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Events May 10, 2017 posted by

Brrrrr…Britten! Quail Motorcycle gathering 2017 (UPDATED)

UPDATE:  The linked FLICKR album now contains pictures of the 2017 winners.

Quail Motorcycle Gathering – May 6 2017

Here at RSBFS we have certain criteria for what makes a great RSBFS candidate.  But what are the criteria that makes for a great motorcycle event?  How about a concourse-level gathering where you can see some unobtanium up close, such as Britten V1000 or Mondial dustbin racer? Or maybe its a meet with a wide variety of brands and types in different conditions?  What about crowd size – some events can be truly massive and you meet people from all over the world, others are quite small and focused on a particular type of bike.  How about having someone famous attend and speak to the crowd or having good food and/or music, do these impact what makes a great motorcycle event?

Personally I think its a combination of all of these criteria and I am pleased to let our faithful RSBFS readers know that the Quail Motorcycle gathering last weekend met all the above.

The event is held in Carmel California which is about 2 hours south of San Francisco. (Note- for anyone attending next year, bring a good coat, it can be surprisingly cold in California in May). Tickets were $85 online and $95 on site which is pricey but included a really nice lunch and the cost does cut down keep the crowd size down so you can actually interact with the bikes on display. The Quail event has been going on for about 9 years and this year was celebration of Norton. Sadly there was no new Norton V4 but there were lots of other great bikes, good food and Kenny Roberts Sr was onsite for a meet/greet.

For 2017 there were over 250 entries, ranging from unobtainum like the aforementioned Britten to beautiful restorations such as the Brough Superior pictured above.  There were also regular bikes like a nice Honda 600 F2 and numerous Ducati’s.  Sadly there were only two of my beloved Laverda’s but I guess that means if I enter one of mine next year I won’t have to worry too much about the competition.

Award categories included the following:

  • Best of Show – presented to the most significant motorcycle on the field in terms of presentation and historical significance.  Last year this went to a 1925 BMW R37.
  • Spirit Award – presented to the motorcycle that best represents the true spirt of motorcycling.  Last year this went to a 1964 MV Agusta.
  • Industry Award – presented to a factory produced “groundbreaking” motorcycle.  Last year this went toa 2009 Ducati Monster “Leggero”.
  • Design and Style Award – presented to the motorcycle based on its industry leading design, concept and style.  Last year this went to a 1960 Velocette.
  • Innovation Award – presented to the most innovative motorcycle on the field in terms of technology.  Last year this went to 1973 Vincati 1200cc (a Vincent engine in a Ducati frame!  More info here)
  • Significance in Racing – presented to the motorcycle that best exemplified the essence of racing.  Last year tis went to a 1957 Harley Davidson KR.
  • Historical Vehicle Associate (HVA) Preservation Award – presented to a historically significant motorcycle.  Has to be scrupulously preserved and be an examply of our cultural past/national heritage.  Last year this went to 1910 Pierce Four

Other award classes included American, British, Italian, Japanese, Other European, Antique, Competiton On-Road, Competition Off Road and Custom/Modified

Here are a few more pics

  • BSA, beautiful restoration

Couple of nice Honda’s, including a custom and a garage queen RC30 (tags say registration of 2008)

Nice Ducs

There was really something at the show for everyone.  Oh and did I mention the parking lot?   Walking up to the main entry of the event I saw numerous Ducati 851’s and specials (including the one signed by Danny Pedrosa pictured above), Honda Turbo’s, a Moto Guzzi Norge, a Ducati Superlight…I could go on and on.  Suffice to say I will definitely be going back again and think this event should be on every motorcycle collectors bucket list.  Main link to the event is here, feel free to ask any questions in the comments and I will try to answer.

Marty/Dallaslavowner

Brrrrr…Britten! Quail Motorcycle gathering 2017 (UPDATED)
Suzuki March 7, 2015 posted by

Slingshot Gixxer: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750 for Sale

1989 GSX-R750 R Front

When it was introduced in 1985, Suzuki’s original GSX-R750 set the standard for production sportbikes that’s lasted through the modern era. Interestingly, the first GSX-R’s eschewed water-cooling to simplify the engine in a bid to save weight at the expense of overall power. The aluminum beam frame and monoshock rear suspension and fully-enclosed bodywork with endurance-racing style were a rarity in 1985 and rounded out the very complete package.

1989 GSX-R750 L Rear

The second generation continued this tradition and otherwise followed the template set down by the original “Slabby,” albeit with updated styling and 17″ wheels. That makes this particularly short-lived generation a great rider’s bike, looking both backwards to a more classic style, and forwards, with a variety of tire choices available for the 17″ wheels.

