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Suzuki November 20, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: Toni Elias Suzuki GSX-R1000 Factory Yoshimura Superbike (MotoAmerica)

11.20.2017 Update: Relisted due to a buyer that dropped out. Links updated. -MI

RSBFS welcomes a new collection to our pages. Check out this fantastic Yosh Superbike ridden by Toni Elias, and then stay tuned for some amazing more hardware to come. Thanks for supporting the site, Pete!

Race bikes are an interesting prospect. Part uncompromising wild stallion, part rule book slave – but mostly rock star when piloted by one of the best – the life of a cutting edge racer is miserably short. Teams upgrade to new bikes with each passing year, and successfully competitive machines earn a second life as a collectable piece of memorabilia when the cheers of the crowd and the spray of champagne have faded. Such is the situation with this wonderful icon from the young MotoAmerica Superbike series. Developed by the legendary Yoshimura Racing Team and piloted by Moto2 World Champion turned Moto America racer Toni Elias in his stunning MotoAmerica debut (2016), what you are looking at is a work of art, a potential track day weapon, and a trophy unlike any other.

Featured Listing: 2016 Suzuki GSX-R1100 Factory Yoshimura MotoAmerica Superbike (Toni Elias)

Helmed by superstar Wayne Rainey, MotoAmerica (sanctioned by the AMA and FIM) set out to put Americans back onto the top step of international motorcycle racing. While it is still early days, the showing of Jake Gange in WSBK competition is a good sign. Another good sign? MotoAmerica has become a destination for renowned European racers as well. Thus, Toni Elias landed a ride in the Yoshimura camp alongside the ever-popular Roger Lee Hayden. Moreover, Toni Elias is the newly crowned 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike champ. And this bike was his first step to that championship. Here is the seller to tell you more:

From the seller:
Here is your opportunity to own a real factory superbike. This is Toni Elias’s 2016 Factory Yoshimura Suzuki GSXR1000 superbike. This is the real deal. full factory superbike suspension with telemetry, the fresh motor pumps out 221 rwhp on VP MR12. It weighs right on the AMA limit at 370 lbs with a full tank of fuel. One off parts include the hand formed Yoshimura fuel tank, billet sub frame, massive radiator, full Ti Yoshimura pipe and numerous other Yoshimura only parts, The brakes are MotoGP spec Brembo radial calipers clamping down 330mm superbike rotors. 17 inch light weight Martek magnesium wheels. A Motec ignition system with a Yoshimura Kit wiring harness creates the fire. Yea it is pure crazy eye candy. This bike was the winner of 5 Moto America races last year with Toni “The Tiger” Elias twisting the throttle. Elias won the AMA Superbike title this year on the new GSXR1000. I guarantee you will not ever ride a better setup machine. The brakes are just one finger pull from 180mph stoppers. The motor accelerates so smoothly, its all drive no spin! I saw this bike at the NY Motorcycle Show in December of last year and had to have it! I bought it directly from Yoshimura at the end of last season. I used it at a couple of track days this summer and it is so amazing. I have a huge collection of superbikes that I’m now liquidating to pursue car racing full time. With age comes a cage! If you desire the ultimate track tool look no more. Here is your E-ticket ride.

RSBFS has known this collector for a number of years, and there has always been some interesting machinery in his stable. Unlike some who acquire bikes for museums and static displays, this individual is also someone who likes to ride. Thus, this Toni Elias Superbike has already seen a couple of track days. Hopefully it can go to a home that encourages an active lifestyle. For while this may be an outstanding man cave conversation piece, the real special sauce can only be experienced out on the track. Expensive for a track-day bike? No question. But if you want the best you can assure yourself that YOU will be the limitation here, not your hastily converted streetbike.

More from the seller:
If you have any questions or you need additional photos call me on 1-203-515-5146 or email me at There is so much more to this bike that I haven’t even begun to list. The cost to build this bike is in the $100’s of thousands to build and develop into a true winner. You can own it for a fraction of build cost.

I will include shipping to anywhere in the United States to the winning bidder. You foreign Dudes gotta pay all shipping and importing fee. God bless America!!!!

The history of MotoAmerica is not extensive enough to have much market data on values, but you can bet your bottom dollar this build was a no-expenses-spared exercise in developing a dominant Superbike. While rules limit what can be done in the class, these are very competitive when compared to WSBK machinery. Think of the best suspension available – with a setup developed by one of the best riders available today. One the engine side, nobody could accuse the Yoshimura Suzukis from being weak out of the corners or down the straights; you may need to recalibrate your brain as straights become shorter as you twist the throttle. Thankfully the brakes and remainder of the chassis is up to snuff. Brake and corner by thought as much as will.

