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Benelli September 23, 2021 posted by

Sealed for Freshness – 1976 Benelli 750 Sei

More often seen as the later 900cc, the 750 Sei sings an alto arrangement with a sextet of pistons just over two inches in diameter.  Hard to say just when this restoration was completed, but it appears to have traveled very few miles since then.

1976 Benelli 750 Sei for sale on eBay

Conceived by Alejandro de Tomaso, Benelli developed the Sei as a GT and introduced it 1972.  The 1976 model achieved 71 hp, and used three 24mm carburetors.  A gear-driven alternator kept the engine’s width under control, and its smoothness and handling reviewed well.  In an early application of  disk brakes, the Sei used twin 300mm rotors with a drum rear.  18-inch wheels and 500 lbs. weight were par for the mid-seventies, but overall performance was not as exciting as the look of the six angled mufflers.

Offered by a Miami specialty dealership, this Sei is a monochromatic composition in silver, black, and chrome, with factory-looking pinstripes.  Just about everything probably looks better than the day it rolled out of Pesaro, though the finish on the instrument cluster and surrounding area is a puzzling exception.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Top class restoration. The best you can get. Runs as it should. No issues. 
A rare bike almost impossible to find in this good a shape. 90 miles done since. 
Buy with absolute confidence. 
Descriptions, viewpoints and opinions vary between people. 
Please look at the photos and do your own evaluation. 

Depending on your point of view, DeTomaso was somewhere between an early corporate raider and a gifted design engineer.  Either way the small production runs at Benelli led to quality control and dealer network issues, so it was easier to show the Sei than write sales orders.  Even given the alleged similarities to the Honda’s 550 Four engine design, the Sei was a smashing achievement and the only six cylinder for quite a long time.  Interest in the Sei continues – especially when looking like a brand new bike – as does Benelli’s long history.

-donn

 

Sealed for Freshness – 1976 Benelli 750 Sei
Suzuki September 20, 2021 posted by

1985 Suzuki GSX-R 750

1985 Suzuki GSX-R For Sale on eBay!

$15,550 is the BIN price for what cost right at $4,500 36 years ago . . . ?
Not the best ROI, but not too shabby for a Japanese sport bike either!

Well, what do you think? It looks pretty amazing in my humble opinion. I think the biggest surprise to me is it’s survived 36 years without being modified.

From the seller:
Here is a first year GSX-R 750. The bike that started it all 36 years ago. It was imported a few years ago from Canada. 100% bone stock. All bodywork is original. No cracks. No hairline cracks. No scratches. Original windscreen/turn signals/air box/exhaust/flatslide carburetors. Come with the original rear seat/toolkit/owner’s manual. It had a repaint a few years ago with RDdecals. Bike runs/idles/shifts great. No leaks. No smoke. All electrical works as it should. New tires. New starter. Fresh motul oil. Suzuki oil filter. NKG spark plugs. New stock air filter. New float needle valve assembly. Carbs gone through/cleaned and adjusted. 25,092 km 15,591 miles

These bikes are hard to come by and only increasing in value. Comes with a clean California title. Currently registered. I have additional photos. I also have a video of the bike running. The pictures do it no justice. A beautiful bike in person. An awesome bike to rip on or stored in a collection.

Traditionally, I think folks frown on sport bikes being re-sprayed, but just like in the collector car world, the older a machine is the more receptive we’ll have to become to re-sprays. I’ve spent the better part of my morning viewing photos of this machine side-by-side with official Suzuki photos and I can’t see a difference. I know RDDecals.com does a great job, but being completely transparent- I’ve never compared photo’s of their work side by side with intent. *From the photos- the decals look perfect to me. I don’t dare comment on the respray colors/tints/shades because I know every computer monitor is different.

Based on the sellers description and how well this one looks in the photos, I’m thinking this one might be one for the showroom, but I also think this one would fit right in at your local bike night or weekend show. Wouldn’t it be a hoot to ride this 100hp, flat-slide carbed, 18″ wheeled antique side by side with a modern day 150hp, FI, 17″ hooped machine? 🙂

The seller has supplied many hi-res photos and even offers a video should you want to make contact and request it. They’ve listed their phone number over on the auction site. You can make contact here-. I watched the video and I will say it made me smile hearing it come to life.

