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Suzuki August 21, 2022 posted by

Almost NOS – Low Mile 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750

This classic Suzuki has an interesting story behind it, a replacement instrument cluster, and not exactly verifiable miles.  Ordinarily it would be met with an eye-roll, but the surprisingly original finishes and equipment make this listing practically a scholarly reference.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale on eBay

’86 was the first year for a stateside GSX-R750, and it’s such a landmark bike that revelations about the model are hard to come by.  The small-pattern alloy chassis was lightweight and finned engine had an oil cooler almost as big as a water radiator.   Wheelies and stoppies seemed to be the way to faster lap times, and the GSX-R750 was happy to help out.  A big mac over 400 lbs. wet, its light weight surprised reviewers at the time.

Kicking around dealer facilities for 30-plus years, this GSX-R got only a few hints of rash which were easily corrected.  As discussed in the eBay auction, major 2019 maintenance took care of the deferred items –

In April of 2019 the following servicing was done at the time of my purchasing:
I insisted he open it up to check the valvetrain tolerances, to help me verify the story. The valves were in proper adjustment. ( They were spot-on from the Factory )
The Carbs were Rebuilt.
The Brake Master and Clutch Master Cylinders were rebuilt and both systems serviced.
ALL Other Fluids were serviced.
Tires were replaced.
Chain serviced.
New Battery.
New Shifter and Brake Rubbers (dry cracking)
New kick panel Protector Sticker (dry cracking)
Suzuki OEM Tool Kit.

Maybe you had one in 1986, or passed on a nice used one in 1996 – even that is a generation in the rearview mirror.  Surprising this auction wasn’t done a while back, and more than a little interesting that a few days have passed with no bids.  It really is the bike that started the GSX-R dynasty, and is practically how it left the showroom.  This one’s got its own tab for the duration.

-donn

Almost NOS – Low Mile 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750
Ducati June 28, 2022 posted by

Get ’em While The Gettin’s Good: 2005 Ducati 749

Not that long ago the 999/749 era was not looked on fondly.  People repeated an endless stream of disparaging comments, all revolving around aesthetics.  They literally were looking past a machine that was better in every functional way to the previous generations.  They failed to acknowledge the amazing racing success and usable road manors.  Today we have seen collectors turn their eyes to the 999/749, partly because of massive price increases to the 996/748 bikes but also because the newest collectors are at an age to have a stronger connection to the 999/749.  It was the bike they grew up lusting after.

As with most Ducati lines ups there is a “standard” bike, an upgraded S model and the range topping homologation specials with and R branding.  Obviously the higher specification bikes come with a premium both in appeal and pricing.   For many years enthusiasts quietly purchased and  enjoyed the 750cc versions of Ducati sport bikes.  The idea was that you got all the looks and curb appeal for a fraction of the cost.  Some were even opened an honest about riding style and skill so they admitted that for most the open class bikes were overkill.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Excellent condition cosmetically and mechanically. Bike needs nothing. Really rare and collectible with really low miles. Mint condition. 6700 miles. Recently serviced including belts, oil, oil filter, spark plugs etc…more pics and videos on demand. This is a classic Ducati only raising in value. Bike comes with Biposto seat and biposto frame. Past are the days that this model was considered ugly and only people started appreciating this a few years ago. Clean title on hand. Only cash. No trades. Thanks for watching

This standard 749 might not be a top tier version but that does not mean it should be dismissed.  The bike is listed as being well serviced and in nice shape.  Images show a desirable Tergi exhaust and a complete suite of books and keys.  As more and more people start looking to add a bike from this generation it will be come harder and harder to find a clean and well sorted example.  The $8,999 Buy It Now price might initially shock some, but that does appear to be reasonable pricing right now.  Worst one could say is it might be slightly “future pricing”.  These are well beyond the timeframe to be depreciating.

Get ’em While The Gettin’s Good:  2005 Ducati 749
Ducati April 23, 2022 posted by

Surely Worth A Look: 2003 Ducati 749S

If you are a Rare Sports Bike enthusiast that finds yourself angry at the ever rising prices of your beloved machines, perhaps it is time to start thinking slightly outside of the box.  There are gems out there in the market if you are willing to dig.  Take this 2003 Ducati 749S for example.  It has all style, sound and appeal of an Italian sport bike of the era with just a slight dilution in performance.  The key is that the small reduction in absolute speed is coupled with a large reduction in purchase price.  Most buyers of a semi vintage superbike are less concerned with performance and more concerned with the overall experience anyway.

More commonly seen in the traditional red, it is nice to see an example in yellow.  Bike should stand out any any local ride in or cars and coffee event.  The 749 came in a couple of different flavors over the year.  The stripped down Dark, the base, an S and the top of the line R.  The R was known to be a strict homologation special, and many in period reviews spoke highly of the 749S street manors.   This generation was also praised for being far more comfortable when compared to the 748.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

03 Ducati 749 S for sale – 16,500 miles, clean title in hand, runs/rides great, fresh Dunlop Q3+ tires, overall good shape. Mostly stock other than a Termignoni exhaust, rearsets, clutch cover etc. This is the factory S model with hotter cams and lots of carbon fiber. Beautiful motorcycle – the 749 and 999 Terblanche-styled bikes are coming into their own! Pricing is going up on these rare bikes.

Located in LA’s South Bay.

The Buy It Now price is listed at $7,000 and the seller indicates that they are opened to offers as well.  The just over 16k miles means this will not appeal to a static collection, but there are still plenty of miles left in it for the new owner to enjoy.  The open clutch cover, rearsets and exhaust are all choice modifications that most owners will desire.  In many markets the focus is on 100% factory original, but in the Ducati world a pass is often given for specific components being installed.  The elephant in the room is the lack of mention of service history.  A set of cam belts might be needed.  Luckily these are not expensive from Ducati (Also aftermarket options for about half the cost) and well with in the scope of a DIY owner to install.

Surely Worth A Look:  2003 Ducati 749S
Yamaha November 2, 2021 posted by

Ready to Rumble – 1996 Yamaha YZF-750R

Update 11.2.2021: Last see in August of 2020 from the same seller, this one is back on eBay with a buy-it-now of $7,150. -dc

For a while in the 1990’s, sponsorship from Marlboro led Yamaha down a red-liveried path, and the torn paper graphics on this 1996 YZF-750R makes reference without saying it too loud.  It’s a low-mileage example with a recent major service, and looks smashing.

1996 Yamaha YZF-750R for sale on eBay

Yamaha took the successes of their late -80’s World Superbike mounts and ran them by production engineering, preserving as much of the good stuff while bringing the cost out of the stratosphere.  Kept was the forward canted inline Genesis, with the EXUP exhaust tuning system – in road trim worth 125hp.  The aluminum Deltabox chassis evolved with re-designed frame connectors.  New brakes were 320mm disks with 6-piston calipers.  The fox-eye headlights look a little less drop-dead serious than those on the OW-01, but the painted pillion cover passes for a single-seater under way.

The seller’s other auctions seem to indicate a dealer rather than motorcyclist owner, but either way, this YZF is in special shape for its age.  Hard to find fault with the presentation, except maybe to pine for an SP homologation special.  The last service call made everything ready for the new owner.  From the eBay auction:

Parts:
Float bowl gaskets             
Needle and seat                
Fuel line                            
Oil (semi/syn)                     
Battery                             
Rear brake caliper kit         
Rear pads                           
Front pads                        
Fork seals                          
Pirelli Rosso Tires              
 
Labor:
Service carbs                   
Oil change                          
Install tires                         
Fork seals                           
Rebuild rear caliper            
Front pads                         
Complete degrease/clean  
 
This bike is very special to me as you can see with all the investments made . 
A cleaner example for sale will be very difficult to find today .
The bike is ready to ride . 

The YZF750R sold better across the pond than here, but trailed the 916 and CBR900RR and gave way to the R1 in 1998.  The race version did well in endurance events where Yamaha’s quality shown.  This one is right on the edge of too nice to ride too much, but the classic mid-size package and recent maintenance call for at least an occasional back road afternoon.

-donn

Ready to Rumble – 1996 Yamaha YZF-750R
Suzuki August 13, 2021 posted by

Long Way Home – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R

Even in the midst of a riding rejuvenation, plans and priorities can change.  Here’s a 1986 GSX-R that’s getting quite close to bike night, just needing a new owner’s shove over the goal line.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R for sale on eBay

For its U.S. debut, the GSX-R got a 25mm longer swingarm, calming the handling from 1985.  Around the bike, lightness was a focus, and performance guided designers.  The oil-cooled engine saved the weight of a water system, and got larger valves in part by using smaller spark plugs.  Wheelies caused by the 100 hp launch could be reversed by a stoppie using the four-piston front brakes.   The flat-sided fairing had an endurance racer’s simplicity, but it was the last hurrah for the track-oriented 18-inch wheels.

This owner has been slowly returning his 750R to a more stock condition, but left a few things for the next custodian to weigh in on.  It looks very presentable, even at the office, and could have some incremental re-finishing without tearing it down.  Comments from the eBay auction: 

Bike runs, shifts and idles as it should.
All lights, signals and horn work as they should. Left signal dash light bulb is out.

These bikes are getting harder and harder to find. Hasn’t been cut up or crazy modifications. Some body panels have been repaired and repainted. Tank is in very good condition other then a few scratches on right side of tank (See in picture posted). Tank looks to be all original paint. Plastic body panels do have some imperfections here and there.

Wheels have been repainted white by previous owner. Not a very good a paint job on wheels. Wheels were and should be black to be correct.
I believe I have a left and right new oem G graphics decal that goes on lower part of cowl in black area. Just haven’t put them on yet. As long as I can find them. They will go with the bike as well.

No rust in tank ever. Very clean.
Bike would need a restoration to be perfect .
This is in excellent running, driving and or take to local bike shows.

Tires that are currently on the bike are out of date. Would need to be replaced to be safe. I bought a set of brand new tires for it that will go with the bike.
Brand new oem tool kit included.
New battery last summer. Always left on tender.
After market Yoshimura slip on. Sounds great. I don’t have the oem exhaust.
Front fork seals will need to be replaced .
Body work is oem but some panels have been repaired.
Oem air box goes with the bike. These are getting hard to find with all the brackets and hoses.
This bike has a bunch of new oem parts through out the bike.

I had the valves and carbs adjusted last summer. Bike runs great. Front calipers were also rebuilt and new pads installed last year. Brand new oem Suzuki main wiring harness installed last year. New Oem head light housing, adjustment springs and hardware. New head light Oem wiring harness. Brand new oem foam gauge pad installed last year.

First year icons will either be hardly or heavily used, and this one has some miles but looks to have spent the last several seasons with more tinkering than riding.  Without being a Special Edition or RR, this could still be a great example.  Hopefully the reserve doesn’t put it too far out of the almost-there-project department.

-donn

Long Way Home – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R
Kawasaki August 10, 2021 posted by

Clean Slate – 1991 Kawasaki ZX-7 Ninja

A new-to-you classic sportbike often means wading through multiple previous owner’s improvements and mishaps.  Not this time, as the 1991 ZX-7 presented here looks un-modified and never down.

1991 Kawasaki ZX-7 Ninja for sale on eBay

The industry had been expecting the EU to declare 100 hp a street-wise maximum, and tuned a lot of engines into conformance.  Not a bad thing for a road rider, since the torque numbers were excellent.  Most of the ZX-7’s innovations came in the original ’89, but the 1991 model came with 43mm upside-down forks, and using the engine as a stressed member made the chassis lighter and more rigid.  New then was a curved radiator, which saved frontal area but still had the volume to cool the 750.  Several liveries were available but the green / white / blue is instantly recognizable from the AMA superbike days.

This St. Pete owner came upon this ZX-7 when it was only ten years old, and evidently continued riding carefully.  The tail tidy, low-profile signals, and blue windscreen are entirely normal, but the lack of any apparent rash and the factory muffler are pretty unusual.  After a time in the garage, some return to duty maintenance is expected, as noted in the eBay auction:

A very rare and collectible ZX-7 Ninja. The last time it was ridden was 2 years ago and at that point it ran great. The bike has been covered in my garage. It has been an amazing bike for me. It needs the regular maintenance a bike that hasn’t been ridden would need to get it in great running condition. I’ve owned the bike for 20 years.

Though a first-year H-model or race homologation K would be more collectible, the J has a nice set of updates and weight savings.  With race kit and Muzzy prep, the ZX-7’s went on to multiple crowns on several continents, making that green a key color to fans worldwide.  For a rider not quite ready to take a more rare bike on a trip or park it at a cruise night, this example might be a good choice.

-donn 

Clean Slate – 1991 Kawasaki ZX-7 Ninja
Suzuki June 7, 2021 posted by

The Vapors – 1997 Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD

In 1997 one could have walked into the Suzuki dealer and had a choice of GSX-R1100, TL1000S, or GSX-R750 ( even an RGV-250, of course not here ).  Here’s a recently updated SRAD model which has had quite a makeover.

1997 Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD for sale on eBay

The 750 SRAD was an all new model in 1996, with a newly designed engine using a lot of fresh techniques in the casting and cylinder wall treatments, and ram air intakes helped make 128 hp at 12,000 rpm.  The oil radiator was updated to a oil-to-water heat exchanger mounted on the engine, helping reduce the ancillary plumbing.  The RGV-500 racer was the basis for the twin spar alloy chassis, with a swingarm similarly fabricated of cast and stamped pieces.  Width, wheelbase, and weight were trimmed to a compact package with a dry weight under 400 lbs.

Not much in the way of imperfections on this GSX-R, with mostly new chassis bearings, exhaust, paint, windscreen, and expendables.  Many parts have been cleaned with an abrasive slurry which can cause less damage than dry media blasting.  The new owner could clean up a couple of isolated fasteners, but just in between rides.  Comments from the eBay auction:

The 1996 and 1997 models were the last of the carburetor-fed bikes in the GSX-R line. The 1996 was the T model and the 1997 was the V model.

The bike has undergone a light restoration including: a repaint in factory colors (bodywork is original), cleaned tank, new fuel pump, new plugs, tapered steering stem bearings, wheel bearings, powder-coated wheels, new tires (under 100 miles), brake rebuild kits,brake pads, brake fluid, oil change and filter, radiator flush and fill, carb clean, etc. Finding one of these bikes that does not have a polished frame, extended or just completely ragged out is becoming harder and harder. The bike runs flawlessly and will be a great addition to anyone’s collection or as a rider.

Vapor blasting has been done on many of hard to clean parts such as the top triple tree, sprocket carrier, brake carrier, discs, etc. Take time looking at the pictures and you will notice how clean the bike is.

The bike is upgraded with a Micron full exhaust and jet kit as well as stainless steel brake lines. A Lockhart Philips windscreen is installed and the right front turn signal is an aftermarket unit.

The SRAD generation was a winner, if not in WSBK, Suzuki’s engineering made them a force in the World Endurance championship.  And in the showroom, though the seller is right that seeing one in any kind of nicer stock condition has become an event.  More expert fans will have to weigh in, but this restoration seems pretty faithful and the mechanicals have been taken care of as well.

-donn

The Vapors – 1997 Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD
MV Agusta March 13, 2021 posted by

Black Diamond – 2004 MV Agusta F4 SPR

As the timeline on MV Agusta’s 750 F4 wound down, their special models department put together a few very special bikes.  The SPR eked 140 hp out of its 749 cc’s, was set up for the track, and the $23K list bought you matte black paint.

2004 MV Agusta F4 SPR for sale on eBay

MV Agusta poured a lot of new parts into the SPR engine – the cams, valve springs, pistons, and intakes were revised, balanced, matched and tuned for a redline of 13,900 rpm.  The chassis also got some attention with 50mm Marzocchi forks, and a new Sachs racing monoshock.  A reinforced clutch transmits all that power to a new close-ratio gearset, and three sets of sprockets were supplied with bike, allowing riders to adjust to the layout of the track.  Further adjustments were available in the bars, footpegs, and of course suspension.  Quick-release fasteners open the fairings, making the hidden artistry easy to get to.

Presented by a Las Vegas specialty dealer, this SPR looks very good though the flat black finish doesn’t lend itself to a show bike clean-up.  Just 5,119 miles are on the dash, so the lack of any history is almost excusable.  Some kind of paint failure is apparent on the top tree, just south of the limited edition number plate it would’ve been nice to have a close-up of.  Though few, the pictures are great and we’ll let them do the talking for the eBay auction.

The 2003 World Superbike displacement change put the entire 750 class on borrowed time, even though they might be the best combination of power and light weight.  Some journals went so far as to say that the last few F4 750cc limited editions were Agusta’s closely guarded inventory reduction scheme.  Only 300 SPR’s were built, and reviewers were delighted, even with the head-scratching flat finish.  The SPR even helped save humanity from a – robotic – invasion.  Not many made it to the racetrack they appeared perfect for, though at this kind of discount it could be an epic Sunday rider.

-donn

 

Black Diamond – 2004 MV Agusta F4 SPR