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Kawasaki June 26, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1980 Kawasaki KZ1000 Mk II AMA Superbike

Update 8.3.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

RSBFS is pretty strict when it comes to what makes it on the site. And while we generally shy away from race-prepped bikes, this one got the attention of the entire RSBFS staff. It spoke to us, and we believe that it will speak to our readers in the same way. Because this 1980 KZ1000 AMA Superbike is a terrific specimen of the way things were. In the days when going professional racing in the US meant starting wtih a street-based machine, the KZ1000 was about as high-tech as you were likely to find. From there you did what you could to
address the flexi-frame geometry, the teeny-tiny brakes, and the limitation of the air-cooled, two valve motor. Aerodynamics for motorcycles was a new art and really didn’t exist for the masses, save for the occasional bikini fairing. The “standard” was as close to a sporting motorcycle as most manufacturers offered, even though they were a far cry from the race-bike-with-lights that you can find at your dealership today. And if you like the way your Kawyamhonzuki GSXCBR1ZX carves corners today – just like a race bike – you can look back at dinosaurs like this and be very, very thankful that competition improves the breed.

Featured Listing: 1980 Kawasaki KZ1000 Mk II AMA Superbike

Starting life out as a 1980 Kawasaki KZ1000 – before being prepped for a life on the track – this example has few ties back to the original bike that spawned the silhouette. Both the frame and the braced swing arm are modified right out of the Yoshimura heyday. Suspension has been updated to better handle the rigors of racing, including a pair of trick Fox “piggyback” shocks. The engine and electrics have been converted over to race bike usage, which means that there may be some mystery in terms of exactly what was done. The charging system appears to be total loss, with magnetos feeding the spark and no need for a large battery thanks to the lighting delete. Note the slimmed-down profile of the crankcase ends; removal of the end-mounted components (such as alternator) and custom aluminum plates narrow this critical dimension, allowing for greater lean angle before hard parts touch down. The smoothbore carbs with awesome looking velocity stacks complete the transformation from streetable standard to no holds barred racer. Neat custom touches abound, including the oil cooler installation mount (with braided steel lines, naturally), the aforementioned crank end plates, and the rear caliper bracket. The exhaust is another Yosh product, and tucks the pipes high and tight for maximum cornering clearance. The cockpit remains relatively stock looking, if you ignore the doctored speedo.

From the seller:
1980 Kawasaki KZ1000 Mk II AMA Superbike as it rolled off the track in 1990

This example defines the word “untouched”. Formerly raced by the late Dr. David Kieffer racer #122 of “Roughstock Racing” in AMA Superbike. What you see here is current photos of it’s unrestored condition including original paint and complete bike is as it rolled off the race track for the last time at Steamboat Springs Colorado Vintage races in 1990.
Features include:

-Race Prepared by Roughstock Racing
-Pops Yoshimura Frame and Braced Swingarm- No VIN# being race only frame
-Engine to frame bracing through Countershaft
-ARD Magneto ignition
-EPM Mags- unrestored 18” Rear & 19” front-typical surface marks
-29mm Mikuni Smoothbore Carbs
-Yoshimura 4/1 header with Velasco end section
-AP Lockheed front Calipers
-Grimeca rear Caliper
-Fox Racing Shocks and Koni set in spares
-Spare wheels with original rain tires- Sun USA front 19” x 2.75” DID rear 18” x 3.5”
-Small assortment of electrical spares
-Full gearing assortment
-Spare front rotors

More from the seller:
Engine fires up easy and sounds good. It is believed to be a big bore with a close ratio transmission but I cannot verify details. Any plans to use it for other than display and firing up should be preceded by a full teardown. Bike was in dry storage for many years after last race and was gone through for inspection of cams, carbs and basic components before being fired up again in 2015 and has been fired on occasion.

More from the seller:
Bike is located in Allentown, PA

Price: $25,000

Proceeds from the sale of this bike will go towards the Quarterley Racing / On Track Development program that supports four Moto America Junior Cup riders in Kawasaki Ninja 400’s. The team is headed by Dale Quarterley, former AMA Superbike Kawasaki rider. Look us up on Facebook.

The history on this bike is certainly interesting, and entertaining. The late Dr. David Kieffer – the former owner and racer of the bike – was a board certified orthopedic surgeon, but also a also a motorcycling enthusiast. He amassed an impressive collection of bikes during his lifetime, and actively raced as an AMA Pro in the Superbike class as well as the Colorado-based Motorcycle Roadracing Association (MRA). Lest you think this man was simply a rich doctor playing motorcycle racer, Dr. Kieffer was a fierce competitor and actually raced an RC30 in endurance events prior to it being officially homologated for AMA racing (at which time he entered the bike in Superbike events). That shows impressive commitment, but it was his off track activities that make him an inspirational figure. Being an orthopedic surgeon immersed in a sport where physical trauma is common, the good doctor not only raced against the competition but he also performed surgery on them (Fred Merkel, Scott Russell, Aaron Yates and Ricky Johnson, to name a few). According to some sources, Dr. Kieffer would provide medical aid to competitors who could not otherwise afford treatment (i.e. no insurance). As a result, he was nominated to be the AMA Sportsman of The Year in 1986.

Dr. Kieffer went on to contribute to medicine in motorsports in varying ways through his association with the AMA and FIM (including acting as Chief Medical Officer for FIM events such as MotoGP), and he left behind an impressive legacy of good. He also left behind an sizeable collection of machines – including this very period correct Kawasaki KZ1000 Superbike. The history is moving and significant. But Dr. Kieffer’s good works did not end with his passing. Proceeds of the sale of this bike will aid in young rider development under the guidance of road racing superstar Dale Quarterly, improving US talent into Moto America with the goal of feeding riders into the international scene. This is an amazing opportunity to acquire a rare and significant racer with history, and contribute to road racing in America at the same time. Check out the cool historic pics as well as all the recent shots. Then give Bob and call and strike a deal. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1980 Kawasaki KZ1000 Mk II AMA Superbike
Sport Bikes For Sale August 10, 2012 posted by

Gamma Time! 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

For Sale: 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

Hot on the heels of another rare and limited 1986 Suzuki (GSX-R 750R Limited) comes this RG500 Gamma. And just like the Gixxer, this one has been modified a bit by the current owner.

With non OEM plastics (Air Tech) and the solo tail this bike has a rather unique look about it. The tri-color paint is also interesting, adding an almost-Italian flair to the affair. The rest of the bike is a regular potpourri of who’s who in the two-stroke world, including Lance Gamma (engine rebuild, carb parts, tranny parts), Tommy Crawford (pipes), Race Tech (suspension), Bob Truelson (carb work) and more.

From the seller:
THIS IS THE SUZUKI GAMMA YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR . ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES IN THE TRI-STATE AREA. THIS BIKE IS ORIGINALLY FROM CANADA AND HAS HAD BEEN TITLED AND REGISTERED IN NEW JERSEY. I HAVE OWNED THE BIKE SINCE 1997. THE MOTOR WAS REBUILT
BY LANCE GAMMA WITH ALL THE CORRECT OEM SUZUKI PARTS EVERY BEARING EVERY SEAL EVERYTHING . THE CARBURETORS WERE BORED OUT BY BOB TRUELSON AND HAVE THE UP DATED LANCE GAMMA BALL FLOAT VALVES , TRIPOD AIR FILTERS AND SUPPLEMENTAL PETCOCKS . THE TRANSMISSION HAS UPDATED GEARS ,LANCE GAMMA CLUTCH AND SPRINGS AND WERE UNDER CUT BY FAST BY GAST IN NEW YORK STATE . THE EXHAUST WAS CUSTOM MADE BY TOM CRAWFORD. THE FRAME IS STRAIGHT AND UNTOUCHED. SWING ARM IS POLISHED AND IS SUPPORTED BY A FOX SHOCK. THE FRONT FORKS HAVE RACE TECH EMULATORS THAT WERE DONE BY LANCE GAMMA AND IS HELD STEADY WITH A STEERING DAMPNER. FRONT AND BACK RIMS ARE ORIGINAL AND HAVE NEW BRAKE PADS FRONT AND BACK. FRONT TIRE IS METZLER ME33 LAZER AND BACK IS METZLER MEI MBS NEW O-RING CHAIN AND 40T SPROCKET. REAR CALIPER IS NOT STOCK AND IS MOUNTED UNDER THE SWING ARM. REAR MASTER IS ORIGINAL AND THE FRONT IS 5/8 BORE WHICH IS BIGGER THAN STOCK. BRAKE LINES ARE GOODRIDGE S/S. BIKE STOPS GREAT. FUEL TANK IS ORIGINAL. THE BODY WORK IS MADE BY AIR TECH INCLUDING THE RARE ONE PIECE TAIL SECTION . WIND SCREEN IS ZERO GRAVITY. THIS BIKE IS READY TO RIDE, HANDLES GREAT AND GOES LIKE CRAZY. I ALSO HAVE THE ORIGINAL PARTS, OWNERS MANUAL, MICROFICHE, SOME EXTRAS AND AN UPSIDE DOWN GSXR FRONT END THAT WAS MODIFIED BY LINDEMINN ENGINEERING TO MATCH THE RG500’S WEIGHT. SIMILAR BIKES HAVE SOLD FOR CLOSE TO $18.000.00 .

Here’s the deal with a modified bike like this: It could be an outstanding example of all the mods working in harmony, or it could be a collection of parts waiting to suck you in with promises of high performance but in reality becomes a long slog of chasing down issues and re-modifying the modifications. I have no reason not to believe what the seller says above – that this is a crazy fast and well sorted machine – but my spidey sense always starts to tingle in this situation.

This modded and rodded Gamma is available right now via auction. Opening bid is set way up high at $10,600. This number is not out of the range for the bike, but such a high bid has likely scared off a lot of bidders. It doesn’t help that the seller references an $18k number – which is something that I don’t see this particular bike reaching (although I’ve been wrong before). For more info, a peek at pics of the stock parts included with the sale and more, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!

MI

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

Ducati February 9, 2010 posted by

1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight!

Now this gets me excited – a rare 1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight with 42,000 miles for sale in Sacramento.

I have a preference for Ducati’s Supersport (over the Superbikes) as they make better “real world” street bikes with a good dose of old world charm and character from the air-cooled lump.  Of the Supersports, the two most desirable models are the 900SS FE Final Edition as it is the most refined of the air-cooled SSs; the other is the first year (1993, for the US at least) 900SS Superlight, with the signature white frame and 2-piece Marvic wheels:

1993 Ducati 900 SS Superlight, one of 300 that were imported for sale by the orginal owner for only $5,000. This bike has been well cared for. It has Fox shock, forks revalve by Aftershocks, stainless steel brake lines, Corbin seat, has only 42,000 miles. This bike is in excellent shape.

I think the 1993 Superlight is one of the best looking Ducati’s ever, and at $5000, it’s a lot cheaper than other SL’s on the market.  Granted, the mileage is quite high on this one, but if the bike is in good condition then it would be a nice addition to any collection.

Check out previous 900SS SL listings on RSBFS.  Oh, here’s the link to the ad: 1993 Ducati 900SS SL for sale in Sacramento. Enjoy!

phil