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Ducati January 21, 2023 posted by Mike

Sweet 16 Again – 1997 Ducati 916

Original 1st generation Ducati 916 models are solidly in collector cross hairs. If you were around when these rocket-powered works of art were released back in ’94 and you didn’t score one, chances are good you remain nostalgic for Tamburini’s beautifully carved block of bologna (see what I did there?). The time to get in the game was earlier than now, but it is still not too late as these models are doing nothing but going up. Today’s example is a 1997 model monoposto, showing just over 6,000 miles.

1997 Ducati 916 for sale on eBay

When released in 1994, the Ducati 916 was the sharpest weapon the collective sport bike world had ever seen. A unique combination of stunning design and style, outrageous performance and exclusivity (primarily due to price), the 916 was an instant hit and spawned a long lineage of showroom winning Superbikes. And speaking of Superbikes, Ducati hit the WSBK circuit with the 916 (just as it had with the previous generation 851 and 888), providing Carl Fogarty with championships in 1994, 1995 and 1998, while Troy Corser took the title on a 916 in 1996. This was the most influential motorcycle of the decade and continues to be a much-loved model for riders and collectors alike.

From the seller:
This 1997 Ducati 916 Monoposto is powered by a liquid-cooled 916cc L-twin paired with a six-speed gearbox and is finished in red over a gold trellis frame. Tasteful period correct modifications include a Corbin solo seat, an inverted Showa fork, an Öhlins monoshock, carbon-fiber fenders, Fast by Ferracci slip-on mufflers, Brembo brake calipers, and three-spoke 17″ wheels. The bike was bought from it’s second owner in Sept 2021, it was serviced by him prior to the sale which included replacing the timing belts and spark plugs, changing the fluids, and performing a valve adjustment. This 916 shows 6080 miles and is offered with a rear axle stand, all origional removed factory components, and a clean New York title in the seller’s name.

There are many that claim that the oval-piston Honda NR750 pitched the concept of under seat high exhaust and the single sided swingarm, but there is no argument that – regardless of origin – the Ducati 916 has cemented ownership of the classic sport bike silhouette. And while “Ride Red” has long been a slogan of Honda, it can be argued that a certain Italian brand has owned the color since the launch of this model.

This particular bike looks extremely clean and well presented. Miles are low, bodywork is clean (with some minor boo boos), excellent F-B-F carbon exhaust add on, and a more comfy Corbin seat. Experienced riders will note that these were never particularly comfortable motorcycles, as the tight seating position and forward cant places a lot of weight on the riders’ wrists. But in the canyons there is nothing like the sound of the desmoquattro L-twin booming across the mountains and the sure-footed, trellis-framed chassis inspires ultimate confidence. This particular beauty can be yours, with the bidding starting at a cool $15,000 USD. There is a Buy It Now option set at $21.5k if you simply cannot wait. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Sweet 16 Again – 1997 Ducati 916
Ducati January 14, 2023 posted by Mike

From the Catalog – 1998 Ducati 748L Neiman Marcus Edition

If you are hankering to own a super rare Limited Edition Ducati Superbike but cannot quite afford the R-spec homologation machines across the 851/888/916/996/998 range, may I humbly suggest what you see before you is an exceedingly rare by the numbers bike priced within reach of mere mortals. Offered only through Neiman Marcus catalog, the N.M. Limited Edition was a 748 two seater with exclusive silver paint, a carbon fiber front fender and that special numbered plaque on the triple trees. Sure, it is just a standard 748… but prices on those classics are on the rise and this one is legit rare with only 100 units produced. Only one picture and limited information currently offered by the seller (with a promise of more to come), but the bike appears to have Arrow cans added on, which is a bonus. The fairings appear to be missing the “Ducati” logo and the front fender is painted, which could potentially indicate a respray. Serious buyers should contact the seller – you can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

1998 Ducati 748L Neiman Marcus Edition for sale on eBay

From the seller:
This 1998 Ducati 748L is #86 of 100 sold Exclusively thru the Neiman Marcus Catalog in 1998. The Bike is powered by a 748 CC L Twin Paired with a 6 speed Transmission and finished in Silver over Gold. Painted Trellis Frame and Wheels. Termignoni Carbon Fiber Mufflers. This Bike is a new arrival, going thru service and detail at this time. Once it is complete there will be over 30 pictures on line and Video available by request. 23409 Miles.

