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Ducati January 18, 2018 posted by Aaron

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
Honda January 13, 2018 posted by Aaron

Rough and Ready: 1990 Honda CBR250RR

Deftone Cycles is known for importing and selling some of the finest grey-market Japanese sportbikes available on these shores, and the vast majority of their offerings are clean as crystal mechanically and cosmetically. The catch with immaculate classics, though, is that they can feel too precious to ride. This 1990 Honda CBR250RR presents no such conundrum.

1990 Honda CBR250RR for sale on eBay

Greg at Deftone has made sure the 19,000-rpm hornet's nest is fully spry under its black and grey fairings, but has left it as is cosmetically. It bears the scars of its 28 years like badges of honor, each one begging you to take it out of the garage with little regard for bug detritus or the odd thunderstorm.

It is also a good candidate for a restoration, but what would be the point? It runs like a top, and it wasn't made for looking at. It was made for delinquency. For the kind of fun you can only have when you're wearing a tinted visor .

From the eBay listing:

Honda CBR250RR MC22. 9,883 Miles (15,909 Kilometers) Completely original and unrestored. Mechanically Sorted. Cosmetically Challenged. All fluids are fresh. Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. Very Honest OEM Bike. Things to note: This vehicle is for one who wants a restoration project or just wants to ride without a care. Please see Images. Fuel tank is Rust Free. Otherwise straight from the factory. Bike has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title. MC22-1009*** “Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements.” Imported into the States through all legal channels. Sold as is. Buyer responsible for shipping. Thanks for looking. Please email any questions.

The bike is priced according to its cosmetic flaws, which is all the more reason to jump on it. For the price of a thumper-powered Yamaha R3, you can sing the song of your people with gear-driven cams, a left fist full of angry bees and a blissful grin.

Rough and Ready: 1990 Honda CBR250RR
Suzuki January 6, 2018 posted by Aaron

Pristine stroker: 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP VJ23A

This 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP appears to be in the hands of our friend Gary in Utah, and like the lion's share of his bikes, it's nigh on perfect. The original fairings and tank show very few flaws, and from a glance the biggest blemish seems to be on the aluminum boot guard.

1996 Suzuki RGV250SP for sale on eBay

Based on frame number, this appears to be a T model VJ23A, which in stock form for the Japanese market was limited to just 40 horsepower. That should still be a laugh riot in a bike this small and light, but the 70-degree v-twin is well known for being capable of around 60 horses if you massage it right.

The VJ23s represent the latest and greatest in Japanese two-stroke technology. While they share v-twin architecture with the VJ21 and VJ22s machines that came before, the motor in the later machines shares almost nothing with its elders, from revised powervalves to a narrower vee angle.

From the eBay listing:

Up for sale is a 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP VJ23A with only 32,741 kilometers (20,344 miles). Bike is in mint condition with only a few scratches on the left side upper, a few light handling marks and some rub marks on the heel guards. No dents in the tank, no cracks in the fairings, and has a very clear windscreen. Bike is completely stock and all fairings and components are 100% genuine Suzuki factory OEM. This bike is gorgeous! The previous owner took extremely good care of it. Lol, this bike was loved as a child. Comes with new battery, new fluids and new fork seals. Runs like the day it was new. This is a premium bike and very rare to find in this condition. Bike comes with a Utah state title and is titled as a streetbike for road use. Text 801-358-6537 for more pictures and questions. Auction could end anytime as bike is for sale locally. $200 deposit due immeadiatly after auctions end thru PayPal. Balance due within 5 business days by check, bank wire or cash in person.

The bike has certainly been ridden, which makes its condition that much more impressive, and it comes with a clean Utah street title, so it should be good for another few years of high-strung fun.

Pristine stroker: 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP VJ23A
MV Agusta January 6, 2018 posted by Aaron

Used as Intended: 2013 MV Agusta F4-RR

The seller of this 2013 MV Agusta F4-RR seems to know little about its history or provenance, but it appears to have been mostly for track use up to this point, and sports a monoposto tail section devoid of taillights or provisions for license plates. The ad says the bike has a clear title, but the dealer isn't standing behind it as a street bike.

