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Ducati January 12, 2022 posted by

Bit by Bit – 1991 Ducati 907 I.E. Paso

The 907 I.E. is the most sorted of the Paso line, almost a transformation of the earlier 750’s.  Today’s Paso is a California native wearing paint seeming newer than what lies beneath, but looks like a good first sportbike.

1991 Ducati 907 I.E. Paso for sale on eBay

Last-gen Paso’s were finally water cooled and fuel-injected, better suited for Tamburini’s enclosed bodywork design than air cooling and carburetors.  Weber electronic injection stretches out the power band for the hydraulic dry clutch and 6-speed.  Some reviewers hold that the chassis geometry on the earlier Paso’s was better, but the handling and convenience of a pair of 17-inch wheels are part of the I.E. package.  Ducati’s tough square-tube chassis is under the soap bar, with Marzocchi multi-adjustable anti-dive forks and monoshock.

Beside a quick repair on the near side mirror, the bright re-paint on this 907 I.E. would be helped by some factory decals, which shouldn’t be hard to source.  Then presuming no mechanical show-stoppers, the new owner could fix a little and ride a little – refinish the GPR mufflers, get the Corbin re-covered, new sprockets and chain, powdercoat the wheels, etc.  Could be a sharp example in no time.  Short comments from the eBay auction:

1991 Ducati 907 Paso this bike is getting harder to find
has after market exhaust an has been jetted to it
also just out in a new battery
really clean bike

The Paso was tasked with fending off the imported competition, and it had plenty of character, but at a slightly premium price.  Some years over a thousand were sold, but not always.  The neat complete fairing had its fans, but the company got busy with development of the 916, Supersport and Monster, closing the Paso line in 1992.  For sure a rarity at this point, and an important Ducati with sport touring, a more modern engine, and Tamburini design in its gene pool.  Hopefully the reserve will keep newcomers in mind.

-donn

Bit by Bit – 1991 Ducati 907 I.E. Paso
Yamaha December 26, 2021 posted by

Supervivor – 2nd Owner 1985 Yamaha FZ750

Yamaha introduced their 5-valve engine for 1985, turning a sportbike corner with 103 claimed hp.  Super clean though un-restored, this FZ750 looks ready to ride in an outstanding number of high-res photos.

1985 Yamaha FZ750 for sale on eBay

Engineers from Iwata found an ideal solution to increasing intake flow and reducing valve mass and friction losses.  Smaller valves made the 10,500 rpm feasible, with accessories built behind the crankshaft to keep the engine as narrow as any four.  The head was angled forward at 45 degrees, making room for a set of 34mm Mikuni downdrafts under the tank.  Weight distribution was just about optimal and a 16-inch front wheel was employed to sharpen the handling.  Air-adjustable forks were an -80’s regular, and carried vented front disks.  A full fairing would’ve been racier, but the supersport garb allowed the engine easier access to cooling air.

Just two owners is unusual for a 36 year-old machine, and 8,868 miles is rather low.  But time marches on, and finishes show some patina in the close-ups.  Still it appears stock, complete and without an major mishaps.  Even the black chrome four-into two exhaust has somehow made it through.  Notes from the eBay auction:

The cosmetic condition of this machine is just as it looks in the photos. Every finish on the machine is original. No part of the bike has been re-painted or re-finished. There are a few imperfections here and there, mostly from the first owner’s long-term storage over the years, but it is a legitimate 8,800 original mile machine that runs like it’s brand new. It is not a trailer queen, and it’s not cosmetically perfect, but it’s a bike that’s perfect for taking out just about any time the weather allows and run it hard. The running condition of the machine is flawless, starting immediately. 

This Yamaha has had two owners during its life, the first owner and me. This bike has been part of my collection for a while and is now ridden on a regular basis. It runs and rides with absolutely no issues. 

Everything on this motorcycle is original, including the exhaust system, which was usually removed by now. The seat is also in original condition and is beautiful. 

The 750 runs and rides the way you expect a machine with this type of mileage to run. All of the mechanical components have been checked over to ensure they work properly including the clutch and brakes. The carbs were completely gone through this season and function perfectly, and there is a new battery installed. The Bridgestone Battlax tires currently installed have comparatively few miles on them, and have plenty of service life left, but they are not new, so if you plan on riding this machine hard, you might want to replace them.  There is absolutely nothing you will have to do to this motorcycle to ride and enjoy it this season. 

The FZ750 might not’ve been an unbridled success, but was up against GSXR competition and certainly proved the Genesis five valve concept.  As ever, Yamaha had the engineering chops but the style department stayed a little conservative.  Air forks were more sensitive to changes than many expected, though the forward riding position at least kept the rider in the loop.  Just a day into the auction, bidding is quite active and we’ll check back to see when someone clears the reserve.

