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MV Agusta July 20, 2017 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini #192

Massimo Tamburini was a founder of Bimota, head of design at Cagiva, and designer of the legendary Ducati 916. The Castiglioni brothers commemorated Tamburini in 2005 with a special edition of the F4 1000. The very leading edge machine had variable-length intake runners, single-sided magnesium swingarm, and full carbon bodywork. The numbered edition of 300 packs a 173 hp wallop and shows how things could be done in billet and carbon.

Onboard the technology showcase, MV Agusta's Torque Shift System moved the intake horns to provide better low rpm response, in the style of Formula 1 cars of the era. Frame connectors are magnesium alloy and brakes are 6-piston Nissins. The company's Engine Brake System adds a bit of air and fuel to the intake on over-run, smoothing downshifts.

As though just 2,500 km and museum-quality storage wasn't enough, the owner claims the most original as-delivered set of artifacts and collectibles to be found. Hard to disagree, with a list like this:

In addition to the great state of vehicle ( exactly equal to new ) is probably the only complete F4 Tamburini that was delivered at the time of purchase:

This amount includes:
1) Delivery box (delivery of MV Agusta motorcycles to dealer)
2) Limited edition plate
3) Official MV Agusta stand/easel
4) Double keys
5) Handbook
6) Double booklet coupons
7) Original advertising for the SENNA model, that was delivered to all the Tamburini buyers
8) MV Agusta Corse  accessories book delivered with the purchase of the bike
10) Original Purchase invoice
11) MV Agusta official show rug
12) Double exhaust race and road legal...

Consider an MV Agusta and you open yourself to three or four times the cost of a comparable production sportbike.  But the engineers have been paid, the exotic materials purchased, the shops organized around a short run of special bikes.  Agusta trademarks like the 4-2-4 exhaust and winged fuel tank are accompanied by new techniques, materials, and electronics.  Fittingly pictured in a sculpture garden, it's hard to say the Tamburini's original owners didn't get their money's worth.  At the ask of €34,000, it looks ready for the next event.  The bike is in Italy and interested parties can contact Riccardo: zagostyle@hotmail.it

-donn

Featured Listing – 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini #192
Kawasaki July 16, 2017 posted by Donn

Nicer than Nice – 1994 and 1995 Kawasaki ZX-9R

1994 brought a second generation of 900cc Kawasakis, with great carburetted power, the roadability blurring the sport / GT lines.  Here are two early ZX-9R's, the '94 with garaged forever and very nearly a show bike, the '95 with some performance mods and miles but still excellent.

1994 and 1995 Kawasaki ZX-9R's for sale on eBay

Succeeding the legendary GPZ-900R, the ZX-9R's designers left very little to chance.  Using the chassis configuration and ram air delivery developed for the ZXR-750, the 899cc machine is a stable handler and boasts 139hp at 10,000 rpm.  Front brakes are 310mm 4-pot Nissins, and wheels are 17-inch all around.  The full fairing protects a six foot rider and both of these are done up in Kawi's green, white, and blue, though red and blue schemes were also available.

Our 1994 is in very special condition and seems to be a 1.1 owner bike, with very limited alterations.

 

 

The new owner is about to return the rear fender to stock, and says this in the eBay auction:

For sale exceptional condition ZX9 with undamaged original parts with tastefully done additions.  Adult owned which you can tell by photos bike is in almost museum condition - original owner was 65 at time of purchase of this just two weeks ago.  Only modification done to this bike was a fender chop by the owner and it left the plastic under the seat opened at the extreme rear of the bike, storage still intact, but I found a used one uncut on Ebay that is on it's way as I currently type this.  The bike is mechanically perfect No Issues at all.  Runs perfect, shifts great and runs cool - the owner really took pride in this bike.  I am only selling this bike because in it's condition it would be best for someone who has to space to keep it exactly as it is now, and I don't.  It is not a kid's bike, it has a lot of torque. It has Vance and Hines carbon exhaust, a Vance and Hines ignition tuner and PM wheels that you see in pictures - these had to be purchased when it was new because you would never find those parts in the last fifteen years.  The bike had to be stored in a climate controlled area because it has NO sign of age period. Nothing faded or dry rotted - for the most part new condition other than 11,000 miles which I put the last 150 on it.  Ready to ride and respect - needs NOTHING.  I forgot it has a Corbin Seat front and rear that are in great condition, I know I don't have pictures of the left side it's the same as the right, perfect.  NO damage, period.  I added more pictures to see quality of paint and more details.

