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Sport Bikes For Sale October 17, 2017 posted by Aaron

Slab with Spares: 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750

As age takes its toll, even bikes that were fairly commonplace are getting rarer and rarer, a fact that is amplified when the many examples of the model in question were victims of racetracks, inexperience or bad hack jobs. The result is that bikes like this 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750 are becoming more desirable and expensive, even in their most pedestrian guises.

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750

To be fair, there isn't much that can truly be called "pedestrian" about one of the first bikes in the ongoing repli-racer wars, with around 100 horsepower out of an air/oil cooled inline four pushing about 450 pounds. The lithe perimeter frame, and stout brakes and suspension make for an impressive-if-dated ride.

This third-year Gixxer has covered just over 12,000 miles across three owners, and reportedly was stored in a living room for some of its life. Whatever the case, it has obviously been well cared for by all three people, as it shows just a few small blemishes and wears what appear to be brand-new tires.

The seller notes a list of spare and original parts that will come with the bike, including the stock airbox and exhaust.

From the eBay listing:

PLEASE DO YOUR RESEARCH ON VALUE OF THIS BIKES!!

1987 GSXR 750 in very good original cosmetic and running condition, please see pictures for the condition of the bike. fairings have minor nicks and scratches from normal use, NO Clear Peeling just normal aging. ike is good running strong condition and looks very nice overall.

COMES WITH;
STOCK EXHAUST,
REAR GRAB BAR,
STOCK AIR BOX,
SUZUKI REAR STAND,
PARTS BIKE W/TITLE
AND SOME MISCELLANEOUS PARTS.

I’ve owned various GSXR’s since 1987 so i’m very familiar with these bikes. I’ve had this bike since 2013; it’s been a pleasure to have it as it gets a lot of attention due to it’s condition as it’s a pleasure to ride it. from what I was told I’m the 3rd owner and the bike sat in the 2nd owners libingroom for over 18 years, I have put less than 50 miles on it as I only turn it on periodically, it’s stored covered in cool dry place.

Clean and clear California title. Please ask any and all questions before bidding!

With almost a week to go, the bike has attracted little activity with a $6,500 opening bid. The opening bid is toward the high end of what we have seen other bikes like it sell for, but with values of the limited edition bikes more than doubling this ask, it's not totally unhinged.

Slab with Spares: 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750
Ducati October 16, 2017 posted by Aaron

Featured Listing: 1980 Ducati 900 SS

The last and one of the fastest of the bevel drive Ducatis, this 1980 Ducati 900SS is yet another throwback to the time before Japan dominated the sportbike scene. The bevel Ducatis, named and famous for their unique gear-drive cam setup, came to prominence in the '70s as British makers faded from relevance and the big four in Japan were making the switch from commuters to race-bred machines.

1980 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

This example is being sold by brand specialist Moto Borgotaro in Brooklyn, who purchased the bike from its fastidious original owner  and treated it to a good freshening. The bike is largely original, with a few key but reversible changes made, and all the original parts included.

Moto Borgotaro says the first owner had the engine torn down and gone through in the '90s to maintain it and increase reliability, though even the original piston rings will come with the bike. It also wears updated petcocks, a gear-gazer bevel cover and new fork springs and rear shocks. The original fork springs, petcocks and bevel cover are included, though it sounds like the shocks are gone.

From the eBay listing:

1980 Ducati 900 Super Sport For Sale

1980 Ducati 900 Super Sport bought from the original owner and spruced up at Moto Borgotaro inc. Moto Borgotaro specializes in Vintage european motorcycles. Moto Borgotaro website: https://motoborgotaro.com/

The previous (original) owner had many bikes, and he liked then all to run correctly and ride correctly. The 900SS here is no exception, the former owner did not want any issues so he had the motor redone at some point in the 90's to make sure he never had any issues with running or riding. The box of goodies that comes with the bike, the original piston rings, extra valve half rings, spare cables, original petcocks, original manual, original tool pouch, original bevel cover (gear gazer currently installed) -- he also had the front fairing mount reinforced as they can be prone to breaking.

Overall this is a great rider with restored paint and redone motor, and terrific suspension... Not a show pony, bike starts runs and rides sweetly and is ready to go. Any questions please call the shop directly 929-264-7212

MANY OTHER BIKES AVAILABLE !! Ducati, Mv Agusta, Laverda, Moto Guzzi -- Buy, sell, trade-- look at last picture.... your NEW SS is coming from a good home!

Will ship worldwide!! -

· Excellent Restored paint

· Dyna coils (original coil pack included)

· Works Billet tracker shocks (from Bevel Heaven)

· Works fork springs (from Bevel Heaven) (original fork springs included)

· New gel battery

· Stainless brake lines

· Fresh oil

· Good tires

· Newer clutch - (original included)

· Original wheels-- VGC

· Original paint on frame—VGC

· Extended clutch arm (original included) -- much better clutch feel

---Other

· Spare cables

· Original petcocks

· Original tool pouch

· Original manual

· Original bevel cover (gear gazer currently installed)

The restored paint and original frame paint are in fantastic shape. There is some paint chipping and oxidation on the fork legs and the pipes and engine cases look like those of a bike that has been ridden properly. The asking price indicates that the value of these bikes is continuing to grow, and this example is one you should not be afraid to display and ride.

Featured Listing: 1980 Ducati 900 SS
Ducati October 16, 2017 posted by Aaron

Featured listing: 1998 Ducati 900SS Final Edition

To say commemorate its wildly popular, fast and cantankerous carbureted 900SS as fuel injection approached in the late '90s, Ducati put the old beast out to pasture with a worldwide run of 800 bikes with special paint and graphics and a few trick parts.

The 1998 Ducati 900SS Final Edition carried upswept dual exhausts for cornering clearance, lighter wheels, bigger floating disc brakes, and a solo seat tail section. Bologna didn't exactly throw the racing parts catalogue at the bike, and its performance was just slightly better than the standard version, but the changes were enough to tip you off that this is not an ordinary SS.

Today's featured 900SS has been tweaked even further by its current owner, with an Ohlins shock and a brand-new set of Keihin FCR 41 flatslide carbs. The big carbs won't make the big Duc's famous starting ritual any simpler, but will definitely sweeten the ride once everything gets up to temperature.

The bike is number 118 of 300, and reportedly has had $4,000 worth of work in the last 50 miles, which includes the aforementioned Keihins as well as a new chain, tires, stem bearings, timing belts and a valve adjustment.Though it has been very well looked after, its 10,894 miles show that neither of its previous owners have been afraid to ride the bike.

Early in seller Joe's nine-year ownership, the bike was repainted to a very high standard by Ferrari of Houston, as it had been scratched in the original owner's garage.

From the seller:

1998 Ducati 900 Supersport Finala Edition, VIN ZDM1LC4M5WB027187. Rare and immaculate 1998 Ducati 900 Supersport Final Edition. #118 of only 300 of the last of the carbureted series of classic Ducati Supersports, considered one of the most iconic and beautiful motorcycles ever made. I purchased this bike approximately 9 years ago, and it had a scratch on one of the fairing panels due to something falling against it in the prior owner's garage. I elected to acquire the correct graphics from Ducati and have the entire bike professionally repainted at the Ferrari of Houston award-winning paint facility, and it is stunning.

The bike has had almost $4,000 in service and upgrades performed in the last 50 miles, including a Keihin 41mm flat-slide carb conversion, new tires, full service including valve adjustment and timing belts, chain, new steering head bearings, and much more. It has an Ohlins rear shock and Corbin custom seat. Brand new Vitaloni Baby Turbo mirrors included with sale. All original parts included. It is realistically priced at $9,900. I don't believe you will find an example in better cosmetic/mechanical condition than this one. This is an appreciating classic that's as great to ride as it is to look at.

As mentioned, it has been fitted with a Corbin seat and a set of Fast by Ferracci exhausts to round out the package. The bike is listed at $9,900 and is located in Houston, TX. Joe can be reached at jvmaniaci@hotmail.com

Featured listing: 1998 Ducati 900SS Final Edition
Honda October 13, 2017 posted by Aaron

Stored indoors: 1985 Honda VF1000R

The 1985 Honda VF1000R answered a lot of prayers when it finally came to the States, after the press and public here had for years praised everything Honda threw a V4 at, but clamored for the serious sportbike Europe got. The VF1000R was the first Honda V4 outside of a full-on racebike to have gear-driven camshafts, and differentiated itself from the slightly less sporty 1000F with full fairings.

1985 Honda VF1000R for sale on eBay

The big motor made well over 100 horsepower, and the bike could nearly hit 150 mph in street trim, even though it weighed north of 600 pounds with a tank of gas on board. A truck by today's standards, the VF1000R at the time was a hard-nosed weapon, at least until the GSXRs debuted the following year.

The seller of this 1985 Honda VF1000R has kept the bike inside, in what looks like the living room, not the garage. The condition looks great from the small pictures, though the bike is not a low-mileage garage queen. The upholstery and bodywork look to be in top condition, and the bike appears to be mostly, if not all, original. Per the seller, the tires are new.

From the eBay listing:

1985 Honda VF1000R. Excellent condition. Runs amazing, everything works, newer tires. This bike is so nice I have it in currently inside my home. Really don't want to sell it. But am thinning my collection to make a move to FL. This is a serious collectors bike. Call with any questions. If you have a 0 rating you must call me before bidding or I will cancel the bid. Serious bidders only please. Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer. Todd 913-927-8806
I will not disclose reserve. So please don't ask.

With a couple days left in the auction, the bidding has been slow, and the bike has not reached its reserve.

Stored indoors: 1985 Honda VF1000R
Ducati October 13, 2017 posted by Aaron

Spawn of Sausage Creature: 2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera

This 2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera has barely covered its break-in period, and comes complete with a boxful of accessories and two Akrapovic exhaust setups. And, if you're so inclined, the option of a two-year warranty. On a 200-horsepower, 400-pound Scud missile. With a license plate. And turn signals.

2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera

It is nigh on impossible to avoid cliches when describing the 1199 Superleggera, as writers have been trying to come up with ways to describe ever lighter, ever faster, ever more mind-bending bikes since Harley and Davidson strapped their first thumper to a Safety Bicycle. Weapons analogies seem appropriate, though, as a race bike handled carelessly will have the same effect on you as any of Beelzebub's evilest creations.

Even with three years under its belt, the 1199 is an amazing machine, carrying all but the final, infinitesimally small and expensive tweaks that Ducati's WSBK steeds do. Though it will pass emissions and safely indicate a turn, this bike has very little business on a public road, needing only its first two gears to land you squarely in jail, or turn you into Hunter Thompson's aptly-named creature.

The bike seen here comes from a dealer in California and is, for all intents and purposes new. Judging by the size of the chicken strips on the tires, it has rarely, if ever been ridden in anger. It comes from smack in the middle of the Superleggera's production run, wearing number 294 out of 500 examples.

From the eBay listing:

2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera RARE SUPERLEGGERA - PERFECT

Extended warranty for 12, 24 or 36 months available at a discounted rate.

WOW! We are proud to have this rare piece of motorcycle history available for sale. The 1199 Superleggera is exactly what its name translates to in English – Super Light. Ducati's performance recipe of lightweight and more power, and designed a machine that creates over 200 horsepower and has a dry weight of just 341.7 lbs., which is the same as Ducati's WSB racer. Ducati created 200 new parts for this most exclusive slice of exotica, including a carbon fiber seat unit, titanium fasteners, a feather-light 700g lithium battery and revised electronics.

Ducati outfitted the 1199 Superleggera with a lighter, tungsten-balanced crankshaft, titanium con rods, and a lighter flywheel. Ducati also used aluminum cylinder liners instead of steel

With these enhancements, the 1199 Superleggera produces more than 200 horsepower. To tame this type of power, Ducati incorporated a host of electronics, including Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Engine Brake Control (EBC). These systems are optimized “with new automatic calibration of rear-tire size and final transmission ratio.” Ducati also added a race-derived, handlebar mount to easily adjust the levels of these systems on the track.

Here is the chance to own the rarest motorcycle in the world and still save 1000's.

Stock #: R1697

We offer very attractive long - term financing and leasing on all of our pristine vehicles.

Shipping nationwide and worldwide is available with our trusted transportation partners.

Please contact us if you have any questions about this vehicle. We are looking forward to hear from you.

RARE SUPERLEGGERA IN PERFECT CONDITION / Collectors item / 2nd exhaust included

Extended warranty for 12, 24, 36 or 48 months available at a discounted rate.

The $45,890 Buy-It-Now price for this brute is closing in on Desmosedici RR territory, though this bike is nearly as rare, just as powerful and arguably more usable than its hand-built and directly GP-derived sibling.

Spawn of Sausage Creature: 2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera
Norton October 12, 2017 posted by Aaron

Throwback Thursday: 1974 Norton Commando Fastback

In the mid-20th Century, Norton occupied rarefied standing in motorcycling, making itself legendary among racers in Britain and Europe, taking home Manx TT trophies and trading wins with other big names on the continent and in the Isles. Its big-bore engines and revolutionary vibration-isolating frame designs made the brand wildly popular, cutting edge and fast.

1974 Norton Commando Fastback for sale on eBay

By the 1970s, Britain's notorious knack for corporate mismanagement and reliability woes had hit the company hard, and as it tried to make its Commando - which had debuted in the late '60s with yet another innovative suspension setup - all things to all people, it was being outgunned by Japanese rivals.

The Norton Commando Fastback had helped debut the badge, and by 1974 was essentially just a sportier-looking seat and fender setup for the popular-but-flawed platform.

The 1974 example seen here is in excellent condition, and carries a raft of modifications to the parallel twin, including a displacement bump, big carbs and a high-compression RH7 head from an earlier Commando 750. We dig the era-appropriate copper-bronze paint, the overstuffed seat and simple, purposeful stance.

From the eBay listing:

900 CC.. BALANCED WITH LIGHTER SOLID STEEL FLYWHEEL.. 80MM BORE.. 36 MM MK2 CARBS MATCHED TO A RH7 HEAD.. BIG BORE EXHAUST. CLOSE RATIO GEARBOX WITH QUAIFE SHELL.((( MOSTLY FOR DOWN SHIFTING TO LESSEN GEARBOX STRAIN))) BIKE HAS NO ISSUES.. LOOK INSIDE MUFFLERS TO SEE HOW CLEAN IT RUNS..STARTS WITHIN 2 OR 3 KICKS AND WILL IDLE AT 500 RPM. EVEN WITH BIG CARBS... E MAIL FOR MORE INFO. E MAIL FOR PHONE NUMBER AND WILL CALL BACK IF SERIOUS. OTHERWISE PLEASE DONT WASTE MY TIME

Rarer than Japanese bikes of the same era, albeit a lot more temperamental, the big Norton is a time capsule to the end of the era of British manufacturing might, rendered in the brutal simplicity that made the breed famous.

Throwback Thursday: 1974 Norton Commando Fastback