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Honda September 19, 2021 posted by

(Over)Use as Directed – 1990 Honda CBR400RR

Update 9.19.21: Sold Friday night but still worth a peek, push “See original listing” – donn

Painting a street bike in the colors of Honda’s 250 GP team might be a giveaway that it was going to get a workout.  This CBR looks to have been ridden hard and possibly raced, but is at least worth a look as a project.

1990 Honda CBR400RR for sale on eBay

The specs for the baby Fireblade read like a full-fledged superbike, with double overhead gear-driven cams, alloy chassis, and assymmetrical gull swingarm.  Some components are sized for the expected stresses, like the 275mm brakes, and some ruled by budgetary concerns, like the semi-adjustable suspension.  But considering the intended market in countries with progressive licensing, and the intended youthful riders, it’s somewhat hipper than the current single cylinder starter sports.

No corner of this CBR has been spared, or had much attention lavished on the cosmetics, though the tank and seat fairing look undamaged.  The fairings have the advantage of being easier to remove and most repairs can be made from the inside.  No claims of recent maintenance, so some questions to the owner might be in order.  Notes from the eBay auction:

NC29 JDM
current registration,
clean title in my name,
runs excellent,
moto gp, gp250 Advance Shell HRC team replica color.

Replica bikes of medium-sized racers of this era have
ultra-high quality, powerful and excellent handling.

I hope you enjoy the proficiency of this excellent machine at 17000 rpm.

Preferably this Blade would’ve been fawned over rather than neglected, even if pushed to the limits.  Pre-pandemic readers will recall similar models selling for much less ( and in really nice shape ), but these are a certain rarity, never offered here except as a one-at-a-time import.  For a well-equipped garagiste with an empty lift, this might be a worthwhile project and the Make Offer button is available.

-donn


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Suzuki September 18, 2021 posted by

Dry Aged Rare: 1985 Suzuki GS550E

During a recent staff pow-wow in the ultra plush offices located on One RSBFS Drive, a debate raged whether mass produced Japanese sport bikes really deserved to be on the pages of this fine publication. After all, “rare” is right there in the title, and mass production somehow works against the whole concept of supply vs demand. But if we limited ourselves to a narrow margin of production numbers, this would become the Ducati_Gray_Market_Two_Stroke_Homologation.com site, and fail to list some of the more interesting finds available. Ultimately, we decided that while production numbers are one element of the equation, condition and rarity as found today (be it survivor, locality given imports, etc.) would be a necessary augmentation to the formula. Thus I present a not rare in the day, not super expensive, unlikely to appreciate into 5 digits type of motorcycle that is sure to please readers of a certain age: this 1985 Suzuki GS550E.

1985 Suzuki GS550E for sale on eBay

Take yourself back to 1985 (in a DeLorean if you must). Turn on the TV and you were either watching the Cosby Show or Family Ties. The radio was blasting out Madonna, Wham! or REO Speedwagon. Fred Merkel was in the middle set of his 3 AMA Superbike championships on Honda VF750 machinery. Freddie Spencer was winning both the 500cc and 250cc GP titles. The mighty 900cc Ninja redefined sport motorcycles as we knew them, and the middleweight class of 550cc sport bikes was as hotly contested as always. From this last mix came the GS550E, a capable entrant by Suzuki, seeking to win sporting riders over to the brand. The 572cc inline four pushed out 64 HP, and the Suzuki was notable for triple disk brakes, the rising rate single shock rear suspension, and up front the novel 4-way adjustable anti-dive front fork. Like most of the middleweights during this time, the GS550E was as much a commuter and sporty tourer as it was a sport bike – which means this class had not yet gone down the road of full-on hyper-sports middleweights.

From the seller:
1985 Suzuki GS550E with only 4,100 miles. This low mileage original bike is in great shape. The bike runs great, just a smooth comfortable ride. The 6 speed transmission shifts through the gears flawlessly. Seat is in fantastic shape, paint stills shines beautifully. You can tell that this bike was stored inside. These GS550E models are a fun bike to ride. They’re lightweight, easy to throw around and enough power to get you in trouble. All the lights work, headlight (high and low beam), stop light and directional. All the indicator lights work, along with gas gauge, speedo and tach. Oil has been changed and brakes bled. Carbs were recently rebuilt. It even has the original tool pouch. There are a few knicks and scratches on the tank, front fender and side covers which I have shown in the pictures. I had to make a repair to the left side cover. One of the tabs was broken so I had to epoxy a new one on (picture attached). It appears previous owners weren’t very careful when storing this bike. The side covers and front and rear cowling have no cracks. Overall a nice bike that will give you years of fun riding. I have a clear AZ title in my name.

