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Suzuki December 3, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: Suzuki Carbon Katana Resto-Mod!

RSBFS has long been the leader in bringing you the best classifieds found online every day. Typically we focus on rare, original machinery and stay away from bitsa bikes, rat bikes and customs. Generally we ignore anything that devalues a collector steed. But once in a while we come across a bike done so well that we feel we would be doing our readers a disservice NOT to post it. Such is the case with this incredible Katana resto-mod. Far from a whored out ‘Busa or the like, this is a tasteful build that reflects the true spirit of the 1980s – a period correct homage, if you will – while also bringing the bike up to a more current spec.

Amazing Suzuki Katana Resto-Mod for sale!

As stunning as the stock Katana was when first introduced at the cusp of the 1980s, the shape remains effective today. This was (and is) an aggressive looking motorcycle. In fact, it’s hard to believe that the Japanese farmed out the design work to a German company; regardless of how it happened, the Katana remains one of the most polarizing motorcycles of the modern era. And this build simply reinforces the amazing shape and purpose of the bike, introducing modern technology such as carbon fiber and combining updated components to the existing platform; the original clearly shines through the updates. There is so much going on with this bike, that I will leave it to the seller to help explain the details:

From the seller:
Darren Begg of dB Customs has quickly established himself as a leader in world-class restomod builds. His builds often retain the original silhouette and paint scheme of the vintage sport bike while upgrading the powerplant, suspension, brakes, and switch gear. The results are high-powered icons of yesteryear, brought fully into the modern age — the true spirit of the restomod.

More from the seller:
Ray Mancini of Xtreme Motorsports, in Tennessee, built the motor. A 1260cc 173hp (@counter shaft) (110 ft-lbs trq.) was created for this Carbon Katana. Ray used a MTC Block,Webcam cams (.370/256), long hard weld rockers, his Stage 1 ported head with 1mm oversized stainless valves, top end oiler, HD case studs, under cut transmission and a balanced crank. 10.5-1 compression pistons fed by 38mm RS Mikuni carbs and relieved by a JayGUI Racing Exhaust finish it off. A Powder coated frame, Carbon Fiber Fuel tank cover and Carbon body work sourced from Japan keep it black.

More from the seller:
The build includes Brembo brakes, Öhlins Racing AB suspension, Dynatek Electronics ignition, OZ Racing wheels. Michelin Pilot Power 2CT tires. Underbridged and modified Bandit 1200 Swingarm. Billet Triple Trees from Pulse Performance. Woodcraft Technologies rearsets, Speedcell battery, Koso gauge cluster, Yoshimura Japan Co.,Ltd. throttle and cables, GSXR 1000 controls. Rizoma Spy Bar Ends. Paint work by Sketchs Ink (all paint, no decals!). It is a one of a kind powerhouse bringing together the past and present! Titled in Arizona. Delivery available.

1980s Katanas remain a pretty hot item in the collector world. In 1981 this was the fastest street motorcycle available, bar none. But nothing introduced nearly 40 years ago can be considered in the same performance vein as anything remotely modern thanks to the inexorable march of technology. This is a bike that someone like Pops Yoshimura would have envisioned back in the day, had any of these parts been available. But this bike is more than just a sum of the parts. This phenomenal build takes the spirit and intent of the original Katana and multiplies it many times over.

There are many collectors in our ranks that own factory hot rods from a bygone age. And while in some areas these bikes can still deliver the goods, the inevitable truth is that performance benchmarks have not remained static over the years. Even something like an uber-rare oval piston NR750 will feel tame compared to today’s crop of hyper 600s. Imagine being able to ride the dream machine from your youth, but with the power (173 HP!), suspension (Ohlins), brakes (Brembo) and handling that you’ve come to expect in today’s world. That would be a true dream machine, and that is exactly what this Carbon Katana delivers. This is a one-off built by someone who did not pinch pennies; the results are obvious and the outcome is glorious. You could not replicate this for the asking price, making this both a dream AND a bargain. Check it out here, because this one will go as fast as it looks. What a build!!


