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Suzuki April 16, 2015 posted by

Mint Middleweight – 1997 Suzuki GSXR-750

1997 Suzuki GSXR-750 on eBay

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1996 was a “get serious” year for Suzuki’s iconic GSXR-750.  The early 90s had seen Suzuki losing ground on the racetrack and in the dealerships to Kawasaki’s ZX7 and Ducati’s 916.  The 1996 “SRAD” was a completely new bike, with Suzuki abandoning their classic cradle frame and going to an aluminum twin spar frame and wrapping it in sleek new bodywork.  The frame and the appearance of the new GSXR were both based off of Suzuki’s RGV500 GP bikes and the results were stunning.  A weight loss of nearly 75lbs and a new high revving engine now featuring a ram air setup pushed Suzuki back to the front of the class.

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The GSXR seen here came one year later in 1997 and was largely unchanged from the 1996 model aside from slightly different paint schemes.  A red and black option now replaced the awful brown and carbon scheme seen in 1996…. but let’s be honest, we all want the classic blue and white!  This one has been in the same family since day one and it’s obvious that they cared.  Despite having a healthy 25k miles on the clock, you’d never know it by looking at it.  It appears to be bone stock aside from the D&D pipe (start looking for a Yosh if you’re the lucky new owner) and some wheel tape.   You can check out the auction here 1997 Suzuki GSXR-750 on eBay.  I will be watching with great interest, as I think a minty SRAD might become the next hot commodity.

1997 Suzuki GSXR 750 SRAD in great condition . The bike has no issues runs and drives like new. has new tires on and is ready to enjoy. The bike has a D&D full exhaust and zero gravity wind screen. every thing else is all original. The bike has never been repaired never been tipped over or laid down. It has always been in the same family and adult driven. 

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Mint Middleweight – 1997 Suzuki GSXR-750
Ducati April 15, 2015 posted by

Emerging Classic: 1981 Ducati 500SL

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The Pantah is a watershed moment in the long and storied history of Ducati. Designed as a replacement to the bevel-gear model, the new “rubber-band” motor utilized toothed rubber belts to drive the valve action – a feature that lives on to the current day. The Pantah, as a replacement to the older round case and bevel-driven valve train motors, was built to be faster: faster to manufacture and assemble, faster to adjust and maintain, faster RPMs, and generally more performance. This is the foundation for everything from the 750 F1 to the modern day Monster (super-quadro Panigale models excepted). Not too bad for 1979 when the new motor was introduced.

1981 Ducati 500SL Pantah for sale on eBay

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Today’s bike is a 500SL – the first model to be blessed with the new motor. This bike also features the customary trellis frame, and uses the engine as a stressed member in the arrangement (another feature that persists to this day). This was the bike and motor combo that started a new chapter for Ducati, and this particular example looks to be a true survivor. The seller has noted some minor non-stock items, but the majority is as Fabio Taglioni originally intended – right down to the original paint.

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From the seller:
Condition wise, this is an unrestored survivor bike that is probably as stock as you will find. The only non stock items are the tires, battery, fuel lines, and mirrors. The cosmetic parts I did install were either new old stock or good used parts from the era. The original Verlicchi handgrips that I installed are a good example, I was quite excited to find them! The bike is even running an original airbox. I have the tool kit and all three keys for the ignition, steering lock, and gas cap. All of the appropriate frame tags are in place including the Berliner neck tag. The bodywork fit and finish are typical Ducati from the early 80’s. There are some spider cracks in the paint on the fairing, you can see some of the lines where 2 pieces of fiberglass were joined together, there are some rock chips here and there, etc, but it is ORIGINAL PAINT. My point is, this is a bike that has been ridden but taken care of and has all of the right patina and character you would hope for in an original machine. I am sure some will notice that the right hand muffler has a few dents, fear not, I have a nice original set of dent free Conti mufflers that will go with the bike. The seat has some cracks in the vinyl, but I would rather have a couple of cracks in the original seat cover than recover it and lose the originality. The gas tank has a light amount of corrosion, but I have decided to live with it rather that try to have it cleaned and risk damaging the original paint and stickers. Original and stock were very important to me with this bike. The speedometer is in kilometers and shows almost 19k, which translates to roughly 11.7k miles.

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Located in Illinois, this 500SL shows 19,000 kilometers on the clock (slightly less than 12k in miles). The bidding has not been particularly strong at the time of this writing, and the bike has not met reserve. Check it out here, as there are not many 500SL models around the US in this kind of shape. While not the more vaunted F1 model, this first generation Pantah could be a great classic bike experience in the making.