1989 GSX-R750 L FairingJPG

Suzuki sold plenty of these “Slingshot” GSX-R’s, so named for their carburetors. But many were ridden hard, written off, or otherwise neglected, and bikes in this sort of condition are pretty hard to find. Not as collectible as the first generation bikes, not as competent as later models, but these are, to me, some of the best-looking Gixxers ever. When new, I’d likely have preferred this red, white, and black scheme, although these days I find myself more drawn to the classic Suzuki blue-and-white colors.

1989 GSX-R750 R Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750 for Sale

Up for auction is my 1989 Suzuki GSXR 750 Slingshot 17k miles 2nd owner… Very good condition all original plastics never been down. Little crack on left rear plastic from replacing battery last summer. Clean carbs will need to be cleaned does run good and strong. On the road last summer carbs need to be clean runs strong upgraded fox suspension polished wheels frame steering damper. Custom Corbin seat bike runs great and the suspension in handling is awesome. All original plastics in near excellent condition including tank registered..

1989 GSX-R750 Dash

There are a few questionable details here. The wheels do vary a bit from photo to photo: they’re solid white in some of the pictures, and have a polished rim in others. It looks like they were going for the Marvic modular look as seen on the Ducati Superlight. And those flush-mount signals, while sleeker than the stock items, would absolutely have to go, were this my bike. I’m sure it wouldn’t be too much work to fit some low-profile LED units or subtle bar-end signals, or something like signals integrated into the tail lamp and headlight units.

1989 GSX-R750 R Side

The Corbin seat is likely far more comfortable than the stock item, although the stepped design is a love-it or hate-it kind of thing. Plan to put real miles on your bike? Definitely worth keeping on there.

With 17,000 miles on the clock, mileage is very reasonable and, although it will need some attention, there’s nothing outside the abilities of a competent mechanic. All-in-all, a great-looking classic Suzuki.

-tad

1989 GSX-R750 L Front

Slingshot Gixxer: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750 for Sale
Kawasaki December 19, 2014 posted by

GreenPinkBlue: 1993 Kawasaki Ninja ZX7 in TX

To go along with the 1993 Ducati Superlight posted earlier this week, here is a 1993 Kawasaki Ninja ZX7 located in central Texas.

The fashion/color schemes from the early 90’s seem to be back in vogue, with people again wearing clothes with almost fluorescent level green, pink and blue hues. Early 1990’s sportbikes bikes were also fitted with some “extra-vibrant” color/graphics packages, with examples ranging from the eye bleeding Yamaha 600 Vance & Hines edition to mergers with existing graphics packages such as the Suzuki GSXR 600 to slight updates to existing color packages such as Kawasaki ZX7.

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1993 Kawasaki ZX7 in Texas for sale on eBay

Here is a nearly new 1993 Kawasaki ZX7. It is important to note this is not the ZX7R/race version, it is the standard street version ZX7. But this isn’t as big a difference as a lot of people think- while there were big differences between the two models in the preceding version, for the 1993-94 versions the only real difference is the close ratio transmission and the suspension setup. Starting in 1993 Kawasaki put the R version bigger cams into the ZX7 standard version along with 38mm Kiehins. Appearance wise the bikes were nearly identical, with the ZX7 having a single air scoop in the front fairing instead of the R’s dual ram air scoops. The ZX7 also had a passenger seat and slightly different tail graphics.

Overall, the ZX7 sold in higher numbers than the ZX7R, in part because they looked almost identical to the ZX7R, but also because they were easier to ride on the street and were significantly less expensive than the R version. Despite the higher number of sales, good condition 1993 ZX7’s don’t pop up for sale that often/are actually quite rare. Perhaps its because back in the 90’s lots of stock ZX7’s were modified or crashed. Fortunately this one looks to be in excellent/OEM condition.

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This particular ZX7 has only 2143 miles. Here is an excerpt from the details of the ebay auction:

  • One owner near mint Kawasaki ZX-7 from a private collection
  • Has been indoors its whole life except for the meager 2000 original miles
  • Has never even had a tire change, has the OG Dunlop Sportmax tires.
  • There is some very slight scratches where the shipper from California to Texas “allegedly” says another bike rubbed it on the road. Other than that one fault this bike is collector ready and is pristine, there is not even a single rock chip on the head piece!
  • This model was only made for three years 93-95 and was the Platform that Won the 1994 World Super Bike title for Kawasaki With Scott Russell on board which can only add to the exclusivity and pedigree.
  • Full Yosh and jetted runs flawlessly
  • Stands not included

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About the only issues I am seeing is that this ZX7 does have a bit of scraping on the riders left side lower fairing. The seller indicates that the scraping occurred during transport from California and given the lack of any other damage/indication of being down, together with the low mileage and the fact that the seller indicates the bike is still on OEM tires, this seems like a plausible explanation for the damage.

Current bid prices are at 4400 USD which is already above the price that previous 1993 ZX7’s on RSBFS have be listed for but this one may continue to be bid up due to mileage and condition. Auction ends in 4 days so whomever ends up with it will have a nice new toy for Christmas.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

GreenPinkBlue:   1993 Kawasaki Ninja ZX7 in TX
Aprilia June 20, 2013 posted by

Month in Review: May 2013 Sales Report

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Welcome back to our latest sales report, where savvy buyers and sellers keep an eye on market values. We blogged a record 85 bikes in May and witnessed an all-time high of 29 of our picks getting sold. In fact our readers bought 23 bikes in May! Here is a review of 29 of the 85 posted, most having sold.

Lowest sale price: $1380
Highest sale price: $25099

Congratulations to May’s buyers and sellers!

dc

In no particular order, we start with this 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP with 2000 miles that sold for $3650:

Ducati 900 SS/SP


A highlight last month is this 1986 GSX-R 750 Limited Edition with less than 900 miles that sold for $22,400!

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750R Limited


This 2001 Ducati 996SPS failed to sell after being bid to nearly $12k.

Ducati 996SPS


This very tidy but tiny Aprilia RS50 sold for a pint sized $2700 to one of our readers.

Aprilia RS50


This stock 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma sold for $12,400.

1985 Suzuki RG500


This heavily modified 1986 Suzuki RG500 in Lucky Strike livery failed to sell the first time at $10,500 but sold after one relist for $16,000!

1986 Suzuki RG500 Lucky Strike


This 1990 BMW K1 with just 4200 miles sold for $13450, McDonalds colors be damned!

BMW K1


This very clean 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 sold for $7000, even with 30k miles!

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750


This 1996 Suzuki GSX-R 750 might have been the bargain of the month selling at just $2550.

1996 Suzuki GSX-R 750


This amazing low mileage and stunning 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 sold for $13100.

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100


Someone scored on this 1986 Kawasaki ZX1000R Ninja that saw just 7400 miles. Sold for only $3750!

1986 Kawasaki ZX1000R


This 1991 Yamaha TZ 250 B racebike sold for $17500 but was relisted and sold again for $15500. Hopefully for good!


This well looked after 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 sold for $8200.

Moto Guzzi Daytona


This later 1997 Daytona 1100 with less than 7k miles failed to sell with bids reaching $9100.

Moto Guzzi Daytona 1100


Another great buy was this 1982 Honda CB 900F with 205 miles for only $6655. This won’t be depreciating any time soon.

1982 Honda CB900F


Here’s a nearly new 999R with less than 1k miles that failed to sell at $16100.

Ducati 999R


This restored 1988 Suzuki GSX-R sold for a mere $6100 to one of our readers.


This 1996 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike was no reserve and sold for $7500.

Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike


Here’s a Yamaha RZ500 that sold for a scant $6500.

Yamaha RZ500 RD500LC


This 1998 Yamaha R1 failed to sell at $8500 and has been relisted for $7500.

Yamaha YZF-R1 For Sale


This cool 1985 Yamaha FZ750 survivor sold for $3850.

1985 Yamaha FZ750


Here’s a 1987 Suzuki GSX-R50 that sold to one of the RSBFS superfans for $1380.

1987 Suzuki GSX-R50


This 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo is one of several we posted recently and it sold for $5451.

1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo


This 1994 Yamaha YZF-750R was also well bought at just $2200.

1994 Yamaha YZF-750R


This 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Limited sold for $12721.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Limited


A very striking 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE sold for $17000.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE


This spotless 1998 Aprilia RS250 set a new record selling for $9950.

1998 Aprilia RS250


This 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR failed to sell the first time at $8500 buy-it-now, but was relisted twice and sold for $6500.

1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR


The top seller this month was this 1979 Kawasaki Z1R TC2 Turbo for $25099.

1979 Kawasaki Z1R TC2 Turbo


This 1994 Bimota DB2 appears to have sold for good this time at $7400.

1994 Bimota DB2


The great pumpkin 1982 Laverda Jota sold for $20255!

1982 Laverda Jota


This 1993 Ducati Superlight failed to sell at $9499.

Ducati Superlight


This XN85 Turbo sold for just $4000.

1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo


While we were having a little fun with this CBR1000RR trike, it did find a new home for $9900.

CBR1000RR Trike


This 1985 RZ500 failed to sell when bid to $9100 while wearing a $11800 buy-it-now.

Yamaha RZ500

Aprilia May 16, 2013 posted by

Month in Review: April 2013 Sales Report

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Welcome back to our latest sales report, where savvy buyers and sellers keep an eye on market values. We blogged 60 bikes in April and here is a review of 20 of them, most having sold. In fact 4 of them sold to our own readers. Lowest sale price was $1900 and highest was $64k!

Congratulations to April’s buyers and sellers!

dc

This Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike failed to sell even though it was bid up to $8100.

Lucky Strike Suzuki


From the Michigan collection, this 1996 Bimota DB3 Mantra did end up selling after one relist for full price of $16900.

Bimota Mantra For Sale


This 2002 Ducati MH900e with under 1000 miles sold for $22900.

Ducati MH900e For Sale


The 1983 Honda CX650T Turbo sold for $15100! These really do have quite the following!

Honda CX650T For Sale


The 4k mile Honda RC30 failed to get much love when first listed with spares at $30k and then relisted without it failed to sell at $17600.

Honda RC30 For Sale


This adorable and exceptionally clean 1983 Kawasaki GPz 305 sold for just $1625!

Kawasaki GPz 305 For Sale


The first of two 86 Honda NS400R’s that would sell this month, this one sold for $10099!

Honda NS400R For Sale


The second NS400R sold for just $6100 in comparison.

Honda NS400R For Sale


This 1987 Honda NSR250 looked pretty tidy and sold for just $3800.

Honda NSR250 MC16 For Sale


At $4000, this has to be the cheapest RVF400 we’ve seen sell. Congrats to the lucky new owner!

RVF400 For Sale


This little 1983 Ducati 350 Desmo sold for only $1900, which is probably the cheapest Ducati we’ve ever seen sold either!

1983 Ducati 350 For Sale


Here’s the 1983 Suzuki GS550ES which sold for $3450.

Suzuki GS550ES For Sale


Sold to one of our readers, this 1998 Ducati 916SPS sold for $12900.

Ducati 916SPS For Sale


Also sold to one of readers was this 1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight for $9200.

Ducati Superlight For Sale


This stunning 74 Ducati 750 Sport, original and unrestored, sold for an eye popping $64k!

1974 Ducati 750 Sport For Sale


Back to the blue smoke, this 1999 Aprilia RS250 Cup sold for only $5300.

Aprilia RS250 Cup For Sale


This 1985 Honda VF1000R sold for a tidy $8000.

Honda VF1000R For Sale


A good month for classic Honda’s as this 1983 CB1100R sold as well for $23600.

1983 Honda CB1100R For Sale


Sold to one of our readers was this very handsome 1997 Aprilia RS250 for $8100.

Aprilia RS250 For Sale


Finally, this 85 Yamaha RZ500 sold to one of our readers for $14500.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 For Sale

Aprilia September 10, 2012 posted by

The Week in Review: 1st Week in September 2012

Hey guys,

I’ve previously made month in review posts but I have to admit it might be easier for all of us to make this a weekly affair. Anyone have a preference?

Have a good week everyone!

dc

This 1993 Ducati Superlight is still active with just minutes to go. It’s going to sell so check it out now!

Ducati Superlight For Sale


This Ducati 998R failed to sell at $22k buy-it-now and is now relisted for $20k buy-it-now. Current Listing | Our Post

Ducati 998R For Sale


This 2000 Bimota SB8R For Sale in Seattle failed to sell showing a $10k buy-it-now and a max bid just shy of $7500. Closed Auction | Our Post

Bimota SB8R For Sale


This 1990 Yamaha TZ-R 250 had a buy-it-now of $8700, but with 27 bids it failed to meet reserve at $4701. Closed Auction | Our Post

1990 Yamaha TZ-R 250 For Sale


This 1985 Yamaha RZ500 for sale in New York received 0 bids and had a $22,500 buy-it-now that was not exercised. Closed Auction | Our Post

RZ500 For Sale


This 1978 Yamaha TZ250 GP bike received 0 bids with a starting bid of $12k. Closed Auction | Our Post

1978 Yamaha TZ250 For Sale


This lovely 1986 Honda VF1000R sold for just $4357 after 20 bids. Congratulations to buyer and seller! Closed Auction | Our Post

1986 Honda VF1000R for sale


This 1985 Yamaha RZ350 with 5 miles failed to sell at it’s latest price of $19,800. Closed Auction | Our Post

1985 Yamaha RZ350 For Sale with 5 Miles


This 1999 Aprilia RS250 Cup sold for just $5800. Congratulations to buyer and seller! Closed Auction | Our Post

Aprilia RS250 Cup For Sale


From the mailbag, this 1986 Moto Morini 350 sold for just $3547. Nice! Closed Auction | Our Post

1986 Moto Morini 350 For Sale


This 1986 GSX-R750G sold for just $3750. Nice buy! Closed Auction | Our Post

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 For Sale


This Honda RS125 sold for just $3500. Wow, what a great track day starter for so little cash! Closed Auction | Our Post

Honda RS125 For Sale


This nearly new 2004 Ducati 999R Fila sold for $16,200 with 1229 miles. Closed Auction | Our Post

Ducati 999R Fila For Sale


This 1998 Honda RS250 sold for $6900. Congrats to buyer and seller! Closed Auction | Our Post

Honda RS250 For Sale

dc

Honda December 21, 2018 posted by

Eye of the Storm: 1987 Honda CBR600 F Hurricane

Winter is upon us with its stormy moods. A perfect time to sit inside by the fire and reflect. What better time to take a look at a pretty cherry CBR600F model Hurricane and revel in its ability to survive. Sure, I know what you’re thinking: there is no way that a UJM that was mass produced in the tens of thousands will ever be rare. And I can see the point. The whole crux of the laws of supply and demand move us to a place where demand outstrips the supply – this is difficult to do with a commodity product. But this was a commodity more than 30 years ago. Today to find a well preserved CB600F model is not all that easy. It may not be Supermono or Tesi scarce, but certainly no easier than finding a clean Ducati “R” model, Superlight or the odd Bimota SB/YB series example. Today’s Hurricane has traveled fewer than 500 miles per year of its life, and is looking spiffy for it’s existence of relative relaxation. Let’s dig deeper.

1987 Honda CBR600 F Hurricane for sale on eBay

The bikes we covet today are direct descendants of the 1980s, that watershed era when manufacturers experimented like hippies in the 1960s. Trying any number of cylinders in a variety formats, different types of induction, liquid cooling, four valves per cylinder, mass centralization, full fairings and air flow management, tire and wheel sizes, brakes and exhaust, the Big Four went crazy with bringing new ideas to market. Honda in particular exhibited A.D.D. during this period, offering air cooled, V-4 and inline four models with varying performance characteristics. But it was the Hurricane that open the door to the fully-faired repli-racer look that continues to this day in the 600RR line. That is a pretty amazing run for a very capable machine.

From the seller:
1987 Honda CBR-600 F Hurricane – Only 15K Miles – Also CBR 600 F – CBR600F
Mechanically this bike is a 9.9 Out Of 10 And Cosmetically It’s a 9.8 out of 10
Excellent condition for a 32 year old ICON in the Motor Cycle World.

It’d be nice for it go to a collector who understands what it is and appreciates it’s excellent condition. I just rode it yesterday for 15 miles out in the country and the bike pulls clean and runs – idles perfectly. Please note in the pictures & the video that some of the angles the sun makes the red color look faded out. It is all bright RED as it was when new.

Before this ignites a storm of another kind, we have seen this seller before. The consensus is that the bikes represent themselves better mechanically than cosmetically – but that doesn’t mean everything offered is in the same condition. This bike looks very clean and in far superior shape to most any of the vintage Hurricanes we have seen. 15k on the clocks is higher than many would consider, but aside from some minor cosmetic damage if the bike is as stated mechanically what you have here is an excellent rider. Check out the pictures and video. And as alwasy, RSBFS recommends that you do your homework. Look closely, research the model, and ask the seller questions if any data or detail is unclear. This holds true regardless if you are buying a RC30 or a YSR50.

If you’ve weathered the storm thus far, you have seen a clean example of a 1987 CBR600F. And while this is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, this No Reserve auction has shown some decent action. There is no gold-plated Buy It Now option here. $100 bought you the first bid in this game, and the price has quickly climbed over $2k. How high will it go? There are lots of watchers on this one, but from the looks of things the price is still firmly in the bargain basement territory. I don’t see really see this above the $5-6k mark, but there may be someone out there that just has to have a vintage Hurricane. Jump in if you’re nostalgic for the bike you couldn’t afford in high school, but don’t expect to be making a brilliant investment. There will always be a market for a clean, older bike – even one that isn’t in high demand – but the value appreciation will be slow at best. But who really cares? The value is in what you see, and who doesn’t see something cool in a well-preserved sport bike artifact? Check it out carefully, and bid with gusto – after all, Christmas is just around the corner! And be sure and jump back to the Comments and share your memories of the Hurricane – because I know you have them. Good Luck!

MI

Eye of the Storm: 1987 Honda CBR600 F Hurricane

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