Post Sale Update: This CB sold for $12,000 plus the 7% buyer’s fee ($12,840 all-in) on Iconic Motorbikes. It was heavy, but it was fast. In fact, when Cycle World tested the CB1100F (an evolution of the CB900F) in January of 1983, they called it the fastest stock bike they had ever tested as it was able to hit over …
In 2000, Cycle Gear ran a nationwide giveaway promotion for a Suzuki GSX-R750 that was custom painted by Offbeat Productions with a livery that matched Arai’s Kevin Schwantz livery on their Quantum/s replica helmet.
Based out of Southeast Asia, Bandit9 is run by Daryl Villanueva. He offers a series of customs – all of which are built in production runs of 9. The Eve was their first eye-catching model. It got picked up by all the usual news sources, and Bandit9 has responded by offering a variety of Eve models in addition to completely …
The Suzuki LS650 Savage is a simple, low-powered entry-level cruiser. A Los Angeles based company called Ryca saw a way to spice up the S40, with the Ryca 650 CS-1 kit. It takes a rather ugly semi-Sportster clone and turns it into a lithe cafe racer styled bike with some actual semblance of personality.
Over on the auction site we’ve got an incredibly well-preserved example of a RGV250 that was the subject of a Rider magazine Retrospective by Clement Salvadori – and it’s got a California plate!
dB Customs Build – 1982 Suzuki Katana RestomodView Post
The YB5 was the last of the Bimotas designed by Massimo Tamburini, and it’s one of the rare ones with provisions for a passenger. That’s probably a hint as to the nature of this machine – it’s more of a sport-tourer than a sportbike. That’s one thing it shared from the bike it got a motor from, Yamaha’s FJ1200.
Someone in Ohio’s got a Nicky Hayden RC51 in adequate condition – that by itself may or may not be worth a feature, but I love this example because it comes with a matching officially licensed Honda mini moto!
I wish I had more details on this, but it’s too good not to share. Someone’s built a NSR500 replica with a Honda RC51 frame and a Yamaha RD500cc 2-stroke engine, and it’s up for sale!
A stock Honda XR50 makes about 3 horsepower and weighs 104 pounds – the seller of this example claims that it now makes 3x the power and weighs just 4 pounds more thanks to an electric drivetrain conversion. It’s currently set up “for maximum power and an irresistible fun time for all ages! The power will not disappoint!“
Turns out that even with backup, I’ve barely been making any progress on the KZ650 project that I’ve been hoping to resurrect. So now I’m being a good capitalist and just throwing money at the problem. But I’m finally getting results!
Back in the days of Peak Sportbike, David Lee (the former owner of Sharkskinz) had his company build a set of bodywork to allow R1 owners to emulate the legendary R7 homologation special. The seller of this example says that he spoke to David, and he confirmed that “it’s one of either 50 or 75 kits sold.”
This started as a CB750F Super Sport, but it has been turned into “the ultimate Freddie Spencer tribute bike that will win races.”
Dirt Bike Magazine calls the Suzuki RM250 “the best used bike ever,” though that may not be relevant with this example as it’s never been out of the crate even though it’s 15 years old.
Only sold in the states from 84-85, these were the first bikes in the US to come equipped with catalytic converters and the first Yamaha street bike in the US to use a perimeter frame. The ’85 RZ was available in red/white and yellow/black – either option came with Kenny Roberts’ signature on the front fairing.