-donn

 

Supervivor – 2nd Owner 1985 Yamaha FZ750
Ducati December 11, 2021 posted by

Black and Gold Tiger – 1979 Ducati 900SD Darmah

Ducati called in stylist Leopoldo Tartarini to help them back from the 860GT mis-step, and beside the 900SS bevel, and he penned most of the sporty SS attributes into the unfaired SD Darmah.  Here’s a very original SD with a recent powertrain rebuild, and very presentable survivor cosmetics.

1979 Ducati SD900 Darmah for sale on eBay

Ducati wasn’t ready to abandon their 864cc L-twin, which laid down a torquey 65 hp, featuring 32mm Dell’Orto carbs with individual airboxes and single overhead cams.  The 5-speed and frame were fairly conventional, though the transmission got good marks for smooth shifting.  Marzocchi forks and monoshock provided a firm but not harsh ride, tailored well to the centrist performance.  Triple 280mm disks put a hurting on the 18-inch tires, but got the job done.  The factory seat was way over on the sporty side, but easily upgraded.  Nippondenso instruments and controls eyebrows some eyebrows, but worked every time.

The seller delves into patina issues when the survivor condition is really quite good.  Darmah’s pre-date all the age-proof paints and finishes we almost take for granted, but the originals here look great.  Longer stalk mirrors have been fitted and the factory seat re-stuffed.  The drivetrain rebuild is more of a story than the odometer change, and probably will account for quite a bit of the strike price.  Comments from the eBay auction:

The last affordable Bevel Head. Prior owner acquired the bike in 2012 and the speedo was inoperable and replaced with a NOS unit. By 2015 the prior owner had put 2,600 miles on the engine and that’s when the motor was rebuilt. Odometer shows less than 5,000 miles now. What’s wrong with it? 

It’s a great original bike with with patina that comes with something that has always been cared for rather than something fixed up from a wreck. Clear coat by the gas cap peeled when the PO purchased the bike and has not progressed (maybe US gas ?), There is also clear coat peeling right side under brake fluid reservoir – maybe spills/ leaks at some time. Clear coat peel near rear seat lock. Hasn’t been run by me in nearly 9 months.  Mirrors aren’t original although they are Ducati. PO had replaced originals with little “racy” ones. The ball end on front brake lever is snapped off. (I have replacement and haven’t installed yet.)  Seat has been recovered and padded.  Anyone who has ridden on one without this “mod” will know why this was done.  This was going to be my “forever bike” but plans changed…as they do.
 
Complete engine rebuild in winter of 2015 by Karl Engelenner (MMS – Sacramento CA).
      • New rods and crank pin

      • New 88mm pistons and rings

      • New valves and seats

      • New bearings, all of them in the motor and trans

      • New Surflex clutch

      • Vee Two high flow oil pump

      • All rocker arms reconditioned

      • All transmission shafts and gears reconditioned

      • New 36mm Dell’orto carbs/Originals available 

      • Original Paint

      • Campagnolo wheels

      • Braided steel brake lines

      • New Rubber brake lines 

      • New Avon  Roadrider tires 

      • Tomaselli 2C throttle

      • K&N filters

        Serviced 90 days ago  by the Zen House of Point Arena

        new Starter Sprag Fitted 

The Darmah has a page or two in Msgr’s Tartarini and Taglioni’s history, but Ducati is still not done with the desmodue.  The stately black and gold had a European sophistication, and the saddle’s relationship with the tank may have advertised a different sportiness than the chassis wanted to deliver.  But the torque and stability made the Darmah a signature Ducati.  Just one day to go and plenty of bids, but none satisfying the reserve.

-donn

Black and Gold Tiger – 1979 Ducati 900SD Darmah
Honda November 30, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 2000 Honda CBR929RR at Seattle Used Bikes !

Update 11.30.2021: SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

If you have a bike for sale that would benefit from this kind of exposure, contact us for a Featured Listing. -dc

Superbikes were ultra-competitive in the late 1990’s and Honda got only two or three years out of each re-design of their CBR900RR.  The SC44 generation of 2000-01 gave away a lot of displacement to Yamaha’s fresh R1, but the CBR’s compact and lighter weight design proved their mettle.  RSBFS’ friend Seattle Used Bikes has a super-sharp CBR929RR with a refreshing lack of mods and a long ownership and maintenance history.

