Posts by tag: Sport

MZ December 6, 2014 posted by

The People’s Sportbike: 2001 MZ Skorpion Sport Cup

2001 MZ Skorpion Cup L Front

If you’re looking for something a bit different that won’t break the bank to buy or maintain, the MZ Skorpion offers something different for folks who don’t mind being on the receiving end of the occasional double-take, a 660cc sportbike with just one cylinder… Built from 1994 to 2004 and a very popular choice for club racing in “Sound of Singles”-style classes these days, they offer handling and versatility in an unintimidating package that stresses finesse over raw power.

2001 MZ Skorpion Cup L Rear

MZ, formerly known as “MuZ” was an East German company that dominated two-stroke racing, until defecting racer Ernst Denger fled to the west, taking their expansion-chamber tuning secrets with him to Suzuki…

There’s a bit of “people’s bike” DNA still here, and the entire MZ range of the time featured the same Yamaha 660cc five-valve single, here wrapped in fully-faired sporbike bodywork. Instead of chasing top speed and horsepower numbers, a single-cylinder sportbike offers useable midrange performance, reliability, and character.

2001 MZ Skorpion Cup Dash

Like some Communist dream of a sporting motorcycle for the proletariat, the MZ is good-looking, handles well, and fast enough to challenge all but the best riders, assuming their egos can cope with the mere 48hp produced by the thumping single, a bike with racy looks and a working-class heart.

From the original eBay listing: 2001 MZ Skorpion Sport Cup

The MZ Skorpion Cup is a very unique and super fun alternative to all the other 600 sport bikes out there. This one is a super clean version and sure to bring a smile to your face everytime you throw a leg over it and go for a ride…….street or track? You decide……..these things make great lightweight road race bikes or can be the perfect track day bike!! And your buddies will not be riding one! This bike is ready to go with all new fluids and brakes and perfect Michelin Pilot tires. You will not be disappointed!!!  Why be NORMAL when you can ride an MZ Skorpion cup bike?

Yamaha XT660 single engine
Grimeca Brake with new Dunlop Race pads
Factory steel braided brake lines
Michelin Pilot tires
Factory adjustable rear sets
Factory Clip ons
Rare Yellow color
Solo seat and rear passanger seat included
All fluids just changed

The seller also includes a picture of the included passenger seat to replace the solo cowl, and a nice aftermarket M4 slip-on that should make a pretty cool, thumpy dirtbike snarl when fitted. Because of course you’ll be fitting that: there’s really no point in trying to be subtle when you’re riding a bright yellow sportbike.

2001 MZ Skorpion Cup L Rear Wheel

This bike isn’t perfect, but it is in excellent, road-ready condition with very low miles. And while a Buy It Now price of $4,000 is on the high side for these, it’s still well within the impulse-purchase range. With a very unusual combination of rarity and bulletproof reliability, this is the ideal bike for the rider who wants to be different, but lacks any interest in designer-brand namecheck tomfoolery, the kind of rider who also probably drives an old SAAB 900 when their VW Bug is laid up for the winter.

Someone who appreciates the funky.

-tad

2001 MZ Skorpion Cup R Front

The People’s Sportbike: 2001 MZ Skorpion Sport Cup
MV Agusta October 18, 2012 posted by

Rare Vintage: 1975 MV Agusta 750 Sport America

For Sale: 1975 MV Agusta 750 Sport America

This bike goes a bit further back than most we post here on RSBFS – but what a beauty it is! Constructed in some of the final days of the Meccanica Verghera Agusta (MV was to win their final Grand Prix only a year later), the 750 Sport embodied everything the company came to know about performance. Today this bike is known more for appearance and price than performance, but in its day it was a genuine hot rod.

From the seller:
This nicely preserved MV Agusta 750 Sport originally came from Germany; where it had been taken to an MV dealer to be converted to ‘America’ specification. It was brought over to Canada and sold to acclaimed Canadian film director David Cronenberg (the endorsed Ontario Registration is still in his name). It changed hands briefly and was acquired by the current owner; who embarked on a minor cosmetic restoration that brought the machine to the state you see in now. Note that the tail light and left hand switchgear were not hooked-up during the restoration.

The MV has been on display in a climate-controlled environment during its current ownership and has a commanding presence.

This auction is in the rarified air above $20k. Not many bidders venture into that territory, but this is one of those bikes that can command the highest dollars from a collector. An old school classic from when the family of Count Agusta still ran the works, these are highly sought after and very rare.

For your chance to check out this very special bike, click the link and jump over to the auction. While not a two stroke or a RC/OW homologation special is this something that might get you to jump into the action? Let us know your thoughts!

MI

BMW September 9, 2011 posted by

With Sporting Intent: 2009 BMW HP2 SPORT

For Sale: 2009 BMW HP2 SPORT

From the great state of New York comes this very rare, very fast, and very expensive BMW HP2 Sport. Released as a final investment into the boxer platform as a sportbike before the release of the S1000RR – the HP2 Sport was an instant collectable for those who could afford the $25,000 MSRP. The 130 horsepower that BMW squeezed from the boxer twin certainly didn’t hurt matters, and the limited numbers produced ensured exclusivity.

What appears to be a teutonic mash-up of Ducati and Bimota in German form, the HP2 Sport was built to redefine performance on BMW terms. Littered with top level components and plenty of carbon fiber, the HP2 Sport delivered on the promise – but only to the rare few. Sure, the cylinder heads would still touch down with hard cornering (check out the valve cover skid pucks!), but overall this bike did a significant amount of PR for BMW and helped move the company from the “gentleman’s touring motorcycle” into the sporting spotlight.


From the seller:
LOW MILES, OHLINS SUSPENSION AND CARBON FIBRE. FULL FACTORY WARRANTY TILL 03/26/2013.

As of the time of this writing, this rare HP2 Sport is just over $10k in moderate bidding – with reserve still in place. These bikes have been crossing the auction block in the $18k range as of late, so it will be interesting to see where the reserve is set. If you play your cards right, this one could be yours for a bargain!

For more information and details, click on the link and jump over to the auction. We don’t see these uber-performance boxers very often, so don’t miss your chance to check it out! Good luck.

MI

Moto Guzzi June 24, 2011 posted by

Perfect for summer: 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport

For Sale: 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport

It’s officially summertime, and I can’t think of a better way to spend the days than loping over my favorite roads on something like this. This big, two valve twin is the Moto Guzzi equivalent of a Ducati Supersport – lots of torque and the relatively simplicity of air cooling. Sure, this isn’t a razor-sharp canyon carver like many wanna-be replica hypersportbikes, but a good rider can maintain a good pace in relative comfort and with relatively low effort. Not a bad way to go.

Regular RSBFS readers have seen a few other Guzzis come across these pages, including a nearly identical 1100 Sport as posted by Ian. While today’s bike does not sport quite the carbon fiber upgrades, it does appear to be in very good condition and has very low miles for the year. Note the fuel injection – this is the first year it was offered on the big twin.

From the seller:
This motorcycle was originally sold by “BMW Motorcycles of North Dallas” on 10th December 1996. The original sales price was $11,600 + $190 Freight. I purchased the bike from RPM Cycles also of Dallas on 15th August 2006. At that time the bike had accumulated a total of 2,289 miles from new. Today its total mileage is 4,967.1. This is the first year of the fuel injected Sports.

Since purchasing the bike I have installed a complete set of stainless steel “Stay In Tune” exhaust headers and mufflers at a cost of well over $1,000.00 and a new set of rear view mirrors. The header pipes have been treated to “Performance Coatings” (ceramic) which will insure that they never discolor.

Since owning the bike it has always been stored inside a climate controlled environment. Although it does have a rev limiter, to my knowledge it has never been near redline due to the low mileage. A new set of Pirelli tires front and rear were installed when I purchased the bike as well as all hydraulic lines were flushed. The bike uses an “Odyssey” dry cell battery.

This low mileage bike looks to have been well cared for over the years. There have been some minor mods (pipes and mirrors as per the seller, plus the WP shock looks to be an add-on), but nothing outrageous or likely to detract from the value of the bike. I bet those Staintune pipes boom out a sonorous note as this bike chugs along a winding two-lane road!

The current asking price for this bike is $4,625 with reserve not met. These are generally $6,000 – $8,000 machines depending upon condition. This bike looks to be a solid rider, and should fetch somewhere in the middle of that range. For more information and to check out all the pictures, . Tell ’em you saw it on RSBFS, and good luck!

MI

Moto Guzzi February 28, 2011 posted by

2000 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport

For Sale: 2000 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport

With Ducati becoming such a household word these days, it is refreshing to see some inventory from that “other” Italian v-twin company: Moto Guzzi. In fact, we have seen more Guzzi’s this past month than is usual; can we blame global warming for this too?

From the seller:
Gorgeous, reliable. Getting too old to ride.

Somehow, if I had a bike this pretty I would be inclined to say more about it. But perhaps the seller thinks that the bike speaks for itself. For those of you listening, there are nearly 22,500 miles on the clock, nearly everything looks stock, and there do not appear to be any major areas of rash anywhere. Here are some more pics to drool over.

These “modern era” Guzzis are very nice, modern bikes. Price wise they do not seem to pull in what the more classic (i.e. Mk I, pre 1980) bikes command, making them a pretty good deal. If you want an alternative to a Japanese sportbike – and your interests fall more to sport-touring than knee-dragging and peg-scraping, then this could be a good choice.

The seller is asking $4,500 for the bike, which is pretty fair money. The last V11 Sport we listed here on RSBFS had many fewer miles and sold for $4,350. It might make sense to contact the seller and work something out. For details, pictures and contact info, click on the link and Good luck, and tell them RSBFS sent you!

MI

BMW October 30, 2010 posted by

2009 BMW HP2 Sport

For Sale: 2009 BMW HP2 Sport

Pity the BMW clientele: Up until 2008 BMW boxers were merely seen as gentlemanly transport. Sure, the bikes made long-distance touring easy, but performance was never on par with other Japanese or Italian hardware.

Enter the DOHC, carbon fiber clad, no excuses, 130 horses, image-changing HP2 Sport:

The HP2 Sport model, made in limited numbers and offered for sale at over $25k MSRP, is the holy grail of the boxer world. Which brings us to our seller’s bike:

This example is a 2009 BMW HP2 Sport with low miles on the odometer.

Note the digital dash, providing MotoGP-like functionality and style.

BMW really went all out in an attempt to make this boxer current and competitive against both the Japanese and the Italians. Check out this great single-sided swingarm:

From the seller:
Like New, Never laid down

Never Raced

Clear Title

Low Miles

Sharp looking

Rare Model

Carbon Fiber accessories make it light weight

6-Speed

130 HP

1200cc

0-60 in 3.1 Seconds

There is no indication if this particular bike is optioned with the desirable ABS system, and scouring the pictures did not result in anything obvious. This model does come standard with a factory quick shifter, forged aluminum wheels, carbon fiber bodywork and Brembo radial-mount brakes. In all, it is a BMW tour-de-force

MI