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Suzuki November 7, 2018 posted by Aaron

Ready to roll: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750

Ah, the 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750. There are plenty of reasons to love "slabbies," from their awkward-but-functional bodywork that signalled a move to full fairings for the sportbike crowd, to their no-apologies approach to out and out speed, to the fact that decent ones are fast becoming prized collector bikes. This example is a clean but well-used base model with no frills add-ons or special treatments. It's in a sweet spot where it can still be ridden and enjoyed, but will hold its value as these things get rarer.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 for sale on eBay

With an aluminum frame, air-oil cooled 750cc four pot and a rack of flat slides, even the entry-level Gixxers were meant for the pointy end of racing grids, in an era when good amateur AMA racers could still rake in a pretty decent living in contingency money. And even if knee-down work wasn't your bag, Gixxers were top of the heap street bikes well into the 1990s.

From the eBay listing:

Good Running GSXR750 Slabside

has had some fairing work in the past but is original paint and nice fork seals done last year
carbs cleaned this summer and a new Battery installed last week.

The speedometer and odometer work correctly , sometimes the side stand light stays on
Can ship if needed in the USA for a flat Fee of $600

to an airport depot near you ( you will need to pick it up)

For the $6,200 buy-it-now, you'll get a clean and honest rider-quality 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750. A collector and a rider. Can't say fairer than that.

Ready to roll: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750
Honda November 5, 2018 posted by Aaron

Small miles, big pistons: 2001 Honda RC-51

Somehow, whoever owned this 2001 Honda RC51 managed to keep it mostly off the road in its 18 years, showing remarkable restraint in the face of a bike that built a legend for itself under the likes of Colin Edwards, Nicky Hayden and Joey Dunlop. Fast, reliable and uncompromising, the RC-51 took the fight to Ducati in the early aughts in a variety of superbike classes and at the Isle of Man.

2001 Honda RC51 for sale on eBay

This is the SP-1 version of the RC51, meaning it has slightly shallower rake and trail, and is a few pounds heavier and a few horses less powerful than the later SP-2 version. It is by no means a slouch. You're still looking at a bike that is well under 500 pounds fully fueled that puts out more than a 130 horses at the crank. Beginners need not apply, to be sure.

The seller provides little description of the bike beyond the mileage, but the pictures say more than enough about its condition. It appears to come with a the original manual and toolkit, as well as a pillion pad and the original front turn signals. The bike looks like it has new, sticky Dunlop street and track tires, and is as clean as you'd expect for a bike with so few miles.

From the eBay listing:

Yes the listing is correct. 2,001 miles!!! Bike runs and shifts smooth. Brand new tires. I’m pretty sure if you’re looking at this bike I don’t have to tell you much about it, you know what you buying. This bike is 18 years old, it’s not perfect, has a very small scratch on the top of the tank.

If you have any questions at all me feel free to contact me.

With the passing of Dunlop and Hayden and Edwards' retirement, as well as myriad rule and convention changes in the class it once dominated, the bike is becoming a piece of history, even as it remains a potent performer by modern standards. Examples like this one will be the ones whose value goes up in years to come, but they haven't quite gotten to the blue-chip collector price point just yet.

Small miles, big pistons: 2001 Honda RC-51
Sport Bikes For Sale November 4, 2018 posted by Aaron

Buzzsaw: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 on eBay

The seller of this 1985 Yamaha RZ500 keeps the details light in his eBay posting, but the details he does share are certainly intriguing. The iconic GP replica sports a set of very nice aftermarket Lomas pipes, upgraded forks and wheels from a four-stroke Yamaha FJ, and a top-end rebuild. You cannot really say fairer than that when it comes to an aged two-stroke sport bike. The weird tire sizes and anti-dive forks have gone the way of the Dodo and any questions about maintenance have been answered.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 for sale on eBay

In '85, the Yamaha RZ500 was used to making light work of the big, heavy four-stroke superbikes that comprised its competition, and was riding the wave of Kenny Roberts's Grand Prix successes upon a similar-on-paper machine. It lost a few horsepower and a few kilograms to the Suzuki RG500, but the Yamaha was still no slouch, and was to go down as the more refined and rideable of the two machines. Where the Suzuki shrieked, the Yamaha would bellow.

From the eBay listing:

1985 rz500. Great driver quality bike. Could use some touchups but mechanically very nice. Lomas pipes. 20,000 miles on chassis. 1200 miles on new gaskets, seals, and top end. Have receipts. Has FJ forks and wheels. Oil injection has been removed but comes with bike along with the proper throttle cable. Email any questions. Can send pics of anything you'd like. rd500 2 stroke street legal.

As mentioned, the details are few, but the ones we get are important. The pictures show a beautiful example of a legendary machine, and one that will be just as easy to ride as it will be to collect.

Buzzsaw: 1985 Yamaha RZ500 on eBay
Ducati October 26, 2018 posted by Aaron

Reserve Met: 565-mile 2000 Ducati MH900e

Sixteen years after Ducati's original run of bikes celebrating Mike Hailwood's return to form at the 1978 Isle of Man TT, Bologna kicked out a Pierre Terblanche-penned update to the much-lauded MHR900. The MH900e, where 'e' stands for evoluzione, was a much more exclusive machine than the original MHR900, with just 2,000 rolling off the line between 2000 and 2002. Though the bike had a relatively sedate 75-horsepower air-cooled v-twin, the frame, suspension and bodywork were all one-offs, from the gorgeously sculpted bikini fairing, tank, tail and exhaust to the steel trellis frame and swingarm.

2000 Ducati MH900e for sale on eBay

To up the exclusivity, Ducati sold the bikes directly to customers over an Internet order form which opened at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2000. The first 1,000 sold in 31 minutes. By 2000 standards, the idea was dazzlingly futuristic. Especially since half the world still thought the stroke of midnight would mean the world's computers would meltdown and send us back to the Stone Age.

This 2000 Ducati MH900e has been ridden enough to prove that it does actually run, and just barely enough to have been enjoyed a couple times. Aside from that, it has been a display piece, and has the pristine bodywork to prove it. The seller gives precious few details beyond the pictures.

From the eBay listing:

This motorcycle is For Sale only!!
Its in perfect condition only has 565 miles just serviced all original. Museum Quality and one of a 2,000 made. for more info just leave a message and i will get back to you.

The reserve appears to be met at $15,000, which is what Ducati commanded for the bikes originally. We're sure that won't be the end of the line for this rare and special Duc.

Reserve Met: 565-mile 2000 Ducati MH900e
Honda October 22, 2018 posted by Aaron

Baby Viffer: 1990 Honda VFR400R

This 1990 Honda VFR400R was imported from England wearing a body kit that mimics the almighty RC30, the 750cc WSBK rocket that these beginner-friendly ultralights were intended to mimic. Rather than let the bloodline do all the work to sell these things, though, Honda made them standouts in their own right, with sweet-handling chassis and a 60 horsepower mill that belied the bike's humble displacement.

1990 Honda VFR400R for sale on eBay

This one has been used as intended, and carries a few battlescars and needs some minor sorting consistent with its age and 36,000 miles. Thanks to the slip-on muffler, the carbs could use some tuning and the seller says it's a little temperamental until it gets up to temperature. It has a Hagon rear shock to replace the stock piece, and needs to have the rider's seat recovered.

From the eBay listing:

For sale is a rare UK import 1990 L series NC30 Honda. This is the little and much cheaper version of the RC30 750cc bikes which fetch $25-50k now. Single-sided swing arm, 400lbs wet and 60 horsepower turned these bikes into rocket ships. 36k kilometers (roughly 21,000 miles). Hagon rear shock conversion... rides nice!

New radiator stack (yes 2 radiators), carb re-jetting and an aftermarket muffler makes a deep growling sound that sings when it hits redline at 14,500 rpms. Cool bodywork paint scheme resembles the RC30, but is apparently an aftermarket body kit, except for the fuel tank. Carbs might need more jetting as the a/m muffler has less back pressure. These bikes are cold-blooded anyway, according to the various forums. Once it is past the 70C temp reading it runs great! Driver seat needs a recover.. see photos.

$400 spent on getting this officially registered and licensed in California. Riding position is just a bit too low for this 70 year old man, so it needs to find a more flexible and appreciative rider. New CA title in my name, so ready for a clean sale and transfer. No reserve auction. Very few of these bikes are in the country, much less with a clear California title.

PLEASE NOTE: I have shortened the end of auction so it will be a 5 day auction, not 7 days.......

The auction has a precious few hours left, and bidding is approaching the buy-it-now price of $7,600. We haven't seen the popularity of these things wane much, so this could be a cool opportunity to get a winter project that will return the money next year!

Baby Viffer: 1990 Honda VFR400R
Honda October 19, 2018 posted by Aaron

Maintain Momentum: 1995 Honda NS-1

The 1995 Honda NS-1 might not have quite the racing prestige that the Derbi GPR-50 we featured last week mustered, but has a cult following across the pond for being a tight-handling, practical city whip and mount for new riders. The little rippers weighed just 200 pounds dry, which was handy for making use of the 7.2 horsepower the little 50cc two stroke was able to manage. They'd do about 60 top whack, so getting anywhere in a hurry meant staying off the brakes.

1995 Honda NS-1 for sale on eBay

This 1995 Honda NS-1 is listed for sale in New York, having been imported from Spain at some point in its 23 years. It is apparently street legal and ready to go. The seller claims it's a 75 cc, so we assume it has had a larger jug and piston put in. The bodywork looks to be from a 1990-1994 generation bike, as the 1995 bikes should have a VFR400-style two-headlight front end.

From the eBay listing:

1995 Honda NS-1 75cc Liquid cooled sports bike. This bike is extremely rare in the US, was imported from Spain and made street legal in the US. I actually just purchased this bike and only rode it a handful of times. I was planning on keeping her but I caught the bug and want to upgrade to the 500 or 400 V two stroke so this one has to go. Bike starts up cold no problem, just put up the choke, let warm up and go enjoy. Completely gone through recently, brand new gel battery, Needs nothing but a new owner. Cosmetically not a show bike but definitely a really clean well maintained rider.

Bike is being sold as is with NO RESERVE, Zero feedback without contacting me first will be retracted. Serious buys feel free to contact me at anytime. Will be more then happy to assist in shipping in anyway I can.

Great little bike! Good luck on the auction!

The opening bid was well below a grand, so jumping on this thing shouldn't be a huge financial burden, and if you live anywhere vaguely urban, it'll make a fantastic and interesting alternative to a scooter.

Maintain Momentum: 1995 Honda NS-1