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Suzuki November 20, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: Toni Elias Suzuki GSX-R1000 Factory Yoshimura Superbike (MotoAmerica)

11.20.2017 Update: Relisted due to a buyer that dropped out. Links updated. -MI

RSBFS welcomes a new collection to our pages. Check out this fantastic Yosh Superbike ridden by Toni Elias, and then stay tuned for some amazing more hardware to come. Thanks for supporting the site, Pete!

Race bikes are an interesting prospect. Part uncompromising wild stallion, part rule book slave - but mostly rock star when piloted by one of the best - the life of a cutting edge racer is miserably short. Teams upgrade to new bikes with each passing year, and successfully competitive machines earn a second life as a collectable piece of memorabilia when the cheers of the crowd and the spray of champagne have faded. Such is the situation with this wonderful icon from the young MotoAmerica Superbike series. Developed by the legendary Yoshimura Racing Team and piloted by Moto2 World Champion turned Moto America racer Toni Elias in his stunning MotoAmerica debut (2016), what you are looking at is a work of art, a potential track day weapon, and a trophy unlike any other.

Featured Listing: 2016 Suzuki GSX-R1100 Factory Yoshimura MotoAmerica Superbike (Toni Elias)

Helmed by superstar Wayne Rainey, MotoAmerica (sanctioned by the AMA and FIM) set out to put Americans back onto the top step of international motorcycle racing. While it is still early days, the showing of Jake Gange in WSBK competition is a good sign. Another good sign? MotoAmerica has become a destination for renowned European racers as well. Thus, Toni Elias landed a ride in the Yoshimura camp alongside the ever-popular Roger Lee Hayden. Moreover, Toni Elias is the newly crowned 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike champ. And this bike was his first step to that championship. Here is the seller to tell you more:

From the seller:
Here is your opportunity to own a real factory superbike. This is Toni Elias's 2016 Factory Yoshimura Suzuki GSXR1000 superbike. This is the real deal. full factory superbike suspension with telemetry, the fresh motor pumps out 221 rwhp on VP MR12. It weighs right on the AMA limit at 370 lbs with a full tank of fuel. One off parts include the hand formed Yoshimura fuel tank, billet sub frame, massive radiator, full Ti Yoshimura pipe and numerous other Yoshimura only parts, The brakes are MotoGP spec Brembo radial calipers clamping down 330mm superbike rotors. 17 inch light weight Martek magnesium wheels. A Motec ignition system with a Yoshimura Kit wiring harness creates the fire. Yea it is pure crazy eye candy. This bike was the winner of 5 Moto America races last year with Toni "The Tiger" Elias twisting the throttle. Elias won the AMA Superbike title this year on the new GSXR1000. I guarantee you will not ever ride a better setup machine. The brakes are just one finger pull from 180mph stoppers. The motor accelerates so smoothly, its all drive no spin! I saw this bike at the NY Motorcycle Show in December of last year and had to have it! I bought it directly from Yoshimura at the end of last season. I used it at a couple of track days this summer and it is so amazing. I have a huge collection of superbikes that I'm now liquidating to pursue car racing full time. With age comes a cage! If you desire the ultimate track tool look no more. Here is your E-ticket ride.

RSBFS has known this collector for a number of years, and there has always been some interesting machinery in his stable. Unlike some who acquire bikes for museums and static displays, this individual is also someone who likes to ride. Thus, this Toni Elias Superbike has already seen a couple of track days. Hopefully it can go to a home that encourages an active lifestyle. For while this may be an outstanding man cave conversation piece, the real special sauce can only be experienced out on the track. Expensive for a track-day bike? No question. But if you want the best you can assure yourself that YOU will be the limitation here, not your hastily converted streetbike.

More from the seller:
If you have any questions or you need additional photos call me on 1-203-515-5146 or email me at bocco1@optonline.net There is so much more to this bike that I haven't even begun to list. The cost to build this bike is in the $100's of thousands to build and develop into a true winner. You can own it for a fraction of build cost.

I will include shipping to anywhere in the United States to the winning bidder. You foreign Dudes gotta pay all shipping and importing fee. God bless America!!!!

The history of MotoAmerica is not extensive enough to have much market data on values, but you can bet your bottom dollar this build was a no-expenses-spared exercise in developing a dominant Superbike. While rules limit what can be done in the class, these are very competitive when compared to WSBK machinery. Think of the best suspension available - with a setup developed by one of the best riders available today. One the engine side, nobody could accuse the Yoshimura Suzukis from being weak out of the corners or down the straights; you may need to recalibrate your brain as straights become shorter as you twist the throttle. Thankfully the brakes and remainder of the chassis is up to snuff. Brake and corner by thought as much as will.

