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Suzuki August 15, 2017 posted by Tad Diemer

Fierce Little Pup: 1986 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf for Sale

Looking very much like someone washed an RG500 in hot water, Suzuki's RG250Γ "Gamma" featured two fewer cylinders and half the displacement, but was still packed full of race-bred technology and performance. Built between 1983 and 1987, the quarter-liter Gamma was never officially imported to the USA, but some have found their way here over the years from Canada, and their age means that more are now finding their way here in shipping containers to feed starving hordes of US two-stroke enthusiasts.

Performance available belies the mere 247cc displaced by the liquid-cooled parallel twin, as the government-mandated 45hp had its midrange boosted by Suzuki's Automatic Exhaust Control power valve system, with even more available in markets outside Japan. Skilled pilots could exploit that limited power by working the six-speed gearbox to keep the engine in the meat of the narrow two-stroke powerband, and stopping power from the triple-disc DecaPiston four-piston brake setup was excellent. Anti-dive forks were probably more useful to the marketing team than to riders, but the bike did have excellent handling and a light weight of 286lbs dry, thanks in part to the aluminum frame, although grip from the skinny 80s tires will be limited if you're used to wide modern radials.

"Walter Wolf" may sound like the name of a James Bond villain, but in reality he was simply an eccentric businessman who made his fortune in the Canadian oil business and used that fortune to sponsor several Formula 1 racing teams in the late 1970s, followed by touring cars in the early 1980s, as rich folks are wont to do. The color scheme was an unusual choice, but I happen to think the dark blue-and-red race replica colors are the most flattering for the slab-sided Gammas, although the traditional white-and-blue obviously has many fans as well.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf Replica for Sale

Very original 1986 Suzuki RG250 Gamma Walter Wolf import that has not been running in a while.  I am a collector and imported it from Japan.  Appears to be an original Walter Wolf, not a clone. The only parts that seem not to be original are possibly the brake and or clutch levers and the clip-ons or handle bars.  Over all in good original condition for its age, minor dings, scratches, not running.  Turns over and feels like good compression. Will need going thru, tires, carb kit, brake work, battery, etc, my gut says that with battery, carb rebuild and fresh gas you will have a runner.  I do have both mirrors, one off now for easier storage.  Happy to send more photos and or video.  Prefer buyer to come see in person so they see what they need to see.  Seat has small cut and tank small dings.  Overall the body panels are in nice shape and someone put plastic sheet protection tape on areas to protect paint, etc. Clock reading 9130km. Florida title.  I can help arrange shipping, have worked with a few shippers recently.  All payment funds must be fully cleared before shipping. RZ TZR NSR RGV KR1 NSR250 RGV250 TZR250 Gamma.  Questions welcome.

Very original import that has not been running in a while. The only parts that seem not to be original are possibly the brake and or clutch levers and the clip-ons or handle bars. Appears to be an original Walter Wolf, not a clone. Over all in good original condition for its age, minor dings, scratches, not running. Turns over and feels like good compression. Will need going thru, tires, carb kit, brake work, etc, my gut says that with battery, carb rebuild and fresh gas you will have a runner. Happy to send more photos and or video. Prefer buyer to come see in person so they see what they need to see. Seat has small cut and tank small dings. Overall the body panels are in nice shape and someone put plastic sheet protection tape on areas to protect paint, etc. Clock reading 9130km. Florida title 

I believe some markets made do with stock Suzuki gauge faces, but the blue and red Walter Wolf items are a good indicator that this is the real thing. Obviously, this one will need some refurbishment, but nothing outside the ordinary for a bike of this age. The cosmetics aren't perfect, but the bike looks complete, and is claimed to be very original which counts for much among collectors. And if you're not into math, that kilometers reading on the odometer means the bike has just 5,673 miles on it. With a Buy It Now price of $4,750 the seller seems to be realistic about what this bike is worth, considering the worn cosmetics and non-running condition, so if you want an 80s two-stroke sportbike and your finances won't stretch to an RG500, this might scratch that itch.

-tad

Fierce Little Pup: 1986 Suzuki RG250 Walter Wolf for Sale
Moto Morini August 11, 2017 posted by Tad Diemer

Quirky, Pint-Sized Italian: 1986 Moto Morini 350 K2 for Sale

The Moto Morini 350 K2 was, in theory at least, a contemporary of the Suzuki GSX-R750 and Kawasaki GPz900 in terms of cost and mission. In reality, it was light years behind those bikes in terms of outright performance. By the mid-1980s, the Italians were already unable to keep pace with the Japanese manufacturers' relentless technological development and the Morini was a bike you bought because you were a fan, not because it made any practical sense.

