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Suzuki June 9, 2022 posted by

Think Small – 1987 Suzuki RG250 Gamma

Most often we find the junior two-strokes in a much sadder state, but this one has been given some recent attention.  This Canadian example might be a good entrée into the smoky side of sportbikes.

1987 Suzuki RG250 Gamma for sale on eBay

Suzuki seems to have had a 247cc two stroke twin in the line-up forever, but the RG250 and Gamma took the model to sportier places.  For 1986-7 the Mk. 3 Gamma used a power valve – Automatic Exhaust Control in marketing lingo.  49 hp was a slight increase but the width of the power band was the emphasis.  Revised brakes were dual four-piston affairs, and the forks included an anti-dive circuit.  The Full Floater monoshock had made its way over from the motocross side and allowed the shock to be positioned further forward, centralizing mass, and the fully adjustable shock could be shorter and use lighter springs.  16-inch front /18 rear tires have -80’s stagger, but with a 100mm section not much width.

Though not quite a full resto, this owner has done more than just paint work and gives some options to the next rider.  Some rubber hole plugs and a bar-end mirror might slip this 250 through the air easier, and as problematic as they can be, some lower profile front blinkers seem to be in order.  The white wheels are the next cosmetic item, or they could go black and pretty badass.  With new tires, brakes and battery, more improvements could be made without taking it off the road.  A short – video – is offered, along with notes from the eBay auction:

Numbers matching engine and frame and the bodywork is original – not aftermarket.  Original Canadian Bike.
 
The bike was originally the two tone blue and white but was repainted in the factory correct 1987 colour red/black and white (it just looks better with this livery)
 
Sounds great – tons of power for the size and razor sharp handling with the aluminum twin spar frame (it was known as the first street legal race bike)
 
Parallel Two Cylinder with Suzuki’s AEC system – Automatic Exhaust Control – power is about 50 hp and weight is under 300 pounds! Full Floater Suspension, Six Speed transmission.
 
– Brand new tires
– Brakes fully rebuilt
– Brand new battery
– New upholstery on seat

Only the reserve will tell whether this owner considers this a finished piece or a nice rider with a few details to address, and of course repairs which any 35 year-old bike can expect.  Many RG250’s are shown without the lowers, and the factory fairings are a strong positive.  At this point in their lives, most have less miles but more corrosion on the exposed aluminum.  A lot of pluses and minuses to weigh over the next few days.

-donn

Think Small – 1987 Suzuki RG250 Gamma
Honda June 4, 2022 posted by

Wet Look – 1983 Honda CB1100F

Honda offered a few different flavors of the CB1100F, and North America got one of the nicer packages.  No denying the restoration done on this CB1100F, but appears faithful with some rare factory parts.

1983 Honda CB1100F for sale on eBay

As the ultimate update to the CB750, the 1100 had internal and external updates to let it cope with 108 hp.  Four 34mm Keihin carbs handled the fuel mixing, which required premium gas for the 9.7-to-1 compression ratio.  Dual 296mm disk brakes, TRAC anti-dive forks and needle bearings for the swingarm kept the F’s composure under way.  New tubeless alloy wheels were staggered sizes, but the UJM way with – 19 up front and an 18-inch rear.  The handlebars were slightly higher than Euro models, tucked in behind the sharp bikini fairing, and four-into-two exhausts were presented in black chrome.

Not sure if the West Palm shop presenting this CB1100F worked on the restoration ( stated to be 12 years ago ), but presently appears to be more of a resto-builder on the scrambler end of things.  The 980 miles showing on the clocks has apparently been since the restoration, when a NOS dash was installed.  A close-up of the right sidecover looks to be in original condition, and shows how well the paint work was done.  The seat might have been plumped up and the tail tidied, but the factory signals are still there.  Maybe that flat black exhaust could go visit the Cera-Kote guys, but there’s always time for that in the winter.  A cold start – video – is available, and here’s just a bit of the comments from the eBay auction:

EVERYTHING functions as it should, brakes, lighting, engine have been sorted, and came from a previously very loving home (a personal friend of mine). This gorgeous example received a cosmetic restoration about 12 years / 976 miles ago, and received the last known NOS dash in the world, which is in lovely shape and no fading or cracks.

The seat is in wonderful shape, with no cracks or tears. The tank is perfect, and the inside is clean and shiny. Avon Roadrider tires were fitted at the time of restoration and have plenty of meat with 95% tread left. The inside of the gas tank in nice, clean, and shiny.

This model has been fitted with the period correct Yoshimura Exhaust System, and sounds wonderful.

The original exhaust system and center stand are included with sale (see photos). The original mirrors are in very nice shape and included as well.

For all its successes, the CB1100F would soon be retired with the V4 generation taking center stage.  Seems like when things just can’t get any better, big changes might be on the way.  No bids on this classic air cooler just yet, but it’s such a pleasure to look at I’ll be checking occasionally.

-donn

Wet Look – 1983 Honda CB1100F
Ducati May 27, 2022 posted by

That Is – 1992 Ducati Paso 907IE

Ducati toughed it out with the original Paso, making small improvements until the fuel injected 907 I.E. was introduced in 1991.  Today’s has miles but a recent restoration and a couple of nicer add-ons.

1992 Ducati Paso 907IE for sale on eBay

With water cooling and Weber injection, the 907IE’s 904cc’s claim a robust 90 hp, and torque giving a wide range of 3,000 to 8,500 revs in the power band.  The square tube chassis is all but invisible under the full Tamburini bodywork, with Marzocchi suspension adapted from the 851 superbike.  300mm Brembo brakes and 120 front / 190 rear tires were more sport than touring.  Behind the body-color windshield, the cockpit reviewed as roomy and even a pillion wouldn’t look out of place. 

Parked in the lounge area of some kind of motoring workshop, this 907 I.E. looks great with pretty correct decals and white wheels.  Guessing those are period Staintune silencers, and the Corbin saddle appears to give a slightly lower and more supportive seat.  Looks and sounds like the restoration was substantially cosmetic, with just a couple of maintenance items discussed in the eBay auction –

This is an excellent running and looking 907.. No Problems .. Restored about 5 years ago .. Repainted, decals , had white rims powder coated . Corbin seat .. mechanically all I have done is a water pump, brakes and battery .. put less than 1000 miles in my ownership and less than 100 in the past 3 years .. Have many other bikes .. Plenty of parts availability on eBay if you need but a very reliable fun bike .. Amazingly comfortable ..

All the Paso variants were priced a little higher and had a quirk or two more than the competition, and sales never seemed to exceed 1,000 per year.  Still fans who liked the sound and the chassis ( and hung soft bags over the pillion ) lamented its early retirement.  These days it’s a sensible entrée into the red bike spectrum and this one has a very low starting bid.

-donn

That Is – 1992 Ducati Paso 907IE
Yamaha December 23, 2021 posted by

Push Play – 1987 Yamaha YSR50 with 708 Miles !

Update – Sold to a reader a few hours after posting on RSBFS, but still fun to look at…

Never going to be the only bike in the garage, but the YSR50 might just win the smiles-per-cc sweepstakes.  Today’s has somehow maintained all its DOT required equipment over the years, which seems to have protected the scale fairings like a force field.

1987 Yamaha YSR50 for sale on eBay

Overdone in a tongue-in-cheek way, the YSR50 had a disk brake up front and five-speed trans to go with its regulated 49 cc’s and 7 hp.  With its perimeter frame, full fairing and faux underseat exhaust ports, it’s as close to a YZR500 as some of us might ever get.

This YSR is a little bit of perfection, with not even the usual roll-around scuffs.  Seeming oversized turn signals and mirrors have warded off evil spirits, and a nice repaint doesn’t hurt either.  Not sure about the seller’s title reasoning, but at this age and engine size a bill of sale would likely suffice.  Comments from the eBay auction:

 
The YSR50 has been displayed in my collection for the last 12 years. I have decided to sell it. 
Bike is sold with a signed title but NOT IN MY NAME. Title is still in original owners name and I wanted it to stay that way. ONE OWNER. 33 Years
The reason the bike has ONLY 708 miles I believe is because the crank seal was bad on the stator side.
 
I brought to to my shop and took the entire bike back apart for cleaning. 
 
The top end looked great (Standard Bore). I resealed it back up with a new top end gasket set. I removed both side covers and put new crank seals and clutch plates in.
 
While apart I replaced the reeds, carb kit, fork seals and gaskets
 
Still has the hard to find original – Nut Pad and Tool Kit (looks new)
Starts with a couple kicks.  Handle bars are straight 
 
Seat , back and nut pad looks great
 
Rims / Tires look very good but are old with cracks. Could be originals
 
Plastics look great except one spot the size of a quarter where the upper fairing meets the lower fairing. where one of the screws hold it together(hard to see because large white washer covers it up)
 
Exhaust looks great 
 
Brakes rear work great – front is full of fluid but can’t get it to bleed
 
Tank is bright and shiny inside.
 
New air filter.  New Battery
 
New Windscreen from New Zealand – have old one but has a small crack
 
Calamari Rear fender.  Forks are perfect
 
Warning labels look good.  Decals look great
No leaks  – Gas tank and carb is empty and cleaned.
 
Have bike currently in my office and don’t want fumes.
 
All silver, and white parts repainted and clear coated.

A little late to get it under the tree unless you’re down near Dallas, but this looks to be a super example at just* a supersport  buy-in.  And judging from the group picture, might be the sharpest two-stroke in the collection.

-donn

Push Play – 1987 Yamaha YSR50 with 708 Miles !
Triumph November 24, 2021 posted by

Wingman – 2002 Triumph Daytona 955i

Triumph’s Daytona brought Hinckley back into the sportbike arena with many innovative design solutions.  This 955i has been restored to a beautiful level and benefits from the exotic Centennial Edition colour.

2002 Triumph Daytona 955i for sale on eBay

Though not going nose to nose on the racetrack, Triumph saw possibilities in the superbike market and used their “modular” engine in its three-cylinder form.  Updates to the valve train and compression ratio coughed up 147 hp, squarely in the liter ballpark.  Subtle changes to the oval-tube alloy chassis made for a slightly shorter wheelbase and seat height, in the interest of quicker handling.  45mm right-side-up forks remain, but the additional power would soon make a new double-sided swingarm a requirement.  The updated fairing begins with a two in one molded headlight, and made room for three more liters of fuel.

As a tribute to an injured Army buddy, this owner stuck with the refurbishment of this Daytona when many would’ve faltered.  Just about the asking price was put into its resurrection, but life has its own ideas and sometimes the toy has to go.  Looks great in the detailer’s photos, and though too long to post here, the owner shares every work order as well as these notes in the eBay auction:

The bike starts quickly, without a fuss, and is always itching to be ridden. It gets up speed really quickly and is a blast. The substantial horsepower of the large displacement engine allows for the rider to get to where they want to go while in traffic. The engine consistently pulls. Such power is ideal when encountering unwanted traffic scenarios where you have to get out of harms way quickly. The brakes are new so they work very well bringing the bike from high speeds to a stop quickly and confidently. The weight of the bike adds to its stability on the highway. And though it is a heavier bike it is still sporty and flickable. 
 
The bike wields lots of power and decent torque for a seasoned bike. 
The suspension is fully adjustable making for a smooth and dialed in experience. The Scorpion exhaust has some growl but sounds really nice. 
The bike will ship with its OEM exhaust as well. That being said, I always use earplugs on every outing. This bike is a great way to experience the road. 
I have taken great care of it while in my keep. In fact I had it ceramic coated in early spring and just had a full detail and wax performed on it before winterizing it and putting it away for the winter season.
 
Nearing the end of the season I noticed a couple of issues that will need to be addressed –
1) A throttle mapping service may be in order
2) The speedometer fails intermittently (Though a new speed sensor was installed in the Spring 2021)
3)  A new rear blinker assembly is needed
4) It is in need of a coolant flush and coolant replacement
 
The Centennial Edition’s subtle take on BRG was to celebrate Triumph’s 100th anniversary, and the Daytona provided at least a viable alternative to the mainstream.  The 955i superbike was succeeded by a more manageable 675 until 2016, and has recently been revived as a limited edition with the 765cc spec engine for Moto2.  Hinckley Triumph has made an epic go of it, with the 955i as the second generation of their first superbike.
 
-donn
Wingman – 2002 Triumph Daytona 955i
Ducati July 14, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1973 Ducati 750 Sport

9.28.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The term “Collector Alert” gets thrown around in various circles for cult classics, homologation bikes, and other up and coming motorcycles of interest. But beyond the hype, there are certain brands, certain bikes and certain creations that are blue chip. As time passes, there become fewer and fewer good examples of a certain age, until ultimately – usually due to parts availability – there become yet a handful left of truly exceptional examples of a model. This is especially true of older Ducatis, which did not have the mass production methods and large exportation networks cultivated by the Japanese. With fewer bikes in the overall pool, the ravages of time take a heavier toll. So when we come across a true classic that has been restored to a very, very high standard by notable Australian Ducati experts Vee Two, the term Collector Alert truly applies.

Featured Listing – 1973 Ducati 750 Sport

Looking every bit like what you might find ensconced in the Barber Museum, this 1973 Ducati 750 Sport has been completely restored. Some of the best bits are what you are not seeing – as in a huge pile of NOS parts. Why? Much of this bike was already original, making this as much a refurbishment and refresh as it was complete restoration. As the saying goes, something can only be original once, and the more original parts kept with the bike means greater originality and better options down the road.

From the seller:
Ducati 750 Sport 1973

Full Nut and bolt restoration. 2021
Motorcycle restored by Vee Two Australia .Very original Restoration using OEM parts .
Original Scarab Brake master Cylinder , Caliper and Disc. Leading Axle 19″ front end.
Originally Australian delivery 1973.
Original engine and frame numbers: Engine Number DM753820 Frame Number DM750S753919

Original milage showing . 38464 Kilometres
Original Borrani Rims . Stainless Steel Spokes.New Tyres
Complete Vee Two Australia engine rebuild .
Electronic Ignition. fitted. ( original ignition with bike )
Full engine built and Parts list sheet available. ( comes with Vee Two Warranty )
Original headlight . ( Jod )
Last registered 2012 by current owner.

New Fiber glass tank suitable unleaded fuel. Original tank with bike.
Koni Shocks. Original shocks rebuildable and with bike.

More from the seller:
An Extremely originaly restored Ducati 750 Sport and one of very few to become available in the past 10 years in this condition with this originality.

Asking Price: Entertaining offers around $115,000 AUD (approximately $87,500 USD)

Those in the know will tell you that it is far less expensive to purchase a fully restored automobile or motorcycle than tackle a basket case in the hopes of making it “like new.” The internet is littered with half-completed projects that will never be completed, or potentially worse, projects that have been completed resulting in bastardized, non-original mutants. Here we find an icon of the early Ducati twin years, restored by experts with a solid reputation. In addition to the bike itself, the seller indicates over $30k USD was spent on the refurbishment of this beauty – and that is with their expertise, parts knowledge and availability and experience. Many original parts are either on the bike or included with the sale, and the seller is willing to help arrange shipping worldwide.

Bikes like this will only appreciate over time, so if you are in the market now is the best time to make a move. If you want the best and don’t have the inclination to break into Barber or the patience to wait for such a superlative example to make it’s way over the block at Christies or Bonhams, You really need to reach out to Brook over at Vee Two and have a chat. As a noted Ducati bevel expert Brooke has done and seen it all when it comes to these bikes, so you know you are in good hands. Don’t wait too long though, as I have a feeling this one will go pretty quick. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing – 1973 Ducati 750 Sport
Suzuki June 7, 2021 posted by

The Vapors – 1997 Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD

In 1997 one could have walked into the Suzuki dealer and had a choice of GSX-R1100, TL1000S, or GSX-R750 ( even an RGV-250, of course not here ).  Here’s a recently updated SRAD model which has had quite a makeover.

