Posts by tag: Japanese

Yamaha May 14, 2009 posted by

1988 Yamaha FZR 750 R $3750

Located in Carmel, California is a seemingly very rare and very original Yamaha FZR750R. The seller claims that only 200 were brought into the U.S. from 1987-88 (I believe they were imported until 89, the last year being the OWO1). The bike only has 5,400 original miles; however, it does have race history. Does race history make a difference on a homologation special? For this particular bike, at this price, I would think not.

1988 Yamaha FZR750R on San Francisco Craigslist:
1988 Yamaha FZR750R

The FZR-R comes with (Factory?) Yamaha race parts (13,000 rpm black box, crankshaft,springs, fork springs, etc), original plastics, an Airtech set manuals/Microfische, period articles, spare rim, stand and more.

Ask yourself, would you rather have a six year old CBR F4i, or a race-bred homologation special? I know which one I’d have to choose.

AG

For more information about the FZR750R visit:
FZR750R OW01 Information at Motorbase
1987 Yamaha FZR750R Road Test Review

Suzuki April 23, 2009 posted by

Not 1, Not 2, But 3 Wes Cooley Replica GS1000S Suzuki’s For Sale!

Here’s your chance to get a really rare early sportbike for you, and two for your best friends when they visit! This Craigslist ad has three Suzuki GS1000S bikes for sale at $4900 each, or $13900 as a package:

1979 SUZUKI GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica For SaleSUZUKI GS1000S Wes Cooley Replicas For SaleSUZUKI GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica For SaleSUZUKI GS1000S For Sale

quote from seller’s Tampa Bay Craigslist ad:

1979 SUZUKI GS1000S, Wes Cooley Replicas, Beautiful collection of 3 motorcycles, Very rare, Only 535 produced, Only manufactured 2 years, Many spare parts, $4900 for one or 13,900 package deal for all 3 bikes

$4900 doesn’t really seem that bad for such a cool and historic bike. I got up close and personal with a GS1000S at the Barber Motorsports Park Museum earlier this year, and it was a standout for sure!

Read all about the GS1000 at SuzukiCycle.org

dc

Honda April 20, 2009 posted by

1993 Honda CBR400RR For Sale in San Fran Area

I’ve always thought these were striking little bikes! Here’s a good looking NC29 CBR400RR for sale on the Bay Area Riders Forum:

1993 Honda CBR400RR MC29 For Sale Gray MarketHonda CBR400RR MC29 For Sale Gray MarketHonda CBR400RR MC29 For Sale

quote from seller’s post:

1993 Honda CBR400RR NC29 Gull-Arm with CA Plate and Title (SPCN)

Asking $5000.

As shown in these pics, it has: eBay fairings, oem tank painted by Cycle Finish, frame sliders, oem wheels and forks powdercoated by a shop in Menlo Park, front fender by Tyga (also painted by Cycle Finish), Tyga windscreen. Camera mount not included.

Things you can’t see from pics: new Fox fully-adjustable shock (made for F2), Michelin Pilot Powers (plenty of tread left), front SS brake lines, K&N drop-in filter, titanium headers/midpipe.

* edit – new battery as of 3/14/09 *
* edit – new steering head bearings and fresh fork oil (20w) as of 3/20/09 *

Swapped the oem KMH speedo with MPH from 900RR.

The valves on this gear-driven cam I4 motor and carbs (with DynoJet) was inspected/adjusted/tuned by Elskipador. Has approx 25k miles.

It has the all important title, but with that kind of mileage is $5k too high? Leave a comment with your experience.

dc

Suzuki April 9, 2009 posted by

Ultra Rare 1986 GSX-R 750 “Limited” Homologation Special For Sale

Check out this amazingly rare and immaculate 1986 GSX-R 750R Limited (GSXR750 RG) for sale on eBayMotors:

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750R Limited GSXR750 RG For Sale1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750R Limited GSXR750 RG For Sale Dry ClutchSuzuki GSXR 750R Limited GSXR750 RG For Sale

quote from seller’s listing:

Suzuki took the GSXR750 and added trick bits; the forks were very high tech for their time. They had what was called “Anti-Dive” technology. They were electric activated, telescopic, coil spring, oil damped, spring preload and were four-way adjustable. The rear shock was just as special with a gas charged remote reservoir and was aluminum bodied. Racing tail section that was hand laid fiberglass with a custom solo seat. Custom colored wheels. Racing clutch lever and dry clutch. This made swapping out clutch plates at the track a faster and cleaner job as well as keeping the oil free of clutch plate materials and they run cooler. The clip-ons were wider. Front brakes were upgraded. The engine got a magnesium cylinder head as well as sprocket covers to save weight. The front brakes had speacial-designed hoses. The fairing had additional cooling ducts as well as quick release fasteners. Even the emblem on the side was bike-specific. And finished with a gold plated chain with an all-aluminum chain guard. All this and it weighed in six pounds less than an off the shelf 750.

