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Yamaha September 20, 2022 posted by

Thump Supporter – 1986 Yamaha SRX 600

From the cheaper seats – but no less fun – comes a bit of a unicorn in the UJM world, the Yamaha SRX 600. Emulating a British single by heritage, offering Japanese performance and technology by design, and providing impossible fun in a narrow and lightweight package, the SRX was gone before we knew it. It turns out the buying public wanted Ninjas and Interceptors during the sport bike arms race of the mid 1980s, not English throwback bikes. But the ensuing years have been kind to the design and philosophy behind the joy of riding a slower bike fast, and the ultra-narrow and nimble single cylinder 600cc thumper ensures a bucket full of torque with which to play. Today these are relatively rare machines, but do not command the premium we come to expect with collector bikes.

1986 Yamaha SRX 600 for sale on eBay

The inception of the SRX 600 dates back to the XT600 – the dual purpose do everything bike in Yamaha’s lineup. With 4 valves per cylinder to aid in breathing and air cooling to keep things simple and light, the thumper in the SRX was good for approximately 45 horsepower with a redline of 7,000 RPM. That is not a whole lotta get up and go, but the dry weight of the SRX was down in the 350 pound range, making the bike very agile and easy to ride. The SRX makes due with a lighter flywheel to make it more responsive, as well as something that most modern riders have never used, let alone seen on the street: a kick starter (as in the starting device, not the new product investment website). That’s right kiddies, this one lunger is so throwback that it only offers kick starting. Now, foot bumping a big single four stroke can be daunting, but Yamaha did include an automatic decompression device to make things a little easier. Still, when the seller notes that this bike can be difficult to start the lack of an electric starter only complicates matters a bit.

From the seller:
Nice low mile original bike except for supertrapp and air filter pods. Physically very nice for its age.

Needs tuning. A bitch to start but when it does fire up sounds incredible. Could be an altitude issue (I’m at 7000 feet) or simply timing or it doesn’t like the pod filters(I heard the best set up is stock). I recently acquired the bike and it sat for years. I bought a stock airbox since the original was cut and it’s included.

Fresh oil and filter, the tank is pristine inside, new petcock and fuel lines and rebuilt carb.
Brakes all work and have fresh fluid. Fork seals do not leak (yet!).

A nice example that just a needs a bit more tweaking and I just need the space for another bike that’s on its way plus I’m a bit of a big guy for this machine. Tires have plenty of tread but are old. Comes with original brochure and model kit. Clear title in my name located in Santa Fe NM USA

I can hold bike for upwards of 6 weeks while you arrange to ship or pick up. Great time of year to visit our beautiful destination city!

More from the seller:
To answer a few questions: battery is new. Not sure why starting is difficult but from my experience on past bikes it could be a carb setting, timing issue or valve adjust. When it runs it’s on the rich side occasionally backfired so could be that the pilot air is still dirty but I’m very thorough when I clean. The bike has the original owners manual. Physically you’d be hard pressed to find another in such good physical shape. I’m 57 and done kicking bikes, my knees are already messed up so I can’t keep trouble shooting. It may run better at your altitude. I’d put the original airbox back on as most seem to support that it runs best stock.

The 600cc version of the SRX was a one year only bike in the United States (it lasted until the end of the decade in Europe). The buying public wanted sport bikes, and this would be soundly beaten by any of the 500cc or 550cc offerings from that category in the day. These bikes are getting harder to find in decent condition, which makes it RSBFS worthy. The Supertrapp muffler is a decent performance mod, and likely helps the big single from sounding like yet another suburban lawnmower, however the cut airbox and question about jetting definitely exacerbates the kick start issue. The bidding is in the basement at the moment, with the high bid under the $1,500 mark. Depending upon where this ends, this could be a ton of fun (and actually do the ton – barely) for not much cash. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Thump Supporter – 1986 Yamaha SRX 600
Yamaha August 24, 2022 posted by

Super Rare & Single: 1986 Yamaha SRX600

In the world of Yamaha, this is not really a sport bike. It is not mega powerful. It does nothing extraordinary. Yet somehow the SRX – this retro British single – is a lost gem in the models offered by the Yamaha Motor Co. Lightweight, impossibly narrow, and ultimately flickable, the SRX represents all the elements that make motorcycling FUN, without the unnecessary baggage of plastic bodywork, extreme riding position or uncontrollable horsepower.

1986 Yamaha SRX600 for sale on eBay

In the US, the SRX came in two sizes: small (250cc) and large (600cc). We seem to be able to the find the 250 models much more readily than the bigger bike, which does make some sense; the 250 was viewed as an entry level machine, whereas more experienced riders were looking for bigger bore multis and the like. Thus the 250 was relatively popular, while the 600 gained a quiet, but ardent following.

From the seller:
Open to offers, Im negotiable. . 1986 Yamaha SRX600S (not SC), bored out to 635cc, new valve seats, guides, seals machine work performed by Boyko Racing in October 2021 (https://boykoracing.com/). So it is practically a new engine with 0 miles on it. Clean and clear title. US production model purchased February 2003. VIN JYA2EF003GA000247. 10,503 miles and does not have the “5th gear” characteristics. Never raced. If you are familiar with these bikes, you know how hard these are to find, and find a good example. These were only available in the U.S. in 1986 only and are Kick-start only. In the picture, fuel tank is from a 1991 European Spec model. Original tank is included in this auction. Both are POR15 lined and solid. For what it is worth, I am a certified motorcycle technician who also repairs, rebuilds and modifies vintage motorcycles for a hobby, though not so much anymore. Previously on display at the 2015 Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Chicago (pictured) and 2014 Motorcycle Dealer Expo (Chicago).Continental ContiGo! Tires (Maybe 1,000 miles on them, 100/90-18, 120/90-18. Both tires are 8 years old based on the manufactured dates on the sidewall) rubber not cracked, look great. Let me know if you want specific pictures taken. Honda Automotive Green Tea Metallic, LED brake light, Accel 8.8 spark plug wire, All Balls tapered steering bearings, Progressive springs with RaceTech cartridge emulators installed, Rear Ohlin’s piggy-pack shocks, K&N air filter installed (air box lid listed in Spares list), Supertrapp exhaust (I have the OE exhaust in great shape!), Tank from a 91 SRX mono-shock model (I have the original tank), Stainless steel brake lines, DynoJet Stage 2 kit installed (original jets and needle included)New oil pump (improvement over the stock oil pump) $307 recent upgrade, Steering damper. 2 copies of shop manuals.

More from the seller:
Long list of other ORIGINAL PARTS come with it. (Some of these are obsolete and very hard to find. Sorry, will not sell individually) Original brake lines, Inner rear fender, Ricambi-Weiss Rear solo seat, Raask rear sets, Ignition Coil, Adjustable brake and clutch levers. Additional Supertrapp baffle discs, Petcock assembly (frame mounted), Extra petcock vacuum diaphragms, Extra pair of mirrors (black), Pair of bar end mirrors, Original piggyback shocks, Spare springs for the rear Ohlin’s, Original fork springs, 3 aluminum side covers, Air box side cover, Original steering bearings and races, Misc. turn signals and lenses, Oil cooler (foreign market, never installed), Flasher cancel unit, Rectifier/regulator, Extra rear brake caliper (piston seized)Kick stand switch (removed from bike), Rubber engine grommets (anti vibration), Service manual signed by the LaRocco family, dealer (Mike LaRocco, famous motocross and supercross racer), Owner’s manual, Spare frame JYA2EF005GA000525 (bill of sale only for spare frame) If interested, please reach out and I would be happy to provide this list and substantiate my asking price. I also have a video of the bike running, if you would like to hear it!

Today’s example is not exactly stock. The seller has put a lot of work into modernizing and upgrading the basic package. That includes a bigger bore on the single slug, along with some head work. Intake and exhaust are both updated, as are the cosmetics. But rather go big and gaudy, this SRX still retains a lot of the basic feel that was the SRX. Think of it as an SRX+. Regardless, if you are in the market for the rare, one-year-only bigger capacity SRX, you could be looking a long time to find one in this condition. It may not be an NOS museum piece, but does look to be one fun rider. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Super Rare & Single: 1986 Yamaha SRX600
Kawasaki August 12, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 1994 Kawasaki Ninja 600R (ZX600C)

It takes something special to stand out in the middleweight sportbike segment, especially in the used market when a goodly number join the fray each year.  The seller spotted this back-of-the-garage find a few years ago and returned it to the road with several major service items.  As delivered in period black and turquoise livery, this 600R is a great survivor and affordable classic.

1994 Kawasaki 600R ( GPX600 ) with just 6,900 miles !

Though there isn’t much radical engineering in this profitable corner of the showroom, the Ninja 600R does boast more than 100 hp per liter at 84, thanks to 11.71-to-1 compression on the twin-cam four.  Kawasaki’s Electronic Suspension Control ( ESCS ) compensated for front end dive under braking, and their Uni-Track with adjustable monoshock tamed the rear end.  The frame-mounted fairing cut a hole in the wind for rider, and vinyl tank panels offered good grip.

Likely purchased new by a fledgling rider, this 600R was parked soon afterward, and re-commissioned by the new owner after almost 20 years on the lam.  Since the drivetrain is pretty much bulletproof, the rehab involved all liquids, new rubber, carb rebuild and a thorough cleaning of the fuel system.  The seller has these comments about the bike and its return to service:

I acquired this bike back in 2016 with approximately 2,500 original miles and it was completely original down to the tires. It still has the original owner’s manual, tool kit, factory key, and is completely stock right down to the exhaust.

I replaced all the fluids, installed new spark plugs, a new UNI air filter, a new battery, and had new Bridgestone Battleax BT tires fitted. The tank has been removed and professionally cleaned, given a new petcock valve, and I had all four carburetors professionally rebuilt at the same shop that the tank was cleaned.

The bike has since been ridden 4,500 trouble-free miles over the past three years, and at the time of writing has about 7,000 miles, however, this number will go up every weekend as I like to ride it to keep the carbs in shape. Minor cosmetic blemishes include light scratches on the tank, two small scratches on the left rear cowl, mild corrosion on the coolant drain plug, and small bits of rust starting to surface on the exhaust.

You never see these anywhere anymore and this all original example is the best I’ve seen for sale in years. Even if you’re not a collector, this Ninja 600R is a fun, reliable survivor that gets attention from onlookers that know, and is a terrific and inexpensive way to enjoy a classic sportbike.

Asking price is $3,500 and offers are requested by text message at (757) 806-9296

Having served a generation of daily riders, The seller is right that they are rarely seen in this condition these days, and the best way to maintain a fuel system is to use it occasionally.  Maybe this all original model was your brother’s favorite bike, or a friend needs a down payment-sized entrée into the sporty side, either way this 600R looks ready to please a new owner.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1994 Kawasaki Ninja 600R (ZX600C)
Suzuki May 24, 2017 posted by

Contradictions – 1993 Suzuki GSX-R600 with 2200 miles !

Busy with the 750, Suzuki arrived late to the 600cc shootout, and stayed only for a couple of years before taking a break and then returning with a new generation.  The early GSX-R600 had a great deal in common with it’s bigger brother and was a great favorite of budget conscious privateers.   Seldom seen in this kind of shape, this 1993 model has just break in miles and great light colors with red option wheels.

1993 Suzuki GSX-R600 for sale on eBay

Air-oil cooling was no longer cutting the mustard as the 1990’s brought engines capable of well over 100 hp per liter, and the new water-cooled engine was installed in the GSX-R, the 600’s slightly smaller bore and stroke still nicely oversquare.  Suzuki’s alloy double cradle had heavy bracing for the steering head, with great access to the 36mm carburettors under the color-keyed side cover.  Evidence of the platform shared with the 750 is the weight in the late 400’s.

Evidently spirited away early on, the owner doubled the mileage just this year.  Still basically new, save a past tipover.  From the eBay auction:

Bike purchased with accurate 868 miles on in 2017  (that’s 36 miles average ridden per year since 1993)

The break in period was completed as per the Suzuki Factory repair manual (included in sale) specifications, at which point the engine was switched to Amsoil full synthetic.

Bike is 100% stock. Has split in fairing on left side. Probably fell at some point in it’s 24 years.

As the FIM evolved the WSBK support racing classes, Suzuki went back to the drawing board and returned in the late 1990’s with a SuperSport World Championship winner.  Limited pictures will require an in-person inspection, but no mention is made of running issues, a minor miracle for the four Mikunis.  Build quality of period Suzuki’s can be variable, so it’s fair to expect some projects as this bike approaches the  quarter century.  Might be a great example of a puzzlingly rare 600 sportbike…

-donn

Contradictions – 1993 Suzuki GSX-R600 with 2200 miles !
Bimota March 2, 2017 posted by

Sweet Air – 1991 Bimota YB9 Bellaria in Italy

Seen only a couple of other times at RSBFS, only a handful of the 145 total YB9 Bellarias ever made it to the states.  Bimota’s only two-seater is based on the Yamaha FZR600 drivetrain, with a few extra horses from intake and exhaust work.  Re-painted as many were in reaction to the factory’s ice blue color scheme, this Bellaria is offered in Italy, but would be worth a side trip from Venice if you are headed that way.

1991 Bimota YB9 Bellaria ( Italy ) for sale on eBay

Framed in Bimota’s usual twin alloy spars with billet connectors, the YB9 was quite compact for a 600, even more so for a biposto.  Handling with the Marzocchi suspension front and rear reviewed better than the FZR, though the bikes were really for different markets, the Bimota being more of an exotic.  Oversize Brembo brakes and tires, plus 4-2-1 exhaust system insure function follows form.  Riding position is fairly relaxed with elevated clip-ons and roomy seat.  The air intakes make an outstanding visual statement crossing the frame and the lines are echoed in the seat console and belly stripe.  Early digital dash looks clean but was hard to read.

 

While the fairing on this Bellaria appears original, the usual stepped dual seat has been replaced with a sportier mono-plus, maybe a knowledgeable reader knows the origin of this mod.  Now in white with what seems to be the factory steel blue trim, shows low miles and looks good save the alternator cover.  The auction indicates a salvage title which would have to be investigated.  From the eBay auction:

BIMOTA BELLARIA YB9 RARE MODEL ONLY 142 EXEMPLARY PRODUCTS, THE MOTORCYCLE IN QUESTION HAS THE NUMBER OF CHASSIS 112.
THE MOTORCYCLE ‘marching, COUPON HAS MADE ONLY 6350 KM (3900 MILES) PLEASE NOTE AS’ WAS CHANGED BACK,
FOR ALL INFORMATION AND VIDEO OF THE MOTORCYCLE FUNCTIONING, CONTACT,
SHIPPING WORLDWIDE THROUGH COURIER SPECIALIZED.

 

Bimota claimed 95 hp from the 599 cc four, and weight was nicely under control at 385 lbs. dry.  Named for and built to cruise the coastal towns near the factory’s home, the Bellaria was easy on the eyes if not the checkbook.  Impossibly rare here, winning the auction would just be the beginning of a story involving travel and paperwork, and with luck a sweet ride in the last chapter…

-donn

Sweet Air – 1991 Bimota YB9 Bellaria in Italy
Honda February 22, 2017 posted by

Original Class Owner – 1989 Honda CBR600F

Honda dropped the pebble in 1987 that eventually became a tidal ( and supersport title ) wave, but the first-generation machines with their steel frames, four carbs, and streamlined bodies have been all but forgotten.  Here is a substantially stock example whose clean presentation belies its 28 years and 33,000 miles.

1989 Honda CBR600F for sale on eBay

 

Returning to an inline four after the V-4 Interceptors, the CBR600F claimed 85 hp from its 598 water cooled cc’s.  The crankcase and cylinder bases are cast together in innovative manufacturing process, limiting crankshaft flex.  The twin beam frame also supported the steering head from the top of the engine, but very little of that could be seen under the all-covering soap bar.  Forks from Showa and Pro-Link rear were pre-load adjustable, and Nissin brakes were not oversized but rated excellent.

 

For the miles and condition, the CBR presented here would be expected to be restored or at least a re-paint.  Whether a very careful rider or long-past rehabilitation, the factory colors and equipment look great.  The Georgia owner says this in the eBay auction:

Up for auction is a beautiful unmolested first year production 1989 CBR600 in the rare Red, White, Blue color combination that is all original except the muffler. The original plastic and fairing is in incredible shape along with the factory white wheels. The white is a beautiful pearl that pops in the light. No fade or clear coat issues. No tears in the seat. No leaks in the engine and the under carriage is very clean and appears it has never been ridden in the rain. You would be hard pressed to find a cleaner CBR600 from this era. Bike has always been garaged and it’s obvious with the condition of the paint. This collector’s bike is the first year of the CBR and not the Hurricane. Just installed a new battery and bike fires right up every time. All lights and gauges work as they should. There is nothing wrong with this bike! I doubt you will find a cleaner CBR600 from this era in this condition.

 

Though the factory had the resources and riders to make its mark on AMA Superbike and Supersport, the cost savings afforded by the full fairing allowed privateers to take the CBR600F to the next level.  Great right out of the box, the bike excelled in classes where major updates were ruled out.  Alloy frames and adjustable everything would come to the CBR600F, but the initial years of production were a revolution in their own right.  This clean example deserves a closer look at least…

-donn

 

Original Class Owner – 1989 Honda CBR600F
Triumph November 21, 2015 posted by

From the Jaws of Victory – 2000 Triumph TT600

Built in 2000-03, the Triumph TT600 hoped to compete directly with the fleet of 600cc sportbikes from the east, and for a renewed effort from a legacy manufacturer, was an amazing endeavor.  Though a combination of small detractions limited its success in the showroom, the strides made with the TT600 led to the more successful Daytona.

20151121 2000 triumph tt600 right

2000 Triumph TT600 for sale on eBay

20151121 2000 triumph tt600 right front

Though fuel injection programming woes left the 599cc inline four was labeled as an uneven performer, it has pretty good power at 108 hp.  A very well designed alloy perimeter chassis and light weight made the bike a nice handler.  Kayaba suspension is found fore and aft, 43mm forks and monoshock rear, both fully adjustable.  Nissin brakes are 310 front and 220mm rear.  The fairing is well done but along with the handlebar and seating position, was too generous for the market segment and belied its development by styling committee rather than race engineers.

20151121 2000 triumph tt600 dash

Purchased early on and adding only a few hundred miles each year, the owner has taken great care of this TT600.  The extra fast yellow paint is in great shape.  Not much mentioned about the maintenance history but at 5,800 miles that would be ideal.  From the eBay auction:

Rare bike, always garage kept, never exposed to weather.  I am the second owner, I purchased it in 2003 when it had about 3500 miles on it, and I rode it only 100 to 200 miles per year. Excellent+ condition (it has one small scratch on the lower part of fairing, as shown in photo).  Over $1000 worth of extras included — two seats, shop manual on CD, seat cowl, cloth bike cover, leather/kevlar official matching racing jacket.  You will not find one in this condition!  $4000 firm, cash only. Buyer will arrange pickup only, will not ship. If interested, I can email you a youtube video of the bike running.

20151121 2000 triumph tt600 right rear

20151121 2000 triumph tt600 left rear wheel

A distinctive brand in a commodity market, this Triumph 600 appears in great shape and ready for more riding.  Named for the Tourist Trophy week-long motorcycle event on the Isle of Man, the TT600 marks an interesting period for Triumph fans, introducing the brand in the US after being revived from bankruptcy in the 1980’s, and before the offshoring of production in 2002.  Unmolested and with a few nice accessories, the Triumph presented here might be a good choice for an aficionado of the marque or just a rider looking for an offbeat middleweight…

-donn

From the Jaws of Victory – 2000 Triumph TT600
Ducati August 15, 2012 posted by

Italian Sculpture: 1980 Ducati TT2 R

For Sale: 1980 Ducati TT2 R

Located in the picturesque village of Rimini, Italy (ironically the birthplace of another Italian marque, Bimota) comes this amazing Ducati TT2. The TT2 was Pantah-based racer designed by Taglioni, and featured the now ubiquitous L-twin in an all new trellis frame. It has been reported that the frame weighed in at only 15.5 pounds – a true lightweight!

From the seller:
DUCATI CAGIVA REPLICA TT 2
AS NEW PERFECT CONDITION

The seller does not provide a great deal of information here, nor a lot of pictures. What pictures do exist show a gorgeous motorcycle with classic and clean TT2 lines. The TT2 was campaigned in anger from 1980 – 1984 and won numerous TT events on its way to the history books. There is a good bit of detail around the TT2 model available from Ducati on their website.

My only concern here is if this is an actual factory TT2 model, or a hand-built replica model of the iconic racing machine. It appears to be the latter given the rather terse text in the auction – which could be attributed to a language barrier – but is worth further investigation. At quick glance the front forks do not appear to be the magnesium units carried by factory TT2 models. The auction also claims this to be a 650, but all factory TT’s of this time period were based on the 600 cc Pantah motor. However as Ducati did build customer bikes, there could be some valid variation between specs.

Regardless of how it came to be, this is one great looking bike. The bidding started at the $12k mark, and there is a reserve in place. Prospective buyers might want to look deeper into the construction history of the bike in question, and any possible race history. Also, North American buyers will need to keep in mind that this machine is located in Italy, making post-sale transportation an issue. Drool over the pics and auction here, and then let us know what you would be willing to pawn for this icon.