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Suzuki March 20, 2015 posted by Tad Diemer

Middle Child Blues: 1983 Suzuki GS1100ES for Sale

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES R Side

The GS1100ES was the last-hurrah for Suzuki's twin-shock sportbikes, a forgotten middle child sandwiched between the classic, Wes Cooley era GS1000S and the modern icon GSX-R. But for a few years, this was as good as it got.

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES Rear Suspension

And it established the template for the later GSX-R: it wasn't the most powerful bike, but it was light, stiff, and powerful enough, and provided a complete performance package. That complete package impressed the motoring press at the time, and it fared well in period tests, even against its more striking stablemate, the Katana.

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES R Side Front

This was the first Zook with 16-valve cylinder head, although it featured "shared cam lobes" that used forks to actuate a pair of valves each. A narrow included valve angle and specially-shaped combustion chambers led to a more efficient burn of the fuel-air mixture. Although the technology was not unique to Suzuki, they of course had to come up with a cool acronym for it, and dubbed it "TSCC" for "twin swirl combustion chamber."

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES Engine Detail

The 1074cc engine put 108hp through a five-speed gearbox. Interestingly, the dash includes a gear position indicator, although I don't think you're too likely to find yourself selecting the wrong cog, considering the flexible power on tap.

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES Dash

The frame was conventional, but very stiff, allowing the suspension to provide the rider with good feedback and control. More a marketing gimmick than real performance items, anti-dive forks were added in 1982 and are clearly visible in the photos, but the bike handled well enough without them.

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES Front Suspension

From the original eBay listing: 1983 Suzuki GS1100ES for Sale

Up for auction is my well-preserved 1983 GS1100ES Superbike.  This was the machine to beat in 1983 with the final version of the bulletproof 1100 16 valve motor.  These motors are still used extensively in drag racing.  The GS1100ES helped start the true sportbike era with a small frame mounted sport fairing, lower than standard bars, and slightly rearset pegs. It was serious machinery in 1983 (having owned one back then I agree!).  This one runs and drives very well and has clearly been well cared for over the years.  It’s hard to find one that hasn't been piped and jetted and beat to a pulp.  

Paintwork is original, except for side covers, knee fairings, and seat cowling which were professionally repainted.  All paint is in  very nice condition with very few minor chips and no fading.  Seat is original.  Frame and motor paint is very nice, wheels are clean, and pipes are in good, but not excellent, shape.  Recently serviced with oil change, air filter, plugs, valve clearance adjustment, carb cleaning and brake fluid flush.  No oil or gas leaks, tank is clean inside.  Rear tire is new, front is several years old but has good tread.   Several NOS detail pieces like new mirrors and grips.  Comes with original owners manual and toolkit. I removed the Lockhart lowers after purchase and stored them.

The listing also includes an extensive list of upgrades and maintenance performed, so pop on over to take a look.

Those fairing lowers, as the seller mentions, were not found on all bikes, but really complete the look and give the bike a clear place in the progression from GS1000S to GSX-R and beyond. I've never actually seen one with these fitted, and I think they make the bike.

The bid price is still below $3,000 but the reserve has not been met. There's been plenty of interest so far, but there's still time left on the auction if you want to scoop up this somewhat forgotten bit of superbike history.

-tad

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES L Side No Fairing

Middle Child Blues: 1983 Suzuki GS1100ES for Sale
Bimota March 19, 2015 posted by Tad Diemer

Featured Listing: 2000 Bimota SB8R for Sale

Update 6.18.2015: The owner has contacted us to update that this bike is sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

2000 Bimota SB8R L Side

Today's Featured Listing Bimota SB8R could be considered one of the marque's most successful modern models, although you're still looking at a low-production Italian exotic, with approximately 150 built.

