Posts by tag: AMA

Sport Bikes For Sale June 14, 2011 posted by

Holy Grail Alert! 1986 GSXR 750 Limited Edition

Location: Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Mileage: 6,139
Price: Auction, starting at $6,000

Well, all you have to do is read the June 2011 issue of Motorcyclist to learn anything you need to know about this rare, awesome machine. And if you did read it, especially the Smart Money column (that highlights RSBFS!), you know what an opportunity this could be for one lucky soul.

There is plenty that is special about this bike. From the seller:

Don’t mind the low feedback – I trade commercially as loudbikesteve on eBay and enjoy an excellent reputation. I set this account up to keep my personal stuff separate from my business stuff..

I’m listing this 1986 Suzuki GSXR 750 Limited for a very good friend who’s not very computer savvy. I’ve personally seen the machines and took the listing photos last summer.

I had just started road racing when this bike came out and if you were up in the 750 class, this was the bike to have. Suzuki took the GSXR750 and added trick bits to create a racing homologation Limited Edition model that offered some interesting goodies that improved an already great bike. Gun-coat engine finish, gold-plated chain, blue-coated wheels and two sets of racing numbers plus a new electrically activated front suspension system (NEAS), 310 mm floating front brake discs, steering damper, racing type adjustable clutch-lever, dry clutch, hand-laid fiberglass single racing seat, remote rear damper reservoir, amber halogen head lights and more.

More race bike than street bike, this one is absolutely MINT. The machine was decommissioned and has been on display in a climate-controlled environment since acquisition by the current owner almost a decade ago. Please check out the hi-resolution pics on my Flickr account HERE.

If you have zero feedback, please contact me before submitting a bid. Any questions, feel free to email me (I’ll gladly give you my phone number if you need to chat).

More photos:

As described in Motorcyclist, this bike was $6499 when it came out in '86, $2,100 more than a stock GSXR 750. It came to the States in limited numbers (299) in order to qualify for AMA Superbike. Again, the June 2011 issue will give you all the information you need.

This is truly one collectible, historic sportbike. The seller says above that he deals commercially and is listing this for a friend. I don't know the seller's reputation, and there's limited feedback, so I would want to be very clear on the situation with the bike. I would also point out that that it may be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to find some parts for the bike should you ever need them. And with it being stored for a decade, I would want to know if, and how, it runs.

That being said, I would rate this as one of the coolest and most collectible sportbikes of all time. And I would certainly put it at the top of any Suzuki list. If you can't pass up this opportunity, make the jump and place your bid!

-RN

Kawasaki June 13, 2011 posted by

Can you hack it? Jamie Hacking’s ZX6 race bike!

For Sale: 1997 Kawasaki ZX6 600 Ninja Kinkos sponsored Supersport racebike

If you want to learn to ride like Jamie "The Hacker" Hacking, why not start where he did? This 1997 ZX6 is reportedly the same bike that Jamie rode in the 1997 AMA Supersport series - his first major AMA season - where he scored a pole at Phoenix. He went on to score Rookie of the Year in Superbike in '98, and continued to ride both Superbike and Supersport through the close of the '90s. With two Supersport titles to his name, a stint in Moto GP (Kawasaki, '08) and a Superbike World Championship ('09), Hacking has had a long and storied career. And this is where it really started.

This bike, mileage unknown, is noted to be slightly different than as it came off the track. The seller notes suspension and exhaust changes - the racebike using Fox products in the day, and the Kawasaki-Muzzy relationship is well known. But there are likely more changes. The instrument cluster looks to be out of place - a stock unit probably tacked on when the racing data logger/instrument panel was removed. Hence, mileage is not what is shown here. There might also be other changes beneath the plastics - but there is no reason to believe the seller is not being completely candid. Depending upon the condition of the engine internals, this could still be a nice rider.

From the seller:
ZX6 EX-KINKO KAWASAKI JAMIE HACKING SUPERSPORT RACE BIKE
The bike is "as raced" except shock and exhaust.
Raced with Fox shock and Muzzy exhaust.
Currently has stock shock and D&D exhaust.
Good track bike or for a Collector!!!

And what kind mad riding skills do you need to emulate Jamie Hacking? Well, the video below shows a great save when Jamie loses both ends of his Kawasaki. He was able to collect it up and get back into the fight. Despite losing a bunch of places, he still managed to finish 3rd! Imagine if you pulled off this stunt during your next track day! There is also a great interview with Jamie following the clip.

I'm really not sure what kind of value an ex-Jamie Hacking bike AMA bike might have. In some ways, this is a really neat piece of history, suitable for simply parking in your man cave or even for some riding. It is inexpensive enough to make a unique collectable, but there is no real good "market price" listing for an old racebike. Some internet research revealed suggestions that are all over the map, from insultingly low recommendations to figures that can only be advised for the rabid Jamie Hacking fan that *must* have everything Hacker related.

This auction is on right now, with an opening ask of $3,500. So far there have been no takers, but there are still a few days left to go. Interested parties should check out the auction, look at the pictures, and maybe contact the seller to see if there is room to move. This a pretty cool opportunity that we don't see often - an actual factory racebike as campaigned by someone you've actually heard of!

For more information, . Good luck!

MI

Kawasaki September 10, 2010 posted by

2003 Kawasaki ZX-6RR Completely Stock With 1,766 Original Miles On eBay


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This is a very nice example of what I believe to be one of the next collector Kawasaki's!

Bike:  2003 Kawasaki ZX-6RR

Location:  Windsor, Connecticut

Mileage:  1,766mi

The seller states that this bike is in mint condition and free of scratches or dents.  The bike has a new battery and fresh oil change.  This bike looks to be completely stock down to the rear fender and exhaust.

