Posts by tag: AMA

Suzuki October 12, 2017 posted by

Slab-Sided Collectible: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited for Sale

It's hard to imagine that, just a couple years before the introduction of the GSX-R750, Suzuki's top-performing repli-racer was the stylish, but very last-generation GS1000S, a bike with twin shocks, handlebars, a center-stand, and a bar-mounted bikini fairing. The original "Slabbie" GSX-R750 that came along in 1985 brought modern endurance-racing style to the masses and codified the formula laid out by much rarer and more exotic machines like the Bimota SB2. This particular GSX-R750 Limited Edition claws back some exotic cachet from the Italian brand, and is one of just 299 imported to the USA to meet AMA homologation requirements.

The heart of the GSX-R was an oil and air-cooled inline four with dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. It lacked liquid-cooling in a bid to save weight, reduce complexity, and improve reliability, but still had a few high-tech tricks up its sleeve: Suzuki’s Advanced Cooling System or "SACS" featured a double-chambered oil pump was designed to more efficiently circulate and cool the bike’s lubricant, along with oil jets that sprayed the bottom of the pistons. The aluminum frame used a mono-shock rear and four-piston brake calipers clamped triple discs. The Limited version added a very trick dry clutch, lightweight solo seat tail section, and the GSX-R1100's electronic anti-dive forks.

The Limited was differentiated by the striking red, white, and blue paint seen here on the distinctive, slab-sided bodywork, compared to the standard white-and-blue or red-and-black available on the regular GSX-R. When new, the bike was the most expensive Japanese sportbike, and was priced at $6,500, a shocking $2,000 more than the standard model. Performance advantages were very minimal but that wasn't really the point and this is, to my mind, the best-looking version of the early GSX-R.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition for Sale

Race homologation special. It has 4545 miles. This bike is in as near perfect collectors condition for a 31 year old bike. Motorcycle was just fully serviced (ie carbs were serviced; all fluids changed; new tires added, as originals showed signs of cracking.)

These bikes have surged in price, exceeding $20K in most cases.

If you are looking at this bike, you know what it is, so NO LOW BALL OFFERS!!!!

The seller is correct that prices have surged, and his bike appears to be in excellent, very original condition that includes a stock exhaust that could be either "cool and retro" or "shockingly ugly" depending on your predilection for slotted heat shields. Certainly it's of value to collectors. Unfortunately, while his $20,000 asking price is fair, it actually seems just a bit on the high-side, at least looking at Limited Editions we've featured here on RSBFS in the past. I'm not sure just how far off his asking price an offer would have to be before it qualifies as "a low ball offer," but I have a feeling he may be disappointed. Will at least one buyer meet his asking price? It's very possible: those same recent bikes I mentioned didn't quite get to $20,000 but were very close.

-tad

Slab-Sided Collectible: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited for Sale
Suzuki August 28, 2017 posted by

Classic Racer in a Box: Ex-Doug Polen Suzuki GSX-R750 for Sale

Looking for a fun weekend project to keep you busy for a while? Well look no further than this ex-Doug Polen Suzuki GSX-R750 racebike. It's not exactly finished, but all of the really important parts appear to be there to get you started... Strangely enough, it seems like the AMA racebikes used many of the stock Suzuki components, even switching from the more exotic dry clutch to the standard wet unit, according to the seller. So that should help, right?

The introduction of the Suzuki GSX-R750 in 1985 was a seminal event in the history of motorcycling. It may not have been the first or only bike to use fully-enclosed, endurance-racer styling wrapped around a bulletproof, large-displacement inline four and monoshock aluminum frame, but it made that formula affordable and available to the masses, and led directly to the sportbikes we know and love. Later sportbikes would add liquid-cooling to the equation to help generate maximum power, but the Gixxer eschewed such frippery as too heavy for their pure speed machine: in spite of the visible cooling fins, it's oil that does most of the work. The oil-cooled powerplant utilized their SACS or "Suzuki Advanced Cooling System" that used a double-chambered pump and oil jets directed at the underside of the pistons to keep temperatures under control. Other than oil cooling, it followed modern designs and used dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder.