The 1995 has been used somewhat more, though still relatively low miles for the age.  The exhaust and Stage 1 jet kit indicate a bike that has been enjoyed more, with a couple of scuffs but certainly could be dolled up with ease.  This Ninja has the opposite owner history, changed hands early and has had the same owner since 1995.

 

 

From the eBay auction:

Selling my '95 Ninja ZX9R. I bought this bike in the fall of '95 from the original owner (a co-worker of mine). The bike is in great shape and wicked fast. Rarely ridden in the rain and garage kept with only 18k miles. Runs excellent. The large frame bike is slightly modified with a Stage One jet kit, Regina X-Ring chain, NGK racing wires, Vance and Hines SS2R complete exhaust, purple windscreen, rear tag LED's, and K&N air filter. The stock front turn signals have been replaced with mini-stalks while the rear have been integrated into the fairing where fake venting used to be. The shock reservoir has also been re-routed from the right side frame to underneath the seat out of view. Tires are Dunlop Sportmax and the rear fender has been bobbed. Battery Tender also included.

Most of the photos were taken pre-inspection. Note the new EBC Vee-rotor rear brake rotor and pads, chain guard, as well as reflecting tape in one of the right side pics, all installed as a result of Maryland state inspection.

The ZX-9R reviewed as a deserving carrier of the Ninja mantle, a strong sportbike with street sensibilities, though its weight and factory suspension didn't make it an out-of-the-box track weapon.  Ergonomics were a little friendlier than some others even without adjustability, and a somewhat clunky transmission was helped by a factory slipper system.  Both have reasonable buy-it-now's, and peculiarly the creampuff 1994 is a little less.  Either would be great for a fan, a rider, or a concours buff - or buy both and have rider and show bike !

-donn

Nicer than Nice – 1994 and 1995 Kawasaki ZX-9R
Ducati July 13, 2017 posted by Donn

2004 Ducati 998S FE With Just 1,164 Miles !

Ducati's own commemorative of 10 years manufacturing the 916-derived superbike, the special order 998 Final Edition had a plaque on the triple-clamp and the new testastretta under the fairings.  This monoposto shows just over 1K miles and is pictured in front of the proverbial barn.

2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition for sale on eBay

Sporting the classic trellis frame and World Champion Superbike graphics on the tailcone, the FE has the powertrain and premium components to back it up.   The nicely oversquare testastretta knocks on silly power's door with 136hp at 10,200 rpm.  The standard Ducati rev counter doesn't show a redline, but many owners label 11,000 rpm with a "$$$" or "Bang!" as repair costs escalate exponentially.  As an -S, the FE should have the deep sump crankcase, though some claim differences between U.S. and Euro S/FE's.  Fully adjustable Öhlins are found front and rear, and Brembo four-piston front brakes and Marchesini alloys complete the picture.

Tucked away somewhere for most of its life, this 998 is a little dusty but unmarked, and appears factory original.  Most owners might have changed at least a couple of the brushed aluminum details to carbon if the bike was handy in their garage or foyer.  Most of the comments in the eBay auction are specifications and advertising, but there's also this -

1 of 112 Ducati 998 Final Edition Monoposto California's made. This bike was only available by special order, it was not available as a regular production model. Quite rare to say the least. I'd imagine this could be, the cleanest, lowest mile one in existence; as I have never seen a lower mileage 2004 998 FE pop up.

Check the pictures, flawless. Radiator is one of the a very reliable bellwether of use or lack there of: it looks almost brand new.  Colorado Title with original owner's name.

Since earth-shattering 999's were being prepared for shipment at the same time, one can imagine the misty eyes as the last few special-order 998's were wheeled out.  The tank decal recalls 8 championships and 115 race wins, a record deserving of a large number 1 in a wreath.  Rarity assured, as a final year edition of a beloved model, and barely used.  With 2-1/2 days to go, bidding is active but reserve is tbd.