2000 Honda CBR929RR asking $5,999

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Featured Listing – 2000 Honda CBR929RR at Seattle Used Bikes !
Yamaha November 2, 2021 posted by

Ready to Rumble – 1996 Yamaha YZF-750R

Update 11.2.2021: Last see in August of 2020 from the same seller, this one is back on eBay with a buy-it-now of $7,150. -dc

For a while in the 1990’s, sponsorship from Marlboro led Yamaha down a red-liveried path, and the torn paper graphics on this 1996 YZF-750R makes reference without saying it too loud.  It’s a low-mileage example with a recent major service, and looks smashing.

1996 Yamaha YZF-750R for sale on eBay

Yamaha took the successes of their late -80’s World Superbike mounts and ran them by production engineering, preserving as much of the good stuff while bringing the cost out of the stratosphere.  Kept was the forward canted inline Genesis, with the EXUP exhaust tuning system – in road trim worth 125hp.  The aluminum Deltabox chassis evolved with re-designed frame connectors.  New brakes were 320mm disks with 6-piston calipers.  The fox-eye headlights look a little less drop-dead serious than those on the OW-01, but the painted pillion cover passes for a single-seater under way.

The seller’s other auctions seem to indicate a dealer rather than motorcyclist owner, but either way, this YZF is in special shape for its age.  Hard to find fault with the presentation, except maybe to pine for an SP homologation special.  The last service call made everything ready for the new owner.  From the eBay auction:

Parts:
Float bowl gaskets             
Needle and seat                
Fuel line                            
Oil (semi/syn)                     
Battery                             
Rear brake caliper kit         
Rear pads                           
Front pads                        
Fork seals                          
Pirelli Rosso Tires              
 
Labor:
Service carbs                   
Oil change                          
Install tires                         
Fork seals                           
Rebuild rear caliper            
Front pads                         
Complete degrease/clean  
 
This bike is very special to me as you can see with all the investments made . 
A cleaner example for sale will be very difficult to find today .
The bike is ready to ride . 

The YZF750R sold better across the pond than here, but trailed the 916 and CBR900RR and gave way to the R1 in 1998.  The race version did well in endurance events where Yamaha’s quality shown.  This one is right on the edge of too nice to ride too much, but the classic mid-size package and recent maintenance call for at least an occasional back road afternoon.

-donn

Ready to Rumble – 1996 Yamaha YZF-750R
Yamaha October 29, 2021 posted by

Almost Pre-Sports – 1985 Yamaha FZ750 with 1,586 Miles !

Though big red dominated, Yamaha’s FZ750R / OU45 regularly appeared as the best of the rest in mid-eighties AMA Superbike.  Here’s a collector which has somehow escaped the suburban Dallas heat, and dodged a lifetime’s worth of garage elves.

1985 Yamaha FZ-750 for sale on eBay

Yamaha had reportedly toyed with as many as seven valves per cylinder, but settled on five for the Genesis engine.  Laid forward to straighten the path through the 34mm Mikuni’s, 105 hp was the result.  The four was wedged across a double cradle chassis, with right side up forks and a monocross rear.  270mm brakes are period correct but seem undersized for the mission, and the 16/18-inch wheel stagger would be seen as under and over-sized just a few years later.  Riding position was a pretty good tuck and helped the rider get behind the upper-only fairing.

The comments say the bike has been in the back of the garage for a generation, so this might be the original owner.  Condition is hard to believe with none of the usual bumps, bruises, or mods that might be expected.  A fork brace is visible and a Fox shock is hidden.  Otherwise it looks original right down to the tires.  Notes from the eBay auction:

This bike has been in a controlled environment for the past 35 years. The 80’s motorcycle market is getting hot and this is a perfect opportunity for a collector or lover to own an iconic bike. It runs and rides like a new bike with a couple of original 80’s upgrades remote adjustable rear Fox Shock and a fork brace. The miles are original, I was putting it in my collection but it needs to be ridden and because of my age and old racing injuries I can’t manage the low bars. The value will only increase as this is the only FZ 750 I have seen come on the market over the last 2 years. One sold in January of 2019 for $9,000 with 39,000 miles on it and needed attention. This bike is as good as the day it came off the ship.

Part of the design concept was the five smaller valves which didn’t require double valve springs, allowing higher revs and an easier life for the cams.  Yamaha stuck with the Genesis for several years, attesting to the idea’s success.  The conventional auction ( high reserve though ) reflects the almost super-stardom of these early superbikes.  It might take a re-list, but interest in an FZ in this condition will come.

