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Moto Guzzi June 29, 2016 posted by

Streamliner – 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans

After bringing Moto Guzzi under the Aprilia umbrella in 2000, the company's depth was a great help to Guzzi, and build quality improved within the year.  The V11 Le Mans was introduced in 2001, the recipient of many special parts and paint schemes.  Offered by a Mass. dealer, this example was stored since the buyer balked, and has been freshened up for a new life.

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2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans for sale on eBay

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The V11 Le Mans uses the 1064cc longitudinal V-twin, modernized in the 1990's - and though 91 hp isn't bad for a 2-valve engine, the 70 ft.-lbs. torque is more important and comes on early.  The chassis has been lengthened around 20mm for the Le Mans, and the massive frame connectors developed for earlier models look great here too.  Forks are 40mm Marzocchi upside-down units, and a Sachs monoshock controls  the Guzzi cantilever swingarm, which includes linkage to limit the tendency for a shaft drive swingarm to raise the bike under acceleration.  Though the linked brakes of older Moto Guzzi's are gone, the industry-leading Brembos are up to the task with 320mm fronts and 282 mm rear.  The frame mounted supersport fairing provides better protection than any previous Le Mans, directing air to the cylinder fins and away from the rider.

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Guessing the dealer had a soft spot for this bike, since he kept it around after the purchase fell through.  Basically unused with 478 miles, as the eBay auction relates:

2002 MG Le Mans , MINT, Has been Dealer Climate controlled storage since new, ONLY 478 miles, Dealer ordered for a customer, made out paperwork, customer never came thru, so it sat while new paperwork was done, dealer rode it a couple times. It is now Serviced, Oils and new battery, and ready to go. Bike is Mint, NO scratches or dings, AS NEW.

Around town might be ok, but new tires would be a requirement for pushing 600 lbs. with rider more seriously.  Not much to worry about in the engine dept. since the cam is chain-driven and it has electronic fuel injection.  Might expect a seal here or there but that's all.

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Even now, Moto Guzzi recalls their heritage on every bike, they have a continuity of character which can't be replaced by the latest innovation.  This new-(er) Le Mans is a fast, stable ride, modern in ways that effect safety and rideability, with great reverence to Guzzi's past.  One of their sportier offerings of late, this Le Mans has taken a long break in the back of the dealer's shop, but will still grab attention on the next owner's first coffee run...

-donn

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Streamliner – 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans
Yamaha June 29, 2016 posted by

A Little Fizzy: 1988 Yamaha FZR400 for Sale

1988 Yamaha FZR400 L Side

Obviously, there are “rare” motorcycles that don’t cost an arm and a leg to own and, although there are plenty of affordable Ducatis, Aprilias, and even Bimotas that appear on this site, not everyone wants to own an Italian exotic or lives near a shop that can work on their baby. So if cash is tight, you like Japanese reliability, and want something just a little bit different, a little bit cooler, a little bit nimbler, or just a little bit… littler, you can’t go wrong with a Yamaha FZR400.

1988 Yamaha FZR400 R Side Detail

We’re living in an age of accessible performance, but it’s largely the machines making that so by means of electronic trickery: without ABS, traction-control, yaw-sensors, titanium Finnegan rods, and synthetic headlight fluid, most of the 200hp literbike road-missiles would quickly kill their non-Alien riders, making “lifelong customer” a very brief state of being. But a move up from a 250 to a 400cc middleweight sportbike means a stepped improvement in power and performance and the opportunity to incrementally upsell buyers on progressively faster motorcycles. Bikes like the FZR400 are also popular among  folks who either understand the limitations of their modest skill and experienced riders who just enjoy wringing the neck of a motorcycle without tripling the speed limit.

1988 Yamaha FZR400 L Side Detail

The 399cc four-cylinder put out a claimed 64hp [more like 55 at the rear wheel] and the bike weighed 410lbs wet. Keep in mind that the FZR400 wasn't just an FZR600 with a smaller motor. There's a reason that people stick the 600's motor into the 400: the bike had a stiffer, lighter aluminum frame compared to the the bigger bike's steel unit, making "big block" FZR400s quite the hot ticket.

1988 Yamaha FZR400 Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Yamaha FZR400 for Sale

Beautiful, great legendary handling sport bike.  Well maintained.  Low miles, Excellent condition. Has been in climate controlled sport bike collection and has not gotten many miles. Includes rare original stock exhaust. Please note bar end mirrors (can't find stock ones?) and please note small seat and frame cosmetic blemishes. Rare chance to own clean, stock collectible Yamaha Sport bike.

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Power-to-weight isn’t any better than a two-stroke 250, but refinement certainly is and, as we’ve discussed ad nauseam here or RSBFS, good quarter-liter sportbikes are pretty thin on the ground here in the USA anyway. Four-stroke 400s are pretty rare as well: all of the Japanese manufacturers’ sportbikes came in low-calorie versions, but the CBR400, GSX-R400, and ZXR400 were never officially imported here, making it a bit difficult to source them without potential DMV stress. If you’re looking at bikes in the 400cc class that were sold in the US new, you’re pretty much limited to the CB1 that used the CBR400’s motor, the 400 Bandit, and the FZR400. These days, it is possible to find the odd CBR400RR or ZXR400 here, but those are all grey-market imports and that can cause the odd DMV headache, so for maxiumum fun with minimum pain, the FZR400 is in a class by itself.

This example is very original except for the seller-mentioned mirrors, but that shouldn’t be too hard to rectify. The starting bid is just $3,500 with minimal interest so far, and that's a pretty insignificant amount of cash for such a fun motorcycle.

-tad

1988 Yamaha FZR400 R Side

A Little Fizzy: 1988 Yamaha FZR400 for Sale
Aprilia June 28, 2016 posted by

Under the Skin: 2009 Aprilia Tuono 1000R for Sale

2009 Aprilia Tuono 1000R R Side Front

Although the American motorcycling community seems divided along impractical bikes at either end of the spectrum, journalists and riding enthusiasts long bemoaned the lack of real performance nakeds like this second-generation Aprilia Tuono: bikes that had the performance of a sportbike with all-day ergonomics. A bike you could ride to the twisties and then in the twisties.

2009 Aprilia Tuono 1000R L Side

Triumph and Ducati got it right, mainly owing to a lack of budget I think: take an actual sportbike in your lineup, rip off the fairings, and tack on some risers and a set of handlebars. The Japanese manufacturers all built their own performance nakeds, but inevitably overthought things, crafting new, heavier frames, bodywork, and instruments for what should have been minimalist exercises, and reviews [if not sales] suffered as a result. When Aprilia threw their hat into the ring with the original Tuono they created what may have been the best package of the bunch, if not the best-looking machine.

2009 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Lights

The v-twin RSV’s relative lack of straight-line performance compared to Japanese rivals mattered very little in a more road-focused package like the Tuono, and all three generations of the bike received positive reviews from the motorcycle press. And that funky mini fairing, while a bit aesthetically-challenged, at least does provide some functional benefit and certainly is very distinctive. The odd, 60° v-twin developed by Rotax is compact, powerful, and sounds like an Italian v-twin should while being reliable in ways Italian twins often aren't. Prices have remained relatively low for these, possibly owing to the unfortunate looks, or maybe just because they're too new to be classics, and made by a company with less name-check cachet than Ducati.

2009 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Clocks

This Tuono R is one of the nicest, lowest-mile examples I’ve seen. Probably, because Tuono riders ride the hell out of their motorcycles. They carve canyons, tour on them, and everything in between. Wind protection is pretty minimal, but is better than nothing, and the bike is otherwise the "real-world sportbike" Aprilia advertised. These currently offer up a pretty killer bargain for riders who want v-twin character and performance, without the Ducati headaches. This one is priced way outside the realm of most Tuonos, although we’re still talking about just a couple grand over what you might normally expect to pay.

2009 Aprilia Tuono 1000R L Side Rear

From the original eBay listing: 2009 Tuono 1000R for Sale

MINT condition – only 1,735 miles!!! Price posted ($6,745) is for the bike WITHOUT the upgrades (see below). With the upgrades, as seen in the pics., the price is $7,745. Buyer MUST specify which way they want the bike. If you pay the $6,745, you will get an OEM bike without any of the upgrades. If you purchase the bike with the upgrades, you will get that + all of the OEM parts (I have all of them in new condition).

You will not find a nicer, documented very low mileage Aprilia Tuono 1000 R, anywhere! ~ a must see! Everything works GREAT (needs nothing). It looks and drives perfect. 2009 was the final, and best year, of the great Aprilia Tuono V-twin. In 2010, they switched to the V-four, which to many (including myself) lost much of the character the V-twins had in abundance.

Up for sale is my 2009 Tuono R. It is in mint condition and only has 1,735 original (and documented) miles. Always garage kept, appropriately maintained, and babied. The only reason for the sale is that I very rarely get a chance to ride it. I do 99% of my riding two up with my girl on the back of my other bike (2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000) and I work about 50 hours a week. So, very unfortunately, my Tuono lives under the cover with a trickle charger attached. Thus, the ultra-low 1,735 miles.

I can’t overstate just how much fun this bike is to ride. It induces more smiles per mile than any bike I’ve ever ridden. Also, this bike gets lots of attention. Almost every time I’ve ridden it, people will walk over and compliment me on what a nice and unique bike it is (often adding “I’ve never seen one before”). I have had some tasteful high quality aftermarket items installed as listed below. No internals have been touched or altered in any way. If you prefer an OEM Tuono R experience, all of these parts are very easily removed for easy conversion back to the original from the factory, state. I have all of the original OEM parts, in new condition, to convert it back if you wish. I have priced the bike two ways – in its current state with the upgrades – and in its original OEM state without the upgrades. If you prefer it without the upgrades, I would be happy to convert it back for you.

2009 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Hugger

Okay, it goes without saying, but offering up two alternate prices on an eBay listing seems… problematic at best: the platform is set up as an auction site, so I can see a whole lot of back-and-forth emails in the seller's future. And he's making the usual eBay mistake of believing the aftermarket bits in some way retain their value after they've been installed. Really? You’re going to include the cost of consumables like a chain and sprockets? Frankly, that'd be like including the labor costs of valve adjustments and belt changes in the selling price of your Ducati. Other than the fact that it indicates no expense was spared maintaining it, no one's likely to be impressed.

Either way, the price is pretty stiff for a Tuono, but the seller is correct about this being a very nice and very low-mileage bike. If you’re looking for a v-twin Tuono, you probably won’t find one nicer and the initial outlay might pay dividends in the long run.

-tad

2009 Aprilia Tuono 1000R R Side

Under the Skin: 2009 Aprilia Tuono 1000R for Sale
Aprilia June 25, 2016 posted by

Matte Max – 2001 Aprilia RSV Mille

Aprilia brought the RSV Mille to the superbike segment in 1998, and while sales numbers weren't high, it was their flagship, the dream bike of 50/125/250cc Aprilia riders the world over.  They pursued WSBK with the SP variant, and updated the fairing and narrowed the tank for 2001.  With 128 ponies on tap, and nice appointments like Öhlins dampers and factory slipper-clutch, it's quite nice in stock form.  Blackout oughties graphics and Mickey ( thanks Tad ! ) are just a bonus.

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2001 Aprilia RSV Mille for sale on eBay

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Based on the Rotax 60-degree V-twin with revised fuel injection mapping for 2001, the Mille accompanies its horsepower claim with 76 ft.-lbs. torque.  Mostly hidden like the engine, the perimeter frame is also seriously beefy, fabricated of stampings and castings with similarly gorgeous swingarm.  Chassis is completed by 43mm Öhlins forks and their monoshock.  Brakes are Brembo Gold, dual 320mm fronts with 4-piston calipers, and 220mm rear.

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Pretty good pictures but not much commentary in the eBay auction:

This bike is in very good condition.  It has one chip on the paint that is shown in the pictures.  Serviced with all new injectors.  Very Low Mileage.

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After all this RSV has barely break-in miles.  The factory 2-into-1 exhaust has been updated to a 2-1-2 system, with the no-great loss of the passenger pegs.  The ding on the seat fairing would be an easy fix for any paint shop.  Probably have to be thinking new rubber if you were really going to ride it somewhere, but the powertrain maintenance has been done.

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Aprilia's brochure for the 2001 has a long list of upgrades - the bodywork had many improvements, the vacuum-actuated slipper clutch operation was made progressive, along with minor changes to the intake internals and frame geometry.  In many cases improvements made to the R-model were brought over to the base RSV.  The black/white/red graphics are sporty but the flat finish tones it down a bit.  A good year for the RSV Mille, an almost unused example, and there's a lot of interest in the auction with 3-1/2 days to go...

-donn

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Matte Max – 2001 Aprilia RSV Mille
Ducati June 23, 2016 posted by

SuperSleeper – 1993 Ducati 750 SuperSport

In the Ducati line-up from 1974-2007, the SuperSport has often been the sportiest Ducati, but more lately the second-sportiest.  Using the air-cooled Desmodue when the SuperBikes had radiators and four valve heads, and often available in smaller displacements, the SuperSports often had half-fairings and a corner of the showroom away from the window.  This SS has been studiously upgraded and looks like a great combination of factory design and up-market parts.

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1993 Ducati 750 SuperSport for sale on eBay

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Easy on the eyes and maintenance, this 750SS has been taken into a new realm with a 855 cc engine kit.  Around the light trellis frame, the 851-ish factory fairing looks great and has been augmented with carbon fenders, harmonizing with the black engine cases.  Dual exhaust has been lightened with a two-into-one system.  Brakes aren't always an area of strength on SuperSports, but here the triple discs from a 996 have been mounted.

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Offered by an Alabama motorsports specialty shop, who gives more details in the eBay auction:

A Desmodue Ducati which has 844 big bore kit (Fast by Ferrraci), Keihin flat slide carburetors to match the big bore kit, Two-in-to One carbon fiber exhaust, new clutch, Penske adjustable rear shock, 996 brakes, Carbon fiber front and rear fenders, Michelin Pilot tires, Regina chain, Renthal aluminum sprocket designed for more low end grunt, new seals in forks.  The bike has 29,467 miles. The timing belts were changed just last year with only 500 miles since service. This is a very cool classic bike that handles great, is fast and has a deep throaty sound. It is reliable and ready to enjoy.

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Reviewed as a budget-conscious 900SS look-alike, the 750 SuperSport was light and handled well with basic components, and had fairly relaxed ergonomics.  This SS has been treated to a lot of recent wear parts in addition to the upgrades, and in addition to providing a lot of riding for the buck, might surprise fellow riders...

-donn

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SuperSleeper – 1993 Ducati 750 SuperSport
Ducati June 23, 2016 posted by

Terrific, Tiny-Tanked Terblanche TT Tribute: 2001 Ducati MH900e for Sale

2001 Ducati MH900e R Side

With all the flack Pierre Terblanche gets for his futuristic restyle of the Superbike line, it’s easy to forget just why Ducati gave him a job in the first place. And while the 999 is finally beginning to be recognized for the design classic it is, bikes like his Supermono and today’s Ducati MH900e are there to remind us that, although his designs can be shocking at times, when he gets it right, he gets it really right. Unlike modern cars [I’m looking at you, BMW and Mercedes…], the bike's alpha-numeric name has a very clear story to tell: “MH” stands for "Mike Hailwood," rider of motorcycles and unlikely winner of the 1978 Isle of Man TT on a Ducati. That win inspired the original Mike Hailwood Replica which in turn inspired this bike. The “900” refers to the L-twin’s displacement, and the “e” for “Evoluzione.”

2001 Ducati MH900e R Side Front

Just 2,000 bikes were built. Production was originally planned to be 1,000 in 2000 and another 1,000 in 2001, but delays meant that bikes were actually built in 2001 and 2002. Originally, construction was contracted out to Bimota, but a little hiccup known as "bankruptcy" prevented them from being able to complete the work…

2001 Ducati MH900e R Side Engine

The MH900e could be accused of being overstyled a bit, but that bodywork is meant to evoke NCR-prepped racebikes that Mike Hailwood would have ridden and that tail section and tank appear strongly Pantah-influenced. The half-fairing shows off the engine, and that tubular swingarm may be my favorite feature of the bike. Other than the white-faced Veglia look-alike gauge of course. The graphics harken back to Giugiaro’s 1970s redesign of the company logo which was fortunately more successful than his redesign of the bikes themselves… The MH900e certainly looks faster than it actually is, with around 75hp at the rear wheel from the two-valve, air-cooled motor. But with just over 400lbs dry to push around and quality suspension, it offers up real-world fun and a 130mph top speed.

Besides, performance is hardly the point here. I mean, just look at it!

2001 Ducati MH900e Exhaust

From the original eBay listing: 2001 Ducati MH900e for Sale

Better than perfect 2001 Ducati MH900 Evoluzione. This Mike Hailwood tribute bike has only 1063 miles on it. Only ridden to keep it fresh. Numbered #0279 of only 2000 manufactured. Period correct modifications - Very, very rare full Ohlins setup, CycleWorks 4.6 gallon tank, hidden battery, polished valve and belt covers, open dry clutch, relocated oil cooler, custom exhaust that sounds amazing, new Michelin Pilot tires, recent serviced and tuned by Trevor Dunne of Santa Barbara Ducati. Most period correct aftermarket parts are mostly unattainable. Have some extra parts, and wheel stand.  Also have tribute plaque. 

In spite of the wild looks, these are surprisingly competent road bikes with excellent, user-friendly handling, a killer midrange, and the usual Ducati soundtrack, although it’s pretty muted through the stock exhaust system. Just the hideously limited fuel range and modest power limit the fun. Actual gas mileage is pretty decent, but the fuel cell holds just 2.2 gallons: most of that expansive-looking “tank” is taken up by an airbox.

2001 Ducati MH900e Dash

Although I think the MH900e is probably a bit too attention-grabbing and the ergonomics too radical for a daily rider, that’s okay: these are often display pieces and ridden only rarely. Which is also okay, since these are not practical motorcycles: the fuel tank is shockingly small and the seat is very high off the ground… Unless you’re over six feet tall, expect to be rolling this one around on your tippie-toes. The seller mentions a CA Cycleworks fuel tank, which would be a very nice upgrade and allow the bike to be ridden to places with more than 100 miles between gas stations…

With the Cycleworks tank, you’re looking at a realistic 200 mile range, not including a reserve, meaning this becomes a viable motorcycle. Assuming of course that you won’t mind answering a lot of questions wherever you go.

-tad

2001 Ducati MH900e L Side

Terrific, Tiny-Tanked Terblanche TT Tribute: 2001 Ducati MH900e for Sale

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