Monthly Archives: May 2012

Sport Bikes For Sale May 31, 2012 posted by

Project RZ500 in Canada!

For Sale: 1985 Yamaha RZ500

If you find yourself wanting a RZ500 (or heck, any killer two stroke) but don’t have the bones to pony up for a perfectly preserved stocker like this one, a well-used example might be your best bet. This can be the most rewarding route to a grey-market bike, but unless you are mechanically inclined and willing to scour the internet for parts (if they are available at all), this can also be the most frustrating route to follow. Thankfully today’s bike runs (see video below) and appears to have most of its parts attached.

The RZ500 – as has been well-reported in the pages of RSBFS – is a wonderful combintation of 500cc, V-4, two-stroke power housed in a basic yet adequate mild steel frame (only the Japanese-spec RZV received the aluminum frame treatment). These bikes were never brought to the US shores, so those that exist in the country today are likely imported from our Canadian friends and neighbors. This particular bike is still on the other side of that aforementioned border, so plan to play the import game unless that’s where you are too.

From the seller:
Extremely rare exotic factory street legal replica of the OW series Yamaha world championship GP bike. V-four water cooled two stroke with electronically controlled power valves. If you are not familiar with the RZ500 (also known as RD500), google it, there is lots of information out there.
This one is best described as battle scarred. Mechanically it is OK except for the carburettors which need rebuilding – they have been cleaned but they leak. There are just under 36,000 km on the odometer, which translates to about 22,500 miles. Compression is 100 pounds on all four cylinders as tested with an old school hand held compression tester. It will need a new front tire, and probably steering head bearings. It has new front brake pads, new fork seals, new battery, transmission oil, fork oil and the coolant have been changed.

I am not the original owner, and I don’t know much about the history of it, a neighbor had it, who got it from a guy who owed his dad money. I talked him into selling it, cleaned it up, registered it in my name and insured it. Like the girl with curl, when she is good she is very very good, and when she is bad she is horrid 🙁 The main issue will be getting it to idle consistently, it works great for a while, then the carbs dump a mess of fuel into the air intake and it stops idling and responds badly to throttle below about 4000 rpm. Whatever, I am too old for this bike, and it needs to go.

RZ500s and Gammas are getting some crazy money these days. I must say that I love the livery on this bike (reminds me of Lawson at his best) and despite the seller indicating that it is a bit of beater, it definitely has a 50 foot appeal. Sounds like some carb work might be in order, and you might consider hammering out that expansion chamber for maximum power. Throw a new set of sticky buns on, and ride it like it was meant to be ridden. Purists might wave a rattle can at it and brighten it up, but paint won’t make you go faster (assuming that is your goal).

This Canadian project is waiting for you! The starting bid is a very reasonable $4,000, which is far, far less than most of these bikes. With a little elbow grease and some know-how, you too could be riding a GP-inspired two stroke. Click the link to jump over to the auction, and start those internet searches for parts and carb kits!


Honda May 31, 2012 posted by

Music for Your Ears: Honda NC30 with Tyga Exhaust (Austria)

Ever wanted to hear on your daily ride the sound of the Honda V4 but can’t afford an RC30 ? Well here is a second choice that will prove to be just as involving. The model below is on sale in Austria: Honda NC30 with Tyga Exhaust

Completely original apart from turn lights and red stripes on the rims, this bike comes with a Tyga exhaust fitted:

And here is how such a toy sounds like:

Isn’t that awesome ?

All other original parts will be supplied to you with the bike as commented below by the seller:


Verkaufe Honda VFR 400 R in super Zustand!!!!

Das Motorrad hat Stahlflexxleitungen,kleine blinker,und sportauspuffanlage!!!

Motorrad ist Technisch 1A , und optisch weist es bis auf kleine Gebrauchsspuren keine Mängel auf!!!!

Bei Fragen können Sie gerne unter der Nummer 0680/2374990 anrufen!!

Originalteile vorhanden!!!!!

