Monthly Archives: April 2015

Kawasaki April 30, 2015 posted by

Bodyman’s Baby – 1985 Kawasaki GPZ900

The revolutionary early Ninja's combined many improvements with the result being the first street cycle capable of 150mph.  Not the first inline 4, or with 4 valves per cylinder, or water cooled, but the first to combine these in a production engine.  Great attention was given to lightening and narrowing the drivetrain, the alternator and starter are behind rather than beside, and the camshaft drive chain is at the left end of the crank, rather than between cylinders 2 and 3.  The primary and secondary shafts in the transmission are stacked, allowing a somewhat shorter wheelbase.

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1985 Kawasaki GPZ900 for sale on eBay

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Tests from the time show that the GPZ900 was a neutral-handling rocket, with a smooth-shifting 6-speed transmission and excellent triple-disk brakes.  Never a lightweight at around 550 lbs, the Ninja was smooth thanks to an engine counter-balancer and comfortable to ride.  The GPZ900's combination of power, handling, and brakes won many multi-bike shootouts and a generation of riders.

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Looking like it just rolled off the set of Top Gun, this early Ninja is a young 30.  A previous owner contributed a K&N filter and Yoshimura exhaust.  Re-painted in factory colors with graphics stenciled and wet-sanded, some extraneous reflectors and logos have been removed, and some of the aluminum has been polished.  With the multiple clear coats it looks ready for a show or a cruise.

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From the eBay auction:

Here's my first gen 900. An avid fan of the original Gpz, I think the first gen 900 was the last and best of them. The bike has a short list of mods that I think make the bike much better overall. First the paint. I have painted the bike in original colors but instead of using decals for the stripes and 'Kawasaki' and 'Ninja' they have been hand stenciled with 5 coats of clear over them. There is no bump as you run your hands over them. They've been wet sanded completely flush. The 'liquid cooled' emblem I made of super thin 'water slide' material. I put a drop of pearl metallic in the clear coat which is very subtle and only visible when the bike is under full sun. The bike has been completely wet sanded and buffed. The fairing amber side reflectors have been eliminated as has the front headlight 'Kawasaki' emblem. I feel they both take something away from the bike. The rear fender was trimmed. The wheels were done in red base coat clear coat keeping more in line with the original Gpz's. I have polished the peg mounts and the swingarm. The bike came with the Yosh pipe and K&N filters, thus the bike doesn't use the stock airbox. I think this is also a big plus. When I bought the bike it had a Corbin Gunfighter but I've always disliked them so I bought a stock seat. I'm the third owner and the bike has 26,000 miles on it. It's in perfect mechanical condition and I believe it's the prettiest first gen 900 you will find anywhere.

The auction for this first generation Ninja has already generated 14 bids and there are still 4 days left.  If you're one of the many fans, take a look.

-donn

Bodyman’s Baby – 1985 Kawasaki GPZ900
Suzuki April 29, 2015 posted by

Beautifully Restored 1986 Suzuki GSXR-1100

1986 Suzuki GSXR-1100 on eBay

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Often overlooked by collectors focused on it's 750cc little brother, the 1986 Suzuki GSXR-1100 is just as important in the evolution of superbikes.  Suzuki started the GSXR family on the other end of the spectrum, with their 400cc model while gradually working all the way up to the 1100cc masher that we see here.  Even by today's standards, the performance numbers are impressive.  Powered by an air-cooled 1052cc mill producing a claimed 137hp and weighing just 434lbs, the competition was left in the dust.  The biggest problem was that the square tubed aluminum from was susceptible to distortion from the big power and the braking and handling of the era wasn't really up to the task either.... but that's half of the fun, right?

