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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!


Honda December 26, 2010 posted by

1984 Honda NSR Brand New!?

Originally published on 10.26.2009. Update 12.26.2010 Now relisted. Updated pictures and description below. -dc

1984 NSR Honda as new on ebay



Your guess is as good as mine whether or not this thing is the real deal or not.  Either way it’s a pretty darn cool piece of exotica. 

Here’s what the seller has to say: 

This 1984 Honda NSR 250R is basically new. Never has been driven. This Bike was a Proto-type from the Honda Mfg. and a gift to Freddie Spencer. The Bike come`s with a non functional Engine, but also comes with a new Crate Engine (in a box). There is no existing Registration or Title to Transfer. I know We can get a letter from Freddie to the new Owner to verify transfer of ownership. We can also get an Autograph and a picture of Freddie with the Bike for the New Owner. I will try to answer all questions as best as I can.

If the above statement can be verified as true, this would make someone a real nice center piece in their collection.  Starting bid is $10,000 and I would have to believe the reserve is quite a bit higher.  If I was in the market, for this type of bike, I would be on the phone to the seller, trying to dig up all the information to verify the authenticity of this machine ASAP!  This puts a whole new spin the term “Homologation”

I think I may have just eaten my words, from my last post.  This could be one of the rarest of them all!


Update 12.26.2010: Here are the latest pictures from the auction listing, and note that the current listing states it is now running.

current eBay listing description:

This 1984 NS250R Honda Motorcycle looks like it just came off of the showroom floor. It`s been in and out of storage for the last 27 years. It has 86 KM on it that were put on it in the last six-months. This bike runs as good as it looks. All of the fluids were changed and the bike was completely serviced recently. This bike is a kick start bike with no starter and will kick start very easy within a few kicks when its cold. I worked at the Freddie Spencer Honda Dealership back in the early to mid 80`s and this bike sat on the showroom floor for a few years next to his World Championship Bikes. This bike was never sold in the USA new. I bought this bike from Freddie Spencer last year (09`). This bike does not have a title and never hasbeen titled. This bike was a gift to Freddie Spencer from Honda of Japan. I do have a signed bill of sale from Freddie Spencer showing transfer of ownership. I know that in some states a bike this old does not need to be titled. If you had to have a title there are several title companys that you could get a title through and would cost between $150 to $300 dollars. This bike is 100% original all the way down to the tires that are still like new with no cracks or wear. This bike rides and accelerates like no other bike you`ve ever drove. You need to do your research to understand what this bike is and what it can do. I have a spare race engine that is new in the box built by Honda Racing Company (HRC) just for this bike with Freddie Spencer in mind. I do not know the displacement of this engine, but it is new and was build for speed and performance. There is nothing wrong with the factory engine in the bike, it runs and performs like new, because it is. You would have a hard time riding this bike without going fast, its just different.


Harley Davidson December 16, 2010 posted by

1975 Harley-Davidson RR350 Grand Prix Racer

1975 Harley-Davidson RR350 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle

I must admit, I don’t know a whole lot about The Motor Company’s foray into GP roadracing. HD purchased 50% of Aeronautica Macchi’s (Aermacchi) motorcycle division in the 1960s, and purchased the remainder of Aermacchi in the mid 1970s. From the Aermacchi division HD imported many two-stroke bikes as entry-level machines in the US. HD sold off the entire works to Cagiva in 1978.

It was from these Aermacchi years that HD entered the roadracing scene.

From the seller:
This is a very nice example restored in Germany and imported by me. The engine has been started once since the rebuild (rebuild documented by photographs) and I have the shop manual and some spares. It is not perfect, it has several small scratches from the import process. There is not a lot of information on these bikes available but one source does say that there were only 35 built. The 350cc was built for Walter Villas successful attempt to win both the 250cc and 350cc GP World Championships in 1975. The frame and engine numbers are as follows. *350/2c/2t/10027* on the frame steering neck and *350/2c/2t/10027 on the transmission case which is where the shop manual says they should be located indicating, to me, matching numbers. The bike has been stored for about 6 years. I have a matching RR250 listed on ebay in another ad and a 350 ERS also listed. I will deliver the bike to forward air for shipping, crating can be done by forward air. Shipping costs are the responsibility of the buyer. This is a very nice bike. Any questions please ask.

So what price does a piece of history like this bring? The seller claims that only 35 of these machines were created. Given the rarity of these bikes and the lack of recent auction data, that is a hard question to answer. The auction is at $8,200 at the time of this post, and the seller is apparently looking for more as the reserve has not been met. This could be a very interesting auction to follow, as the bidding has been relatively spirited. For more information, or to get into the action, .


Sport Bikes For Sale December 15, 2010 posted by

Just in time for Christmas: 1991 Yamaha TZ250

For sale: 1991 Yamaha TZ250

From the seller:
Mostly Original Track day bike.
Never Street Legal.
Been in storage for 3 years.
No Speedometer.
Stock Pipes.
To the best of our knowledge, All stock parts.
The reason we’re selling is we have more TZ’s.
Cleaned up and runs good

These TZ250s show up from time to time here on RSBFS – often enough that you probably already know the specs and details. If not, HERE is a previous post, as well as HERE and HERE. Regardless, what you need to know is these are fast two-stroke race bikes with outstanding handling compared to any streetbike today. Perfect for those track day excursions (you DO have a New Year’s resolution to attend more track days, right?).

The asking price is very much in line with the going rate for these bikes. This one does not appear to come with much by way of spares (which does affect the value), but it still appears to be a clean, solid machine.

For more information and to jump into the action, .


Kawasaki December 5, 2010 posted by

1992 Kawasaki K1 ZX-7R

1992 Kawasaki K1 ZX-7R

Location: Indiana- near Louisville, KY
Price: $7,750

Update 12.17.2010: SOLD!

Yes,this is good old fashion abuse of my employer and job, but from what I hear the boss isn’t near a computer and won’t see it before I pull it down.

This is my beloved K1 and yes it’s being put up for sale. Not due to hardship mind you so any would be snipers lurking in the shadows waiting for a steal just stay put. To tell it like it is “I love my bike!”, but I have enjoyed it all summer and my thoughts have turned to the next bike on my list…. Okay, so there’s two bikes that I’d love to buy if, one of you guys decide to pull the trigger on my bike. And if I don’t sell it, I’ll just enjoy it some more and try again later.


-New Dunlops with less than 500 miles on them
-100% original and stock
-Runs like a scalded dog and pulls like a Clydesdale
-95 out of 100 cosmetically


-missing 5 points on my scale

I will answer any and all questions. I’ve attached 24 pictures that were taken today and hopefully they show how well the bike has been taken care of.

I’ve owned it since May of this year and am the 3rd owner. I purchased it from a friend of RSBFS.

Contact me via



Sport Bikes For Sale December 2, 2010 posted by

1968 Motobi 125 road racer

For sale: 1968 Motobi 125 road racer offered at NO RESERVE!

Motobi is a classic Italian sportbike manufacturer that dates back to the 1950s. Reportedly created as the result of a spat within the Benelli family, Giuseppe Benelli left the family-owned business and started Motobi with his two sons Marco and Luigi. Today, surviving examples of these race bikes are few and far between.

Some of you loyal and sharp RSBFS readers will cry: “I’ve seen this bike before!” You would be correct on that front – this bike (or it’s evil twin) was first published in January of this year. You can see the earlier post here

From the seller:
Any Italian motorcycle collector worth his weight in salt will know that a Motobi racer is one of the most desirable and sought after machines… A Motobi racer rarely makes it to the open market… They are usually passed around between collectors, friends and museums… Now is your opportunity to add a highly desirable brand to your Italian collection…

This classic racer has had a no-expense spared restoration to make this piece a true museum quality motorcycle.

Flawless paint, accurate decals and badging are just some of the fine detailed work. Other features are…

Zanzani frame modifications for road racing

C2 camshaft

Ceriani forks

Grimeca brakes

Radelli rims

Rob North megaphone exhaust

Dellorto carb with velocity stack

Fiberglass fairing tank and tail

The motor is fresh and ready to run

This restoration is the best of the best and almost to nice to race. That being said, if you have ever thought about vintage road racing this would be an excellent bike.

So what is a rare, small family manufactured restored racebike worth? The seller indicates that a similar bike was bid up to $7500 at the Mid America motorcycle auction last January and resulted in no sale. Online research indicates that not enough of these beauties pass through public channels to determine relative value.

Still, this bike is undeniably attractive. It appears to have a fresh restoration (so fresh that some of the pictures were taken before final assembly), and as such would likely need to be gone through before ridden in anger – if that was your goal. If not, park it in a corner of your living room and just stare at it… Either way, you can find more information and get in on the action by