After the V Due debacle, it was back to business as usual for Bimota, sticking reliable Japanese lumps into state of the art chassis they tried to get on their feet. And Suzuki's thumping v-twin was certainly a brilliant powerplant in search of an equally impressive chassis. While the TL1000S and R met with mixed reviews, no one was complaining about the power and, with the 996cc engine retuned to a claimed 138hp and a weight savings of almost 50lbs compared to the donor TL, Bimota's SB8 was always going to be an impressive performer.

2000 Bimota SB8R R Front

The SB8 is a handsome bike, and houses the original TL headlight in a bulbous, ram-air fairing with a bulging forehead. The intake tubes for the ram-air system are very prominent, but at least they're formed from gorgeous carbon fiber. Which is good because you'll have them in your face basically all the time...

2000 Bimota SB8R Dash

The frame is, in typical Bimota style, a masterpiece of cutting-edge design and materials, and was derived from Cagiva's 500cc Moto GP bike. It featured an aluminum-beam front section and carbon side-plates bolted together to provide strength and good weight distribution.

This machine looks to be in perfect condition, with a laundry-list of updates, upgrades, and OEM spare parts.When all is said and done, at $12,500 this is a relatively inexpensive Bimota, but fairly expensive in terms of performance-per-dollar. But if you're looking for functional garage jewelry and an unbeatable sense of pride of ownership, you'd have a hard time beating it.

2000 Bimota SB8R Front

From the seller: 2000 Bimota SB8R with 4,723 miles for Sale: $12,500

This bike was purchased new from Ducati Bellevue on 3/2/2002. The 1st owner was a local Seattle aerospace engineer who rarely rode the bike. It was never ridden in the rain, never left outdoors overnight, never around a racetrack nor has it ever been tipped over and/or damaged in any way. Kai at Red Label Moto acquired the bike and it has since passed to me as of 2012. Overall, this bike is in excellent condition and has a ton of hard to find goodies that are included with the purchase. I also have pictures of those as well if you're interested.

The 1st owner made no modifications to this machine. His one mod was having a custom fuel trimmer or potentiometer made to work with the existing wiring harness. These bikes are known to have fueling issues due to the massive throttle bodies and this is where the potentiometer helps out. Unfortunately the potentiometer is old technology and the adjustment range was limited. I have since installed a PCIII that was tuned by Nels at 2 Wheel Dyno Works in Woodinville.

Some of the most recent updates to the bike include:

  • Barely broke in set of Michelin Power Pure 2CT tires.
  • New braided steel clutch and rear brake lines. Used but perfect condition.
  • Braided steel front brake lines. These bikes came with rubber hydraulic hoses.
  • New EBC brake pads front and rear. The metallic versions in the front.
  • New engine oil and filter as of Sept 2014.
  • Fairly new spark plugs. NGK CR9EK.
  • Out-of-production Evoluzione SB8R fuel trimmer from a Bimota enthusiast in Colorado. This unit is more precisely calibrated with nearly infinite settings between 0 and 999. The Bimota trimmer has 8 positions total. Also, this unit has a way-cool analog digital display that shows where your fuel mixture is set. And a more trick looking gold anodized mounting bracket.
  • The arrow exhaust on the bike has been cored for better performance and sound. The result is outstanding in that it essentially replicates full racing pipes with much better performance and sound. The pipes ended up a couple inches shorter than stock, however they are much lighter after being modified and look better in my opinion.
  • PCIII was installed to permanently wash out some of the fueling issues that was typical of the SB8R model and its huge throttle bodies. Nels at 2wheeldyno did an amazing job and this bike accelerates easier through the rev range than before. The fuel trimmer that had been installed prior to me purchasing the bike was only finite and could not adjust or reach some of these issues in the rev range. This modification alone makes it rideable if you get stuck in traffic.
  • Modded oem footpegs to replicate the footpegs as they would have been delivered on a European market SB8R. The bikes sold in the US were required to have folding footpegs
  • New Shorai lightweight lithium replacement battery. Trust me, the fact that this bike has a new battery of any type is a huge plus. The battery is located under an unholy amount of tank/carbonfider/frame. Ive also installed a CTEK battery tender since it is such a pain in the ass to get to the battery.
  • New vacuum line that goes from the airbox to a vacuum switching valve.
  • Cleaned/serviced air filter foam element.
  • The stock headlight control (left-side switchgear) has an extra metal tab inside so you can't turn off the headlights. Now the lights can be switched on and off.
  • Ive also sourced out another unused OEM Arrow exhaust set that is in immaculate condition. The one that is currently on the bike is the re-cored version. If you wanted to switch back to the oem sound and condition, it would be boxed up and available.
  • Brand new and unused set of Brembo front brake rotors are also included. These Brembo rotors are OEM and matching to this specific motorcycle as well. Also included are a brand new set of EBC brake pads to finish off the install.
  • Ive also found a SB8RS rear sprocket which replaced the bland SB8R sprocket. This in my opinion, is completes the look of the bike much better than the standard silver colored one and matches the gold front brake rotors. The original is also stashed away and will be included as well.
  • Ive also sourced another gas tank which I’ve been keeping for a rainy day as well. OEM parts are especially hard to find for these bikes and an unused tank is even more rare. Duplicates are always good IMHO.
  • Extra OEM rear and front carbon fiber fender. Figured it couldn’t hurt to have another one of each laying around.
  • Extra OEM seat as well. The one on the bike is an oem version that has the Bimota logo embossed on it.
  • I've also sourced out the Bimota shop manual for this bike, as well as the parts catalogue. Always nice to have these around if you’re working on your own bike. Although some of it is in poorly translated Italian, it does touch on some nice little nuances of the bike.
  • The stock tank on these SB8R’s is an Acerbis tank and Ducati just went through a big class action lawsuit because of their Acerbis tanks expanding over time due to the ethanol content in gasoline. I had the tank that’s currently installed on the bike sealed and lined by Russ Foy in late 2014 to prevent any tank bloat. Either way, the only kind of gas I’ve used in the bike has been ethanol free.
  • Includes both factory keys, leather Bimota key fob, owner's booklet, wiring diagram, display stand, stock footpeg folding thingies, toolkit, helmet lock (?) and the stock rubber hydraulic hoses if you want them. I also have pictures of all the extra bits if you are interested.

Seattle, Washington

2000 Bimota SB8R R Rear

These do seem to change hands regularly with low miles, which is a shame, although this example is obviously no garage-queen, since the seller has made changes to make it more real-world useable.

-tad

2000 Bimota SB8R R Side

Featured Listing: 2000 Bimota SB8R for Sale
Yamaha March 16, 2015 posted by Tad Diemer

Funky Sportbike Alternative: 2000 Yamaha TRX850 for Sale

2000 Yamaha TRX850 L Side

Designed as something of a poor-man's Ducati 916, with a trellis frame clearly intended to evoke that more exotic bike, the Yamaha TRX850 is a rare and odd duck in the US. It's far from beautiful, but possesses a chunky charisma, and although it was never imported to North America, these aren't particularly rare overseas. With the internet as your resource, parts should be pretty cheap and easy to obtain.

2000 Yamaha TRX850 R Side Front

Built between model years 1995 and 1999 and powered by the same big, thudding 849cc engine that motivated the weird, jack-of-all-trades TDM, Yamaha's unusual parallel twin utilized their signature five-valve head, with three inlet and two exhaust. The three smaller inlet valves allow for better breathing than would a two larger items, and this configuration featured on many Yamahas of the period. The engine also incorporated a "big-bang" 270° crankshaft that helped give the bike a character distinct from more common 360° designs. A five-speed gearbox may have been a bit lacking in ratios, but the torquey twin made that sixth gear superfluous.

