Posts by tag: Rotax

Aprilia October 11, 2019 posted by

V-Twins for EVERYONE: 2001 Aprilia RSV Mille R for Sale

Everything was coming up twins in the early 2000s. Ducati’s continued success on track and in showrooms inspired other manufacturers to throw their hats into the ring: Honda and Suzuki decided that, “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” and built v-twin superbikes to compete against the 998. Obviously that’s oversimplifying things a bit, since Honda was apparently fed up with bias towards the Bolognese v-twins in WSBK and wanted to make a point by beating Ducati at their own game, which isn’t exactly the same thing. For Aprilia though, it just made sense to use a v-twin for their first superbike, and they managed to knock it out of the park with the RSV Mille R.

The bike was well-reviewed, had some success in World Superbike, and made for a real Italian alternative to Ducati, with wildly different looks but the same kind of v-twin grunt matched with better reliability. With their brand-new bike, Aprilia opted to avoid the kinds of mechanical nightmares experienced by Bimota, outsourcing powertrain development to Rotax in Austria. The resulting twin’s unusual 60° configuration meant a more compact design that allowed a longer swingarm for increased traction in a shorter wheelbase than is usual for a v-twin. Ergonomics and handling were closer to the Japanese inline fours than Ducati’s famously uncomfortable machines, and the R model seen here features plenty of go-fast goodies, including lightweight carbon bits, Öhlins suspension, an Öhlins steering damper, and forged aluminum wheels. The vacuum actuated “Pneumatic Power Clutch” mimicked the function of a slipper clutch to keep the rear wheel from skipping across the pavement during downshifts.

The frame and swingarm of the RSV Mille are utterly gorgeous, although they do get overshadowed by the rest of the package. The flat-black paint looks brutally functional and follows Aprilia’s habit of making unusual stylistic choices, as with the silver foil lettering on the RS250 or the purple and red Reggiani graphics. Small wings on the fairing predate the aero trend seen in WSBK and MotoGP, although the mesh vents on the flanks never really caught on… The “Mickey Mouse” headlamp may be a questionable choice, but should provide good illumination for evening rides and a Mille won’t ever be mistaken for anything else.

I hate to harp on the looks when I post these, because I really do like them. They’re a bit like the old Alfa Romeo Milano: not pretty by any means, but very striking. They’re especially appealing in flat, stealth-fighter black with red and white graphics seen here. The huge silencer looks very 2001, but somehow less dorky than the ones you find on Japanese bikes of the period. Maybe it’s the twin outlets? I’m sure it works fine, unless you want more noise. Because who doesn’t want more noise from their Italian sportbike?

From the original eBay listing: 2001 Aprilia RSV Mille R for Sale

For sale a 2001 Aprilia RSV Mille R with very low mileage and in almost new condition. I purchased the bike from the original and it was in a garage in the past 8 years. I changed all the fluids and the fuel pump. The bike runs and drives like a new bike. The bike has two small dent/scratches on the fuel tank (see attached picture).

With just 1,197 miles, this thing is tragically unused: the looks may be an acquired taste, but there’s no denying these RSVs are great to ride and very reliable, especially considering their Latin origins. If you’re looking for Italian v-twin music on a limited budget and don’t have time for mechanical drama, grab this one and ride it!

-tad

V-Twins for EVERYONE: 2001 Aprilia RSV Mille R for Sale
Buell October 4, 2019 posted by

Black and Blue – 2008 Buell 1125R

Not often seen with the factory full fairing, this early 1125R has been on display since just 1,385 miles.  Dusky blue wheels and frame set off the gloss black fairings, all in excellent shape.

