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Suzuki May 6, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Blue Smoke – 1986 Suzuki RG500 on eBay in Canada

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Even by today’s standards, the numbers are impressive… a claimed 95hp to go with a dry weight of just 340lbs would have this little 500 hanging right with the best of the modern 600s.  And they don’t sound nearly this cool!  The RG500 or “Gamma” was a legitimate monster back in it’s day.  Yamaha had similar offerings in the RD500/RZ500, but they claimed right around 80hp (give or take).  The Suzuki’s 95hp was the big number on the block.  Suzuki had a fair amount of success with the RG500 in Grand Prix racing, taking 4 Championships in 10 years and allowing numerous privateer teams a real shot at dethroning the factory Yamaha and Honda teams.  It’s no wonder that the Gamma has such a rabid following among both vintage race fans and those determined to terrorize the streets.

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This isn’t a museum piece, but it’s still in very nice condition with a few modifications, including fitting more modern Suzuki GSXR-750 suspension both front and rear.  We all know that suspension and braking technology from the early years was a limiting factor, so this RG should be even quicker around the track and a little less scary on the street.  Suzuki only made about 1400 RG500s in 1986, so it may be a while before you see another one for sale.  The seller is very descriptive and has even been kind enough to include a video of a one kick start that you can see here: 1986 Suzuki RG500 on eBay

For sale a very hard to find 1986 Suzuki RG500 in good overall condition with lots of modifications to improve the handling and the power plus also change the look of the bike a bit.

If you are looking for something unmolested and something that looks like it came out of the show room this bike is not for you. Keep in mind it is a  29 year old bike and they are known for having a lot of cracks to begin with.

I am selling this to Canada, USA, Mexico and any other countries too but I could not get it to change it when I listed the bike.

I had this bike in my collection for 15 years and I never even rode it once. I figure why not let someone enjoy it instead of keeping it in storage.

They will only go up in value so when I do sell it I would get way more than now.

The bike is not mint and it has it’s shares of small cracks here and there mostly on the upper and tail section, but there are also some cracks on the lowers that are very hard to see. It also looks that the paint was touched up here and there but as you can see by the pictures the bike still looks very, very good for a 29 year old bike.

The front end and rear end were replaced by the previous owner who was a mechanic and he did all the modifications and fabrications of what needed to be done to bolt the 1999 GSXR750 front end and rear end on to the bike.

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Blue Smoke – 1986 Suzuki RG500 on eBay in Canada
Ducati May 5, 2015 posted by Mike M.

1983 Ducati 900 SS – Mike Hailwood Replica

1983 Ducati 900 Supersport – Mike Hailwood Replica

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Before there was a Carl Fogarty or a Troy Bayliss or a Casey Stoner championing the Ducati brand, there was Mike Hailwood.  Hailwood is one of the few men to ever stand on the podium for both a motorcycle Grand Prix and a Formula One Grand Prix (which is really amazing).  Hailwood won numerous Grand Prix championships throughout the 1960s and then decided to pursue a career in Formula One and WSC.  After being away from motorcycle racing for over a decade, he returned to win the Isle of Man TT at the age of 38.  Ducati repaid him for the win by releasing the MHR (Mike Hailwood Replica) that we see here.

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The sellers states that he is just the third owner and that his MHR has a very low 9400km on the clocks.  It appears to be in fantastic condition for a bike that has actually been ridden.  You can read more on eBay right here: 1983 Ducati 900 Supersport MHR

After many years of ownership I am listing my unrestored low km. kick start 1983 Ducati MHR. The time has come to let this beautiful full blooded italian motorcycle go from  my collection. The bike is in good shape and does not need restoration beyond the aforementioned details. The engine cases have never been opened as the factory lead seal is intact. When I bought the bike in 1999, from what was then the second owner, it still had the original Pirelli Phantom tires which helped attest to its low mileage (listed in kilometers). I installed a set of Metzelers to make it roadworthy and have ridden a total of 2261 km to date. It has been stored for several years in my heated shop. After installation of a new battery and fluids it starts and runs well but would benefit from a carb cleaning. It has the original Silentium Brevettato mufflers which are clean and show no signs of corrosion. Mechanically this MHR is very good and correct and kicks over as it should. Cosmetically the paint is in good shape. There are no dents on the tank and the MHR’s fiberglass is consistent with the mileage and age of the bike.  I have never run the MHR without its aftermarket K&N air filters…I have the original bell mouths in an included spares box.

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1983 Ducati 900 SS – Mike Hailwood Replica
Yamaha May 3, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Can’t Miss It – 1992 Yamaha FZR-600 Vance & Hines Edition

1992 Yamaha FZR-600 Vance & Hines Edition

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Oh the 90s….  Where no color was too bright and no color combination was off limits!  This 1992 Yamaha FZR-600 is certainly proof of that.  Back in the 70s, Terry Vance was a successful and popular drag racer.  It was there that he met engine builder Byron Hines and together they parlayed their drag racing success into a profitable performance company appropriately named Vance & Hines.  They eventually branched out into AMA SuperBike racing and would make it all the way to an official deal supporting the factory Yamaha AMA SuperBike team.   They signed Dave Sadowski as their rider and promptly went out and won their first race, none other than the Daytona 200.  That success continued to an eventual 600cc AMA Championship with Sadowski in the saddle.

Two years later, Yamaha released a limited run of just 500 FZR-600s in the unmistakable factory yellow and pink paint scheme.  There were no performance bonuses, other than the simple V&H slip on exhaust, it’s the colors that are the story here.  Love it or hate it, this bike represents a legitimate racing history and pedigree.  If you love AMA Racing and it’s history this is a worthy contender for a spot in your garage and the price is usually much lower than other collectable examples of the era.

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This one appears to be well cared for with only minor modifications that could be returned to stock if you wanted to.  The seller lists them in his auction found here: 1992 Yamaha FZR-600 Vance & Hines Edition

Rare Survivor FZR 600 – Vance and Hines Limited Production Edition with FACTORY YELLOW And Pink Paint scheme. #316 of 500.
I purchased this bike in November of 2013, and have only started the bike up every month, and taken it out two times on short 50 mile trips on the local twisties on the occasional Sunday ride.

The bike runs excellent. I bought it from the 3rd owner whose brother previously owned it. Bike was serviced, new plugs, fluids etcand tuned ( I have docs)and windshield just before I bought it. So it runs like it should. Smooth as butter.
No issues. The bike did get all the looks each time I took it out to the bike spot. Probably due to the crazy color scheme. It was homage to Yamahas racing heritage of those years. Bike has the authentic Series #316 of 500 emblem in tact on the tank which proves its heritage. Tires are new, no rips in corbin seat. (nice touch) Yellow windscreen adds nice touch. Intergrated period correct for 90s’ signals (no, I do not have original signals, but they can be easily found on ebay. No I do not have

Upgrades from factory according to previous owner: Vance and Hines supersport exhaust ; FOX rear shock (fully adjustable and Rare these days) ; CORBIN Seat ( no I don’t have stock seat); New Perelli Angel GT Tires ( less than 100 miles) : Progressive front fork springs.

thank you for your interest.

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Can’t Miss It – 1992 Yamaha FZR-600 Vance & Hines Edition
Suzuki April 29, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Beautifully Restored 1986 Suzuki GSXR-1100

1986 Suzuki GSXR-1100 on eBay

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Often overlooked by collectors focused on it’s 750cc little brother, the 1986 Suzuki GSXR-1100 is just as important in the evolution of superbikes.  Suzuki started the GSXR family on the other end of the spectrum, with their 400cc model while gradually working all the way up to the 1100cc masher that we see here.  Even by today’s standards, the performance numbers are impressive.  Powered by an air-cooled 1052cc mill producing a claimed 137hp and weighing just 434lbs, the competition was left in the dust.  The biggest problem was that the square tubed aluminum from was susceptible to distortion from the big power and the braking and handling of the era wasn’t really up to the task either…. but that’s half of the fun, right?

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This example is probably the nicest one I have seen since my very early riding days and it’s almost impossible to believe that’s it’s showing 80,000km on the clocks.  Much of bike is original, but a few bits have had some well deserving love.  The seller’s eBay ad is very detailed and can be read here: 1986 Suzuki GSXR-1100 on eBay

1986 Suzuki GSXR 1100. First year original restored condition. Full service history from day 1. Full Yoshimira exhaust circa 1989. Original exhaust in perfect condition come with the bike as well. Fully tuned for pipes with dyno at 114hp at rear wheel. All new OEM switch gear purchased direct from Suzuki while they still carried it. New screen in original box. Never installed it because I used the bike and didn’t want to get it dirty! New rotors, chain, chain guard, tires almost new. Has period correct Corbin touring seat circa 1980s but original seat and passenger seat cowl in fantastic condition included with bike. Paint is original in near perfect condition. Don’t be fooled by mileage. Entire top end redone with recent valve adjustment.

Did I mention that it’s clean?

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Beautifully Restored 1986 Suzuki GSXR-1100
Bimota April 25, 2015 posted by Mike M.

What Could Have Been – 1997 Bimota V-Due

1997 Bimota V-Due on eBay

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On paper, it was everything that we all asked and begged for… a roadgoing version of the 500cc two stroke monsters that we watched Mick Doohan and crew wrestle around the track in Grand Prix racing.  Unfortunately two strokes, for all of their performance legend and lore were burdened with characteristics that some (The Fun Police) found distasteful.  They were loud and dirty and smoky and anybody who rode one became the scourge of the neighborhood.  The Japanese manufacturers had left two strokes in the past and they weren’t coming back.  Until Bimota decided to take what would ultimately prove to be a suicidal risk.  The numbers were there.  110hp and a claimed 300lb dry weight was the closest thing that any of us would ever get to our GP fantasies…. and it was beautiful.

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Unfortunately and catastrophically for Bimota… the V-Due just wasn’t sorted out.  The initial excitement was quickly tempered by some scathing reviews by the European press and when customers eventually rode their machines they all stunk.  Customers reported seized engines, oil leaks and a power delivery that was so erratic that the V-Due was practically unrideable.  Many simply returned their bikes to the dealships.   The initial diagnosis blamed the fuel injection and Bimota attempted to remedy the situation by retrofitting carbs, but it was too little too late and the damage was done.  Bimota filed for bankruptcy in 1999.  Several years later, with new investors and properly sorted out, a few hundred V-Dues resurfaced as new 2003-2004 models with carburetors.

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This particular model is basically showroom new, with only 47 kilometers on the clock and given it’s dubious legacy, you have to wonder if that’s because it never worked.  The seller’s ad doesn’t mention anything about the running condition, but it does state that it’s still fuel injected… so proceed with caution!  1997 Bimota V-Due on eBay UK

BIMOTA 500 V DUE 500 1997 Covered only 46 KM from new in immaculate condition complete with both keys. Bike is originally from Germany will be registered to the new owner supplied with a UK V5 and new 12 months MOT. Very rare investment opportunity fuel injection 500 cc Two stroke model.

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What Could Have Been – 1997 Bimota V-Due
Bimota April 23, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Carbon Fiber Fantasy – 2000 Bimota SB8R

2000 Bimota SB8R on eBay

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Bimota managed to carve out a nice little niche in the sportbike market by taking existing engines from established manufacturers and packaging them in their own sexy Italian style.  The Bimota SB8R might be the epitome of that idea.  Starting with the positively stonking 135hp 996cc v-twin from Suzuki’s Tl1000R, Bimota surrounded it with a twin spar frame that was half aluminum and half carbon fiber and then draped it in striking carbon fiber bodywork.  The giant carbon fiber air inlets seem to be a “love it or hate it” part of the style, but either way, they are certainly a trademark design element for the SB8R.  The generous use of carbon fiber and other weight savings tricks resulted in a motorcycle that still had the great power of the Suzuki but weighed almost 75lbs less.  That’s a recipe for fast any way you cut it.  Production was very limited with only 150 total units sold, so act fast if you want one of your very own!

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This beautiful Bimota appears to be in near flawless condition.  The seller also list a few minor modifications that he’s made in his eBay listing seen here: 2000 Bimota SB8R for sale

any ways the bike has had recent oil and fluids changed  and is in near perfect condition. I will say it is as I bought it from the importer , which I got it right out of the crate. so anything you think or see that is not right, well, its the way it came.

with the flowing exceptions.

stainless steel brake lines installed from brand new

moto corsa exhaust installed at brand new.

digital fuel trimmer, installed at brand new.

SB8RS bimota rearsets installed slightly after purchase

clear clutch cover and custom made flywheel with Barnett Kevlar clutch set, installed slightly after purchase.

one tooth smaller front sprocket and billet sprocket cover. installed slightly after purchase.

recent brisk sparkplugs

recent shorai battery.

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Carbon Fiber Fantasy – 2000 Bimota SB8R
Suzuki April 16, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Mint Middleweight – 1997 Suzuki GSXR-750

1997 Suzuki GSXR-750 on eBay

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1996 was a “get serious” year for Suzuki’s iconic GSXR-750.  The early 90s had seen Suzuki losing ground on the racetrack and in the dealerships to Kawasaki’s ZX7 and Ducati’s 916.  The 1996 “SRAD” was a completely new bike, with Suzuki abandoning their classic cradle frame and going to an aluminum twin spar frame and wrapping it in sleek new bodywork.  The frame and the appearance of the new GSXR were both based off of Suzuki’s RGV500 GP bikes and the results were stunning.  A weight loss of nearly 75lbs and a new high revving engine now featuring a ram air setup pushed Suzuki back to the front of the class.

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The GSXR seen here came one year later in 1997 and was largely unchanged from the 1996 model aside from slightly different paint schemes.  A red and black option now replaced the awful brown and carbon scheme seen in 1996…. but let’s be honest, we all want the classic blue and white!  This one has been in the same family since day one and it’s obvious that they cared.  Despite having a healthy 25k miles on the clock, you’d never know it by looking at it.  It appears to be bone stock aside from the D&D pipe (start looking for a Yosh if you’re the lucky new owner) and some wheel tape.   You can check out the auction here 1997 Suzuki GSXR-750 on eBay.  I will be watching with great interest, as I think a minty SRAD might become the next hot commodity.

1997 Suzuki GSXR 750 SRAD in great condition . The bike has no issues runs and drives like new. has new tires on and is ready to enjoy. The bike has a D&D full exhaust and zero gravity wind screen. every thing else is all original. The bike has never been repaired never been tipped over or laid down. It has always been in the same family and adult driven. 

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Mint Middleweight – 1997 Suzuki GSXR-750
Honda April 15, 2015 posted by Mike M.

Game Changer – 1993 Honda CBR900RR

1993 Honda CBR900RR on eBay

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It’s hard to believe that’s been over 20 years since Honda rocked the sportbike world with it’s revolutionary 1993 CBR900RR.  I am fortunate enough to still have one in my garage and it still feels every bit as raw as the day it came out.  With it’s ultra short wheelbase, 600 class dry weight and a respectable 120hp on tap (and that 16″ front wheel) it commands your full attention all of the time.  While the competition from the other three manufacturers were busy via for top speed crowns on increasingly heavy open class bikes, Tadao Baba was going in the opposite direction with Honda.  Virtually all of the physical dimensions of the 900RR were in line with the 600s of the day and that more than made up for any lack of power compared to the other liter bikes.  The 900RR won every open class shootout that year and was named Bike of the Year in almost every magazine.

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While the 900RR sold well, it’s tricky nature means that survivors are increasingly rare.  This one has a few minor beauty marks, but looks to be in good condition otherwise.  The eBay auction is already seeing a lot of action with a good number of viewers and bidders already participating.  You can check out the auction here: 1993 Honda CBR900RR on eBay or read a bit from the seller below

Hello I have a very nice 93 Honda cbr 900rr sport bike these bikes are becoming harder and harder to find the bike has 24205 miles and runs great just had it serviced it has k and n filters and a shorty pipe new red chain new rear tire and new battery the rest of the bike is all stock the front tire needs to be replaced soon it’s has some scratches not bad and a small crack on front fairing very easy to fix to make it perfect

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Game Changer – 1993 Honda CBR900RR