Posts by tag: Randy Mamola

BMW August 15, 2019 posted by

Mamma Mia Mamola: 2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika

If you are a motorcycle manufacturer with a relatively “boring” reputation – known more for your gentleman’s autobahn express and less for outright performance – how do you change your image to go after the more sport-oriented buying public? One glance at Detroit and the Golden Era of NASCAR tells of the secret: Win on Sunday, sell on Monday. That is all well and good, but how to ensure you actually win on Sunday? Sponsor and participate in a one-make race series, of course! Drum up publicity with star power, and hold races in conjunction with bigger motorsport events where the fans will be in attendance. And just like that the BMW Boxer Cup was born.

2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika for sale on eBay

Initially pitched as a race of champions with real motorcycle racing stars, the Boxer Cup became a legitimate race series with close competition and abundant exposure for BMW. Randy Mamola, a legend in two-wheeled circles, served as BMW ambassador and spokesperson for the series. To convert the race exposure into sales, BMW created a special version of the R1100RS Sport model. Featuring a graphics package that mimicked the one-series race bike, the Boxer Cup Replika offered a unique livery, a sprinkling of carbon fiber (including unique cylinder head cover protectors), and lower engine cover with oil catcher. The under seat exhaust was a special item from Laser, and suspension was Ohlins modified from stock units. Additionally, the Replika model had slightly different geometry; the rear suspension was raised to quicken steering and provide more ground clearance for the cylinder heads. Randy Momola’s signature graces the fairing – as if you needed a reminder this was a Replika. Back in 2003 these numbered and authenticated models sold for an MSRP of $13,490.

From the seller:
This is a 2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika. This was a race replica for the BMW Boxer Cup series in the early aughts. This particular bike is #194 of only 200 made in 2003. This is a rare, pedigreed motorcycle that comes with a certificate of authenticity and a badge with the replica number.

This bike is in excellent condition! It received it’s 12,000 mi service two years ago, and is perfectly tuned. I changed the oil every 2500 miles during my ownership. The bodywork looks perfect, the only flaw I can find is a mar on the cowl. Of course, the carbon fiber belly pan has the inevitable rock chips of 12,000mi on the road. The rear wheel was powdercoated white, and the valve covers black. The windshield was cut down because it was already cracked and was directing the wind right under my helmet. The original left side mirror was damaged and replaced with a salvaged one. This bike has never been dropped.

Aside from the all stainless steel Staintune exhaust, this bike is stock. No engine, drivetrain, or suspension modifications have been made.

More from the seller:
Stuff not included:
The carbon fiber valve cover protectors and steering damper are long gone.
No ABS. ABS was never included on the BCR, but I know someone’s going to ask about it, so…no.

Stuff included:
This BMW comes equipped with slightly taller touring handlebars, but the original low racing handlebars are included.
The original factory exhaust and emissions stuff is included.
Rear footpegs and hardware are included.
Service manuals and related paperwork are included.
The original valve covers are included.
And yes, the Wunderlich R1100S bike stand is included too!

With 12k+ miles under the keel, this BMW has been used; perhaps more than a collectible bike would normally be utilized, but far, far less than the average BMW of this age. Keeping in mind that the R series BMW is legendary in terms of longevity – and that the Boxer Cup Replika claimed NO additional horsepower – this high-end R-bike should have many more miles in the bank. The bike appears to have been maintained well, although there are some notable changes from stock. At 16 years of age this bike has clearly had a previous life, with changes made by former owner(s). Some items are replaceable (cylinder head cover guards – if you can find them, windscreen), and the powder coated rear wheel doesn’t look all bad in white. There are some questions as to why was the mirror replaced, why are the cylinder head covers powder coated, and why was the windscreen cracked?. These are popular items to suffer in a tip over, although the ad states no crash damage. Overall (and given the age) from the pictures at least, this bike looks to be quite presentable.

