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Suzuki January 17, 2018 posted by

Literally Found in a Barn: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for Sale

The term "barn find" pretty much says it all: the collectible car or motorcycle in question was found sitting in an actual barn, where the previous owner stored it when it stopped running. Possibly hidden under a layer of dust, old blankets, back issues of Playboy, and mold. The implication is that it is in complete, original condition, but has been somewhat neglected cosmetically and mechanically. The term gets thrown around regularly as a sort of shorthand for "original, low-miles, and in need of restoration," but seems to be exactly the case for this Suzuki GSX-R1100K "Slingshot."

The second generation GSX-R1100's nickname came from the quartet of 38mm semi-flatslide Mikuni "Slingshot" carburetors that fed the dual overhead cam, four-valve, inline four engine. It actually displaced 1127cc, up a bit from the original's 1052cc, but still featured Suzuki's Advanced Cooling System or "SACS" to keep things within optimal temperatures. SACS used a multi-chamber oil pump to effectively cool and circulate the oil, with circuits in the cylinder head and jets directed at the pistons. Later GSX-R1100s adopted a more conventional set up with a radiator and coolant, but here Suzuki stuck with the concept that simpler was better and lighter, although the Big K isn't exactly a flyweight. Mass continued to creep up throughout the 1100's successive generations and the new frame used here was both stiffer and heavier than the one found on the Slabbie. With a dry weight of 462lbs, the "K" version was never going to be particularly agile, so it was more of a GT than an actual sportbike, something that Suzuki tried to rectify the following year when they made changes to the suspension.

Unfortunately, the GSX-R1100K never really matched up with expectations: I have an old issue of SuperBike magazine that describes it as "... quite pretty. To look at, sure, but never to ride." But it's really the beefy engine that defines the GSX-R1100 experience anyway. It was a powerhouse, the Small Block Chevy of the time: endlessly tunable with a wealth of performance parts available. People set them up for drag racing, and even created road-race hybrids by squeezing the 1100 engine into the GSX-R750, which is pretty much the same idea Bimota had when they built their lightweight and extremely quick SB6, although it was a very tight fit in both cases...

Of course, a GSX-R1100 by its very nature isn't necessarily all that uncommon, but ones in this kind of condition are very rare these days: the powerful engine, reasonable ergonomics, and good wind protection meant they got used as intended, racking up huge miles, battle scars, and less-than-tasteful aesthetic "upgrades" popular at the time. People looking to make them into the corner-carvers the looks advertised tried all manner of fixes that worked or didn't in varying degrees, but the end result was very few remain as delivered by Suzuki, and even fewer have covered so few miles. With just 722 miles on the odometer, I doubt you'll find a less used example anywhere outside a museum.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for Sale

1989 Suzuki GSXR 1100 perfect condition with 722 miles,  was a barn find been stored since 1991 but not climate control storage literally in a barn. The bike was redone but didn't need much as the miles are so low. The body was completely done to perfect factory spec's no cracks or any problems, the wheels are original but do have a bit of chips,  bike runs great and needs nothing. Full tune tires everything done including carbs. This one for collection beautiful bike and super rare. Also comes with passenger seat parts. Bike will sell no matter what

The seller's opening bit is set at $7,000 which seems pretty fair considering the condition and low miles, but there are no takers yet with very little time left on the auction. It's a shame the pictures aren't better lit, since I think this is the very best-looking version of the long-running GSX-R series, especially in classic Suzuki blue-and-white. If you're looking to actually ride it, I'd expect there are plenty of shops out there who can recommend suspension changes to make a Slingshot handle, probably using off-the-shelf Suzuki components, along with brake upgrades and weight saving measures. At the very least, you can probably swap the original 2-into-2 exhaust for a 4-into-1 and save 20 pounds. But honestly, the original bike offered plenty of stability, even if it lacked agility, and this one should probably be enjoyed for what it is: a freeway blaster par excellence or a great two-up weekend rider. Given the low mileage though, I'd bet it might end up stored away in a collection somewhere.

-tad

Suzuki January 6, 2018 posted by

Pristine stroker: 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP VJ23A

This 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP appears to be in the hands of our friend Gary in Utah, and like the lion's share of his bikes, it's nigh on perfect. The original fairings and tank show very few flaws, and from a glance the biggest blemish seems to be on the aluminum boot guard.

1996 Suzuki RGV250SP for sale on eBay

Based on frame number, this appears to be a T model VJ23A, which in stock form for the Japanese market was limited to just 40 horsepower. That should still be a laugh riot in a bike this small and light, but the 70-degree v-twin is well known for being capable of around 60 horses if you massage it right.

The VJ23s represent the latest and greatest in Japanese two-stroke technology. While they share v-twin architecture with the VJ21 and VJ22s machines that came before, the motor in the later machines shares almost nothing with its elders, from revised powervalves to a narrower vee angle.

From the eBay listing:

Up for sale is a 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP VJ23A with only 32,741 kilometers (20,344 miles). Bike is in mint condition with only a few scratches on the left side upper, a few light handling marks and some rub marks on the heel guards. No dents in the tank, no cracks in the fairings, and has a very clear windscreen. Bike is completely stock and all fairings and components are 100% genuine Suzuki factory OEM. This bike is gorgeous! The previous owner took extremely good care of it. Lol, this bike was loved as a child. Comes with new battery, new fluids and new fork seals. Runs like the day it was new. This is a premium bike and very rare to find in this condition. Bike comes with a Utah state title and is titled as a streetbike for road use. Text 801-358-6537 for more pictures and questions. Auction could end anytime as bike is for sale locally. $200 deposit due immeadiatly after auctions end thru PayPal. Balance due within 5 business days by check, bank wire or cash in person.

The bike has certainly been ridden, which makes its condition that much more impressive, and it comes with a clean Utah street title, so it should be good for another few years of high-strung fun.

Pristine stroker: 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP VJ23A
Suzuki December 28, 2017 posted by

Number One: Prototype 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for Sale

Although displacement was technically a bit more than a liter, the first generation Suzuki GSX-R1100 really established the modern literbike formula: take a big inline four engine, and squeeze it into a 600 or 750 sized package. The philosophy that created the iconic Gixxer was initially tried out with Suzuki’s GSXR400, and the result was so good they applied the same lightweight methodology to a 750cc machine, and the GSX-R750 was born in 1985, with the 1100cc version following in 1986. Frames of the 750 and 1100cc versions aren’t identical, but are pretty similar, with the 1100 using thicker square-section aluminum tubing to increase rigidity and handle the extra power of the larger engine.

The 1100 engine actually displaced 1052cc and shared its SACS oil-cooling system with the 750cc version: in both cases, Suzuki avoided the additional weight and complexity that water-cooling would bring by using air and oil to keep the twin-cam, four-valve engine within appropriate operating temperatures. But the high-performance engine needed some additional help to keep from exploding, so the Suzuki Advanced Cooling System used a complex oil pump to circulate oil, lubricate bearings, cool the heads, and even featured oil jets directed at the bottom of the pistons. With 137hp on tap, the big Slabbie was a bit of a monster, as it had just 489lbs dry to push around. That’s obviously not hugely impressive today, but keep in mind that the bike’s 75lb-ft of torque isn’t all that far off a modern superbike and meant that the big Gixxer could pull like a freight train.

The 1100 wasn’t exactly agile, but it did handle well for the time on its 18” wheels with tires that are laughably skinny by today’s standards. The 1100 featured a set of sophisticated anti-dive forks and Suzuki’s Full-Floater linkage rear suspension kept the power in check, while providing a less punishing ride than was typical of hard-core sportbikes of the era. A modern-ish brake set up with a catchy Deca-Piston name slowed things down for the next bend: a pair of four-piston calipers up front mated to a twin piston item in the rear meant ten whole speed-retarding pistons were on hand to keep you from crashing into a hedge when the world turned twisty after you got a bit too liberal with your right hand. It all added up to a bike that was a little on the heavy side, but one that offered good stability and world-class power, a wildly fast GT with Japanese reliability. Obviously, companies like Bimota used the same elements to create their lightweight road weapons prior to the introduction of the GSX-R, but Suzuki took that basic formula, added a dash of reliability, and brought it to the masses.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for Sale

Obviously the posted asking price is a silly one, but we are open to all offers that respect this motorcycles exceptional condition as well as its rarety and we will not scoff at anyones idea of what its value should, would or could be in todays international bike collectors market place

Suzuki GSX-R1100 No. 1 Details

This mid 1985 build / 1986 first registered Suzuki GSXR-1100 was one of the centerpieces of our small private collection and is one of just a handfull of bikes left from said collection which we have been dissolving this past year, mostly due to age and health related reasons and because we are consolidating all our personal items and scaling back from multiple locations to just one place to live and because we are giving up our motorcycle hobby alltogether

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 in a listing here on Ebay. Please go to our Seller Feedback Rating to see what previous buyers have consistently been saying about us in the past 17 years in regards to every single item we have sold here on Ebay

The first GSXR 1100 was a groundbraking motorcycle in more ways than one, it started the era of large displacement, light weight Superbikes in the mid-80-ies

Being able to own an original, genuine, verifiable with factory documentation, unrestored Vin-1/Engine-1 vehicle of any type, make or model has got to be at the top of most collectors list of must-have‘s.

The vehicle being a top displacement model from one of the major motorcycle manufacturers should make it even more desirable

Details:

Mid-1985 build earliest prototype Suzuki GSX-R1100 in existence

Was the secret 'Star' in our small personal bike collection for many years

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 assembly line production run. This motorcycle was build with a handmade, prototype frame, on a prototype frame jig and it contains many one-off features and components.

Details on request in person would be best; to list just a few major ones:

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 the cc amount stamped in

It has the correct, prototype-only all metal footpegs for rider and passenger since the rubber/metal type was not yet ready for use. It has all the original bodywork pieces mounted, in the original factory paintjob.

Some of the panels have some lines and colors that do not really match and line up correctly and do not match any other painted-alike original bike of the same type.

There are many more differences and details on this special bike,

too much to list them all here in this basic 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, original and super rare 4-language, first edition spareparts manual, printed in Dezember of 1985 in which this specific motorcycle’s exact Vin Number is listed as the starting Vin for the entire series of GSXR 1100 bikes for the next 3 year production run.

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 for motorcycle shows 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, cycle shows and as photo models for the many different manuals and brochures. They were also being returned to the factory after they had been used for all these events and most of them were destroyed

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. It was ridden extensively in its 33 years, but always cared for and babied to keep it in this exceptional condition

We have prepared an online photo album showing this motorcycle in detail in more than 100 high quality images that might be of interest to a serious collector.

The seller mentions the "silly asking price" and $250,000 [yes, you read that correctly] is certainly silly for anything short of TE Lawrence's Brough Superior or a MotoGP bike in rideable condition with a truckload of spares. But they're just putting that out there, and are open to offers. Which is a good thing because, as cool as this is, I doubt it's worth anything near $250,000. Obviously, a rare bike is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it, but I get the feeling that only a very particular sort of collector will want to pony up, since although it's rarer, it's also a little bit cruder, from the seller's description. The question is: what is it worth? Well, nice original "slabbie" GSX-Rs sell for around $7,000 or so, with only the GSX-R750 LEs really getting much higher. This one could obviously worth much more, being a prototype machine and the very first registered example of a bike that pretty much defined the modern superbike. I'll be curious to see where it ends up.

-tad

Number One: Prototype 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for Sale
Featured Listing December 21, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1993 Suzuki GSXR400

The smallest Gixxer led a long and fruitful life of bringing young riders into the motorcycling fray, riding the wave of 400cc popularity that swelled, crested and broke in the 1990s. Like most Japanese four-stroke 400s, it had an aluminum frame, a screaming inline four that made around 60 horsepower and aped the looks of its bigger stablemate.

1993 Suzuki GSXR400 for sale on eBay

Despite all that, the little Gixxers were never as popular as their competitors, with reviewers bemoaning somewhat primitive chassis and a peaky engine, even by 400 standards.