2013 MV Agusta F4RR for sale on eBay

That said, MV Agusta F4-RRs are scarce as dog feathers, so if the numbers come back clean it's still a worthy grab for someone. The RR version of MV's mighty F4 wears Brembo M50 monobloc brakes, cast aluminum wheels, Ohlins electronically adjustable suspension and switchable engine maps. Oh, and it pushes out around 200 horsepower that carts around not much more than 420 pounds.

From the eBay listing:

2013 MV Agusta F4-RR Track Bike
NADA Retail Value $19,780

1,229 Miles
White/ Red/ Black Paint
998 cm3 (60.9 cu. in.) Short-stroke inline four-cylinder engine with central cam chain and radial valves
Precise-shifting five-speed transmission includes overdrive fifth.
Final Drive chain drive
Liquid Cooled Fuel Injected
ELDOR electronics package with Ride-By-Wire system and four maps engine
Throttle sensitivity adjustable (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
Max torque (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
Variable Engine response (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
Engine Braking (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
RPM limiter (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
Inertial vehicle lean angle sensor
Traction control adjustable on eight levels
Electronic EAS (Electronically Assisted Shift)
Modular mixed structure frame with hand TIG welded tubular steel trellis and aluminum plates
Ohlins suspension with electronic control (F4 RR)
Brembo monobloc brake calipers (model M50 on the F4 RR)
This Bike runs and rides great. Very Fast and first year of production for this model
A great fun bike for the serious racer or collector.
Call or come by and talk to one of our sales associates today so we can get your knees in the breeze on this great Track Bike today.
This Bike appears to have been set up to be ridden on a closed track, so we are selling her as is, we do not know of any apparent problems. Because we have reason to believe she may have been run on a track we are selling her "as is", "with all faults" and for "Track use only" and the price reflects this. Any street use or ability to restore her to street use is NOT warranted. Further we do not Warrant, expressly or implied, that this bike is suitable for such use. This motorcycle has been modified for track use, thereby voiding any factory or seller warranty. The buyer is expected to practice due diligence when purchasing this bike and check all pictures and descriptions of the bike to insure it is what they want. If you have any questions please ask them before purchasing. FOR OFF ROAD USE ONLY. There are no warranties which extend beyond the description on the face hereof.

Some of these bikes are New Inventory and have not been through our shop yet. Some parts may not function or otherwise meet our quality standards and may be removed or replaced during our shop's inspection,any changes will be at our Service Managers sole discrection. The initial picture(s) represents a 'First Look' at the bike, so that you can get a general idea of the bikes condition.

The asking price under $12,000 seems a little low, but since the seller seems to know little about the machine and what its past life was like, there could be good reason for that.

Used as Intended: 2013 MV Agusta F4-RR
Honda January 4, 2018 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: 1982 Honda CB1100R

This is a rare opportunity to get your hands on a very special early Honda homologation special. The CB1100R predates HRC, and was sold overseas to make the big bike legal for competition in Europe and Australia. Honda cranked out just over 4,000 of the 115 horsepower beasts over a three-year run.

The fiberglass bodywork and hand-welded aluminum tank set the bike apart from just another UJM with pretty paint, though this bike has seen use that is most often seen on run-of-the-mill models. The bike was imported 15 years ago, according to the seller, and was ridden extensively across the U.S. after being titled and tagged.

The seller restored the paint and bodywork when he bought it about 10 years ago, and rode it for a short while before mothballing it and storing it in a museum.

From the seller:

Exremely rare limited edition Honda Homologation Special Superbike. Never imported into the US. This bike was built out of the fabled RCS division of Honda. This is a pre HRC special.

The Honda CB1100R was an exotic Honda model that was produced in limited numbers from 1981 to 1983. It is a single-seat, fully faired sport bike based on the Honda CB900F. The R suffix denotes a racing version, however the CB1100R was a road-legal machine produced by Honda and offered for sale to the public. It was produced only in numbers sufficient to meet the homologation requirements for the R to be classed as a production motorcycle in markets into which it was sold. It was Honda's first homologation special and was raced in the production class racing in most major markets: including Europe South Africa Australia and New Zealand. It was not sold in the USA.

This particular bike was imported by a enthusiast about 15 years ago from the Netherlands. He then titled the bike and road it all over the united states. It has some miles on it approx 35k. The body is completely fiberglass and the tank is hand welded aluminum. The pair work is in very nice condition as I restored the body/paint completely when I bought it. I purchased it about 10 years ago and road it around for a few years then it was drained of all gas and has been in storage in my personal museum. Certainly extremely rare and definitely a must have for those with a RC30, RC45 etc type of Honda collection. The motor though similar to the CB1100F that was offer herein the United States is in a much higher state of tune. The Nikko Baker 4 into 1 exhaust is pure music to the ears. The bike will require a full recommissioning for consumables (i.e.: tires, oil, battery, plugs, carb sync etc) prior to riding and sold as is. It will need to be recommissioned if the buyer plans to actually ride this beast.

In 1981 the CB1100R won the New Zealand Castrol Six Hour ridden by Australian pair of Malcolm Campbell and Mick Cole. The CB1100R won the premier Australian production race in 1982, the Castrol Six Hour in the hands of future 1987 500cc GP World Champion Wayne Gardner and team mate Wayne Clark. Other CB1100Rs finished the race 2nd, 3rd and 4th, with 6 CB11000Rs finishing in the top 8 spots. The Australasian success of the CB1100R lead directly to the development of the Suzuki GSX1100SXZ Katana homologation racing specials.

The model designations are CB1100RB (1981), CB1100RC (1982), and CB1100RD (1983). In 1981, 1050 units were sold, followed by 1500 per year in 1982 and 1983. The 1981 “RB” was half faired with a solo seat only. The 82 and 83 models have different bodywork including a full fairing, aluminum fuel tank, and pillion seat covered with a removable seat cowl. The 82 (RC) and 83 (RD) (pictured) were largely similar with differences in paint scheme, rear swing arm and front fork design. In 1983 the Honda CB1100F was launched that essentially was a blend of the CB1100R and the CB900F, for a broader market. The 1981 CB1100RB had a claimed 115 hp (86 kW) @ 9000 rpm.

The CB1100R won big races across the globe under a series of big names, most notable 500cc GP World Champion Wayne Gardner. The bike is listed at $15,000, and you can contact Pete with your interest here: email bocco1@optonline.net and phone number 1-203-515-5146

Featured Listing: 1982 Honda CB1100R
Ducati January 4, 2018 posted by Aaron

WSBK Ready: Race-prepped 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale

Before this 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale turned a wheel in anger, it was stripped of its street parts, taken down to its bones and rebuilt as a track weapon the likes of which few people will ever have the fortune to sample. Every inch of the bike has seen some sort of work or other, consuming $80,000 along the way.

2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale for sale on eBay

The seller claims the result is a superbike-spec ride that pushes out 220 horsepower through a Superstock-spec Termignoni exhaust and rolls on custom Ohlins suspension bits. A dream team roster of Ducati techs from across the country turned wrenches to produce the bike listed here.

The engine work alone reportedly ran $17,000, and included Carillo rods, head work a thin head gasket and a balanced crank. The fork is a giant 53 mm Marzocchi unit running Ohlins internals, while the shock is a computer-controlled Ohlins TTX MKII. This is where we would normally let the seller speak for themselves, but the description of this bike is part of one of the pictures, so see the gallery below for the full laundry list of parts and modifications.

With the V4 Panigale on its way, $20,000 might seem like a lot for a 220-horsepower Ducati, but keep in mind: The full-bore 2018 Ducati Panigale V4 Speziale is expected to run close to $40,000.

 

WSBK Ready: Race-prepped 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale