Posts by tag: Wes Cooley

Suzuki July 19, 2015 posted by

Sunday Flashback: 1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica for Sale

1979 Suzuki GS1000S R Side Front

Today’s bike is a bit of a flashback, something a bit older than we’d normally feature here on RSBFS. But this Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica holds a special place as the last, and maybe best of the twin-shock sportbikes.

1979 Suzuki GS1000S L Side Front

Prior to the monoshock, endurance-racing GSX-R that we all know and love, this was Suzuki’s big bruiser from an era when Japanese literbikes’ chief virtues were power and stability. But while the Suzuki didn’t bring anything particularly new to the party in terms of straight-line speed, the ace up its sleeve was handling, and the bike was much nimbler than rivals from Honda or Kawasaki.

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Cockpit

It was that complete package, tuned to perfection by “Pops” Yoshimura and raced by Wes Cooley, that led to this bike’s fame. The 1000S was really intended for the European market, but Wes rode the bike to victory in AMA Superbike racing and the nickname, while never official, stuck: the blue-and-white GS1000S has been known as the “Wes Cooley Replica” ever since.

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Engine

Powered by a dual overhead-cam four that displaced 997cc to meet racing requirements, the GS1000S weighed in at 525lbs wet and made 90 honest horses, enough to propel the bike to a 130mph top speed. Interestingly, that engine was based on the GS750 powerplant, but was actually almost 20lbs lighter, which was a bit of a theme throughout the bike. There was nothing revolutionary here, but the bike went around corners and stopped better than other bikes of the period. And these are definitely rare: just 500 were made in 1979, with 700 the following year.1979 Suzuki GS1000S Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica for Sale

This 1979 GS1000S, also know as a Wes Cooley Replica has under 2,300 miles.  This bike was owned by a Suzuki dealership owner in PA for most of it’s life. Early in it’s life, the bike would be used around town by the owner.  

I acquired the bike a couple of years ago after the bike had been sitting in a shed for many years. The bike is in very good, unrestored condition.  I have owned a few of these GS’s over the years and this one is a special bike.

The low miles and originality make this a great bike for your collection!

The bike runs and sounds great.

The following maintenance items have been addressed:

New tubes and tires ( the original tires were on the bike)

New Chain

New brake Lines

Rebuilt calipers and Master Cylinder

Carburetors disassembled, cleaned and bench synced and new fuel lines

New OEM Fuel Petcock

Valves clearance checked ( inside looked new) swapped out one shim

Replaced fork oil and fork seals

This bike is remarkably original with the right patina.  It does have some chips, dings, scratches etc., as it is a 36 year old bike.

If you want a low mileage original Cooley……….you will probably wait a while to find another like this.

This is certainly one of the cleanest, lowest-mileage examples I’ve ever seen. Aside from some damage to the striping on the left side of the fairing, it looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor.

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Controls

There are four days left on the auction and bidding is very active although, at $5,300 the reserve has not been met yet. While speculating on motorcycle values is always a gamble, the Wes Cooley Suzukis are very rare and represent an important stage of sportbike development. A bit of a dinosaur, if you will, but Suzuki’s modern DNA is still visible in this brute: while the styling is a bit vintage, the bike’s combination of power and handling set the stage for the later GSX-R that defined the modern sportbike.

-tad

1979 Suzuki GS1000S L Side

Sunday Flashback: 1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica for Sale
Suzuki March 20, 2015 posted by

Middle Child Blues: 1983 Suzuki GS1100ES for Sale

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES R Side

The GS1100ES was the last-hurrah for Suzuki’s twin-shock sportbikes, a forgotten middle child sandwiched between the classic, Wes Cooley era GS1000S and the modern icon GSX-R. But for a few years, this was as good as it got.

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES Rear Suspension

And it established the template for the later GSX-R: it wasn’t the most powerful bike, but it was light, stiff, and powerful enough, and provided a complete performance package. That complete package impressed the motoring press at the time, and it fared well in period tests, even against its more striking stablemate, the Katana.

