Posts by tag: track bike

Yamaha January 12, 2017 posted by

Tiny Two-Stroke Terror: 1994 Yamaha TZ125 for Sale

A tiny racebike with big performance, the Yamaha TZ125 was a pure racebike and should not be confused with the TZR series of sportbikes. Handling was thought to be on par with the Honda RS125 but the Yamaha was down slightly on power compared to its rival. At 56mm x 50.7mm bore and stroke, it was oversquare, compared to the slightly underquare Honda, and featured Yamaha’s “YPVS” to boost power. That little two-stroke single was backed by a six-speed gearbox with a dry clutch for extra lightness and improved rattle-osity. The owner’s manual claims 180lb with oil and a full tank of fuel which means you may not need a ramp to unload your bike at the track if you work out regularly…

The listing for this particular bike is very… um brief and doesn’t mention any spares, but several photos of parts are included, so I guess you can always email the seller if you want to know exactly what is included… Even if you’re very familiar with the TZ125, some idea of what you’re getting here would be a very good idea for the seller, especially since these are racebikes that need regular maintenance to keep them running and gearing/jetting changes to perform at their peak.

From the original eBay listing: 1994 Yamaha TZ125 for Sale

No title, no bill of sale, GP 125 for track, spares for a couple of seasons, ready to race. If you don’t know what you’re looking at. Don’t waste our time. This is not a TZR our some sort of race rep. See pics.

The price seems reasonable at $6,000 considering what folks have been asking for other TZ125s but, perhaps as a result of the lack of details, interest in this machine has been pretty limited up until now, with just about 24 hours left on the auction.

-tad

Tiny Two-Stroke Terror: 1994 Yamaha TZ125 for Sale
Honda January 7, 2017 posted by

Grand Prix Dreams: 1990 Honda RS125 for Sale

The second Honda RS125 that’s been up for sale in the past couple weeks, this looks like a more bare-bones offering than the last one we featured, although it still appears to be in decent shape. If you’re not familiar with the RS125, it’s no “race replica”: it’s an over-the-counter competition machine meant for racing, not a stripped-down roadbike. Weighing in at 160lbs with a half-tank of fuel, it is powered by a very slightly undersquare 124.4cc two-stroke single that is backed by a six-speed gearbox.

These tiny two-strokes aren’t for novices: the high-strung little engine makes a stunning 40+hp and that kind of power-to-weight means regular rebuilds, and shepherding the power from that tiny engine requires constant tuning and gearing changes to suit different altitudes, conditions, and tracks. It helps that the competition design means they’re relatively simple to work on, but these are serious Grand Prix motorcycles, and potentially a stepping stone to bigger, faster bikes and more prestigious classes.

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Honda RS125 for Sale

Very rare Honda GP racer RS125, 125cc two-stroke single.
Very nice original condition.
1990 model legal to Vintage class racing.
Please see pictures for more detail.
Any questions please ask.
Will ship worldwide.

There’s not much bidding activity so far and no Buy It Now price is listed, so perhaps this bike just hasn’t found its audience yet, or maybe folks are looking for listings with more detailed descriptions? Is it the lack of extras? Spares for these little race bikes are very desirable, owing to the fact that they can be a pain to acquire and will be regularly needed if you plan to keep one running: 125s are often associated with cheap, reliable transportation, but the RS125 is a racing machine, and will require regular tuning and maintenance if the new owner intends to use the bike for its intended purpose.

-tad

 

 

Grand Prix Dreams: 1990 Honda RS125 for Sale
Honda December 31, 2016 posted by

Ready to Race: 1993 Honda RS125 NF4 for Sale

The very last post of 2016 is this slightly scruffy, but ready-to-race Honda RS125. It’s not a display bike, it’s a full-on racing machine, ideal for a new racer who’s learning the trade, or a veteran who just likes bikes that weigh less than they do… At just 160lbs partly-fueled, these offer up more performance than you might expect, given the minuscule displacement: the 54mm x 54.4mm bore and stroke give 124.4cc, and the little two-stroke produced somewhere just north of 40hp.

