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Suzuki October 31, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: One Careful Owner – New 1985 Suzuki RG500

10.30.2017: Last seen in February of last year, this RG500 is back on eBay for $68k AUD, which is roughly $52k USD today, representing a bit of a discount since the last time we saw it for sale. Good luck to buyer and seller! -dc

Within a hair’s breadth of a 1985 Grand Prix machine, the RG500 has a water-cooled two-stroke square four between the alloy perimeter frame.  The 498 cc’s generate 95 hp and the entire package weighs under 350 lbs., both numbers improvable with some professional tuning.  Suspension is right-side-up forks and Full Floater monoshock rear, and brakes seem small for the expected 146 mph top speed but appropriate for the weight.

20160201 1985 suzuki rg500 left front

20160201 1985 suzuki rg500 cockpit

A pre-production marketing bike and never run, this is as close to a time machine as there could be.  Not a mark on it, and includes a nice certificate of authenticity from Suzuki Australia.  From the eBay auction:

Lets start by saying this bike has been for sale before and is not suitable for those who are going to ride the bike. It is a collectors bike only.
Secondly the bike shows 9kms on the odometer from being pushed around at various shows by Suzuki Australia prior to the RG500`s release in 1985.

This is a genuine new/never started RG500 that was previously used by Suzuki Australia as their show/demo/promotional bike prior to the release of the RG500.
It was never a “spanner” bike for dealerships apprentices to practice on.

The bike is what it is. The only thing I have added is the single seat option. It also comes with many now unavailable books, brochures, factory Gamma stand etc
No Vin Plate.
Will export worldwide at buyers expense.
The bike is in “as new” in condition and and has a supporting letter of authenticity from Suzuki Australia.

20160201 1985 suzuki rg500 right front wheel

20160201 1985 suzuki rg500 right rear wheel

A four-time 500cc GP Championship winner, the RG500 is very close to being the racer with lights you’ve heard about.  The four flat-slide Mikuni’s, the 12,000 rpm redline, the different sized wheels, 16-inch in front to help turn-in, all state the facts.  But this one is of course a bit different.  Likely never to be run, it has survived three decades on display and in storage.  It is the sportbike fan’s Barcelona chair or Alessi tea set  ( a little more exciting ), exquisite but better to use something else and save this for the next generation…

-donn

20160201 1985 suzuki rg500 binnacle

Featured Listing:  One Careful Owner – New 1985 Suzuki RG500
Honda October 31, 2017 posted by

Box Cutter – 1990 Honda CBR400RR

Often overlooked since it wasn’t the raciest gray-market selection, the CBR400RR was available in Canada where this one lives.  The NC29 or Baby ‘Blade as it is sometimes known, was a lightweight solution with a free-revving gear-driven cammed four.  Despite limited information, it looks complete and ready for a light restoration.

1990 Honda CBR400RR for sale on eBay

Meant mostly for their domestic market, the CBR400RR was pretty racey for 399cc, with 59 hp, alloy twin spar chassis, and RC30 lookalike fairing.  41mm Showa forks and 275mm brake disks were sized for the mission.  Four-piston calipers, fresh-air intake tubing, and swingarm shaped to allow the 4-into-1 exhaust to pass underneath really look the part.

With only four pictures and not much in the way of notes, this CBR is not set up to be creampuff, but it doesn’t look like an accident victim either.  The owner says it ran last in 2014, which spells a cleaning for those 28mm flat slide carburetors.  Not seeing many mods but maybe some more familiar readers will corroborate.  Stateside registration will also have to be arranged.  For a running, driving CBR400RR ( though neither are claimed in the auction ) the ask is surprisingly low.

Reviewed as a dynamite bike for the better half while you’re on your RC30, the 400RR is a bit snug, rather light, and does exactly what you tell it.  You might have to train yourself to wind the musical engine up to 14,000 rpm, and to use the precise steering to your advantage.  Also the maintenance fund will have to be replenished more like a larger machine.  If you can do these things, and you’re a little on the lighter side, the rewards of the CBR400RR will be a rare and high performing junior.

-donn

Box Cutter – 1990 Honda CBR400RR
Sales Report October 30, 2017 posted by

Sales Summary – March 2017

Whether you are a collector or simply interested in values, let’s take a look back and see what sold and for how much. Links to the original post on RSBFS included.


