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Reader Rides For Sale June 15, 2011 posted by

’86 Suzuki GSXR 1100-First Year of a Classic!

Mileage: 13,292
Price: $6,000 SOLD!

I have had the privilege, and I do considerate it a privilege, to write up some very clean, early GSXR’s lately. This bike is no exception, and to make it even better, this is a first year GSXR 1100. That fact alone makes this a little more special than others.

Indulge me while I recap what makes this bike special. Legendary air and oil cooled motor, cranking out 137 bhp that was unheard of in 1986. That fact alone gave the bike an instant following. It was essentially a bored-out GSXR 750 motor and is considered bulletproof, being used for years on drag bikes.

Some more photo goodness-

This bike appears very clean, original and well cared for with reasonable mileage for its age. It also includes the original parts and owners and service manuals. From the seller:

Up for sale is my 1986 GSXR1100 in excellent condition. 13,292 miles first year GSXR1100, runs great, pampered and adult owned. Shown here with a Yoshimura exhaust, Mikuni radial flat slide carburetors, new chain and sprockets, oval pod filters and new Bridgestone tires.

Included in the asking price are the following:

Original Exhaust System (in excellent condition)
Original Carburetors
Original Airbox
Original Tool Kit
Original Owner’s Manual and Service Manual
Original Turn Signals
Original Sprockets
Original Windscreen
Custom Corbin Seat (not shown)
Rear Wheel Stand

Asking $6000.

The bike also includes the many acronyms that make up many GSXR’s over the years and for a Suzuki person are part of the package. On this bike you will see the SACS (Suzuki Advanced Cooling System) and the NEAS (New Electrically Activated Suspension-anti dive). This stuff is pure gold for detail people like myself.

I have said before and will say again until I leave this planet, I think all current liter bikes owe something to the GSXR 1100. This is clean example of sportbike history for anyone who wants it (and if you don’t, it’s time for therapy).

-RN

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Sport Bikes For Sale June 15, 2011 posted by

Two Wheel Drive Superbike: 2012 Hacksetter 998s

For Sale: 2012 Hacksetter 998s

We here at RSBFS are all about finding the most rare and desireable motorcycles available on the web. Sometimes we will stumble across something that most of us didn’t know existed, such as this Honda CBR500F, or boutique bikes built in small numbers such as this Roehr. Well, today’s bike is so rare that it does not yet exist, although you can buy the rights to its production on eBay.

From the seller:
Model year 2012; One of Twelve (auction is for number 4) motorcycles hand crafted in the US and Germany. First DOT legal All wheel Drive 1 liter Superbike, . These bikes have been banned from AMA class racing events. They are extremely fast and handle difficult corners incredibly (Patented all wheel drive system). Surely the fastest and most technologically advanced race & street motorcycle in the world rain or shine! Number 4 will be delivered in the first week of December.

Call for details : specifications and availability

Trolling the web I found some (not a lot) interesting info on these Hacksetter bikes. They appear to be a custom chassis wrapped around a Kawasaki ZX10 powerplant. The two wheel drive system is a patented aspect of the bike, and on this forum I read claims of faster lap times on the track as well as better efficiency and fuel mileage. I was not able to verify any of these claims independently as I did not find any rider reports of the bike through my searching of my favorite research sites – but this bike is still quite new and somewhat revolutionary. Let’s hope that Mr. Hacksetter can make his dream a reality and get some of these on the road.

You can find a little more information on the Hacksetter website – but details are quite scarce at this time. The auction, however, has a BIN price of $132,970 (!). So, if you want to be the first on your block with the streetbike equivalent of a Christini 2WD conversion coupled to a custom frame and bodywork plus help fund the startup of Hacksetter production motorcycles, here is your call to action. To check what details do exist, click on the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!

MI

Kawasaki June 14, 2011 posted by

Identity Crisis: 2006 Kawasaki Ninja KRR ZX150

Identity Crisis:  2006 Kawasaki Ninja KRR  ZX150

What the heck is this thing?  It  has a serious identity crisis.  It has “ZX” plastered on the tail but “KRR” splashed across the front fairing. I see a “KIPS” sticker so that has to be a two stroke engine hidden in there.  What Kawasaki has a trellis frame like that?  Don’t recognize that tiny braced swing arm?  Whatever it is, I kind of like it!

What we have here is a Kawi that has never turned a wheel in Japan.  This is a model produced for the markets in Thailand and Indonesia.  Here is the officail page on Kawasaki’s website.  It isn’t surprising to me that Kawasaki made a unique model for the Asian market.  What is surprising is that it was a two stroke and they produced them all the way up to 2008!