Here is the deal with ex racebikes: Today something this new is still a novelty and a status symbol. Given time – and the continued rise to fame of Toni Elias – this becomes a very real collector item with astounding values (a Moto2 machine ridden by Jorge Lorenzo recently fetched $133,544 USD in a Bonhams auction). Until that happens you have yourself a piece of furniture that tops out above 180 mph and makes you the envy of everyone at your next track day. Just think of all of the custom Yosh parts on this thing – the entire rear subframe is bespoke for this racer, as is the tail piece. Plus there is a second hand-formed aluminum tank (apparently with a dent courtesy of Josh Herrin) valued at some $7,500(!). What’s not to like? Check out this fantastic 2016 Yoshimura-Suzuki GSX-R1000 MotoAmerica Superbike before it’s gone!

Featured Listing: Toni Elias Suzuki GSX-R1000 Factory Yoshimura Superbike (MotoAmerica)
Suzuki March 14, 2016 posted by

Springtime Slabbie: 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

NOTE:  I have been informed that this one was posted previously, here is the link


A lot of people will say that modern sportbikes began with the launch of the Suzuki’s GSX-R lineup and I really can’t argue with that sentiment.  Prior to the GSX-R most “sportbikes” were actually large displacement bikes that had some sporting bodywork/pieces. It wasn’t until the launch of the GSX-R lineup that regular riders were able to get their hands on true sportbikes.

Suzuki introduced the 750cc model in 1984 and the 1100cc edition followed in 1986. While the bikes were developed in tandem/were visually similar, virtually no parts were interchangeable.  The engines, frame, swing arms, and steering geometry were all different and the resulting experience was different for each model; the 750 was sharp but peaky, the 1100 was more to handle but had more power.  I suppose it’s not surprising that the two models developed different core constituencies, with the 750cc bike was the object of lust for those who wanted to go to the track while the 1100 was more “all around”oriented (although some people did take the 1100cc onto the track).

NOTE: The very flat side panels and tall narrow frames gave rise to a nickname for the bikes as the “slab side” GSX-R models while the 2nd generation GSX-R’s are often referred to as the “slingshot” models due to a different engine and carb configuration.  For anyone who is curious, a really good comparison of the slabside and slingshot models was just done in the Feb 2016 edition of Practical Sportbikes.

Regardless of the model, lots of the GSX-R’s got what we sometimes call the “80’s treatment” of anodized bits, aftermarket exhausts, flush mounted turn signals/indicators, chopped down tail assemblies, smoked windscreens, etc, etc. This makes finding one with the major OEM parts still in place and in good condition a challenge that will only continue to increase in difficulty over time.


1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 on ebay

This particular GSX-R1100 looks to be in mostly OEM shape save an aftermarket exhaust system.  There does seem to be an odd white patch at the base of the rear plastic on the both sides, possibly decal residue from the SACS decals? The seller indicates there are some paint chips/small gas tank dings and the exhaust is aftermarket but overall the bike looks to be in really good shape/mostly OEM.  Mileage is only 9,962 (yes you read that right) and there are lots of fresh items including tires, battery and oil.


Here is a summary of what the seller has to say



Now we ask the question, is this low mileage, recently freshened but not 100% OEM 1987 Suzuki GSX-R worth the $7,200 Buy-It-Now ebay price?  That price seems a bit high; the average price we seem to be seeing for one of these seems to be about $5,800 USD.  But factor in transport cost and the fresh items listed as being included and I think a bid of around $6400 might make this one move to a new owner.  And values of these do seem to be creeping up…I’m just saying..



Springtime Slabbie:  1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100
Suzuki September 2, 2015 posted by

New Old Stock: 2004 Suzuki GSX-R1000 for Sale With Just 294 Miles!

2004 Suzuki GSX-R1000 R Side Front

At some point, I think I’m doomed to buy a K4 GSX-R1000: when I go to track days, it seems like all the older riders are using them, and it won’t be all that long before I’m one of those grizzled old track rats. But do they get them as retirement gifts from Social Security? Do their spouses think that a nice, used motorcycle will keep them out of trouble? Do they figure that everyone in the pits will have a spare clip-on or shift lever lying around in the event of a low-side? Or do they just know that, for all the stories about “bland” Japanese motorcycles, 164hp in a 450lb package is plenty exciting and all you’ll ever need to go fast…

2004 Suzuki GSX-R1000 L Side

The K4/K5 Gixxers are considered by many to be the pinnacle of modern sportbike development. Later machines might make more outright power, but lack the fat midrange of these earlier bikes, and their cable-operated throttles offer up an almost perfect connection to the rear wheel. Traction control may save your bacon when you get it wrong, but for purists, there’s nothing like the feel and control of working without a net.

