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Ducati September 27, 2017 posted by Donn

Fun at Any Speed – 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore 101/400

A one-year wonder, the numbered edition S4RS Tricolore put some pizazz in the 2008 Monster line-up.  The heavily oversquare testastretta engine brings 130 hp to the party, up at 9,500 rpm.  Well-finished despite being naked, the 998cc V-twin also has components on the superbike level.

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS 101/400 for sale on eBay



The 998's narrowhead engine is thoroughly modern, Marelli fuel-injected and water-cooled with an auxiliary oil cooler.  Once identified, the different plumbing loops for intake, exhaust, water, oil ( and even fuel vapor ) make sense.  The special Tricolore livery contrasts nicely with the golds of the trellis frame, Ohlins and Marchesini components, and the carbon accents on the radiators, fenders, and side covers.  Stacked exhaust and half-tube mufflers are sweet, but reviews warn of a toasty right heel.

Hard to say how this special Duc found itself with under 2,000 miles, but likely it was a trade-in at the West Palm specialty auto dealer who listed it.  Still has the rarely seen evaporative emissions system on board.  From the eBay auction:

This is a super rare 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore model with just 1171 miles!  This is the lowest mile S4RS out there that is collector quality !  This was meticulously maintained and cared for.  This bike has never been down with no marks on it.  It is a collector bike and only going up in value!  It is fitted with Michelin Pilot Power tires that are like new!   We have all original books and keys for this bike.  The handgrips and the catalytic converter have been removed.  Other than that 100% original !  Bike is absolutely amazing !!!

Like new or not, the calendar says belts and tires will need a careful inspection before grabbing a big handful of throttle on this S4RS.  But it's a desirable model since the Tricolores are only an occasional special, and the condition is spectacular.  The bikini fairing provides enough protection for a quick run at the ton, but Monsters are better in the twisties, maybe a fall day on the tail of the dragon - something like that, yeah...

-donn

 

Fun at Any Speed – 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore 101/400
Ducati September 25, 2017 posted by Donn

Victim of Causality – 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition

Caught in its own time-warp, the 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition actually commemorated a 996 used in the movie shoot.  The post-production delay benefited the bike, with new testastretta engine and 123 hp.  This example has under 2,500 miles and has been carefully kept.

2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition for sale on eBay

 

Probably the ultimate development of the 916 family without resorting to -R or -SPS spending, the 998 transitioned the desmoquattro to the narrow-head engine, with its reduced valve angles and longer maintenance intervals.  Power and torque are a little beyond what's fun on the road, but suspension and brakes are nicely spec'ed, with Showa fork, Öhlins monoshock, and 320mm Brembo brakes.  Looks are classic superbike, though in a strange green paint.

 

Spotless and un-farkeled except for the Remus exhaust and clutch cover, this Matrix is ready for its close-up.  The owner sticks to the facts in the eBay auction:

Ducati 998 matrix edition 1 of only 500 made. Special edition final year of the 998 which is one the best bikes Ducati ever made. 

Miles: 2,410
Year 2004
Color: Green
Tires like new 
Runs Great
Super clean

Original owner with clean title in hand. In excellent condition never dropped or abused. Garaged and parked inside.

 

Reviewed as a ride to look forward to every single time, the 998 could also be finicky and used an older cooling system design.  But at or above highway speeds, pressure on the handgrips lightens up and miles reel off.  This owner has set the buy-it-now right up there, but graciously provided the "make offer" button.  In a rare event, new and newer superbikes shared the 2004 showroom, the 999 waiting in the wings and the seas just about to change.  But this 998 might be just the thing for the back-to-basics, special edition, or anything-but-red fan ...

-donn

Victim of Causality – 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition
Honda September 23, 2017 posted by Donn

Exceptional – 2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol with 285 Miles !

After Nicky Hayden's see-saw MotoGP championship in 2006, Honda's occasional race livery special edition for '07 was a lock.  The 2006-07 model was the second generation of the CBR1000RR, with many updates and lighter weight than the 2004-05 model.  This example has been carefully stored with the factory's break-in oil still in the crankcase and no doubt Hamamatsu air in the OE tires.

