Posts by tag: WSBK

Suzuki July 1, 2014 posted by

1989 Suzuki GSX-R750RK (aka the RR) in California

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The Suzuki GSX-R750RK, also known as the RR (which stood for race replica)  was a “straight-out-of-the-crate” racer and only 500 were produced.   They weren’t imported into North America, so here is a rare opportunity to pick one up here in the states.

I will admit that I was not familiar with the RR/RK model from 1989, but according to the sellers post (and wikipedia), the bike had a significant number of upgrades from the standard model

“The ‘Double R’ received a new 40mm Slingshot carburetor, a 4-into-1 exhaust pipe, a close ratio gearbox, new rear swingarm and sub frame, new aerodynamic fiber bodywork with large air intake duct, solo seating with race number box and a 19 liter aluminium fuel tank as standard equipment. The dry weight 411lbs and 120hp at the wheel rivals some modern sport bikes to this day.”

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1989 Suzuki GSX-R RK/RR (repli-racer)

Perhaps the biggest changes were in the engine which reverted back to the long stoke design while also receiving upgrades.

“The RK was designed to be a bike which could be tuned easier than its short-stroke predecessor. Racing teams which were already adept at tuning the long stroke engine and so were more familiar with this revived long stroke design,   The newly redesigned engine reverted to the original long stroke (70 x 48.7mm) configuration. Crankcase, crankshaft connecting rods and clutch were among the critical areas receiving more attention necessary for the race duty.” 

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This particular example certainly looks very clean but  the pictures indicate two different exhausts were on the bike and the windscreen may be an aftermarket piece.   Also, it does have 10k+ miles which for a repli-racer may mean some aggressive track use in the past and the seller indicates the bike is registered in California but has an EU title (???) so it may take a bit of work to get titled with the local DMV.

Prices for bikes like these are hard to figure but a bit of research shows that back in 2012 another RR was estimated to be worth 20-25.  That’s right in line with other WSBK repli-racers like the RC30 and OW01.

Note: This is my first official post as a contributing author to   Hope you enjoy!

MG (marting)

1989 Suzuki GSX-R750RK (aka the RR) in California
Ducati January 16, 2011 posted by

2001 Ducati 996R With 135 Total Miles

Here is another low-mileage 996R in fantastic condition!

Bike:  2001 Ducati 996R

Mileage:  135mi

Location:  Lincoln, Nebraska

Price:  $20,000 in stock form or $22,000 with extras

We’ve had several 996R’s on RSBFS and most have been fantastic, low mileage, examples.  This example here doesn’t disappoint either with only 135 miles total.

Here is what the seller says about additional parts with the bike:

DP carbon rear sets
DP carbon sprocket cover
Bucci carbon swing arm protector
MW corse carbon heel gaurds
Billet anodized black clip ons
1098 brake and clutch master cylinders. painted to match frame
Billet race style gas cap. anodized black
Custom carbon v guard with vents
999R carbon belt covers
DP carbon mirrors

Parts that I have but not installed

LED tail light strip. To mount under the tail
LED turn signals
DP neoprene/carbon seat
Magnesium vertical cylinder covers
Catalyst Upper fairing with RS intakes
RS intakes that fit stock air box
Smoked wind screen
Headlight assembly

The additional pieces aren’t too major and the bike should easily be returned to stock.  The seller states that this bike has also been recently serviced.  I would think it’d be the prudent move to buy this bike, completely stock, and use the additional $2k for a nice pedestal.

The seller isn’t 100% on selling this bike, but I’m sure if there is a genuine cash offer, he can be persuaded.  See the previous 996R’s we’ve posted here;  If you regret missing out on those, don’t make the same mistake twice and see the ad on here.


Ducati December 12, 2010 posted by

2002 Ducati Monster S4 Foggy edition #192 of 300

2002 Ducati Monster S4 Foggy edition – #192 of 300.

Carl “Foggy” Fogarty was one of the most successful WSBK racers of all time – not only did he bring Ducati four WSBK Championship titles, but also fame (and increased sales) to it’s 916 Superbike series.  So it’s fitting that Ducati created the “Foggy” Monster edition to commemorate his victories when Fogarty retired from racing:

Only 300 Foggy Monsters were produced as a tribute to Carl Fogarty when he retired, 75 came to North America. Titanium number plate on the tank as well as on the front and rear stands that were included with the purchase. Also includes Foggy cover. Neither the stands or the cover have ever been used. Collector owned from new, this Ducati has been kept in a climate controlled environment, on stands and covered since it was new. Comes with all original documents and even the side of the shipping crate that shows the VIN and other information particular to this bike. Never in rain, not a single mark on the bike, absolutely “as new.” Full Termignoni spaghetti tuned exhaust system makes it the best sounding Ducati I have ever owned. New Avon tires, I saved the original, dated Pirelli’s that came on the bike. I have all the original parts neatly packed in boxes. I have added Cycle Cat concentric bar risers, custom made to fit around the factory steering damper, Cycle Cat sets, STM frame plugs purchased in Italy, Rizoma mirrors, custom billet tail piece installed without cutting the frame, custom billet front piece with Alfa Romeo hallo glow headlights purchased in Italy. There is factory carbon everywhere in this model. Purchased and serviced at Fast By Ferracci. I had the 6,000 miles service (including belts) done 100 miles ago. I have over $20,000 invested in this Ducati and it really draws a crowd. It was selected for the Monster Challenge hosted by Ducati and has won 1st place at Ducati Day Daytona twice. If you are looking for a collectable Ducati, consider purchasing this motorcyle, you won’t see another one anything like it. Female owned and ridden, in truly perfect condition. Mileage is approximate. The black mark on the exhaust is from the heel of my boot melting and has now been removed.

This was one of the first special edition Ducati’s. It was sold on line only and all 300 were gone within 24 hours. They also offered a limited edition jacket that was sold only at the time of purchase and never offered elsewhere. On the jacket is a replica of the number plate from the tank and the same “Foggy Eyes” theme. Each jacket has a serial number and I’ve heard that they sold about 175. I didn’t purchase the jacket when I bought the bike because the extra $500 was more than I wanted to spend. While touring the Ducati museum in Bologne, I saw the jacket on display and told the tour guide I regretted not purchasing it when I bought the Monster. She told me that I was looking at jacket #1 and it had been worn by Carl Fogarty during the photo shoot for the MS4 Foggy. They were changing the display next week and, with a little coaxing, agreed to sell me the jacket. So I bought it and is has never been warn. It’s in new condition and included in the sale of the bike. Also included is the t-shirt Carl Fogarty wore in the photo shoot.

The Foggy Monster does sound like a very special bike, and this specific sample sounds like it has had a very pampered life in the hands of a slightly obsessive owner (‘Comes with all original documents and even the side of the shipping crate that shows the VIN’; ‘new Avon tires, I saved the original, dated Pirelli’s that came on the bike. I have all the original parts neatly packed in boxes’?!) – which is definitely a bonus for the new owner.

The list of modifications – Full Termignoni spaghetti tuned exhaust system, Cycle Cat concentric bar risers, Cycle Cat sets, STM frame plugs, Rizoma mirrors, custom billet tail piece…etc. – are very tastefully done and adds to the value of the bike, with the possible exception of the “Alfa Romeo hallo glow headlights”.  But since the owner has all the original parts safely packed away, it shouldn’t be too hard to find and install the original lights back on.  And don’t forget that it also comes with a matching “Foggy” bike cover, matching Foggy” bike stand, “Foggy” leather jacket and t shirt!  Holy matching accessories Batman!

Seriously though, I think it’s actually kinda cool… Heck, even the story about the leather jacket alone makes for a good conversation piece! If all this is talk is getting you “Foggy-ed” up, then 

Ducati December 9, 2010 posted by

Ex-Chili Ducati 916 WSBK race winning bike!

Ex-Frankie Chili Ducati 916 WSBK race winning works bike for sale!

Ducati 916 WSBK
1996 World Superbike Championship
Team Gattolone (Andrea Merloni)
Rider PierFrancesco Chili

Winning in Monza and Brands Hatch see:

Technical manager was Piero Giannesin, GPM Racing see:
Original bike with certification.

This bike is VERY important in the WSBK history because it was the first one to pass the 300km/h, over 12 km/h faster than factory Ducati bikes.

We have bought it directly from Team Gattolone in year 1997 and always kept in our collection. I have decided to sell most of my bikes so this one must go. Good original conditions as in photo, genuine and straight.

It is THE REAL THING, it is NOT cheap so don’t waste my time asking stupid things, be prepared to pay the price. NO DREAMERS.A  good investment. Car [I think he means bike] is currently located in Italy, Padova but i can deliver no problem to UK.

Any question please ring to my mobile +39 347 2656235 or email to

Ducati’s 916 is definitely one of the icons (if not THE icon) of modern day sports bike, and a works racer (one that beat factory bikes at that!) with history and race wins is definitely worth a whole lot  more.  Bidding price is up to 40,500 British pounds (approx. $64,000) with 4 days to go – my guess is that it will sell for over $80,000 by the end of the auction.  What do you guys think?

Here’s the video of the 1996 WSBK Monza race where Chili won by just a hair on this very bike (just to get the blood pumping):


Aprilia October 19, 2010 posted by

Celebrate Biaggi’s Latest Championship Right: 1996 Aprilia RS250 For Sale

Want to celebrate Biaggi’s WSBK title in style? This RS250 Biaggi replica looks like it could do the job. Check it out on Los Angeles Craigslist for $8500:

1996 Aprilia Max Biaggi Replica street legal California registered. Super rare bike last of the two strokes, very low km in very nice condition has front and rear Brembo calipers. Always has been kept in door and has never been dropped.

Extras Ohlins steering damper, Arrow pipes, Gilles rearsets, Carbon hagger, Carbon front fender, Galfer steal braded brake lines, Good tires and also have extra sets.

This one has the elusive California registration, so if it’s as nice it appears, it’s probably not far off that price.


Sport Bikes For Sale September 9, 2010 posted by

1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 In Mexico

This is a real FZR750R OW01 available in Mexico!

Bike:  1989 Yamaha FZR750R

Location:  Mexico City, Mexico

Mileage:  5,148km

The listing has really no information other than that the bike only comes with the Japanese title, doesn’t have a 17 digit VIN, cosmetically it has some small nicks and there is a video that shows the tach works.  The photos do show that the fairings are pretty rough (For a collector OW01) and there appears to be some surface corrosion.

On from that, I’ll refresh your memory on the OW01.  The FZR750R was created to compete against the RC30 in World SuperBike racing.  The OW01 shares very little with the standard FZR750 and a little more in common with the FZR1000.  The short stroke motor breathes through four 38mm flat-side Mikuni’s, five valves, hand finished porting, lightweight pistons, titanium connecting rods mated to a close ratio transmission.  This results in 108RWHP at 12,500RPM.

The OW01 also features an aluminum Deltabox frame and swingarm with fully adjustable Ohlins units front & rear with Nissin four-pot calipers mated to 320mm discs in the front.

This bike is a result of Yamaha’s need to get a competitive bike Homologated for World SuperBike;  Yamaha only needed to produce 500 example for Homologation making the OW01 very scarce then, as well as now.

If you want a bike that an RC30 owner will cross the street for, a FZR750R should do it.  The trouble with this bike will be importing it.  If you’d like to bring this into the U.S. it will probably be difficult or nigh-impossible.  The easiest way would be to bring it in as a race bike but, it has to obviously be a race bike.  If you don’t know where to start, I would do some research or find an informed confidant and wait for the next one to pop up.  See the other OW01’s we’ve had here.  See this current bike on eBay .


Bimota July 22, 2010 posted by

2006 Bimota SB8K Santa Monica With Less Than 1,000 Miles On eBay

Bimota SB8K Santa Monica available on eBay!

Bike:  2006 Bimtoa SB8K Santa Monica

Location:  North Palm Beach, Florida

Mileage:  1,000mi

This looks to be a very nice–as one would expect with a sub-1k mile bike–Santa Monica on eBay that looks to be 100% stock, excluding the tank protector, as the seller states.

As you may know, the SB8K uses a Suzuki TL1000R based 996cc V-Twin with Bimota’s own fuel-injection system that uses radial mount fuel injectors which ensures very good power distribution.  The SB8K also features a very smart ECU which can also be used to download up to an hour of historical data from the bike.  The bodywork, including the tank, is all made of carbon-fiber while the majority of the other items are from aluminum.

I have yet to ride a SB8K but, I do have some very good experience on a TL1000R and I can honestly say the engine is the best part of the equation.  The TLR is heavy at slow speeds and the suspension isn’t perfect, but everything is overall very good with the motor the standout piece.  As many of you Duc’ riders know, the low-end torque of a V-Twin is fantastic and this motor continues to shine as the rev’s climb to the red-line.  The shortcomings of the TLR are the same reasons Bimota originally opened it’s doors:  Because the Japanese could build fantastic motors but didn’t have the resources to build fantastic frames and suspension.  Don’t get me wrong, the TLR is a very good bike, but I don’t doubt that the SB8K is far superior to it.

As the seller states, this bike originally sold for $49,495.29 (The price list says 2007) and this auction has the reserve under the base price of a Ducati 1198 ($16,495).  Which means, this bike has depreciated $33k in just four years.  If this bike goes for just over $16.5k, I call it a deal because, like the seller states, that is 1198 base money and, in the long run, I’d rather have a SB8K over a 1198–especially as that 1198 still has all of it’s depreciation ahead of it.  See Phil’s review of the other SB8K currently on eBay .  See this SB8K on eBay .


Ducati July 8, 2010 posted by

2000 Ducati 996R With 953 Miles In California

This is a very nice looking 996R with less than 1k miles in California!

Bike:  2000 Ducati 996R

Price:  $14,500 USD

Location:  South Lake Tahoe, California

Mileage:  953 Miles

This 996R looks to be completely stock as a bike with under 1k miles should be!  500 of these were made for 2000 and, as the seller states, came equipped with Ohlins suspension front & rear, Marchesini wheels, carbon bits galore, Brembo’s, and a trick Testastretta motor among other things.

We’ve seen these 996R’s and SPS’s go for varying amounts but, this one seems reasonably priced with less than 1k miles and an asking price of $14,500–See our other 996 content here.  If you’d rather have a real homologation/race replica bike over a stickered up, brand-new, R1; have a look at this 996R on Craigslist here.