Posts by tag: Race

Honda July 11, 2011 posted by

Across the Pond: Honda NR750, Suzuki GSX-R750 LE, Ex-WSB Yamaha OW01 For Sale!

First off, let me thank Neal who posted these awesome bikes on the RSBFS Facebook page. You sir, are the man! We have three awesome bikes up for grabs here, all of which are located in the UK. This may be pure unobtanium for us here in the U.S., but these are just too killer not to have a look at.

Check out this 1993 Honda NR750 up for auction in the UK! At roughly $386,000, this isn’t an inexpensive bike. But it’s an NR750!! Honda pulled out all of the stops when building these.

Here is another piece of history with this 1985 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition for sale! Looks a little dusty in the photos, but I’m sure it would clean up nice and make an awesome addition to any collection! This dealer also as some more rare bikes for sale.

Next up is an EX-World Super Bike Yamaha OW01! The listing on this item has ended already, but I’m sure it will pop up again soon. This is another piece of racing history that would be fantastic to own.

Thanks again to all those who give us leads on some truly awesome bikes over at the
RSBFS Facebook page!


Honda June 26, 2011 posted by

3 Honda Moriwaki MD250’s For Sale!

3 Honda Moriwaki MD250’s

Location: The OWB
Mileage: N/A
Price: $25,000.00

Following on the heels of my Peter Lenz Forever 45 post I thought it fitting to blog about a few Moriwaki MD250s that Peter raced against.

These are ex Nick McFadden Vesrah Bikes and there are 3 to choose from or if you have the means and desire- all 3 of them can be yours. Once again, I’m ashamed to say that I don’t know any racers so I have no affiliation with Mark Junge or Nick McFadden, but these are way cool machines and are for sale.

3- 2008 Honda Moriwaki MD 250’s for sale.

2 stock bikes
1 hot-rod with Graves exhaust ( built by Mark Junge from Vesrah Suzuki )
1 spare motor
2 spare sets of wheels ( 1-stock, 1- after market )
5 boxes of spares ranging from seals, sprockets, and exhaust to much much more )

3rd bike not pictured but can send pics at request. Will sale separate.

I had the pleasure of watching Nick rail around MotoGP Indy last year and I must say all of the up and coming young riders look fantastic out on the circuit. I don’t think were gonna have a shortage of representation in MotoGP anytime soon.

The little Honda powered Moriwaki’s, in stock trim, are said to put out 33hp and 18 lbft of torque. Seems pretty paltry, but considering it weighs in at about 200 pounds it should go like the wind. I know all of you liter bike guys are out there shaking your collective heads and calling it nasty names like ‘Chicken Chaser’, but for the little guys it plenty. Go ahead and laugh, but I’d rock one all day long at the track or as a commuter. Ooops, I forgot these are racers only.. dang it!

As I said before I had to opportunity to watch these very bikes in action at Indy and I had my trusty Nikon with me. A quick search through my photo archives turned up a decent shot of Nick on board the Vesrah sponsored 250.

I wish the owner all the luck in selling these because it would be a shame to have them sitting in some dark corner of the shop.

If you’re interested to own a purpose built racer.



Honda June 23, 2011 posted by

Peter Lenz Forever 45 1996 Honda RS125 racer for sale

1996 Honda RS125 Peter Lenz Forever 45 machine.

Location: Vancouver, Washington
Mileage: N/A
Price: $3,050.00 at time of writing

Time: Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010
Scene: Indianapolis Red Bull MotoGP- the warm-up lap for a USGPRU race

Dan and I were there soaking in all that is involved in a MotoGP weekend. The sights, sounds, autographs, pictures and the all important smell of spent high octane race fuel.

If I told you I knew about Peter Lenz passing I’d be lying. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even know about it until I returned home Sunday evening and started flipping through my favorite motorcycling sites. It’s sad and I know it, but being the selfish “this is all about me and my long awaited weekend” I never stopped to inquire about anyone who had been involved in an accident. Heck, by the time Sunday morning rolled around I had already been witness to so many crashes I was pretty numb to them. They usually get up, wave to the crowd and jump on a scooter to head back to the pits. No big deal right? Not on this day….

On August 29, 2010 a fine young man lost his life doing something he loved to do. He had great support around him and that included his parents. As parents we don’t really want to tell our kids ‘no’ on anything that isn’t causing harm to anyone or anything. We know there are risks when we give our kids their first BB Gun, we know there are risks when we turn our kids loose for the first time driving by themselves. I know this because I have 3 kids and as a parent we can’t protect our kids from every evil. What we can do is support our kids in their chosen venture and give them life lessons along the way.