MI

From the Catalog – 1998 Ducati 748L Neiman Marcus Edition
Ducati January 5, 2023 posted by Mike

Little Red Racing Hood – 2002 Ducati 748R #707

Jumping back across the pond, today we find a very nicely equipped 2002 Ducati 748R. This iconic design, penned by Massimo Tamburini back in the mid 1990s for the launch of the 916, is completely timeless. And while the smaller motor may lack some of the “I’m gonna kill you” grunt of the bigger bike, the rest of the kit is pure Ducati R bike. Which is to say, about as top-shelf as you can get. Exotic, rare, beautiful and unbelievably potent, the 748R is a bike worthy of riding or collecting; or both.

2002 Ducati 748R #707 for sale on eBay

Like the 916, the 748R was designed to go racing. In the case of the smaller bike, that meant World SuperSport. And while looks remained similar, the 748 went through some pretty major changes from inception through the 2000s. For example, in 2000 the 748R adopted the WSBK winning frame from the 996. The engine was substantially reworked from the airbox on down, including updated Showa fuel injection utilizing throttle bodies and F1-style shower injectors. That air/fuel mixture is introduced via hotter cams and bigger valves, and results in an estimated 105 ponies from the screaming twin. By 2002 the R-spec suspension was upgraded from Showa to Ohlins, new Marchesini wheels were added to reduce unsprung weight, and carbon fiber was sprinkled everywhere to reduce weight and up the glam factor.

From the seller:
DHSuperbikes are pleased to be able to offer for sale a lovely little 2002 Ducati 748R. Uk Bike since New, Lots and lots of History and Receipts and some Tasteful extra’s. Rearsets, Termis, Performance Ducati Clutch, Slave Upgrade, Levers, Carbon ETC ETC

Fantastic Clean condition with a few Marks from General use. If Im being over critical (mirror Scuffed, Carbon Chain Guard Laquer marked)

Very good honest Bike with lots of History and paperwork. Very Easy to make absolutely Mint with a few hours TLC

HPI Clear

Full Service and New Tyres along with Belts done this year at JHP in Coventry and she’s covered 200 Miles Since. Supporting Invoice for £1200

Much like when first introduced in the showroom, the 748 remains the lower-priced brother of the vaunted 916. However this is a good thing in a collector sense, as while a 916R may be priced out of the range of many, a 748R is starting to look downright affordable – while looking exactly the the bigger bike. How much win is that? This bike is located in the UK, shows 15k on the clocks, and is looking for a new home as a classified advert for $11,249 GBP (approximately $13,390 USD in today’s exchange rate). Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Little Red Racing Hood – 2002 Ducati 748R #707
Featured Listing January 4, 2023 posted by Mike

Featured Listing – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 with 590 miles!

Update 1.7.2023: Links updated to current eBay listing. Listing adjusted to include vintage exhaust per seller. -dc

In Miami, Florida there is an astounding collection of rare GSX-R models – including today’s Featured Listing 1986 GSX-R 1100 with only 590 original miles. This first year bike is so clean and original you would be hard pressed to find any of those miles evident. If you love ’em sort of slabby and are in the market for a clean example of the big beast of the 1100, you cannot go wrong with a bike that looks this perfect. Interested? Read on!

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 for sale on eBay

While the GSX-R750 dropped first, the 134 HP bad boy 1100 was released later in the same year. This was the bike that – at the time – married the best of big bore power with light weight (435-ish pounds, which was light for a liter bike for the day) and great handling thanks to an alloy frame with pronounced hump-back, adjustable 41 mm front suspension with adjustable anti-dive control, and a single shock rear suspension with rising rate linkage. The 1052cc inline four was fairly conventional, although the use of two oil pumps and a larger quantity of oil allowed for liquid-cooled power in an air-cooled styled package.

