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Suzuki May 26, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 1987 Suzuki GSX-R1100

Update 6.3.2020: This bike has SOLD on eBay for $9,800. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Unless owned by a retired racer, the liter-plus sportbikes generally find themselves on longer, more relaxed Sunday rides.  As some of the original owners are sunsetting, RSBFS reader Billy found his old flame GSX-R1100 and restored it with only the best intentions, but spare riding time did not materialize.

1987 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for sale on eBay

About all the engine you could imagine air/oil cooled and snuggled into a full fairing, with 125 hp and 76 ft.-lbs. torque.  The chassis is very light for the segment, all alloy with some very nifty production welding.  The swingarm is fabricated from similar extrusions, carried by the Full-Floater monoshock.  41mm forks are adjustable and equipped with Suzuki’s NEAS adjustable electric anti-dive system.  18-inch wheels slow the handling a bit, as does the lengthened swingarm and steering stabilizer.  The seat and fairing design nestle the rider in, not that they’ll be there long with a 4 gallon tank and 155 mph top speed.

Billy’s GSXR came to him as a rider, and he’s done a comprehensive mechanical resto, sourced some new fairing lowers and had all the bodywork professionally painted.  It has a very factory appearance and a correct Vance & Hines slip-on, with modern concessions like braided brake lines and individual K&N air filters.  A little of the previous owner’s patina remains, giving the bike great survivor cred and relieving the new rider of too much guilt.  Billy’s comments about the work he did –

I bought this bike in 2013 from a fellow sportbike enthusiast “of a certain age”, who, like me, wanted one back in the day but was too young/poor/busy/etc to have one. I had been looking for a few years at that point for a nice example and this fit what I was looking for:

  • Essentially stock, except some period-correct mods
    • Vance&Hines full exhaust
    • Pod filters (mainly because servicing carbs with the stock airbox is a pain in the butt)
    • Steel brake lines
  • Low miles – just over 6000 when I bought it, which I believe to be accurate but the title does have a “not actual” brand on the miles. The previous owner didn’t know why. I can’t say for sure the mileage is correct but I did replace the stock chain since I bought it, and it wasn’t worn/stretched out, just getting grungy looking. The rest of the bike, in general, seems like it hasn’t had much use.
  • Original paint
  • Nothing polished or otherwise butchered, thankfully
  • Ran/rode fine

Since I’ve owned it, its done a lot more sitting than riding. I have way too many projects and am trying to thin the herd a bit. COVID gave me some time to finally get this one ready to move to the next care taker. While I’ve had it, a lot of freshening has been done, because if I’m going to sit and stare at something in my workshop, I want it to look nice! Here’s the highlights:

  • A LOT of cleaning – the bike was stripped down and any non-stock or corroded fasteners were replaced with the correct new OEM items, that sort of thing.
  • When I got it the PO didn’t have the lower fairings. Like him, I actually like the look of these bikes without the lowers, it ‘lightens’ up the look, but I wanted to put it back to as nice of condition as possible, and that meant adding lowers. There was also some clear coat peeling on the decals on the tank, pretty common from what I’ve seen. Add in some light scratches on the upper from a driveway-type incident and I decided to go ahead and paint the upper, mids, lowers, front fender and tank, otherwise I’d never be completely happy with it. Everything from the seat back is original paint and in great shape. My painter let me down in a couple spots but it wasn’t enough to ask him to re-paint it. I took close-ups of the flaws – fairly minor and nothing that jumps out at you but I wanted the buyer to be aware of these. It’s a quality paint job from a professional auto body shop, 3 stage PPG paint, using repro decals from RDdecals.com – great products. Decals are under the clear, as stock.
  • New consumables: battery/tires/brake pads/oil/filters/fuel lines/fork oil & seals/chain/brake fluid/etc., etc.
  • New petcock
  • Repacked all swingarm/head/etc bearing
  • Rebuilt brake calipers, master cylinders and clutch master cylinder
  • New windscreen (minor scratches from handling – see pic)
  • Rebuilt carbs and installed Factory Pro jet kit, bike runs really well here in Ohio near sea level
  • Adjusted valves
  • Powdercoated side stand
  • More cleaning…

The bike runs and rides fine, no leaks/smoke, and gets a lot of attention from those ‘in the know’.

