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Kawasaki September 4, 2019 posted by

No Longer a Future Classic – 2003 Kawasaki ZX6RR

In the early 2000’s Kawasaki was in the unusual position of having to introduce an homologation special that was a tad slower and more expensive than the usual ZX6R.  It was the only way to race a Kawi 600 and a few special parts made it worth the higher price.  Very few have survived in road trim and this Wisconsin example looks great.

2003 Kawasaki ZX6RR for sale on eBay

While the plain vanilla ZX6R got a bump to 636cc, the RR retreated to a class-legal 599cc, and made the same 118 hp but at 13,200 rpm.  While fuel injection and a ram-air system are shared, the RR came with forged pistons, a slipper clutch, and close ratio gearset.  Both bike had multi-adjustable inverted forks and Uni-track monoshock, but likely the factory dampers were soon rebuilt to race-spec on most RR’s.  And though outwardly distinguishable only by the extra R, the special had an LCD race dash complete with lap timer.

With just over 19,000 miles, this Ninja is clean and appears substantially original.  Ninja experts will have to point out egregious mods.  Comments from the eBay auction:

HARD TO FIND! FMF EXHAUST, FRAME SLIDERS, WOODCRAFT ENGINE COVER, LED SIGNALS, FENDER ELIMINATOR!

Though World SuperSport rules required only 1,000 copies be made, Kawasaki kept the ZX6RR unchanged ( and kept selling  to racers ) until 2007, when the road bike was updated with a new 599cc engine.  Combined with the fact that so many went to the track and were never seen again, the total RR production is hard to verify.  But it’s a very minor percentage of the large 600cc market, making the ZZ6RR a rarity and a knowledgeable fan’s favorite.  It’s on a seemingly reasonable buy-it-now and the selling dealer has very good feedback.

-donn

 

No Longer a Future Classic – 2003 Kawasaki ZX6RR
Honda May 1, 2017 posted by

Race-Kitted: 1985 Honda VF750F Interceptor with Full-Factory HRC Engine Kit for Sale

Honda has been a believer in the V4 engine configuration for a long time, and it really started with bikes like this VF750F that includes a genuine HRC racing engine kit! Introduced in 1982 and available in a variety of displacements, including 400cc and 500cc versions, it was really the VF750F that really defined the breed, as it was the displacement eligible for AMA competition. V4 engines are complex and expensive to produce, but make flexible power, are very compact, and make some of the best noises in the motorcycling world. Unfortunately, some early VF750’s suffered from the notorious “chocolate camshafts” where cam lobes crumbled and caused engines to fail. This was swiftly corrected and didn’t affect all models, but Honda’s reputation took a hit. The upside that is the bikes that followed, particularly the VFR750, were so massively overbuilt and lovingly bolted together that they helped to cement Honda’s V4 machine in the public’s mind as the ultimate sports-touring motorcycle.

By now, that shouldn’t be a problem for a bike like this one that has already had 18,000 miles roll under the wheels. And if problems do appear, you can just swap in that HRC engine kit! That kit replaces the stock bike’s timing chains with a set of precise gears as you can see in the photo below, just like on last week’s VF1000R.

Part of what makes the 90° V4 so charismatic is that it’s no high-strung screamer like an inline four. The 748cc engine put a claimed 86hp through a five speed gearbox and could push the 487lb dry machine on to 134mph. At nearly 550lbs wet, the bike wasn’t exactly light, but it was agile, powerful, and even a little bit practical: the traits off the later jack-of-all-trades VFR are present even in this early incarnation.

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Honda VF750F with Full-Factory HRC Engine Kit for Sale

Very rare piece of race history with the HRC engine kit.  Build your own HRC Spencer replica!

Starting with a 1985 VF750F.  This bike has been with the original owner up to 2015.  Bought new and lovingly maintained over the past 32 years.  Now in my possession, I have recently installed a NOS period correct (1983) Supertrapp exhaust.  The bike has 30,000 KM, ( 18,000 miles).  it looks new with no blemishes or flaws.  It is in incredible condition and runs flawlessly.  It is a perfect platform to start your replica build.  I have the original bill of sale too.

The bonus piece and the reasons for the price is the full factory HRC engine kit included with the bike.  There is a full engine supplied to make this a Freddie Spencer HRC VF750R replica, (Freddie Spencer decals included).  Race fairing and rear cowl is included as well.  All that is needed to complete is the exhaust and radiator/oil cooler combo, (or just use the NOS supertrapp currently on).

