Posts by tag: 1100

Sport Bikes For Sale June 12, 2012 posted by

Big Boy Bike! 1986 GSX-R1100 For Sale

Location: Clifton, VA

Miles: 12,387

Price: Currently $2,839 with Reserve in place

When the GSX-R1100 debuted on the scene, it was the answer to many of rider’s prayers to a liter bike that was a hard-edged as the 600’s and 750’s of the time. The bike made roughly 130hp while weighing about 450lbs. That might not seem to impressive now, but back in ’86 that meant a lot for a liter bike. The GSX-R1100 was a monster on the track as well with rock solid steering and capable suspension.

This .44 Magnum of a sport bike for sale here looks to be in very good condition and has low miles as well. The seller states that the only scratches on the bike are on the underside of the fairing from loading the bike onto a trailer. Also, the solo tail has some chipping on the corner. Other than that it looks to be very well cared for. The seller even highlights some recent maintenance done to keep the bike running properly.

From the seller:

1986 GSXR 1100. In excellent original condition with 12,387 miles. Runs great. Needs nothing. Ready to ride. Starts easily and pulls stromg. As you probably know if you are reading this, 1986 was the first year for the ground breaking GSXR 1100 and they are getting hard to find in this condtion. The bodywork is complete with almost no marks or imperfections. Tires andBatteryare almost new. As far as I know the bike has never been down, the engine has never been touched internally and the mileage is original.

  • Fresh oil and fluids.
  • New Plugs
  • Mikuni carbs
  • K&N Air Filters
  • Braided Stainless Steel brake lines

The only scratches are on the bottom of the fairing from loading the bike onto a trailer but these are not visible unless viewed from under the bike. Other than that the bodywork is in almost factory perfect condition. The tank is perfect. The seat is good with no tears or rips. There silencer has some very faint rippling on the stainless steel cover plate under the passenger footrest which is not visible in the photos and can only be seen if the light catches them at an angle. There is no rust on the header pipes. The seat hump has a corner broken off on one side – easily fixable and can still be used as is. Wheels are original and in very good condition. This is one of the nicest first year GSXR1100’s you will see. Clean with a few minor imperfactions consistent with a well cared for bike of this mileage.

I also have the original airbox and carbs shown in the last photo. Since no everyone will want these they are NOT included in the auction but the winning bidder will have the option to buy these for an additional $160. If they do not sell with the bike I will auction them on ebay afterwards.

The bike may not be 100% bone stock with the addition of new carbs and air filters, but the original parts can be yours for an extra $160. If I were buying this bike, I would probably pick those up as well, but I do wish the seller would include those at no extra charge. We have seen these early 1100’s go for $4-$5k in the past and would assume that this one would go for roughly that. If you have been looking for one of these you can check out the auction here and see if this one is right for you!


Bimota March 25, 2012 posted by

Monday Mailbag and What are You Shopping for this Spring?

Good morning! Here’s the latest submissions, Facebook spots, and reader rides to go with your morning coffee.

This week I’d like to hear what readers are shopping for this spring and see if we can’t find some good examples for the blog. Leave a comment below, no registration required.

Have a great week,


First up is a reader ride from Ayden with his 1989 Honda MC18 NSR250. Located in Santa Barbara, this bike has less thank 7k miles. Good luck with the sale!

Next up is this Bimota Tesi submitted from Peter. As with most Bimotas this one has hardly been touched with just 88 miles. Buy-it-now is at $36k.

Also in the nearly new category is this 1994 Ducati 916 with just 388 miles.

I know Rem will dig this one, a 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 with less than 10k miles. Thanks for the submission Ryan.

And here’s a complete looking Yamaha FZR400 spotted by Garrett on Craigslist for just $1850.


