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Yamaha October 31, 2016 posted by

Cali-Titled Two-Stroke: 1985 Yamaha RZV500R for Sale


I have some bad news for anyone who lusted after the Yamaha RZV500 when it was new: the bike is now 31 years old. With any luck, you’re aging as well as this V4 two-stroke GP-replica, although I’m sure that varies by individual. And that’s the thing about bikes and bikers this old: even if they’ve been relatively well cared-for, they’ve still very likely picked up a few dings, scuffs, and scratches. Some call that “patina” and some call it “wear and tear.” Whichever side you come down on, this particular RZV500 is exceptional condition.


The RZV500 was powered by a twin-crank, liquid-cooled two-stroke V4 with a set of torque-boosting YPVS powervalves and standard Autolube oil-injection. Two-strokes can seem pretty raw, but the Yamaha used a balance shaft to smooth engine vibration. This was intended to allow the other parts of the bike like the frame and brackets to be more lightly built for less weight, but had the side effect of making the bike more civilized to ride.


A six-speed gearbox put power to the 18″ rear wheel and the bike’s compact design necessitated a rear shock mounted under the engine, Buell-style, to free up space for the bulging expansion chambers for the rear pair of cylinders. Forks were high-tech as well, and featured an anti-dive system.


Although it was thought of as being less sporty than its only direct competitor, Suzuki’s RG500 Gamma, but that kind of thing is relative and the Yamaha was still a cutting-edge sportbike with a combination of power, light weight, and an evocative link to the two-stroke Moto GP racebikes of the era.

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Yamaha RZV500R for Sale

All original RZV500R Yamaha. A true and original 51x bike with aluminum frame and all original engine/body and exhaust. Imported into Calif in the 1990s and titled there. Clear title.

Frame is 51x, engine is original.

Ridden on nice Sundays until 2004 when it was put in storage with fuel drained. Kicks over easily. Will need to be serviced by new owner.

Certainly a motorcycle that belongs in a museum or private collection.

Bike is in wonderful shape, but has been ridden. Minor scuffing and etc but zero dents and no cracks in body.


Mileage is very low: just 7,400 and the bike’s overall condition reflects this, helped by the fact that the bike has been off the road for a while. It’ll likely need some going through before it’s road-ready, since rubber bits like brake lines tend to get dry and brittle with age, especially when they’ve been left sitting. Bidding is very active and up north of $10,000 with several days left and the Reserve Not Met, no surprise considering the condition of this RZV.



Cali-Titled Two-Stroke: 1985 Yamaha RZV500R for Sale
Ducati October 29, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: Low-Mileage 2000 Ducati 748R for Sale

Update 10.31.2016: Please note the correct VIN for this bike is ZDM3SB3S1YB001839 and has been verified on the frame and title. While the bodywork doesn’t appear to be original, we believe this to be an authentic 748R. Please contact the seller for additional information. -dc


At a glance, it’s easy to dismiss the 748R as another “paint-and-tape” special from Ducati, designed to drum up some interest in a bike that was already five or six years old. But while the “S” versions of their 916/748 bikes might fall into that trap, the “R” models were homologation specials that were often very different bikes under the skin, with revised engine internals or an entirely different frame. In the case of the 748R, a lighter version of the 996 World Superbike trellis was used, allowing a two-part airbox with a larger capacity to be used. That carbon-fiber part increased the lightweight frame’s stiffness and allowed the use of different fuel injectors. Combined with a raft of titanium engine parts, those changes meant increased top-end power and wide powerband compared to a comparatively peaky four-cylinder supersport machine.


Often considered to be one of the very best-handling Ducatis of all time, the 748 may have given up some straight-line performance compared to four-cylinder rivals, but the 106hp produced by the bike in this configuration was no joke, considering that’s just a few ponies shy of what the original 916 made, with plenty more on tap if you were racetrack-bound and weren’t concerned about regular teardowns. Normal 748s and 916s require regular and potentially expensive maintenance if you’re used to Japanese sport bikes, so keep in mind that running one of these as anything other than a decoration will require a significantly larger outlay of cash.


