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Yamaha November 2, 2021 posted by

Ready to Rumble – 1996 Yamaha YZF-750R

Update 11.2.2021: Last see in August of 2020 from the same seller, this one is back on eBay with a buy-it-now of $7,150. -dc

For a while in the 1990’s, sponsorship from Marlboro led Yamaha down a red-liveried path, and the torn paper graphics on this 1996 YZF-750R makes reference without saying it too loud.  It’s a low-mileage example with a recent major service, and looks smashing.

1996 Yamaha YZF-750R for sale on eBay

Yamaha took the successes of their late -80’s World Superbike mounts and ran them by production engineering, preserving as much of the good stuff while bringing the cost out of the stratosphere.  Kept was the forward canted inline Genesis, with the EXUP exhaust tuning system – in road trim worth 125hp.  The aluminum Deltabox chassis evolved with re-designed frame connectors.  New brakes were 320mm disks with 6-piston calipers.  The fox-eye headlights look a little less drop-dead serious than those on the OW-01, but the painted pillion cover passes for a single-seater under way.

The seller’s other auctions seem to indicate a dealer rather than motorcyclist owner, but either way, this YZF is in special shape for its age.  Hard to find fault with the presentation, except maybe to pine for an SP homologation special.  The last service call made everything ready for the new owner.  From the eBay auction:

Parts:
Float bowl gaskets             
Needle and seat                
Fuel line                            
Oil (semi/syn)                     
Battery                             
Rear brake caliper kit         
Rear pads                           
Front pads                        
Fork seals                          
Pirelli Rosso Tires              
 
Labor:
Service carbs                   
Oil change                          
Install tires                         
Fork seals                           
Rebuild rear caliper            
Front pads                         
Complete degrease/clean  
 
This bike is very special to me as you can see with all the investments made . 
A cleaner example for sale will be very difficult to find today .
The bike is ready to ride . 

The YZF750R sold better across the pond than here, but trailed the 916 and CBR900RR and gave way to the R1 in 1998.  The race version did well in endurance events where Yamaha’s quality shown.  This one is right on the edge of too nice to ride too much, but the classic mid-size package and recent maintenance call for at least an occasional back road afternoon.

-donn

Ready to Rumble – 1996 Yamaha YZF-750R
Yamaha October 29, 2021 posted by

Almost Pre-Sports – 1985 Yamaha FZ750 with 1,586 Miles !

Though big red dominated, Yamaha’s FZ750R / OU45 regularly appeared as the best of the rest in mid-eighties AMA Superbike.  Here’s a collector which has somehow escaped the suburban Dallas heat, and dodged a lifetime’s worth of garage elves.

1985 Yamaha FZ-750 for sale on eBay

Yamaha had reportedly toyed with as many as seven valves per cylinder, but settled on five for the Genesis engine.  Laid forward to straighten the path through the 34mm Mikuni’s, 105 hp was the result.  The four was wedged across a double cradle chassis, with right side up forks and a monocross rear.  270mm brakes are period correct but seem undersized for the mission, and the 16/18-inch wheel stagger would be seen as under and over-sized just a few years later.  Riding position was a pretty good tuck and helped the rider get behind the upper-only fairing.

The comments say the bike has been in the back of the garage for a generation, so this might be the original owner.  Condition is hard to believe with none of the usual bumps, bruises, or mods that might be expected.  A fork brace is visible and a Fox shock is hidden.  Otherwise it looks original right down to the tires.  Notes from the eBay auction:

This bike has been in a controlled environment for the past 35 years. The 80’s motorcycle market is getting hot and this is a perfect opportunity for a collector or lover to own an iconic bike. It runs and rides like a new bike with a couple of original 80’s upgrades remote adjustable rear Fox Shock and a fork brace. The miles are original, I was putting it in my collection but it needs to be ridden and because of my age and old racing injuries I can’t manage the low bars. The value will only increase as this is the only FZ 750 I have seen come on the market over the last 2 years. One sold in January of 2019 for $9,000 with 39,000 miles on it and needed attention. This bike is as good as the day it came off the ship.

Part of the design concept was the five smaller valves which didn’t require double valve springs, allowing higher revs and an easier life for the cams.  Yamaha stuck with the Genesis for several years, attesting to the idea’s success.  The conventional auction ( high reserve though ) reflects the almost super-stardom of these early superbikes.  It might take a re-list, but interest in an FZ in this condition will come.

