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Benelli February 28, 2018 posted by

Oh Sei can you see? Two Benelli SEI 750s on eBay

In striving to bring readers the best online classifieds every day, RSBFS writers are besieged by drought and deluge. Some rare machines might not be seen for months or more, only to arrive in pairs. Such is the case with today's 12-cylinder post; not one but two awesome Benelli 750cc six cylinder examples for your enjoyment. Widely known (pun intended) as the World's First production six cylinder motorcycle (despite the later attempts by Honda, Kawasaki and BMW), the Benelli was a technical and stylistic tour de force. Engineered by none other than Alejandro de Tomaso of Pantara fame (the sports car, not the band), the Sei persisted for more than 15 years until the ultimate merger of Benelli into Moto Guzzi. Interested in one of these ground-breaking machines? Read on!


1977 Benelli Sei 750 for sale on eBay

The first of the 750 Benelli Sei models were introduced way back in 1973. While Honda was busy wowing the world with their four-cylinder technological might, de Tomaso sought to one-up the Japanese by tacking two extra cylinders onto a copy of the Honda power plant. With that move, a 500cc four became a 750cc six - and history was made.

To keep the already portly engine block from becoming too unwieldy, de Tomaso re-positioned the alternator from the end of the crank (where it sat on the Honda) to behind the cylinders. This move not only narrowed the ultimate width of the engine, it also started a trend to centralize mass within the frame; a discipline followed to this day. Total power was not tremendous - rated HP was a mere 72 ponies.

From the seller:
Up for sale is this extremely rare 1977 Benelli 750 “Sei” (Italian for “six” – not “sex”!), one of the three vintage six cylinder bikes ever made. It is an un-restored original in excellent condition, With a clear title and only 10,463 miles, (16.742 Kilometers) this is one of the nicest survivors of only a thousand 750 Seis imported into the US from 1974 to 1978. And it’s a “rider,” not a trailer queen: driven once every month or two, and only in clear weather – has never been in the rain, nor been dropped or scraped. Only cosmetic flaw is a tiny chip on the tank.

In the year 1977 only 283, 750 Sei were made, making this year a very rare one. Breaks got a tune up and work just as well as a modern bike, all switches and gauges work as they should, gas tank received a coat treatment to prevent rust, it has new air filters, recently got carburetor tune up. This bike only has a small dent on one of the exhausts and very small paint chips on the gas tank(please see pictures).

I will include some spare parts, a copy of the owners manual, a copy of the shop manual, as well as a copy of the spare parts manual. Some magazines in which the bike was featured at that time. Previous owner kept this motorcycle in a museum. This motorcycle is only missing the tool kit and the rubber strap that holds the gas tank.

This particular 1977 example appears to be in great shape. Benellis of this era were not exactly known for robust reliability, so it is actually a huge benefit that this is a regular rider. Nothing ages a motorcycle like stagnation, and this one has thus far avoided the neglect that many of these complex machines have suffered. Check it out here, but be sure to bring lots of Lire - the starting bid for this one is a cool $19,000.


1979 Benelli Sei 750 with ZERO miles for sale on eBay

The Benelli Sei is as much an exercise in excess as anything you are likely to see. The frame is dominated by the huge engine and offset by six exhaust pipes. Nothing on this bike is subtle, nor was it meant to be. The visceral elements of the Sei were created by famed Carrozzeria Ghia (think of the VW Karmann Ghia or the Ferrari 212), the bodywork as striking as the mechanical elements. Benelli - under the guidance of de Tomaso - was going to make a statement: the Italians were the equal of Japanese technology and held all the cards in the styling department. At the end of the day, they surely succeeded.

Today the Sei continues to be more distinctive than anything short of a one-off, overwrought custom cruiser. To consider that this was a production model for sale publicly throughout the 1970s and 1980s is unbelievable. It is also pretty rare. Sei models were considerably more expensive than mass-produced counterparts; the dealer network was smaller than Japanese, German, or even other Italian marques.

From the seller:
1979 Benelli 750 Sei. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy a zero mile... yes , zero mile motorcycle. Here is the story as I was told when I bought it. This motorcycle was purchased new by a Florida collector, who at the time of his death (about 2 years ago) was 82 years old. The previous owner had amassed over 300 motorcycles, many of them being rare, high ticket items.

