Posts by tag: Restored

Kawasaki December 16, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1R for Sale

There are no points for second place. Unbeknownst to Kawasaki and Honda, both manufacturers were developing the Next Big Thing in the 1970s, an affordable, reliable, inline four-cylinder motorcycle displacing 750cc's. Unfortunately, Honda's CB750 was first to market by several months, leaving Kawasaki with the unenviable choice: be the also-ran, or delay their machine to come up with something special. The Z1 that followed may not have been first, but the 903cc engine meant its performance blew the CB750 into the weeds, and the Kawasaki Z1R seen here was an evolution of that muscular 70s machine.

Of course, by the time the Z1R was introduced, the overall package was pretty long-in-the-tooth, with a dual-shock rear suspension and spindly front forks. Most of the updates were cosmetic, with more modern, angular styling and cast wheels. Frame reinforcements and triple disc brakes improved handling and stopping, and a displacement bump to 1015cc took care of the straight-line performance enhancements. The 550lb wet weight and long wheelbase mean that it won't exactly carve corners, but that same long wheelbase should make it easy to blast away from stoplights in a howling cloud of tire and exhaust smoke.

While the Z1R may not have been cutting-edge when it was new, time has been kind to it and the crisp styling and classy silver-blue color look very sharp today. Like all 70s muscle bikes, the Z1R has definitely been increasing in value, perhaps as a result of its association with its even wilder sibling, the turbocharged Z1R TC. The seller refers to this as a "nut and bolt, frame-off restoration" and it certainly looks the part.

From the original eBay listing: 1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1R for Sale

Coming out of my private collection (only because I just restored another 1978 Z1R) is my matching numbers 1978 Kawasaki Z1R with 9,300 original miles in pristine restored condition. This was a full nut and bolt, frame-off restoration with no expense spared, with over $20,000 in parts, labor, and paint refinishing.

The engine was completely disassembled and bead-blasted, then rebuilt to factory specifications with new: pistons, rings, camshafts, cam chain and adjuster, transmission undercut, multi-angle valve job, bearings, seals, carburetors were rebuilt and synchronized, all the hardware new old stock "NOS" or re-plated/zinced/re-chromed.

The frame was bead-blasted, treated, and powder-coated in a matching "OEM" black finish. The forks and brake calipers/master cylinders were completely rebuilt. The wheels were bead-blasted and powder-coated back to "OEM" standards with new tires, "NOS" cables, and wiring harness.

The bodywork was meticulously refinished using the "OEM" paint code and looks like it did when it sat on the Kawasaki showroom floor. The tank and side cover emblems are new old stock "NOS." The original Kawasaki 4-into-1 Z1R exhaust has been replaced with a very similar late 70s triple-chromed 4-into-1 exhaust that looks stock but sounds better. 

Every single part, nut, and bolt has either been replaced with new, rebuilt, or refinished to the highest "OCD" restoration standard. She looks, starts, and runs just like she did in 1978. Please don't hesitate to call or text me with any questions or concerns: 954-816-0806 Bob.

This immaculate, show-winning Z1R is worthy of any motorcycle museum, and will be your pride and joy, sitting in your private collection.

Don't miss out. Tell your wife these bikes are appreciating 15% or more each year and you can get it in time for Christmas.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Honestly, I haven't crunched the numbers, but I'd bet he's right about that rate of appreciation: the values of 1970s superbikes have been steadily climbing for years now, and with plenty of folks who owned these when they were new looking to relive a lost youth, I don't see that changing anytime soon. Plus, if you do need to sell the significant other on your intended purchase, keep in mind that long, flat 1970s seat should make it a viable date-night ride, compared to a more modern sportbike!

-tad

Featured Listing: 1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1R for Sale
Honda December 1, 2015 posted by

Starting December with a Bang: Honda RC45 with HRC Kit Parts

Honda RC45 HRC for sale

This RC45 has superbike racing history in Europe and has been treated to a restoration starting in 2009. It has since served as a display and show piece but the owner states it is fully functional as well. Thank you to all those that forwarded this link!

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Honda RC45 HRC for sale on eBay

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from the seller:

HRC kitted Honda RC45, probably one of few ex-wsbk with existing dokumentation and history from the start 1994.
The bike was built by NL racingteam " V/D Wal Racing " (Johan v/d Wal) accordning to the wsbk regulations in that era with most of HRC parts. Mainly raced in the NL Superbike series and European Superbike series, also some wildcards in wsbk.

