The Motorcycle Shop https://themotorcycleshopsa.com Scooters, motorcycles sales, service, and parts. Wed, 09 Oct 2019 19:16:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 143039778 Cult Classic! Kawasaki ZRX1200R https://themotorcycleshopsa.com/motorcycles/cult-classic-kawasaki-zrx1200r/ Wed, 09 Oct 2019 19:14:27 +0000 https://themotorcycleshopsa.com/?p=12446 "Wow!" That's pretty much what we all said when this bike arrived at our shop. This ZRX1200R has been sitting in storage for most of its life -- only 9,411 miles. Naturally, it needed some TLC before we put it up for sale, but that's okay. You can see it has new tires and everything [...]

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“Wow!” That’s pretty much what we all said when this bike arrived at our shop. This ZRX1200R has been sitting in storage for most of its life — only 9,411 miles. Naturally, it needed some TLC before we put it up for sale, but that’s okay. You can see it has new tires and everything has been checked to make sure it’s working okay.

What is it about this bike that makes it so appealing to people? It’s an iconic design based upon the Eddie Lawson Replica KZ1000R sold in 1982. Lawson was a superbike racing champion of his time, and the looks of this bike have stood the test of time. Although the ZRX1200 series hasn’t been sold here since 2005, it continued in production in Japan until 2016.

Since we all know it’s go plenty to show, how well does it go? It’s quite awesome in the power and handling department, to be sure. I have a friend with one and I’ve had the opportunity to ride it a couple of times. Since it’s rated at 122 hp / 80.7 lb ft, there’s plenty of power. But what makes it so nice to ride is how linear the power delivery is. Need to go slow through a school zone? No problem. Want to cruise at the speed limit on the highway? No drama. Want to go like a screaming madman down the road? You bet.

It’s an inline 4-cylinder engine with liquid cooling and four 36mm Keihin CV carbs. Brakes are more than ample, as you can see in the photo. Suspension is fully adjustable front and rear. The overall configuration of the bike is quite standard. It’s a very comfortable ride overall.

In its current form, this ZRX1200R is pretty much all stock. If you want to keep it that way, no problem. But there is a huge performance aftermarket for this bike, depending on what your goals are. People do all sorts of outrageous modifications to these bikes, but that would be your personal choice. Performance, riding position, suspension…you can do it all. Or just keep it stock. Either way this is a very enjoyable bike.

Sadly, this bike has suffered one unfortunate incident. Somebody spilled blue paint on the gas tank a while back, and it ain’t going away. Just tell people it’s a custom factory paint job, or some such. Given this, the bike is fairly priced at $3,595. Completely ready to roll out the door and put a smile on your face. Come visit us soon…this one will not last!

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Pre-Owned Scooters 10/9/19 https://themotorcycleshopsa.com/scooters/used-scooters-mopeds/pre-owned-scooters-10-9-19/ Wed, 09 Oct 2019 17:30:08 +0000 https://themotorcycleshopsa.com/?p=12441 Here's a list of our current pre-owned scooters for your consideration. Mileage is approximate. All bikes subject to prior sale...and more come in all the time. So don't hesitate to contact us if you see something that catches your eye! Year Make Model Color Mi/Km Price Features 2009 Honda Metropolitan 50 Red 711 mi. $1,295 [...]

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Here’s a list of our current pre-owned scooters for your consideration. Mileage is approximate. All bikes subject to prior sale…and more come in all the time. So don’t hesitate to contact us if you see something that catches your eye!

Year Make Model Color Mi/Km Price Features
2009 Honda Metropolitan 50 Red 711 mi. $1,295 Serviced — ready to go
1987 Honda Helix Red 5236 mi. $1,495
1986 Honda Spree 50 White/Turquiose 2300 mi. $1,095
2009 Kymco People 50 7626 km. $795 2-stroke
2009 Kymco Sento 50 1095 km. $1,295 Great starter scooter
2008 Kymco Agility 125 22000 km. $895
2007 Kymco People 150 White 98485 km. SOLD 1 owner
2005 Kymco People 250 Red 36090 km. $1,295 Topbox
2004 Kymco People 50 Silver 3462 km. $1,195
2002 Kymco People 150 Black 1700 km. SOLD Great condition!
2001 Kymco People 50 Red 3861 km. $1,195
2016 Piaggio BV350 White 622 mi. $3,999 ABS, TC, Givi topbox
2014 Piaggio BV350 Blue/Silver 1905 mi. $3,695
2009 Piaggio Fly 150 White 800 mi. $1,695 New battery, fully serviced
1987 Suzuki FA50 Pink 137 mi. $1,295 No title
2014 SYM HD200 White 6697 mi. $1,695 165cc, topbox
2009 SYM RV250 Blue/Silver 2400 mi. $2,295

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Pre-Owned Motorcycles 10/9/19 https://themotorcycleshopsa.com/motorcycles/used-motorcycles/pre-owned-motorcycles-10-9-19/ Wed, 09 Oct 2019 17:27:09 +0000 https://themotorcycleshopsa.com/?p=12439 Here's a list of our current pre-owned motorcycles available for sale. All bikes subject to prior sale...and more come in all the time. So don't hesitate to contact us if you see something that catches your eye! Year Make Model Color Mi/Km Price Features 1976 BMW R90s Orange/Silver N/A $6,995 Beautiful restoration! 2009 Harley XL1200 [...]

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Here’s a list of our current pre-owned motorcycles available for sale. All bikes subject to prior sale…and more come in all the time. So don’t hesitate to contact us if you see something that catches your eye!

Year Make Model Color Mi/Km Price Features
1976 BMW R90s Orange/Silver N/A $6,995 Beautiful restoration!
2009 Harley XL1200 Sportster Black 1480 mi. $7,995 1 owner
2012 Honda CBR250 Black 6000 mi. $2,695 New tires
1999 Honda Nighthawk 250 Black 11292 mi. $1,595
1976 Honda CL350 Scrambler Black 17900 mi. $1,800 Custom-made, clear title
2002 Kawasaki ZRX1200 Red 9411 mi. $3,595
2017 Royal Enfield C5 Air Force Squadron Blue 2651 mi. $4,295 Back seat, trials-style knobby tires
2006 Suzuki V-Strom Blue 38568 mi. $2,895 New tires, chain, sprocket
2000 Suzuki Marauder 800 Black 16000 mi. $2,295 Lots of extras
2016 Triumph Street Twin Red 1674 mi. $6,995 One owner
1977 Triumph Bonneville 750 Silver 6985 mi. $12,500 Silver Jubilee limited edition

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1987 Suzuki FA50: Pretty in Pink https://themotorcycleshopsa.com/scooters/1987-suzuki-fa50-pretty-in-pink/ Wed, 02 Oct 2019 23:17:49 +0000 https://themotorcycleshopsa.com/?p=12427 Yes, it really is true. Pink was a "thing" back in the 1980's. And this Suzuki  FA50 scooter is proof in living color. But ya gotta admit, it is pretty cute. And rare, especially in this condition -- only 137 miles! The possible uses are many. It would make a great pit bike, or a [...]

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Yes, it really is true. Pink was a “thing” back in the 1980’s. And this Suzuki  FA50 scooter is proof in living color.

But ya gotta admit, it is pretty cute. And rare, especially in this condition — only 137 miles! The possible uses are many. It would make a great pit bike, or a fun grocery getter. Use your imagination — wherever you take it, it’s guaranteed to get attention.

The FA50 has a straighforward setup. Basic forks in front, 50cc two-stroke engine, single-sided swingarm in back. Speedometer, solo seat and large luggage rack. Cable-actuated drum brakes front and rear. Fully setup for street legal operation, including electric horn and turn signals.

Some might call it a moped; others a scooter. But I’m a purist. A moped has bicycle-style pedals and chain; a scooter has footpegs or footrests, along with a kickstarter (in this case). Although this one could go either way due to its large, spoked wheels and bicycle-style forks, I’m gonna call it a scooter simply based on the footpegs. Either way, it’s pure fun.

This bike is available for $1295, but be aware there is no title. That won’t be a problem if you plan to use it on private property. If you want to make it street legal, you can obtain a “bonded title” through TexasDMV. As a bonus, it is eligible for Texas Antique license plates. Be unique…and pretty in pink.

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2006 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom https://themotorcycleshopsa.com/motorcycles/2006-suzuki-dl650-v-strom/ Wed, 02 Oct 2019 22:59:53 +0000 https://themotorcycleshopsa.com/?p=12417 What can you say about the legendary Suzuki DL650 V-Strom (aside from it's oddly-spelled name, of course)? Actually, a lot. It has proven to be a tough, durable adventure bike, with more than adequate power and a riding position you'll appreciate after a long day in the saddle. Starting at the front, it's shod with [...]

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What can you say about the legendary Suzuki DL650 V-Strom (aside from it’s oddly-spelled name, of course)? Actually, a lot. It has proven to be a tough, durable adventure bike, with more than adequate power and a riding position you’ll appreciate after a long day in the saddle.

Starting at the front, it’s shod with dual front disc brakes with dual-cylinder Tokico calipers. The engine is a liquid-cooled 650cc v-twin that has proven to be a solid performer (hence this bike’s name). There’s a single rear disc brake. Suspension are standard forks up front with a monoshock setup in the rear.

This bike comes with plenty of accessories, including the windscreen, RAM cellphone mount, hand guards, luggage rack and saddlebag racks. And there’s a very handy center stand in case you find yourself doing emergency repairs out in the middle of nowhere.

This bike has 38,568 miles and has been thoroughly refreshed with new adventure-type tires, chain and sprocket. It’s ready to go out and discover more new back roads! And considering all these new parts, it’s priced at a very reasonable $2,895 (plus TT&L). Come check it out before it’s gone…

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2017 Royal Enfield C5 in RAF Blue https://themotorcycleshopsa.com/motorcycles/2017-royal-enfield-c5-in-raf-squadron-blue/ Tue, 24 Sep 2019 15:21:14 +0000 https://themotorcycleshopsa.com/?p=12406 Used in apartment classified ads, the term "All Mod Cons" is a British abbreviation for "all modern conveniences", meaning all new appliances, etc. That's exactly what you get with the Royal Enfield Classic 500: All Mod Cons, most importantly a disc brakes, fuel injection, modern suspension...and electric start! Top it all off with a stunning [...]

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Used in apartment classified ads, the term “All Mod Cons” is a British abbreviation for “all modern conveniences”, meaning all new appliances, etc. That’s exactly what you get with the Royal Enfield Classic 500: All Mod Cons, most importantly a disc brakes, fuel injection, modern suspension…and electric start! Top it all off with a stunning paint job in Royal Air Force Squadron Blue, and you’ve got a something really unique to cruise past the hedgerows and through the quaint villages of…South Texas? Well, perhaps not but you get the idea. Simply a great bike for cruising through the Hill Country.

At the heart of this beauty is a single cylinder, overhead-cam 500cc engine with dual spark plugs, coupled to a 5-speed transmission. Suspension is provided by standard front forks and adjustable dual rear shocks, along with front-seat springs. Braking is performed by discs front and rear. On this particular bike, a rear seat is provided. Trials-style knobby tires are useful for both pavement and gravel roads.

There’s only 2651 miles on this bike, and the prices is a very reasonable $4,295 (plus TT&L). Drop by and check it out today!

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“How Long Can a Scooter Last?” https://themotorcycleshopsa.com/events/how-long-can-a-scooter-last/ Mon, 23 Sep 2019 21:26:03 +0000 https://themotorcycleshopsa.com/?p=12392 It's a question we've all heard, and probably asked it ourselves at some point in our lives. This 2007 Kymco People 150 gives us a really good clue. It has 98,485 kilometers on its odometer -- that's approximately 60,000 miles. Not only that, but it's back out the road with a new owner who didn't [...]

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It’s a question we’ve all heard, and probably asked it ourselves at some point in our lives. This 2007 Kymco People 150 gives us a really good clue. It has 98,485 kilometers on its odometer — that’s approximately 60,000 miles. Not only that, but it’s back out the road with a new owner who didn’t seem to mind the mileage at all!

There really isn’t any secret to having a scooter last this long, but there are a number of factors involved. First and foremost, it needs to be a well-made product. At The Motorcycle Shop, we sell only top-quality scooters and motorcycles — we’ve been in business a long time and that’s one of the keys to our longevity.

The second part is up to you: care and maintenance. Your owner’s manual is a very important part of a good maintenance strategy. It tells you what exactly needs to be maintained, and how often to do it. Check out the maintenance schedule…and follow it! Also check your wear components — such as tires and brake pads — regularly, or ask us to check things for you.

With most scooters, we recommend an oil change every 1,000 to 1,200 miles using full-synthetic motor oil. There’s only 1 quart in the engine, and it’s critical that it be changed regularly. In the case of this Kymco, the owner did her own oil changes and brought it in for other maintenance, such as having the drive belt and clutch weights replaced.

If you can store your scooter in a sheltered location, please do so. South Texas weather can be nasty stuff! If you don’t have shelter, consider getting a cover instead. Everything you can do is a big help. Keep your scooter happy and it will reward you in return.

There’s no guarantee that your scooter will last that long — your mileage may vary, as the expression goes.

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Cheap Thrills! Kymco K-Pipe 125 https://themotorcycleshopsa.com/motorcycles/cheap-thrills-kymco-k-pipe-125/ Mon, 23 Sep 2019 20:43:42 +0000 https://themotorcycleshopsa.com/?p=12383 Good things do indeed come in smaller packages, and the Kymco K-Pipe is a great example of that. The K-Pipe is Kymco's entry into the 125cc motorcycle market, which has become popular due to the desire of riders looking for something different. The fact that it's relatively inexpensive helps, too. The primary thing that sets [...]

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Good things do indeed come in smaller packages, and the Kymco K-Pipe is a great example of that. The K-Pipe is Kymco’s entry into the 125cc motorcycle market, which has become popular due to the desire of riders looking for something different. The fact that it’s relatively inexpensive helps, too.

The primary thing that sets the K-Pipe apart from its competitors is the 17-inch wheels, rather than its competitors’ 12-inch wheels. The helps make the bike more nimble, and the larger-diameter tires help soak up bumps and potholes. Thanks to the 17″ wheels, even taller riders will feel comfortable riding it despite its smaller size. Combine this with a weight of only 247 pounds, and this is something you can easily flick into curves or around hazards. Change out the tires, and this would make a fun scrambler.

The powerplant is a straightforward air-cooled single cylinder with a single overhead cam. A combination carburetor/fuel petcock sits right on top. Brakes are hydraulic disc in front with a dual piston caliper. The rear brake is a tried-and-true mechanical drum setup. Suspension consists of standard forks in front and a monoshock setup in rear. The fuel tank holds 1.2 gallons, which is plenty considering the thrifty 125cc engine. Even so, this bike is relatively quick given its size. One online reviewer claims their test unit K-Pipe had a maximum speed of 76 mph.

The transmission is a semi-automatic unit with four speeds. There’s no need to use the clutch when starting from a standstill. Just put in gear, release the brake and twist the throttle!

At a price of $2,099 (plus taxes and fees), the K-Pipe represents a true bargain. It’s priced well below the competition, and it’s just as much fun if not even more so. It comes with a 2-year factory warranty, so you can ride it with confidence. Come on into The Motorcycle Shop and check it out today!

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DGR 2019: A Fun Ride for a Good Cause https://themotorcycleshopsa.com/events/dgr-2019-a-fun-ride-for-a-good-cause/ Mon, 23 Sep 2019 15:49:29 +0000 https://themotorcycleshopsa.com/?p=12374 It's time once again for The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride, a worldwide event which will held this Saturday, September 29, 2019. It's open to vintage (35 years or older) and newer vintage-style motorcycles and scooters, and all riders are encouraged to "dress dapper". At this time, over 200 riders have signed up for the San Antonio [...]

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It’s time once again for The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, a worldwide event which will held this Saturday, September 29, 2019. It’s open to vintage (35 years or older) and newer vintage-style motorcycles and scooters, and all riders are encouraged to “dress dapper”. At this time, over 200 riders have signed up for the San Antonio ride — it’s an amazing sight to see that many motorcycles going down the road. And when they’re parked, it’s like a traveling vintage motorcycle show; you never know what you’ll see.

Most importantly, though, is the fundraising aspect of this event. Donations from riders and their sponsors will go to the Movember Foundation as they continue to strive to cure Prostate Cancer and raise awareness of Men’s Mental Health issues. So far, the San Antonio ride has raised over $12,000, but we can do even better than that if everyone helps out. You can learn more, sign up, or sponsor a friend at www.gentlemansride.com.

What kinds of bikes qualify?

Vintage-style motorcycles include a number of variations, including café racers, bobbers, classics, trackers, scramblers, old-school choppers, sidecars and brat-style bikes. On the scooter side, anything that resembles the classic looks of the original Vespas or Lambrettas are perfect!

At The Motorcycle Shop, we sell several bikes and scooters that would qualify for this ride. Among our new motorcycles, practically all Royal Enfields are vintage style, along with the Genuine G400c. New scooter models that would be perfect include the Genuine Buddy Kick, Lance Cali Classic, and Royal Alloy Grand Tourer 150. We sometimes have pre-owned motorcycles and scooters that are 35 years or older. For example we currently have a 1976 Honda CL350 Scrambler that would be great to show off!

Our distinguished proprietor, Jason Trott, showing how it’s done right!

What should I wear?

And yes, this is a great opportunity to show off not only your ride, but if you like to dress up this is your chance! Dressing dapper can be interpreted according to your own taste. Gentlemen always have a taste for classic British tweed, or perhaps you prefer the Mad Men style of the early 1960’s. This writer prefers the WWII look, complete with vintage riding breeches, boots, a dress shirt and scarf. The ladies always show up in good taste — no need to tell them what to wear!

You say you don’t have anything suitable in your wardrobe? There are several thrift and consignment shops where you could hunt for something that fits your style. Use your imagination!

What about ride safety?

Ride safety is very important! Fortunately, there will be a police escort, which means the group will not have to make any stops along the way. All laws are to be followed, including speed limits. This is not intended to be a race. Since this is an urban ride, we will be going at reasonable speeds on city streets — no highways.

Wear your helmet — don’t worry if it’s vintage-style or not. Keep your head safe! Along the route, be sure to keep your bike a safe distance from the ones around you. The “two-second rule” is always a good measure to use.

Ride Host Pat Reilly leading the group on his vintage Honda café racer.

What’s the route?

The route starts in the northwest part of town, near UTSA. Coffee will be provided by Estate Coffee to help wake you up. Once started, the ride makes its way towards downtown, riding through several historic neighborhoods and Brackenridge Park along the way. There will be a rest stop at the Menger Hotel, next to the Alamo. Refreshments and snacks will be provided by the good folks at the Menger. From there, the ride continues down past the Missions and then makes its way back near downtown to the Alamo Brewery. Pizza will be provided courtesy of Pizza Classics.

Once you register, the exact ride route and other details will be provided via email.

How can I help out if I can’t make it?

If you can’t make it for whatever reason, please consider sponsoring a friend. If you don’t know anyone that’s participating, you can still support the cause at www.gentlemansride.com/sponsor.

The writer and his lovely wife next to their 1978 Hondamatic at ride’s end in 2018.

 

 

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*SOLD* 2002 Kymco People 150 https://themotorcycleshopsa.com/scooters/2002-kymco-people-150-in-gorgeous-black/ Tue, 17 Sep 2019 20:51:07 +0000 https://themotorcycleshopsa.com/?p=12355 *SOLD* This one didn't last long at all! Here's a real beauty of a scooter that came to us as a trade-in. You can easily see this one has been well-maintained and cared for. The Kymco People 150 is notable for its large-diameter wheels, which have several advantages. The biggest plus is the ability of [...]

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*SOLD* This one didn’t last long at all!

Here’s a real beauty of a scooter that came to us as a trade-in. You can easily see this one has been well-maintained and cared for. The Kymco People 150 is notable for its large-diameter wheels, which have several advantages. The biggest plus is the ability of the tires to soak up bumps and potholes more easily. They also provide great handling. In many ways, scooters like this are a hybrid of motorcycle and scooter. Although they’re quite popular in Europe, they have never been that big here in the United States.

The 150cc 4-stroke engine provides plenty get-up and go, and the front disc/rear drum brake combo provides excellent stopping power. There’s plenty of room for two, if you’d like — rear footpegs simply fold out then stow away when not needed. The rear luggage rack is ready for a top box or anything you choose to bungee down and haul home. There’s a glovebox, too.

As you can see, this particular scooter is in great shape. It only has 1,800 km on the odometer…you do the math! Everything is in very good condition — this is definitely a “get on it and ride” scooter. At $1,695 (plus TT&L), this would make for great transportation…or just plain fun for riding around town.

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