Small-displacement two-stroke race bikes sound like a tinkerer’s dream, requiring constant attention and tuning to keep them in top shape and competitive, although the RS125 is relatively simple and designed to be torn down regularly, so that’s not as much of a chore as it would be on a production-based motorcycle. A pure racing Grand Prix motorcycle, an RS125 was the first step on the road to the firey 500cc monsters that were the top dogs of the two-stroke era: Loris Capirossi and Dani Pedrosa both won 125 championships on RS125s.

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Honda NF4 RS125 for Sale

This is a GP race bike, no title, no reg, no bill of sale. Not an NSR road bike. New top end 0 miles/0 min. on plating/ piston/ring/reed/ new 95 reed cage. Will have to go thru a few “heat cycles” before 1st race. Some top end spares (2-new Wossner, 1-coated HRC pistons).

Starting bid is just $3,500 with no takers yet and several days left on the auction. Details in the listing are spare but, if you’re really in the market for an RS125, it probably tells you enough to pique your interest and I’m sure the seller can answer any questions you might have about this little machine.

Happy New Year everyone!

-tad

Ready to Race: 1993 Honda RS125 NF4 for Sale
Honda October 21, 2016 posted by

Flyweight Racer: 2005 Honda RS125R for Sale

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Racing machines are a bit like living living things and, by they time they reach old age, there might be very little left of the original creature except the bones: high performance parts are consumed and replaced regularly, worn out by at-the-limit use, and other parts are upgraded as time goes on to keep pace with the relentless march of competition. So if you’re looking for an office decoration, look elsewhere, since this Honda RS125R was built to race, and comes with the spares package to back that up.

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Powered by a slightly undersquare 54mm x 54.5mm two-stroke single backed by a six-speed gearbox, the mechanicals seem simple at first, but every single component is optimized for performance and light weight. Power can be north of 4ohp when tuned, which sounds pathetic until you consider the partially-dry weight of of under 160lbs. Still, the real shocker with a bike this small and light is in the stopping and the cornering: that single radial Brembo caliper looks absolutely massive and should provide more stopping power than you’ll ever need.

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The bike comes with bare, white bodywork, already for your choice of historic colors or sponsors’ logos. At a glance, I assumed this had been fitted with some sort of Tyga bodywork, but it looks more like Tyga got its inspiration for their aftermarket bodywork from the later RS125s!

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From the original eBay listing: 2005 Honda RS125R for Sale

The engine is freshly rebuilt. New crankcases, new cylinder, new crankshaft and a fresh piston in it.
Engine is setup with a VHM head with a 11.8cc insert for running unleaded fuel.

Current transmission gear setup: 1st: M1-P3 / C1-P3, 2nd: M2-P4 / C2-P4, 3rd: M3-P1 / C3-P1, 4th: M4-P1 / C4-P1, 5th: M5-P1 / C5-P1, 6th: M6-P1 / C6-P1

Equipped electronics consist of a HRC datalogger with HRC detonation counter, detonation and shift lights plus a front wheel speed sensor.

The chassis is equipped with a Honda NSF250R swingarm. Front brake system has been replaced with a new Brembo GP4-RR 32/36 monoblock caliper with titanium pistons and Brembo 16×16 billet radial brake master cylinder.

Typical basic spare parts included, such as jets, gaskets, clutch cable, reeds, engine shims, gaskets, seals, levers, variety of front and rear sprockets etc.

Other spares also included are a April System Powerjet controller, front and rear stands, front wheel with disc, front and rear Dunlop rain tires, spare used cylinder, new front fender, extra over the radiator airbox, HRC cylinder head (10.5cc for leaded fuel).

Extra transmission gears: C1/P2, M2, C1, C2, C3/P4, C4/P2 and main shaft.

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Obviously, this isn’t a fresh-from-the-crate collectible: it’s a hard-core racing machine in miniature, and the included parts should help get the new owner ready for a season of racing. The Buy It Now price is set at $11,000 but I’ve no idea if that’s a fair price or not: RS125s that have graced these pages are generally of much older bikes and those can be had for much less. List price was in the neighborhood of $13,000 new and, with the spares package, that seems to make this a pretty decent deal.

-tad

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Flyweight Racer: 2005 Honda RS125R for Sale
Yamaha August 12, 2016 posted by

Pint-Sized Racer: 2006 Yamaha TZ125 for Sale

2006 Yamaha TZ125 R Side

Unlike the roadgoing, but still-sporty TZR series, Yamaha’s TZ bikes were track-only motorcycles with performance far exceeding what road riders might expect from their diminutive displacements and dimensions: technically, the Yamaha TZ125 isn’t even pint-sized as this post title implies, since Google reliably informs me that a pint is actually 473cc, and even a cup is 236cc, which is an interesting coincidence for bikes like the Aprilia RS250 Cup… The TZ125 featured a liquid-cooled two stroke with slightly oversquare 56mm x 50.7mm bore and stroke that produced an impressive 44hp from those 124cc, helped by Yamaha’s YPVS power-valve. Pushing just 160lbs “semi-dry,” the featherweight sportbike could see speeds north of 125mph, depending on tuning, gearing, and what the rider had for breakfast.

2006 Yamaha TZ125 L Side Bare

A cassette-style six-speed gearbox allows for quick trackside repairs and changes, and there’s no starter of any kind, so rollers or bump-starting are the order of the day. Keep in mind that this is a true MotoGP machine in miniature, so you should be prepared to spend plenty of time between race or track weekends tweaking and maintaining this highly-strung little beast. But even just sitting still, this is such a cool machine: the details and welds on the frame, that huge intake snorkel, the dry clutch jutting from the side of the bike, and the airbox nestled between the frame spars.

2006 Yamaha TZ125 Dash

These probably work better for younger or smaller riders, owing to the fact that even last night’s heavy meal could make a difference in top-speed and acceleration. Those 20 pounds of ballast you’ve put on since college? Yeah, that’s more than 10% of the bike’s total weight. But several commenters in the past have claimed that taller folks can actually ride them, something I hope to put to the test at one point or another.

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From the original eBay listing: 2006 Yamaha TZ125 for Sale

Yamaha TZ125 Roadracer 2006 year model, all must go! Same owner since bought new in Nov 2005, original crankcases as new, KLS shifter, Ohlins rear shock, Marchesini wheels, Galfer brakes, PVL programmable ignition, MCE Racing/airtech airbox and fairing, thumb Choke, Storz steering damper, MCE Racing ported and flowed Cylinder, MCE Racing crankshaft, MCE Racing tuned engine. Additional spare parts, new crank cases, 2 new cylinders, 3 new cylinder heads, new front forks, 2 new windscreens, front and rear stands, tools with toolbox, crankshaft fixtures, foldable steel worktable, misc new gaskets, leathers, gloves, helmet, Accumix jug. Dent in top of fuel tank from something falling while in storage, can be removed by dent specialist.

The listing is pretty simple, but includes plenty of information about performance modification and spares included. The bike has a starting bid of $6,995 with no takers yet, which seems fair for a pure racing machine that includes some trick updates and a bunch of parts to keep the bike running for a long time to come.

-tad

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Pint-Sized Racer: 2006 Yamaha TZ125 for Sale
Moto Guzzi August 1, 2016 posted by

Italian Unicorn: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 Corsa for Sale

Relisted from last November, with a 20% price reduction – Martin

2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 R Side Front

In the early 1990s, Moto Guzzi was trying to revitalize their staid image and appeal to a younger, more sporting audience. Famous Guzzi tuners Ghezzi and Brian were brought in to style the new top-shelf sportbike, and the result was a machine uncharacteristically elegant and modern, considering Guzzi’s products of the period. The MGS01 managed to look forwards and backwards at the same time: it was true sportbike that managed to be relatively lightweight while using a highly-developed version of their classic longitudinally-mounted v-twin and shaft drive.

