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Kawasaki October 6, 2013 posted by claudio

Kawasaki Specials Continued: ZXR 400 SP (in UK)

I didn’t even know that there was a special version of the 400 ZXR. Apparently so:

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The sample below is available in UK. It has a few scratches , but looks pretty good elsewhere.

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Kawasaki ZXR 400 SP on ebay in UK for 3800 GBP

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Here’s what the seller has to say:

Hi and welcome to the auction for this zxr400sp-M2. If you’re looking at this you probably know how rare these SP bikes are but also how much fun these bikes can be. I’ve owned this one since Aug 2009 and have spent an absolute wedge on it.

Anyway the facts..

Declared SORN – no MOT or Tax. I am happy to MOT for the new owner.

V5 is in my name.

Imported 1998

The Tank and seat cowl could do with a re-spray.

Set up for a 12 stone rider.

The last picture is ‘snip’ from the Kawasaki website of how the bike looked when it rolled out of their factory. This is matched through frame and engine numbers.

I have a file with full of receipts and invoices for work carried out on the bike.

The bike has all the parts that an SP should have, Carbs – forks – rear shock – Mitsubishi CDI – rotor – loom – gear box – seat – air box – lock set… I think that’s everything…

Full SS Micron system + K&N air filter

I have the HPI check still in its envelope showing everything clear.

I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have and can accommodate viewings. It would be nice to see it go to a collection with its bigger brothers.

Thanks for looking.

The 400 ZXR, is a super high revving machine with great handling and a fantastic sound. It is one of those that can put a really big smile on your face, if you like to ride hard on roads.

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The bike show just 15.300 miles and even has its original turn lints, which is always a good sign.

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So if you are a sporty rider who enjoys speed on a daily basis like me, and you might also be fed up with the continuous drive for more and more horsepower, than this could give you a lot of satisfaction!

Claudio

Kawasaki Specials Continued: ZXR 400 SP (in UK)
Kawasaki October 5, 2013 posted by claudio

Kawasaki’s Best Finds Continued: 1993 ZXR 750 (in Germany)

After the beautiful 1991 green ZXR found in Switzerland, we have here another amazing looking 1993 model year.  Characterized by a true RAM intake concentrated on one side of the fairing, this ZXR was a natural evolution of the 1991 model. In this black and purple color scheme, it was known in Italy as the “pipistrello” (= bat).

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I will never have enough of beautifully kept and unmolested ZXRs. In my opinion, one of the best road going sport bikes with a natural racy look, and riding dynamics…God bless the ZXR series…and Kawasaki, if you are out there, please get back to the drawing board and create another iconic motorcycle like this. I mean, we know that the modern ZX10-R is doing fantastically in both the WSBK with Sykes and also in the BSB (British Superbike), so I guess it s a good bike, but those looks simply can’t match the sexiness of a ZXR 750…

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Here is the description from the seller:

 

Sell ​​one ZXR 750

first hand with 7736 km

Like new condition, was standing covered in a garage 20 years and very little used (was 3 motorcycle)

As a motorcycle, it will no longer be in this state!!!

No difference to a new 20 years ago.

Absolutely unique and tinkering technically top.

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The starting price for this one is 3300 EUR and a few days are left…and did I mention it has only 8000 km ?!

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1993 MY Kawasaki ZXR 750 in Germany

 

Claudio

Yamaha October 3, 2013 posted by claudio

Why Paint it in Black ?? Yamaha OW01 (in Switzerland)

The colors on this one are all wrong. But below the fairing lies the real thing: a truly rare Yamaha FZR 750R aka the OW01. The price is modest with a BIN set at 8300 $ and having covered just 13.000 km.

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1990 Yamaha FZR 750R (0W1) in Switzerland

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A few words from the seller:

For sale a historically Special Motorcycle
with quick-locking aluminum tank and aluminum frame
and polished rims, very fast bike.

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If you are looking for because you want to ride it, or know where to source a full original fairing, then this might catch you interest. You need to hurry up though as the auction is about to expire…

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1990 Yamaha FZR 750R (0W1) in Switzerland

Claudio

Gilera September 30, 2013 posted by claudio

Red Mono Saturno 500, Almost New (Germany)

The Gilera Saturno 500 is a niche small motorbike with fantastic handling, looks and sound. This Red Mono doesn’t have much punch, but it’s a great bike for anyone who wants to learn how to ride into corners fast.

Gilera Saturno 500 Bialbero with just 60 km in Germany

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Nothing is happening below about 6000 rpm. My recommended riding style is this:

1) go through the gears until you hit 4th or 5th (top gear for this model)
2) pin the throttle and try to keep momentum as much as possible
3) limit the use of brakes and gearbox
4) lean it, lean it, lean it…

Provided you have fresh rubber fitted, the Saturno is a very sharp and light-handling true sport bike. The more corners are in your way, the more fun it will be. The front brake is from a Ducati 851. The single wide disc is very powerful.

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The seating position is such, that you lie on the bike horizontally with your head naturally tucked within the tall and ample front windscreen. The sound coming from the 2 in 1 Lanfranconi exhaust is classic single cylinder low frequency booming.

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It also makes a decent level of noise in stock condition, so no need to look for any aftermarket pipes. At a starting price of 8500 EUR, it reflects the rarity of the bike itself and the very low mileage of just 60km.

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The bike is basically new, even though a few scratches are visible on the exhaust manifolds and some corrosion on the rear sprocket and chain. On the other hand, I have never seen such clean rims on other Saturnos. The red paint of these, tend to fade quite easily when exposed to sun.

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Here is what the seller says:

Hello I am selling the bike for a friend of her husband
it is a collector’s item, a Piaggio Gilera Saturno, it has never been approved
The letter has no entry on the odometer are 61 kilometers so a real collector’s item
The exhibition of the letter was held on 21.04.1989.
The vehicle can be inspected by appointment Tel 0172-8637784
Please also write or call with any questions.
I reserve the right to terminate the Offer at a prior sale.
The zip code for a collection of the vehicle is 91487

There is a private sale without warranty – Warranty and Returns

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Make sure to replace the timing belt before going for the first spin.

Gilera Saturno 500 Bialbero with just 60 km in Germany

Claudio

Red Mono Saturno 500, Almost New (Germany)
Kawasaki September 29, 2013 posted by claudio

1991 Kawasaki ZXR 750 in Switzerland

As the riding season comes to end this side of the equator, the first signs of what might be a great buying period, appear. Readers of RSBFS will love this one, hopefully, just as much as I do. This 1991 absolutely pristine ZXR 750 is a real gem. How often do you come across this model, in these conditions ?

1991 Kawasaki ZXR 750 in Switzerland

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This single owner bike, doesn’t only have less than 20.000 km, but is in full stock conditions, doesn’t have a scratch nor any damage to its beautiful colors. It looks absolutely new. ZXRs have been very popular in the 90s, but often were misused. The 1991 model in particular, was my absolute dream bike when I didn’t have enough money to afford a sport bike. For this basic reason, the ZXR will always turn me on, even more than other, more exotic and special models.

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In 1992, I turned 18 and bought my first motorcycle, a very used (I think it had 8 previous owners) but yet brilliant, Yamaha TT 350. Yes, this was no sport bike, but I still loved it. At the same time, I dreamed about the Kawa 750. A local shop in Rome was selling a RR version, that the shop owner himself, previously raced for a few months. This race replica, had the red stripes instead of the blue ones (in addition to a single seat and a few mechanical differences :-)).

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Its colors, the double headlights, the air ducts through the fairing and airbox, the high revving engine characteristics and obviously, its dynamic performance, made this bike the best sport bike I had ever seen. And so, about 20 years later, every time I come across a ZXR, my heart speeds up. About a year ago I even bought one on an impulse without having even seen it live. It turned out not to be a good sample and so a few months later I sold it. The ZXR is a bike that wants to be ridden hard, and when you do so, it is a pretty fast, even at today’s standards. Very stable and precise, it has a beautiful gearbox featuring pretty close ratios even in its single R form, a srt of slipper clutch (at a time shen most us didn’t have a clue of what that meant), a great sound, especially when you keep it above 9000 rpm where the engine smiles at you, and again, some of the best looks ever seen on a sport bike. Has there ever been a more beautiful, aggressive and exciting Kawasaki after the ’91 ZXR ?

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This sample is such a special find. I mean, it even has its original rear solo fairing, a true rarity in its own. The seller will also give you the rear passenger seat, a tinted windscreen and a brand new exhaust. The bike just had a technical inspection in August 2013, it has new tyres and brake pads. At a price of about 4400 $, this true rare sport bike for the conditions, is one of the best buy that readers of this site might come across, and one  that truly embarks the spirit of us who write here and you, who like to read us.

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Looking at the cars in the background of the garage, the sense of quality that the pictures of the ZXR already portrait is confirmed even further. Again, when is the last time you have seen a ZXR like this ? Also the price is in  my opinion spot -on and absolutely fair. This gem, deserves a true enthusiast new owner and I truly hope, that whoever will buy this, desires it as much as I do, and will treasure every moment of owning such a great sample today.

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1991 Kawasaki ZXR 750 in Switzerland

Claudio

1991 Kawasaki ZXR 750 in Switzerland
Honda September 26, 2013 posted by claudio

RC30 Madness: Choose One (Switzerland)

Here we have two Rc30s. The most special one is a true rarity, as it is a new bike! I love the ad saying “New… is new ! no pictures needed…”

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This rare example is obviously looking for a collector. What’s the asking price ? It is 40.000 CHF = just short of 44.000 $

As we don’t come across a new VFR750R very often, I reckon the asking price is aligned to the current market. If you are a collector this might the right one for you !

Form the same seller, comes a very usable and equally sexy low mileage RC30 kitted with a full Termignoni system (a rarity on its own) and a rear 17″ wheel:

Honda RC30 with 16900 km in Switzerland

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Both the original larger diameter wheel and the Honda exhaust system are included in the price. With just 16900 km, the asking price is set at 23.000 CHF = about 25000 $. I have been watching this second model for a few weeks since the middle of the summer. The price seems to go a bit up and down. I believe I have seen this varying between 19.000 CHF and 21.000 CHF but now for some reason, it went up to 23.000 CHF. I guess I should have bought it earlier…The thing is that here in Switzerland, there are about 6-7 RC30s on sale and the prices seem to have increased somewhat as the biking season comes to an end. This clearly goes against the natural trend of lower prices in winter. I always recommend to look for a bike in winter, as the offer is usually high and prices are more negotiable. I guess this doesn’t really apply to RC30s and their potential customers. Winter is on our doorstep here, in the morning I ride through thick fog, cleaning my visor from the condensation with the dirty gloves every 300m…

On the other hand I am sure that soon a bunch of exciting rare sport bikes will come to the surface at interesting prices, I guess this simply doesn’t apply to models so much sought after like the Honda RC30 and RC45…

 

Claudio

RC30 Madness: Choose One (Switzerland)
Suzuki August 15, 2013 posted by claudio

Hamamatsu’s Special:1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750R LE (Germany)

We all love the Suzuki GSX-R series. The Gixxer was the first truly Superbike motorbike produced. It featured a full fairing, it was very light (and still is), it had beautiful double headlights, lots of horses and amazing colors. The most desirable GSX-Rs, are the, so called, “double R”. The first one, came only one year after its debut. It was in 1986 that a small production Limited Edition were produced. The exact production number is unknown, and expected to be somewhere around the 500 units mark. The LE most notably featured a dry clutch. This is a unique feature for Suzuki. The rumor is that the clutch used was the same as on the RG Moto GP race bike. The cost of the original  clutch discs was about 2000 $ already then. Nowadays, spare original Suzuki clutches are hard to find, hence making sure that this organ is in good shape is essential. That is, whether you plan to ride your RR Suzuki, or whether you want to make sure that its value will be preserved. Other “special” parts included a hand made super slim single seat fairing unit (made of fiberglass)  and a very special seat (quotation of an original LE single seat unit can reach 1000$, provided you find one!) a unique aluminum chain, special colors, better brakes and electrically controlled (activated by the pull of the front brake lever) front fork anti-diving system (as opposed to the hydraulical system used on the Katana). A few days ago we saw a Limited parked just beside another of our favorite bikes: the Gilera Saturno 500. Both of them, being in Germany.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750R Limited Edition in Germany

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It turns out that the owner of these beauties, Roli, is parting from both of them. The Suzuki has 18.000 km on the clocks. It was serviced yearly and the maintenance included a new clutch (see above), new tyres, new chain, new gaskets etc. etc. All of these using original Suzuki OEM or Mikuni parts (carburetor’s supplier). All the original parts are still available and provided together with the motorbike.

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A second line of Mikunis is also available if you wish to display it at home on your office, as Roli describes below:

Type GR75AD 1986 Limited Edition. 18.000km. No gray market, official Suzuki Germany model with “classic” bike registration. Zero sevens vintage license plate or exchange Normalzulasung possible. Dry clutch completely rebuilt with original parts, including magnesium housing and all seals and O-rings, springs etc. All work carried out by Suzuki Weishaupt, and inspections (annually despite only a few km mileage).
Condition 1.2. Only minimal sunlight / UV damage causes. All original parts that have been replaced or removed by  accessories, and original packaging are included. TÜV vintage report (“motor vehicle Technically culturally and historically valuable vehicle declaration ) including Suzuki Germany driver’s manual and “Supplementary Service Manual”. Technical condition better than in 1986 (steel braided, DID 50 ERZ-525, BT45). On request with FG work or exhibition stage. No race and accident free. Every year, at ridden not more  ride 300km, service always run after Suzuki maintenance schedule. Mikuni carburetor with original parts (by Mik. Europe, not parts available at Suzuki anymore!). The accelerator pump working here now properly among others. All replaced original parts (mirrors, first clutch, bearings, chain kit, lines, etc.) are available and are given. A new unused original carburetor line is also included and can be used as an exhibition on display (eg to put them on the desk). 

The 1986 GSX-R 750R is still a very exciting bike to ride. At high speed, the bike is fairly quite but when the engine spans between 6000 and 8000 rpm, the exhaust delivers quite an aggressive sound with a complex mix of half orders on top of the dominant engine 2nd order. Then, when you get to release the gas, you hear that metallic noise from the dry clutch. The whole combination is a very special mix that no other motorbike delivers. Here we have the dry clutch noise similar (but quieter) than a Ducati, coupled with the smooth, high revving note, typical of four cylinder inline motor. Not having water cooling, the engine noise is even more prominent, once again adding to the uniqueness of the Suzuki Limited.

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Like for similar bikes, first gear is relatively tall and the higher gears are really close to each other. At 23.485 $ this GSX-R special is entering the RC 30 territory. To be honest, I don’t see why that shouldn’t be the case. After all, this is still a true special and most likely produced in less numbers. We can argue that the RC 30 is a true HRC hand made race machine, but this Suzuki is so exclusive that deserves more attention than it has received from the market so far. It won’t be as fast as the Honda but in many ways its rarity and most beautiful shape of any Gixxer, will let you adore it.

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I am personally a lucky owner of one of these and I do treasure it very much. If you are looking for a 1986 Limited, this might be for you. If interested please get in touch with Roli directly, by clicking on the link below.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750R Limited Edition in Germany

Good luck Roli !

Claudio

 

Hamamatsu’s Special:1986  Suzuki GSX-R 750R LE (Germany)
Kawasaki August 13, 2013 posted by claudio

Smart Money Series Continued: Kawasaki ZX7-R in Switzerland

What will 1600 $ buy you these days ?  A top of the range exhaust system, a full fairing of your beloved classic Superbike (if you can find it), an original muffler and a few extra bits…or…a little used, low mileage ZX7-R (with all of the above included !). This 1996 classic Kawa could be a great find, once you have removed the layer of dust that covers it. Clearly a sign of “no-use” that matches well with the mileage of the bike of just 22.500 km.

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The ZX-7R is one of the most iconic Kawasaki of the modern era, and the best representative of the Ninja family. Let’s not forget that the RR version of this, otherwise great handling super sportster, won a World Superbike Championship back in 1993. The last technical revision (required every 2 years for road driving in Switzerland) was done in 2004 indicating that the bike has potentially been standing for about 7-9 years. It will require a few checks and the replacement of oil, fluids, plugs, battery etc. but at this price, you’ll have plenty of room before you reach the “market price” of similar full stock samples.

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Especially if you plan to do the work yourself, this could be a really good deal. ZX-7R sold in plenty, but finding unmolested ones with the original fairing, muffler and indicators is not common. If interested, click on the link below.

1996 Kawasaki ZX-7R in Switzerland

Claudio

Smart Money Series Continued: Kawasaki ZX7-R in Switzerland
Suzuki August 13, 2013 posted by claudio

First Time 1100: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

This Gixxer is the first edition of the mighty 1100cc powered, oil cooled GSX-R. Among the Suzuki fans, one of the most desired bikes to have. This particular example found in Switzerland belongs to the owner of a Suzuki dealership. When I first met him, it was to discuss the sale of 750 Limited Edition which now sits in my garage. Mr. Wernli has an amazing collection of GSX-Rs, CB Fours, Katanas and even Kawasaki H2. His bikes are all stored in the downstairs floor among a few cars as well. They are not advertised for sale, but if one is interested in a particular one, and is a true enthusiast he will not refuse a meeting and a chat about prices. I can confirm that his bikes are all well taken care of and are in perfect order. When I saw what he had, I felt like a little boy in the most beautiful toy shop. It appears that he has decided to part from his 1100 which is now advertised publicly.

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With just short of 32000 km, and at a price of about 7500 $, this won’t be the cheapest GSX-R you will come across. But then again, quality matters. On my 750 LE, despite the fact that it had only 1000 km on the clock, he changed the oil and brake fluids every year, he ran the engine regularly and kept the fuel tank 100% full. He also fitted some rubber tubes from the “nipples” of each carburetor to a single collecting larger pipe at the bottom of the bike

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This was done to ease the process of emptying the carburettors every time you are about to store the bike. At the moment of sale he also gave me a few bottles of gasoline additive to stabilise the fuel in the tank. So, trust me, the guy knows his business.

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If you are interested in this pristine example, go ahead by contacting Mr. Wernli himself at the link below.

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1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 in Switzerland

Claudio

First Time 1100: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100