I’m an hour east of Cincinnati in southern Ohio.

The GSXR-1100 was developed alongside the 750cc model, and seemed to a lot of reviewers a perfectly scaled-up supersport or trimmed down GT, either way winning a lot of flagship shoot-outs.  With an endurance racer’s good looks, the cockpit reviewed as comfortable and got the rider out of the wind, and handled acknowledging the pre-nanny 125 ponies on tap.  Billy’s GSXR is a good year, pre-dating the 1989 chassis change and the water-cooled era.  With low miles and fresh restoration, it should be a trouble-free classic – just in time for some good weather !

-donn

Kawasaki May 26, 2020 posted by

Too Close for Missiles – 1985 Kawasaki GPZ900R

Despite being a generation or so in the rearview mirror, the original GPZ900R Ninja had a lot of firsts for Kawasaki and big sportbikes in general.  Looking complete and mostly original, this example might be a good riding restoration.

1985 Kawasaki GPZ900R Ninja for sale on eBay

Beside being the first Ninja to our shores, the 908cc’s were liquid cooled, had four valves per cylinder, and a counter balance shaft in a compact architecture which kept the center of gravity low.  Four 34mm Keihin carburetors and 11.0:1 compression pushed the Ninja well over the goal line with 115 hp.  Super-high tech hadn’t quite made it to the steel chassis or pretty conventional suspension, but the triple drilled disk brakes were a plus, and linked to the anti-dive system.  At this point the lines are beyond classic, bringing visions of a drag race with an F-14.

Homing in on 28,000 miles, this GPZ900R has been around the world, but on silent more recently.  Appearing quite stock, it’s without damage unexpected for its age.  The owner is upfront about the work required to bring it back in the eBay auction:

Original except exhausts.  Very good condition, does have few nicks and imperfections as per photos Tank has some surface rust inside.  Ran well before I mothballed it around six months ago and now sits on top of my car lift with many others due to space constraints so plan to do the basics to recommission it for daily use.  It will also need a new battery and regulator/rectifier as it didn’t charge battery while riding.  A very easy candidate to turn into a full replica or take to top level.  Stating the obvious but this is same bike used in the Top Gun movie with Tom Cruise. Has become much more in demand since announcement of the new movie.  I know because I had 5 of them and since I started selling I have one left.

The GPZ900R was popular enough to fight off in-house challenges from liter-size successors, and had almost a 20-year run worldwide.  With the delayed opening of the Top Gun re-make, the new owner will have a chance to tidy this one up before donning a flight jacket and heading to a show.  The ask seems a shade more than the condition demands, but the Make Offer button is available.

-donn


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Kawasaki May 22, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1989 Kawasaki Ninja GPX750R for Sale

Update 6.3.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Kawasaki’s ZX-7R is finally getting its due and clean, low-mile examples are getting pretty hard to find anywhere near the rock-bottom prices they fetched not too long ago. Older, 1970s and early 1980s Kawis like the KZ1000R have found their collectible niche as well. But the mid-1980s bikes like this Ninja GPX750R have been a bit too new for the classic fans, and too old for anyone into superbikes with more modern looks. So maybe now is the time to start looking for one to add to your collection?

The Ninja name always seemed a little… silly to me, but I’m obviously wrong because Kawasaki still has a bunch of them in their lineup. GPz900R Ninja introduced in 1984 packed a big engine into a lightweight, round tube steel chassis and was very popular, with a great mix of handling and straight line performance. In 1984, Kawasaki took the GPz900’s chassis and dropped a 750cc into it to create the GPz750, a bike with well-rounded and competent but unexciting performance, compared to bikes like the GSX-R750.

An improved engine in 1987 led to the bike seen here, the GPX750R that was available until 1991, depending on the market. That means it would have been available alongside the ZX-7R in some places, long after the GPX would have been considered cutting-edge. Power came from a 748cc sixteen-valve inline four with liquid-cooling and a six-speed gearbox, and the package was good for 141mph. Mechanical anti-dive forks worked well enough, although they and the air-shock out back are obviously not as sophisticated as modern examples. The 16″ front and 18″ rear wheel combo date the bike somewhat, but you still should be able to find decent rubber to fit.

Ultimately, the GPz and GPX750R represent a bit of an in-between stage for Kawasaki, which may be why they’re a bit forgotten today. Performance was perfectly adequate for the class, but they didn’t have exciting new technology or class-leading power. Style isn’t quite Top Gun classic like the GPz900R or World Superbike classic like the ZX-7R, but the GPX750R is supposedly a great bike to ride. If you’re a collector, or just feeling nostalgic, this could be a great candidate. Miles are very low, with a mere 6,065 on the odometer, and overall condition is excellent. There are a few minor blemishes clearly shown in the seller’s photos as you can see from the gallery included.

From the Seller’s eBay listing: 1989 Kawasaki Ninja GPX750R for Sale

At One-Up Moto Garage (https://www.oneupmoto.com) I have high standards for condition and I would rate this Ninja cosmetically 9.5/10 and mechanically 10/10. I am the second owner, the original owner put 95% of the miles on it (totaling just over 6,000). Since day one it has been stored indoors with a bike cover, so it has no sun fading, rust or corrosion. I took pictures of every little chip and blemish I could find on the bike. The tires are nearly new, and carbs were addressed with new float bowl gaskets a few months ago. Not because they were leaking, I just wanted to see how the insides looked- and it was like new (I can send pics upon request). Gas tank also looks new inside. The bike starts easy, runs and rides flawlessly. It has never had ethanol gas in it. Everything feels like new on it, throttle cable is smooth, hydraulics are firm, all switches are tight and snappy.

It spends most of its time in my showroom with the battery tended, I ride it once every few weeks to keep things moving. You won’t be disappointed with this bike! I can send a start, run, and ride video upon request. I can also give you the whole life story of the bike going back to its original sale in Arkansas in 1990. 

Bikes we’ve traditionally considered “classics” are wonderful, but require that you temper your expectations: 1950s motorcycles require more attention and maintenance, have much less power, sketchier handling, and brakes that won’t hold a candle to what even a Ninja 300 can provide these days. The best thing about a bike like this Ninja GPX750R is that it straddles the classic and modern eras. It may not have ABS and an autoblipper, or make 200hp at the rear wheel, and you won’t be able to fit the very best rubber but bikes like this offer good comfort, reliability, and plenty of performance to handle the cut-and-thrust of modern traffic, all while helping you relive your lost youth.

-tad

Honda May 21, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – Zero-Mile 2005 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition !

Update 5.30.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Each manufacturer and year can have but one flagship, and for Honda in 2005 it was the CBR1000RR Repsol.  RSBFS reader Don has been saving this first-year Repsol with great care for the next owner, and recently re-filled the consumables but hasn’t yet ridden a mile.

First Year 2005 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition for sale

As Honda often has, they let the development team behind their RC211V Moto GP bike give a great deal of input on the CBR1000RR or FireBlade.  While the racer’s V5 would have put production costs into the stratosphere, a new inline four was presented with electronically controlled ram air and power valve, and eight fuel injectors helping develop 172 hp.  The alloy chassis was composed mostly of die-cast segments, with 43mm cartidge forks and Pro-Link monoshock on an extended swingarm to accommodate all those ponies.  An electronic steering damper provided lighter control feel at lower speeds, and more stability under warp drive.  Styling also took cues from the RC211V, an angular design with rads vented to the side and aerodynamic from the nose to the seat sub-frame.

Don sourced a perfect example for his collection, and has prepared it with new fluids and break-in oil for the next owner.  To say it is stock and as new really understates the impact of this time machine.  His comments:

This bike has zero miles and is just as it left the factory, following dealer prep. Over the past 15 years it has been stored in very controlled conditions because there is no evidence of oxidation or corrosion whatsoever.

Prior to first start up, I began by changing the oil (Shell Rotella T 10w40 for break-in) and filter. I also changed clutch and brake fluids (Amsoil DOT 4 racing fluid) and flushed and replaced the coolant. I removed both sets of injectors and cleaned them in an ultrasonic and then with a Motion Pro injector cleaner. All injector seals were replaced with new OEM parts. I installed a new AGM battery and started and heat cycled the engine several times. Engine is running perfectly. I have not ridden the bike.

The bike is now ready to keep, display or ride (still has its original tires however). This is a first year Repsol and will become the most collectable, just as the first year Fireblades already are. Although its now 15 years old, it looks like it was just uncrated. Original toolkit and user manual included.

Based in Minneapolis, Don asks $11,500 for his Repsol.  His walk-around video is below.

Repsol has been a great Honda sponsor and the RC211V had a dynastic run of Moto GP championships, under Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden.  The CBR1000RR had to wait until 2007 for its WSBK championship, with James Toseland aboard – but in Hannspree’s white and green livery.  Nice to know Don’s CBR1000RR is ready to go, but I’m guessing a real collector will pick up a rider and preserve this virtually perfect example as a fitting bookend.

-donn

Honda May 20, 2020 posted by

Fox Eye Lady – 1999 Honda RVF400R / NC35

In many ways a template of the Superbike RC45, the middleweight RVF400 ( NC35 ) had its own character and predatory facial expression.  This Wisconsin rider looks very good despite some prodigious miles.

1999 Honda RVF400R / NC35 for sale on eBay

Honda made a substantial update to the VFR400R, with a new chassis, inverted forks and 17-inch wheels front and rear.  Changes to the carburetors and valve timing could improve the torque curve but power was legislated to be 59 hp.  Air scoops and tracts over the handlebars deliver fresh if not ram air.  Forks and monoshock are adjustable for pre-load and rebound, and 269mm brakes are Nissin branded.  From down the block, the styling could fool you into an RC45 sighting.

Though it has seen 37K miles, this RVF shows nicely and has just a few wear marks to show for it.  Un-faired photos show the beauty to be more than skin deep.  From the eBay auction:

Clean and titled low-mileage 1999 Honda RVF400 (NC35). Registered and plated in Wisconsin. Clean title on hand. Some history on this bike: This bike is the little brother to the legendary RC45. The NC35 is a classic for collectors or exotic bike enthusiasts. As an evolution to the VFR400 (NC30), the NC35 comes with upside forks and 17” rear wheel for improved handling. Other unique features include a lightweight aluminum frame, and single-sided swing arm. Not to mention Honda’s V4 bullet-proof gear-driven engine with its distinctive rev whine. I purchased it from a private collector and have ridden it regularly. Bike starts right up and runs flawlessly. This bike has only seen non-ethanol fuel.

It is currently kept on battery tender and Pitbull front and rear stands. Cosmetically in great shape. OEM fairings show signs of age, but was very well maintained. The paint/decals throughout are still glossy. A couple of minor blemishes from prior ownership: tank has a small chip which was touched up. Details shown in ad photos. No other cracks or blemishes that I am aware of. Again, I rode this bike for many years. It is not in pristine show room condition. I’m happy to provide additional pictures if desired. Minor modifications I added to the bike – steel braided brake lines, CRG levers and a carbon fiber pipe (original canister available). Overall bike condition is very clean and well cared for; with some normal signs of wear for twenty-one year-old bike. It is a blast to ride and a conversation starter as many have never seen this bike.

The NC35 might’ve been considered a beginner’s bike here, but it was offered only in Japan and made its way around the globe in the gray market.  Lighter race riders have embraced its handling and build quality.  Unlike the racy singles being proffered today, the RVF400 has an exotic V-4 engine with a soundtrack provided by gear-driven cams.  While a collector could keeping shopping for less miles and patina, a rider might be happy it’s not perfect.

-donn


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Yamaha May 18, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1987 Yamaha FZR400 in Arizona

Update 7.6.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

This gorgeous little JDM ripper is an RSBFS alum, listed here in late 2017 by our buddy Gary out in Utah. Today, it makes a triumphant return, this time in Arizona and bearing its correct model year. Japanese market 1WG models are rare as hen’s teeth as it is, and this one ups the ante with its unobtanium blue bodywork  and stellar condition. Gary has always been a fastidious and particular collector, and the current seller clearly carried on that proud tradition.

The Yamaha FZR400 is a gem of a motorcycle in any guise, with a rev-happy water-cooled four banger pushing around a gorgeous aluminum frame. Club racers loved these things when they were new, and you can still catch them tearing up AHRMA grids today. As with any welterweight ripper, they require handfuls of throttle and reward bravery and momentum with millimeter-precise handling.

The bike appears to have been treated to new tires in the current owner’s care, and he has added just shy of 1,000 kilometers. It remains in incredible condition.

From the seller:

1987 Yamaha FZR 400 1WG , approx 10,399 KM or 6,461 Miles. I take it out at least once a week in AZ. Rare blue JDM bike, Very clean, Japanese tank sticker, Excellent running condition, Excellent overall condition, Everything works like new, New Tires, Previous owner’s recent refresh includes: replaced front master cylinder with new OEM, Engine covers (caps) replaced with new OEM, New fuel petcock, New fork seals, New battery and fluids. All fairings, exhaust, and components not mentioned are 100% factory Yamaha original parts. No rust in tank. No paint touch-ups. Very minor normal light wear. Some corrosion on top of motor. Clean AZ title. $7600

The bike is also listed here on Craigslist, where seller Chris’s contact info can be found. In these trying times, we can’t think of a more entertaining way to practice physical distancing.

Moto Guzzi May 17, 2020 posted by

Recent Vintage – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

Early 1990’s, gentleman racer Dr. John Wittner helped Moto Guzzi develop their big V-twin into the racer and GT they knew it could be.  This Colorado example has been updated and maintained by a super-fan, and looks great.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for sale on eBay

 

Like BMW, Guzzi wanted to breathe 4-valve life into their liter, and found a similar solution with cams mounted high in each cylinder, with timing belts driven off a gear above the crankshaft.  The compact arrangement claimed 95 hp and a healthy 72 ft.-lbs. torque, fuel injected for flexibility around town.  Dr. Wittner provided his chassis expertise in the lighter weight chrom-moly backbone with massive alloy frame connectors.  Adjustable suspension is at both ends, with conventional Marzocchi forks and WP monoshock.  As found on most of its European competitors, 320mm Brembo brakes are however without the usual Guzzi front-rear linkage.  Moto Guzzi tradition stipulates a driveshaft, but the Daytona has a parallelogram arrangement to limit the rear suspension extending under power.

Sounds like the seller is a serial Daytona owner, which almost guarantees one of being “a certain age”.  This one has the sharp Staintune exhaust, impossibly long velocity stacks and just screens over the ends.  Little doubt you can hear the 1000 inhaling with this setup.  Overall condition looks excellent with just a couple of paint chips but new rubber, belts, brake pads and battery.  From the eBay auction:

Description:

  • Look at the photos – I disassembled the bike over the winter and cleaned and detailed chassis.
  • Recently changed timing belts – see photos
  • RH cylinder head had a lube issue and removed head and sent to famous Moe at Cycle Garden to improve oil passage and new valve seat and valves
  • Changed Engine oil with Motul (20/50)
  • Brand new Michelin Pilot Radial tires:
    • F: 120/70ZR17
    • R: 160/60ZR17
  • New NGK D9REA spark plugs
  • Yuasa battery in 2019 (with trickle charger harness)
  • New Front Brake Pads: Pagid HH
  • Powder coated factory wheels – white (OEM color).
  • New / checked wheel bearing

What comes with the bike?

  • Clean and clear title (in my company’s name.)
  • 2 keys and one spare Guzzi blank.
  • Rare repair manual for Daytona
  • Rare repair manual for the MGS-01 (helpful)
  • Receipts and documentation
  • Pit-stand; awkward to ship and you will have to pay for shipping or pick it up in person.  

