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Suzuki April 12, 2015 posted by Tad Diemer

Dry Clutch Rattle: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R Limited Edition

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE R Side

It's been a banner week for "Slabby" Suzukis on eBay, with a range of bikes to tickle any Gixxer-lover's fancy, including an interesting restomod with billet 17" wheels that I'm sure would have ignited a firestorm of controversy in the comments... This one is a bit more traditional and should appeal to fans of RSBFS.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE L Side Front

The GSX-R wasn't perfect when it was introduced in 1985, and the following year saw a revised swingarm to improve handling, along with some other tweaks. The LE was introduced to homologate specific parts for racing and featured a very sexy dry clutch and a lightweight aluminum fuel tank.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE Dash

The engine remained largely the same, but the first GSX-R wasn't a bike that relied heavily on new technology in that department. In fact, that was largely the point: it used air/oil cooling to keep things simple and light, so it was low weight and handling, the complete package that really set the bike apart. Along with styling that promised a race bike almost everyone could afford.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki GSXR750R Limited Edition for Sale

Just 500 of these were produced for the 1986 model year and they are super hard to find now, most having gone into collections! North America got the red/white/blue version and this lovely red & silver variant (Yoshimura colors) was reserved for the Japanese domestic and other markets.

This example has traveled just over 11,000 miles and is in excellent condition.

Engine internals are identical to the standard 750, but steering is sharper, brakes are stronger and the suspension is stiffer. In 1986, shelling out $2100 more for the Limited bought a list of limited-production enhancements that made it faster, especially on the track.

- Dry clutch

- GSXR1100-spec 41mm fork with electronic NEAS anti-dive

- 310mm front brake rotors with dual opposed-piston calipers, and an

- Aluminium-bodied remote-reservoir shock bolted to an aluminium Full-Floater linkage

- Broader handle bars

- Solo seat integrated into a hand-laid fiberglass tail section

- Lightweight aluminium kick guards

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE Tank

The Yoshimura exhaust is not stock, although they obviously have a long history with Suzuki and it definitely suits the bike. In fact, I much prefer it to the strange, perforated stock parts. The chain is obviously in need of attention [read: "replacement"] but, minor chips and scrapes aside, the bike seems to be in pretty darn good shape, a sight better than many of the tired Gixxers that often turn up on eBay.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE Pipe

This example is actually in New Zealand: note the spelling of aluminum... It's probably only worth importing to the US if you're a die-hard Suzuki fan although, if that describes you, this rarest of early GSX-R's might be worth a look.

-tad

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE L Side

MV Agusta April 10, 2015 posted by Tad Diemer

Hand-Built Masterpiece: 2006 MV Agusta F4CC for Sale

2006 MV Agusta F4CC R Side Front2

The MV Agusta F4CC might at first look to be something along the lines of Ducati's endless, blinged-up "S" versions that slap on some carbon, slightly up-spec suspension, and call it a day. But the F4 "Claudio Castiglioni" is far from a paint-and-tape special edition. It is, without question, the ultimate incarnation of the first-generation F4 and incorporates the very best parts, cost no object.

It's basically what you'd do to your own F4, given an unlimited budget.

2006 MV Agusta F4CC L Side Rear

Priced at a shocking $120,000 new in 2006, the bike looks basically the same as a stock F4, but 90% of the parts are handmade and constructed from better, lighter material wherever possible: the gearbox housing is magnesium, as are the frame sideplates and swingarm. Everything that can be made from carbon fiber is made from carbon fiber. Even the little vent mesh inserts are made from titanium instead of steel. All that attention to detail, while it will be overlooked by 99.9% of riders, costs money. Lots and lots of money.

2006 MV Agusta F4CC Rear Suspension

Inside, the engine featured a slipper clutch unique to this model that replaced MV's unconventional system that held open valves on one cylinder to keep the rear wheel from hopping across the pavement on corner entry. Boosted to 1078cc and making 163.7rwhp the wailing inline-four is likely very close to the 200hp claimed by MV at the crank.