MI

Emerging Classic: 1981 Ducati 500SL
Ducati April 15, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 1993 Ducati 900 SS/SL Superlight

Update 4.20.2015: Now sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller. -dc

Update 4.15.2015: Nick has relisted this 900SS/SL just in time to take advantage of that tax return today. Pictures and links are updated. -dc

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Nick Anglada, of Black Label Meccanica is offering this 1993 Ducati 900 Superlight. This example has been mechanically sorted by Nick and is ready for the next riding season. Note I said riding season and not permanent storage in your man cave. This example has over 33k miles, and while it has some wear that is pointed out in the pictures, overall it represents far better than the odometer would suggest. It’s also a first year Superlight, so it has the white frame and trick Marvic wheels that are absent on later model year Superlights. Best of all, most SL’s we see available on the market now are over $10k. Nick has wisely priced his bike at $8,995 and I expect it won’t last long.

We’d like to thank Nick for helping to support the site with a Feature Listing, and good luck to buyers and seller!

dc

1993 Ducati 900 Superlight For Sale on eBay

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from the seller:

I am offering this collector’s classic in amazing survivor condition including the original owner’s manual and original tool kit. This bike has been extensively gone through mechanically but not restored cosmetically. This bike is #778 of 953 built between 1992 and 1993. One of only THREE hundred ever imported into the US. research Ducati Superlight registry online and this will confirm the number as will reading Ian Fallon’s book on the Ducati supersports. This model was only available in yellow in the US and only for one year. The only year superlights were ever available with a white frame, Marvic-Akront magnesium hub with aluminum hoop wheels and lightweight clutch cover. Later years (only available abroad) were only available in the gold frame. They were also downgraded to have the heavier brembo cast aluminum wheels and did not have full floating brembo cast iron rotors. Enough with the history lesson on the Superlight now on to the specifics of this bike.

This bike I purchased last July and have acquired interest in other bikes since then. Cosmetically is have done nothing more than to wash the bike, that’s it! This superlight does have some cosmetic flaws as shown in the pics more detailed pics are available on our facebook page or by email. Mechanically I have done the following as the bike sat for over for almost a year from the previous owner.

1. Clutch slave cylinder was rebuilt due to a leak
2. New cam timing belts were installed
3. All filters were replaced and oil was changed
4. Valves were adjusted properly and shimmed to manufacturer’s specs
5. Most of the hardware was replaced with new yellow zinc plated hardware as they were from the factory
6. Had the carbs serviced by the dealer and the bike tuned. tank was drained and treated before instaling a new fuel pump and filter. Fresh fuel just added on 12/30/14.
7. new SpeedCell battery (lithium) instaled04/01/15

What’s NOT original on the bike??

As I am not the first owner I can only provide you with what I have done or what you see in the pictures.

1. Original handlebars were replaced with Helibar risers
2. Original air filter was replaced with a K&N unit
3.Clutch and brake lines were replaced with aftermarket steel braided units by the previous owner
4. Obviously the tires are not original but I highly recommend that the new owner replaces them as they are over 3 years old
5. Exhaust canister are from an FE model
6. Pro Italia Oil Cooler relocator kit was installed by the previous owner. I have original oil cooler and lines as well
7. carbon fenders are either aftermarket ot have been recently refinished

I have additional pictures and I am more than willing to share those with any interested parties. I also have the following.

1. Original owner’s manual in good condition
2. Original tool kit

All the work was performed by me or the local dealer. A short history of who I am can be found on the internet by searching my name (Nick Anglada) . I have built countless custom bikes, my work has been featured in over 100 magazine articles internationally, televison as well as having guest wirtten tech articles for motorcycle magzines in the past 16 years .

This fine machine is used and has been clearly stated in the description above. The initial deposit is not refundable. Please only serious buyers. I can arrange for shipping a crating for WORLDWIDE DELIVERY AT THE BUYER’S EXPENSE .

Featured Listing:  1993 Ducati 900 SS/SL Superlight
Honda April 15, 2015 posted by

Game Changer – 1993 Honda CBR900RR

1993 Honda CBR900RR on eBay

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It’s hard to believe that’s been over 20 years since Honda rocked the sportbike world with it’s revolutionary 1993 CBR900RR.  I am fortunate enough to still have one in my garage and it still feels every bit as raw as the day it came out.  With it’s ultra short wheelbase, 600 class dry weight and a respectable 120hp on tap (and that 16″ front wheel) it commands your full attention all of the time.  While the competition from the other three manufacturers were busy via for top speed crowns on increasingly heavy open class bikes, Tadao Baba was going in the opposite direction with Honda.  Virtually all of the physical dimensions of the 900RR were in line with the 600s of the day and that more than made up for any lack of power compared to the other liter bikes.  The 900RR won every open class shootout that year and was named Bike of the Year in almost every magazine.

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While the 900RR sold well, it’s tricky nature means that survivors are increasingly rare.  This one has a few minor beauty marks, but looks to be in good condition otherwise.  The eBay auction is already seeing a lot of action with a good number of viewers and bidders already participating.  You can check out the auction here: 1993 Honda CBR900RR on eBay or read a bit from the seller below

Hello I have a very nice 93 Honda cbr 900rr sport bike these bikes are becoming harder and harder to find the bike has 24205 miles and runs great just had it serviced it has k and n filters and a shorty pipe new red chain new rear tire and new battery the rest of the bike is all stock the front tire needs to be replaced soon it’s has some scratches not bad and a small crack on front fairing very easy to fix to make it perfect

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Game Changer – 1993 Honda CBR900RR
Bimota April 14, 2015 posted by

Ultra Rare From Rimini: 1994 Bimota DB2 400cc Junior

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The Bimota DB2 is one of the more rare Bimotas. Not built in the same numbers as the YB or SB model series, the DB2 evolved from the magnificent DB1 racer and homologated road bike. Small and nimble, but packing serious desmo-twin grunt, the DB2 is a rider’s dream. However what we are looking at is a DB2 Junior – essentially a 400cc version of the DB2.

1994 Bimota DB2 400cc for sale on eBay

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Ducati was the first to try to crack the Japanese market with a 400cc version of the venerable Supersport (check out Ian’s discovery of the model here). Bimota capitalized on the effort and utilized the same engine and transmission, but wrapped it in a classic birdcage frame and beautiful bodywork, just like the bigger DB2. The result is the Junior model DB2 – all the wonderful artistic trappings of a classic Bimota in a smaller package. This is a rare bird indeed, and a first for the pages of RSBFS.

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From the seller:
The Bimota DB2 is in our opinion one of the nicest looking sport bikes to come out of the 90s. With Ducati power they all sound great and perform well. All components are top shelf including Brembo brakes and the Ohlins rear suspension.

For the Japanese market a 400cc version was produced, to take advantage of the lower tax regime for small capacity sport bikes. Just 101 examples of the DB2 were produced with this power plant. The only differences to the larger bike being the engine, single front disc (twin discs optional) and slightly narrower rear wheel.

This example has traveled 17,800 miles and is immaculate, having clearly been well cared for by its former owner.

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Bimota’s later attempt to break into the Japanese market brought us the YB7 evolution (with aluminum frame and Yamaha power), however it was the DB2 Junior with Ducati 2-valve, air-cooled power that lead the way. This particular bike is NOT local to the US (unfortunately), but the seller is willing to ship. Currently parked in the hobbit-friendly country of New Zealand, this DB2 Junior is looking for a new home. Check it out here, as you won’t see another for quite a while, if ever!

MI

Ultra Rare From Rimini: 1994 Bimota DB2 400cc Junior
Honda April 14, 2015 posted by

Two Stroke Temptation – 1990 Honda NSR250SP

1990 Honda NSR250SP on eBay

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If you’re looking for something eye-catching to add to your collection, this might be the one for you.  Coming all the way from a private collection in Japan by way of Canada is this stunning 1990 Honda NSR250SP.  The near flawless condition of the little Honda is surely due to the fact that it has a mere 1166km (724 miles) showing on the odometer.  Our regular readers may notice that this motorcycle did show up on our pages and on eBay about a year ago when it was originally listed for sale in Canada.  It has made it’s way across the border here to California, meaning that you won’t have to deal with any potential customs nightmares.  The seller does mention that it comes with a Bill of Sale only, so getting a title might prove challenging.

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The eBay auction already has quite a bit of interest, with the watchers and the bids coming in fast.  You can check it out here: 1990 Honda NSR250SP on eBay.  There is a lot of information in the description, including details about the bikes and the seller adds a little bit of personal perspective about it here:

If you do not know much about two-strokes then this is probably not the bike for you. This is a street version of Honda’s racing bike. It is extremely light (under 300lbs), agile, starts and runs very well and it is VERY fast. This motorcycle redlines at 12000rpm. When it hits the power band at about 9000rpm you had better be holding on tight. Also, you may not be able to title it depending on the state you live in. That’s why I am expressly stating the bike is sold as-is, where-is, with a bill of sale only with no representations as to ability to register or title. If you have any questions about this or the bike, please email me. And, yes it is available for viewing by legitimately interested bidders. It is located in Orange County, California. If you are a novice, or are not confident in your riding abilities, please do not buy this bike (unless you plan on displaying it only). 

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Two Stroke Temptation – 1990 Honda NSR250SP
Honda April 13, 2015 posted by

Seasoned Veteran: Ex-Randy Renfrow 1989 Honda RS250 for Sale

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This Honda RS250 is not a road bike. It was never a road bike. It’s not a streetbike stripped of lights or a “race replica”: it was never meant to be used anywhere but the track. An over-the-counter GP250 machine from Honda, it is powered by a slightly undersquare 249cc two stroke v-twin and weights about as much as the average professional football player.

You probably already knew that already.

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But this particular RS250 was ridden by Randy Renfrow, and maybe you’re not as familiar with him. Randy is an inductee of the AMA’s Hall of Fame and was a real grassroots racer, someone who could be fast on just about anything, a tough guy whose career was cut short by a crash in 2002 while riding a Honda RS250 at Daytona. Previously, he’d made a name racing against Ferracci 851’s on a cobbled-together Honda that used a v-twin from flat-track bike, VFR750 forks, and a replica RS500 frame. Basically it was a shoestring effort, but the team’s grit and Randy’s sheer determination saw them through.

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From the original eBay listing: 1989 Honda RS250 for Sale

Ex-Randy Renfrow GP bike. Have some documentation from previous owner. Comes with spares: gearing, cylinder, gaskets, pistons, jets, needles… etc. Has programmable power valves to set RPM activation. Windscreen has a crack that was stitched up. Rear tire only has one race on it. Reason for selling is I am getting too old to be racing. I will deliver this in US or Canada.

Obviously, this is not some pristine example of the breed, but the scars are earned, not the result of being poorly treated. So is this bike worth more because of its provenance? Maybe to the right person: Randy was the kind of rider remembered and admired by racers. But hopefully the right buyer will emerge to buy this little smoker and thrash the living hell out of it on track. I’d imagine that’s what Randy would want.

-tad

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Seasoned Veteran: Ex-Randy Renfrow 1989 Honda RS250 for Sale
Suzuki April 12, 2015 posted by

Dry Clutch Rattle: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R Limited Edition

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It’s been a banner week for “Slabby” Suzukis on eBay, with a range of bikes to tickle any Gixxer-lover’s fancy, including an interesting restomod with billet 17″ wheels that I’m sure would have ignited a firestorm of controversy in the comments… This one is a bit more traditional and should appeal to fans of RSBFS.

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The GSX-R wasn’t perfect when it was introduced in 1985, and the following year saw a revised swingarm to improve handling, along with some other tweaks. The LE was introduced to homologate specific parts for racing and featured a very sexy dry clutch and a lightweight aluminum fuel tank.

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The engine remained largely the same, but the first GSX-R wasn’t a bike that relied heavily on new technology in that department. In fact, that was largely the point: it used air/oil cooling to keep things simple and light, so it was low weight and handling, the complete package that really set the bike apart. Along with styling that promised a race bike almost everyone could afford.

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From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki GSXR750R Limited Edition for Sale

Just 500 of these were produced for the 1986 model year and they are super hard to find now, most having gone into collections! North America got the red/white/blue version and this lovely red & silver variant (Yoshimura colors) was reserved for the Japanese domestic and other markets.

This example has traveled just over 11,000 miles and is in excellent condition.

Engine internals are identical to the standard 750, but steering is sharper, brakes are stronger and the suspension is stiffer. In 1986, shelling out $2100 more for the Limited bought a list of limited-production enhancements that made it faster, especially on the track.

– Dry clutch

– GSXR1100-spec 41mm fork with electronic NEAS anti-dive

– 310mm front brake rotors with dual opposed-piston calipers, and an

– Aluminium-bodied remote-reservoir shock bolted to an aluminium Full-Floater linkage

– Broader handle bars

– Solo seat integrated into a hand-laid fiberglass tail section

– Lightweight aluminium kick guards

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE Tank

The Yoshimura exhaust is not stock, although they obviously have a long history with Suzuki and it definitely suits the bike. In fact, I much prefer it to the strange, perforated stock parts. The chain is obviously in need of attention [read: “replacement”] but, minor chips and scrapes aside, the bike seems to be in pretty darn good shape, a sight better than many of the tired Gixxers that often turn up on eBay.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE Pipe

This example is actually in New Zealand: note the spelling of aluminum… It’s probably only worth importing to the US if you’re a die-hard Suzuki fan although, if that describes you, this rarest of early GSX-R’s might be worth a look.

-tad

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LE L Side

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