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Suzuki August 2, 2019 posted by

Japanese Thunder: 2000 Suzuki TL1000R for Sale

The Suzuki TL1000R was famously underwhelming when released. It was a bit too fat, didn’t handle as brilliantly as the Italian competition, and while it looked appropriately Suzuki-ish, styling wasn’t considered a high point. Sort of like the designers were watching a lot of platypus porn while they were styling the bike… In fact, all of the would-be Ducati challengers basically fizzled, but several, including the Honda RC51 and the TL1000R, have since managed to become cult-classics. It certainly helped that their used values cratered, with lower prices making their flaws much easier to forgive.

Aside from the TL-R’s styling, which is always subjective, the biggest issue was handling. V-twins always present particular packaging challenges, particularly the transversely-mounted designs usually used in modern sportbikes. Obviously, a Harley-esque 45° angle between the cylinders is great for packaging in terms of length and width, if not height. But they vibrate like crazy at revs. Unless you want to add balance-shafts, a 90° twin is your best bet, but then the issue is the bike’s wheelbase: use an “L-twin” like Ducati and long swingarm for maximum traction, and the machine ends up with an unfeasibly long wheelbase. Rotate the engine backwards in the chassis to keep it shorter front-to-back, and you limit room for a rear suspension.

Suzuki went the second route, and got around space limitations by using an unusual rotary damper instead of a traditional linear unit. The concept is proven, but Suzuki’s unit was too small for the application and overheated under hard use. Strangely, aftermarket linear units from Penske and others can be swapped in with adapter kits, and Bimota used Suzuki’s v-twin in their SB8R, fitted alongside the heads and operated via a linkage, so the rotary damper was clearly a bit of a gimmick that backfired.

Handling issues aside, the TL-R was powered by a peach of an engine, a 996cc v-twin with liquid-cooling, four-valve heads, and 135hp. That engine, along with the six-speed box, could be found in a number of bikes from other manufacturers that lacked the resourced to develop their own. Away from the utterly ruthless nit-picking and hype surrounding them when new, odd-duck bikes like the TL1000R can now be appreciated on their own merits. All of the Suzuki’s flaws can be mitigated, or you can just enjoy it for what it is: a booming, easy-to-own supberbike at a bargain price.

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Suzuki TL1000R for Sale

Selling my Suzuki TL1000R, needs nothing, I was going to use it for track but change of plans. Bike has 15k miles, new tires, new brakes, rebuilt front forks, new fluid, flush brake fluid, coolant, fresh oil and filter change, new engine air filter, new spark plugs, rebuild clutch slave master cylinder, dual Yoshimura slip-ons and power commander, bike needs nothing and is road ready. I have the title.

Nothing flashy here, just a decent, well-maintained and largely stock bike, although the seller doesn’t mention whether the original tail section and passenger pegs are available. Miles are reasonable, and the upgraded Yoshi exhaust and PC setup is almost mandatory, since the Suzuki twin sounds great when allowed to breathe: deep and rumbly, without the additional layers of clutch and valvetrain noise of a Ducati. The $4,750 Buy It Now isn’t the cheapest we’ve seen, and suggests values continue to creep up, but that still represents a great deal for a very capable v-twin superbike. Just save up for a conventional shock conversion and ride this till the wheels come off!

-tad

Japanese Thunder: 2000 Suzuki TL1000R for Sale
Suzuki July 21, 2019 posted by

Special Suzuki: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LTD for Sale

Suzuki’s original GSX-R is often thought of as being the first modern sportbike. Other bikes had similar specifications and were produced during the same era, but none have quite captured the riding public’s imagination in the same way, combining the ubiquitous Japanese inline four with a monoshock suspension, an endurance-racing full-fairing, and an affordable price point. This first-generation GSX-R750 LTD or Limited Edition incorporated a few extra bells and whistles Suzuki wanted to homologate for production-based racing and is very rare, with just 299 examples imported to the US.

