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Ducati August 25, 2016 posted by

Low-Mileage Parts-Bin Exotic: 1995 Ducati M900 Monster for Sale

1995 Ducati M900 R Side

Ducati’s Monster was a wonder of parts-bin engineering and basically saved the company from financial ruin, becoming the company’s best-selling model of all time by a healthy margin and bringing Ducati’s mystique to the masses. The four-valve superbikes may have won the glory but they were highly impractical for daily use, expensive to maintain, and far too expensive for the average motorcycle enthusiast. But the Monster, introduced in 1993, used off-the-shelf components almost exclusively: just the tank, dash, seat, and a couple minimal body panels were exclusive to the model. The frame was from the 851 with some minor modifications to the tubing to allow a different airbox: apparently, the remote-reservoir shock from that model is a nice upgrade, if you can find one on eBay. The engine was the Pantah-derived 904cc L-twin from the air/oil-cooled 900SS, and the suspension and brakes were from the lower-spec SS-CR.

1995 Ducati M900 Dash

It was relatively cheap to manufacture, the standard bars and low seat height made it practical for a wide variety of users, and the handling good enough for its given purpose: urban riding, posing, and wheelies. Best of all, it was an Authentic Ducati and made Authentic Ducati Noises. Aside from your average Harley, you won’t likely find a bike with better aftermarket support than a Ducati Monster.

1995 Ducati M900 L Side Tank

You can throw money at the motor, stick on the suspension from a 748, fit a high-mount exhaust and go trackday riding. Replace everything on the bike with carbon fiber for a sleek custom show bike. Fit higher bars, a bikini fairing, some soft bags, and take it touring. That was almost the whole point: the Monster provided Ducati fans with a blank canvas so they could build whatever they wanted. Sure the limited steering lock sucked for city riding, and you have to deal with old-school Ducati service intervals: 6,000 valve checks and 12,000 timing belt changes can get a bit expensive if you pile on the miles and don’t do the work yourself.

1995 Ducati M900 R Side Tank

But the entry costs are incredibly cheap, with well-used examples available for as little as $3,000. Parts are easily sourced and these bikes are relatively simple machines, with only the unfamiliar desmodromic heads a barrier to your average home mechanic. This 11,000 mile example looks to be in very clean condition, with a ton of aftermarket parts and a Buy It Now price of just $4,500.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Ducati M900 Monster for Sale

Third year of production of the original carbureted, air & oil cooled, 2-valve per cylinder L-twin in OEM Grey livery with Bronze frame and wheels, (the same as the bike featured in the Guggenheims "Art Of The Motorcycle" show and book in the late '90s.)  I am the second owner, since 2000.  This is a beautiful, low-mileage example; difficult to find in this condition.  It is a Cagiva-era bike so sports the elephant logos on many parts.  It has never been crashed, down or dropped.  Tank is clean, shiny metal inside; steering head bearings are smooth, swingarm bushings tight.  It has the desirable "V-2" cylinder heads.  The bike starts easily, idles properly and pulls strong through all 6 gears.  It features a number of aftermarket parts including:

  • Ducati C/F Bikini Fairing
  • ROADRACING billet aluminum mirrors
  • Corbin C/F cover seat w/Grey piping
  • C/F tailsection with integrated turn signals
  • Ventilated alloy clutch cover
  • Beringer clutch slave cylinder
  • C/F slip on exhausts
  • Airbox mod with K&N filter
  • Mikuni carbs jetted for intake/exhaust mods

The bike is current on service and is approaching it's 12K-mile belt/valve inspection.  Tires are older and, while showing plenty of tread, could stand to be freshened.

Included with the bike will be the OEM seat; factory toolkit and owner's manual, an additional period OEM instrument cluster with Tachometer, (the existing speedo will transfer into this unit.) A pair of C/F timing belt covers.

1995 Ducati M900 L Side Engine

Obviously, the new owner should be prepared to shell out some money for the upcoming service. The valve check is important, but the belt change is absolutely critical: a blown engine will turn your affordable exotic into an expensive garage decoration very quickly. Some of the carbon bits on this bike are from the lower end of the spectrum: you’d never mistake those DanMoto carbon cans for Termignonis, but they probably sound great and look much better than the stock items. And I’m familiar with that ugly War of the Worlds rear turn signal unit but I’d never actually seen on installed before, probably for good reason. Most kits used to clean up the rear of the bike require cutting a couple extended tubes off the end of the frame and many are worried that removing them will reduce the value of their bike. This kit kept the frame intact and incorporated more modern indicator lights into the sides. Definitely not to my taste, but easy to change if you don’t like it.

Overall, the Ducati Monster remains what it was always meant to be: an affordable entry to Ducati ownership. But that means that many examples have been thrashed and abused, making clean, low-mileage examples like this one increasingly hard to come by.

-tad

1995 Ducati M900 L Side


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KTM August 24, 2016 posted by

aRRRggh – 2008 KTM 990 Super Duke R

Each manufacturer makes their own call when they introduce an uprated "R" model.  KTM has taken it fairly seriously and built a 990 Super Duke with a healthy margin of performance above the standard model.  Often considered for a track day special, the R-model offered here could be show or go ride.

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2008 KTM 990 Super Duke R for sale on eBay

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Built from 2005-12, KTM's Super Duke used the 75-degree twin capable of 132 hp, pretty out there for a naked machine.  The orange trellis  frame suspends the DOHC engine and has WP suspension both ends.  Big all over, the seat height is over 33 inches and the fork tubes are 48mm.  Akrapovic has added their pipe to the mufflers supplied on the non-R bikes.  Radially mounted Brembo brakes are 320mm front and 240mm rear.  The semi-gloss black ( the Duke name is in flat/gloss relief on the radiator fairing ) with orange color scheme is an attention-getting brand of stealth.

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Evidently not much to report on this Duke R, with just over 7,000 miles, and no apparent damage.  From the eBay auction:

This is a real Super Duke R!  You will not find any for sale anywhere!  It took me 2 years to find one!

It is in great condition min wear only... super clean bike.

It has a Akrapovic exhaust pipes and cans, making the sound awesome! It also has Dynojet PowerCommander.

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20160823 2008 ktm 990 duke r left rear

With the off-road side of the house paying the rent, KTM's street bikes have mostly been done in smaller quantities, and the Duke R is a sidelight in the already boutique naked superbike market.  Beside some carbon accents, factory upgrades from the Super Duke included blueprinting the LC8 internals, a lightweight flywheel, and sharpening up the handling by raising the rear ride height.  Reviewed as a super performer but uncomfortable once the pace relaxes, maybe an aftermarket seat would be a place to start.  Right after this 990 R gets back from a day or two at the detailer's...

-donn

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Bimota August 23, 2016 posted by

Affordable Italian: 2001 Bimota SB8R for Sale

2001 Bimota SB8R R Side Front

If simply going fast is your thing, you probably don't spend much time on this site. You went out and bought a Suzuki GSX-R1000, threw some sticky rubber, rearsets, and a Power Commander on it, then went out to dominate road and track, with stone axe reliability and off-the-shelf parts availability. But in a sea of same, some of us want to have our cake and eat it too, and exotic bikes don't necessarily have to cost a fortune to buy and own. Bimota's exotic SB8R generally trades for south of $10,000 and offers up v-twin character and midrange punch, light weight, sophisticated handling, and the reliability of a Suzuki.

2001 Bimota SB8R Front

Styling is striking, if not actually pretty, and the view from the seat is dominated by those huge carbon intakes that recall the ZX-7R of the late 80s and early 90s. Handling was much improved compared to the TL1000R: it weighed a good bit less than the donor Suzuki and, if nothing else, it replaced the famously troublesome rotary rear damper with a more traditional unit.

2001 Bimota SB8R Clocks

The SB8R is surprisingly wide for a twin, but the bulbous fairing at least provides some wind protection but, like all Bimotas, the frame was the real centerpiece of the SB8. In this case, it was a sophisticated variation on the beam frame often used by Japanese superbikes. But here the construction is composite, with aluminum spars and carbon fiber side plates. The tail piece is self-supporting and also made of carbon. If that headlight looks familiar, Bimota wisely cribbed the part for their SB8, along with that very ordinary-looking, but functional dash. Suzuki obviously also lent the bike their eight-valve, liquid-cooled 996cc v-twin engine, modified with different injectors to produce a claimed 138hp, and a real-world 124whp.

Keep in mind that, until World Superbike twins grew to 1200cc and started chasing hp at the expense of the midrange that was previously their forte, 124hp was considered huge power for a twin. Especially when the only traction control was your sensitive right hand...

From the original eBay listing: 2001 Bimota SB8R for Sale

I hate to let my dream bike go, but I have to do it. It's got the factory fuel trimmer and full Arrow exhaust. I have the stock mirrors and rear fender/taillight/blinker assembly. I installed a lithium battery less than a year ago. It makes servicing/accessing the battery a TON easier.

2001 Bimota SB8R R Side Rear

As far as Bimotas go, these are pretty common, but that's not saying very much. The listing is pretty spare, but the photos are good and should give you a pretty good idea of what to expect. Obviously, the engine should be easy to service, but bodywork will be difficult and/or expensive. As always, Bimota experts are welcome to weigh in and point out anything for potential buyers to be aware of but, aside from some slightly faded carbon as you'd expect on a bike this old, everything appears to be in order, or available from the seller. Bidding is very active but currently up to just north of $4,000 with the reserve not met and just a couple days left on the auction.