-donn

2004 Ducati 998S FE With Just 1,164 Miles !
Ducati July 10, 2017 posted by Donn

Blue By You – 2005 Ducati Monster S4R

Usually a contrasting silver or gold color, the frame on the oughties' Monster S4R is body color.  Generally seen in red with red frame or blue with same, the S4R incorporated the 996 water-cooler into the naked concept.  With premium components, the 113 hp Monster is one heck of a way to get around town.

2005 Ducati Monster S4R for sale on eBay

 

Even the grocery-getter side of the showroom has their flagship and the S4R was it in the early 2000's.  The ultimate Monster is adorned with all manner of glam but didn't forget the basics - 996 cc's of water-cooled desmoquattro.  Nice torque number of 70 ft.-lbs. peaks at a usable 7,000 rpm.  Suspension is all Showa, fully adjustable with upside-down forks and single-sided swingarm.  Two-into-two exhaust passes through a catalyst on its way.  Hiding the 996 plumbing on a Monster is impossible, but this owner has made a go of it with carbon radiator shroud and chin scoop, complementing the factory's carbon fenders and timing belt covers.

 

Presented by an eBayer with an eclectic sports focus,  this Monster has just under 10,000 miles, quite a few brand-name updates, and appears to have missed any major life events.  Of interest are the Arrow exhaust tuned by ECU and Power Commander, Rizoma handlebar, new battery, and valve adjustment last spring.  The dented tank might be addressed by a paintless dent magician, and the cracked tail cone should be an easy fix or replace.  Carbon fiber mufflers are balanced by a carbon bikini fairing, and there are a lot of farkles described in the eBay auction:

Upgrades Include:
 
Arrow Factory Race Full Exhaust with Carbon Fiber Cans & Race ECU - $1800
Power Commander
Oberon Mini LED Turn Signals
Oberon Vortex Billet Aluminum Clutch Cover
CRG Brake and Shorty Clutch Levers
CRG Lanesplitter Billet Bar End Mirrors
Rizoma Aluminum Tapered Handlebar
Rizoma Billet Aluminum Lux Grips
Rizoma Billet Aluminum Brake and Clutch Fluid Reservoirs
Speedymoto 2" Bar Risers
Ducabike Pilot Eco Aluminum Rear Sets
Arrow Steering Stabilizer
Seat Cover

 

With just a couple of knocks over the years, this S4R looks ready for a little TLC and the rest of the summer.  Reviewers thought the S4R was a handful in stop-and-go traffic, but the drivetrain was a joy in the suburbs.  The buy-it-now is fairly optimistic but there are many watchers, and the make offer button is ready...

-donn

Blue By You – 2005 Ducati Monster S4R
Suzuki July 8, 2017 posted by Donn

Suzuki Saturday – 1988 Suzuki GSX-R750

1988 brought the first comprehensive update to the 750 Gixxer, with a revised frame and shorter stroke engine, "slingshot" carburetors and 17-inch wheels.  A little heavier than the introductory GSX-R, the 1988 was still lighter than the competition and had the more rigid chassis and additional power to improve overall performance.   Looking very original and excellent for its 22K miles, this GSX-R750 has had some nice mechanical care as well.

1988 Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale on eBay

 

In the engine re-design, Suzuki took 4mm from the stroke and added 3 to the bore, more oversquare and with lower reciprocating losses than before.  Peak power and torque are at 11,000 rpm, while the redline is at 13,000.  The high-volume SACS oil cooling system was also heavily revised, with larger, less restrictive tubing, and a 4-into-2 exhaust was required to limit muffler size.  Brakes and forks are built for the era, and dual headlight fairing has fresh air intakes running back to the airbox.

 

The Illinois owner of this GSX-R has preserved the cosmetics, and actively maintained the running gear.  Suspension has been updated in the rear, rebuilt in the front, brakes improved, and engine maintenance is up to date.  From the eBay auction:

This gorgeous GSX-R is completely stock except for tasteful/safety modifications, including:
-New Pirelli Rosso II tires
-Galfer steel brake lines, front and rear pads
-Penske rear shock
-New EBC clutch and springs
-Forks are serviced, new oil, new seals
-Swing arm and link have new bearings and seals
-New oil and filter
-New wheel bearings
-Valves adjusted
-All electrical components work as they should

 

The GSX-R750 reviewed as a quick-handling powerhouse, with serious racebike ergonomics, and very nearly beat the company's own 1100 to the 1/4-mile traps.  A nicely resolved update to a ground breaking design.  This particular GSX-R is a win-win, great factory cosmetics and all maintenance issues addressed...

-donn

Suzuki Saturday – 1988 Suzuki GSX-R750
Buell July 6, 2017 posted by Donn

Previous Life – 1989 Buell RR1200 Battletwin

On the upswing in the later 20th century, Erik Buell was a sharp engineer who developed a succession of street machines from his weakness for race bikes.  The RR1200 Battletwin was based on the classic Harley-Davidson twin, expanded to 1198cc, used Buell's own "isoplanar" engine mounts, and had a contemporary streamliner body.  This example has traveled the world but covered just 567 miles, and has been readied for its next assignment.

1989 Buell RR1200 Battletwin for sale on eBay

 

Buell actually began his racebike work with a two-stroke 750cc square four powerplant, but a short affair with H-D turned his career toward the 45-degree twin.  The pushrod-actuated two-valve per cylinder Evolution engine used on the RR1200 makes 68 hp at just 6,000 rpm, and 72 ft.-lbs. torque.  Lighter than the engine's usual carriage, the Battletwin's trellis frame and aerodynamic fairing keep the 4-speed usable.  Buell's own brake design and underslung monoshock are just a couple of the innovations on board.  The full soapbar takes a lot of flack but does protect the rider and slide through the air.

 

The RR1200 offered here comes from Oregon, by way of England and Australia, where it was on display.  U.K. plate still on the back, the sunset livery seems to be the most common among RR1200's, though there are only a hundred or so to compare.  Not seeing any mods, though the turns signals are set on, well, manual.  Seems more fatigued than expected for such low miles.  From the eBay auction:

THIS IS A ORIGINAL, UN-RESTORED BUELL 1200 (RR)!!! THE 1200(RR) WAS ERIC BUELL'S THIRD MODEL. IT FEATURES A TRELLIS FRAME AND EVOLUTION 1200 CC ENGINE. THIS BIKE WAS SOLD NEW BY WARR'S HARLEY- DAVIDSON IN LONDON, ENGLAND TO A PROMINENT MEMBER OF THE BUELL OWNERS GROUP. IT CONSEQUENTLY WAS BOUGHT BACK TO THE USA TO BE SOLD BY BONHAM'S, AT A AUCTION IN CALIFORNIA. IT THEN WENT TO AUSTRALIA WHERE IT RESIDED IN THE HARLEY-CITY COLLECTION!!! IT WAS FULLY RECOMMISSIONED 12 MONTHS AGO WITH ALL SYSTEMS FUNCTIONING AS YOU WOULD EXPECT FOR A BIKE WITH THIS MILEAGE!  THIS BIKE PROVIDE A GREAT CHANCE FOR A MUSEUM,COLLECTOR,CAFE RACER OR BUELL ENTHUSIAST TO PURCHASE A TRULY COLLECTIBLE MOTORCYCLE, AT A REASONABLE PRICE. THE BIKE WILL COME WITH A NEW BATTERY. THE BIKE IS OFFERED WITH A CLEAR TITLE!!!

 

In 2009 Harley reportedly paid almost as much to retire the Buell name as it did to take a majority stake just ten years before.  Though revived for a time, with innovative and successful machines, it doesn't appear as though a white knight is currently in the wings.  This only helps the rarity of this early Buell, which could be dolled up a little, or displayed as is.  Bidding is quite active and approaching $14,000 with just under 5 days to run.  Without exotic mechanicals or electronics, this RR1200 could be ridden without really affecting the value.  It would be among a rider's memorable experiences...

-donn

Previous Life – 1989 Buell RR1200 Battletwin