Post Listing Update: The BIN was reduced to $120,000 and then this bike was removed from eBay, final sale price unknown.
I thought yesterday’s basically-new Bimota Tesi 1D had a significant asking price, but it turns out that the same seller has got something that they think is even more valuable – a prototype of the most iconic motorcycles of all time: the Suzuki GSX-R.
It’s a bold claim but the seller says he’s able to prove that this is Serial #1, Engine #1 – part of a small batch of factory hand-built bikes with several one-off components created in advance of the normal production run. Per the seller, the prototypes were initially designed just for promotional materials and press events. All were supposed to go back to the factory and most were destroyed. What makes no sense to me is that this bike was apparently ridden “extensively in its 33 years” as there are approximately 35,000 miles on the odometer. The sale includes four sales brochures, original keys, original tool kit, and an original stand. It also comes with a spart parts manual that shows this bike (VIN: GU74D100001) is the first in the GSX-R lineup.
So, what do you say? I’d obviously want to do a lot more research before making an offer on this bike, and I’m still shocked (almost pleasantly so) that a bike like this was ridden so much. Find it for sale in Basel, Switzerland with an asking price of $250,000 (the seller knows it’s silly, he just wants you to make an offer)