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The bike used a bored-out version of the “high cam” eight-valve engine with Cosworth pistons and a 1225cc displacement, backed by the V11 Sport’s compact six-speed gearbox and shaft-drive. It put out a very healthy 121hp and a stump-pulling 83lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, although it was far lighter than other Guzzis being built at the time, the 420lb dry weight was still pretty portly when compared to its rivals.

2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 Dash

Intended as a track day toy and gentleman’s racer, it wasn’t light enough or powerful enough to really compete against the Ducatis and Japanese inline-fours on track, and sourcing bodywork and parts should you crash could be a serious headache. It’s just a shame that the promised roadbike production never materialized: Guzzis typically take a serious dive in the used market, but I could imagine that this one might have held its value…

From the original eBay listing: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 Corsa for Sale (LINK UPDATE FOR RELIST)

One of the most beautiful bikes ever made. Italian art at its best…

Extremely rare 1 of 50 produced only 7 ever imported into the US by Moto Guzzi.

This bike was bought new in 2004 in California by a collector for display only.

Bike is still on the original MSO. I have all the original sales documents, original red Moto Guzzi bike cover. Everything that came with the bike new. I still have the original side of the Moto Guzzi crate.

A very rare opportunity to purchase an extremely rare exotic, will only appreciate. You can purchase to ride or display in your office or wherever. Hard assets like this are much better and safer than the market.

Can be viewed anytime in Las Vegas, Nevada by appointment.

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Not sure I’d take financial advice from someone trying to sell me a motorcycle, and I’m really not sure that using a rare motorcycle as a part of your retirement planning is exactly good advice anyway, but regardless: this is a very special motorcycle, and I certainly wouldn’t argue with his claim that it’s one of the most beautiful bikes ever made.

The question is: “Is the MGS01 $60,000 80,000 beautiful?” Because that’s what the seller is asking for this well-preserved, virtually unused example. Opinions on production numbers vary a bit, but whether it was 50 or 100 or 150, you’re very unlikely to see another for sale anytime soon.

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Italian Unicorn: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 Corsa for Sale
MV Agusta May 28, 2016 posted by

Track Day Exotic: 2005 MV Agusta F41000 for Sale

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Normally, the goal here on RSBFS is to feature rare, unusual, or quirky sport motorcycles and we generally try to stick to machines in good, stock condition or bikes that have been tastefully modified. But today’s MV Agusta F4-1000 track bike is exactly the kind of thing I’d love to put together myself, if I had money and was feeling particularly brave. In this case, a perfectly good piece of nearly useless motorcycle jewelry appears to have been built to tackle the tarmac as an expensive and very fast trackday bauble. Honestly, I’m not sure which racing classes it’d be eligible to compete in and an F4 would obviously be far more costly to campaign than a GSX-R1000 without offering any real performance advantage, but that doesn’t mean someone shouldn’t take the plunge.

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The adulation that surrounded the original F4’s introduction faded to polite applause once riders got to test it back-to-back against competing machines costing half as much: during the development of the exotic, radial-valved 750cc machine, the world lost interest in the class and literbikes had taken center stage, leaving MV hopelessly outclassed. Those bikes were much faster than the F4, at least in a straight line, weighed the same, handled almost as well, and cost less. MV Agusta left the beautiful looks alone, but addressed the lack of performance in stunning form when the F4-1000 was introduced a few years later. It was still more expensive than the Japanese literbikes and wasn’t really any faster, but at least those bullies couldn’t kick sand in its face anymore and it offered up a rawer, more committed experience for experienced riders.

Basically, the perfect choice for a track day monster!

