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Sport Bikes For Sale October 18, 2017 posted by

Garish but Good: 1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance and Hines

The 1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance and Hines was little more than a garish factory-applied graphics package to celebrate the two manufacturers' AMA Supersport partnership. We've covered a few of these things over the years, and I might be the only person on the RSBFS team who legitimately digs heinous '90s graphics packages.

1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance and Hines for sale on eBay

There is something so appropriately in-your-face about two heinously bright colors jammed together on a machine that was never designed to make you the Kiwanis Club's favorite Eagle Scout. If you're gonna be antisocial, you might as well be ugly and hard to miss.

This bike is number 331 out of 600 such machines made, and carries the de rigueur Vance and Hines exhaust system, along with the fairly rare Powerpak CDI box. The seller makes no mention of the CDI, or whether the bike has been jetted to accommodate the mods. If it has, it will positively scream. (Side note: I owned a standard '90 FZR with this exhaust setup. Absolutely the loudest machine I have ever owned or ridden. Period.)

Vance and Hines 331 is in good shape, but has a scratched engine cases and needs its choke lever bolted back on. The seller lists a bunch of recent easy maintenance, so it should be a pretty reliable ride, even with the imperfections.

From the eBay listing:

So I have been debating selling this for a while now. It just sits and is extra insurance costs. It is a 1992 Vance & Hines one of only 600 ever made. These are getting more and more rare all the time but because of the color maybe not as popular. Personally I think this screams early 90s and I love how it stands out. This is an excellent running machine and could be driven daily easily. This summer I have changed the oil, spark plugs, brake pads, brake fluid and radiator fluid. The carburetors have been run through recently cleaned and synchronized as well. The bike made 87 hp at the rear wheel which is unheard of for the year. It's quite a great running bike. I have been paying way too much for insurance though as I love bikes too much. I have so many that this is just one I don't use. The bad, well it has scratches on both sides of the engine not the plastic and the front fairing has cracks in it. Also the choke is not bolted on and it has a fan switch. So nothing major for a bike this old. When changing the spark plugs I checked everywhere and the engine is clean, spotless no leaks anywhere.

I have extra bar ends, the actual plastic that goes under seat, extra rear lights, the book and of course you can't have this without the poster. 😉 I also have a video of this running on youtube I can share from last year.

The auction has seen little activity yet, and the starting bid is low enough to make this a great entry point into a bike that might not have the provenance of some of its peers, but will always be desirable to the right person.

Garish but Good: 1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance and Hines
Honda August 12, 2017 posted by

The OG: 1989 Honda CBR600F

Behold, the instigator. The first volley in the sport bike wars that consumed the 1990s, culminating in the insane, brightly-colored crotch rockets of the latter half of the decade and the early-aughts. Before there was fuel injection, USD forks, radial brakes and Power Commanders, there was the original CBR600.

1989 Honda CBR600F for sale on eBay

The bike hit the United States market like a Howitzer in 1987, carrying then-unheard of full fairings, a steel box-section perimeter frame and a 90-horse, 600cc inline four that had about 450 pounds to push around with a full tank of fuel. Next to the tube-frame behemoths of the early part of the '80s, these things were space ships.

Compared to any modern bike, it will feel like a Bronze Age ox cart, with traditional telescoping forks, tiny non-ABS brakes and throttle response that only four carburetors can deliver. But you cannot argue with the model's blue-chip pedigree, its importance, and the fact that 90 horses in 450 lbs makes a very fast ox cart.

This 1989 one is an honest, clean, low-mileage example that has obviously been very well looked after. The tires and chain look next to new and the sprocket looks very serviceable.

The bodywork and paint are impeccable compared to the usual fare on these bikes, which were made in vast numbers, and more often than not were thrashed. There is a belt buckle scratch on the back of the tank and some light pitting on cast aluminum parts, but that about does it for cosmetic issues. The bike has a very tasteful and period-looking Yoshimura can.

