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Let the Good Times Roll: 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR

For Sale: 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica

Back in the early 1980s, there was nothing more trick than an air-cooled, two valve inline four from one of the big Japanese manufacturers. During this era a young hot shoe by the name of Eddie Lawson made his meteoric rise to fame by winning the Superbike championship. The ELR, or Eddie Lawson Replica, was introduced by Kawasaki shortly thereafter to commemorate the championship and make some noise. Painted Kawasaki green and sporting a GPz bikini fairing, the modified KZ1000R was fast and surprisingly civilized. Today these make for fine collector bikes that can still be ridden and enjoyed.

This particular example is in extraordinary condition given it is approaching 30 years of age. And despite the surgically clean exterior, this bike has more than 30k miles on the clock. Amazing! To be sure, the twin rear piggy-back shocks and wide air-cooled motor don’t exactly scream “modern” here, but back in the day this was the cutting edge technology that was needed to win races. And win Eddie did, in convincing fashion. And who wouldn’t want to be able to ride like “Steady Eddie” Lawson?

From the seller:
Genuine KZ1000R. 1 of 1200 built in 1983 by Kawasaki, came stock with 4 in 1 Kerker exhaust. Already a collector’s item in 1983, today, very rare and unique. Probably one of the nicest in Canada with 52000 km (31200 miles). This Eddie Lawson Replica won first place in its category at the 2011 Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group rally in Montreal in July. This bike is a great collectors item.

Engine head has been overhauled at 40000 km with new timing chain and valve seal. Engine is 4 mm oversized, very strong and carbs great, no smoke. From A to Z motorcycle is in excellent condition, from the owner’s manual to the tool pouch. Beside the wheels, engine and front mud guard, its’ all on original paint and seat.

Hot period correct parts are installed
•Earl’s oil cooler hoses et oil take-off 700$
•Metmachex swing arm 600$
•Vintage Works performance fork springs and rear shocks (redone by Works en 2006) 1000$
These hot “period correct” parts are fitted and installed correctly.
Exhaust system is ceramic coated for durability.
Original parts are still in hand and will be included in the sale.

1983 Canadian model KZ1000R serial number: JKAKZCR13DA002198, 1 of 1200 built in North America. The Canadian model differs from the US as it does not have the anti-pollution clean air suction device on valve cover and cluster is in metric.

If you scan through the pictures, you can tell that the current owner has taken a great deal of pride in preserving the ELR. It is rare to find a mass-produced Japanese motorcycle – even a rare model such as the ELR – pampered in such a fashion. And remember folks, this bike is a rider, not a garage queen. Making use of all the multi-media tools available, the seller as also included a video of the bike in question. Sit back and enjoy:

So let’s get down to brass tacks. What is an ELR worth these days? That is a loaded question, as we have seen them all over the map, in every sort of condition imaginable. Often times, the condition of the bike dictates the sale price. Most bikes fall into the $9,000 – $12,000 range; exceptional bikes might sell above that mark, and ratted machines will fall below. This buyer is looking for $15,000 or best offer for the machine above. That price is not out of line the ask from sellers with similar condition bikes – but it is getting into rarefied air.

There is no doubt that this bike is in exception condition – the curb appeal cannot be denied. The question is if the origin of the bike (Canada, in this case) will affect the ultimate sale price. ELRs were imported into the US legally, so a grey-market ELR is a wildcard. Why don’t you check it out and let us know what you think? Click the link to jump over to the auction. Check out the specs, the pictures and the videos. And then make sure you come back here and leave some comments. Good luck to both the buyer and seller, because this is still one fine looking bike!


ANOTHER instant collection of bikes on eBay!

We’ve seen this before on CSBFS as well as RSBFS: The selling off of a collection instead of parting the bikes out individually. Often this is done with a rare and unique collection, or one with a theme. Reference Instant Collection or Instant Collection #2 from CSBFS contributor Brian to see previous posts on this type of activity.

Today’s collection is a little different. These are semi-rare Japanese sportbikes from the 1980s. The biggest draw from this collection is the fact that all the bikes appear to be in reasonable, rideable conditon.

First up is this 1983 Honda CB1100F. We just shared a post on the CB1100F model here on CSBFS, and you can click here to see the previous CB1100F post. This bike looks to be in decent condition, and sports an unknown aftermarket exhaust, some engine case savers, and sundry bits of gold painted/anodized additions. The airbox has also been elimitated via the use of pod filters. See the above referenced post for values on these bikes, but note that as these are mass produced Japanese motorcycles, only clean, stock examples will bring top dollar.

Following in chronological order is this 1984 Kawasaki GPZ Turbo. This might be the rarest bike in the collection considering the numbers produced. The Turbo also appears to be displaying an aftermarket exhaust system, but the rest of the bike appears stock. Modifications to the engine are difficult to spot in pictures, however, so the reader is always advised to ask lots of questions before proceeding. For more info on these Turbo bikes, check out this post on CSBFS or this post on RSBFS.

Next up: a 1984 Yamaha FJ600. Following on the heels of the FJ1100, the FJ6 was a sport motorcycle with an air cooled engine. This was the last of the air cooled Yamaha sport bikes, but still did reasonably well against the competition despite the technology gap. This bike appears to be in stock condition, right down to the exhaust.

The next bike is this second year Kawasaki NINJA 900. Originally thrust on an unsuspecting world in 1984, the Ninja revolutionized the sportbike community overnight. This is a 1985 model, and has a Vance-Hines pipe connected.

The baddest boy in the collection? This 1986 Suzuki GSXR 1100. While not a first year model, the GSXR rocked the sportbike world by offering liter-bike performance in a package not much larger than previous generation 750s. This appears to be a well-kept model, but again is modified with a Supertrapp exhaust and filter pods in place of the stock airbox.

This 1985 Yamaha FZ750 was another radical bike from the mid-’80s. With the Genesis 5-valve per cylinder engine laid down at a massive angle to try to get more weight on the front tire, the FZ750 was successful both in the showroom as well as on the racetrack (Superstar Eddie Lawson piloted one in the day). Like most of the other bikes in this collection, this FZ has an aftermarket exhaust – in this case a slip-on from Two Brothers Racing.

The 1986 Honda VFR 750 is a pretty sought after machine. Part of the reason for this is that Honda, after developing the VFR line for years, put this model on a hiatus. When the model was brought back into the Honda lineup, it had morphed into more of a sport tourer than sport bike. This VFR offers gear-driven cams (gotta love that sound!), but looks a little bit used from the scant photos. Note the grime/discoloration on the engine, stand and exhaust on the left, and possible damage to the cases on the right. Even after all these years, this is one great bike.

Finally, the most recent bike in the collection: a 1987 Kawasaki NINJA 750. The ’87 Ninja was, by this time, a well-sorted machine. It was also unremarkable in terms of performance, styling and collectability. That is not to damn the bike with no praise whatsoever, but it does seem to dissapear into the background when placed in a crowd such as this. The bike presents itself pretty well, although the stain on left side fairing lower is concerning. This is also the one bike in the collection that the seller noted needed mechanical work. The good news on this one is that it appears to be totally stock – making it a survivor.

From the seller:
I am listing a collection of 9 motorcycles that I have been accumulating for a few years. These bikes were bought and put into climate controlled storage. They are all in good shape.. not show room condition. Most will start and run with a battery and carb cleaning. Some will need a little more. The only bike needing to be repaired by mechanic is the Ninja 750 which needs a starter gear. Most have original paint. I have many parts also available. Mileage is between 7-45k. All have clean titles.

What is not clear to me is why sell off a collection in this manner? While some of the bikes are desirable, they are lost amidst the noise of the whole package. Is the goal to make more on one sale versus selling them off individually? Unfortunately, it is impossible to place a value on the individual bikes here due to the lack of pictures and information – who knows how many miles each bikes has, any modifications make, and if any of the stock OEM pieces come with the bikes? Note that there is also a YZ490 motocosser, not pictured here, included with the sale.

This auction is on now, with a starting bid of $14,500 (no takers at the time of this post) and a BIN of $16k. Considering the mx bike as a freebie, the BIN represents roughly $2k per sport bike. Clearly some of the bikes listed here are worth more than that, so this might not be a bad way to get yourself some great motorcycles at a good price.

For more information or to contact the seller with questions, I suggest you visit the auction:

Take a look and tell us what you think!


Classic Sportbike: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550

For Sale: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550

Welcome, CSBFS readers, to one of the most iconic mass-produced sportbikes in history. For many, the GPz series was the first introduction into sporty motorcycles – and Kawasaki capitalized on it with models across the displacement range: GPz305, GPz550, GPz750, GPz750 Turbo and GPz1100. Today’s bike is a very nicely restored 550 model, and 1981 was the first year the middleweight was added to the lineup.

Powered by an inline four cylinder, air-cooled with DOHC two-valve heads (power was reported to be 55-59 bhp), the GPz550 followed the conventional Japanese tradition of evolution. The engine and basic architecture was borrowed from the KZ series of bikes, themselves modeled after the mighty Z1. Fun Fact: The ’81 GPz550 was the only year that dual rear shocks were offered; by 1982 Kawasaki had adopted the Uni-Trac single-shock swingarm configuration for the entire GPz model range.

