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Suzuki July 31, 2015 posted by

Big Shot: 1991 GSX-1100R Slingshot, only 7750 miles

Good news everyone!  Today we get to take a trip to the past, into a time before fuel injection, ABS and traction control, when two wheel slides out of the corners were still seen in top level racing (ala Gary McCoy).  This was an era of serious performance that required a feather touch on the throttle and brakes instead of just point and squirt like they do nowadays.

Bonus points to those who read the paragraph above in the voice Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth 😉 – Marty


1991 Suzuki GSX-1100R on ebay

In all seriousness, the brute performance focus of the era showed in the bikes, and perhaps the one that did this the best was the Suzuki GSX-1100R.  The big level performance focus of the big Suzuki is clearly seen in its design; not beautiful like a Ducati 916 or modern MV Agusta, the big GSX-1100R is a blunt instrument with aggressive angles and perhaps even a whiff of the quarter mile.

While the original 1989 GSX-1100R K model had a reputation for handling problems which was finally traced to incorrectly setup suspension units, by the time this 1991 2nd generation L/M model was produced the wheelbase had been lengthened and the front fairing was reworked to improve aerodynamics.  Perhaps most famously the 2nd generation GSX-1100R came with Mikuni carbs that had vacuum operated slides.  The slides cross section resembled the shape of a slingshot, hence the bikes nickname.


This particular 1991 looks to be in almost totally OEM condition, with the often replaced turn signals still intact and the original clear windscreen still in place.  A Yoshimura exhaust canister appears to be the only non-stock item.  Overall the bike looks amazingly clean – the only issue I am seeing in the pics is the rear brake caliper looks a little offcolor and the bolts look like they have some white residue.

Mileage is listed at a barely broken in 7550 miles but I would be willing to bet the majority of those came back in the early 1990’s so I would expect fluids might need to be replaced. The seller doesn’t provide much service history but they do indicate fresh rubber has been mounted and a fresh service of the carburetors have been done.  The seller also lists some new parts are available but not installed, including a new rear rotor, grips and switchgear.


Now we come to the question of whether this big slingshot is worth the $5,500 USD asking price.   The 1100 series doesn’t seem to be as high on most collectors wish lists as the 750cc series so its not surprising prices for the 1100 series still don’t seem to be as high as the 750cc model but as the supply of pristine slingshot edition Suzukis’ continues to dwindle, the price for the big 1100 does seem to be creeping up.

Previous versions of the big GSX-R posted on RSBFS have shown prices varying from a low of $2800 USD for clean examples of the next/3rd gen/”tiger stripes” model up to a high of $6500 USD for similar 2nd generation slingshots.

The $5500 USD asking price for this one actually seems a bit cheap to me and it will probably move pretty quickly.  If this one is on your list, you will probably want to move quickly (no pun intended).


Big Shot:  1991 GSX-1100R Slingshot, only 7750 miles
KTM July 31, 2015 posted by

Impossible to Miss – 2011 KTM RC8-R

2011 KTM RC8-R on eBay


You really have to hand it to KTM… it takes a lot of guts for a relatively small manufacturer to try to jump in and compete with the big Japanese manufacturers in the sportbike world.  KTM held nothing back with the release of their ferocious RC8 and eventually the RC8R.  While the first RC8 was powered by an 1148cc version of the Duke’s 999cc v-twin engine, the RC8R was bumped up to 1195cc.  It was also decked out in top of the line components including fully adjustable WP suspension, Marchesini wheels and Brembo brakes.  Additionally, the RC8-R allowed the rider to adjust almost everything including the seat and subframe, the clip-on angle, the rearsets and all of the levers.  No other bike came from the factory with this much built in flexibility.  The styling is subjective, but it certainly won’t be mistaken for anything else on the road.  If the hard edges and maybe the smallest subframe/seat ever put on streetbike weren’t enough the RC8R was also painted with KTM’s signature bright orange.  The seller waited until the sun had set to take his pictures, which normally isn’t a good idea, but it still works here, mostly because that orange is SO bright.  With the limited production, impressive performance and low mileage, the big KTM is certainly worth a look.


