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spondon August 2, 2022 posted by

Track Bike Tuesday: Yamaha Powered Spondon

Spondon has been providing frames to some of the most lust worth motorcycles for decades.  They have built everything from championship winning race bikes to wild turbocharged street fighters for the road.  As with many small batch British manufactures, the company has a storied history and has gone through many ups and downs.  While never a common thing to see on the market, it is more likely to find one in Europe than on this side of the pond.  There is little chance it would be cost effective to build a motorcycle like this on your own.

As with the old Lotus adage of “Simplify and add lightness” these Spondon race bikes with a simple Yamaha single offer a refreshing change of pace to the multiple cylinder monsters that normally dominate the track day paddock.  Claimed 70 horsepower are more than capable of pushing the 275 pounds of motorcycle.  With something light and simple the cost would be kept down because the bike will not require tires and brakes at the rate of a larger bike.  This translates to only more fun, but more time learning, training and pushing on track.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Yamaha powered Spondon chassis, former Slipstream British championship bike.

It was featured in Performance bike, topping out at 148mph Silverstone.

-Championship-winning bike, ridden by Colin Sturgeon in the British, isle of man and world S.O.S series.

-Never run here in the states.

-Xt600 powered has been stored since then.

-I did refresh it back in 2008 (thinking I wanted to ride it )

Engine: Yamaha XT 600. Carillo rod. Fresh, top end, Webcam (214 grinds, 107/109

cam lobes). Falicon Stage 2 crank. Arias high compression piston, 12.5:1.

Ported head. New undercut tranny. Yamaha D

series cases. New valve guides. New clutch basket, plates,

springs. Twin Keihin Cr’s smoothbores

Chassis: Spondon twin spar frame with adjustable yokes, Tz front end, brakes, wheels, Ohlins.

275lbs (125kg) ,71bhp

It is not very often that a chance to buy a championship winning bike comes along, even less so with a Buy It Now price of $11,000.  Appears to have say in a large collection for quite a few years so a refresh would be in order if the new owner wanted to use the bike on track in anger.  But the process should be worthwhile and not only offering excitement on track, but also unique conversations off track.  These bikes should have a great cost to uniqueness ratio.  The Yamaha single should be easy to keep going and the Spondon frame should out handle almost any converted street bike.

Track Bike Tuesday:  Yamaha Powered Spondon
Honda June 28, 2022 posted by

Honda Heavyweight: 1982 CB1100R

The Honda CB line of bikes has spanned decades and a wide range of offerings.  The CB label has been used on everything from small commuter bikes to all out powerhouses.  The original SOHC CB750 is often sited as one of the first true superbikes.  They latter evolved into the DOHC air cooled bikes of the mid 80s.  These bikes were successful on the race track and most notably with Freddie Spencer.  Towards the end of the line Honda decided it was time to make a true homologation special with the 1062cc engine.  Making 115hp Honda added a full fairing and tweaked just about everything when compared to a CB1100F.

Endurance racing is where the CB1100R saw the most race wins.  Details are limited on just how many road bikes were build, but it is safe to say these were not built in large numbers.  Rough counts indicate around 2500 units built across four production years.   Never officially sold in the USA, some have been imported over the years, but this remains a sought after model for most collectors.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

1982 Honda CB1100R. A low mile original one owner bike in almost perfect condition both mechanically and cosmetically. An extremely rare bike in the US and part of the holy grail of collector Hondas.
Absolutely no issues. Do not miss this opportunity, it will be a long wait for another like it whether you’re a collector or true aficionado. This bike is appreciating at an unbelievable rate and shows no signs of slowing down. It’s one of the bikes we will all eventually wished to have purchased when we could.
Immediate PayPal deposit of 1000$ required on purchase to XXX and please send your details so I can call and finalize.
Descriptions, viewpoints and opinions vary between people.
Please look at the photos and do your own evaluation.

DO NOT bid, make offers or press buttons if you’re not absolutely sure you’re buying it.

Your purchase is not subject to ANYTHING!!after you buy.