The bike has just less than 28000km :

As his bigger brother, the RC30, this small capacity V4 comes with a single sided swing arm and 18 inch rear wheel:

Front tyre 120/70
Rear tyre 150/60 (18″ rim)
Wheelbase  1345mm
Dry weight 170kg
Power 56bhp @ 12,750rpm
Torque 26 lb-ft @ 9,700rpm

Many lucky owners who used to have one in their garage and exchanged for a bigger capacity 4 cylinder bike did regret the move. Nowadays it become hard to find one in good conditions such as this. At a “buy it now” price of 4700 EUR ($5867 USD) this seems an excellent opportunity (an equivalent condition RC30 won’t go for less than 5 times that price assuming you’ll find one).

What can I say, whoever will be quick enough to grab this iconic Japanese 400cc will have all my jealousy !


Ducati May 31, 2012 posted by

Troy was also here: Ducati 996 R in Switzerland

Another limited edition from Bologna, the 996 R is the last in series of the Tamburini specials. This one is signed by one of Ducati’s best ever riders Troy Bayliss:




Packed with loads of trick (or should we say, track-ready) accessories, the 996R is the highest spec serial Duke from the legendary 916 family. Delivering a whopping 135 bhp the Testastretta engine on this R model was for the time the most evolved and powerful 2 cylinder motor. The bike came with carbon Termignoni’s as part of the package. On the model here the mirrors and turn lights have been removed. The accessories fitted on the bike include an Alcantara trimmed seat and a NCR fuel cap. This 2001 model is #67 of 500 sold worldwide.




With 20.000 km driven so far, it is available in Switzerland from a private seller at the auction site. Yours with roughly $18k.



Rare Sport Bike Parts For Sale May 31, 2012 posted by

Not The Limited, Not The RR: 1994 Suzuki GSXR750SP

Not The Limited, Not The RR:  1994 Suzuki GSXR750SP

RSBFS alumn and ZXR750R expert Doug found a gem of a Suzuki for us, a 1994 GSXR750SP.  This is the first SP I’ve ever seen listed for sale.  While the 1986 Limited and 1989 RR are the most sought after, the SP has them beat in the rarity department with only 200 being produced.  I know the lack of a solo seat throws off most people.  It just doesn’t look like the homologation special it was built to be.  The pink graphics and blue seat don’t help either.



Here is a sampling of what you got with the SP:

Large flatside Mikuni TRM40 carbs

Close ratio gearbox

Exhaust with increased flow

Magnesium head cover and case covers.

Thin walled forks

Lighter and more rigid swing arm

These items I believe to be on the bike but can’t confirm:

Lighter wheels

6 pot Tokico brakes from the GSXR1100

Revalved suspension for racing


By 1994 the GSXR750 had become quite the porker compared to the original GSXR750 and even with all the features listed above the SP was only 2kg lighter than the standard bike.



The bike for sale sure looks like a mint example;  bone stoke and only 5.562 miles traveled.  The only draw back?  You guessed it: price.  The bike is being advertised at 16,995 GBP (roughly $26,500).  A steep price to pay but if you have the other two limited GSXR’s…….

These along with the gearbox would have to be the highlights of the bike.  The RR and the SP don’t have the dry clutch that everyone likes so much on the Limited.


Click it to own that last homologation special Suzuki built.


Sorry I don’t have better images of the brochure but pictures and info is scarce on this one.




Suzuki May 30, 2012 posted by

Everybody’s 2 stroke’s dream: Suzuki RG500 (Italy)

Hopefully I won’t disappoint many people with such a tittle when presenting the model below:

A 1986 Suzuki RG500 2-stroke. Alongside the Yamaha RD500 v4 and the Honda NS400R 3 cylinder, these bikes represented the closest thing to MotoGP in the 80s… and still now (with the exception of the Ducati Desmosedici). To me the Suzuki is on a league of its own.

Delivering 95BHP for 156kg this bike was serious stuff. Add to it the typical character of 2 strokes with a narrow high efficiency band around a particular rpm range (result of the matching frequencies of back pressure waves from the exhaust and good filling of the gasoline-oil and air mixture in the cylinders’ volume) and you’ll have an experience that you will never forget. Below is an image of the peculiar double crankshaft “square” 4 cylinder engine:

Wonder how such a beauty sounds like ?

Going back to the bike on sale, this is available in Italy. The bike is completely original and seems to be in top conditions as the seller describes:

moto da collezionisti! iscritta registro storico fmi , tutta originale , libretto di circolazione , targa originali , tenuta in modo maniacale!

for the non-Italian speaking it means roughly: “collectible motorbike, listed on the Italian Motorcycles’s Federtaion (FMI) historical bikes archive, with original papers and original license plate (before the EU plate type), kept with the highest level of attention”.

Yours here with 9500 Euro ($11800 USD).


Sport Bikes For Sale May 30, 2012 posted by

Gamma’s Everywhere! Another ’86 Suzuki RG500

Location: Niantic, Connecticut

Miles: 9,200 (15,000km)

Price: Currently $7,444 with Reserve in place

You would think that with all the RG500’s posted here on RSBFS lately, that they aren’t exactly rare. Well I can assure you that they are indeed rare. I am guessing that someone has preformed the ancient Gamma rain dance in order to coax a handful of these to show up on the market. I’m not complaining, these things are awesome! If you live in Canada, check out this Walter Wolf edition. If you prefer something a little faster, check out this Lance Gamma RG500 currently for sale. We even have one for sale in Italy coming up.

Now, some might recognize this bike as it was for sale back in October from a previous owner. The bike still sports the same modifications (original parts still included) and given that the bike is now registered out of CT, the title and registration definitely came in handy. It also appears that the bike has had some maintenance done in the mean time.

From the seller:

Rare offering — 1986 Suzuki RG 500 ………………..Collector Quality

9200 original miles ( 15,000KM)

Bike has had a few mods to the suspension and braking which have enhanced its braking and handling but in no way has it permanently altered its original form .

Fully adjustable rear Fox shock – GSX brake calipers and floating discs front and GSX wheels.

Included in the auction will be all of the original OEM RG 500 parts for those you who want a totally original RG of which are also in excellent condition.

( see last photo of bike in stock form)

*Original front and rear wheels –Cushdrive / sprocket,calipers and discs.

*Original RG 500 rear shock

*Original 2 pc seat and rear pillion as pictured.

*Original owners manual

Replaced coolant

Replaced brake fluid

Replaced spark plugs

Changed transmission oil

Replaced air filter

Replaced battery

New tires approx 300 miles ago.

Clutch cable just replaced.

Needle valves replaced (Mikuni) from RG500 .com this winter. (Solves gas burping issue that All RG’s were plagued with.)

Carbs were cleaned / rebuilt,sync’d.

Will include new set of clutch plates

Never dropped – never rebuilt– well maintained always stored in a pampered environment.

These bikes are the ultimate two stroke motorcycle — Easy to ride around town — tame and relatively quiet — but get the revs up and suddenly you are on a mid 80′s GP race bike — The power band is amazing. 95 hp from a bike that weighs 350lbs..

4 cylinder 2 stroke perfection .This bike runs great – shifts perfect – looks perfect –and is in top condition, everything works on the bike. Motor is unmolested and very strong . All the body parts are original and in excellent condition .

CT title and currently registered in CT ( 17 digit vin) ( title in hand)

Bid with confidences I am a trusted ebayer with 100% positive feedback – Email me with questions and I will promptly answer them.


Will assist your shipper if bike is being transported…

You can refer to the post from back in October to see what the BIN was on this bike when it was for sale previously. I would have to imagine that the Reserve will come off somewhere around that range considering that the bike has had some maintainance done and all the parts are still included. However, the seller says in the ad that it has a “Low Reserve”, so might be able to get it cheaper. Luckily this time around, the seller has take more detailed photos, and the bike does appear to be in good condition. If a closer-to-stock Gamma is more your style, then take a look at the auction here! If you pick it up, please let us know how awesome it is!


Sport Bikes For Sale May 30, 2012 posted by

Lance Gamma Bike: 1986 Suzuki RG500 For Sale!

Location: Leicester, North Carolina

Miles: 20k

Price: Currently $8,600 with No Reserve

If you prefer bone stock 500cc sport bikes of the two-stroke variety like the Walter Wolf featured last week, then this might not be for you. However, if you like street worthy GP bikes, then look no further than this Lance Gamma built RG500. Those unfamiliar with the Lance Gamma bikes, feel free to checkout and see the host of parts and performance upgrades they have to offer. The Lance bikes are seriously dialed in and no doubt make considerably more power than stock RG’s.

Check out the Crawford swing arm that the seller states only 3 exist, one of which on a personal bike of his, one on this bike, and one that sold on eBay for $1,200.

