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Featured Listing – 2010 BMW HP2 Sport!

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Update 5.11.2023: Price reduced to $19k. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

If you are talking about sport bikes, the boxer twin format is likely the last thing that comes to mind. Parallel and V twins have dominated the two cylinder format for years by way of Ducati, SVs, KTMs, etc. The HP2 Sport is a sneaky bike in that sense because it’s sort of like the quiet kid who gets on just fine but stuns everyone and wins the talent show by dancing to Billie Jean. While technically an iteration on the R1200S, there was undeniably A LOT of iteration in every major system of the bike that essentially brought it to its full potential. It’s unlikely that there will ever be a better or faster production boxer unless someone over in Munich loses their marbles and pulls a fast one on the bean counters.

So what makes the HP2 Sport so special? If I had to summarize it I would say by taking a platform that wasn’t meant for sporting use and maximizing its sporting capability, BMW was able to deliver one of the more unique riding experiences out there. There are not many (or really any) bikes with a boxer, telelever fork, and shaft drive that have a larger performance envelope. Now you could make an argument that attacking corners on an 1200S can get you something similar but the bike’s inherent limitations would have you riding around its shortcoming relatively quick.

BMW put a lot of money into nearly every aspect of this bike so any shortcomings wouldn’t show themselves unless it was piloted by a professional. The motor is the most powerful boxer motor ever built. It’s significantly more rev happy and will deliver power high in the revs which is an unusual trait for a boxer but still has the torque expected from a two cylinder. Double overhead cams were first introduced in a boxer in this bike and changes to the valve train also helped deliver 128 HP and 84 lb ft of torque. The power output was also modified as the HP2 got much tighter gear ratios and a quickshifter. Our seller has also added a Power Commander so expect some optimization of the power band….and some jamming of radars but you didn’t hear that from me.

I always say with great power comes the need for a great chassis. With a wet weight of roughly 438 lbs, the HP2 was right on par with the 1000s. There were multiple contributors to the 28 lb reduction over the R1200S but the most notable is the carbon tail unit, full carbon bodywork, and milled aluminum triple clamps. By shaving weight off the right places and slapping a set of Ohlins monoshocks on the front and back, BMW was able to tune the HP2 Sport to feel like a surgical tool despite it’s more relaxed geometry.

A note from the seller:

2010 BMW HP2 Sport in near-new condition.  9023 miles on it.
Bike is mostly stock with the following bolt-on exceptions:
– Dynojet Power Commander V with autotune & digital display
– New Antigravity Lipo battery
– Some titanium bolts (rotors, calipers)
– TPX radar/laser detector mounted on handlebar
New Michelin tires, oil/spark plug/air filter service recently done.
Prior to me, bike was owned by Bill from CaliMotoTV (2010 BMW HP2 Sport | First Ride – YouTube) about a year ago.
Buyer is responsible for pickup or paying for/arranging shipping.  Small box of extras included (extra mirrors, lower factory race bars, manual).
Our seller, Jae, truly has one unique bike. Production numbers vary depending on who you ask but a quick search for comps reveals that they don’t exchange hands that often and that has to a function of very limited stock in US and owners who are in for the long haul. The seller is asking for $21K $19k to part ways with this mint HP2 Sport. Reach out to him at… if you have any questions…and yes that is the email address he provided. As mentioned by the seller, this bike was featured numerous times on the CaliMoto TV Youtube channel and you can check it out here!
Thanks for reading!


Featured Listing – 1982 Eddie Lawson Replica KZ1000R & 1982 GS1000SZ Katana!

