Posts by tag: Japanese

Honda February 9, 2018 posted by

Crown Jewel: Ex-Nicky Hayden Erion Racing 1999 Honda CBR900RR

Beyond the tragedy of losing a young life with so much unspent potential, the death of Nicky Hayden robbed from American motorcycling the last great talent to take a DIY mentality born on a dirt track to the world stage. The loss will resonate for years, as Hayden’s influence touched every corner of the sport in the United States.

Nicky Hayden 1999 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

This is a chance to own a piece of Hayden’s legend, an early brick in his road to the 2006 MotoGP World Championship. This is one of two 1999 Honda CBR900RRs Hayden campaigned for Erion Racing in the AMA’s Formula Extreme category. We featured the other bike in the collection four years ago. In each case, the seller has offered direct confirmation that the bike is real from Kevin Erion.

From the eBay listing:

Erion Racing cbr 900rr ridden by Nicky Hayden in the 1999 AMA Formula Extreme series.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own one of the bikes raced by the 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden. This is not a replica…Certification documentation provided by Kevin Erion.

No mention is made of the bike’s running condition, though it looks to have been left mostly in as-ridden shape, minus sponsor decals. It still bears Hayden’s iconic 69 number plate. It’s crass to mention value given the circumstances, but if the bike is indeed the real thing, its pedigree is without question and its mystique is likely to grow.

Crown Jewel: Ex-Nicky Hayden Erion Racing 1999 Honda CBR900RR
Yamaha February 8, 2018 posted by

Grubby but Great: 1992 Yamaha TZR250

From our buddies at Deftone Cycles comes this 1992 Yamaha TZR250 Racing Sport, the dry clutch version of Yamaha’s entry into the early ’90s quarter-liter two stroke wars. This TZR presents a unique conundrum, as it reportedly runs like a top, but has cosmetically had it. Do you restore it? It certainly is rare enough to warrant the work. Do you ride it? That route would definitely provide the most instant gratification.

1992 Yamaha TZR250 for sale on eBay

If you do decide to ride it, you’ll be on a sweet-handling variant of the two-stroke sportbike class, but power could leave you wanting. TZRs were restricted to 44 horsepower in the home market, and it apparently can take some doing to bring them to full chat. That said, Cycleworld recently gave the TZR high praise for its power delivery.

From the eBay listing:

Yamaha TZR250RS 3XV Racing Sport. Dry Clutch Model. NO RESERVE 9,734 Miles (15,666 Kilometers) Completely original and unrestored. Mechanically Sorted. Cosmetically Challenged. All fluids are fresh. Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. Very Honest Bike. Things to note: This vehicle is for one who wants a restoration project or just wants to ride without a care. Please see Images. Fuel tank is Rust Free. Factory red wheels are showing their age. Both lower fairings have broken by the lower V and have touchup paint. Bike has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title. 3XV0886** “Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements.” Imported into the States through all legal channels. Sold as is. Buyer responsible for shipping. Thanks for looking. Please email any questions.

Broken fairings notwithstanding, this TZR is firmly in new supersport price territory, par for the course for two-stroke imports. For the right buyer this will make a great summertime mount.

 

Grubby but Great: 1992 Yamaha TZR250
Yamaha February 1, 2018 posted by

Pre-R1: One-owner 1997 Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace

Before Yamaha dropped its lithe, world-beating R1 in 1998, it had already set the bar pretty high for itself with the YZF1000R Thunderace, which took home bike of the year honors in ’97. Elsewhere around the globe, the YZF1000R was sold for seven years, stepping in as a blistering sport touring mount once the R1 came out.

In the U.S., the 1997 Yamaha YZF 1000R was a one-year only machine, bridging the gap between the FZR1000 and the R1. Never officially dubbed the Thunderace in this country, the name followed the American-market bikes, chiefly because it is the best motorcycle name of all time. Thunderace. Thunderace. The name alone is a trump card at any cruise-in parking lot peacock session.

“Oh, you bought the CBGSXR1000? Cool. I bought a Thunderace.” Doesn’t matter whose goes from zero to Mach Chicken the quickest anymore. Thunderace … 

Sorry. Got a little sidetracked there. The Thunderace seen here has lived its whole life with one owner, and somehow has only covered 8,000 miles in that time. It has some aftermarket bolt-ons, but all the stock pieces are accounted for and will convey in the sale.

From the eBay listing:

I am the original owner of this 1997 Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace. There is not a single scratch on the machine, it was never raced, and it only has 8097 miles on it. It won bike of the year in 1997, which is why I bought it. The tires literally have about 100 miles on them. Currently, Heli Bar clips on’s are installed, but the buyer can have the original handlebars also. I have my Corbin saddle on it now, but I have the original seat, and I still have the original exhaust pipe as well. This is an absolutely fantastic motorcycle, but I need to make room in the garage and buy a truck. My loss is your gain. You may come see it in the 18940 zip code or I can ride it or trailer it to you, as long as your distance is reasonable.

With just  a $4,200 buy-it-now price, the bar for entry into a really cool one-year-only sportbike is very, very low. Jump in while you can.

Pre-R1: One-owner 1997 Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace
Yamaha January 29, 2018 posted by

Nimble Welterweight: 1988 Yamaha FZR400

The Yamaha FZR400 has a fiercely devoted following as a track day and club racing darling, thanks to its unusual for the time aluminum Deltabox frame, screaming engine and lithe curb weight. You don’t see too many on the streets in this country, where big-bore horsepower has always reigned supreme.

1988 Yamaha FZR400 for sale on eBay

That’s a shame, because they’re a fantastic option for a cheap and exciting weekend mount, with an easy-to-use chassis, reasonable ergonomics for such a small bike and legendary handling. They don’t shine as every day rides, as the peaky engine really doesn’t appreciate being lugged around in traffic, but when reserved for occasional blasts they’re a riot.

The 1988 Yamaha FZR400 shown here is in great shape for a warm-season alternative to your regular steed. Its OEM plastics are long gone, replaced by decent-looking replicas, so there’s no real incentive to baby this one. Throw it in the shed until the roads are warm and dry and go play.

From the eBay listing:

This is a 1988 Yamaha FZR400. The fairing is aftermaket except for the tank cover which is OEM, it also has OEM mirrors and turn signal covers which are getting very rare.. The bike runs and stops well. The carburetors need some work, the bike is cold blooded and requires time to warm up before it runs well so that will need sorting. The front calipers have been rebuilt and the motor has NRC case covers, Pro Tek aluminum clip ons also I installed a new battery last year.There is a small crack in the right front fairing and a small section of the clear coat is chipped on the tank cover, please refer to the pictures. This bike has been sitting for too long, I don’t ride it and it needs to go to a good home. This is a 30 year old bike, it has its quirks but saying that the FZR400 is an excellent handling motorcycle and a blast to ride.

I am including a FactoryPro carburetor recalibration kit, ignition advancer, nickel plated stock replacement emulsion tubes and transmission detent kit, the roller has been installed but not the spring.Thats over $500 in spares.

The bike has attracted little bidding activity with a few days left in the auction and the opening bid set pretty close to what we would expect the bike to be worth. It does come with a pile of interesting spares and has seen very few miles, but north of $3,000 sounds like a lot for a 30-year-old 400.

Nimble Welterweight: 1988 Yamaha FZR400
Kawasaki January 28, 2018 posted by

The Green Alternative: 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7

As slab and Slingshot Gixxers from the mid to late ’80s get more and more expensive and desirable, now is an increasingly good time to look to their competition to snag an equally capable but much cheaper mount. Early Kawasaki ZX-7s are a great alternative, with more forward-looking styling and a reputation as the baddest race replicas George Bush-era money could buy.

1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 for sale on eBay

This 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7 hits all the boy-racer high points, with a garish tri-color livery that extends across the seat from the fairing, monochrome Japanese character decals and the infamous Ninja badge. If it were mine, I’d ditch the green tinted screen and have the wheels powder coated in their stock single hue. Otherwise, its pretty much as it should be, down to the period Vance and Hines can.

From the eBay listing:

SECOND OWNER 1989 KAWASAKI ZX7 WITH 23000 ORIGINAL MILES. GOT A BUY IT NOW PRICE OF $6500 OR WILL CONSIDER THE NEAREST BEST OFFER. GOT A CLEAN AND CLEAR TITLE IN HAND.

PLEASE ASK ALL QUESTIONS AND CLEAR ALL DOUBTS BEFORE BIDDING. IT IS THE BUYER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO INSPECT THE BIKE PRIOR TO BIDDING. CALL 718 966 0606 TO COME INSPECT THE BIKE. THE BIKE IS BEING SOLD ‘AS IS’ WITH NO WARRANTIES. NO RETURNS.

PAYMENT: $200 NON- REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED VIA PAYPAL WITHIN 24 HOURS OF END OF AUCTION AND THE BALANCE PAYMENT SHOULD BE MADE BY CASH IN PERSON, CERTIFIED BANK CHECK OR BANK TRANSFER WITHIN 7 DAYS OF END OF LISTING. IF IT IS A BANK CHECK, THE BIKE WILL BE HELD UNTIL THE CHECK CLEARS. I WILL NOT ACCEPT BALANCE PAYMENT VIA PAYPAL UNLESS BUYER MAKES PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS.

SHIPPING IS BUYER’S RESPONSIBILITY. BIKE NEEDS TO BE PICKED UP WITHIN 2 WEEKS OF END OF AUCTION. IF BUYER IS UNABLE TO PICK UP THE BIKE WITHIN 2 WEEKS THERE WILL BE A STORAGE FEE, IN THE EVENT I AM NOT INFORMED OF THE SITUATION.

The pictures don’t give a huge amount of detail, but the bike looks mostly squared away but not perfect. With a little elbow grease it could be a decent collector piece, but it’s a very nice rider as-is.

The Green Alternative: 1989 Kawasaki ZX-7
Kawasaki January 24, 2018 posted by

Tennessee Stud: 1989 Kawasaki ZXR400 H1

The hard-edged Kawasaki ZXR400 is something of a rarity among grey-market Japanese 400cc sportbikes, as importers drag far more Honda VFR 400s and Yamaha FZR400Rs to our shores. For whatever reason, the Hondas and Yamahas seem to command most of the demand.

1989 Kawasaki ZXR400 H1 for sale on eBay

It’s not for lack of trying on the Kawi’s part, though. The ZXRs are known to mimic their epic ZX7 big brothers, bringing racebike handling and revs to a street package aimed at tiered licensing laws. Never as comfortable as their competitors, the ZXRs made their mark at the apex.

This 1989 Kawasaki ZXR400 wears British registration plates in the pictures, though the seller shows photos of a Tennessee plate and title. The pictures don’t show a whole lot of detail, but the bike looks very clean and well cared for.

From the eBay listing:

Here we have an ultra rare and cool looking 1989 zxr400 H1. It is Tennessee registered and ready to be ridden. This team green Kawasaki has lots of power for a 400, and is perhaps the fastest example of any of the Japanese 400 I’ve ever sampled. It suits taller riders better than the 400cc VFRs or CBRs. Handling is spot on as well as the brakes. This would make a fine lightweight class racing machine were one so inclined. Please contact me with any questions by texting or calling 423 747 3265.
A $300 deposit is due via PayPal within 24 hours of the auction’s conclusion, and the balance within seven days. Please only bid on this item if you are serious and are willing and able to dispense with the transaction in a timely fashion. I will be posting several collector motorcycles for sale over the next couple of weeks, so please look for my other auctions. I can provide or arrange for shipping at a reasonable rate if needed. Thanks, and happy bidding!

