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Suzuki July 18, 2014 posted by Marty

Red Raider: Red & White 1990 Suzuki GSX-R-750 in Texas

One thing I have noticed about rare sport bikes is that you wont see a bike for sale for a long time and then suddenly multiple versions pop up either within months or at the same time.   One of my first posts to to RSBFS was when three Red Bull KTM RC8's came up for auction on ebay at the same time, which made me think a guy named Beelzebub was breaking out the ice skates.   Recently we had multiple posts of Harley VR-1000's and earlier this week there were multiple Ducati MH900e's available at the same time.

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1990 Suzuki GSX-R 750 for sale on eBay

We had an almost identical 1990 GSX-R 750 on RSBFS  earlier this year (click here to see that listing).  Just like that bike, this one is located in Texas and is in the rarer but to my eyes better looking red, black and white color scheme instead of the traditional gsx-r blue and white .  EDITORS NOTE:  I am located in Texas myself so I may be biased towards any bike that is in the colors of a local university team (go Red Raiders!)

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This particular example has higher mileage than the one from earlier in the year.  The seller is a dealer but includes over 50 pics which provide a pretty good way to assess the bikes true condition.

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From what I can see in the pictures attached to the auction, it has some very light scuff marks in the clear coat on the riders left side which makes me think it had a low speed slide at some point, probably onto some grass.  Also  the front forks are a little rough but look serviceable and it has a few small non-stock items including a D&D pipe and a tank cover.  Overall it looks very pristine to me but I am not an expert on these bikes so perhaps others can comment.

While KBB lists these bikes at a retail value of under 3k, I think that price is well below the current value being placed on these bikes.  Due to the mileage and condition this one will likely not go for the price of the one earlier this year but this could be a way for anyone who missed out on that auction to add this bike to their personal collection.

-Marty

Red Raider:  Red & White 1990 Suzuki GSX-R-750 in Texas
Ducati July 15, 2014 posted by Marty

1993 Ducati 888 SPO with 712 Miles available in British Columbia

Here is a blast from RSBFS founder Dan Crouch's past.   Last seen in July of 2008 on the Dan Crouch Blog (a predecessor of RSBFS) this is a 1993 Ducati 888 SPO with just 713 miles since new.  The last of the 851/888 line up before the introduction of the legendary 916 platform, the 888 remains iconic to Superbike fans everywhere.

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1993 Ducati 888 SPO for sale on eBay

Here in the States, (road legal) 888s were sold in '93 & '94 with the '93 US model known as the 888SPO. Like a 996, 888s were built with racing in mind  and so a prospective buyer would need to look for obvious stuff like head and base gasket leaks.  Also, like  any other Ducati, a prospective bike would have to have updated & fresh belts tossed in and of course, the same goes for valve adjustments, etc.

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This particular bike has some non-standard graphics but the bike looks exceptionally clean and the seller includes over 100 photos which can be accessed here.

Marty

1993 Ducati 888 SPO with 712 Miles available in British Columbia
Moto Guzzi July 14, 2014 posted by Marty

Doc’s Daytona: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona, euro spec

In the face of increased competition its not really surprising that some motorcycle manufacturers are forced to focus on their strongest products and let their racing efforts "fall to the wayside".  Harley Davidson is probably the most well known brand to do this but on the Italian side, there is Moto Guzzi.  Moto Guzzi is actually the oldest European manufacturer in continuous motorcycle production and claims it has over 1000 racing victories including 14 world speed titles, 22 world records and 11 Tourist Trophies.  While most of the Moto Guzzi victories came well over 40 years ago, in the mid 1980's an American named Dr John Wittner decided to try something different and go racing using Moto Guzzis'.

Wittner may have been a dentist by trade but was an engineer at heart, and in the 80's he began modifying and racing a series of Moto Guzzi's in the American national endurance championship.  After his bikes won both the 1984 and 1985 U.S. Endurance Championship, Wittner was made an offer he couldn’t refuse - to help Moto Guzzi develop a new world-beating superbike.  Wittner went to Italy to work for Moto Guzzi and many of the ideas from his race bikes were incorporated into the next generation of Moto Guzzis, including the "Daytona".  (The Daytona was revealed at the 1989 Milan show but in typical Italian fashion it took until late 1991 to go into production).

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1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona for sale on eBay

While the Guzzi Daytona may look like someones attempt to merge a Ducati with a Boss Hoss, it was a significant technological change for the company.  A detailed explanation of all the technical changes in the bike can be read here. Simply put the Daytona was the most powerful road-going Guzzi to that date, returning a top speed of 145mph and recently ranked by Guzzi fans as one of the top 3 most desired Guzzi models of the last 50 years.

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This particular Daytona looks exceptionally clean and well maintained and the seller has also done some euro-spec updates, including:

  • Stage B Termignoni headers
  • ECU chip and cans
  • A European fairing with built in crescent headlamp
  • White Veglia clocks/instruments
  • White wheels

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The seller indicates some other items included in the sale:

"will include the original shop manual, an oil filter, fuel filter, custom stand built for this bike by Freeman Cycles at time of delivery, and a key fob that says of all things “Moto Guzzi” without any happy faces or bottle openers. And an oil pan gasket I think.  There’s also a can of moly specifically to be added to the differential when servicing it. That crap is messy."

These bikes are known for retaining their value so if this one is on your bucket list, this might be the one for you.

Marty

Doc’s Daytona: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona, euro spec
Yamaha July 12, 2014 posted by Marty

1985 RZ 350 Kenny Roberts in California

I will admit that my first real exposure to SportBikes started in the late 1980's with fast Freddy Spencer so I didn't really get to appreciate what people like Kenny Robers did for motorcycling.   King Kenny, applying a dirt track racing style to 500cc racing circuit, became the First American World Champion, and to commemorate his success, Yamaha produced a Kenny Roberts edition RZ350 in 1984 with his signature on it.

These bike are always popular on RSBFS, not only due to their commemoration of King Kenny but also because they were one of the last street legal two stroke bikes brought into the USA. It is also important to recognize that the RZ350 had had some advanced technology for the times: the RZ350 was the first Yamaha street bike sold with a perimeter frame, was the first bike with a catalytic converter for California emissions, and introduced Yamaha's variable exhaust power valve which helped balance torque and power.

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1985 Kenny Roberts RZ350 for sale on eBay

Based on the gold rims and the California location, this particular model appears to be a RZ350NC2, which was a California only bike.   Price seems to be quite a bit above recent sale prices but the seller lists a lot of recent work including the following

  • Stripped and professionally rebuilt by RZ's Unlimited in Glendale California.
  • Body work was prepped painted and had the RZ' unlimited graphics kit applied and a deep mirror like clear coat applied over it.
  • Engine was completely gone thru with only OEM parts installed, all internals were balanced and the crank was welded and trued.
  • Front fork has the upgraded internals to prevent brake dive and bottoming.
  • Brakes have the stainless braided Galfer lines  installed.
  • New pipes installed
  • A Fox rear shock with remote reservoir.
  • All the body grommets were replaced
  • A high output headlamp was installed
  • New hoses, all the fluids done
  • New clutch and basket.

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The seller has even indicated that he will install a new set of Avon Venom tires on it before delivery.

Price for the Kenny Robers RZ350 seems to be less than the opening price for this but as the seller says "if you want a perfect running unmolested RZ this is your bike you won't be sorry."

MG

1985 RZ 350 Kenny Roberts in California
Ducati July 6, 2014 posted by Marty

Virginia Vroom – 1999 Ducati 900ss

We all know bike manufacturers can produce some truly epic pieces of road going art.  But these same manufacturers can only do this by selling lots of regular bikes that keep them in business and allow them the occasional detours into exotica.   Ducati seems to have mastered this balance, allowing it sell many thousands of regular bikes such as the Monster series while also producing  limited numbers of exotica such as the MH900e and Desmodeci.

While this market segment approach has ensured the companies financial stability, it wasn't always like this.   For a long time, motorcycle manufacturers tried to produce models that straddled the line between daily rider and exotica.  Here we have a very clean 2003 Ducati Supersport, which was one of the last series of Ducati bikes that embraced this balanced approach.

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1999 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

The Ducati supersport, also called the 'SS', is a sportbike with a long history.  It is in a way similar to the Ford Mustang; it can trace its origin back over 40 years and its earliest models (such as the 1974 "green frame" bike) now command top dollars from collectors. Also similar to the Mustang, the supersport name was attached to some smaller displacement bikes that are now looked on with a fair amount of scorn.  Starting in 1989 the supersports were also offered with 350, 400cc and 600cc,  which is kind of similar to the Mustang II series of the 70's.

Fortunately, in 1991 Ducati refocused on the 750cc and 900cc models but the SS market was beginning to be impacted by the desire for more specialized bikes; people didn't want an all-around sportbike, they either wanted a sporty standard (such as the Monster) or a Superbike.  Finally in 1999, a restyled model appeared with styling done by Pierre Terblanche who was also responsible for the MH900E and the restyled 749/900.  As with almost all of Terblanche's designs, the design was controversial and the 900 Supersport sold in low numbers, eventually being discontinued in 2003.

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This particular Supersport looks to be very clean and has under 10k miles.  The seller indicates an excellent service record including replacement of the engine belts and new rubber   While the opening price is price is a bit over over KBB retail, the low miles and recent services would mean that the buyer is getting a very fresh, very clean, very good all-around sportbike.

MG

Virginia Vroom – 1999 Ducati 900ss
Suzuki July 1, 2014 posted by Marty

1989 Suzuki GSX-R750RK (aka the RR) in California

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The Suzuki GSX-R750RK, also known as the RR (which stood for race replica)  was a "straight-out-of-the-crate" racer and only 500 were produced.   They weren't imported into North America, so here is a rare opportunity to pick one up here in the states.

I will admit that I was not familiar with the RR/RK model from 1989, but according to the sellers post (and wikipedia), the bike had a significant number of upgrades from the standard model

"The 'Double R' received a new 40mm Slingshot carburetor, a 4-into-1 exhaust pipe, a close ratio gearbox, new rear swingarm and sub frame, new aerodynamic fiber bodywork with large air intake duct, solo seating with race number box and a 19 liter aluminium fuel tank as standard equipment. The dry weight 411lbs and 120hp at the wheel rivals some modern sport bikes to this day."

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1989 Suzuki GSX-R RK/RR (repli-racer)

Perhaps the biggest changes were in the engine which reverted back to the long stoke design while also receiving upgrades.

"The RK was designed to be a bike which could be tuned easier than its short-stroke predecessor. Racing teams which were already adept at tuning the long stroke engine and so were more familiar with this revived long stroke design,   The newly redesigned engine reverted to the original long stroke (70 x 48.7mm) configuration. Crankcase, crankshaft connecting rods and clutch were among the critical areas receiving more attention necessary for the race duty." 

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This particular example certainly looks very clean but  the pictures indicate two different exhausts were on the bike and the windscreen may be an aftermarket piece.   Also, it does have 10k+ miles which for a repli-racer may mean some aggressive track use in the past and the seller indicates the bike is registered in California but has an EU title (???) so it may take a bit of work to get titled with the local DMV.

Prices for bikes like these are hard to figure but a bit of research shows that back in 2012 another RR was estimated to be worth 20-25.  That's right in line with other WSBK repli-racers like the RC30 and OW01.

Note: This is my first official post as a contributing author to RSBFs.com.   Hope you enjoy!

MG (marting)

1989 Suzuki GSX-R750RK (aka the RR) in California