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Honda May 12, 2022 posted by

Instant Collection: Five 400cc sport bikes from the 1990s

The 400cc sport bike set has been a hot topic on the pages of RSBFS, and were in fact part of the early focus of the site when it was entirely dedicated to finding grey market listings for sport bikes not originally imported into the United States. From those humble beginnings RSBFS grew to encompass the best of the rare and exotic, while continuing to harbor a soft spot for imports. Today’s collection of five members the 400cc club – one from each of the Big Four (plus a bonus Honda)- is definitely worth a look, even if some of the details are sparse and the bikes are located far, far away from US shores. The lineup:

Five 400cc sport bikes from the 1990s for sale on eBay

Honda VFR400R

Honda CBR400RR

Kawasaki ZXR400

Yamaha FZR 400SP

Suzuki GSX-R400SP

From the seller:
Collection of all the 90s 400cc sportbikes. All bikes are registered Hungarian bikes, with clean history. Will be sold with all necessary papers to register elswhere!

It is a one time opportunity to buy a collection like this!

These bikes are listed in a package deal on eBay in a Buy It Now (or best offer) format for $19,500 USD. Details are sparse, but as RSBFS writer and collector William notes: “The bikes are appealing, the package is interesting at that price point and the pictures are solid…a deal is always worth exploring.” You must admit that this flock looks great together. And given that the US shores has seen scant appearances of 400cc serious bikes between the 1980s Fizzer 400 and the more recent Ninja/CBR/R3/KTM offerings in 300-400cc sizes, these are undeniably rare in the US of A. You can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

Instant Collection: Five 400cc sport bikes from the 1990s
Suzuki May 4, 2022 posted by

When Suzuki Turned Things Up To Eleven: 1989 GSXR1100

The GSXR1100 needs no introduction.  Since it was launched it has captured the hearts and minds of motorcycle enthusiasts.  Over time it became a bike with an extremely broad appeal.  There was something for everyone.  You loved road racing, no problem.  You wanted to go drag racing, the 1100 had you covered.  Your passion was customizing wild and outlandish street bikes, plenty of support for the GSXR.  Now some 25 years latter it is the collectors that have turned their eyes to the legendary GSXR1100.  The market is focused on finding the cleanest and best preserved examples.   This is exceptionally challenging based on how well loved and used these bikes were in period.

The example today passes the initial inspection most collectors will conduct.  It still wears the original exhaust and air box.  These two items might sound silly, but they are sure sign that this bike has not lived a life of track use, or been customized as those are the first things to get changed.  The few departures from stock can be excused as small period correct changes, and are also simple to reverse if the new owner want.  One would suspect the new owner will not be too bothered as this bike should ultimately end up in a dynamic collection.  With north of 35,000 miles and a few imperfections on the tank this will not be wheeled into a mancave as is, although it does look like a fantastic starting point for a full restoration.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

This is a great example of a classic.

It’s a clean title, all original bike , to include airbox, mufflers, and even blinkers. The frame is original and untouched and still has the vin sticker. The bodywork is also original, with the exception of the period correct blue windshield, with oem windshield rivets. It uses one key for the ignition, tank, and seat latch. The bike does have some expected flaws, marks and a few cracks in the plastics, as well as a few scratches on the tank near the seat. It looks like the lowers have been touched up at some point. Please see the provided pictures.

The bike has a stage 1 jet kit installed. It also comes with the stage 3 portion of the kit with oem emulsion tubes if the new owner chooses to install an aftermarket exhaust. Included is a solo seat cover, with a new OEM NOS seat pad in blue, two Suzuki oil filters, and a complete decal kit if the new owner chooses to make it showroom new with a respray. I considered doing the respray, as I ordered the decal kit, but used the bike as a very clean rider and not a show bike. Also provided is the rear seat and grab bar with bolts and spacers if you choose to take a passenger.

Recent service includes new fork seals and fluid, rear brake pads, carb cleaning, air filter, petcock rebuild, as well as a new battery last month.

The bike starts right up and runs and rides great. Thank you for your interest.

Nostalgia is a powerful force.  This bike ticks many of the right boxes and will do will to rekindle a past experience, or allow the new owner to enjoy a bike they did not have a chance to have in the past.  In the first couple of hours of the listing 30 bids have been entered and the price sits at under $6k with the reserve showing as not met.  There is no Buy It Now listed.  It is safe to say it will take a few more bids before the reserve is passed.  Demand is high, and for good reason.  These bikes can be used and enjoyed on the modern roads and there are more an more events happening that are devoted to this era machine.

 

When Suzuki Turned Things Up To Eleven:  1989 GSXR1100
Suzuki April 29, 2022 posted by

Portuguese Perfection: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

I’m not sure exactly what is going on in the sun-drenched land of fine port wines, but some amazing motorcycles are being cleared out of a collection and all are RSBFS worthy. In today’s case, just on the off chance that you were in the market for a pristine RG500 Gamma with low miles, let us share some of the details.

1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma for sale on eBay!

The Suzuki RG500 should need little introduction on these pages, but if you Rip Van Winkled your way through the 1980s then a brief refresh might be in order. Designed to be a 500cc GP racer for the street, the big Gamma was of two-stroke configuration and utilized a square four engine arrangement (think of it as a siamesed pair of parallel twins connected at the crank). This was very much in line with the race bike, which was long before the four-stroke days of the current MotoGP. Intake and breathing was via 4 carbs synchronized through disk valves. And since two-strokes are very sensitive to exhaust pressure, the Gamma had four independent chambers; one for each cylinder. The frame of the Gamma was box-sectioned aluminum with castings for the headstock welded on. Front forks were high-tech air-adjustable with anti-dive, while the Full Floater rear suspension made due with preload only. As was in vogue in the day, the front hoop was a diminutive 16 incher, with a standard 17 inch wheel in the rear. Figure 95 HP pushing a 340 pound (dry) package; when the tach swings above 6,500 RPM, you’d better be holding on.

From the seller:
Suzuki RG500 GAMMA, mint condition.
With only 1060 Miles or 1700 KM and year production 1985, this is a very rare bike.
Complete JollyMoto Exhausts, make an astonishing sound.
Gsxr Wheels and front brake spacer to use original caliper.
Portuguese documents.
You can see by the photos, there in not even one single scratch or dent.
Original painting and decals all over the bike.
It has 2 keys.
Feel free to ask more pictures.
Bike is located in Portugal – Lisbon, but we work with Chas Mortimer Ltd to ship bikes to UK. You can also call them and ask for a feedback – shipping price is included.

This particular example has a popular mod that does away with the dreaded 16″ front rubber. It also sports some of the ultimate two-stroke pipe porn in the form of Jolly Moto chambers. Not only do the Jolly Motos weigh less than the stock pipes, they flow much better as well. That adds a power gain to the HP column, and an additional smile factor inside the helmet. They also make a fabulous sound at full song. The rest of the bike looks to be in pretty good condition overall (based on the photographs). Asking price is $32,500 US, with the seller open to offers. These are reasonably rare bikes that do not come up for sale all that often, although we do see Canadian bikes more frequently imported in the US. Given that this eclipses the 25 year mark for used bikes, importation into many States might be easier. Check out all of the details and photos here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Portuguese Perfection: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma
Suzuki April 21, 2022 posted by

1989 Suzuki GSX-R750R RK available in Portugal

The Suzuki GSX-R750R RK has to be among the top 10 for collectors who folow the homologation era superbikes. 500 RK’s were produced with the first 50 going to Canada. Japan kept the most with 200. And the UK received their batch of 50 from the 200 that went to Europe as a whole. Long story short, this is a rare motorcycle no matter where it’s listed.

1989 Suzuki GSX-R750R RK for sale on eBay

From the seller:

Suzuki Gsxr 750 RR RK, mint condition.

With only 1436 Miles or 2299 KM and year production 1989, this is a very rare bike.

Only 400 unities were produced.

It has rear shock Ohlins, racing footpegs and brembo braking lever.

Original footpegs included on the sale.

Portuguese documents.

You can see by the photos, there in not even one single scratch or dent. Original painting and decals all over the bike.

It has 2 keys.

Feel free to ask more pictures.

Bike is located in Portugal – Lisbon, but we work with Chas Mortimer Ltd to ship bikes to UK. You can also call them and ask for a feedback – shipping price is included.

Francisco has purchased Featured Listings on the site before and this example looks just as collection worthy as his previous offerings. This eBay listing shows a buy-it-now of $29,500.

dc

From the brochure:

1989 Suzuki GSX-R750R brochure

1989 Suzuki GSX-R750R RK available in Portugal
Suzuki March 23, 2022 posted by

Nobody Puts Baby In a Corner: 1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf

Of all of the fun, cool and very rare motorcycles we post here on RSBFS every day, few bikes get me as excited as a Walter Wolf edition of the mighty Suzuki RG500 Gamma. Festooned with the livery of Canadian businessman, motorsports enthusiast and general all around very rich guy, the Walter Wolf livery was available in both 250cc and 500cc Gamma variants, and was largely a cosmetic affair. Sporting what looks like black or dark blue – but in sunlight is actually a deep purple – the WW models came with livery-specific bodywork and instrumentation.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf for sale on eBay

The 500cc Gamma is no stranger to these pages, and enthusiasts everywhere have been viewing these brutal, square-four two strokes as road going GP bikes. In truth, these were more potent than the RZ500 competition, and sharper than most sport bikes of the era. They also held in reserve a lot of potential which could be coaxed out by clever and respected tuners, making them a bit of the holy grail for those seeking the combo of rarity, smokiness and outright speed.

From the seller:
Been sitting for years , ridden once and put into storage serious offers around $50.000, plastic needs repair , but not paint

To be honest, there is not much to go on with this one, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth the effort. The seller claims it is in excellent shape, but also notes the plastics are in need of repair – but not paint. That could mean something non-visible, such as mounting tabs on the back being broken off (not uncommon). Zooming in on the photos show some minor scuff and wear, but I imagine this would clean up nicely. There appears to be a “ran when I parked it” vibe going on here, so it is not obvious if it currently runs. But if it’s been sitting I would recommend a leak down test to ensure the crank seals are still tight; nobody here wants to see this beauty seize. There is no detail in the ad on the total number of miles (kilometers) travelled, however a close up of the speedo shows 13,098 KMs, which equates to just over 8,100 US miles.

This is both an auction as well as a Buy It Now, however the starting bid and the BIN number are one and the same – just under $48k USD, or 60K in Canadian dollars. That is big money for a lot of (unclean) unknowns, but those unknowns need not be bad. There might be a real gem here – after all, it’s a freaking RG500 Walter Wolf Gamma! Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Nobody Puts Baby In a Corner: 1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf
Suzuki March 21, 2022 posted by

Indoor Outdoor – 1997 Suzuki TL1000S

Though most RSBFS TL1000 love is lavished on the R-models, the TL1000S was the original customer for Suzuki’s big twin and has its own supersport vibe.  Today’s example looks very good for the miles and has just a few decent mods.

1997 Suzuki TL1000R for sale on eBay

More than one manufacturer tried to chase the success of Ducati’s 916, and Suzuki brought some innovative engineers to the task.  Their 996cc L-twin used a combination of gear and chain cam drive, resulting in 125 hp and a distinctive sound.  Air scoops presented fresh air to the throttle bodies, incorporating multi-point fuel injection.  The trellis frame looks familiar but is all aluminum.  Suspension was a match of USD forks and a rotary shock which helped keep the wheelbase under control, but had a tough time dealing with heat from the drivetrain.

This very SoCal TLS shows 17,530 miles, and has a bit of an outlaw look with carbon mufflers, no rear mudguard, and a seat fairing with built-in turn signals.  It has the typical replacement monoshock, and the Corbin looks a little tire but could have a new cover economically.  The paint might be a little too shiny but the decals look correct, and the red calipers and levers aren’t overdone.  A walkaround – video – says the tires are new, and there’re no cam belts to renew.  Just a note or two from the eBay auction –

Low miles, new tires, fresh paint, Needs nothing. Carbon pipes. Sounds amazing. Corbin seat. I will load more pics and a video if there is any interest. Lots of torque and is great in the turns. Very fun and unique bike. Extremely clean.

Suzuki soon returned to the winning GSX-R racing formula, leaving the TL-1000S and R with a short-ish model run.  The engine was a winner though, and lived on in the SV and V-Strom 1000’s, as well as Bimota’s SB8K.  Our last TLS went quickly and seemed like a bargain, hopefully the reserve will allow a successful bidder this time.

-donn

Indoor Outdoor – 1997 Suzuki TL1000S
Suzuki March 1, 2022 posted by

Canadian Envy: 1983 Suzuki Katana 750

With respect to our neighbor to the North, there is much to be jealous of – from curling expertise to community-based healthcare, the too-cool look of the Mounties, half of the Niagara Falls, and so much maple syrup you could float a hockey stick. But for most of us, Canada represents the gateway to an entirely different motorcycle market. In fact, the largest percentage of the grey market forbidden fruit comes down through the US-Canada border. And in some cases – like today’s striking 1983 Suzuki Katana 750 – it has remained in Canada awaiting import.

1983 Suzuki Katana 750 for sale on eBay

US buyers had access to the original Katana with 1100cc power. There was also a 1 liter model built to homologate the bike for racing. But for the American riding public, the big bore bike was really the only option if you lusted after the Hans Muth design. Other markets received a number of different capacity models that looked like the big Katana, including today’s 750 model. The only smaller “Katana” models here in the States during this era were warmed over GS bikes, lacking the visual punch of the original. Canada, on the other hand, were the recipients of multiple Katana models, all true to the original. Such as today’s 750.

