Posts by tag: Daytona

Sport Bikes For Sale December 9, 2011 posted by

Brit Bike – 2004 Triumph Daytona Special Edition

This rather nice Triumph has one great paint job. OK being English I am biased but I always love this flag draped over the front of the bike. This Triumph is a 4 cylinder bike with fuel injection, of course now Triumph are famous for their triples, even so this is a Hinckley Triumph. This Daytona was renowned for being a great handling bike and has proved a favorite with track day enthusiasts in the UK. With 110bhp coming from the engine it also managed to get up and go.

The owner gives us some detail here and also is kind to point out the damage.



The eBay auction can be found here.

I think $4200 is a good price perhaps a little on the top end but this is a very nice bike with a sensible mileage and you have to love the paintwork.


Suzuki July 15, 2011 posted by

1979 Suzuki GS1000 Yoshimura racebike

For Sale: 1979 Suzuki GS1000 Yoshimura racer

Back in the day when the racing world was being dominated by European brands, the emerging Japanese superbikes needed some outside help in order to become competitive. Perhaps the most famous of these outside tuners was Hideo "Pops" Yoshimura. Working initially as a privateer and later as a factory supported effort, Yoshimura Suzukis climbed to the top of the superbike heap with wins at such prestigious events as Daytona and the 8 hours of Suzuka. If you were a racer in the late 1970s through early 1980s, there was no better ride than a Yosh-prepared Suzuki. Although we lost Pops Yosimura back in 1995, Yoshimura-prepared racers continue to be competitive rides thanks to the efforts of his son who heads up the company.

What made a Yoshimura bike so special was not just the engine modifications, the suspension modifications or even the frame strengthening. Instead, it was the way that all of these modifications worked together that made these bikes work so well on the racetrack. With a stout motor (check out the one-off engine case covers in the pics!), wide wheels and slicks, and frame gussets intended to control the savagery, this is still a formidable machine with purposeful good looks to match.

From the seller:
This bike is from a time when number plates were made of metal and Goodyear slick's were the tire of choice and rules were made to be broken.

On the block,,,,Roberto Pietri's 1979 AMA Superbike Yoshimura 1000 with a rather odd history with American Honda. Early in 79 Roberto had Pop's build him a full tilt 1025cc Superbike capable of winning races for the sum of $10,000. Mike Velasco was working at Yosh in 79 and they installed an 1105cc kit for some addition boot.

As the story goes, sometime in mid 79 American Honda announced they were going back into roadracing for the 1980 season with Roberto's friend Steve McLaughlin as the manager / racer. Honda knew the Suzuki's were the bike to beat in Superbike as they were winning most of the races. While RSC in Japan was building 4 superbikes for American Honda, Roberto loaned his Yosh racer to the Honda team for evaluation which included dyno time, dragracing at Orange County Raceway, laps at Riverside and maybe even a trip to RSC in Japan. The rear KYB shock's were sent to Mulhland for their own evaluation. Pop's Yosh heard about the testing and was upset with Roberto and wouldn't sell him any spares. Roberto became a factory Honda rider for 1980 for loaning the Suzuki to Honda and knowing the right people.

I purchased the bike around 1998 from a SoCal Racer that had it in storage, it was still missing the rear shocks from 79! I gave it a quick going thru regarding paint, valve adjustment and replaced the clutch plates, it fired right up and sounded healthy.

Has all of the 79 Yosh frame mods, full Yosh motor with close ratio trans, magneto ignition, cams, porting, Keihin CR31 carbs, straight cut gear on clutch and crank ,engine is Kal Garded, the two outer covers I tried to match with some new Kal Gard paint that didnt match to great. New Works performace shocks, Morris Mag's and Lockheed calipers. In one of the photo's is a "NO 9" peened into the cases as Yoshimura used to do with cyl heads.

I didnt get a good image of it but some of the paint on the swingarm is crazing from brake fluid being spilt on it, the engine sounds great but should be gone thru and freshend up.

The value of documented racebikes with history will always be solid. In this case, if this is a true Yosh-Suzuki and it was indeed involved in the cloak and dagger events as described by the seller, then value would be higher than other period bikes of the day. As it stands, there have been several interested bidders and the current auction price is at $5,600 with reserve not yet met.

If you are interested in a piece of Superbike racing history, or are looking for a vintage or AHRMA ride that will turn some heads, this Yoshimura Suzuki might just be the ticket. For more information and pictures, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!