Condition:

  • This is a very very nice Moto Guzzi Daytona!
  • Everything works as it should: choke, turn signal, horn, low beam, high beam, etc.
  • Never dropped!
  • It shows extremely well and turns heads and sounds amazing.
  • There are a few paint chips that I have photographed, and I will be happy to send you additional photographs.
  • There is hairline crack by one of the screws that holds OEM wind screen that has been there forever and is not changing.
  • Left side mirror – small de-silvering on the edge (not uncommon)
  • I would recommend to the winner of auction to renew brake fluid.

While never in serious competition with less reverential solutions, the Daytona 1000 was a smashing endcap to the DeTomaso years and a stepping stone to the V10 era.  Though it couldn’t be termed a lightweight, as a GT the handling got applause from journalists and fans.  This example is almost curated by a Daytona fanatic.  With four days to go the bid is $12K but hasn’t met the reserve, it’ll be interesting to see where it’s set.

-donn


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KTM May 16, 2020 posted by

Gives You Wings: 2010 KTM RC8R Red Bull Edition for Sale

I’m not always a fan of race-replica graphics, but it’s hard to argue that some just look right: Rothmans and Repsol Hondas in particular just drip with style and authenticity. KTM’s RC8R lends itself to wild graphics as well, since it’s anything but restrained, even in regular production colors. Even slathered in all-black aftermarket carbon fiber, it still isn’t subtle. It just looks like a low-flying F-117… Love the looks or hate them, it’s pretty impressive how well the look of the bike has aged, aside from the simple LCD dash: anyone not familiar with the KTM could easily be forgiven for thinking it’s a brand-new bike.

Unfortunately, the nice ones that have come up for sale in recent years have often had asking prices not far off that of a brand-new bike. Which is ironic, since they didn’t sell very well when new, and managed to make that unusual move from slow-selling lame duck to modern classic in one jump. Certainly, the performance specifications are there: introduced in 2008, the bike was powered by a 75° v-twin that originally displaced 1148cc. Much-needed gearbox improvements were made and displacement was increased to 1195cc for the 2010 model, with an output of 175hp and an impressive 90 ft-lbs of torque.

Adjustable ergonomics made for a surprisingly versatile sportbike that could be set up to do a bit of light touring or hard-core trackday riding after just a few minutes fiddling with some tools. One thing you’ll notice that’s missing: a sophisticated electronics package. The RC8R was introduced on the cusp on the modern sportbike electronics revolution and, although traction control and the like were fairly primitive at first, they were undeniably effective, and have only become more refined over the past decade. And unfortunately, the RC8R didn’t have them.

The Akrapovič and Red Bull Editions celebrate the RC8R’s racing efforts, but the company had limited success in that arena: perhaps owing to the roadbike’s limited sales, KTM didn’t bother to develop the RC8’s electronics to allow it to compete on equal terms with the superbikes from other manufacturers. Which is a shame: it was a blast to watch Chris Fillmore roar down the main straight at NJMP back in 2011, the lone v-twin fighting a losing battle against a field full of inline fours… It is apparently possible to fit the updated engine and electronics from the current Super Duke R into the RC8R, but it’s not nearly as easy as you’d think and not a project for the casual wrench-turner.

From the original eBay listing: 2010 KTM RC8R Red Bull Edition for Sale

Immaculate condition, super rare: RC8R- Red Bull Edition – with KTM Club Race Kit… $5000 option.

Over $30,000 new. KTM Club Race Kit, a $5000 option. Race kit includes full titanium Akrapovic exhaust, air filter, head gasket and 10 addition HP. Orange powder-coated frame, carbon fiber fenders. All stock otherwise , except for orange KTM anodized brake, clutch reservoir caps. Have all stock components as well including all 3 keys. NO trades, serious inquiries only.

This Canadian example is available for $13,990 CAD, or just a shade under $10,000 USD, and has a tick over 5,000 miles on the orange-tinted odometer. The Akrapovič exhaust should liberate a few horses and some much-needed noise, and the bike is otherwise nearly stock. It sure ain’t subtle, but it’s collectible, has amazing presence, and is a damn fine sportbike, to boot.

-tad


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