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Kawasaki March 1, 2019 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: 1978 Kawasaki Z1-R

By the time the 1978 Kawasaki Z1-R rolled around, the Z1000 platform on which it was based was getting a little dated, though it still enjoyed a solid reputation for being a hard bike to tangle with on a street or track. Others were stiffer, lighter and offered tighter handling by 1978, so Kawi did what it does best: It sharpened the styling, threw in some frame gussets and punched out the engine. The result was the ice-blue, coffin-tanked 1,016 cc 90-horsepower Z1-R. The fairing tipped its hand as a race replica, while the full-starch straightedge lines on the tank, fairing and tailpiece set it aside from its swoopier competitors.

1978 Kawasaki Z1-R for sale on eBay

The big mill packed another 110cc over the earlier Z1s, and with a 4-1 exhaust and tweaked carbs, it put out about 90 horsepower. Cast wheels front and rear helped the 550-pound beast turn, but with skinny forks and a bendy frame, the engine was the show stopper. Think burnout box hooligan rather than trackrat superstar.

This 1978 Kawasaki Z1-R is from the personal collection of our buddy Bob, who consistently brings us museum-quality machines that have undergone no holds barred restorations to showroom or better condition. This bike is no exception. The paint is new, and has been color matched to new-in-box NOS pieces, so the hue is just right. The frame has been painted, the engine, which Bob says got forged pistons and a bunch of other mods when the bike was new, has been gone through and the tires are new. If you wanted to, you could easily hop on this thing and ride it daily.

From the eBay listing:

MUSEUM QUALITY 2200 MILE 1978 KAWASAKI Z1R-D1 SHOW WINNER!!!! THIS ONE IS COMING OUT OF MY PRIVATE COLLECTION. IT IS A DOCUMENTED LOW MILE Z1R MYSELF AND 2 INTERNATIONAL AWARD WINNING RESTORATION EXPERTS SPENT OVER A YEAR RESTORING HER TO ABSOLUTE ORIGINAL MUSEUM QUALITY CONDITION. NO EXPENSE WAS $PARED! THANK GOD MY WIFE DID'NT SEE THE EXPENSE LIST. EVERY NUT, BOLT, WASHER, BUSHING, AND COMPONENT WAS REPLACED WITH OEM OR NOS PARTS, OR RE-PLATED TO EXACT OEM STANDARDS/SPECIFICATIONS. MOST OF THE BOLTS, SCREWS, NUTS AND WASHERS ARE NEW OLD STOCK AS I HAVE A VERY EXTENSIVE "NOS" INVENTORY), ALONG WITH COUNTLESS OTHER PARTS.

ENGINE: # 006527 IS THE BIKES ORIGINAL LOW MILAGE ENGINE THAT WAS UPGRADED WITH ALL THE NEEDED MODS BACK IN THE EARLY 80s. I COMPLETELY WENT THRU THE ENGINE TO VERIFY, INSPECT/REPLACE AS NEEDED. IT HAD A WELDED, BALANCED CRANKSHAFT, UNDERCUT TRANSMISSION, UPGRADED OIL PAN, HEAVY DUTY CLUTCH ASSY, FORGED PISTONS, NEW RINGS, PERFORMANCE VALVE JOB, SHIMS UNDER BUCKETS. THE ORIGINAL CARBS WERE ULTRASONICLY CLEANED AND REBUILT, ALL NEW SEALS AND GASKETS. NEW DYNA S IGNITION AND COILS. THE EXHAUST WAS DISASSEMBLED, STRIPPED AND RE-CHROMED TO BETTER THEN NEW SPECS (NOT AN EASY OR INEXPENSIVE TASK). THE ENGINE RUNS LIKE IT DID IN 1979.

FRAME: HAS BEEN STRIPPED AND REPAINTED TO OEM SPECS. THE FRONT FORKS REBUILT WITH THE LOWER LEGS PROPERLY REFINISHED TO OEM STANDARDS. THE REAR SHOCKS WERE NOS.