In the “find another test” method to determine rarity, the condition of this bike is pretty sublime given the age. It has clearly been used, but would not look out of place in a stable full of much more rare machinery. The fact that it has racked up but 4,100 miles (that’s 114-ish miles per year if you do the maths) probably helps a bit. That can sometimes be a warning sign that a vehicle has been sitting for too long to function properly, but according to the seller all is well with this example. A running video might help, but the pics do show a properly clean example of a mid-1980s ‘Zook. There are a few scratches that the seller points out, as well as surface rust on the ends of the exhaust pipes. But in general, this is nearly 40 years old and looking great.

Pricing on these older models is tough. So many of the 550cc class bikes have been run hard, sold often, abused incessantly and cared for infrequently. That is what makes this example stand out, and what makes it RSBFS worthy. The best part of looking at extra-minty examples of mass produced bikes that were never collectors to start with is that the pricing is more reasonable than your average Italian exotic. This Arizona beauty has a starting bid of $3,400. Check out all of the details here, and then let us know your thoughts on if the condition of this one rates it as rare. Good Luck!!

MI


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Ducati September 17, 2021 posted by

Inspiration – 1978 Ducati 900 GTS

Though the Super Sports were to be lusted after, the 900 GTS had their own part in Ducati’s history and on the Sport Classic’s family tree.  Here’s a Canadian example which is said to be unrestored and shows beautifully.

1978 Ducati 900 GTS for sale on eBay

If there had been a momentary Universal European Motorcycle, the 900 GTS has a lot of its qualities.  Downtube frame, metal fenders, kick and electric start, long seat, and each manufacturer had their own favored engine design.  Taglioni’s signature bevel-drive desmodue is in the cradle, with Guigiaro’s stylized case design, and 65 hp on the dyno.  Typical for the decade are the 5-speed, three-way adjustable forks and shocks, and drum rear brake – with better twin disks up front.  Rubber is 18-inch, with wider availability these days than there was back then.  The long skinny seat isn’t seen much anymore, but the knee indentations in the tank are now classic.

No belts on these bevel heads so if the oil is fresh and battery charged it should be able to give those Heidenau’s a workout.  Paint work is said to be original but looks better.  The chrome is getting thin on the fenders but the engine cases look great.  Standard key ring damage on the warning light panel but maybe that could be refreshed.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This is an ALL ORIGINAL unmolested classic Ducati GTS 900 with original paint. It just came out of a private collection. No accidents, clean title, survivor. The bike is in overall good condition and has been tuned up with a new battery installed. Starts up every time and sounds absolutely ballsy, I get looks, questions, thumbs up every time I take it out for a ride. So be prepared to get approached A LOT at gas stations (I only use Chevron 94 octane fuel, nothing less, EVER).

I’ve ridden it a few times this summer to keep the wheels round and the oil circulating but that’s it. I am it’s second custodian. If you know these bikes then you know how rare and appreciated they are, and how they are climbing in value.

Thirty years later, Ducati “invented” the – GT1000 –, a retro classic owing a lot to the 900 GTS.  Modern fuel injection and brake are a bit of a difference, but the similarities are undeniable.  The comfortable riding position made the GT the most popular among riders if not investors.  It would be a neat garage with a 900 GTS next to a similarly painted GT1000 – different generations of a great ride.

-donn


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Kawasaki September 16, 2021 posted by

Albino Unicorn: 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica

I know what you are thinking: How can this possibly be a genuine ELR if it’s in white?? And if you think that way, you are likely located in North America. You can thank the RSBFS institution of higher learning to help widen your viewpoint and knowledge base. You see, while the ELR was strictly painted in electric lime green (i.e. the AMA Superbike racing colors) for the US and Americas, international markets enjoyed a couple of more subtle color palette choices that retained the distinctive striping. This rare white example is a UK model, the muted colors more in alignment with the British market. The remainder of the specs were pretty similar, save for country-specific requirements around emissions, lighting and licensing.

1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R for sale on eBay

The whole concept of the ELR was to celebrate the victorious conqueror that was one “Steady” Eddie Lawson. But there is much debate among the inner circle of the ELR fans as to what comprises a “real” ELR. You see, the model that we consider the Eddie Lawson Replica was actually several, with some subtle and some not so subtle changes. Originally marketed as a 1,000cc model, the engine grew in size to 1100 (which was no longer Superbike legal, but that wasn’t really the point). The earliest model years were known as ELRs thanks in part to the tank graphic. Along the years those changed to Superbike Replica instead. And of course we learn of the stepchildren of international heritage – the replicas that were NOT electrified lime green (the horror!) – which would not likely be considered an ELR, although the spec sheet reads much the same (sans paint code).

From the seller:
Here we are selling a very rare white eddie Lawson original colours, Genuine ELR 26,000 miles resent German import to Uk . Spare 1100 engine installed original engine with sale (needs piston). Bike runs great, original exhausts and un molested condition…too many toys great opportunity for the collector or enthusiast. Wwwkz1000r.com for more information, rare find, serious bidders only, good luck.

Those looking for museum originality might wish to continue looking further, as this original 1,000cc model now has a bigger bang 1,100cc unit installed. The original engine is included with the sale, but requires what sounds like a significant rebuild. The pictures show a pretty bike with original black chrome exhaust – even if the European bikes shipped in the 4-into-2 configuration unlike the hotrod 4-into-1 unit that came on US bikes. Mileage is a surprising 26,497, which means this beast was ridden a fair bit. The good news is that this one has been imported and currently sits in Florida. If you are looking for something a little different – but not totally different – this KZ1000R in unique white just might be your ticket. The starting bid is nearly $10,500 – so be forewarned that this one is not in the bargain bin category. Did you know these were shipped in colors other than green? Do you like the white? Check out all of the details here, and then share your thoughts in the comments. Good Luck!!

MI


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Sport Bikes For Sale September 15, 2021 posted by

Neo Classic Hiding In Plain Sight: Triumph Daytona 765 Moto 2

It is not very often that RSPFS posts about a brand new motorcycle, but this Triumph Daytona 765 is very much worth a look in the current market.

When Triumph launched the Daytona 675 in 2006 the media heaped praise on the bike for the wonderful handling and sweet engine characteristics.  The appealing package took the fight to the other offerings in the middle weight class.  For 2011 Triumph upped the ante with the R version.  Ohlins front and rear as well as other subtle changes were sure to impress.  2013 saw the only real meaningful update to the platform with the introduction of a revised frame and engine with a new bore/stroke ratio.  While the middle weight class may have ultimately died off, the 675R remained a cult favorite by offering owners a beautiful bike for either road or track use.  Prices remained strong on the used market as demand stayed steady.  2017 was the last model year in the USA for the 657R and many fans were left wondering what was next.

Triumph Daytona 765 on eBay

For the 2020 model year Triumph announced the return of the Dayton name plate with the 765 Moto2.  Triumph is the exclusive engine provider for the Moto2 championship and wanted to capitalize on that connection.  Even with a global pandemic underway, Triumph was doing track days, press rides and loaning examples out to people on YouTube.  The updated website was rather impressive with epic photographs and a real sense of excitement.  All that buzz and fanfare seemed to fade rather quickly for some reason.

On paper there was much to love about the Daytona 765.  Carbon fiber body work, modern electronics suite and current generation suspension from Ohlins were just the highlights.  An Arrow exhaust system was standard, and the USA and Canadian market bikes were numbered from a limited allocation of 765 bikes.

The increased engine size did not yield more horsepower (128), but did provide 4 more lb/ft of torque for a total of 59.  5 pounds of weight were removed to get the 765 down to 363 pounds dry.  These numbers indicate that the 765 was an evolution of the well loved 675 and that should have been regarded as a positive.  But the elephant in the room was price.  Where the 2017 675R had an MSRP of $14,000, the 765 came in at $17,500.

Triumph Daytona 765 on eBay

It seems that this price point could have been the spark that caused the market to reject what otherwise would have been a home run motorcycle.  So at this point many of you are wondering why a brand new motorcycle with what appears to be an expensive price tag is here on RSBFS.  Well something funny is happening in the market that may interest some of you.

We have all been aware that the market for used vehicles is insane these days.  Production interruptions, pandemics, supply chain issues and geopolitical policies have all effected pricing on almost everything.  Some brand new bikes are selling for over MSRP, and there are even examples of used bikes selling for more money then they were new.  Does this mean that the bargain hunters looking for value are out of luck?  Not with the Daytona 765.  Triumph knows that dealers are stuck with these bikes on the showroom and has had no choice but to lower the price, and not just a little bit.  Some examples are being offered with almost $5,000 off of MSRP.  This means there are some used 2017 bikes with asking prices higher then the brand new 765!  It is not very common for anything brand new to be a bargain when compared to a used example.

Triumph Daytona 765 on eBay

If the original sticker shock was enough to scare some away, maybe these reductions will bring buyers back.  This example here is offered at a dollar under $13k, that is R6 money for a much more exotic, rare and special bike.  Is this enough to convince you to buy new?  Will the pricing on the new bikes suppress the values of the older 675Rs?  We certainly live in interesting times.

 


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Honda September 13, 2021 posted by

1992 Honda NSR250 SP Rothmans For Sale

1992 Honda NSR 250SP Rothmans For Sale on eBay!

Excuse me sir . . . I’m interested in your JDM only Honda NSR 250SP Rothmans Racer Replica, but only if it has a rarer than Hens Teeth, Rocking Horse Poop, Unicorns, Fairy’s and the Pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow, NOS, Honda Rothmanss upper fairing to go with the sale. What’s that? I’m in luck because you do have a rarer than Hens Teeth, Rocking Horse Poop, Unicorns, Fairy’s and the Pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow, NOS, Honda Rothmans upper fairing to go with the sale!
GTFOOH!

And there you have it- My work is done here and you all know what to do from here. What are you waiting for? Call this guy up and ask, beg, borrow or bribe your way in to his black book of contacts and ask him “Where in the hell did you find a NOS, 1 of 1500, 25 year old upper fairing?” No really, this might be the most important question 🙂

We all know about the adjustable suspension, dry clutch, MagTek’s, Racer Boy graphics and terribly uncomfortable seats that our beloved NSR’s offer, but have you ever seen a NOS upper fairing? Much less a NOS Rothmans upper fairing?

But, there’s more . . .
This NSR is a bit of a project in that it runs, but doesn’t idle very well, looks good from 15′ away and (IMHO) needs a lot of work for the $16,750 asking price.

But wait, there’s more . . .
The seller is very upfront about the work he’s done on the bike and he’s also very upfront about what he thinks it needs. He was even gracious enough to make us a video detailing the pros and cons of his little jewel.

 

From the sellers eBay ad:

1992 Honda NSR250SP Sports Production Rothmans, dry clutch, adjustable suspension, Magtek wheels, clear Florida title. Very nice original condition with minor age marks, oxidation and tiny pits on aluminum here and there. Runs good but will need further tuning and engine upgrades for serious riding. Carbs were rebuilt, has new chain slide, all lights work, horn works, temp works, etc. Also has brand new factory correct petcock or fuel tap. It appears the fuel cap was replaced and may not be Honda and it has a different key for the fuel tank. Will need tires, possible chain and sprockets. Front cowl has missing ear at left mirror that can be repaired. According to the VIN, this is the 2nd to last one ever built in 1992, it is 1499 out of 1500. Comes with other body parts including very rare New old stock never installed Rothmans front cowling, new aftermarket Chinese front cowl with cracked but glued ear, new aftermarket windscreen.

Let’s get this discussion started and tell us your thoughts. Maybe Stevie from Speedwerks will chime in here and let us know what it’s gonna take to bring this one back to 100%

Check out this 1992 Honda NSR 250SP Rothmans Edition here.

Cheers!

dd


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Suzuki September 13, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 1982 Suzuki Katana GS1000SZ

Update 9.20.21: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Update 9.13.21: Price reduced to $12,000. Contact Chris with your interest. Oh and don’t miss his Bimota SB6R either! -dc

Many have fond memories of the glorious excess of the 1980s.  A time when more was better, and yet seldom enough.  Currently there is a new found appreciation of some of the iconic design and memorable machines from the era.  Take the Suzuki Katana, long held in high esteem with a cult following.  Suzuki recently announced it would be revive the name in a modern take on the classic design.  The original Katana was a defining bike in many ways for Suzuki.  All of this has caused a surge of interest in the original Katana, and rightfully so.

The 1982 example featured here is no run of the mill Katana, but rather the rare and sought after 1000cc version of the bike.  In an attempt to further broaden the appeal of the Katana line, Suzuki decided to take the bike racing.  The rules stipulated that they could not use the 1100 variant sold it many markets, so they reduced the bore size 2.6mm to bring the displacement to 998cc.  The reduction in engine size did little to effect the power.  With 90hp on tap and a top speed of over 140mph no one doubted the performance credentials.

In the words of the seller:

This 10,872 mile 1982 Suzuki Katana GS1000SZ has been resurrected  with the intent being to treat the project as a bike that was ridden and maintained as an owner would have over the years using skill and quality OEM  parts, not as a museum show piece. As such, the heart of the motorcycle was left intact. The frame has not been painted and still retains the original sticker near the left rear foot area and wear from the previous owner. The motor has not been removed, but has had a light cosmetic treatment and is a 10k mile running unit.  All mechanical issues with this bike were addressed with OEM Suzuki parts whenever available. The bike was started and ran to assess the mechanical status. 

The clutch made some excessive noise so the entire clutch, from the primary drive (no longer available, thanks Mick Hone Suzuki AUS)  fiber and steel clutch plates, new pressure plate, as well as all springs, bearings and washers replaced with OEM parts. 
The carburetors were then removed and disassembled, sonically cleaned and rebuilt.  The tank is solid and the fuel has been rinsed out. A new Suzuki petcock with a new gasket and fresh fuel line installed. Carbs are jetted with the jets it ran on. Has a factory airbox, K&N filter and the Air/Fuel mixture screws  2 1/2 turns out.  Clutch and carb work was performed by Jeremy Lanier of Lanier Racing. 
I would like to thank Jeremy Lanier of Lanier Racing for his assistance, expertise and wit, also Mick Hone from Suzuki Australia for shipping some hard to find vintage Suzuki parts to the USA and Seminole Powersports North for the great parts and service departments. 
The bike has patina and wear from previous years of use, specifically the frame and swing arm that were not disassembled or painted. There are lots of hours of work and plenty of dollars in parts spent on this 39 soon to be 40 year old bike. If you have any questions on the build or my reputation as a seller and member of the motorcycle community, do your due diligence. I have been building GSX-R’s for over 30 plus years and have built a number of various sport bikes sold on this site.
Ready to assist in the shipping logistics, but buyer is responsible for setting up arrangements
Interested buyers can contact me directly with any questions or legitimate offers on this bike or any other build you would like to commission.
Detailed list of parts used and work completed:
The bike sits in a dry, ready to start state. Oil in the crankcase, no fuel in the tank or carbs. 
(Fuel last for about 2-3 weeks stagnant here in the Florida summer)
New Yuasa battery, 
New Michelin Pilot tires,  
New chain and sprockets
Powder coated wheels with new wheel bearings
New replica seat cover
Freshly painted tank and bodywork using PPG products including liberal amounts of  DCU2021 clear if you wish to wet sand and buff to a show finish
New OEM Coils/ Caps and NGK plugs
New airbox rubber and clamps (air side), as well as the fuel side intake rubber inlets making carb removal and service a non drama event
All new OEM engine side covers, some not available anymore
Powder coated rotor carriers 
New left side switch gear
New Suzuki mirrors
New Suzuki tail light
New throttle cable
New OEM front and rear turn signals
New OEM hand grips
Triple tree bearings
Clutch pivot shaft bearing
Rebuilt front and rear master brake cylinders (Suzuki dealer)
Vintage Vance and Hines exhaust
Complete list of parts and receipts for verification of all work performed.
Not only is this bike a rare and interesting version of a desirable motorcycle, it is in beautiful shape and sure to offer loads of enjoyment to a future owner.   The bike has been tastefully modified and lovingly looked after by a knowledgeable owner with a long history with the brand.  The seller is a long time supporter of RSBFS and we are over the moon that he has trusted us with the listing of another one of his amazing bikes.
Bike is listed at $14,500 $12,000 with a Clear Florida Title
Contact:
Chris Perkins
407-492-5854
Special thanks to Anna Jannotti for her professional expertise and phenomenal photographic skills.

Honda September 12, 2021 posted by

1994 Honda CBR1000F w/ only 4627 miles For Sale!

1994 Honda CBR 1000 For Sale on eBay!

Due to the release of the CBR 900rr, these were a distant memory in 94′. But, looking at them 27 years later I’d say they’ve aged better than most and definitely better than me. If only I could have maintained my weight and youthful looks from 94′ . . . (sigh)

These were the Honda Accord of the Honda motorcycle world whereas they didn’t do anything overly well, but would do enough to keep you satisfied.
Did I just misspell bored?

These tipped the scale at a hefty 518# and sent 135hp through a rock solid 6 speed gear box. The softer suspension and more relaxed riding position combined for a great sport touring experience back in the day and I’m sure they’d hold their own just fine in today’s world too.

At the time of writing the price sits at $5,500 and there’s no reserve in sight so, it will sell.

Here’s what the seller has to say about it-

Absolutely pristine Honda CBR 1000F Hurricane, the bike is museum quality, zero scratches or scuffs in the plastics. Runs, rides, and shifts like a brand new bike. See pictures.

This one is definitely clean and well preserved. But, perhaps the best thing about this one is it comes with FREE Chicken Strips!

I jest, I jest . . .

Check out this low mileage CBR here!

Cheers!

dd


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