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Yamaha July 16, 2021 posted by

Fringe Benefit – 2006 Yamaha MT-01

Yamaha ventured out to the edges of feasibility with the MT-01, and presented the 1,670 muscular cc’s in select ( non-U.S. ) showrooms from 2005 to 2012.  This MT-01 spent an afternoon or two at the accessory counter and looks show-ready despite almost 10,000 miles.

2006 Yamaha MT-01 for sale on eBay

The MT-01 engine is rather a stroker, and boasts 111 ft.-lbs. of torque at just 3,750 rpm.  The four overhead actuators each push two valves and are tickled by long pushrods, resulting in 90 hp at a leisurely 4,750 rpm.  Engineers might have been thinking direct drive or a torque convertor, but cooler heads and a 5-speed prevailed.  The chassis is die-cast aluminum and incorporates a sub-frame to make engine removal possible if not easy.  The forks and exhaust pipes are big enough, but the mufflers look to be artillery-sized.  Plenty for the mission, 3.2 gallons of fuel are arranged around the air intakes.  It’s a monochromatic presentation in silver, black and grey, with a vaguely late Monster headlight.

No history is related by the Las Vegas dealer, but this MT-01 is ready for a close-up, with most of the brushed aluminum details replaced by carbon fiber,  and the full titanium exhaust lending a splash of lavender to the picture.  Sato foot controls, ASV levers, and Rizoma hydraulics are a nice fit to the design.  A few comments from the eBay auction:

Heavily-Customized MT-01, the only one of its kind. All Rizoma billet components and imported Carbon Fiber throughout the motorcycle. Show condition. Akrapovic Titanium full exhaust custom made for the MT-01 in Europe. Pushrod V-Twin with Akra system produces 100bhp with over 120lb.ft of torque.

Lucky that even if manufacturers elect not to send a machine here, it’s still possible to import if you have time for the homework.  This makes the MT-01 that much rarer, and as the classifieds say, you won’t see yourself going the other way.  Yamaha’s own V-Max is there in the MT-01’s family history, a ways down from Willy G. and Arthur, and it’s got a traffic light in the design specs, if not a dragstrip Xmas tree.  Not the only bike in the next owner’s garage, but a wild specimen for sure.

-donn

Fringe Benefit – 2006 Yamaha MT-01
Suzuki July 15, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1997 Suzuki TL1000S

7.15.2021: This bike has SOLD in just 5 days! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Suzuki was after some of that V-twin thunderbike love in the 1990’s, and developed the TL1000S which showed some innovative design solutions.  RSBFS reader Michael’s TL1000S has had numerous performance upgrades, only 16,565 miles, and just one owner.

1997 Suzuki TL1000S for sale

Suzuki’s 996 cc twin had a breakthrough cam drive, a chain-driven gear which spun both cams, making the engine more compact and pushing 125 hp.  Multi-port fuel injection reduced driveability issues normally expected in a big high compression twin.  Quite a bit was done to lighten and reduce the mass of the drivetrain, like staggering the transmission shafts and incorporating a compression relief system to allow a smaller starter.  The clutch size was reduced with a system of torque-sensitive ramps to increase clutch action under power, which also provided a slipper action on deceleration, smoothing downshifts.  Suzuki spec’d a rotary shock to help keep the wheelbase under control, but the proximity to the exhaust caused overheating, stiction, and often replacement with a more conventional damper.  The TL had a great-looking supersport fairing, revealing an oil cooler, upside-down forks and a small pillion above the two-into-two exhaust.

Michael has made a close study of all things TL1000S, and upgraded his bike carefully.  Also carefully ridden, it shows 16.5K miles, and looks great in the dark green.  The high points are the intake, exhaust, Power Commander, Racetech prepared forks, Öhlins shock and steering damper, cast iron rotors, Heli-Bars, and new Metzlers – but read through the list and see that just about everything has been improved and/or lightened –

The 1997 models were the most powerful of the TL1000S series. Suzuki later retuned them as sport tourers when they release the TL 1000R. I’m the original owner. The bike is dark green with 16,565 miles. There is one minor scuff on the lower right side of the fender* and right side mirror, due to a tumble when stopped. {edit: I meant “fairing”. In fact, looking more closely today, I think that it’s only the decal which is scratched.} Given the quality of components used, the thoroughness of preparation, this bike is a standout among TL1000’s. The bike has never been tracked but was tastefully modified with the best components available in the day which I will summarize below.

