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Featured Listing March 29, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 1993 Yamaha GTS

Update 5.23.2022: Updated price is $6,750 CAD, which is $5,279 USD today. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Long time RSBFS reader Mike has rolled out a very interesting bike for today’s Featured Listing. Designed by Yamaha with considerable help from the Parker-RADD concept, the GTS was one of several attempts to improve upon motorcycle front suspension systems – a noble endeavor undertaken by the likes of Ner-A-Car (way back in 1918!), the aforementioned James Parker, multiple Bimota Tesi models throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Honda powered ELF racers, and even one-off builders such as Spanish legend Tony Foale and Dutch designer Nico Bakker. What they all hoped to achieve was to separate normal suspension movement from the forces of braking and weight transfer. The reality is that each of the innovative concepts had some downsides, and the telescopic fork remains the defacto front suspension design to this day.

Featured Listing: 1993 Yamaha GTS

The Yamaha GTS was a bit of an oddity; not only did it represent the only full-blown Big Four manufacturer departing from the telescopic fork, it wasn’t really a focused sport bike. For starters, this is a big motorcycle – figure over 600 pounds when full of water, oil and fuel. The powerplant is the venerable FZR1000 unit, which makes for outstanding sport-touring potential along with legendary reliability. Under way, the rider cannot even tell this bike doesn’t have forks, although braking stability is above par. Sadly, after only 2 short years Yamaha pulled the plug on the experiment. The GTS was just not what buyers wanted, regardless of how cool they were. What started as a deviation from the FJ1100 and FJ1200 turned into but a minor break; Yamaha reverted back to the established model with the introduction of the FJR1300. The RADD Parker dream in production was over. Today’s seller has a LOT to say about this fantastic example, and we’ll let him take it away from here:

From the seller:
For Sale: 1993 Yamaha GTS 1000 AE
Second multi-bike enthusiast Owner.
Reducing the collection size.

Updated Price: $6,750 CAD, which is $5,279 USD on 5.23.2022
Contact information: claerhoutmike@gmail.com

Bike presents at about 8.5 out of 10. Ready to ride anywhere. Mostly original with tasteful modifications for ease of use, maintenance and or reliability. Stored in a heated garage under a dust cover on a battery tender.
Purchased from original owner in 2008 with ~13,000kms (~8060 miles) on the clock. Currently has 36,340kms (22531 miles).

Never been down while moving on the road. Fell over once in the garage when moving. Small mark on the left fairing.

More from the seller:
Recent service including:

Fresh Oil and filter (changed every year or 4000kms)
Valve clearance check (all within spec)
Cleaned Air filters
Changed clutch and brake fluids (done every 2 years)
New spark plugs
New BattleAx BT023 sport touring tires (~500kms on them)

Extras/modifications since 2008 include
Stainless steel brake lines
Rebuilt ABS Pump
Brake bleeders on all caliper ports
Re-geared (smaller rear sprocket) to lower engine RPM at speed
Regina X-Ring Gold series chain
Polished rims with clear coating
New rear wheel bearings
Rebuilt and greased rear suspension linkage
Custom built seat fitted
Sport low windscreen
Rigid Ignite driving lights
LED headlight bulb
5 level heated grips
Givi V35 saddle bags with light kit fitted to a custom-made quick attach/detach rack

More from the seller:
Spare parts included in sale (Parts have been accumulated from spares inventories all over the world. They are NOT FROM THIS BIKE but will fit it if required. Most of these parts are ETREMELY rare:
Headlight assembly
Taillight assembly
Usable right side fairing
2 x damaged but repairable left side fairings
Damaged but repairable left and right belly fairings
Complete subframe and inner liner fender/battery box
2 top cowls with storage box – 1 damaged, 1 clean
Rear left and right-side panels in good condition. Some scratches.
Front wheel – not bent.
2 left and 1 right mirror – need minor repair and paint
Main dash cowl and inner upper mouldings
2 sets of upper fairing side access panels
Left and right passenger grab handles
Rear cowl top moulding
Front swingarm trim moulding
Various front signal light lenses, mounts, backing plates
2 ABS Pumps (need to be rebuilt)
Various mirror mount plates, spring clips, adjusters
1 new, never used stock seat, 1 used stock seat, and 1 Corbin saddle all in great condition.
Factory windshield
Factory service manual
Various media articles, publications from 1992-93 about the GTS

Today’s Featured Listing represents a well loved and well sorted example of a very rare breed. It also represents a bit of a bargain in the current world of crazy collector bike pricing, and includes a ton of spares and rare items. The Yamaha GTS remains alone as the only mass-produced example of an alternative front suspension design marketed by a major manufacturer. This is undeniably rare, and a sort of unicorn in its own right, even in the public never really warmed to the idea. If you are like minded and in the market for something unique yet usable, give Mike a shout. The bike is located in the Province of Alberta in Canada, with an *updated asking price of just $6,750 CAD. Thanks for supporting the site, Mike!

MI

Featured Listing – 1993 Yamaha GTS
Yamaha March 25, 2022 posted by

Quick Smoke Break: 1985 Yamaha RZ350

There seems to be a marked increase in available RZ350s as of late, a clear sign that Spring has officially sprung. Amongst the frenzy of activity with trading, selling and buying (not to mention how hot the collector market is these days), this is a quickie smoke break from the high dollar exotica and represents something that readers want to see and can likely afford. I will warn you that time is short and bidding strong on this one, but the price remains in the reasonable range and there is still a reserve at play.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

The 1985 Yamaha RZ350 differed only slightly from the 1984 model in the US. The biggest visual clue is that the Red/White bikes had King Kenny’s signature on the fairing; in the inaugural year this was only available on the bumblebee-colored models. Otherwise you are looking at the same liquid cooled, parallel twin with dual carbs, reed valve induction, oil injection and the novel YPVS computer controlled exhaust port.

From the seller:
1985 Yamaha RZ 350 from private collection excellent condition no issues runs great sorry do not have original pipes.

Today’s bike has seen some miles (but not many – only 5,000 on the clock!), and has the requisite performance upgrade of replacing the stock catalytic converter-equipped exhaust with proper expansion chambers. This is usually best accomplished with related jetting (and sometimes airbox) changes, but no background history if that was done. There is also no word on the type of expansion chambers fitted; perhaps our eagle-eyed readers can help out with that one. The bike looks undeniably clean, which is a real plus. I am somewhat perplexed by the lack of the black chrome finish on the left side of the engine, but not on the right. But this otherwise looks like something that could (and should) rattle to life in a cloud of smoke that brings smiles to all. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Quick Smoke Break: 1985 Yamaha RZ350
Suzuki March 23, 2022 posted by

Nobody Puts Baby In a Corner: 1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf

Of all of the fun, cool and very rare motorcycles we post here on RSBFS every day, few bikes get me as excited as a Walter Wolf edition of the mighty Suzuki RG500 Gamma. Festooned with the livery of Canadian businessman, motorsports enthusiast and general all around very rich guy, the Walter Wolf livery was available in both 250cc and 500cc Gamma variants, and was largely a cosmetic affair. Sporting what looks like black or dark blue – but in sunlight is actually a deep purple – the WW models came with livery-specific bodywork and instrumentation.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf for sale on eBay

The 500cc Gamma is no stranger to these pages, and enthusiasts everywhere have been viewing these brutal, square-four two strokes as road going GP bikes. In truth, these were more potent than the RZ500 competition, and sharper than most sport bikes of the era. They also held in reserve a lot of potential which could be coaxed out by clever and respected tuners, making them a bit of the holy grail for those seeking the combo of rarity, smokiness and outright speed.

From the seller:
Been sitting for years , ridden once and put into storage serious offers around $50.000, plastic needs repair , but not paint

To be honest, there is not much to go on with this one, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth the effort. The seller claims it is in excellent shape, but also notes the plastics are in need of repair – but not paint. That could mean something non-visible, such as mounting tabs on the back being broken off (not uncommon). Zooming in on the photos show some minor scuff and wear, but I imagine this would clean up nicely. There appears to be a “ran when I parked it” vibe going on here, so it is not obvious if it currently runs. But if it’s been sitting I would recommend a leak down test to ensure the crank seals are still tight; nobody here wants to see this beauty seize. There is no detail in the ad on the total number of miles (kilometers) travelled, however a close up of the speedo shows 13,098 KMs, which equates to just over 8,100 US miles.

This is both an auction as well as a Buy It Now, however the starting bid and the BIN number are one and the same – just under $48k USD, or 60K in Canadian dollars. That is big money for a lot of (unclean) unknowns, but those unknowns need not be bad. There might be a real gem here – after all, it’s a freaking RG500 Walter Wolf Gamma! Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Nobody Puts Baby In a Corner: 1986 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf
MV Agusta March 22, 2022 posted by

Living With a Supermodel: 2013 MV Agusta F4

It is hardly a surprise to find that the MV Agusta F4 was voted as the most beautiful motorcycle by multiple publications. After all, this bike’s father was Massimo Tamburini, whose previous offspring with Ducati included the gorgeous 916/996/998 series. So same superstar father, but different Italian mother in the form of MV Agusta.

2013 MV Agusta F4 for sale on eBay

Much has been said about the fabulous F4, which relaunched the MV Agusta brand with power, performance and style. With design by Tamburini, engine design assisted by the Ferrari Formula 1 racing team, top level components in the form of Ohlins and Brembo, and innovative features such as variable length intake runners to maximize top end power AND lower RPM response. The F4 was exactly the high-end eye candy you would expect from an up-scale brand such as MV Agusta, and it spawned more that a dozen offshoots in terms of limited edition models – even though the base F4 was suitably rare to see on the streets.

From the seller:
This 2013 MV Agusta F4 is an original. The owner has had it for 5+ years. The vehicle runs great.

Bike has been recently tuned up as of 02/2022. Has only 350 total miles.

If this were my bike, I would give it the nickname of “Rapunzel,” for it would appear the the former owners locked her away in a tower. The odometer reads but a paltry 350 miles since new, which was back in 2013. That is 9 long years with very, very little riding done. This can certainly help explain the exceptional condition the bike is in – just drool over the pictures on offer! There is not a lot of detail on this bike in the text, but you can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

Living With a Supermodel: 2013 MV Agusta F4
Yamaha March 17, 2022 posted by

Ring A Ding Dinger: 1984 Yamaha RZ350

In those dark morning hours (for those of us who “spring” the clocks forward) and in the wastelands of eBay before riding season hits and all sorts of exotica hit the auction block, there are days of, well, nothing. RSBFS staff look through hundreds of listings daily, and some days it is hard to find something worthy. Thus – in that light – a find such as this sano-clean 1984 RZ350 shines like a lighthouse beacon on a stormy night. Let’s check it out.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

While not a completely stock offering, this RZ is probably everything we would want in a rider. It looks to be in excellent shape cosmetically, has travelled enough miles to be a proper used bike (at 12,000+ miles there is no hangar queen here), and has the correct performance mods to wake up the two-pot beehive within. Those DG chambers look fantastic, and I can already hear (and see) the plumes of blue smoke shooting out of them as the little Yamaha hits the pipe. With proper jetting on the upstream side the 350 become far more potent than the modest displacement suggests.

From the seller:
1984 Yamaha RZ350
Excellent condition. Clean Title. Stored Indoors
This motorcycle is still very much in show worthy condition.
One would find it hard to believe this motorcycle is 38 years old.

Motorcycle has:
New battery
Brand new handle bars/grips
New tires (Michelin Pilot)
New chain & sprockets
Beautiful freshly powder coated wheels (white to match bike)
IntelAJet system added onto carburetors for easy fine tuning of carbs.
New pistons and rings, along with crank bearings and seals, 2 years ago.
(Bike tuned and jetted perfectly)
DG High Flow Pipes in excellent condition
( 2 ) keys
No rust on or in gas tank

More from the seller:
A few notes:
Everything works on bike
Bike has been stored in climate control since day 1
Paint & body panels are perfect, with no scratches- excluding 1 small ding (see details below)
Two small flaws:
Small chip in headlight but does not leak water (picture listed)
Small ding at lower portion of gas tank (picture listed)

Located in Georgia, this 1984 RZ350 looks to be a real peach (cue the rim shot!). These RZs are tremendously popular with readers, and the collector market is starting to see what it missed so many years ago. That means many of our readers who may remember when you could pick up a runner for $2k and a clean example like this for $5k will absolutely balk at the $12-15k range in which they now trade. Such is the march of time, the escalation of gas prices, and the high demand for a small (and dwindling) supply of these yesteryear throwbacks. There are many days to go, and this one sits at right around $5k with reserve in place – it should be fun to watch! Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Ring A Ding Dinger: 1984 Yamaha RZ350
Ducati March 10, 2022 posted by

Strada-rific: 1992 Ducati 851

Last Friday RSBFS posted a glorious Ducati 851 SP2. Today’s find – while only a plain-Jane 851 Strada (which actually displaces a true 851cc), is no less a fantastic machine, is offered at a MUCH lower price, and is itself a worthy object of our drool.

1992 Ducati 851 for sale on Cycle Trader

In 1992 the 851 Strada (or street bike) was the base model in Ducati’s Superbike lineup. That provided an entry point into the liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 4-valve Desmo performance category, but still allowed for two-up seating and – at least from a capacity perspective – room to grow. 1992 was a transitional year for the Superbike model, with both the 851 and 888 sharing the stage. Ducati had already homologated the 888 engine in the 851 SP2, and therefore the mid-tier and top tier Superbikes were branded with the mark of the triple-8. The final year for the 851, 1992 also represented perhaps the most refined example of the breed. Much was known about the model at this time, aftermarket parts were plentiful, and reliability was (for a high-strung Italian supermodel) superb.

From the seller:
Ducati 851, iconic bike recently serviced, in great condition part of my collection up for sale

Not a ton of detail on this one, but the pictures show a properly outfitted man cave and other Ducati Superbike siblings in the mix. There is some difference between the pics, whereby one shows a smoked windscreen and carbon front mudguard, while the others show a stock 851 with the proper stock pieces in place. The exhaust cans have been replaced, but no details on brand. Serious buyers might wish to enquire as to what state of bike will be delivered and if stock parts are still available. We typically see bikes of this nature on the likes of eBay or BaT – however this particular example is listed on Cycle Trader. You can check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Strada-rific: 1992 Ducati 851
Ducati March 4, 2022 posted by

Understated: 1990 Ducati 851 SP2

The Ducati 851 as a general model launched the Italian manufacturer into WSBK super stardom. Instantly competitive on the racetrack, the 851 began a run of championship titles and spawned a new line of track-worthy superbikes for Bologna (a trend that continues in both WSBK and MotoGP to this day). The 851 started it all by ushering in a new era of liquid cooling, 4-valve desmo heads and fuel injection, all wrapped in the instantly recognizable trellis frame. But today’s bike, a rare SP2 model, started yet another Ducati trend by upping the ante from the standard Strada base model and introducing a larger capacity engine under the covers: the mighty 888. Sure, the bodywork says 851, but this was no ordinary 851.

1990 Ducati 851 SP2 for sale on eBay

While the triple 8 bowed in showrooms alongside the base 851 in 1992, the top spec 851 already proved the value of the motor in 1990. And by stuffing the bigger motor in the 851-branded bike, the SP model allowed for homologation – and therefore became a valid entry in WSBK competition (won in 1990 by Raymond Roche). The SP2 was more than just an 851 with a bigger (better) motor. The transmission more closely resembled the close-ratio unit found on the 851 Superbike Kit update, suspension was upgraded to higher quality Ohlins units front and rear, front brakes were upgraded to cast iron floating rotors, and the single seat tail section was suspended by an aluminum subframe. All told, the dual injector 888 roared and snarled its way to a stout 115 HP.

From the seller:
You are bidding on a 1990 Ducati 851 SP2 it is estimated that Ducati only produced 400-425 units of the SP2 model, this is example is #390. Throughout the run of the 851 and 888 Ducati released five special production runs designed for homologation purposes; The second model (SP2) was introduced in 1990 and came equipped with the legendary 888 engine, fuel injection, and Ohlins suspension. The SP2 was also equipped with many other special model features, below this description I have listed all of the special features the SP2 models were equipped with. This particular 851 SP2 model is in all original condition with the exception of the Termignoni exhaust pipes, and has an exceptionally low 6526 kilometers (4059miles) on the odometer. But please feel free to read more about the specifics of this bike and look at the pictures for verification.

More from the seller:
All of the body panels are in excellent condition, there no cracks or any paint nicks anywhere. The white frame does have some very faint cracking from age but no major chips. Overall the motorcycle is a 9.5 out of 10 cosmetically. Mechanically the bike runs and rides perfect, there are no oil leaks anywhere and all of the engine paint is in good condition. All of the electrical components work as they should; lights, blinkers, horn, speedo, tach, temp gauge, all work properly. The bike just had a full service tune up so mechanically everything was inspected and replaced if necessary with original Ducati parts.

When new – and if you could find one – you would expect to pay just on the other side of 20 large bills (MSRP) for an SP2. Today the market remains strong for these remarkable rarities; especially one as clean and low mileage as today’s find. Prospective bidders should note the lack of a 17 digit VIN, indicating this is an imported bike; the Veglia speedo is marked for KMH only. For states with a 25-year rule, registration is likely possible – but buyers are cautioned to do research for your own locale. And registration is important, as who wouldn’t want to fire up this bad boy and do the needful? Check out all of the details here, as bidding has been aggressive and the reserve still in place at $18k. Good Luck!!

MI

Understated: 1990 Ducati 851 SP2
Yamaha March 2, 2022 posted by

Show Me Indeed: 1988 Yamaha FZR400

You’ve got to love a state that just throws it right out there. Missouri, the Show Me state, is also home to this pretty little 1988 Yamaha FZR400. Legally available in the US when new, the Fizzer 400 is one of the more coveted small bikes seen on these pages. Far more rare than the 600cc bigger brother, the FZR400 combines light weight, a willing-to-rev inline four and razor-sharp handling that makes for a fantastic track bike or canyon carver for those of a certain stature.

1988 Yamaha FZR400 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1988 Yamaha FZR400 – RARE, RUNNING & GOOD CONDITION
16731 miles. Clean title in hand.

This bike is near St Charles, MO at my mechanic.
Runs very well….see videos below in description. Great rider or possible track bike.

This bike was just serviced with fresh engine oil and filter, new spark plugs, carburetor O-rings, and fuel lines. The carbs were also rebuilt and had an ultrasonic cleaning. Keep in mind this is a used, rare bike and will require additional detailing to be perfect.

The bike currently has aftermarket fairings that are in nice condition. The ORIGINAL tail, lowers, mid and an additional tank are included with this sale. These are used and in varying conditions, please see photos.

New Zero Gravity windscreen & extra OEM lowers (one needs work) will be included at BIN price.

The seller has included a few videos of this particular bike, helping us to assess the condition:



With one bid at $4,200 and the BIN set at $5,500, these little gems are still firmly in the affordable category of rare. This particular example has over 16,000 miles and replacement bodywork, which is not uncommon. Sadly, OEM replacement skins are about as rare as the proverbial hens teeth, but the seller notes the originals plus some additional pieces come with the bike under the BIN number. Many FZR400s found their way to the race track; if this concerns you, look for evidence of safety wiring on the oil drain plug and brake calipers. The included photos are not enough to make that determination, but questions to the seller can help clarify. Otherwise, these are relatively bullet proof and tons of fun. This looks like a great rider for those that like to put miles on their bikes. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Show Me Indeed: 1988 Yamaha FZR400