THE PAINT HAS BEEN REFINISHED IN THE EXACT MATCHING METALLIC STARDUST SILVER TO "NOS" OEM SPECS WITH THE ORIGINAL DEEP LUSTER IT SHOULD HAVE. MY EXACT MATCHING PAINT WORK IS AN EXACT MATCH THE MANY OEM "NOS" TANKS AND BODY PARTS IN MY COLLECTION. I PRIDE MYSELF ON THE MUSEUM QUALITY PAINT WORK I DO. AGAIN NO EXPENSE $PARED. IN THE PHOTOS IS A PICTURE OF A NEW OLD STOCK TANK IN THE BOX NEXT TO MY PAINT WORK, ALSO A PICTURE OF A BLACK Z1R TANK I DID.

THE WHEELS WERE DISASSEMBLED AND REPAINTED/POLISHED TO OEM SPECS. SHE IS FITTED WITH NEW METZLER TIRES "SEMI PERIOD-CORRECT". THE BRAKES WERE COMPLETELY OVERHAULED. THE SEAT IS THE ORIGINAL SEAT FROM THE BIKE AND IS IN AMAZING CONDITION. THE WINDSCREEN AND SEAL ARE "NOS" AS ARE THE LEVERS AND MIRRORS AND MORE COMPONENTS THEN I CAN LIST. INSTALLED ARE THE VERY HARD TO FIND NOS GRIPS. WITH ONLY 2200 ORIGINAL MILES THE BIKE GAS THE ORIGINAL CHAIN AND SPROCKETS.

I HAVE BEEN COLLECTING, RESTORING, FIXING, RIDING, AND RACING MOTORCYCLES SINCE GRADUATING FROM AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE INSTITUTE "AMI" IN DAYTONA FL. IN 1980. I OWN 6 Z1R's BUT THIS IS BY FAR THE NICEST IN MY COLLECTION, WORTHY OF BEING IN THE BARBER MUSEUM. ONLY SELLING IT TO MOTIVATE ME TO RESTORE THE NEXT ONE. I HAVE SEEN AND BOUGHT SOME NICE RESTORED Z1R's IN THE PAST AND WERE SO DISAPPOINTED WITH ALL OF THEM! WITHOUT ANY DOUBT MY SHOW WINNING BIKE IS A MUSH NICER AND MORE OEM RESTORATION WORTHY OF ANY MUSEUM.

BID WITH CONFIDENCE DON'T MISS OUT ON A MUSEUM QUALITY "OCD" NUT AND BOLT FRAME OFF RESTORED PART OF HISTORY. THESE LIMITED PRODUCTION MODELS APPRECIATE OVER 15% PER YEAR. TELL YOUR WIFE ITS A BETTER INVESTMENT THEN HER JEWELRY, SHOE AND HANDBAG COLLECTION. 🙂 THE BIKE CAN BE VIEWED DURING THE AUCTION IN PERSON OR VIA FACE-TIME OR SKYPE.

BIDDERS MUST HAVE A GOOD RATING. NO 0 RATED BIDDERS WITHOUT CONTACTING ME FIRST 954-816-0806 BOB. I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO END THE AUCTION EARLY, IT'S FOR SALE LOCALLY. A $500 DEPOSIT IS DUE AT THE END OF THE AUCTION. THE BALANCE IS DUE VIA BANK WIRE, OR CASH WITHIN 3 DAYS. I CAN STORE THE BIKE UP TO 90 DAYS AND WORK WITH YOUR SHIPPER OR RECOMMEND ONE.

PLEASE ASK QUESTIONS I AM SURE I LEFT OUT SOMETHING ELSE WE DID SINCE WE DID SOOOOOO MUCH.

