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Ducati January 18, 2018 posted by

Pie in the Sky: $90k 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR

To the average sportbike addict, the 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR stands alone among race replica bikes as the one that nailed all the details and defined the genre in a taught, carbon fiber-clad package. Honda saddled its RC213-VS with electronic nannies, a restrictive exhaust and a collectors-only asking price. Ducati engaged in no such silliness. They detuned, added lights, and slapped on a pricetag.

2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR for sale on eBay

What's more, the Italians asked under $100k for their super-exclusive, experts-only racebike, and readily provided the few things you needed to truly go nuts. Despite their rarity, the bikes have depreciated since then, and nice examples regularly go for the same price as a BMW 3 Series. Most, that is, except this 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR.

While it is extremely low mileage, comes with all the factory extras, including the more business-minded exhaust system, $90,000 is a big ask, especially considering a brand-new Desmo was $72,500.

From the eBay listing:

2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR

1 of only 299 in the United States!

1 of 1500 Worldwide!

Owner never rode it.

Now is your chance to own one of the rarest motorycles produced by Ducati

Please Teddy With any questions 7278083284

The seller provides little in the way of description, but the pictures do a lot of the talking. Check out the gallery below and let us know what to make of the price in the comments.

Pie in the Sky: $90k 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR
Sport Bikes For Sale January 17, 2018 posted by

Bonhams Las Vegas 2018 Preview

Bonhams also has a motorcycle auction next week in Las Vegas. The don't have as many lots but certainly have some gorgeous bike available. In particular the RC30 and OW01 listed have unbelievably low miles.

Their auction is one day only on Thursday the 25th at the Rio. Bonhams provides estimates for their auctions which we've included on our selections below. Feel free to comment with your thoughts, and good luck to buyers and sellers!

dc

Tom McComas Homologation Specials

1990 Honda VFR750R RC30 14 Miles! JH2RC3007LM2000118

Bonhams Estimate: $40,000 - 50,000

1991 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 74 Miles! 35J-002145

Bonhams Estimate: $30,000 - 35,000

Other Select Lots

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE ZDM1WABP56B001584

Bonhams Estimate: $12,000 - 16,000

1987 Ducati F1 750 Laguna Seca 11,000 Miles ZDM750LS750207

Bonhams Estimate: $23,000 - 26,000

1985 DUCATI-NCR 850 HRTT36

Bonhams Estimate: $80,000 - 120,000

1975 MV Agusta 750S America

Bonhams Estimate: $85,000 - 100,000

1977 MV Agusta 850SS

Bonhams Estimate: 98,000 - 110,000

1982 Laverda 1200TS Mirage 10,725 Miles ZLVMLNDA5C0000036

Bonhams Estimate: $14,000 - 18,000

Bonhams Las Vegas 2018 Preview
Suzuki January 17, 2018 posted by

Literally Found in a Barn: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for Sale

The term "barn find" pretty much says it all: the collectible car or motorcycle in question was found sitting in an actual barn, where the previous owner stored it when it stopped running. Possibly hidden under a layer of dust, old blankets, back issues of Playboy, and mold. The implication is that it is in complete, original condition, but has been somewhat neglected cosmetically and mechanically. The term gets thrown around regularly as a sort of shorthand for "original, low-miles, and in need of restoration," but seems to be exactly the case for this Suzuki GSX-R1100K "Slingshot."

The second generation GSX-R1100's nickname came from the quartet of 38mm semi-flatslide Mikuni "Slingshot" carburetors that fed the dual overhead cam, four-valve, inline four engine. It actually displaced 1127cc, up a bit from the original's 1052cc, but still featured Suzuki's Advanced Cooling System or "SACS" to keep things within optimal temperatures. SACS used a multi-chamber oil pump to effectively cool and circulate the oil, with circuits in the cylinder head and jets directed at the pistons. Later GSX-R1100s adopted a more conventional set up with a radiator and coolant, but here Suzuki stuck with the concept that simpler was better and lighter, although the Big K isn't exactly a flyweight. Mass continued to creep up throughout the 1100's successive generations and the new frame used here was both stiffer and heavier than the one found on the Slabbie. With a dry weight of 462lbs, the "K" version was never going to be particularly agile, so it was more of a GT than an actual sportbike, something that Suzuki tried to rectify the following year when they made changes to the suspension.