The seller has a pretty good description of the bike and a few aftermarket bits that he has added.  You can read more or check it out here: 2011 KTM RC8-R on eBay

you are looking at a rare KTM RC8R in the most sought after rare blk/org color. Only 200 hundred produced a year and no longer in production soon to be collector bike in exceptional condition, well maintained, fluids changed regularly, never dropped, adult driven garaged and covered runs like new, very fast, big plus v2 sound, this bike sports Akrapovic carbon fiber fenders and trim aside of being very light pieces they have a very beautiful satin weave that cannot be picked up by the camera truly a must see very expensive original pieces not knock off ones that are being sold. Also has original hard to find designed for RC 8 gas tank protector has a beautiful clean unique ,also features removable tank grip ,factory Brembo brakes, marchesini wheels, WP suspension, really nice LED lights



Impossible to Miss – 2011 KTM RC8-R
Yamaha July 30, 2015 posted by

Clear Cali Title: 1992 Yamaha TZR250 RS 3XV for Sale

1992 Yamaha TZR250 L SideBuilt between 1986 and 1996, the Yamaha TZR250 came in a variety of forms, from the original liquid-cooled, parallel-twin “2MA” to the “3MA” that came along in 89-90 and featured an interesting “reversed” cylinder design that had the carburetors mounted on the front of the engine, exhausts running directly out the back to through the tailpiece. The final version made the same swap as Suzuki from a parallel-twin to a v-twin configuration for the “3XV” model as seen here.

In fact, the spec sheets for all of the little 250 race-reps of the period look like carbon copies of each other: 249cc two-strokes and six-speed gearboxes, with just different names and acronyms for the fancy power-valves fitted to each. On the little Yammie, we had a “Deltabox” alloy frame, Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS) to beef up the underwhelming two-stroke midrange.

1992 Yamaha TZR250 Clocks

The complete package weighed in at about 280lbs dry and all the usual two-stroke superlatives applied. If you want pure cornering thrills and a bike that rewards skilled input, you can’t go wrong with one of these.

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Yamaha TZR250 RS 3XV for Sale

This is a very rare bike with factory dry clutch, I would guess there are probably only two or three here in the US and this is the only one that I know of here in California with a California title and plate. This bike still has all the original 3XV fairings complete, original windscreen, stock pipes and silencers. Clear California title and current registration in hand. 18,596km, NO test rides, don’t ask..

It’s unfortunate the seller only includes three photos with the listing, but at least those photos are of decent quality. In the 90’s, Yamaha seemed to offer some of the most restrained graphics treatments among the Big Four, and the lozenge-pattern along the flanks looks suitably vintage, but doesn’t detract from the lines of the bike, with the yellow number-plate panel integrating smoothly into the design.

This one has covered a surprising 11,555 miles. Not exactly a touring bike, but pretty high for a bike like this. Considering the original fairings and screen, it’s clear the bike has seen sympathetic ownership during its life. The seller appears to be the same one who offered up the TZR500 we featured back in April, so he clearly knows his Yamahas!


1992 Yamaha TZR250 R Side

Clear Cali Title: 1992 Yamaha TZR250 RS 3XV for Sale
Honda July 30, 2015 posted by

Six Appeal – 1979 Honda CBX1000

1979 Honda CBX-1000 on eBay


Honda produced the CBX-1000 from 1978-1982 and it was intended to be their flagship model… and how could it not be?  With that big beautiful inline six and the trademark six headers it was showing off without even trying.  The CBX made 102hp and with it’s surprisingly sharp handling, the big Honda was almost universally praised by anybody who rode it.  Unfortunately, it was a little more expensive than many wallets could handle and it didn’t sell as well as the lesser CB900 and disappeared after just four short years.  If you have been paying attention the collector’s market recently, you’re undoubtedly aware that CBX prices are skyrocketing right now.  Later CBX’s were detuned by anywhere from 5-20hp, depending on whom you believe, and the loss of HP did not go unnoticed.  As such, the early years have become the more desirable of the bunch.  This is certainly a fine example and the seller’s asking price reflects that.  It will be interesting to see if it actually sells for $15,000!