Here is the deal with ex racebikes: Today something this new is still a novelty and a status symbol. Given time - and the continued rise to fame of Toni Elias - this becomes a very real collector item with astounding values (a Moto2 machine ridden by Jorge Lorenzo recently fetched $133,544 USD in a Bonhams auction). Until that happens you have yourself a piece of furniture that tops out above 180 mph and makes you the envy of everyone at your next track day. Just think of all of the custom Yosh parts on this thing - the entire rear subframe is bespoke for this racer, as is the tail piece. Plus there is a second hand-formed aluminum tank (apparently with a dent courtesy of Josh Herrin) valued at some $7,500(!). What's not to like? Check out this fantastic 2016 Yoshimura-Suzuki GSX-R1000 MotoAmerica Superbike before it's gone!

Featured Listing: Toni Elias Suzuki GSX-R1000 Factory Yoshimura Superbike (MotoAmerica)
Suzuki November 6, 2017 posted by

‘Busa in the buff: 2008 Suzuki B-King

Ah, the Suzuki B-King. The rarer cousin of the Suzuki Hyabusa, the B-King is the juicehead king of the naked muscle bike segment, Suzuki's answer to an unasked "what if ..." The outward appearance of the B-King whiffs a little heavily of Axe body spray and hair plugs, but beneath lies a sharply put together street bike with a real mean streak.

2008 Suzuki B-King for sale on eBay

When the B-King rolled into dealerships in the mid-aughts, it drew praise for being all-day ride worthy, while still being a true tire-lifting hooligan with just a twist of the throttle. With 200-section tires and a wet weight nearing 600 pounds, it never really made any corner carving pretenses, but would cover a quarter mile in well under 10 seconds.

It's probably for the best that the B-King didn't make the sales figures that the Hyabusa did, as it really should be left to professionals and the truly idiotic courageous.

The 2008 Suzuki B-King here is very clean, but clearly was ridden, and has racked up a tick over 12,000 miles in its nine-year life. The bulky, distinctive stinger-stlye stock exhausts have been ditched for carbon Yoshimura mufflers, which should give it a nice bark.

From the eBay listing:

2008 SUZUKI B-KING 1300

BUY IT NOW FOR $5499.00

Call/Text ADAM SADLER at 740-296-3496

JUST IN ON TRADE, REALLY CLEAN 2008 SUZUKI B-KING 1300 SPORT BIKE. GREAT SHAPE AND GREAT LOOKING BIKE. YOSHIMURA EXHAUST AND ONLY 12313 MILES. CALL ADAM SADLER AT 740-296-3496 TO CHECK OUT THIS BIKE!!! EMAIL ME DIRECTLY AT ASADLER@XTREMEMG.COM

As unsubtle and silly as the B-King truly is, there is sometimes no avoiding the fact that deep within me lies a knuckle-dragging redneck, and something about a 180-horsepower, power wheelie with a speedometer wakes up the urge to be That Guy at every stoplight between here and the honky tonk.

‘Busa in the buff: 2008 Suzuki B-King
Suzuki October 31, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: One Careful Owner – New 1985 Suzuki RG500

10.30.2017: Last seen in February of last year, this RG500 is back on eBay for $68k AUD, which is roughly $52k USD today, representing a bit of a discount since the last time we saw it for sale. Good luck to buyer and seller! -dc

Within a hair's breadth of a 1985 Grand Prix machine, the RG500 has a water-cooled two-stroke square four between the alloy perimeter frame.  The 498 cc's generate 95 hp and the entire package weighs under 350 lbs., both numbers improvable with some professional tuning.  Suspension is right-side-up forks and Full Floater monoshock rear, and brakes seem small for the expected 146 mph top speed but appropriate for the weight.

20160201 1985 suzuki rg500 left front

20160201 1985 suzuki rg500 cockpit

A pre-production marketing bike and never run, this is as close to a time machine as there could be.  Not a mark on it, and includes a nice certificate of authenticity from Suzuki Australia.  From the eBay auction:

Lets start by saying this bike has been for sale before and is not suitable for those who are going to ride the bike. It is a collectors bike only.
Secondly the bike shows 9kms on the odometer from being pushed around at various shows by Suzuki Australia prior to the RG500`s release in 1985.

This is a genuine new/never started RG500 that was previously used by Suzuki Australia as their show/demo/promotional bike prior to the release of the RG500.
It was never a "spanner" bike for dealerships apprentices to practice on.

