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Suzuki September 26, 2017 posted by

JDM Gixxer: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition

Honda's famed RC30 was basically designed from the ground up for competition, and seemingly only sold to the public to satisfy production-based racing requirements. That's one way to go about it, but if you don't have Honda's practically endless resources, how do you create a machine that will help your racers to compete at the top levels of production-based racing? You build something like this Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition. In recent years, "Limited Edition" has come to refer to things like luxury trim packages for Toyota Corollas, somewhat watering down the cachet of the term. But in this case, it was truth in advertising, with just a few hundred made to satisfy the regulations.

The regular GSX-R was already a pretty impressive machine and, considering that the Limited Edition was the most expensive Japanese sportbike of 1986, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the performance of this rare and exotic version is underwhelming. But the changes were designed to allow their inclusion on race machines, not make for a better roadbike. The LE was just six pounds lighter than the standard bike, most likely a result of the fiberglass solo-seat tail section. Power was very similar as well, since the engine internals were virtually identical to the stock GSX-R750, and flat-slide carburetors are great for producing maximum power, but they're not really suited to everyday use. Fortunately, the LE's lightweight vented dry clutch should produce enough rattle to drown out the supposedly noisy carburetor slides... Aside from those notable and very expensive upgrades, the bike also featured a revised swingarm for improved stability and the electronic, anti-dive forks from the GSX-R1100, although I wonder if many race teams actually used those. Photos of our recent GSX-R AMA Superbike suggest that at least some of them did...

So out of the box it didn't necessarily perform any better than a stock bike, and was hideously expensive. But honestly, most manufacturers of homologation specials probably weren't too concerned about selling them: I'm pretty sure the rules only required that they build the required machines, so if they sat in showrooms for a few years, manufacturers wouldn't lose any sleep over it. Collectors and enthusiasts with the money to buy them still did so, regardless of cost, but the main goal was to get the right parts legalized for the racers.

From the original Craigslist Post: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition for Sale

1986 GSXR-750 Limited Edition in Japanese Domestic Model Specification
Suzuki only produced 500 units world wide of the GSXR750 Limited Edition

The bike is imported from Japan.
Not registered yet in the U.S.
This bike is sold without title. (NO TITLE)

Start engine! Runs well
Flat slide carburetors
Dry clutch
Original FRP rear seat cowl

24,374 km (15,145 miles)
Engine Number R705-125561

$13,800

The last Limited Edition GSX-R750 we featured on the site was also a Japanese import in similar colors that were intended to celebrate Suzuki's success at the 8 Hours of Suzuka, but this appears to be a different bike entirely. First-generation "Slabbie" Gixxers are already increasing in value, and nice Limited Editions are starting to command premium dollars. The lack of a title could prove to be a hassle, but many people considering a purchase will be looking to collect or display, not actually ride it, so that may not be all that much a problem. The $13,800 asking price seems in line with recent LE prices, but I wonder if the lack of title will have any impact on its value.

-tad

Aprilia September 24, 2017 posted by

A Roundup of our featured bikes that are still available for fall riding season

The days might still be hot here on the East Coast, but they're steadily getting shorter, and the evenings have the familiar cool snap. Summer is nigh over, but here at RSBFS we are just gearing up for one of the best seasons to get out on a sportbike and relish the crisp temperatures and bright foliage.

If you didn't find your steed in the summer season, fear not. We have compiled a list, in no particular order, of still-active featured listings begging for the chance to be your late-year mount. Check it out below.

For those whose riding gear is as stylish as it is functional, this 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE is ready to match your sartorial splendor with subtle, classy tones and a fantastic butternut-brown saddle.

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale

If you'd rather not sacrifice performance for high-end materials and sexy bodywork, there is a 2015 Kawasaki H2R in Santa Clara, California. It might not be road legal, but 310 supercharged horsepower should make you the absolute king of late-season track days.

Featured Listing: 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R for Sale

The second retro-styled Ducati on the list, this 2009 Ducati Sport 1000 looks the absolute business with an aftermarket bare aluminum tank and seat cowl, and wears a set of OZ Cattiva wheels. Those tweaks, especially the metal tank and cowl, will make the bike both easier to live with and easier to throw around autumnal back roads.

Featured Listing: 2009 Ducati Sport 1000 for Sale

Among the true gems on this list is one of our favorite all-time listings, the 1989 Kawasaki KR-1R from Gary in Utah. It's only the second bike of its kind we've listed, and the last one was in England six years ago. This one is one of a very few in the U.S., and is titled for street use to boot. Someone get this before we do something very silly.

Featured Listing: 1989 Kawasaki KR-1R!

Ramping up the rarity, expense and exclusivity a notch or ten, we get to the 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini. Number 192 of 300 examples built, this very special MV commemorates the man who designed the Ducati 916, ran Cagiva and founded Bimota. Special is an understatement.

Featured Listing – 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini #192

Staying with the exclusive and Italian theme we have a 2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale Superleggera that has been given the full WSBK treatment. It's track-only, but it definitely walks the walk and has won a number of amateur races.

Featured listing: 2014 Ducati Superleggera in WSBK Spec!

