Posts by tag: twin

BMW July 25, 2012 posted by

Non Italian Twin: 2003 BMW BOXER CUP Replica!

For Sale: 2003 BMW BOXER CUP

So the word is that numbered and limited edition Ducatis are not rare. After all, they made some 700 of the 998R as posted here (Make sure to read the comments on the 998R to appreciate the rest of this post! -dc). So when I was trolling for something available in fewer numbers, I stumbled across this Boxer Cup bike – number 142 of only 200 produced. What is that – a 350% improvement in rarity? And to top it off, this baby is so NOT Italian that it prefers Wienerschnitzel to pizza!

What do you do when you are a manufacturer of sporty motorcycles and you want to make a name for yourself? You go racing. Better yet, you drop big bucks and start a one make class to ensure that no matter who wins, your brand is at the front. That is really what the Boxer Cup was all about – and while it was a good marketing exercise for BMW, the close racing was fantastic for the fans. It most certainly did not hurt when such names as Randy Mamola and Kevin Schwantz took part in the series!

From the seller:
Motor Co. Inc. is very proud to offer this very rare and collectible 2003 BMW R1100 Boxer Cup Replika to the public. #142 of only 200 produced this bike was a collector piece before it was assembled! We have serviced the bike and it is ready to go today. All of the documentation is included, the badges, certificate of authenticity, both keys, etc. Don’t miss this opportunity! Look at the pictures, come see it, this is the one you want! Bike has never been down and is exactly as it appears in the photos.

The Boxer Cup replica bikes were really just paint and styling excercises intended to cash in on the marketing offered by the Boxer Cup race series. There are the obvious Boxer Cup graphics, including Randy Mamola’s signature across the fairing. There are some nice touches such as the carbon valve covers, complete with sliders – but nothing really significant over and above the already strong R1100 Sport it was based upon.

If being more rare than the next guy is your thing, here is your way to get back at the Ducati snob-set. With 350% more rare-ness than a 998R and a bigger signature on the fairing than those puny RZ350s, this Boxer Cup replica is your ticket to the rare leagues! The best part is it probably won’t break the bank. For more information and pictures, click the link and check out the auction. Good Luck!


spondon June 4, 2012 posted by

Keeping It Interesting: 1983 Rotax Powered Spondon SP7

Keeping It Interesting: 1983 Rotax Powered Spondon SP7

These are the bikes that keep it interesting.  I love running across a bike I don’t know a damn thing about and that is exactly what this is. Most of us know Spondon as a company that builds exotic frame kits for RG500’s but we’ve seen a few of their older race bikes here on RSBFS lately. I believe, but can’t confirm, this 1983 SP7  was built/sold as a complete package.  Post away in the comments section if you can provide some insight into the bike.

Since I lack any real knowledge let’s have the seller explain:

1983 Spondon Rotax Inline 250cc two stroke racer. Excellent condition and very rare. Approximately one of only a few made with the new Rotax tandem 250cc motor. Ultra simple and light frame with a new generation racing engine very rare and unusual bike from Altinier Racing , Treviso Italy. Excellent condition and ready to race or show. An excellent motorcycle for AHRMA racing or for any collection. Selling on a bill of sale only with no title!


Looks like a snowmobile engine hiding in there.  If you were a small manufacturer and wanted to build a 250cc race bike in the early 80’s you probably built it around this engine.  Do a Google Image search for “Rotax 250cc” and see what interesting stuff pops up.

Hmmm, not very official but I guess that is your model number.

Spondon Engineering is still around and I wonder if they’d be able to give details on the bike?  Might be worth an email if you are interested.

While searching the depths of the internets for info on the this bike I did stumble onto a listing on a high end bike dealer in the UK and  I believe this bike was listed there (no pictures):  for quite a large sum of money.  If you’d like to take your chances on the auction click here.


Ducati February 11, 2012 posted by

Italian Hen’s Teeth-’87 Ducati F1 Laguna Seca

Location: Ben Lomond, California

Mileage: 6,200

Price: Auction, currently $13,601

Umm, anyone out there interested in a rare Ducati? We see the F1 on RSBFS on a fairly regular basis. But a Laguna Seca? Not so much.  Fifty total brought to the United States. Hen’s teeth indeed.

The Laguna Seca model is a limited edition of the F1. Ducati did the run of this bike to honor Marco Lucchinelli and his success at Laguna in 1986. The engine had slightly different heads than the F1 and an alloy swing arm with a rear hugger. The Laguna also featured a new front fender and wider Oscam aluminum wheels. You also got a decal on the tank of Marco’s signature.

Here’s some more pics-

Some info from the seller-

Rare F1 Laguna Seca – only 50 imported in to the United States. Excellent condition with a few, typical Ducati, stress cracks in the fiberglass and a minor scuff on the elephant tank decal. 100% completely original down to the tires (hard as a rock). The engine runs fine but the carbs need to be synced and idle adjusted. It is obnoxiously loud with a uniquely Ducati roar. Not much else to say – you know what this bike is if you are looking at it. Clear title. Please ask questions before bidding. 

Like I said above, not a lot of these pop up here on RSBFS. So it’s kind of difficult to say where the market is on one. A Laguna Seca model was posted three years ago here and the seller was asking $18k. I guess that’s where the auction comes in handy. This is clearly a collector bike and the seller lists it as 100% original. Good news for people looking for a bike like this. Although you’ll probably want new tires. The bike has minor cracks and scuffs, hard not to expect considering the age and mileage.

This bike is one of the rare collector bikes that many dream about. If you’ve seen one in your dreams, then make the jump!


Sport Bikes For Sale January 16, 2012 posted by

It’s All In The Reserve: 1986 Suzuki RG250 Gamma

It’s All In The Reserve: 1986 Suzuki RG250 Gamma

Update: Originally we posted this one in November of 2011. Back on eBay and links are updated. -dc

This may not be the flashiest RG we’ve listed but I like auctions like this to see what the market is willing to pay for a two stroke. On one hand you have a rare RG in decent overall condition. On the other hand, it has no paperwork, hasn’t been started in years and is not a special version. The reserve will tell the story. Did the seller base his price on market realities or is he going to try and milk the two stroke allure for every penny? Only time and some bidding will tell.

Overall the pictures show a solid, stock example. It’s funny but I’ve rarely seen an RG250 with aftermarket chambers while you rarely find an RGV250 without them. The close up picture does appear so show some oxidation on the frame that is oh so common on bikes that live close to the ocean.

You’d be hard pressed to distinguish between an RG250 and RG500 from the front.

The story:

Hi I have a 1986 RG-R250 Gamma that i had imported from Japan in 2007. It has never been registered in Canada. I imported it along with some other bike for the purpose of reselling, but with running my regular buisness I never have the time and now the desire to continue with the bikes that I have left. I had the bike running when I first imported but it hasn’t ran for3 yrs, but it should run with out too much effort. When running it sounded good and and blew that beautiful blue 2 stroke smoke. It is a 2 stroke 250cc. The body and paint are in great shape frame is nice and shiny. This bike had obviously been kept in doors before I imported it and Ive kept it in my shop since. The bikes tires, chain, brakes, sprokets seem to be in good shape. If you have any questions e-mail me and I’ll do my best to anwser. Oh also the bike has 17193km not miles


We Americans would have a panic attack with some Japanese in the middle of our cluster yet the Japanse regularly mix in English in almost everything . Some of it can be quite amusing. I’m a bit baffled on the mileage. The cluster is a KM unit and shows roughly 9,500KM’s. The seller states though, the bikes has over 17,000KM’s. What am I missing?

Overall it is a nice example with a paint scheme that is rarely seen. The lack of paperwork (although it is has hit the magic 25 year mark that drops most import issues) and time sitting are sure to hold the price back though. If you need a comparison, a 1987 RG250 that needed some work but was titled sold for $3,300 a few months ago. If you can snag it for the right price I think you’d come away with a solid RG, that with some freshening up will provide plenty of smiles.

Check it out here.


Classic Sport Bikes For Sale November 18, 2011 posted by

The 70’s, HD And Things That Rattle: 1974 Harley-Davidson RR350 (Aermacchi 350)

The 70’s, HD And Things That Rattle:  1974 Harley-Davidson RR350 (Aermacchi)

And up goes the price!  As of this writing the auction has rocketed up to over $27,000 and the reserve has yet to reached.  What a cool piece of  motorcycle history though.  If you are like me you kind of cringe when HD and road racing are mentioned together.  I have to catch myself and remember they did have a decent road racing program in 70’s.  Forget about the name on the tank though, this is in reality a hand built Italian race bike sprayed in Harley Orange.

A little nugget from the web explains it perfectly:

The RR350 Racer is one of 26 originally made.   These racers were hand built in the Aermacchi Harley-Davidson plant in Varese, Italy for the sole purpose of road racing. This bike has the twin disc front brakes, double leading shoe rear brakes, 6 speed transmission, Ceriani forks, water cooled, Dansi electronic ignition and is in the legendary Harley-Davidson racing colors. These machines were similar in design and performance to the Yamaha TZ twins and were successful in national events. Harley Davidson imported a number of 250′s to compete in AMA road races, but the 350 is virtually unknown.

The details on the bike up for auction:








It just doesn’t look right does it?   That two stroke cylinder and the Harley Davidson name seem at odds.  HD also took a stab at two stroke motocross bikes a few years later with Aermacchi engines.

Info is scarce on this bike to say the least.  I guess not surprising considering the age and number produced.  I did happen to find an interesting page on Aermacchi race bikes though.  They were definitely a player in their day.

I don’t think you can complain about the condition.  I wish we could see her naked.

Just out of curiosity, I wonder if the bike has any noteworthy racing history?

Click here for the auction.

One of these little beasts coming to life:


Kawasaki October 3, 2011 posted by

And Something A Little Different: 1971 Kawasaki Kawasaki A1R Replica Samurai

And Something A Little Different:  1971 Kawasaki Kawasaki A1R Replica Samurai

This is one I post just because the second I saw it I knew it was just plain cool.  We generally don’t have many Kawi two strokes come our way and I couldn’t pass this one up.  I know it isn’t original but you can’t deny it is a hell of a restoration.



…..and after.  After lots of work, sweat and $$$.


Straight from the seller:

Started life as a 1971 A1.  Found it in a barn in Decatur Illinois in 2005.  I spent three years and over $16,000 collecting parts to turn it into an A1R replica.  This is street legal and is what Kawasaki should have built originally.  This bike took first place at the 2011 National Motorcycle Museum in the vintage class and second place at the Ace Café Vintage Motorcycle Days Café Show in 2008 plus numerous other 1st Places at other shows.  Details below:

  • ·         Complete nut and bolt restoration.  No expense was spared.  This bike needs nothing.
  • ·         Less than 250 miles since rebuild.  It is not even broke in yet.
  • ·         Completely rebuilt engine and transmission with 1st over pistons and crankshaft rebuild by   Damen Kirkland.
  • ·         Handmade expansion chambers built to A1R factory road racing specifications.
  • ·         Replica A1R bodywork from Classic Motorcycle Fibreglass in Australia.  Painted in factory colors.  Fuel tank is coated with Caswell’s Phenol Novolac Epoxy Gas Tank Sealer so that gas with ethanol can be used.
  • ·         Excel shouldered rims front and back laced by Buchanan’s with stainless steel spokes.
  • ·         Suzuki GT 750 four leading shoe (4LS) front brake.
  • ·         New period correct Redwing rear shocks.
  • ·         Rick Brett rebuilt tachometer.
  • ·         Stock oil injection system being used.
  • ·         Clear Illinois title.


It is just plain cool.  I can’t stop saying that.  The sound from those pipes at full tilt must be killer.  Mufflers, who needs mufflers?  I guess you can see why they call the back section of a two stroke expansion chamber a “stinger”.  This bike is the sellers own take on what he thought Kawasaki should have built.  If you’d like to see what they did build for the track check out this little site.  It has some Kawasaki race bikes I bet you’ve never seen.

Look at those pipes!  I’m not even guessing on value.   It is one of those;  if you love it, you will pay for it bikes.  Enjoy the pictures.  If only we could hear it!  Here she is.




Exclusive August 7, 2011 posted by

1984 Yamaha RZ350 For Sale with only 5366 Miles!

Today we have a reader who has contacted us with his beautiful RZ350 for sale in Salt Lake City. Amazingly low miles with just 5366 showing! Brandon is offering his bike on RSBFS before it goes to eBay hoping to find it a suitable enthusiast home here first.

Update: This great looking bike sold in only 12 hours! Featured listings work! Contact me if you have an exceptional bike for sale that deserves a feature. Just $25/mo (though we may have to start charging by the hour if this trend keeps up!)

1984 Yamaha RZ350 For Sale

The very detailed description from the seller:

Extremely clean, ultra low mile and 90% all original ’84 Yamaha RZ 350. I’m the proud 3rd owner of the bike and I purchased it from a Yamaha 2 stroke collector who, in the 6+ years he owned it, put a grand total of 301 miles on it. As of this writing it has 5366 miles but is still ridden at least a few times a week so actual millage may vary at completion of sale.

As far as how it performs during those rides? Flawlessly. And I mean that, everything works as it should. Even with the battery eliminator it is a one to two kick bike always. Beyond the battery eliminator, other tasteful period modifications include: Spec II chambers (the very good condition and rare factory exhaust is included with the sale), K&N pod style air filters, reed block spacers, period fork brace and steering damper. The engine pulls crisply and cleanly through all gears and has never had so much as a hiccup in the time i’ve owned it. Within the last 500 miles the engine oil has been changed with Motul Transoil Expert (best 2-Stroke engine oil, IMO), fork seals and fluid changed with Motul Fork Oil and the oil injection has always received Motul 800 2t in the time I’ve owned it. New Bridgestone Battlax BT-45’s were mounted within the last month as well and still show outer “whiskers”.

The body is in very good condition and I would rate it a 8/10 and that may be a tad harsh depending on who’s looking at it. All original bodywork and paint as far as myself and the previous owner know and has never been down or so much as rubbed wrong since I’ve had it in my collection. There are some blemishes though when I got it: there is a small mark by the clutch side blinker on the headlight cowl that the original owner tried to touch up (hard to see at first until pointed out but is there in one of the pictures), the brake side chamber caused heat bubbling and a crack under the very bottom of the chin cowl on that side (hard to notice unless you get low, but again, its there), this also happened on the other side but much smaller, also on the brake side there is a small (fingernail fragment size) amount of paint missing where the chin cowl was overtightened in the recessed mounting hole. On the clutch side, the rear seat cowl/fairing’s YPVS sticker has ULTRA minor cracking (you’d have to look close to even see it). I want to be very up front about these issues as I want that when I’m adding to my collection. Those are the issues as far as I can recollect.

The fuel tank might be the star of the “ultra clean” show. It is basically flawless. The paint is perfect, no scratches or blemishes of note and even the area around the fuel cap is perfect. The wheels look almost factory new with no oxidation present and this holds true for the brake calipers and rotors. I have high expectations and I was pleasantly surprised when I first saw it, its that clean. The bike needs nothing right now to be ridden the way it was intended. It is 100% complete and ready to go with zero issues. Included with the sale will be a factory service manual.

To sum it up, it’s not a museum piece but I’d confidently say its one of the cleanest, low mile, “ridden” RZ 350’s in the country.

Asking price: $5250

Please don’t hesitate to ask more detailed questions as I may have forgotten an item you’d like to know about.

Please contact me at Brandon at Iconoreps dot com

Good luck with the sale Brandon!


Sport Bikes For Sale July 31, 2011 posted by

Looking For A Winter Project? How About A 1987 Suzuki RG250 Gamma?

Looking For A Winter Project?  How About A 1987 Suzuki RG250 Gamma?

It is not the latest and greatest and it isn’t a “10” but it does have the makings of a nice winter  project (aka wife evader).  It is in decent shape, it is mostly stock and complete, it does have a title and there is no reserve.  Read on if intrigued.

They were parallel twins before the V’s came along.  Pictures don’t tell the whole story but they are a good start.  I’m not noticing a lot of major corrosion but there will be some for sure on various bolts, brackets etc.  Rubber that old tends to be cracked or brittle as well.  Factor in all those little parts you know you will need when making a bid.

Not showroom quality obviously but not abused either.  If you are curious about parts, there is a decent supply of RG250 parts to be had.

If you do some research I think you will be surprised how many color schemes these things came in.  They included several Walter Wolf versions and my favorite, the HB Suzuki yellow and white.  There were not any major design changes from the RG’s inception in 1983 to the last version in 1987.

The RG’s details:

This is a rare Suzuki 250 Gamma. It is titled in Washington State as a 1984 but the VIN and the color and the specs indicate it is really a 1987 ( MK4.)
( You may wish to do the research)
I have owned the bike for 12 years. It is a Japanese import which I bought for my son on his 18th birthday. He only rode it for a summer then went to college and after that went overseas.
This is a great little bike. I start it up periodically and it is garaged but I don’t ride it often. It runs and sounds great!  The condition is good but it does have some blemishes-it has a scrape on the engine case, ( pictured) a scrape on the exhaust pipe tips, and the lower fairing is missing ( almost impossible to find one)   The upper firing has some cracks and has been repaired. There is an oil leak from the exhaust pipe where it enters the engine but it is small. It only has the single seat. 19,875 kms not miles.
This bike would suit a two stroke enthusiast . It is fun to ride, runs well, and best of all is street legal. Everything works.


Obviously, if you were interested in this as a project it would all hinge on the price.  It isn’t a basket case but if you are doing a full restore you’d have engine work, paint, worn parts and all those pesky clips, brackets, screws and hoses that would need to be replaced.  I’d ask about the missing fairing pieces as well. 

I’ve never paid too much attention to the older RG250’s but I’ve seen a couple restored recently and they impressed the hell out of me.  If you can stay out of a bidding war on it I think you’d have a diamond in the rough.  Here she is.