Monthly Archives: June 2008

Suzuki June 22, 2008 posted by

1991 Silver Suzuki GSXR400 For Sale in Oakland

The first GSXR400 For Sale on Gray Market Bikes For Sale! Naturally it's out of the Bay Area.

1991 Silver Suzuki GSXR400 on Bay Area Craigslist for $3800:

1991 Suzuki GSXR400 For Sale1991 Suzuki GSXR400 For Sale

Quote from Bay Area CL ad:

Up for sale is my 1991 silver Suzuki GSXR400. This bike was never sold in America but was sold in Japan and the UK instead. Bought it from a friend who bought it from someone else who collected grey market bikes and licensed them legally in California. So that makes me the third owner of this California plated bike. Bike is in good runnning condition with all fairings intact. This is a real head turner and great performer in the backroads or on the freeway. Handles excellent and power delivery is smooth and fast. Never raced or performed any stunts on this bike. Was mainly my weekend sportbike. Title on bike is CLEAR with about 31xxxkmh (which equals about 19xxx miles) on the motor. Speedometer cable broke at about 16k and since then I've changed the oil 6-7 times at my time of ownership. Usually I change the oil every 3 months or if I think I've rode it about 2500 miles.

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Now this is 17 year old bike that is still running strong with enough power and handling capabilities to lose just about any 600-1000cc bike in the twisties. Though far from perfect there are a few areas that need a little TLC. Personally I have never dropped this bike but the previous owner (who is a friend of mine) did rub the left side of the bike against a small wall at about 5mph in a parking lot while trying to save the bike from falling. This resulted in a small crack to the front left faring where the side view mirror goes and also scraped the clutch plate cover. Mirror was replaced but the clutch plate cover gasket was never replaced and so it now leaks a little bit of oil. The leak is not bad but can be fixed with a new gasket. Fairings and paint are in good shape but do have a few minor scratches on them. Recently the bike has started to leak a little bit of gas underneath the gas tank if it sits unused for a few weeks. It's not a noticable leak but you can smell gas if you park it indoors. When I ride the bike for a few days the smell and leak dissapears so I'm thinking it may be a gasket or the fuel filter needs to be replaced underneath the tank.

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While the mechanicals sound strong on this one, the bodywork sounds like it may need some sorting out. How hard is it to mend body work on a gray market bike? Leave a comment!

Update: Posted on BARF Classifieds

dc

Honda June 19, 2008 posted by

1993 Honda MC21 NSR250 Rothmans Special For Sale

How sweet is this Rothmans SP?

1993 Honda MC21 NSR250 For Sale on (you guessed it) San Fran Craigslist:

1993 Honda MC21 NSR250 For Sale Rothmans1993 Honda NSR 250 For Sale Rothmans SP1993 Honda NSR 250 For Sale Rothmans MC21

quote from for sale listing:

Clean CA Title
NSR MC21 SP
Import From Japan
Rothman SP Edition
Excellent Condition
6900 OBO

A guy could carve out a nice little used bike business for himself by buying up all the Gray Market Bikes we've featured from the Bay Area in the past few weeks. And this NSR would make a great addition to that collection!

dc

Yamaha June 17, 2008 posted by

Two More FZR400’s For Sale in the Pacific Northwest

These two came up on Portland Craigslist. This first one has pretty low miles but the bodywork doesn't look stock - and it's been over since the pics were taken. But for $2k it's worth a look for sure:

1990 Yamaha FZR400 in Hillsboro, Oregon

1990 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale1990 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale

ad quotted from Craigslist

1990 Yamaha FZR 400 Classic Sport bike.
400 cc, inline 4 cylinder
Has ~12,000 miles on it

Street legal, great mileage (~50mpg)

Was dropped once by previous owner at 10mph, some damage to cowlings.

Aftermarket rear shock, stainless steel brake lines.

Has a small intake leak, haven't had time to fix it but found it.
Pictures from before the damage.

And while this one has more miles, it's originality and choice upgrades make it very appealing to my eyes:

1989 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale in NE Portland:

1989 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale1989 Yamaha FZR400 Gauge Cluster1989 Yamaha FZR400 Red and White

quote from Craigslist ad:

1989 Yamaha FZR 400 Classic Sport bike.
400 cc, inline 4 cylinder-13,000 RPM red line.
5 speed gearbox
30,732 miles as of 6/13/2008

Modern collectible. All original plastic. Very desirable.
Considered the mother of all modern sport bikes.
Street legal, great mileage (~50mpg)

Yoshimura full exhaust system
Steel brake lines
Rear seat cowl (have original rear seat, included)

Parts installed in last 500 miles:
New Penske rear shock ($945) (set for 150 lb rider)
GP suspension reworked forks ($400);
New front brake master cylinder ($80);
New EBC front Pro Lite brake rotors and HH pads ($250);
New Vortex front and rear sprockets ($175);
New DID 520 chain ($50);
New Bridgestone BT-014 Tires F&R ($250);
New parts total over $2100 (without installation)

SEE PHOTOS AT:
Left side - note flush turn indicators - oricinal Yamaha signals incuded. Note rear seat cowl.

Thinning the herd. Needs nothing. Always garaged. Clear clean Oregon title in hand. Extra upper fairing and miscellaneous mechanical parts included. Not interested in parting out.

$4200.00

I've got DT's knowing that these affordable and fun bikes are right in my backyard!

dc

Honda June 16, 2008 posted by

1991 CBR400RR For Sale in San Jose

This one has a few miles on it, but it does have a title!

1991 CBR400rr NC29 CA street-titled - $5500 on Craigslist

1991 Honda NC29 CBR400RR For Sale1991 Honda NC29 CBR400RR Headlights

quote from Craigslist ad:

This is a clear street-titled grey-market CBR400. The Odometer reads 33,000 Kilometers which is approximately 20K miles. This CBR400RR is in amazingly clean shape. There is no indication that the motorcycle has spent any time horizontally. Single key for all locks.

This CBR400RR was imported from Japan by a service member who got the bike properly titled and registered through the California DMV. The motorcycle comes with a letter from a Honda dealer indicating that the bike complies with California Emissions.

Additionally, the bike has an aftermarket high performance shock (Penske), a de-restricted CDI, brand new engine covers, new upper triple clamp, many new bolts (only changed for cosmetic reasons).

The price is: $5,500
This is the top end of the market value but this bike is clearly one of the cleanest examples that you will ever find.

The price is firm. No trades. No checks, money orders or nonsense please.
No money = No test rides!

I'd have to say the graphics on this one wouldn't be my first choice, but it's titled and de-restricted already. Is this the Baby-Blade you've been looking for Steve?

Update: Thread on BARF for this CBR400RR For Sale

dc

Yamaha June 15, 2008 posted by

1990 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale in California

Yep, another cool looking gray market bike in the bay area!

1990 - Yamaha FZR400 - $2000 (California, 23k miles)

1990 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale in California1990 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale Yellow

quote from Craigslist listing:

Selling an 1990 FZR 400 in good condition. The motor has 23k, but was rebuilt at 22k. It runs nicely and would be a great track bike. The bike has all its lights, blinkers, horn, everything that you would need to ride it on the street. The seating height makes the bike a perfect ride for a new rider or someone that is height challanged. It is a nice ride on the street, but it will also make a perfect track bike.

The ad doesn't state if the bike is titled, but does say it has everything you'd need to be legal on the street. I'm also not sure if that paint is original, though the graphics do look factory. Of course for only $2k, it really would make a great track day bike if it's not legal. And if it is titled, what a bargain with a rebuilt motor!

dc

Honda June 14, 2008 posted by

Yet Another VFR400 For Sale in the Bay Area

This one is a touch older than the one I posted yesterday, but is even cooler with the vintage colors and logos.

1988 Honda VFR400 NC24 For Sale on Craigslist (California, $4250)

1988 Honda VFR400 NC24 For Sale on Craiglist1988 Honda VFR400 NC24 For Sale in California1988 Honda VFR400 NC24 For Sale Vintage

quote from Craigslist listing:

1988 VFR400 NC24 Japanese import. If you're looking at this add you probably know all about what this is and specs etc. This one is street legal and titled though for some reason the title lists it as a 1977 CB400F if this bothers you don't call me and complain - I'm not messing with it. Bike has 26,000 KM on it or around 16K miles on it. Motor is strong. Carbs have been gone through. Has "cheap" Chinese replacement plastic on it but tank is original paint. Some numb skull rattle canned the old fairings purple and pulled the stickers off! (I will slap them if I ever find them) I have the old plastic and will give it to whoever buys the bike. This one is de-restricted ( 2.2K resistor installed in lieu of speed sensor cct) which removes the 112MpH top end limit. I've got another ignition box on order which should remove current 12,500 RPM limit and set it to 14,500 - but I'm not going to bother trying it out as I want to live to see 50. New parts just installed - Chain, Battery, Plugs,fork seals,exhaust pipe treated and plated, fan temp switch etc. It's not perfect but I use it to go to work and back everyday. I'm getting too old to be squashed up like a pretzel for more than 30 miles so she's going to have to go. On the flip side of that - this thing is more fun than a barrel full of monkeys in the twisties and can seriously embarrass neophyte boy racer types (you know who you are!) I'm only half heartedly trying to sell this thing so unless you're seriously interested - please don't bother me - and no I do not want to trade it for your Chevy Blazer or anything else but money. Thanks

I quoted the entire ad because it so full of detail and killer commentary! Bike looks like a fantastic and affordable early example. How many of these could there be in the U.S. that are titled and alive?

dc

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