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Ducati March 10, 2022 posted by

Strada-rific: 1992 Ducati 851

Last Friday RSBFS posted a glorious Ducati 851 SP2. Today’s find – while only a plain-Jane 851 Strada (which actually displaces a true 851cc), is no less a fantastic machine, is offered at a MUCH lower price, and is itself a worthy object of our drool.

1992 Ducati 851 for sale on Cycle Trader

In 1992 the 851 Strada (or street bike) was the base model in Ducati’s Superbike lineup. That provided an entry point into the liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 4-valve Desmo performance category, but still allowed for two-up seating and – at least from a capacity perspective – room to grow. 1992 was a transitional year for the Superbike model, with both the 851 and 888 sharing the stage. Ducati had already homologated the 888 engine in the 851 SP2, and therefore the mid-tier and top tier Superbikes were branded with the mark of the triple-8. The final year for the 851, 1992 also represented perhaps the most refined example of the breed. Much was known about the model at this time, aftermarket parts were plentiful, and reliability was (for a high-strung Italian supermodel) superb.

From the seller:
Ducati 851, iconic bike recently serviced, in great condition part of my collection up for sale

Not a ton of detail on this one, but the pictures show a properly outfitted man cave and other Ducati Superbike siblings in the mix. There is some difference between the pics, whereby one shows a smoked windscreen and carbon front mudguard, while the others show a stock 851 with the proper stock pieces in place. The exhaust cans have been replaced, but no details on brand. Serious buyers might wish to enquire as to what state of bike will be delivered and if stock parts are still available. We typically see bikes of this nature on the likes of eBay or BaT – however this particular example is listed on Cycle Trader. You can check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Strada-rific: 1992 Ducati 851
Ducati March 4, 2022 posted by

Understated: 1990 Ducati 851 SP2

The Ducati 851 as a general model launched the Italian manufacturer into WSBK super stardom. Instantly competitive on the racetrack, the 851 began a run of championship titles and spawned a new line of track-worthy superbikes for Bologna (a trend that continues in both WSBK and MotoGP to this day). The 851 started it all by ushering in a new era of liquid cooling, 4-valve desmo heads and fuel injection, all wrapped in the instantly recognizable trellis frame. But today’s bike, a rare SP2 model, started yet another Ducati trend by upping the ante from the standard Strada base model and introducing a larger capacity engine under the covers: the mighty 888. Sure, the bodywork says 851, but this was no ordinary 851.

1990 Ducati 851 SP2 for sale on eBay

While the triple 8 bowed in showrooms alongside the base 851 in 1992, the top spec 851 already proved the value of the motor in 1990. And by stuffing the bigger motor in the 851-branded bike, the SP model allowed for homologation – and therefore became a valid entry in WSBK competition (won in 1990 by Raymond Roche). The SP2 was more than just an 851 with a bigger (better) motor. The transmission more closely resembled the close-ratio unit found on the 851 Superbike Kit update, suspension was upgraded to higher quality Ohlins units front and rear, front brakes were upgraded to cast iron floating rotors, and the single seat tail section was suspended by an aluminum subframe. All told, the dual injector 888 roared and snarled its way to a stout 115 HP.

From the seller:
You are bidding on a 1990 Ducati 851 SP2 it is estimated that Ducati only produced 400-425 units of the SP2 model, this is example is #390. Throughout the run of the 851 and 888 Ducati released five special production runs designed for homologation purposes; The second model (SP2) was introduced in 1990 and came equipped with the legendary 888 engine, fuel injection, and Ohlins suspension. The SP2 was also equipped with many other special model features, below this description I have listed all of the special features the SP2 models were equipped with. This particular 851 SP2 model is in all original condition with the exception of the Termignoni exhaust pipes, and has an exceptionally low 6526 kilometers (4059miles) on the odometer. But please feel free to read more about the specifics of this bike and look at the pictures for verification.

More from the seller:
All of the body panels are in excellent condition, there no cracks or any paint nicks anywhere. The white frame does have some very faint cracking from age but no major chips. Overall the motorcycle is a 9.5 out of 10 cosmetically. Mechanically the bike runs and rides perfect, there are no oil leaks anywhere and all of the engine paint is in good condition. All of the electrical components work as they should; lights, blinkers, horn, speedo, tach, temp gauge, all work properly. The bike just had a full service tune up so mechanically everything was inspected and replaced if necessary with original Ducati parts.