Moto Guzzi July 13, 2011 posted by

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 – Rare 4 Valve Bike

If you visit George Barber's stunning museum you will be able to see a yellow Moto Guzzi Daytona, that is how special these are, after all there were only 283 produced in 1993.  This bike has a 4 valve head which later became a key part of the MGS-01 and the power it could put out.  It was not until the recent crop of Guzzi's that the 4 valve head again became part of the production bikes.  If you are intrigued by the Guzzi Daytona then this site is a good reference.

The seller has the following to say about this lovely bike:

This 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 is a fine original and unrestored example. The original owner kept the bike at his Arizona home where he spent the winters. Thus the very low miles and superb condition. Recently serviced and tuned, the bike is ready to ride ,show or display in your private museum. The very low production numbers for this bike and it's provenance thanks to "Dr. John" makes it an excellent investment opportunity. Steady appreciation!  RIDE YOUR INVESTMENT

GOOGLE 1993-94 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for the history, facts and numbers regarding the linage.
Please ask questions before bidding.
Reserve is fair market value.
Additional pictures upon request.
Transportation and export services available.
Thank you

Link to eBay Auction can be found here so you can start your bidding!

As for price that can be tough.  These bikes though often fetch close to $10k when they come up but finding a recent sale price is difficult and lets face it KBB doesn't work for such a collectable. So if you fancy something that will stand out at your local bike night you should look no further.


Moto Guzzi September 9, 2010 posted by

1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS 1100 In Alabama

A rare Moto Guzzi Daytona RS on eBay!

Bike:  1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS

Location:  Foley, Alabama

Mileage:  6,200mi

Price:  $9,000 opening bid with reserve and $13,000 BIN.

The seller states that this bike is museum quality with the majority of the 6,200 miles put on by them.  The bike is cosmetically and mechanically perfect with a recent major service including valve service, fluid flush, and new Michelin Pilot Power's.  The pictures reflect the claims and this bike looks fantastic.  The seller states that the only modifications from stock are a FI re-programming and polished head guards.

The 1997 Daytona RS is a continuation of the 1996 model which featured the 1100cc motor and chassis tweaks compared to the earlier RS'.  This bike has a claimed output of 102bhp with 71lb-ft of torque which results in a top speed of 145mph.  The suspension is comprised of WP suspension with Brembo brakes.

The Daytona--and 1100 Sport--is easily my favorite road going Moto Guzzi.  It may be because I'm younger and these came out in my formative years but, I still find these dead sexy compared to what is usually released from Lombardy.  I imagine the odd V-Twin and shaft drive was never attractive to anyone who wasn't a Moto Guzzi fan already--making it difficult to convert new buyers.  If you think 900SS Ducati's are too prevalent, I'd absolutely consider one of these gorgeous machines.

See this bike on eBay .


Classic Sport Bikes For Sale August 30, 2010 posted by

1981 Suzuki RG500-VI On eBay!

This is a draw dropping RGB500MK6 on eBay!

Bike:  1981 Suzuki RGB500MK6

Location:  Camano Island, Washington

If you're into motorcycles, it doesn't get much more serious than this!  According to the seller, this bike was purchased new from Heron Suzuki in 1981 and run at Daytona & other U.S. National events.  It'd be nice to know more details but, I'm sure you can contact the seller and he could speak of this bike's history for sometime.  This bike has just been fully restored using all OEM parts and comes with an extensive spares package.  This bike has been restored to Heron Suzuki GP colors and looks fantastic.

This bike looks ready to go and hopefully the spares package can make it feasible (22 pistons included!) to run the bike at an event or two through out the year.  Unfortunately, I do not know the market on these big Suzuki's but, the asking price of $50,000USD doesn't sound completely unrealistic based on condition but, I'm sure the history will play into it's value depending on who has ridden it.  If you can provide any insight into historic values of the RG/RGB series, we'd love to hear from you!  See the RGB500 that Doug posted previously that had a $60k B.I.N. here.  See the seller's TZ250A on eBay here, too.  See this RG500 on eBay .


Quick Spot June 14, 2010 posted by

2002 Triumph Daytona 955i Centennial Edition in IL

2002 Triumph Daytona 955i Centennial Edition in IL

Here is something a little different.  1 of 200 made.   The CE edition differs from the standard 955i in several ways:

Aston Green color which is was only availabe on the CE

Some carbon bits including a hugger and tank inlays

Single sided swing arm

Forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods and forged aluminum pistons.  Result is more hp compared to the standard 955i


This might be a nice opportunity to pick up a limited edition bike with some nice upgrades at a very reasonable price.  The seller is asking $4700 and the bike is listed on Craigslist.