Posts by tag: Restored

Yamaha September 30, 2014 posted by

The Whippet: 1986 Yamaha SDR200 for Sale

1986 Yamaha SDR200 R Side Front

There’s an interesting ongoing discussion in the comments section on this site regarding exactly what qualifies as a “rare sport bike.” Bikes seem to fall into three general categories: exotics like Bimota or limited-edition Ducatis. Bikes that weren’t rare when new, but have become rare simply because good examples have become scarce through attrition, like the early GSX-R models.

But my favorite are the quirky, unusual bikes that are rarely seen outside of their home markets, or failed to find an audience when new. This Yamaha SDR200 definitely falls into that third category.

1986 Yamaha SDR200 L Rear

It’s not glamorous, or especially powerful. There are no bits of carbon bodywork, or titanium fasteners, or magnesium engine cases. It does feature a delicate, gorgeous trellis frame and swingarm combo that looks more “Maserati Birdcage” than “Ducati Monster.”

1986 Yamaha SDR200 R Side

With its three-quarters scale proportions, this bike would probably not be the best choice for many “American-sized” riders. But if you’re petite, or don’t care that you look a bit ridiculous as a big man on a little bike, this might be a perfect, unusual ride. It certainly isn’t tame: with 34bhp on tap from the two-stroke single that featured Yamaha’s YPVS power-valve system, 6 gears to play with, and only 230 pounds [dry] to push, this thing should be an absolute laugh-riot. With those skinny tires, at or near its 100mph top speed, I’m sure people you’ve passed would be convinced they’d just been blown off by a jet-powered bicycle!

1986 Yamaha SDR200 R Side Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Yamaha SDR200 for Sale

This bike has 13,700km on the clock (8200 miles) but has about 500 miles on the complete restoration. I had this bike taken down to the bare frame (see pics), everything was gone through. I doubt you will ever find one like this again, it was a fun project and somewhat taxing at times finding parts but they do exist, there is a large cult following in Japan and a company that specifically specializes in SDR200s. This bike is currently registered and plated here in California good until February of 2015.

I will try to recall the best I can the mechanical here. The motor was taken apart and installed a new piston ring set and piston, base gasket, head gasket, fork seals, clutch basket, alternator gasket, oil pump gasket, water pump gasket, water pump seal, needle and seat for the carburetor, float bowl o-ring, airbox to carb boot, new triple clamp bearings, new wheel bearings, new steering bearings, new swing arm and linkage bearings, new air filter, new battery with trickle charger, and new chain. These items were replaced not because they had to be, but I wanted it new.

1986 Yamaha SDR200 Rear

It’s pretty easy to see why this thing earned the nickname “Whippet”, and tt strangely reminds me of the Sachs MadAss: there’s something playful about it. The design is fully-realized and mature, even if the bike’s raison d’être is hooliganism.

The seller is asking $6,200 which seems like a whole lot of cash for a quirky little two-stroke with no racing history, regardless of how much money he’s sunk into the restoration. On the other hand, if you are a fan of these, I’d imagine you won’t see another one this nice in the US anytime soon, and the price is fully one-tenth the price of a Ducati Panigale Superleggera, which makes it seem a bit like a bargain…


1986 Yamaha SDR200 R Front

The Whippet: 1986 Yamaha SDR200 for Sale
Suzuki October 14, 2010 posted by

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Limited Edition For Sale

Kelly from Trackstar Sales emailed me to alert us of his restored 86 Suzuki GSX-R Limited that is currently available via their website.

Check out the beautiful images of this bike being offered:

quote from Trackstar website:

We have spent the year restoring this rare Suzuki GSXR750 Limited Edition. It is now up for sale. The bike is an amazing piece of history and is absolutly gorgeous. Features Suzuki dry clutch, NEAS forks and tons of magnesium parts. Approximatly 212 of these were imported to the US with many of those being sent to race teams. These are very rare in original condition.


All work has been done in the last 3 months and no miles put on the vehicle since work was done.


1986 GSXR750 Limited Edition

Restored Utah Title

Mileage 15,024

Bike starts and runs very well.

New spark plugs

Valves adjusted

Carbs cleaned and floats set

Forks rebuilt and seals replaced

New paint on all fairings and tank. Very few decals used, most of the work is airbrushed and looks better than original. Paint alone was $2400.

New Zero Gravity windscreen

New NOS lever(s)

New NOS fuel Tank sealed prior to paint

New NOS switches

New Grips

New NOS bar ends

New NOS throttle and clutch cables

New Bridgestone tires

Seat recovered

New mirrors

New NOS taillight lens and blinkers

New NOS gauge surround and backing plate

New NOS tank breather

New vacuum lines

New fuel petcock

New paint on wheels

New NOS windscreen trim

Original key

Bike has been disassembled and cleaned top to bottom.

Compression is 130 psi +/- 3% on all cylinders.

Comes with original Suzuki LE supplement race/shop manual and original owners manual.

Shifter side cover was cracked and repaired. See pics.

Dry clutch works perfectly.

2007 Suzuki GSXR Steering stabilizer and aftermarket fork clamp. Stabilzer is mounted in OEM location.

Yoshimura Exhaust

Regulars and connoisseurs will immediately recognize this model, and as his listing details they are very rare. Bidding on this machine is through their website and starts at $9500. Auction is open for the next two weeks. Good luck Kelly!


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Honda June 2, 2009 posted by

Restored Honda RVF400R NC35 $9000

Located in Tampa, Florida is a gorgeous, recently restored Honda RVF400R (NC35).  A beautifully presented example, this bike shows a recent, documented, restoration to stock with some additional carbon fiber ad-ons. Seller states:

Comes with track upper fairing, race can, some spares, all original OEM parts that I replaced, Haynes manual, parts manuals, decals, graphics, etc. The bike is 100% complete and even comes with OEM tool kit. I even have several hundred digital pics to document the entire journey.

Not cheap, but, this bike has recently been gone through, restored, and sorted.  NC35’s are only getting rarer and I don’t see them going down in value anytime soon.  See the Bay Area Riders Forum post here. See the documented restoration thread here.