Yamaha RD350 matching numbers and just “revived” by us 1973

Yamaha RD350 matching numbers and just “revived” by us 1973

This lovely RD350 arrived with us a bit sorry for itself, having just been imported. Now after a lot of time and effort it has been “revived” and looks the business! First thing we discovered was it was a matching numbers 350 that someone had fitted a 250 top end to and registered it as such? Now with a new set of barrels and pistons (will need to be run in) and the appropriate jets fitted, it is back to being a 350 again, this was just the start of a long process. You can see in the pictures just how much work has been carried out so interested parties are asked to contact us rather than writing pages of details in this ad as my secretary has gone on strike .

Coming to us from a long term friend, a very well respected person in the M/c world round here for his engineering skills,is this first year of production Suzuki GS Thou and it is just….well, lovely! A really nice example of Suzuki’s all conquering late 70s Super bike, which apart from the all black wheels,( we do have a set of non painted ones that can be available by separate negotiation), Hagon rear shocks, braided brake lines and progressive rate front fork springs (not that you can see them), is pretty well standard. Not restored by our friend but maintained and improved by him, he had been looking for a bike to convert into a Wes Cooley rep but when this one arrived after buying it blind, it was just to good to do that too so he set about making it ride 100%, no sooner he accomplished that ? Yep, you guessed it, a Wes Cooley rep came up for sale with all the right bits on so he bought that one as well !! Now the problem of space meant he just couldn’t keep both so hence why we are now the proud owners of one of the nicest early GS1000s on the market today. No its not cheap, nor is it over priced for a “turn key” 43 year old Classic Suzuki and lets face it, for some reason if it had Kawasaki written on the tank and in this condition, it would be £10K more, figure that!

Purchased for the last owner, a mature lady, by her husband only to discover it was just to big for her, this very nice condition XL125V Honda comes with not only with some nice extras like crash bars, additional driving lights and up graded headlights but it also has something that is very rare for an older 125cc bike, a full service history complete with invoices etc in a fully stamped up original service book along with its original owners handbook, even its original tool kit is in place!! If you are reading this ad i don’t need to tell you just how good these Varaderos are for the taller learner rider or everyday commuter/rider, they have always been in a class of their own where that’s concerned. Honda just got it right, with its V-Twin motor giving enough punch to keep most people happy, coupled to a smooth 5 speed gearbox with well matched ratios and its upright seating position, you can understand just why they make such a good all rounder.
With this model being predominantly riden by novice riders with little to no mechanical sympathy, these things rev to 12000rpm so regular maintenance is pretty important, “natural wastage” was high so are now a rare sight especially in this bikes condition.

PS. Was getting dark when pictures were taken, better ones will follow when/if the sun comes out.

Now fully UK registered on a correct age related “53” plate is this rare two year only “B” model V-Rod. Full details to follow.

Now fully UK registered on its age related “54” plate is this rather nice Victory Vegas 8 ball. If you do not want a Japanese custom bike, nor want or can afford a big CC Harley, a Victory is the way to go! With their 1634cc V twin motor being less “vibratory” shall we say, than some other American V twins and giving plenty of horse power. That coupled to a low center of gravity and a comfortable seating position and saddle, make this bike a viable alternative to Harleys etc. One that pulls like a train and it actually handles better than you would expect.

Full details to follow.

Full details to follow

This great “survivor” example of a 1977 Suzuki GT500 came to us as a potential restoration project, but on arrival we realised it was just to original to start taking it apart and set about “reviving” it instead, while keeping it original where possible.
Imported from the States in 2019 (that’s what probably saved it, being out there for so long) it does have some signs of age to the chrome parts,the worse bit being between the fork legs on the mudguard, but it’s still solid and ultimately repairable if you did want to take the bike to show levels. There are a couple of chips to the paintwork, mainly on the tank, the rest shines up nicely. Engine wise that big old 500cc 2 stroke twin fires up first kick most of the time and pulls well on the road, gearbox clutch, brakes etc all function correctly and a new chain has just been fitted. Tires are ok but are a bit old so at the asking price will be changed. GT500’s back in the day, were looked on as the poor alternative to the triples and as such were used and abused, then thrown away, now you just don’t see them. Prices are definitely on the up but they still look good value compared to others of the era. This one is offered at £5495, half the price of a good RD400!

Just in from Europe is this very pretty and good condition 1989 FZ750. Looking to be a very original bike, its paintwork has survived very well, past the odd chip/mark here and there and some slight crazing to the yellow stripe on the tank, hardly noticeable though. What is noticeable, once pointed out, is the extra “carbon fibre” look tape each side orf the fairing cowl, not having removed it would take a guess that here will be some cracking round the fairing bolt holes where it meets the fairing sides, common to find on early bodywork such as this, not that it detracts from the bikes looks but it is there, along with the very rare original seat cowl!!

The engine is excellent, starts first time and is very quiet, pulling very well for a bike of this age (damn these were good bikes, why Yamaha never sold more of them, only him upstairs knows!!) gearbox and clutch are slick, brakes etc are all very good. The speedo is showing very low miles but don’t think its the original, its a European model with an American 55MPH marked MPH clock so has been changed at some point you would think, having said that looking at its general condition and listening to the engine, it cant of done a lot of work? We have ordered replacement rear indicator mounts, hence why they are not on the bike in the pictures, the mounts were all droopy from them big old original indicators being kicked all the time over the years, getting on and off the bike and desperately needed changing.

Full age related UK registration will be carried out, once DVLA sort themselves out and get back to work along with a fresh MOT.

Imported from Italy in March 1997, then bought by its only owner in August of the same year, this very nice Suzuki GSX750E has had an easy life since, spending more of its time in a garage having bits done and being polished, than actually being ridden. Its last owner tells us that he hardly rode it at all in the last nine years, just getting it out on the road for the odd occasion, last MOTs were done in 2013 then 2018. He has however in that time, fitted stainless braided hoses to the brakes front and rear, a 4×1 Jama exhaust system, upgraded the ignition with new coils and leads, fitted a “Pingle” fuel tap so no more bothersome vacuum tap, sports seat, flat bars, crash bars and had the wheel rims plus the fork lower legs polished. As you can see he also had the bike painted into this rather unusual for a Suzuki, orange colour. The paint whether you like it or not, is bright and shiny and while not being factory finish is presentable enough if you want to leave it. Personally i think the colour is fine but it needs some original style graphics to break it up. There is a small almost un-noticeable dink on the very front/side of the tank and the odd stone chip, plus the r/h side panel has one of its mounting lugs broken, not that you can see that with the panel on. All simple things to do if you were to elect to paint it.
What is more complicated is that coming from Italy in KMH there have been various attempts to fit UK MPH clocks, none particularly successful, the last being what are fitted now. These the actual speedo reads as do the idiot lights and fuel gauge, but the rev counter is temperamental (reads low) and the odometer is not registering, so mileage wise, who knows?? Its a case of judge its condition and make your own mind up.
Having stood so much, prior to sale it will have a service and carbs balanced plus an MOT included in the price. These big 4 cylinder 4 strokes of the 70s and 80s are getting more and more desirable as the days go by and prices reflect this with the like of Z9s, CBX1000s etc now commanding very high prices.This is filtering down to the lower cc stuff with bikes such as this getting harder and harder to find at sub 4K and mint ones are much more. So ride it and look after it, its value will go up.