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Moto Guzzi July 3, 2017 posted by Donn

Runneth Over – 2004 Moto Guzzi V11 Coppa Italia

More than just a model, Moto Guzzi's V11 was a nice collection of special editions made from 1999 to 2006.  The tri-colore Coppa Italia commemorates the firm's participation in the Italian naked bike championship in 2003.  This 2004 has been lightly ridden and upgraded and appears to want only a healthy owner.

2004 Moto Guzzi V11 Coppa Italia for sale on eBay

 

Moto Guzzi held the V11 back until the new engineering management from Aprilia had made their review, and the result was a classic Guzzi with up-to-date mechanicals and quality control.  The Coppa Italia came in the middle of the model run and capitalizes on the mature longitudinal V-twin with 91 hp.  Nearly 70 ft.-lbs. torque makes the road flatter for the 5-speed transmission.  The Öhlins upside-down forks and adjustable Sachs monoshock work well with the venerable shaft drive system.  The bikini fairing, tank and convertible solo seat fairing are finished in red, pearl white, and green stripes.

 

 

Presented by a Jaguar specialist, this Coppa Italia shows just over 7,000 miles and sports some piston-like hydraulic reservoirs as well as auxiliary oil pressure gauge and bar end mirrors.  Motratech lowers footpegs cope with the design's short-legged ergonomics.  Both the titanium exhaust and mufflers appear to have been jet-coated and looks like new.  From the eBay  auction:

I am offering my low mileage Coppa for sale.  It has 7,220 miles on it, has never been down or scuffed up.  It has the titanium exhaust and the racing ECU (re-flashed by Guzzi Tech).  There are no skips or stutters at any RPM.  The complete exhaust has been jet coated so there are no blue pipes.  It has:

  •  billet Rizoma clutch and brake reservoirs
  • CRG bar end mirrors
  • Roper plate
  • Motratech lowered foot controls (also originals)
  • Motratech oil pressure gauge
  • update on the Ohlins forks
  • some custom powdercoating
  • valve cover guards
  • 100w Piaa headlight bulb

 

 

Peak horsepower was never a Guzzi hallmark,  but the steady handling and good torque make it a worthy companion to other European super sports.  The big fuel tank requires a forward riding position, though the owner's lowered pegs will help.  The premium components and graphics pushed the showroom price over $14,000 and with only a few hundred imported, they're not often seen here.  With its careful and knowledgeable previous owner, this might be a good Guzzi to bid for...

-donn

Runneth Over – 2004 Moto Guzzi V11 Coppa Italia
Honda June 29, 2017 posted by Donn

Featured Listing – 1992 Honda VFR400R NC30

Like real estate, they're just not making any more V-four 399cc sportbikes, and every one that appears has some kind of history - used or abused, neglected or cared for.  This Ohio-registered NC30 looks nicely preserved and has survived 25 years with only a couple of plastic cracks and scuffs.

If you had your headphones in, you might mistake a passing VFR400R for its big brother 750.  The 9/10 scale fairings look every bit of the Honda flagship, but the smaller engine revs to 13,000 rpm, delivering 59 hp.  Upside-down forks were still for racier machines, so the VFR makes do with a conventional front end, with single-sided swingarm.  The dual front discs are 269mm in diameter, and period wheel sizes of 16" front with 18" rear put a nice edge on the handling.  The NC30 is toward the end of the VFR400R development, and has the best looking fairing of the line.

 

Offered by Ohio dealer and RSBFS sponsor Deftone Cycles, this NC30 has covered under 4,000 miles and has great factory graphics.  Clean and complete with a few rubs from its garage-mates, and the owner pictures the crack under the mirror mount.  Notes from the eBay auction:

3,979 Miles (6,405 Kilometers) What we have here is a Type 7 model with Type 1 Fairings. The fairings are factory Honda OEM. So you are getting the upgraded suspension that was offered on the type 7 with the look of the original type 1. Other than that it’s completely original and unrestored. More of a rider than for a collection. Bike needs nothing.  All fluids are fresh.  Shifts and revs to redline perfectly.  Starts effortlessly every time. Some of the mounting tabs are broken on the lower fairings, nothing that is visible from the outside. The upper fairing by the mirror has some cracks, the mirror hides most of the defect. Windscreen is aftermarket MRA. Awesome windscreen. The white on the top of the fuel tank has been re-sprayed with the Honda wings being replaced. Not perfectly done but very presentable. If I was keeping the bike I would be very happy with the paint. Included close up pictures featuring defects. Bike has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title.  NC30-1100*** “Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements.”  Imported into the States through all legal channels. EPA and Declaration papers provided.

 

The owner's knowledge of the type variations outpaces my own, but the NC30 was offered for three years before being superseded by the Fireblade-styled RVF400R.  Competition in the home market and other progressive licensing countries was heated, and the NC30 reviewed as the best all around, with strong if not leading edge chassis, and standout Honda build quality.  The starting bid is set at $6,800, and you can ask questions of Greg through the eBay auction - here -...

-donn

Featured Listing – 1992 Honda VFR400R NC30
Ducati June 20, 2017 posted by Donn

Outasight – 2008 Ducati-NCR Mike Hailwood TT

Since its formation in 1967, NCR motorcycles has been Ducati's de-facto competition arm, developing and producing race bikes based on Ducati themes.  For the 30th anniversary of Mike Hailwood's 1978 Isle of Man TT victory ( on an NCR-built Ducati 900SS ), the company produced a very short run of super light, no-holds-barred commemoratives, with titanium frame and 1120cc air-cooled desmo engine.

2008 Ducati-NCR Mike Hailwood TT for sale on eBay

With the founders ready to retire in 2001, the owners of Poggipolini, a titanium manufacturing specialist, took an interest in NCR, and the Mike Hailwood TT became a showcase for advanced techniques, with a full titanium trellis and exhaust system.  Internal to the 130 hp V-twin is a billet crank, while the carbon fairings and wheels are easier to appreciate.  4-piston Brembo billet calipers and Öhlins MotoGP forks are leading edge, while the nostalgic twin rear Öhlins shocks at least leave room for the exhaust headers.

A number of the NCR Mike Hailwoods were delivered at the 2009 Isle of Man race, where the factory website says they were raced, though it may have been in an exposition part of the event.  The Vegas owner has added a couple of nice extras, and has this to say in the eBay auction:

THIS BIKE WAS $130,000.00 NEW EXCLUDING THE TI SWINGARM AND TI BIKE STAND.

AS YOU SEE IN THE PHOTOS ABOVE SWING ARM AND REAR STAND ARE STOCK DUCATI STEEL.

I HAD NCR MAKE ME A ONE OFF TITANIUM SWINGARM AND TITANIUM CUSTOM NCR STAND AT THE COST OF 7K PLUS. SWINGARM IS HALF THE WEIGHT OF THE STEEL ONE

PLEASE CONTACT ME THRU EBAY IF YOU NEED MORE INFO AND I WILL CALL YOU. THERE ARE LOTS MORE STORIES TO TELL

ULTRA LIGHT...... ULTRA FAST...... ONE OFF

Though the next owner will be a rare collector, the auction has a dozen bids, with $50K not hitting the reserve.  NCR's ( and Poggipolini's ) credibility is above reproach, and the 300 lb. machine is one of just a dozen or so.  Though one could quibble that these machines are built to be ridden, this TT likely will never see that third mile...

-donn

Outasight – 2008 Ducati-NCR Mike Hailwood TT
Kawasaki June 19, 2017 posted by Donn

Top Gun Outlaw – 1986 Kawasaki GPZ900R

The now-venerable 900 Ninja was Kawasaki's 1984 foray into the world of water-cooled four-valve performance.  The works team went right out and won their class in the Isle of Man TT, and the bikes did well in the showroom.  With low miles for its age, this GPZ900R has great survivor looks and some interesting updates.

1986 Kawasaki GPZ900R for sale on eBay

The 908cc engine harkens back to the Z-1 glory and delivers 115 hp at 9,500 rpm.  Water cooling irons out engine temperature spikes and reduces noise.  The engine is a stressed member of the steel chassis, and for the day, the GPZ900R had great handling and braking.  Just over 500 lbs. dry, it's of course more GT than SBK.  The fairing has minor updates from the movie star bike, and changes in paint colors, but it still looks great  to riders of a certain age.

The photo backgrounds teasing us with the rest of his collection, the Arizona owner must have expert knowledge or serious help with the enhancements to this Ninja, as well as a late model GSXR-750 on hand.  Presumably spring rates were changed for the heavier GPZ, or perhaps just handled with preload.  Can't go wrong with adjustable handlebars.  He says this about the work in the eBay auction:

The modifications to the bike are as follows - 2006 Suzuki GSXR 750 front forks ( Kayaba 43 mm (1.7 in) Inverted telescopic forks with DLC coating, spring preload, rebound and compression adjustment ), brakes ( dual 300 mm (12 in) semi-floating stainless discs and Tokico 4 piston radial mounted calipers ), Suzuki steering damper and wheel, 2006 Suzuki GSXR 750 rear wheel, YSS MX506-325HRCL-08-X remote-reserve rear mono-shock, KOSO RX-2 GP Style digital dash display and multi-way adjustable handlebars for better riding comfort.  The engine has the upgraded cam chain tensioner and cam chain rear guide, lower temperature thermostat (97 degree), 1.1 bar radiator cap, performance aluminum radiator fan, these engine mods have been done in line with the recommendation of GPZzone.co.uk, a well known source of technical information and parts for the GPZ 900R.  The original seat upholstery is in beautiful condition with no rips, tears, or cracks.

With great power, the suspension and brake improvements can only help the Ninja.  Standardizing wheel sizes will slow turn-in a bit, but makes things easier at tire time.  Might be worth a side trip for a test ride if possible.  This owner picked a sharp candidate for the transplant, just needs the belly pans freshened up and a new red stripe for the front wheel.  Often it's said that if the bikes of the past could only stop and turn like newer machines, they'd be around forever.  This updated GPZ900R might be a step in that direction...

-donn

Top Gun Outlaw – 1986 Kawasaki GPZ900R
Ducati June 16, 2017 posted by Donn

Carbon Capture – 2003 Ducati 999S

In the late 1990's Pierre Terblanche and Massimo Tamburini parted ways, the younger Terblanche following Ducati, and Tamburini staying with Cagiva.  The sea-change styling of Terblanche's 999 was too controversial to survive, though it did help win the Superbike World Championship in 2003, '04 and '06.  The 999S has upgraded suspension from an -R and a bit more oomph than a base model, and this 999S has a full carbon fairings, Ferracci exhaust, and very low miles.

2003 Ducati 999S for sale on eBay

The second Ducati road machine to use the testastretta engine, the 999S boasted 136 hp and 78 ft.-lbs. torque.  Marelli fuel injection gave smooth power delivery, and premium Öhlins suspension allowed the 6-speed drivetrain and Brembo brakes to live in harmony.  The love-it-or-hate-it fairing protected the rider better at higher speeds, and the canister muffler has been superceded by a Fast by Ferracci exhuast which likely deleted the catalyst.

Offered by a California collector, this 999S has carbon bodywork, fuel tank, and BST wheels.  A singular statement in grey and white.  Registration is non-opped and miles are under 1,000.  The owner has this to say in the eBay auction:

Beautiful 2003 Ducati 999S with a Full Carbon Fiber Body, Tank, & Wheels.  Custom Stainless Exhaust done by FBF.  Its has an addictive sound, you can feel.  It is a rocket, lots of torque and revs to 10,500.  Original mileage is 990 (now).  Never wet.  Never ever down.  Kept in my house.  Rode 4-5 times.  ( Have others, Hypermotard, 900SS, old BMW R75/7, not so low mileage ).  Had service & belts done a few years back.  Will take to Ducati dealer for PPI/service if sold.  Clean California title in hand.  On PNO now.

The 999S reviewed as a great rider, the fairing makes it feel like you're "in" and not "on", no chore to rack up the miles.  Weight is under control for a superbike and neutral handling makes the 999S less tiring to ride quickly.  Not sure if all that carbon is Ducati Performance, a rare special order if so.  If not, still a fabulous custom and in perfect shape, awaiting a spirited ride before loading up for the show...

-donn

Carbon Capture – 2003 Ducati 999S
Suzuki June 11, 2017 posted by Donn

“A” for Effort – 2001 Suzuki TL1000R

Hard to fault Suzuki ( and Honda ) for trying to follow Ducati's "win on Sunday, sell on Monday" strategy - with a big twin superbike which took advantage of WSBK rules and had torquey street performance.  The TL-1000R had some unusual innovations and great power and sound.  Though it didn't result in a long term model for Suzuki, the TL-R has the makings of a cult classic, and this is an excellent example with Yoshimura exhaust and Power Commander.

2001 Suzuki TL1000R for sale on eBay

The L-twin in the TL-1000 has an engaging sound because of the hybrid chain/gear cam drive.  And the booming twin exhaust.  Internals slightly updated from its sister TL-1000S, the -R claims 135 hp.  Since the vertical cylinder took the spot usually used by a centerline monoshock, the beefy twin-beam chassis has a side-mounted spring and a rotary damper, a space saver but problematic once temperatures went up.  Brakes are superb 6-piston Tokico, and the fairing has fresh-air intakes and a Hayabusa-like pillion cover.

Having covered only 6,600 miles, this TL-1000R looks stock and unblemished in the factory's racing blue and white.  Seems quite original except for the polished exhaust system, the increased flow compensated by an fuel injection box from Dyna-Jet.  Not much on recent maintenance, and appears almost ready for new rubber.  From the eBay auction:

This bike is the nicest you will find out there.  Bike was babied, truly a garage gem, 6550 miles of pamperedness... never down, always cleaned and polished after every ride, well maintained.  Not a scratch on it!  All fairings are perfect, no scratches, no rust, no corrosion, no dents (not even a ding) or cracks of any kind, there is a small discoloration on the left midfairing on top, but it's barely noticeable...  Even the rims are perfect!  Aftermarket YOSH exhaust that sounds amazing....dynajet performance (130hp/78ftlbs TQ stock!)...  Bike runs and shifts smooth but make no mistake it's a beast...  There are NO more out there like this...  Comes with the back seat and stand as well...  I have the title in hand!!  Don't miss out, it just might be your day to take it home for an awesome deal.

The TL-1000R gained a reputation for quirky handling, and acquired a steering damper in response.  Build quality was at a high level for Suzuki, and the TL-R is well appointed and finished.  Maybe because the Superbike wins didn't come, the bikes were slow sellers and the model wasn't re-newed for 2004.  Still, it's an interesting take on the big twin and though the owner has an optimistic ask, the condition and performance of this TL-1000R  just might result in offers...

-donn

“A” for Effort – 2001 Suzuki TL1000R