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Honda August 3, 2017 posted by Donn

Kentucky Commemorative – 2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition

Intended as a celebratory livery in honor of Nicky Hayden's 2006 Moto GP championship, the Repsol-stickered superbike is now a more somber reminder of how instantly things can change.  The second generation in-line four had a nice bump in torque and slightly quicker steering, but didn't give up the steady handling and great build quality.

2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition for sale on eBay

After retiring the RC51 and returning to an I-four for WSBK, Honda had more resources to throw at the CBR flagship, and all the more reason with a new championship.  The first-gen CBR1000RR was only a couple of years old, so incremental changes were in order - a touch more compression, slightly different valve porting, revised steering geometry, larger but thinner brake disks, and the result was a skwosh more powerful and a smidgen lighter, though still heavier than the competition.

This Fireblade's Florida caretaker has limited mileage to just over 6,000 and made several updates, looking excellent and undamaged.  From the eBay auction:

One of the few remaining of the only 300 produced for 2007.  Mint condition, one owner.  Power commander, Boz Bros. moto GP exhaust,  flush mount front turn signals, tail light/blinker combo, plate relocater, HID's, oem second seat cover and carbon fiber extras. Never seen rain and always sleeps under a cover!  This bike was produced after Nicky Hayden won the moto GP in 2006.  Unfortunately he has recently passed away after a biking accident in Italy.  I would hope to see the bike in the hands of a collector to honor Nicky's legacy. Thank you for looking.

Reviews of the CBR1000RR confirmed the solid feeling, and that the bike was composed at speed, almost deceptively fast.  Integration and testing by factory riders and engineers are the usual reason, leaving not much to chance.  After all, this sort of machine is generally found no more than ten feet from the showroom door.  A couple of this owner's mods might not be your taste, but all are easily reversed.  Hard to argue the overall condition, any more than the great championship team colors.  The MotoGP laurel on the tank is a small tribute to a hardworking and humble champion, who wore his dad's racing number 69, and was bicycling for fitness ( after a morning run ! ) in the middle of the WSBK season...

-donn

Kentucky Commemorative – 2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition
MV Agusta July 31, 2017 posted by Donn

Tribute – 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R Senna

As a motorcycle executive, Claudio Castiglioni had the ability to put together a fitting tribute to his friend ( and MV collector ) Ayrton Senna.  Proceeds from the limited edition supported the Brazilian youth services foundation bearing the late driver's name.  The second F4 numbered edition commemorating Senna, the F4 1000R features 173 hp and state of the art construction and components.

2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R Senna for sale on eBay

Agusta uses the familiar inline four cylinder engine with 16 valves, but hemispherical combustion chambers and radial valve layout deliver extraordinary power for 998cc's.  The latest Weber / Marelli electronic fuel injection insures tractability at sub-sonic speeds.  The MV trademark four-two-four calliope peeks out from under the seat.  Suspension and brake components are race-derived, from the 50mm Marzocchi forks to the lightweight adjustable Sachs monoshock, to the Brembo monoblock Serie Oro brakes.  Forged Marchesini alloys are directly from the GP department.

Presented by a Florida luxury vehicle dealer, this Senna has just 1,544 miles and is pictured on the factory carpet and rear stand, though a shot of the number plate would be helpful.  For all intents a new machine, closer than usual to 2017 new considering how advanced the 1000R was to begin with.  The dealer says this in the eBay auction:

This bike is one of just 65 SENNAs imported into the U.S. from Italy.  300 models were made and distributed worldwide, this bike has ONLY 1,544 ORIGINAL miles, has always been well maintained, adult-owned, never dropped.  It is in excellent condition.  I have the original Senna bike cover and wheel stand as show in the pictures.  The F4 1000 Senna is a special edition of the F4 1000 R released in 2006. It is similar to the 2002 F4 750 Senna in spirit, but has some changes to the paint scheme and an alcantara seat. This model comes with the 174 horsepower (128 kW) engine and has also the upgraded Brembo Goldline radial brakes, forged silver Marchesini wheels, a 50 mm titanium-nitride coated Marzocchi upside down fork and a lightweight Sachs racing rear suspension (in high & low speed range adjustable rebound and compression damping). Only 300 were produced.

Looking reserved in black, silver, and gray with red accents and alcantara seat, the Senna is an elegant statement.  Performance, materials, and techniques are in a three-way competition.  A gorgeous engineering exercise, and a fitting special edition recalling the unparalleled driver.  Little doubt it will remain with few miles, serviced and detailed more than ridden, but nice to know that if called upon, the Senna could respond...

-donn

Tribute – 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R Senna
Honda July 28, 2017 posted by Donn

Not-So-Basic Black – 1990 Honda NSR250R in South Africa

Most often seen in much racier livery, the 1990 Honda NSR250R / MC21 was a comprehensive update from the previous  MC18.  This South African example creates a subdued excitement in black with grey accents, and quite original with 3,800 miles it's a great candidate for re-location.

1990 Honda NSR250R ( South Africa ) for sale on eBay

 

The 249cc two-stroke twin ( and its 45 hp ) on board the NSR250R remained quite similar throughout the nine year life of the model. The electronic control unit controlling ignition, carburetion and reed valves was frequently updated, and PGM-III incorporates throttle and gear position sensors in the interest of widening the torque band.  The revisions for 1990 included a beefier chassis and curved "gull" swingarm, which allowed more room for expansion chambers near the footpegs.  Wheel sizes were matched at 17" and the rear was widened to 4-1/2 inches.

 

Coming out of Cape Town, this NSR250R has very low miles for its age and appears to have had careful garage mates.  Often gray market offerings have led a full life of junior licensees, and sometimes pictures only cloud the issue, but this one looks excellent.  Part of the ECU was tasked with restricting top speed and this has been worked around, as well as an aftermarket exhaust.  From the eBay auction:

Derestricted, jetted for sea level and fitted with full JHA expansions.The engine is in superb condition, starts first kick everytime even when cold.Low mileage combined with mind blowing performance makes this one not to be missed.The screen has some discolouration due to age. The tires were replaced recently as the original factory tires had plenty of tread but were cracked from being on the vehicle for 22 years. A complete service,including replacing brake pads and and two stroke oil has been done less than 500 Km ago.

 

The world has certainly gotten smaller and the owner's shipping estimate seems to make sense even from that far corner.  Perhaps an inspection by a local shop could be arranged, putting some condition questions to rest.  Still the number of tasks to legally bring this bike to your garage shouldn't be underestimated.  This excellent NSR250R might be worth the effort for the collector with the right-sized opening in his garage...

-donn

Not-So-Basic Black – 1990 Honda NSR250R in South Africa
Bimota July 24, 2017 posted by Donn

Eyes Wide Shut – 2008 Bimota DB6R

Using Ducati's air-cooled 1100 desmodue, the rest of the Bimota DB6R pushed a lot of boundaries in the name of light weight and design.  Spot-on ergonomics and handling had many reviewers proclaiming it the best naked bike ever.  Certainly one of the most unique, and rare as only a $35K naked can be.

2008 Bimota DB6R for sale on eBay

Ducati's top desmodue pushes 95 hp, with 76 ft.-lbs. torque on tap.  The minimal trellis frame, as well as sculptural swingarm and seat frame keep the weight below 370 lbs. fueled.  Carbon side covers, belly pan, fenders and headlight fairing ensure the light weight isn't the neglect of strength.  Elsewhere billet frame connectors, wheel and brake mounts, and forged Marchesini wheels stay on message.

Offered by a Miami exotics dealer, this DB6R has just over 7,000 collector miles, and looks original and immaculate.  Their comment from the eBay auction:

2008 BIMOTA DB6 R is for riders who are looking for the most unique naked bike out there and for whom money is not an obstacle. The MSRP was $34,990.00 very few were made. A collector's must have !

Somewhere between a standard and a hypermoto, the premium construction and components on the DB6R made it kind of the Neiman-Marcus naked bike, though is has been succeeded by a more mainline hyper in the DBX.  The "Transformers" headlight and fuel tank will have you showing the bike every time you park, and the Marelli fuel injection allows you to just hop on and go.  The form-follows-function design is almost timeless, looking fresh today and ready to take it to the streets...

-donn

Eyes Wide Shut – 2008 Bimota DB6R
Ducati July 22, 2017 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 2001 Ducati 748R

Update 8.2.2017: SOLD!

Update 7.21.2017: Price dropped to $10,500 OBO. Additional pictures added in the gallery below. Thank you to Jay for supporting the site and good luck to potential buyers! -dc

The Ducati 748 was built from 1994-2002, in three variants - E, S, and R ( with factory racers identified as SP or SPS ).  Though the E can be a biposto, and the S a base model with upgraded components, the R is a single-seat homolagation special for World SuperSports racing, with parts the race team wanted to be able to use that year.  In the case of the 748, special parts include the frame, engine, suspension, airbox, and slipper clutch.  The 748 presented here has been lightly updated and very lightly used, and its time on display has left it looking excellent and ready to ride or display.

20160802 2001 ducati 748r left

20160802 2001 ducati 748r right front

Interestly, the desmoquattro engine as requested by the Cagiva brothers in 1985 was a mid-size 748cc's, though Ducati's bike had to wait until Tamburini had styled the 916 Superbike, with now-classic trellis frame and single-sided swingarm.

20160802 2001 ducati 748r left rear

20160802 2001 ducati 748r left engine unfaired  20160802 2001 ducati 748r underseat

The 748R has a much different engine than the base or S, 106 hp available thanks to high-lift cams, titanium connecting rods and valves, and fuel injectors centered in the 54 mm intake horns.  The frame was lightened and altered to accommodate the large carbon fiber airbox.  The suspension was up-spec'ed to Öhlins front and rear, 43mm front forks and fully adjustable.  Wheels are cast Marchesini 17's.  The underseat exhaust has been upgraded to an Arrow system.

20160802 2001 ducati 748r right 20160802 2001 ducati 748r binnacle 20160802 2001 ducati 748r left rear wheel

Here are the owner's comments :

This rare example is nearly stock with a full Arrow exhaust, Yoyodyne slave cylinder and a few carbon bits. I bought this bike about 13 months ago from a dealership in outside of San Francisco. Right before I bought her a major service including valves, belts, all fluids, chain, brake pads, tires and a few things I forgot were done (the bill was over $3000). I cleaned her up, rode her 100 miles then I drained the tank, pulled the battery and stuck her in my buddy's office for a year. I pulled her out of the office a week ago, added some 100 octane to wake her up with a kick, installed a new battery and cleaned and polished every bit of her. she runs GREAT. She needs nothing, she is ready to be ridden or she can be display piece like she was for me.

20160802 2001 ducati 748r left front

20160802 2001 ducati 748r right muffler  20160802 2001 ducati 748r left front wheel unfaired

Number 817 of the required 1000, the 748R is a rare sight here since only 100 or so made it to the states.  Rare also that it hasn't been raced or damaged, and has only 1796 miles on the clock.  After a long display career, the previous owner treated this bike to a full maintenance service.  The present owner added only 100 of those miles before draining the fuel and bringing the bike indoors again.

20160802 2001 ducati 748r office

748's reviewed as diminutive knife-sharp handlers, and though the -S was said to be better for the road than the 996, the 748R may be better suited to the track.  Maybe your office manager will turn up their nose and your "new" 748R will have to live in the garage and drive on the street.  Or it could resume being a rare collector machine.  The owner asks $12,000 $10,500

-donn

Featured Listing – 2001 Ducati 748R
Ducati July 21, 2017 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 2004 Ducati Monster S4R

Update 7.24.17: Links updated to latest auction listing and corrected model year to 2004. -dc

"Born" in 1993, the Ducati Monster has regularly been credited with starting the naked bike craze, and occasionally has accounted for two thirds of Ducati sales.  A citified workhorse for most of the first decade, special higher performance models began to surface in the early 2000's.  The 2004 S4R undressed the water-cooled 996cc desmoquattro, baring most all the superbike had to offer.  This Dallas-based S4R has been groomed for success by the second owner.

 

In spite of all the reasons an air-cooled desmodue is sensible and beautiful, the complex plumbing exercise that the is the S4R is exciting in a more technical way.  Curved radiators for water and oil, their respective pumps and pipes, the hydraulic dry clutch, three big brake disks, all state their case.  Larger scale are the 43mm upside-down forks and monoshock from Showa, the latter connected to an aluminum single-sided swingarm reminiscent of the MH900E.  Carbon covers smooth over the side panels, cam belts, chin scoop, and mufflers on the two-into-two exhaust.

 

The Texas owner has shepherded this special Monster through mid-life, heavy maintenance done and improvements made.  With all the farkels, there's too much to list ( ! ) in the eBay auction, but here is the general part :

-Last year for the metal fuel tank (no swelling, but I still run ethanol stabilizer when not ridden for extended periods of time)
-Full Desmo service performed right at 14,000 by AMS Ducati in Dallas,TX . New timing belts, valve service, throttle body sync, oil change (with correct Shell Advance 4T oil), and new battery.
-Rear hub assembly was replaced during the Desmo service as the chain tensioner on the original had excessive wear. Rear wheel was re-powdercoated after this due to grease that had stained the original finish. The color match is perfect, and I installed the correct Marchesini decals.
-Pirelli Angel GT tires (120 Front, 180 rear) are relatively new. Installed by second owner before I purchased the bike. Unknown exact mileage, but I've only put 2000 miles on them. I always run the recommended pressure of 31.2 front and 31.9 psi rear)
-Radiator was replaced by the previous owner with a brand new unit (KTM 45360). These come from the factory in black, so I stripped all the paint from it, and painted the end tanks silver for a perfect match to the oil cooler. Bike holds 170-180°F during normal riding. I never saw above 188°F at the track.
-Pre-wired for Battery Tenders (again, used when not ridden for extended periods of time)
-Newer factory grips
-Brake pads still have plenty of life. Newer chain and rear sprocket. Lubricated regularly.
-Recently greased the friction plates for smoother clutch modulation.
-Black key, red key, and code card included.

 

Better suited to the suburbs than the city, the water-cooled Monsters crave the open road and reward their riders with gobs of torque as well as the wide open feel.  Super clean and seeming to need nothing, this S4R is ready to show off everything a Monster could be.  Check the auction and contact the owner through eBay - here -.

-donn

Featured Listing – 2004 Ducati Monster S4R