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Suzuki July 30, 2022 posted by

1998 Suzuki GSX-R750 with Under 7,000 Miles !

Toward the end of the SRAD era, Suzuki wasn’t resting on their laurels and went to fuel injection for the GSX-R750.  Here’s a beauty with just a couple of oil changes’ worth of miles and lots of recent maintenance.

1998 GSX-R750 for sale on eBay

One might quibble over the value of Ram Air Direct tubes at anything but top speed, but the switch to EFI had a measurable effect with 134 hp.  The system samples manifold pressure as well as throttle position, resulting in better low-rpm running and less emissions.  Elsewhere the changes were incremental, slight improvements and weight reduction from the SRAD re-design in 1996.  Some were visible like the re-located steering damper and revised windscreen, but most were harder to detect – lightened crankcase bolts, brake disks 0.5mm thicker, and exhaust headers 20mm shorter.  Some changes weren’t intuitive together, like the lighter 525-series chain but a wider rear wheel and 190mm rear tire.  Unchanged were the aggressive good looks and domed cover for the pillion.

Almost camouflaged in the alternate livery, this GSX-R is easy to overlook but looks excellent in the few pictures provided.  Along with the hard miles it hasn’t done, there are a host of typical mods it doesn’t seem to have had, just easily reversible Micron exhaust, tail tidy, frame bobbins and faux carbon levers.  Knowledgeable readers might chime in with what they see.  The list of recent work is hard to argue with, looking to make this SRAD ready to resume its fun mission.  Notes from the eBay auction –

Mechanically 10 out of 10 , cosmetically 9 out of 10 for a 24 year old bike, a true head turning classic with rare low mileage – turn key bike.

-6,976 original miles, frame sliders, Micron exhaust

-new Michelins (5 miles on them)

-new battery

-new coolant Engine Ice

-new Amsoil oil and filter change

-new spark plugs

-new OMC air filter

-gas tank was taken off completely sandblasted and treated, new seals and new fuel lines

– new rear brake pads

-new stator

-clear title

Ready to ride !

The GSX-R750 designed its way into an epic period of 750cc superbike rules, and came away with every championship Suzuki put their minds to.  While not the ground breaking Slabbie, the SRAD’s had the advantage of a lot of new tech and kept the hits coming.  Rarity could be challenged but this paint, mileage and condition make a good case.  Three days to run on a quiet no-reserve auction but we’re predicting fireworks for the end !

-donn

1998 Suzuki GSX-R750 with Under 7,000 Miles !
Featured Listing May 25, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – Rare Collection of Signed MotoGP Helmets!

May 2022 update: Seller Roscoe Holden informed us that while many helmets have been sold, there are still some classic, signed lids available. See below for more information. Thanks for continuing to support the site, Rosco!


So you’ve got yourself a man cave – or even a museum. Other than parking one or more bikes in there, what to do about decoration? This, my friends, is the ultimate answer. How about more than 30 authentic and replica race helmets and raced by some of the true greats in our sport? Wow! Did I mention that they are signed – some by the rider, and some by both the rider and crew chief or head mechanic? That’s right – get your favorite riders’ signatures on the best canvas available. This is an amazing collection that has taken years and years to accumulate, and is now available.


Valentino Rossi


This is a history of the dome protectors that runs across eras, seasons, sponsors and more. Here is a partial listing of the highlights (there are too many to show them all!):

Mike Hailwood (Ducati 1978)
Giacomo Agostini (MV Agusta 1971, 1972)
Phil Read (MV Agusta 1973, 1974)
Giacomo Agostini (Yamaha 1975)
Barry Sheene (Suzuki 1976, 1977)
Kenny Roberts (Yamaha 1979, 1980)
Marco Lucchinelli (Suzuki 1981)
Franco Uncini (Suzuki 1982)
Freddie Spencer (Honda 1983, 1985)
Eddie Lawson (Yamaha 1984, 1988, Honda 1989)
Wayne Gardner (Honda 1987)
Wayne Rainey (Honda 1990, 1992)
Mick Doohan (Honda 1996, 1997)
Kenny Roberts Jr. (Suzuki 2000)
Steve Martin (Foggy Petronas 2005)
Valentino Rossi (Honda 2002, Yamaha 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009)
Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha 2012)
Marc Marquez (Honda 2013, 2014)


