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Bimota January 25, 2023 posted by

Motorv8R – 2005 Bimota SB8R

Buying a very limited edition might entail undue risk, or be a leap of faith.  The fabulous condition of today’s Bimota seems to have a calming influence on everything but the eyes.

2005 Bimota SB8R for sale on eBay UK

 

Bimota went with their winning formula – a great powertrain supplied by an engineering powerhouse with an in-house chassis and bespoke components.  Suzuki’s brilliant four valve V-twin lays down 135 hp and gobs of torque, but Bimota’s aluminum spars and carbon sideplates allow it to shine.  Add ( or subtract ) the weight savings from the carbon seat subframe and the SB8R tips the scales some 46 pounds lighter than the Suzuki.  46mm Paoli forks, Brembo’s current 320mm brakes, and wide Antera alloy rims testify in defense of the $23.5K MSRP.  The massive looking fresh air intakes and long underseat exhaust fib a bit, and the SB8R reviewed as an agile superbike with WSBK on its agenda.

Just one question mark, as the auction states the SB8R is a 2005 – which seems to be a year for the later SB8K, but this example certainly has the early tail section.  Bears checking, but doesn’t take away from the outstanding condition in every photo.  Mum’s the word in the walkaround – video – but there are a few notes in the eBay auction –

A perfect original example of this iconic super sport limited edition SB8R.
Only done 3,798 miles from new.
Only 250 SB8R ever made.
Superb looking machine with beautiful looking frame, swingarm, plenty of carbon, stainless exhaust system, Antera wheels, Paioli forks, Brembo brakes with Suzuki V-twin TL1000 engine used.
Very very clean all round including paintwork, wheels, frame, exhaust system and swingarm.
A real gem for any collection.

On the comeback trail from their V-Due debacle, the SB8R gave the company a little breathing room.  The evolved SB8K won a World Superbike race in 2000 with Anthony Gobert aboard, unfortunately Bimota wasn’t really in a position to capitalize on that success.  Recent support from Kawasaki should reassure prospective Bimota buyers, even if theirs is a classic example such as this.

-donn

 

Motorv8R – 2005 Bimota SB8R
Honda December 2, 2022 posted by

Track Day Thursday – 2000 Honda SuperHawk

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2000 Honda SuperHawk Track Bike Conversion

I’ll admit that writing about a small niche can sometimes become a bit difficult in the sense that there are only so many angles to approach some of thee bikes we come across. Every once in a while you will get something super unique and eye-catching which is not only great for us but also our audience. I think it’s fair to say this find checks those boxes. This 2000 SuperHawk that started as a stock bike has undergone quite the cosmetic and mechanical conversion in order to make into a track weapon. It’s hard for us to determine how sharp this knife is from where we sit but I think everyone at the track would be at the pitwall as you roll down the straight. Regardless of what other people think, we live in a world where one can identify as whoever they want so if a SuperHawk identifies as MotoGP bike, who are you to say no?

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Hard to say this things looks bad. The color scheme, stickers, and windscreen are all pretty damn cool. Some people who take this route try a bit too hard and completely over do it while trying to be different but I don’t think that’s the case here.

Does the tasteful approach to the cosmetic surgery cross over to the mechanical side? Let’s see what we can gather from seller’s mechanical mods

Chassis: Custom subframe & subframe brace, Penske rear shock, 04′ CBR1KRR front end, MotoGP brake and clutch master cylinder from 2000 MotoGP bike

Electrical – Coil on plug upgrade, battery relo

Powertrain – Custom 2-1 exhaust

That wasn’t an exhaustive list of the modifications but there are some other pretty cool things the seller has done. Definitely check out the listing for an exhaustive list. A positive here is that nothing seems to have been done to the motor and nothing is terminal outside of the custom subframe since the seller has retained the original parts. That being said, any time you buy a custom bike the quality of work is a concern but it looks like the seller hasn’t gone full Allen Millyard on us and has kept the technical complexity relatively low. I’ve successfully pasted on a front end before and if you watch me turn a wrench you might be tempted to grab the wrench and hit me with it.

Picture 5 of 7From the seller:

“…The bodywork fits so nicely, the upper and lower carefully matched right up to stock mounting points. The bike is 99% complete, just needs a minor bit of buttoning up and then taken to the track.

Also comes with a huge pile of stock parts, complete front end, alternate dual exhausts, lights, etc etc.
Title is clean, Florida title not yet reassigned to me. If you want it registerable in your state, please add $350 for paperwork fees. This 996cc v twin engine is perfect for the occasional track day warrior, and bike now qualifies for vintage series. Way cheaper for parts than a Ducati, RC51, or Aprilia, but same amazing torque band and rideability. “
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The Japanese have blessed us with a few two cylinder track bikes in the past; Think RC, TL, and SV. Furthermore the Italians have been doing it forever. The formula works. I think the question here is if the whole is really greater than the sum of it’s parts? Does adding a MotoGP master cylinder really mean anything? It’s certainly a conversation piece. As much as I would like to answer that for our audience, I’m broke. If only one of the readers would be so kind.