From the seller:
1983 Suzuki katana 750 Canadian version in exellent shape with 49000km , has a small blem on nose , pictured , all stock except pipe . It was completely disasembled cleaned all parts painted and bearings replaced or greased , new chain , brake lines, pads ,oil and tuned ready too ride . The bike is not showroom but very nice has one blem on front fairing and lower side cowl everything works has it should.

For riders below the border, this is an oddity for sure. US Katanas did not come in color, nor did they vary greatly in capacity. I really like how this has the period correct Kerker hanging out proudly, the two-tone seat, and the hawk-bill windscreen that mimics the original. Perhaps not as rare or coveted as, say, a Gamma, we don’t find the smaller Katanas very often. I think they look great; the design continues to hold up well nearly FORTY years on. The seller notes it is not museum perfect, but I certainly wouldn’t kick it out of the bed for eating crackers. Check out all of the details on this stunner here, and then share your Katana stories. Good Luck!!

MI

Canadian Envy: 1983 Suzuki Katana 750
Suzuki February 8, 2022 posted by

Strange Magic – 1982 Suzuki GS1000SZ with Lockhart lowers !

Suzuki’s stylish flagship was a released as an 1100cc model, but also homologated for superbike racing with just a liter, but racing cams and carburetors.  Here’s a collector that was nicely upgraded, put in hibernation for 35 years, and has recently been fawned over to a museum-ready level.

1982 Suzuki GS1000SZ for sale on eBay

Though the Katana made do with a fairly conventional chassis, its clip-ons and factory rear sets made for a riding position poised for action.  Having the front axle centered in the anti-dive forks put a fine hone on the handling.  With 108 hp on tap, Hans Muth’s triangular fairing made a surprisingly effective notch in the wind.  1000SZ homologation specials got a performance intake cam and round slide Mikuni carburetors.  Alloy wheels had the then-current street stagger with 19-inch front / 17-inch rear.

The seller is apparently the second owner, but both custodians can clearly be termed superfans – the original owner spec’d engine mods by Vance and Hines, and the seller has gone through the bike comprehensively after its long hiatus.  Take a look at the – detailed pictures – and mammoth list in the eBay auction, and enjoy these comments:

First year, limited production. One year only AMA homologation model. One owner bike (I purchased this bike from the original owner). Purchased new at Pasadena Suzuki in 1982. All work performed in-house by Vance & Hines in late 1983/early 1984. Bike was parked and put into hibernation around 1989/1990 at the request of the original owner’s wife when they had their first child. Bike has been stored indoors in a climate controlled garage ever since.

Clean and clear title. Clean VIN. Starts, runs, and stops great. Bike has been fully gone through. All body work and panels are original, as is the paint. Frame and bodywork are in fantastic shape, paint is in great condition throughout. The seat cover is the factory original faux suede seat cover. The windscreen is the factory original GE Lexan windscreen. The lower fairings are original Lockhart Phillips fairings. These were made to order back in the early to mid ‘80s and are extremely rare. Fairings were color matched with the factory 13L paint. (Note: The fairings were stored off the bike for the last few decades and could stand to be refinished; however, the current paint is in fair condition.) Inside of fuel tank is extremely clean and rust free. Wheels are virtually spotless: no scratches, no pitting, no corrosion, no deeply embedded brake dust/road grime. No oil leaks or seeps, engine is very tight. Bike does not smoke or burn oil. All lights and electronics function properly. This Katana is a true survivor and is in amazing shape at 40-years-old. Aside from the parts and services needed to make it road worthy, this bike has been left as found and was meticulously restored to reflect that.

Original owner’s manual, spare key, steering lock keys, some ephemera (a few sport bike magazines from 1981, a new, sealed in box Testors 1/8 scale model), and some spare parts (original air box, original camshafts, exhaust baffle) are also included with the bike.

While the ask is up there, it’s unclear you could replicate it, when you’d have to start with an undamaged original and source a bunch of goodies that have been out of production for 30 years or more.  The Katana did pretty well with AMA champion Wes Cooley aboard, at least on endurance race track, and was just off the championship podium in 1982.  Somehow the styling made it a reach in the showroom, though it has a loyal following including your truly.  Normally, committing a classic to the carpet doesn’t seem right, but keeping those vintage tires in this case might be a good idea.

-donn

Strange Magic – 1982 Suzuki GS1000SZ with Lockhart lowers !