Posts by tag: Japanese

Yamaha November 9, 2009 posted by

1990 Yamaha FZR400 in Medford for $2500

This is a pretty good looking example for only $2500. Oh yeah, it only has 5k miles too! I know there are a handful of Pacific Northwest followers in here, not to mention Doug is an owner, so naturally I had to post right away:

1990 Yamaha FZR400 on Medford Craigslist


quote from the listing:

1990 yamaha fzr 400 only 5k miles, with aluminum delta box frame AND swingarm. only imported for 3 years and the 1990 is the only year with a delta box swingarm. very rare and unique bike. rated best ultra lightweight superbike of all time… even by todays standards. $2500.

The black plastics on this one remind me of my old FZR600 from college. Good memories and I’ve always heard the 400 was more than a match for the 600 with the lighter frame. I can practically feel the Citibank cash advance jumping out of my wallet right now!


Ducati November 6, 2009 posted by

Reader Submission Catch Up!

As usual the readers of RSBFS are always on the hunt as well, and we’ve got a nice mix to show off today thanks to your emails!

Up first is this 1990 NC30 VFR400 that Gavin sent me that’s for sale in Calgary for $4500CAD (~$4200US as of this writing):

1990 Honda NC30 VFR400 For Sale1990 Honda NC30 VFR400 For Sale

I’m not crazy about the paintwork on this one, but maybe there is some room for negotiation.


Next up is this 1993 Ducati 888 SPO for sale on Craigslist in San Francisco for $9500 with 13.7k miles. You know I’m a sucker for these and I happily post them as often as possible. Thanks for the heads up Tim!

1993 Ducati 888 SPO for sale1993 Ducati 888 SPO for sale

To contrast, the , but now with a buy-it-now of $8600. I’ve been following the comments on the Yahoo 851/888 group, and everyone agrees that it’s a steal at that price. Previous reference to this bike.


And now I need to rally our readers: Please save this bike from becoming a streetfighter! It looks far too nice to break up! Here’s a 1990 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 For Sale in Ontario, Canada for only $2000CAD ($1865US):


Thanks for the email Shawn!


Another beautiful RZ500 has come up for sale, and this one is fully restored. Penny sent us this one and it’s for sale in Texas Tennessee:

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And finally, one our regulars sent this one to me last night. How about that, two Walter Wolf bikes in one month?! with 24k miles:

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Thanks for the email Gerry!

And thank you to our readers! Have a good weekend,


Suzuki November 4, 2009 posted by

1986 Suzuki GSXR750 LE for sale

This is probably the first, of what we know as sportbikes today, homologation model produced.  This one is for sale on


If my memory serves me correctly, about the only differences between the LE and the regular US version is the dry clutch, LE graphics and the solo seat tail section.  The European versions received Flat Side Carbs for this year. 



The seller states that this bike has Dymag Magnesium wheels and if that is the case all of my research says they aren’t OEM.  If anyone has information regarding this let me know and I’ll update the post. 

These early GSXR’s had a whopping 106hp and used 18″ rims on both the front and rear.  One fun fact is the FZR 400’s used the exact same tire size (even larger than the same year FZR 1000’s, but I’ll save that tid bit for another post).  This one looks to be in great shape and is located in Swansea, Massachusetts.  I know these have a huge cult following so I am anxious to see what it sells for. 


Honda October 28, 2009 posted by

1989 VFR 400R NC30 for sale $4,000!


Update:  This bike is now on ebay  as of 10.30.09

This may very well be the shortest post I’ve ever had because I can’t get any info on this bike.  I’ve tried contacting the seller, but didn’t get a response.  It is still posted on the WERA BBS Bikes for Sale as of 10.24.09, so I assume it is still up for grabs. 




This was originally posted for sale at $6,000, but never sold.  From what I can tell it has been listed for about a year and the seller is now giving it away for $4,000, which I think is an absolute steal.  It is listed as a grey market import so it probably doesn’t have a title.  The owner says it is flawless and is a living room Queen.  He goes on to state that it is against his will to have it for sale, but has no choice.  So take that for what’s worth.  This bike looks to be in perfect condition.  I love the smaller bikes and this one has me smiling ear to ear.