Peter was living every 13 year old racer’s dream. He was in the garage with the big boys at the big circuit. I commend his parents for allowing him the opportunity to do what he loved and was passionate about. I know, after the accident, there are always people who question why a 13 year old was being allowed to go 130 mph dragging knees. Bottom line is because he could do it and do it well! He enjoyed it and had the means to do it.

John Ulrich gives an excellent first hand account of how the accident unfolds and explains it better than I ever could. If you have a few minutes it’s an excellent read.

I didn’t know Peter and don’t know any other professional racers for that matter, but I get to live out my dreams watching them draft, rail through turns and control motorcycles in ways that us mere mortals can only dream about.

The Lenz family is donating this machine to help raise money for the Roadracing World Action Fund. If you’ve not heard of it or have heard of it please take a moment to click through the link and make a donation to help support the safety of your fellow riders. John Ulrich should be commended for starting this campaign and we at send out our “Thank You!” to John and the crew at Roadracing World.

If you’d like 2 Forever 45 stickers, 2 Dynee (This was Peters pet Dinosaur’s name) stickers, an 11″ x 17″ poster of Peter in action and a RRWAF T-shirt simply donate a minimum of $50.00 by clicking here.

If you have a thing for 1996 Honda RS125’s and would like to help the RRWAF to boot please place your bids here.

This is a great cause and it needs your support to be successful. 100% of the sale price will go to support the Roadracing World Action Fund.

Our condolences go out to the Lenz family and we can’t imagine the pain they have gone through.

Godspeed Peter- Rest in Peace buddy….


Sport Bikes For Sale May 25, 2011 posted by

1994 Yamaha TZ250 Kenny Roberts Racing

1994 Yamaha TZ250 King Kenny Roberts stable

Location: Santa Ana, California
Mileage: It’s a racer 🙂
Price: $10,000 will do it

Que the AC/DC and crank up Back in Black because is back baby! We’re as amp’d about it as anyone and the IT guy better be apologizing to everyone- and quick! I personally think we should give him a good old southern ass kik’n for holding us down so long. Who wants to help?

Have your Angus cranked up yet? Mines on 11, but I can still hear and smell the cotton candy fumes of hi-octane and synthetic 2T burning from a full on GP bike. Yep, that’s right my friends- the closet 99% of us will ever get to being a true GP racer boy is to buy an ex GP racer and now is your chance!

SCHWING! Pretty spiffy eh? Read on for the 411

1994 Yamaha TZ250 located in California. This bike belongs to Kenny Roberts and was raced by Jimmy Filice in the 1996 European 250cc Championships. Bike has Ohlins Forks and Brembo Brakes. The cylinders and pipes are Bud Aksland. This bike is in very good condition and fast. Sold with no spares, comes with what you see in the pictures.

Hmmm, comes with what you see in the pictures eh? Maybe KR will throw in a track lesson for the lucky buyer 🙂

I poked around on some of the two stroke forums and the main question seems to be “wonder what’s in the motor?” I’m curious as well and would like to see the Dyno sheet for this machine.

Track day machine? Office art? Conversation piece? What would you do with a gem like this? Hit me back and tell us what you’d do with a full on GP machine.



Ducati March 20, 2011 posted by

1979 DUCATI NCR 900,handbuilt factory racebike.

1979 DUCATI NCR 900 For Sale

Location: St. Louis, MO
Mileage: How about a Tach and Temp gauge?
Price: 6 bids up to $11,100 and a long way from the $50,000 B.I.N.

Finally, a Ducati that you can get excited about!

Update 7.14.2011: Pictures removed due to copyright. -dc

Just imagine 29 years ago this was “The Shit!” as we say here in the mid-west. Equipped with all the same components that you’ll find on any modern day Ducati racer such as Brembo, Lightweight Campagnolo rims, loud dual exhausts, triple vented discs brakes, Marzocchi suspension and a NCR tuned V-twin. Okay, so Campagnolo has been replaced by Marchesini and the Marzocchi bits by Ohlins- quit being so picky.

This looks to be a nicely restored and maintained ex-racer. We’ve hosted several bikes from this particular seller before and this one appears to be right in line with the others we’ve seen . Obviously, at 50k this machine isn’t for the faint of heart or light of pocket.

1979 DUCATI NCR 900. One of 20 for this year. Documented since new! This is a smiliar machine as to what Mike Hailwood won his comeback in the Isle of Mann TT! The closest most of us will ever come to being a legend or owning a machine ridden by one.This is a rare opportunity to obtain a piece of Ducati history.