 

Performance –
Indigo Motorsports 50mm stainless steel full, equal length 2-1-2 spring mounted exhaust manufactured by Leo Vince, with carbon fiber oval cans. Front aluminum flange replaced with a welded SS flange to eliminate system droop. System now tucks in close to the engine.
K&N air filter
Airbox vacuum operated flapper valve removed and inlet enlarged to full ID of air filter. Side inlets from front scoops also enlarged. Work done in carbon fiber. I have step by step photos of the modification process and a side by side comparison of the current air box with the original
Original ECU, 32920-02F40 112100-0120 USA (original) replaced under warranty with 32920-02F41 112100-0123 USA (new, per Suzuki)
Dynojet Power Commander
Techtronics Quick Shifter
Suzuki uprated high performance clutch. Kit included springs, friction plates and steel plates
Valves Adjusted around 15,500 miles

Suspension –
Racetech prepared front fork w/Gold valves, uprated springs and Racetech synthetic Fork oil. Inner and out fork bushings, seals and oil changed 500 miles ago
Ohlins Rear shock
Ohlins steering damper mounted to a TL1000S (W) upper triple clamp (purchased new, the “W” means 1998 model year)
Vee Two adjustable rear link w/ increased rear ride height

Brakes –
Braking cast iron full floating rotors F&R. Front rotor carriers are aluminum.
6 piston GSXR-750 front calipers and master cylinders
Goodridge -2 teflon/SS brake lines F&R
Ti rotor and caliper bolts
Ferodo Ceramic metallic brake pads F&R

Controls/Steering –
Heli-bars with SS pinch bolts
Ti triple clamp pinch bolts
Euro right side switch gear with on/off headlight switch

Gearing –
Hard anodized AL rear sprocket w/ original number of teeth
1 tooth fewer countershaft sprocket

Carbon Fiber –
Airtech rear hugger/chain guard in CF
Yoshimura CF front fender
Carbon fiber heel guards and license plate frame



Miscellaneous –
Zero Gravity Windscreen
Zinc plated steel allen bolts replaced with SS cap screws
Fairing mount front turn signals w/o stalks
Twin Fiamm horns
Gel Cell Battery
Factory Suzuki gel seat covered with fabric.
Original saddle as well
Tail cowling included
Lightly stressed bolts (e.g. plastic side covers, fender and hugger) side replaced with AL screws
Front and rear tires (Metzler) replaced about 500 miles ago

Spares Package –
Factory Service Manual (paper binder, not fiche or CD)
2 oil filters
Hand and foot brake levers, clutch lever
1 pr throttle cables
Fuel pump gasket and bolts
Exhaust system springs
Clutch cover Gasket 11484-02F10
Spare Ferodo Brake pads F&R
1 front turn signal
Windshield rubber mounting nuts

Michael asks $4,000 for his TL1000S. Bike is located in Northern California, in Santa Cruz county, about half an hour south of Silicon Valley.

Suzuki saw SBK potential in the TL-S and developed a fully-faired TL1000R for 1998.  They returned to the undeniable GSX-R for racebikes in 2002, but the great-sounding twin lived on in Bimota and Cagiva bikes, and still powers the V-Strom.  The TL1000S might be seen as a V-twin supersport for fans of the brand or budget concious, but at this point has its own forum and book of knowledge.  Michael has made his TL-S very ready for the next owner,  who will be rewarded by the low mileage, single ownership, and extensive upgrades.  Michael asks $4,000 for his TL1000S.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1997 Suzuki TL1000S
Honda July 8, 2021 posted by

Rare & Rarely Used: 2003 Honda RC51

We often like to claim milestone motorcycles were designed to “break all the rules” but in the case of the RC51, the bike was designed to the extent of the rules – quite literally. Known formally as the Honda RVT1000R, the RC51 was a significant departure from the earlier (and successful) RC30 and RC45 formats.

Whereas Honda homologation superbikes of the past were v-4 configurations, the RC51 genesis was a change in WSBK rules allowing twins a greater displacement. This had been exploited by Ducati to the tune of several world championships, so Honda figured if you couldn’t beat them you might as well join them. Enter the 90 degree V-twin displacing 999cc and pumping out a reported 133 HP. With an aluminum twin spar chassis that capitalized on the narrow format engine, nifty aerodynamic tricks such as the side mounted radiators, technologically advanced fuel injection and race ready components such as the close-ratio gearbox the RC51 was ready to hit the track.

It turns out the old adage was right – the bike won right out of the box with Colin Edwards in 2000, and again in 2002. Nicky Hayden won the AMA Superbike championship in 2002 as well, providing Honda with a trio of impressive trophies for their efforts. And while Honda pulled out of WSBK before the 2003 season, the RC51 continued to be offered as a street bike until 2006.

Today’s example has traveled but 795 miles in all its years. This is also a non-California bike, which means it is devoid of the complexities of additional emissions-related equipment festooned on Golden State models – yet it IS located in California. The pictures show a very clean, very original specimen. And with that pristine and awesome presentation comes a price tag: a Buy It Now of $19,500. That is big money. Fortunately the seller is open to offers. So check out all of the details here (including a lot more high res pictures), and Good Luck!!

MI

Rare & Rarely Used: 2003 Honda RC51
Aprilia July 4, 2021 posted by

Hidden Standout – 2007 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory

This black and gold Factory found one of the few riders who thought 139 hp wasn’t quite enough, and had it updated with a 1100cc engine kit and Akrapovich exhaust.  Under 4,000 miles have passed beneath the unused sliders and unmarked fairings.

2007 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory for sale on eBay

The RSV1000R was Aprilia’s 2004 re-design of the Mille, using the Rotax-derived 60-degree twin.  Four valves and double overhead cams driven by gears, all make for as bomb-proof a liter as can be.  Triangulation has been added to the frame spars for stiffening, and likewise the gull-arm monoshock.  320mm Brembo brakes now have radial mountings, and the bodywork has also gotten the angular treatment.  The wide seat fairing has a masterful treatment of the lights and signals, but no pillion.

The engine kit likely ran into some bucks, but otherwise this RSV looks like it came from the Factory, which includes Öhlins – including steering damper, and forged O-Z wheels.  Even the area above the rear mudguard ( underneath the seat ) is clean.  The tank is missing its usual tiger, maybe the reason is the decal bubbling mentioned in the eBay auction:

1100cc big bore kit and Akrapovic Evo 6 full exhaust professionally installed and tuned by Amauri. The bike looks like new and considering it has less than 4,000 original miles you can tell why. Only notable flaws would be the usual problem these bikes have with air pockets forming under the Aprilia emblem on the gas tank and other typical minor road wear. The bike has had the same owner for about the last 10 years.

RSV Milles and 1000R’s have been winning the bang-for-the-buck index recently, and have proved the design beyond doubt.  With the engine work, the ask for this example is more in line with a superbike from that other Italian outfit, but still a lot of ride for the money.

-donn

Hidden Standout – 2007 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory
Honda June 29, 2021 posted by

Southern Belle – 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo

Hot on the heels of this 1985 Honda VFR1000R (eBay shows that it sold for $7,652), the same seller has just listed a 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo in a similar, no reserve auction. And this is the way that we like to see bikes represented – decent pictures showing a neat, clean, indoor storage facility. The bikes are clean and presentable, and not still dripping wet from a quick hose-down like some other auctions. Given, the bikes themselves might not be of the uber-rarity set (I haven’t spied a NR750 or Supermono in the pictures yet, but I’m still looking) – but they are relatively rare and special machines worthy of collecting. Which brings us to the world’s first full factory turbo offering, the 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo.

1982 Honda CX500 Turbo for sale on eBay

Built around the basis of the CX platform, the CX500 Turbo was a sort of Moto Guzzi replica in that the engine configuration was a vee mounted across the bike, but the crankshaft rotation was inline with the wheels. The vee angle was 80 degrees, and the cylinder head intake and exhaust tracts were rotated slightly to allow for better legroom for the rider. If you’ve ever barked your shins on a BMW airhead intake or banged your knees on Guzzi carbs you know the value of this subtle piece of engineering. The Turbo used larger main bearings in the strengthened cases, and Honda bolted up an IHI turbo capable of 200,000 RPM and 19 PSI and topped the whole thing off with their first incarnation of programmable fuel injection. A stronger crank, clutch and connecting rods held the rest of the bottom end together, along with a pair of forged pistons. Suspension, electronics and bodywork were all bespoke Turbo fittings, making for a fast, powerful and unique offering.

From the seller:
1982 Honda CX500 Turbo SELLING @ NO RESERVE

This is an amazing all original and very rare bike that is coming out of a private collection that is perfect for anyones collection or for anyone to enjoy. The bike runs and drives just like it should and needs nothing to my knowledge. The bike has been very well maintained and shows great for an original bike, the only thing that I can see on the entire bike is that their is a small chip/nick on one side, and I have a picture of that to show you. The only thing to my knowledge that has been changed on the bike is a aftermarket windshield has been added which is a little larger then stock. Still a great bike for anyones collection or for anyone to enjoy that is just beautiful to look at in person. And remember this is SELLING @ NO RESERVE so high bidder takes it home.

Make no mistake, the Turbo is a big bike. Ready to ride this is a nearly 600 pound motorcycle, and not for the inseam challenged. Much of the weight is carried up high, thanks to the longitudinal nature of the vee configuration, the large radiator to cool of the turbocharged madness, and a 5.2 gallon fuel tank perched way up on top of everything. Far from a lithe sport bike, the Turbo revels in sport touring, where the strong midrange rush can be used at will. The 280mm front disks are decent, and the air-assist anti dive fork does a reasonable job of keeping everything in line. But those 600 pounds are hard to hide when the road gets narrow and twisty.

As referenced earlier, we have seen this seller before. There are a lot of bikes in the background shots for his auctions, so we know this is quite the collector. This bike appears to be mostly stock, with the noted exception of the windscreen. For a rider, that may not be a bad thing as the stock windscreen tends to create significant noise and buffeting at highway speed (different shapes of helmets can offer some help). Like the previous auction, this one has started low and there is no reserve. There are a good number of bids, and a much larger number of watchers which is the way these auctions should run. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Southern Belle – 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo
Moto Guzzi June 27, 2021 posted by

Oca Nera – 1995 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100

Moto Guzzi has always incorporated their classic ideas into new models, and the 1100 Sport is a great mix of engineering and style.  This one has new batteries and tires and looks ready for a long summer trip.

1995 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 for sale on eBay

Presenting a new machine at a certain price point is a series of compromises, in this case trading their V-twin four-valve engine for 100 more cc’s and pushrod actuated valves, giving the Sport 1100 90 hp and the usual plentiful ft.-lbs.  40mm Dell’Orto carburetors met emission regs with a catalyst, and the typical backbone chassis was enhanced with cast alloy side plates to mount the swingarm and footpegs.  The half-fairing has become a Guzzi classic and incorporated fresh air intakes.

This Wisconsin owner states he is the second rider, and it looks very good for its 23,000 miles, but with a little attention could be a star.  The NLA Staintune mufflers are a period upgrade and are well-suited to the carburetted engine.  And sound excellent in the owner’s – video –.  Durability has long been a Guzzi strong point and there’s no reason to thing this Sport wouldn’t want all the miles a new owner could throw at it.  From the eBay auction:

In overall stock condition and ready to be enjoyed.  It has the highly desired Staintune exhaust which sounds spectacular.  It has brand new proper sized Pirelli front and rear tires on it installed in May of 2021 that only have a couple hundred miles on them.  These bikes have two batteries mounted in the tail and BOTH batteries are new as of May 2021.  The oil was changed in spring of 2021 as well.  From the prior owner there is a receipt for some gear box seal work being performed.  This Guzzi runs great, shifts great, brakes great, and does not leak.  Hop on and enjoy the unique experience !

As stated, the cosmetics overall are very nice.  It is an extremely presentable and attractive machine.  It is the type of machine that draws quite a bit of attention and passion.  It is in nicer shape than would be expected for the age and mileage but it does have some typical minor nicks and light scratches here and there, but nothing that stands out or distracts from the motorcycle’s presentation.  The black finish is still the original Guzzi factory applied finish, is of impressive quality, is exceptionally smooth and glossy.  I have only lightly detailed it here and there.  With some more effort with polishing the finish and other areas on this bike would turn out even better.  Note:  In the photos/video it is shown without bar end weights.  I have since installed bar end weights.

I am essentially the second owner, and all owners have been adult motorcycling enthusiast owners.  The original owner had it until a couple years ago, until he passed away.  He resided in Wisconsin and put the majority of the miles on the Guzzi, and took excellent care of it.  One can tell it has been stored indoors, kept clean, and been well maintained.  A collector purchased the Guzzi from the original owner’s estate, owned it for  a couple of years, and I purchased it from the collector.  I have greatly enjoyed riding it and it offers up such a unique experience.  The 1100cc V-twin offers up such a sweet exhaust note and are known for being rock solid reliable.  This 1995 version is the carbureted model and as stated runs excellent, no tuning or adjustment needed.

In the Guzzi galaxy, the Sport 1100 is on the sportier side, with low clip-ons and seat’s backstop indicating great potential.  The realities of the big axial twin require smooth power additions in the corner, though it reviewed as a very stable handler.  With the Make Offer button, this might be a great addition to a Moto Guzzi collection, or a a perfect place to start.

-donn

 

Oca Nera – 1995 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100
Honda June 20, 2021 posted by

Unchecked – 2003 Honda RVT1000R / RC51 with only 795 Miles !

Hard to know whether parking a barely broken in RC51 would elicit cheers or jeers, but it’s looking downright visionary 17 years later.  Today’s RVT1000R is a one-owner, carefully tended, showroom stocker in amazing shape.

2003 Honda RVT1000R / RC51 for sale on eBay

As the second round of RC51’s, the SP-2 had revised suspension and fuel injection.  133 hp were on tap at 10,000 rpm, thanks to dual fuel injectors in each 62mm throttle body.  Up front, that triangular scoop sends fresh air through ports on either side of the headstock right to the airbox.  HRC had plenty of input on the alloy chassis and rear suspension, though the new model’s wheelbase grew a bit.  Fully adjustable dampers are aboard the 43mm forks and Pro-Link monoshock.  Side-facing rads have a lot of exhaust area and there is a cooling fan behind each one.   The myriad incremental changes on the SP2 made for another Colin Edwards WSBK championship.

Though years of storage might have more effect than 795 road miles, neither are apparent from the pictures of this RC51.  Not seeing any mods save a magnetic tank protector.  Too many good pictures to bring over but they are available with the seller’s comments in the eBay auction:

Original Arizona title, with only 795 original miles.  D208 OEM tires, service just completed, new lithium battery, NGK IFR9H11 spark plugs, fuel system service ( fuel injectors sent to RC Fuel Injection for cleaning and flow testing with receipt, new fuel filter, pressure regulator ) GN4 oil and OEM filter, both OEM keys, books, toolkit, solo cowl cover and spare passenger seat, gasket for rear passenger seat.  Fantastic condition, doubt there’s a better 700 mile bike on the planet, has been stored since 2004.

The SP2 is the curator’s pick for a long-term RC51 purchase, though there was a Nicky Hayden special edition which might be more collectible.  The ask for this example is not far from double the MSRP, a good comment on the sport bike market.  Hopefully this one isn’t quite done turning the gears, and can produce a few grins before going up on the pit stand for the long term.

-donn

 

 

 

Unchecked – 2003 Honda RVT1000R / RC51 with only 795 Miles !
Honda June 15, 2021 posted by

Half a World Away – 1991 Honda NSR250R

A continent or two removed from the usual superbike competition, very lightweight two-strokes lessen the role of the right wrist in any performance riding.  Here’s a Honda MC21 ready for registration and rejuvenation.

1991 Honda NSR250R / MC21 for sale on eBay

The NSR250 went through four developments, with the MC21 being third.  All used the 249cc twin, just about square bore and stroke, legislated at 45hp in the home market, but closer to 60 ponies when de-restricted.  Though carburetted, the PGM-III underseat ECU controlled reed valves and ignition advance based on throttle and gear selector position.  Semi-adjustable forks and Pro-Link monoshock presumed a youthful touch on the seat, but triple disks were ready to haul you down from top speed.  Especially in replica livery, the light but full fairing channeled the RS250R racebike.

As presented, this NSR250R shows some 8,233 miles, but begs for more pictures and information.  The bodywork may be a replacement, but the red seat console seems to be an MC18 livery.  On a 1991 model the assymetrical swingarm would normally be seen, but this one is straight-legged.   The SP sticker might be just that, but might be worth pursuing.  Looks like a thorough going over will be required before and after bidding.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Early 90’s – complete bike – speedo shows 13.3k – imported from England a couple of years ago – went into my collection and been sitting ever since – I never rode it – bike is in good shape for age – but not perfect – no title – comes with import papers and bill of sale – if you know what your looking at – this is a rare bike that is getting harder to find.

Honda was in competition with the RGV250, TZR250, and KR1 for the home and limited export market, and the lead swapped around regularly.  Prices on restored or collector models justify interest in a semi-project like this, but it’s a slippery slope.  Add the importation/registration question to the list, though the racetrack is really the place for an NSR250R these days.  Unlike the road, nobody out there is on the phone.

-donn

 

Half a World Away – 1991 Honda NSR250R