From the listing:

I bought this bike a few years back from an Upstate NY dealer. I thought I would use it...but I really haven't that much. I had the carbs cleaned by the local Honda dealer last year. Starts every time and no leaks. The tires are like new and has a yellow battery with tender leads. Runs like a champ and growls with the Yoshi pipe. Overall, I would consider it in very good to excellent condition...considering her age. Fun bike to ride and pretty rare. Time for me to say goodbye and make room.

Get a FIRM shipping quote before bidding. Nobody likes to come to LONG ISLAND.

With three days left, the bidding is at a quaint $1,500, and the bike is offered without reserve. It's not rare, or grey market, or crazy fast, but it is an important bike, and has just turned the corner to true classic status. It makes no excuses and will be an awesome addition to any garage.

The OG: 1989 Honda CBR600F
Bimota April 21, 2017 posted by

Screaming Deal: 1996 Bimota YB9SR for Sale

This is the first Bimota YB9SR I can remember seeing for sale and the seller unfortunately includes very little information, although the photos are of decent quality. The one detail you might want to keep in mind? The $5,500 asking price which, assuming the bike is mechanically sound, makes it an absolute steal. You probably won't find the YB9 on a short list of classic Bimotas, but bascially every Bimota is rare, fast, and collectible, although "fast" might be pushing things a bit here. The "9" has nothing to do with the bike's displacement and simply indicates that it's the ninth Bimota powered by a Yamaha engine. It's a bit down on power compared to its stablemates the SB6 and the YB11, which feature the GSX-R1100 and YZF1000R "Thunderace," respectively, since the YB9 actually uses the liquid-cooled inline four and transmission from the YZF600R "Thundercat" [Ho!] with around 100hp and it even uses that bike's stock gauge cluster, nestled in between the carbon air-intake tubes.

Bimota obviously made its reputation wrapping lightweight frames and sexy bodywork around reliable powerplants from Japan, sexy powerplants from Ducati, and even the occasional German powerplant from BMW... Their early offerings used tube-style frames like the Verlicchi part from yesterday's Ducati 750 F1, but by the 1990s they'd moved on to aluminum beam frames as seen here. Access on some beam-frame models for maintenance and repair can be a bit iffy: the massive-looking part used on the SB6 and SB6R is designed to connect the steering head and swingarm pivot directly, but makes access to some parts difficult, like the front sprocket that supposedly requires the engine to be dropped when it needs changing... I've heard no such complaints about the YB11 that uses a very similar frame to the one seen here, which makes a certain amount of sense considering the fact that both use Yamaha engines.

This appears to be the carbureted SR model, not the fuel-injected SRi introduced in 1996: the metal knob at the top of the triple clamp looks like it could be the choke. That's probably no bad thing, as the fuel injection system was exclusive to the Bimota and will probably make maintaining the bike more problematic: with just 651 YB9s built, anything exclusive to the model might be tricky to source. The system did add a few claimed ponies but, like all Bimotas of the period, reviews of the fueling "improvements" varied a bit and I've read both rants and raves. And as easy as it should be to maintain the YZF600 engine and transmission, be aware that bits and seals for those forks and the Paioli rear shock might not be so easy and the bodywork... Let's just say if it were mine, I'd be regularly trolling eBay for panels "just in case."

From the original Craigslist post: 1996 Bimota YB9SR for Sale

2,653 original miles. 2nd owner. All stock, 1 of 3 imported to the US. Email for more info. Available April 19-26 only.

So the listing contains very little information, but mileage is extremely low, and it looks to be in pristine condition from the few photos provided. And the price? A screaming deal at $5,500. I'm under the impression that the seller needs to sell quickly, which might explain a price more in line with a decent used 600cc supersport. Of course the YB9's 600cc engine means a modern 600cc supersport would probably destroy it in any straight-line competition, but handling should still be impressive. Maintenance should be affordable, but bodywork might be very difficult to obtain if you push a bit too hard... I'm not the biggest fan of the yellow color with blue graphics, but this is a great-looking bike and possibly the cheapest way to get into Bimota ownership outside the questionably-styled Mantra.

-tad

Screaming Deal: 1996 Bimota YB9SR for Sale
Triumph July 14, 2016 posted by

Getting Closer: Low-Mileage 2004 Triumph Daytona 600 for Sale

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 R Front

Earlier versions of the reborn Triumph’s Daytona didn’t bother trying to compete head-to-head with the Japanese sportbikes, which was probably a wise move: the early, spine-framed 900cc bike was well-built and made plenty of useable power, and the later T595 [actually a 955cc] added superlative handling to the mix, but both were far too heavy to compete directly against their counterparts from the Land of the Rising Sun. But by the time this Daytona 600 came around, Triumph felt they were ready to take on the Japanese directly, without having to fall back on Euro-snobbery or “character.”

Close, but no wasabi.

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 L Side

The CBR-looking TT600 came first, but it was cursed with unrefined fuel-injection and was definitely not a looker. The Daytona 600 seen here that was introduced in 2003 has an angular, stealth-fighter style that is well-balanced, but looks like it’s trying just a bit too hard. It certainly hasn’t aged as well as the T595, although maybe it just needs a few more years to grow on me…

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 Dash

Revised Keihin electronic fuel injection smoothed out the earlier TT600’s powerband, although extremely oversquare bore and stroke dimensions of 68mm x 41.3mm mean that the bike is pretty gutless below 7,000 rpm. That’s pretty standard for the 600cc class, but testers noted the Daytona’s gutlessness was particularly pronounced. It was also down a few horses on the competition at the top and, in the ultra-competitive 600cc class, just a couple ponies can make the difference between success and failure. Handling was first-rate though, with a nice balance of agility and stability, all without being overly harsh.

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 L Rear

Looking at the Daytona 600 as a used bike buy, when cutting-edge performance is no longer quite so important, those minor flaws seem far less important, and the bike does offer up very striking, almost kit-bike looks and enough performance and handling to keep even experienced riders entertained. The only question is parts availability: these are pretty uncommon bikes here in the US and don’t seem to be all that well supported by the aftermarket either.

Today’s example has just 824 miles on it and appears to be in excellent condition, with a price that might just have you wondering whether you might have room in your garage for something just a bit odd for the sake of being odd.

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 Fairing Detail

From the original eBay listing: 2004 Triumph Daytona 600 with 824 Miles for Sale

You are looking at a 2004 Triumph Daytona 600 with 824 miles on it. It is Tornado Red in color and powered by a 599cc fuel injected engine and 6 speed transmission. This bike comes with 2 keys. There are no dents or dings on the bike that I can find, however there are scratches on the rear fender, mirrors, and exhaust. The chrome and aluminum are in good condition and the tires have good tread left on them.

 

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 Clocks

It's always funny to me when sellers list how much tire life is left: they’re wear items, and tires on sportbikes last just a few thousand miles anyway.  More of a question for collectors: are the original turn signals included, since they appear to be missing... These Daytonas were certainly competent sportbikes, but there’s really nothing to recommend them over a GSX-R600 or R6 except for styling, which is subjective, and their rarity. If you’re a collector of quirky rare bikes in general, or Triumphs in particular, this low-mileage example is certainly worth a look, especially at that $3,450 Buy It Now price. If you’re looking for a bike to ride, you’re probably better off with the earlier Daytona T595 triple or the later 675, both of which provide less gimmicky styling and character that’s noticeably different when compared to the Japanese sportbikes of their respective eras.

-tad

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 R Side

Getting Closer: Low-Mileage 2004 Triumph Daytona 600 for Sale
Kawasaki January 31, 2016 posted by

Candidate – 1986 Kawasaki Ninja 600R

Back in the pre-interstate days of family car-trips, New England was peppered with small museums devoted to cars, trains, airplanes, trolleys, and occasionally motorcycles.  One such museum just east of Hartford, Conn. has an almost pre-historic Ninja up for sale, and while it's not running, it looks substantially original and might be a good choice for restoration.