Obviously, as a race-spec machine for the street, the GSX-R750 spent plenty of time competing in various classes both abroad and here in the US. This particular bike was used in AMA racing and was ridden by Doug Polen. Polen was a world-class rider who got his start in AMA racing but left to compete in the World Superbike Championship, where he won the title on the trot in 1991 and 1992. He continued to compete in both international and American roadracing with success, netted a win at the Suzuka 8 Hour endurance race, and even dabbled in MotoGP.

There's additional information about the bike, its history, and the included photos over on eBay, so head over and take a look.

From the original eBay listing: Ex-Doug Polen Suzuki GSX-R750 AMA Superbike for Sale

I have researched the photo archives of Cycle World and Cycle magazines and obtained a number of unpublished photos from their records.  I've also bought photographs from freelance photographers that covered AMA racing in that year.  Special thanks to Larry Lawrence, of The Rider Files website.  I will provide these photos to the buyer with the proviso that they remain unpublished.

Each rider had two chassis.  The chassis and motors evolved constantly through the season and Doug probably got the good parts first, as he did better than Otter in the results, starting with the first race.  Their A bikes had all of the good parts at each race and the B bikes had more stock components.  You can clearly see in the photographs the progression of modifications during the season for all of the bikes and the lower spec of the B bikes.

The chassis is un-braced, with modified stock forks, Kosman Triple clamps, Kosman brake discs, AP calipers, a Fox shock and Marvic magnesium wheels.  The swingarm has been slotted, to allow for more variation in wheelbase.  Jim Lindemann worked with them on the shock valving, although he passed away a few years ago.  I have spoken to an ex-Fox engineer and he'd be happy to restore the shock but the records they had of those years were destroyed a few years ago.  Sandy Kosman now lives in Portland Oregon and the last time I talked to him, he was willing to get the discs reground on a Blanchard grinder, if desired.   One of the previous owners began the restoration years ago and the chassis, as pictured, is where he was when he sold the bike to the next owner.

The bodywork used was stock Suzuki plastic.  Early in the season it was raced in 1986 blue/white Suzuki colors; later in the season some of it was sporting the 1987 blue/white Suzuki stock colors.  A perforated metal filler panel was incorporated into the lower fairing V and the lower fairing panels had holes cut in them to allow for more ground clearance.

The motors were modified during the season and varied quite a bit.  They had Yoshimura (either kit Suzuki or Cosworth) pistons, different crank bearings, heads ported by Ron Scrima, Megacycle cams with Yosh retainers, a Tsubaki cam chain tensioner, and various carbs and exhausts.  At one point they obtained dry clutches and close ratio transmission gears but went back to running wet clutches and stock transmission ratios.  They may have run an ECU with a higher rev limit.  Ron Scrima passed away in 2011 but his company (Racing Engine Service) is still in business in Texas and the current owner was with Ron for about 25 years, so they might be my first choice for an engine refresh.  Another option would be Kelly Roberts, also in Texas.  I have never disassembled the motor, so I do not know what internal components are present.

I am interested in selling this project to someone that has the necessary resources and desire to restore it to an as-raced condition and to preserve it for the future.  It is a significant bike, as it was one of the highest placed privateer AMA superbike efforts of that era and was ridden by the rider that probably had more success in the USA racing the first generation Suzuki GSX-R than any other rider.  I would be willing to discuss this bike in more detail, via telephone, with any serious prospective buyers.  I am also willing to provide additional photos, a more complete listing of what components will come with the bike, and an approximate idea of what additional components will be needed to complete the restoration.

I have listed the mileage as 99999, as eBay requires that the mileage be listed for any vehicle sale.  The true mileage is unknown, as it was never recorded, which is not unusual for a race bike.

It also looks like the bike went through several iterations, giving you a bit of flexibility in terms of the color scheme you choose. If it were complete and in as-raced condition, this would probably be a very valuable motorcycle. As it stands, it's a valuable... basket case. How valuable? Well the But It Now price for this bit of American roadracing history is $4,950. This is going to need a lot of love, time, and money to finish, but I think this GSX-R deserves to be restored to its former functional glory.

