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Kawasaki September 1, 2014 posted by

1st Generation: 1986 Kawasaki Ninja 1000R

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With recognition to the great Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, I guess I should confess that I feel like I am starting to feel a bit old.  Maybe this is because it seems like every few years or so a story is published titled something like "20 things young people dont know about" which covers everything from cassette tapes to when MTV actually played music.  I think if they did one of these articles for sportbike fans, they would remark on how young people don't how big sportbikes didnt start out like the narrowly focused, specialized, hyperspeed cycles we have today.  Perhaps the article would then explain how most of the 1st generation sportbikes were actually designed to offer a balanced approach between performance, comfort and even some touring capabilities, how seating positions were more upright and pillion pads were actually comfortable,  how fairing gaps were filled in with plastic to reduce air buffeting against the rider, etc, etc.

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1986 Kawasaki Ninja 1000R

One of the first big sportbikes to offer this balanced approach was the 1986 Kawasaki Ninja 1000r, also known as the GPZ1000RX. The GPZ1000RX was launched in 1986 and was actually supposed to be a replacement for the original big Ninja, the GPZ900R. But the GPZ900R (which was made famous by Tom Cruise in Top Gun) was so popular that it was continued on after the introduction of the 1000R and eventually outlived it.  In fact, the 1000 was only produced for 3 years, which is probably why we have never had one posted before here on RSBFS.com.

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This particular 1000R looks to be in very good but not perfect shape.   According to the seller it has a very low 5100 miles but there is some evidence of fairing scrape and upper fairing damage which make me think it may have gone down a bit at one time and was then parked.  This wouldn't be a surprise because one consequence of the balanced bike philosophy tended to be heavy weight.

The asking price for this one is about $500 above suggest KBB retail but the low mileage and generally good overall condition makes me think the price is about right.  While its not a hyperbike or piece of italian exotica, it is a very early generation big ninja that would probably be able to provide good service for a more experienced rider/someone looking for a more balanced experience.

 

-Marty


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Suzuki August 31, 2014 posted by

8>enough: 1988 Slingshot GSXR 750

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Collectors seem to come with a variety of mindsets; some only like zero mileage bikes/"trailer queens", some build collections consisting of a variety of brands/bikes that introduced major technological changes, some focus on personal favorites such as a single brand or even a single model within a brand that they find attractive, etc, etc.   Interestingly, the 2nd generation GSXR 750 series seem to be especially popular with multiple types of collectors, probably because low mileage examples still come up for sale occasionally, they were introduced the "slingshot" engine concept to the general public and they still look great.  Also, even with a steady increase in prices, these bikes are still pretty cheap and parts availability isn't yet impossible.

1988 GSX-R 750 Slingshot

This is a 1988 GSX-R 750 Slinghost that appears to be extremely clean and complete (the seller indicates he has the rear seat) and is in the attractive Red/White color scheme which seems to age particularly well.   Furthermore, the seller claims that their personal collection includes 8 similar models across a narrow year range so the chances of the seller actually have a bike that looks like this seems pretty good/no "bait and switch" risk here.

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gscr 3 gsxr4The starting price for this particular slingshot is currently at 6k which is actually quite reasonable.  A pristine version with under 1000 miles sold earlier this year for about 8k to a RSBFS reader.  While this one has done about 18000 miles, the condition looks to be excellent and would make a good addition to any collectors garage or for someone who wants to have the slingshot experience.

 

-marty

 

NOTE: The 2nd generation GSX-R 750 has been posted here on RSBFS previously and anyone interested in learning more about why these bikes were special can simply review the previous posts.