From the seller:

Is this the Gamma you’ve been waiting for? I don’t recall a finer example on eBay in the last year or so. This bike is of Canadian vintage and is titled and registered here in the States. The motor is freshly rebuilt and performance tuned by the premiere RG specialist, Lance Gamma (hence the eBay handle). This motor is at factory first overbore and assembled with all correct and OEM stock Suzuki parts with ported cylinders, bored carbs and milled heads. You can expect to see my clutch kit, ride height strut, petcocks and Crawford pipes along with my LG TriPod filter kit. What is certainly unexpected is the Crawford swingarm, being only one of 3 that were produced (one is on my personal Pepsi bike, the other sold on eBay last year for over $1200). This arm supports a Fox shock and 4.5″ rear wheel along with a 3″ front to handle Pilot Power sport rubber. Upgraded brakes and Race Tech fork mods complete the chassis for a fine handling experience. The bodywork is all new with Lance Gamma premium fiberglass and new paint/graphics applied. If you are looking for a stock collector piece to keep your other mildly interesting bikes company, move along. There’s nothing to see here. If however, you are wanting to discover for yourself what all the hoopla was about at the release of these bikes some 27 years ago (you remember, GP bikes for the street? What were they thinking??), this is one which will bring you up to speed, so to speak. It simply begs to be ridden. If you wish to discuss this bike in further detail or explore the options in my extensive Gamma inventory, please give me a call at 8287774076. I would be happy to put your mind at ease concerning such a frivolous purchase. Test rides happily accommodated to hearty souls willing to take the trek toWestern North Carolinaand visit my shop. And now for your viewing pleasure…..

Here is a video of this bike in action!

There is no doubt that this is a serious machine, truly something that is set apart from other RG500’s. “Mileage” is up there on this bike, but clearly it has been gone through extensively and maintained in excellent fashion. We posted Lance Gamma RG500 a while back and it’s asking price was $23,000, so this one could be a steal at the current price. Bidding is active at the moment, so I am curious to where it will end up. Jump over to the auction here and make this serious RG500 yours!


Yamaha May 29, 2012 posted by

Clean…very clean FZR 1000 Exup (Switzerland)

In the early ’90, this was a serious Superbike: The Yamaha FZR 1000 Exup. While Suzuki increased its GSX-R capacity to 1100 a few years earlier, Yamaha opted to pimp up the FZ750 power plant to 1002 cc which with its 20 valves delivered a staggering 145 HP @ a very down to earth 10000 rpm (in comparison to modern bike). That meant loads and loads of usable power at your fingertips.

The sample above/below is:

1) in fantastic condition

2) in its best color scheme

3) at an even better price


With just 23000km form new, and 1 owner so far this is very promising. judge for yourself:

I personally have never driven one of these and often thought that the seating position seems a bit laid back, but with that powerhouse and the amazing for the time and still beautiful Deltabox Aluminum frame I really want to.

Some specs:

Engine and Transmission

Displacement: 1002.00 ccm (61.20 cubic inches)
Engine type: in-line four
Stroke: 4
Power: 145.00 HP (105.8 KW) @ 10000 RPM
Valves per cylinder: 5
Starter: electric
Gearbox: 5-speed

Physical measures

Dry weight: 214.0 kg (471.8 pounds)
Seat height: 775mm (30.5 inches)

Chassis and dimensions
Front brakes: Dual disc
Rear brakes: Single disc

Speed and acceleration
Power/weight ratio: 0.6776 HP/kg
Acceleration (0-60): 2.9 seconds
Top speed: 172 mph (275 kph)

And an inspiring brochure from those times (note the rider’s position…comfortably seated and with the knee only out of the fairing):

…pure nostalgia….

The seller describes the bike like this:

Wunderschöne und sehr gepflegte FZR1000 aus erster Hand. Die Yamaha ist Vorführbereit, ev. ein Flüssigkeits Service nötig. Auch für Liebhaber geeignet. Pneus sehr gut. 
Sehr attraktives Angebot.

For the non-German speaking, he confirms the excellent conditions and mentions that the only work needed would eventually be the replacement of fluids (oil, brake fluids).

This beautiful FZR is available in Switzerland form a private seller at the auction site. Yours with 2650 CHF! ($2753 USD)


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