His widow sold 70% of his collection to a German collector, as a package deal. I managed to get a few of his other bikes, two of which were Benelli 750 Sei zero mile bikes. This collector, as described by his brother, was extremely eccentric, and not particular about the absolute care, and method of storage for his motorcycles. Consequently, although a zero miler, it does display various imperfections which are visible in the photos. Please feel free to contact me and we can do a video walk through closeup of the specifics. Included with the sale are, the original toolkit and manual.

1977 is listed as the final production year of the 750 model; the 900cc replacement version of the Sei entered as a 1978 model. However it is not uncommon for model year data to be based on the sale or registration of a given bike. It is also not uncommon for smaller European brands to have somewhat erratic record keeping, making exact determinations difficult. Regardless, this claimed ZERO mile example is certainly an albino of the Unicorn world. Low mileage specimens of low-volume production models will always perk the interest of collectors. There are lots of questions on this one - including the overall condition - but the seller seems open to answering them. Check it out here, and once again bring lots of Lire to the party: this one is $24,000 in a Buy It Now format, with the seller open to offers.


At the end of the 1980s Benelli was absorbed by Moto Guzzi. The name and rights were later sold to a Chinese company, and Benelli enjoyed a brief US revival in the early 2000s with the three cylinder Tornado and TNT models. Today Benelli - while still officially headquartered in Pesaro, Italy - is a Chinese company that partners with with DSK Group of India, producing smaller and middleweight motorcycles and scooters for those markets. There are Benelli imports into the US, but only officially through a third party (SSR Motorsports). The glory days of Benelli being a power house of style and technology are largely over. Better collect an old school example when you still can. Good Luck!!

MI

Oh Sei can you see? Two Benelli SEI 750s on eBay
Yamaha December 22, 2017 posted by

Plain and Simple: 1987 Yamaha FZ600 for sale on eBay

The Yamaha FZ600 broke cover in 1986, right as the fully-faired sportbike wave seriously started to swell, and helped start the careers of myriad young racers and hobbyists. When it debuted, it was aimed squarely at the Honda CBR600F and the Kawasaki Ninja 600 and gave its competitors some serious worries at the racetrack.

1987 Yamaha FZ600 for sale on eBay

By 1988, though, the FZ600 had been replaced with the faster, more aggressive and more advanced FZR600, which took the brand to a new level of success and status. That left the FZ as an inexpensive, easily modified and user-friendly entry-level street bike and club racer. As such, they’re rare in nice, unmolested condition.

This 1987 Yamaha FZ600 is the exception to that rule, with just a couple cracks on the right side fairing to show for its 30 years. The seller says it has not been raced, which is a good sign, and the only real deviation from stock is a period-correct Yoshimura exhaust.

From the eBay listing:

RARE 1987 YAMAHA FZR600. 4 CYLINDER - 4 STROKE. UNMOLESTED NEVER RACED -- ORIGINAL. 6 SPEED YOSHIMURA EXHAUST. GAS TANK , FRONT FAIRING , SEAT , REAR COWL , AND LEFT HAND FAIRING IN GOOD SHAPE. DAMAGE ON MID AND LOWER RIGHT HAND COWLING. BUT FIXABLE. TWO SMALL CRACKS ON WINDSHIELD THIS CYCLE RUNS AND SHIFTS GREAT.

The ad doesn’t mention maintenance or recent repairs, so it’s a good bet that the bike could use a good once-over, even with only 10,000 miles on the dial. The FZ600s likely will never command huge money, but they are fun, fast, simple and relatively easy to get parts for.

With a little fairing work, this one would make a nice addition to a vintage sportbike collection.

Plain and Simple: 1987 Yamaha FZ600 for sale on eBay
Suzuki December 21, 2017 posted by

Grand Prix Spirit: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for sale on eBay

Just in time for the holidays, our buddy Gary in Utah has put up yet another of his grey-market wonders, this time in the form of a bone-stock 1991 Suzuki RGV250. The bike has covered a little over 10,000 miles and has been well looked-after in that time, but it does bear a few scuffs and bruises from its time in the wild.

1991 Suzuki RGV250 for sale on eBay

The bodywork is stock and mostly original, with the exception of a new coat of paint on the front fender. The rest of the bike shows very nicely, though it won't be mistaken for a brand-new bike. As with all Gary's rides, the engine has a full complement of new fluids, and apparently runs like the day it was new, with its original exhausts and stock jetting.