Specific on engine:  1983 HRC NC5 VF750 Gear Driven Superbike engine. This is one of about 25 HRC Kit engines which were imported from HRC to American Honda’s Race Team, some were used in house and others were sold to priveteers.  (*Carbs in picture not included in sale*).

 This engine will need to be assembled. The rods/piston’s are not in the motor. Most parts will be suppiled for the rebuild as in new rings, new pistons, Titanum rods. The HRC manual will be supplied for information, set up, complete list of all kit parts and part numbers.

These kits were about $9500 new in 1983 and included Magnesium valve covers, clutch, ignition and oil pan in Mag. The HRC parts included in these race motors included the following, Gear Driven Cams, Close Ratio Trans, Titanuim Rods, Titanium Valves, HRC Ported Heads with byrilum seats, HRC Crankshaft, oil pump, Dry Clutch and ignition. *Carbs in picture not included in sale*.

I am not sure where you will ever get another opportunity like this.  Act fast, my email is already loading up with messages!

The seller is asking an eye-watering $13,900 for the package, which seems pretty shocking until you consider that engine. Maybe it’s best to think of it as a Honda race engine with a spare bike included, since VF750Fs currently aren’t especially valuable at the moment, although prices appear to be on the rise. That being said, from the few photos of the actual bike that are included, this appears to be an exceptionally clean, if not 100% original example of this significant machine.

-tad

Race-Kitted: 1985 Honda VF750F Interceptor with Full-Factory HRC Engine Kit for Sale
Honda March 4, 2014 posted by

1988 Honda RC30 VFR750R HRC Kitted Race Bike!

Update 3.4.2014: When this bike was first listed in January, it passed it’s reserve of $26.5k and went on to sell for $38.6k. Unfortunately that sale has fallen through and it’s back on eBay. Considering there were at least 5 bidders after reserve had been met, it should be interesting to see where it ends this time. Links updated. -dc

1988 Honda RC30 for sale

It’s hard to know where to start with something this special. An RC30 with all the goods, arguably one of the most collectable bikes of it’s era. It has provenance from period racing, it has the unobtainable race kit parts, and it’s fresh out storage after 18 years. It appears in a couple of AHRMA races last year after being refreshed and promptly finds itself at the top of the podium. Bidding has been brisk with just a day passed so far and 9 days remaining. What’s your fantasy bid for this once in a lifetime opportunity?

dc

1988 Honda RC30 HRC for sale on eBay

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from the seller:

Bought in Canada in the winter of 1987, Dr. Dave Kieffer, a privateer AMA Pro Racer who was also a pioneering orthopedic surgeon wanted to get the jump on the competition by ordering Honda’s newest Superbike weapon for the 1988 AMA Superbike Racing class by buying a Canadian model of the new hand-built HRC Honda RC30 in the hopes of readying it for Daytona Bike Week in March of 1988. Unbeknownst to him, Honda chose not homologate the bike in the USA until 1990, making his new RC30 ineligible for 1988 AMA Superbike competition.

Without homologation, the RC30 was ineligible to race in AMA Superbike until 1990, finding himself saddled with this new weapon, Dr. Kieffer then set his sights on competing in the AMA EBC Endurance Series in the GTO class and ordered the HRC race kit and had his team of former Honda Factory mechanics prepare the bike for the first 3 hour race of the 1989 AMA series in Daytona. Doc then went about recruiting a group of leading privateers and formed his new endurance team; The Rough Stock Racing Honda All-Stars. Over the course of the 1989 series, The All-Stars consisted of: Dr. Kieffer, John Ashmead, Rueben McMurter, Randy Renfrow, and Doug Brauneck.

In the first race of the 1988 season at Daytona, the team of McMurter, Kieffer and Ashmead came in 2nd to Dave Schlosser’s Dutchman Racing, multi-time Endurance Racing Champions, placed 3rd at Rd Atlanta, 1st at New Hampshire, 4th at Daytona in October and placed 5th in the year-end GTO standings competing against big horsepower teams using 1000’s and 1100’s.

In 1990 Honda the RC30 was homologated and became eligible for AMA Superbike competition. The bike was updated with Honda’s latest “HRC factory- team spec” components by Ray Farrow and Dennis Zickrick, former Honda Factory team mechanics and was raced from ’89-92 by Dr. Kieffer in AMA Superbike Championship and the FIM World Superbike rounds at Brainerd, MN and Mosport Park, Canada . Doc was given assistance in parts and modifications by American Honda and numerous factory-backed racers, race teams and Honda own factory team who were friendly with Dr. Kieffer because he helped so many injured racers return to action as soon as safely possible. Fred Merkel was particularly helpful to Dr. Kieffer and help Doc get all the latest mods from the Rumi Racing’s RC30 World Super Bike team.

