Posts by tag: AMA Superbike

Suzuki May 30, 2017 posted by

Very Cooley: 1980 Suzuki GS1000S

Wes Cooley was a Los Angeles phenom on the club scene, and was cultivated by Pops Yoshimura to ride in the newly formed AMA Superbike Championship. Yoshimura initially fielded Kawasakis, but moved to Suzuki for the 1978 season. Wes Cooley used that dialed-in GS1000S to win the 1979 Championship, and he backed it up by doing the double in 1980 (amid stiff competition from younger guns such as Freddie Spencer and Eddie Lawson). The GS1000S streetbike was a commemorative nod to the AMA Superbike, and was produced by Suzuki in very limited numbers between 1979 and 1980. As the story goes, the GS1000S was never even supposed to come to America - but when US dealers saw it they pressured Suzuki into importing the model. Reports indicate that dealers in the US were allotted a single bike, with 500 units imported for 1979 and 700 units for 1980.

1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley for sale on eBay

While never signatured as the "Wes Cooley" model (nor ever officially marketed as such), the GS1000S is known as the Wes model in most circles. Replicating the style and color scheme of the Yoshimura racebike was a master stroke on the part of the design department, which resulted in a wonderfully proportioned bike that spoke to race enthusiasts. The limited edition "S" model came a year after the rest of the GS1000 lineup (which included the standard GS1000 and the semi-sporty "E" model). It did not have any material differences to the other GS1000 models in terms of engine, but it did share what was widely regarded as the best chassis to emerge from Japan during the era. Ultimately, that was the secret to the success of the bike on the track. For its first entry into the 1000cc market, Suzuki created a winner - both on the race track as well as the showroom.

From the seller:
Rare limited edition 1980 Suzuki GS 1000S Wes Cooley only 700 produced.

The bike was displayed in a humidity controlled private collection for the past 22 years. It has been recently gone though, new tires mounted less than 100 miles ago and is in excellent running condition. The engine is completely stock and unmodified, everything works on the bike including the clock. It comes with a Factory and Clymers service manual. As you can see from the photos the bike is in excellent condition and has been well taken care of.

Well-loved and unmodified Wes Cooley models are rare affairs. They are becoming harder to find, and more expensive to procure. Such is the nature of collectable bikes; the good ones will always be perceived as good, whether the market is up or down. Chances are strong that if a bike evoked some emotion on the day it was new, it will still be able to do so nearly 40 years later - for a price. And this bike really does look to be in excellent shape.

This bike has approximately 5,000 miles on the odometer, and is located in Tennessee. There are only a few days left on the auction, and interest has been moderate. I expect this one to climb a bit more before the final bell, so if you are interested I suggest you jump in quickly. Check it out here, and celebrate all the wonder that is the Wes Cooley Suzuki (that isn't officially a Wes Cooley commemorative model). Good Luck!!

MI

Very Cooley: 1980 Suzuki GS1000S
Harley Davidson February 15, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000 AMA Superbike

Update 5.9.2016: eBay listing updated with buy-it-now of $65,000. -dc
Update 2.15.2016: Now on eBay. Good luck to buyers and seller. -dc

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In the late 1980's, Harley-Davidson was in a bit of a resurgence - bought back from AMF by Willie G. and out of the motorhome business, the company had recently introduced the softtail chassis and was concentrating on its core market, the big-displacement twin, retro-styled cruiser.  Their long competition history gave headquarters the notion to develop a factory superbike to fly the flag on the AMA circuit.  The VR1000 project was an astonishing string of achievements, but stretched over too many years, leaving a hand full of racebikes and fifty homologation specials as its legacy.

1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000 for sale on eBay

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Most of Harley's racing success had come at long dirt ovals, on machines developed from production models.  The VR1000 stepped into new territories of AMA Superbike racing, bespoke racebike development, and use of engineering contractors, all at the same time.  With a 1000 cc 60-degree bottom end designed, the company hired the expert who had worked on the engine at Roush Racing to complete development of the 4-cam heads, and the bike had about 150 hp on tap when it took the grid at Daytona in 1994.  The massive aluminum perimeter frame held Penske suspension and Wilwood brakes, and handled well for Miguel DuHamel before an engine failure early on.  Fits and starts dogged the effort, and though the bike was in the top five often in 1996 and on the podium once, the factory reduced support to the teams in 1997, and ended the effort in 2001.

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On consignment at Automania in Oregon, the #60 race machine was campaigned by Mike Canepa and 10-K Racing in 1996-97.  Automania has a comprehensive history of the bike, and the package includes plenty spares to return the bike to the vintage racing circuit, even a spare chassis and zero-time engine.  Here is a short excerpt from Automania's outstanding history:

Mike had 3 race prepped bikes that were ridden by both riders. The last time #60 was raced was at Sears which won the Sound of Thunder race in 1997. Along the way, the factory rebuilt the engines and updated everything except the frame and cases. The oil pump was changed, cams, pistons, rods, a 6 speed Gear box, anything the factory built Mike had within a week while Harley was involved. In 1996, Harley gave Mike an extra chassis (included with the sale) which had been raced the previous season by Chris Carr, the one that he won the pole at Pomona with. When Harley closed up shop, they offered Mike the last reiteration of the engine which has not been run and all of the latest electronics, factory quick shifter, the factory built the engine in bike along with the engine on the stand included with the bike.

The bikes have all factory race stuff. This bike has a carbon carbon AP Slipper Clutch. There is another slipper clutch in the spares. The carbon slipper clutch was one of the best slipper clutches ever at cost of $10,000 each. It has PI System 3 Plus acquisition system, same as the factory bikes. Mike told me he bought every update the factory had during his time running his team. The lower cam drive has been changed to a gear drive. The bike has the AP rotors. The rear sub frame and front sub frame are new for 97. Body work is from the original to the last version, all made by Gemini. The last set is Carbon Fiber and has not been drilled or painted. It has a Penske shock installed but a FOX shock is included as a spare.

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The story might have been much different if development had stayed on schedule and the VR1000 had taken the Daytona grid in 1991, but the delay allowed the other factories' more dedicated efforts to eclipse Harley's gains.  As an epilogue, the company retained the engineering done for the water-cooled 60-degree 1000, and after some massage by Porsche, used the engine as the base of their very successful V-Rod and pro-stock drag racing team.  In that light, the amazing VR1000 and its race development live on.

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Complete details and pictures can be found on the Automania website.

Donn

Featured Listing – 1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000 AMA Superbike
Kawasaki September 12, 2012 posted by

Eddie in unlikely places: 1985 Kawasaki ELR in Budapest

For Sale: 1985 Kawasaki KZ1000 R Eddie Lawson Replica (ELR)

Today's find is a *relatively* rare '85 Kawasaki ELR. The part that really gets me is that this bike is located in Budapest, Hungary. How did a replica model of what was a very US-based AMA Superbike competition find its way so far from our shores?

I would think that a US racing commemorative bike (highlighting Steady Eddie's '81 and '82 Superbike championships) would not translate well in other countries or languages. While it is true that racing is universal, the regional specifics are sometimes lost in translation. Note the comments from the seller, below. Ten points to whomever spots the error first.

From the seller:
Model year: 1985
Engine size: 1000 cc
Number of cylinders: 4
Power(PS): 125
Mileage: 59306 km
Condition: Perfect, completely renovated
Documents: with documents

Description: In honor of the Australian world champion, Eddie Lawson the Kawasaki factory made this limited edition, signed by the world champion on the seat. 4-in-one Kerker exhaust, gas adjustable suspension, the unique design based on the motor of the champion. Completely new chain set, new tires, new brake pads, registration

These ELR models are not exactly a dime a dozen. Sure, they lack the homologation exclusivity of a RC30/45 or OW01/02, but neither are they common. Prices are reasonable, and this bike has apparently received some restoration treatment under care of the current owner. Mileage is higher than most we have seen (approximately 37,000 miles when converted from KM), but this is not usually a deal killer on the KZ-based powerplant.

This auction is going on right now, and the asking price is a very reasonable $3,650 - or best offer. This deal is going to be far sweeter for our European readers who have less distance to travel, as shipping this back to the US will not be cheap. But count on RSBFS to scour the globe to find those rare and collectable models, wherever they might be! For your chance to check this one out, click the link and jump over to the auction. European delivery of an ELR in Hungary anyone?

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale July 23, 2012 posted by

AMA Superbike Anyone? ’09 Team Jordan GSX-R 1000

Location: New York

Mileage: Who knows, who cares

Price: Auction, starting at $13,000

To honor the upcoming MotoGP race at Laguna Seca, which the RSBFS staff will be attending, here is a race bike being offered for you to consider. What the seller is offering here is an AMA Superbike GSX-R 1000 campaigned by Aaron Yates for Jordan Suzuki in 2009. Yates has been racing on a Suzuki for a while and won the Superstock title in 2005. He joined the Jordan Suzuki effort in 2007 and finished 7th overall in AMA Superbike in 2009.

