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Aprilia July 30, 2019 posted by

Mil(le) Spec – 2008 Aprilia Tuono 1000R

Aprilia boarded the naked train in 2002 and shortly switched tracks to a more streetfighter-ish vibe.  This 2008 model is super-clean and has some nice accessories.

2008 Aprilia Tuono 1000R for sale on eBay

Based on the Mille superbike, the Tuono ( thunder, to you ) used the investment-grade Rotax 999cc twin, somehow making 139 hp along with a good reputation for reliability.  It’s dry-sumped and the ignition timing is controlled by the fuel injection computer.  Formed aluminum spars are welded to cast frame connectors, and the classic banana swingarm allows for an exhaust collector upstream of the big twin mufflers.  Showa forks and Sachs monoshock aren’t quite the superbike parts, but are preload and rebound adjustable.  4-pot Brembo brakes are superbike-sized at 320mm.  No Mickey Mouse ears on the bikini fairing but there is a little praying mantis thing going on.

Some of us would ride right through Fresno’s winter weather, but it’s a good sign that this owner babied his Tuono.  Apparently mods and rides were more carefully chosen than the pictures.  From the eBay auction:

Excellent Condition, Glossy/Beautifully Preserved Fluo Red/White Paint, 100% Garage-Kept (It Shows!)
All Scheduled Maintenance, Rides Fantastically, Clean Title, No Accidents, Low, Low 11k Mileage.
Responsible Adult-owned (I purchased directly from original private owner in 2011 with 5,500 miles). Never Raced/Tracked or Adulterated. Both the 1st owner and I exclusively used MOTUL 100% Full Synthetic Motor Oil/Lubricants for: Engine, Hydraulic Clutch System, Brake Fluids, Shocks & Forks, & Motul Motocool Expert Coolants/Antifreezes. (Google Motul: Top-line, Premium Quality products–Official supplier/partner/sponsor of MotoGP & many Motorsport World Championships)
All Maintenance/Services performed by trusted, seasoned Mechanic/Builder/Restorer/Fabricator at Vintage Works Motorcycle.
My beloved Tuono has always been properly winterized and covered/stowed during winter seasons; oil changes every 6 months regardless of miles ridden.
– Leo Vince SBK Race-Tech Performance 2:2 Dual Slip-On Exhausts
– Dynojet Tuned via Power Commander III (Fuel Injection Tuning Module) – Map 923-002 (DB-Killer installed)
– ECU Tune+ Dynojet O2 Controller
– CRG Arrow Bar End Mirrors+Recesses
– Carbon Fiber Clutch Cover
– OEM Aprilia Sliders/Crash Protectors
– STOMPGRIP Volcano Tank Grips
This Tuono has been re-listed a couple of times and is approaching downright bargain territory.  The front tire looks to be in better shape than the rear, but that’s an occupational hazard for the liter-size streetfighter.  Aprilia’s big naked is almost a middleweight at 399 lbs. dry, and this one appears to have had adult ownership and care for the long view.
-donn

Mil(le) Spec – 2008 Aprilia Tuono 1000R
Yamaha July 25, 2019 posted by

Purity of Purpose: 1998 Yamaha TZ250 for Sale

Laypeople often love cars and motorcycles with gratuitous stylistic frippery: air vents leading to nowhere, extraneous “engine beautification” panels to cover up the oily bits and wiring, unnecessary surface details to break up large panels. They don’t really understand the function of all those parts, or aerodynamic styling, so if it looks right, it is right. Purists also appreciate design, but often feel that good looks are a direct result of function, that that beauty is the natural result of effective engineering. Failing that, at least functional design has an aesthetic appeal all its own. Simplicity and lightness are especially important for racers, and sometimes the shapes that result look odd until you understand why they developed the way they did. In other cases, a pursuit of purity of purpose results in shape that just looks so right, like this Yamaha TZ250.

The TZ250 wasn’t simply a TZR250 with race plastics and the lights removed. It was  a pure racing machine, something privateers could buy directly from Yamaha and use to compete in Grand Prix racing. Everything on the bike is designed to help the bike make power, cheat the wind, or simplify servicing. Every component is as light as possible, and these featherweight machines are the model of elegant simplicity. Early versions were powered by a parallel-twin engine, but Yamaha switched to a v-twin in 1991, a liquid-cooled unit was basically one-half of the YZR500’s V4 and included a counterbalancer that made the engine much smoother, backed by a cassette gearbox for fast gearing changes trackside to maximize the bike’s narrow powerband.

The package was updated significantly in 1992, with subsequent changes amounting to a gradual evolution, refining and tweaking the package. The engine was updated in 1997 to allow the bike to run on unleaded fuel, as required by FIM regulations, while the 1998 version seen here introduced a sealed airbox with ram-air and oval-slide carburetors, along with revised bodywork that included the famous tapered tail.

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Yamaha TZ250 for Sale

I have a very, very nice 1998 Yamaha TZ250 4TW available. I purchased this bike in 2015 from a Southern California racer. It had been raced recently. I have done absolutely nothing to the bike, so it is still in as-raced condition. Overall its in excellent shape. The tank is flawless save for a very small dimple (about 1/8″ across). The bodywork is very good, but has a few imperfections here and there such as chips and scuffs. Normal racetrack wear. It has been stored in a heated storage facility with very low humidity here in Montana.

It has 190 miles on the top end and MCE racing crank. 2003 bodywork and airbox conversion. Includes PitBull rear stand, but no spares.

You can send your shipper here to my home in Red Lodge, Montana or I can deliver to one of several freight forwarders in Billings, Montana for attachment to a pallet.

The $14,500 Buy It Now the seller is asking for this TZ250 is a pretty good price, from what I’ve seen. It unfortunately doesn’t include any spares, which presents a headache if you’d like to use it regularly for race or trackday riding. You’ll obviously want to go through it thoroughly before using it, as it has been sitting for a couple years, but these are designed to be easily torn down and rebuilt, with crankshaft removal possible with the engine still in the frame and gearing changes to the cassette box taking only a half hour or so. Many TZs are being actively raced in AHRMA and other series, so I believe obtaining parts to keep them running isn’t prohibitively expensive, but these are a dying breed and represent the end of an era.

-tad

Featured Listing July 19, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 SP2

The 1991 Suzuki RGV250 SP2 was the baddest two stroke sportbike Hamamatsu was kicking out in the early ‘90s, with a dry clutch, wide-ratio box and fully adjustable suspension adding even more agility and precision to the little bike’s already lithe and precise nature. With 60-ish horsepower when uncorked and a shade over 300 pounds to push around, the updates meant the reedy little RGV could seriously hustle. As in, give supersports problems in the twisties hustle.

1991 Suzuki RGV250 SP2 for sale on eBay

Thanks to those crude, dirty little powerplants that make horsepower like the Middle East makes the oil to run them, the bikes didn’t need to be massively complicated to produce prodigious speed. With conveniences like oil injection, the bikes weren’t even that cumbersome to refuel, as long as you checked the oil level at gas stops, you were good to go.

This 1991 Suzuki RGV250 SP2 has been legally imported to the US and treated to a cosmetic restoration and some tasty Tyga go-fast pieces. The bike shows its age on many of the aluminum pieces and the dash, but the wheels and bodywork have been repainted and look excellent.

From the eBay listing:

This may be one of the best looking bikes Suzuki ever made, and this is one of the very rare SP2 versions!!

I bought this bike in Japan about 3 years ago. It was legally imported into the U.S. and it has a clean and clear Arizona street title and plate. In most cases with 11 digit VIN bikes you will not be able to register this in California.

This is a very rare Sport Production II version of the VJ22, the SP2 came with a dry clutch, the wide ratio transmission, fully adjustable suspension front and rear and aluminum lower triple clamp and rotor carriers.

This is a lower mile original bike. I STILL HAVE THE ORIGINAL EXHAUST AND REARSETS if you want to put the bike all the way back to stock!

Very low original miles at around 10k, not raced or abused. This bike had some light scratches and sun fading on the bodywork so I went about the painstaking task of getting all the OEM bodywork repainted in original colors! I have also just powder coated the wheels back to an original gloss white.

The bodywork is all original and the paint is perfect with zero miles since it was restored. The bike has brand new Michelin Street Radials, new valve stems, full service front to back including all new fluids, plugs, coolant, new air filter,brand new Tyga Full Exhaust system, new Tyga rearsets and brand new chain and sprockets!!

Bike starts on 1 to 2 kicks when cold and 1 kick when warm. All electrics work and it has a good battery installed. All wiring is intact and original. Oil injection in place. The bike comes with a complete new carb rebuild and full jetting kit, carbs are currently stock and fine, but this kit will allow you to jet the bike for your location/conditions.

There is some light corrosion that I have not attempted to clean up on various parts of the bike as seen, so it will clean up even better than it looks now. ! Some fading on the passenger seat, and to a lesser degree the rider seat as well, bit no tears.

Have not seen an early RGV VJ22 SP with the banana swingarm this clean in a very long time, and few of these survive in Japan…those that do are not cheap…or not for sale. Don’t sleep on this one….really one of the nicer 250 two strokes from my collection.

PLEASE CHECK OUT MY OTHER LISTINGS FOR MORE BIKES!!!

The auction is live for almost another two weeks, but with a Buy-It-Now option, we doubt an RGV this nice will hang around too long.

Featured Listing: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 SP2
Ducati July 18, 2019 posted by

Featured listing: 2000 Ducati 996

Dennis has 3 very low mileage bikes listed right now:

Thank you for supporting the site, Dennis, and good luck to buyers! -dc

The Ducati 996 is revered for its place in Ducati history as the final, fastest evolution of Massimo Tamburini’s masterpiece 916. Debuting in 1999, the 996 carried over the cylinders from the last 916 SPS, with a new crankshaft and bigger valves than the old 916. The result, in regular trim, was about 115 horsepower in a modified 916 chassis. The gunslit headlights, single-sided swingarm and high-tailed stance carried over, letting everyone know that this was a very special Ducati.

The suspension was fully-adjustable Showa stuff front and rear on the standard bike, which is what you see here. It got stronger brakes and lighter wheels than its predecessor, and for 2000 got a set of five-spoke Marchesini wheels.

This 996 has led the life any buyer would want to see: it was purchased new by a man in his 60s, ridden 280 miles and put away in a climate-controlled facility. Over its life it has had new batteries and been cared for, but is still on its scant original mileage. If you want to ride it — who wouldn’t — it’s certainly going to need a new set of tires to be safe.

Otherwise, the condition is as you would expect: flawless.

From the seller:

2000 Ducati 996 (PHX)
VIN: ZDM1SB5T4YB007857
Price: $9,000
Contact: dennisk11@me.com (Dennis)

I purchased this motorcycle in San Jose, CA, new in 2000 and rode it 280 miles and then parked it. I’m turning 80 years old in the next month and the time has come to find it a new, younger owner, hopefully someone that is a collector of motorcycles and that would appreciate the fact that it is 99.9% original (new batteries only and still on original tires), has been ridden 280 miles and has been in a climate-controlled environment from the very first day that it was bought and has had the best of care.

The bike is now located in Chandler, Arizona. The ask for this nicest-of-its-kind 996 is $9,000. Contact: dennisk11@me.com

Featured listing: 2000 Ducati 996
Featured Listing July 17, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 1992 Honda NSR250R SE / MC21 Super Nice !

At this point in the lives of small grey market two-strokes, buyers must often choose between clapped out originals or restorations with a lot of reproduction parts.  Long time friend of RSBFS  Moto2 Imports has recently found an all-original NSR250R in excellent shape with all the MC21 goodness.

1992 Honda NSR250R SE for sale on eBay

Honda built the NSR250R from 1987-96 and the 4th generation MC21 had the longest run from 1990-93.  Though horsepower was legislated at 45, carburetion and ignition control were improved along the way and the MC21 uses the card-based PGM-III system.  All the NSR250’s had a similar look with a single trapezoidal headlight, but underneath the bodywork the frames borrowed developments from Moto3, with the MC21 sporting air-adjustable forks and an assymetrical Pro-Link swingarm which allowed the right exhaust to pass underneath.  The Super Edition featured a dry clutch and close-ratio gearset.

Moto2 has built a following by searching out better examples, then tuning and making them ready rather than restoring.  This NSR250R must’ve had a careful adult rider, its 12,811 miles show no damage or significant wear.  Moto2 has this to say about the bike in their eBay auction:

Tired of seeing nothing but junky imports dressed up in cheap aftermarket fairings? This NSR is the real deal, the way the Honda engineers designed it to come off the factory line. Simply put, there are not many bikes of this condition and quality left on the planet.

1992 Super Edition model features upgraded fully-adjustable suspension, dry clutch & close-ratio gearbox

Original Honda bodywork & tank in 9+/10 condition – see all 24 HD pics. Video available upon request.

12,811 miles (20,627km); super clean chassis and peripheral components

Inspected and test ridden – starts/runs/shifts/stops as expected of a bike in this condition

Legally imported with EPA/DOT clearance for US street use.
We have imported dozens of NSRs from Japan over the years, but this ’92 SE is the nicest overall we’ve had come through our doors. The OEM bodywork and tank are in near mint condition, and the chassis is equally clean. Switchgear, rear sets, calipers and hardware look factory fresh, while the exhaust pipes are perfect. Bike has been inspected / test ridden and needs nothing. It starts easily, pulls hard, and shift/stops like it should. If you’ve been dreaming of a two-stroke street bike, but were waiting for the right one, wait no more. Pics posted here, video available on request, and we are happy to answer any questions about this amazing machine.

You can also check out Moto2’s website – here -.

Though the NSR250R is equipped for a pillion, it’s just not the steed for two-up or a long day.  But if the twisty bits are nearby, the instantaneous power and sub-300 lbs. weight are just the thing for maximum fun.  Never imported to the U.S., it’ll be an event to see another one.  Along with Moto2’s major service, the legendary Honda build combined with the fanatical care this example appears to have had, should make for a very happy new owner.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1992 Honda NSR250R SE / MC21 Super Nice !
Sport Bikes For Sale July 17, 2019 posted by

Please be real: 1990 Ducati 851 SP2

You’d think at a $55,000 ask, it wouldn’t be beyond the pale to ask for more than two photos of a motorcycle, but what do we know? And, be that as it may, most motorcycles are not the 1990 Ducati 851 SP2, a rare-as-rocking-horse-poo repli-racer from Ducati’s renaissance as a superbike racing brand.

1990 Ducati 851 SP2 for sale on eBay

As the name implies, this was the second evolution of the 851 Sport Production, and came with bigger valves, a 45mm Termignoni exhaust and fully-adjustable Ohlins suspension on both ends. The four-valve liquid-cooled v-twin in the standard 851 was exotic enough for most, but the SP2 mill was truly special, pushing out nigh on 120 horsepower from two cylinders at a time when that was an impressive figure from four pots.

Unfortunately, the pictures don’t do much justice to this machine, though it appears to be in very clean condition with a set of modern Michelin tires. The shot of the triple clamp matches the description’s claim that this is bike number 250.

From the eBay listing:

Used Ducati 851/888 SP 2

Number 250 from the limeted 1000

1 owner not damage or crash good condition.

shipping we inform when real intrest from Ducatisti and real price.(make offer)

Ohlins Fork and damper new Fork Pipe original Ohlins.

116 Hp 22000 Km German approval.

verhicle ID ZDM888S000250

Info and location south germany

The asking price is a little eye-watering, but you’ll be hard pressed to find another 1990 Ducati 851 SP2, and there is no doubting the heritage and provenance the bike carries.

Please be real: 1990 Ducati 851 SP2
Featured Listing June 29, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1991 Suzuki RGV 250M in Canada

There are so many iterations of the Suzuki RGV 250 Gamma running around that you either need to be a savant to keep them all straight, or refresh yourself every time one comes up. There are VJ21s, VJ22s, VJ23s and a bunch of SP variants in between. Some are corked, some are uncorked, which means, depending on the variant, you get anywhere from 40-odd to nearly 70 horsepower. 

What you have here is a 1991 Suzuki RGV250 M, a UK-market screamer that was delivered without any restrictive bits and a full stable of about 65 horsepower in a bike that weighed the best part of nothing. We’re talking Suzuki DRZ400 territory for a focused street/track bike with more than 30 horsepower on the 400 and a set of sticky tires and cutting edge suspension. 

Unfortunately for the United States, there was no need for mass-market, fast 250s, as tiered licensing has never been a thing here, and insurance on a 600 is pretty cheap. So, newly licensed riders could hop on a CBR600 and never have to worry about fouled plugs or fuel mixture. The shame, of course, is that advanced riders who didn’t want the thrust of a supersport or literbike never got their hands on 250 two strokes, which have a habit of showing up higher-horsepower mounts.

This RGV250 has been ridden extremely sparingly since being moved to Canada 15 years ago, and shows little wear and tear. It looks like it could use tires, but comes with a raft of spares, including complete bodywork and a replacement fuel tank. 

From the seller: 

Original 1991 RGV 250 M 

Not a grey import 

Original UK spec model with 65hp, sourced in the UK and imported by myself

Road Legal in Canada, with proper registration

Comes with the following spares, Complete of extra bodywork, extra fuel tank, factory service manual, factory owners manual, top end gasket kit

Full decal kit to make extra body work into Lucky strike replica.

Originally had 5300 miles on it and changed the clocks for kilometer ones to make legal in Canada.

I have owned this bike for the last 15 years or so and only done about 300km on it.

New battery

Runs great 

Truly a collector’s item.

This bike is in ORIGINAL condition and has been in storage since it was last ridden in 2012

Price: $10,000 USD
Contact seller Stuart at csi347007@gmail.com

As you can see from the video, there are no flies on this little beast. For more information, contact seller Stuart at csi347007@gmail.com.

Featured Listing: 1991 Suzuki RGV 250M in Canada
Featured Listing June 26, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: Tastefully modified 2001 Suzuki TL-1000S

The Suzuki TL-1000S was a monster of a sport naked that came out a little bit before the thirst for such things got really desperate, and then promptly got swamped in the publicity surrounding the TL-1000R superbike, which was supposed to beat Ducati at its own game. 

Unfortunately for Suzuki, the TLR whiffed as a racebike, but its market share still eclipsed the TLS, and some handling bugaboos for both bikes eventually spelled the TL nameplate’s end. 

But for those who caught on, the 2001 Suzuki TL-1000S is still an amazingly competent canyon stalker, a sort of bug-eyed Japanese Tuono. With a sporty riding position, big brakes, USD front suspension and nigh-on 120 horsepower on tap, they’re fully equipped to scare you witless. 

And this one has been tweaked and tuned heavily but tastefully, making it pretty close to the ultimate street TL. The list of mods is long, and we’ll let the seller give you the full rundown, but here are the highlights: Ohlins suspension front and rear, Brembo monoblocs, gold Carrozzeria forged wheels and a Yoshimura exhaust. 

The Ohlins set up not only brings a big splash of bling, it also takes care of Suzuki’s weird rotary damper rear suspension set up, which some riders reported could overheat and become scary. 

From the seller: 

2001 Suzuki TL1000S with clear Colorado Title: ~9000 miles
– OEM tank & fairings with minor nicks & scratches for its age
– Ohlins shock
– Ohlins R&T Fork (with Lindeman Engineering tune)
– Ohlins steering damper
– ride height adjuster for rear
– Taller tinted windscreen (by Puig)
– Carozzerria forged alloy wheels (3.5″ front/6 inch rear)
– Braking wave front rotors/lightened rear rotor + stainless lines
– Brembo monoblock calipers in front (from GSXR 1000)
– Brembo 19mm front brake master cylinder
– Brembo race rear caliper + Ladybird armless mount
– Yoshimura full stainless exhaust system (professionally restored/polished from Europe)
– Corbin front saddle
– 3″ riser handlebars
– emissions equipment removed
– Lightweight Lithium battery with charging pigtail
– Smart TRE + Yosh box programmed ECU
– Samco radiator hoses
– Pro-Tek rearsets + Vanzuki alloy rear brake reservoir
– Titanium nuts & bolts (swingarm, rear axle, front/rear brake rotors…)

If that list doesn’t make you jump at the chance to get your hands on this beast, ice runs in your veins. The bike is located in Colorado and the seller is asking $6,000. Shipping arrangements and costs are on the buyer. You can contact the seller at pekingduc1@gmail.com

Featured Listing: Tastefully modified 2001 Suzuki TL-1000S