The bike was retired from racing in 1993 and properly prepared for storage where it would sit for the next 18 years. Because the bike was so well maintained and prepared, the bike was easily re-awakened over the winter of 2012-13 and thoroughly race-prepared by International Motorbikes of Hickory, NC. The bike was then entered in the Road America AHRMA Next Generation Superbike event where it placed 2nd on Saturday and 1st on Sunday with Harry Vanderlinden riding. At AHRMA’s Barber Vintage Events in October the RC30 was again entered in Next Gen Superbike and won on Saturday and placed 2nd on Sunday, again with Vanderlinden at the controls.

The bike is currently race ready and is more than capable of winning the AHRMA 2014 Next Gen Superbike Championship and is eligible for numerous Vintage events around the world including The Isle of Man Classic and the Phillip Island Classic.

The bike comes a spare set of painted bodywork and both a front and rear HRC Magnesium wheel with rotors. A very extensive spares package is available separately which include enough spares to keep you racing for years and year.

Engine: Fully HRC-kitted, magnesium cases and sump, Rumi Team baffle and oil pickup, HRC titanium exhaust, HRC Pistons, HRC Titanium rods, Ti valves, HRC valve springs and Ti retainers, HRC Airbox, FCR Flat-slide Carburetors, HRC ignition, HRC clip-ons etc.

Chassis: HRC Swingarm, HRC Forks, HRC Fork internals, HRC degree-adjustable triple trees, HRC rear Shock and Spring

Brakes: Nissan/HRC calipers, master cylinders and full floating rotors with stainless lines

Wheels: HRC Magnesium, Front-3.50 X 17, Rear 6.0 X 17

Tires: Michelin Power Race Slicks

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1988 Honda RC30 VFR750R HRC Kitted Race Bike!
Yamaha January 4, 2014 posted by

1990 Yamaha OW01 FZR750RR with the Factory Race Kit available in Grants Pass, Oregon

Update 4.13.2014: This one is back on eBay after failing to sell with a high bid of $26,500. It now wears a $28k buy-it-now. -dc

1990 Yamaha FZR750RR For Sale

We don’t get the chance to share Yamaha FZR750RR’s too often with a production run of just 500 worldwide. Even more rare, I can’t say I’ve ever seen one with the factory race kit! Since Grants Pass is only a 3 hour drive for me I decided to go down to AutomaniaGP to check this one out in person. I met the owner Ted and we talked for several hours that afternoon and I can tell you he’s one of us: passionate, professional, and eager to talk about sportbikes. He’s assisting a collector move some rare pieces and this OW01 is one of them.

1990 Yamaha FZR750RR OW01 For Sale on eBay

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from Automania:

This particular bike has an interesting history. It was first sold new in the early 90’s to Norman Tietz by Sioux Cycle Shop in Mandan, North Dakota. Before even leaving the dealership, the bike was rolled into the shop and a Factory Race Kit was installed. The parts that we can see are the Rear Swing Arm, Quick Release Rear Axle, Dry Clutch, Magnesium Roller Flat Slide Mikuni Carburetors, Ohlin’s forks and Ohlin’s Race Rear Shock. A set of Marchesini Wheels were installed with Brembo Calipers. Included with the YCE kit were valves, crankshaft, cams, pistons, rods and a Short Ratio Gear Box. We have boxes and parts that make it more then plausible that these parts were installed at that time but there is no paperwork proving this. The bike definitely has a Short Ratio Transmission that is the only way the Dry Clutch can be installed. The current owner has had the bike since the late 90’s.

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Make sure to visit the auction as there is much more detail provided and additional pictures as well. Good luck with the sale Ted!

dc

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1990 Yamaha OW01 FZR750RR with the Factory Race Kit available in Grants Pass, Oregon
Bimota September 3, 2013 posted by

2000 Bimota DB4 with Factory Race Kit

2000 Bimota DB4 for sale

This Bimota ticks all the right boxes for me: It’s light, it looks fantastic, and it utilizes an old school approach to power and performance. In fact they not only revert from the then current 900 Supersport’s fuel injection to carbs, the race kit utilizes chokeless Keihin FCR carbs and a 2 into 1 titanium exhaust. With about 6k miles, this one is currently bid to just over $9k reserve not met with a buy-it-now of $14k.

dc

2000 Bimota DB4 for sale on eBay

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from the seller:

This motorcycle is a very nice and very original 2000 Bimota DB4 with factory Tri-Colore paint scheme – my favorite model and paint scheme that Bimota has ever made. It is equipped with the rare Factory Race Kit which includes Keihin FCR Carbs (no choke), a special Bimota gas tank to clear the carbs, Corse titanium exhaust, and an Ohlins rear shock. The bike runs super well and is ridden only occasionally on our Sunday morning “coffee rides”.

