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Honda July 9, 2012 posted by Rem

Clean ’91 Honda CBR1000F (Hurricane!)

Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Mileage: 16,513

Price: Auction, $3,600 BIN

Before the introduction of the legendary CBR900RR, the liter bike option from Honda was the CBR1000, or the Hurricane 1000 before Honda got all wussie about calling their sportbikes by cool names. Anyway, the CBR1000F is not the track ready, lightweight machines that the 900RR is, but it was a great all around liter bike if you wanted one that went fast and was comfortable. And also looked good.

This looks to be a clean bike with little in the way of any modifications and shiny paint. Here’s what the seller has to say:

For sale is my 1991 CBR1000F.  I’m the second owner of this bike and have had it since 1996. 

The mileage is low because I’ve always owned at least three bikes and rotate time on each, plus I don’t get to ride as much as I’d like. 

If you’re not familiar with the CBR1000, it has a great reputation for reliability and comfort.  It’s no light-weight, but the upside is it’s rock steady on the super slab and, if you take a passenger, you’ll barely notice.  It’s also fast, not Hayabusa fast, but it’ll get your attention when the tach gets above 6,000.  At 90mph it’s feels like smaller bikes at 60. 

It’s been well cared for with proper maintenance and winter storage, never abused and always garaged since it was new.  It is stock with the exception of stainless lines on the front brakes and the leather Corbin seat. (The Laminar Lip wind deflector is easily removed – and will be included with the sale.)  The carbs were serviced two years ago and the battery was replaced at that time.  The only cosmetic issue is seen in the photo of the left exhaust pipe. The original owner had dropped the bike on gravel and I never bothered to fix it. (I’m superstitious that way.) 

I would not hesitate to take this bike any distance as it sits right now.  It’s never let me down.  I’m north of 60 now and, quite frankly, it’s more motorcycle than I need these days.  I’d love to see it go to a rider who’d enjoy it as much as I have.  If kept in good condition, I can’t imagine that’s it’s value would do anything but go up as the years go by, but I’ll leave that to collectors to decide. 

I’m so sure you’ll like this bike, if you win the bid and come to pick it up and don’t like it, I’ll refund your money minus any fees.  Winning bidder is required to deposit $100 in my PayPal account within 24 hours of sale.  Full payment can be cash or certified check – which must clear before delivery.  Any shipping will be the responsibility of the buyer.

And the photos-

The seller describes the bike in good condition and with only minor modifications. The mileage is certainly low for the age and the only real cosmetic issue is the damage on the one pipe. It sounds like the bike has been well maintained and cared for, and that the seller simply wants to find it a new home.

The seller is looking for $3600, in order to take it home right now. Seems like a fair price to me. You could spend your days cruising on a nice piece of Honda history. If the new home the seller seeks is yours, then check this bike out!

-RN

Sport Bikes For Sale June 26, 2012 posted by Rem

Another Lance Gamma ummm…Gamma (Suzuki RG500)

Location: Leicester, North Carolina

Mileage: 30,000

Price: Auction, currently $10,000

We see Suzuki RG500’s on RSBFS from time to time and they command some significant attention. Never imported into the U.S., the Gamma was a potent two stroke 500cc bike and a rider’s ticket to Grand Prix racing on the street. The two stroke motor offers an incredible combination of power and weight, and power that comes on like an earthquake wrapped in a tornado. Lance Gamma likes to build, tweak, and well, improve on an already insane formula. So while you may not get the pristine, all original, Gamma you’ve been waiting, and waiting and waiting for, you do get an awesome ride that will probably scare the hell out of you.