-tad

2001 Bimota SB8R R Side


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Yamaha August 22, 2016 posted by

1985 Yamaha RZV500 available in Wisconsin

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Here's a great looking, unrestored, Japanese market RZV500. The biggest difference between the RZ500 and RZV500 is the aluminum frame and even smaller production numbers compared to the ROW models. Mileage is a mere 7,400 and with 5 days remaining on the auction, the current bid is a little over $10k, reserve not met.

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1985 Yamaha RZV500 for sale on eBay

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from the seller:

If your looking at this ad then you already know what you want so I'm not going to list all the technical stuff for this bike you can look that up online. I have had this RZV500 for 12 years. I ride it about a 100 miles a year and put it away. It runs and rides great. Starts easy I have done nothing with the motor since I bought it just changed oil and tires that's about it. I did add the Lomas pipes and changed jetting the pipes are mild steel.The stock pipes will be included.

I am not an RZ Geek just someone who likes to ride 2 stroke on the road so I might not be able to answer all technical questions but I will try. As far as the condition it does have some cracking in the body work some mild oxidation in areas. About everything you could expect for an unrestored 31 year old bike. The one thing I did notice on my last ride is the directional will go on but not flash that is something I have not looked in too. Other than that everything functions as it should.If you need more photos of something specific I will be happy to provide them.


From the Q&A at the bottom of the listing:

Q: What's the difference between a RZ500 & a RZV 500 ? Thank you.

A: Hello, There are several differences some subtle and some not so subtle. here is a list of some differences. RZV500R (51X) Made exclusively in Japan Tachometer mounted red warning light that activates at the equivalent of 55mph. Hand-produced lightweight aluminium frame, fuel tank contents gauge activated by a rhs mounted function switch (uses water temp gauge to show fuel tank contents available), front suspension pre-load adjustable from dial on top of forks legs. Self cancelling indicators deleted. Production run limited to 1600 units only (all sold in the first week of release allegedly) The claimed dry weight of the RZ is 438 lbs. The claimed dry weight of the RZV is 418 lbs. I hope this answer's your question. Thanks for asking. Todd

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Bimota August 20, 2016 posted by

Metal Confection: 2008 Bimota DB6R for Sale

2008 Bimota DB6R R Side2

For years, Bimota was a byword for high-performance motorcycles that provided ultimate speed and handling. But recent offerings like this DB6R have seemed strangely... practical. This shift even carries over to the exotic Tesi that is available with a set of handlebars, instead of the expected clip-ons. Recent Bimota offerings have showed a clear shift to building lightweight, jewel-like, highly-polished, but useable machines like the DB6. The air-cooled 1078cc Dual-Spark Ducati v-twin is certainly powerful and refined, especially in a machine with a claimed 390lb wet weight, but the 90hp it makes still isn't likely to overwhelm and that upright, naked design is far more practical than previous Bimotas. But that should come as no surprise: as a company, Bimota has had to evolve to keep one step ahead of the major manufacturers that have ruthlessly co-opted their innovations. And the new strategy appears to be: appeal to the more mature buyers who can likely afford toys like this and expect perfection for their money.

2008 Bimota DB6R Front

Bimota got their start in the early 1970s and followed in the footsteps of British builders like Seeley, Spondon, and Rickman, building stiff, lightweight frames around powerful, reliable, and easily serviced engines from the major Japanese manufacturers. Kawasaki, Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha had clearly figured out how to build engines, but were still working on how to make their bikes really handle. As the major manufacturers caught up, Bimota had to evolve to keep one step ahead, and their new strategy appears to be: appeal to the more mature buyers who can likely afford toys like this and expect perfection for their money.

2008 Bimota DB6R R Side Rear

Today's SB6R is a gorgeously-detailed motorcycle. I've said it before, but it bears repeating: if you're into craftsmanship, just look closely at these pictures. The hinged caps on the risers for the bars, the complex swingarm with tubular and machined aluminum parts, the beautiful brackets and details that set Bimota apart. Miles are low on this one, and the bike appears to be in good condition, although the rear wheel is a bit dirty and the front and rear wheels don't match... For the Buy It Now of $22,000 you'd think the seller could at least clean it up a bit...

From the original eBay listing: 2008 Bimota DB6R for Sale

Bimota DB6R. Another very rare and unique bike from my own personal collection. One of three special bikes I'm currently selling online. No scratches, no wear and tear. One owner. Like new in pristine condition.

Now that the major manufacturers have the whole handling-thing figured out, where does that leave Bimota? Well, for a while, they were in the hyper-bike game, stripping weight out of their bikes to make them even faster than the already very competent bikes that donated their frames. But this "performance first" ethos led to bikes that needed their engines removed for basic valve services and a somewhat fragile reputation, to put it politely. I like this new, more practical Bimota. Will they survive? Only time will tell.

-tad

2008 Bimota DB6R Seat


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