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Kawasaki June 25, 2019 posted by

Big Green Monster: 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR

Used to be factories could build race replicas by throwing on a garland sticker, some reservoir shocks, a rorty pipe and a loud paintjob. Just basic mods and some raucous pigments got you looking a lot like Eddie Lawson back in 1983, though getting near his lap times still required a pile of special parts, and just a dollop of otherworldly talent. 

1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R for sale on eBay

Kawasaki celebrated Eddie’s pre-500cc grand prix 1981 AMA Superbike championship in high style, churning out about 1,000 examples of the wild 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R. The engine came straight out of the regular KZ1000, albeit with a few tweaks. The bodywork was from the mighty GPz 1100, while the seat and bars were near-takeoffs from Lawson’s race-ready mount. 

The lovely thing about the Eddie Lawson Replica is that there are no hyper-performance parts to get in the way of everyday rideability. The big mill is air-oil cooled to keep temperatures in check as simply as possible. It also sports a roller bearing crank assembly to insure magnificent longevity. 

This ELR has been ridden, and it shows, but that is part of its charm. The nicks, rubs and touch-up paint show someone did their best to do right by the bike’s namesake, racking up just over 16,000 miles in the process. Nonoriginal parts are few and far between, though some lovely Ohlins rear shocks have made their way to the party. 

From the eBay listing

1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R – Eddie Lawson Replica – Factory Race Replica

This is an extremely original example of the limited production, special edition superbike commemorating Eddie Lawson (1981-82 Superbike Champion and four-time 500cc World Champion). Less than 1,000 ever produced, with some sources citing only 750 having been made (www.motorcycleclassics.com). When we first saw this bike at the Barber Vintage Motorcycle Museum it made an immediate impression, and we knew we had to have one. Wearing infamous Kawasaki racing green paint, the KZ1000R is powered by a 998cc double-overhead camshaft inline four. The Kerker 4-into-1 is factory included.

This motorcycle came from a high-end collector and has been well-preserved and well-loved. As far as we can discern the paint is all original, as are nearly all of the components on the vehicle. The non-original items include the fairing decals and brand new Ohlins rear shocks. All electric components function, as do all of the gauges and dash indication lights.

We have completed the following maintenance items:

• Fresh oil change.
• We rebuilt the petcock.
• Steering bearings were just replaced.
• New drive chain.

We’d like to disclose all of the imperfections in writing for full transparency. Please refer to all photos, as well as the additional photos and videos linked below:

• There is touch up paint on the back of the front fender.
• The mirror mount on the front brake master cylinder (right-hand side) has material missing but still functions.
• Scratches on the underside of the tank with light dings on other parts of the body.
• There is a light abrasion on the back side of the right fork.
• Small tears along the edge of the seat.

Clean title in hand. A must-have bike for the collection that you wont be afraid to ride!

$22,000.00 – Accepting Offers

Please see all videos and additional pictures.
www.burnupcompany.com

At $22,000 buy-it-now, the seller knows what they have. While the ELR might not be the highest-performance race rep ever built, it might be the most iconic, and it celebrates a true American icon to boot.

Big Green Monster: 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR
Kawasaki March 28, 2019 posted by

Green Flash: 1983 Kawasaki 1000R Eddie Lawson Replica

The boxy, purposeful 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica is one of those machines that elicits reverent guttural grunts from the most jaded superbike fans, connected as it is to American roadracing history. Before Lawson flew the flag on the 500cc World Championship stage, he won back-to-back AMA Superbike titles in ’81 and ’82 aboard a wild Kermit green and royal blue KZ1000.

1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR for sale on eBay

To celebrate, Kawasaki stuck some special parts and that iconic livery on around 750 street bikes, putting a crown on the KZ range and setting a benchmark for other superbikes to be measured by. At least for a couple model years until the mid-80s gave birth to the first “modern” sport bikes. The ELRs had a GPz1100 head on the 1,000cc mill, a 4-to-1 Kerker pipe and reservoir shocks to elevate them above their stablemates.

The bodywork was standard-looking 1982 GPz fare, but sported that gorgeous paint scheme, and a laurel graphic in front of the filler cap that announced the brand’s racing success.

This 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000 ELR has covered fewer than 10,000 miles, and is food-grade clean. The seller says all he has changed are the tires, though the condition definitely belies the miles and the fact that it is unrestored beggars belief.

From the eBay listing:

A limited edition tribute to Eddie Lawson, just 750 examples of the Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR (Eddie Lawson Replica) were built between 1982 and 1983. , the press and the public loved this bike and how aggressively it was set up.
The 998cc inline four produced 83 horsepower in a bike that weighed 543 pounds. Top speed was just shy of 130, and none of those numbers matter to me because I think this is one of the definitive muscle bikes of all time.
Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica
Years produced: 1982-1983
Total production: 750
Claimed power: 83hp @ 8,500rpm
Top speed: 128mph (period test)
Engine type: 998cc double-overhead cam, air-cooled inline four
Weight (dry): 247kg (543.5lb)

Building the KZ1000R followed Kawasaki’s typically deliberate path. From the J-model came its 998cc, DOHC, two-valve, air-cooled four, with electronic ignition and strong roller-bearing crank assembly. It was a hammer of an engine, really, and the perfect starting point for hot-rodders already in love with the bulletproof Kawasaki fours. The conventional steel-tube frame was J-spec, too, with slightly lazier steering geometry and additional trail for the presumed higher-speed work the bike would see.
The ELR’s more memorable parts—the long, coffin-esque tank, swoopy tailpiece, and sporty cockpit fairing—came from the GPz1100, as did instruments, brakes, wheels, and its Dunlop K300s. Also added was a deep-dish saddle, more rear-set footpegs and controls, an oil cooler, a black Kerker 4-into-1 (which, by law, had to be installed by the dealer after the bike was uncrated), and a superbike-bend handlebar designed by Lawson himself. It was an impressive piece, visually and technically, with strong, near-GPz performance, reliability, and more than its share of chutzpah that took riders back to the famous Z-1.

This example came from the original owner, the only things i changes were the tires…..which are period correct the bike obviously was stored inside
this is is in extremely nice shape for a bike that has been ridden and not restored and everything appears original and correct !
all electrics work shifts through all gears ….seat is perfect exhaust looks fantastic bike comes with original owners manual tool kit , clear title and the original sales lit from dealer
this bike is a blast to ride ,and dont forget this a true collectible that will only gain in value !
bid high bid often bike is sold as is with no reserve!
questions….call paul 860 828 1771

With just a few days left in the auction and active bidding, the price is starting to snowball. We expect there will be plenty of bid sniping going on before the auction wraps.

Green Flash: 1983 Kawasaki 1000R Eddie Lawson Replica
Kawasaki September 25, 2018 posted by

Superbike gold: 1983 Kawasaki KZ-1000R Eddie Lawson Replica

Before he ripped his way to four 500cc Grand Prix World Championships, Eddie Lawson had become a hero to legions of American kids on the back of his lime green and electric blue AMA Superbike Kawasaki KZ1000Rs. The series was huge at the time, with riders pulling down proper pro athlete salaries, and the street replicas of Eddie’s bike were the top of the street bike heap in their heyday.

1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR for sale on eBay

This 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica is an unrestored original, which is insane given how nice it is. Sure, it carries some patina here and there, but it’s an honest, well-cared-for rider, and the all-important green-white-blue paint scheme looks flawless. It also comes with the original owner’s manual and tool kit, and an extra set of original wheels, which are, as you might imagine, nigh on impossible to get.

Remarkably, the bike has just over 10,000 miles on it, which means it spent most of its time waiting for the right moment to rip. According to the seller, everything, from the electronics to the drivetrain to the brakes, works as it should. We’d expect nothing less given the condition of the rest of the bike, but the assurance is a nice bonus.

