Posts by tag: SP

Suzuki November 9, 2018 posted by

Feeling Lucky? 1998 Suzuki RGV 250 SP VJ23 Lucky Strike Edition

Hmmmm. A grey-market two stroke. I doubt anyone on this site will complain, as these illicit smokers have been in our DNA and part of our regularly scheduled programming since the beginning. And if you are going to collect something deliciously rare, why not opt for colors and livery that are slightly less common? Thus, today's smoking example is just that: a tasty Suzuki RGV 250 SP in the very striking Lucky Strike edition colors.

1998 Suzuki RGV 250 SP VJ23 Lucky Strike Edition on eBay

The Suzuki RGV 250 should need no introduction. But just in case you've just jumped over from more current four stroke machinery, let's whisk you back to a time when the BackStreet Boys and NSYNC were topping charts. What the world needed was something that sounded good, and the two-stroke soundtrack delivered. Based around a 90 degree v-twin, the second generation RGV represented the ideal mix of narrow packaging, perfect primary balance, and a wide-ish powerband. It was so good it was licensed by Aprilia for their excellent RS250 series bikes. This was a major leap forward from the archaic parallel twin formerly known as the Gamma, but there was more to come. Enter the VJ23 spec Gamma, and the world once again changed. 90 degrees gave way to a 70 degree vee configuration (better packaging and weight distribution), and unrestricted power was up to an estimated 70 HP. These were primarily Japanese home market bikes, so unrestricted expect to see about 40 HP on the dyno.

The RGV250 SP is technically a race replica, however it is in many ways race ready. A performer in the ultra competitive 250 home market class, the VJ23 has everything you might expect (and need) for the racetrack. Aluminum frame? Table stakes. Cool banana swing arm to maximize pipe and cornering clearance? Child's play. Dry clutch for weight and internal drag reduction? I can hear the rattle from here. Adjustable suspension is another given, as is the solo saddle. Two-up racing is for side hackers only. Outside of the power and speed restrictions and the necessary road gear (lights, horn, etc) there is very little keeping this bike from being a track day hellion. And given that it is the last variant of the 250 Gamma lineup - as well as wearing the ultra rare LS livery, this example wins on drool factor as well.

From the seller:
Suzuki RGV250 SP VJ23 Lucky Strike
RGV 250
10,581 Kilometers (approx. 6500 miles)
Clean title
Plated and titled for street use in Washington State, but was originally titled in California, and is eligible for re-registration and street use in CA. Tabs will need to be updated for the street.
Excellent condition
Full custom fabricated exhaust, titanium slash-cut rear sets-- everything else completely stock.
Good tires, fluids, new battery
Runs perfectly, lots of power!
Cosmetics are excellent, with a few minor wear and tear scratches-- she has been ridden, loved, and never raced.
Unrestricted Suzuki 2 stroke motor.
Engine top end was rebuilt at approximately 2500 KM 😉

Here is the tricky thing about grey-market bikes in the USA: It's way cool to be different, but it's not always easy. Vehicles that were not officially imported into the US by the manufacturer are not guaranteed to be welcome at your local DMV. California is especially draconian about rules, unless you "know some guy." The seller states that this bike was a previous Californian, and that would smooth the way back into the state but I am not familiar enough with vehicle registration laws in order to concur. If you are interested - and you should be, given that this is a freaking Lucky Strike VJ23 - additional research would be recommended. The seller also does not have much feedback on eBay which can be concerning, but giving the benefit of the doubt many folks have one of something to sell and may not be a habitual vendor on an online swap meet platform such as the 'Bay. As always, RSBFS recommends you do your homework as a buyer. We can highlight the amazing bikes in the ether of the interwebs, but buying one is still caveat emptor.

Most good looking, late model two strokes do not stick around for long. They are in high demand and short supply. This particular example looks to be very clean. There are few mods (exhaust and rear sets - and possibly a tail chop) and the seller claims it is de-restricted with a top end refresh only some 1500 miles ago. The bike is currently sitting with approximately 6,500 miles on the all metric clocks. There has been some interest by bidders, with pricing at the time of this writing up to $7,100 with reserve still in place. Well-heeled collectors can pull the "buy it now" trigger for a mere $12,750. If the reserve lifts at the double digit threshold this bike could be considered well bought. It is late in the riding season and interest is starting to wane, but good bikes are out there for those on the lookout. This 1998 Suzuki RGV250 SP Gamma in wonderful Lucky Strike red/white might be just the thing to keep you warm as the days turn chilly. Check it out here, and good luck!!

MI

Feeling Lucky? 1998 Suzuki RGV 250 SP VJ23 Lucky Strike Edition
Honda October 8, 2018 posted by

Very Polished: 1988 Honda NSR250R SP Rothmans Replica for Sale

You are not looking at a Honda NSR250R Rothmans Replica. Sure, it's shaped like an NSR250R, but if you look a bit closer you'll notice something a bit... off. Someone's gone a bit crazy with the metal polishing wheel and, in the process, created something that will surely inflame the comments section. Please try to be polite...

The stock NSR250R frame is welded up from cast and extruded sections, and the main spars are a bit shiny, compared to the cast bits, but they generally don't have this bike's mirror-like sheen. And the swingarm and fork lowers don't generally look like they came from the JC Whitney parts catalog. In the 80s and 90s, polished frames were a bit of a thing, and plenty of Japanese sportbike owners added a personalized touch to their rides by adding a bit of bling. Bikers like shiny things... Unfortunately, collectors are a different breed, and tend to like their bikes very stock.

All NSR250s were powered by Honda's liquid-cooled two-stroke v-twin, and the lightweight Magtek wheels suggest this is a genuine SP, although I can't see a dry clutch in the pics. Certainly a real SP or "Sport Production" Rothmans Replica would be at the high-end in terms of desirability for the NSR250, but all that polishing is going to be tough for many two-stroke fans to swallow.

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Honda NSR250R Rothmans Replica for Sale

This Is a 2-stroke race replica v-twin made for the Japanese market and sold in Japan. It runs perfectly, doesn't leak any fluids, and functions as it should. Starts on 1 or 2 kicks hot or cold. Oil injection works. Leakdown is excellent. All lights and gauges work. Speedo is in km and reads 36072. There is no horn. All fluids have been changed. All wear items,(brake pads, chain, sprockets, tires) are in excellent condition.

 It has been heavily optioned/modified with the following: 

  • JHA pipes
  • Real Balance rearsets 
  • Steel braided brake lines
  • NHK steering damper
  • HRC De-restrictor box 
  • Complete wiring, coils, PGM II ECU out of MC21 model
  • Curved larger radiator from MC21 model
  • Shorai lightweight battery
  • Carbon fiber clip-ons
  • Billet upper triple clamp
  • Front forks rebuilt with cartridge emulators

Buyer pays shipping, will help with crating and delivery to a local shipper for a reasonable fee.

The seller has a starting bid set to the tune of $9,000 and... I have a bad feeling he's not going to get many takers: too many unanswered questions. While many purists may balk at all the bolt-on farkles, they don't bother me. They're not my taste either, but easy to change: you can either spend a bit of time tracking down factory, or at least period-correct bits. Or just some anodized black bits. But however solid the bike is mechanically, it's going to take a particular buyer to overlook that frame, since you're going to have to do some pretty serious work to get it looking stock.

-tad

Very Polished: 1988 Honda NSR250R SP Rothmans Replica for Sale
Yamaha September 13, 2018 posted by

Fanboy Alert: Rossi-Signed 2006 Yamaha R1 LE #46 for Sale

Later Yamaha R1s like this 2006 LE aren't really collectible as yet, but I'm sure they will be down the road, particularly when decked out in these very flattering colors that recall Kenny Roberts' racing machines. This was one of the last versions of the R1 to use the flat-plane crank engine, so Yamaha folks who like their R1s screaming will certainly be interested, as will fans of a certain elder statesman of MotoGP, who apparently has a long-standing relationship with the tuning fork brand...

Just 500 R1 LEs were built for the US market: the rest of the world had to share 1000 examples of the R1 SP that had basically the same specifications. The Öhlins suspension and magnesium Marchesini wheels seen here are standard LE fare, and the bike also featured a slipper clutch to help smooth downshifts. Otherwise, the LE was pretty much a stock 2006 R1, and shared that bike's minor frame adjustments that fine-tuned the handling and engine revisions that meant a claimed 175hp, giving the 172kg [379lb] dry bike the magic 1:1 power-to-weight ratio.

The 5VY R1 definitely has its virtues, but the big appeal here is the fact that this particular bike is #46 of the 500 R1 LEs produced. The serial number is obviously significant because it matches Valentino Rossi's racing number, and his signature on the tank and license plate are just what The Doctor ordered. Sorry, I just had to work in a bad Rossi pun there somewhere... No more, I promise.

The swoopy curves of this version are pretty restrained and it's a good-looking bike, although we've obviously moved on from undertail exhausts that increase cornering clearance at the cost of weight carried up high and toasted passenger buns. It looks especially sharp in the black-and-yellow graphics seen here that give the overall bike a bit of the old and a bit of the new, as they provide a visual link to Yamaha's racing history that stretches all the way from Kenny Roberts to Valentino Rossi.

From the original eBay listing: 2006 Yamaha R1 #46 for Sale

We are pleased to offer for sale this one of a kind unicorn 2006 Yamaha 50th anniversary R1 LE with only 1,566 miles. Now you might ask what makes this R1 LE a “Unicorn”? Well this R1 LE is number 46 of 500 and is autographed by “The Doctor” Valentino Rossi himself. If you are a racing fan you know who “The Doctor” is and is what really makes this R1 LE a collector’s dream bike. The 50th anniversary model is finished in a classic Yamaha Yellow/White and Black paint scheme and comes with magnesium forged wheels, brand new Michelin Power RS Tires, and Öhlins Suspension.

We offer financing and worldwide shipping. Please contact Michael at 630-936-2980 with any questions on this one of a kind Yamaha R1.

This is a low-mileage bike and the serial numbers and signatures make it more of a novelty than anything else, so if you're searching for an R1 to ride, you're probably best off looking elsewhere. Personally, this kind of bike interests me not at all, but I expect that for a certain type of collector it could prove to be very desirable. Considering how much interest there is in the listing, that seems to be true so far: bidding is very active, and up over $9,000 with several days left on the auction.

-tad

Fanboy Alert: Rossi-Signed 2006 Yamaha R1 LE #46 for Sale
Ducati May 26, 2018 posted by

Super Premium: 1995 Ducati 916SP for Sale

If you’re shopping for a rare homologation Honda from the 80s or 90s, it’s usually not that hard to be sure you’ve got the real McCoy. Does it have a V4 and a single-sided swingarm? It’s probably the real thing. But Ducati was a much smaller organization, with much less in the way of financial resources or manpower, so introducing and entirely new machine just to make their production-based racers more competitive wasn’t possible. That means bikes like today’s Ducati 916SP can be a little more difficult to identify. The SP especially was largely similar to the regular 916: later bikes like the SPS had more obvious visual changes, but the SP was Ducati’s first stab at a 916 special, and most of the most important and exotic changes were under the skin.

It helps that the 916 and its variations were pretty heart-attack serious sportbikes to begin with. Obviously no one else was going to get away with 6,000 mile service intervals and a riding position that pretty much had your hands grabbing the front axle and your ass higher than your head. And it makes things even more complicated that Ducati had a pragmatic, “hey, whatever’s on the shelf Luigi: these bikes are supposed to ship out on Friday” philosophy when building the bikes. Sure, maybe an SP was supposed to have a carbon-fiber airbox, but if you're looking at a bike without one, it could still be authentic. Ducati might just have been out of them the week the bike was built. It means verifying the truly rare versions of the 916 can be tricky, since most everything special-looking, like the Öhlins shock and carbon fender, can be bolted on, and the really tricky stuff is hidden behind the engine cases.

Which is where we can start: the cases are sand-cast, and the heads are slightly different as well, lacking the usual "DESMO 4V" text. Inside, you'll find Pankl H-beam titanium connecting rods, higher compression pistons, larger valves, more aggressive camshafts, a lightened flywheel, big 50mm throttle bodies with a pair of injectors each to fill the cylinders, and other tweaks and changes to handle the rigors of racing. Power was a claimed 126 and while that's not all that much in today's terms, it's a charismatic engine with fairly brutal delivery. Riding it on the road is what you'd expect: like riding a barely detuned racebike on the street. The gearing is wrong for daily use, it doesn't want to idle, doesn't like low rpm or part throttle...

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Ducati 916SP for Sale

This is a 1995 Ducati 916 SP ~ A wonderful bike, distinctive and very collectable. As like the ones Carl Fogarty use to race with, this 916 has the impossible to find Magnesium Chromate Wheels, they are not painted gold, its the color of the metal. I will leave them on the bike, for an additional $3000.00. I do have the original ones as well and will mount them on this 916 if the buyer chooses not to include the Magnesium Chromate. This 916 was brought into the US and owned by "Fast by Ferracci" and was sold at the time for $21,885. Feel free to e-mail me at alex@mygpracing.com or call me at 916 276-1080 if you have any questions. I am also selling a 1955 F.B. Mondial "Sogno" 160cc, a Ducati Cucciolo Bicycle, an MV Agusta Disco Volante and a couple of other vintage bikes.

The Buy It Now price is listed at $21,000, but is this the real deal? I'm not enough of an expert to say, and the relatively low-quality photos don't help. What's it worth? Um. Probably less than an SPS but more than a regular 916? Technically, this is a Ducati 916S P2, and just 401 were supposedly built. Once again, who really knows for sure? See above. The 1994 models were the SP1, the 1995 models the SP2, and the 1996 version was the SP3. Of course, the SP stands for "Sport Production" and not "Super Premium" but you could be forgiven for making that mistake if you'd tried to buy one new, since the 916 wasn't cheap to begin with and the SP was even less cheap: an eye-watering $21,885 when new, just $885 more than the Buy It Now price...

-tad

Super Premium: 1995 Ducati 916SP for Sale
Honda June 25, 2017 posted by

Ride or Restore: 1993 Honda NSR250R SP MC21 for Sale

Some motorcycle enthusiasts are looking for a perfect, time-capsule example of their favorite bikes. Me? I'm glad perfect examples are out there for collectors, but I want something I can ride and enjoy without being worried that a tip-over or low-side or just a few extra miles on the odometer will destroy the value of some pristine collectible. Today's Honda NSR250R SP is a little rough around the edges, with some scratches and scuffs, but it seems like an honest bike, and very solid mechanically.

The NSR250 featured Honda's familiar 90° liquid-cooled 249cc v-twin with a six-speed "cassette" gearbox that allowed owners [or pit crews] to rapidly swap out gearsets to suit different race tracks. Obviously not all that useful on a road bike, but still pretty slick. The NSR may have sucked fuel through a set of carburetors, but it used a very sophisticated PGM-III system that controlled the bike's ignition based on throttle-position, revs, and gear selection.

This particular NSR250R is the desirable MC21 version of Honda's agile two-stroke, as indicated by the asymmetrical "gull-arm" aluminum swing arm that curves on the left-hand side to clear the exhaust's expansion chambers to maximize cornering clearance. The swingarm looks very trick, but helps make the MC21 a little bit heavier than the MC18 that preceded it. Dry weight is still under 300lbs, so even the bike's artificially-limited 45hp will move the bike out smartly, although I'd definitely check with the seller to see if the bike has been de-restricted, as anyone outside Japan will want the bike's full-power available.

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Honda NSR250R SP MC21 for Sale

20,441 Miles (32,898 Kilometers) This is a Very Rare only 900 made Last Model MC21 SP. Mostly original and unrestored.  Perfect opportunity for a budget minded MC21 SP for restoration. All fluids are fresh.  Shifts and revs to redline perfectly.  Starts effortlessly every time. OEM Fairings have hairline scratches and cracks. upper fairing has a broken section near the mirrors and the lower fairing has a section cut out near the expansion chambers along with a couple dents on the fuel tank near the stay, included close up pictures featuring defects. The Red on the tail fairing doesn’t match each other exactly also. No respray or rattle can. Red Magtek wheels are in excellent condition. Otherwise straight from the factory.  Bike has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title as a 1992 model MC21-1070*** “Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements.”  Imported into the States through all legal channels. EPA and Declaration papers provided.