Don’t you just love homologation specials?! The very best of everything and no expense spared. And when they’re nearly 25 years old and never raced, AND hardly even ridden, they’re truly a rare find. This one is currently at $12k (appears reserve has been met) with about 4 days to go.

And here’s a quick video I found on YouTube of a limited being revved up (not the bike in auction):

dc

Honda March 15, 2009 posted by

Vintage VFR: 1985 HONDA VFR 400 NC24 For Sale

I’ve been meaning to post this cool old Honda VFR for quite a while. It sports the same colors my buddy BV is lusting after on the 2007 anniversary edition VFR800: Classic white with blue and red details with the gold Honda wing logo.

This particular VFR400 is a pretty special model because it was never offered for sale in the states, and it sports some very cool features like the single-sided swingarm, V4 engine configuration, and rev happy 400cc motor. Check out this Honda VFR400 NC24 for sale in Kansas City on Craigslist ($3500):

Honda NC24 VFR400 For Sale in Kansas CityHonda NC24 VFR400 For SaleHonda NC24 VFR400 For Sale

quote from seller’s Craigslist posting:

MAKE: HONDA VFR 400 NC 24

ENGINE : 400 CC

TRANSMISSION : 6 SPEED
MILEAGE 40,054 KILOMETERS
ROTHMANS RACING, VERY RARE, ALL NEW DECALS AND NEW PAINT CODES FOR BIKE

www.frontstreetmotors.com

*First things first, this is not an 85. According to this Wikipedia article, the NC24 wasn’t introduced until 1987, and this bike definitely sports all the important features of the later NC24 model. But when I first saw the listing as an 85, it made me wonder if the 25 year rule works the same way it does for classic cars in the U.S. – no import or registration issues with models not previously imported. Anyone know for sure? Also, was there a Rothmans edition of the NC24?

It’s a cool bike for $3500 either way though! Here’s a sweet YouTube clip of an NC24 VFR400 in action:

dc

Suzuki February 11, 2009 posted by

1991 Suzuki RGV 250 VJ22 For Sale in California

This bike looks great in silver with the subtle markings. Spotted for sale in Chico on Craigslist is this Suzuki RGV250 for $6000:

1991 Suzuki RGV250 For Sale in California1991 Suzuki RGV250 For Sale in California

quote from seller’s listing:
I’m selling a 1991 Suzuki RGV 250 VJ 22. It’s a 250cc water cooled V-twin 2-stroke. The bike was imported from New Zealand. It is currently plated and registered in California. The bike is fairly clean for it’s age. It has a few nicks and scratches. The bike runs great. I left the oil injection in place for street use. I have changed all the fluids recently and the power valves have been out and inspected for wear. It has a pair of Michelin Pilot powers with a lot of tread left on them. The chain and sprockets look good. The previous owner had the top end done at 18k kilometers.

$6k doesn’t sound too bad, especially considering it’s plated. And are those Arrow pipes? Yum!

dc

Honda January 21, 2009 posted by

1991 Honda NSR250 MC21 For Sale in Vegas Baby

Are 2 strokers getting more affordable in 2009? This low mileage NSR250 has plates and is only $4500?! Check out this 1991 Honda NSR250 For Sale on Craigslist:

quote from seller’s Craigslist listing:

1991 Honda NSR250 MC21 Streetbike
Imported from japan only 6,400 kilometers Street legal registered in Nevada all all stock never down, dry clutch, runs great in really good condition never abused serious inquires only please, asking $4,500 Clean Nevada title.

Is this the same bike I posted earlier last year? This is a serious price drop if it is.

These are getting cheap enough that it’s getting harder and harder to make excuses about why there isn’t one in my garage. Obviously with the sheer numbers of 2 strokes listed on this site, you know I’m a fan. Talk me out of a gray market 2 stroke… or can you at these prices?

dc