From the eBay listing:

Really nice example of a 1983 Kawasaki Eddie Lawson replica. ELR. This bike has spent most of it’s life in storage. Only 10,974 original miles in 35 years. The extra set of wheels was picked up years ago, and are included with the bike. The owners manual and tool kit are also included. This is a rare bike. It has a clean Indiana title. The bike starts, runs, shifts, and rides great. The gas tank is clean. The brakes and all the electrical work fine. The Dunlop tires only have a few miles on them. This motorcycle sounds incredible. This bike is ready to ride right now. They are only original once. You can restore it or have one of the few originals left. Local pickup only. We will assist in loading it on your truck. Buyer will be responsible for all shipping arrangements. Thank you for looking.

Given this bike’s rarity, originality,  condition and position among the elites of AMA Superbike lore, the $18,500 buy-it-now isn’t half bad. There are fewer of these around every year, and they won’t get any less desirable.

Superbike gold: 1983 Kawasaki KZ-1000R Eddie Lawson Replica
Kawasaki November 20, 2014 posted by

Nearly Ready Eddie: 1983 Kawasaki ELR

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Yes, it came from the 1980s. But somehow these Eddie Lawson Replica KZ1000R (and KZ1100R) models continue to exude charm. Maybe it is the acreage of lime green paint. Perhaps it is the retro hot rod look of the big air-cooled motor, flimsy conventional forks, tiny brake disks and twin shocks. The Kerker pipe certainly lends some retro prestige. For whatever reason, these ELR models really seem to stir up some emotion – and continue to hold their own after 30 plus years (yes, it HAS been that long). Boomers in the collecting phase of their lives have taken notice, and older Gen-Xers might be counted as well. That which was cool in youth is cooler when you have the cash to spend, and that available cash continues to drive up the prices on all things Lawson. While these might have been $5k bikes years ago, the trend is moving much, much higher (with ambitious asks above the $20k mark). This example looks to be a very clean restoration, sports “Steady Eddie” Lawson’s signature on the tail, and is not 100% sorted. The ask is a very cool $16k which begs the Jalopnik “nice price or crack pipe” vote. So which is it in your book?

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1983 Kawasaki ELR 1000 for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
I am selling for a friend a 1983 Super Bike Replica with low miles in which I have no reason to doubt. This is a new restoration due to the bike being outside for a few years. It has new tires and brake pads. The calipers and master cylinder have been rebuilt and bled with Dot 5 Synthetic brake fluid. Engine side covers have been re powder coated. Valve clearance has been checked and did not require shims. No engine oil leaks. New chain and sprockets. I ran this on a shop I.V. bottle. The original petcock does not work and may need rebuilding. This will be shipped without fuel and battery. It has NOS hand grips and bar sliders. Complete tool kit and owners manual. The paint is high quality two stage urethane, the decal kit was NOS. Tail piece signed by the man himself. This would be a nice addition to anyone’s collection.

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Nearly Ready Eddie: 1983 Kawasaki ELR
Kawasaki July 21, 2014 posted by

Canadian Green: 1984 Kawasaki KZ1100R

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We recently posted a US-based ELR here on Rare, and now find this good looking Canadian example. These bikes are somewhat rare in the US, although they had a longer life span in Canada. Celebrating multiple AMA Superbike championships under the wrist of California-born Eddie Lawson, Kawasaki built a real bad-boy replica racer with components and looks unique to anything in the Kawi lineup. Sure, some basic parts were borrowed and bolted on, but the result was a striking statement of Team Green. With the larger 1100cc motor and some shiny new paintwork, this 1984 model is looking for a new caretaker for the next phase of its life.

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1984 Kawasaki ELR 1100 for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
While the body work on this recent find has been professionally re-painted, the rest all but qualifies as a “SURVIVOR”. Bike runs great and had a favourable leak down test done on it.

Original dash cluster was changed at 10786km due to a failed fuel gauge and is included with this bike. New Metzler tires and Kerker megaphone similiar to orignial.

