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Yamaha March 8, 2018 posted by Aaron

Rev happy import: 1989 Yamaha FZR400R

Yamaha FZR400s were available in the States for a good part of their run, and attracted a loyal club racing following thanks to liter-bike embarrassing corner speeds and engines that begged for revs. This 1989 Yamaha FZR400R is an import from the UK, and carries the bulbous front end from the legendary OW01 and a few go bits we didn't get.

1989 Yamaha FZR400R for sale on eBay

With a Tennessee title and registration already secured, it shouldn't be too difficult to get the bike plated anywhere. The '89 FZR400R carries the aluminum Deltabox swingarm and four-pot brakes that didn't make our shores until the 1990 Fizzers broke cover.

It looks to be in decent condition overall, with about 15,500 miles on the clock. The fairings and paint look decent overall, but the bike shows minor rash down the left side.

From the eBay listing:

Up for No Reserve Auction is this completely stock Yamaha 3EN2 FZR400R. These rarities are little brothers to the Yamaha ow01 FRZ750R superbike. This all aluminum cycle displays its age well, and is in great shape, with only light scrapes and minor corrosion. The bike has been registered, tagged, and titled, in Tennessee.

I am selling several grey market bikes. Please check my other listings or inquire as to availability. I may be able to assist with delivery at a competitive rate. I ask that a non-refundable deposit of $500 be paid within 24 hours of purchase, and the balance be paid within seven days. Thank you for taking interest in my listing. Feel free to call or text with questions to 423 747 3265

Footage shows the bike on or near The Tail of the Dragon in the East Tennessee hills in warmer months. Those days are just around the corner, and the bike is ready and willing for a new rider to experience its cornering prowess.

Rev happy import: 1989 Yamaha FZR400R
Sport Bikes For Sale March 7, 2018 posted by Aaron

Handful of bees: 1985 Yamaha RZ350

The Yamaha RZ350 represents the last available road-going two stroke available in the U.S., and it brought to bear the full might of Yamaha's research and development into oil burners up to that point. In '85, the bikes paid tribute to King Kenny Roberts, sporting his factory bumble bee livery and his signature on the upper bikini fairing.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

The RZs reviewed well, as sharp-handling, powerful street bikes. They didn't shine until above 6,000 RPM, but above that threshold they got down the road with aplomb.

This 1985 Yamaha RZ350 has had a recent once over, during which it got a new chain, tires, brake pads, fluids and a carb clean. The seller says his mechanic gave the top end a clean bill of health. The bike has done just 4,500 miles from new, so it should be fully ready to be an occasional summer mount.

From the eBay listing:

Really nice running low mileage Rz350. I had my mechanic who knows these well go through it last fall. He changed all the fluids, cleaned the carbs, new front brake pads, new tires, new gold 520 chain. He said the top end was like new. There are a couple of very small dings on the left side of the tank. These bikes are really fun to ride and they handle great. Bike is for sale locally and I reserve the right to end the auction early if it sells. Deposit at auction end through PayPal, balance by certified check or wire transfer. I can keep the bike for a while until shipping arrangements are made. Here’s a link to see it running.

 

Handful of bees: 1985 Yamaha RZ350
Yamaha March 2, 2018 posted by Aaron

Big Fizz: 1990 Yamaha FZR1000 3GM

It's hard to find an FZR 1000 that isn't as cool as a snow cone in a blizzard, but the '89s and '90s really speak to me. Maybe it's the Bike of the Decade designation for the '89s. Maybe it's the Ow01-aping bug-eyed fairing. Maybe it's the sub-three-second 0-60 and 170 mph top end. Probably it's a little of each.

1990 Yamaha FZR1000 3GM

In any case, the drool comes on hard and strong when one of these comes up, and today's 1990 Yamaha FZR1000 3GM is from a friend of the site whose rides are always a cut above the rest. It has one aftermarket fairing to replace a cracked original, but the bodywork is otherwise untouched. The cracked original piece is included, for those who have to have everything just as it was.

From the eBay listing:

Time to sell the big guns! Up for sale is a very nice 1990 Yamaha FZR1000 with only 14,640 kilometers (9,097 miles). This FZR is in excellent condition and looks beautiful. Upper fairing had a crack in it so I put on a new very high quality FRP upper fairing from Italy. (Original fairing included in sale if you’d like it). The rest of the fairings are 100% genuine OEM Yamaha factory. Bike has stock exhaust and OEM factory passenger seat cover for that solo look. Bike would be in perfect condition if not for the right side inner plastic panel. There is a very small piece that has broken off. You wouldn’t notice it if I didn’t tell you but it’s there. Original windscreen has a few scratches and blemishes but very clear. Regardless, this is a very nice bike. No dents in the tank, the muffler is perfect no scratches, the fairings are perfect no scratches and the bike runs like new. Just serviced with new Dunlop Sportmax tires, new battery and new engine fluids. Bike comes with Utah state title and is titled as a streetbike for road use. $200 deposit due immeadiatly after sales end thru PayPal. Balance due within 5 business days by check, bank wire or cash in person. Please text 801-358-6537 for more photos or questions.

It's a great piece of early '90s nostalgia, and remains a ridiculously fast motorcycle, even in the face of 30 years of development.

Big Fizz: 1990 Yamaha FZR1000 3GM
Honda February 24, 2018 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: Mysterious 1989 Honda NSR250

Update 3.6.2018: Sold for $6,450. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

How's this for an accidental purchase? The seller of this 1989 Honda NSR250R-SP was on the prowl for an OW-01 or an RC30 (must be nice ...) and ended up with this bike through an online shopping error. Not a bad haul, but also not what he was after. Compounding that, he wasn't able to contact the seller, and so he couldn't nail down the bike's history.

I'll leave the rest of his story to be told in his words, but all he knows about the bike is that it runs beautifully and will never see a California license plate. Buyers in other states might have some luck with the 11-digit VIN, but the Golden State is off the table.

The bike needs a rearset, the turn signals don't work, the brakes need freshening and it could use some cosmetic fettling, but would otherwise make a great rider. Though California plates are off the table, it carries a clean Arizona title.

From the eBay listing:

This auction is for a 1989 Honda NSR250R-SP. I'm going to start off by being a 100% honest and throwing myself under the bus. I bought this bike completely by accident at the recent Mecum motorcycle auction in Vegas. I know..what a bonehead move but in my defense, I was there to buy two other bikes for my collection and that went great! However, I had to leave the auction Vegas Friday but there were still a couple of other bikes I was interested in over the weekend so I signed in for online bidding from home...getting ready for the usual suspects to pop up (an RC30, an OW and a certain Ducati) but somehow, I pushed the wrong damn button and bought this one...it was actually quite funny but WAY WAY too easy to buy things online so be warned!

Anyway, with the above said, I know next to nothing about this bike. The thing is..it's impossible to register 11 digit vin bikes in CA and 2 strokes...even that much worse so if you're in CA, don't even think about it, you will NEVER get this registered so unless you want it for the track or to restore and collect...move on.

The bad thing about Mecum, you have no chance to talk to the seller so I don't know a thing about the bike nor it's history. The only bikes I will ever consider at auction are ones I'm going to restore or have next to zero or super low miles so again, please don't ask me about maint history or...I'm sorry to say I have no clue!

I will say this though. I took it for a 20 minute ride today and it runs excellent! It's exceptionally quick, started on the very first kick and the motor seems exceptionally tight and healthy. I know that's vague but no leaks, the typical smoke at throttle, barely any smoke at idle and it's powerband feels exactly as it should...exceptionally strong even with my 200 lb's on her.

The negatives on the ride, signals don't appear to be working, headlight does though. The brakes are stiff but an easy sort as you know...likely just some fresh pads and a fluid flush / bleed...I can do this for you if you like, really not a problem. Positives....it ran amazing and the dry clutch felt perfect, grabbing just right and not dragging or any odd feel. Clutch sounded great too 🙂

Here's the only info that came with the bike. "Offered with AZ title, Factory HRC Dry Clutch, Fully Adjustable Front and Rear Suspension, MagTek Magnesium Rims and Factory Terra Racing Colors. That's it...that's all I know!

I'm very aware I'm going to lose my tail on this purchase but that's ok as it was my error and it was an expensive lesson. I have it for sale locally too so don't wait until the last minute or it may be gone.

As far as my check of the bike...Right rear set is cracked, looks like it happened when it fell over at some point as the right exhaust can has some gravel marks on it...doesn't appear to be from a lay down as there is no rash anywhere that I see but the rearset is cracked and that's supposed to happen as it's pot metal and better to break then hurt the frame. Steering stops look perfect, there's no excessive corrosion, fork tubes appear straight and no pitting or heavy oxidization. Tank looks fine and clean internally with no rust. Rims are in good shape with some small marks but nothing looks superficial and not structural although X raying Mag wheels is always a good idea if you're up to it. There are ZERO leaks and I mean none so that's great. Plugs look new but tires feel dry and could likely use a swap. Clip ons, triple, gauges, swingarm, subframe, etc all appear great with no damage or rash or tweaks. Bodywork is ok...looks nice from far and belly is in remarkably good shape as is nose and tail section but there are quite a few broken little fingers that hold the sides to the nose and some spider cracking around the main bolt stay on the left side panel. They are 100% fixable and since the paint is ok..it's more just some plastic welding and such as the paint and stickers would be fine if I were to keep it as a rider or track day bike.

I'd consider limiting my loses and restoring it but I already have 3 bikes in pieces that are a priority so this one has to go. You're more then welcome to come see it, ride it or.... It's a perfect bike for someone looking for a project bike as the "bones" look great...In fact, I'd say it's better then an NC35 that I'm restoring!

No additional parts, clean AZ title as I said and for the record, I paid $7000 plus buyers premium of $840 for her. Oh...and 85 doc fees, 385 shipping.... Is what it is...my loss is your gain!

PS. Actual speedo reads 21415 Kms which is 13,306 miles.

Though the seller is prepared to sacrifice his derriere to move the bike, it has seen plenty of active bidding thus far, and has several days left in the auction. Values of these things are near what he paid, so we wouldn't be surprised to see most of the coin recouped.

Featured Listing: Mysterious 1989 Honda NSR250
Suzuki February 12, 2018 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: Resto-mod Suzuki TL1000R

SOLD IN 24 HOURS! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The Suzuki TL-1000R was a bold but flawed stab at stealing big v-twin superbike dominance away from Ducati. The bike was a bit of a misfit, impressing neither road testers nor road racers, as it was overweight and fitted with a mystifying and dangerous radial damper rear suspension. Aside from a few privateers racing at the club level, the bike never achieved much on the track, and its street sales hurt as a result.

Superbike Universe aimed to solve that problem, taking on a used TL-1000R as a project and producing the bike you see here. It has been relieved of its butt-puckering rear suspension and given a traditional Penske clicker shock. The front end, heavy as stock, has been tossed in favor of a set of upside down forks off a 2009 Gixxer, which have been treated to custom internals. The brakes also got more than a once over, with stainless steel lines, Brembo Monoblocs and a radial master cylinder taking over duties.

From the seller:

Here is another result from the long brutal winters here in the Northeast. I started out with a stock TL1000R and set about stripping everything I could off of it to lighten it up. The super heavy front end was replaced with a 2009 GSXR1000 front fork with 25mil K-Tech internals. The brake set up is truly one finger amazing. I used a Accossatto Radial master cylinder, custom Core stainless lines and a set of Brembo Monoblack calipers from a 2014 GSXR1000. Those massive Brembo's clamp down on a set of 330mm PVM superbike rotors. Out back I ditched that crazy Suzuki rear suspension box/spring thing that didn't work and weighed about 30lbs. I replaced it entirely with a custom Penske triple clicker and a one-off billet Linderman linkage. Not only did I loose a ton of weight up high but the rear end works perfect now!. The bike rolls on a rare set of 5 spoke MARVIC magnesium wheels that allow for amazingly quick turn in. A very rare 2 in to 1 Yoshimura exhaust helps get rid of burn fuels and again a shit load of weight. All brackets for the rear sub frame and passenger accommodations were cut off and trimmed accordingly. A fiberglass single seat Sharkskin tail and a custom under tray tidy up the rear of the bike. In all I lost over 108lbs off the original bike. They say that the TL100OR weighed just 424lbs in the original bike specs but that is complete bullshit. It weighed 493lbs fully wet when I started this project. Now with it weighs a super light 384lbs fully wet and with three gallons of fuel. If you push this around you feel the super light weight. I had an awesome Lance Johnson Paint Worx Yoshimura paint scheme applied to the stock /aftermarket bodywork. It looks fantastic and rides great! Certainly one of a kind and is exactly the bike Suzuki could have ended up with if they continued development. Put this Superbike Universe special in your collection now for a fraction of the cost of development.

The real eye opener is the claimed weight loss: more than 100 pounds off the stock bike, via a combination of suspension, wheels, brakes and body work. The whole package, complete with a ton of one-off and rare parts, will set you back $7,500. If you have an affinity for odd ducks or under dogs, or just like the idea of a howling Japanese v-twin, this thing is your mount.

Featured Listing: Resto-mod Suzuki TL1000R
Honda February 9, 2018 posted by Aaron

Crown Jewel: Ex-Nicky Hayden Erion Racing 1999 Honda CBR900RR

Beyond the tragedy of losing a young life with so much unspent potential, the death of Nicky Hayden robbed from American motorcycling the last great talent to take a DIY mentality born on a dirt track to the world stage. The loss will resonate for years, as Hayden's influence touched every corner of the sport in the United States.

Nicky Hayden 1999 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

This is a chance to own a piece of Hayden's legend, an early brick in his road to the 2006 MotoGP World Championship. This is one of two 1999 Honda CBR900RRs Hayden campaigned for Erion Racing in the AMA's Formula Extreme category. We featured the other bike in the collection four years ago. In each case, the seller has offered direct confirmation that the bike is real from Kevin Erion.

From the eBay listing:

Erion Racing cbr 900rr ridden by Nicky Hayden in the 1999 AMA Formula Extreme series.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own one of the bikes raced by the 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden. This is not a replica...Certification documentation provided by Kevin Erion.

No mention is made of the bike's running condition, though it looks to have been left mostly in as-ridden shape, minus sponsor decals. It still bears Hayden's iconic 69 number plate. It's crass to mention value given the circumstances, but if the bike is indeed the real thing, its pedigree is without question and its mystique is likely to grow.

Crown Jewel: Ex-Nicky Hayden Erion Racing 1999 Honda CBR900RR