But today, they are as eagerly sought after by collectors as any of the 400 sport bikes, in part because they are quite rare. The 1993 Suzuki GSXR400 here is a well cared-for, low-mile example that spent much of its life in the hands of a collector in Japan, before coming into the collection of our buddy Gary.

With the exception of some spots on the wheels and a little pitting here and there, this one looks much newer than even its scant 8,000 miles would suggest. The fairings show no cracks or blemishes, and it is titled and ready to ride.

From the eBay listing:

Up for auction is a premium example of a 1993 Suzuki GSXR400 with only 12,903 kilometers (8,018 miles). This GSXR is almost museum quality. This is a bike you want in your collection. Bike is perfect in every way. The only issue is a tiny rock chip in the paint on the left upper side of the fuel tank and some tiny light scratches on the left rear cowling. Bike is solid and looks very well cared for. Bike appears to have never been crashed or dropped. Super low miles. Purchased from a collector in Japan. Bike has aftermarket exhaust and full flow carb intakes. Runs very smooth and revs like a raped ape. Full service just performed with a new battery, new fluids and new Michelin Pilot’s front and rear. This bike won’t disappoint.

$200 deposit due immeadiatly after auctions end thru PayPal. Balance due within 5 business days by check, bank wire or cash in person. Auction may end anytime as bike is for sale locally. Please text 801-358-6537 for more pictures and questions.

There is no buy-it-now set for this beast, but the auction does have a reserve. The bidding won't end before Christmas, but keep an eye on the auction and you could snag yourself a sweet Boxing Day present.

Featured Listing: 1993 Suzuki GSXR400
Suzuki December 21, 2017 posted by

Grand Prix Spirit: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for sale on eBay

Just in time for the holidays, our buddy Gary in Utah has put up yet another of his grey-market wonders, this time in the form of a bone-stock 1991 Suzuki RGV250. The bike has covered a little over 10,000 miles and has been well looked-after in that time, but it does bear a few scuffs and bruises from its time in the wild.

1991 Suzuki RGV250 for sale on eBay

The bodywork is stock and mostly original, with the exception of a new coat of paint on the front fender. The rest of the bike shows very nicely, though it won't be mistaken for a brand-new bike. As with all Gary's rides, the engine has a full complement of new fluids, and apparently runs like the day it was new, with its original exhausts and stock jetting.

From the eBay listing:

Up for auction is a 1991 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22A with only 17,624 kilometers (10,951 miles). Bike is in beautiful unrestored condition with only a few light scratches and handling marks. All fairings are 100% genuine Suzuki factory OEM. Front fender has been professionally re-painted by previous owner. Engine and exhaust are completely stock. Bike runs like the day it was new. The front forks have some corrosion on them but should clean up nicely. The right fork tube has a small ding in it but it’s not in the travel area. (see pics). No dings in the tank and no cracks in the fairings. This bike is a solid rider and is ready to go to the canyon or the track. Just serviced with new battery and fluids. Bike comes with Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use. For more pictures or questions please contact me via text 801-358-6537. $200 deposit due immediately after sale thru PayPal. Balance due by check, bank wire or cash in person due within 5 business days.

The little RGVs are known to be a bit wilder than some of their competitors, with little done to calm the characteristic two-stroke snap and slightly more primitive chassis than their rivals. The values on these are going skyward quickly, as interest and attention grow. A stocker in nice riding condition should be a great position to be in, especially as imports arrive with aftermarket exhausts and suspension pieces.

Grand Prix Spirit: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 for sale on eBay
Suzuki December 17, 2017 posted by

1st year big bird: 1999 Suzuki Hayabusa on ebay

Here is a 1999 Suzuki Hayabusa,  the first year of the big bike from the Hamamatsu Japan based manufacturer.  Unlike the following year(s) models, the 1999 wasn't restricted and with a top speed of over 300 kph was considered to be the fastest production motorcycle for nearly 10 years.  While it was produced in large numbers in the following years, the 1st year edition holds a special place in history and seems to be the one that is starting to climb in value/is a target for collectors.

1999 Suzuki Hayabusa on ebay

In 1998 Suzuki offered a wide range of sportbikes including but not limited to the TL1000R, TL1000S, Katana 750, GSX-750R, SV650, GSX-600R, Katana 600 and even the aging RF900.   But even with this lineup Suzuki was lagging a bit behind in sales, especially compared to the competition such as Honda and Yamaha.  A large part of this was due to the fact that Suzuki didn't have a "halo" bike, a bike that made them stand out from all the other competition.  Honda had the Fireblade/CBR900, Yamaha had its new R1 but what did Suzuki have?  The answer came in 1999 with the Hayabusa.

The Haybusa was something of a risky move for Suzuki.   The company could have tried to offer a light/focused 750cc/900cc machine to compete against the Fireblande and R1 but this might have impacted the sales of their GSX-750R lineup.  Suzuki instead decided to go after a market that many thought was dying off; the big speed/big bike sportbike.  Companies such as Yamaha and Kawasaki had made dramatic moves away from the big sport/big speed segment, Yamaha in particular with their shift from their ThunderAce to the R1.   Suzuki decided there was still growth opportunities in the segment and the 1300cc 300 kph Hayabusa was the result.  Sure it wasn't as pretty as a Ducati 916 or as technologically significant as a Fireblade or R1, but it did what it promised (big miles at big speed) better than anyone had ever seen.   Sales were initially mediocre but the bikes reputation for hyperspeed and rock solid stability spread and the Hayabusa kept selling more and more each, eventually becoming a sales leader for the company over the next few years.

It is also important to recognize that the Hayabusa holds a significant place in history due its long run as the fastest production bike.  Consider the following excerpt from Wikipedia:

"In 1999 fears of a European regulatory backlash or import ban led to an informal agreement between the Japanese and European manufacturers to govern the top speed of their motorcycles at an arbitrary limit.  The conditions under which this limitation was adopted led to the 1999 Hayabusa's title remaining, at least technically, unassailable, since no subsequent model could go faster without being tampered with.  After the much anticipated Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R of 2000 fell 6 km/h (4 mph) short of claiming the title, the Hayabusa secured its place as the fastest standard production bike of the 20th century.  This gives the unrestricted 1999 models even more cachet with collectors."

As for this particular Hayabusa, mileage is an impressive 24,600.   While its not 100% stock the owner has refrained from any major mods such as the elongated rear swingarm and custom paint.   Modifications appear to be limited to chromed/polished wheels, a double bubble screen , crash "bungs" and an aftermarket exhaust, all of which could be fairly easily reversed.  Also  the seller indicates the majority of the OEM pieces are included in the sale, including the exhausts and stock black wheels.

Here is what the seller has to say

  • Original owner - I purchased the last copper/silver one the Dealer had here in Fort Walton Beach Fl. December 1999.
  • Corbin king and Queen Seat (also org. seats go with the bike)
  • Yoshimura RS-3 Stainless four into one exhaust (org exhaust goes with the sale)
  • Power commander Dyno tuned 161.3 H.P. at the rear wheel
  • New chain and sprocket’s, crush drive.
  • New Michelin pilots tires.
  • Stock Busa Wheels chromed (Org. black one’s go with the sale)
  • K&N air filter factory replacement.  100% full synthetic Motul 4T Oil changes every 1000 miles.

So to summarize:  its the desired first year edition, has been maintained fastidiously by its current owner and looks like it can easily be turned back into a stock bike with almost no additional monies spent.  The seller lists an asking price of $6,250 USD which is well above the current average price for an early Hayabusa but the fact that its a first year edition, the pricey mods and the inclusion of almost all the changed OEM pieces make me think the price isn't really unreasonable.

Perhaps the real question is whether the 1st year Hayabusa is going to be another one of those bikes that collectors regret not buying back when they were "cheap as chips".    The Ducati 916, the 1st edition Honda CBR900RR/Fireblade, the Suzuki GSX-750 "Slabbie" and "Slingshot" editions, all were significant bikes but were produced is such large numbers that no one thought of them as a collectors item until the prices were already climbing.  Personally, if I live closer to Florida, this one would be something I would be giving serious consideration to.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

1st year big bird: 1999 Suzuki Hayabusa on ebay