Offered for the not-so-princely sum of $5,700 USD, this New Jersey-based Replika offers a serious discount from the MSRP of many, many years ago. But it is still a BMW, it is still perched on Ohlins springy/damping bits sport suspension, and it still retains all of the qualities BMWs are famous for: usable power and torque, predictable handling, low maintenance shaft drive, and good highway speed touring manners. Price is on the lower side for the model, but representative of the miles and condition. Check it out here and Good Luck!!

MI

Mamma Mia Mamola: 2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika
BMW September 14, 2018 posted by

Replika Racer: 2004 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika for Sale

Before the BMW S1000RR rocked the sportbike world, fans of Germanic sportbikes had to make do with stuff like the BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika. Not that this is a particularly bad thing: the Boxer Cup Replika is a pretty great roadbike, although it wouldn’t really hassle a GSX-R or R1 or even a Ducati 1000SS on track. But does a ZX-10 have heated grips and ABS? I think not.

Handling was very good: the Boxer Cup had an increased ride height for improved cornering clearance, the Telelever front’s usual lack of dive helped the bike under braking, and the upgraded Öhlins shocks at both ends helped to dispel the forkless system’s sometimes vague feeling at the limit. The biggest issue with the R1100S is the sheer mass of the bike: the sportier S saved a lot of weight over the older RS, but the Boxer Cup was still pretty heavy compared to more aggressive rivals at 505lbs wet.

The other problem is the engine. The updated flat-twin incorporated plenty of modern technology but, at the end of the day, you’re still dealing with just two cylinders lugging all that weight around, a sport-touring engine tuned for a bit more sport. Engine width is kept to a minimum by eschewing overhead cams: the pair of cams actually live in the heads, and operate the engine’s eight valves via a set of short pushrods. A clean burn of the fuel-air mixture is helped by the twin-plug heads, and the cylinders themselves are cooled by air passing over them, while oil-cooled heads allow the bike to make pretty decent power and, presumably, help the bike meet ever-rising emission standards. The twin’s displacement of 1085cc means great bottom-end torque and a strong midrange with a 98hp peak, but it does run out of breath pretty early.

Although the R1100S was the sportiest BMW at the time, it didn’t really look all that competitive when pitched head-to-head against rivals. So to promote it, BMW sponsored a one-make race series, the Boxer Cup, as a support race for MotoGP at the time. The series managed to attract such luminaries as Kevin Schwantz and Randy Mamola, whose signature adorns the Cup Replika, and was supposedly plenty of fun to watch, with the close racing you’d expect with everyone riding the same machine.

From the original eBay listing: 2004 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika for Sale

After long deliberations, I am putting my 2004 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika #245 on the market.  In 2004, just 300 Boxer Cup Replikas were offered for sale in the US, making this a very rare and collectible motorcycle. With less than 3900 miles on the clock (not a typo) this is one of the lowest mileage and cleanest BCRs that can be ridden daily or shown at events.  Currently registered in California until July 2019 with a clean California title in hand. 

The oil head Boxer twin engine powering this bike is legendary for its reliability (will easily cover 100k miles with just regular maintenance). The Cup is one of the rare collectibles that can be ridden as much as desired without worrying about breakdowns or high cost of maintenance.

Boxer Cup #245 is a non-ABS, non-heated grip model which equates to lower maintenance costs (ABS service at the dealer will cost over $400 by itself) and increased reliability (ABS are prone to malfunction over time). Deleted equipment also contributes to overall weight saving.

It is equipped with a very desirable and hard to source full Remus exhaust system. The sound is amazing compared to stock exhaust. Ilmberger carbon fiber rear tire hugger is another desirable upgrade.

Up until 2016 this bike was part of a collection and was not ridden. It was recommissioned in June 2016 with 3076 miles on the clock by San Diego BMW and included the following:

  • Gel battery
  • Replacement of entire fuel system including fuel pump, lines, etc.
  • Spark plugs
  • Tank professionally cleaned
  • Front Metzeler tire 120/70R17
  • Rear Metzeler tire 180/55R17
  • Oil service
  • Safety inspection
  • TOTAL $2631

Detailed service receipt from San Diego BMW will come with the sale.  Bike is garaged in upright position (not on side stand) and is never ridden in rain or adverse weather conditions. There are few tiny rock chips on the belly pan, the largest is in the photo gallery. Otherwise this Boxer Cup looks a like it just rolled off the showroom floor. Bike comes with keys and books. I will include a BMW Front Pit Bull stand at full asking price.

