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Suzuki July 27, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1979 Suzuki GS1000E in Portland, Oregon

Update 10.18.2018: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

If you gaze upon modern motorcycles today and think that they are all starting to look alike, you’re not alone. There is a certain #metoo movement in current motorcycle design. But cast your eye back a few short – like 40 – years ago and things looked a bit different. Take one glance at this awesome late 70s literbike; there is no mistaking it for anything but a large-cubic-inch rocket. No middleweight or lightweight offering of the era looked even close to it, and even family resemblance was fleeting. One look and you knew it meant business, and 40 years on it still looks that way. Even better, perhaps, is that it did not remain on a showroom floor collecting dust and rotting out. This wonderful monster from the cusp of the liquid-cooled, mono-shocked, four valved, fuel injected, big braked, big tire era carries with it the honor and patina of time and ownership. This isn’t just a time capsule to take you back, this is a roadmap of where that was and how it came to be. The seller has provide some truly wonderful background on this bike, and I leave it to his words here:

From the seller:
I am selling my precious 1979 Suzuki GS1000, Suzuki’s original superbike—this is your chance to own a restored and properly functioning piece of motorcycling history. If this thing could talk, it would have one doozy of a story to tell. It spent all its life in the Pacific Northwest, and in its own small way has become a recognizable vintage bike…regionally at least. I met the previous two owners at the Isle of Vashon TT in 2016, and they were overjoyed to see it being ridden again. One used to take it to track days at Laguna Seca in the early 80s, another had the fairing put on it.

When I first got it, it was in fairly decent condition. It needed what old bikes usually need: o-rings, seals, gaskets here and there, carb work. After fixing one area, I’d move on to the next. After a few years, I started running out of things to fix. There were some original upgrades that were desirable back in the day and still look and function well today, like the Koni shocks, the Raask rearsets, and the oil cooler and associated plumbing. The fairing is from a Ducati 900SS, and the bike wears it beautifully. Also, this year of GS came stock with twin front discs. I upgraded those with modern calipers and rotors, which made a night and day difference in stopping power.

The extent of the work I’ve done is pretty exhaustive, and the common thread through all work was that it needed to be period-correct if possible and if safe, excluding suspension and brakes and tires, which have improved so much over the decades it would be silly and arguably unsafe to install original bits.

The seller has performed a significant amount of maintenance, upgrades and improvements to this bike, and the list is a long one. Again, back to his words:

More from the seller:
Nearly every box has been ticked on this bike. Here’s what I’ve done:

Engine
-A full top end rebuild was done by Baisley Hi-Performance (Portland), and I’ve put about 2,000 miles on it since.
-New Kibblewhite black diamond exhaust and intake valves
-New OEM pistons
-New valve guides, springs, and oil seals, oil passage o-rings, and cylinder o-rings
-Cylinder head machined and lapped, cylinders honed
-New base and head gaskets, new cam cover gasket
-New manual cam chain tensioner
-New oil cooler/pressure sensor adapter plate
-New braided oil hoses and AN fittings
-Head, cylinders, and cam cover all bead blasted

More from the seller:
Carburetor/Fuel system
-Original Mikuni VM26 carbs
-New Pingel petcock
-Full carb rebuild including all rubber, all gaskets, pilot and main jets, by 2Wheel Dyno Works (Seattle)
-Full carb setup, tune, and balance by 2Wheel Dyno Works
-Two K&N oval air filters, one for the left two carbs, one for the right two. These are infinitely better than the single pods in terms of getting a reliable carb tune, not to mention how much easier it makes the carbs to remove.

More from the seller:
Ignition/Electrics
-New Dyna S electronic ignition, dyna s ignition coils, and dyna cables
-Full wire harness by SparckMoto (Albany), including getting rid of the infamous turn signal cancel box. New regulator/rectifier, signal relay
-New left and right control switches by SparckMoto
-Interstate AGM gel battery, reliably holds full charge and has been kept on a trickle charger
-New (super bright) led headlamp
-New OEM headlamp housing
-New tach cable and speedo cable
-New bulbs in the instrument cluster—the whole thing lights up!! Devil’s in the details, folks.

