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Kawasaki May 9, 2012 posted by Rem

Clean ’88 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 For You!

Location: Reno-Sparks, Nevada

Mileage: 7,461

Price: Auction, no reserve

Back in the 80’s the Ninja was a groundbreaking machine for the sportbike world. The GPz900 of Top Gun fame lead to the Ninja 600 that was a first for the inline four, water cooled 600cc sportbike. People may not think much of them now, but the Ninja brought the Hurricane and eventually, late to the party, the GSX-R 600. All that is to say that in ’88, the Ninja ZX-10 (formerly the ZX1000R) was one seriously bad ass bike. It ran with the GSX-R1100, FZR1000, and Hurricane 1000. The biggest and fastest back then.

Here’s what the seller has to say about this bike-

Yes, this is the one you have been looking for. Garage kept, low miles, great paint. The pictures are worth a thousand words. Meticulously maintained. You will not find a better example of this model. One tiny scratch on the front fender. Local pickup is available in the Reno Nevada area. All question will be answered promptly.

Novice riders beware, this is a serious bike. This is one of the first bikes to crack 160mph. 0 to 60 in 3.7. Quarter mile in the high 10’s.

Will there be another one like this sitting in someones garage? Maybe maybe not. So quit drooling and bid already!

And more pics-

This bike looks very stock outside of the Corbin seat, which most would consider an upgrade, and the smoked windscreen. With 7,461 miles, the bike really hasn’t seen that much riding in its 24 years. Geez, is it really 24 years? I graduated in ’88. Getting so old. The paint looks pretty good and the seller only mentions a minor scratch, which you may want a close-up picture of.

There’s no reserve on this auction, so we’ll get a good test of the market on this one. If you’ve been looking, you may want to follow the seller’s advice and quit drooling (something you should really consider stopping anyway) and place your bid!


Sport Bikes For Sale May 6, 2012 posted by Rem

Collector Alert! Yamaha RZ350 with Only 561 Miles up for Grabs!

Location: Marysville, Washington

Mileage: 561. Seriously.

Price: $9,900

If you’re putting together your dream collection of historic sportbikes, or a stellar Yamaha collection, or a Kenny Roberts museum, then you need to look at this bike. Here you have the opportunity to own a true collector’s bike. All original except for the battery (understandable) and only 561 original miles – this is something special.

The bike is listed on Seattle Craigslist. Here’s what the seller has to say-

This motorcycle is a RZ350 NC Kenny Roberts Signature Edition. It only has 561 miles on it!. Everything is original, except for the battery. I am the second owner and have had it for five years. I have ridden it only a few miles while I have owned it. Everything is in good running condition. Motor compression is great, all electronics work. Carbs have been gone thru and all fluids have been changed gas tank is rust free. The brakes are in good shape too. 

Call or email me for more information. I can send more photos if you need. If you are looking for a bike to put in your living room this is the one!

And more pics for you-

I’m sure most everyone who follow RSBFS knows that a legal two stroke bike in the U.S. is as uncommon as it gets. These bikes were only imported for ’84-’86, making their numbers here even smaller. And finding one with mileage as low as this and as original makes those numbers even smaller still.

So if you’re a collector and have been looking for the right RZ350, you may have found it in this one. There’s not much to say for this bike. It speaks for itself. The seller is asking a serious price, but then again, when you have something like this, prices can certainly climb.

If it’s time to start or add to your collection, go check this listing out!


Sport Bikes For Sale May 5, 2012 posted by Rem

Pocket Madness! ’90 Yamaha YSR 50

Location: Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Mileage: 1,993

Price: Auction with a reserve

Want a two stroke that’s legal in the U.S. and won’t exactly overwhelm you with power? Do you want to feel like a giant on a sportbike or maybe have a 10 year old aspiring to be the next Rossi? Well, here’s your new ride. When these came out back in the day a kid in my high school rode one to school. It made no sense, but we all loved it and took turns riding it. I’m too old (read fat) for one now, but I still dig it.

Here’s what the seller has to say-

1990 YAMAHA YSR50 that runs and drives perfect! I’m a factory trained cycle tech and have gone through the bike top to bottom to prepare it for sale. Cycles needs nothing when it comes to mechanics but body was banged up and has been patched painted and touched up, looks good from a few feet out. any questions just email me or if you want you can call me. I can help arrange shipping if needed just ask. heres a youtube link to see it run and drive   Thanks and good luck bidding. check out my other items, bikes im selling on my current listings. I am 25 miles west of Milwaukee.

I tried to view the video to include in the post but it was listed as unavailable. Oh well. Here’s some pice at least-

The seller sounds like they have the bike in running order and it looks to be in good shape. The body has had some paintwork done and maybe you’ll want some really close photos to get an idea of how it looks.

Times are tight and maybe you want to start doing some pocket racing, or just cruising around the neighborhood looking like a maniac. Or maybe it’s an ideal bike your kid can learn on. I don’t know. I just like it. If you do too, take a look!



Sport Bikes For Sale April 28, 2012 posted by Rem

’88 Suzuki GSX-R Slingshot Edition Up for Grabs

Location: Rockford, Illinois

Mileage: 18,020

Price: Auction, currently $2,500 with a reserve

Sorry, but I had to throw another old GSX-R into the mix. Actually, I’m not sorry. I love these bikes. We’ve had quite a few older GSX-R’s on here lately and I’m glad they’re always coming out of the woodwork. This bike is a Slingshot, a name given to the bike after the Y-shaped air channels leading into the carbs. The engine was revamped to a shorter stroke, something that was thought to bring more revs and therefore, more power. Didn’t really work out that way. But still a cool bike.

Here’s what the seller has to say-

Hello and welcome to my auction. Up for sale is my 1988 Suzuki GSXR 750 Slingshot. This is an excellent example of this classic machine that is sought after by many. This bike is in very nice condition and you won’t find many if any as clean as this one is. This bike is almost all original except for a few minor aftermarket parts. The bike is pictured with the matching O.E.M. solo seat on it but it does come with the original passenger seat set up as well. I have owned quite a few of these 1988 – 1990 GSXR’s and this one is one of the nicest that I have owned. I love these older GSXR’s because of how awesome they look and are to ride. Whenever I pull this bike out I get all kinds of looks and everyone who is not familiar with the year of the bike thinks that is new. Please only bid if you intend on following through with the purchase. Whoever ends up buying this bike is going to be happy that they did. This bike runs awesome and looks awesome as well. I want to thank you for looking and good luck bidding. If you have any questions please e-mail me or call and ask for Bob. The buyer is responsible for any and all shipping charges. There is NO WARRANTY expressed or implied. I reserve the right to end the auction at any time as I will be putting the bike up for sale locally as well.

And some photos-

This bike isn’t a bone stock example but looks to be fairly clean for its age and mileage. Clearly has a Yoshimura exhaust, not uncommon on this or any other GSX-R. Windscreen and turn signals are replaced. The OEM solo seat comes with it, which is a bonus in my book. If you want to ride two up, the original seat is included.

All in all, this looks like a pretty clean ride for someone who wants to maybe start collecting or just have a killer older GSX-R to show off. Whichever one speaks to you, go make a move and place your bid!


Sport Bikes For Sale April 27, 2012 posted by Rem

Get One While You Can – Original, First Year GSX-R 1100

Location: Visalia, California

Mileage: 42,000

Price: Auction, currently $3,850

Update 4.26.2012: Previoulsy posted on March 1, this bike sold for $4500 but is back on eBay. Links updated. -dc

So everybody knows that I’m particularly fond of the Suzuki GSX-R. And we really haven’t had an early one in a while here on RSBFS. Well, here’s one. 1986 is the first year of the 1100, a bike that took things up a notch or five when it came out a year after Suzuki shocked the motorcycling world with the GSX-R 750. The 1100 was the same chassis, but with a bigger air and oil cooled 137hp monster of a motor. And a bulletproof motor at that. This bike is legendary.

The pics are a little fuzzy but here they are-

And from the seller-

here we have a 1986 suzuki gsxr 1100 rare british color scheme it has the 530 chain conversion with brand new chain and sprockets, the tank is dent free completely and is in near perfect shape other than some clear coat peeling on the stripe portion. the other panels are in good shape not perfect but not poor a nice example of a 26 year old bike. it has brand new bt45 bridgestone tires and new rear brake pads. the rear grab rail comes with the bike not pictured on it. the bike has not been down at all other than the left lower fairing has a silver dollar size rash where it bubbles out to cover the crank shaft. it has 180 psi compression in every cylinder. all stock bike please call larry with questions. other than me this is a one owner bike included with the bike is the original sales contract. fresh tune up as well plugs, oil carb and valve adj

The seller mentions the minor mods to the bike and some small cosmetic issues. Photos show a pretty clean and original bike and while the mileage is up there the engines in these, as mentioned above, are pretty bulletproof. Many a GSX-R 1100 motor went into many a drag bike. So if the bike has been maintained, you should have something you can ride as you like for quite some time. Who knows where the price goes on this one, but I would suspect between $5k and $6k. We’ll see.

So another early GSX-R 1100 up for grabs. They ain’t gonna make any more of these, so if you’ve been looking, it might be time to pull the trigger. To start the squeeze on that trigger, make the jump!


Sport Bikes For Sale April 26, 2012 posted by Rem

Clean, Original ’87 Yamaha FZ 700…Yes, 700!

Location: Goshen, Indiana

Mileage: 32,169

Price: $3,700 BIN

So I even did a double take when I saw this bike. FZ 700? Huh? I’m familiar with the Yamaha line up and the 700 didn’t ring any bells. Seven fifty? No problem. Or say the 1000, 600 and 400? Sure. I thought the seller may have made a mistake. Well, no matter how much we know, there’s always more to learn.

So why the 700 cc’s? Well, apparently back in 1987, the government had a tariff on bikes over 700 cc’s. This made them more expensive, so how do you solve that? Go with 697cc’s instead. That gives you this, the FZ 700. The tariff would be lifted the following year and the displacement was bumped to the more common 750. So ’87 was the only year of the 700 in the U.S.

Here’s the seller’s information-

FOR SALE is a 1987 Yamaha FZ700 5-Valve Genesis bike. I am the second owner of this vehicle and have not even put 100 miles on it. The bike is immaculately clean and ORIGINAL!!! She has just over 30,000 miles on her but has never been dropped, crashed, or abused. It is 100% stock with all the OEM parts and equipment. Asking $3700 OBO (all offers are considered). Must see bike in person to really appreciate!! Email for questions or details. Thanks!! 

NOTE* Buyer is responsible for pick up within 7 days of an accepting offer. The bike will be sold AS-IS with NO express or implied warranty. 

And photos-

The bike is advertised as original and it sure looks that way. For it’s age it also looks to be in clean shape. The seller show some scratches that don’t look too severe. The bike has lots of miles so you’ll want to get a good idea of the service history and make sure it runs well. Otherwise, this thing looks solid.

So if you like Yamaha’s and want one that only existed for one model year, this is your bike. Sure, it’s got the smaller engine, but it should still be fun and a cool piece of sportbike evolution in the U.S. See what you think and make the jump!



Honda April 23, 2012 posted by Rem

Restored and Clean VF1000R In Canada

Update 4.23.2012: Listed last month originally, this example is back along with 3 other examples (here, here, and here). Links updated. -dc

Location: Ottowa, Canada

Mileage: 24,861

Price: Auction, currently $3,500 with reserve

The VF1000R is a great bike in the development of the Honda sportbike. Born out of the Interceptor line, the VF1000R was a much more track like bike from Honda and included the famous V-4 Honda motor that continued on in various forms through the RC30 and on into the current VFR800. The bike was only available in ’85 and ’86, so finding them in clean condition is not an easy task.

This bike is described as a restored machine with some modifications that should help the bike perform better. The frame has been powder coated and new paint applied where needed. The fairing is listed as original and appears in great shape.

Here’s the info from the seller-

An incredibly nice bike – Overall condition is an honest 8 out of 10, as restored by previous owner (originally from Texas), having been carefully dismantled with frame powder-coated and all other parts otherwise cleaned/painted. Hand laid factory fiberglass (not plastic) all in near perfect condition.

Only made for 2 years…incredibly smooth Honda V-4 power with gear-driven cams (over 120 h.p.) and better looking, very bright 1986 dual-headlight conversion.

This bike garners attention like no other and everything is in fantastic condition, complete with original tool-kit.

Factory clip-ons, OHLINS rear shock, replaced stator, stainless brake lines (black PVC coated to look original but with superior feedback/performance), new super powerful DEKA battery and Avon with only about 150 miles on them since installed last spring – A very pleasing machine to ride with an extremely linear power-band.

Now quite rare, this VF1000R will maintain/gain value in years to come. Recent professional appraisal done for insurance purposes if it was ever to be stolen or otherwise lost will be provided with sale. Additional photos/video available for serious inquiries.

Selling as damaged Meniscus in both knees means I’m not a good match for the factory peg location and I’ll eventually be finding something a little “roomier” (3 bikes in the garage is too much).

And the photos-

This looks to be a very clean bike but it has also some some modifications, like the headlight conversion and brake lines. Those are good upgrades but also take away some, not a lot, but some from the originality. That may be important to hard core collectors. Otherwise, you would be getting a good looking, rare bike that would be fun to ride.

These are cool bikes. This one looks to be restored well and ready to ride. If you are looking for a VF1000R, this one deserves your attention. So go ahead and place a bid!


Kawasaki April 21, 2012 posted by Rem

Not the R, But Still Awesome- ’92 Ninja ZX-7

Location: Lees Summit. Missouri

Mileage: 20,860

Price: $4,500 BIN

When it comes to the Kawasaki ZX7, most of the time on RSBFS, you’ll see the hyper desirable ZX-7R, the homologated race special that came with track inspired touches such as flat side carbs and an aluminum gas tank. Those bikes were limited edition and special for sure. This ZX7 is simply the factory Kawasaki ZX-7 offering at the time. But don’t let that turn you off. While we all love homologated race bikes, this gives you a killer looking ride, with better street manners, and a better price.  Good stuff to consider.

Here’s the seller’s info-

1992 Kawasaki ZX7 Ninja 

Original Paint and Decals

20,860 miles

Enthusiast owned and maintained

Excellent tires

Always stored in heated garage


Minor scratches, notable on left side, see pictures, as you can see from other pics, they are not visible from more than 5 feet away

No accidents

Stock except for Muzzy Pipe, tinted screen, and turn signals

$600 is carb work completed last summer, fires up and runs excellent

J2 model, becoming harder and harder to find


Engine 4-stroke, DOHC in-line four, 16-valves 

Displacement 749cc 

Starting Electric 

Bore/Stroke 71.0 x 47.3mm 

Cooling Liquid 

Carburetion Keihin CVKD36mm x 4 

Ignition Digital 

Transmission 6 Speed 

Frame Aluminum perimeter 

Rake/Trail 24.5 degrees/95mm 

Suspension(Front) 41mm USD forks with adj. Preload, Rebound Damping and Ride Height 

Suspension(Rear) UNI-TRAK monoshock rear, adj. Preload, Rebound Damping and Ride Height 

Wheel Travel(Front) 120mm 

Wheel Travel(Rear) 120mm 

Braking(Front) Dual 320mm Discs w/ 4 piston calipers 

Braking(Rear) Single 230mm disc w/ 2 piston opposing caliper 

Wheelbase 1420mm 

Dry Weight 195Kg 

Claimed Power (Crank) 100 bhp @9,793rpm 

Claimed Power (Rear Wheel) 95.1 bhp @9,793rpm 

Average MPG 45 

Top Speed 148.5 mph 

And the pics for your pleasure-

The seller says the bike is all stock except for the Muzzy exhaust (not uncommon on the ZX7 for sure), windscreen and turn signals. The bikes has some scratches but they seem pretty minor for the age of the bike. Mileage is getting up there but the seller describes recent carb maintenance and that the bike runs strong. Good stuff.

I agree that these will only get harder and harder to find. They don’t make them anymore, after all. The seller is asking about the top of the range right now for this bike. You’ll have to think about just how much you want it. And maybe you’ll be able to work a deal.

Regardless, this bike is iconic in the Kawi world. If you can give it the home it deserves, make the jump!