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Kawasaki May 26, 2020 posted by

Too Close for Missiles – 1985 Kawasaki GPZ900R

Despite being a generation or so in the rearview mirror, the original GPZ900R Ninja had a lot of firsts for Kawasaki and big sportbikes in general.  Looking complete and mostly original, this example might be a good riding restoration.

1985 Kawasaki GPZ900R Ninja for sale on eBay

Beside being the first Ninja to our shores, the 908cc’s were liquid cooled, had four valves per cylinder, and a counter balance shaft in a compact architecture which kept the center of gravity low.  Four 34mm Keihin carburetors and 11.0:1 compression pushed the Ninja well over the goal line with 115 hp.  Super-high tech hadn’t quite made it to the steel chassis or pretty conventional suspension, but the triple drilled disk brakes were a plus, and linked to the anti-dive system.  At this point the lines are beyond classic, bringing visions of a drag race with an F-14.

Homing in on 28,000 miles, this GPZ900R has been around the world, but on silent more recently.  Appearing quite stock, it’s without damage unexpected for its age.  The owner is upfront about the work required to bring it back in the eBay auction:

Original except exhausts.  Very good condition, does have few nicks and imperfections as per photos Tank has some surface rust inside.  Ran well before I mothballed it around six months ago and now sits on top of my car lift with many others due to space constraints so plan to do the basics to recommission it for daily use.  It will also need a new battery and regulator/rectifier as it didn’t charge battery while riding.  A very easy candidate to turn into a full replica or take to top level.  Stating the obvious but this is same bike used in the Top Gun movie with Tom Cruise. Has become much more in demand since announcement of the new movie.  I know because I had 5 of them and since I started selling I have one left.

The GPZ900R was popular enough to fight off in-house challenges from liter-size successors, and had almost a 20-year run worldwide.  With the delayed opening of the Top Gun re-make, the new owner will have a chance to tidy this one up before donning a flight jacket and heading to a show.  The ask seems a shade more than the condition demands, but the Make Offer button is available.

-donn

Too Close for Missiles – 1985 Kawasaki GPZ900R
Aprilia April 5, 2020 posted by

Pedi-greed is Good – 1996 Aprilia RS250 Reggiani Replica

Pictured in last fall’s fading foliage, this Aprilia stands out in the factory’s racing red, blue, and silver.   When riding season gets here, the list of recent services makes sure it’ll be ready.

1996 Aprilia RS250 for sale on eBay

Though Aprilia couldn’t waste time making their 249cc engine from their racing RSV250 meet DMV’s requests, they could design exhaust and intake systems for Suzuki’s RGV-250 engine and increasing the output to 73 hp.  Displacement was limited, but the thin-wall alloy chassis was overbuilt, as well as a work of manufacturing art.  Adjustable Showa suspension could have been for a mid-size machine with a similar banana swing arm.  Four-piston Brembo calipers were planning on hauling the little Aprilia down from triple-digit speeds.  A little bulbous in street bike paint, the race-rep livery works magic on the single-seater.

Seeming to have been owned only since this RSBFS – post – the owner has kept it nice and improved a few things.  Notes from the eBay auction:

The bikes has a clear title and the only additions to it are an Ohlins steering damper, smoked windscreen, and a battery tender lead.  The following services have been done to the bike:

  • New Battery
  • New Spark Plugs
  • New black stainless steel brake lines front and rear
  • New brake pads
  • New air cleaner
  • New Pro-Grips
  • New Chain Guide
  • All fluids replaced and topped off
  • Carbs rebuilt
  • New tires
  • New chain
I also have a box of take-off parts that are included in the sale that are worth approx. $1000-1500.
  • RH switch gear
  • Grips
  • Flywheel
  • Voltage Regulator
  • Clutch Assembly
  • CDI box
  • Oil Pump
  • Rear brake master Cylinder (NEW)  
  • Also including a factory service manual

Make Offer button is lit so forgive the ask and undo the CapsLock button before commenting.  Still in the 30’s every night where this RS250 lives, but real spring is just around the corner.  Reggiani was an able Aprilia pilot, never achieved the championship but gave the team their first GP win in 1987.  The red/blue paint becomes the diminutive RS, and its capabilities would surprise many riders on bigger machines.

-donn

Pedi-greed is Good – 1996 Aprilia RS250 Reggiani Replica
Suzuki April 1, 2020 posted by

Tough Love – 1997 Suzuki GSX-R750

Not far into Suzuki’s water-cooled era, Ram Air Direct became a way to extract just a few extra ponies from 748cc, and were a nice success combined with the new-to-96 alloy twin-beam chassis.  This second-owner Gixxer looks worthy of a little TLC.

1997 Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale on eBay

After many years of air/oil-cooled engines, the 128 hp SRAD engine had tighter cylinder spacing, crank-end camshaft drive, and even tilted forward to straighten the intake path, presented a very compact package.  Magnesium covers for the head, starter and clutch helped contain dry weight to under 400 lbs.  The frame and alloy swingarm were an eclectic mix of stampings, extrusions, and castings, and must’ve give the production welders fits.  Multi-adjustable suspension was in place front and rear, and wind-tunnel tested bodywork smoothed airflow.

After an owner who seems to have been focused on performance, this GSX-R might respond to a rolling restoration.  Complete and not much in the way of external mods, it has been kept running to a high standard.  Especially the not-so-intuitive brake modification of going to a four-pot caliper to improve feel.  A nice list of mechanical improvements from the eBay auction:

-Wiley Co. Slip-on with larger main Jets Carburetor rebuild kit.
-Steel braid lines front and rear.
-Valve adjustment is done less than 100 miles ago. 
-New Throttle cable  
-New Spark plugs 
-Replaced New fuel pump, filter, complete petcock, and base gasket.
-Replaced the OEM front six-pot (wooden feel) stock calipers for a set of newly rebuilt Nissin 4 pot with new EBC pads (100x better-stopping power over the OEM calipers).
-Replaced the OEM automatic (CCT) cam chain tensioner (known recall issues) with an APE manually adjustable one.
-Replaced the OEM Charging system, with a new stator, Regulator/ Rectifier, and battery. Charging at 14.5 volts now.
-Rebuilt rear caliper with new pistons.
-Rebuilt front forks, new seals/oil, also new bearings for the steering head.
-Racetech rebuilt rear shock new spring and cart; fully adjustable preload, compression, and rebound damping. I have added adjustable rear links for ride height adjustment.
-K/N Filter for the Ram Air.
-Battlax S21 Front and Rear tires
-Front and rear wheel bearings replaced.
-A new chain and sprocket.
-Rear solo seat cowl and passenger seat.
-The seat has been reupholstered with a back pad.
-Undertail fender eliminator.
-New Brembo 19mm RCS Radial Master Cylinder and Clutch lever
-New set frame sliders.
-Stomp Grip traction tank Pads.
-New battery

In a segment where lightness never goes out of style, Suzuki injected a bunch into the SRAD models and combined with popular pricing, had a hit.  Hopefully fans will see around the cosmetics of this example and know that the hard work of helping this ’97 survive has been done.

-donn

 

Tough Love – 1997 Suzuki GSX-R750
Ducati December 20, 2019 posted by

By Any Other Name – 1992 Ducati 907 I.E. “Paso”

Massimo Taburrini penned the all-encompassing Paso in 1985, for the still-in-transition Cagiva and Ducati.  Not starting from a position of strength, the model fought the good fight for several years and culminated in a fuel injected 90 hp package.  Despite 35K miles and 27 years, it still looks great.

1992 Ducati 907 I.E. for sale on eBay

The 907 I.E. incorporated the best features from the Paso, revised some basics like the engine cases, and snuck in a few niceties from the 851, like the alloy swingarm.  With fuel injection, power was up to the 100 hp/liter benchmark and tractability wasn’t forgotten.  More standard 17-inch rims were a help as were 300mm front Brembo brakes.  The soap bar fairing was chockablock with inlets and vents, all in the name of flow.

The California seller appears to be an audiophile as well as sportbike enthusiast, and though not a long term owner, this 907 looks very tidy for 35K miles.  From the eBay auction:

This is a great running classic Ducati at very nice price. 

Purchased from the original owner last year. We did the following…
New tires front and rear
New drive belts
New plugs
Oil and Filter changed
New fork seals.
Coolant flush
New battery
She runs great and comes with the original seat as well as a Corbin seat.

The eastern juggernaut was not to be denied, but the decidedly classic 907 I.E. made a statement about a wide torque band and careful tuning.  Never exactly popular, the Paso gave way to Ducati’s ST series and resides in a fandom of backroad and sport-touring riders.  The generation gap between the 907’s introduction and today might be bridged by the sensible buy-it-now and very sharp condition.
-donn
By Any Other Name – 1992 Ducati 907 I.E. “Paso”
Honda November 19, 2019 posted by

Your Lying Eyes – 1984 Honda VT-500FT Ascot

Honda’s middleweight Ascot shared the legendary dirt track’s name with a basic fun-looking design. Marketing knew better than to play up the innovative engine and low-maintenance shaft drive.  This low-mile example has been lightly customized as an HRC lookalike.

