Posts by tag: Water Cooled

Suzuki September 11, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – 1988 Suzuki GSX-R250

Most of us can probably count on one hand the times we've seen small displacement super-sports in the flesh, outside of an auction or show.  Grabbing the most power out of a quarter-liter, two-strokes predominate - but here is an inline four from Suzuki, with 2-inch pistons and a sound like few other boy-racers from the eighties.

Accompanying the second-generation GSX-R's, the 250 used water cooling, and though specs are hard to come by, some sources show a single carburetor.  Limited to junior-spec 45 hp, peak power comes at 14,000 rpm, and the tach doesn't even register below 3,000.  Elsewhere the build is more like a larger bike, conventional forks and Full Floater rear, as well as 300mm dual front brakes and 17-inch cast wheels.  Dual seat and passenger pegs are there, but probably not for adults.  The dash is full-featured and the fairing also, but the package weighs under 350 lbs. with a full tank.

Coming from Gary's surprisingly deep collection, this GSX-R has under 2,000 miles and Utah road title.  Factory fairings are in outstanding shape, and the 4-into-1 exhaust has been chrome plated, which in a Lite beer ( tastes great / less filling ) kind of way, shows well inside the fairing and is easier to keep nice.  Imported earlier rather than later, this GSX-R escaped the outdoor storage and multi-riders almost expected in the gray market.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This baby GSXR is one of my favorites in my collection because it's one of the funnest rides in a tight canyon that you can ever have. 

Up or sale is a RARELY seen 1988 Suzuki GSX-R250 inline four with only 3,119 kilometers (1,938 miles). Engine redlines at 18,000RPM. It's a screamer! Bike is completely stock. Runs like new. Gorgeous cosmetic condition with only a few tiny stress cracks and handling marks. Right side cowling has been repaired. There were some little stress cracks under the right blinker. Bike looks amazing! Ultra hard to find in this condition from Japan. Hardly any corrosion or rust. Very little patina. All fairings are 100% genuine original Suzuki OEM. Bike sits as it came from the factory except for the chromed OEM exhaust. Originally it was black.  This baby Gixxer has been pampered and well taken care of. A true garage queen.

The buy-it-now seems fair for the sporty rarity, though the new owner should cultivate friendships down at the Suzuki dealer since except for a few expendables, parts for the R-250 might take some doing.  But with ultra-low miles this will likely remain a special sunny-day ride or show machine, guaranteed to be the only one at the rally or coffee stop.  For a fan of the marque with a stable of 750's, this could be just the accent...

-donn

Featured Listing – 1988 Suzuki GSX-R250
Suzuki September 8, 2017 posted by

Option Paint – 1995 Suzuki GSX-R750

A long-running model for Suzuki, the GSX-R750 has gone through many updates and evolutions, the 1995 model having a new fairing and headlight design, and the final iteration of the double cradle frame.  With recent upside-down forks and magnesium engine covers, the Suzuki was competitive with more refined light-heavyweights.  Typically seen in red or blue, this GSX-R is in the semi-subdued purple and black, and looks very good for its under 5,000 miles.

1995 Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale on eBay

Suzuki's workmanlike 749cc four lays down 112 hp without an exotic head or computer-controlled exhaust, the fins on the water-cooled engine relate how hard it's working.  The alloy frame was optimized one last time for lightness and steady handling.  Showa forks and Full Floater rear suspension were fully adjustable, and front brakes had 6-piston calipers.  Watching its weight for years, the GSX-R struggled to keep the pounds off, around 450 lbs. with half a tank.  The compact riding position translated into great cornering clearance, and the sharp new fairing helped the 1/4-mile time to just over 11 seconds.

Just the facts and not much narrative about the bike's history, but it has low miles, a tasteful set of blinkers, and mostly stock looks though the polished rims are an addition by subtraction.   From the eBay auction:

4621 original miles, new tires, new EBC rotors, rebuilt calipers with new pistons, rebuilt petcock, rebuilt forks with new seals, stainless braided brake lines, new bar ends, new mirrors, NOS left side fairing.

The not-race-replica paint might help in town, but the radar gun will see right through it.  Not quite sure about the second GSX-R and EBC sticker on the right fairing, perhaps a bump or scratch ?  Overall quite tidy.  A little slow to turn in, the GSX-R reviewed as a weapon for longer tracks, and the engine was eminently tuneable.  With the limited pictures more investigation will be required, but tucked away for a while with that low mileage, this GSX-R750 might be a great survivor...

-donn

Option Paint – 1995 Suzuki GSX-R750
Honda August 14, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – As New 1996 Honda NSR 250 SP !

Update 8.17.2017: We have been notified that this exceptional bike sold in just 48hrs! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Rarely can I sit for a 90-slide show, slowly fading between pictures. But our featured listing for today caught me doing just that, savoring each close-up of this museum-quality 1996 Honda NSR 250 SP.

 

Too recent to be imported to the U.S., the 249cc twin was intended for the home market, and the Sport Production variant for knowledgable fans of Moto GP and the marque.  The 249cc twin was made from 1984 to 1996, the final three years with PGM-IV electronic control of ignition and exhaust valve timing, and top speed regulation.  All MC28's had 40 hp,  dual 276mm front brakes, 17-inch wheels and Pro-Arm rear.  The SP had fully adjustable suspension, dry clutch, and magnesium wheels.  And of course the Repsol livery in celebration of Mick Doohan's championships.

 

The second owner has cared for if not curated this NSR, with just 1,900 miles, it looks better than showroom.  Since 2006 he's ridden just a few miles, but arranged Califonia road registration, a great value for the next owner.  Click - here - for the Photobucket Gallery, and the seller has this  to say about the bike -

Much of the graphics are decals can become brittle or blemished over time, should they get scratched or scraped they can easily peel or become permanently marked.  The decades I have been an NSR enthusiast I can’t recall a time I even heard of an MC28 in this condition for any price, with California registration on top of that.  With 1000 Repsol MC28’s produced they were for the domestic Japanese market only, the majority spend their time exposed to the elements in Japan.

Seeking a serious collector who is specifically looking to add this model to his or her collection in an exclusive transaction.

 

1996 found Honda in the midst of a five-year romp in the Moto GP 500cc class, and had won the 250's in 1991-92 with Luca Cadalora aboard.  A lot of the 250cc Grand Prix learning was transferred to the MC28, and while there was plenty of competition, the Honda reviewed as the best balanced and had better build quality.

 

Most often I lament that special bikes are left on the dais for only visual enjoyment, but in this case preservation seems the best course. 

-donn

Featured Listing – As New 1996 Honda NSR 250 SP !
Ducati July 21, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – 2004 Ducati Monster S4R

Update 7.24.17: Links updated to latest auction listing and corrected model year to 2004. -dc

"Born" in 1993, the Ducati Monster has regularly been credited with starting the naked bike craze, and occasionally has accounted for two thirds of Ducati sales.  A citified workhorse for most of the first decade, special higher performance models began to surface in the early 2000's.  The 2004 S4R undressed the water-cooled 996cc desmoquattro, baring most all the superbike had to offer.  This Dallas-based S4R has been groomed for success by the second owner.

 

In spite of all the reasons an air-cooled desmodue is sensible and beautiful, the complex plumbing exercise that the is the S4R is exciting in a more technical way.  Curved radiators for water and oil, their respective pumps and pipes, the hydraulic dry clutch, three big brake disks, all state their case.  Larger scale are the 43mm upside-down forks and monoshock from Showa, the latter connected to an aluminum single-sided swingarm reminiscent of the MH900E.  Carbon covers smooth over the side panels, cam belts, chin scoop, and mufflers on the two-into-two exhaust.

 

The Texas owner has shepherded this special Monster through mid-life, heavy maintenance done and improvements made.  With all the farkels, there's too much to list ( ! ) in the eBay auction, but here is the general part :

-Last year for the metal fuel tank (no swelling, but I still run ethanol stabilizer when not ridden for extended periods of time)
-Full Desmo service performed right at 14,000 by AMS Ducati in Dallas,TX . New timing belts, valve service, throttle body sync, oil change (with correct Shell Advance 4T oil), and new battery.
-Rear hub assembly was replaced during the Desmo service as the chain tensioner on the original had excessive wear. Rear wheel was re-powdercoated after this due to grease that had stained the original finish. The color match is perfect, and I installed the correct Marchesini decals.
-Pirelli Angel GT tires (120 Front, 180 rear) are relatively new. Installed by second owner before I purchased the bike. Unknown exact mileage, but I've only put 2000 miles on them. I always run the recommended pressure of 31.2 front and 31.9 psi rear)
-Radiator was replaced by the previous owner with a brand new unit (KTM 45360). These come from the factory in black, so I stripped all the paint from it, and painted the end tanks silver for a perfect match to the oil cooler. Bike holds 170-180°F during normal riding. I never saw above 188°F at the track.
-Pre-wired for Battery Tenders (again, used when not ridden for extended periods of time)
-Newer factory grips
-Brake pads still have plenty of life. Newer chain and rear sprocket. Lubricated regularly.
-Recently greased the friction plates for smoother clutch modulation.
-Black key, red key, and code card included.

 

Better suited to the suburbs than the city, the water-cooled Monsters crave the open road and reward their riders with gobs of torque as well as the wide open feel.  Super clean and seeming to need nothing, this S4R is ready to show off everything a Monster could be.  Check the auction and contact the owner through eBay - here -.

-donn

Featured Listing – 2004 Ducati Monster S4R
Kawasaki July 16, 2017 posted by

Nicer than Nice – 1994 and 1995 Kawasaki ZX-9R

1994 brought a second generation of 900cc Kawasakis, with great carburetted power, the roadability blurring the sport / GT lines.  Here are two early ZX-9R's, the '94 with garaged forever and very nearly a show bike, the '95 with some performance mods and miles but still excellent.

1994 and 1995 Kawasaki ZX-9R's for sale on eBay

Succeeding the legendary GPZ-900R, the ZX-9R's designers left very little to chance.  Using the chassis configuration and ram air delivery developed for the ZXR-750, the 899cc machine is a stable handler and boasts 139hp at 10,000 rpm.  Front brakes are 310mm 4-pot Nissins, and wheels are 17-inch all around.  The full fairing protects a six foot rider and both of these are done up in Kawi's green, white, and blue, though red and blue schemes were also available.

Our 1994 is in very special condition and seems to be a 1.1 owner bike, with very limited alterations.

 

 

The new owner is about to return the rear fender to stock, and says this in the eBay auction:

For sale exceptional condition ZX9 with undamaged original parts with tastefully done additions.  Adult owned which you can tell by photos bike is in almost museum condition - original owner was 65 at time of purchase of this just two weeks ago.  Only modification done to this bike was a fender chop by the owner and it left the plastic under the seat opened at the extreme rear of the bike, storage still intact, but I found a used one uncut on Ebay that is on it's way as I currently type this.  The bike is mechanically perfect No Issues at all.  Runs perfect, shifts great and runs cool - the owner really took pride in this bike.  I am only selling this bike because in it's condition it would be best for someone who has to space to keep it exactly as it is now, and I don't.  It is not a kid's bike, it has a lot of torque. It has Vance and Hines carbon exhaust, a Vance and Hines ignition tuner and PM wheels that you see in pictures - these had to be purchased when it was new because you would never find those parts in the last fifteen years.  The bike had to be stored in a climate controlled area because it has NO sign of age period. Nothing faded or dry rotted - for the most part new condition other than 11,000 miles which I put the last 150 on it.  Ready to ride and respect - needs NOTHING.  I forgot it has a Corbin Seat front and rear that are in great condition, I know I don't have pictures of the left side it's the same as the right, perfect.  NO damage, period.  I added more pictures to see quality of paint and more details.

The 1995 has been used somewhat more, though still relatively low miles for the age.  The exhaust and Stage 1 jet kit indicate a bike that has been enjoyed more, with a couple of scuffs but certainly could be dolled up with ease.  This Ninja has the opposite owner history, changed hands early and has had the same owner since 1995.

 

 

From the eBay auction:

Selling my '95 Ninja ZX9R. I bought this bike in the fall of '95 from the original owner (a co-worker of mine). The bike is in great shape and wicked fast. Rarely ridden in the rain and garage kept with only 18k miles. Runs excellent. The large frame bike is slightly modified with a Stage One jet kit, Regina X-Ring chain, NGK racing wires, Vance and Hines SS2R complete exhaust, purple windscreen, rear tag LED's, and K&N air filter. The stock front turn signals have been replaced with mini-stalks while the rear have been integrated into the fairing where fake venting used to be. The shock reservoir has also been re-routed from the right side frame to underneath the seat out of view. Tires are Dunlop Sportmax and the rear fender has been bobbed. Battery Tender also included.

Most of the photos were taken pre-inspection. Note the new EBC Vee-rotor rear brake rotor and pads, chain guard, as well as reflecting tape in one of the right side pics, all installed as a result of Maryland state inspection.

The ZX-9R reviewed as a deserving carrier of the Ninja mantle, a strong sportbike with street sensibilities, though its weight and factory suspension didn't make it an out-of-the-box track weapon.  Ergonomics were a little friendlier than some others even without adjustability, and a somewhat clunky transmission was helped by a factory slipper system.  Both have reasonable buy-it-now's, and peculiarly the creampuff 1994 is a little less.  Either would be great for a fan, a rider, or a concours buff - or buy both and have rider and show bike !

-donn

Nicer than Nice – 1994 and 1995 Kawasaki ZX-9R
Ducati July 10, 2017 posted by

Blue By You – 2005 Ducati Monster S4R

Usually a contrasting silver or gold color, the frame on the oughties' Monster S4R is body color.  Generally seen in red with red frame or blue with same, the S4R incorporated the 996 water-cooler into the naked concept.  With premium components, the 113 hp Monster is one heck of a way to get around town.

2005 Ducati Monster S4R for sale on eBay

 

Even the grocery-getter side of the showroom has their flagship and the S4R was it in the early 2000's.  The ultimate Monster is adorned with all manner of glam but didn't forget the basics - 996 cc's of water-cooled desmoquattro.  Nice torque number of 70 ft.-lbs. peaks at a usable 7,000 rpm.  Suspension is all Showa, fully adjustable with upside-down forks and single-sided swingarm.  Two-into-two exhaust passes through a catalyst on its way.  Hiding the 996 plumbing on a Monster is impossible, but this owner has made a go of it with carbon radiator shroud and chin scoop, complementing the factory's carbon fenders and timing belt covers.

 

Presented by an eBayer with an eclectic sports focus,  this Monster has just under 10,000 miles, quite a few brand-name updates, and appears to have missed any major life events.  Of interest are the Arrow exhaust tuned by ECU and Power Commander, Rizoma handlebar, new battery, and valve adjustment last spring.  The dented tank might be addressed by a paintless dent magician, and the cracked tail cone should be an easy fix or replace.  Carbon fiber mufflers are balanced by a carbon bikini fairing, and there are a lot of farkles described in the eBay auction:

Upgrades Include:
 
Arrow Factory Race Full Exhaust with Carbon Fiber Cans & Race ECU - $1800
Power Commander
Oberon Mini LED Turn Signals
Oberon Vortex Billet Aluminum Clutch Cover
CRG Brake and Shorty Clutch Levers
CRG Lanesplitter Billet Bar End Mirrors
Rizoma Aluminum Tapered Handlebar
Rizoma Billet Aluminum Lux Grips
Rizoma Billet Aluminum Brake and Clutch Fluid Reservoirs
Speedymoto 2" Bar Risers
Ducabike Pilot Eco Aluminum Rear Sets
Arrow Steering Stabilizer
Seat Cover

 

With just a couple of knocks over the years, this S4R looks ready for a little TLC and the rest of the summer.  Reviewers thought the S4R was a handful in stop-and-go traffic, but the drivetrain was a joy in the suburbs.  The buy-it-now is fairly optimistic but there are many watchers, and the make offer button is ready...

-donn

Blue By You – 2005 Ducati Monster S4R