2008 Buell 1125R with just 1,385 miles !

In its first Rotax year, Buell was just getting to know the Austrian V-twin with 146 hp.  5.6 gallons of fuel was carried in the frame, more central than the “tank” looks.  The engine is dry-sumped so the muffler is underneath the block instead of engine oil.  Buell’s Zero Torque Load brake is up front, its 375mm rotor bolted to the rim with the caliper inboard.  The composite drive belt saves 4 pounds of unsprung weight and a lot of fussing.  The side-by-side nose is nicely resolved and fairing lowers incorporate the cooling air scoops.

 

Shown by what seems to be the original owner, this late Buell has been carefully garaged, and might only need new rubber to take command of the road.  Small turn signals replace the factory mirror mounts.  Comments from the eBay auction:

this bike has only 1,385 miles on it, adult owned, never in rain or dropped or raced…comes with all stock parts and a full factory shop manual….has Eric Buell performance computer, Barker exhaust, flush turn signals, bar end mirrors…stock tires and rear should be replaced due to some checking from age…bike is like new…full optional fairing…

After 15 years of H-D factory support ( it would last just one more year ), the 1125R had sharp production engineering, low maintenance demands, and monstrous power and torque curves.  With just a couple of mods, this one is quite close to a new machine and apparently mishap-free.  Not so many pictures, but more could be requested, and the Make Offer button beckons.

-donn

Black and Blue – 2008 Buell 1125R
Aprilia September 27, 2019 posted by

Truth or Dare – 2008 Aprilia RSV1000R Bol D’Or

While Aprilia has a long successful history racing their smaller machines, they took their liter twin endurance racing in 2006, learned a lot and did well to boot.  The Bol D’Or commemorative was a great limited edition paint scheme on the already nicely spec’d RSV1000R, and this example is outstanding with low miles.

2008 Aprilia RSV1000R Bol D’Or for sale on eBay

Since its debut in 1998, the RSV has used the dry-sumped V-twin from Rotax, in magnesium cases.  The gear-chain combo driving double overhead cams gives a distinctive sound on its way to 143 hp and 79 ft.-lbs. torque.  An Öhlins forks and steering damper are found at the front of the twin-spar alloy frame, and a Sachs monoshock takes care of the symmetrical banana swingarm.  Engine vacuum on over-run actuates the factory slipper clutch, and monoblock Brembo brakes claim the first road-going radial master cylinder.  The cockpit reviewed as comfortable even in the fairing’s drag-reducing design.

This RSV has covered under 7,000 miles over its eleven years, and appears original and excellent.  The tires look fresh and the owner advises a recent oil change in the eBay auction – nice of the owner to include the stands.

Bike is in great condition.  The look of this bike will definitely get you some attention.  Never been down and always kept in a garage with a cover.  Well maintained, serviced regularly with oil change in the last past 2 months.  It has two little marks in the paint.  One of the pictures has it shown.  Comes with cover and Pit Bull Lifts.

The Rotax powered Aprilia can be a good candidate for purchase in the middle-aged-but-barely-used category, since the valve adjustment interval is 12,500 miles and the all-metal cam drive ages gracefully.  This one doesn’t appear to have been near a racetrack, but RSV’s are set up for it, with no hanging signal lights, once the mirrors are removed all you need is some tape.  Or though it might be easier said than done, vow to ride it within limits on the street, and keep it extra nice.

-donn

 

Truth or Dare – 2008 Aprilia RSV1000R Bol D’Or
Buell August 23, 2019 posted by

Eleventh Hour – 2008 Buell 1125R

Erik Buell finally convinced his overseers at H-D to use the turn-key Rotax twin, and it became the basis for Buell’s most modern sportbike.  Unfortunately, a new management team saw the brands as diverging, and pulled the plug a couple of years later.

2008 Buell 1125R for sale on eBay

As an engineer, Buell stressed three themes in all his designs – lighter weight, mass centralization, and chassis rigidity.  The 1125R makes strides in each of them, with a stamped and welded aluminum frame which also serves as the fuel tank.  The 1125cc V-twin is an integral part of the chassis, providing the swingarm pivots and supporting the underslung exhaust, not to mention 146 hp.  The classic Buell Zero Torque Load front brake is larger than life at 375 mm, with the eight piston caliper mounted inside the rotor.  Harley pioneered use of belt drive instead of a chain, and it saves the 1125R a few pounds and quite a bit of maintenance.  The adjustable Showa suspension and alloy subframe could accommodate a theoretical passenger.