I think you’ll agree with me this would fit well in any Ducati collection or on display in your Man Cave next to your Magnum PI 308 Ferrari.

I’d love to hear it run and do a few laps around Barber at the Vintage Festival, but then again who wouldn’t?



Honda February 26, 2011 posted by

Tired of Ducatis? How about a Honda RC45 race bike with IoM TT history?

Rare Honda RC45 race bike with Isle of Man TT race history for sale in Jersey Channel Islands.

Some (well, one mainly) of our readers commented that he is tired of seeing super low mileage Ducatis being listed and in some way I agree.  My bad really, since I tend to focus on Italian bikes, so naturally Ducatis and Bimotas come up a lot.   For this listing, I’ve gone out on a limb and tried to write about something other than my normal run of Italian super models – a Honda RVF750R (RC45) race bike:



I don’t think the legendary RC45 needs much introduction, but would you like to freshen up your memory on its history, there’s a pretty good write up over on Faster and Faster.  And here’s a video of John Kockinski riding the RC45 in 1997 (he won the WSB title that year):

The bike is listed at 22,000 GBP (approx. USD35,000). It’s always hard to put a value on race bikes, but just as a reference, RC45s have been selling upwards of low $20,000s from what I’ve seen. $35,000 is quite a bit more than that, but how do you put a value on super rare HRC parts (check out the PGM-FI controller in one of the pics – haven’t seen those before!) and IoM TT race history?

For serious collectors or those with $35,000 spare cash burning a hole in their pockets, .


Classic Sport Bikes For Sale February 13, 2011 posted by

1962 Yamaha YDS1R (YDS2R) Restored In Los Angeles

This is a great looking, restored, YDS1R race bike on eBay!

Bike:  1962 Yamaha YDS1R

Miles:  TMU

Price:  $18,500/Offer

Location:  West Los Angeles, California

What makes a bike collectible?  Well, being the first production road racer from a multi-world-championship-winning motorcycle manufacturer can’t hurt.  The YDS1R was Yamaha’s first production road race bike and based strongly on the factory example–and which also lead to the TD1.  The YDS1R was originally a kit intended to be fitted to a stock YDS1, the kit enabled the bike to produce 30hp with a top speed of just over 100mph but was also a serious race bike in terms of maintenance and tuning.  Yamaha later offered the YDS1R as a complete bike and followed it with a YDS2R before finally releasing the TD1.  Read more about the YDS1R here.

The bike for sale here looks to be in outstanding condition with a 1st place trophy from the now defunct Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance.  Here is what else they list in the ad:

Yamaha YDS1R for sale, Very rare Pre TD1 Road racer. Original Asama Road racer Gas tank,
1-1/2″ Yazaki racing tach, complete. ready for show.
Ordani racing brakes, (I have original Brake you can choice)
International shipping available.

I’ll admit, I don’t know a lot about these bikes but based on the date shouldn’t this be a YDS2R?  Any aficionados, please comment and put me straight! See the bike with .


Honda January 21, 2011 posted by

A Few, Very Rare, Race Bikes For Sale; Ex Roberts & Aoki

These three authentic race bikes are very special in their historical value, for winning and for not!

First Up:

Bike:  1999 Honda CBR900RR Erion Racing; Ex Kurtis Roberts

Location:  California

Price:  POR

The seller, RMD Motors, is sparse on the details, but it should be obvious what you’re looking at being that this bike is said to be authentic.  They do state that the bike produces 200hp at the rear wheel, comes with nothing other than what is in the photos (Read: No spares)–but that does include Kurtis’ actual leathers.

The AMA Formula Xtreme series is intended for production bikes, with some, but not many, rules on what parts of the bike you can exchange for aftermarket parts.  The intent of Formula Xtreme is to allow as many types of motorcycles to compete, anything from inline-fours to air-cooled V-twins.  Formula Xtreme racing is usually one of the more competitive and entertaining races of an AMA weekend; Many veterans such as Eric Bostrom, Jake Zemke, Josh Hayes, Nicky Hayden and Kurtis Roberts among others have cut their teeth in Formula Xtreme.

Erion Racing has continued to be a prominent name in Honda AMA racing with even a special Erion Racing edition CBR929RR released for the U.S. market by the manufacturer.  For 1999, Erion Racing was the winner of the Formula Xtreme championship with another title in 2000.  I’m not adept on the Formula Xtreme rules for 1999, but it’s obvious looking at the bike what some of it’s features are:  Race bodywork with mounts, analog tach’,  race fuel tank, larger radiator, Erion SS/Carbon full exhaust system, aftermarket triple clamps, Ohlins forks & rear shock, Brembo calipers, Marchesini wheels and I’m sure much more that I didn’t notice!  This is a chance to own a fantastic looking, legitimate, race bike with a championship under it’s belt.  I’m unaware how many races this particular bike won, I’m not sure about the 900 designation as this should be a 919 or 929 based on the year, but you still have a serious piece of AMA history regardless and I’m sure RMD would be happy to answer your questions.