Here’s the description-

I have always enjoyed a classic blue and white Gamma around the shop. These things came in several paint schemes along with many custom options performed afterward, but there’s something about one in traditional Suzuki racing colors that just seems right. This RG is in excellent shape both mechanically and cosmetically with a complement of Lance Gamma goodies. The bodywork is all new with my premium fiberglass and paint/graphics applied. The motor is freshly rebuilt and performance tuned by the premiere RG specialist, Lance Gamma (hence the eBay handle). This motor is at factory second overbore and assembled with all correct and OEM stock Suzuki parts with ported cylinders, bored carbs and milled heads. You can expect to see my clutch kit, ride height strut, petcocks and Crawford pipes along with my LG TriPod filter kit and inline oil check valves. The Fox shock and 3.5″ rear wheel along with a 3″ front rim fitted with a set of Continental radial tires assure traction when needed. Upgraded brakes and Race Tech fork mods complete the chassis for a fine handling experience. If you are disappointed that the bike is no longer in absolutely stock trim, I understand. I am sure that a nice original bike with 26 year old ABS plastic and untouched motor will be along any time now. Be patient and don’t compromise your beliefs by considering such a well developed and highly functional RG in place of your dream machine. If however, you are wanting to discover for yourself what all the hoopla was about at the release of these bikes some 27 years ago (you remember, GP bikes for the street? What were they thinking??), this is one which will bring you up to speed, so to speak. It simply begs to be ridden. If you wish to discuss this bike in further detail or explore the options in my extensive Gamma inventory, please give me a call. I would be happy to put your mind at ease concerning such a frivolous purchase. Test rides happily accommodated to hearty souls willing to take the trek to Western North Carolina and visit my shop. And now for your viewing pleasure…..

And photos for you to drool over-

Since this is a Lance Gamma bike, you will see that it’s been gone through and rebuilt. The bodywork and paint is fresh, as described. So you should be getting a bike that runs well and looks good. Granted, it’s not stock, but looks real good to me and the overhaul should hopefully provide you with a reliable bike that you can enjoy riding while scaring the hell out of other people.

Clearly this isn’t a bike that’s gonna be cheap. You are already starting at the $10k mark. So it’s up to you to decide how much money it’s worth to you. Whatever you decide, you should at least treat yourself and go give the auction a look!

-RN

Honda June 26, 2012 posted by Rem

400cc Party for You- ’90 Honda CB-1

Location: Van Wert, Ohio

Mileage: 14,888

Price: Auction, starting at $2,200 no reserve

In the last few years, we’ve seen a bit of a resurgence in the smaller cc sportbikes in the U.S. The success of the Ninja 250 and the introduction of the CBR250R have shown that there is a demand for the smaller sportbike. Are they just beginner bikes? No, I don’t think so. They are fun, efficient transportation in a world of always fluctuating gas prices. I would love to see the same thing happen with 400cc bikes. The FZR400 is the most common of the 400cc sportbikes to grace RSBFS, but this CB-1 is another great option. The 400cc bike is common the rest of the world over and I hope someday, as gas prices eventually lead to bikes taking over U.S. roadways, the 400 makes an new appearance here. Okay, that bike takeover part may not happen, but you get the idea.

Here’s the sellers description (if you could call it that)-

1990 Honda CB-1 (CB400F)

Vintage High Performance

Redline= 13500

Excellent Condition

Like new tires and chain

Center Stand included

14,888 miles

No excuses – Fun Machine

Any Questions please ask

Pictures tell all

And the tell all pictures-

The bike looks original and in good shape cosmetically. Looks to be a small dent in the exhaust, but nothing major outside of that. Mileage isn’t too bad and it sounds like tires and chain have been taken care of. All in all not a bad looking example.

So the starting bid is $2,200 and there’s no reserve. In theory then, you could pick this bike up for $2,200 bucks. I think that would be a great deal on a bike that you don’t see everyday (or where I live, at all). To take advantage of the opportunity to get a cool, rare bike and maybe start the new 400cc trend, go place your bid!

-RN

 

Honda June 23, 2012 posted by Rem

Early, Clean and Original Honda VFR700 Interceptor

Location: Morris Plains, New Jersey

Mileage: 14,427

Price: Auction

I ride a VFR800 so I am obviously a big fan of the Interceptor.  The VFR has an outstanding history in the Honda sportbike line, being really at the beginning of the sportbike in the U.S. with the early Interceptor’s and then the VF1000R, a fully faired statement by Honda about its intentions in the sportbike world. All of this leading of course to one of the greatest bikes of all time, the RC30.

This ’87 Interceptor 700 is the beginning of the fully faired V-4 VFR that were a leap forward from the the previous Interceptor. Chain driven cams and four valves per cylinder made for a potent ride back in the day. And normally you would expect to see this bike in the 750cc column, but this was during the tariff era and Japanese bikes came in at the 700cc mark to avoid additional costs.

