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Yamaha October 19, 2008 posted by

Surfing the Local CL ads: 1997 Yamaha YZR1000R Thunderace For Sale

Here’s another open class bike that caught my attention recently while surfing the local Craigslist motorcycle section – a cherry 1997 Yamaha YZR1000R Thunderace in black and gray. This one has 26k miles and is listed for $5800:

quote from seller’s Craigslist ad:

One ownwer, 1997 Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace, 1997 Sportbike of the year. Produced for one year only. Very RARE. Still one of the best handling most powerful bikes on the road.
Black/Silver, 26,000 miles, never down and never abused (no wheelies/stoppies)
Tuned (including having cams ‘degreed’) by Eric Dorn at EDR Performance, full Akropovic Titanium exhaust, K&N air filter, HeliBars, Attack rear sets, steel front brake lines, smoke windscreen, nearly new Pilot Power tires
I know of no maintenance issues with this bike. It is ready to ride.

$5800 sounds a bit lofty for this under appreciated bike, especially with such mileage. Not saying the bike is in jeopardy as a result of mileage, but at this price, I’d expect a lot less. The images sure do represent a well look after example though. I’ll do some research to find out for sure like I did on the CBR900RR entries I posted recently.

After my ride to the Olympic Peninsula this past summer, I’ve been contemplating a more appropriate touring machine. The Ducati made the trip fine, but I felt terrible as it sat in the pouring rain overnight. While all it would’ve needed was a decent cover to avoid being totally neglectful, it got me to thinking about what a better mount might of looked like for such a task. Something tells me a bike like this with proper luggage might fit the bill and then some!

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Yamaha October 16, 2008 posted by

A Pair of Classic Yamaha Two-Strokes For Sale: Yamaha RZ350’s

Many of the readers coming to this blog are looking for the Yamaha RZ500, and while I haven’t found one of those today, I have found two RZ350’s for sale here in the Pacific Northwest.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 For Sale on Craigslist Spokane

quote from the seller’s Craigslist post:

Spec 2 full fairing bodywork painted in the yellow/black color combo
Spec 2 expansion chamber exhaust
Mikuni 34mm carbs, custom billet intake with internal equalizer passage, pod airfilters, oversized reed cages and 4 petal reeds.
Adjustable steering damper, clip ons, billet tripple tree and fork brace.
Spec 2 rearsets
Fox clicker rear shock with remote reservoir
Re sprung front fork
Steel braided brake lines
Powdercoated frame

1984 Yamaha RZ350 For Sale on Craigslist Portland

quote from seller’s Portland Craigslist ad $3600:

the bike comes with a slew of extras.
* original 80’s full fairing kit with sqaire headlight conversion.
* extra tank
* extra tail
* extra front fender
* EXTRA ENGINE!!!

The bike has larger 30mm carbs with clamp on style k&n’s. Allspeed pipes and silencers. new chain, sprockets, clutch, battery and brake pads.

this bike is oil injected so there is no worrys at the pump when it comes to premixing the fuel.

it has a adjustable steering stabilizer and a fork brace.

the bike has 28k but has had a recent top end to freshen things up.

Neither one of these are perfect beauty queens. But I like the full faired bodywork installed on the first one. And the second one offers a ton of spares plus full fairing bodywork pieces and a spare engine! And both are $4k or less! Seems like an affordable way into the classic bike market before these start going up in price – and a ton of fun to ride in the meantime!

dc

Honda October 14, 2008 posted by

Honda CBR900RR – 14 Good Looking Example For Sale Right Now!

In my last post I wondered aloud what the market was like for the CBR900RR, an iconic open class sportbike. After doing some real looking today, I have my answer: Act now while these are still widely available and cheap! Compared to most of the hardware I feature on this blog, there’s nothing that can touch the value of this modern classic!

During my research, I quickly discovered that finding a clean Honda CBR900RR for sale wasn’t as difficult as I expected. Some bikes have been more loved over the years than others though. With literally 50 or more examples available to choose from in less than an hour of shopping, I was able to narrow the field by looking for bikes under 20k miles, mostly original bodywork, no show or stunt bikes, tasteful and modest upgrade choices, and no rebuilt projects. This helped, but I still had 14 bikes that met the criteria!