DON'T MISS OUT BID HIGH SO SHE ENDS UP AT YOU MINI MUSEUM.
On Feb-27-19 at 18:13:38 PST, seller added the following information:
I HAVE BEEN GETTING A BUNCH OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIKE, SO LET ME ADD THE FOLLOWING;

THE TANK AND SIDE COVER EMBLEMS ARE NEW OLD STOCK. THE SEAT IS THE ORIGINAL AND IS IN PERFECT CONDITION. I WILL ADD MORE PICTURES TOMORROW UNDER THE SEAT AND SIDE COVERS. THE KICK STARTER IS UNDER THE SEAT AND THE ORIGINAL OWNERS MANUAL AND KAWASAKI POUCH ARE INCLUDED. THE BIKE HAS THE ORIGINAL LION KEY. I REPLACED SO MANY PARTS AND COMPONENTS WITH NEW OLD STOCK PARTS THAT I AM SURE I AM FORGETTING TO SOMETHING. LIKE ALL MY BIKES THIS WILL BE A BIKE THAT WON'T DISAPPOINT.
On Feb-27-19 at 18:17:48 PST, seller added the following information:
THE "NOS" TANK IN THE PICTURES IS FOR COMPARISON ONLY AND IS NOT INCLUDED. JUST SHOWING THE QUALITY OF MY WORK. I HAVE "NOS TANKS AND BODY PARTS FOR MOST OF MY BIKES TRUST ME THIS PAINT WORK IS BETTER THEN "NOS"

On Feb-27-19 at 18:19:55 PST, seller added the following information:
THE BIKE HAS THE CORRECT REAR SHOCKS INSTALLED IN A FEW OF THE PICTURES IT HAD A SET OF CHROME BODY KONI SHOCKS TEMPORARILY.

Bidding is already active on this beast, so if you want it, we'd hurry. The values of iffy examples of these things have been going steadily up over the past few years, so a better-than-new example is a killer find.

Featured Listing: 1978 Kawasaki Z1-R
Featured Listing February 28, 2019 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: 1983 Suzuki GS1100E

Post modified to reflect updated description by seller. -MI

Today's featured listing is something of a departure from our usual fare, but if you can't figure out why we jumped at the chance to feature this beautiful beast, you're in the wrong place. As the seller will detail later, it's from the dawn of the Golden Age of sportbikes, before fairings, but after AMA Superbike had sparked rabid passion for roadracing. In the wake of bikes like the Kawasaki Z1-R, the GS1100E helped build the bridge between the big four-cylinder bikes of the 1970s and the fully-faired featherweights that popped up in the late '80s. The factories had started to figure out adequate frames, suspension and brakes, but smaller, fatter tires and perimeter alloy frames were still a ways off.

I should at this juncture give something of a disclaimer. Bikes of this ilk were my introduction to motorcycling; my first-ever motorcycle was a 1982 Kawasaki GPz 750. I miss it. This beautiful Suzuki is a hell of a lot more bike than my GPz was, but it's aimed at the same target. With stump-pulling, air-cooled power, a comfortable upright seating position and decent brakes and suspension, it was equal parts friendly street bike and fire-breathing animal.

This 1983 Suzuki GS1100E has done 28,000 miles, but has been incredibly well cared for, and as a result is in great cosmetic condition, especially for its age and mileage. The classic red-and-black paint scheme is a hallmark of the period, and it looks the absolute ticket here. Even the carbs got a thick coat of gloss black. Inspired. The engine, brakes, tires and driveline have either been updated or confirmed to be in good condition. The list of downsides is short, but includes a non-functioning anti-dive valve and no fuel gauge.

From the seller:

Mileage: 28,893 U.S. miles
VIN#: JS1GU73AGD2101189

The 1983 Suzuki GS1100E has often been referred to as the original Superbike, the start of era of massive power, good brakes, light weight and defining sport bike handling. It was the dawn of an era of what we take for granted today, Sport Bikes that have evolved from these humble, but significant beginnings.

Our 1983 model is in the rare black and red color scheme with 28,000 miles showing. It is cosmetically extremely stock and in very good order right down to the stock exhaust system, a rarity today. The engine is the 108hp, 1074cc “TSCC” (Twin Swirl Combustion Chamber) DOHC. It ran a four Valve per Cylinder Head with a Roller Crank that proved its self bullet proof while setting numerous huge high horse power drag racing records. The stock engine was known for its strong, wide bottom end horse power and torque, making it an easy bike to live with on the street.