The bike is what it is. The only thing I have added is the single seat option. It also comes with many now unavailable books, brochures, factory Gamma stand etc
No Vin Plate.
Will export worldwide at buyers expense.
The bike is in "as new" in condition and and has a supporting letter of authenticity from Suzuki Australia.

20160201 1985 suzuki rg500 right front wheel

20160201 1985 suzuki rg500 right rear wheel

A four-time 500cc GP Championship winner, the RG500 is very close to being the racer with lights you've heard about.  The four flat-slide Mikuni's, the 12,000 rpm redline, the different sized wheels, 16-inch in front to help turn-in, all state the facts.  But this one is of course a bit different.  Likely never to be run, it has survived three decades on display and in storage.  It is the sportbike fan's Barcelona chair or Alessi tea set  ( a little more exciting ), exquisite but better to use something else and save this for the next generation...

-donn

20160201 1985 suzuki rg500 binnacle

Featured Listing:  One Careful Owner – New 1985 Suzuki RG500
Suzuki October 25, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: Unrestored 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

Update 11.2.2017: SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Thank you to buyer and seller for supporting the site! -dc

We seem to have been awash with slab-sided early Gixxers of late, as the magnificent, watershed beasts enjoy a renaissance of interest and value. Prices for the limited edition bikes are nudging the stratosphere, especially for aging Japanese iron, and they're pulling the "normal" GSX-Rs along with them.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 For Sale on eBay

This first-year 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 is a great example of a gently-aged classic sportbike, and is a true time machine, having been kept immaculate rather than being restored, and wearing only aftermarket parts that were added in the bike's heyday.

The early bikes were very light for the day, and handled on rails when compared to the bulk of big bikes available at the time. Their 18-inch wheels show their age, however, and the square-tube aluminum frame doesn't stack up to modern bikes as well as some others.

With the exception of just a few tiny cracks, the bike here is immaculate, especially since it hasn't been mildly restored.

From the eBay listing:

86 Suzuki GSXR 1100, a true survivor, all original body panels and tank in excellent condition. Has some small cracks as shown in photos for its age. Yoshimura period correct 4 into 1 jetted for factory airbox. Original stock OEM exhaust included. Wheels have been powder coated to factory black, brake system flushed, new fork seals, new chain and battery. 16,429 miles, clean title , Bike fires and runs great.

The $7,500 asking price is about right for a first-year GSX-R 1100 in condition this good, and the bike will be a choice addition to someone's sportbike collection.

Featured Listing: Unrestored 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100
Suzuki October 24, 2017 posted by

Bad Reputation: 1997 Suzuki TL1000S for Sale

By the early 1990s, pretty much everyone making a hard-core sportbike was using an inline four engine for their regular production motorcycles. And why not? An inline four is a relatively compact engine, is capable of making excellent power for a given displacement, is smooth-running, and can achieve much higher revs than configurations using fewer, bigger pistons. But Ducati stuck with their sports v-twin, likely because of both budgetary and marketing reasons. With some pressure on various race series' governing bodies, they were allowed a bit of additional displacement compared to inline fours to keep them competitive in terms of outright power, and the wider spacing between power pulses gave them an advantage in terms of traction. But for street riders, the big benefit of a twin was character so, by the mid-1990s, the Japanese manufacturers wanted in on all that sweet vee action. For Suzuki, that meant the introduction of their stylish, half-faired TL1000S.

As has been discussed before, a transversely-mounted v-twin motor is very narrow for good aerodynamics and the perfect primary balance means it's a smooth performer, but packaging in a modern sportbike can be an issue. Ducati refers to their 90° engine as an "L-twin" to differentiate it from other v-twin sportbike engines, and it references the fact that the front cylinder is virtually horizontal, with the rear cylinder sticking almost straight up. Looking at the bike from the right hand side, the engine does indeed look like a capital L instead of a V. The problem is one of packaging: it's a long engine and, with a conventional set up, it results in a long wheelbase or a short swingarm, neither of which is ideal. Notice that, on the Panigale, the rear shock and linkage sit alongside the engine. To get the wheelbase they wanted, Suzuki rotated their own  90° v-twin backwards in the frame to clear the front wheel and used unconventional but very compact rotary damper setup at the rear. The theory is sound but, as many original owners discovered, it didn't work out all that well in practice for the TL.