Sport Bikes For Sale November 25, 2011 posted by

The Big Boy: 1987 Suzuki GSX-R1100 (One Owner)

Location: Whitehouse Station,NJ

Miles: 13,219

Price: Currently $3,439 with Reserve in place

We have seen our fair share of classic GSX-R’s here at RSBFS. In fact, there is a 1990 GSX-R 1100 up for grabs as we speak. The GSX-R 750 changed the game when it debuted and the 1100 took it up a notch from it little brother. With 130hp ready to go with the flick of a wrist, the 1100 meant business. Here is your chance to own a prime example of one of these beasts.

The particular bike up for grabs here is a one owner example and looks to be an excellent looking survivor. Having only covered 13k miles in its 25 year life, this GSXR looks to be in great condition. The seller appears to have taken great care of this bike and it’s hard to see any major flaws. The seller also states that it has had zero touch-ups and comes with a clean title.

More from the seller:

This GSXR1100 was bought new on April 6th 1988 from Freedom Cycles in Long Branch NJ. 1 owner, always garaged, 13,291 miles. Serviced the end of last year at the local dealer with new tires(Michelins), chain/sprockets(OEM), and fluid change. Only 100 miles put on it since. Very hard to find bike in un-modified original condition. Nothing has ever been painted, or touched up. Comes complete with all original documentation including sales receipt, sales person checklist, owner’s manual, brochures, service manuals and more. Original rear seat cowl, airbox, tool kit and everything pictured is included. Clear original 1988 title in hand. The bike has been doing more sitting than running over the past year. Although it does start/run/drive, I would recommend you have it serviced prior to daily use.

There you have it, a super clean 1987 GSX-R1100. For me personally, the fact that this is a one-owner bike speaks volumes about the care it’s been given and greatly reduces the chance for any “stories”. It even comes with a plethora of original manuals and sales documentation. This bike would go nicely in any collection. The reserve on the auction is still in place and I would suspect it to be off somewhere in the $5k-6k range. If you don’t feel like fighting the Black Friday crowds and want to buy yourself an awesome Christmas present from home, then check out the auction for this clean GSX-R1100 here!


Moto Guzzi September 7, 2011 posted by

1995 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100

Not your stock Goose.  This Guzzi has a known history and a number of modifications that have made the engine a bit hotter than stock. The sport 100 was a nice bike but of course the V Twin was always underpowered compared to the competition.  Guzzi had a tremendous racing heritage but by the mid 90’s has lost their place.  Having said that this is a good handling bike that will be fun.

The seller shares the following:

