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Laverda February 13, 2018 posted by

Seeing Things: 1982 Laverda Mirage 1200

Update 2.13.2018: We first posted this Mirage last April and it was bid to $11,500 and then relisted and removed. It is back on eBay with a different seller and current bid is $7,700 reserve met. Links are updated. Thanks Donn! -dc

On the block today is one of Laverda's best kept secrets: The Mirage 1200. Created as a bit of a parts-bin special, the Mirage fills a distinct niche in the Laverda triple lineup, providing a naked cruiser, a half-faired sport-cruiser, and the full-blown TS sport touring edition (which we see here) all from the same basic bike. The Mirage is powered by the familiar 180-degree triple, but punched to 1200cc and fitted with a different cam profile from the other models. Jota bits are utilized throughout - such as the Jota-spec exhaust - but some items like the handlebars and seating position are unique to the Mirage.

1982 Laverda Mirage 1200 TS for sale on eBay

The engine modifications move the Mirage away from the raucous, sporting intent of the Jota, and the overall effect is a more civilized "Executive Express" type of feel. The large fairing provides decent wind protection, and gives the Mirage TS a polished look - much more so than the brutish, bare-bones fighters Laverda built their name on. This was to be a Laverda that you could go out and ride - often and far. Unfortunately, triples are inherently imbalanced (even the 180 degree motors), and vibration at speed was a persistent fly in the Mirage's high-speed transport ointment. The new additions came at another cost: weight. There are over 30 lbs added to a similar spec Jota in order to create a Mirage, which tips the scales at a burly 542 lbs. With only 73 HP available, performance is more inferred than experienced.

From the seller:
Here we have a 1982 Laverda Mirage 1200 TS with only 24k miles. This is a late 1200 series 2 and one of the last with the wonderful 180 degree crankshaft, giving this bike a lopey idle and great sound. If you're not familiar with this crankshaft configuration, the outer pistons rise and fall together while the center piston is offset at 180 degrees. This example is a South African market bike and was originally sold by Roma Guzzi LTD, in Johannesburg South Africa and it was imported to the US in 1993. While in the US it's lived all of it's life in hibernation while stored in a detached garage in Ohio until just last month.

More from the seller:
Upon possession of this exotic motorcycle I immediately began the resurrection process. The carbs were completely rebuilt and new O-rings, float valves and seals were installed. The Brembo brake calipers and master cylinders were completely overhauled and new seals, O-rings and pistons were installed. This bike got a thorough inspection and what was not roadworthy was replaced with new or NOS parts. The ignition pick-up wires were so bad that they turned to dust with the most gentle touch (something common on these bikes). These wires along with the outer silicone sleeve were replaced. The front forks also received new seals and fluids. This bike did not receive a frame-off restoration and it is not a trailer queen, it is meant to be ridden. Front and rear tires look good and they don't show any cracking, however, they are the original Metzelers it wore when it left South Africa and are over 24 years old. Bike shifts through all the gears and it brakes work as they should. Throttle response is very good and crispy. The clock currently shows 40,067 Km which is a little over 24k miles. The serial numbers are matching frame and motor #3444.

The seller has done a decent job describing this machine. True, it is not exactly the loving, original owner putting his baby up on the market. Still, there has been some work done to make this bike as presentable as it is, and plenty of decent photos. This is not a new machine, and there are some rough edges to some areas of the bike - certainly expected after 35 years of use. But it is also a reasonably rare machine, especially here in the US (you will note that the gauges are primarily in KMs). There appear to be a few slight modifications over the years as well - the oil pressure gauge does not appear to be OEM, and the Mirage originally came with a 3-into-2 exhaust, not the single pipe currently fitted.

Pricing on a Mirage model is difficult, at best. We have only featured one other such model on the pages of RSBFS, and that was a half-faired, non-TS model. Valuation should be comparable with a similar age Jota, or even RGS. There has been enough interest in this auction to pull the bidding above the $8k mark, with reserve still in place. Given the rarity of the model in the US, this one could go much, much higher. Curious to hear from our RSBFS sharpshooters on their thoughts - I know some of you are Laverda experts and might have more to share. Check it out here, and then jump back to the Comments section to let us know what you think!

MI


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Suzuki February 13, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R712

Update 2.20.2018: SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Update 2.12.2018: The GSX-R712 has been kept warm all winter in the living room and is ready to ship and run at your house this spring. Price has been dropped to $9,750.