Here’s the info from the seller-

I am selling my 1987 Honda VFR 700 which I have owned for 17 years.  The bike has a liquid-cooled V- four with dual gear-driven overhead cams and four valves per cylinder.  I am the third owner of this bike. The bike is completely stock, has always been garaged kept and is in excellent condition.  There is a slight indentation on the left side of the gas tank by the “H” in “HONDA” (see photo), and some touch-up paint on the right front turn signal.  The rest of the bodywork is in excellent condition.  All instruments and lights work and the bike runs good.

The bike has a side stand and center stand and comes with the original tool kit and owners manual as well as a service manual, collection of road test reports, Eclipse rumble pack, and two bike covers (one lightweight & one heavyweight).

Any questions please email me or contact me. 

Thanks, George  

And photos for you-

The owner describes there bike as stock and it looks like it. Pretty impressive for its age. There looks to be no serious cosmetic issues and the seller says the bike runs strong. Mileage isn’t too high and these bikes have been known to rack up the miles. So if it has been taken care of you’ll be able to enjoy this bike for a long time.

If you are looking for an early VFR, this may be your ticket. I dig it. If you do too, check it out!

-RN

Honda June 22, 2012 posted by Rem

Blades of Fire! Part….Okay, it’s another ’94 CBR900RR

Location: Triumph, Illinois

Mileage: 19,089

Price: Auction

Well, a few weeks back on RSBFS, the Bimota was the bike you couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting, and apparently this week’s run goes to the CBR900RR. Mike, Jared and I all have posted one in the recent days, and here’s yet another. I don’t know what else really needs to be said about the 900RR. Revolutionary? Check. New standard for power-to-weight? Check. Timeless? Check. I am comfortable saying this bike is a future collectible and I think most RSBFS staffers would agree.

Here’s what this seller has to say-

Up for sale is my un-molested 1993 CBR 900RR. The only thing changed from stock is that it has a Yoshimura muffler on it.  It has 19,089 original miles and has ALWAYS been adult owned. All 3 owners of this motorcycle have been over 35 and it’s always been well cared for. The only bad spot on the bike is where something scuffed the paint on the tail section of the bike. Tires are in good shape, front is very good and back has approx 50% tread on it. This bike has just been sitting in my garage for the past 2 riding seasons. With a growing family, a full time job and a part time business, I just don’t have time for riding. This bike needs to go to someone who can enjoy it. I’ll also be including a battery tender with it also.

And the few pictures available-

This particular bike may not be as clean or low mileage as the others. It does have an aftermarket exhaust, but the rest of it looks to be original. The seller mentions a scuff on the tail section as a cosmetic issue. If the bike has been cared for like the owner describes, then the mileage shouldn’t be a concern.

So there you have it. A short post on the fourth 900RR that’s popped up on RSBFS in the last week or so. Because of condition you may get this one a little cheaper and still go home with an icon. So go make your play!

-RN

Honda June 17, 2012 posted by Rem

Blades of Fire! – Part Deux- ’94 CBR900RR

Location: Marion, Ohio

Mileage: 11,570

Price: Auction with reserve

Mike, fellow RSBFS staffer and admirer of all things kick ass, already got the party started on the CBR900RR on the site with his recent post of a clean ’93 model. Mike also points out what makes the CBR900RR so special. This bike was simply a revolution in the sportbike world, and as Mike highlights, brought the concepts of power, weight and compactness to a whole other level. He is right to say that this bike is still very relevant today, being a direct connection to the CBR1000RR and really, to me, setting the tone for the Honda CBR line. These are special bikes.

Here’s what the seller has to say-

1994 HONDA CBR 900RR

**SUPER NICE BIKE! RIDES SMOOTH! STARTS AND RUNS GREAT!**

  • ALL ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT
  • NEW TIRES
  • 2 HELMETS
  • MATCHING LEATHER JACKET
  • REAR WHEEL JACK STAND
  • RACING BOOTS SIZE 11
  • HONDA COVER


And the photos-

The seller lists the bike as original and it certainly looks that way. And that folks, is pretty amazing in itself. As I’m sure everyone here knows, finding a bike this old that hasn’t been modified is rare. This one also doesn’t have super high mileage. So if it has been maintained, then you should be able to ride for many more miles. And when looking at collectibility, and I believe these will become collectible, the low mileage and original parts only help you out.

So now you have a choice in your CBR900RR pursuit. This one or the one Mike posted. Not a bad situation to be in if you ask me. To help make up your mind go check this auction out!

-RN

Sport Bikes For Sale June 13, 2012 posted by Rem

Clean ’84 Yamaha Kenny Roberts RZ350

Location: Cayce, South Carolina

Mileage: 17,850

Auction: $6,950 BIN

These RZ350’s keep popping up for sale and getting written up here on RSBFS. There’s a good reason for that of course. Not only is the RZ350 an actual fully legal two stroke street bike in the U.S., it’s also part of U.S. sportbike history, being connected to one of the greatest motorcycle racers in American history. Of course, I’m speaking of Kenny Roberts. A legend for sure. So this bike really has a lot going for it. And, frankly, to get what this seller wants for it, it needs a lot going for it.

Here’s what the seller says-

1984 YAMAHA RZ 350 .

SERVICE AND MAINTANCE UP TO DATE

NEW TOP END ,CLUTCH, ALL SEALS,CARBS CLEANED AND ADJUSTED. LESS THEN 4000 MILES AGO. BIKE IS TIGHT:)

Miles of 17,850 do not reflect rebuild at 4000 miles ago. and over the last 3 yrs all the work done , seals,bearings , chain and sprockets,rubber prouducts tires, etc

FACTORY PIPES AND K&N FILTER.

BIKE IS SUPER CLEAN, NO DINGS OR DENTS OR RUST.

ADULT OWNED AND MAINTAINED.

ALWAYS KEPT INDOORS!! NO RAIN EVER!!

PRE-MIX. 32-1 and I will include the 5 gallon Pre Mix Bottle

THIS IT TRULY A GREAT EXAMPLE OF AN YAMAHA RZ350 AND THEY ARE GETTING HARDER TO FIND IN THIS CONDITION.

And all the pics-

Threw in a photo of King Kenny, just so you know what he looks like.

So this thing looks to be in great original condition. The seller highlights all of the recent maintenance work that hopefully has this machine in top running condition. The rebuild work will help take care of concerns over the mileage. Everything else looks good.

The only other issue out there is the price. The seller is looking for what would have to be considered top dollar for this bike. Yes, they are rare and hard to find in good condition. And there’s a good bet that they’ll continue to increase in value. But the question is: How much will you pay right now. Today.

Well, you have to decide. But you should entertain the fantasy at least, and check this bike out!

-RN

Honda June 10, 2012 posted by Rem

Oh, the Memories- ’88 Honda Hurricane 600 (CBR)

Location: Wausau, Wisconsin

Mileage: 15,900

Price: Auction, with reserve

Put this bike into the Red/White paint scheme in 1988 and you have my first bike. Sure, I spent lots of time on my buddy’s dirt bike and a variety of mopeds and scooters growing up. But my first real bike was one of these. I bought it in college after riding my friend’s ’89, and I loved both of those bikes. I have had a soft spot for the CBR line ever since. Was is too much bike for me at the time? Probably. But the reason why this bike ruled was because it was both potent and compliant. Fast and refined. It was all about Honda build quality. The same feeling I get on my VFR now.

Here’s what the seller has to say-

Very clean one owner 1988 Honda Hurricane 600. 15,9000 original miles. Newer Tires with less than 150 miles on them. This bike is in great shape for its age and runs excellent. I am the original owner and have the original bill of sale. I guarantee that it has never been laid down, Never did a brake stand and never did a wheelie with it. There are some small scratches on the bottom of the fairing from getting knocked over one time in the garage while doing maintenance. You have to look for them to notice them. This would be a great bike for a collector or for someone who just wanted a good classic bike. 

And a few photos-

The seller is the original owner and describes the bike as stock. There is apparently some minor cosmetic scratches that you may want some close up photos of. The mileage is not too bad and the seller says the bike runs well. I don’t see any major issues from the photos.

By today’s standards this bike doesn’t have the performance stats to keep up. But I remember the bike being pretty damn quick back in the day. The Hurricane (dropped to just CBR600, which remains a mysterious acronym, in ’89) shocked the world when it debuted from Honda, being a giant leap forward. It’s a legendary bike in my book, beyond just my own personal attachment.

This is a good opportunity to own a game changing bike. If you’re a collector, Honda fan or just want a classic sportbike, you’ll want to check this bike out!

-RN