Doug forwarded all three of these bikes my way this weekend, and all are blogworthy! Check 'em out:
1990 Vance & Hines FZR1000 on FZRArchives ($4500, 11k miles):
quote from listing:
1990 Vance & Hines FZR1000 -- Vance & Hines built this motorcycle for a Cycle World "Shootout" in September of 1990.
Magnesium 40mm Flatside carburetors
Wiseco pistons enlarged to 1040cc
Yamaha owo1 race kit camshafts
the head has been ported
Olhins rear shock
about 11,000 miles
located in Kansas City KS
with only 6k miles and $2850 buy-it-now:
excerpts from the listing:
Only 5,993 miles. I believe we are the 3rd owners, and to the best of my knowledge, the mileage is correct. When we were riding it, it always started and ran well and never let us down. As of the last time we rode it, everything worked... all the lights, switches, brakes, clutch, etc... The tires are Metzlers that only have 2,000 to 3,000 miles on them. Cosmetically, it looks great with the exception of the small amount of fairing damage described in "The Bad" section below. It still sports its factory original body work, including the wind screen and the cool removable cowl that covers the passenger seat! Everyone who is serious about FZR400s knows that 1990 is the year to have. FZR400s were only imported to the USA from 1988 to 1990, and the 1990 model had significant upgrades over the prior years (such as the greatly improved swing arm, etc...). Plus, 1990 was the only year it was offered in the black & dark blue color scheme.
We have not ridden it in about 8 years. It is in the infamous "ran when parked" condition. During the past 8 years (and really... during the whole time we have owned it), it has always been kept in an indoor, heated and air conditioned storage space. It has no battery, but I can't think of any reason that it would not start and run with a new battery and a carb cleaning.
The guy we bought it from was either the 1st or 2nd owner. He wanted to take it to a track day, so he safety wired it, took it to one track day, lowsided, and then sold us the bike. The lowside resulted in the loss of a chunk of the right side of the fairing. This is such a shame because the rest of the bodywork is original and looks great. He also scraped the right side engine cover.
in Canada ($4500, 9k miles):
quote from seller's eBay listing:
My Suzuki RG250 1987 in A1 plus condition.(Collection rg 250)
Mark: Suyuki , Model: RG250 , Year: 1987, 250 CC 2 strokes
Plate for the road, welcome to see the bike in Sherbrooke,QC, Canada
with 15 000 km (9000 miles)
This bike, when i bought it 2 years ago cost my $3900.00 and i put more than
$4000.00 to make it perfect. There is New Original Gas Tank and one side pannel.
There is a scratch on front fender back side.
Carburator, brake,tires,seat (front and back), mono seat, battery are new.
It start on first kick. Everything work perfectly.
I have all the invoice and evaluation price for this bike is more than $14000.00 is this condition.
Auction with no reserve.
These are all interesting in their own way, but that V&H FZR1000 seems like a steal to me -- even if the colors are hideous! Thanks for hooking us up with the links Doug!