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Kawasaki November 3, 2022 posted by

Looks the Part – 1999 Kawasaki ZRX-1100 Eddie Lawson Commemorative

Team Green had their own take on the retro revolution, and offered a look back to the early 1980’s AMA championships.  Despite the resemblance, the ZRX1100 was thoroughly up to date for the mission.  Today’s has lower mileage, and looks excellent even in the bright sun.

1999 Kawasaki ZRX-1100 for sale on eBay

Kawasaki designers wanted to keep as many elements of the ELR as possible, and saved the bikini fairing, finned engine, low seat and dual shocks at least.  The polished cooling fins are largely cosmetic, since the 106 hp mill is water cooled, but the cam profile combines with the 36mm carburetor size to maximize the torque curve.  A budget steel frame and 5-speed transmission are more modern designs, and the tubular fabricated swingarm echoes the chassis.  42mm right-side-up forks and remote reservoir KYB shocks offer full adjustment, and the 6-pot Tokico brakes got raves.

The long term owner has added a few gold highlights to the usual brake carriers and shock reservoirs, and deleted the rear fender and a good portion of the muffler.  Might just be the sun, but the tire dates could be verified before taking a big handful of right wrist.  Otherwise it’s very tidy and seems to be ready for a late afternoon blast out of suburbia.  Comments from the eBay auction –

Time to let her go, I have owned it for 10 years, stored in a heated garage and typically only a Sunday driver. Super clean, not a scratch on it and well maintained, low miles for a 23 year old bike (13,000). I’m sure if you are looking at this you know the history of the Eddie Lawson replica and significance of the features on this bike. Looks great in the garage, I always get tons of complements, if you are looking to add a ZRX to your collection this is a good one.

No real surprise that even without considering the commemorative paint, the ZRX looks almost as good and rides rather better than the ELR from fifteen years earlier.  It pays homage in many ways, but acknowledges the march of time in others.  Not sure their race engineer – Rob Muzzy – from the early championship days, would have it any other way.

-donn

Looks the Part – 1999 Kawasaki ZRX-1100 Eddie Lawson Commemorative
Suzuki November 2, 2022 posted by

Only the Coolest – 1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Edition

If you’ve come to the RSBFS site today looking to find a hot and collectable motorcycle from this millennium, please indulge us for a few more minutes. Because today’s find is a very, very sano Suzuki GS1000S circa 1980, putting it firmly in the pre-Y2K era, and very soundly into the old-school cool category of what a superbike used to be. Big, bright, blue and bold, the air-cooled inline four with racy stripes and bikini fairing pays homage to Wes Cooley’s success in AMA Superbike competition.

1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Edition for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Suzuki GS1000-S
Wes Cooley Replica
Unobtanium In This Condition
Low Miles & Carefully Maintained
Absolutely Showroom New
Rare Original Mint Condition
The Holy Grail Of Super-Bikes
The Most Highly Collectible Of The Japanese SuperBikes
Looks, Runs & Rides Like New
On Display In The New England Motorcycle Museum
Previous Owner Passed Away

More from the seller:
Rare Opportunity To Buy The Best
Clean Title In Hand
Oregon Registration
Spare Key
Suzuki GS1000 Owner’s Manual
Suzuki Supplemental GS1000-S Owner’s Manual
Just Fully Serviced, Tuned & Detailed
PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO FOR DETAILS


More from the seller:
Carbs Cleaned & Tuned
Fuel Tank Removed and Flushed Out
VP Non-Ethanol Fuel Added
New Bel Ray MC4 Engine Oil
Mechanically, Cosmetically & Electrically a 10
New Battery
System Charging at 14.5 Volts
All Lights and Gauges Work Like New
Complete 100 Point Check Over
Full Rotisserie Detailed
Steam Cleaned, Hand Washed, Polished & Waxed
Ready To Ride or Show Today

We do not see these GS1000S models come up for sale often, and rarely do we see a bike quite this clean. The seller is a familiar entity in the collector world, and generally presents a clean and well photographed example. In today’s case we have a 42 year old, 7,500 mile example that looks to be pretty original. The OEM 4-into-2 exhaust has been traded for a 4-into-1 Kerker unit, which is period correct but looks out of place to me given the Cooley championship bikes in ’79 and ’80 were fielded by the legendary Yoshimura team. Other than that, this looks as good as we’ve seen. These bikes are not getting any younger, which means supply is dwindling with time. The internet appears to agree, as this one has been bid up to a strong $18,500 thus far; anxious prospects can still pull the trigger on a $25k Buy It Now option. You can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

Only the Coolest – 1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Edition
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