Posts by tag: SuperBike

KTM August 24, 2019 posted by

Priced to Move: Low-Mileage 2008 KTM RC8 for Sale

Considering they never sold all that well when they were new, the asking prices for used examples KTM’s RC8 superbike have been pretty shocking. They were always extremely competent bikes, but just a step behind in terms of outright performance, and they lacked the top-shelf tech of Ducati’s 1098 and BMW’s S1000RR and the Japanese offerings. But reading between the lines, it always seemed that reviewers wanted to rank it higher, the mark of a charismatic superbike. And, if we’re being honest, that’s a truly important consideration for most of us who don’t get paid to win races.

Not that the thing was slow, by any means. Obviously, KTM had been around for a while when the RC8 was introduced in 2008, and their offroad and hooligan machine credentials were well-established. They’d even been doing multis for a while, with their 990 SuperDuke and Supermoto leading the charge to establish the brand as a premier builder of entertaining roadbikes. But somehow, the pleasingly simple character of the thumping v-twin didn’t sell bikes to brand-conscious superbike buyers.

In it’s original incarnation, the liquid-cooled 75° v-twin displaced 1148cc and produced a stout 151hp and 85ft-lbs of torque. It wasn’t stout enough, and the bike lost out in the spec-sheet wars to the Ducati 1098 so in 2010 displacement was bumped to 1195cc for the updated RC8R version. Power jumped to 175hp with 90ft-lbs, which was on par with the regular 1198 and 1198S. Unfortunately, the RC8 wasn’t any less expensive than the Ducatis, and not many people wanted to take a chance on the Austrian brand so the bike soldiered on with very few updates until 2013.

If the the bike didn’t have class-leading horsepower numbers or cutting-edge technology, why buy one now? Well, first of all, take a moment to look at it. Are you horrified by the sheer angularity and garish colors, are you worried you’ll cut yourself if you lean on it? Well, move along to something less dangerous-looking. The styling is wild and that’s down to personal preference, but considering the design was introduced way back in 2008, the thing could have been built yesterday and it would still look fresh. For a superbike, the ergonomics are surprisingly humane and are adjustable: the seat moves, as do all the controls, making it especially appealing to tall riders, which you’d expect from an Austrian company… It’s also relatively simple to service, almost like KTM planned for owners to do their own basic maintenance. Reviews then and now talk about how easy the RC8 is to live with and how, contrary to the wild image, it’s a superbike that’s surprisingly easy to live with.

This particular RC8 is being offered for what seems to be a much more reasonable sum, and it’s not clear why, since it looks like nothing at all is wrong with it, the bike is barely broken-in, and it comes with a wealth of quality bolt-on extras. Perhaps the seller is just reasonable, or is looking for a quick sale? Ideally, you’d probably want the later, more refined RC8R, but this still offers plenty of performance for the money.

From the original eBay listing: 2009 KTM RC8 for Sale

Mint condition 2009 KTM RC8 with less than 800 original miles and beautiful KTM color combination! Properly broken in, serviced and minimally ridden. Only Motorex lubricants and ethanol free premium fuel with Star Tron stabilizer have ever been used! Stored covered 24/7 in climate and humidity controlled garage, never ridden in the rain or off road. Wiped and polished after every ride! It is in like new! Original tires! Extras include:

  • Power Commander V fuel and ignition tuner.
  • LSL bar riser and clip on kit imported from Sweden!
  • Air suction valve and O2 bypass kit.
  • PUIG tinted screen. 
  • Throttle tamer.
  • JC custom exhaust with interchangeable baffles, original exhaust included.
  • WPS dry cell featherweight battery.
  • Larger rear sprocket, factory KTM.
  • Tank protector, factory KTM.
  • Tail tidy with LED blinkers, original included.
  • Goodridge front brake lines.
  • Clean title, all original keys and owner manual. 

