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Ducati October 6, 2017 posted by Donn

Two Approaches – 2008 Ducati 1098R

Contributors at RSBFS look at a lot of bike ads, and though these two are for the same year, make, and model, the auctions couldn't be more different.  A smashing contribution to the sportbike encyclopedia, the 1098R returned Ducati to the cat-eye fairing, and Troy Bayliss to the WSBK podium.

- #154

2008 Ducati 1098R - #154 and #212 - for sale on eBay

- #212

Something reminiscent in the single-sided swingarm and separate underseat exhausts, but all new in the 1198cc testa, with 12.8:1 compression and 180 hp.  The -R's titanium valves and connecting rods can't be seen, but can be felt like the magnesium fairing sub-frame and aluminum seat sub-frame.  More visibly, Brembo supplied billet Monoblock brakes and Öhlins the fully adjustable fork and twin-tube monoshock.  Forged and machined Marchesini alloys provide light gold accents.  The race-derived dash has settings for the new traction control system, taming the 1098 along with the hydraulic slipper clutch.

- #154

- #154

Both from the east coast, neither of these 1098R's have more than 1,500 miles, and #212 has under 300.  #154 shows quite a few views of the bike out on the lawn, while #212's single picture might just be a factory glamour shot.  Both are as expected for such low miles.  Spare comments from #212's owner presume a studied buyer, while #154 gives a little recent history, along with what seems to be a paragraph lifted from a review.  -R's were supplied with a racekit ECU and carbon Termignoni mufflers, but neither are mentioned here.

#212 - Only 275 original miles.  Perfect condition, #212 numbered out of only 450 ever made.  A rare opportunity to own a special motorcycle.

#154 - Ducati 1098 R with 1400 miles. 1 owner clean PA title. This exotic bike looks and rides like new.  Recent oil change, new plugs, new air filter, and new battery.

These details from #154 give a good idea of the level of design and attention to detail on every 1098R -

Ducati pressured FIM to grant twins another displacement increase for the 2008 WSBK season, which they did after removing some modification freedom. The torquey twin vacuumed up the 2008 WSBK championship with Troy Bayliss aboard, though the little-brother 848 might be a better choice for the non-pro.  The 1098 returned to the iconic cat-eye fairing, and had a newly-designed cooling system.  Especially in the -R variant, the 1098 brought extreme if not silly power levels to the road, and it's not surprising to see these examples with very low miles.  Two rare bikes in a production run of 450, with minor condition and price differences and presented quite differently...

-donn

Two Approaches – 2008 Ducati 1098R
BMW October 2, 2017 posted by Donn

Land-Speed Record Holder – 2006 BMW K1200S

Giving K-bike riders an S of their own, BMW introduced the K1200S in 2004 and never looked back.  The K1200S was BMW's first transverse inline-4, a development project on the road to the S1000RR, but a great supersport and rival to the Hayabusa and ZX-12.  In late 2005, a stock K1200S famously set records at Bonneville for solo and two-up sportbikes.

2006 BMW K1200S for sale on eBay

 

BMW tweaked the 1157cc engine, tilted forward 55 degrees and running 13:0 compression, it's good for 167 hp.  The angle led to a longer bike, but Duolever front end and Paralever rear keep handling sharp for a heavyweight.  The beginning of the electronic era, the K1200S had ABS, electronically adjustable suspension ( ESA ) and a pushbutton windscreen, all optional along with the rider information display.  The 4-2-1 exhaust appears under the full fairing and enters a right-side muffler, this time updated to Two-Brothers flat-weave carbon fiber.

Unblemished and with limited ungrades, this R1200S appears undamaged and has a neat Sargent seat with cargo pod.  Not sure whether ABS and ESA were ordered for this K1200S, but low miles and new rubber indicate a lot of maintenance-free riding until the chain-driven valve train needs adjustment.   From the eBay auction:

Under 8,600 total miles, but still being minimally ridden
Fixed Price $9,000 or best offer

Upgrades/Mods:
Has Two Brothers Carbon Exhaust: ($700 upgrade) sounds amazing!
Search part number: 005-1280407v

Sargent Seat and Rear Storage POD ($1500 upgrade) 
sargentcycle dot com/Seats-Accessories/World-Sport-Modular-Seat-System-BMW-K1200S-K1300S plus still have original seat too.

New Dunlop Tires ($350), less than 500 miles on them. 

INCLUDED with Asking price:  $650 Bell Star Airtrix Laguna 100% Carbon Race Helmet with $150 Photocromatic shield and zippered carry bag size: L - large.

 

As one would expect, the K1200S is rather too heavy for any road course honors, but a winning and very sporty tourer.  Electronic fuel injection, ABS, and suspension all make for a 21st century ride, and superbike power and torque unreel the mile markers quickly.  The most powerful BMW in the 2006 line-up, a production model BMW K1200S set a world land speed record in the 1000-1350cc stock, partially streamlined, naturally aspirated motorcycle class at Utah's famed Bonneville Salt Flats.  On the strip it was capable of 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and a 10-second quarter, and piloted by Andy Sills of San Francisco, the bike reached an average speed of 173.57 mph, and top speed of 176.89 mph after two runs on the vast white Salt Flats.  He and a pillion also clocked a record speed of 169 mph, riding the K1200S two-up with fearless Erin Hunter...

donn

Land-Speed Record Holder – 2006 BMW K1200S
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