Although the Tamburini design’s ubiquity makes the 748/916 seem familiar now, due to its regular appearance in Rich Bastard lifestyle magazines, bedroom wall posters, and even films as the aspirational motorcycle of the era, it really is one of the most stunning motorcycle designs ever. And although they made boatloads of 748s during the bike’s nearly decade-long production run, very few of the 748R were built. Only the “RS” that lacked any concessions at all to road use and was basically an over-the-counter race bike is rarer and more exotic.


From the seller: Low Mileage 2000 Ducati 748R for Sale

Well, well, well…you won’t see this every day. Immaculate 2000 Ducati 748R with only 2,538 original miles! Only 70 of these 748R’s were imported into the United States in the year 2000, according to Standard Catalog of Ducati Motorcycles by Ian Falloon. Serviced at my local Ducati dealer less than 1 year ago and has been ridden less than 50 miles since service. Service included oil change, timing belts, valves, and synchronizing of throttle bodies. To the best of my knowledge the complete front brake system, including master cylinder, was upgraded to high end Brembo components. I was told while I was at the Ducati dealer having the above service done, that the master cylinder alone is $1,000.00

  • New Shorai battery
  • Coolant reservoir has been changed from the original plastic to the updated aluminum version
  • Ohlins rear suspension
  • Ohlins steering damper
  • Termignoni carbon fiber full exhaust system

Carbon Fiber Accessories:

  • Rear fender
  • Swing arm cover
  • Chain guard
  • Right & Left dash panels
  • Foot peg covers
  • Exhaust heat shield
  • Clutch cover
  • Front mudguard
  • Carbon fiber Underbelly Has 3 quarter inch crack next to oil drain plug hole
  • Headlight support
  • Upper fairing stay

Also included in sale:

  • Original Marchesini wheels & tires
  • Original exhaust
  • A few windscreens and miscellaneous parts (all extra parts have scratches here and there from bring moved around and stored)

Very minor defects to the motorcycle as pictured, small rock chip and small crack pictured. Only mechanical issue is front brake has a slight pulse to it. I am guessing one of the rotors needs straightened.


Luckily, today’s bike appears to have been cherished and, as is typical for beautiful, low-mileage Ducatis, has had an entire parts catalog thrown at it. With regular 748 and 748S examples lurking around the $5,000 to $6,000 mark, the $8,500 asking price seems very fair, considering the condition. I believe those PERFORMANCE decals are a later addition but, like everything else, can be easily reversed by the new owner if desired. With just over 2,000 miles on the bike, this one should work for collectors as well as folks who plan to ride their investments on occasion. The seller clearly thought ahead when making modifications, as the original wheels and exhaust are included. In early 2000, the 748R had Showa suspension front and rear, so this bike may have been upgraded to the later Öhlins bits that became standard in 2001 or upgraded to aftermarket parts.

The owner asks $8,500 and Steve at Southwest Cycle can be reached at (239) 898-3050.


Featured Listing: Low-Mileage 2000 Ducati 748R for Sale
Suzuki October 29, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 1992 Suzuki GSX-R750



Not often seen on RSBFS outside of low-mile introductory-year models or factory racers, the GSX-R750 is the legend that launched a million amateur race teams.  As any long runner, the model has had its great and meh years, and this is an interesting one – 1992 was the last year of the air/oil-cooled GSXR.  The rest-of-world folks got a water-cooler that year, but the U.S. got a final year of the proprietary SACS two-stage oil cooling but new looks.  This lightly used example has been returned to former glory at a Gulf Coast Florida shop, and is ready for a show and / or ride.


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After a 1990 engine and suspension update, the GSX-R750 revisions were light for 1992 and the “M” got a new valve train design using a rocker arm for each valve and supplied 115 hp.  Great handling from the alloy frame, 41mm inverted forks, and Full-Floater monoshock rear remained, fully adjustable for those with set-up knowledge.  Stoppage was excellent with 4-piston 310mm front brakes and 280mm rear.  The roomy new fairing was more aerodynamic as well as more comfortable.


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With only 5,700 miles this Suzuki was a find, but the fuel system and cosmetics had taken the brunt of the twenty-plus years of downtime.  The owner describes the uncompromising way they were addressed:

When I got it didn’t need a thing. Well me being me I couldn’t just leave it alone so I started with the fuel system ) just as a precaution ( and knowing old fuel systems real well ) I didn’t want to wait until it failed so I ordered four new OEM rebuild kits and complete fuel shut off , all new fuel lines for the shut off as well.