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Update 5.10.2023: Sold in just two days, exclusively on RSBFS! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Packaged Deal Featured Listing – 1982 Eddie Lawson Replica KZ1000R & 1982 GS1000SZ Katana

4 decades separate 2023 and 1982. Despite the passage of time, in the world of American superbike racing, the one thing these two years have in common is fierce rivalries amongst some of the most talented riders on the most capable machines. Today it’s Beaubier, Gagne, and Herrin. Yesterday it was Cooley, Lawson, and Baldwin. The culmination of all the development in motorcycling is what gives us our modern nail biters where riders are doing 190 mph down the back straight of Road Atlanta and rubbing carbon wings. If you are wondering what today’s rivalries looked like 40 years ago, you are in the right spot. The 1982 championship had its fair share of back and forth and Eddie Lawson entered the final race 19 points ahead of Honda’s Mike Baldwin. He only needed 14th place to win the title. Honda had opted to enter 6 factory bikes with the goal of harassing Lawson and ideally running him off but in the end a late brake dive and miss by a Honda rider gave Eddie the breathing room to finish the race and take the championship. Wes Cooley, a Hall of Famer in his own right, finished the championship in 4th but damn did he have the best looking bike.

We can’t sell you the badass personas of old school racers smoking Marlboros in the paddock but we can sell you the next best thing, their machines.

Our listing today is a bit unique in the sense that our seller has two bikes but they are two bikes that share something quite unique. Both bikes are the homologated street versions that belonged to two of America’s most famous riders from that 1982 championship: Eddie Lawson and Wes Cooley. The KZ1000 is #560/750 and the GS1000SZ is #1,547/2,500 for the USA. Clearly, both these bikes are rare and the fact they have made it 40 years with minimal mileage is quite impressive. Neither of these bikes are concours ready but the seller wants to note these are both great runners and are more so riders than museum pieces. Both were also repainted but clearly in the factory colors. I trust there is an interesting story as two how these bikes found each other but I suspect the catalyst was a fan of the championship who has lost their marbles at some point along the way.

The idea for the KZ1000 started when Kawasaki was looking bring more excitement about the KZ1000 platform as a whole. Remember, in the 80s and 90s, the development was so rapid that a bike would be leapfrogged by the competition every two or three years. The KZ had fallen victim to Honda’s and Yamaha’s progress so they decided to spark some interest by building a replica of their Superbike Champ’s machine based off of the KZ1000J. Aside from some ergonomic tweaks, the most notable changes were the Kerker exhaust, adjustable rear shocks, and of course, the green paint. For the most part, the replica would still struggle to escape the limitations put upon it by its streetbike roots but the paint scheme is really what caused the stir. Kawasaki’s iconic green bike winning in 81 and 82 was more than enough to make sure this bike was put on a path to the promise land.

From the seller:

1982 KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica #560 of 750 built for US. All original. Rider quality. Runs perfectly. Currently registered and insured in Massachusetts. only 3,896 miles. I am the second owner. Comes with all manuals and original paperwork.

The Katana entered the market with a slightly different story. Its inspiration was driven by a 3rd Party design team who had convinced Suzuki that there was opportunity to improve the aesthetic of the bike. Initially, the radical design made the US importers skittish and they ultimately only imported 2,500. The enthusiast community clearly feels that the forward design has aged well and values support that notion. I think Wes Cooley’s 1982 race bike is one of the more genuinely cool looking bikes because of how they carried the aggressive street looks over to the race version.

Similar to the KZ, the Katana was a tuned up streetbike. It was naturally lacking some torque over the GS1100 but the GS1000 was tuned for higher revs which essentially shifted the power band. Furthermore, the suspension was stiffened up and anti-dive technology was employed in the front forks. However, the main draw was really the design. Naturally, some were not fans due to how unfamiliar it looked but many were drawn to the futuristic lines and angles.

When it comes to these bikes, the most valuable parts one could source were the Yoshimura cams, 1,140cc big bore kit, and exhaust. If you were to kit this out you would have a pretty capable machine on the track as the aero and suspension made it comfortable at speed. Those pieces were worth nearly the price of the bike itself but would do wonders for collectability.

From the seller:

#1547 of 2500 built for US. All original. Rider quality. Excellent runner. Currently registered and insured in Massachusetts. 7K miles, I am the forth owner. Comes with all manuals and paperwork.

As demonstrated by our featured listings, many old school race bikes weren’t engineered as race bikes first. They were highly modified street bikes that were adapted to track use but they could never escape their street roots. The history of the rivalry and rawness of these bikes is what makes them so special. I think racing pedigree is one of the key indicators of value and there’s no shortage of that here as well. With low production and many bygone years rarity is no question. These bikes already proved their relevance in the motorcycling community many years ago. If you want a double serving of American Superbike history here’s your shot.

