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Classic Sport Bikes For Sale February 13, 2011 posted by

1962 Yamaha YDS1R (YDS2R) Restored In Los Angeles

This is a great looking, restored, YDS1R race bike on eBay!

Bike:  1962 Yamaha YDS1R

Miles:  TMU

Price:  $18,500/Offer

Location:  West Los Angeles, California

What makes a bike collectible?  Well, being the first production road racer from a multi-world-championship-winning motorcycle manufacturer can’t hurt.  The YDS1R was Yamaha’s first production road race bike and based strongly on the factory example–and which also lead to the TD1.  The YDS1R was originally a kit intended to be fitted to a stock YDS1, the kit enabled the bike to produce 30hp with a top speed of just over 100mph but was also a serious race bike in terms of maintenance and tuning.  Yamaha later offered the YDS1R as a complete bike and followed it with a YDS2R before finally releasing the TD1.  Read more about the YDS1R here.

The bike for sale here looks to be in outstanding condition with a 1st place trophy from the now defunct Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance.  Here is what else they list in the ad:

Yamaha YDS1R for sale, Very rare Pre TD1 Road racer. Original Asama Road racer Gas tank,
1-1/2″ Yazaki racing tach, complete. ready for show.
Ordani racing brakes, (I have original Brake you can choice)
International shipping available.

I’ll admit, I don’t know a lot about these bikes but based on the date shouldn’t this be a YDS2R?  Any aficionados, please comment and put me straight! See the bike with .

AG

Yamaha October 31, 2010 posted by

1985 Yamaha RZ350 in California

For sale: 1985 Yamaha RZ350 2-stroke

Located in La Puente, California, this clean 1985 RZ350 provides you another opportunity to grab that elusive 2-stroke that you might have missed in the showroom back in the 80’s. Although these bikes are not as rare as some of the hand-built Italian hardware we occasionally see on RSBFS, finding a good example of a survivor is difficult. Let’s look at the bike:

From the seller:
Up for auction is a used Yamaha RZ350. The motorcycle is in very good condition overall and has low miles for its age. It is all stock except for the exhaust, they’re Allspeed and they appear to have been ceramic coated. This motorcycle has a clear title and includes all service records from original owner. The bike has sat for approximately 3 years and has not been started, so I would assume the carbs are going to need to be cleaned and the fluids changed, plus it needs a new battery. I have a new battery I will throw in but I don’t have the acid for it. This RZ350 ran great before it sat, it does have a very slow oil leak on the left lower side of the engine(had the leak when it was purchased). If you would like more pics please ask.

The mileage is listed at 7,647, which is not a lot for a bike this age. The bike is not completely original – it has aftermarket expansion chambers – but the modifications are period correct and definitely enhance performance. The exhaust is ceramic coated to boot!

The opening bid is quite reasonable for one a RZ350, and there is no reserve on this auction. This is your chance to grab one of these great bikes –

MI

Honda October 29, 2010 posted by

The roll on King: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo

For sale: 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo with 16,000 miles

By 1983, three of the Big Four Japanese manufacturers had Turbo bikes in the showroom. Only Kawasaki was missing from the party, and wouldn’t show up until the following year. For Honda, though, 1983 was a big year. The previous Turbo, 1982’s CX500T, was not well recieved and they made a significant effort to change that with a major re-design: the 1983 CX650 Turbo.

From the seller:
Here is a rare Honda CX650 TURBO,in very nice shape. Not perfect,some nicks and scrapes. Never down at speed,onlt stand still tip over. Paint is in pretty good shape,tail section shows some aging[see pic]. Engine and drive train are very strong and tight. Was going to keep this,but decided to sell my collection of Turbo bikes{2 500 turbos,650 Seca Turbo}.Here is a chance to own a great sport touring bike and a classic at the same time.

As a one-year bike, these 650 Turbos are pretty rare. Sources at the Turbo Motorcycle International Owners Association place the number of imported units for 1983 at a mere 1,015. Interest in these bikes is strong due to performance; while the 1/4-mile times were average (11.95 @ 112.4 mph according to Motorcyclist magazine), the roll-on performance was nothing short of phenomenal. Even today this motorcycle can hold its own on the open road against much more modern (and larger) machinery.

This auction is going on now, and the current price is well in line with the going rate.

MI

Bimota July 21, 2010 posted by

Mint 2006 Bimota SB8K in Los Angeles with 177 miles!

Mint (as in 177 miles!!) 2006 Bimota SB8K for sale in Los Angeles.