ANY questions, inspections, viewing, test drives etc are welcome BEFORE PURCHASE ONLY!!!! No warranties are implied or made. Sale as is.

Immediate deposit required. non refundable.

The Buy It Now price of $30,000 can only be described as aggressive based on other transaction data.  The seller unfortunately spends more time in the add laying out rules and making market claims than providing solid details on the bike.  These are relatively simple bikes from a mechanical point of view.  Honda is known for being very supportive with vintage parts availability to keep a machine like this serviced.

Honda Heavyweight:  1982 CB1100R
Triumph June 25, 2022 posted by

Big Boned – 1995 Triumph Daytona 900 Super III

Image 3 - 1995 Triumph Daytona Super 111

1995 Triumph Daytona 900 Super III

In the early 1990s and 2000s, the British were never really able to compete in the race to have the fastest or lightest bikes. The business had hit a bit of rough patch and had them playing catchup to other manufacturers but that didn’t stop them from finding their niche and creating faster and faster bikes. The Daytona 900 Super III is a good point of reference in their ascent as it illustrated their ability to make a good bike a even better and also the early stages of life for the now infamous Daytona.

Image 5 - 1995 Triumph Daytona Super 111

After Triumph opened it’s shiny Hinkley factory in 1990, they released released a number of models including the 750 triple and followed that up with the 900 triple. The Daytona 900 was a good bike at the time for Triumph. Its engine differentiated it from Japanese competitors and that certainly made it an interesting option for buyers but it was never on the same level of performance. To make the bike a bit more relevant on the international stage, Triumph iterated on the Daytona with the 900 Super III even if it only had 800 units to show for it.

Image 10 - 1995 Triumph Daytona Super 111

The Daytona 900 Super III certainly did not have an exotic redline or top speed but the original engine was reworked for the Super III with the help of Cosworth. Cosworth reworked the heads and used higher compression pistons along with a proper tune to pump out an extra 18 hp out of the 900 triple. With more power, you also need more brakes and Triumph addressed that by adding two more pots to each caliper.

Image 18 - 1995 Triumph Daytona Super 111

From the seller:

“1995 Triumph Daytona Super 111. Rare and highly collectable, this 1995 Triumph Daytona Super 111 is one of only 800 produced between 1994 and 1996. Only 170 were imported into the U.S. The bike is completely stock, in mint condition and has only 13,405 miles showing on the clock. This motorcycle is a prime example of Triumph’s Superbike from 1995. Produced from 1994 through 1996 in very limited numbers, with engine tuning by Cosworth, this 885cc triple is rated at 115 horsepower, with an estimated top speed of nearly 150mph. This bike was just taken out of dry storage after 20 years. It is ready to roll, quick, and nimble…”

Image 2 - 1995 Triumph Daytona Super 111

The additional power and brakes made the Daytona a much more responsive motorcycle on the street where easy power is king. The biggest gripe with this bike was always the power to weight but that’s a problem most of us face ourselves at one one point or another. Triumph didn’t design this motorcycle exclusively for the track and the weight only added to its street competency on windy British B roads.

Overall, this bike seems to be in very good condition with virtually no cosmetic defects. The seller mentioned the bike has been in dry storage for quite some time so it may need some parts refreshed here and there. As far as price and value, the bikes were rare and the US only saw 170/800 examples. RSBFS had one up in 2021 so they still come up from time to time. $3-$5K seems to be the going range for past examples and the seller’s reserve is at the upper limit and has seen no bids.

-Norm

 

Big Boned – 1995 Triumph Daytona 900 Super III
Honda April 2, 2022 posted by

1989 Honda NSR250 MC18 For Sale!

1989 Honda NSR250 MC18 For Sale on CL!

Make: Honda
Model: NSR250 MC18
Mileage: 22,281 km
Price: $14,000
Titled: Yes
Location: Calabasas, CA (Shout out to my boys from P.O.D.)