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1986 Kawasaki Ninja 600R for sale on eBay

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20160130 1986 kawasaki ninja 600r right rear

Updated in 1985 from the GPz-550, the Ninja 600R ( known as the GPz-600R in some markets ) employed a 16-valve head and had 75 ponies on tap.  Engineers at Kawasaki also re-oriented the alternator to slim the engine, and employed their first perimeter frame, though in steel tubing.  Suspension was air-assisted both ends, 37mm front forks with anti-dive and monoshock rear.  Triple disc brakes were good for the day, and 16-inch wheels helped handling.  The full fairing was primarily plastic which helped keep the weight under 400 lbs.

20160130 1986 kawasaki ninja 600r left grip

20160130 1986 kawasaki ninja 600r right rear wheel

Listed by a long-time repair and restoration shop also housing a museum, the bike looks complete but ready for some TLC.  Thankfully no major surgery has been done, just low-profile front turn signals, SuperTrapp mufflers, and tinted windscreen.  From the eBay auction:

·        Turn Signals Work
·         Starter Works engine turns over and has compression
·         Needs New Coil Pack
·         Rated for 12.7 Second Quarter Mile Time at 125mph
·         Slip-On SuperTrapp Exhausts installed
·         Tinted Wind Shield installed

20160130 1986 kawasaki ninja 600r binnacle

20160130 1986 kawasaki ninja 600r right front wheel

Evidently needing ignition help ( which might lead to a carburetor cleaning ) this Ninja might be a nice bargain.  With some fresh fluids, seals and brake pads, this Ninja could return to the road and display the performance and handling which launched a dynasty.  Or if those classic good looks strike you, a full restoration and back to the gallery or bike show...

-donn

20160130 1986 kawasaki ninja 600r rear

Candidate – 1986 Kawasaki Ninja 600R
Yamaha September 11, 2015 posted by

Cover Your Eyes ! – 1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance & Hines Edition

Last seen here in 2010 with some 1,200 less miles, this FZR600 is as special as speed yellow and magenta.  Together.  A long-lived model built 1989-99, the FZR600 was the lightweight of the 600s, often winning the late braking segment and occasionally the overall shoot-out.  The Vance & Hines colors are a 1992-only edition, and at number 505 0f 636, this FZR600 offers great performance if only an apology to the pillion.

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1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance & Hines Edition for sale on eBay

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Using a light-gauge steel Deltabox perimeter frame, the FZR600 kept the weight around 450 lbs. fueled, not bad for the time.  The carburetted 4-valve engine delivered 91 hp via a 6-speed transmission.  Yamaha's EXUP controlled exhaust valve system was on some bikes in this era, but just as well not this one.  Dual disks in front of 298mm diameter, with single 214mm rear, are mounted to 17-inch wheels.

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20150910 1992 yamaha fzr600 vance & hines edition binnacle  20150910 1992 yamaha fzr600 vance & hines edition rear

This Vance & Hines edition could use a detailing but looks good overall, having been mildly customized.  The color-coordinated seat looks great, and the rim edges have been polished.  Not sure the steering damper is factory, but it is Vance & Hines.  Exhaust system is polished and the owner states the engine is also, in the eBay auction:

- V&H SS2R Stainless Muffler
- V&H Stainless Steel Header
- K&N Intake Air Filters
- Has Rear Seat Cowling Cover
-Stabilizer Bar
-Engine Has been Polished
-Has Alarm
-Bike has custom neon lighting at night
-Has Come Seat with FZR in purple on back.  Comes with Original seat as well.

20150910 1992 yamaha fzr600 vance & hines edition left front wheel  20150910 1992 yamaha fzr600 vance & hines edition right rear

Not to mention alarm system, neon lighting, and the world's smallest banana wing on the tail cone.  The fairings look pretty good, and any mechanicals required should be easy.  With some judicious neatening up, you could have a single-year performer that could again be a show bike...

-donn

Cover Your Eyes ! – 1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance & Hines Edition