Posts by tag: lightweight

Honda October 13, 2018 posted by

No Reservations – 1993 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade

Even sportbike fans with kids the age of this CBR900RR rever the lightweight model, and the competitive 1990's era which produced so many influential machines.  This one has been brought out from the back of an Oregon tuner's shop and made quite ready for riding.  Despite a dented fuel tank the winner of the no-reserve auction should ride away happy.

1993 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade for sale on eBay

In a period departure, big red assigned the design lead to factory test rider Tadao Baba, who stroked a mid-size power plant but kept weight under tight control.  The resulting not-quite-a-liter 893cc inline four generated 122 hp, in a package which weighed hardly more than competitive 600's.  Helped by an all-alloy twin spar chassis and Pro-link swingarm, the 45mm right-side-up Showa forks and multi-adjustable monoshock made the Fireblade flickable.  Turn-in was sharpened by the 16-inch front wheel, where the compact riding position telegraphed the rider's intentions.  Close gearing gave away 10 mph top speed to other open-class GT's but made the CBR faster everywhere else.

This Fireblade is offered by a suburban Portland independent shop, has just about 19,000 miles, and looks substantially stock save a D&D muffler.  Comments say it was the owner's personal ride, and the D&D is on the quieter side.  The damaged fuel tank is the elephant in the room, and though it should be repairable, a good condition replacement might pop up.  A nice servicing was done before putting it on Ebay's auction block:

-Full Service: Valves checked, new spark plugs, fresh coolant, fresh oil/filter, brake fluids flushed
-New Jet Kit, carbs rebuilt, cleaned, new Factory Pro 2.0APK intake kit/jetting installed
-New Front fork seals and servicing
-New 520 Chain and sprockets
-New Bridgestone BT Tires
-New EBC HH Brake pads front and rear
-New oem turn signals
-New Lithium light weight oem battery
-New Fuel petcock
-New fuel filter

Most bikes cross into GT territory when displacement approaches 1000cc, but the CBR900RR's light weight left room for all the sportiness most riders can handle.  They're at the age where they appear with some regularity, but in wildly differing conditions and asking prices, and with two days to go the auction has just reached the bottom of my expectations.  The new owner has options from a concours restoration to a tank bra, but at the very least it's maintained, complete and un-remuddled...

-donn

No Reservations – 1993 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade
Honda August 4, 2018 posted by

Show or Go ? – 1995 Honda CBR900RR

The 1990's were a good time for alt-color schemes and splashy sticker packages, and it seems like more Fireblades were made in purple and  yellow than Honda's racing red.  This first-gen CBR900RR has high miles but you'd never know it.  Evidently detailed for display, it is has been refreshed for the road and is on a no-reserve auction.

1995 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

Starting life as a 750cc development project, Honda stroked the engine out to 893cc, changing the overall dimensions very little but approaching shy-liter displacement and 122 hp.  Mass reduction and centralization likely came up at every design review, and the delivered machine weighed just 454 lbs. wet, around what most 600's were weighing back then.  Forks and Pro-Link monoshock are by Showa and adjustable, and Nissin brakes have four-puck calipers on the 296mm rotors.  The torn paper graphics are pretty 90's, as are the staggered 16-17 inch wheels, and "speed hole" arrays in the fairings.

The sparkling condition of this CBR fibs about its 32,000 miles, none of the usual wear seems to be on the fairings, cases, or Two Brothers slip-on.  Maybe the careful miles and fastidious cleaning were evenly spread over many years.  A puzzle is how the previous owner added the Euro parking light without changing the fairing.  The owner posts a pretty good - video - and says the bike was shown in his museum, unclear how long, but it starts and idles perfectly.  From the eBay auction:

The bike has the original Owner's Manual AND Tool Kit that's never been used !

- Two Brother's Slip On - Dyno Tuned for proper jetting

- Color matched Stainless Steel brake lines

- Flush Mounted LED Turn Signals - Brighter than the OEMs (OEM units are still available from Honda if desired)

- Factory Paint Job Is in Perfect Condition Everywhere

RECENTLY - Tuning re-verified - It started right up - idles correctly - Drives correctly - No leaks etc.

Below are the items my Master Mechanic has done to prep this motorcycle for sale -

Engine oil & filter replaced

New Battery

New Tires

New Front & Rear Brake Pads installed (Done before putting on display in the Museum)

New Spark Plugs -(Done before putting on display in the Museum)

Valve Clearances Checked - all were in spec. (Done before putting on display in the Museum)

New coolant installed

New OEM Air filter installed (Done before putting on display in the Museum)

The book on the CBR900RR is to dial the dampers back, get small and enjoy the tight handling and light weight.  The third year of the gen-1 had better shifting and fox eyes.  Buying a 20-plus year old sportbike is gutsy baseball, and despite the mileage this Fireblade looks to have had the care for the long road...

-donn

Show or Go ? – 1995 Honda CBR900RR
Suzuki February 12, 2018 posted by

Carte Grise – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R Limited Edition in France

Spanning the globe, as Wide World of Sports used to say, in this case to bring you the thrill of a Limited Edition lightweight GSX-R750R.  In oddball JDM red and brown, the LE is a standout with only a few hundred made to homologate it for AMA Superbike racing.  This French-registered GSX-R looks great and has correct Yoshimura exhaust.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition ( France )

1986 was the second year in GSX-R750 history, with just a few tweaks from the introductory model.  Though the alloy Full Floater swingarm was extended, the aluminum frame and air/oil-cooled 100 hp engine were hallmarks of the design.  The Limited Edition had a couple of nice updates from the base model, New Electrically Activated Suspension ( NEAS ) anti-dive forks and big brakes from the GSX-R1100, along with lightweight dry clutch and close-ratio transmission.  The solo seat and fairing were quite a bit lighter than the biposto.  The entire package was around 400 lbs. dry, weighing less than most 600 cc machines of the day.

Housed in a Paris suburb, this LE appears complete and undamaged save a scratched area on the left fairing.  The owner states it has matching numbers and is registered on a grey card - indicating standard registration, which may ease import and re-documenting.  Not too many pictures and almost no history, so bid accordingly and make this your excuse to visit Paris for a pre-purchase inspection.

Surprisingly light and expensive, the Limited Edition wowed reviewers and race machines were immediately successful in endurance events, but had to wait until 1989 for Jamie James to grab the AMA crown from Honda.  A bit of a grail at this point, the LE's rarity is worth pursuing and some travel might be part of the fun.  Though "Pops" Yoshimura passed away in 1995, the company is still run by his sons with a location in Chino, California, and manages Suzuki's AMA Superbike and Supercross racing efforts.

-donn

 

Carte Grise – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R Limited Edition in France
Honda October 8, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – 1992 Honda VFR400R ( NC30 ) with spare Repsol fairings !

Sold for $8,600. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Since they were never offered stateside, the smaller V-4's have an undeniable cachet as well as sparkling performance and appearance.  The VFR400R looks for all the world like its 750cc brother and can just about keep up until a long straightaway.  On a no-reserve auction, this NC30 has been carefully refurbished and sports a spare set of bodywork and Ohio registration.

 

Though it uses a similar 399cc four-valve V-4 to previous generations, the NC30's used 180-degree crank timing, resulting in a "big-bang" sound and torquier power delivery.  The later VFR40oR's also moved the exhaust to the left side of the bike, showing off the 18-inch alloy rim with the single-sided swingarm on the opposite side.  Equipped to have aspirations, the NC30 had a 6-speed transmission, triple disk brakes and 41mm forks.  Though the factory color schemes generally revolved around racing red, the aftermarket has specialized in replica race liveries.

 

The California owner has gone over his NC30, and paid particular attention to the brakes, cooling system, and component corrosion, a common malady on gray-market machines.  He provides a comprehensive list in the eBay auction:

The bike is a 1992 NC30 Type 7 with Type 1 fairings.  She only has 6568 KM's on here which is about 4081 Miles.  The gauges are in km's so note from the pics you will see it reads 6568.
 
Here's what I've sorted out since I've owner her (I only put on 100 miles since purchased):
  • Subframe had some corrosion, pulled it off, had it sandblasted and put 4 coats of silver paint before reassembling.  Did the same with passenger pegs and assemblies.
  • Took off carbs, completely dismantled, cleaned them for the better part of a full day, cleaned out any grime, old gas residue etc.  Fixed the broken idle screw as well.
  • Installed new Factory quality carb boots as original ones were a bit dry and had small vacuum leaks.  Replaced most of the carb boot rings too as they were not ideal.
  • Flushed the cooling system twice before pulling apart and opted for brand new oversized, high flow aluminum radiators.  Original hoses were ok but seeing that the bike is 25 years old, I upgraded the hoses to high temp silicon as well.  And yes, I changed all of them including the one on the top of the motor that's difficult to get to.
  • I went ahead and installed new NGK spark plugs, fresh oil and a new oil filter.  Also went for a very nice quality (and a bit pricey) air filter to keep things clean.
  • Took the bike to about 90 on the freeway but brakes felt a little spongy despite having steel braided lines.  I flushed the fluid and noticed a tiny bit of fluid on caliper so I pulled them completely apart, changed all the seals, pulled the pistons and cleaned them up, sanded the calipers a bit to clean off the corrosion, put on a coat of primer and 3 coats of caliper paint.  Put on new brake pads as well.
  • Original chain was a bit rusty so I replaced the chain with a AFAM Grade 7, Super Heavy Duty Gold XS-Ring Chain.  While I was at it, installed a new hard anodized rear sprocket, a steel front sprocket (both stock gearing) and scrubbed the grime off.  The chain guide was a bit dry so I replaced that too.
  • Tank rubbers were dry and two were missing so I ordered all new ones from Japan and now the tank rests perfectly on the frame as it should.
  • I originally planned on keeping the OEM bodywork in storage and riding it with a new set of non original bodywork so you'll see in pics that I started to install it but then decided I wasn't going to keep the bike so rather then continuing to mod them to fit, I just packed them back up.  It's a BRAND new set of rothmans replica bodywork that includes the entire bike (not tank), new fender...literally every piece.  The replica bodywork is MUCH better than prior years, very vibrant in color, perfect stickers with a nice clear coat over the stickers.  They are still a pain to fit but I did most of it already and bought all the clips, spare signals so you don't need to switch them out and a whole slew of extra bolts and screws just in case I needed them.  Anyway, entire spare bodywork set will be included with bike.
  • The OEM tank colors do not match the Rothmans bodywork so I bought a spare tank that's also included.  As you can see in the pictures, it's in really great shape but has a small crease dent in the front.  It's in great shape other then that and would be an easy repair if you wanted to get it painted to match the back up bodywork.
  • Many of the bolts have been upgraded and changed out to replace some of the corroded ones.  You can see the pinch bolts, caliper bolts, many others in photos.  They added up $ wise too.
  • Bike will also include stock radiators (in fine shape), stock hoses if you want them and lots of spare parts I've gathered up. (extra pegs, an extra seat cover in black in case you don't like red, levers...etc)

 

The owner wanted the body to be as nice as the mechanicals, and purchased a Repsol replica fairing set.  Most of the way through fitment, he caught another project and decided to put this one up for sale with the original Honda fairings, and includes the Repsol as a spare including a fuel tank in factory paint.

 

October being the time for gutsy baseball, this NC30 is shown in various degrees of undress, and the auction is without reserve.  Someone will be riding this VFR400R home, as auctioneers used to say, and it is a great year.  Reviewed as the easiest of the 400cc group to ride fast, but a tad softly sprung, slightly under-braked, maybe a skwosh overweight.  The owner also has a work-around for California registration, which might make it do-able if that's a requirement.  Considering the low miles and new parts, this NC30 seems worth keeping a close eye on...

-donn

Featured Listing – 1992 Honda VFR400R ( NC30 ) with spare Repsol fairings !
Bimota December 28, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 2000 Bimota DB4 with Performance Kit

Update 12.28.2016: Now listed on eBay as well. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

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After dabbling with Japanese powertrains, Bimota formed a long-standing relationship with Ducati, and used the 904cc desmodue in several designs. The DB4 used an extraordinary alloy trellis frame to help keep the kg's off, updated the cams to add top end, and this DB4 has a carburetor / exhaust power kit.

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The oval-section alloy frame weighs just 5 kg., and has 43mm Paoli forks in front, with alloy swingarm and Ohlins monoshock out back.  Brembo supplies the brakes, 320mm fronts with 230mm rear.  The modern-looking bodywork provides an easy seat height and was supplied with or without lowers, this owner showing off the carbon clutch cover, which complements the carbon front and rear mudguards.

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This DB4 has been treated to a comprehensive performance upgrade including Moto Course exhaust, and Keihin carburetors, accomodated by an updated fuel tank.  From the Las Cruces, NM Craigslist posting -

It has the Moto-Point Performance Kit on it that consists of a handmade Corse Ti exhaust, Kei-Hin FCR Flat Slide Carbs, Air Filters, New Fuel Tank, Oil Cooler Lines, All Stainless Brake & Clutch Lines, and a few other little bits. All stock parts have been retained as you can see in the photos and come with the bike. I also installed a Ducati Corse Carbon open clutch cover and sprocket cover. It runs well and is a blast to ride, also sounds amazing!

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This original-owner machine has only 6,500 and change miles, and the tri-colore paint looks great.  Fairing lowers and take-off parts are included.

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The DB4 reviewed as a sharp-handling lightweight, needing just a few more ponies, and this owner has taken steps to provide them.  Very rare with only a few hundred total production, and just a handful in the U.S.  The owner asks $13,000 and can be reached via his Craigslist ad or on eBay.

-donn

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Featured Listing – 2000 Bimota DB4 with Performance Kit
Kawasaki October 26, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7R-K

Update 11.2.2016: Sold in just one week. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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In the early 1990's Kawasaki and Team Muzzy found the handle to AMA Superbike racing and won championships with Doug Chandler and Scott Russell.  And while the Sunday wins sold a lot of ZX-7R's later in the week, Kawi also brought in a few hundred homolagation specials for AMA approval of "production" techniques with racier components.  The -K and -M variants are mostly hidden away, occasionally popping up tired and worn, but the 1992 -K presented here is very clean with low miles, and appears the real deal.

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Kawasaki's 749cc straight four used 39mm Keihin carburettors, and made 123 horsepower.  The stamped and welded aluminum frame weighs 9 lbs. less than the 1991 model, and lightness has been achieved in the 41mm front and Uni-Track rear suspensions as well.  The swingarm is fabricated similarly to the frame, and though the rear spring rate reviewed as too stiff, the adjustable remote-reservoir monoshock and slipper clutch almost made up for it.  The endurance fairing has fresh air intakes, and the rear seat frame is a light and easy to repair hybrid.

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Recently returned to running condition, this ZX-7R looks great for its nearly 25 years, and has under 5,000 miles.  Modifications are very limited and tastefully done - no green windshields or Supertrapp exhausts here.  Paintwork is almost too good to be true, and has drawn comment on a ZX-7R owners site as missing an access hole, but there was some cross-compatibility between -J and -K models.  Here's what the Arizona owner says in the eBay auction:

Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R 1992.  Rare in this condition.  Super clean with only 4890 miles on it.  Been in my collection, and thinning out some bikes.  This is a limited run for the ZX7 in 91 and 92 as this is a homologation R model for the U.S. market.  I believe we only received 1000 units for both years.

Plastics are OEM and as close to perfect as possible for a 25 year old bike. No rash. Stored correctly.  Just changed the oil and fluids.  Cleaned the Flat slides and new battery again.  Starts right up.  Some period correct modifications with a full Muzzy Exhaust system, steel braided brake lines, fender eliminator.  Airbox has a New UNI High Flow air-filter in it, pictured.  Plus I am including another new OEM Kawasaki Air-Filter.  Clean and clear AZ title.  I do have more pics than what I have on ebay so let me know if you need more.  

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The 1990's were some great years for superbikes that were maintainable and affordable, and Kawasaki achieved the right combination with the ZX-7R.  The -K's were a significant upcharge from the base model and were largely spared the perils of multiple owners and boulevard racing.  Performance with the bigger carbs, alloy fuel tank, and fully adjustable suspension was not to be denied.  The owner gamely presents his bike unfaired, and it appears undamaged, maintained, and without shade-tree modifications.  Quite rare as while up to 1,000 units may have been required for homolagation, most sources indicate that just low hundreds actually made to a U.S. showroom.  Bidding is active but there are still a few days to go.  

-donn

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Featured Listing – 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7R-K