Posts by tag: EXUP

Yamaha June 11, 2021 posted by

Up a Notch – 1992 Yamaha FZR1000

As much of an upstart as the original FZR1000 was in 1987, later design revisions took the superbike to the next level.  Today’s FZR is an elegant survivor with just under 13,000 miles.

1992 Yamaha FZR1000 for sale on eBay

Yamaha’s 1,002 cc Genesis had 5 valves per cylinder from the start, a great technical achievement until the EXUP power valve ( and 10 hp ! ) were added in 1989.  Because of the stretched power band, it’s ok with a 5-speed transmission.  The alloy DeltaBox chassis got revisions in 1989 and again in 1991, with the addition of upside-down Kayaba forks.  320mm brakes had plenty of oomph and reviewed with good feel via the 4-piston calipers.  Clip-ons under the triple clamp are routine in the sportbike world but not so much in the liter category, they draw the rider over the tank and make the fairing’s protection more easily accessible.

Evidently hidden away in a suburban Iowa garage for some of its life, this FZR appears excellent with just a Vance & Hines exhaust and smoked windscreen as visible mods.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Here is an excellent example of one of the legendary sportbikes from the 80’s and 90’s. This bike is in above average condition with minimal chips and scratches. Well cared for with only 12,900 miles. This bike has been kept up on maintenance and needs nothing other than a rider, or stow it away in your collection. These bikes are becoming more and more valuable and extremely hard to find in this condition. 

In 1991 a further redesign of the FZR resulted in the release of the FZR1000RU EXUP, upside-down telescoping forks were fitted and the front fairing was fitted with a single headlight, generally regarded to be the definitive FZR1000 which this bike is.  This bike has a few tasteful mods – Vance & Hines SS2R exhaust that gives it that superbike sound, and a lightly tinted windscreen.

Yamaha got it very right with the FZR1000, to the point that Cycle World named it the bike of the decade, and it even beat the FZR600 around the technical Streets of Willow road course.  Lighter than expected at just over 500 lbs., when 145 hp were applied and balanced on 60-series tires, it became a nimble projectile.

-donn

 

Up a Notch – 1992 Yamaha FZR1000
Bimota April 19, 2021 posted by

Still No Slouch: 1997 Bimota YB11 for Sale

If you don’t mind the typical Italian quirks, the Bimota YB11 currently offers tremendous bang for the buck. It’s as rare as hen’s teeth, with just 650 made worldwide, packs a Yamaha YZF1000R motor and gearbox, is clothed in lightweight bodywork, and generally trade at $10,000 or less. It doesn’t get much rarer or more exclusive than that and the styling, while obviously not modern, makes the bike striking enough to display in your living room.

That 1002cc Thunderace motor puts out a stout 145hp and 80 ft/lbs of torque, enough to propel this Italian missile to nearly 170mph, a heady number in 1997 and still nothing to sneeze at today. Reliability for the engine is excellent as well, although accessing the bike to service it can prove difficult with the engine in the frame… Luckily the super leggera [“very lightweight”] bodywork is easily removed, with the tank shroud and entire tail section formed from a single piece!

The rest of the bike is every bit as exotic as you’d expect, with stout 51mm right-way up Paioli forks that feature carbon fiber tubes, Brembo gold line brakes, lots of carbon fiber, and even a pillion pad and pegs! You have to admit: passenger accommodations on a limited-production Italian superbike are exceptionally rare…

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Bimota YB11 for Sale

I am selling my 1997 Bimota YB11 Superleggera (and two other bikes – please see my profile) located in Cocoa, Florida. These bikes are always parked indoors and kept on battery tenders when not being ridden. I am not a dealer; I am a motorcycle collector/enthusiast selling my personal bikes due to an unforeseen health matter.