Bike was over $19000 new and has $3000 in extras! Please ask any questions you might have prior to placing a bid! This mint condition 2009 KTM RC8 is the closest to a new bike one could possibly find! It has less than 800 miles and is minimally ridden just to maintain the proper mechanical condition. Battery tender installed and included, together with the factory original tail light assembly, exhaust, keys, owner manual. Bike is located in Park City UT and buyer is responsible for pick up or shipping. Please check the 2007 Yamaha FJR1300 recently sold and my feedback. Video of the bike is available upon request. Cashiers check, bank wire transfer or cash in person is accepted and the clean&clear title will be signed over and mailed only upon completion of payment. $500 NON REFUNDABLE PayPal deposit due within 48 hrs of placing the winning bid! Thank you and have a nice day!

The seller is asking just $8,000 for this example, thousands less than the others I found while looking on eBay. There’s been a bit of a glut recently… Admittedly, those more expensive examples were the improved R version and I prefer the orange/white ones, but there’s no denying this is a pretty great price on KTM’s contrarian superbike. The title is claimed to be clean, the bike is pretty much perfect, with all the modifications easily reversible with the included original bits. I don’t know if these will ever be properly collectible, but they’re wild-looking with plenty of analog performance to keep even expert riders entertained.

-tad

Priced to Move: Low-Mileage 2008 KTM RC8 for Sale
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
Yamaha August 13, 2019 posted by

Museum Piece: 1986 Yamaha FZ600

It’s not every day you see a 1986 Yamaha FZ600 restored to museum quality sporting a fuel tank that has never had gas in it. There are plenty of nice ones around, but their value isn’t commensurate with a full restoration, and most have been ridden enough to just be cool old-school riders. This one is the exception. It hasn’t cracked 3,000 miles, and the seller completed most of a cosmetic restoration with the intention of making a time capsule.

1986 Yamaha FZ600 for sale on eBay

According to the listing, most of the  bodywork is NOS, and we assume that includes the fuel tank, since its almost 2,500 doesn’t jibe with the notion that it has never had gas in it. Still, you really just won’t see a more perfect example of a bike from the dawn of fully-faired race replicas.

The 1986 Yamaha FZ600 was designed to tap into rising demand for 500cc GP-aping street bikes, and used a modified version of the engine from the XJ600. It was something of a parts-bin special, sharing its engine and brakes with a raft of contemporary Yamaha offerings. It was replaced in 1988 by the much better known and better-loved FZR600. But there is nothing like the original, and this bike embodies its era wonderfully.

From the eBay listing:

99% perfect FZ600 museum piece. I purchased this bike about 5 years ago as a display only keeper.
The bike was in perfect running order but hasn’t been started since it’s minor cosmetic restoration.
If the next owner chooses to ride it, at minimum it will need a battery and gas (the tank is NOS and has never had fuel in it. Other than that it might need a carb cleaning at the most.

When I purchased the bike it was a little beat up cosmetically, nothing major just a scratch here or there. Over the last 5 years I replaced all flawed items with NOS parts including most body panels. My intention was to bring it back to showroom condition.

The FZ is 100% stock, unmolested and is a perfect as you will find, you will not be disappointed.

US sales only/ shipping is buyers responsibility/ 0 feedback bidders will be canceled unless I am assured you are serious.

With more than five days left in the auction, bidding on this cool time capsule has yet to eclipse $3,000. If this keeps up, someone is going to snag a deal.

Museum Piece: 1986 Yamaha FZ600
Ducati August 6, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 2005 Ducati Monster S4R

8.20.2019: Sold in just 14 days. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Jamming superbike performance into a standard package, Ducati brought more excitement to the Monster corner of the showroom with their water-cooled S4’s.  For 2005 the S4R used the four-valve 996 engine tuned for 113hp.  From the Carolinas, this blue example has been nicely accessorized and maintained.

At the top of the Monster range, the S4R used premium suspension components are from Showa, with Ti nitrided fork legs and fully adjustable monoshock.  The sculptural single-sided swingarm is templated from the MH900e showcase.  Brakes are semi-floating Brembos, super(bike) sized at 320mm.  The classic trellis frame is in body color, which camouflages some of the surface mounted plumbing and electrical.  The bikini fairing and carbon accents keep the eyes moving, and the 996cc engine runs cooler without the usual fairing.

