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Yamaha December 9, 2021 posted by

Angrier Bees: 1984 Yamaha RZ 350

The Yamaha RZ350 is just one of those bikes. It wasn’t particularly rare or super fast in the day (in stock form it struggled to compete with the 550s of the day). It wasn’t even super irresponsible for a two stroke, harboring lean burn technology, oil injection, an exhaust power valve to broaden the torque curve, air injection and – of course – the all important catalytic converters nestled in the exhaust pipes. This was the last street-going two stroke sport bike officially imported into all 50 of these United States, making it a milestone machine. The years have been very kind to the legend that is the RZ, and with excellent examples in short supply the values are reflected appropriately.

1984 Yamaha RZ 350 for sale on eBay

Known as the RD350LC in other markets, the RZ350 was pretty standard Yamaha two stroke fare; a liquid cooled parallel twin with reed valve induction and dual carbs. The YPVS allowed the exhaust port to raise and lower depending upon revs, boosting power in the lower end of the RPM range, where two strokes typically suffer the most. A single shock rear suspension, triple disk brakes and minimalist bodywork (including the cafe fairing) completed the tidy package. These were neat and unique when new, showed up in droves at local racetracks, and experienced a “dime a dozen” type of mentality with riders and collectors. They were used, abused, and used some more. Today, they are still relatively plentiful in hacked up condition. But finding a good one – a clean, well-loved example – is getting harder and harder to do. And prices are reflecting the rarity.

From the seller:
Up for auction is my beautiful 1984 Yamaha RZ 350 with matching frame and engine case serial numbers. The bike has 15,692 miles.

This bike has an interesting history. It was owned by Bobby J from Bobby J’s Yamaha in Albuquerque, NM. It is the oldest Yamaha dealer in the US. If you go on youtube, there are videos about Bobby J’s Yamaha and Bobby J himself.

I purchased it from one of his retired salesmen in around 2010. I kept it for a couple of months and then sold it to a friend of mine who I told that if you ever need to sell it then call me. A few years later he did so I purchased the bike back in 2013.

In the time that he owned it, the engine was rebuilt by Jason Perdue, the owner of SMR, in Santa Fe, NM. Jason has built many RZ 350s and Banshees. The engine has about 1200 miles since it was rebuilt. I don’t ride the bike very often, and I am working on selling a few bikes out of my collection as I have too many.

More from the seller:
The bike was tuned for sea level by Chuck “Supertune” Quenzler of Team Scream Racing in Clearwater Florida. He was impressed with the bike to say the least.

The bike has a 370 big bore kit. It has been ported by Jason at SMR, has V-Force reeds, stock carbs with a K&N filter, Toomey pipes, ATK fork brace, rebuilt front end with Progressive springs, rear Works remote reservoir shock, and good Avon roadrider tires. I believe that the radiator shroud is either Canadian or European since it does not have any holes for reflectors. I got it off of ebay because I liked the way it looked better than the stocker.

More from the seller:
It also includes the tool kit. I do not have the owner’s manual. I do have some stock pipes and the stock air box that will go with the bike.

The bike has always been garaged and well taken care of. The body is beautiful shape with no repairs. It has original paint with no dents or dings. No corrosion. No cracks in the plastic. The paint is beautiful as the photos show. Windscreen is original with the sticker still on it. Chin fairing is beautiful.

This is a beautiful RZ for your collection or your Sunday rider. No disappointments here.

The bike is ready to go. It has a clear Florida title in my name.

The seller has also included a video of the bike running here. Sure looks like fun to me!

This bike looks to be in great condition. Collectors may chagrin the mods, but the RZ responds to all the great wake up sauce as any other smoker. That means an overbore (or big bore kit), raising the compression ratio, porting, expansion chambers, etc. It looks like this beauty has had a few of those mods done to it, stoking the hive full of even angrier bees; it looks and sounds like it is ready to to poke the four stroke bear. And as a bonus, some of the stocker kit comes with! Lots of interest on this one, and you can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

Angrier Bees: 1984 Yamaha RZ 350
Honda November 10, 2021 posted by

Turbo City Madman: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo

Relisted with a whopping price drop from $18k opening ask in May down to $12k, this low miles school bike is reflecting the reality of the Turbo market. Links updated. -MI

This is a bike that really shouldn’t need any introduction to the pages of RSBFS. After all, being the self-proclaimed RSBFS turbo nerd I *know* that I’ve posted more than a few. Why? Because they are awesome in a mega-flawed sort of way that drives you to either love or hate them. And despite their totally unloved status when new, they have recently encountered a bit of a resurgence in interest – and price. Today’s 27 mile example is the poster child for the movement, although it also represents an interesting counter-point to the whole factory Turbo saga.

1983 Honda CX650 Turbo for sale on eBay

Honda was the fist to bring a turbocharged motorcycle to market as a full factory supported effort with the 1982 CX500TC (technically the Kawasaki Z1-R TC was first atmospherically enhanced motorbike, but that was not factory). That particular bike bristled with new technology that only Honda engineering could bring to the fore, including a sophisticated computerized fuel injection system to manage the complicated intake situation and ensure engine longevity. The CX650 Turbo built on that foundation by increasing displacement and compression ratio to help improve the off-boost rideability. This also greatly improved the transition from off-boost to boost (although you’ll never miss that event) and help minimize the dreaded turbo lag. In all, the CX650 was the most polished of the factory turbo entries, being the only boosted bike to benefit from a second generation of development. Sadly, that was not enough to overcome the price, the stigma, the weight and the stigma. By 1985 the turbo era was well and truly over, save for oddball collectors and enthusiasts (ahem).

From the seller:
Up for sale is a 1983 Honda CX650T motorcycle – Only 27 miles.
This was a school motorcycle – sticker shown in pictures. Because it was a school motorcycle there was never a title issued. Registration and a Bill of Sale will be the only documents provided.

We picked it up years ago – always garaged. A nice clean motorcycle. Please note some cosmetic damage to the fairing, fender, etc. I tried to take several pictures to show any imperfections. Also, I did replace the rear cowl, which is a repaint. The original cowl has a broken tab that is unseen. I am willing to include this with the sale of the motorcycle.

More from the seller:
The following has been done on the motorcycle…
The brake system has been cleaned/flushed
The master cylinder and the rear master cylinder have been cleaned and rebuilt
The fuel injection has been cleaned and checked
New plugs
New pump propeller
Oil Change
New after market fuel pump (original is still available if desired)
New windscreen

The motorcycle starts and runs. Here is a link to the youtube video – https://youtu.be/MTjRL9s4bkk

I am not a videographer…lol so I apologize in advance and hope no one gets dizzy. My intention was to show how nice the motorcycle sounds.

Not to mince words, the turbo motorcycle era was an utter commercial failure. Each of the Big Four played with the devil of boost, and every one of them was an atrocious and abysmal return on the considerable investment required. Suzuki used their experience to develop the original air/oil cooled GSX-R, Kawasaki used the opportunity to elevate the GPz to the top of the 1/4 mile time sheets, Yamaha phoned in an low-buck entry branded as a Seca, and Honda dumped a significant portion of their inventory on “technical schools” in an attempt to recoup their investment and train the next generation on Big Red products.

Todays example of the CX650 Turbo – a one year only model for 1983 – is one of those previously dreaded “school” bikes. These were examples meant to train future mechanics on the complex systems of the modern motorcycle, and were never intended for consumer consumption (check out the sticker on the tank). While each had a VIN number, none were released with a title, and each of these bikes were written off as crushed, destroyed or otherwise parted out. Very recently we have started to see an influx of these school bikes as more rare than the average CX650 Turbo, which may indeed be true. It is still early days to determine the impact this may have on the collector, as Turbos are still not really considered collector bikes (yet). However the price curve is on the rise and we have seen some high water marks eclipsed in the last year or so. This one has an opening bid of a relatively high $18k, so it will be interesting to see how the market responds. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Turbo City Madman: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo
Derbi November 4, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 2003 Derbi GPR with Just 9 Kilometers!

Update 11.14.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Many American riders might never have even heard of the Derbi brand, let alone ridden one. Thankfully the RSBFS faithful are not those riders, and can genuinely appreciate the rarity and fun this little 50cc bad motor scooter represents. Based in Barcelona, Spain, the Derbi inception goes way back to 1922. Like most smaller European makes of this era it all started with bicycles, leading to powered bicycles, which in turn led to fully fledged motorcycles. In fact the name Derbi is a nod to that history – Derivats de Bicycletas – meaning derivations in bicycling. While Debi is a brand name, the manufacturer is actually Nacional Motor S.A.U, which itself is now a Spanish subsidiary of Piaggio (as of the early 2000s). All clear?

From the seller:
Selling from my collection, yours to enjoy.
I sold these Derbi’s years ago, kept one of only 12 of this model imported into Canada in 2001.
Has never been registered to a buyer, original NIVIS form included.
I would think this is the only one like this in existence in private hands globally.
Youichi UI World Derbi Championship poster board included
Serious buyer only please.

Derbi has a long history of winning races and championships in the smaller classes. Outside of the Unites States, small bore racing is a real thing, and throughout the 1970s and 1980s Derbi was a dominant championship winner – until the demise of the class as a GP-sanctioned event. Therefore this little GPR has some real racing DNA under the skin. And the specs are there to prove it: A race-bred frame designed and built by Cagiva, housing a Derbi-built single cylinder, liquid cooled two stroke screamer (estimate approx 9 HP stock), a six-speed transmission, trick upside down forks, lightweight wheels and big brakes (for the displacement, anyway). Dry weight should be in the 230-ish range, with a top speed of about 70 MPH. We do not see these wonderful motorcycles often here on RSBFS, much less a never-been-registered example with a claimed NINE kilometers. Located in Canada. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 2003 Derbi GPR with Just 9 Kilometers!
Honda October 17, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1997 Honda VFR750F!

Update 10.17.2021: SOLD IN ONE DAY to an RSBFS Reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

Seller testimonial:

Hey Dan just wanted to let you know I got a bunch of guys (legitimate) called today 1st day on your site. Receiving a deposit shortly. People all over the country. I had somewhat little response on cycletrader for the week it’s been on there. Kudos! I’m relatively new to raresprtbikesforsale so I wasn’t sure how it would go but clearly you have a lot of followers. And you wrote the article up real nice too which helps. Thanks again.

If you have a bike for sale that would benefit from this kind of exposure, contact us for a Featured Listing. -dc

The Honda VFR750F is an icon. Through 10+ years of constant production, evolution and improvement, the VFR gained notoriety for doing everything well. This is not a bike that just ticks one of the “most” buckets; it is not the cheapest, it is not the lightest, it is not the most powerful, it is not the most race-like, it is not the fastest. But for those that actually prefer to ride, the VFR has been a constant companion offering good looks, great performance and legendary reliability. From the clean sheet beginnings way back in 1986, the VFR steadily improved to what can only be considered as close to motorcycling perfection as possible.

Featured Listing – 1997 Honda VFR750F

The VF line was born around the V-4 engine configuration. And while the earliest of the VFs utilized a timing chain to invoke the 4 valves per cylinder, the evolution quickly moved to uber-reliable gear driven cams such as are found on the RC30 and RC45 racers. The same goes for the race-bred single-sided swingarm, as well as the aluminum, twin-spar frame. And if you cannot see a profile resemblance to the famous NR750 perhaps you need to check your pulse. But the VFR is not a racer – it has all of the DNA necessary to become so, but it knows its place in the world as an incredibly capable all-rounder. Devoid of the “character” flaws of other exotics that require the rider to make concessions, the VFR can commute, canyon carve, rip it up at a track day, and take you to points far and away as a sport tourer. I challenge you to name any other platform that has this breadth of capability.

From the seller:
Mint condition, close to museum quality, vfr 750. Brand new Dunlop tires. 18,250 miles. Oil changed 3 months ago with amsoil full synthetic 10/40. Oil has about 800/1k miles on it as do the tires. Bone stock not a single thing modified. Only things not original are tires, battery and gold chain. Bike starts up instantly, choke works perfectly. The bike idles perfect. Runs strong as new. It’s apparent to me by the condition of the bike that it was well maintained in every way since new. Turn key bike that needs nothing. I ride the bike casually on nice days, miles may increase a little. Bike comes with a cover. Stored in my garage and not ever driven in bad weather. Please call if interested 856-405-7830. I’m not answering emails. The towel under the center stand is there to protect my new garage floor from being scraped. The bike has no leaks at all.

Asking Price: $5,500

For just a touch over 8 grand the 1997 you could walk into a showroom and ride out on what is arguably the best motorcycle of all time (don’t take my word for it – check out how often the Interceptor has shown up on annual “best of” lists). But given its less rare status as a mass-marketed UJM, the market has yet to come back around to equalizing value for money. That makes the last era of the VFR750F – such as today’s Featured Listing – an outright bargain in the used bike market. This is really the pinnacle of Honda engineering and quality, at a price well below that of comparable bikes. With the capabilities of more modern bikes without the confusing and annoying electronic gadgetry, this is as pure as riding can get.

Today’s 1997 Honda VFR750F Featured Listing is a pristine example of the breed. Obviously well cared for, this bike has traveled fewer than 800 miles per year on average. And it looks the part. Check out how clean this bike appears, despite the 24 years that have passed since it first sat in a showroom. Stone stock the way Honda intended, the plastics look flawless. There is no corrosion on the wheels, the forks, or the brake/clutch master cylinder reservoirs (common areas to show weather-induced flaws). No fender hack here, no Pep Boys shorty turn signals, no superfluous stickers, no color-tinted windscreen, no flashy loud pipe – nothing that the engineers and assembly line personnel at Honda did not fit to the bike. That is clearly worth the price of admission, as finding these models in this sort of condition is not easy. If you are looking for a neo classic – a bike that will age gracefully, ride comfortably and last forever, make a deal. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing – 1997 Honda VFR750F!
Benelli October 14, 2021 posted by

Into the Great Unknown: 2008 Benelli TRE-K 1130

The history of famed motorcycle marque Benelli goes back to Italy in early 1911. Throughout the years, through ups and downs, Benelli produced an incredible array of smaller bikes and highly technical smaller capacity racing machines (including a supercharged 250cc inline four), not to mention the famous models such as the Tornado and the ground-breaking six-cylinder SEI 750 and 900. Interrupted by WWII and a contributor to the rebuilding of post-war Italian manufacturing, Benelli changed hands several times over the decades, including fits and starts through the late 1990s. The turn of the century brought new owners, this time Qianjiang Motor Group from China, which was subsequently acquired by Geely Holding Group (which incidentally owns other brands such as Volvo). With offices still in Italy, Benelli soldiers on and continues to create some stunning models.

2008 Benelli TRE-K 1130 for sale on eBay

The Tre-K 1130 is pretty much the last of the big Benellis at heart. This uses the same 123 horsepower 1130 triple that had been used successfully in the Tornado Tre 1130 sport bike and the TNT 1130 (Tornado Naked Tre) muscle cruiser. The difference here is in the packaging – rather than a sport bike or naked, the “Kay” is another take on a Tiger or Multistrada. And while the adventure bike styling says “go anywhere” the reality is you are looking at a 450+ pound street bike with upright seating and moderate wind protection. All good things, but a BMW GS this is not.

