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Featured Listing July 4, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: Never-started 1987 Yamaha FZR750R

This 1987 Yamaha FZR750R is the result of a Herculean act of self-control, as it has remained entirely unmolested, unstarted and unridden for its entire 32-year life. For a bike with a sweet-handling Deltabox frame, state-of-the-art for the time handling and a smooth, reliable and hugely capable 750cc 20-valve Genesis inline four, we’re not sure how that’s possible. The odometer shows just 1.2 miles, which is low enough that they could have been accumulated over 32 years of moving the thing around.

The 1987 Yamaha FZR750R is the middle kid, lighter than the all-conquering FZR1000, but slightly slower, but a slightly stouter mount for those who thought the 600 was a tad anemic. True to the rest of the line, the middleweight FZR was blessed with fluid and predictable handling to complement the superb engine. Early brakes apparently left something to be desired, though on a bike this pristine, we doubt that is a concern. Still, with 106 horses at the ready, this thing would be incredibly tempting to give a once-over and hit the road.

To add to the mystique, this bike is one of just 200 of its kind sent to the U.S. in 1987 to homologate the brand for the AMA Superbike series. Suffice it to say, with the scant mileage and low production, the chances of running across another any time in the near future are not good.

From the seller:

This is a Yamaha FZR750, one of only 200 made in 1987. Has never been ridden and kept in climate controlled storage for the last 30 years and is a beautiful collector piece. Everything is exactly the way it came from Japan. This bike is being sold as is as it has never been started. I have all paperwork, located in northern Indiana and can answer any questions.

Contact: Mark, 574-226-8333
Price: $18,000

In part because it has never so much as fired up, the bike is being sold as-is. It is located in Northern Indiana at an $18,000 asking price.

Featured Listing: Never-started 1987 Yamaha FZR750R
Featured Listing July 1, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1987 Yamaha FZR1000

7.1.2019: Price reduced to $3,500 USD. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

For as plentiful as bikes like this 1987 Yamaha FZR1000 were in their day, it’s becoming increasingly rare to see them pop up on the local Craigslist, as time and the squiddly behavior they enable take their toll. But nice ones are still out there, and more often than not you’ll see them for sale here.

When the 1987 Yamaha FZR1000 dropped, it was one of a few bikes with mind-bending numbers that signalled the dawn of the superbike age. Honda had their VFRs, Suzuki their GSXRs and Yamaha had the FZR1000, which carried the most modern looks and eye-watering power numbers. By today’s standards, where the price of a nicely-equipped Civic will get you a 210-horsepower Aprilia RSV4, the FZR’s 135 horsepower doesn’t seem that crazy. But back in ’87, it might as well have been a Saturn IV rocket.

That grunt let the big FZR hit 60 in less than three seconds and run to a 160 mph top speed, which is fast by any standard, and far and away enough for any mortal.

This 1987 Yamaha FZR1000 is in beautiful condition, especially considering its age and the 46,000 miles on the odometer. There are age-associated blemishes here and there and a couple stress cracks, but it is otherwise flawless. The only deviations from stock are an aftermarket windscreen and a manual switch for the cooling fan.

From the seller:

Bike is extremely rare and in immaculate condition.

* Brand new tires and brakes front and rear, battery and fork seals all have less that 25 miles
* All fluids just changed
* Near perfect paint and bodywork – only a small stress crack around one of the fairing fasteners and a couple very small fairing scratches
* Unmolested, spotlessly clean and completely stock except for aftermarket windscreen and a hard-wired switch to operate cooling fan manually
* Solo seat is present
* 75,000 kms (46000 miles)
* Starts, runs and shifts perfectly and everything works as it should with the exception of the high/low beam switch which is a bit temperamental at times on low beam, but I always ride with high beam so it’s not an issue for me and should be an easy fix
* Bike is located in Vancouver, BC and is open to reasonable offers, as I’m not in a rush or need to sell it
* Buyer will be responsible for shipping, but will provide buyer assistance

Price $3,500 USD. Contact Ken by email: kennethemsley@gmail.com

For a rider or a collector, there is little to dislike about this one. With Yamaha’s reputation for durability, even the relatively high mileage should not be a concern. To chat with the seller, reach out to kennethemsley@gmail.com.

