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Honda October 26, 2017 posted by Aaron

Big Bird: 2002 Honda CBR1100XX

Before the Suzuki Hayabusa swept in at the turn of the century to claim world's fastest production bike status, the Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird ruled the top speed roost. When it came out in 1997, the Blackbird, named for the Lockheed SR-71 spy plane, stopped the motorcycling press in its tracks.

2002 Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird

With 135 horses to the rear wheel from its 1,100 cc inline four, the biggest, heaviest CBR screamed all the way to 178 mph, giving it a 3 mph edge over the Kawasaki ZX-11. Two years later, both bikes were relegated to the back pages with the 'Busa's introduction, but the Blackbird soldiered on as a potent sport tourer until 2003 in the states and 2007 across the pond.

The looks have aged well, and the bike has smoother flanks and crisper lines than the Suzuki, and still strikes a handsome profile nearly 15 years since it left this market. This 2002 Blackbird has been kept in close to perfect shape, with a few choice upgrades and all of its original take-offs in a box.

As a later example, this bike carries Honda's PGM-FI and ram air, which means no-choke starting and a power boost at high RPM. It has covered 20,000 miles and should be dead reliable for the next owner.

 

From the eBay listing:

2002 Honda Blackbird for Sale in Excellent to Immaculate condition. Bird has always been garaged covered and all maintenance is up to date within the last 500 miles. Bike has only been ridden 2x this past year alone and always hooked up to a battery tender in my shop. Bike has new DID chain, new sprockets, and comes with factory seat plus a Corbin seat with silver pin striping. Has HID low beam headlights, customized mirror extenders, shorty levers, and I customized 2 accessory outlets for a radar detector and GPS. Comes with Ram mounts for a Radar Detector (not included) and Garmin GPS and is included. I have installed a Throttlemeister cruise control, stainless steel covers for fluid levels, and I changed all gauges to Blue LED lights. The bike also has a multicolored light kit with different patterns of lights throughout the body. Cover is included. I have all original manuals and a factory service manual that I put in a huge binder with laminated pages when working on in the shop. Bike needs absolutely nothing and owner will not be disappointed if looking for a classic Bird. The bike is an eye catcher. I will be including all knick knacks that I have for the bike. I do have the factory windscreen and as well as a Zero gravity double bubble to go along with purchase. some extra oil, and an oil filter. I also have 2 travel bags to throw in. Basically, anything that I have street-bike related will go with the Bird. I am just cleaning out my Street Bike collection as I will NO longer be riding! Bike sold as is. Feel free to email with any questions.

Buy-It-Now is set at a very reasonable $4,500, which will net the buyer an immensely capable sport touring ride with a very special name.

Big Bird: 2002 Honda CBR1100XX
Suzuki October 25, 2017 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: Unrestored 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

Update 11.2.2017: SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Thank you to buyer and seller for supporting the site! -dc

We seem to have been awash with slab-sided early Gixxers of late, as the magnificent, watershed beasts enjoy a renaissance of interest and value. Prices for the limited edition bikes are nudging the stratosphere, especially for aging Japanese iron, and they're pulling the "normal" GSX-Rs along with them.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 For Sale on eBay

This first-year 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 is a great example of a gently-aged classic sportbike, and is a true time machine, having been kept immaculate rather than being restored, and wearing only aftermarket parts that were added in the bike's heyday.

The early bikes were very light for the day, and handled on rails when compared to the bulk of big bikes available at the time. Their 18-inch wheels show their age, however, and the square-tube aluminum frame doesn't stack up to modern bikes as well as some others.

With the exception of just a few tiny cracks, the bike here is immaculate, especially since it hasn't been mildly restored.

From the eBay listing:

86 Suzuki GSXR 1100, a true survivor, all original body panels and tank in excellent condition. Has some small cracks as shown in photos for its age. Yoshimura period correct 4 into 1 jetted for factory airbox. Original stock OEM exhaust included. Wheels have been powder coated to factory black, brake system flushed, new fork seals, new chain and battery. 16,429 miles, clean title , Bike fires and runs great.

The $7,500 asking price is about right for a first-year GSX-R 1100 in condition this good, and the bike will be a choice addition to someone's sportbike collection.

Featured Listing: Unrestored 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100
Yamaha October 21, 2017 posted by Aaron

Buy the Pair: 1988 and 1990 Yamaha FZR400

The Yamaha FZR 400 is the kind of bike that manages to get ignored by wide swathes of the motorcycling population, but instill deep devotion in those who have discovered its fantastic chassis, sprightly engine and general friendliness.

1988 Yamaha FZR400 for sale on eBay   1990 Yamaha FZR400 for sale on eBay

That appears to have been the case here, as the seller has not one, but two FZR 400s, and from two different eras of the 14,000 RPM featherweight. The 1988 model has covered a few more miles,  but wears Yamaha's iconic red and white livery and fantastic "pure sportsgraphics. The 1990 is slightly lower mileage, but wears the still cool but not as pretty later livery.

FZR cognoscenti will also know that the '90 should make the better rider's bike and track day machine, as it has bigger, four-pot front discs and an aluminum Deltabox swingarm, as opposed to the older model's square steel unit. Either bike will be a more engaging ride than the heavier, flexier, less-special FZR600 that was available at the same time.

With about 60 horses pushing about 400 pounds, the FZR400 is no slouch, especially for its size and its lovely inline four responds beautifully to revs.

From the eBay listings:

1988 Yamaha FZR400:

1988 Yamaha FZR-400

5470 miles. This is straight out of my personal collection.
New Bridgestones front and rear, complete head to toe service done.
Turn key and ready to play.
See all the pictures for better details. All stock, never raced,
Clean Clear NJ street title!
Really nice example of rare classic!

Call/text me at 845-807-8181 if you have any questions or would like to see the bike in person...check our other auctions for a 90 FZR-400 that I'm also selling.

Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer; New York residents add sales tax.

1990 Yamaha FZR400:

1990 Yamaha FZR-400

100% original and unmolested, with only 5022 miles.
This is straight out of My personal collection. NEVER raced or modified.
Only year in this color combination and Deltabox swingarm.
New Pirellis front and rear, just did a head-to-toe service!
Carbs, NGK plugs, air filter, anti-freeze flush, brake system flush, and oil change using Bel-Ray semi-synthetic.
No rattle can or touch-up paint has ever touched this bike! This little Fizzer is not only rare but ready to ride! Clean Clear NY title.

Call/text me at 845-807-8181 if you have any questions or would like to see the bike in person...check our other auctions for an 88 FZR-400 that I'm also selling.

Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer; New York residents add sales tax.

The ask for each bike is in the upper echelon of what one should reasonably expect for these bikes. They are each in beautiful condition and apparently need nothing, but are not likely to gain much more value. That said, they likely won't take a plunge any time soon, either.

Buy the Pair: 1988 and 1990 Yamaha FZR400
Sport Bikes For Sale October 20, 2017 posted by Aaron

Slightly scruffy but ready to go: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

Yet another two-stroke from the land of Craigslist, this 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma wears the brand's iconic blue and white superbike livery and looks very nice, despite its fair share of scratches and scuffs. Further signs of the bike's age and use are cracked bolt holes at the mirror mounts on the cowl.

With the ugly stuff out of the way, this looks like the perfect Gamma to enjoy on your local backroads, with a set of aftermarket pipes and pod filters and a set of 17-inch rims from a Katana, which will improve handling and tire choices. The front brakes are Katana fare, too, and are a good bit bigger and more powerful than the stock units. The improved handling and stopping will be a welcome change on the Gamma, which has a reputation for being something of a demanding ride.

Save the pod filters and pipes, the 500cc square-four mill is stock, and was good for a stout 93 horses at the output shaft when new. That's more than enough to make the front end lively when the power hits, especially given the bike's 400-ish pound wet weight.

From the Craigslist ad:

Canadian model. Clean California title in hand. 19,640 kilometers so about 12,200 miles.

The good stuff: Bike runs awesome. Motor, tranny and carbs are stock. Has LG style pod air filters. Battery is new and has been relocated to original airbox location. Stock oil tank and pump in place. Upgraded with Katana front 3" and rear 3.5 X 17" rims. Larger Katana front rotors and calipers for better braking. Braided brake lines front and rear. Nikon pipes. New spark plugs. New transmission oil. Jetted for pods and pipes, but you will want to verify jetting for your area.

The bad stuff: Minor scratches on tank, solo seat cowl and mid fairing. No dents in tank or broken tabs or cracks on bodywork except upper cowl. Upper cowl has the typical cracks at the mirror area, but cosmetically it is very nice. Lower cowl is a fiberglass Lance Gamma replacement. See pictures for details.

Overall this bike is a great example of the RG500 that has the proper upgrades. Minor cosmetic work and the bike will be perfect. $14,500.00 OBO

With the rideability modifications the bike should be a peach of a canyon carver. The ask is healthy for a 32-year-old bike, to be sure, but the values of these old GP-style two-strokes have spiked recently, so it is not outside the range of reason.

Slightly scruffy but ready to go: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma
Sport Bikes For Sale October 19, 2017 posted by Aaron

Silver Wolf: 1987 Suzuki RG400 Gamma

If memory serves, this is only the second 1987 Suzuki RG400 Walter Wolf we have featured with silver livery instead of the much more common navy blue. Further adding to the intrigue is this bike's 400cc displacement, as we much more often feature its bigger 500cc brother.

The seller claims to have had a bunch of two-stroke Suzukis over the years, and says the 60-horse 400cc square four gives up little performance to the bigger bike. A quick Google does not back up that claim, with available spec sheets showing the 500 made 93 horses. For perspective: both bikes weigh about 400 pounds, but the 400 gives up more power than most dual sports make to the 500.

Weight, handling and road manners should be pretty close despite the grunt differential, and suspension, chassis bits and body panels should swap right over. This bike looks great and has all its original bodywork, though the seat cowl wears paint that does not match the rest of the bike particularly well.

From the Craigslist ad:

1987 Suzuki RG400 gamma

Only 4500 miles or 7200km, miles are correct I am sure, new tires, original bore and piston/piston rings, good original condition, everything works good. 4 cylinder 2 stroke moto gp replica that only goes up in value. Bike sat for many many years in Japan before I got it. I cleaned the carbs and rotors and put a few hundred miles on it. Runs good, no issues I am aware of. Bike is all original except for Sugaya exhaust ( excellent sound and performance) and pod air filters with carb jets changed for filters and pipes. I have owned many RG500 and this 400 runs just as fast, cant understand why the 500 goes for so much more? There are very few differences between the 500 and 400, almost every part is interchangeable, mostly piston diameter and a few other minor things. VERY easy to get low cost parts, not that you would need any, these are the most reliable motors that I know of. The original OEM body work is very good, NOT the cheap aftermarket bodywork you see on ebay, original OEM all of it, NO typical cracks near the mirror mounts, some repairs here and there, scuff on the right side, see pics. I did paint the OEM seat cowl and it does not match that well, have the rear seat if you dont want to use it. Tank has some rust in it, I cleaned it and never had any problems. Vermont reg/title, we must transfer it here in Florida. If your looking for a bike to ride, this is a good fit, if your looking for a museum piece or something mint, DO NOT BOTHER!! send an email through CList if you want to chat. If your thinking about making an offer lower than my price the answer is NO, FIRM PRICE, thanks for reading my ad.

The $9,500 firm asking price seems reasonable, given the machine's rarity and condition, and the fact that similar 500s are trading closer to the $15,000 mark these days.

Silver Wolf: 1987 Suzuki RG400 Gamma
Sport Bikes For Sale October 18, 2017 posted by Aaron

Garish but Good: 1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance and Hines

The 1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance and Hines was little more than a garish factory-applied graphics package to celebrate the two manufacturers' AMA Supersport partnership. We've covered a few of these things over the years, and I might be the only person on the RSBFS team who legitimately digs heinous '90s graphics packages.

1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance and Hines for sale on eBay

There is something so appropriately in-your-face about two heinously bright colors jammed together on a machine that was never designed to make you the Kiwanis Club's favorite Eagle Scout. If you're gonna be antisocial, you might as well be ugly and hard to miss.

This bike is number 331 out of 600 such machines made, and carries the de rigueur Vance and Hines exhaust system, along with the fairly rare Powerpak CDI box. The seller makes no mention of the CDI, or whether the bike has been jetted to accommodate the mods. If it has, it will positively scream. (Side note: I owned a standard '90 FZR with this exhaust setup. Absolutely the loudest machine I have ever owned or ridden. Period.)

Vance and Hines 331 is in good shape, but has a scratched engine cases and needs its choke lever bolted back on. The seller lists a bunch of recent easy maintenance, so it should be a pretty reliable ride, even with the imperfections.

From the eBay listing:

So I have been debating selling this for a while now. It just sits and is extra insurance costs. It is a 1992 Vance & Hines one of only 600 ever made. These are getting more and more rare all the time but because of the color maybe not as popular. Personally I think this screams early 90s and I love how it stands out. This is an excellent running machine and could be driven daily easily. This summer I have changed the oil, spark plugs, brake pads, brake fluid and radiator fluid. The carburetors have been run through recently cleaned and synchronized as well. The bike made 87 hp at the rear wheel which is unheard of for the year. It's quite a great running bike. I have been paying way too much for insurance though as I love bikes too much. I have so many that this is just one I don't use. The bad, well it has scratches on both sides of the engine not the plastic and the front fairing has cracks in it. Also the choke is not bolted on and it has a fan switch. So nothing major for a bike this old. When changing the spark plugs I checked everywhere and the engine is clean, spotless no leaks anywhere.

I have extra bar ends, the actual plastic that goes under seat, extra rear lights, the book and of course you can't have this without the poster. 😉 I also have a video of this running on youtube I can share from last year.

The auction has seen little activity yet, and the starting bid is low enough to make this a great entry point into a bike that might not have the provenance of some of its peers, but will always be desirable to the right person.

Garish but Good: 1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance and Hines