See this Erion CBR900RR on RMD’s website here.

Next Up:

Bike:  2002 Kenny Roberts Proton KR3; Ex Nobuatsu Aoki

Location:  California

Price:  POR

As you may know, 2002 was the last year for two-strokes in MotoGP.  Two-strokes had their last hurrah in 2001, but couldn’t overcome the 490cc deficit they had to the four-strokes in 2002 and were finally obsolete–How you may feel about this is up for debate.  Regardless, Proton KR racing had a respectable finish in the 2001 championship with Nobuatsu Aoki & Jeremy Mcwilliams finishing 12th & 14th in the championship, respectively.  The disadvantages for the privateer team of Proton KR were immense and they didn’t receive much help from their V-3 format.  The four cylinder bikes of 500gp had the most tractable power delivery–If it’s possible to say that for a GP two-stroke–while also having the most power.  As an example, the NSR500v was a V-Twin example of Honda’s factory NSR500 designed for privateers and had nowhere near the power of the factory bike.  The theory was that the two and three cylinder machines had a lower weight and could out corner the larger bikes, in practice the two and three cylinder bikes hadn’t a chance but on a wet course or a very tight one.  The Proton KR3 debuted in 1997 and was a joint venture between legendary racer Kenny Roberts and Malaysian giant Proton.  While they may not have won any championships, or come close–and as frustrating as I imagine it was for KR–I’m sure “King” Roberts enjoyed it, I know I would have!

This example looks to be in fantastic condition.  The seller states that this bike will run and comes with a small selection of spares.  As I’m sure you can imagine, it would be no small feat to run this bike anywhere, especially when consumables are accounted for.  However, if you have the funds, ask yourself:  How many times does a 2001 500GP bike come up for sale?

See this bike on RMD’s website here.


Bike:  2004 Kenny Roberts Proton KRV5 XM2; Ex Kurtis Roberts

Location:  California

Price:  POR (Rumor has it $300,000)

The Proton KR KRV5 debuted in 2002 with the adoption of four-strokes.  The V5 in KRv5 denotes that this bike has a 60deg V5 arrangement and a displacement of 990cc, putting out 200hp @ 15,000rpm.  The bodywork appears to be the latter iteration of the KRV5, which is consistent with the Valencia technical inspection sticker.  For 2004, Kurtis Roberts was only able to finish twice in France and Brazil with 15th and 19th, respectively.  The bike for sale here shows a technical inspection sticker for Valencia in 2004, however Roberts never started the GP at Valencia in 2004.

So, what are you getting for your money?  As things stand right now, you’ll get a fully functioning seven year old, privateer, MotoGP bike with a minimal spares package.  This bike currently doesn’t hold the value that any of the factory bikes would and shouldn’t for a long, long time.  However, none of those factory bikes are currently available–that I’m aware of–and you’ll probably be waiting a very long time for one to pop up if you don’t already know someone who has one.

See the bike on RMD’s website here.

So, all of these bikes look to be from the same seller/collection, but which one is the one to have if you can only choose one?  Obviously, the most expensive will always be one of the Proton KR bikes, with a large gap back to the CBR.  My money says that the 2002 Proton KR3 will always be the most valuable bike of the three; The most important influence being that it is one of the last two-stroke 500GP/MotoGP bikes to ever be produced–privateer or otherwise.  The 2004 KRV5 will always be a interim MotoGP bike and if the rules are again revised to allow 1000cc bikes, it won’t even have a displacement draw.  The CBR is a National Championship bike, even if it’s only in Formula Xtreme, and that kind of provenance doesn’t come everyday.

There are two kinds of collectors these bikes are for:  One who has a decent amount of money to spend on a collector bike, and someone who has obscene amounts of money for a collector bike.  The Proton’s are obviously the expensive bikes with the Erion CBR checking the affordable box.  Both of the MotoGP bikes have parts that you’re never going to be able to purchase from any retailer, and I’m sure the CBR has some good HRC bits on it too.  I wouldn’t be ashamed to have any of these three bikes, but I’d absolutely love to have a final year Grand Prix two-stroke.  If nothing else, spend a little time to enjoy the photos!