Posts by tag: 1987

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.


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 



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



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...