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Suzuki September 11, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – 1988 Suzuki GSX-R250

Most of us can probably count on one hand the times we've seen small displacement super-sports in the flesh, outside of an auction or show.  Grabbing the most power out of a quarter-liter, two-strokes predominate - but here is an inline four from Suzuki, with 2-inch pistons and a sound like few other boy-racers from the eighties.

Accompanying the second-generation GSX-R's, the 250 used water cooling, and though specs are hard to come by, some sources show a single carburetor.  Limited to junior-spec 45 hp, peak power comes at 14,000 rpm, and the tach doesn't even register below 3,000.  Elsewhere the build is more like a larger bike, conventional forks and Full Floater rear, as well as 300mm dual front brakes and 17-inch cast wheels.  Dual seat and passenger pegs are there, but probably not for adults.  The dash is full-featured and the fairing also, but the package weighs under 350 lbs. with a full tank.

Coming from Gary's surprisingly deep collection, this GSX-R has under 2,000 miles and Utah road title.  Factory fairings are in outstanding shape, and the 4-into-1 exhaust has been chrome plated, which in a Lite beer ( tastes great / less filling ) kind of way, shows well inside the fairing and is easier to keep nice.  Imported earlier rather than later, this GSX-R escaped the outdoor storage and multi-riders almost expected in the gray market.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This baby GSXR is one of my favorites in my collection because it's one of the funnest rides in a tight canyon that you can ever have. 

Up or sale is a RARELY seen 1988 Suzuki GSX-R250 inline four with only 3,119 kilometers (1,938 miles). Engine redlines at 18,000RPM. It's a screamer! Bike is completely stock. Runs like new. Gorgeous cosmetic condition with only a few tiny stress cracks and handling marks. Right side cowling has been repaired. There were some little stress cracks under the right blinker. Bike looks amazing! Ultra hard to find in this condition from Japan. Hardly any corrosion or rust. Very little patina. All fairings are 100% genuine original Suzuki OEM. Bike sits as it came from the factory except for the chromed OEM exhaust. Originally it was black.  This baby Gixxer has been pampered and well taken care of. A true garage queen.

The buy-it-now seems fair for the sporty rarity, though the new owner should cultivate friendships down at the Suzuki dealer since except for a few expendables, parts for the R-250 might take some doing.  But with ultra-low miles this will likely remain a special sunny-day ride or show machine, guaranteed to be the only one at the rally or coffee stop.  For a fan of the marque with a stable of 750's, this could be just the accent...

-donn

Featured Listing – 1988 Suzuki GSX-R250
Suzuki September 8, 2017 posted by

Option Paint – 1995 Suzuki GSX-R750

A long-running model for Suzuki, the GSX-R750 has gone through many updates and evolutions, the 1995 model having a new fairing and headlight design, and the final iteration of the double cradle frame.  With recent upside-down forks and magnesium engine covers, the Suzuki was competitive with more refined light-heavyweights.  Typically seen in red or blue, this GSX-R is in the semi-subdued purple and black, and looks very good for its under 5,000 miles.

1995 Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale on eBay

Suzuki's workmanlike 749cc four lays down 112 hp without an exotic head or computer-controlled exhaust, the fins on the water-cooled engine relate how hard it's working.  The alloy frame was optimized one last time for lightness and steady handling.  Showa forks and Full Floater rear suspension were fully adjustable, and front brakes had 6-piston calipers.  Watching its weight for years, the GSX-R struggled to keep the pounds off, around 450 lbs. with half a tank.  The compact riding position translated into great cornering clearance, and the sharp new fairing helped the 1/4-mile time to just over 11 seconds.

Just the facts and not much narrative about the bike's history, but it has low miles, a tasteful set of blinkers, and mostly stock looks though the polished rims are an addition by subtraction.   From the eBay auction:

4621 original miles, new tires, new EBC rotors, rebuilt calipers with new pistons, rebuilt petcock, rebuilt forks with new seals, stainless braided brake lines, new bar ends, new mirrors, NOS left side fairing.

The not-race-replica paint might help in town, but the radar gun will see right through it.  Not quite sure about the second GSX-R and EBC sticker on the right fairing, perhaps a bump or scratch ?  Overall quite tidy.  A little slow to turn in, the GSX-R reviewed as a weapon for longer tracks, and the engine was eminently tuneable.  With the limited pictures more investigation will be required, but tucked away for a while with that low mileage, this GSX-R750 might be a great survivor...

-donn

Option Paint – 1995 Suzuki GSX-R750
Suzuki September 2, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: One-of-Six 1994 Suzuki GSXR-750 SP in England

The 1994 Suzuki GSXR-750 SP was the third superbike homologation special Hamamatsu built on the GSXR line, but unlike the 1986 GSXR Limited Edition and the 1989 GSXR-RR, the SP was made special mostly for its rarity.

The SP lacked the dry clutch of the earlier bikes, and by '94 had swollen to 506 pounds wet, just a few lbs shy of the stock bike. It was still laden with special features, including four 40mm flat slide carbs, a lightened and stiffened swingarm and lighter forks, but came with a pillion seat, a feature that belied its world superbike credentials.

The flat slides helped the 750cc inline four spit out more than 110 horses, and the bike was good for more than 150 mph on the big end.

The GSXR-750 SP shown here is the third of six that were imported to the UK, and achieved some degree of fame on the cover of English bike rag Superbike Magazine, a hilarious and often lewd publication I used to pore over as a kid. It comes with a ton of original documentation, and a letter from Suzuki HQ in England authenticating its rarity and the date it was first registered.

The sale includes a DVD of pictures and videos from before and after the bike's restoration, and, unlike the majority of SPs, this one comes with a solo seat cowl.

From the seller:

FOR SALE

Suzuki GSXR750SP - 1994 WSB homologation special.
1 of 6 UK bikes imported by Paul Denning of Crescent Suzuki out of a claimed European production run of 200 (only 127 bikes officially listed). The only remaining UK bike and restored to original condition, this is the actual feature bike from period UK road test reports.

Full documented restoration and all correct with Mikuni flatslides, 43mm forks, braced swingarm, 6 pot brakes, 4-2-1 manifold and close ratio gearbox it is also supplied with ultra rare single seat cowling and all documents including correspondence with Crescent Suzuki to authenticate the chassis details.
Comes with its original clock set in European specification and an alternate UK clock set fitted with mileage set correspondingly at 18,000 miles.

A well documented bike in the UK magazine scene, serviced with current MOT and in turn key condition it's one to take to the odd classic meeting to get people guessing.

POA

Shipping/export welcome and can be discussed.

The 18,000 miles this bike has covered sounds like a lot for a racing special this rare, but with a stint on the magazine test circuit, it's not at all shocking. It carries an up-to-date UK Ministry of Transport (MoT) safety inspection, and the seller says it's turn-key and road ready.

If you're interested, the price is available upon request from the seller directly: tub2@icloud.com

Featured Listing: One-of-Six 1994 Suzuki GSXR-750 SP in England
Suzuki September 2, 2017 posted by

Rare Rattler: 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited Edition

Most of the time, limited edition means "this one has a stripe," or more likely, "this one says 'limited edition' on it." That was not the case with the 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited Edition.

1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited Edition for sale on eBay

The LE model was the bike built to homologate the GSXR-750 for superbike classes around the world, and came with a series of trick pieces that made it an edge more precise than the regular Gixxer, and leagues ahead of the competition.

At the top of the list of tricks was a dry clutch, which was a $2,000 piece when new. There was a close-ratio cog box to match the clutch, the brakes were bigger, the forks were the 41 mm electric anti-dive units from the GSXR-1100, and the hand-laid fiberglass tail section carried a solo seat in blue upholstery.