Featured Listing: 1987 Yamaha FZR1000
Kawasaki June 27, 2019 posted by

Racier Ninja: 1993 Kawasaki ZXR750R M

Known as the ZX-7 in the United States and the ZXR750R in other markets, Kawasaki’s answer to the 1990s class of 750cc superbikes came in a wide variety of specs over its 14-year production cycle, but the early race special bikes are the ones that truly capture imaginations. In 1993, Kawasaki churned out a few hundred nearly race-ready ZXR-750Rs marked with an ‘M’ model designation. Standard bikes were noted with an ‘L.’ What was not a big divide in nameplate signaled a huge difference in spec and performance.

1993 Kawasaki ZXR750R M for sale on eBay

The M bikes rolled out of the factory with a rack of four 39mm flatslide carburetors, a slipper clutch, a close-ratio gearbox, fully adjustable suspension, no pillion post and an aluminum gas tank. Weight savings were something like 20 pounds over the standard street bikes and horsepower was up considerably, to 121 at the crank. While the run-of-the-mill models were sweet street machines with a hard edge when you wanted it, the M bikes made no concessions to comfort or ease of use.

This 1993 Kawasaki ZXR750R M is in fantastic, well-maintained, one-owner condition. The clean and nearly mark-free bodywork belies the bike’s 23,000 miles and all mechanical parts appear to be basically free of dirt and debris. The tires and brakes are new according to the seller, and the oil is said to look very good.

From the eBay listing:

This bike is one of few remaining kawasaki racing production model motorcycles. The rules for ama superbike racing during these years specified all manufacturers had to offer a production version of the bikes they intended to race. I think “homologation” was the term used to describe this process.
This motorcycle is the “m” version, not the normal “l” version which was the standard street bike offering. The “m” models had fully adjustable front and rear suspension components, 39mm flat slide carburetors, a close ratio transmission, a slipper clutch, an aluminum fuel tank, and no provisions for a passenger.

This bike needs nothing and speaks for itself all the way from front to back and has brand new tires and breaks and oil is clear as the day shines. Been serviced and owned by journeyman motorcycle mechanic since bought brand new in British Columbia Canada. The bike is just a piece of 1990s art for the sport bike worlds highest times and these bikes are rocketing in price as we all know and this is just the beginning. These bikes that are in this condition are getting sold for huge dollars and continue to rise and before you know it they will be doubled and tripled in price for everyone is importing them for profit and investment due too crashing market possibilities these will never loose there value for they are our generations dreams from the past that will never be forgotten. The rush and the feeling of rolling hard at 240 kph or 150 mph in the 90s can become and a reality and at the same time a serious Blue chip investment you can enjoy. I have 2 of them and a few other Japanese sport bikes I will be selling from my personal collection to make room and raise some funds to open my motorcycle shipping company I August. no chips in paint not damage no accidents just a beauty. Call me anytime for questions on the bike 4035508273 please refrain from asking my buy it now price just call we can discuss.
The warranty ran out in 1994 so the bike is being sold as is.

Bike is located in Red Deer Alberta Canada and is very easy to get across the border and tax international can deliver to your door or fly in to Calgary Alberta airport and ride home. Phone and talk to me before you bid to buy because there is no question asking and bargaining after auction ends. Please treat my auction properly and don’t bid because your board and ask your wife first and don’t bid by accident as I have seen ion the past.

Cheers Kyle Devereaux

Racier Ninja: 1993 Kawasaki ZXR750R M
Featured Listing June 24, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: Tastefully Modified 2004 Honda RC51 Nicky Hayden Edition

The Honda RC51 had a short lifespan as a factory-supported superbike contender, but it made its years count, taking home World Superbike titles in 2000 and 2002. The latter was a special year for the big twin Honda, as Nicky Hayden also captured the AMA Superbike championship aboard one. Honda celebrated the feat in 2004 by building a run of RC51s that wore the Hayden red white and silver livery, as well as faux number plates and the Kentucky Kid’s signature Woody Woodpecker decals.

