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Sport Bikes For Sale April 18, 2019 posted by

Restored and preserved: 1986 Suzuki GSXR750 LE

The seller of this 1986 Suzuki GSXR750 LE claims he's got the nicest one around, and he might be right. According to the eBay auction, his dad, a former AMA mechanic, bought it in the mid-1990s from the original owner, bought a raft of NOS factory parts during a cosmetic restoration, and then mothballed it. It hasn't been ridden since a brief trip in 1998, and still wears a set of 1996 Michelins that still have their whiskers.

1986 Suzuki GSXR750 LE for sale on eBay

The seller says his dad decided the bike was too valuable to ride after a quick trip down the block, which for him is a shame, but is to the modern collector's benefit. With dry clutches, lighter wheels, stouter suspension and healthier engines, the 1986 Suzuki GSXR750 LE was meant to have the plate and signals removed and ridden in anger at the track. They were a race kit and some expertise away from an AMA grid.

Suzuki built a few hundred of the LEs and stopped, so they're scarce as hen's teeth in any condition, let alone near perfect, as this one is.

From the eBay listing:

Significance

The 1986 Suzuki GSXR750R was a unique, limited-production homologation sportbike which featured many race-oriented options. Among them were a Yoshimura dry clutch, GSXR1100 forks and wheels, proprietary magnesium parts, a solo-occupant seat, remote reservoir shock and quick-release DZUS fasteners. The colors and graphic scheme were unique to the model, and ~200 examples were said to be released. My example is the most accurate, stock representation of the ’86 Limited offered on the market today.

History
This motorcycle was acquired by my father in March of 1995. He purchased it locally from its first owner, who was recalled to Active Military status to participate in the Bosnia peacekeeping operations. The motorcycle had cosmetic damage associated with its first owner. This consisted of scratches in the tank and bodywork.

My father, an AMA Superbike mechanic from 1980-1988 was very familiar with this generation GSXR, and its significance. He wanted a showroom-perfect example. Through our connections with a local Suzuki dealership, he ordered every piece possible for the bike: Tank, tailsection, chin fairing, turn signals, headlights, warning stickers, fairing, windscreen, fuel lines (anything that would dry-rot), etc. Anything that has been replaced on the GSXR was done so in 1996 with factory Suzuki parts. The replacement bodywork is NOS Suzuki. The sidepanels came from Suzuki unpainted, but were painted to exact replica specifications. The front fairing, lower fairing, tank and tail-section were painted from the factory as-is. Windscreen is a period-correct Lockhart Philips brand. Everything on the bike is the real deal, and it is entirely discontinued now. We were unable to secure a NOS set of original tires. Brand new (from ’96) Michelins are fitted.

We have done nothing but protect it and care for it since. It was registered in 1998 for road use, but my father drove it down our street, turned around, and rode back in. It was too valuable to ride.

Overall Condition

My bike in the enclosed pictures is arguably the best example of a US domestic market ’86 GSXR750R Limited Edition. Most examples have an aftermarket pipe, no airbox, non-standard turn signals, stickers, etc. This does not. It is OEM down to its vent hoses and grips. You'll find all mechanical properties to be impressive, as in very low/no corrosion, and completely functioning.

Why Sell?

It’s no secret that this Limited stands to appreciate. In a decade it could easily be worth $40k. Unfortunately, our children’s education costs are increasing.

Please inquire with any questions!

At $21,500 buy-it-now, the seller has some idea what he's got, and isn't letting it go for a bargain. That said, it's a beautiful example of an insanely rare and important bike, and will be a must-have for the right collector.

Restored and preserved: 1986 Suzuki GSXR750 LE
Aprilia March 29, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2004 Aprilia RS250 Cup

Update 4.8.2019: Sold for full asking price! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

We showcase a lot of two strokes, and we wax poetic about their knife-edge handling and peaky, unforgiving powerbands. Most of the time, we're showing off nice but rider-quality machines that will make the new owners very happy on the track or in the canyons. Not today. Today we have a time capsule 2004 Aprilia RS250 that the seller couldn't bring himself to tear up on the track. It's so nice that he went to the length of sourcing another RS250 rather than ride this one in anger.

Instead, it sat, unmolested and unblemished in his basement on display. As such, it is as close as you're going to get to perfect, and is original down to the scrub in on its first set of tires. It comes with all the factory documents and stickers and shows less than 400 miles on the odometer. Having been sold in or around New Hampshire originally, there's little chance it's ever going to see an American road. That's all well and good, as it's almost too cherry to tear up now.

