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Ducati August 29, 2022

I Dream In Carbon Fiber: 1999 Ducati 996S

Ah, carbon fiber. Could there ever be anything so cool as carbon roving knitted into a bi-directional matrix and embedded in epoxy resin? Light weight and super strong, carbon fiber was the hot new “in” thing in the 1980s and 1990s. Originally developed in the late 60s and 1970s as aerospace and military grade material (although the concepts go as far back as the 1800s!), carbon fiber soon became more earth bound in the form of Formula 1 cars, and later as off the shelf components for the every day man. And while these used to be parts exclusively for performance, today one can purchase any number of items made from the stuff, including “carbon look” stickers that – I have on good authority – will automatically add 10 HP to whatever you stick them to. But to really get what is going on with today’s 1999 Ducati 996S, you have to cast your mind back to when carbon fiber was expensive and exclusive. Wrapping an expensive and exclusive bike with that stuff was just over the top and for show. Which, apparently, this bike was.

1999 Ducati 996S for sale on eBay

From the seller:
This is a rare bike indeed. One of 201 Ducati 996S 1999 model year. Coveted first year! This was the Ducati factory 996 Canadian launch bike in 1999 and they did it up with a full Ducati collaboration Carbon Dream factory race kit. If you don’t know Carbon Dream, they make carbon fibre for Bugatti Hyper cars amongst others. This was a crazy expensive option you could choose when ordering your 996S. Obviously Ducati launch bikes were all done up for the shows. The bike has never been down and has been fully and regularly serviced by the previous owner’s Ducati mechanic prior to my purchase. He was a collector and had several bikes in his stable.

More from the seller:
I am the second owner and I bought the bike as a show piece for Biker Down Canada. We have been offered a show bike by a manufacturer so this one reluctantly has to be sold and the money will be used to support the purchase of a mobile booth. Check our Biker Down ca. The first owner got it from Ducati and was an avid collector. It has a clean car fax. Located in Vancouver Canada. I can help the buyer with shipping anywhere in the world. It qualifies as a full collector bike and collector plates in Canada and likely the USA. Yes it has a clean VIN and registration in Canada and it can easily be imported into most countries under the vintage collector bike rules. One of a kind! Look at the pics and message with questions. This bike is cross posted so get in a bid fast to make sure it sells on EBay! 12500 kilometres on clock. She is a true Italian beauty.

Underneath all of the super cool window dressing lies the 996. The follow on act to the mighty 916, the 996 had all the great looks of the original, but with slightly softer lines. What was not softer was the power delivery, as Ducati bumped up the displacement to keep the bike on top of the WSBK rostrum. The S model of the lineup was primarily a suspension upgrade, courtesy of Swedish brand Ohlins. The seller claims this particular bike was an official Ducati show bike for the 996S launch in Canada. I cannot confirm this (perhaps some of the RSBFS Ducati tifosi might have some knowledge on that front) but by all accounts this looks like a show bike. The carbon bits are indeed gorgeous, and the color combo is an interesting mix of old and new. With a starting bid of just under $12k, this bit of flash will be auctioned off by the end of the week. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI


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Yamaha August 27, 2022

Good From Afar – 1984 Yamaha RZ350

Just a quickie post on a potentially interesting mystery bike for your weekend reading and researching. It is listed as a 1984 Yamaha RZ350, and these are always fun bikes to post about. The fan base is rabid, and these are getting more and more rare as time passes. In today’s case the mystery is less about what the bike might be, and more about the condition. There are only the 3 pictures, and scant info from the seller. Still, with a price in the basement for the model – and the potential for some real upside in terms of what is on (or in) the bike – there is a lot of interest in this one.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Runs great. Starts with one kick. Has sun fade. Gas tank is clean on inside but outside needs paint. Tires are old. Power wheelies in first and second gear.