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From the original eBay listing: MV Agusta F4-1000 Track Bike

I am second owner, first owner is US servicemen, he bought this bike brand new from Pro-Italia and used for couple track days then deployed out of US, so he have to sale to me, this bike never register in DMV, I have all the papers word will including on this sale.

  • Please pick Option 1 or 2 only after you win my auction
  • 1:Red Marchesini Forged $2000 with Dunlop Ntec 211 tires cost $325 set
  • 2: Silver Marchesini Forged cost $2000 with Dunlop Ntet 212 tires cost $375 set
All the parts below will come with the bike:
  • Marzocchi 2009 RR312 Fork $850
  • Brembo M50 Calipers $550
  • Brembo clutch and 17mm brake master including both Reservoir $400
  • Ohlins TTX rear shock $1000
  • STM Slipper Clutch $1200
  • upgrade to shorai battery $190
  • upgrade Eprom $50
  • FBF rearset $375
  • FBF Exhaust $850
  • Power Commander PC3 $375
  • Power Commander Quick Shifter $275
  • Power Commander LCD $ 250
  • Arrow mid Exhaust $345
  • X-bike Fairing stay $325
  • Catalyst Composites track fairing $900 painted Professional $350
  • Brembo Rotors $300
  • Carbon Swingarm cover $250
  • Carbon hugger $175
  • 520 DID Chain front and rear sprocket covert $375
  • Set of Muzzy Aluminum Fan $160
  • Fresh Engine Ice Coolant
  • Top and Bottom Radiator guard $120
  • Quick Release Gas Cap SSR brand $120
  • Just Oil Change Motul 300v 15w50
  • Zero gravity clear painted red $90

Total parts I paid over $11k, I am sure missing couple more items.

While I do appreciate the seller listing all of the parts that went into the build, it always does seem a bit tacky to include the pricing. With that $8,500 starting bid, I’m sure he’s hoping to make a good chunk of that back, but he’s missing that important lesson discussed here on the site and in the comments section ad nauseam: throwing $11,000 in parts at a motorcycle will have very little impact on its value, other than to possibly make it more likely to sell than another machine in similar condition. And as these bikes become more and more collectible, all those expensive custom parts can actually make it less likely to sell… That’s certainly becoming true for early 916s.

2005 MV Agusta F41000 R Side Engine

Here’s the other thing: aside from actual, professionally-prepped racebikes, track day motorcycles generally sell for a good bit less than their road-legal counterparts. The reasons are pretty simple: the market for track-only bikes is much smaller, they’re  guaranteed to have been thrashed, since that’s basically the whole point of the exercise, and quite possibly have been crashed a few times. Track day junkies are expecting to crash at some point, and crashes mean repairs. A simple low-side in a slow corner doesn’t necessarily mean an end your day or weekend, assuming you can throw a new clutch or brake lever and clip-on bar onto the bike, or borrow a spare rearset peg or shift lever. A bag full of spares and a package of zip ties can quickly get you back on track, once you clean all the grass out from behind your fairings…

2005 MV Agusta F41000 Swingarm

And in spite of the obvious quality of the parts and preparation that have gone into this motorcycle, the reality is that you can buy a decent, road-legal F4 for what he likely wants for this, and the bits on those aren’t exactly of poor quality to begin with. This is obviously a very high-quality motorcycle, but I think the seller may have a hard time finding a buyer at that price.

-tad

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Track Day Exotic: 2005 MV Agusta F41000 for Sale
Yamaha May 20, 2016 posted by

Super Single: 2008 Yamaha YZ450F Track Bike for Sale

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We normally try to post unmolested, rare and exotic motorcycles here on RSBFS. Not customs or kit bikes, no matter how nice. But this little flyweight track-day terror based on a YZF450F seemed like a good excuse to break our own, self-imposed rules. Racing is an expensive hobby, even if you’re doing everything you can to keep costs low: just tires, fuel, and wear items combine with the running costs of whatever you’re using to haul yourself and your bike to the track to make this a serious time and money-suck. And that’s before you start crashing, and before you decide you actually want to be competitive… Track-days are a great way to get casual speed-fix, but if you’re using your streetbike, you’ll always be worried about trashing your street ride while trying to find your limits. And honestly, most sportbikes have way more power than the average rider can really exploit on track anyway.