More from the seller:
Drivetrain
-Front and rear sprockets by Sprocket Specialists
-DID x-ring 520 chain
-New clutch friction plates and springs
-New OEM clutch cable

Suspension
-Racetech springs and gold valve emulators in the front fork, and new seals (this made a huge difference)

Brakes
-Brembo master cylinder
-Upgrade to two (fairly ubiquitous) Tokico twin piston calipers, same calipers that have gone on many different ninjas and other bike makes and models for years
-Upgrade to two rotors from a Ducati 900SS, much larger. The result is a front brake that actually stops the bike, which is nice!
Stainless brake lines

More from the seller:
Wheels
-Original mag wheels
-Pirelli Sport Demon tires (one year old, plenty of wear left)
-New wheel bearings

Exhaust
-Full MotoGPwerks (California) stainless 4-1 exhaust system—a very sought-after system that you can only get when motogpwerks actually makes a run of them. (Satisfying throaty warble at idle, baleful howl when under load)
-New exhaust gaskets

More from the seller:
The tachometer says 60,000 miles, but only 2,000 since the top end was rebuilt. It starts immediately, reliably, rides beautifully, and pulls shockingly well.

The only cosmetic flaws are a few small paint scratches on the tank and various rock chips on the fairing. I have the original airbox and air filter assemblies, the exhaust it came with when I bought it, lots of redundant hardware, and even the old cylinder head and valves and shims if you want those for some reason.

Asking Price: $4,500

This bike really looks the business. The four-into-header gives it a mean look, and I’m sure an even meaner growl. Nobody will confuse with with a more modern platic-cycle ride when you rumble by on this baby, and yet it still looks like it could yank your arms out of their sockets should you twist the throttle too far. This era of motorcycling is gone for good – and in many measurable categories that could be a good thing. But it is more than nostalgia that brings you back to this monster. It does everything a motorcycle should do, but with an intimidating presence missing from motorcycles today. This is not just a survivor of the era, but rather a good strong look at all that was great about the time, and all that is great about motorcycling. If you want a basket-case project bike, there is nothing to see here. But if you want a well-kept, well maintained beast from the apex of another time, you might want to give Ethan a shout – this big Suzuki won’t hang out long. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1979 Suzuki GS1000E in Portland, Oregon
Suzuki July 25, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Not a garage queen! Resto-mod 1986 Suzuki RG500

The issue with a lot of the little two-stroke terrors that we feature is that they’re rare and often in museum-quality condition; original down to the pre-mix molecules. Not only is riding around on 20-year-old Dunlops a shame for a bike’s originality, it’s a pretty much guaranteed emergency room visit. So, too often the compulsion is to let a low-mile piece of history keep its odometer on the skinny end and tell tall tales with your friends.

1986 Suzuki RG500 for sale on eBay

This 1986 Suzuki RG500 has solved the conundrum for you. Odd-sized original wheels with limited modern rubber options? Gone. Horrifying 1980s brakes? Replaced with much less puckery hardware. Primitive front and rear suspension? Jettisoned in favor of springs and shocks that don’t wet noodle when things get twisty. But it retains the soul and the guts and the intent that it rolled out of Hamamatsu with.

From the eBay listing:

This RG500 bike is a Canadian import, titled and registered in USA. Motor has been rebuild and tuned by the Gamma guru Rick Lance. It is on first over bore and rebuild with OEM Suzuki spares at no-expense spared. List of upgrades include bored out carbs, tripod LG air-filters with upgraded jets and larger radiator from GSXR. Bike also has LG clutch upgrade, Fox-shocks as the rear suspension with LG ride height strut, 3 and 4.5in wheels with new rubber front and rear respectively. The bike has all braided lines with front brakes upgraded and suspension rebuild with RaceTech springs. Finally its has the famous Tommy Crawford pipes and LanceGamma fiberglass bodywork with beautiful paint.
There are small cracks in the solo seat cowl but can be easily fixed as the bodywork is fiberglass.

Collectors looking for all original bike please move on, this Gamma is built to be ridden with all the period correct mods.

Bike sold as is. No warranty.

Please contact Tom with all inquires and questions. 401-578-3338.

Thank you

The motor rebuild was done by RG500 guru Rick Lance, and the bike is adorned with a raft of LanceGamma mods and parts, which takes the sting out of the asking price somewhat. This is also something of a unicorn: a bike with the fire of a 500cc two stroke and the handling of a sweetheart modern sportbike.

Featured Listing:  Not a garage queen!  Resto-mod 1986 Suzuki RG500
Suzuki July 18, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Tidy 1986 Suzuki RG400

Update 9.6.2018: Seller notes that this bike is now SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The Suzuki RG500 Gamma was the king of Sportbike Hill back in the mid-80s, as it tipped its hat to the high-strung square fours that a series of talented Americans were dominating with on the world stage. There were more successful Japanese brands on track, but the big ‘Zook was the way to go if you wanted un-compromised road performance.

1986 Suzuki RG400 for sale on eBay

To make the machine compatible with the laws in its home country, Suzuki de-bored the 500 to produce a 400cc version. The 1986 Suzuki RG400 before you is a rarer beast than its hairy-chested stablemate, and is a fantastic mount in its own right. This one is curious, as the seller says it’s a 400, and the ad lists a 400cc engine, but it wears aftermarket RG500 bodywork. The original stuff apparently is included.

Still, as a stock example of an increasingly rare piece of 1980s gear, this bike checks a lot of boxes. The bodywork and drivetrain are clean, but not so much that you’d feel guilty riding the beast.

From the eBay listing:

1986 Suzuki Rg Gamma 400
Runs perfect, all stock, bodywork is aftermarket with excellent fitment, tank is original with small ding, currently has tank cover over tank to protect tank, comes with some original body work as well
Has 22,000 km which converts to 13,670 miles
Can assist with shipping if Needed
Call me with questions 954-809-8596 my name is mike

As these bikes get rarer and rarer, it will be increasingly hard to find one that isn’t too nice to take out and properly enjoy from time to time. With the aftermarket plastics, this one should fit the bill nicely.

Featured Listing: Tidy 1986 Suzuki RG400
Bimota July 17, 2018 posted by

Nice Curves: Low-Mileage 1995 Bimota SB6 for Sale

Tad first posted this one in December when it had a buy-it-now of $25k. It was relisted and eBay showed a sale at just over $10k. It’s back now from the same seller with a buy-it-now of $15k or best offer. Thanks for the heads up, Donn! Links updated. -dc

The SB6 and SB6R were some of Bimota’s best-selling bikes of all time, and featured what must be the mother of all beam frames. That distinctive, very rigid aluminum unit used Bimota’s “Straight Connection Technology,” designed to link the steering head directly to the swingarm pivot. This improved chassis rigidity at the expense of servicing: you pretty much have to unbolt the engine and swing it forward to adjust the carburetors, change the spark plugs, replace the front sprocket, or access the alternator drive that tends to fail…

Fortunately, this earlier SB6 at least features a set of Suzuki gauges, a good thing since the later Bimota units supposedly pack it in with unfortunate regularity. They may look fairly mundane, but least they work! The engine should be pretty reliable too, and powerful to boot: those gauges are matched to the inline four and five-speed gearbox from Suzuki’s GSX-R1100.

I much prefer Bimota’s follow up to this bike, the SB6R which pretty much embodies my favorite aspects of 1990s styling. Sure, the 916 might be the more iconic 90s design, but part of the reason is that it doesn’t actually look like anything else from that era. The SB6R has the bulbous curves of the donor GSX-R, but with better colors, less weight, and more all-around Italian-ness.

But the strength of the original SB6 is that it looks like pretty much nothing from any era, unless you count Crea’s weird, organic-nightmare bodywork kits from the era… Go ahead and Google that, and then promise me you’ll never complain about Pierre Terblanche’s 999 ever again. The SB6 is striking wrapper that contains all the analog performance you could ever want, along with a powerplant that should be at least easy to get parts for, even if it isn’t actually all that convenient to work on.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Bimota SB6 for Sale

This is a one owner bike that has been stored inside a house.

Only 670 Miles!

The bike fluids have been drained and cleaned for proper storage. The bike is all original and near perfect.

It has never been on the market until now. I have had the bike in my house for over a year and just moved it to my warehouse and decided to let someone else enjoy it. I got the bike from a friend that knew the original owner and connected us.

I am open to fair offers. I listed the bike at top market price because someone might pay that. However make a fair offer and you might own this very rare, one owner Bimota.

Also, it has the Suzuki 1100 motor… Dyno specs in pics from years ago.

Since the seller “got the bike from a friend that knew the original owner and connected us,” wouldn’t that technically make this a two-owner bike? Even though the second owner only had it a year? Unfortunately, 1990s Bimotas were a bit unfinished from the factory, and great concepts suffered from pretty poor execution. If you had the time or money to go through your expensive Italian exotic to correct electrical faults and set up the suspension properly, you were left with a serious weapon for road or track. Of course, most buyers wanted their money to buy an actual, functioning motorcycle, and Bimota’s kit-bike quality certainly hasn’t helped values.  The $24,900 asking price is very ambitious for an SB6 but, with those kind of miles, maybe a collector who wants a very clean, low-mileage example of a very cool machine will bite. However, I’d say the seller’s negotiation technique could be… stronger.

-tad

Nice Curves: Low-Mileage 1995 Bimota SB6 for Sale
Suzuki July 10, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Gorgeous One-of-500 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750RR

Update 7.31.2018: Price reduced to $18,000 USD or best offer. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

The formula for out-of-the box racers has ever been simple: take the street bike, throw in more air and fuel, nip, tuck and trim, and generally make everything less comfortable. Then, cut production, raise the price and call it a special edition. Yamaha is in the midst of making history with its unbelievable R1M, but before all that came the 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750RR.

It weighed less than the normal version, and went back to the original Gixxer’s longer-stroke motor. It was aimed at amateurs and club racers, but could be run as a straight-up streetbike. Not that you’d be able to stomach the agony for more than a few minutes at a stretch, but that didn’t matter, did it?

Today’s featured listing is a gorgeous example of the model, despite having covered an almost alarming 15,500 kilometers. It’s one of a very few that got imported to South Africa, which is where it resides. It’s an early bike at number 47.

From the seller:

For sale, this very rare and collectable 1989 Suzuki GSX/R750RR Limited Edition, race replica. Only 500 produced worldwide! This is number 47. Excellent original condition. Even though this is a Japanese model, it has been fully de-restricted and makes full power i.e. Carbs and Jetting, Exhaust, Ignition module.Completely original except for de-restriction. Perfectly maintained, Never raced, Never dropped, Unrestored. Recently serviced and all fluids changed

For avid collectors only. No chancers please! Call Robbie at : 082 4100787 or e-mail directly to boss@bolandbikes.com. R250 – 280K Reasonable offers considered.

The price is listed is now $18k USD obo, which is before you pay to import it, assuming you don’t live in South Africa. These things are on their way up, and the way Japanese bikes have been trending, that doesn’t seem poised to turn around any time soon.

Featured Listing: Gorgeous One-of-500 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750RR
Suzuki June 11, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23

Update 9.14.2018: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Representing maybe the only way to smoke, be cool and rep Lucky Strike, this 1997 Suzuki RGV250V is one of just 120 export-model RGVs in Kevin Schwantz-aping Lucky Strike graphics. The export models got smaller rear sprockets, different airbox lids and exhaust cans and were de-restricted to around 50 horsepower, up from the JDM 40.

The last of a long line of reliable, light, simple and terrifying Japanese two-stroke sportbikes, the RGV250 VJ23s rocked a 70-degree v-twin that is rumored to have been capable of 70 horses when full uncorked. With just 300-ish pounds to push around and the breed’s characteristic on/off powerband, RGs are not mounts for faint-of-heart novices.

Even though this 1997 example is a ‘V’ model, which indicated it was destined for export, seller and friend of the site Alan says he imported it to England from Japan in 2012. It got a refresh in 2013, and has been used since then. Despite the miles, it is in excellent to immaculate condition, with just one minor blemish near the taillight.

From the seller:

For sale

My last rgv250v
This is a factory lucky strike and and is completely stock
This example was imported from Japan myself in 2012 and is unrestored and in superb condition.
Nothing needs doing to it and the usual consumables have been replaced.
It has currently been winterised and is showing 19001km
The vin run for these is as follows
Vj23a-102099 thru to 102218,just 119 bikes that’s it.
This bike is 102164.
It has a tiny mark on the rear edge of the LH rear panel,but that’s it.
It’s fitted with new conti sms.
This bike has been used since I recommissioned it in 2013,and is not a museum piece.
Look at the pics,any questions I’ll do my best to answer them.
Compression on both pots is around 145psi, and included with the bike is a complete spare top end kit and all the handbooks/sales leaflet.
Price is £14k firm plus shipping.
I’ve sold two others this last year for similar money ,not many left bog stock in this condition.

The asking price for this beast is breathing on $20,000, and that is before the cost of shipping it and importing it to the U.S. It’s a steep ask, but the Lucky Strike-liveried VJ23s are rare beasts and should climb some in value.

Featured Listing: 1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23
Bimota May 29, 2018 posted by

Motown – 2000 Bimota SB8R

Bimota was fighting its way back from the V-Due debacle and brought forward the SB8R, based on Suzuki’s 996cc V-twin.  This example appears to have components from an SB8R Special, sporting all carbon bodywork and so even lighter.  It hails from an area more known for NASCAR but should be at home on any back road.

2000 Bimota SB8R for sale on eBay

The WSBK Series was in Bimota’s plans when their designers looked into the SB8R, and though that wasn’t to be, the design is a smashing collaboration between the boutique frame and mass-market powertrain manufacturers.  The aluminum perimeter frame has carbon connectors and 137 hp on tap from the Suzuki engine.  Bimota’s engineers tweaked the fuel injection with 59mm Marelli throttle bodies and underseat exhaust, resulting in a more SBK experience, as does the adjustable Paioli suspension.  Carbon fairing and carbon seat subframe lead to a ride 45 or so pounds lighter than the TL1000.

The owner hints that this is a race bike on its way back to road duty, and though there are no mirrors or signals, it looks way too nice to have ever actually done a race season.  Maybe a premium track day machine.  From the eBay auction:

Spectacular all carbon fiber bodywork steals the show at motorcycle gatherings.  The awesome intake sound through the huge snorkels is hard to describe and really enjoyable.

Starts, runs, rides perfectly.  Fantastic canyon or track day motorcycle.

Great ride due to its light weight (395 lbs dry),  fully dialed suspension, torquey TLR engine (though with Bimota’s own EFI and throttle bodies), and awesome Arrow race exhaust note. Engine and transmission gone through with everything returned to stock configuration.

All new fluids and ready to go except needs new street tires — pick per your preference. Carbon fiber clip on handle bars, special race rear set foot controls, Arrow carbon fiber racing mufflers. All the trick stuff that Bimota did on this design such as the self supporting carbon fiber subframe/tail, hybrid aluminum-carbon fiber main frame, mean intake snorkels, rear shock placement (forward for mass centralization)…

Even Laverda patron Francesco Tognon couldn’t turn the tide at Bimota, after their WSBK sponsor bailed early in the season.  Revitalized in the early 2000’s, the company has a new race team and a line of bespoke machines.  Very special but not in the giant killer way of the race-derived SB8R generation.  This auction has seven days to run and appears to have had a starting bid but no reserve.  Something to keep an eye on…

-donn

 

Motown – 2000 Bimota SB8R
Suzuki May 10, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Time Capsule 1986 Suzuki GSXR-1100

The 1986 Suzuki GSXR-1100 gave the world its first peek into the future of road-going superbikes, showing that big bore engines did not necessitate portly chassis and that outright speed did not preclude sharp handling. Based on the already cutting edge GSXR-750, the 1,100cc Gixxer cut the first mile of trail for today’s featherweight liter-class machines.

1986 Suzuki GSXR-1100

Despite their popularity and durability, 32-year-old Gixxers are hard to come by in any condition, much less anywhere close to showroom. This bike bucks that trend. It covered 840 miles as a new bike, and then was put in climate-controlled storage, hiding for 25 years before being shipped from Switzerland to New Zealand. It comes with its original tires, as well as a NOS replacement exhaust, seat cowl and windscreen.

From the eBay listing:

First year production 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100

Based on the radical 1985 GSX-R750, the 1100 was released a year later delivering 137HP & weighing 197kg. The original GSX-R’s were the first fully-faired production ‘race replica’ machines & changed motorcycling forever

This bike is a time capsule, totally original & unrestored as it left the factory 32 years ago

The first owner in Switzerland completed 840mi (1400km) & the bike spent the next 25 years in his temp/humidity controlled collection

After a global search for the best example GSX-R1100 on the planet I found this bike & purchased it end-2011 & imported it to New Zealand

This machine was inspected & serviced by the Suzuki NZ ‘slabbie’ expert, new battery & tyres were fitted (originals stored). The bike has since completed a total of 1350mi (2250km), has won shows & appeared in several magazine articles

Life has moved on I have other bikes & hobbies & this beautiful machine no longer receives the love it deserves. I feel it is time for someone else to care for & enjoy this piece of history

This bike comes with original documentation, manual, 2 x keys, original tyres & additional NOS spares:

*complete 4-into-1 exhaust system & additional spare heat shield
*solo seat cowl
*screen

A genuine piece of history, I have yet to see or hear of a better example of a first year GSX-R1100 for sale or on display anywhere in the world it truly is a special machine

Old sportbike values are on the rise as nostalgia for the era grows, and the GSXR-1100 occupies a rarefied place in motorcycling lore. With 140 horsepower shoving 440 pounds, these bikes are still demons, especially on modern rubber. This one deserves to be ridden and loved in equal measure.

Featured Listing: Time Capsule 1986 Suzuki GSXR-1100