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Suzuki July 5, 2022 posted by

Old School Cool: 1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica

It is no secret that RSBFS staff members love the old-school nostalgia of AMA Superbike racing. And when it comes to the ’79 Suzuki GS1000S, we have written about it several times. These were days of manly men, doing manly stuff with skinny tires, skinny fork tubes, and relatively flexy frames. And while one might deride a late 1970s ride as slow, wobbly and antiquated, this was the stuff of racing madness back in the day. Time and tech wait for no man, and clearly today’s electronics, braking, engine and aero tech have moved us forward. But when it comes to straight up riding, nothing beats a massive lump of 1,000cc of four stroke goodness. And today’s example is even more so, sporting some period correct Hideo “Pops” Yoshimura add-ons which increase the value, rarity, and performance.

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica for sale on eBay

For more on the background of the Wes Cooley inspired GS1000S I could write up something to recycle all the old collective knowledge on the model and how it came to be. However the seller has already done so below, quoting liberally from this RSBFS post from 2020 (attribution really is the highest form of flattery, not to mention good form). All what was said in that article applies to this bike, however the Yoshimura Stage 3 kit adds horsepower the old fashioned way; displacement, compression and breathing improvements. This example also appears to be fitted with improved brakes (stock rotors appear tiny by comparison to these huge additions).

From the seller:
1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Race Replica w/ Rare Pops Yoshimura Stage 3 Full Kit! – $19,995 – WE TAKE TRADES! TOP DOLLAR FOR MOTORCYCLES, CARS, TRUCKS, RV’S, BOATS, TRAILERS, ETC – 315 Big Road Zieglerville PA 19492 – NATIONWIDE SHIPPING. 610-754-8500

1979 Suzuki GS1000S
Wes Cooley Race Replica w/ Rare Pops Yoshimura Stage 3 Full Kit.

This bike is a gorgeous 1979 Suzuki GS1000S. Often referred to as a Wes Cooley model due to the livery, however it was never marketed as such. Wes was a popular racer in Superbike and had some major success with Suzuki (AMA champion in ’79 and ’80) but failed to be honored with his own bike. Regardless, we still consider these models as Cooley replicas.

More from the seller:
The GS1000S was yet another evolution of Suzuki’s mainstay GS model. Climbing out of the ooze of the naked standard, the GS1000S showed its sporting intent with sophisticated air/oil front fork, and gusseted swing arm, and the requisite bikini fairing. But the real magic was in the steel connecting those pieces together. The frame was more robust than that holding up many contemporary bikes, allowing for better handing for what was not exactly the most powerful or fastest bike of the day. At the racetrack, this meant everything, and Pops Yoshimura breathed his magic on the motor to make up for the rest. In stock form expect the 997cc air cooled inline four to produce approximately 90 HP prior to the upgrades. This bike has a very rare Stage 3 Pops Yoshimura 1100 Big bore kit with short skirt/Slipper pistons, and camshaft.

It’s an original owner bike with only 20k. It also has period correct Billet Aluminum Performance Machine PM wheels, PM master cylinder, PM Calipers, and rotors. Numbers matching. Runs flawlessly. Just put about 50 miles going through the gears and making sure everything was in good working order. I opened her up in excess of 120mph just to shake off the cobwebs and she had plenty more. With the performance upgrades you get a much broader power band you’ll appreciate.

More from the seller:
This particular model was limited to a two year production run from 1979 to 1980. The blue/white paint was extra in the showroom, and the Cooley model was the most expensive GS offered by Suzuki for those years.

This bike is very clean, and has been very well cared for. That being said, these are reasonably rare 2-year only models, and few still around with low miles and fantastic condition. Only 500 were sold in USA and Canada.

Historically significant since Wes Cooley won the AMA Superbike Championship in 1979 and 1980. On October 16, 2021, Two-time AMA Superbike champion and two-time Suzuka 8 Hours winner Wes Cooley died at the age of 65.

Priced at $19,995 it’s a appreciating collectible that may never come up for sale again.

Over the years we have seen a fair number of these GS1000S models in reasonable condition. This particular bike has some upgrades, but is perhaps closer to the spirit of a Wes Cooley Superbike replica than the stocker. Regardless, this is one clean looking example of the breed that is being offered in a classified format. The price – like prices we have seen on motorized collectables everywhere – is high. If you want to party like it’s 1979, you’d better be prepared to pony up nearly 20 grand in today’s dollars. That is a lot, but these are relatively low volume, short production year bikes that you do not find every day. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Old School Cool: 1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica
Honda March 4, 2022 posted by

2004 Honda RC51 For Sale on eBay!

Location: Wooster, OH
Make: Honda
Model: RC51 SP 2
Engine Type: 2 cylinders
Exhaust: 2 Hi-Mount
Mileage: 2 6,149
Price: six 2 fiddy
Number of bikes list for sale in the auction: 2 (maybe)

#2 For Sale on eBay!

Runs excellent and been stored in a heated shop. Based upon research done and speaking with two Honda dealerships, this bike is very likely the 2nd bike produced for the North American market! Performance upgrades and parts- Honda Yoshimura High Mount Pipes and Power Commander.



Now that you’ve put your eyes on the full size and the Mini-Moto RC51 what are your thoughts? Oh! Did you notice my 2 themed intro? Just in case you skimmed over it- here are 2 tasty hi-mount exhaust pipes for your viewing pleasure.

Did you feel like Matt Mladin looking at that photo? Too much? 🙂

All jokes aside- those are some tasty looking hi-mounts!

The seller doesn’t say if the mini-moto and crue shirt are included, but one can only assume they are since they’re pictured.

Admittedly, this RC is well used when compared to some of the other recent RSBFS.com RC posts, but the other recent posts can’t lay claim to being the #2 RC51 produced in 2004. What’s that worth to ya? If you answered “nothing!” then perhaps you could throw on the Merlyn Plumlee (RIP) shirt, crack open a cold snack and watch your toddler act a fool on the mini-moto.

If this RC51 tickles your fancy and the mini-moto puts a gleam in your little ones eye make the jump and place your bid!

Check them out here!

Cheers!

Doug

2004 Honda RC51 For Sale on eBay!
Honda February 5, 2022 posted by

Pictures don’t do it justice: 2005 Honda RC51

In a long line of homologation race machines, the Honda RC51 stands out as a unique accomplishment. Ever the engineering powerhouse, Honda played with the rule book and utilized a Me Too philosophy to break the Ducati juggernaut in WSBK by developing a Japanese take on the Italian machine. Since twin-cylinder machines had a distinct displacement advantage over four cylinder bikes in World Superbike competition, Honda dropped two cylinders off of the 750cc V-4 RC45 and reimagined the 999cc RC51 as a twin. The result? Instant win in the same year it arrived thanks to Colin Edwards, and a second championship two years later. The buying public won too – the RC51 made for a fantastic street bike, and graced showrooms from 2000 – 2006.

2005 Honda RC51 for sale on eBay

As with most of Honda’s attempts at homologation, the RC51 is a beast of a bike: The 90 degree vee twin is liquid cooled and breathes through a combination of four valve heads with dual overhead camshafts, and fed with two fuel injectors per cylinder to aid top end performance while maintaining better low rev throttle response. The big twin’s power runs though a silky-smooth six-speed box that is geared more for track days than stop and go traffic. The chassis tightly wraps the narrow motor in an allow twin-beam arrangement, carefully tuned for feel through testing and competition (WSBK and AMA Superbike, to name but two). Big 43 mm forks up front are multi-adjustable, as is the Pro-Link suspension out back; just what you might expect from a racer. All that adds up to a 136 HP, 430 pound, 170 mph rocket ship. The fact that trophies followed the RC51’s introduction is certainly no surprise.

From the seller:
This is at the time the cleanest, lowest mileage, newest RC51 available for sale in the country. Adult owned its entire life, I am the second owner. It has been maintained professionally and runs perfectly, brakes are at approximately 40%, The exterior is in excellent shape I would give it a solid 9/10 as it is a 2005 machine, has HID headlamp, and flush mount turn signals front and rear. It has 11806 miles , motor is stock other than the amazing sounding Delkelvik exhaust system and a 240mm racing chain. I also have a rear wheel bike stand I will include as well as a smoked windscreen I have not installed as well as a power commander brand new in the box I will include with the bike. I also have the stock exhaust system I will include.

Known as the VTR1000R and VRT1000 SP1 in various markets, the RC51 has a strong following. Besides winning WSBK title with Colin Edwards in 2000 and 2002, the RC51 also won the 2002 AMA Superbike championship with Nicky Hayden (for which Honda released a commemorative edition Hayden model). There were incremental changes throughout the years for the street bike, with the latter years being more desirable as a rider due to more power, lighter weight, and better throttle response and overall rideability. This bike has 11,800 miles on the clock, and few quality pictures to truly assess the condition. But it looks good from afar and could be a winner if you are in the RC51 market. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Pictures don’t do it justice: 2005 Honda RC51
Kawasaki July 21, 2021 posted by

Moto Madness: Mike Baldwin’s 1979 Kawasaki Factory Works Race Bike

Star power. It is what sells. Be it the star power of a famous race bike, a famous team, a famous rider, a famous win, or all of the above. This is what sets certain bikes above the rest. And today’s find is a wonderful reminder that the lime green team was once a very dominant force in racing other than WSBK. This bike is a claimed works Kawasaki factory KR750 racer, piloted by none other than Mike Baldwin.

1979 Kawasaki KR750 Factory Race Bike for sale on eBay

In the early to mid 1970s, there was a flurry of activity on the racing scene. Yamaha had brought out their TZ750 – which looked to dominate all and sundry on both the factory and privateer levels – and Kawasaki wanted a piece of that action. Having a successful two stroke in the form of the H1 triple style, Team Green acted quickly to assemble a factory racer that could bring home the gold. With lower restrictions regarding homologation, Kawasaki was able to make use of existing tech, massage it heavily into GP-level machinery, and unleash it upon the world. Utilizing a 750cc triple, Kawasaki offset and skewed both the intake and exhaust ports to narrow the now liquid-cooled motor significantly. A one piece crank simplified the overall engine arrangement (as opposed to the Yamaha, which utilized a series of intermediary shafts to drive the primary and ancillaries), resulting in a powerful, but lightweight package. Coupled with a six speed transmission, triple disk brakes, and what appears to be ancient dual-shock rear suspension, the KR750 nearly won the world championship with Gary Nixon aboard. But runaway success was not to be for Kawasaki, even though the KR750 showed immense potential.

From the seller:
Mike Baldwin was a record-setting five-time AMA Road Racing Champion and the all-time wins leader in AMA Formula 1/Formula 750 history. In all, Baldwin won 27 AMA national races – 17 in AMA F1/750 and 10 in AMA Superbike – and he is considered one of the top road racers America has ever produced.

More from the seller:
At Daytona in ’79, Baldwin appeared to be a real threat to win the Daytona Triple Crown (the Daytona 200, the Daytona Lightweight and the Daytona Superbike races). He was easily the fastest in Superbike and battled for top billing in the Daytona 200 and Lightweight qualifying. Unfortunately, Baldwin high-sided in practice on Thursday and broke his collarbone. Without racing in the qualifying race, Baldwin had to start from the back of the grid in the 200. The leaders had completed nearly three-quarters of a lap by the time the third wave of riders, of which Baldwin was in the back, was given the green flag. In spite of his huge disadvantage and riding in pain with the broken shoulder, Baldwin tore through the field on the factory Kawasaki KR750 and finished a strong fourth, giving him at least a moral victory. In addition to racing for Kawasaki in 1979, he also raced in Europe during the gap in the AMA schedule after Daytona.

More from the seller:
The bike was restored in 1993 by author Stephen Wright with help from Norm Bigelow at the Kawasaki Racing Dept. It has been shown at Del Mar in 1997 and at the Bedford Museum in “The Wild Ones” exhibit in 2003. Also, first place at the Wheelcraft Motorcycle show at Sears Point raceway in 2001. Current owner purchased the bike from Stephen Wright in 1999. Sold on bill of sale. Race notes and history come with the bike.

Race bikes are very difficult to judge when it comes to value. To be certain, factory racers are built and campaigned in limited supply, making them rare to begin with. Couple that with the numerous mods that occur organically over the course of several seasons (due to rules, additional performance, etc), plus the very real potential for crash damage and it is not too surprising to realize that not many of these bikes survive to be restored to this particular level. That is especially true with a well-known and respected rider, such as Mike Baldwin.

The Buy It Now ask for this green monster is a very cool $125k. There is no doubt the bike is historically significant. Sadly we cannot comp this to other sales given the scarcity of pristine Mike Baldwin KR750s on the market. The seller is open to offers and it looks like there are a fair number of watchers on this one, so we may yet see a sale. Let’s all hope it finds a good home, as bikes this rich in history deserve a spot of honor. Check out all of the details here, then start shopping for some green leathers and gear. Good Luck!!

MI

Moto Madness: Mike Baldwin’s 1979 Kawasaki Factory Works Race Bike
Honda July 8, 2021 posted by

Rare & Rarely Used: 2003 Honda RC51

We often like to claim milestone motorcycles were designed to “break all the rules” but in the case of the RC51, the bike was designed to the extent of the rules – quite literally. Known formally as the Honda RVT1000R, the RC51 was a significant departure from the earlier (and successful) RC30 and RC45 formats.

Whereas Honda homologation superbikes of the past were v-4 configurations, the RC51 genesis was a change in WSBK rules allowing twins a greater displacement. This had been exploited by Ducati to the tune of several world championships, so Honda figured if you couldn’t beat them you might as well join them. Enter the 90 degree V-twin displacing 999cc and pumping out a reported 133 HP. With an aluminum twin spar chassis that capitalized on the narrow format engine, nifty aerodynamic tricks such as the side mounted radiators, technologically advanced fuel injection and race ready components such as the close-ratio gearbox the RC51 was ready to hit the track.

It turns out the old adage was right – the bike won right out of the box with Colin Edwards in 2000, and again in 2002. Nicky Hayden won the AMA Superbike championship in 2002 as well, providing Honda with a trio of impressive trophies for their efforts. And while Honda pulled out of WSBK before the 2003 season, the RC51 continued to be offered as a street bike until 2006.

Today’s example has traveled but 795 miles in all its years. This is also a non-California bike, which means it is devoid of the complexities of additional emissions-related equipment festooned on Golden State models – yet it IS located in California. The pictures show a very clean, very original specimen. And with that pristine and awesome presentation comes a price tag: a Buy It Now of $19,500. That is big money. Fortunately the seller is open to offers. So check out all of the details here (including a lot more high res pictures), and Good Luck!!

MI

Rare & Rarely Used: 2003 Honda RC51
Honda May 28, 2021 posted by

TGIF: 1998 Honda CBR 600F3 Smokin Joes

How about a Friday quickie that isn’t closed yet? Check out this wonderful Honda CBR 600 F3 in full-blown Smokin’ Joe’s livery! Not terrifically rare in base model formats, the one year only yellow/purple livery celebrates Honda’s CBR dominance in AMA racing, and includes a thoughtful nod to hall of famer and multi-time AMA Superbike and Supersport champion, Miguel Duhamel. Instantly recognizable as a special edition, the Camel cigarettes sponsorship is not very PC today, but accurately represents the state of racing in the late 1990s.

1998 Honda CBR 600F3 Smokin Joes for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1998 Honda CBR 600F3. Smokin’ Joe’s Special Edition. Camel Racing. Includes owners manual, tool kit, and original exhaust pipe (and some replacement stickers). Purple, yellow, and white seat. Also included is a matching vintage HJC helmet. Great condition collector motorcycle. Some of the smaller vinyl graphic letters near the Dunlop sticker under the seat are missing. Also there are some very light scuffs in the purple on the lower right hand side just ahead of where your foot would go (see picture where I am pointing) and on the adjacent Honda Powered sticker. The battery probably should be replaced, otherwise this bike is ready to ride.

The Smokin’ Joe’s Replica – aside from the graphics – is essentially a stone stock CBR600. There were an estimated 1500 units produced in 1998, making this a reasonably rare motorcycle. Sadly there is little collector value over and above a clean and low mileage CBR of similar vintage. These are also easily faked with plastics and a sticker kit, so RSBFS readers are cautioned to always do your homework. I am told there is a VIN check for the SJR models related to the 6th, 7th and 8th digits (“253”) and the model listed on the VIN plate includes “SE,” but perhaps experts can chime in on the comments. This Buy It Now has a couple of days remaining, with an ask of $4,500. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

TGIF: 1998 Honda CBR 600F3 Smokin Joes
Kawasaki May 20, 2021 posted by

Racetrack Weapon: 1996 Kawasaki ZX-7RR

Homologation machines exist to go racing. Sometimes it is the street bike that makes the race bike possible. Sometimes the street bike is the actual privateer race bike. In almost all cases, homologation machines are collector items because by nature they are limited in numbers. And of those numbers, many of the supply have been lost to the racing circuit (as might have been originally intended from the manufacturer). In almost all cases homologation machines exist to prove that certain features or components were included as stock with production motorcycles, thus providing factories an edge at the race track.

1996 Kawasaki ZX-7RR for sale on eBay

The Kawasaki ZX-7RR is no exception to the homologation game. Fully $3 grand more than the next highest spec ZX-7R, the RR sports the type of components that one needs in order to win a Superbike title. Or many, as the case may be. From a stronger bottom end bearing caps to better and more adjustable suspension front and rear, the adjustable steering head rake and swing arm pivot, to the tall-gearing of the close ratio six speed box to the oversized flatslide carbs (the latter two which incidentally don’t do very well on the street), the RR is really a starting point for teams to begin their tuning. From a “right off the showroom floor” perspective the lower spec Ninjas were better around town – and possibly all around – riders. But the RR was faster, meaner, sharper and far more exclusive.

From the seller:
Absolutely beautiful 1996 Kawasaki ZX-7RR. Stock pipe and not modified. Runs as good as it looks. Only 8000 miles.

