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Old 09-12-2009, 12:18 PM   #1
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I have a buddy that kinda specializes in building exotic RZ500 variants, and works on some other very interesting stuff as well from time to time. I took a few pictures when I was over to his place this morning. You never know what he'll have around.


This bike started life as a 1985 Yamaha RZ500. Now wears YZR body-work, upgraded wheels, brakes, suspension, and various other bits.



To continue the 2-stroke theme, a 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma. This one doesn't have the fancy race body-work and paint like the RZ, but is every bit as trick. Brembo brakes, 540 kitted motor, modern wheels, etc.



More normal stuff, if a 1992 Kawi ZX-7R homologation special can be called normal.


And a 1989 GSX750-R homologation special, this model never sold in the states as new. Notice the Brembo mono-block calipers and Ohlins forks.

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Old 09-12-2009, 12:27 PM   #2
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Very nice!
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Old 09-12-2009, 04:55 PM   #3
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...And a 1989 GSX750-R homologation special, this model never sold in the states as new. ...
I think it did- called (believe it or not) the LTD. One of the things I remember is that it had a dry clutch.

Nice brace of scoots!
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Old 09-12-2009, 06:20 PM   #4
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I think it did- called (believe it or not) the LTD. One of the things I remember is that it had a dry clutch.

Nice brace of scoots!
There was a limited edition (LTD) sold in the states, but the bike above isn't it, it is the RR version. A pic of the US spec GSX-R750 Limited is shown below. Also a very cool and rare bike that I wouldn't be ashamed to park in my garage.
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Old 09-12-2009, 06:38 PM   #5
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Old 09-12-2009, 08:19 PM   #6
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Old 09-13-2009, 05:14 AM   #7
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Not to sound like an old fart...

'cause I'm not, but the more I see of modern sportbikes, the more I miss wicked old 80's and 90's sportbikes like these. I'd give at least one testicle for that Ninja above. So, so cool.
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Old 09-15-2009, 12:42 AM   #8
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The only bike I miss is the RZ, everything about that bike was sick & twisted. One of these days I want to do up a YZR repli-track toy.

Is that the stock steel frame or did he go whole hog and hunt up an RZV frame? I gave up after 2 years trying to find one (pre-internet).
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Old 09-15-2009, 04:13 AM   #9
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The only bike I miss is the RZ, everything about that bike was sick & twisted. One of these days I want to do up a YZR repli-track toy.

Is that the stock steel frame or did he go whole hog and hunt up an RZV frame? I gave up after 2 years trying to find one (pre-internet).
That's an aluminum RZV frame. They can be found, but they're getting pricey. Last one I saw went for $1300.

I almost sold my RZ500 earlier this year but came to my senses before it was too late. Mine is bone-stock, a real nice rider. It's currently going through a little refurb getting ready for the Barber Vintage Fest in October. I'll post some pics shortly.

While they're certainly not the fastest or best handling bikes out, (they weren't new either), the grin-factor is very high. The wail of the exhaust when it comes on the pipe is intoxicating. And it never fails to gather a crowd of interested, and usually knowledgeable, on-lookers wherever I go.
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Old 09-15-2009, 04:17 AM   #10
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The Gamma was awesome with the 4 exhaust pipes.

The 1992 ZX-7R is my all time favorite sportbike. It's the one that made me want to ride when I was in college. There was just one on E-Bay last week that looked brand new. Bidding was over $8k.
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:45 AM   #11
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There was a limited edition (LTD) sold in the states, but the bike above isn't it, it is the RR version. A pic of the US spec GSX-R750 Limited is shown below. Also a very cool and rare bike that I wouldn't be ashamed to park in my garage.
Very special.

Wrong wheels.


Hard to understand why when this thread is about the most wicked RZ500 ever and a super clean 500 Gamma that everyone is ooohing and ahhhing over a early 90's Ninja.
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Old 09-15-2009, 09:07 AM   #12
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Amazing collection of very cool bikes. The two strokes are becoming so rare it is a treat to just see one. Very nice! Thanks for sharing.
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