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This example is probably the nicest one I have seen since my very early riding days and it's almost impossible to believe that's it's showing 80,000km on the clocks.  Much of bike is original, but a few bits have had some well deserving love.  The seller's eBay ad is very detailed and can be read here: 1986 Suzuki GSXR-1100 on eBay

1986 Suzuki GSXR 1100. First year original restored condition. Full service history from day 1. Full Yoshimira exhaust circa 1989. Original exhaust in perfect condition come with the bike as well. Fully tuned for pipes with dyno at 114hp at rear wheel. All new OEM switch gear purchased direct from Suzuki while they still carried it. New screen in original box. Never installed it because I used the bike and didn't want to get it dirty! New rotors, chain, chain guard, tires almost new. Has period correct Corbin touring seat circa 1980s but original seat and passenger seat cowl in fantastic condition included with bike. Paint is original in near perfect condition. Don't be fooled by mileage. Entire top end redone with recent valve adjustment.

Did I mention that it's clean?

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Beautifully Restored 1986 Suzuki GSXR-1100
Aprilia April 27, 2015 posted by

2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R Colin Edwards Edition

After great success racing the smaller displacement classes in Moto GP, Aprilia developed a World Superbike machine and produced the RSV Mille road bike from 1998 through 2003.  Except for the SP ( Sport Production ) 1999 homologation special which used a Cosworth-developed high revving engine, the R model is the ultimate, and this Colin Edwards Edition with livery from the RS Cube race bike, is from the last year of production and very rare indeed.

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2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R Colin Edwards Edition for sale on eBay

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With a 997cc v-twin from Rotax, the booming RSV-Mille has 137hp, a wide torque band, and a 172mph top speed.  The R-model has fully-adjustable Ohlins front and rear, O-Z forged wheels, and Brembo disks, 320mm front and 220mm rear.  Somewhat lighter than the base RSV at 416 lbs dry, the R model has carbon fiber front fender, air scoops, heel guards, and muffler stays.  In addition to the race-replica paint, the Colin Edwards Edition has a ram-air carbon filter housing and Akrapovic exhaust.

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With just about 10,000 miles, this bike looks to be in fantastic shape.  From the eBay auction:

Selling this one of a kind Edwards edition with the original Aprilia race accessories carbon fiber air box.  This bike is strong running and tuned making 127 hp to the rear wheel. The motor is perfect, low miles, shifts and runs perfect, sound is amazing with this airbox.
All service has been done. The bike just had valves checked and the cams have degreed for max efficiency of torque and hp peak.  The forks have been recently serviced as well as the brakes. Tires are barely used Dunlop Sportmax GP-A's. The forks have the Ohlins SS valving kit installed and the bike is sprung for a 180 - 220 suited rider and have the original springs as well. 
Chain is a perfect Ek MVXZ 520 16/44 aluminum rear sprocket.  
Forward frame sliders are installed. 
 Billet shorty brake and clutch levers are installed.  Air box has always had a custom oiled foam intake filter installed. 
 Gabro custom chip installed. Full system Akrapovic exhaust as sold with Edwards Edition. 
The inside of the tank is seal with Casewell tank sealer to prevent ethanol damage.
The seat is custom formed I also will include a NEW front seat.

The bike has never been down starts right up cold every time and has no stumbles or hesitations. Bid with confidence on this rare one of kind Mille you can own AND ride!

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Not much time left on this auction, and the buy-it-now has an uncommon down-to-earth appearance.  Time to do some homework and maybe plan a trip to Georgia !

-donn

2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R Colin Edwards Edition
Aprilia April 27, 2015 posted by

Orange Dream: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

1995 Aprilia RS250 SP R Side Front

Okay, I know you guys are going to jump on the non-standard paint, asking just what damage the shiny, orange-scented paint is hiding… This particular Aprilia RS250 definitely isn’t for purists, but might make a great bike for the right buyer.

1995 Aprilia RS250 SP R Side

The RS250 is a famously agile, although this bike features the front end from a GSX-R600 that supposedly improves things significantly, and it looks like the installation was professionally handled. Many riders might not notice the difference, but the set of radial brakes that came along with the forks are a welcome addition.

1995 Aprilia RS250 SP Dash

And while Aprilia’s famous two-stroke v-twin is one of the best-looking bikes of the period and featured surprisingly subtle, muted paint schemes for the most part, it does look pretty good in bright orange. I certainly don’t mind it when someone decides to do things a bit differently, although it can make things more difficult when the time comes to sell…

1995 Aprilia RS250 SP L Rear Suspension

The bike obviously isn’t stock, but the seller goes into some detail about the changes he’s made over at the original eBay listing: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

I am relisting due to the winning bidder not paying. This is a 1995 Aprilia RS250 Reggiani replica street bike. It is NOT a converted cup race bike. I have owned this bike since 2000. It was purchased from Motomorphic in Petaluma, CA and I was told it was an import from Thailand. The bike has a 17 digit VIN number and a clear Arizona title. Although the stock bike was amazing I did make some changes.

The bike runs and fuels perfectly. With the suspension components and chassis setup it handles better than any other street bike I've ever ridden. I have other bikes and I spend much more time admiring the Aprilia than I do riding it. There's nothing like the sound, feel and even smell of a two-stroke bike. Please feel free to ask any questions or for specific photos The bike is located in Phoenix, Arizona. Bike is available for pick up or I'll be happy to drop it off at any shipping location or motorcycle shop in the Phoenix area. I reserve the right to cancel listing early for local sale. Thanks for looking.

Looking at the photos, the bike isn’t perfect, but I didn’t notice any evidence that the bike has been crashed hard. Just the slight cosmetic damage mentioned by the seller.Any of you eagle-eyed readers see anything amiss?

1995 Aprilia RS250 SP R Frame Detail

Personally, I’m okay with the changes that have been made, as long as the seller isn’t looking for top-dollar. I particularly like the Translogic dash, as the stock item is very dated-looking and this should give some additional function as well. If the price is right, this might make a very cool track day machine, with no fears of scuffing up a pristine, all-original bike.

-tad

1995 Aprilia RS250 SP L Side

Orange Dream: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale
Yamaha April 26, 2015 posted by

So very dear: 1990 Yamaha OW01 with 5,800 miles

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1990 Yamaha OW01 for sale on ebay

Here is a legend, the Yamaha OW01.  In 1988 Yamaha akready had a very fine Superbike in the FZR750R, a bike which managed to challenge the WSB winning Honda RC30.  But as good as the standard FZ was, the introduction of the OW01 in 1989 took the game to a whole other  level.

The OW01 was built to allow Yamaha to go Superbike racing and these homologation machines are pretty close to being true "racebikes for the street" .  The highlights include:

  • Alloy Delta box beam frame based on the FZR but with thinner, lighter and higher quality aluminum
  • Upgraded front and rear suspension including Ohlin race unit with a remote hydraulic pre-load adjuster.
  • Upgraded engine internals cluding titanium conrods, 2-ring pistons, hand finished ports
  • Magnesium brake calipers

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This particular OW01 looks to be owned by a serious collector.   The bike isnt perfect, with a scratch or two on the rear fairing, some odd side reflectors and an aftermarket pipe but otherwise the bike looks really good and has very low mileage.

Here is what the seller has to say:

  • Has been kept in a climate controlled environment and only ran once or twice a year.
  • Bike is completely stock except for the Yosh slip on which really makes this bike sound like it should. I do not have the original pipe, but they pop up from time to time, mostly on ebay.uk. In all actuality though this Yosh is far more rare than the stock pipe would be to source.
  • Only damage on this bike is the left side of the tail section. The red paint has been touched up next to the aluminum bobbin fastener and upper right corner of the red number plate has some stress cracks in the finish as the pics show.

One note - given the pictures on the auction, this seller seems to have a fair number of bikes so fresh fluids and rubber would probably need to be factored into the price.

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What's it going to take to acquire this legend?  Well typical prices for the OW01 seem to be hovering around the $20,000 USD and those tend to have more miles than this excellent example.   I think the price on this this one will end up somewhere north of 20k.   To be honest, given the iconic nature of the OW01 I think there is a good chance this auction will end early when someone makes the owner an offer near their reserve so if you are interested I strongly suggest you act fast.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

 

So very dear:  1990 Yamaha OW01 with 5,800 miles
Buell April 26, 2015 posted by

Long Term Collector Alert!: 2012 EBR 1190, Carbon edition

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The announcement earlier this month that EBR/Erik Buell Racing is discontinuing operations is pretty sad.   EBR was probably the best "all-american-sportbike" effort we have seen in quite a while.  While others such as Roehr, Fischer, Motoczysz came and went in a blink, EBR lasted over 6 years and were effectively a continuation of the concepts Erik Buell first began to follow in 1983.

For anyone not familiar with EBR and/or Erik Buell,  you really have to start back in 1993.   At the time Buell has been building his own sportbikes using Harley Davidson motors for about 10 years and was one of the men behind Harley Davidson's aborted VR-1000 racing effort.  Buell left HD in 1993 and founded his own sportbike motorcycle company, Buell motorcycles,  which over its 15 year lifespan produced/sold over 100,000 motorcycles.

Since early Buell motorcycles used Harley Davidson engines, Buell reached a partnership deal with Harley Davidson that allowed Buell to sell bikes within Harley Dealerships.   However this same deal seeded control of the brand to Harley and in 2009,  struggling to deal with the great recession, Harley shut down the entire Buell lineup.  Rather than give up on his dream of building great American sportbikes, Buell took his knowledge and started again and Erik Buell Racing/EBR was the result.

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2012 EBR 1190RS for sale on cycletrader USA

The 1190RS was actually EBR's second bike produced;  the first bike was a purely race oriented machine, the 1190RR.  The street legal 1190RS version was built to take all the race tech while being street legal (barely).  The 1190s was effectively built to go head-to-head with the Ducati 1098R and towards this end came with a  1200 cc V-twin engine  that produced 175 hp and lots of track oriented goodies, including titanium rods & valves, a cast-aluminum frame and lots of carbon-fiber bodywork.   Like its Ducati competition, production was very limited (only 100 1190RS units were reported to have been made) and prices were set quite high; 40,000 USD.

The 1190RS was followed by less expensive street bikes such as 1190RX and 1190SX which are really good bikes that offer 90% of the 1190RS experience at 50% of the cost.  However the RX and SX lack the ultra high end goodies of the limited edition RS and now the Buell is closing up operations, the 1190RS will most likely be the high water mark for EBR bike development/design.

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This particular is sitting at a dealership in South Texas and has only 13 miles.

Here is what the seller has to say: 

  • 2012 EBR 1190RS, bike #92
  • Full race exhaust and ECU
  • Lithium ion battery
  • Titanium rods & valves
  • Hydro-formed, cast-aluminum U.S.A.-built frame
  • Beryllium Copper Valve seats
  • Magnesium alloy wheels & sub-frame
  • Carbon-fiber bodywork

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Is this bike worth the 40,000 asking price?   Probably not;  the RX and SX models derived from this are currently available from 10-20k and history has shown just adding carbon fiber and titanium does not make a bike that much better or desirable (just look at the Aprilia Nera).  On the other hand, I do think this model will become THE model for collectors who wish to have an EBR.   While values will probably not climb anytime soon this bike might be appealing to a serious collector that has a very long term outlook.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner 

1992 Buell Other 1992 Buell RS 1200
1992 Buell Other 1992 Buell RS 1200
$5,000.00
Time Remaining: 6d 2h 17m
2007 Buell Lightning 2007 XB12STT LIGHTNING SUPER TT
2007 Buell Lightning 2007 XB12STT LIGHTNING SUPER TT
$5,500.00
Time Remaining: 3d 13h 56m
Buy It Now for only: $5,500.00
EBR 1190RX 2014 EBR 1190RX
EBR 1190RX 2014 EBR 1190RX
$8,799.00
Time Remaining: 25d 5h 14m

Long Term Collector Alert!:  2012 EBR 1190, Carbon edition

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