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Sport Bikes For Sale August 10, 2012 posted by

Gamma Time! 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

For Sale: 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

Hot on the heels of another rare and limited 1986 Suzuki (GSX-R 750R Limited) comes this RG500 Gamma. And just like the Gixxer, this one has been modified a bit by the current owner.

With non OEM plastics (Air Tech) and the solo tail this bike has a rather unique look about it. The tri-color paint is also interesting, adding an almost-Italian flair to the affair. The rest of the bike is a regular potpourri of who’s who in the two-stroke world, including Lance Gamma (engine rebuild, carb parts, tranny parts), Tommy Crawford (pipes), Race Tech (suspension), Bob Truelson (carb work) and more.

From the seller:
THIS IS THE SUZUKI GAMMA YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR . ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES IN THE TRI-STATE AREA. THIS BIKE IS ORIGINALLY FROM CANADA AND HAS HAD BEEN TITLED AND REGISTERED IN NEW JERSEY. I HAVE OWNED THE BIKE SINCE 1997. THE MOTOR WAS REBUILT
BY LANCE GAMMA WITH ALL THE CORRECT OEM SUZUKI PARTS EVERY BEARING EVERY SEAL EVERYTHING . THE CARBURETORS WERE BORED OUT BY BOB TRUELSON AND HAVE THE UP DATED LANCE GAMMA BALL FLOAT VALVES , TRIPOD AIR FILTERS AND SUPPLEMENTAL PETCOCKS . THE TRANSMISSION HAS UPDATED GEARS ,LANCE GAMMA CLUTCH AND SPRINGS AND WERE UNDER CUT BY FAST BY GAST IN NEW YORK STATE . THE EXHAUST WAS CUSTOM MADE BY TOM CRAWFORD. THE FRAME IS STRAIGHT AND UNTOUCHED. SWING ARM IS POLISHED AND IS SUPPORTED BY A FOX SHOCK. THE FRONT FORKS HAVE RACE TECH EMULATORS THAT WERE DONE BY LANCE GAMMA AND IS HELD STEADY WITH A STEERING DAMPNER. FRONT AND BACK RIMS ARE ORIGINAL AND HAVE NEW BRAKE PADS FRONT AND BACK. FRONT TIRE IS METZLER ME33 LAZER AND BACK IS METZLER MEI MBS NEW O-RING CHAIN AND 40T SPROCKET. REAR CALIPER IS NOT STOCK AND IS MOUNTED UNDER THE SWING ARM. REAR MASTER IS ORIGINAL AND THE FRONT IS 5/8 BORE WHICH IS BIGGER THAN STOCK. BRAKE LINES ARE GOODRIDGE S/S. BIKE STOPS GREAT. FUEL TANK IS ORIGINAL. THE BODY WORK IS MADE BY AIR TECH INCLUDING THE RARE ONE PIECE TAIL SECTION . WIND SCREEN IS ZERO GRAVITY. THIS BIKE IS READY TO RIDE, HANDLES GREAT AND GOES LIKE CRAZY. I ALSO HAVE THE ORIGINAL PARTS, OWNERS MANUAL, MICROFICHE, SOME EXTRAS AND AN UPSIDE DOWN GSXR FRONT END THAT WAS MODIFIED BY LINDEMINN ENGINEERING TO MATCH THE RG500’S WEIGHT. SIMILAR BIKES HAVE SOLD FOR CLOSE TO $18.000.00 .

Here’s the deal with a modified bike like this: It could be an outstanding example of all the mods working in harmony, or it could be a collection of parts waiting to suck you in with promises of high performance but in reality becomes a long slog of chasing down issues and re-modifying the modifications. I have no reason not to believe what the seller says above – that this is a crazy fast and well sorted machine – but my spidey sense always starts to tingle in this situation.

This modded and rodded Gamma is available right now via auction. Opening bid is set way up high at $10,600. This number is not out of the range for the bike, but such a high bid has likely scared off a lot of bidders. It doesn’t help that the seller references an $18k number – which is something that I don’t see this particular bike reaching (although I’ve been wrong before). For more info, a peek at pics of the stock parts included with the sale and more, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale August 5, 2012 posted by

Double Vision: 1990 Suzuki GSXR400R (GK76)

Double Vision:  1990 Suzuki GSXR400R (GK76)

 

Feel like you have just seen this bike on RSBFS?  Well you haven’t!  This is the second, grey, 1990 GSXR400R we’ve listed in the past few days and this is another really nice example.  Do you like low KM’s (9654) and some paperwork saying you are legit from the state of New Jersey?  It’s got both.  How about a tempting price?  The seller is asking  $5,200.

 

 

This one is near bone stock as well.  It’s like it rolled out of the factory other than an aftermarket rear shock and some new rubber.  Back in 1990 you had to step up to the SP to get the shock with the remote reservoir.  The forks are a little less adjustable as well.  You want the early model bikes though (anything pre 93) because they restricted the later models a bit.

 

 

The seller says he is the third owner of the bike since it hit our shores.  This bike has had some  caring owners for the stickers to last that long.  The 70th Anniv. sticker is pretty damn cool.  I want!

 

 

If you are familiar with RGV’s you’ll recognize the cluster.  If I remember correctly RGV forks have the same dimensions as well.  A good way to judge a GSXR400R is from a picture like this.  They will show corrosion in this area if they haven’t been taken care of.  This one looks quite nice.  Speaking of nice,  the owner has had the carbs serviced so no need to worry about the o rings.

 

Here is the info on her:

Time to sell my 1990 GSXR400R (GK76A), titled and registered in NJ. I purchased this bike in 2005, the 3rd owner since it’s import. I’ve put a bit over 3600km on the bike since it’s purchase, and it now has 9654km on it (roughly 6000 miles, as the speedo is in metric). I have no doubt this is the actual mileage on the bike, considering it’s superb mechanical condition. I’ve put new seals in the forks and last summer, performed a full carb rebuild including all new O-rings (8 O-rings per carb!). The bike starts immediately every time and runs flawlessly. The rear shock has been replaced with an aftermarket unit (Hagon) and it now rides on Pilot Sports. Otherwise, the bike is in 100% stock original condition. Appearance wise, I give it a 7/10, the all original bodywork and paint show some wear and tear. I don’t have the heart to repaint it or remove the original Japanese market stickers still attached to the tail, tank and windscreen. Unlike many of these, this little Gixxer has never been on the track. It’s a great bike for street riding and I’ve been using it to get to work a few times a week the past 2 years when the weather is nice. If you haven’t ridden one of these, the GSXR-400R is not only a perfect beginner’s bike to grow into. With 400cc of liquid cooled 15k rpms screaming to redline and handling as good as anything this side of a 250 2-stroke, the advanced rider can have some serious fun on the track or when the road gets twisty

 

 

Here is the ad.

 

 

Ian

Suzuki July 12, 2012 posted by

Rare In This Condition: 1985 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Mark 1 (Switzerland)

To start with, I’d recommend a visit of suzukicycles.org. Here you will find plenty of info, but be careful though as the site is addictive and you will soon be on the hunt to buy your next modern classic Suzuki. Courtesy of the website is also the this 1985 Canadian brochure which I thought could be a nice introduction to the model recently spotted in Switzerland.

The 1985 Suzuki GSX-R 750: the first race focused, ultra light (still for modern standards), 750 Superbike. The model below is a rarity with less than 10.000km on the clock:

First in the Gixxer series and in perfect condition this is even more precious.

This Suzuki GSX-R 750 was imported in Switzerland at those times when it featured a single headlight instead of the standard double headlights:

The bike is a legend. With less than 180kg and just above 100 horsepower this strong and very reliable bike was serious stuff already then. The only care you might need to worry about is keeping the carbs clean. With dirt potentially building up in the tank, tiny debris can clog up the carbs and cleaning them is not what you want to do when you planned to enjoy a sunny day taking out your “special” one for a spin. The best way to keep them clean is to empty them regularly by using a long screwdriver and release the carb emptying screw on the left side of each carb (you’ll need a long screw driver for that 🙂 ) After that you still might want to start the engine and rev it until it dies to male sure that the carbs are really empty and clean. By the way the whole procedure needs to be done with the fuel valve closed, obviously 🙂

Going back to the bike above. The owner Mr. Forrer explains that the bike is like new, it doesn’t have any scratches, and never had a crash or fall. It is available in Switezrland at the website below. The price ? Just above 7600 $.

Check it out here: 1985 Suzuki GSX-R 750

Claudio

Sport Bikes For Sale June 17, 2012 posted by

Genuine 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 in Germany

The 1985 Suzuki GSXR-750 is where it all started for Superbikes. Before the Gixxer there were street bikes, fast street bikes, heavy street bikes and a few contemporary 2 strokes GP racer replicas.

The whole hierarchy of sport bikes was then turned upside down by the first lightweight, high output 4 strokes 750 cc. This was race focused, it had a full fairing with double headlight at the front and a narrow tail. The first Suzuki GSXR was born and with it a new era began.

