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Suzuki March 7, 2013 posted by claudio

Rare late special Gixxer: 1994 750 SP (in Germany)

The Suzuki GSX-R 750 was my first Superbike. It was a 1993 water cooled model (W) and I will never ever forget it. It was fast, smoother than a Kawa and nastier than a Honda. It was also very reliable. In those years, the usual R (for Racing) code was often replaced by another: SP (for Sport Production). When it comes to sport bikes,  the GSX-R is one of the most iconic names in the business. The special versions like the GSX-R R limited from 1986, the RK from 89 and the later SP from 1994 are highly desirable bikes.

GSX-R 750 SP_3

This sample here is currently on sale on eBay in Germany. The asking price of 12ooo EUR for a bike with 31.000 km is in my opinion on the high end of the scale. The seller mentions a recent sale in UK for an equivalent model that topped 12.000 pounds which is roughly 14.000 EUR. In addition the bike was recently re-sprayed and there we go…

Anyway, it is still an SP, which means you get a different exhaust and carbs for better breathing, a close ratio 6 speed box with a tall 1st gear, improved chassis, better brakes and lighter engine parts. The SP is still a Special.

GSX-R 750 SP_1

GSX-R 750 SP_2

A few words form the seller :

The bike is an original SP (Sport Production), which was produced only in 1994, in 1000 samples, of which 800 went to Race.

Only 200 on the road in 1994. How many are left, I do not know.
Many differences from the normal GSX-R750, which includes 40mm carbs, 1100 Brakes Many magnesium engine parts. also first speed (135 km / h) + much, much more.

The bike is just invaluable for me and is just more money’s worth, and with the right buyers, many money’s worth. (Imagine … in the UK for £ 16,000, which has been sold)

An investment?
The bike is original to 99% in 2009 and was repainted in the original colors, with new decorations.
Has about 1500km driven side.
New serviced and just cleaned and adjusted carburetor so that it plays only max.

Here are the specs of the 1994 SP versus the ones of the 1993 standard version:

GSX-R 750 SP 1994
Overall Length: 2,095 mm (82.5 in)
Overall Width: 730 mm (28.7 in)
Overall Height: 1,135 mm (44.7 in)
Wheelbase: 1,440 mm (56.7 in)
Dry Weight: 198 kg (436 lbs)
Engine type: Water-cooled 749 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 118 hp (86.1 kW)/ 11,500 rpm, 78,46 Nm/ 9,500 rpm

GSX-R 750 1993
Overall Length: 2,070 mm (81.5 in)
Overall Width: 730 mm (28.7 in)
Overall Height: 1,135 mm (44.7 in)
Wheelbase: 1,440 mm (56.7 in)
Dry Weight: 208 kg (458 lbs)
Engine type: Water-cooled 747 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 118 hp (86.1 kW)/ 11,500 rpm, 78,46 Nm/ 9,500 rpm

If you are a Suzuki fan and looking to add this to your garage click on the link below.

P.S. the seller includes also a colour matched full leather kit which provided it is your size I think is a really nice add on

Suzuki 1994 GSX-R 750 in Germany 

Claudio

Gilera March 6, 2013 posted by claudio

Stellar Deal: Gilera Saturno 500 (in Switzerland)

Last year we have posted a few ads of the stunning Gilera Saturno 500. This bikes was born as a child between Japan and Italy (the idea came  form the Japanese Gilera importer). The name Saturno came from the past and in particular from 1949 when the following single cylinder prototype was built:

1949 Gilera Saturno

The modern Saturno 500 is in itself a rare motorbike. This one found in a warm home Switzerland looks like a real deal. With less than 4000 km and  at a price of 4800 $ this is the best sample I came across (too bad I just invested into a 2 stroker for the summer…).

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Saturno_2

Pictures are scarce but  the bike looks in original conditions and with that mileage I think this is a top deal. The seller includes a new battery, the workshop manual and relative maintenance manual. For a real enthusiast, hurry up by clicking on the link below (fixed price sale form Swiss auction site RICARDO.CH):

1989 Gilera Saturno 500

Claudio

MV Agusta February 25, 2013 posted by claudio

Precious Metal: MV Agusta F4 750 Serie Oro – New (in Germany)

After the Ducati 916 was launched it was very difficult to imagine another motorbike that could be as beautiful. A few years later though, Massimo Tamburini thought to combine the incredibly sexy lines of his previous creation with a 4 cylinder inline motor to re-launch one of the most iconic motorcycle brands in history: the MV Agusta. The return of the brand on the market had to be something spectacular and so in 1999 the F4 750 Serie Oro was born. Built to 300 examples it features the finest of raw materials: Magnesium was used for all cast parts (excluding the tubular steel frame), carbon fiber was used for all otherwise ABS made parts (fairing, seat cowl and even the fuel tank)

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The bike featured also a number of innovations, some of them technical (like the radial valves) and some of them aesthetic (like the amazing organ pipes exhaust built by Arrow as a tier 1 to MV).

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It was originally sold in Germany for 72000 DM (Deutsche Mark) about 36000 of modern days Euros. In this sense the fixed price set at 29000 Euro for this brand new Nr. 155/300 is almost cheap…

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This bike is clearly coming from a collection and probably deserves to find another warm and comfortable heated room to be shown off. I mean loot at the tyres :

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If you are into the carbon fetish you might want to check the gallery below as well:

I used to own a more standard EVO3 and boy what a beautiful sound it had. It was too heavy though, but I guess that all this magnesium and CFK will make the riding experience differnt.

Check out this sale on ebay.de by clicking the link below:

MV Agusta F4 750 Serie Oro

Claudio

Honda February 11, 2013 posted by claudio

Road legal and speed friendly Honda V4 – VFR400R NC 30 (in Germany)

For quite some years I have been invisible to speed cameras in the country where I live. Unfortunately, a few months ago it seems I lost my magic powers. I now find myself without a driving license for a few months. The reason for that was speeding on my pristine 1993 Fireblade. In many countries this side of the ocean (Europe),  it is becoming more and more difficult to enjoy the traditional Sunday blast on your beloved “rare sportbike” without bumping into troubles with the authorities because of the more frequent controls and tighter speeding rules. I am waiting for rules that would differentiate speeding between cars and motorbikes. At the moment, I feel the only one thinking that while a motorbike accelerates much faster than a car it also decelerates just as quick (it weighs only a fraction of a car and it is usually fitted with powerful brakes). Therefore if you are driving at a given speed the danger you pose to yourself and others it is not the same as if you were in a car (consider also the reduced dimensions and greater agility of movement of a bike).

Anyway to make a long story short, one solution to this problem could be acquiring a bike that is as sexy as your big 750cc, sounds just as good but actually doesn’t ride as fast…Does anything like this exist ? Yes and that’s not a CBR 600RR, but it is instead for example an exotic and yet affordable Honda NC 30. In the picture below you can appreciate how a pristine one looks like (this is available at a local dealer near where I live www.motospaetig.ch):

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If you are not a collector but still would like to have such a rare bike for the above mentioned Sunday blast, you might then be interested in the auction below:

Honda NC 30_3 Honda NC 30_1

Now, if you closely and compare the pictures, you’ll  notice as the stickers on the bottom side fairing are not right, some are missing on the rear cowl and most scary the paint on the fuel tank doesn’t seem original either. The seller advises to see the bike before purchasing and rightly so.

(translated with Google):

Hello Auctioneer my Honda VFR 400RR NC 30 has a lot of fun that I always visit good technical and optical condition Please motorcycle before commanded duty, the item is being sold by private and there is no guarantee redemption

Honda NC 30_4

Honda NC 30_3

Nevertheless, if mechanically the bike would be in order, it is well worth the current bidding price below 2000 EUR even though the minimum price has not been reached yet with a few days remaining. I reckon that a reasonable value would be in the range between 3000-3500 EUR tops.

1992 Honda NC 30 in Germany 

Claudio

Kawasaki January 24, 2013 posted by claudio

Fast Moving Colours: 1997 Kawasaki ZX-7R (in Germany)

The ZX-7R is the last 750 green racer that Kawasaki produced before moving to the 900cc of the ZX-9R. The ZX-7R is a direct descendent of the glorious Kawasaki ZXR of the early 90s. In 1993 the ZX-7RR became World SBK champion under the hands of Scott Russell. While the weight of the street version of the ZX-7R actually went up from the previous model the engine was made smoother. As all Kawasaki, the power comes in at the high rpm range but this one had a bit more grunt down below. While the competition moved on with more radical changes in the late 90s, the Kawa was more of a refined and improved version of the previous one. While many probably expected something a bit more courageous for the long awaited ZXR Ram air successor the ZX7-R proved on the race track to be still competitive for many years. this was due to the great handling and stability of the bike.

Below here is what can called a survivor and with less than 15.000 km on the clock a true Rare SportBike !

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The single owner form new, mentions how carefully this beauty was taken care of throughout its life until now. Yearly changes of oil and filter regardless of the mileage, a smooth wear in process limited at 4000 rpm and the avoidance of rain kept this bike in its immaculate and 100% original condition. This is for me a really precious find. With a starting price of just short of 4000 $ this is in my opinion worth it (in these conditions).

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ZX-7R_5

If only my garage wasn’t so full…(how many times did I say that :-))

ZX-7R_6

Well, if you appreciate the fast greens as much as I do, don’t loos time as only few days are left and go ahead by checking out this auction below:

 

1997 Kawasaki ZX-7R in Germany

 

 

Claudio

 

Suzuki January 22, 2013 posted by claudio

80’s Science Fiction – Suzuki XN 85 Turbo (in Germany)

In the early 80’s a few manufacturers experimented installing a Turbo on a motorbike. While on cars the added complexity proved to be a very efficient way to boost power, on the 2 wheelers this wasn’t as successful. In 1983 Suzuki launched the XN 85:

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but after 1153 models were produced it replaced this with a more conventional high revving 4 cylinder inline motor with increased capacity from 670cc to 750cc (Suzuki GS750ES). This short production run, only adds to the exclusivity of such a motorbike. I mean look at those dials:

Suzuki XN 85 Turbo_5

With the Turbo kicking in at (just) 5000 rpm this made the ride quite smooth. The following example is part of a private collection (a Katana is also available) and is sold on eBay in Germany (check out the link at the bottom of the page). The bike seems in excellent condition, with some minor damage on the left side fairing as you can appreciated on the bottom picture below.

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The seller describes this old-timer (translated by Google):

Often here on EBAY “rarities” offered …. I offer here from my collection (unfortunately) a true rarity – to Suzuki XN 85 Turbo of 1983. Of this motorcycle world only slightly more than 1100 units were built!

When you buy this bike, you can be sure that it only increase in value, unless you take it to the wall.

The Suzuki is running great and is technically sound. A few minor blemishes on the tank (really small) and on the left front panel (see photo) are available, but do the really great impression no Abbbruch.

The bike comes from a collection in the Netherlands and has Dutch documents with export declaration.

With a TÜV “full acceptance” gem. § 21 StVZO it is immediately ready for registration and ready to drive! At a retail price from 6300, – €, I hand over the bike with a new full TÜV approval!

Here’s a general info page: http://www.gs-classic.de/modelle/650/gs650tb.htm

and a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk4CpNedTYM&feature=g-upl

Gladly I can email more photos. I also have a great 1100 Suzuki Katana leave (see mobile.de) questions by email or on 0177-7524342.

To protect myself, the auction is subject to the exclusion of any guarantee, warranty and return policy. Since this is a private sale, I can not guarantee under current EU law apply. The Bidder agrees and acknowledges this with his bid. Under current EU law must be sensitive under any online auction, otherwise, the seller is liable as a private person for a whole year for the goods sold.

On tank no dents or bumps only very minor paint damage, sure ausbesserbar with paint pen. Paint is still very nice! Interior is rust free.

He also include of video of the actual motorbike on sale where you can appreciate the special sound including the Turbo wine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=lk4CpNedTYM

The starting price is just below 6000 EUR (not cheap, but I guess there are not many around in good conditions) and with 6300 EUR (about 8500 $) a full inspection certificate form the German authorities will be included.

Suzuki XN 85 Turbo

Claudio

Bimota January 20, 2013 posted by claudio

SBK history at a great price – Bimota YB6 (in Switzerland)

In 1988 Davide Tardozzi almost won the first World SuperBike title on his Yamaha powered Bimota YB4. The result at the end of the year was something of rip off. He finished third, 7.5 points adrift from Merkel.

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The thing is that Tardozzi won race 1 in the hills around Nottingham at Donnington Park but by crashing in race 2 he got home with zero points. That was due the curious/cruel (and let’s be honest…unfair)  rules that applied to the opening race of what remains in my memory as the best motorcycle championship of the 90s. In those years, World SBK was (to me) more exciting than Moto GP. The races were a continuos fierce battle, action was never missing and the riders created such an entertainment riding bikes that you and me could buy (provided the money was there, which wasn’t for many of us) almost in any bike shop in your town. How I miss those years…

With my thoughts back in the old days, I present here what was the street successor of Tardozzi’s YB4, the Bimota YB6:

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This beautiful and in excellent condition piece of history is kept in a garage in Switzerland and on sale through the Bimota Club Switzerland. I was very very close to go and grab it myself but another encounter with one of my all time favourite just avoided that. I thought then that I should share this jewel with anybody who would appreciate it as much as I would have. Yes, I am talking to you dear RSBFS reader. This bike has only 26000 km and is on sale in Switzerland for the equivalent of about 8600 $ which I think is a great price for the conditions of this Bi.Mo.Ta. !

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Hoping to help the community and the seller as well, I attach below here the link to the private ad:

1989 Bimota YB6 in Switzerland

 

Claudio

 

 

Suzuki January 14, 2013 posted by claudio

It’s a Smoker But it’s a Clean One – Suzuki RGV 250 (Germany)

Among one of the best handling motorbikes ever made and superbly fun to ride with commitment here we have Suzuki’s late 2-stroker from 1993:

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In comparison to the previous models, it featured a revised (stiffer) rear swing arm and most notably a reduced V angle of 70°.

In original trim the bike featured the following specs:

Overall Length: 1 995 mm (78.5 in)
Overall Width: 690 mm (27.2 in)
Overall Height: 1 070 mm (42.1 in)
Seat Height: 766 mm (30.2 in)
Wheelbase: 1 380 mm (54.3 in)
Dry Weight: 139 kg (306 lbs)
Engine type: 249 cc water-cooled 2-stroke 70° V-twin. 62 hp/ 11.000 rpm, 4.0 kg-m/ 11.000 rpm

(courtesy of www.suzukicycles.org)

I reckon that the next new in-thing might be to return to the flashy colours of the late 80s (have a look at the awesome movie Drive)…

Whether the prophecy will be completely wrong or not, the bike found in Germany is well worth a closer look as it seems to be a very very clean one and you know how rare that is for this type of bike (most RGVs ended up as pure track weekend bikes when they were not otherwise raced):

RGV 250_1

RGV 250_2

With 24.500km and one owner form new this seems to be a proper “survivor”. The owner further describes his sale like this:

Hello! Offer you here at my RGV 250 in absolute original condition.

The RGV is on tinkering!! and ungetunt, and accident-free.

Mileage approximately 24,500 KM. Engine has the full capacity of 41 kW / 56 PS. Are currently registered in the papers 34 hp.

When buying the machine, there is a fresh inspection (of course by professional company) and new MOT. The RGV is thus transferred to the buyer technically faultless!!

Optically very good and original condition.

Tires almost new. Rear tires currently a 160er (released in the papers!) … Series is back 150s ….

Machine is always in the dry and heated place. Only regular exercise rides.

Homologated seats: AN / no Mopped the back tour on Sunday afternoon, please keep it! :-))))

Private sale: NO warranty; NO warranty; no renegotiation, no return

For questions, please send a mail. RGV should be inspected before you.

After consultation I am possibly willing to deliver the bike after purchase, if it is in the vicinity (up to 80 km … so …)

Happy Bidding 🙂
Here are some hints & info:

– Location is 53804 Much / NRW / Bergisches Land, near Cologne – Bonn – Siegburg – Overath

– I would also swap for a moped: Kreidler RS ​​foil or Mustang Cross, perhaps also Hercules – K50 series RL …

– The minimum price is € 3400.00 for purchase as described in the auction. Here is a real appeal to the “bargain hunters”: Spare me with emails and offers
  as “….. for 1800, – I take the RGV …” The SUZI is on and tinkering with unopened engine, in absolute original condition. The price is completely realistic.

– If no value on a new inspection places and no new MOT wants the help I can: There is a small leak at the rear
  Brake cylinder. That would re-done in the inspection anyway. Without inspection, no new MOT, as it is now: Fixed price: EUR 2,950.00

– The last inspection (by workshop) was carried out in September 2010, with account; for € 637.00

The buy it now price is set to 3500 EUR (4670 $) which is not cheap but then again how many models like this have you seen around ?

RGV 250_3

RGV 250_6

If you want to know more or take action on this one, click on the link below:

1993 Suzuki RGV 250 in Germany

Claudio