1997 Bimota YB11 Superleggera, 1 of 87 imported into USA in ’97 (650 worldwide)
-Biposto model (OEM passenger seat and NOS passenger pegs included with sale)
-Low 5,598 miles!
-YB11 is the last Yamaha-powered Bimota model produced (unlikely to see another Yamaha model in the future, as Bimota has been acquired by Kawasaki), powered by a 145hp Yamaha Thunderace engine (1,002cc). A robust inline-4, carbureted Yamaha engine that has a great track record and parts availability. Considered to be one of the most well-mannered, reliable, and sport touring-friendly Bimotas available.
-Original owner was a collector (this bike was ~$30,000 new and many went to collectors). Owner prior to me was an enthusiast and regular on Bimota Forums; they completed a functional/riding restoration prior to my possession to refresh the bike after minimal riding in its early years.
-Service/updates include: 51mm Paoli fork seals were replaced with NOS set, brake rotors/pads replaced, Arrow exhaust system with appropriate jetting to match (sounds tremendous), all fluids changed, adjustable anodized clutch and brake levers, good tires with plenty of tread remaining, fasteners on bodywork upgraded to stainless pieces, carbon fiber reinforcement on backside of bodywork mounting points to prevent cracking in the future, low profile rear signals, upgraded brake/clutch fluid reservoirs.
-Runs smoothly, very powerful, Yamaha EXUP system functions as it should
-Headlight, taillight, turn signals, gauge cluster, digital temp/odometer readout all function correctly
-Title is clear, no liens, ready to be signed over
-Extras: I am including some parts, ephemera, and spares for new owner, to include: NOS passenger pegs with locking mechanism, passenger seat in good condition, lightly used radiator obtained from previous owner(not needed but kept as a spare), “Bimota: 25 Years Of Excellence” by Giorgio Sarti (rare, out of print, $300-400 on eBay when found, best Bimota resource in print, IMHO)

PLEASE READ CONDITION NOTES CAREFULLY! I am an enthusiast and I know the feeling of driving far to pick up a car/bike/moped/etc and being disappointed upon arrival. I will tell you as much as I can, in hopes that your expectations will be accurate. I would rather you arrive and be pleasantly surprised at how the bike shows in person, rather than disappointed that flaws were omitted.

Condition Notes: This bike is very clean; please view photos carefully for best idea of condition. The mirrors have some minor/superficial scuffs on the plastic on the backsides, see photos. There is a small hairline crack near left mirror, see photos(has been reinforced on backside to prevent further spread). There is a scuff/wear where the bodywork meets, near the right fork tube, see photos(this is hard to notice unless underneath or very low, but worth mentioning). Black paint is chipping on kickstand. Please view photos carefully and let me know if you have questions about any other areas.

The seller appears knowledgeable and the bike looks very clean, in spite of a few minor blemishes and the over-exposed photos that don’t flatter the paintwork. I’m a huge fan of 90s Bimotas and values have managed to remain low, although that can’t last forever. They are pain to work on, but the mechanical bits are sound and this thing could still surprise an unwary modern bike with its performance. As to the claim that this “the most sport-touring” friendly Bimota available: the pegs do feel very high, but I’ve read that the somewhat odd riding position does work very well once you’ve acclimated yourself.

-tad

Still No Slouch: 1997 Bimota YB11 for Sale
Yamaha January 27, 2021 posted by

Uncompromised – 1989 Yamaha FZR-750R – OW01 with 2,900 Miles !

Metric tons of ink have been spilled concerning Yamaha’s FZR-750R – code named OW01 – and other homologation specials built for the first few years of the Superbike World Championship.  Rare as they are, this Californian is striking with very low miles and a spare set of bodywork.

1989 Yamaha FZR-750R – OW01 for sale on eBay

Yamaha added just the bare requirements to make their FZR-750R ready for the road, lower compression pistons ( still 11.2-to-1 ), the EXUP automatic exhaust tuner, mirrors, reflectors, and a few lights.  The rest is how a superbike team would like to see it, a seriously oversquare four, with 38mm Mikuni flat slides looking right down into the five-valve head, and 109hp before the racekit and tuner worked their magic.  Titanium connecting rods are topped with short-skirted pistons, light to achieve the 12,500 rpm ceiling of the powerband.  A Deltabox frame triangulates light alloy stampings right to the headstock, welded to cast frame connectors which hold the Monocross rear and Öhlins shock.  Conventional forks are up front hung with 320mm Nissin brakes, with a smaller single rear.

Collectors come and go, but judging from recent auctions, apparently thinning the herd in this case.  The OW01 has some compatriots in the garage full of 20th century superbikes, but is set apart at least by the scoops delivering cold air and 916-style folds in the fairing.  Thirty-plus years on, with not enough miles to worry about the history, it looks remarkably tidy.  Not that someone would have to go through it carefully if it was going out on the track, but a carpeted stand is more likely.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Rare FZR 750R OW01.  Bike is a JDM version and in mint condition like the rest of my collection.  Bike will come with a spare upper fairing and I have a lot of miscellaneous NOS parts for it as well. Bike has 4,800 kilometers.

Feedback from race teams was included in new designs, and it was practically a miracle when models survived three years.  The OW01 was superceded for 1993 but soldiered on in private and semi-private hands – like Eddie Lawson’s 1993 Daytona victory.  Many 750R’s found their way onto the racetrack, but that time has passed for this almost perfect specimen.  A singular bike from a special time, anxious for a new home or at least a new offer.

-donn

Uncompromised – 1989 Yamaha FZR-750R – OW01 with 2,900 Miles !
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 !
Yamaha August 28, 2020 posted by

Ready to Rumble – 1996 Yamaha YZF-750R

For a while in the 1990’s, sponsorship from Marlboro led Yamaha down a red-liveried path, and the torn paper graphics on this 1996 YZF-750R makes reference without saying it too loud.  It’s a low-mileage example with a recent major service, and looks smashing.

1996 Yamaha YZF-750R for sale on eBay

Yamaha took the successes of their late -80’s World Superbike mounts and ran them by production engineering, preserving as much of the good stuff while bringing the cost out of the stratosphere.  Kept was the forward canted inline Genesis, with the EXUP exhaust tuning system – in road trim worth 125hp.  The aluminum Deltabox chassis evolved with re-designed frame connectors.  New brakes were 320mm disks with 6-piston calipers.  The fox-eye headlights look a little less drop-dead serious than those on the OW-01, but the painted pillion cover passes for a single-seater under way.

The seller’s other auctions seem to indicate a dealer rather than motorcyclist owner, but either way, this YZF is in special shape for its age.  Hard to find fault with the presentation, except maybe to pine for an SP homologation special.  The last service call made everything ready for the new owner.  From the eBay auction:

Parts:
Float bowl gaskets             
Needle and seat                
Fuel line                            
Oil (semi/syn)                     
Battery                             
Rear brake caliper kit         
Rear pads                           
Front pads                        
Fork seals                          
Pirelli Rosso Tires              
 
Labor:
Service carbs                   
Oil change                          
Install tires                         
Fork seals                           
Rebuild rear caliper            
Front pads                         
Complete degrease/clean  
 
This bike is very special to me as you can see with all the investments made . 
A cleaner example for sale will be very difficult to find today .
The bike is ready to ride . 

The YZF750R sold better across the pond than here, but trailed the 916 and CBR900RR and gave way to the R1 in 1998.  The race version did well in endurance events where Yamaha’s quality shown.  This one is right on the edge of too nice to ride too much, but the classic mid-size package and recent maintenance call for at least an occasional back road afternoon.

-donn

Ready to Rumble – 1996 Yamaha YZF-750R
Bimota April 19, 2020 posted by

Brooklyn Charmer – 1997 Bimota YB11 Superleggera with 5,516 Miles !

As the sun gets ready to shine on another riding season in the northeast, a nice example of a liter Bimota has become available.  Looks like this YB11 has undergone a careful riding restoration over the past few years.

1997 Bimota YB11 for sale on eBay

Bimota took a shine to Yamaha’s twenty-valve 1000 early on, and had a nice success with the YB6 and YB8.  With Bimota’s airbox and exhaust, the new ThunderAce engine was good for 145 hp and had a fueled weight in the mid-400’s.  The chassis was twin alloy beams connected with some of the nicest CNC machinings anywhere, with outsized 51mm Paoli forks with accompanying monoshock.  Brembo supplied their typically excellent 320mm brakes, and the exhaust on this example has been updated to an Arrow.

This owner caught the Bimota bug a few years ago, and went through their YB11 with an eye on the future.  The fuel system was refreshed from the filter to carburetors, and the forks got new seals.  The glass bodywork was reinforced and re-finished, and my favorite mod of replacing every appropriate fastener with stainless ensures that service will be easier next time.  From the eBay auction:

Summary of maintenance/upgrades

  • Paioli forks fully serviced
  • Fairing restored and ALL screw holes strengthened with Carbon Fiber backing to prevent future spider cracks
  • All original screws are replaced with hi grade Pro-Bolt Black stainless steel and 318 grade Stainless steel bolts
  • New Spark plugs
  • Carburetors rebuilt and Dynojet Stage 1 kit installed
  • New Fuel filter
  • New Fuel Pump
  • Rear turn signals replaced with sleek and super bright LED blinkers
  • Radiator replaced
  • New Radiator cap
  • New water pump
  • New OEM Yamaha hoses
  • Spiegler Steel Braided brake and clutch lines replaced original rubber lines
  • New brake pads
  • New brake/clutch reservoirs with billet covers
  • Beautiful billet levers with larger range of adjustments replaced original cheap levers
  • Bikes comes with both rear seat cowl and the rear seat
  • Arrows CF Exhaust

The YB11 reviewed as responsive for a big Yamaha, and almost cushy for a Bimota.  This one has been updated and maintained for the long haul, or a brilliant long weekend.  Just plan extra time for a little Q&A at every stop.

-donn

Brooklyn Charmer – 1997 Bimota YB11 Superleggera with 5,516 Miles !
Yamaha April 14, 2020 posted by

Purple Rain – 1994 Yamaha FZR600R with 8,479 Miles !

In the 1990’s as today, the middle-weight segment was ruled by the bottom line, each model having ups and downs depending on the year, and 1994 was a nice year for FZR600’s – with a lot of improvements from earlier R6’s.  This example has been tucked away with low miles and few apparent scuffles.

1994 Yamaha FZR600R for sale on eBay

Yamaha tailored the findings of its Superbike department to the budget, and the 598cc engine got four valves instead of five, and the chassis was crafted of steel stampings instead of aluminum.  Still the engine and chassis were new for ’94, slightly more oversquare with lighter cam train yielding 99 hp.  Yamaha’s own suspension and brakes weren’t fancy but the brakes are right-sized at 298mm with the neat smaller leading brake puck.  The trapezoidal headlight was retired and the nose got an endurance racer’s rugged good looks.

This FZR looks good though the seller notes new rubber and a carb cleaning might await the next owner.  Hopefully nothing scary under the tank bra, and the paint has been protected by an armada of stickers.  From the eBay auction:

Good for new riders, or the experienced and seasoned rider who wants a small and nimble machine. Very good plastics, good tires (old). Starts easy, brakes tight, corners well. Does not overheat. New Fuel Filter. Clear Title. Has a very slight hesitation from idle, so it probably needs to have the 4 carbs synced. It rides fine as it is if you plan to hwy ride it and commute. It may clean up as you run fresh fuel through the carbs or run a carb cleaner through it. Gears shift well and hold well. Air filter like new, and the airbox is still setup stock. This is a stock bike except for the slip-on muffler. Sounds nice. New Battery. Under 8500 miles!

Trying to make sense of the international phase-in of the FZR600R didn’t clear things up much for me, with the North American market keeping this nose and fairing ? – maybe a resident expert could weigh in.  More often seen on RSBFS in the Vance & Hines chartreuse and mauve race livery, this 90’s evening wear might be coming back into style.  Not ready for – or looking for a change from – the liter+ supersport, when sorted this FZR will offer pretty fashionable performance.

-donn

Purple Rain – 1994 Yamaha FZR600R with 8,479 Miles !
Bimota September 5, 2019 posted by

If It Ain’t Broke: 1994 Bimota YB8 for Sale

Many of the Yamaha-powered Bimotas like today’s YB8 look suspiciously similar, and while I’m sure there are physical differences in the frames and fairings, I’d also bet that many parts are interchangeable between them. The YB8 used an updated YB6 frame, along with Yamaha’s 1002cc, five-valve inline-four and EXUP exhaust system from the FZR1000. During this period, the 750cc-powered YB4 was homologated to win races in WSBK, while the YB8 was a more road-oriented “unlimited class” sportbike.

Of course, being a Bimota, it used lightweight bodywork designed to come apart easily and allow access to the oily bits sandwiched between the gorgeous, aluminum frame spars. Wisely, Bimota borrowed more than just the FZR1000’s engine and gearbox: it also uses their wiring harness and gauges, as well as other assorted bits, to help put “Italian reliability” jokes and concerns to bed. The Bimota YB8 weighed a claimed 396lbs dry, a whopping 52lbs lighter than the FZR1000 and an obvious benefit of the bike’s single-minded design and construction. I’ve no doubt Japan could have built something similarly light at the time, but they seemed to be obsessed with silly things like “versatility” and “durability” when designing their roadbikes.

Power was up significantly from the FZR’s claimed 125hp as well to 149hp, although that was largely down to the Japanese manufacturers’ “gentleman’s agreement” to limit horsepower and top speeds. A few Japanese performance cars were suspiciously fast for having just “276hp,” so I’ve no idea how “de-restricted” the YB8 actually is, but just dropping 50lbs from an otherwise stock FZR would provide a huge boost to performance, and tuning wasn’t really Bimota’s strong point anyway.

Handling and looks were the goal and the YB8 delivered, with a claimed top speed of 173mph. 150hp is still pretty stout by today’s standards, and the 86lb-ft of torque, combined with the wide, flexible powerband of the 20-valve EXUP motor mean the bike should still be real-world fast. Adjustable Marzocchi components at both ends mean very stable handling, while Brembo calipers and 320mm floating discs up front combine with the bike’s light weight to offer nearly modern levels of stopping power.

Just 252 were built between 1990-1991. The bike was upgraded in 1993 to the YB8E that replaced the original 38mm Mikuni CV carburetors with fuel injection, although this example is dated from 1994 and appears to retain the original carburetors. Roll with it: we’re talking about Bimota here. Maybe 1994 is when it was first registered?

From the original eBay listing: 1994 Bimota YB8 for Sale

Rare and gorgeous Bimota YB8 with 6,000 miles

Carburetor version

This bike origin France has known only one owner. It has just been revised from top to bottom after a few years of inactivity. All consumables and fluids are new.

Original paint, very rare option or shock absorber and Öhlins fork.

Sold with the documentation of time, tools, certificate of conformity. French registration, can ship worldwide.

Located in Vitrolles, France.

The asking price is for this very clean looking YB8 is $13,900. Plus shipping and handling, of course. Bimotas of the era seem to trade for a good bit less when they show up for sale here in the USA, although this one appears to be nearly perfect and is ready to roll after a refresh. If you’re looking for a classic Bimota, the extra cost might pay off, assuming the bike is as good as it looks.

-tad

If It Ain’t Broke: 1994 Bimota YB8 for Sale