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Sport Bikes For Sale June 22, 2011 posted by Rem

Big Brother Up for Auction- ’89 Yamaha FZR 1000

Location: Long Grove, Illinois
Mileage: 28,071
Price: Auction, BIN $6,000

Well, it seems the big brother in the FZR lineup has shown up for auction. Here’s the ’89 Yamaha FZR 1000. Looks a lot like the FZR 600 (Deltabox frame, great paint/graphics) posted just days ago on RSBFS, but when you twist the throttle (five-valve-per-cylinder triple digit horsepower), I suspect the similarities end there. So you get all the good looks and more power. Not a bad deal.

Here’s some more pics-

Here’s the information from the seller-

This FZR 1000 is absolutely perfect for an 1989.  It has never been raced or downed.  I bought this bike for my collection from a collector who sold  it to me, he put less than 100 miles on it.  The bike won bike on the Decade in 1989.  The plastic is in excellent condition and the tires are new.  I just had the bike fully serviced for 725.00.  I owned a  one new in 1989 and was sorry I sold it.  So I searched for over 2 years  until  I found this bike out of upstate New York.  The bike is completely stock except for the tinted shield and a upgraded airbox.  It drives as nice as my first one did when I bought it new.  It is a very rare, usually the older sport bikes are destroyed by now.  This bike will do nothing but increase in value as the years go on. It has never been downed or dropped.  The bike has always been adult ridden and not raced.  I am selling it, because I have decided to buy something else and dont have the room for all these bikes.  The miles are original and I have every service record along with the original purchase contract.  I only have 1 key and I am missing the owners manuel, but have a service text book that goes with it.  I reserve the right to end the auction early, because I have it for sale locally.  I will only take a cashiers check or cash and the bike is available to view if you are in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago.  Please no low ball offers Im not selling this bike because I have to.  The last one to sell on ebay had 6000 more miles and was completely modified and it had been dropped. It sold for 5,375.00.  I will meet the shippers at my house to load the bike if thats what you prefer.  The bike will not be released without the funds clearing. I have a clear title in hand.  If you have any questions please email of call before you bid.

This appears to be a very clean, well maintained example for a bike this age with minimal modification. The BIN price does seem a little high compared to some previous listings so you will have to decide how much this particular bike speaks to you. The seller says it’s for sale locally, so quick action may be required.

If you feel the need for ’89 speed, check this auction out!

-RN

Kawasaki June 20, 2011 posted by Rem

One-Owner ’92 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7

Location: Joplin, Missouri
Mileage: 15,995
Price: Auction, current bid $4,400

{this auction ended before I could post it. If interested, maybe the seller still has it available. -dc}

We have seen a few ZX-7R ‘s come through RSBFS lately and they are one fantastic bike. Offered at the same time but one step below was the standard ZX-7. Although I would argue that this bike is still anything but standard, just based on looks alone.

Some more photos:

Some information from the seller (much more listed in the auction):

I bought this 1992 ZX7 August 20, 1991. I pre-ordered it and that was the day it came in and I took delivery. You read that correctly, this is a single owner bike. Always garaged and obsessively maintained. I just changed the spark plugs and oil, which has about 1 mile of use. Initially I used KawaChem factory oil, but in recent years I have been using Castrol Acteva motorcycle synthetic oil, which is what is in it now. Most service was done by the dealership, including all the factory checks of valve clearance etc. I changed the oil every 1000 miles, but changed twice before 1200 miles. At about 900 miles, I had the camshafts from the ZX7R installed in place of the factory cams.

Kawasaki made a low volume R model in 1992 that had same frame and engine, but solo seating, different gears, different carbs, and different cams. The Mikuni carbs on the R model were finicky, the gearing was too high (dragstrip launch by Motorcyclist magazine required 13,000 RPM to prevent bogging), and the solo seat impractical. A good start for racers, but not for anyone planning to ride the street. However, the cams made a significant bump in horsepower, so I installed them to have the best of both worlds. The power is much better at about 8500 on up, the Keihin carbs reliable, and with the better gearing and passenger seat, this bike is practical and will torque around town at low RPMs with a passenger. The bike has 15,994 miles on it, and low stress miles. No stunting use. Never even got a ticket on it. Much of the mileage is from road trips to Brainerd, MN or Elkart Lake, WI as a spectator at AMA races. I did get caught in rain probably 3 times while riding, but avoided rain like the plague. Back road sport riding of course, but other than that, trolling in town. Incidentally, a proven success due to its eye-catching design and color scheme. Even now, in my opinion, it doesn’t really look dated, and will catch the eye of those who know this bike and those who don’t.

Along with the information about the history and maintenance of the bike, the seller details in the auction some extra goodies that are cool to go along with this bike and is also clearly a Doug Chandler fan (the poster is apparently gonna cost you if you have to have it).

Finding a well maintained one-owner in a ’92 bike of any kind is probably going to be difficult. And although this is not the “R” version, I think it will still have collectors value and would be a good way to have a great looking example of one of Kawasaki’s best looking and most iconic bikes. If that works for you, make the jump!

-RN

Sport Bikes For Sale June 18, 2011 posted by Rem

’93 Yamaha FZR 600- Original and Low Miles

Location: Minnetonka, Minnesota
Mileage: 4,985
Price: Auction, BIN $3,400

Here we have a clean, non-modified 1993 Yamaha FZR 600. And it’s only racked up 4,985 miles to date. Many may say that a ’93 FZR 600 is not be that rare of a bike. But one with low mileage and this clean does not come along every day. And just look at the paint. I love the colors and the graphics on this bike.

On to the spec sheet: Deltabox frame, 6-speed transmission, roughly 91bhp out of the DOHC 16 valve in-line four. Much of this is probably already known to most of you, but I wanted to include some info as not much is detailed by the seller. I also had the opportunity to ride of these back in the day and I can say it was a blast. Certainly times have changed and horsepower along with handling prowess has been cranked up over the years. But this bike was outstanding at the time (and this version is the last before Yamaha introduced the YZF 600R in ’95).

More photos-

Here’s the information posted by the seller:

1994 Yamaha FZR only 4,900 Miles – Mint Condition 

2 Owner bike – both owners were over 40 year old.

Regular maintenance schedule followed by both owners.

No performance upgrades, completely stock.

Recently upgraded tires and fluids changed.

Hate to sell the Yamaha, but I need a smaller bike that my son and I can ride.

You won’t be disappointed

The only thing I noticed that doesn’t appear stock is the blue windscreen. Otherwise this looks to be a clean low-mileage bike. Something that has become difficult to find these days. To me, the 90’s was a golden era for sportbikes, and this would be a great example. And I think the BIN price is very reasonable for this kind of bike. If you agree, check out the auction!

-RN

Honda June 16, 2011 posted by Rem

Holy Grail Alert Part II: ’89 Honda RC30! (aka VFR750R)

Location: Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Miles: 6,629
Price: $12,000 starting with reserve in place.

If you managed to pry your eyes away from the photo above to read this, it is greatly appreciated… go ahead and take one more look. Up for grabs here is one of the most (if not the) iconic sportbikes of all time. With a race-bred 750cc V4, hand laid fiberglass body work, and unmistakable red, white, and blue graphics, what’s not to love?

This particular bike comes to us from Canada and is being sold by the same seller as the awesome ’86 GSX-R750LE posted recently. It looks to be all stock and in exceptional condition. The seller does state that the bike did receive a minor scratch on the rear cowl while moving the bike from storage. You can check out more photos of this and the bike here. The seller does state that the bike has been in storage, so I would be interested to know when the last time it was started up and what kind of running condition it is currently in.

From the seller:

“I’m listing this 1989 Honda RC30 for a very good friend who’s not very computer savvy.  I’ve personally seen the machines and took the listing photos last summer.

“Out of the box” the machine was claimed to generate 112bhp with full road equipment, however this could be increased to 135bhp when prepared for competition use with the aid of the HRC race kit. The investment made in the models development was vindicated in its first season when Fred Merkel secured the Superbike World Championship in 1988, repeating the success in 1989. The new model instantly became one of the most sought after road bikes, receiving praise from all those who tested it, although its high price and limited availability ensured that those lucky enough to acquire one joined an exclusive club envied by others, today the RC30 remains as desirable as it was twenty years ago.

RC30 #21 spent most of its 10,669km commuting between Toronto and Kingston, Ontario, Canada  and was truly pampered by the original owner.  While the machine was being moved from storage the rear cowl received some minor scratches (shown in the high resolution Flickr photoset HERE).  Otherwise, this machine is in exceptional condition and even includes the leather bound owner’s manual.

If you have zero feedback, please contact me before submitting a bid. Any questions, feel free to email me (I’ll gladly give you my phone number if you need to chat).

Good luck with your bid!”

If you are lucky enough to have seen a pristine example of an RC30 in person as I have, you know how truly stunning they are. Starting bid on this beauty is $12,000 with the reserve still in place. I would expect you would be able to score this bike for around $20k. I don’t think any serious collection of sportbikes can be complete without an RC30. But I do think that a collection that contained only an RC30 sounds like pure bliss to me. Place your bid for this piece of history here!

-RN

Reader Rides For Sale June 15, 2011 posted by Rem

’86 Suzuki GSXR 1100-First Year of a Classic!

Mileage: 13,292
Price: $6,000 SOLD!

I have had the privilege, and I do considerate it a privilege, to write up some very clean, early GSXR’s lately. This bike is no exception, and to make it even better, this is a first year GSXR 1100. That fact alone makes this a little more special than others.

Indulge me while I recap what makes this bike special. Legendary air and oil cooled motor, cranking out 137 bhp that was unheard of in 1986. That fact alone gave the bike an instant following. It was essentially a bored-out GSXR 750 motor and is considered bulletproof, being used for years on drag bikes.

Some more photo goodness-

This bike appears very clean, original and well cared for with reasonable mileage for its age. It also includes the original parts and owners and service manuals. From the seller:

Up for sale is my 1986 GSXR1100 in excellent condition. 13,292 miles first year GSXR1100, runs great, pampered and adult owned. Shown here with a Yoshimura exhaust, Mikuni radial flat slide carburetors, new chain and sprockets, oval pod filters and new Bridgestone tires.

Included in the asking price are the following:

Original Exhaust System (in excellent condition)
Original Carburetors
Original Airbox
Original Tool Kit
Original Owner’s Manual and Service Manual
Original Turn Signals
Original Sprockets
Original Windscreen
Custom Corbin Seat (not shown)
Rear Wheel Stand

Asking $6000.

The bike also includes the many acronyms that make up many GSXR’s over the years and for a Suzuki person are part of the package. On this bike you will see the SACS (Suzuki Advanced Cooling System) and the NEAS (New Electrically Activated Suspension-anti dive). This stuff is pure gold for detail people like myself.

I have said before and will say again until I leave this planet, I think all current liter bikes owe something to the GSXR 1100. This is clean example of sportbike history for anyone who wants it (and if you don’t, it’s time for therapy).

-RN

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Sport Bikes For Sale June 14, 2011 posted by Rem

Holy Grail Alert! 1986 GSXR 750 Limited Edition

Location: Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Mileage: 6,139
Price: Auction, starting at $6,000

Well, all you have to do is read the June 2011 issue of Motorcyclist to learn anything you need to know about this rare, awesome machine. And if you did read it, especially the Smart Money column (that highlights RSBFS!), you know what an opportunity this could be for one lucky soul.

There is plenty that is special about this bike. From the seller:

Don’t mind the low feedback – I trade commercially as loudbikesteve on eBay and enjoy an excellent reputation. I set this account up to keep my personal stuff separate from my business stuff..

I’m listing this 1986 Suzuki GSXR 750 Limited for a very good friend who’s not very computer savvy. I’ve personally seen the machines and took the listing photos last summer.

I had just started road racing when this bike came out and if you were up in the 750 class, this was the bike to have. Suzuki took the GSXR750 and added trick bits to create a racing homologation Limited Edition model that offered some interesting goodies that improved an already great bike. Gun-coat engine finish, gold-plated chain, blue-coated wheels and two sets of racing numbers plus a new electrically activated front suspension system (NEAS), 310 mm floating front brake discs, steering damper, racing type adjustable clutch-lever, dry clutch, hand-laid fiberglass single racing seat, remote rear damper reservoir, amber halogen head lights and more.

More race bike than street bike, this one is absolutely MINT. The machine was decommissioned and has been on display in a climate-controlled environment since acquisition by the current owner almost a decade ago. Please check out the hi-resolution pics on my Flickr account HERE.

If you have zero feedback, please contact me before submitting a bid. Any questions, feel free to email me (I’ll gladly give you my phone number if you need to chat).

More photos:

As described in Motorcyclist, this bike was $6499 when it came out in ’86, $2,100 more than a stock GSXR 750. It came to the States in limited numbers (299) in order to qualify for AMA Superbike. Again, the June 2011 issue will give you all the information you need.

This is truly one collectible, historic sportbike. The seller says above that he deals commercially and is listing this for a friend. I don’t know the seller’s reputation, and there’s limited feedback, so I would want to be very clear on the situation with the bike. I would also point out that that it may be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to find some parts for the bike should you ever need them. And with it being stored for a decade, I would want to know if, and how, it runs.

That being said, I would rate this as one of the coolest and most collectible sportbikes of all time. And I would certainly put it at the top of any Suzuki list. If you can’t pass up this opportunity, make the jump and place your bid!

-RN

Kawasaki June 13, 2011 posted by Rem

1991 Kawasaki ZX-7R K1

Location: New Jersey
Mileage: <8,000
Price: $5,500

Though we have seen our fair share of these on RSBFS, there is a reason for that. Not only are they a limited homologated special, but they look awesome too! These K1’s seem to mostly pop up for sale on the West coast and Southeast (at least after a quick search on RSBFS), so if you live in the Northeast and looking to get one of these, then here is your chance. I would love to elaborate about how these bikes have aluminum gas tanks, close-ratio gear boxes, and flatside carbs, but the seller actually acknowledges all of this in the ad.

From the seller:

” 1991 Limited Editon ZX7R K1. 1991 was the first year Kawasaki offered these in limited numbers. These were the differences between the standard ZX7 and the R version: Keihin FCR flatslide racing carbs, aluminum fuel tank, fully adjustable front and rear suspension, rear solo tail, hotter cams giving the bike 121 horse power from the factory and different gearing. This bike turns heads and is a great conversation piece at bike shows. The bike has less then 8K miles and runs and shifts with no issues. All electrical works (lights, cooling fan, etc…) and it does not leak a drop of oil! New battery. New tires (Michelin Pilot Power w/less then 100 miles on them). New fuel filter, oil filter, fuel lines. New 530 chain and sprocket conversion. Full Muzzy exhaust. The bike is 20 years old but likes like new. Also included in the sale is the service manual. I am open to offers within reason. I know what these bikes are worth, so please don’t waste my time with BS offers. Also, I DO NOT want to trade for your boat, ATV, etc……Clean NJ title in hand. Thanks for looking. If you have any questions feel free to email me.”

This bike appears to be mostly stock and well maintained with several parts being replaced. Of course, this particular bike has a full Muzzy exhaust on it, and the only other thing I can see that is not mentioned by the seller is the blue windscreen. But with less than 8K miles, this bike is priced well. You can check out the seller’s ad here.

-RN

Sport Bikes For Sale June 12, 2011 posted by Rem

1987 Suzuki GSXR 1100 Up for Grabs!

Location: Ridgefield, Washington
Mileage: 11,327
Price: $6,000 BIN (auction ending soon!)

So here we go again. Another early model GSXR 1100. This one is actually the second year of production and the engine was basically a big bore version of the legendary GSXR 750. It’s an and and oil cooled monster that cranked out a claimed 137 bhp at 9,500 rpm. And in these early models that kind of power (unreal in 1987) gave the aluminum frame all it could handle. It also had SACS (Suzuki Advanced Cooling System-seen on the fairing), one of a multitude of acronyms that would grace many a GSXR model.

A few more pics-

This one-owner bike appears clean and fairly low mileage for its age. More detail from the seller:

I bought this bike new in 1986, it’s never had any abuse and has never been down. The bike did however suffer a tip over a week after I purchased it. I replaced all the damaged parts ie: brake handle, turn signal but I did not repair the paint on the lower right panel (see picture). The discolored paint is the only damage to the bike and is a little larger than a half dollar. I replaced the original tires last year, they were still in great shape except they developed a flat spot due to sitting. The bike is in very nice condition and has never been in the rain. I have all the original paper from new as well as a brochure, it still retains the “break-in” sticker on the speedo…

The bike looks clean and stock and the seller shows a photo of the paint damaged area as described above. To see this early of an example of a GSXR 1100 in this kind of condition is rare. And as I said in a previous post on a ’91 GSXR 1100, I think all current liter bikes owe something to the early model GSXR 1100’s.

So if early model game-changers are your thing in the sportbike world, take action and .

-RN