Posts by tag: 1987

Honda October 28, 2011 posted by

Minty ’87 Hurricane 600! (CBR 600 F1)

Location: Bradley, Illinois

Mileage: 8,105

Price: Auction, starting at $5,500

This bike brings back some memories. The Hurricane 600 was my first motorcycle. I bought one used in college with my mom's nervous blessing (not sure what she was thinking). Mine was an '88 and I got it cause my buddy had one too, and I learned to ride a full size real bike on his. Without a doubt, the bike was special. It had comfort, performance, looks and refinement. As has been written on RSBFS before, the Hurricane 600 started the middleweight class fight. When it was introduced the Hurricane 600 raised the bar, and other companies, particularly Kawasaki, were forced to respond. Whatever the case, I miss that bike and it was an article about the Hurricane 600 and subsequent CBR line that got me back into riding after a break that was much too long.

Here's some more photos of this clean machine-

And the description from the seller-

For sale; showroom new condition 1987 Honda CBR 600 Hurricane. One owner. Always stored in a climate-controlled garage, covered and meticulously maintained. Never raced or dropped and fanatically cleaned after every ride. Has never seen rain.

The bike is completely stock with the exception of a few things that I will elaborate on.

The F1 all-aluminum silencer is probably the first thing that will be noticed. I do not have the original silencer anymore. Tires have been changed only once since the removal of the stock rubber and Pirelli Sport Demons were installed which now have approx 500 miles on them. Photos will show the manufacturing cast tips on the tires to give you an idea of how new they really are.

The stock air filter has been replaced with a K & N product.

Passenger footrests were removed shortly after the purchase of the bike to streamline the look in the rear. The original brackets that supported the passenger  foot rests were taken to a body shop and a friend of mine at the time did the work himself by cutting them off and smoothed all the roughness away and repainted both with a high gloss black finish. The end result is a look that turned out factory perfect.

The front fairing has a small crack directly to the lower right of the headlight as you face the front of the bike. (See photo of headlight area) This crack is a factory defect and it was on the bike when it sat on the showroom floor. The seat is in perfect condition without a single flaw. The tank and rest of the bodywork has not a scratch or dent in it...  All of the bodywork pieces have the original fasteners and tabs that secure it to the frame and all bodywork and paint is ORIGINAL.

The actual mileage is 8105

Every gauge on the dash works perfectly including speedometer and tachometer. All lights work and switches too. There has never been any electrical issues.

Brakes and calipers are in perfect working order.

All exterior surface areas of the engine and frame are completely oil and dirt-free.

This year I installed new float bowl gaskets; OEM float valves and an OEM petcock. Absolutely no oil or radiator leaks. Shocks and forks are original equipment and never an issue with either. Also note; the plastic housing on the rear view mirrors has discolored slightly simply due to age and the inevitable breakdown in plastic properties through the years, which is, sadly, unavoidable. Not a show stopper but it still needs to be mentioned because the photos won’t be able to show the hue difference compared to the color of the fairing they’re attached to.

The rear 42-tooth sprocket was replaced with a 44-tooth sprocket and I still have the original.  

Original owners manual and Honda Service manual is also included with the bike ,,and a copy of Cycle World magazine as the Hurricane being its feature article . All pieces in the tool kit are also intact. Bike is available for pick up at my location only. Meaning, I will not transport it to any shipping agency. No warranty is ever implied or offered in the sale of this motorcycle.

Questions? Feel free to send any and all inquiries. 

Preferred payment is a certified bank cashier’s check. Any and all payments must clear my bank before the release of  the bike...

The seller gives thorough information on the condition of the bike. It does have some replaced parts and modification as highlighted. All of that does come into play on a bike like this. Outside of those changes, the bike looks to be incredibly clean. It also has very low mileage for its age. All good stuff.

Now on to the price. At $5,500 starting, this seller is looking for a premium price. And granted it is a premium bike in many ways. But it is not 100% bone stock, as any collector would be looking for. So we have a situation again where the market will be tested on what people are willing to pay.

