Monthly Archives: March 2019

Yamaha March 31, 2019 posted by

Fall Clearance Sale – 1992 Yamaha TZR250R-SP

Pictured in a lush garden, this barely used TZR250R-SP is actually old enough to import without EPA scrutiny.  Up for sale at the end of summer in Cape Town means a close-up inspection might be a project, but this example is at least a great what if ? – conversation starter.

1992 Yamaha TZR250-SP for sale on eBay

TZR250 production started in 1986 with a parallel twin engine, and was upgraded to a V-twin when the model was re-designed for 1991.  Some sources says the -SP used a larger carburetor, and all models used Yamaha’s Power Valve System to stretch the torque band.  45 hp was mandated in Japan, but once released from its electronic bonds, the engine is capable of a reliable 60 hp.  It’s got a small copy of the DeltaBox alloy chassis, and an early adoption of upside-down forks.  A few different swingarms were used, this one the asymmetrical, allowing the rear exhaust to pass under the bike.

Good export histories from these years are hard to come by, but most TZR’s were for the JDM, with occasional exports around the Pacific.  Sport Production seems to be limited to 500 units.  No word on the history of this particular machine, but the mileage is seriously low and condition appears excellent.  Aftermarket exhaust and budget shipping are noted in the eBay auction:

Rare superb condition 1992 TZR250R-SP  (3XV-5).

One of only 500 produced.
Original factory body panels and paint. 
Low mileage 2554Km (1576 miles).
The buyer has a choice between the original exhaust silencers or the aftermarket Dog Fight R silencers which are depicted in the photos.
 
Worldwide shipping is available!
Shipping cost to any port of entry in:
North America : $950

Yamaha’s 1/4-liter machines are rarely seen, though the sunset of their emissions requirement has brought more recent imports of the later 3XV’s.  Never cheap, their quality and tech gave Big Red a run for their money.  The buyer will have to determine whether this example has been de-restricted, and if there are any long past secrets.  If yes and then no, this TZR will still be expensive but might be worth it.

-donn

Fall Clearance Sale – 1992 Yamaha TZR250R-SP
Honda March 30, 2019 posted by

Low Tech, Big Fun: 1997 Honda CBR600 F3 for Sale

When the original “jellymould” CBR600F Hurricane was introduced in 1987 the enclosed, sleekly aerodynamic fairing hid a dark secret: a steel frame. While racier competitors had switched to lightweight aluminum construction, the simple, effective CBR600 F3 stuck with the less expensive material until the CBR600 F4 was introduced in 1999. Although the styling was hyper-modern, it also helped Honda save money on manufacturing and development costs. Instead of a finished frame and engine cases, or carefully routed wiring and hoses, the whole functional mess could all just be hidden behind relatively cheap, sleek plastic. So while pragmatism may have driven the design and the ingredients were, on their own, not very exotic, the complete package was a world-beater when it was introduced.

Produced between 1995 and 1998, the F3 was an evolution of the earlier CBR600 F2. Compared to that bike, it offered adjustable cartridge forks, a Pro-Link rear, and and ram-air to feed the engine. The result was a few more ponies from the 599cc inline four and a 454lb wet weight. That might sound heavy for a 600, but it was just a couple pounds heavier than a ZX-6R or GSX-R600 of the same period, and actually a good bit lighter than the aluminum-framed YZF600. At a claimed 105hp, peak power wasn’t best-in-class either, but the CBR offered a smooth spread of power with no real dips or flat spots, the perfect balance in a road engine and pretty handy on track as well.

The CBR600 was always pitched as a more versatile mount than competitors from Suzuki and Kawasaki, a bike that was at home in the canyons, in the city, and could even do a bit of commuting or light touring. The CBR600 was never really about the numbers, it was about the complete package, a sort of Goldilocks solution to the Supersport problem. It didn’t make the most in-class horsepower. It wasn’t the lightest. It didn’t have much in the way of headline-stealing innovation. It didn’t even have any acronyms plastered across the fairings!

It also made a perfectly good foundation for a racebike, winning multiple AMA SuperSport Championships, and didn’t seem to suffer at all for its relatively ordinary underpinnings. Eventually, the entire class became more and more track focused, and led to the development of the CBR600RR that was sold alongside the CBR600 F4i as a direct alternative to the high-strung offerings from Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Yamaha. But for a while, Honda’s versatile CBR meant you really could have your cake and eat it too.

This particular machine needs a bit of maintenance before it time-warps you back to your youth, but the miles are shockingly low for such a practical machine, and it looks to be in exceptional cosmetic condition. It may never be as desirable as a CBR900, but I these are certainly functional classics and much more attainable, since prices for the bigger machine are currently spiraling upwards and nice examples are hard to find.

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Honda CBR600 F3 for Sale

Hello, up for sale is my 1997 Honda CBR600F3 with 2,916 orig miles.  Clean title in hand in my name. Bought it 4 years ago and spent lots of time and money trying to make it near perfect (it’s the same model, year and color as what I had in college so it was me trying to relive my youth). Sadly, my bad back in combination with it being too dangerous for a slow, fat guy like myself to ride in Vegas forces the sale.  I have all receipts and replaced parts baggies/boxes for every OEM part I put on it. I saved the old parts to prove it wasn’t wrecked. Feel free to contact me to see it in person 850-five 86-38two8.  Not showroom perfect but damn nice for a 1997! PS: front chock included!

The bad: carbs need to be cleaned. Ran fine in 2014 and I did drain bowls before tear down but no luck in getting it started. Needs battery too as no point in buying one and letting it rot.

The good: over $1,000 in brand new parts. No cracked fairings at all!

  • Brand new oil and filter
  • Brand New Dunlop Q3s with not 1 mile on them – $285 mounted
  • New Ariete 90degree valve stems in gold – $29
  • Powder coated rims in gold – $175

The following all new OEM parts

  • Front lower chin – $35
  • Left side lower fairing – $374
  • Alternator cover and gasket – $69
  • Parts below over $400
  • Various OEM decals still new in OEM packing for spares – $149

The CBR600 may have been anything but exotic, but that was exactly the point: it was an everyman sportbike, and it was damn good at being that. The shape has aged pretty well I think, and the non-standard gold-painted wheels really flatter the Erion Racing-inspired colors. It’s a shame that this attempt to capture the seller’s youth has been put up for sale, but his loss is your gain! Can you really put a price on reliving the dreams of your youth? Apparently you can, and those dreams are going to cost you $3,950.00. That Buy It Now price is obviously on the high-end for an F3, but if this one is as nice in person as it looks in pictures, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a better example with so few miles.

-tad

Low Tech, Big Fun: 1997 Honda CBR600 F3 for Sale
Aprilia March 29, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2004 Aprilia RS250 Cup

Update 4.8.2019: Sold for full asking price! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

We showcase a lot of two strokes, and we wax poetic about their knife-edge handling and peaky, unforgiving powerbands. Most of the time, we’re showing off nice but rider-quality machines that will make the new owners very happy on the track or in the canyons. Not today. Today we have a time capsule 2004 Aprilia RS250 that the seller couldn’t bring himself to tear up on the track. It’s so nice that he went to the length of sourcing another RS250 rather than ride this one in anger.

Instead, it sat, unmolested and unblemished in his basement on display. As such, it is as close as you’re going to get to perfect, and is original down to the scrub in on its first set of tires. It comes with all the factory documents and stickers and shows less than 400 miles on the odometer. Having been sold in or around New Hampshire originally, there’s little chance it’s ever going to see an American road. That’s all well and good, as it’s almost too cherry to tear up now.

The RS250s were powered by a version of the Suzuki RGV250 v-twin that Aprilia tweaked heavily for their purposes. With a lighter and more focused chassis and suspension than the RGV, the Italian became the mount of choice for up-and-coming racers including Loris Capirossi, Max Biaggi, Jorge Lorenzo, Marco Melandri and Alvaro Bautista, all of whom went on to MotoGP fame. For a hammer-simple 70 horsepower two-stroke, that ain’t a bad CV.

From the seller:

If you are looking for a perfect, as new RS 250 for your collection, look no further this is your bike. Here’s the back story, I was looking for an RS 250 as a track bike ten years ago. I found this one and was amazed how nice it was. I purchased it then once it was home, concluded it was too nice to track as it needed to be preserved. So I bought another RS 250 for this purpose which I still have. As such this one has been in my climate controlled finished basement on a lighted display table ever since to be looked at and admired. This one is a time capsule that has less than 400 miles original miles on it, 100% stock including tires, no modifications and all of the idiot stickers that came on it. I’m a collector so selling this to fund a new addition to the herd. I know that peoples definition of condition varies greatly much to my chagrin in looking at other bikes, because of this I tend to understate the condition of things. I would rate this close to a 10 out of ten, no blemishes, never dropped, like new, perfect paint, just a pleasure to look at. As it was in my basement the paint is in great condition with no oxidation or sun damage. I just pulled it out to get it ready for sale, added a new battery and it’s on its way this week to Seacoast Aprilia – Ducati, which was the original dealer that sold it to change out the fluids and go through it to make sure there are no issues. It will be in perfect running condition for the lucky buyer with the original MSO. If you are serious I am sure I can arrange for you to speak with someone as Seacoast to get an unbiased second opinion. Like all two strokes RS 250’s are getting harder to come by, finding one in this condition is very rare as most have been flogged on the track and modified. Thanks for looking, $10,500 located in New Hampshire.

As either a display bike or a track day toy, you can’t say fairer than this little RS250.

Featured Listing: 2004 Aprilia RS250 Cup
Suzuki March 29, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 – Now NO RESERVE

update 4.1.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

We’ve gone on enough about how important and cool the first Gixxers are, so I’ll spare you more of that here. This 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 has been set up perfectly, and stands alone as a really cool old motorcycle that is made cooler by its pedigreed bloodline. It has been endowed with a wider rear wheel from its 1,100cc stablemate, as well as a raft of functional improvements but reversible mods.

1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 For Sale on eBay – NO RESERVE

The seller has added Race Tech Gold Valves, powder-coated wheels with modern rubber, Hayabusa master cylinders with modern levers, a beefier fork brace, stainless steel brake lines and less restrictive air filters and a pretty Yoshimura exhaust system, and a period correct Fox twin clicker. You won’t win a Concourse show, but who cares?

The seller has explained and detailed this very special bike below.

BEAUTIFUL 1986 GSX-R750

11,634 miles

Original, un-restored body in near Mint condition.
Functional upgrades with ALL Original Parts Included

THE 1st True Superbike that started it all.

One of the finest “surviving” examples you’ll find, of what is arguably THE most significant Sportbike ever. Simply put, the first Gen 750 STARTED the “race bike with blinkers” revolution of aluminum framed, race technology with comfort taking a back seat. And while the rare homologation specials like the RC30 and OWO1 of the era may have their technical advantages or collector value, they, and quite frankly everything that followed, were ALL in response to THIS motorcycle. There are very few “1st’s” in this world and this is one.

Anyone serious enough to be looking at this knows these Icons rarely come along in this kind of condition without a full restoration. This example is truly a testament to the Quality of Suzuki when cared for accordingly for 33 years. The Bike shows very minimal patina which only adds to the luster of “original”. Engine, Carbs, Frame, Body, Oil Cooler and Electrical ALL look closer to 3 than 33 years old. It’s safe to assume this bike has always been stored indoors and even question how much rain it’s seen. I am guessing that the windshield and both lowers must be new(er) as they are practically showroom. The only portion of the bodywork to receive any work is a fresh Clear-Coat on the tank and Solo Cowl, both professionally done and BEAUTIFUL ! Other than that, everything looks to be Original. Simply Amazing.

I have a small collection of stunning Sportbikes and this Bike is truly a Stand-Out. A “Best in Show” Trophy in 2018 says it all considering the modern era Customs it was competing with.

I have owned the bike for going on 6 years, give or take, and have put just over 500 miles total on it. Essentially a ride in the spring, 1 in the Summer and one in Fall.

Functional Upgrades:
Suspension, including Gold Valves up Front, Sprung for 200lb rider with new seals & Oil and a Gorgeous, Period Correct Fox Twin Clicker with an 1100 Lower Pivot link. Thicker Fork Brace. Lightweight Deltran LiFePO4 (not Lithium Ion) Battery. The Oil Stand pipe was converted to accept 1100 filter to allow Oil Changes without Removing the Headers.
Wider 1100 Rear Wheel upgrade for a wider tire.
Brand New Dunlops on White Wheels and Conti Attack CR’s on the OE Black Wheels.
Forward controls have been upgraded to Brand New, Late-Model Hayabusa Master Cylinders to incorporate Adjustable CRG Levers while retaining the original style. Stock Masters and Levers included and in Beautiful condition. Galfer Braided Lines and New Vesrah Pads all around. OE lines are also included. A 520 conversion with top of the line, EK 3D Chain and SuperSprox/Vortex components.

Repairs and Maintenance of note:
Complete Front Calipers Rebuild with Genuine Suzuki parts, Documented and Refinished along with Fork Adjusters.

Cosmetic enhancements:
Wheels with Fresh White Powder Coat and New Dunlops, Left Case Cover Refinished, 87 style Front Fender, Rear Fender Delete and Flushmounts.

Performance Upgrades:
K&N Pod Filters, DynoJet Kit, V&H Ignition Advance and a Beautiful, period correct, Yoshimura Full Exhaust. Dyno Tuned at 93 rwhp and has seen 147 on GPS. Laser Straight and Stable.

So, to be clear, this bike gets used (as it should) and meticulously maintained and cared for (as it deserves).

For the Purist and Collector
For any doubters regarding “originality”. This bike comes with ALL OE Partsincluding (but not limited to): 2 Original Keys, Near Mint Stock Exhaust, OE Black Wheels w/tires, Air Box and Filter, Shock, Pivot Link, front and rear Fenders, Near Mint Original Masters & Levers, Tool Kit, Blinkers, Mirrors, Grab-Bar and related brackets etc.. everything needed to return to stock and all in fantastic condition. Bike is currently set up as you see simply for personal preference and sold as is. I also typically remove the Mirrors whether on display or a ride, as this is a notoriously week area on the Fairing and it’s not worth the risk.

IF the buyer would prefer to have the bike returned to Original prior to delivery, I would be happy to facilitate for a reasonable consideration of time.

Patina
You’ll see the last 3 pics of minor blems/flaws. Small crack on the right upper fairing by the mirror mount. A small crack on the left mid by the front bolt hole which has been reinforced with Epoxy on the back side. Also, both “R” tank emblems have a hair-line crack trough them. These are common issues with the Slabby’s but have not gotten any worse while I’ve owned it.

You’ll be hard pressed to find a nicer example of THE ORIGINAL that still sees the road on a regular basis.
This bike is ready for spirited trips through The Dragons Tail or the missing piece for your Collection OR BOTH.

Clear Title in hand.

PLEASE NOTE*
This bike will also be listed elsewhere and auction may end early, so get it while you can!!!

For Reference:
A Canadian Version 1985 750 Sold at Mecum Las Vegas for $18,700 on 1/25/19
https://www.mecum.com/lots/LV0119-362253/1985-suzuki-gsxr-750/

Buyer will need to arrange pickup/shipping and I’ll assist however I can.

Thanks for looking and Good Luck 🙂

As the video shows, it has nothing to hide. As the photos show, the “patina” is negligible, making this the perfect choice for a rider/collector. The first-generation Gixxers are getting rarer and rarer, so the changes will no doubt be a little controversial, but the seller has stressed that ALL the stock parts are included, so an all-original restored bike is certainly possible with this one.

Featured Listing: 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 – Now NO RESERVE
Harris March 29, 2019 posted by

Brexited: 1993 Harris Magnum Suzuki DR 650

You don’t need to get caught up in the UK drama as it steams towards its messy divorce with the European Union to enjoy the fruits of Great Britain. And it doesn’t matter if you cheer for the Conservative Party or the Labour Party, or if you even know who the Prime Minister is – what we have here today totally eclipses that minor kerfuffle. For here we have a US bred, California registered, Harris Magnum 4 chassis kit built out into a full bike. Think of Harris (or Spondon or Rickman, for that matter) as an English variant of the early days of Bimota – frame kits comprised of the chassis, suspension and bodywork sold to buyers who supplied donor motorcycles and the labor to build out the full bike. The resultant machines were nearly always more performant than the donor packages, and always very rare. In this particular case, we have never seen a Harris Magnum 650 offered for sale – much less right here in North America. What a cool opportunity!

1993 Harris Magnum Suzuki DR 650 for sale on eBay

As a frame builder, Harris is probably more well known for their Superbike level chassis supporting big bore machinery. But they have been involved in the two stroke game (both 250 and 500), offered frames for Ducati builds, as well as had some success in TT racing. No beginners to the racing scene, Harris products are drool-worthy and relatively exclusive. There is a passion in creating something as significant as a motorcycle, and the Harris website has all you need to fuel that fire. And today’s specimen could definitely light a few fires. Starting with a Harris Magnum 4 kit, this build-out results in a super single sport bike; undoubtedly light and agile, with loads of low-down torque. This kit must have been a complete custom order, as generally the Magnum 4 chassis are aimed at GSX-R750 and 1100 motors, not lowly DR mills. There is a considerable size difference between those lumps, which could explain why this chrome moly chassis does not resemble any Magnum 4 offering I have ever seen. But the end result looks great, and the build has Harris Performance parts sprinkled throughout. Even the Harrison Billet-6 braking components are UK sourced, making this bike a true ex-pat.

From the seller:
Harris Performance company in the U.K. manufactured the frame, bodywork, tank and other parts of this motorcycle as part of their Magnum 4 series. The Magnum 4 series was designed to house Suzuki oil cooled engines. This particular frame kit was designed to accept Suzuki DR 650 engines. The perimeter frame consists of chrome moly tubes. The swing arm is of rectangular section polished aluminum. The tank is polished aluminum. All body work is structural carbon fiber. The rear shock and spring is Ohlins. I think the front fork is Suzuki. Wheels are Suzuki. Based on the engine number, I estimate the Suzuki DR 650 engine was manufactured in 1991 or 1992. The Harris frame number is TMRSR004, so perhaps this is the fourth frame kit they made of this type. I don’t know the year the frame kit was manufactured, so I guessed 1993 when I titled and registered the bike. I have never seen another Harris Suzuki DR 650 motorcycle.

More from the seller:
This motorcycle has a California Special Construction VIN sticker because Harris is not listed as a motorcycle manufacturer in the California DMV database, although Harris did and still does manufacture complete motorcycles as well as frame kits. For information about Harris Performance, see www.harris-performance.com. This motorcycle uses unique and exotic Harris manufactured parts throughout. This bike has no paint other than on the Suzuki wheels and front fork. All else is polished aluminum or unpolished billet aluminum or unpainted carbon fiber. This bike handles incredibly well, which is not surprising since Harris is famous for the fantastic handling which their frame designs provide. The Suzuki DR 650 engine is a single cylinder engine which is counter balanced and air and oil-cooled. Due to its counter balance design, it is quite smooth. This bike is electric start and everything works on it. The bike is fully sorted and needs nothing: you can get on it and ride it and enjoy it. It is very quick, fun, unique, and gorgeous: I ride it around San Francisco and everywhere I go bikers and non-bikers ask about it and comment on its beauty. The bike has a California title and current registration. Mileage is unknown. There are 52 miles on its new speedometer.

Current prices for Harris frames start near $3k territory – that’s bare frame with nothing attached, and not counting export fees. Start looking at some of the pieces on this bike, and you can see how quickly the cash starts to fly. When you are building a dream, you are generally not building yourself an inexpensive motorcycle. And that is why the asking price for this rare little gem is a relatively steep $10k. It looks to be an amazing motorcycle, and I, for one, would love to ride it. But it begs the question of value. This is not a well-known kit model like a Bimota KB2 Laser. And while the Magnum 4 (or any Harris chassis, for that matter) is a well-regarded piece of kit, the sum of the parts is a relative unknown. You have the opportunity to own what literally nobody else will ever have. Even if you see another DR 650 kit bike yours will be different due to the choices made by the owner during assembly. This leads to another possible problem; what you are looking at is not exactly your “wash-n-wear” motorcycle experience. Sure, the Suzuki one lunger is going to be easy to find parts for, but nearly everything else on the bike is custom. And although Harris Performance is still around (now joined with the Royal Enfield group as part of Eicher Motors Ltd based in India), stock of parts is limited as nearly every kit they created was custom. This is not to scare potential buyers away – but rather to ensure readers have a healthy understanding and engage in a bit of a gut check in terms of self reliance.

I am a huge fan of specials such as this. The entire motorcycle industry was pushed along by the likes of Baker, Bimota, Egli, Foale, Harris, Rickman, Spondon and many others. The OEM bike builders would not be at the level where they are today – you would not be able to purchase a street bike that handles better than racers of not more than 5 years ago – had specialists not responded to the need for chassis solutions that worked. The difficulty in low-volume specials is establishing value and provenance. The seller seems to know about this bike and can likely help trace back its origins – although I was under the impression that Harris frames started with HR and then digits, and am unfamiliar with the TMRSR ID nomenclature. Perhaps I am thinking of the older vintage units (Magnum 2 & 3, and F1). If we have any Harris Performance aficionados in the gallery please do chime in! As for value, with so few units available – and only ONE known DR 650 configuration – this is going to be a true test of the market. It’s my estimation that you can’t build another one for the price listed here (especially if you count labor – even if it is your own), and this one appears to be complete and registered in California. That is a golden ticket for imports, to be sure (and no additional Brexit vote needed). Check it out here, and then share your thoughts in our comments section. Do you like the custom frame builder specials, or should we stick with OEM hardware only? Good Luck!!

MI

Brexited: 1993 Harris Magnum Suzuki DR 650
Kawasaki March 28, 2019 posted by

Green Flash: 1983 Kawasaki 1000R Eddie Lawson Replica

The boxy, purposeful 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica is one of those machines that elicits reverent guttural grunts from the most jaded superbike fans, connected as it is to American roadracing history. Before Lawson flew the flag on the 500cc World Championship stage, he won back-to-back AMA Superbike titles in ’81 and ’82 aboard a wild Kermit green and royal blue KZ1000.

1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR for sale on eBay

To celebrate, Kawasaki stuck some special parts and that iconic livery on around 750 street bikes, putting a crown on the KZ range and setting a benchmark for other superbikes to be measured by. At least for a couple model years until the mid-80s gave birth to the first “modern” sport bikes. The ELRs had a GPz1100 head on the 1,000cc mill, a 4-to-1 Kerker pipe and reservoir shocks to elevate them above their stablemates.

The bodywork was standard-looking 1982 GPz fare, but sported that gorgeous paint scheme, and a laurel graphic in front of the filler cap that announced the brand’s racing success.

This 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000 ELR has covered fewer than 10,000 miles, and is food-grade clean. The seller says all he has changed are the tires, though the condition definitely belies the miles and the fact that it is unrestored beggars belief.

From the eBay listing:

A limited edition tribute to Eddie Lawson, just 750 examples of the Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR (Eddie Lawson Replica) were built between 1982 and 1983. , the press and the public loved this bike and how aggressively it was set up.
The 998cc inline four produced 83 horsepower in a bike that weighed 543 pounds. Top speed was just shy of 130, and none of those numbers matter to me because I think this is one of the definitive muscle bikes of all time.
Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica
Years produced: 1982-1983
Total production: 750
Claimed power: 83hp @ 8,500rpm
Top speed: 128mph (period test)
Engine type: 998cc double-overhead cam, air-cooled inline four
Weight (dry): 247kg (543.5lb)

Building the KZ1000R followed Kawasaki’s typically deliberate path. From the J-model came its 998cc, DOHC, two-valve, air-cooled four, with electronic ignition and strong roller-bearing crank assembly. It was a hammer of an engine, really, and the perfect starting point for hot-rodders already in love with the bulletproof Kawasaki fours. The conventional steel-tube frame was J-spec, too, with slightly lazier steering geometry and additional trail for the presumed higher-speed work the bike would see.
The ELR’s more memorable parts—the long, coffin-esque tank, swoopy tailpiece, and sporty cockpit fairing—came from the GPz1100, as did instruments, brakes, wheels, and its Dunlop K300s. Also added was a deep-dish saddle, more rear-set footpegs and controls, an oil cooler, a black Kerker 4-into-1 (which, by law, had to be installed by the dealer after the bike was uncrated), and a superbike-bend handlebar designed by Lawson himself. It was an impressive piece, visually and technically, with strong, near-GPz performance, reliability, and more than its share of chutzpah that took riders back to the famous Z-1.

This example came from the original owner, the only things i changes were the tires…..which are period correct the bike obviously was stored inside
this is is in extremely nice shape for a bike that has been ridden and not restored and everything appears original and correct !
all electrics work shifts through all gears ….seat is perfect exhaust looks fantastic bike comes with original owners manual tool kit , clear title and the original sales lit from dealer
this bike is a blast to ride ,and dont forget this a true collectible that will only gain in value !
bid high bid often bike is sold as is with no reserve!
questions….call paul 860 828 1771

With just a few days left in the auction and active bidding, the price is starting to snowball. We expect there will be plenty of bid sniping going on before the auction wraps.

Green Flash: 1983 Kawasaki 1000R Eddie Lawson Replica
Honda March 27, 2019 posted by

Learning Curve – 1992 Honda CBR400RR

Most often Rothmans livery is seen on two-stroke race replicas, but this middleweight is a 399cc inline four.  It’s a grey market import from Japan, registered in Florida and looking excellent with just under 7,000 miles.

   

1992 Honda CBR400RR for sale on eBay

 

Sometimes referred to as the “baby ‘Blade”, the CBR400RR was developed several years earlier, but restyled in 1992 to accompany the Fireblade to the showroom.  It was also built like a larger bike, alloy twin spars of the chassis and swingarm ready for much more than the factory 59 hp.  Faired scoops deliver fresh air to the engine, by way of four 26mm flat slide carbs.  Showa suspension all around, preload-only adjustable, leaving room for enhancements.  Grown-up dual discs are 276mm, and dry weight is just 360 lbs.

 

This CBR has low miles and is nicely presented.  Some corrosion is almost to be expected but is not readily apparent.  Expert readers will have to comment on the correctness of the fairings and livery, but it’s at least complete.  No word on the reason for the sale, but from an island on Florida’s west coast, this owner has an hour’s slog through Fort Myers to get to some open riding.  Just a couple of comments from the eBay auction:

Beautiful NC29 1992 CBR400RR in Rothmans paint.  Low miles, runs great, very clean, new battery and chain. Florida title ready to go.  Direct Japanese grey market import.

Designer Masanori Aoki was a youngish pro when he led the CBR400RR effort, staying with Honda through the 1800cc Gold Wing, and more recently the Rune factory-custom.  Designed as junior machine for learning riders, the CBR gained a great following in the sporty grey market.  Though committee-designed and conforming to Honda’s value-engineering principles, it’s still a high-revving, lightweight, and beautiful package.

-donn

Learning Curve – 1992 Honda CBR400RR
Moto Guzzi March 26, 2019 posted by

Affordable Italian: 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport

While there are certainly other, more exotic and rare Moto Guzzis to consider, the 1100 Sport is a fine choice for those interested in Italian ownership without pandering to the chores of hyper-rare, unobtainium parts, and temperamental Italian thoroughbred ownership. With the 1100 Sport you get all the basics you would expect in a Guzzi – transverse 90 degree V-twin with air cooling, a sporty silhouette and shaft drive – packaged in a bike that you can ride. The longevity of these machines is legendary. What you don’t get is all of the headaches associated with the Corse models, nor the added complexity and maintenance of the “upper scale” versions with higher horsepower ratings, 4-valve heads, etc. But fear not, even a pedestrian model Guzzi will turn heads, and give forth smiles and miles aplenty.

1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport for sale on eBay

If you are familiar with Moto Guzzi history, you could consider the 1100 Sport model as a successor to the legendary LeMans series – although in reality it never really captured hearts and wallets in the same fashion. It is what one might consider a bargain Daytona of the brand, or possibly even an alternate take on a 90s era Ducati 900 Super Sport. Riders of Japaneses hyperbikes deride the Guzzi for its loping, slow delivery of power. They point out it is heavy, and that no real sport bike ever used anything but a drive chain. But the 1100 Sport was not made for the cut and thrust of the race track. It is a real world rider, with 90 horsepower all coming in below 8,000 RPM. At about 480 pounds this is no featherweight, and its forte is much more the sweeping corners of a canyon than late braking into hairpins (although the triple Brembos are up to the task). It is reasonably comfortable with good ergonomics and adequate wind protection from the sport-styled fairing. It is a motorcycle with which one can do motorcycling things, and it does none of them so well as to make it stand out.

From the seller:
Up for sale is my 1997 Guzzi 1100 sport this bike has no known issues that i am aware of a complete service was just done at the AF1 shop here in Austin tx. . there are new Michelin tires with less than 1k miles on them.this bike may not be for the average rider but if you have ever ridden one you will know what i am talking about.condition is above average for this bike. thank you for looking. Buyer will pay for any shipping cost needed. Clear title/ new battery

If it seems that I am damning the 1100 Sport with no praise whatsoever, fear not. The 1100 Sport is a truly capable motorcycle. It is not available in copious numbers in the US like your average NinjaBusaBlade. It is not ultra rare like an NR750. It is not lusted after like a RC30 or OW01. This is a motorcycle to own and enjoy because you like to ride. It will never be a collector, but that is not a bad thing. In many ways, this 1100 Sport is everything a motorcycle *should* be, without a lot of the flash and drama to confuse the experience. Reliability is good, maintenance is relatively easy (no belts to change, fewer valves to adjust, shaft drive, fuel injection, etc), and yet you still get the exotic aura of an Italian machine. Check it out here, and let us know what you think. The pics are a bit low res, but the bike really stands out in “arrest me” red. The miles are more than one might expect from a sport bike, but (with proper maintenance) that is right up Guzzi territory; like their BMW counterparts, these bikes are meant to eat up miles. The asking price might be a bit on the upper scale of the range, but the seller is open to offers. This could be a fine rider – and a bargain in the making. Good Luck!

MI

Affordable Italian:  1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport

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