Looking for the trickest Guzzi Sport 1100 on the planet?  This bike was ordered brand new from Action Sport Cycles in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 1995 by my friend, Richard.  After a six month wait, his bike finally arrived and he took delivery.  He has owned it ever since and it has been babied beyond belief.  Through the years he has done the following mods:  The motor was removed and the heads were sent to Charlie Rice in Amsterdam, who is renowned as one of the world’s foremost Guzzi engine guys.  He re-shaped the combustion chambers, did some mild porting, installed stainless valves, and did a twin-plug conversion.  Twin-plug Dyna-Coils were used.  The crank was sent to Falicon and they gave it their “SuperCrank” treatment.  It was shaved, polished, and balanced and Carillo rods were installed.  A mild Rennsport street cam is now spun by a gear driven valve train (which replaced the cam chain and sprockets) and titanium pushrods were installed along with higher compression Ferracci pistons and rings when the motor went back together.  The bore remains stock.  The clutch came from Moto-International.  It’s beefier than stock but still has a nice, easy pull.  To take advantage of the motor mods, the carbs were replaced with a pair of Keihin FCR41’s with K&N filters, and the stock exhaust was replaced by a beautiful stainless 2-1-2 system by Rennsport.  The bike sounds great but is not too loud.  The carbs are jetted for our Middle Tennessee altitude and this motor is totally dialed in.  All these mods were made with the intention of making a strong, reliable, tractable street motor and the results are amazing.  Way stronger than a stocker but very fun, predictable, and reliable.  By the way, look at the motor pictures… the carbs are not drooping downward.  That’s the reverse slant Keihin designed into the carbs.  They are mounted correctly.   The suspension/wheels/chassis were all left stock.  The front rotors were replaced by a set of Italian Discotelli cast iron floating rotors.  The original Brembo calipers are still in place.  The White Power shock and Marzocchi forks are fully adjustable with the left fork handling compression while the right one handles rebound.  The front Michelin has about 90% left and the matching rear has about 70% left.  The original Rosso Red paint is still gorgeous and in excellent condition.  The only flaws are a small mark on the front fender and some mild pecking on the lower forks.  I could have painted those pieces but if I were buying the bike, I wouldn’t want anything touched.  I’ll let the new owner to make that call.  Richard installed a Sargent seat cover with the tri-colore patch and painted the front wheel black and the rear gold because he digs ’em like that.  I do too.  This bike has never been down, never raced, and has never seen a track day.  Richard was 42 when he ordered this bike in 1995 and has treated it responsibly and maintained it meticulously.  It has lived inside since new and has only had synthetic oil in it since break-in.  The shaft drive has been lubed every six months.  Included are the owner’s manual, shop manual, every receipt for every dollar he’s ever spent on the bike, including the original sales receipt, both keys, and the original tool kit. All the original pieces (carbs, pistons, cam, stock headers, air box, etc.) go with the bike.  Naturally, he has a clear title.  This is a rare opportunity to own a very special one-owner, collectible machine that has been babied and documented.  These don’t come along very often.  Lastly, there weren’t many of these Sport 1100’s built… this is the 17th one.  And this one looks much better in person than it does in the pictures, which isn’t usually the case.  I am always honest and accurate with my descriptions and plan to keep my 100% feedback rating.  Please feel free to call Rusty at 615 430 6252 with any questions.  Thanks for looking and good luck!

You can look at the eBay auction yourself after the link.

This is a great bike which will probably be a bargain for someone.  Picking a price can be tough s this will be rare with all the work which makes it a bit special.   I do wonder if the starting bid at $6500 is a bit high but am happy to be proved wrong.


Moto Guzzi June 24, 2011 posted by

Perfect for summer: 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport

For Sale: 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport

It’s officially summertime, and I can’t think of a better way to spend the days than loping over my favorite roads on something like this. This big, two valve twin is the Moto Guzzi equivalent of a Ducati Supersport – lots of torque and the relatively simplicity of air cooling. Sure, this isn’t a razor-sharp canyon carver like many wanna-be replica hypersportbikes, but a good rider can maintain a good pace in relative comfort and with relatively low effort. Not a bad way to go.

Regular RSBFS readers have seen a few other Guzzis come across these pages, including a nearly identical 1100 Sport as posted by Ian. While today’s bike does not sport quite the carbon fiber upgrades, it does appear to be in very good condition and has very low miles for the year. Note the fuel injection – this is the first year it was offered on the big twin.

From the seller:
This motorcycle was originally sold by “BMW Motorcycles of North Dallas” on 10th December 1996. The original sales price was $11,600 + $190 Freight. I purchased the bike from RPM Cycles also of Dallas on 15th August 2006. At that time the bike had accumulated a total of 2,289 miles from new. Today its total mileage is 4,967.1. This is the first year of the fuel injected Sports.

Since purchasing the bike I have installed a complete set of stainless steel “Stay In Tune” exhaust headers and mufflers at a cost of well over $1,000.00 and a new set of rear view mirrors. The header pipes have been treated to “Performance Coatings” (ceramic) which will insure that they never discolor.

Since owning the bike it has always been stored inside a climate controlled environment. Although it does have a rev limiter, to my knowledge it has never been near redline due to the low mileage. A new set of Pirelli tires front and rear were installed when I purchased the bike as well as all hydraulic lines were flushed. The bike uses an “Odyssey” dry cell battery.

This low mileage bike looks to have been well cared for over the years. There have been some minor mods (pipes and mirrors as per the seller, plus the WP shock looks to be an add-on), but nothing outrageous or likely to detract from the value of the bike. I bet those Staintune pipes boom out a sonorous note as this bike chugs along a winding two-lane road!

The current asking price for this bike is $4,625 with reserve not met. These are generally $6,000 – $8,000 machines depending upon condition. This bike looks to be a solid rider, and should fetch somewhere in the middle of that range. For more information and to check out all the pictures, . Tell ’em you saw it on RSBFS, and good luck!


Moto Guzzi March 23, 2011 posted by

A Very “Giallo” 1997 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100i

A Very “Giallo” 1997 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100i

That is some serious yellow, giallo in Italian, paint.  No, I’m not worldly, I just know how to use Google Translation.  This is another bike I picked just because of its’ eye appeal.  I guess you have to like yellow but other than that I think you would have a hard time finding a fault with this bike.

 If the engine is this clean I think the rest of the  bike should speak for itself.


Writing for RSBFS is becoming bad for my wallet.  You couldn’t have paid me to own a Guzzi but since writing about several of them I’d like to own: and a Bimota, and a Ducati and a…..and so on.

The seller gives a nice account of the bike.  It’s a little long but be sure to read it.  The bike has some fine details that aren’t obvious by just glancing at the bike:

The previous owner came into possesion of this bike by purchasing an entire Moto Guzzi collection, the other bikes in the collection; including a Daytona RS of the same year, were of a similar museum level quality. Needless to say, the original owner was a true Moto Guzzi fanatic.

Because all four bikes were purchased at once, and because each one had so much work completed, a lot of the details were passed by word of mouth at the time of sale, the description of work completed below is what was communicated to my by the previous owner and various reliable sources including Ken Zeller at Evoluzione Cyclesports; who has worked with the original owner and his bikes through the years. I am unable to reach the original owner for confirmation however, so I cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information communicated to me relating to the history of the bike. Details of the amount of time and money spent on this bike could fill a novel, the Cliffs Notes are below.

As communicated to me, the bike was purchased new by the original owner who immediately had Pro Italia pull the engine and crankshaft to balance it. The brand new bodywork was also removed and repainted by Pro Italia in the original color. Why would someone do this you may ask, because the owner simply wanted a money is no object, perfect version of what the factory imagined for the bike. Pro Italia is famous for their paint work and they currently use Tony Marcus who is a true artist and charges thousands of dollars to paint a sport bike. This yellow paint on this bike is simply stunning, glass smooth and perfectly even. After the brand new engine was put back together, all of the fuel lines were wrapped in heat resistant protection before the engine was reinstalled. The bike features a full Staintune, stainless steel exhaust system including crossover and is finished with carbon fiber canisters, Before I saw this bike I was unaware that Staintune even produced carbon canisters but apparently they do, if you are willing to pay, a lot. They are beautiful, far beyond the quality of any Termingoni systems I have ever purchased. The bike sounds amazing, no other way to describe it, exotic and angry. Staintune does not list a system for the 1100 sport on their site, I would not be surprised if the original owner had this system custom fabricated by them as a one-off. The bike also features a full carbon fiber airbox, I have been unable to locate any information on this piece and in addition to looking incerdibly trick it is a wildly complex design and I assume a one-off item as well. The bike was apparently tuned on a dyno and a power commander is installed under the tail section. Power is unlike any Guzzi I have ever ridden. The bike also features Braking Tech brake rotors with carbon fiber carriers, and a Sport Cycle Pacific carbon fiber alternator cover. It features a rare set of Evoluzione Cyclesports billet adjustable levers and the seat and passenger pillion have been recovered in synthetic suede, with yellow stitching on the passenger grab handle to match the paint. The bike features a custom carbon fiber gauge cluster with a functional veglia oil temp gauge from a Daytona RS. The grey speedo is standard for US spec bikes of this era I am told. The bike features beautifully made Rossopuro billet rearsets, a note on these, the shifting effort with these rearsets is very high and I do not have the originals. I contacted Rossopuro who explained that while the rearsets are marketed for the Sport1100, they were originally developed for the V11 and the leverage required to change gears with the 1100 5 speed is higher than with the V11 six speed. If you intend to ride the bike in traffic often I would source a set of the originals, out on the highway and in the canyons I do not find the extra effort required bothersome. Bike features a carbon fiber rear hugger and even a Ventura headlight protector. Only minor paint nicks here and there typical of a bike with only 3K miles can be found. Bike includes one key, manual, and numerous period magazines featuring tests of this model when it debuted. Bike has a clean CA title with registration paid through March of 2012.