Sure, it appears to be well used, if not a little beaten up. It also has a set of chambers, but no info on what else. There has been a lot of bidding thus far, and this one is definitely going to a new home at the end of the auction. You can check out all the details here. Good Luck!!

MI


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Bimota August 26, 2022

She Got Legs: 1997 Bimota YB11 Superleggera

All Bimotas are rare. It doesn’t matter the model, the year, the capacity. Sure, some models are much more rare and drool worthy than others (here’s looking at you, Mantra), but all are built in small-batch goodness. So what happens when you take a really, really cool model such as a YB11 Superleggera (Italian for Super Light) and go a bit bonkers on upgrades? You end up with today’s glorious hot rodded and sublimely modded 1997 model YB11. Powered by Yamaha’s ubiquitous FZR1000 Genesis motor, this California-based bike has left no dollar unturned in the quest for horsepower updates. To tell the story, I’ll hand it over to the seller:

1997 Bimota YB11 Superleggera for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Bimota YB11 Superleggera 97-99 5500miles one owner 148bhp Rocket ship for a Fzr (For Sale)
I don’t think there is a better sorted YB11 worldwide .
1997 model ,1999 brought new for $28,000 from Rocket Motorcycles in San Diego (Bimota Importer )
Built engine by U.S.A No.1 FZ/FZR builder Curt Jordan, Jordan Engineering.
-6 Speed custom transmission (5 speed oem) ($2200)
-Performance cams ,degreed
-Stainless valves
-Race valve springs
-12.5:1 Ratio
-Port matched
-Pro shift Kit
-Yamaha kit race clutch
-Modified race airbox
-All internals were Cryo-ed frozen
So much more ,just a sample and is all documented in Curt’s hand writing (invoice) .

More from the seller:
30% Bhp increase (147 at the wheel) ,for a total $9175,$3575 being labor (That’s 20 years ago! ,600miles since that performance rebuild).
I just brought it out off storage and spent a easy $3000 this week ,battery ,tires ,all fluids ,forks ($1000) ,New brake pads ,RK Chain ,carburetor rebuild ,fuel pump and pet-cock and so on.

If you ever wanted to own a Bimota , Yb11 are the nicest to work on by far and parts are easy to obtain and are so much fun to ride them.
I have had this one sitting for 15years and I only rode it once unfortunately. Clean title ,all the Oem paper work truck load off receipts ,factory race stand ,Oem muffler etc … There are Chips in the solo seat (as per photo ) and a small rub mark on the mirror which you really need to look for, It is a 25year on Italian bike so its not a new bike there are marks.

So, mechanically, this 25 year old is really quite a bit newer – and buffer – than a cursory glance would show. And sure, it does have a few minor, uh, um, character lines that show a past history that wasn’t all indoor carnauba wax spa days draped in 100% terry cloth towels. But for a bike that is mean to be ridden, for a bike that seeks to outperform the stocker OEM that donated its guts to power this beauty, usage should be mandatory. Think of it as an experienced partner. And the best part about this one is the cost of the bike is NOT the going rate for a clean YB11 PLUS all the mods and upgrades PLUS all the labor PLUS additional fees. Given what has been done, the Buy It Now of $12,995 seems almost reasonable. Except your leggy Italian supermodel now breathes fire on the way to “you are going to jail” velocities. Check out all the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Honda August 25, 2022

What Goes Up… – 1993 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade

Image 1 - 1993 Honda CBR

1993 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade

It’s safe to say that the Fireblade prices over the past two years have set the 900RR on a new trajectory.  What was once a bike known for being shoved in a back alley with purple fairings and a tucked license plate became an overnight sensation. While the values today are still a couple miles too high off the Earth’s surface for regular folk, the one thing they did do is cement how important this motorcycle is. Our find today is one of the down to earth, black Fireblades that should scratch any collectors itch. 