2008 Yamaha YZF450F Rear Wheel

So what do you do when you want a lightweight, easy-to-maintain pure sporting machine that you can push to the limit on track? Small displacement two-strokes from Honda, Aprilia, Yamaha, and Suzuki are pretty rare to begin with and obtaining parts for the race-only models could prove difficult. There’s a couple reasons that the GSX-R models are so popular at the track. Obviously, they’re pretty great sports motorcycles, right out of the box. But another reason is that everyone has them. Lowside at the track? “Hey buddy, do you have a spare clutch lever, clip-on, and rearset I could borrow?” Bam, back out on track.

2008 Yamaha YZF450F Clocks

So the ideal budget racebike would have solid, useable power in a broad range, be cheap to buy or build, and have easy parts availability. Folks like Roland Sands and the guys at GP Tech who built this bike have been pushing the formula for a while, offering kits to update wheels, suspension geometry, and bodywork to stimulate interest in a low-buck, entry level race series based around offroad bike foundations. Have an old thumper lying around and wanna build something really cheap? You could spend as little as $5,000 plus some grease under your fingernails.

2008 Yamaha YZF450F Rearsets

Or you could just buy this one. It’s certainly a big higher-spec than you might build yourself on the cheap, and considering what the seller is asking it seems like a pretty enticing deal. The seller claims a wet-weight of just 235lbs and that big, tuned single should give plenty of torque to move you down the straights, even if you’re not built like an anorexic jockey.

From the original eBay listing: Yamaha YZ450F Race Bike for Sale

Built in house by Geoff at GP Tech. Starting with new ’08 Yamaha crate motor, ’07 YZ450 frame, powercoated. R6 front end with Ohlins internals. Ohlins rear shock, Galespeed forged wheels (uses 120 front, 150 /160 rear). ValterMoto adjustable rear sets.

Well over $20k in receipts including a factory Yamaha GYTR race head installed at 20 hours ($2k!). Titanium M4 exhaust, all Graves stuff for the single (oil breather recycle etc). Many custom machined parts for retrofit. Modern TZ250 bodywork w/ airtech tank cover. Dual race radiators with silicon hoses.

ALL the fasteners are titanium (including shock and linkage, motor mounts, etc., etc.: roughly $2k).

Weighs in at 235lb wet, bike dynoed when adding 9 map programmable ignition with 2 map switch, Hinson slipper clutch, water temp gauge, now has 47 hours total (27 on head) valves just checked. Runs on pump gas but I use Sunoco 100.

Kick starter that works with the TZ250 bodywork! Starts easy hot or cold.

Never crashed or down, always senior adult ridden.

Some spares, sprockets, ignition, Spare bottom end for future rebuild, shim kit, front and rear stands, tire warmers, service manuals. It is always a conversion piece at the track.

Great clubman bike, D Superbike or fun trackday bike. Sprung for a 175lb rider.

2008 Yamaha YZF450F Front Wheel

These are billed as “affordable race bikes” but, as you can see from the build, “affordable” is a relative term. And while it’s great to put something to your exact specifications, it’s generally way cheaper to buy a machine someone else has already sunk the blood, sweat, and tears into. With a starting bid of $5,000 and a Buy It Now price of $6,500 it’s obvious that you’d be getting a good price, considering the components and effort that’s gone into this little Yamaha. A lightweight race bike for the price of a nice used 600cc supersport? And TZ250 looks thrown in to the mix? Sign me up!

-tad

2008 Yamaha YZF450F R Side

Super Single: 2008 Yamaha YZ450F Track Bike for Sale