The original GSX-R400 that was introduced a year earlier used a more traditional liquid-cooling system, but the 750 and later 1100 ditched the radiator and additional plumbing to save weight. To keep the big four-valve, twin-cam four cool, Suzuki’s Advanced Cooling System or “SACS” that featured a double-chambered oil pump to circulate and cool the bike’s lubricant, along with oil jets that sprayed the undersides of the pistons. First and second generation GSX-Rs are often referred to as “oil boilers” as a result.

The Limited Edition was distinguished by a vented dry clutch, solo seat, and a longer swingarm, along with Suzuki’s electronic anti-dive forks from the GSX-R1100 and that very distinctive graphics scheme. Cost for the LTD was significantly higher than the standard model, but collectors didn’t care much then or now. Interestingly, the rare and valuable dry clutch made the bike a popular target for thieves when new but, luckily many survived to grace the pages of RSBFS!

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LTD for Sale

1986 GSXR750 LTD
This is a running motorcycle that just had a complete service. Mostly original paint work here, there are a few scratches. (see pictures please). Period correct Yoshimura Duplex pipe in near mint condition, coupled with factory set of 1989 Slingshot carburetors jetted with a Factory pipe products jet kit. Carbs were just Ultrasonic tank cleaned and are ready to be synced. I did not want to add gas after the cleaning so the motorcycle has no fuel in the system whatsoever. Dry clutch works great and OH that sound.

The bike will need tires and a carb sync if you want to ride it. We can preform this service for you at an additional charge.

Also this bike can be delivered to the port of Long Beach for a flat fee of $100.00. Please have a look at the pictures and ask any questions before buying. Motorcycle sold as is.

There are a couple minor blemishes [note the deep scratch on the belly pan in the pic of the headers], but looks very clean and original, apart from the period-correct exhaust and the later-model carburetors. With 12,000 miles on the odometer, it’s pretty clear that “a complete service” at the very least included an extremely thorough cleaning, and this looks like it could be a great opportunity to pick up a sharp-looking homologation special, although the $17,900 asking price is a bit steep.

-tad

Special Suzuki: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 LTD for Sale
Suzuki July 19, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 SP2

The 1991 Suzuki RGV250 SP2 was the baddest two stroke sportbike Hamamatsu was kicking out in the early ‘90s, with a dry clutch, wide-ratio box and fully adjustable suspension adding even more agility and precision to the little bike’s already lithe and precise nature. With 60-ish horsepower when uncorked and a shade over 300 pounds to push around, the updates meant the reedy little RGV could seriously hustle. As in, give supersports problems in the twisties hustle.

1991 Suzuki RGV250 SP2 for sale on eBay

Thanks to those crude, dirty little powerplants that make horsepower like the Middle East makes the oil to run them, the bikes didn’t need to be massively complicated to produce prodigious speed. With conveniences like oil injection, the bikes weren’t even that cumbersome to refuel, as long as you checked the oil level at gas stops, you were good to go.

This 1991 Suzuki RGV250 SP2 has been legally imported to the US and treated to a cosmetic restoration and some tasty Tyga go-fast pieces. The bike shows its age on many of the aluminum pieces and the dash, but the wheels and bodywork have been repainted and look excellent.

From the eBay listing:

This may be one of the best looking bikes Suzuki ever made, and this is one of the very rare SP2 versions!!

I bought this bike in Japan about 3 years ago. It was legally imported into the U.S. and it has a clean and clear Arizona street title and plate. In most cases with 11 digit VIN bikes you will not be able to register this in California.

This is a very rare Sport Production II version of the VJ22, the SP2 came with a dry clutch, the wide ratio transmission, fully adjustable suspension front and rear and aluminum lower triple clamp and rotor carriers.

This is a lower mile original bike. I STILL HAVE THE ORIGINAL EXHAUST AND REARSETS if you want to put the bike all the way back to stock!

Very low original miles at around 10k, not raced or abused. This bike had some light scratches and sun fading on the bodywork so I went about the painstaking task of getting all the OEM bodywork repainted in original colors! I have also just powder coated the wheels back to an original gloss white.

The bodywork is all original and the paint is perfect with zero miles since it was restored. The bike has brand new Michelin Street Radials, new valve stems, full service front to back including all new fluids, plugs, coolant, new air filter,brand new Tyga Full Exhaust system, new Tyga rearsets and brand new chain and sprockets!!

Bike starts on 1 to 2 kicks when cold and 1 kick when warm. All electrics work and it has a good battery installed. All wiring is intact and original. Oil injection in place. The bike comes with a complete new carb rebuild and full jetting kit, carbs are currently stock and fine, but this kit will allow you to jet the bike for your location/conditions.

There is some light corrosion that I have not attempted to clean up on various parts of the bike as seen, so it will clean up even better than it looks now. ! Some fading on the passenger seat, and to a lesser degree the rider seat as well, bit no tears.

Have not seen an early RGV VJ22 SP with the banana swingarm this clean in a very long time, and few of these survive in Japan…those that do are not cheap…or not for sale. Don’t sleep on this one….really one of the nicer 250 two strokes from my collection.

PLEASE CHECK OUT MY OTHER LISTINGS FOR MORE BIKES!!!

The auction is live for almost another two weeks, but with a Buy-It-Now option, we doubt an RGV this nice will hang around too long.

Featured Listing: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 SP2
Suzuki July 10, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1991 Suzuki GSX-R400RR

It’s not a new thing to scan a sportbike forum and find a subset of self-professed sportbike cognoscenti espousing the virtues of supersport 600s over literbikes for daily street use and getting the most out of yourself on a mountain road. The big bikes, they argue, are almost too much for most racetracks, let alone furniture-lined ribbons of arboreal asphalt. A 600 is a much better tool here. You’ll get more out of yourself and the bike without getting to certain-death velocities within the 50 yards between one hairpin and the next. But what if there were something out there even better suited than a 600? A bike that has enough power to get out of its own way, but makes you really work for breakneck speed? 

1991 Suzuki GSX-R400RR for sale on eBay

Enter the 1991 Suzuki GSX-R400RR. The RR means this is the sport production version of Suzuki’s second-tier early ‘90s Gixxer, so its handling and chassis are even sharper than the base model’s, and it has enlarged carburetors, a close-ratio box and short wheelbase to enhance its ability to carve a corner. 

With 60 horsepower to the back wheel from a screaming, 15,000 rpm four banger, you’re not gonna run down even a 15-year-old 600 on a straight stretch, but there’s a good chance you’ll reel them back in when things get curvy. And even if you don’t, you’ll be able to approach the limit without necessarily doubling the speed limit. 

This 1991 Suzuki GSX-R400RR comes from our friends at Moto2 Imports and, as is their way, is in immaculate shape. It has been treated to a new chain, fluids and carburetor cleaning and is fully de-restricted. 

From the eBay listing

1991 Suzuki GSX-R400RR SP Available for Sale – $9,999 or Best Offer

Never available in the US, the Suzuki GSX-R400RR is known for its razor sharp handling and competitiveness on the track. Way ahead of its time design-wise, the 400RR combines power and light weight in a super nimble chassis. Not a replica, but a true factory SP model with upgraded engine, suspension, frame and transmission (details below). Weighing under 350lbs with 60hp at the rear wheel, upside-down forks and big 300mm discs, the 400RR is amazingly fun and capable on both the road and track. Imported direct from Japan, this machine is in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition with 9,500 miles (15,295km). Bodywork is all original in 9/10 condition and frame/engine/components are super clean. Bike has been fully serviced with rebuilt carburetors, new battery, fluids, filters, spark plugs & chain. De-restricted and making full power. Starts/runs perfectly and all lights/horn/signals working properly. Contact Moto2 Imports with any questions or for additional information.

