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Yamaha September 24, 2021 posted by

1998 Yamaha YZF R1 For Sale!

1998 Yamaha YZF R1 For Sale on eBay!

Yup, it’s 1998 and I’m itching to “upgrade” my F3 because, you know, I “need” a bigger bike. I have a choice to make- ZX-9R or R1? Sport Rider magazines, Kent Kunitsugu, says the ZX-9R is the first sub 10 second 1/4 mile production motorcycle. Woo Hoo! screamed the Kawasaki fan boy.
Yup, you guessed it, I succumbed to the BIGGER, BETTER, FASTER marketing machine and purchased the ZX-9R :sadface: #Merica


The YZF-R1 burst on to the scene with a massive HP to weight ratio, good looks and razor sharp handling. Yamaha engineers also gave it enough pointy styling to be relevant 23 years down the road – which might be more impressive than the 150hp under the hood . . . er . . . gas tank.

Let’s have a peek at what could have been mine . . .

Looking back, I think I would have been happier with the R1 and seeing this one brings back all of those missed “what if” memories. I still think the red and white 98′ R1’s are one of my favorite looking bikes of all time only being eclipsed by the R7.

Seeing a (basically) all stock 1998 R1 in great condition has this one tugging at me. Thank goodness my old rickety ass can’t handle the sport bike riding position anymore or I’d have to pinch open my old skool squeeze change holder and buy the wife a new pair of shoes for this one.

From the seller
1998 Yamaha R1 – Used

Rare and highly desirable red and white color combination
-17,598 Miles
-Lockhart Phillips tinted windscreen.
-Aftermarket tail tidy.
-Michelin Pilot Power tires that have 98% tread left.
-Almost unnoticeable ding in the right top rear of the gas tank
-Small scratch on right side of tank below the word “Yamaha”.
-Small chip in paint on the right lower side of the gas tank.
-Small chip in the top center of the gas tank.
-Rear passenger seat has been recovered and front corners are sewn.

-This gorgeous 1998 Yamaha R1 runs and rides fantastic and is perfect for any collection.

Okay, I have a confession: I had no idea having your corners of your passenger seat “sewn” was a thing and worth mentioning in a for sale ad. Anyone else? Beuller? Beuller? Beuller?

Moving on from my lesson of the day- The seller has supplied some very nice photos for your review and a start up/throttle blip video for your viewing pleasure.

There you have it! A pristine, stock 1998 Yamaha R1 in the most sought after color scheme. The seller has it at $8750 BIN over on the auction site. I don’t think that is too bad all things considered.

Let us know where you stand on these.

Cheers!

dd

1998 Yamaha YZF R1 For Sale!
Suzuki August 22, 2021 posted by

1986 GSX-R 750 Suzuki Limited Edition For Sale!

You all may or may not now this, but corporate frowns upon us for teeing up more than one bike per day. You know, they want to be consistent and make sure we feed you all a steady diet of bad ass machines. I vaguely remember a memo flying around strictly prohibiting 2 post per day. Something to do with an algorithm, number of views, time on page or some happy horse crap.

I’m just gonna crack open a PBR “Throw a finger in the air, and let me see where you at!”

Here’s your second one of the day-

Would you look at that!?

Hand laid fiberglass solo tail section, larger brakes, 1″ longer swing arm, split 3 spoke wheels and the optional dry clutch equaled 6 pounds lighter than the regular 86 model. These don’t pop up very often and when they do, they usually get snatched up pretty quickly.

GSXR 750 Suzuki Limited addition very rare bike only 300 ever in the US 1986 only 6000 miles very valuable this one’s worth having to sleep on the couch for two weeks runs great don’t miss this deal

The seller offers up their phone number for interested parties. Considering the photos aren’t that good and with the vague description anyone interested will be picking up the phone for some more info. This one looks to be promising, but one never knows what lurks beneath on a 35 year old sport bike.

Check out this GSX-R LE For Sale on CL!

