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Suzuki January 12, 2019 posted by

Use Your Boost to Get Through – 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo

Vying for additional power without displacement, the 1980’s saw major cycle makers attempt to tailor the excess heat and complexity of turbocharging to sport bikes.  Suzuki’s entry is the rarest and this one has ultra-low mileage, and just one tangle with the mischievous elves that tip stuff onto parked motorcycles.

1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo for sale on eBay

Suzuki based their turbo on a 673cc inline four, and used electronic fuel injection to tailor the fuel delivery through the variable throttle / boost map.  85 hp are claimed, leading to the model designation.  An early adopter of innovations like Full-Floater rear suspension, air-oil cooling system ( with piston squirters ), and 16-inch front wheel, the XN85 was a bit of a tech showcase.  Kayaba provided the suspension, with anti-dive forks.  Triple disks are big but not oversize considering the 550 lb. ready-to-ride weight.  Angular fairing and sculpted tank owe royalties to the then-recent Katana.

Detailed photos should be part of an auction with a high falutin’ buy-it-now, which this eBay bike parts dealer probably knows.  Nothing a pre-purchase inspection can’t remedy, however.  Some history and service record(s) would be a help, even for a bike with so many years and so few miles.  Short and sweet from the eBay listing:

483 miles – all original except petcock, last ran in December 2018. Also, have Service Manual, and original title.
Right rear tail section has scratches that can be fixed.

Suzuki’s turbo was the sportiest of the big four’s litter, though even at that it’s more of a GT.  None were real showroom success stories, but maybe their role was more of leading edge glitterati for the dealer.  Under just the right conditions, the XN85 could woosh through the traps first, or just look great on the sidestand.  Either way the XN85 can provide liter-size performance from a boosted mid-size, and maybe the make offer button will let us know whether this is a survivor or museum piece.

-donn

 

Use Your Boost to Get Through – 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo
Triumph July 31, 2016 posted by

Rev. 1.0 – 2000 Triumph TT600

Taking the sportbike fight right downtown, Triumph’s all-new 600 made a valiant run at the big four.  Light weight, nice handling, and quality components, it unfortunately had to be shipped before the fuel injection could be adequately tweaked.  And though software updates have corrected the throttle response issues, the damage to the reputation caused the TT to be superseded after only three years.

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2000 Triumph TT600 for sale on eBay

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Triumph’s twin-spar alloy frame carries 43 mm Kayaba forks and monoshock, both fully adjustable.  Quality Nissin brakes use dual 310 mm front rotors and 220 mm rear.  The rounded full fairing incorporates two fresh air intakes above the fork legs.  At a time when most manufacturers were using four carburetors, Triumph made a big wager on Sagem electronic fuel injection.  Peak power was competitive at 110 and nearly 13,000 rpm, but rideability suffered from the faulty fuel injection map.

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20160730 2000 triumph tt600 left rear wheel

With just about 8,500 miles, this TT looks great with its polished exhaust and recent tires.  The mid-west owner says this in the eBay auction:

Here for sale rare 2000 Triumph TT 600 in excellent condition.  The bike is running, riding and shifting excellent and has only 8441 miles (as of today).

It is 600cc 4 cylinder water cooled engine with 110hp and 68Nm. 6 speed and 154mph top speed.

Very nice example of British sport bike.

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20160730 2000 triumph tt600 right front wheel

Most TT600’s received updated software under warranty, but it might be worth checking the maintenance records on this machine.  Triumph’s return to the sportbike market should’ve been a great success.  Once the fuel delivery woes were sorted, the bike got great reviews as a nicely equipped sharp handler – maybe without Japanese street cred but a fine start.  This one looks smart in red and appears to be a cared-for example, might end up being a bargain.

-donn

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Rev. 1.0 – 2000 Triumph TT600
Rare Sport Bike Parts For Sale December 27, 2012 posted by

Parts Bin: Forken A! Kayaba RGV500 And Ohlins GSVR Forks

Who has some Christmas cash burning a hole in their pocket?  Technology has probably long passed them by but what Suzuki project would not be just a bit cooler with some old works parts?  Don’t you wish you lived in the UK to hit the Suzuki GP HQ yearly yard sale? 

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 I know the picture shows Kenny Roberts Jr. but the seller claims these are forks off a XR79 RGV500.  If that is the case, that would place them as 1993 models with Schwantz and Barros on the Team.  I’m pretty sure they had moved on to Ohlins by the time Kenny joined the team as well.  Who know’s how many sets of forks they would have cycled through in a year and we all know the settings would not be applicable but  I wouldn’t turn my nose up at an opportunity to own a set if I had a applicable project waiting for them.  The seller didn’t include any dimensions/specs on them unfortunately.  He does mention they were also used some Kawasaki race bikes (I’m assuming ZXR’s) as well.

Asking price is 1,955 GBP

Here is the listing.

 

 

 

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Have no fear if you like your factory parts more current.  This set of Ohlins is claimed to come off of John Hopkins 2005 GSVR.  The seller claims they even have a super secret Ohlins parts number (I embellished that a little).  This seller did supply the numbers I’m sure you’d like to know if interested:

 

Tube length: 75mm
Upper triple: 51mm
Lower triple: 56mm
Axle hole: 30 mm
Caliper bracket length : 108mm

 

 

For the 3,500 GBP price tag, I hope you have better luck with them than Hopper had.

Here is the listing.

 

 

Ian