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Kawasaki December 6, 2017 posted by Aaron

Featured listing: Rare black 1980 Kawasaki Z1R

Update 12.12.2017: Seller confirms this bike has sold. Congratulation to the new owner! -dc

Kawasaki pushed out more than 17,000 Z1-Rs over the model's three-year life, but the majority were built in '78 and '79, and the vast majority of those wore Stardust Silver paintjobs. Today's featured bike bucks both those trends: It is a black 1980 Kawasaki Z1-R, which makes it a scarce example of an already scare machine.

1980 Kawasaki Z1-R for sale on eBay

The Z1-R was the top of the Japanese superbike pile during its production run, sharing magazine ink with the likes of the Suzuki GS1000 and the Honda CBX. Kawasaki's air-cooled inline four, some version of which powered all the KZ series bikes, was punched out to 1,016ccs, which helped make it good for 90 horsepower at 8,000 RPM.

The squared-off bodywork and aggressive half fairing were the initial clues that the Z1-R was not something to be trifled with and cross-drilled brakes, bigger carbs and a 4-1 exhaust reinforced the point once the bike got underway.

The featured bike has been meticulously well looked after over its 37 years, and the seller says the engine has never left the frame and the suspension is all original. It recently had a repaint in its factory colors, a process which apparently took 80 man hours and $5,000 to complete. Needless to say, the paintwork is impeccable. The cosmetic work is backed up with a recent tuneup, including carburetor service and syncing and all new fluids.

From the eBay listing:

THIS PRISTINE 1980 KAWASAKI KZ1000 Z1R IS COMING OUT OF MY PRIVATE COLLECTION ONLY BECAUSE I HAVE 2 OF THE 3309 UNITS EVER BUILT. YES ONLY 3309 1980 Z1R'S EVER BUILT SO DON'T MISS OUT. KAWASAKI BUILT OVER 17,000 1978 STARLIGHT BLUE BIKES SO MANY THAT EVER ON HAS AT LEAST 1 IN THE GARAGE.

THIS IS AN ALL ORIGINAL NEVER MOLESTED AMAZING EXAMPLE OF THE VERY RARE 1980 BLACK Z1R. SHE HAS 3278 MILES AND SHOWS VERY LITTLE WEAR.

SINCE THE ORIGINAL PAINT WORK SHOWED ITS AGE, I HAVE METICULOUSLY REFINISHED THE BODY WORK TO MATCH THE ORIGINAL KAWASAKI FINISH, USING ONLY THE BEST DUPONT/PPG PRODUCTS AND NOS STRIPES. THIS IS A "GLOBE MOTORCYCLES LIMITED" "OCD" PAINT JOB, WITH RICKMANS, VINCENTS, MATCHLESS, ASTON MARTINS AND BENTLEYS AS PREVIOUS EXAMPLES OF GLOBES WORK THIS IS A SHOW WINNING FINISH. THERE ARE OVER 80 HOURS (OVER $5000) OF PAINSTAKING LABOR TO GET THE MIRROR BLACK FINISH THAT YOU SEE. TRUST ME THE PICTURES DO NOT DO IT JUSTICE.

THE SEAT COVER APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN REPLACED, THE REST OF THE BIKE IS UNTOUCHED AND CLEARLY HAS BEEN IN CLIMATE CONTROLLED COLLECTIONS MOST OF ITS LIFE.

THE WIND SCREEN IS ORIGINAL, THE FUEL TANK HAS NO RUST, IT HAS THE ORIGINAL ENGINE THAT HAS NEVER BEEN REMOVED, ORIGINAL SHOCKS, ALL THE BODY WORK WAS ORIGINALNO DENTS OR BROKEN TABS, THE EMBLEMS ARE ORIGINAL, ALL THE GUAGES, LIGHTS AND CONTROLS WORK PROPERLY AND ARE ALL ORIGINAL. THE LEFT MUFFLER HAS A VERY SMALL DING BUT I DONT SEE ANY SIGNS THAT THE BIKE WAS EVER DROPPED OR LAYED DOWN.