Bidding is up to $6,500 with about 24 hours left on the auction. If it stays in that neighborhood, it's on the low side for an MC21, but that's in keeping with the less-than-perfect condition. This example is obviously not perfect as described by the seller, but is claimed to be mechanically in good working order. If you're buying one of these and worried about sourcing parts, that may be a weight lifted. Even if you end up on a quest for a perfect set of original bodywork, you can at least ride your machine in the meantime, and this looks like it'd be pretty nice from ten feet, certainly a good place to begin for a restoration. Personally, I'm okay with replacement bodywork, as long as the frame and everything else are clean and straight. Get a decent set of Rothmans replica bodywork from the internet, spend the weekend fitting it, and then ride your little smoker with no fear of destroying a priceless, pristine collectible.

-tad

Ride or Restore: 1993 Honda NSR250R SP MC21 for Sale
Yamaha January 31, 2017 posted by

Top of the Heap: 1996 Yamaha FZR400RR SP

Another "direct from Japan" offering available on ebay this week is a FZR400RR SP model. RSBFS has only seen one of these bikes come through our pages, way back in 2011, and I urge you to read Ian's excellent coverage on the model in question. The last bike we saw was a UK spec machine, while this one resides in its home country of Japan. What you need to know: When it comes to Yamaha 400cc machines, this was the top spec, ultra rare edition of the FZR set. Everything else is simply from the stone age.

1996 Yamaha FZR400RR SP for sale on eBay

The march of progress is inexorable; yesterday's breakthrough is tomorrow's antiquity. That is especially true in the cutting edge world of performance motorcycles. What was spectacular 21 years ago is still enchanting today, but not likely as mind-blowing as it was then. Still, starting with the basic Fizzer 400 - widely regarded as a handling gem even today - and going whole-hog "price is no object" mad in the R&D facility produced what was essentially a Fizzer on crack. Meant for the track, the RR SP model featured some tasty carbon, solo saddle, fully adjustable suspension, bigger binders, modified intake, flat slide carbs, special exhaust and more. Nothing was left on the R&D table when Yamaha called it done.

From the seller:
YAMAHA FZR400RR SP

VIN: HK31A-102176
Year: 1996
Mileage: 40,385km (Meter is changed to Aftermarket. Real mileage is unknown)
Condition: Running well. Body work has scratches, cracks and touch up paint.

MODIFY
Front fork,Triple clamp and Top bridge TZR250R 3XV of up side down forks
Carbs FCR32
Meter Aftermarket
Front brake caliper Brembo 40mm
Ignition coil UOTANI SP
Front wheel 17*3.00 Rear wheel 17*4.50
Winkers, Tail light LED

Shipping : We'll put it into the wooden crate and ship by surface.
We'll enclose Japanese original title, and also Sales Certificate and Bill of Sales issued by us in English. Shipping cost: The bid price includes shipping cost to overseas, and it's charged from our office in Japan to the nearest port to your address. We expect you'd pick it up at the port and arrange the land transport to your address by yourself. The other cost, such as the handling cost, duty fee, tax, etc. which will be charged in your country, they're not included there.

My research indicated that 1994 was the last of the 400s from Yamaha, yet this is listed as a 1996. Maybe one of our super-sharp readers can help fill that gap for us. Regardless, numbers are very low for the RR SP model, and limited to the few countries in which they were released (hint: the US was not one of them).

The seller is offering to crate the bike and ship it world wide, and will include some importation paperwork. The rest will be up to you, which may be difficult depending upon where you live. Those in the US should consider this carefully, as nothing is more tragic than purchasing a bike that cannot be used legally. However this would make for a very potent track-day weapon, so there is that angle to consider. Check it out here and remember: we may not see another one of these for another six years! Good luck!

MI

Top of the Heap: 1996 Yamaha FZR400RR SP