After the racing era the bike was owned by an amerikan collector, lived in NL.
I have owned it since 2009 and made a careful renovation / restauration, then used for showrooms and motorshows. This RC45 breathe that racing era !
Run and sounds great, NO bike/engine sounds like a HRC-kitted RC45

Specifikation:
HRC '95 engine kit 160ps included:
HRC piston-rings / camshafts / rods / heads + modif. dito
HRC gears
HRC oilcooler kit
HRC upper / lower kit radiators
HRC electric kit; PGM-FI, RPM-meter, modif. harness etc....
HRC clutch / HRC cover ....
Twinstack with special, non HRC carboncans
520' drive

Frame is modif. with HRC frame reinforcement kit
Tank modif. of HRC drawings
Pro carbon (NL) spec. carbon airbox
Pro carbon (NL) rearset
Ohlins rear damper with linkage
Front fork modif. showa
Rear axel modif. close to HRC specification

Front brake : AP-racing superbike six piston caliper, 320 disc
AP-racing radial brake master pump
Rear brake : small racecaliper with modif. disc
Rear wheel : Marchesini 6.00/17
Front wheel : Marchesini 3.50/17
HRC bodywork in fiberglass (uk)

Spare parts;
Rear wheel 5.75/17
Front wheel 3.50/17 (new)
2 x HRC upper radiators in rebuildable condition
Kevlar tank (NL pro carbon)
1 x Carbon bodywork with lights (NL pro carbon)
1 x Carbon seat unit with lights (NL pro carbon)
1 x Carbon raceseat in rebuildable condition (NL pro carbon)

Oem parts: rear frame, rearaxel bolt/nut, seat cowl and more.....

HRC '95 kit set-up manual
Lots of original documents, HRC documents, HRC-drafts etc...

Registrationdocument is avalible

Starting December with a Bang:  Honda RC45 with HRC Kit Parts
Sport Bikes For Sale July 14, 2015 posted by

Restored Slingshot: 1988 Suzuki GSX-R 750 for Sale

1988 Suzuki GSX-R750 R Side

Today's GSX-R750 is sort of the polar opposite of Sunday's Ducati Supermono: the Gixxer was always intended to be ridden and enjoyed anywhere, street or track. It needed no army of trained technicians to make it run, or a crew to push start it like the Supermono did, or pro-level riding skill to appreciate, or a degree in engineering to understand. It just flat worked, everywhere, all the time.

The People's Superbike.

1988 Suzuki GSX-R750 Front Rear

The "J" model was introduced in 1988 and was the first significant redesign of the bike. The engine remained oil/air cooled, but internals were reworked with a shorter stroke that allowed higher revs and resulted in a displacement of 748cc. The bike now featured Mikuni  BST36SS carburetors that gave the bike its "Slingshot" nickname. As always seems to be the case, the newer bike made more power, but was slightly heavier. 112hp may not seem like much power now, but the GSX-R750 was the premier hooligan bike of the age and makes plenty of power to keep riders entertained.

1988 Suzuki GSX-R750 L Side Lower

So why would you want one of these middle-child bikes? Well the style, first of all. Looks may be subjective, but this happens to be the only era GSX-R I actively lust after. Maybe I imprinted early and was inspired by the blue and white Gixxer I saw in high school, with one headlight sporting a bright yellow headlamp and one clear for a heterochromic, endurance-racing style. Or maybe the owner was just French...

1988 Suzuki GSX-R750 R Side Front Wheel

Or maybe you plan to tear up the back roads on your classic Japanese sportbike and want to fit the latest, stickiest rubber. Those 17" wheels will make that much easier, although the relatively skinny 160 that's fitted as standard reduces your choices somewhat. I'm sure you can probably go up to a 170, or fit a readily-available wider wheel from another year... The Gixxer forums I'm sure will be full of suggestions, I'm sure.

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Suzuki GSX-R750 for Sale

This bike is a truly unique example of a late model GSX-R in exceptional shape. Completely restored with rebuilt motor and painted only a few thousand miles ago, the chassis has 20K on it. Tons of extras, tuned, titled, registered, and ready to ride. I am thinning out my herd but not in any rush to sell so if it doesn't hit my buy it now or a reasonable offer is made no big deal, I'll keep riding. I am simply testing the waters so make me an offer I can't refuse or simply gawk at my photos and enjoy:-)

