Posts by tag: Japanese

Honda November 19, 2017 posted by

Oval-piston wonder: 1992 Honda NR

Back in the early '90s, Honda was still known for pushing boundaries with build quality, poise and panache unrivaled among its competitors. Throughout the decade, Big Red claimed some truly great accomplishments that dragged motorcycling further toward the coming millennium. But in '92, Honda spat out one of its craziest street creations on record, the 750cc V4 NR.

The NR was not a homologation model as much as it was a celebration of the brand's grand prix and endurance racers of the late 1970s and 1980s. It sported oval pistons that allowed eight valves per cylinder and required eight connecting rods, for an engine design that resembled a four-cylinder V8.

The bikes, which are heavy by today's standards and pump out a now-modest 114 hp, rarely change hands, so any opportunity at one should be taken seriously. This 1992 Honda NR sports 5,000 miles, a lot for a bike of which just 300 examples were built. It appears to show some wear accumulated along the way.

From the eBay listing:

If you are looking at this motorcycle, you know what it is. Ready to ride or show. Outstanding condition., , The Honda NR (New Racing) is a v-four motorcycle engine series started by Honda in 1979 with the 500cc NR500 Grand Prix racer that used oval pistons. This road going NR750 uses elliptical piston with curved long sides. These bikes are rarely for sale. Great value for money., Will be sold as is off the container with all VAT and Duties paid and entered onto the NOVA system, due instock appx end feb 2018, SELLING WHAT WE ARE HAPPY TO RIDE OURSELVES,UK-WORLDWIDE DELIVERY, over 150 more bikes available on the MOTORCYCLEGIANT website.

The bike is for sale through an English dealer that is importing it from Japan. Under most circumstances, that could spell a deal breaker, as there are much easier ways to get your hands on a a bike. In the case of the NR, though, the waiting and paperwork will be well worth the struggle.

Bimota November 15, 2017 posted by

Hen’s Tooth: 1983 Bimota SB4S

Hailing from a time when Bimota had its pick of mass-produced engines to stick into lovely bespoke frames, this 1983 Bimota SB4S is a one-of-34 machine from a factory that wasn't exactly known for its production capacity. What makes this SB4 so rare is that it is fully faired, setting it apart from the other 200-odd SB4s built.

1983 Bimota SB4S for sale on eBay UK

Under the gorgeous red-and-white bodywork lies a Suzuki Katana 1,100 engine, which was about the baddest mill money could buy at the time, and brings the weight savings and simplicity of air cooling to the party. As mentioned, the bike sports a hand-welded frame of Bimota's own design and crafting, and the best suspension money could buy at the time.

From the eBay listing:

Super rare and stunning Bimota SB4 SS

Only 34 factory built full fairing bikes were made and this bike has been sat in a collection and never used

Powered by the incredible Katana GSX1100 engine and fitted with the best forks and brakes that money could buy this was the ultimate sports bike of its day

Terrific value and a solid investment to ride or collect

Making this bike even more special is the fact that it is a zero-mile machine. It was purchased and stuck in a collection, making it a truly unused and untested time capsule. The machine is available through eBay classifieds in the U.K. for £15,885, or about $20,000.

 

Hen’s Tooth: 1983 Bimota SB4S
Kawasaki November 15, 2017 posted by

Nice Original: 1996 Kawasaki ZX-7R

As the fall riding season winds down on the East Coast, the sportbike market has tightened up, with the year's choicest machines long since spoken for or mothballed for another shot at a big sale come spring. There still are some gems to be had, though, and this 1996 Kawasaki ZX-7R is one.

1996 Kawasaki ZX-7R for sale on eBay

It's the perfect green-white-purple Kawasaki livery, its bright green fairings set off by violet wheels. It has covered 24,000 miles; lots for a sportbike, but nothing to be afraid of if it was well looked-after. The bodywork wears a scuff or two, but is overall in really nice condition.

From the eBay listing:

For sale is a very nice condition 1996 Kawasaki ZX7R Ninja. Very hard to find in this condition with ONLY 24K miles...that's only 1,000 miles a year !!! Only the 1996 had the purple rear end and wheels which are highly sought after in stock colors!! This bike runs excellent. It has Yoshimura exhaust that shines like new. Also authentic ASV levers and if you know bikes you know these levers are NOT cheap !!! The bike will come with a New Hampshire certified VIN verification registered by a authorized dealer representative on official NH state VIN verification forms. If needed, I will get it registered if you are from a state that will only accept prior registration (NH does not title bikes past year 1999.)

This would be a great bike to catch the waning days of the season on, or to save for Indian summer winters we have been having lately. Or you could use the time between now and longer days to sort what needs sorting for a really good rider next year.

Nice Original: 1996 Kawasaki ZX-7R
Sport Bikes For Sale November 13, 2017 posted by

Import Eligible: 1988 Honda CBR400RR

We have seen our fair share of VFR400Rs and lightweight, two-stroke screamers on home soil this year, but Honda's pint-sized inline-four sportbikes have stayed fairly scarce, except for a few examples here and there. The other side of the pond is another story, where the rev-happy "training" bikes can be had for a song.

1988 Honda CBR400RR for sale on eBay

This 1988 Honda CBR400RR wears Honda's striking black-and-orange livery from the period, the seller says he has been restoring the bike over the last three years. The fairings have been polished, and they apparently are supplemented with a replacement set. No word on the originality of either.

The vendor claims that the frame, suspension and engine have been rebuilt over his time with the bike, though it has not been ridden. It needs a choke cable, and some carb fiddling to be 100 percent.

From the eBay listing:

Hi this is my Honda cbr400rr nc23
This really is an awesome bike I have owned it for 3 years and been restoring it...never been ridden on the road this I have owned it but has been started and ran frequently ,however I now need to sell due to saving for a house and lack of room.
The bike is 35 years old however for this age immaculate.
Fairing were professionally polished
The following has been taken apart cleaned and rebuilt with new parts;
Frame
Engine
Front suspension
Rear shock
Front and back wheels
Bearing all round
Brand new A16 race can
Rear hugger
Radiator
Ecu
Battery
Brand new rep sprayed tank and tank cap
Bar ends
Carbon yoke cover
Carb seals replaced and serviced although never used

All electrical work fine
Also have a brand new spare fairing set that will also come with the bike and original exhaust

Problems
Need new choke cable and carbs need setting up for idol
Bike is currently SORN due to restoring

Anymore info or for an offer feel free to message

The Buy-It-Now is set at £1,400, or about $1,835 at today's exchange rate. It could be a decent pickup for a fun backroad bomber for our readers in Britain, or a decent option for import for U.S. buyers, though import, duties and titling the bike will eat any savings on the purchase end PDQ.

 

Import Eligible: 1988 Honda CBR400RR
Kawasaki November 9, 2017 posted by

Shades of Lawson: 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR

The early '80s were a great time to be an enormous Japanese superbike, as Wes Cooley, Kenny Roberts, Freddie Spencer and Eddie Lawson were busy catapulting your fortunes into the stratosphere. The Kawasaki KZ series in particular was enjoying the fruits of Lawson's labor, as the flat tracker from Upland, California won the AMA Superbike Championship back-to-back in '81 and '82 aboard a lime green and electric blue KZ1000.

1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica for sale on eBay

The 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica sought to imitate Eddie's championship steeds for the street, complete with 4-to-1 Kerker headers, reservoir shocks, a GPz1100 head and the striking paint scheme that would become synonymous with the brand.

Kawi made fewer than 1,000 ELRs, which makes the real-deal bikes a very special find today. The example here appears to be flawless, with just 6,200 miles on the clock. It appears to have originated in Canada, but now lives in the collection of a bike mechanic out of Miami, Florida.

The seller says it has raft of new parts, freshly-cleaned carbs and is one of four in his collection.

From the eBay listing:

1983 KAWASAKI KZ1000R EDDIE LAWSON REPLICA IN AMAZING CONDITION HAS BEEN IN PRIVATE COLLECTIONS FOR MANY YEARS I WENT THRU THE BIKE THIS YEAR, CARBURETORS CLEANED, NEW METZLER TIRES, BRAKES OVERHAULED, NEW FUEL PETCOCK, NEW SS BRAKE LINES, ALONG WITH OVER $8000 INVESTED BY THE PREVIOUS OWNER (10 YR MAINT HISTORY, LOTS OF NOS PARTS)

THIS IS A NO RESERVE AUCTION TO OWN AN AMAZING ORIGINAL 1983 KAWASAKI KZ1000R EDDIE LAWSON REPLICA WITH 6200 MILES (10900 KM THE BIKE LIVED IN CANADA ). THERE WERE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF SPECIAL EDITION ELR'S, AND ONLY A SMALL AMOUNT OF NORTH AMERICAN DEALERS RECEIVED THEM IN 1983.

THE BIKE HAS BEEN IN PRIVATE COLLECTIONS FOR MANY YEARS AND IS ONE OF 4 ELR'S THAT ARE IN MY COLLECTION. SINCE I DON'T NEED 4 ELR'S I AM MAKING ONE AVAILABLE TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER.

SHOW IT OFF IN YOUR COLLECTION, MAN-CAVE, OR LIKE ME IN YOUR OFFICE NEXT TO A WES COOLEY REPLICA.

I HAVE BEEN A BIKE MECHANIC SINCE 1980 COLLECTING, RACING, AND RESTORING THEM FOR OVER 35 YEARS. THIS BIKE HAS RECENTLY BEEN SERVICED: CARBS, BRAKES, BRAKE MASTER CYLS, NEW ORING CHAIN, NEW METZLER TIRES, FUEL PETCOCK, PLUGS, OIL&FILTER, NEW BATTERY, AND OVER $8000 INVESTED BY THE PREVIOUS OWNER. LOTS OF HARD TO FIND AND NOS PARTS.

DONT MISS OUT ON YOUR CHANCE TO OWN A PART OF MOTORCYCLE HISTORY. PLEASE CALL ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS 954.816.0806 FLORIDA TITTLE IN MY NAME. I AM HAPPY TO WORK WITH YOUR SHIPPER AND CAN STORE THE BIKE IN MY SECURE CLIMATE CONTROLLED LOCATION FOR UP TO 30 DAYS. $1000 DEPOSIT BALANCE BY CASH OR WIRE TRANSFER WITHIN 3 DAYS.

As one of the first true race tribute bikes, and one of the earliest world-beating Japanese race bikes, ELRs should enjoy sustained value, and this example needs nothing to enter a collection or limited use.

Shades of Lawson: 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR
Yamaha November 8, 2017 posted by

Tax Evader: 1987 Yamaha FZ700

The late '80s dawned with a series of ominous signs: The economy turned south, Full House debuted, I was born and the tariff on Japanese bikes over 750 cc shipped to the U.S. was in its full, dreadful swing. That meant that some of the decade's meanest street/track machines were prohibitively expensive to buyers on these shores, and Japanese factories needed to get a little creative.

The 1987 Yamaha FZ700 you see here is a direct result of the U.S. market's bow to Harley Davidson, a de-stroked, slightly neutered version of Yamaha's mighty FZ750. The 700 makes fewer ponies, but will feel torquier and is a little better suited to exclusive street use. It also wears skinnier forks and one-size-fits-all 267 mm discs at both ends.

This bike has covered more than 26,000 miles, though that should not be a concern if it has been looked after. It shows signs of a low-speed laydown, though it looks like the damage, while certainly ugly, is mostly cosmetic.

From the eBay listing:

This vintage rocket is a tremendous value. Other than minor easily repairable cracked fairing damage and side pipe scuffs this sport bike is beautiful, mechanically sound and ride ready. Recent service included a tune-up, brake line flush and coolant flush.

After riding and collecting motorcycles for many years I would like to give one piece of advice then I'll shut up. Whether it is my bike or anybody else's, do your self a favor, spend the money it takes to buy the best, most mechanically sound bike that has been well cared for and gone through, because it will be FAR less expensive in the end. Don't make the rookie mistake I have made in the past on "barn-finds" that A. needs a mechanic that knows what the hell they are doing at B. $100 bucks an hour to C. fix and replaces parts, tune etc. because it will C. cost thousands and hundreds in transportation D. for a bike that you will not ride in 8+ months.

Any honest offer is not an insult so if you like it message me.

Despite not having the fire-breathing reputation and pedigree of the racier stabelmate, the FZ700 is nonetheless a cool bike, and with its one-year-only status and interesting historic context, it remains collectible and desirable.

Tax Evader: 1987 Yamaha FZ700