If the Ducati is too old, or too brittle or too Italian, this 2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 Factory British Superbike racer should fill in nicely. Hell, find a buddy and find out once and for all who's who.

Featured Listing: 2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 Factory BSB Superbike for Sale

If you are looking for an older, more approachable but equally rad Yamaha, look no further than this 1987 Yamaha TZR250 two-stroke. It currently lives in Canada, but is five years past the magic 25 mark, so registering it in the States should be a relative breeze.

Featured Listing: 1987 Yamaha TZR250 for Sale

The first Bimota on the list, sort of, is, fittingly, a replica of the first bike Bimota ever built. The 1975 Bimota HB-1 replica is a bespoke steel frame wrapped around a Honda CB750 engine as reliable as time. A replica this may be, but it's spot-on and should not be missed.

Featured Listing: 1974 Bimota HB1 Clone for Sale

Sticking with the rare Honda theme, this 1990 Honda RC30 came out of the collection of guru Jim Granger, and carries a long list of mods and hot rod parts. It has recently been listed on eBay, where bidding is picking up steam.

Featured Listing: Ex-Jim Granger 1990 Honda RC30

For those in search of rideable rarity across the pond, the 1994 Suzuki GSXR-750 SP featured below is still looking for a home. Not as hard edged as some other race reps, it's still a handful, and has acres of '90s charm.

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

Still haunting the Nashville, TN, Craigslist, is this one-owner 1991 Ducati 851. It is in miraculous shape, having covered just 1,600 miles, and it is a true piece of history. If you have the means, we highly recommend picking one up. They are so choice.

Featured Listing: 1,600-mile 1991 Ducati 851 Strada Biposta

Slightly less rare, but equally Italian and impressive, this 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport comes from the same seller and is in similar condition. It has way more miles under its tires, but is ready to be ridden and loved for years to come.

Featured Listing: Low-Mileage 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport for Sale

Just relisted with RSBFS is "Motoman's" Bimota SB8R and wears a buy-it-now of $9,000.

Featured Listing: 1999 Bimota SB8R for Sale

Rounding out the list is my personal favorite. The screaming, all-black, two-stroke Aprilia of my nightmares, the Aprilia RS250. From our buddies at Speed Werks, this thing is titled and ready out of Delaware.

Featured Listing: Aprilia RS250 from Speedwerks

Aaron

Suzuki September 13, 2017 posted by

Mr T: 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo

Given the title, I'm sure you're looking for some "I pity the fool..." type of comments here, but you will get none from me. Although looking back some 34 years from the future - in a world where nearly every car (from econo box to sports car) is either turbocharged, supercharged or both - it feels like we have not come very far at all. And while every one of the Big Four offered a puffer-enhanced model in the early 1980s, each was a dismal failure in the showroom, despite the investment and technology. Take the 1983 Suzuki XN85: this 650cc sport bike was labeled as the best handling motorcycle of that year. But nothing ages faster than last year's model, and the heavy, expensive, complicated XN85 was quickly left behind.

1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo for sale on eBay

Looking back, the XN85 paved the way for more successful Suzuki models, such as the original GSX-R series. In fact, the air/oil cooling technology that enabled the GSX-R's light weight was pioneered on the XN85. What about the GP-inspired 16" front wheel? Today this is seen as an antiquated attempt to lessen gyroscopic forces and improve transition maneuverability, but given the chassis technology at the time it was effective. So, too, was the adjustable anti-dive fork and the single shock rear suspension - which was carried onto other sporting models. Computerized fuel injection was a necessity for the turbo application, but represented a giant leap forward in the day (despite the computer being roughly the size of a toaster). Today this technology is a given, but the DNA has deep roots and a long memory.

From the seller:
For sale is a 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo. Bike is original an survivor with only 07772.1 miles. Read item condition for specifics, look over the photos or email for any questions. Thanks for looking.

This one year only model looks to be in decent condition; no obvious missing pieces or major damage. It would have been nice for the seller to take a minute to wipe the bike down (or, gasp!, wash it) before taking pictures, but this is not the worst we have ever seen. The corrosion is pretty typical of the age; most of these models have some rash on the brake master and the aluminum forks. While it does detract from the aesthetics, it should not prevent the bike from being ridden. And Turbo bikes need to be ridden regularly. Otherwise critical seals become old and crack, waste gate actuators stick, and myriad other problems can develop.

The Suzuki XN85 is perhaps the rarest of the US-imported Turbo bikes. Suzuki did everything they could to deny its existence, and buyers boycotted the extreme price differential between the XN and a performance-comparable GS750. Today these are interesting milestones along the racetrack of development. They are unique, rare, and relatively affordable. Prices are on a very slow ascending curve, making this a collectable you can afford - and afford to ride. Parts are difficult to find (especially the computerized bits and the bodywork), but if you locate a good one there are few weaknesses in the overall package. Boost is slow to hit - and doesn't hit nearly as hard as say a CX650T or Turbo GPz - but the handling is sublime by 1980s standards. This particular bike is a true survivor. Check it out here, and get boosted. Good luck!!

MI

Mr T:  1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo
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