2000 Yamaha TRX850 Dash

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Yamaha TRX850 for Sale

This is a beautiful motorcycle in great mechanical shape. It has a NYS inspection sticker, the tires / brakes are 80% new battery less then a year old, very minor imperfections on fork tubes but very clean other wise. It has after market pipes / jet kit, trellis frame and matching red belly fairing. The crank is factory set at 270 degrees so it fires like a v-twin for gobs of torque!

I'm selling this motorcycle for a good friend.  I'm a retired Ducati dealer and love to help get these rare models in the hands of folks that appreciate them.  The TRX was never imported to the USA.  This bike came from France and my friend bought it with a Michigan title.  The speedometer is in kilometers but has been geared for MPH so were guessing at the real mileage.  This bike may be the only one in US captivity. 

2000 Yamaha TRX850 L Side Rear

Always a bit of a poor cousin to more exotic twins like Ducati's 916, this parts-bin special was more than the sum of its parts, with a big midrange, very good handling, reliability, and character. Unfortunately, pricing in Europe was high compared to its more exotic competition, so it never sold well and was discontinued after just a few years.

2000 Yamaha TRX850 L Side Engine

Bidding is almost criminally low, considering the condition and capability of the bike being offered here. This is definitely a cult-bike in the making, although here in the US you might be looking at a cult of just one...

-tad

2000 Yamaha TRX850 R Side

Funky Sportbike Alternative: 2000 Yamaha TRX850 for Sale
MV Agusta March 12, 2015 posted by Tad Diemer

Your Own Pet Shark: 2009 MV Agusta F4 1078 RR 312 for Sale

2009 MV Agusta F4 312RR L Side

Given how few F4's have actually been built, they're over-represented on eBay. They're the kind of motorcycle that people buy as investments or just to admire, then sell without putting many miles on them. And it's easy to see why: they're gorgeous but uncomfortable, uncompromising, and basically terrifying. Most reviews talk about the fact that they require real commitment to obtain the best performance.

They're basically the opposite of something like the GSX-R1000, which is basically the friendly Labrador Retriever of literbikes. The 312RR, on the other hand, was one of the great-white-shark-iest version of an already terrifying bike...

2009 MV Agusta F4 312RR R Fairing

Originally introduced in 750cc form and sporting perhaps the most beautiful sportbike bodywork of the last 20 years, performance from the radial-valved four cylinder was a bit underwhelming compared to bikes half the cost. So when MV started building their F4 1000, they decided to erase all doubts and no such criticisms regarding power are leveled at the bigger version.

2009 MV Agusta F4 312RR Dash

Displacing, surprise, surprise, exactly 1078cc's, the 1078 312RR was introduced in 2008 and produced until 2009. The RR's displacement bump meant the bike was ineligible for any racing series, but was anyone actually racing the 998cc version anyway? The "312" was also a bit of truth-in-advertising and referred to "KPH." As in "approximately 194mph."

2009 MV Agusta F4 312RR Seat Detail

With a claimed 190hp and no traction aids other than a slipper clutch, no one is likely to call the RR underpowered... Yes, of course you can have similar performance for many thousands yes, but anyone saying that is really missing the point here. A GSX-R1000 with tons of mods thrown at it to get it to 190hp is still just a tool. A very, very fast tool, but still just a tool. This is art.

And, like much functional art, the F4 1000 tends to get displayed as much as ridden. As the seller freely admits, people buy these as aspirational objects of lust, since pushing a bike like this to the limit takes guts, skill, and deep pockets if you happen to take things a little bit too far...

2009 MV Agusta F4 312RR Peg

From the original eBay listing: 2009 MV Agusta F4 1078 RR 312

2009 F4 that I purchased new from Pro Italia in Glendale CA  . As you see from the 2881 miles on the odometer that I spent more time waxing than riding.

