Posts by Category: Suzuki

Suzuki October 31, 2009 posted by

1996 RGV250 Gamma VJ23

Available in Northern California is a 1996 RGV250 in what looks to be amazing condition. The ad as posted by the seller:

I am sad to say that I am forced to sell my 96 RGV250. I have spent the last 3 1/2 years building the bike.

This is a extremely rare 1996 RGV250 VJ23. There were only 2218 bikes made between Feb 96 and Sept 96. The bike has a unique 70 degree motor based on the Suzuki GP bikes. There are maybe 15 to 20 of these bikes in the USA.

Here is a list of the modifications I have done:

- Ohlins radial front forks with the Brembo radial calipers
- Galfer wave rotors
- Yoshmura billet triple clamps w/modification to fit stock ignition lock
- Penske triple clicker rear shock
- Marchesini magnesium 10 spoke wheels f/3.5" and r/5.5"
- New Michelin Pilot Power 2ct tires
- Custom rear caliper bracket with brembo caliper
- Sugaya race pipes (Not the Lomas as seen in the pictures below)
- Sugaya R2 cdi
- Has oil injection (not premix)
- Ca titled with new registration(November) for the next year
- Recent complete rebuild

I want $15,000 firm for the bike. No tire kickers please...and no test rides until there is cash in hand.

Sorry no trades of anykind.
Feel free to contact me with any questions...

** The pictures below show the bike with Jim Lomas pipes....the bike currently has Sugaya race pipes and thats whats being sold**

The asking price is $15,000 and is titled and registered in California.  See the ad on Bay Area Riders Forum here.



Suzuki October 25, 2009 posted by

1986 Suzuki RG 400 Gamma Walter Wolf Racing edition – on ebay!

I'm going say this is probably the rarest bike I will ever post on


Okay, so I found another rough one, but this one seems to be super duper rare!  Walter Wolf was a successful businessman based in Canada.  His ownership into racing started with a F1 team.  He later ventured into Moto GP and used Gamma RG 500's. Suzuki honored his team by making a limited number WWR edition RG 500's, 400's and 250's.  This particular model was only sold in Japan and I couldn't nail down an exact production number, but did find a couple of informative sites that I will link up for you to review.  The first one is a BBS post (disclaimer: I cannot verify this to be fact or fiction so you will have to be the judge) from an author named MannyU and he seems pretty knowledgeable

Here is a nice video that gives an idea of what Walter Wolf Racing was back in the day.

These looked pretty sweet back in the day if I do say so myself.

The owner has a lot to say about it and here is a partial list from the auction: 

This is a very rare and exotic Suzuki RG400 Walter Wolf Edition motorcycle. It is from Japan originally.

New parts: Bridgestone tires, Battery, Fork tubes, Fork seals, Carb gaskets, petcock rebuilt.

Bike is far from perfect, although the original paint, where not scratched, has good clear coat and is not faded from sun etc. The bike has always been inside. It does have some corrosion from it's previous home in Japan, but it should all come clean with the right care.

Bike has approx 9700 KM. Gauges all read KMH. Labels/warning lights are in Japanese.

This little bike needs some work, but would make for an AWESOME addition to any collection. Wouldn't you agree?


Suzuki October 20, 2009 posted by

1992 Suzuki GSXR 1100 w/ only 9,000 miles!

I know, I know not a super rare find, but an extremely clean, low mileage classic liter bike.  I appreciate a bike that has been well maintained and taken care of as much as I do the super rare ones.  Of course I can only appreciate them because I am a freak about cleaning and maintaining my own scoots. 


 Looks to be in really nice shape and well taken care of.  This gem is located in Texas and would make for a great conversation piece at your local bike night.

1992 GSXR1100 that has not been raced, Wreck, Dropped, or painted. This bike has been garaged kept its whole life and is in great shape.

The bike does not have any damage other then a few MINOR nicks from the road here and there but is a 9 out of 10 for sure. Runs and drives perfect.

The only modification I can see is the tail end is delete of the stock mud flap.  It has an aftermarket exhaust as well, but is not pictured due to being taken off for polishing.  In my area of the world, most sportbikes bottom out around 3,000 to 3,500 regardless of age or size, so for me a super clean 1992 GSXR 1100 at $2,800 is a steal!


Kawasaki October 13, 2009 posted by

HARRIS Magnum race chassis for sale in Chicago

Just the name "Magnum" alone signifies this is a rare find indeed.  Harris is a small performance specialist shop in the UK, producing frame kits for different engines, resulting in many unique specials over the years.  In any case, this 1980 Magnum 2 frame kit listed on the Chicago Craigslist will fit a Kawasaki Z1 (the old Z1!) or a Suzuki in-line four:

Will fit a Kazasaki Z1 or Suzuki inline 4 (Katana & others) motor. Currently has brackets to fit Z1. White Power rear suspension, Marzocchi Front forks, Harris cast aluminum triple trees, German made adjustable clip ons, Magnesium wheels. Absolutely gorgeous frame is ultra-light and riged, single and double butted cro-moly tubing... manganese bronze welded. Harris mono-shock rear swing-arm set the standard for all others.

It also comes with a Harris ultra-light aluminum fuel tank, fiberglass bodywork, and a Harris exhaust (a rare item in itself!).

Harris Magnum frames are legendary, so regardless whether you will be buying this one or not (you should!), head on over to the ad on Craigslist to read up on some motorcycle history!