From the seller’s eBay auction found here: 1979 Honda CBX-1000 for sale

Super nice example of a 1979 Honda CBX100
i  got this from the original owner a few years back… you can see… is in exceptional condition …….it runs perfectly, has a new battery , fresh fluids   and the tires are like new…….what is exceptional on this bike is the Vin number ,,,,,it is 269….very early in the production, making it highly collectable
the exhaust is original, however it was show chromed a few years ago…….and they look great
the paint is in perfect shape!……bike runs mint, has a clear title  and is ready to go


Six Appeal – 1979 Honda CBX1000
Ducati July 29, 2015 posted by

All on Red – 2008 Ducati Sport 1000S

Cashing in on the retro-craze or reverently invoking Ducati history, the Pierre Terblanche design for the Sport Classic series was ( and is today ) a hit.  Built from 2006-09 in relatively small numbers, the bikes were styled in the 1970’s but had power and reliability for the new century.

20150728 2008 ducati sport 1000s right front

2008 Ducati Sport 1000S for sale on eBay

20150728 2008 ducati sport 1000s left front

Using the air and oil-cooled 992cc Desmodue, the Sport 1000S has 92 hp available, driving through a hydraulically actuated wet clutch and 6-speed transmission.  Big 43mm upside-down forks lead the way for a more retro dual-shock rear swingarm.  Not terribly overweight at a scosche over 400 lbs, the 320mm dual front disks and 245mm rear are up to the task.

20150728 2008 ducati sport 1000s left tank  20150728 2008 ducati sport 1000s binnacle

The seat and fairing choices changed from year to year, but this Sport 1000S has the monoposto seat cover and lowers to complement the windshield fairing.  The red bodywork is magnificent.  Without even first-oil-change miles, this bike is hard to call used, but after 7 years in the garage, the belts and tires might want sprucing up.  From the eBay auction:


I have all keys, manuals, etc. Also there is no fuel tank spreading issue on the bike. It was checked out when Ducati did the recall a few years back and is still nice and tight today. Bike has never been dropped and has never seen rain. I know ‘it’s only new once’ but this is about as close to new as you’ll find for a 2008 bike.

20150728 2008 ducati sport 1000s right front wheel  20150728 2008 ducati sport 1000s rear

Though the Paul Smart commemoratives are fetching huge bids, the buy-it-now on this bike looks almost reasonable.  Hmmm, a little over an hour from here, maybe a test-ride up Conn. Rte 7 would be possible ?  After a quick service, this Sport 1000S should be ready for a lot of fun miles…


All on Red – 2008 Ducati Sport 1000S
Honda July 29, 2015 posted by

I want it: 1993 Honda VFR Interceptor in White with only 9300 miles!

Today is a good day because I am finally able to post one of all time personal favorite bikes, a 1993 Honda VFR 750F in the uber-cool white bodywork.

For those readers too young to remember, the early 1990’s was when the 600cc class really came into being, with Motogp-level technology suddenly being incorporated into 600cc bikes like the Honda 600 F2 and Kawasaki ZX6R.  The 750cc class, which had previously been the main destination for those who wanted to experience “race tech on the street” was suddenly under sales assault and Suzuki, Yamaha and Kawasaki all responded by making their 750cc offerings even more track tech oriented.  But Honda decided to go a different route and took its existing VFR J/K series (also known as the RC28) and made it into possible the best all around sportbike of the 1990’s.


