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Suzuki May 13, 2018 posted by

Grown-up Hooligan – 1996 Suzuki GSX-R1100

Most buyers' guides advise to purchase the latest edition of a particular model, capitalizing on improvements and technical advances.  First built in 1986, the GSX-R1100 spanned twelve great sportbike years, and those interested in the model can choose from very different rides depending on the letter code.  This late model has been hidden away with under 2,000 miles and despite 20-plus years appears complete and undamaged.

1996 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for sale on eBay

Always a speed demon's machine, the 1986 model came with 137 hp and after a major engine re-design in 1989 and the adoption of water cooling in 1993, the 1996 machine had 156 hp on tap.  Frame stiffness advanced as well with the use of 5-sided tubing, and an earlier banana swingarm was superceded by a fabricated and braced swingarm for 1995.  More sculpted than the earlier endurance racing derived bodies, the 1996 model streamlined its way to nearly 170 mph.  As ever, weight increased as the model grew up, cresting 500 lbs. dry for the 1996 year.

No word in the auction about how this GT came to have so few miles, but does give an unfaired peek-a-boo.  Just a monthly ride up the Palisade Parkway from Englewood to Bear Mountain would have put a lot more on the odometer than its 1,675 miles.  Freshly detailed with a fancy Corbin saddle, it has somehow outsmarted the garage elves, except for the left rear turn signal.  From the eBay auction:

1996 Suzuki GSXR 1100 

1674 ORIGINAL MILES 

VERY LOW MILES FOR ITS YEAR AND IT'S IN PERFECT CONDITION

1 OWNER 

CLEAN TITLE

D&D EXHAUST

OFFERS ACCEPTED TOO

I would trade for a supermoto

As always, I defer to sharper-eyed experts and welcome the model year and graphics debate.  Pictures can fib, so until a real inspection is made, condition is an open question.  New fluids, seals, rubber, four carburetor rebuilds, and some tuning are all on the menu for returning this GSX-R to the road.  What can't be denied is a 156 hp superbike without advanced electronics, and the way time will slow for the next owner on some late summer day...

-donn

Grown-up Hooligan – 1996 Suzuki GSX-R1100
Featured Listing May 11, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1989 Kawasaki KR-1R or 1990 Kawasaki KR-1R – buyer’s choice!

Update 5.11.2018: Based on his latest eBay listing, the 1989 is still available. Our original write up from November is shown below. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc


When RSBFS last listed this 1989 Kawasaki KR-1R on our pages, we considered it to be a bit of a world exclusive. That should tell you the rarity of what we are talking about. But how do you describe TWO KR-1Rs in the same collection? Unicorn doesn't quite cut it. You are looking at two examples of what has to be the rarest of the 250cc two stroke set, both in amazing condition. Utah collector Gary has certainly amassed himself a magnificent cadre of bikes - and RSBFS has been honored to help him list many of those bikes on these pages. But this particular event takes the cake: pony up $20,000 USD and take your pick of either one of the amazing R bikes listed here.

The KR lineup is a bit of a dark horse in the quarter liter sport bike world. Never as popular as the NSR/RG/TZR set, the Kawasaki offering provided a solid chassis and a very powerful parallel twin. In fact, a KR series bike held the 250cc land speed record at Bonneville thanks to that Kawasaki power. Outside of Japan, the KR is relatively unknown, although it was exported to the UK and AUS/NZ in limited numbers. Even the aficionados who are aware of the KR-1/KR-1S/KR-1R family have likely never seen one in person. And while some will be quick to point out that the KR-1R model is really just a 1S with slightly bigger carbs and more power, the value of the model has evolved well beyond the cost of the parts. These are rare, coveted machines and will remain at the sharp end of the collector scale for the foreseeable future.


1989 Kawasaki KR-1R D1 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
The bike came from a Kawasaki collector in Japan. Motor is all stock. Stock carbs,
stock airbox, stock heads, ect all confirmed OEM Kawasaki. Fairings 100% OEM.
Windshield appears to be OEM. Two Keys.

Previous collector has cosmetically customized this KR-1R with Kawasaki OEM green
front fender, Beet rear sets and Beet exhaust and mufflers. Some suspension
components have been polished.


1990 Kawasaki KR-1R D2 SOLD

From the seller:
This 1990 KR250-D2 is completely stock and has the black front fender. It has had the rear cowling and the lower cowling professionally re-sprayed. The upper and the tank and all other components are original. New tires, fork seals, braided front brake lines and chain complete the refresh. Comes with Utah title. Runs and idles like new. Bike has been tuned and has new engine fluids. 25,290km’s on the odometer. Bike came from a Kawasaki bike collector in Japan. It is very solid and runs surprisingly well for the mileage.