The listing has been up for two days with zero action and a starting bid of $3k. At the least check out the listing and let us know what you think in the comments about your experience with SuperHawks. Good luck!

Thanks for reading!

Norm

 

Track Day Thursday – 2000 Honda SuperHawk
Honda November 15, 2022 posted by

More Isn’t Always Better – 2000 Honda RC51 RVT1000R

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2000 Honda RC51 RVT1000R

For a long time, Ducati was the only one gracing the WSBK and AMA calendars and showrooms with two cylinder sport bikes. Aside from good sales numbers, the twins offered a much different appeal than their 4 cylinder counterparts. The torque and narrower frame that result from a v-twin configuration delivered a much different experience for riders. In 2000, Honda saw an opportunity to cash in and delivered today’s find, a Honda RC51 RVT1000R. Not only did they have success in the commercial market, but also on their first season running the bike in WSBK with Colin Edwards piloting. It is truly quite rare that a manufacturer can enter a new design and win their first season. Just look at Formula 1….

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In any automotive experience, the motor should be one of the most dominating parts of the experience. Usually that isn’t much of a problem with sport bikes as high revving 4 cylinders are rarely boring. However, the 2 cylinder is arguably the most intriguing sport bike experience. A hammer instead of a sewing needle if you will.

One of the aspects that make this hammer particularly interesting is the valve train. Unlike the Ducs of the era, the Honda employed a gear-driven valve train as opposed to belts. The whine from the cams combined with the thunderous two cylinder delivered a soundtrack that has built a cult following for the bike.

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The later SP2 model came with a host of upgrades that seemed like something you would get in a new generation as opposed to a model year update. New geometry, upgraded swing arm, fueling changes, etc were all tweaks that made it into production from the HRC program. That being said, the SP1 model was not a bad bike. It definitely had opportunities for refinement but one can say that about many modern bikes. At the end of the day, you had a WSBK/AMA-winning platform that is more unique than almost anything else that has been entered into a major championship.

From the seller:

“Up for bid is a very collectible well kept and maybe the most original 2000 Honda RC51 RVT1000R. Tires and brakes recently replaced by the previous owner. Serviced regularly and the best possible care, never dropped or laid down (lady ridden). Always garaged and started every other week. Mostly mountain rides on good weather. Not riding anymore (too fast for me). Fresh Motul oil and filter included as well as the original exhaust pipes and cowl/seat cover. SOLD AS IS/WHERE IS (NO WARRANTY). All funds have to clear my bank before the bike/title can be released to the new owner.”

Our example today seems to be rather clean for the age. Low mile and well taken care of examples still come up for sale today but are getting harder and harder to find. These never made it stateside in typical production numbers so spare parts may be tough to find and the aftermarket is thin. Fortunately the seller has already taken the first step and tacked on the Yosh pipe.

The listing seems to be getting decent traction with 5 days left. 21 bids up to $3,850 so there is some action. 2 RC51s sold in Q2/Q3 of this year on BAT for $7,500 so I’d guesstimate a landing in that area. Good luck!

Thanks for reading!

Norm

More Isn’t Always Better – 2000 Honda RC51 RVT1000R
Suzuki October 24, 2022 posted by

Shocking – 2002 Suzuki TL1000R

Suzuki made their own stab at L-twin Superbike glory, and while a championship wasn’t in the cards, the memorable powerplant made for a great street ride.  Today’s TLR looks excellent, with some nice mods and moderate miles.

2002 Suzuki TL1000R

With many changes from the TLS engine, the 996 cc’s aboard the TL1000R claimed 135 hp, an excellent 78 ft.-lbs. torque – plus an interesting sound from the hybrid gear / chain cam drive.  Suzuki kept the engine upright to ease intake and exhaust issues, and since the rear cylinder occupied the monoshock’s usual spot, a rotary damper was used on the side of the alloy swingarm.  Difficulties with this shock provided most of the criticism when the bikes were new, though weight and lumpy styling were co-conspirators.

