For fans of mid- to late-1990s AMA Superbike racing, the lime-green Kawasaki 750 of that era is synonymous with a certain Mr. John Douglas Chandler, the three-time AMA Superbike Champion from Salinas, California, who also just so happens to work for MotoAmerica.
Chandler’s #10 Muzzy Kawasaki was a frequent visitor to the AMA winner’s circle, which earned him the catchy nickname “DC10”. And now, one of Chandler’s Muzzy Kawasakis is listed for sale on “BringATrailer.com,” a Website that this author and many other MotoAmerica folks, including photographer Brian J. Nelson, visit on the daily. Among the seemingly endless plethora of low-mileage Buick Grand Nationals and GNXs, as well as Honda S2000s and Acura NSXs, that pop up for auction on the site, is the occasional motorcycle. But none is more attention-grabbing than the 1995 Team Muzzy Kawasaki ZX-7R Superbike that is currently up for bids.
A quick scan of the listing and a study of the photos show that the bike carries the competition number 110, and the seller is listed as “DouglasGonda.” Also, if you look at the way the extra “1” numerals appear on the bike, you can tell that the extra digits were hastily added to a bike that clearly already had the number “10” on the front of the fairing and sides of the tail section as was de rigeur in pre-millennial Superbike racing around the world.
This is no “ordinary” ex-Doug Chandler Kawasaki 750 Superbike. Due to its special gear-driven cams, it was ineligible to compete in AMA Superbike…but it was perfectly suited to race in Formula USA, the “run what ya brung” motorcycle road racing series for which Doug Gonda served as president.
With the extra “1” numerals added to the front of his signature competition number “10,” Chandler raced the bike twice on March 3, 1996, at Daytona International Speedway. He competed in the two North American Sport Bike (NASB) Formula USA races that were held that day as part of Daytona’s annual Bike Week. Chandler won the first event, which was considered Round 3 of the 1996 NASB Formula USA Championship. In Round 4 that ran later that day, Chandler did the double. By the way, runner-up to Chandler in both those races was Michael Barnes, the ageless wonder who is currently leading the 2019 MotoAmerica Twins Cup Championship.
One of the interesting features of the Formula USA Championship is that the series had claiming rules, which were meant to level the playing field in what was otherwise a pretty wide-open race series. The rules essentially stated that any bike that competed in the series could be “claimed” or purchased for an agreed upon price. This “agreed-upon price” was a bone of contention, but suffice to say, as a team owner (like Rob Muzzy in this case), you didn’t want to sink a boatload of cash into a bike because a competitor or the series organizer could purchase your motorcycle at a bargain-basement price.
Well, that’s exactly what FUSA president Doug Gonda did. Many of the details about how the bike was claimed, and for how much money, are including in the BaT listing, so follow the link below to find out more (and, we’re sure Doug Gonda would appreciate it if you’d bid on the bike):