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Suzuki February 29, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo

Update 3.8.2016: This bike sold within 24 hours of posting on RSBFS! Thanks to Chris for supporting the site and congratulations to the new owner. -dc

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Price is $9500. SOLD

Manufactured for just a year and truly a wonder, the Suzuki XN85 might've been the first turbocharged sportbike.  While Honda and Yamaha had earlier turbos, they were mid-size GT's while the Suzuki won kudos for handling.  Though its 85 hp are no longer monstrous, the well-tuned chassis and Kayaba suspension belies the XN85's weight and lets the wide torque band carry the day.

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seller's description:

Fully restored 1983 Suzuki XN85. Nut and bolt restoration. This XN85 Turbo is in near mint, museum quality. Near perfect. Restored approximately 2 years ago, the bike was shown at local bike and car shows by the two gentleman that restore antique bikes for a living. When I bought this XN85, there were two Enfields in the garage being restored, one was a sidecar The bike then sat in storage for a few years and is now ready for a new owner. This bike is exceptionally clean. 13,000 miles, but probably 50 miles or less since restoration. This bike is too nice for me to ride, needs to be in a collection or a museum. Runs, rides and stops. Just needs a new owner.
Anyone who knows about the XN85 is aware of how rare these are. Only 300 imported to the United States in 1983, the only year of production.
According to my research, the last one offered for sale was in 2014, on raresportbikesforsale.com. A few have surfaced in Europe, but none recently. Here is your opportunity to own a piece of motorcycling history.

Pictures

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1snkpjc4zqdwl2j/AADMh7MQB5CuxQWP1k5OrWRKa?oref=e&n=221148714
PRICE
$9500 USD

Shipping can be handled via uship.com
Phone Contact
Chris

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An air/oil-cooled four with just 673 cc's, the XN85's chassis was the neutral-handling basis for the succeeding GS750ES.  The engine used piston squirters to help the oil cool things, later developed into Suzuki's two-stage oil pump.  Ergonomics are sporty with factory clip-ons and rearset controls.  The angular fairing recalled the Muth-designed 1981 Katana, and used a 16-inch front wheel to help turn-in.  The XN85 has one of Suzuki's first Full-Floater rear suspensions as well as anti-dive forks.  Brakes are ready for higher speeds with 290mm front discs, 265mm rear.

Not unused with 13,000 miles, this XN85 was recently restored, looks mint and has turned only a few hundred miles since.  It's been mostly going to shows, and might remain there, though it looks like it would be a great rider.  The turbo system's forced induction allows a much simpler 2-valve head and the engine should be very robust.  Quite rare with only 1,100 in existence and under 300 stateside, it's likely to be the only one in the neighborhood.

-donn

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Featured Listing – 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo
Ducati February 29, 2016 posted by

Stacked – 2003 Ducati 999R

Delivered with a level of performance and finish that left owners and aftermarket folks scratching their heads, Ducati 999R's often return to the market with just a few miles and not many mods.  999's were made 2003-06, and there were R-models in each year except 2004 for SuperBike racing homologation.  Though there are more sensible, even more fun bikes for the street, if you have access to some long rural sweepers this would be an inspiring ride.

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2003 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

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Somewhat more oversquare than a standard 999 and ready for more revs, the 999 cc testastretta makes 139 hp.  Heads and cams were also new for the -R.  The silver trestle frame is hung with top-line Öhlins at both ends, and car-sized Brembo radially mounted brakes.  Wheels were also new, Y-spoke forgings from Marchesini.  The fairing is primarily carbon fiber, and is slightly taller overall, with stacked headlights accommodating the barely more upright riding position.

