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Suzuki February 12, 2018 posted by

Carte Grise – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R Limited Edition in France

Spanning the globe, as Wide World of Sports used to say, in this case to bring you the thrill of a Limited Edition lightweight GSX-R750R.  In oddball JDM red and brown, the LE is a standout with only a few hundred made to homologate it for AMA Superbike racing.  This French-registered GSX-R looks great and has correct Yoshimura exhaust.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition ( France )

1986 was the second year in GSX-R750 history, with just a few tweaks from the introductory model.  Though the alloy Full Floater swingarm was extended, the aluminum frame and air/oil-cooled 100 hp engine were hallmarks of the design.  The Limited Edition had a couple of nice updates from the base model, New Electrically Activated Suspension ( NEAS ) anti-dive forks and big brakes from the GSX-R1100, along with lightweight dry clutch and close-ratio transmission.  The solo seat and fairing were quite a bit lighter than the biposto.  The entire package was around 400 lbs. dry, weighing less than most 600 cc machines of the day.

Housed in a Paris suburb, this LE appears complete and undamaged save a scratched area on the left fairing.  The owner states it has matching numbers and is registered on a grey card - indicating standard registration, which may ease import and re-documenting.  Not too many pictures and almost no history, so bid accordingly and make this your excuse to visit Paris for a pre-purchase inspection.

Surprisingly light and expensive, the Limited Edition wowed reviewers and race machines were immediately successful in endurance events, but had to wait until 1989 for Jamie James to grab the AMA crown from Honda.  A bit of a grail at this point, the LE's rarity is worth pursuing and some travel might be part of the fun.  Though "Pops" Yoshimura passed away in 1995, the company is still run by his sons with a location in Chino, California, and manages Suzuki's AMA Superbike and Supercross racing efforts.

-donn

 

Carte Grise – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R Limited Edition in France
Suzuki January 29, 2018 posted by

Bonkers – 1990 Suzuki GSX-R750

Hardly altering its good looks, Suzuki made several changes to the GSX-R750 for 1990 - beefier frame, 4-into-1 exhaust, and a lot of internal changes to the air/oil-cooled I-four.  This Texas example is nice overall, but the evil lurking on the garage shelves bit the tank pretty hard.

1990 Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale on eBay

 

Suzuki had tried their shorter-stroke race engine design in 1988-89 road machines, but returned to a torquier 70 x 48.7 mm bore and stroke for 1990.  Great efforts were made to help the engine rev more easily, with lighter pistons, threading connecting rods bolts right into the rods, with 38mm Mikuni carburettors and changes in the head to address cracks between the spark plug and valve seats.  The result was 115 hp at 11,000 rpm and 57.5 ft.-lbs. torque.  While ROW machines got new upside-down forks, they wouldn't arrive here until 1991.

 

Having seen some use with 28,000+ miles, this GSX-R is quite stock, showing just the Carbon-Tech exhaust.  Hard to know the reason for the fading of the middle fairing section, perhaps it is a decal which hasn't aged as well as the paint.  The parts and bikes dealer says this in the eBay auction:

All Original aside from the pipe
One Owner Bike
Only fault is a ding in the tank and a small rub on the lower left fairing as shown in the pictures
Recent refresh
Runs and Rides Great
You will be hard pressed to find another like this one
28k Miles
Clean Title and Ready to Ride

 

Suzuki hung on to the racey feel of the GSX-R, with a serious riding position and requiring a resolute hand at turn-in time.  The quality suspension and lighter weight make the bike, as Colin Chapman said, faster everywhere.  Complete and stock GSX-R750's don't pop up every day, and while the new owner will have to take care not to let any refurbishment blow up the re-sale value, this sure looks like a good candidate.

-donn

 

 

Bonkers – 1990 Suzuki GSX-R750
BMW January 15, 2018 posted by

1KK1 – 1990/1991 BMW K1’s

Odd enough to see a single K1 up for sale, but a St. Louis specialty motoring shop has two in the house. The Bahnstorming liter-bike was BMW’s comprehensive solution to the sport/touring question.

1990/1991 BMW K1’s for sale on eBay

As ever, BMW was anxious to make their own way with their new inline four, laid on its side to get the mass as low as possible.  A new four-valve head helped the engine right to the 100 hp limit.  A trellis frame arched over the engine and supported conventional forks and the new Paralever rear shaft drive.  The wind-cheating seven piece fairing had available luggage fit to each opening, but held heat too much for some riders.  All U.S. imports were ABS equipped.

Both these K1’s look excellent and sound well-maintained, each in one of the more sane color choices.  The 1990 has just over 20,000 miles and the Staintune exhaust, while the -91’s asking price reflects its 70K miles, though it does come with the factory tank bag and luggage.

From the 1990’s eBay listing:

Same Owner for 16 Years
Special Aerodynamic Design
Sport Touring Package
1 of 613 imported to the U.S with the Blue and yellow paint scheme
Staintune Stainless Steel Performance Exhaust ($1200 option)

And about the 1991:

California bike, San Francisco Bay Area since new
1 of 670 K1s imported to the United States
Classic Black Metallic paint with orange decals
Factory Anti-lock Brakes
New rear tire, new ABS relay and new fork seals completed in May of 2017
Level 2 service was performed within the last 2,500 miles
Original tank bag with both rain covers, tool kit and original saddle bags with K1 rain covers

BMW moved its sport-touring meter sharply toward sport with the K1, though it was never caught up in race-inspired weight reduction or horsepower battles.  Most early adopters are likely aging out of the hobby at this point, and though only a few thousand made it here over the five years of production, more will be showing up for sale.  Very presentable and open to offers, one these K1’s might be the bookend to a collection or the ticket to the tour of a lifetime...

-donn

 

 

1KK1 – 1990/1991 BMW K1’s
BMW December 27, 2017 posted by

Naked Aggression – 2007 BMW K1200R Sport

BMW's niche of performance, clientele, and MSRP has given even their dabbles a certain credibility.  A marque that has always had a standard in the line-up ventured into musclebike territory in the mid-2000's swapping some fuel economy for showroom excitement.  The owner of this mildly customized K1200R Sport gives a nod to the days when all BMW's were black.

2007 BMW K1200R Sport for sale on eBay

 

Early oughties BMW developed a canted 1157cc inline four and put it in three models, S, GT, and R.  The K1200R for 2007 pushed 163 ponies, right up there for a semi-standard.  The box L-frame carried the stressed engine and was supported by BMW's Duolever front end and Paralever shaft-drive rear, which had electronically adjustable suspension as an option.  Power-assist EVO brakes had ABS available but traction control was still just over the horizon.  The Sport model had a Supersport fairing which cut the wind and allowed a relaxed handlebar position.

 

Evidently curated by a knowledgeable Florida owner, this K1200R Sport was retro-modded to BMW black and has covered under 1,000 miles.  The usually bare engine has an aftermarket carbon fairing which is a nice improvement, as is the Puig windscreen.  From the eBay auction:

Response to Questions:
1. Original color was "White Aluminum Metallic M"
2. Factory options include: sport wheels, heated grips, white turn indicators, Integral ABS II
3. Original keys and manuals shown in updated photos are included
4. Original factory MSRP sticker has been added to photos
5. The tires are original
6. Bike starts, idles, and runs like new
7. Bike has all recalls completed by BMW in Orange CA. Work Orders provided
8. Factory tail light will be reinstalled prior to shipping.

The price is absolutely FIRM. This gorgeous 2007 BMW K1200R Sport is in perfect shape with less than 1000 original miles. It has spent 10 years on display in a motorcycle collection and it looks and rides like new.
The bike has been upgraded with gloss black paint (by local BMW painter), lower carbon fiber cowling, clear tail-light, raised bars, and Puig windscreen. Nothing else is needed on this incredible bike.

 

Collectability would be enhanced is this had been a factory special rather than a customer's design, but very few of the K1200R Sports were made, and this one is pretty special.  Vertigo-inducing pictures show it to be flawless except for the peeled-off reflectors, and great options save ESA.  The ask is a third more than the Sport cost new, which will be a challenge for a brand that prides itself on longevity almost above all else...

-donn

Naked Aggression – 2007 BMW K1200R Sport
Triumph December 20, 2017 posted by

More or Less – 2003 Triumph Speed Four

Triumph's Speed Four was introduced in 2002 alongside the 955cc Speed Triple, the Four incongruously displacing only 599cc.  Reaching back to the 1938 Speed Twin for its name, the Speed Four used the TT600 sportbike frame and drivetrain and boarded the naked / streetfighter express.

2003 Triumph Speed Four for sale on eBay

 

With the exception of the less peaky cams and ECU maps, the 98 hp Speed Four used the TT600 engine, and the quick-tuning frame was the same except for spring rates.  The result was shootout-winning handling and decent 375 lbs. dry weight.  Outstanding brakes from the TT are retained.  Styling of the floating fly shield and fresh air intakes is well, provocative - though the mechanicals have been nicely dressed for nakedness.  The public-works orange paint demands attention.

 

Offered by an eBay-mostly dealer with 624 ( ! ) bikes available, there's no history available but it looks very well cared for.  Modifications appear to be limited to signals and bar-end mirrors, and with a lower 9,000 miles the danger is limited.  Certainly worth a phone call to see what maintenance was done when they received the bike.  Not exactly rare, the Speed Four was only built for four years and most led a much harder life.

 

Reviewers puzzled how John Bloor & Co. were able to deliver so much of their TT600 brand new for just $6500, and though the seller offers free shipping over $5,000, I'm thinking the reserve is somewhat below that.  Like most recent fuel injected machines, the 600's running at light throttle settings can be helped by a fuel nanny.  The naked has been tuned into a non-compete clause with the TT, but still has plenty of fun to offer, and should have a good smile-per-dollar ratio...

-donn

More or Less – 2003 Triumph Speed Four
Yamaha December 10, 2017 posted by

1 Liter, 1 Owner, 1 Mile – 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 LE

Yamaha dreamed up a 50th birthday present for them and us in 2006, and made only 1000 copies. Serial number 002 was put in storage without even a celebratory ride and is available as new.  It's a show and go affair with Roberts-era racing colors and 174 hp.

2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 50th Anniversary #002 for sale on eBay

The R1 was first introduced in 1998, and improved over the years with fuel injection, underseat exhaust, more aerodynamic fairing, and 2006 was the last model year to use the 5-valve Genesis engine.  For this year the reinforced swingarm was extended, and a factory slipper clutch system added.  The commemorative edition has Ohlins front and rear, forged Marchesini wheels, and a data-logging race dash.

 

Presented by a Las Vegas specialty dealer, this LE looks showroom new.  No history to speak of, but they did say in the eBay auction:

Please enjoy viewing this 2006 Yamaha  R1 anniversary Limited edition.  It has been professionally "mothballed" in order to store it without damaging the bike. It has never been ridden and has 0 miles on it.  This is #2 of 500 made and #1 is in the Yamaha museum.  Included with this bike is everything that came with the bike along with a special tool kit only made for this bike.

 

Likely the mileage and low serial number will be of more interest than the late R1's reputation as a forgiving superbike, ready to rack up the miles.  The 50th anniversary is also a milestone as for 2007 Yamaha returned to a more typical 4-valve head.  Fun to think that a skilled rider could take this ten year-old superbike right out and ( after a stop at the tire dealer ) turn a 10-second quarter mile...

-donn

1 Liter, 1 Owner, 1 Mile – 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 LE