That's not to say that the little Italian twin was completely outclassed in every way: handling was always a strong point and the bike was light at just 330lbs dry. The 344cc 72º v-twin was air-cooled and used pushrods to actuate the valves, but was otherwise pretty sophisticated: the pushrods were driven by a toothed rubber belt and the engine featured "Heron" heads that helped gave great fuel economy and simplified manufacturing. Heron heads have a nearly flat surface, with small recesses for the valves and spark plugs, shifting the combustion chamber from the heads themselves to the dished top of the piston. The resulting 35hp and six-speed gearbox could push the little bike to more than 100mph, impressive for an air-cooled 350.

Styling is subjective, but the little K2 has origami good looks and simple graphics that give it a strong dose of 1980s class, and you're certainly unlikely to mistake it for anything but an Italian bike. Earlier Moto Mornis' classic looks always seemed at odds with the angular design of the powerplant, and this updated bodywork seems to gel better as a whole. I think I prefer the style of the older 3½ in general and yes, for some reason, Moto Morini called its 350cc machine a 3½...

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Moto Morini 350 K2 for Sale

This is my last Morini . I had this bike quite a while runs rides and handle like an Italian bike should this is a very collectable bike, just selling my collection. Probably less than 10 in the USA.  ASK questions there are a few small scratches in the paint. But I rode it hundreds of miles . It's NOT new but it could be New to you. Clear Texas title in my name.Ship anywhere in the world at buyers cost.

Moto Morinis fell into the "cheap, but hard to find" category for a long time, but values in recent years have basically exploded, although that generally applies to the earlier, classic-style bikes. Miles are very low at 2,392 and it isn't perfect but appears to be in very original condition, which is great because sourcing missing bits on a rare, relatively "affordable" classic can quickly erase any bargain pricing. Bidding on this example is up just north of $2,000 with the Reserve Not Met and very little time left on the auction.

-tad

Quirky, Pint-Sized Italian: 1986 Moto Morini 350 K2 for Sale
Honda August 10, 2017 posted by Tad Diemer

In the Beginning: 1984 Honda NS250R MC11 for Sale

The mid-1980s were a transitional time for sportbikes, and some of these seminal machines are a bit less graceful than their descendants. Today's Honda NS250R MC11 certainly fits that description: it's nowhere near as sleek and purposeful as the later NSR250, but certainly much sportier than the earlier MVX250F that preceded it, with fully-faired style and that cool exhaust that exits through the tail. Unlike other small-displacement sportbikes of the era that generally used compact and economical parallel-twins, the NS250R was powered by a 90° v-twin with Nikasil-lined bores that made the class-limited 45hp at 9,500rpm.

The rest of the NS250R was high-tech as well, with TRAC “Torque-Reaction Anti-Dive Control” forks and the engine had Honda’s ATAC “Automatic Controlled Torque Amplification Chamber” to boost midrange by adjusting the volume of the front cylinder’s exhaust. The bike was very light at 317lbs dry, helped by liberal use of aluminum in the frame and swingarm, while modular Comstar wheels accepted tubeless tires, a relatively unusual feature for the period.

From the original eBay listing: 1984 Honda NS250R MC11 for Sale

The bike is imported from Japan. Not registered yet in the U.S. This bike is sold without title. (NO TITLE) We don't know how to get a titile. Please ask DMV

Start engine. Original Cowl. Switches and lights working. Some scratches and cracks but very clean. So look carefully all pictures and video. No Mirrors. Need to fix the tank under the decal.

Engine Number MC11E-1116589 15,197km (9,442 miles) Low miles

This motorcycle is 33years old. Sold as is. Sold as is with NO warranty NO refunds NO return. Buyer responsible for vehicle pick-up or shipping to your location. Item in Carson now. If anyone wants to come see the motorcycle. Please contact me.

Thank you.

The seller also includes a video of the bike starting [on the first kick] and running. It's not in perfect condition, with missing mirrors and other imperfections, but is complete and is claimed to have the original bodywork, even the funky flap on the sidestand. There is a "Moriwaki" sticker on the tank that is supposed to be covering some cosmetic issues but it appears there's not dent, just damaged paintwork. No takers yet at the $2,500 asking price, but these are pretty cool and definitely rare in the states. Although performance won't be on par with the later NSR250, it may be easier to register here in the US due to age.