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Appearing to be a two-owner bike, this 999R looks mint and has had recent major maintenance.  Not much in the way of farkles except the open clutch cover, the owner states the Termignoni exhaust is an add-on, though -R's were shipped with street and race exhausts, maybe the previous owner sold one and the current owner upgraded.  From the eBay auction:

Thinning my collection and selling my beautiful 999R. Original year and design. 03 was the only year to have the full carbon fiber bodywork, following years changed the rear seating section to plastic. This year is also serial numbered, #186. 1885 miles. Title is clear but want to be open that the bike was dropped by previous owner, probably after a few hundred miles, at slow speed in the rain (so I was told) and the left side fairing was replaced (not repaired or repainted) by motocorsa to the tune of $4500. Nothing else other than the bodywork was damaged.
Mostly stock aside from Speedymoto clutch cover and Termis. Has been ridden sparingly over the last couple of years and was last serviced by Ducati dealer about a 100 miles ago with all new fluids and belts etc. Has Shorai lithium battery. Pictures describe its condition best. Small scratch on swingarm but thats about it as far as flaws. Very nice R model 999.

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Though still a future classic among fans, the 999R's sheaf of enthusiastic reviews and 3 WSBK titles can't be ignored.  This is an amazingly well-designed and built road bike, of course for an experienced rider and wide open spaces, or the race course.  2003 seems a good vintage with a numbered edition of 500 and the carbon seat fairing.  Not without its faults, the starting and  cooling systems were frail and wouldn't be updated until the 1098.  The incident damage is a question that would have to settled by an inspection, but the new cam belts are reassuring.  Quite a few bids with three days yet to run...

-donn

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Stacked – 2003 Ducati 999R
Suzuki February 28, 2016 posted by

Tasty Replica: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ Walter Wolf for Sale

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf R Side

Race-replicas are generally garish affairs: race bike paint is intended to offer up a striking rolling billboard that differentiates the machine on track and gets attention for sponsors. But the Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf replica offers up subtle but effective style that's very unusual among race-reps. Maybe that's because Walter Wolf never actually sponsored racing motorcycles... Although named like a Bond Villain, Walter Wolf was actually an Austrian-born, Canadian oil-industry success that sponsored a Formula 1 team in the 1970s.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf L Side

 

The RG500 was fitted with an exotic, race-inspired powerplant, a water-cooled "square" four with a pair of cranshafts that was shared with no other production motorcycle. Dry weight was under 400lbs and, with 100 crankshaft horsepower, the RG offered up a roadgoing Moto GP experience unavailable anywhere else.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf Front

The seller mentions that he's also owned Yamaha's RD/RZ500 but considers the Gamma to be a "far better performer." While on paper the two were very evenly matched, in practice the Gamma was edgier, sportier. In what likely seemed like a good idea at the time, Yamaha pitched their two-stroke V4 for the street, fitting a balance shaft that gave the bike a far more refined feel. But Suzuki's RG500 managed to more closely replicate the racebike feel buyers were looking for, and is generally far more sought-after today. The Yammie certainly has it's devotees and is a very desirable motorcycle, but reviewers are pretty clear: the Gamma is where it's at for speed and thrills.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf L Side Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ Walter Wolf Replica for Sale

I'm selling my 1986 Suzuki RG 500 Walter Wolf. If you are not familiar with this bike, read below.

The RG500 Walter Wolf  was a very limited, very distinctive edition of the 500cc Suzuki machine that has won seven championships in world class Gran Prix racing. That racing heritage continued in 1986 with the Walter Wolf sponsored RG500 winning the Canadian National Pro and American Production Championships. The full power Walter Wolf RG500 Gamma of which on 99 were produced, were only exported to Canada. No one (including the Japanese domestic market) was to receive the real deal 95 HP Wolf. The Canadian bikes did not have the WW logo on the gauges nor the WW key. Of the 99 production Canada WW's a surprising number went to Mexico where Walter Wolf was a big name in F1 auto racing circles.

I bought my WW from the original owner in 2001. He was a Suzuki dealer in Long Island New York. He used his connections to get the bike delivered to his dealership, and had it registered and titled in New York State. When he sold it to me he included a  Walter Wolf key blank, lots of magazines articles about the Suzuki Gamma. He also included a scale model "kit" that is in the original box, as well as "odds and ends".

Included in the "odds and ends" is misc hardware turn signal lenses and "blanks"... and a fairing retro-fit from Suzuki Japan. I have the original owners manual and the factory shop manual. I also have a MPH speedometer. I believe I have the "proper" front and rear turn signals as well.