-donn

 

Almost Pre-Sports – 1985 Yamaha FZ750 with 1,586 Miles !
Suzuki August 13, 2021 posted by

Long Way Home – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R

Even in the midst of a riding rejuvenation, plans and priorities can change.  Here’s a 1986 GSX-R that’s getting quite close to bike night, just needing a new owner’s shove over the goal line.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R for sale on eBay

For its U.S. debut, the GSX-R got a 25mm longer swingarm, calming the handling from 1985.  Around the bike, lightness was a focus, and performance guided designers.  The oil-cooled engine saved the weight of a water system, and got larger valves in part by using smaller spark plugs.  Wheelies caused by the 100 hp launch could be reversed by a stoppie using the four-piston front brakes.   The flat-sided fairing had an endurance racer’s simplicity, but it was the last hurrah for the track-oriented 18-inch wheels.

This owner has been slowly returning his 750R to a more stock condition, but left a few things for the next custodian to weigh in on.  It looks very presentable, even at the office, and could have some incremental re-finishing without tearing it down.  Comments from the eBay auction: 

Bike runs, shifts and idles as it should.
All lights, signals and horn work as they should. Left signal dash light bulb is out.

These bikes are getting harder and harder to find. Hasn’t been cut up or crazy modifications. Some body panels have been repaired and repainted. Tank is in very good condition other then a few scratches on right side of tank (See in picture posted). Tank looks to be all original paint. Plastic body panels do have some imperfections here and there.

Wheels have been repainted white by previous owner. Not a very good a paint job on wheels. Wheels were and should be black to be correct.
I believe I have a left and right new oem G graphics decal that goes on lower part of cowl in black area. Just haven’t put them on yet. As long as I can find them. They will go with the bike as well.

No rust in tank ever. Very clean.
Bike would need a restoration to be perfect .
This is in excellent running, driving and or take to local bike shows.

Tires that are currently on the bike are out of date. Would need to be replaced to be safe. I bought a set of brand new tires for it that will go with the bike.
Brand new oem tool kit included.
New battery last summer. Always left on tender.
After market Yoshimura slip on. Sounds great. I don’t have the oem exhaust.
Front fork seals will need to be replaced .
Body work is oem but some panels have been repaired.
Oem air box goes with the bike. These are getting hard to find with all the brackets and hoses.
This bike has a bunch of new oem parts through out the bike.

I had the valves and carbs adjusted last summer. Bike runs great. Front calipers were also rebuilt and new pads installed last year. Brand new oem Suzuki main wiring harness installed last year. New Oem head light housing, adjustment springs and hardware. New head light Oem wiring harness. Brand new oem foam gauge pad installed last year.

First year icons will either be hardly or heavily used, and this one has some miles but looks to have spent the last several seasons with more tinkering than riding.  Without being a Special Edition or RR, this could still be a great example.  Hopefully the reserve doesn’t put it too far out of the almost-there-project department.

-donn

Long Way Home – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R
Kawasaki August 10, 2021 posted by

Clean Slate – 1991 Kawasaki ZX-7 Ninja

A new-to-you classic sportbike often means wading through multiple previous owner’s improvements and mishaps.  Not this time, as the 1991 ZX-7 presented here looks un-modified and never down.

1991 Kawasaki ZX-7 Ninja for sale on eBay

The industry had been expecting the EU to declare 100 hp a street-wise maximum, and tuned a lot of engines into conformance.  Not a bad thing for a road rider, since the torque numbers were excellent.  Most of the ZX-7’s innovations came in the original ’89, but the 1991 model came with 43mm upside-down forks, and using the engine as a stressed member made the chassis lighter and more rigid.  New then was a curved radiator, which saved frontal area but still had the volume to cool the 750.  Several liveries were available but the green / white / blue is instantly recognizable from the AMA superbike days.

This St. Pete owner came upon this ZX-7 when it was only ten years old, and evidently continued riding carefully.  The tail tidy, low-profile signals, and blue windscreen are entirely normal, but the lack of any apparent rash and the factory muffler are pretty unusual.  After a time in the garage, some return to duty maintenance is expected, as noted in the eBay auction:

A very rare and collectible ZX-7 Ninja. The last time it was ridden was 2 years ago and at that point it ran great. The bike has been covered in my garage. It has been an amazing bike for me. It needs the regular maintenance a bike that hasn’t been ridden would need to get it in great running condition. I’ve owned the bike for 20 years.

