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Suzuki March 29, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 1983 SUZUKI GS750ES

The 1980s: A period of rapid and wild development that set the motorcycling course for the next several decades. It seemed for a time that every innovation was rapidly made defunct by the next quantum leap in engineering – or experimentation. From the end of the 1970s right into the 1990s the world saw massive jumps in suspension tech, chassis engineering, internal combustion enhancements, clutch and transmission improvements, and aerodynamics. Some of the innovations worked and became mainstream. Others were fated to be “one year wonders” as manufacturers rapidly pivoted to something new. In between the extremes some absolutely amazing motorcycles were created. Today’s Feature Listing is one such model: the 1983 Suzuki GS750ES.

Featured Listing: 1983 SUZUKI GS750ES

The Suzuki GS750 first bowed to the world in 1977. At that time it was more of a UJM (Universal Japanese Motorcycle), or what would be better known as a standard motorcycle. This was a response to Honda’s dominant expertise in the inline four game, and at which Suzuki was playing catch up. But catch up they did, steadily evolving the GS750 into an absolute gem of a sport bike; the ’83 ES variant enjoying a 16-valve DOHC head with Suzuki’s trademarked Twin Swirl Combustion Chamber (TSCC), a greatly updated chassis which included the cutting-edge Full Floater single shock setup in the rear, and trick anti-dive forks up front. And rather than the 18/19 inch combo front and rear carried by predecessors, the ES model now carried a 17 incher out back and a GP-inspired 16 inch wheel up front. The smaller front wheel did turn out to be a short-lived fad, but the reduction in rotational weight and gyroscope tendencies helped the smallest and lightest of the GS750 lineage turn and track like no other.

From the seller:
Completely stock, unrestored, unmodified and un-faded
Classic 80’s sport bike style
Two adult owners from new, 3,000 miles believed correct
As close to a showroom-new GS750ES as you’re likely to find
Original tool kits come with bike
Regularly and recently ridden

Price: Mecum Auction Lot F67 April 28 – May 1

Contact: Bob (superhawk65@gmail.com) or visit the Mecum Auction site

The 1983 Suzuki GS750ES was the last of this particular lineup; the economy stalled any further development and unsold units were sold off as 1984 models (unchanged). By 1985 H-D began the Great Tariff War and capacities were dropped to 700cc to avoid additional taxation. That makes this 1983 Suzuki GS750ES the last of its kind, and in about the best shape we’ve seen one of these retro machines. With 70-ish HP on tap and relatively modern components, the GS750ES is a great pick for anyone wanting to pick up some nostalgia – and who also wouldn’t mind riding it around. Suzuki did crank out a large number of the GS750 models (a definite best seller for the Hamamatsu manufacturer), but today few of them survive in this kind of condition.

Today’s Featured Listing will be enjoying the limelight at the Mecum auctions in Las Vegas, April 28 – May 1. With very few miles and sitting in stock, original condition, this bike will certainly catch the eyes of collectors. Interested parties might want to chat with Bob ahead of the auction to learn more. This bike is an incredible time capsule of the pinnacle of the pre-GSXR world, and will certainly be grabbing attention wherever it shows up. Whether you were there and had one, missed out but always wanted one, or just learning about the era now, this 1983 Suzuki GS750ES is worth the effort. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1983 SUZUKI GS750ES
Suzuki March 29, 2021 posted by

Gammarosity – 1987 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

Prior to the turn of the century, 500cc bikes were the ultimate Grand Prix class and Suzuki were regularly on the podium and occasionally the top step.  Here’s an RG that has been more carefully tended than most bikes, and pushing 190hp per liter.

1987 Suzuki RG500 Gamma for sale on eBay

Suzuki had won back to back championships in 1981-82 with the RG500 racer, but didn’t introduce the replica until 1985.  It was worth waiting for, with a complex rotary-valve square four engine claiming 95 hp.  28mm Mikuni carbs look into the engine from the side, and there’s only a kickstarter.  Suzuki’s automatic exhaust control tailors the downpipe volume to rpm, widening the torque band.  Though the chassis tubes are small section, they’re beefy and connect up to a massive steering head, all alloy.  “Deca” brakes have ten pistons, per bike – eight on the 260mm front discs and two on the 210mm rear.  Solid looks are partly due to the wide powerplant and tall 90 series tires.