The SB8K is one of my favourite Bimotas, pairing the charismatic v-twin engine from a Suzuki TL1000R with a hybrid carbon (check out those carbon chassis side plates)/aluminum beam frame from Bimota.  :

Bimota has been making exquisite hand crafted road and race motorcycles for almost 40 years, true functional pieces of rolling art. This factory original Bimota SB8K SantaMonica is derived from the same race platform that Anthony Gobert won the World Superbike race in Phillips Island. It uses the same incredible composite frame with twin aluminum spars. This beautiful frame is graced with 43mm Ohlin forks with radially mounted Brembo brakes. Power is provided by the wonderful Suzuki TL1000R V-Twin motor that produces 143hp. Just as the chassis utilizes the most advanced materials of its day, the engine boasts important technological advances as well. The most noticeable and striking feature is the radial motion of fuel injectors that perfectly mimics the movement of the butterfly valves. This innovation maximizes performance by ensuring a perfect fluidity and consistency of the power delivery over the complete RPM range of the engine. Carbon fiber is also used for the fairing and the fuel tank. The attention to detail is a hallmark of all Bimota motorcycles. This bike is in showroom condition and has only travelled 177 miles from new, perfect in every way.

Aside from the usual expensive lashings of Ohlins suspension, Brembo radial calipers, CNC machined bits, carbon fiber fairings and fuel tank(!), the most innovative feature of this bike has to be the overhead “shower” radial injectors perfectly mimics the movement of the butterfly valves.  Here’s a video of the injectors in action (although it’s not very clear):

Here’s a brief write up on Motorcyclist.com and a past article by Roland Brown for Fast Bikes. My only nit pick about the SB8K is that it looks like a first gen Suzuki SV650s from the front – other than that, this is one exotica that hopefully will find its way into my garage some day!!

ph

Laverda May 16, 2010 posted by

Tri Color 1998 Laverda 750S On Ebay

Tri Color 1998 Laverda 750S On Ebay

What a pretty bike!  Is it an original tri color produced by the factory?  Well probably not but someone sure had the right idea.  I rarely see bikes that have been repainted that look spot on.  This one does.  Maybe it is just easy to make anything look good in green, red and white.  Quality wise, it is hard to judge the paint by photos.   Moving on from the paint, you have a standard 750s with roughly 9,800 miles on it.  It is also graced with Arrow carbon fiber mufflers.  I don’t know if it is a full Arrow exhaust or just the mufflers.  There is just something about the lines of the Laverda that just scream sport bike:  it just looks right.  The twin headlights, twin exhaust, stout looking frame, air scoops at the front:  ok, enough of me trying to convince my self to bid.

From the auction:

I am selling my 1998 Laverda 750S.  You won’t pull up next to another of these rare Italian beauties! Tri-color paint scheme is in good condition.  It runs strong, just had the throttle position sensor replaced as well as a new crank sensor.  Odometer reads in KM so it works out to 9750 Miles This is a fast, flick able sport bike with all top shelf components…Brembo Brakes, Paioli forks and shocks, Arrow carbon fiber exhaust. Loves to be rev’d…This thing comes alive at 7000rpm.  Runs great, looks awesome.  There are some dings here and there in the paint but over all it is very clean!  I have to many bikes and sport bikes are not my style any more (46 years old now…a little slower and prefer to stretch out a bit) so this one has to go.

Maybe the seller is on to something when he wrote, “Why ride a Ducati….be different.”  You won’t pass many of these on the street and you will sure stick out with that paint scheme.  It looks like the other benefit may be that you can own an Italian sport bike with quality components and not part with a lot of your savings, say compared to a Ducati or MV Agusta.  Bidding is active on the bike and is hovering around $3,500 as of this writing.  .  Do we have any readers that own a 750s?  I’d love to read some comments about them.

I was hoping to find a clip with some sound of the Laverda engine. No luck on that but I did find this video review of the bike.  It is in Italian but gives some good close ups of the bike:

IK

Norton May 2, 2010 posted by

1976 Norton Ala Verda custom – ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!

1976 one-off Norton Ala Verda custom for sale on ebay for a cool $75,000.

Beautiful.  Stunning. Gorgeous. Brilliant. Splendid. Magnificent. Gob-smacking.  Bellisimo.  And I’m running out of words to describe this bike.  I have seen this in magazines and websites, but had never thought I would see it for sale on ebay! Even if you’re not interested in Nortons, you owe it to yourself as a motorcyclist to check the bike and try to appreciate the time, effort, and passion that went into the creation of it. .

Not that I can afford it anyway, but some lucky collector will have the chance to add this gem to his/her collection.  I’ll let the pictures so the talking:

THIS IS THE HOLY GRAIL OF NORTON CUSTOMS.

THIS IS THE MOST BEAUITFUL BIKE I HAVE EVER SEEN,

IT IS TIME FOR THE NEXT CUSTODIAN TO ENJOY!

THIS IS THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED  &  PUBLICIZED NORTON EVER!

THIS BIKE IS IN JUST ABOUT EVERY COUNTRYS MOTORCYCLE MAGAZINES ,ON THE COVER

OR FEATURED  INSIDE .