Long list of mods and upgrades include:

BST carbon fiber wheels

Motocorse full titanium exhaust ($6K)

Fast by Ferracci ECU

FBF clipons

Brembo RCS master cylinders

Extensive use of carbon fiber throughout

Extensive use of titanium fasteners including the wheel nuts, suspension pivots, and motor mounts

Extensive use of ano and powder paint

Shori LiFe battery

DID 520 chain kit

Study the pics and you will see that no bolt was left unturned !

Included is the factory red stand, battery charger, and all the papers and manuals.  Thanks for looking !!

The first two pictures were taken when prototyping the Luimoto seat about two years ago. The rest are current photos that show the powder coated engine cases, triple clamp, and clipons.

I love these, and more common F4 1000's go for sometimes shockingly low prices. Getting parts can be a pain: my buddy waited months for a clutch to ship from Italy for his Brutale because the factory had supposedly shut down for summer holidays... But the detailing on these is incredible, and I'd assume you have a nice GSX-R lying around to ride while you're waiting for those parts, those beautiful, finely-crafted parts to arrive in the mail...

2009 MV Agusta F4 312RR Swingarm

Those BST carbon fiber wheels are especially tasty, although I prefer the company's five-spoke model to these, and the rest of the motorsport bling on this bike is of similarly high quality. That's actually one of the best thing about shopping for Italian exotica: many owners have babied the hell out of them and festooned them with the best bits money can buy.

With a $14,000 Buy It Now price, it's hard to argue that you're getting a serious piece of exotica for the price of a brand new GSX-R1000. Just be careful you don't get bitten.

-tad

2009 MV Agusta F4 312RR R Side

Your Own Pet Shark: 2009 MV Agusta F4 1078 RR 312 for Sale
Suzuki March 7, 2015 posted by Tad Diemer

Slingshot Gixxer: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750 for Sale

1989 GSX-R750 R Front

When it was introduced in 1985, Suzuki's original GSX-R750 set the standard for production sportbikes that's lasted through the modern era. Interestingly, the first GSX-R's eschewed water-cooling to simplify the engine in a bid to save weight at the expense of overall power. The aluminum beam frame and monoshock rear suspension and fully-enclosed bodywork with endurance-racing style were a rarity in 1985 and rounded out the very complete package.

1989 GSX-R750 L Rear

The second generation continued this tradition and otherwise followed the template set down by the original "Slabby," albeit with updated styling and 17" wheels. That makes this particularly short-lived generation a great rider's bike, looking both backwards to a more classic style, and forwards, with a variety of tire choices available for the 17" wheels.

1989 GSX-R750 L FairingJPG

Suzuki sold plenty of these "Slingshot" GSX-R's, so named for their carburetors. But many were ridden hard, written off, or otherwise neglected, and bikes in this sort of condition are pretty hard to find. Not as collectible as the first generation bikes, not as competent as later models, but these are, to me, some of the best-looking Gixxers ever. When new, I'd likely have preferred this red, white, and black scheme, although these days I find myself more drawn to the classic Suzuki blue-and-white colors.

1989 GSX-R750 R Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750 for Sale

Up for auction is my 1989 Suzuki GSXR 750 Slingshot 17k miles 2nd owner... Very good condition all original plastics never been down. Little crack on left rear plastic from replacing battery last summer. Clean carbs will need to be cleaned does run good and strong. On the road last summer carbs need to be clean runs strong upgraded fox suspension polished wheels frame steering damper. Custom Corbin seat bike runs great and the suspension in handling is awesome. All original plastics in near excellent condition including tank registered..

1989 GSX-R750 Dash

There are a few questionable details here. The wheels do vary a bit from photo to photo: they're solid white in some of the pictures, and have a polished rim in others. It looks like they were going for the Marvic modular look as seen on the Ducati Superlight. And those flush-mount signals, while sleeker than the stock items, would absolutely have to go, were this my bike. I'm sure it wouldn't be too much work to fit some low-profile LED units or subtle bar-end signals, or something like signals integrated into the tail lamp and headlight units.

