Posts by tag: 1988

Sport Bikes For Sale September 13, 2012 posted by

Minty and Stock ’88 GSX-R 1100

Location: Central Florida

Mileage: 10,384

Price: $6,500

The Suzuki GSX-R 1100 comes up a lot on RSBFS (my policy is if I see one, I post it) and people respond by taking advantage of the chance to take home an icon. Well, here’s another opportunity, and this one is super clean, making it even more rare than most that are still out there. And while I could go on and on about why these bikes are important, worth collecting and more awesome than most things out there, I won’t. You know all that stuff by now. Or you should.

1988 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 For Sale on

Here’s the seller’s comments-

For Sale 1988 GSX-R1100 in pristine condition.

Here is the rest of the story for a little background…

It was 1988 and I worked at a Kawasaki/Suzuki dealer in northern Illinois. I remember when this 1988 GSX-R1100 in Red/Black arrived and sat in the show room. I admired it, dusted it, and wish it were mine. We ended up selling it to a 51 year old gentleman who traded in his 600 Katana. Fast forward 4 years in 1992 and I tracked down that owner and asked if he wanted to sell it and he loved the bike and wanted to keep it. Fast forward 19 years, I had since moved to Florida and in spring of 2011 I was searching Craigslist all over the country and low and behold there was a 1988 GSXR1100 for sale in northern Illinois. I said to myself it couldn’t be? So I called the seller and come to find out it was the same bike I admired back in 1988. The original owner was now well into his 70’s and he gave the bike to his son about 10 years ago and he really never rode it. 

So to make a long story short, I am the second owner (technically third if you count his son storing it for 10 years) and I am now offering to sell it.

 The bike is completely stock. 

The only real cosmetic issue is on the left kick panel under the red vinyl protector, some of the paint came off when I tried to remove the original clear vinyl protector. I was able to match up a piece of red vinyl and cut it perfectly to cover where the old protector was. It actually looks quite well the way it is. 

I cleaned the carbs, put new plugs, air filter, battery, and changed the clutch fluid and it looks a runs great! The previous owner also had replaced the tires a few years ago and they have very low miles on them.

Here are some pictures. 

If anyone is interested I’m asking $6500.

It has 10,384 original miles. 

The bike will come with an extra 1988 GSXR1100 red seat that I purchased so I didn’t have to punch holes in the original seat that came with the bike to mount the rear seat cowl. (The original owner never punched the holes to mount the rear cowl.)

Send me a PM if interested.

I’m located in central Florida.

And pics-

The seller is asking $6,500 for this bike and maybe you can work a deal and pick it up for less. But I have to say, at $6,500 I still don’t think you’re getting a bad deal. These bikes just don’t really exist anymore (look for yourself), and this one certainly stands out as clean and stock, making it even more difficult to find. Mileage is low for its age. It’s just killer.

This bike is featured on a Ducati site (the coolest bike on the site I’m guessing, even if it doesn’t come with its own cologne). If you want a clean, early 1100, you owe it to yourself to go check this one out.


Honda July 21, 2012 posted by

’88 Honda Hurricane 1000- One Owner!

Location: Winchester, Kentucky

Mileage: 13,394

Price: Auction

For those of us who remember the 80’s because we lived it, the Honda Hurricane 1000 (CBR1000) was an impressive bike for those who dared to ride it. I had the ’88 Hurricane 600, which at the time was a serious machine that provided wicked performance. But it wasn’t the 1000. While it may seem tame by today’s standards, the Hurricane 1000 was an intimidating machine to me and my buddies back then.

Here’s a chance to go back to that time and pick up a clean, one owner ride. Finding an ’88 Hurricane 1000 owned by the same person for 24 years cannot be that common. Here’s what the seller has to say-

1988 Honda Hurricane 1000. This is a one owner bike that i purchased new in 1988.  It has been garage kept and never wrecked. This bike runs and rides great.  Show quality condition.  This is a superb bike that will soon be a collectors item.  Also included is a matching black and red helmet.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  Thank you.

And the photos-

This looks like a clean, original bike. The mileage isn’t significant enough to be a major concern. As long as the bike has been maintained over the years, you should get many more miles of riding out of it. The bikes doesn’t appear to have any significant modifications either, for those looking for something in the collectible world. And probably the coolest bonus is the Hurricane helmet. Don’t see a lot of those around.

So here’s an opportunity to go back in time and get the bike you always wanted to ride or add to your stellar Honda collection. It’s your call. To make a move, make the jump!


Honda June 10, 2012 posted by

Oh, the Memories- ’88 Honda Hurricane 600 (CBR)

Location: Wausau, Wisconsin

Mileage: 15,900

Price: Auction, with reserve

Put this bike into the Red/White paint scheme in 1988 and you have my first bike. Sure, I spent lots of time on my buddy’s dirt bike and a variety of mopeds and scooters growing up. But my first real bike was one of these. I bought it in college after riding my friend’s ’89, and I loved both of those bikes. I have had a soft spot for the CBR line ever since. Was is too much bike for me at the time? Probably. But the reason why this bike ruled was because it was both potent and compliant. Fast and refined. It was all about Honda build quality. The same feeling I get on my VFR now.

Here’s what the seller has to say-

Very clean one owner 1988 Honda Hurricane 600. 15,9000 original miles. Newer Tires with less than 150 miles on them. This bike is in great shape for its age and runs excellent. I am the original owner and have the original bill of sale. I guarantee that it has never been laid down, Never did a brake stand and never did a wheelie with it. There are some small scratches on the bottom of the fairing from getting knocked over one time in the garage while doing maintenance. You have to look for them to notice them. This would be a great bike for a collector or for someone who just wanted a good classic bike. 

And a few photos-

The seller is the original owner and describes the bike as stock. There is apparently some minor cosmetic scratches that you may want some close up photos of. The mileage is not too bad and the seller says the bike runs well. I don’t see any major issues from the photos.

By today’s standards this bike doesn’t have the performance stats to keep up. But I remember the bike being pretty damn quick back in the day. The Hurricane (dropped to just CBR600, which remains a mysterious acronym, in ’89) shocked the world when it debuted from Honda, being a giant leap forward. It’s a legendary bike in my book, beyond just my own personal attachment.

This is a good opportunity to own a game changing bike. If you’re a collector, Honda fan or just want a classic sportbike, you’ll want to check this bike out!


Kawasaki May 9, 2012 posted by

Clean ’88 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 For You!

Location: Reno-Sparks, Nevada

Mileage: 7,461

Price: Auction, no reserve

Back in the 80’s the Ninja was a groundbreaking machine for the sportbike world. The GPz900 of Top Gun fame lead to the Ninja 600 that was a first for the inline four, water cooled 600cc sportbike. People may not think much of them now, but the Ninja brought the Hurricane and eventually, late to the party, the GSX-R 600. All that is to say that in ’88, the Ninja ZX-10 (formerly the ZX1000R) was one seriously bad ass bike. It ran with the GSX-R1100, FZR1000, and Hurricane 1000. The biggest and fastest back then.

Here’s what the seller has to say about this bike-

Yes, this is the one you have been looking for. Garage kept, low miles, great paint. The pictures are worth a thousand words. Meticulously maintained. You will not find a better example of this model. One tiny scratch on the front fender. Local pickup is available in the Reno Nevada area. All question will be answered promptly.

Novice riders beware, this is a serious bike. This is one of the first bikes to crack 160mph. 0 to 60 in 3.7. Quarter mile in the high 10’s.

Will there be another one like this sitting in someones garage? Maybe maybe not. So quit drooling and bid already!

And more pics-

This bike looks very stock outside of the Corbin seat, which most would consider an upgrade, and the smoked windscreen. With 7,461 miles, the bike really hasn’t seen that much riding in its 24 years. Geez, is it really 24 years? I graduated in ’88. Getting so old. The paint looks pretty good and the seller only mentions a minor scratch, which you may want a close-up picture of.

There’s no reserve on this auction, so we’ll get a good test of the market on this one. If you’ve been looking, you may want to follow the seller’s advice and quit drooling (something you should really consider stopping anyway) and place your bid!


Sport Bikes For Sale April 28, 2012 posted by

’88 Suzuki GSX-R Slingshot Edition Up for Grabs

Location: Rockford, Illinois

Mileage: 18,020

Price: Auction, currently $2,500 with a reserve

Sorry, but I had to throw another old GSX-R into the mix. Actually, I’m not sorry. I love these bikes. We’ve had quite a few older GSX-R’s on here lately and I’m glad they’re always coming out of the woodwork. This bike is a Slingshot, a name given to the bike after the Y-shaped air channels leading into the carbs. The engine was revamped to a shorter stroke, something that was thought to bring more revs and therefore, more power. Didn’t really work out that way. But still a cool bike.

Here’s what the seller has to say-

Hello and welcome to my auction. Up for sale is my 1988 Suzuki GSXR 750 Slingshot. This is an excellent example of this classic machine that is sought after by many. This bike is in very nice condition and you won’t find many if any as clean as this one is. This bike is almost all original except for a few minor aftermarket parts. The bike is pictured with the matching O.E.M. solo seat on it but it does come with the original passenger seat set up as well. I have owned quite a few of these 1988 – 1990 GSXR’s and this one is one of the nicest that I have owned. I love these older GSXR’s because of how awesome they look and are to ride. Whenever I pull this bike out I get all kinds of looks and everyone who is not familiar with the year of the bike thinks that is new. Please only bid if you intend on following through with the purchase. Whoever ends up buying this bike is going to be happy that they did. This bike runs awesome and looks awesome as well. I want to thank you for looking and good luck bidding. If you have any questions please e-mail me or call and ask for Bob. The buyer is responsible for any and all shipping charges. There is NO WARRANTY expressed or implied. I reserve the right to end the auction at any time as I will be putting the bike up for sale locally as well.

And some photos-

This bike isn’t a bone stock example but looks to be fairly clean for its age and mileage. Clearly has a Yoshimura exhaust, not uncommon on this or any other GSX-R. Windscreen and turn signals are replaced. The OEM solo seat comes with it, which is a bonus in my book. If you want to ride two up, the original seat is included.

All in all, this looks like a pretty clean ride for someone who wants to maybe start collecting or just have a killer older GSX-R to show off. Whichever one speaks to you, go make a move and place your bid!


Ducati August 15, 2011 posted by

’88 Ducati 888 Lucchinelli Replica Race Bike (One Mile!)

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Mileage: 1
Price: Auction, $20,000 starting bid

So here’s a bike I haven’t seen before and considering how many race replica homologated bikes Ducati has in it’s history, I’m not surprised I don’t know them all. So I did a little looking around and apparently this bike has been out there before (read about the previous listing on here). And the seller was asking quite a sum of money last time. There’s also some question of how accurate the sellers knowledge is of the bike.

From the seller-


Here’s more photos and there are more in the auction-

So, there seems to be some question about the overall knowledge from the seller about the history of the bike. And certainly a previous listing of $75,000 also raises some questions of what the bike is worth. After all, that is a lot of cash. What doesn’t seem to be in dispute is whether the bike is legitimately what is advertised. So what we have here then is a truly rare sportbike. And with one mile on the clock, it may be one of a kind.

For me, the market on a bike like this is hard to pin down. For the right person, it may be the ultimate piece for a collection. And if the production is that limited, then opportunities will be rare. With the starting price of $20,000 the bar is already pretty high.

Regardless if you have the cash or don’t, you may want to take a look at this rare and beautiful bike. If so, check out this auction.


Sport Bikes For Sale July 7, 2011 posted by

Great then, Great now: 1988 Yamaha FZR 400

Location: Brazil, Indiana
Mileage: 4,597
Price: Auction, $2,550 No Reserve!

I can only imagine that about everything that can be written about the FZR400 has been written here at RSBFS. The limited time in the US market, the weight, handling, and power for a 400cc machine. Thing is, regardless of when they were written, all of those factors will always remain the same. So its a good bike, a great bike actually. Well worth the many words that have come before on RSBFS and will undoubtedly come after.

Here’s a fairly detailed description from the seller-

Well, this is it. Selling my last motorcycle. I’ll turn 67 this year and it’s time for someone else to have this little jewel of a bike. I bought this from the original owner back in 1994. It had 3,350 miles on it then. So, I’ve put roughly 1,650 miles on it in the nearly 17 years I’ve owned it. But, I had lots of bikes to ride – Honda ST1100, CBR 1,000, CB 1, CB 1100F, Kawasaki ZX-11, Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special and TZ 250, along with a couple others. But, this one was always special. It feels light as a feather and has an engine that will put you down the road in a hurry once you pass about 10,000 RPM. It redlines at 14,000 RPM. The bike has never been down and has never seen a track day. The original owner was in his thirties so it’s not been flogged by anyone. Engine runs strong and smooth. I checked the license plate and the bike has not been on the road in ten years. It’s never spent a night outside. It still has the original Bridgestone tires which you should replace if you are going to ride it. Lots of tread left, but give them their due, they need replaced. When I put it away the gas tank was drained and oiled and the carbs were also drained. When I washed out the old oil and put new gas in this weekend she fired right up with a jump start. Fresh oil and filter too. Battery shot and discarded. I may get around to replacing it this week. She always shifted smoothly and the clutch was in excellent condition when it was last on the road. There are a couple of screw fasteners missing and one ear on the tank cover is broken off. I have it if a person wants to work on a repair. It was that way when I bought it and it’s never been a problem. I think there is a crack on one of the fairing ears fasteners in front. But, again, it’s never been a problem. As you can see, it has a Corbin seat on it. It was there when I bought it. I think I do have the two piece factory seat but there had to be a modification made to fit the Corbin seat and the factory two piece can’t be used. I’m going to quote some specs from the Cycle Guide magazine you see pictured. The bike weighs 385 pounds. The engine is an inline four with a bore of 56mm x 40.5mm stroke. The compression ratio is 11.5:1. I’ve never had a problem with it pinging if you use good gas. It has a 6 speed transmission. The gas tank holds 4.6 gallons, including a 0.9 gal. reserve. Top speed is 133 miles per hour. Quarter mile time is 12.82 seconds at 102.5 MPH. Average fuel consumption is 41 MPG. Twin disk brakes up front and a single in back. For pure pucker factor the ZX-11 could not be beaten. But, this little sweetheart would bring a smile to your face when you pushed the RPMs up as you leaned it over in the curves. It is so light you know you are in control. It was given a quick wash today before pictures were taken. It should have a good detail cleaning as it’s been sitting for quite a while. It’s not perfect. There are some places in the metal finish that could stand attention. But, for a 23 year old bike, it looks mighty fine.

I live between Terre Haute and Indianapolis, just a few miles north of I-70, in case anyone would like to come and take a look. Over the last eight years I’ve sold all of the other bikes on ebay and all buyers were happy. This is a nice one you will have to look a long while to top. It’s a real auction. Starts at a penny and no reserve and no Buy It Now price. If you live a long distance away I’d be willing to drive up to 200 miles to meet you somewhere. The charge would only be $0.30 per mile, round trip. Feel free to ask questions or for more pictures.

Here’s some more pics-

The only major modification I see on this bike is the Corbin seat, which I’m guessing is actually way more comfortable than the stock seat. The seller also mentions some missing fasteners and and a broken tank cover tab. And the battery needs to be replaced, which it sounds like the seller is taking care of.

So while there may be some issues with the bike the miles aren’t high and if it runs strong, it could be a great riding bike. These bikes may not have caught on in the states, but like I said above, they are well regarded for a reason. For a shot at this one, check the auction out! Oh, did I mention there’s no reserve?


Sport Bikes For Sale June 5, 2011 posted by

400cc of fun! 1988 Yamaha FZR400

Location: Newport Beach, CA
Miles: 13,500
Price: $4000

In accordance with our 400cc Week here at RSBFS, may I introduce the one and only Yamaha FZR400. This, my friends, is one of the current object of my desire in the world of rare sport bikes. I don’t need ample amounts of carbon fiber or even a numbered plaque to satisfy me. This lightweight, canyon carving ball of joy will do nicely.

There is a reason that the FZR 400 is still considered one of the best handling sportbikes around. And how does a 59hp inline-four blasting its way to 14,000rpm sound? Sounds great to me! You get all of Yamaha’s trick goodies of the day including, but not limited to, the EXUP system, sourcing power at all rpms. All of this is tucked into a lightweight package and covered in classic late-80’s Yamaha graphics.

From the seller:

A 1988 Yamaha FZR400 Vintage Sportbike!.All stock in Great condition, garage kept. 13,500 miles , well maintained, recent shop work includes rebuilt carb & NEW fuel pump. Bike is a screamer, Kerker pipe, new wider tires. bike cover. & if you want it a new red/blk/wht Yamaha race jacket.

** Bike will be at the Huntington Beach Concours classic car & motorcycle show on SUNDAY!! june 5th AT Huntington beach central park.

This bike appears well maintained and has a couple new parts. Like the seller states, the only aftermarket part I can see is the Kerker pipe. This particular FZR400 was featured here on RSBFS back in January and did not sell at its BIN price of $5,000. Now it sits for sale at $4,000. You might have a little room to bargain on the price as it sits now. If this bike appeals to you like it does to me, take a look at the current ad here.