THIS NORTON WAS A HUGE HIT AT THE 2008 CONCOURS  D” ELEGANCE IN HALF MOON BAY

CALIFORNIA. MOTORCYCLE ENTHUSIASTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD WERE THEIR TO FEAST THEIR EYES ON THIS BEAUTY,THERE WERE CROWDS AROUND ALA VERDA ALL DAY LONG.

I WILL POST PICTURES,IF SOMEONE NEEDS MORE PICTURES I HAVE MANY,JUST E-MAIL AND I WILL SEND. I HAVE ALL KINDS OF MEMORABILIA,BUILD BOOK,MAGAZINES,CUSTOM GREEN BIKE COVER WITH #  53 ON COVER ECT.

IF YOU NEED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS BIKE JUST GOOGLE-NORTON ALA” VERDA,THERE WILL BE MORE INFO THAN YOU CAN HANDLE.

The “holy grail custom Norton customs” is a pretty big title to live up to, but looking at the painstaking attention to detail that went into the creation of this, I would say that title fits.  And not only is this the most beautiful Norton custom that I’ve seen – this has to be one of the most beautiful bikes ever. Period.

Here’s a video of a Norton 1975 MKIII being started – sounds nice, ain’t it?  The Ala Verda has a tuned 1976 engine it in and also has electric start.  And probably sounds even nicer with those tasty megaphones sticking out the back like that.

So what’s $75,000 for a piece of “motorcycling’s Picasso”?  Hand over that stack of lottery tickets please.

ph

Ducati April 7, 2010 posted by

Clean 1991 Ducati 851 In PA

Low mile Ducati 851 in PA on Craigslist

It might be a 1991 but doesn’t this Ducati still look the business?  A reader found this nice example hiding on Craigslist in PA.  It has roughly 12,000 miles on it and some tasteful upgrades.  The 851 was Ducatis’ first step back into racing dominance and 1991 was the last year of the 851 before the release of the 888.  It combined four valve heads, liquid cooling and electronic fuel injection into a package that we still lust after today.

From the seller:

This is the motorcycle that began 20 years of racing success for Ducati. This beautiful RED Duc. has 12K miles, runs perfectly and had recent full service w/belts replaced. Extras incl. GioCaMoto Hi-Exit Carbon pipes, Carbon frt. fender & rear hugger, Ohlins shock, new Mich. Pilot Powers. Aesthetically very good to excellent

Unless there is a flood of these on the market the price sure seems in the ballpark.  It is a little below book and who would raise their nose at an Ohlins shock and a couple of carbon bits?  Take a look at it here on Craigslist

Here is a little race action from 92 between Falappa (remember him?)  and Fogarty on a couple of 888 you couldn’t buy.  Doesn’t it just sound good in Italian?

Suzuki March 31, 2010 posted by

1991 Suzuki RGV250SP Titled on Ebay

1991 Suzuki RGV250SP Titled on Ebay

Here it is, back by popular demand of RSBFS readers.  You may remember this RGV250SP from a couple of months ago.  It got a new owner but is back for sale.  In my opinion this is one of the most desired RGV models out there.  First it’s and SP (dry clutch, close ratio gearbox, adj. suspension, rare).  Second it has the banana swing arm and third it has one of the most popular paint schemes on a RGV.  Maybe the best feature though is that it is titled: am I correct?  It appears to be in good shape with low mileage (considering age) but the seller states if has a few bumps an bruises.

From the seller:

For sale is my 1991 Suzuki RGV250SP. Yes, this is a real SP w/dry clutch, close ratio transmission, fully adjustable suspension, larger carbs etc etc. Bike has a total of 9300 original kilometers. Bike is all original in rare unmolested condition. This was originally a Japanese spec bike but I have updated it with a  European spec de-restricted SAPC unit.  Only known issues are leaking forks seals and the right turn signal doesn’t work (burn out bulb?)  All in all this is a nice original bike. It is not perfect, has a few nicks,cracks and dings hear and there but for a 20 year old bike it is very nice.  It is plated and registered here in California and the registration is current and up to date.


It will be very interesting to see what this .  It has everything going for it except maybe mint condition status.  The first time around the asking price was $4200 w/non functioning clutch.  One small note: in one photo on the old posting the bike has a different tail section on it. If I remember correctly that tail piece with the white background is off a standard RGV.  I’m not hinting at a great conspiracy but might be worth asking about.  One nice thing about RGV’s is that there is a large supply of aftermarket goodies that are readily available thanks to the internet.  I’ve seen anything from bolt on stuff to race prep engine work.  So if you get tired of your boring SP there is plenty to spend your paycheck on.  Unless you are holding out for an ultra rare SP2 it’s time to raid the savings account.

Here is some fun viewing to get you in the mood to bid.  It is the promotional video for the standard 92 RGV.

IK