Longtime RSBFS reader Ryan chose well as the previous owner had started with a good year (2005’s have a steel fuel tank and no ethanol issues), specified the option paint, and added 2-into-2 Termignoni exhaust, Speedymoto bar risers and Pazzo levers.  Ryan made his own mechanical and appearance mods, and has these comments-

I serviced all the fluids, installed Pirelli Angel GT tires, and a new EVR sintered clutch pack, blue STM clutch pressure plate, Oberon slave cylinder and Speedymoto open cover to showcase the dry clutch. At 16,000 miles it received valve adjustment, belts, fuel filter, new EK chain, 14 tooth front sprocket, Ducati Performance Touring seat, CRG bar end mirrors, Rizoma front signals, and integrated tail light. The ECU was sent out to Houston Superbikes for software flash and disabling of the immobilizer.  The bike runs flawlessly, has clean title, never taken to the track, great condition with only a few minor paint chips and faded carbon fiber heel guards. This year it’s had fluids serviced, new coolant hoses, rear brake pads, and new timing belts. Including original seat, front and rear stands with sale.

Ryan’s S4R has 22,795 miles but looks much less, especially with the maintenance history.  Some find a certain beauty in the complexity of a 996, and this silver, black and blue Monster makes it look as good as ever.  Asking $5,000 for the pleasure,

-donn

Featured Listing – 2005 Ducati Monster S4R
Ducati July 18, 2019 posted by

Featured listing: 2000 Ducati 996

Dennis has 3 very low mileage bikes listed right now:

Thank you for supporting the site, Dennis, and good luck to buyers! -dc

The Ducati 996 is revered for its place in Ducati history as the final, fastest evolution of Massimo Tamburini’s masterpiece 916. Debuting in 1999, the 996 carried over the cylinders from the last 916 SPS, with a new crankshaft and bigger valves than the old 916. The result, in regular trim, was about 115 horsepower in a modified 916 chassis. The gunslit headlights, single-sided swingarm and high-tailed stance carried over, letting everyone know that this was a very special Ducati.

The suspension was fully-adjustable Showa stuff front and rear on the standard bike, which is what you see here. It got stronger brakes and lighter wheels than its predecessor, and for 2000 got a set of five-spoke Marchesini wheels.

This 996 has led the life any buyer would want to see: it was purchased new by a man in his 60s, ridden 280 miles and put away in a climate-controlled facility. Over its life it has had new batteries and been cared for, but is still on its scant original mileage. If you want to ride it — who wouldn’t — it’s certainly going to need a new set of tires to be safe.

Otherwise, the condition is as you would expect: flawless.

From the seller:

2000 Ducati 996 (PHX)
VIN: ZDM1SB5T4YB007857
Price: $9,000
Contact: dennisk11@me.com (Dennis)

I purchased this motorcycle in San Jose, CA, new in 2000 and rode it 280 miles and then parked it. I’m turning 80 years old in the next month and the time has come to find it a new, younger owner, hopefully someone that is a collector of motorcycles and that would appreciate the fact that it is 99.9% original (new batteries only and still on original tires), has been ridden 280 miles and has been in a climate-controlled environment from the very first day that it was bought and has had the best of care.

The bike is now located in Chandler, Arizona. The ask for this nicest-of-its-kind 996 is $9,000. Contact: dennisk11@me.com

Featured listing: 2000 Ducati 996
Honda July 17, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2000 Honda CBR929RR for Sale

Update 7.28.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Dennis has 3 very low mileage bikes listed right now:

Thank you for supporting the site, Dennis, and good luck to buyers! -dc

This Featured Listing Honda CBR929RR is a nearly modern superbike that’s gotten lost in the shuffle in recent years and was only made between 2000 and 2001. The CBR900RR had been handily eclipsed by the new Yamaha R1, and this was Honda’s attempt to gain back some ground, while remaining true to the bike’s original ethos that “light makes right.” Was it the right decision? Maybe not, but it’s still a helluva sportbike, and this might be the nicest example you’ll ever see.

Instead of going to a full 1000cc, they stuck with a less-than-liter displacement: the 929 indicates the engine size, with Honda claiming it kept the bike’s height and weight to a minimum. It must have worked, because the bike came in at a pretty svelte 434lbs with a tank of gas, as measured by Cycle World during a head-to-head comparison with the R1 and ZX9R. A full titanium exhaust helped save weight, and even the midrange-boosting HTEV power valve was made of the lightweight metal.

Honda attention to detail was everywhere: the airbox included a flapper valve to control internal volume and ensure a steady flow of air to the fuel injection that was new for 2000. Injection may have been new to Honda’s big-bore sportbikes, but you wouldn’t know it: the system was smooth and refined. The engine was much more oversquare than the original at 74 x 54mm versus the later 919cc version of the CBR900RR’s 71 x 58mm, and was good for a claimed 150hp. Cycle World found it had 122hp at the rear wheel, compared to the R1’s 127whp tested on the same day, although the R1 made much more torque: 72 lb-ft to the CBR’s 63.

A new extruded aluminum beam frame followed a philosophy similar to Yamaha, and allowed for a longer swingarm to fit within the short wheelbase required for sharp handling. Honda referred to the new frame as being a “pivotless” design and used the engine as a stressed member, with the longer swingarm mounted directly to the cases. Fully-adjustable Showa suspension graced both ends, and the fork was inverted for the first time. The biggest change in Honda’s thinking may have been a switch to a 17″ front wheel to replace the earlier CBR900’s odd-size.

Ultimately, you had to work the CBR a bit harder than the R1 for the same speed, but in typical Honda form, fit and finish was superior and the bike was physically small, and very agile. Maybe too agile: some riders felt the front end retained a bit of the CBR’s flighty DNA, but you could say it wouldn’t be a CBR without a bit of headshake!

From the Seller: 2000 Honda CBR929RR for Sale

VIN: JH2SC4415YM000517 $9,000

I purchased this motorcycle in San Jose, CA, new in 2000 and rode it 236 miles and then parked it. I’m turning 80 years old in the next month and the time has come to find it a new, younger owner, hopefully someone that is a collector of motorcycles and that would appreciate the fact that it is 99.9% original (new batteries only and still on original tires), has been ridden 236 miles and has been in a climate-controlled environment from the very first day that it was bought and has had the best of care.

Built from 2000-2001, the 929RR was a bit of a stopgap bike, meant to keep Honda in the game and the CBR954RR that followed increased displacement yet again. This particular model has largely gone unnoticed, but the uptick in values for the original CBR900RR suggests that these might soon follow. It didn’t pull the headlines that the R1 did, but it was a very polished machine and every bit as good, just different. The $9,000 asking price isn’t far of the original $9,999 MSRP, but I think we can confidently say you will never see one this nice or original again, outside of a shipping crate. If you’re a Honda fan, this is your chance to complete your CBR collection.

-tad

Featured Listing: 2000 Honda CBR929RR for Sale
Kawasaki July 10, 2019 posted by

Privateer Superbike: 1995 Kawasaki ZX-7R for Sale

We don’t post too many racebikes here on RSBFS. Ex-racebikes are tricky to value. By their very nature, they evolve and change over time to remain competitive and, unless a bike is retired immediately after an historic race win, it’s not likely to be in anything like “original” condition. That very word contradicts what racing is about: if something doesn’t work, it’s discarded, if something better is introduced, it goes on the bike. They get crashed and blown up and rebuilt and raced again. But this particular Kawasaki ZX-7R had too many impressive names attached to it to pass up.

This Kawasaki is a bike from the glory days of World Superbike racing, when 750cc fours were pretty much the go-to configuration for everyone but Ducati. In stock form, the ZX-7R was a bit heavy at 450lbs dry, and the 748cc engine’s 105hp is decidedly underwhelming by today’s standards. But the bike made an excellent racing platform, and this version was kept in production for 7 years, a near eternity in terms of sportbike development and a testament to its sound design.

