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Suzuki June 2, 2015 posted by

The Market is HOT! – 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 LE

1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited Edition on eBay

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By now we all know the market for vintage GSXR-750s is red hot.  This listing is already reflecting that with 17 bids pushing it past $8000 with several days still to go.  Just one year after the first GSXR-750 revolutionized the sport bike world, the Limited Edition raised the bar even further.  Production numbers are a frequent subject of debate, but the general consensus is between 500 and 1000 made with just 199 reaching the U.S. dealerships.  The Limited Edition was a significant upgrade from the standard model, featuring a close ratio transmission with a dry clutch, electronic “anti-dive” technology, bigger forks and front brakes from the GSXR-1100, a fiberglass solo seat and special paint and graphics.

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The seller is upfront about the condition, and while it’s not quite “showroom” quality, it would make an excellent starting point for a restoration or *gasp* a really nice classic rider.  You can check it out on eBay right here: 1986 GSXR-750 Limited Edition

1986 Suzuki GSXR 750 Limited edition.   This is a very rare bike.  500 to 1000 made, depending on who you talk to.  I’ve owned this bike 10 years.  I bought it, rode it for 4 miles, everything worked as it should.  I put the bike into storage until now.  It will need tires, a battery, and a full service.  The bike is very clean.  The upper front fairing has been repaired and painted.  The muffler heat shield has a scrape on it.  The wheels have been painted white.  As far as I can tell, the rest of the paint is original and in very nice condition.  With a servicing and a little cosmetic work, this bike would be near perfect.  Overall it is in excellent condition..  Production date is 3/86.  7183 original miles.  I have a NOS. foam gauge bracket , red Suzuki decal for upper front fairing, and an air filter.  New  after market Lockhart Phillips smoke wind screen, bubble headlight cover., and very rare supplementary service manual, and a microfiche card for the limited edition.

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The Market is HOT! – 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 LE
BMW June 1, 2015 posted by

Unlikely Track-Day Hero: 2008 BMW HP2 Sport

2008 BMW HP2 Sport R Side Front

Prior to the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” S1000RR, BMW’s sportbikes were decidedly offbeat. They were almost like the Saab of the motorcycle world, with remote-operated brake master cylinders, shaft-drive, unconventional suspensions, and that durable and charismatic, but very, very wide horizontally-opposed engine. And their last hurrah before the stunningly capable S1000RR was the stunningly improbably HP2 Sport.

2008 BMW HP2 Sport L Side Rear

It shouldn’t work, and really wasn’t capable of going toe-to-toe with the best literbikes from Japan on paper. But period testers seemed to understand that the bike wasn’t meant for everyone and was a statement of intent from BMW that they could make more than just stodgy, old-man bikes. The HP2 isn’t featherweight and was certainly expensive when new, but top-shelf suspension gave amazing handling and stability, in spite of the Telelever suspension’s reputation for blunting front-end feedback. Carbon-fiber everything and a cool self-supporting seat/subframe unit kept weight under 400lbs dry, and a slick digital dash looked like it’d be more at home on a race bike, while being far more legible than similar displays used by Ducati at the time.

2008 BMW HP2 Sport L Side

And the engine wasn’t just some sort of high-compression and ECU-tweak affair. The HP2 featured new DOHC heads and radial valves that helped the bike produce 128hp and rev all the way to 9,500rpm, although there is a price to be paid: the brittle Titanium connecting rods call for replacement at 30,000 miles. Not the worst job on a twin with the heads sticking out in the breeze, but something to keep in mind.

2008 BMW HP2 Sport Dash

The original eBay listing for this 2008 BMW HP2 Sport contains very little information about the bike, but does feature plenty of photos and mentions that the bike is “in good overall condition” and that a six-mile test ride as part of the dealer’s “As Is” buying policy.

2008 BMW HP2 Sport L Side Front

All this adds up to a bike that was genuinely fun to flog around a track or twisty back road, although all those enhancements serve to emphasize a couple of shortcomings: sportbike grip and handling mean that it is possible to deck out the heads at extreme lean angles, and the bike is just begging for a slipper clutch. One is available, but the longitudinal engine orientation and shaft drive mean that fitting it is a headache to fit.

2008 BMW HP2 Sport R Side Rear

Bidding is pretty active and up to $7,600 with three days left on the auction. These are genuinely rare, high-spec sportbikes and, while this example has a few very minor cosmetic blemishes, we’re looking at a pretty good opportunity for BMW enthusiasts to grab one of these before they get squirreled away by collectors.

-tad

2008 BMW HP2 Sport R Side

Unlikely Track-Day Hero: 2008 BMW HP2 Sport

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