As you can see from the pics, it is in very nice condition. I have added adjustable clip-ons that raise the bars about 3”. They improved the comfort level for my nearly 60 year old body significantly, but the original Bimota clip-ons are included if you’d like to change it back – see pics. (No changes were needed to wiring or throttle, brake and clutch lines/control cables.) The tires are Michelin Pilot Powers. The front is a 120/70 ZR17 Pilot Power II and is nearly new. The rear is a 180/55 ZR17 Pilot Power 3 and it is new (I got a nail in the previous Pilot Power II a few weeks ago and just replaced it!).

The body work is generally in very nice condition and paint/gelcoat is excellent throughout. There are a few spots that show minor spider webbing around fasteners (standard on Bimotas that are ridden) but nothing significant, and a tiny chip here or there. These are all very minor and you need to look extremely closely to see them (see pics). The worst cosmetic issues are a chip in the paint on the right side of the front wheel rim near the Antera logo and the cap for the front brake master cylinder reservoir – the cap is standard Brembo and should be easy to replace with new. You can see both in the pics if you look carefully. The bike will also come with the Factory race stand that is shown in a couple of the pics.

The bike was last serviced about 120 miles ago with an oil change, brake and clutch fluid change and valve adjustment. The engine runs well and the bike is a blast to ride. I have had several Bimotas including inline 4’s and other DB’s and this is my favorite of all of them. It handles super well (the Ohlins rear shock is a nice addition). It is air cooled (not a lot of extra weight – it is super light – around 380 lbs or so) and easy to work on without having to deal with all the extra bits for water cooling – water pump, radiator, plumbing, etc. It is carbureted so you can work on it easily without a computer. It also doesn’t have any heat issues that some of the other models have and handles stop and go traffic with no issues. The Corse exhaust sounds wonderful, and I don’t think there has ever been a more beautiful Bimota made! I prefer limited electronic gadgetry, and this bike fits the bill perfectly. Unfortunately, I’ve reached the age where my body just can’t tolerate clip-ons anymore and I am finally forced to admit it! Even with the raised clip-ons I added!

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2000 Bimota DB4 with Factory Race Kit
Bimota January 30, 2010 posted by

1994 Bimota DB2 in Houston

It seems that the Bimota market is quite actively lately and it’s not even summer!  If you’re looking to pick up a Bimota, this is a good time to do it so keep checking for our new posts!

This week we have yet another Bimota for sale – a 1994 DB2:

This is a 2 owner bike w/ 17225 miles. It has NEVER been ridden in the rain, and ALWAYS garage kept!

It has never been crashed but has fallen over due to a friend not knowing about the suicide stand.
All the bodywork is original, but needs paint.
The original owner had the dealer install the factory $8000.00 race kit before it was ever ridden!
The big bore kit and heads were done by Fast by Ferracci from 904cc to 944cc.
This bike has a long list of other carbon, titanium and aluminum upgrades to many to list!
I am asking $15,000 OBO or trade for a Ducati Hypermotard, NOTHING ELSE! so please don’t ask.

The DB2 is one of my favourites, utilizing the Ducati 900SS air-cooled lump – the DB2 is one of the more popular models with approx. 400 made in total.  Famed Brit motorcycle journo Sir Alan Crashcart Cathcart even raced a DB2 – not sure for how long or in what race series, but I do remember it being sold on ebay for approx $10,000+.

Now this specific sample has very high mileage (for a Bimota), and although it claims to have the the “race kit” (to my knowledge that includes FCR carbs and a full exhaust), it’s not in its original paint (big no-no for any serious Bimota collector) and the 944cc kit, although nice, if also not a factory option.  More concerning is that The $15,000 asking price is way too steep for the bike in this condition.  There was a really nice DB2 listed on here back in June asking only $10,999, and more recently a Motocorse equipped DB4 for only $10,000 OBO.

Personally, I would offer around 7-8K+ only for this one.

phil