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KTM April 2, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 2015 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

Update 4.2.2022: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Contact us now for your own Featured Listing!

KTM introduced the Super Duke in 2005 and has proved a long term success for the brand – and the 1290 Super Duke R won most super-naked shootouts in 2015.  RSBFS reader Steve offers his impeccably maintained example for your consideration.

2015 KTM 1290 Super Duke R $11,000 in Northern California

KTM latched on to ending their engine sizes in -90 as catchy marketing, and the 1290 is close but actually gulps 1301 cc’s per rev.  Even pushing 177 hp, the V-twin is optimized for torque, with a 106 ft.-lbs. push at 8,060 rpm.  Those kinds of numbers can’t be trusted to the right wrist, so a suite of electronics offers selectable levels of throttle, traction and wheelie control, along with ABS.  WP supplies suspension at both ends of the orange trellis, with a single-sided swingarm leaving room for the Arrow muffler.  There is also a factory steering damper and ramped clutch which provides a slipper action.  The limited fairings channel air toward the radiator and away from the headlight, and don’t shield the rider as much as remind them of what’s in store.

As KTM’s most extreme streetfighter, there’s not all that much available in the upgrade department, but Steve had an Arrow exhaust fitted, and the 1290 breathes a little easier without the catalyst.  Of course the DOT rear fender has been tidied up.  Nicer Power Parts seats and luggage come with the bike, as well as the factory seats and exhaust.  Service last fall and new tires mean it should be a while before this Duke needs anything.  Steve asks $13,000 $11,000 and supplied these notes:

New Michelin 5 Tires
Full Service completed on 9/14/21 at A&S Motorsports. Maintenance history included.
KTM Power Parts Seats, OEM seats included
KTM Power Parts Luggage Included
R&G Exhaust Hanger, OEM passenger pegs included
TechSpec Tank Grip
Shorai Battery 2 years old
Arrow Race Tech, Slip-On Exhaust w/link pipe, Full OEM Exhaust included
Rottweiler SAS Block-offs/cat delete
Low Mileage 6,700
Includes Owners Manual, one key, plus Orange key and key code card
Tail tidy / fender eliminator
Runs and Drives perfectly, incredible Horsepower and Torque – aka, “The Beast”
Clean Title in Hand, California registration good until October, 2022
Clean Vehicle History Report
Garage kept. Properly maintained and Cared for. Near Showroom Condition.

A stop-and-go is required to adjust or defeat the traction control and ABS, which reviewers didn’t like.  They then went on to urge caution since the Super Duke will wheelie in the first three gears with very little effort !  The ride by wire throttle reviewed as more linear than earlier Dukes with a cable-operated throttle and closed loop EFI ( and the lean programming required ).  Otherwise the Duke will do just about anything you could ask, and the lack of fairings won’t let you tell LEO’s you had no idea of your speed.

Send questions or offers to Steve via – email –

-donn

Featured Listing – 2015 KTM 1290 Super Duke R
Honda April 2, 2022 posted by

1989 Honda NSR250 MC18 For Sale!

1989 Honda NSR250 MC18 For Sale on CL!

Make: Honda
Model: NSR250 MC18
Mileage: 22,281 km
Price: $14,000
Titled: Yes
Location: Calabasas, CA (Shout out to my boys from P.O.D.)

From the seller
Imported from Japan four years ago, registered in California and slowly restored to exceptional condition. One of the nicest MC18 examples to be had and they’re rare. Most are in poor or un-restored condition. Everything on this bike has been gone through and fixed, replaced or refinished. Compression is perfect, carbs cleaned/tuned and runs amazing. Zero miles on new Bridgestone tires.

– California Title/Reg/Plate
– De-restricted (60hp estimated)
– JHA pipes
– Magtek magnesium rims just repainted
– New wheel bearings
– New Bridgestone tires w/ zero miles
– New Rothmans bodywork, stripes corrected and inside of panels painted flat black
– New fasteners
– New windscreen from U.K.
– New Renthal grips
– Vintage Japanese BEET rear sets
– Reupholstered rear seat
– New lithium battery
– New regulator/rectifier
– New fork seals
– New oil pump seal
– Zinc-plated hardware

I assure you- that list isn’t telling the whole story, but the pictures will complete the list for you. Have a look and tell me what you notice . . .


I see hundreds of hours of elbow grease and several hundred dollars in cleaning supplies. Have you ever laid your eyes on a cleaner 2 stroke? I’m not sure they’re this clean from the factory!


Hello there, Mr. Beet! I think I’m more excited about seeing those in the wild than I am about seeing a MC18 🙂

I know it’s not original, the wheels have been resprayed and it has those pesky aftermarket fairings, but it is 33 years old and comes from one of the harshest environments for motorcycles and yet, it looks amazingly clean, fresh and ready to make some noise.

If you’re in the market for a solid rider this might be where you can punch your ticket, but as always, I’d suggest you reach out to the seller and do your own due diligence to get a better feel for it.

Let me know your thoughts on this good looking MC18 and Smoke’em if ya got’em!

Cheers!

Doug

1989 Honda NSR250 MC18 For Sale!
Ducati March 27, 2022 posted by

1995 Ducati 900SS/SP #559 For Sale!

1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP #559 For Sale on eBay!

Make: Ducati
Model: 900 SS/SP
Badge: #559
Mileage: 30,311 or 31,100
Location: Costa Mesa, CA
Price: $7,250 BIN


The auction ad states 31,100 miles and even though I don’t have my glasses on, I think that reads 30,311 . . . ?

From the seller of many words
Full Desmo service

That maybe the best “For Sale” description to ever grace our page! With that said, we’re on our own for the details-

#559 looks to have been enjoyed over the past 27 years, but also appears to have been spared the typical run through the Ducati parts catalog. Other than a few prominently placed go fast stickers, mirrors, windscreen, a set of Helibar type risers and an Ohlins shock it appears to be stock and well cared for.

Much like the description, the pictures leave me thirsting for a little more. But, maybe the seller figures it’s a numbered and badged, red Ducati and you can take it or leave it. Perhaps it could also be a forced sale and really isn’t interested in moving it?

I can’t speak from experience, but all signs point to these being awesome machines to ride. Plenty of torque, narrow, and red. What more could you ask for from a 27 year old motorcycle? Oh! Let’s not forget it has a recent “Full Desmo Service” . . . whatever that means.

Interested?

You can make the jump here and ask all the questions you’d like.

Ciao!

Doug

1995 Ducati 900SS/SP #559 For Sale!
Suzuki March 21, 2022 posted by

Indoor Outdoor – 1997 Suzuki TL1000S

Though most RSBFS TL1000 love is lavished on the R-models, the TL1000S was the original customer for Suzuki’s big twin and has its own supersport vibe.  Today’s example looks very good for the miles and has just a few decent mods.

1997 Suzuki TL1000R for sale on eBay

More than one manufacturer tried to chase the success of Ducati’s 916, and Suzuki brought some innovative engineers to the task.  Their 996cc L-twin used a combination of gear and chain cam drive, resulting in 125 hp and a distinctive sound.  Air scoops presented fresh air to the throttle bodies, incorporating multi-point fuel injection.  The trellis frame looks familiar but is all aluminum.  Suspension was a match of USD forks and a rotary shock which helped keep the wheelbase under control, but had a tough time dealing with heat from the drivetrain.

This very SoCal TLS shows 17,530 miles, and has a bit of an outlaw look with carbon mufflers, no rear mudguard, and a seat fairing with built-in turn signals.  It has the typical replacement monoshock, and the Corbin looks a little tire but could have a new cover economically.  The paint might be a little too shiny but the decals look correct, and the red calipers and levers aren’t overdone.  A walkaround – video – says the tires are new, and there’re no cam belts to renew.  Just a note or two from the eBay auction –

Low miles, new tires, fresh paint, Needs nothing. Carbon pipes. Sounds amazing. Corbin seat. I will load more pics and a video if there is any interest. Lots of torque and is great in the turns. Very fun and unique bike. Extremely clean.

Suzuki soon returned to the winning GSX-R racing formula, leaving the TL-1000S and R with a short-ish model run.  The engine was a winner though, and lived on in the SV and V-Strom 1000’s, as well as Bimota’s SB8K.  Our last TLS went quickly and seemed like a bargain, hopefully the reserve will allow a successful bidder this time.

-donn

Indoor Outdoor – 1997 Suzuki TL1000S
Moto Guzzi March 18, 2022 posted by

Red Head: 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corsa

America may have talent, but it’s the Italians who have Style. Whether its the super sexy shape of a Bimota, the hypercycle approach of Ducati, the engine-first stance of a Benelli, the unconventional-but-standard look of a Laverda, or the iconic “stick your cylinders out like you just don’t care” of a Moto Guzzi, Italian bikes are somehow just so, well, Italian. And hence we point out this striking 2003 Guzzi Le Mans Rosso Corsa edition.

2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corsa for sale on eBay

While the nomenclature Rossa Corsa literally means Red Racer, the moniker may be a bit of a hyperbole when comparing the Le Mans to more modern WSBK-worthy machinery. To do so would highlight the massive heft (500 pounds – dry), and the lack of horsepower (91-ish). But stats and figures miss the point of the V11 entirely, as these big Guzzis are perfect for eating up curvy, swooping miles with ease. And while endurance racing is in the DNA, the street translation is longevity and reliability. The Le Mans might be as heavy as a chunk of granite, but is built just as solidly and likely to last as long.

From the seller:
This is a 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corsa. This is the high end Limited Addition Moto Guzzi Lemans with the Ohilns suspension. I just had the front Ohilns forks rebuilt with new seals and fluids. The bike has just had a complete going over. The valves were set, motor oil and rear oil changed, fuel injection system flushed, cleaned, and checked for correct 44 PSI pressure, new Odyssey battery, injectors synchronized and more. I purchased the bike used in 2006 from MPH Cycles in Houston. I am the second owner. This bike is part of a large collection of motorcycles that I own. It has always been garaged and has been well cared for. It has aftermarket non-adhesive tank protectors, custom made bar risers, stainless steel brake lines, luggage rack, Corbin Seat, aftermarket windshield, aftermarket carbon fiber exhaust, pegs lowered, Throttlemeister bar end cruise control and more. Overall the bike runs wonderfully and should provide many trouble free years of enjoyment. All turn signals and brake lights and horn work. It does have an air box modification. There is a K&N filter in the air box. It was cleaned and resealed as well.

More from the seller:
Overall the bike looks really good and any owner would be proud to show up on a bike day with it! The Rosso Corsa currently shows 13,795 miles. This motorcycle is very comfortable for long rides. I did a couple of 550 miles days on it. V11 Le Mans where designed and tested using Moto Guzzi’s exclusive wind tunnel. The bike cuts through the wind like a dart and has a smooth wind stream. No buffeting helmet or strong updrafts. It’s a real pleasure to ride. I did discover one issue with the bike when I test rode it. After it was serviced, I noticed the odometer quit working. The speedometer and tachometer work fine. The last time I rode the motorcycle was in 2015. I’m not sure what happened. The odometer was working when I parked it. So 13,796 are pretty much the original miles. I didn’t see or detect any other issues with the motorcycle and everything seems to be in good order and ready to go. I don’t ride my motorcycles in city traffic. I normally ride long distances to bike rallies and overnight camping. At this point I just don’t have the time to ride as much anymore. So I’m starting to sell some of the motorcycles

With over 13,000 miles under the oil pan, this Le Mans is not new. But the pictures show a cared for and lightly modified example of a fairly rare bike. This is a nice mix between exotic and rare, without being a unicorn with no parts availability. This is a bike you can ride and is relatively easy to own. The carbon cans are befitting anything Italian, and the ergonomic mods point to this model as being an excellent sport tourer. You can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

Red Head: 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corsa
Honda March 18, 2022 posted by

2001 Honda VTR1000F Super Hawk 996 For Sale!

2001 Honda VTR Super Hawk 996 For Sale on eBay!

Make: Honda
Model: Super Hawk 996
Mileage: 11,350
Location: Highwood, IL
Price: $7,950 BIN

Back in the day, when I had a great relationship with the local Honda dealer, I was afforded the opportunity to take one of these for the day and run it through the paces. I remember that day very well. The loaner was equipped with a set of Jardine’s which gave it a nice low rumble. The Super Hawk felt very narrow- almost smallish to the point of feeling like a NT650 Hawk.
Of course, having 996cc’s under you was a huge bonus compared to the NT650’s power.

When I returned it to the dealer, I was all smiles and the sales manager asked me what I thought about it. In typical Honda fashion- it did everything well, but nothing really jumped out at me other than it was fun to ride. It was narrow, felt light, had plenty of torque and the exhaust notes were intoxicating. Just like this one, the one I rode was covered in that super rare Honda red color 🙂

From the seller:

“2001 Honda VTR1000F Super Hawk 996 Sport Bike – There is NOT another Super Hawk in the entire country in this condition! EXTREMELY RARE FIND! 1000cc V-Twin BEAST – Original. In miraculous condition. Time to thin the herd – and I have two of these bikes. I’m selling this – keeping the other. The pictures don’t do this bike justice. COLLECTOR-GRADE. Carbs cleaned and jetted. Meticulously cared for and maintained throughout its life. Garage-kept and covered. PRIVATE SALE – one of a large, personal collection. RUNS LIKE A DREAM! The Super Hawks are very difficult to find – this one is unmatched and one of the finest true sport-touring bikes on the road. Reliable, quick and BEAUTIFUL. In 2001, Honda introduced – larger tank, upgraded front forks, black wheels, smaller indicators, new LCD dash and HISS. I’m located 12 miles North of O’Hare Intl. Airport. Fly in and ride home or have it shipped. Buy with confidence.”

Having been around the Rare Sport Bikes For Sale block a time or two, I always cringe a little when a seller says “There is NOT another (insert any motorcycle) in the entire country in this condition!” I assure you, someone, somewhere has one of these in the factory crate, squirreled away. Trust me Bro!

I’m not taking away from how nice this one is because it is a very nice example.

I don’t dare post it on here, but if you make the jump over to the auction site the seller has their number listed for easy Q&A.

Click here for more information.

Cheers!

Doug

2001 Honda VTR1000F Super Hawk 996 For Sale!
Ducati March 13, 2022 posted by

2002 Ducati 998S Ben Bostrom Replica For Sale!

2002 Ducati 998S Ben Bostrom 155 Edition For Sale!

Make: Ducati
Model: 998s Bostrom
Mileage: 1,487
Price: $17,777 current bid on BAT w/ 4 days remaining

As you may have guessed by now, #102 of 155 is for sale and looking pretty Evel.

The Bostrom 998s is pretty much the Ducati pinnacle for me. I’m not quite sure how it arrived at the top, but if I had to guess, I’d say it’s my love for all things Evel Kneivel and my fond memories of watching Ben letting his 998’s move around underneath him during heavy braking (see video).


This one looks to be in amazing condition and appears to be coming from a nice collection of all things gas powered. 102 does have some slight modifications, but all are period correct and shouldn’t distract from this one being worthy of any collection. A few of the BAT followers noted it has slip-on Termi’s, a carbon clutch cover and heel guards. Again, nothing crazy or too personalized.

The Bostrom 998s received upgraded Ohlins at both the front and rear and came equipped with some very tasty carbon fiber fairings. I’ve poured over all of the images and can’t find any blemishes to speak of.

I know I’m getting long in the tooth, but it’s hard to believe these are 20 years old :sadface: However, this one has been well taken care of and is looking for a new home.

Make the jump here and place your bid!

If you buy this and plan on riding it you may want to pick up a matching Suomi Bostrom replica. I’m guessing since Ben is with Shoei, Suomi can no longer call it a “Bostrom”

Ciao!

Doug

2002 Ducati 998S Ben Bostrom Replica For Sale!
Ducati March 10, 2022 posted by

Strada-rific: 1992 Ducati 851

Last Friday RSBFS posted a glorious Ducati 851 SP2. Today’s find – while only a plain-Jane 851 Strada (which actually displaces a true 851cc), is no less a fantastic machine, is offered at a MUCH lower price, and is itself a worthy object of our drool.

1992 Ducati 851 for sale on Cycle Trader

In 1992 the 851 Strada (or street bike) was the base model in Ducati’s Superbike lineup. That provided an entry point into the liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 4-valve Desmo performance category, but still allowed for two-up seating and – at least from a capacity perspective – room to grow. 1992 was a transitional year for the Superbike model, with both the 851 and 888 sharing the stage. Ducati had already homologated the 888 engine in the 851 SP2, and therefore the mid-tier and top tier Superbikes were branded with the mark of the triple-8. The final year for the 851, 1992 also represented perhaps the most refined example of the breed. Much was known about the model at this time, aftermarket parts were plentiful, and reliability was (for a high-strung Italian supermodel) superb.

From the seller:
Ducati 851, iconic bike recently serviced, in great condition part of my collection up for sale

Not a ton of detail on this one, but the pictures show a properly outfitted man cave and other Ducati Superbike siblings in the mix. There is some difference between the pics, whereby one shows a smoked windscreen and carbon front mudguard, while the others show a stock 851 with the proper stock pieces in place. The exhaust cans have been replaced, but no details on brand. Serious buyers might wish to enquire as to what state of bike will be delivered and if stock parts are still available. We typically see bikes of this nature on the likes of eBay or BaT – however this particular example is listed on Cycle Trader. You can check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Strada-rific: 1992 Ducati 851