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Yamaha February 25, 2021 posted by

Out of Towner – 1986 Yamaha RZ350

Since the RZ350 was sold here until 1986, it’s relatively rare to see the fully faired rest-of-world edition.  Though this example isn’t currently operational, it shouldn’t take much to bring it back to the living – not to mention California title !

1986 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

For 1986, the RZ350 used Yamaha’s 347cc parallel twin with their electrically controlled power valve, and revised porting and combustion chamber helped make 59 hp at 9,000 rpm.  The lightweight rode on 18-inch alloys with air-adjustable forks and monocross rear.  A perimeter chassis and swingarm were executed in steel tubing, with triple disk brakes.  The full fairing was new for 1985, but 1986 saw a revised tail fairing which perhaps looked sportier in its simplicity.

Not seeming to be a dealer, this owner invites inspection at their home.  The RZ shows very well, with 14,403 km’s or a hair under 9,000 miles.  Finishes and plating indicate inside storage.  Nicks and dings keep it from being a real show bike but once it’s back on the road, it would be a smashing rider or riding resto.  Comments from the eBay auction:

The bike is the full fairing Canadian model that was imported here in the US and it comes with a clean CA title and non-op registration.  The motorcycle is in excellent condition and has approximately 14K Kilometers which is equivalent to just under 9K miles. As shown in the photos, the bike is in excellent cosmetic condition with only minor blemishes to the paint as shown in the last photo. 

The bike has been stored and was drained of fluids, so it will need a light service to get running including but not limited to a new battery, fresh fluids, and possibly a carb cleaning.  The motor kicks over with great compression, the throttle turns, clutch and brakes are working, inside of gas tank is clean, electrical is working, etc. so it should not take very much to bring the bike back onto the road. 

For anyone considering this bike as a collectors item or investment, the bike is a numbers matching (Vin to Engine) vintage motorcycle in mostly all original factory condition, this bike has not been restored but rather it has been on display and preserved for most of its life.

Can’t pretend to understand the RD / RZ / LC confusion, but the actual bike has made more incremental changes over the years and across continental divides.  Meanwhile the two stroke Yamaha fun factor is un-parallelled.  Bidding seems serious in this auction, with more than three days yet to run.  The new owner will have a distinctive RZ350, and will get a chance to know it better during the re-commissioning.

-donn

Out of Towner – 1986 Yamaha RZ350
Bimota January 25, 2021 posted by

Maybe Be My Always – 2000 Bimota V-due 500C

Seeming to have made a silk purse from a nasty old two-stroke 500, Bimota had just about set the moto world on its ear when reality intervened.  This V-due has carburetors set up by a Bimota cognoscenti and proves that there really are unicorns among us.

2000 Bimota V-Due 500C for sale on eBay

With its two stroke v-twin, the V-due was able to match 105 hp with a dry weight of just under 400 lbs.   Electronic fuel injection ensured low emissions and 50-state compliance.  Sergio Robbiano designed a signature chassis, with alloy extrusions connected by Rimini’s exquisite billet machinings.  A large diameter Paoli fork set is fully adjustable, as is the horizontal Öhlins monoshock.  Swoopy and angular bodywork is executed in carbon fiber, with a single seat and dual expansion chambers.

This V-due looks immaculate and shows just 212 miles on its almost bespoke dash.  Due to poor running and more major issues, the first examples were recalled by the factory and many were converted to carburetors by a factory engineer.  Even then they required careful tuning, this time done by a North Carolina Bimota shop / museum.  Spare NOS fairings are seriously unobtanium.  Very little history to tell, but comments from the eBay auction:

Bimota V-due 500C. This was One of Bob Steinbugler’s bike from his collection Bob from Bimota Spirit I purchased this bike from him about 3 -4 years ago. Bike runs great this is the carburetor model which he serviced and tuned for me . The bike will come with a NOS set of spare fairings still in the wrapper. Upper fairing and left and right side fairing.