This is a rare opportunity to buy perhaps one of the lowest mileage Boxer Cups in the US.

The $8,200 Buy It Now price is on the high side for a Boxer Cup, but this is a very clean, low-mileage example that has obviously been fastidiously maintained. 2005 and later bikes came with Laser cans to match the logo on the fairings, but the full Remus exhaust seen here is a desirable option and should give the flat twin a nice, throaty drone that will sound sporty but very different from a Ducati. As the seller mentions, this is a collectible you can actually ride.

-tad

Replika Racer: 2004 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika for Sale
BMW April 14, 2017 posted by

Pugilist: 2003 BMW Boxer Cup

I know there are some RSBFS faithful out there that refuse to believe a BMW can be sporty OR rare. I beg to differ. As such, I offer you this 2003 Boxer Cup machine, created by BMW to capitalize on what was essentially a one-make Battle Of The Twins series. As #172 in a 200-bike limited production, it is justifiably rare – even if this is really an upscale version of the R1100S model. As for the sporting equation, I rely on the likes of Reg Pridmore, Randy Mamola, and Kevin Schwantz to comment; all have been competitors on BMW twins. Sure, at age 77 Reg could probably beat all of us on track even if he were riding a motorized skateboard, but each of these professional riders has shown the possible performance attainable from the bikes out of Bavaria.

2003 BMW Boxer Cup for sale on eBay

With carbon fiber fender and mudguard, a full belly pan, carbon valve covers with cylinder head pucks, twin under-seat exhaust, Ohlins suspension on both ends and a special setup that raises the rear of the bike to aid in cornering clearance, the Replika machine is as sporty as you could get in the BMW world during this time. Evoking the 5 year racing series was a marketing coup for BMW, and with model-specific graphics (including Mamola’s replicated signature on the fairing) this BMW promises to be something different.

From the seller:
Thank you for viewing my favorite moto: 2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika
This rare bike is amazing to ride! Comfortable, smooth, fast, and people love the timeless design. If you have made it this far into my listing, then I don’t need to write 10 pages explaining the Boxer Cup racing series and the limited production of very rare commemorative Bimmers that were sold around the world. Specifically, this moto is a great example of a well-preserved and maintained R1100S BCR that has always been adult ridden, never dropped or even leaned on, garage-kept, and will always be a fan favorite to every type of rider.

More from the seller:
I purchased this from a private owner in spring of 2016, had it enclosed shipped from Florida, and loved every second of riding it. Sadly, I am moving and need to downsize for the time being. The spark plugs, all fluids, and tires were replaced at 7,300 miles (shortly before I purchased it). This bike is nearly spotless: I’d rate the condition of it around a 9.3/10 with only stress cracks on the windscreen, a few very minor scratches on the gas tank, seat cover, and a few chips on the lower front of the bellypan. I have pampered this moto for 3,000 miles, and most of them are highway from weekend adventures. The rear tire is starting to show a little wear, but should easily perform for another 2,500-3,000 miles before replacing.

Sure, it was not until the S1000RR and piles of money that BMW finally met the competition head on in World Super Bike – but the Boxer Cup paved the way. This example is very, very clean. Miles are certainly low for what we all know to be a dead reliable lump of a motor, and unlike some of the high-strung Italian supermodels you can ride this one through some pretty decently sized service intervals. It’s everything you would expect from a BMW twin, with a little extra cachet, performance and exclusivity. Check it out here for all of the details and some great photos. Then jump back into the comments section and share your thoughts on the Boxer Cup – genuinely good race series, or mad marketing ploy von Deutschland?

MI

Pugilist: 2003 BMW Boxer Cup
Cagiva January 16, 2017 posted by

Some Assembly Required: 1989 Cagiva 500GP V589 for Sale

We don’t normally post project or incomplete bikes here on RSBFS, but this one seemed too good to pass up: one of Cagiva’s inspired but ultimately doomed series of 500cc GP machines, the V589. Battling against the established giants, Cagiva originally experimented with an inline-four configuration but eventually followed Suzuki’s successful formula with a square four, before switching to a V4 in 1986. They may have struggled to win races, but if bonus points had been awarded for looks, the Cagivas might have stood a better chance, since they’re considered by some to be the prettiest racebikes of all time.

Even if you don’t agree, the specifications are certainly stunning: in an effort to keep up with the more established players, Cagiva experimented with some really wild technology, considering these were racing in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Extensive use of carbon fiber, traction-control, and electronic suspension were all tried to give Cagiva a competitive edge, although consistent success eluded them and they withdrew from competition at the end of 1994.

Earlier machines like this one had clear stylistic links to the Ducati 916 and Cagiva Mito which should be no surprise, as the V589 was designed by Massimo Tamburini. Some versions included a carbon fiber swingarm, although this one has the aluminum version. Much of this V589’s bodywork is missing, but that’s no surprise as those bits are pretty expandable on a race bike. Fortunately, it has the all-important frame, although it sounds like that will require some changes to re-orient the shock, as it was modified at some point to try an alternative configuration.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Cagiva 500GP V589 for Sale

This is a genuine 1989 Original Factory Works Cagiva V4 500 Grand Prix race bike, as ridden by Randy Mamola etc. It is sold as an incomplete project and is for restoration.

The engine has been rebuilt recently and is fresh but I would still check it as it’s stood for a little while. The factory records confirms the original build date of 23/06/89. The frame is chassis 4, it has a special fuel tank which was used to test the ignition in the tank area and also modified to try a top mount shock rather than the original horizontal fitting. The swing arm and shock are the original horizontal type so the frame would need reverting to take the horizontal mounts. There is a linkage arm, the shock is a special Öhlins 500GP unit made for Cagiva. The dash includes temp gauge, Magnetti Marelli ignition, rectifier, battery, PV controller. There is a radiator, coil packs, PV motor, magnesium wheels with front discs, sprocket, cables for throttle and pv, the complete triple clamp magnesium assembly, footrest hangers, rear master cylinder, cast water pipes, upper front fairing, belly pan with air box sections. There are exhausts and silencers but will need modifying to fit as they are later year. Some small parts also. So it is a very good basis. All the parts are original Cagiva GP but as the bikes changed constantly from race to race some parts are from varied dates and may need work to fit. Please study the photos to see what is included, everything is shown.

The main missing parts are fork legs (Marzocchi or Öhlins were used at various times) carburettors, brake calipers (Brembo or AP were used) seat unit, mid-fairing section, tacho, bars with levers and throttle, wiring, some other small parts.

I can put the buyer in touch with a collector who has other Cagiva parts to finish the bike.

The price for this one-of-a-kind bit of racing history? Just $55,000 but, considering the missing parts and what they will cost to track down or create, this is definitely an “experts only” proposition, but those of us with reasonable means can still look at the possibilities and dream…

-tad

Some Assembly Required: 1989 Cagiva 500GP V589 for Sale
Honda May 25, 2013 posted by

Freddie Rides Again! 1986 Honda NS400R

NS400R_1

Located in British Columbia, Canada (a beautiful place where the evils of meters, KMs and liters lurk) is this good looking Honda NS400R. My wife likes to call this model the “primary color” bike and it is easy to see why; the red/white/blue livery really stands out. The bodywork is reminiscent of 80s era GP bikes (of which this is a replica), and the rest of the bike is typical Honda; well-built, functional, and pretty bulletproof.

NS400R_6

NS400s are 3 cylinder affairs in a vee formation. Two cylinders make up the forward part of the vee, with a single cylinder in the back. This configuration helps with mass centralization and weight bias, all while keeping the bike narrow and agile. While power is not quite on the same level as a 500cc Gamma or RZ, the NS400R makes due with lithe handling and lighter weight.

NS400R_53

From the seller:
Up for auction is my extremely rare 1986 Honda NS400r 2 stroke, 3 cylinder,kick start motorcycle.There is about 300 NSR motorcycles imported into Canada in 1986.The bike is in very nice original condition with only 8777 miles on the odometer 14000 kms.Tires are in great condition, runs and drives very nice. I purchased the ns from a insurance company, with scratches on the fairings, so there for it has a rebuilt title.The bike was repaired to original specifications. It looks fantastic, and I am sure the new owner will be very happy with there purchase.

NS400R_8

There are some important details peeking out of the seller’s comments. There is no chance of mistaking this for a cleanly titled, all original bike. The title is marked as “Rebuilt, Rebuildable & Reconstructed” indicating that this was a crash-damaged bike. However that need not be too bad an affair. Given the miles (sorry, kilometers) of plastic and paintwork on a NS400, you can hardly suffer a tipover without risk of insurance totalling out the bike. Of course it could have been a wreck worthy of Randy Mamola. I do note some apparent welding/brazing on the upper fairing stay. Prudent buyers will want to check more closely.

NS400R_4

This great looking bike is available north of the border. The bidding is only up to $2,729 thus far, with reserve in place. Depending upon where that reserve is set, this bike could end up being a deal or simply another mark on the appreciation price curve for the model. Check out all of the details here, and then jump back and let us know what you think! Good Luck!

NS400R_7

MI

BMW July 25, 2012 posted by

Non Italian Twin: 2003 BMW BOXER CUP Replica!

For Sale: 2003 BMW BOXER CUP

So the word is that numbered and limited edition Ducatis are not rare. After all, they made some 700 of the 998R as posted here (Make sure to read the comments on the 998R to appreciate the rest of this post! -dc). So when I was trolling for something available in fewer numbers, I stumbled across this Boxer Cup bike – number 142 of only 200 produced. What is that – a 350% improvement in rarity? And to top it off, this baby is so NOT Italian that it prefers Wienerschnitzel to pizza!

What do you do when you are a manufacturer of sporty motorcycles and you want to make a name for yourself? You go racing. Better yet, you drop big bucks and start a one make class to ensure that no matter who wins, your brand is at the front. That is really what the Boxer Cup was all about – and while it was a good marketing exercise for BMW, the close racing was fantastic for the fans. It most certainly did not hurt when such names as Randy Mamola and Kevin Schwantz took part in the series!

From the seller:
Motor Co. Inc. is very proud to offer this very rare and collectible 2003 BMW R1100 Boxer Cup Replika to the public. #142 of only 200 produced this bike was a collector piece before it was assembled! We have serviced the bike and it is ready to go today. All of the documentation is included, the badges, certificate of authenticity, both keys, etc. Don’t miss this opportunity! Look at the pictures, come see it, this is the one you want! Bike has never been down and is exactly as it appears in the photos.

The Boxer Cup replica bikes were really just paint and styling excercises intended to cash in on the marketing offered by the Boxer Cup race series. There are the obvious Boxer Cup graphics, including Randy Mamola’s signature across the fairing. There are some nice touches such as the carbon valve covers, complete with sliders – but nothing really significant over and above the already strong R1100 Sport it was based upon.

If being more rare than the next guy is your thing, here is your way to get back at the Ducati snob-set. With 350% more rare-ness than a 998R and a bigger signature on the fairing than those puny RZ350s, this Boxer Cup replica is your ticket to the rare leagues! The best part is it probably won’t break the bank. For more information and pictures, click the link and check out the auction. Good Luck!

MI

Cagiva March 7, 2012 posted by

A Ducati by any other name…. 1985 Cagiva 650 Alazzurra

For Sale: 1985 Cagiva 650 Alazzurra

If elements of this Cagiva Alazzurra look familiar, they should. Until the late 1980s the Cagiva brand name (and elephant logo) were the face of Ducati in the United States. Yes, we all knew about the Ducati brand before then, but with Ducati-sourced engines, the only officially imported brand in the US was Cagiva. Thus, this Alazzurra contains a Pantah-based L-twin rubber-band motor, the same as the Ducati 2-valve, air cooled twins of the era. The componentry was likewise Ducati spec (Marzocchi, Brembo, etc), and the Alazzurra was known as a sweet handling bike in the day.

By 1985 Cagiva had acquired Ducati and dropped the Cagiva name from the U.S. lineup. While Cagiva continued to be a European brand to be reckoned with (including competiting in several seasons of 500 GP road racing with the likes of Randy Mamola and Eddie Lawson), Ducati was the only way forward for the brand abroad. That makes this little Alazzurra a reasonably rare and significant motorcycle.

From the seller:
This auction is for a 1985 Cagiva 650 Alazzurra with 26173 miles. To my knowledge only 300 were built. This bike looks very good and runs and drives good. It is all original. The paint has almost no scratches. The tank is clean and has no dents. The front fender had been repaired. The tires are fair and everything works on this bike, including the clock! The tranny works fine and the engine sounds and feels healthy. The battery is brand new as well. It’s not leaking, not smoking and doesn’t make any noises! The tool kit is included! It might need a minor tune up, but you see me riding it!

If you collect bikes and this isn’t in your collection, you should get this one!

Here is a video of the actual bike in action:

This bike looks to be in fair shape given the years and the miles. These tend not to be uber-collectable, pricey machines – which makes this a nice opportunity for a unique bike you can actually ride. The bike has a look all its own, and that familiar 90 degree Ducati sound. It even comes in the standard Italian color: red.

This auction is going on right now, and the cost of entry is a paltry $3,500. There has not been much interest in this bike as of yet, but I don’t expect that to last. The starting price is a bit higher than I might like to see, but it is certainly in line with the value of the bike. For more information and pictures, click the link and jump over to the auction. Don’t forget to tell ’em you found it on RSBFS!

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale December 6, 2011 posted by

“B” Is For Bitchin: 1983 RGB500 MK8

“B” Is For Bitchin:  1983 RGB500 MK8

That “B” means a lot, this isn’t your buddy’s RG500.  Not to take anything away from the street-going Gammas, but the RGB version of this bike is the true factory Grand Prix bike made available to well-heeled teams in very limited numbers. With no concessions to the EPA, DOT or any other federal agencies, the RGB500 was designed with a single goal in mind: win 500cc GP races.

With a square four, 500cc two stroke powerplant, disk-valve induction, full floater rear suspension and leading caliper, anti-dive front fork, this RGB500 represents the latest racing technology available in the day. And how well did it work? While the ’83 season was dominated by Freddie Spencer and Kenny Roberts (with Spencer stealing the title with only 2 points to spare), Randy Mamola managed to capture 3rd overall in the standings riding a RGB500.

From the seller:
New ground up rebuild..race ready…will need break in, as it has a new top end. No known history, as bike came from Japan years ago. Depending what you plan to do with it, I have a large inventory of parts that cover MK 7 & 8 and can be purchased separately.
All new glass work and paint. All hydraulics have been rebuilt….has original race slicks for display only. Comes with original stand.

RSBFS has listed a few of these RGB models in the past, including one from this same seller (check out this 1981 model or this 1982 bike). And thanks to the RSBFS research staff, we have this great video of Randy Mamola hot-dogging on a 500cc GP bike in anger (in this case a Cagiva). Watching tires light up as these big two strokes come up on the pipe just gives me chills!

This RGB500 is available now. While it does not have any documented racing history (according to the seller it was imported out of Japan), it is still a full-fleged RGB racing machine and is thus very rare and very valuable. The BIN figure is $40,000, although the seller is open to other offers. This sounds like a reasonable price for the pristine condition and appearance, and is listed for much less than earlier examples we have witnessed. The lack of history and spares does detract from the value, but the bike appears to be priced in line with others of this caliber. For more information and details, click the link and jump over to the auction. This bike is definitely worth checking out!

Ian and MI