More details:

Price: $20,000 gives you the choice of one bike

Contact: rmurangemasters@aol.com


In case you have not noticed, it is not 1989/1990 anymore. The KR-1R - already rare when it was first introduced - has become a very exclusive tile in the two stroke collector mosaic. These were built by Kawasaki as sports production racers, and as such many (most?) were thrashed and cast aside. Those that survived often fell victim to sea air and corrosion common to the Japanese home market. In short, a clean and loved KR-1R is a rare survivor of a rare species. Here at RSBFS we always recommend that if you are in the market you should seek out the best example of a collector model that you can find - but how often can you find more than one example to compare? Today you can find TWO of these remarkable KR-1R models in pristine condition in one place - all you need to do is pick the one you want. Kawasaki isn't building any more of these, and the world's supply is low and getting lower. Resto mods and parts bikes may be available sporadically in the future, but you are not going to find bikes in this condition often. If a KR-1R is on your bucket list, you might want to act before these jewels appreciate even more. Contact Gary at rmurangemasters@aol.com to seal the deal. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1989 Kawasaki KR-1R or 1990 Kawasaki KR-1R – buyer’s choice!
Yamaha April 3, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Yamaha RZ350

Update 4.24.2018: This bike is SOLD, and to an RSBFS reader as well! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

As far as two strokes go, the RZ350 (also known as the RD350LC in some geographies) needs no introduction. Available in various markets and configurations between 1983 and 1995, this peppy two stroke was legally imported the world over - including the United States. And while U.S. readers might be most familiar with the bumble-bee black/yellow Kenny Roberts commemorative edition - or even the red/white Yamaha racing livery - there is a very special and very rare in the US model that was released in Yamaha blue. This 1990 RZ350 out of Canada is one such example.

Featured Listing: 1990 Yamaha RZ350 in Canada


As is undoubtedly known, the RZ350 is really the last of the factory imported two strokes when it comes to the US market. Born of a time when air-cooled 550cc four strokes ruled the roads, the RZ350 was a generational evolution of the older RD350 smokers. With a liquid cooled parallel twin cylinder format, the RZ350 introduced Yamaha's first exhaust power valve - which helped to quell the peaky nature of two stroke power delivery. And unlike the US which was blessed by exhaust chambers that contained catalytic converters (read: restrictive and heavy), the rest of world models made due with more standard - and powerful - expansion chambers. Talented riders able to keep the RZ on the pipe could wreck havoc with riders of heavier four-stroke machinery. And with a trellis-style perimeter frame, decent suspension and triple disk brakes, the RZ was a delight both in the canyons as well as on the racetrack.

From the seller:
I am selling my 1990 Yamaha RZ350 after purchasing it in April of 2011. The bike is located east of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and the odometer reads 20,610 km., or 12,806 miles. To my knowledge that reading is accurate. There might a handful of miles more because I replaced the odometer cable after noticing the original had expired on my way back from a ride about five years ago.

Again, to my knowledge, the bike is bone stock, and hasn't experienced an engine refresh, nor has it been raced or used for track days here in Ontario. The bike starts and runs perfectly, and the tires have fewer than two hundred miles on them, and has received a recent battery.

More from the seller:
The previous owner admitted that the bike has experienced the ubiquitous driveway tip-over, and I have tried to document the resulting scratches in the photos. Having said that, the bike presents very well, and the plastics are in very good shape. One of the mounting tabs was broken and when I bought the bike a large washed held the inside of the right fairing to the frame. I have since used a fairing repair plastic to repair that blemish, which I show in a couple of the photos. The decals on the bike are all there however, because of the way Yamaha chose to put the mounting holes through the side decals they have shifted in a couple of small areas.

There are about four pin-sized chips on the gas tank, but because they're so small I have no idea what could have caused them. The fairing, while complete and sound, has a couple of small stress cracks which can't be seen unless during a thorough inspection. There are two small areas (about the size of a quarter) on the fairing where it almost seems like the paint has worn off, but there are no cracks or abrasion there.

More from the seller:
The right side mirror, while replaced (I'm told) after the tip-over, had lost its collar where the mirror swivels. Because a new mirror is now unobtainium through Yamaha Canada I attempted to repair it with the same fairing repair plastic I used to fix the fairing stay. It looks OK, but if you can source a new or good used one, I leave that to the buyer. There was a crack at the tip of upper cowling where it meets the windscreen which I repaired with the plastic compound and a small strip of fibreglass. It is painted and not noticeable under normal scrutiny.

I rebuilt the front brake master cylinder in 2012, and has not needed maintenance since. The
radiator has been topped up with Water Wetter, and the bottom end has been drained and refilled with
fresh lubricant. The bike also has new spark plugs installed

I won't attempt to review the history of the RZ350, as there are many sites online that can fill you in on that. However, this is the last year Yamaha made this model, and it wasn't exported to the U.S. It's odd, but even Yamaha Canada doesn't have a record of this model in spite of the fact that they clearly were imported into Canada.

The bike, while not perfect, is a very good example of the model.

Price: $4400 (USD)

So what you are looking at here is a strong example of the RZ lineage. While the US only received the RZ in 1985 and 1986 (and California only in 1985), the rest of the world continued to enjoy this stout little smoker for many years thereafter. There were not too many changes to the hardware or output after the late 1980s, but the bones of this bike were so good that the model continues to be sought out to this day. This bike appears to be honestly presented by a fellow rider, which is always a benefit in a world full of short-term flippers. Purists will be quick to point out that the 1985-86 models are the most collectable from an investment perspective, but when it comes to riding finding a later variant that has been ridden and cared for is much more important. This sub-13,000 mile example ticks all the right boxes when it comes to a rider. No, it is not a museum piece or garage queen. Yes, it proudly wears the scars of some use. But most importantly, it is priced competitively for what it is. If you are looking to bolster your fleet with something that is worth hanging onto, this might just be your lucky day. Ping Brent if you are serious - and blue smoke and a silly grin will be just a few thousand RPMs away!

MI

Aprilia February 21, 2018 posted by

Fly(er) Weight – 2006 Aprilia RS125

Regularly seen in racing livery and worn around the edges from track use, here is a mint example in factory paint with just 637 miles.  Built to accompany the RSV1000R to the showroom, the RS125 is a lightweight but surprisingly accommodating to an adult rider.

2006 Aprilia RS125 for sale on eBay

The RS125 was heavily revised in 2006 and styled in admiration of its big brother.  The twin-spar alloy frame is lightly polished and coated to stay nice, as is the banana swingarm.  The 28 hp Rotax-based single is very advanced, liquid cooled with a counter-balance shaft and Nikasil coated aluminum cylinder.  Seventeen-inch wheels and upside-down forks aspire to a larger machine.  Brakes are big 4-piston Brembo but singular of course.  Wind-cheating bodywork is occupied by the angular corporate lion.

A SoCal native, this RS hasn't much history, apparently quite stock and without damage.  From the eBay auction:

2006 Aprilia RS125 two stroke bike has a clear California title. Registration is valid till October of 2018. This bike is factory stock except for Arrow full exhaust system that make it sound unique. Bike is in great condition with very low mileage.

A bit of Dr. Jekyll as a starter bike in progressive licensing countries, and Mr. Hyde when a gateway racing motorcycle, the RS125 can take you there.  Pricing by cc was outlandish when new, and a decade later the ask is more than a lot of new singles.  But then this is undeniably sporty, one of the last road going two-strokes ever, built using Aprilia's long knowledge of the lightweight classes.

-donn

 

 

Fly(er) Weight – 2006 Aprilia RS125
Kawasaki January 8, 2018 posted by

Green and Clean: 1993 Kawasaki ZXR400R

Happy Monday RSBFS readers! The dreaded winter slowdown has yet to arrive - plenty of fantastic bikes continue to pop up despite the onslaught of weather across the US. If you are snowed in and looking for something to do, adding a rare bike to your collection from the comfort of your home might be an ideal winter activity. And if you need something to melt the snow, this hot ZXR400 might just be your ticket.

1993 Kawasaki ZXR400R for sale on eBay

Built for a time where the Big Four were concerned with the declination of the 250cc two stroke class, the 400s were intended to be the four stroke equivalent of a GP bike. Requisite top-shelf components are found throughout, including aluminum frame, upside down front forks (normal today, but race-worthy stuff in the 1990s), lots of suspension adjustability and big, 300mm brakes signaled the track intent of the small ZXR. On the power side, the rise of the small four stroke was based in RPM. Lots of RPM. With a redline north of 14,000 revolutions per minute, the liquid-cooled four cylinder with four-valves per offers up close to 60 horsepower (depending on the market). Packaged in a tidy, 350-ish pound serving size, the ZXR is a razor sharp missile...provided you are under 6 feet. Bigger riders may show a lot of knees and elbows, hardly comfortable and certainly not very aerodynamic.

From the seller:
Up for sale is a gorgeous 1993 Kawasaki ZXR400R “M” model in mint condition with only 5,045 kilometers (3,134 miles). Bike is completely stock except for steel braided brake lines. All fairings and components are 100% genuine factory Kawasaki. Brand new Dunlop Sportmax tires have been installed. Bike runs like the day it was new. Just serviced with New battery and fluids. This is a premium ZXR. Museum quality. Bike comes with Utah state title and is titled as a streetbike for road use.

A bit sharper than contemporary 400s - at the expense of overall usability - the little green screamer was a solid effort to supplant the quarter liter two strokers. The hype was real and the 300cc class today owes this bike a debt of gratitude. This ZXR400R looks great. This is a classic grey-market bike in classic Kawasaki livery. The passage of time is tough on performance benchmarks, but tips the scales when it comes to laws of supply and demand. This bike is being offered in a Buy It Now auction format for $10,800, with the seller open to offers. That is a premium price for a 400, but 25 years on it is getting harder and harder to find an unmolested example. Check this one out here, and join the large number of people watching what will happen. Good Luck!!

MI

Green and Clean:  1993 Kawasaki ZXR400R
Yamaha January 2, 2018 posted by

New Year’s Resolution: 1992 Yamaha TZR250R

Happy New Year RSBFS readers! And being the beginning of a new year, it is time to get serious. What does one resolve to do for 2018? How do you commit to better yourself or those around you? Might I humbly suggest that adding a two stroke to your collection might be the way? I know what you're thinking: In the current age of electric cars, recycling everything, peace on Earth and good will to all cannot possibly involve blue smoke. But I disagree. You see, saving a deserving example of a near-extinct species makes the world feel good. And by adopting a "lightly used" example of a motor vehicle, you are participating in a global recycling program; you are keeping something out of the landfill. That should all weigh in on the positive side. Plus with the smiles you bring by hooning a smoker on the pipe - not to mention how it will make you a better, happier person - the world at large will become a better place. Budgets be damned; you cannot put a price on the betterment of the world. Thus, I propose that one of the RSBFS faithful save this TZR pound puppy and flog it mercilessly for the good of the planet.

1992 Yamaha TZR250R for sale on eBay

Born from the two-stroke racing DNA of the legendary RD series, the Yamaha TZ series began life as a liquid cooled parallel twin. By the time this 3XV6 example rolled out of the factory in 1992, the parallel twin was ditched for two cylinders in a vee formation. This was the defacto engine configuration for all successful 250cc bikes of the era, as the narrow presentation of the vee allowed for greater aerodynamic possibilities (not to mention perfect primary balance). Throw in Yamaha's interpretation of the ideal aluminum frame design, a curved swing arm to allow the right side pipe to tuck up close for optimal cornering clearance, YPVS powered exhaust valve to broaden the power curve of the notoriously peaky two-stroke, and tight, flowing bodywork to optimize streamlining and you have the makings of a streetbike with track day credentials.

From the seller:
Up for auction to the highest bidder with NO RESERVE is a 1992 Yamaha TZR250R 3XV6 with 17,677 kilometers (10,984 miles). Bike is in original unrestored condition. Bike looks beautiful and has tons of curb appeal but it has scratches, scrapes, a few small cracks, and touch up paint throughout the bodywork, from its original owner. Bike looks well cared for and was stored indoors. Lol, the owner just couldn’t keep the rubber side down. All fairings and components are 100% genuine Yamaha OEM. Bike is completely stock. This bike would be a great candidate for restoration since it’s all original and low mileage. This TZR is a great rider! Bike runs like the day it was new. Mechanically, this bike is solid. Full service just completed with new battery and new engine fluids. It’s ready to ride. Please text 801-358-6537 for more pictures and questions. Bike comes with Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use.

This is a third gen model for the TZR series; the lineup would be discontinued by 1996. The R model would remain one of the lowliest configurations of this time - but that is like pointing out a Bugatti Veyron is a lower spec automobile thanks to the introduction of the Chiron. While it is lacking trick front fork adjusters and makes due with a wet clutch, the TZR250R is no dog and nobody's fool. Japanese home market spec bikes may have appeared to be racier and did indeed have some added features, but given that regional regulations limited power output for all 250s the R model is hardly missing the goods.

This particular TZR250R comes from well-known RSBFS supporter and collector Gary. His Utah collection has slowly been thinned during 2017, but there appear to be a few bikes left. This one did not meet the strict standards for a Featured Listing due to its "slightly-more-than-lightly" used condition, but ticks all the right boxes when it comes to making the grade on New Years resolutions. It still looks good AND comes in many dollars below a more minty example. Somebody please recycle this thing and save the world. You know you want to be a better person in 2018. Check it out here for more details, and then sit back and smile knowing that you are making the world a better place for all of us. Good Luck!!

MI

New Year’s Resolution: 1992 Yamaha TZR250R