When new – and if you could find one – you would expect to pay just on the other side of 20 large bills (MSRP) for an SP2. Today the market remains strong for these remarkable rarities; especially one as clean and low mileage as today’s find. Prospective bidders should note the lack of a 17 digit VIN, indicating this is an imported bike; the Veglia speedo is marked for KMH only. For states with a 25-year rule, registration is likely possible – but buyers are cautioned to do research for your own locale. And registration is important, as who wouldn’t want to fire up this bad boy and do the needful? Check out all of the details here, as bidding has been aggressive and the reserve still in place at $18k. Good Luck!!

MI

Understated: 1990 Ducati 851 SP2
Yamaha March 2, 2022 posted by

Show Me Indeed: 1988 Yamaha FZR400

You’ve got to love a state that just throws it right out there. Missouri, the Show Me state, is also home to this pretty little 1988 Yamaha FZR400. Legally available in the US when new, the Fizzer 400 is one of the more coveted small bikes seen on these pages. Far more rare than the 600cc bigger brother, the FZR400 combines light weight, a willing-to-rev inline four and razor-sharp handling that makes for a fantastic track bike or canyon carver for those of a certain stature.

1988 Yamaha FZR400 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1988 Yamaha FZR400 – RARE, RUNNING & GOOD CONDITION
16731 miles. Clean title in hand.

This bike is near St Charles, MO at my mechanic.
Runs very well….see videos below in description. Great rider or possible track bike.

This bike was just serviced with fresh engine oil and filter, new spark plugs, carburetor O-rings, and fuel lines. The carbs were also rebuilt and had an ultrasonic cleaning. Keep in mind this is a used, rare bike and will require additional detailing to be perfect.

The bike currently has aftermarket fairings that are in nice condition. The ORIGINAL tail, lowers, mid and an additional tank are included with this sale. These are used and in varying conditions, please see photos.

New Zero Gravity windscreen & extra OEM lowers (one needs work) will be included at BIN price.

The seller has included a few videos of this particular bike, helping us to assess the condition:



With one bid at $4,200 and the BIN set at $5,500, these little gems are still firmly in the affordable category of rare. This particular example has over 16,000 miles and replacement bodywork, which is not uncommon. Sadly, OEM replacement skins are about as rare as the proverbial hens teeth, but the seller notes the originals plus some additional pieces come with the bike under the BIN number. Many FZR400s found their way to the race track; if this concerns you, look for evidence of safety wiring on the oil drain plug and brake calipers. The included photos are not enough to make that determination, but questions to the seller can help clarify. Otherwise, these are relatively bullet proof and tons of fun. This looks like a great rider for those that like to put miles on their bikes. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Show Me Indeed: 1988 Yamaha FZR400
Honda March 1, 2022 posted by

All The Torques: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo

Straight out of Tron came an interesting offramp in the history of motorcycle performance development. The early 1980s were highlighted by many advances and technological achievements, but few were as glorious as the turbo. All four Japanese motorcycle manufacturers jumped on the boosted bandwagon, certain that this was the Next Big Thing. Marketing and graphics were all about the Turbo (or TURBO, or Turbo!, or even obruT in Suzuki’s case), with the race not necessarily being who could build the better or faster bike, but rather who could cram more Turbo badges on their vehicle. Honda, in their race to over-engineering everything, definitely won the battle of the badges. But this offramp turned out to be a mere cul-de-sac, and with a whoosh the Turbo era was over before most of the bikes were even sold.

1983 Honda CX650 Turbo for sale on eBay

Of the era, the 1983 Honda CX650 was perhaps the most refined of the Turbo machines. The only bike to enjoy a 2nd generation, the 1983 model differed substantially from the previous year’s CX500, and was overall more rideable and predictable. But the CX650 highlighted much of what was wrong with this direction in boosted power; it was big, heavy, complex and frightfully expensive in comparison to normally aspirated machines of similar (or better) performance. And while the CX650 Turbo is still known as the roll-on-king – showcasing its ability to produce substantial power at lower RPMs for highway-friendly acceleration – the market has yet to appreciate what these bikes are all about. They are rare because they did not sell. They did not sell because they were odd, and the tradeoff in oddity did not equate to performance. Despite the rarity in numbers, these bikes fizzle on the collector side. Market value is part rarity (supply), and a large part irrational lust. The heart wants what the heart wants, and at the moment the buying hearts want RC30s, OW-01s, Gammas, RZs and early Ducati superbikes. But not Turbos.

From the seller:
WOW! NO RESERVE! Might consider an early strong offer for serious buyers (simply contac me), so this is your rare chance! Its the rarely seen for sale ever one year only 1983 Honda CX650 TURBO !. The holy grail here guys, not seen often for sale, known as arguably “the most collectable honda of all time”. Very nice cond, starts right up, everything works as it should, OEM mirrors included (see last pic) aprox 26K miles, always California. runs and rides amazing! Get it today,

I empathize with the seller here. Despite the hyperbole, the CX650 Turbo probably should be one of the holy grail bikes in terms of numbers. But numbers do not tell the whole story. And even though they *are* quite rare, we do see decent examples pop up for sale now and again. The market as a whole is moving upward, thanks to a combination of slowly emerging from the pandemic and emerging from winter. That means riding season is upon us, that that always drives the frenzy of bidding. But we do not often find such frenzy with this particular niche of bikes.

This particular CX650 looks to be in decent shape – but it is difficult to determine critical details with the low-res photography and video. By all counts the bike does look complete, which is a plus. Seller notes that the original OEM mirrors are included; it is possible they were changed out to allow the rider a view other than one’s own shoulders. Mileage is more than we usually expect to see, but these CX motors are robust, and the strengthening added to the bottom end means that these are not fragile, mechanical nightmares. The ask here is pretty big, somewhat commensurate with all of the rising market rates, but maybe too early to be this high for a Turbo? Can’t blame a seller for trying, but interested to see where this takes us for the model. Do you think the odd Turbo bikes will ever become valued for their rarity, or will these always lag the collector market? Check out all of the details here, and then jump to the comments and share your thought on Turbos. Good Luck!!

MI

All The Torques: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo
Yamaha February 25, 2022 posted by

Inflation: 1985 Yamaha RZ350

The collector world is on a tear. After years of pandemic caution, the floodgates are open and trading has resumed with gusto. With that activity comes excitement, renewed interest in classic models, and the commensurate rise in pricing. Yes, values are going up; and that is not just conjecture. As Blair, Tootie, Jo and Natalie will tell you, it’s the facts of life. At the sharp end of the market shift is the RZ350. Always popular with readers and riders, the RZ350 highlights the post-pandemic collecting frenzy with $20k + auction results as proof. As a result, we are seeing more and more RZs on the market, with all sellers looking to ride the pricing wave.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

Rather than regurgitate the same details and specs of the RZ, let’s highlight some model differences and what makes a collector bike a collector bike. We have seen a TON of lesser quality examples in the past, and even these are enjoying a pricing boost. But the $20k and above examples need to be clean, low mileage and *original* specimens. With the RZ350, the opening performance surgery to be done was to drop the heavy and restrictive catalytic converter mufflers and replace them with a lightweight set of performance expansion chambers. This required some upstream changes in the form of air filter and jetting. Often the oil pump was disengaged or completely removed, reducing parasitic mechanical drag and forcing the bike to run on pre-mix. Heads could be milled for greater compression, ports could be massaged, bores could be increased. All of this boosts HP, and all have a serious impact on long-term values for collectors.

From the seller:
This is my 1985 Yamaha RZ 350 that is unrestored and original right down to its Yokohama tires that it rolled out of the showroom on! Seriously a quality Museum motorcycle, It has 2694 miles on it and has not been ridden since 1987! Original unused tool kit in tail section, I have the two original keys one on a Kenny Roberts key fob from Modesto, CA. It also has a Kenny Roberts license plate frame! This RZ was purchased at Kenny Roberts Yamaha in Modesto, Ca.! I have the original manuals and a Brochure.. I have a clean California title in my name, It has been non-popped since 1990… Very Collectable and definitely a quality addition to someones Man cave….

Perhaps the most rare of the RZs are the California models. CA requires additional evaporative canisters and fuel tank plumbing to minimize the environmental impacts of any internal combustion petrol engine. (Say what you want about the complexity and power-robbing functionality – but Los Angeles air is noticeably cleaner since the California Air Resource Board mandates). The CA-required pieces are often the first to cast off the bike. That raises the stakes for a CA bike that claims to be 100% original. And THAT is what makes today’s bike so interesting. A very clean 1985 model, this CA bike looks to be complete as if from the showroom, including all CA emissions equipment and stock exhaust. And with just 2,694 miles on the clock, the seller claims the tires are original as well!

A great looking, original condition California bike, I expect this particular example to pique the interest of those looking for this model in preserved condition. The seller notes that this bike has been sitting since 1987, which is echoed by the overall condition. The obvious caveat for those who want to ride the rails off of this thing is that it may require some re-commissioning in the form of a leak-down test (for crank seal condition) and tires as a starter. But that is minor work that would surely be worthwhile for an RZ in this stunning condition. Pricing is directly in line with condition, along with the 2022 premium based on past auctions and high aspirations. If the near $30k Buy It Now ask seems too high, the seller is open to offers. Check out all the details here, and then let’s sit back and watch how far the market has moved upwards on clean and pristine RZs. Good Luck!!

MI

Inflation: 1985 Yamaha RZ350
Kawasaki February 10, 2022 posted by

Special and Rare: 1985 Kawasaki KR250 GP Replica

With an appreciative nod to fellow RSBFS contributors William and Doug for the find and the post title, today brings us a bit of two stroke holy grail action: the Kawasaki KR250. Blessed with the same name as the GP race bike, the street-going KR250 shares no parts with the competition platform, yet the roots are strong, deep and unmistakable. We tend to find quarter-liter smokers from Honda, Yamaha and – to a certain extent – Suzuki on a far more regular basis as the more rare Kawasaki, making the green machine the most rare across the Big Four brands. But don’t let the lack of showroom success lull you into thinking the mean green machine was an also-ran in this category; the KR250 is every bit the equal of the more common two-stroke mob, and more!

1985 Kawasaki KR250 GP Replica for sale on eBay

The spec sheet for the KR250 calls for 249cc of tandem-twin goodness. What the heck is a tandem twin, you ask?! Unlike a parallel twin (cylinders side by side) or a v-twin (cylinders opposed at 90 degrees, typically), the tandem twin is more like a pair of 125cc engines with one mounted right behind the other. They are separate, but share a common crankcase and crank outputs are synchronized via gearing (not unlike half of a Suzuki Gamma square four). Think of this engine arrangement as having all of the width benefits of a v-twin, while also having optimal mass placement in the chassis, forward and low. Fed by two carbs breathing through rotary valves, the KR250 pumped out 45 stock ponies at 10,000 RPM.

From the seller:
Another super cool and ultra rare 2T coming out of my collection. This was a factory GP replica of Kawasaki’s 250GP racer, centered around a tandem twin cylinder two stroke with rotary valve induction and a close ratio 6 speed transmission. Top of gas tank is signed by the original designer of the bike and clear coated to preserve the signature. Also includes framed press release which is the last picture in the gallery above. This was a Japanese domestic market only release? and may be the only one in the US…or North America?

Bike has a clean and clear California title ready to sign over…whoa!

More from the seller:
Mileage stated above is converted from Kilometers on the speedo. Actual shown is 43,390km’s. Overall pretty darn clean and in great shape. I rode it a couple of hundred miles when I first got it, then fogged it and drained the tank and carb float bowls to put in my collection inside my home. Rides peppy and super lightweight.

The Bad: The bottom right aluminum silencer has some road rash underneath, but I’m suspecting that it came off another bike because I see no other rash or damage anywhere else including the peg, bodywork, etc. I do have some aftermarket Japanese hand made expansion chambers for it new in the box available for sale to the winning bidder if so desired. Remember, this is almost 40 years old and does have some mileage on it, so don’t expect a museum piece, but then again, try and find another one, especially with a CA title! These engines were well known for their extreme durability and longevity though.

More from the seller:
Compression has always felt a little low to me when kicking it over, but it always started first kick cold, but took forever to get up to full operating temperature as the cooling system is way overbuilt, like everything else on it. Starting with a low starting bid so everyone can get involved. Once there are bids, it goes to the highest bidder absolutely! I will NOT end the auction early so please do not ask “what will you take for it now” or “do you have a buy it now price”.

So here we have a *very* rare 80’s two stroke – which was a Japanese home-market only type of affair. Add to this rarity the fact that it has been imported into the United States AND has a current California title (all but impossible for mere mortals) and you have what adds up to be something that is truly special and rare. The bike itself is located in Utah, but chances are good that with that CA reg it can be moved practically anywhere. We have seen in the past the CA reg can add significantly to the value of an import, so it will be interesting to see how this one fares. Opening bid on this one is a cool $10k, but that should be a no-brainer considering the rarity and what other bikes are going for in the marketplace today. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Special and Rare: 1985 Kawasaki KR250 GP Replica
Yamaha February 9, 2022 posted by

Back in Black… and Yellow: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

Since the world appears to be going crazy with collector prices on RZ350s these days, let’s take a look at another candidate to see what is available in the market right now. The emphasis being what is in the market right now, as in what the current market will bear. And that is the maddening world of collector bikes; it makes no difference that you couldn’t give away an RZ 10 or 15 years ago, or that you could scoop up a top condition bike for under $5k. Today the market on RZ350s is pretty strong, and sellers are expecting more of the same. Thus, for your perusal, a very clean and relatively low mileage example of a 1984 RZ350, mostly unmolested save for some aftermarket Allspeed chambers (which surprisingly appear similar to the stock cans in silhouette).

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
This is a NO Hidden Reserve Auction… highest bidder will Win!

For sale from my collection is one of my most prize possessions… a 1984 Kenny Roberts Edition RZ350L with 6,134 miles! Downsizing is my motivation and if this doesn’t sell, it won’t break my heart… I know I can’t replace it as these low mile bikes are gobbled up by collectors as one of their most prize possessions.

I purchased this bike out of state in Nov.2005. Even then, low mileage bikes were hard to find. The seller said it was stored and not ridden for almost 15 years and that it was then “refreshed” at a Yamaha Dealership with the request to make it “Run Like New” (as listed on the service order). The service bill was over $1,100 and included coolant system service, carbs, brakes, fluids and complete factory adjustments and lubrication. Some of the parts included 2 new Bridgestone Battlax BT45 tires, brake parts and pads for re-build, Air Filter, Spark Plugs, Carb parts, cables and oil.

More from the seller:
Since purchase, I barely rode the bike but it rode and ran fantastic. Incredible power, handling, braking and simply crisp. Pipe is not super loud and sounds really nice. That was a very busy time for me and it wasn’t long after that I removed the tank and prepped it for storage in my climate controlled garage along with my other bikes. I have not started or rode it in years so it will need to be gone through again should the buyer decide to ride it.

The bike is completely stock with exception of the Vintage Allspeed expansion chambers, New Bridgestone tires (at the time I purchased) and brake pads.

I hope the photos speak for themselves but I think the bike is in Excellent / Very good condition for a bike of this age. There are a couple of blemishes on the tank you can see in the photos but no major dents. The blemishes are just scratches and the previous owner used touch-up paint to repair. I believe you can take this to a professional and greatly improve the appearance. The one close-up photo is the worst spot with a small nick and is ever so slightly dented about 1/16” deep not quite the size of a dime. Underside of the tank is super nice & inside of the tank is also really nice. Just flash surface rust but it has been sealed and stored empty all these years. Overall paint on the Bike is also very nice with only minor imperfections you can see in the photos. Chin spoiler has no cracks and also really nice. I included a close-up of the front fork seal areas which look like new… no nicks or corrosion and I did not notice the seals leaking any fork oil. Brakes still seem to work fine and did not stick while I moved the bike but the fluid should be replaced again. Pipes still have the original paint and there is a shallow dent in the lower part of the pipe near the foot peg you can see in the photo (pic #9).

More from the seller:
I’ve tried to show as many photos as possible even with the tank & seat removed and underside. The seat by the way is in mint condition, soft and absolutely no cracks or tears. Chrome on the rear grab bar is smooth & great.

The bike comes with the original owner’s manual, original key and a copy of the service order the previous owner gave me. It still has the original Tool Kit. No battery as it was removed for storage and gave up the ghost long ago.

If the winning bidder is interested, I have an original vintage set of Toomey Pipes in near mint condition and a very nice Black / Yellow Corbin “Gunfighter ” Seat I will offer for purchase after the sale. I prefer to keep them both but will offer only if the Winning Bidder is interested.

The pictures show a very clean example of the RZ; used for 6,000 miles and change, but certainly does not appear abused. Corrosion and weathering is minimal, and while there is the noted mar on the tank, the rest of the bike looks to be much like it came from the showroom. This No Reserve auction has a starting price of $12,500 – which is actually pretty reasonable given the condition and market craziness. The last RZ we posted (here) has been bid up to just under $12k at time of writing, with a BIN of $18,500. This bike starts at $12,500 with no reserve, and $15k is very likely given recent pricing trends. You don’t have to love the bull market if you are a buyer, but what do you think of the bike? Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Back in Black… and Yellow: 1984 Yamaha RZ350
Honda February 5, 2022 posted by

Pictures don’t do it justice: 2005 Honda RC51

In a long line of homologation race machines, the Honda RC51 stands out as a unique accomplishment. Ever the engineering powerhouse, Honda played with the rule book and utilized a Me Too philosophy to break the Ducati juggernaut in WSBK by developing a Japanese take on the Italian machine. Since twin-cylinder machines had a distinct displacement advantage over four cylinder bikes in World Superbike competition, Honda dropped two cylinders off of the 750cc V-4 RC45 and reimagined the 999cc RC51 as a twin. The result? Instant win in the same year it arrived thanks to Colin Edwards, and a second championship two years later. The buying public won too – the RC51 made for a fantastic street bike, and graced showrooms from 2000 – 2006.

2005 Honda RC51 for sale on eBay

As with most of Honda’s attempts at homologation, the RC51 is a beast of a bike: The 90 degree vee twin is liquid cooled and breathes through a combination of four valve heads with dual overhead camshafts, and fed with two fuel injectors per cylinder to aid top end performance while maintaining better low rev throttle response. The big twin’s power runs though a silky-smooth six-speed box that is geared more for track days than stop and go traffic. The chassis tightly wraps the narrow motor in an allow twin-beam arrangement, carefully tuned for feel through testing and competition (WSBK and AMA Superbike, to name but two). Big 43 mm forks up front are multi-adjustable, as is the Pro-Link suspension out back; just what you might expect from a racer. All that adds up to a 136 HP, 430 pound, 170 mph rocket ship. The fact that trophies followed the RC51’s introduction is certainly no surprise.

From the seller:
This is at the time the cleanest, lowest mileage, newest RC51 available for sale in the country. Adult owned its entire life, I am the second owner. It has been maintained professionally and runs perfectly, brakes are at approximately 40%, The exterior is in excellent shape I would give it a solid 9/10 as it is a 2005 machine, has HID headlamp, and flush mount turn signals front and rear. It has 11806 miles , motor is stock other than the amazing sounding Delkelvik exhaust system and a 240mm racing chain. I also have a rear wheel bike stand I will include as well as a smoked windscreen I have not installed as well as a power commander brand new in the box I will include with the bike. I also have the stock exhaust system I will include.

Known as the VTR1000R and VRT1000 SP1 in various markets, the RC51 has a strong following. Besides winning WSBK title with Colin Edwards in 2000 and 2002, the RC51 also won the 2002 AMA Superbike championship with Nicky Hayden (for which Honda released a commemorative edition Hayden model). There were incremental changes throughout the years for the street bike, with the latter years being more desirable as a rider due to more power, lighter weight, and better throttle response and overall rideability. This bike has 11,800 miles on the clock, and few quality pictures to truly assess the condition. But it looks good from afar and could be a winner if you are in the RC51 market. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Pictures don’t do it justice: 2005 Honda RC51