From the seller:

Both bikes have been repainted. The ELR last year, the Katana years ago.
Other than that, lots of patina on both. Ridable classics not museum pieces. Tires, brakes, tunes, fluid changes, etc all very recent on both. Each one titled in my name. Price is $25,000

The seller is only selling these as  package. Thanks for reading!

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Featured Listing – 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

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Update 5.4.2023: Relisted on eBay, now at $14,900 from $16k. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

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1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

As RSBFS writers, we often get first dibs at some of the Featured Listings that we write up. Our meager earnings from the site keep our tanks full and the insurance man happy but they’ll never stack high enough to take advantage of the first looks we get. Initially, it hurts a bit to watch a some of the excellent listings pass by but you eventually get used it. Then every once in a while a good man named Bob comes out of nowhere and dangles 3 dimepiece Zookis in front of you… So close yet so far. Thanks Bob!

Who is Bob? Bob Benyo is the Chief of Restoration at Globe Motorcycles, a private collector/restorer dedicated to bringing vintage motorcycles back to factory condition. Hopefully a future friend of the site as well. Bob has been stripping screws, busting knuckles, missing apexes, and eating chicken strips since the 80s when he graduated from the AMI. He’s one of those cats who has forgotten more about the game than most will know.

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This GSX-R 1100 is one of 3 Zook’s and one of two 1100s our seller is getting offload of this week. If you’ve been patiently waiting out the storm for the past couple years for a classic sportbike this is an opportunity worth exploring.

The GSX-R 1100 was a quick successor to the GSX-R 750 which needs no introduction. The big bore market in general was not new of course but the big bore sport bike market…well that was uncharted territory at the time. Suzuki quickly understood that certain markets had an appetite for big horsepower and they quickly developed an offering based on their 750 platform. A 1,052 cc oil-cooled mill generated around ~120hp and ~70 lb ft of torque at the crank. Throw that in a pot with a lightweight (for the time) chassis and you get to 160 mph pretty quick… That’s surely far quicker than whatever the po po were using to chase GSX-R owners at the time. The powerplant was reliable as well. It became a favorite of tuners and drag rats as they could easily shove more hp through the engine without any issues. I suspect that the engine reliability played a big part in allowing the seller to offer this bike with a healthy engine today. Speaking of the engine, this one exhales into in a period correct SuperTrapp SS exhaust. Those types of bits are always hard to come by on the classics.

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Motorcycles are pretty simple and direct. That being said, there are still multiple parts to the system and the motor is just one part that helps deliver the experience we seek from these types of machines. While I believe the motor is arguably the most important part of the system, it’s only ever so slightly ahead of handling which is another strength of the 1100. Remember, the starting point for this was 750 which was a proper track bike. Much of the engineering that made the 750 great dynamically was carried over to the 1100. The 435 lb dry weight surely is the main character but steering damper, electronic anti-dive tech, and the cartridge-style suspension all carried their weight in supporting roles.

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The other GSX-R 1100 Bob is selling is the stock, low mile one in perfect condition. This one seems to have been the evening cruiser of choice and has some mods that allowed inflexible Bob to enjoy his ownership. The main one of those is the bar riser kit. The 1100 is a loooong bike with a loooong tank and spending even 5 minutes at the helm seems like a test of one’s physical fitness. A tinted Lockhart windscreen and upgraded brake lines come installed as well. A prior seller has painted the original bodywork in red/white/blue which actually looks high quality and stock.

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Even the inside front of the belly pan is clean… That’s a surefire way to determine if someone is OCD about their toys…

All said and done, this seems like as good as an opportunity as any to snatch up an early ancestor of the Suzuki lineup. The seller has considerable experience in owning and maintaining these bikes so from a quality standpoint, I see very little risk. From a collector standpoint, status has already been achieved and value is a function of time at this point…and Jerome Powell. I think you should gather more details from the seller but it seems the bike has had an interesting backstory as well so there’s your cherry on top.