From the seller:
Bought this Benelli 3/2012 from New Haven Powersports with 3K miles. So the last 9 years I put 16K miles on the odometer. I’m 62 and really just cruise it around CT, I don’t think I’ve gone over 6K rpm just to much power for me. Only walked home once when the stock battery died, I replaced it with a Shoria. Everything works, very reliable and well cared for. Last summer I pulled the gas tank and replaced the spark plugs. The old plugs looked the same as the new ones…but you know when the book says its time its time. This summer the kick stand bolt broke and the entire bike collapsed on my left ankle, the left mirror broke and the silver plastic body piece near the gas tank took a bad scratch. I’d have my autobody guy fix it but rather leave it to the new owner. Top bidders please contact me with pick up or ride away plan. If anyone would like to the see the bike or have any questions feel free to contact me

The Benelli Tre-K is definitely a unique offering from a not-so-well-known manufacturer. The three cylinder engine is a jewel, and by moving the radiator to a conventional location (unlike side mounts on the TNT, or in the rear in the case of the Tornado), cooling and reliability improved. With ergos to match the waves of low RPM torque and the promise that you will not see yourself on every street corner due to the rarity of the model, this is an exotic platform built to pile on the miles. And today’s example has done just that, showing nearly 19,000 on the clock. That is probably the best statement a seller can make, as little proves how good a bike is than the miles traveled.

Located in Connecticut, this super rare bird has only a few bids at time of writing, and sits just over $3k with a reserve firmly in place. There are days to go, so it will be interesting to see where this one ends up. And if you end up as high bidder, it will be interesting to see where this comfortable cruiser with a sport bike soul will take you. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Honda September 27, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 2006 Honda RS125R GP Racer!

Update 9.27.2021: SOLD IN JUST 4 DAYS to an RSBFS Reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

If you have a bike for sale that would benefit from this kind of exposure, contact us for a Featured Listing. -dc

There are sport bikes, there are track day bikes, and then there are full on GP racers. Today’s stunning Featured Listing is one of the latter. In fact, this RS125R represents the final build of the Honda 125cc two stroke bikes before the GP world turned to four strokes. And unlike some privateer machines which have been run hard, crashed often, rebuilt and thrashed again, this example is clean, complete, and rash free. If you are looking for that perfect man cave centerpiece, or if you fancy yourself some Valentino Rossi moves at your next track day or club racing event, you just might want to check this out. When you compare a kitted out street bike set up for the track, this 2006 Honda RS125 will stop quicker, handle better, and basically run rings around most non-race bikes for the same amount of coin.

From the seller:
Last of an era. About the model..
Factory HRC RS125R Grand Prix racer. These bikes ended production in 2004 but were assembled and sold until 2009. The bill of sale I have lists this example as 2006. It was superseded in 2010 by the NSF250R which was largely the same save for the 250cc four stroke engine and beefier swing arm. Overall power was down on the 250 compared to the 125CC but torque was up, so was weight…

SPECS
bhp 45
Weight 158lbs dry (yes you read that right)
Fuel 100 octane minimum

More from the seller:
Hello, you are viewing the last factory production two stroke Grand Prix road race motorcycle Honda ever made. These ended production in 2004 and were assembled and sold until sometime in 2009 without changes. It has a 125cc engine that makes 45hp and total bike weight of 158lbs dry. It requires premix fuel of 100 octane minimum. The engine was fully rebuilt at the end of its last racing season prior to my ownership. The only non-factory items are a VHM head, Moto Tassinari V Force reed valve, and Ceramic Wheel bearings. The bike is fully safety wired, and spares are readily available through several vendors in the USA.

I purchased this bike from a local dealership owner several years ago. His son had campaigned it briefly in the USGPRU series before outgrowing it and moving on to 600’s. As you can imagine being owned by a dealer it has been professionally maintained. I can see no evidence that has ever been down. It has been properly stored on display by its two included stands in a heated garage. The included stands are an OEM rear, and Battle Factory Front. This is the nicest RS I have seen in the US that is not still new in the crate. If your intent is to collect, display and occasionally fire it up its good to go. If you plan to track day or race it competitively you will need a new set of tires, as the Dunlop slicks that are on it though brand new, are at least seven years old.

More from the seller:
The extent of my ownership has been display and yearly warming up, function checks, then back to storage.
I would consider there to be two flaws on this entire bike, one the OEM windscreen has a crack which was drilled to stop the spread, and is missing a chip in upper left the corner, two it has a quarter sized hole in the upper fairing where the front stand was incorrectly placed into the bottom of the steering head, which fell off and punched through. This is not visible from above. If your seriously interested I can provide more specific pictures or schedule a time to view this piece of history in person. My price is negotiable in person within reason. I would work with you if you wished to ship it within the USA at your expense. A bill of sale will be provided as these motorcycles were never issued titles. Bring a gallon of VP C12 if you want a ride!

Asking Price: $8,000

The Honda RS125R is a pretty special machine. A factory-built racer intended for the sharp end of the GP grid, the RS125R was a weapon in the hands of heroes such as current stars Andrea Divizioso and Tom Luthi, or past multi-time winners like Dani Pedrosa and Loris Capirossi. Today these bikes are relatively rare (especially in this condition), collectable, and yet still very usable. The aftermarket has taken care of the concerns regarding spares, meaning that this is artwork you can fire off in anger a few times a year without fear of irreparable damage. And as the seller states, being previously owned by a Honda dealer certainly helped with the current condition and setup. For an asking price of only $8k you get history, speed, and a seductive silhouette – a bargain even before you fire it up! Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing – 2006 Honda RS125R GP Racer!
KTM September 25, 2021 posted by

Double Boom KaToom: KTM RC8 times two!

When the flash flood of ultra-rare and highly collected models at auction dries up, RSBFS attentions turn to unique and under-represented specimens such as today’s underrated KTM RC8. While the top of the line R model offers greater performance and rarity (for a price), the RC8 still offers striking good looks (if you’re into angular design language) and more than respectable performance in a package you simply do not find very often. Post 2010 all RC8 models were R bikes. Given that KTM has completely pulled out of the Superbike world – both in the showroom as well as the racetrack – these bikes are only going to become more coveted. As luck would have it, there are two different RC8 examples available right now to compare and contrast, so let’s jump into it!


Bike #1: 2011 KTM RC8 – 29,503 miles

Built between 2008 and 2015, the RC8 went through a few iterations during its time. The original prototypes were 990cc V-twins, then iterated to 999cc V-4, before KTM settled on the now famous 75 degree, 1190 designation (actual displacement 1148cc for the base, and 1195cc for the R spec), fuel injected V-twin mill. Some of this had to do with competition; KTM paired with Ducati to lobby the SBK powers that be to allow for bigger twins to compete against the current crop of fours. Hence, shortly after the introduction, KTM was in the deep end of the WSBK pool, swimming with the sharks. For the buying public, the RC8 represented an all-new, scratch built motorcycle specifically tailored for performance. The specs are pretty special: 155 HP, thanks to four valve heads, Keihin fuel injection with 52mm throttle bodies and dry sump lubrication (with no fewer than 3 oil pumps!). The R models post 2010 upped the spec considerably with more displacement and bigger ponies (170). The chassis took a KTM-interpreted page from the Ducati trellis frame approach, with a series of short, straight sections of chrome moly tubing and an aluminum subframe. WP suspension appears on both ends, and is fully adjustable. In fact, nearly everything about the RC8 is adjustable, ensuring that nearly any size rider can find a fitment that offers comfort and control once on board this 406 pound missile.

From the seller:
This 2011 KTM RC8 is an original. The owner has had it for 4 years. The vehicle runs great and is mainly used for weekend rides. Super Rare* 2011 KTM RC8R. Not for beginners, it’s a torque monster with a vtwin engine. It’s a Guaranteed attention getter at any even or ride. Priced to sell!!

Positive
Has new shinko tires,
new oil and oil filter,
The fuel pump was also rebuilt prior to this season
New featherweight lithium battery that still has warranty on it.
The plastic fuel quick release line has been up graded to the metal one.
new quick release fuel cap/door.
It has sato racing frame sliders.
Never been laid down on the street.
Starts right up and ready to ride.

Negatives
windscreen is dull, previous owner clean with wrong chemicals
custom exhaust melted bottom fairings and a few blemishes (all can be seen in photos).

Picture wise, there is really not much to say. Most of the photos do not contain enough precise detail to determine exact condition. I’m not a big fan of the added on stickers, but there is nothing to suggest that they are hiding anything. Clearly the seller has spent some time detailing the bike, as is evidenced by the photos. No shot of the command center and unique gauge stack, although the eBay advert lists the mileage as 29,503. That is pretty significant mileage for such a rare beast. It also sports some mods, including an unnamed exhaust and a tail tidy-up kit. On one hand it’s great to see these things ridden, on the other hand a collector would undoubted look for something closer to stock and fewer miles. But a collector would likely be looking for either an early RC8R or the last model year in the first place, making this more of a great rider option. Pricing is curious on these bikes, as they are bit of a no-man’s land due to infrequent sales and being lost in the gray area of unique but not on collector lists (and hence not appreciating… yet). Seller is asking $7,500 Buy It Now, and is open to offers. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!


Bike #2: 2014 KTM RC8 – 997 miles

The second bike for your consideration is another RC8, however this one is a newer model year and features a slightly different graphics package with the black lowers. Graphics aside, there is not too much to change between the earlier RC8 and one a few years later. Same great thumping engine, same WP suspension, etc. Perhaps the biggest change was a tweaking of the fuel injection to lessen the on/off throttle response, as well as the introduction of a slipper clutch. Otherwise you are looking at a newer – maybe more evolved – but not substantially different motorcycle.

From the seller:
This 2014 KTM RC8 is an original. This is offered for sale by the original owner. The vehicle runs great and is mainly used for weekend rides.

Bike rides like brand new. Barely driven. I am entering my 50s and not able to ride crotch rockets anymore. Have 1 other bike on eBay auto for the same reason. Rear brake light is not working. And missing a mirror on right side of bike. Bike was never laid down. I walked by it and broke the mirror. Matching leather motorcycle jacket from London, barely worn, XL for $500.

This bike has not seen many miles, but does sport a little bit of damage that is worthy of further investigation. The seller notes that the mirror was broken when he ran into it – which may well be the case. Potential buyers should shop for a spare, as the mirror stalks also contain the front turn signals, making them a bit pricey. There is also some paint/graphics damage on the right hand side of the fairing, with the stickers showing some bubbling. This looks like it could be the result of a brake fluid spill during service (conjecture on my part), because it does not really appear to be impact damage. No clear indication as to the brake light switch; perhaps some of our RC8-knowledgeable readers can chime in on if that is a common failure point. I really like that it has low, low miles, but it’s a shame that this example will need some replacement pieces before being considered mint. This bike is being offered for the nice, round sum of $15,695 in a Buy It Now format, with the seller open to offers. You can check out all of the details here.


If I was in the market for one of these big, rare KTM superbikes what would I look at? All are super rare R models (although in the end that was all you could get – other than a track version). That being said, pricing for R models is on the rise, and the capability of even the base earlier RC8s is impressive. Of the two bikes listed here, the second one with low miles would be my first choice for investigation, however there is a nearly $8200 price difference between the two of them. That is a LOT of cash. Still, I would be tempted to learn more about Bike #2 in order to ascertain the true condition, and work on a valid offer based on what was found. Any way you look at it, the big KTM makes for a wildly radical departure from the standard fare. Good Luck!!


Post script:
While prepping for this post, one of the RC8R examples featured on these pages was relisted. With 12,000-ish miles and in semi-modified condition, the seller is asking $10,500 – see it here. For those who are interested, the RC8R featured different graphics, a bigger motor (1148cc vs 1195cc) that has a lightweight, titanium valve train, and peaks out at a massive 170 crankshaft HP. Suspension is still WP, brakes are still Brembo but the RC8R comes in lighter, faster, and far more rare than the base model RC8.

MI

Double Boom KaToom: KTM RC8 times two!
Yamaha September 11, 2021 posted by

California Dreaming: 1985 Yamaha RZ350

Today’s find is a rare and wonderful thing. Not only is it a fantastic Yamaha RZ350 in classic racing colors, it also appears to be completely stock and original. And this is the funny bit here – in that this is perhaps the rarest of the RZ350s, given that this is an original California model. When released this would have been the heaviest and potentially most choked up model due to the additional EVAP canisters and extra-stringent emissions rules. But today the stock bits that made the RZ350 C.A.R.B. compliant in California are all but unobtainable – making this bike such a rare example of originality.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

The tech used to make the RZ350 50-state legal was substantial, but rather well known in automotive circles. Since we all know (and love) the blue smoke that emanates from a two-stroke, it should come as no surprise that the smoke is unburned hydrocarbons from the oil mixed in the gas. The oil is necessary to lube the bottom end, as two strokes do not have a crankcase full of oil. Additionally, two strokes have very dirty exhaust gas as some of the intake charge goes right out the exhaust port at the best of times. The smoky exhaust is evidence of greenhouse gas and particulate matter that are two major causes of pollution – which, in LA at least, caused a horrible brown haze that blanketed the valley and persisted throughout the year. By introducing catalytic converters into the heavy exhaust pipes, Yamaha sought to burn off some of the excess fuel ejected by the cylinders. The converters required an additional air bleed to aid in burning, which is some of the additional exhaust tubing (and reason why expansion chambers are the #1 performance mod made to these bikes). In California there is the added fun of the evaporative canister, which aims to capture any escaping fuel vapors. This is why CA bikes have a veritable spaghetti bowl of rubber tubing out of the tank. This was a lot of work for Yamaha, and the complexity meant that CA was a one year only bike.

From the seller:
Here is your chance to own one of the cleanest, unrestored Yamaha RZ 350s out there.

The Good:
– Darn near showroom new
– 11,000 miles, but you would believe me if I said 3,000 miles
– Body work (9.5/10)
– Has never been repainted
– Frame paint is close to mint
– Never been dropped
– Bolt plating looks factory new
– Forks look new
– Wheels look new
– Stock pipes are mint, no scrapes or scratches
– No rust in the gas tank
– All original decals, even on the gas tank and gas cap
– California RZ so it has the extra smog canister
– Motor has never been out of the bike
– Comes with its original tool kit
– Still has the rubber headlight gasket
– On original top end
– Runs fantastically

More from the seller:
The Bad:
– Bit of wear on the handlebars from tie downs and the key on the ring
– A little paint coming off the right hand brake caliper and brake master
– Rubber piece that goes around the fairing is kind of dry and needs some glue

The Neutral:
– The owner before me had cleared the side covers, front fender, and fairing years ago because he wanted it to match the tank better

More from the seller:
Please look at the pictures to see how clean this bike really is. I included a photo with the fairing swung down so you can see how clean it is underneath. I know there are cheaper RZs out there, but they aren’t as clean or original as this one.

So there you have it. What was likely the least desirable RZ when new due to the additional emissions equipment has turned into a time capsule and an ultra rare offering today. This bike looks far, far better than a 36 year old motorcycle should, especially when you consider some of the more, um, well-used examples seen on these pages recently. The price reflects the condition and originality, with an auction already above $8k (reserve not met) and a Buy It Now of $16,500. It will be interesting to see how high the bidding goes on this California special. You can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

California Dreaming:  1985 Yamaha RZ350