There is some minor touch-up paint on frame and the seat has the typical issue at the bottom front corners. Yes the 6th & 7th digits of the VIN are “R’s”

Please look at pictures carefully

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While the larger 1100cc engine is desirable, the seller’s recommendation to look at the pictures carefully is indeed wise. We at RSBFS always recommend that prospective buyers ask a lot of questions, and scrutinize pictures with care. The seller is up front that this is not an all original bike – it has been repainted and has “period correct” pieces on it. That should not necessarily scare you away. Buyers looking for a museum quality “just-off-the-showroom-floor” purchase might want to pass. For everyone else enamored by these brutal rockets of the past, check it out here and then let us know what you think!

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Canadian Green: 1984 Kawasaki KZ1100R
Kawasaki February 12, 2014 posted by

A lot of green for a lot of green: 1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R1 Eddie Lawson Replica

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ELR models are retro-cool, retro-rare, and retro expensive. We have watched the prices climb on these Eddie Lawson Replica bikes over the past few years. This particular example is a ONE owner bike, however it looks like it might need a bit of loving to bring it back to its former glory.

1982 Kawasaki ELR for sale on eBay

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From the seller:


Original owner will sell #400. It runs, but has been sitting for 15 years and I think the valve seals have cracked. It blows a lot of smoke. The chain has a sticky link. Needs TLC but is very complete. It still has the original break-in sticker on the tach!

I have uploaded more pictures including:
the serial number.
the owners manual (slightly worn but plastic coated since 1983) in
the complete tool kit (including a 5mm wrench for the cap screw I added)
the damage to the tank paint caused by the seat rubbing on it
the left and rear views

I have the Kerker sticker and button, still in the original plastic.

The title is from California but was re-issued in 1992. The title is clear, but since it hasn’t been registered since 1998 the DMV has no record of the bike. They told me that I would have to take the bike to the Highway Patrol to verify the serial numbers and such. Shouldn’t be any problems here, just the effort to do it.

I don’t think that the tank has any rust in it but I didn’t check thoroughly. I have only run it for a few minutes at a time, and only 3 or 4 times. Each time I had to put the petcock on ‘prime’, so I haven’t made sure that the vacuum petcock is working properly. It might need a new diaphragm. It might need many things!

There aren’t any dents or big scratches or broken cooling fins but there are a few nicks here and there. This bike has had an intimate relationship with the road, you know.

The intake manifolds are currently soaking in WD-40, but they aren’t getting any softer. They do fit but it’s a struggle. It was a struggle when they were pliable!

I have just rebuilt the carbs for the 3rd time now. It seems that the new rebuild kits have parts that are different from the original parts, so I used the originals where possible. They should be nice and clean, but I just didn’t want to keep running it with it smoking because of neighboring garages. You’ll have to wait until after the valve job to see, or find a place to burn a quart of oil to find out! It did warm up to idle with the choke off but I turned it off right away.

I’m sorry to see my baby go. I picked her up on a beautiful April 12, 1982 at Santa Ana Kawasaki. It was raining like mad but I rode all day anyway.
I have stripped it to the frame 4 or 5 times and cleaned it with a toothbrush. Hard to tell now that I’ve ignored it for so long.

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With high-tech nitrogen filled “piggyback” shocks, a stout 1000cc four cylinder mill (air cooled with 2 valves per cylinder – and borrowed from the GPz lineup), triple disk brakes and enough green paint to make you visible from miles away, the ELR was really a unique bike in the day. It still is today. This particular bike is available on eBay with a starting bid of $16,000 (!). That would set some kind of record for an ELR, and this is not the nicest we have seen….by far. Check it out here, and then let us know what you think!

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A lot of green for a lot of green: 1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R1 Eddie Lawson Replica
Kawasaki October 23, 2013 posted by

Another Green Monster: 1984 Kawasaki KZ1100R1 ELR

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Hot on the heels of this very clean ZX7-R we find this striking ELR – the Superbike from a previous generation. If Nirvana-style Seattle grunge was hot when you were in high school, chances are you missed some of the most epic factory racing efforts on two wheels. This ELR – or Eddie Lawson Replica – celebrated Kawasaki’s success at the top step back in the early 1980s.

1984 Kawasaki ELR 1100 for sale on eBay

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Before liquid cooling, four valves per cylinder, fuel injection, slipper clutches, quick shifters, mono-shock swingarms with rising rate linkages or 320 mm font discs, this was state of motorcycle racing art. A lot has changed since that time – it was nearly 30 years ago, after all – but fast still looks good. Especially in green.

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From the seller:
Up for sale is a 1984 Z1100R1 ELR super bike replica. ( European sale only) This is One of approximately six known in the in the U.S. Number 1128 out of 1300. Everything works as it should. Paint is in really nice condition on fenders, body panels , rims, tank and engine. Frame powder coat is just as nice. Mechanically, the engine runs extremely strong. Bored to 1260cc .425 lift cams, welded crank, ported head, Wisco high compression pistons and external oil feed to the head. New clutch. Since the addition of 10% alcohol in gasoline I found that using avgas or race gas is by far better to use. I did a 530 chain/sprocket conversion from the 630 oem New bearings , bushings and seals . Valves were lapped and new valve seals. Forks and shocks rebuilt as well. Since the restoration I have noticed two things that should be addressed. One is a real slight oil seep from the copper head gasket and the starter clutch is a bit weaker than it should be. This is a rear opportunity to own one of these bikes. Very few of these bikes are on this side of the pond. Buyer is responsible for coordination and shipping. Cash or pay pal. Check or money order will be held until cleared through bank.

Kerker header has 2″ racing baffle, not the standard one in pictures.

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Pristine, museum quality ELRs are getting harder to find, and more expensive than ever. This bike is not stock, and has some modifications done to it. The big bore kit improves performance and is largely period correct for the era, but will detract from the collector value. There is a fair number of miles on the bike as well. Again, heavy usage detracts from collector value…. but for those of us who would rather ride than imprison these mighty steeds to a life of being parked in a corner, I value a runner.

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The auction on this Texas-based bike is moving slowly – but it is still early days. The current bid is only $5,100 with reserve still in place. We have seen ELR models eclipse double that number in the right conditions, but time (and the reserve) will tell us if this is such a bike. It’s still in bargain basement territory for the moment, so put a watch on it and let’s see what happens! Click the link to jump over to the auction. Good Luck!

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Another Green Monster: 1984 Kawasaki KZ1100R1 ELR
Kawasaki May 23, 2013 posted by

The best way to go green: 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR

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Forget your Prius, electric car, recycling, composting and general conservatism. This is the REAL way to go green: a 1983 Kawasaki ELR model. Built to commemorate Eddie Lawson’s Superbike titles with Kawasaki, the ELR shows off its cutting edge race-spec stuff, including twin piggy-back shocks, and a mighty 1000cc air cooled inline four.

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But let’s face it: what really sets ELR models apart is the brilliant green finish. Look beyond that and you will start to notice the GPz-like bikini fairing, the cast alloy wheels, triple disk brakes, fork brace, factory Kerker exhaust and more. This is no simple KZ; this was the top of the Big K heap in 1983.

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From the seller:
I am selling my 1983 Eddie Lawson Replica (R2) with 22, 377 miles, which is in excellent running order and in very good overall condition. The frame and engine do not match. The original engine was heavily modified for a Cycle Magazine article and the engine was subsequently damaged beyond repair (over rev’ed). It was replaced with a Police 1000J engine.

The bike has new Dunlop tires, a new clutch cable, and new front shock seals installed with less than 2,000 miles. The brakes, battery, chain, and original seat are in very good condition. All of the electrical works (with the exception of intermittent flashing to the oil pressure warning light). All of the turn signals, hazard lights, and the “hi and low beams” of the headlight are working.

