Posts by tag: GS550ES

Aprilia May 16, 2013 posted by

Month in Review: April 2013 Sales Report


Welcome back to our latest sales report, where savvy buyers and sellers keep an eye on market values. We blogged 60 bikes in April and here is a review of 20 of them, most having sold. In fact 4 of them sold to our own readers. Lowest sale price was $1900 and highest was $64k!

Congratulations to April’s buyers and sellers!


This Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike failed to sell even though it was bid up to $8100.

Lucky Strike Suzuki

From the Michigan collection, this 1996 Bimota DB3 Mantra did end up selling after one relist for full price of $16900.

Bimota Mantra For Sale

This 2002 Ducati MH900e with under 1000 miles sold for $22900.

Ducati MH900e For Sale

The 1983 Honda CX650T Turbo sold for $15100! These really do have quite the following!

Honda CX650T For Sale

The 4k mile Honda RC30 failed to get much love when first listed with spares at $30k and then relisted without it failed to sell at $17600.

Honda RC30 For Sale

This adorable and exceptionally clean 1983 Kawasaki GPz 305 sold for just $1625!

Kawasaki GPz 305 For Sale

The first of two 86 Honda NS400R’s that would sell this month, this one sold for $10099!

Honda NS400R For Sale

The second NS400R sold for just $6100 in comparison.

Honda NS400R For Sale

This 1987 Honda NSR250 looked pretty tidy and sold for just $3800.

Honda NSR250 MC16 For Sale

At $4000, this has to be the cheapest RVF400 we’ve seen sell. Congrats to the lucky new owner!

RVF400 For Sale

This little 1983 Ducati 350 Desmo sold for only $1900, which is probably the cheapest Ducati we’ve ever seen sold either!

1983 Ducati 350 For Sale

Here’s the 1983 Suzuki GS550ES which sold for $3450.

Suzuki GS550ES For Sale

Sold to one of our readers, this 1998 Ducati 916SPS sold for $12900.

Ducati 916SPS For Sale

Also sold to one of readers was this 1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight for $9200.

Ducati Superlight For Sale

This stunning 74 Ducati 750 Sport, original and unrestored, sold for an eye popping $64k!

1974 Ducati 750 Sport For Sale

Back to the blue smoke, this 1999 Aprilia RS250 Cup sold for only $5300.

Aprilia RS250 Cup For Sale

This 1985 Honda VF1000R sold for a tidy $8000.

Honda VF1000R For Sale

A good month for classic Honda’s as this 1983 CB1100R sold as well for $23600.

1983 Honda CB1100R For Sale

Sold to one of our readers was this very handsome 1997 Aprilia RS250 for $8100.

Aprilia RS250 For Sale

Finally, this 85 Yamaha RZ500 sold to one of our readers for $14500.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 For Sale

Suzuki April 18, 2013 posted by

Condition RARE: 1983 Suzuki GS550ES


I know what you are thinking: a Suzuki GS550 from practically any era is hard pressed to be noticed, much less considered rare and desired. However let 30 odd years elapse at the rate of less than 60 miles per, keep well conditioned, protected and indoors, and what you have is one of the world’s best looking ES model 550s available. Grab your leg warmers and totally cue the valley girl speak; let’s check it out.


The GS550 was Suzuki’s answer (clone?) to the popular Kawasaki GPz – standard tech included an air-cooled inline four with DOHC, triple disk brakes and a bikini fairing. A monoshock, cast alloy wheels and an oil cooler round out this middleweight sports bike. Today this is cave man era weaponry. But just look at the condition… Did you ever drool over one of these in the pages of Cycle? Luckily you have RSBFS to act as your time machine, bringing you back to the motorcycles you missed during your misspent youth.


From the seller:

Let me introduce myself. I’m an old codger who belongs to the
Classic Japanese Motorcycle Club and we show our bikes
at various events, like the International Motorcycle shows.
Former concours judge, so I am pretty fussy about my vehicles.
This bike has been in three shows.

Now, about this little jewel ~ It was originally sold to a San Jose
businessman who sold it to one of his employees for work done.
He was into cruisers and so he just stored this bike away.
Eventually I found it and had to have it. I’ve owned it for about
3 years and I installed 4 new Iridium spark plugs, a new Gel Battery
and Sea Foam fuel system cleaner. It now fires immediately and
runs like a highly modified sewing machine!

Condition: I would rate it at 9.5/10 The only reason that it is not a 10 is
that there are some dots on the right lower front part of the tank that have
been repainted (see photo), hard to see if you don’t know where to look.
The front fairing shield shows some storage wear, but nothing drastic.
Otherwise, this survivor looks like it just came out of the shipping crate.


VJMC members, are by and large, fairly particular about their machines. This might be because there are so many UJMs (universal Japanese motorcycles) around that the only way to make one truly special is to ensure it is in the best, most original and cleanest possible condition. Regardless of why, the VJMC is a fantastic organization if you are into non Italian, non German and non American motorcycles. You don’t need an RC30 to be part of this club, as this GS550 clearly shows.


There are a few days yet to play in this auction, with the current bid at $3,450. I know that there will be many that can remember when the price as new was similar, if not lower. Alas, this bike is a rare steed in an ocean of similar machinery if only because it has been preserved. That preservation comes with a price – and one usually lower than doing a complete “as new” restoration yourself. Click the link and jump over to the auction, then let us know your thoughts. Did you ever lust after a GS500 ES or similar? Leave your totally awesome thoughts in our comments section!