The 750 cc became the “standard” superbike engine size and still now regarded by many the best compromise between lightweight and power. And so for the next 2 decades every Japanese OEM built their most sporty bikes on their catalogues on what basically was the blueprint given by the GSXR 750 of 1985.

Still now, the legacy of these sporty white-and-blue bikes from Hamamatsu is very much alive and even more so is the desire to own an original oil cooled model from the eighties (look for the great forum gixxer.com and search for the threads under “oiled cooled…” You’ll find a large and extremely knowledgeable worldwide community of enthusiast, plenty of documentation and professional, friendly advice on what model to choose, what to watch out for, how to maintain it, tune it etc. etc…

…Now that you’ve been sucked in by the desire of buying the progenitor of modern Superbikes, follow me to this immaculate and very rare (for the conditions) sample available in Germany:

In my personal search for the ultimate Gixxer I ended up finding a 1986 LE but I was ready to commit to the standard model in case the R model would be off my budget — and assuming I would find a good condition GSX-R 750. It turns out that in a weird sort of way, it is actually more difficult to come across a well preserved low mileage “standard” model. I guess it is because the Limited Edition was so exclusive in those years that it was bought with the intention to either hit the track straight away or end up in a living room. And so here we are with a bike that practically handles just as well, has the same power, and when you’ll get in need to change your clutch because of excessive wear you won’t have to search every possible forum on the net to locate the spare parts and release a check with 4 digits.

You are asking how is it to ride what seems to be a long wheelbase, narrow in the rear-wide in the front bike with wheels of a size that seems far to narrow and too tall in comparison to current standards of 120/70 17 inch in the front and 190/55 17 inch in the rear? Well, the best way to describe it is to urge you to try it. Riding a 1986 Gixxer is in my opinion a greatly rewarding experience, not only for the smooth responsiveness of the engine and the precise gearbox but also because you feel you are riding a piece of history. Immediately you can relate to what at the time must have been an extreme Superbike for its high revving engine power versus the fairly standard (for the time) brakes and chassis on what still now feels very lightweight!

Going back to the model on sale in Germany, here’s a display of the condition in which this 750 can be found:

A few words from Stefan, the seller:

GSX- R 750 Bj. 1986 (Typ: GR75A) im 100% originalen Sammlerzustand. Das Fahrzeug war noch nie umgebaut bzw. verbastelt und befindet sich im unversehrten originalen Erhaltungszustand wie am Tag der Auslieferung 1986. Sämtliche Kunststoff- und Aluteile sind weder spröde, noch vergilbt oder korrodiert. Das Fahrzeug ist unfall- und umfallfrei und hat keinerlei Verkleidungsrisse! Technisch und optisch top! Sicherlich ein Leckerbissen und eine einmalige Gelegenheit für alle Fans der Ur-GSXR! Dieses Fahrzeug ist mit Sicherheit nicht vergleichbar mit den übrigen hier angebotenen 750ern. Eigentlich zu schade zum Fahren und es sollte wieder in Sammlerhand gelangen und nur ab und an zu Erhaltungszwecken bewegt werden. TÜV neu, Reifen bei 10.545km neu, original Fahrerhandbuch, Rechnungen der letzten Wartungsarbeiten sind vorhanden. Bitte nur ernstgemeinte Anfragen, keine “letzte Preis” Gespräche oder sonstiges! Kontakt bitte via Email oder Telefon.

He describes how well well kept the bike is in its 100% original condition. The bike is a truly a rare find in such a state and deserves a collector as the new owner. Zou can contact him by email or phone at the details available from the link below.

This bike has just 11.400km (!) and is on sale for 4750 Eur which in American units equals to about 6000 $.

Suzuki GSX-R 750 1986 in Germany

Thanks Stefan !

Claudio

Sport Bikes For Sale June 8, 2012 posted by

Modified But Cool ’86 GSX-R1100

Location: Portland, Oregon

Mileage: 20,941

Price: Auction, $5,500 BIN

Okay, this bike has been modified but also maintained and upgraded. And sure, it’s in Oregon, my home state. And I also love GSX-R’s. So there was really no way I couldn’t write this up. Generally, I like to find older GSX-R’s that are completely stock, if possible. Because these bikes were an instant success and the bought, and then wrecked, not too many have survived. So these days even modified bikes deserve consideration. Like this one.