2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Replica for sale on eBay

The second-gen Fireblade had a new head with double intake valve springs, revised ports, and 12.2:1 compression, a slight increase.  Minor decreases in steering head rake and front axle trail were part of a sharper-handling new chassis.  Brake disks are 10mm larger but thinner and lighter as a result.  Thinner radiators and some magnesium covers helped bring a 17 lbs weight reduction overall.  Evolutionary changes to the fairing don't mess with the original wicked-good looks.

It's hard to differentiate the CBR on offer from a brand-new machine - there is no damage or corrosion, barely any dust or dirt, and almost no miles.  The owner's comments from the eBay auction:

Authenticity can be a concern when limited editions come to market, especially in a very catchy and often dubbed graphics package.  Along with the plant code in the VIN, the silver frame, blue metallic seat fairing, a low serial number is one way to know.  My overnight research indicates that this bike's 00113 has a better chance of being the real thing, though hopefully a knowledgeable reader will chime in with the total production.  Either way, the buy-it-now is not insane money for a pre-nannie 170 hp commemorative, basically new to boot.  For a fan of the late Kentucky Kid, it's a winning tribute...

-donn

Exceptional – 2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol with 285 Miles !
Suzuki September 11, 2017 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 1988 Suzuki GSX-R250

Most of us can probably count on one hand the times we've seen small displacement super-sports in the flesh, outside of an auction or show.  Grabbing the most power out of a quarter-liter, two-strokes predominate - but here is an inline four from Suzuki, with 2-inch pistons and a sound like few other boy-racers from the eighties.

Accompanying the second-generation GSX-R's, the 250 used water cooling, and though specs are hard to come by, some sources show a single carburetor.  Limited to junior-spec 45 hp, peak power comes at 14,000 rpm, and the tach doesn't even register below 3,000.  Elsewhere the build is more like a larger bike, conventional forks and Full Floater rear, as well as 300mm dual front brakes and 17-inch cast wheels.  Dual seat and passenger pegs are there, but probably not for adults.  The dash is full-featured and the fairing also, but the package weighs under 350 lbs. with a full tank.

Coming from Gary's surprisingly deep collection, this GSX-R has under 2,000 miles and Utah road title.  Factory fairings are in outstanding shape, and the 4-into-1 exhaust has been chrome plated, which in a Lite beer ( tastes great / less filling ) kind of way, shows well inside the fairing and is easier to keep nice.  Imported earlier rather than later, this GSX-R escaped the outdoor storage and multi-riders almost expected in the gray market.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This baby GSXR is one of my favorites in my collection because it's one of the funnest rides in a tight canyon that you can ever have. 

Up or sale is a RARELY seen 1988 Suzuki GSX-R250 inline four with only 3,119 kilometers (1,938 miles). Engine redlines at 18,000RPM. It's a screamer! Bike is completely stock. Runs like new. Gorgeous cosmetic condition with only a few tiny stress cracks and handling marks. Right side cowling has been repaired. There were some little stress cracks under the right blinker. Bike looks amazing! Ultra hard to find in this condition from Japan. Hardly any corrosion or rust. Very little patina. All fairings are 100% genuine original Suzuki OEM. Bike sits as it came from the factory except for the chromed OEM exhaust. Originally it was black.  This baby Gixxer has been pampered and well taken care of. A true garage queen.

The buy-it-now seems fair for the sporty rarity, though the new owner should cultivate friendships down at the Suzuki dealer since except for a few expendables, parts for the R-250 might take some doing.  But with ultra-low miles this will likely remain a special sunny-day ride or show machine, guaranteed to be the only one at the rally or coffee stop.  For a fan of the marque with a stable of 750's, this could be just the accent...