From the seller:
Beautiful, stock GPz550 with only 10500 miles, a rare find in this condition. These ’81 GPz550’s are the first of the middleweight sportbikes, and as such, are becoming very collectible. This bike is all stock except for the seat cover, which is a replica of the OEM seat, it is made by Saddlemen. There are many new parts on this motorcycle including, New Bridgestone BT45 Tires, Battery, Fork Seals, Grips, Exhaust Gaskets, Intake Boots, In addition to this list of parts, the motorcycle has just had a thorough, professional repainting of the entire chassis, engine, and wheels. The paint on the bodywork is also in excellent condition.

This a turn-key, running motorcycle. The carbs have been cleaned and synched, the mechanical advance has been cleaned and lubed, and the compression reads more than 150 psi across the board. It starts easily and pulls cleanly from idle to redline. The clutch and gearbox work smoothly, and there are no fuel or oil leaks. These motors are robust and long lived, and with 10,000 miles, this one has a lot of life left in it.

It has only a few miles on it since being reassembled after the the restoration work was completed, and will remain that way until sold. I can email high resolution pictures, and I will happily answer all questions, except those about my reserve price.

With the small bikini fairing, striking graphics on deep red paint, and glossy black chrome finish on the engine and exhaust, the GPz looked like it came straight out of Europe. It offered a jump in performance that was substantial at the time, and the GPz550 remained at the top of the sportbike realm throughout the first half of the decade.

It is wonderful to see such care lavished over a survivor such as this; mass-produced Japanese sportbikes of this vintage are not exactly the blue-chip stock of the collector bike world. There were simply too many of them made to be special, and the price was never high enough to make them exclusive. What makes this one special, however, is the condition. Very low miles for the year as well as hard work on the part of the seller to revitalize older componentry makes this more desireable than most older bikes we see from this era.

This bike is available now, and is currently at a very reasonable starting bid of $1,500. There is a reserve in place, and a BIN of $3,500. The BIN might be ever so slightly high for this type of bike, but it is a first year model and it appears to be in “ride it home” condition. For more information, . Be sure and let us know what you think!


1983 Kawasaki GPz305

For Sale: 1983 Kawasaki GPZ305

Behold the baby GPz! Lost as a virtual unknown amidst the the more popular 550, 750 and 1100 variants, the 305 was introduced as a beginner’s bike with GPz pedigree. Powered by a 300cc, air-cooled, two-valve parallel twin, the GPz 305 was very user friendly for first-time riders. Still, with the fire-red paint and the bikini fairing, the littlest GPz evoked images of the much larger machines.

Note the prominent “Belt Drive” nomenclature on the side pod. The 1983 GPz 305, unlike the larger sportbikes from Kawasaki, was driven via a toothed Kevlar belt. This was novel at the time, but was right in line with Kawasaki’s desire to make this beginner bike very friendly; no chain meant no chain lube and no chain adjustment. The belt was an inexpensive, silent and maintenance free item.

From the seller:
1983 Kawasaki GPZ305
Up for Sale is a Rare Kawasaki Motorcycle
Only Brought to the U.S. for One Year
Has 3200 Actual Miles, 305 Twin, 4 Stroke
6 Speed Transmission, Belt Drive, Single Shock Rear Suspension
Front Disc Brake, Looks Just Like Its Big Brothers, the GPZ750 and GPZ1100
As the Pics Show, the Bike is Like New, Full Tune-up with Oil Change
New Battery, All Stock, Everything Works
The Tires are Original, But Need to Be Replaced, They do Hold Air
That is All that Would Need to Done to this Bike
Comes With Clean Title
Bike has Been Stored Indoors for over 20 Years

While certainly a survivor and definitely pretty rare, one must take the seller’s comments with a grain of salt – yes, there are relatively few miles on the bike, but there is also some rust showing which is certainly not original and not consistent with sitting indoors for 20 years. Also, while great pains have been taken to point out the original tires, what happened to the original graphics on the bike? GPz 305 models had the same graphics packages (stripes, etc) as the bigger bikes. Pictured below is a stock photo of what the 305 would have looked like when new:

All in all, this is still not a deal killer if you are looking for something different, or looking to complete your GPz collection. Conceived and constructed long before the 250 Ninja took off and became the best selling bike in Kawasaki’s portfolio, the GPz 305 offers many of the same benefits: light weight, good handling, decent power, low maintenance.

This auction is currently underway, and bidding has been active. The bidding at time of this writing was only up to $430, with reserve not yet met. I can’t imagine that this bike will go for any sort of big money – they are simply not collectable from a reseller standpoint – and thus this might be the perfect opportunity to pick up that unique bike for a song. For more details and additional pictures, click on the link and . Good luck!