-tad

Yamaha November 6, 2016 posted by

Everybody Loves a Winner: 1998 Yamaha TZ250 for Sale

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Just so we're clear: this 1998 Yamaha TZ250 is not to be confused with the road-going but also very cool TZR250. The TZ250 was Yamaha's over-the-counter GP machine, a pure race bike. As such, "originality" is a relative thing, and these things have typically evolved over their racing careers with the goal of winning at any cost. This particular TZ250 has obviously been thoroughly developed, as it was the AMA 250 GP Championship winner in 1999...

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Like the later versions of the TZR250, the TZ250 was powered by a liquid-cooled two-stroke v-twin, backed by a six-speed gearbox, with a classic "banana" swingarm out back. The bike was designed to appeal to entry-level racers and is relatively reliable for a pure racing machine, but it will obviously need regular rebuilds and much more maintenance than a roadbike.

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The 1998 TZ250 seen here featured revised plastics, including that tapered tail that looks a bit like the later Aprilia RS250. The new bodywork also featured a sealed airbox and a ram-air intake to feed the updated carburetors, along with a host of minor upgrades to the rest of the bike.

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From the original eBay listing: AMA Championship-Winning 1998 Yamaha TZ250 for Sale

You've heard of Barn Finds... Time Capsules...  Museum Liquidations....   well today, have I got one for you! This is THE 1999 AMA 250 GP Championship winning machine as piloted by Chuck Sorensen.  Exactly as it ran, with factory spares to boot!  It was, and possibly is still today- one of the fastest 250s in the country.

I purchased this in early 2003, directly from James Siddall- owner of World Sports Imports.  This was James' trophy bike.  He mentioned that after it crossed the finish line, it went directly to his office to set behind his desk.  The only hands that have touched the motorcycle since purchase were those of Perry Melneciuc -who, if you know him- besides his being a Factory Mechanic for Ducati, Honda, Yamaha, AMA Race Teams- is considered the most correct, fastidious, compulsive Gran Prix mechanic alive.  All that, PLUS he was a World Sports' team member/rider.  Perry went thru it from tip to tail and made certain everything was correct, fresh and set to their true running settings.  (Perry's notes are included in the sale as to what World Sports ran and what it is set for now -including upper/lower, unleaded/leaded, head volume, deck height, squish, carb settings, transmission selections, etc.)
 
After Perry's meticulous go-thru, fluids were drained and it went into storage/display.  Until now....
 
The motorcycle is completely outfitted with very rare and otherwise unobtainable parts.  Almost every single nut, bolt, axle and pivot is either titanium or aluminum.  Forks and shock are the state of the art (for the time) Ohlins.  Expansion chambers/pipes are factory "A" kit titanium.  Wheels, are five spoke Marvics.
 
The spares package is rich and thick:
 
*Complete set of later model Corbin  #1 body work (seat, two lowers, two uppers, tank (un-dented) (left over from the 2000 campaign)
*Extra set of Factory "A" kit steel expansion chambers
*Sprockets (front and rear) and carriers
*Clutch basket (inner, outer) rod, gear, bearings etc
*two cyclinders
*at least three sets of heads (8.1cc, 8.3cc w/ deto sensors, etc)
*2 Ohlins alternate shock springs
*alternate Ohlins fork springs
*throttle sleeve
*Stator/Rotor
*New side cover with new gasket in package
*TEN brand new matched pistons with rings, wristpins, etc.
*4DP-40 CDI (black box)
*one World Sports Imports Team Polo shirt!
*two (matched L/R set of brake rotors)
*19 spark plugs (11 in bag, used, 8 in holder used but entirely serviceable.
*foot pegs, clutch springs, etc
*electrical umbilical cord for exhaust valve setting
*spare battery, charger
*the SEVENTY-FIVE (not including the ones in the motorcycle) individual gears/alternate ratios that make up the UNOBTAINABLE FACTORY RACING TRANSMISSION KIT.
*tire warmers, f/r stands
*etc.
 
To further document things, the photos should take over from here.  I tried to photograph all the spares so you can paw thru them...  but one photo got missed -showing the two alternate rate Ohlins shock springs. The only thing that has happened to the bike in the years on display is the right aluminum clip-on split due fatigue/time under load.  (You can actually see it in photo #6, right clip on...  a small white line, about 3/4").
 