The restoration includes the following: A long stroke 750cc motor (similar to the RK model, arguably the best of the oil cooled) with Weisco piston kit, 771cc w/ 11:1 compression, pocket port work done on the head, new bearings and gaskets all around. The transmission had the gears under-cut and shimmed (shifts like butter). Has the original Mikuni Slingshot BST36mm but rebuilt with Stage 3 jets and SS needles. Also, I had a set of custom Velocity stacks made with screens and set of RamAir filters to slip over (for riding on the street).  It has a ceramic coated exhaust (Xtreme Coating) full system from Yoshimura with a polished aluminum canister, less than 100 miles on it.  Suspension has been completely over hauled. The Front forks are off a 92 1100 (inverted style tubes) with new oil and seals, LG valve kit installed for 180+ lb rider. The rear is off a 92 1100 as well but has very trick and ultra-rare Metmachex swing arm (imported from across the pond) with eccentric adjusters, recently had polished less than 100 miles.  New Super Sprocket and X-Ring chain, had to go down a tooth on the counter sprocket due to too much torque off the line. Both wheels have new bearings have been powder coated, the rear has the lip polished and cleared. New rubber all around - Pirelli Diablo Rosso II. Battery is new- Yusa sealed. SS braid brake lines. Paint has been repainted to the factory colors. Seat reupholstered to factory spec vinyl. Tank has a rebuilt petcock and the inside is uber clean. LED turn signals instead of those droopy rabbit ears.  Side covers have been polish if you wanted to go the half fairing / naked look. Comes with a factory service manual, rear seat and tank bra. I know am missing something but I have a folder knee deep of records and receipts you'll get.

Complete serviced done 100 miles ago, new oil, plugs, carbs and valves serviced, all maintenance done by local Suzuki mechanic for over 20yrs.

1988 Suzuki GSX-R750 Yoshi

An '88 wouldn't have had the upside-down forks seen here, but they're a logical, period-correct update that came along for the 1991 model here in the US, although everywhere else got the USD forks a year earlier... Fewer corners in the US, I guess...

1988 Suzuki GSX-R750 Seat

Other than that, this bike looks absolutely perfect, except for the missing fairing lower that looks to have been removed for the video, to show the bike starting from cold. And the turn signals are better than the stockers, but maybe something a bit less conspicuous would have been even nicer?

Is this bike worth $9,500? Well you can still find decent examples for less than half that, but they're getting rarer all the time. I'm sure you couldn't replicate this bike for that money, so this might be just the bike for someone who wants the best, and is happy to pay for it.

Interestingly, a nearly-new GSX-R750's are going for similar prices...

-tad

1988 Suzuki GSX-R750 R Side Close

Restored Slingshot: 1988 Suzuki GSX-R 750 for Sale
Suzuki April 29, 2015 posted by

Beautifully Restored 1986 Suzuki GSXR-1100

1986 Suzuki GSXR-1100 on eBay

GSXR1100_rightside

Often overlooked by collectors focused on it's 750cc little brother, the 1986 Suzuki GSXR-1100 is just as important in the evolution of superbikes.  Suzuki started the GSXR family on the other end of the spectrum, with their 400cc model while gradually working all the way up to the 1100cc masher that we see here.  Even by today's standards, the performance numbers are impressive.  Powered by an air-cooled 1052cc mill producing a claimed 137hp and weighing just 434lbs, the competition was left in the dust.  The biggest problem was that the square tubed aluminum from was susceptible to distortion from the big power and the braking and handling of the era wasn't really up to the task either.... but that's half of the fun, right?

GSXR1100_leftside

This example is probably the nicest one I have seen since my very early riding days and it's almost impossible to believe that's it's showing 80,000km on the clocks.  Much of bike is original, but a few bits have had some well deserving love.  The seller's eBay ad is very detailed and can be read here: 1986 Suzuki GSXR-1100 on eBay

1986 Suzuki GSXR 1100. First year original restored condition. Full service history from day 1. Full Yoshimira exhaust circa 1989. Original exhaust in perfect condition come with the bike as well. Fully tuned for pipes with dyno at 114hp at rear wheel. All new OEM switch gear purchased direct from Suzuki while they still carried it. New screen in original box. Never installed it because I used the bike and didn't want to get it dirty! New rotors, chain, chain guard, tires almost new. Has period correct Corbin touring seat circa 1980s but original seat and passenger seat cowl in fantastic condition included with bike. Paint is original in near perfect condition. Don't be fooled by mileage. Entire top end redone with recent valve adjustment.

Did I mention that it's clean?

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GSXR1100_front

Beautifully Restored 1986 Suzuki GSXR-1100
Suzuki December 2, 2014 posted by

Nut-and-Bolt Restoration:1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 for Sale

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 L Side Front

This is about as close as you’ll get to a time-capsule GSX-R750 in a daily-rider package. It’s been fully-restored after a life on the road, making it ideal for someone who wants the very best Gixxer they can find, but is looking for something to ride rather than a bike to simply park up and admire.

Suzuki made plenty of GSX-R’s, but few survive in anything like this kind of condition. It's one of the most significant sportbikes ever built, and represents a real paradigm shift: before the Gixxer, most racy road bikes were replicas of race bikes that were based on road bikes. The GSX-R basically took the last part out of the equation: it was a road bike based on a race bike, a production endurance racing machine for the masses.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 R Side

Introduced in 1985 and nicknamed the “Slabby” for its slab-sided styling, the original GSX-R came in one flavor only: 750cc’s. The engine eschewed liquid-cooling to keep weight down and the bike used an aluminum beam frame, state of the art brakes, and a monoshock rear suspension. It looks so familiar today because it basically invented the formula still being used for today’s sportbikes.

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

The cleanest and most correct 86” GSXR 750 around! Every part on this bike has been cleaned and refurbished or replaced with OEM direct parts! I have every Suzuki label from the parts put on to prove it along with all of the parts and maintenance receipts. Direct OEM new and NOS parts are VERY expensive for these bikes. I have over $12k invested in parts alone.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 R Side Front

For more details, check out the original listing: the seller includes a pretty detailed list of what went into the restoration. The fairing has been treated to high-quality work to make it better than new, and both solo and dual seats are included. The engine was completely rebuilt and he does have a NOS OEM exhaust available if you don't like the Vance & Hines pipe on there currently. Basically, that seems to be the story here: if you see something that doesn’t look stock, he probably has the original part, in better-than-new condition to go with the bike. He even has a spare set of tires to fit the 18" wheels.

Here’s hoping the seller isn’t trying to recoup his investment in terms of the reserve price: one day, bikes like this may be very valuable, but they’re not quite there yet. No reason listed as to why he’s selling it after investing so much time and energy in the build, but his loss is your gain: unless you're looking for a zero-mile time capsule still in the shipping crate, or want to hold out for a blue and white one, then this is your ride. Or this is your “sit in your living room and admire.” Or your “seal up in a temperature-controlled, hermetically-sealed vault.” Whichever.

-tad

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 L Side

Nut-and-Bolt Restoration:1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 for Sale
Yamaha September 30, 2014 posted by

The Whippet: 1986 Yamaha SDR200 for Sale

1986 Yamaha SDR200 R Side Front

There’s an interesting ongoing discussion in the comments section on this site regarding exactly what qualifies as a “rare sport bike.” Bikes seem to fall into three general categories: exotics like Bimota or limited-edition Ducatis. Bikes that weren’t rare when new, but have become rare simply because good examples have become scarce through attrition, like the early GSX-R models.

But my favorite are the quirky, unusual bikes that are rarely seen outside of their home markets, or failed to find an audience when new. This Yamaha SDR200 definitely falls into that third category.

1986 Yamaha SDR200 L Rear

It’s not glamorous, or especially powerful. There are no bits of carbon bodywork, or titanium fasteners, or magnesium engine cases. It does feature a delicate, gorgeous trellis frame and swingarm combo that looks more “Maserati Birdcage” than “Ducati Monster.”

1986 Yamaha SDR200 R Side

With its three-quarters scale proportions, this bike would probably not be the best choice for many “American-sized” riders. But if you’re petite, or don’t care that you look a bit ridiculous as a big man on a little bike, this might be a perfect, unusual ride. It certainly isn’t tame: with 34bhp on tap from the two-stroke single that featured Yamaha’s YPVS power-valve system, 6 gears to play with, and only 230 pounds [dry] to push, this thing should be an absolute laugh-riot. With those skinny tires, at or near its 100mph top speed, I’m sure people you’ve passed would be convinced they’d just been blown off by a jet-powered bicycle!

1986 Yamaha SDR200 R Side Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Yamaha SDR200 for Sale

This bike has 13,700km on the clock (8200 miles) but has about 500 miles on the complete restoration. I had this bike taken down to the bare frame (see pics), everything was gone through. I doubt you will ever find one like this again, it was a fun project and somewhat taxing at times finding parts but they do exist, there is a large cult following in Japan and a company that specifically specializes in SDR200s. This bike is currently registered and plated here in California good until February of 2015.

I will try to recall the best I can the mechanical here. The motor was taken apart and installed a new piston ring set and piston, base gasket, head gasket, fork seals, clutch basket, alternator gasket, oil pump gasket, water pump gasket, water pump seal, needle and seat for the carburetor, float bowl o-ring, airbox to carb boot, new triple clamp bearings, new wheel bearings, new steering bearings, new swing arm and linkage bearings, new air filter, new battery with trickle charger, and new chain. These items were replaced not because they had to be, but I wanted it new.

1986 Yamaha SDR200 Rear

It’s pretty easy to see why this thing earned the nickname “Whippet”, and tt strangely reminds me of the Sachs MadAss: there's something playful about it. The design is fully-realized and mature, even if the bike's raison d'être is hooliganism.

The seller is asking $6,200 which seems like a whole lot of cash for a quirky little two-stroke with no racing history, regardless of how much money he’s sunk into the restoration. On the other hand, if you are a fan of these, I’d imagine you won’t see another one this nice in the US anytime soon, and the price is fully one-tenth the price of a Ducati Panigale Superleggera, which makes it seem a bit like a bargain…

-tad

1986 Yamaha SDR200 R Front

The Whippet: 1986 Yamaha SDR200 for Sale