I have the 2-up seat.
I have the factory lift stand with the GAMMA Logo.
I also have a complete set of micro-fiche..
I have the original factory tool kit.
When he sold it to me he also gave me the original shipping container... which I (sadly) threw away.

Just before he sold the bike to me he had a "low side". I had it repaired and refinished by Sean Lezotte of CCR. The color match is perfect. One of the canisters was "scuffed". I have some cans of the proper blue paint.

I installed new tires (Avon's). I had a gear dog break off... which I replaced.

I moved to Georgia in 2007 and titled the bike in Georgia (clean). In 2010 I had the bike "looked over" by one of the famous "Gamma Gurus" who gave it a clean bill of health.

After his work and assessment I rode the bike for about 100 miles. I then parked it in a climate controlled garage..

That is the entire history of the bike except the issue of mileage. When I bought the bike it had a MPH speedometer on it that the previous owner said was necessary to pass NY inspection. The last "mechanic" to work on the bike replaced my MPH speedometer with my KPH speedometer... for unknown reasons. I would say the MPH speedometer number is correct. I have BOTH speedometers.

I am a motorcycle enthusiast. I have owned many high performance motorcycles over the past 30-35 years including RZ 500's,  Nortons, Triumphs, Rickmans and other iconic street bikes.

This is a fine example of a really high performance motorcycle. Riding one of these V-4 Two Strokes is quite fun. Having owned the RZ and the RG, I thought both were incredible..but the Suzuki was a better performer.

My pictures are not arranged in any particular order....and look horrible. I am no photographer.

I hope to get a fair price from an enthusiast.

If not, I'll keep it.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf Dash

Well that seems fair. And given the interest a regular Gamma generates, I don't think he'll have too much trouble drumming up the interest he wants. Mileage isn't super-low at 12,000 but it certainly is in super condition otherwise. The bike looks beautiful and is claimed to run well, but will the fact that the bike lacks the iconic "WW" logo gauges deter the purists?

Time and the comments section will tell.

-tad

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf R Side Front

Tasty Replica: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ Walter Wolf for Sale
Laverda February 26, 2016 posted by

Italian BMW – 1984 Laverda RGS1000

An old joke about European heaven and hell ( in heaven the French do the cooking, the Italians romance, the British are the police, and Germans run the trains - you know what happens in hell ) came to mind when I read a review of the Laverda RGS1000, owners were so impressed by the build quality they termed it the Italian BMW.  Coming at the beginning of the end for Laverda, the RGS1000 was an inspired sport heavyweight that kept the brand alive and still has a following today.

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1984 Laverda RGS1000 for sale on eBay

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Based on the 981cc triple from the 1970's Jota ( itself an evolution of the 750cc twin ) the RGS engine uses a 120-degree crankshaft, inherently smoother than the Jota but subject to a secondary vibration requiring rubber engine mounts.  The triple Dell'Orto carbs help the engine toward 83 hp and 57 ft.-lbs. torque.  Suspension is all Marzocchi, air assisted, and triple Brembo 280mm disc brakes.  A very low 30-inch seat height allow the upper-only fairing to protect the rider at the 137 mph top speed.  Chockablock with neat details, it has a beautiful mono seat fairing, Vitaloni mirrors and a tank ready for a magnetic bag ( fuel filler is on the fairing ).

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Coming out of Toronto, this RGS1000 looks excellent and shows only 6,600 kms.  Pictures aren't hi-res, but once right side up ( how did that happen ? ) they show a clean un-hacked classic.  Nothing about repairs or maintenance, which is acceptable considering the low mileage.  From the eBay auction:

1984 Laverda RGS 1000.  6600 KMS.  Mint condition.  Comes with factory original mint exhaust as well as the three into one Laverda racing exhaust.  Both exhausts are mint as is this particular RGS 1000.  A true all original unmolested survivor. 6600 KMS from new!  A rare opportunity to purchase a true gem. None finer and not a restoration.