-donn

Featured Listing – 1988 Suzuki GSX-R250
Suzuki September 8, 2017 posted by Donn

Option Paint – 1995 Suzuki GSX-R750

A long-running model for Suzuki, the GSX-R750 has gone through many updates and evolutions, the 1995 model having a new fairing and headlight design, and the final iteration of the double cradle frame.  With recent upside-down forks and magnesium engine covers, the Suzuki was competitive with more refined light-heavyweights.  Typically seen in red or blue, this GSX-R is in the semi-subdued purple and black, and looks very good for its under 5,000 miles.

1995 Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale on eBay

Suzuki's workmanlike 749cc four lays down 112 hp without an exotic head or computer-controlled exhaust, the fins on the water-cooled engine relate how hard it's working.  The alloy frame was optimized one last time for lightness and steady handling.  Showa forks and Full Floater rear suspension were fully adjustable, and front brakes had 6-piston calipers.  Watching its weight for years, the GSX-R struggled to keep the pounds off, around 450 lbs. with half a tank.  The compact riding position translated into great cornering clearance, and the sharp new fairing helped the 1/4-mile time to just over 11 seconds.

Just the facts and not much narrative about the bike's history, but it has low miles, a tasteful set of blinkers, and mostly stock looks though the polished rims are an addition by subtraction.   From the eBay auction:

4621 original miles, new tires, new EBC rotors, rebuilt calipers with new pistons, rebuilt petcock, rebuilt forks with new seals, stainless braided brake lines, new bar ends, new mirrors, NOS left side fairing.

The not-race-replica paint might help in town, but the radar gun will see right through it.  Not quite sure about the second GSX-R and EBC sticker on the right fairing, perhaps a bump or scratch ?  Overall quite tidy.  A little slow to turn in, the GSX-R reviewed as a weapon for longer tracks, and the engine was eminently tuneable.  With the limited pictures more investigation will be required, but tucked away for a while with that low mileage, this GSX-R750 might be a great survivor...

-donn

Option Paint – 1995 Suzuki GSX-R750
Ducati September 6, 2017 posted by Donn

Underused – 2007 Ducati SportClassic 1000SE

In an unusual North America-only Special Edition, Ducati kept a low flame under interest in the SportClassic. The numbered edition of 100 is one to consider for fans of the model, with great retro looks ( spoked wheels and all ! ), 992 cc dual-spark power, this one with neat Zard exhaust.

2007 Ducati SportClassic 1000SE for sale on eBay

The SportClassic had been around since 2003, fuel injected with nice power at 92 hp from the 992cc air-cooled desmodue.  Great torque with 67 ft.-lbs., and cafe racer looks.  The side-mounted Sachs rear shock makes you think they're will be one on the other side, where the mufflers are.  The 43mm upside-down Marzocchi forks have a more modern look, as do the big dual-piston Brembo brakes.  Back to the past for the 70's Ducati logo and gold stripes over black, but it's cool.

A little dusty from its rest in the back office, the owner reports SE number 88 has seen less than 5,000 miles, and has a few nice mods, plus the red master key.  No word on maintenance but except for the valve adjustment and belt change, it's an easy annual affair.  Notes from the eBay auction:

Sport Classic SE #88 out of 100
Fat Duc emulator
Zard full exh. stainless
billet flywheel
i have the stock mirrors
i also have a 749s front end if someone wants to convert it over. with 4 piston calipers.

title is free and clear
has less than 5k miles on it.
super clean bike. i just do not use it. nor did i plan to use it.
lucky number #88 out of 100 made. i bought it specifically for that and now its just time to let her go. Always sat in my warehouse and was taken cared for.

The SportClassic line was a nice success story for Ducati and Pierre Terblanche, and used asking prices are routinely more than MSRP.  The starting bid for this SE is half-again as much as it was new.  Perhaps coincidentally, the model also ushered in the era of special editions, limited runs of colors and configurations, sometimes a few at a time !  More versatile than the occasional retro model, the special edition has become a major tool in the marketing department.  Allowing Ducati to tell the story of the mid-70's Darmah, the Special Edition SportClassic has great livery in a back-to basics package, guaranteed to push the buttons of at least 100 fans.  This one has the makings of a great ride...

-donn

Underused – 2007 Ducati SportClassic 1000SE