Now before you judge me, this isn't the 636cc ZX6R, this is the Homologation 599cc ZX6RR.  What does that mean?  Well, the RR features a short stroke engine with forged pistons, fuel injection, close-ratio gear box, adjustable swingarm pivot, adjustable USD forks, adjustable rear shock, a 15,500rpm red-line and a digital dash with lap-timer.

Like many of the bikes on RSBFS, the RR was designed to compete in national (AMA) events and World SuperSport championships.  I see it being one of the future collectible Kawasaki's especially as examples like these become increasingly rarer.  This was the first 600cc sport bike to feature USD forks and should be the first new Kawi in your collection.

See this low mileage example on eBay , before someone convinces their eighteen year old friend this would make a great first bike.

AG

Sport Bikes For Sale September 9, 2010 posted by

1989 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 In Mexico

This is a real FZR750R OW01 available in Mexico!

Bike:  1989 Yamaha FZR750R

Location:  Mexico City, Mexico

Mileage:  5,148km

The listing has really no information other than that the bike only comes with the Japanese title, doesn't have a 17 digit VIN, cosmetically it has some small nicks and there is a video that shows the tach works.  The photos do show that the fairings are pretty rough (For a collector OW01) and there appears to be some surface corrosion.

On from that, I'll refresh your memory on the OW01.  The FZR750R was created to compete against the RC30 in World SuperBike racing.  The OW01 shares very little with the standard FZR750 and a little more in common with the FZR1000.  The short stroke motor breathes through four 38mm flat-side Mikuni's, five valves, hand finished porting, lightweight pistons, titanium connecting rods mated to a close ratio transmission.  This results in 108RWHP at 12,500RPM.

The OW01 also features an aluminum Deltabox frame and swingarm with fully adjustable Ohlins units front & rear with Nissin four-pot calipers mated to 320mm discs in the front.

This bike is a result of Yamaha's need to get a competitive bike Homologated for World SuperBike;  Yamaha only needed to produce 500 example for Homologation making the OW01 very scarce then, as well as now.

If you want a bike that an RC30 owner will cross the street for, a FZR750R should do it.  The trouble with this bike will be importing it.  If you'd like to bring this into the U.S. it will probably be difficult or nigh-impossible.  The easiest way would be to bring it in as a race bike but, it has to obviously be a race bike.  If you don't know where to start, I would do some research or find an informed confidant and wait for the next one to pop up.  See the other OW01's we've had here.  See this current bike on eBay .

AG

Sport Bikes For Sale April 24, 2010 posted by

1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance & Hines Edition #505 Of 600

This is a FZR600 Vance & Hines limited edition with 9,500 miles!  Located near Sacramento, California is a 1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance & Hines limited edition #505 Of 600 with 9,500 original miles.  The seller states that this bike has been garaged kept and comes with a cover.  This bike looks to vary from stock in that it has color matched seats, purple exhaust/rear peg mounts, purple sprocket, smoked windscreen and polished lips on the wheels.  The asking price is $4,000 which isn't outrageous if you're looking for a LE FZR even though these are all cosmetic except for the Vance & Hines exhaust.  See the two other FZR600 V&H bikes we posted in the past here.  If you're interested in this low mile FZR with period correct modifications, see the bike on Craigslist here.

AG

Buell March 3, 2010 posted by

1985/86 Buell RR1000 Battletwin Factory Racer Located In The U.K.

This is a Buell RR1000 that ran for the factory in AMA competition!  Located in Tring, United Kingdom is a 1985/86 Buell RR1000 Battletwin. 

Supposedly there are 50, or so, of these running around the world and due to collectors eating these up early on--Gasp!--the majority of the bikes were never raced.  The chassis that is featured here has, as the seller claims, been run in the 1985/86 AMA Battle of the Twins events and a Battle of the Twins event in Italy.  To know the entire history of this bike, we must go to the seller:

This bike was purchased as a kit of parts directly from Erik Buell in 1992 (less wheels, forks and brakes) by an Italian collector who then built the bike to it's current specification in 1993. The bike was then raced in the italian BOT (Battle of the Twins) of that year under the CR&S banner.

The chassis varies slightly from the production RR1000 chassis and is described by Erik Buell as a "lightweight version which is better for racing". This chassis and other parts were used by Buell Racing in 1986 as part of the "works" supported race effort.

This bike is top spec inside and out built with Brembo billet brakes and race discs, Ohlins suspension; front forks are GP type and rear shock was built for Buell and the wheels are Technomagnesio. The Engine, primary and gearbox were completely overhauled in 2002 receiving new pistons, titanium valves, race springs, rods, all bearings and crank rebuild. Cams are Storz and the heads are fully gas followed and twin plugged. Carbs are 42mm flatside Mikuni's. Exhaust is Buell works. The bike has done very little work since but has been maintained regardless.

This bike seems be made up of some very real factory parts with a very real race history.  The seller claims to have, and shows, the documentation of this bike's history.  Recently, everyone seems to have become sentimental to anything with a Buell badge--except perhaps a blast--because of the recent demise of Buell.  The sale of this bike seems to coincide perfectly with this rose-colored rush to remember the good times before H-D brought everything to a halt.  This bike is all the money at $155,000; however, it is one of the first Buells and actually carries an AMA season and European race history.  This bike is very rare no matter what your thoughts of Buell as a company are; What will reassure that this bike stays insanely valuable will be a large number of people feeling that this bike is very, very special--I don't think this should be a problem.  See a fantastic write up by Dave Gess here.  See the RR1000 on eBay .

AG