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Suzuki May 21, 2022 posted by

The Big Kat: 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000

If you are an enthusiast of a certain age, big bore nostalgia simply must look something like this 1982 Suzuki Katana. Designed by Target Design of Germany (with key member Hans Muth involved), the Katana was a stunning departure from motorcycle design of the time. This was a bike that looked mean and ready to hurt you just parked on the showroom floor. If it were a dog, it would growl at you as you approach. Dominated by motor and angular bodywork, the Katana also had subtle elements such as the nifty all-in-one gauge cluster, the offset gas cap, and the two-tone seat.

1982 Suzuki Katana for sale on eBay

Strip away the iconic bodywork and the GSX transforms into what is essentially a more pedestrian GS. The air-cooled mill, the 4-valve heads, the 5-speed transmission… it was already there in the parts bin just waiting to be used. But Suzuki put it to good use in the creation of the Katana, a bike that differed surprisingly little from the stunning concept bike unveiled just a year earlier. From the original model spawned many variants and sub-variants, both in terms of capacity (i.e. extending the Katana name throughout the lineup), as well as different versions of the big bike.

From the seller:
1982 Suzuki Katana 1000
14,505 Original Miles
Engine, carburetors and exhaust completely stock
Brake system overhauled
Recently serviced
New clutches
New throttle cable
The original black chrome exhaust is in excellent condition
Stater cover has minor scratches.

The seller has included a video walkaround tour of this particular bike here:

There is some confusion concerning this particular example. The eBay advert clearly states this is a 1000, but the supplied video calls it out as an 1100. Both are possible, but the 1100 is more likely due to the rarity of the 1000cc homologation models (Suzuki was targeting AMA racing at the time). A VIN check could help here, but none was supplied. Additionally, the seller states the original black chrome exhaust is in excellent condition – but I see bright chrome in the pictures. That could be lighting or perspective as well, so possibly not an issue. There are some non-stock mods that I see including flush-mount turn signals front and rear and what appear to be non-OEM brake lines and fittings. That is really only critical if this is to be considered an investment machine, as stockers continue to command the highest market prices.

This auction is going on now in a classified, Buy It Now format. The seller is asking $19,500 for the bike which in today’s market might actually be going rate for a top line GSX1000S / GSX1100S, if not a little optimistic. We don’t see these time machines come through much anymore, and the stock on hand is certainly dwindling. That makes this a pretty rare find (even during the springtime high season), and interested parties might want to check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

The Big Kat: 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000
Kawasaki May 9, 2022 posted by

Fastest Production Motorcycle in the World: 1985 Kawasaki 750 Turbo

With the introduction of the Kawasaki 750 Turbo (also known as the ZX750E, and branded as GPz), hired gun Jay Gleason ripped off a 10.7 second quarter mile that proclaimed the Turbo not only the fastest production motorcycle in Kawasaki’s arsenal, but the fastest production motorcycle in the world, by any manufacturer, full stop. Puns intended, this boosted Kawasaki’s performance credibility immeasurably, and forced turbocharging onto the center stage of “next gen” motorcycle technologies.

1985 Kawasaki 750 Turbo for sale on eBay

While Honda started with a 500cc platform and Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki eventually settling in on 650cc designs, Kawasaki went for the jugular with a 750cc inline four configuration. The displacement alone was a significant factor in off-boost rideability, and on-boost the extra capacity provided for a 112 HP push out of the air-cooled, 2-valve mill with EFI fuel injection. This was old school meets high tech, and the confluence was as awesome as could be expected. Often considered “the best” of the factory turbocharged bikes – fastest in the quarter mile, highest top speed, most sporting, best real world power – the Kawasaki 750 Turbo was as rare as the rest of the puffers. Heavy at 500 lbs dry, expensive at nearly $5k in the showroom, and beyond the reach of most Kawasaki buyers in terms of price and performance, the blown GPz languished through a couple of years of mediocre sales. By 1985 all the partying had departed the turbo set, not to reappear for another 30+ years.

From the seller:
Very Rare 1985 Kawasaki 750 fuel injected turbocharged E2 model – Garage kept under cover for 30 years. Runs Excellent!!! 18,697 miles. Looks and Runs Excellent!! Collectors Bike! Serious Buyers Only!!

I’m the second owner of this beauty. No accidents. Title in hand.

It’s been driven every year and runs as it did in 1985.

I have the original exhaust and center stand too. 530 Chain Conversion, Front Fork Brace, Steering Damper.

Also, will include racing center stand, fitted flannel motorcycle cover and an assortment of OEM parts that I purchased as spares.

Today’s Kawasaki Turbo looks to be in fantastic condition with bright paintwork and nice black engine chrome. The condition belies the fact that this boosted beast has over 18,000 miles on the odometer. The factory 4:2 exhaust has been replaced by a 4:1 D&D unit, but the seller notes that the stock exhaust is included in the sale. That is a WIN for anyone looking at this as a collector. There is a 530 chain conversion, which is never a bad thing on something with explosive power. The rear sprocket appears slightly larger than stock as well, which should really wake up low speed launches.

The Turbo era bikes are slowly becoming recognized for the rare technology missiles they are. Since all Turbos were all born inside of a span of 2-3 years, there are not a lot of examples and they have definitely suffered in the “niche” category. But bright lights are starting to shine into this interesting corner of motorcycling history, and we are seeing rising prices as the result. This beauty is being listed in a Buy It Now format for $17,500. That is far more steep than we would have seen a decade ago, but also not too far out of line for where things are going. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Fastest Production Motorcycle in the World: 1985 Kawasaki 750 Turbo
Kawasaki May 2, 2022 posted by

Start Me Up: 1983 Kawasaki GPz1100

Up for grabs in it’s second trip around the eBay galaxy is a very pretty 1983 Kawasaki GPz1100. This was the mainstay of the Kawasaki big bore lineup – going toe to to with the likes of the Suzuki GS1100 and Katana – before being soundly replaced by the stunning “next gen” 900 Ninja. As rare bikes go, this is less rare than most, and not a model that was coveted for its exclusivity. But we have seen time and again that the condition of a bike has much to do with how coveted it is. And when it comes to 40 year old mass produced bikes that have been hooned, rashed and virtually disposed of, the better examples will always stand out.

1983 Kawasaki GPz1100 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Rare 1983 Kawasaki GPZ 1100: Stored for many years in a California collection; original paint; excellent original condition. We purchased this bike along with a collection of rare cars and motorcycles. It has not been ridden in several years, needs a battery. All the cars and motorcycles in this collection were in nice condition as this one is a good example.

This bike has nearly 40 years and 28,000 miles to brag about. But it does so with some pretty vivid paint and amazingly shiny black chrome engine cases and exhaust. As most know, these are areas of this vintage Kawasaki that quickly show wear and corrosion. The plus side is that it all appears stock and in reasonable nick. The potential downside to that condition is that it was stored for many years (thereby saving it from possible weather-related damage), but has not been recommissioned. The seller states that it needs a battery, but nothing in the way of how it was stored. If it was drained of fuel and fogged, that may well be all that is needed to light the fires. If not, there may be a lot more work needed to make this big beast run in anger again.

The condition of this old-school GPz warrants inclusion on these pages, even if the collector value remains low. Prices are slowly increasing for models in excellent condition, and this particular bike was bid up over $4,100 in the previous auction (not meeting reserve). It has since been relisted here in a Buy It Now format with the price set at $7,995. Although the bike looks great, the price might be a bit too steep for the model and the level of interest. I think we all wish for this bike to find a loving new home and owner that will recommission it into a runner, as these older GPz1100s are rock solid reliable and a fantastic – if aging – platform. Check out all the pics and details, and Good Luck!!

MI

Start Me Up: 1983 Kawasaki GPz1100
Featured Listing March 29, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 1993 Yamaha GTS

Update 5.23.2022: Updated price is $6,750 CAD, which is $5,279 USD today. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Long time RSBFS reader Mike has rolled out a very interesting bike for today’s Featured Listing. Designed by Yamaha with considerable help from the Parker-RADD concept, the GTS was one of several attempts to improve upon motorcycle front suspension systems – a noble endeavor undertaken by the likes of Ner-A-Car (way back in 1918!), the aforementioned James Parker, multiple Bimota Tesi models throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Honda powered ELF racers, and even one-off builders such as Spanish legend Tony Foale and Dutch designer Nico Bakker. What they all hoped to achieve was to separate normal suspension movement from the forces of braking and weight transfer. The reality is that each of the innovative concepts had some downsides, and the telescopic fork remains the defacto front suspension design to this day.

Featured Listing: 1993 Yamaha GTS

The Yamaha GTS was a bit of an oddity; not only did it represent the only full-blown Big Four manufacturer departing from the telescopic fork, it wasn’t really a focused sport bike. For starters, this is a big motorcycle – figure over 600 pounds when full of water, oil and fuel. The powerplant is the venerable FZR1000 unit, which makes for outstanding sport-touring potential along with legendary reliability. Under way, the rider cannot even tell this bike doesn’t have forks, although braking stability is above par. Sadly, after only 2 short years Yamaha pulled the plug on the experiment. The GTS was just not what buyers wanted, regardless of how cool they were. What started as a deviation from the FJ1100 and FJ1200 turned into but a minor break; Yamaha reverted back to the established model with the introduction of the FJR1300. The RADD Parker dream in production was over. Today’s seller has a LOT to say about this fantastic example, and we’ll let him take it away from here:

From the seller:
For Sale: 1993 Yamaha GTS 1000 AE
Second multi-bike enthusiast Owner.
Reducing the collection size.

Updated Price: $6,750 CAD, which is $5,279 USD on 5.23.2022
Contact information: claerhoutmike@gmail.com

Bike presents at about 8.5 out of 10. Ready to ride anywhere. Mostly original with tasteful modifications for ease of use, maintenance and or reliability. Stored in a heated garage under a dust cover on a battery tender.
Purchased from original owner in 2008 with ~13,000kms (~8060 miles) on the clock. Currently has 36,340kms (22531 miles).

Never been down while moving on the road. Fell over once in the garage when moving. Small mark on the left fairing.

More from the seller:
Recent service including:

Fresh Oil and filter (changed every year or 4000kms)
Valve clearance check (all within spec)
Cleaned Air filters
Changed clutch and brake fluids (done every 2 years)
New spark plugs
New BattleAx BT023 sport touring tires (~500kms on them)

Extras/modifications since 2008 include
Stainless steel brake lines
Rebuilt ABS Pump
Brake bleeders on all caliper ports
Re-geared (smaller rear sprocket) to lower engine RPM at speed
Regina X-Ring Gold series chain
Polished rims with clear coating
New rear wheel bearings
Rebuilt and greased rear suspension linkage
Custom built seat fitted
Sport low windscreen
Rigid Ignite driving lights
LED headlight bulb
5 level heated grips
Givi V35 saddle bags with light kit fitted to a custom-made quick attach/detach rack

More from the seller:
Spare parts included in sale (Parts have been accumulated from spares inventories all over the world. They are NOT FROM THIS BIKE but will fit it if required. Most of these parts are ETREMELY rare:
Headlight assembly
Taillight assembly
Usable right side fairing
2 x damaged but repairable left side fairings
Damaged but repairable left and right belly fairings
Complete subframe and inner liner fender/battery box
2 top cowls with storage box – 1 damaged, 1 clean
Rear left and right-side panels in good condition. Some scratches.
Front wheel – not bent.
2 left and 1 right mirror – need minor repair and paint
Main dash cowl and inner upper mouldings
2 sets of upper fairing side access panels
Left and right passenger grab handles
Rear cowl top moulding
Front swingarm trim moulding
Various front signal light lenses, mounts, backing plates
2 ABS Pumps (need to be rebuilt)
Various mirror mount plates, spring clips, adjusters
1 new, never used stock seat, 1 used stock seat, and 1 Corbin saddle all in great condition.
Factory windshield
Factory service manual
Various media articles, publications from 1992-93 about the GTS

Today’s Featured Listing represents a well loved and well sorted example of a very rare breed. It also represents a bit of a bargain in the current world of crazy collector bike pricing, and includes a ton of spares and rare items. The Yamaha GTS remains alone as the only mass-produced example of an alternative front suspension design marketed by a major manufacturer. This is undeniably rare, and a sort of unicorn in its own right, even in the public never really warmed to the idea. If you are like minded and in the market for something unique yet usable, give Mike a shout. The bike is located in the Province of Alberta in Canada, with an *updated asking price of just $6,750 CAD. Thanks for supporting the site, Mike!

MI

Featured Listing – 1993 Yamaha GTS
MV Agusta March 22, 2022 posted by

Living With a Supermodel: 2013 MV Agusta F4

It is hardly a surprise to find that the MV Agusta F4 was voted as the most beautiful motorcycle by multiple publications. After all, this bike’s father was Massimo Tamburini, whose previous offspring with Ducati included the gorgeous 916/996/998 series. So same superstar father, but different Italian mother in the form of MV Agusta.

2013 MV Agusta F4 for sale on eBay

Much has been said about the fabulous F4, which relaunched the MV Agusta brand with power, performance and style. With design by Tamburini, engine design assisted by the Ferrari Formula 1 racing team, top level components in the form of Ohlins and Brembo, and innovative features such as variable length intake runners to maximize top end power AND lower RPM response. The F4 was exactly the high-end eye candy you would expect from an up-scale brand such as MV Agusta, and it spawned more that a dozen offshoots in terms of limited edition models – even though the base F4 was suitably rare to see on the streets.

From the seller:
This 2013 MV Agusta F4 is an original. The owner has had it for 5+ years. The vehicle runs great.

Bike has been recently tuned up as of 02/2022. Has only 350 total miles.

If this were my bike, I would give it the nickname of “Rapunzel,” for it would appear the the former owners locked her away in a tower. The odometer reads but a paltry 350 miles since new, which was back in 2013. That is 9 long years with very, very little riding done. This can certainly help explain the exceptional condition the bike is in – just drool over the pictures on offer! There is not a lot of detail on this bike in the text, but you can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

Living With a Supermodel: 2013 MV Agusta F4
Rickman March 7, 2022 posted by

Totally Tubular: 1977 Rickman Kawasaki CR900

Brothers Don and Derek were definitely on to something. Starting in the 1960s with off road pursuits, their chassis building exploits brought them into the realm of road racers. By the early 1970s they were offering frame kits for British bikes (Triumph & BSA primarily), but it was the Kawasaki and Honda powered models that really put them on the map. Today’s example is a wonderful nickel-plated Metisse tube frame housing a Kawasaki Z1 engine and transmission, which was sold through a dealer in the United States.

1977 Rickman Kawasaki CR900 for sale on eBay

In the 1970s the Japanese firms had a pretty good handle on powerplant design and manufacturing. Bigger was better. More cylinders were even better yet. And the British twin – and English motorcycling industry as a whole – was unable to compete. But what they Japanese had in engine technology they lacked in frame design. Relatively little was understood regarding the importance of rigidity, packaging and balance – which opened the door for a number of boutique kit bike builders by the names of Harris, Spondon, Bimota and Rickman, to name a few. Using parts from a donor bike, a “new” motorcycle could be built that utilized the same engine and transmission and electrical components, but had vast performance improvements in the way of frame geometry, suspension, brakes and aerodynamics. The Rickman CR900 was such a kit, and by numbers the most successful of the Rickman models.

From the seller:
Very rare Rickman CR900! This motorcycle was ordered new through Yamaha of Cleveland in 1977 and has had 1 owner its whole life. Originally it was fitted with a Turbo engine but that engine didn’t even last 1,000 miles and a new engine was installed. I do have a set of uncut side covers that I will include in the sale, they are a slightly lighter red though. The whole bike has 4,895 miles and was only ridden a few time a year up until 1994 when it was parked in the garage. Recently I have put in a new battery, changed the oil, cleaned the carburetors and flushed the brakes. The bike does run and ride but will need some more love before its roadworthy, the tires are from the 80’s. Buyer is ultimately responsible for shipping but I will assist in anyway I can. I do have a commercial location and normally that makes it a little cheaper. If you’re local and would like to come see the bike in person that can be arranged. Please feel free to reach out with any questions. Motorcycle is located in Felton California

Interestingly enough, today’s bike started life out as a Turbo. When that failed to survive (not surprising as this was before much was known about forced-induction motorcycle engines), a normally aspirated unit was fit in its place. Since these were kit bikes from the start, the concept of “numbers matching” is irrelevant. Each of these bikes were built by different shops, different owners, and with a different concept of what the finished product should be. They are a far cry from the identically mass-produced Japanese models that donated their guts to build these one-offs. Today’s bike looks to be a clean find, relatively unmolested after all of these years. A limited number of owners definitely helps here, as overall the bike looks quite well preserved. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Totally Tubular: 1977 Rickman Kawasaki CR900
Yamaha March 2, 2022 posted by

Show Me Indeed: 1988 Yamaha FZR400

You’ve got to love a state that just throws it right out there. Missouri, the Show Me state, is also home to this pretty little 1988 Yamaha FZR400. Legally available in the US when new, the Fizzer 400 is one of the more coveted small bikes seen on these pages. Far more rare than the 600cc bigger brother, the FZR400 combines light weight, a willing-to-rev inline four and razor-sharp handling that makes for a fantastic track bike or canyon carver for those of a certain stature.

1988 Yamaha FZR400 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1988 Yamaha FZR400 – RARE, RUNNING & GOOD CONDITION
16731 miles. Clean title in hand.

This bike is near St Charles, MO at my mechanic.
Runs very well….see videos below in description. Great rider or possible track bike.

This bike was just serviced with fresh engine oil and filter, new spark plugs, carburetor O-rings, and fuel lines. The carbs were also rebuilt and had an ultrasonic cleaning. Keep in mind this is a used, rare bike and will require additional detailing to be perfect.

The bike currently has aftermarket fairings that are in nice condition. The ORIGINAL tail, lowers, mid and an additional tank are included with this sale. These are used and in varying conditions, please see photos.

New Zero Gravity windscreen & extra OEM lowers (one needs work) will be included at BIN price.

The seller has included a few videos of this particular bike, helping us to assess the condition:



With one bid at $4,200 and the BIN set at $5,500, these little gems are still firmly in the affordable category of rare. This particular example has over 16,000 miles and replacement bodywork, which is not uncommon. Sadly, OEM replacement skins are about as rare as the proverbial hens teeth, but the seller notes the originals plus some additional pieces come with the bike under the BIN number. Many FZR400s found their way to the race track; if this concerns you, look for evidence of safety wiring on the oil drain plug and brake calipers. The included photos are not enough to make that determination, but questions to the seller can help clarify. Otherwise, these are relatively bullet proof and tons of fun. This looks like a great rider for those that like to put miles on their bikes. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Show Me Indeed: 1988 Yamaha FZR400
MV Agusta February 20, 2022 posted by

Classic Italian Superbike: 1975 MV Agusta 750S America for Sale

Update 2.20.2022: We originally put this post together in Dec 2018 and it’s back on eBay with the same $75k opening bid. Links updated. -dc

I’m sure everyone who bought F4s, back when seemingly every version of that bike was a limited edition of one kind or another, was hoping to capture a bit of what  the MV Agusta 750S America offered: exclusivity, collectiblity, and ever-increasing values. It didn’t necessarily offer class leading performance because, while MV was famous for its racetrack successes, their roadbike was relatively tame: power was average and the bike was fairly heavy, with performance-sapping shaft-drive.

Shaft-drive was a viable, and far more reliable alternative to chain-and-sprocket setups back in the 1970s, and both the Moto Guzzi LeMans and BMW R90S managed to be competitive machines in spite of the performance handicap of shaft drive. But MV supposedly included shaft-drive on their roadbike specifically to limit performance, so privateers couldn’t simply buy a 750S and compete against MV’s factory efforts. The new bike really embodied a shift in the motorcycle market, away from the practical, small-displacement machines MV was producing for road use in the 1950s and towards more powerful, expensive four-cylinder machines exemplified by the Honda CB750 and Kawasaki Z1.

The complete 750S was relatively heavy and engine was designed to be durable, to suit the bike’s more grand touring mission statement. But its racing heritage shone through and the powerplant was pretty narrow, with gear-driven cams, exotic-looking sand-cast engine cases, and a complete lack of any filtration for the quartet of Dellorto carburetors. The original version displaced 742cc, made 69hp, and had drum brakes to haul the 560lbs wet machine down from the 130mph top speed. That sounds pretty unimpressive now, but was par for the course at the time among four-cylinder superbikes.

The 750S America that followed, known as the 800 Super America in parts of Europe, increased displacement to 787cc for a bump in horsepower and torque. It also moved the gearshift to the left-hand side in an effort to appeal to the US buyers, which makes sense considering it was marketed as the “America.” This later version was still burdened with that heavy driveshaft, but Arturo Magni, who worked with MV Agusta’s racing team during their heyday, manufactured a chain-drive conversion for the 750S. Magni is still in business, and maybe they can be persuaded to whip up another one for you, if you’re so inclined.

From the original eBay listing: 1975 MV Agusta 750S America

Most of you know the history of MV Agusta, with their 37 world championships with the likes of Read, Surtees and Agostini. The story of this bike is that it was conceived by the U.S. importer, Chris Garville, as a limited-edition (200 for the 1975 model year) sport bike for the American market based on the existing 750 Sport; that bike became known as the 750S America.

This 1975 750S America was one of the earliest models imported into the US, with engine number 221012 and frame number 221009.

First of only two owners was the importer, Garville Corporation, where it was used in displays, shows and magazine tests: as featured in Cycle, Big Bike and Motor Cycle World to name a few. Ownership was then transferred to Peter Garville (brother of importer Chris) in where it stayed in his possession until 1990.

Included with the motorcycle is a large collection of: Factory correspondence to support its provenance, magazine articles specific to this particular motorcycle, period brochures, and spare parts.

For further information please see the recently featured May/June 2018 edition of the American magazine Motorcycle Classics –

https://www.motorcycleclassics.com/classic-italian-motorcycles/classic-mv-agusta-motorcycles/1975-mv-agusta-750s-america-zmwz18mjzhur

As second owner, I acquired the bike from Garville in 1990 by way of famed restorer Perry Bushong (one of the first MV Agusta dealers in the US). Perry and I have had a life long friendship and working relationship. When he heard that this bike was coming up for sale he knew that this bike was for me. When I heard the sound of the 4 into 4 exhaust I was hooked and that is when it became mine. In 1994 I had the opportunity to meet John Surtees at Daytona and he was kind enough to autograph the fuel tank. After that the bike was ridden sporadically, mostly at bike events, rallys and shows until 2014 when I took it back to Perry to ask him to do the restoration, which was completed in the Fall of 2016. We added the curved racing exhaust built by Dave Kay in England, something I had always wanted to do as it looks fantastic and sounds like no other motorcycle on the road!

Sadly in 2017 both Perry and Mr. Surtees passed away within one week of each other.

The 750S was $6,500 when new, the equivalent of around $40,000 in today’s dollars. The starting bid for this one is $75,000 with no bids as yet, but plenty of time left on the auction. Fortunately, this machine has gracefully curved four-into-four exhaust pipes instead of the straight megaphones seen on earlier bikes that look good and sound better. There’s a reason Yamaha’s cross-plane crank has made such a big splash in recent years: traditional flat-plane crank inline fours are powerful, but can be a bit bland. But if you’re expecting the sanitary rustle of a modern four here, you’ll be shocked by the 750S America’s shrieking exhaust note and the bike has thoroughbred handling to match, in spite of the weight.

-tad

Classic Italian Superbike: 1975 MV Agusta 750S America for Sale