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES R Side Front

This was the first Zook with 16-valve cylinder head, although it featured “shared cam lobes” that used forks to actuate a pair of valves each. A narrow included valve angle and specially-shaped combustion chambers led to a more efficient burn of the fuel-air mixture. Although the technology was not unique to Suzuki, they of course had to come up with a cool acronym for it, and dubbed it “TSCC” for “twin swirl combustion chamber.”

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES Engine Detail

The 1074cc engine put 108hp through a five-speed gearbox. Interestingly, the dash includes a gear position indicator, although I don’t think you’re too likely to find yourself selecting the wrong cog, considering the flexible power on tap.

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES Dash

The frame was conventional, but very stiff, allowing the suspension to provide the rider with good feedback and control. More a marketing gimmick than real performance items, anti-dive forks were added in 1982 and are clearly visible in the photos, but the bike handled well enough without them.

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES Front Suspension

From the original eBay listing: 1983 Suzuki GS1100ES for Sale

Up for auction is my well-preserved 1983 GS1100ES Superbike.  This was the machine to beat in 1983 with the final version of the bulletproof 1100 16 valve motor.  These motors are still used extensively in drag racing.  The GS1100ES helped start the true sportbike era with a small frame mounted sport fairing, lower than standard bars, and slightly rearset pegs. It was serious machinery in 1983 (having owned one back then I agree!).  This one runs and drives very well and has clearly been well cared for over the years.  It’s hard to find one that hasn’t been piped and jetted and beat to a pulp.  

Paintwork is original, except for side covers, knee fairings, and seat cowling which were professionally repainted.  All paint is in  very nice condition with very few minor chips and no fading.  Seat is original.  Frame and motor paint is very nice, wheels are clean, and pipes are in good, but not excellent, shape.  Recently serviced with oil change, air filter, plugs, valve clearance adjustment, carb cleaning and brake fluid flush.  No oil or gas leaks, tank is clean inside.  Rear tire is new, front is several years old but has good tread.   Several NOS detail pieces like new mirrors and grips.  Comes with original owners manual and toolkit. I removed the Lockhart lowers after purchase and stored them.

The listing also includes an extensive list of upgrades and maintenance performed, so pop on over to take a look.

Those fairing lowers, as the seller mentions, were not found on all bikes, but really complete the look and give the bike a clear place in the progression from GS1000S to GSX-R and beyond. I’ve never actually seen one with these fitted, and I think they make the bike.

The bid price is still below $3,000 but the reserve has not been met. There’s been plenty of interest so far, but there’s still time left on the auction if you want to scoop up this somewhat forgotten bit of superbike history.

-tad

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES L Side No Fairing

Middle Child Blues: 1983 Suzuki GS1100ES for Sale
Bimota April 11, 2013 posted by

Month in Review: March 2013, 27 Bikes in Total

Here is the latest round up of bike sales or bikes that saw high bid activity. We’re starting with Feb 25th and moving forward as they hadn’t been reported on in the last Month in Review as they were still open at the time of publishing. Each picture is linked to eBay as they haven’t been archived yet.

We blogged over 60 bikes in March and these are the ones we have sale values on. A great read for savvy buyers and sellers alike!

dc

Katana 1000 for sale

1982 Suzuki Katana 1000 Sold for $7000


Suzuki TL1000R For Sale

2002 Suzuki TL1000R Sold for just $4100


1987 Yamaha FZR750R For Sale

1987 Yamaha FZR750R Sold to one of our readers!


2008 Bimota DB5R For Sale

2008 Bimota DB5R Sold for $21500


2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 Scott Russel Race Bike For Sale

2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 Scott Russel Race Sold for $8215