From the garage background, this gulf coast owner is a real Suzuki fan, with a passel of dirtbikes thrown in.  The RG500 is in exceptional condition, with only one short fairing crack in its original good looks.  Naturally a grey import, but no ownership or maintenance history is offered in the eBay auction:

7,906 miles all original. Runs great. Speedo is in Kilometers.
Tail fairing has 1 small crack above left exhaust pipe.

Suzuki bowed out of a factory effort in 1983, but still supplied RG500 developments to the H-B and Heron teams.  U.S. rider Randy Mamola had been on the podium in the last few races of 1982 with H-B, but factory riders Uncini and Reggiani went to H-B’s first string for ’83.  At this point in race replica, square four, or two-stroke road bike history, the time to watch and wait may be behind us.  Just three bidders are testing this auction for the reserve, and if you intend to make some history with an RG500 this looks like a great example. 

-donn

Gammarosity – 1987 Suzuki RG500 Gamma
Aprilia March 27, 2021 posted by

Sadly Underutilized: 2002 Aprilia RSV Mille for Sale

Just a few hours left on this one, so I’ll keep it short. I’m actually wondering if this is the same bike we featured back in January. I mean, just how many fluorescent yellow 2002 Aprilia RSV Milles are there running around, or not running around, with just three hundred miles on the odometer? The language of the two posts is pretty different and this one looks like it’s been hanging out at a dealership its whole life, instead of in a garage next to a Cadillac, but who knows?

Either way, this Mille derives its name from the Rotax-developed v-twin powerplant’s approximately 1000cc displacement. The innovative design was compact, yet smooth and powerful, owing to the 60° layout and balance shafts. Power was 113hp at the rear wheel. Instead of a slipper clutch, the RSV used a “pneumatic power clutch” that used a vacuum-actuated system to perform the same function and help with rapid downshifts.

Styling certainly wasn’t as elegant as what was found on the bikes being offered by Ducati, but the components were at least the equal of the 998 and build quality was better: the Mille has an enviable reputation for reliability, something that generally cannot be said of Ducati’s beautiful superbike confections…

From the original eBay listing: 2002 Aprilia RSV Mille for Sale

COLLECTORS!

2002 Aprilia RSV1000R Mille – 2001 World Championship -Troy Corser – Race Replica Motorcycle with 300 ORIGINAL miles !

This motorcycle is in BRAND new condition and was stored and displayed properly at a local New Haven dealer for 19 years. Has been cared for and runs perfectly and is in 100% complete original condition with all books and keys.

Don’t miss your opportunity to own one of the most iconic motorcycles in history.

The seller might be stretching things a bit, describing the Mille as “one of the most iconic motorcycles in history…” Maybe “distinctive” is more apt? In any event, these are great bikes to ride, although part of the appeal to me has been their relatively low cost, and this one has an asking price of $8,500. I think that’s probably very fair price if you’re putting together a collection of Italian superbikes or are just a fan of the marque, but that same money will buy you a bunch of other very nice machines.

-tad

Sadly Underutilized: 2002 Aprilia RSV Mille for Sale
Honda March 26, 2021 posted by

Performance Redefined: 1998 Honda CBR900RR

In 1992 Honda lit the world on fire with the introduction of the FireBlade. The original project was headed up by legendary designer/engineer Tadao Baba, with the design goal of reducing or removing every ounce of weight possible while also ramping up horsepower. The 900RR was to the current sport bike world what the original Suzuki GSX-R750 was during the previous decade. It redefined what a sport bike should be, sharpening all of the inputs and edges until what existed was practically a new category: the lightweight superbike. It helps to think of the FireBlade design as a scaled up 750, rather than a liter bike on a diet. Imagine adding 4 pounds and nearly 30 ponies to a CBR600F2 and you have the general idea.

1998 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

From the seller:
This 98 Honda CBR900RR is in excellent condition with no signs of damage. The bike has 29K miles on it and runs great. Very strong and crazy fast! Just installed a brand new racing clutch and battery last week. Also did an oil change. The tires are both brand new. Aftermarket red C&C levers, red CBR engraved foot pegs, red chain. This bike has been very well kept. Please contact me with any questions and/or offers. Thank you!

Honda evolved the FireBlade continually during the next decade, upping the displacement and power while adhering to the hyper-light-superbike idea. Based on the year of manufacture, today’s example appears to be a 4th gen RR, making it a 919cc model (Honda continue to punch out the power plant, first to 929cc then to 954cc before debuting the 1000RR in 2000). There are not too many pictures of this bike, but the few that are posted show a clean, used bike. Legendary Honda build quality applies here, and the nearly 30k of mileage should not be a huge concern if scheduled maintenance was performed. The FireBlade was never on the collector list quite like more exclusive homologation machines, but today these are fantastic motorcycles that retain a bit of mystique. It is likely that values will appreciate in time, especially for the first-gen bikes. Check out all of the details here (such as they are) and Good Luck!!

MI

Performance Redefined: 1998 Honda CBR900RR
Aprilia March 25, 2021 posted by

In For a Pound – 2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Factory

Aprilia superfans looking for a multi-purpose bike found their wish come true in the Tuono 1000R Factory.  Today’s Tuono looks great but could use more background information.

2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Factory for sale on eBay

Some manufacturers might have programmed a little less power and a wider torque curve for their super-naked, but Aprilia used the same 60-degree liter as the Mille superbike, with Factory oversized exhaust valves and collectors.  139 hp are on tap, thanks to ram air from under the headlight.  The dry sump engine sits low in the alloy basket, with Öhlins dampers front and rear.  Brembo Gold four-piston calipers get the attention of 320mm front disks, hauling down the very light looking 17-inch rims.  On the Factory, sidecovers, front mudguard and belly pan are replicated in glossy carbon.

The seller hasn’t made any history available, but one picture shows the odometer with 4,376 miles, so while the tires look good they might have aged out.  A couple of blisters on the tank are apparent, but with no collateral damage they could be something spilled on the tank or other non-riding mishap.  The auction indicates this is an as-is sale, with a commensurate discount expected.  An in-person look see is recommended though the seller does offer a live video walkaround if you call.

The Tuono Factory lived up to its thunder and often won the super-naked shootout, thanks to its uncompromising chassis and epic power.  For an advanced rider, the late oughties edition might be the way to go, before electronics started minding the store in 2012.  A handful of bidders are making most of the bids on this Tuono, and hopefully the reserve will be low enough to make it worth some of the past mystery.

-donn

In For a Pound – 2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Factory
Ducati March 24, 2021 posted by

Desired Duc: 1996 Ducati 900 SS/SP

An affordable way into collecting exotics that you can ride, the Ducati Supersport line is an approachable (and enjoyable) platform on which to begin your journey. Long known for being robust, reliable and a heck of a lot of fun, the Pantah-powered SS models are fairly basic motorcycles that deliver decent performance, great looks and a fantastic soundtrack – without breaking the bank. Today’s example is a 1996 Ducati 900SS SP – the higher spec (and more collectable) of the two seat Supersport models.

1996 Ducati 900 SS/SP for sale on eBay

All Supersports of this era were very, very similar. While introduced with a white frame in 1991, by ’93-’94 all two seater models had a bronze-colored trellis frame, the same 900cc air-cooled, 2-valve Desmo engine with carburetion, a dry clutch and a six speed gearbox. There were a few variations in the line, including full or half fairing, factory carbon bits such as mudguard, adjustable front suspension, aluminum swing arm and wider rear tire. The bikes that had all the options were known as 900SS SP – or Sport Production models – and were affixed with a special headstock plaque indicating such. Think of these as a biposto 900 Superlight, so close are many of the specifications.

From the seller:
Make: Ducati
Model: 900 SS/ SP
Milage: 3562
VIN: ZDM1LC4N4TB021577

For sale is Ducati 900 SS/SP with 3562 miles!!

If not familiar with the SS/SP, some history.
The 1991 Supersports were produced with white chrome molybdenum steel frames and white wheels. The swingarms used needle bearings instead of bushings as in the past. Brakes from the Ducati 851 were used on the Supersport vastly improving braking performance. All new bodywork and a pivoting fuel tank were elegantly shaped.