Generally these Asian market bikes are built with one concern in mind: budget.  The budget to build them and the budget of the person buying them. You’ll notice a single disc up front, older style forks and the lack of  the usual twin spar aluminum frame to keep costs down.  What you do have is a single cylinder, 150cc two stroke engine wrapped in an eye pleasing package.  Did I mention it is a two stroke?  The specs just list Mikuni carb, so no fancy direct injection to clean things up.  This is still a true smoker.

 

I found this posted on a message board discussing the 150.  Sounds like quite a few people have taken to racing them and they’ve had to limit the mods because it was cleaning  up against Kawasaki’s own four stroke Ninja 250.  It is good to see two strokes are still causing trouble! 

 That reminds me, my drink could use another lime.  You wouldn’t know this isn’t just another ZX from this picture.  At this price point I’d guess those are just holes dumping air to the entire engine.  I wonder if the race bike above has them routed to a pressurized air box?

 

 If you haven’t figured out by the license plate in the background, this gender bender Kawi isn’t located in the United States.  This one managed to end up in the UK.  I believe it would be a grey bike even there.  I saw a post that said along with the Asian markets, they were imported into New Zealand as well.  I do find it amusing Kawasaki was covering all their basis by calling this thing a “KRR ZX”.  Come on Kawasaki, jump out of the corporate box, bring back the real “KR”, slap some direct injection on it and I promise you will sell every single one of them.  I guess if that doesn’t work the US is trying its’ damnedest to become a third world nation so maybe eventually we will get the “KRR ZX”.  In the mean time  jump over and check it out on Ebay UK here.

Rare video of Rossi testing a KRR ZX150 in Maylasia.

Ian

Sport Bikes For Sale June 14, 2011 posted by

Holy Grail Alert! 1986 GSXR 750 Limited Edition

Location: Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Mileage: 6,139
Price: Auction, starting at $6,000

Well, all you have to do is read the June 2011 issue of Motorcyclist to learn anything you need to know about this rare, awesome machine. And if you did read it, especially the Smart Money column (that highlights RSBFS!), you know what an opportunity this could be for one lucky soul.

There is plenty that is special about this bike. From the seller:

Don’t mind the low feedback – I trade commercially as loudbikesteve on eBay and enjoy an excellent reputation. I set this account up to keep my personal stuff separate from my business stuff..

I’m listing this 1986 Suzuki GSXR 750 Limited for a very good friend who’s not very computer savvy. I’ve personally seen the machines and took the listing photos last summer.

I had just started road racing when this bike came out and if you were up in the 750 class, this was the bike to have. Suzuki took the GSXR750 and added trick bits to create a racing homologation Limited Edition model that offered some interesting goodies that improved an already great bike. Gun-coat engine finish, gold-plated chain, blue-coated wheels and two sets of racing numbers plus a new electrically activated front suspension system (NEAS), 310 mm floating front brake discs, steering damper, racing type adjustable clutch-lever, dry clutch, hand-laid fiberglass single racing seat, remote rear damper reservoir, amber halogen head lights and more.

More race bike than street bike, this one is absolutely MINT. The machine was decommissioned and has been on display in a climate-controlled environment since acquisition by the current owner almost a decade ago. Please check out the hi-resolution pics on my Flickr account HERE.

If you have zero feedback, please contact me before submitting a bid. Any questions, feel free to email me (I’ll gladly give you my phone number if you need to chat).

More photos:

As described in Motorcyclist, this bike was $6499 when it came out in ’86, $2,100 more than a stock GSXR 750. It came to the States in limited numbers (299) in order to qualify for AMA Superbike. Again, the June 2011 issue will give you all the information you need.

This is truly one collectible, historic sportbike. The seller says above that he deals commercially and is listing this for a friend. I don’t know the seller’s reputation, and there’s limited feedback, so I would want to be very clear on the situation with the bike. I would also point out that that it may be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to find some parts for the bike should you ever need them. And with it being stored for a decade, I would want to know if, and how, it runs.

That being said, I would rate this as one of the coolest and most collectible sportbikes of all time. And I would certainly put it at the top of any Suzuki list. If you can’t pass up this opportunity, make the jump and place your bid!

-RN

Kawasaki June 13, 2011 posted by

Can you hack it? Jamie Hacking’s ZX6 race bike!

For Sale: 1997 Kawasaki ZX6 600 Ninja Kinkos sponsored Supersport racebike

If you want to learn to ride like Jamie “The Hacker” Hacking, why not start where he did? This 1997 ZX6 is reportedly the same bike that Jamie rode in the 1997 AMA Supersport series – his first major AMA season – where he scored a pole at Phoenix. He went on to score Rookie of the Year in Superbike in ’98, and continued to ride both Superbike and Supersport through the close of the ’90s. With two Supersport titles to his name, a stint in Moto GP (Kawasaki, ’08) and a Superbike World Championship (’09), Hacking has had a long and storied career. And this is where it really started.

This bike, mileage unknown, is noted to be slightly different than as it came off the track. The seller notes suspension and exhaust changes – the racebike using Fox products in the day, and the Kawasaki-Muzzy relationship is well known. But there are likely more changes. The instrument cluster looks to be out of place – a stock unit probably tacked on when the racing data logger/instrument panel was removed. Hence, mileage is not what is shown here. There might also be other changes beneath the plastics – but there is no reason to believe the seller is not being completely candid. Depending upon the condition of the engine internals, this could still be a nice rider.

From the seller:
ZX6 EX-KINKO KAWASAKI JAMIE HACKING SUPERSPORT RACE BIKE
The bike is “as raced” except shock and exhaust.
Raced with Fox shock and Muzzy exhaust.
Currently has stock shock and D&D exhaust.
Good track bike or for a Collector!!!

And what kind mad riding skills do you need to emulate Jamie Hacking? Well, the video below shows a great save when Jamie loses both ends of his Kawasaki. He was able to collect it up and get back into the fight. Despite losing a bunch of places, he still managed to finish 3rd! Imagine if you pulled off this stunt during your next track day! There is also a great interview with Jamie following the clip.

I’m really not sure what kind of value an ex-Jamie Hacking bike AMA bike might have. In some ways, this is a really neat piece of history, suitable for simply parking in your man cave or even for some riding. It is inexpensive enough to make a unique collectable, but there is no real good “market price” listing for an old racebike. Some internet research revealed suggestions that are all over the map, from insultingly low recommendations to figures that can only be advised for the rabid Jamie Hacking fan that *must* have everything Hacker related.

This auction is on right now, with an opening ask of $3,500. So far there have been no takers, but there are still a few days left to go. Interested parties should check out the auction, look at the pictures, and maybe contact the seller to see if there is room to move. This a pretty cool opportunity that we don’t see often – an actual factory racebike as campaigned by someone you’ve actually heard of!

For more information, . Good luck!

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale June 13, 2011 posted by

Late 80’s Stroker Gem: 1987 Yamaha TZR250

Late 80’s Stroker Gem: 1987 Yamaha TZR250

Oh my, 1987 was when the race replica wars just started to heat up. For a scant few years the Japanese manufactures would win buyers with small cc bikes that featured trickle down GP technology that shined on the track. You can see the wave building in this TZR. The stout aluminum frame is there, as is the power valved twin cylinder engine. Upside down forks, dry clutches, braced swing arms and double discs were waiting in the wings.

This TZR is a great example and rare even among TZR’s. I sure don’t see many of these early model TZR’s compared to the later reverse cylinder models and even later 3XV’s. Making it even better is the condition (excellent), the mileage (low) and the title status (you are good to go!). It appears mostly stock as well with only a set of chambers being the obvious add on.

Here are the details from the seller:

A nearly mint condition 1987 TZR-250 with a clear USA title, these bikes were the latest in the RD-RZ lineage, and were some of the BEST bikes ever designed by Yamaha.

Superior handling, incredible acceleration, (eats most 750’s!) and beauty to boot!
This machine was held in a private collection, by some one very knowledgeable about Yamaha racers, and as such was the crown of the collection. It has spent the last 10 years in the living room of the collector! Was running beautifully (SO smooth!) but battery is dead now.

Here is your opportunity to have one of the most beautiful, most fun to ride motorcycles of all time. Looks like it came out of the crate yesterday as you can see from the fotos. This is about the closest you can get to riding a 250GP bike on the road!
Included are hand build racing expansion chambers that broadened and amplify the incredible powerband, and give it a sound, second to none! (Stock pipes are available for an addition cost.)
Two-Strokes……..ahhhhh!
Don’t wait….. these just do NOT exist anymore, especially in THIS condition!

There were only a few imported to the US.

THIS IS IT, ………….THIS is your chance!

The seller is quite excited and should be since he has such a nice bike. As most sellers do the truth may be stretched a bit. I can take nothing away from the condition of the bike but time did march on and these older TZR’s are not the closet thing to a GP bike for the street. The only reason I bring that up is that is what the potential buyer will have to keep this mind when deciding what kind of bike he wants. Does he want an absolutely beautiful and titled early model TZR for that price ($5,500 BIN) or does he want a later model (with a bit more tech) for close to that price in rougher condition and possibly not titled? I think you would come across bikes in quite varying conditions in that $5,500 to $6,000 price range.

I don’t think this bike will have much trouble finding a new home. It has it all and I’m sure someone out there would love to relive the race replica craze on it. You can bid or buy it here.

Ian

Honda June 13, 2011 posted by

The Holy Grail of CBR900RRs

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If you know some of these colors by name and what bikes they were applied to, you’re in deep:

Fighting Red, Shasta White, Candy Aleutian Blue, Wistaria Blue, Seychelle Night Blue…

You’ll also appreciate this motorcycle from the greater Charlotte, NC area:

The original 900RR should need little introduction around here. Some say it gave rise to the ultra-light liter bikes that we know and love today. Still others complained that the 16″ front wheel made it twitchy. Easy fixes usually were applied in the form of a direct-bolt-in CBR-F3, 17″ wheel (once the F3 came along in 1995)> Incidentally, the few RC45 owners that there ever were in this country; many of them applied the same fix.

From the seller:

I hope I can find my baby a good home. I am the original owner of this 1993 CBR900RR. It was one of the first RR’s delivered to the US for press evaluation when I received it in March of 1992. Adult owned and always garage kept for the last 19 years. It’s in practically perfect condition with only 19K miles. That’s only 1000 mi per year! Engine never apart. Never down. No jet kit. No extended swing arm. No bling. No tail kit. No BS. Completely stock except for the windscreen and the Corbin seats but I have the stock seats. I also have the original owner’s manual and warranty card. It still has the original chain! If you want a bike to modify or otherwise disrespect this bike please don’t reply to this ad. If you’re looking for a perfect piece of sportbike history this is for you. I really don’t want to sell my baby so don’t bother with low offers. I take it out a few times a year and it puts a smile on my face. This pristine CBR is well worth the price.

These are still seriously quick motorcycles, whoever you are. Stock rwhp figures of the 893 versions were somewhere shy of 115 hp. So they were down quite a bit from the GSX-R1100 and FZR1000 of the same time period — but the RR was also nearly 100 lbs lighter, full of fuel!

With an ask of $6k, this one is spendy, and we don’t have very good pictures for a full evaluation. But they don’t turn up often in (what appears to be) this sort of nick. Have a gander.

–RW

Kawasaki June 13, 2011 posted by

1991 Kawasaki ZX-7R K1

Location: New Jersey
Mileage: <8,000
Price: $5,500

Though we have seen our fair share of these on RSBFS, there is a reason for that. Not only are they a limited homologated special, but they look awesome too! These K1’s seem to mostly pop up for sale on the West coast and Southeast (at least after a quick search on RSBFS), so if you live in the Northeast and looking to get one of these, then here is your chance. I would love to elaborate about how these bikes have aluminum gas tanks, close-ratio gear boxes, and flatside carbs, but the seller actually acknowledges all of this in the ad.

From the seller:

” 1991 Limited Editon ZX7R K1. 1991 was the first year Kawasaki offered these in limited numbers. These were the differences between the standard ZX7 and the R version: Keihin FCR flatslide racing carbs, aluminum fuel tank, fully adjustable front and rear suspension, rear solo tail, hotter cams giving the bike 121 horse power from the factory and different gearing. This bike turns heads and is a great conversation piece at bike shows. The bike has less then 8K miles and runs and shifts with no issues. All electrical works (lights, cooling fan, etc…) and it does not leak a drop of oil! New battery. New tires (Michelin Pilot Power w/less then 100 miles on them). New fuel filter, oil filter, fuel lines. New 530 chain and sprocket conversion. Full Muzzy exhaust. The bike is 20 years old but likes like new. Also included in the sale is the service manual. I am open to offers within reason. I know what these bikes are worth, so please don’t waste my time with BS offers. Also, I DO NOT want to trade for your boat, ATV, etc……Clean NJ title in hand. Thanks for looking. If you have any questions feel free to email me.”

This bike appears to be mostly stock and well maintained with several parts being replaced. Of course, this particular bike has a full Muzzy exhaust on it, and the only other thing I can see that is not mentioned by the seller is the blue windscreen. But with less than 8K miles, this bike is priced well. You can check out the seller’s ad here.

-RN

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