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Featured Listing August 12, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 1994 Kawasaki Ninja 600R (ZX600C)

It takes something special to stand out in the middleweight sportbike segment, especially in the used market when a goodly number join the fray each year.  The seller spotted this back-of-the-garage find a few years ago and returned it to the road with several major service items.  As delivered in period black and turquoise livery, this 600R is a great survivor and affordable classic.

1994 Kawasaki 600R ( GPX600 ) with just 6,900 miles !

Though there isn’t much radical engineering in this profitable corner of the showroom, the Ninja 600R does boast more than 100 hp per liter at 84, thanks to 11.71-to-1 compression on the twin-cam four.  Kawasaki’s Electronic Suspension Control ( ESCS ) compensated for front end dive under braking, and their Uni-Track with adjustable monoshock tamed the rear end.  The frame-mounted fairing cut a hole in the wind for rider, and vinyl tank panels offered good grip.

Likely purchased new by a fledgling rider, this 600R was parked soon afterward, and re-commissioned by the new owner after almost 20 years on the lam.  Since the drivetrain is pretty much bulletproof, the rehab involved all liquids, new rubber, carb rebuild and a thorough cleaning of the fuel system.  The seller has these comments about the bike and its return to service:

I acquired this bike back in 2016 with approximately 2,500 original miles and it was completely original down to the tires. It still has the original owner’s manual, tool kit, factory key, and is completely stock right down to the exhaust.

I replaced all the fluids, installed new spark plugs, a new UNI air filter, a new battery, and had new Bridgestone Battleax BT tires fitted. The tank has been removed and professionally cleaned, given a new petcock valve, and I had all four carburetors professionally rebuilt at the same shop that the tank was cleaned.

The bike has since been ridden 4,500 trouble-free miles over the past three years, and at the time of writing has about 7,000 miles, however, this number will go up every weekend as I like to ride it to keep the carbs in shape. Minor cosmetic blemishes include light scratches on the tank, two small scratches on the left rear cowl, mild corrosion on the coolant drain plug, and small bits of rust starting to surface on the exhaust.

You never see these anywhere anymore and this all original example is the best I’ve seen for sale in years. Even if you’re not a collector, this Ninja 600R is a fun, reliable survivor that gets attention from onlookers that know, and is a terrific and inexpensive way to enjoy a classic sportbike.

Asking price is $3,500 and offers are requested by text message at (757) 806-9296

Having served a generation of daily riders, The seller is right that they are rarely seen in this condition these days, and the best way to maintain a fuel system is to use it occasionally.  Maybe this all original model was your brother’s favorite bike, or a friend needs a down payment-sized entrée into the sporty side, either way this 600R looks ready to please a new owner.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1994 Kawasaki Ninja 600R (ZX600C)
Ducati July 23, 2019 posted by

BFF – 1996 Ducati 900 SS/CR

Ducati has had a Supersport in their line-up since most of us have been riding, and the 1990’s were good years for the SS with excellent chassis, Brembo brakes, Showa suspension and the easy air-cooled desmodue.  This example has miles, and though the owner went lightly on upgrades, maintenance is up to date.

1996 Ducati 900SS/CR for sale on eBay

The carburetted era was winding down at Ducati but the 900SS still sports 38mm Mikunis, helping deliver 85 hp, pretty good for a two-valve air cooled engine.  Components were in a sweet spot as well, with dual 320mm disks, inverted forks and lightweight if not quiet dry clutch.  A good-sized pillion is available under the beauty cover, and the cafe racer fairing insures easy access for maintenance and cleaning.

