Posts by tag: Survivor

Honda June 29, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – 1992 Honda VFR400R NC30

Like real estate, they're just not making any more V-four 399cc sportbikes, and every one that appears has some kind of history - used or abused, neglected or cared for.  This Ohio-registered NC30 looks nicely preserved and has survived 25 years with only a couple of plastic cracks and scuffs.

If you had your headphones in, you might mistake a passing VFR400R for its big brother 750.  The 9/10 scale fairings look every bit of the Honda flagship, but the smaller engine revs to 13,000 rpm, delivering 59 hp.  Upside-down forks were still for racier machines, so the VFR makes do with a conventional front end, with single-sided swingarm.  The dual front discs are 269mm in diameter, and period wheel sizes of 16" front with 18" rear put a nice edge on the handling.  The NC30 is toward the end of the VFR400R development, and has the best looking fairing of the line.

 

Offered by Ohio dealer and RSBFS sponsor Deftone Cycles, this NC30 has covered under 4,000 miles and has great factory graphics.  Clean and complete with a few rubs from its garage-mates, and the owner pictures the crack under the mirror mount.  Notes from the eBay auction:

3,979 Miles (6,405 Kilometers) What we have here is a Type 7 model with Type 1 Fairings. The fairings are factory Honda OEM. So you are getting the upgraded suspension that was offered on the type 7 with the look of the original type 1. Other than that it’s completely original and unrestored. More of a rider than for a collection. Bike needs nothing.  All fluids are fresh.  Shifts and revs to redline perfectly.  Starts effortlessly every time. Some of the mounting tabs are broken on the lower fairings, nothing that is visible from the outside. The upper fairing by the mirror has some cracks, the mirror hides most of the defect. Windscreen is aftermarket MRA. Awesome windscreen. The white on the top of the fuel tank has been re-sprayed with the Honda wings being replaced. Not perfectly done but very presentable. If I was keeping the bike I would be very happy with the paint. Included close up pictures featuring defects. Bike has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title.  NC30-1100*** “Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements.”  Imported into the States through all legal channels. EPA and Declaration papers provided.

 

The owner's knowledge of the type variations outpaces my own, but the NC30 was offered for three years before being superseded by the Fireblade-styled RVF400R.  Competition in the home market and other progressive licensing countries was heated, and the NC30 reviewed as the best all around, with strong if not leading edge chassis, and standout Honda build quality.  The starting bid is set at $6,800, and you can ask questions of Greg through the eBay auction - here -...

-donn

Featured Listing – 1992 Honda VFR400R NC30
Honda February 22, 2017 posted by

Original Class Owner – 1989 Honda CBR600F

Honda dropped the pebble in 1987 that eventually became a tidal ( and supersport title ) wave, but the first-generation machines with their steel frames, four carbs, and streamlined bodies have been all but forgotten.  Here is a substantially stock example whose clean presentation belies its 28 years and 33,000 miles.

1989 Honda CBR600F for sale on eBay

 

Returning to an inline four after the V-4 Interceptors, the CBR600F claimed 85 hp from its 598 water cooled cc's.  The crankcase and cylinder bases are cast together in innovative manufacturing process, limiting crankshaft flex.  The twin beam frame also supported the steering head from the top of the engine, but very little of that could be seen under the all-covering soap bar.  Forks from Showa and Pro-Link rear were pre-load adjustable, and Nissin brakes were not oversized but rated excellent.

 

For the miles and condition, the CBR presented here would be expected to be restored or at least a re-paint.  Whether a very careful rider or long-past rehabilitation, the factory colors and equipment look great.  The Georgia owner says this in the eBay auction:

Up for auction is a beautiful unmolested first year production 1989 CBR600 in the rare Red, White, Blue color combination that is all original except the muffler. The original plastic and fairing is in incredible shape along with the factory white wheels. The white is a beautiful pearl that pops in the light. No fade or clear coat issues. No tears in the seat. No leaks in the engine and the under carriage is very clean and appears it has never been ridden in the rain. You would be hard pressed to find a cleaner CBR600 from this era. Bike has always been garaged and it's obvious with the condition of the paint. This collector's bike is the first year of the CBR and not the Hurricane. Just installed a new battery and bike fires right up every time. All lights and gauges work as they should. There is nothing wrong with this bike! I doubt you will find a cleaner CBR600 from this era in this condition.

 

Though the factory had the resources and riders to make its mark on AMA Superbike and Supersport, the cost savings afforded by the full fairing allowed privateers to take the CBR600F to the next level.  Great right out of the box, the bike excelled in classes where major updates were ruled out.  Alloy frames and adjustable everything would come to the CBR600F, but the initial years of production were a revolution in their own right.  This clean example deserves a closer look at least...

-donn

 

Original Class Owner – 1989 Honda CBR600F
Honda March 6, 2013 posted by

600cc Survivor! 1993 Honda CBR600 F2

Boca Raton, FL – 12,500 mi – Currently $2,550

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Before the shouts of “These aren’t rare!” and “They made thousands of these!” start, let me say that I don’t necessarily disagree with the latter. However, there is a lot of support and interest in clean survivors from back in the day. Personally, I feel that finding a 20-year-old bike that was never meant to be collectible in stellar condition can be trickier than finding a more expensive bike in the same condition. These were never thought of as something to preserve. They were designed to go fast and lots of them ended up on the ground or modified beyond recognition. Those who wanted one of these when they were new but were too young/broke to afford one are now 20 years older and have more disposable income. That is why the “survivor” represents a key part of the rare sport bike market, much like the 60’s muscle car does in the collectible car market.

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On to this minty CBR600F2 for sale. This bike is now 20 years old and has less than 13k miles on the clock, which is roughly 600 miles a year. The bike looks as flawless as can be and the only thing I can call out from the photos is a slight scuff on the exhaust and maybe a tiny amount of surface rust on the exhaust as well. Also, I maybe see some pait chipping on the front forks, but that could just be the lighting in the picture. Other than that, this thing looks like it did back in ’93.

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From the seller:

1993 Honda CBR 600 F2 with less than 13,000 miles. Recent tune up, cleaned carburators, changed voltage regulator, battery and both tires. Runs like a dream. 100HP on paper and you can feel it. Second owner since 1994, always garaged.

The description is a little lacking, but the seller has provided some good photos of the bike. Bidding is active and up to $2,550 already. These had 100hp back in the day and were no slouch. That Honda rideability and reliability is probably one of the things that has kept this bike looking good today. Do you feel like owning a classic 600 for less than the price of a new 250cc bike? Then check out the auction here and place your bid!

-JS

Sport Bikes For Sale April 26, 2012 posted by

Original Owner Survivor: 1993 GSX-R750 For Sale

Location: Lumberton, North Carolina

Miles: 9,650

Price: Currently $2,225 with No Reserve

The term “Rare” in regards to sport bikes can signify low-production and finely crafted bikes that were originally sold for a higher price than the norm. Or it can mean classic and collectible bikes that are decades old. All of which are completely reasonable. A mass produced bike with no special upgrades shouldn’t sound rare. The GSX-R series is a mass produced working-man’s sport bike which could be ridden and enjoyed. Add 20 years to a bike bought in the early 90’s with an attainable price tag, throw in a lot of fairing that can see tons of wear and damage, subtract any sense of ‘collectability’ when originally purchased, and consider the fact that people who owned/desired these back in the day now have some disposable income, and you have the recipe for a “rare” and collectible bike.

The GSX-R750 was redesigned for 1993 and fit nicely between the newly introduced 600 and 1100 models of its time. The bike up for grabs here is up for sale by its original owner and has fewer than 10k miles on the odometer. It appears to be in stock condition physically, sporting a stock exhaust, wind screen, and even comes with an era-correct matching helmet. Though, I would recommend keeping the lid a display piece and not using it.

From the seller:

1993 Suzuki GSX-R 750

VIN: JS1GR7BA7P2103508

Less than 9,700 miles

Adult owned

Never raced

Always garaged

75% tread left on Dunlop D207F Sportmax tires

Looks and runs like new

Almost perfect paint

Never laid down

Full service performed within last 200 miles including: all fluids (oil & filter, brake, fork oil, coolant), spark plugs, air filter, valves adjusted, chain adjusted and lubed.

Everything works perfectly

Water cooled

Matching helmet included

Includes original owner's manual

All receipts and service records available

If you have been looking for an early 90’s GSXR750 with awesomely 90’s graphics, then look no further. This bike looks like it has been maintained well and kept in good condition. You also get the peace of mind of knowing its entire history via the 1-owner status. The price seems very reasonable as well, and with no reserve on the auction, this one will sell. Take a look at the auction and decide if you want to own this survivor!

-JS

Sport Bikes For Sale April 4, 2011 posted by

1989 Yamaha FZR600 For Sale at Flykitty Motorsports

We've posted a few bikes from the folks at Flykitty Motorsports and here is another: A really great looking FZR600 that is almost all original with 18k miles. This year and color scheme are special to me as it's EXACTLY the same as my first bike that I rode in college. And even back then, mine was a rashed machine and was never as nice or honest as this one.

Check out this 89 Yamaha FZR600 at Flykitty Motorsports

quote from their website:

1989 Yamaha FZR-600 ~ Only 18k miles. Classic Sportbike from years gone by in Outstanding condition! Completely stock and original, just serviced and ready to ride. Great starter bike or to collect and preserve! ~ Only $2800

Most of the survivor FZR600's we see these days are the very late models and rarely these early ones. Sure there are cheaper FZR's out there, but not this early, clean, and original.

Thanks to Pete for the trip back down memory lane and the submission!

dc

Reader Rides For Sale March 27, 2011 posted by

1990 Suzuki GSX-R750L For Sale in Phoenix

The last time Mike contacted us, he was listing his GSX-R 1100 that looked flat gorgeous. This time, he's got another survivor for us in the shape of 1990 GSX-R 750. While this one has covered nearly 21k miles, you can tell it's been well taken care of in that time.

quote from seller's listing:

1990 Suzuki GSX-R 750 for sale. We picked this bike up off of a friend who was going over seas and needed some quick cash, so I will list as much information about it as possible. It had come from California as he had owned it for the last few years and was taken care of. We also checked the Vin with our local Suzuki rep and it cam up that it is a 49 state model. We have only had the bike for the last month, and I have put about 1k on it in a few trips up North. Runs well and really needs nothing. I will list below what the previous owner stated he had gotten done before he left and what we can visually confirm. The bike is actually really stunning as you do not see too many Suzuki's in this color combo.

Low Mileage for the year, and well taken care of. Bike has 20,956 miles, and has newer tires with less than 500mi on them. Tires are Pirelli Diablos with a 180 rear. Forks seals were recently done, and carburetors run good for our altitude here. So no cleaning is needed. Bike is being ridden every few days. Chain and sprockets were done within the last 4000mi. Front brake rotors were upgraded to the drilled ones from later years, and we do have the originals. Frame and Swing-arm look to have been polished at one point and has some real luster to it! Looks good. Bike does have a Vance&Hines SS2r slip-on, but as far as we know all the internal carburetor parts are still stock. Rear turn signals have been relocated to under the tail section but have not been drilled into the plastic! Plug in's for the front turn signals are still in the front but we do not have anything hooked up as we do not like drilling into factory plastic. We did get the passenger equipment with the bike, but it is not installed. Bike is factory Red/White/Black and has some real good shine to it. Bike does not have the rear seat as we did not get that, and it does have a Suzuki cowl on it. Bike does have a few nicks here and their, and I will post pics to show what I can find. The only real thing is that the left mirror housing is discolored and a little bit of the mirror at the bottom is discolored. I also noticed that some paint has lifted and was touched up right were the tank vent is. I will post a pick and we did not do the touch up! Fender has a few marks at the very front shown in pic. I just want to point out what I have noticed, as we have not done anything to the bike ourselves.

and SuzukiCycles.org had this to say about the final year of this body style:

The GSX-R750L was possibly the best of the oil-cooled models. Big changes included inverted forks and, importantly, a return to the long-stroke motor (the short-stroke wasn't so good in race-trim but was OK for the road). Other modifications included a 4-1 exhaust, steering damper, 38 mm carbs (up 2 mm on the standard K yet 2 mm smaller than the RK), smaller valves, new conrods, lighter pistons, large capacity oil pump, larger curved oil cooler and the rear rim became the 'standard' 17" x 5.5" item. Power was up to 115 hp at 11,000 rpm while weight was down to 193 kg.

Drawing on the invaluable experiences gained racing, the 1990 model received many of the features of the race version GSX-R750R at an affordable price. The same long-stroke engine (70 x 48.7mm) of the 'Double R' became standard, with new pistons to match the new combustion chamber design in the cylinder head and strengthened connecting rods. New 38mm Slingshot carburetor, Curved-core Radial Flow oil cooler and stainless steel 4-into-2-into-1 exhaust per set were adopted. Both 41mm inverted tube front fork and remote reservoir rear shock became fully adjustable. Rear wheel rim was widened and equipped with Michelin radial tyres.

The bike sounds like a really honest example. While not totally stock, most modifications are period correct anyway. And with a buy-it-now of only $3500, I'd say this is a damn good price for a modern-classic rider that's ready to go.

Good luck with the sale Mike!

dc