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Bike of the day, 21 February 2020




https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/mcy/d/pacifica-1995-bimota-sb6/7074240490.html


1995 Bimota SB6


I've covered this bike before in "THE Bimota thread" so I'll not go into details here. This one is for sale right here in my back yard. Pacifica, CA. I have cousins there. It is for sale at an unbelievably reasonable $4500.


I've ogled and lusted after this bike since it was first released in 1994. I saw one at the London Bike Show at Alexandra Palace that year. Been a fan ever since.



For all that Bimota once stood for, it is my BOD.......sean
 

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Bike of the Day, 28 February 2020




Anyone care to guess what it is?





1986 Kawasaki 454 LTD.





When I was first in the Air Force, these were being sold at fire sale prices at dealerships near where I was in school. It was 1987 and the hold overs were being unloaded to make room for new stock.



I think the closest dealer was Clinton Cycles in Clinton, Maryland. I still remember the commercials on DC 101 back then. "The Greaseman" used to do this insane commercial for them describing the experience as "bleedy blaahdy, bleedy blaahdy" rumble, with your pecs jiggling in the wind" LoL.....I used to laugh every time I heard it. 33 years later, I remember it like it was yesterday.



The reason for making this my BOD? I saw one on the highway tonight on our way to dinner. I hadn't seen one in years. The one in this CL Ad, is no where near as clean, nor as original as the one I saw this evening.



Anyway, it bought back memories of that commercial...and that it's engine is where the EX500's originated from. Fitting I thought then, to make it my BOD. Ad link below:
https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/mcy/d/san-jose-1986-kawasaki-454-ltd-en450/7076649127.html


Yours for just $1400....30K on the clocks.........sean
 

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Ouch! Let's see... replace the flywheel and cam chain tensioner, tighten the starter clutch screws, leaking carbs, flat battery, old tires..and...and...


Hey! We're talking a read deal here!



To its credit, if it did not exist, EX-500.com would not exist.
 

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Bike of the day, 29 February 2020




2003 Ducati 800SS. In silver. Kinda what caught my eye. Not seen many in silver. Red and yellow, even black are common. Silver, not so much.



This particular one is for sale at $5K by the second owner. Price is a tad on the high side, but not out of the ball park of realism.



It does have 15K miles which is also ball park for the age of the bike.



Here's the ad:
https://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/mcy/d/rohnert-park-2003-ducati-800-super-sport/7084845217.html


Bike is located in Rohnert Park which is over in Saabnut's neck of the woods.



I made this my BOD, because at some point in the future, I plan on getting a Terblanche era Supersport for a project. There are more possibilities now for a more 'custom' approach to a later SS project. I'll leave it at that. Also, because this a once every 4 year day, I figured I should have a BOD for today for no other reason than that.......sean
 

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Bike of the Day, 14 March 2020




1980, GPZ550.



When I first saw the pic on Bay Area CL, I thought, damn, someone's done a decent job of making a cafè bike. That's when I looked closer and thought, what the hell, it ought to be a BOD.



https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/mcy/d/san-jose-1980-kawasaki-kz550/7093492516.html


Ad above. Seller is asking $3K which I think is about the top of the market for such a bike. He states in the ad the engine is bone stock though, so should be as reliable as a stone axe.



There are additional pics and I had to put this one up:



I should add, that this genre is really not one of my favorites as it is way too easy to get very, very wrong. I think this one though, is tastefully done and not at all off the rails......sean
 

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Bike of the Day, 19 March 2020




If you're wondering what it is, it's an Aprilia. Way back, when Aprilia was still making a name for itself in the "big bike" market, they produced more than a couple quirky bikes. Quirky styling for the particular purpose anyway. This is one of them.



It's a Pegaso 650. This one also happens to be for sale on Bay Area CL for a whopping $1500-Ad below

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/mcy/d/danville-2000-aprilia-pegaso-650/7095901282.html


It has just 15K on the odometer too.



It's a 650, and the engine that powers it is a Rotax single made exclusively for Aprilia. In fact, when BMW wanted the engine for its own "Funduro" 650, they were sold with "Aprilia" still cast in the cases.



Aprilia used the 650 in several models....some, best left to history if I'm honest. For as stunning as their 2 stroke RS125 and RS250 were and the Mille R, there were some really heinous designs that emanated from the Aprilia design studio.



Some have since become "cult bikes" and I don't mean that in a cool sorta way either.....sean
 

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2000 Buell X1 Lightning. I chose this as my BOD for a couple of reasons. 1st, any long time member here knows my penchant for early 2000s twins. 2nd, this X1 is very, very clean and original.

This one is for sale at an eye watering $8995
Here's the ad:

To be fair, this is a mint condition motorcycle with just 1800 miles on the odometer. Yes, you read that correctly.
Bike of the Day, 25 March, 2020
One more.....

 

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Bike of the Day for today, 28 March 2020:


Those of us of a certain age will well remember this one. It was not a bike that was sold to the general public in the manner of say, a VFR 750 of the time was. Nope. This was a limited edition bike, sold to the public to "homologate" it for use in World Superbikes. I give you, the 1990 Honda RC-30 customer superbike. It was sold in larger numbers than the bike that replaced it, the RC-45 but not in anywhere close to the numbers of the RC-51.

This particular one is for sale, right now on Bay Area CL. It was literally the 4th bike on the page as I scrolled through. I thought it was a no brainer choice for BOD...and I didn't even have to troll down the whole first page.

Asking price is an eye watering $38,900

That's not a typo. Nearly $40K for a 30 year old bike. It is apparently a zero mile motorcycle and one of about 3K ever made. The RC-30 was literally THE choice for privateer road racers at all levels of championship racing. While I don't expect there were many club racers on them, there were national level privateers all across the globe running RC-30s. Fred Merkel won the first 2 SBK World Championships on an RC-30. Joey Dunlop won on the Isle of Man on one.

I'm only guessing here, but I'm pretty sure they sold for less than $38K when they were new. The RC-45 was $28K new and that was several years on. Either way, if you want this one you can have it delivered to your door. Here's the ad: 1990 Honda RC30 -Finance it with Instant Credit Approval! -...

Bike is located in Las Vegas.

 
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Bike of the Day for today, 27 April 2020.......a relatively rare bargain of a bike:


2005 Ducati 749R. The 'R' is what makes it special. This one is a relative bargain at just $8200. That's not a typo. This bike was over double that new just 15 years ago. They're not hugely sought after collectables....yet.

The 748R wasn't either, and now you can't even find one up for sale most of the time. When you do find one, they sell upwards of $15K these days. One of my best riding buddies bought one back around 2007 or 8 for $10K. He'd be ahead $5K today if he hadn't sold before the market took off.

This particular 749R is located in San Jose, California and has 20K miles on it.

Full disclosure from me, I honestly have little interest in any of the 749/999 series bikes. I find them somewhat less attractive than the 916/996/998 that preceded them, and somewhat disproportionate to look at. Some people love 'em and more power to them. Beauty, beholder and all that.

What remains cool is, the 'R' spec bikes were and are rare. Or at least, more so than the run of the mill Ducati superbike if there is such a thing. These things came with hotter cams, race spec ECU and exhaust as well as 54mm throttle bodies. As delivered the bike made 121 horses before installation of the race kit which bumped it up to 130 hp. That's more than the 996.

The 'R' got all the good stuff, Titanium valves, keepers and rods and a slipper clutch. Full Öhlins suspension. Forged Marchesini wheels instead of the more pedestrian cast stuff. Full carbon fiber bodywork and numbered badge on the top triple clamp.

Production numbers for a "homologato" version to race in World Supersport competition is set by the FIM as a minimum of 500 examples sold to the public world wide. A company can make more, but must make at least 500.

As with many things Ducati in this period of their history, there are no firm numbers given for how many 749Rs were produced. It is however generally recognized as the most technically advanced machine Ducati ever offered for sale to the public.

World Supersport series rules changed in 2004 so the 749R was built to WSS spec because few changes were allowed from the homologation bike and the actual race bike.
 

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Just to break with my current trend of posting what ever catches my eye on Bay Area Craigslist, I had the thought today that the original GSXR debuted 35 years ago this year. 1985 the rest of the world got the new from the ground up, GSXR-750. The sport bike as we know it today was born. So, to celebrate 35 years of the GSXR:


Ironically, there were few GSXRs for sale on Bay Area CL today. And not a single old school oil boiler either. I had no choice but to break with my trend to bring the GSXR to the party so to speak.

I have 2 of them myself, one of the oil boiler era and one mid 2Ks 600. I recently watched a documentary on Suzuki where it was stated by a well respected moto journalist that the GSXR brought racing to the masses. I get what he meant, in that privateers in all levels of racing raced GSXRs because they were inexpensive and go fast parts plentiful. From club racers to AMA National level privateers, a GSXR was a proven and effective way to go racing.

My oldest riding buddy Bill had one of the original 1985 GSXR 750. His was a ragged out, electrical disaster and induction nightmare of a bike. I pulled probably 50 feet of wire out of it from all the jumpered connections...some tool drilled holes in the head light bezels and put flash light bulbs in for who knows what. There were no air cleaners on it, nor air box. There had been a jet kit fitted but not tuned, nor any kind of pod filter installed (the carbs need a little restriction to work) so it didn't idle at all.

The tach didn't even register until 3K RPM. I don't mean it didn't start working until then, I mean that was the first increment on the tach! He'd start the thing, and have to hold the throttle open to keep it running, and it would finally register on the tach when he blipped the throttle.

The exhaust was no better. I remember it had a decal on it, Silkolene or something like that. One day, after a really spirited ride through the English countryside it started to curl at the corners. When we got back to his house on RAF Croughton, it was bubbled and peeling badly. He finally just peeled it off once the exhaust had cooled.

Underneath was stamped into the alloy canister "For Race Use Only" We still laugh about that to this day. That thing was so freakin' loud....I could hear him on his way to my place on RAF Upper Heyford from probably 2 miles out.