This owner has made a few nice mods with the alloy swingarm and wider rear wheel, looks like an updated monoshock though it isn’t mentioned.  The oil change schedule has a seasonal sound, so likely not too many recent miles, and for that odometer it looks phenomenal.  Generously photographed, there’s also video of – startup – and – walkaround – ( better soundtrack on the startup ).  From the eBay auction:

1996 Ducati 900SS with 35,146 miles.  Meticulously maintained.  Very clean.  Always stored indoors (inside basement shop).  Oil and filter changed every 500 miles or so.  Valve adjusted 34,235.  Belts replaced, new Ferodo clutch plates, brakes/clutch bled 34,934.  This is basically an SP model (sans the carbon fiber and remote reservoirs) with CR bodywork.  Showa 41mm usd 3-way adjustable forks.  Aluminum SP swingarm.  5.5″ rear wheel.  Regina chain.  41t rear sprocket.  Adjustable brake and clutch levers.  Napoleon bar-end mirror.  Stock exhaust and cans (though mildly jetted to accept slip-ons).  Updated (2001+) clutch slave cylinder and rod.  Vented 1/2 clutch cover.  Lightly tinted windscreen.  New Yuasa YTX20HL-BS High Performance AGM battery.  Did I mention how clean this bike was?

The later Supersports had a tough row to hoe, second fiddle to the superbikes with the new Monsters breathing down their corner of the showroom.  Only a few hundred were imported in ’97-98, and Pierre Terblanche provided a re-styled SS for 1999.  Though there is a reserve on this auction, this SS/CR should still be a down payment-sized entry into the sportbike affliction.

-donn

BFF – 1996 Ducati 900 SS/CR
Ducati July 11, 2019 posted by

White Elefant – 1988 Ducati Paso Limited

New Cagiva managers enlisted Massimo Tamburini to design the next Ducati, and installed the desmodue 750 in the Paso.  Unfortunately it didn’t lead to a sales boom and a limited edition was issued to bump showroom interest.  This Virginia example is very stock and very, very clean.

1988 Ducati Paso Limited for sale on eBay

Ducati got their design dollar’s worth and the Paso looks like no other Ducati, with a square-section dual downtube frame, hidden under the all-encompassing soap bar.  The innovative 44mm Weber carburetor fed both cylinders and the engine bragged 73 hp with a wide torque band which made the 5-speed trans workable.  The Limited benefits from premium Marzocchi M1R forks and Öhlins monoshock.  Brakes are shared from the non-limited, but fine Brembo 280mm dual disks.  Nicer suspension and 16-inch rubber masked the 430 lbs. dry weight, which still cost performance versus the competition.

This owner has helped preserve his Paso Limited, even keeping the black chrome muffler and having a Corbin seat done which is almost indistinguishable from the factory sofa.  Comments from the eBay auction:

I have owned this Bike since 2005
Total original miles is Just under 5,900 miles
Only Fifty Paso Limited made
I just completed installing
New timing belts
New under tank gas filter
Plugs
Oil change
Brake fluid
Bike is totally stock with the exception of euro turn signals and polished grabrail
This bike actually has a Weber carb which is factory
I had a Corbin seat recovered to look exactly like stock seat, original seat included

The Weber carb doesn’t suffer neglect gladly but can be tuned to relative perfection.  Without much adjustment, the Paso’s riding position is relaxed enough for sport-touring and even some commuting.  Subsequent 900cc models addressed charging issues with a bigger alternator, stop-and-go cooling with water-cooled heads, and replaced finicky carburetion with fuel injection.  Styling continued to be a bugbear though, and the model struggled to break 1,000 sales each year.  For fans of the enclosed solution or just the transition to more modern engines, every Paso is a Limited Edition.

-donn

White Elefant – 1988 Ducati Paso Limited
Suzuki June 10, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 1989 GSX-R750 Slingshot

Update 7.23.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Presented in their alternate red and white livery, this K-variant GSX-R750 is ready to do battle at the next street cred concours. It has a careful 12,000 miles which is low, but more of a survivor than babied collector. Suzuki designed it with a laser focus on light weight and usable power, which made the GSX-R750 instantly popular.