Though a first-year H-model or race homologation K would be more collectible, the J has a nice set of updates and weight savings.  With race kit and Muzzy prep, the ZX-7’s went on to multiple crowns on several continents, making that green a key color to fans worldwide.  For a rider not quite ready to take a more rare bike on a trip or park it at a cruise night, this example might be a good choice.

-donn 

Clean Slate – 1991 Kawasaki ZX-7 Ninja
Suzuki July 15, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1997 Suzuki TL1000S

7.15.2021: This bike has SOLD in just 5 days! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Suzuki was after some of that V-twin thunderbike love in the 1990’s, and developed the TL1000S which showed some innovative design solutions.  RSBFS reader Michael’s TL1000S has had numerous performance upgrades, only 16,565 miles, and just one owner.

1997 Suzuki TL1000S for sale

Suzuki’s 996 cc twin had a breakthrough cam drive, a chain-driven gear which spun both cams, making the engine more compact and pushing 125 hp.  Multi-port fuel injection reduced driveability issues normally expected in a big high compression twin.  Quite a bit was done to lighten and reduce the mass of the drivetrain, like staggering the transmission shafts and incorporating a compression relief system to allow a smaller starter.  The clutch size was reduced with a system of torque-sensitive ramps to increase clutch action under power, which also provided a slipper action on deceleration, smoothing downshifts.  Suzuki spec’d a rotary shock to help keep the wheelbase under control, but the proximity to the exhaust caused overheating, stiction, and often replacement with a more conventional damper.  The TL had a great-looking supersport fairing, revealing an oil cooler, upside-down forks and a small pillion above the two-into-two exhaust.

Michael has made a close study of all things TL1000S, and upgraded his bike carefully.  Also carefully ridden, it shows 16.5K miles, and looks great in the dark green.  The high points are the intake, exhaust, Power Commander, Racetech prepared forks, Öhlins shock and steering damper, cast iron rotors, Heli-Bars, and new Metzlers – but read through the list and see that just about everything has been improved and/or lightened –

The 1997 models were the most powerful of the TL1000S series. Suzuki later retuned them as sport tourers when they release the TL 1000R. I’m the original owner. The bike is dark green with 16,565 miles. There is one minor scuff on the lower right side of the fender* and right side mirror, due to a tumble when stopped. {edit: I meant “fairing”. In fact, looking more closely today, I think that it’s only the decal which is scratched.} Given the quality of components used, the thoroughness of preparation, this bike is a standout among TL1000’s. The bike has never been tracked but was tastefully modified with the best components available in the day which I will summarize below.

 

Performance –
Indigo Motorsports 50mm stainless steel full, equal length 2-1-2 spring mounted exhaust manufactured by Leo Vince, with carbon fiber oval cans. Front aluminum flange replaced with a welded SS flange to eliminate system droop. System now tucks in close to the engine.
K&N air filter
Airbox vacuum operated flapper valve removed and inlet enlarged to full ID of air filter. Side inlets from front scoops also enlarged. Work done in carbon fiber. I have step by step photos of the modification process and a side by side comparison of the current air box with the original
Original ECU, 32920-02F40 112100-0120 USA (original) replaced under warranty with 32920-02F41 112100-0123 USA (new, per Suzuki)
Dynojet Power Commander
Techtronics Quick Shifter
Suzuki uprated high performance clutch. Kit included springs, friction plates and steel plates
Valves Adjusted around 15,500 miles

Suspension –
Racetech prepared front fork w/Gold valves, uprated springs and Racetech synthetic Fork oil. Inner and out fork bushings, seals and oil changed 500 miles ago
Ohlins Rear shock
Ohlins steering damper mounted to a TL1000S (W) upper triple clamp (purchased new, the “W” means 1998 model year)
Vee Two adjustable rear link w/ increased rear ride height

Brakes –
Braking cast iron full floating rotors F&R. Front rotor carriers are aluminum.
6 piston GSXR-750 front calipers and master cylinders
Goodridge -2 teflon/SS brake lines F&R
Ti rotor and caliper bolts
Ferodo Ceramic metallic brake pads F&R

Controls/Steering –
Heli-bars with SS pinch bolts
Ti triple clamp pinch bolts
Euro right side switch gear with on/off headlight switch

Gearing –
Hard anodized AL rear sprocket w/ original number of teeth
1 tooth fewer countershaft sprocket

Carbon Fiber –
Airtech rear hugger/chain guard in CF
Yoshimura CF front fender
Carbon fiber heel guards and license plate frame



Miscellaneous –
Zero Gravity Windscreen
Zinc plated steel allen bolts replaced with SS cap screws
Fairing mount front turn signals w/o stalks
Twin Fiamm horns
Gel Cell Battery
Factory Suzuki gel seat covered with fabric.
Original saddle as well
Tail cowling included
Lightly stressed bolts (e.g. plastic side covers, fender and hugger) side replaced with AL screws
Front and rear tires (Metzler) replaced about 500 miles ago

Spares Package –
Factory Service Manual (paper binder, not fiche or CD)
2 oil filters
Hand and foot brake levers, clutch lever
1 pr throttle cables
Fuel pump gasket and bolts
Exhaust system springs
Clutch cover Gasket 11484-02F10
Spare Ferodo Brake pads F&R
1 front turn signal
Windshield rubber mounting nuts

Michael asks $4,000 for his TL1000S. Bike is located in Northern California, in Santa Cruz county, about half an hour south of Silicon Valley.

Suzuki saw SBK potential in the TL-S and developed a fully-faired TL1000R for 1998.  They returned to the undeniable GSX-R for racebikes in 2002, but the great-sounding twin lived on in Bimota and Cagiva bikes, and still powers the V-Strom.  The TL1000S might be seen as a V-twin supersport for fans of the brand or budget concious, but at this point has its own forum and book of knowledge.  Michael has made his TL-S very ready for the next owner,  who will be rewarded by the low mileage, single ownership, and extensive upgrades.  Michael asks $4,000 for his TL1000S.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1997 Suzuki TL1000S
Yamaha June 5, 2021 posted by

Long Term Relationship – 1984 Yamaha RZ500

After Kenny Robert’s 1978-80 MotoGP crowns, Yamaha worked for a few years to bring a two-stroke 500cc V-4 to the showroom.  Here’s a Colorado example with touring bike miles but a recent engine rebuild and excellent cosmetics.

1984 Yamaha RZ500 for sale on eBay

Yamaha couldn’t exactly present their dealers with a $1,000-per-pound MotoGP bike, and had to incorporate production two-stroke cylinder tech, much of which came from the off-road side of the house.  Still the RZ’s V-4 ( or more exactly, pair of parallel twins turning the clutch input ) was a marvel, with 88 hp at 9,500 rpm.  Carburetors fed in from the side after foam filters gave the air a lick and a promise.  The powertrain architecture stipulated a cassette gearbox, which was filled with a robust set of close ratios.   The small tube chassis was executed in steel, with 267mm brakes and staggered 16-inch front/18-inch rear tire sizes in style for the 1980’s.  Air-adjustable forks and monoshock had multiple adjustments.

The surprising number of miles on this RZ differ with its spotless presentation and fresh-looking paint.  The  re-built engine at least partially offsets the high mileage, and the expansion chambers’ music will compete with any band.  Comments from the eBay auction:

These were never inported to the USA  by Yamaha  due to the EPA –
this bike was brought in from Canada  about 17 years ago. 
 
Blue printed motor by Wilson performance  a few years ago (world renowned RZ 500 performance).
 
GP stainless expansion chambers  and aftermarket bodywork last year!
 
This bike has 87,000 KM on it (Canada) which is roughly 54k miles.
 
The complete engine rebuild was done at 83,000 kilometers.
 
The bike runs flawlessly, we just put in a new battery.  Brakes work well , tires are fairly fresh with low miles.
 
Very rare Bike , imported properly to the USA one owner since its arrival.

Yamaha was never going to get their development costs back from the premium RZ, and retired the road machine after 1986.  The RZ continued to do well on the racetrack, but competition in the showroom was brutal.  Congratulations to the soon-to-be-previous owner for what seems to be an incident-free mileage record.

-donn 

Long Term Relationship – 1984 Yamaha RZ500
Yamaha May 25, 2021 posted by

Blue-Grey Smoker – 1989 Yamaha RZ350

Today’s RZ350 is the fully-faired F2 model which was never imported to the U.S.  Looks like a very nice survivor which should be an easy import.

1989 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

Water cooling let the RZ350 make better power with 63 hp, than its air cooled predecessor, the RD400.  And the YPVS power valve stretched the power band, though reviewers reported a big character change at 6,000 rpm.  Expansion chambers were factory equipment, as were multi-adjustable forks and pre-load adjustable MonoCross rear.  Triple 260mm disks were appropriately sized and 18-inch wheels were cast in black aluminum.  The full fairing had the same big side vents as the older brother RD500.

The RZ looks quite stock with astounding paint, if it’s indeed original.  Details of the faux pas seems to be attributable to a single incident.  Both blue and black seats have been seen with this livery, so this one might be factory, though most RZ350 rims have a polished edge so they may have been sprayed.  Guess a magnetic tank guard will be a little late to the party but will cover those nicks.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Legendary two stroke Yamaha bike in very good original condition (they are only original once as they say).

–  Numbers matching – original motor, never taken apart – original tool kit

–  Collector owned, stored in indoor heated space. Running and riding bike – has been out for use in 2021

–  11,000 original km (6835 miles)

–  Oil injection functional (no need to mix gas/oil)

–  Runs great – lots of power

–  Canadian spec model – 2nd last year of production

–  Great colour scheme – never available in the USA (Canada’s run of RZ350 went from 1983 to 1990 whereas the USA only got them 1983 and 1984)

–  Front brake rebuild 2021

–  Tires are in good condition – needs nothing to pass safety certificate

Even though is was only here for a couple of seasons, the bikini-faired RZ was pretty popular, so imports aren’t all that common.  The full bodywork hides the water-cooled mill and looks pretty racy to boot.  It’s high ( reserve ) season, so we’ll have to keep an eye on where this auction goes.

-donn

Blue-Grey Smoker – 1989 Yamaha RZ350
Moto Guzzi May 23, 2021 posted by

Sun Chaser – 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans

Moto Guzzi’s most recent Le Mans, the V11 is an interesting mix of brawn and refinement.  Today’s Arizona example has been well-loved and preserved for the next owner.

2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans for sale on eBay

New owners Aprilia had sporting aspirations for the V11 and commissioned an up-rated two valve engine, claiming 91 hp and 69 ft.-lbs. of torque.  Marelli’s multipoint sequential fuel injection keeps the 9.5-to-1 compression responsive and EPA compliant.  The new six-speed trans had the advantage of shifting more smoothly, and a Paralever-style driveshaft limits the torque reaction of the final drive.  Under the tank there’s the usual steel spine chassis, stretched to a 1490mm wheelbase for stability.  Components are top shelf with USD Marzocchi forks and multi-adjustable Boge monoshock, with typically excellent Brembo brakes.  The upper-only fairing is one of the most protective on any Goose, and is well integrated with the 5.4 gallon tank and hideway pillion at the back.

Said to have been passed from friend to friend, this Le Mans has miles but looks excellent.  Beside fluid and filter changes, little doubt the recent service included a valve adjustment, all the hearty two-valve engine requires to keep on keepin’ on.  The light gold would stand out in greener pastures but wouldn’t raise a sunglassed eyebrow in brighter climes, and almost matches the headers’ patina.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This bike has a known history since new.  It was purchased in 2002 from AzSuperbike in Phoenix.  It has always been owned by 3 friends.   It has never been wrecked, raced or abused.  Cosmetically it is nice enough that I was asked a few weeks ago if it was new.  It’s not, it has some rock chips.  But the paint and cosmetics are very good.  The valve covers were painted gold and the word “LeMans” on the seat cowl has been painted red by a previous owner.  I never changed them as I think they look great. 

Mechanically it has 23,400 miles on the odometer which I believe to be correct.  Last week I took it to my mechanic to be checked out.  He gave it a clean bill of health.  Then I took it on a 250 mile shake down run.  Absolutely no issues.  The Pirelli Angel sport touring tires have less than 500 miles on them.  The Ferracci carbon mufflers sound awesome. The only known issue is the trip odometer: it turns, but does not engage.  Several extras are included: the original mufflers, a shop manual and a parts manual.

The Le Mans has endurance racing in its genes, but the company has moved on to a line of roadsters, muscle bikes, even an adventurer – so for the moment the V11 is the last Guzzi to refer to Le Mans.  Better suited to an afternoon ride on some scenic byways, the V11 Le Mans did review as quick when under the guidance of a skilled rider.  This one looks to have been carefully ridden and tended to, and has several watchers mulling over the reasonable buy-it-now.

-donn

Sun Chaser – 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans