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Suzuki December 29, 2016 posted by

Sensible Upgrades: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale

One of the most desirable sportbikes of the 1980s, the Suzuki RG500Γ was in a class of basically two with the Yamaha RZ500. Powered by a two-stroke square four it shared with no other bike in Suzuki's lineup, the Gamma was intended to evoke their Grand Prix racebikes, which led to an interesting dilemma: two-strokes were still king in the racing world, but their smoky emissions and poor fuel-consumption were dooming them to irrelevance in the real world. And while quarter-liter two-strokes continued well into the 1990s, "big" 500cc two-stroke fours from Suzuki and Yamaha lasted for just a couple years.

The Gamma's 400lbs and 100hp weren't cutting-edge numbers even in their day, but the relatively light weight and 500cc power meant that, although there were faster bikes in a straight-line, the Gamma had that magical combination of agility and top-end hit that two-stroke fans find so addictive. Or maybe burnt two-stroke oil has some sort of narcotic effect? Sure, yesterday's Triumph Daytona would probably kill it in any quantifiable measure of performance, but what would you expect from a thirty year-old motorcycle?

Today's example is very sharp-looking and has been modified to use wider 17" wheels front and rear. Purists might balk, but finding sticky [and safe] modern rubber to fit those very skinny [120 wide at the rear!] stock items might be difficult and I think it improves the look of the bike, although aesthetics are certainly subjective.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale

GAMMA, totally refurbished, Lance Gamma tune, top end, pipes. Carbs bored, air filters, ride height adj, RaceTech forks, Fox shock, GSX-R400 rims, new body work and paint. Bike comes with owners manual, shop manual, custom stand, race stand, cover, and Suzuki leather jacket size 48. Bike runs and idles perfectly. If u have ever wanted one, this is the one. Don't let this pass you up, bike will only appreciate.

Digging back through our archives, it doesn't look like this example has graced the pages of RSBFS. Obviously, restomods can be a bit divisive, but I'm a fan as long as they're done tastefully and this one looks pretty class, assuming that carbon dash is real carbon fiber... Even the slightly updated graphics on that solo tail look great, and it has the required Lance Gamma tune. The price for this pristine, tastefully-modified Gamma? A cool $23,000. That's pretty steep, but the bike looks sharp enough to justify that kind of cash, and if you've been looking for a lightly-modified RG500, this might be the time to dig deep.
-tad
Sensible Upgrades: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale
Suzuki December 19, 2016 posted by

First Year Big Bird: 1999 Suzuki Hayabusa (the unrestricted model)

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Its a given that every sportbike collector has a bike (or two) they regret not adding to their collection back when they were cheap to acquire.  Typically these regrets are for bikes that introduced a new technology or reset the standards for a sportbike class.  Also they were probably in pristine/nearly all OEM condition.  My personal example of this is the 1st year Yamaha R1 (the red and white one) which has seen dramatic price appreciation over the last 2 years.  Other examples in recent years include the Suzuki TL1000 and Triumph Daytona 955i, both which have also begun to increase in value quite dramatically

I mention all this because today's post is a 1st year/1999 Suzuki Hayabusa, a model which could become another "missed opportunity" for collectors very soon.

When the Hayabusa was first announced in the late 1997, the expectations of the sportbike world were that it would be an ultra-light, ultra focused machine meant to compete against the Honda CBR900/Fireblade and Yamaha R1.  This was probably due to its name, which means "Perigrine Falcon".  But Suzuki actually decided to go after a market that hadn't seen any dramatic changes in quite a while; the big bore hyper-sport.  Suzuki's Hayabusa hearkened back to the era when bikes like the Kawasaki ZX, Honda Blackbird and Yamaha Thunderace ruled; big bikes that could cover big distances with big speed.

Did the Hayabusa deliver?  Woo wee wow, yes it did.  The big Suzuki came standard from the factory with a top speed that was over 300 kph (that's over 185 mph for our non-metric readers).  Even more insanely, upon its introduction the big "bird" bike from Hamamatsu Japan did not have any electronic speed restrictions installed so even more speed was easily possible with just a few tweaks.

It probably shouldn't have come as a surprise that, shortly after the Hayabusa was launched,  an agreement was reached between the Japanese and European manufacturers to limit motorcycles to no more than 300 kph. This meant that the unrestricted Hayabusa,was pretty much guaranteed to be the top speed champ for quite a while.  The Hayabusa actually held the top speed record for unmodified bikes for almost 10 years, finally being dethroned by the BMW S1000 in 2009.

