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KTM August 23, 2022 posted by

Track Bike Tuesday – 2012 KTM RC8R Track

KTM started to transition their flagship to a racing-only model in 2011, packing everything a superstock racer could want and leaving all the DOT equipment behind.  Here’s a rare un-used 2012 on showroom display in Oceanside, CA.

2012 KTM RC8R Track for sale on eBay

Starting in the engine bay, the proven 75-degree twin has flowed heads to accompany its four cams and four valves per cylinder.  Titanium intake valves, diamond-like coating on the cam followers and Keihin fuel injection make for a reliable 177 hp.  The underslung Akropovic exhaust is all titanium, but hidden in the knife-edged fairing.  WP dampers are all around including the steering damper, with 43mm inverted forks sporting a nitride coating, which is also used on the shaft of the monoshock.  Brembo brakes and Marchesini forged wheels keep a low profile in black, but are the best available.  The swingarm height is adjustable, along with rider adjustments for handlebars, footpegs, and seat height.  Racetrack requirements like slipper clutch, quickshifter and GP shift pattern are also on board.

Not much to say about the motorbike-porn condition, and though the dash isn’t shown powered up the bike appears un-ridden.  Just a two-liner in the eBay auction –

2012 KTM RC8R FACTORY RACE BIKE. BRAND NEW, ZERO MILES, STILL ON MSO.

ONLY 100 OF THESE BIKES MADE AND PROBABLY ONLY ONE LEFT WITH ZERO MILES!

 

Either by design or anticipating competition rules, the race-spec KTM lacks traction control and ABS, and pre-dates the latest multi-gyro systems.  Nothing a pro racer would want, but track day or thunderbike entrants will have to listen to the more conservative voice in their helmet.  Any racing presumes the bike will be ridden, though a continued display career is a distinct possibility.

-donn

Track Bike Tuesday – 2012 KTM RC8R Track
Ducati August 12, 2022 posted by

Uber Bella: 1989 Ducati 750 Sport

Today’s particular Ducati find is a true international affair. Originally born in Bologna, Italy in 1989, this bike found a home elsewhere in Europe – Germany to be exact. For the next several years this 750 rumbled up and down the autobahn, no doubt embarrassing some of the Bayerische Motoren Werke boys in the process. This bike certainly would have turned some heads against the staid R80s and even K75 and K100s of the time, given its, uh, “distinct” livery. Exported out of Germany in 1995 and officially imported into the United States, this is a titled example of a model that really turned things around for Ducati. This was a bread-and-butter Pantah machine, which while not as performant compared to some of the Japanese machines of the time, pushed Ducati and the Desmo twin concept in all corners of the world. Sure, the Limited Edition models get all the glory but the base 750 Sport was the foundation of the whole deal and the face of Ducati worldwide.

1989 Ducati 750 Sport for sale on eBay

The 750 Sport is an evolutionary bike. Based on the Pantah motor which was introduced at the beginning of the decade as a 600cc, the configuration and basic design remained save for the bump in capacity. That meant quieter valve operation thanks to toothed rubber timing belts (hence, the Pantah is known as a “rubber band” motor), gained a longer maintenance window thanks to reduced valve lash requirements, yet retained the higher RPM capability enabled by Ducati’s myopic focus on desmodromic valve operation. This arrangement eliminates valve springs, and uses the cam and followers to not only open the valve, but also close it. The result is more precise valve operation at higher RPM, and elimination of the dreaded valve float. The rest of the 750 was pure Ducati – basic trellis frame, solid, narrow, relatively light, and free from most bells and whistles that might get in the way of a spirited ride.

From the seller:
Rare 1989 Ducati 750 Sport

The Ducati 750 Sport was only in production between 1988 and 1991 and only bikes produced in 1990 models were imported to the USA. Since the bike is not as common in the USA, as in Australia and Europe, it created lots of attention and questions when I was riding it. The 750 Sport is a beautiful sports bike that has in my opinion one of the best sounds Ducati has to offer.

I purchased the bike in Germany from the Original owner in 1995 and imported and registered the bike to Minnesota in 2001. The bike was extremely reliable, and I never had any repair before I parked the bikes for a couple of years. At the end of the slumber earlier this year, I felt that the bike requires a major tune-up / overhaul, since it was standing for 10+ year. The bike received a new rear shock (original shock will ship with bike, but had a leak), new front and rear tires, new fuel pump, tank cleaned and lined, rear wheel bearing kit, new battery, oil filter, air filter, timing belt, brake pads, and more. A total of over $3,300 was put in the bike to bring it back into really great condition.

More from the seller:
The 750 Sport has run for 33674 km (20924 miles) and is powered by a 748cc V Twin engine that produces 72.0 HP (52.6 kW)) @ 8500 RPM and a top speed of 207.0 km/h (128.6 mph). The bike features it original mufflers, which again sound absolutely phenomenal. Maybe the most important thing about the bike that it is so much fun to ride. The windier the road, the more fun the bike gets.

The bike is located 25 miles outside of Philadelphia, PA. Local pick-up or buyer organized and paid for pick-up and delivery. This is a rare opportunity to own a very reliable classic that will make heads turn. While I am very sad to part with the beautiful bike, it is time to find the bike a good new home.

Today’s bike has a very bright (if not unusual) livery that really stands out – whether you might want to or not. I’m not sure what matching leathers might look like here, but you might possibly be able to find something that really fits the theme around Christmastime. Suitable helmet paint might include a white pom-pom or elf ears. Of course if standing out is your thing, then the line starts right here; shrinking violets need not apply. Still, this is a Ducati model that is not readily available in the US, as Ducati had yet to hit their stride and import new bikes in large numbers. That makes this a standout machine, unique due to the geographic history and livery, yet maintainable and rideable as only these v-twins can be. The all KM clocks show nearly 33,500, which equates to just over 20,000 miles. Check out all the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Uber Bella: 1989 Ducati 750 Sport
Ducati August 11, 2022 posted by

Bay Area Bliss: 2002 Ducati Bayliss 998S

With the introduction of the 851 in 1987, Ducati fired a shot across the bow of World SBK racing. They were in it to win it. And like biblical clockwork, the 851 begat the 888, which paved the way for the revolutionary 916. The 916 grew in capacity to 996cc, and ultimately to 998cc to fully extract the edges of the WSBK rulebook. And domination ensued. From Raymond Roche to Doug Polen, Troy Corser to the great Carl Fogarty, and Foggy’s replacement rider after injury Troy Bayliss, some of the greats have ridden – and won – for the Bologna factory. But it is the 3 championships and 52 races won by that last Ducati rider mentioned – Troy Bayliss – that are celebrated with the 998S Bayliss Limited Edition pictured here.

2002 Ducati Bayliss 998S for sale on eBay

Like all motorcycles produced for a global audience, the US-based Bayliss 998S was different than the Canadian or European deliveries. Some of this was down to components such as a speedometer calibrated in MPH instead of KPH, and different countries have different requirements in terms of headlights, taillights, turn signals and noise and emissions limits. But the BIG difference with the US model when it came to the Bayliss (as well as the same year Bostrom replica) was power output. While the US managed with the standard 998 motor rated for an estimated 125 HP, other markets received the 996R spec motor, with deep sump and approximately 10 HP more. US bikes received more carbon fiber throughout. Model runs were limited to 400 units.

From the seller:
Ducati Bayliss 988S issue 375/400 (Canadian 998R Dump Sump Engine), Full Termignoni Race System, Aluminum Water Tank, Original Ducati CORSA Carbon Fiber Air Ducks, Chain Guard, Rear Tire Shield, Cog Shield, Side panels, Front Grill Carbon and Race water pipes. Corbin Race Seat, Original bike dust cover, manuals, service books and Bayliss Plaque.

MINT CONDITION
How the totals are calculated:
Title collection fee: $60.00
Escrow fee: $244.75
Buyer price: $27,804.75

Today’s example is listed as #375 of 400, but that is difficult to see in the pictures provided. The seller does include a shot of the commemorative plaque that came with these Limited Edition model bikes. The wild part here is the reported mileage is even lower than the edition number, at 352. That puts this in rare territory indeed, as this livery/combination was already restricted in terms of units produced, making a low miles example a rare example of a rare breed. That seems to be reflected in the asking price. We know prices are edging upwards on the 916/996/998 series overall, so a special edition brings with it even more cachet and value. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Bay Area Bliss: 2002 Ducati Bayliss 998S
Honda July 19, 2022 posted by

It’s Been a Minute – 2004 Honda RC51 Nicky Hayden Edition

For a while RC51’s were coming 2F2F, most of them must be out riding for the summer.  Today’s #69 commemorative might have been used as intended, but looks good with some updates courtesy of a previous owner.

2004 Honda RC51 for sale on eBay

The 2004 model is an SP2, with revised frame and swingarm sharing lessons learned from racing the SP1.  Honda’s take on the 90-degree V-twin uses 62mm throttle bodies and PGM fuel injection, with the 136 hp peak at 9,500 rpm.  Side-mounted radiators make for a slim package with a ram-air intake in the nose.  USD cartridge forks and a Pro-Link monoshock soak up any irregularities.  The Nicky Hayden edition was primarily graphic, though the SP2 was at a very high level right out of the crate.

This RC51’s 12K-and-change miles might not have been cruising, but it shows more easy fixes than battle damage.  A more organized tail tidy should be easy to find, and likewise some hardware to secure the lowers.  The neighbors aren’t going to like the 1/4-size muffler, but that titanium looks sharp in the startup – video –.  Owner’s comments from the eBay auction –

It starts immediately, runs great, and has a fabulous bark to its Jardine race pipe. A previous owner made the following mods:

– Full titanium Jardine single side exhaust

– K&N filter

– Power commander 3

– Soft rev limiter to allow for max top end power

– Ram air flapper defeat to add midrange (Fed noise limits dampened torque)

– Corbin seat

– Tail elimination kit

Since I’ve had it, I upgraded the brake pads and added a braided brake line in the rear. I have the lines for the front but didn’t install as the bite from front is already immediate. Parts included are the front brake lines, original seats, OEM tail section (new in the box), original left side fairing (was lightly scratched so I replaced it). The bike is always garaged.

It probably is due for a front forks rebuild and a rear tire not too long down the road.

Honda celebrated Hayden’s 2002 AMA Superbike championship with this model, and had more to celebrate in 2006 when he took the MotoGP crown.  His storied AMA Hall of Fame career was cut short by a bicycle accident in Italy, working to stay fit on a Wednesday during the WSBK season.  RC51’s pop up in all kinds of condition, and this one looks to be a rider that could be nicer with a couple of details attended to.  Hoping the reserve isn’t too optimistic !

-donn

It’s Been a Minute – 2004 Honda RC51 Nicky Hayden Edition
Harley Davidson July 14, 2022 posted by

Slippery Slope – 1984 Harley-Davidson XR1000 with 2,455 Miles !

Harley bought itself back from AMF in 1981 and strategists came up with a new model with XR750 racebike genes.  Not RSBFS’ normal fare but sporty and collectible, today’s XR1000 is quite original and looks good despite challenging pictures.

1984 Harley-Davidson XR1000 for sale on eBay

Though conceived as a descendant of the XR750, Sportster engine cases were specified, and bolted into the new XLX chassis.  New iron cylinders were manufactured, and new alloy heads had a more modern valve angle with blueprinting done by Jerry Branch in California.  36mm Dell’Orto carbs with factory K&N hung to the right, and an all-business dual exhaust on the left.  Showa forks and shocks and 292mm disk brakes reviewed as some of the package’s best attributes.  After a year in grey, 1984 models were shipped in black with orange accents, and single seat.

A roll out of the storage unit would’ve done this listing wonders, but the pictures are tantalizing even so.  Seemingly free of damage, almost 40 year-old finishes answer to a barely used bike.  Just a note in the eBay auction –

XR1000 orange and black this is one out of 177 made in 1984 last year of this model. I am selling it for a customer, the bike has a couple of mods , 1 carbs, 2 exhaust, 3 rear shocks, I do have original shocks. It has been in storage for 2 years, bike runs strong, located in Tucson AZ.

Though development costs tore through any chance of success the XR1000 had, reviews were upbeat – all about fun, and vibration wasn’t much of an annoyance at the low revs usable with the torque and four-speed trans.  Sporty in perspective, with only the 80-mile fuel tank coming in for across-the-board criticism.  Well that and the $7,000 list price, a whale in 1984.  Doomed by the MSRP, just a thousand were made in 1983, and this owner states 177 built in ’84, though one website reported 700.  Either way a complete rarity in a sea of Harleys, this XR1000 might be worth pursuing.

-donn

Slippery Slope – 1984 Harley-Davidson XR1000 with 2,455 Miles !
Ducati July 7, 2022 posted by

Number 1 in our Hearts: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO

This auction ended early, before we could post – but we are sharing the the content for our avid readers. Just goes to show that the best rare bikes can go quickly! – MI

It’s red. It has low miles and in great looking condition. It has the “I’m #1” plate boldly emblazoned on the tail. And it’s a 888cc, four valve, fuel injected, liquid cooled Ducati from the era when they owned WSBK Superbike racing. Did I mention that it is rare and one of the more collectable Ducatis? Yeah, it’s all that.

1993 Ducati 888 SPO for sale on eBay

The mighty Ducati 888 was a serious homologation machine – on many fronts. Born of the ground breaking 851, the motive power behind the 888 was an evolution of the previous desmoquattro. In fact, the entire 888 was a subtle evolution of the world-beating 851, ensuring maximum performance on the racetrack. As such the 888 was offered as a street bike for homologation purposes – but in several different forms. The SPO that we see here today was offered specifically for the North American market, as Ducati eyed a dominance of the US in addition to owning the high-speed circuits of Europe.

From the seller:
1993 DUCATI 888 SPO, Rare limited Import, only Approx. 150 were imported into the USA, according to personnel at Ducati USA, all 1993 888 imported were SPO’s. Bike is all stock , no modifications. Bike was stored for 10 years between 2010 & 2020, with original owner putting 2786 miles on it. In Nov 2020, bike received a $2k full service at Desmo sports in SF California, including New Cam belts, oil & filters, new front and rear Rossi 2 tires, Battery, plugs, replaced coolant, new rear shock damper, front brake switch, rebuilt clutch slave cylinder, and all Misc gaskets and seals needed. Bike has since been on Display unused in San Jose California , where it is located. The bike is showing slightly over 2800 miles and is in great condition for a 27 year old bike, but has usual small marks and scratches from display and its age. It has a clear California title, and comes with original tool kit and owners Manual.

The opportunity to own a bone stock 888 SPO with fewer than 3,000 miles does not come often. This bike has seen a full maintenance refit only 2 years ago, and has been sitting idle since by way of a display model. It is based in sunny California, not that the abundance of riding days has added anything to the mileage tally. Nearly 30 years on the big triple 8 continues to impress with its classic silhouette, booming exhaust note, exceptional brakes and vaunted chassis stability. This one is not cheap (BIN is set at $22.5), but we don’t see them like this often. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Number 1 in our Hearts: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO
Suzuki July 2, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing: 1992 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike with California Plate and just 2,654 Miles !

Update 7.13.2022: Tom has confirmed this bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

RSBFS reader Tom’s RGV250 is almost half way through the 1988-1998 model run, but a gem with just a year’s worth of miles.  The Lucky livery recalls riders like Kevin Schwantz and a wild ride to team success.

1992 Suzuki RGV250 for sale on BaT

62 hp is the quote from RGV250 reviewers, but the lightweight package claims a power-to-weight ratio of a larger bike.  The 249cc twin is at its best, with multiple acronym-ed systems to optimize the exhaust power valves, mixture and ignition timing.  Though the riding position was uncompromising, components like dual front brakes with four piston calipers, usd cartridge forks and gull-wing swingarm make it worth the workout.  Shifter action was optimized, a help since RPM’s will want to be kept above 7,000.

Tom’s RGV250 has a flawless presence and ICU cleanliness.  The stainless Arrow exhaust is noticeable at first glance, with scaled-down blinkers and braided brake lines.  A start-up video is offered along with a walkaround, and quite a few detailed pictures – plus Tom’s notes from – the BaT auction –

This is an authentic Lucky Strike limited edition VJ22. All bodywork and fuel tank are original OEM Suzuki, and paintwork as well with the exception of a respray on the tailpiece. It had some scratches. This RGV has some tasteful mods that greatly enhance the riding experience. Including new Arrows coated stainless pipes, NOS Fox shock, billet rear-sets etc. Mileage on speedometer is not actual. The original broke right before 4,000 km’s. An NOS speedometer was sourced from Japan. Total KM’s is just under 4,300 (2,654 miles) It has an ultra-rare, clean California title in my name.

 

Aprilia’s comment on the VJ22 engine was that they adopted it to use in their own road-going 250 two-stroke, extending the engine’s post-RGV career.  Never offered here, the age of the RGV’s has made importation easier, but a lot of grey-market bikes have been heavily worked and worked over.  Tom’s has been carefully tended by him and previous owners, with just over 2,600 miles and a tune-up this spring.  Though it is said that a special rider is needed to pilot an RGV250 effectively, it probably has a lot to teach any rider willing to listen.

-donn

Featured Listing: 1992 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike with California Plate and just 2,654 Miles !
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