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Suzuki November 23, 2008 posted by

1989 Suzuki Katana 750GSX: Oh the Memories!

When this one popped up on my eBay favorite searches, I just about spit my Stella out all over the monitor. My close friend and riding buddy Paul used to own a Katana 750 just like this one. I mean EXACTLY like this one: that champagne color, an 89, and completely stock. I remember when he bought it from this idiot who tried to sell it out from under him to a higher bidder after Paul had secured the bike with a deposit!

Take a trip down memory lane with me and take a look at this 1989 Suzuki Katana 750 GSX for sale on eBaymotors:

quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:

HERE WE HAVE A NICE OLDER BIKE READY TO RIDE I BOUGHT IT FROM THE ORIGNAL OWNER IT HAS SOME SCRATCHES FROM HAVING BAGS ON IT I DONT HAVE THE BAGS THE BIKE HAS FRESH BRAKE PADS,FLUID FLUSH,CLUTCH CABLE AND OIL&FILTER CHANGE BIKE RUNS AND RIDES GREAT REMBER THIS IS NOT A NEW BIKE THE HAS A SPOT WERE IT LOOKS LIKE SOME ONE SPLIT SOME GAS AND THEIR IS A MINOR DISCOLOR THAT I THINK CAN BE COMPOUNDED OUT EVERTHING WORKS IF I DONT SELL IT I WILL KEEP IT AND RIDE NEXT SUMMER I HAVE FOUR BIKES

Don’t you just hate non-savvy users who insist on using all caps? Rant aside, this looks like a really solid buy at $2300 with such low miles and zero modifications. I asked Paul to highlight his experience with his bike:

[21:07] Tj Rubley: for the blog post and from a previous owner, give me the high and low points of the bike. Maybe a favorite ride?
[21:07] Paul: that is a rare find, all stock and in reasonable condition with low miles, still a lot of bike for $2300.
[21:10] Paul: High points: GSXR derived engine, lots of power and plenty of torque, sport-touring riding position for long-trip comfort, obviously an easy bike for novices balanced and smooth even if the rider isn’t 😉
[21:12] Paul: Low points: to call the styling dated would be an understatment… honestly I can’t think of much to fault if for, other than puting a 400cc non-O-ring chain on mine I really didn’t do anything but an occasional oil change,
[21:13] Paul: Greatest ride: Sonoma, hands down, still the greatest motorcycle trip of my life (we need to do better next summer!)
[21:13] Paul: Shit, I’m serious if that thing was closer to home I’d buy it

He went on to say he originally purchased his with about 23k miles for $2900 in 1995, and sold it about a year later for $2500 to another close friend of ours, TravelEd. Hopefully I can get Ed in here to give his .02 too!

Here’s a gallery of our trip to Sonoma years ago:

dc


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Suzuki November 17, 2008 posted by

1990 Suzuki GSX-R 750 For Sale in Red, White, Black

Here’s another survivor that has no modifications except for the chromed wheels. This 750 GSX-R “Slingshot” is for sale in California on Craigslist for $4500:

quote from seller’s Craigslist ad:

VARY RARE GSXR 750 1990 RED WHITE & BLACK SLINGSHOT!! HARD TO FINE IN THIS CONDITION, BIKE RUNS FAST AND STRONG!!! CAN KEEP UP WITH THE NEW BIKES…SUPER FAST!! HAS ALOT OF CHROME PARTS CLEAN TITLE, READY FOR SOMEONE WHO KNOWS ABOUT THESE CLASSSICS!! MILES ARE 36K ORIGINAL, I’M THE 2ND ORIGINAL OWNER, AND I’VE TAKEN VERY GOOD CARE OF THIS BIKE.

Which do you prefer, the classic blue and white Sukuki racing colors or the red, white and black like this one?

dc

[AffomaticEbay]Suzuki gsx-r 750[/AffomaticEbay]


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Laverda November 9, 2008 posted by

2 Laverda Formula’s For Sale Right Now

I love the classic orange Laverda’s and stumbled across this first one while taking the temperature for examples currently available for sale. It’s a 1999 and according to the seller of this Laverda 750 Formula, it only has 2500 miles! Check it out on San Fran Craigslist for only $5500:

quote from seller’s Craigslist ad:

Hey collecters, here is a super rare 1999 Laverda Formula S 750 in near mint condition. Only 3900KM(2500mi). This is a stunning bike to look at. These are ultra rare as just a handfull where built and few where imported to this country. This bike has a 750cc fuel injected parallel twin, six speed, aluminum fram, fully adjustable suspension, Marchasini wheels and Brembo brakes, and carbon fiber body panels. Put this bike in your collection now. You will not find another this clean or affordable. $5500

After spotting the first one, I decided to narrow my focus to the Formula model and found another in North Carolina for $6400 (Craigslist):

quote from seller’s listing on Craigslist:

One of a kind Italian SuperSport Motorcycle – Must see to appreciate – Very Rare – 1 of 2 in N. C. Stunning black & orange paint scheme, Paoli Suspension, carbon fiber fenders, Termi exhaust with chip, 100+ horsepower, always garage kept, never dropped, 26k kilometers (15,600 miles). Well maintained by a local professional mechanic.

I once had the chance to ride one of these brand new. We were visiting my parents who live north of Indy. Naturally I made sure we stopped by the Laverda dealership and checked out the gorgeous 750 Formula. He offered me a test ride on the spot and even offered a helmet. I declined without a jacket and other gear, especially as my then girlfriend (and future wife) was giving me the big time stop sign not to leave her alone at the dealership. In retrospect I should’ve taken the heat, but hindsight is 50/50 they say. My in person reaction as a young man was that while very attractive, it was overpriced for what it was. Years later seeing these examples, I’m more curious now than I was then. Especially with these asking prices considering their rarity.

Laverda 750 Formula Video:

If you’re a fan of Laverda motorcycles, you have to check out the ‘the Perfect Corner’ YouTube videos. This guy is a Laverda collector enthusiast and has filmed many of his rides and adventures. Not only a must see for fans of the mark, but also one of only a couple 750 Formula videos online:

dc


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Uncategorized November 6, 2008 posted by

New Site Improvements Added Today

Just a brief note to let you know there I’ve made a few enhancements to the blog this morning.

  • You can now subscribe to comments on posts you’re following and be emailed as more enthusiast join the discussion.
  • A brief note to first time visitors is displayed to encourage them to subscribe to the RSS feed or email subscription box. You’ve subscribed already right?!
  • And related posts will now be displayed at the end of each entry on the site and in the feed.

Please let me know if you experience any issues with these additions or if you have any comments about the site. Just leave a comment below!

Thanks,

dc

Yamaha November 5, 2008 posted by

Well Maintained 1985 Yamaha RZ500 For Sale in Seattle

RZ500 fans rejoice, another RZ500 surfaces in the Pacific Northwest for sale! This RZ500 is on Craigslist for $8k:

quote from seller’s Craigslist post:

I wanted to keep the original “vintage” look while increasing the performance so here is what I have done.
Rebuilt top-end using stock OEM piston kits.(.25mm).
Replaced main crank brgs and all seals in engine.
Slightly modified/matched ports.
Machined cases/cylinders to accept larger RZ350 reed cages.
TDR one piece reed pedals..
Carbs have been bored to 27.5 mm.
Installed “Mad-Beaver” air filter kit(removing stock air-box).
Intalled “Jolly Motto” expansion chambers.
I have spent MANY hours re-jetting….it runs AWESOME!
Researched options first then installed ’93 Yamaha FZR600 frt.end/frt wheel(17×3.25)/r wheel(18×4)with “Race Tech” emmulator kit,Metzeler radials,HH pads,stainless lines(all parts were rebuilt/polished/powder coated,to the tune of $2400 before install)I chose the FZR stuff because it is a direct “bolt on” and you dont have to modify the oil-tank and plastics to clear the forks.VERY clean swap.
FZR speedo which is the perfect twin only is MPH instead of KMs.
Digital temp gauge.
Steering dampener.
New chain/sprockets.
I have only riden the bike about 5k miles since rebuilding everything.

This one has great detail to go with the listing and appears to be owned by tech who cared for his baby. Think it’s a good buy?

dc

Update: This post is pretty outdated. Check out these Yamaha RZ’s on eBay right now:

[AffomaticEbay]Yamaha RZ[/AffomaticEbay]


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Honda November 4, 2008 posted by

1995 Honda RVF400 NC35 For Sale in San Diego

Nice timing stumbling on this bike as I posted a couple of NC30 VFR400’s recently.  But the NC35 RVF400 is located in California and is titled and registered according to the listing.  Take a look at this 1995 Honda RVF400 for sale on Craigslist:

quote from seller’s Craigslist listing:

1995 HONDA RVF400 NC35. SUPER RARE BIKE. CALIFORNIA TITLED – STREET LEGAL. 1 OF ONLY 5 KNOWN NC35’S TITLED IN CALIFORNIA. $7500.

The last NC35 I posted was listed for $7500 as well. Wish this ad had better pictures, but the seller goes on that interested parties should email him for pictures and more detail.

The Wikipedia entry for the NC35 is pretty good, so check it out for more model information. And here’s a little video I found of an RVF400 going through the paces. Note the distinctive gear driven cam whine, which is very similar to Paul’s VFR750:

dc


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Uncategorized November 3, 2008 posted by

Check Out my HockenheimRing Museum Pictures

I spent a couple weeks in Germany this past spring and I stopped by the HockenheimRing Museum. The museum is chocked full of motorcycles with just a few racecars on display. Here’s my write-up of the visit to the HockenheimRing Museum at my other blog.

Hope you enjoy and if you have any info on the models displayed, please feel free to either leave a comment below or click through the individual image on Flickr. Thanks!

dc

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