Posts by tag: GSX-R

Suzuki October 9, 2014 posted by

RK in the UK: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750R

1989 Suzuki GSX-R 750 R Front Low

Beloved of squids, teenagers too young to hold a motorcycle license, stunters, track-day junkies, racers, and well basically everybody, it’s hard to get excited about a Gixxer up for sale. Their sporty good-looks and sheer competence mean that they’re basically everywhere, in every sort of condition, and certain generations were aesthetically challenged to say the least.

But none of that’s a problem for this particular example, a 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750R.

1989 Suzuki GSX-R 750 R Rear

1989 Suzuki GSX-R750R for sale on eBay UK

“Race replica” of course really describes all GSX-Rs, but this one’s a real race replica: only 500 were produced, with just 200 making their way to Europe, 50 to the UK, and basically none making it to the US, except as grey-market imports. On the surface the Double R might have looked like a standard GSX-R with a red solo tail section, but it featured many redesigned, strengthened, or adjustable parts intended to make the bike competitive in racing

These were homologation specials, and many were snapped up by race teams and collectors, making them exceedingly rare and collectible when they end up on the open market. This example is claimed to be “one of the finest examples left in the world”. Although I’d have liked more pictures to ogle, the couple the seller did include suggest that it’s every bit as good as that.

1989 Suzuki GSX-R 750 R Paperwork

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750R

Absolutely standard trim, with a mere 2,190 miles since new and still with its original tyres!

I am reluctantly selling my very rare, exceptionally low mileage Suzuki GSX-R750RR also known by its model prefix as the RK. One of only 500 units made in 1989 to homologate for World Superbike racing, there are reputedly less than 100 of these left in the world. Of those left, ones in this condition are in numbers of less than 10. ‘The Real Deal’ as she is aptly known is number 260/500 and was built at the Hamamatsu plant in Japan.

Imported and owned by my late father from its first owner in Japan and now owned by me, this family owned example was still shod on its original factory issue Michelin tyres from 1989, which bear testament to the mileage of just 2190 miles (actually in km’s). The original tyres are still with the bike but in order to pass an MOT which I thought essential for any would-be buyer, the bike has a brand new pair of tyres on it. She has also been fully serviced by the HRC technician who builds the official HRC engines for the UK and Suzuka 8 Hour racing effort. Again, I felt essential to ensure that whoever buys this beautiful machine, can be happy in the knowledge that she is mechanically superb. The service / recommison included all ancillaries, battery and lubricants along with a full carburettor service including cleaning, new gaskets and seals and then balanced to ensure absolute perfection.  

The bike is immaculate in every respect from the underside of the belly pan to front fairing to the tailpiece and is totally unmolested. It does bears age related patina such as small amounts of mottling on some of the aluminium components and the original Suzuki factory paint on the wheels has imperfections but this again demonstrates the absolute originality of this beautiful Suzuki. For the last 3 years she has resided in my walnut-floored garage, covered and only bought out for the odd show or to warm her through gently.

She has a personal registration plate ending in ‘RRK’, I have the parts catalogue in Japanese and English, an accessories catalogue in Japanese, magazine articles relating to the ‘RR’, GSXR books, the V5c, MOT certificates, two keys including the registration key (unheard of!) and a display board detailing all about this very special machine. She is SORN at present.

If rarity is your thing, then look past the RC30 or OW01, this GSX-R is the one to have. Of the few original units left in the world, this is undoubtedly the finest.

The Double R looks great in classic blue and white with that red tail section, with relatively simple graphics before the Japanese manufacturers went off the rails with lurid colors and graphics in the 90’s… With such low mileage, it’s a shame that this bike will probably be tucked away in a collection.

This is a classified ad, not an auction, and the asking price is £18,000 which is a ton of money for a Gixxer. But if you’re a fan of fast, rare Suzukis, it really doesn’t get any better than this.

-tad

1989 Suzuki GSX-R 750 R Front

RK in the UK: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750R
Suzuki September 16, 2014 posted by

Better than new? 1986 Suzuki GSXR 750

GSXR750_1

There is no doubt that the Suzuki GSX-R 750 is one of the all time "bad boy" bikes of the sport bike world. RSBFS readers seem to love these slab-sided retro rockets, and we have seen a wide spectrum of machines offered on these very pages. From low mileage museum queens to higher mileage survivors, it seems our readers love them all. Today's bike is somewhat different, as it has gone through what is claimed as a complete nut and bolt restoration. While this was clearly a labor of love, it is uncertain if this was a prudent financial move. Gen I GSX-R models - while coveted in a nostalgic sort of way - are not exactly fast risers on the monetary appreciation scale. The seller notes that he is unlikely to recoup the investment made. But he is giving it a good try by pricing this example at $15,000 - which would be a record for a non LE model GSX-R.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale on eBay

GSXR750_7

From the seller:
I have spent the last year restoring this bike from the ground up and spared no expense! Every part on this bike has been cleaned and refurbished or replaced with OEM direct parts! I have every Suzuki label from the parts put on to prove it along with all of the parts and maintenance receipts. Direct OEM new and NOS parts are VERY expensive for these bikes. I have over $12k invested in parts alone.

GSXR750_3

There is a lot more text and pictures if you make the jump over the auction. The seller does list what has been done to the bike in excruciating detail. I would think that a restoration to that level would bring everything back to stock - and for the most part it has. Many original OEM parts are included in the sale, so be sure to go through the listing carefully. Is this worth it to you? Is it "better than new," or would you rather have a true survivor? Check it out here, and then let us know your thoughts. Good Luck!!

GSXR750_2

MI

Better than new?  1986 Suzuki GSXR 750
Suzuki September 12, 2014 posted by

On the Slab: 1986 GSX-R 750

GSXR750_1

In 1985 Suzuki shocked the motorcycle world with the introduction of the GSX-R 750. Just like the ZX900 Ninja did a few years earlier, the GSX-R made a quantum leap forward in terms of performance and speed, while reducing overall size and weight. But while the Ninja strove to take a liter bike and make it as sharp as a racer, the GSX-R *was* a racer. Targeting the 750cc class, the first model Gixxer was born into competition. With a healthy contingency program, it is likely that more amateur racers spent time on a GSX-R than any other brand or model during the late 1980s. That is one reason that despite the numbers, there are few excellent copies to be found. This bike, however, might well be classified as a survivor.

GSXR750_2

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 for sale on eBay

GSXR750_3

From the seller:
ALL TUNED - NEW TIRES, NEW FORK SEALS, NEW BATTERY.. ALL READY TO ROLL AND ENJOY...

GSXR750_4

Not too much by way of text from the seller. The pictures are also somewhat sparse. What is shown is a clean example of an iconic model. Opting for a hybrid cooling method that combined both air cooling with a high-flow oiling system, the GSX-R was a class lightweight. 1986 was the second year of production. There are only minor changes between the original '85 model and the 1986 series - essentially a swingarm mod to aid handling. So if you want an early slab sided Gixxer, this would be a good model year to seek. Located in Rhode Island, the current bid is still below $4,000...which is a bargain considering the age and condition. Check it out here. Good Luck!

GSXR750_45JPG

MI

On the Slab: 1986 GSX-R 750
Suzuki September 4, 2014 posted by

Slab-Sided Survivor: 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750 for Sale

Today’s bike, a very nice GSX-R 750 definitely falls into the “rare in this condition” rather than “genuinely exotic”: Suzuki sold boatloads of these when they were new. And it’s no surprise the original Gixxer sold like hotcakes: the GSX-R 750 was the very first mass-produced race-replica of the modern era, a truly affordable bike that you could thrash at the limit on track, and then ride to work on Monday morning without missing a beat.

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750 L Side Front

First-generation Gixxers are often referred to as “Slabbies” due to their very slab-sided styling. Engines featured air and oil-cooling that kept weight to a minimum but allowed maximum power and flat-slide carbs and a six-speed gearbox completed the package, helping the bike produce over 100hp in stock form. A lightweight aluminum box-section frame was state-of-the-art, although the bikes rolled on 18” wheels, making tire choice a bit limited today…

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750 L Side Rear Wheel

Previous Japanese race-replicas like Suzuki’s own GS1000S were huge, heavy beasts that stressed power and durability over nimble handling. But the GSX-R had it all: power, light weight, handling, and rock-solid reliability.

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750 R Dash

It basically set the stage for the two-year production-cycle wars between the Japanese manufacturers that continued until the market crash knocked the bottom out of the motorcycle market. The Euro gained ground on the Yen, making formerly out-of-reach exotics from Italy a far more affordable prospect at about the same time those manufacturers realized that people wanted to actually ride their motorcycles, not take them in for service every 6,000 miles or wait for backordered parts to arrive…

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750 R Side Rear Pipe

From the original eBay listing: 1987 GSX-R 750 for Sale

Up for auction is a very well prepped and maintained 1987 GSXR 750.  By "well-prepped"- I mean, at close to thirty years old- I wanted to make it reliable and safe.  So, there are brand new chain and tires (Michelin Pilots) (less than 50miles on both).  All hydraulics were professionally disassembled, cleaned, new seals and new pads in calipers and rebuild kits on all master and slave cylinders.  Forks serviced with new wipers, dust seals, Race Tech bushings and 5W oil.  Wheels have brand new wheel bearings.  Carbs- again, professionally rebuilt, new genuine part fuel floats, tuned and balanced.  New-Old stock (period correct) Kerker full system, (as the rubber intakes get old and hard- new intakes and exhaust gaskets to prevent air leaks) and brand new (not just re-oiled 20yr old) K&N filters.  Brand new black kevlar brake lines.  New battery, fresh Motul oil change/filter, etc…

For being almost a "vintage" bike-  she starts, rolls, pulls, turns and grips probably better than she did when new.

Tank -you can see in the pics- is rust free, bike still has original factory wind screen -not some lockhart replacement.  Still has original grips, rear view mirrors (bright, not scratched) and passenger foot pegs.  Comes with solo cowl -which I understand are worth a good $ all by themselves.  Gauges you can see are clean and bright -probably only 25% fade on the orange needles.

Everything was cleaned and detailed- so you won't find 30years of chain grease and road grime under the sprocket covers.

The 1987 model year GSX-R introduced beefier 41mm forks and Suzuki’s New Electrically Activated Suspension [NEAS], along with a steering damper and a 21-liter fuel tank.

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Front Wheel

By now, most Gixxers have been either been badly abused by several generations of squidly riders that followed the original owners, or are 0-mile collectables. While the 18" wheels may make tire purchases more of a hassle when the time comes, this one won't need those for a while, since the tires currently fitted still have the stickers on them! To find a first-generation GSX-R in this sort of well-used, but well cared for condition is really exciting if your goal is to use your new purchase as intended and terrorize local road and track. This one looks ready to go: the perfect usable, collectable sportbike.

-tad

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750 R Side Rear

 

Slab-Sided Survivor: 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750 for Sale
Bimota August 21, 2014 posted by

Inside Job: 1997 Bimota SB6

SB6_5

A bike with serial number 001 might be the cat's meow, but bikes lovingly stored inside, well presented with high resolution pictures, and offered with low (read: almost no) miles will be what drive the pricing curve upwards. This 1997 Bimota SB6 is just such a bike. This is a great example of the breed, sporting only 49 miles since new. It's always ironic how locating one rare bike invariably spawns a rash of similar machines - this is the second SB6 this week. Everything seems to go in cycles, and we appear to be in a Bimota vortex at the moment. So step into your hot tub time machine and let's jump back to 1997!

1997 Bimota SB6 for sale on eBay

SB6_11


From the seller:
Reluctantly for sale is my new 1997 SB6 Bimota. I purchased the bike from a Bimota dealer who has a collection of over 30 Bimota’s going all the way back to when Bimota raced two strokes. The dealer had two SB6s and agreed to sell me one. I have documentation from the dealer to verify the mileage on the bike. The dealer serviced the bike before I took delivery; I rode the bike around the block to make sure it ran properly, then removed the tank, drained the fuel and parked the bike in my den. I moved it outside to see if I could get better pictures but the paint has such a gloss that it reflects everything around it. The pictures don't do the bike justice. The bike is all original, including the tires with the exception of the Bimota cool air kit and carb jetting. The dealer also has a tri color SB6 and liked the black wheels so he had the wheels on this one powder coated black, they are perfect and in my opinion look much better than the original silver. This is my fourth Bimota (YB6, YB10 and two SB6s). The 42 miles were put on the bike when it was delivered to the dealer to get it tuned properly then put in his collection and the last 7 miles were when I took it for a short ride to confirm the tune.

SB6_4

When Bimota built a bike during this era, they took the power train and major electrical components from a donor - in this case, a GSX-R1100. This allowed Bimota to save the development cost of these items, and allowed them to focus on performance, handling and just basic good looks. This grew from the kit building phase of Bimota, where a buyer would receive a frame, bodywork, and sometimes wheels and suspension components. All the rest came from a donor bike - the engine, trans, electrics, lighting, gauges and what have you. Slowly but surely, Bimota began creating whole bikes, and eventually they built honest to god factory-level machines. While they continue to use donor power, the rest is very much Bimota.

SB6_3

This bike looks fantastic for its age. If you believe in the collector adage that you should buy the very best example of a model you can find, this may well fulfill your SB6 bucket list. With monster power, stunning looks and handling that is relevant to this day, this Bimota will make someone an awesome ride... or artistic expression in your den if you prefer. Check it out here!

MI

Inside Job: 1997 Bimota SB6
Suzuki August 4, 2014 posted by

Thuggish Survivor: 1990 GSX-R 1100 for Sale

Well, this GSX-R 1100 is definitely one of those bikes that wasn’t especially rare when new, but has become so by being a survivor: “Gixxers” of all displacements are much used and abused. 600’s get treated as “starter bikes” by noobs and crashed left and right. 750’s get raced, stunted, tracked, the 1100’s get drag-raced, and finally they all get parted-out when they’ve suffered one crash too many.

So “slingshots” in relatively pristine condition are pretty hard to come by, although this one is a bit less than stock under the skin...

1990 Suzuki GSXR 1100 L Side Front

It’s not completely original but is, as the seller describes, a “sleeper”. The 1100 is a fast bike, even by today’s standards and this one, bored out to 1340cc’s and 190hp should be terrifyingly fast in a straight line, and possibly more so in the corners: while the 750 was the original race-replica and had some of the best handling available at the time, the bigger 1100 was heavier and far less nimble.

1990 Suzuki GSXR 1100 R Side Fairing

I have a great issue of SuperBike magazine from 1998 that covers four notoriously piggish machines and how to fix them, including the GSX-R 1100. Titled “WrestleMania” it described the bike as “… quite pretty. To look at, sure, but never to ride.” It’s obviously exaggerating a bit for effect, but their point is taken: handling was stable, but far from nimble.

1990 Suzuki GSXR 1100 Tank Detail

The article blames a frame that carries weight way too high and makes the bike top-heavy. Luckily, there are a million shops that work on these and parts are readily available if you want to improve things a bit, and some bits from the 750 and later models will bolt right on.

Modern sport-touring bikes leave me pretty cold in general, but I bet something like this could be made to eat up miles in retro-style...

1990 Suzuki GSXR 1100 Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 for Sale

Here's your chance to buy one of the baddest old school Gixxers around. 11k original miles, looks like a total sleeper, original 1127 motor built to 1340cc, (190 hp) APE cylinders, custom ground cams, Wiseco pistons, top end oiler kit, braided oil lines, Carrillo rods, 38mm Mikuni flatslides. Brand new Michelins Pilot Pure 2CT, 48T rear sprocket, battery. Yoshimura Duplex exhaust, Original Yoshimura carb covers, Fox twin clicker shock. Body work is all original paint and in excellent condition, a few small flaws. Bike never been crashed or even tipped over. This bike was built to drag race but I put it back on the street. Still has NOS (bottle removed but will be included), air shifter is there but not connected, shift light, Schnitz Pro Street ignition controller, etc. Totally street legal now. Currently registered until June 2015. Bike runs great, very streetable and tons of torque. You can't even build a motor like this one for reserve asking price..

1990 Suzuki GSXR 1100 L Side Fairing2

I’m not typically a fan of Japanese motorcycles. A bit too mass-market and committee-think, their cars and bikes look like a bunch of designers sat around to discuss their individual goals, then the resulting bike is a hodge-podge of conflicting priorities. They are amazing machines, but they look bland to me, with all the passion optimized out of them. And growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, these things were everywhere, shrieking around, piloted by riders with little gear and fewer brains, so I lumped all the garishly-painted plastic rockets together.

1990 Suzuki GSXR 1100 Carb Detail

But the 1988-1990 GSX-R’s have a purity of line that I really like. It was actually Icon [yeah, the apparel guys] that got me hooked on these: the builds they post up on their site are usually all ratbike, Mad Max-styled weirdness, but they did one very simple, classic build of a GSX-R 750 that got me thinking. They’re simple and well-proportioned, and those dual-headlights suggest endurance racing and the simple goal of speed at all costs.

In classic blue-and-white paint, in very presentable condition with none of the cheesy aftermarket weirdness these so often feature, this bike has mods in all the right places and a price that seems to offer a whole lot of bang for the buck.

-tad

1990 Suzuki GSXR 1100 R Side

Thuggish Survivor: 1990 GSX-R 1100 for Sale