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Honda October 26, 2011 posted by

’89 Honda VFR750R (RC30)- Canadian Style!

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Mileage: 14,511

Price: Auction, opening at $18,000 US

Well, here we go. Another Honda RC30/VFR750R for sale. I’m not going to go into all the detail about these bikes cause you can get that information by reading Jared’s excellent write up on RSBFS from about a week ago. And I’m sure most RSBFS fans already know plenty about the RC30. Really what this bike represents is the finest in sportbike design and manufacturing. It’s a truly special machine.

This one isn’t quite the pristine example that was posted by Jared but it’s still the real deal.

Here’s the photos-

The information from the seller-

For sale is a rare 1989 Honda RC30 with 23,354 km (14,511 miles) on the speedo.  This is not a museum quality bike as the pictures show but if it was in any better shape I wouldn’t want to ride it. That said I’ve only put about 200 miles on it in the past 14 years since I bought it. Please look at the pictures closely as I have tried to show any flaws.  Feel free to contact me with any questions you have but please don’t ask about trades. Shipping is up to the buyer and I will not crate it but I will drop it off any where inside Calgary Alberta Canada.

$1,000 deposit is required via Paypal within 48 hours of the auction closing.   Full payment with in 10 days via cash or bank transfer.  The bike will not be shipped until the funds clear my bank.


Engine: four stroke 90° V-4, liquid-cooled with gear-driven double overhead camshafts; four valves per cylinder.

Bore & Stroke:  70.0 x 48.6mm

Displacement:  748cc

Compression ratio:  11.0:1

Carburetion:  Four 38mm Keihin

Exhaust system:  Stainless steel, four-into-one

Ignition: Computer controlled CDI

Transmission:  Close-ratio six-speed

Primary Reduction:  Straight-cut gear: 1.94

Final Drive:  O-ring sealed chain; 2.50

Chassis: Twin-spar aluminum frame using engine as a stressed member; Pro-Arm single-sided aluminum swing-arm

Suspension:  Front – Center-axle cartridge-type fork with quick-released axle clamps.  Rear – Nitrogen pressurized shock absorber with remote reservoir, adjustable for spring preload and compression and rebound damping.

Wheelbase:  55.5 inches

Brakes:  Front – Dual 310mm floating discs with four-piston calipers.  Rear – Single 220mm floating disc with twin-piston caliper

Fuel capacity:  4.75 gallons

Dry Weight:  407.9 pounds

The seller highlights above and the mileage shows that the bike has been ridden. And with that come all the standard dings and scrapes featured in the photos. So for someone looking for a museum piece, this may not fit the bill. However, it’s still a fairly stock (Yoshimura pipe being the exception) VFR750R. That means you will have one of the most collectible and well built sportbikes in existence. For me, it also takes the crown of best looking bike ever made.

The seller is starting this auction at $18,000 US, which seems somewhere in the ballpark for this machine. The earlier RC30 hit the $30k mark, but this bike can’t be compared to that one. The market continues to develop on these bikes and premium examples will command premium prices. However, this bike is still very desirable for collectors and should increase in value over the years.

So if you couldn’t quite reach the last RC30 on RSBFS but are still looking, this bike deserves your attention. Time to get in the collector bike game? Well, make the jump and place your bid!


Update: Our Facebook page has had some comments on this bike from those who have seen it first hand and some interesting notes on current market values. Make sure to stop by and chime in! -dc

Sport Bikes For Sale September 4, 2011 posted by

Blue Smoke, Blue Fairing- Titled ’89 Yamaha RZ 350 YPVS

Location: Newport Beach, California
Mileage: 7,700 (approximate)
Price: Auction, $5,000 current bid SOLD for $7300

Even though the US didn’t see many of the cool two-strokes that the rest of the world got, there was at least the Yamaha RZ 350. Introduced to the US in 1984 (costing $2,399 new), the bike was worked over by Yamaha to make sure it could meet emission and noise issues in the US. Sadly it was pulled from the Yamaha lineup in 1986 and never returned.

So this good looking RZ is a Canadian import that features the two-stroke, Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS) liquid cooled motor with 63 bhp at 9,000 rpm and 32 ft.lbs. of torque. It also sports full fairing, something you didn’t see on the US Kenny Roberts bikes.

Check out some more pics-

From the seller-

Time to thin down the blue smoke two stroke herd…up for sale is a fantastic example of an 1989 RZ 350 YPVS Liquid Cooled two stroke that will be sure to impress your friends on bike night! Mileage is in kilometers on the speedo so approx 7700 miles and counting as I still ride it around once a week.

If you are a vintage bike fan you know that it is very difficult to find an RZ 350 in near mint condition as most them have been raced, crashed and rebuilt several times already.

This model is a rare Elf racing Blue color full fairing model unlike the short fairing RZs that where sold in the States during 1984-85. Also, the bike has different instrumentation as well. It runs great and all lights and instrumentation work including brake lights. There are very little to no spider cracks on the fairing. The engine looks great as well protected from the full fairing from the elements over the years.

The bike has been in my collection for about 1 yr. I purchased it from a reputable vintage bike reseller who only deals in nice stuff. It was imported from Canada and now has a clear California title in my name which makes it even more rare. The Meztler tires have plenty of life and chain and sprocket are in good shape.

The brakes have been rebuilt and the bike was recently tuned by Mach1 two stroke shop in Costa Mesa, CA. It runs great and needs nothing but a new owner carry on the two stroke tradition.

Check out the recent youtube video taken a few weeks ago.  

Feel free to ask questions as I’m not a two stroke expert but I do believe this bike to be an original stock or near stock example. For sale as is with no warranty.

Also, I have a pair of Gibson Allspeed black expansion chambers in nice shape to wake up the full power of the RZ for an additional fee of $500. The bike is for sale locally so I reseve the right to end the auction early.

This bike look to be in good shape with mileage that isn’t too high. It’s also titled in California which is a bonus. The maintenance seems solid and there’s a link to video of the bike in the seller’s description. Current bid is $5,000 but the reserve has not been met. Hard to day where the price will settle, but it may be reasonable for this kind of bike. You won’t see one these cursing the streets everyday, so it will turn some heads.

If you want to try a two-stroke and love Yamaha’s and like to ride something that gets attention, take look at this auction!


Sport Bikes For Sale August 15, 2011 posted by

It Came from the North- ’89 GSX-R 750R

Location: Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Mileage: 499 kilometers, but it’s been raced
Price: Auction

Okay, we’ve seen some bikes from this seller before and they have been some great machines (RC30, GSX-R 750LE). This beauty in no exception. Being a big fan of the GSX-R in general, especially from this era, this bike for me is pure, unadulterated, awesomeness. A purpose built machine that was apparently campaigned and won many a race in Canada. And while that’s impressive, to me this bike is great on it’s looks alone.


The seller gives quite a bit of detail and history on the bike along with shipping info-

Don’t mind the low feedback – I trade commercially as loudbikesteve on eBay and enjoy an excellent reputation.  I set this account up to keep my personal stuff separate from my business stuff.. 

I’m listing this 1989 Suzuki GSX-R 750R (‘Double R’) for a very good friend who’s not very computer savvy. I’ve personally seen the machine and took the listing photos a few weeks ago. The luscious and expensive limited edition GSX-R750R was released to Japanese market with a return to the long-stroke motor of the F/G/H models. The RR had exotic internals, 40 mm carbs and produced around 120 hp and weighted 187 kg. 500 limited edition (some claim 1000) GSX-R750R (the ‘Double R’) serving as ready-to-race platform was released to Japanese market. The newly redesigned engine reverted to the original long stroke (70 x 48.7mm) configuration. Crankcase, crankshaft connecting rods and clutch were among the critical areas receiving more attention necessary for the race duty. The ‘Double R’ also received new 40mm Slingshot carburetor and 4-into-1 exhaust pipe as well as close ratio gearbox, rear swing arm with sub frame, new aerodynamic fiber with large air intake duct, solo seating with race number box and 19 liter aluminum fuel tank as standard equipment. The dry weight measured, 187kg. 

This example is one of five allocated to the Canadian Factory Team and was raced to a Canadian National Production 750 Championship by Steve Dick back in 1989. In 1990, the motor was rebuild by Suzuki Canada and the bike then went to a privateer for the following season where it won the National Jr Superbike and Production Championships. The machine then went to Canadian racer Kemp Archibauld; who overhauled the engine and chassis in ’93 and performed the cosmetic restoration in 1998. Changes to the stock specification include the polished frame and Marchesini wheels. The current owner decommissioned the bike and put it on display in his climate-controlled facility. Although there are 499km showing on the clock, this should not be considered to be true milage as the instrument was disconnected while the machie was being raced. As noted in the detailed pics, the windshield purchased was for the standard GSX-R and as such, the holes do not line up.

Detailed pics are available on my Flickr set HERE.

Please check out my other listings for more vintage machines for sale!

If you have zero feedback, please contact me before submitting a bid. Any questions, feel free to email me at  (I’ll gladly give you my phone number if you need to chat).

USA Shipping:
We’ve sent quite a few machines south of the border. For shipment to the USA, there are a few companies I know of: 

TFX International 
Specialized Vehicle Transport,
11 City View Drive, Etobicoke, ON.
Canada. M9W 5A5
Phone: 416.243.8531

JC Motors
16591 Noyes Avenue 
Irvine, CA 92606

US CANADA Auto Transport
Address: 7968 Arjons Drive, Suite 111
San Diego, CA 92126
(800) 466-6935

International Shipping & Crating:
Inter-Par Logistics Inc. 
3845 Nashua Drive
Mississauga, ON L4V 1R3
Tel.: 905-678-1288
Fax: 905-678-1289

Good luck with your bid!

As with other bikes listed from the seller, this bike seems to have been in a private collection and not in running condition for quite some time. Depending on what your intentions are, this may be an issue (I would just put in the living room and be done). For those who live by the blue and white, this may be just the bike to finish off or maybe start your collection. Make the jump here to begin your pursuit of Suzuki awesomeness.


Honda August 9, 2011 posted by

Thank You for Smoking- ’89 Honda NSR250R (MC18)

Location: Branford, United States
Mileage: 2,326
Price: Auction, BIN $5,500

Here we have one good looking NSR 250R two-stroke. I know that many of these have been posted here on RSBFS and these bikes are a great combination of power and agility. This one looks to be clean and low mileage, however, not titled. Here’s another shot of this stunner-

The seller explains that the bike was originally SEED colors and has been redone in Terra SP. To get a visual on those graphics and get more detail on the NSR, go here. Or read up on this fine post from Mike. I find both paint schemes very good looking, so I guess it would be a matter of choice as to what you like. The seller says the other fairing and tank will be up for sale in another auction, but you may be able to work something out if you want the originals.

Here’s some more pics-

From the seller-

Up for auction is a two-stroke 1989 Honda NSR 250 originally only available in Japan.  This bike was originally done in seed colors.  I have re-done it with after-market white Terra SP colors.  As seen in the photos this bike is completely restored to 100% and in MINT condition.  Starts first or second kick everytime. Runs and looks excellent. The fairings are aftermarket. The tank and everything else on the bike is OEM Honda. The only thing that needs to be replaced is the shifter lever which is coming in from Japan.  If I don’t receive it before the end of the auction, I will send it to the buyer at my expense. (Check my 100% feedback for my honesty and follow through)

This is a BILL OF SALE ONLY. I do not have the title.

I will be listing the original OEM HONDA seed fairings with tank in a later auction (also excellent condition).



The seller points out that the bike also needs a shift lever that is coming from Japan and that it will be shipped at the seller’s expense if it arrives after the bike is sold. So, the seller says the bike restored and doesn’t comment on the bike ever being laid down, something that you may want to get confirmation on. The front brake caliper also doesn’t say Nissin on it, and I couldn’t find a good visual confirmation as to whether the caliper is stock.

With the changes made, the bike looks good to me, even if it’s not the original Terra SP. And it does look to be very clean. Checking other listings, the BIN price seems to be a little high considering that it’s not titled, but not outrageous.

If big power in a light, good looking package speaks to you, then make the jump!


Sport Bikes For Sale June 22, 2011 posted by

Big Brother Up for Auction- ’89 Yamaha FZR 1000

Location: Long Grove, Illinois
Mileage: 28,071
Price: Auction, BIN $6,000

Well, it seems the big brother in the FZR lineup has shown up for auction. Here’s the ’89 Yamaha FZR 1000. Looks a lot like the FZR 600 (Deltabox frame, great paint/graphics) posted just days ago on RSBFS, but when you twist the throttle (five-valve-per-cylinder triple digit horsepower), I suspect the similarities end there. So you get all the good looks and more power. Not a bad deal.

Here’s some more pics-

Here’s the information from the seller-

This FZR 1000 is absolutely perfect for an 1989.  It has never been raced or downed.  I bought this bike for my collection from a collector who sold  it to me, he put less than 100 miles on it.  The bike won bike on the Decade in 1989.  The plastic is in excellent condition and the tires are new.  I just had the bike fully serviced for 725.00.  I owned a  one new in 1989 and was sorry I sold it.  So I searched for over 2 years  until  I found this bike out of upstate New York.  The bike is completely stock except for the tinted shield and a upgraded airbox.  It drives as nice as my first one did when I bought it new.  It is a very rare, usually the older sport bikes are destroyed by now.  This bike will do nothing but increase in value as the years go on. It has never been downed or dropped.  The bike has always been adult ridden and not raced.  I am selling it, because I have decided to buy something else and dont have the room for all these bikes.  The miles are original and I have every service record along with the original purchase contract.  I only have 1 key and I am missing the owners manuel, but have a service text book that goes with it.  I reserve the right to end the auction early, because I have it for sale locally.  I will only take a cashiers check or cash and the bike is available to view if you are in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago.  Please no low ball offers Im not selling this bike because I have to.  The last one to sell on ebay had 6000 more miles and was completely modified and it had been dropped. It sold for 5,375.00.  I will meet the shippers at my house to load the bike if thats what you prefer.  The bike will not be released without the funds clearing. I have a clear title in hand.  If you have any questions please email of call before you bid.

This appears to be a very clean, well maintained example for a bike this age with minimal modification. The BIN price does seem a little high compared to some previous listings so you will have to decide how much this particular bike speaks to you. The seller says it’s for sale locally, so quick action may be required.

If you feel the need for ’89 speed, check this auction out!


Sport Bikes For Sale April 4, 2011 posted by

1989 Yamaha FZR600 For Sale at Flykitty Motorsports

We’ve posted a few bikes from the folks at Flykitty Motorsports and here is another: A really great looking FZR600 that is almost all original with 18k miles. This year and color scheme are special to me as it’s EXACTLY the same as my first bike that I rode in college. And even back then, mine was a rashed machine and was never as nice or honest as this one.

Check out this 89 Yamaha FZR600 at Flykitty Motorsports

quote from their website:

1989 Yamaha FZR-600 ~ Only 18k miles. Classic Sportbike from years gone by in Outstanding condition! Completely stock and original, just serviced and ready to ride. Great starter bike or to collect and preserve! ~ Only $2800

Most of the survivor FZR600’s we see these days are the very late models and rarely these early ones. Sure there are cheaper FZR’s out there, but not this early, clean, and original.

Thanks to Pete for the trip back down memory lane and the submission!


Sport Bikes For Sale April 25, 2010 posted by

1989 Yamaha FZR400 – 100% original!

1989 Yamaha FZR 400 1wg intact and 100% original.

**Update: Bike sold on ebay for $2,800.00 B.I.N.

Thanks RSBFS!

My bike is now listed on ebay and can be viewed here

FZR 400 for sale FZR400

I think everyone knows that I am a FZR 400 nut, but it is time to let one of them go. So, I am putting up for sale my 89 red and white, 100% original, all stock 400. The history on the bike is limited to the time that I’ve owned it, which is just shy of 1 year. I purchased it on ebay from New Hampshire, site unseen, and had it shipped to me in Indiana. Like most hobbyist, I have way more money into to it than I expect to get out of it, but it is a nice clean example. I bought it and immediately started cleaning it up and sourcing parts that I wanted to replace so it would be even nicer than it already was, but I didn’t replace any parts. I never even licensed it because it was apart being cleaned or something being powder coated. So in short, all of the things I’m about to list have 0 miles on them. That’s right, I worked on it all winter and early spring only to sell it. Why am I selling it, you might be asking? I’m only selling because thanks to RSBFS I was able to locate and purchase my dream 400 which is a 1990 100% original version with only 8,000 miles on it. And, I purchased it from the original owner with the original sales receipt. Pretty cool eh?

Back to the 89’…

Recent updates include:
Fresh powder coated/clear coated rims. The clear is powder coating as well
New wheel bearings – front and rear
New screw down valve stems
Fresh ceramic coating on the stock exhuast
Rebuilt master cylinder
Rebuilt both front brake cylinders
Fresh brake fluid
New front brake pads
Fresh fork oil – still has the original springs
Fresh oil and oil filter change
Carbs cleaned
New spark plugs
Cooling system flush and fill
Solo seat + stock rear seat
Factory service manual will be included
And a whole lot of cleaned parts 🙂

Now, I don’t want to mislead anyone, because this is not a cosmetically perfect example. It is a 21/22 year bike with the usual bumps and bruises that come with having 28,300 miles on the clock. I believe 1,350 miles a year is low by anyone’s standard, unless you’re a collector with several bikes to choose from. This will probably surprise most of you, but the 89 runs as good and if not better than my 90. 400’s are known to run hot so the previous owner wired the cooling fan to be on when the key is on. This is a huge benefit when sitting in stop and go traffic.

Here are some more pictures of it and should you have any interest in it let me know and I’ll answer any and all questions.

Asking price is $2,700.00

Video added per request:

I will help with shipping in anyway I can and of course the bike is available for viewing.



Yamaha May 29, 2009 posted by

1989 Yamaha FZR400 $2750

Quite rare, but not unobtainable, are the aluminum framed FZR 400’s.  Located in San Jose, California is this 1989 FZR 400 with an asking price of $2750.  This isn’t the most desirable year, but, looks quite clean for being twenty years old.  FZR’s (Specifically the 400’s and 600’s) need to be carefully examined to make sure they haven’t been beat continuously for their whole lives.  This example only shows 9K miles and looks well cared for–still having its original plastics.  If you’re in the market, this would be worth looking into in this condition and at this price.  See the Bay Area Riders Forum post here.

Edit: Bike is now sold 06/02/09.


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

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