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Suzuki August 2, 2015 posted by

Cali-Titled Smoker: 1986 Suzuki RG500 for Sale

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma R Side

Look, I'll be honest. There are basically two reasons I like writing about Suzuki's two-stroke sportbikes. One, they're pretty funky, like this RG500Γ Gamma you see here that sports an engine with a very rare square-four configuration. Two, I get to use the cool Greek "Gamma" character which, along with the umlauted "O" for "Öhlins" are sometimes highlights of my week.

In building a bike meant to evoke their Moto GP weapons, Suzuki knew they needed an appropriate two-stroke powerplant, as that was the formula in fashion for top-level racing during the 1980's. The 500cc engine that resulted was an unusual, water-cooled square four that was basically two parallel twins geared to a common crank. At under 400lbs dry with 100bhp and a capable chassis, it was the S1000RR or Panigale of the day and was capable of humbling just about anything on the road.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki RG500 for Sale

Brand New Paint, 19,717 KM, Lots of modifications. Big bore kit (570cc), aftermarket expansion chambers, carbs. bored oversize, performance air filter kits, GSX-R upside down forks and 6 piston calipers, RGV 250 rear swing arm conversion. California Registered

This particular Gamma is obviously enthusiast-owned and in good, although not completely original condition. The bike has been ridden 19,000 miles, so it's no garage-queen and those modifications are clearly intended to improve performance and take advantage of modern-ish suspension and tire technology to better harness that wild powerplant.

I happen to love the look of the updated suspension and wheels, although the missing front mudguard does irk me a bit. However many Gamma fans are purists, and a bike like this may have them apoplectic with rage at the violations. Depending on where the reserve is set, this could be a great buy for someone looking for the experience of a big two-stroke, without some of the limitations found in an older machine.

-tad

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma L Side


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Honda August 1, 2015 posted by

My First Sportbike: 1990 Honda CB-1 For Sale

1990 Honda CB1 L Side

The Honda CBR400RR we featured last week was never officially imported to the USA, but its naked stablemate the CB-1 was, although in pretty limited numbers and for just two years: 1989 and 1990. It was a strange choice for Honda to make in the land of extremes, where we only seem to like motorcycles as toys from one end of the spectrum or the other: fat, lazy cruisers or uncomfortable, highly-strung sportbikes.

1990 Honda CB1 R Side Engine

But although these did not sell very well at the time, the CB-1, along with the Suzuki Bandit 400 and Honda 650 Hawk, have developed quite a cult following: they're inexpensive, extremely well-built, reliable, and easy to modify into serious little road-burners. Just find yourself a nice CBR600 front end to swap on and go strafe some twisties!

1990 Honda CB1 R Side Engine2

Most small-displacement motorcycles available in America have been very cheap and nasty economy machines geared towards new riders. But many experienced bikers want a sophisticated machine that offers thrills without the fuel consumption or 160mph top speed associated with bigger bikes.

1990 Honda CB1 Clocks

The engine in the CB was almost identical to the sportier RR: valves were smaller, the compression was lower, but gearing was revised so that the bike actually felt quicker around town. The sewing-machine four displaced just 399cc and produced 55hp and could push the 400lb bike to 118mph. More significantly, the CB had much more basic suspension, a single front brake, and used a different frame compared to the racier RR, with tubular steel replacing the aluminum beam construction, although weight was kept within reason by using the engine as a stressed member.

1990 Honda CB1 L Side Tank

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Honda CB-1 for Sale

Not too many sold in the US making it quite a rare sight these days.  I'm the second owner. It is a sweet little bike with nimble handling, low weight and a rev-happy (redline is 13,500rpm) engine. 

Easy to handle by a newbie but good enough for an experienced rider, comfortable.

The bike is in excellent original condition. Paint is shiny and deep. No scratches or dents. Tank is like brand new with an exception of two tiny chips(and I mean - really tiny, see pictures).

The bike has never been down. 

1990 Honda CB1 L Side Rear

With just 2,500 miles on the clock, this thing is practically new, and it's one of the nicest I've ever seen for sale. It's priced on the higher end of the CB-1 spectrum, but still very reasonable at $3,999. Yeah, you can find them for $2,500 but with bikes in this price range, the cash needed to fix them up can very quickly eat into the savings.

A great choice for new and experienced riders looking for a collectible modern classic that will get lots of thumbs up at bike nights and provide thrills on back roads.

-tad

1990 Honda CB1 R Side


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Ducati August 1, 2015 posted by

Absolute Power – 2008 Ducati 1098S

After the controversial 999, the 1098 of 2007-09 was an un-redesign, instantly recognizable as a Ducati, designed by Giandrea Fabbro, now a senior designer at the company.  Additionally, the Testastretta engine received some significant upgrades after a petition to FIM for an additional 100cc for Superbike World Championship twins.  The result was a quintessential Ducati which just happened to have the most favorable power-to-weight ratio of any v-twin ever, at least for a while.

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2008 Ducati 1098S for sale on eBay

20150729 2008 ducati 1098s right front

Returning to a look more like the 916, the 1098 was available in red, black, and yellow, this one is the attractive black over the red trellis frame.  Brutally powerful with 160 hp and 90 ft-lbs. torque, many owners mounted a throttle tamer to make the response more progressive.  Though other models in the line for that year have a wet clutch, the 1098 keeps the all business dry clutch.  Putting many sportscars to shame, the 1098 has 330mm front disks with radial mounted calipers and 245mm rear.  In another tip of the hat to the 916, the 1098 has a 2-1-2 exhaust, with twin mufflers under the seat.

20150729 2008 ducati 1098s display  20150729 2008 ducati 1098s rear

The -S has a few high-euro upgrades from the base model, wheels, suspension, exhaust, and dashboard.  Forged Marchesini wheels save almost 4 lbs, reducing critical unsprung weight.  Three-way adjustable Ohlins dampers are on both ends of the bike, and carbon Termignoni silencers replace the aluminum canisters.  The all-LCD rider display includes a data-logging function for track days.

Changes to the 1098 engine involved adjusting the valve angles, smoothing flows and improving economy.  These updates also reduced stress on the valvetrain, extending the valve adjustment interval.

20150729 2008 ducati 1098s left  20150729 2008 ducati 1098s left rear

With a healthy 8,000 miles, the 1098S offered here appears very good at least.  The owner has made a few nice upgrades like a Puig double-bubble windshield, hideaway rear turn signals, and includes a Pitbull stand and adult-sized Alpinestars suit.  From the eBay auction:

The body is in excellent condition and the engine is as strong as the day it was purchased. New Tires, Bought new from Duc Pond Motorsports all service records are up to date and done professionally by Duc Pond themselves. It currently has 8K miles and a few after market parts including a single side stand, Corsa Diablo tires, set Ohlin's suspension, a Puig double bubble window and hidden taillights in the upper louvers of the tail section. I also have a pit bull stand to go with the bike and an XL full Alpine Star leather, worn twice.

With current maintenance and great condition, this 1098S is more desirable than non-S and much less common than the 848 - worth a second look !

-donn


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Suzuki July 31, 2015 posted by

Big Shot: 1991 GSX-1100R Slingshot, only 7750 miles

Good news everyone!  Today we get to take a trip to the past, into a time before fuel injection, ABS and traction control, when two wheel slides out of the corners were still seen in top level racing (ala Gary McCoy).  This was an era of serious performance that required a feather touch on the throttle and brakes instead of just point and squirt like they do nowadays.

Bonus points to those who read the paragraph above in the voice Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth 😉 - Marty

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1991 Suzuki GSX-1100R on ebay

In all seriousness, the brute performance focus of the era showed in the bikes, and perhaps the one that did this the best was the Suzuki GSX-1100R.  The big level performance focus of the big Suzuki is clearly seen in its design; not beautiful like a Ducati 916 or modern MV Agusta, the big GSX-1100R is a blunt instrument with aggressive angles and perhaps even a whiff of the quarter mile.

While the original 1989 GSX-1100R K model had a reputation for handling problems which was finally traced to incorrectly setup suspension units, by the time this 1991 2nd generation L/M model was produced the wheelbase had been lengthened and the front fairing was reworked to improve aerodynamics.  Perhaps most famously the 2nd generation GSX-1100R came with Mikuni carbs that had vacuum operated slides.  The slides cross section resembled the shape of a slingshot, hence the bikes nickname.

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This particular 1991 looks to be in almost totally OEM condition, with the often replaced turn signals still intact and the original clear windscreen still in place.  A Yoshimura exhaust canister appears to be the only non-stock item.  Overall the bike looks amazingly clean - the only issue I am seeing in the pics is the rear brake caliper looks a little offcolor and the bolts look like they have some white residue.

Mileage is listed at a barely broken in 7550 miles but I would be willing to bet the majority of those came back in the early 1990's so I would expect fluids might need to be replaced. The seller doesn't provide much service history but they do indicate fresh rubber has been mounted and a fresh service of the carburetors have been done.  The seller also lists some new parts are available but not installed, including a new rear rotor, grips and switchgear.

gsx1100r4

Now we come to the question of whether this big slingshot is worth the $5,500 USD asking price.   The 1100 series doesn't seem to be as high on most collectors wish lists as the 750cc series so its not surprising prices for the 1100 series still don't seem to be as high as the 750cc model but as the supply of pristine slingshot edition Suzukis' continues to dwindle, the price for the big 1100 does seem to be creeping up.

Previous versions of the big GSX-R posted on RSBFS have shown prices varying from a low of $2800 USD for clean examples of the next/3rd gen/"tiger stripes" model up to a high of $6500 USD for similar 2nd generation slingshots.

The $5500 USD asking price for this one actually seems a bit cheap to me and it will probably move pretty quickly.  If this one is on your list, you will probably want to move quickly (no pun intended).

-Marty/Dallaslavowner


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KTM July 31, 2015 posted by

Impossible to Miss – 2011 KTM RC8-R

2011 KTM RC8-R on eBay

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You really have to hand it to KTM... it takes a lot of guts for a relatively small manufacturer to try to jump in and compete with the big Japanese manufacturers in the sportbike world.  KTM held nothing back with the release of their ferocious RC8 and eventually the RC8R.  While the first RC8 was powered by an 1148cc version of the Duke's 999cc v-twin engine, the RC8R was bumped up to 1195cc.  It was also decked out in top of the line components including fully adjustable WP suspension, Marchesini wheels and Brembo brakes.  Additionally, the RC8-R allowed the rider to adjust almost everything including the seat and subframe, the clip-on angle, the rearsets and all of the levers.  No other bike came from the factory with this much built in flexibility.  The styling is subjective, but it certainly won't be mistaken for anything else on the road.  If the hard edges and maybe the smallest subframe/seat ever put on streetbike weren't enough the RC8R was also painted with KTM's signature bright orange.  The seller waited until the sun had set to take his pictures, which normally isn't a good idea, but it still works here, mostly because that orange is SO bright.  With the limited production, impressive performance and low mileage, the big KTM is certainly worth a look.

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The seller has a pretty good description of the bike and a few aftermarket bits that he has added.  You can read more or check it out here: 2011 KTM RC8-R on eBay

you are looking at a rare KTM RC8R in the most sought after rare blk/org color. Only 200 hundred produced a year and no longer in production soon to be collector bike in exceptional condition, well maintained, fluids changed regularly, never dropped, adult driven garaged and covered runs like new, very fast, big plus v2 sound, this bike sports Akrapovic carbon fiber fenders and trim aside of being very light pieces they have a very beautiful satin weave that cannot be picked up by the camera truly a must see very expensive original pieces not knock off ones that are being sold. Also has original hard to find designed for RC 8 gas tank protector has a beautiful clean unique ,also features removable tank grip ,factory Brembo brakes, marchesini wheels, WP suspension, really nice LED lights

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