From the eBay listing:

Up for auction is a 1991 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22A with only 17,624 kilometers (10,951 miles). Bike is in beautiful unrestored condition with only a few light scratches and handling marks. All fairings are 100% genuine Suzuki factory OEM. Front fender has been professionally re-painted by previous owner. Engine and exhaust are completely stock. Bike runs like the day it was new. The front forks have some corrosion on them but should clean up nicely. The right fork tube has a small ding in it but it’s not in the travel area. (see pics). No dings in the tank and no cracks in the fairings. This bike is a solid rider and is ready to go to the canyon or the track. Just serviced with new battery and fluids. Bike comes with Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use. For more pictures or questions please contact me via text 801-358-6537. $200 deposit due immediately after sale thru PayPal. Balance due by check, bank wire or cash in person due within 5 business days.

The little RGVs are known to be a bit wilder than some of their competitors, with little done to calm the characteristic two-stroke snap and slightly more primitive chassis than their rivals. The values on these are going skyward quickly, as interest and attention grow. A stocker in nice riding condition should be a great position to be in, especially as imports arrive with aftermarket exhausts and suspension pieces.

Grand Prix Spirit: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for sale on eBay
Suzuki December 17, 2017 posted by

1st year big bird: 1999 Suzuki Hayabusa on ebay

Here is a 1999 Suzuki Hayabusa,  the first year of the big bike from the Hamamatsu Japan based manufacturer.  Unlike the following year(s) models, the 1999 wasn't restricted and with a top speed of over 300 kph was considered to be the fastest production motorcycle for nearly 10 years.  While it was produced in large numbers in the following years, the 1st year edition holds a special place in history and seems to be the one that is starting to climb in value/is a target for collectors.

1999 Suzuki Hayabusa on ebay

In 1998 Suzuki offered a wide range of sportbikes including but not limited to the TL1000R, TL1000S, Katana 750, GSX-750R, SV650, GSX-600R, Katana 600 and even the aging RF900.   But even with this lineup Suzuki was lagging a bit behind in sales, especially compared to the competition such as Honda and Yamaha.  A large part of this was due to the fact that Suzuki didn't have a "halo" bike, a bike that made them stand out from all the other competition.  Honda had the Fireblade/CBR900, Yamaha had its new R1 but what did Suzuki have?  The answer came in 1999 with the Hayabusa.

The Haybusa was something of a risky move for Suzuki.   The company could have tried to offer a light/focused 750cc/900cc machine to compete against the Fireblande and R1 but this might have impacted the sales of their GSX-750R lineup.  Suzuki instead decided to go after a market that many thought was dying off; the big speed/big bike sportbike.  Companies such as Yamaha and Kawasaki had made dramatic moves away from the big sport/big speed segment, Yamaha in particular with their shift from their ThunderAce to the R1.   Suzuki decided there was still growth opportunities in the segment and the 1300cc 300 kph Hayabusa was the result.  Sure it wasn't as pretty as a Ducati 916 or as technologically significant as a Fireblade or R1, but it did what it promised (big miles at big speed) better than anyone had ever seen.   Sales were initially mediocre but the bikes reputation for hyperspeed and rock solid stability spread and the Hayabusa kept selling more and more each, eventually becoming a sales leader for the company over the next few years.

It is also important to recognize that the Hayabusa holds a significant place in history due its long run as the fastest production bike.  Consider the following excerpt from Wikipedia:

"In 1999 fears of a European regulatory backlash or import ban led to an informal agreement between the Japanese and European manufacturers to govern the top speed of their motorcycles at an arbitrary limit.  The conditions under which this limitation was adopted led to the 1999 Hayabusa's title remaining, at least technically, unassailable, since no subsequent model could go faster without being tampered with.  After the much anticipated Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R of 2000 fell 6 km/h (4 mph) short of claiming the title, the Hayabusa secured its place as the fastest standard production bike of the 20th century.  This gives the unrestricted 1999 models even more cachet with collectors."

As for this particular Hayabusa, mileage is an impressive 24,600.   While its not 100% stock the owner has refrained from any major mods such as the elongated rear swingarm and custom paint.   Modifications appear to be limited to chromed/polished wheels, a double bubble screen , crash "bungs" and an aftermarket exhaust, all of which could be fairly easily reversed.  Also  the seller indicates the majority of the OEM pieces are included in the sale, including the exhausts and stock black wheels.