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Honda August 30, 2014 posted by

LSR NSR: 1995 Honda NSR250 MC28 as raced at Bonneville

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In the world of gray market two strokes, the Honda NSR is known as a sport bike. "Sport" usually refers to turning the occasional corner, be it at the track or favorite canyon. However in this particular case we see a MC28 as the platform for racing Bonneville style, where the mad scientists of speed try to pull big numbers at the far end of a straight line run. If you think that watching bikes run through a measured mile is about as exciting as watching fiberglass epoxy harden, then you are missing the big picture. Known as some of the friendliest competition on the planet, the bikes may run in solo format but they rarely get to the starting line without a lot of camaraderie and assistance. Today's NSR has been modified for the salt, sporting partial streamlining and a capacity boost to 350cc. And while the seller claims to have run out of gearing rather than motor during the 2013 running, do not underestimate the difficulty of making decent power at nearly 1 mile of elevation on a hot day.

1995 Honda NSR250/350 for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
NSR MC28. This bike ran at Bonneville in 2013. Altered/Partial Streamline, APS 350.

Engine 250cc with 300cc TYGA top end performance kit including TYGA exhaust system
New pistons and cylinders since Bonneville
Carbs are TB Keihin
Tranny is the stock 6 speed
Chain DID 520
Forks stock
Seat and Radiator stock
Dunlop Race Tires Sport Max GP
Dual Front Discs
Single Rear Disc
Lanyard shut off switch
Bodywork as seen in photos

Stock Honda bodywork also included as well as:
extra crankcase, connecting rods, 250 pistons, heads, exhaust system, primary and final drive gearing.

Runs averaged 124. Ran out of gears, before running out of "engine".

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Offered in the 350cc Bonneville configuration and including the stock bodywork and engine internals, this is a dual purpose NSR. Sure we know it makes a great canyon carver and track day bike, but wouldn't it be great fun to truck it out to the local lakebed, add on some gearing, tweak the jetting, and tuck in? I know I would be tempted to give it a go. Check it out here, and let us know if you've got any Bonneville dreams of your own!

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MI


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Ducati August 29, 2014 posted by

Market Correction? 2001 Ducati MH900e with zero miles

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One of the most common questions asked of the RSBFS staff is "how much?" How much is my bike worth? How much should I pay for a grey market two stroke? How much this bike go up in value (note the assumption it will go up)? Value is an interesting indicator - not just of a particular bike, but also of the market as a whole. That brings us to this particular bike: A ZERO mile Ducati MH900e. We posted a quickie on this bike in the past, as part of a larger MH900e montage (see that post here). The interesting thing is that montage listed FOUR examples of the MH900e available at the same time. And this zero mile bike is still for sale. In fact, there is a second zero mile bike located in San Francisco for sale at this time (you can check that bike out here).

2001 Ducati MH900e with ZERO miles

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So what happened to the MH900e market? When it was first released via the internet as a Year 2000 wonderbike, the MH900e was a marvel. Investors bought out the entire first year bike run in a single day. It was predominantly investors and speculators that day, buying on the promise of a rolling work of art, built in limited numbers and with a foundation steeped in history. Planned for 2000 units total as model years 2000 and 2001, the final run did not complete until 2002. Speculation continued to follow the bike; after the initial sale, market prices for the MH900e went up significantly. From that time onward, prices rode the fluctuation roller coaster - dropping down until sales re-ignited and driven upwards until sales stalled yet again. Rinse and repeat.

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From the seller:
If you are landing on this page you clearly know what you are looking at. You are bidding on a very special early 2001 MH900E with "100" miles. The reason for the quotation is because this bike has 0 miles on the odometer. My understanding is that the dealership has to pay additional fee's if they sell a brand new vehicle with "0" miles. Thus I believe it was recorded as "100" miles instead of "0" The title and registration (which has been paid for 2014) will reflect 100 miles on the bike. The bike is immaculate. The paint and body have been professionally detailed with mezerna polish and swissvax wax so the the bike looks better than the day it came off the dealership.

Bike comes with:
MH900E Stand
MH900E Numbered Shirt
MH900E Commemorative Numbered Plaque
MH900E Manuals
MH900E 2 Black Keys

For any collector, these items are a must to be included to retain top value for the bike.

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Some fun facts on the MH900e: The bike was designed by Pierre Terblanche (think 749/999), and was initially to have been assembled by Bimota staff. The implosion of the Rimini company in the wake of the vDue two stroke fiasco forced Ducati to bring the assembly back in house, resulting in the production delay. Another fun fact: this particular MH900e has been at auction again and again. At least six times by my count. And still looking for a home. Opening bid is $21k (!) It looks like market interest in this particular model is in the waning phase, top dollar prices will take longer to achieve, and prices will start to correct downwards. The MH900e will continue to be a special bike - but from current sales data we might have to wait a bit for it to become the "it" bike again.

MI


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Triumph August 28, 2014 posted by

1990′s Budget Britbike: 1997 Triumph Daytona T595

Fast, classy, and just a bit different, this Triumph Daytona T595 represented a huge change in thinking for the recently resurrected company. Early on in Triumph's John Bloor era, cost-cutting measures that didn’t compromise reliability or quality were in full-effect, and basically all of their bikes were based around a common frame and two engines, which gave plenty of versatility to create new models by simply swapping parts around. So a 900cc triple or a 1200cc four could be slotted in, with different bodywork and suspension fitted to create a range of motorcycles that eventually included a dual-sport, a sport bike, a sport touring bike, and a naked roadster.

1997 Triumph Daytona R Front

The resulting motorcycles were never be able to compete directly with more pure and focused designs: multi-purpose engines and frames were always going to be too heavy, and not optimized for specific tasks. But the designs were modern and significantly improved on the reliability and usability of the older Triumphs, helping pave the way for the Triumphs of today.

And even though the bikes were generally not focused enough to really compete against dedicated sportbikes from Japan, they had far more character, good looks, were sized for larger riders, and were uncommon enough for folks looking for something different than the usual shrieking fours. The original Daytona came in both four and triple flavors, although the added weight of the larger four cylinder moved it even further towards the sport-touring end of the spectrum.

1997 Triumph Daytona R Rear

The second generation of the Daytona was a big leap forward in terms of both style and performance. While the unfortunately-designated T595 sounds like it should be packing a 600cc motor, it’s got a big, meaty 955cc triple that pumps out 130hp. Like the earlier Daytona, the T595 was a bit too heavy for serious track duty, but as a road-weapon it was hard to beat, with a comfortable seating position, excellent brakes, and plenty of torque. Very much a GT, the perfect bike for folks who wanted to buy British but also wanted a completely modern machine.

Some minor low-production-volume quirks aside, the Daytona delivered.

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From the original eBay listing: 1997 Triumph Daytona for Sale

Check out this super cool and hard to find bike!! 1997 Triumph Daytona T595 in Strontium Yellow. A real classic sport bike. Lots of performance and great styling to boot. The 955cc in line three cylinder engine with 130 horses and 74 foot pounds of torque makes this baby boogie. With almost a five gallon fuel tank, a six speed transmission, and a low weight of only 435 pounds you can great range and travel on this bike.  This bike has super low miles for the year with only 11,280 clicks on the odometer the Daytona has only averaged about 660 miles a year. Very clean bike and freshly serviced. Priced right and ready to roll today.

These aren’t especially rare, but they’re pretty hard to find in such nice original condition. I loved the styling at the time, especially in silver, and I think it’s aged pretty well. Too curvy by far to look modern, the proportions are very nice and a lack of outrageous graphics favored by Japanese manufacturers keeps things simple and elegant. This is one of those bikes that, like the GSX-R 1100, I’d love an excuse to buy: a long highway commute, or as a weekend getaway machine.

1997 Triumph Daytona L Rear

It’s unfortunate that Triumph doesn’t make a big-bore Daytona today: just take a Speed Triple and fit a fairing. It wouldn’t be competitive in  any eligible race classes, but neither was the old one. In today’s market, where “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” seems to be less and less of a concern and bikes with oddball-displacements like Kawi’s 636 and Ducati’s 899 offer additional choice and high performance in a very sporty package, it seems a no-brainer, especially considering the success and popularity of Triumph's 675 Daytona.

-tad

1997 Triumph Daytona L Side


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