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Buell September 23, 2015 posted by

The Tools at Hand: 1991 Buell Westwind RS 1200/5 for Sale

1991 Buell RS1200 R Side

Given a clean sheet of paper and nearly unlimited resources, it’s no surprise when major manufacturers come up with good motorcycles. In fact, when you consider those factors, it’s shocking how often they get it wrong… But Buell had neither advantage in building his motorcycles and still managed to come up with some very interesting motorcycles. In fact, many of the most striking innovations in his early bikes like this Buell RS1200 were workarounds for the tall and heavy Harley powertrain he was using.

Too heavy? Save weight everywhere you can. Bulky non-unit engine and transmission? Centralize mass with a shock mounted under the engine. Vibey powerplant? Mount it using innovative heim joints that works like Norton’s “Isolastic” system to isolate the worst of the vibrations and allow a stiff package that doesn’t try to rattle the rider’s teeth loose. Worried about losing your girlfriend off the back? Don’t worry, the passenger seat cover doubles as a backrest!

1991 Buell RS1200 R Side2

Much of the bike’s detailing honestly looks custom up-close. If you didn’t know better, you’d swear those heim joints mounting the engine to the frame were aftermarket bits, but no, they were there from the factory, a measure of the quality components used to build these. Performance Machine is a brand often associated with Kustom Kruizer Kulture, but they make quality stoppers.

1991 Buell RS1200 Front Brake

And if the styling of this early Buell is, um… unconventional, the complete package exploits the antediluvian engine’s inherent power, torque, and character for a uniquely American take on a sport-touring motorcycle.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Buell Westwind RS 1200/5 for Sale

I am the original owner of this Beautiful Red California RS 1200/5 Westwind. Purchased in 1991 From Fremont Harley Davidson in FremontCalifornia, it has 5289 miles on it and is in very good condition. It has a small scratch on the tank and fender. It has a small crack on the fairing. It needs to have the fork seals replaced. It is bone stock expect for the screaming eagle Dyna ignition. It fires right up and runs like new. It has been garaged and covered since new.

I take for granted that most of you know this is one of the hand-built, low production models, before they were mass produced and cranked out by the thousands on an assembly line. This was when Erik Buell owned the company. It has a unique 5 digit VIN number acceptable to the DMV. Most vehicles have a 17 digit number.

1991 Buell RS1200 Dash

There are no takers yet with a starting bid of $5,500 but plenty of time left on the auction. Whether you love his motorcycles or hate them, Erik’s obvious passion for motorcycling and innovative mind shine through in all of his bikes, and it’s a shame he’s had so much trouble. But it’s a testament to his talent that people keep trying to give his ideas a home, so let’s hope this new guy in Asbury Park can give Buell the stability he needs to keep making interesting machines.

-tad

1991 Buell RS1200 L Side

The Tools at Hand: 1991 Buell Westwind RS 1200/5 for Sale
Buell July 19, 2014 posted by

Serious Collectors Only: 1991 Buell RS1200 with only 111 miles

Join us in the comments for a discussion on what criteria should be considered for bikes to appear on RSBFS. Thanks for the post Marty! -dc

Let me say up front that I struggled a bit with submitting this bike, given the fact that its big, slow, is powered by a 1200cc air cooled engine more appropriate for a paint shaker than a sportbike and the comments on the last one of this brand posted weren’t exactly positive.  But if this site is truly about rare sportbikes then it shouldn’t really matter if they are first generation survivors like the GSX-750 LTD, unobtainum dreams like the Ducati Supermono, or weird techno efforts that missed the mark such as the Bimota V-Due or BMW K1.  The qualifications are whether it was trying to be a sportbike and whether its rare.

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1991 Buell RS1200 for sale on eBay

Here is the bike, a 1991 Buell RS1200 with only 111 miles.  The saga of Erik Buell and Harley Davidson is pretty well known but for anyone not familiar it can be summarized as the following: decide to build an American sportbike (in this case using a Harley Davidson engine), achieve some success, sell a large portion of the company to Harley, struggle in the Harley “image-comes-first” structure, get shut down during the financial crisis and finally restart all over again with a new company.

The RS1200 used a compact. lightweight and extremely clever chassis to hold the big HD V-twin from the Sportster range.  Also,the  forks had Buell’s devised anti-dive system which uses solenoid valves operated by the front brake lever to cut the forks’ air volume, effectively increasing the springs’ rising-rate just when it is most needed.  A full techno review of the bike can be read here.

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So does it belong here on RSBFS?  Well it was an expensive, small-volume sportbike that  didn’t sell in great numbers but lots of bikes on RSBFS are like that.   Perhaps most importantly, the RS was a truly professional attempt at building an American sports bike and it  was the machine that laid the foundations for Buell Motorcycles’ success in subsequent years.  It can even be considered to be part of the evolution of Buells excellent new 1190 EBR models.

This particular model has insanely low mileage which the seller seems to think will justify a price quite a bit above KBB values. Personally, I think this bike will only move to a collector who wants to build out a bit of his american sportbike collection…I can see it parked next the VR1000 and Roerh perhaps…

Note:  The seller is also selling a very nice 1975 HD RR259 Daytona Road Race Bike  and a 1974 Ducati GT 750 so perhaps a deal could be struck.

-Marty

Serious Collectors Only:  1991 Buell RS1200 with only 111 miles
Bimota April 18, 2012 posted by

UK Goodies: Bimota Vdue Trofeo Edition, Laverda 1200 Anniversary, Norton Commando 961 Cafe Racer

UK Goodies:  Bimota Vdue Trofeo Edition, Laverda 1200 Anniversary, Norton Commando 961 Cafe Racer

 

It was a little slow around the plush and dimly lit RSBFS offices this week and I found myself wandering onto Ebay UK (you can only read the paper in the bathroom stall so many times).  Read on to see if what I found interests you as well.