-tad

In the Beginning: 1984 Honda NS250R MC11 for Sale
Yamaha August 7, 2017 posted by Tad Diemer

Featured Listing: 2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 Factory BSB Superbike for Sale

While a Yamaha YZF-R1 might not seem quite as exotic as the race-prepped Ducati Superleggera we featured earlier this week at first glance, the specification for this genuine YZF-R1 Factory British Superbike will certainly catch your attention on closer inspection. It's even got a bit of celebrity history thrown in as an added bonus, as it was ridden by none other than former MotoGP rider John Hopkins!

Yamaha's R1 is probably most famous for its "cross-plane" crankshaft configuration that gives it a distinctive sound. Cross-plane cranks are common in car engines but weren't seen in inline four motorcycle engines prior to the R1. Yamaha's MotoGP development team found that V4-powered machines had better acceleration out of corners and built test engines with 90° cross-plane crank throws instead of the usual flat-plane set up. The results were conclusive, and Yamaha's subsequent MotoGP bikes have all used cross-plane cranks.

In a road bike, the advantage for Yamaha is mostly marketing: a bike with a cross-plane crank doesn't make any more power than one with a flat-plane crank, but that unmistakable exhaust note makes the R1 one of the best sounding roadbikes outside an Aprilia RSV4, a bike powered by an actual V4. Of course, this isn't a roadbike we're talking about in this case...

I try to avoid simple listicles in these posts, where the seller brags about all the bolt-on farkles [and their prices] included with the machine in question, but it seems very appropriate in this case! This package basically includes a fully-prepped, fully-developed superbike with a fresh engine and spares to keep it running.

From the Seller: 2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 Factory Superbike for Sale

Yamaha YZF-R1 Machine - This bike was a factory Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike that competed in the British Superbike Series. The bike was raced by former factory MotoGP rider John Hopkins. It was purchased fully refreshed for the 2016 season directly from the team owner. Included with the sale is data from both Milwaukee Yamaha and Tommy Hill Motorsports. This is the closest thing to a current-spec World Superbike a mortal can expect to own. This bike can win races at any level and is covered in factory race parts that are pure unobtanium.

Motorcycle is 100% fresh and needs absolutely nothing. 

Since our acquisition, Motec M1 ECU has been upgraded to World Superbike specification, to enable full rider aids, auto blipping and auto-tuning. This includes the ability for sector by sector mapping and rider aids. We added an E-Lean 6-axis lean angle sensor for superior accuracy in rider aids. We added in a 39N 5 button pod, that controls traction control, engine braking, etc and has a factory-spec connector. Suspension has been updated to current factory spec and fully refreshed. We replaced the exhaust with a Yoshimura kit exhaust that performed better in the midrange. We also updated rearsets and hand controls to Evol Technology. We updated secondary case covers to 39N CNC units for superior protection and ground clearance. Lacomoto matte carbon frame and swingarm protectors have been added. Originals are available. 

This bike was less than a 10th of a second from winning the last 2 races it was in and holds multiple lap records. 

Bike specification: 

  • Brand new frame fitted, Brand new bearings fitted, New complete engine re-fresh only 3 hours on engine.
  • Factory Ohlins RSP40 Rear shock 
  • FGR 301 Fork with Factory Ohlins valving kit plus shims 
  • Factory Yamaha Swingarm Including adjusters and bolt adjuster. 
  • Full Official Yamaha factory racing 2D Loom with carbon fibre box kit
  • Motec ECU M173 (updated to M1 Superbike-spec)
  • MB Motorsports WSBK Oil Cooler and Radiator
  • Yamaha factory racing parts as follows:
  • Subframe - Billet Gilles
  • Carbon fibre rear subframe box
  • All carbon 2D Factory Data/Junction boxes (Front, Main, ECU, Side, Side 2.)
  • All 2D Yamaha racing wiring Loom
  • Fuel Mapping originally from Yamaha Factory included
  • YEC Kit cams latest spec, Factory Funnels for variable stacks
  • Head work, porting. YEC Pistons rings, YEC Valve springs, Rods
  • Factory Oil Pan Spacer for increased capacity
  • MWR Factory filter
  • Top and bottom yokes and stem Yamaha Racing 
  • Spindles all by Yamaha Racing
  • Front carbon fiber dash mount and factory air scoop
  • OZ Piega R Kit Wheels front and rear
  • Brembo Kit disks front and rear
  • 2D Speed sensors front and rear
  • 2D Suspension potentiometers front and rear
  • Hel quick release brake line kits worth hundreds of pounds
  • Race fuel tanks same as original Yamaha racing tanks - 20-22 litres max
  • Steering damper mounts Yamaha factory
  • Steering damper Ohlins
  • Renthal clutch lever
  • Brembo MotoGP front master cylinder
  • Titanium Bolts
  • Brembo EVO Monoblock Factory-Spec calipers
  • Factory carbon Yamaha Racing rear hugger
  • THM Link arms - Replica Factory ones.
  • AMB Transponder with mil-spec quick disconnect
  • And lots more! 

