
Black painted plastic airbox
Carbon Fiber right side airbox panel
Carbon Fiber left side airbox panel
Black painted metal fuel tank
Red painted plastic right side fuel tank panel
Red painted plastic left side fuel tank panel
Carbon Fiber right side fairing panel, Black/Red/Clear painted
Carbon Fiber left side fairing panel, Black/Red/Clear painted
Carbon Fiber lower fairing, Clear-coated
Black “Alcantara” seat
Black “Alcantara” back pad
Carbon Fiber single seat tail fairing, Red/Clear painted
Carbon Fiber plate support
Carbon Fiber upper chain guard
Carbon Fiber lower chain guard
Carbon Fiber exhaust guard
Carbon Fiber right footrest guard
Carbon Fiber left footrest guard
Silver Marchesini ten-spoke forged aluminum front wheel rim
Silver Marchesini ten-spoke forged aluminum rear wheel rim

As you can see, the Full Mamba kit is really quite extensive! And there is no doubt that the Mamba kit adds a unique look to what is normally the classic sliver/red MV Agusta. I think it looks sharp, and adds a menacing look to an already superbly designed motorcycle. It is also shockingly expensive as a package. The good news for collectors is that sticker shock on used bikes is not really a worry.

This auction is on right now, and there has been a good number of interested bidders. The current bid was up to $9,000 (with reserve still in place) at the time of writing this piece, and the BIN is set for a very reasonable $12,999. The seller appears to be motivated, and the sharks can smell blood in the water. To get a glimpse of this ultra rare MV before it heads off to a new home, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!!

MI

Honda June 12, 2011 posted by

You’ll meet the nicest people on one: 1990 Honda CB-1

For Sale: 1990 Honda CB-1 NC-27 CB400F

Never let it be said that RSBFS does not listen to our readers. For all of the exotica posted on these pages, the lowly CB-1 (400cc semi-sportbike that isn’t even a grey-market import) seems to have generated the most positive comments as of late. If you guys like it, we will find more and post more of them. And so as it goes with rare bikes, as soon as you find one and post how rare it is many others will come out of the woodwork – just like this CB-1. We just posted another CB-1 last week – check it out here.

Today’s bike has slightly lower mileage than the previous bike, but some wear is noted both by the seller as well as the pictures. Otherwise, it appears to be in relatively good shape overall. As these CB-1 machines were not collector bikes in the showroom (they simply did not sell, hence the rarity today) – they were cool and relatively cheap transportation for newer riders – they often were not cared for in the manner most would care for a rare and unique bike. The cleaner the example, the higher the price; to minimize issues down the road, our recommendation is to buy the best bike you can afford.

From the seller:
Excellent original condition garage-kept 1990 Honda CB-1 NC-27. This inline 4, 400cc high performance liquid cooled model was known in Europe as the CBR-400.

Service performed, receipts available:
Engine mount repaired performed by previous owner (shown in picture)
Replaced fuel filter, all fuel lines, and vent lines
New tires
New brake pads front and rear
New wheel bearings
New chain and sprockets
New fork seals
New battery
All fluids changed 2 years ago (approximately 1,000 miles ridden since)
Fresh oil and filter will be completed before sale

Typical scratches and blemishes for a bike of this age (see pictures).

Complete tool kit, owners manual, rare service manual included.

Bike runs perfect. Take it anywhere, ride with confidence. Not a showpiece, but an excellent example of the model.

The zipper rash on the tank and the key rash on the top of the triple clamps do not concern me. The marks on the tail are possibly from soft luggage, which again is not much to worry about. These are all scars of normal use, normal wear and tear. The remark concerning the engine mount is a new one to me – are there known issues with motor mounts on these models? If you are a CB-1 connoisseur, please chime in!

The previous CB-1 sold for a paltry $2,395 – that is a TON of fun for not much scratch. This bike is slowly working its way up, and is currently at $1,175 with reserve not met. If you are looking for inexpensive fun that doesn’t look like a 250 Ninja or something you see on every corner, check out the CB-1. With a great motor and reasonable running gear, it might be exactly what you need to put a grin on your face.

. Look at the pics, drool a little bit, and then make sure you let us know what you think. Good luck!

MI

Honda June 1, 2011 posted by

Small package, big fun: 1989 Honda CB-1

For Sale: 1989 Honda CB-1 / CB400F / NC27

The Honda CB-1 was meant to be the spiritual successor to the heralded CB400F Supersport of the 1970’s. As such, it is a cafe racer sports bike with a small displacement, four cylinder engine. This time around, however, techology has improved such that the bike is liquid cooled, and sports a 16-valve head as opposed to the 8-valve, air cooled original.

The CB-1 is not an grey-market import bike – even though it is rare enough to be considered one. The truth is that smaller-displacement motorcycles have traditionally not sold very well in the US; Americans tend to think of anything below 750cc as an entry level motorcycle. That is a real shame, as the 400cc class of bikes available today are quick, lightweight, agile and surprisingly affordable fun.

Although they are not well known, this is not the first time that we have posted a CB-1 on RSBFS. Check out this CB-1 that was posted by Doug. You can also check out this cool site for some more info on this particular model.

From the seller:
The Honda CB-1 is a small and light naked sportsbike with a straight-four 399 cc. The Honda model code is NC27. In contrast to all other models of the Honda CB series, the name is written with a hyphen. In some countries it was sold as Honda CB400F as an attempt to connect the model with the original CB400F of 1975, with which it has nothing else in common.

The bike was first introduced in 1989 and built until the end of 1990. Originally developed for the Japanese market, the CB-1 was also officially sold in the USA and Canada. Lots of additional information about this bike can be found by doing a search on the internet.

This bike runs great and rides even better! New EBC front brakes and Dunlop Qualifier tires. It is in very good condition. It does have a small ding in the tank and one in the tail that were touched up. It has fresh oil and is ready to go!

The CB-1 offers about 55 HP and a dry weight in the 370 lb range. Mix in a short wheelbase, and you have the capability of a real monster when the going gets tight and twisty. And while the CB-1 does not have the ultimate top-end rush of the FZ400, it does offer significantly greater mid-range usable power.

This particular bike has approximately 18,000 miles on the clock, and is sporting a Kerker slip-on. It is not clear from the seller what other modifications have been done, and the seller has noted the minor damage to both the tank and the tailsection. There is also some key rash on the top of the triple clamps, which is likely commensurate with the miles on the bike.

So how much for 400cc fun? This auction is going on now, with a current bid of $1,575 and reserve still in place. The BIN is $2,395. The only other CB-1 we have posted on RSBFS was closer to $2k, and it had lower mileage. Depending upon where the reserve is set, there is still a good deal to be had. Interest has been moderate.

For your chance to snag this great little bike, . Good luck!!!

MI

Quick Spot March 2, 2011 posted by

Canadian Classic – 1982 Yamaha RD 350LC

For Sale: 1982 Yamaha RD 350LC

If you are thinking that this is simply an RZ350 in funny colors, you must be a U.S.-based RSBFS reader. And you are both right and wrong. While Yamaha brought the two stroke fire back to America for only a few years, these bikes have thrived north of the border for much, much longer. And they were named after the bike the started it all – the Yamaha RD series, with the “LC” standing for “Liquid Cooling.”

Note the lack of fairing. While all RZ350s that came stateside had the small quarter fairing, other markets made this optional. The bike featured today has the fairing, adding to its value.

The seller is claiming only 3626 KM (approximately 2250 miles) on the bike, and has an extensive paragraph in the ad outlining the condition. Because of the low miles, optional fairing and great condition, the asking price is $7,000 Canadian – which equates to just over $6,800 U.S. dollars. This seems high for what we typically see for U.S.-based RZs, plus you will still need to pay for the importation and licensing (the bike is located in Toronto). If any of you gray-market gurus know if this is expensive or difficult, please drop us a comment! To view the ad, read all of the seller’s comments and view the pictures, click on the link.

MI

Kawasaki November 18, 2010 posted by

Top Gun: 1984 Kawasaki Ninja

For Sale: 1984 Kawasaki Ninja – original owner!

Back in 1984, Kawasaki shocked the rest of the sportbike world with the introduction of the Ninja. This revolutionary model introduced many firsts to the sportbike community, pairing up a liquid-cooled 900cc inline four with a 16-valve head to produce a reported 115 bhp. It’s introduction immediately sent the air-cooled, 2-valve competition from Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha back to the stone age. The Ninja had arrived, and with it followed a whole new era of performance.

The Ninja chassis was a revolutionary as the powerplant, and used the new motor as a stressed member. All of the latest technology was made available for this bike, including Uni-Track single shock rear suspension, Kawasaki Automatic Variable Damping System (AVDS) anti-dive fork, and a GP-inspired 16-inch front wheel. The critics praised the handling and the power of the Ninja, noting that it was smaller than contemporary 750s of the day, yet faster than the literbikes.

The Ninja was so cool, it was even played a starring role next to Tom Cruise in the movie Top Gun:

From the seller:
Here’s your chance to own a piece of history and Hollywood . The 1984 Ninja was the bike that started the sport bike revolution as it was the first of Kawasaki ’s legendary Ninjas to be sold in the United States. I bought this bike NEW 26 years ago and have enjoyed it, but i have not riden it in 17 years and now it is time for someone else to enjoy her. this bike has 24,300 miles and was never ridden hard (no hole shots, no wheelies) but have done 155 mph two times. she crusies nicely at 80 and only turns 5,000 rpm. the tank was perfect until Vince the rip off from Heyser Cycle got ahold of it to get it running again and he put a small dent/scratch in it. while it sat for 16 years under cover the front brake resivor leaked and bubbled the paint on the upper fairing and put a small crack next to the screw as seen in the photo. it also leaked on the inside of the mid fairing and cracked it in three places. i have a mid fairing that goes with the bike that is not cracked and has all the tabs, however the paint is not as nice as mine. on a scale of 1-10 it is a 7. also a extra rear shock goes with the bike and extra side panels(not as nice as mine but a 7 on the scale). any white seen on the cases is dried wax. bike never leaked oil until i changed the oil this year and i did not drain the sump, consequently i overfilled it with one quart too much oil and ran it for about 10 minutes and noticed a leak coming from under bike. it will be hard to find a cleaner bike. owners, workshop manual, and dealers brochure included

While the 1984 900cc Ninja was not exactly a limited edition motorcycle, it is a significant model from a historical perspective. And finding an unmolested, original owner machine some 25+ years later is almost unheard of. This bike, while not perfect, does represent a great opportunity to own one of the milestone bikes of the ages. The current bidding is just over $1000, making this a very affordable classic. Think of it: For the price of some insignificant rat bike, you could own a classic, milestone motorcycle that will be sure to turn heads for another 25 years to come. Feel the need for speed and grab yourself a classic superbike by

MI

Yamaha March 10, 2010 posted by

1985 Yamaha RZ500 With Modern Updates!

This RZ500 has some very nice modern updates!  Located in Boynton Beach, Florida is a 1985 Yamaha RZ500.  What’s better than dropping a two-stroke motor in a modern chassis?  Well, this seller found out that it can be very nice to use modern components while maintaining the look of a classic bike.  This RZ has been fitted with modern bits in the form of a 2009 R6 front end (Blue fender is still attached), R6 rear wheel, and Aprilia rear swing arm.  Other improvements include Hyperpro rear shock and Jim Lomas SS exhaust.  All the original parts are also included with the sale.  The bike also has new paint.  Not only does this bike look like a 500GP bike with that rear swing arm, I bet it rides beautifully too.  The seller states that more than $25,000 has gone into this bike and I don’t doubt that number if this work was done in a shop.  The asking price is $14,000; about where we’ve seen low mile, completely original, bikes priced.  This bike isn’t original but it is designed for an owner who will use their RZ on back roads more than at bike nights.  If you’d like to ride a modernized big two-stroke, see this RZ on Craigslist here.

AG

Update: This posting is pretty outdated. Check out some of these current listings on eBay for bikes and parts right now!

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