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1998 Bimota Vdue Bimota Trofeo Edition

I’m a huge two stroke fan but have to admit I’ve never been that fascinated with the Bimota Vdue.  Maybe it was the styling, maybe it was the problems associated with it but my lust factor was low.  This particular model intrigues the heck out of me though.  There were 26 track models produced for a Vdue race series with a host of updates that fixed the nagging problems.

The specifics from Vdueusa.com:

After a managerial change, Bimota decided it was time to solve the troubles of the injection unit. Thanks to Ing. Naldi, the engine of the Vdue got new cranks, bearings (on the inside of the crank seals), more accurate ports in the cilinders and and 39,5mm Dell’Orto carburators.
With these modifications the engine was reliable that Bimota sponsored a challenger series called “Trophy“. The motorcycles where “leased” directly by the factory with different exhaust system, carburetors, electrical harness reduced to the minimum and new digital instrument panel with integrated ECU.

All of those bikes were pure race machines. During the challenge, they never experienced the peaky power delivery of the injection unit and also the engine did not suffer major troubles.

 

Can you smell that two stroke smell filling the gargage?

 

The exhaust is specific to the Trofeo Edition.  Click here for some Vdue exhaust porn courtesy of Brian Turfrey.

 

As stated above, the dash is unique to these models as well.

The asking price is roughly $26,500.  Click quickly the listing is close to ending.

 

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Laverda 1200 Anniversay

 

Next up is this brute, a Laverda 1200 Anniversary.  This thing has a certain Mad Max factor to it.  It looks like you are out to kick some ass if you are riding this beast.  There is very little info on this bike on the web but I did find a little.  It seems some serious Laverda fans dismiss the Anniversary as strictly a marketing ploy.  The fact is very few were made and exact number produced is up for discussion.  Possibly no more than 200 were produced.

From the auction:

  • collectors, 100-200 only built! ;
  • first production bike with hydraulic clutch;
  • cosmetic black – gold combination;
  • handlebar fairing a la BMW style.. with leather look plastic trim on the inside;
  • Matching numbers: *2208*
  • Dutch papers and all needed export documents.
The bike will be standard deliverd, with the original mufflers and complete fairing.

This bike is all original, except for the Koni rear shocks, the original Corte e Cosso’s we do have.
Back to basics boys.  Not water cooling here.  All you need is a black leather jacket and boots.
I can’t quite figure out the hand painted “30th”.  It almost looks like a mistake.
Asking price on this bad boy is roughly $20,000.
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2011 Norton Commando 961 Cafe Racer
Last up is a modern retro.  These are currently being produced in the UK and can be bought here in the states but I’ve never seen one on the road so I thought it was worth  a post.  Here is a link to Nortons website with all the specs.  I think they’ve done a good job of mixing modern and classic elements together.
They sure as heck aren’t cheap.  They sell for close to $24,000 and there is a year waiting list.
The sellers are asking above MSRP for you impatient bastards.

A dash with some classic styling elements.  I like it.  Have you seen the Norton/Aprilia/Spondon to be raced at the Isle of Man?

Click here to purchase.

 

 

 

Ian

 

 

Buell April 11, 2012 posted by

And Now Something Different: 1990 Buell RS1200/5 Westwind

And Now Something Different:  1990 Buell RS1200/5  Westwind

 

They don’t always have to be handmade in a small Italian workshop to be considered rare.  I’m on a roll this week of posting bikes I have very limited knowledge of and the Buell RS1200/5 continues that.  The seller is a little unsure of the actual year of the bike;  debating between a 1989 or 1990.  The numbers I saw claimed only 7 produced in 1998 and 95 produced in 1990.  What savvy RSBFS reader can solve the model year mystery?  Now you may notice the /5.  That  is the designation for the two seat model.  I can’t seem to find production numbers on the two seat version and they may be included in the numbers above.  It’s never simple.

Yes, if you are used to Ducati’s and Bimota’s it is a little funky looking.  Owners sure seem to love them though.

 

Because of its’ somewhat funky looks you might overlook the fact the RS1200 had some nice features.  The frame was a unique design to help eliminate vibration.  The bodywork was all designed in house.  The brakes were of Buell’s own design.  The wheels are Performance Machine, the exhuast is from Super Trapp and the forks are Marzocchi units.  The Harley Sportster engine put out approximately 60hp and was untouched internally.

 

The auction details:

This is a very early production Buell from what ive read one of the 1st 100 this could be a 1989 model but titled as a 1990 its hard to get specific info ive found a couple 1990s and this bike was an earlier production Its not a 1991 they have a diff front fender. It is very original inc paint,chrome,fiberglass,tyres and original wheels. we put a battery in it and fresh gas last year it started and ran good. I brought it home started it and rode it about a mile it ran great shifted nice it was very responsive and everything worked  motor sounded good shifted the same and I will guarantee this mechanically no trans problems motor noises smooth! From there on its the buyers. Dont bid or buy this if you dont know anything about bikes and just want to ride.It will need complete servicing and going over as its been sitting a long time.A great addition to a collection. These are very rare and hard to come by you may never see another

 

The seller doesn’t go into any detail in the information he provided but in the auction title he claims the bike was owned by Arlen Ness.  Not sure if that is a selling point but good for  some trivia and talking point over a beer.

 

 

The photos make it out to be an awfully clean bike.  The auction has drawn some interest already but there is a reserve on the bike which hasn’t been reached, as of this writing.  I did see some talk on a forum of a RS1200/5 selling in the $5,000 range.  Anyone have input on a price?

 

Snag an American exotic here.

 

By the way, have you seen what Eric Buell has been up to lately?  Mighty nice!!

 

Ian