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Honda September 12, 2017 posted by

Trophy Bike: 1986 Honda GB400

The cafe racer craze makes an appearance on a regular, cyclical basis. From the original cafe bikes "doing the ton" through sanctioned TT events such as the Isle of Man, the cafe racer evokes a rebel streak with a distinctly English flair. Sporting, brash, forward and yet somehow very basic, the cafe racer stirs your inner Mike Hailwood to life. And while authentic cafe racers are custom affairs, manufacturers such as Norton, Triumph, Royal Enfield, BSA and Vincent have all had a hand in producing models in this image. Honda, too, tried their hand at the cafe scene. The result was the "GB" series of Tourist Trophy-inspired bikes, including today's rare GB400.

Rare 1986 Honda GB400 for sale on eBay

The Honda GB was born from humble beginnings. Utilizing a necked-down XL600 thumper motor, the GB was made available in both 400cc and 500cc configurations. The stone-simple and reliable air-cooled single was augmented by a a solo seat (a dual-seat model was available), a TT-style fairing, and clip-on bars. Wire wheels and a requisite megaphone-style muffler gives it some element of English authenticity. Those sidecovers? Made of metal, just like back in the day. Technology intervened in the manner of electric start (a kickstarter is attached to be period correct) and a single disk brake up front. The rest is basic but effective. Like the SRX models from Yamaha, the GB was a throwback to the past, a nod to lightness and simplicity and a relative failure.

From the seller:
It took me forever to find one of these and due to something coming up I have to sell it. I'd planned to keep it for the rest of my life so this is truly a regretful sale.

I bought it with 5600km. It currently has less than 11,000km. I have meticulously looked after it. This is the work I've done to it:

Three oil and filter changes up to now. It is important to change the oil on these often.
New front and rear brakes
Cleaned carburetor
New Bridgestone Battlax BT45 tyres put on at 6000km - great tyres in the rain
Installed gold DID525 X-ring Chain and aftermarket rear sprocket at 6000km
the guy at the shop said the front sprocket was good enough to not need changing.
Aftermarket foot pegs (still have the original pegs that you can have)
Shaken valid until 2019 (only important if you are buying in Japan)

I also have an extra carburetor kit that can come with it if you ever need to clean the carb further down the line.

More from the seller:
I never use the electric start but it works fine. This is my daily driver, it kick starts every morning literally on the first kick, every time. Exceptionally reliable. It's really light, really forgiving, and fantastic for Japanese roads.

Never dropped, crashed or anything like that.

I think it had been sitting for a long time before I picked it up. There is some pitting on the engine block, handlebars and some faded paint behind the rocket cowl. Cosmetically I would say it is about 7/10.

Mechanically, it's a excellent. I don't know how to polish metal but I've always kept it clean. I have always parked it with a cover everyday and overnight. It also comes with the factory installed centre stand.

I have seen some online sell overseas for a lot more. These are rare and the value will only increase over time, especially ones like this with such low miles.

Available in Japan and export markets from 1985 - 1990 (and the US as a 500cc model in 1988-1990), the GB is a relatively rare machine. Sales were stronger in home markets and European pockets, but the US turned up its collective nose at this faux Brit bike. Today these are coveted machines for what they represent. This particular 400cc example was never seen in the US, and today resides in Japan where it was born. Check it out here if you are hankering for a reliable throwback - grab your pudding bowl and goggles and try for the ton. Good Luck!!

MI


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Yamaha September 12, 2017 posted by

A Little Fizzy: 1993 Yamaha FZR250R for Sale

While most small-displacement bikes these days are relatively simple, economical singles and twins, the Yamaha FZR250R spec sheet reads like a much bigger machine: aluminum beam frame, four cylinders, four valves per cylinder, dual 0verhead cams, an EXUP exhaust valve, and a six-speed gearbox. That adds up to a claimed 45hp and 18 ft-lbs of torque that could push the 310lb dry machine to a top speed of 110mph.

Unlike modern sportbikes with their flexible powerbands, the littlest FZR absolutely required you to chase that screaming 18,500rpm redline to make any sort of progress at all: the technical specs meant Yamaha could eke out every bit of performance possible from the diminutive displacement, but there's only so much that four cylinders and four valves can do with 249cc. So while that redline may be fun for a while, the downside is that you're revving the nuts off of it everywhere, all the time, and 10,500rpm at 70mph in sixth gear makes for some frantic freeway miles.

The FZR250R is a good-looking machine for sure, pink and white graphics notwithstanding but, aside from the novelty and that previously-mentioned shrieking redline, the question here really is: what's the point? The little FZR is nearly unheard of here in the USA: it was officially sold only in its home market of Japan, although many countries have a thriving grey market so they did find their way elsewhere when new to places with heavy taxes on displacements or tiered licensing systems.

Mostly though, they didn't: small-displacement sportbike junkies typically gravitated towards two-strokes like Yamaha's own TZR that were cheaper to buy and run, with similar weight and claimed power but a less-frantic powerband. It was much easier to extract additional performance from two-strokes as well, since the FZR was already pushing the envelope in terms of four-stroke tuning. Ultimately, the FZR requires big-bike maintenance with almost none of the payoff.

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Yamaha FZR250R for Sale

Up for auction to the highest bidder with NO RESERVE is a 1993 Yamaha FZR250R with only 25,499 kilometers (15,844 miles). The BEST thing about these little inline four cylinders is the 18,500 redline. These bikes love to be revved to the moon! This baby Fizzer looks good and has great curb appeal. There are several scratches and tiny chips in the bodywork from it's ride thru life but overall very clean. No dents in the tank and only two tiny cracks in the upper fairing on the left side around the front blinker and the mirror...... Small tear in the passenger seat and some corrosion that will clean up easily. This bike would make at candidate for restoration. Comes with a aftermarket muffler and clear blinkers. Everything else stock. Fairings are 100% genuine Yamaha. Bike runs flawless. New battery and fluids. Fun little bike to ride in the tight turns. Bike comes with Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use.

Bidding is up to just over $1,500 with very little time left on the auction. It's not in perfect condition, with some corrosion and scuffs and those non-standard grips and bar-ends, but is complete and the fairings are claimed to be original and it does have a US title. Obviously, pure performance junkies need not apply: power is very limited for wide-open American roads and, even though the handling is good, you're still looking at pretty basic, non-adjustable suspension bits on the FZR250R. But with light weight, you should be able to throw it around with abandon, and wringing that tiny inline-four's neck should provide hours of entertainment. Absolutely hammering a bike in all six gears with few legal consequences could make this a pretty fun toy for backroad riding, especially if you're not a fan of the noise and headache associated with two-strokes. Just make sure you live close to those backroads...

-tad


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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

BMW September 11, 2017 posted by

Blade Runner Meets Kraftwerk: 1991 BMW K1

Looking back, it's hard to see any way the BMW K1 would have ever been anything but controversial, with such a heinous striking profile and the infamous Ishihara test livery, but BMW came at its design as only the Germans can: With an eye for both problem solving and pushing the envelope.

1991 BMW K1 for sale on eBay

The K1 was aimed at pushing BMW into the youth market, catering to buyers who wanted the sporty fairings and race bike queues of Japanese and Italian machines, while satisfying its core group of high-speed touring-oriented buyers.

So, the Bavarians threw a 1,000-cc longitudinal four cylinder at the equation, and then added shaft drive and a single-sided paralever swingarm. The engine was limited by BMW to 100 horsepower, which meant achieving 150-mph autobahn blasts would require aerodynamic trickery.

Enter the now-dated bodywork, which caused either reverence or revulsion, and achieved an 0.38 drag coefficient.

The 1991 BMW K1 for sale here wears the most controversial red and yellow color scheme, and is in very nice condition with a couple caveats. The seller says the ABS was removed when they purchased the bike, though it was supplied with all the ABS parts. They do not say whether it was reinstalled. The digital clock is also broken.

On the upside, it comes with a full titanium Remus exhaust.

From the eBay listing:

Selling My 1991 BMW K1. I purchased this ICONIC motor bike with a great sounding REMUS exhaust system installed. The first for me hearing this type of sound from a BMW motorcycle, Sweet. The ABS System was also removed when purchased. I didn't ask why, but the parts came with the bike. It has a very strong engine and power train that launches the bike effortlessly and the Remus exhaust isn't overpowering with noise while cruising. New battery and tender purchased last year, tender also sold with bike. This BMW K1 is a daily rider and will be sold as such. Starts every time. Display cluster LCD clock not working properly.

Clear title in My Possession. Sold in As Is condition.

The starting bid on this rare and wild beast is $5,500, and with more than six days left in the auction, it has yet to attract any bids.


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Honda September 10, 2017 posted by

Road-ready Smoker: Custom-painted 1996 Honda NSR250R SE

This 1996 Honda NSR250R SE wears custom paint, and is ready to ride with new tires and engine fluids. It comes from the extensive Utah collection of Gary, a great friend of RSBFS. The '96 NSRs are a special breed, as the MC28 was the last in a storied line of v-twin two-strokes from Big Red.

1996 Honda NSR250R SE for sale on eBay

The final evolution of the NSR came with Honda's highly-advanced PGM-IV ignition box, which could be tuned using credit-card style chips containing different engine maps. The system also was designed to take inputs from throttle position , gear selection and RPM to build ignition maps that optimized mid-range power, a huge deal on a two-stroke.

The ignition module does have its drawbacks, chiefly that it makes the bike really hard to get beyond the JDM-mandated 45 horsepower limit. There are HRC ignition cards that will do the job, but they're difficult to find, to say the least.

Still, with under 400 pounds to push around and fully-adjustable suspension front and rear, the little rippers acquit themselves admirably, especially for bikes rapidly approaching antique status.

The bike here is in very solid rider condition, with OEM fairings that show very nicely, but do have their share of small blemishes. The seller notes a broken tab on one side and some small chips and scratches on the gas tank in particular.

From the eBay listing:

Up for auction to the highest bidder with NO RESERVE is a 1996 Honda NSR250R MC28 with only 12,643 kilometers (7855 miles). Bike is in minty condition. It has been professionally custom painted by the previous owner. Has a broken tab on the left lower cowling, a few scratches throughout and some tiny chips in the fuel tank. Bike shows very well and hides its little flaws well. All fairings are genuine 100% Honda. Bike is all stock except for aftermarket windscreen, front brake rotors and brake lines. You've got to love these little MC28's with single sided swingarm and credit card ignitions. This SE has the upgraded fully adjustable suspension front and rear. Bike runs like the day it was new. Brand new Bridgestone Battlax tires installed. New battery and new engine fluids. This is the last of My MC28's so don't miss out!

Bike comes with Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use. $500 deposit due immeadiatly after auctions end the PayPal. Balance due within 5 business days by check, bank wire or cash in person. Please text 801-358-6537 for more photos and with any questions.

This little beast is on a no-reserve listing, and has seen some active bidding with a little more than five days left in the auction. It's titled and registered in Utah, so transferring it legally to your home state shouldn't be a huge deal.

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