1989 GSX-R750 R Side

The Corbin seat is likely far more comfortable than the stock item, although the stepped design is a love-it or hate-it kind of thing. Plan to put real miles on your bike? Definitely worth keeping on there.

With 17,000 miles on the clock, mileage is very reasonable and, although it will need some attention, there's nothing outside the abilities of a competent mechanic. All-in-all, a great-looking classic Suzuki.

-tad

1989 GSX-R750 L Front

Slingshot Gixxer: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750 for Sale
Aprilia March 6, 2015 posted by Tad Diemer

Tiny Dancer: 2009 Aprilia RS125 for Sale

2009 Aprilia RS125 R Front

Most small displacement sportbikes look like small-displacement sportbikes, but Aprilia really knows how to make lust-worthy entry-level machines. While their RS250 is certainly no learner bike, this one definitely is: you won't be going very fast on an RS125, but you will look good doing it...

2009 Aprilia RS125 R Rear

Manufactured between 1992 and 2012, the RS125 was a two-stroke, single-cylinder bike designed to capture well-heeled young race fans unable to purchase larger motorcycles due to licensing restrictions. This iteration of the 125 was designed to evoke the RSV1000 v-twin sportbike that was at the top of Aprilia's range until the introduction of the RSV4. With two-strokes being phased out all over the world, the RS125's place in Aprilia's lineup has recently been taken over by their new RS4, a cleaner-burning 125 four-stroke powered bike.

2009 Aprilia RS125 Reaerset

It’s a very muscular-looking bike for a 125, although they’re very petite in person. They do feature lights and signals to make them road-legal, but I've never seen one that had rearview mirrors fitted. I'm sure a nice set of Rizoma mirrors would add a bit of bling and meet DMV requirements.

This one has had quite a bit of quality aftermarket thrown at it already, and has been tuned by noted East Coast tuner Fast by Ferracci.

2009 Aprilia RS125 Dash

From the original eBay listing: 2009 Aprilia RS125 for Sale

For sale 2009 Aprilia RS125 (GP derived replica). Bike is like new with only 446 miles on it, it's been garaged kept and rarely ridden. Bike is for competition use only but it is titled, plated and registered in the state of PA and is street legal. Bike has some upgrades done to it and I will included all original parts except for OEM exhaust to the buyer. This motorcycle was dyno tuned and services by Fast By Ferracci and produced 31hp at the rear wheel, all the fluids were changed after 300 miles. This is a real rare motorcycle, I believe only 200 were imported in to US, so if you're looking for a GP replica 2-stroke this is a perfect opportunity to get one in new condition. I'm sad to let it go, but don't have time to ride it at all, and need more space in my garage. Thank you for viewing and Good Luck!

Aftermarket parts installed: 

  • Woodcraft rearsets

  • Front & Rear Axle Sliders 

  • Tyga carbon fiber Rear Hugger 

  • Tyga carbon fiber Sprocket Cover

  • Tyga carbon fiber Chain Guard 

  • Arrow titanium exhaust full system with carbon can 

  • Evotech exhaust hanger

  • European ECU with all the harness/wiring - to make the bike street legal. 

2009 Aprilia RS125 R Detail

With the introduction of KTM's RC390 and the increased interest in small-displacement bikes in Asian markets, here's hoping that we see a trend towards smaller sportbikes here in the US. I do see the appeal of scary literbikes, of riding something that you know is a barely-tamed animal.

But honestly, it's nearly impossible to even tap into that performance on the street, and I think it'd be pretty frustrating to own a 200hp motorcycle and never really be able to take it over 8,000 rpm unless you're risking life and license... A bike like this you could twist to the stop and ride it like a complete idiot with far less risk, and still have something very sleek and exotic to admire in your garage during these cold, dreary winter months...

-tad

2009 Aprilia RS125 L Front

Tiny Dancer: 2009 Aprilia RS125 for Sale