Posts by tag: 1987

Sport Bikes For Sale April 26, 2012 posted by

Clean, Original ’87 Yamaha FZ 700…Yes, 700!

Location: Goshen, Indiana

Mileage: 32,169

Price: $3,700 BIN

So I even did a double take when I saw this bike. FZ 700? Huh? I'm familiar with the Yamaha line up and the 700 didn't ring any bells. Seven fifty? No problem. Or say the 1000, 600 and 400? Sure. I thought the seller may have made a mistake. Well, no matter how much we know, there's always more to learn.

So why the 700 cc's? Well, apparently back in 1987, the government had a tariff on bikes over 700 cc's. This made them more expensive, so how do you solve that? Go with 697cc's instead. That gives you this, the FZ 700. The tariff would be lifted the following year and the displacement was bumped to the more common 750. So '87 was the only year of the 700 in the U.S.

Here's the seller's information-

FOR SALE is a 1987 Yamaha FZ700 5-Valve Genesis bike. I am the second owner of this vehicle and have not even put 100 miles on it. The bike is immaculately clean and ORIGINAL!!! She has just over 30,000 miles on her but has never been dropped, crashed, or abused. It is 100% stock with all the OEM parts and equipment. Asking $3700 OBO (all offers are considered). Must see bike in person to really appreciate!! Email for questions or details. Thanks!! 

NOTE* Buyer is responsible for pick up within 7 days of an accepting offer. The bike will be sold AS-IS with NO express or implied warranty. 

And photos-

The bike is advertised as original and it sure looks that way. For it's age it also looks to be in clean shape. The seller show some scratches that don't look too severe. The bike has lots of miles so you'll want to get a good idea of the service history and make sure it runs well. Otherwise, this thing looks solid.

So if you like Yamaha's and want one that only existed for one model year, this is your bike. Sure, it's got the smaller engine, but it should still be fun and a cool piece of sportbike evolution in the U.S. See what you think and make the jump!



Sport Bikes For Sale April 10, 2012 posted by

’87 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 Slabby. Not Perfect, But Original and Low Mileage!

Location: Brighton, Colorado

Mileage: 7,918

Price: Auction, currently $1,320 with a reserve

I'm always happy to see an old, original GSX-R pop up for sale. Everyone here probably knows that I'm a big fan of the GSX-R line. I've always found them to be representative of a real working class bike. A muscle bike. Great performance and really groundbreaking development from a relatively small company compared to other Japanese rivals like Honda and Yamaha.

Here's the seller's brief words-

1987 Suzuki GSX-R1100. This bike is all original and only has 7918 miles on it. It looks and runs great. There is a small crack on the upper right fairing and a small hole under the decal on the right lower fairing (see pictures). Other than that this bike is in excellent condition. Thanks for looking

And the photos-

As I say in the title, this bike is not perfect. It does have some scratches and cracks that are highlighted in the photos. However, it also looks very original and the mileage is low for an early slabby. Seller says it runs great and you'll want to be sure of that as the bike is now 25 years old.

I don't know where this auction will end. These have been going around the $5k to $6k mark. This may be a little less. Hard to say. What's not hard to say is that they are going to get harder and harder to find and I'm betting will only increase in value over time.

If you've been riding a slabby in your dreams, then you may want to go for a little reality. Make the move and place your bid!


Sport Bikes For Sale February 22, 2012 posted by

Nice Early Liter Bike- ’87 Yamaha FZR1000

Location: Valencia, California

Mileage: 40,454

Price: Auction, currently $3,050

Oh, the memories of seeing a clean sportbike from the 80's. The late 80's and early 90's were my formative years when it comes to motorcycles. My first bike was an '88 Hurricane 600 and I worshipped all sportbikes at the time. And it was then as it is now, the liter bike was the king. GSX-R 1100's, FZR, Ninja and Hurricane (CBR) 1000's were amazing bikes that someday many of us hoped to own, if they didn't scare us too much.

Here's what the seller has to say about this example-

1987 Yamaha FZR 1000. The first year of the 1000. Don't let the miles fool you this bike is extremely clean. It runs, shifts and stops perfectly. It is bone stock except for a washable air filter and a 49 state ignition box. I bought this bike from a local dealer who bought it back from the original owner. It comes with a factory service manual and a little log book from the orig owner. Since owning it I have put new tires on it, chain and sprockets,  steering head bearings, fork seals, battery, front brake pads, valve clearance insp and oil change. The bike has never been dropped in any way the only flaws are the small scratch on the red decal on the tail section, missing screen fastener and slightly spotted/scratched original wind screen. It also has a brand new fuel tank from Australia because the orig rusted in the corners, if you have owned an FZR you will know what I am talking about. Current CA reg and clean pink in my name. 

If you have any questions or need specific photos just ask.

I will not crate the bike but I will meet with shipper for pick up. Cash payment in person preferred. Will take check or money order but I keep the bike until it clears.

And some more photos-

As the seller mentions, '87 was the first year of the FZR1000 and this looks to be a clean example. The seller also mentions the mileage right off the bat, and if the bike has been maintained, then you should have more riding time down the road on this beauty. The bike looks good cosmetically and the seller highlights some small issues, including a ding as shown in the photos. Overall, pretty amazing considering the age of the bike. The gas tank has been replaced, something that has to happen if there's rust. For pure collectors, that may be an issue, but I think this bike is more about having a cool liter bike from the beginning of the sportbike era.

Who knows what the reserve is on the bike, but I would imagine something like this would be around the $4k mark or a little higher. All in all, a cool early liter bike for possibly not a ton of cash. If it speaks to you, check out the auction!



Ducati February 11, 2012 posted by

Italian Hen’s Teeth-’87 Ducati F1 Laguna Seca

Location: Ben Lomond, California

Mileage: 6,200

Price: Auction, currently $13,601

Umm, anyone out there interested in a rare Ducati? We see the F1 on RSBFS on a fairly regular basis. But a Laguna Seca? Not so much.  Fifty total brought to the United States. Hen's teeth indeed.

The Laguna Seca model is a limited edition of the F1. Ducati did the run of this bike to honor Marco Lucchinelli and his success at Laguna in 1986. The engine had slightly different heads than the F1 and an alloy swing arm with a rear hugger. The Laguna also featured a new front fender and wider Oscam aluminum wheels. You also got a decal on the tank of Marco's signature.

Here's some more pics-

Some info from the seller-

Rare F1 Laguna Seca - only 50 imported in to the United States. Excellent condition with a few, typical Ducati, stress cracks in the fiberglass and a minor scuff on the elephant tank decal. 100% completely original down to the tires (hard as a rock). The engine runs fine but the carbs need to be synced and idle adjusted. It is obnoxiously loud with a uniquely Ducati roar. Not much else to say - you know what this bike is if you are looking at it. Clear title. Please ask questions before bidding. 

Like I said above, not a lot of these pop up here on RSBFS. So it's kind of difficult to say where the market is on one. A Laguna Seca model was posted three years ago here and the seller was asking $18k. I guess that's where the auction comes in handy. This is clearly a collector bike and the seller lists it as 100% original. Good news for people looking for a bike like this. Although you'll probably want new tires. The bike has minor cracks and scuffs, hard not to expect considering the age and mileage.

This bike is one of the rare collector bikes that many dream about. If you've seen one in your dreams, then make the jump!


Sport Bikes For Sale November 25, 2011 posted by

The Big Boy: 1987 Suzuki GSX-R1100 (One Owner)

Location: Whitehouse Station,NJ

Miles: 13,219

Price: Currently $3,439 with Reserve in place

We have seen our fair share of classic GSX-R’s here at RSBFS. In fact, there is a 1990 GSX-R 1100 up for grabs as we speak. The GSX-R 750 changed the game when it debuted and the 1100 took it up a notch from it little brother. With 130hp ready to go with the flick of a wrist, the 1100 meant business. Here is your chance to own a prime example of one of these beasts.

The particular bike up for grabs here is a one owner example and looks to be an excellent looking survivor. Having only covered 13k miles in its 25 year life, this GSXR looks to be in great condition. The seller appears to have taken great care of this bike and it’s hard to see any major flaws. The seller also states that it has had zero touch-ups and comes with a clean title.

More from the seller:

This GSXR1100 was bought new on April 6th 1988 from Freedom Cycles in Long Branch NJ. 1 owner, always garaged, 13,291 miles. Serviced the end of last year at the local dealer with new tires(Michelins), chain/sprockets(OEM), and fluid change. Only 100 miles put on it since. Very hard to find bike in un-modified original condition. Nothing has ever been painted, or touched up. Comes complete with all original documentation including sales receipt, sales person checklist, owner’s manual, brochures, service manuals and more. Original rear seat cowl, airbox, tool kit and everything pictured is included. Clear original 1988 title in hand. The bike has been doing more sitting than running over the past year. Although it does start/run/drive, I would recommend you have it serviced prior to daily use.

There you have it, a super clean 1987 GSX-R1100. For me personally, the fact that this is a one-owner bike speaks volumes about the care it’s been given and greatly reduces the chance for any “stories”. It even comes with a plethora of original manuals and sales documentation. This bike would go nicely in any collection. The reserve on the auction is still in place and I would suspect it to be off somewhere in the $5k-6k range. If you don’t feel like fighting the Black Friday crowds and want to buy yourself an awesome Christmas present from home, then check out the auction for this clean GSX-R1100 here!


Kawasaki November 14, 2011 posted by

Clean, Original ’87 Ninja 600R

Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Mileage: 12,622

Price: Auction, currently $1,126 with a reserve

We see a lot of exotic bikes here on RSBFS, machines that are the very pinnacle of performance and build quality. Many a limited edition with numbered plates and high end, light weight carbon fiber tasty parts. They are all great and I love them as much as anybody. But, I have a special place in my sportbike heart for the early machines. Specifically, Japanese machines. They too were well built and high performance for their time. But they were also built for the masses. Nothing special. Not limited. But for everyone. And because of that, they are actually harder to find in original clean condition. Nobody really thought about these as collectible.

In those early years was this bike. The Kawasaki Ninja 600R. Part of the GPz line, it had a liquid cooled 16 valve in-line four cylinder motor that cranked out roughly 70 horsepower mated to a six speed gearbox. It was the cutting edge of a 600cc sport bike class that would breed innovation and competition like no other class for years to come.

Here's some more pics of this survivor-

And some brief words from the seller-


This bike looks about as clean as it gets for a bike that's almost 25 years old. The seller does highlight some minor scuffs. The bike looks original and the mileage isn't anything outrageous for its age. It has new tires and if there's solid maintenance, it should be ready to enjoy on the open road.

This Ninja isn't going to keep up with current era 600's. I think everyone knows that. But there is something to be said for the bikes that came first and were made for all of us. If you like these early models, you should give this auction a look!