Honda October 26, 2009 posted by

Interesting Honda NSR150RR For Sale in Los Angeles

Keeping with the recent small displacement series, here’s an NSR150 for sale in L.A. for only $2700:

Quote from seller’s Craigslist post:

Honda NSR150RR. Rare, exotic 2-stroke bike from Thailand. 149cc. Excellent running condition. Unmodified. Original factory stickers and paint.

Extra set of brand new Bridgestone race tires and extra new battery. Many new parts on the bike.

Bill of sale and importation papers. No title. No plate. Sold as collectible or track-only bike.

Yeah I know, no title. But can you think of a better beginner track bike for the money? The miles aren’t stated, but it looks damn clean. I’d be tempted for sure!


Honda October 23, 2009 posted by

2001 Honda nsr 125

Found this neat little 2 stroke on the Philadelphia Craigslist

Honda NSR 125


Okay, I  know its a little rough looking, but these are basically non-existent in the states so it definitely falls into the RSBFS category.  I have no idea why anyone would forgo hundreds of dollars, on the re-sale side, and not put it back together.  The owner is asking $1,250 for it, but I can’t help to imagine that it would bring $2,000+ if it was remotely put back together.  This would make a great winter project and I think the price is very, very fair.  

The owner says:

 2001 NSR125 Honda 2 stroke Imported from Italy.  Rare Bike not available in the USA. Runs great but needs plastics.

Maybe my co-author Phil has a hook up on a set of plastics for this.  Phil?

I searched youtube and found a video that represents how it might look.  Check it out.  I would love to have something like this to cruise around on.  Listen to it sing! 


Yamaha October 20, 2009 posted by

1989 Yamaha FZR 400 Mint Mint Mint!!!


Title says it all boys and girls.  If you’ve ever wanted to own the best handling sport bike ever made buy it now! 

1989 Yamaha FZR 400 on Toronto Kijiji for $4,000



Owner says:


1989 in Mint Condition with only 18,131 kms or 11,266 miles.

Bike is completely stock and has been garaged always and pampered in every way by 2nd mature owner who has had the bike since 1992.


I can speak from personnel experience when it comes to 400’s.  I’ve owned 7,000 mile mint ones, raced them and currently own a 89 bone stock one that needs some attention.  This one is it!  I’ve found four 400’s for sale this week and haven’t posted them on RSBFS because I didn’t think they were good enough, but this one is worthy.  I will tell you that if you find one, that is all 100% original, it 9.9 times out of 10 will not be in this condition.  I have way more than 4g’s in mine and I’m not finished yet.  I know I’m crazy for putting that kind of money in a 20 year old half liter bike, but I can’t help myself when it comes to 400’s.  These things sold for right at $3,000 when new and have only gone up in value.  I have to imagine it is one of the very few mass produced Big 4 Japan bikes to have that honor.  If I didn’t have my current 400 you wouldn’t see this posted on RSBFS because I would own it.  Someone buy this gem and enjoy it.


FYI – All RSBFS Post viewer comments will now be available for eveyone to read.  So if you have something to say about a particular bike, good or bad, feel free to leave a comment. 



Yamaha October 16, 2009 posted by

1985 Yamaha RZ 500


Yes, another one..  it seems there are a lot of these for sale as of late.  Maybe the price of 2 stroke oil is on the rise and there is a unified mass sell off.  Whatever the case maybe, these are way cool and they are available for your viewing or purchasing pleasure.


1985 Yamaha RZ 500 on the Baltimore Craigslist



This one is all stock with the exception of the “go fast while sitting still” stickers.  The owner had the following to say about his prized bike.


I have had it for 15 years.  I bought it in Florida.  Bike has 21000 mile on it.  I would say the bike is a 7 from a scale of 1 to 10. All stock besides the new metzler tires.  Motor was rebuilt 8 years ago.  Bike runs and drives well.


This one is offered at $6,500, which is the cheapest we’ve ever posted on RSBFS according to my research.  You can verify for yourself here.   


Is it just me or are the front turn signals facing the wrong way on this bike???