Here is what the seller has to say

  • Original owner - I purchased the last copper/silver one the Dealer had here in Fort Walton Beach Fl. December 1999.
  • Corbin king and Queen Seat (also org. seats go with the bike)
  • Yoshimura RS-3 Stainless four into one exhaust (org exhaust goes with the sale)
  • Power commander Dyno tuned 161.3 H.P. at the rear wheel
  • New chain and sprocket’s, crush drive.
  • New Michelin pilots tires.
  • Stock Busa Wheels chromed (Org. black one’s go with the sale)
  • K&N air filter factory replacement.  100% full synthetic Motul 4T Oil changes every 1000 miles.

So to summarize:  its the desired first year edition, has been maintained fastidiously by its current owner and looks like it can easily be turned back into a stock bike with almost no additional monies spent.  The seller lists an asking price of $6,250 USD which is well above the current average price for an early Hayabusa but the fact that its a first year edition, the pricey mods and the inclusion of almost all the changed OEM pieces make me think the price isn't really unreasonable.

Perhaps the real question is whether the 1st year Hayabusa is going to be another one of those bikes that collectors regret not buying back when they were "cheap as chips".    The Ducati 916, the 1st edition Honda CBR900RR/Fireblade, the Suzuki GSX-750 "Slabbie" and "Slingshot" editions, all were significant bikes but were produced is such large numbers that no one thought of them as a collectors item until the prices were already climbing.  Personally, if I live closer to Florida, this one would be something I would be giving serious consideration to.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

1st year big bird: 1999 Suzuki Hayabusa on ebay
Ducati November 8, 2017 posted by

Barely Ridden Race Replica: 2002 Ducati 998S Troy Bayliss Edition

By 2002, the evolution Ducati began with the 916 was nearing the end of its rope, as age and the need to advance took their toll on the range. That didn't stop Duc from taking one more stab at making the bikes faster and more competitive, though, and the year saw the release of the 998, which had the then-new Testastretta motor punched out to 998cc, and spitting out 123 horsepower, 11 more than the previous 996.

2002 Ducati 998S Troy Bayliss edition for sale on eBay

The work paid off, and the bike carried Aussie Troy Bayliss to the 2001 World Superbike Championship. This 2002 Ducati 998S is number 354 of the run of 400 special edition 998s that commemorated Bayliss' success. It recently was treated to a thorough going over at a dealership in Richmond, Va., likely to brush off the cobwebs accumulated from sitting.

The bike should now be perfect mechanically and cosmetically, having only covered 403 miles in its 15 years.

From the eBay listing:

We are pleased to offer arguably the finest low mileage (403miles) Bayliss Edition outside of a museum. The attached photos will tell the whole story. Since receiving the bike, we have thoroughly serviced and cleaned, Dyno tested and made ready for sale this impeccable example of the timeless Limited Edition Superbike; including the original plaque and cover . The bike is for sale at our store locally. All sales are FOB at our Richmond, Virginia location. We will assist in shipping. Shipping cost are at Buyers expense. Due to the local offering we reserve the right to end the auction at anytime.

Limited Edition - Number 354 of 400

All Sales are final!!!

Thank you!!!

It is being sold by the dealership that did the work, and they are asking a premium, given the bike's rarity and the fact that it has not been ridden in anger. Values on these have been working their way up, but $25k is still a big ask for a 15-year-old superbike.

Barely Ridden Race Replica: 2002 Ducati 998S Troy Bayliss Edition
Kawasaki August 22, 2017 posted by

Depreciation Dance: 2016 Kawasaki H2 For Sale on eBay

When you could still order one, a 2017 Kawasaki Ninja H2 would run you $28,000, dear for a sportbike, to be sure, but somehow still less than a Harley Road King.

2016 Kawasaki Ninja H2 for sale on eBay

Give the thing a year, though, and just under 1,000 miles of use, and the prices will fall below the $20k mark, just like this 2016 model, listed at $18,999 buy-it-now. It's still a lot to ask for what is, after all, a used motorcycle, but there are not and never will be many H2s, so depreciation shouldn't be a huge concern for too much longer.

As you would expect with any next-to-new bike, this one is spotless, though the tires look as if it was not babied for its 924-mile life. There is very little in the way of a description, but if you don't know about these things, chances are you ain't lookin' for one.

In case you do need a refresher, here is the quick and dirty: 998cc inline four, ~210 horsepower, supercharger, 530 lb wet, ABS, traction control and launch control.

From the listing:

2016 Kawasaki ninja h2 with 924 miles, showroom immaculate condition. No test rides until it's paid for in full, buyer is responsible for shipping Contact with any questions

If you have the means ...

Depreciation Dance: 2016 Kawasaki H2 For Sale on eBay

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