Like so many fairly extreme superbikes, this 1125R has been ridden just 2,674 miles and barely personalized, with only a license plate mount and levers to show.  Luckily the chain-driven cams of the Helicon engine don’t suffer much during long rests, and should require just an oil change before setting off.  The matte blue frame and wheels accent the black bodywork nicely, and all look undamaged.  From the eBay auction:

This 1125R is stock with the exception of a license plate re-locator to tuck it closer to the rear fender and the levers have been replaced with shorter (and more comfortable) machined aluminum, black anodized – see pics.
Everything is 100% functional and in excellent condition.  There is a new cover included.

With a low starting bid, the new owner will get a big helping of superbike for the money, though support might be the elephant no longer in the room.  The drivetrain should be service-able by any indie with Aprilia experience, with special parts needing a little searching.  But you can only pick two, as the old adage says – performance, economy, or reliability.  Too bad the mother ship didn’t find a buyer for their very sporty fledgling.

-donn

Eleventh Hour – 2008 Buell 1125R
Aprilia August 9, 2019 posted by

Original Hooligan: 2005 Aprilia Tuono Factory for Sale

“Necessity is the mother of invention” or so the saying goes. You’re out riding your brand-new GSX-R750 in the canyons, hit a patch of oil, and low-side into a ditch. You limp home and realize what new bodywork will cost, but no worries: you just rip it off, and fit a set of motocross bars to help you do sick wheelies! The irony of the modern supernaked is that the trend started with owners actually improving the power-to-weight ratio of their sportbikes, but when the factories got involved, they almost always detuned their bikes to make the performance more “road-oriented,” and fitted lower-spec brakes and suspension to keep costs down. The Japanese usually went even further, using last-generation engines and building new, heavier frames to house them. But not Aprilia: their Tuono Factory was just an RSV Mille with the fairings removed and a set of handlebars added. Just like dad used to make…

All the good stuff from the Mille is still there: the sculptural aluminum beam frame is more visible in this application, a big plus in my book. Lightweight wheels and quality suspension. The compact, powerful, and reliable 60° Rotax v-twin… the weird 90s Aprilia styling, here with added weirdness. Given the already questionable styling of the RSV Mille, the results were less than cohesive, a jumble of angles, odd shapes, futuristic details, and random mesh vents. Luckily, it somehow swings around past “ugly” on the dial and back towards “cool” as a result of all the quality kit on display. The first-generation Tuono is by no means a pretty bike, but it looks sinister and brutal, dangerous to the rider and to anyone nearby. Like a chainsaw with a rusty knife blade for a handle…

The 60° Tuono unit had balance shafts to offset the vibrations caused by the narrower angle between the cylinders. Like the Ducati superbikes of the era, it displaced 998cc, had four valves per cylinder, and liquid cooling. Unlike the Ducati, the twin featured a “Pneumatic Power Clutch” or PPC that took the place of a more conventional slipper clutch. On the overrun, engine vacuum is used to disengage the clutch and prevent the rear wheel from locking during downshifts. Fully-adjustable Öhlins suspension, including a steering damper not found on the Mille, Brembo radial calipers, and lightweight forged wheels rounded out the very trick package.

The Factory produced a claimed 127hp, up a few from the less carbon-adorned and more basic Racing version. Which is a bit ironic, don’t you think? You might be under the impression that all v-twin sportbikes share a similar character, but large power-pulses aside, they can have vastly different feel. The Aprilia is supposed to rev harder but be a bit more “agricultural” than the Ducati, perhaps owing to the additional shafts spinning in the crank cases. Handling was excellent for both the Tuono and the Mille on which it was based, with a much more “Japanese” feel to the handling, compared to the slow-steering but hugely stable Ducatis.

From the original eBay listing: 2005 Aprilia Tuono Factory for Sale

This is a rare opportunity to buy a very nice Gen 1 Tuono Factory model. 

They don’t come up for sale very often so you will want to take advantage of this opportunity to snag a very clean example!

These were built with all the right parts straight from the factory, Ohlins front & rear, Brembo (radial front) brakes, lightweight OZ wheels, Titanium pipe, carbon fiber bodywork, great V twin torque 🙂

This example has been upgraded for comfort, performance & aesthetics with the following…

  • Sargent seat, 
  • Throttlemeister bar ends, 
  • Rizoma clutch & brake reservoirs, 
  • Pazzo adjustable levers, 
  • Zero Gravity & stock wind screens, 
  • Carbon rear cowl on bike with Pillion seat and pegs also included, 
  • Evo air box mod and Chip, 
  • Leo Vince SBK Titanium exhaust with removable silencer insert

I have owned this bike for a number of years and it spends most of its time indoors on a battery tender, but I do take it out for a ride now and then to keep it running right. Only flaw is a scratch on the top of the front fender, see pic.

It’s not absolutely perfect, but it’s obviously been cared for and enjoyed: note the horseshoe-shaped bit surrounding the fuel filler that is likely a tank-bag mount. It has a bit north of 20,000 miles on it, but the Rotax twin is famously unburstable when properly cared for. $6,500 asking price represents a premium over an equivalent RSV, but that’s par for the course these days.

-tad

Original Hooligan: 2005 Aprilia Tuono Factory for Sale
Buell June 15, 2019 posted by

Rarely Seen: 2013 EBR 1190 RS Carbon Edition

Resembling a 1125 RR race bike for the street, the 1190 RS was a homologation machine from Erik Buell Racing in the post-Harley Davidson era. Freed from the Milwaukee boat anchor that powered earlier incarnations of the Buell product line, the EBR series utilized a technologically superior unit from Rotax. Delivering over 175 HP in under 400 lbs package (wet weight, ready to race), the EBR 1190 RS had the goods to take the fight to the top level of Superbike racing – right until the bottom fell out. Ultimately the company was liquidated and thus ended the dream of an American top-tier Superbike offering. But what an offering the 1190RS Carbon Edition was!

2013 EBR 1190 RS Carbon Edition for sale on eBay

The EBR 1190 RS started life as a $40,000+ machine. The Carbon Edition tipped that sum past the $50k mark. But for the money, you received the very best of the best across the board. Start with the Erik Buell exclusives, such as the hollow aluminum frame member that doubles as the gas tank. The single, perimeter rotor front brake is a Buell specialty, offering a zero torque load to the race spec Ohlins front fork under hard braking. Yes, that’s an eight piston caliper gripping that massive rotor. Out back the signature high-arc swingarm operates against another race spec Ohlins product, a TTX shock unit. There are enough adjustments here to provide setup across an amazing number of conditions – or riders. That healthy 175+ HP comes courtesy of a Rotax 1125 mill that EBR bored out and refitted with racing componentry such as forged rods, titanium valves and specialty made aluminum pistons. Other than the wheels which are US-made magnesium pieces, the rest is pretty much carbon fiber. Add up the cost of just some of these components and you will start to see where the MSRP starts to make sense.

From the seller:
Very rare bike. No. 7 of 35 2013’s. New MSRP, set-up like this was just over $50,000. Original owner. Factory race exhaust (Euro) with 93 octane race ECU; lots of Ti and a Lithium Battery Tender. 500 miles +/-. Gentle street break-in miles only. Not quite fully broken-in. I am a retired championship winning racer/mechanic and treat my bikes with respect. Comes with all original parts as well as an uninstalled full Bazzaz system with the quick-shifter and remote. Comes with all the original parts. I uncrated it myself. It has never been in the rain. It has always been garaged or in my living room (all last winter). The engine is hand-built and full of exotic parts. This is literally a racebike with lights and mirrors. It has the most immediate power delivery of any street bike that I’ve owned (of well over 100). Original MSRP for a replacement engine alone was $27,000+/-. The suspension is from Ohlins’ race catalog – not the typical street and track line which is less exotic. Excellent condition. One stone chip in the clear coat which can easily be fixed. I will include a 1/2 case of the required AMSOIL full synthetic racing oil and filter for the break-in service. Also all of the stuff that came with it including EBR tie-downs and the EBR crate tarp. Feel free to take a look if local but please – only if you intend to buy it.

Do your research and check the reviews. An amazing bike in near-new condition for well less than half of the original price. This is a very rare and special bike that you can buy, ride and enjoy and not see a big drop in value over time. The RS’s are almost certain to appreciate in the future. I’m only selling because I no longer see myself tracking it and I’m getting into a nice cabin cruiser. I reserve the right to end the listing early.

Thanks for looking! As noted the stock exhaust, ECU, turn signals, etc are all included…

Today Buell as an H-D company is no longer. EBR had a brief flash before it also fell by the wayside. But of all the bikes Erik has touched, the 1190 RS is certainly the most technological. This is the apex of the path Buell was on, and the Carbon Edition represents the best of the best of the last. Only 100 1190 RS bikes were planned, and few of that number were the final Carbon models. This is as exclusive as any homologation superbike, but without the star power or Italian mystique. That is a shame, as these late edition EBRs are as capable as any bike of the era, and continue to be amazing riders to this day.

This particular 1190 RS Carbon Edition example has a claimed <500 miles on the odometer - which means it has not even been fully broken in! It has all of the goods included, and the seller has the stock pieces to go along with the ride. The bike looks very clean, well cared for, and includes a photo of its indoor parking spot. This has obviously not been abused, and with the low mileage one might consider this nearly new. Which brings us to the elephant in Erik's room. Buells in general are wonderful, iconic and unique motorcycles. As a low-volume manufacturer, many Buell models can be considered rare. But as an American manufacturer, EB has never quite reached the collector status deserved by the quality of his creations. Thus you can sweep up this lightly used 1190 RS Carbon Edition for a fraction of the original MSRP asking price (probably lower than we have ever seen). There is likely a future for key EBR models in the market, but that future looks to be quite a few years hence. Until then, my vote is that someone needs to pick up this bike and ride it like it was meant to be ridden. We need a hero to make the world a better place. Check it out here – and Good Luck!!

MI

Rarely Seen: 2013 EBR 1190 RS Carbon Edition
KTM April 28, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 2015 KTM 1190 RC8R

Perennial upstart KTM came to the superbike only in 2008, but has helped the RC8R evolve into one of the lighter weight and enjoyable liters.  RSBFS regular Seattle Used Bikes has a barely broken-in customer bike available.

The RC8R is built around KTM-developed Rotax 75-degree Vee, with 175hp derived from four valve per cylinder, two ( different ) plugs per cylinder ignition, and electronic fuel injection.  Chassis tube are big but thin, using the engine as a stressed member, with fully adjustable WP suspension front and rear.  Retro-forces supplied by Brembo, with 4-piston calipers over 320mm discs.  All-stainless exhaust is underneath and for mass centralization barely goes past the swingarm pivot.  The cockpit was made to accommodate various riders, with adjustable seat, bars, levers, and footpegs.

Despite having turned under 1,100 miles, this KTM has been serviced with all fluids twice.  Barely used and looks it.  SUB’s comments from their – web site –

This particular KTM RC8R Superbike has seen so little use it is almost a crime ! One owner bike, purchased from Skagit Powersports in 2016, had its first service performed at dealer late 2016, then again late last year all fluids were changed. Since then it has only been ridden another 40 miles.. Life changes and a move out of US dictates this one also needs to be re-homed. Absolutely no damage or scratches, runs properly and is just in to SUB in time for Spring fun!