Once, after another spirited ride (we never went anywhere under 100) we were on our way back to his place and took a short cut that went down some really rural areas behind RAF Croughton. (the whole area is rural so this road was really out there) We'd gotten to his place and were busy yukkin' up inside when there was a knock at the door.

We go to the door, and there's a constable outside. He very politely asks us to start our bikes. I start mine, and he tells me to shut it down. Bill starts his, the constable tells him to shut it off and "Come with me please" So, I'm left standing there like WTF? I go back to the house and tell Bill's wife that he's been escorted away by the constable. We're standing there wondering what to do next when the constable returns with Bill.

Bill gets out of the car, and the constable apologizes profusely for bothering him and bids all of us good day. So Gracie and I and standing there looking at Bill and he just bursts out laughing. When he finally catches his breath, he tells us, when we blasted down that back road, apparently we scared some dogs.

This guy calls the constable to complain. Constable does his duty, finds Bill and takes him to apologize which Bill duly does. After which, this guy tells Bill and the constable that it wasn't his dogs that got scared it was his neighbors dogs.

At that point the constable tells Bill to get back in the car, has some words with the guy and drives Bill back to the base. From what Bill says, the constable apologized all the way back to the base as the dogs owner hadn't called, there was no cause for the neighbor to do so. We laugh to this day over that story.....and that was 26 years ago now....spring of 1994.

Happy GSXR anniversary everyone...:) ......sean
 
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2004 MV Agusta F4 SPR. A riding buddy in my group of riding buddies had one of these. Awesome looking machine. Not at all comfortable to sit on. Even less to ride at anything below 9/10ths.

This particular Tamburini master piece is for sale at a very realistic $8500 with 5K ish on the odometer.
 

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According to the CL ad, this a 1990. The forks are right side up, which say '88 to me. Fairly certain Suzuki went to upside down forks on the GSXRs in 1989.

Beyond that, this is a very clean 19K mile example. It isn't modified all to hell, but does have some popular period mods. Looks like a jet kit with pods and a Yoshimura exhaust, but little else.

Currently for sale on Bay Area CL for $4200 which, considering what these have listed for over the last few years is relative bargain.
 

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According to the CL ad, this a 1990. The forks are right side up, which say '88 to me. Fairly certain Suzuki went to upside down forks on the GSXRs in 1989.

Beyond that, this is a very clean 19K mile example. It isn't modified all to hell, but does have some popular period mods. Looks like a jet kit with pods and a Yoshimura exhaust, but little else.

Currently for sale on Bay Area CL for $4200 which, considering what these have listed for over the last few years is relative bargain.
Beautiful! The GSXR got USD forks in 1990, but I seem to recall that USA models had to wait until 1991 to get them, so this may be a technically correct bike.

Even though the stock turn signals have been removed the fairing panels have not be butchered with flush mounts. However, they have been slightly blighted by adding some weird cover on/over the air intake....a pity about that.
 

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Beautiful! The GSXR got USD forks in 1990, but I seem to recall that USA models had to wait until 1991 to get them, so this may be a technically correct bike.
I don't remember exactly but for some reason 1989 sticks out in my mind as being one of the pivotal years of the old oil boilers. I guess maybe because of the Linmted, and RR/ RK models with the longer stroke engine.

After a bit of research, I think that was where my head was. 1989 stuck out because of the Limited and RR/RK models. We definitely didn't get the upside down forks until 91 here. Amazing how much one of the RK models is worth now....considering of the million or so GSXRs made, they only made 500 of the RK models. 200 went to Europe, the US got none.....that leaves another 300 that went somewhere.

I've seen asking prices North of the $100K mark....but I'm not sure how much of that was auction hype and how much of it is reality. Realistically, I'd think $100K was way off the mark....I'd think reality was closer to the $45-60K mark but then...I'm no collector so I'm likely way off the mark.........sean
 

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2000.5 Aprilia Mille. Not the "R" version. OEM Showa forks, and Brembo wheels, Brembo gold line brakes....Mille R plastics.....for sale on Bay Area CL for $4K...just 10K on the clocks.
 

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1992 Ducati Superlight. Selling at an amazingly low $7500 on Bay Area CL. 30K miles on the clock.
 

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2008 Aprilia SXV450. 2500 miles, $6.5K
Aprilia built this line to win the World Supermoto Title which it did in it's first year. 450cc V-twin, premium components and championship pedigree this bike is no joke. Came from the factory with a 180mm wide rear tire.

Aprilia only made the 450/550 for a few years in the mid 2Ks. The early bikes didn't fare too well on the street and many were recalled for engine sealing issues. Many were simply bought back by Aprilia and junked.

Aprilia also made an RXV in both the 450 and 550 displacements. Both were the off road variant of the SXV line. Bodywork is interchangeable between the two.

LIkely due to the lower revving requirements of a real deal V-twin dirt bike, the RXVs seemingly did not have the engine issues.

This bike is offered for sale at a very dear for what it is, $6500. Link below:
 
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