2006 MV Agusta F4CC Seat

From the original eBay listing: 2006 MV Agusta F4CC for Sale

This is a collector grade vehicle in stunning condition which can be enjoyed in the saddle or on a pedestal, it's up to you to decide, but rest assured, at this highly depreciated cost, the value can only head one direction.

With only 198 miles , expect near  new condition on the F4CC. The howl of the inline four through the beautiful, sculpted, titanium organ pipes is intoxicating!

The bike comes with a cover, a  full titanium racing exhaust is installed and spare stock exhaust, a Corse rear wheel stand, disassembled shipping crate and a matching #76 Girard-Perregaux Evo3 Laureato watch ($10,000 value), Trussardi F4CC leather jacket  ($4000 value) certificate of Authenticity. The F4CC is the bike that MV Agusta President Claudio Castiglioni built for himself. 

The F4CC had an MSRP of $120k, making it the most expensive production bike at the time. Only 100 F4CCs have been built with less than 20 making it stateside.

2006 MV Agusta F4CC L Side

The increased displacement makes it ineligible for most forms of racing, but you probably wouldn't want to track this anyway: even if you can afford to buy a $120,000 motorcycle, insurance generally doesn't cover on-track mishaps, so you're on your own if you take a tumble. "If you can't afford to crash it, you can't afford to track it."

2006 MV Agusta F4CC Footpeg

So most of these have simply become collectors items, a true shame considering the potential contained in the bike. While the CC certainly commands a premium on the used market, they aren't selling anywhere near the $120,000 list price. They do come up from time-to-time, with asking prices in the $50-$60k range, so this seems in line with current values. A lot of money for a bike, but maybe a small price to pay for one of the most beautiful, and beautifully detailed motorcycles of modern times.

-tad

2006 MV Agusta F4CC R Side

Hand-Built Masterpiece: 2006 MV Agusta F4CC for Sale
Gilera April 8, 2015 posted by Tad Diemer

Lightweight Italian: 1991 Gilera Saturno 350

1991 Gilera Saturno 350 R Side

Although forgotten now, Gilera was one a famous manufacturer of serious racing hardware, and this "Nuovo" Saturno was an attempt to revitalize the marque in the late 1980's. Now owed by Piaggio, Gilera was originally founded in 1909 and had a long history of high-performance motorcycles.

1991 Gilera Saturno 350 L Side Rear

These sportbikes were often based around big singles, sort of like an Italian Norton Manx, although they were also famous for circumventing the significant cooling issues that surrounded multi-cylinder engines by producing a transverse four-cylinder that dominated 500cc GP racing through the 1950s.

1991 Gilera Saturno 350 R Side Fairing

The reborn Saturno was powered by a big, liquid-cooled four-valve single that put power through a five speed gearbox. Most markets got a 491cc engine, although a smaller 350 was available for Japanese customers. This simple, robust powerplant was suspended in a lightweight trellis frame with modern suspension and brakes front and rear, with lightweight Marvic wheels that provided an all-in weight of under 300lbs dry.

1991 Gilera Saturno 350 Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Gilera Saturno 350 for Sale

In the mid 80s Gilera collaborated with a Japanese company, C. Itoh & Co. Itoh produced a frame design and Gilera the powerplant. The frame was very similar to that of Ikuzawa. Gilera put the project in the hands of a gentleman called Sandro Columbo, who in the 1950s had been in charge of their race team.In August 1987 the bike was ready as a prototype and in March 1988 started the production. Two versions were built: a 350cc model only for the Japanese market and sold by Itoh, and a 500cc model for the rest of the world, sold through the Gilera network. The bike was by all accounts very expensive in its day and few were sold.

This is a 1991 example, which has travelled just over 5,100km or 3,100 miles and been very well cared for, and lightly modified with nice chrome high pipes and a bikini tail section. An rare opportunity not to be missed.

1991 Gilera Saturno 350 Engine

Very rare in any form, the Saturno is all about light weight and handling, with a look that, to me, is very purposeful and doesn't appear "styled" at all. As the seller mentions, the dual exhaust on this one isn't stock as they generally use a single exhaust on the right side of the bike, but it looks to be of high quality and does suit the bike.

1991 Gilera Saturno 350 R Side Tail

This bike is currently located in New Zealand, although the seller claims they also have a location in Texas. If you happen to live in New Zealand, or are able to register it in your state here in the US, this would make a great back-road bike. If not, this might make a very

-tad

1991 Gilera Saturno 350 L Side

Lightweight Italian: 1991 Gilera Saturno 350
Ducati April 4, 2015 posted by Tad Diemer

Perfect Balance: 1983 Ducati TT2 Racer for Sale

1983 Ducati TT2 R Side

A bike with skinny tires and a wide powerband, the Fabio Taglioni-designed Ducati TT2 bears a passing resemblance to the roadgoing F1, but was tuned to perfection, utilizing a philosophy that resulted in a lightweight, very nimble package with a broad spread of useable power that made it ideal for roadcourses.

1983 Ducati TT2 Fairing

Displacement was up slightly compared to the stock Pantah to 597cc and the carefully-prepared engine put 78hp through a 5-speed and dry clutch.

1983 Ducati TT2 Tank

The Verlicchi frame that surrounded the fuel tank weighed a featherweight 15 pounds and the entire bike weighed in at just 326 pounds dry, including a starter and battery. Wheels were generally 18" although quick-turning 16" could be specified if the rider preferred and a fully-adjustable Marzocchi fork was up front with a Paoli shock at the rear of the monoshock frame and the resulting package was very competitive.

1983 Ducati TT2 Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1983 Ducati TT2 for Sale

A fantastic period-built private rider TT2, fitted with LS F1's engine cases, dry clutch, 41mm Malossi/Dellorto carbs, ported heads, race cams , very very rare Marzocchi adjust forks, Campagnolo magnesium wheels, Verlicchi frame, Verlicchi swinging arm this bike’s loaded with many good bits so much of which is of course unobtainable today

Super deal!

Race, parade and collect!

1983 Ducati TT2 Rear Suspension

This example is a bit rough around the edges, but that's pretty par for the course with a race bike: they generally weren't finished to a high standard in the first place, and racetrack use isn't exactly kind to cosmetics.

According to the seller, this bike is currently in the UK, but that shouldn't present any difficulties for a determined buyer interested in a piece of racing history.

-tad

1983 Ducati TT2 L Side

Perfect Balance: 1983 Ducati TT2 Racer for Sale
Kawasaki April 4, 2015 posted by Tad Diemer

She Sells Sanctuary: 1975 Kawasaki Z1 Streetfighter for Sale

1975 Kawasaki Z1 Restomod R Front

This isn't something we'd normally feature here on RSBFS, but given the effort that went into this restomod Kawasaki Z1 and the performance that's likely on tap, it seemed like a fun bike to share.

1975 Kawasaki Z1 Restomod L Front

Keep in mind: "musclebike" and "sportbike" are general terms at best, not a specific category of motorcycle. And remember, they raced "superbikes" that looked a whole lot like this one on tracks throughout the 1970's. On the road, where slow in, fast out is the name of the game, I'd bet a bike like this one would give most "genuine" sportbikes a real run for their money.

1975 Kawasaki Z1 Restomod R Rear

Based around Kawasaki's beastly Z1 that dominated the roads of the mid to late 1970's, much of the customization that's gone into this one seems intended to address the original bike's glaring weakness: a flexible frame that made serious cornering pretty much out of the question.

1975 Kawasaki Z1 Restomod Dash

There's plenty more detail regarding the build and seemingly every part that went into it over at the original eBay listing: 1975 Kawasaki Z1 900 Restomod Streetfighter

I built this bike to mimic a Sanctuary built streetfighter from Japan. I built it as though I were going to ride and enjoy it. The stock Z1s are cool, but they are flexi fliers. I wanted a bike that would handle like a modern bike, but still have the look and feel of the original Z1. I started with a 75 Z1 900 and a 2000 ZRX1100 then added time and money. Having completed the bike, I now realize that I really enjoy building these bikes. So I thought, if somebody were interested in this bike at a good price, I’d let it go and build another.

This is a matching numbers 1975 Z1 with updated suspension, wheels and brakes.

Frame: stock Z1 frame modified with gussets to minimize flex, rear shocks cantilevered.

Forks: KYB 43mm, 2000 ZRX1100.

Electrical, all new harnesses including a hybrid electrical system. This hybrid system has modern relays and uses modern fuses, 5 of them. The system includes electronic ignition and a voltage regulator/rectifier combo. The goal was to provide a dependable electrical system for years to come.

Engine: Fresh built, less than 50 miles. Transmission, shift forks, cylinder head, cylinders and crankshaft are from a pristine low mileage 1978 KZ1000(11K miles). The internals were beautiful so I kept them aside for this project. The piston kit is an MTC 1076cc. Cylinders were bored to match by Joe Hooper at Pit Stop Performance. The cylinder head was worked by Joe at Pit Stop as well. The head has been completely rebuilt including fresh valve guides, seals, heavy duty springs. The valve train is standard over bucket shim. The cams are new Web Cams, 410 lift and they have been degreed per manufacturer’s specifications. To finish out the valve train, a new cam chain, guides, pillow blocks, and all 3 rollers were installed. The side covers are all powder coated flat black, the cases, cylinder and head are high temp gloss black. No broken fins or cracks, the best of the best on this motor.

1975 Kawasaki Z1 Restomod R Rear

If you're not familiar with "Sanctuary" as mentioned by the seller, pop onto Google and take a look. They're based out of Japan and sell premium parts like titanium headers for Japanese bikes. Complete Sanctuary builds tend to be stunning distillations of the Japanese superbikes of the 1970's and drip with titanium, carbon fiber, and exquisite detailing.

This guy may not quite achieve that level perfection, but you're getting 90% of the finished product for 30% of the cost, and that seems like a pretty good deal for a bike you can ride to bike nights, rip around backroads, or even pack up with luggage and ride to the ends of the earth...

-tad

1975 Kawasaki Z1 Restomod R Side

She Sells Sanctuary: 1975 Kawasaki Z1 Streetfighter for Sale
Suzuki March 31, 2015 posted by Tad Diemer

Coming Directly: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ Walter Wolf Replica

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf R Side

The Suzuki RG500Γ Walter Wolf Replica is one of the most collectible sportbikes of the 1980's, combining maniacal two-stroke power-delivery, big cubes, a state of the art suspension, and an evocative race-rep paint job.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf L Side Rear

It's always fortunate when someone is born with such an appropriate and evocative name, and Walter Wolf certainly fits that description. An Austrian-born, Canadian oil tycoon and racing sponsor who supported UK racing teams at the highest levels of both two and four-wheeled competition.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf Dash

Powered by a water-cooled "square" four cylinder that used two parallel twins geared to a common crank to produce 100bhp, the Gamma blew the competing RZ500 out of the water in most quantifiable performance measures, although that bike obviously has its rabid fans as well.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ Walter Wolf Replica

The bike is in very good condition but it does have however 2 small cracks in the body work that have been plastic welded that were there when I purchased the bike over 14 years ago from the last owner that had it in storage for about 10 years. You can see them in the pictures and there are some very light scratches on the LH lower expansion chamber that you can see also. There looks that there might be a very small piece of plastic that is cracked from one of the tabs that is on the mid panel but it is covered by the upper so you will not be able to see it from the outside if you look at the bike. Other than that there are two spots on the foam pad that is around the instrument panel that have some sun burn from the wind shield which is a very common problem on these bikes.

The bike is not perfect, since it has two or three small hair line cracks in the body work that have been fixed but for a 29 year old bike that has 9951 km on it, it is very close. I would say it is a 9.5 out of 10 and the cracks are very hard to see unless you know where they are and I point them out to you.

The bike is in storage at the moment but before I sell it I will take the carbs. off and have them ultrasonic cleaned and have them synched.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf R Side Rear

This example may not be flawless, but it's about as close as you're likely to get, and in very original condition with low miles.

These aren't the most elegant-looking bikes, a little bulbous to my eye, but the blue/red/gold paint on the Walter Wolf bikes really flatter the shape. 100bhp may not sound like much, but keep in mind the light weight and slightly abrupt power delivery certainly make for an entertaining ride, an a valuable one to boot.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf L Side Front

Coming Directly: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ Walter Wolf Replica




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