See all 24 HD pics and cold start video at link below:

Youtube video link (copy and paste into browser)

https://youtu.be/LcJc3IYwSJQ

Race-spec SP model upgrades include:

Fully-Adjustable Suspension

Close-Ratio Gearbox

Shorter Wheelbase

Larger Carbs

Upgraded CDI with Throttle Position Sensor

Legally imported with EPA/DOT paperwork for US street use. Will come with US title.

Moto2 Imports can arrange affordable shipping coast to coast.

For $9,900, you’re looking at a fully-sorted grey market machine that is among a class of bikes that have been spiking in collector popularity on these shores. 

Featured Listing: 1991 Suzuki GSX-R400RR
Suzuki July 7, 2019 posted by

Under an Assumed Name – 1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Edition

Most 1979-80 GS1000S’s we see have beaucoup miles on them – after all, they are eminently rideable.  And though presented in team colors, the model was never officially referred to as a special Wes Cooley edition.  Fans of the bike and rider took care of that for them.  This one has rather low miles and has been subject of a bare frame restoration.

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley for sale on eBay

Suzuki used their formula of reliability and light weight on the GS1100S, with a two stage oil pump and large oil cooler as part of their Advanced Cooling System.  The big four pulled 90 hp and 62 ft.-lbs. on the dyno, not leading the class until “Pops” Yoshimura worked his magic.  Air adjustable forks were part of the GS line, but conventional hydraulic rear shocks were easier to adjust.  A second 295mm front disk was added to the -S in anticipation of higher speeds.  Lower handlebars served to keep the rider in the air pocket created by the BMW-esque cockpit fairing.

This is about as close to a new 1979 motorcycle as you’re likely to find, with every cosmetic and functional issue addressed.  No reason to open the legendary drivetrain at this point.  Higher resolution pictures would’ve been nice, but the owner’s list is comprehensive.  From the eBay auction:

8,000 Original miles. Clean Illinois Title in my name in hand. This Rare Super Bike has been restored beautifully from the frame up!

Frame Powder Coated
All Engine Covers Chromed
S Model Gauge Cluster (Perfect/Flawless)
All Bulbs in Gauge Cluster replaced
All Bulbs throughout Bike replaced
New Duracell Battery
Very Low Miles (8,000)
New Tires (Front & Back)
New Brakes (Front & Back)
Original Air Box (Inner & Outer)
Paint Flawless to Suzuki Factory Spec (3,000.00)
Seat is Perfect (No Tears)
Original Exhaust (Great shape for its age. Minor flaws)
Carburetors rebuilt (could be synchronized/fine tuned a little better)
Brand New Windshield (Have Original. It’s in good shape just faded slightly)
Every Gasket, Every Spring & Every Grommet replaced
New Plugs
New Oil & Filter
New Grips
S Model Mirrors (Perfect/Flawless)
Every Nut, Bolt, Washer and Screw replaced (If it wasn’t replaced, it was polished)
*Have Rear Foot-pegs (will be installed prior to Sale)
Way to much to list! This is a Concourse Restoration that has left no stone unturned. Nothing was missed. This Bike should be in the Suzuki Museum.

Yoshimura came over to Suzuki for the 1978 AMA season, running Cooley on the tricked out GS1000S.  Despite not winning a Superbike event in 1979, Cooley’s podium consistency gave him the championship.  1980 saw a three-way battle between Cooley, Freddie Spencer ( Honda ) and Eddie Lawson ( Kawasaki ), where it was up in the air until two late-season wins gave the Cooley the championship.  Though most owners will say it’s one their favorite bikes of all time, it’s probably better to find a rider or clone if that’s your intent, and save this example for the concours.

-donn

 

Under an Assumed Name – 1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Edition
Suzuki June 29, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1991 Suzuki RGV 250M in Canada

There are so many iterations of the Suzuki RGV 250 Gamma running around that you either need to be a savant to keep them all straight, or refresh yourself every time one comes up. There are VJ21s, VJ22s, VJ23s and a bunch of SP variants in between. Some are corked, some are uncorked, which means, depending on the variant, you get anywhere from 40-odd to nearly 70 horsepower. 

