Monthly Archives: April 2014

Yamaha April 30, 2014 posted by

Small Bore Fun: 1988 Yamaha FZR400


A continual fan favorite, the Yamaha FZR400 has long been regarded as one of the best handling motorcycles to come out of Japan. Popular on the racetrack, many of these mid-range Fizzers have lived hard lives. This bike looks to be a bit different, in that it *appears* to be stock and unmolested. If that is the case, this is a pretty rare find indeed!


1988 Yamaha FZR400 for sale on eBay


From the seller:
1988 Yamaha FZR400U First Year USA Edition
Frame Number: JA-000703
Engine Number: 3BF-000703

For Your Consideration is this Exceptionally Nice 1988 First Generation, First Year USA, FZR-400 in Great Stock Condition! Only 9K Miles with Matching Frame and Engine Numbers. A very uncommon and especially clean low mile original, show-quality bike!

The bodywork is complete with original paint and graphics. All stock exhaust, intake, frame, suspension, motor, trim, brakes and lines, cables and controls. No fading or yellowing anywhere; the paint, alloy and soft parts are outstanding. The front tire is likely the original Bridgestone Battlax BT45F 110/70-17 54H with about 60% tread remaining, and the rear is a near new, matching, Bridgestone Battlax BT45R 140/70-18 67V. Excellent original chain and sprockets.


While this bike looks to be very, very clean, there are some nits that our readers might notice, and might be willing to comment on. The windscreen appears white in these picture, but that is not how the bike came stock. Also, the front fairing should have red graphics to the left and right of the headlights, below the mirrors. This leads me to believe that some of the bodywork may be reproduction and not stock - not a major issue, but something to consider.


FZR400s are holding decent value - but the best news is that these are downright cheap when it comes to acquisition. Unlike two strokes or rare Italian beasts, little Fizzers are fun AND affordable. Be sure and check this one out. Good Luck!



Small Bore Fun:  1988 Yamaha FZR400
Honda April 29, 2014 posted by

Turbo Triple Play: 3 Honda CX500 Turbos for sale

It seems that just as soon as you call something rare and relatively hard to find you start to see them everywhere. Such is the case with factory Turbo bikes. One year only models which languished on showroom floors due to complexity and price, the Turbo era never really lasted. That is a shame, as the factory Turbo bikes are all unique in their own ways. Here are three examples of Honda's technology showcase, the 1982 Honda CX500T. If you are in the market for one of these rarities now is a good time for a closer look. Prices are continuing to rise on these boosted machines.

#1. 1982 CX500T with complete restoration


From the seller:
A 3-year ground-up restoration was completed on this beautiful bike in 2010. Every part, grommet, nut and bolt was removed from this bike. Every part on this bike has been either plated, powder coated, painted, polished, restored or replaced. There are countless hours and thousands of dollars spent on this very complicated restoration. This is no doubt one of the finest CX500 Turbos on the planet.

This beautiful first generation Honda Turbo is priced at $9,500 OBO.

#2. 1982 Honda CX500T with only 600 miles


From the seller:
Purchased last year from a private collection. Clear CA title (license plate included, removed for pictures). 600.9 original miles (six hundred miles and 9/10) Likely one of the nicest low mileage CX500 Turbo motorcycles available. Stunning condition. Original. Clean. Near Mint.

This is a NO RESERVE auction, with the current bid sitting at a mere $3k. This might be a bargain in the making....

#3. Brand New 1982 Honda CX500T


From the seller:
100% All original brand new true survivor in mint showroom condition never been registered fully documented flawless time capsule. Includes original Dealer Packet, original Certificate of Origin, original Owner's Manual, original Owner's Card, (2) original Keys & spare, original Tool Kit w/ Air Pressure Gauge still sealed, & OEM factory Turbo Cover. This bike has never been down, scratched, rebuilt, or repainted. All original decals & gauges with no fading whatsoever. Kept in my climate controlled storage facility year round & hasn't moved since the day I brought it home from the previous owner / dealership. 1.9 factory miles.

The reserve has come off on this bike, and the auction is winding down. Current bid is at $8k, and I suspect it will move up before the auction ends.

So there you have it. Three excellent examples of Honda's technical mastery. These rare beasts are not easy to find in this condition, and any one of these would make a fine addition to any collection. Good Luck!


Turbo Triple Play:  3 Honda CX500 Turbos for sale
Yamaha April 28, 2014 posted by

Ludicrous Speed: 1989 Yamaha FZR 1000 for sale in Georgia

1989 Yamaha FZR 1000 for sale

While today's liter bikes are measured by an even higher standard of speed, in the late 80's the 5 valve Yamaha Genesis motor was the top dog in the speed race amongst manufacturers. While the OW01 was certainly more exotic, the FZR 1000 provided even more punch in a straight line and still held it's own when dipped into a corner. This example while not totally stock, has some period correct upgrades that the seller details, and appears in genuinely good condition with only 6700 miles on the clock. It's already met reserve and is currently bid at just under $7k with 4 days remaining.


1989 Yamaha FZR1000 for sale on eBay


from the seller:

This bike is 9 out of a 10runs perfect . Has the popular mod of the time of updating the forks with yzf750r upside forks. You would be hard pressed to find a cleaner one. I can't believe how good it runs. The bike needs nothing title in hand . I have the original tool kit as well and bike come with rare seat cowl.


Ludicrous Speed:  1989 Yamaha FZR 1000 for sale in Georgia
Aprilia April 27, 2014 posted by

Silver Surfer: 1996 Aprilia RS250 for sale in California

1996 Aprilia RS250 For Sale

Listed for sale in Huntington Beach is this very nice, rider quality MK1 Aprilia RS250. The seller is very upfront that this bike doesn't have a title and what is known of it's history. While it may not be a museum quality example, it is certainly a bike many would love to actually ride as it was intended while being very original in nature. There are a few things I'd care to correct, but it also has several spares that could be used to change the look or possibly even offset the purchase price if sold separately. So I'd say this is a pass as a collector, but worth considering as a bike to ride hard all afternoon and then proudly park out in front of your local bike night.


1996 Aprilia RS250 for sale on eBay




Silver Surfer:  1996 Aprilia RS250 for sale in California
Ducati April 26, 2014 posted by

Super Pricey Sportbike? 2001 Ducati 996 SPS

Update 4.26.2014: Posted the first time almost a year ago, this SPS is back with an opening reserve not met bid of $10k. Mike noted that it wore a $17k buy-it-now the first time, so bid accordingly. Also note the comments below as there is discussion about how SPS bikes were sold originally. Links updated. -dc


When it comes to sport bikes, few are as iconic as the Ducati 916/996/998 series. Designed by Tamburini (who later went on to design the gorgeous MV Agusta F4 series) and sporting a 90 degree, liquid cooled, fuel injected, four valve per cylinder (with desmo actuation) twin, this series of bikes was for more than just show.


The SPS - or Sports Production Special- edition of the 996 was an evolution of the 916 SPS (the 916 SPS was already at 996cc capacity and offered 12+ HP over the standard engine). The powerplant remained largely unchanged from the previous generation bike, but with lighter weight components (such as the new Marchesini 5-spoke wheels) and more performance oriented suspension now completely sourced from Ohlins, the SPS was a higher-spec bike all around when compared to the standard 996.


From the seller:

I am the original owner of this Ducati, purchased in July, 2001 from Gold Coast Motorcycles. The dealer added all items to make it street legal including mirrors, signals, lights, side stand, etc. The total cost including tax was $25,245. The bike is in perfect condition and has been serviced by our mechanic regularly regardless of the limited usage. It runs perfectly and has stunning performance. With titanium conrods, larger frame tube diameter with thinner walls, wider frame/larger carbon airbox, P8 "big brain" ecu, higher compression heads, hotter in/out cams, lightened engine internals, full Termignoni with carbon cans, full and Ohlins/steering damper, the SPS was the top of the Ducati line in its day. This is a rare and beautiful specimen.


I'm not too sure about the seller's comments about the dealer-added items required to make it street legal. By all accounts, all SPS model 916s and 996s were street legal from the factory. These were definitely a play to get the 996 motor homologated for Superbike racing, but with some nearly 1,800 SPS units produced over 4 years, I do not recall any that came out as track only bikes. I'm also not sure what to make of the Montana plates on this bike located in NY, but there may be an easy and reasonable explanation there. As always, RSBFS recommends you do your homework.


This very clean, one owner example is available right now on the East Coast. With only 1,025 miles, there has not been a ton of use or abuse possible. The price tag attached to this machine is commensurate with the condition: the opening ask is $10,000 with reserve in place, and the BIN is a very high $17,000. Click on the link to jump over to the auction and check out all of the pictures and details. If you have been waiting for another shot at Tamburini's masterpiece, this just might be the perfect example. Good Luck!


Super Pricey Sportbike?  2001 Ducati 996 SPS
Suzuki April 25, 2014 posted by

Classic 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 in Solid Condition

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 For Sale

If you've been waiting for a classic GSX-R rider that also looks stunning in it's corner of the garage, take a look at this 1100. It has some cosmetic flaws on the swingarm and lower plastics, but overall it's very solid as a bike to enjoy and maybe restore in the future. It has some period aftermarket pieces but the important stock bits remain. At just $4650 buy-it-now, it's a great grin-to-dollar value to boot. Act quickly as this one has a day or so remaining! Hat tip to Marty for the link 😉


1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 for sale on eBay


from the seller:

Here it is the last GSXR out of a private collection. Bike runs fabulous! This motorcycle has full KERKER exhaust and Mikuni flat slides as well as the K&N air filters but that is as far as the mods go so she is completely reliable This motorcycle shifts stops and drivees like a new bike!!. Bike is current on all maintenance! all she needs is a good home. bike has some wear and tear, But not at all bad for a 27 year old bike as per all the photos I have taken. bike has never been wrecked but has the stress cracks that are known to these year GIXXER,s this bike is a classic and is in better condition than any I have seen out and about. All body work is original no bondo or epoxy. bike comes with clear title, service manual, dealer manual. tires are in good condition as well please feel free to ask any questions or concerns you may have.REAR STAND NOT INCLUDED.For a 27 year old motorcycle this GSXR is in EXCELLECT overall condition. The bike is not a perfect museum showpiece with absolutely no flaws whatsoever; it is however a VERY, VERY, VERY nice, solid, stock GSXR that runs great and turns heads.



Classic 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 in Solid Condition


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