Bike same spec as WSBK apart from swingarm and clutch, and ECU - ECU spec is equally capable.

Spares included:

  • Domino Throttle cable sets
  • Tyre warmers + Controls
  • Spare sprockets + Sprocket carriers x3 
  • New Radiator Guards
  • Motec dash protector – Billet inc button - new
  • All paddock stands front/rear/peg/yoke/ chassis
  • Spare grips - new
  • Head cups – different angles/offsets – Blue - new
  • Offset stem spindle - new
  • Front spindle - new 
  • Full set of side panels, seat unit, belly pan, tank cover - new
  • Fuel tank cap
  • 2 NEW Speed sensors - new
  • THM Battery jump pack starter
  • Clutch Boss - new
  • Chassis Bolts - new
  • Tank Screw cap tool
  • YP Aliant battery spare
  • Front /rear wheel collars Black - new
  • Front carbon front fender mount brackets - new
  • Radiator bracket - new
  • Oil cooler bracket - new
  • Hose kit NEW
  • Aliante battery charger
  • THM Ride height tool
  • Spare captive nut for rear spindle - new
  • 3 Oil cooler take off unions - new
  • Tank grip pads - new
  • Rear swingarm adjuster – caliper mount - new

Price as described - $50,000

Additional spares available but not included include a brand new MB Motorsports Radiator/Oil Set, complete 2D boxes set, various sensors, spare carbon subframe box, spare factory Akrapovic headers, upper triple clamps and more. 

Price with all spares - $55,000

We are willing to discount for removal of the shock, exhaust or brakes. 

Please contact Freddy with your interest here: info@superbikeunlimited.com or call 828-676-2222

$55,000 is a pretty huge chunk of change for most of us to part with, but considering the parts and prep that have gone into it, that price seems, dare I say it: almost reasonable. Buy it and display it, buy it and track it, buy it and race it, or just buy it to drool all of the exotic, race-spec parts, this is a rare opportunity to own a genuine superbike with all of the trimmings. You could even swap the race-spec parts over to your street-legal R1 to create a terrifyingly trick backroad weapon...

-tad

Featured Listing: 2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 Factory BSB Superbike for Sale
Yamaha August 5, 2017 posted by Tad Diemer

Bike of the Decade: 1992 Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP for Sale

The Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP was named "Bike of the Decade" [the 1980s] by Cycleworld magazine, meaning it faced down some very tough competition, including the Ducati 851, Suzuki RG500, and the original GSX-R750. What made it so special? Well servo-actuated exhaust valves are pretty ubiquitous these days, but the big FZR was the first four-stroke to feature one on its five-valve Genesis motor. Yamaha's EXUP or "Exhaust Ultimate Power" valve varied exhaust flow to maximize high rpm power and low rpm torque, two characteristics that were often considered mutually-exclusive.

The 145hp and 79 ft-lbs of torque from the 1002cc engine aren't big news today, but still make for a very fast bike, even considering the slightly porky 460lb dry weight: we're still talking about a bike with a legitimate 170mph top speed and a supremely flexible powerband. The basic engine and five-speed package was good enough that Bimota saw fit to slot it into their lightweight YB11, and bike that still has the performance to surprise folks weaned on much newer bikes. The rest of the package was equally well-developed, and this iteration featured Yamaha's Deltabox II frame, upside-down forks, and new styling that replaced the twin-lamp endurance-style fairing with a sleeker, single trapezoidal unit that found its way into a couple of Bimotas as well...

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP for Sale

Attention Collectors! Bike of the Decade... 1992 FZR 1000 EXUP Delta Box Genesis Great Condition / Survivor > Always stored indoors on carpet! extra Rare Corbin seat with back rest, plus original mint solo seat with fairing. Must see pictures. 8738 miles. Just serviced Clear Title / resides in living room / tank drained, carbs cleaned / clean unused oil, and new fluids, serious inquires, Seller reserves the right to end auction early for private or collector sale. Sold as is, wonderful bike.

The FZR1000 in red and white is a great looking example of a 90s superbike. It's not especially valuable as yet, but has the potential to appreciate as people snap up the few remaining pristine, low-mileage examples. The $7,500 the seller is asking is steep, but this looks like it's in very nice condition, with low miles so, if you're into Yamahas, this might be a great opportunity to add a nearly pristine example of this very functional sportbike to your collection.

-tad

Bike of the Decade: 1992 Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP for Sale
Yamaha August 2, 2017 posted by Tad Diemer

Smoke ‘Em if Ya Got ‘Em: Arizona-Titled 1987 Yamaha TZR250 for Sale

You know, it gets harder and harder to come up with smoking-related titles for these two-stroke posts... We may no longer allow tobacco companies to advertise in racing, but it seems to be a natural fit, considering the dangers involved in both activities and especially in the case of smoky, environmentally-unfriendly two-stroke machines. It's also hard to argue that the tobacco companies didn't come up with some of the best-looking graphics and color combinations of all time: Rothmans, John Player, and Marlboro as seen on today's Yamaha TZR250.

A follow up to the very successful RD line, the TZR250 1KT was the very first generation of Yamaha's liquid-cooled parallel twin sports machine introduced in 1986, and was also referred to as the "2MA," depending on the market. It was definitely a big jump ahead in terms of performance compared to the RG250 and NS250R of the same period, and pretty much set the template for the class: aluminum beam frame, fully-enclosed bodywork, and a six-speed gearbox. Unlike other bikes in the class and even the later TZRs that used an 18" rear wheel, the 1KT had 17" wheels at both ends.

Of course no quarter-liter two-stroke would be complete without some form of powervalve, and the TZR came with Yamaha's YPVS or "Yamaha Power Valve System" that helped to boost midrange performance. The claimed 50hp from this model may be a bit optimistic, but the 282lb dry machine was certainly light and very nimble.

From the original eBay Listing: 1987 Yamaha TZR250 for Sale

1987 Yamaha TZR 250 1KT 2-stroke sport bike NO RESERVE, will sell to high bidder! Pure two-stroke spirit! Properly imported with correct DOT/EPA paperwork and legally registered, plated and titled in Arizona, can title in all states except CA. I reserve right to end auction for buy it now of $6,200 but I am starting bidding at $100 with NO RESERVE and bike will sell to high bidder.

This is a nice example of an early TZR. If you have been looking for an RZ350 or something similar check out the TZR250 1KT, feels somewhere in between a 125 and a 250 yet has around 50 HP, the very reliable parallel twin engine and awesome handling. I imported this bike in 2015 and it was a nice lower mile example but with some paint issues. I just had the entire bike repainted in a Wayne Rainey-esque Marlboro paint scheme and I think it came out pretty good. Stock colors were normal Yamaha red/white (see stock photos for reference).This bike will make a nice rider, it is not a showroom example however it is a low mile survivor with little corrosion, all original factory bodywork and new paint. Few of any 1KT TZR's survive in very good condition. Mechanically the bike is solid. 

I did a full service on it less than 20 miles ago. Fresh 50/50 coolant, Motorex Synthetic trans oil, fresh brake flush and fluid front and rear and synthetic DOT 4. Has Motul 710 synthetic two stroke oil and oil injection in place. If you plan to do any really spirited riding I would put fresh rubber on it. Wheels are original, I had planned to powdercoat them but they were borderline nice enough to keep factory original.

The bike is 100% stock save for a Daytona fork brace. Starts with 1 or 2 kicks every time. It runs very good, pulls clean to redline, rides straight, stops straight. It has signs of being dropped on the right in the past but no major damage, just rash which is till evident on clutch cover and brake master.  There is an unfortunate crack on the left ear of the upper which happened when I had the bodywork shipped back to me, but the upper stay and windscreen along with mirror keeps everything tight, solid and in place. There is some light corrosion on top nut, fork lowers, rotor etc but nothing terrible and teh frame is very nice...especially for being 30 years old. This is an overall nice example. 10,700 Km or roughly 6,650 original miles.

I have a set of Japanese Noguchi expansion chambers with silencers that will fit the bike (or the TDR I have listed) that I will sell for $550. I also have another set of 1KT stock exhaust that can go with the bike as well if wanted. Overall it is a really fun and good looking TZR that will draw a crowd wherever you ride it, please check out the pictures closely, contact me with any questions or if you need more photos OF ANY PART OF THE BIKE!

This example isn't perfect or original, but the seller is very up-front about that and the bike seems honestly represented. Bidding is up over $3,700 with a full week left on the auction. Values of 250cc sportbikes have been headed steadily upward over the past year, although TZRs have trailed the rest of the pack a bit, especially the 1KT. The seller's $6,200 Buy It Now price is right on the money for a good two-stroke, but it remains to be seen how the aftermarket paint will affect values of this particular bike.

-tad

Smoke ‘Em if Ya Got ‘Em: Arizona-Titled 1987 Yamaha TZR250 for Sale