Image 4 - 1993 Honda CBR

I won’t spend time on the specifics of the blade since any halfway-sport bike enthusiast should know the ancestry and how much the 1993 model shook things up for the sport bike market. It made a lot of people rethink what a sport bike should be and how you shouldn’t have to compromise between speed and handling. It’s displacement left it a bit short of the liter+ bikes but the weight made up the difference by giving feel and corner speed.

Image 41 - 1993 Honda CBRThe seller doesn’t list anything about prior owners but it’s fair to assume that a 30 year old bike with 10K miles has only switched hands a few times. It seems to be in incredible condition and looks good from 1 foot out. As much as I would love to see a good Yosh pipe on it, you have to appreciate the owner’s desire to leave it stock.

Image 8 - 1993 Honda CBR

Now to the good part. How much do you pay? How much has everyone else paid? The 900RR market has been a bit perplexing recently. The craziness has been documented but no one really knows what to make of it and more importantly, no one knows where it will settle in a few years.

There is a BaT auction of a 1993 900RR red, white, and blue with 2 days left at $17.5K.

High bid on this same same bike on BaT was $8.5K. Can anyone make sense of this whole thing?

It’s hard to see this moving for $15K but the seller may be a little more realistic after seeing the BaT high bid. There might be an opportunity here for those who aren’t willing to fork over their life savings for a color scheme but want to be part of the 900RR conversation.

-Norm


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Yamaha August 24, 2022

Super Rare & Single: 1986 Yamaha SRX600

In the world of Yamaha, this is not really a sport bike. It is not mega powerful. It does nothing extraordinary. Yet somehow the SRX – this retro British single – is a lost gem in the models offered by the Yamaha Motor Co. Lightweight, impossibly narrow, and ultimately flickable, the SRX represents all the elements that make motorcycling FUN, without the unnecessary baggage of plastic bodywork, extreme riding position or uncontrollable horsepower.

1986 Yamaha SRX600 for sale on eBay

In the US, the SRX came in two sizes: small (250cc) and large (600cc). We seem to be able to the find the 250 models much more readily than the bigger bike, which does make some sense; the 250 was viewed as an entry level machine, whereas more experienced riders were looking for bigger bore multis and the like. Thus the 250 was relatively popular, while the 600 gained a quiet, but ardent following.

From the seller:
Open to offers, Im negotiable. . 1986 Yamaha SRX600S (not SC), bored out to 635cc, new valve seats, guides, seals machine work performed by Boyko Racing in October 2021 (https://boykoracing.com/). So it is practically a new engine with 0 miles on it. Clean and clear title. US production model purchased February 2003. VIN JYA2EF003GA000247. 10,503 miles and does not have the “5th gear” characteristics. Never raced. If you are familiar with these bikes, you know how hard these are to find, and find a good example. These were only available in the U.S. in 1986 only and are Kick-start only. In the picture, fuel tank is from a 1991 European Spec model. Original tank is included in this auction. Both are POR15 lined and solid. For what it is worth, I am a certified motorcycle technician who also repairs, rebuilds and modifies vintage motorcycles for a hobby, though not so much anymore. Previously on display at the 2015 Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Chicago (pictured) and 2014 Motorcycle Dealer Expo (Chicago).Continental ContiGo! Tires (Maybe 1,000 miles on them, 100/90-18, 120/90-18. Both tires are 8 years old based on the manufactured dates on the sidewall) rubber not cracked, look great. Let me know if you want specific pictures taken. Honda Automotive Green Tea Metallic, LED brake light, Accel 8.8 spark plug wire, All Balls tapered steering bearings, Progressive springs with RaceTech cartridge emulators installed, Rear Ohlin’s piggy-pack shocks, K&N air filter installed (air box lid listed in Spares list), Supertrapp exhaust (I have the OE exhaust in great shape!), Tank from a 91 SRX mono-shock model (I have the original tank), Stainless steel brake lines, DynoJet Stage 2 kit installed (original jets and needle included)New oil pump (improvement over the stock oil pump) $307 recent upgrade, Steering damper. 2 copies of shop manuals.

More from the seller:
Long list of other ORIGINAL PARTS come with it. (Some of these are obsolete and very hard to find. Sorry, will not sell individually) Original brake lines, Inner rear fender, Ricambi-Weiss Rear solo seat, Raask rear sets, Ignition Coil, Adjustable brake and clutch levers. Additional Supertrapp baffle discs, Petcock assembly (frame mounted), Extra petcock vacuum diaphragms, Extra pair of mirrors (black), Pair of bar end mirrors, Original piggyback shocks, Spare springs for the rear Ohlin’s, Original fork springs, 3 aluminum side covers, Air box side cover, Original steering bearings and races, Misc. turn signals and lenses, Oil cooler (foreign market, never installed), Flasher cancel unit, Rectifier/regulator, Extra rear brake caliper (piston seized)Kick stand switch (removed from bike), Rubber engine grommets (anti vibration), Service manual signed by the LaRocco family, dealer (Mike LaRocco, famous motocross and supercross racer), Owner’s manual, Spare frame JYA2EF005GA000525 (bill of sale only for spare frame) If interested, please reach out and I would be happy to provide this list and substantiate my asking price. I also have a video of the bike running, if you would like to hear it!

Today’s example is not exactly stock. The seller has put a lot of work into modernizing and upgrading the basic package. That includes a bigger bore on the single slug, along with some head work. Intake and exhaust are both updated, as are the cosmetics. But rather go big and gaudy, this SRX still retains a lot of the basic feel that was the SRX. Think of it as an SRX+. Regardless, if you are in the market for the rare, one-year-only bigger capacity SRX, you could be looking a long time to find one in this condition. It may not be an NOS museum piece, but does look to be one fun rider. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI


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KTM August 23, 2022

Track Bike Tuesday – 2012 KTM RC8R Track

KTM started to transition their flagship to a racing-only model in 2011, packing everything a superstock racer could want and leaving all the DOT equipment behind.  Here’s a rare un-used 2012 on showroom display in Oceanside, CA.

2012 KTM RC8R Track for sale on eBay

Starting in the engine bay, the proven 75-degree twin has flowed heads to accompany its four cams and four valves per cylinder.  Titanium intake valves, diamond-like coating on the cam followers and Keihin fuel injection make for a reliable 177 hp.  The underslung Akropovic exhaust is all titanium, but hidden in the knife-edged fairing.  WP dampers are all around including the steering damper, with 43mm inverted forks sporting a nitride coating, which is also used on the shaft of the monoshock.  Brembo brakes and Marchesini forged wheels keep a low profile in black, but are the best available.  The swingarm height is adjustable, along with rider adjustments for handlebars, footpegs, and seat height.  Racetrack requirements like slipper clutch, quickshifter and GP shift pattern are also on board.

Not much to say about the motorbike-porn condition, and though the dash isn’t shown powered up the bike appears un-ridden.  Just a two-liner in the eBay auction –

2012 KTM RC8R FACTORY RACE BIKE. BRAND NEW, ZERO MILES, STILL ON MSO.

ONLY 100 OF THESE BIKES MADE AND PROBABLY ONLY ONE LEFT WITH ZERO MILES!

 

Either by design or anticipating competition rules, the race-spec KTM lacks traction control and ABS, and pre-dates the latest multi-gyro systems.  Nothing a pro racer would want, but track day or thunderbike entrants will have to listen to the more conservative voice in their helmet.  Any racing presumes the bike will be ridden, though a continued display career is a distinct possibility.

-donn

Suzuki August 23, 2022

Feature Listing – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100!

Update 8.23.2022: Sale concluded at $13,900! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

One of the most iconic, era-defining sport bikes of the 1980s, the mighty GSX-R became the new yardstick when it came time to measure motorcycle performance, focus, and race track prowess. These were THE bikes to have for amateur racing in both the 750cc and the big bore classes, and Suzuki rained down the contingency prize money to build popularity. Motorcycle publications of the day raved at the serious sport nature of the GSX-R, the lightness and handling, and use of exotic materials such as the exquisite aluminum frame. Today, finding a clean, slab-sided original example (the early generation bikes are referred to as a “slabbie” due to the flat side panels) is very difficult. Most of these bikes were modified extensively as the performance game continued to push the envelope. But today’s Featured Listing 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 from RSBFS reader Jon is stone stock, wearing original exhaust, airbox and light, age-appropriate patina.

Featured Lising: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for sale on eBay

The ultimate high-tech weapon, the original GSX-R actually utilized low-tech air cooling, but with an oil-cooling twist. By the mid 1980s most serious sport bikes had jumped on the liquid cooling bandwagon. Compared to air cooling, liquid cooling allowed for smaller window of temperature variation, which in turn allowed for tighter engine tolerances – which produced more power more consistently. But liquid cooling brought with it complexity and weight. Besides lugging around coolant, radiator, fan and associated hardware and plumbing, liquid cooling requires jacketed cylinders and heads, as well as a power-robbing engine driven water pump. Air cooling requires none of that. And since engine oil was already present and necessary, Suzuki simply upped the oil capacity, enlarged the oil cooler, and implemented oil squirters for the back sides of the pistons to keep them cool – technology that evolved out of the XN85 Turbo project. To ensure reliability, the Suzuki Advanced Cooling System (SACS for short) utilized a second oil pump and split the oiling duties between the cylinder head, and essentially everything else (crankshaft, piston squirters, tranny, etc.).

From the seller:
1986 GSXR1100 – near original condition including the original exhaust, airbox, carburetors, and grips
The bar ends, brake and clutch lines, turn signals, and the windscreen are not original.
It has a clean Nebraska title and 17,861 miles.
The bike comes with the Suzuki owner’s manual and the two original keys, as well as the Suzuki Service Manual.

I purchased this bike in 2010 from the Chicago area, from the original owner’s family.
Battery is new, tires will need replacing at some point.
Gas tank is beautiful clean inside and I’ve always run premium gas.
The bike starts right up, runs and rides excellent.

Plastic and paint are not perfect, but in VERY good condition. Always stored indoors, and it shows.
There is a small crack on right side near the rear grab bar, a small dent in center tank (barely noticeable) and some expected patina.

In 1986, the biggest of the Gixxers growled out a stonking 130-ish horsepower, pushing approximately 430 pounds (dry) of bike. Editors waxed poetically about the power and refinement, the race-bred handling, and the aggressive looks of the dual headlights and single exhaust. Even today this bike looks fast, purposeful and ready to rip. Owner Jon notes there are a few replacement changes from factory, but everything looks in line with an OEM appearance. Being only the second owner since new certainly helps this nearly 40 year old with maintaining the OEM like condition, as far too many examples have been passed around, abused and poorly maintained. If you want proof of how coveted this bike is to the current owner, just check out that housebroken picture in the gallery below!

This 1986 Suzuki GSXR-1100 is currently on eBay, looking for a high bidder and a new home. There is NO RESEVERE but several interested parties are already in the mix. If a minty, original slab-sided GSX-R1100 strikes your fancy, jump into the auction soon before it is gone. We don’t see many honest Gen I bikes like this pass our way these days, and one would expect values on these models will to continue to climb due to the magnitude of the impact Suzuki made with this release. Thanks for supporting the site, Jon, and good luck with the sale!

MI

Featured Listing August 22, 2022

Featured Listing – 1998 Yamaha YZF-R1

Yamaha knocked its superbike rivals back on their heels with the R1, packing 149 hp into a light, tight package. Longtime RSBFS reader Erik is making his R1 available, quite excellent with 8,348 miles.

1998 Yamaha YZF-R1 asking $15,000

Trying to keep the chassis compact, Yamaha positioned the transmission input and output shafts vertically, making room for a swingarm that could cope with superbike power.  Five valves per cylinder took advantage of the well-developed EXUP exhaust valve, making for a progressive torque curve starting at just 5,000 rpm.  The Deltabox II spars are folded alloy, along with a triangulated MonoCross rear.  Even components are trimmed for the lighter, faster mission – 41.5 mm inverted forks and 298 mm semi-floating brakes.

Erik is detail-oriented and beside caring for his R1 beautifully, his spec sheet speaks for itself –

Blue/ White all original bodywork/ paint.
8,400 miles
Clean Indiana title in my name.  No lien.
All original with very few modifications and tasteful desirable ones at that.  With all OE parts included in the sale.
Minor blems.  I would give the bike a 9/10 and I am fanatical about keeping my bikes clean.  None of them are 0 mile museum pieces, but this one is pretty close.
Stock rear fender intact.  Stock OEM turn signals.  Even has the warning label on the gas tank.
No rust in the tank.
New OEM engine side covers from previous owner scuffing them.
Bike runs amazing, needs nothing.  recent tune up with all fluids changed- engine ice coolant/ oil and filter change and new spark plugs.  Always have run Motul 300V under my ownership.   Surprisingly it was as strong on the dyno as my later model R1s.
 
Mods:
Ohlins Steering Damper with Graves mount  Refreshed.
Ohlins rear shock with remote reservoir.  Refresh/ revalve sprung for 200 lb rider with gear by DMR suspension.
DMR Suspension Fork revalve  
Galfer blue stainless brake lines front/ rear  
Galfer brake pads front/ rear
Michelin Power RS tires recent date codes within last 3 years.  Less than 1,000 miles on them.
Lower fairing heat guards replaced.
I even have the original tires the bike came with- worn.
Firepower lithium battery- approx 3 years old. always kept on Battery Tender. Battery Tender lead installed
Yoshimura swingarm spools
Factory Yamaha OEM seat cowl- obviously these are rare
Stomp grip tank pads
3M paint film professionally installed
Givi tank lock adapter ring installed.  this can be easily removed for the sale if the new owner does not want it.  I love the Givi system because the tank bag never touches the paint.  
Akrapovič Carbon Fiber canister slip on exhaust/ dyno tuned/ rejetted.  The bike made 135.7 hp at 10,500 rpm/ 74.2 ft lbs torque at 9,000 rpm on Mounds Motorsports Dynojet dyno,  and I have the dyno results.
 
All service records under my ownership.
I have all of the OEM parts including the stock OEM exhaust, OEM rider and passenger seat, two keys and owners manual, rear shock, brake lines, and as I mentioned even the original tires.
 
Blems:
Silver wheels show some marks/ scratches and slight discoloration in spots.  Could be powdercoated to look as good as new but I did not want to do that preferring to keep the bike original.
Some small air bubbles from the 3M paint film.  Very hard to see, but I am a perfectionist.
Small piece of plastic missing from the left lower fairing.  Cracked during removal from previous owner.
As per the norm, the white Yamaha lettering on the fuel tank is showing some cracking.  It is actually not that bad on the left side, minor cracking on the right side on a couple of letters.
 
For the full $15k asking price I will include:
  • brand new in the box OEM Yamaha blue seat cowl (a second for a spare)
  • OEM lower fairings that look to never have been installed.  
  • Yamaha official 1998 R1 banner featuring Scott Russell.  These were unobtainium even back in 1998.  I received it as a gift from the head of Yamaha’s marketing department when I was a district manager with them for many years.  in all of my years and hundreds of visits to dealerships across the country I have maybe seen 2 of these other than this one.
  • I would be happy to deliver the bike for free within 150 miles of Indianapolis IN.  I can help deliver on the east coast for a mileage fee with my enclosed Sprinter van.  

Erik asks $15,000 for his R1 and can be reached via email – here -.

And here’s his walkaround video – Plus cold start video and hot start video:

 

The R1 is eight generations on, without the trick Genesis valve heads but now with five electronic stability systems.  Can’t really compare an original R1 to the latest thing, but Yamaha packed so much expertise into the 1998 launch that it’s still a benchmark.  For an ask that is in line with recent collector quality R1 sales, Erik picked an excellent example and has made some nice improvements for the next owner. 

Maybe you’re looking for a rider rather than collector, Erik also has a 2000 R1 with low miles and well done flush undertail – check with him via email at deltaboxii@aol.com

-donn

Suzuki August 21, 2022

Almost NOS – Low Mile 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750

This classic Suzuki has an interesting story behind it, a replacement instrument cluster, and not exactly verifiable miles.  Ordinarily it would be met with an eye-roll, but the surprisingly original finishes and equipment make this listing practically a scholarly reference.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale on eBay

’86 was the first year for a stateside GSX-R750, and it’s such a landmark bike that revelations about the model are hard to come by.  The small-pattern alloy chassis was lightweight and finned engine had an oil cooler almost as big as a water radiator.   Wheelies and stoppies seemed to be the way to faster lap times, and the GSX-R750 was happy to help out.  A big mac over 400 lbs. wet, its light weight surprised reviewers at the time.

Kicking around dealer facilities for 30-plus years, this GSX-R got only a few hints of rash which were easily corrected.  As discussed in the eBay auction, major 2019 maintenance took care of the deferred items –

In April of 2019 the following servicing was done at the time of my purchasing:
I insisted he open it up to check the valvetrain tolerances, to help me verify the story. The valves were in proper adjustment. ( They were spot-on from the Factory )
The Carbs were Rebuilt.
The Brake Master and Clutch Master Cylinders were rebuilt and both systems serviced.
ALL Other Fluids were serviced.
Tires were replaced.
Chain serviced.
New Battery.
New Shifter and Brake Rubbers (dry cracking)
New kick panel Protector Sticker (dry cracking)
Suzuki OEM Tool Kit.

Maybe you had one in 1986, or passed on a nice used one in 1996 – even that is a generation in the rearview mirror.  Surprising this auction wasn’t done a while back, and more than a little interesting that a few days have passed with no bids.  It really is the bike that started the GSX-R dynasty, and is practically how it left the showroom.  This one’s got its own tab for the duration.

-donn


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Yamaha August 19, 2022

1985 Yamaha RZ500 in Toronto

Here’s a really clean Yamaha RZ500 with less than 10k miles! We always celebrate the RZ500 on RSBFS because it was of course never officially offered in the U.S. and really represents one of the most collectible two stroke models of the era. The engineering and packaging represents the best of the industry in 1985 and is head and shoulders above more pedestrian sportbikes of the year. 37 years later, it still provides an amazing and powerful riding experience. This example is in Canada and the seller has identified a shipping company that will assist with the paperwork to the U.S. Good luck to buyers and seller!

Happy Friday, -dc

1985 Yamaha RZ500 for sale on eBay

From the seller:

Excellent Condition Turn Key 1985 Yamaha RZ500

8.5/9 out of 10 condition bike. Repaint / clear coat is in excellent condition.

Bike runs great – lots of power – sounds great – nothing beats two stroke smoke.

Two minor flaws – hairline crack (about 1 inch) at front fender and tiny chip touched up on white paint (both shown in pictures)

NOS stoneguard will go with the bike (not currently attached) – pictured

Mileage is 9,608 or 15,464 kilometers

Documented Rebuild of the motor by a two stroke specialist – minimal mileage since (stored in a collection and run periodically)

Aftermarket pipes – originals also come with the bike

Steering dampener added – other than that and the pipes the bike is stock.

Don’t buy a bike that needs work and wait – this is the one for your collection or reliving your hooligan youth!


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