From the seller:
COMING OUT OF MY PERSONAL COLLECTION GLOBEMOTORCYCLES.COM OF OVER 150 VINTAGE MOTORCYCLES 🙂 GLOBE MOTORCYCLES

THIS IS AN AWARD WINNING, ALL ORIGINAL CONDITION ULTRA LOW MILES 1986 SUZUKI GSX-R 1100 WITH ONLY 590 ORIGINAL DOCUMENTED MILES!!

MY FLAWLESS GSX-R 1100 HAS THE ORIGINAL FACTORY ORIGINAL 4 INTO ONE EXHAUST, FACTORY ORIGINAL WINDSCREEN, FACTORY ORIGINAL FLAWLESS SOLO SEAT COVER (IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND A PERFECT ONE), AND THE FACTORY ORIGINAL CARBURETOR WITH THE ORIGINAL AIRB BOX AND INTAKE BOOTS/JETS/PARTS AND BRAKE LINES (NOT INSTALLED). EASY TO MAKE 100% PERFECT ORIGINAL IF YOU WANTED TO.

More from the seller:
THE ENGINE:
THE ENGINE IS ALL ORIGINAL AND HAS NEVER BEEN REMOVED FROM THE FRAME AND NEVER BEEN PAINTED. SHE IS THE ORIGINAL EXHAUST IN FLAWLESS CONDITION, FRESH ULTRA SONICALLY CLEANED AND OVERHAULED CARBURETORS, K&N POD FILTERS. COMES WITH THE OEM AIRB BOX AND INTAKE BOOTS.

THE FRAME:
THE FRAME HAS ALL THE ORIGINAL LABLES AND HAS NOT BEEN TAMPERED WITH AT ALL. ORIGINAL CHAIN AND SPROCKETS, CHAIN GUARD, TURN SIGNALS AND MIRRORS, GRIPS, ECT. LOCKHART BRAKE LINES ARE INSTALLED BUT SHE COMES WITH THE OEM BRAKE LINES. NEW METZLER Z6 RADIALS MOUNTED AND BALANCED

THIS BIKE HAS BEEN IN THE CLIMATE CONTROLLED CARE OF 2 COLLECTORS SINCE NEW. HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO HAVE A HUGE PART OF MOTORCYCLING HISTORY IN THE HARD TO FIND RED WHITE AND BLUE COLORS.

RSBFS reader Bob knowns his collectible motorcycles, and his personal museum has offered up some stunning bikes to these pages. Slab-sided GSX-R models are in vogue and in demand, and rarely do we see an example so close to new as this; not rebuilt, not reconditioned, but an original example with a mere 590 miles. You can check out all of the details on eBay here. Look closely and bid quickly, as this one will go fast. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 with 590 miles!
Featured Listing January 4, 2023 posted by Mike

Featured Listing – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R Limited Edition!

Firing a shot across the bow of 2023 is our first bona fide Collector Alert of the New Year. Brought to us by RSBFS regular Bob, today’s Featured Listing is an ultra rare Japanese home market example of the much sought after Limited Edition GSX-R750R. Looking perfectly preserved, residing indoors for what looks to be its entire life span, and showing only 863 kilometers on those white-faced, metric clocks (a mere 535-ish miles for those of us that compute mileage in American), this is a wake up call for anyone who dreams of collecting. Born and bred for the race track with goodies and tech over and above the already stunning GSX-R of the era, the Limited Edition has gained cult status and remains a key model in a very exclusive blue chip collector club.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R Limited Edition for sale on eBay

Much has been written about the mighty GSX-R750 and how it revolutionized sport bikes and production racers in particular. But the extra “R” in the Limited Edition meant that these special bikes were homologation specials more sharply focused for the race track. The biggest deal with the Limited Edition relates to the transmission. A close-ratio 6-speed is mated to a dry clutch setup, which is lighter (thanks to its magnesium construction) and has less parasitic drag than the standard oil-bath variety. Flat slide carbs replace the base CV vacuum units, suspension was upgraded for track duty (including New Electrically Activated Suspension (NEAS) forks from the 1100), and the package was wrapped in a special fiberglass solo tail.

From the seller:
COMING OUT OF MY PERSONAL COLLECTION GLOBEMOTORCYCLES.COM OF OVER 120 VINTAGE MOTORCYCLES 🙂 GLOBE MOTORCYCLES

THIS IS AN AWARD WINNING, ALL ORIGINAL CONDITION ULTRA LOW MILES JAPANESE IMPORT 1986 SUZUKI GSX-R 1100 WITH ONLY 863 ORIGINAL DOCUMENTED KILOMETERS!! FLORIDA TITLE IN MY NAME.

ONLY A HAND FULL OF THESE JAPANESE IMPORTS EVER MADE IT TO THE US. THIS IS NOT THE RARE DOMESTIC LIMITED EDITION.

IN THE STUNNING MUST HAVE, HARD TO FIND FACTORY YOSHIMURA RACING BROWN OVER RED COLORS.

More from the seller:
MY FLAWLESS GSX-R 750 LIMITED EDITION HAS THE ORIGINAL FACTORY ORIGINAL 4 INTO ONE EXHAUST, FACTORY ORIGINAL WINDSCREEN, FACTORY ORIGINAL FLAWLESS SOLO SEAT COVER, AND THE FACTORY ORIGINAL CARBURETOR WITH THE ORIGINAL AIRB BOX. SHE STILL HAS THE JAPANESE WRITING ON THE FRAME DECALS

THE ENGINE:
THE ENGINE IS ALL ORIGINAL AND HAS NEVER BEEN REMOVED FROM THE FRAME AND NEVER BEEN PAINTED. SHE HAS THE ORIGINAL EXHAUST IN FLAWLESS CONDITION, FRESH ULTRA SONICALLY CLEANED AND OVERHAULED CARBURETORS.

THE FRAME:
THE FRAME HAS ALL THE ORIGINAL JAPANESE LABLES AND HAS NOT BEEN TAMPERED WITH AT ALL. ORIGINAL CHAIN AND SPROCKETS, CHAIN GUARD, TURN SIGNALS AND MIRRORS, GRIPS, ECT.

More from the seller:
THIS BIKE HAS BEEN IN THE CLIMATE CONTROLLED CARE OF 2 COLLECTORS SINCE NEW. HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO HAVE A HUGE PART OF MOTORCYCLING RACING HISTORY IN THE IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND JAPANESE IMPORT COLORS.

I HAVE BEEN COLLECTING, RESTORING, REPAIRING, RIDING, AND RACING MOTORCYCLES SINCE BEFORE GRADUATING FROM AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE INSTITUTE “AMI” IN DAYTONA BEACH FLORIDA IN 1980. I HAVE OWNED OVER 22 GSX-R’S BUT ONLY 1 OF THESE JAPANESE LIMITED EDITION 750’S I NEVER PLANED ON SELLING HER BUT I AM OUT OF ROOM. SO DON’T MISS OUT ON YOUR CHANCE TO OWN ONE OF MY AMAZING BIKES.

Over and above the rest of world Limited Edition, the Japanese home market LE model came with very distinctive paintwork, a 4-into-1 exhaust that deleted the heat shielding look, and lighting specific to the Japanese market. These bikes also added a fuel gauge to the cluster, but were otherwise mechanically similar to the exports. But there is no looking away from the striking paintwork on an imported LE, and today’s example is one for the ages.

With few miles, no observable blemishes, a long ownership history and a clean and clear title, this Japanese home market GSX-R750R Limited Edition looks to be as good as it gets. There is no doubt that when it comes to collectible Gixxers the LE is THE ONE to have, and the model has been outperforming market estimates as handily as the homologation market outperformed the competition on the race track. Bob has started the bidding low, with reserve in place. There is a Buy It Now that can be activated at the reasonable sum of $28,000. Located in Florida, this rare 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R Limited Edition is deserving of a close up look, and a new home that will appreciate it as much as the seller obviously has. You can check out all of the details on eBay here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R Limited Edition!
magni December 21, 2022 posted by Mike

Bangers and Mash: 1977 MV Agusta 861 Magni

The MV Agusta Sport 750 America is a special bike. Developed by the company of the Count as a road-going testbed to celebrate and enhance racing exploits, MV Agustas were well known as capable race bikes in the hands of such legends as Giacomo Agostini. And while the 750 America was developed to conquer that emerging market that was the United States, not all examples actually shipped stateside. Incredibly rare, the 750S America is a beautiful example of the quirky mix of performance, engineering and artwork that defines Italian motorcycle design. However this particular bike was ever more special than that, as it was delivered into the hands of Arturo Magni who worked his magic. That magic included a new frame, new suspension, a new driveline (exchanging the shaft drive for a lightweight chain setup) and a complete tear down and rebuild of the engine. While they were in there, they punched out the 750cc bores to 861, while massaging and breathing on everything else. The full Magni catalog applied to the MV Agusta Sport America 750 was one of the most exclusive, expensive and performance oriented bikes you could buy.

1977 MV Agusta Sport America 861 Magni for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1977 Used MV Agusta 750 861CC AMERICA, 861 MAGNI BUILD is offered to you for sale in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, finished in red & silver, this used 1977 Used MV Agusta 750 861CC AMERICA, 861 MAGNI BUILD is one of the many rare and coveted used bikes that used motorbike dealer The Bike Specialists, Sheffield, South Yorkshire have available for sale.

More from the seller:
Here we have for sale a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of Italian engineering history. Built by the legendary Arturo Magni, a household name in motorcycle race engineers, we’re extremely proud to present the MV Agusta 861 Magni. Born in Milan in 1925 Magni’s career began at Gileras racing department in 1947, he was employed to assemble the Piero Remor deigned four-cylinder engine which went on to win the team six world championships. He first began work for MV in 1950 and later managed their racing department during MV Augstas ‘Golden Age’ who won no fewer than 75 world championships under Magni’s direction with riders including Hailwood and Agostini!

After retiring from Grand Prix in 1976 Magni and his sons set up a company producing performance parts for MV 750 Street bikes and began redesigning the 750 Sport and America range. Their bespoke kits enabled customers to be able to transform their road bikes into light weight sportier machines which increased capacity and performance. The most famous by far amongst aficionados was the 861 Magni.

More from the seller:
Our motorcycle is the ultimate example, it began life as a 750 America and was purchased in 2012 with the intent to recreate the original 861 Magni. With the expertise of Giovanni Magni and the original specifications set by Artuto work began to create this wonderful machine. The 750 America was disassembled before being re-built with a new frame designed by Magni himself, the inline-four-cylinder engine was rebuilt with new high-compression pistons, capacity was increased from 750cc to 861cc and new rear forks were fitted to support the Magni frame. Aesthetically the side panels, wheels, aluminium fuel tank and seat unit we’re all painted to exact original specification. The seat rubber and leather was replaced, Conti exhaust pipes fitted and the full fairing was added to create this stunning masterpiece.

Our 861 comes road registered and complete with the original 750 America parts including the frame and exhaust system as well as the owner’s manual, workshop manual and brochure. This machine features exemplary craftsmanship and would be the true jewel in the crown of any collection, please do not hesitate to contact us for further information, we can offer UK and worldwide delivery services.

In today’s market any vintage MV Agusta is in prime territory. These bikes are so visceral, the brand so storied and legendary that open spots in collections have a vacuum for one of the red & silver machines. And while this is likely true of most clean examples, a Magni build such as this goes over the top in terms of rarity. While the truism of collecting is to pick a stock example over a modified one, that rule changes when the modifications are so completely integrated into the bike and made by a handful of recognized icons; Magni certainly qualifies in the that category. Offered on eBay UK, this stunning example of twice-engineered Italian goodness is listed for £99,980. For US-based investors paying in greenbacks, that equates to approximately $121k at the current exchange rate. At that price not only do you get the bike as pictured, you also will receive many of the original, OEM parts such as the original frame (!). There are more pictures online that could not be shown in this post. You can check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Bangers and Mash: 1977 MV Agusta 861 Magni
KTM December 20, 2022 posted by Mike

Track Day Tuesday – 2006 KTM RC125GP

Track day bikes come in all shapes and sizes. Most are converted street bikes – some more elegantly converted than others – but occasionally we strike gold in the form of actual, professional grade racing hardware. And today’s find is just that. Designed by KTM as a GP race bike battling in the 125cc class, the RC125GP saw extensive use in the one-make Rookies Cup series. This was the feeder series to the 125cc class under the GP banner, with the goal of building up riders and providing a ladder to progress through the GP ranks. There was even a US-based Rookies Cup run under the AMA banner, with identical machines by KTM. Today, the Rookies Cup is contested on Moto3-spec machinery, but up until 2013 these sharp 125cc two strokes were the order of the day. These come up every so rarely, and today’s 2006 RC125GP is claimed to be a zero hour, zero mile, zero lap US Rookies Cup timepiece.

2006 KTM RC125GP for sale on eBay

From the seller:
2006 KTM RC125GP Red Bull Rookies Cup. Factory GP bike. Very limited! New they cost 42,000 EURO. This bike has Zero miles, Never raced and I believe very started. Perfect collectors bike!

For the uninitiated, it is easy to write off this bike as a simple starter bike or scooter with nifty paint work. But with nearly 40 HP up at 13,000 RPM and above, and an overall (dry) package weight that is lighter than most of us even before we don helmet and leathers (figure in the 160-ish range), the RC125GP is a serious bit of kit. With Ohlins suspension, big brakes and super sticky racing slicks the RC125 can go toe to toe mid-corner with any bike on the planet. It’s all about conservation of motion; smooth is fast. If you enjoy the problem solving you find on any given day at the track, the RC125GP forces you to up your problem solving game in order to maximize forward progress.

Here is a brief video of the US Rookies cup participating at Laguna Seca. This is NOT from this particular bike – I just found it on YouTube – but even the short clip shows how competitive this class was on one of the nation’s most iconic race tracks.



With the advent of four-stroke technology into GP racing and the lack of available 2-stroke street bikes, the ancient duo-cycle engine was relegated to weed whackers and leaf blowers. Values for surviving two strokes began to rise with rapidity, and unobtanium examples of factory race bikes climbed faster than the tach as the engine hits the pipe. This particular example is as clean as they get, devoid of any crash damage or abuse thanks to being a zero time specimen. Pricing is in line with condition, with the seller requesting $38,000 OBO. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Track Day Tuesday – 2006 KTM RC125GP
Featured Listing December 14, 2022 posted by Mike

Featured Listing – 1997 Suzuki RGV250/SP VJ23 by Speedwerks

Update 12.14.2022: Now on eBay! Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Today’s Featured Listing is brought to us by longtime RSBFS sponsor and supporter Speedwerks. If you are not familiar with Speedwerks, they are a shop based in Delaware that for nearly 30 years have turned out beautifully prepared and restored examples of bikes that we all drool over. If you don’t believe me, check out their shop directly (www.Speedwerks.com or www.facebook.com/speedwerks), and for some history, check out some of the Speedwerks bikes that have been featured over the years on RSBFS: Search Speedwerks.

Featured Listing – 1997 Suzuki RGV250/SP VJ23 by Speedwerks

The RGV250 world changed with the introduction of the VJ23. The last of the RGV series, the VJ23 introduced an entirely new configuration for the two-stroke twin cylinder, affecting the remainder of the overall package dramatically. Gone was the popular 90 degree v-twin that powered the earlier VJ21 and VJ22 series bikes. In its place was a more compact 70 degree unit. Displacement was still 249cc, but that displacement was achieved by a square bore-stroke ratio, as opposed to the earlier models which had a bigger bore and less stroke (over square). The new motor fit more optimally in the twin-spar aluminum frame, providing better handling with improved weight distribution. Suspention consisted of an upside down front fork and rising rate linkage in the rear – both fully adjustable. Electric start was included in the package (no more kick starting or bump starting), and even with such luxurious appointments the whole package still came in under 300 lbs! The SP designation adds even more tasty goodies, including a close-ratio 6-speed gearbox driven by a dry clutch.

From the seller:
This 1997 RGV250/SP VJ23 is by far the nicest, original one we’ve had come through here. There are no stories, no Chinese panels and no excuses’. The Pic’s speak for themselves. We discovered this VJ23 with the help of our friend Rick Deegan of RMD Motors in Japan.

We’ve bought and sold a lot of bikes and Vehicles through Rick/RMD and although he’s a bit ‘Colorful’ at times, he has always been honest and straight forward regarding the machines he sells, this one is no exception and doesn’t disappoint. We struck a deal and purchased it earlier this year. This Suzuki has had only ONE Original Owner in Japan and the gentleman bought it brand new as a 1997 model year. This was a leftover and it was first dealer registered in the year 1999.

In his ownership he racked up 11,900 kms. installed a set of WRS rear sets, kept it serviced regularly, otherwise it’s remained original and unmolested. He was fortunate to have a large house with a garage, where this machine was kept from the harsh salt elements that plague most aluminum and steel on the Japanese island. Consequently, there is none on this chassis.

More from the seller:
The Japanese Documentation is included, along with the 2 Dealer Keys, Manual, Warranty Book, and Factory tool kit.

As evident in the photo’s we did an extensive time consuming service and a borderline OCD detail job on the Chassis. The body is original, shiny and beautiful. All fluids, Fuel system, Carbs, Plugs, Air, Gear Oil and Coolant. The front suspension was also refreshed with new seals, bushings and Bell Ray fork oil. Rear shock refreshed and checked.

Finally a new set of Dunlops were spooned on and this beautiful RGV/SP is ready to;
– add to your collection.
– blast thru the canyons to Alice’s for lunch.
– Use a daily/Sunday rider.

Enclosed, Private delivery is available in the Cont. USA. and included at $24,000.
We can also crate the machine and assist with air or sea freight anywhere in the world.

Asking Price: $24,000
(price includes personal delivery in the continental US – no risky shipping companies!)

Contact:
Speedwerks Sportbike Service
101 Weston Dr. suite-8
Dover,De 19904
(302)672-RACE

www.speedwerks.com
www.facebook.com/speedwerks

You can also email Steve directly: steve@speedwerks.com

As highlighted, this is a home market VJ23 imported directly from Japan. That means that this particular example is restricted in terms of power output. This affects any Japanese home market bike, as the government imposed power limitations in order to curb high-speed street riding. Suzuki did produce these models for export outside of Japan, and those bikes do not have the power restriction. Steve from Speedwerks notes that full power export models will have a black VIN plate riveted to the right side of the frame, just behind the neck, a non-restricted ECU, a modified airbox, a 240kms speedo, and a black cap on the rear master reservoir. If you are shopping for a full power model don’t give up: Speedwerks has one available for restoration with the identical color scheme as today’s home market example (contact Steve for details).

As with all the bikes we have seen come out of the Speedwerks shop – whether they are race bikes or really rare gray market examples such as this 1997 Suzuki RGV250 SP – this bike is immaculate. It has a wonderful back story as a one-owner ride, and the numerous pictures show what is perhaps the best of the VJ23 breed we have seen. As the last series produced by Suzuki, these are rare and sought after bikes. The SP configuration is the one you want, and with only 7,300-ish miles showing this one looks like it will bring joy to a new owner for many years to come. Did I mention that this is the LAST of the factory two strokes ever offered? How about electric start? The best by Suzuki presented by one of the best shops we know, Speedwerks is now offering this exquisite example of RGV250 SP VJ23 imported goodness for an asking price of $24,000 (includes deliver in the continental United States). Here is a link to all 100+ photos of this amazing machine. Contact Steve directly (steve@speedwerks.com) for more details. Good Luck, and thanks to Speedwerks for being such a long time supporter of this site!

MI

Featured Listing – 1997 Suzuki RGV250/SP VJ23 by Speedwerks