From the seller
Imported from Japan four years ago, registered in California and slowly restored to exceptional condition. One of the nicest MC18 examples to be had and they’re rare. Most are in poor or un-restored condition. Everything on this bike has been gone through and fixed, replaced or refinished. Compression is perfect, carbs cleaned/tuned and runs amazing. Zero miles on new Bridgestone tires.

– California Title/Reg/Plate
– De-restricted (60hp estimated)
– JHA pipes
– Magtek magnesium rims just repainted
– New wheel bearings
– New Bridgestone tires w/ zero miles
– New Rothmans bodywork, stripes corrected and inside of panels painted flat black
– New fasteners
– New windscreen from U.K.
– New Renthal grips
– Vintage Japanese BEET rear sets
– Reupholstered rear seat
– New lithium battery
– New regulator/rectifier
– New fork seals
– New oil pump seal
– Zinc-plated hardware

I assure you- that list isn’t telling the whole story, but the pictures will complete the list for you. Have a look and tell me what you notice . . .


I see hundreds of hours of elbow grease and several hundred dollars in cleaning supplies. Have you ever laid your eyes on a cleaner 2 stroke? I’m not sure they’re this clean from the factory!


Hello there, Mr. Beet! I think I’m more excited about seeing those in the wild than I am about seeing a MC18 🙂

I know it’s not original, the wheels have been resprayed and it has those pesky aftermarket fairings, but it is 33 years old and comes from one of the harshest environments for motorcycles and yet, it looks amazingly clean, fresh and ready to make some noise.

If you’re in the market for a solid rider this might be where you can punch your ticket, but as always, I’d suggest you reach out to the seller and do your own due diligence to get a better feel for it.

Let me know your thoughts on this good looking MC18 and Smoke’em if ya got’em!

Cheers!

Doug

1989 Honda NSR250 MC18 For Sale!
Honda April 1, 2022 posted by

Feature Listing- 1990 Honda VFR750R RC30 For Sale!

Update 4.1.2022: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

1990 Honda VFR 750R RC30 For Sale!

Location: Seattle, WA
Make: Honda
Model: VFR750R RC30
Mileage: 15,228
Price: $45,000
Contact: Dave at (206) 535-6812 or dave@SeattleUsedBikes.com

We always enjoy a solid homologation superbike and this one is no exception!
This one is being offered by our good friends at Seattle Used Bikes and comes with storied past.

Read on-

When the current owner, who is the third owner, first purchased it in January of 1999 with 13168 miles showing. We are told that it was eventually handed over to his friend, world famous Honda tuner Mike Velasco; who is a PNW resident. Mike went over it, jetted the carbs for the aftermarket (Tyga?) exhaust, performed a valve clearance check and other basics, there was no documentation provided but its clear it has been looked after.

Knowing Mike Velasco tuned this RC30 is something special and should help ease any concerns of prospective buyers. If you’re not familiar with Mike Velasco, I suggest you allow some time for quick web search. You’ll quickly find his name along side Pops Yoshimura, Two Brothers Racing, Freddie Spencer, Fred Merkel and Bubba Shobert.

It has had roughly 2000 miles added since purchase, it did sit for the last few years in controlled environment. We needed to give the carbs a light clean, replace various rubber bits inside, new OEM carb bowl o-rings and intake manifolds were all sourced. We then moved on to the fluids, fresh oil and Honda filter, flushed/refilled coolant along with all the hydraulics, we use all Motul products. We took our time and looked for any other items needing attention, the small details. Last, we installed a set of new Avon Spirit ST tires in the proper OEM size and gave it a professional detail.

All of the bodywork is in good condition, we did spot some damage on the right side on the seat section from stress, fairly common on the RC30. The foam inside the upper fairing panels is in good condition but like most of these, the belly pan sustained heat damage at some point and was repaired. We are told it was not uncommon to spot a slight variance in the red color from upper to lower but the white paint is not original. We are finishing up lining the common hot spots with moose racing heat shields to protect it. We did notice the aftermarket exhaust vs stock, is not touching anywhere inside the belly pan. We also spotted a dent in the radiator on the right side, no leaks or fitment issues, no information on what or when it happened, mount on the frame sustained no damage. We have a included pictures of the blemishes found, everything lined up right upon reassembly after servicing.