1989 Suzuki GSX-R750 Slingshot for sale on eBay

Suzuki went seriously oversquare in the comprehensive 1988 revision, the 73mm bore and 44.7mm stroke allowing 13,000 rpm and 112 hp. Still air/oil cooled though, which eliminated weight and complexity. 36mm Mikuni carbs featured the asymmetrical slide hence the “Slingshot” name, beside the way it took off from the starting line. The alloy frame was updated, but continued with its lightweight and braced theme, carrying the engine lower than before. Cartridge forks were still right side up, and the Full Floater swingarm controlled the rear. Brakes were a more modern size with 310mm front disks. Without a spec sheet or caliper you can see the wheels are wider and noise is contained by a 4-into-1 exhaust.

The owner Scott’s comments:

If you’ve always wanted a really nice Slingshot here’s your chance. Red with white just under 12,000 original miles. This is a true survivor which is mostly stock other than the airbox and Supertrapp silencer. New battery just serviced all new fluids and carburetor cleaning/rebuild, new rear brake line, petcock, and cush drive. Everything including dash lights are in perfect working order, its ready to go for the new owner. It comes with a hard to find unpainted rear seat cowl along with a back of the gas tank bra. It’s a lot of fun to ride for a thirty-year-old bike. Rides very close to a modern bike and makes great sounds. It’s never been down to the best of my knowledge.

Here’s the back story, I bought it with the thought of turning it into a vintage race bike. When my friends saw it, particularly one that’s a GSXR nut, they convinced me it was too nice the convert. They were not willing to buy it but would not let me race it! So I found a Slab-side that was a better candidate. As I’m more of a track guy my street riding in next to zero nowadays so this has been sitting in my climate-controlled Man Town.

I like to sell bikes with no stories hence the recent service. I would rate this an 8 out of 10. It’s not a museum piece but a really nice original survivor that you will be proud to ride and turns heads wherever you go. There are a few stress cracks in the bodywork which is normal. There’s also a crack in the top right side of the fairing right underneath the throttle.

I’m a fifty plus year old you guy that collects bikes so I am quite picky and tend to understate a bikes condition. It’s registered in New Hampshire which does not title anything over fifteen years old, but I do have the previous owner’s title. I do not need to sell this bike so please don’t waste either of our times. I have a more pictures and happy to answer any questions. Thanks for looking!

1989 was the second year of the 2.0 GSX-R750, and small changes were made, mostly to increase available lean angle ! Otherwise it was a fitting second generation of a middleweight bred for the track, and a great value for the ante. Rather than a sheltered collector, this unrestored survivor could be enjoyed inside and out.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1989 GSX-R750 Slingshot
Suzuki May 31, 2019 posted by

Not Your Father’s – 1982 Suzuki GS1100E

A couple of years after Wes Cooley’s AMA Superbike Championships, Suzuki still had a potent weapon in their 1075cc straight four, and the twin downtube steel frame was a nice handler.  This Illinois survivor was lightly customized by a previous owner and looks like just the thing for cruise night.

1982 Suzuki GS100E for sale on eBay

Suzuki’s air and oil cooled engine was tuned for mid-range torque, and the GS1100E reports max torque of 68 ft.-lbs. at a reasonable 6,500 rpm, with 100 hp up at 8,700 rpm.  The four 34mm Mikuni carburetors make for great throttle response, though an active wrist will hasten your way through the 5.0 gallon tank.  Suspension is premium, with anti-dive and four settings for preload and rebound on the air-adjustable forks, and the shocks have five preload and four rebound selections.  Triple 275mm disks are more street-sized for the 535 lbs. dry weight.

Just over 15,000 miles divided by 37 years works out to a lot of time in the back of the garage, but just a couple of touch-ups stand between this GS and pretty nice paintwork.  An earlier rebuild prompted an extended swingarm and Vance & Hines 4-into-1 exhaust, giving a nice drag strip vibe along with the bikini fairing.  The owner offers a short walk-around – here – and has these comments in the eBay auction:

This is a incredibly nice 1982 Suzuki GS1100E with 15,000 original miles
Well maintained over the years by the previous owner this bike has had some tasteful mods over the years
Engine was re-ringed in 2004 at about 12K miles, documentation provided

Carbs are setup perfect with pods and a Vance & Hines 4 into 1 header
The rear swing arm is a chromed Vance & Hines 4″ stretch with a wider 150 rear tire
Bike has a few scratches and nicks here and there
Left side cover has 1 broken tab along with the right one but they stay in place
Aftermarket bullet fairing painted to match
Front tire is starting to show some age
Currently the headlight and tail light warning lights are on the dash even though the lamps are working fine, might have resolved before end of auction
Lots of receipts for thousands of dollars worth of work over the years and most of it was done 10+ years ago and then kept in great running order only putting on about 3K miles in the last 15 years
This bike is not for the meek, it rides very nice but goes wicked fast at the crack of the throttle
Comes with all the stock parts, exhaust, air filter housing and rear swing arm
Also has the owners manual

The GS1100E three-peated as Cycle World’s Superbike of the Year 1981-1983, and for the day was lighter and handled better than most.  The strip was a haven for the 1100, which routinely ran 11.5 second quarters.  The flow from tank to side cover to seat echoed the flagship Katana.  The sand metallic doesn’t shout for attention, but calmly states its presence – more forcefully once started, then undeniably as it accelerates away.

-donn

 

Not Your Father’s – 1982 Suzuki GS1100E
Honda April 16, 2019 posted by

De-Stabilization – 1983 Honda CB1000F

This Florida owner shows a few other classic -80’s machines behind, but this unrestored CB1000F might be the one to cut away from the herd !

1983 Honda CB1100F for sale on eBay

Honda’s was looking deep into the corner and the vee-four 750 was brand new, but before the carburetted inline four left the sport category, displacement was increased to 1,062 cc’s and 38mm carbs delivered 110 hp.  Just oversquare 69mm stroke kept torque up there at 72 ft.-lbs.  Though still a typical twin-downtube, the chassis was beefed up and sported 39mm forks and a box-section swingarm.  Dampers were premium with air-adjustable anti-dive forks and adjustable twin rear shocks.  More UJM than sport, the 18-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel kept seat height low.  Brakes reflected the 543 lbs. dry weight with three 296mm disks.

Obviously a fan from the looks of the garage, this owner has taken nice care of his reference CB1100F.  The preservation of the deep blue paint and black engine finish is as rare as the factory black chrome exhaust.  Just a few rubs tell of its 21,000 miles.  The owner is correct that at this age, most have been disassembled, restored, and altered.  From the eBay auction:

Original bodywork with original paint and factory original 4-2 black chrome exhaust. All in excellent condition with only minor imperfections. Tank is dent free with no trace of rust inside original key opens all the locks, tool kit and original owners manual included,  seat is perfect, no nicks or anything. I put 3000 miles on it last year, just put on new tires, all carburetor O-rings have been changed, then carbs synced, only ethanol free gas used. new o-ring chain, old one was fine, but old is all, This bike is 100% ready to ride and enjoy, no modifications, just stock and original.

As you can see in the pictures, this bike is in excellent condition. hard to find one that has not been apart, repainted or screwed with especially in the awesome blue paint scheme. one minor scuff on right fairing, hard to get to show up in pics some oxidation under aluminum clear coat in spots as well, but a really nice bike, always get compliments. Tires are new Dunlops in original factory sizes.

Honda tweaked the CB1100F until it did pretty much everything well – it got high marks for usable power, stable handling, and comfortable cockpit.  Answering the escalating power competition, it ran a quarter in just over 11 seconds, and Honda quality insured popularity.  Starting out at a reasonable $4,900, this example should do better – last January a red one with less miles brought $9,350 at Mecum in Vegas.  Sure to be a hit at a show or cruise night, this CB1100F marks a sweet spot in Honda history and owner care.

