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Cagiva May 5, 2018 posted by Donn

Have Blue – 1987 Cagiva Alazzurra 650SS

Cagiva re-badged the Pantah for 1985 and tried on their own badging and design features.  The Alazzurra had toned down its testosterone content a bit, but was improved in some good ways.  This 1987 example has been a labor of love for its present owner, who has made some long term investments in the bike's future.

1987 Cagiva Alazzurra 650SS for sale on eBay

The belt driven cams of the desmodue help the Alazzurra push 55 hp and 36 ft.-lbs. torque.  Right side-up 35mm forks and dual Marzocchi shocks are appropriately light weight, as are the 260mm dual disk brakes.  The supersport fairing flows sweetly and it looks like there is beaucoup ground clearance.

 

The Virginia owner has  made several improvements to the Alazzurra, without indulging in any sort of bling - well, maybe the red brake lines.  Here is his rundown from the eBay auction:

Since I've owned it, I've done the following:

1- fixed a leaking base gasket ($100 + labor)
2- adjusted the valves to the perfect spec. ($150 + My Labor)
3- replaced the belts ($40 + My Labor)
4- new chain and custom rear sprocket ($80 + My Labor)
5- upgraded stainless steel brake & clutch lines and hardware with speed bleeders ($180 + My Labor)
6- rebuilt the ignition sensor wires ($30 + My Labor)
7- powder coated the exhaust ($100 + My Labor)
8- brand new battery ($65 + My Labor)
9- rebuilt the carbs ($60 + My Labor)
10- rebuilt the key ignition switch. ( + My Labor)
11- replaced the leaking petcock and fuel hoses. ($130 + My Labor)

I've REALLY enjoyed working on and riding a true Italian cult bike. I don't have to sell it, but it's time to move on. 

There is also a cold start video - here -.

Cagiva soon realized that tossing out a well-known name and competition history was folly, leaving the friendly Elefant in a tough position.  Luckily this Alazzurra has weathered that storm and looks ready for a long weekend on the Blue Ridge Parkway, perhaps as the new owner takes her north or south and home again...

-donn

Have Blue – 1987 Cagiva Alazzurra 650SS
Triumph May 3, 2018 posted by Donn

Better Late – 2006 Triumph Daytona 955i with 2,510 miles !

The owner of this 2006 Daytona bought it as a long-term leftover in 2014, from the unlikely sportbike haven of Denmark.  Since then his travel schedule has only allowed 2,510 miles, presenting the auction winner with a virtually new Triumph liter bike.  2006 was the last model year for the 955i, and it has some nice upgrades from earlier Daytonas.

2006 Triumph Daytona 955i for sale on eBay

An assault on the sportbike establishment in 1997, the later Daytona was a more mature GT, the fuel injected triple good for 149 hp.  The double-tube cradle frame is now black, but the same aluminum alloy.  Extra-large 45mm forks and 320mm brakes are Triumph's own design, and 2003 saw a return to the single-sided swingarm.  A nice re-design of the fairing and headlight was done in 2005, and black was introduced as a color choice.

Currently residing in Delaware, this Daytona had a bath for the occasion and looks excellent.  A carbon and polished exhaust has been added, but not much else in the way of personalization.  From the eBay auction:

Bike has straight papers, currently registered in Delaware.  Numbers are straight.  Bike had zero miles when I got it in 2014.  Only have 2510 miles ridden since and clearly looks the part.
Bike was manufactured at the end of the production run in 2006.  Has the gorgeous split headlamp, the preferable single sided swingarm and a number of other improvements made over the earlier years of the models.
Bike has the beautiful carbon factory high level exhaust which sounds heavenly.  Also has a rear seat cowl and a passenger seat as well.
Condition is 99% perfect.  Almost no flaws to speak of.  The clear coat on the carbon infills could be redone.
I installed a cell phone holder that holds my phone very well, that's included.
The legendary Triumph triple is a blast to ride and an absolutely unique machine.

Revitalized by John Bloor, Triumph proved itself a sportbike force with the Daytona.  It offered a different perspective for riders reacting to the vanill-ish offerings from the big four, and bonus points if one felt buying European was important.  The company soon made the 955i redundant to focus on the middleweight market, so the 2006 is the end of an era.  This example has spanned the globe to bring the new owner a smashing experience...

-donn

Better Late – 2006 Triumph Daytona 955i with 2,510 miles !
Ducati April 30, 2018 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 2005 Ducati 749R #0074 with 774 miles !

Update 5.21.2018: SOLD to an RSBFS reader. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Ducati doubled down on the World SuperSport series in 2003, hotting up their 999-styled 749 for the private team market. The modification rules were more restrictive in WSS than in SuperBike, compelling Ducati to make a very advanced -R available in the showroom. This example has turned only 774 miles with all the homolagation components plus a couple of nice upgrades.

Starting in the engine room, a more oversquare ( 94mm stroke x 54mm bore ) was used, combining with exotic materials in the rotating parts to make an easier-revving engine good for 121 hp.  High-strength aluminum pistons, titanium valve gear, lightweight crank, and magnesium valve covers were all on board, as well as a factory slipper clutch.  Continuing to the suspension, Öhlins are found all around ( including steering damper) and the box-section swingarm is shared with the 999R.  Though many of the small guards and covers are carbon, it plays less of a part than on the 2004 edition, the bodywork being presented in a high strength polymer.  The 2005 nose is a little less busy with only two openings for intake air, and the 749R came with a nice enduro length 18 liter fuel tank.  Adjustability is the key word, with seating position, foot pegs, steering head, and of course suspension set up for the rider.

The present owner added Sato rearsets and a Paulimoto clutch cover before putting just 774 miles on number 0074.  It has the gloss of a brand-new bike and appears undamaged by road or garage mishaps.  Regular RSBFS advertiser Automania says this about the 749R:

This bike, number 74 of at least 500 produced to meet FIM homologation regulations. Along with the retail cost of $21,995, the owner then opened up his wallet for a set of Sato Rear Set and a Paulimoto Vented Clutch Cover. The exhaust is stock Ducati, most likely the only stock muffler on a Ducati in the world.

What we have here on the showroom floor is one of the best handling Ducatis ever produced, renowned for it's super precise, nimble handling. Adjustable Steering Head rake angle, great top end power with Race Exhaust, quiet and smooth with Stock Exhaust. It has an amazing transmission, gorgeous body work with original paint. It is arguably the greatest middleweight twin ever made, fantastic fun as a street bike or track day bike. The best part is that coming from a private collection, showing 774 miles from new.

Of the several hundred 749R's made, many were sold to team owners, riders, and collectors, with relatively few ridden much.  The buyers got a nice package because of the competition rules, and likely to be a unicorn on the road.  As a track day machine, it's an immersive experience without advanced electronics.  The Terblanche design has gained popularity over the years and this 749S would continue to be a great show machine.  Automania's asking price is $10,595, and their own page on the bike is - here - .  They would be happy to discuss the possibilities on (541) 479-8888, or by email - here -.

Featured Listing – 2005 Ducati 749R #0074 with 774 miles !
Ducati April 29, 2018 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 2007 Ducati 944 Race/Track Bike

RSBFS reader Tom caught a mean case of the track bug back in 2006, and embarked on an exciting custom project. He enlisted pro builders from south of his Canadian border and developed a 944cc desmodue with a titanium chassis. The result is faired in Sharkskinz 998, with 999 tank and seat fairing, all red of course.

 

Doug Cook at ARC Fabrication fabricated the chassis from titanium.  The resulting frame is bizarre and beautiful, but the geometry, suspension and brakes are all reworked 900SS so handling is a known quantity.  Bruce Meyers at BCM Motorsports in Laconia rebuilt Tom's 900SS into a ported and polished race engine, with oversize cylinders resulting in 944cc, fed by 41mm Keihin flat-slide carburetors.  Tom enlisted BlackStone Tek to make a set of carbon fiber wheels for the project, and ARC supplied two underseat exhausts, one muffled to usual racetrack requirements, and the other open for unrestricted events.

 

Real life stepped back in the picture after the build was complete and Tom could only claim a few track events in the each of the next few years, on display since then.  The bike has been run but has low hours and is undamaged.  Pictures show the artful fabrication and sanitary presentation, from polished swingarm to tidy cockpit.  Tom's own thoughts on the bike:

This is truly a unique and amazing track bike ridden only occasionally for two or three seasons.  The full race motor (including STR cams, 41 mm FCR's, over-sized race pistons, ported and polished heads, blueprinted, etc.) was built by BCM Motorsports in New Hampshire.  The titanium frame, stainless exhaust pipes and red carbon fiber cans were built by Doug Cook.  The welds on the ti-frame, exhaust and the cans are pure art.  The bike has new front and rear Michelin slicks, 916 triple clamps, Rizoma brake fluid reservoirs, straight-through megaphones (they're wild!), cast iron rotors, Brembo levers, Shorai lithium battery, etc.  The bike weighs approximately 320 pounds and, it really flies, brakes fantastically (one finger) and turns like crazy.