Cheers!

dd

1985 Suzuki GSX-R 750
Suzuki September 18, 2021 posted by

Dry Aged Rare: 1985 Suzuki GS550E

During a recent staff pow-wow in the ultra plush offices located on One RSBFS Drive, a debate raged whether mass produced Japanese sport bikes really deserved to be on the pages of this fine publication. After all, “rare” is right there in the title, and mass production somehow works against the whole concept of supply vs demand. But if we limited ourselves to a narrow margin of production numbers, this would become the Ducati_Gray_Market_Two_Stroke_Homologation.com site, and fail to list some of the more interesting finds available. Ultimately, we decided that while production numbers are one element of the equation, condition and rarity as found today (be it survivor, locality given imports, etc.) would be a necessary augmentation to the formula. Thus I present a not rare in the day, not super expensive, unlikely to appreciate into 5 digits type of motorcycle that is sure to please readers of a certain age: this 1985 Suzuki GS550E.

1985 Suzuki GS550E for sale on eBay

Take yourself back to 1985 (in a DeLorean if you must). Turn on the TV and you were either watching the Cosby Show or Family Ties. The radio was blasting out Madonna, Wham! or REO Speedwagon. Fred Merkel was in the middle set of his 3 AMA Superbike championships on Honda VF750 machinery. Freddie Spencer was winning both the 500cc and 250cc GP titles. The mighty 900cc Ninja redefined sport motorcycles as we knew them, and the middleweight class of 550cc sport bikes was as hotly contested as always. From this last mix came the GS550E, a capable entrant by Suzuki, seeking to win sporting riders over to the brand. The 572cc inline four pushed out 64 HP, and the Suzuki was notable for triple disk brakes, the rising rate single shock rear suspension, and up front the novel 4-way adjustable anti-dive front fork. Like most of the middleweights during this time, the GS550E was as much a commuter and sporty tourer as it was a sport bike – which means this class had not yet gone down the road of full-on hyper-sports middleweights.

From the seller:
1985 Suzuki GS550E with only 4,100 miles. This low mileage original bike is in great shape. The bike runs great, just a smooth comfortable ride. The 6 speed transmission shifts through the gears flawlessly. Seat is in fantastic shape, paint stills shines beautifully. You can tell that this bike was stored inside. These GS550E models are a fun bike to ride. They’re lightweight, easy to throw around and enough power to get you in trouble. All the lights work, headlight (high and low beam), stop light and directional. All the indicator lights work, along with gas gauge, speedo and tach. Oil has been changed and brakes bled. Carbs were recently rebuilt. It even has the original tool pouch. There are a few knicks and scratches on the tank, front fender and side covers which I have shown in the pictures. I had to make a repair to the left side cover. One of the tabs was broken so I had to epoxy a new one on (picture attached). It appears previous owners weren’t very careful when storing this bike. The side covers and front and rear cowling have no cracks. Overall a nice bike that will give you years of fun riding. I have a clear AZ title in my name.

In the “find another test” method to determine rarity, the condition of this bike is pretty sublime given the age. It has clearly been used, but would not look out of place in a stable full of much more rare machinery. The fact that it has racked up but 4,100 miles (that’s 114-ish miles per year if you do the maths) probably helps a bit. That can sometimes be a warning sign that a vehicle has been sitting for too long to function properly, but according to the seller all is well with this example. A running video might help, but the pics do show a properly clean example of a mid-1980s ‘Zook. There are a few scratches that the seller points out, as well as surface rust on the ends of the exhaust pipes. But in general, this is nearly 40 years old and looking great.

Pricing on these older models is tough. So many of the 550cc class bikes have been run hard, sold often, abused incessantly and cared for infrequently. That is what makes this example stand out, and what makes it RSBFS worthy. The best part of looking at extra-minty examples of mass produced bikes that were never collectors to start with is that the pricing is more reasonable than your average Italian exotic. This Arizona beauty has a starting bid of $3,400. Check out all of the details here, and then let us know your thoughts on if the condition of this one rates it as rare. Good Luck!!

MI

Dry Aged Rare: 1985 Suzuki GS550E
Ducati August 19, 2021 posted by

1987 Ducati Paso 750 with only 9,218 Miles!

1987 Ducati Paso For Sale on eBay!

Red, White and Blue- is this Ducati Controlled Air Flow 750 the one for you? Pretty cheesy right!? Well, maybe my rhymes could use a little work, but I don’t think it’s any cheesier than the plain white block “Controlled Air Flow” sticker prominently displayed on Massimo Tamburini’s first Ducati. C’mon Man!

In full transparency, I spent countless hours pouring over RSBFS.com archives trying to find another 750 or 906/07 Paso sporting the Controlled Air Flow decal and I couldn’t find one. I did manage to find a few photos on the WWW of red 750 Paso’s sporting the decal. I know my witty poem caught you of guard, but the fact of the matter is the RSBFS Way Back Time Machine didn’t yield any results and the WWW search results only returned a few archive photos of the Paso sporting the decal.
Now, before you go and get your tightie whitie’s all bunched up, I realize we are not the “end all- be all” of Ducati information. But, over the past 12 years we’ve seen our fair share of Paso’s so, I think we carry an ounce or two of weight.

I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of the Massimo’s first Ducati, but I can certainly appreciate that we needed this design in order for him to create our beloved 916’s.

Here’s what the seller has to say about his Controlled Air Flow Paso-

1987 750 Ducati Paso. ONE owner since new. Well cared for example of one of the most iconic motorcycles of its time. Owner downsizing collection. Not many of these one owner mint condition examples left out there

What’s your thought’s on the 750 Paso? Love it or hate it- it’s an iconic Italian machine that deserves our respect.

Check out this 750 Paso here-

Side note to the owner: If you’re reading this, I need to talk to you about your 900SL 😉

Ciao!

dd

1987 Ducati Paso 750 with only 9,218 Miles!
Kawasaki August 16, 2021 posted by

Past Present Future Classic – 1982 Kawasaki GPz550

A blast from the past, the GPz was perhaps the ultimate expression of sport bike back when Olivia Newton‑John was getting physical, Rocky had the eye of the tiger, and Tommy Tutone was trying to remember Jenny’s number. This was an era before liquid cooling, before fuel injection, and long before computers had anything to do with motorcycles, preferring to spend their time printing out “hello world” messages. Pre-FaceBook, pre-Twitter, and before internet-streamed content because it was pre-internet, the GPz 550 exudes old tech, old-school cool.

That is not to say that the middleweight GPz did not contain some tech. For the day, it was an evolution of the KZs that came before: 58-ish HP from the air-cooled, 2-valve inline four breathing through Constant Velocity (CV) carbs. But the real trickery was in the suspension. Air-assisted front forks allowed for some degree of tuning, but out back was the first appearance of Kawasaki’s Uni-Trak – a rising-rate, single shock linkage that finally but the twin-shock concept to bed. Fitted with triple disks (of modest proportions by today’s standards) and a bikini fairing, the GPz was the embodiment of the modern era sportbike.

From the seller:
1982 Kawasaki GPZ 550. 20,172 miles on the odometer. Not a dent in the tank and the paint is excellent. Carbs will need to be cleaned and I have 4 carb kits for the bike (K&L). New battery, rebuilt front calipers and rear caliper. Factory manual comes with the bike. This is truly a beautiful motorcycle. Come with 2 new tires that will come with the bike….they will need to be put on the bike

The GPz line was mass produced and there were no special, limited edition models within a size range. Therefore one GPz550 of a given year is very much like any other GPz550 of the same year – no S model, no R spec, and no homologation examples. As a massively produced motorcycle, the GPz550 was not rare – nor where they expensive, nor were they hard to come by (unless you were teenage dreamer living at home spending hours pouring through Cycle magazine… but I digress). Today, a clean and original GPz is becoming a rare find. These were picked up, traded hands, tracked, commuted, parked wherever, and most languish in that nether world of potentially great, but not in great enough shape to care about. That is what makes today’s find special.

This one has been on the block for a while, and the Buy It Now price is a pretty rational $4,500 OBO. Yes, that is more than what it cost when new. But much less than it would cost to bring a rat bike back to former glory. And the seller is open to offers. If you have a collection in your stable and you don’t have a GPz, you should definitely find some room somewhere to sneak one in. For the early eighties, the GPz was the motorcycling pin up equivalent of Bo Derek or the Lamborghini Countach. Check out all of the details here, and then jump to the comments and share your GPz experiences. Good Luck!!

MI

Past Present Future Classic – 1982 Kawasaki GPz550
Ducati August 8, 2021 posted by

The Other Desmo: 1979 Ducati 900 Super Sport Darmah

Shout out to our returning resident writer for the spot on this one. Doug came across this 900 SSD and knew it was significant – but was too occupied redlining his 1990s memory lane exploits to write it up. Rock on with your neon pastels, Captain, I’m all too happy to step in and share one of the most rare Desmos you might find on the GoogleTubeBay!

The late 1970s were difficult for the Bologna brand. For while Ducati clearly made a name with their 750cc green frame Super Sport, winning races and generally being the upstart Italian in a decidedly Japanese technology buffet, showroom success continued to be elusive. Ducati attempted to enter the mainstream market with the 860 GT, but when that failed to chart they evolved it into the 900 Sport Darmah in 1977. A further evolution was created, known as the 900 Super Sport Darmah – or SSD – which is what you see here. A sharper version of the Sport Darmah, the SSD featured some engine enhancements for more power, the sport fairing, and lower clip-on bars. With relatively few Ducatis of this era making it to the US, and even fewer of the SSD variant being made at all, this is a bit of a unicorn of the bevel-drive set.

1979 Ducati 900 Super Sport Darmah for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Low mileage 1979 SS Darmah. Ive got way too many projects and this poor bike just sits and gathers dust so Im selling it.Getting a little too old for the riding position as well…. Brand new battery,stored with Cam 2 fuel,will need tires asap.tough decision . Because of age,bike is sold as is

There is no doubt that the Bologna factory produces products that exude sex appeal. Ducatis have often been noted as performance artwork. Therefore it should be no surprise that Ducati farmed out some of the design to Italdesign studio and Giorgetto Giugiaro. Known for designing some of the most stunning automobiles in history, Giugiaro worked on sculpting….. the engine cases. Yes, such was the level of detail that went into this line.

At the end of the day, the Super Sport Darmah was too heavy to be a true sport bike, and too sporty to be a true tourer that the standard Darmah represented. Even the seller notes that the riding position is too aggressive for an older rider. Couple that with relatively slow sales for the brand, competition between the two Darmahs, and bigger competition from the far East, you have a very rarely seen example of a very special bevel. There is not a ton of info from the seller, and the pictures are relatively few. But if you are in the market for something distinctive – and distinctively 70s – this rare 1979 Ducati 900 Super Sport Darmah might just be for you. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

The Other Desmo: 1979 Ducati 900 Super Sport Darmah
Ducati August 2, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR Hot Rod

Update 8.2.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The Ducati Supersport line has been wildly successful for the Bologna manufacturer, and it is not difficult to see why. Based more on what is NOT there than what is, the Supersport is about agility and lightness. This is a bike that reduces riding to the raw level of man and machine, as opposed to man coddled by electro-mechanical machine. This is a booming, throbbing and visceral experience that is a class all unto its own. An amazing motorcycle because of what it isn’t, the Ducati Supersport remains a standout of the era, and a reminder of how good it is to get out and ride.

Featured Listing – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR Hot Rod

While the Supersport nomenclature had been around for decades in one form or another, it was the Pantah engine models that wear the “SS” designation. And rather thinking of the latter year Supersports as children of the bevel-era, old school Super Sport models, realize that this generation is much more closely related to the F1 and vaunted TT2 models – very good pedigree indeed. Out on the streets, riders quickly saw the potential for the “less is more” philosophy, and began to consider the 900 SS (especially the ’91-’98 models) as platforms to be enhanced and customized. The bare bones were very, very good…but the aftermarket could make them better. Enter today’s Featured Listing, a fantastic interpretation of the 900 SS/CR. I’ll let the seller pick it up from here:

From the seller:
I bought this girl off ebay about 4 years ago. Someone had done a crazy amount of work to her and then parked her. The family I bought it from said that the builder past away. When I got her she had the items listed below. The person who did the work did a GREAT job, everything was very well done. I also did a bunch of work over the years, see below. She basically needs nothing, she has fresh everything, ride her across the country if you’d like. She is fast, light (388 pounds with ½ tank of gas), fun and increasing in value.

