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Bimota May 29, 2018 posted by Donn

Motown – 2000 Bimota SB8R

Bimota was fighting its way back from the V-Due debacle and brought forward the SB8R, based on Suzuki's 996cc V-twin.  This example appears to have components from an SB8R Special, sporting all carbon bodywork and so even lighter.  It hails from an area more known for NASCAR but should be at home on any back road.

2000 Bimota SB8R for sale on eBay

The WSBK Series was in Bimota's plans when their designers looked into the SB8R, and though that wasn't to be, the design is a smashing collaboration between the boutique frame and mass-market powertrain manufacturers.  The aluminum perimeter frame has carbon connectors and 137 hp on tap from the Suzuki engine.  Bimota's engineers tweaked the fuel injection with 59mm Marelli throttle bodies and underseat exhaust, resulting in a more SBK experience, as does the adjustable Paioli suspension.  Carbon fairing and carbon seat subframe lead to a ride 45 or so pounds lighter than the TL1000.

The owner hints that this is a race bike on its way back to road duty, and though there are no mirrors or signals, it looks way too nice to have ever actually done a race season.  Maybe a premium track day machine.  From the eBay auction:

Spectacular all carbon fiber bodywork steals the show at motorcycle gatherings.  The awesome intake sound through the huge snorkels is hard to describe and really enjoyable.

Starts, runs, rides perfectly.  Fantastic canyon or track day motorcycle.

Great ride due to its light weight (395 lbs dry),  fully dialed suspension, torquey TLR engine (though with Bimota's own EFI and throttle bodies), and awesome Arrow race exhaust note. Engine and transmission gone through with everything returned to stock configuration.

All new fluids and ready to go except needs new street tires -- pick per your preference. Carbon fiber clip on handle bars, special race rear set foot controls, Arrow carbon fiber racing mufflers. All the trick stuff that Bimota did on this design such as the self supporting carbon fiber subframe/tail, hybrid aluminum-carbon fiber main frame, mean intake snorkels, rear shock placement (forward for mass centralization)...

Even Laverda patron Francesco Tognon couldn't turn the tide at Bimota, after their WSBK sponsor bailed early in the season.  Revitalized in the early 2000's, the company has a new race team and a line of bespoke machines.  Very special but not in the giant killer way of the race-derived SB8R generation.  This auction has seven days to run and appears to have had a starting bid but no reserve.  Something to keep an eye on...

-donn

 

Motown – 2000 Bimota SB8R
Buell May 27, 2018 posted by Donn

Bigtime Makeover – 1998 Buell M2 Cyclone

The Buell M2 Cyclone was their more vanilla model, a little heavier than the Lightning and without Thunderbolt touring gear.  This insider hotrod was featured in Cycle World and has an even torquier engine, Euro gearing and later bodywork.

1998 Buell M2 Cyclone for sale on eBay

The big Sporty engine aboard the M2 was already a torque monster, but comprehensive mods to this one's motor pushed displacement to 1426cc's ( or as U.S.-centric big twin fans like to hear it, 87 cubic inches ) with 106 hp and 92 ft.-lbs. torque at the rear wheel.  A firm grip on the mid-rise bars would be advised to keep the rider with the chrome-moly tube frame under acceleration.  Dual-adjustable suspension is by Showa, right-side-up forks and underslung pull shock.  The signature Buell attributes are all there, oversize single front disk brake, mass-centralizing muffler, and belt drive.  The headlight fairing at least makes a dent in the wind, and the generous M2 console is a couch compared to the seat on the Lightning.

 

Evidently in the collection of the engine developer since the build, this M2 shows only 9,492 miles and has been carefully stored.  Beefier rear swingarm and front brake caliper appear to have been upgraded to Mk. 2.  The motor work done is truly too much to list, but the owner reviews the project in the eBay auction:

We decided to modify a Cyclone as a test bike for a Cycle World magazine article.  I wanted to use the European transmission geared version because of superior gear ratio spacing; Erik sourced one for me with about 8,500 miles on it, and the transformation was on.   Current mileage is 9,500.

The decision for this project was made in the ‘98 year, so I worked mainly on the engine. When I was done, Erik’s crew updated the chassis to ’99 specs, and updated the body panels to “Reactor Yellow” over the “Nuclear Blue” frame.

I also changed the front engine mount to make the mount bolt perpendicular to the engine rotation point at the rear of the transmission/swing arm pivot, resulting in a much smoother ride experience.

The bike has been carefully garaged in a climate-controlled building; and covered to prevent dust accumulation.  Clear title.

 

Like so many listings, this one required a closer look and has only one day to run.  A sleeper like this appears over-priced but for some will be a signed one-of-one, and might require another round on eBay to be successful.  The Buell tubers are revered for their raw simplicity, and the M2 is a nice balance, this one with an uncompromising powerplant and professional build quality.

-donn

Bigtime Makeover – 1998 Buell M2 Cyclone
Featured Listing May 25, 2018 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna with 85 Miles !

Buying an exclusive commemorative, one would hope for a low-mile example. This F4 Senna has but delivery miles and has never been registered.  Its rarity is enhanced by the as-new condition.

2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna with 85 miles !

Recalling the great Formula 1 champion and benefiting his charity for children, the MV Agusta F4 Senna was first displayed in 2002, and was renewed for the 1000cc model in 2006-07.  Hard to call 174 hp "standard" but it is expected from every 998cc F4 with Weber-Marelli multi-point injection.  The suspension is equally qualified with 50mm Marzocchi forks and the Sachs monoshock with adjustments for high and low speed rebound.  No electronic nannies, but radially-mounted Serie Oro Brembo brakes, Ohlins steering damper, and Agusta's Engine Brake System ( which acts similarly to a slipper clutch ) round out the rideability aids.  Fit and finish is luxurious, the grey and black livery accented by the red frame and alacantra seat.

Never registered and only recently titled, the Senna has spent its days on display.  It looks every bit the part of a superb model which hasn't been used, in contrast with most which have a few thousand miles.  Here are the owner's comments:

Never registered, first titled at the end of 2017. The bike was purchased at a private collectors auction last year.  I have copies of the original MSO and Bill of Sale showing the original purchase price of $29,995.  Comes with original stand and cover along with an MV Agusta helmet bag.  The bike is in overall excellent condition with one small defect, it appears something fell against it while in storage for the original owner causing a scuff on the left side fairing which is very difficult to see in photos.  I highly recommend an inspection done in person.  Will help with shipping arrangements.  Own the lowest mileage example I've ever seen! Asking $18,500 but open to offers from a person who will treat this motorcycle as art like it deserves.

Agusta executive Claudio Castiglioni and Senna were friends, ensuring that the benefit to the Instituto Ayrton Senna was not just a marketing exercise.  As well as being a premium model with outstanding components, the F4 1000 starts with a superb Tamburini design, with Ferrari's assistance in the engine department.  The owner Chad asks $18,500 and welcomes offers on (716) 901-6046.

Featured Listing – 2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna with 85 Miles !
Moto Guzzi May 20, 2018 posted by Donn

In White Satin – 1983 Moto Guzzi Le Mans III with 3,364 miles !

In remembrance of the Bal d'Or from 1971, when a Moto Guzzi 850 made a podium finish after 24 hours, came the Le Mans 850.  This Mark 3 has all the good stuff, revised heads with bigger valves, air-charged suspension, full-featured dash, and still wears its early 1980's emissions and noise regulation gear.  Complete as only a refurbished barn find can be.

1983 Moto Guzzi Le Mans III with 3,364 miles for sale on eBay

More often seen in the factory's favorite orangey red, this Le Mans is white with clean aluminum castings and black rubber, and original decals.  It has the newer "square" heads ( with tip-over protectors ) and the crankcase has its stiffeners on the outside.  Guzzi norms like shaft drive and linked braking system were an inside job.  Air suspension was new for the III but reviewed as too stiffly sprung.  God help you if you keep the turn signals on with the size of the reminders on that dash.

A recent restoration from Alabama, this Le Mans looks very close to NOS, but it's almost all original.  From the eBay auction:

I have recently changed all fluids- brake fluid, engine oil, transmission oil, final drive oil and replaced all rubber parts as well as all operating cables. The foot peg covers and bar grips had deteriorated with age. New Pirelli Sport Demons are installed as well as new brake pads that replaced the original pads. The valve lash has been set on all valves and the head torques checked. The carbs have been cleaned and tuned with mercury stix. Everything looks great and it runs like a dream.

All numbers are matching and it does not appear to have ever suffered any notable wreck damage. It has the stock air box intact as well as the totally stock exhaust system.

Still marching to their own drummer, Moto Guzzi has pinpointed the motorcyclist in many of us.  Fans of the brand are individualistic and self-reliant, and as the model reviewed - fast and stable.  This one is offered on a serious buy-it-now without the "make offer" button - independent perhaps to a fault...

-donn

In White Satin – 1983 Moto Guzzi Le Mans III with 3,364 miles !
Laverda May 16, 2018 posted by Donn

Semi-Finalist – 1983 Laverda RGS1000

Laverda was already reeling from overseas competition in the early 1980's, but had the gumption for one more design project.  The RGS was based on their recent 1000cc air-cooled triple and rode more like a Beemer than a finicky Italian exotic.  This one has been enjoyed, but is quite original and well maintained.

1983 Laverda RGS1000 ( Canada ) for sale on eBay

For the RGS, Laverda civilized the 981 cc engine with rubber mounts and quieter exhaust, but the 83 hp didn't suffer.  Marzocchi  suspension is found front and rear, but triple 280mm Brembo brakes are a little undersized for a 135 mph streamliner.  Designer details like the Veglia dash, removable pillion fairing and the tank filler in the front ( out of the way of a tank bag ) are sweet period items.

Over the age of EPA, this Laverda should be an easy import from British Columbia.  Seems cared-for despite the mileage - though my back-of-the-napkin ( ok, google ) conversion shows 57,000 miles from 92,000 KM.  Making it sound like a recent acquisition, the owner isn't a slave to details, but says this in the eBay auction:

Hello, have my beautiful almost all orig RGS to sell.  Wolfgang recently went thru her before my purchase with full tuneup, fluids, tires, rejet, etc.  He has most history on it, has had top end done plus small items.  Most normal upgrades done with ignition, etc.  Runs very strong, and smooth.

After the Laverda family abandoned ship in 1985, the company was fits and starts until industrialist Francesco Tognon was nearly successful with a couple of new models in the 1990's, making the RGS almost the last design from an icon dating back to 1873.  Fast, quiet, and smooth, the Laverda was unfortunately slower, heavier, and more expensive than its Japanese rivals.  But if you're after a continental 1980's experience, the RGS is one of a very few...

-donn

Semi-Finalist – 1983 Laverda RGS1000
Ducati May 14, 2018 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 2001 Ducati MH900e #413

The singular MH900e has made regular appearances here at RSBFS, the Terblanche design and sparkling execution combined for a quick sell-out of the run of 2,000. This collector has been nicely personalized with an unusual eye toward usability.

2001 Ducati MH900e #413 for sale on eBay

The red and polish MH900e has such a distinctive design that discussion of its specs is secondary, but the fuel injected desmodue pulls its weight.  The air-cooled 904cc is tuned for 75 hp and a wider torque band, making the long, low piece of art more rideable.  Outdoing their usual trellis fretwork, Ducati made the chassis show off the engine and its systems.  Beside being a fabricator's showcase, the sculpted single-sided swingarm works well with the Paioli reservoir shock and eases rear wheel cleaning.  The fairing / tank combination flows, and the separate exhausts wind their way out to the long underseat mufflers.

The owner of this MH900e wanted to ride it more than most, and his modifications are good-looking and practical.  Foremost, a neat mod replaces the battery / tank internals and  increases fuel capacity to a realistic 4.6 gallons.  Updates to the levers and belt covers are well chosen, and the stainless exhaust looks great compared to the factory black.  More detail from the eBay auction:

Super, super clean, with tasteful upgrades, runs with no issues, sounds awesome, and is not a garage queen, but actually ridden, yet lives in my living room most of the time. I'm moving, and no room for several bikes, so here's your chance.

Rizoma cam belt covers, Rizoma Urlo grips and levers, now Brembo master cylinders, fresh oils and Pro-One billet finned oil cooler/filter, California Cycleworks tank/battery conversion which increases fuel tank capacity almost twice as much and rids the ugly and heavy dual battery. Has Lithium single battery, open pod filters, high voltage Dyna ignition, belly pan eliminator (have original), fully polished and chromed stainless exhaust is a beauty, yet not loud and great sound. Luimoto cross stiched suede seat cover, good tires, 3D show chain, etc.

Ducati made the low volume special work well enough to impress reviewers, though long ergonomics and compromised dash and mirrors reinforced its showy roots.  While it looks too cool for most owners to let it outside, this one has amassed enough miles for an oil change, but not so many that the next owner couldn't bring it into the hall.  Bidding on the auction is quite active and there is a reasonable buy-it-now of $22,000.

At the other end of the spectrum, the owner also has a fully restored 1938 BMW R66 on offer - here -.  Questions about either machine can be addressed through the eBay auctions...

-donn

Featured Listing – 2001 Ducati MH900e #413