Posts by tag: Hans Muth

Suzuki March 10, 2014 posted by

How rare are these things?! 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo

Update 3.10.2014: This bike was first spotted in May of last year in Arizona and has now reappeared in Texas. I'm not clear if it's the same seller but not many more miles have been accumulated. The new listing also has better pictures so make sure to check those out. Links updated. -dc


Stop me if you've heard this one before. These things are rare. No, really - they are. These are, in fact, the most rare of the factory Turbo bikes of the 1980s, although you wouldn't know it lately if you run a search of the RSBFS archives.


From the seller:
Here is a two owner,1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo. All original, unmodfied. Been stored for the last 20 years.Looks like it did in the 80's. These were very limited production. Original license plate from California with the 1984 Sticker: MYXN85.Arizona titled,Box A original mileage.Tool kit is still in the padded XN85 marked tool pouch in the fairing storage compartment. Original Ignition and Fork Lock Keys. May be your last chance to find one as nice as this.


This bike has not really racked up that many miles. These XN85s are very robust motorcycles, and the engines are quite beefy. Boost in stock form is relatively low, and provided oil changes are done on schedule there is really not that much to go wrong. You might have to do some research to find a suitable tire for that 16" front wheel, but that is all part of the fun. I just love the personalized license plate on this one!


This former California bike is available in the warm and sunny climate of Tucson, Arizona. No nibbles yet, but the open ask is a very fair $2,900. Click the link to jump over to the auction. As the saying goes, make hay while the sun shines. In this case, grab a Turbo when you can find it - you never know when this windfall of boosted bikes is going to dry up. Good Luck!



How rare are these things?! 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo
Suzuki February 5, 2014 posted by

Storage Wars: 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000


Presumed abandoned in a rental storage locker, this '82 Katana 1000 comes to light courtesy of the winning bidder of the unit at auction. Not much detail and certainly no history given the circumstances, so this is a chance buy at best. However Katanas are the "in" classic these days, and prices are rising fast. With good looks, great power and not many clean survivors, this might be a good opportunity to pick one up! Bike is located in sunny Southern California.

1982 Suzuki Katana 1000 for sale on eBay


From the seller:
For sale is a very rare GS1000SZ. This is not an 1100. As far as I know it is a matching numbers 1000s. Engine number is GS10X102217. The odometer reads 36,600. I bought this from a woman about 5 weeks ago who bought it in a storage auction. The bike is in absolutely great condition. The bike has great compression and sounds strong. It had been sitting for a number of years but the systems were in good shape, meaning that the owner had been running it while in storage. I emptied the tank. Put new fuel in the tank. Took the carbs out and cleaned them (didn't take them apart because they would then have to be synchronized) and the bike fired right up. The brakes work good but I would flush them just to make sure.


More from the seller:
Please take a look at all of the pictures. I like motorcycles but I don't collect them and am not an expert in them. I'm a car guy. I need a bike I can ride without worrying about damaging it. This is a very nice, historic bike and it should go to a collector who appreciates these motorcycles. I understand they built just a handful of these for racing purposes. It's almost flawless. I broke one f the mounting plastic studs on the drivers side small cover while removing and accidentally dropped the gas cap which put a scratch on it. Other than that, the bike is in great shape. The paint on the gas tank is flawless. The front fairing doesn't have any chips or scratches that I can see. It probably will need new tires since they've been on the machine for so long.



Storage Wars: 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000
Suzuki May 1, 2013 posted by

Turbo Time II: 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo


Welcome to Turbo Time - the long play edition!


Yes, as rare as these bike are in the US, here is the second XN85 Turbo we have found within a day. Listen up collectors: these don't come along very often and they are not that expensive. If RSBFS history is any indication, the XN stream will dry up and we won't see another until at least Thanksgiving. The postman may ring twice, but opportunity rare does the same.


From the seller:

The Suzuki XN85, released in early 1983, is a turbocharged motorcycle. It was designed as a sportbike. The name came from the fact that it produced 85 hp. It featured the first factory 16-inch front wheel, which was previously seen only on race bikes. It also had low clip-on handlebars, rearset foot pegs and a single shock rear suspension, called the Suzuki Full Floater.

The engine IS A 650 5 SPEED, with boost kicking in around the 5,000 rpm mark. It pulls strongly from that point. While the XN did not have the power of other sportbikes, it had extremely good handling.



There is a clear Title.


This is a US-spec bike (not Canadian), which places it a bit more on the rare side. That being said, there is little price or desire difference between the two from a collector standpoint, so go with the best condition you can find. This particular bike has had some strong interest, with the bidding up to $4,350 (reserve not met) at the time of writing. This is still low money for a great handling motorcycle, and the fact that there were only ever a few hundred brought into the country only makes it better. To check out this distinctive booster from another era, click the link and jump over to the auction. A turbo spinning will keep you grinning!


Suzuki May 1, 2013 posted by

Turbo Time! 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo


Does everybody know what time it is? Turbo Time!


That's right folks - your favorite one hit wonders are back for a limited showing. Today's example - a very sweet Suzuki XN85, offered in the US in extremely limited numbers and for one year only. Turbo badges and stickers aside, this 650cc air cooled four cylinder pumped out 85 ponies at the crank, and was generally regarded as one of the sharpest handling sportbikes of the era. Credit the 16" front wheel for agility, and legendary designer Hans Muth for the sculpted bodywork.


From the seller:

This is a one owner XN85 turbo . I am selling this bike for my brother in-law as he doesnt have much experience on ebay. Very low miles and in very good running order.

Everything works on the bike all gauges and turbo work properly. Very low production of these bikes ( 300 in the US) as they where very expensive back in 1983. None listed on Ebay except for this one.

Buyer is responsible for pick up and or shipping. The bike can be brought to the US border near Montreal if need be.

The bikes has 41379 KM which is equivalent to 25711 Miles.


Factory turbo bikes are some of the easiest "rare" bikes to collect. For while there were very, very few sold in North America they are also not prohibitively expensive. These are sure to go up in value over time, but it may be a long, long time before they are worth real money. Beware that parts on these one year only models can be difficult to source, although there are quite a few crossover parts with the rest of the Suzuki lineup for regular wear items.


This Canadian example is available right now - with very reasonable pricing. The current bid is only $2,025 with reserve not met. The BIN is only $3,400. When was the last time that kind of scratch bought you a very cool and very rare motorcycle? For more information and pictures click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!


Sport Bikes For Sale February 25, 2013 posted by

California Kat: 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000


Quick - look at the pictures. Do you spot the rare bike? I'm beginning to doubt the rarity of these post-disco, pre-grunge "it came from the 80s" Suzuki Katanas. RSBFS went for ages without posting a single one, and then BANG! we suddenly find several. Such are the risks associated with bringing you the best of the rare bikes available on the internet; sometimes it is an HRC RC30, sometimes it is a Neiman Marcus "limited edition" offering, and sometimes it is something in between, like this 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000.


Designed by Hans Muth, the futuristic styling assured Suzuki of instant recognition and plenty of press. But the big Katana was perhaps too ahead of it's time - and the bold angles and "big block" approach to power was already past; just around the corner the Ninja waited to change the game completely....


From the seller:
1982 Suzuki Katana 1000, all stock, 8476 original miles.
Clean title, original Tool kit, owners manual, all original keys. Original seat in photo, new seat from Suzuki also included.

New fork seals, progressive springs installed, anti-dive units replaced with block-off plates, anti-dive units included in sale.

Chrome and brightwork on engine is excellent. Everything works. No oil leaks.
Original exhaust. Black chrome in great condition, no pitting, very shiny. There are some scratches on the bottom right side exhaust shown in picture.

I replaced gas tank and fairing. Originals are included in sale. All work done by Suzuki dealer. engine #GS10X102258.

Bike looks, runs and rides excellent.


Whether you are buying to ride or buying to invest, you might want to take note. Complete Katanas in first year colors and complete with the stock seat, body panels and black chrome exhaust are becoming more and more rare. If unmolested is what grabs your eye, then you might wish to stare at this one for a while. It is certainly not perfect, but has seemed to survive the drag bike turned rat bike status of less fortunate machines.


Your chance to own this piece of stylistic history is now. This bike is located in the sunny State of California, and the auction has just begun. The opening ask is a bit high at $6,000, but Katanas in this condition will pass that mark at auction these days. There is a reserve in place as well, so time will tell us how high this seller hopes to go. Check out all of the info and pictures here. Good Luck!!


Sport Bikes For Sale December 6, 2012 posted by

Ghost of Christmas past? 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000

This is a bad boy sportbike from another time. It is hard to believe that this bombshell dropped on U.S. shores 30 years ago! This bike still looks menacing and full of purpose and ready to tear up your favorite road. Credit legendary designer Hans Muth for the angles, and Suzuki for having the guts to produce it.

First generation Katanas such as this are pretty rare, and thus very popular when they do turn up for sale. This particular one seems to have had a minor refresh to get it ready for sale, yet it looks complete and has a significant number of bids thus far.

From the seller:
For sale is a very rare 1982 Suzuki gs1000sz Katana, this bike was completely restored, complete teardown

complete paintjob

all decals and engine badges are new old stock oem suzuki parts

new clutch cable, throttle cable

the seat is original, i just cleaned it and the seat strap is new old stock oem suzuki

forks were rebuilt new seals

frame,stands, battery box sandblasted and painted

engine cleaned and painted

carbs were rebuilt completely all new seals and

brand new battery

vance & hines exhaust( was bought off showroom floor with it on bike)

this was a 2 owner bike, the bike

this bike runs great, has 28600 miles

There are those that prefer the colors of the next year bike, or claim that the 1100 Katana is the more potent performer. While you cannot fault the reasoning, this first edition model will always be the most desired by collectors; this is the model that started it all.

Bidding has been pretty hot on this machine, and the current price is up to just over $4,000 with reserve still in place. Despite the number of bids the price is still a bit lower than expected, although I anticipate that to go up as the auction nears the end. For your chance to bid on this monster - or just to check out the pictures and the action - click on the link and jump on over. Don't miss your chance to snag a piece of Suzuki history!