Outside of that- the motorcycles' internals are fresh and as set by Perry.  With fluids, tires, battery and a proper set up for you- the bike is ready to ride.
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There are no takers yet at the $17,500 starting bid. The listing includes a huge amount of spares as described by the seller, something that can make or break the deal on a bike like this, unless you're just planning to simply display it. Two-strokes, especially highly-strung, tuned-to-within-an-inch-of-their-lives racing two-strokes consume parts regularly. Folks racing on a budget are likely familiar with that and comfortable wrenching but, when you're running a nearly twenty-year-old, limited-production motorcycle with parts you likely could never have simply picked up on the shelves of your local dealer, the chances of finding what you need are vanishingly small.
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And not only are maintenance parts included, but go-fast bits are in the mix. I can't imagine there's a track in the world you couldn't configure those seventy-five gears to tackle, which is probably the whole point, and I have no idea what the trick front end and shock would be worth on the open market. $17,500+ is a lot of money, but considering the race-winning history and the fact that it's basically a complete race-bike kit in a box (just add rider) that suddenly starts to seem pretty reasonable.
-tad
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Everybody Loves a Winner: 1998 Yamaha TZ250 for Sale
BMW December 22, 2015 posted by

2011 BMW S1000RR Pegram Racing AMA Pro Superbike

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When we first saw this bike for sale in 2012 it was being sold with it's stable mate. Many of the same images are being used in the current auction but talking with Mr. Pegram would probably be best to determine which one is remaining. The listing ends in six days and shows a $27,000 buy-it-now. And for the icing on the cake, the new owner is invited to their track school where race mechanics will set up the bike for you!

Many thanks to Dan B. for the forward!

dc

Pegram Racing 2011 BMW S1000RR Superbike for sale on eBay

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from the listing:

2011 BMW S1000RR Pegram Racing AMA Pro Superbike. This is the BMW Factory Sponsored A-Bike from the 2012 AMA Pro Superbike race season and the last BMW Factory Team sponsored by BMW in the United States.

After the bike was retired from professional racing in 2012, it was sold to one of the owners of the Yamaha Champions Riding School. The bike has been re-wrapped with his #13 (as seen in the photos) but if you wish the bike can be re-wraped to the original Pegram Foremost Racing #72 as it was raced in AMA Pro Superbike in 2012.

Here is a rare opportunity to own an actual top five finishing BMW AMA S1000RR superbike, completely set up, as seen in every 2012 AMA Pro race on SPEED and on Superbike Family. Most people are rarely availed of the opportunity to even ride a factory superbike, one of the fastest motorcycles in the USA, let alone own one.

NOTE: This is not a slightly modified street bike. This is a professional race-only, no budget, complete AMA professional Factory sponsored Superbike with full AIM telemetry, spare $3000 OZ Magnesium wheel set. Only four were made and now all four are in the hands of private collectors and racers.

Pegram Racing’s AMA Spec motor was most powerful on the grid in 2012 after the NJ Motorsports Park round of any AMA Superbike on the same AMA dyno, over 216 hp and only 360 lbs! This bike puts out more rear wheel HP the Pegram Racing's EBR delivered on the 2015 World Superbike grid. Engine completely rebuilt, as is required periodically, by Pegram race team with all new rods in 2015.

STM clutch

BMW World Superbike spec cams billet

Pegram Racing spec ported heads

Ohlins gas charged fork kit

Ohlins TTX shock

Flat linkage

Kyle swing arm pivots

OZ Magnesium wheels

Speigler brake lines

Brembo SB rotors

Gilles Factory HP Rear Sets

Kyle full titanium exhaust

HP rear sets and quick shifter

Quick change axle blocks

Febur oversize Radiator and oil cooler

HP kit ECU with Race Factory BMW TC mapping developed by Pegram Racing, launch control, programmable engine braking, pit speed limiter and other items not publicly available in 2012

ECU integrated GPS laptimer

Vortex case guards

Vortex sprockets (two different sprockets)

DID chain

Vortex clip-ons

Motion Pro throttle

Catalyst Composite bodywork painted as in photos and graphic-wrapped

Zero gravity windscreen

Attack adjustable triple clamps

Brembo billet P2 piston rear caliper

Brembo monoblock front calipers

Brembo billet 19x18 remote adjustable master cylinder with folding lever

Aim data acquisition with all channels needed to race, including suspension, lean angle, traction control use, and brake pressure

