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Kawasaki August 31, 2015 posted by

Details, Details: 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 for Sale

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 R Front

Other manufacturers had to scramble a bit when Suzuki pulled the rug out from under them with their thoroughly modern GSX-R750. But they recovered quickly, and the Seven-Fifty Wars of the late 1980's and 1990's produced some terrific motorcycles like this Kawasaki ZX-7 that have been neglected for a long time. They weren't particularly rare when new, but very few nice examples survive today, and interest is picking up, along with prices.

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 R Rear

Kawasaki's ZX-7 was powered by a 749cc, liquid-cooled inline four that made 105hp. With a top speed of over 150, it was in the hunt, with very little between it, the GSX-R, and the FZR in terms of performance, although the Kawasaki was well known for its stability, front-end feel, good riding position, and strong braking.

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 L Front

With prices for all 80's/90's sportbikes on the rise, good examples are in demand, and this one is claimed to be in terrific shape.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Kawasaki ZX7 for Sale

FULLY RESTORED and RARE! Super clean condition, current registration for 1 year, I even have the original owners manual.  I recently had this professionally serviced and changed a few things:

New Michelin front and rear tires, New Battery, Rebuilt the carbs, new spark plugs, had a valve adjustment, oil and coolant change, lubed the chain & chassis, changed brake fluids & air filter, changed fork seals, changed temperature sensor, changed radiator fan, and replaced a few hoses and clamps.  (work cost me over $2000 but worth every penny since this bike rides amazing!)

Bike has 25,000 miles and it runs like a champ.  Very solid bike, original and in great condition. This is an amazing bike to add to your bike collection.  Very few of them in the USA.

Alright, as far as I'm concerned, this bike is pretty clean. But fully restored? "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means..." Note the missing and off-colored fasteners, and the scuff on the tail. The flush-mount signals are at least relatively un-tacky, although obviously not original.

With no bidders yet at $6,000 and just about 24 hours left on the auction, I think this seller isn't way off the mark, but needs to lower his expectations somewhat. Or maybe get a set of hex-screws that are all the same color so he can at least pretend the bike's had sympathetic maintenance.

-tad

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 L Rear

Details, Details: 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 for Sale
Aprilia August 30, 2015 posted by

Beauty Tribute – 2003 Aprilia Falco SL1000R

Halfway between the RSV and the Futura on Aprilia's 2003 dealer card, you'll find the Falco 1000R.  Neither race replica nor sport-tourer, the Falco is a able performer with room for two and the feasibility of soft bags.  This Falco has been painted in tribute to Alex de Angelis, factory 250 rider back then, and blinged every way but Sunday. It's a treat for the eyes, and also for an afternoon on the road if not the track.

20150828 2003 aprilia falco fl1000r left front

2003 Aprilia Falco 1000R for sale on eBay

20150828 2003 aprilia falco fl1000r right fairing detail

With the 998cc Rotax twin slightly de-tuned from RSV Mille-spec, the Falco still has almost 120 horses on tap.  Hefty twin-spar aluminum cradle frame supports the 43mm Ohlins forks and monoshock rear.  Brakes are big at 320mm front / 220mm rear.  Despite pushing 450 lbs. fueled, the Falco is capable of a sub 12-second 1/4 mile and almost 160 mph top speed.  With its slightly cushier seat and higher bars, it's a more comfortable ride for a longer day.

20150828 2003 aprilia falco fl1000r left tank  20150828 2003 aprilia falco fl1000r right grip

20150828 2003 aprilia falco fl1000r right front wheel  20150828 2003 aprilia falco fl1000r left seat

The owner had blue and white ribbons applied to the fairings, a tribute to Alex de Angelis, who rode the Aprilia RSV 250 back then, and is riding an Aprilia in Moto GP this year for IodaRacing.  He also updated just about everything on the bike, bringing many systems up to the RSV level and lightening and color-coordinating everything else.  Truly too much to list, the owner provides this preamble in the eBay auction:

Here is for sale a very beautiful and unique motorcycle with tons of upgrades. It's one owner bike and I am the only owner and purchased this bike brand new from a dealership. Bike has always been cared for and always stored in heated garage under bike cover with a battery tender attached. Bike is always washed after every ride and oil is changed regularly. Always use Agip oil recommended by Aprilia. I have a lot of bikes (6) and this is one of my favorites but I need to thin out my herd.

If you ever wanted to have a beautiful and unique motorcycle with tons of upgrades here is your chance of owning one without doing all the work.

20150828 2003 aprilia falco fl1000r cockpit  20150828 2003 aprilia falco fl1000r left rear wheel

In between upgrades the owner somehow had time to live in NYC and ride the bike, looking great for 16,500 miles.  Widely reported as more fun on the road than the RSV, the Falco wasn't a winner in the showroom and only survived another year.  This particular Falco, with upgrades and accessories on the order of triple its value, does look like a winner...

20150828 2004 aprilia rsv250 de angelis

-donn

Beauty Tribute – 2003 Aprilia Falco SL1000R
Bimota August 29, 2015 posted by

Bimötaheads: 1986 Bimota DB1 and 1998 Bimota YB11

"Like any habit that becomes a vice, you think you can handle it.  Just the one.  That's what you tell yourself.  As a man of fortitude and strong character, you can take it or leave it.  But before too long you've crossed a line.  You don't even know where that line was and now you're hooked, unsure of how you got here not sure you even want to go back.   No one ever stops at just one Bimota". - Alan Seeley, Practical Sportbikes, August 2015

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Call it common sense or logic or whatever you want, there is a legitimate argument that says pre-bankruptcy Bimotas aren't worth the money, that modern day sportbikes are better at everything the Rimini factory produced back in the day, and that the company has more misses than hits.  It is true the Rimini firm's pre-bankruptcy operations resulted in some goods bikes (YB4, S8R) and some not-so-great (Mantra, VDue, Tesi 1D) but Bimotas still seem to appeal to a lot of collectors.

For this post, we have a Bimota collector located in Norwalk, Connecticut with a large collection of Bimotas who has decided to let two go; a 1986 Bimota DB1 and a 1998 Bimota YB11.

Note:  The collector indicates that the rest of the collection will be up for sale shortly so I suggest you favorite the seller if a Bimtoa is something you have on your wish list - Marty/Dallaslavowner

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1986 Bimota DB1 for sale on ebay

The DB1 was notable as the first "all-Italian" Bimota as it was the first effort with a Ducati engine.  While the DB1 came with a 750 cc Ducati powerplant, it was the frame that was a big improvement over the Ducati it was based on. Made of special steel tubing and using a triangulated "Birdcage" design, the frame used the engine as a stressed member.  The DB1 also had trick parts such as a triple-tree/fork top, clip-ons, rear-sets made of aluminum.

Several DB1 models were produced, this one appears to be the standard version with 36 mm carburetors and the quieter exhaust.

Here is a summary of the bike:

  • One of only 400 DB1's produced
  • 13,000 miles/19,000 kilometers
  • Custom two-in-one exhaust system
  • Belt service,and all fluids a few years ago
  • Special two piece custom wheels.
  • Few small stress cracks but nothing that would cause me to get the body refinished.
  • Bike will be sold with a bill of sale, but I believe it can be titled because its over 25 years oldv(never titled).

Opening Bid of $20,000 USD has already been met but reserve is not met.  Previous listings on RSBFS seem to show a price ranging between $35,000 for a used race bike to $45,000 USD for a new-in-the-crate edition.   This DB1 looks to be pristine, so expect the upper end of the range to be required to take this one home.

Now here is the second offering, a 1998 Bimota YB11 Superleggera.

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1998 Bimota YB11 for sale on ebay

While the the YB 11 had the same engine as the Yahama YZF1000R, the Bimota was 33 pounds (15kg) lighter than the Yamaha, hence the name Superleggera/"Superlight".  The reduced weight gave the YB11 neck cracking acceleration, with a flick of the throttle sending the YB11 ripping towards a top speed of 170mph.  The YB11 also came with a sophisticated Paioli rear shock and a new aluminium rear swingarm.  Overall, the Bimota was more race oriented than the YZR1000R it was based on, with a stretched-out riding position, flat seat and firmer suspension. Only 650 were reported to have been built.

Here is what the seller has to say

  • Has just over 3,000 miles.
  • Totally stock, includes the single seat cowl and passenger seat.
  • Only flaw is a crack in the windshield which I repaired with a high strength epoxy.

The opening bid price of $10,000 USD for this YB11 has not been met.  Previous YB11 listings on RSBFS seem to show a price ranging between $8,000 and $10,000 USD so this one might be priced a bit high but the YB11 is certainly one of the best looking pre-bankruptcy Bimota models.  Also Bimotas tend to depreciate very slowly but I have to say I don't think it will increase in value as a collectors item ala the VDue or Tesi editions.

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One last note - while these two Bimotas will likely appeal more to someone already experience with Bimotas,  the seller indicates that the rest of his Bimota collection will be up for sale shortly,   If a pre-bankruptcy Bimtoa is something you have on your wish list, I suggest you favorite the eBay auction seller id.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Writers Notation/shameless plug for which I will receive no type of compensation: The title of this post and some of the content are based on an article in the latest edition of my favorite magazine, Practical Sportbikes which is published out of the UK.   If you don't have a subscription and are a fan of late 1980's/1990's sportbikes, then you are missing out.   I urge you to get a subscription, you won't regret it - Marty/Dallaslavowner

Bimötaheads:  1986 Bimota DB1 and 1998 Bimota YB11
Yamaha August 28, 2015 posted by

Simple and Effective – 1985 Yamaha RZ-350 Kenny Roberts Edition

These days, it's longer to tell what's not onboard the RZ-350 than what is.  One of the last two-strokes in the U.S. market, there is no ECU, no 3-way adjustable dampers, no anti-dive, no traction control, no speed shifter, no fuel injection, no anti-lock brakes, etc., etc.  Just 375 lbs., 50 ponies, and maybe you.

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1985 Yamaha RZ-350 Kenny Roberts Edition for sale on eBay

20150827 1985 yamaha rz350 roberts edition right front

Not completely without modern equipment, the RZ-350 did have YPVS, the electronically-controlled exhaust port, which improved rideability.  But in most other ways it was just plain riding, a 350cc two-stroke introduced in 1983, the 1985 year having a lightweight bikini fairing and red-white colors.  A 6-speed transmission helps keep the 350cc twin on the boil.  Air-preload forks are complemented by monoshock rear suspension.  Triple-disk brakes make more space between telephone poles.   4.10 x 18 front and rear tires are on pretty light looking wheels.

20150827 1985 yamaha rz350 roberts edition cockpit  20150827 1985 yamaha rz350 roberts edition left fairing detail

A number of racey mods update this RZ350 - catalyst-equipped exhaust removed in favor of expansion chambers with mufflers, and handling enhancements up front include fork brace and steering damper.  The oil metering pump has been secured in favor of pre-mix, a standard racetrack update.  Otherwise the bike looks clean and original.

20150827 1985 yamaha rz350 roberts edition right tank  20150827 1985 yamaha rz350 roberts edition left engine

Though just five of the last 30 years are accounted for, the owner says in the eBay auction:

Collector quality 1985 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts Signature Edition with only 8889 actual miles in excellent condition.  All original paint and engine. Has Toomey pipes, Daytona fork brace and a steering stabilizer that appear to be period correct. The oil pump has been disabled and is set up for pre-mix only, very common safety modification. I have the dowel pin and instructions from the original owner if you want to put it back to stock.  I also have the original pipes as well as all the smog components, hoses etc. Bike also has its original tool kit and manual. Bike starts, runs, drives, stops, and idles as it should. Mechanically sound. The tires, while having plenty of tread, are starting to get weather checked. I have lovingly owned and enjoyed this bike in my collection for the last 5 years.

Might want to replace or make a close inspection of those tires and other wear parts, but this looks to be a great very sporty RZ...

-donn

Simple and Effective – 1985 Yamaha RZ-350 Kenny Roberts Edition
Suzuki August 27, 2015 posted by

Special Slabbie: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition for Sale

1986 Suzuki GSXR750R LE R Front

The iconic GSX-R750 looked ready for endurance racing right off the showroom floor. But while it set the standard in terms of racy looks, there were plenty of compromises made for production, and the 1986 GSX-R750R Limited Edition helped rectify that. The homologation LE included the regular production '86 bike's change to a longer swingarm, but added a dry clutch, lightweight aluminum fuel tank, solo seat, and electronic anti-dive forks.