The conversion to carburetors indicated that more was amiss than just the fuel injection system, and the inconsistent power delivery was traced to under-engineered crankshaft seals ( each bay of a multi-cylinder two stroke has to be independently sealed to make induction vacuum ).  Unfortunately, at that point Bimota had run through their funding and had to shut the doors until new investors revived the company.  As individual as any Bimota is, the V-due might be their rarest and most exotic model.  And right here in our own back yard.

-donn

Maybe Be My Always – 2000 Bimota V-due 500C
Yamaha January 23, 2021 posted by

Why Not the Best ? – 1994 Yamaha YZF-750SP with 3,251 Miles !

While a WSBK title wasn’t in the cards, Yamaha’s 750cc FZR built on the OW-01’s designs and homologated newer ideas for next year.  If you see one it will likely be a gray import, but this rare SP has an MPH speedo and is in sparkling condition.

1994 Yamaha YZF-750SP for sale on eBay

Yamaha packed a lot of tech into the new FZR-750, with 5-valve heads, 11.5-to-1 compression, and the EXUP exhaust management resulting in 125 hp – hard to beat in a 750.  The SP had updated cams, 39mm Keihin flat-slide carburetors, and a close ratio gearbox the superbike racers needed.  Suspension on the SP was fully adjustable and somewhat stiffer, plus it shared the scary-good 6-piston 320mm brakes with the R.  The SP only came in a monoposto, and the seat subframe was quickly replaceable. 

Seeming to be ready for its next display spot, this SP is surprisingly free of even shelf wear.  A good deal of work awaits a riding collector, but it certainly looks worth the effort.  From the eBay auction:

Very rare , and collectible 1994 YZF 750SP.  Bike is mint, museum quality with all the factory warning label stickers still on it.  Only 20 of the SP version were ever brought to North America.

Heaps of competition from the other big three in those days, though the YZF did well in endurance racing, and the quality build helped many privateers riding affordable machinery in the later 1990’s.  This one has seen none of that, and hardly looks to have even done the miles on the odometer.  The ask has me wanting to title the post Fund Factor, but maybe a reader can propose an offer and we’ll keep our fingers crossed.

-donn

Why Not the Best ? – 1994 Yamaha YZF-750SP with 3,251 Miles !
Honda January 15, 2021 posted by

Have One Curated for You – 1993 Honda CBR900RR

Though designed more for the road than the racetrack, the CBR900RR FireBlade had a long and winning competition history.  This Oregon example was ridden initially, then displayed for many years, and is now ready for its next rider.

1993 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

Design engineer Tadao Baba had a new kind of superbike in mind, and worked up a 750-sized chassis to fit a stroked engine displacing 893cc’s.  With four 38mm Keihin carburetors and double overhead cams, the almost-liter-bike engine delivered 122 hp.  Weight saving was always on page one, with an all alloy chassis and swingarm, and conventional Showa cartridge forks which were said to be lighter.  The 16-inch front wheel was a bit easier on the scale and turn-in effort, and areas of the fairings are perforated to reduce drag and maybe a gram or two.  The final tally was 454 lbs. ready to ride, startlingly close to the CBR600F2, and 65 or so lbs. lighter than the next lightest superbike.

Evidently coming out of a private or maybe dealer’s museum, this CBR is almost spotless and the “never down” claim is believable.  Even in the alternate livery, the colors are bright and the lowers are so shiny the tarmac’s reflection looked like a defect for a moment.  Just a few marks on the generator cover might touched up.  The owner has a good video walkaround – here – and some comments from the eBay auction –

1993 Honda CBR-900-RR – 1st Year – 

-Only 6 lbs. more than the CBR600RR of the same year

-This bike is in 9.9 out of 10 Excellent condition – never down/crashed etc. 

-I am the 2nd owner. Delivered from the factory in the rarest of the two multi-color options

It was perfectly mothballed before going on museum display about 10 years ago. I’m out of floor space in the museum.