2004 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Dash

These are weirdly Jekyll and Hyde motorcycles, among the best in period at both trackday apex-strafing and, paradoxically at sport-touring. The riding position is aggressive, yet humane and the huge midrange from the 1000cc four-cylinder means you can surf the torque and worry more about your line and braking points than on gear selection, instead of chasing revs like you would on a v-twin Panigale.

Wrap your brain around that for a moment.

2004 Suzuki GSX-R1000 L Side Rear Wheel

That torque works just as well on the road, where midrange power and flexibility are far more important than top-end power, especially on unfamiliar roads. The K4 GSX-R1000 won plenty of “best of” competitions when it was introduced and has developed quite a following since.

So what about this one? Did we mention it has only 294 miles and is in virtually perfect condition?

From the original eBay listing: 2004 Suzuki GSX-R1000 for Sale

This bike is in Near Mint Condition.  294 Original miles. You are probably wondering how this bike only has 294 miles? Long story short it was purchased new and never ridden! The bike has had a major service done in the last couple years.

 Tires are new with 65 miles on them. Everything is stock and still has the warning stickers on it.

This bike is pristine shape and I doubt you’ll ever see another one in the same condition with the same or less miles.

2004 Suzuki GSX-R1000 R Side Front Wheel

Bidding is active but still only up to around $2,500 with plenty of time left to go. It may be too soon for these to command any real prices, even with such low miles. If you lusted after one of these in high school but didn’t have the cash or the skill to ride one, this is basically your second chance at the one that got away. It’s basically brand-new, although you’d likely want new tires and replace those annoyingly rubber stock brake lines at the very least.

These are bullet-proof motorcycles, so do a basic service to make sure this thing is roadworthy, then go put some miles on!


2004 Suzuki GSX-R1000 R Side

New Old Stock: 2004 Suzuki GSX-R1000 for Sale With Just 294 Miles!
Suzuki February 25, 2014 posted by

Grave Implications: 1996 Suzuki GSX-R1000 raced by Chuck Graves


What is the value for a used GSX-R? Clearly this depends upon condition. But what about history? Does the fact that this Gixxer is reportedly Chuck Graves’ race bike with mods and history add to the value? The race experience certainly adds to the cool factor, although this bike has now been transformed to a street machine. There is no doubt there are some interesting bits on this bike.

1996 Suzuki GSX-R1000 for sale on eBay


From the seller:
Here we have the first GSXR 1000 built. It was built and raced by Chuck Graves in 1996. It won numerous races in Formula usa, WSMC and other venues. It was way ahead of it’s time. It also Placed 3rd in th Mcau Grand Prix in 1997. It has been a street bike since it was retired in 2001. The engine has been maintained by Chuck Graves the bike’s whole life .

Rf 900 Engine

GSXR 750 Frame

Marchesini Mag wheels

Brembo Brakes

Aluminum Fuel tank

Carbon fiber Air box

41 mm Flat slide Carbs

JE forged pistons ( 998 kit)

Lightend crank

Kit Transmission

Absolutly insane tachometer

Mcdade Custom built exhaust

Graves Rear sets

Graves fairing bracket

Olins rear shock

The entire chassis, frame forks, etc have been checked and aligned perfectly by GMD computrack. The suspenstion has all been done by Stig at PPS. Bike has never been down, except before it was picked up by Chuck in 1996. It has a small dent in frame from before the frame was anodized black. It’s all true you can call Chuck himself and he will tell you this was his favorite bike ever ! It is the last Suzuki he built and rode.


This bike has an opening ask of $8,000 – with absolutely no takers. Is the starting price too high, or is there not enough interest in a 1990s era GSX-R1000? Is the Graves not a big enough draw? Does the race history help or hurt the sale? Check it out here and let us know your thoughts.



Grave Implications: 1996 Suzuki GSX-R1000 raced by Chuck Graves
Suzuki November 2, 2013 posted by

Rapp Fan? 2006 Suzuki GSX-R1000 ex Michael Jordan Motorsports racer


Here is a quickie: a 2006 GSX-R1000 reportedly from the Michael Jordan race stable and ridden by Steve Rapp. Rapp did indeed ride for MJM in 2006 – on the #15 bike alongside team mate Jake Holden – and finished 11th in points with a season best of 6th place.

2006 Michael Jordan Motorsports Suzuki GSX-R1000 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
This is a used bike.Steve Rapp rode it for the team in 2006. Bike comes with california title. This bike has a superbike motor that has JE pistons. Carrilo rods, Ape crank, web cams, yoshimura cam gear sprockets,ported and polished head. the bike has ohlins 25 mm fork cartridges. Ohlins ttx rear shock. Braketech front rotors, Brembo mastercylinder.Custom paint work and superbike tail. Keyless ignition. Yoshimura full race exhaust. Dynojet Power programer. Fuel tank has been signed by Micheal Jordan Steve Rapp and Jason Pridmore. Also vortex rearsets, and woodcraft clipons.I have not raced bike since installing superbike motor. It has been dynoed at 4500ft. It is 175hp with 82ft of torque. It has been riden at trackdays this year, estimate 1200 miles. has been well maintained . Oil change every 300 miles.forks and shock serviced this year.Is missing the plastic on left side of fuel tank ie small black piece that glues on. has scratches on swing arm from stands.Rear stand included.”


This is the age old question: How much for a used race bike? Does the fact that MJM campaigned this bike in AMA help at all? Does Steve Rapp add to the value? What about the signatures? There are likely some cool bits on the bike, but this is a production-based machine and not a prototype; you can likely find those bits online today. Click the link to check out this particular auction. Is the asking price fair? Make the jump and let us know!


Rapp Fan? 2006 Suzuki GSX-R1000 ex Michael Jordan Motorsports racer
Sport Bikes For Sale July 23, 2012 posted by

AMA Superbike Anyone? ’09 Team Jordan GSX-R 1000

Location: New York

Mileage: Who knows, who cares

Price: Auction, starting at $13,000

To honor the upcoming MotoGP race at Laguna Seca, which the RSBFS staff will be attending, here is a race bike being offered for you to consider. What the seller is offering here is an AMA Superbike GSX-R 1000 campaigned by Aaron Yates for Jordan Suzuki in 2009. Yates has been racing on a Suzuki for a while and won the Superstock title in 2005. He joined the Jordan Suzuki effort in 2007 and finished 7th overall in AMA Superbike in 2009.

Let’s get right to what the seller has to say-

Up for auction is a real JORDAN SUZUKI 2008 GSX-R1000 , it is a 2009 AMA American Superbike top 5 Finishing Race Bike.  It was riden by Aaron Yates.  The bike was used in the 4th round of the championship, Daytona, Fontana and Road Atlanta.  It was purchased from Gemini Technology Systems, (partner/ Jordan Motorsports) in 2010 & put into my personal collection & never riden.  The bike has the following:

Ohlins TTx Shock,   Ohlins Steering Dampner,   Attack Bodywork,  Braided Brake lines,  DID 520 Chain,   Quik Shifter kit,    Vortex Sprockets,

Vortex Rearsets,  Vortex Clip-ons and Bars,   Radiator and Oil Cooler Guards,  Leo Vince Exhaust, Single sided ss,  Yoshimura EMpro ECU,

Vortex Frame sliders, Vortex Swing arm spools, PFC Brake Pads,  Zero Gravity Windscreen, Vortex Rear Stand.

I just took it out of my collection & brought it down to Rich Alexander’s race shop, he put a new battery in it & fired it up , Its all set for some serious track days or keep it looking good in a collection. The bike also has a clear New York Tittle. I have a copy of the original tittle from Gemini Technology Systems.

also included in the auction , I have 2 pairs of size 11 Jordan 6 Ring Premier sneakers in the boxes never worn, 1 pair of Jordan size 11 Retro 6 Premium, (very rare)  1-xl Team pit shirt, 1-lg Team pit shirt, 1-m Team pit shirt, 2 -m tees, 3-lg tees, (all never worn)  1, framed numbered Aaron Yates print 5/230, 2-leo Vince Aaron yates posters. 1 signed 2008 Superstock Champion,  stickers, race cards.

The winning bidder is responsible for all shipping cost for the bike as well as the extra items listed. 


And a truckload of photos-

So apparently here’s your opportunity to own an AMA Superbike, complete with Ohlins suspension and many other performance upgrades. The seller provides plenty of photos of the bike and documentation to show the bike’s authenticity. Also included is a boatload of Jordan Suzuki swag in the form of shirts and shoes. From everything that’s shown this appears to be the real deal. However, any serious buyer would probably want to work with the seller to confirm everything, as I suspect this machine will go for a bit higher than your standard ’09 GSX-R 1000.

So maybe you want a AMA Superbike for your track days (of course you’re that good, you just need the machine to prove it), or maybe you want a killer living room display. Or maybe your the ultimate Jordan fan.

Whatever the case, if you want to get in on the action, go check this auction out!