Unfortunately, the GSX-R1100K never really matched up with expectations: I have an old issue of SuperBike magazine that describes it as "... quite pretty. To look at, sure, but never to ride." But it's really the beefy engine that defines the GSX-R1100 experience anyway. It was a powerhouse, the Small Block Chevy of the time: endlessly tunable with a wealth of performance parts available. People set them up for drag racing, and even created road-race hybrids by squeezing the 1100 engine into the GSX-R750, which is pretty much the same idea Bimota had when they built their lightweight and extremely quick SB6, although it was a very tight fit in both cases...

Of course, a GSX-R1100 by its very nature isn't necessarily all that uncommon, but ones in this kind of condition are very rare these days: the powerful engine, reasonable ergonomics, and good wind protection meant they got used as intended, racking up huge miles, battle scars, and less-than-tasteful aesthetic "upgrades" popular at the time. People looking to make them into the corner-carvers the looks advertised tried all manner of fixes that worked or didn't in varying degrees, but the end result was very few remain as delivered by Suzuki, and even fewer have covered so few miles. With just 722 miles on the odometer, I doubt you'll find a less used example anywhere outside a museum.

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for Sale

1989 Suzuki GSXR 1100 perfect condition with 722 miles,  was a barn find been stored since 1991 but not climate control storage literally in a barn. The bike was redone but didn't need much as the miles are so low. The body was completely done to perfect factory spec's no cracks or any problems, the wheels are original but do have a bit of chips,  bike runs great and needs nothing. Full tune tires everything done including carbs. This one for collection beautiful bike and super rare. Also comes with passenger seat parts. Bike will sell no matter what

The seller's opening bit is set at $7,000 which seems pretty fair considering the condition and low miles, but there are no takers yet with very little time left on the auction. It's a shame the pictures aren't better lit, since I think this is the very best-looking version of the long-running GSX-R series, especially in classic Suzuki blue-and-white. If you're looking to actually ride it, I'd expect there are plenty of shops out there who can recommend suspension changes to make a Slingshot handle, probably using off-the-shelf Suzuki components, along with brake upgrades and weight saving measures. At the very least, you can probably swap the original 2-into-2 exhaust for a 4-into-1 and save 20 pounds. But honestly, the original bike offered plenty of stability, even if it lacked agility, and this one should probably be enjoyed for what it is: a freeway blaster par excellence or a great two-up weekend rider. Given the low mileage though, I'd bet it might end up stored away in a collection somewhere.

-tad

Sport Bikes For Sale January 16, 2018 posted by

Mecum Las Vegas 2018 Preview

While the collector car world kicks off it's auction season this week with the Scottsdale auctions, motorcycle collectors and enthusiasts wait for the following week for the Las Vegas events with their exclusive motorcycle events. Here are a couple dozen that stood out to us with most coming from two collections at the Mecum auciton. We take a stab at guessing sale values and hope you'll chime in with your estimates in the comments as well.

Good luck to buyers and sellers!

dc

Bob Weaver Collection

1988 Buell RR1200 1B9RR11G5J2133008

Our Estimate: $20,000


1993 Honda CBR900RR 8,300 Miles JH2SC802PM104757

Our Estimate: $8,500


1994 Honda CBR900RR with 419 Miles JH2SC280RM202085

Our Estimate: $7,000


1986 Honda VF1000R Very Low Miles (32?) JH2SC1604GM100402

Our Estimate: $10,000



1999 YAMAHA YZF-R7 OW02 697 Miles JYARM0111XA000401

Our Estimate: $27,000


1992 KAWASAKI ZX7RR 1 Mile! JKAZXDK14NA007139

Our Estimate: $23,000


1991 Yamaha FZR750RR OW01 8,710 Miles JYA3JVN07MA002114

Our Estimate: $25,000


1999 Laverda 750S Formula 5,006 Miles ZLVSSA107X0001340

Our Estimate: $9,000


1987 Suzuki RG500 Restored HK31A101535

Our Estimate: $17,000


1988 Ducati 851 Kit ZDM851S85009

Our Estimate: $16,000


1993 Ducati 900SS Superlight 4,725 Miles ZDM1LC4N9PB006479

Our Estimate: $12,000


Jeff Schwartz Collection

1985 Honda VF1000R Early Production, Fiberglass Panels JH2SC160XFM001811

Our Estimate: $12,000


Honda RC30 JH2RC3004LM200092 11,280 Miles

Our Estimate: $30,000


1988 Bimota DB1 SR DB100779 No Reserve

Our Estimate: $18,000


Other Lots

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Limited JS1GR75AXG2107015

Our Estimate: $18,000


1988 Bimota YB7 ~6,500 Miles

Our Estimate: $8,000


1986 Yamaha RZ500 19,500 Miles JYA52X003FA04759

Our Estimate: $14,000


1989 Honda NSR250 MC18 13,300 Miles MC181106212

Our Estimate: $8,500

Mecum Las Vegas 2018 Preview
Ducati January 16, 2018 posted by

Palm Trees not Included – 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore

With a great portion of the country below freezing ( so cold here yesterday I couldn't tell if my heated gear was even working ) the palm trees in this eBay offering got my attention - and the S4RS in the foreground isn't too shabby either.  The 1098-based flagship is a bona fide naked superbike.

