Posts by tag: 1987

Honda June 23, 2012 posted by

Early, Clean and Original Honda VFR700 Interceptor

Location: Morris Plains, New Jersey

Mileage: 14,427

Price: Auction

I ride a VFR800 so I am obviously a big fan of the Interceptor.  The VFR has an outstanding history in the Honda sportbike line, being really at the beginning of the sportbike in the U.S. with the early Interceptor's and then the VF1000R, a fully faired statement by Honda about its intentions in the sportbike world. All of this leading of course to one of the greatest bikes of all time, the RC30.

This '87 Interceptor 700 is the beginning of the fully faired V-4 VFR that were a leap forward from the the previous Interceptor. Chain driven cams and four valves per cylinder made for a potent ride back in the day. And normally you would expect to see this bike in the 750cc column, but this was during the tariff era and Japanese bikes came in at the 700cc mark to avoid additional costs.

Here's the info from the seller-

I am selling my 1987 Honda VFR 700 which I have owned for 17 years.  The bike has a liquid-cooled V- four with dual gear-driven overhead cams and four valves per cylinder.  I am the third owner of this bike. The bike is completely stock, has always been garaged kept and is in excellent condition.  There is a slight indentation on the left side of the gas tank by the "H" in "HONDA" (see photo), and some touch-up paint on the right front turn signal.  The rest of the bodywork is in excellent condition.  All instruments and lights work and the bike runs good.

The bike has a side stand and center stand and comes with the original tool kit and owners manual as well as a service manual, collection of road test reports, Eclipse rumble pack, and two bike covers (one lightweight & one heavyweight).

Any questions please email me or contact me. 

Thanks, George  

And photos for you-

The owner describes there bike as stock and it looks like it. Pretty impressive for its age. There looks to be no serious cosmetic issues and the seller says the bike runs strong. Mileage isn't too high and these bikes have been known to rack up the miles. So if it has been taken care of you'll be able to enjoy this bike for a long time.

If you are looking for an early VFR, this may be your ticket. I dig it. If you do too, check it out!

-RN

Sport Bikes For Sale May 4, 2012 posted by

1987 Suzuki GSX-R750 For Sale!

Location: Westlake Village, CA

Mileage: 10,708

Price: Currently $4,051 with Reserve in place

There is something about the late 80’s GSX-R’s that is inherently cool to me. And this one is a prime example of that. I was able to swipe this bike off of Rem’s desk while he had run out to check an RC30 parked outside the RSBFS Corporate offices. Sorry buddy.

Before the flamethrowers come out, let me say that this is not an “original” bike in the traditional sense. It’s got an LE tail section and solo-seat, ’85 tank and fairings, as well as a fresh paint job. Because of this, I wouldn’t classify it as a museum piece. However, I would say that it has been very well put together and definitely looks the part.

From the seller:

WELL ITS TIME TO SELL ONE OF MY SUZUKI'S . I HAVE ONLY RIDDEN THE BIKE ABOUT 300 MILES , IT JUST SITS WITH THEBATTERYTENDER ON IT . I HAVE PUT A NEWBATTERY, CHAIN , REAR SPROCKET , SPEEDO CABLE

1987 GSXR 750

THE BIKE HAS SOME VERY COOL FEATURES , LIMITED EDITION TAIL SECTION WITH SEAT AND TAIL LIGHT , LIMITED HEEL GUARDS , LIMITED CHAIN GUARD . 85 FLAT TOP TANK , 85 UPPER , MIDS AND LOWER

VERY NICE FRESH STOCK STYLE PAINT YOSH PIPE , STOCK BLINKERS , THIS BIKES GET ATTENTION EVERY TIME I RIDE

, THE SAT FOR 6 MONTHS , AND IT RUNS GOOD , BUT NEED THE CARBS CLEANED OR TUNES AGAIN . CURRENTCALIFORNIAREGISTRATION AND TITLE . THE BIKE IS BEING SOLD AS IS , YOU ARE WELCOME TO COME INSPECT IT , OR SEND SOMEONE TO SEE IT

I think the beauty of this bike comes from the fact that it can be ridden with out fear of racking up miles on an original survivor or if you love the looks of a Limited Edition GSX-R but can’t afford one. Its non-originality doesn’t bother me in the slightest and I would be happy to own such a good looking bike. If you agree, then check out the auction here and place your bid!

-JS

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!

-RN

 

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!

-RN

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!

-RN

 

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!

-RN