Billet gas cap

etc,etc...over $100k invested for professional racing bike.

many extras

Included in the bidding is a 1 day Yamaha Champion's Riding School course ($1250 value). Race mechanics will get the suspension properly set up for you and you are welcome to spend the day with the school and practice riding this bike as it was designed to be ridden. For more info see www.ridelikeachampion.com

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Kawasaki July 15, 2015 posted by

Museum Quality? – Pristine 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7

1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 on eBay

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The Kawasaki ZX-7 H1 represents a vital period for Kawasaki.  With Superbike racing really taking off, Suzuki had thrown down the gauntlet with the revolutionary GSX-R 750 and the other manufacturers were trying hard to catch up.  Everybody knows the age old racing mantra of "Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday" and Kawasaki wanted a piece of Suzuki's sales.  Enter the ZX-7.  Sporting a solid 105hp, soon to be legendary front end stability and maybe a slightly too harsh rear shock, Kawasaki was back in the game.  The great looks didn't hurt either!

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If you've been nostalgic for a while and are really serious about adding a collector quality ZX-7 to your stable, this one deserves a serious look.   With just one owner, low miles and all of those hard to find stock bits still intact, you begin to appreciate what you are looking at here.  Over the years and throughout their lifetimes, many ZX-7s saw their owners remove things like the original signals, reflectors, chain guards and mudflaps in an effort to save a few pounds.  Collectors and restorers know how hard those things are to find these days.  This one is still on it's original tires! (good for the collector, bad for the rider).
Please check out the seller's full description here: 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 on eBay

ORIGINAL OWNER, 1989 KAWASAKI NINJA ZX7 WITH 7000 ORIGINAL MILES.  THIS BIKE IS IN PRISTINE CONDITION, JUST LIKE IT ROLLED OUT OF THE SHOWROOM AND ALL ORIGINAL.  STILL HAS THE ORIGINAL TIRES.  NOTHING HAS BEEN CHANGED OR MODIFIED.  THIS IS A MUSEUM PIECE, AN EXAMPLE OF A TRUE SURVIVOR. BIKE STARTS AND RUNS EXCELLENT, EVERYTHING WORKS LIKE THEY SHOULD.  GOT THE ORIGINAL TOOL KIT OWNERS MANUAL AND EVEN A FACTORY SERVICE MANUAL.

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Museum Quality?  – Pristine 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7
Suzuki June 2, 2015 posted by

The Market is HOT! – 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 LE

1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited Edition on eBay

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By now we all know the market for vintage GSXR-750s is red hot.  This listing is already reflecting that with 17 bids pushing it past $8000 with several days still to go.  Just one year after the first GSXR-750 revolutionized the sport bike world, the Limited Edition raised the bar even further.  Production numbers are a frequent subject of debate, but the general consensus is between 500 and 1000 made with just 199 reaching the U.S. dealerships.  The Limited Edition was a significant upgrade from the standard model, featuring a close ratio transmission with a dry clutch, electronic "anti-dive" technology, bigger forks and front brakes from the GSXR-1100, a fiberglass solo seat and special paint and graphics.

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The seller is upfront about the condition, and while it's not quite "showroom" quality, it would make an excellent starting point for a restoration or *gasp* a really nice classic rider.  You can check it out on eBay right here: 1986 GSXR-750 Limited Edition

1986 Suzuki GSXR 750 Limited edition.   This is a very rare bike.  500 to 1000 made, depending on who you talk to.  I've owned this bike 10 years.  I bought it, rode it for 4 miles, everything worked as it should.  I put the bike into storage until now.  It will need tires, a battery, and a full service.  The bike is very clean.  The upper front fairing has been repaired and painted.  The muffler heat shield has a scrape on it.  The wheels have been painted white.  As far as I can tell, the rest of the paint is original and in very nice condition.  With a servicing and a little cosmetic work, this bike would be near perfect.  Overall it is in excellent condition..  Production date is 3/86.  7183 original miles.  I have a NOS. foam gauge bracket , red Suzuki decal for upper front fairing, and an air filter.  New  after market Lockhart Phillips smoke wind screen, bubble headlight cover., and very rare supplementary service manual, and a microfiche card for the limited edition.

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The Market is HOT! – 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 LE