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Ducati September 30, 2016 posted by

“For Off Road Use Only”: 1992 Ducati 888 Corsa for Sale

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This Ducati 888 Corsa isn't some roadbike that was stripped of lights and accessories. It is one of a claimed 30 built in 1992 explicitly for racing and came ready for battle, naked except for the parts both inside and out needed to make it go fast and be competitive in World Superbike racing.

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Powered by a liquid-cooled, four-valve development of Ducati's air and oil-cooled Desmo L-twin engine, the 851 and later 888 marked Ducati's return to relevance. The air-cooled bikes certainly handled well, but were significantly down on outright power and, as the Japanese Big Four continued the rapid development of their four-cylinder sportbikes, just couldn't compete in terms of outright performance.

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Hung in one of their tubular trellis-style frames, the new Desmoquattro featured fuel injection and generally made less peak horsepower than competing four-cylinders, but produced its torque-rich power across a wider range, allowing riders to get on the power sooner for better drive out of corners. That, in addition to the displacement advantage granted to them compared to the 750cc inline fours, gave the new four-valve Ducatis a significant advantage, and they were very successful in World Superbike with the 851, 888, and later with their 916.

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From the original eBay listing: 1992 Ducati 888 Corsa for Sale

This bike is one of 30.
Only 30 were produced in 1992 for Ducati race teams.
Don't know how many are left in the world.
The bike has Termignoni exhaust.
The front brakes are one carbon rotor and one conventional rotor.
Bike is titled as an off road track only but it is titled.
From 1989 to 1992 the frame was white and a red body.

Unfortunately, the listing doesn't include any information about the bike's history. As a race bike, there's likely been an evolving roster of components, unless the bike's been off the road for a long time, and I wonder what's going on under the skin. Witness the mismatched front discs that use two different materials and the modern radial front brake and clutch master cylinders. The bike is obviously clean and in excellent shape, and bidders don't seem put off by the spare listing: at almost $32,000 the reserve has not been met and there are still several days left on the auction.

-tad

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“For Off Road Use Only”: 1992 Ducati 888 Corsa for Sale
Ducati September 29, 2016 posted by

In the Beginning… 1980 Ducati Pantah 500 SL for Sale

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By the late 1970s, it was pretty obvious that Ducati needed to update their line: performance wasn't really all that much of a problem, but their famous L-twin was very expensive to manufacture. So when the time came... They simply tossed the whole thing out the window and started over, with a parallel-twin that used simple springs to actuate its valves. On paper, it probably seemed like a great idea, as the new machine offered up improved packaging and was much cheaper to manufacture. In reality? It was a disaster, since the new 500GTL wasn't especially good-looking, ate crankshafts for breakfast, and generally offended everyone. Luckily,  Fabio Taglioni had continued work on the belt-drive L-twin he’d wanted to build as a replacement all along and descendants of the Pantah 500 SL still power air-cooled Ducatis today.

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The new engine swapped the complicated and expensive tower-shaft and bevel-drive arrangement for a simple set of rubber belts to operate the cams, and the Desmo system that was formerly reserved for the most sporting Ducatis was made standard across the board. The changes made for a quieter engine that was less expensive to build, but meant that owners were stuck with pricey and frequent maintenance requirements unless they planned to do the work themselves. It was the first Ducati to use their signature trellis frame and the engine as a stressed member. In spite of the modest displacement, these have the usual Ducati sound and flexible powerband, and handling is generally considered to be exemplary.

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From the original eBay listing: 1980 Ducati Pantah 500 SL for Sale

This ground-breaking 500 twin established the pattern which Ducati would follow for the next 20 years and on. 

Ducati's foray into the world of vertical parallel twins in the mid-1970s proved to be a horrid experience, so designer Fabio Taglioni called a halt to those 350 and 500s and went back to the drawing board. The result was the Pantah 500 SL which first appeared in Milan in 1979 and went on to spawn entire subsequent generations of belt-driven, OHC, 90-degree V (or L) Ducati twins.The first Pantah used the engine dimensions from the Grand Prix racer of 1973 at 74mm by 58mm to give 499cc. Apart from the bore and stroke dimensions, this was an entirely new design of air-cooled engine although the five-speed gearbox was a development from earlier machines. Running 9.5:1 compression, the Pantah output 50bhp at 8500rpm, which was measured as an impressive 46bhp at the rear wheel and equated to a top speed of around 115mph. Weighing just 180kg, the Pantah was nimble and peppy and it impressed the test riders of the time. 'The handling and roadholding are quite exceptional,' said Bike magazine. 'There's nothing like a thoroughbred Italian for finding out how a motorcycle should really handle.'

This example has been garage stored for the last two years, and was in running condition when placed into storage. In need of battery and carb job. Brake lines, fuel lines, tires replaced in 2013. Bike has traveled less than 100 miles since then. The bike is complete and will make a fine ride for a luck rider.

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With under 10,000 miles on the odometer, this bike obviously needs a bit of cosmetic work and the battery and carburetor rebuild the seller mentions, but appears very complete, aside from the popular but non-standard two-into-one exhaust. These were languishing at the bottom of the Ducati heap for a while there, but prices have been steadily rising in the past few years.

-tad

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In the Beginning… 1980 Ducati Pantah 500 SL for Sale
Moto Guzzi September 28, 2016 posted by

Getting the Shaft: 1996 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for Sale

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Shaft drive has well-known advantages in terms of maintenance and reliability but is rarely seen in the sportbike world as it limits gearing choices and generally adds too much weight to a bike like this Moto Guzzi Daytona Racing. In a world where every ounce counts and bikes are pared to the bone, sacrificing durability for agility, a driveshaft seems a step backwards. But although they played around with a chain-drive, liquid-cooled, v-twin to rival Ducati prior to their purchase by the Piaggio Group, Moto Guzzi was generally happy to just stay afloat and were often forced to work with what they had. Given their financial limitations, they have managed to develop the system to a very high level.

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Guzzi was stuck with the durable, but very clunky and outdated five-speed transmission but, in the Daytona, they curbed some of the more intrusive shaft-jacking by using a parallelogram rear suspension, although you’ll still feel the rotational forces of the longitudinal crankshaft as you power out of turns or rev the bike at a stoplight. Because of course you’ll rev the bike at stoplights: Moto Guzzi’s big v-twins are some of the very best-sounding twins on the planet, especially when fitted with a freer-flowing exhaust. The four-valve engine has "OHC" cast into those valve covers, but it’s not really “overhead” and more "high cam" as the cams operate the eight valves via a system of short pushrods and rockers, a system that offered the best of both worlds, with compact dimensions and good high-rpm breathing.

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A bit of a bridge between the earlier Daytona 1000 and the later RS, the "Racing" uses the earlier, hump-backed bodywork with some of the factory available engine hop-up parts. It was never officially available in the USA, as evinced by the odometer reading in kilometers. The seller claims this is is fitted with an 1100cc engine, but I believe all of the Daytonas had the 992cc engine, built to make it eligible for various race classes that limited twins to 1,000cc or less. Production of the Daytona stretched from 1992 to 1995 and saw a bit more than 1,000 examples built, with just 100 of the "Racing" version at the tail end of production for 1996.

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From the original eBay listing: 1996 Moto Guzzi Daytona Racing for Sale

1996 Moto Guzzi Daytona Racing, number 100 of 100 ever made 4 valve twin, mint condition. Rare Stay In Tune stainless steel exhaust system, new battery, recent fluid change and tune up, low mileage: 21,446km. Part of large collection that is being liquidated, 1100cc 4-valve twin, this bike is a joy to ride, we at buyer's expense can ship worldwide. Clean, lien-free title, this is a no-issue bike that is beautiful and rare.

Bidding is up to 7,600 with the Reserve Not Met. No surprise there as sellers are generally looking to get at least $10,000 for nice examples, with one recent low-mileage bike selling for over $14,000! But more often, these Daytonas are a hard sell: they don’t meet their reserve or receive little attention from bidders. Mileage on this example is pretty low, especially for a Guzzi, with a little more than 13,000 miles worth of kilometers rolling under the wheels. The Staintune exhaust may be a bit too shiny for your taste, but they are a quality brand and those… less restrictive pipes should help make the big v-twin sound great and add a little bit more oomph.

-tad

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Getting the Shaft: 1996 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for Sale
Suzuki September 27, 2016 posted by

Unobtanium Alert: 1986 Suzuki GSX-750R LE with only 6 Kilometers in Australia

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1986 Suzuki GSX-750R LE with 6k on ebay australia

Yes, you read that right: 6 kilometers, essentially 4 miles,...since new,...30 years ago!  And its the LE version, which means its a homologation bike. For anyone who doesn't know what that means, here is a bit of history:

Back in the mid 1980's the heads of professional motorcycling decreed that race bikes had to be based on something the public could actually buy.  The idea was that this would keep racefans interested and help drive both interest in the race series and sales for the manufacturers.   But this presented a dilemma for the manufacturers - their bikes would have to be able to be setup to be competitive on the track but also not end up killing any noobs who bought one and rode it on the street.  Many manufacturers quickly realized the best way to resolve the dilemma was not to try to make a "one-size-fits-all-bike" but instead offer two bikes; a standard bike that looked like the racer and had about 70% of the performance, and a"limited edition" bike that was pretty much an actual race bike except it came with lights and license plates.  While the limited editions would be sold through the same dealers, prices would be very high and production would be extremely limited.  The resulting series of homologation bikes included the Suzuki GSX-750R LE, Honda RC30, Yamaha OW01, and Kawasaki ZX7RR.  Even Harley Davidson got into the act, producing 50 street versions of their VR1000 racebike. While some of the homologation bikes were considered sales failures at the time of their introduction, the have all pretty much become highly desired items for most collectors and true sportbike fans.

Even though the GSX-750R had only been introduced the previous year and was already nearly 50 kilos lighter than the competition, in 1986 Suzuki produced 500 'limited edition' models.  The GSX-750R LE offered true race-bike technology, including different brakes, new/anti-dive forks, an upgraded shock, dry clutch, factory fiberglass solo seat, lightweight aluminum gas tank, and a revised swingarm.

Here is a link to a retrospective on the LE.

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Given the mileage, there isn't much to talk about regarding condition/service history.   Instead here are a few of the pics from the eBay listing but don't blame me if you end up suddenly realizing you are drooling!

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So what is it going to take to add this to your collection?  Short answer - a lot.   These were pricey to start with, cost about 50% more than the standard GSX-750 of the same year.  Also there just weren't that many produced and many that were ended up being raced and crashed.  From what I have been able to find, a handful went to Europe, Canada and Japan, so the location of this one in Australia means you probably won't find another one in this condition in the area anytime in the near future...if ever.

The few previous ones of these that we have had on RSBFS seem to have gone for $16,000-$19,000 USD and those had either higher mileage or weren't completely stock.   I would not be surprised to see this one require a price of over $25,000 USD to go to a new owner.  While that is a lot of  money, this is one that I feel confident saying that will continue to appreciate if its kept in the same condition it is now.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Unobtanium Alert:  1986 Suzuki GSX-750R LE with only 6 Kilometers in Australia
Derbi September 26, 2016 posted by

Spoiled Kids: 2006 Derbi GPR125 (REPOST)

Note:  This appears to be a relist of a bike posted by Ian back in 2003. Links updated, -MG 

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Hey, everything can't be a Mondial Piega.  Don't frown though, if Euro teens can have fun on these why can't we?   A dime a dozen on the other side of the Atlantic, titled street versions here are rare.

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It's got a title and more:

I bought this bike brand new in the crate and had it shipped state side at a great expense. It has just over 760 kilometers or 500 miles on it at the time of this writing. Hardly broken it yet.

These little 2 strokes came with a reliable Yamaha DT125 motor installed. This makes part access ever so easy. Has an electric start and trick under seat exhaust. Still have the nubs on the original tires.

I have done some modifications to the bike totally thousands of dollars.

Bike has been derestricted and re-geared. Removed all the emission restrictions. Installed a full Giannelli exhaust system. Changed out the non adjustable 28mm Keihin carburetor for a new tunable 28mm Dellorto carburetor. Still running a little rich for break in. Could use some fine tunning. Removed the air box and added a filter pod and Boyseen reeds. Took off the long and very ugly rear fender and made my own license plate and turn signal holder. Swapped out the rear turn signals. Added a trick little Daytona digital temp meter as the bike only had an over heated warning light. Not to partial.

Had all the black plastic body panels coated to look like carbon fiber. Can’t see this to clear in the pictures but it is really looks stunning. Changed out many fittings to aluminum and titanium. Installed a Metrakit light weight front disk.

I have all the stock parts, pipe, carburetor, rear fender, and front disk, air box, sprocket and a gasket set included. Have the owner and shop manual, extra key and tool kit too.

I love riding this bike around town but getting too old to be racing around on a 125. This bike is always a conversation piece. I was going to install a 170cc kit. But it is time for this bike to go to someone else to enjoy as I just don’t have the time to ride it anymore. Need to move on to other projects. Has clear Florida license and title, with the registration good until April 2015.

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Simply put, "tiny".

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If a Yamaha DT125 engine fits in there, would a Yamaha YZ125 engine fit?  That frame looks like it could handle a few more ponies.  I'm not so sure about the swing arm though.

The seller has a BIN of $5,000 5,800 or make an offer.

Click here for the listing.

Ian

(Marty G/Dallaslavowner for repost)

Spoiled Kids:  2006 Derbi GPR125 (REPOST)
Honda September 25, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 2004 Honda RVT-1000R RC51

Update 11.21.2016: This RC51 is still available and the owner has dropped the price to $10k. You can find the current listing on Orlando Craigslist. -dc

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Honda developed the 1000cc v-twin RVT ( VTR in Europe ) -1000R RC51 in response to Ducati's domination of the first decade of WSBK.  The model brought Honda championships under Colin Edwards and our own Kentucky Kid, who won the AMA Superbike Championship in 2002.  This 2004 Nicky Hayden commemorative RC51 is a later model with factory and owner improvements.

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Honda updated the RC51 to SP2 specs in 2003, and shaved a few pounds while strengthening the swingarm and tightening up the steering angle.  Power increased to 136hp with the help of whopping 62mm throttle body injectors.  The massive twin-spar alloy frame was brushed for the model update, and received premium 43mm forks, fully adjustable as was the Pro-Link monoshock.  Brakes were 4-piston front calipers over 320mm rotors, with a 220mm disk at the rear.  Weight was under control if not super light, but 77 ft.-lbs. torque helped keep things moving.

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Showing only 6,375 miles, this RC51 has had extensive performance improvements, but looks uninjured.  Sato, Marzocchi, and Penske parts speak to exhaust and suspension tuning.  Flying Nicky's race number and helmet logo, the fairings look great.  The owner states in the eBay auction:

BIKE IS MINT AS SEEN IN PICTURES, The only flaws on motorcycle are left exhaust can has two tiny dings, left Sato peg on edge has small grind mark, exhaust and rear sets were bought used, other than these two listed flaws bike is mechanically and physically perfect, condition 9.9 out of 10, See pictures for details, always garage kept in climate control, paint still look new as seen in pictures 

SEE LIST OF RARE PARTS ON MOTORCYCLE
Sato bonzai slip on exhaust
Aluminum adjustable kick stand 
Yoyodyne slipper clutch
520 chain conversion 15/42 gearing 
Sato rear sets 
Penske rear shock
HID headlight 
Carbon fiber front and rear fenders & carbon fiber radiator scoops 
Power commander with quick shifter, custom dyno map
Marzocchi front end 50mm 
Machinsini forged magnesium powder coated white wheels 
Scotts dampener 
Brembo brake and clutch master 
Tokico radial mount brakes 
Braided brake lines 
Custom rme Robbie motto custom tripe trees/clip-ons 
Galfer rear wave rotor 
Brand new Q3 front & rear tires
Mods - pair delete, flapper delete, soft rev mod, 
Suspension tuned by GMD Computrac
Tinted screen
Fresh synthetic oil change Motul, Motul brake and clutch fluid

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Reviewed as willing homolagation special, the low-production SP2 was improved even as Honda transitioned to 4-cylinder competition machines.  For the weekend warrior, a torquey v-twin can generate a lot more grins than the latest high-revving four.  And likely this RC51 will see an occasional track day and not a full season, it's just too nice.  A lot of good mods, on an updated platform, and cared for, a good combination.  The owner asks $15,000 obo and can be reached at 954-809-8596.

-donn

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Featured Listing – 2004 Honda RVT-1000R RC51

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