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Sport Bikes For Sale March 9, 2013 posted by

1989 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale!

East Peoria, IL – 10,714mi – $3,549 No Reserve

89YamahaFZR400_2It’s been a while since we have seen an FZR400 here on RSBFS and that makes me sad. I love these bikes and to me they represent what RSBFS is all about. What they represent is a combination of performance, classic sport bike looks, and the rare and exoticness that people like me, and most of you, will drool over.

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There is a reason that this bike is still considered one of the best handling bikes… because they are. 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, widening the power band. All tucked into a lightweight package and covered in classic late-80’s Yamaha graphics.

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The particular bike for sale right now looks next to as clean as you could hope for. Aside from some lower fairing issues from the bike being tipped over, it’s hard to spot any outstanding issues. I have seen lots of these that are thrashed and/or converted to track use with a 600cc engine in there.

From the seller:

THIS IS A RARE FIND. 1989 YAMAHA FZR400W. I PURCHASED THIS UNIT LAST YEAR FROM A COLLECTOR WHO WAS THE THIRD DOCUMENTED OWNER. I HAD THE INTENT OF KEEPING IT FOR YEARS HOWEVER I AM RUNNING OUT OF ROOM AND SOME OF MY TOYS MUST BE SOLD. HERE IS THE HISTORY ON THE UNIT:

This is a VERY rare find, an unmolested,never raced, lovingly cared for,garaged, 2 owner, bone stock Yamaha FZR400.

How this one never made it to the track still bewilders us, we have built and raced these bikes since the late 80′s and have a vast amount of spares along with of wealth of info and support to go along with the purchase.

*Full history and All documentation comes with bike*, Purchased new in 1991 for $4300 by an older gent, he started a binder of info and service records that are pictured. Including the original invoice and setup sheet. He sold the bike in the early 2000 to a hot Asian Med. student in Md.

She used the bike to learn how to ride and commute to Med school in Baltimore. In learning how to ride it has fallen over and shows minor scratches on the air intake of the lower fairing. Not crashed or thrown down the road,,,IT FELL OVER. The mileage is accurate and low because she lived in the city close to school.

Now a famous (still hot) Doctor she has no time ride or risk messing up her pretty little surgeon hands.

So thats how we ended up with the bike. There are no stories here it’s all documented and 100%.

It had been sitting for a while so we took care of a Full Service and safety ck, inc.

New Bridgestone tires,EBC brakes,EK chain,plugs,all fluids changed. Carbs were cleaned and rebuilt and a new battery installed. It runs as it should and needs nothing. Except a new owner.

Sold only to a good home! please no kids who are gonna try to put a 190 tire on the back or wack some flush mounts on it.

This is a collector quality piece and will make a great scoot for you or your significant other.

We typically see these bikes in similar condition for sale from about $4,000-$4,500, with the price increasing with lower mileage and more pristine condition. I could easily see this bike pushing the $4.5k mark given its current state. Let’s face it, these bikes are damn cool and they aren’t making anymore ’89 FZR400’s. If you got to have it, you can check out the auction here. But you better act fast as there is only a couple days left.

-JS

Sport Bikes For Sale October 1, 2012 posted by

Good Looking ’89 GSX-R 1100 For You!

Location: Newport Beach, California

Mileage: 45,800

Price: Auction

The GSX-R 1100 is one of the most iconic liter bikes ever built. The first generation bike generated an instant following cause, well, cause it was somewhat insane. A huge motor in a chassis that had some issues handling it. Suzuki addressed those issues and then you had a bike that just created huge power from a bullet proof motor that would live on in some form for years to come. Many people have many opinions about which versions of the 1100 were best, but I like them all.

Here’s a breakdown from the seller-

Up for sale is my 1989 Slingshot GSXR 1100 ( gsx-r 1100-k). See pictures below. This is the first the slingshots and would be a perfect for any collector or classic rider. I am hoping that any new owner of this bike will take care of  it like myself and the previous owners…there’s not a lot of these bike left in this shape.  This bike fires up faster than my Ducati and gets far more attention. When I pull up to a crowd other bikes there always a lot of questions. This bike looks like it does in the pictures and is one of the best color schemes Suzuki had on the gixxers (pearl white and blue).  

When I first purchased this bike I had spent a lot of time looking for the right gixxer 1100.  This one was well taken by it owner and had no signs of heavy abuse. The plastic and paint was in great shape (minor nicks a couple of hairlines, small scrapes and faded decals) and there were no external indications that this bike had ever been laid down while riding. I partially disassembled the bike and was surprised to see how well the original equipment had held up. The bike even has the original harness.  Even the original rubber grommets were soft and pliable…. these are usually the first to go. The plastics were all removed and minor repairs were made. The right rear seat cowling had some stress cracks and missing tabs(left as well) from where it come into contact with the relocated shock reservoir(i moved) ,the lower left cowling had a inch long crack on the inside from where it contacts the clutch cover with dechellis spacer. Other than that the few small scratches…..all repaired with marine grade epoxy. All factory colors(pearl,blue,blue) and layout were colored matched and sized exactly. Decals were then laid out and clear coated over with house of color cleared. Three stage paint job.Some of the aluminum was sandblasted and clearcoated. lots of missing or worn oem parts were replaced with stock suzuki parts.

The bike runs great and I have been using it the past couple weeks as a daily driver to work(70 miles). It has recently been service(about 500 miles ago) to dial it in(carbs,plugs,front pads,ect). Tires are new(800 miles..dunlop d616, size 180 and 120). The bike is very stock minus a few items such as airbox,jet kit and old school yoshi pipe and rear pegs(ect). The clutch cover has a dechellis spacer(clutch upgrade)The bike pulls fast and rides well balanced down the road. It has been jetted and comes into its own after 3500rpm(its not a fan of the low rpms).  All lights and switches and electric work as they should(fuel light,neutral light,high ect) with the exception of horn, the neutral safety,kickstand has been bypassed.

Again this is a 23 year old bike and is not a fully restored museum piece…it is not perfect(Although I havnt seen a nicer old school slingshot on the road). There are a few small nicks here and there. The flaws most notable are(please see pict): One of the original left minor has some silver faking on the inside, there is a small color sanding burn on the upper fairing on the pearl but it is base is clearcoated(not real obvious unless your looking for it). there is a internal paint crack(I reinforced the back but no way to get around it with an upgraded clutch) on lower right fairing where it contacts dechellis spacer clutch cover. There is a small crack on chain cover. I have a good record on ebay and its important that there are no surprises. So please ask questions and I will answer and post them to the best of my ability. I am not a gixxer expert so if you have any comments or info on the bike I will post those as well. I reserve the right to end the auction early if the bike sell locally. Please note that the bike has a very reflective surface for photos so there are a a few of pictures that have reflections that may look like flaws such as a picture of the left side mid fairing that has a red circle marked small scuff. Only the flaw is circled….the white lines around it are only reflections… not scuffs. Thanks and good luck

Here’s only some of the many photos in the auction-

At a little over 45k, this bike has a lot of miles on it. But for all those miles, the bike looks to be in really good condition. The seller highlights some of the cosmetic issues in the photos and the bike is clearly not 100 percent stock. The pipe is a Yoshimura, which isn’t exactly a bad thing, and the chain guard isn’t stock. The seller also highlights all of the restoration work done to get the bike into this condition. It’s not a museum piece, but it’s still a good looking bike and rare to see in a mostly original and non-wrecked condition. The engines in these are known for their toughness but you’ll want to make sure the bike is solid in the maintenance department.

I love all GSX-R’s and this one is certainly good looking to me. If you want to own a classic sportbike that will turn heads, this one may be for you. To find out, check this auction!

-RN

Honda September 21, 2012 posted by

For Fun Go With a 400-’89 Honda CB-1 (CB400F)

Location: Augusta, Georgia

Mileage: 4,275

Price: Auction

How much fun a bike is depends on many factors. Power, weight and handling all figure into it. But if a bike has tons of power, does that make it fun? If it handles great, does it make it more fun? What if you sacrifice power for weight and handling? Many people have many opinions, but there are no guarantees. Some bikes just speak to certain individuals. To me the 400 seems to have a winning formula. Good power, good weight and good handling. Something flickable and street friendly. Something like this Honda CB-1.

Here’s the seller’s basic points-

1989 Honda CB-1

Motorcycle

For More Pictures Visit

photobucket.com/marks89hondacb1

  • 4275 Miles
  • All original
  • Second Owner
  • Always Garaged
  • New Battery
  • Fresh Powder Coated Exhaust Header
  • Very Rare
  • Only imported 2 years
  • Few nicks on engine case (side stand not very trustworthy)

For More Information,Call, Please leave voicemail!

Some basic pics with a link above to photobucket-

The mileage on this bike is low and it looks original. The seller highlights powder coating on the header and some minor scraping on the engine case. Otherwise, this looks like a clean, well cared for example. These bikes are rare here cause the U.S. never took to the 400cc bike. Our mistake.

So if you want fun, and rare, this could be your ticket. Looks like this one has no reserve, so you know right up front what you may get it for. If this bike looks like fun to you, check this auction out!

-RN

 

Sport Bikes For Sale February 14, 2012 posted by

Mini Grand Prix Madness-Titled ’89 Yamaha TZR250 3MA

Location: Sutton, West Virginia

Mileage: 13,083

Price: Auction, currently $4,150

Another killer 250 two stroke. I love it when these pop up. RSBFS featured a good looking NSR250 MC18 a few days back and now we have this – an ’89 TZR250 3MA with the rare and awesome parallel twin, not a V. Still a 50 hp bike, but this set up has the cool exhaust out the tail, similar to the GP bikes of the era. Cool, cool and cool.

Here’s the information from the seller-

I have a rare reverse cylinder Yamaha TZR250 3MA with clear title for sale. This bike is completely stock in very nice original condition and runs great. The bike has no issues and is ready to ride. Stock, unmolested two stroke bikes are difficult to find, especially in such exceptional condition. 

The frame is nice, clean and straight as are the wheels and rotors, no evidence of crash damage on this bike.  The bike is not museum quality but very nice.

Feel free to call me for any additional information or photos.  I live in central West Virginia and have the bike for sale locally, so I reserve the right to end the auction early.

And photos for your viewing pleasure-

The seller is up front saying this is no museum piece. And that appears to be the case. It does have some mileage on it and appears to have the wear you would expect on a bike this age. The seller also states that the bike is completely stock and that is rare in any bike this age, but a two stroke is especially rare here in the U.S. The seller also lists a clear title.

So if you want something you can ride and something that is uber cool, you may be in luck here. Make up your mind then check the auction out!

-RN

 

Honda February 10, 2012 posted by

If You Must Smoke- Titled ’89 Honda NSR250 MC18

Location: Lady Lake, Florida

Mileage: 10,606

Price: Auction, $5,000 BIN

Why are these bikes so cool? Is it the paint? The weight? Power? The fact that they sound like ladyfingers going off in a tin can? Maybe the lure of the exotic? It’s hard to say. But cool they are. Whether the NSR like the one above, or an RGV or TZR, the two stroke 250 is just straight awesome.

This particular bike is the NSR250 MC18. With the PGM II intake technology, it was cutting edge back in the day. The bike cranks out about 45hp and weighs a little under the 300 lbs mark.

From the seller-

The second version of the MC18 PGM II. Also known as the R5K model. This model uses a key and not the “chip”.  This model went on sale February 10, 1989 in Japan. Color; Terra Blue and White.  10,606 miles (17,070 Km).  Well maintained Honda 250cc sport bike that is a blast to ride because of its smaller physical size, very light weight, and high revving engine.  Japan-market model not imported into the U.S.  Does have a clear Florida title.   95% stock (changes: new windscreen in smoke color and 2 flag stickers on either side of headlight – some pictures show an orange windscreen that was replaced).  Bike is part of a museum collection.  Bike was “put away” 5 years ago by a certified Honda mechanic with 40 years in the business – Correct fluids drained, tank and exhaust system fogged with oil, all joints and cables lubed, etc. (note; there is no battery in this bike but it is easy to get one).  All you need to do is put in a battery, gas up, check auto-oiler, and fire it up to go.  There are very few small nicks on the paint.  However, the front cowl is cracked as did all 250s from this era did.  This CAN BE REPAIRED if you feel the need, but it does not affect performance or drivability.  All in all, a beautiful bike that is really fun to ride.

And the pics-

Now this bike ain’t perfect. The seller points out the crack in the front cowl, replaced windscreen, some extra stickers. It also needs a battery. But overall, if as described, you should be able to be up in riding in a short time. The seller is asking $5k to buy it now. Many of the later version of these go for much more (say an SP) and some for less. The seller seems to be starting at a reasonable spot. And it has a clear Florida title.

So if you have always wanted to own one, this could be that one. To make up your mind, go check out the auction!

-RN

Sport Bikes For Sale January 8, 2012 posted by

Up for Grabs- Clean and Original ’89 Yamaha FZR400

Location: Dover, Delaware

Mileage: 10,624

Price: Auction, currently $2,629

Seller: Another fine offering from RSBFS sponsor, SpeedWerks!

We love bone stock bikes from the eighties. To have survived this long without being modified or dropped or just plain totaled is something to see. It’s even better for bikes that didn’t come to the US for all that many years, like this FZR400 (imported ’89-90). A great ride any way you look at it, this bike still wasn’t a big hit in the U.S., a country that likes its displacement. But for those in the know, the FZR400 was, and remains, a capable and fun bike.

Here’s the seller’s info on the bike-

This is a VERY rare find, an unmolested,never raced, lovingly cared for,garaged, 2 owner, bone stock Yamaha FZR400. 

How this one never made it to the track still bewilders us, we have built and raced these bikes since the late 80’s and have a vast amount of spares along with of wealth of info and support to go along with the purchase.

*Full history and All documentation comes with bike*, Purchased new in 1991 for $4300 by an older gent, he started a binder of info and service records that are pictured. Including the original invoice and setup sheet. He sold the bike in the early 2000 to a hot Asian Med. student in Md.

She used the bike to learn how to ride and commute to Med school in Baltimore. In learning how to ride it has fallen over and shows minor scratches on the air intake of the lower fairing. Not crashed or thrown down the road,,,IT FELL OVER. The mileage is accurate and low because she lived in the city close to school.

Now a famous (still hot) Doctor she has no time ride or risk messing up her pretty little surgeon hands.

So thats how we ended up with the bike. There are no stories here it’s all documented and 100%.

It had been sitting for a while so we took care of a Full Service and safety ck, inc. 

New Bridgestone tires,EBC brakes,EK chain,plugs,all fluids changed. Carbs were cleaned and rebuilt and a new battery installed. It runs as it should and needs nothing. Except a new owner.

Sold only to a good home! please no kids who are gonna try to put a 190 tire on the back or wack some flush mounts on it.

This is a collector quality piece and will make a great scoot for you or your significant other.

High Resolution images avail. at;

picasaweb.google.com/116165546705552642509/1989FZR400 (copy and go/ebay jacks any links)

please call or email with any questions 302-672-RACE  steve at speedwerks dot com.

East coast delivery avail. enclosed for .50 cent per mile round trip plus service chg and tolls.

And the pics-

This bike appears 100% stock and clean, remarkable for its age. The seller includes documentation with the bike, which is always a bonus to people like me. Mileage isn’t bad and if the bike has been well cared for, which seems to be the case, should be good for years to come. Significant maintenance has also been performed and the bike is described as ready to ride. The seller mentions the bike fell over and certainly no major damage is evident in the photos but you may want more detail on that.

The FZR400 is a great bike that should have got more love here in the U.S. This one has survived over the years and if you’ve been looking, this one deserves your consideration. So, go gather up your cash, then check this bike out!

-RN

Sport Bikes For Sale December 18, 2011 posted by

Nice ’89 Suzuki GSX-R 750

Location: Altamont, New York

Mileage: 11,344

Price: Auction, currently $3,349

As Mike pointed out in a previous post, I spend much of my time at corporate trying to convince anyone who will listen of the greatness of the early GSX-R. We all have our opinions and certainly much is subjective, but I will always write these bikes up. To me they are an essential part of the golden era of the sportbike.

This ’89 is a nice example of the second generation GSX-R 750. This generation saw a revised frame and bodywork that resulted in one of the best looking sportbikes ever built, in my opinion. The engine in this bike was switched up by Suzuki to a shorter stroke for higher revs. The result was an engine that didn’t quite deliver the expected increase in power. But it was still the lightest 750 on the market.

From the seller-

Back in 1989 I purchased one of these off the showroom floor here in upstate NY. Loved the bike but was forced to sell it. This GSXR was bought by me earlier this year. I am the third owner. (Clean title in my name) First owner bought it new and second owner was his personal friend and relative. I was lucky to find it. Bike is in Incredible shape for the year. Actually better than most 2008 2009 and 2010 I’ve seen. I’ve been working on it for the last few months and was planning on keeping it. However, I came across a 92 1100 which I am in the process of restoring. Which is what I love to do, So the time has come.

As for the condition. Its flat out beautiful. The plastic is in excellent shape. There are two scratches. One on the lower left (see pic) and one on the front cowl right hand side (see pic) from the throttle cable. The cable crimped where it meets the downswing and it rubbed on the fairing. I have a new cable but have not replace it because it doesn’t pose as an issue to the throttle. There is a crack on the rear about 1.25 inches around the mount. I had it pulled and bonded. Nice strong fix and hard to tell. I put a K&N sticker over the hairline which you wouldn’t know it was there. (see pic) camera can’t pick it up.

I was planning on having the blems professionally repaired by Empire GP in Mountour Falls NY. However, After speaking to the owner Bob, they have closed shop temporarily. He’s done work for me in the past and is a professional. If the bike doesn’t sell then I will check back with Empire till they get up and running.

Mechanically the bike is sound. Runs clean, pulls hard, shifts perfect. Oil and battery were replace in the beginning of 2011. Has Brand New Bridgestone Battlax tires and brakes, Chain, Sprockets  are as new. The 2nd owner Had the D&D exhaust installed with, filters, racing clutch, jetted, basically tuned for a racing machine.(See pic of receipt). Now, I installed the Supertrapp Superlite canister on the D&D header. These are tunable for your stile of riding. Sounds better as well and offer more HP. The Supertrapp was really long so I shortened it and repacked. Looks great and sounds incredible. I will sell with both cans and you can decide. For any of the custom changes I have done, You can easily change. I installed the left side bar end mirror. For me its easier to see and eliminates any possible damage to the front cowl. I do have the stock mirrors and two others that can be used for parts. Stock mirrors were painted. I stripped them and they are ready for a light dusting of flat black to even out the finish. Rims are best Ive ever seen. This bike has went through one tire change in its life. It shows because the rims show little sign of a disgruntled mechanic. Bar end weight is included as well. Any other bolts that were replaced were swapped with stainless. No corners cut with this restoration. 

Mileage is 100% original and riding this bike you will think it just came out of the showroom.

I have extra parts that I will throw in with the bike. Original parts as well. I have the original mirrors, bar end and receipts. Receipts and invoice total around $2k. The 2nd owner didn’t keep any of the parts he removed, Unfortunately. The solo seat cover is aftermarket but fits nice. Was planning on having it painted factory as well. Please email Any Questions. I will respond later in the afternoon.

Not included is the center stand and swing arm spools.

Shipping is your soul responsibility. I will not be held responsible for shipping or any damage. It is at your risk. So make certain you know hire a reputable shipper. 

I have a video of the bike running with the d&d exhaust.Send email address and I’ll send it to you. 

I have winterized the bike by removing the battery and draining the gas. I just drained the carberator bowls today. Its stored in my clean garage with a cover. Garage is not heated but attached and carpeted which helps.

Reserve is priced to sell. 

Bike is For Sale locally. I reserve the right to end the auction at any time. 

Finally, This is a 23 year old piece of history. For a bike of this era to make it this long unmolested is a miracle in itself. Serious buyers only, please. Do not waste my time as I will not waste yours. Good Luck and Thanks for Looking….

And more photos for you to check-

So this bike is not  bone stock, but is still a pretty clean example of an ’89 GSX-R 750. Mileage isn’t too bad and there are some replaced parts, although the original equipment comes along with it. Some minor cosmetic issues are highlighted by the seller. There is a reserve on the auction, and who knows where that is. I would suspect this would go somewhere between $4 and $5k.

It’s the holidays and I love to see any of these older GSX-R’s find good homes. If there’s space in your garage (you will garage it, right?) then go place your bid!

-RN

Sport Bikes For Sale November 1, 2011 posted by

Clean, Original ’89 Yamaha FZR 400

Location: Southern California

Mileage: 18,980

Price: Auction, currently at $2,800

Here’s another opportunity to get yourself a clean, original Yamaha FZR 400. A champion in the handling department that was only brought to the states for the 88-90 model years, the FZR 400 remains an excellent bike that can be a good platform for the beginner or the advanced rider to the track hound. And don’t think the 400cc engine is a huge issue. A racer I knew had no problem keeping up with the 600’s at the time with correct tuning and some minor performance upgrades.

Here’s what the seller has to say-

For Sale: 1989 Yamaha FZR 400 Motorcycle. Its in perfect running condition and is in excellent cosmetic condition. Has 18,965 miles on it. Was purchased a year ago, and has only been ridden occasionally, and always garaged. It has new tires on it with less than 500 miles, i would like to sell it with everything additional that I had purchased to upgrade the bike but never got around to doing it. The bike has had no mods done to it, its completely stock form. Since i have owned the bike it has not been down, I never took it to the track I only used it for a few weekend rides and to commute to work.

This bike was previously owned by a Professional Motorcycle racer that collects Yamaha Motorcycles and had the bike completely gone through and replaced every part he could and tuned by his mechanic. 

Bike is registered in california and the registration is current.

If you know anything about bikes, you know this is a true collectors bike, but also a great beginner bike which is why I got it. 

Additional Items:

FZR 600 Front End, R6 Master Cylinder and Calipers (This was to upgrade the brakes on the bike to dual pot calipers)

Upper and Lower Fairings: (I wanted a completely stock set to have in case i painted it, but i never got around to doing that)

Rear Fender (If you wanted to trim the rear fender, but have an extra as stock)

Spare Front Wheel

Rear Subframe (I was gonna modify the existing with a different rear seat, but wanted a stock one to return to stock condition)

There’s not a lot of pictures-

The bike appears to be a stock unit and the seller highlights extra parts and plans for modification that thankfully didn’t happen. While technically those parts may improve the performance of the bike, they also may not. The FZR 400 was a great handling bike stock and they are becoming collectible. I would want to keep it factory stock, but the parts are there if you want them. Mileage isn’t too bad for the age so not a major concern as long as maintenance history is strong.

I would expect this bike to land somewhere around $4k. Looks like no reserve so we’ll see where it goes. These are great bikes, so if you have any interest you should give this auction a look.

-RN