-donn

De-Stabilization – 1983 Honda CB1000F
Yamaha March 3, 2019 posted by

Engine Contract – 1985 Yamaha RZ500

Sold before we went to press, still worth a look –  Donn

Like buyers of a Gulfstream business jet refer to their Pratt & Whitney engine maintenance agreement that just happened to come with an airplane, the Yamaha RZ500 was built around their smashing V-4 two-stroke.  This one has some miles but looks to be in special condition.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 for sale on eBay

Yamaha had some very good years in the 500cc MotoGP days, and the RZ500 ( known elsewhere as the RD500LC ) used a lot of race-derived ideas.  The engine is a masterpiece with the clutch gear-driven from twin crankshafts.  The Yamaha Power Valve System tailors exhaust port position electronically, helping widen the power band and lower emissions on the way to 88 hp.  The airbox surrounds the engine feeding four side-draft Mikunis, and water cooling is used to stabilize temperatures and limit noise.

The race bikes had gone to an aluminum DeltaBox frame, but the RZ kept the steel chassis, with semi-adjustable suspension on both ends, even anti-dive forks.  Strong tire stagger of 16-inch front and 18-inch rear should make turning in just a thought exercise.  A pillion is offered, but likely the painted cover doesn’t get removed often.  Starting is kick only, engaging the rider right off the bat.

Appearing pretty stock, there’s no readily apparent damage, but with the 1999 registration sticker inactivity might be an issue.  The ask is up there but in the middle of recent sales.  The senior rider from Michigan gives a few thoughts in the eBay auction:

All original. Never messed with. Been in my collection, stored inside with all fuel drained. Miles are 22,691, odometer as you know reads kilometers as these were never imported into the U.S. due to the EPA. She’s a great ride and gets lots of attention. Time to let her go as I am turning 70 soon and have been letting a few of my prized bikes go. Tires are great.

After being built for only a few years and selectively marketed, the RZ has an outsized reputation and a has had nice amount of import activity.  Yamaha stayed with the 500 two-stroke racer until 2002 when the FIM made them an offer they couldn’t refuse.  It would’ve been nice to see more years of development in the street machine as well.

-donn

Engine Contract – 1985 Yamaha RZ500
Honda February 24, 2019 posted by

Nickel Defense – 1986 Honda VF500F

Mid-1980’s Honda covered the flanks of their bigger VF-series sportbikes with the sharp-handling VF-500F.  This example had low miles before an unplanned break in the action, but has had inside storage and is looking for a new home.

1986 Honda VF500F for sale on eBay

While Honda’s double cradle of square tubing might not be futuristic, it provides a stable platform for the DOHC V-4 which is pretty state of the art.  The very oversquare 498cc engine makes 70 hp and revs to almost 12,000 rpm.  Showa forks are air-adjustable and incorporate Honda’s TRAC anti-dive system.  Under the seat an adjustable Kayaba monoshock limits the aluminum swingarm.  Brakes are triple 255 mm disks, with four piston calipers up front.  Livery for 1986 involved a red seat and fork, but the blue and red were more HRC than earlier models.

This VF500F is garaged but it sounds like higher priorities have gotten in the way.  The left rear turn signal could use a new mount, and the right front fairing has a scrape, but otherwise it’s all there.  Low miles for the age and along with a little re-commissioning maintenance, it just needs a shining up here and there.  Notes from the eBay auction:

Clear title. Nice bike. Well maintained and owned by a certified Honda mechanic. 15,549 miles.  Unfortunately my hubby Mr. Hondaholic, is incapacitated at the moment so I (his wife) am selling this for us.  Been garaged and kept on trickle charger (Gets fired up routinely).  Only thing I can see wrong with it is the right rear blinker is taped up and there is an abrasion on the left side of fairing.

1986 was the last year for the V-4 500, replaced by the CBR600 in 1987.  Reviewed as a nice handling roadster, the compact riding position and finicky cold running were the only squawks.  While not perfect, the scrape on the fairing is limited to the blue area and as re-finishable as it could get.  Good chance to get into a great V-4 and help out a fellow rider.

-donn

Nickel Defense – 1986 Honda VF500F