The RS250s were powered by a version of the Suzuki RGV250 v-twin that Aprilia tweaked heavily for their purposes. With a lighter and more focused chassis and suspension than the RGV, the Italian became the mount of choice for up-and-coming racers including Loris Capirossi, Max Biaggi, Jorge Lorenzo, Marco Melandri and Alvaro Bautista, all of whom went on to MotoGP fame. For a hammer-simple 70 horsepower two-stroke, that ain't a bad CV.

From the seller:

If you are looking for a perfect, as new RS 250 for your collection, look no further this is your bike. Here’s the back story, I was looking for an RS 250 as a track bike ten years ago. I found this one and was amazed how nice it was. I purchased it then once it was home, concluded it was too nice to track as it needed to be preserved. So I bought another RS 250 for this purpose which I still have. As such this one has been in my climate controlled finished basement on a lighted display table ever since to be looked at and admired. This one is a time capsule that has less than 400 miles original miles on it, 100% stock including tires, no modifications and all of the idiot stickers that came on it. I’m a collector so selling this to fund a new addition to the herd. I know that peoples definition of condition varies greatly much to my chagrin in looking at other bikes, because of this I tend to understate the condition of things. I would rate this close to a 10 out of ten, no blemishes, never dropped, like new, perfect paint, just a pleasure to look at. As it was in my basement the paint is in great condition with no oxidation or sun damage. I just pulled it out to get it ready for sale, added a new battery and it’s on its way this week to Seacoast Aprilia – Ducati, which was the original dealer that sold it to change out the fluids and go through it to make sure there are no issues. It will be in perfect running condition for the lucky buyer with the original MSO. If you are serious I am sure I can arrange for you to speak with someone as Seacoast to get an unbiased second opinion. Like all two strokes RS 250’s are getting harder to come by, finding one in this condition is very rare as most have been flogged on the track and modified. Thanks for looking, $10,500 located in New Hampshire.

As either a display bike or a track day toy, you can't say fairer than this little RS250.

Featured Listing: 2004 Aprilia RS250 Cup
Suzuki March 29, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 – Now NO RESERVE

update 4.1.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

We’ve gone on enough about how important and cool the first Gixxers are, so I’ll spare you more of that here. This 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 has been set up perfectly, and stands alone as a really cool old motorcycle that is made cooler by its pedigreed bloodline. It has been endowed with a wider rear wheel from its 1,100cc stablemate, as well as a raft of functional improvements but reversible mods.

1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 For Sale on eBay - NO RESERVE

The seller has added Race Tech Gold Valves, powder-coated wheels with modern rubber, Hayabusa master cylinders with modern levers, a beefier fork brace, stainless steel brake lines and less restrictive air filters and a pretty Yoshimura exhaust system, and a period correct Fox twin clicker. You won’t win a Concourse show, but who cares?

The seller has explained and detailed this very special bike below.

BEAUTIFUL 1986 GSX-R750

11,634 miles

Original, un-restored body in near Mint condition.
Functional upgrades with ALL Original Parts Included

THE 1st True Superbike that started it all.

One of the finest "surviving" examples you'll find, of what is arguably THE most significant Sportbike ever. Simply put, the first Gen 750 STARTED the "race bike with blinkers" revolution of aluminum framed, race technology with comfort taking a back seat. And while the rare homologation specials like the RC30 and OWO1 of the era may have their technical advantages or collector value, they, and quite frankly everything that followed, were ALL in response to THIS motorcycle. There are very few "1st's" in this world and this is one.

Anyone serious enough to be looking at this knows these Icons rarely come along in this kind of condition without a full restoration. This example is truly a testament to the Quality of Suzuki when cared for accordingly for 33 years. The Bike shows very minimal patina which only adds to the luster of "original". Engine, Carbs, Frame, Body, Oil Cooler and Electrical ALL look closer to 3 than 33 years old. It's safe to assume this bike has always been stored indoors and even question how much rain it's seen. I am guessing that the windshield and both lowers must be new(er) as they are practically showroom. The only portion of the bodywork to receive any work is a fresh Clear-Coat on the tank and Solo Cowl, both professionally done and BEAUTIFUL ! Other than that, everything looks to be Original. Simply Amazing.

I have a small collection of stunning Sportbikes and this Bike is truly a Stand-Out. A "Best in Show" Trophy in 2018 says it all considering the modern era Customs it was competing with.

I have owned the bike for going on 6 years, give or take, and have put just over 500 miles total on it. Essentially a ride in the spring, 1 in the Summer and one in Fall.

Functional Upgrades:
Suspension, including Gold Valves up Front, Sprung for 200lb rider with new seals & Oil and a Gorgeous, Period Correct Fox Twin Clicker with an 1100 Lower Pivot link. Thicker Fork Brace. Lightweight Deltran LiFePO4 (not Lithium Ion) Battery. The Oil Stand pipe was converted to accept 1100 filter to allow Oil Changes without Removing the Headers.
Wider 1100 Rear Wheel upgrade for a wider tire.
Brand New Dunlops on White Wheels and Conti Attack CR's on the OE Black Wheels.
Forward controls have been upgraded to Brand New, Late-Model Hayabusa Master Cylinders to incorporate Adjustable CRG Levers while retaining the original style. Stock Masters and Levers included and in Beautiful condition. Galfer Braided Lines and New Vesrah Pads all around. OE lines are also included. A 520 conversion with top of the line, EK 3D Chain and SuperSprox/Vortex components.

Repairs and Maintenance of note:
Complete Front Calipers Rebuild with Genuine Suzuki parts, Documented and Refinished along with Fork Adjusters.

Cosmetic enhancements:
Wheels with Fresh White Powder Coat and New Dunlops, Left Case Cover Refinished, 87 style Front Fender, Rear Fender Delete and Flushmounts.

Performance Upgrades:
K&N Pod Filters, DynoJet Kit, V&H Ignition Advance and a Beautiful, period correct, Yoshimura Full Exhaust. Dyno Tuned at 93 rwhp and has seen 147 on GPS. Laser Straight and Stable.

So, to be clear, this bike gets used (as it should) and meticulously maintained and cared for (as it deserves).

For the Purist and Collector
For any doubters regarding "originality". This bike comes with ALL OE Partsincluding (but not limited to): 2 Original Keys, Near Mint Stock Exhaust, OE Black Wheels w/tires, Air Box and Filter, Shock, Pivot Link, front and rear Fenders, Near Mint Original Masters & Levers, Tool Kit, Blinkers, Mirrors, Grab-Bar and related brackets etc.. everything needed to return to stock and all in fantastic condition. Bike is currently set up as you see simply for personal preference and sold as is. I also typically remove the Mirrors whether on display or a ride, as this is a notoriously week area on the Fairing and it's not worth the risk.

IF the buyer would prefer to have the bike returned to Original prior to delivery, I would be happy to facilitate for a reasonable consideration of time.

Patina
You'll see the last 3 pics of minor blems/flaws. Small crack on the right upper fairing by the mirror mount. A small crack on the left mid by the front bolt hole which has been reinforced with Epoxy on the back side. Also, both "R" tank emblems have a hair-line crack trough them. These are common issues with the Slabby's but have not gotten any worse while I've owned it.

You'll be hard pressed to find a nicer example of THE ORIGINAL that still sees the road on a regular basis.
This bike is ready for spirited trips through The Dragons Tail or the missing piece for your Collection OR BOTH.

Clear Title in hand.

PLEASE NOTE*
This bike will also be listed elsewhere and auction may end early, so get it while you can!!!

For Reference:
A Canadian Version 1985 750 Sold at Mecum Las Vegas for $18,700 on 1/25/19
https://www.mecum.com/lots/LV0119-362253/1985-suzuki-gsxr-750/

Buyer will need to arrange pickup/shipping and I'll assist however I can.

Thanks for looking and Good Luck 🙂

As the video shows, it has nothing to hide. As the photos show, the “patina” is negligible, making this the perfect choice for a rider/collector. The first-generation Gixxers are getting rarer and rarer, so the changes will no doubt be a little controversial, but the seller has stressed that ALL the stock parts are included, so an all-original restored bike is certainly possible with this one.

Featured Listing: 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 – Now NO RESERVE
Bimota March 11, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1998 Bimota SB6R for Sale

Today's Featured Listing is a bit of a flashback. We posted this very clean Bimota SB6R in April of last year and, although it didn't sell at the time, the owner has been doing what you should do with an Italian exotic: enjoying it, racking up an additional 1,300 miles. That means it's still collector-bike low with just 4,250 miles in total, but the fact that the seller has been riding it should be a big selling point for anyone looking to buy a 90s Bimota. Too many of these bikes sit, admired and displayed instead of being used in anger, slowly succumbing to neglect. Sculptural they may be, but Italian bikes were meant to be ridden.

Bimota made its name building cutting-edge racebikes, but the SB6R is first and foremost a roadbike. Utilizing Suzuki’s powerful and bulletproof liquid-cooled GSX-R1100 engine that displaced 1074cc, the SB6R wasn’t really eligible for many racing classes. But it was used the very best, competition-worthy components available at the time, with triple Brembo brakes, a Paioli fork up front and an Öhlins shock fitted almost horizontally, and was built with Bimota's usual attention to detail, using  Lotus-founder Colin Chapman's philosophy: "light makes right."

With a claimed 156hp from the eminently tunable Gixxer motor pushing a claimed dry weight of just 419lbs, the SB6R is a massively capable roadbike that can easily keep up with modern machines. Keep in mind that the SB6R weighs nearly 100lbs less than the famously fast GSX-R that was powered by the same engine. The flexible powerplant is backed by Suzuki's five-speed gearbox that takes advantage of the bike’s huge midrange and 74 lb-ft of torque.

As always with a Bimota, the frame is the real star of the show, something casual observers might overlook at first, with all the curvy carbon fiber bodywork on display. But once you notice those massive aluminum spars, they become the bike's defining feature. The design utilizes Bimota’s "Straight Connection Technology" concept that prioritizes as direct a link as possible between the steering head and the swingarm pivot. It’s not the most practical way to design and build a frame, but Bimota's goal was ultimate performance, and the matching, asymmetrical swingarm even has "bimota" embossed in one side for an extra does of craftsmanship.

Make no mistake, this was one of the fastest and most exotic motorcycles of the 1990s. Just 600 were ever made, and the model’s life was cut tragically short when Suzuki discontinued the GSX-R1100, then Bimota's first bankruptcy ended any dreams of a GSX-R1000 powered follow up. It's a shame, because the earlier SB6 was one of their best-selling models and I much prefer the looks of the later SB6R. This example has serial number 000023 and includes a lightweight Corse exhaust, a very nice bonus. If you want a different exhaust for your SB6R at this point, pretty much your only other option would be something completely custom.

Featured Listing: 1998 Bimota SB6R for Sale

I have come once again to your fine forum to move a jewel. I know you have featured a few of these, so I wont go through the Bimota propaganda and just get to the meat of what I have done. The usual Bimota story, well heeled individual purchased and rode very little, used more as a object d'art, rather than a mode of transportation for the majority of its life. She is now ready for riding. This thing rips, even with my 6'4", 220 pound, Yeti-like mass aboard.

  • Equipped  with the Bimota Corse Titanium exhaust
  • Kevlar brake lines
  • Michelins
  • Rebuilt carburetors, new needle valves
  • New NGK plugs
  • Oil and filter
  • New fuel pump from Bimota Classic Parts
  • New petcock from Bimota Classic Parts
  • All new Motion Pro fuel lines
  • New fuel filters
  • Cleaned fuel tank
  • The fuel system is now up to original Bimota factory spec.
  • This bike pulls like a freight train.
  • 2 small cracks in the gauge lens
  • Ridden and on the road
  • Every system functional
  • No issues
  • All paperwork in order.
  • 2 Original Bimota keys.

Price: $11,500
Contact Chris: gsxronly@aol.com or 407-492-5854

I can’t stress enough how this one’s recent mileage is critical. Many low-mileage collector bikes have spent a lot of time sitting, and will require hefty sums to get them truly road-worthy again: seals, hoses, gaskets, o-rings, gas tanks, tires... It all adds up. That’s fine if you just want to display your exotic, and Bimotas certainly look good standing still. But these really were meant to run, and if you want a collectible you can also take out on weekends to blitz the back roads, this one’s $11,500 asking price is a relative bargain, considering that the SB6R cost a whopping $35,000 in 1998!

-tad

Featured Listing: 1998 Bimota SB6R for Sale
Suzuki March 8, 2019 posted by

Get Lucky: 1996 Suzuki RGV250 SP VJ-23

For the Suzuki RGV250's last few model years, Suzuki gave the popular machines a thorough redesign, with updated fairings and a brand-new 70-degree v-twin replacing the long serving 90-degree mill that helped make the bikes famous. In most trims, they were choked down to around 40 horsepower. But a limited number of Lucky Strike liveried V-Spec models left the home country with fully de-restricted engines that made closer to 70 horsepower. With just 345 pounds to move around when fully fueled, they were giant killers.

1996 Suzuki RGV250 SP for sale on eBay

The RGV 250 had a long history as a popular club racer and track day machine, as well as a sly way to satisfy tiered licensing requirements and still have some fun. They sold in their millions outside the United States, though, sadly, they never officially made it to these shores. Older models with U.S. street titles pop up pretty regularly, but anything newer than 25 years old will have some issues getting a road title. This 1996 Suzuki RGV250 lives in South Africa, so getting paperwork lined up to ride it here could be tricky, unless you're willing to wait.

From the eBay listing:

Extremely rare Suzuki RGV250 SP VJ23 V spec model.
There were only 120 units produced for the export market of which this is number 89.
The vehicle is in an original mint condition and has had a complete engine rebuild ,including new crankshaft, cylinders, pistons and rings less than 1 500Km ago.
Included in the sale is the original screen, passenger rear seat and tool kit.
All the original factory fairing panels are in great condition and the fuel tank is rust free.

These rare limited edition full power Lucky Strikes do not come up for auction often so dont miss out on the opportunity to own a legendry piece of two stroke history.

Worldwide shipping is available!
Shipping cost to any port of entry in:
North America : $ 950
Europe : $ 875

Shipping cost includes insurance, crating and all other charges at the port of discharge.
Please note that the shipping cost does not include any additional customs duties at the port of entry.

Please contact me if you require any additional info.
Thanks for taking the time to view my auction listing.

According to the listing, the bike is all original and has had a full engine rebuild inside the last 1,000 miles. It appears to be in excellent condition, from the fairings to the frame and running gear. The pictures show it set up as a one-seater, but from the photos it looks like the pillion pad and tools come with it. If you're looking for a very rare, very cool conversation piece that will be eligible for a street title in just two years, you may have found your steed.

Get Lucky: 1996 Suzuki RGV250 SP VJ-23
Featured Listing March 7, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

For those readers of a certain age, the 1980s were an amazing time to ride. Motorcycles were making quantum leaps in terms of performance, and technology was reshaping the design elements that we take for granted today. Take for example this wonderful 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100. Only two years previous one of the top dogs of the sport bike world was the GPz1100 - an air cooled, two valve per cylinder dinosaur that had became technologically extinct. And while Honda went full bore into the world of liquid cooling (along with a size and weight penalty), Suzuki gambled with an innovative solution of air/oil cooling, saving precious weight and creating the lightest of the heavyweight hitters.

Featured Listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

The Suzuki Advanced Cooling System (SACS) employed two oil pumps, an enlarged sump to hold additional oil, and an oversized oil cooler. By employing the engine oil as both a lubricating medium as well as a cooling source Suzuki reduced the complexity of the GSX-R while also reducing weight. And this was no accident: Suzuki experimented and developed the concept in the revolutionary (and rare) XN85 Turbo. A close look at the early GSX-R engine cases and heads show the same fins as utilized by air-cooled motors, this being used as a secondary form of cooling (and both free and lightweight). The rest of the motor was closely based off of the original GSX-R750, but with larger bores and various changes to handle the additional stress. With four valves per cylinder fed by four Mikuni flat slide carbs, the big Gen I Gixxer offered 125 horsepower through a 5-speed transmission. That was enough for high 10s in the quarter and a top speed in the 155 mile per hour range. Heady stuff indeed.

From the seller:
COMING OUT OF MY PRIVATE COLLECTION IS MY 1986 SUZUKI GSX-R 1100. THIS BIKE HAS BEEN CUSTOM PAINTED A FEW YEARS BACK IN 1987 SUZUKI BLUE AND WHITE WITH AN ADDED RED STRIPE. THE PAINT WORK WAS DONE TO MUSEUM QUALITY STANDARDS BY THE PREVIOUS OWNER IN BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA. THE BIKE WAS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF HIS COLLECTION UNTIL I ACQUIRED SOME YEARS BACK WHEN HE STARTED SCALING DOWN HIS AMAZING MINI MUSEUM.

THE BIKE WAS SET UP FOR A SLIGHTLY MORE UPRIGHT SEATING POSITION BY ADDING VINTAGE PERIOD CORRECT CLAMP-ON RISERS, RAISING THE BARS 60 MM. TO FURTHER ACCOMMODATE THE RISERS THE FRONT UPPER COWLING IS ALSO SLIGHTLY TALLER. IT IS A PERIOD CORRECT FIBERGLASS UNIT THAT FITS LIKE AN "OEM" COWLING. THESE 2 MODIFICATIONS MAKE THE BIKE MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE FOR US NOT 25 YEAR OLDS TO RIDE. THE 2 MODIFICATIONS COULD EASILY BE CHANGED BACK TO FACTORY STOCK. I HAVE EXTRA "OEM" CLAMP-ONS AND COWLINGS.

More from the seller:
THE ENGINE IS STOCK WITH THE ADDITION OF AN AMAZING SET OF 40MM KEIHIN CR FLAT-SLIDE CARBURETORS THAT MAKE THE ENGINE COME ALIVE. ALSO ADDED WAS AN IGNITION ADVANCER. THE ENGINE PERFORMS WITH AMAZING RESPONSE. IT IS IN NEAR PERFECT CONDITION COSMETICALLY AS THE ENGINE PAINT IS ALL ORIGINAL AND WELL PRESERVED.

THE FRAME IS IN AMAZING ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH NO BLEMISHES TO SPEAK OF. THE WHEELS ARE ALL ORIGINAL AND IN AMAZING SHAPE. SHE IS SPORTING A PAIR OF METZLER LASERS. STEEL BRAIDED BRAKE LINES HAVE BEEN ADDED TO IMPROVE BRAKING. THE SEAT IS ORIGINAL WITH NO RIPS AND HAS THE VERY HARD TO FIND SOLO SEAT COWL. THERE IS A SMALL REPAIR ON THE SOLO SEAT COWL. THE BIKE HAS A PERIOD CORRECT D&D EXHAUST IN PERFECT CONDITION. THE INSIDE OF THE TANK IS RUST FREE.

I JUST REBUILT THE CARBS AND SYNCED THEM. INSTALLED A NEW BATTERY, REPLACED THE SPARK PLUGS, OIL AND FILTER, AND FLUSHED NEW BRAKE FLUID THRU. SO THE BIKE IS READY TO BE DISPLAYED OR ENJOY RIDING HER. THE BIKE IS AVAILABLE WITH A RED SEAT INSTEAD OF THE BLUE ONE IF THE BUYER PREFERS. I HAVE A FEW PICTURES SHOWING HOW THAT LOOKS

More from the seller:
THIS BIKE IS SET UP JUST AS MANY OF THE 86-87 GSX-R 1100's WERE BACK IN THE DAY. I HAVE BEEN FIXING, RIDING, RACING, AND RESTORING BIKES SINCE BEFORE GRADUATING FROM AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE INSTITUTE IN DAYTONA BEACH FL. IN 1980. I HAVE 6 OF THESE SO TIME TO PART WITH THE NICEST ONE FIRST.

DON'T MISS OUT ON A VERY SPECIAL PART OF HISTORY THAT WILL APPRECIATE EVERY YEAR.

While the GSX-R750 blazed the trail, the GSX-R1100 followed with subtle changes. The overall dimension of the bike was necessarily bigger. However the aluminum square-section frame was similar (thicker walls and different dimensions in critical areas) during a time when aluminum was space-aged, magical and mysterious stuff. The Full Floater single shock rear suspension was a massive upgrade over twin shock designs, and offered rebound adjustment and an eccentric rising rate linkage. Up front the 41mm forks offered electrically operated anti-dive which was a decided improvement over hydraulic units. Tires on both ends were 18 inchers, the trendy GP 16 inch hoops blessedly a thing of the past. Bodywork was straight off the starting line of an Endurance event, with large, flat side sections and dual headlamps (a massive distinguishing element back then). The four into one exhaust signaled the sporting intent of this machine, as did the triple disk brakes (twin four piston calipers up front, a dual piston caliper out back).

The early GSX-Rs are often referred to as "Slabbies" given the slab-sided nature of the bodywork. They are instantly recognizable and have become tremendously collectible. This particular example shows only 5,100 miles on the clock, and is extremely well kept. Many of these bikes found their way to the race track (these were fantastic club racers, along with the 750), or were thrashed, crashed and sold - repeat cycle as necessary. And while today's bike is not wearing original paint, the paint that is there is attractive and subtle - looking close to a stocker, but with a little extra class. The rare solo seat cover is color matched. There is an upgraded pipe installed as well, making this a period correct and clean Slabbie versus a 100% original and NOS stocker. But that needn't be a negative, as those who ride are more concerned with a clean and functional bike than a collectible garage queen. This is about as clean a Gen I rider that you could hope to find, has a cool history as described by the owner, and is near enough to stock to pass off as a wonderful example of the breed. Check it out here and drool over the pictures. These Gen I bikes are becoming more difficult to find; if you've been looking, it might be time to act. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100