Posts by tag: V-Twin

Yamaha June 8, 2022 posted by

Forbidden Fruit: 2005 Yamaha MT-01 In The USA

For many the current line up of Yamaha’s MT series naked bikes are the go to performance street bikes.  They offer a very attractive package of usable speed and manageable ergonomics.  If you are looking to have one do it all motorcycle, it is hard to go wrong with an MT07 or other offerings.  With how popular this segment has become it is crazy to think that Yamaha did not bring the MT01 to the USA when launched in 2005.  They felt that there would not be a market for a high performance naked V twin.

The 102 cubic inch (1670 for those metric fans) engine produced about 90 horsepower and a stump pulling 110 pound feet of torque.  The front end was taken from the R1 superbike as were the brakes.  Weighing in around 550 pounds means this is never going to be a track monster, but there is more to life than just lap times.  A muscle bike on the street is a rowdy proposition and will offer a rider endless smiles.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

2005 Yamaha MT01 imported UK Mint Condition only 5,000 km

VIN Jyrp121000010032

Currently listed with a Buy It Now price of $12,800 and few details in the listing.  The main question any US based buyer will have is where and how it was titled.  The bike is not old enough to qualify for the 25 year exemption, but there have been other MT-01s titled in the USA.

Forbidden Fruit:  2005 Yamaha MT-01 In The USA
Moto Morini June 7, 2022 posted by

Patata Patata – 1982 Moto Morini 500 Sport

In the wild world of rare bikes, there is always an interesting streak of never seeing a particular model for many months – usually followed by multiple examples coming up at the same time. Such is the case with the rare and underrated Moto Morini brand. Usually clumped into the “other” category when it comes to famous Italian supermodels, these eclectic vee twins offer yet another view into the fascinating world of Italian motoring. The brand may be known world wide, but the bikes have had a rather limited and modest distribution making actual examples exceedingly rare in the United States.

1982 Moto Morini 500 Sport for sale on eBay

Just like the last month’s example, today’s find is a 500cc model. It seems that the Moto Morini 3 1/2 (i.e. 350cc) models are more available, but the 500 models do come up now and again. The 72 degree vee twin shares many parts with the 350, which in turn shares many parts with the smaller 125cc model. Moto Morini was never large enough to create a bike from scratch; rather, they modified and evolved from existing platforms, sharing parts wherever possible. Thus, most of the chassis components and many of the engine pieces share the same design, if not the same actual pieces, between different sized bikes. The single camshaft, pushrod operated overhead valve engine is simple, reliable, and oozes a mechanical character that is far different than a Guzzi or Duc. It is more laid back in many ways, yet demands the rider to provide input.

From the seller:
Very nice, original, and correct Moto Morini 500 Sport. Possibly original paint. Runs well. Kick and electric start. Rare chin fairing.Tool kit. Floating front disk. Original rotors included. CRG mirrors. Some paperwork from previous owner. These aren’t getting any easier to find, especially in this condition.
I can connect you with a shipper for most parts of the country.
Sold on Maine transferable registration in previous owners name.

The seller has included a brief video of the bike in question here:

While we have posted Moto Morini 350s in various states of dress, this is the first 500cc machine we have seen with full bodywork. The fairing and chin spoiler are neat bits that make the bike stand out. The paintwork has been noted as possibly original, but it is definitely an original color scheme (and far more jaunty than the basic red livery). Overall this looks to be a good looking, rider quality machine that is ready to be enjoyed. Zero bids with a $4,500 USD opening ask, the starting price for this one is definitely in the low end of the spectrum. Interest is relatively low on these under appreciated machines, but those in the know enjoy the no-frills, unique experience that is Moto Morini. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Moto Morini May 28, 2022 posted by

Milan to Miami: 1982 Moto Morini 500 Strada

A bit off the beaten path and genuinely rare in the United States, this is a beautifully preserved Moto Morini 500. While not in the same performance league as the Ducati superbikes (or even Super Sports), and not in the high-speed transport business as Moto Guzzi, the other, other Italian V-Twin marque produced interesting – if not sporty – scoots predominantly in the 350cc and 500cc varieties. Built in low numbers overall, few were imported into North America – making this very clean 500 Strada (Italian for “street”) a rare gem to be admired and enjoyed. The seller has a lot of information about the marque and the bike, and I will let him pick up the story here:

1982 Moto Morini 500 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Extremely original, low-milage machine. The finish does have it’s imperfections, and a light patina that reminds you that this is truly a 40 year old classic. The inside of the gas tank was professionally sealed, and looks great inside. The original La Franconi pipes are in great shape, with no holes. The Marzocchi suspension still feels nice and firm. All of the paint is 100% original

More from the seller:
The 500 was an obvious early manifestation of the Morini modular concept, using a larger bore and stroke to up the capacity of the original 344cc engine to 478ccs, producing more power and a relaxed ride. The longer wheelbase (the result of an elongated swing arm) gave a stable ride, and the longer seat suited two up riding.

The machine was first shown in prototype form at Milan in November 1975, started production in 1977 and was imported in to the UK from 1978. Originally the machine was produced with a 5 speed gearbox, allegedly due to concerns over the original box being unable to cope with the extra power. However, from 1981 a six speed cluster was fitted, resulting in the ”Sei-V” model, which also saw the introduction of a plastic chain guard, painted mud guards and mechanical rev counter, all designed to reduce production costs. Prior to this a Sport version had been offered which, unlike the 3½ was produced purely through changes to handlebars and footrests plus the appropriate badge!

More from the seller:
The 500 was an excellent machine for the longer distance rider (journalist Dave Minton rode one from Alaska to Mexico down the Trans-American Highway in the 1980s) but lacked some of the rider appeal of the 350s. The engine continued to be developed, and the later 501 motor (actually 507cc) was arguably the best of the ”air-cooled” twins, revving freely and used in later off road machines together with the custom bikes that saw out Morini production at the old factory in the early 1990s following the take-over by Cagiva.

More from the seller:
This model is the most original, low-milage example I could possibly find. It has been living in our climate-controlled museum in downtown West Palm Beach since I acquired it. With only 1,520 ORIGINAL MILES, and the ORIGINAL MSO certificate, this is a survivor-quality machine.

The electric start still works (although they we known for being less-than-great), and fitted with a brand new battery. The charging system has been tested and works great. The brakes operate flawlessly, thank to the rebuilt brake hydraulics. The Pirelli Sport Demon tires are like new, only fitted a couple hundred miles ago.

The original La Franconi pipes are in great shape, with no holes. The Marzocchi suspension still feels nice and firm. All of the paint on this fabulous example is 100% original. The finish does have it’s nicks, scratches, and overall patina that remind you that this is truly a survivor. The inside of the gas tank was professionally sealed, and looks great.

Despite many ups and downs, the Moto Morini brand prevails – today it calls the Chinese motorcycle and bicycle manufacturer Zhongneng Vehicle Group (Znen) as home. This is a brand that has come a long way over an extended period of years, endured the Second World War, rebuilt and produced some memorable competitive and street models. The 3 1/2 and 500 twins must surely be listed up there as iconic models of Italian style, even though they may lack the sharp edge of the more sporting models from other Italian companies. This beautiful 1982 Moto Morini 500 has only 1,500 miles on the clocks, and looks as good as any unrestored example we have seen. Priced as $12,500, this seller has provided some great pictures and is open to offers. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Milan to Miami: 1982 Moto Morini 500 Strada
Moto Guzzi May 10, 2022 posted by

Track Day Tuesday – 1976 Moto Guzzi 890 Racer!

If you are thinking about a track day bike – and you most certainly SHOULD think about that – you could either go the route of a bashed, rashed and crashed universal 600 or 1000 from [insert your favorite Japanese street bike here], or forgo all of the street deletions and go straight to a real race bike. Think of the benefits – you get a bike already built for the purpose of riding on tracks (usually already sorted) and you look positively bad-ass compared to the generic GSNinjaR1-X crowd. And nothing can prove that point more than this awesome looking 890cc Guzzi vintage racer.

1976 Moto Guzzi 890 Racer for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1976 Moto Guzzi – Stan and Pearl’s 890CC Middleweight Superbike

You are bidding on an iconic race machine built by my good friend, the late Stan Friduss and his wife Pearl. When Stan passed I acquired the bike from Pearl. She put her heart and soul into this bike with Stan’s tutelage. The result was a machine that competed successfully in AHRMA’s Middleweight Superbike class for several years in the hands of several top racers. It has earned many race wins and I believe a championship or two. One of Pearl’s proudest moments was when it took 2nd place in New Jersey on it’s maiden voyage to the track!

More from the seller:
Now, I am offering it up for auction as I realize it is just too much machine for me at 65, so would like to see someone get it who appreciates it for what it is and continues to use it as intended or displays it for all to enjoy. The bike is “garage fresh” and has not been run in a few years. Knowledge from years of building race Guzzi’s, Stan threw everything he knew at this bike. NOTE: The engine turns over with good compression but I have not fired it. I am sure the carbs will need cleaning and a general going over before it is ready to run. Some spares as well.

Bill of Sale only – no title. (i chose salvage just to get past the title type requirement). I believe the Tonti frame is from a mid 70’s 850T or similar. It does NOT have a LeMans serial number. The bike is located at my garage in Melbourne Florida. Buyer is responsible for shipping or may pick up locally. Thank you for bidding.

Track Day Tuesday has quickly become one of my favorite days of the week thanks to some different finds that would not normally fit on the pages of RSBFS. But seriously, how could you not look at this thing and see yourself motoring through the pits at your next track day? Imagine the stares as you boom your way out onto the track and thunder down the main straight. Glorious! The best part is that owning this wonderful motoring piece of history won’t set you back much by comparison: The Buy It Now price is set at a reasonable $7,500, and the seller is open to offers. Check out all of the details here before the checkered flag waves at this one. Good Luck!!

MI

Track Day Tuesday – 1976 Moto Guzzi 890 Racer!
Honda May 3, 2022 posted by

Track Bike Tuesday – 1995 Honda NSR250 SP / MC28

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

Track Bike Tuesday – 1995 Honda NSR250 SP / MC28
KTM April 30, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 2013 KTM RC8R

5.18.2022: This bike has sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The KTM RC8R is the un-Superbike. It does not have the mass-market appeal of the Japanese WSBK competitors, nor does it have a long history of sexy design like the Italian steeds. What it offers instead is a no-holds-barred design philosophy that couples a ferocious powerplant with a stiff and stable chassis, premium components that enabled it to be competitive in WSBK racing, and the rarity of being something different. Exclusivity was guaranteed when KTM pulled the plug on their big bore, street going sport bikes in 2015, leaving the capable RC8 line-up in the hands of fans and those seeking something different on the used bike market. Today, these are edging their way into collector status for what they represent.

Featured Listing – 2013 KTM RC8R!

At the heart of the rare beast is an 1190cc v-twin splayed a unique 75 degrees, and spitting out 175 horsepower. All those mad, fuel injected ponies are unleashed through a tight, 6-speed gearbox with slipper clutch arrangement. That slipper clutch – along with the excellent chassis and WP suspension components, Brembo radial mount brakes, and sticky rubber – are all the tools a rider has in the tool kit to keep the shiny bits, well, shiny. You see, the RC8R is really the last manly Superbike, where traction control, throttle mapping and anti-wheelie systems are the exclusive property of the rider’s right wrist. The RC8R is a bike without techno-nannies. There is no app to program it, there are no confusing menus to scroll through. Skill and bravery are rewarded with unfettered speed.

From the seller:
2013 KTM RC8R
Purchased the bike in January 2021.

Modifications:
Akrapovic Evo1 full titanium system
Dymag UP7X forged wheels installed 2,000 miles ago. Tires are Bridgestone RS11.
Galfer front wave rotors and 1375HH ceramic pads
R&G license plate holder/tail tidy with LED license plate frame and Rizoma LED turn signals
CRG levers
Carbon fiber tank protectors (OEM included as well)
Carbon fiber chain guard

More from the seller:
Bike runs perfectly. No mechanical issues. Maintenance history included in images.
California Reg paid to March 2023, clean title in my name.

Cosmetic issues:
1) some small rock chips on underside of tail section and front fairing
2) nickel-sized mark on left front fairing (in pics, near the “R”)
3) pin-head sized chip in tank from interference with steering damper
4) some scratches in tank from jacket zipper
5) The left fairing is wrapped in gloss black vinyl just below the “R” logo and I assume it’s covering something up but I have no idea what and don’t want to remove it. I actually owned the bike for several months before I noticed it.

Extras included:
Removed stock exhaust, CJ Desigs SAS plates, original owners manual and copy of workshop manual, ONE key.

Located in San Rafael, CA. 94901

Today’s awesome looking 2013 KTM RC8R 1190 comes from RSBFS reader John. The bike sports some very desirable performance and cosmetic upgrades applied to a very clean example. Maintenance has been performed as annotated in the list found in the gallery below, and John has been very open about the condition of the bike – so no surprises. In a world that is going down the technology rabbit hole with ever greater velocity, it is safe to say that we will not see another analog Superbike like this again. KTM created a fantastic platform with the RC8R, and this is destined to be one of the “not to be missed” collectors in this segment in future years. Meanwhile, nothing will put a bigger smile on your face than listing to the big twin hammer its way up through the gears.. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing – 2013 KTM RC8R
Ducati April 27, 2022 posted by

Quattordici – 1990 Ducati 851 Strada

Ducati 851 for sale

Update 4.27.2022: We last saw this 851 in May of last year and now it’s back on eBay with fresh pictures as well. Current bid is $8,000 and the reserve is met. 4 days remain on the auction. Links updated. -dc

What a wild spring time we are having here at RSBFS! There appears to be a nearly inexhaustible supply of rare Ducati 851 examples in all different conditions and price points. We’ve posted so many of these lately that I’m tempted to cut and paste the historic details on the model from earlier posts, but I’ll spare you the lazy journalism. These bikes are cool enough to talk about over and over and over again. So without furthering any ado, let’s dive into this 1990 Ducati 851.

1990 Ducati 851 Strada for sale on eBay

The 851 is an iconic model simply because it began the lineage of the modern day Ducati Superbike. From the early days of the singles, through the era of the bevels, right into the Pantah era, Ducatis were defined by the 2-valve desmo actuation and for being air cooled (simple and light). The 851 threw out all off that and more by plonking a unique 4-valve desmo head (based on a 1970s University thesis, and with some help from Cosworth) atop a new barrel structure that was liquid cooled, allowing for tighter tolerances and far more heat dissipation. These two elements were maximized via the use of additional new technology – fuel injection. The result was 105 HP (power increased over the years) at higher RPMs than previous models, and with a willing chassis and good aero the 851 was born. And with it, the ground work for more than a decade of dominance in WSBK.

From the seller:
1990 851
Vin ZDM1HB6R2LB001226
Engine HB6L001286

Beautiful Ducati 851

Barely ridden since I got it a few years ago.
Idled often and kept on battery tender.
New battery
Fresh gas
Sorry no service history other than the gentleman I bought it from few years ago had his mechanic go through it thoroughly.
Most ducati folks like to do their own maintenance as it’s fairly easy so you’d probably want to do fluids, look at belts, tires, chain.
Fires right up, idles great, drives, shifts, brakes, lights work… all good! Just went for a quick ride, love this bike but downsizing and this one needs a new home with someone to ride it more!

Only thing I notice is the rear brake light does not brighten when depressing the rear brake pedal. Probably an easy fix. The front brake lever does activate the brake light.

No mirrors on this bike but I may have an extra set from a 900ss I have. Negotiable on including these.
Bike has usual nicks and scratches, but no dents or dings on tank. Note the bottom section of one fairing has a spot that is chipped/scratched. Zoom in on the pic. Not noticeable when fairing is on bike. Bike could use a good cleaning. I’ve always kept indoors.

Please look at pics and examine closely. I’m happy to chat or take closer up pics of anything.

Today’s model is the Strada – meaning street. This is the lowest spec of the 851 class, not to damn it with faint praise. It is simply the most comment variant, which includes a passenger pillion and associated hardware. In fact, all the 851 examples posted on RSBFS in the last month have been the Strada edition. This particular bike has higher mileage than its posted peers (21,000+ claimed), and like most 30 year old motorcycles it has experienced some mods and mishaps. On the mods front I spy a tinted windscreen and non-factory handgrips. More concerning is the lack of mirrors (and why). The rest of the bike looks presentable and the plastics appear to be in good shape, although there is some weathering of the black parts such as the forks, top clamp, and engine cases.

The seller notes that this bike has not been ridden much as of late, and there is a lack of service records. The oil in the sight glass does appear dark and in need of a change, but color is rarely an accurate indicator. Belts should be done as much as for time as miles, and would be high on my list of to-dos. While this is a doable chore for the home mechanic, it is a bit more involved than on your average 2-valve Ducati thanks to the extra systems in the way. Valve adjustments can also be done by the home mechanic, but you will need tools specific for retrieving and measuring the shims, as well as a way to obtain the necessary-sized shims to complete the job. This one is being offered as a Buy It Now of $12,500, with the seller open to offers. That is a strong price considering some of the others that we have seen recently, but the good news is that the healthy supply allows for some shopping around. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Quattordici – 1990 Ducati 851 Strada
KTM April 18, 2022 posted by

Limited Addition – 2013 KTM RC8R 1190

KTM made a corporate foray into the superbike market in 2008, and it quickly evolved into a very innovative and powerful machine.  Today’s RC8R has a moderate 15K miles, and looks excellent.

2013 KTM RC8R 1190 for sale on eBay

After a 2005 show bike and the 2008-9 1150, the RC8R had a host of new go-fast goodies and the updated 175 hp 1195cc twin.  Power was increased but numerous changes improved the control of all those ponies.  A familiar trellis frame had WP suspension at both ends, 43mm USD forks and a monoshock that had separate adjustments for compression and rebound damping.  Aluminum alloy was used for the cast swingarm and fabricated subframe.  Reviewers gave the RC8R high marks for adaptability, with rider adjustments for footpegs, seat, handlebars, plus hand and foot levers.

KTM is one of the few European marques this Vegas dealer doesn’t sell new, so it might have been a trade-in.  No history save the mileage is offered, but the pictures are good and the bike looks super.  A pillion mounted topcase might be the only update.  Just a little advertising copy from the eBay auction:

The ultimate power tool from KTM.  Designers pulled out all the stops in the art of engine building when it came to the 1190 RC8 R.  The rider has one of the most powerful V2 engines of our times and one of the best chassis in the world at his or her disposal — totally street-legal.  With the precision to cut out the others when entering a curve.  With the power and traction to pull away from them coming out of a curve.  With the feedback and ergonomics to enjoy the 1190 RC8 R to the fullest.

As one of the last analog superbikes, all the nannies on the RC8R are in your helmet.  KTM had planned a Superbike factory effort, but reality stepped in and they chose to compete regionally and with a single marque support series.  The plug got pulled on the model when Mattighofen saw liability under the stealth fighter’s bodywork, making the RC8R an instant and forever rarity.  Upping the ante to MotoGP in 2017 ( with Red Bull’s sponsorship ), KTM brought an all-new V4 and has had quite a bit of success, but has let more sensibly sized models work the showroom floor.

-donn

Limited Addition – 2013 KTM RC8R 1190