Let's get right to what the seller has to say-

Up for auction is a real JORDAN SUZUKI 2008 GSX-R1000 , it is a 2009 AMA American Superbike top 5 Finishing Race Bike.  It was riden by Aaron Yates.  The bike was used in the 4th round of the championship, Daytona, Fontana and Road Atlanta.  It was purchased from Gemini Technology Systems, (partner/ Jordan Motorsports) in 2010 & put into my personal collection & never riden.  The bike has the following:

Ohlins TTx Shock,   Ohlins Steering Dampner,   Attack Bodywork,  Braided Brake lines,  DID 520 Chain,   Quik Shifter kit,    Vortex Sprockets,

Vortex Rearsets,  Vortex Clip-ons and Bars,   Radiator and Oil Cooler Guards,  Leo Vince Exhaust, Single sided ss,  Yoshimura EMpro ECU,

Vortex Frame sliders, Vortex Swing arm spools, PFC Brake Pads,  Zero Gravity Windscreen, Vortex Rear Stand.

I just took it out of my collection & brought it down to Rich Alexander's race shop, he put a new battery in it & fired it up , Its all set for some serious track days or keep it looking good in a collection. The bike also has a clear New York Tittle. I have a copy of the original tittle from Gemini Technology Systems.

also included in the auction , I have 2 pairs of size 11 Jordan 6 Ring Premier sneakers in the boxes never worn, 1 pair of Jordan size 11 Retro 6 Premium, (very rare)  1-xl Team pit shirt, 1-lg Team pit shirt, 1-m Team pit shirt, 2 -m tees, 3-lg tees, (all never worn)  1, framed numbered Aaron Yates print 5/230, 2-leo Vince Aaron yates posters. 1 signed 2008 Superstock Champion,  stickers, race cards.

The winning bidder is responsible for all shipping cost for the bike as well as the extra items listed. 

*. NO RESERVE * AUCTION * NO RESERVE * AUCTION * NO RESERVE * AUCTION *  NO RESERVE *

And a truckload of photos-

So apparently here's your opportunity to own an AMA Superbike, complete with Ohlins suspension and many other performance upgrades. The seller provides plenty of photos of the bike and documentation to show the bike's authenticity. Also included is a boatload of Jordan Suzuki swag in the form of shirts and shoes. From everything that's shown this appears to be the real deal. However, any serious buyer would probably want to work with the seller to confirm everything, as I suspect this machine will go for a bit higher than your standard '09 GSX-R 1000.

So maybe you want a AMA Superbike for your track days (of course you're that good, you just need the machine to prove it), or maybe you want a killer living room display. Or maybe your the ultimate Jordan fan.

Whatever the case, if you want to get in on the action, go check this auction out!

-RN

Aprilia February 8, 2012 posted by

Life Before The RSV4: Aprilia Factory RSV1000R

Life Before The RSV4:  Aprilia Factory RSV1000R

There is Aprilia before the RSV4 and Aprilia after the RSV4.  In my opinion it is that dramatic a change if you are seriously into sport bikes.  The RSV4 simply reset the bar of what a modern sport bike can be.  Considering that, I'd find it hard to believe this bike would find its' way back to serious racing.  For the 99 percent of us that dabble in racing or tip toe around the track on track days;  well,  I'd think this bike would be a dream come true.

I want to meet the guy that turns his nose up at the chance to own a former AMA spec super bike, ridden by Chaz Davies.  This is actually the second time around for this bike as it was part of the lot KWS was selling directly a few months ago.  It is now up for auction and wrapped in stealthy preseason bodywork.  You better set your budget now as someone is already asking about shipping the bike to Cambodia!  You have to love the reach of the web.

 

The list of goodies:

I'd be curious what has been done internally with the KWS engine build.  Any factory Aprilia unobtanium hiding in there?

 

Who's up on their Ohlins specs?  Are these still top shelf items?

 

The tank Kevlar and 7.5lbs lighter than stock.  Nice!

 

What would you pay for a piece of race history or to be the guy that wads up a factory bike at a track day?  I'm going to take a pass on trying to put a number on this one.

Happy bidding here.

OntheThrottle posted a hour and a half season review of KWS's race season with the bikes:

 

Ian

 

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