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KTM April 24, 2020 posted by

Skorpion’s Sting: 2010 KTM RC8R Akrapovič Edition for Sale

First sold in 2008, KTM’s RC8R superbike came at the tail-end of the analog superbike era, just as things like ride-by-wire, traction-control, and cornering ABS were becoming the norm. After some initial issues with a crunchy gearbox that were quickly resolved, the RC8’s four-valve, twin-plug 75° v-twin was increased from the initial 1148cc to 1195 and gained the “R” designation. It didn’t have the electronic bells and whistles of the contemporary Ducati or BMW, nor did it have much in the way of [road]race-winning heritage, but the Katoom’s 175hp and 90 ft-lbs of torque meant it could easily keep up with other superbikes of the era.

It’s much more user-friendly than any Ducati, with adjustable ergonomics and a general layout that seems to favor taller riders. Handling is excellent and the bike was well-reviewed when new, although the high price and KTM’s inexperience in the world of big-bore sportbikes meant it never sold well. And the styling, although far from subtle, looks as fresh now as the day it was introduced. For better or for worse, depending on your point of view. Buying one now, it’s a good idea to find one with any significant upgrades you might want already installed. The RC8 is pretty rare and have been out of production for a while, so quality components like aftermarket exhausts can be hard to source new. Luckily, this one has that all sorted out already.

Unhappy with the prices of high-performance motorcycle exhaust systems from western countries and with the low-quality of ones available from Eastern Europe, motorcycle racer Igor Akrapovič founded Skorpion to build them himself. If you remember Skorpion from back in the 1990s, you probably had no idea that they would eventually grow to become a juggernaut of aftermarket and official factory accessory exhausts for both cars and motorcycles. The original Skorpion brand Igor founded evolved into the one bearing the Akrapovič name, and awful mispronunciations began.

For the record, it’s pronounced /ah-KRA-po-vich/. Try not to maul it too badly.

From the original eBay listing: 2010 KTM RC8R Akrapovič Edition for Sale

This a very rare special bike. This is not a typical RC8R. It is a genuine Factory Akrapovic Edition. They only made this bike for 1 year and only 25 made for the United States. This bike was imported from Austria. Over $26,000.00 new.

Has Full Akrapovic Exhaust.
Marchesini Forged wheels
Factory Akrapovic Paint/Decals
Annodized forks
Several other factory extras

Bike is mostly stock with slipper clutch and quick shift added. Also has Akrapovic sets and a few other bolt ons.

Excellent Condition. No damages. Recently Serviced. No issues

Only 2500 miles. You won’t find another bike like this. It is a beast ready for the track, collector or hooligan street bike enthusiast. Super condition.

Watch “2010 RC8R Akrapovic Edition” on YouTube

Clean TX Title in Hand

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The seller is asking $12,900 for this very clean, very rare machine and includes a YouTube link to a walk-around of the bike here. Akrapovič makes high-quality stuff although, perhaps owing to their close working relationships with a number of major manufacturers, they do tend toward the quieter end of the aftermarket spectrum. That being said, you can hear the nice, mellow tone the system produces in the video and the exhaust should be up to their usual high standards of quality. The aftermarket quickshifter helps drag the old-school machine into the modern age. You’ll have to manage your own downshifts, although the addition of a slipper-clutch should help there.

-tad

Skorpion’s Sting: 2010 KTM RC8R Akrapovič Edition for Sale
Buell September 5, 2018 posted by

Buell, Interrupted – 2013 EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition

Erik Buell regrouped after Harley retired the brand and began as he had before, with a racebike design followed by a flagship superbike, followed by a more affordable machine.  The 1190RS was their big money racer-with-lights, with direct lineage from the -RR.  Though 2012 was the introductory year, a few were made for 2013 as the company transitioned to the -RX.

2013 EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition

Buell had peeked over the engine horizon in 2007 with the 1125cc Rotax-based engine, and the 1190 was a descendant, a 72-degree V-twin with four chain/gear-driven cams.  Channeling 175hp through two small contact patches requires electronic intervention, with 21-setting traction control and a vacuum-actuated slipper clutch.  Classic Buell concepts such as fuel-in-frame, ZTL front brake, mass-centralized muffler, and oil in the swingarm are all present.  Öhlins turned to their racing department for the 43mm cartridge forks, and twin-tube rear monoshock.  The bodywork for the carbon edition is hand-laid and gorgeous, and helps the 1190RS stay under the 400 lbs. mark.

Evidently kept in its shipping crate until a year ago, this -RS looks new and hasn’t reached the break-in oil change yet.  The orangey-red accents look great with the carbon and it’s gonna wake the neighbors without the twin secondary mufflers some 1190’s came with.  Seems like there’d be a back story for a crate unopened for four years, but here’s what the owner would divulge in the eBay auction:

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; extra carbon rear fender; 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 last fall. 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 race-bike – 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 replacement engine is $27,000+. The suspension is from Ohlins’ race catalog – not the normal street and track line which is less exotic. Excellent condition. One tiny stone chip in the clear coat. 

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.

EBR’s new machines enticed some enterprise-level investors, but even 999 looks and Panigale performance couldn’t hold back the red ink for more than a couple of years.  Though it’s a very together machine, and any savvy Aprilia wrench could make repairs, lack of support is factored in to the sensible BIN and low-ball bids.  Probably better for a shop owner or their very good customer than a one bike garage.  While we wait for Erik Buell’s next chapter to unfold, this -RS is a pleasant daydream…

-donn

Buell, Interrupted – 2013 EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition
Aprilia August 17, 2016 posted by

Technology Showcase – 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille Haga Commemorative

Incorporating design features that had been years in development, Aprilia’s 2003 offering to the Superbike segment was available in a commemorative livery of Noriyuki Haga’s ’02 WSBK season.  On offer is a barely used example from the last year of production before the change to the RSV-R, complete with soft bags and stands.

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2003 Aprilia RSV 1000 Mille Haga Commemorative for sale on eBay

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Aprilia’s archetypal 60-degree twin has great great power and torque numbers (128 hp / 76 ft.-lbs.), as well as a balance shaft helping reliability and comfort.  A new transmission was commissioned for 2003, with taller first gear and closer ratios elsewhere.  A great deal of artistry went into the frame, aluminum twin spars welded to cast alloy hubs.  It’s a big roomy machine, with lots of protection behind the full endurance fairing.  Fully adjustable 43mm Showa forks are matched to a Sachs monoshock, which has progressive linkage to the aluminum swingarm.  Brakes are radially mounted Brembo Gold Line, 320mm rotors in front with 220mm rear.

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Looking excellent save one scuff on the Akropovic muffler, this Mille has just over 4,000 miles.  From the eBay auction:

Only 4250 miles…practically brand new! Haga replica.

One owner, never dropped or down, meticulously cared for, spotless except for a small blemish on exhaust otherwise looks factory new and always turns heads.

EXTRAS – Front and rear stands, battery tender, $600 Arai Vector Haga Replica helmet size L with mirrored visor, solo seat cover (installed) and passenger seat – (30 seconds to switch out).  Two Teknic saddlebags for carrying more gear.

This bike has a 998 cc V-twin with plenty of power. Sachs adjustable rear shock, Brembo brakes, slipper clutch, and reduced weight.

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’03 updates from Aprilia included a more aerodynamic front fender, trimmed seat fairing, and 2-into-1 exhaust.  Aprilia’s Pneumatic Power ( slipper ) Clutch is also welcome standard equipment on the big twin.  Nice to have pit stands included, and while the soft bags would be great for a longer trip, the helmet will have to be checked for a relatively recent build unless it’s going on the shelf.

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Reviewed as a remarkably able sportbike, the Mille in Haga livery is a fitting tribute to a great rider, and the RSV’s long term developments helped Aprilia eventually add WSBK Championships to their many MotoGP wins.

-donn

Technology Showcase – 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille Haga Commemorative
Aprilia June 25, 2016 posted by

Matte Max – 2001 Aprilia RSV Mille

Aprilia brought the RSV Mille to the superbike segment in 1998, and while sales numbers weren’t high, it was their flagship, the dream bike of 50/125/250cc Aprilia riders the world over.  They pursued WSBK with the SP variant, and updated the fairing and narrowed the tank for 2001.  With 128 ponies on tap, and nice appointments like Öhlins dampers and factory slipper-clutch, it’s quite nice in stock form.  Blackout oughties graphics and Mickey ( thanks Tad ! ) are just a bonus.

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2001 Aprilia RSV Mille for sale on eBay

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Based on the Rotax 60-degree V-twin with revised fuel injection mapping for 2001, the Mille accompanies its horsepower claim with 76 ft.-lbs. torque.  Mostly hidden like the engine, the perimeter frame is also seriously beefy, fabricated of stampings and castings with similarly gorgeous swingarm.  Chassis is completed by 43mm Öhlins forks and their monoshock.  Brakes are Brembo Gold, dual 320mm fronts with 4-piston calipers, and 220mm rear.

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Pretty good pictures but not much commentary in the eBay auction:

This bike is in very good condition.  It has one chip on the paint that is shown in the pictures.  Serviced with all new injectors.  Very Low Mileage.

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After all this RSV has barely break-in miles.  The factory 2-into-1 exhaust has been updated to a 2-1-2 system, with the no-great loss of the passenger pegs.  The ding on the seat fairing would be an easy fix for any paint shop.  Probably have to be thinking new rubber if you were really going to ride it somewhere, but the powertrain maintenance has been done.

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Aprilia’s brochure for the 2001 has a long list of upgrades – the bodywork had many improvements, the vacuum-actuated slipper clutch operation was made progressive, along with minor changes to the intake internals and frame geometry.  In many cases improvements made to the R-model were brought over to the base RSV.  The black/white/red graphics are sporty but the flat finish tones it down a bit.  A good year for the RSV Mille, an almost unused example, and there’s a lot of interest in the auction with 3-1/2 days to go…

-donn

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Matte Max – 2001 Aprilia RSV Mille
Aprilia May 1, 2016 posted by

Exotic Vanilla – 2007 Aprilia RSV 1000R

Like most sportbike manufacturers, Aprilia’s line includes uprated editions and commemoratives of each machine, to the point where a base model is rarely seen or tested.  The second-generation 998cc Aprilia offered here is a stocker with an Akropovich exhaust and aftermarket levers.  But the low production ensures rarity, and with low miles and no damage history, it’s special in its own right.

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2007 Aprilia RSV 1000R for sale on eBay

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Aprilia introduced their big Mille R in 1998, and after many design changes for 2004 re-named it the 1000R.  A 60-degree V-twin based on a Rotax dry-sump crankcase provides a torquey 143 hp.  The clutch is a hydraulic wet variety, and includes Aprilia’s slipper Pneumatic Power Clutch.  Aluminum pressings and castings are welded into a lightweight and rigid frame, and the same techniques are used for the banana swingarm.  Öhlins is represented up front with their 43mm fork and steering damper, and Sachs handles the adjustable monoshock.  Brakes are a focus item with radially-mounted Brembo 4-piston calipers on 320mm front rotors, and single 220mm rear disk.  The Mille’s Mickey is gone from the headlight bucket, replaced by dual headlights and Aprilia’s Air Runner, which delivers cold air to the engine and integrates support for the fairing.  Turn signals are nicely streamlined, fronts in the mirrors and rears smoothed into the tail in a way we don’t see often.

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Offered by a veteran rider, this 1000R has just under 5,000 miles and looks great in the red lion graphic.  Likely still riding the factory rubber, tires will want replacement due to age, but that should be all.  The owner states in the eBay auction:

I am selling my 2007 Aprilia RSV 1000 the bike is like new with 4900 miles. I am 65 and my wrists can not do it any more last year put 313 miles on it. The Bike has never been down and has Akrapovic exhaust on it. Low reserve no scratches or chips.

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Aprilia is the last surviving superbike manufacturer in the Piaggio dynasty and has the resources to keep the developments coming.  Significant enhancements to the chassis and engine were made for this generation, with quality components throughout.  The 1000R has been a very successful endurance racer and tested as a great handling liter, tuned for a wider torque band and a little less top end power.  Carefully ridden by its single owner, this 1000R would be a great choice and individual statement.

-donn

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Exotic Vanilla – 2007 Aprilia RSV 1000R
Ducati April 15, 2016 posted by

Reunion – 2007 Ducati Monster 800 S2R

Ran into an old friend recently who doesn’t seem to have aged in the several years since we saw each other.  Still a looker in red and white, without the wear and tear affecting most of us.  No longer a youngster, but still a nice package, well equipped from birth and spending time in the gym.  Sorry to disappoint as I’m talking about a bike, a 2007 that lived most of its life in a storage room, a choice model with recent maintenance, ready to go.

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2007 Ducati Monster 800 S2R for sale on eBay

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Though there were Superbike-engined Monsters available, Ducati continued to develop the air-cooled desmodues through the 2000’s with better electrical systems, fuel injection, and an innovative wet slipper clutch.  The nicely oversquare 803cc engine on the S2R brings in 77 hp at 8,250 rpm.  The Adler Power Torque Plate ( APTP ) clutch reduces lever effort and has a slipper function built in, increasing safety on the big twin.  Steel trellis frame is painted body color, with 42mm Showa forks and single-sided swingarm with Sachs damper.  Brembo brakes with 4-piston calipers up front riding 320mm discs, 245mm rear.  Classic Monster looks, but this time with dual exhaust and full-length racing stripe.

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This Monster looks super, undamaged and substantially stock, having spent life indoors.  Just handlebar risers, updated levers and frame sliders have been added.  Recent maintenance makes all that storage less worrisome, though new tires might be a thought.  The owner explains in the eBay auction:

This awesome bike has less than 20 miles on it.  It is the last year of the old style Monster with the side stacked exhaust and single swing arm.  A lot of people think this is the best looking of the Monsters.  It is the SR2 800.  I bought it new from the dealer at the end of 2007 at the time I was going through a divorce.  It has only be ridden up and down the driveway to exercise it.  It has been kept under a soft cover indoors of course.  You will not be disappointed with this bike.  I just had the bike at the dealer to replace the fluids and timing belt.  It is now ready for summer and its new owner just like the day it rolled off the showroom floor.

It is red with a white stripe.  I have kept it stock except for a small riser for the handle bars and upgraded brake and clutch levers.  I also added sliders to protect the sides.  The bike can be easily converted back to original.  You will not find a better condition version of this iconic bike anywhere.

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An excellent choice for a Monster fan, the S2R has all the factory upgrades for the air-cooled family, light weight, great design, and plenty of power for its un-faired mission.  Basically a new bike with 20 miles and new belts, it’s a great classic Ducati.  Though it seems pricey for a ten year-old machine, an apples to apples comparison to a brand new bike makes a lot more sense…

-donn

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Reunion – 2007 Ducati Monster 800 S2R
Yamaha April 9, 2010 posted by

2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition With 815 Original Miles

This is a close to showroom new ’06 R1 LE!  Located in Tucson, Arizona is a 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition with 815 original miles.  This bike has had a full inspection and was declared to be in perfect mechanical and cosmetic condition.  Now, Yamaha released the 50th anniversary R1’s at the same time as these Limited’s were released which can cause an initial doubt as they are two very different bikes but the plastics are almost exactly the same.  The Limited Edition features Ohlins fully adjustable suspension front & rear, ride height adjustment, Marchesini wheels, slipper clutch and the uprated power of the standard 2006 model.  The LE was produced to homologate the R1 for WSB competition and actually came in a Gun Smoke for markets other than N.A with only 500 total being produced.  To understand the visual differences between the LE and 50th, you must look to the front suspension which has silver stanchions for the LE and black for the 50th; the most obvious visual change is the addition of the gold, multi-spoke, Marchesini wheels fitted to the LE.  The 50th is fitted with standard black wheels.  If you’re buying, the two have very different prices also:  The LE is, currently, hovering above $10k, in the 11-12.5k range while the 50th is down to the 5-7k depending on miles and accessories.  We posted a LE that was still in the crate that had an asking price of $12,995 which can be seen here.  While at a dealer, this current example has an asking price of $11,995 making each of those miles it has accumulated cost just over a dollar with exclusion of maintenance costs.  While it may be more beneficial for the owner of the 5oth to have the same paint scheme, if you own a LE you know that you’ve got something very special and that is all that matters.  If you’d like a modern day homologation Yamaha, see this bike on Craigslist here–and yes, this is more special than the 2010 Rossi replica.

AG

Kawasaki March 29, 2010 posted by

Phil’s 1991 Kawasaki ZXR750R for sale

Here’s my own personal 1991 Kawasaki ZXR750R homologation special for sale. I bought it initially with the intention of restoring to it’s former glory, but with our new baby daughter arriving in May, it’s probably not the best time to take on such a project, so would prefer to see the bike to go a new owner who would take good care of it.

 

The ZXR750R is the homologation special of the standard ZXR750, with Keihin flatslide carbs, close ratio gear box, aluminum gas tank, single seat (the previous owner added rear pegs and a passenger ‘pad’) and even a slipper clutch (called a ‘Back Torque Limiter’ – bet you didn’t know that!)  There’s a wealth of excellent ZXR750R info on Andy’s ZXR750R site. This specific sample has 19,493 km on the clock bike has new fork sliders plus Racetech gold valve internals, Ohlins rear shock, Akrapovic header with Micron carbon exhaust, and new Michelin tires.  Cosmetically it’s a bit ratty and could do with some restoration (or you could get some race bodywork from Airtech and turn this into an awesome 90s track bike!), but then again I’m only asking for $2000 or best offer. There is a slight catch though – the bike is located in Hong Kong.

In any case, please allow me to share my vision of what I had planned for this ZXR750R – I’ve always had a thing for endurance racers (as in the bikes, not the riders!). Inspired by the original endurance racing ZXR-7 (see attached photos below), I wanted to restore the “Zed” with a complete strip down, and rebuild it with completely new body work and paint it up as a ZXR-7 endurance replica.  Actually, a limited number of ZXR750R were available in the red/white/green endurance colour in the UK back when:

And just for reference, here’s one of the original ZXR-7 race bikes for sale. Even more info on the  ZXR-7 and older ZXRs in general, click HERE, HERE and HERE.

phil

So if you’re in the market for a Homologation special on the cheap, cheap hit Phil up and help him buy some diapers

🙂 dd