More from the seller:
The 900 SS/SP (Sport Production) was offered to the North American market only. This model had carbon fiber fenders and clutch cover, sound damping material, adjustable Showa suspension, and an aluminum swingarm.

Displacement: 904.0 ccm
Engine type: V2, Four stroke
Power: 80.0 @ 7000 RPM
Torque: 85.0 Nm @ 6400 RPM
Top Speed 130.5 MPH
Valves per cylinder: 2
Cooling system: Air
Gearbox: 6 Speed
Transmission type final drive: Chain
Dry weight: 410.1 pounds

The bike listed has 3562 miles. Other than a few small issues is in excellent condition (touch up on left mirror, small chip in front fender, paint flaking on left side engine case). bike has been store in a heated room in my collection since purchased. All bodywork and paint is original. No accidents!

Bike will be sold with:
Both sport and regular seat,
Supersport 900 owners manual
(2) keys
Tool kit
Ducati VHS tape

There are few negatives to owning a Supersport. They offer a fair amount of mechanical noise, they vibrate and throb a bit, and the final gearing is very tall making for some interesting clutch work when in traffic. Clutch slave cylinders are usually the first components to fail; replacement is easy and aftermarket options are plentiful. Belt replacement and valve adjustment are probably the biggest deal – the belt change is not difficult on these air cooled motors but the need for shims might make finding a decent Ducati mechanic worthwhile. If you wish to do the work yourself, you will find these are relatively easy bikes to work on. There have been reports of the aluminum swing arm being prone to cracks; this is an area that should be carefully checked.

This very pretty 900SS SP has been housetrained and is looking for a new home. It has some minor mods (Termi cans, the solo tail section, and possibly the brake/clutch lines) but otherwise looks to be stock. It’s nice to see the complete list of what is being offered with the sale, including the original seat. The only real concern I would have is where to find a VHS player to view that Ducati tape! Check out all of the details here, as this is one the Ducati models that will be going up in value in the future. These have been on the cheap side of the market for a long time, but as the well-cared for examples are snapped up, the dwindling stock of good quality bikes will help drive the price curve. Good Luck!!

MI

Desired Duc: 1996 Ducati 900 SS/SP
Triumph March 23, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 2000 Triumph TT600

Update 7.10.21: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Spring has sprung and we are just starting to see the tendrils of growth that promise to make this another banner year. And right on queue comes this wonderful Triumph TT600 Featured Listing. While perhaps not as rare or expensive as some bikes in collecting circles, the Triumph is a wonderful and unique machine that certainly fits into the rare and unusual category here on RSBFS. We don’t see them all that often, and these 600s represent an inexpensive way to get into a quality sport bike riding the road less traveled.

Featured Listing – 2000 Triumph TT600

In 2000, Triumph was the only manufacturer outside of Japan to take on the Big Four at their own game: the 600cc hyper sport segment. To be successful in this ultra-competitive space, the Hinkley, UK-based constructor needed to bring some serious mojo to the design table. What they crafted was a powerful, fuel-injected inline four cylinder screamer housed in a twin-beam aluminum frame. Eager not to fall into the trap of “not invented here,” ancillary components were sourced from the best that the Japanese had to offer, putting the TT600 on the same footing as the competition. Brakes were excellent Nissin units (310mm front, 220 rear), and front and rear suspension pieces were provided by Kayaba. In an attempt at cutting edge, Triumph engineers fitted the TT600 with a Sagem digital fuel injection unit. This ensured that the bike was firmly rooted in the new century (producing power AND fewer emissions), but Triumph was to discover the this new technology was not without pitfalls.

From the seller:
2000 Triumph TT600 for sale in great condition. Has 13,000 miles on the unit. The unit is rated at 110 HP, I have replaced the stock exhaust with an aftermarket pipe. I do have the original pipe to go with the bike. I have purchased a rear fork jack for storage. The bike has Diablos for tires currently. The bike comes with a cover and also a tank and rear foot peg video or go pro attachment. I also have a TT600 jacket that is in red and silver color. New battery as 11/2020. The bike runs well, it will need service on oil and brake fluid before taking it out for a long ride. The bike has an excellent riding position for long rides or tearing up the corners. There are very few left in the market place.

Price: $4,000

Reviewers of the day lavished the bulbous Triumph with high praise, being extremely comfortable despite being a competitive crotch-rocket. The Kayaba suspension was set up a bit softer than the other middleweights, and the engine was a estimated 110 HP powerhouse that pulled hard in the upper revs – although suffered from some fuel injection stumbling at lower throttle settings. Handling was reported to be excellent as the alloy chassis was ultra stiff – even when compared to the Japanese competition. Overall build quality was up to a very high standard as well, making these motorcycles as exotic in the US as other European brands. Here is a video shot by the seller of this exact bike:

The TT600 model evolved in the 3 short years of its existence, paving the way for the Daytona series. Today these are relatively rare models, and difficult to find in decent condition. Today’s Featured Listing is a well-cared for rider that has the miles to prove the TT600 concepts works well, yet still looks as rare and unique as it did 20 years ago. In fact, given that most of the competition maintains a very angular design language, one might argue that the Triumph has aged far better that its peers; it certainly makes a distinctive statement in 2021. The exhaust upgrade helps with sound, performance and looks (win win win), and the overall package is listed for just $4,000. The Triumph TT600 is a great looking bike that owns a rightful place in history as a serious 600cc contender. Check out all of the pictures and video and then talk to the man.

MI

Featured Listing: 2000 Triumph TT600
Moto Guzzi March 20, 2021 posted by

Long Ranger – 1996 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100

Moto Guzzi advertised the Sport 11oo as the ultimate two cylinder, two valve motorcycling experience, and one could quibble but not truly disagree.  Today’s Goose has some miles, but still looks very good and has a few interesting upgrades.

 

1996 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 for sale on eBay

Seeming to fit into the general Le Mans form without being so named, the Sport 1100 used Guzzi’s new 1064cc twin with carburetors and electronic ignition.  Power was good at 90 hp, but 70 ft.-lbs. torque at under 6,000 revs made the 5-speed the way to go.  Marzocchi forks were conventional but adjustable, and W-P monoshock supported the shaft drive.  Brakes were the 320mm Brembo offerings, un-linked by popular demand.  Helping the just under 500 lbs. change direction, a 17-inch front wheel was fitted with an 18-inch rear.

Helped by the temperate N.C. weather, this Sport 1100 has the Keihin flat-slide carburetor upgrade, which appears not to use a choke.  Might need to warm up before riding away but the accelerator pump makes for great throttle response.  A carbon Mistral exhaust has replaced the original, and has a no-nonsense sound in the – video – shared by the owner, who also has these comments in the eBay auction:

-I bought this bike in 2012. It has been well maintained and is a blast to ride. – -When I first purchased the bike I sent all the suspension to Cogent Dynamics for maintenance.
-The bike is equipped with Keihin FCR41 carbs.
-The bike runs great and I have never had any issues with it during my ownership it has been a very reliable motorcycle.
-Maintenance has been performed by International motorbikes here in Hickory NC. The owner, Chuck, is a moto guzzi enthusiast and also owns an 1100 sport which he bought new back in the day.
-It is equipped with stainless Mistral exhaust and it sounds fantastic. The bike pulls hard and is a looker.
-I have posted plenty of photos so please look carefully. There is a scratch on the windscreen, you may be able to sand and polish it out or replace it, I just lived with it.
-You will also notice a weld on the exhaust. This repair was there when I bought the bike and it is well done.
-This bike has the impossible to find Heli-bars mounted to the bike. These bars help with wrist fatigue and is a bonus for shorter riders. I can include the original with the sale.

The 1100 turned out to be a winner for Moto Guzzi, and they stayed with it for the new V11 Le Mans in 1998.  Since 2006 though, the company has focused more on the sport cruiser segment, and didn’t import the updated 1200 Sport.  Bids are getting up there but haven’t met the reserve with less than two days to run.  Spring has almost sprung and we’ll be watching !

-donn

Long Ranger – 1996 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100

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