Is it too late to say I feel a bit sorry for the seller and what’s about to come through his phone? 🙂

Cheers!

dd

1986 GSX-R 750 Suzuki Limited Edition For Sale!
Honda August 21, 2021 posted by

1990 Honda RC30 with only 2,048 miles!

1990 Honda RC30 For Sale on eBay!

After 2 days of mental Tug-O-War- here it is. I say “here it is” because I know some of you have been reckless eyeballing it on eBay and likely saying “Why haven’t those slugs over at RSBFS.com presented this?”
Well, rest assured, I’ve been pouring over the pictures and researching a few things because lets face it- some of you are RC30 Guru’s and would call me out for getting it wrong 😉

We all know they’re rare, expensive, have fiberglass bodywork, came stock with funky wheels sizes, aluminum tanks and a sexy Elf/Honda single sided swing arm. Nothing really new there so, lets dive in.

What I like:
-Low Mileage
-It’s a RC30 (duh!)
-The sweet Termi exhaust
-HRC 17″ x 6″ rear wheel- The Holy Grail of RC30 parts
-Seller has the stock exhaust
-Seller has the original 18″ wheel

 

Honda rc30
This bike has only 2000 miles. I’m the second owner. I Purchased this bike in 1991 and I kept the bike in my living room For all these years. It’s in excellent shape except the body has some damage from storage- it can be easily fixed because the faring is made of fiberglass from the factory. The bike was never raced or abused.
The paint has some bubbles. Mechanically the bike runs great. Currently, the bike has a termignoni carbon fiber exhaust and a 17×6 HRC rear wheel. I will include the original 18×5.5 original wheel, the original exhaust, the race stand, manual and tools. I will not ship the bike- local pickup only

 


 
What I’m not so sure about:
-The seller states “It’s in excellent shape”
-The paint is a mess
-The lower fairings and tail section are less than desirable condition
-Aftermarket front turn signals
-The HRC sticker on the upper fairing
-What’s behind the Michelin Man sticker and 3 layers of white duct tape
-An aftermarket rear sprocket on a bike with so few miles
-A $45,000 motorcycle being presented without being detailed
 

History tells us that RC30’s did have an issue with the lower header coming in contact with the lower right side fairing. We know it caused some discoloration and in some extreme cases even distorting the fiberglass. The Michelin Man sticker seems to be in that location.
The very nice HRC Honda sticker on the tail section is obviously covering some damage, but I’m curious as to how there is (what appears to be) red vinyl over the sticker? Perhaps the tail section has damage over a larger area than what the HRC sticker is covering?

I’m in no way a paint & body expert, but one has to believe it wouldn’t be a cheap process to bring the body panels back to museum quality. I know the factory fiberglass wasn’t super smooth and the finish wasn’t the best, but that’s part of the RC30 nostalgia- right?

For me, this one is stuck in a “grey” area- It’s priced too high not to be near perfect, but it does have the extremely desirable HRC 17″ x 6″ rear wheel, Termi, low miles and the OEM spares. If you put the money into repairing the body work, you’d have an extremely expensive well equipped RC30 with repaired body work.

Would you pay $45,000, call it a 15 footer and ride it or does the low mileage warrant a full blown resto?

Let’s discuss the current RC30 market and figure it out- Keeping it civil of course 🙂

Check out this low mileage RC30 here!

Cheers!

dd

1990 Honda RC30 with only 2,048 miles!
Yamaha August 4, 2021 posted by

2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 50th Anniversary LE #2

2006 Yamaha R1 “50th Anniversary” For Sale on eBay

Some of you will recognize this 50th R1 LE because it’s been on the site before under the disguise of slightly different photos.

You’ve also seen countless other LE R1’s over the years and can view those here, here,here, here and here. So, I’m not going to bore you with regurgitated specs (Ohlins, Marchesini Wheels, 3 more horsepower, numbered top triple, snazzy paint etc.) because you can probably recite the R1 LE’s specs blind folded and with one hand tied behind your back.

I want to cordially discuss where this one sits in history and where it will be in 5 years when it’s 20 years old.