-All OEM Bodywork in excellent condition

-Comes with OEM tool kit & owners manual

It’s been pulled off the museum display floor, and over the last month, as time permitted I have had the following service items performed by my mechanic –

-New AGM battery installed

-New oil & filter change

-Front & rear calipers serviced – cleaned & brake fluid flushed from the long time on display

-New non-ethanol fuel installed

The CBR900RR wasn’t a WSBK or AMA SuperBike weapon, but Honda saw that “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” brought customers in, where the FireBlade could win them over.  Winning ways in AMA Formula Extreme and GTO Endurance racing didn’t hurt.  Honda nudged displacement up slowly through the -90’s, and kept weight under control.  But the first year, when the bike was on everyone’s 10 best list, has an undeniable appeal.  This CBR is already attracting a lot of attention, at least bid-wise, and it’ll be interesting to see how the bids compare to the reserve.

-donn

Have One Curated for You – 1993 Honda CBR900RR
Moto Guzzi January 9, 2021 posted by

Mile High Goose – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

Just east of some of the best snow sports in the world, there’s a classic and very sporty Moto Guzzi waiting for spring.  This Denver example looks quite original and very good for its 13,048 miles.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for sale on eBay

Midway through the DeTomaso administration, Guzzi was looking to generate some attention, and the leap to four valves did just that.  The liter V-twin pushed 95 hp, and used a single belt driven cam in the north side of each head.  The chassis didn’t contain the engine so much as help it locate the steering head and swingarm.  17-inch wheels with conventional forks from Marzocchi and WP monoshock are sporty running gear, as is 320mm stopping gear from Brembo.  The upper-only fairing flows from nose to monoposto seat fairing.

Offered by the enthusiast owner, this Daytona is sharp and up to date maintenance-wise.  Looks like a regularly ridden superbike with the Supertrapp.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This Italian-made machine was largely the work of an American dentist-turned-engineer, Dr. John Wittner.  In the late 1980’s, Dr. John produced special Moto Guzzi race bikes that were very successful.  The Daytona is a production version in honor of those race bikes, with a four valve per cylinder engine.  Note that like the Vincent, the Daytona does not have a frame. Instead,it uses a box section “spine”.  The original exhaust system has been replaced with a SuperTrapp system. 13,048 miles, fresh service, new belts, very clean.

The eight valve engines must’ve been a budget buster, and though the engine was retired after 1999, BMW may have analyzed the almost-overhead cam’s geometry while their R1100S was in development.  Dr. Wittner and his interns did well in thunder twins racing, and the Daytona remains an aptly named flagship.  This one is having its own endurance challenge, racing toward a third decade’s finish line and new rider.

-donn

Mile High Goose – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000
Honda January 7, 2021 posted by

More Polishing Hours than Miles – 1979 Honda CBX

Showing just 3,784 miles, this CBX show bike’s condition is hard to believe.  The third and present owner rode it once or twice but found being a museum docent on every ride was a reminder that this CBX is just too nice.

1979 Honda CBX for sale on eBay

Already a world sales leader, Honda wanted to demonstrate their engineering chops, and found a venue in the double overhead-cam inline six.  Even the small 64.5 mm bores made for a wide package, and provided 105 hp at 9,000 rpm.  Honda kept the center of gravity low, disguising the mass of package.  Period UJM features like air-adjustable forks and the 19-inch front wheel are featured, and there’s a nod to the 600 lbs. riding weight in the 296mm rear brake disk – larger than the 276mm fronts.  The six-into-two exhaust needed its own bottle of chrome polish.

The Florida owner tells most of his CBX’s history, which is surprisingly short.  The level of polish is way over the top, but very little about the CBX isn’t.  For all the dirty flat black Comstar wheels out there, these laboratory examples are a beacon of hope.  From the looks of the tank, the fuel was drained for most of the display years.  The seat fairing looks original but the owner says no, and it’s hard to argue with someone who puts a rag down under the centerstand in the eBay auction:

Three owner bike.  Brief history 1st owner, from Oklahoma, purchased new and  kept the bike in his house until 2002 and bike was sold to a collector in Ohio, 2nd owner never rode the bike and sold to me in 2020.  The CBX was refreshed by the 2nd owner and stored in a climate controlled building with his collection of vintage motorcycles.