The VFR was a truly ground-breaking motorcycle. Equipped with a 90 degree V4 that incorporated a gear-driven cam system and an advanced aluminium twin-spar chassis, the real strength of the VFR was its staggeringly high build quality and its ability to do everything.  Produced just a few years after Honda’s V4 “chocolate cam” debacle, Honda was determined to restore its reputation for engineering prowess. How far was Honda willing to go? It’s generally accepted that Honda was so determined to regain its reputation that the 750 VFR series was actually a break-even/barely profitable product for Honda until it was increased to 800cc in 1998.

Despite Honda’s focused on being ultra-reliable/usable, the VFR’s handling was on a par with the best superbikes of the day.   Riders like Ron Haslam rode a totally stock VFR at the 1986 Transatlantic Trophy race at Donington Park and finished in third place against the likes of legend Kevin Schwantz.  A stock VFR also finished eighth at the Suzuka 8-Hour race.  Suffice to say the VFR was able to hold its own on the track against the more performance-oriented bikes of the time.


1993 Honda VFR 750 with only 9,300 miles

Perhaps the key thing that made the VFR so beloved among motorcycle reviewers and riders (and such a sales success) was its blend of engineering, performance and every day usability.  Single-sided rear swingarm, advanced aluminum frame (the 600cc Honda F2 had steel) and advanced gear driven cams were all incorporated into a bike that also gave every day comfort and usability via great wind protection, a truly comfortable seat and a full dash.  Street riding, canyon carving, distance touring in comfort, the VFR 750 was and still is ideal for all. Its not really surprising the VFR 750cc won bike of the decade and is for many people the best road bike ever built.


Given the insanely low mileage of only 9,300 miles, there will likely be some fluids that need replacing and probably fresh rubber/tires will be needed too. Other than that, this bike looks ready to go.

Here is what the seller has to say

  • Completely stock 1993 VFR750F
  • Solo seat cowl, Corbin saddle and stock saddle included. 
  • Less than 9,300 original miles on the odometer! Complete title history to prove it!
  • The bike is in spectacular looking and running condition and should be considered a collector machine!


How much is the lovely and pristine VFR worth?   KBB lists a retail value of about $2,800 USD but I would certainly expect to pay more than that for this one given the condition and mileage of this example.  To be honest, the chances of seeing one in this condition and mileage again is very VERY remote so if this one is on your list, this may be the only opportunity you will ever have to get one.


I want it:  1993 Honda VFR Interceptor in White with only 9300 miles!
Ducati July 28, 2015 posted by

This Is Not a Road Bike: 1997 Ducati 916SPS for Sale

1997 Ducati 916SPS R Side

This is not a road bike, that much is obvious at a glace: slick-shod, missing lights and signals, with just that big, redline-less tach and smaller temp gauge to distract the rider from the really important things like speed, speed, and more speed. Which is good, because this Ducati 916SPS was designed with speed foremost in mind. Although it was originally a roadbike, this particular bike has been turned into a dedicated track weapon.

1997 Ducati 916SPS Dash

While 916 variants are generally dime-a-dozen on eBay, that’s a function of how long the body style was in production, the number of variants available, and the fact that people buy these just to have, for a time, that pinup-quality machine in their garage, all the while putting very little mileage on. It takes skill and dedication to extract the real potential of a 916: they’re uncomfortable and don’t suffer fools gladly.

1997 Ducati 916SPS R Clip On

But while garden-variety 916’s aren’t all that hard to find, this SPS is a rare bird indeed. One rung down from the homologation “R” machines, the SPS featured lightweight wheels, better suspension, an adjustable head, carbon bodywork, and an uprated 996cc engine that later became the standard model in the Ducati 996.

1997 Ducati 916SPS R Side Detail

If you’ve never noticed, many serious sportbikes of the era have these sort of simple, modular dashes that have the tach and temp gauge on a separate pod from the speedo and idiot lights so those superfluous bits can be easily removed for dedicated track use, as can be seen here.

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Ducati 916SPS for Sale

From my personal collection, this 1997 Ducati 916SPS motorcycle was prepared for race track in category Superbike. Just performed with coupon distribution transmission belts. It has many parts of the model racing Ducati 916RS racing. Wheels Marvic magnesium from 16.5, suspension Öhlins, tank and many parts carbon, slipper clutch, brake back even handlebar, change racing, racing valves, cams racing, electronic unit, SBK, etc. Bike is in Italy.

1997 Ducati 916SPS L Clip On

While there are some translation errors, I think you get the gist of what’s being offered here. Obviously: “brake back even handlebar” refers to the billet rear brake lever mounted on the left handlebar, which is a pretty cool update. Interestingly, this SPS also looks like it has a 16.5″ rear wheel, something I thought was exclusive to Moto GP bikes and not found WSBK machines. I’m also not sure what’s up with the “Rebuilt, Rebuildable & Reconstructed” title status. Is this a former road bike that’s been crashed and turned into a track bike? Considering that the seller is looking for $16,500 Buy It Now price, I’d hope not.

1997 Ducati 916SPS Rear

Obviously, this bike isn’t in perfect, collectible condition, and I personally don’t like those curved Marvic wheels, but this bike looks ready to hit the track. So, do you buy it for historic racing? Track days? Without any race history and in non-original condition, it’s collectibility may be limited. On the other hand, there are plenty of folks watching this listing, so I’ll be curious to see if the seller gets their asking price for this well-used bit of Ducati history.


1997 Ducati 916SPS L Side

This Is Not a Road Bike: 1997 Ducati 916SPS for Sale
Honda July 28, 2015 posted by

Paging Dr. House – 1991 Honda CBR400RR

More appropriately sized for Hugh Laurie than the 954RR he rode in the show, the CBR400RR is a Japan-only model which occasionally finds itself in North America via the grey market.  Name-dropping back to the CB400F Supersport ( well, for riders of a certain age ) the diminutive 400RR is updated in every way and revs to 14,500, making 60 hp available at 12,500 rpm.

20150727 1991 honda cbr400rr left front

1991 Honda CBR400RR for sale on eBay

20150727 1991 honda cbr400rr right rear

Closely related to the CBR900RR of the same vintage, the 400 also has an extruded aluminum beam frame enclosing the 399cc inline four.  Similarly, it has a reinforced aluminum swingarm, the chassis easily coping with the power available.  A smooth wet clutch sends power to the 6-speed transmission.  A steady and nimble handler, the preload-adjustable forks complement the rear shock adjustable for preload and compression.  Suitably-sized triple-disk brakes ( 275mm front / 220mm rear ) can handle the slowing.

20150727 1991 honda cbr400rr left tank  20150727 1991 honda cbr400rr binnacle

20150727 1991 honda cbr400rr left front wheel  20150727 1991 honda cbr400rr right detail

With just over 6,000 miles, this 400RR has had only two caretakers.  The current owner re-bodied the bike in Repsol, but includes the factory fairing.  Updated muffler looks great, and CRG shorty levers are a known quantity.  Describing it in the eBay auction:

Bike runs strong and fast, extremely fun to ride. Everything works and is in great shape for a 24 year old bike. A few things to note:

  • I replaced the stock exhaust can with a ‘Fuel Exhaust’ (carbon, oval), sounds great.
  • I installed CRG ‘Roll-A-Click’ clutch and brake levers, “shorties”.
  • I swapped out the OEM bodywork with ‘Repsol’ plastic. Tank has been painted to match. I will include the OEM bodywork with the successful bid (black/silver/teal scheme).  
  • I have all of the Japanese paperwork from the original owner, including the shipping manifest from Japan to the US.
  • The bike only has 6,337 miles on the clock (10,200KM).

This bike is very rare in the US. It has been meticulously cared for; always garaged, covered and properly maintained.

20150727 1991 honda cbr400rr right rear above

Recent maintenance included carburetor service, which can be a bugbear on older creampuffs.  Maybe you know a new rider or a collector on the smaller end of the scale…


Paging Dr. House – 1991 Honda CBR400RR

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