The 1980s were a watershed era for sport bikes. This was a period of constant escalation between the Big Four manufacturers out of Japan. Amidst the fighting came many new innovations and a quantum leap in performance. And none epitomized the arms race quite like the revolutionary GSX-R from Suzuki. A winner in the showroom and a clear favorite for amateur and professional racers alike, the air/oiled cooled GSX-R was a definitive game changer for riders everywhere. Fast forward 30+ years later, and while the 80's era GSX-R is still striking, performance has not kept up with modern machinery. That is where this owner stepped in, creating a vintage 80s hot rod with performance enhancements to bridge the gap. This is an amazing build that we know RSBFS readers can appreciate; this one-of-a-kind machine has the stance and the history to give it serious street creds, but with updates to back it up in the canyons.

So how do you build a GSX-R712? Start with a good 1986 example of a GSX-R750 - well regarded as the best chassis of the day. Remove the 750cc engine and replace it with a second generation GSF1200 Bandit motor. Purists will note that the 1200 Bandit was an evolution of the GSX-R1100 engine, which makes this a perfect fit from a lineage perspective. Once that epic change has been completed, you then turn your attention to, well, everything. Rebuild the front end with new and upgraded components. Work over the swing arm and rebuild everything connected to it. Replace and upgrade braking components. Anything still stock must be completely refurbished. With the mechanicals in perfect shape, you then turn your attention to cosmetics. This is where little changes can make a huge impression. Source new lightweight bodywork and make subtle alterations to clean up the classic lines. Dress up the wheels and powdercoat to suit. Apply paint and graphics that act as an homage to the original, but modernize as well. Then step back and behold the glory of what you have created: a GSX-R712.

From the seller:
1986 GSXR750 complete Moderation 396 lbs semi wet
• Probolt Titanium hardware throughout 97% moto
• GSRX1100 rear wheel & casting markings removed
• wheels powdercoated Vegas gold
• new sealed wheel bearings
• custom billit wheel spacers
• Avon Roadrider tires
• forks serviced with new seals & bushings, powdercoated text black
• steering head bearings serviced
• clip-ons powdercoated texture Black
• performance fork springs, ..90
• swing arm powdercoated texture Black, new bearings complete
• Fox Shox serviced by Cogent Suspension
• 500lb spring powdercoated Red
• all calipers powdercoated with new seals and boots, titanium bleeds
• custom HEL brake lines front, rear and clutch
• rebuilt clutch slave cylinder
• new Brembo master cylinders, Front brake & clutch
• new CRG adjustable levers & mirror and adapter
• rear brake rotor SV lightened
• Pit Bull 520 chain conversion, EK chain Blue
• new LTD replica chain guard
• new NRC engine covers
• gauges fully restored inside & out, Perfect
• new Shorai battery LFX14L5-BS12
• Gen 2 Suzuki GSF1200 motor
• new Suzuki fuel petcock
• new Suzuki headlamp relays
• Stage 3 Dynojet
• Uni pod filters
• Delkevic SS header
• Danmoto Carbon Fibre muffler
• Air Tech light weight body custom made, thanks Dutch
• Probolt Aluminun body fasteners
• RD decal set, installed by Adam Stevenson @ AccuGraphix
• Jarrell Paint works Paint & prep work
• Zero Gravity smoke windscreen
• gas cap cerikoted
• super light led tail light
• seat pan modified, lightened
• Mikes Upholstery recovered seat, Blue
• TrailTech switches
• abbreviated wiring harness

Price $10,250 $9,750


For More Information:
Contact Edward Hessel at stathome@bellsouth.net
Text or call: 502.541.5253




Bikes like this amazing GSX-R Rod do not come along often. This is mainly because this is a very expensive, time-consuming process requiring patience and know-how. Most riders lack both the cash and the skill to create something this stunning, but would not hesitate to drool over it (and lust for one). A bike this good makes a personal statement that tells the world that you have great vintage taste and yet you also worship at the altar of performance. It is also likely a losing proposition for the seller; I could easily see $10k worth of parts in this rocket, not counting paintwork or specialized labor.

Slab-sided Gixxers are HOT right now - we see both collectable as well as pretty rough examples on a semi-regular basis. And we see the occasional Limited Edition unicorn - with prices in the stratosphere. This particular example takes the basic slabbie form and uses it as the foundation for a real hot rod superbike. Think of it as a higher performance slabbie with the cache of an L.E., but without the price tag. There is no doubt that this is a special bike - something the entire RSBFS staff agrees upon. The conversion is super sano, the lines are amazingly clean, and yet the whole package retains the classic looks of the original GSX-R. Check out the large number of very high-res pictures. I dare you not to fall in love with this bike. Once you do, reach out to the seller (stathome@bellsouth.net). You cannot build this bike for the asking price, and you will never see another like it again. Good Luck!!

MI

Suzuki February 12, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Resto-mod Suzuki TL1000R

SOLD IN 24 HOURS! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The Suzuki TL-1000R was a bold but flawed stab at stealing big v-twin superbike dominance away from Ducati. The bike was a bit of a misfit, impressing neither road testers nor road racers, as it was overweight and fitted with a mystifying and dangerous radial damper rear suspension. Aside from a few privateers racing at the club level, the bike never achieved much on the track, and its street sales hurt as a result.

Superbike Universe aimed to solve that problem, taking on a used TL-1000R as a project and producing the bike you see here. It has been relieved of its butt-puckering rear suspension and given a traditional Penske clicker shock. The front end, heavy as stock, has been tossed in favor of a set of upside down forks off a 2009 Gixxer, which have been treated to custom internals. The brakes also got more than a once over, with stainless steel lines, Brembo Monoblocs and a radial master cylinder taking over duties.

From the seller:

Here is another result from the long brutal winters here in the Northeast. I started out with a stock TL1000R and set about stripping everything I could off of it to lighten it up. The super heavy front end was replaced with a 2009 GSXR1000 front fork with 25mil K-Tech internals. The brake set up is truly one finger amazing. I used a Accossatto Radial master cylinder, custom Core stainless lines and a set of Brembo Monoblack calipers from a 2014 GSXR1000. Those massive Brembo's clamp down on a set of 330mm PVM superbike rotors. Out back I ditched that crazy Suzuki rear suspension box/spring thing that didn't work and weighed about 30lbs. I replaced it entirely with a custom Penske triple clicker and a one-off billet Linderman linkage. Not only did I loose a ton of weight up high but the rear end works perfect now!. The bike rolls on a rare set of 5 spoke MARVIC magnesium wheels that allow for amazingly quick turn in. A very rare 2 in to 1 Yoshimura exhaust helps get rid of burn fuels and again a shit load of weight. All brackets for the rear sub frame and passenger accommodations were cut off and trimmed accordingly. A fiberglass single seat Sharkskin tail and a custom under tray tidy up the rear of the bike. In all I lost over 108lbs off the original bike. They say that the TL100OR weighed just 424lbs in the original bike specs but that is complete bullshit. It weighed 493lbs fully wet when I started this project. Now with it weighs a super light 384lbs fully wet and with three gallons of fuel. If you push this around you feel the super light weight. I had an awesome Lance Johnson Paint Worx Yoshimura paint scheme applied to the stock /aftermarket bodywork. It looks fantastic and rides great! Certainly one of a kind and is exactly the bike Suzuki could have ended up with if they continued development. Put this Superbike Universe special in your collection now for a fraction of the cost of development.

The real eye opener is the claimed weight loss: more than 100 pounds off the stock bike, via a combination of suspension, wheels, brakes and body work. The whole package, complete with a ton of one-off and rare parts, will set you back $7,500. If you have an affinity for odd ducks or under dogs, or just like the idea of a howling Japanese v-twin, this thing is your mount.

Suzuki February 12, 2018 posted by

Carte Grise – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R Limited Edition in France

Spanning the globe, as Wide World of Sports used to say, in this case to bring you the thrill of a Limited Edition lightweight GSX-R750R.  In oddball JDM red and brown, the LE is a standout with only a few hundred made to homologate it for AMA Superbike racing.  This French-registered GSX-R looks great and has correct Yoshimura exhaust.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition ( France )

1986 was the second year in GSX-R750 history, with just a few tweaks from the introductory model.  Though the alloy Full Floater swingarm was extended, the aluminum frame and air/oil-cooled 100 hp engine were hallmarks of the design.  The Limited Edition had a couple of nice updates from the base model, New Electrically Activated Suspension ( NEAS ) anti-dive forks and big brakes from the GSX-R1100, along with lightweight dry clutch and close-ratio transmission.  The solo seat and fairing were quite a bit lighter than the biposto.  The entire package was around 400 lbs. dry, weighing less than most 600 cc machines of the day.

Housed in a Paris suburb, this LE appears complete and undamaged save a scratched area on the left fairing.  The owner states it has matching numbers and is registered on a grey card - indicating standard registration, which may ease import and re-documenting.  Not too many pictures and almost no history, so bid accordingly and make this your excuse to visit Paris for a pre-purchase inspection.

Surprisingly light and expensive, the Limited Edition wowed reviewers and race machines were immediately successful in endurance events, but had to wait until 1989 for Jamie James to grab the AMA crown from Honda.  A bit of a grail at this point, the LE's rarity is worth pursuing and some travel might be part of the fun.  Though "Pops" Yoshimura passed away in 1995, the company is still run by his sons with a location in Chino, California, and manages Suzuki's AMA Superbike and Supercross racing efforts.

-donn

 


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Sales Report February 12, 2018 posted by

Sales Summary – October 2017

The Fall of 2017 was as strong as the summer months with some great rare bikes and some interesting bargains. Whether you are a collector or simply interested in values, let's take a look back at October 2017 and see what sold and for how much. Links to the original post on RSBFS included.


SOLD Bikes


2000 Bimota SB8R - SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


1991 Ducati 851 - SOLD for $6,600


1980 Ducati 900 SS - SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


1998 Ducati 900SS Final Edition - SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


2002 Ducati 748S - SOLD for $7,500


1979 Honda CBX - SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


1990 Honda CBR400RR - SOLD for $3,500


1992 Honda VFR400R NC30 - SOLD as a Featured Listing for $8,600!


1978 Kawasaki Z1R - SOLD for $17,766


1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 - SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


1986 Suzuki RG500Γ Gamma - SOLD as a Featured Listing! (pricing data not available)


1989 Suzuki RGV250Γ - SOLD for $5,750


1997 Suzuki TL1000S - SOLD for $3,000


1988 Yamaha FZR400 - SOLD for $5,500


1989 Yamaha FZR750R / OW01 - SOLD for $23,000


1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance and Hines - SOLD for $1,600

Unsold Bikes


1992 Bimota YB8 - listing ended early by seller


2006 BMW K1200S - No sale at $9,000


2007 Buell XB12 Super TT - No sale at $6,250


1982 Ducati 900 Mike Hailwood Replica - No sale at $30,000


1995 Ducati 900SS/SP - No sale at $5,990


2006 Ducati Paul Smart - No sale and no bids at $24,000


2008 Ducati 1098 R#154 - No sale at $25,000


2008 Ducati 1098 R #212 - No sale at $30,000


2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera - No sale at $45,890


1985 Honda VF1000R - No sale with bids up to $3,250


1986 Honda NS400R - No sale at $5,800


1989 Honda GB500 TT - No sale at $6,500


1990 Honda VFR400R - No sale at $12,500


1992 Honda NC30 - No sale at $7,500


1994 Honda NSR250R MC28 - No sale; listing ended early by seller


2002 Honda CBR1100XX - No sale at $4,500


2003 Honda RVT1000R / RC51 - No sale at $8,700


1989 Kawasaki ZXR250A - No sale at US $5,000


1955 Moto Guzzi 8C - No sale at $56,100


2000 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport - No sale and zero bids with a $4,800 opening ask


2000 MV Agusta 750 F4 Oro - No sale with bids up to $21,800


1974 Norton Commando Fastback - No sale at $16,500


1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley - No sale (buyer dropped out and bike was relisted)


New 1985 Suzuki RG500 - No sale at $68k AUD (which is roughly $52k USD)


1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited - No sale at $20,000


1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750 - No sale with zero bids and a $6,300 opening ask


1995 Triumph Speed Triple - No sale with bids up to $1,575

1977 Yamaha TZ750 R Side
1977 Yamaha TZ750 - No sale with bids up to $42,200


1985 Yamaha RZ500 - No sale with bids up to $13,533


1990 Yamaha FZR400 - No sale at $5,900


1993 Yamaha GTS1000A - no sale with listing ended early by seller


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