Posts by tag: Restored

Yamaha June 12, 2020 posted by

Can’t Quit – 1977 Yamaha RD400

Most running, driving bikes with 40-plus years on have taken some kind of rebuild, and this 1977 RD400 is no exception.  This recent completion has had soup to nuts attention with some nice upgrades.

1977 Yamaha RD400 for sale on eBay

Though regulators in the western hemisphere were already thinking of two strokes in the past tense, Yamaha had a world-wide market to consider, and put a lot of new engineering into the 1976 RD400.  New crankcases were required for the 44 hp twin, and without the counter-balancer required in a four-stroke, resulted in a lightweight power unit.  CDI ignition and rubber engine mounts civilized the new 400.  Chassis and suspension were pretty UJM, but disk brakes and cast wheels were a peek into the future for a small-bore.  Stylists used black mechanicals and chrome exhaust to highlight the tank color.

Offered by a southern Conn. restoration shop, this RD shows just 15,843 miles and recent rebuild of the engine and pretty much everything else.  The blacked-out fenders and yellow wheels update the looks quite a bit, and performance improvements from the DG expansion chambers, K&N filters and remote reservoir shocks can be anticipated.  Nice list of new or rebuilt components from the eBay auction:

This is a very clean custom eye catching RD400 The engine was rebuilt 2 years ago .50 over.  It has very little mileage since the build. Very Sharp. Very clean. It has some desirable mods for the street.  Tuned and timed. Very quick response, nice power band. 

New:  Custom paint & decals w/Matching rims. Very clear gauges. OEM style mirrors. Replacement controls. Grips. Cables. Tires & tubes. Clutch. Fork tubes, seals, dust boots and polished lower fork housings.

Polished heads. Chain and sprockets. Performance master cylinder and clutch levers. New calipers. Rebuilt rear master cylinder. Braided brake lines. Rear sets from HVC. OEM signals & rear tail light. Rebuilt carbs w/pod filters, new jets. Custom seat. RFY rear Nitrogen charged  gas shocks.

Very nice DG chambers – No road rash.  Note: Chain Guard will be installed after modification. 

Lighter than everything comparable, the RD400’s non-linear powerband made friends with reviewers at Cycle World, who called it one of the ten best in 1976 and covered it as recently as 1993.  Yamaha kept honing the two-stroke twin, going back down to a 350, adding catalysts and liquid cooling.  After the two-wheeler was retired in 1995, the powertrain lived on in the Banshee quad, and helped parts availability for RD owners.  This example has a few days to run and hasn’t met the reserve, but the sensible restoration looks good enough to get there.

-donn

Can’t Quit – 1977 Yamaha RD400
Suzuki May 26, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 1987 Suzuki GSX-R1100

Update 6.3.2020: This bike has SOLD on eBay for $9,800. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Unless owned by a retired racer, the liter-plus sportbikes generally find themselves on longer, more relaxed Sunday rides.  As some of the original owners are sunsetting, RSBFS reader Billy found his old flame GSX-R1100 and restored it with only the best intentions, but spare riding time did not materialize.

1987 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for sale on eBay

About all the engine you could imagine air/oil cooled and snuggled into a full fairing, with 125 hp and 76 ft.-lbs. torque.  The chassis is very light for the segment, all alloy with some very nifty production welding.  The swingarm is fabricated from similar extrusions, carried by the Full-Floater monoshock.  41mm forks are adjustable and equipped with Suzuki’s NEAS adjustable electric anti-dive system.  18-inch wheels slow the handling a bit, as does the lengthened swingarm and steering stabilizer.  The seat and fairing design nestle the rider in, not that they’ll be there long with a 4 gallon tank and 155 mph top speed.

Billy’s GSXR came to him as a rider, and he’s done a comprehensive mechanical resto, sourced some new fairing lowers and had all the bodywork professionally painted.  It has a very factory appearance and a correct Vance & Hines slip-on, with modern concessions like braided brake lines and individual K&N air filters.  A little of the previous owner’s patina remains, giving the bike great survivor cred and relieving the new rider of too much guilt.  Billy’s comments about the work he did –

I bought this bike in 2013 from a fellow sportbike enthusiast “of a certain age”, who, like me, wanted one back in the day but was too young/poor/busy/etc to have one. I had been looking for a few years at that point for a nice example and this fit what I was looking for:

  • Essentially stock, except some period-correct mods
    • Vance&Hines full exhaust
    • Pod filters (mainly because servicing carbs with the stock airbox is a pain in the butt)
    • Steel brake lines
  • Low miles – just over 6000 when I bought it, which I believe to be accurate but the title does have a “not actual” brand on the miles. The previous owner didn’t know why. I can’t say for sure the mileage is correct but I did replace the stock chain since I bought it, and it wasn’t worn/stretched out, just getting grungy looking. The rest of the bike, in general, seems like it hasn’t had much use.
  • Original paint
  • Nothing polished or otherwise butchered, thankfully
  • Ran/rode fine

Since I’ve owned it, its done a lot more sitting than riding. I have way too many projects and am trying to thin the herd a bit. COVID gave me some time to finally get this one ready to move to the next care taker. While I’ve had it, a lot of freshening has been done, because if I’m going to sit and stare at something in my workshop, I want it to look nice! Here’s the highlights:

  • A LOT of cleaning – the bike was stripped down and any non-stock or corroded fasteners were replaced with the correct new OEM items, that sort of thing.
  • When I got it the PO didn’t have the lower fairings. Like him, I actually like the look of these bikes without the lowers, it ‘lightens’ up the look, but I wanted to put it back to as nice of condition as possible, and that meant adding lowers. There was also some clear coat peeling on the decals on the tank, pretty common from what I’ve seen. Add in some light scratches on the upper from a driveway-type incident and I decided to go ahead and paint the upper, mids, lowers, front fender and tank, otherwise I’d never be completely happy with it. Everything from the seat back is original paint and in great shape. My painter let me down in a couple spots but it wasn’t enough to ask him to re-paint it. I took close-ups of the flaws – fairly minor and nothing that jumps out at you but I wanted the buyer to be aware of these. It’s a quality paint job from a professional auto body shop, 3 stage PPG paint, using repro decals from RDdecals.com – great products. Decals are under the clear, as stock.
  • New consumables: battery/tires/brake pads/oil/filters/fuel lines/fork oil & seals/chain/brake fluid/etc., etc.
  • New petcock
  • Repacked all swingarm/head/etc bearing
  • Rebuilt brake calipers, master cylinders and clutch master cylinder
  • New windscreen (minor scratches from handling – see pic)
  • Rebuilt carbs and installed Factory Pro jet kit, bike runs really well here in Ohio near sea level
  • Adjusted valves
  • Powdercoated side stand
  • More cleaning…

The bike runs and rides fine, no leaks/smoke, and gets a lot of attention from those ‘in the know’.

I’m an hour east of Cincinnati in southern Ohio.

The GSXR-1100 was developed alongside the 750cc model, and seemed to a lot of reviewers a perfectly scaled-up supersport or trimmed down GT, either way winning a lot of flagship shoot-outs.  With an endurance racer’s good looks, the cockpit reviewed as comfortable and got the rider out of the wind, and handled acknowledging the pre-nanny 125 ponies on tap.  Billy’s GSXR is a good year, pre-dating the 1989 chassis change and the water-cooled era.  With low miles and fresh restoration, it should be a trouble-free classic – just in time for some good weather !

-donn

Featured Listing – 1987 Suzuki GSX-R1100
Ducati December 2, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 1984 Ducati 650SL Pantah

Update 12.2.2019: This bike is now on eBay. -dc

This is the first of four motorcycles being offered from the Stuart Parr Collection. Thank you for supporting the site and good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Rare to the point where this might be the first 650SL to grace RSBFS, this 1984 model has been restored to museum condition and is ready for spotlights and close-up viewing.

1984 Ducati 650SL Pantah for sale

In an interesting turn of the rulebook, Ducati produced the 650SL to homologate the 61.5mm stroke for the planned 750cc race machine.  The extra torque provided by the lengthened stroke was a welcome addition to the originally 500cc engine, and claimed 63 hp at 8,500 rpm.  Still considered part of the first generation of Ducati belt-driven cam engines, the twin used dual 36mm Dell’Orto carburetors.  The model’s smaller-displacement origins are divulged by the 35mm Marzocchi forks and 260mm dual front disks.  The trellis frame with engine as a stressed member helped keep dry weight under 400 lbs., remarkable for the day.  The very trim monoposto fairing was retained from the 600SL, and finished in Ducati’s yellow over red race livery.

