Posts by tag: Katana

BMW March 1, 2013 posted by

February 2013 Monthly Sales in Review

Hey guys,

Here are the latest sale values on bikes we posted on RSBFS last month, highest to lowest. This post might be more aptly titled how to score a survivor for under $3k. Congratulations to buyers and sellers!

Have a great weekend all,

dc

1985 Yamaha RZ350 For Sale

1985 Yamaha RZ350 Sold for $9950.


1985 Yamaha RZ500

1985 Yamaha RZ500 Sold for $9600.


1975 BMW R60/6 Polizei

1975 BMW R60/6 Polizei sold for $7500


1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans III

1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans III sold for $7166


1992 Ducati 900SS White Frame

This 1992 Ducati 900SS sold to one of our readers for $7151!


2009 Aprilia RS125

2009 Aprilia RS125 sold for $5800


1982 Suzuki Katana 1000

1982 Suzuki Katana sold for $5600.


1983 Moto Guzzi LeMans III

This 83 Guzzi LeMans III sold for $5149.


1965 Honda CB350F GP Replica

This 1965 Honda CB350F GP replica sold after a relist for $4975.


1995 Triumph Daytona Super III

1995 Triumph Daytona Super III sold for just $4200


1980 Yamaha TZ125 GP Racebike

1980 Yamaha TZ125 GP Racebike sold for $4000.


1994 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

1994 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 sold for just $2950.


1971 Honda CB750

This modified 1971 Honda CB750 sold for just $2920.


1986 Yamaha SRX600

This 1986 Yamaha SRX600 sold for $2908.


1986 Honda VFR700

1986 Honda VFR700 sold for a mere $2900.


1990 Honda CBR600F

1990 Honda CBR600F sold for just $2325.

Sport Bikes For Sale February 25, 2013 posted by

California Kat: 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000

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Quick – look at the pictures. Do you spot the rare bike? I’m beginning to doubt the rarity of these post-disco, pre-grunge “it came from the 80s” Suzuki Katanas. RSBFS went for ages without posting a single one, and then BANG! we suddenly find several. Such are the risks associated with bringing you the best of the rare bikes available on the internet; sometimes it is an HRC RC30, sometimes it is a Neiman Marcus “limited edition” offering, and sometimes it is something in between, like this 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000.

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Designed by Hans Muth, the futuristic styling assured Suzuki of instant recognition and plenty of press. But the big Katana was perhaps too ahead of it’s time – and the bold angles and “big block” approach to power was already past; just around the corner the Ninja waited to change the game completely….

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From the seller:
1982 Suzuki Katana 1000, all stock, 8476 original miles.
Clean title, original Tool kit, owners manual, all original keys. Original seat in photo, new seat from Suzuki also included.

New fork seals, progressive springs installed, anti-dive units replaced with block-off plates, anti-dive units included in sale.

Chrome and brightwork on engine is excellent. Everything works. No oil leaks.
Original exhaust. Black chrome in great condition, no pitting, very shiny. There are some scratches on the bottom right side exhaust shown in picture.

I replaced gas tank and fairing. Originals are included in sale. All work done by Suzuki dealer. engine #GS10X102258.

Bike looks, runs and rides excellent.

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Whether you are buying to ride or buying to invest, you might want to take note. Complete Katanas in first year colors and complete with the stock seat, body panels and black chrome exhaust are becoming more and more rare. If unmolested is what grabs your eye, then you might wish to stare at this one for a while. It is certainly not perfect, but has seemed to survive the drag bike turned rat bike status of less fortunate machines.

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Your chance to own this piece of stylistic history is now. This bike is located in the sunny State of California, and the auction has just begun. The opening ask is a bit high at $6,000, but Katanas in this condition will pass that mark at auction these days. There is a reserve in place as well, so time will tell us how high this seller hopes to go. Check out all of the info and pictures here. Good Luck!!

MI

Suzuki February 7, 2013 posted by

Old School: 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000

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When this first year, 1000cc Katana showed up on eBay, I knew it was perfect for the RSBFS faithful. Who doesn’t like a classic survivor like this? Built to be the baddest road rocket of the day, the Katana still turns heads with its knife-edge styling and purposeful looks.

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This particular bike does not appear to be a museum piece. With a claimed 3,325 miles on the clock the bike has certainly not been ridden much. The pictures show that all the right pieces are there, and it still sports the original (and getting hard to find) exhaust system. The best part for collectors is that it looks to be original and unrestored. In short, it appears to be used but otherwise in great condition for its age.

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From the seller:
WE HAVE HERE A 1982 SUZUKI KATANA 1000CC GSX100SZ, GS1000SZ. IN OVERALL PRETTY DECENT CONDITION. GUAGES WORK EXCELLENT AND HAVE NO BROKEN NEEDLES, ALL LIGHTS WORK, EVERY PART IS ORIGINAL THE AIRBOX,PIPES, HAVE NEVER BEEN MODIFIED IN ANYWAY. PIPES ARE IN AWESOME CONDITION WITH NO SCRATCHS ON THEM. JUST SERVICED VALVES AND CARBS. WITH A BIG CLEAN UP AND MINIMAL TIME THIS WOULD BE ONE OF THE NICEST KATANA 1000’S LEFT. TITLE IS CLEAR AND READY TO GO.

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This bad boy has the torque to spank most smokers in the real world, and does it the old fashioned way: with cubes. Although Suzuki would increase the capacity to 1,100cc in the next model year, the ’82 bike is still no slouch. The GS-derived motor with its Twin Swirl Combustion Chambers (TSCC: another great acronym from the 80s!) was the powerhouse of the day.

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Katanas are getting harder to find in reasonable condition. This one certainly fits that bill – and then some. This auction just opened and bidding was up to a scant $3,300 at the time of this writing. I would expect this one to go up quite a bit from there based on recent interest. For your chance to check it out, click the link and jump over to the auction. Who wouldn’t want to jump back to the 1980s for this one?

MI

Ducati January 21, 2013 posted by

Monday Mailbag! [900RR, Carbon Panigale, RZ500, 82 Kat]

Good morning guys,

Here are the latest submissions from our email and RSBFS Facebook page. Thanks for all your entries and have a great week!

dc

Dave starts us out with this solid looking 1994 Honda CBR900RR available in Florida for $2800.

1994 Honda CBR900RR


Marty sends us this Ducati Panigale that has been dressed in reportedly $30k in carbon fiber bodywork. Buy-it-now shows just shy of $30k.

Ducati Panigale Carbon Fiber For Sale


Lawrence emails us his 1985 Yamaha RZ500 that is available on Craigslist in San Francisco for $9500.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 For Sale


Dave is selling his 1982 Suzuki Katana in Ventura on Craigslist for $7500.

1982 Suzuki Katana For Sale

Sport Bikes For Sale December 6, 2012 posted by

Ghost of Christmas past? 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000

This is a bad boy sportbike from another time. It is hard to believe that this bombshell dropped on U.S. shores 30 years ago! This bike still looks menacing and full of purpose and ready to tear up your favorite road. Credit legendary designer Hans Muth for the angles, and Suzuki for having the guts to produce it.

First generation Katanas such as this are pretty rare, and thus very popular when they do turn up for sale. This particular one seems to have had a minor refresh to get it ready for sale, yet it looks complete and has a significant number of bids thus far.

From the seller:
For sale is a very rare 1982 Suzuki gs1000sz Katana, this bike was completely restored, complete teardown

complete paintjob

all decals and engine badges are new old stock oem suzuki parts

new clutch cable, throttle cable

the seat is original, i just cleaned it and the seat strap is new old stock oem suzuki

forks were rebuilt new seals

frame,stands, battery box sandblasted and painted

engine cleaned and painted

carbs were rebuilt completely all new seals and

brand new battery

vance & hines exhaust( was bought off showroom floor with it on bike)

this was a 2 owner bike, the bike

this bike runs great, has 28600 miles

There are those that prefer the colors of the next year bike, or claim that the 1100 Katana is the more potent performer. While you cannot fault the reasoning, this first edition model will always be the most desired by collectors; this is the model that started it all.

Bidding has been pretty hot on this machine, and the current price is up to just over $4,000 with reserve still in place. Despite the number of bids the price is still a bit lower than expected, although I anticipate that to go up as the auction nears the end. For your chance to bid on this monster – or just to check out the pictures and the action – click on the link and jump on over. Don’t miss your chance to snag a piece of Suzuki history!

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale November 22, 2012 posted by

Not a turkey: 1983 Suzuki Katana 1100

For Sale: 1983 Suzuki Katana 1100

Easily the most recognizable of the early Japanese sportbikes, the Suzuki Katana was a “love it or hate it” affair. Regardless of opinion, there is no doubt that the sharp-edged Katana made a bold statement. It continues to do so today, and the Hans Muth styling retains all of the aggression that made this bike stand out in the first place.

This is a second generation Katana, with the 1100 motor and the blue accented graphics. It may not be as desired as the original, first edition 1000cc machine, but there is no denying that this beauty is the definition of “survivor.” With a sub 14k miles logged on the unique instrument cluster, I would challenge RSBFS readers to find one of these monsters in this incredible, nearly original condition.

From the seller:
Here is a mint 1983 katana 1100, this is in imaculate condition. runs beautiful, exhaust is spotless,original factory paint, and has always been in heated storage. you would be hard pressed to find another one like it, be the one to one this historic piece of history.

These GS-based Katanas are stout machines. The motors have a lot of room to grow, and appear to be overbuilt as evidenced by the test of time. This was the powerplant to beat in the early 1980s, and while it lacks the top-end rush of the later four-valve GSX-R machines, it still holds up admirably today. The headers appear stock, but the slip-on is not. It is, however, a period correct modification.

This bike is located in the small state of Rhode Island – a place that this rocket could transit in a short matter of time, I would imagine. Interest in this bike has been high, and the current bid is up to $7,000 with reserve still in place. I suspect we may see a new Katana high water mark at the end of this one. For more details, pictures and to check out the bidding action, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!

MI

Aprilia August 14, 2012 posted by

Mailbag Tuesday and Feature Listing Price Goes Up Sept. 15th. [RS250 Chesterfield, 998 Bostrom, Muth Katana’s, Raymond Roche, CX500T, Haga RSV1000R, Guzzi Sport 1100, FZ600, Superlight]

Hey guys,

Sorry we’ve been behind on these catch-all entries based on your emails. Between sheer email volume and weekends out and about, it’s been on the back burner. Here are the best of what’s still active.

Also I wanted to alert all you guys who are planning to sell your bikes at the end of the season that our Featured Listing is going to get upgraded in the fall. This means that for a limited time you can still take advantage of the low, low price of $25/mo before it goes up. The price will expire on September 15th. Email me now on how to get started. More details on the new and improved Feature Listings coming soon.

Good luck to all the buyers and sellers out there and keep the emails coming!

dc

Marty was spending a hot evening surfing ads in Europe and came upon this 1987 Cagiva GP C587 ridden by Raymond Roche. Yours for only $104k USD.

A few of you emailed us this Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield for sale in the Bay Area for $7800. Ad states 10k miles and like new. Do some investigation though as it’s missing about half of the factory decals. Possible they were removed cleanly as they were on top of clear coat from the factory. And it does have a plate.

Philip sent us this Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 available on eBay for $7500. These have a strong cult following with people emailing them to us all the time!

Jeremy had another stack of bikes for us to consider in the Bay Area as well, and this Ducati 998 Bostrom stood out to me with less than 1k miles. He’s accepting offers and suggests that $12k isn’t an offer, so bid accordingly!

David emailed us this 2003 RSV1000R factory Haga race replica for $8495 in Minneapolis, which is down from $9250 in just 11 days since I got the email.

Shay on our Facebook page alerted us to a guy in Los Angeles with 4 Suzuki Katana’s for sale and all of them look pretty interesting in different ways.

Brian shot us a note that his 1982 Honda CX500T Turbo is available for $5500 in Los Angeles. Good luck with the sale!

J.D. sent us a note that his 86 Yamaha FZ600 has only 345 miles and is just $4k on Colorado Springs Craigslist. Good luck!

Garrett in Boston emails us the budget bike of the day with his Honda Hurricane for $1500! Looks damn good at that price, good luck with the sale!

And finally Greg just spotted this Ducati Superlight with 7200 miles in Florida on Craigslist. $10.5k seems a bit lofty but I know when I list on CL I expect low balls…

dc

Sport Bikes For Sale July 13, 2012 posted by

Katana 2-FER: ’82 Katana 1000 and ’83 Katana 750!

For Sale: 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000

Located in the great State of Texas is this 1982 Katana 1000. This is the original bad boy bike: big in-line four cylinder, no excuses sporting intent, and wild styling courtesy of Hans Muth.

From the seller:
CANNOT BELIEVE IM POSTING MY MINT ’82 GS1000SZ KATANA FOR SALE………
IT’S ALL STOCK EXCEPT FOR THE BASSANI SUPERBIKE PIPE (NO STOCK PIPES SORRY)
IT HAS 17000 ORIGINAL MILES
2010 I HAD CARBS CLEANED OIL CHANGE BRAKES TUNE-UP AND NEW TIRES.
AND RODE IT ALL AROUND ON SUNDAYS. RAN LIKE IT A “RAPED APE SHOULD” GOES THRU ALL GEARS SMOOTH- NO JUMPING NO CLUTCH RATTLE or SLIP and Gets 58 mpg hwy!

BIKE SITS A YEAR – GAS GOES BAD – BATTERY FLAT- . SO IT NEEDS MINOR TLC TO “MAKE IT YOURS”

ITS SWEET AND ORIGINAL W/ NO DENTS – ORIGINAL SEAT GUAGES SHOCKS AIRBOX – ETC.

CLEAN TITLE IN HAND

Bidding has been pretty hot on this one – despite the low quality pictures – as these bikes are very difficult to find. While the price is only just above $2k (with reserve still in place), bidding has been pretty steady. I would expect this one to go to the wire. For more info and to watch the fun, click the link and jump over to the auction!


For Sale: 1983 Katana 750

The second Katana is the smaller version, later year, and East Coast (NJ). This bike has all the great Katana looks with a slightly smaller powerplant. As such it is not the most collectable of the Katana line (even though it is quite rare), but it retains the style and adds a unique red/silver paint scheme that the larger bikes did not have.

From the seller:
The 1983 Suzuki Katana GS750SD is the rarest of the 3 Katanas available in the 1980s. I bought this bike 5-6 years ago with plans for it to be my daily rider. I have two others. At that time I cleaned the carbs, replaced the battery, spark plugs and oil and it started right up. As you can see from the pictures the bike is in very original condition. The only non-original part is the wind screen and the gauges are from a 1982 (only 85 mph speedo) The bike has been kept in a garage for all the years that I have owned it. Based on the condition, I believe it’s been garage kept most of its life. I have not started the bike in a few years. This bike is a great find!!! Just need a little TLC….after all it is 29 years old.

This bike shows very well. There is some concern over the change in windshield and gauges, but most bikes nearing the 30 year threshold have some replacement bits here and there. Interestingly, bidding has been very slow on this bike to date, with only $1,675 commited thus far. But since this bike has NO RESERVE it looks like a lucky bidder will take it home soon. To check out the details on this great ’83 Katana 750, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!

MI