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Honda May 23, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1984 Honda VF500F with CBR wheels

The seller of this 1984 Honda VF500F Interceptor has taken phenomenal care of the bike over his ownership, but perhaps the best part of this bike was not available in 1984. It rolls on wheels from a CBR600F, which means it accepts modern 17-inch rubber, but doesn't lose space for useful amenities like a center stand.

1984 Honda VF500F Interceptor for sale on eBay

A damn sight trimmer than its 750cc stablemate, the Interceptor 500 made its name with sublime handling characteristics and its more-than-adequate 68 horsepower from the torquey V4. The seller further enhanced this bike's cornering talent with the shock from a CBR400 F4i, which no doubt keeps the rear more planted than the original piece.

There is a long list of spare and NOS parts available with the bike, though not all of them will be automatically included in the sale.

From the eBay listing:

Hi, I'm listing my '84 VF500F for sale.

It is super mint with very low mileage (5,894 miles) and a lot of interesting features including a pro CBR600F wheel conversion ($1,500) and a pro F4i shock upgrade ($400).

Both projects were posted in detail on VFRD (member 'InvisibleCities' since 2010) and on VFRW (member 'invisible cities' since 2009). I ran the bike for one summer and then did these upgrades. I am selling the bike as I live in NYC and store the bike in PA and simply don't have the space to bring it here. I honestly don't think you will find a nicer example of a VF500F out there. If you have ever had the opportunity to ride a 500 Interceptor they are super fun with a perfectly balanced engine and light nimble handling. I also have a lot of NOS and gently used VF500F parts which I would be happy to sell separately to the purchaser (oem head gasket kits, seals, valve springs, gently used cdi units, coils, complete engine heads with mint cams and one set of very clean carburetors - I even have a nos '84 gas tank if interested).

The tank on this bike has zero rust and was professionally sealed with an epoxy liner ($300). I purchased a NOS tailpiece for this bike from David Silver Spares ($250) as the original had surface scratches from removing/installing the seat - paint matches perfectly. Front fender is also NOS ($200).

The carbs were completely disassembled and pro rebuilt by Mike Nixon ($405). Carburetors have not been filled with gas after the rebuild so there is no risk of them being gummed up. They are ready to go and were benched synchronized by Mike. They also have the correct jets and needles installed. I would recommend syncing these with manometer to dial in 100% when you re-fuel and start up the bike.

Goodridge (made in the UK) stainless steel brake line upgrade ($120). Pro rear fender eliminator kit ($40). Pro modified sprocket cover ($200).

Top rated 140/80-17 Rear & 110/70-17 Front Avon Roadrunner tires with zero miles ($200). The bike maintains its original steering geometry with these tires & the CBR 17” wheel upgrade. Bike also keeps the centerstand which is not possible using the F2 wheelset upgrade offered by DMr. I felt it was important to keep this - the centerstand is very easy to use on the 500 and allows for easy maintenance as well as stable parking.

Honda GN4 oil & OEM filter installed with zero miles. New Honda air filter & Honda coolant. New Honda hydraulic fluid.

Bike needs nothing (except a battery - as it is not being stored with one). This is your opportunity to purchase a really fine example of this legendary bike.

Please send a message with any questions.

Bike is located in PA, 17033. Clear title. Original owners manual is included.

Gas flushed from system - no battery included. Bike is stored in a Carcoon Bike Bubble which will come with the sale ($535).

Happy to help coordinate shipping.

Thanks for looking!

At $4,500 buy-it-now, the seller is looking for KTM RC390 money for a well-sorted classic with acres of style and panache. He has applied new and new-old-stock parts to fabulous effect, and the bike's flawless paint and metal surfaces belie its 34 years.

Suzuki May 22, 2018 posted by

Ram Air Direct: 1998 Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD for Sale

"Ram air" was a very 90s gimmick with dubious benefits, especially on the road, but they gave bikes of the 1990s like this Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD a distinctive style, with oversized fairing nostrils and large intake tubes that curved through the rider's view and into the top of the tank to pressurize the airbox. Well "ram air" implies airbox-pressurization at least, but the reality in this case was more form than function. But that minor point aside, the new model was a significant milestone in the history of the Gixxer, and there are very few remaining in this kind of clean, low-mileage condition.

After generations that saw Suzuki's range of sportbikes getting more refined, but ever heavier and slower, the 1996 GSX-R750 SRAD and the smaller 600cc version finally reversed that trend. Suzuki's new Ram Air Direct model was really a complete overhaul of the existing GSX-R: an entirely new aluminum beam frame with claimed ties to Suzuki's GP bike replaced the cradle design, the liquid-cooled engine was narrowed by moving the cam-chain to the end of the block, and basically everything was made smaller and lighter, more compact. It debuted with a bank of carburetors, but the 1998 version seen here added fuel injection.

The result? A bike that was, marketing hype aside, as light as a contemporary 600: 395lbs dry, almost 45lbs lighter than the previous version, with a screaming, 128hp rev-monster motor and a very slick six-speed box that you really needed to abuse if you wanted to make good progress up to the new Gixxer's near 170mph top speed. But that wasn't a problem because the new Gixxer liked abuse. Fully-adjustable upside-down forks helped the bike handle and the six-piston calipers up front may have fallen out of fashion, but certainly look pretty trick.

No one I know seems to be able to clarify for me: do you say "es ar ay de" or do you say "srad" when talking about these bikes? When I ask people keep looking at me like, "Hey, I thought you were supposed to be the expert." However you say it, the SRAD is a nearly classic sportbike with the handling, if not the outright power, to take the fight to modern machines. But throw on some fresh rubber, modern brake pads, and a set of steel-braided lines, and this could be one fun bike with the performance to go with all that nostalgic 90s style.

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD for Sale

1998 Suzuki GSX-R750 fuel-injected with only 8,000 actual miles! 100% stock. Adult owned! Looks and drives like new! Never dropped! Always in a garage! Has a factory Suzuki bike cover, rear seat, tie-down strips, color-coded tank bra. This is a must see! Turns heads wherever it goes!

I've spared you the all-caps listing and deleted a whole bunch of extraneous exclamation points. You can thank me later. The seller's enthusiastic writing style aside, this is a very clean bike with a clean title and just 8,000 miles. It'd probably be even more desirable in classic Suzuki blue-and-white, but I'm sure the more subtle red-silver-black seen here has its fans.

-tad

 


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Honda May 21, 2018 posted by

1993 Honda CBR900RR in Highly Desirable Red, White, and Blue

Gary in Utah is back with another stunner in this 93 900RR with just over 10k miles. His ad states it's a reverse import as it is a U.S. spec bike that was imported to Japan and now back in Utah. As with most of the bikes he has sold from his collection, this one shows very well.

1993 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

Back in 1993, the 750cc class was king of the sales chart and Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki all battled it out on the streets and in dealerships to have the best 750cc bike. Meanwhile Honda seemed content to play more in the sport touring segment with its excellent VFR750. But what almost no one outside Honda knew was that Honda was developing a bike that would scramble all the segments and eventually cause most manufacturers to exit the 750cc segment. That bike was the the Honda CBR900RR/"Fireblade".

Formally launched in late in 1992 and appearing in dealerships in 1993, the new 900cc Honda was simply astonishing; sized like a 750cc, powered like a 1000cc, and only a few pounds heavier than a 600cc. (Note: the CBR900RR was 75 pounds lighter than the Yamaha FZR1000, 114 pounds lighter than the Suzuki GSX-R1100 and an astonishing 144 pounds lighter than the Kawasaki ZX-11).

from the seller:

Up for auction is a gorgeous 1993 Honda CBR900RR with only 16,962 kilometers (10,540 miles). Bike is almost in mint condition except for a few scratches in the red decal on the left side gas tank and a few handling marks, However, this CBR is ultra clean. No dents in the tank, no cracks in the plastic, no scratches in the muffler, no scratches on the engine covers, no rips in the seats and no rust. Bike has been very well cared for. I imported this bike last year from Japan. It is a reverse import. (U.S. spec bike that was imported to Japan). All fairings are 100% OEM factory Honda. The white color in the lower fairings have been professionally re-sprayed. The lower and mid fairings along with the fuel tank have been professionally re-cleared to bring out the glossy color and bring back the new appearance. Bike has new OEM mirrors and new OEM turn signals to give the bike that new showroom look. (Original mirrors and turn signals come with the sale). Also installed, new OEM grips and bar ends. Also included with the sale is a Vance & Hines SS2R slip on muffler. The bike looks like a million bucks and is correct right down to every nut and bolt. Bike runs like new. Just serviced with new fluids, new fuel filter, new battery and new Bridgestone Battlax tires. Comes with Utah state title.


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Moto Guzzi May 20, 2018 posted by

In White Satin – 1983 Moto Guzzi Le Mans III with 3,364 miles !

In remembrance of the Bal d'Or from 1971, when a Moto Guzzi 850 made a podium finish after 24 hours, came the Le Mans 850.  This Mark 3 has all the good stuff, revised heads with bigger valves, air-charged suspension, full-featured dash, and still wears its early 1980's emissions and noise regulation gear.  Complete as only a refurbished barn find can be.

1983 Moto Guzzi Le Mans III with 3,364 miles for sale on eBay

More often seen in the factory's favorite orangey red, this Le Mans is white with clean aluminum castings and black rubber, and original decals.  It has the newer "square" heads ( with tip-over protectors ) and the crankcase has its stiffeners on the outside.  Guzzi norms like shaft drive and linked braking system were an inside job.  Air suspension was new for the III but reviewed as too stiffly sprung.  God help you if you keep the turn signals on with the size of the reminders on that dash.

A recent restoration from Alabama, this Le Mans looks very close to NOS, but it's almost all original.  From the eBay auction:

I have recently changed all fluids- brake fluid, engine oil, transmission oil, final drive oil and replaced all rubber parts as well as all operating cables. The foot peg covers and bar grips had deteriorated with age. New Pirelli Sport Demons are installed as well as new brake pads that replaced the original pads. The valve lash has been set on all valves and the head torques checked. The carbs have been cleaned and tuned with mercury stix. Everything looks great and it runs like a dream.

All numbers are matching and it does not appear to have ever suffered any notable wreck damage. It has the stock air box intact as well as the totally stock exhaust system.

Still marching to their own drummer, Moto Guzzi has pinpointed the motorcyclist in many of us.  Fans of the brand are individualistic and self-reliant, and as the model reviewed - fast and stable.  This one is offered on a serious buy-it-now without the "make offer" button - independent perhaps to a fault...

-donn


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Ducati May 19, 2018 posted by

In The Beginning: 1992 Ducati 851 for Sale

Ducati's modern era really started here, with the 851. The air-cooled Pantah engine, with its rubber cam belts, was a step forward, compared to the bevel-drive twins and set the stage for Ducati's move into the future. But it was the liquid-cooled, four-valve version of their classic L-twin that finally brought them fully into the modern era and allowed them to compete against the very best sportbikes from Japan in the newly-formed World Superbike Championship.

Sure, their throbbing, torquey v-twin was down on power, compared to a screaming inline four. But a fat, useable midrange helped make up for some of the theoretical horsepower gap, and a bit of additional displacement took care of the rest. The 851 wasn't as reliable or as affordable as the Japanese competition, but it could handle with the best of them.

The new liquid-cooled, four-valve engine was dubbed, naturally, the Desmoquattro and displaced 851cc. Truth in advertising! The bike was fed by very effective Weber-Marelli fuel injection for a claimed 104hp. The original bikes look a little bit awkward and old-school, rolling on 16" wheels, but those were quickly changed to 17" hoops and, by the time this 1992 version rolled around, it looked very modern and exotic, although not nearly as elegant as the 916 that followed. The upside is slightly more comfortable ergonomics that work better on a bike far more likely to be used for 7/10th canyon rides than 10/10ths race track sorties these days.

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Ducati 851 for Sale

BEAUTIFUL 1992 Ducati 851 

*PERFECT CONDITION* 7k miles

Well maintained! 

Never dropped/crashed!

VERY light signs of (normal) use! 

Magnesium Marchesini wheels

Spaghetti exhaust

Obviously not as beautiful as the 916 that followed, but it is very purposeful and aggressive, with the white frame adding a classic touch. I do wish the seller had removed some of the bodywork so we can see the condition, along with some better shots of the "spaghetti exhaust," a reference to the system's smooth tangle of large diameter piping that was based around equal-length headers and replaces the ugly crossover junction with actual tubes. Sure, a set of carbon-fiber cans will help your red stallion sound more Ducati-y but if you really want it to sound like the real deal, you need an expensive full system. This set is likely a Silmotor system to match the end cans, since I believe they're still in production. Otherwise, this is a clean, low-mileage example of an appreciating classic sportbike, and has a couple of pricey aftermarket bits that should genuinely enhance performance.

-tad


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