Monthly Archives: November 2008

Yamaha November 30, 2008 posted by

1989 Yamaha FZR 400 For Sale in Vegas

I continue to marvel at how seemingly available the FZR400 is in the U.S. I remember reading about it in motorcycle magazines and how it would've been the ideal first bike for me. But the FZR400 proved difficult to find and I ended up with the much more common FZR600, and while it was a blast, I still wonder about the 400 when these ad's come up.

Check out this 89 FZR400 For Sale on eBayMotors:

quote from seller's eBayMotors listing:

1989 Yamaha FZR-400 collector bike. Original motor, aluminum frame, fully operational, runs very well, exceptional handling. Avon tires. Up to 60 mpg on regular gas.

I used to commute to/from work on this motorcycle. Due to financial hardships, I am forced to sell this motorcycle. I am the third owner, purchased it with approx 9k miles on it in early 2006 in Richmond, VA. Currently has a CA title.

Damages you see are all repairable, a tie-down failed in the moving truck and the bike fell over/slid into the side of the truck. This bike has NEVER BEEN LAID DOWN on the road. Very well cared for, except for this unfortunate incident. Never raced. Needs a bath right now though.

The FZR400 has an aluminum frame compared to the steel frame of the FZR600, which is cheaper and heavier. Many FZR400's were snapped up by club racers and never to be seen on the street again. But apparently there are more out there ready for street duty than I thought!

dc

Update: This post is pretty outdated. Check out these FZR's on eBay right now:

[AffomaticEbay]Yamaha FZR[/AffomaticEbay]

Honda November 30, 2008 posted by

1989 Honda VFR400 NC30 in Alabama

I was surfing the Bay Area Riders Forum and spotted this NC30 For Sale in Alabama for $6k:

quote from the forum posting:

Well i damn sure dont want to sell it, but its on a 0% credit card that may go up to 20 what ever percent if the credit card companys can change it just because they feel like it, thanks congress. But it may sit in my living room for the rest of my life, that just depends on what i can get for it. This bike was redone from the ground up and it is really a new bike, almost every nut and bolt was replaced. The bike is very very nice to look at. Looking to get at least $6000.00 for it, not a dime less, hopefully that will be to much so i can tell my wife that i cant sell it.

Interesting for sale posting to say the least. But the bike looks really sharp and clean. He goes on to explain that it's titled and tagged in Alabama.

dc

Suzuki November 23, 2008 posted by

1989 Suzuki Katana 750GSX: Oh the Memories!

When this one popped up on my eBay favorite searches, I just about spit my Stella out all over the monitor. My close friend and riding buddy Paul used to own a Katana 750 just like this one. I mean EXACTLY like this one: that champagne color, an 89, and completely stock. I remember when he bought it from this idiot who tried to sell it out from under him to a higher bidder after Paul had secured the bike with a deposit!

Take a trip down memory lane with me and take a look at this 1989 Suzuki Katana 750 GSX for sale on eBaymotors:

quote from seller's eBayMotors listing:

HERE WE HAVE A NICE OLDER BIKE READY TO RIDE I BOUGHT IT FROM THE ORIGNAL OWNER IT HAS SOME SCRATCHES FROM HAVING BAGS ON IT I DONT HAVE THE BAGS THE BIKE HAS FRESH BRAKE PADS,FLUID FLUSH,CLUTCH CABLE AND OIL&FILTER CHANGE BIKE RUNS AND RIDES GREAT REMBER THIS IS NOT A NEW BIKE THE HAS A SPOT WERE IT LOOKS LIKE SOME ONE SPLIT SOME GAS AND THEIR IS A MINOR DISCOLOR THAT I THINK CAN BE COMPOUNDED OUT EVERTHING WORKS IF I DONT SELL IT I WILL KEEP IT AND RIDE NEXT SUMMER I HAVE FOUR BIKES

Don't you just hate non-savvy users who insist on using all caps? Rant aside, this looks like a really solid buy at $2300 with such low miles and zero modifications. I asked Paul to highlight his experience with his bike:

[21:07] Tj Rubley: for the blog post and from a previous owner, give me the high and low points of the bike. Maybe a favorite ride?
[21:07] Paul: that is a rare find, all stock and in reasonable condition with low miles, still a lot of bike for $2300.
[21:10] Paul: High points: GSXR derived engine, lots of power and plenty of torque, sport-touring riding position for long-trip comfort, obviously an easy bike for novices balanced and smooth even if the rider isn't 😉
[21:12] Paul: Low points: to call the styling dated would be an understatment... honestly I can't think of much to fault if for, other than puting a 400cc non-O-ring chain on mine I really didn't do anything but an occasional oil change,
[21:13] Paul: Greatest ride: Sonoma, hands down, still the greatest motorcycle trip of my life (we need to do better next summer!)
[21:13] Paul: Shit, I'm serious if that thing was closer to home I'd buy it

He went on to say he originally purchased his with about 23k miles for $2900 in 1995, and sold it about a year later for $2500 to another close friend of ours, TravelEd. Hopefully I can get Ed in here to give his .02 too!

Here's a gallery of our trip to Sonoma years ago:

dc

Suzuki November 17, 2008 posted by

1990 Suzuki GSX-R 750 For Sale in Red, White, Black

Here's another survivor that has no modifications except for the chromed wheels. This 750 GSX-R "Slingshot" is for sale in California on Craigslist for $4500:

quote from seller's Craigslist ad:

VARY RARE GSXR 750 1990 RED WHITE & BLACK SLINGSHOT!! HARD TO FINE IN THIS CONDITION, BIKE RUNS FAST AND STRONG!!! CAN KEEP UP WITH THE NEW BIKES...SUPER FAST!! HAS ALOT OF CHROME PARTS CLEAN TITLE, READY FOR SOMEONE WHO KNOWS ABOUT THESE CLASSSICS!! MILES ARE 36K ORIGINAL, I'M THE 2ND ORIGINAL OWNER, AND I'VE TAKEN VERY GOOD CARE OF THIS BIKE.

Which do you prefer, the classic blue and white Sukuki racing colors or the red, white and black like this one?

dc

[AffomaticEbay]Suzuki gsx-r 750[/AffomaticEbay]

Laverda November 9, 2008 posted by

2 Laverda Formula’s For Sale Right Now

I love the classic orange Laverda's and stumbled across this first one while taking the temperature for examples currently available for sale. It's a 1999 and according to the seller of this Laverda 750 Formula, it only has 2500 miles! Check it out on San Fran Craigslist for only $5500:

quote from seller's Craigslist ad:

Hey collecters, here is a super rare 1999 Laverda Formula S 750 in near mint condition. Only 3900KM(2500mi). This is a stunning bike to look at. These are ultra rare as just a handfull where built and few where imported to this country. This bike has a 750cc fuel injected parallel twin, six speed, aluminum fram, fully adjustable suspension, Marchasini wheels and Brembo brakes, and carbon fiber body panels. Put this bike in your collection now. You will not find another this clean or affordable. $5500

After spotting the first one, I decided to narrow my focus to the Formula model and found another in North Carolina for $6400 (Craigslist):

quote from seller's listing on Craigslist:

One of a kind Italian SuperSport Motorcycle - Must see to appreciate - Very Rare - 1 of 2 in N. C. Stunning black & orange paint scheme, Paoli Suspension, carbon fiber fenders, Termi exhaust with chip, 100+ horsepower, always garage kept, never dropped, 26k kilometers (15,600 miles). Well maintained by a local professional mechanic.

I once had the chance to ride one of these brand new. We were visiting my parents who live north of Indy. Naturally I made sure we stopped by the Laverda dealership and checked out the gorgeous 750 Formula. He offered me a test ride on the spot and even offered a helmet. I declined without a jacket and other gear, especially as my then girlfriend (and future wife) was giving me the big time stop sign not to leave her alone at the dealership. In retrospect I should've taken the heat, but hindsight is 50/50 they say. My in person reaction as a young man was that while very attractive, it was overpriced for what it was. Years later seeing these examples, I'm more curious now than I was then. Especially with these asking prices considering their rarity.

Laverda 750 Formula Video:

If you're a fan of Laverda motorcycles, you have to check out the 'the Perfect Corner' YouTube videos. This guy is a Laverda collector enthusiast and has filmed many of his rides and adventures. Not only a must see for fans of the mark, but also one of only a couple 750 Formula videos online:

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