The original owner of this particular RC30 has made contact with SUB and offered a few stories along with some of his memories. My favorite? He used it as a “grocery getter”

Recently the original RC30 owner reached out to us! Check out the picture!! He is still an avid enthusiast and said he has always had his eye out for #236. While not in the cards to bring it back home he did share a few stories and more details along with some original photos. There were only a small handful of RC30’s sold here in the PNW when new, this one was purchased brand new from our friends at Everett Powersports as a 3 year old non current in 1993, We were told the dealer had just moved it off the sales floor into an upstairs storage area. They allowed a young kinda broke moto dreamer to sit up there and fall in love, he found a way. He had the joy of putting the around 10,000 or so miles on it over the next few years,.it was often used as a daily commuter and occasional grocery getter! It was parked the final year of ownership in his dining room before deciding to move on. During the years of ownership he kept it in virtually bone stock condition, taking proper care along the way following the Honda recommendations, he told us he truly “babied it”

This is a really nice RC30 that has been enjoyed and taken care of along the way. It presents very well and has been tuned by one of the great tuners of the homologation era.

Enjoy the video and make sure you click the link below for the “Under the Skin” photos.

Click here for extensive “Under the Skin” photos


Give Dave a call at (206) 535-6812 or reach out via email at dave@SeattleUsedBikes.com if you’d like more information on this amazing Honda VFR750R RC30.

Feature Listing- 1990 Honda VFR750R RC30 For Sale!
Honda February 4, 2022 posted by

Feature Listing – 1991 Honda MC21 250R For Sale!

Update 2.4.2022: SOLD in 2 days!! Congratulations to buyer and Speedwerks! -dc

1991 Honda MC21 250R For Sale!

Titled: Yes
Make: Honda
Model: NSR 250R MC21
Mileage: 14,084
Location: Dover, DE
Price: $12,500
Delivery: FREE!
Cool Factor: Cooler than a Polar Bears Toes
Titled: Yes

Up for your consideration is another bad ass NSR from the Boyz at Speedwerks. These guys never cease to amaze me with the quality bikes they crank out and this one is no exception.

That is the view your buddies should get accustomed to seeing after you pick this one up-

Steve says:
Honda MC21 NSR250R
Great rider that shows really well.
14k on the clock.
This machine is SUPER Clean with no corrosion. Previous owner spent a lot of time and money on the chassis, powder coated wheels, sub-frame and triple tree’s.
It comes with a fresh top end on the engine and is ready to ride.
TYGA Performance exhaust system, new Pirelli tires and upgraded suspension.
This is an R model with a real nice paint job.
Something you could collect and rock on the weekends, track day, race in WERA Motorcycle Roadracing or AHRMA Next Gen Super Bike Light.
Full service and safety check preformed.
New engine has been heat cycled and broken in.
$12,500 including delivery in the continental USA.




The pictures echo Steve’s description to a T! No corrosion to be seen and extreme care was taken by the previous owner when they freshened it up. You can ride this one and not worry because the engine is fresh, heat cycled and ready to pin the throttle.

I’ve owned a few NSR’s and I can assure you they are an absolute hoot to ride- there really is nothing quite like a road going 2 stroke. I can only imagine the attention you’d attract on a race-replica smoker with those stacked Tyga’s!

Interested? Hit up Steve at steve@speedwerks.com or (302) 672-7223 and he’ll take good care of you.

Smoke’em if ya Got’em!

Feature Listing – 1991 Honda MC21 250R For Sale!
Honda January 18, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 1992 Honda VFR400 NC30 For Sale!