In private hands of Stuart Parr Collection, this 650SL was treated to a comprehensive restoration, and updated with a two-into-one Staintune exhaust.  Comments from the curator:

The 650 Pantah was built specifically to homologate Ducati’s TT1 750 engine which used a 61.5 mm stroke. Instead of producing a production 750 road bike, the 650SL was created with an 82mm bore and the required 61.5mm stroke, thus complying to the governing bodies homologation requirements. The 650’s bodywork is virtually identical to the 600, but it was painted in the now famous TT2 color scheme of red and yellow. Other minor differences were a different instrument layout and some other cosmetic minor changes, but it had far more torque, and that was a big improvement.

Only 288 650SL’s were ever produced; enthusiasts and collectors alike have doubled the 650’s value over the past half a decade alone, actions that have cemented this model’s security as being a sound investment for the future. This example has been restored to stunning condition with gorgeous paintwork and finishes throughout. A Staintune 2=1 exhaust system and corresponding jetting was utilized, otherwise a stock bike. Fresh tires and zero post-restoration mileage.

The 650SL can also be viewed on the collection’s website – here -.

The new two-valve desmo engine sparked the interest of the Castiglioni family, which took an ownership role at Ducati and likely saved the company.  Desmoquattro engines were just around the corner and a string of Superbike World Championships just over the horizon.  Significance and rarity off the scales, the 650SL is the Pantah for a knowledgeable fan.  The collection is selling to make way for new acquisitions.  Inquiries can be directed to Gregory Johnston on (631) 537-1486 or via email – here -.

Featured Listing – 1984 Ducati 650SL Pantah
Suzuki July 7, 2019 posted by

Under an Assumed Name – 1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Edition

Most 1979-80 GS1000S’s we see have beaucoup miles on them – after all, they are eminently rideable.  And though presented in team colors, the model was never officially referred to as a special Wes Cooley edition.  Fans of the bike and rider took care of that for them.  This one has rather low miles and has been subject of a bare frame restoration.

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley for sale on eBay

Suzuki used their formula of reliability and light weight on the GS1100S, with a two stage oil pump and large oil cooler as part of their Advanced Cooling System.  The big four pulled 90 hp and 62 ft.-lbs. on the dyno, not leading the class until “Pops” Yoshimura worked his magic.  Air adjustable forks were part of the GS line, but conventional hydraulic rear shocks were easier to adjust.  A second 295mm front disk was added to the -S in anticipation of higher speeds.  Lower handlebars served to keep the rider in the air pocket created by the BMW-esque cockpit fairing.

This is about as close to a new 1979 motorcycle as you’re likely to find, with every cosmetic and functional issue addressed.  No reason to open the legendary drivetrain at this point.  Higher resolution pictures would’ve been nice, but the owner’s list is comprehensive.  From the eBay auction:

8,000 Original miles. Clean Illinois Title in my name in hand. This Rare Super Bike has been restored beautifully from the frame up!

Frame Powder Coated
All Engine Covers Chromed
S Model Gauge Cluster (Perfect/Flawless)
All Bulbs in Gauge Cluster replaced
All Bulbs throughout Bike replaced
New Duracell Battery
Very Low Miles (8,000)
New Tires (Front & Back)
New Brakes (Front & Back)
Original Air Box (Inner & Outer)
Paint Flawless to Suzuki Factory Spec (3,000.00)
Seat is Perfect (No Tears)
Original Exhaust (Great shape for its age. Minor flaws)
Carburetors rebuilt (could be synchronized/fine tuned a little better)
Brand New Windshield (Have Original. It’s in good shape just faded slightly)
Every Gasket, Every Spring & Every Grommet replaced
New Plugs
New Oil & Filter
New Grips
S Model Mirrors (Perfect/Flawless)
Every Nut, Bolt, Washer and Screw replaced (If it wasn’t replaced, it was polished)
*Have Rear Foot-pegs (will be installed prior to Sale)
Way to much to list! This is a Concourse Restoration that has left no stone unturned. Nothing was missed. This Bike should be in the Suzuki Museum.

Yoshimura came over to Suzuki for the 1978 AMA season, running Cooley on the tricked out GS1000S.  Despite not winning a Superbike event in 1979, Cooley’s podium consistency gave him the championship.  1980 saw a three-way battle between Cooley, Freddie Spencer ( Honda ) and Eddie Lawson ( Kawasaki ), where it was up in the air until two late-season wins gave the Cooley the championship.  Though most owners will say it’s one their favorite bikes of all time, it’s probably better to find a rider or clone if that’s your intent, and save this example for the concours.

-donn

 

Under an Assumed Name – 1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Edition
Yamaha March 26, 2019 posted by

RZ Redux – 1984 Yamaha RZ350

A major rejuvenation of a small-bore can only start as labor of love.  This Missouri refurb concentrated on the mechanical, but the cosmetic looks great as well.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

Magazine editors said the visible frame on the RZ looked like a racebike, surrounding the water cooled vertical twin.  Since it was a road machine, Yamaha augmented the two stroke with their Power Valve System and catalytic converters.  59 hp was phenomenal for a 350.  Triple disks were great, though the lightweight suspension was adjustable for preload only.  Accented by the cool chin scoop, body work flowed from the bikini fairing to the tank, side covers and seat console.

Sitting for a generation but having covered only 8.050 miles, this RZ was given the works:

Just refurbished:

Both master cylinders and new o-rings in all calipers.

New oil lines, and fresh two-stroke oil

Fresh fork oil

Fresh gear oil

Fresh anti-freeze

New air filter

New battery

New needles and seats in the carbs

The CDI was just sent to RZ’s Unlimited to repair the infamous cold solders

Just installed the 1985 mounting kit for the lower cowl

New grommets for the side covers

It has the above mentioned new manual petcock from RZ’s Unlimited, but I will send the stock vacuum petcock with the motorcycle.

Also has a 16-tooth countershaft sprocket on right now, but I have the stock 17-tooth sprocket.

I have the tool kit, owners manual, and two keys (one original and one duplicate).

An old faux pas on the tank was addressed, but too fancily for the owner:

Both areas were repaired and they did a nice job. EXCEPT! I told them I did not want the warning stickers on the top of the tank removed. So when he repaired the damage, he cleared over the red on the tank and fairing, and you notice where he taped it off if you are close enough. The color is perfect, but it is a little brighter, because of the clear.

Light and easy to ride made the RZ350 popular, though moving over to the track brought the challenge of keeping the little kettle on the boil.  Overdue for a set of expansion chambers, the new owner might want to hang on the factory exhaust in case a move to California is ever an idea.  Bidding is brisk about halfway through the auction but hasn’t met the reserve, hopefully this nice riding rehab will pay off for the owner.

-donn

 

Kawasaki December 11, 2018 posted by

P.C. (Preposterously Clean) – 1973 Kawasaki H1 500 Mach III

It would have been almost impossible to find an H1 in this condition in the mid-1970’s, Mach III’s generally obscured by dirt accumulated in the oily mist coating the bike.  This one has had a nice restoration and the auction still has a couple of days to run.

1973 Kawasaki H1 500 Mach III for sale on eBay

Back in the day, the only way to approach 100 hp per liter was with a two stroke, and while Honda had moved on, Suzuki still had a competing 500.  The basically square cylinders ( 60 x 58.8 mm ) resulted in 60 hp at 7,500 rpm.  The chassis was unfortunately not up to the task, put in a lot of over-exuberant situations.  Brakes were the usual, that is to say wholly inadequate, but this owner has added a second front disk.

A sparkling restoration and though the owner doesn’t divulge who did the work, the carefully detailed engine and wheels look great.  From the eBay auction:

The following services have been performed:
* Rebuilt Crankshaft, bearings, seals and gaskets 
* Pistons & rings (.50 over)
* Rebuilt Carburetors rejetted w/pods
* Fork tubes, seals & dust boots
* Stock rear shocks
* Triple tree bearings
* Controls, grips and mirrors
* Super bike bars
* New cables
* New signals & stems
* Polished: Engine covers, outer head fins, forks, rear hub
* Rebuilt calipers – Dual brake system with refinished rotors
* 5/8 master cylinder
* Stock brake lines
* original grab rail, brake pedal, shifter, front fender
* re-chromed fork ears, chain guard
* New Paint, decals
* Re-laced rims
* New tires & tubes
* Chain & sprockets 
* replacement clutch
* Original seat 
* Bill Wirges chambers

Reviews raved about the big triple, while things like mileage and changing spark plugs every other oil change were easily forgotten.  But no one’s proposing the H1 as a daily rider in this day and age, especially looking like this.  Wish the owner had attached a video with the sound of those triple expansion chambers…

-donn

P.C. (Preposterously Clean) – 1973 Kawasaki H1 500 Mach III
Honda November 17, 2018 posted by

Grey and Gold – 1988 Honda CBR400RR

For a few years in the late 1980’s – early 90’s, Honda had double coverage in the 400cc segment with two 4-cylinder 4-strokes, the V-4 VFR and the straight four CBR400RR.  Marketed somewhat differently, the CBR400RR really only made it to the western hemisphere as a grey import, where it has recently shined.  This one comes out of a collection and despite some miles, has been nicely prepared for a future life.

1988 Honda CBR400RR for sale on eBay

Around mid-life for the 400cc model, the NC23 built on past successes and styling from its larger cc brothers.  The nicely oversquare 399cc four has gear driven cams, and a pre-ordained 59 hp are available.  Air-adjustable forks and dual 4-piston disk brakes are up front, with Honda’s beefy Tri-Arm monoshock out back.  Tire sizes are staggered 17 and 18 inches, and exhaust goes 4-into-1.

This owner has brought several bikes forward recently, and has taken some flack for his optimistic assessments.  This CBR though, looks better than advertised with fresh cosmetics, and the long list of mechanical freshenings take some of the concern out of the mileage.  An in depth walk-around is available – here –.  From the eBay auction:

1-Entire new Stainless Steel Exhaust System back to the OEM Can with all new donuts & mounting hardware.

2-Installed new fuel petcock

3-Rebuilt BOTH Front Calipers and the Rear Caliper – Repainted Honda Gold

4-Installed new brake pads front & rear

5-Installed New Gold Chain and new sprockets

6-Rebuilt all 4 carbs using only Honda OEM parts

7-Carbs all Digitally Sync to perfection

8-Installed New Tapered Head Bearings both upper and Lower

9-Installed New OEM Air Filter

10-New Spark plugs

11-Valves adjusted (Shim under bucket) – see pics of valve train and condition of the cam shaft lobes.

The cam lobes show almost ZERO wear!!! Installed new OEM valve cover gasket

12-Installed New rubber cushions in the drive hub

13-Installed new radiator – water pump – thermostat – radiator cap and coolant hoses

14-Installed NEW Rear Shock – big upgrade over the stock one

15-Rebuilt Front forks – new seal – dust caps and used 15w fork oil

With its slightly higher CG and different frame geometry, the CBR didn’t get the handling raves that the VFR did, but it’s a couple of gallons lighter and lives for the twisty bits.  Owner-readers will be able to spot discrepancies, but no one can quibble about the sound of the cam train.  The owner has elected a no-reserve auction, which seems undervalued with two days to run.  Plan ahead for spring !

-donn

 

Kawasaki June 29, 2018 posted by

Outer Limits – 1974 Kawasaki H1F Mach III

Prehistorically speaking, Kawasaki came just behind the Honda CB750 in the nascent superbike sweepstakes, but just ahead in the 1/4 mile.  The lighter weight two stroke triple had a wheelie addiction, and a substantial power-to-weight advantage, if not being a dream to handle.  This H1 is an older restoration and comes to you with a few foibles but excellent cosmetics.

1974 Kawasaki H1F for sale on eBay

The H1 had a classic twin downtube frame but innovative two-stroke triple.  Three 28mm Mikunis fueled the engine and oil injection was automatic.  For a 500, a 12.5-second quarter was a revelation, but period single front disk and rear drum at least kept exuberance rational.  Improvements over the six years of production improved the Capacitive Discharge Ignition system and standardized the unusual N-1-2-3-4-5 shift pattern.

This late Mach III looks better than excellent with most metals looking almost new, and there’s very little plastic aboard.  The Ohio owner divulges that the odometer is hopelessly optimistic, and colors are from an H2, but beside the K&N air filters it appears complete, stock, and un-muddled.  A steering damper is installed which appears stock but from an earlier year.  From the eBay auction:

Mostly stock bike with air intake pods, dual piston front brake caliper and aftermarket exhaust. Older restoration with paint and chrome in above average condition. Starts up on 2nd or 3rd kick and shifts through gears smoothly. No dents in tank, scratches or cracks in plastic. Tank has been lined. Oil injection system is complete. Gauges, lights and turn signals all in good working order. Seat and seat pan in excellent condition. Recently replaced drive chain. Mileage on speedo is not correct. Paint scheme is the H2 color, black/purple.

Reviews showed the chassis to be un-cooperative with mid-corner direction changes and rough roads in general, but once the inadequate brakes were planned for, the power slowed the passage of time.  In the better part of valor, a friend of mine in the late ’70s sold his shortly after lifting the front wheel with his fiancé on the back.  Neither designed or built for longevity, few have survived in this condition, the restoration here done on a nicer example.  Bidders are off to find the reserve but the auction still has five days to run…

-donn

Outer Limits – 1974 Kawasaki H1F Mach III