Then, of course, there were special graphics and blue wheels.

The engine was left alone, Suzuki reasoning that weight savings would hurt the wallet enough, and that racers would work their own voodoo regardless of factory trickery. The resulting bike was six pounds lighter than the layman's GSXR, and on the order of 60 pounds svelter than the competition's porkers.

It was also the most expensive Japanese sport bike available at the time, coming in at $6,500 -- $14,500 in today's money -- more than $2,000 over the regular model.

This GSXR-750 Limited, from a Miami seller with a collection of rare and tasty beasts, has been a street bike its whole life, and has been pampered by all appearances. That makes it a rare thing, indeed, among a production run of limiteds that were either tracked and crashed or stolen to be pilfered for their clutches and transmissions.

Aside from some obvious pitting on the forks, a scuffed fairing and a mark on the tank, this bike is showroom.

From the eBay listing:

Race homologation special. This 1986 LTD has never been a trackbike. It has 4545 miles of easy street riding. The motorcycle is in completely stock condition, with no mods to the carbs, bodywork, exhaust, etc. For a 31 year old motorcycle, it is in amazing condition. A solid 9 out of 10. There is a small scuff on the corner of the upper fairing; some light corrosion on the front fork legs; and a small mark on the tank. The motorcycle was recommissioned after years of dry storage in a collection. The carbs were serviced; new tires added; and all fluids changed. The motorcycle runs beautifully with no issues. The motorcycle comes with a clear title, as well as miscellaneous literature connected with the bike.

*Please bid only if you plan on purchasing. A non-refundable deposit is required within 24 hours of auction ending. We will not be responsible for buyer’s remorse or problems found to said vehicle once they have left our property. ALL SALES ARE FINAL WITH MOTORCYCLE BEING SOLD

with a few days left in the auction, which is on the high side of the market, but fair for a very rare and special early Gixxer. As ever, weigh in in the comment section below.

Rare Rattler: 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited Edition
Suzuki September 1, 2017 posted by

Featured listing: VIN #1, Engine #1 1985 Suzuki GSXR 1100

This is opportunity to own a truly first-of-its-kind motorcycle, the very first Suzuki GSXR-1100, the bike that showed the world it was possible to cram 130-odd horsepower into an alloy-framed bike that would negotiate turns and sneak in well under 500 lb. dry.

1985 Suzuki GSXR-1100 for sale on eBay

The bike here is offered at an astronomical asking price, though the seller says he is open to offers, and the ask is largely to grab attention.

With that out of the way, this 1985 Suzuki GSXR-1100 wears VIN and engine number 1, slotting it in as the very earliest pre-production big-bore Gixxer, with all of the character marks and imperfections that come with that distinction. The seller notes that the welds are more numerous and not as pretty as the later production run stuff, having been done by engineers rather than computers, and that some paint and body panels are not a perfect color match.

Unsurprisingly, this bike has been the crown jewel of the seller's collection for many years, and has kept some impressive company. What is shocking, though, is that the bike has been ridden throughout its life and is in near-perfect un-restored condition. The only changes from 100 percent stock are a new windscreen and redone upholstery.

From the eBay listing:

Please look at our other items for sale, we are dissolving the remainder of our collection of rare bikes and parts here on Ebay. This is one of several rare motorcycles we are listing here on Ebay UK

This mid 1985 build / 1986 first registered Suzuki GSXR-1100 was one of the centerpieces of our small private collection and is one of several rare classic bikes left from said collection which we have been dissolving this past year, mostly due to continued health related reasons necessitating that we consolidate all our personal items and scale back from multiple locations to just one place to live.

Being able to own an original, genuine Vin number 1 vehicle of any type, make or model has to be one of the truly rare things a collector can achieve, this being a major classic Superbike from a major japanese manufacturer over 30 years old and hence truly a classic vehicle with engine number 1 to boot should make it an even more desirable and unique affair for many motorcycle collectors

!! Obviously the Buy-It-Now price is set this high to attract attention !!