Refresh of the CBX was done by a shop in Georgia that performed the following – new tires, chain and sprockets, fork oil and seals replaced, original exhaust chromed to show quality, complete tune up, coils, spark plug wires, carbs rebuilt, wheels and side cases polished and new paint job.  2nd owner likes his bikes “over restored”.   $,$$$ were spent and the bike was placed back in the collection. I purchased last year and just recently decided to start and ride the CBX–after changing all fluids, adding a fuel filter, bike was started and taken to a local shop to check/synch the carbs.  Bike ran great with all 105 horses on tap it was a pure joy to ride – rode 65 miles.  It has been painstakingly taken care of for 41 years and should continue to be.  Not many in this condition left.  Living in Florida, I wanted a nice UJM bike to ride during the winter months – this bike is too rare and collectable.  Took 45 minutes just to get gas as many people wanted to see and talk about it – do not see these driving around in this condition.
All lights – head, tail, turn signals, dash lights, horn function as new.  Tach, speedo and volt gauges are original – not restored.  The tach started to have a whining noise so it was disconnected.   Inside of tank looks new and is not coated.  The bike appears to have all its original parts except for the tail section.  Original tool kit and owners manual are like new.  Original shop manual along with many magazine articles and Honda brochures included with the sale.

 

Honda’s six was more successful than either the earlier Benelli or later Kawasaki, but still only survived four model years.  But during that time, it served as a dealer showpiece, occasional endurance racer, and collector’s icon.  This one has less miles but might be less original than some.  The eye-watering starting bid might be offset by the show-ready appearance, at least for some buyers.

-donn

More Polishing Hours than Miles – 1979 Honda CBX
Kawasaki January 4, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica

From the days when men were men and AMA Superbikes had muscular steel frames, this museum-quality ELR is presented  by RSBFS fan Bob, and his Globe Motorcycles shop ( if not curatorial facility ! ).

1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR for sale on eBay

The big KZ suited “Steady” Eddie’s lanky frame, and with help from updated camshafts and Kerker exhaust, its 104 hp sent the 500 lbs. replica rocketing toward 134 mph.  To augment the taut chassis, Showa built air-adjustable forks and remote-reservoir shocks as similar as could be to the racer’s WP dampers.  Serious speed called for serious brakes, and Kawasaki mounted three 10-inch disks to answer the call.  The low handlebars were a Lawson bend, and the stepped seat provided solid placement for a solo rider, as well as legroom for a pillion.  The mean green livery, with black mechanicals and gold accents on the shocks and wheels, just about defines classic, maybe with a capital K.

Bob has been an ELR superfan from day one, and has the knowledge not to over-restore, and replaced needed parts with NOS when possible.  Carbs have been rebuilt and new classic-pattern Metzeler’s mounted, so you could ride to a vintage show, but you’ll need someone to carry a trophy home.  Just a portion of Bob’s comments from the eBay auction:

JUST WON 2ND PLACE BEST JAPANESE MOTORCYCLE. THE JUDGES FROM THE EVENT WERE BLOWN AWAY AT HOW PERFECT SHE IS.
THIS BIKE UNDERWENT MINOR CLEAN UP / REFRESH AT MY SHOP, GLOBE MOTORCYCLES LIMITED. THE  BODY WORK WAS RE-PAINTED IN EXACT MATCHING KAWASAKI LIME GREEN A FEW YEARS AGO BY ANOTHER ELR EXPERT IN CONNECTICUT, “NOS” HANDLE BAR GRIPS, END CAPS, AND HANDLE BAR SWITCHES WERE INSTALLED – SO VERY HARD TO FIND. I SWAPPED OUT THE ENGINE SIDE COVERS WITH “NOS” UNITS AND NEW OEM GASKETS AND SEALS. 
WITH ONLY 6,822 MILES (10,980 KM) THE ENGINE ITSELF HAS NEVER BEEN PAINTED SO NO PAINT WENT WHERE IT DOES NOT BELONG. THE ENGINE SIDE COVERS WERE REPLACED WITH “NOS” UNITS – VERY HARD TO FIND.
THE CARBURETORS WERE COMPLETELY DISASSEMBLED, ULTRASONICALLY CLEANED, AND PAINTED JUST AS THE FACTORY DID, REASSEMBLED AND SYNCHRONIZED. I RE-JETTED THEM WITH #132 MAIN JETS AND RAISED THE JET NEEDLE WITH ONE WASHER TO AID IN RUNNING BETTER WITH THE MID SIZE COMPETITION KERKER BAFFLE.
THE FRAME AND SWING ARM ARE MOSTLY ALL ORIGINAL PAINT WITH JUST A FEW TOUCH UPS AND LOOK BETTER THAN MOST OF THE OTHER ORIGINAL ELR’s I HAVE HAD. 
THE TIRES HAVE BEEN REPLACED WITH METZLER SPORTEC KLASSICS (K300’S ARE NOT AVAILABLE). THE SEAT IS ALL ORIGINAL WITH NO BLEMISHES.

