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Suzuki October 12, 2017 posted by

Slab-Sided Collectible: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited for Sale

It's hard to imagine that, just a couple years before the introduction of the GSX-R750, Suzuki's top-performing repli-racer was the stylish, but very last-generation GS1000S, a bike with twin shocks, handlebars, a center-stand, and a bar-mounted bikini fairing. The original "Slabbie" GSX-R750 that came along in 1985 brought modern endurance-racing style to the masses and codified the formula laid out by much rarer and more exotic machines like the Bimota SB2. This particular GSX-R750 Limited Edition claws back some exotic cachet from the Italian brand, and is one of just 299 imported to the USA to meet AMA homologation requirements.

The heart of the GSX-R was an oil and air-cooled inline four with dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. It lacked liquid-cooling in a bid to save weight, reduce complexity, and improve reliability, but still had a few high-tech tricks up its sleeve: Suzuki’s Advanced Cooling System or "SACS" featured a double-chambered oil pump was designed to more efficiently circulate and cool the bike’s lubricant, along with oil jets that sprayed the bottom of the pistons. The aluminum frame used a mono-shock rear and four-piston brake calipers clamped triple discs. The Limited version added a very trick dry clutch, lightweight solo seat tail section, and the GSX-R1100's electronic anti-dive forks.

The Limited was differentiated by the striking red, white, and blue paint seen here on the distinctive, slab-sided bodywork, compared to the standard white-and-blue or red-and-black available on the regular GSX-R. When new, the bike was the most expensive Japanese sportbike, and was priced at $6,500, a shocking $2,000 more than the standard model. Performance advantages were very minimal but that wasn't really the point and this is, to my mind, the best-looking version of the early GSX-R.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition for Sale

Race homologation special. It has 4545 miles. This bike is in as near perfect collectors condition for a 31 year old bike. Motorcycle was just fully serviced (ie carbs were serviced; all fluids changed; new tires added, as originals showed signs of cracking.)

These bikes have surged in price, exceeding $20K in most cases.

If you are looking at this bike, you know what it is, so NO LOW BALL OFFERS!!!!

The seller is correct that prices have surged, and his bike appears to be in excellent, very original condition that includes a stock exhaust that could be either "cool and retro" or "shockingly ugly" depending on your predilection for slotted heat shields. Certainly it's of value to collectors. Unfortunately, while his $20,000 asking price is fair, it actually seems just a bit on the high-side, at least looking at Limited Editions we've featured here on RSBFS in the past. I'm not sure just how far off his asking price an offer would have to be before it qualifies as "a low ball offer," but I have a feeling he may be disappointed. Will at least one buyer meet his asking price? It's very possible: those same recent bikes I mentioned didn't quite get to $20,000 but were very close.

-tad

Slab-Sided Collectible: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited for Sale
Suzuki August 27, 2016 posted by

Rare Gixxer South of the Border: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition for Sale

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE L Side Front

There may have been monoshock sportbikes prior to the GSX-R750, but the bike's ubiquity and accessibility helped it define the modern sportbike in ways that earlier bikes could not. And while it's true that, if you look up "sportbike" in the dictonary, you'll probably find a picture of a GSX-R, nice examples are getting very hard to find, since owners didn't generally lavish the same level of care on their reliably Japanese steeds that one would on something from Italy...  especially of the GSX-R750 Limited Edition model intended to homologate the bike for racing.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE R Side

When the GSX-R was introduced, water-cooling was specifically avoided to reduce weight and complexity, and the bike makes due with air and oil-cooling to keep temps in check. The bike used a distinctive alloy beam frame, along with fully-enclosed, very slab-sided bodywork, other characteristics that came to define the sportbike. The stock 18" wheels, however, give the bike's age away, and finding good, sticky rubber to fit the bike at your local motorcycle shop could prove difficult.

Designed to homologate certain features for various production-based race classes, the Limited Edition model as seen here is very rare, and came with a dry clutch, lightweight aluminum gas tank, solo seat, the longer, revised swingarm introduced in 1986, and Suzuki's electronic anti-dive forks. It was significantly more expensive than the standard bike but, as an homologation machine, that really didn't matter much to prospective buyers.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE L Side

Today, these don't command quite the value of a Honda RC30 or a Yamaha OW01, but are still extremely desirable and should prove to be a pretty solid investment. This example is hanging out in Mexico, and looks like it's in very nice shape, with relatively low mileage, although the wheels appear to be non-standard 17" items. Great if you plan to ride your machine regularly, not so great for collectors.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition for Sale

This is the very rare edition of 199 units only for the USA by Suzuki Japan. I'm the only owner that this motorcycle has had (I bought it in his box at Austin, Texas in 1988). It's not a copy. Surely it is one of the less than ten (may be five) in the world, in good conditions, but this one is in very good conditions.

Obviously, some of our resident experts can comment on the bike's authenticity, as an LE obviously can be faked, but at a glance it appears to have the dry clutch and anti-dive forks specific to this model, so that's a good sign. There are no takers yet at the $12,900 starting bid, which is certainly expensive for a Slabbie but, considering the rapidly appreciating prices for old Gixxers in general, combined with this examples homologation-special status, that seems like a pretty reasonable starting place for this bike.

-tad

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE Ride

Rare Gixxer South of the Border: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition for Sale
Suzuki January 14, 2015 posted by

Setting the Standard for Performance: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Limited Edition

Update 1.14.2015: First posted in October last year, this LE is back on eBay. Previously a no sale with bids reaching $7,200, this time the bid is at $7,500 at current and reserve is not met. Links updated. -dc

1986 GSX-R750 LE L Front

Prior to 1985 and the introduction of the GSX-R 750, Japanese sport and race bikes were all about more. Even Suzuki’s own GS1000S was a huge lump of steel and aluminum to hustle around a track in Superbike racing. While watching riders wrestle these beasts around a track made for great entertainment, lighter is always going to be faster and, with few exceptions, lightweight speed at the time was owned by the two-stroke brigade: four-stroke refinement came burdened by additional weight and bulk.

1986 GSX-R750 LE R Rear

Other bikes like Kawasaki’s GPz’s stuck their toes into the water in an effort to give riders a complete package of power, agility, and handling, but it wasn’t until the Suzuki’s GSX-R750 that the rules for streetbikes were really rewritten.

Unleashed in 1985, the original “Slabby” GSX-R came with a 750cc, air and oil-cooled engine to save weight compared to water-cooling. An aluminum-alloy beam frame, four-piston calipers and a monoshock rear completed the package, setting the pattern that sportbikes would follow up until today. Despite being nearly thirty years old, only the 18” wheels really give the bike’s age away.

1986 GSX-R750 LE Dash

1986 saw a revised swingarm and other minor changes to the regular production model, but the LE featured here was a different beast altogether. An homologation special, it came with a very desirable dry clutch, lightweight aluminum tank, and a solo seat, along with Suzuki’s electronic anti-dive forks.

This particular bike that's been hiding up in the great white north of Canada isn’t perfect, but could be with just a little bit of work.

1986 GSX-R750 LE R Engine Dry Clutch

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Limited Edition

Rare limited edition with the dry clutch, magnesium covers, electronic forks, rear shock with remote reservoir, hand laid fiberglass tail sections, no passenger seat on this bike, 1000 made worldwide, this bike is all original with only 22,000 kilometers runs good and sounds awesome, clutch works as it should.

This bike had a storage tipover and there is a dent on the tank, left side on the R note there is no scrapes shoing it wasn’t moving the front fender flexed and the paint flaked off in places.

Some scrapes on the bellypan sides.

1986 GSX-R750 LE R Front

This one currently sits at $5,600 with just a day left and the reserve not met. With just north of 13,000 miles on the clock, and just 200 of these imported to satisfy AMA Superbike requirements, they were rare even when new. Since many led a hard life on race tracks, it's especially hard to find one as nice as this. It’s not perfect, but that could just keep costs down. If you’re looking for a first-generation GSX-R, this could be your bike.

-tad

1986 GSX-R750 LE R Side

Setting the Standard for Performance: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Limited Edition
Suzuki December 22, 2014 posted by

Move Fast: 1986 GSX-R750 Limited Edition

Note: We've seen this one before, but it's been a couple years and Tad has a fresh perspective to consider. -dc

1986 Suzuki GSXR LE R Front

We generally try to stay away from modified machines at this site, but this GSX-750R LE is exactly the type of motorcycle I love: a bike that shows evolutionary change, a gradual improvement to more closely match the needs of the owner and address performance shortcomings from the factory. I'm sure the spoked wheels will generate a bit of controversy here, but they do look pretty sharp, and the listing includes his reasons for the swap. Most importantly, it should make the bike much more usable: the original 18" items don't have much in the way of high-performance rubber available these days...

The GSX-R was introduced in 1985 and featured a 750cc four-cylinder that eschewed water-cooling in an effort to save weight. The bike basically set the pattern still being followed today, with an aluminum beam frame, four piston calipers gripping triple-disc brakes, and monoshock rear suspension.

1986 Suzuki GSXR LE Carbs

This “LE” or “Limited Edition” version of the Gixxer was intended to homologate parts for racing, specifically the distinctive vented dry clutch, aluminum fuel tank, and anti-dive forks that were an electronic alternative to Honda’s mechanical system. The swingarm was lengthened for 1986, although this example uses the shorter item from the 1985 model for a shorter wheelbase and quicker steering.

1986 Suzuki GSXR LE Dry Clutch

The description includes a pretty detailed account as to the changes that were made and why, and they all do make plenty of sense in context. He also includes a video clip of the bike starting and running, although the sound quality is pretty horrendous. It’s nice to see that the bike starts up quickly and settles into a nice idle, but if you’re curious about the dry clutch sound, you’re best off clicking around YouTube for another video.

1986 Suzuki GSXR LE Rim

It’s also interesting to note that, although regulations in Europe concerning noise can be very strict, he was granted an “exception” for his modifications, which seems so strangely… reasonable. It’s pretty impressive that the German equivalent of the DMV has folks on-hand knowledgeable enough to make that sort of determination!

1986 Suzuki GSXR LE Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition

I am offering up for sale a very unique bike. I have outfitted this bike myself and have used it on the roads in Germany, before moving to the USA. I have all the German registration documents and those from the original owner. I have owned or ridden most every GSXR and a fair number of other bikes, this bike by far is the best road going sport bike I have ridden. The wheels I had special made by WIWO in Germany, they are numbered and dated 1994. They are 3.5 x 17 F and 5.5 x 17 rear The tires are 120/65/17 and 180/55/17 I have run Metzlers without any problem. The wheels are certified tubeless. The rims are AKRONT. There is no damage to these wheels and they run true. This bike is outfitted with the short 1985 swingarm giving it a 55 inch wheelbase. There has never been any wobble or shake at speed. 260kph seems to be the top speed and it is quite a joy to ride at any speed. The motor is on the original bore, however the cylinder head was fitted with Yoshimura 1mm oversized valves and a Serdi blended 3 angle valve job performed to correct the factory valve jobs which were not very accurate. The ignition box is a Yoshimura item. The difference is night and day. The engine will rev to 12,000rpm. The hit at 7000rpm is quick. The exhaust is a 4-2-1 stainless system custom made to fit this bike by Shaefer Racing in Germany. I had the bike on a Dyno outdoors. At 7000rpm the shreak from the carbs drove everyone for cover. It is louder than the pipe. 

At some point you will ask, 'Why spoke wheels?'....When this bike was being drawn up, the fastest bikes were all examined in great detail. One of the fastest bikes at that time was a TZ750. If you look at the two bikes they share the same basic shape. Since the first TZ had spoke wheels I had a set made up for this bike. They are TUV certified. At the time I could get magnesium wheels but they were not allowed for road use. Aftermarket aluminum wheels were not widely available. The Mitchel wheel from Lockhart was an option, however they are heavier than the spoke wheels. These wheels run perfect true and none of the spokes has ever needed adjustment! This bike will accept any standard 3 spoke GSXR wheel from the first or second generation bikes. Remember that the original Limited Edition has a 15mm front axle and is more prone to flex. The small amount of frame flex in the 750 seems to be ideal for road work. The Akrapovic end can was added to keep the bike road legal. All modifications have been signed into the brief. The process of doing this is a story in itself. I first went to the TUV engineer and asked to have the airbox removed. Stock exhaust, stock engine, dry clutch. Since the dry clutch made more noise than either the exhaust or the intake (before engine tuning) I was granted an exception. I had the exhaust fabricated and the road legal Akrapavic end can installed. Back to TUV and another modification signed into the brief. I have the original swing arm, which is quite long, and the original footpegs in perfect condition. I do not have the original exhaust, wheels or forks and triple clamps. .This bike has never been crashed or dropped!

With just one day left and a starting price of $7,500 and no bids so far, it looks like the seller may be aiming a bit too high. That’s the problem with making changes to the bike to suit your personal preferences: they may not match anyone else’s! Plus, the missing fairing lower may be putting casual browsers off as, at a glance, this looks like just another well-worn Slabby.

1986 Suzuki GSXR LE Headstock

I'd find a fairing lower and paint to match, but this is otherwise a very cool resto-mod that seems to be very much in the spirit of the original bike. Note that the seller does not have the original fork or wheels, so be prepared if you plan to buy this and return it to stock appearance. All-in-all, this is definitely not a bike for collectors, but for folks looking for something that evokes an earlier, simpler era of riding but has a few nods to advances in technology.

Or ex-Ducati owners who miss the rattle of a dry clutch.

-tad

1986 Suzuki GSXR LE R Side

Move Fast: 1986 GSX-R750 Limited Edition
Benelli August 28, 2014 posted by

Corsa Triplo: 2003 Benelli Tornado Tre Novecento Limited Edition

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Located in Southern California is this gorgeous Benelli Tornado Tre Novecento Limited Edition. The LE model is the hot setup in the Tornado Tre world; with up-rated components and sharper focus, this was the model utilized as the basis for competition on the racetrack. Numbered and produced in low (homologation) numbers, the LE was a very expensive alternative to the base Tornado Tre. If there is any criticism of the LE model, it is that it is too similar to the base bike - only sharp eyes will spot the differences that an LE brings to the party. If you are expecting your extra cash to raise the bling level and make a statement, the Tornado Tre LE is a bit of a functional mute.

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2003 Benelli Tornado Tre LE for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
You are bidding on a very rare 2003 Benelli model Tornado Tre Novecento Limited Edition. 150 models were produced worldwide to homologate the base LE model for World Superbike competition. This bike is #130. Less than 30 bikes were imported into the USA. This bike is an original owner motorcycle, always garaged, never down, never raced in immaculate condition. Oil/filter change and new battery July 2014.

This bike differs from the base model in the following respects:
Full carbon fiber bodywork, fenders and fuel tank
Carbon fiber clutch cover
Sand cast engine cases
Dry clutch
Adjustable swing arm pivot
Ohlins suspension front and rear
Marchesini forged aluminum wheels
Titanium muffler for Benelli by Arrow

The bike comes with the OEM muffler and a separate Benelli race kit case containing: swing arm pivot inserts
swing arm shaft
rear sprockets
Custom factory cover/case with Benelli labeling
Benelli rear paddock stand
Battery Tender

Tornado_LE_21

If you are curious about the naming, it's all pretty simple. The "tre" refers to the three cylinder engine. "Novecento" is Italian for 900. The engine is placed so far forwards that the radiator was relocated to the back. The turbine fans are not a gimmick; they pull air through the radiator at slower speeds. Most reports indicate that the Tornado Tre is a competent machine - perhaps not the fastest or most potent - but decent power and handling wrapped up with character. These are pretty rare motorcycles. Check it out here and let us know what you think!

MI

Corsa Triplo: 2003 Benelli Tornado Tre Novecento Limited Edition
Ducati September 8, 2010 posted by

Paul Smart Replicas: 2006 Ducati Smart LE W/40 Miles & 1980 NCR Smart Replica

Paul Smart Replicas: 2006 Ducati Smart LE W/40 Miles & 1980 NCR Smart Replica

Well, are you a modern sort of guy or retro minded?  The thickness of your wallet might sway the direction you lean.     

