Posts by tag: open class

Suzuki April 6, 2018 posted by

Salt Lake Slab Side – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100

In a bit of reverse mission creep, Suzuki began work on the GSX-R1100R by seeing how similar it could be to their winning 750. The air/oil-cooled machine achieved great power-to-weight and many long burnouts along the way.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for sale on eBay

Suzuki’s 1056cc four uses a two-chamber oil pump with the high pressure side going to the engine, and hot oil coming back from the heads is pumped to the oil cooler by the low pressure side.  The system helps the 125 hp engine stay alive without the complication of water cooling.  The all-alloy chassis is a twin spar, with Full Floater rear monoshock and an electrically activated anti-dive system up front.  Even with full fuel the open class GSX-R stays under 500 lbs, making the back pad on the rider’s seat more than an afterthought.

Offered by a Utah collector but not Gary, this GSX-R has a few mods but rather low miles at 9,600.  The Yoshimura-developed NACA ducts are period-correct but beg for the companion airbox, however the owner is using individual K&N filters.  The Supertrapp muffler looks small but can be adjusted for street or strip.  The deal evidently includes a tank protector and rare fairing bra from the way-back machine.  Notes from the eBay auction:

K &N filters and Supertrapp exhaust  makes a great sound , Yoshimura air ducts, 1986 was the first generation GSX-R1100.  Two plastic repairs one in the front fairing left by the windshield very common and in the low fairing right side a little crack was repaired look perfect.  Rest of the panels are original untouched, gas tank is very clean in and out, leather covers are included for gas tank and front fairing very rare.
Very strong engine and fast, runs smooth and steady, beautiful machine.
No noises or smog, fresh oil and new battery, Dunlop tires have plenty of life left.

The GSX-R1100 advertised its business with a tach that started at 3,000 rpm and had the handling to back it up.  The sub-11 second quarter removed any doubt.  Not babied but seemingly not abused, this example could be an exclamation point or the start of a beautiful friendship…

-donn

 

Salt Lake Slab Side – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100
Honda March 24, 2018 posted by

Order of Magnitude – 1998 Honda CBR900RR

Honda developed their Fireblade with an eye on the ruler and the scale, keeping size and weight down so the 893cc engine could provide open-bike performance. Though often seen in white/blue/red or black/purple/yellow livery, the pearlescent yellow on this CBR has a less trendy but outstanding appeal.

1998 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

Honda developed a new inline four for the CBR900RR, nearly as compact and weighing just thirteen pounds more than it’s 599cc brother.  Engineers optimized mid-range torque for the new engine, resulting in 65 ft.-lbs. at 10,000 rpm and 122 hp available.  The 45mm Showa dual-adjustable forks and fully adjustable Showa/Pro-Link rear were judged overly taut for the real road, but this set has been professionally adjusted for a full size adult.  At 296mm the front disks aren’t oversized, but with four-piston calipers they can get the job done.  The compact package turns sharper yet with 16-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels.

Evidently having only three owners, this CBR looks way better than its 24,000 miles normally would.  Mods were all done recently, and mostly don’t detract from the CBR’s good looks, which would be easier to mess up with the monochrome paint.  Turn signal smoothing and tail-tidying are fairly personal, and the factory parts are included for the new owner.  From the eBay auction:

This bike has a few tasteful upgrades.  All of which I did myself.  When I purchased this bike, it was 100% bone stock OEM condition.  So I have all of the stock parts too that I will include in with the purchase as I have no use for them. Here is a list of the upgrades I did to it:

– Micron polished slip on exhaust ($350)
– Front & rear suspension re worked by Race Tech suspension ($1,200)
– Zero Gravity dark smoke tinted windscreen ($50)
– Pro Grip carbon fiber tank pad protector ($20)
– New Bridgestone Battlax tires w/ about 300 miles on them now ($300)
– Smoke tinted LED tail light w/ integrated turn signals ($45)
– Rear fender mud guard removed & license plate raised up
– LED license plate light
– Front LED turn signals hidden inside front grill inlays ($30)
– Black brake & clutch levers ($25)

The 893cc CBR was just the first generation, and for 1994 the transmission was updated to improve shifting.  The succeeding years brought three increased engine sizes and fuel injection, but kept the core principles of compactness, light weight and mass-centralization.  Project leader Tadao Baba was a factory worker and veteran test rider, but not a designer or engineer.  His vision gave the CBR900RR a multi-year head start when compared to rival open-class machines.  This updated survivor looks like it wasn’t ridden hard or put away wet, and it’ll be interesting to see where bidding goes…

-donn

Order of Magnitude – 1998 Honda CBR900RR
Honda January 17, 2017 posted by

Survivability – 1995 Honda CBR900RR

Honda designers set their sights on a slighter, lighter superbike for the early 1990’s and based the new model on a 750cc in-house prototype. With a new 893cc engine installed, the resulting package was just a tad heavier than Honda’s own 600, and had a substantial weight advantage on other unlimiteds.

1995 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

With Fred Merkel’s ’88-89 Superbike World Championships in the rearview view mirror, Honda executives wanted something new at the superbike end of the showroom.  New for 1992, the CBR900RR used the alloy twin-spar chassis, with aluminum swingarm.   For the 1994 update, Showa revised the spring rates for the cartridge forks and rear shock for the Pro-Link progressive rear.  The forks also had adjustable compression damping to help tame the quick front end with its 16-inch wheel.  A new nose for the fairing incorporated asymmetrical “fox-eye” headlights, another weight saver.

Under 10,000 miles and 20 years separate this CBR from the dealer’s floor, and though it’d be hard to call almost any Honda rare, how many double-R’s have been tucked away clean and stock ?  The Jersey-based owner keeps his comments spare in the eBay auction:

Very Rare Like New

Everything is original except D&D Slip-on

Peculiarly without a racing class since WSBK ruled a four-cylinder could displace only 750cc, the open-class CBR900RR set the world on its ear, with weight and handling from the class below, and power a match for any liter bike.  The angular and modern 1994 update remained true to the formula.  After that the inevitable weight gain and mission creep nudged the model toward daily driver or sport-touring realm.  For fans of the brand or the ‘Blade, the 1994-5 model year is a great choice, and this example is unfettered with low miles…

-donn

Survivability – 1995 Honda CBR900RR
Honda September 11, 2016 posted by

Literally – 1993 Honda CBR900RR

While an occasionally a special bike is regarded as a game-changer, a reference standard, or in impeccable condition, a museum piece.  This first-gen CBR900RR is quite literally all these things.

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1993 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

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In development, Honda stroked their four-in-line 750cc engine to 893cc, pushing power up to a liter-bike 122 hp, but not appreciably increasing weight.  The package weighed just over their own 600 but moved like a superbike.  A redesigned aluminum spar frame handled the power, with 45mm right-side-up forks and monoshock rear.  Nissin supplied the 296mm front disks, with 240mm out back.  Round headlights identify the first generation 900RR, along with an array of vent/intake perforations that must’ve been some young grad student’s thesis.

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Presented by a shop that also houses a museum, this CBR looks to be every bit of the 300-mile display article.  The 900RR’s were made in too many paint schemes to to authenticate the red/white/blue/black, but more knowledgeable readers will likely weigh in.  From the eBay auction:

The Original Open Class Super Bike!

This bike is all business! The epitome of the retro superbike era! Plenty of true unaltered rear wheel horse power!

This engine has IMMEDIATE power surge from the bottom! It’s so strong it feels like you’re going into warp drive! The power is there whenever you want it!

Razor sharp handling! Tipping the scales at 450lbs this bike was in a different stratosphere than its competitors!

This is not a bike for the faint-hearted rider! This was one the first bikes that would raise the bar so far that the limit would fall at the rider rather than the machine!   

A must have for any true super bike collector!

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Elsewhere in the auction the seller states that the bike runs great, and though it probably won’t happen this way, the new owner could have a fantastic couple-three rides on this very original RR, and return it to display duties with clean pistons and less than 500 miles…

-donn

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Literally – 1993 Honda CBR900RR
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!

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

dc

Honda October 12, 2008 posted by

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

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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