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Almost a cult at this point, Laverda owners have several clubs and stay in close touch.  Just as well since despite the hand-built craftsmanship, the RGS requires valve clearance checks every 3000 miles, requiring removal of the fairing and fuel tank.  When carefully maintained, the smooth triple can have a long lifetime.  Though the bike is a portly 550 lbs., the fairing lends excellent fuel economy, and the RGS reviewed as a stable, invigorating ride.  Rare by any definition, only 250 or so of the 2500 total production made it to the states.

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In the end, the gorgeous heavyweight sport tourer made by a small, family-owned Italian firm could only delay the inevitable, and Laverda shortly entered the throws of bankruptcy before being bought and retired by Aprilia in 2000.  But well-made bikes like the RGS1000 live on.  In Laverda's strange alternate universe, maybe Ducati would be making dual-sports and BMW sportbikes...

-donn

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Italian BMW – 1984 Laverda RGS1000
Yamaha February 25, 2016 posted by

One for street, one for track:
1989 & 1990 Yamaha FZR1000’s

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Back at the end of the 1980's Yamaha was achieving success across its entire lineup of sportbikes with the FZR400, FZR750 (also known as the OW01) and at the top, the FZR1000.  The FZR1000 was ruling the litre class not due its having the most powerful engine or the best handling but by having the best overall balance.  How good was the FZR1000?  Let me put it this way; the FZR1000 was crowned "bike of the decade" by Cycle World and has been referenced as the most complete sportbike of its generation.

While the FZR did not have the most powerful engine of the late 1980's litre bikes, it did have one significant advantage over its rivals; the EXUP system.  EXUP (Exhaust Ultimate Power value) was a system that adjusted the header opening based on RPM via an ECU-controlled valve.  EXUP helped to resolve one of the problems with late 1980's litre bikes; narrow powerbands.  The system significantly widened/smoothed out the powerband which made the big Fizzer throttle response immediate no matter what the speed.  NOTE:  Similar setups were eventually launched by the competitors including Suzuki and Honda.

An excellent explanation of the EXUP system can be found via this link.

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Note:  This pic is not from either of the bikes in this auction

For this listing, the seller has two FZR 1000's available via an estate sale, with both having had the same previous owner.

Here is the first one, a 1989 in the OEM white/red/blue that looks to be in excellent condition.

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1989 Yamaha FZR 1000 (street version) on ebay

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Condition for this one looks to be super clean but not completely OEM.  Aftermarket items I have noticed include different mirrors, flush mounted front turn signals, a supertrapp exhaust and the rear wheels have been upgraded to Performance Machine units.  Overall the bike looks to be immaculate and given the previous owners reputation for bike care, the bike seems to be in outstanding condition.

Here is what the seller has to say:

From the estate of aerospace engineer & club road racer David Molitor, known for the meticulous care of his street and racing bikes. This is Molitor's street FZR1000.  

Showing less than 14,000 well-kept miles, it has just been treated to a 'make-run' consisting of a carb clean, new sparkplugs & fresh battery. Compression on all cylinders was 210-215 psi and the engine recorded 127.8 hp at the rear wheel on Jordan's dyno-meter.

It has to be one of the cleanest, best-sorted FZR1000s around. Among the bike's features are a 4-into-1 SuperTrapp exhaust system and a Yamaha OW factory race kit ignition module

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Here is the second one, a 1990 that is setup for the track.

1990 FZR 1000 setup for the track

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Condition for this one isn't as nice as the street version, with some rust apparent on the steel brake rotors and the rear chain. As with all race bikes, condition is a bit a gamble and the pictures have the odometer obscured which is a concern. Also based on the pictures tires will need to be replaced.

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On the plus side, according to the seller the bike has covered less than an estimated 5000 miles and has a host of upgrades. Overall the bike seems to be in good condition for a 26 year old race bike.