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Let's start with the modern.  Another Ducati, another bike hardly ridden.  I don't know,  maybe 40 miles counts as never ridden.  Either way you have a shot at basically a brand new bike.  I wasn't too impressed with these bikes when they first came out but they have definitely grown on me.  There is one part that hasn't grown on me though.  Can you guess?  Who the hell designed that exhaust pipe?  How can a company that designed the Desmosedici design that?  Did someone call in sick the day the exhaust was supposed to hit the CAD?  I know, I know, almost everyone replaces them anyways.     

The details on this bike:    

 Bone stock, 2006 Paul Smart 1000 LE, one of a limited edition of 2000. Never dropped, dinged, or really even driven. Currently the bike has 36 miles on it, Always stored indoors, showroom condition. All the little stickers, factory registration marks, etc are intact and present. Original manuals, papers, keys. Clear title in hand, sold by original owner. Vin # ZDM1WABP36B000935
      

 If you are looking at this, then I probably don’t need to tell you about this bike, Paul Smart, the racing, the limited edition. A very rare, quintessential Ducati. The sound of this bike alone is intoxicating. Throaty, low and resonant, with a sharp bite. coupled with the classic dry clutch.       

Please inquire if you are serious. No low ball offers please, I’ll hold on to it if it doesn’t sell for a fair price. What is a fair price? This bike listed new for 14,995 and as a limited edition, was not discounted.       

Local inspections welcome. All payments must clear before bike can be released. Cash or PayPal preferred. All other arrangements must be made in advance and vetted with me, the seller and owner of the bike. I can assist in shipping, but shipping arrangements are the responsibility of the buyer. A deposit of $500 is required within 24 hours of auction end. Fly in, drive out welcome.       

 

Right out of the showroom or living  room:     

   

 

 Considering the original MSRP, the lack of sales tax and the incredibly low miles on the bike I would think there would be a little interest in this bike.  Be sure to as there are more pictures of the bike available to view. 

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I'll admit right now I don't know a whole lot about older Ducati's but this darn thing just oozes cool.  I bet it has the sound to match.   From the look of the photos this is a recent replica build done to a 1980 Ducati.  I'm sure most Ducati lovers have heard of NCR as they do a lot of high end Ducati builds.  I must admit defeat though, I really couldn't find any info on this particular bike so I defer to any RSBFS readers who would like to comment with more info on this bike.  I wish I had more info because this  baby isn't cheap.  $25,000 big ones if you choose the buy it now option.  I have a feeling you'd be the only one with one of these at the next Ducati gathering you attend.   

From the auction:   

 RARE 1980 DUCATI  900 SUPER SPORT ,PAUL SMART REPLICA ,BUILT BY NCR ,BEAUTIFUL TIME WARP RACE BIKE ,WITH 40MM DELLORTO CARBS ,JET COATED RISERVATO EXHAUST SYSTEM ,GEAR GAZER ,IMOLA TANK WITH SEE THRU STRIP .ALL STOCK PARTS  INCLUDING MINT COMPLETE CONTI EXHAUST SYSTEM ,STOCK TANK ,STOCK FAIRING ,STOCK DUAL SEAT ,STOCK GAUGES  WITH ALL WIRING ,BIKE RUNS INCREDIBLE ,MAY HAVE IMOLA CAMS ,I DO NOT KNOW THE RACE HISTORY OF THIS BIKE ,IT HANDELS FANTASTIC ,DRAWS CROWDS, ALL BOLTS SAFTY WIRED ,RACING VEGLIA TACH ,IMOLA LIGHTS ,GREAT BIKE TO VINTAGE RACE OR SHOW ,EASILY CONVERTED TO STOCK BUT WHO WOULD WANT TO ? WE AT BUYERS EXPENSE CAN SHIP WORLDWIDE ,THESE 900 SS DUCATIS ARE NOT GETTING CHEAPER ! THIS BIKE IS IN INCREDIBLE CONDITION AND ALL NCR PARTS ARE GENUINE ,BIKE HAS CLEAN CALIFORNIA TITLE ,BID TO WIN ,REASONABLE RESERVE ,,DONT LET THIS ONE GET AWAY !!   

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This is another one you need to check out on Ebay if for nothing more than the photo's.   .  

IK