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Sport Bikes For Sale May 31, 2012 posted by

Project RZ500 in Canada!

For Sale: 1985 Yamaha RZ500

If you find yourself wanting a RZ500 (or heck, any killer two stroke) but don’t have the bones to pony up for a perfectly preserved stocker like this one, a well-used example might be your best bet. This can be the most rewarding route to a grey-market bike, but unless you are mechanically inclined and willing to scour the internet for parts (if they are available at all), this can also be the most frustrating route to follow. Thankfully today’s bike runs (see video below) and appears to have most of its parts attached.

The RZ500 – as has been well-reported in the pages of RSBFS – is a wonderful combintation of 500cc, V-4, two-stroke power housed in a basic yet adequate mild steel frame (only the Japanese-spec RZV received the aluminum frame treatment). These bikes were never brought to the US shores, so those that exist in the country today are likely imported from our Canadian friends and neighbors. This particular bike is still on the other side of that aforementioned border, so plan to play the import game unless that’s where you are too.

From the seller:
Extremely rare exotic factory street legal replica of the OW series Yamaha world championship GP bike. V-four water cooled two stroke with electronically controlled power valves. If you are not familiar with the RZ500 (also known as RD500), google it, there is lots of information out there.
This one is best described as battle scarred. Mechanically it is OK except for the carburettors which need rebuilding – they have been cleaned but they leak. There are just under 36,000 km on the odometer, which translates to about 22,500 miles. Compression is 100 pounds on all four cylinders as tested with an old school hand held compression tester. It will need a new front tire, and probably steering head bearings. It has new front brake pads, new fork seals, new battery, transmission oil, fork oil and the coolant have been changed.

I am not the original owner, and I don’t know much about the history of it, a neighbor had it, who got it from a guy who owed his dad money. I talked him into selling it, cleaned it up, registered it in my name and insured it. Like the girl with curl, when she is good she is very very good, and when she is bad she is horrid 🙁 The main issue will be getting it to idle consistently, it works great for a while, then the carbs dump a mess of fuel into the air intake and it stops idling and responds badly to throttle below about 4000 rpm. Whatever, I am too old for this bike, and it needs to go.

RZ500s and Gammas are getting some crazy money these days. I must say that I love the livery on this bike (reminds me of Lawson at his best) and despite the seller indicating that it is a bit of beater, it definitely has a 50 foot appeal. Sounds like some carb work might be in order, and you might consider hammering out that expansion chamber for maximum power. Throw a new set of sticky buns on, and ride it like it was meant to be ridden. Purists might wave a rattle can at it and brighten it up, but paint won’t make you go faster (assuming that is your goal).

This Canadian project is waiting for you! The starting bid is a very reasonable $4,000, which is far, far less than most of these bikes. With a little elbow grease and some know-how, you too could be riding a GP-inspired two stroke. Click the link to jump over to the auction, and start those internet searches for parts and carb kits!


Honda April 23, 2012 posted by

Restored and Clean VF1000R In Canada

Update 4.23.2012: Listed last month originally, this example is back along with 3 other examples (here, here, and here). Links updated. -dc

Location: Ottowa, Canada

Mileage: 24,861

Price: Auction, currently $3,500 with reserve

The VF1000R is a great bike in the development of the Honda sportbike. Born out of the Interceptor line, the VF1000R was a much more track like bike from Honda and included the famous V-4 Honda motor that continued on in various forms through the RC30 and on into the current VFR800. The bike was only available in ’85 and ’86, so finding them in clean condition is not an easy task.

This bike is described as a restored machine with some modifications that should help the bike perform better. The frame has been powder coated and new paint applied where needed. The fairing is listed as original and appears in great shape.

Here’s the info from the seller-

An incredibly nice bike – Overall condition is an honest 8 out of 10, as restored by previous owner (originally from Texas), having been carefully dismantled with frame powder-coated and all other parts otherwise cleaned/painted. Hand laid factory fiberglass (not plastic) all in near perfect condition.

Only made for 2 years…incredibly smooth Honda V-4 power with gear-driven cams (over 120 h.p.) and better looking, very bright 1986 dual-headlight conversion.

This bike garners attention like no other and everything is in fantastic condition, complete with original tool-kit.

Factory clip-ons, OHLINS rear shock, replaced stator, stainless brake lines (black PVC coated to look original but with superior feedback/performance), new super powerful DEKA battery and Avon with only about 150 miles on them since installed last spring – A very pleasing machine to ride with an extremely linear power-band.

Now quite rare, this VF1000R will maintain/gain value in years to come. Recent professional appraisal done for insurance purposes if it was ever to be stolen or otherwise lost will be provided with sale. Additional photos/video available for serious inquiries.

Selling as damaged Meniscus in both knees means I’m not a good match for the factory peg location and I’ll eventually be finding something a little “roomier” (3 bikes in the garage is too much).

And the photos-

This looks to be a very clean bike but it has also some some modifications, like the headlight conversion and brake lines. Those are good upgrades but also take away some, not a lot, but some from the originality. That may be important to hard core collectors. Otherwise, you would be getting a good looking, rare bike that would be fun to ride.

These are cool bikes. This one looks to be restored well and ready to ride. If you are looking for a VF1000R, this one deserves your attention. So go ahead and place a bid!


Honda March 13, 2012 posted by

Honda RC30…Yes, another one!

Location: Newport Beach, California

Mileage: 1,025

Price: Auction, starting at $25,000

So the RC30 is one of the most desirable sportbikes there is. They are always featured here on RSBFS when they show themselves. And that seems to be a lot lately. These bikes only came to the States in 1990 and they are rare here (around 300 imported), but worldwide production was greater than say the Yamaha R7 OW02.  Who knows what is driving these out of hiding, but I suspect the (rapidly) rising values has something to do with it.

Here’s some more pics to drool over-

Seller’s information is brief-

Up for sale is a 1990 Honda RC30 this bike has 1,025 miles on it and is in great shape. You will notice on some of the pictures there is a small crack on each side of the upper farlings. Runs great been garaged since owning the bike.

The bike looks clean except for the cracked fairing. The mileage is low, which is not uncommon. These were expensive ($15k) when they were released and I think people saw the potential for increasing in value then. The RC30 is the top of the pyramid when it comes to being collectible so originality and condition are crucial. The seller is starting at $25,000 which is right in there with super pristine examples going for $30k and beyond.

The RC30 is a one killer bike by any estimation. If you want to make a play, then go place a bid!


Honda February 6, 2012 posted by

Early and Rare- ’84 Honda VF1000R Euro Model

Location: Daleville, Virginia

Mileage: 18,665

Price: Auction, $9,000 BIN

The Honda VF1000R is a well known bike on RSBFS. Built in the era when sport bikes were really coming into their own, the VF1000R brought something new to the game as a bridge in the Interceptor and eventual VFR/RC30 line. All of these bikes are pieces of the puzzle for Honda’s sportbike development. The VF1000R was only brought to the U.S. for two years (’85,’86), making the number of these around in clean condition low and somewhat hard to find.

There’s not a lot of pics, but here they are-

And the rundown from the seller-

1984 Honda VF1000R has 18,665 original miles and this bike is very clean. Other than a dink or two that any white glove inspector could find, the bike is very nice and rare. It has the seat cowl all original parts and pipes (dual). I have kept this bike in my garage and have just purchased a new one and need to unload this one though its breaking my heart. If you are a fan of the Freddy Spencer models this bike should catch your eye. The valves were checked a week before this posting and I went ahead and had the carbs completely overhauled. when I say this bike is rare what I mean is I have not been able to find another one like it on the internet that is even running nor in this great of shape. The bike has never been layed down or abused I purchased it from a friend who took the same care on it as I. Most of you 40 somethings out there probably remember this bike when you were in high school and it was the stuff back then, I still like it today and think as I hope you do that it has way more class than what we are seeing out there today. 

Beyond the description, the seller also states that the bike is a Euro version (hence it being an ’84 and the dual headlights) and that all the paperwork about its importation into the U.S. is there. The bike looks clean in the photos, although they are a little low quality. Mileage isn’t bad and the seller describes recent maintenance and says the bike runs well.

The seller has it listed at BIN for $9k, which is on the high side. These, in clean condition, go from $5k to $8k. However, you may be able to get the bike for less if the seller is willing to move a little on the price or maybe you’ll pay up for the Euro model. Up to you.

So there you go. If this bike is for you, go forth and place your bid!


Honda December 2, 2011 posted by

Uber Clean 1990 Honda VFR750F

Location: Oakland, California

Mileage: 15,669

Price: Auction, currently $3,000 with reserve

I own a VFR800 and I love it. It’s a great bike, but man, it’s nowhere near as cool as this one. The VFR/Interceptor line has a long history with Honda, and they have always been cool in my book. The start of the 90’s brought a revised VFR750F with a new twin spar frame, single sided swing arm and V-4 motor that cranked out over 100hp. The bike wasn’t the RC30 but you can certainly see the resemblance. These bikes were also built with famous Honda quality and could go for many, many miles.

Here’s the pics-

And from the seller-

1990 VFR 750F 49 State model, originally from Colorado, came to California, and has been stored indoors and covered for 12 years. Complete mechanical restoration, 2nd owner. All service records, original sales receipt, complete tool kit, owners manuals, rear seat cowl(undamaged) and 1 unused key included. List of improvements as follow, fuel tank cleaned, carbs stripped and ultrasonic cleaned, all new brass and jets. Thermostat and coolant replaced. Oil and filter changed 2 times. Clutch friction discs replaced. Fork springs and oil, rear shock replaced with Daughtry Motorsports CBR929 unit, rear suspension bearings cleaned and re greased. Spark plugs and BMC air filter. Brake and clutch fluid flushed, new front and rear brake pads. MOSFET voltage regulator and battery. New Michellin Roadsmart tires.New RK chain. ECT….

This bike is toothbrush clean inside and out, all work has been performed by a 22 year experienced technician. This bike needs nothing, and rides so much better than a stocker, jetting and suspension are spot-on. My local Honda dealer took one look at the bike and said ” I havent seen on that clean in 15 years!”

Finding any bike from 1990 this clean isn’t going to happen very often. Granted the VFR was less of a full sportbike that the other bikes of the time, so the chances of dropped, wrecked and modded examples may be a little less. However, this bike appears to be very well cared for with some minor modification that could benefit the bike. The seller lists all the little extras that come with the bike that are always nice.

There’s a reserve on this auction so who knows what the bike will go for. However, it would seem a VFR this clean and well maintained would pull somewhere close to $4k. And at that price you would be getting a great bike that still has many years of riding ahead of it along with a great history.

It’s Chrsitmas time. Treat yourself and make the jump!



Honda October 26, 2011 posted by

’89 Honda VFR750R (RC30)- Canadian Style!

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Mileage: 14,511

Price: Auction, opening at $18,000 US

Well, here we go. Another Honda RC30/VFR750R for sale. I’m not going to go into all the detail about these bikes cause you can get that information by reading Jared’s excellent write up on RSBFS from about a week ago. And I’m sure most RSBFS fans already know plenty about the RC30. Really what this bike represents is the finest in sportbike design and manufacturing. It’s a truly special machine.

This one isn’t quite the pristine example that was posted by Jared but it’s still the real deal.

Here’s the photos-

The information from the seller-

For sale is a rare 1989 Honda RC30 with 23,354 km (14,511 miles) on the speedo.  This is not a museum quality bike as the pictures show but if it was in any better shape I wouldn’t want to ride it. That said I’ve only put about 200 miles on it in the past 14 years since I bought it. Please look at the pictures closely as I have tried to show any flaws.  Feel free to contact me with any questions you have but please don’t ask about trades. Shipping is up to the buyer and I will not crate it but I will drop it off any where inside Calgary Alberta Canada.

$1,000 deposit is required via Paypal within 48 hours of the auction closing.   Full payment with in 10 days via cash or bank transfer.  The bike will not be shipped until the funds clear my bank.


Engine: four stroke 90° V-4, liquid-cooled with gear-driven double overhead camshafts; four valves per cylinder.

Bore & Stroke:  70.0 x 48.6mm

Displacement:  748cc

Compression ratio:  11.0:1

Carburetion:  Four 38mm Keihin

Exhaust system:  Stainless steel, four-into-one

Ignition: Computer controlled CDI

Transmission:  Close-ratio six-speed

Primary Reduction:  Straight-cut gear: 1.94

Final Drive:  O-ring sealed chain; 2.50

Chassis: Twin-spar aluminum frame using engine as a stressed member; Pro-Arm single-sided aluminum swing-arm

Suspension:  Front – Center-axle cartridge-type fork with quick-released axle clamps.  Rear – Nitrogen pressurized shock absorber with remote reservoir, adjustable for spring preload and compression and rebound damping.

Wheelbase:  55.5 inches

Brakes:  Front – Dual 310mm floating discs with four-piston calipers.  Rear – Single 220mm floating disc with twin-piston caliper

Fuel capacity:  4.75 gallons

Dry Weight:  407.9 pounds

The seller highlights above and the mileage shows that the bike has been ridden. And with that come all the standard dings and scrapes featured in the photos. So for someone looking for a museum piece, this may not fit the bill. However, it’s still a fairly stock (Yoshimura pipe being the exception) VFR750R. That means you will have one of the most collectible and well built sportbikes in existence. For me, it also takes the crown of best looking bike ever made.

The seller is starting this auction at $18,000 US, which seems somewhere in the ballpark for this machine. The earlier RC30 hit the $30k mark, but this bike can’t be compared to that one. The market continues to develop on these bikes and premium examples will command premium prices. However, this bike is still very desirable for collectors and should increase in value over the years.

So if you couldn’t quite reach the last RC30 on RSBFS but are still looking, this bike deserves your attention. Time to get in the collector bike game? Well, make the jump and place your bid!


Update: Our Facebook page has had some comments on this bike from those who have seen it first hand and some interesting notes on current market values. Make sure to stop by and chime in! -dc

Honda August 17, 2011 posted by

Cleanest ’84 Honda Interceptor 1000 Ever!

Location: Staten Island, New York
Mileage: 1,076
Price: Auction, starting bid $6,000

Okay, so maybe technically not the cleanest ever, but it’s got to be in the ballpark. The Honda VF1000F took the popular Interceptor line to the next level by making it a liter bike. And with the larger displacement came more power, 113 bhp to be more exact, 27 more than the VF750F. The VF1000F also employed a 41mm front fork with TRAC anti-dive technology, along with a 17 inch rear wheel.

Here’s the information from the seller-

This machine is like brand new even though it’s 27 years old. Seeing is believing!!!!! I am the second owner and this bike has been with me since July of 1985. It has been maticulously cared for and was kept in a heated garage at my home.With only 1076 miles on the odometer it is probably the least used 1984 1000 interceptor available anywhere.This bike is completely original including the tires. THe fuel tank is in perfect condition and there is no rust anywhere. The carburetors have no issues and a new battery was recently installed. This bike is ready to roll.

And some more photos with many more at the auction-

Judging by the photos, this is one of the cleaner bikes from 1984 you will ever see. It’s also very low mileage, undoubtedly contributing to the overall condition. A very fine example of a bike from this era and a bike that’s line lives on to this day. So, then the only thing left is the price. Six grand. That’s right. Opening bid is $6000 US dollars. Steep price, especially because it’s in the range of a clean VF1000R (introduced in ’85), an arguably cooler ride. But finding these this clean is not going to be easy.

So we have a very clean ’84 VF1000F that is asking a price reflective of its condition. For a collector, this could be a great fit. Decide for yourself and take a look at this auction.


Honda December 20, 2010 posted by

1985 Honda Interceptor VF1000R

For sale: 1985 Honda Interceptor VF1000R with low miles!

This beautiful survivor from the heyday of the Big Four technology wars has less than 5,000 miles on it – and looks the part. One liter of power, gear-driven camshafts, hand-laid fiberglass bodywork, and only a two-year model run make these VFR models very desirable. While the 1986 model (with dual headlightsand Rothman’s livery) still carries a premium, you would be hard pressed to find as clean an example as this one today.

From the seller:

Now I’m not too sure about the seller’s claim about this being the first real superbike, as there are *many* defensible choices that come to mind (’84 Ninja 900 just to name one from the same era), however the VF1000R was quite the looker and performer in its day. The price for all of this technological wonderment placed it as one of the most expensive Japanese sportbikes of the time (rivaling the overly complicated Turbos), and lead to its eventual demise.

So what’s it worth? Unfortunately, despite its relative rarity, this is still a mass-produced Japanese motorcycle from the 1980’s. Depreciation has not been kind to this era, and the auction is currently sitting with the opening ask of $2,000 and the reserve still in effect. When new, these were $5k+ machines. And while the low mileage and excellent apparent condition of this particular bike certainly helps, the overall collector market for these types of bikes is not terribly strong. The great news is that you can pick up this beauty for a reasonable investment, ride it hard (it is a Honda, after all), and enjoy the ownership of a rare sportbike. and check it out!