2004 Honda RC51 for sale on eBay

The seller of this gorgeous 2004 Honda RC51 has taken the modifications beyond the sticker kit, adding a list of functional updates as long as your arm. The most obvious are the magnificent Core Moto wheels. A Scott’s steering damper is paired with K-Tech cartridge-equipped forks and an Ohlins rear shock to keep the chassis in top form. With less than 7,000 miles on the clock, you’ll be hard pressed to find a nick or scratch on this machine.

From the eBay listing:

Nicky Hayden collection with authentic signatures on his book and team shirt (signatures are authentic from my personal collection), includes moto gp Tissot watch, limited edition from when he won the championship. Watch needs new battery, watch has some use but in excellent shape. Tons of accessories, bike is 9.9/10 condition, like new.
Buyer responsible for shipping or pick up, I can assist if needed for additional fees.
100% FEEDBACK, WITH 650 TRANSACTIONS, bid with confidence.
2004 Honda RC51
Accessories:
Sato bonsai carbon exhaust
Sato rear sets
Ohlins rear shock
K tech front cartridges in forks
PCIII USB
Rear wave galfer rotor
Scott steering damper
Core Moto wheels
Tokico calipers painted and Re badged
New q3 tires
520 chain conversion
Tinted wind screen
Carbon fiber radiator fins
Carbon fiber front fender
Front radial mount calipers
Stainless brake lines
Adjustable kick stand
Led head lights
Bike is 9.9 out of 10 condition
2 owners only
15,000 obo call mike 954-809-8596

In case you’re somehow unconvinced by the bike itself, the seller is throwing in a Tissot watch that was made to celebrate Hayden’s 2006 MotoGP championship, and a commemorative book and team shirt, both of which bear his signature. At $15k or best offer, this RC51 is the absolute top of the heap.

Featured Listing: Tastefully Modified 2004 Honda RC51 Nicky Hayden Edition
Honda June 12, 2019 posted by

Rumble and Whine: 1990 Honda RC30

Trying to come up with something new and interesting to type about Honda’s [insert superlative] RC30 is like trying to tell a budding car nut something they don’t know about a Ferrari F40. The specs are available with a single Google query. The original and retrospective road tests drip with corn syrup-sweet praise for the torquey-but-temperamental V4, the obviously hand-made body panels, the wet weight that was 10 percent down on its rivals, the quick-but-forgiving handling and on and on and on.

1990 Honda RC30 for sale on eBay

On top of all that, the 1990 Honda RC30 is beautiful. The livery is perfect, the single-sided swingarm — a revolution at the time — distinctive, eye-catching and purposeful and the snow-white wheels subtly flashy and fully on display. Nothing about this bike says “take it easy today, fella.” This hype is to thank for the bikes’ recent and sharp uptick in value. In the last year, we’ve seen decent ones go for around $30k, but a couple of auction sales and more Internet forum gushing seem to have pushed that north.

This 1990 Honda RC30 is a fantastic example of the breed, with a tick over 5,000 miles on its analog clock. The fairings appear to be the original pieces with some scratches and evidence of paintwork to show for their 29 years. There is also some dust and dirt here and there, but the bike appears to be devoid of any real dirt or corrosion. As the seller says, those old Metzelers will need to go if you plan to ride this thing. Mechanically, it appears mostly stock, with the exception of a ridiculously rad period HRC exhaust.

From the eBay listing:

Fewer than 5,300 miles and from long-term ownership

1990 Honda VFR750R RC30 

Frame no. JH2RC3000LM200087

  • Legendary 16-valve gear-driven DOHC 90-degree V4 engine
    • Reportedly fewer than 3000 produced
    • Long term ownership as part of a fantastic car and motorcycle collection
    • Fewer than 5,300 miles from new

One of the modern era’s few immediately collectible classics, the Honda VFR750R – better known as the ‘RC30′ – was created for just one reason: to win the World Superbike Championship, a feat it achieved in the nascent series’ first two seasons of 1988 and 1989. And while American Fred Merkel was bringing Honda its first two WSB crowns, Britain’s Carl Fogarty used an RC30 to win the TT F1 World Championship in 1988 and 1989, and the equivalent FIM Cup in 1990.