This bike comes with: Works rear shocks, a “newish” Kerker exhaust, tuned Mikuni flatside carbs w/ 4 High flow air filters, and an “aftermarket” Dyna electronic adjustable ignition.

Bike has been repainted…but there are a few chips and scrapes. Paint scheme is the “S1 Racing” scheme. Stickers can be removed…no scratches underneath.

Spare parts: stock front and back turn signals, racing oil cooler, stock air box, and the black chromed grab rail that fits around the rear of the seat.

Purchase includes the original Owner’s Manual (pristine condition), the Service Manual, and the Cycle Magazine article + 2 framed photos.

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The ELR models we have posted here in the past have been in varying condition. Some have been absolutely concours condition and destined for museums, while others were riders or slightly worse. This bike looks to be a bit cleaner than most of the riders we have seen, but is far from stock or original. Will that matter to buyers? Given that pristine examples run in the $12k and above ranges, the BIN for this bike is set for a more reasonable $8,000. The opening ask is $6,500, with a reserve in place.

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Will the bidders turn out for this one? If this was the actual magazine testing bike (and documented), that could make it an interesting find. I would love to know more of the back story on that one; could the historical aspect of this bike have any bearing on the final sale price? Click the link to jump over to the auction and check it out. Going green is easy on an ELR!

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Kawasaki March 18, 2013 posted by

Printing Green: 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R2 ELR

Big mean green machines from Kawasaki are worth big bucks these days, and we have seen a number of attempts to cash in on the ELR trend. This bike is the latest ELR we have come across, and it comes to us from Arkansas with 14,150 on the clock.

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Unlike many of the pristine and restored examples, this bike has been ridden and shows some age. The Kerker exhaust is stock, but the black chrome has been worn off over time. The paintwork is not exactly perfect, the rear shocks have been swapped out for shorter units to accommodate a rider without sufficient inseam, and the seller notes numerous “fixes” and mods to the bike.

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From the seller:
For your consideration is this 1983 ELR in Mostly Original Running Condition!
Much of the bike is original, but does have some damage, plenty of wear, and amateur touch-up & alteration – please read the entire listing.

The tank, seat fairing, side covers and front fender have original paint; the front fairing and a few black parts are poorly re-sprayed. It looks like all the stock plastic (air box, chain guard, tool tray, etc.) is there and uncut. Even has the Original Owners Manual and Took Kit!

The motor runs fine, with no smoke, knocks, rattles or slaps. There are no broken fins, scuffed covers, welds or repairs other than a generous application of silicone sealer on the valve cover gasket; it still leaks some. The clutch and gearbox operate smoothly, the “Neutral Finder” works, and the bike handles well. Case guards have been installed. The stock exhaust has been repainted, but turned grey at the header.

The Stock Rear Shocks are Missing. The bike has been short-shocked for a vertically challenged rider, resulting in the rear tire wearing a hole through the plastic inner fender. The bars and mirrors have been changed. The tank has 6 dents ranging from shallow ‘silver dollar+’ diameter (on the lower right front) to hard-to-find tiny, and the petcock will not shut off (inline valve installed); the inside of the tank is very clean, but there are plenty of chips in the green.

The lights, signals and charging system are functional; the kill switch and fuel gauge do not work. Wheels, brakes, disks and hydraulics look original – the chain and tires are good. The chassis and body paint has nicks, marks and scratches, the mounting tabs on the grab rail are broken, and there are welded repairs on the signal brackets. The visible part of the seat cover looks great, but the bottom edge has a few splits.

A quick road test around the block revealed no apparent issues. It makes good power, shifts through all 5 gears, and stops well using either front or rear brakes. No high speed wheelie passes though; the test ride was not far or overly aggressive.

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ELRs can be cash machines – but only clean and original – or fully restored – bikes need apply. The opening bid for this one is $7,500, which is very steep for a bike in this condition. If you are jonesing for an ELR and have been unable to find one, here is a good foundation for a restoration. If you are looking to show, you might want to look elsewhere; this one will need some work. Good Luck!

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