More from the seller:
Build work done before I got her:
Black powder coated frame, swingarm, fairing bracket, valve covers and maybe the sides of the oil cooler.
Keihin FCR 39mm Flatslides
Hi-comp stock bore pistons
Light flywheel
Light clutch basket
Magnesium Marchesini 5 spoke wheels
Rear sets
Pi Research System 2 race dash and sensors that show, Oil Pressure, speed, voltage and RPM has a few other options not hooked up.
Modified and powder coated upper fairing bracket for dash.
Fresh brake pads.
Rare D&D Full 2 into 2 exhaust, carbon mufflers and hangers (very cool, light and plenty of clearance)
Fresh stainless lines for front and rear brakes
Custom breather filter.
Customized airbox.
Individual K&N filters
Custom inner fender
Very tiddy custom wiring for the upgrades.
Full CARBON tail (with factory seat), upper and front fender, paint is track quality, 6 out a 10

More from the seller:
What I’ve done in the last 4 years and 1200 miles of ownership:
Fresh fluids, oil changed 7/19, brake/clutch fluid changed 10/20
New plugs 7/19
Ultrasonically cleaned and rebuilt carbs
Belts changed 7/19
Replaced battery
Replaced windscreen
Replaced bar ends
Installed bar end mirrors in place of factory mirrors to keep the bike narrow
Valves adjusted 8/17
Ohlins rear shock
900SS/SP forks
Full floating Brembo iron front rotors
Lightened rear rotor

What she needs and flaws:
The race dash doesn’t have a odometer so I don’t know what the mileage is, it also has it’s own power switch so you have to turn it on and off.
The paint work has some bad touch ups and some flakey spots
That’s it, she is ready to go

More from the seller:
If I kept her I would…. Do nothing, just keep ridding her. It’s a great bike that flies between traffic, up mountains roads and commutes as well as my VFR. I’ve had over 12 900cc Ducati’s, I’m going to regret selling this one more than any other in the past.

Asking Price: $6000 obo

Today’s seller has listed several bikes on RSBFS in the past, and is a known entity. That always helps when considering a significant purchase. And from a cost standpoint, you could not build this hot rod at the price point being asked based on the parts installed and the cost of a suitable donor. That makes this a pretty good deal for a bike that has so much potential to please.

MI

Featured Listing – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/CR Hot Rod
Suzuki July 23, 2021 posted by

1990 Suzuki GSX-R 750: The L O N G Stroke Returns

So, I’m a little older and little fatter now than I was back in 1990. It’s also possible I had a Kenny Powers mullet and wrap around Oakley’s, but that can’t be proven by any of you gear heads.

Look at that side shot- it’s a thing of beauty! All I knew in 1990 was it looked a hell of a lot faster than my mullet and 87 750 Ninja! Plus, all of the kewl kids were riding them so, it had to be the one to get. Can I interest you in a tired Ninja?

1990 Suzuki GSXR 750 For Sale

1990 was a fantastic year for Suzuki GSX-R’s and my beloved Oakley’s. Suzuki revamped the air and oil-cooled power plant and returned to their long stroke 70mm x 48.7mm design as it proved to be a better race platform than the previous years short stroke design. And, if we’re being completely honest here- Who doesn’t like a good L O N G S T R O K E . . . motor?

From the seller:

The 1990 Suzuki GSX-R 750 (L) Slingshot is probably the best of the oil-cooled models while retaining the classic dual headlight, flat head front. It’s a stunning and iconic bike, back then and now.

This one shows 14,982 miles on the clock (713 miles per year- WTF!) and appears to be very well kept.

More from the seller:

I’m the 3rd owner and put <10,000 mi during my 21 years of ownership. The bike was low-sided at low speed in fall 2000 and subsequently restored to its current condition (right side panels and front cowling replaced). Bike comes with original rear indicators, left mirror, original Suzuki air filter, two oil filters, tank bra, Clymer manual, and misc. parts. The bike sports a Vance & Hines header/muffler and was jetted for the original air filter and air box.

I like that the seller is up front about the repairs, but from the images, it was done the correct way and should be a non-issue. The seller is also upfront about his bottom dollar.

Reservation price is $7,000.

At the time of writing, the auction was still at the starting price of $6,000, but since we know the reserve, you know where you need to be if you want to park this 115hp classic in your garage.

For your viewing pleasure, the seller has a video link posted on the auction of the bike running and a quick walk around.

Check it out and let us know your thoughts.

dd

1990 Suzuki GSX-R 750:  The L O N G Stroke Returns