Also the ones that connect each carburetor, all new from Suzuki, ( NO ) aftermarket parts were used.  I did clean the tank with Yamaha tank clean.  Having said that it didn’t get to the very top so the lip of the tank still has some left over dust from rust but only on the lip the rest of the tank seems ok .

It looks rusty on the inside but that’s just how that product works.  I fitted the bike with new Pirelli Diablo’s front and rear I also kept the old tires ,OEM I think, ( I’m not riding on tires from the 90’s .

So that lasted about three months and I thought this bike would look its best if I had it painted the factory 1991 colors.

I called the best painter the sport bike world has ever known and asked if he could fit it into his schedule. He agreed, so me being me the colors had to be as close to a perfect match as possible. I also wanted every decal to be as exact as possible so he made all the decals himself. In the end the paint is better than new using only the best paint and materials.

The wheels I had powder coated to match. Then fitted with new seals and bearings, again all OEM Suzuki. This bike didn’t have a scratch on it when I got it and it still doesn’t. All other parts are original to the bike.

The owner also offers a Photobucket slideshow with some before, during, and after pictures here.


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The idea of rebuilding and tuning four carburetors has likely scared off many would-be classic sportbike riders, but a pro has taken care of that here.  As well the paintwork, looking super and original, when so many are scarred up or rattle-canned.  Starting with an undamaged low-mile supersport from the last year without a coolant system, this owner has been careful to return to the stock looks and retain all the smaller parts.  This adds to the value now and as time goes on.  The owner asks $6,000 and Steve at Southwest Cycle can be reached at (239) 898-3050.



Featured Listing – 1992 Suzuki GSX-R750
Kawasaki October 28, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: Street-Freaking-Legal 2015 Kawasaki H2R for Sale


You read that right. This is not an H2, it’s an H2R, modified to be street legal. If you’ve, up until now, been confusing the two, let’s be clear: we’re talking about two different animals here. The Kawasaki H2 is the relatively mass-produced version of the bike, with headlight, taillight, turn-signals, a mere 200hp, and an exhaust that won’t deafen your neighbors when you start it up in your driveway. The “R” version of the bike was in no way road-legal, lacking all of the above and arriving at your door with an extra 100+hp, a set of slicks, and an ear-splittingly loud exhaust what will deafen your neighbors. While they’re on vacation. In another state.

The seller addresses this, but it’s worth noting that the guys at Performance Bikes Magazine weren’t even able to test the H2R in the UK, as it won’t meet the dB limits at any of their test tracks in stock form. So while a quieter exhaust sounds sacrilegious, tracking down a quieter (?!) Akrapovic intended for the H2 road bike might not be the worst idea, depending on your local gendarmerie. 

And unlike most of the bikes you’ll likely see at your local bike night, all that surm und drang actually signifies something: 35psi of supercharged, four-cylinder fury. Seriously: the seller claims a dyno-tested 321hp for this bike.


The H2 in either form isn’t really a beautiful motorcycle, but that “dark chrome” reflective paint looks very trick, like you can see your evil twin lurking in the fairing and that single, hooded projector-beam headlight gives the bike a ton of cyclopean presence in the flesh. It’s like the designers said, “Well, we like what Bimota is doing, but their bikes just don’t have enough sharp angles and dangerous-looking projections.” The only way they could have made the H2 look more sinister would be to have added actual spikes and blades to it. Or maybe a flamethrower… Nevermind: the H2R appears to already have one of those fitted. Of course, the main thing the fins and projections on the H2R are likely to hurt is your wallet: the carbon-fiber canards on the nose will set you back a cool $1,500 each to replace if you accidentally tip the bike over, or hit a seagull at 200mph.


It’s compact, but the H2R isn’t particularly light or nimble: it’s 475lbs with fuel, but with that kind of power on tap, you might not really want it to steer too quickly. Obviously, this bike may raise some red flags with your local DMV, depending on where you live, but who cares? If you can afford this bike, you can probably afford to grease the right palms to register the bike, or can just carry a wad of cash so you can bribe any public officials you run into. Or you know, just run away from them.


From the seller: Street-Legal 2015 Kawasaki H2R for Sale

VIN 46. H2R #10. Dyno’d at the factory @ 321.1 HP. 772 trouble free miles. Conversion works just like the standard H2; turn signals, horn, lights, fans etc. All added electronics are still under warranty (not that you’ll need it). Obsessive compulsively detailed and maintained to the letter. Oil and coolant last changed at 602 miles. Fuel used always 94 octane or higher (ethanol-free, no power boosting additives EVER or oxygenated fuel) – no ethanol-blended fuel was allowed to sit in the bike for more than 24 hours per Kawasaki’s instruction. Service hour meter hasn’t moved yet – meaning the chances of you having to do any more maintenance than you would on a standard H2 (or any motorcycle) is ABSOLUTELY ZERO. (Its fifteen hours OVER 8K RPM for the first scheduled checkup – no maintenance – and 30 hours over 8K for actual service. If you ever see that day it’ll be decades from now and your adrenal gland will be deflated from overuse). Increased maintenance on the H2R is an internet myth.

Mods besides the conversion; the DNA air filter, lithium battery, Expel tank wrap and Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC’s. Comes with everything including the takeoff slicks, untouched gift box, extra oil filter, lifting straps, tire warmers, shirt still new in the bag etc. Has a clean Ohio title and current registration good until 6/2017. Depending on your location the only caveat is the stock exhaust. Dealing with it would be no more/less difficult than if you bought a regular H2 that’s had its exhaust modified. The stock H2R system is glorious but if you need to pass smog/noise requirements in your location for the sake of registration you could either buy the Akro setup or swap it for a take off stock H2 exhaust. California’s requirements are likely too stringent (unless you have a ‘buddy’) but any of the other 49 should be a walk in the park. I rode it all summer and never got hassled by the cops once…and I was really trying. :) I’m willing to provide post-purchase technical support up to a year for the modifications should you have any trouble (you won’t). I’ll also give you the STL file for the headlight mount and a spare pre-cut Xpel wrap for the tank (I have a template).

For more conversion info and pictures please see the thread here;

The street legal H2R conversion thread.

Here’s the eBay ad from when I ran it;

2015 Kawasaki Ninja

Why am I selling it? Same reason I considered selling it last year; to convert another one. I’ve got a deposit on a 2017 and plan to convert it over the winter to keep my YouTube channel going. If that weren’t the case this bike would never, ever, never, ever, ever be for sale. Ever.

When you ride it, if you don’t immediately find religion or use the F word, I will gladly take it back.

Asking price? I don’t have any clue what the market is since a street legal H2R has never been sold before. It brought $67K when I ran it on eBay 6 months ago and I know from experience I’ll have at least 70K in the 2017 by the time I’m done converting it. I’m not having a fire sale and I don’t really need to sell it – but – I also don’t need two H2Rs. I’m not intentionally being obtuse but really the market is going to dictate it’s value, not me. If you’re serious, lets talk about it.


The original H2 was an affordable musclebike from the era of cheap gas, a bike that was all engine, with a frame, brakes, and a gas tank added almost as an afterthought. The new H2 is a cutting-edge dream bike, meant to showcase Kawasaki’s engineering might and capability of out-of-the-box thinking. It offers up the blunt-force appeal of the original, with big helpings of technology and high-spec components so that owners can live long enough to parent a whole new generation of Kawasaki addicts.

So what’s this one-off monster worth? Well, an original H2R sold for $53,000 in 2015. In the minus column? Well, it loses maybe a couple points from a collectability standpoint for not being completely original. In the plus column? It’s possibly the only bike of its kind in existence and is really what the roadgoing H2 should have been from the start.  As the seller says: make an offer. It’s clear from the description that this bike is about as perfect as it’s possible for it to be, has been meticulously maintained, and is probably one of the fastest road-legal bikes on the planet.



Featured Listing: Street-Freaking-Legal 2015 Kawasaki H2R for Sale
Ducati October 28, 2016 posted by

851 with extra grunt: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO


1993 Ducati 888 SPO for sale on eBay

Back in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s, Ducati was turning things around.  The bologna-based company had developed its 851 engine back in 1987 and the fuel injected L-twin engine was powerful, reliable and had brought Ducati something it had not had for many years; racing success.  But the Ducati bosses recognized that even though their 851 machines were doing well on the track, something more powerful was needed to keep pace with the competition, especially since the big Japanese firms had decided to focus development on not only power but also improved handling and light weight.   The simplest solution for Ducati was to increase the bore size to 888 while working on their next gen bike, the epic 916, hence the Ducati 888 series was born.    This post is for a SPO version, which was the 1993 edition (the 1994 edition was designed as the 888 Limited Edition).


The 888SPO was a bit of a band-aid bike for Ducati. The company originally intended to bring its race replica SP5 bike into the US but couldn’t get them past D.O.T requirements.  So for the US market Ducati took their European 888 Strada which was basically just an 851 with an 888cc engine in it and added some top shelf SP5 components such as a single seat, up-swept exhaust system and upgraded Ohlins shock system to create the 888 SPO for 1993.  According to the Ducatiforums, approximately 290 were built for the US market

NOTE: For 1994 the 888 got even more top shelf goodies and was named the 888 Limited.  According to the Ducati forums, only 100 888 Limited editions were imported for the US market.


What was the 888 like to own/ride?  Here is a review by Visordown

“By far the best were the Öhlins-kitted SPs, culminating with the best-of-the-bunch SP5 in 1993. But like anything exotic and Italian, getting the best out of an 888 requires experience, knowledge, patience and money. The factory’s base suspension settings were all over the shop making a good 888 class-leadingly stunning and a bad one worse than a poorly rebuilt write-off with flat tyres, square wheels and a chocolate frame.

But the key to the 888s celebrity status isn’t the fact that it’s drop-dead gorgeous, vastly fast, or rewarding to ride. It can indeed be all of those things, granted, but because the factory produced so few by today’s mass-manufacturing standards, it’s the 888’s scarcity that adds volumes to its value and appeal. The 888 is the biking equivalent of a Ferrari 250GTO, and that dear reader, is why you want one.”


This particular 888 looks to be in great shape with the only non-OEM item I am seeing being the tank scratch/bump pad.  Also I think the rear license plate mount might have been cut down a bit/”profiled”.

The seller includes good information regarding maintenance in the ebay listing, which is always a good sign.  Here are the highlights of what the seller has to say:

  • For sale is my beloved 1993 Ducati 888 Sport Production (h)Omologation (SPO).  Maintained to be a daily driver but only used when sunny and dry.
  • Factory original bodywork and never been dropped or repaired, every switch and lever works as intended from the factory.
  • Belts, timing and all fluids serviced within the last 1000 miles.
  • I believe I am the third owner after purchasing from a close friend who cared for her similarly. All original with the exception of the following:
    • Fast by Ferracci carbon fiber exhaust
    • Fast by Ferracci power chip
    • Fast by Ferracci carbon fiber front fender (identical to 1994 888 SPO LTD)
    • Fast by Ferracci fuel cap
    • Fuel tank lined and sealed
    • Fuel tank pad
    • Lithium battery (Feb2016)
    • Performance silicone blue brake and clutch lines
    • Profiled rear fender
    • European high power headlight
    • Battery tender quick release plug


So what is this lovely redhead worth?   The entire 888 series is pretty rare, with slightly less than 400 brought into the USA over the two year run, so its going to be of interest to both investment-oriented collectors and fans of the period.  The near OEM condition of this will also likely impact the price.  The only concern would be that mileage is about 16,000 which can be an issue if the bike hasn’t had proper maintenance but the info provided by the seller should make this one has been taken care of.

Prices for the Ducati 888 SPO’s and Limiteds we have posted previously on RSBFS  seem to show a current market value of about $10,000 USD, more for bikes that have had some upgrades.  The current bid price on this one is at $7,300 USD and the reserve has been met so this one will definitely be moving on to a new owner after the auction ends.   Overall, this seems to be an opportunity for a relatively safe acquisition of a limited edition Ducati that will probably appreciate over time.


851 with extra grunt:  1993 Ducati 888 SPO
Bimota October 27, 2016 posted by

Super and Leggera: 1998 Bimota YB11 Superleggera for Sale


1990s Bimotas currently represent an amazing value, and this 1998 YB11 Superleggera has superbike performance, Yamaha reliability, and is very rare, all for under $10,000. “Superleggera” or “super light” is a style of construction that stresses lightweight materials and construction: Ducati’s Superleggera is so super and leggera that it actually weighs less than the British Superbike Championship Panigale including ballast… So while 400lbs dry may not be considered the absolute lightest bike out there by today’s standards, it’s still in the hunt and was a solid 30lbs lighter than the YZF1000 that donated its engine and gearbox.


Plenty of superbikes these days weigh the same and make far more than the YB11’s 145 peak horsepower, but without their electronics and sophisticated traction control systems, they’d likely be wrapped around a tree in short order. The five-valve Yamaha engine that powers the YB11 should be far less peaky than something like an MV Agusta F4 or even a BMW S1000RR, as evidenced by the 5-speed gearbox, which suggests a reduced need to chase narrow powerbands. It says much about the original bike that it’s nearly 20 years old and, with 170mph top speed, can at least keep modern superbikes in sight, especially on the road.


The only catch with that “Yamaha reliability” thing could be actual access to the Yamaha parts on the YB11. That beam frame may be light and strong, but Bimota didn’t worry about things like “servicing” when they designed this beast, and other bikes they’ve built aren’t easy to service: for the similar, Suzuki GSX-R1100-powered SB6R, you actually need to drop the engine to change the front sprocket. The clutch slave? Drop the engine. And the alternator drive on the SB6R tends to fail due to overheating. Guess what you have to do to work on that?


Those beefy 51mm Paioli forks provide excellent roadholding but could be difficult to source parts for. And when I say “could” I mean, “I know one that was sidelined for a couple years with leaky seals because the parts were unavailable.” Although I’m sure it’d be possible to swap in the front end from a modern superbike, if you’re friendly with someone who can knock up a set of custom triple-trees…

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Bimota YB11 Superleggera for Sale

A Unique and Rare Super Bike On Display in the New England Motorcycle Museum!

Extremely rare! Only 650 made! Not many opportunities to buy unmolested, low mileage Bimotas present themselves! Act now!

Borderline savage power-to-weight ratio! There was nothing in its class that could touch it in sheer acceleration

This bike features an engine based off the Yamaha YZF1000 and featured a larger air box, reworked carburetors & a 4 into 1 pipe that turned the Yamaha engine into a rocket ship without comprising its superb reliability!

Immense handling capabilities! Extremely light weight makes for easy input and lean angle limits that are most likely well beyond the rider’s capabilities.

This hand crafted, Italian made motorcycle is gorgeous and the photos speak for themselves! Here’s your chance to own this Italian Stallion!

Ready for your exotic collection


The seller does include a video of the bike with a walk-around, but doesn’t fire the bike up. It’s pretty clear from the photos that this bike is in superlative condition and has just 3,000 on it. I’m not sure if the YB11 has similar servicing issues as Bimota’s SB6, but I’d consult with a specialist shop or spend some time on the forums before assuming these will be cheap or easy to maintain. Plus, bodywork might prove a little difficult to replace if you take a tumble. That being said, I’d buy one in a heartbeat: with a Buy It Now price of just $9,500 it’s rare, fast, and Italian. It even has passenger accommodations, something of a rarity for Bimotas in general.



Super and Leggera: 1998 Bimota YB11 Superleggera for Sale
Kawasaki October 26, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7R-K

Update 11.2.2016: Sold in just one week. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc


In the early 1990’s Kawasaki and Team Muzzy found the handle to AMA Superbike racing and won championships with Doug Chandler and Scott Russell.  And while the Sunday wins sold a lot of ZX-7R’s later in the week, Kawi also brought in a few hundred homolagation specials for AMA approval of “production” techniques with racier components.  The -K and -M variants are mostly hidden away, occasionally popping up tired and worn, but the 1992 -K presented here is very clean with low miles, and appears the real deal.



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Kawasaki’s 749cc straight four used 39mm Keihin carburettors, and made 123 horsepower.  The stamped and welded aluminum frame weighs 9 lbs. less than the 1991 model, and lightness has been achieved in the 41mm front and Uni-Track rear suspensions as well.  The swingarm is fabricated similarly to the frame, and though the rear spring rate reviewed as too stiff, the adjustable remote-reservoir monoshock and slipper clutch almost made up for it.  The endurance fairing has fresh air intakes, and the rear seat frame is a light and easy to repair hybrid.


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Recently returned to running condition, this ZX-7R looks great for its nearly 25 years, and has under 5,000 miles.  Modifications are very limited and tastefully done – no green windshields or Supertrapp exhausts here.  Paintwork is almost too good to be true, and has drawn comment on a ZX-7R owners site as missing an access hole, but there was some cross-compatibility between -J and -K models.  Here’s what the Arizona owner says in the eBay auction:

Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R 1992.  Rare in this condition.  Super clean with only 4890 miles on it.  Been in my collection, and thinning out some bikes.  This is a limited run for the ZX7 in 91 and 92 as this is a homologation R model for the U.S. market.  I believe we only received 1000 units for both years.

Plastics are OEM and as close to perfect as possible for a 25 year old bike. No rash. Stored correctly.  Just changed the oil and fluids.  Cleaned the Flat slides and new battery again.  Starts right up.  Some period correct modifications with a full Muzzy Exhaust system, steel braided brake lines, fender eliminator.  Airbox has a New UNI High Flow air-filter in it, pictured.  Plus I am including another new OEM Kawasaki Air-Filter.  Clean and clear AZ title.  I do have more pics than what I have on ebay so let me know if you need more.  


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The 1990’s were some great years for superbikes that were maintainable and affordable, and Kawasaki achieved the right combination with the ZX-7R.  The -K’s were a significant upcharge from the base model and were largely spared the perils of multiple owners and boulevard racing.  Performance with the bigger carbs, alloy fuel tank, and fully adjustable suspension was not to be denied.  The owner gamely presents his bike unfaired, and it appears undamaged, maintained, and without shade-tree modifications.  Quite rare as while up to 1,000 units may have been required for homolagation, most sources indicate that just low hundreds actually made to a U.S. showroom.  Bidding is active but there are still a few days to go.  


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Featured Listing – 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7R-K
Honda October 26, 2016 posted by

Flyweight Racer Redux: 1996 Honda RS125R for Sale

1996-honda-rs125r-r-front2As I’ve mentioned before, it’s weird how some bikes seem to show up in waves, and this is the third Honda RS125R I’ve seen this week. The previous example I posted was in very good condition and came with a nice stash of spares, but was more functional than this particular bike, which also has “TONS” of spare parts along with a very slick paint job.


Hiding behind those red, white, and blue fairings and nestled in between those beautiful aluminum frame rails is the compact, slightly undersquare 54mm x 54.5mm two-stroke single and a six-speed gearbox. It can be tuned to produce over 40hp and, with a dry weight of under 160 pounds, it’s very possible that the new owner will weigh more than the bike itself. The single Brembo caliper and disc up front should be plenty to haul the bike down from speed, given the bike’s incredibly low weight.


The only downside to this bike? It’d be a shame to abuse that nice paint rubbing fenders with other racebikes on tracks, but it’d be a shame to let a machine this focused sit as a static display piece…

From the original eBay listing: 1996 Honda RS125R for Sale

Super rare and unique. I restored this bike from the ground up 6 years ago when I purchased it in 2010. Custom designed paint and graphics, it looks insane. Pearlescent clear coat over the paint – spent way too much money and many many hours to create. It is a piece of art. Riders like Loris Capirossi, Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden got their starts racing RS125Rs… here’s your chance to own one. 

Carbon fiber pipe and paint matched carbon fiber rear tire hugger, color matched rear stand. It has rare Hjelm Motorsports rear sets, carbon fiber handlebars, working tach and temp gauge. New slicks (from 2010). Price includes TONS of spare parts, extra cylinder head, rebuild kit parts, carb jets for altitude adjustment, many sprockets… way too much to list.

Bike has been on display in my foyer and detailed with plexus monthly. Tank is dry (no corrosion) Everything on the bike has been restored, rebuilt or replaced. Should start right up with some fresh premix. Will need a brake fluid flush from sitting as well. 


With the seller asking $5,700 this RS125R seems to far more reasonably priced than last week’s example, and also includes a wide range of spare parts to keep it running. I’m not sure if the graphics correspond with any race team’s colors, but I’m pretty sure these all came with bare white fairings originally anyway, ready for sponsor decals and whatever wild look your up-and-coming racer wanted.



Flyweight Racer Redux: 1996 Honda RS125R for Sale

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