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Ducati July 29, 2014 posted by

Featured Listing: A True Race Replica – 2008 Ducati Desmosedici

Update 8.27.14: I’ve been alerted that this bike is now sold. Thanks again for choosing a Featured Listing Ted! -dc

Introduced in 2008, Ducati’s Desmosedici RR is perhaps the most collectable of modern Ducatis. Much more than just another WSB homologation-special or a tape-and-paint Repsol Honda, it’s a true race-replica sporting a genuine Moto GP V4, detuned slightly for road use.


The Desmosedici [literally “Desmodromic Sixteen”] Racing Replica was based on Ducati’s moribund GP6 race bike and powered by a 989cc V4 making almost 200hp. Only 1500 were made and considering the price, it’s likely many of these have been cocooned in heated garages, displayed in living rooms, or packed away in unopened crates. Which is a real shame with top-shelf suspension, front and rear and a 200-section rear tire, this thing is the closest all but the very elite will ever get to riding a Moto GP motorcycle. A bike where you are the limiting factor.


With a funky, catfish-like gaping air intake and bulbous fairings, it may not be the prettiest bike, but while Ducati could have designed a better-looking bike, that would be defeating the whole purpose of the exercise: a true replica of their GP machine, with some detuning for longevity and lights for road use. It was even fitted with an authentic 16.5” rear wheel. Make sure you budget for tires to fit that…


It does look purposeful, like nothing else on the road, and the thundering howl these make, especially with the new exhaust featured on this bike, will quickly erase any doubt about which bike just flashed past you down the main straight of whatever track you’re riding.

From the original listing on AutoMania: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR for Sale

The motorcycle was purchased new from Moto Corsa in Portland, Oregon by Michael Czysz of MotoCzysz fame. He returned the bike to MC when it had just over 1.600 miles and a local buyer brought it home. 300 miles later, moving has cost him the use of garage space and the bike has to be sold. While in his tenure, the accessory full on Race Exhaust System was installed, requiring the accessory Carbon Fiber Body work, for a mere extra $7,500. New tires were installed and an oil change completed. The $1000 rear stand, cover and books all come with the bike along with the stock exhaust system and body work.


These were originally $70k, with people paying more than that speculating on increasing prices. But this hasn’t happened yet, and may not for some time. These seem to trade in the upper $40k’s right where this is priced, and that exhaust and bodywork make it that much tastier: the original exhaust exited through the top of the tail section, which is just plain weird. It also makes me wonder how Jason Statham’s girlfriend rode on the back during filming of The Expendables…

Fairly priced with less than two-thousand miles on the clock and desirable upgrades. If you’ve been looking to jump into the Desmo market, this may be your chance.




Featured Listing:  A True Race Replica – 2008 Ducati Desmosedici
Yamaha August 24, 2013 posted by

Smoke Break: 1985 Yamaha RZ500

Update 8.24.2013: Originally posted in June, this RZ500 is back after failing to meet reserve the first time at $7266. Links updated. -dc


It must be some sort of subliminal messaging, but I feel like smoking. I can’t tell you if my craving is for nicotine or castor, tar or octane. Some sort of speed is definitely in order, however. And I do believe that this particular RZ500 can fulfill all of my needs, cravings and vices in spades.



As has been oft recited on these pages, the RZ500 was released as a GP bike for the street. Never formally available in the US, most big RZs that have made their way to the States have come over from North of the border.



From the seller:
1985 Yamaha RZ 500

All original except for paint. 27000 km,motor was fully rebuilt 5 years ago, Clear US title. Will not disappoint, cannot beat for the price.

A blast to ride. The original GP bike for the street. Runs excellent.


Although the striking livery is not stock, it does make the bike look like the period GP bike that it is. So if you can get near this thing without wanting to light up – or more importantly, without turning into a total hooligan in public – you might want to dig a little deeper. Current bidding is $6,000 with reserve still in place, but the auction is almost gone. Click the link to jump over the auction and check out all of the details on this one. Good luck and hurry!


Smoke Break: 1985 Yamaha RZ500
Honda April 12, 2013 posted by

Okay people, here’s another chance- Minty ’90 Honda RC30!

Location: Annapolis, Maryland   Mileage: 4,317  Price: $30,000 BIN

90 RC30

90 RC30

So the RC30 has been written about on RSBFS many, many times. Almost every aspect you can think of has been covered. It’s an extremely special machine that holds a special place in the motorcycle world. If you’re a guitar guy, it’s the ’59 Les Paul of sportbikes. So I don’t know that there’s really anything more that needs to be said. Simply, the RC30 speaks for itself.

1990 Honda RC30 For Sale on eBay

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From the seller-

Attention: Motorcycle Enthusiasts, Riders, Collectors and Investors

Here is your rare chance to own a piece of motor history.  On offer is the highly sought after US spec, 49-state, all original 1990 Honda RC30.  This original example with very low miles is in exceptional condition both mechanically and cosmetically.  Buy it today and ride it cross country or put it under glass in your study.  There are very few of these HRC hand made bikes left in the world in original condition so don’t miss your chance to own one!

This RC30 comes with all proper provenance documentation from the original sale and previous owners.  I am the third owner. 

  • Bike was originally sold on July 13, 1993 from Hinshaw’s Honda in Auburn, WA
  • 2nd owner purchased bike June 29, 2000 in Temp, AZ with 662 miles
  • I purchased the RC30 on May 3, 2011 in Annapolis, MD with 3,849 miles

The biked has been treated lovingly since new in accordance with it’s rare status, as you would expect, and it’s condition is consistent with having never seen a drop of rain (as reported by each owner).  Everything works as new.  All adjustments to levers, controls, brakes, carburetors, etc are correct and set to factory standards.  All fasteners have been properly torqued according to spec.  The motor runs and idles flawlessly just like the day it left the factory.

Included in this auction:

  • 1990 Honda RC30 motorcycle
  • Original OEM Honda Service stand
  • Original OEM Honda owner’s maintenance Manual
  • Original OEM Honda tool kit
  • Original Sales receipt
  • Original Honda Riders club brochure
  • Original HondaCare brochure
  • Original Honda warranty certificate
  • Various registration documentation from all previous owners
  • Original rear tire (worn)

I’ve had a few RC’s over the years and also have some other bits left over which I’ll be selling after the auction.  The winning bidder will have first right of refusal on the following items.  All below items will be included IF the Buy it Now option is selected.

Optional Available Items (not included in this sale):

  • Original HRC RC30 kit Manual in excellent shape
  • Lightly used Micron slip on exhaust
  • Lightly used 43 tooth rear sprocket
  • CBR600F3 front wheel powder-coated white with EBC rotors and a Dunlop tire with only 800 miles (whole wheel is in perfect as new condition)
  • NOS RC45 17 inch rear wheel still in the box
  • Assortment of “Factory” brand and HRC carburetor jets
  • Original sales brochure


  • One nut securing the right mirror is not the correct original black acorn nut.  The original went missing on a ride and was replaced with a zinc plated nut out of my stock.
  • The first owner had a garage mishap in the early 90’s where something fell off of a shelf and landed on the tail section.  There was a minor fiberglass repair to the original OEM Honda tail section which was professionally repainted with OEM Honda paint and OEM Honda decals.  The repair is exceptional and not noticeable.
  • There is a small scrape on the left front caliper that occurred during trailering.
  • The front tire is original and should not be ridden on.  Rather than install a tire on the 3 inch wide OEM front rim I purchased a new CBR600F3 rim (described above) which is the correct 3.5 inches wide needed for current size tires.  That wheel (which is ready to bolt on), is available to the winning bidder to purchase.  The rear tire on the bike is new and matches this front.

I think the pictures show the exceptional condition accurately.  The last picture is from another RC30 I owned circa 1994 that I had painted by the same guy who did all the Honda factory AMA race bikes which I included just for fun (sorry but it’s not included in this auction)!

The bike is available for inspection by appointment.  Please contact me via email to schedule.  No test rides will be permitted until bike has been paid for in full.

Bids from bidders with less then 10 positive feedback will be cancelled.  Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis if the bidder discusses with me BEFORE placing a bid.  Bike is for sale as is where is.  No shipping is offered or included, but I can be available to assist your shipper with loading.  A $2,000 non-refundable deposit is due via pay pal from the winning bidder within 24 hours of end of auction.  Balance is due in cash (unless other arrangements are made with me) at time of pickup.

Thank you for viewing my listing.

Good luck with the Auction!

And pretty pictures-

The seller gives a very detailed account of the bike and you’ll obviously want all of that to know what you’re getting. This is a major purchase so do all your homework and then do it again. That being said, it looks like a very clean example that will likely command top dollar.

So here’s another chance to own an amazing machine. If you have the cash for an RC30 then you are lucky and I also kind of hate you. Okay, not really. But if you can afford it, live for all of us and check this auction!


Sport Bikes For Sale February 24, 2013 posted by

Dear Santa: One Owner 1985 Yamaha RZ 500

The RZ500 is one of the most popular bikes on RSBFS, and we love to bring you clean examples of the breed. This particular bike is being sold as a one owner Canadian import with 31,000 km on the clocks.

Update 2.23.2013: Previously listed in December of last year, this RZ500 was bid up to $9,599.99 with no sale (22 bids – showing good interest). Thanks for the heads up Jim. Links updated. -dc

This looks to be an honest specimen; not perfect by any means, but ridden and relatively well cared for. Modifications – if any – are not obvious, although given the mileage a top-end rebuild might be in order soon. Buyers tip: If you are not familiar with two strokes, please do not ask the seller if it smokes upon start up!

From the seller:
1985 Yamaha RZ 500 Red with white color scheme. 31,000 kilometers(about 19,500 miles) V-4 two stroke engine with YPVS. one owner bike purchased new in 1985 from the Candian Yamaha dealer.Brought into the USA and registered and titled in the same state since new. Totally original in very good condition with original paint on the tank. The bike shows well and runs very well, once I purchased it, I had all fluids changed, the bike has a new airfilter and battery.

The body work has some small scratches under the grab rail on the back, the body work around the area where the turn signals come out has a small amount cut out of it probably from the bike falling over at some point as the front brake lever is bent. I see no evidence the bike has gone down at speed and the tank is undented and original paint as is the rest of the body work. The first owner who I purchased the bike from was about 50 years old when he purchased it new so it was always owned by an adult, he used it for commuting which how the miles were put on the bike. The YPVS powers right up when you turn the key on and the bike runs out very nicely.

This is a chance to purchase a very rare and exciting motorcycle. The bike comes with the original factory shop manual, the original factory parts microfische, various jets, a copied parts manual. I have a receipt for a new clutch that installed in the past.

The bike is located in Northwestern Connecticut about 75 miles north of New York City

As if to prove that RSBFS is a bellweather to all things cool and desirable, the bidders have turned out for this auction. The current price is up to $8,100 with reserve still in place, and bidding has been moderate. The bike has been listed elsewhere on the internet for $12,500, so it will be interesting to see at what point the reserve comes off. To check it out and get your chance to bid on this one-owner beauty, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!


Honda February 19, 2013 posted by

Nice and Clean ’85 Honda VF1000R

Location: Provo, Utah   Mileage: 16,000  Price: Auction

85 VF1000R

>85 VF1000R

The VF1000R goes way back when it comes to sportbikes in the U.S. It was only offered for a couple years and was a major step in the evolution of Honda’s sportbike line. It has a significant history in a storied line of V-4’s Honda has put out. From the Interceptor to the venerable RC30, to the VFR800, the V-4 from Honda has earned its place in history.

This is a very clean example of the VF1000R. Here’s info from the seller-

Here’s the very nicest 1985 Honda VF1000R you’ll ever find.  I’ve cared for this bike, it’s been kept all original, in pristine condition, just like it was when it was on the showroom floor.  You may find another 85 Honda VF1000R, but not like this one.  This bike should be showcased in a museum, and or personal collection.  A true collector will appreciate this particalur one.   Only reason I’m offering it for sale, is because I am moving, and really, I’m not using this bike, it’s just preserved in it’s original perfect condition.  It runs as good as it looks.  Watch my video on   click on this link   Serious Buyer only need inquire,  please feel free to call me, we can discuss any, and all your concerns, thank you very much  If you’re serious about wanting this bike, call me, I don’t think I will keep it on for the full duration, best offer is going to take it,  thank you

And photos-

The seller describes the bike as the nicest VF1000R you’ll ever find. Well, we’ve seen some nice ones here on RSBFS and this one looks to qualify as close to the top of the list. The bike looks stock, the paint looks to be in great shape and the mileage isn’t all that bad. If the bike runs strong and has been maintained as the seller describes, you should have a pretty sweet ride on your hands.

So if you have been looking to add a VF1000R to your collection or just want an extremely cool ride to make everyone turn their heads, you should check this auction out!


Honda January 9, 2013 posted by

Clean Survivor: 1984 Honda VF500 Interceptor with 2,410 miles!


If you are looking to add something period-specific to your collection without paying crazy money and breaking the bank, this just might be for you. Known in the day for raising the bar in the middleweight class (remember when a middleweight was only a 500?), the smaller Interceptor features a jewel of a V-4 motor housed in a Superbike-inspired chassis. A sportbike with a V configuation motor that is NOT Italian – who would have thought?


The mini-ceptor was thrust upon the scene where air-cooled Kawasaki GPz 550s ruled the streets. Yamaha uppped the displacement ante with the FJ600, but it was Honda who threw technology at the problem of performance and created this liquid cooled gem. This particular bike sports only 2,410 miles on the odometer, and from the few pictures looks to be in pretty good shape with plenty of records.


From the seller:
have a 1984 honda interceptor 500 showroom condition with 2410 miles clear iowa title stored indoors and in perfect shape $3500. i have all service records and dealer welcome letter. carbs have been completely gone through all new bowl caskets and carb boots. new front fork seals / oil and filter and valve adjust. never laid over pipes are perfect. these are becoming collectors items and you will not find many with this low of miles.

the $3500 is what it is listed for local , the reserve is MUCH lower then that . for what i have it set at i am giving this away !


The very early release VF500 Interceptors had a bad habit of destroying crankshafts, but this was very rapidly handled by Honda under warranty. You might want to check the ‘net to make sure the engine number puts this unit in the clear just to be safe. Beyond that, given the miles, the condition and the price, can you really go wrong? Check it out here, and let us know if this is the type of survivor you like to see here on the pages of RSBFS!


Sport Bikes For Sale January 4, 2013 posted by

Two Stroke Monster- ’85 Yamaha RZ 500

Location: San Antonio, Texas   Mileage: 22,700   Price: Auction, BIN $10,900

85 RZ500

The Yamaha RZ500 is a popular ride here on RSBFS. A four cylinder, 500cc two stroke monster, the RZ500 gets the respect it deserves cause it’s a bad ass machine of a by-gone era. The fact it was never legal here in the U.S. ads to the legendary status as this bike is made of pure unobtanium, or at least mostly pure.

85 RZ500

The seller doesn’t provide a ton of information, but here it is:

Selling my 1985 RZ500.  It has been restored and is in excellent condition.   It is the ultimate 2 stroke motorcycle.  Trying to make room in my garage.  I have all import information and complete portfolio on the motorcycle (clear Texas title).  Ready to ride! Starts in one kick every time.  Serious inquiries only.  Please don’t bid if you have less than 10 purchases.  Please call if you have any questions or require any additional pictures.

Not a lot of pics either, but here they are-

85 RZ500

85 RZ500

85 RZ500

The seller states that the bike has been restored and runs well. The windscreen looks non original but it also has a killer solo seat. Mileage isn’t too bad, especially if the maintenance and restoration work has been done. All in all, looks like a good example of a rare bike.

As I’ve said in previous posts, they ain’t gonna make any more of these. So if you’ve been looking, you better make your play sometime soon. And if that time is now, go place your bid!


Sport Bikes For Sale December 11, 2012 posted by

Another RZ500: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 in Oklahoma

Ah, Christmas is in the air. Two stroke smoke is everywhere, and rare motorcycles abound. I love this time of year – possibly because the RSBFS corporate offices are located where we can ride year ’round – but also because of the great bikes that seem to bubble up to the surface late in the year.

From the seller:
Restored !985 Yamaha RZ500. Approx. 900 miles ago, this bike was completely disassembled and the frame, triple trees, rear sets, rear calliper, and many other brackets & pieces powder coated black. New bearings, bushings and fasteners were used in reassembly. All pivots, bearings and bushed items are very tight without the normal “play” that would be evident with this mileage. Factory Yamaha bodywork was painted Red & White with only a couple of small chips on it today as to be expected on a bike of this age. The engine was rebuilt with Yamaha components and is on the first overbore .025. and the crosshatch is still very evident in the cylinders. New Battle Ax tires installed less than 100 miles ago.

From the seller:
The history on this bike I have been able to obtain is a Yamaha dealer bought it at an auction in Approx. 1999 with 35,368Km’s (21,976 Miles) He told me when he purchased it, it was in the same condition it is today and he prepared it for storage and displayed it in his dealership showroom. The Yamaha dealer sold it to the man I purchased it from in 2009 still showing 35,368 Km’s. and today it has 36,820Km’s (22,878 Miles) showing it has been ridden a mere 1,452Km’s (902 Miles) since Approx. 1999!

I purchased this RZ500 in November 2012 for a RZ500 project I have. I have since purchased two other stock units and no longer need this one. I have another 1985 RZ500 that I will be listing soon but is no where near as nice and as this one. This is a very strong running, well handeling RZ!

I took the fairings off the bike so the stock airbox, exhaust, ect. can be seen. If you want a specific picture please let me know and I will get it for you.

This is a pretty clean looking RZ. The seller claims most of it to be stock. The re-sprayed livery looks good in the pictures, although I am partical to the stockers “checkerboard” graphics. Given the mileage (22k and change), the seller has done some work to keep this bike floating above the maintenance curve. With a new top end and first overbore, this smoker will be making ring-a-ding and popcorn sounds for many miles to come!

This auction is on right now and the opening bid was a reasonable $5,000. Bidding has been very light thus far (has interest in the big RZ begun to wane?), and there is still a reserve in place. For your chance to check out the second RZ500 this week, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!