There are absolutely no guidelines as to what the value of this motorcycle might be in the current international market place. The Suzuki GSXR 1100 was unique and different when it came onto the market in 1986. It packed 130 horsepower into 197kg with an aluminum beam frame and progessive single shock rear suspension and was the fastest big bike of that year with the 400 meters reached after 10.3 seconds and over 260 km/h top speed.

Over 10.000 units of the first year GSX-R 1100 were build for all 5 export markets from November 1985 until October 1986 (the GSX-R 1100 was not legal in Japan, so there were no local sales)

With only a handfull of 1100-eds hand-assembled in the prototype department at the factory in Japan one of these is today probably one of the rarest collectible bikes anyone could own from that or any other period, this or any other manufacturer.

We are opting to list this and our other bikes here on Ebay in a buy-it-now/best offer format and let them run til the end of September so that during these weeks as many enthusiasts as possible can see them advertised for sale. We are open to offers on each bike but will also consider a package offer for several or all of the bikes listed

This is not a 'normal' motorcycle in 'average' condition so the text describing it and this sale's particulars might be somewhat different than what one would normally see written in a listing here on Ebay. If you dont care for long descriptions, please feel free to just skip to the photo album link here below and enjoy the images. If those images raised your interest level i am sure you will take the time to read the remainder of our description as posted below:

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Please do take the time and look at our Seller Feedback Rating to see what previous buyers have consistently been saying about us in the past 17 years about every single item we have sold here

Please also do take the time and try to verify all claims made by us here in this offering independantly with other enthusiasts/collectors and/or specialists of the make. We have much more information we can share about this first year of GSX-R 1100 bikes, having researched this model for nearly 10 years. We will gladly share all this info with seriously interested enthusiasts, its just too much to list it all here in this format

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Mid-1985 build earliest prototype GSX-R1100 in existence. Could be one of the all-time greats in someones motorcycle collection. Certainly was the secret 'Star' in our small exclusive bike collection for many years.

This bike was actually ridden and well maintained its entire life and runs and rides as good as it looks. Due to its exceptional original and unrestored condition i opted to not touch anything on it, preferring excellent used original over restored-to-original on this prototype to preserve its character

Verifiably a genuine Serial No.1 and Engine No.1 motorcycle. One of a small number of GSX-R1100-eds build by hand in the factory to set up the subsquent 1986 model year production run. This motorcycle was build with a handmade prototype frame, most likely on a prototype frame jig and it contains several other one-off features and components.

This GU74 series bike has the early prototype exhaust without the toe-heatshield, it also has the early version clutch cover without any oil-amount stamped in the specific location where all other bikes have 3400cc stamped in. Comes with the correct, GSXR 750 LTD type all metal footpegs for rider and passenger and has all the original bodywork pieces mounted, in the original factory paintjob which have some lines and colors do not really match and line up correctly and would probably not match up on any other painted-alike original bike of the same type ( i have tried, the parts do not fit other identical painted later bikes) Many more differences and details on this special bike, too much to list it all here in this description.

A correct and proper title exists for this motorcycle as does its original November 1985 first print Din-A5 owners manual. Also present is the correct and super rare, odd-sized 4-language first edition No. 1 spareparts manual, printed in Dezember of 1985. I sourced a US workshop manual to be able
to service the bike correctly after we bought it many years back.

Four original sales brochures including the first edition english market version with print date of December 1985 are included in the memorabilia folder. The original keys, 4 correct A27 dark tinted turnsignals, the original toolkit with the rare Suzuki air gauge in its pouch, used for fork pressure and tires and the original GSX-R prototype factory display stand complete this offering.

We have owned this motorcycle for many years and have done a lot of research into the history of these early prototype GSX-R 1100-eds (the GSX-R750 also had some early prototypes build in the factory in Japan, none of which we have ever seen come up for sale in the past 15 years)

We have never seen any prototype GSXR-1100 for sale, they were not supposed to be sold to the public, being used mostly for press events, testrides, cycle shows and as photo models for the many different manuals and brochures Suzuki had to put out to satisfy all 5 different sales territories they had in the 1980-ies

Rumors of an early prototype 1100 existing in the UK in a private collection have so far not been confirmed. In any case, the bike offered here for sale is one of a kind, completely original, never repainted, never restored, exceptionally well kept up mechanically as well as cosmetically and should deserve a place in a serious motorcycle collection or possibly a private museum of some sort.

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We have no problem with a full service at a licensed, experienced Suzuki dealership with all that this entails being part of the negotiations for the purchase of this motorcycle. We also have no problem with having a specialist coming to inspect this or any of our other motorcycles in person on location at our place prior to any purchase.

As mentioned before, we have prepared such an online photo album showing this motorcycle in detail in more than 80 high quality images to satisfy even the most discerning enthusiast or collector. The copy and paste link is available again here:

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We can be reached at the phone number posted below at the times listed if you are interested in more details. Please leave a message with your phone number where we can reach you and a time when it is best to call, should we not be able to pick up. You can also write to us here through Ebay of course.

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A 500 pound paypal deposit will secure this vehicle until the purchase details can be sorted out properly. Crating this motorcycle for international shipping is available as well at reasonable cost, as is help with sorting out all the details involved with shipping it overseas

Please live and let live, no fun-bidders/offers who are not buying at the end, no jokers, no hassles please.

Just selling some honest items for a fair price, getting out of motorcycles alltogether so when all is sold there will be no more from us. Please see our posted pictures for more details of what you are buying .

Thanks so much for looking, if you have any additional questions we can be reached by phone between the hours of 18.00 and 22.00 GMT ( Greenwich Mean Time ) at ‪+49151-7184-8942
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The list of rare spares and publications that come with this GSXR is almost as impressive as the machine itself. The bike comes with its original tool kit, including a fairly rare suspension air pressure gauge, and a correct set of tinted turn signals that are not street legal in Europe. It also includes a first-edition parts catalog, the U.S.-market owners manual and some original sales brochures.

The eBay listing is live for another week, and as noted earlier, the seller is entertaining offers.

Featured listing: VIN #1, Engine #1 1985 Suzuki GSXR 1100
Suzuki August 28, 2017 posted by

Classic Racer in a Box: Ex-Doug Polen Suzuki GSX-R750 for Sale

Looking for a fun weekend project to keep you busy for a while? Well look no further than this ex-Doug Polen Suzuki GSX-R750 racebike. It's not exactly finished, but all of the really important parts appear to be there to get you started... Strangely enough, it seems like the AMA racebikes used many of the stock Suzuki components, even switching from the more exotic dry clutch to the standard wet unit, according to the seller. So that should help, right?

The introduction of the Suzuki GSX-R750 in 1985 was a seminal event in the history of motorcycling. It may not have been the first or only bike to use fully-enclosed, endurance-racer styling wrapped around a bulletproof, large-displacement inline four and monoshock aluminum frame, but it made that formula affordable and available to the masses, and led directly to the sportbikes we know and love. Later sportbikes would add liquid-cooling to the equation to help generate maximum power, but the Gixxer eschewed such frippery as too heavy for their pure speed machine: in spite of the visible cooling fins, it's oil that does most of the work. The oil-cooled powerplant utilized their SACS or "Suzuki Advanced Cooling System" that used a double-chambered pump and oil jets directed at the underside of the pistons to keep temperatures under control. Other than oil cooling, it followed modern designs and used dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder.

Obviously, as a race-spec machine for the street, the GSX-R750 spent plenty of time competing in various classes both abroad and here in the US. This particular bike was used in AMA racing and was ridden by Doug Polen. Polen was a world-class rider who got his start in AMA racing but left to compete in the World Superbike Championship, where he won the title on the trot in 1991 and 1992. He continued to compete in both international and American roadracing with success, netted a win at the Suzuka 8 Hour endurance race, and even dabbled in MotoGP.

There's additional information about the bike, its history, and the included photos over on eBay, so head over and take a look.

From the original eBay listing: Ex-Doug Polen Suzuki GSX-R750 AMA Superbike for Sale

I have researched the photo archives of Cycle World and Cycle magazines and obtained a number of unpublished photos from their records.  I've also bought photographs from freelance photographers that covered AMA racing in that year.  Special thanks to Larry Lawrence, of The Rider Files website.  I will provide these photos to the buyer with the proviso that they remain unpublished.

Each rider had two chassis.  The chassis and motors evolved constantly through the season and Doug probably got the good parts first, as he did better than Otter in the results, starting with the first race.  Their A bikes had all of the good parts at each race and the B bikes had more stock components.  You can clearly see in the photographs the progression of modifications during the season for all of the bikes and the lower spec of the B bikes.

The chassis is un-braced, with modified stock forks, Kosman Triple clamps, Kosman brake discs, AP calipers, a Fox shock and Marvic magnesium wheels.  The swingarm has been slotted, to allow for more variation in wheelbase.  Jim Lindemann worked with them on the shock valving, although he passed away a few years ago.  I have spoken to an ex-Fox engineer and he'd be happy to restore the shock but the records they had of those years were destroyed a few years ago.  Sandy Kosman now lives in Portland Oregon and the last time I talked to him, he was willing to get the discs reground on a Blanchard grinder, if desired.   One of the previous owners began the restoration years ago and the chassis, as pictured, is where he was when he sold the bike to the next owner.

The bodywork used was stock Suzuki plastic.  Early in the season it was raced in 1986 blue/white Suzuki colors; later in the season some of it was sporting the 1987 blue/white Suzuki stock colors.  A perforated metal filler panel was incorporated into the lower fairing V and the lower fairing panels had holes cut in them to allow for more ground clearance.

The motors were modified during the season and varied quite a bit.  They had Yoshimura (either kit Suzuki or Cosworth) pistons, different crank bearings, heads ported by Ron Scrima, Megacycle cams with Yosh retainers, a Tsubaki cam chain tensioner, and various carbs and exhausts.  At one point they obtained dry clutches and close ratio transmission gears but went back to running wet clutches and stock transmission ratios.  They may have run an ECU with a higher rev limit.  Ron Scrima passed away in 2011 but his company (Racing Engine Service) is still in business in Texas and the current owner was with Ron for about 25 years, so they might be my first choice for an engine refresh.  Another option would be Kelly Roberts, also in Texas.  I have never disassembled the motor, so I do not know what internal components are present.

I am interested in selling this project to someone that has the necessary resources and desire to restore it to an as-raced condition and to preserve it for the future.  It is a significant bike, as it was one of the highest placed privateer AMA superbike efforts of that era and was ridden by the rider that probably had more success in the USA racing the first generation Suzuki GSX-R than any other rider.  I would be willing to discuss this bike in more detail, via telephone, with any serious prospective buyers.  I am also willing to provide additional photos, a more complete listing of what components will come with the bike, and an approximate idea of what additional components will be needed to complete the restoration.

I have listed the mileage as 99999, as eBay requires that the mileage be listed for any vehicle sale.  The true mileage is unknown, as it was never recorded, which is not unusual for a race bike.

It also looks like the bike went through several iterations, giving you a bit of flexibility in terms of the color scheme you choose. If it were complete and in as-raced condition, this would probably be a very valuable motorcycle. As it stands, it's a valuable... basket case. How valuable? Well the But It Now price for this bit of American roadracing history is $4,950. This is going to need a lot of love, time, and money to finish, but I think this GSX-R deserves to be restored to its former functional glory.

-tad