Bob has the opening bid for his ELR set at $19,500 and can be reached through the eBay auction.

Eddie Lawson had previous experience with Yamaha during his dirt track days, and saw a chance for a 1983 world championship on an RZ-500 ( with teammate Kenny Roberts, under Agostino management ! ).  Too bad the ELR couldn’t be issued with the AMA champ’s signature, but Lawson went on to four MotoGP titles, and the 1982-3 replicas are still a prize for any collector.  Bob’s are some of the finest seen on RSBFS, in striking condition, a keen look back at Eddie Lawson’s first championship.

-donn

 

Featured Listing – 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica
Suzuki December 18, 2020 posted by

! obruT – 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo

Suzuki’s entrant to the turbo sweepstakes was sportier than the green or red models, still more of a GT all in all.  This Oregon example has been ridden some, displayed some, and made ready for the next rider.

1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo for sale on eBay

Suzuki designed a special engine for the turbo, only 673cc and 7.4-to-1 compression, but nicely oversquare with a 10,000 rpm redline.  Full injection ensures smooth running across the range and the advanced oil cooling system used squirters to cool the pistons.  The forward leaning chassis used twin downtubes, anti-dive forks with a 16-inch front wheel and Full Floater monoshock rear.  A little Katana-style goodness made for a distinctive fairing with sportier clip-on handlebars and footpeg location.

Any curator would be happy if their XN85 was in this kind of shape, undamaged and shiny pretty much everywhere.  The owner states he’s only the second, and it’s been in “his” museum for the last twelve years.  That might be worth looking into if you’re local to Portland.  Links to a few comprehensive videos are in – the eBay auction – interspersed with the owner’s comments:

The XN85 Has Been On Display For 11-12 Years In My Museum.

It’s Been Pulled Off The Display Floor And, Over Last 3+ Months As Time Permitted I Have Had The Following Service Items Performed By My Mechanic –

-New AGM Battery Installed

-New Oil & Filter Change

-Both Front And Rear Calipers Serviced – Cleaned & Brake Fluids Flushed From The Long Time sitting Idle While On Display

Recently un-mothballed in a loving fashion by my master mechanic.  The fuel system flushed with non-ethanol premium fuel.  Installed a new battery along with a new battery tender hook-up.  It started up in less then 2 seconds and runs great!  There are no fuel leaks. It idles perfectly.  It’s fuel injected. It Revs & Restarts fine.  It is ready to go and needs nothing  to go riding.  And/or it’s ready to go straight into another Museum.

Though a great engineering exercise, the fuel crisis passed, insurance companies got wind of the power vs. displacement issue, and none of the models survived to see 1986.  The XN85 was relieved for the ’84 model year in the U.S., but was sold abroad for a couple of more years.  Time has confirmed that Suzuki’s ideas about handling and de-tuning the turbo were correct, as the model has consistently reviewed well in the fun-to-ride and reliability departments.  Evidently the victim of a failed BAT auction, this particular XN85 would’ve been a bargain at that strike price, but likely this and XN85 owners everywhere are hoping for better.

-donn

 

! obruT – 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo