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Kawasaki December 2, 2021 posted by

Somewhere in Time: 1985 Kawasaki GPz550

Rare (adjective)
1. (of an event, situation, or condition) not occurring very often.
2. (of a thing) not found in large numbers and consequently of interest or value.
3. unusually good or remarkable.

Before the flaming starts, I thought I’d hit up the olde Oxford Dictionary and set the ground rules for discussion. Nobody in their right mind (or even their left one) would confuse the scarcity of a model – say an oval piston NR750 – with a mass-produced, run of the mill middleweight such as a GPz550. But if RSBFS was simply about listing model names, we could accomplish the goal without photos and just publish a spreadsheet. Not much fun in that! Instead we search for the best of what’s out there on any given week, and try to highlight things that jump out at us. And what jumped out at me is one of several tens of thousands of a not so rare model belting out it’s best Gloria Gaynor: I will survive.

1985 Kawasaki GPz550 for sale on eBay

I know that many RSBFS readers are of an age when the GPz was the shiz. Maybe you had one (or several). Maybe you simply lusted after one from the pages of Cycle or the seat of a moped. For our younger readers, the GPz550 was mainstay of the middleweight battles in the early 1980s, and represented a serious sport bike for the masses. Kawasaki brought out the big guns when it came to the most popular GPz, providing the basic 2-valve, aircooled inline four with a competent chassis and cutting edge Uni-Trak rear suspension and anti-dive front forks. With bodywork and styling that mimicked the treatments offered to the GPz1100 and GPz750, the 550 included the same swoopy graphics, a similar racy fairing, miles of black chrome accents and new techo gadgetry such as the LCD display on the tank.

From the seller:
1985 Kawasaki GPZ550. A super low mile original survivor almost impossible to find in this condition.
A real collectors item. It has stood unused for many years on display so will need recommissioning if you want to actually ride It.

While the basic platform of the GPz550 was fairly bulletproof, the nearly disposable nature of the market did the overall model no favors. These were not the most expensive bikes in the showroom, making them popular with riders – especially the younger set. Countless examples have been thrashed and trashed from inner city exposure to track adventures. Many of the cutting edge features did not hold up well either (i.e. partially functioning LCD displays), and the black chrome finish was always on the verge of being one day away from looking faded and tarnished. To find a mid-’80s example of the vaunted GPz550 in fully stock condition without the accumulated battle scars of a daily commuter or canyon squid simply must fit into the Oxford definition of rare. Did you notice the mileage? Yup, that is fewer than 1,500 miles of asphalt under the keel of this time capsule. The lower bar work is the only item that looks like an add-on – any GPz aficionados online to comment?

We at RSBFS have often highlighted how the condition of a bike – of any bike – will help it rise above the financial station of its peers. This 1985 GPz550 is no exception to that rule, although as this has spent most of its life as a static display it may not be a simple “ride off into the sunset” affair for the new owner. Additionally, while it will continue to be worth more than the clapped out mongrels we often see on eBay, CL, etc, this remains a mass-market bike that will never have the collector appeal (i.e. price bubble) of something like an RC30. But it is the best GPz we have seen in a long time, and it is worth checking out here. Did you dream of a GPz – or did you ride one back in the day? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Good Luck!!

MI

Somewhere in Time: 1985 Kawasaki GPz550
MV Agusta November 16, 2021 posted by

From the GOAT files: 2007 Agusta F4 1000 Senna

Through a long and storied history, MV Agusta continues to redefine itself, and the legendary sporting motorcycles associated with the passion of the late Count Domenico Agusta. And while perhaps better known for racing associations with the likes of Giacomo Agostini, Mike Hailwood and John Surtees, the Senna model of the F4 holds a special place for collectors. These are rare machines with unique features not found on other models.

2007 Agusta F4 1000 Senna for sale on eBay

Ayrton Senna was inarguably one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers in the modern era. He was sadly lost in the mid-1990s, but not before he put his stamp on the 4-wheel competition, made good friends with Cagiva boss Claudio Castiglioni, and started a foundation to aid the destitute children in his native Brazil. All three of those accomplishments came together during Claudio’s involvement with Ducati in the form of the first of three Senna Limited Edition bikes starting with the 916. Fast forward to Cagiva’s ownership of MV Agusta, and again the star power of Senna retuned – with both F4 750 and F4 1000 editions. Today’s example is the last of the Senna tribute bike lineup, the brutally fast and wickedly sensuous F4 1000 R.

From the seller:
Vehicle Original VIN : ZCGAKFGM37V100587
2007 MV Agusta F4 1000 Senna
Ultra Rear Collector’s Dream & Impossibly Perfect – One of Only 65 Imported into US.

Speedart Motorsports is thrilled to present this unmolested specimen for your consideration which is an opportunity not to be missed. An engraved brass placard on the upper triple clamp identifies the bike as #243 of 300 and one of only 65 examples imported into United States. Fitted with the Arrow exhaust system and Power Commander fuel management module this is a turn key motorbike eager to display its ferocity on the chicane or as trophy exhibit of the most discriminating collection.

The majority of Senna models see little use. Most were snapped up as rare collectors to be shown in museums, artistic displays, and garages of a certain stature. Therefore, to find such an example as this 2007 model with only 1819 miles is not that astounding. But the Senna limited edition examples bring a lot of looks to the table, despite the fantastic promise of performance of the model on which they were based. With yards of carbon fiber, top-shelf components, unique Senna livery and logo, and exclusive Senna ID plate on the headstock, this F4 would look great anywhere. But to get it there will take some cash. These are not inexpensive machines at the best of times, and today’s example looks to be exquisite.

The seller is asking $32k for this beauty – which might not be all that high given the relative rarity of Senna models overall, and the F4 1000 variant especially. The seller is a Miami based dealer with good feedback, and the pictures are worth the time it takes to scroll through them. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

From the GOAT files: 2007 Agusta F4 1000 Senna
BMW October 24, 2021 posted by

Index of Performance – 2006 BMW K1200S

BMW turned their re-designed inline four transverse for 2004, leaned it sharply forward and introduced the K1200S.  A new high for BMW, the 167 stock horsepower convinced a west coast dealer to take one right to Bonneville where they set an FIM speed record for 2005.  This suburban NY K1200S has low-ish miles and looks great except for one sad fairing panel.

2006 BMW K1200S for sale on eBay

BMW stacked the 1157cc deck with 13.0-to-1 compression and a 11,000 rpm redline, achieved using dual knock sensors to retard timing, a piston-squirting dry sump oil system, and two balance shafts.  Tilting the cylinder head 55 degrees pushed the center of gravity lower and straightened the intake tracts.  The Z-shaped alloy chassis supports innovative suspension at both ends – anti-dive duolever front and frame mounted paralever out back, both using conventional dampers with optional electronic adjustment.  EVO assisted brakes are standard on the K1200S, which boosts only the front braking power.

The second owner has racked up 15K miles in just a few years, but the bike hardly shows it, except for the off-side fairing which was reportedly scratched during shipment.  Probably a new or used panel could be found to replace, as the factory paint might be a chore to duplicate.  An intermittent ABS fault has been addressed and hasn’t re-occured, but still might.  A nice grouping of updates and maintenance are listed in the eBay auction:

  • The bike has brand new set of Metzeler Roadtec tires (front and rear) less than 100 miles on the new tires. Have receipt, and the new rear brake master cylinder. 
  • The bike has an aftermarket rear rack installed, made by SW-MOTECH. The rack is solid and will accept your top case of choice, but you will need to add the case-specific top rack mounting plate.  The original rear hand grips are not included, but the rack has built-in hand grips that are similar, and also includes the BMW standard luggage mounting lock pins for the BMW factory sport cases. The cases, however, are not included.
  • There is an aftermarket professionally installed radar detector with front/rear looking radar detection. The radar model is K40-2000, and has city/highway settings with audio and led warnings, and the audio volume can be adjusted.
  • The original fuel level sensor strip has been upgraded to the more reliable float type fuel level sensor from a later model K1300S, and works as it should. 
  • The cam chain tensioner has been upgraded to the later BMW K1200S model (with the small oil reservoir), and makes the bike much quieter on start up and at idle speed.
  • The main battery was replaced with the BMW factory battery last year, when the bike had about 8K miles.
  • The bike also has helibars installed. The original bars are included. 
  • Also, you will get two BMW keys, rider manual, and a handful of oil plug crush washers. 
  • The bike has developed an intermittent rear ABS circuit brake fault that has been difficult to pinpoint. When the problem occurs, the rear ABS servo-assist circuit switches to manual braking setting, and lights up a brake blinking red fault light on the dash. The dealer has stated that the ABS pump is working properly, and replaced the rear brake master cylinder about 50 miles ago, and believes the problem is fixed. However, I have not ridden the bike long enough to confirm the problem is completely resolved. When this rear brake fault occurs, the front ABS circuit continues to operate properly, and the bike stops fine with no issues. Rear brake continues to work in non-ABS manual mode.
  • There are some minor scratches on the right hand side of the bike. Unfortunately, these scratches happened during shipping. The bike has never been dropped. 

The Southern California Timing Association runs an event each fall when the salt flats are generally their best, and in 2005 the stock K1200S with Andy Sills aboard made two runs averaging 173.57 mph.  Even discounting the puzzle palace of classes and rules to boast a “land speed record”, 173 mph on a showroom BMW is quite a statement.  Of course the K1200S is better for reeling in far off targets than a dice in the lower gears, but the suspension and brakes are noteworthy.  The engine design went on to be the basis for the S1000RR, which truly committed BMW to the transverse four.  Not much of an ask for a beast like this K1200S, but maybe request a few more pictures before pushing the Make Offer button.

-donn

Index of Performance – 2006 BMW K1200S
Honda September 19, 2021 posted by

(Over)Use as Directed – 1990 Honda CBR400RR

Update 9.19.21: Sold Friday night but still worth a peek, push “See original listing” – donn

Painting a street bike in the colors of Honda’s 250 GP team might be a giveaway that it was going to get a workout.  This CBR looks to have been ridden hard and possibly raced, but is at least worth a look as a project.

1990 Honda CBR400RR for sale on eBay

The specs for the baby Fireblade read like a full-fledged superbike, with double overhead gear-driven cams, alloy chassis, and assymmetrical gull swingarm.  Some components are sized for the expected stresses, like the 275mm brakes, and some ruled by budgetary concerns, like the semi-adjustable suspension.  But considering the intended market in countries with progressive licensing, and the intended youthful riders, it’s somewhat hipper than the current single cylinder starter sports.

No corner of this CBR has been spared, or had much attention lavished on the cosmetics, though the tank and seat fairing look undamaged.  The fairings have the advantage of being easier to remove and most repairs can be made from the inside.  No claims of recent maintenance, so some questions to the owner might be in order.  Notes from the eBay auction:

NC29 JDM
current registration,
clean title in my name,
runs excellent,
moto gp, gp250 Advance Shell HRC team replica color.

Replica bikes of medium-sized racers of this era have
ultra-high quality, powerful and excellent handling.

I hope you enjoy the proficiency of this excellent machine at 17000 rpm.

Preferably this Blade would’ve been fawned over rather than neglected, even if pushed to the limits.  Pre-pandemic readers will recall similar models selling for much less ( and in really nice shape ), but these are a certain rarity, never offered here except as a one-at-a-time import.  For a well-equipped garagiste with an empty lift, this might be a worthwhile project and the Make Offer button is available.

-donn

(Over)Use as Directed – 1990 Honda CBR400RR
Suzuki September 18, 2021 posted by

Dry Aged Rare: 1985 Suzuki GS550E

During a recent staff pow-wow in the ultra plush offices located on One RSBFS Drive, a debate raged whether mass produced Japanese sport bikes really deserved to be on the pages of this fine publication. After all, “rare” is right there in the title, and mass production somehow works against the whole concept of supply vs demand. But if we limited ourselves to a narrow margin of production numbers, this would become the Ducati_Gray_Market_Two_Stroke_Homologation.com site, and fail to list some of the more interesting finds available. Ultimately, we decided that while production numbers are one element of the equation, condition and rarity as found today (be it survivor, locality given imports, etc.) would be a necessary augmentation to the formula. Thus I present a not rare in the day, not super expensive, unlikely to appreciate into 5 digits type of motorcycle that is sure to please readers of a certain age: this 1985 Suzuki GS550E.

1985 Suzuki GS550E for sale on eBay

Take yourself back to 1985 (in a DeLorean if you must). Turn on the TV and you were either watching the Cosby Show or Family Ties. The radio was blasting out Madonna, Wham! or REO Speedwagon. Fred Merkel was in the middle set of his 3 AMA Superbike championships on Honda VF750 machinery. Freddie Spencer was winning both the 500cc and 250cc GP titles. The mighty 900cc Ninja redefined sport motorcycles as we knew them, and the middleweight class of 550cc sport bikes was as hotly contested as always. From this last mix came the GS550E, a capable entrant by Suzuki, seeking to win sporting riders over to the brand. The 572cc inline four pushed out 64 HP, and the Suzuki was notable for triple disk brakes, the rising rate single shock rear suspension, and up front the novel 4-way adjustable anti-dive front fork. Like most of the middleweights during this time, the GS550E was as much a commuter and sporty tourer as it was a sport bike – which means this class had not yet gone down the road of full-on hyper-sports middleweights.

From the seller:
1985 Suzuki GS550E with only 4,100 miles. This low mileage original bike is in great shape. The bike runs great, just a smooth comfortable ride. The 6 speed transmission shifts through the gears flawlessly. Seat is in fantastic shape, paint stills shines beautifully. You can tell that this bike was stored inside. These GS550E models are a fun bike to ride. They’re lightweight, easy to throw around and enough power to get you in trouble. All the lights work, headlight (high and low beam), stop light and directional. All the indicator lights work, along with gas gauge, speedo and tach. Oil has been changed and brakes bled. Carbs were recently rebuilt. It even has the original tool pouch. There are a few knicks and scratches on the tank, front fender and side covers which I have shown in the pictures. I had to make a repair to the left side cover. One of the tabs was broken so I had to epoxy a new one on (picture attached). It appears previous owners weren’t very careful when storing this bike. The side covers and front and rear cowling have no cracks. Overall a nice bike that will give you years of fun riding. I have a clear AZ title in my name.

In the “find another test” method to determine rarity, the condition of this bike is pretty sublime given the age. It has clearly been used, but would not look out of place in a stable full of much more rare machinery. The fact that it has racked up but 4,100 miles (that’s 114-ish miles per year if you do the maths) probably helps a bit. That can sometimes be a warning sign that a vehicle has been sitting for too long to function properly, but according to the seller all is well with this example. A running video might help, but the pics do show a properly clean example of a mid-1980s ‘Zook. There are a few scratches that the seller points out, as well as surface rust on the ends of the exhaust pipes. But in general, this is nearly 40 years old and looking great.

Pricing on these older models is tough. So many of the 550cc class bikes have been run hard, sold often, abused incessantly and cared for infrequently. That is what makes this example stand out, and what makes it RSBFS worthy. The best part of looking at extra-minty examples of mass produced bikes that were never collectors to start with is that the pricing is more reasonable than your average Italian exotic. This Arizona beauty has a starting bid of $3,400. Check out all of the details here, and then let us know your thoughts on if the condition of this one rates it as rare. Good Luck!!

MI

Dry Aged Rare: 1985 Suzuki GS550E
Suzuki September 13, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 1982 Suzuki Katana GS1000SZ

Update 9.20.21: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Update 9.13.21: Price reduced to $12,000. Contact Chris with your interest. Oh and don’t miss his Bimota SB6R either! -dc

Many have fond memories of the glorious excess of the 1980s.  A time when more was better, and yet seldom enough.  Currently there is a new found appreciation of some of the iconic design and memorable machines from the era.  Take the Suzuki Katana, long held in high esteem with a cult following.  Suzuki recently announced it would be revive the name in a modern take on the classic design.  The original Katana was a defining bike in many ways for Suzuki.  All of this has caused a surge of interest in the original Katana, and rightfully so.

The 1982 example featured here is no run of the mill Katana, but rather the rare and sought after 1000cc version of the bike.  In an attempt to further broaden the appeal of the Katana line, Suzuki decided to take the bike racing.  The rules stipulated that they could not use the 1100 variant sold it many markets, so they reduced the bore size 2.6mm to bring the displacement to 998cc.  The reduction in engine size did little to effect the power.  With 90hp on tap and a top speed of over 140mph no one doubted the performance credentials.

In the words of the seller:

This 10,872 mile 1982 Suzuki Katana GS1000SZ has been resurrected  with the intent being to treat the project as a bike that was ridden and maintained as an owner would have over the years using skill and quality OEM  parts, not as a museum show piece. As such, the heart of the motorcycle was left intact. The frame has not been painted and still retains the original sticker near the left rear foot area and wear from the previous owner. The motor has not been removed, but has had a light cosmetic treatment and is a 10k mile running unit.  All mechanical issues with this bike were addressed with OEM Suzuki parts whenever available. The bike was started and ran to assess the mechanical status. 

The clutch made some excessive noise so the entire clutch, from the primary drive (no longer available, thanks Mick Hone Suzuki AUS)  fiber and steel clutch plates, new pressure plate, as well as all springs, bearings and washers replaced with OEM parts. 
The carburetors were then removed and disassembled, sonically cleaned and rebuilt.  The tank is solid and the fuel has been rinsed out. A new Suzuki petcock with a new gasket and fresh fuel line installed. Carbs are jetted with the jets it ran on. Has a factory airbox, K&N filter and the Air/Fuel mixture screws  2 1/2 turns out.  Clutch and carb work was performed by Jeremy Lanier of Lanier Racing. 
I would like to thank Jeremy Lanier of Lanier Racing for his assistance, expertise and wit, also Mick Hone from Suzuki Australia for shipping some hard to find vintage Suzuki parts to the USA and Seminole Powersports North for the great parts and service departments. 
The bike has patina and wear from previous years of use, specifically the frame and swing arm that were not disassembled or painted. There are lots of hours of work and plenty of dollars in parts spent on this 39 soon to be 40 year old bike. If you have any questions on the build or my reputation as a seller and member of the motorcycle community, do your due diligence. I have been building GSX-R’s for over 30 plus years and have built a number of various sport bikes sold on this site.
Ready to assist in the shipping logistics, but buyer is responsible for setting up arrangements
Interested buyers can contact me directly with any questions or legitimate offers on this bike or any other build you would like to commission.
Detailed list of parts used and work completed:
The bike sits in a dry, ready to start state. Oil in the crankcase, no fuel in the tank or carbs. 
(Fuel last for about 2-3 weeks stagnant here in the Florida summer)
New Yuasa battery, 
New Michelin Pilot tires,  
New chain and sprockets
Powder coated wheels with new wheel bearings
New replica seat cover
Freshly painted tank and bodywork using PPG products including liberal amounts of  DCU2021 clear if you wish to wet sand and buff to a show finish
New OEM Coils/ Caps and NGK plugs
New airbox rubber and clamps (air side), as well as the fuel side intake rubber inlets making carb removal and service a non drama event
All new OEM engine side covers, some not available anymore
Powder coated rotor carriers 
New left side switch gear
New Suzuki mirrors
New Suzuki tail light
New throttle cable
New OEM front and rear turn signals
New OEM hand grips
Triple tree bearings
Clutch pivot shaft bearing
Rebuilt front and rear master brake cylinders (Suzuki dealer)
Vintage Vance and Hines exhaust
Complete list of parts and receipts for verification of all work performed.
Not only is this bike a rare and interesting version of a desirable motorcycle, it is in beautiful shape and sure to offer loads of enjoyment to a future owner.   The bike has been tastefully modified and lovingly looked after by a knowledgeable owner with a long history with the brand.  The seller is a long time supporter of RSBFS and we are over the moon that he has trusted us with the listing of another one of his amazing bikes.
Bike is listed at $14,500 $12,000 with a Clear Florida Title
Contact:
Chris Perkins
407-492-5854
Special thanks to Anna Jannotti for her professional expertise and phenomenal photographic skills.

Featured Listing: 1982 Suzuki Katana GS1000SZ
Kawasaki August 16, 2021 posted by

Past Present Future Classic – 1982 Kawasaki GPz550

A blast from the past, the GPz was perhaps the ultimate expression of sport bike back when Olivia Newton‑John was getting physical, Rocky had the eye of the tiger, and Tommy Tutone was trying to remember Jenny’s number. This was an era before liquid cooling, before fuel injection, and long before computers had anything to do with motorcycles, preferring to spend their time printing out “hello world” messages. Pre-FaceBook, pre-Twitter, and before internet-streamed content because it was pre-internet, the GPz 550 exudes old tech, old-school cool.

That is not to say that the middleweight GPz did not contain some tech. For the day, it was an evolution of the KZs that came before: 58-ish HP from the air-cooled, 2-valve inline four breathing through Constant Velocity (CV) carbs. But the real trickery was in the suspension. Air-assisted front forks allowed for some degree of tuning, but out back was the first appearance of Kawasaki’s Uni-Trak – a rising-rate, single shock linkage that finally but the twin-shock concept to bed. Fitted with triple disks (of modest proportions by today’s standards) and a bikini fairing, the GPz was the embodiment of the modern era sportbike.

From the seller:
1982 Kawasaki GPZ 550. 20,172 miles on the odometer. Not a dent in the tank and the paint is excellent. Carbs will need to be cleaned and I have 4 carb kits for the bike (K&L). New battery, rebuilt front calipers and rear caliper. Factory manual comes with the bike. This is truly a beautiful motorcycle. Come with 2 new tires that will come with the bike….they will need to be put on the bike

The GPz line was mass produced and there were no special, limited edition models within a size range. Therefore one GPz550 of a given year is very much like any other GPz550 of the same year – no S model, no R spec, and no homologation examples. As a massively produced motorcycle, the GPz550 was not rare – nor where they expensive, nor were they hard to come by (unless you were teenage dreamer living at home spending hours pouring through Cycle magazine… but I digress). Today, a clean and original GPz is becoming a rare find. These were picked up, traded hands, tracked, commuted, parked wherever, and most languish in that nether world of potentially great, but not in great enough shape to care about. That is what makes today’s find special.

This one has been on the block for a while, and the Buy It Now price is a pretty rational $4,500 OBO. Yes, that is more than what it cost when new. But much less than it would cost to bring a rat bike back to former glory. And the seller is open to offers. If you have a collection in your stable and you don’t have a GPz, you should definitely find some room somewhere to sneak one in. For the early eighties, the GPz was the motorcycling pin up equivalent of Bo Derek or the Lamborghini Countach. Check out all of the details here, and then jump to the comments and share your GPz experiences. Good Luck!!

MI

Past Present Future Classic – 1982 Kawasaki GPz550
Yamaha August 4, 2021 posted by

2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 50th Anniversary LE #2

2006 Yamaha R1 “50th Anniversary” For Sale on eBay

Some of you will recognize this 50th R1 LE because it’s been on the site before under the disguise of slightly different photos.

You’ve also seen countless other LE R1’s over the years and can view those here, here,here, here and here. So, I’m not going to bore you with regurgitated specs (Ohlins, Marchesini Wheels, 3 more horsepower, numbered top triple, snazzy paint etc.) because you can probably recite the R1 LE’s specs blind folded and with one hand tied behind your back.

I want to cordially discuss where this one sits in history and where it will be in 5 years when it’s 20 years old.

I’ll start- I hit my motorcycling stride in the 80’s and 90’s being spoon fed GSX-RR’s, ZX7RR’s, RC30’s, OW-01’s and RC45’s. These things were sick, trick and unobtainable to the masses unless you had some serious connection and serious front pocket change. These were all quickly and easily distinguishable by their solo seats. Perhaps I’m a little biased, but (other than the Italian brands) there was a bit of a Japanese lull after the turn of the century. There was a little spark from Kawasaki in 2003 when they launched the ZX6-RR, another spark from Honda with the CBR SP and I will happily admit I’m DOWN like a CLOWN with Kawasaki’s ZX-10RR. I’m sure I’m missing a few, but I’m also sure you all will quickly point them out 😉

The 50th R1 LE had a MSRP of $18,000. This one is now listed at $25,000 and is still as new as it was in 2006. I’m always excited to see these NOS machines turn up because it gives buyers the chance to pick up what may have been your grail machine in 2006. I have no doubt these hold a special place in a select few riders hearts. My end all be all bike is a 7RR-N1. Yes, I know it’s a finicky pig and way under {insert whatever you want here} by today’s standards, but I just love them and I’ve yet to own one. 🙁

From the seller:

2006 Yamaha R1 anniversary Limited edition. It has been professionally “mothballed” in order to store it without damaging the bike. It has never been ridden and has 0 miles on it. This is #2 of 500 made and #1 is in the Yamaha museum. Included with this bike is everything that came with the bike along with a special tool kit only made for this bike.

Key Features:

-The R1 LE is a special, limited-edition version of our awe-inspiring liter-bike-packed with premium components in addition to the standard tremendous firepower of the R1.
-Ohlins suspension units front and rear, custom-developed for the R1 LE by the same people who work on the YZR-M1 Moto GP bike, provide the ultimate ride and handling.
-Custom, YZR-M1-style forged aluminum Marchesini wheels designed specifically for the LE add style while removing nearly a pound of un-sprung weight.
-Back torque-limiting slipper clutch greatly aids downshifting from speed, helping the rider exploit all the R1 LE’s tremendous braking power.

Bottom line for me- I like these and think they will leave their mark and will become a staple in the next generation of sport bike collectors.
If you want to discuss this model (not the seller) with your peers, please do so in an adult manner. All comments will be moderated!

Check out #2 here

Cheers!

dd

2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 50th Anniversary LE #2