This particular Hayabusa looks to be nearly all OEM and the seller posts a fair amount of pics showing condition.  Mileage is approximately 14,000 miles so its not been a garage quuen but a good amount of service info is provided.  Even the only non-OEM pieces are clearly identified by the owner.

Here is what the seller has to say:

  • *NEW* Pilot Sports
  • Full Akrapovic stainless steel exhaust system
  • Full synthetic fluids every 4K mi. from day one
  • PowerCommander 3 with a radical map currently programmed
  • Brock clutch kit and clutch cushion upgrade
  • Adult owned, NEVER raced, dropped or molested.  
  • Never seen rain.  Been in a heated garage on battery tender for a couple years now
  • Have stock seat and sissy bar.

One more interesting note- the big  Suzuki wasn't a runaway sales success in its first year.  Unlike most bikes, which sell well in their first year and then see their numbers decline the Hayabusa reversed this pattern.  According to Wikipedia, "sales in the United States increased from just a few thousand units in 1999 to over 10,000 in 2006."

So is this 1st year unrestricted speed monster worth the $7000 USD asking price?   Well we haven't posted too many of these before so very little price info is in the RSBFS archive.  A quick search through ebay history seems to show a price for 1st year Hayabusas around $4500-$6000 USD  depending on mileage.  Given this bike has approximately 14,000 miles the sellers $7000 asking price seems to be at the high end of the range but not completely unreasonable.

The Hayabusa will never be unobtanium and you won't impress anyone by riding one to your local bike night.  Then again, we used to say the same thing about 1st year Fireblades and the R1.  And this is the 1st year model, which was produced in much less numbers and was the only unrestricted version, so perhaps the question for collectors really is - how much will I regret it if I miss this opportunity?

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

First Year Big Bird:  1999 Suzuki Hayabusa (the unrestricted model)
Suzuki December 11, 2016 posted by

Relist 2: Stunning 1987 Suzuki GSX-750R with 700 Miles available in Florida

Back after 2 years and offered by the same seller, it looks like this pristine GSX-750R hasn't turned a wheel in anger since the previous listing.   Still a beauty and a bike that will likely continue to appreciate in value over time - Marty

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750 for sale

Orginal post by our fearless leader Dan Crouch

Some of the Japanese, mass produced, modern classics we post can be classified as survivors. Not this one. This is a collector owned example and it shows like new. Survivors are great as they provide most of the experience you remember when they were new but regardless of how well kept, it's still used. This is even more extreme in that it represents as new and has been cared for to maintain that status. The buy-it-now of $16,500 $18,500 USD certainly reflects that but this is one of those examples where you have to ask, where and when will another example of this quality be available?

UPDATED LINK:  1987 Suzuki GSX-750R for sale on eBay

Previous ebay listing can be accessed here.

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From the seller:

  • Third owner, original owner was the drag racing legend Don "the snake" Prudhomme.  Was stored in a climate controlled race shop it's whole life with him.  It's now stored in my garage with climate control also.
  • Everything works like new, the only thing i see is the bottom of the mirrors have a couple very minor scuffs,and there is a small scratch above the rear grab handle above the tail lamp.  The tires are not even dry rotted but they should be replaced if the bike is going to be ridden.
  • When the second owner got it there were some minor bumps and bruises to the lowers and the mid fairings,and a small scratch on the front fender and fairing.  He sent them out to TC concepts and had them professionally redone to perfection, as well as the solo seat cowl cover.  He also had the carbs redone and the engine oil replaced with the filter (he thought it was the original oil).  He then put about 50 miles on the bike.
  • The original marker plate goes with the bike.

 

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Now for the question - is this pristine bit of Slab-sided goodness worth the Buy-It-Now price of $18,500 USD?  Well from what I have been able to find this bike was originally sold back around 2012 for about $12,500 and was then relisted again in 2014 for $16,500.  Now the asking prices is $18,500 so thats a $6000 price appreciation over 4 years which seems a bit aggressive to me.  Overall I think the current value of this one is probably between $14,000-$15,000 (here in the US)...still pricey but the value of these probably isn't going to go down anytime soon.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Relist 2: Stunning 1987 Suzuki GSX-750R with 700 Miles available in Florida
Suzuki November 16, 2016 posted by

“You Sending the Wolf?” 1986 Suzuki RG250Γ Walter Wolf for Sale

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The parallel-twin precursor to the well-known RGV250, the Suzuki RG250Γ "Gamma" was built between 1983 and 1987. Dry weight was a claimed 286lbs, helped by the aluminum frame, so the bike's 45hp can still move the bike down the road smartly. The little Gamma was styled to match the RG500, and was packed with technology to rival its bigger brother: dual front disc brakes, anti-dive front forks, Suzuki's Automatic Exhaust Control power-valve, and a six-speed gearbox. Tires are shockingly skinny, especially the 18" rear, but the low-mount exhausts look surprisingly modern on this classic sportbike.