What you have here is a 1991 Suzuki RGV250 M, a UK-market screamer that was delivered without any restrictive bits and a full stable of about 65 horsepower in a bike that weighed the best part of nothing. We’re talking Suzuki DRZ400 territory for a focused street/track bike with more than 30 horsepower on the 400 and a set of sticky tires and cutting edge suspension. 

Unfortunately for the United States, there was no need for mass-market, fast 250s, as tiered licensing has never been a thing here, and insurance on a 600 is pretty cheap. So, newly licensed riders could hop on a CBR600 and never have to worry about fouled plugs or fuel mixture. The shame, of course, is that advanced riders who didn’t want the thrust of a supersport or literbike never got their hands on 250 two strokes, which have a habit of showing up higher-horsepower mounts.

This RGV250 has been ridden extremely sparingly since being moved to Canada 15 years ago, and shows little wear and tear. It looks like it could use tires, but comes with a raft of spares, including complete bodywork and a replacement fuel tank. 

From the seller: 

Original 1991 RGV 250 M 

Not a grey import 

Original UK spec model with 65hp, sourced in the UK and imported by myself

Road Legal in Canada, with proper registration

Comes with the following spares, Complete of extra bodywork, extra fuel tank, factory service manual, factory owners manual, top end gasket kit

Full decal kit to make extra body work into Lucky strike replica.

Originally had 5300 miles on it and changed the clocks for kilometer ones to make legal in Canada.

I have owned this bike for the last 15 years or so and only done about 300km on it.

New battery

Runs great 

Truly a collector’s item.

This bike is in ORIGINAL condition and has been in storage since it was last ridden in 2012

Price: $10,000 USD
Contact seller Stuart at csi347007@gmail.com

As you can see from the video, there are no flies on this little beast. For more information, contact seller Stuart at csi347007@gmail.com.

Featured Listing: 1991 Suzuki RGV 250M in Canada
Suzuki June 26, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: Tastefully modified 2001 Suzuki TL-1000S

The Suzuki TL-1000S was a monster of a sport naked that came out a little bit before the thirst for such things got really desperate, and then promptly got swamped in the publicity surrounding the TL-1000R superbike, which was supposed to beat Ducati at its own game. 

Unfortunately for Suzuki, the TLR whiffed as a racebike, but its market share still eclipsed the TLS, and some handling bugaboos for both bikes eventually spelled the TL nameplate’s end. 

But for those who caught on, the 2001 Suzuki TL-1000S is still an amazingly competent canyon stalker, a sort of bug-eyed Japanese Tuono. With a sporty riding position, big brakes, USD front suspension and nigh-on 120 horsepower on tap, they’re fully equipped to scare you witless. 

And this one has been tweaked and tuned heavily but tastefully, making it pretty close to the ultimate street TL. The list of mods is long, and we’ll let the seller give you the full rundown, but here are the highlights: Ohlins suspension front and rear, Brembo monoblocs, gold Carrozzeria forged wheels and a Yoshimura exhaust. 

The Ohlins set up not only brings a big splash of bling, it also takes care of Suzuki’s weird rotary damper rear suspension set up, which some riders reported could overheat and become scary. 

From the seller: 

2001 Suzuki TL1000S with clear Colorado Title: ~9000 miles
– OEM tank & fairings with minor nicks & scratches for its age
– Ohlins shock
– Ohlins R&T Fork (with Lindeman Engineering tune)
– Ohlins steering damper
– ride height adjuster for rear
– Taller tinted windscreen (by Puig)
– Carozzerria forged alloy wheels (3.5″ front/6 inch rear)
– Braking wave front rotors/lightened rear rotor + stainless lines
– Brembo monoblock calipers in front (from GSXR 1000)
– Brembo 19mm front brake master cylinder
– Brembo race rear caliper + Ladybird armless mount
– Yoshimura full stainless exhaust system (professionally restored/polished from Europe)
– Corbin front saddle
– 3″ riser handlebars
– emissions equipment removed
– Lightweight Lithium battery with charging pigtail
– Smart TRE + Yosh box programmed ECU
– Samco radiator hoses
– Pro-Tek rearsets + Vanzuki alloy rear brake reservoir
– Titanium nuts & bolts (swingarm, rear axle, front/rear brake rotors…)

If that list doesn’t make you jump at the chance to get your hands on this beast, ice runs in your veins. The bike is located in Colorado and the seller is asking $6,000. Shipping arrangements and costs are on the buyer. You can contact the seller at pekingduc1@gmail.com

Featured Listing: Tastefully modified 2001 Suzuki TL-1000S
Suzuki June 23, 2019 posted by

Blunt Force Trauma: 1990 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for Sale

For a flagship superbike, the Suzuki GSX-R1100 looked relatively primitive on paper: oil/air cooled engine, twin cradle frame, five-speed gearbox… But the sledgehammer personality of the early GSX-R1100 makes it more collectible today, next to comparatively polished in-era competition from Honda and Yamaha. It may not have been the most sophisticated bike, but it did the job, and the engine is famed for being durable and responsive to tuning, with a wealth of go-fast expertise out there for anyone looking to build a big, bruising retro sportbike. It’s a handsome beast as well, with old-school looks and more tasteful graphics than the later Gixxers, combined with more modern running gear like those 17″ wheels that allow for riders to fit modern, grippy rubber.

The air and oil-cooled inline four was always the star of the show. It has dual overhead cams and sixteen valves, but stuck with what is basically air cooling, which does seem like a strange choice. But in the wild days of the 1980s, motorcycle designers were experimenting with all sorts of technology to maximize power and minimize weight. Japanese sportbikes were suffering from no deficiency in the former department, but weight was still a bit of an issue. So in developing the various GSX-Rs, Suzuki took a page out of Colin Chapman’s book and decided that keeping things simple meant fewer parts to fail, less of them to weigh the bike down, and a whole type of fluid the bike wouldn’t need. Namely: coolant.

To keep the bike operating within the appropriate temperature range, Suzuki employed a high-capacity oil pump, a dedicated oil circuit for the cylinder head, and oil jets for the bottom of the pistons. The system was dubbed “SACS” for Suzuki’s Advanced Cooling System, and it featured on the Gixxer lineup from the bike’s introduction until 1993. The GSX-R1100K introduced in 1989 bumped displacement to 1127cc from the original bike’s 1052cc and featured a set of 38mm Mikuni “Slingshot” semi-flat slide carburetors for a claimed 143hp and 75lb-ft of torque. Compared to today’s cutting edge superbikes, the GSX-R1100’s 462lb dry weight is still pretty portly and this version of the bike wasn’t especially successful in international racing, but the bike’s fat powerband meant the bike was a highway blaster par excellence and it was a popular choice for drag racing and all-around hooliganism here in the US.

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for Sale

11,225 ORIGINAL miles, bike is in exceptional condition for a 29 year old machine. Untouched, original and exceptionally clean, but not perfect. Bike has been garaged since new. I had not started it or ridden it in about a year. I installed a new battery and drained the fuel bowls and it runs like new. Title is in my name and there are no back fees on registration.  Please feel free to ask me any questions.

Bidding on this clean, original example is up to $7,100.00 with several days left on the auction. This is one of my favorite sportbikes of the period, and this one looks like the perfect candidate for someone who wants a collector they can actually ride: condition appears to be good, but not perfect, and miles are low, but high enough to encourage the new owner add a few more. Suzuki sold lots of these when they were new, but very few remain in anything approaching collectible condition.

-tad

Blunt Force Trauma: 1990 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for Sale