Of course, this isn’t anything like a stock motorcycle. The claimed 150+hp is impressive and the WSB-spec Öhlins forks and Brembo brakes that replace the stock Nissin six-pots are all very, very tasty, but it’s the frame that makes this particularly interesting: it was supposedly used in World Superbike racing by Anthony Gobert and obtained from famed tuner Rob Muzzy. The seller’s description goes into more detail below.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Kawasaki ZX-7R Racebike for Sale

1995 Kawasaki ZX7R Superbike. Works frame (WSB Gobert frame, Purchased from Muzzy in ’99), 2 Superbike motors: 800cc (for ’03) and 750cc. Fully kitted, Ohlins WSB forks, brembo brakes, everything. Spare valve springs (2 sets), valves, rods, pistons. 800 has Carrillo rods. Hasn’t been run for 15 years. Gets turned over now a couple times a year.

This is probably the finest privateer 1995 Kawasaki ZX7R Superbike ever built. The works frame (purchased from Muzzy in December of ’99) was supposedly Gobert’s. It was a World Superbike frame; done in Japan by Kawasaki. It was black when we got it. A work of art, they added a oil catch tank in the frame and welded a frame around the frame. It turned the bike from a pile of crap nightmare that would wind up and launch you at any second (with the fully built 150+ hp superbike engine) to a dream that is predictable and smooth. Which is why they won. Unfortunately those weren’t available to any of us, and we were lucky to get it for the 2000 season. After we got the frame, that bike won every club race and set track records in 2000 (beating the 1000s) until we had a Brembo rotor explode and put me in the ICU… ending that season. I raced it a few times since and we built a 800cc motor that put out 170hp (on the juice, no ram air) that ran with the 1000s of ’03. Unfortunately the KLS shifter broke during that national and we DNF’d. Later, it had a “tip over” in a practice due to a leak in a front tire, and it never got repainted. I got bodywork for it and never fitted it or painted it. Unlike the “works” bike Chandler rode and got claimed in the F-USA in 1996 (was just for sale on bringatrailer.com), these engines do NOT have the “works” gear driven cams. Those are not serviceable for privateers. This bike makes a ton of power with the conventional chain driven cams, works oil pickup, etc. Further, we still have a couple sets of valve springs (and tons of spares) which are now unobtainable. These motors can be serviced and freshened up. This will be an AHRMA killer.

This is obviously a well-developed package and should be a blast to ride. It also includes extra engines and spares to keep them running, although at that $25,000 asking price, you’d hope it would. There are cheaper ways to get into vintage [?!] racing, but none quite as evocative…

-tad

Privateer Superbike: 1995 Kawasaki ZX-7R for Sale
Featured Listing July 4, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: Never-started 1987 Yamaha FZR750R

This 1987 Yamaha FZR750R is the result of a Herculean act of self-control, as it has remained entirely unmolested, unstarted and unridden for its entire 32-year life. For a bike with a sweet-handling Deltabox frame, state-of-the-art for the time handling and a smooth, reliable and hugely capable 750cc 20-valve Genesis inline four, we’re not sure how that’s possible. The odometer shows just 1.2 miles, which is low enough that they could have been accumulated over 32 years of moving the thing around.

The 1987 Yamaha FZR750R is the middle kid, lighter than the all-conquering FZR1000, but slightly slower, but a slightly stouter mount for those who thought the 600 was a tad anemic. True to the rest of the line, the middleweight FZR was blessed with fluid and predictable handling to complement the superb engine. Early brakes apparently left something to be desired, though on a bike this pristine, we doubt that is a concern. Still, with 106 horses at the ready, this thing would be incredibly tempting to give a once-over and hit the road.

To add to the mystique, this bike is one of just 200 of its kind sent to the U.S. in 1987 to homologate the brand for the AMA Superbike series. Suffice it to say, with the scant mileage and low production, the chances of running across another any time in the near future are not good.

From the seller:

This is a Yamaha FZR750, one of only 200 made in 1987. Has never been ridden and kept in climate controlled storage for the last 30 years and is a beautiful collector piece. Everything is exactly the way it came from Japan. This bike is being sold as is as it has never been started. I have all paperwork, located in northern Indiana and can answer any questions.

Contact: Mark, 574-226-8333
Price: $18,000

In part because it has never so much as fired up, the bike is being sold as-is. It is located in Northern Indiana at an $18,000 asking price.

Featured Listing: Never-started 1987 Yamaha FZR750R