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Styling is a bit slab-sided, but is helped here by the dark blue and red Walter Wolf colors, while the "W" branded gauge faces add a bit of flash to the otherwise functional dash. Although he sounds like the villain of a spy thriller, Walter Wolf was an Austrian-born, Canadian businessman who sponsored several Formula 1 racing teams in the late 1970s and then touring cars in the early 1980s. How they thought to use a limited-production motorcycle to advertise the brand is anyone's guess, but it did make for a good-looking machine.

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Mileage on this example is very low and, although the bike isn't perfect, is in very good, original condition, aside from the stingers mentioned in the listing. Even the foam instrument-surround looks solid. The seller has been importing grey market Japanese cars like Skylines and Kei-cars and for a few years now, and appear to have branched out into motorcycles more recently.

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From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki RG250Γ Walter Wolf Edition for Sale

Original Walter Wolf Key
OEM Fairings
Includes Spares
Includes Both Solo and Passenger Seats

This bike only has 4,836 ORIGINAL MILES! The Suziki RG250 Gamma was never originally offered in the U.S., but now that it's 25+ years old, we've been able to legally import it.   It's 100% Federally Legal and registration is like any other motorcycle. We have a valid Virginia title that is transferable to all 50 states.

This 1986 RG250Γ Walter Wolf example is in very good condition with just 4,836 original miles. The appearance is correct for the year with a red seat and wheel combination. The wheel size is 16” up front and 18” in the rear which was standard for the 1986 model. The only change appears to be a set of aftermarket mufflers and mirrors. The full aerodynamic fairings and exterior as a whole are clean for a motorcycle this age. There are a few light blemishes and a small crack on the right side fairing

The 247cc parallel twin two-stroke starts on the first or second kick and accelerates well with good pickup. Overall this unique and rare sports bike is mechanically sound and ready for its next owner. ***All of our vehicles come with a valid Virginia title, transferable to all 50 states, and a copy of the U.S. Customs release. All vehicles are located in Richmond, VA and shipping can be arranged to your front door.

You will not be disappointed with this motorcycle! We also have a number of spare parts available with this motorcycle. Including an extra fuel tank, Gold OEM Enkei wheels, brakes, stock exhaust, Solo + Passenger seat, and tail section. All of our vehicles come with a valid Virginia title, transferable to all 50 states, and a copy of the U.S. Customs release. All vehicles are located in Richmond, VA and shipping can be arranged to your front door.

This motorcycle was imported LEGALLY! It was NOT imported under a loophole, so there is no chance that it can be seized by the government. It will come with a CLEAN, CLEAR, VALID VA TITLE, and a U.S. Customs Release. **FEDERALLY LEGAL IN ALL 50 STATES**

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There's more than a week left on the listing, so there's plenty of time to snap this bike up at that $6,000 Buy It Now price. If you're looking for a handler, one of the more modern RGV250s is probably a better bet. But for that unadulterated 1980s experience, that seems like a very good price for such a clean machine. In spite of the sellers assurances, I'd check with my local DMV before bidding, but that valid title should make things a bit easier.

-tad

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“You Sending the Wolf?” 1986 Suzuki RG250Γ Walter Wolf for Sale
Suzuki October 29, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 1992 Suzuki GSX-R750

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Not often seen on RSBFS outside of low-mile introductory-year models or factory racers, the GSX-R750 is the legend that launched a million amateur race teams.  As any long runner, the model has had its great and meh years, and this is an interesting one - 1992 was the last year of the air/oil-cooled GSXR.  The rest-of-world folks got a water-cooler that year, but the U.S. got a final year of the proprietary SACS two-stage oil cooling but new looks.  This lightly used example has been returned to former glory at a Gulf Coast Florida shop, and is ready for a show and / or ride.

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After a 1990 engine and suspension update, the GSX-R750 revisions were light for 1992 and the "M" got a new valve train design using a rocker arm for each valve and supplied 115 hp.  Great handling from the alloy frame, 41mm inverted forks, and Full-Floater monoshock rear remained, fully adjustable for those with set-up knowledge.  Stoppage was excellent with 4-piston 310mm front brakes and 280mm rear.  The roomy new fairing was more aerodynamic as well as more comfortable.

