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Suzuki July 27, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1979 Suzuki GS1000E in Portland, Oregon

Update 10.18.2018: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

If you gaze upon modern motorcycles today and think that they are all starting to look alike, you're not alone. There is a certain #metoo movement in current motorcycle design. But cast your eye back a few short - like 40 - years ago and things looked a bit different. Take one glance at this awesome late 70s literbike; there is no mistaking it for anything but a large-cubic-inch rocket. No middleweight or lightweight offering of the era looked even close to it, and even family resemblance was fleeting. One look and you knew it meant business, and 40 years on it still looks that way. Even better, perhaps, is that it did not remain on a showroom floor collecting dust and rotting out. This wonderful monster from the cusp of the liquid-cooled, mono-shocked, four valved, fuel injected, big braked, big tire era carries with it the honor and patina of time and ownership. This isn't just a time capsule to take you back, this is a roadmap of where that was and how it came to be. The seller has provide some truly wonderful background on this bike, and I leave it to his words here:

From the seller:
I am selling my precious 1979 Suzuki GS1000, Suzuki's original superbike---this is your chance to own a restored and properly functioning piece of motorcycling history. If this thing could talk, it would have one doozy of a story to tell. It spent all its life in the Pacific Northwest, and in its own small way has become a recognizable vintage bike...regionally at least. I met the previous two owners at the Isle of Vashon TT in 2016, and they were overjoyed to see it being ridden again. One used to take it to track days at Laguna Seca in the early 80s, another had the fairing put on it.

When I first got it, it was in fairly decent condition. It needed what old bikes usually need: o-rings, seals, gaskets here and there, carb work. After fixing one area, I'd move on to the next. After a few years, I started running out of things to fix. There were some original upgrades that were desirable back in the day and still look and function well today, like the Koni shocks, the Raask rearsets, and the oil cooler and associated plumbing. The fairing is from a Ducati 900SS, and the bike wears it beautifully. Also, this year of GS came stock with twin front discs. I upgraded those with modern calipers and rotors, which made a night and day difference in stopping power.

The extent of the work I've done is pretty exhaustive, and the common thread through all work was that it needed to be period-correct if possible and if safe, excluding suspension and brakes and tires, which have improved so much over the decades it would be silly and arguably unsafe to install original bits.

The seller has performed a significant amount of maintenance, upgrades and improvements to this bike, and the list is a long one. Again, back to his words:

More from the seller:
Nearly every box has been ticked on this bike. Here's what I've done:

Engine
-A full top end rebuild was done by Baisley Hi-Performance (Portland), and I've put about 2,000 miles on it since.
-New Kibblewhite black diamond exhaust and intake valves
-New OEM pistons
-New valve guides, springs, and oil seals, oil passage o-rings, and cylinder o-rings
-Cylinder head machined and lapped, cylinders honed
-New base and head gaskets, new cam cover gasket
-New manual cam chain tensioner
-New oil cooler/pressure sensor adapter plate
-New braided oil hoses and AN fittings
-Head, cylinders, and cam cover all bead blasted

More from the seller:
Carburetor/Fuel system
-Original Mikuni VM26 carbs
-New Pingel petcock
-Full carb rebuild including all rubber, all gaskets, pilot and main jets, by 2Wheel Dyno Works (Seattle)
-Full carb setup, tune, and balance by 2Wheel Dyno Works
-Two K&N oval air filters, one for the left two carbs, one for the right two. These are infinitely better than the single pods in terms of getting a reliable carb tune, not to mention how much easier it makes the carbs to remove.

More from the seller:
Ignition/Electrics
-New Dyna S electronic ignition, dyna s ignition coils, and dyna cables
-Full wire harness by SparckMoto (Albany), including getting rid of the infamous turn signal cancel box. New regulator/rectifier, signal relay
-New left and right control switches by SparckMoto
-Interstate AGM gel battery, reliably holds full charge and has been kept on a trickle charger
-New (super bright) led headlamp
-New OEM headlamp housing
-New tach cable and speedo cable
-New bulbs in the instrument cluster---the whole thing lights up!! Devil's in the details, folks.

More from the seller:
Drivetrain
-Front and rear sprockets by Sprocket Specialists
-DID x-ring 520 chain
-New clutch friction plates and springs
-New OEM clutch cable

Suspension
-Racetech springs and gold valve emulators in the front fork, and new seals (this made a huge difference)

Brakes
-Brembo master cylinder
-Upgrade to two (fairly ubiquitous) Tokico twin piston calipers, same calipers that have gone on many different ninjas and other bike makes and models for years
-Upgrade to two rotors from a Ducati 900SS, much larger. The result is a front brake that actually stops the bike, which is nice!
Stainless brake lines

More from the seller:
Wheels
-Original mag wheels
-Pirelli Sport Demon tires (one year old, plenty of wear left)
-New wheel bearings

Exhaust
-Full MotoGPwerks (California) stainless 4-1 exhaust system---a very sought-after system that you can only get when motogpwerks actually makes a run of them. (Satisfying throaty warble at idle, baleful howl when under load)
-New exhaust gaskets

More from the seller:
The tachometer says 60,000 miles, but only 2,000 since the top end was rebuilt. It starts immediately, reliably, rides beautifully, and pulls shockingly well.

The only cosmetic flaws are a few small paint scratches on the tank and various rock chips on the fairing. I have the original airbox and air filter assemblies, the exhaust it came with when I bought it, lots of redundant hardware, and even the old cylinder head and valves and shims if you want those for some reason.

Asking Price: $4,500

This bike really looks the business. The four-into-header gives it a mean look, and I'm sure an even meaner growl. Nobody will confuse with with a more modern platic-cycle ride when you rumble by on this baby, and yet it still looks like it could yank your arms out of their sockets should you twist the throttle too far. This era of motorcycling is gone for good - and in many measurable categories that could be a good thing. But it is more than nostalgia that brings you back to this monster. It does everything a motorcycle should do, but with an intimidating presence missing from motorcycles today. This is not just a survivor of the era, but rather a good strong look at all that was great about the time, and all that is great about motorcycling. If you want a basket-case project bike, there is nothing to see here. But if you want a well-kept, well maintained beast from the apex of another time, you might want to give Ethan a shout - this big Suzuki won't hang out long. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1979 Suzuki GS1000E in Portland, Oregon
Sport Bikes For Sale August 10, 2012 posted by

Gamma Time! 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

For Sale: 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

Hot on the heels of another rare and limited 1986 Suzuki (GSX-R 750R Limited) comes this RG500 Gamma. And just like the Gixxer, this one has been modified a bit by the current owner.

With non OEM plastics (Air Tech) and the solo tail this bike has a rather unique look about it. The tri-color paint is also interesting, adding an almost-Italian flair to the affair. The rest of the bike is a regular potpourri of who's who in the two-stroke world, including Lance Gamma (engine rebuild, carb parts, tranny parts), Tommy Crawford (pipes), Race Tech (suspension), Bob Truelson (carb work) and more.

From the seller:
THIS IS THE SUZUKI GAMMA YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR . ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES IN THE TRI-STATE AREA. THIS BIKE IS ORIGINALLY FROM CANADA AND HAS HAD BEEN TITLED AND REGISTERED IN NEW JERSEY. I HAVE OWNED THE BIKE SINCE 1997. THE MOTOR WAS REBUILT
BY LANCE GAMMA WITH ALL THE CORRECT OEM SUZUKI PARTS EVERY BEARING EVERY SEAL EVERYTHING . THE CARBURETORS WERE BORED OUT BY BOB TRUELSON AND HAVE THE UP DATED LANCE GAMMA BALL FLOAT VALVES , TRIPOD AIR FILTERS AND SUPPLEMENTAL PETCOCKS . THE TRANSMISSION HAS UPDATED GEARS ,LANCE GAMMA CLUTCH AND SPRINGS AND WERE UNDER CUT BY FAST BY GAST IN NEW YORK STATE . THE EXHAUST WAS CUSTOM MADE BY TOM CRAWFORD. THE FRAME IS STRAIGHT AND UNTOUCHED. SWING ARM IS POLISHED AND IS SUPPORTED BY A FOX SHOCK. THE FRONT FORKS HAVE RACE TECH EMULATORS THAT WERE DONE BY LANCE GAMMA AND IS HELD STEADY WITH A STEERING DAMPNER. FRONT AND BACK RIMS ARE ORIGINAL AND HAVE NEW BRAKE PADS FRONT AND BACK. FRONT TIRE IS METZLER ME33 LAZER AND BACK IS METZLER MEI MBS NEW O-RING CHAIN AND 40T SPROCKET. REAR CALIPER IS NOT STOCK AND IS MOUNTED UNDER THE SWING ARM. REAR MASTER IS ORIGINAL AND THE FRONT IS 5/8 BORE WHICH IS BIGGER THAN STOCK. BRAKE LINES ARE GOODRIDGE S/S. BIKE STOPS GREAT. FUEL TANK IS ORIGINAL. THE BODY WORK IS MADE BY AIR TECH INCLUDING THE RARE ONE PIECE TAIL SECTION . WIND SCREEN IS ZERO GRAVITY. THIS BIKE IS READY TO RIDE, HANDLES GREAT AND GOES LIKE CRAZY. I ALSO HAVE THE ORIGINAL PARTS, OWNERS MANUAL, MICROFICHE, SOME EXTRAS AND AN UPSIDE DOWN GSXR FRONT END THAT WAS MODIFIED BY LINDEMINN ENGINEERING TO MATCH THE RG500'S WEIGHT. SIMILAR BIKES HAVE SOLD FOR CLOSE TO $18.000.00 .

Here's the deal with a modified bike like this: It could be an outstanding example of all the mods working in harmony, or it could be a collection of parts waiting to suck you in with promises of high performance but in reality becomes a long slog of chasing down issues and re-modifying the modifications. I have no reason not to believe what the seller says above - that this is a crazy fast and well sorted machine - but my spidey sense always starts to tingle in this situation.

This modded and rodded Gamma is available right now via auction. Opening bid is set way up high at $10,600. This number is not out of the range for the bike, but such a high bid has likely scared off a lot of bidders. It doesn't help that the seller references an $18k number - which is something that I don't see this particular bike reaching (although I've been wrong before). For more info, a peek at pics of the stock parts included with the sale and more, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!

MI

Ducati January 5, 2011 posted by

1993 Ducati 900SS/SP

For Sale: 1993 Ducati 900 SS/SP

The SP (Sport Production) variant of the 900SS offering was the upper crust of the Ducati SuperSport lineup. Consisting of the same base chassis and mechanicals of its lower echelon CR (Cafe Racer) brother, the SP included such bits as carbon fiber fenders, upgraded (and adjustable) front forks, and an upgraded rear shock activated by a linkage (the CR rear shock is direct action). The result was a much more polished SuperSport - at a much higher price.

From the seller:
17254 miles, perfect, tasteful, practical upgrades.
Yoyodyne slave, braided lines, Racetech kitted suspension front and rear, Corbin seat, new tires, all services including valves and belts done 500 miles ago.

Flatslides and DandD pipes, Dyno'd and jetted correctly.

Needs nothing, will assist w shipping.

$5200, paid a lot more....

This seller has done some significant upgrades to the bike. New slave cylinders are common, as is the Corbin seat. The Racetech suspension is a nice mod, and the belt and valve service will provide the new owner some 6,000 miles before the next major service. On the performance side, SuperSports were jetted notoriously lean from the factory (to help meeet US emissions standards), and the flatslide carbs will do a lot to wake up the potential the 900cc air-cooled twin has to offer.

The price is reasonable for the mods and the condition, and you can check it out here.

Kawasaki March 29, 2010 posted by

Phil’s 1991 Kawasaki ZXR750R for sale

Here's my own personal 1991 Kawasaki ZXR750R homologation special for sale. I bought it initially with the intention of restoring to it's former glory, but with our new baby daughter arriving in May, it's probably not the best time to take on such a project, so would prefer to see the bike to go a new owner who would take good care of it.

 

The ZXR750R is the homologation special of the standard ZXR750, with Keihin flatslide carbs, close ratio gear box, aluminum gas tank, single seat (the previous owner added rear pegs and a passenger 'pad') and even a slipper clutch (called a 'Back Torque Limiter' - bet you didn't know that!)  There's a wealth of excellent ZXR750R info on Andy's ZXR750R site. This specific sample has 19,493 km on the clock bike has new fork sliders plus Racetech gold valve internals, Ohlins rear shock, Akrapovic header with Micron carbon exhaust, and new Michelin tires.  Cosmetically it's a bit ratty and could do with some restoration (or you could get some race bodywork from Airtech and turn this into an awesome 90s track bike!), but then again I'm only asking for $2000 or best offer. There is a slight catch though - the bike is located in Hong Kong.

In any case, please allow me to share my vision of what I had planned for this ZXR750R - I've always had a thing for endurance racers (as in the bikes, not the riders!). Inspired by the original endurance racing ZXR-7 (see attached photos below), I wanted to restore the "Zed" with a complete strip down, and rebuild it with completely new body work and paint it up as a ZXR-7 endurance replica.  Actually, a limited number of ZXR750R were available in the red/white/green endurance colour in the UK back when:

And just for reference, here's one of the original ZXR-7 race bikes for sale. Even more info on the  ZXR-7 and older ZXRs in general, click HERE, HERE and HERE.

phil

So if you're in the market for a Homologation special on the cheap, cheap hit Phil up and help him buy some diapers

🙂 dd

Yamaha September 15, 2009 posted by

1992 Yamaha FZR600

Located in San Francisco, California is a 1992 Yamaha FZR600 with 7,000 original miles.  FZRs, especially the 600s, aren't that rare, but this one looks to be in above average condition with only seven-thousand original miles.  The bike may have been dropped on the right hand side judging by the marks on the intake below the "FZR" text--something to ask the seller about.  This example is stock except for an aftermarket rear shock and .95 Racetech springs in the front.  The bike is priced at a $2,600; which seems fair for a low mileage condition FZR.  See this bike on Bay Area Riders Forum here.

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