1986 Suzuki GSXR750R LE R Side2

New, the bike cost $6,500 compared to about $4,000 for a standard GSX-R750, making it the most expensive Japanese sportbike of that time. The lightweight parts saved about 7lbs over the standard model, for a dry weight of 388lbs but it wasn't all that different from a standard GSX-R in most regards.

1986 Suzuki GSXR750R LE L Side Engine

LE's don't seem to have the desirability of the RC30 or OW01, but that may be down to the fact that they're not as exotic in terms of specification. This example has relatively low mileage and appears to be completely stock and in very good nick, as the Brits like to say.

1986 Suzuki GSXR750R LE Forks

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R LE

For sale is 1986 Suzuki gsx r750r Ltd, only 8700miles (14100km)
All original with all books, 2 keys, tools.
The bike is in excellent condition with no problems
Real opportunity for collectors and people who know facts about this motorcycle.
The bike is in
Europe in my storage.
Price includes the shipping to major continental
US ports where shipping from Europe (Germany) is possible.

1986 Suzuki GSXR750R LE Dash

Starting bid is $18,800 with no takers as yet but plenty of time left. The eBay listing indicates the bike is in Florida, but the text, "Price includes the shipping to major continental US ports where shipping from Europe [Germany] is possible" combined with the German VIN tag on the bike, suggests it's in Deutschland. If you're a collector, that may not matter. If you want to register this for road use, do some homework before laying down your cash.

-tad

1986 Suzuki GSXR750R LE R Side Tail

Special Slabbie: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition for Sale
Moto Guzzi August 27, 2015 posted by

Red Survivor – 1985 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 Mk. IV

Almost 20 years on since the introduction of the V7 and the big V-twin was still the basis for the Moto-Guzzi range.  Alejandro De Tomaso took a personal interest in the machine, displacement was increased from 850 to 1000cc, and the front wheel size reduced to 16 inches in the interest of quicker handling.  In various minor revisions and special editions, the Le Mans 1000 carried the marque until the early nineties when fuel injected models were ready.

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1985 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 Mk. IV for sale on eBay

20150826 1985 moto guzzi le mans 1000 mk iv left

Sporting a more angular but bikini-style fairing, the Mk. IV Le Mans looks back at the sporty cafe racer it was when introduced in 1976.  The red-orange paint, now extended to the frame and forks, recalls earlier 850 models.  Small body fairing and chin scoop direct air over the cylinders.  Larger valves and 10:1 compression ratio gave a nice bump in power from the 850, needed as weight had creeped up to over 500 lbs.  With shaft drive and the fairly high-geared 5-speed transmission, if not super quick the 1000 was plenty fast with a top speed of almost 140 mph.  Steering was enhanced with the 16-inch front wheel, though not all riders considered it an improvement to the long heavyweight the bike had become.  Early linked brakes were a safety enhancement, handlebar lever operating the right front brake disk, and pedal gave you left front and rear brake together, each disk 270mm.

20150826 1985 moto guzzi le mans 1000 mk iv right front  20150826 1985 moto guzzi le mans 1000 mk iv right rear

Sparklingly presented by a Nashville dealer, this Le Mans has only 5,100 original miles and appears unrestored.  The eBay auction lists a few updates and repairs:

This Le Mans is in fantastic original condition and was just picked up from the second owner. It is bone stock with the exception of the leather bags and upgraded exhaust (comes with original exhaust as well, in poor condition) The paint is all original and is very glossy with very few minute blemishes. The tires are new Metzlers, 500mi ago. The brakes lines were all replaced due to age (original included) and the rear master cylinder was also recently replaced. Comes with all it's original keys, 2 ignition, and two for the neck.

20150826 1985 moto guzzi le mans 1000 mk iv right engine detail  20150826 1985 moto guzzi le mans 1000 mk iv binnacle

Though a mature design at the beginning of the sportbike "revolution", the Le Mans 1000 is still a looker, and can still perform.  The bombproof twin and shaft drive make it a cafe racer for the long term...

-donn

Red Survivor – 1985 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 Mk. IV

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