I JUST OVERHAULED AND SYNCHRONIZED THE CARBURETORS, SERVICED THE AIR FILTER, SERVICED THE BRAKES, NEW MOTUL OIL, OEM OIL FILTER, NGK PLUGS AND PLUG BOOTS. I RODE IT TODAY ABOUT 20 MILES AND SHE PURRS LIKE A KAWASAKI SHOULD.

I HAVE BEEN A MOTORCYCLE MECHANIC SINCE GRADUATING FROM AMI IN DAYTONA BEACH IN 1980 AND HAVE BEEN COLLECTING AND RESTORING RARE BIKES FOR MANY YEARS.

THIS IS A MUST HAVE FOR ANY COLLECTION.

TELL THE WIFE CHRISTMAS IS HERE AND THIS BIKE WILL APPRECIATE BETTER THEN YOUR HOUSE, JUST ASK JAY LENO OR HAVE HER WATCH HIS SHOW.

CALL ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS 954-816-0806 $1000 DEPOSIT DUE VIA PAY PAL. THE BALANCE WITHIN 3 DAYS CASH OR BANK TRANSFER.

DONT MISS OUT HAPPY BIDDING

On Dec-02-17 at 07:54:38 PST, seller added the following information:

WHEN I PLACED THE LISTING I MADE A TYPO THAT COULD NOT BE CORRECTED SINCE THE BIDDING STARTED WITHIN 2 MINS OF POSTING (EBAY WONT LET YOU EDIT ONCE THE BIDDING STARTS). THE BIKE IT IS A "D3" NOT A "D2" THE D2 WAS THE 1979 MKII. SO BE REASSURED THS IS AN ORIGINAL 1980 KAWASAKI Z 1000 Z1R D3 ONE OF ONLY 3309 EVER BUILT AND IT IS THE NICEST I HAVE SEEN!!!! NICER THEN MY OTHER ONE. YES I AM SELLING THE BETTER LOOKING OF THE 2 D3's THAT I HAVE.

Values for nice Z1-Rs have been on the up and up recently, and one as rare and as nice as this should command a premium. With just a few days left in the auction, bidding has been active but reserve has yet to be met.

Featured listing: Rare black 1980 Kawasaki Z1R
Sport Bikes For Sale December 2, 2017 posted by Aaron

Late Two-Stroke: 1995 Suzuki RGV250

The waning light of the two-stroke era really brought out the best Japan had to offer, with a spate of lightweight 250cc road racers with DOT concessions that would pull the front wheel more or less at will. Suzuki's RGV250 v-twin topped the heap, with prodigious power, decent reliability and years of development to keep it as rideable as such a bike can be. It's no surprise that these engines powered Aprilia's world-beating 250s Grand Prix bikes of the era.

1995 Suzuki RGV250 for sale on eBay

This 1995 Suzuki RGV250 Gamma is a South African-market bike, meaning it runs a de-restricted engine that pushes out the better part of 65 horsepower, almost none of which hits until about 7,000 RPM. The bike here is in impressive condition, and appears to be unchanged from stock.

The fairings show nicely, the stock expansion chambers are not rusty and the switchgear is clean.

From the eBay listing:

A great mint example of true collectors item.
This VJ22 has been kept in a private collection for the past eight years and has only done 1950 miles. The engine is as perfect as the day she left the factory.Tyres were replaced recently as the original factory tyres were starting to show signs of deterioration due to age.The factory original tool kit is included.
Worldwide shipping is available at competitive rates.
Shipping(insurance included) to all major ports in:
U.S. and Canada : $ 1 780
Europe : $ 1 550

Shipping from South Africa makes this RGV a steep proposition for anyone hoping to flip it, but as an addition to a collection or an occasional rider it's a nice mount.

Late Two-Stroke: 1995 Suzuki RGV250
Honda November 29, 2017 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: Ex-Zarco 2012 MotoBi TSR6 Moto2 bike

After five seasons showing equal parts promise, poise, ruthlessness and speed in the Moto2 World Championship, Frenchman Johann Zarco moved up to MotoGP for 2017 and earned Rookie of the Year honors on his way to sixth overall in the championship. In a fitting tribute to that accolade, today's featured listing is the 600cc Moto2 machine upon which he took home Rookie of the Year in the intermediate class in 2012.

His remarkable 2017 season followed back-to-back championships in Moto2, and he brought with him to the 1,000cc class a loose-is-fast, cutthroat style common to Moto2 riders. His 2012 bike, like all Moto2 rides, is powered by a highly modified inline four based on the Honda CBR600 engine. It resides in a proprietary MotoBi frame, which are becoming scarcer as the team has since left the Moto2 World Championship stage.

The seller says he bought this bike directly from team JiR after the engine was refreshed and broken in on a dyno. It is reportedly in ready-to-race condition, though it has been on display since it was purchased. It wears Mobil oil livery from the 2012 LeMans round of the championship, and bears Zarco's signature on the tank cover. The seller says he can supply spare parts with the purchase on request.

From the seller:

2012 MotoBi TSR6 Moto2.
Former team JIR, ridden by Joahn Zarco in the 2012 Moto2 World Championship.
Frame number TSR-001
Engine number PR01E1000062A
This bike with Zarco ended at 10th place in the Championship and in the same year Zarco was awarded with the "Rookie of the year" prize.
The bike is in virtually "as new" conditions.
Engine has been overhauled by team JIR just before the delivery and has been breaked-in on the dyno.
Has received all the upgrades from the standard TSR6 and is presented in the Le Mans "Mobil 1" scheme as per French Grand Prix of 2012.
It is provided of standard HRC dash as per buyer's request.
The bike has been purchased by actual owner directly from team JIR and the same team provided full statement of rider/placement/results and has been kept on display since.
The bike is ready to be used.
Spare parts are available upon request.

Contact the seller:
Matteo Franchini
matte.franchini@gmail.com
Phone: +39 338 6621149
Price 67.000 euro

The frame is stamped with serial number 2012-001, and will come with a spate of documentation stating its authenticity. As Zarco's star continues to rise in the MotoGP World Championship, the bike's value is sure to increase. Particularly in the latter half of the 2017 season, Zarco found pace where the factory men could not, and very nearly won the final round in Valencia, four places ahead of nine-time champ and factory Yamaha man Valentino Rossi.

Featured Listing: Ex-Zarco 2012 MotoBi TSR6 Moto2 bike
Aprilia November 27, 2017 posted by Aaron

Biaggi Replica: 1996 Aprilia RS250

Things were coming up Max Biaggi in 1996, as the Roman was in the middle of a string of three 250cc Grand Prix world titles and his storied rivalry with Valentino Rossi was still nearly half a decade in the future. The Italian claimed his trophies aboard Aprilia's fantastic RS250GP, so the factory threw some special paint at a handful of the road-going bikes to celebrate.

1996 Aprilia RS250 for sale on eBay

The bike's Philip Morris paint scheme wouldn't pass muster with today's post-tobacco lawsuit advertising rules, making this 1996 Aprilia RS250 a slightly more interesting piece of racing lore. It's pretty clean and sorted, with just a little decal deterioration on the tank by the right clipon. It has covered fewer than 5,000 kilometers and has undergone a recent basic tuneup.

From the eBay listing:

Up for grabs is this beautiful, all original and mint condition 1996 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Max Biaggi scheme. This bike is currently titled, insured and registered in New Jersey. I acquired this awesome machine not too long ago from another collector that had too many toys but not enough time to enjoy them. i did went over the bike and performed maintenance such as new plugs, coolant flush, brake system bleed, gear oil flush and carb cleaning. all fluids were replaced with motul products. here is your chance to own a very clean and hard to come by chesterfield rs250. please message me if you have any questions and i will do my best to answer them. Thanks for looking.

The bike is listed at $9,500, which is almost $2,000 over the very sorted RS we featured back in September. The cool paint job is a nice touch, so it will be interesting to see what this bike ultimately moves for.

Biaggi Replica: 1996 Aprilia RS250
Yamaha November 23, 2017 posted by Aaron

Ready to Rip: 1989 Yamaha FZR750RR OW01

Yet another spotless machine from Gary's Utah collection, this 1989 Yamaha FZR750RR OW01 is the second of its kind from the collection that we have written about this year. Like the one before it, it is spotless, though it has a few more miles and is ready to ride, shod with a brand-new set of Michelin Pilots.

1989 Yamaha FZR750RR OW01 for sale on eBay

The bike is a Japanese-market example, and still shows the original home language stickers on its windshield. This example has been de-restricted, meaning it packs its full complement of 120-odd horses. The polished frame, red-white-blue bodywork and EXUP branded exhaust all show flawlessly, and the bike has traveled just north of 3,000 miles in its 28 years.

The fairings are the original pieces, though they have been resprayed in the stock colors along with the bike's wheels. The seller says it runs beautifully and contains all new fluids.

From the eBay listing:

Up for sale is a 1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 with only 5047 kilometers (3136 miles). Bike is in mint condition with no issues. Wheels and fairings have been professionally resprayed with factory correct color codes. Bike is completely stock condition but has been de-restricted for full power. Fairings and components are 100% genuine factory Yamaha. New Michelin pilots have been installed front and rear. Not a scratch on the exhaust muffler or fuel tank. Bike looks showroom new condition. Bike runs fantastic. New battery and fluids throughout. This bike will not disappoint.

Bike comes with Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use. 801-358-6537 for more pictures or questions. $200 deposit thru PayPal immeadiatly after sale. Balance due by check, bank wire or cash in person within 5 business days.

The bike is not the time capsule that Gary's last OW01 was, but it is in slightly better condition, and is priced at $26,500, about $3,000 over the last bike, commensurate with its shape.

Ready to Rip: 1989 Yamaha FZR750RR OW01
Honda November 22, 2017 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: Stunning 1987 Honda RC30!

Update 11.27.2017: SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Our buddy Greg at Deftone Cycles has a near-constant stream of gorgeous grey-market bikes come through his doors every year, from fairly standard JDM imports in excellent condition to some real unobtanium pieces that you have to be fast to catch. It's no surprise, then, that this super-rare 1987 Honda VFR750R RC30 from Greg's personal stash is both rare as dog feathers and in excellent shape.

The bike really looks like it just rolled off the line, with almost no blemishes anywhere and a mirror shine on all of the bodywork despite having just under 15,000 miles on the clock. Greg says he bought it last December from the original Japanese owner.

First year bikes like this one were in such demand that they were distributed to customers through a lottery, so whoever owned this bike was serious about making sure she got just what she wanted. As we mentioned, that care has resulted in a bike that is spotless on every surface, down to the chain and sprocket. Being a Japanese-market bike, its power is restricted to "just" 75 horses, though a few fairly simple mods can unleash the full complement. It can be distinguished from Euro-market bikes by its tiny twin headlights; the European bikes had much bigger units installed.

In Greg's own words:

1987 Honda VFR750R RC30 JDM
Purchased in Japan from original owner.
Imported into united states December of 2016.
Vin matching State of Ohio Title.
23299KM
Being sold out of my Personal Collection.
This is the first year of production. when produced the first bikes were only available to buyers via a ballot system in Japan.
Asking 28k OBO.
Contact Greg
deftonecycles@gmail.com

Greg is asking $28,000 or best offer for this near-perfect, all-original example of an iconic Honda racebike. He can be reached at the email address above with questions or inquiries.

Featured Listing: Stunning 1987 Honda RC30!