The issue was that the damper worked fine up until the pace heated up, along with the oil inside, which caused it to quickly loose its ability to, um... dampen. This led to an unenviable reputation for scary tank-slappers and terrifying on-the-limit handling. A larger capacity unit would probably have solved the problem, but several companies have stepped in and developed a compact spring/shock that replaces the stock Suzuki unit and gives predictable performance, allowing the bike's otherwise excellent design to shine.

The TL's handling may have been suspect, but there is no doubting that engine: in various states of tune, it's powered a variety of Suzuki sport and touring models, along with a gaggle of Bimotas and Cagivas. It's powerful, reliable, and makes all those v-twin noises without the occasional frustrations that came with Ducati ownership at the time. Ducati service intervals are even longer than some Japanese makes these days, but when the TL was introduced, Ducati ownership required real commitment to deal with the recommended 6,000 mile valve adjustments. You might be lacking the famous dry-clutch rattle but, fitted with a good set of carbon fiber cans as seen here, the TL makes all the right noises.

Many TLs have led hard lives: they were billed as affordable Ducati-killers and people certainly treated them that way, so it's nice to see one that's been used, but well cared-for.  Some of the aesthetic upgrades may not be to your taste, but good carbon fiber is never a terrible idea, and you can probably find someone willing to swap for the stock parts if you're interested in originality. Something I wouldn't change is the rear shock conversion that's been fitted to sort the handling, the steering damper that should cure any errant bar motions, and the carbon cans fitted to bring out the expected big-twin boom.

Reading the seller's detailed description, there's something strangely familiar about it though...

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Suzuki TL1000S for Sale

Up for sale is a fantastic condition fuel injected 1997 Suzuki TL1000S with just over 21k on it. This bike has great personality, tons of low-end power and mid range grunt. Super fast but easily controllable and has great handling. This bike would make a great weekend twisty runner, commuter bike, or fully at home on the track. It is extremely fun to ride. It rides very smooth and can keep up with most sport bikes thru the twistys. Its a fantastic mixture of lightweight body/frame (gotta love the trellis style frame) and the perfect amount of power for the street. You wont be disappointed with this bike. Thousands of dollars in aftermarket goodies and hundreds spent on recent maintence items. This bike is ready to hop on and ride.

The bike has thousands of dollars in aftermarket upgrades and accessories below is a list:

1. Devil Slip-on Carbon Fiber exhaust (This exhaust is exactly what a V-Twin sport bike should sound like)
2. Carbon Fiber look Rear Hugger
3. Carbon Fiber look Air Dam Surrounds
4. Shorty turn signals front
5. Smoked Windscreen
6. Pro-Grip Carbon Tank Protector
7. Integrated rear tail lamp assembly (brake lights, running lights, and turn signals)
8. Adjustable shorty levers (Silver levers with black adjusters)
9. Aftermarket rear wave rotor
10. Aftermarket front wave rotors (not currently installed)
11. R1 rear shock conversion installed (This fixes all the problems with the rotary damper totally removes it)
12. Renthal Grips
13. Aftermarket black Aluminum side mirrors
14. Weisco Fuel Management (dyno tuned for current setup, runs amazing)
15. Aluminum Pro-Tek front and rear brake reservoir covers
16. Carbon Fiber Exhaust boot shields
17. Stainless Steel brake lines front and rear
18. Fender Eliminator
19. Aftermarket Color Matched Undertail

Here is a list of recent maintence items done to the bike:

1. Brand new oil and filter (Synth oil)
2. Chain adjusted and oiled
3. Coolant Flush
4. Steering Dampener Replaced
5. Spark plugs replaced
6. TPS adjusted/recalibrated
7. Battery Tender Hook-up
9. DID chain
10. Front and rear sprocket

Bike comes with a tub of extras that include the passenger seat, all documents for maintence and tuner, some of the stock parts, as well as some additional parts for the bike. Look at picture to see all. Any questions please ask. Price is negotiable. Need gone ASAP.

Introduced in 1997 and made until 2001, the TL1000S was a shot across Ducati's bow. Tired of the Bolognese firm getting all the press for their sexy, thunderous twins, Suzuki did them one better: a reliable, low-maintenance, liquid-cooled v-twin that made the power of Ducati's 916 at the price of their air-cooled 900SS...

While 125hp may not sound particularly scary now, it was a pretty big number for a v-twin in 1997 and the grunty power delivery, combined with relatively light weight and a compact wheelbase, made for notoriously "entertaining" handling.