-donn

 

Almost Pre-Sports – 1985 Yamaha FZ750 with 1,586 Miles !
Suzuki August 13, 2021 posted by

Long Way Home – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R

Even in the midst of a riding rejuvenation, plans and priorities can change.  Here’s a 1986 GSX-R that’s getting quite close to bike night, just needing a new owner’s shove over the goal line.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R for sale on eBay

For its U.S. debut, the GSX-R got a 25mm longer swingarm, calming the handling from 1985.  Around the bike, lightness was a focus, and performance guided designers.  The oil-cooled engine saved the weight of a water system, and got larger valves in part by using smaller spark plugs.  Wheelies caused by the 100 hp launch could be reversed by a stoppie using the four-piston front brakes.   The flat-sided fairing had an endurance racer’s simplicity, but it was the last hurrah for the track-oriented 18-inch wheels.

This owner has been slowly returning his 750R to a more stock condition, but left a few things for the next custodian to weigh in on.  It looks very presentable, even at the office, and could have some incremental re-finishing without tearing it down.  Comments from the eBay auction: 

Bike runs, shifts and idles as it should.
All lights, signals and horn work as they should. Left signal dash light bulb is out.

These bikes are getting harder and harder to find. Hasn’t been cut up or crazy modifications. Some body panels have been repaired and repainted. Tank is in very good condition other then a few scratches on right side of tank (See in picture posted). Tank looks to be all original paint. Plastic body panels do have some imperfections here and there.

Wheels have been repainted white by previous owner. Not a very good a paint job on wheels. Wheels were and should be black to be correct.
I believe I have a left and right new oem G graphics decal that goes on lower part of cowl in black area. Just haven’t put them on yet. As long as I can find them. They will go with the bike as well.

No rust in tank ever. Very clean.
Bike would need a restoration to be perfect .
This is in excellent running, driving and or take to local bike shows.

Tires that are currently on the bike are out of date. Would need to be replaced to be safe. I bought a set of brand new tires for it that will go with the bike.
Brand new oem tool kit included.
New battery last summer. Always left on tender.
After market Yoshimura slip on. Sounds great. I don’t have the oem exhaust.
Front fork seals will need to be replaced .
Body work is oem but some panels have been repaired.
Oem air box goes with the bike. These are getting hard to find with all the brackets and hoses.
This bike has a bunch of new oem parts through out the bike.

I had the valves and carbs adjusted last summer. Bike runs great. Front calipers were also rebuilt and new pads installed last year. Brand new oem Suzuki main wiring harness installed last year. New Oem head light housing, adjustment springs and hardware. New head light Oem wiring harness. Brand new oem foam gauge pad installed last year.

First year icons will either be hardly or heavily used, and this one has some miles but looks to have spent the last several seasons with more tinkering than riding.  Without being a Special Edition or RR, this could still be a great example.  Hopefully the reserve doesn’t put it too far out of the almost-there-project department.

-donn

Long Way Home – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R
Kawasaki August 10, 2021 posted by

Clean Slate – 1991 Kawasaki ZX-7 Ninja

A new-to-you classic sportbike often means wading through multiple previous owner’s improvements and mishaps.  Not this time, as the 1991 ZX-7 presented here looks un-modified and never down.

1991 Kawasaki ZX-7 Ninja for sale on eBay

The industry had been expecting the EU to declare 100 hp a street-wise maximum, and tuned a lot of engines into conformance.  Not a bad thing for a road rider, since the torque numbers were excellent.  Most of the ZX-7’s innovations came in the original ’89, but the 1991 model came with 43mm upside-down forks, and using the engine as a stressed member made the chassis lighter and more rigid.  New then was a curved radiator, which saved frontal area but still had the volume to cool the 750.  Several liveries were available but the green / white / blue is instantly recognizable from the AMA superbike days.

This St. Pete owner came upon this ZX-7 when it was only ten years old, and evidently continued riding carefully.  The tail tidy, low-profile signals, and blue windscreen are entirely normal, but the lack of any apparent rash and the factory muffler are pretty unusual.  After a time in the garage, some return to duty maintenance is expected, as noted in the eBay auction:

A very rare and collectible ZX-7 Ninja. The last time it was ridden was 2 years ago and at that point it ran great. The bike has been covered in my garage. It has been an amazing bike for me. It needs the regular maintenance a bike that hasn’t been ridden would need to get it in great running condition. I’ve owned the bike for 20 years.

Though a first-year H-model or race homologation K would be more collectible, the J has a nice set of updates and weight savings.  With race kit and Muzzy prep, the ZX-7’s went on to multiple crowns on several continents, making that green a key color to fans worldwide.  For a rider not quite ready to take a more rare bike on a trip or park it at a cruise night, this example might be a good choice.

-donn 

Clean Slate – 1991 Kawasaki ZX-7 Ninja