Asking $11,999

Reviewed as possibly having been assembled by retired Swiss matchmakers, the RC8R got high marks for performance and design, never diluting the sporty formula.  2015 was to be the last year for the FIM Supersport-homologated machine, as the company shifted their focus to more streetable Moto3 400’s.  The new owner of this example will have not only a basically new RC8R, but only of the last out there.  Contact Seattle Used Bikes on (206) 535-6812 or by email – here –.

-donn

Featured Listing – 2015 KTM 1190 RC8R
Aprilia March 7, 2019 posted by

Bol d’Or Replica: 2007 Aprilia RSV1000R for Sale

Endurance racing doesn’t have much of a following here in the US, but it’s popular in Japan and Europe, and the French especially seem to love it. If you’re not familiar with the Bol d’Or, it’s a long-running 24-hour race held in France, literally the “golden bowl.” The second-generation of Aprilia’s v-twin superbike managed to update the bulbous styling without aping its most direct competitor over at Ducati. The new bike looked thoroughly modern, with viciously angular shapes and striking graphics, although this RSV1000R Bol d’Or Replica pretty much redefines “bold.” The lilac, white, and red design shouldn’t work, but I think it compliments the angular bodywork, and it definitely stands out in a crowd.

Under the skin, the bike used an updated version of the durable and powerful Rotax 60° v-twin, with a restyled beam frame that compliments the wedgy fairing. Honestly, I much prefer the smooth curves and industrial artistry of the original frame, but I guess Aprilia thought it would clash with the new bodywork. Power was up to 143hp, although the bike used a single plug per cylinder in place of the Mille’s two. It also gained a few other magnesium engine bits and other evolutionary tweaks.

In an interesting twist, the RSV1000R was actually the standard version of the bike, with the Mille R’s role being taken over by the Factory. But being “entry-level” is no bad thing, as the standard bike was pretty high-spec to begin with, and should keep even the most experienced rider entertained. Power was identical to the Factory, and the R got an Öhlins TiN fork up front and a fully-adjustable Sachs shock out back, with radial Brembo calipers. The whole thing weighed in at 472lbs wet, pretty much on par for a big v-twin sportbike of the era.

Reliability-wise, there really isn’t much to worry about with the RSV-R, and they can cover pretty serious miles with minimal muss, which isn’t something you’d expect from an Italian superbike. There are the usual hydraulic clutch issues, the water pump seals can leak, and apparently the charging systems aren’t the most robust, but I can’t remember a bike I’ve researched that didn’t seem to have that issue. You think sportbike manufacturers would look into that…

From the original eBay listing: 2007 Aprilia RSV1000R Bol d’Or Replica for Sale

Extremely rare, very well kept, one owner (adult owned), limited edition Bol d’Or in excellent condition. All work done by certified Aprilia dealer, including recent 18,000 mile service/valve check, performed at EuroCycle Las Vegas. Always garaged, no accidents and spent entire life in southwest weather. Akrapovic Aprilia Racing slip-on exhaust, Ohlins steering damper, new battery, plenty of tire tread and fresh fluids. Clean title in hand, along with both keys, passenger seat, racing cowl, owners manual and tool kit.

Well, for a change, the seller isn’t exaggerating: the Bol d’Or is pretty rare, especially here in the US. With 19,700 miles, it’s not a garage queen, but the Rotax motor is famed for being durable and low-maintenance, so that wouldn’t put me off in this case. The listing could do with more photos, but the bike looks complete, with a few nice extras, including what appears to be aftermarket rearsets and a pair of Akrapovic cans should liberate some of the v-twin boom without deafening everyone within five blocks like some other systems would. The stealth-fighter style has managed to age pretty well, and these generally attract a lot of attention

-tad