The days might still be hot here on the East Coast, but they’re steadily getting shorter, and the evenings have the familiar cool snap. Summer is nigh over, but here at RSBFS we are just gearing up for one of the best seasons to get out on a sportbike and relish the crisp temperatures and bright foliage.
If you didn’t find your steed in the summer season, fear not. We have compiled a list, in no particular order, of still-active featured listings begging for the chance to be your late-year mount. Check it out below.
For those whose riding gear is as stylish as it is functional, this 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE is ready to match your sartorial splendor with subtle, classy tones and a fantastic butternut-brown saddle.
If you’d rather not sacrifice performance for high-end materials and sexy bodywork, there is a 2015 Kawasaki H2R in Santa Clara, California. It might not be road legal, but 310 supercharged horsepower should make you the absolute king of late-season track days.
The second retro-styled Ducati on the list, this 2009 Ducati Sport 1000 looks the absolute business with an aftermarket bare aluminum tank and seat cowl, and wears a set of OZ Cattiva wheels. Those tweaks, especially the metal tank and cowl, will make the bike both easier to live with and easier to throw around autumnal back roads.
Among the true gems on this list is one of our favorite all-time listings, the 1989 Kawasaki KR-1R from Gary in Utah. It’s only the second bike of its kind we’ve listed, and the last one was in England six years ago. This one is one of a very few in the U.S., and is titled for street use to boot. Someone get this before we do something very silly.
Ramping up the rarity, expense and exclusivity a notch or ten, we get to the 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini. Number 192 of 300 examples built, this very special MV commemorates the man who designed the Ducati 916, ran Cagiva and founded Bimota. Special is an understatement.
Staying with the exclusive and Italian theme we have a 2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale Superleggera that has been given the full WSBK treatment. It’s track-only, but it definitely walks the walk and has won a number of amateur races.
If the Ducati is too old, or too brittle or too Italian, this 2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 Factory British Superbike racer should fill in nicely. Hell, find a buddy and find out once and for all who’s who.
If you are looking for an older, more approachable but equally rad Yamaha, look no further than this 1987 Yamaha TZR250 two-stroke. It currently lives in Canada, but is five years past the magic 25 mark, so registering it in the States should be a relative breeze.
The first Bimota on the list, sort of, is, fittingly, a replica of the first bike Bimota ever built. The 1975 Bimota HB-1 replica is a bespoke steel frame wrapped around a Honda CB750 engine as reliable as time. A replica this may be, but it’s spot-on and should not be missed.
Sticking with the rare Honda theme, this 1990 Honda RC30 came out of the collection of guru Jim Granger, and carries a long list of mods and hot rod parts. It has recently been listed on eBay, where bidding is picking up steam.
For those in search of rideable rarity across the pond, the 1994 Suzuki GSXR-750 SP featured below is still looking for a home. Not as hard edged as some other race reps, it’s still a handful, and has acres of ’90s charm.
Still haunting the Nashville, TN, Craigslist, is this one-owner 1991 Ducati 851. It is in miraculous shape, having covered just 1,600 miles, and it is a true piece of history. If you have the means, we highly recommend picking one up. They are so choice.
Slightly less rare, but equally Italian and impressive, this 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport comes from the same seller and is in similar condition. It has way more miles under its tires, but is ready to be ridden and loved for years to come.
Just relisted with RSBFS is “Motoman’s” Bimota SB8R and wears a buy-it-now of $9,000.
Rounding out the list is my personal favorite. The screaming, all-black, two-stroke Aprilia of my nightmares, the Aprilia RS250. From our buddies at Speed Werks, this thing is titled and ready out of Delaware.