1997 Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD for sale on eBay

The 750 SRAD was an all new model in 1996, with a newly designed engine using a lot of fresh techniques in the casting and cylinder wall treatments, and ram air intakes helped make 128 hp at 12,000 rpm.  The oil radiator was updated to a oil-to-water heat exchanger mounted on the engine, helping reduce the ancillary plumbing.  The RGV-500 racer was the basis for the twin spar alloy chassis, with a swingarm similarly fabricated of cast and stamped pieces.  Width, wheelbase, and weight were trimmed to a compact package with a dry weight under 400 lbs.

Not much in the way of imperfections on this GSX-R, with mostly new chassis bearings, exhaust, paint, windscreen, and expendables.  Many parts have been cleaned with an abrasive slurry which can cause less damage than dry media blasting.  The new owner could clean up a couple of isolated fasteners, but just in between rides.  Comments from the eBay auction:

The 1996 and 1997 models were the last of the carburetor-fed bikes in the GSX-R line. The 1996 was the T model and the 1997 was the V model.

The bike has undergone a light restoration including: a repaint in factory colors (bodywork is original), cleaned tank, new fuel pump, new plugs, tapered steering stem bearings, wheel bearings, powder-coated wheels, new tires (under 100 miles), brake rebuild kits,brake pads, brake fluid, oil change and filter, radiator flush and fill, carb clean, etc. Finding one of these bikes that does not have a polished frame, extended or just completely ragged out is becoming harder and harder. The bike runs flawlessly and will be a great addition to anyone’s collection or as a rider.

Vapor blasting has been done on many of hard to clean parts such as the top triple tree, sprocket carrier, brake carrier, discs, etc. Take time looking at the pictures and you will notice how clean the bike is.

The bike is upgraded with a Micron full exhaust and jet kit as well as stainless steel brake lines. A Lockhart Philips windscreen is installed and the right front turn signal is an aftermarket unit.

The SRAD generation was a winner, if not in WSBK, Suzuki’s engineering made them a force in the World Endurance championship.  And in the showroom, though the seller is right that seeing one in any kind of nicer stock condition has become an event.  More expert fans will have to weigh in, but this restoration seems pretty faithful and the mechanicals have been taken care of as well.

-donn

The Vapors – 1997 Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD
Yamaha March 19, 2021 posted by

Meet You Half Way – 1979 Yamaha RD400F Daytona Special

To celebrate Kenny Roberts’ 1978 Daytona win, Yamaha styled a distinctive final-year model with all the air-cooled improvements since 1973.  Here’s an Ohio native that shows like it has 1,2oo miles instead of the 12,000 the odometer says.

1979 Yamaha Rd400F for sale on eBay

The RD400F is just bit more grown up than the original RD350, though it shares the wheelbase, 28mm Mikuni’s and kickstarter.  Along the way it acquired five additional ponies, alloy wheels, capacitive discharge ignition, and a wider rear tire.  Its additional 35 lbs. meant 25 more feet in the 60-to-zero test, though braking was identical with front and rear 267mm discs.  Changes to the engine’s porting and an internal bypass improved rideability and lowered emissions, along with an almost Suzuk-ish shroud on the head which improved the noise signature.

Probably looking better than it did on day one, this collector’s item has been restored and polished to a fair-thee-well.  Since the Daytona is an exercise in white, black and chrome, it’s naturally photogenic.  Expert readers will have to weigh in on any discrepancies.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Only 12,122 miles. Clear title in my name. Numbers matching with all the 2VO stampings also. This is a beautiful survivor. The body set has been repainted with the pearl white to perfection. New seat cover. Tires are also new. Gas tank is clean metal inside. Everything works like it should. Starts easy and runs and rides great. Pulls hard and smooth through the gears just like it should. This is stunning survivor.

When the last RD400 rolled out of the showroom, Yamaha was in the middle of a staggering 12 year run of luck in the Daytona 200, and Roberts also won the last of that streak on his YZR680 / OW69.  Yamaha brought back the two-stroke twin ( in a water-cooled form ) in 1983, but took it offshore after only two years.  The sound, simplicity, and lighter weight make the air-cooled RD’s worth pursuing, but rather few are in this remarkable condition.

-donn

Meet You Half Way – 1979 Yamaha RD400F Daytona Special