If the video below fails to play, please visit my Youtube channel (Israel Gillette) and search for ZXR400 Test Ride

Bidding is low with the better part of a week to go in the auction, which means this could be a slick pickup to sort as riding season approaches the East Coast.

Tennessee Stud: 1989 Kawasaki ZXR400 H1
Honda January 13, 2018 posted by

Rough and Ready: 1990 Honda CBR250RR

Deftone Cycles is known for importing and selling some of the finest grey-market Japanese sportbikes available on these shores, and the vast majority of their offerings are clean as crystal mechanically and cosmetically. The catch with immaculate classics, though, is that they can feel too precious to ride. This 1990 Honda CBR250RR presents no such conundrum.

1990 Honda CBR250RR for sale on eBay

Greg at Deftone has made sure the 19,000-rpm hornet’s nest is fully spry under its black and grey fairings, but has left it as is cosmetically. It bears the scars of its 28 years like badges of honor, each one begging you to take it out of the garage with little regard for bug detritus or the odd thunderstorm.

It is also a good candidate for a restoration, but what would be the point? It runs like a top, and it wasn’t made for looking at. It was made for delinquency. For the kind of fun you can only have when you’re wearing a tinted visor .

From the eBay listing:

Honda CBR250RR MC22. 9,883 Miles (15,909 Kilometers) Completely original and unrestored. Mechanically Sorted. Cosmetically Challenged. All fluids are fresh. Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. Very Honest OEM Bike. Things to note: This vehicle is for one who wants a restoration project or just wants to ride without a care. Please see Images. Fuel tank is Rust Free. Otherwise straight from the factory. Bike has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title. MC22-1009*** “Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements.” Imported into the States through all legal channels. Sold as is. Buyer responsible for shipping. Thanks for looking. Please email any questions.

The bike is priced according to its cosmetic flaws, which is all the more reason to jump on it. For the price of a thumper-powered Yamaha R3, you can sing the song of your people with gear-driven cams, a left fist full of angry bees and a blissful grin.

Rough and Ready: 1990 Honda CBR250RR
Suzuki January 6, 2018 posted by

Pristine stroker: 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP VJ23A

This 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP appears to be in the hands of our friend Gary in Utah, and like the lion’s share of his bikes, it’s nigh on perfect. The original fairings and tank show very few flaws, and from a glance the biggest blemish seems to be on the aluminum boot guard.

1996 Suzuki RGV250SP for sale on eBay

Based on frame number, this appears to be a T model VJ23A, which in stock form for the Japanese market was limited to just 40 horsepower. That should still be a laugh riot in a bike this small and light, but the 70-degree v-twin is well known for being capable of around 60 horses if you massage it right.

The VJ23s represent the latest and greatest in Japanese two-stroke technology. While they share v-twin architecture with the VJ21 and VJ22s machines that came before, the motor in the later machines shares almost nothing with its elders, from revised powervalves to a narrower vee angle.

From the eBay listing:

Up for sale is a 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP VJ23A with only 32,741 kilometers (20,344 miles). Bike is in mint condition with only a few scratches on the left side upper, a few light handling marks and some rub marks on the heel guards. No dents in the tank, no cracks in the fairings, and has a very clear windscreen. Bike is completely stock and all fairings and components are 100% genuine Suzuki factory OEM. This bike is gorgeous! The previous owner took extremely good care of it. Lol, this bike was loved as a child. Comes with new battery, new fluids and new fork seals. Runs like the day it was new. This is a premium bike and very rare to find in this condition. Bike comes with a Utah state title and is titled as a streetbike for road use. Text 801-358-6537 for more pictures and questions. Auction could end anytime as bike is for sale locally. $200 deposit due immeadiatly after auctions end thru PayPal. Balance due within 5 business days by check, bank wire or cash in person.

The bike has certainly been ridden, which makes its condition that much more impressive, and it comes with a clean Utah street title, so it should be good for another few years of high-strung fun.

Pristine stroker: 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP VJ23A