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Suzuki July 17, 2008 posted by Dan

1997 Suzuki RGV250 For Sale with Lucky Strike Bodywork

I love this paint scheme! Here's the link to the Forum Post on usa2stroker.com and the eBay listing for this Suzuki RGV250:

1997 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike For Sale1997 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike Tank1997 Suzuki RGV250 For Sale

quote from eBay listing:

I bought this bike about 2 years ago and did a minor restoration. The previous owner had rebuilt the motor completely about 2500 miles before I got it. I have only put about 500 miles on the bike since I've owned it. That's part of the reason that I am selling due to little time to ride and maintain. The motor pulls very strongly and brings the front wheel off the ground in 1st and 2nd gear if you wish it to. The bike is jetted for Northern California and though I am in SoCal, I've never rejetted as I'd rather be on the safe side.

Even though this bike does have a California title, I think the lofty starting price of $10200 is a bit higher than market considering the mileage and wear. The bodywork does look really good and it has some nice upgrades. If you've been waiting for a Lucky Strike RGV, maybe your wait is over.

dc

Aprilia July 15, 2008 posted by Dan

2000 Aprilia RS250 For Sale: Titled and Low Miles!

Arguably the sexiest 250 2 stroke of it's era, the Aprilia RS250 is at the top of my wish list at all times. This one looks like a good bet with less than 4k miles and a Washington title! Take a look at this 2000 Aprilia RS250 on Seattle Craigslist:

2000 Aprilia RS250 For Sale in Seattle2000 Aprilia RS250 For Sale Black2000 Aprilia RS250 For Sale with Arrow Carbon Fiber Pipes

quote from Craigslist ad:

2000 Aprilia RS250 street plated race bike, registered through April 2009. 3k miles runs and looks great, starts on first kick, as a matter of fact it starts so easily you can kick it over with your hand! Top speed of aprox 135mph, handles better than any other sport bike out there,2 stroke street bike weighs only 280lbs! Cruises on the freeway nicely. Has after market Arrow exhausts that increase power band. Some minor scuffs from transporting but excellent condition otherwise. Never been raced.
$8500

$8500 is a bit on the high side in my opinion, but if I could almost justify it, I'm sure someone else who actually has funds ready will snatch it up.

dc

Suzuki July 6, 2008 posted by Dan

1992 GSXR-400RR For Sale: Looks Stock and Affordable

And it's registered in California, which is always a nice bonus. Check out this 1992 GSXR-400RR For Sale on the Bay Area Craigslist for $4k obo:

1992 Suzuki GSXR-400RR For Sale1992 Suzuki GSXR-400RR For Sale Side View1992 Suzuki GSXR-400RR

quote from CL ad:

Pros:
Very Rare
new gold chain
new Metz 1
new tune up
new brakes pad
new cpu from UK
runs excellent

Cons:
Speedo out

$4k is pretty cheap for any decent gray market bike, let alone with a title. If mileage and history is good on this one, I wouldn't think twice.

dc

Suzuki June 22, 2008 posted by Dan

1991 Silver Suzuki GSXR400 For Sale in Oakland

The first GSXR400 For Sale on Gray Market Bikes For Sale! Naturally it's out of the Bay Area.

1991 Silver Suzuki GSXR400 on Bay Area Craigslist for $3800:

1991 Suzuki GSXR400 For Sale1991 Suzuki GSXR400 For Sale

Quote from Bay Area CL ad:

Up for sale is my 1991 silver Suzuki GSXR400. This bike was never sold in America but was sold in Japan and the UK instead. Bought it from a friend who bought it from someone else who collected grey market bikes and licensed them legally in California. So that makes me the third owner of this California plated bike. Bike is in good runnning condition with all fairings intact. This is a real head turner and great performer in the backroads or on the freeway. Handles excellent and power delivery is smooth and fast. Never raced or performed any stunts on this bike. Was mainly my weekend sportbike. Title on bike is CLEAR with about 31xxxkmh (which equals about 19xxx miles) on the motor. Speedometer cable broke at about 16k and since then I've changed the oil 6-7 times at my time of ownership. Usually I change the oil every 3 months or if I think I've rode it about 2500 miles.

[...]

Now this is 17 year old bike that is still running strong with enough power and handling capabilities to lose just about any 600-1000cc bike in the twisties. Though far from perfect there are a few areas that need a little TLC. Personally I have never dropped this bike but the previous owner (who is a friend of mine) did rub the left side of the bike against a small wall at about 5mph in a parking lot while trying to save the bike from falling. This resulted in a small crack to the front left faring where the side view mirror goes and also scraped the clutch plate cover. Mirror was replaced but the clutch plate cover gasket was never replaced and so it now leaks a little bit of oil. The leak is not bad but can be fixed with a new gasket. Fairings and paint are in good shape but do have a few minor scratches on them. Recently the bike has started to leak a little bit of gas underneath the gas tank if it sits unused for a few weeks. It's not a noticable leak but you can smell gas if you park it indoors. When I ride the bike for a few days the smell and leak dissapears so I'm thinking it may be a gasket or the fuel filter needs to be replaced underneath the tank.

[...]

While the mechanicals sound strong on this one, the bodywork sounds like it may need some sorting out. How hard is it to mend body work on a gray market bike? Leave a comment!

Update: Posted on BARF Classifieds

dc

Honda June 19, 2008 posted by Dan

1993 Honda MC21 NSR250 Rothmans Special For Sale

How sweet is this Rothmans SP?

1993 Honda MC21 NSR250 For Sale on (you guessed it) San Fran Craigslist:

1993 Honda MC21 NSR250 For Sale Rothmans1993 Honda NSR 250 For Sale Rothmans SP1993 Honda NSR 250 For Sale Rothmans MC21

quote from for sale listing:

Clean CA Title
NSR MC21 SP
Import From Japan
Rothman SP Edition
Excellent Condition
6900 OBO

A guy could carve out a nice little used bike business for himself by buying up all the Gray Market Bikes we've featured from the Bay Area in the past few weeks. And this NSR would make a great addition to that collection!

dc

Yamaha June 17, 2008 posted by Dan

Two More FZR400’s For Sale in the Pacific Northwest

These two came up on Portland Craigslist. This first one has pretty low miles but the bodywork doesn't look stock - and it's been over since the pics were taken. But for $2k it's worth a look for sure:

1990 Yamaha FZR400 in Hillsboro, Oregon

1990 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale1990 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale

ad quotted from Craigslist

1990 Yamaha FZR 400 Classic Sport bike.
400 cc, inline 4 cylinder
Has ~12,000 miles on it

Street legal, great mileage (~50mpg)

Was dropped once by previous owner at 10mph, some damage to cowlings.

Aftermarket rear shock, stainless steel brake lines.

Has a small intake leak, haven't had time to fix it but found it.
Pictures from before the damage.

And while this one has more miles, it's originality and choice upgrades make it very appealing to my eyes:

1989 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale in NE Portland:

1989 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale1989 Yamaha FZR400 Gauge Cluster1989 Yamaha FZR400 Red and White

quote from Craigslist ad:

1989 Yamaha FZR 400 Classic Sport bike.
400 cc, inline 4 cylinder-13,000 RPM red line.
5 speed gearbox
30,732 miles as of 6/13/2008

Modern collectible. All original plastic. Very desirable.
Considered the mother of all modern sport bikes.
Street legal, great mileage (~50mpg)

Yoshimura full exhaust system
Steel brake lines
Rear seat cowl (have original rear seat, included)

Parts installed in last 500 miles:
New Penske rear shock ($945) (set for 150 lb rider)
GP suspension reworked forks ($400);
New front brake master cylinder ($80);
New EBC front Pro Lite brake rotors and HH pads ($250);
New Vortex front and rear sprockets ($175);
New DID 520 chain ($50);
New Bridgestone BT-014 Tires F&R ($250);
New parts total over $2100 (without installation)

SEE PHOTOS AT:
Left side - note flush turn indicators - oricinal Yamaha signals incuded. Note rear seat cowl.

Thinning the herd. Needs nothing. Always garaged. Clear clean Oregon title in hand. Extra upper fairing and miscellaneous mechanical parts included. Not interested in parting out.

$4200.00

I've got DT's knowing that these affordable and fun bikes are right in my backyard!

dc