I’ll start- I hit my motorcycling stride in the 80’s and 90’s being spoon fed GSX-RR’s, ZX7RR’s, RC30’s, OW-01’s and RC45’s. These things were sick, trick and unobtainable to the masses unless you had some serious connection and serious front pocket change. These were all quickly and easily distinguishable by their solo seats. Perhaps I’m a little biased, but (other than the Italian brands) there was a bit of a Japanese lull after the turn of the century. There was a little spark from Kawasaki in 2003 when they launched the ZX6-RR, another spark from Honda with the CBR SP and I will happily admit I’m DOWN like a CLOWN with Kawasaki’s ZX-10RR. I’m sure I’m missing a few, but I’m also sure you all will quickly point them out 😉

The 50th R1 LE had a MSRP of $18,000. This one is now listed at $25,000 and is still as new as it was in 2006. I’m always excited to see these NOS machines turn up because it gives buyers the chance to pick up what may have been your grail machine in 2006. I have no doubt these hold a special place in a select few riders hearts. My end all be all bike is a 7RR-N1. Yes, I know it’s a finicky pig and way under {insert whatever you want here} by today’s standards, but I just love them and I’ve yet to own one. 🙁

From the seller:

2006 Yamaha R1 anniversary Limited edition. It has been professionally “mothballed” in order to store it without damaging the bike. It has never been ridden and has 0 miles on it. This is #2 of 500 made and #1 is in the Yamaha museum. Included with this bike is everything that came with the bike along with a special tool kit only made for this bike.

Key Features:

-The R1 LE is a special, limited-edition version of our awe-inspiring liter-bike-packed with premium components in addition to the standard tremendous firepower of the R1.
-Ohlins suspension units front and rear, custom-developed for the R1 LE by the same people who work on the YZR-M1 Moto GP bike, provide the ultimate ride and handling.
-Custom, YZR-M1-style forged aluminum Marchesini wheels designed specifically for the LE add style while removing nearly a pound of un-sprung weight.
-Back torque-limiting slipper clutch greatly aids downshifting from speed, helping the rider exploit all the R1 LE’s tremendous braking power.

Bottom line for me- I like these and think they will leave their mark and will become a staple in the next generation of sport bike collectors.
If you want to discuss this model (not the seller) with your peers, please do so in an adult manner. All comments will be moderated!

Check out #2 here

Cheers!

dd

2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 50th Anniversary LE #2
Ducati July 21, 2021 posted by

End of an era: Ducati 1098R

“What do we want?…..SPORT BIKES….When do we want them?  NOW”-Angry mob outside RSBFS Headquarters.

Hunting rare and exciting motorcycles is hard work.  We are a slave to what is currently on the market.  Pickings have been slim.  But today we are in luck.  Out in Denver a very interesting Ducat is listed on Craigslist.  Featuring Craigslist adds is challenging as you never know when they will be pulled down, and generally sellers are looking for a local transaction and specifically trying to avoid the wide net cast by eBay.  While this may limit the pool of buyers for the seller, it can sometimes give an advantage to someone local.

From the seller’s post:

2008 Ducati 1098R
7800 miles (looks like it has 1000)
221/450 produced; 300 are US models
The first production motorcycle with traction control and the last Ducati to win the World Superbike title in 2011 although it was labeled as a 1198R at that time. It is a true homologation special- a street legal race bike.
There’s plenty of information on these bikes out there so I won’t do any technical writing.
Excellent condition although the tire production date of 2012 would mean they will need replaced if it is to be ridden in a spirited manner.
All original parts included: titanium exhaust & ecu, license plate assy, clutch cover, data downloader.
I bought this bike about three years ago locally from a dealer after seeing it on an internet site. Didn’t really plan on buying it but the condition was so fine I couldn’t pass it up. It has obviously been loved from new. It is a very historic motorcycle, mechanical artwork with frightening performance.
Serious inquires only.

The 1098R is in many ways the end of an era for Ducati homologation bikes.  The next series, the Panigale used an completely new frame design and construction.  Top tier Ducati sport bikes would no long use the unique trellis frame.  There was an 1198R, but literally only a handful were produced and sold, and at this point post of them are sitting in large and static collections.

An 1198cc 180+ horsepower engine was used, despite the 1098 badging.  All bikes were delivered with some choice race parts to bump the power to almost 190hp.  Carbon lower body panels and high spec suspension ensure these are no slouch on the race track or open road.

With only 450 built world wide this surely qualifies as rare. Many heaped praise on Ducati for the styling of the 1098/1198 generations.  It was seen as a return to Ducati producing beautiful sports bikes and a return to form of the 916/996/998.

The current asking price of $15,500 is on the low end for bikes being actively listed.  Sales data is all over the map and a sure sign that people are starting to take note of these bikes.  It offers a tremendous amount of performance per dollar.  Any buyer should take a close look at the tank for swelling issues as this was a notorious issue for all Ducati in this time period.  The owners groups have developed a few solutions, so it is nothing that should stop someone from enjoying this epic machine.

There are just under 8k miles on the bike.  This will keep the static collectors away, but should be near perfect for someone that wants to experience the feel of the bike in the wild.

– William

End of an era: Ducati 1098R
Ducati July 16, 2021 posted by

The Original Ducati Sports Bike: Ducati 750 F1A

Please give a warm welcome to our newest contributor, William! This is his first post and it closes in 8 hours. Happy Friday everyone! -dc

Long before Ducati gave us a line of 200+hp monsters, and even before the epically beautiful 916 series of bikes there was the 750 F1.  Ducati was not the giant of today, but rather a smaller company focused on racing and in some years struggling to survive.

1985 Ducati 750 F1A For Sale On eBay

From the eBay Listing:

1985 Ducati F1A
The last of the ‘real’ Ducati’s.

A Highly Collectible & Iconic Street Legal Race Weapon

Designed by Ducati Exactly Like The ones that raced Laguna Seca & The Isle Of Man

Light, Fast & Fun!

Clear CT title / Same Adult Owner Since 1998
Factory Maintenance Manual
Spare Key
Service records under Rich’s ownership
LETTER FROM THE OWNER-
My name is Richard Romano and in the past I’ve owned many Ducati’s and this 1985 F1A has been my all time favorite. I only rode this bike on certain occasions and did not put many on it since almost 20 years of ownership. The handling looks and sound is a common trait of Ducati and this one has it all. At this time in my life and in my 70s it’s time to let her go. I am sure the next owner will have the same great experience. -Rich

Fuel Lines Replaced
Fuel Filters Replaced
$2,000 Service Invoice at 25,835 Miles;
New Timing Belt
New Valve Seals
New Exhaust Gaskets
New Oil & Filter
New plugs
New plug wires
Remove heads to decarbonize combustion chamber and piston tops
Rebuilt Carbs (In 2016)
Replaced Battery

The Ducati F1 represents an end of the simple air cooled superbikes.  From this generation on the top tier bikes from Bologna would be liquid cooled.  Combine the classic styling and robust engine, these are a rather attractive option to many collectors.  This was also a time when all Ducati were rare, not because they were special editions, Ducati just did not produce many motorcycles a year.

Current bids are over $12,000 and the Buy It Now button is there at just under $17,000.  The BIN might be on the high side for the current market.  That said these bikes are never going to get cheaper.  Good sorted examples have always been a hard thing to find, so spending a few extra dollars up front might save more in the end.

Some might claim that one can have a similar riding experience on a latter Ducati SS and that might be true.  But the ownership experience will be completely different.  An F1 will be more versatile for different events and possible appreciate better.  This bike, and it’s 75hp would be conformable on a spirited Sunday ride, or cruising to the local bike nights.  While many on the internet will try and scare potential owners with inflated claims of service costs, owners will gladly share information that shows these are not bikes to fear.

-William

The Original Ducati Sports Bike:  Ducati 750 F1A
Yamaha June 11, 2021 posted by

Up a Notch – 1992 Yamaha FZR1000

As much of an upstart as the original FZR1000 was in 1987, later design revisions took the superbike to the next level.  Today’s FZR is an elegant survivor with just under 13,000 miles.

1992 Yamaha FZR1000 for sale on eBay

Yamaha’s 1,002 cc Genesis had 5 valves per cylinder from the start, a great technical achievement until the EXUP power valve ( and 10 hp ! ) were added in 1989.  Because of the stretched power band, it’s ok with a 5-speed transmission.  The alloy DeltaBox chassis got revisions in 1989 and again in 1991, with the addition of upside-down Kayaba forks.  320mm brakes had plenty of oomph and reviewed with good feel via the 4-piston calipers.  Clip-ons under the triple clamp are routine in the sportbike world but not so much in the liter category, they draw the rider over the tank and make the fairing’s protection more easily accessible.

Evidently hidden away in a suburban Iowa garage for some of its life, this FZR appears excellent with just a Vance & Hines exhaust and smoked windscreen as visible mods.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Here is an excellent example of one of the legendary sportbikes from the 80’s and 90’s. This bike is in above average condition with minimal chips and scratches. Well cared for with only 12,900 miles. This bike has been kept up on maintenance and needs nothing other than a rider, or stow it away in your collection. These bikes are becoming more and more valuable and extremely hard to find in this condition. 

In 1991 a further redesign of the FZR resulted in the release of the FZR1000RU EXUP, upside-down telescoping forks were fitted and the front fairing was fitted with a single headlight, generally regarded to be the definitive FZR1000 which this bike is.  This bike has a few tasteful mods – Vance & Hines SS2R exhaust that gives it that superbike sound, and a lightly tinted windscreen.

Yamaha got it very right with the FZR1000, to the point that Cycle World named it the bike of the decade, and it even beat the FZR600 around the technical Streets of Willow road course.  Lighter than expected at just over 500 lbs., when 145 hp were applied and balanced on 60-series tires, it became a nimble projectile.

-donn

 

Up a Notch – 1992 Yamaha FZR1000
Suzuki June 10, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 1999 Suzuki TL1000R

Update 9.24.21: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller. -dc

Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace will cough up examples of Suzuki’s thundering, hairy-chested v-twin superbike bruiser if you really look, but they’re almost never worth a second glance. Generally, they’re wrecked, stretched, rattle canned or all three, and more often than not have been without a title since the Bush administration. The 1999 Suzuki TL1000R you see here is none of those things. In fact, if you’re looking for one, this might be your stop.

It’s a two-owner bike that has been ridden enough to show it was maintained and the bugs were duly dealt with. It looks clean enough to eat off of, and has been treated to an Ohlins rear damper, in place of the notorious factory piece. The seller says it has Penske springs front and rear. It also has Jardine exhaust cans, switched cooling fans, a Power Commander and a toggle switch for diagnostics. The paperwork for the suspension work is present, and the bike comes with a shop manual.

The TL1000R’s history as a race bike is, excuse the pun, checkered, as it didn’t quite measure up to contemporary Ducatis and Honda’s RC51 when it came time to put up or shut up. But the bikes don’t look like anything else on the road at the time, and are known as wonderful, brawny streetbikes and track toys. There’s more than enough power to get yourself into serious trouble, but none of the peakiness of an inline four.

From the seller:

I have 1999 Suzuki TL1000R I am looking to sell. I am only second owner and previous owner was a Suzuki mechanic so it has been adult owned it’s whole life. I have Ohlin’s dampener with Penske spring in back, and Penske racing springs up front. Jardine pipes, upgraded grips, a toggle switch in back that will read the problem codes as well as an auxiliary switch to keep the fans on while bike is turned off to cool oil. I recently rebuilt the original clutch so that is new. I also installed a new drive shaft seal as well as the pushrod seal (the pushrod seal is from an SV1000 and installed backwards…much better fit than the original part as this was a known oil leak issue). Also included are 2 head gaskets, 2 fuel pumps, a crank case gasket, full additional wiring harness and CPU’s, and a full set of shims for the bike. (not cheap stuff). It has just shy of 29k miles. I also have all original parts for it including the rotary dampener and springs, original muffler and additional items for maintenance. It will come with the full mechanic book as well as paperwork for suspension upgrades. It has been very well taken care of and runs perfectly with the power commander.

Seller Tim is asking $7,000 for this beast, which is an immaculate, two-owner machine that represents the pinnacle of the nameplate.

Featured Listing: 1999 Suzuki TL1000R