Posts by tag: homologation

Honda September 12, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: Ex-Jim Granger 1990 Honda RC30

Update 9.12.2017: Price reduced to $28,500. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Jim Granger is widely considered royalty among the cognoscenti in U.S Honda RC30 circles, having owned and tweaked a raft of the rare V4 beasts over the years. What you see here is a 1990 Honda RC30 that Jim owned for the better part of its life, adding go bits from the HRC parts bin along the way.

We can't say for sure which one of Jim's RCs this is, but check out this forum post describing power figures for a brace of mild and wild RCs he built at some point:

Jim Granger's RC30: 123rwhp skimmed block, stock pistons, stock cams,
un-cut stock heads HRC spec porting, HRC exhaust, flatslides, HRC ignition

Jim Granger's 133rwhp RC30: Same as previous plus custom stainless valves
(std size), race spec valve job, 91 HRC cams, multiple
assemble/disassemble "clearancing" . Dyno fuel flow indicated 1 jet lean,
approximate 3 hp per operator.

Seller Jay told us this bike's engine has never been opened, so we wouldn't expect those numbers from it, but keep reading to see the tasty pieces it did pick up in Granger's stewardship.

The predecessor to the also-legendary RC45, RC30s found glory both in short-circuit superbike racing and on the longer, scarier road courses of England and Northern Ireland with names like Robert and Joey Dunlop aboard.

The grocery list of rare and unobtainable parts on this bike is very long, but includes HRC jet kit, radiators, rear shock, fork internals, wheels, a Moriwaki dry clutch setup and a one-off Yoshimura exhaust. The changes, though subtle, are wide-ranging and strategic, and will give the bike slightly more than the stock 118 horsepower and sharpen its responses on all fronts.

No internal modifications also mean the engine has never had to come apart for any reason, and in true Honda fashion, it has performed reliably with regular maintenance. It is also fully street legal, and retains the stock clipons, rearsets, turn signals and lights. It is decidedly not superbike-spec, and that makes it almost more desirable.

The seller says Jim owned and rode the bike for more than 20 years, adding about 10,000 road miles to the clock in that time. The mileage currently reads just over 21,000, but Jay says about half of those miles came from Granger adding mileage to the odo in order to register the bike in California.

In Jay's words:

Jim Granger's 1990 RC30

This was Jim's personal RC30 from 1991 till 2014 when I bought it. Jim is the US RC30 guru, no one can question his love or knowledge of these bikes. I've ridden it about 800 miles, 50 in the last week. Most of its time with me it was on display in my buddy's office or living room.

This girl has history, some of it I might get wrong, hopefully Jim will correct me. Jim bought it from someone in the southwest and had to add almost 10,000 miles to the odometer the register it in California. Then it spent it's time in his shop and in the mountains of So-Cal racking up another 10,000 or so miles, the current Odo reading is 21,537. When I bought her she had been "sleeping" for a few years in his shop, he woke her back up with fresh fluids, tires and anything else she needed. Recently I changed the oil and bled the brakes and clutch and replaced the battery, she is ready to ride.

She has a bunch of cool parts in this list, but I bet I missed a few:

HRC 17" Magnesium wheels
HRC full floating and vented front rotors with HRC calipers
HRC front axle
HRC fork internals with external adjusters
HRC Radiators and Temp gauge
HRC jet kit (I think)
Moriwaki DRY CLUTCH ) (imagine a Japanese refined Ducati dry clutch sound, F'ing musical)
HRC Aluminum bodied rear shock
HRC rear ride height adjuster
A one off Yoshimura full exhaust with a period carbon can
PFM iron rear rotor
HRC breather tank
Modified rear subframe
Braided lines
Aftermarket 520 chain and sprockets
A lot cool aluminum hardware here and there

She has a lot of the practical stock parts, like the stock rear sets, stock clip-ons and bar-ends, stock turn signals and lights. She is just as comfortable and easy to ride as the day she left the factory. Her motor is stock, has never been removed or apart and has never had any problems. A bunch of the cool parts came from Freddie Spencer's RC30 program like the wheels, clutch and suspension.

This girl has been meticulously cared for, she has never been crashed, never fallen off the stand or anything like that. But she does have a few blemishes, look carefully at the pictures, ask questions, I want to make sure you know what you are getting. I've taken over 30 pictures, the latest one after I rode her to work this morning (8/21/17). The upper hasn't been painted, but the pearl white is a bit off, maybe it was kept near the welder or got some extra sun. The bike has a few chips and marks but nothing besides the pearl white really worth highlighting. Take a look at how great the fork lowers look, she is in great shape. What you see is what you get, she doesn't include any other parts (except her factory rear stand), no tool kits or manuals.

Ask questions, ask for pictures, please understand what this bike is and what you are buying. Asking $30,000. Jay@boonehonda.com

If that email results in a bounce, use Jay@motorcycleleatherexchange.com

The $30,000 $28,500 asking price is a big number, to be sure, but RC30s are only getting rarer, and this one is in largely unmolested condition, and comes with the provenance of Jim Granger in its ownership history. For more pictures or to make an offer, contact Jay directly at the address above.

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Featured Listing: Ex-Jim Granger 1990 Honda RC30
Suzuki September 2, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: One-of-Six 1994 Suzuki GSXR-750 SP in England

The 1994 Suzuki GSXR-750 SP was the third superbike homologation special Hamamatsu built on the GSXR line, but unlike the 1986 GSXR Limited Edition and the 1989 GSXR-RR, the SP was made special mostly for its rarity.

The SP lacked the dry clutch of the earlier bikes, and by '94 had swollen to 506 pounds wet, just a few lbs shy of the stock bike. It was still laden with special features, including four 40mm flat slide carbs, a lightened and stiffened swingarm and lighter forks, but came with a pillion seat, a feature that belied its world superbike credentials.

The flat slides helped the 750cc inline four spit out more than 110 horses, and the bike was good for more than 150 mph on the big end.

The GSXR-750 SP shown here is the third of six that were imported to the UK, and achieved some degree of fame on the cover of English bike rag Superbike Magazine, a hilarious and often lewd publication I used to pore over as a kid. It comes with a ton of original documentation, and a letter from Suzuki HQ in England authenticating its rarity and the date it was first registered.

The sale includes a DVD of pictures and videos from before and after the bike's restoration, and, unlike the majority of SPs, this one comes with a solo seat cowl.

From the seller:

FOR SALE

Suzuki GSXR750SP - 1994 WSB homologation special.
1 of 6 UK bikes imported by Paul Denning of Crescent Suzuki out of a claimed European production run of 200 (only 127 bikes officially listed). The only remaining UK bike and restored to original condition, this is the actual feature bike from period UK road test reports.

Full documented restoration and all correct with Mikuni flatslides, 43mm forks, braced swingarm, 6 pot brakes, 4-2-1 manifold and close ratio gearbox it is also supplied with ultra rare single seat cowling and all documents including correspondence with Crescent Suzuki to authenticate the chassis details.
Comes with its original clock set in European specification and an alternate UK clock set fitted with mileage set correspondingly at 18,000 miles.

A well documented bike in the UK magazine scene, serviced with current MOT and in turn key condition it's one to take to the odd classic meeting to get people guessing.

POA

Shipping/export welcome and can be discussed.

The 18,000 miles this bike has covered sounds like a lot for a racing special this rare, but with a stint on the magazine test circuit, it's not at all shocking. It carries an up-to-date UK Ministry of Transport (MoT) safety inspection, and the seller says it's turn-key and road ready.

If you're interested, the price is available upon request from the seller directly: tub2@icloud.com

Featured Listing: One-of-Six 1994 Suzuki GSXR-750 SP in England
Suzuki September 2, 2017 posted by

Rare Rattler: 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited Edition

Most of the time, limited edition means "this one has a stripe," or more likely, "this one says 'limited edition' on it." That was not the case with the 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited Edition.

1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited Edition for sale on eBay

The LE model was the bike built to homologate the GSXR-750 for superbike classes around the world, and came with a series of trick pieces that made it an edge more precise than the regular Gixxer, and leagues ahead of the competition.

At the top of the list of tricks was a dry clutch, which was a $2,000 piece when new. There was a close-ratio cog box to match the clutch, the brakes were bigger, the forks were the 41 mm electric anti-dive units from the GSXR-1100, and the hand-laid fiberglass tail section carried a solo seat in blue upholstery.

Then, of course, there were special graphics and blue wheels.

The engine was left alone, Suzuki reasoning that weight savings would hurt the wallet enough, and that racers would work their own voodoo regardless of factory trickery. The resulting bike was six pounds lighter than the layman's GSXR, and on the order of 60 pounds svelter than the competition's porkers.

It was also the most expensive Japanese sport bike available at the time, coming in at $6,500 -- $14,500 in today's money -- more than $2,000 over the regular model.

This GSXR-750 Limited, from a Miami seller with a collection of rare and tasty beasts, has been a street bike its whole life, and has been pampered by all appearances. That makes it a rare thing, indeed, among a production run of limiteds that were either tracked and crashed or stolen to be pilfered for their clutches and transmissions.

Aside from some obvious pitting on the forks, a scuffed fairing and a mark on the tank, this bike is showroom.

From the eBay listing:

Race homologation special. This 1986 LTD has never been a trackbike. It has 4545 miles of easy street riding. The motorcycle is in completely stock condition, with no mods to the carbs, bodywork, exhaust, etc. For a 31 year old motorcycle, it is in amazing condition. A solid 9 out of 10. There is a small scuff on the corner of the upper fairing; some light corrosion on the front fork legs; and a small mark on the tank. The motorcycle was recommissioned after years of dry storage in a collection. The carbs were serviced; new tires added; and all fluids changed. The motorcycle runs beautifully with no issues. The motorcycle comes with a clear title, as well as miscellaneous literature connected with the bike.

*Please bid only if you plan on purchasing. A non-refundable deposit is required within 24 hours of auction ending. We will not be responsible for buyer’s remorse or problems found to said vehicle once they have left our property. ALL SALES ARE FINAL WITH MOTORCYCLE BEING SOLD

with a few days left in the auction, which is on the high side of the market, but fair for a very rare and special early Gixxer. As ever, weigh in in the comment section below.

Rare Rattler: 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited Edition
Sport Bikes For Sale August 21, 2017 posted by

Granddaddy’s Repli-Racer: Clean 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750

The values the first Suzuki GSX-Rs have begun their inevitable climb into the stratosphere, but it is still possible to pick one up for less-than-stupid money. They are rare and sought-after in any condition, so you cannot expect to pay Craigslist-bargain prices for them, but they're attainable.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 for sale on eBay

And you want one. The boxy. tri-colored fairing could only have come from a specific era in an especially loony decade. Before the smoothed-over soapbar fairings of the Honda CBR Hurricane pushed slippery shapes into fashion, Suzuki cut and creased its way to the unique, slab-sided form-over-function fairings we see here.

The bodywork is odd and gawky, but purposeful, so it works. And if the looks don't get you, what's underneath the plastic is ready and willing to try. The bike is built around an alloy perimeter frame that straddles an air- and oil-cooled 750cc inline four.

For its time, the bike was a featherweight technological marvel, sporting anti-dive forks on a bike that barely pushed 400 pounds without fluids.

This is example shows very well, though it sports a few blemishes, and has a smattering of non-original paint. The seller notes a raft of recent maintenance, including a carb cleaning, a valve adjustment and new fork seals.

From the listing:

Original super clean 1986 GSXR750. 49 state bike with clear California title. 13,200 original miles. Cosmetically the bike is extremely clean All original fairings that have been professionally repaired (standard cracks around mirror mounts) and repainted (only the cowl, side panels and lower. The rest are original paint & condition) in factory colors. All original hardware. No dents in tank. A little bubbling of air under tank decal strips on side (see pic) No tears in seat. The engine cosmetically is extremely clean. All original and complete. Good tires. Carbs just rebuilt. Complete service and valve adjustment just done. New fork seals. Has manual adjustable cam chain tensioner. Comes with original one. Runs and rides great.

* Bike is for sale locally so I reserve the right to end auction early

The bike is at $3,500 with a single bid and five days left in the auction. Grab it before the prices soar!

 

Granddaddy’s Repli-Racer: Clean 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750
Honda July 12, 2017 posted by

Pristine: 1985 Honda VF1000R with 442 Miles for Sale

When you mention Honda’s endurance race replicas, most folks are likely to think of their iconic RC30 or RC45 machines, some of the best-looking bikes of their era, or maybe the smaller NC30 if they’re more budget-minded. But the VF1000R had endurance-racer styling and a host of sophisticated features to homologate them for competition. Possibly the bike has languished a bit forgotten as it hails from an in-between period of sportbike design, as the formula was still being established. It’s bulkier and heavier than you might expect for a sports-oriented bike, at 600lbs wet. But 125hp and a spread of V4 torque meant a top speed of almost 150mph and, in keeping with the endurance-racing theme, it could charge along at that speed all day long.

So why was this racing-styled beast so heavy? The typical Honda tendency to over-engineer everything: fairings on the bike featured spring-loaded flaps to vent hot air, and the rear brake actually has a vented disc. Torque-Reactive Anti-Dive Control forks were designed to reduce brake dive and featured quick-release axles, adjustable bars meant ideal setup for a variety of riders, and modular Comstar wheels were wrapped in radial tires, a relatively new development for motorcycles. At the heart of the machine was a 998cc V4 with gear-driven cams that gave precise timing and that distinctive whine.

The VF1000R is not exactly an agile machine, but handling is stable and good wind protection combined with those adjustable ergos mean reasonable comfort. This particular example appears to be in pristine condition, as you'd expect with just 442 miles on the odometer. The only possible downside is that slightly less-desirable single, US-market headlamp. Interestingly, Honda developed that configuration just in case the Euro twin-lamp [behind a single lens] set up didn't pass regulations here. They needn't have worried, apparently, but typical Honda thoroughness won out and luckily both treatments look good.

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Honda VF1000R with 442 Miles for Sale

Up for sale is my 1985 Honda VF1000R from my collection and it is in pristine condition and is listed with an astonishing 442 miles. The bike sat indoors for 27 years but that a full refresh has already been completed (details below).

Honda’s enthusiasm for the V4 engine layout in the early 1980s was such that by 1984 the VF range comprised six models and the fastest and most glamorous was the VF1000R: a limited-edition super-sports machine that was created, with little expense spared, to dominate production racing in the way that the straight-four CB1100R had done three years earlier.

Refresh details:

  • Flushed brakes, add stainless steel braided brake lines, rebuilt rear master cylinder
  • Lubed and adjusted throttle and clutch cables
  • Flushed cooling system
  • Torqued and checked all chassis fittings and fasteners,  check/tighten steering head bearings,
  • Replaced shock (rear) with Hagon coil-over upgrade, shock was valved and springs for me being a 180 lb. solo rider optimum.
  • Replaced battery, NGK spark plugs,
  • Performed compression check and full tune, including clean and synch carbs, flush fuel tank and add 1 gallon bath metal rust remover, replace petcock assembly (leaking).
  • Added engine top-end oiling kit from Daughtry Motorsports (early VF1000's were reported to suffer top end oiling deficiency and this kit addresses that fully).  Includes oil filter with adapter for top-end oiling kit.
  • Replaced original tires (old and cracked) with brand new Bridgestone Battlax BT45's.  Went to 150/70/17 rear (stock was 140) and 120/80/16 front (stock size).

Starting bid for this listing is $12,000 with no takers yet plenty of time left. These have been selling for shockingly low sums up until very recently, considering their rarity and specification, but collectors appear to have finally gotten wise to this forgotten gem. The seller is looking for big money, but I'd expect you're looking at the nicest, lowest-mileage example in the US. I'm not sure how much time it will take before that looks like a bargain, but I have the feeling it won't be all that long...

-tad

Pristine: 1985 Honda VF1000R with 442 Miles for Sale
Ducati June 3, 2017 posted by

What’s In a Name: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO for Sale

There was a time when the alphanumeric naming of a motor vehicle actually meant something, a time when a BMW 535 was obviously a 5-Series car sporting a 3.5 liter inline six, or when you could tell just from the name that a Ferrari 360 Modena was powered by a 3.6 liter version of their screaming flat-plane crank V8. There's also something elemental about a vehicle with a number for a name, something that connotes a competitive intent, and that's certainly the case with the Ducati 888 SPO, a machine that actually displaced the advertised 888cc.

Ducati sticking "SPO" on the end is a bit like the original intent of car-dom's "GTO" in that it indicates the "omologato" status of this version, which means that it was intended to homologate the bike to compete in AMA Superbike racing, as the European SP5 wasn't road-legal in the US. For the most part, the engine was pretty standard Strada spec, but the suspension used some higher-end components from the SP5.

That engine was Ducati's Desmoquattro four-valve, liquid-cooled v-twin making around 100hp and the stout midrange for which the Italian twins are famous. The 888 and its predecessor the 851 which, coincidentally, displaced 851cc, were hugely significant for Ducati, being their first modern sportbikes that could compete on road and track against their Japanese counterparts. Sure, in the showrooms they were produced in far smaller numbers and at a much higher price, but owning a Ducati has never really been the most affordable proposition.

From the original eBay listing: 1993  Ducati 888 SPO for Sale

Production #63 very clean, kept garaged, all services current

Well, that's not very much to go on, and I think the listing could use a few more pictures, but the pictures that are included suggest that the bike is in better shape than you'd expect, considering its 19,000 miles. Clearly, this has been owned by a conscientious enthusiast and, as with all Ducatis, condition is much more important than mileage: the basic L-twin engine is reliable when properly maintained and, aside from electrical gremlins, should provide years of booming Italian fun before needing more than routine attention. Bidding is up to just $7,600 but there are six days left on the listing and bidding is active, so it will certainly go much higher be for it expires.

 -tad