Posts by tag: Thumper

Yamaha November 9, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 1986 Yamaha SRX600

Update 11.9.2020: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader in just 5 days! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Practically looking like a custom from the factory, Yamaha’s SRX600 has been the basis for club racers, knobblied flat-track lookalikes, and some cafe racers that make the showroom version look cushy.  RSBFS fan Lee’s survivor is a great starting point for Yamaha’s original ideas or maybe yours.

1986 Yamaha SRX600 for sale on Bend, OR Craigslist

Almost looking to out-simplify the 1960’s British singles, the SRX came to the U.S. with just a kickstarter, and a 96mm bore thump which ran smoothly to 6,500 rpm ( and 45 hp ) thanks to its balance shaft.  Dual front disks and alloy wheels were up to date, the 5-speed relied on a generous torque curve, but dual rear shocks seemed more for show than go.  The very visible chassis and poured-in-place tank and sidecovers show a clear adherence to the design mission.

Lee’s SRX has 13,250 miles, looking good despite the years.  Helping the four-valve 600 breathe freely is almost a requirement, and this one has the Supertrapp exhaust.  Some patina, but nothing unexpected makes it look like a great resto-rider with a good collection of spare parts.  Lee’s comments from his – Craiglist post –

The ultimate cafe bike. Only imported into the US in 1986. Single cylinder 600cc kick start only. All original 13,250 miles with Supertrapp exhaust. Just serviced with new petcock, valve adjustment and oil change. Shorai lithium battery, new seat cover. Spares include unique 2-1 intake manifold for Mikuni carb. Great platform for making yourself a rare cafe bike. If you know motorcycles then you know you don’t see a bike like this.

Lee asks $3,200 for his SRX600. Lee is the US Importer for the Austrian glove brand RACER and can be found here, – racerglovesusa.com –

Yamaha followed their fans back to the basics of motorcycling, but it didn’t result in many sales outside of the home market, where there were 400 and 250cc variants.  The 600 didn’t show up on 1987 U.S. line cards, but soldiered on in Europe for a few more years.  Reviewers and owners praised the honest engine, light weight and crisp handing – and took the kickstarter and single cylinder as badges of motorcycling honor. 

-donn

Featured Listing – 1986 Yamaha SRX600
Sport Bikes For Sale June 4, 2019 posted by

Flavor of the Month: 2011 Husaberg FS570

6.7.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Welcome to the next installment of a new RSBFS feature, where we take a once a month trip out of our normal realm and look at some of the other amazing bikes the world has to offer when you leave clip ons and fairings behind. Last month we took a look at a TDR250 and this month we’re kicking things off strong, with a unicorn supermoto from an esoteric Swedish bike maker! -dc

The 2011 Husaberg FS570 graced our shores for just one model year, which is a shame, because it could have left the mark that the likes of the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto did just a few model years later.

The FS570 is essentially a big-bore dirtbike with some suspension tweaks and 17-inch sportbike wheels front and rear clad with sticky Michelin skins. The brakes were by Magura, and featured a four-pot radial caliper up front. The best part of the FS570, clearly, is its chameleon-like ability to be most things to most people, with just a few mods here and there. Granted, nobody is saying a new set of wheels for what was an $11,000 bike when new will be cheap, but it’s certainly more cost effective than buying a similarly high-end dirt bike.

The big ‘Berg made just shy of 60 horsepower if the forums are to be believed (official horsepower ratings are non-existent) out of the 566 cc laid-over thumper. In a chassis that weighed 257 pounds dry, this bike is fully capable of taking it to sport bikes, especially on tighter tracks or canyons. The Husabergs shared WP suspension components with KTM, and the swingarm was the same unit as the one on the KTM 560 SMR. They were initially intended to be the ultra-premium range from the Austrian company, but were eventually let go when Big Orange bought Husqvarna a couple years later. No need for two Swedish dirtbike companies that start with H in your portfolio, it seems.

 

From the seller:

Factory, street legal supermoto, only sold in the US for 1 year, but if you’re looking at this, you probably know all about it. Guaranteed to be the only one around. Stand out from all the other bikes!
-Clean title in hand
-Only 2900 miles
-Oil changed regularly, every few 100 miles or so.
-Valves checked 2 times. Still at factory specs. No adjustment ever needed.
Mods:
-Husaberg Race Map installed by Town & Country Cycle Center in Hamburg NJ
-FMF Powercore 4 slip on
-Upgraded fuel pump from Cycle Works
-Husaberg radiator fan kit
-Zeta handguards with LED turn signals
-SM mirrors
-Seat Concepts seat
Also comes with the original mirrors, exhaust, unmounted new parts include all new factory bodywork & seat, Shinko 705 tires,
& a brand new Fisher seat. (the most comfortable seats made!)

Located in Fairfield, CT. Will accommodate shipping but all associated costs are buyer’s responsibility.

Price: $7,000

With less than 3,000 miles on the dial and a new exhaust, race map and fuel pump, we suspect this thing will pull a little past the factory horsepower ratings. With comfort upgrades like a seat concept seat and Zeta handguards, this thing is as ready for short commutes as it is the track. As a bonus, it comes with all the stock takeoffs. With regular valve checks and oil changes, this bike is ready to make everything else in your garage seem like a compromise.

Flavor of the Month: 2011 Husaberg FS570
MZ December 8, 2018 posted by

Sporty Single – 1999 MZ Skorpion 660 Sport Cup

A rare sight in-person but almost a regular for RSBFS readers, the MZ Skorpion was a post-East German single 660 with a Yamaha-derived 5-valve head.  This example in Kawi-esque livery may have been owned by a dealer, who has offered other MZ’s and allowed this one only 7,000 miles.

1999 MZ Skorpion 660 Sport Cup for sale on eBay

 

Actually drafted by Norton designers Seymour-Powell, the Skorp had a tubular perimeter frame with Italian brakes and suspension.  Licensed from Yamaha, the thumper nearly made the magic 100 hp per liter, and the smaller engine block kept weight under control at just over 400 lbs. fully fueled.  Clip-ons are sensibly above the triple tree.  The straightforward handling made believers out of may skeptics.

 

Presented by a Rhody-based vintage Jaguar parts house, this Skorpion has what might be the factory’s only two-tone paint.  Cosmetics are excellent and it has been nicely prepared for the next owner.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This bike has under 7K miles on it, has recently been serviced, new oil, filter, plug, carburetor and filter cleaned, new battery, new Michelin tires, aftermarket exhaust.
The bike has not been crashed or damaged and needs nothing. Have title, owner’s manual, original tool kit and some maintenance records.

 

Often seen as the base for a singles track bike, this MZ might be too nice to put the knife to.  Maybe it can be the “before” picture for the racer.  Or could be the most unusual cheap sportbike, maybe the most economical rare sports machine…

-donn

 

Sporty Single – 1999 MZ Skorpion 660 Sport Cup
Bimota April 16, 2017 posted by

The Joy of SRX: 1987 Yamaha SRX250

Today we find a fun rare model that is – for once on RSBFS – totally affordable. The Yamaha SRX series included multiple displacements, although in the US we only received the XT-derived 250cc model and the XT-based 250cc machine. Home markets also included a 400cc variant. Based around a nimble, single cylinder air-cooled engine, the SRX models were extremely narrow and light, focusing on nimble handling and flick-ability rather than oodles of HP and straight line speed. The design was neo-British old school, and the overall package was unique and usable. Unfortunately for Yamaha, these were not great sellers, and the US models were limited to only a few editions over the 12-year global run. The 250 suffered the worst fate; a single year availability in the US over a 2-year model span. Then it was gone like it was never there at all….

1987 Yamaha SRX250 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Up for sale is my 1987 Yamaha SRX250. This bike is super rare and only imported the the US for one year. The motorcycle is super clean for being 30 years old. The bike is all stock and runs, drives, stops and idles very well. It has 10,708 miles. The bike is missing the side mirrors. The engine is 249cc with a 6 speed transmission. The engine shares many parts with the Yamaha XT250 enduro which was produced for many years. The tires will need replacing at some point. Inside of the fuel tank is pristine. The bike has a brand new battery. All controls work as they should, turn signals, horn, kill switch, ect….

I have yet to see another one on the road. The bike gets comments everywhere it goes. The bike is a blast to ride and has plenty of power.

The antithesis of the Ninja 250R and as far away from the Honda 250 Rebel as it could get, the SRX250 looked to have carved out its own niche. But the 1980s were not about small displacement bikes, and although attractive and utterly practical, the smallest SRX lost out to lack of interest. It was a practical bike that held the promise of a lot of fun (as much fun as 17 HP will get you), but small displacement and wild introductions of Hurricanes, Ninjas, Turbos and GSX-Rs ultimately buried that fun in a sea of noisy performance.

Today the SRX is a loved model (the 600 version much more so, since we are all capacity bigots). Honda has come closest to recreating the magic with the CBR250, and with a different era upon us is actually moving a fair number of units. The little CBR will never reach the rarity or novelty of the SRX250, but then again a marketing failure is an expensive way to create a future rare model. Check it out here. Sure it’s more of a toy than a true canyon tool for many – but it’s very rare, very cool, and very, very affordable. What’s not to like?

MI

The Joy of SRX:  1987 Yamaha SRX250
Honda May 21, 2016 posted by

TT Week – 1989 Honda GB500

In reverence to the nearly two weeks of racing along the 37-mile Isle of Man road course, Honda introduced a British-styled tribute thumper in 1985 and built it in a few displacements until 1992.   Called the Tourist Trophy and nicknamed the TT, the bike was a retro cafe racer with Honda engineering, and foretold many of the “classic style” successes to come.

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1989 Honda GB500 for sale on eBay

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Not a super sporting build, the GB500 is based on the single overhead cam engine from Honda’s dual-sport XL600, sleeved down to 498 cc’s and 33 hp.  Not taking it quite back to the 60’s, the TT engine has a gear-driven balance shaft and the hemispheric combustion chamber with valves in a radial arrangement.  It’s a willing and torquey thump, just 8.9:1 compression to ease kick starting.  The drivetrain is completed by a 2-into-1 exhaust, wet clutch and 5-speed transmission.  Brakes are true to form, a single 256mm front disk with rear drum.

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The TT is a stylistic success, the clip-ons and monoposto seat cowling complemented by the black-green paint.  The vintage vibe continues with the fork gaiters and dual rear shocks, chrome like the chain guard .  Gold pinstriping and plenty of chrome plating, along with spoked wheels complete the English landscape.

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This GB500 is the owner’s second, he rides the other one and has preserved this with only 425 miles.  A spot of hangar rash here and there, but amazingly original.  From the eBay auction:

I am selling my low-mileage 1989 Honda GB500.  I am the second owner, and when I bought it at 240 miles, I didn’t know if I’d like it.  By the time I hit 400 miles, I knew I loved it but I didn’t want to modify this one from stock with this low of mileage, so I bought another (Supertrapp, fairing, removed emissions controls etc and with a whole lot more miles on it – I call it my “beater GB”) and I ride that all the time, and this one never. 

I have not ridden it since 2010, but I have fired it up every year since.  It was last running at Barbers Vintage Festival last October (2015) and since then has been in my heated shed.  
It probably needs its carb cleaned and a new battery, and new tires & tubes, just due to its age and being run so rarely. Has 420 original miles.  There is a small scratch on the tank where my jacket zipper rubbed, and a scrape on the muffler which it came with from the first owner.  Otherwise, it is in near perfect condition (I can’t think of any other flaws, but with 425 miles on the clock there will be some little rock dings on forks and frame paint), and it is absolutely standard.  There are no cracks in any of the plastic panels or covers, and the seat has no holes.  The gas tank has no signs of rust, and nothing creaks! 

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This TT will need a little freshening up before any substantial riding, or it could by drained and detailed, and elevated to a pedestal.  With no bids but quite a few watchers, getting to the reserve might be a challenge, though is it basically new with a little shelf wear.  Engineered to be more of an around-town machine, it might be at home in the pits of a Honda team at this year’s Tourist Trophy, or take it down to pub to watch the tv coverage on your laptop

-donn

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TT Week – 1989 Honda GB500
Yamaha July 4, 2013 posted by

Young and Single: 1986 Yamaha SRX600

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When Yamaha introduced the SRX600 to America, it was the second coming of the British invasion. Modelled after stripped down thumpers, the SRX was unlike anything seen in the US. It was basic and raw. It lacked the tons of plastic and tons of cylinders required by sportbikes of the day, yet had an unmistakable sporty characteristic to it. Impossibly narrow and very flickable, the SRX was a commercial “miss” in the Big Four’s game of sportbike battleship.

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Fast forward nearly 30 years and the SRX comes back to life as a refreshing return to minimalism. This bike looks like it has purpose, if only because it is not trying to hide behind bold graphics and boy racer fairings or compensate for something by offering an engine big enough to power a small bus. No, the SRX is about simplicity and balance. And what might otherwise come across as boring does quite the opposite in this package.

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From the seller:
SUPER CLEAN AND RARE. Includes everything pictured & Yamaha OE owners manual.

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Not a whole lot to say from the seller here, but we like to let the bikes do the talking on RSBFS. This one has fewer than 2,500 miles on the clock – which averages out to less than 100 miles per year. The motor is based on the tried and true XT dual purpose unit; not exactly a high RPM screamer, but certainly adequate for the torque needs of this particular bike.

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This bike is located in Iowa, and is available via auction right now. When we last checked, the auction was up to $3,050 in very light bidding. There is a reserve in place, and a BIN set at a surprising $4,500. SRX600s are rare machines, and finding one with so few miles is a real score. Unfortunately, these bikes do not seem to demand high dollars today. Sounds like a fair price might still exist between the reserve and the BIN – click the link to jump to the auction and check it out!

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale February 3, 2011 posted by

32hp of summertime fun

1987 Yamaha SRX 250

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Mileage: 3,975
Price: A scant $1,199.00

Looking to stay kewl this summer? What better way than to sport a bikini on a single cylinder Yamaha SRX250?

This thing looks like a ton of fun sporting 32hp and lipstick red rims. I know you’re thinking “32hp doesn’t equal fun”, but when you consider Honda’s highly anticipated CBR 250 (Blek!- it should have been called CB 250) has 25 ponies and will make your wallet lighter by 27 Ben Franklins this is killer!

Like most small bore cycles in the states the SRX suffered in sales and was laid to rest as fast as they could use up the pre-ordered parts. You can count on one hand how many single cylinder street bikes we have here in the states and I can tell you that nothing sounds like a Thumper. I know, it’s almost an oxymoron to say 250cc and Thumper in the same breath, but single cylinder street bikes are just cool- well… sans the CBR250.

There are plenty more pictures to be seen on ebay and this is a classified ad so you can have it today!

Cheers!

dd

Honda August 17, 2010 posted by

1993 Honda RS125 NF4 On eBay

This is a fantastic looking NF4 RS125 on eBay!

Bike:  1993 Honda RS125

Location:  Lexington, Kentucky

This RS125 looks to be in very good condition being finished in a “House Of Color” (Kolor) candy blue scheme with silver Honda wings.  This RS hasn’t been run in at least three years but, was run at Daytona in 2005.  The spares included with this bike include an extra cylinder, plugs, sprockets, rings, fork seals, gaskets, clutch plates and some other items.

Because it’s been sitting for so long, and these bikes are so simple, I would suggest going through it before running it just to be sure everything is as it should be.  I think I’ve said it before but, these NF4 RS’s aren’t competitive with the ’95+ NX4 RS’s.  However, these bikes are less temperamental than the later bikes and make fantastic track day bikes or vintage machines if you have a sanctioning body that has a separate class for them.  The ’93 bikes wear the same front tire as the newer bikes but, have a smaller rear wheel (By a 1/2″).  Tires can still be easily sourced and I’ve actually been told that the larger size will fit on the narrower rim–however, I have no idea how that alters the handling.  These bikes are perfect if you want to play a Gran Prix legend on a budget.  Based on the condition and spares, I would expect to see this bike go for right around $2,500.  See other RS125s we’ve featured here.  See this RS on eBay .

AG