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Featured Listing – 1982 Eddie Lawson Replica KZ1000R & 1982 GS1000SZ Katana!

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Update 5.10.2023: Sold in just two days, exclusively on RSBFS! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Packaged Deal Featured Listing – 1982 Eddie Lawson Replica KZ1000R & 1982 GS1000SZ Katana

4 decades separate 2023 and 1982. Despite the passage of time, in the world of American superbike racing, the one thing these two years have in common is fierce rivalries amongst some of the most talented riders on the most capable machines. Today it’s Beaubier, Gagne, and Herrin. Yesterday it was Cooley, Lawson, and Baldwin. The culmination of all the development in motorcycling is what gives us our modern nail biters where riders are doing 190 mph down the back straight of Road Atlanta and rubbing carbon wings. If you are wondering what today’s rivalries looked like 40 years ago, you are in the right spot. The 1982 championship had its fair share of back and forth and Eddie Lawson entered the final race 19 points ahead of Honda’s Mike Baldwin. He only needed 14th place to win the title. Honda had opted to enter 6 factory bikes with the goal of harassing Lawson and ideally running him off but in the end a late brake dive and miss by a Honda rider gave Eddie the breathing room to finish the race and take the championship. Wes Cooley, a Hall of Famer in his own right, finished the championship in 4th but damn did he have the best looking bike.

We can’t sell you the badass personas of old school racers smoking Marlboros in the paddock but we can sell you the next best thing, their machines.

Our listing today is a bit unique in the sense that our seller has two bikes but they are two bikes that share something quite unique. Both bikes are the homologated street versions that belonged to two of America’s most famous riders from that 1982 championship: Eddie Lawson and Wes Cooley. The KZ1000 is #560/750 and the GS1000SZ is #1,547/2,500 for the USA. Clearly, both these bikes are rare and the fact they have made it 40 years with minimal mileage is quite impressive. Neither of these bikes are concours ready but the seller wants to note these are both great runners and are more so riders than museum pieces. Both were also repainted but clearly in the factory colors. I trust there is an interesting story as two how these bikes found each other but I suspect the catalyst was a fan of the championship who has lost their marbles at some point along the way.

The idea for the KZ1000 started when Kawasaki was looking bring more excitement about the KZ1000 platform as a whole. Remember, in the 80s and 90s, the development was so rapid that a bike would be leapfrogged by the competition every two or three years. The KZ had fallen victim to Honda’s and Yamaha’s progress so they decided to spark some interest by building a replica of their Superbike Champ’s machine based off of the KZ1000J. Aside from some ergonomic tweaks, the most notable changes were the Kerker exhaust, adjustable rear shocks, and of course, the green paint. For the most part, the replica would still struggle to escape the limitations put upon it by its streetbike roots but the paint scheme is really what caused the stir. Kawasaki’s iconic green bike winning in 81 and 82 was more than enough to make sure this bike was put on a path to the promise land.

From the seller:

1982 KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica #560 of 750 built for US. All original. Rider quality. Runs perfectly. Currently registered and insured in Massachusetts. only 3,896 miles. I am the second owner. Comes with all manuals and original paperwork.

The Katana entered the market with a slightly different story. Its inspiration was driven by a 3rd Party design team who had convinced Suzuki that there was opportunity to improve the aesthetic of the bike. Initially, the radical design made the US importers skittish and they ultimately only imported 2,500. The enthusiast community clearly feels that the forward design has aged well and values support that notion. I think Wes Cooley’s 1982 race bike is one of the more genuinely cool looking bikes because of how they carried the aggressive street looks over to the race version.

Similar to the KZ, the Katana was a tuned up streetbike. It was naturally lacking some torque over the GS1100 but the GS1000 was tuned for higher revs which essentially shifted the power band. Furthermore, the suspension was stiffened up and anti-dive technology was employed in the front forks. However, the main draw was really the design. Naturally, some were not fans due to how unfamiliar it looked but many were drawn to the futuristic lines and angles.