Here is what the seller has to say:

Has just been treated to a 'make-run' at Jordan Engineering, consisting of a carb clean, new sparkplugs & fresh battery. Compression on all cylinders was 210-215 psi and the engine recorded an impressive 151 hp at the rear wheel on Jordan's dynamometer (see pic attached to auction). Among the bike's many features:

  • Carillo connecting rods
  • Upgraded 6-speed transmission
  • Keihin FCR41mm carburetors with individual K&N filters
  • Yoshimura exhaust system
  • Yoshimura throttle
  • Tecnomagnesio rims
  • Performance Machine four-piston front brake calipers
  • Performance Machine cast-iron rotors (spare stainless rotors included in sale)
  • Ohlins shock with remote reservoir
  • Attack Racing rearsets
  • Carbon-fiber front fender

Now we come to the big question (s):  What are these two big Fizzer's worth?  Well first of all, the street version will likely cost more than the track version simply by the fact that it hasn't been raced and there will be less worries about the engine condition.   Previous posts on RSBFS of the 1989 FZR1000 seem to show prices climbing in the last few years, with pristine and complete 1st year EXUP versions generating prices of about $6,000 USD.  Since this one isn't completely OEM, I would expect the price to be a bit lower, perhaps around $4,500-$5,000 USD?

As for the race bike, thats a bit tougher to guess a price on.  The claimed low mileage and care of ownership evidenced by bike #1 are pluses but rust, tire condition and generally being a bike for trashing on the track go against it.  I think this one will go a bit less than bike #1, maybe $3,500-$4,000 USD.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

One for street, one for track: </br>1989 & 1990 Yamaha FZR1000’s
Ducati February 24, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: Brand New Tricolore Ducati 851 Superbike Kit Bike

Update 2.24.2016: Back on eBay and ready for spring fever! Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Ducati 851 Superbike Kit Tricolore

While we've seen the occasional Tricolore Ducati here at RSBFS, we've only seen one other 851 Superbike Kit offered before and that was 5 years ago! This example is our latest Featured Listing and it has never been started.

1988 Ducati 851 Superbike Kit for sale on eBay

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From Ian Falloons book, Ducati Desmoquattro Sportbikes:

As Ducati was a manufacturer producing fewer than 50,000 motorcycles a year, the homologation requirements for World Superbike required 200 units of the 851 to be built for 1988. This homologation machine was known as the 851 Superbike Kit [...] Known as the "Tricolore" because of the distinctive red, white and green color scheme, 207 Superbike Kits were produced; 54 going to the United States so that the 851 could be homologated for Superbike racing.

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From the seller's eBay listing:

Brand New bike stored since new. As Homologated in "Race form" with headlight, tail light and no speedo or turn signals. Factory Conti Black Chrome slip ons, Marzocchi M1R Forks, Braced Swing Arm, Marvic Magnesium wheels,Pankl Ti Rods & other parts that set it apart from the 851 Strada.

Absolutely original throughout including all panels and paint, decals, Michelin Radial Slicks- Original battery never filled. No Kit spares come with the bike. 2 Dealer owners & 2nd private owner.

Minor flaws or age affected areas are:
Stress crack in right upper fairing just into paint, no damage to upper
Paint on MC reservoir caps bubbled around edges
Engine paint lifted in 1-2 spots on upper surface
Rear shock travel bumper gone from dry rotting

Bike was at some point previously stored with intake velocity stacks open and exposed as there is no air filter element, so we took the top end apart for a peek and re-assembled with new timing belts and gaskets. Oil was changed for inspection as well but original filter left in place. A 26 year old never started bike would not be something you just dump gas in and fire up without some further overall inspection. It is still dry of fuel, coolant and clutch fluid. Clutch was disassembled and plates glass beaded being plain steel and having some rust on the surface. There is nothing to hide and bike presents excellent for age.
International buyers welcome with proper export quality crating & help available with shipping arrangements. Bike is available for inspection in Eastern PA.

Note: MSO is from original dealer and was reassigned to second dealer. Kept that way for proof that it has never been titled. Bill of sale will accompany original MSO.

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With a buy-it-now showing a $41k asking price, only serious Ducatisti collectors need apply. But with so few of these produced worldwide, and even fewer kept in near-new condition, this is indeed a special opportunity. Good luck to buyers and seller, and Happy Thanksgiving!

dc

Featured Listing:  Brand New Tricolore Ducati 851 Superbike Kit Bike

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