Posts by Category: Suzuki

Kawasaki October 13, 2009 posted by

HARRIS Magnum race chassis for sale in Chicago

Just the name "Magnum" alone signifies this is a rare find indeed.  Harris is a small performance specialist shop in the UK, producing frame kits for different engines, resulting in many unique specials over the years.  In any case, this 1980 Magnum 2 frame kit listed on the Chicago Craigslist will fit a Kawasaki Z1 (the old Z1!) or a Suzuki in-line four:

Will fit a Kazasaki Z1 or Suzuki inline 4 (Katana & others) motor. Currently has brackets to fit Z1. White Power rear suspension, Marzocchi Front forks, Harris cast aluminum triple trees, German made adjustable clip ons, Magnesium wheels. Absolutely gorgeous frame is ultra-light and riged, single and double butted cro-moly tubing... manganese bronze welded. Harris mono-shock rear swing-arm set the standard for all others.

It also comes with a Harris ultra-light aluminum fuel tank, fiberglass bodywork, and a Harris exhaust (a rare item in itself!).

Harris Magnum frames are legendary, so regardless whether you will be buying this one or not (you should!), head on over to the ad on Craigslist to read up on some motorcycle history!

phil

Suzuki October 2, 2009 posted by

Three Old-School Suzuki Sport Bikes For Sale: A Pair of early RG 500’s and GSX-R 750

First up is a 1986 Suzuki RG500 GAMMA for sale on Columbus, Ohio Craigslist for $10500 (20k miles):

Suzuki RG500 Gamma For Sale

quote from the listing:

1986 RG500 Gamma, top end was done about 8000 miles ago, dyno'd at 98.x horsepower, Fox shock, Racetech gold valves, upgraded gsxr brakes, Katana front rim (17"x3"), GSF400 Bandit rear rim(17"x4"), induvidual filters, Jolly Moto GP pipes, proper jetting, Airtech RGV250 upper fairing, Raask rearsets. 20,000 miles, Polaris synthetic oil, tinted double bubble windscreen.

Next up is another 86 on Eugene, Oregon Craigslist for $12500:

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quote from seller's listing:

Extremely rare Sportbike for sale. One of approx. 400 in the States, this one is from Canada. Never imported directly. 500cc four cylinder 2-stroke - it is the road going version of Suzuki's class dominating GP bike of the late 70's. 100HP in a 300# package - you do the math = FAST and fun. Although I hate to see it go, I need to make space in the garage and I really don't have time to ride this awesome piece of machinery any more. The bike is in excellent condition. It does need a battery. And the reg. is expired.

And finally a nice and original looking 1990 GSX-R 750 for only $2500 (15k miles, Fontana, California):

1990 Suzuki GSX-R 750 For Sale1990 Suzuki GSX-R 750 For Sale1990 Suzuki GSX-R 750 For Sale1990 Suzuki GSX-R 750 For Sale

quote from seller's listing:

THIS 1990 GSXR 750 HAS 15K ON IT, RUNS GREAT AND HAS A K&N AIR FILTER,D&D PIPE,NEW TIRES,BRAKES,NEW BATTERY,REG UNTIL 6/2010,NEVER BEEN DOWN,NO BODY DAMAGE,DENTS,COMES WITH A BRAND NEW GSXR RIDDING JACKET XXL.OIL/SYNTH , ALL LIGHTS WORK,HORN,SIGNALS,BRAKE,CLEAN TITLE

Amazing that we have 3 different RG500's posted this week! Have a good weekend everyone!

dc

Aprilia September 30, 2009 posted by

Wednesday Rapid Post: Wes Cooley Project, Bimota SB6R, Ducati 851, and Aprilia RS125

Squeezing in a quick post between meetings today with some interesting finds. Enjoy! -dc

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1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley on Craigslist for $1850 (24k miles, California):

Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley For SaleSuzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley For Sale

quote from Craigslist:

1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley - RUSTED ROUGH NOT RUNNING - MOTOR TURNS - 24K-BRAKES FROZE - TANK RUSTED THRU- ALL ORIGINAL COMPLETE FOR RESTORATION

This bike seems to be priced pretty high considering how much work it needs done and compared to previous GS1000S bikes listed on this blog. But if the buyer can work a deal, could be an interesting project for this winter.

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When I got my eBay alerts this morning, I spotted the little thumbnail for this gray SB6R. I didn't realize the came in gray... Check out this (Seattle, $9500 buy-it-now, 5300 miles):

Bimota SB6R For SaleBimota SB6R For Sale

quote from seller's listing:

[...] From what I am told, the 1st owner was a serious bike collector from Florida. I was able to contact the salesperson from 2004 and he tells me the bike was always meticulously maintained by that 1st owner. We are also led to believe that the 1st owner carried out basic performance mods such as upgraded camshafts, mild cylinder head porting, carburetor rejetting, fuel system sorting, racing exhaust, different rims, upgraded calipers, etc. I do not have specific info on the internal engine mods but both Jay and the salesperson from '04 recall the bike being represented as such. I can tell you the bike runs strong, crisp and way better than the stock SB6R I had in 1998.

So why the heck is the bike this color? Funny you should ask! Jay did not care for the solid red paint scheme as delivered from the factory. He removed all the bodywork sometime in early 2006 and handed it to a well known local Seattle bike painter to create what Jay thought would be the ultimate paintjob for his expensive piece of Asian/Italian finery. Three years later Jay finally got fed up and picked up his bodywork which had been sanded and prepped for painting but that was all. He wanted to ride so he bought many cans of grey Krylon and went to town. [...]

Again, compared to other SB6 Bimotas listed on this site, this seems high regardless of how much expense has gone into this bike. If we were talking about a garden variety GSX-R or Ninja, I'd give the Krylon painted bodywork a pass, but not on a Bimota!

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Yep, another Ducati 851. Isn't it great owning your own website so you can be this self indulgent? Self: Yes! Check out this :

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quote from the eBay listing:

I just picked the bike from Hansen’s BMW Ducati in Medford, Or where they completed over $1500 of service on the bike. The bike needs nothing but more gas. It is currently titled in California if that is a concern to your titling issues. Besides being incredibly beautiful, it has some very rare and historic parts bolted to it.

Make sure to read the full description on eBay. This bike reportedly has $40k in upgrades and work, and apparently a history to back it up. There is an interesting thread on the Ducati 851/888 mailing list debating what the value and sale price value look like. Most agree that it's worth mid-teens but won't likely get over 9-10k at auction.

Update 10.6.09 - This auction ended at about $4900 reserve not met.

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Finally, Ari spotted this street legal RS125 on the Bay Area Two Stroke forums (1400 miles, $8500):

2009 Aprilia RS125 For Sale Street Legal California2009 Aprilia RS125 For Sale Street Legal California2009 Aprilia RS125 For Sale Street Legal California

quote from the forum listing:

I have a 2009 RS125 California plated bike for sale.
Mods are as follows:
1. 154cc Big bore kit
2. 34mm carb (properly jeted).
3. Intake manifold.
4. V-force reeds.
5. Arrow pipe.
6. Euro wiring harness, lights, switches, mirrors, etc.
7. Seat cowl
8. Carbon Fiber Chain Gaurde
As i said it's registered and has around 1400 miles on it. Very fast, runs excellent !

Seller is definitely asking a premium for this one as it's nearly impossible to get something like this registered in California. But I sat on one at last year's Seattle Motorcycle Show, and it's a beautiful machine. So light and the craftsmanship is awesome! Thanks for the submission Ari!

dc

Suzuki September 29, 2009 posted by

1983 Suzuki GS XN85 Turbo For Sale: Brand New, 0 Miles!

Yes you read that title correctly; this is a brand new, never titled motorcycle in New Hampshire! And it's one of only about 1100 ever built. Check out this :

quote from seller's listing:

THIS ONE OF THE LAST KNOWN NEW ONES IN THE WORLD. WE BOUGHT IT FROM ELLSWORTH SUZUKI IN ELLSWORTH MAINE IN 1989, IT HAS THE ORIGINAL OWNERS MANUAL, TOOL KIT, WARRANTY REGISTRATION CARD, A COPY OF THE ORIGINAL MSO, AND A DUPLICATE MSO ISSUED BY SUZUKI. THIS NOT BEEN TITLED YET OR REGISTERED FOR THE WARRANTY.

Admittedly, I don't know much about these bikes. Unfortunatley the unofficial XN85 site is offline as of this writing. But I did come across this nice article on Faster and Faster regarding the XN85:

The XN85 was cutting-edge stuff for its time, with a 16-inch front wheel, low clip-ons, rearset foot pegs, Suzuki’s ‘Full Floater’ monoshock rear suspension, and anti-dive plumbing in the Kayaba front forks. The engine was an air-cooled, fuel-injected, turbocharged, eight-valve, 673cc inline-four, mated to a five-speed gearbox. Power output was a modest 85 horsepower at 7000rpm.

That more horsepower than my Ducati 750SS makes, and it's supposedly a decade newer!

Should be a great opportunity for a collector to add a cult status bike to their collection. Thanks for the tip James!

dc

Suzuki September 28, 2009 posted by

1986 Suzuki RG 500 Gamma buy-it-now $14,500

RG 500 Gamma's don't come available that often, but this one is on ebay.  This has been ridden with 24,000 miles and is not stock, but is still very nice with modern, tasteful upgrades.  Take a look at it and judge for yourself.

The owner has a lot to say about the bike as it has extensive modifications.  I am by no means an expert, but can certainly appreciate the big 2 strokes. 
 

This is a 1987 Suzuki RG500, I am the second owner and have owned it since 1988. The engine was completely rebuilt by BDK Race Engineering in England in 2005, and was bored to 570cc and tuned to stage 3, both crankshafts where completely overhauled with new seals and bearings. The engine has Mark Dent exhaust pipes, but I will also include the original exhausts if required. The frame is a standard RG500 frame, but I have fitted the front end from a RGV250. The front forks where modified by Maxton racing in England to account for the weight of the RG and rider and I also have a Maxton Rear Koni shock absorber fitted which was also modified for my weight and that of the bike. The rear swing arm is a standard RG swing arm with additional bracing. The front wheel is an RGV250 17" front wheel and the rear is a 4.5 inch CMA. The bike handles very well (far better than stock). The front fairing is an RGV fairing modified to fit the bike and the rear seat and bodywork is a modified copy of the stock RG500 body work. The engine has a NOVA gearbox (standard gearbox cannot take this level of tune) and straight cut primary gears, I have an adjustable ignition pickup fitted (from Mark dent) and am running a standard CDI. The jetting was setup by Micah at AF1 Racing in New Braunfels where the bike made 107HP on his dyno. It was then run on a dynojet 250 (without any changes to the engine) 2 weeks later where it recorded 126hp. The difference is just down to the opportunistic readings that dynojet tend to give, but it’s good for bar stool racing.

Needless to say the bike is quick and has covered about 2000 miles since the tuning work was performed and has not had any mechanical or electrical issues. The engine also has a Shift shaft support plate to help improve the shifting mechanism, but it still suffers from the standard dragging clutch of any RG500, making locating neutral difficult at times (there is nothing wrong with the gearbox!). The carburetors have been offset bored to 31.5mm and are running Mark Dents ITG individual filters and have high flow ball valves fitted. The tires are in good condition with plenty of life left in them. I have fitted a small hugger on the rear wheel to keep the rear exhausts a bit cleaner, the rear of the bike was raised almost 1 inch by Maxton to improve the handling and ground clearance. The rear axle was replaced with a much larger axle (17mm to 25mm) to further increase the rigidity of the swing arm.

Bike is located in Austin, TX so it should be well kept.  I would liked to have seen more close up pictures of the bike to better represent the condition.  The seller states he has the reserve set at $13,000 so it is possible that this bike could be had for that amount.  I did a quick search and didn't find many to reference the price to so if anyone has information send it in and I'll post it up.  Enjoy!

dd 

 

Suzuki August 24, 2009 posted by

1994 Suzuki RGV250 For Sale in Los Angeles

Sounds like this one has some tuning issues, but notes that it does have a registration. For $3k sounds like a great track bike or a potential street project.


1994 Suzuki RGV250 on Craigslist:

1994 Suzuki RGV250 For Sale on Craigslist1994 Suzuki RGV250 For Sale on Craigslist

quote from the ad:

For Sale 1994 Suzuki RGV 250 Recently registered, imported from England in 2003. Bike has been in covered storage since 2003. Needs carb work, but runs, new tires front and rear in 2002. This is a 2 stroke twin cylinder, custom paint in Kenny Roberts Jr. Telefonica replica paint scheme.

dc