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 Ducati.ms

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.

-RN

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!

-RN

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!

-RN

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!

-RN

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!

-RN

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 DucatiNewsToday.com 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-

1988 DUCATI 888 LUCCHINELLI FACTORY RACER (ENGINE #ZDM851W4*850210 FRAME #ZDM851S*850210*) 1 OF 20 MADE(AND IS NEW NOT RESTORED) BELIEVED TO BE THE ONLY NEW ONE TO EXIST. I WAS TOLD THEY ONLY MADE 17 BUT IAN FALLONS BOOK THE DUCATI STORY SAYS THEY MADE 20 (SEE TEXT IN PHOTO). THESE FACTORY RACERS COULD HAVE WON THE WORLD SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP HAD THEY COMPETED IN ALL OF THE ROUNDS. THIS BIKE IS EXTREMELY RARE AND FOR THE COLLECTOR WHO WANTS RARE OBTANIUM IN HIS COLLECTION. THEY MADE APPROX 400 1974 DUCATI 750SS GREEN FRAMES AND THEY HAVE SOLD FOR 115K AT BONHAMS HALF MOON AUCTION. THEY MADE 20 OF THESE FACTORY RACERS. THIS DUCATI 888 FACTORY RACER IS WHAT STARTED IT ALL FOR DUCATI IN THE WORLD SUPERBIKE DOMINANCE. BIKE CAN BE SEEN AYTIME IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA BY APPOINTMENT. BIKE IS FOR SALE LOCALLY, IF SOLD LOCALLY IT WILL CANCEL THIS AUCTION.THANK YOU FOR VIEWING MY ADD.

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.

-RN