Suzuki October 2, 2009 posted by

Three Old-School Suzuki Sport Bikes For Sale: A Pair of early RG 500’s and GSX-R 750

First up is a 1986 Suzuki RG500 GAMMA for sale on Columbus, Ohio Craigslist for $10500 (20k miles):

Suzuki RG500 Gamma For Sale

quote from the listing:

1986 RG500 Gamma, top end was done about 8000 miles ago, dyno'd at 98.x horsepower, Fox shock, Racetech gold valves, upgraded gsxr brakes, Katana front rim (17"x3"), GSF400 Bandit rear rim(17"x4"), induvidual filters, Jolly Moto GP pipes, proper jetting, Airtech RGV250 upper fairing, Raask rearsets. 20,000 miles, Polaris synthetic oil, tinted double bubble windscreen.

Next up is another 86 on Eugene, Oregon Craigslist for $12500:


quote from seller's listing:

Extremely rare Sportbike for sale. One of approx. 400 in the States, this one is from Canada. Never imported directly. 500cc four cylinder 2-stroke - it is the road going version of Suzuki's class dominating GP bike of the late 70's. 100HP in a 300# package - you do the math = FAST and fun. Although I hate to see it go, I need to make space in the garage and I really don't have time to ride this awesome piece of machinery any more. The bike is in excellent condition. It does need a battery. And the reg. is expired.

And finally a nice and original looking 1990 GSX-R 750 for only $2500 (15k miles, Fontana, California):

1990 Suzuki GSX-R 750 For Sale1990 Suzuki GSX-R 750 For Sale1990 Suzuki GSX-R 750 For Sale1990 Suzuki GSX-R 750 For Sale

quote from seller's listing:


Amazing that we have 3 different RG500's posted this week! Have a good weekend everyone!


Aprilia September 30, 2009 posted by

Wednesday Rapid Post: Wes Cooley Project, Bimota SB6R, Ducati 851, and Aprilia RS125

Squeezing in a quick post between meetings today with some interesting finds. Enjoy! -dc


1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley on Craigslist for $1850 (24k miles, California):

Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley For SaleSuzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley For Sale

quote from Craigslist:


This bike seems to be priced pretty high considering how much work it needs done and compared to previous GS1000S bikes listed on this blog. But if the buyer can work a deal, could be an interesting project for this winter.


When I got my eBay alerts this morning, I spotted the little thumbnail for this gray SB6R. I didn't realize the came in gray... Check out this (Seattle, $9500 buy-it-now, 5300 miles):

Bimota SB6R For SaleBimota SB6R For Sale

quote from seller's listing:

[...] From what I am told, the 1st owner was a serious bike collector from Florida. I was able to contact the salesperson from 2004 and he tells me the bike was always meticulously maintained by that 1st owner. We are also led to believe that the 1st owner carried out basic performance mods such as upgraded camshafts, mild cylinder head porting, carburetor rejetting, fuel system sorting, racing exhaust, different rims, upgraded calipers, etc. I do not have specific info on the internal engine mods but both Jay and the salesperson from '04 recall the bike being represented as such. I can tell you the bike runs strong, crisp and way better than the stock SB6R I had in 1998.

So why the heck is the bike this color? Funny you should ask! Jay did not care for the solid red paint scheme as delivered from the factory. He removed all the bodywork sometime in early 2006 and handed it to a well known local Seattle bike painter to create what Jay thought would be the ultimate paintjob for his expensive piece of Asian/Italian finery. Three years later Jay finally got fed up and picked up his bodywork which had been sanded and prepped for painting but that was all. He wanted to ride so he bought many cans of grey Krylon and went to town. [...]

Again, compared to other SB6 Bimotas listed on this site, this seems high regardless of how much expense has gone into this bike. If we were talking about a garden variety GSX-R or Ninja, I'd give the Krylon painted bodywork a pass, but not on a Bimota!


Yep, another Ducati 851. Isn't it great owning your own website so you can be this self indulgent? Self: Yes! Check out this :

Ducati 851 For SaleDucati 851 For SaleDucati 851 For SaleDucati 851 For Sale

quote from the eBay listing:

I just picked the bike from Hansen’s BMW Ducati in Medford, Or where they completed over $1500 of service on the bike. The bike needs nothing but more gas. It is currently titled in California if that is a concern to your titling issues. Besides being incredibly beautiful, it has some very rare and historic parts bolted to it.

Make sure to read the full description on eBay. This bike reportedly has $40k in upgrades and work, and apparently a history to back it up. There is an interesting thread on the Ducati 851/888 mailing list debating what the value and sale price value look like. Most agree that it's worth mid-teens but won't likely get over 9-10k at auction.

Update 10.6.09 - This auction ended at about $4900 reserve not met.


Finally, Ari spotted this street legal RS125 on the Bay Area Two Stroke forums (1400 miles, $8500):

2009 Aprilia RS125 For Sale Street Legal California2009 Aprilia RS125 For Sale Street Legal California2009 Aprilia RS125 For Sale Street Legal California

quote from the forum listing:

I have a 2009 RS125 California plated bike for sale.
Mods are as follows:
1. 154cc Big bore kit
2. 34mm carb (properly jeted).
3. Intake manifold.
4. V-force reeds.
5. Arrow pipe.
6. Euro wiring harness, lights, switches, mirrors, etc.
7. Seat cowl
8. Carbon Fiber Chain Gaurde
As i said it's registered and has around 1400 miles on it. Very fast, runs excellent !

Seller is definitely asking a premium for this one as it's nearly impossible to get something like this registered in California. But I sat on one at last year's Seattle Motorcycle Show, and it's a beautiful machine. So light and the craftsmanship is awesome! Thanks for the submission Ari!