Our bike has just had a major service done to it by a long time, local GS expert. The valves have been checked and adjusted as needed, new plugs installed and the carbs cleaned, adjusted and sync’d. The brakes have been flushed, pads inspected, chain and sprockets inspected and adjusted and the tires are in good order. Over all, the bike is a great vintage Japanese sport bike that can be ridden, rather than hauled in a trailer for shows and display.

The upside and downsides to this bike. The inside of the gas tank looks brand new. It is the 108hp 4 valve engine. The bikes are getting scarce these days and to find one in this stock, good condition is a rare moment. The plastic side covers do not have any of the mounting tabs broken off (where you can see them until you take them off). All of the lights and gauges work and it comes with the owner’s manual. The bike runs well and needs nothing today except good weather and fuel. The downsides. The forks are soft because the Anti-Dive Valve is not working. There is no center stand. There is no factory tool kit. The right Fork Cap has some cosmetic damage to it. There is no fuel gauge and last but not least, it was ridden and because of that, it now has 28,000 miles on it.

The VIN# JS1GU73A6D2101189. The miles are 28,883. The selling price is $4,495. For other interesting bikes and collectable vehicles, visit our web site http://www.automaniagp.com 541 479 8888 or come by and see us at 895 SE Gladiola Drive, Grants Pass, Oregon, 97526. Oregon Dealer DA1287.

Automania LLC is a Consignment Oregon Dealer selling quality, privately owned vehicles including Aprilia, Buell, BMW, Citroen, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Honda, Hummer, Kawasaki, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta, Nissan, Ossa, Piaggio, Suzuki, Triumph, Vespa, Classic Hot Rods, Buick, Dodge, Ford, Chevrolet, Lamborghini, MG, Packard, Porsche, Rover, Shelby, Toyota, Triumph, Volkswagen and any other vehicle of interest.

For less than $4,500, you could do a whole lot worse than this beautiful Suzuki. If you're in or near Oregon, Automania has your next riding season sorted for you.

Featured Listing: 1983 Suzuki GS1100E
Yamaha February 26, 2019 posted by Aaron

Ferocious Fizzer: 1994 Yamaha FZR400RR SP in Utah

Update 2.25.2019: We last saw this bike listed by the same seller in November of 2017 for a buy-it-now of $10,500. It's back on eBay and bidding is underway. Good luck to buyers and seller! Links updated. -dc

After a short quiet period, friend of the site Gary in Utah is back on eBay, somehow with yet more incredible grey-market machines on offer. Today's offering is a lovely 1994 Yamaha FZR400RR SP, the gnarliest 400 Yamaha made in the '90s, sharper, faster, lighter and angrier than the bog-standard FZR400R and FZR400RR.

1994 Yamaha FZR400RR SP for sale on eBay

These got license plates, but they were really best suited to track use, with carbon bits, solo saddles, fully adjustable suspension and a rack of flat slide carbs complemented by a better exhaust and a modified intake. There were faster 400s out there, but the Yamahas had a reputation for corner speed and handling accuracy that still draws wistful stares from Those Who Know.

Being from Gary's collection, the bike you see here is surgically clean and in near-perfect condition, with all its legal rigamarole taken care of and a clean title. It has covered a handful over 6,000 miles, so it should be good to go for many more.

From the eBay listing:

Up for sale is a very rare, seldom seen 1994 Yamaha FZR400RR-SP with only 10,224 kilometers (6,353 miles). Bike is in gorgeous condition with only a few light scratches, scrapes and handling marks from its ride thru life. Bike comes tastefully upgraded with Akrapovic slip on exhaust, steel braided brake lines, Coerce rear sets and aftermarket grips. Everything else is stock. Fairings are 100% genuine Yamaha factory. Bike runs like the day it was new. Comes with new battery and new engine fluids. $200 deposit due immeadiatly after sale thru PayPal. Remaining balance due within 5 business days by check, bank wire or cash in person. Please text 801-358-6537 for more pictures or with any questions. Bike comes with Utah state title and is titled as a streetbike for road use.