In contrast to Ducati's "L" twin, Suzuki rotated their 90° motor backwards in the chassis, allowing better packaging at the front of the bike. This left less room at the back for a traditional shock, so Suzuki whipped up a "rotary" damper that was far more compact than a traditional "linear" shock. Unfortunately, one of the reasons traditional spring/shock combos are so widely used is that they've got 70 years of development behind them and just flat work. When ridden hard, the TL's rotary unit gets hot and loses its damping ability, which may contribute to the bike's reputation for "tank slappers", unintended wheelies, and all-around beastliness.

On paper, the TL1000S should have stomped Ducati flat, but that really never happened. But while the first bike to house Suzuki's new twin may not have set the world on fire, the potential in the engine was obvious. It became the Engine That Powered a Thousand Bikes, finding homes in Bimota's SB8 and the Cagiva Gran Canyon and Raptor models, and it still thumps on in the Suzuki VStrom.

Later reviews toned down the emphasis on the TL's "widowmaker" tendencies, suggesting that things had been exaggerated just a bit at the time. And, if you do plan to really ride this bike hard, a modern steering damper will help keep things under control, and kits are available to change out the rotary damper for a more traditional unit.

The 996cc engine does sound amazing with a set of aftermarket cans fitted, and the bassy thump that pumps out of the twin exhausts is pretty distinctive, like a very good computer simulation of a Ducati, with added bass.

The TL1000S is aging better than most. The motors are pretty bulletproof, parts should be readily available, and would make a great day-in, day-out bike for someone who wants big twin noise and feel, but doesn't feel like paying for Ducati maintenance.

Or someone that really, really likes wheelies.

Look, Suzuki's TL1000S is a pretty cool bike, and historically significant as described above, but I'll be frank: the reason I posted this example is because the seller's description is basically a cut-and-paste of another post I wrote a while back! This isn't the first time that's happened and honestly, I'm flattered. Hey, if someone thinks my description of a particular model will help them sell it, I'm doing something right. Reading through it, I do wish I'd been a little less liberal with the quotation marks though... In any event, the TL1000S still offers up a whole bunch of bang for the buck. Nice ones are already pretty hard to find, but still don't command much money. The looks may not be to everyone's taste, but I think it's better-looking than the bulbous, more conventionally-styled TL1000R and, with the replacement of the rotary damper, should be a solid handler. The epitome of 90s styling, with analog big-twin power and tasteful upgrades at a bargain price? What's not to like?

-tad

Bad Reputation: 1997 Suzuki TL1000S for Sale
Sport Bikes For Sale October 20, 2017 posted by

Slightly scruffy but ready to go: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

Yet another two-stroke from the land of Craigslist, this 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma wears the brand's iconic blue and white superbike livery and looks very nice, despite its fair share of scratches and scuffs. Further signs of the bike's age and use are cracked bolt holes at the mirror mounts on the cowl.

With the ugly stuff out of the way, this looks like the perfect Gamma to enjoy on your local backroads, with a set of aftermarket pipes and pod filters and a set of 17-inch rims from a Katana, which will improve handling and tire choices. The front brakes are Katana fare, too, and are a good bit bigger and more powerful than the stock units. The improved handling and stopping will be a welcome change on the Gamma, which has a reputation for being something of a demanding ride.

Save the pod filters and pipes, the 500cc square-four mill is stock, and was good for a stout 93 horses at the output shaft when new. That's more than enough to make the front end lively when the power hits, especially given the bike's 400-ish pound wet weight.

From the Craigslist ad:

Canadian model. Clean California title in hand. 19,640 kilometers so about 12,200 miles.

The good stuff: Bike runs awesome. Motor, tranny and carbs are stock. Has LG style pod air filters. Battery is new and has been relocated to original airbox location. Stock oil tank and pump in place. Upgraded with Katana front 3" and rear 3.5 X 17" rims. Larger Katana front rotors and calipers for better braking. Braided brake lines front and rear. Nikon pipes. New spark plugs. New transmission oil. Jetted for pods and pipes, but you will want to verify jetting for your area.

The bad stuff: Minor scratches on tank, solo seat cowl and mid fairing. No dents in tank or broken tabs or cracks on bodywork except upper cowl. Upper cowl has the typical cracks at the mirror area, but cosmetically it is very nice. Lower cowl is a fiberglass Lance Gamma replacement. See pictures for details.

Overall this bike is a great example of the RG500 that has the proper upgrades. Minor cosmetic work and the bike will be perfect. $14,500.00 OBO

With the rideability modifications the bike should be a peach of a canyon carver. The ask is healthy for a 32-year-old bike, to be sure, but the values of these old GP-style two-strokes have spiked recently, so it is not outside the range of reason.

Slightly scruffy but ready to go: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma