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Yamaha October 21, 2017 posted by

Buy the Pair: 1988 and 1990 Yamaha FZR400

The Yamaha FZR 400 is the kind of bike that manages to get ignored by wide swathes of the motorcycling population, but instill deep devotion in those who have discovered its fantastic chassis, sprightly engine and general friendliness.

1988 Yamaha FZR400 for sale on eBay   1990 Yamaha FZR400 for sale on eBay

That appears to have been the case here, as the seller has not one, but two FZR 400s, and from two different eras of the 14,000 RPM featherweight. The 1988 model has covered a few more miles,  but wears Yamaha's iconic red and white livery and fantastic "pure sportsgraphics. The 1990 is slightly lower mileage, but wears the still cool but not as pretty later livery.

FZR cognoscenti will also know that the '90 should make the better rider's bike and track day machine, as it has bigger, four-pot front discs and an aluminum Deltabox swingarm, as opposed to the older model's square steel unit. Either bike will be a more engaging ride than the heavier, flexier, less-special FZR600 that was available at the same time.

With about 60 horses pushing about 400 pounds, the FZR400 is no slouch, especially for its size and its lovely inline four responds beautifully to revs.

From the eBay listings:

1988 Yamaha FZR400:

1988 Yamaha FZR-400

5470 miles. This is straight out of my personal collection.
New Bridgestones front and rear, complete head to toe service done.
Turn key and ready to play.
See all the pictures for better details. All stock, never raced,
Clean Clear NJ street title!
Really nice example of rare classic!

Call/text me at 845-807-8181 if you have any questions or would like to see the bike in person...check our other auctions for a 90 FZR-400 that I'm also selling.

Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer; New York residents add sales tax.

1990 Yamaha FZR400:

1990 Yamaha FZR-400

100% original and unmolested, with only 5022 miles.
This is straight out of My personal collection. NEVER raced or modified.
Only year in this color combination and Deltabox swingarm.
New Pirellis front and rear, just did a head-to-toe service!
Carbs, NGK plugs, air filter, anti-freeze flush, brake system flush, and oil change using Bel-Ray semi-synthetic.
No rattle can or touch-up paint has ever touched this bike! This little Fizzer is not only rare but ready to ride! Clean Clear NY title.

Call/text me at 845-807-8181 if you have any questions or would like to see the bike in person...check our other auctions for an 88 FZR-400 that I'm also selling.

Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer; New York residents add sales tax.

The ask for each bike is in the upper echelon of what one should reasonably expect for these bikes. They are each in beautiful condition and apparently need nothing, but are not likely to gain much more value. That said, they likely won't take a plunge any time soon, either.

Buy the Pair: 1988 and 1990 Yamaha FZR400
Sport Bikes For Sale October 20, 2017 posted by

Slightly scruffy but ready to go: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

Yet another two-stroke from the land of Craigslist, this 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma wears the brand's iconic blue and white superbike livery and looks very nice, despite its fair share of scratches and scuffs. Further signs of the bike's age and use are cracked bolt holes at the mirror mounts on the cowl.

With the ugly stuff out of the way, this looks like the perfect Gamma to enjoy on your local backroads, with a set of aftermarket pipes and pod filters and a set of 17-inch rims from a Katana, which will improve handling and tire choices. The front brakes are Katana fare, too, and are a good bit bigger and more powerful than the stock units. The improved handling and stopping will be a welcome change on the Gamma, which has a reputation for being something of a demanding ride.

Save the pod filters and pipes, the 500cc square-four mill is stock, and was good for a stout 93 horses at the output shaft when new. That's more than enough to make the front end lively when the power hits, especially given the bike's 400-ish pound wet weight.

From the Craigslist ad:

Canadian model. Clean California title in hand. 19,640 kilometers so about 12,200 miles.

The good stuff: Bike runs awesome. Motor, tranny and carbs are stock. Has LG style pod air filters. Battery is new and has been relocated to original airbox location. Stock oil tank and pump in place. Upgraded with Katana front 3" and rear 3.5 X 17" rims. Larger Katana front rotors and calipers for better braking. Braided brake lines front and rear. Nikon pipes. New spark plugs. New transmission oil. Jetted for pods and pipes, but you will want to verify jetting for your area.

The bad stuff: Minor scratches on tank, solo seat cowl and mid fairing. No dents in tank or broken tabs or cracks on bodywork except upper cowl. Upper cowl has the typical cracks at the mirror area, but cosmetically it is very nice. Lower cowl is a fiberglass Lance Gamma replacement. See pictures for details.

Overall this bike is a great example of the RG500 that has the proper upgrades. Minor cosmetic work and the bike will be perfect. $14,500.00 OBO

With the rideability modifications the bike should be a peach of a canyon carver. The ask is healthy for a 32-year-old bike, to be sure, but the values of these old GP-style two-strokes have spiked recently, so it is not outside the range of reason.

Slightly scruffy but ready to go: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma
Sport Bikes For Sale October 19, 2017 posted by

Silver Wolf: 1987 Suzuki RG400 Gamma

If memory serves, this is only the second 1987 Suzuki RG400 Walter Wolf we have featured with silver livery instead of the much more common navy blue. Further adding to the intrigue is this bike's 400cc displacement, as we much more often feature its bigger 500cc brother.

The seller claims to have had a bunch of two-stroke Suzukis over the years, and says the 60-horse 400cc square four gives up little performance to the bigger bike. A quick Google does not back up that claim, with available spec sheets showing the 500 made 93 horses. For perspective: both bikes weigh about 400 pounds, but the 400 gives up more power than most dual sports make to the 500.

Weight, handling and road manners should be pretty close despite the grunt differential, and suspension, chassis bits and body panels should swap right over. This bike looks great and has all its original bodywork, though the seat cowl wears paint that does not match the rest of the bike particularly well.

From the Craigslist ad:

1987 Suzuki RG400 gamma

Only 4500 miles or 7200km, miles are correct I am sure, new tires, original bore and piston/piston rings, good original condition, everything works good. 4 cylinder 2 stroke moto gp replica that only goes up in value. Bike sat for many many years in Japan before I got it. I cleaned the carbs and rotors and put a few hundred miles on it. Runs good, no issues I am aware of. Bike is all original except for Sugaya exhaust ( excellent sound and performance) and pod air filters with carb jets changed for filters and pipes. I have owned many RG500 and this 400 runs just as fast, cant understand why the 500 goes for so much more? There are very few differences between the 500 and 400, almost every part is interchangeable, mostly piston diameter and a few other minor things. VERY easy to get low cost parts, not that you would need any, these are the most reliable motors that I know of. The original OEM body work is very good, NOT the cheap aftermarket bodywork you see on ebay, original OEM all of it, NO typical cracks near the mirror mounts, some repairs here and there, scuff on the right side, see pics. I did paint the OEM seat cowl and it does not match that well, have the rear seat if you dont want to use it. Tank has some rust in it, I cleaned it and never had any problems. Vermont reg/title, we must transfer it here in Florida. If your looking for a bike to ride, this is a good fit, if your looking for a museum piece or something mint, DO NOT BOTHER!! send an email through CList if you want to chat. If your thinking about making an offer lower than my price the answer is NO, FIRM PRICE, thanks for reading my ad.

The $9,500 firm asking price seems reasonable, given the machine's rarity and condition, and the fact that similar 500s are trading closer to the $15,000 mark these days.

Silver Wolf: 1987 Suzuki RG400 Gamma
Sport Bikes For Sale October 18, 2017 posted by

Garish but Good: 1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance and Hines

The 1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance and Hines was little more than a garish factory-applied graphics package to celebrate the two manufacturers' AMA Supersport partnership. We've covered a few of these things over the years, and I might be the only person on the RSBFS team who legitimately digs heinous '90s graphics packages.

1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance and Hines for sale on eBay

There is something so appropriately in-your-face about two heinously bright colors jammed together on a machine that was never designed to make you the Kiwanis Club's favorite Eagle Scout. If you're gonna be antisocial, you might as well be ugly and hard to miss.

This bike is number 331 out of 600 such machines made, and carries the de rigueur Vance and Hines exhaust system, along with the fairly rare Powerpak CDI box. The seller makes no mention of the CDI, or whether the bike has been jetted to accommodate the mods. If it has, it will positively scream. (Side note: I owned a standard '90 FZR with this exhaust setup. Absolutely the loudest machine I have ever owned or ridden. Period.)

Vance and Hines 331 is in good shape, but has a scratched engine cases and needs its choke lever bolted back on. The seller lists a bunch of recent easy maintenance, so it should be a pretty reliable ride, even with the imperfections.

From the eBay listing:

So I have been debating selling this for a while now. It just sits and is extra insurance costs. It is a 1992 Vance & Hines one of only 600 ever made. These are getting more and more rare all the time but because of the color maybe not as popular. Personally I think this screams early 90s and I love how it stands out. This is an excellent running machine and could be driven daily easily. This summer I have changed the oil, spark plugs, brake pads, brake fluid and radiator fluid. The carburetors have been run through recently cleaned and synchronized as well. The bike made 87 hp at the rear wheel which is unheard of for the year. It's quite a great running bike. I have been paying way too much for insurance though as I love bikes too much. I have so many that this is just one I don't use. The bad, well it has scratches on both sides of the engine not the plastic and the front fairing has cracks in it. Also the choke is not bolted on and it has a fan switch. So nothing major for a bike this old. When changing the spark plugs I checked everywhere and the engine is clean, spotless no leaks anywhere.

I have extra bar ends, the actual plastic that goes under seat, extra rear lights, the book and of course you can't have this without the poster. 😉 I also have a video of this running on youtube I can share from last year.

The auction has seen little activity yet, and the starting bid is low enough to make this a great entry point into a bike that might not have the provenance of some of its peers, but will always be desirable to the right person.

Garish but Good: 1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance and Hines
Honda October 13, 2017 posted by

Stored indoors: 1985 Honda VF1000R

The 1985 Honda VF1000R answered a lot of prayers when it finally came to the States, after the press and public here had for years praised everything Honda threw a V4 at, but clamored for the serious sportbike Europe got. The VF1000R was the first Honda V4 outside of a full-on racebike to have gear-driven camshafts, and differentiated itself from the slightly less sporty 1000F with full fairings.

1985 Honda VF1000R for sale on eBay

The big motor made well over 100 horsepower, and the bike could nearly hit 150 mph in street trim, even though it weighed north of 600 pounds with a tank of gas on board. A truck by today's standards, the VF1000R at the time was a hard-nosed weapon, at least until the GSXRs debuted the following year.

The seller of this 1985 Honda VF1000R has kept the bike inside, in what looks like the living room, not the garage. The condition looks great from the small pictures, though the bike is not a low-mileage garage queen. The upholstery and bodywork look to be in top condition, and the bike appears to be mostly, if not all, original. Per the seller, the tires are new.

From the eBay listing:

1985 Honda VF1000R. Excellent condition. Runs amazing, everything works, newer tires. This bike is so nice I have it in currently inside my home. Really don't want to sell it. But am thinning my collection to make a move to FL. This is a serious collectors bike. Call with any questions. If you have a 0 rating you must call me before bidding or I will cancel the bid. Serious bidders only please. Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer. Todd 913-927-8806
I will not disclose reserve. So please don't ask.

With a couple days left in the auction, the bidding has been slow, and the bike has not reached its reserve.

Stored indoors: 1985 Honda VF1000R
Honda October 8, 2017 posted by

Nice mods, Freddy Spencer paint: 1990 Honda VFR400R

The Honda NC30's handling leaves little to be desired as it left the factory, but everything can be improved, especially after a long parade of years and technological advances.

1990 Honda VFR400R NC30 for sale on eBay

The current owner of this 1990 Honda VFR400R left well enough alone with the engine, but brought its suspension, brakes and rolling stock into the 21st Century. The most obvious change is a set of USD Showa forks from a builder in the U.K., capped with a set of radial Brembo brakes.

To keep up with advances in tire tech and modern sizing standards, the original 18-inch rear wheel was replaced with a freshly powder-coated 17-inch item. The bike now wears a decent set super sticky of Pirelli Super Corsas.

From the eBay listing:

This is a very nice and very rare (in the U.S.) 1990 Honda VFR 400 R (NC30). It comes with a clean California title and street registration transferable into the new owners name.
The bike has undergone a mild restoration with some very tasty bits of up-grades and equipment mods. The bike runs perfectly, with no know issues.
1. New bodywork painted like Freddie Spencer's G.P. winning bike from that era.
2. Front Showa USD forks and billet Triple trees from Rick Oliver (from the U.K.)
3. Brembo Billet brake calipers (front and rear)
4. G.P. style rear brake caliper hanger.
5. New drop-down style, clip-on handle bars.
6. New chain and sprockets w/520 conversion.
7. Wave rotors front and rear.
8. New brake pads.
9. Freshly powder-coated wheels.
10. New Pirelli Super Corsa tires.
11. New aluminum radiators with blue silicon hases.
12. New turn signals with clear lens.
13. Billet gas cap.
14. All fluids drained flushed and replaced.
15. Recent tune-up including new spark plugs, air-filter, oil-filter, etc..
16. Steel braided brake lines.
17. Rear wheel changed to a 17 inch to accommodate todays better choice in tires.
18. Rear linkage (Dog-bones) changed to correct rear ride height.
(also includes all stock parts that were removed, forks, rear wheel, rotors, etc..)

Can help with shipping, but up to the buyer to make all arrangements.
I reserve the right to end auction early as I have it listed for sale locally also.
call w/questions (650) 322-2211 -joe-

The price of the bike is commensurate with the cost, time and extent of the mods, which pushes it well past the cost of entry for a modern 600, which would still be the faster machine. With this NC30, you for sure will be paying for the panache, rarity and street cred.

Nice mods, Freddy Spencer paint: 1990 Honda VFR400R