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Aprilia January 30, 2015 posted by

1 of 27 Made: 2005 Aprilia RS125 Casey Stoner Replica

Aprilia RS125 Casey Stoner Replica for sale

With Casey Stoner back in the news testing the HRC RC213V in Sepang yesterday, this seems like an opportune time to note this special edition Aprilia RS125. While clearly aimed at fans in his home market (the only place it was sold), it is sure to delight Stoner superfans and collectors. There are no performance improvements but the graphics treatment is unique and comes with a signed certificate of authenticity from Stoner himself. It is being sold in Australia so check to see if export is available before bidding -- which starts at just under $16k USD and wears a buy-it-now of a little shy of $20k USD.

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Aprilia RS125 Casey Stoner Replica for sale on eBay Australia

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Ducati January 28, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Sport 1000S Custom

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While the world is quick to deride designer Pierre Terblanche for what he possibly got wrong at Ducati (arguments over the 749/999 series come to mind), the creation of the Sport Classic line was something he certainly got right. Invoking Ducati's rich history with modern mechanics and the utter ride-ability and reliability of the fabled 2-valve air-cooled L-twin, Terblanche created a link to the past with these very cool modern sportbikes. The Sport 1000 and the Paul Smart draw on the glory days of the bevel, but rev it up with a dual-spark interpretation of the venerable Pantah.

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While the Sport Classic line starts out as coveted machinery, RSBFS reader Curtis has kicked things up a notch, building a black beauty that invokes the green-framed 750, the Paul Smart Edition and even Old Blue - had it been black. While the desmodue motors do not breathe particularly well at high RPMs, they are bulletproof torque monsters...and light weight to boot. That makes these air-cooled Supersport based machines formidable street bikes, as they comprise a tidy package of compact and light weight stature pushed along by a growling and tractable 90 degree twin. Simplicity and effectiveness in one great looking package.

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From the seller:
2006 Ducati Sport 1000
Selling my 2006 Monoposto Sport Classic. Ducati never made a Black Monoposto 1000S, so I took the liberty to create what I believe would live up to its name. This is basically a monoposto black paul smart. The 1000S that came out in 2007+ were all bi-posto and wet clutches.

I am leaving the country and instead of having this bike sit in storage for the next 6 months, I am putting it up for sale. All the details and particulars are listed below. I am in no need to sell it, and any low ball offers will be ignored. I am located in Orange County CA and can show the bike in person. No test rides unless cash in hand. The Tank is a black 1000s that was purchased new and had the stripes removed and recleared. It was sealed with caswell professionally by T.Markus in Hollywood so that there is no chance of this tank expanding. If you are looking for a sport 1000, beware as the tank's expand and warp due to the ethanol in gasoline. Without a professionally sealed tank, your tank WILL expand... at a cost of $1400 for a replacement tank that still needs to be coated. Do not take that chance.

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More from the seller:
11,345 miles
7,500 and 11,000 Mile Service Done
Valve Adjustment
Belts Changed
New Plugs
Oil / Fluids (Motul)
Upgraded Ducati S4 adjustable Showa Forks
Termignoni Single Exhaust
Custom Subframe
Paul Smart Style Full Fairings
T.Markus Caswell Sealed Tank (No Swelling) (Brand new Tank with invoice)
Custom Monoposto Black "Paul Smart"
Carbon Fiber Front Fender
New Lithium Battery (light weight)
CA Clean and Clear Title
Trickle Charge Installed
Chanel N*5 inspired fairing
Upgraded Slave Cylinder
Rear tail delete
Tires 60%+ tread

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This one of a kind bike is available now on eBay. Ducati never ventured into this territory with the Sport Classic line, and you'd have to think Pierre Terblanche would love the outcome of this midnight edition 1000 S / Paul Smart combination. The machine looks great, has some impressive upgrades, and is being offered by the builder/owner (not some broker/dealer). Check it out here, because you won't find one anywhere else!

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Track Bikes For Sale January 28, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 2006 MetraKit Pre GP125

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Although they're often overshadowed by bigger, badder, modern superbikes, or vintage racebikes with history and links to famous riders, bikes like this Metrakit PreGP 125 are where it all starts for riders of the future. A tool they'll use to start writing their own stories.

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If you're not familiar with MetraKit, they're a Spanish company that's been making scooter, moped, and mini-moto hop-up parts for road and track since 1976. More recently, they've branched out, building a variety of complete racing motorcycles with powerplants from established manufacturers.

The Pre GP125 was introduced in 2005 as a step up from smaller mini-moto machines like the YSR50. It features 17" wheels and is motivated by a modified, two-stroke 124.8cc Husqvarna engine that puts 32bhp through a six-speed gearbox. That reliable powerplant is hung within a tubular steel frame and aluminum side-plates and the complete package weighs in at 176 lbs dry.

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But don't assume this bike's relatively tiny powerplant makes it a "learner bike," unless you mean "learning to whip your buddies at the track." They pack two-stroke punch into a featherweight package, providing racebike handling for riders looking to cut their teeth before moving on to bigger, faster machines. Keep in mind: these are racing motorcycles designed for teenagers moving up from mini-moto classes and aren't really scaled for larger riders. So if you're built like a jockey or don't mind folding yourself up like a contortionist to fit on board, something like this should provide plenty of thrills for track day or race fun.

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From the original eBay listing: 2006 MetraKit Pre GP125 for Sale

2006 Metrakit Pre GP 125 Red Bull Rookie Cup Bike LIKE NEW LOW HOURS!!
***SOLD WITH BILL OF SALE*** AS IS WHERE IS
Any questions or to preview call David at 310.435.8968
Lots of spares bars, sprockets, levers, bar ends, 2 sets of spare fairing; 1 new unpainted 1 damaged in shipping and repaired, Rear stand,
Bitubo steering dampner
Paioli forks
radial master cylinder and front brake
WP suspension rear shock
TMX Mikuni Carb
VFORCE reeds
Engine is an 06 husquvarna 125 great reliable engine starts right up bike is REALLY FAST
Tires have about 10 or less laps on them
Bike has only a few hours total
Has great suspension (see pics)

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With a Buy It Now price of $5,500, this looks like a great way to pick up a ready-to-race GP bike for a relative song. As is often the case with genuine race bikes, this one comes with a wealth of spares and upgraded parts that should help keep the little two-stroke running, including several sets of bodywork in case you happen to subscribe to the philosophy that "rubbin' is racin" or have more courage than talent. Although I understand that lightweight 125's often fare better in crashes than larger bikes as they tend to skim along instead of tumbling...

-tad

2006 MetraKit Pre GP125 Front


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Ducati January 28, 2015 posted by

Bubble Popped? Multiple 2008 Ducati Desmosedici’s for sale

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Its not surprising that a lot of the smaller motorcycle manufacturers adopted the concept of "manufactured" rarity, since this helped them compete with the Japanese.  The most dedicated proponents of the manufactured rarity concepts all seem to be italian with Bimota, Ducati, MV Agusta and even Aprilia all producing limited edition bikes.  The bikes can range from mere cosmetic upgrades like the Ducati 748 Senna and Nieman Marcus editions to serious technology pieces like the Ducati Desmosedici.

The Ducati Desmosedici was a lot more than just a reskinned standard bike.  It was instead a limited production road-legal version of the Desmosedici MotoGP racebike.   Back in 2008 Ducati made 1,500 Desmosedici models for public purchase and offered them for an eye-popping 72,500 USD.  Even in the midst of the financial crisis, all 1500 units that were produced were pre-sold, with the first going to sportbike enthusiast Tom Cruise.   Since 2008 Desmosedecci's haven't come up for sale that often, so now having several for sale at the same time on ebay US is quite unusual and I thought worthy of a post.

2008 Ducati Desmosedici for sale on ebay (in Florida)

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Here is the first one, for sale by a dealer in Florida. Mileage is 414 miles

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2008 Ducati Desmosedici for sale on ebay (in California)

Here is the second one, located in California. Mileage is 3250. NOTE: This auction is ending shortly.

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There is even a 3rd Desmosedici available in Canada for anyone who is located north of the border, or anyone who perhaps want to take advantage of the current exchange rate.  

Now before I get to the part where we discuss what these are worth, its important for people to remember the problem with manufactured rarity; once the novelty factor wears off or a better bike appears in the lineup, there is usually a fair amount of price depreciation.  Many manufactured rarity-type bikes really struggle to ever appreciate back to their original asking price and become easily available. Perhaps the best example of this is the Ducati MH900e; the bike sold out almost immediately on introduction but is now commonly available for sale on ebay.

The Desmosedeci cost an eye popping 72,500 USD when new (although supposedly many were sold for less) but now they are starting to appear up for sale with big price drops, including some down into the 40,000 USD range.  Perhaps this is due to the new SuperLeggera now being the top bike in Ducati's lineup.    It would seem that the "bubble" for these has popped and people who bought them as investments are now trying to move them off.  This means that someone who lusted after these back when they came out might be able to pick one up now at a serious reduced price.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner


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Suzuki January 27, 2015 posted by

Not Blue and White: 1991 GSXR-750 in Black and Silver

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The Suzuki GSX-R750 is an icon and prices for the first and second generation bikes are already on the rise, with pristine versions of the "slabbie' and "slingshot" bring top dollar.  This is a 3rd generation bike (it has the glassed in dual headlight) and prices for these haven't started to climb...yet.

The 1991 model was the last Suzuki GSX-R to use the oil-cooled SACS engine.   For 1991 the focus of the changes was more on usability and comfort than performance, so the bike had a more comfortable seat as well as different headlamps and tail lamps/lights.  The changes resulted in the bike being 15kg heavier than the 1990 model but performance was still good with the bike putting out 116 bhp.

The 1991/3rd edition bikes also offer a new style of bodywork;  a black/silver blue instead of the previous years red/black/white.  Most people seemed to want the classic Suzuki blue/white, probably because it was similar to the bodywork on the Suzuki race bikes and the black/silver/blue didnt sell as well, which makes this particular bike something of a rarity.

Note:  This color scheme was offered for one year only.  All Suzuki GSX-R750 color schemes can be seen here.

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1991 GSX-R750 with Black/Silver/Blue bodywork for sale on eBay

This GSX-R750 shows about 28000 miles so it hasn't been a garage queen but the condition looks to be truly excellent.  The seller indicates that the bike might have some small scuffs and scratches but I am not seeing anything significant in the pictures attached to the auction.   The engine area, seats and tank all look to be in excellent condition.  The bike even appears to come with the standard exhaust which was something that often got removed/replaced with an aftermarket piece.

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Whats this 3rd generation GSX-R750 worth?  Well pristine examples of the 2nd generation bikes have gone for prices up to 8300 USD on RSBFS.   The current bid price for this one is under 2000 with reserve not yet met but I expect the price to go up before the auction ends.  Personally I think this one will appeal to someone who had one previously who wants to relive a bit of their hooligan youth or a collector who wants to take a bit of a gamble on whether these 3rd generation bikes will increase in value like the 1st and 2nd generation have.  Or maybe somebody who just likes the blue wheels...

-Marty/Dallaslavowner


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