The “Buy It Now” price is $16K and there have been 0 bids on the auction which starts at $10.5K. BaT sold an ’86 1100 for $14.5 in July ’22 and an ’87 1100 for $11.5K in December ’21. Reach out to Bob directly at with any questions.

Thanks for reading and good luck!


A Bucket List Ride – BaT 1994 Honda VFR750

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1994 Honda VFR750F

These VFRs just look better and better every time I look at them. Age is making these finer and finer and I always say Honda has left some of the most remarkable bikes and engines in its wake through time. There’s just something so romantic about winding out a gear-driven V4 and feeling the power come through at 10k RPMs through a windy, empty road. 10-20 years from now when rocketpods are the new school buses and time travel capsules are the new rocketpods, bikes like the VFR are going to be the artifacts that best recall what exceptional and classic mechanical engineering looked like.

From an engineering standpoint, the VFR had been considered a success ever since it came out. Executing a single-sided swingarm and V4 in a streetable platform is no joke but Honda got it pretty right when the VFR first came out in 1990. In 1994, they came with some upgrades to further fine tune the VFR as an excellent multi-purpose street machine. In regards to the powerplant, Honda had tinkered with the cam timing, reshaped ports, and switched to a 34mm carb setup. They also opted to go with a 4-1 exhaust system that shed 5 pounds. Shedding weight was really the name of the game with the 1994 VFR as the exhaust combined with other various improvements resulted in a 20 lb weight loss. Weight is a sport bike’s worst enemy so the leaner profile certainly earned the VFR more credibility on the road and as a true swiss-army knife.

From the listing:

“Features include fully-faired bodywork, a cartridge-type Showa fork, a Pro-Arm rear suspension system, 17″ alloy wheels, quadruple Keihin carburetors, and a Two Brothers Racing four-into-one exhaust system in addition to clip-on handlebars, rear-set foot controls, a side stand, and a stepped two-up seat with a removable cowl. The bike was acquired by the seller in December 2022, and service in preparation for the sale included changing the oil and replacing the tires. This VFR750F is now offered at no reserve with front and rear Pit Bull paddock stands, a Chase Harper tank bag, an Eclipse drypack/saddlebag, a Bilt motorcycle cover, spare and removed parts, and a clean Oregon title in the seller’s name….

…The bike will be accompanied by front and rear Pit Bull paddock stands, a Bilt motorcycle cover, an Eclipse drypack/saddlebag, and a Chase Harper tank bag as well as spare and removed parts including an exhaust system, turn-signal lenses, and passenger foot pegs.”

One of the components than can get worn out on bikes this old is the suspension. They are often soft and weak and can make a good bike squirmy. One of the common upgrades is a Honda Superhawk fork upgrade which also allows for a 4 piston disc setup if your heart desires. Click here to check it out. Super cheap and could be worth a refresh as the seller has not mentioned that he went through the forks. 

I haven’t followed VFR values outside of making the rounds on Facebook Marketplace so I am curious to see how this auction performs. This example is very low mileage and seems to be in perfect condition with the original parts included. This should be a great opportunity to cement a benchmark value for a VFR in today’s market. Check out the listing on Bring a Trailer here.

Let me know of your thoughts on these VFRs and Honda V4s in general!

Thanks for reading!




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Late Bloomer – 1996 Suzuki GSXR-750R

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1996 Suzuki GSXR-750R 

Suzuki had lagged a wee bit as they rolled into the 1990s. The racetrack and motorsport were thriving with high attendance and that meant everyone could justify R&D. While at some points, Suzuki had led the race, in the early 1990s they had fallen victim to bikes like the ZX-7 and 916. The 1996 GSXR-750 was Suzuki’s response that leapfrogged them to the front of their class. While its competition was still wobbled by the initial punch, this generation of GSXR continued to beat up the competition by adding innovations such as fuel injection in the following years.

Picture 2 of 10The headline for the 1996 redesign was all about the chassis. A new cradle frame helped the bike increase rigidity and shed 30 lbs. Along with weight reduction, the chassis also started accepting the intake air by way of the fairing scoops aka “Ram Air”. The motor was also all new in 1996 and was a key contributor to the weight loss which naturally also makes the engine revvier and more powerful.

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From the seller:

Up for your consideration is a extremely clean blue & white 1996 gsxr 750 with only 6k miles. This bike has always been garage kept since new and the only modifications are a jet kit and full exhaust. I have the original owners manual tool kit and tank cover still in the package . You would be hard pressed to find another in this shape. I have a clear ny title that is not in my name , if this concerns you please do not bid . If you have any questions or need any additional pictures feel free to message me.
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If I hadn’t just paid for a car I am not driving, I would seriously take a look at this one myself. This bike seems to be in phenomenal  condition due to low miles and a caring owner. I mean there’s not a thing I would complain about here. When this listing had 6 days the price was at $6k or 6.5k and the owner has since reduced it to get a bit more traction on the auction and it’s working as a bid has appeared. While the auction will likely have a decent amount of upwards movement, this could be an opportunity to make your money on the buy.
Thanks for reading and good luck!

Prime Cuts – 2000 Honda CBR929RR

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2000 Honda CBR929RR

Nothing to see here. Just another hit from the Honda Motor Company. There are so many at this point it’s making my job easier. It’s not just the 919 and 929, even the 954 has seemingly gotten its legs underneath as evident from recent BAT transactions. What makes all these bikes great is that they are simple, analog, and they really stood out from the crowd when they were released.

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Honda was reengineering the Fireblade as often as I pour a myself a drink. Every iteration was a material improvement that seemed to resonate with riders across the globe. The 929 used its extra displacement to go more oversquare and higher compression. Add in fuel injection and 1,000 more revs and the output is 152hp. With more power and speed comes the need for more chassis composure. Along with making the frame stiffer, the 929 also got USD forks for the first time and 330mm binders up front. Weight reduction was also a focus in this era of superbikes. The 929 got a titanium exhaust and this example still wields the stock exhaust unlike many of the other 90s bikes that come on the market.

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From the seller:

Selling my Extremely clean 2000 Honda CBR 929RR. Super rare color to come by in this condition. Bike has Only 10,138 Miles and runs and riders perfect and super smooth with 0 issues. Everything is original on this bike all factory from 2000. Only modifications are the turn signals, mirrors, and rear license plate holder. Everything else is bone stock. Come see it for your self bike is in brand new condition and rides like its brand new, always stored indoors in the A/C so bike has 0 rust on it. Bike have Fresh oil and fresh oil filter, air filter was recently changed, and brake fluid was flushed and changed, brand new set of Bridgestone hypersport tires bikes absolutely needs nothing everything is in amazing condition. Feel free to ask for more pics and videos of the bike i have plenty.Private owner Clean Florida title in my name. Located in Seffner, Florida.Asking $7,500

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When it’s all said and done, the Fireblades have already cemented their legacy in the sport bike history. Over the past 3 years, it seemed that the sky was the limit for these bikes if they were in good condition. Our find today fits that bill. Low miles. Stored inside. Sign me up. For $7.5k you should really stop and think. There’s only direction these are going.

Thanks for reading!


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Track Day Find – 2003 Buell XB9R Track Chassis

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2003 Buell XB9R Track Bike (Engine Cases Only)

Going racing was one of Buell’s main goals. Along the way, he had created a number of track bikes that were meant to go head to head with the competitors and our find today highlights Buell’s success in his objective.

As you guys all surely remember, sport bikes were being developed wildly fast in the 80s-early 00s with new models coming out every couple years. Buell had his work cut out for him from the start. His 750cc race bike missed the mark as the racing governing bodies moved the super bikes from 750cc to 1000cc. Many X1 chassis were turned into race bikes but those were far behind the competitors in terms of technology. The release of the XB platform was good in the sense that it was different than what the competitors were making and it was a big step up in terms of technology from the X1. The XB quickly became a popular platform for racers all around the country.

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These XBs came nowhere close to the factory XBRR that debuted in 2007. These bikes largely had stock powerplants with upgrades to brakes, suspensions, bodywork, etc. They were also no match for the 600cc inline 4s as they lacked the top end speed needed on a long straight. Where they did shine was against other 2 cylinder bikes. The XB platform more or less ran the ASRA Thunderbike championship in a field of Ducatis and BMWs from 2003-2007.

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After doing some research, I suspect this bike was rode by either Dave Estok or Bryan Bemisderfer in the ASRA Thunderbike Championship. It’s unclear if this is a championship winning bike but there is a good shot considering Estok won multiple Thunderbike Championships in the same period the XBs were being produced. The history would definitely be something work probing with the seller.

From the seller:

You are bidding on 2003 Buell Race Chassis. Frame & Engine Number Have Been X Out and Stamped Race Only. Just Bare Cases in frame, no other motor parts come with it. Has Penske Rear Shock and brembo Master Cylinder. Front Forks are Engraved RACE ONLY. Many custom and modified Carbon fiber parts. Comes with custom Stand. Bike Sold with Bill of Sale Only

As mentioned by the seller, the bike is missing a motor but is otherwise complete. XB motors can be had for cheap and I can’t imagine the sale price of the chassis will eat up a couple months pay. If you know your way around Buells or know someone who does there is tremendous opportunity to have an interesting project and riding experience for not too much money. There may also be an opportunity to make your money back later on if you can make her roadworthy considering the history this bike may have.  This is an interesting proposition for sure.

Thanks for reading!



Dave eats a Ducati – 2006 Suzuki K5 GSX-R 1000R

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2006 Suzuki K5 GSXR-1000R 

At first glance, the most intriguing aspect of this motorcycle looks like it would be the polished rims. The untrained eye may just keep on scrolling. The trained eye, however, knows that this is one of the most well-rounded superbikes of all time.

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Engineering is all about compromises – how well do you want your machine to be at any one particular thing? The K5 is unique in this sense because it seems to have made the impression on it’s owners that there was very little compromise made when designing it! It did everything from commuting to touring to track days about as well as a super bike could do them. The inputs, ergonomics, motor, chassis, and aesthetics were all executed so well that there are still virtually no complaints about the K5 in any setting. No frills. Just excellence.

One of the key contributors to the success of the K5 is the motor. While the spec sheet didn’t break any records, the breadth of torque and power across the rev range made this a fun bike to ride everywhere. High-end hp is good for the track but the city roads and highways have a different set of demands that the well-rounded K5 motor was easily able to meet. This motor was so good that Suzuki saw it fit to be a starting point for their their modern heavyweight naked and sport tourer that are on showroom floors today. Some people were upset that Suzuki is still selling a 15 year old motor. I guess motors haven’t changed THAT much since then and those people are probably just salty they overpaid for the same thing elsewhere. Surprisingly, no one complains about the DRZ400 and DR650…

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Another key contributor was the weight…or the lack thereof. The performance bike battle of the 90s and 00s can be defined in broad strokes by the pursuit of higher hp and lower weights. The K5 was the lightest liter bike Suzuki had ever released at 366 lbs dry. Every liter bike they released after was heavier.

From the seller:

“…6677 miles
Power commander
New tires this past September (maybe 200 miles on them)
New GPR stabilizer
New pazzo levers
New mirror block offs with integrated signals
HID bulbs
Plate mount
Full Yoshimura exhaust
Double bubble wind screen
Aftermarket main seat
Passenger seat and cowl cover
3rd owner. Adult owned since purchased. Meticulously maintained. Stored in climate controlled building during off-seasons. No dings, dents, or scratches. Never been dropped or wrecked.
Stock mirrors and levers included…”
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So who is Dave and how did he manage to eat a Ducati? Mmm it’s a bit hard to describe… If Dave were a person he would be a 50 year old tech founder from Silicon Valley turned hippie. He may have been led astray from his glory days but he’s still highly dangerous due to his understanding of the fundamentals. I’m referring to a RevZilla piece where the hosts decided to pit a beat up K5 against a brand new Ducati V4 on a track to see how effective the modern stuff is. I won’t give away any more of the story but I highly recommend it if you haven’t already seen it.
The success of that video makes for a good closing argument as to why the the K5 is the pound for pound #1 in the liter bike game. Arguably more important are the stories and anecdotes you’ll hear at the race track or at the bar from those lucky enough get acquainted with the legendary K5.
Thanks for reading!

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