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With only 5,700 miles this Suzuki was a find, but the fuel system and cosmetics had taken the brunt of the twenty-plus years of downtime.  The owner describes the uncompromising way they were addressed:

When I got it didn't need a thing. Well me being me I couldn't just leave it alone so I started with the fuel system ) just as a precaution ( and knowing old fuel systems real well ) I didn't want to wait until it failed so I ordered four new OEM rebuild kits and complete fuel shut off , all new fuel lines for the shut off as well.

Also the ones that connect each carburetor, all new from Suzuki, ( NO ) aftermarket parts were used.  I did clean the tank with Yamaha tank clean.  Having said that it didn't get to the very top so the lip of the tank still has some left over dust from rust but only on the lip the rest of the tank seems ok .

It looks rusty on the inside but that's just how that product works.  I fitted the bike with new Pirelli Diablo's front and rear I also kept the old tires ,OEM I think, ( I'm not riding on tires from the 90's .

So that lasted about three months and I thought this bike would look its best if I had it painted the factory 1991 colors.

I called the best painter the sport bike world has ever known and asked if he could fit it into his schedule. He agreed, so me being me the colors had to be as close to a perfect match as possible. I also wanted every decal to be as exact as possible so he made all the decals himself. In the end the paint is better than new using only the best paint and materials.

The wheels I had powder coated to match. Then fitted with new seals and bearings, again all OEM Suzuki. This bike didn't have a scratch on it when I got it and it still doesn't. All other parts are original to the bike.

The owner also offers a Photobucket slideshow with some before, during, and after pictures here.

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The idea of rebuilding and tuning four carburetors has likely scared off many would-be classic sportbike riders, but a pro has taken care of that here.  As well the paintwork, looking super and original, when so many are scarred up or rattle-canned.  Starting with an undamaged low-mile supersport from the last year without a coolant system, this owner has been careful to return to the stock looks and retain all the smaller parts.  This adds to the value now and as time goes on.  The owner asks $6,000 and Steve at Southwest Cycle can be reached at (239) 898-3050.

-donn

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Featured Listing – 1992 Suzuki GSX-R750
Suzuki October 19, 2016 posted by

Good As New: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale

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"It's only new once" is pretty axiomatic in the collector car and bike worlds. Meaning that a slightly imperfect, but time-capsule machine with a bit of wear and tear is generally more desirable than a perfectly restored, better-than-new example to many collectors. Original machines have flaws: they're often mass-produced, or have little cosmetic flaws from the factory, but they accurately reflect the bike as it would have been at the time it was running around, terrorizing the backroads. This 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ "Gamma" is claimed to have been restored to "as-new" condition. Personally, I'd actually prefer a bike that improves a bit upon the original, adds in a few modern parts for the sake of reliability and performance at the cost of some period-correctness. But then I'm not a well-heeled motorcycle enthusiast.

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If you're not familiar with Suzuki's Gamma, hello and welcome to RareSportBikesforSale! The bike was Suzuki's very trick race-replica, competing in a class of two against Yamaha's RZ500. Both used four-cylinder, two-stroke powerplants exclusive to their respective models and shared with no other bikes. In the Suzuki's case, it was a water-cooled 500cc square-four with a pair of cranks versus the Yamaha's V4, also with two crankshafts. The RG500 made in the neighborhood of 100hp and weighed in at around 400lbs dry.

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Not very impressive today but it was considered pretty quick in 1986. But the numbers don't tell the whole story, and straight-line performance wasn't really the point of this race-replica: that highly-strung engine provided an addictive hit when it came "on the pipe," while cutting-edge handling rewarded skilled riders. Of the two, the Suzuki was considered far more "hard core" and is the more desirable choice today, although both are very collectible motorcycles that evoke a lost era of two-stroke performance.

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From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale

Totally restored to new machine it is a great bike
I have all the bills and documents for what was done for this rebuild
Bike comes with a service manual and a very rare microfiche of all parts for the Gamma
This bike has 2 seats a mono and double, original keys
New tires and bearings and many more original parts from Suzuki
Bike has been totally re-calibrated to factory Suzuki spec by Pulsion Suzuki call ask for Mike on this bike
Location is in Drummonville Quebec Canada
Will miss it reason for sale moving to Africa

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The Starting Bid and the Buy It Now on this bike are both $12,500 with no takers yet. I'd prefer some higher-resolution photos that show the bike off in all its glory, but from what I can tell, it looks pretty clean, so I'm not sure what's causing bidders to be gun-shy. Maybe it's the lack of detail in the listing? The bike's inherent Canadian-ness? I'm sure our readers will have some ideas... "Restored" can have a few different meanings in eBay Land so it might be worth it to email the seller for a few more details before plunking down your cash, but for those of us just dreaming this should serve as inspiration.

-tad

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Good As New: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ for Sale