It has not been ridden much since 97:  3982 miles.  Fit and finish looks pretty good to me.  Can anyone compare Moto Guzzi’s fit and finish compared to other Italian bikes?

Mmmmm, carbon fiber glistening in the sun.  I bet it sounds as good as it looks.  Obviously we’ve showcased some Moto Guzzi’s that are more rare but this one sure ranks up there in quality.  The bike is in excellent shape and the components that have been added are top notch.  If the reserve is reasonable I would think this bike would find a new garage to call home in a hurry.  .


Bimota February 7, 2011 posted by

Cure For The Winter Time Blues: 2008 Bimota DB5R

Cure For The Winter Time Blues: 2008 Bimota DB5R

You know it has been a long winter in the ole USA when a guy stuck in Georgia (me) is sick of winter.  Nothing can brighten a gloomy February day though than a  red, white and green Bimota.  Add some carbon fiber, Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes and a factory option Zard exhaust and you will be praying for a 75 degree Spring day.

I don’t think I need to write another thing, this photo pretty much sums up the DB5R or most any Bimota for that matter:  outside the box engineering, ahead of the curve lines/looks and like a chic with shoes, more carbon fiber than you need.


A little on the bike, most of the info was cut and past press material:


The factory option Zard pipes are installed and the stock silencers are included in the sale.

I have carefully broken in the bike, ALWAYS observing the rev limits and varying the rpms within the range on the highwway. Ask my mechanic, I won’t let anyone else ride the bike during that period so the break-in is perfect. You get to skip most of that as higher revs and full throttle can now be applied.

As is the case with most Bimota’s this one has been looked at more than ridden.  It shows just over a 1000 miles.  You will be the first to scratch it!

I”m into close ups today.  I know it  gets over used but these things really are art and I do understand how people buy them and end up putting them in their house.  Like any good piece of art though it isn’t cheap.  The bidding is starting at $20,500 with a reserve of course.  MSRP was almost $37,000 back in 08.  Is somewhere in the high $20’s a fair price?


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Sport Bikes For Sale January 8, 2011 posted by

King of the 1980s: 1983 SUZUKI KATANA 1100

For Sale: 1983 SUZUKI KATANA 1100

As far as mass-produced sportbikes go, this is the Bigfoot of the motorcycle world. Rarely seen, and often only in grainy pictures, the Katana 1100 rocked the press and public with wild styling and power to match. Designed by the legendary Hans Muth and powered by a bored-out version of the air-cooled, 2 valve GS mill, this bike was a real head turner. Unfortunately, our seller has provided only marginal pictures of this mighty beast.

From the seller:



There is so little information in the ad or the pictures, one would be forgiven to ignore this bike. Still, it is a true icon of the power era of the 1980s, where style and originality was as important as performance. And just so you can see what a Katana REALLY looks like, here is a stock photo of an original bike.

So what is this motorcycle equivalent of Sasquatch worth? This is a hard call. In prime condition, these bikes will pull in upwards of $8k+. But that is for museum quality hardware, which this bike is not (you can see that despite the poor photography). However it still is a Katana, and still remains a desirable motorcycle as evidenced by the high number of bids thus far. Perhaps Step #1 would be to contact the seller for more pictures.

Bidding is currently in the $2k range, which is a bargain for this collectable. For contact info on the seller and to see all the details,