1996 Honda VFR750 For Sale

1996 Honda VFR750 Sold for just $3223


1985 Honda VF1000R For Sale

1985 Honda VF1000R Sold for just $4500


1974 Yamaha TZ750 For Sale

1974 Yamaha TZ750 Factory Racer Sold for $42500


Honda CBR600 F2 For Sale

1993 Honda CBR600 F2 Sold for just $2750


1978 Laverda 1200 Jota America For Sale

1978 Laverda 1200 Jota America sold for $10401


1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 For Sale

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 sold for $4800


1989 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale

1989 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale


1990 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 For Sale

1990 FZR750R OW01 sold via Craigslist, owner reported bike as sold.


1988 Yamaha FZR750R For Sale

1988 Yamaha FZR750R sold for $5200


1981 Laverda 1200 Mirage For Sale

1981 Laverda 1200 Mirage sold for $10300


2001 Honda NSR150 SP For Sale

2001 Honda NSR150SP sold for $3550


1986 Honda RS250 For Sale

1986 Honda RS250 sold for $3750


1988 Ducati F1 750 For Sale

1988 Ducati F1 750 sold for $13700 to one of our readers


1989 Yamaha FZR1000 For Sale

1989 Yamaha FZR1000 sold for $5500 to one of our readers


1993 Honda CBR900RR For Sale

1993 Honda CBR900RR sold for $5000


1991 Ducati 851 For Sale

1991 Ducati 851 sold for $8700 to one of our readers!


1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield For Sale

1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield had met reserve at $8500 but was pulled from eBay. The seller’s website indicates it as available for $8950.


Ducati 999R For Sale

2006 Ducati 999R with 6 miles sold for $23000!




Honda NS400R For Sale

1986 Honda NS400R sold to one of our readers for $7500!


2000 Aprilia RS250 For Sale

2000 Aprilia RS250 sold for $7200


1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley For Sale

1979 Suzuki GS1000S sold for just $5000


1983 Laverda RGS1000 For Sale

1983 Laverda RGS1000 sold for $8250

Suzuki August 28, 2011 posted by

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley with Extras!

After spending the weekend at Indy and admiring this Wes Cooley that won one of the Cycle World classes, I went looking. Here is the bike that we spotted Peter Egan judging this weekend, and ended up winning it’s class.

Wes Cooley at Indy MotoGP 2011

This 1979 model for sale on eBay has covered 20k+ miles but looks great, especially with the period Krauser bags that are color matched.

The seller is clear on the condition and states the reserve is set at only $2000 considering it has some flaws. As of this writing it has surpassed $2700 and has a little under 2 days to go.

quote from the seller:

I am listing my 1978 Suzuki GS1000S for sale with just under 21,000 original miles. This 1000S is cosmetically in very good condition. I have added a ‘nose’ fairing and vintage Krauser saddlebags. This is my 2nd GS1000S and I have loved them both. This came to me from Washington State 5 years ago. In addition to the items already mentioned also included in the sale is an extra set of factory exhaust pipes, and a spare engine, a cover, a pair of Avon tires bought last fall which have about 200 miles on them, an original factory repair manual with the periodic updates and misc. extra parts.

Originally, it also had an after market seat and a Vance & Hines 4- into 1 exhaust which I didn’t like because it was jetted wrong and when you would try to pass someone it would flatten out so badly, it would almost slow down. First, I traded the exhaust for an original set which made a world of difference. Then I kept looking and finally found a ’78 GS1000 for sale locally with all original equipment. I sold all of the parts I didn’t want on eBay and kept what I wanted. As you can see, I was buying things to keep it for the long haul. The saddle bags are removable, I have a key for the latches which keep the bags closed but not for the bags to the bike locks. Should one not want the bags on the bike they come off and you can remove all of the mounting hardware and move the rear turn signals back to where they started. There are some cracks on the tops of the inside of the shells from no doubt, stress vibrations over the years, but they don’t impact the strength of the bags.

Cosmetically, the bike is quite good, a few chips here and there, probably the worst from where the guy I bought it from failed to tighten the bars down when shipped to me and they put several chips on the top of the tank see photo. I found that the mirrors were too close to the sides of the fairing to see around my shoulders so I made 2 blocks to extend them out far enough to be able to see clearly. The bike has fallen over twice when standing still on grass and the only damage from those are that my mirror extensions put the mirrors out far enough that they hit the grass before the bar ends and the fairing was tweaked. No damage but the paint popped off and I’ve hand painted it in. To my knowledge, it has never been ‘down’, never been in an accident. The left side of the tank has a small indent about where one’s knee would rest. Don’t know where it came from but it is barely visible.

Known mechanical issues- there is a crack in the glass on the instrument cluster between the clock and the oil temp gauge. All the gauges work fine. The auto- canceling turn signal has a problem- works perfectly when activated to go left but not to the right. If I move the switch momentarily to the left and then go to the right turn position it works fine. Go figure. With the engine, after it has been ridden and gotten hot- on restart, there is a tapping sound. No one has any idea where it originates. It does keep pace with the rpm’s but not at a pace that would indicate it was coming from a piston or tappets etc. It is slower than the rpm turns. At 1000 idle speed the sound is about every second or second and a half. Hasn’t gotten any worse in the five years I’ve owned it and sometimes it is not evident at all. I’d planned on keeping this for a long time but now find that as I’m 63 my reflexes aren’t keeping pace with the speeds I want to ride it. So I’m letting it go. Because of all the money and time I’ve invested in this bike, I’m putting a modest reserve of $2000 on it. This is really a lovely bike great handling, lots of power and people always admire it when it’s out in public.

This really should be posted on Classic Sport Bikes For Sale but after seeing a similar example at Indy I’m inclined to post here for anyone else who might have been smitten with seeing a nice one.

dc

Aprilia September 30, 2009 posted by

Wednesday Rapid Post: Wes Cooley Project, Bimota SB6R, Ducati 851, and Aprilia RS125

Squeezing in a quick post between meetings today with some interesting finds. Enjoy! -dc

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1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley on Craigslist for $1850 (24k miles, California):

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quote from Craigslist:

1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley – RUSTED ROUGH NOT RUNNING – MOTOR TURNS – 24K-BRAKES FROZE – TANK RUSTED THRU- ALL ORIGINAL COMPLETE FOR RESTORATION

This bike seems to be priced pretty high considering how much work it needs done and compared to previous GS1000S bikes listed on this blog. But if the buyer can work a deal, could be an interesting project for this winter.

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When I got my eBay alerts this morning, I spotted the little thumbnail for this gray SB6R. I didn’t realize the came in gray… Check out this (Seattle, $9500 buy-it-now, 5300 miles):

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quote from seller’s listing:

[…] From what I am told, the 1st owner was a serious bike collector from Florida. I was able to contact the salesperson from 2004 and he tells me the bike was always meticulously maintained by that 1st owner. We are also led to believe that the 1st owner carried out basic performance mods such as upgraded camshafts, mild cylinder head porting, carburetor rejetting, fuel system sorting, racing exhaust, different rims, upgraded calipers, etc. I do not have specific info on the internal engine mods but both Jay and the salesperson from ’04 recall the bike being represented as such. I can tell you the bike runs strong, crisp and way better than the stock SB6R I had in 1998.

So why the heck is the bike this color? Funny you should ask! Jay did not care for the solid red paint scheme as delivered from the factory. He removed all the bodywork sometime in early 2006 and handed it to a well known local Seattle bike painter to create what Jay thought would be the ultimate paintjob for his expensive piece of Asian/Italian finery. Three years later Jay finally got fed up and picked up his bodywork which had been sanded and prepped for painting but that was all. He wanted to ride so he bought many cans of grey Krylon and went to town. […]

Again, compared to other SB6 Bimotas listed on this site, this seems high regardless of how much expense has gone into this bike. If we were talking about a garden variety GSX-R or Ninja, I’d give the Krylon painted bodywork a pass, but not on a Bimota!

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Yep, another Ducati 851. Isn’t it great owning your own website so you can be this self indulgent? Self: Yes! Check out this :

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quote from the eBay listing:

I just picked the bike from Hansen’s BMW Ducati in Medford, Or where they completed over $1500 of service on the bike. The bike needs nothing but more gas. It is currently titled in California if that is a concern to your titling issues. Besides being incredibly beautiful, it has some very rare and historic parts bolted to it.

Make sure to read the full description on eBay. This bike reportedly has $40k in upgrades and work, and apparently a history to back it up. There is an interesting thread on the Ducati 851/888 mailing list debating what the value and sale price value look like. Most agree that it’s worth mid-teens but won’t likely get over 9-10k at auction.

Update 10.6.09 – This auction ended at about $4900 reserve not met.

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Finally, Ari spotted this street legal RS125 on the Bay Area Two Stroke forums (1400 miles, $8500):

2009 Aprilia RS125 For Sale Street Legal California2009 Aprilia RS125 For Sale Street Legal California2009 Aprilia RS125 For Sale Street Legal California

quote from the forum listing:

I have a 2009 RS125 California plated bike for sale.
Mods are as follows:
1. 154cc Big bore kit
2. 34mm carb (properly jeted).
3. Intake manifold.
4. V-force reeds.
5. Arrow pipe.
6. Euro wiring harness, lights, switches, mirrors, etc.
7. Seat cowl
8. Carbon Fiber Chain Gaurde
As i said it’s registered and has around 1400 miles on it. Very fast, runs excellent !

Seller is definitely asking a premium for this one as it’s nearly impossible to get something like this registered in California. But I sat on one at last year’s Seattle Motorcycle Show, and it’s a beautiful machine. So light and the craftsmanship is awesome! Thanks for the submission Ari!

dc

Suzuki June 18, 2009 posted by

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica For Sale in Washington

I think these Wes Cooley replica‘s are cool and I’m posting this one even though it looks a little rough around the edges and has some running issues. But for $3k, it could be an interesting project to restore or mod.

Check it out here on Craigslist:

quote from Craigslist post:

79 Suzuki GS 1000 S, “Wes Cooley Replica” only 535 made, very rare, 12,500 original miles, friend of mine is original owner and I know the history, hand polished and painted wheels, lots spent on restoration but I have given up, to many projects, my loss is your gain. Have many reciepts worth $$$. Runs great except runability issue where the idle climbs when it gets warm and I cant figure out what the problem is. I have not spent a great deal of time trying to fix it. Motor is very solid and well taken care of. 30 year Suzuki mechanic says to try valve adjustment, vacuum leak. Should be easy fix, but I have no time!

NEW:
Metzler tires
smoke windshield
ebc brakes
carb rebuild with genuine suzuki parts, float needles, pilot, and main
tail light
throttle cables
gas tank coating
vance and hines exhast, 4 into 1
oil and filter
air filter
plugs and NGK plug wires

dc

Update: This listing is quite old, but these bikes are available for sale right now:

[AffomaticEbay]Suzuki GS1000[/AffomaticEbay]

Suzuki April 23, 2009 posted by

Not 1, Not 2, But 3 Wes Cooley Replica GS1000S Suzuki’s For Sale!

Here’s your chance to get a really rare early sportbike for you, and two for your best friends when they visit! This Craigslist ad has three Suzuki GS1000S bikes for sale at $4900 each, or $13900 as a package:

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quote from seller’s Tampa Bay Craigslist ad:

1979 SUZUKI GS1000S, Wes Cooley Replicas, Beautiful collection of 3 motorcycles, Very rare, Only 535 produced, Only manufactured 2 years, Many spare parts, $4900 for one or 13,900 package deal for all 3 bikes

$4900 doesn’t really seem that bad for such a cool and historic bike. I got up close and personal with a GS1000S at the Barber Motorsports Park Museum earlier this year, and it was a standout for sure!

Read all about the GS1000 at SuzukiCycle.org

dc