No mere short circuit scratcher, the RC30 and its derivatives proved durable enough to win a hat-full of Endurance Classics too. That this latter requirement was also part of the design brief may be determined from the fact that a quick-release front fork and single-sided swinging arm – essential for speedy wheel changes – were part of an unrivalled specification that included a twin-spar alloy beam frame, 16-valve V4 engine with gear-driven cams, close-ratio six-speed gearbox and four-pot front brake calipers.

All of which did not come cheap: at the time of its launch in 1988 an RC30 cost near double that of other super-sports 750s. Despite the passage of time and progress of motorcycle technology, the RC30 remains a match for the latest generation of sports bikes but possesses an exclusivity that none of them can approach. ‘No other bike from the late-Eighties is lusted after like the RC30’, reckoned Bike, and few would disagree. And then there’s the exhaust note – loud, of course, but soulful enough to bring a pit crew to tears.

This RC30 was only very recently liberated from long-term ownership as part of a very discerning collection of cars and motorcycles. Regularly maintained since new, the bike runs and rides exceptionally well.

This legendary machine is offered in excellent condition throughout. The engine starts readily, though a little cold-blooded, idles smoothly and has an abundance of power. AN ABUNDANCE! The clutch is silky-smooth and brakes and suspension are near perfect. I would opt for a new pair of tires before serious road use and am happy to negotiate your tire choice and installation in to the price.

There are a few scratches in the paint finish around the bike, and I suspect the bottom of the fairing was repainted, likely because of scratches – there are no dings. All body panels are original, and the tank is totally free of blemishes and scratches/dents. Seat is excellent as is the rest of the bike. The bike is accompanied by a clean, clear title, books, spare keys, books/manuals, original rear track stand, and a full set of completely untouched tools.

This is a rare opportunity to acquire a motorcycling icon of performance and a must-have for a discerning collection.

For additional information and photos, please visit ClassicAvenue.com

At almost $37,900, the asking price for this RC30 is about in line with the market. We have seen other low-mileage RC30s change hands for a few thousand dollars more, but with the bodywork and imperfections, this bike is a notch below the upper echelon.

Rumble and Whine: 1990 Honda RC30
Ducati June 12, 2019 posted by

Rider Quality: 1990 Ducati 851

If Hunter S. Thompson, whose vocation was more or less using heavy drugs and shooting things, was so scared of the Ducati 900SS/SP that he wrote more of a cautionary tale than a review, it is truly hard to imagine the bone-deep terror a Ducati 851 must inspire on the street. With 15 or so more horsepower, a decidedly livelier engine and the distinct aim of winning superbike races, the 1990 Ducati 851 is a much more potent weapon than its stabelmate, even if it is slightly heavier.

1990 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

This 1990 Ducati 851 looks like a really good chance to get your hands on the bike Ducati built to re-establish itself as a force on the racetrack. It’s an honest, rider-quality machine with blemishes to show it was used and service records to show it was loved. It is clean enough to be proud of, but not so spotless that riding it comes at the expense of its value. It’s the perfect candidate to ride for a few years before setting in on a decent restoration.

From the eBay listing:

Nice example of an original Ducati 851 Superbike. Starts, runs and rides good. Valves serviced, New Cam Belts, Oil, oil filter and coolant . Does not appear to have been raced or wrecked. Does have minor paint chips, nicks and scratches.No major body work damage or repairs (see pictures of body work off bike inside and outside).
We are a small Ohio used motorcycle dealer and will provide you a title in your name. As a Ohio motorcycle dealer we are required to collect sales tax from Ohio residents and residents of AZ,CA,FL,IN,MA,MI and SC. There is a $15 title fee collected from all buyers. We can not quote or provide shipping, but will assist loading.
The bike is being sold as is, so send questions or call Al 740-928-1000

This 851 isn’t the cleanest or the lowest mileage one out there, and it’s just the standard Strada model, but it’s still a 100-horsepower weapon packed with all the tech that Ducati could muster at the time.

Rider Quality: 1990 Ducati 851
Aprilia June 4, 2019 posted by

Update: New photos and price! Featured Listing: 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory

Update 6.10.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

Praise for the 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory pounded down in torrents in early ’13 when the thing broke cover as a celebration of Max Biaggi’s 2012 World Superbike championship. It was fast beyond the limits of the mortal brain. It stuck to corners like a gecko on a concrete wall thanks to front and rear Ohlins suspension. It had helpful, intuitive, non-invasive electronics that helped non-racers go fast and keep the bike on its forged aluminum wheels. It lagged a little behind the Ducati Panigale 1199R in pure horsepower, but with a naturally torquey V4 and trick fueling, it delivered more or less electric punch.

Now, since the RSV4 Factory is just six years old, it’s not exactly rare, and it isn’t quite aged enough to be our usual fare, but it is definitely special, and any track-focused, 184-horsepower weekend weapon of this caliber deserves a place on our page. And this one has a few little modifications and a tight maintenance regimen to make sure it’s more than ready for the next owner to fully exploit. Mods include an Akrapovic slip-on exhaust system, GP shift rearsets and a hardwired bullet camera.

From the seller:

2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC ABS SBK SE, 8450 miles, original owner. Very, very clean condition. This is truly the best superbike of any configuration that I’ve ever ridden. There is a reason the RSV4 has won Fastbike Magazine’s Sport Bike of the Year so many times since it was launched in 2009 against formidable competition like the S1000RR, Panigale, and all the others. It’s a sublime combination of being fast and potent, while being predictable and easy to use. It’s surprisingly comfortable (for a superbike) and easy to live with as a street bike, and both fast and confidence inspiring as a track day weapon. And the soundtrack from the V4 through the Akrapovic exhaust sounds about as close to MotoGP as you can get with a license place. You’re right if you’ve figured out that I think these bikes are special. Even if you don’t buy mine, if you are a sportbike enthusiast, or just one to appreciate highly developed and highly capable motorcycles, you owe it to yourself to own an RSV4 at some point. They are that good. Back to my specific example…modifications from stock include:
Akrapovic carbon slip on system with factory Aprilia race map (with both catalytic and straight link pipes; the straight pipe is fitted)
EvoTech fender eliminator
EvoTech radiator and oil cooler guards
15T countershaft sprocket
Pipercross air filter
Flyhammer GP-style shifter
RoadHawk Ride bullet camera, wired to switched power (auto on/off with ignition)
Currently has Dunlop GPA-Pro tires. Battery was recently replaced (with a stock Yuasa YT12A-BS), front pads were just installed (Vesrah RJL XX) and brakes recently flushed (DOT 5.1). Typical RSV4 issues have been addressed… Stator replaced a few times under warranty due to oil wicking up to rectifier connector; I rerouted the harness and it stays bone dry now. Original tank was replaced under warranty due to paint bubbling and the surface bulging/rippling, I subsequently bypassed the EVAP and routed the tank vent to atmosphere and since then the second tank still looks like new. Has done a few track days at Laguna Seca, but has never been dropped, over-revved or damaged in any way. Except for some stone chipping on lowers behind the front tire, and two small scrape marks on the bottom rear end of the lowers on the right side (grounding through the second half of the Corkscrew at Laguna), it looks as new; these marks are visible in their entirety in the photos. Comes with the following in a box: passenger seat and pegs, stock shift lever, original rear fender, original exhaust, original air filter, original 16T countershaft sprocket, catalytic link pipe and dB killer insert for Akrapovic exhaust. Will work to get the bike to a freight company if the buyer wants to arrange shipping at their own cost. Will bring to a shop of the buyers choosing in South/Central Orange County for a pre-purchase inspection (at buyers expense and arrangement) if desired. $10k.

Seller Ruben says he’s not in a huge rush to sell this beast (Who would be?), but will move it along if the buyer and price are right.

Update: New photos and price! Featured Listing: 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory
Honda May 30, 2019 posted by

Time capsule superbike: 2003 Honda RC-51

The Honda RC-51 was Big Red’s answer to Ducati’s twin-powered attack on turn-of-the-century World Superbike, with a big v-twin stuffed between the generous alloy framerails. The big-bore twin immediately paid off for Honda, with Colin Edwards cracking off to the 2000 World Superbike Championship on the bike’s first try. It won the WSBK crown again in 2002 with Edwards and took the AMA Superbike Championship the same year with Nicky Hayden.

2003 Honda RC-51 for sale on eBay

This 2003 Honda RC-51 is an SP2 model, meaning it is stiffer, lighter and slightly more powerful than the 2000-2001 models, and easily the more desirable version. It’s not too hard to find an RC-51 in decent shape these days, as they didn’t sell in astounding numbers and tended to go to Honda and superbike fanbois who took excellent care of them. This one takes that to a new level, though, with fewer than 1,000 miles on the clock courtesy of two previous owners.

According to the seller, the first owner was an elderly man who bought the bike to hold on to. The current owner bought it three years ago, and has since brought it back to running condition, though he stopped short of replacing the original tires or brake fluid. The bike certainly deserves to be ridden, though that choice will not be made easier by the prospect of disturbing an all-original machine.

From the seller:

This is a true unicorn, I’m curious how many are out there with less than 1,000 miles! The bike is completely free from corrosion, it was stored in a climate controlled garage. She has never seen the track and the finish is in amazing condition. The original factory torque markings are still found throughout the bike as well as the factory grease on the brake and clutch levers!

I purchased this RC51 out of an elderly gentleman’s collection earlier this year. He was the original owner and used the bike very sparingly and gently as indicated by the odometer and it’s condition. The RC was prepped for storage and sat for about 3 years before I brought it back to life. The gas was swapped and a new fuel pressure regulator was needed to get her running again. The bike has just received a fresh oil change as well. She is now running beautifully and everything works flawlessly as it should.

This bike is currently collector status with the original date-coded Metzler tires. The brake fluid and coolant is original as well. I think it would be taboo to ride this bike considering it’s condition and mileage. However, if you intend to use the bike, the buyer should replace the brake fluid and tires (17 year old tires and fluids, even if they look good are unsafe)

Please take a close look at all the pictures. There is little evidence that this bike has been used. There is a tiny flaw on the left side exhaust that is barely noticeable, see photos for a close up. Auction includes original rear seat, solo cowl cover and also the original tool kit with all the tools and owners manual.

I highly recommend we use “Haul Bikes” if you are an interstate buyer. I’ve used them twice before and they are super professional.

I will ship worldwide but if you are an international buyer, please contact me before purchasing and research your shipping logistics. The bike is in San Diego CA 92101. Cash in person, Wire transfer or Cashiers check from a national bank is preferred.

Though RC-51s don’t carry the same ooh-ahh aura as the RC-30 and RC-45, they were aimed at the same target and were, without question, successful. The bikes might carry the same panache as their Italian rivals, but they are gorgeous, fast and ridiculously capable.

 

Time capsule superbike: 2003 Honda RC-51
Benelli May 23, 2019 posted by

Across the Pond: 2003 Benelli Tre Novacento for Sale

It’s always interesting to see the disparity in terms of bike values, depending on market. It seems like you can make a decent living, finding bikes where they are cheap and plentiful, and shipping them to places where they ain’t… In Japan, the 250cc two-stroke sportbikes of the 80s and 90s are relatively cheap, although they obviously have an enthusiastic following. Here in the USA? They were never officially imported and, until certain models recently cleared the 25-year import restrictions, were extremely rare. I haven’t looked recently, but many classic Laverda models are much less expensive in Europe than here as well. Looking at the £3,650.00 asking price for this very cool Benelli Tre Novocentro, it looks like the same holds true for these stylish and quirky machines, since that works out to just $4,623.00 in US currency.

Obviously, the Tornado has rarity going for it, along with distinctive Italian looks. But it’s also a pretty functional motorcycle, with a solid 140hp from the 898cc three cylinder, good handling, and quality braking and suspension components. A six-speed cassette-style gearbox is probably overkill on a roadbike, but the slipper-clutch with an adjustable engagement point is pretty cool, as is the frame that’s glued-together using aerospace-grade adhesives. It lacks the radial-mount calipers and eyeball-flattening power of today’s fastest bikes, but these have more than enough performance to keep even expert riders entertained.

I’d take great pains to stay in front of other riders, to keep them confused looking up the tail of the Tre to see bright yellow cooling fans under the tail. With the underseat-mounted radiator, the engine could be mounted further forward in the frame for better handling. Parts are likely the biggest issue for any Benelli, although there were some minor issues with reliability, as you’d expect from a brand-new, low-production, high-performance Italian sportbike. Nothing that can’t be handled by the patient owner, but still a headache if you’re not prepared.

So what happened? Why wasn’t the revitalized brand a bigger success? Well partly it was the unknown of a newly-reborn brand flogging an expensive, top-shelf sportbike. But the bike’s original 900cc displacement was meant to allow it to be homologated for racing, and the bike was a victim of changing World Superbike rules that basically made 900cc triples obsolete, since the bike would have been uncompetitive in it’s original form. Later machines bumped displacement to over 1100cc, but that just made it a more effective roadbike as it was too large to race.

From the original UK eBay listing: 2003 Benelli Tornado Tre Novocentro for Sale

Here we have my truly iconic Benelli Tornado TRE 900                                                                       

These bikes made quite a stir back in the day – for some good and some bad unfortunately but now when you have one with all the modified bits dealt with and niggles ironed out they truly are an absolute brilliant thing to be out on when the sun comes out… My example is as expected – equipped with what was back then some top notch equipment and even by today’s standards it’s still quite trick 

The engine has had the cam chain replaced (June 2018) before the manuals suggest as this is very important – also the valve clearances done then too as these engines naturally sound tappety. The infamous recall mods – Z25 gear on the alternator shaft and clutch bolt all inspected and are fine. The suspension and brakes are from the best makes along with a titanium Arrow exhaust system – all original equipment…

The bike is in what’s arguably the best colour scheme of silver and green with black accents here/there and of course the rear yellow under seat fans. These bikes are really something else and the triple cylinder 900cc engine loves to be used – the sound up the revs is amazing and just puts a smile on my face EVERY TIME I take it out. The bike is 100% mechanically spot on – does everything expected of it and needs nothing doing. Please do all your research required online as these bikes were all made 2003-2004 so don’t be fooled by the late registered bikes for sale as they are all the same! 

Factory fitted alarm/immobiliser.

MOT until sept 2019 – only 16k miles…

I have documents – manuals – keys – history – receipts – V5 

The honesty part… The bike has a small crack along side the r/h front indicator as per pics due to being pushed into something in my garage and the tail unit has some mark where an item fell onto it… Neither are of any issue but want to point out faults also… My cars/bikes are only being sold due to an impending house move this summer and I need to downsize somewhat so please only genuine interest is wanted as were always busy.

Thanks for looking.

As stated before, the price is shockingly reasonable for a bit of functional Italian exotica, although maybe that’s considered expensive on the other side of the Atlantic? The 16,000 miles aren’t all that low, but the bike appears to have had considerate ownership by a knowledgeable enthusiast, and my understanding is that these Benellis are pretty robust mechanically, once you get your head around some of the unconventional engineering and idiosyncrasies. Parts availability would be the big unknown here, and I’d expect OEM bodywork to be nearly unobtainable. If there are any owners out there, we’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments!

-tad

Across the Pond: 2003 Benelli Tre Novacento for Sale