Wayne Rainey


Mick Doohan


Wayne Gardner


From the seller:
It has taken 27 years to accumulate, here is your chance to own this Rare and Unique Collection. The helmets have been all over the world, from Spain, Italy, UK, Europe, the USA to be signed, some have taken about 3 nervous years to returned.

Interested parties should contact Rosco Holden or +61 (0) 412 992 666


Kenny Roberts & Eddie Lawson – also signed by Kel Carruthers
Note: Kenny Roberts helmets have sold, Lawson still available!


Australian motorsports enthusiast Roscoe Holden knows a thing or two about collections. In fact, check out his Motocross, Enduro & Dakar Museum opening, as reported on by MCnews. The same drive and spirit spearheaded his decades-long signature helmet obsession. But after all this time, it’s time for him to let it go. The memorabilia market is gaining momentum, and a collection such as this that tracks across some of the most iconic and memorable racers and time periods in recent history is rare, to say the least. This top collection from top riders, and would look great in an office, a home, a man cave, or museum. Check out all of the pictures, and contact Rosco to make a deal. This is about the coolest thing we’ve seen that doesn’t have wheels! Good Luck, and G’day!


Marc Marquez

Jorge Lorenzo

MI

Featured Listing – Rare Collection of Signed MotoGP Helmets!
Suzuki February 8, 2022 posted by

Strange Magic – 1982 Suzuki GS1000SZ with Lockhart lowers !

Suzuki’s stylish flagship was a released as an 1100cc model, but also homologated for superbike racing with just a liter, but racing cams and carburetors.  Here’s a collector that was nicely upgraded, put in hibernation for 35 years, and has recently been fawned over to a museum-ready level.

1982 Suzuki GS1000SZ for sale on eBay

Though the Katana made do with a fairly conventional chassis, its clip-ons and factory rear sets made for a riding position poised for action.  Having the front axle centered in the anti-dive forks put a fine hone on the handling.  With 108 hp on tap, Hans Muth’s triangular fairing made a surprisingly effective notch in the wind.  1000SZ homologation specials got a performance intake cam and round slide Mikuni carburetors.  Alloy wheels had the then-current street stagger with 19-inch front / 17-inch rear.

The seller is apparently the second owner, but both custodians can clearly be termed superfans – the original owner spec’d engine mods by Vance and Hines, and the seller has gone through the bike comprehensively after its long hiatus.  Take a look at the – detailed pictures – and mammoth list in the eBay auction, and enjoy these comments:

First year, limited production. One year only AMA homologation model. One owner bike (I purchased this bike from the original owner). Purchased new at Pasadena Suzuki in 1982. All work performed in-house by Vance & Hines in late 1983/early 1984. Bike was parked and put into hibernation around 1989/1990 at the request of the original owner’s wife when they had their first child. Bike has been stored indoors in a climate controlled garage ever since.

Clean and clear title. Clean VIN. Starts, runs, and stops great. Bike has been fully gone through. All body work and panels are original, as is the paint. Frame and bodywork are in fantastic shape, paint is in great condition throughout. The seat cover is the factory original faux suede seat cover. The windscreen is the factory original GE Lexan windscreen. The lower fairings are original Lockhart Phillips fairings. These were made to order back in the early to mid ‘80s and are extremely rare. Fairings were color matched with the factory 13L paint. (Note: The fairings were stored off the bike for the last few decades and could stand to be refinished; however, the current paint is in fair condition.) Inside of fuel tank is extremely clean and rust free. Wheels are virtually spotless: no scratches, no pitting, no corrosion, no deeply embedded brake dust/road grime. No oil leaks or seeps, engine is very tight. Bike does not smoke or burn oil. All lights and electronics function properly. This Katana is a true survivor and is in amazing shape at 40-years-old. Aside from the parts and services needed to make it road worthy, this bike has been left as found and was meticulously restored to reflect that.

Original owner’s manual, spare key, steering lock keys, some ephemera (a few sport bike magazines from 1981, a new, sealed in box Testors 1/8 scale model), and some spare parts (original air box, original camshafts, exhaust baffle) are also included with the bike.

While the ask is up there, it’s unclear you could replicate it, when you’d have to start with an undamaged original and source a bunch of goodies that have been out of production for 30 years or more.  The Katana did pretty well with AMA champion Wes Cooley aboard, at least on endurance race track, and was just off the championship podium in 1982.  Somehow the styling made it a reach in the showroom, though it has a loyal following including your truly.  Normally, committing a classic to the carpet doesn’t seem right, but keeping those vintage tires in this case might be a good idea.

-donn

Strange Magic – 1982 Suzuki GS1000SZ with Lockhart lowers !
Honda November 27, 2021 posted by

2001 Honda CBR929RR Erion Racing Edition with 525 Miles !

Credit where due, Honda presented an Erion Edition after the race team won back to back AMA Formula Xtreme 600cc Championships in 1999-2000.  Thinking way out over the horizon, this Fort Meyers owner parked this CBR after just a few fill-ups, and it’s ready for the next display opportunity.

2001 Honda CBR929RR Erion Racing Edition for sale on eBay

 

 

 

 

With its third engine change since the FireBlade was introduced, the 929 was even more overquare, fuel injected, and boasting 152 hp at almost 11,000 rpm.  The all-titanium exhaust included Honda’s volume tailoring HTEV system, stretching the torque band.  New for 2001 were USD forks, and a longer swingarm, smoothing out the handling under  power.  A new 17-inch front wheel fit into the revised fairing, which reviewed as a bit less exciting than its rivals.  Though growing from the original 900, every opportunity was taken to keep weight under control, and inch it toward the middle of the machine.

Though a twenty year old superbike priced at a hair less than a brand new one might only be for a superfan, the owner seems to have kept this one beautifully.  With little history to tell or worry much about, the comments are as bold as the graphics in the eBay auction:

ERION RACING EDITION
BONE STOCK
525 MILES
NEVER DOWN OR ANY ISSUES
COLLECTOR QUALITY
ALWAYS STORED IN CLIMATE CONTROLLED BUILDING
COMES COMPLETE
ORIGINAL OWNER’S MANUAL
ORIGINAL TOOL KIT
HONDA EXHAUST RED SCOTCH BRITE PAD
SALES BROCHURE
MY COLLECTION IS GETTING OUT OF CONTROL 
NEED TO DOWN SIZE A BIT I HAVE SOME VERY SPECIAL LOW MILE BIKES
I KNOW THIS ISNT FOR EVERYONE BUT IF YOU WANT THE BEST HERE IT IS
BIKE IS SERVICED AND READY TO GO OR MOTHBALL AWAY
 

Erion had some great years with many bold faced names aboard, like Nicky Hayden and Ben Bostrom.  Not sure if the Erion edition was anything more than a graphic exercise, but the 929 needed a little extra help in the showroom during the R1’s run for glory.  Looking forward to this seller’s other auctions if they are all as nice as this.

-donn

2001 Honda CBR929RR Erion Racing Edition with 525 Miles !
Kawasaki September 16, 2021 posted by

Albino Unicorn: 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica

I know what you are thinking: How can this possibly be a genuine ELR if it’s in white?? And if you think that way, you are likely located in North America. You can thank the RSBFS institution of higher learning to help widen your viewpoint and knowledge base. You see, while the ELR was strictly painted in electric lime green (i.e. the AMA Superbike racing colors) for the US and Americas, international markets enjoyed a couple of more subtle color palette choices that retained the distinctive striping. This rare white example is a UK model, the muted colors more in alignment with the British market. The remainder of the specs were pretty similar, save for country-specific requirements around emissions, lighting and licensing.

