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KTM December 20, 2022 posted by

Track Day Tuesday – 2006 KTM RC125GP

Track day bikes come in all shapes and sizes. Most are converted street bikes – some more elegantly converted than others – but occasionally we strike gold in the form of actual, professional grade racing hardware. And today’s find is just that. Designed by KTM as a GP race bike battling in the 125cc class, the RC125GP saw extensive use in the one-make Rookies Cup series. This was the feeder series to the 125cc class under the GP banner, with the goal of building up riders and providing a ladder to progress through the GP ranks. There was even a US-based Rookies Cup run under the AMA banner, with identical machines by KTM. Today, the Rookies Cup is contested on Moto3-spec machinery, but up until 2013 these sharp 125cc two strokes were the order of the day. These come up every so rarely, and today’s 2006 RC125GP is claimed to be a zero hour, zero mile, zero lap US Rookies Cup timepiece.

2006 KTM RC125GP for sale on eBay

From the seller:
2006 KTM RC125GP Red Bull Rookies Cup. Factory GP bike. Very limited! New they cost 42,000 EURO. This bike has Zero miles, Never raced and I believe very started. Perfect collectors bike!

For the uninitiated, it is easy to write off this bike as a simple starter bike or scooter with nifty paint work. But with nearly 40 HP up at 13,000 RPM and above, and an overall (dry) package weight that is lighter than most of us even before we don helmet and leathers (figure in the 160-ish range), the RC125GP is a serious bit of kit. With Ohlins suspension, big brakes and super sticky racing slicks the RC125 can go toe to toe mid-corner with any bike on the planet. It’s all about conservation of motion; smooth is fast. If you enjoy the problem solving you find on any given day at the track, the RC125GP forces you to up your problem solving game in order to maximize forward progress.

Here is a brief video of the US Rookies cup participating at Laguna Seca. This is NOT from this particular bike – I just found it on YouTube – but even the short clip shows how competitive this class was on one of the nation’s most iconic race tracks.



With the advent of four-stroke technology into GP racing and the lack of available 2-stroke street bikes, the ancient duo-cycle engine was relegated to weed whackers and leaf blowers. Values for surviving two strokes began to rise with rapidity, and unobtanium examples of factory race bikes climbed faster than the tach as the engine hits the pipe. This particular example is as clean as they get, devoid of any crash damage or abuse thanks to being a zero time specimen. Pricing is in line with condition, with the seller requesting $38,000 OBO. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Track Day Tuesday – 2006 KTM RC125GP
Featured Listing December 14, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 1997 Suzuki RGV250/SP VJ23 by Speedwerks

Update 12.14.2022: Now on eBay! Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Today’s Featured Listing is brought to us by longtime RSBFS sponsor and supporter Speedwerks. If you are not familiar with Speedwerks, they are a shop based in Delaware that for nearly 30 years have turned out beautifully prepared and restored examples of bikes that we all drool over. If you don’t believe me, check out their shop directly (www.Speedwerks.com or www.facebook.com/speedwerks), and for some history, check out some of the Speedwerks bikes that have been featured over the years on RSBFS: Search Speedwerks.

Featured Listing – 1997 Suzuki RGV250/SP VJ23 by Speedwerks

The RGV250 world changed with the introduction of the VJ23. The last of the RGV series, the VJ23 introduced an entirely new configuration for the two-stroke twin cylinder, affecting the remainder of the overall package dramatically. Gone was the popular 90 degree v-twin that powered the earlier VJ21 and VJ22 series bikes. In its place was a more compact 70 degree unit. Displacement was still 249cc, but that displacement was achieved by a square bore-stroke ratio, as opposed to the earlier models which had a bigger bore and less stroke (over square). The new motor fit more optimally in the twin-spar aluminum frame, providing better handling with improved weight distribution. Suspention consisted of an upside down front fork and rising rate linkage in the rear – both fully adjustable. Electric start was included in the package (no more kick starting or bump starting), and even with such luxurious appointments the whole package still came in under 300 lbs! The SP designation adds even more tasty goodies, including a close-ratio 6-speed gearbox driven by a dry clutch.

From the seller:
This 1997 RGV250/SP VJ23 is by far the nicest, original one we’ve had come through here. There are no stories, no Chinese panels and no excuses’. The Pic’s speak for themselves. We discovered this VJ23 with the help of our friend Rick Deegan of RMD Motors in Japan.

We’ve bought and sold a lot of bikes and Vehicles through Rick/RMD and although he’s a bit ‘Colorful’ at times, he has always been honest and straight forward regarding the machines he sells, this one is no exception and doesn’t disappoint. We struck a deal and purchased it earlier this year. This Suzuki has had only ONE Original Owner in Japan and the gentleman bought it brand new as a 1997 model year. This was a leftover and it was first dealer registered in the year 1999.

In his ownership he racked up 11,900 kms. installed a set of WRS rear sets, kept it serviced regularly, otherwise it’s remained original and unmolested. He was fortunate to have a large house with a garage, where this machine was kept from the harsh salt elements that plague most aluminum and steel on the Japanese island. Consequently, there is none on this chassis.

More from the seller:
The Japanese Documentation is included, along with the 2 Dealer Keys, Manual, Warranty Book, and Factory tool kit.

As evident in the photo’s we did an extensive time consuming service and a borderline OCD detail job on the Chassis. The body is original, shiny and beautiful. All fluids, Fuel system, Carbs, Plugs, Air, Gear Oil and Coolant. The front suspension was also refreshed with new seals, bushings and Bell Ray fork oil. Rear shock refreshed and checked.

Finally a new set of Dunlops were spooned on and this beautiful RGV/SP is ready to;
– add to your collection.
– blast thru the canyons to Alice’s for lunch.
– Use a daily/Sunday rider.

Enclosed, Private delivery is available in the Cont. USA. and included at $24,000.
We can also crate the machine and assist with air or sea freight anywhere in the world.

Asking Price: $24,000
(price includes personal delivery in the continental US – no risky shipping companies!)

Contact:
Speedwerks Sportbike Service
101 Weston Dr. suite-8
Dover,De 19904
(302)672-RACE

www.speedwerks.com
www.facebook.com/speedwerks

You can also email Steve directly: steve@speedwerks.com

As highlighted, this is a home market VJ23 imported directly from Japan. That means that this particular example is restricted in terms of power output. This affects any Japanese home market bike, as the government imposed power limitations in order to curb high-speed street riding. Suzuki did produce these models for export outside of Japan, and those bikes do not have the power restriction. Steve from Speedwerks notes that full power export models will have a black VIN plate riveted to the right side of the frame, just behind the neck, a non-restricted ECU, a modified airbox, a 240kms speedo, and a black cap on the rear master reservoir. If you are shopping for a full power model don’t give up: Speedwerks has one available for restoration with the identical color scheme as today’s home market example (contact Steve for details).

As with all the bikes we have seen come out of the Speedwerks shop – whether they are race bikes or really rare gray market examples such as this 1997 Suzuki RGV250 SP – this bike is immaculate. It has a wonderful back story as a one-owner ride, and the numerous pictures show what is perhaps the best of the VJ23 breed we have seen. As the last series produced by Suzuki, these are rare and sought after bikes. The SP configuration is the one you want, and with only 7,300-ish miles showing this one looks like it will bring joy to a new owner for many years to come. Did I mention that this is the LAST of the factory two strokes ever offered? How about electric start? The best by Suzuki presented by one of the best shops we know, Speedwerks is now offering this exquisite example of RGV250 SP VJ23 imported goodness for an asking price of $24,000 (includes deliver in the continental United States). Here is a link to all 100+ photos of this amazing machine. Contact Steve directly (steve@speedwerks.com) for more details. Good Luck, and thanks to Speedwerks for being such a long time supporter of this site!

MI

Featured Listing – 1997 Suzuki RGV250/SP VJ23 by Speedwerks
Featured Listing November 24, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma!

The seller states this 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma Featured Listing is a “Street-legal Collectible GP Replica” and he is very correct indeed. The sharpest of the street going 500cc two strokes, the Gamma was the pinnacle of the GP replica set. Showroom statistics aside, this beauty goes quite a bit further than that, thanks to a massive rebuild and performance work done by the legendary Rick Lance. The best part is that this is not a new bike to RSBFS, as we have seen it before on occasion which allows us to track mileage and usage across owners. In short, this is a stunning example of what a RG500 could be with performance far beyond what you might otherwise find, and even includes a signature by Randy Mamola; someone who knows a thing or two about riding a fire-breathing beast.

Featured Listing: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma for sale on eBay!

From the seller:
1985 Suzuki RG500
Powered by a very compact, water-cooled, twin-crank, square-four two-stroke engine that works like a pair of parallel twins geared together. Stock the bike was cutting-edge. Weighing-in under 400 lbs dry and producing 100+ HP at the crank (stock) with typically ‘exciting’ two-stroke delivery, the Gamma was one of the rawest bikes of the period, a true “race-bike for the road.”

More from the seller:
This listing isn’t some all-original barn-find, but was given serious mechanical and cosmetic attention by the late Gamma Guru Rick Lance. It has the following list of mods:
Full motor rebuild including:
555 Big-Bore upgrade
GSX-R Radiator
Maranello transmission kit
Lance Gamma clutch upgrade
Lance Gamma TriPod air filter kit
Lance Gamma supplemental fuel shut-offs
Pipes supplied by Lance Gamma (I believe Rick said the were Jim Lomas pipes in our last conversation)

Chassis, bodywork, etc:
Battery and oil tank relocation
Upgraded wheel/ tire combination (Katana wheels)
Race-Tech fork upgrade
Rear shock upgrade ( FOX, I believe)
Lance Gamma fiberglass bodywork with custom paint scheme
Tank autographed by GP legend Randy Manila

More from the seller:
This is the second Rick Lance prepped Gamma I have been fortunate enough to own and is irreplaceable to me, but life-circumstances change and it is time to let go. I’ve seen several Gammas sell for $30-35,000 and I believe this is highly collectible and nicer than any of them.

Feel free to contact Vinnie @ 920-988-1950 with any questions

With an auction starting in the bargain basement price territory, there has been avid interest in this bike (reserve not yet met). We know this will not stay in bargain territory very long – after all, you are never going to see one as striking – nor as nicely outfitted – as this one. We encourage you to check out all of the details on this one – as well as the archive posts from years past – and then throw your hat into the ring. Suzuki has not built a RG500 for decades, and the glory days of the two stroke is over. Rick Lance, sadly, has left us with a limited number of his fantastic creations, this being one. So move quickly if you are interested – this beautiful 1985 Suzuki RG500 Rick Lance Gamma won’t last long!

MI

Featured Listing – 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma!
Yamaha November 22, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 1992 Yamaha TZR-250RS with California reg !

Update 12.7.2022: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Over its ten year lifespan, Yamaha’s TZR-250 went through lightning-quick development, starting as a parallel twin in 1986 and wresting the championship away from Honda in 1990 and 1993.  RSBFS fan Tom presents his totally rare 3XV8 with lots of recent maintenance and California tags.

1992 Yamaha TZR-250RS for sale on eBay

1991 and later TZR-250’s were V-twins, with reed valves, exhaust power valves, and un-restricted claimed 60 hp, more than 200 hp per liter!  39mm upside-down forks are almost overbuilt for the weight, as are the dual disk brakes.  The RS sported a light dry clutch, and all 3XV’s had 17-inch wheels.  The Deltabox frame is largely hidden by the full bodywork, with color block livery identifying it as an RS.

Tom has kept his TZR ready to go, with a recent engine overhaul, new clutch, Pirelli’s and fuel petcock.  Clocks indicate 12.5K miles approaching, but aside from a few fairing cracks, sure doesn’t look it.  Informative notes received at RSBFS –

Coming out for auction from my private collection of 2-stroke sport bikes is this 1992 Yamaha TZR250-RS. It is 1 of 1,000 limited edition RS’s produced that year. What makes it an RS in 1992 is the dry clutch. This TZR is California registered, plated and insured in my name as a 1992 Yamaha 250.
  • The engine was fully rebuilt by a Yamaha technician approx. 2,400 miles ago. New crank, pistons, power valves, bearings, seals, even the dry clutch was replaced. It runs as new, starts 2nd or 3rd kick cold, 1st kick when warm, idles nice, very good throttle response, strong mid-range and revs out nicely. 
  • New Pirelli Diablo Corsa tires approx. 300 miles ago
  • NOS petcock recently installed
  • Carbs were just balanced
  • New spark plugs, transmission oil and air filter
  • New Vesrah front brake pads, flushed and system bled. Front brakes are strong. 
Known issues are only bodywork related:
  • Small crack on right side of upper front fairing
  • Large crack of left mirror mount
  • Small crack on left middle fairing
  • Small piece missing on right mid-section fairing
  • Paint chips on right front of nose fairing
  • Large crack and small piece missing from right mid section
  • Windshield is starting to have spiderweb cracks
Included is a Yamaha OEM used but nice condition right mid-section fairing, and also left middle fairing. Also included is best available complete reproduction decal kit from Image Works in the UK. This TZR is ready to ride and enjoy, or install replacement bodywork, get the remaining cracks repaired, new paint, install decals and you will have a cosmetically and mechanically restored, Cali plated TZR250 RS!
 
Bid with confidence, 18-year eBay seller. Please check out my seller feedback. I will work with your shipper, and also I can hold the bike for 30 days for you after the auction is closed. Immediate $500 deposit required after auction ends, full amount within 3 business days. Thanks for looking!
Having never been imported by the factory, the TZR-250 will always be somebody’s baby, with the real excitement found as the rev counter passes 8,000 rpm.  Tom’s looks ready for a grand day out, or could be brought to the next level.  Either way the next owner will be toward the center of the next Bikes and Coffee event.
 
 
-donn
Featured Listing – 1992 Yamaha TZR-250RS with California reg !
Bimota November 15, 2022 posted by

The Main Course: 2000 Bimota V-Due Trofeo Corsa

With deference to a certain US holiday fast approaching, the Bimota V-Due was deemed by many as a major turkey. The only Bimota to feature in-house design, frame AND engine, the V-Due was plagued by fueling, sealing, oiling and other terminal issues. While a failure in the commercial marketplace, the 500cc v-twin two stroke was a brilliant attempt and the company went through some efforts to make it right. Touted as a race bike from the start, Bimota (under revised management) set forth to correct the shortcoming and create a V-Due one-make race series. It was here that the Racing Trophy models – Trofeo Corsa – were created. With carbs instead of the troublesome fuel injection, new engine management mappings, revised crankshafts with different bearings, new seals and more, the Trophy bikes are very rare versions of what is already considered a unicorn bike.

2000 Bimota 500 V-Due Trofeo Corsa for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1 of 25 worldwide !
Bimota 500cc V-Due Trofeo Corsa 🏁
Brand new
with 0 mile, 0 km,
never runs from a collection
in original perfect condition.

More from the seller:
Here you have a unique opportunity to get a very, very rare
1 of 25 builds Bimota 500cc V-Due Trofeo Corsa Race bike.
With Original Bimota factory frame number!
Here with the race number.

More from the seller:
Built for the Bimota Trofeo Cup but never used.
Maybe worldwide the only one in brand new condition with 0 kilometers/ 0 miles.
The bike has been perfectly preserved in the past and for the future.
Perfect for every collector who owns already the normal Bimota V-Due version.

While most avid RSBFS readers will know about the V-Due and even the “corrected” models known as Evoluzion bikes, the Trophy / Trofeo Corsa might be a new one. And that is understandable given the very low numbers produced of this race track-only bike. That makes today’s find a perfect inclusion for the RSBFS Track Day Tuesday run, celebrating not only an amazing offshoot of an amazing motorcycle, but one in zero miles new condition as well!! Offered out of Germany as part of a collection, you can check out all of the details here (and there are a LOT of details from the seller that we could not include). Could you imagine hearing this one run in anger? Drool over the beautiful photography but start counting those pennies – this one will set you back just shy of $70k USD. Good Luck!!

MI

The Main Course: 2000 Bimota V-Due Trofeo Corsa
Featured Listing October 31, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing in Portugal – 1982 Suzuki RGB500

Francisco has upgraded this post to a Featured Listing. Check out all three of his listings: Honda MC28 NSR250, Suzuki RGB500, and a Yoshimura Suzuki Tornado S-1! Thank you for supporting the site and good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Suzuki’s pair of 250’s with two crankshafts sharing a case made for a peaky racing motor, and tested every other part of the bike.  Today’s racer might well challenge its next owner, almost daring them to go vintage racing.

1982 Suzuki RGB500 for sale on eBay

The 120-odd hp square four was the big story aboard the RGB500, and the chro-moly chassis kept it between the white lines.  Later marks had alloy frames and Full Floater monoshock rear, but the earlier models made do with the compulsory steering damper, single layer glass fairing, and wafer thin front brakes with vented rear.  Wheel sizes are staggered and present day tires will at least have some hope of dealing with the dynamics of the RGB.

This eBay seller is based in Lisbon Portugal, so shipping might be somewhat more than usual.  Described as a “spare racing bike”, this RGB seems to have been been excused from most of the raceday carnage.  Still if it hasn’t run much some work will be in order.  Some provenance would’ve nice in the eBay auction –

Bike is in original condition, not restored.
 
It was used as a spare racing bike.
 
This is a very rare bike, only true collectors will appreciate it.

Though a few RGB’s have graced RSBFS, at this point it could be considered a unicorn.  Suzuki fought their way back to the top of the Grand Prix circuit with MotoGP hall-of-famers Luchinelli and Uncini aboard, and Suzuki street riders enjoyed the RG500 – or at least looking it over – in the Suzuki showrooms.  Likely more of a conversation starter, this eBay auction bears watching.

– donn

Featured Listing in Portugal – 1982 Suzuki RGB500
Featured Listing October 31, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing in Portugal – 1995 Honda NSR250 SP / MC28

Francisco has upgraded this post to a Featured Listing. Check out all three of his listings: Honda MC28 NSR250, Suzuki RGB500, and a Yoshimura Suzuki Tornado S-1! Thank you for supporting the site and good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Though a rarity on the road, smaller two-strokes are still a great track day solution, and the Honda MC28 is a great starting point.  A European builder started with a premium SP model, and went hurtling down the slippery slope from there !

1994 Honda NSR250 SP / MC28 ( Portugal ) for sale on eBay

Most elsewhere, the NSR250 had a long run and the MC28 was the last generation.  Tech and styling kept pace with racebike developments, though the powerplant was a fairly constant 249cc V-twin with a carbs and a legislated 45 hp.  Electronic PGM ignition and air controls kept exhaust as clean as could be and thwarted most tinkerers attempting to de-restrict.  All NSR250’s had a robust twin-beam alloy chassis, and the MC28 had the latest ELF-designed single-sided swingarm.  Big brakes reflected the track orientation rather than the light weight, and wheel sizes were both 17’s.

This MC28 looks wicked racey but so nicely finished and complete, it’s hard to believe it’s ever turned a lap.  Alloy pressings are polished and the race fairings fit well.  Premium components stick their logos out everywhere.  The PGM-IV hardware appears to be on the dash if not defeated, though information on the ignition system and a dyno sheet might be questions for the owner.  Notes from the eBay auction:

With only 4,375 miles or 7,000 km and year production 1995.
Originally a SP model, converted to a custom racing MC28.
Engine is 300cc, with VHM heads, Tyga 300cc cylinders, Wiseco pistons, HARC-Pro complete exhaust, modified carbs, Marchesini rims, Rear and front Ohlins suspension, big Brembo calipers, and a lot of Tyga parts. It has 2 keys.

Right up there with spending a Powerball jackpot, taking a newly commissioned lightweight racebike out is something many would like to try.  This owner has a couple of other excellent classics for sale, also at premium prices.  The builder wasn’t named in this auction, but the choice of donor bike, engine upgrade, and exotic parts look very professional indeed.  Will be interested to hear from the new owner if and when this NSR250SP sells.

-donn

Featured Listing in Portugal – 1995 Honda NSR250 SP / MC28
Yamaha October 25, 2022 posted by

Track Bike Tuesday – 1996 Yamaha YZR500 OWJ1

It might be more likely to see a herd of unicorns than to spot this epic Yamaha on a racetrack, but it did run at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this summer.  Offered by RSBFS friends over at Iconic Motorbikes, this ’96 team bike was owned by Kenny Roberts Sr. until a few years ago and ridden by his son in 1996.

1996 Yamaha YZR500 OWJ1 for sale at Iconic Motorbikes

Spanning multiple eras, Yamaha raced the YZR500 from 1973 to the end of the two-stroke rules in 2002.  Though Honda was mid-way through a six year romp in 1996, the YZR500 won a shy dozen championships – 1978-80 with KRSr aboard.  For ’96 the V4 returned to the square 54mm bore and stroke, with powder-forged pistons, ram air intakes, carbon brakes and reporting 180 hp.  The new chassis did away with the seat subframe, using a self-supporting carbon seat.

Under a collector’s care the bike was evidently re-furbished at RMD Motors, who reported suspension and engine work, and more in the Robb Report feature.  The 2022 Goodwood spectacular featured a parade of legendary machines and riders, with Senior taking the OWJ1 up the hill.  Iconic recently had the bodywork off to look after the water pump, and posted a video with some run-time – here -.

Roberts Jr. is on the windscreen, but the almost show-bike state says spare bike rather than race-after-race used.  Yamaha at least achieved ground for acquittal, with teammate Norifumi Abe winning the Suzuka round and three podiums beside.  Along with the condition, Team Roberts ownership, signatures and factory provenance will make this YZR a winner long term.  Still three days to run for this auction, check back – here – and see if the reserve is challenged.

-donn

Track Bike Tuesday – 1996 Yamaha YZR500 OWJ1