When it comes to these bikes, the most valuable parts one could source were the Yoshimura cams, 1,140cc big bore kit, and exhaust. If you were to kit this out you would have a pretty capable machine on the track as the aero and suspension made it comfortable at speed. Those pieces were worth nearly the price of the bike itself but would do wonders for collectability.

From the seller:

#1547 of 2500 built for US. All original. Rider quality. Excellent runner. Currently registered and insured in Massachusetts. 7K miles, I am the forth owner. Comes with all manuals and paperwork.

As demonstrated by our featured listings, many old school race bikes weren’t engineered as race bikes first. They were highly modified street bikes that were adapted to track use but they could never escape their street roots. The history of the rivalry and rawness of these bikes is what makes them so special. I think racing pedigree is one of the key indicators of value and there’s no shortage of that here as well. With low production and many bygone years rarity is no question. These bikes already proved their relevance in the motorcycling community many years ago. If you want a double serving of American Superbike history here’s your shot.

From the seller:

Both bikes have been repainted. The ELR last year, the Katana years ago.
Other than that, lots of patina on both. Ridable classics not museum pieces. Tires, brakes, tunes, fluid changes, etc all very recent on both. Each one titled in my name. Price is $25,000

The seller is only selling these as  package. Thanks for reading!

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2005 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup in Florida

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Just 8k miles on this Boxer Cup and a very reasonable $7k buy-it-now. Seller description is a little light but taking a look at close values over at BaT, this looks like good value if it checks out! Paging Tirefriar for analysis!

Act quickly, this one closes on Sunday evening. -dc

2005 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup for sale on eBay

from the seller:

2005 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup. Boxer Cup limited edition series with the Red , White and Blue color scheme. The bike is in amazing condition and ready for a new owner. Please call with questions. Bike is currently registered and titled in my name. I’m open to provide more information.

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Featured Listing – 1989 Honda CB-1 / CBR-400RR Tribute

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Update 5.6.2023: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Update 4.7.2023: Relisted on eBay with price reduced to $7,800. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Starting with an interesting bike that has been subject of quite a few RSFBS posts, reader Rassie has combined expert fabrication with surprising ingenuity.  Prepare to be amazed by the vision and build quality !

1989 Honda CB-1 / CBR400RR Tribute for sale asking $7,800

Even for its all-around segment, the CB-1 was a bit of a sleeper – better at everything than it appeared at first glance.  Weight was under control without fairings, power was on spec at 55 hp, and the gear-driven cams played well to the rider, right up to the 13,500 rpm redline.  A relatively modern package, with heads tuned down a notch from the race replica, and Honda quality – all in all a winning choice for a tribute build.

Rassie provided a detailed discussion of the 2020 build in the eBay auction, so we’ll let him tell it –

I purchased this particular bike with 2,750 miles on the clock. The replacement odometer was at 12,250 kilometers at the time of fitment and continues to show in kilometers. With 1,347 km (approximately 808 miles) added after restoration was completed it currently shows 13,597 km. Actual miles are 3,558.

The bike was taken apart down to the frame, cleaned and individual parts inspected. Parts that required replacement were replaced, restored or modernized. Modernization included the addition of 2001 Yamaha R1 forks, triple clamps and fender that were mated to the stock front wheel and brake caliper. Wheel spacers and adapters were machined from billet or round stock aluminum. The caliper is mounted via a custom machined adapter and retains the stock rotor. The brake lines are aftermarket stainless steel items. The front brake master cylinder is from a 2018 Honda CBR500. Steering controls are by way of a set of 50mm Renthal Clip-ons.

The front fairing stay mimics the OEM stay from a CBR400RR and was outfitted with OEM European spec CBR400RR odometer, instruments and dashboard. A lower tray was custom fabricated to house the wiring behind the headlights. The speedometer was fitted with a miles per hour overlay to indicate actual speed in mph while driving. The headlights are original OEM Japanese spec CBR400RR headlights that feature a blueish tint. The front fairing is a modified version of the VFR400RR unit that features a longer top fairing and a removed belly pan, in order to highlight the engine and exhaust. The front fairing is additionally aesthetically modified with two intake ducts under the headlights. The fairings were finished in candy apple red (called Randy Apple Red), candy apple blue and pearl white. The paint design is aimed at mimicking the paint scheme favored by earlier RC Hondas like the CB1100RC but still reflecting the 80’s style Honda CBR paintwork design.

The bodywork modifications feature an OEM European spec VFR400R rear subframe and seat unit. The seat is covered in leather/suede with red stitching that has been waterproofed. A race style seat pad was added against the inside of the rear fiberglass fairing hump. The rear fiberglass replica VFR400R fairing was modified by making it shorter and narrower in the rear and lengthening in front to mate seamlessly with the stock CB1 gas tank and frame. A lip was added above the taillight to the rear of the fairing to mimic CBR400RR styling and is fitted with an aftermarket integrated tail light with built in turn signals. It is outfitted with a custom made 80’s period high rise Yoshimura style slip on muffler and foot guard, mated to the original header pipes.

Beside the smashing design and execution, Rassie did a lot of mechanical refurbishment which will pay the next owner back over time.  Here’s his list of a work done and notes –

  • The engine was inspected and found to be in excellent condition assumed due to the low miles and proper maintenance. The valve clearances were checked and the factory finished paint was touched up in a few spots. The water pump was replaced in 2023 with an aftermarket item.
  • The carburetors were stripped, cleaned and inspected. They were then rebuilt with new seals, jets and O-rings. The current jetting has been adjusted to suit the exhaust style and the bike revs freely through to the redline with no observable dips in power curve.
  • The frame, brackets, stays and swingarm were powder coated in dark gray metallic or black. All bearings, bushings and seals were replaced. The wheels were powder coated in pearl white and all the bearings and seals replaced. The exhaust was ceramic coated in black. The steering head bearings were replaced with new tapered bearings and seals from AllBalls-Racing.
  • The ignition switch was deleted, replaced with a Motogadget M-Lock RFID ignition switch with sensor located under the rear tail section underneath the pearl white strip going over the top of the fairing.
  • It features a right-side engine cover machined from billet aluminum block.
  • Oil was last changed in August of 2022.
  • The water pump was replaced with an aftermarket unit in February 2023. Radiator fluid was replaced with OEM Honda H2 fluid. The OEM rebuildable water pump will convey with the sale.
  • New high friction brake pads were installed in October 2022.
  • The far-right carburetor was found to have a crack in it due to some sort of visible impact about ½ inch in diameter. This was repaired using epoxy and has been operating perfectly since. The bike is offered with a spare set of carburetors that have been cleaned but not rebuilt.
  • Tires are Bridgestone Battlax S22’s (Front: 110/70-17 Rear: 140/70-17) showing very little wear.
  • Chain and sprockets show minimal wear.
  • Paintwork defects are noted on some edges of the fairing as overspray and one touched up chip on the far-left rear lower corner of the tail fairing under the headlight.
  • Discoloration of the clearcoat is visible on the left of the lower frame due to a prior gas leak. An aftermarket replacement petcock was installed in 2020 after the gasoline leak.

Rassie asks $8,600 $7,800 for his CB-1 and can be reached via the Contact Seller button

The CB-1 harkened back to the CB400F, and even used that model name in some markets.  Rassie has brought a whole other animal though, with a supersport half fairing, up-to-date front suspension, and metallic HRC livery.  If a low-mile, comprehensively rebuilt tribute sounds as good to you as it did to RSBFS, check out the eBay auction, or contact Rassie directly by email ( or phone: (717)315-8754.


Featured Listing – 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

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Update 5.4.2023: Relisted on eBay, now at $14,900 from $16k. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

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1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

As RSBFS writers, we often get first dibs at some of the Featured Listings that we write up. Our meager earnings from the site keep our tanks full and the insurance man happy but they’ll never stack high enough to take advantage of the first looks we get. Initially, it hurts a bit to watch a some of the excellent listings pass by but you eventually get used it. Then every once in a while a good man named Bob comes out of nowhere and dangles 3 dimepiece Zookis in front of you… So close yet so far. Thanks Bob!

Who is Bob? Bob Benyo is the Chief of Restoration at Globe Motorcycles, a private collector/restorer dedicated to bringing vintage motorcycles back to factory condition. Hopefully a future friend of the site as well. Bob has been stripping screws, busting knuckles, missing apexes, and eating chicken strips since the 80s when he graduated from the AMI. He’s one of those cats who has forgotten more about the game than most will know.

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This GSX-R 1100 is one of 3 Zook’s and one of two 1100s our seller is getting offload of this week. If you’ve been patiently waiting out the storm for the past couple years for a classic sportbike this is an opportunity worth exploring.

The GSX-R 1100 was a quick successor to the GSX-R 750 which needs no introduction. The big bore market in general was not new of course but the big bore sport bike market…well that was uncharted territory at the time. Suzuki quickly understood that certain markets had an appetite for big horsepower and they quickly developed an offering based on their 750 platform. A 1,052 cc oil-cooled mill generated around ~120hp and ~70 lb ft of torque at the crank. Throw that in a pot with a lightweight (for the time) chassis and you get to 160 mph pretty quick… That’s surely far quicker than whatever the po po were using to chase GSX-R owners at the time. The powerplant was reliable as well. It became a favorite of tuners and drag rats as they could easily shove more hp through the engine without any issues. I suspect that the engine reliability played a big part in allowing the seller to offer this bike with a healthy engine today. Speaking of the engine, this one exhales into in a period correct SuperTrapp SS exhaust. Those types of bits are always hard to come by on the classics.

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Motorcycles are pretty simple and direct. That being said, there are still multiple parts to the system and the motor is just one part that helps deliver the experience we seek from these types of machines. While I believe the motor is arguably the most important part of the system, it’s only ever so slightly ahead of handling which is another strength of the 1100. Remember, the starting point for this was 750 which was a proper track bike. Much of the engineering that made the 750 great dynamically was carried over to the 1100. The 435 lb dry weight surely is the main character but steering damper, electronic anti-dive tech, and the cartridge-style suspension all carried their weight in supporting roles.

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The other GSX-R 1100 Bob is selling is the stock, low mile one in perfect condition. This one seems to have been the evening cruiser of choice and has some mods that allowed inflexible Bob to enjoy his ownership. The main one of those is the bar riser kit. The 1100 is a loooong bike with a loooong tank and spending even 5 minutes at the helm seems like a test of one’s physical fitness. A tinted Lockhart windscreen and upgraded brake lines come installed as well. A prior seller has painted the original bodywork in red/white/blue which actually looks high quality and stock.

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Even the inside front of the belly pan is clean… That’s a surefire way to determine if someone is OCD about their toys…

All said and done, this seems like as good as an opportunity as any to snatch up an early ancestor of the Suzuki lineup. The seller has considerable experience in owning and maintaining these bikes so from a quality standpoint, I see very little risk. From a collector standpoint, status has already been achieved and value is a function of time at this point…and Jerome Powell. I think you should gather more details from the seller but it seems the bike has had an interesting backstory as well so there’s your cherry on top.

The “Buy It Now” price is $16K and there have been 0 bids on the auction which starts at $10.5K. BaT sold an ’86 1100 for $14.5 in July ’22 and an ’87 1100 for $11.5K in December ’21. Reach out to Bob directly at with any questions.

Thanks for reading and good luck!


Along Those Lines – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Edition with 730 Miles !

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After a 1-2 team victory for the new Ducati 750 racer at Imola in 1972, designers hatched the idea of a replica super sport which arrived in 1974.  For a new generation of fans, Ducati provided a 2006 commemorative with an equally long silver tank and blue-green chassis.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition for sale on eBay

For all their museum appeal and collectibility, the 2006 Paul Smart was built using one of Ducati’s best air-cooled engines, the fuel injected 992cc dual spark.  Running gear was also modern, Öhlins all around and big Brembo brakes, though the spoked alloy wheels bow to a vintage vibe.  The green trellis frame picks up the crankcase similar to the ’74, and the half-fairing also has more in common with the original commemorative than the actual race bike.

Presented by an Orlando collector, there’s very little history to an instant classic with so few miles.  Not sure which exhaust is now installed, but it’s certainly an improvement on the gigantic Euro 3 mufflers.  Some care will be required to preserve the collectible signatures, but otherwise it’s as new.  Notes from the eBay auction –

Retro styled motorcycle built by Ducati in 2006 to commemorate Paul Smart’s win at the Imola 200 race in 1972, a win that helped define Ducati’s future approach to racing. The bike is styled in the fashion of the Ducati 750 Imola Desmo race bike that Paul Smart rode to victory, and the 1974 750 SuperSport it originally inspired. It is one of the SportClassic series designed by Pierre Terblanche. This bike is in original condition except for the exhaust system. The miles are original. The bike will not disappoint. The bike is currently registered and titled in Florida.

Most Paul Smart LE’s have stayed close to home, and like this one, many spend their lives indoors.  Parking such a beauty long term is debatable, but most of those collectors have other rides, probably other desmos.  This owner has developed a nice round ask, but if it doesn’t get snapped right up, pretty sure they’ll be interested in starting a conversation.


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Short fuse: 1997 Yamaha YZF1000 Thunderace

Dan 4

Here’s a rare bike in the U.S., the YZF1000 Thunderace! Imported for only one year here, these are so rare now that this one was actually imported from Europe. Bodywork looks clean and all the bits are there, but the rest appears a bit weather worn. On the other hand, the seller states everything works as it should, and for just $6,500 you could have this 145hp in your garage ready to return to it’s former glory. Act quickly, this one is set to end Wednesday afternoon!


1997 Yamaha Thunderace for sale on eBay

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Lucky 13 – 2014 BMW K1300S 30th Anniversary Edition

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BMW has long experience up in the GT stratosphere, where superbike power is managed with a longer wheelbase and tuned for more torque.  Today’s K1300S celebrated the 30th anniversary of the K-bike  and rolled of the assembly line with all the Motorsports goodies.

2014 BMW K1300S for sale on eBay

Boring and stroking the successful K1200S motor brought 173 hp, with updated heads to help make a claimed 80 percent of the 103 ft.-lbs. peak torque at just 3,500 rpm.  The long Paralever rear was given a two-stage cush drive to improve its manners when flicking the quick-shifter, and both ends suspension are adjusted electronically.  Wheels and brakes are sized for the GT mission, with standard ABS sensors also used for the ASC traction control unit.  The revised fairings are done up in the 30 Jahre livery which reaches back to a pre-war color palette.

Despite 67K California commuting miles, this K1300S looks very clean and undamaged.  The Motorsport wheels and footpegs came standard on this edition, as did the Akropovic exhaust.  Factory bags are expandable, but better yet removable for a cleaner look.  A healthy comment section from the eBay auction –

This has been such a great bike to ride and own.  It served me flawlessly for the last 9 years.

Bike comes with the lockable and removable bags on the sides.
Plus it comes with a medium and a large BMW back bag.  Comes with a tank bag too.

The handle bars have been raised 3.5 inches using the official BMW kit.  For me it stopped my hands from falling asleep.

The only other modification I did was the knee grips I stuck on the tank.

The bike has a little over 67K miles.  There is tons of life left in the beautiful machine.
This BMW model gets complements where ever you go with it.

If you like speed, this is the motorcycle for you.  Not many bikes will ever come close to beating your speed on this one.  175 horsepower delivering a blazing 186 MPH top speed.

Near Mint condition.  Rode this bike 60 freeway miles a day for 7 years without a single problem.  Bought it new and did every service according to BMW’s service schedule.  At work it was underground parking and at home always garage kept.

Tires in great shape, just did a service 50 miles back getting it ready for sale. Never dropped or abused in any way.

Check out More K1300S Parts and Accessories – here –

A Motorsport limited edition was made available in 2015 with similar equipment, but since the model was retired in 2016, the 30th Anniversary edition is almost the last stop on this well appointed high-speed train.  New pricing was in the mid-to-high twenties, making the ask for this K1300S worth mulling over.  BMW hasn’t returned to this particular segment, preferring to bracket it with S1000 and R1250 variants.  An interesting and sporty BMW with plenty of fun left in store – and a Make Offer button.



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Mailbag: 1998 Ducati 900SS/FE #208 Custom

Dan 6

Mailbag is a new idea I’m piloting for bikes submitted via email. It’s a no brainer that bikes like the RC45, 916SPS, ZX7RR, and the like are natural fits for the site, but there are so many bikes just outside the uber-collectible that many RSBFS readers will appreciate. This is especially true for modified bikes that haven’t traditionally been well received at RSBFS. For commentors that claim museum pieces are a waste and bikes are meant to be ridden, here’s your ride!

We’re looking for your feedback and expertise on the submitted mailbag bike in the comments: What to look for, what’s a good price in 2023 (with citations), and your experience and stories with a similar bike. Constructive criticism is appreciated, but disrespectful comments that add no value will be deleted. -dc

Bruno emails us this week with this loaded 900SS/FE. As a prior SuperSport owner from this era, I can tell you his bike has all the desirable upgrades and then some. He’s painted the bike to resemble a Paul Smart as well. He’s asking $14,500 and can be contacted by email.

Listing up for sale the my beautiful Ducati 900ss Final Edition #208 of the 300 imported.
This bike was built to cure the few flaws that the 900ss had, as well as improve it in all departments.
It has been painted to be a Paul Smart replica, something that I’m sure some will love, some will hate. I personally love it.
This bike is obviously extensively modified, I’ll give the cliff notes. This bike could not be built today as it has many very rare parts on it.
> 944 big bore
> Keihin FCR41 Carburetors
> Termignoni high mount carbon slip ons
> OZ lightweight wheels
> Ohlins rear shock
> OEM Ducati Performance carbon gas tank
> OEM Ducati Performance carbon solo seat, side fairings, front fairing, and front fender.
> Shorai lithium battery
> And much more…

Recent Maintenance:
> Fresh oil and filter
> Spark plugs
> Cam Belts
> Fresh brake/ clutch fluid
> Gas tank resealed

Runs and rides like a dream. This bike is deserving of being in a collection for a long time.

$14,500 OBO

Located in Sacramento, California.

Contact Bruno by email.
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I do want to say that I was not the builder of this motorcycle, Martin Wong, the owner of Moto wheels was. It was built a long time ago in the early 2000s, that’s how it has such rare parts like the DP carbon tank and bodywork. I also forgot to mention that it has a carbon air box cover and dual plug heads.

Also when the frame was painted, it was reinforced where these tend to crack.

But to answer your main question, I have zero clue if the bike was ever down because nothing is original, and while to most that would obviously point out the bike has been down, this bike was Martins personal bike, and I saw pictures on the forums from the early 2000s and the bike has remained the same since then apart from BST carbon wheels. I know that Martin had a knack for modifying(obviously) especially since he would get all the parts wholesale since he owned a Ducati parts store. I personally feel like this bike was never downed, just customized from the start to make a special bike even more special. And it rides amazing!! I ride it almost everyday.


Aftermarket Parts for your Ducati 900SS on eBay!

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