ELR models are retro-cool, retro-rare, and retro expensive. We have watched the prices climb on these Eddie Lawson Replica bikes over the past few years. This particular example is a ONE owner bike, however it looks like it might need a bit of loving to bring it back to its former glory.
From the seller:
Original owner will sell #400. It runs, but has been sitting for 15 years and I think the valve seals have cracked. It blows a lot of smoke. The chain has a sticky link. Needs TLC but is very complete. It still has the original break-in sticker on the tach!
I have uploaded more pictures including:
the serial number.
the owners manual (slightly worn but plastic coated since 1983) in
the complete tool kit (including a 5mm wrench for the cap screw I added)
the damage to the tank paint caused by the seat rubbing on it
the left and rear views
I have the Kerker sticker and button, still in the original plastic.
The title is from California but was re-issued in 1992. The title is clear, but since it hasn't been registered since 1998 the DMV has no record of the bike. They told me that I would have to take the bike to the Highway Patrol to verify the serial numbers and such. Shouldn't be any problems here, just the effort to do it.
I don't think that the tank has any rust in it but I didn't check thoroughly. I have only run it for a few minutes at a time, and only 3 or 4 times. Each time I had to put the petcock on 'prime', so I haven't made sure that the vacuum petcock is working properly. It might need a new diaphragm. It might need many things!
There aren't any dents or big scratches or broken cooling fins but there are a few nicks here and there. This bike has had an intimate relationship with the road, you know.
The intake manifolds are currently soaking in WD-40, but they aren't getting any softer. They do fit but it's a struggle. It was a struggle when they were pliable!
I have just rebuilt the carbs for the 3rd time now. It seems that the new rebuild kits have parts that are different from the original parts, so I used the originals where possible. They should be nice and clean, but I just didn't want to keep running it with it smoking because of neighboring garages. You'll have to wait until after the valve job to see, or find a place to burn a quart of oil to find out! It did warm up to idle with the choke off but I turned it off right away.
I'm sorry to see my baby go. I picked her up on a beautiful April 12, 1982 at Santa Ana Kawasaki. It was raining like mad but I rode all day anyway.
I have stripped it to the frame 4 or 5 times and cleaned it with a toothbrush. Hard to tell now that I've ignored it for so long.
With high-tech nitrogen filled "piggyback" shocks, a stout 1000cc four cylinder mill (air cooled with 2 valves per cylinder - and borrowed from the GPz lineup), triple disk brakes and enough green paint to make you visible from miles away, the ELR was really a unique bike in the day. It still is today. This particular bike is available on eBay with a starting bid of $16,000 (!). That would set some kind of record for an ELR, and this is not the nicest we have seen....by far. Check it out here, and then let us know what you think!