The first group of 900RR’s for sale are limited to the originals with dual headlamps, including model years 92-94. These were the bikes that captured my then 21 year old imagination and still look best to me. My pick of the litter is this 1993 CBR900RR on Craigslist Orange County:

The original black color scheme fits the character of this bike perfectly. At $5200 it’s the most expensive one in this group, but I’d still call that a bargain considering the performance this bike promises. Here are 5 more that look really good, especially for the money:

In this second group, models from 95-99, the bike received some minor tweaks to the exterior, most notably the front facia and headlight display. The suspension also saw some revisions and is often retrofitted to earlier bikes. The standout, to me, in this group is this 9k mile 1999 CBR900RR for sale in Washington D.C.

It appears to be completely stock, and with that kind of mileage, it’s practically as fresh a canvas as a brand new bike!

Here are a number of other standouts for sale from around the country, all with very reasonable mileage and offerings:

I want to give a big thanks to GPRacer2500 for his great comment on my original 900RR post. He gives a lot of insight with the past ownership of two 900RR’s and gives some great advice on subtle differences and suggested upgrades. I was definitely inspired to spend some time looking after that read!

Have a 900RR for sale or have a story? Please leave a comment. Thanks!

Honda CBR900RR Resources on the Web:
Wikipedia entry for the 9xxRR family
Fireblades.org – The 900RR/Fireblade enthusiast forum on the web

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Honda October 14, 2008 posted by

1993 Honda NSR 250R MC21 SE For Sale in California

Last year for the MC21, this 1993 Honda NSR250 features the ‘flash’ bodywork. This a two owner, all California ownership bike (though the odometer reads in kilometers), and it has a good title and tags!

1993 Honda NSR 250R MC21 SE For Sale on eBayMotors:

quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:

This is a two owner 1993 SE model NSR250 MC21, it is VERY original and has been well kept with low miles and only a few tasteful mods. This bike has been in the US and CA titled for well over a decade.

Of all the NSR’s I have had over the years this one sticks out as one of the most original, intact examples I have seen.

The last year of the MC21, an SE model in the “Flash” Honda colors.

Everything from the chassis to the engine on this 21 is very clean and unmodified! The bike is 15 years old, but does not look like it…there are some small flaws in the bodywork as you would expect, but the overall package is unreal for a 1993 MC21! The bike starts on 1-2 kicks, the feel, sound and power of the engine is like new, likewise with the rest of the bike, it truly is a time-capsule NSR….

This is an original SE model, dry clutch, adjustable suspension and standard aluminum wheels. It is an R9N code, last year of the MC21

This ad features probably 100 images of the bike from every angle, and he even faithfully notes all the flaws in the bodywork. Most of the pics show a really well looked after bike and a loving owner that paid attention to the right details but kept the bike largely stock. The buy-it-now on this bike is $9200. Feels a little on the high side, but if it checks out as a ‘no stories ready to ride’ example I could see the right buyer making the purchase.

If this MC21 NSR250 is a little out of reach, what about this 1990 MC21 I posted last week? Comments appreciated!

dc

Honda October 12, 2008 posted by

Honda CBR900RR: What’s the Market Like For These?

Honda CBR900RR

I recently posted over at GermanCarsForSaleBlog a 1976 Volkswagen GTi Period Modified car that took me down memory lane. As I thought about machines I lusted after in my youth, I recalled the Honda CBR900RR. This is a ridiculous machine with a monster motor stuffed into a lightweight superbike configuration. I remember sitting on a factory display ride at Sonomafest years ago. It felt incredibly wide compared to my FZR600, but with far more serious components and weight savings features like drilled heel chain plates. But one thing was for certain: Just being in the presence of this motorcycle, you could feel the power. It simply conjured immediate images of explosive and unrelenting acceleration, and it wasn’t even turned on yet.

I hit YouTube looking for a video and found this great video of a 900RR in action at the Isle of Man in regular traffic. This is not the type of behavior I would condone on public roadways, but oh my God, this thing is amazing! The sheer power available in any gear is totally awesome, and so is the sound!

I’ll be adding this bike to my list of prospects to investigate. Please leave a comment if you have ridden this model or have an example for sale. I’d love to have your comments below!

dc

Honda October 9, 2008 posted by

1990 Honda MC21 NSR250R SE: Low Miles, Titled, and Great Price

The owner of this 1990 Honda MC21 NSR250R SE on eBayMotors is listing a buy-it-now of only $6500! Does aftermarket bodywork affect the price or are these just not as valuable as I’d think?

quote from seller’s eBay ad:

Clean and ready to ride. This bike needs nothing, runs great. Has new Tyga body, Michelin power sports, GP pipes and silencers, steering stabilizer, all stock otherwise, SE suspension (adjustable) and R motor (wet clutch). Bike came from Thailand from Tyga several years back ( have papers from previous owner). Have Ma. titled in hand, which is hard to get and makes registering for you much easier

I’ve seen Tyga products listed on other ads, but I can’t same I’m totally familiar with them. So I took a look at the Tyga-performance.com website and it states the follow:

Tyga Performance specialises in providing support for non mainstream sports and racing motorcycles, as well as an increasing range of carbon fiber products for modern sportsbikes.

If you haven’t clicked the link yet, you should as the gallery and projects sections are loaded with pure 2-stroke porn! Some seriously nice looking conversions!

I like this example a lot, especially since I believe $6500 sounds pretty fair. What is your experience with this bodywork and what do you think of the price?

dc

Honda October 1, 2008 posted by

1994 Honda RVF400 For Sale in San Fran

Back on the market, here’s a great looking 1994 Honda RVF400 For Sale on the Bay Area Riders Forum:

quote from seller’s listing on the BARF forum:

1994 Honda RVF400 NC35 $7.4k

CA titled w/ current registrations. The bike has correct digit VIN# and is titled as a Honda RVF400.
Not in hurry to sell Just no time to ride and hate to see it just sitting down. These bikes are getting harder to find. Not the fastest bike out there, but a lot of fun to ride. The bike is in perfect running conditions.

4.7K miles
Two Brothers exhaust
CRG levers
EK 520 chain and sprocket (stock gearing)
NHK Steering Dampner
Front SS brake lines
Rear set adjusted plates
8-12mm Rear Height adjused plates
R&G non-drill Frame sliders
2 sets of complete bodywork w/ headlights, turn singals and gas tank
(1 original RR scheme. OE bodywork condition 9)
(1 rattle can “castrol” paint scheme. OE bodywork condition 7.)

1x left rashed mid
1x left rashed lower
also have other little stock parts (ie: Passenger seat, levers and etc)

Pitbull TT Front stand
Pitbull Rearstand
workshop manual

I loved this bike the first time I saw it on my old blog. But with the addition of the spare bodywork and additional detail, it’s looking just as tasty at $7400 with only 4700 miles!

dc

Suzuki September 28, 2008 posted by

Suzuki GSX-R Blowout Post: 5 Classic Gixxer’s on eBay Right Now!

Apparently these aren’t quite as hard to find as I thought! Here are 5 great looking classic GSX-R sportbikes for sale right now on eBay:


1986 Suzkuki GSX-R 750
– This one only has 17k miles and wears the original body work that is in shockingly good condition considering this bike is 22 years old! Has a buy-it-now for $5200.


1990 Suzuki GSXR750
– Nice upgrades on this one include: Later forks, Marchesini rims, Cosworth pistons, Yoshimira exhaust and cams, Keihin carbs, and more. This sucker is loaded and the auction is about to end at just under $3k reserve not met. What a shame, although I’d be secretly thrilled if it were my bike and it hadn’t sold!!


And three more GSX-R 1100 models: an 86, 87, and 89!

Have experience with an old GSX-R like one of these? Leave a comment and tell us about it!

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