2008 Ducati S4RS Tricolore for sale on eBay

Ducati's Monsters became the brand's best-seller shortly after their 1993 introduction.  Most often seen with an air-cooled desmodue, the model was treated to a parade of water-cooled desmoquattros in the 2000's.  The S4RS is the ultimate for testastretta fans, the 130hp L-twin completely visible.  In Tricolore trim, Öhlins are found at both ends, carrying gold-painted Marchesini Y-spoke alloys.  Carbon fiber is used for the cam belt covers and radiator guards, and in this case the Termignoni mufflers.

 

This San Diego owner has been sparing with the mods and the miles, beside the Termi's, just LED blinkers, shorty levers and the way-too-angular Rizoma mirrors.  Not sure if the Speedymoto water pump housing implies a past failure, but though it's a stressed part on the 1098, the Monsters had better cooling without the fairing.  From the eBay auction:

I'm the 2nd owner whom purchased from original owner. Bike has 4,350 original miles. All original paper work in hand. I wanted this bike for years and purchased as the last bike I'd ever own. This bike is immaculate with no issues. Minted #77/400 ever made with only 240 release into the US. 
 
 
 998 Testastretta water cooled engine, Ohlins suspension, Termignoni full exhaust, Brembo brakes, Rizoma mirrors, LED light, front and rear, Marchesini wheels. Bike rides and shifts perfectly. 380 lbs. dry with 131hp makes this and experienced riders dream.   Bike is covered, garage stored, near seen rain, and adult owned.
 
The S4RS was way over-equipped for it's all-purpose mission, unless you consider its real role to generate showroom excitement.  The bikini fairing got good marks but not for a longer trip at speeds the bike found easy.  The last flagship before the 2010 re-styling, the S4RS looks almost quaint today, voluptuous and rounded, understandable with everything out in the warm breeze.
-donn
Palm Trees not Included – 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore
BMW January 15, 2018 posted by

1KK1 – 1990/1991 BMW K1’s

Odd enough to see a single K1 up for sale, but a St. Louis specialty motoring shop has two in the house. The Bahnstorming liter-bike was BMW’s comprehensive solution to the sport/touring question.

1990/1991 BMW K1’s for sale on eBay

As ever, BMW was anxious to make their own way with their new inline four, laid on its side to get the mass as low as possible.  A new four-valve head helped the engine right to the 100 hp limit.  A trellis frame arched over the engine and supported conventional forks and the new Paralever rear shaft drive.  The wind-cheating seven piece fairing had available luggage fit to each opening, but held heat too much for some riders.  All U.S. imports were ABS equipped.

Both these K1’s look excellent and sound well-maintained, each in one of the more sane color choices.  The 1990 has just over 20,000 miles and the Staintune exhaust, while the -91’s asking price reflects its 70K miles, though it does come with the factory tank bag and luggage.

From the 1990’s eBay listing:

Same Owner for 16 Years
Special Aerodynamic Design
Sport Touring Package
1 of 613 imported to the U.S with the Blue and yellow paint scheme
Staintune Stainless Steel Performance Exhaust ($1200 option)

And about the 1991:

California bike, San Francisco Bay Area since new
1 of 670 K1s imported to the United States
Classic Black Metallic paint with orange decals
Factory Anti-lock Brakes
New rear tire, new ABS relay and new fork seals completed in May of 2017
Level 2 service was performed within the last 2,500 miles
Original tank bag with both rain covers, tool kit and original saddle bags with K1 rain covers

BMW moved its sport-touring meter sharply toward sport with the K1, though it was never caught up in race-inspired weight reduction or horsepower battles.  Most early adopters are likely aging out of the hobby at this point, and though only a few thousand made it here over the five years of production, more will be showing up for sale.  Very presentable and open to offers, one these K1’s might be the bookend to a collection or the ticket to the tour of a lifetime...

-donn

 

 

1KK1 – 1990/1991 BMW K1’s

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