Featured Listing: Suzuki Carbon Katana Resto-Mod!
Aprilia July 9, 2011 posted by

Eur-asian Mix: Aprilia RS250/ Yamaha RZ500 Hybrid

Eur-asian: Aprilia RS250/ Yamaha RZ500 Hybrid

What you are looking at here is a monster in the making. This is the nearly consumated, unholy plural marriage of Italian looks and handling, Japanese precision and perfection, and good old Yankee ingenuity. Mix them together well, add a healthy budget and let it simmer with some serious sweat equity. Once it’s baked you are looking at 100+ ponies crammed into a 250cc sized rocketship – and littered with the best of the best bits available on any continent. This is a dream in the making…

A great many of our RSBFS and CSBFS core readers pinged us on this one, so it’s great to see that you are all awake out there! I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more sano looking conversion – even if we tend not to post customized bikes here on RSBFS (April 1st posts notwithstanding). However given the subject of this customization as well as the workmanship involved, we are willing to make an exception. This is one cool looking hot rod!

From the seller:
110HP, 290LB….I built this bike over 2 years…nothing but the best went into the bike. This rs250 conversion might be the best around. I have over $30k in parts alone, not including engineering or time to do the work. 95% of all parts are brand new! Best of the best went into this bike. The build has zero miles on it. It has been started, heat cycled and driven up and down the driveway a few times to verify all works well…. re-torqued bolts etc. The tune is very rich safe…. will need a final tune at its final location. I will list the parts below:

Aprilia rs250 main frame from aprilia NEW no VIN, no title, no stamping
Aprilia rs250 swing arm from aprilia NEW
All new fasteners, bolts, bearings etc…Nothing used.

RZ based engine, 485cc
straight cut gears, billet clutch basket, slingshot lockup clutch, oil injection, over drive oil pump gear, rz transmission, billet stroker crank, TZ bearings, forged pistons, new engine cases, the whole engine is new except the trans.

New 39mm keihin PWK carbs, v force reeds, trinity cheatah power valve cylinder, removable dome heads..setup for 93 octane, RZ kick starter, RM stator with DC conversion with zero gravity lithium battery, ignitech programmable ignition. Engine is super smooth and super wide power band. I build custom two stroke bikes for my self, this one is just nasty… Tyaga stainless pipes and kevlar silencers.

New shark skins bodywork, custom fit, gloss black show paint job. All stickers are over the paint and can be removed and customized per your taste.

Custom one off LED projector hedlights…low and high beam…awsome! RSV4 rear hugger. gsxr1000 front fender matching rear hugger with gold inserts.

AIM strata digital dash, shows oil level, water temp, shift lights, twin EGT, turn signals, etc….Amazing, fully programmable.

Gilles rear sets, fully adjustable, brembro levers/masters

Gixer 1000 Ohlins road and track new forks(setup for 200lb rider), triple tree, custom bearings, rsv front rotors with custom spacers, Gixer front calipers, custom cush drive and sprocket! This allows the use of a 190 rear tire as installed. I wanted a modern look…the only aprilia 250 in the work with a 190 tire…looks amazing. Chain alignment is perfect and centered due to the custom cush. You will get all the drawings…for the custom parts stock rear rs250 shock. RSV rear master, caliper, custom rear caliper hanger.

Wheels are forged OZ and super light!

Other: >>>>
twin k&N air cleaners, thermostat custom housing, there is so much custom stuff done on this bike its hard to remember it all. LED rear turn signals, plate light, stop light, custom rear plate holder… This Bike was fully engineered to be serviced and ridden…it’s simple to take apart and work on.

Needed:>>>> Needs to be final tuned and any small issues resolved. Rear master seems a bit to strong for the light weight bike….. I would change it. The tires were used… I used them for mock up to see if the massive rear tire would clear…I left them on as they will pass inspection just fine…Once I did some more miles I was going to swap them out.

This is not a bike for someone who is not mechanically inclined….. I don’t feel any two stroke is like that…they require a person who can do the work themselves.

Please Email me with any other questions. You are welcome to come view the bike.

Pickup local, or arange shipping from your end. I am around during the day so I can help from my end but you will be responsable for shipping costs and coordination. I can empty fluids and prep bike for shipping but I cannot crate etc….

My reserve is less than the parts alone, keep that in mind when bidding! Happy bidding! The bike will come with the full build book. All electrical wiring schematics I made, parts lists, build pictures, drawings etc…

I left the sellers full commentary in the post because there is a lot to say about this bike. Check out the auction and study the pictures – the craftmanship appears to be top notch; not the usual frankenstein appearance we often see with conversions. The upside is that there are a lot of parts and pieces on this bike that more than make up for the existing auction price. The downside is that you will need to complete it and sort it out. Given the way the project looks at this stage, that may not be too daunting a task.

The Aprilia RS has long been regarded as a fantastic handling bike – but 250cc is just not enough these days! Who among us has not dreamed of liter-bike power in a 250 GP bike size? Time to wake up and smell the castor oil because one such beast is for sale today! To see all the fun and fury, click the link and jump over to the auction. Trust me, it’s worth a look!


Bimota March 8, 2011 posted by

Rare & Exotic: 2007 Bimota DB5-R

For Sale: 2007 Bimota DB5-R

For many, the DB5-R is the ultimate expression of the modern Bimota. Clean, lightweight and relatively conventional in appearance (compared to the TESI, anyway), the DB5-R is powered by the torquey Ducati 1100cc dual-spark motor. Draped in carbon fiber and sprinkled with CNC-machined alloy bits everywhere, this is a bike that you can stare at and never really see it all. This is a work of performance art.

Only Bimota can take something as overlooked as a rear hub assembly and turn it into sculpture. Drool over the chain adjustment and underslung Brembo caliper with the backdrop of that gorgeous OZ wheel.

From the seller:
MotoCorsa and Portlandusedbikes present the 2007 Bimota DB5-R at $19,999 (original MSRP of $39,999)!

Essentially a one owner bike (first owner decided to thin out his collection of Italian exotic bikes and consigned his bike with us at only 30 kilometers (18 miles). The second owner certainly road this Bimota as it was intended and enjoyed every mile (currently 2800 km…approx. 1750 miles). Never tracked but ridden at a proper pace on the street on his favorite roads in the NW.

Rest assured this Bimota was never dropped and received the highest level of service from Ducati’s #1 dealer in North America, MotoCorsa!

It’s all here: custom billet parts (top triple clamp, fork lowers, swingarm blocks, rearsets, etc), Zard racing exhaust, full carbon fiber body, carbon fiber chain guard, carbon fiber battery box, forged OZ aluminum wheels, 43mm Ohlins forks, Ohlins rear shock, Ohlins damper, exquisite paintwork, tig welded chromoly steel frame and swingarm, boundless torque from the 1078cc Desmo powerplant, SO MUCH MORE!!! This is rolling art that really works!!!

This is truly a bike that can be ridden – it has reasonable ergonomics and tremendous performance due to its light weight – and can be parked and admired. And while the seller has provided some beautiful pictures, seeing the bike in person makes an even bigger impression. Everything somehow just *works* on the DB5-R.

And well it should: When new these things went for nearly $40k! This “lightly used” example is on sale now for $19,999 OBO. This is a bit high for a pre-owned DB5-R, as we have seen new ones go out the door for similar money. Still, there is an open door to make an offer, and now would be a great time to score yourself one of these amazing machines. , and tell them RSBFS sent you. Good Luck!


Aprilia April 4, 2010 posted by

2000.5 Aprilia RSV1000 Mille R With 680 Original Miles

Continuing our trend of also sharing very low mile examples of important superbikes, we have a first year RSV in the U.S. with very low miles.  Located in Parker, Colorado is a 2000.5 Aprilia RSV1000 Mille R with 680 original miles.  The seller only states that this bike is completely original and in perfect condition.  The RSV of 1998 was Aprilia’s first foray into the large displacement, four-stroke, market after making a big impression with their 250 two-strokes.  The RSV wasn’t released into the U.S. until 2000 as a 2000.5 model.  The Mille R was an uprated model that featured fully adjustable Ohlins front and rear suspension, forged aluminum OZ wheels, a monoposto setup with a biposto as an option, slight chassis modifications resulting in a 4kg weight loss over the standard model.  There are no differences between the standard and R model engines.  The Mille R wasn’t the epitome of the Mille range for the time however as Mille SP was also released for World SuperBike homologation in 1999 and possibly continued to sell into 2000.  This is a fantastic, collectible, example of the first RSV available in the U.S.  The asking price is $6,500; a bit higher than other Mille R models but not outrageous for the mileage this one has.  See this Mille R on Craigslist here.