SOLD Bikes


1976 Honda EGLI frame kit – SOLD for $8,400



1978 Kawasaki Z1-R – SOLD for $9,500



1982 Ducati Pantah 600TL – SOLD for $9,500



1983 Benelli SEI 900 – SOLD for $10,785.75



1984 Kawasaki GPz750 – SOLD for $4,310



1984 Yamaha RZ500 – SOLD for $11,200



1990 Ducati 750 Sport – SOLD for $4,500



1990 Honda CB-1 – SOLD for $3,100


1990 Honda CBR250RR MC22 – SOLD for $7,075



1990 Honda NSR250R MC21 – Featured Listing that SOLD in just two days!



1991 Bimota YB9 Bellaria – Listed as SOLD for $4,050



1991 Ducati 851 – SOLD for $9,050



1994 Honda CB1000 – SOLD for $2,800



1998 Yamaha R1 – SOLD for $6,995



Featured Listing – 2000 Kawasaki ZX-12R – SOLD!


2004 Aprilia RS250 L Rear
2004 Aprilia RS250 Challenge – SOLD for $12,400


Unsold Bikes


1977 MV Agusta 800 Super America – No Sale – bid up to $45,655


1982 Benelli Sei 900 – No Sale – bid up to $18,000


1982 Laverda Jota 1000 – No Sale – bid up to $14,609


1983 Bimota KB3 – No Sale with a $18,000 opening ask


1986 Ducati 750 F1 – No Sale with bids up to $10,905

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1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750R Limited Edition – Listing ended with a $13,500 opening ask


1986 Yamaha TZR250 – No Sale with a $3,800 ask


1988 Ducati 851 Tricolore – No Sale with a $31,900 ask


1988 Suzuki GSX-R750 – No Sale with bids up to $4,850


1988 Yamaha FZR400 – No Sale with a $7,500 ask


1990 Buell RS1200 Westwind – No Sale with a $7,500 opening ask


1994 Honda RC45/RVF750R – Listing ended early


1996 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 – No Sale with bids up to $5,000


1998 Ducati 900SS FE – No Sale – bid up to $5,300


1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR – No Sale with a $3,500 opening ask


1999 Ducati 748RS – No Sale with zero bids and an opening ask of $13,499


2000 MV Agusta F4 750 – No Sale with an $8,800 opening ask


2001 Yamaha FZ-1 – No Sale with zero bids and an opening ask of $3,400


2002 Ducati MH900E – No Sale – bid up to $20,300


2003 Kawasaki ZRX1200 Custom – NO Sale with zero bids with a $9,500 ask


2004 BMW R1100S – No Sale with $6,995 opening ask


2007 Honda CBR1000RR Nicky Hayden Edition – No Sale with bids up to $5,599

Ducati October 28, 2017 posted by

Simple, Clean, Classic: 1995 Ducati 900SS/SP

There are exactly no words I can type that will more accurately or adequately describe the bike before you than Hunter S. Thompson’s legendary CycleWorld review. So, before you go any further with me, please give it a read.

1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP for sale on eBay

Keep in mind, readers, that dear Dr. Gonzo was scared silly by a bike that pumps out a paltry-by-today’s-standards 80 horsepower. That isn’t cause he didn’t have the stones; think of it as a testament to what you really need, and where the line that delineates normal from excessive actually is.

The Ducati 900SS/SP you see before you, number 321 of the production run, is in excellent shape and has been very well kept over its 22-year, 18,000-mile life. The sellers give scant details, but says the bike  recently was serviced and wears a brand-new set of Dunlop Q3s. They do not mention the all-important timing belts.

http://bit.ly/2lpMKZJ

From the eBay listing:

Super Clean and well maintained 1995 Ducati 900 SuperSport SP #321, Termignoni Slip On Exhaust, Carbon Fiber Front Fender, Rear Fender Hugger, Belt Covers and Clutch Cover, New Dunlop Sportmax Q3’s, frsh oil and Brake and Clutch Flush all services are current. This is an 8.5 out of 10.

With a Buy-It-Now just north of $7,500, this bike cannot be called inexpensive, but already is an icon, and its rarity and desirability will climb in equal measure.

 

Simple, Clean, Classic: 1995 Ducati 900SS/SP
Honda October 28, 2017 posted by

Rev. 2.0 – 2003 Honda RVT1000R / RC51

Honda joined the V-twin WSBK fray in 2000 and Colin Edwards won the inaugural season on the RC51. The SP-2 was introduced in 2002 and incorporated many lessons learned the first two years. Almost every aspect of the machine was improved, with a little more power and less weight. This example has been hiding in Queens, New York and shows only 2,295 miles.

2003 Honda RVT1000R / RC51 for sale on eBay

With the general layout of its nemesis, the RVT-1000R used a nicely oversquare 996cc twin, with the SP-2’s whopping 62mm throttle bodies helping Honda stay on the right side of WSBK rules and deliver 136 hp.  Steering head angle was reduced to sharpen handling, and the swingarm from Edwards’ racing machine was put into production with a loss of two pounds of unsprung weight.  Parts that were merely advanced were redesigned and lightened where possible, like fairing stays, alloy seat subframe, and ram-air intake which doubles as a fairing support.

This RC51’s New York owner has taken nice care and made a few choice upgrades.  The Sato exhaust alone saves 10 lbs. and has been dyno-tuned.  Limited photos so an in-person inspection will be a must.  From the eBay auction:

This bike runs great with no problems or lights on and is extremely powerful.  The bike was put on a dyno machine and tuned perfectly.  The plastics are in great condition with some light scratches too the decals and a scuff mark on the front brake lever.  Never been in any accidents or stunted or abused in any way.  Always babied.  Through out the years I added all the upgrades.  This bike comes with ultra rare Sato Racing titanium exhaust, power commander, K&N air filters, CRG levers, black tinted windscreen, Sargent gel seat, PIAA bulbs, yellow high beam, Proton front turn signals, Michelin Pilot Power tires (like new condition) Pro Grip hand grips, Hot Bodies under tail and tire hugger, axle mounted LP bracket, new battery.  The bike has low miles but may go up because I ride it now and then.  This bike also comes with but not pictured the OEM bike manual, factory tool kit, OEM factory repair manual in binder, results from dyno machine.

 

Edwards went on to take WSBK in 2002 as well, and a Kentucky upstart won the AMA Superbikes on RC51 race number 69.  But the wind direction changed abruptly when FIM changed the rules to allow 1000cc fours, and Honda returned to their successful formula.  With just a few thousand produced each year, the RC51 isn’t super-limited, but also not mass-produced.  The SP-2’s many improvements make it the one to have if you’re a fan.  And for an almost fifteen year-old motorcycle, the low miles and adult ownership make this RVT-1000R look even better…

-donn

Rev. 2.0 – 2003 Honda RVT1000R / RC51
Bimota October 27, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: Beyond Sorted 2000-mile 2000 Bimota SB8R!

Update 12.4.2017: The owner has informed us that this bike is now sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The Bimota SB8R is a special machine on a regular day,  but this featured listing takes the rarity and prestige up a couple notches, as it is bedecked with a list of mega-expensive, unobtanium parts that would make a World Superbike team blush.

The most obvious is the unpainted, full-carbon bodywork, which encapsulates Bimota’s hand-built frame and the powerplant from a Suzuki TL-1000R. The tank is also a full-carbon fiber piece from an SB8K. We’ll just let the seller list the rest of the $45,000 upgrade package in just a minute. Its length and breadth are truly astounding.

On top of the choice list of farkles, the bike has covered just 2,000 miles in the last 17 years, and has been with its original owner the whole time. It was purchased new at Bob Smith/MotoPoint in Pennsylvania. The only possible knock on this machine is that the current owner sold off all its factory pieces to fund the modifications. Be that as it may, you can find a factory original SB8R if you look, and you likely will never see another like this one.

From the seller:

2000 Bimota SB8R. Purchased new from Bob Smith/MotoPoint, the original USA importer in Pennsylvania. 2000 Original miles. Never down, never scratched. Over $45K into the bike. Beyond customized with thousands spent and many years of modifications. Replaced all original factory plastic panels with true carbon fiber including tank from an SB8K. All other replaced factory parts were sold to fund the modifications. All graphics including stripes and logos are decals and can be removed for different look. Pampered from day one. Always garaged and covered. No stories, just an honest, impeccably maintained bike. As with all Bimota’s, very fast, very agile. Sold with clear title in my name. Located in Colorado. $21,000.00 OBO

List of modifications:

DYMAG CARBON/MAGNESIUM 5 SPOKE WHEELS 17X3.5 FRONT 17X6 REAR

MOTO CORSE TITANIUM SLIP-ON EXHAUST

MOTO CORSE CARBON CLIPON BARS

DYNOJET POWER COMMANDER V

RIZOMA MASTER RESERVOIR

RIZOMA SLAVE RESERVOIR

RIZOMA CLUTCH RESERVOIR

RIZOMA GRIPS

RIZOMA BAR ENDS

RIZOMA FENDER ELIMINATOR KIT

RIZOMA TURN SIGNALS

ALTH ROTORS

MICHELIN PILOT POWER TIRES

MAGICAL RACING (JAPAN) CARBON MIRRORS

RACEBOLTS ANODIZED ALUMINUM FASTENERS

MARCHESINI ANODIZED RACE FUEL CAP

MOTO CORSE FUEL TRIMMER

STAINLESS STEEL BRAKE LINE KIT

CUSTOM WINDOW CLUTCH COVER

CUSTOM ANODIZED PRESSURE PLATE

PITBULL FRONT AND REAR STANDS

FACTORY BIMOTA COVER

FACTORY EURO SPEC SB8R HEADLIGHT ASSEMBLY

FACTORY SB8RS GOLD BILLET/CARBON FOOTPEG ASSEMBLIES

FACTORY SB8RS GOLD REAR SPROCKET

BREMBO RACE GOLD BRAKE AND CLUTCH LEVERS

FACTORY SB8K CARBON FUEL TANK

FACTORY UNPAINTED CARBON TAIL SECTION

GUSTAFSSON WINDSCREEN

CUSTOM CARBON SIDE PANELS

CUSTOM CARBON BELLY PANELS

GOLD ANODIZED FRAME CAPS

GOLD ANODIZED TAIL SECTION MOUNTING BOLTS

GOLD ANODIZED FRONT SPROCKET RETAINING BRACKET

MOTO CORSE CUSTOM SUEDE SEAT ASSEMBLY

MOTO CORSE CARBON SHIFT ROD

STM ANODIZED PRELOAD ADJUSTERS

Needless to say, copying this bike for the $21,000 asking price would be impossible, even if you could find the right pieces and parts. The bike is located in Colorado.

Featured Listing: Beyond Sorted 2000-mile 2000 Bimota SB8R!
Kawasaki October 27, 2017 posted by

Icon: 1978 Kawasaki Z1R

In the American idiom, there is no substitution for cubic inches. Kawasaki understood the unmistakable allure of power and created what many regard as the iconic hot rod of the 1970s. And as hard as it may be to see, today’s mega-hyper-super bikes can trace their lineage back to the Z1R. The recipe remains the same, even as ingredients evolve over time: start with (at least) two big scoops of power, spice it up with a stout chassis, mix in good suspension and brakes, and drizzle with a healthy dose of sporty touches such as rear-set pegs, short bars and aero bodywork bits. Today the power, chassis, suspension, brakes and aero are far superior to those of 40 years ago – but there is little that is truly new.

1978 Kawasaki Z1R for sale on eBay

The 1977-1978 model Z1R was the last of the era before new hardware released in the 1980s. As such, these are the most evolved of the line, and represent the best of this fantastic model. The engine remained the stalwart inline four, air-cooled of course, and breathed through carbs and 2-valve heads. The stock exhaust was a 4-into-1 design, which bordered on hooliganism. Electric push-button starting was the new order of the day, but early Z1s included a vestige of the past in the form of a removable kick start pedal located under the seat (yes, we really have come that far). On the chassis side, the Z1R included additional bracing around the steering head, and introduced triple disks that were drilled for performance and lighter weight. The finishing touch was the bikini fairing, hinting at a key design element for the next decade.

From the seller:
Here is a 1978 Z1R time capsule, I purchased from the original owner at 68yrs old. He purchased new when he was a young man. He rode the bike the bike less than a year. then parked it in his new house that he built. Drained the gas from it at sat until 2015 this was his pride and joy , I purchased the bike from him in 2015 , and brought it back to life. I recently put a new tire on the ,rear new oring chain and rebuilt carbs and syn them. also added kereker header for the 70s look. also have original header perfect shape, original BILL OF SALES! kind of yard to read writing but it there. Dont miss out on this 1 of a kind time capsule.

Long considered one of the first factory cafe racers, the Z1R was a 90 HP rocket that could turn and stop (nearly) as well as it could go fast. This was a sport bike that pushed the boundaries of power and performance; real men rode a Z1R. Today these are 40 year old geezers – there is simply no comparison to anything of the modern vintage. But there is an unmistakable draw, be it the striking stance, the visceral power of the huge four banger, or simply nostalgia. Clean Z1s are climbing in value, although as these were mass produced with no limits they do not benefit from the “Limited Edition” syndrome. However time takes care of that for us, making a great bike stand out today.

This 1978 Kawasaki Z1R looks fantastic; it has some modification (such as the period-correct Kerker pipe), but the auction includes the pricey stock exhaust. If you are a rider of a certain age, this one has to be tugging at your inner child. Even if you were not around or aware of motorcycles during this period of time, this Z1R should stand out. This was the original superbike, and holds its head proudly today. The internet seems to agree, as bidding has been strong on this bike. The auction is up to $11,600 at time of this writing, with reserve still in place. You don’t get many opportunities to bid on a bike of this caliber – I recommend you check it out before it is gone. This is more than history; this is a collector model in collector condition. Good Luck!!

MI

Icon: 1978 Kawasaki Z1R
Honda October 27, 2017 posted by

Time Travel: 1989 Honda GB500 TT for Sale

At a glance, you might be thinking, “Hey, when did I get redirected to ClassicSportbikesforSale?” But no, this isn’t a vintage machine, it’s a Honda GB500 TT that was built in 1989. Strangely, it was both ahead of its time and retro, something that was really only achieved by the GB500 and Moto Guzzi’s 1000S. These days, classic is king, and many of the major manufacturers are cashing in on their heritage: Ducati, BMW, Triumph all have very successful lines of retro-styled bikes with modern performance. But in the late 1980s, the classic-style craze hadn’t really caught on yet here in the US, and the GB500 has languished in obscurity for a long time, although used examples command decent prices and values are now on the rise.

Styled to evoke British classics from the 50s and 60s like Norton’s famous Manx racers, the GB500 is one of those “everything you need and nothing you don’t” kind of machines, assuming you’re not trying to cut some serious lap times at the track or stalk superbikes in the canyons. Powered by a sleeved-down version of Honda’s XL600, it’s simple, fun, and easy to maintain. The four-valve single gave 33hp at the rear wheel, enough to push the 390lb wet machine to a top speed north of The Ton: 108mph in period tests. It’s not very fast in a straight line, but handling was very good and it’s obviously a handsome machine: anyone who doesn’t know what it is will probably assume it’s much, much older than it is, and you’ll get plenty of questions.

So with good looks, reliability, and usable performance, why didn’t it sell very well? Well it actually did sell pretty well in its home market. But in the late 1980s, vintage nostalgia hadn’t really taken off in the US, where the bike was sold for just two years: 1989 and 1990. Part of the problem might have been that you could still buy the real thing for reasonable prices, so the main reason to get one was that you wanted the style of a 50s or 60s British bike without the hassle. The price didn’t help either: it was a well-built machine, but the $4200 Honda wanted was just $500 less than a Kawasaki ZX-7, so it’s pretty obvious why the bike wasn’t popular among more is more” American motorcyclists.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Honda GB500 TT for Sale

The GB500 TT derives its name from “Great Britain, 500cc and from the Tourist Trophy” a classic 37-mile motorcycle circuit on the Isle of Man.
It was originally produced 1989-1990. It is a 498cc SOHC single cylinder with a 5 speed transmission at approx. 390 lb. It has both an electric push start and a kick start. Paint is a metallic black-green with gold pin-striping and lettering, as well as chrome wire wheels. Although the British inspired the style of the bike, Japan polished the details and improved on the engines’ smoothness and durability.

My bike is the 1989 GB500.

I am the second owner and bought this bike form a collector on 08/1998. It had 1,853 mi on it at the time. I have kept it garaged and rode it for pleasure around town. The current mileage 5,226. It is in great condition. The bike is light, easy to handle and fun to ride. Its vintage British styling turns heads. It has Metzler tires. The bike has a couple of faint paint scratches on the tank. It runs great. It has a Supertrapp exhaust that reduces the overall weight and makes the bikes single cylinder thumper earn its name. The chrome on the Supertrap is slightly aged. I also have the original exhaust system that goes with the bike. I previously purchased a Corbin dual seat made specifically for this bike. This also goes with the bike.

This is a classic bike so serious buyers who are interested in this particular bike should respond. I am asking $ 6,500. If you want to have to look at the bike in person I will meet serious buyers only. If you want to take the bike for a ride you will need to bring the asking price in cash as collateral.

The $6,500 asking price is at the high end of the spectrum for a decent GB500, but this one looks especially nice, with extremely low miles. If you like the style of a classic Triumph or Norton, but want something you can ride every weekend without having to gap the plugs, replace the points, reattach wayward brackets, make sure all the lights work, and clean up puddles of oil, the GB500 is a surprisingly classy and faithful replica of the real thing, without all that famous British bike “character…”

-tad

Time Travel: 1989 Honda GB500 TT for Sale

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