But if you are simply looking to go back in time and have something fun to ride, then maybe this bike fits your desires. If so, get on your rain gear and check this Hurricane out!

-RN

Cagiva September 13, 2011 posted by

Simple 2 valve twin – 1987 Cagiva SS650

OK so I am sure some of you are wondering why this is up as a rare sports bike well it was priced under the era when Cagiva owned Ducati and this used the 650 Ducati engine. In fact only 500 of these bikes ever made it to the US..  It was from a time when Ducati was in transition having had huge financial problem and been saved by the Cagiva purchase.  The Pantah engine which is used here was getting tired and not long after these venture Cagiva went back to using the Ducati name and the company introduced the 851.  The reset as they say its history.  However this part of the Ducati heritage should not be overlooked.  The parts used were high quality and you have to love the Silentium exhausts which were anything but!

650cc.....5 speed.....Brembo brakes.....

On the block:1987 Ducati/Cagiva Aluzzurra SS 650........Made by Ducati for the parent company Cagiva.Ducati engine,Ducati frame,Ducati decals,etc........

In 1985 Ducati was purchased by the Castiglioni brothers (Cagiva),which was already the largest manufacturer in Italy(mainly small street bikes and mopeds),with the intention of entering into the sport bike market.The Aluzzurra SS650 was an upgrade of the defunct Pantah.

"Gone are the swoopy paint, flashy lines and radical seating position of the Pantah," Rider said in its March 1985 review. "Instead, the Alazzurra has been designed to appeal to a far broader spectrum of riders … Whereas the Pantah was an outrageous Italian flashbike, a mini machomobile, the Alazzurra is a sensuous rolling sculpture of tasteful and graceful proportions."

Thankfully Cagiva realized the importance of the Ducati name,and restored the mark in 1987 with only the Elephant retaining the Cagiva name.

When I got this bike it hadn`t been riden much. The spark plugs were old,and the carbs were dirty,and not adjusted properly. I took it to my mechanic who removed/cleaned/adjusted both Dellorto carbs. Installed new NGK plugs,and a new battery. Charging system works excellent.

I drove it about 40 miles.The more I drove it the better it ran.Fast and nimble.Trans/clutch are like they should be.Lots of fun for a cheap price!

Note:Sold as-is.This is a 25 yr old bike so expect wear. Look at all the BIG pictures. I`m sure I missed a ding-scratch-crack-blem or whatever so ask questions. Will need tires soon.Good tread but old. Smokes SOMETIMES when first started. The more I drive it the less it happens. No extra parts. There are e-bay listing for lots of Cagiva parts.

The eBay action is here.

This might just be a cracking bargain for someone with it no doubt going for a small sum.

AS

 

 

 

Sport Bikes For Sale August 29, 2011 posted by

Seeing Double? Yep, another Yamaha FZR 750R

Location: Winchester, Virginia
Mileage: 31,143
Price: Auction, BIN $12,000

People have said many times that bikes pop up in bunches here at RSBFS and it seems to be true. Andrew posted a rare and interesting FZR 750R and I thought "wow, won't see one of those again anytime soon." Wrong. Here's another one. Andrew's post points out the details on this fine and rare machine. Production was 200 as a homologation special by Yamaha for AMA Superbike racing. Yamaha didn't put out any other 750 in the FZR lineup at this point. The bike features well known Yamaha features of the time - the Delta Box frame and five valve per cylinder Genesis engine.

Here's some more pics-

Here's the description from the seller-

This 1987 Yamaha FZR 750R is a very rare superbike. this bike, as shown in the V.I.N. number, is #101 one of only 200 superbikes imported to the USA and was a factory AMA competition model. This is not the same production bike as the more common FZR 600 or 1000 street models.

It is my understanding that Yamaha VIN number sequential digits began with number xxxx101, therefore this bike is #1, the FIRST produced.

Whats it worth? I have no idea, but I have been told the range could be from $8,000. to the mid twenties, therefore I started the bid at $8k.

Here’s what I know:
These 200 superbikes were the pre-cursor to Yamaha’s famed OW01 FZR 750RR Homologation.
There were only 200 of them made to satisfy the AMA Homologation rules
There are very few left as most of them were raced just like any other LE Homologation production model.

This bike is #101 of only 200 made for the US market. To homologate the FZR for AMA racing, Yamaha had to bring 200 street-spec 750 into this country. This bike escaped the racetrack, instead becoming a garage queen. The bike is entirely stock. Never safety wired, never put on the track.

This bike has been in our family for many years, it has been in storage and it's time for me to let it go. The bike has new tires and a new battery. I put some fuel in it and it started right up, it sounds good and everything appears to function properly, ie. clutch, brakes, etc. The bike has normal wear and some minor fairing cracks, paint chips, etc. I can send additional photos of any area if needed.

I have a clear Virginia title in hand for the successful bidder!

So it sounds like the bike runs and has been fairly well maintained. It does look to be missing a mirror. Might want to get some more detail on that. Never been raced but does have quite a few miles on it. Certainly, 1 of 200 (I don't know if I buy that it's the first one- maybe someone can weigh in) is also rare. But, does all of that add up to BIN of $12,000?

The seller admits not much knowledge of worth and seems to have just picked a starting point ($8k). While it's a cool ride, it's not an OW01 or 02. I would argue those are more impressive and important machines, so maybe not a fair comparison. The other one posted here by Andrew doesn't list a BIN or reserve, so hard to immediatley compare.

Bottom line: I do think this bike is cool, I don't know if it should command the price of say a GSXR750LE. You may certainly disagree.

So while there may be debate on value, I see little debate on cool. Decide for yourself by checking this bike out.

-RN

Sport Bikes For Sale June 12, 2011 posted by

1987 Suzuki GSXR 1100 Up for Grabs!

Location: Ridgefield, Washington
Mileage: 11,327
Price: $6,000 BIN (auction ending soon!)

So here we go again. Another early model GSXR 1100. This one is actually the second year of production and the engine was basically a big bore version of the legendary GSXR 750. It's an and and oil cooled monster that cranked out a claimed 137 bhp at 9,500 rpm. And in these early models that kind of power (unreal in 1987) gave the aluminum frame all it could handle. It also had SACS (Suzuki Advanced Cooling System-seen on the fairing), one of a multitude of acronyms that would grace many a GSXR model.

A few more pics-

This one-owner bike appears clean and fairly low mileage for its age. More detail from the seller:

I bought this bike new in 1986, it's never had any abuse and has never been down. The bike did however suffer a tip over a week after I purchased it. I replaced all the damaged parts ie: brake handle, turn signal but I did not repair the paint on the lower right panel (see picture). The discolored paint is the only damage to the bike and is a little larger than a half dollar. I replaced the original tires last year, they were still in great shape except they developed a flat spot due to sitting. The bike is in very nice condition and has never been in the rain. I have all the original paper from new as well as a brochure, it still retains the "break-in" sticker on the speedo...

The bike looks clean and stock and the seller shows a photo of the paint damaged area as described above. To see this early of an example of a GSXR 1100 in this kind of condition is rare. And as I said in a previous post on a '91 GSXR 1100, I think all current liter bikes owe something to the early model GSXR 1100's.

So if early model game-changers are your thing in the sportbike world, take action and .

-RN

Kawasaki June 9, 2011 posted by

Top Gun! (well, sort of): ’87 Ninja ZX750R

Location: Batavia, Illinois
Mileage: 22,417
Price: Auction-No Reserve!

One of my first experiences of seeing a sportbike on screen that left an impression was, of course, Top Gun. Well, this isn't that bike (Ninja GPz 900R) but it sure takes me back. I think we all know what the Ninja meant to the evolution of the sportbike in America. So maybe it wasn't the impact that the GSX-R 750 delivered upon release, but the brand Ninja was synonymous with sport motorcycles. For me, this bike is a thing of beauty, not because it was the most aggressive bike of the time, but because of the history it represents. And I think it's just stone-cold good looking.

This appears to be a very clean, well cared for example that the seller claims runs well to this day. More from the seller:

OWN A PIECE OF SPORT BIKE HISTORY - 1986, the market for 750cc sport bikes was extremely competitive. Suzuki's GSX-R750, Yamaha's FZ750, and Honda's VFR750 were all awesome machines. Bigger-displacement bikes had a dispensation to go porky, so the 750cc class was the thing.

Kawasaki decided they had enough hardcore sport bikes (Ninja 600, 900, 1000) and made what today would be called a sport-tourer. With higher bars and lower pegs than your typical race-rep, the 750R was comfortable for long hauls and low-speed errands, while giving up little on the sport end of things. Cycle World chose it as "best 750cc street bike" for 1987 and 1988.

While aluminum beam and perimeter frames had become the rage by the late '80s, Kawasaki chose to use a steel cradle for the 750R. They claimed their steel frame was actually lighter than competitive aluminum designs. This did make it harder for feature-obsessed moto journalists to get fired up over the bike. It was obligatory in the reviews of the day to apologize for the steel frame, as the Kawi was the only bike in its class still using one.

The 750R engine was all-new. This gave Kawasaki the ability to make it lighter and smaller than other 750 mills, without skimping on power. Putting out about 85hp at the rear wheel (you will see some reviews mention the claimed crank output of 106hp), it was at the top of the class. This motor formed the basis for the hardcore sporting ZX-7 which came along in 1989 and which eventually led to the ZX-7RR racing superbike.

It's hard to beat the 750R if you can find one. For a mix of sport riding and tamer riding -- including long-distance, two-up, or commuting -- it's excellent. In terms of flexibility it often compares to present-day bikes like the Honda VFR, Yamaha YZF 600R, and Kawasaki's own ZX-6E.

This bike is in great condition.  Never wrecked or downed.  Few scratches on lower right side fender.  Also crack on handle bar cover-there are a few on sale on ebay if your looking to replace it.  Bike runs great and was out a few days ago.

Plenty more pics:

As the seller highlights, probably the biggest criticism of the bike at the time would have been the steel frame in an era when the twin spar aluminum frame was coming on. It was also more a sport tourer that a true sportbike. But a claimed 106 horsepower at the crank meant it was no slouch either.

The only outstanding thing I noticed in the pictures are a couple of extra holes in the front fairing that don't seem to appear in stock photos. You may want to investigate that further. But if this bike speaks to you then !

-RN

Cagiva April 3, 2011 posted by

Back to kick-ass motorcycles: 1987 Ducati 750 F1

For Sale: 1987 Ducati 750 F1

Fresh from our April 1 escapades (you DID realize it was April Fool's Day, didn't you?) comes this fantastic 1987 Ducati F1 in classic Italian tri-colore livery. Built during Ducati's dark days of the mid-to-late 1980s - sales were way down and Ducati was struggling financially - the 750 F1 was intended to evoke the company's TT racing success. The bikes were fantastic pieces: trellis frames, air-cooled desmo twins, Brembo hardware on both ends and Marzocchi suspension components. But with demand way down, Ducati simply did not import many - making these rare models to find today.

From the seller:
1987 Ducati 750 F1

Loud and fast Italian .40mm carbs,dry clutch,Open megaphone exhaust.Original condition,some nicks and scratches but excellent condition.Clear title.

This auction is current right now. The opening bid is set at $12,000, with no takers as of yet. The starting price seems a bit steep for a non-Montjuich model (which had higher performance and upgraded componentry), but this is indeed a relatively rare model and a significant piece of Ducati history. This is a no reserve auction, so the higher starting price is somewhat understandable. With a claimed 600 miles on the clock, this looks to be a relatively well preserved model ready to be ridden by its new owner.

For more pictures and more information, click on the link and . And let us know if you like this sort of stuff - or if we should go back to trikes and 'Busa customs. Send us some comments, as operators are standing by...

MI