1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R for sale on eBay

The whole concept of the ELR was to celebrate the victorious conqueror that was one “Steady” Eddie Lawson. But there is much debate among the inner circle of the ELR fans as to what comprises a “real” ELR. You see, the model that we consider the Eddie Lawson Replica was actually several, with some subtle and some not so subtle changes. Originally marketed as a 1,000cc model, the engine grew in size to 1100 (which was no longer Superbike legal, but that wasn’t really the point). The earliest model years were known as ELRs thanks in part to the tank graphic. Along the years those changed to Superbike Replica instead. And of course we learn of the stepchildren of international heritage – the replicas that were NOT electrified lime green (the horror!) – which would not likely be considered an ELR, although the spec sheet reads much the same (sans paint code).

From the seller:
Here we are selling a very rare white eddie Lawson original colours, Genuine ELR 26,000 miles resent German import to Uk . Spare 1100 engine installed original engine with sale (needs piston). Bike runs great, original exhausts and un molested condition…too many toys great opportunity for the collector or enthusiast. Wwwkz1000r.com for more information, rare find, serious bidders only, good luck.

Those looking for museum originality might wish to continue looking further, as this original 1,000cc model now has a bigger bang 1,100cc unit installed. The original engine is included with the sale, but requires what sounds like a significant rebuild. The pictures show a pretty bike with original black chrome exhaust – even if the European bikes shipped in the 4-into-2 configuration unlike the hotrod 4-into-1 unit that came on US bikes. Mileage is a surprising 26,497, which means this beast was ridden a fair bit. The good news is that this one has been imported and currently sits in Florida. If you are looking for something a little different – but not totally different – this KZ1000R in unique white just might be your ticket. The starting bid is nearly $10,500 – so be forewarned that this one is not in the bargain bin category. Did you know these were shipped in colors other than green? Do you like the white? Check out all of the details here, and then share your thoughts in the comments. Good Luck!!

MI

Albino Unicorn: 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica
Suzuki August 21, 2021 posted by

Ultra Suede – 1982 Suzuki GS1000SZ Katana

Clearly owned by a fan, today’s Katana has been kept quite original without being a carpet queen.  Rarely seen without the red tank lettering, this might an interesting alternate color scheme.

1982 Suzuki GS1000SZ for sale on eBay

The Katana looked long and lean, but wasn’t substantially longer than the year before’s UJM, and the weight wasn’t anything to brag about.  But it did have scads of power and a fairing that was surprisingly effective.  The design by Hans Muth and Target Design tipped a hat to his previous employer BMW and the R65LS, but was more comprehensive with the angular tank and seat.  Though the mechanicals were typical Hamamat-superbike, some valve timing was adjusted, carburetor jet sizes changed, and forks were a center-axle design with anti-dive.  Suzuki’s take on rear sets and clip-ons gave riders an all-business riding position that made them ready for the outstanding brakes.

Not seeming to have been a show bike, this Katana is extra clean and damage-free.  The extended windscreen looks like a more recent addition than the too small Yoshimura muffler.  Too bad there’s no easy way to shorten the factory rear fender by about half, since its complete removal goes a bit far.  Headers cry for attention but the Jet-Hot guy is just a phone call away.  Bare comments from the eBay auction:

Super clean bike with all original parts and 20,501 miles. Bike has had two owners. Clean VIN. Located in Ellicott City, Maryland. Carburetors just rebuilt.

Though the Euro design wasn’t universally popular, its performance per dollar won over many riders.  Elements of the design popped up on a wide variety of Suzuki’s over the years, as has the Katana name.  The factory went to the effort of homologating the SZ for AMA Superbike competition, but it would fall to the GSX-R to bring home a title.  Equipped with much more than the average motorbike’s personality, the original Katana still grabs eyeballs almost 40 years on.

-donn

Ultra Suede – 1982 Suzuki GS1000SZ Katana
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