The Buy-It-Now for this 14,000-rpm mini beast is set at $10,500, which is big money for a little bike, but the SP's rarity and reputation justify the outlay.

Ferocious Fizzer: 1994 Yamaha FZR400RR SP in Utah
MV Agusta February 25, 2019 posted by Aaron

Legendary: 2002 MV Agusta F4 Senna 750

An MV Agusta F4 Senna 750 is enough by itself to justify a modifier like “legendary,” but this one carries around a couple extra big names to back it up. Not only does it bear the name of The Man Himself, the bike wears 10-time GP World Champion Giacomo Agostini’s signature and was first owned by NHL legend Sergei Fedorov.

2002 MV Agusta F4 Senna for sale on eBay

If you’re not a fan of the Detroit Red Wings, or you don’t remember the early 1990s, Fedorov’s name likely doesn’t mean much to you. But the dude won three Stanley Cups with the ‘Wings, after a gutsy defection to the United States after an international game. Look him up.

Setting aside the signatures and ownership of famous men, the 2002 MV Agusta Senna 750 is a force to be reckoned with. The 750cc inline four was designed with the help of Ferrari, and in the Senna managed about 140 horsepower. They’re serious machines, but there are a raft of cheaper bikes that went faster. The Senna is one you buy, because, well, look at it.

This is number 192 of a worldwide production run of 300, and it looks to be in very good shape, commensurate with its scant 3,500 miles. The pictures don’t tell us much, and the description doesn’t go into huge detail either.

From the eBay listing:

Extremely rare and beautiful. Part of a small collection of bikes purchased new by NHL Hall of Famer Sergei Fedorov. Bike has been personally signed by legendary MV Agusta rider/ champion Giacomo Agostini! This bike is number 192 of 300 built for worldwide production. MV reported that only 50 of these bikes were imported to North America. Inline 4 cylinder engine designed with cooperation from Ferrari produces 136hp at 13900 rpms. 0 – 60mph in 2.9 seconds. Quarter mile in 10.7 at 136mph. Lightweight and extremely fast. These bikes are legendary not only for performance and handling but for design and collectability!

This bike is in excellent cosmetic, running and riding condition at 3500 miles. The sale includes original owner’s manual, spare key, spark plug tool, and factory red rear wheel bike stand.

This bike is currently for sale locally as well.

With a starting bid of ten grand, and no word on the reserve, we’ll be interested to see where this one will go. Will the whiff of fame and provenance drive the value above similar bikes? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Legendary: 2002 MV Agusta F4 Senna 750
Ducati February 22, 2019 posted by Aaron

Dirty Duc: 2005 Ducati 999R

What you're looking at here is certainly not the nicest 2005 Ducati 999R that I have ever seen, but it is still a 2005 Ducati 999R, and that gives it a couple free passes and a trump card or two. Knicked though parts of it may be, it is still every bit the 135-horsepower carbon-clad repliracer that it was 14 years ago. Built to be the barrel-chested alpha male of superbike racing, the 999 series was quick to prove its mettle. It carried off three World Superbike Titles and a British Superbike title between 2004 and 2006, spawning a raft of special editions in the process. The wins also helped make up for its, uh, controversial visage.

2005 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

The 999R separated itself from the base bike and the 999S with an engine that not only had sexier internals -- titanium connecting rods and a knife-edged crankshaft among them -- it had a different bore and stroke in sandcast cases. Wear items and big-ticket repairs on this bike will be a real thing when the time comes, but will be worth it.

As I said earlier, this one has some blemishes and its fair share of dirt, but does appear to be a real-deal 2005 Ducati 999R. It looks like it has aftermarket footpegs, and there is a weird rub mark on the stamped VIN. Despite the dirt, the seller says it has only covered 1,324 miles, and it appears to be in ready-to-ride shape.

From the eBay listing:

You are purchasing a

DUCATI 2005 999R MOTORCYCLE

SOME SCRATCHES AND BLEMISHES GREAT CONDITION. ONLY HAS 1324 MILES. BUY AS IS.

ALSO HAVE MATCHING BIKE 2005 DUCATI 749

VIN# ZDM1UB5W15B013308

WE CAN HELP YOU ARRANGE FREIGHT TO ANY WHERE IN THE WORLD. (MUST ADHERE TO AND COMPLY WITH E BAY RULES)

WE HAVE HUNDREDS OF SHIPPING CONTACTS, SHIPPING CRATES AND PACKAGING MATERIALS TO PROPERLY PACK YOUR MOTORCYCLE FOR SAFE DELIVERY

BIKE IS BEING SOLD WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR CUSTOMER TO PICK-UP. BUT FOR EXTRA CHARGE WE CAN HELP YOU SHIP IT ANYWHERE.

WE DO HAVE CRATES IN STOCK, CALL US TO GET A QUOTE. WE SHIP ALL OVER THE WORLD.

M. VANN’S COLLECTION

At $28,000, the price is tied for the highest ask I have seen for one of these with a zero-mile FILA Edition bike from  a few weeks back. Low-mileage non-special-editions have recently been changing hands in the high teens, but there's always exceptions.

Dirty Duc: 2005 Ducati 999R
Suzuki February 20, 2019 posted by Aaron

Slingshot, engage: Road-worn 1988 Suzuki GSX-R 750

Slingshot Gixxers have gained value over the last couple years on the strength of their reputation as basically the earliest available fully modern street legal sportbike. Short of an astronomically expensive RC30, a late '80s GSX-R is about as close as you'll get to a vintage bike that rides like something from this century. Beyond that, they carry a mystique born of their world-beating pace when new. The awe they inspired when they debuted has evolved into full-on legend status.

1988 Suzuki GSX-R 750 for sale on eBay

With the help of redesigned fairings and suspension, 17-inch rubber and a new rack of flatslide Mikunis, the '88 Gixxer burst on the scene with technology and pace that was unheard of at the time, especially for something so light. Back then, the lack of water cooling didn't raise any eyebrows, though Suzuki did have to get creative with oil cooling to keep the things running properly. The 750cc inline four commanded 112 horses in street trim, and the bodywork had been slickened to reduce the mill's effort.

This 1988 Suzuki GSX-R 750 is in unrestored, original condition, except for some exhaust and airbox mods. Whereas many of these bikes are either hammered or babied, this one strikes a nice balance of looking like a bike that was well looked-after, but ridden as it should have been and stored without huge regard for the cosmetics. If you're looking for a rider and you don't care about looks too much, seek no more. If you're looking for an easy restoration that doesn't require a nut-and-bolt re-work, here's your steed. The seller is quite proud that the bike rides on its original tires, but we'd have those suckers swapped out in a heartbeat.

From the eBay listing:

1988 GSX-R 750 Slingshot. This is a true Survivor, never been touched with the exception of the exhaust. Runs and performs perfectly. I do have the original air box also. Original tires that are in excellent condition for their age. The tires tell the story of this bike, it has been rode less than 500 miles a year. Some of the clear is peeling from decales (normal for the age of the bike). Right fairing has crack by lamp (see pic) and solo seat has small crack in rear, quick fix if you want but, I would leave it alone as bike is a survivor! Hate to see this bike go but, must make room and that is the only reason while it is going up for sale! I will listen to any reasonable offers!
Also bike comes with really nice matching Suzuki jacket cost was $550.00 when bought! Email any question you might have and also see another listing of mine on a 1989 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 that is also up for sale!

At $5,000, the asking price is right at what Hagerty says an excellent example should go for. With fairly low miles, great patina and rising interest in these machines, he might not be too far off.

Slingshot, engage: Road-worn 1988 Suzuki GSX-R 750