For bikes that were meant to be raced – or at least to allow manufacturers to race – homologation machines in low mileage, clean condition are coveted. And rare. All told this is a serious motorcycle. The brand won 12 AMA Superbike championships, thanks to a few names you might have heard about: Eric Bostrom, Doug Chandler and Scott Russell for example. To find a bike this clean and cared for after all these years, to find one in stock, unmodified condition is really too much to ask for sometimes. But if you’re in the market – or in North Carolina where this bike is located – this one might be worth checking out.

This example is being listed as a Buy It Now classified – with pricing a cool $19,500. Looking through the RSBFS archives we find similar examples offered for more, and some for less. We don’t see these every day, and therefore the pricing spread is over a couple of years. That tells me that at least this one is priced in the ballpark. And given the rate at which collector values have been inflated in 2021, this may well be right on the money or even a bit low! Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Racetrack Weapon: 1996 Kawasaki ZX-7RR
Honda April 29, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 2004 Honda RC51 Nicky Hayden

AMA Superbike champion. AMA Superstock winner – in both 600cc and 750cc classes. Formula Extreme winner. MotoGP rookie of the year. MotoGP world champion. Dethroned Valentino Rossi by interrupting his 5-in-a-row championship streak. Three time MotoGP winner and 28 time podium visitor. Scored at least one point in each of his 14 seasons in the top class. Won in WSBK. Inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of fame. When it came to racing, there was not much that Nicky did not accomplish. Known as a genial and affable persona, Nicky was a wonderful ambassador on the world’s stage, and brought the US back to the top step in international competition. The Kentucky Kid will be missed.

2004 Honda RC51 Nicky Hayden Edition

Honda created the RC51 in order to go Superbike racing. With ruling changes that allowed twin cylinder motorcycles a displacement advantage over four-bangers, Honda ditched the successful RC45 (RVF750R) for an all new effort to be known as the RVT1000R in the US and VTR1000 in other markets. The new 90 degree v-twin displaced just under the rule book limit of 999cc and thus was born a Japanese interpretation of a Ducati. And while the 130-odd HP twin is special in its own right, the packaging of the narrow motor within a sculpted wraparound twin-spar aluminum frame is what made the RC51 successful. So successful that it won the WSBK championship in 2000 – its first year out – with Colin Edwards at the helm. The RC51 then won a spectacular double championship in 2002, with Edwards taking WSBK honors and Nicky Hayden winning the AMA Superbike title in America.

From the seller:
This is a Honda RC51 or RVT1000R Nicky Hayden Special Edition, #69.

Contact: Keri: kroskill@gmail.com
Asking $12,000
22,703 miles

This racing bike has been heavily modified with track riding/racing in mind. Meticulously maintained this RC51 is meant to be ridden and enjoyed. Starting from the top down it has a Power Commander III professionally tuned by BMW’s race team. Engine mods to the airbox/emissions. Sato Racing high mount exhaust and rear sets. New sprockets and gearing changed to favor acceleration over top speed. Stainless brake lines. Suspension professionally set up for a 180 lb rider. Custom undertail with LED’s. The bike has been tracked but never been down. There is some small cosmetic damage with the left fairing in the sticker kit very minor. (check pictures).

Included in the purchase:
Rear passenger seat, travel bag that goes in place of the rear seat, original front signals, original tail and signals, stock exhaust, original clip-on bars, and original brake and clutch levers.

The Nicky Hayden Edition of the RC51 is a special tribute to a special rider. This one year only offering differed very little mechanically from the same year base RC51, but included a special brushed aluminum finish on the frame and swingarm, a white area on the front and tail sections for numbers, and a unique Nicky Hayden sticker kit as part of the #69 livery. The tank is also bestowed with Nicky’s signature and 2002 AMA Superbike Championship creds.

How about a video of this beast running? See below and turn up those speakers!

Today’s Feature Listing RC51 is a rare Nicky Hayden Edition with some tasteful performance mods. On the engine side, intake, fuel injection and exhaust have all been massaged thanks to a Power Commander module and those gorgeous Sato Racing cans. Running gear has also been upgraded in the way of improved gearing for the real world, and upgraded brake lines for even better stopping power. Visually the bike has been cleaned up with the undertail kit, and the trick adjustable levers serve double duty as good looking and highly functional. The Sato rear sets are a work of functional art in their own right. All in all, this bike appears to be well sorted and ridden as it was meant to be. The seller is asking $12k for this rare homage to the Kentucky Kid. Please send inquiries to Keri, and snag this rare beauty. Nicky would approve. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing – 2004 Honda RC51 Nicky Hayden