Update 1.18.2022: SOLD to an RSBFS reader in less than a day! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

Contact us to see if your bike qualifies for a Featured Listing! -dc

Make: Honda
Year: 1992
Model: VFR400 NC30
Location: Dover, Delaware
Mileage: 11,782
Price: $12,000
Contact: Steve at 302-672-7223 or steve@speedwerks.com

Steve Says:
This Honda NC30 is from our clients estate collection. We took care of the more modern machines and are very familiar with this bike in particular.
Imported recently, he had us install the Tyga exhaust and jetting work. We also upgraded the radiators and cooling lines. New Chain and sprockets along with a complete service and detailing. This NC has steel braided brake lines front and rear.
This is one of the nicest looking and running NC’s we have had come through here.
Legally imported with all documentation,this machine was not registered before he passed. At 25 years old and with all import documentation, it is ready to be titled in the new owners state and name.


Tyga states their full exhaust system coupled with their Maggot silencer adds 7hp bumping it to 59hp and reduces weight by 50% over the stock exhaust. If 59hp isn’t enough for you, I’m quite certain the boys have a few gallons of leaded Power Mist Fuel to help you reach 60hp. 🙂
As mentioned, you can see the new sprocket, chain and braided rear brake line.


This one hasn’t been out much and only showing 18,962km or 11,782 miles on the odometer.


Dressed in Honda Ruby Red, an 18″ rear wheel takes care of the party end while the 17″ front paired with 296mm dual discs handles the business end.

As you can see by all of the high-res images- this little VFR is in excellent condition and the boys at the shop have it ready to roll. As a matter of fact, this one is so nice it may be better served posted up on a race stand in the toy room.

FREE nationwide shipping is included in the $12,000 price.

Reach out to Steve at 302-672-7223 or steve@speedwerks.com if you’re interested.

Later-

Doug

Featured Listing – 1992  Honda VFR400 NC30 For Sale!
magni January 6, 2022 posted by

Gorgeous Goose: Guzzi Powered Magni Giappone 52

In 1977 Arturo Magni started a small, but interesting company in Italy that would bear his name.  Arturo had a long history in the Italian motorcycles, specifically MV Agusta.  For more then 25 years he was involved in the MV Agusta racing program, ultimately becoming the Team Manager.  Mangi would go on to make upgrade parts for many high end sports bikes in period.  They were also know for chain drive conversions.

When the original Moto Guzzi Le Mans was released Magni saw a chance to improve the machine by designing a new rear suspension.  Dubbed the Parallelogrammo, this design cured some handling issues from the factory and retained the shaft drive.  Magni also started to create parts to back date the Le Mans for a more vintage feel.  These fairings and packages began to become very popular in Japan.  This was the start of a long term focus on the Japanese market.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Magni, and the 50th anniversary of their Japanese importer, Fukuda Motors, the Giappone 52 was created.  Just 52 of these full faired motorcycles would be created.  All were powered by a 1064cc Moto Guzzi engine.  The Giappone weighed a staggering 36kg less then the contemporary sporting Moto Guzzi.

From the Sellers Listing:

Rare premium limited production 52 units Mani Japone 52 1998 13,744km

■ Front wheel: 3.50 × 17 3Spoke Vintage sports Gross Black finish MARCHESINI
■ Rear wheel: 5.50 × 17 3Spoke Vintage sports Gross Black finish MARCHESINI

■ Front tire: 120/70 ZR17 DIABLO PIRELLI
■ Rear tire: 180/55 ZR17 DIABLO PIRELLI

■ Grip: Racing type Closed end Black rubber DOMINO

■ Headlight bulb: Halogen bulb
■ Winker : European style Black body Amber Lens CUSTOM WINKER

Data is limited on any Magni due to the rarity, but it is unlikely one would encounter one at the local bike night.  Known for being bespoke commissions and offering a truly unique experience this auctions presents an opportunity for someone to join the elite club of owners.

This bike is located in Japan, but interested buyers should know that there is a thriving market for exporting motorcycles from Japan to the USA and cost/taxes are not as expensive as one would assume.  Might have to wait out the 25 year clock though on this.  Currently at just under $23,000 and no bids.  Unclear how many remain on the road, or how many have stayed in Japan.  At least one has been exported to Australia and unfortunately broken down for parts.  Maybe someone that lusts after a bike like this will buy one of the fairings and hand it on their wall as the art that it is.

Gorgeous Goose:  Guzzi Powered Magni Giappone 52