For 11,448 miles this TLR presents extra well, with just an isolated rub and certainly clean as can be.  The carbon rear mudguard is all but hidden by the Yoshimura mufflers, and the rear signals are likely now built into the tail light.  Looks like a Hagon shock kit has replaced the factory deal, a gear indicator has been installed, and though the running light front signals might cause a wince at least they didn’t need another hole in the fairing.  Not sure what our nationwide audience will do with the warranty or suspension set-up, but might help a northwest buyer.  Notes from the eBay auction –

  • UNMELLOW YELLOW TWIN
  • YOSHIMURA RS-3 EXHAUST
  • FENDER ELIMINATOR + FLUSH MOUNT TURN SIGNALS
  • ALMOST NEW MICHELIN PILOT ROAD 4
  • CARBON FIBER HUGGER
  • WELL MAINTAINED UP TO DATE ON SERVICE
  • KFG CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED 50 POINT CHECK AND TEST RIDE 
  • 1,500 MILES AND/OR 30 DAY WARRANTY
  • INCLUDES DYNO SESSION
  • INCLUDES CUSTOM SUSPENSION BASELINE SET UP 

As if out-doing Ducati in the L-twin department weren’t enough, Suzuki and Honda were trying to beat each other to the showroom as well as the racetrack.  Suzuki may have rushed their homework a bit, and when the TL1000R wasn’t competitive out of the box, they returned to their 25 years of GSX-R development and surprisingly binned the TLR race team.  But in just a few years the bike acquired a healthy fan base, and one comment on the drivetrain is that Bimota chose it for the SB8R.  As presented here, this TLR is about as different and nice as a Suzuki can be.

-donn

Shocking – 2002 Suzuki TL1000R
Bimota March 25, 2022 posted by

Tasty Exotic: TL1000R Powered Bimota SB8R

Exotic motorcycles can be polarizing.  For some the cost of admission when new is too high, others will fear service and maintenance woes.  But this Bimota SB8R offers an interesting mix of Italian flair, low production numbers and the reliability and support of an OEM Suzuki engine.

The engine is lifted from a TL1000R so service costs are very low, and an owner can sleep soundly knowing that should an unfortunate even befall the V-Twin, it can be sorted without having to hunt down rare parts.

This particular bike has upgraded lighter wheels, and Arrow exhaust system, a few minor period add ons and low miles.  There are a few questions that need to be raised though.  The seller lists it as a 5 speed, and that is assumed to be a simple clerical error.  The bigger question surrounds the turn signals.  Units installed on the bike are not correct, and two of them are damaged.  It looks like this likely happened while moving the bike around in storage, but it is worth confirming.  Strange that the selling dealer would not at least remove them before the pictures.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

2000 Bimota SB8R Motorcycle

Limited-production track ready motorcycle
#3 of around 150 produced total
Aluminum & carbon fiber frame
1,000cc engine producing 135hp and 5 speed manual transmission
3,245 miles shown, but the title is mileage exempt
It’s not everyday that we get in a motorcycle as special as this one, a 2000 Bimota SB8R! MotoeXotica was Missouri’s sole Bimota dealership for many years until the unfortunate bankruptcy of Bimota, thus making this a very special bike for us.

The red paint of this SB8R is in fantastic shape, with only small imperfections, and the carbon fiber is still in tact. The gold wheels are a nice contrast, and are in good shape. The seat has no visible rips or tears. One of the rear turn signals is missing its cover.

Under the seat lies the 135 horsepower 1,000cc engine, mated to a 5 speed manual transmission, which truly makes this bike a rocket. Out back, it also features an Arrow performance exhaust, which gives this bike a truly one of a kind engine note.

This bike is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 3,245 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!

VIN: ZESSB8R0XYR000003

RSBFS posted about his bike in June of 2019 here, and it does not seem that much has changed since that listing.  The $13,900 asking price is in line with what others have been listed for.  Unsure if the time on the market is starting to turn would be buyers off, or if the pool of Bimota buyers is just too small at the moment.  The upgraded wheels is a very expensive and desirable addition, and not really mentioned properly in the listing.

With the sharp rise in price of this era Japanese sport bike one can only wonder if something like this will demand a premium over a similar condition TL1000R.

Tasty Exotic:  TL1000R Powered Bimota SB8R
Bimota August 22, 2021 posted by

When Rare Is Just Too Common: Bimota SB8K Ultimo

Things are always interesting in the world of rare and exotic motorcycles.  There seems to be an endless stream of things to ogle and dream about.  For many the top of the list is Bimota.  The storied Italian brand has always produced lust worthy motorcycles in low volume.  Over the years they have used many different engine configurations, from many different manufactures, so there is something for everyone.  In the late 90s Bimota tool the Suzuki TL1000R V Twin and decided it would be perfect for their new SB8R and slightly more intense SB8RS models.  These bikes featured a unique carbon fiber frame section as well as top tier suspension for the day.  In 2000 Bimota was racing an SB8R in WSBK with Anthony Gobert.  The high water mark of the year was a race win at Philip Island.  To celebrate this success, Bimota released the SB8K as an updated version of the SB8R.

The SB8K was the end of the Suzuki powered Bimota era.  Details are scarce on exactly how many were built, but there is no doubt the production run was in the tens, and not hundreds of bikes built.  To make things even more confusing, Bimota also had a few variants of the SB8K.  The “standard”, Gobert, and Santamonica edition round out the field.  Make no mistake, all of these were rare, expensive and interesting options in period.  One can only imagine how amazing it would have been to source one of these bikes new.  But what might be even more amazing is that it seems that there was a market even higher up the food chain.  Apparently there were people that saw the SB8K as too common, or not focused enough, so the SB8K Ultimo was created.

The aptly named Ultimo was dripping with even more high performance and exotic components.  It was the brainchild of the Japanese importer for Bimota, Redbro Racing.  They had a history of turning the wick up on other Bimota for the Japanese market.  For just over 6 million Yen, you got even better Ohlins forks, upgraded brakes, and a host of internal engine modifications.  The Motor breaths through a Moto Corsa Ti exhaust system that is sure to please the ears.

From the Seller’s eBay listing:

Only 10 SB8K Ultimo bikes were ever built, for the buyer that wanted something very special. This bike has Marchesini magnesium wheels, Brembo mono block brakes, full Ohlins front and rear suspension, Ohlins steering damper. Stack dash, modified ECU, High compression forged pistons, 12:1. High lift cams, Titanium silencers. (moto corsa), Alcantara fabric seat, full carbon body work, tank, sub frame all as standard equipment on this model. The new price when released in Japan was 6,000,000Yen.(39,000pounds) Essentially brand new 22 year old bike, the dash says 38km traveled, but according to Stack, the dash will never read zero as km are added to the dash whilst testing. The Stack dash can be scrolled through many different screens and setting by the pass button on the LHS bar, very cool. I estimate the bike has done 3km. The SB8R isn’t even in the same league as this model. With forks, calipers and wheels alone worth over 10,000Pounds. The bike has been fully serviced and runs like a dream. Send me an email and I can send you a link to watch the bike running on you tube. The bike is located in New Zealand. Included in the buy now price is crating the bike and transport to most major ports. London, LA. etc. Price does not include local import or port charges or insurance. This is a very special, rare bike, running the beautiful TL1000R engine you wont be disappointed adding this one to your collection. It sounds and looks amazing.

In the late 90s and early 2000s it was not uncommon to see owners modifying their vehicles, or well known shops to do a limited run of in house custom builds.  Many of these builds have either not aged well, or have not survived long enough to be collectable.  This example here represents a chance to experience a really interesting period in time again with essentially a brand new bike.  The bike seems perfectly preserved and would be well suited for a static collection, or returned to the road for enjoyment.  The seller appears to be no stranger to the bike, or transporting around the world.  This would be a wonderful benefit to a potential buyer, almost as much as the seller’s offer to crate and ship the bike to your local port.  With anything this rear, it is hard to put an exact value on it.  Currently listed at just under twenty thousand British pounds.  This price point is not for everyone, but when you think about how special this bike is it is hard to think of a better way to spend the money.

When Rare Is Just Too Common:  Bimota SB8K Ultimo
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
Suzuki June 2, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 2,600-mile 1999 Suzuki TL1000R

Update 6.20.2020: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Back in 1999, the Suzuki TL1000R was full of promise as a Ducati and Honda-fighting superbike weapon. With a new, 135-horsepower v-twin mill, compact dimensions and innovative suspension to keep packaging tight around the big mill. Alas, the TL didn’t live up to Suzuki’s hopes on superbike grids around the world, but it became a cult classic beloved for its torque, unique looks and relative quirkiness.

You won’t see many nice TLs kicking around the local Craigslist, as those who have nice ones tend to hang onto them. Consider this one the exception. A second-year example in the simplest, cleanest yellow livery, it is spotless and ready to ride. It might not carry the pedigree that the Honda RC-51 earned under the likes of Colin Edwards and Joey Dunlop, but that shouldn’t be a detraction, and it will always draw a crowd at the local bike night.

From the seller:

1999 Suzuki TL1000R

2600 miles, just serviced at MSP Cycle in Atlanta.

I’m the second owner and bought the bike in 2012. Everything is stock except the Yoshimura pipes.

Never dropped or abused and runs perfect. The bike is located at my office in Doraville, Georgia. Can be seen anytime and I am happy to assist with inspection or shipping.

$6,900

The Yoshimura pipes are an awesome addition that will fully unleash the v-twin’s signature snarl. With everything else as it left the factory and so few miles, this TL is the perfect candidate for a periodic weekend mount and conversation starter.

Featured Listing: 2,600-mile 1999 Suzuki TL1000R