1984 Honda VT-500FT Ascot for sale on eBay

Never just sticking a toe in, Honda had carefully considered the VT engine, and used a traditional-looking 52-degree angle, but offset the crank throws to reduce vibration.  Engineers had also been at the heads, and specified a three valve arrangement with twin spark plugs, grabbing 50hp from the 491cc’s.  Water cooling kept the rear cylinder cool and made the fins a styling element.  Brakes were on a budget with a single front disk and drum rear, and the shaft drive had just the right geometry to not over-react.  High pegs, small tank ( and seat ) and low bars kept the emphasis on sport.

This California owner has done a masterful tribute with a paint scheme evoking HRC’s RS750 racer, and incorporated Ascot Park’s logo on the side covers.  35 year-old mechanicals have been freshened up with a dual exhaust, carb cleaning, and new rubber.  The round headlight is a nice touch.  From the eBay auction:

The bike has some nice new or newer accessories on it including:
* Beautiful new HRC paint scheme professionally done with period decals.
* A nice two into two chrome exhaust system getting rid of that boat anchor, restrictive OEM system..
* New Dunlop K180 rear tire. Front tire is almost new.
* Control Cables.
* New battery.
* Carburetors were cleaned.
* New turn signals and round headlight (replaces the ugly square one).
* Starts right up and runs, shifts and stops as it should.
Lightweight and peppy little shaft drive bike.  Really cool around town or even for medium distance freeway rides.  Sounds nice with this new exhaust system.  Slick 6 speed transmission with a cute little light that says OD when you shift into 6th.  Be the only one in the pits with a “one off” RS500 Honda!  All electronics work.  Headlight, hi/low beams, turn signals, horn, etc.

Leave it to Honda to have a sportily camouflaged bike with a bunch of the latest technology aboard, almost maintenance free to boot.  Precious little in common with the fire breathing four-valve RS750 which took the Grand National Championship 1984-87, but the VT engine went on to power a gazillion Shadows.  The factory exited the flat track arena after intake restrictors were introduced, but had certainly proved their point.  This knowing homage looks to be a lot of fun with a low starting bid.

-donn

 

Your Lying Eyes – 1984 Honda VT-500FT Ascot
Ducati December 22, 2018 posted by

Suit That’s Red – 1992 Ducati Paso 907 I.E.

– Sold on the buy-it-now while this post was being scheduled, hopefully to a sharp RSBFS reader !

Like a back-lit tinsel tree in its hometown Santa Monica, this rather red Paso is all dressed up for Xmas.  The last-generation desmodue was a fuel-injected 9th inning home run, which unfortunately couldn’t extend the Tamburini model into extra innings.

1992 Ducati Paso 907 I.E. for sale on eBay

The all-enclosed Paso was one of the first Ducatis under Castiglioni stewardship, intially as a 750cc and later a 904, both with a single Weber.  More linear electronic fuel injection and 90 hp came in 1991, transforming the ride.  Hiding under the soap-bar is a peculiar square-tube frame, and Marzocchi suspension peeks out.  Brembo made both the four-piston calipers and wide 17-inch wheels.  Intakes and vents are arrayed over the fairing with the aim of funneling cold air to the airbox and radiator, and warm air out and away from the rider.

With nearly 48,000 miles, a full rebuild and restoration is likely in this Paso’s past, and though there’s no mention of it in the auction, the buy-it-now is in the upper end of the range.  No evident damage and it’s spotless all around.  Nothing out of the ordinary except for a missing turn signal lense and a nicer seat cover.  From the eBay auction:

This final year example of the 907ie is offered in the classic Ducati red livery. Showing an astonishing 47,926 miles, the bike looks like it has a fraction of that. Regular servicing by a local independent shop has kept the bike in fine riding condition. A recent trip to the shop ensured that the bike was ready for sale.

The 907 I.E. got high marks for its torquey delivery, spot-on fuel injection, hydraulic clutch and 17-inch wheels.  The all-encompassing body was an acquired taste though, and production never really got much over 1,000 per year, ensuring its rarity.  This Paso would have some stories to tell, about some long sporty tours and that season getting a makeover.  And a super previous owner…

-donn

Suit That’s Red – 1992 Ducati Paso 907 I.E.
Yamaha October 31, 2018 posted by

Un-mothballed – 1988 Yamaha TZR250

Without being over-spec’ed or blingy, Yamaha’s entry into the 249cc learner-sports class was right-sized, nicely put together, and handled straight out of the box.  This one has been on display and recently returned to the land of the living.

1988 Yamaha TZR250 for sale on eBay

 

Like the RD350 whose success it was trying to copy, the TZR250 used a parallel twin engine, the twin Mikuni carburetors ( with bores not much much bigger than your thumb ) making 50 hp.  The alloy DeltaBox frame is as close to overdone as anything got on the TZR, but chassis rigidity pays double in predictable handling.  The forks were not adjustable and the monoshock for preload only, but reviewers said they got it right.  Front brake was a single 320mm disk, but with a four piston caliper.  Front and rear tires were 17 inchers.

In surprising condition for its age, this TZR has run just 5,700 miles.  No comment about whether this is a gray market import, but there is the KMH speedometer.  The previous owner’s cosmetic restoration is mentioned in the video  and here are some of the comments from the eBay auction:

RECENTLY –

New Battery & amp; Battery Tender Hookup – which can also be used to run Electric gear

New front and rear brake fluids flushed and replaced with Honda Pro DOT 4

Carbs were Digitally Synchronized

OEM Air filter checked –  is as if new

Perfect Mechanical and Cosmetic condition and needs nothing

Replaced the fork oil with 15W

New transmission oil

Oil Injection Tank filled up

Coolant flushed and replaced

New set of tires have 300 miles on them in 4 rides this last year

Yamaha went on to a reversed cylinder twin ( carbs in front, exhausts in back ) in 1989 and finally joined the crowd with a V-twin in 1991.  But the original can often be the best.  A bit pricey for a 250, the TZR languished for their last couple of years here.  This early and seemingly correct example will go far, but probably not outdoors…

-donn

 

Un-mothballed – 1988 Yamaha TZR250
Buell October 6, 2018 posted by

Imminent Departure – 2009 Buell 1125CR

Buell’s last model under the H-D umbrella was the 1125CR, a space-age café racer with a high-tech Austrian V-twin.  Despite the prominent scoops to cool the radiators, the 1125CR makes room for Buell’s many innovations.  This two-owner example seems cared-for and maintained.

2009 Buell 1125CR for sale on eBay

With its up-to-date gear-driven double overhead cams and fuel injection, Buell’s choice of Rotax-based power got them to the 150hp doorstep.  Water cooling also brought the engine under current noise regulations.  Buell fans will recognize the frame with 5-plus gallons of fuel tankage, zero-torsion-load front brake, mass-centralized underslung muffler, and maintenance-free belt drive.  High-end Showa suspension was specified, with fully adjustable 47mm forks and monoshock.  A vacuum-actuated slipper clutch helped keep things organized when downshifting.

 

No apparent damage on this Long Island native, with an on-the-low-side 13,500 miles.  An upgraded charging system is a mod with value, and the carbon headlight fairing adds some more visible interest.  Otherwise stock with recent battery and tires.  From the eBay auction:

Second owner and owned for the past 4 years, meticulously maintained, with tasteful aftermarket additions, garage kept its whole life. 135xx miles. Dunlop Q3’s installed last fall with 500 miles on them. Have spare key and buyer is welcome to whatever parts/accessories I have specific for this bike including: Castrol 4T 20W-50 synthetic oil (6 qts?), oil filters, o-rings, washers, and anything else I find around.  Bike is in excellent used condition.

Aftermarket parts include:
– Ricks Motorsport Stator
– EBR Oiling Rotor
– Factory ECM with race map programmed
– Clubman handlebars
– HID low beam
– Fender eliminator
– New Deka battery this year
– Carbon fiber front cowl which adds an obvious 57whp

I have taken the bike on 250 mile trips to upstate NY and it has never missed a beat.  Any charging issues the 2009 1125’s were known for are resolved with the installed stator and rotor.  I have receipts for the stator, rotor and new rotor nut purchase, I did the installation.   Passenger sets are not installed, but are included.  Only selling as I am getting a new bike and I have learned from past experience to keep the seat to arse ratio at 1:1.

 

Reviewers found the -CR’s fuel injection much better than the introductory 1125R’s, and despite its light weight and tight dimensions, handling with the top-shelf Showa dampers was composed.  The design might take a little getting used to, but not the performance.  A more modern V-twin was a change-up for Buell, but the experience no doubt helped EBR after Harley retired the Buell brand late in 2009.  A serious Buell statement, and the buy-it-now attempts to address long term concerns with Buell and EBR both retired…

-donn

 

Imminent Departure – 2009 Buell 1125CR