Here’s what the seller has to say-

1986 Suzuki GSXR 1100 Survivor !! 20k original miles. 138 RWHP !! Tuning and Dyno Pulls done in April 2012 at Rons Performance Motorcycle. Local Racer.

Engine / Brand new head, Ported and polished, All new bearings,Timing chain, Rods and pistons, Gaskets, Valve springs, Stainless valves, Rings, Drag Cams, Mikuni carbs, K&N Pod Filters, Carbon M4 Exhaust.

Transmission / New bearings, New backset gears. JMC reinforced swingarm, Ohlins rear shock.

Runs great, looks great, sounds great. Very nice Old School Gixxer. The last of their kind. You don’t see too many of these anymore, this one is first year GSXR 1100 in the states. Very collectable.

Thanks for looking
Scott 

The seller outlines a lot of work on the bike, including work on the engine, suspension, transmission and exhaust. So clearly the bike has been run but it sounds like extensive work has been done to bring her back to good health. Clearly, it’s not all original, but it’s still a first year 1100, which is cool, and it still looks good, at least from the photos. Mileage isn’t too crazy high either.

You’ll want to do your homework on this one to make sure you get the bike you want. But if it works out, it could be cool.

So I guess it’s worth checking out, I mean, if you’re into awesome things. If you are, go here.

-RN

Suzuki May 10, 2012 posted by

Feelin’ Lucky ! [Switzerland]

Suzuki GSX-R 750 Lucky Strike 1900 km (!) 5320 $

Here’s a rare version of a not so rare bike: the Lucky Strike edition of a 1992 Gixxer 750:

Besides the original color scheme, this bike is also worth the excursion to Switerzland because of its mileage of just 1900 km!

Much has already been said about the glorious and reliable R-versions of the Suzuki GSX. Just in case, this is the first version of the water cooled engined bikes also known as GSX-R W. While the model saw production in 1992 (!) for the first time, this sample here was registered on public roads in the Confederation only in 1994. Considered by the enthusiasts not the best of the series due to its increased weight versus the previously oil cooled models, this bike will still deliver enough thrills thanks to its powerful and robust engine. Add in a beautiful and now rare to find Yoshi muffler included in the package and you are ready to ride off in pure Suzuki GP nostalgic style:

With a 34 number on that yellow rear cowl plate holder you’ll be giving tribute to the unforgettable Suzuki rider legend Kevin Schwantz:

The bike here is described by the seller (Mr. Buser) as better than new (I guess he is referring to that Aluminum Yoshimura…):

Schöner als Neu,Liebhaber Fahrzeug.

It is quite difficult to find such a pristine model and while the picture below is a bit blurred, you can still count the zeros and realize that the bike hasn’t even reached the first 2000 km from new.

The bike is sold by a private through the Suzuki dealer of Mr. Wernli who will give you 1 month warranty on top of it. I know myself Mr. Wernli and in particular the many wonders hidden in the seller of his shop in the country side in canton Aaurgau. I can only say that if you are a Suzuki GSX-R fan or a Honda CB Four or… etc. etc. you”l drop your jaw when stepping down the stairs from an otherwise  conventional Suzuki dealership and glaze at his private collection. Now these bikes are not advertised for sale as such but, let’s say that you are passionate enough, you know what you are talking about and you might be able to approach him for the bike of your dreams. This is were I bought my beloved ’86 GSX-R 750 R Limited Edition with also less than 2000km on the clock….Bless him !

On sale here.

Click here for a full model history of Suzuki’s best known super bikes.

Claudio

Honda March 4, 2012 posted by

Cool Bike, Small Package-’90 Honda VTR250

Location: Tallahassee, Florida

Mileage: 3,900

Price: Auction, currently $1,200, no reserve

We in the U.S. all love our large displacement bikes. The bigger the better. And this isn’t just true in the Harley cruiser world where a Sportster 883 will get you the question “Do they sell men’s bikes where you got that?” from about any other Harley rider. It’s also very true in the sportbike world, where the excellent 400cc bike really couldn’t find its place. I exclude RSBFS readers from this generalization based on most readers embracing of the smaller sportbike. And that’s why we have here a ’90 VTR250. A 250 V-Twin, in killer 90’s era graphics. I dig it.

Here’s some more pictures, including some with pretty flowers-

Info from the seller-

Here’s my pristine ’90 Honda VTR 250. I’ve owned this bike for about three years and it is virtually perfect in every respect. I doubt there is a better one in the USA. It sports a redline of 13,500 and is a marvelous little ride. This is the last year for the VTR 250 in the USA, and unlike the earlier models, sports a conventional disk brake on the front. Its an excellent and cheap way to get into motorcycling, and for the advanced rider, it’s tons of fun to keep up with all the squids on their much bigger gixxers. I prefer to keep the VIN off the public listing, but will of course furnish it in response to your question. Also available (but not included in the auction) is a parts bike that is also a perfectly running and cosmetically good bike — but it has no title. I really ride it much more than the one in the auction “borrowing” the tag off the auction bike for those fun occasions. The “parts” bike, like the auction bike, has less than 4,000 miles. As for the auction bike, I have clear, clean title in hand, ready to sign over to you. Any questions promptly answered. I’m an amature, not a dealer, and you’ll pay no “dealer fees” of any sort. What you bid is what you pay. The bike is offered here in Tallahassee, FL.

The seller describes the bike as pristine and the photos show a very clean bike that looks all original. These came to the states in ’88 and left in ’90 (hence the fate of the small bike in the U.S.) but as the seller points out, the ’90 came with a disc up front. They also added a 17 inch front hoop in ’90, which will help with tire choices. And the mileage is low too.

Sure, they have the Ninja 250 and CBR 250 now, and maybe with gas prices skyrocketing towards $5 a gallon, these bikes will find their place. But the VTR is a V-Twin, something you won’t get from Honda or Kawasaki. Way cooler in my book. And there’s no reserve, so you may have a cool little bike for not a lot of cash.

If you been looking for a cool entry bike, or just a cool bike, you need to give this a look!

-RN

Harley Davidson December 5, 2011 posted by

Jay Springsteen Special: 1983 Harley-Davidson XR1000

For Sale: 1983 Harley-Davidson XR1000

Walking the halls of the RSBFS corporate office is an interesting affair: Doug’s office sits empty (we store boxes of hats, shirts and koozies in there now), Ian is buzzing around like one of his beloved two strokes, Rem chatters on about Gixxers (I do have a soft spot for those early 750 slabbies), Jared has his head down doing research, Andrew pops in occasionally and the Boss man is busy playing around with Facebook. It’s a great group of like-minded enthusiasts. Which brings us to today’s bike: A 1983 H-D XR1000.

In all of the years of RSBFS we have never listed an XR1000. That made me think a little bit. We seem to post a lot of Ducati v-twins, and this H-D is a two-banger in similar fashion. We are big on rare bikes, and this XR is as rare as most; fewer than 1,800 were created world wide over a short, two-year time span. RSBFS is all about sport bikes, and this HD is, uh, sport-like, depending on your definition of sport. It is just like a homologation racebike – unless you consider dirt tracking right up there with lawn mower racing and monster trucks… You see, this XR1000 has all the elements of what should be on RSBFS. Still, I’m keeping my Nomex nearby in case a flame war erupts…

The Motor Company created the XR1000 to be a street-going equivalent of the all conquering XR750 dirt track racebike. Utilizing alloy heads with bigger valves atop what is basically a Sportster bottom end, breathing through 36mm Dell’Orto pumpers fitted with K&N filters from the factory, the XR1000 was reported to enjoy a 10 HP increase over the Sportster of the day. With uppright seating position and huge mufflers tracking down the left side of the bike, the bike looked the dirt tracker part.

Sadly, what might have looked good to the buying public did not work as well in real life. Interest in the XR1000 was limited, and dealers struggled to sell their stock of these race replicas at just under $7,000 a pop. This is a rehash of the XLCR story; the H-D buyers didn’t want a sport bike, and sport bike riders didn’t shop at H-D dealerships. Jeff Karr of Cycle and Motorcyclist fame wrote an excellent piece about the XR1000 in his April 2009 “Stupid Money” column which can be viewed online HERE.

From the seller:
this is an exceptional bike in fine condition, has all original parts available. Passenger pad not shown but is here. all original paperwork and manuals included. If you are looking for a rare collectable ridable bike, this is it! email me with any questions.

The amazing thing about this bike is that as I sat and debated about posting it to the rabid fans that are the RSBFS readers, the bidding caught fire. With only a few days underway, there have been more than 20 bids on this bike. And what started as a $1,000 opening ask has exploded to $10k plus with reserve still in place. When all is said and done, my guess is $12,500 – $15,000 will buy this bike. Say what you want about the suitability of this bike on RSBFS – the eBay community has certainly spoken.

To check out this oddball wonder from H-D, you can visit the auction here. Look, learn, read and enjoy. It might not be Italian and it might only strafe apexes on the left hand side of the track, but this is one rare bike that you won’t find every day.

MI

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