Hard to fathom the number hours that went into this build, but the quality shows that a pro builder starts from a different plane than a shade-tree race mechanic.  The desmodue is a nice choice for a club racer, without liquid cooling and readily available.  Probably not the right mount for a novice track rider, but for someone ready to step up to a purpose-built lightweight, this is a singular opportunity.  Tom asks $9,500 and can be reached - here -.

-donn

 

 

Featured Listing – 2007 Ducati 944 Race/Track Bike
Ducati April 27, 2018 posted by Donn

Red Contrasts – 2007 Ducati Sport 1000S

Ducati's SportClassics had sharp engineering though the styling recalled earlier days of motorcycling.  The versatile dual spark 992cc engine made the bike easy to love, and the Sport 1000S had a neat SuperSport design and most of the features of the Paul Smart commemorative.

2007 Ducati Sport 1000S for sale on eBay

Beside its 92 hp air-cooled engine, the Sport 1000S is a clever combination of old and new, dual-shock Sachs rear with progressive springs, wet clutch hydraulically actuated, flat black Termignoni exhausts, a big brace on the 43mm Marzocchi forks, and stainless spokes on black alloy wheels.  The upper-only fairing beats the wind for the rider but leaves most of the Sport 1000S on display.

This example appears to have been well-loved, carefully farkled in red and undamaged over 9,000 miles.  Here is the owner's list of upgrades from the eBay auction:

Adjustable clip-on handle bars
Brembo brakes system
Adjustable front and rear suspension (tunable to fit specific person)
A Pair of Termignoni exhaust pipes
Custom Red Super-Sprox rear sprocket
Gold DID chain
Open belt-system w/ red cover
Battery is new, purchased from dealer 2 years ago
T-Rex Racing frame sliders
Front fork sliders, Rear spindle sliders
Custom under tail tidy kit for brake light & plate
Custom bar-ends w/ twist-cruise lock on throttle side
Machined aluminum front suspension protector
Upgraded Ducati race ECU underseat
Rizoma RED master brake cylinder, front brake cylinder, clutch cylinder
Motul high performance brake fluid
K&N under-tank air filter system
Full synthetic motor oil with new oil filter
Red CFRP rear tire hugger

Fit and finish had turned a corner on the SportClassics, the polish and paint on the fairing supports is just one indication.  Handling was standard Ducati SS, wonderful at speed but ponderous around town.  We could quibble about the open belts, oversize frame sliders and new two year-old battery, but it's a sweet package.  Must be spring because the ask is in Paul Smart SE territory...

-donn

 

 

Red Contrasts – 2007 Ducati Sport 1000S
Ducati April 25, 2018 posted by Donn

Insignificantly Rare – 2005 Ducati 1000SS/DS

Ducati developed a new dual-spark desmodue engine for the 1000SS and it is revered among Ducatista.  Its first platform was the Terblanche-styled SS which was fighting a losing showroom battle.  In hindsight it's a great SuperSport and classic Ducati.

2005 Ducati 1000SS/DS for sale on eBay

Engineers made many changes to the new DS engine, the lower valve angles, shortened exhaust ports and up-to-date fuel injection making for a more reliable, even tempered mill.  The 85 hp from the air-cooled 992cc's leave the water-cooling system behind, relying on air and oil cooling to contain temperatures.   Elsewhere, it's classic SuperSport, a fairly aggressive riding position, complex fairing, trellis frame, and room for a passenger.

This SS is offered by an eBay dealer with quads, bikes, and campers on their roster, and the Senna gray with Ferrari red wheels look excellent for their 17K miles.  For some reason the clutch cover is not present, something should be there to protect the rider and keep the rain out.  The mirror booties need adjustment, likely they were folded, but appear to be the stock item.  From the eBay listing:

Fuel Injected

17,031 Miles

Marchesini Red Wheels

Factory Tool Kit

Zero Gravity Smoke Windshield

Brembo Brakes

Red Key

CLEAN AND CLEAR TITLE !

Tested and Inspected, Ready to Ride Now !

Normal wear and tear, open dry clutch assembly with common Ducati Clutch Plate noise

New Harley Davidson Dealer Trade In !

Very Clean Original Bike !

The SuperSport would only survive another year, starved for customers in a showroom with SuperBikes, Monsters, ST3's and 4's, the MultiStrada.  The love-it-or-hate-it body design probably didn't help matters, though the drivetrain would live on in Monsters, Multis, and the new Hypers and SportClassics.  Earlier SuperSport fans will love the new engine, and the handling will bring back memories.  Bar risers are still available to move the grips up and back a little, and the Make Offer button is there to move the bid down and forward a little...

-donn

 

Insignificantly Rare – 2005 Ducati 1000SS/DS