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Sport Bikes For Sale November 8, 2014 posted by Marty

Good job: Tastefully Upgraded 2002 MV Agusta Senna 750 in the UK

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We have posted before about the Senna version of the MV Agusta 750 and comments seem to fall into two camps;  either desired collectible or overpriced version of the standard 750cc edition.  The Senna version (which was built to commemorate the life of Formula 1 driver and motorsport legend Ayrton Senna) has as its basis the beautiful and competent MV Agusta 750 and only 300 Senna editions were produced so at first it seems to be a shoo-in as a Rare Sport Bike.  However, MV Agusta also did a 1000cc Senna version and Ducati did a Senna edition of the 748.  Between the 3 different Senna edition versions there seems to be a Senna edition motorcycle for sale almost constantly which makes it a bit harder to consider it a Rare Sport Bike.

I will also admit to a bit of personal bias against bikes like this;  I don’t think just having a different paint scheme and a number plate on the top yokes necessarily makes a bike a true rare sport bike and this was really the only difference in between the MV Agusta 750cc Senna version and the standard MV Agusta 750cc.  To me, one of the key factors of whether a bike is worthy to post here on RSBFS is whether its something I would personally like to own, either for collection purposes or to ride and Senna edition usually doesn’t do that for me.  So then why is this bike being posted?  The reason is simple; this particular MV Agusta Senna edition has had some very tasty modifications done to it which I think improve it significantly and move it from overpriced version of the standard 750cc edition to desired collectible.

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2002 MV Agusta Senna edition with upgrades on ebay UK

The MV Agusta Senna 750cc has always seemed to have two problems; it was a bit too showy, a bit “blingy” with its polished silver/red wheels (check this Senna 1000cc edition also for sale in the UK to see what I am referring to).   Also, reviewers found the  750cc a bit underpowered compared to what other bikes available at the time could do.  Fortunately, this MV Agusta Senna has had upgrades that seem to address both of these issues.  The details of the changes are listed below but include the wheels being replaced with black Marchensini Forged Magnesium wheels, a dynojet- based tuneup, upgraded brakes and an addition of a bypass for the sidestand switch issue common to so many italian motorcycles.  The end result seems to be a bike that both performs and looks better.  Best of all the seller is including all the original parts with the sale so a collector can still have it as an OEM 750cc Senna version if they want.

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Here is part of what the seller has to say

  • One of only 27 genuine UK bikes, was number 20 on the importers list, number is 89 out of the 300 made.
  • Had its oil and filter changed every year whether its done any miles or not.
  • Shims and engine had a full check over at 9,638, ironically exactly 2000 miles ago

Upgrades include

  • Pair of Marchensini Forged Magnesium wheels – these cost in excess of £2000 at the time of purchase
  • 3 x “braking” wavy disks
  • 1 x CRC carbon fibre front mudguard
  • 1 x pair of CRC carbon fibre electrical covers
  • 1 x pair of CRC carbon fibre air ducts
  • 1 x pair of CRC carbon fibre tank/seat side panels
  • 1 x pair of CRC carbin fibre tank ears/covers
  • 1 x CRC carbon fibre key guard
  • 1 x carbon fibre fairing V peice
  • 1 x CRC carbon fibre chain guard
  • 1 x carbon fibre rear hugger=
  • 1 x CRC carbon fibre exhaust heel heat shield
  • 1 x dynojet system – tuned and set up on dyno
  • 1 x “yellow box” for adjusting the speedo reading if you change the sprocket ratios etc – it corrects the  speedo etc for the new gearing
  • 1 x alcantara covered seat in red inc rear pad
  • 1 x quick fill fuel cap
  • One off dial for rev counter showing “Senna” and no 89 – see picture 4
  • Various polished engine casings and parts
  • Relocated rear brake reservior to stop overheating and brake fade
  • Side stand cut out switch modification to stop engine cutting out if put in gear

Only 11,700 miles

 

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Note:  the seller indicates this bike has been featured in a few bike mags and the sale includes all of the original stuff that came with the bike including the owners handbook, service manual, bike cover, rear stand, handle bar covers, RG3 exhausts, RG3 chip, 1 spare rear sprocket and 1 spare front sprocket, 2 keys, an MV bag and “some other misc bits and bobs”.

So is this bike worth the 14,000 GBP asking price?   It does have more miles on it than most Senna editions of the MV Agusta 750cc we see on RSBFS but personally I think this is the nicest Senna edition I have ever seen.  I think the improvements the owner has made together with the availability of all the OEM parts make it something that anyone interested in adding a Senna edition bike to their collection should seriously consider acquiring, either to ride or to just eyeball on a cold winter night.

Good job:  Tastefully Upgraded 2002 MV Agusta Senna 750 in the UK
Suzuki November 7, 2014 posted by Marty

Survivor Slabbie: 1989 GSX-R 750K in TX

Here is a survivor 2nd gen/GSX-R 750 K model located in Plano Tx (near DFW).

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While the 1st generation GSX-R 750 have already been deemed a classic, the 2nd generation models are really starting to appreciate. Perhaps its because they looked a bit more polished, perhaps it due to the slingshot motors, perhaps its the color schemes or maybe its a combination of these and other factors, I really don’t know.  What I do know is that we have featured a few of these 2nd gen GSX-R’s here on RSBFS and prices are definitely on the rise.

1989 Suzuki GSX-R for sale on ebay

This 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750 is located in North Texas and is clad in the 1989 Red and White color scheme instead of the more GSX-R 750 identifiable blue and white. NOTE: In just the 12 months we have featured several 2nd gen GSX-R750s in Texas with this red and white color scheme…perhaps Suzuki marketed them near Texas tech or something?  Based on the pictures provided by the seller this one looks to be really clean and in great shape.  The seller does make a statement about normal wear and tear but I would guess this means its not a concours level bike and might also need new tires, brakepads, oil, fluids, batteries, etc.

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Mileage is only 12500 and the pics look great.

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So whats this one worth?   Well back in January we posted a 1990 edition of this bike with 2600 miles that went for over 8,300 USD.   This bike has more miles so i wouldnt expect a price quite that high. But this bike was listed on ebay back in October and didn’t sell/meet reserve at $4,650 USD so any interested buyer should probably consider that as a minimum offer.

Marty

Survivor Slabbie:  1989 GSX-R 750K in TX
Ducati November 4, 2014 posted by Marty

Fools need not apply: 1998 Ducati 916 SPS

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While the Ducati 916 was a styling bombshell, the standard/Strada versions only really come on the power around 7000 RPM which meant they need to be flogged a bit to get going. Ducati first attempted to resolve this issue by installing lighter internals and high lift cams to create the SP/Sport Production edition. Unfortunately even with the mods, the SP model still had a torque curve with most of the power at the top, resulting in tough riding around town and in traffic. So in 1997 Ducati tried again by taking their new 996 engine and putting it into the 916 frame. The result was the 916 Sport Production Special (SPS).

The primary reason behind the 916 SPS being built was to homologate the new 996cc engine for Superbike competition but fortunately for bike fans, the installation of the 996 engine into the 916 setup produced a bike that was described as “legendary”, “astonishingly good” and “a true superbike”. Reviews of the 996 powered SPS declared it to be something quite special, with some testers being able to crack 170 miles per hour with the Termignoni exhaust and ECU kit fitted, a pretty stunning speed for a twin with “only” 120-odd horsepower. The new engine gave a much wider power delivery band but this together with neck-snapping torque was enough to push the limits of the chassis. The 916 models in general did not respond well to ham-fisted riders, so it is not surprising that the SPS and its significantly wider powerband resulted in a bike that could be dangerous for even skilled riders.

1998 Ducati SPS for sale on ebay

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Despite its somewhat dangerous reputation the SPS was still smexy as hell with a sound like the apocalypse, especially if the termi pipes were installed. Price tag new was around $24,000 USD, a significant amount above the $16,500 Biposto and nearly double the price of a 748 model. Most reviewers declared that despite its dangerous nature it was worth the extra investment and there was a lot of demand for the SPS but since these bikes were built for homolgation, only 404 examples were built and only a small number of those brought into the USA.

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Here is what the seller has to say:

Homologated for racing, only 50 were officially imported into the US.This one is California registered. Bike features a factory tuned 996cc motor with dual injectors, Titanium rods, oversized valves and crank, strengthened engine cases and frame. It includes an Ohlins rear shock and steering damper, carbon airbox and front fender. The factory provided two sets of pipes including the off-road Termignoni carbon exhausts and matching ECU currently installed.

Bike has been modified to include Ohlins forks with billet lower triple clamp and Ohlin factory SBK valving. Front brakes are Brembo Narrow Track GP calipers and rotors with Brembo radial master cylinders. The oil cooler was replaced with an oversized Ducati Corsa unit.It also includes carbon air intakes, vented clutch cover and lightened flywheel.

Cosmetically the bike is in good condition with flaws typical of a bike of this age.There is a scratch in the gel coat on the lower left panel, a very minor dent in the tank on the left side and surface scratches on the tank in front of the saddle.
The carbon fender, airbox and exhaust canisters have faded to a matte finish.

I have additional aftermarket parts available for purchase separately including Marchesini mag wheels, new carbon airbox and front fender, billet racing (reverse shift) footpegs, an unpainted sharkskin fiberglass race body and most of the original stock parts that were switched out.

This motorcycle has had a recent complete service at Desmoto Sport in San Francisco which included valve adjustment and belt replacement. Tires are in near new condition.

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So what’s this one worth? Well its not pristine and it has actually been ridden with current mileage at 15,600. While these bikes have appeared previously on RSBFS occasionally, it is still certainly a rare piece of 90’s Ducati tech and the seller indicates the major services have been done which is always a good sign. Another plus is it’s a no reserve auction and starting bid is actually smack in the middle of KBB Trade-in/Retail values. Personally I think this is a hell of an opportunity, given that the the SPS was probably the ultimate Desmoquattro and the best Ducati you could buy until the 2001 996R.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Fools need not apply:  1998 Ducati 916 SPS
Sport Bikes For Sale November 3, 2014 posted by Marty

Hyo-merica! 2007 Fischer MRX 650

Update 11.3.2014: Back on ebay, confirmation that this was the first bike produced by Dan Fischer – MJG

Every few years or so there seems to be an effort to launch an all-american sportbike, one that will compete with the Japanese and European bikes.  The bikes can range from cool advanced techno concepts that sadly never see the inside of a dealership (such as the Motoczysz) to a few actual bikes being produced for sale to the public (such as the Roehr Supercharged Harley sportbike).  A very few make it all the way to dealership floors, but even then the chances of long term success are iffy at best.  Heck, even Buell got shut down by Harley Davidson, although now he is back in business and his EBR bikes are getting really good reviews.

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2007 Fischer MRX 650 for sale on eBay

Here we have a early edition Fischer MRX650.  For those of you unfamiliar with these bikes, the Fischer MRX650 was the brainchild of Dan Fischer, an AMA roadracer and former Aprilia Cup competitor based in Chicago.  The American-made Fischer MRX was an attempt to launch production of a proper American superbike that “could kick ass with the big boys from Asia and Europe”.  The frame was done by the same team that did the frame for the HD VR1000 and the styling was done by noted designer Glenn Kerr, apparently with a nod to the KTM RC8 and the underseat exhausts that were all the rage at the time.

A good explanation of the development and production saga of the bike is available on oddbike but to put it simply, the effort was hamstrung by two major things:

  • Rotax reneging on their agreement to provide engines which forced Fischer to use Hyosung and reduce displacement from 990cc to 650cc which meant it was going up against the Suzuki SV650
  • the Fischer brand was launched in very depths of the “great recession”.

Fischer tried to soldier on for a few years making small improvements along the way and the bike got decent reviews from major publications such as Motorcyclist but as with so many small makes, after the fizz died off the brand struggled and within a few years it was gone.

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So is this a rare sport bike?   Well estimates are that less than 50 units were produced so yes its rare but this same low production number and single model means that there is very limited information about how good of a sport bike  it is.  It has some advanced tech in the tellispar frame but reviews of the Hyosung 650 engine have been mixed and the seller indicates a few issues with some of the ancillary electrics.  The point is that since the brand is now discontinued, it would be up to the buyer to resolve these and any future issues without factory support.

So is it a curiosity or a collector?  Personally I think this is one that deserves to be tucked away in a garage for a bit or for a mechanic to play around with a bit and improve.  Either way, chances are certainly very high you wont see one at your local bike night.

Marty/Dallaslavowner

Note:  Since last listed I have reached out to Dan Fischer and he has confirmed that based on the Vin# this is indeed bike #1.

Hyo-merica!  2007 Fischer MRX 650
Ducati October 29, 2014 posted by Marty

Existence Denied? 1988 Ducati 900ss in Australia

Is this a Ducati that Ducati doesn’t want to admit exists?  Read on!

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Earlier this year I wrote about what collectors look for when assessing a rare vehicle; age, number produced of a particular configuration, technological impact, and availability in the country being sold in.  When I noticed this pristine-looking 1988 Ducati 900SS located in Australia I thought it would make a nice RSBFS posting, in part because we hadn’t previously posted a 1988 Ducati 900ss.

But as I researched this model a bit more I found something quite unexpected;  the 1988 Ducati 900ss doesn’t appear in the history section of the Ducati website.  Yes, you read that right…Ducati does not appear to acknowledge the existence of this bike.

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1988 Ducati 900ss for sale on Ebay Australia

Now before you start thinking maybe this is a custom bike made to look like a 80’s Supersport, I was able to find some very limited info about the bike on the web and also a link to the existence of a Bike magazine review so it does appear to be a real Ducati.   This begs the question, why isn’t it listed in the history section of the Ducati website?

From what I have been able to determine, when Cagiva took over Ducati in the mid-80’s one of their first actions was to resurrect the SuperSport name.  This isn’t really surprising since the name had a long and proud history within Ducati, including the now uber-collectable 750ss and 900ss of the 70’s.  In 1987, Ducati/Cagiva relaunched the SuperSport edition, first on a 750cc model that came equipped with the same engine as the luscious 750F1 but was detuned/intended to be a bit softer than the hardcore F.   But apparently the new SuperSport had some serious problems, including issues with the casting of SuperSport 16-inch wheels, the Weber carburetors were described as “kludgy” and there were even instances of cracking swingarms.

So what did Ducati/Cagiva do?  Well, in somewhat typical-of-the-times-Italian-small-value motorcycle-manufacturer thinking, rather than hold off introducing new models until they fixed the issues with the 750cc lineup, they instead plowed ahead and offered a more powerful version of the SuperSport.   The 1988 Ducati 900ss SuperSport used the same tubular trellis frame but was fitted with a Pantah based 904 cc air-cooled 90° V-twin,  which had crankcases derived from the 851 motor.   It’s not really surprising that the 900 SuperSport had the same issues as the 750cc model while also having a reputation for running very hot and a notchy transmission.  This is probably why in 1989 the 900 SuperSport received a revised air/oil cooled motor and a new six-speed gear box from the 906cc Ducati Paso. But in any case, the result was very few were sold and fewer are known to survive.

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So now we come to a question;  if the 1988-1989 Ducati 900 SuperSport was really just a more powerful version of the 750cc model that ran even hotter and still had all the same problems as the 750cc model, would it really be a surprise if Ducati wanted people to forget about this bike?   And if Ducati does want people to forget about this bike, does this make it a good acquisition for a collector?

This particular 1989 Ducati 900ss looks to be in absolutely pristine condition with only 11.5 kilometers. In fact it looks so good I would be willing to bet that it has either been in storage or there has been a restoration done to it.   The $5990 AUD seems right in line with the values posted on Bikepoint.au.

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Perhaps the fact that this bike isn’t in the Ducati website history section its just an omission and this is a rare opportunity to get a piece of Ducati history.  Then again, perhaps this bike is more like the Morris Ital, a vehicle that it its best to let just quietly fade away and collectors should avoid.

-Marty/Dallaslavonwer

Existence Denied?  1988 Ducati 900ss in Australia
Ducati October 24, 2014 posted by Marty

Omologato: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO

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The Ducati 888 SPO is a bit of a hidden jem, no doubt due to the bike that came right after it, the 916. Only produced for two years and specific to the USA, the 888 SPO was a limited edition of the 888 – only 390 were produced.

NOTE: 1993 was the first year the bike was introduced and saw a total a total of 290 built that year for the US market. A further 100 were made in ’94 with some subtle changes. The 1993 model was known as the 888SPO, while the ’94 was technically known as the 888LTD.

Featuring the trademark desmo valve V-Twin, the 888 SPO/LTD series produced 94 horsepower and were very much suited to track time. Though road legal, the riding position is what one would call “committed”, and they weren’t friendly in traffic.

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1993 Ducati 888 SPO on ebay

For a limited edition Ducati, the 888SPO seems to gets less mention as a desired collectible than the mass produced 916. Personally I think this is beautiful bike and given that it was used as the basis for bikes that won both the World Superbike and AMA Superbike championships in 1993, it should certainly be part of any Ducati fans collection.

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Limited information from the seller is as follows:

For sale an amazing Ducati 888 SPO with 11000 original miles. the bike is mint and very well taking care of. Recently serviced for over $2000 by Pro Italia. NOS original Termignoni just installed as well.
for serious collector only.

So what’s it worth? Well maintenance for this bike seems to have been done but I would still try to find out info about belts and any head and/or base gasket leaks. Back in July a SPO with 712 miles was listed on RSBFS and that went for 16k USD so the asking price of this one at 15.5k is pretty much spot on . While mileage is higher, its for sale in California which tends to bump up the price a bit. All in all, this seems to be a good option for a west coast collector to acquire a 888 SPO.

Marty

Omologato: 1993 Ducati 888 SPO
Aprilia October 21, 2014 posted by Marty

Pavarotti on Speed: 2001 Aprilia Falco RS

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Avis car rental used to have an advertising campaign that said “we try harder”. Aprilia is kind of like the Avis of Italian motorcycle brands; they historically have had to try harder, to take the occasional chance on something different.  Just before being bought by Piaggio, Aprilia produced several bikes that were representative of this philosophy, that were a bit “different”,  including a sport standard known as the Falco.

The Falco was intended to compete in a new “de-tuned sport roadster segment” that was launched when Honda introduced the VTR1000F Super Hawk.  The segment soon had bikes from other major manufacturers, including the the Ducati ST4 and Suzuki’s TL1000S.  But buyers didn’t really appreciate any of the new segment models, preferring the harder core full streetbike race replicas and the whole segment kind of died off after about 5 years which is kind of a shame as all the bikes in the segment were interesting bikes in their own way.

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2001 Aprilia Falco for sale on ebay US

Angular styling and a half-fairing give the Falco a unique look while still providing decent weather protection but the Falco wasn’t really intended to be a sports-tourer (this was offered as another model, the odd looking Aprilia Futura).  The Falco was not as radical as its sister race-replica Mille; where the RSV was tall and uncompromising, the Falco has a lower seat and less extreme footpeg positions so riders sat ‘in’ the Falco rather than ‘on’ it, which made for better cornering with confidence.  But the Falco had many of the same components as the Mille including the same brakes and the same basic engine  although it was tuned more for mid range grunt that top end performance.

A Motor Cycle News review of the Falco declared: “Less is sometimes more. By making its roadster less extreme than the RSV Mille sportster it’s based on, Aprilia broadened its appeal and produced a motorcycle that’s both easier and more fun to ride.”

A YouTube review can be accessed here.

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So whats it worth?  Well this particular Falco looks to be lightly modified with different turn signals and an aftermarket exhaust.  Also the standard mirrors have been removed which according to reviews is a good idea due to vibration causing blurriness.   Mileage is 20,000 miles and while price is above KBB retail values, there is only a $1000 USD difference between first bid and buy it now so this seems to be primed to move to a new owner.

-marty/dallaslavowner

NOTE:  As far as I can tell, this model has not been posted on RSBFS previously so I expect to see lots of comments!

Pavarotti on Speed:  2001 Aprilia Falco RS
Kawasaki October 18, 2014 posted by Marty

Nice Ninja: 1989 Kawasaki ZX7 Ninja H1

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Just a quick post this time. This is a 1989 Kawasaki ZX7 Ninja H1. This is the 2nd generation of Kawasaski 750cc ZX/Ninja bikes and the slightly hotted-up version of these (the 750R) would be used as the basis for the bikes ridden by Scott Russell in 1990 to win hat won the AMA 750 Supersport Championship. This is the non-R/street version and looks to be in pristine shape.

Note: While the H1 version isn’t currently as collectable as the later R versions, they do seem to be starting to appreciate and are certainly easier to use on a daily basis as their engines aren’t tuned as high.

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 Ninja H1 for sale on Ebay

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Here is what the seller had to say about the bike:

“You are bidding on a very nice all original 1989 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7. These bikes are pretty rare and are becoming highly collectible in their original shape. This bike is one of the better examples you will see. Take a look at the pics and you will see just how nice it is. It actually looks better in person.
The only change has been made to the bike is the Yoshimura pipe, everything else is very original. This bike runs strong and everything works. As you can see the paint is in great shape and still has lots of high gloss. The seats are in excellent shape as well. There is a small scrape on the left side of fairing, however there are no cracks or rips in the fairings. The bike has recently been tuned and it fires up and shifts with no problems. The battery is new as well oil changes and maintenance. The tires are still in decent shape. I do hold a clear title on the bike. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I do have bike advertised with a few local clubs and reserve the right to end the auction early if the bike is sold. “

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Its certainly is nice to see one of these that hasn’t been hacked apart, repainted or had its frame/wheels polished. Mileage is listed as about 18,000 miles but the 750 engine was the configuration with most development effort behind it and was pretty much bulletproof. The bike would definitely need some new tires, also the brake fluid looks a little dark in pictures but seller indicates recent fluids so it may just be the lighting in the pictures or slightly older pictures?

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So what’s it worth? Well since the late 80’s/early 90’s 750cc configuration seems to be hot right now, its not really surprising the bid price is already over KBB retail and the reserve isn’t met yet. Personally I think this is probably going to appeal more to someone who wants to relive a bit of their misspent youth than a serious collector or perhaps someone who wants to introduce a youngster into what it was like “back-in’the-day”.

-marty/dallaslavowner

Nice Ninja:   1989 Kawasaki ZX7 Ninja H1