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Ducati September 24, 2015 posted by Donn

New ( Zealand ) 2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition

For some the ultimate Ducati sportbike, the 916 launched a million dreams ( and posters ).  After a 10-year run, the 998S Final Edition was the last 916-based model, and this one was tucked away right after delivery.

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2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition for sale on eBay

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998's were produced only in 2002-03, and by special order in 2004, the 998S FE was a transition from the 916 era to the 999.  The Testastretta deep-sump engine generates 130 hp and will carry the next Superbike generation, though the classic dual-headlight fairing recalls the 996.  Ohlins suspension at both ends are state of the art.  Brakes are 320mm with Brembo four-piston calipers in front, 220mm rear.

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Though not a numbered edition, the Final Edition has a plaque on the steering head.  The Italian Tri-colore emblazons the seat fairing.  Dual Termignoni mufflers exit  under the seat.  Steering is stabilized also by Ohlins.

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Hidden away when new, this 998S shows only 2 miles and looks perfect.  Never electrified or fueled, as the owner says in the eBay auction:

A unique & rare opportunity to purchase, what is possibly the only brand new 2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition in the world, that's right this bike has never been started, never had a battery or fuel in it.

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A unique chance to acquire what might be considered the ultimate 916, with forward looking engine and eclectic appearance.  A bit of a boat ride unless you hail from Oceania, and likely some work to replace some rubber bits, but a singular moment in Ducati history, and never ridden.  Possibly a collection starter...

-donn

New ( Zealand ) 2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition
Kawasaki September 16, 2015 posted by Donn

Showbike Restored – 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7R K2

Not often a will a dealer restore an older sportbike to mint condition, rarer still if the bike is not a bargain purchase but someone's polished showbike.  But the Kawasaki ZX-7R K-model can have that effect on people, and the low-mile machine was a good place to start a great restoration.

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1992 Kawasaki ZX7-R K2 for sale on eBay

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Built as an homologation special in very low numbers, the K variant has a few key upgrades from the standard.  Flat-slide carburettors which are just a millimeter larger, and after un-doing the factory restriction on the J-model result in 121 hp - a 20% improvement.  A close ratio transmission and slipper clutch are more track-oriented.  Front and rear suspensions are fully adjustable, overcoming the reported poor ride of the base version monoshock.  The exhaust hanger is done differently and of course there's the solo seat fairing.  Superb standard aluminum frame and floating disc brakes complete the package.

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Evidently the previous owner's baby, the aluminum perimeter frame and swingarm had been mirror-polished .  Part of the restoration was disassembly and painting most of the polished parts the factory gray, however some of the polished bits still show here and there.  The rest of the bike looks cherry, stress cracks in the seat fairing repaired and painted.  Though it only has 8,000-ish miles, the ZX-7R has also been treated to a comprehensive mechanical service, as the eBay auction states:

Our Service Dept has gone completely through this bike from top to bottom. Did a full service on the engine including valve adjustment, valve cover gasket and all fluids and filters are OEM new. The chain and sprockets were replaced with new OEM parts from Kawasaki. Brand new Bridgestone Battlax BT106R tires were installed front and rear. New OEM brake pads and brake fluid were replaced front and rear.

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While it's easy to find a ZX7-R, the K and accompanying enhancements make it a very special machine, must've been neat as a bike show winner.  A very well designed and high performing special edition, the fact that it has been returned to factory original make it part of a longer story.  The results appear to have been worth the hours poured into this rare bike...

-donn

Showbike Restored – 1992 Kawasaki ZX-7R K2
Ducati September 15, 2015 posted by Donn

Yeah Hello – 2006 Ducati SportClassic 1000

Developed as a styling exercise for the 2003 Tokyo Motorcycle Show and offered for sale in late 2005 as a 2006 model, the SportClassic has been a real success story.  Named a "best used bike" by Cycle World in 2014, the 1000cc air-cooled bikes used up-to-date techniques to achieve a vintage feel, and show up regularly in nice shape.

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2006 Ducati SportClassic 1000 for sale on eBay

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Thought the Paul Smart commemorative and Sport 1000S draw most of the attention and high bids, the SC1000 is a great cafe racer.  The fuel-injected Desmodue has an oil cooler to help the fins, and reliably generates 92 hp.  Sponsons on the side of the tank recall Paul Smart's #16 racer and increase fuel capacity to almost 4 gallons.  Most versions have two-into-two exhaust, this one has been upgraded to Termognini silencers.  Beefy 43mm upside-down forks are stock, these have been re-built by C-M performance.

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2006 was the only SportClassic year with the sculptured monoshock swingarm, the factory Sachs shock on this machine having been replaced by an Ohlins.  While a classic Ducati would always have a dry clutch, this one has been upgraded to one from SpeedyMoto, with their elegant open cover.  Almost invisible rear fender with flying license plate bracket has replaced the factory plastic.  Owner has added fork, frame and swingarm sliders, thankfully unused.

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Maintenance duties have been attended to also, as the owner shows in the eBay auction:

Maintenance Records
Fluid change 2 months ago
One year old tires/battery/clutch
Gas tank has been caswell coated
New Regulator installed by dealer
Battery Tender "pigtail"
All manuals and Keys included
Rear PitBull Stand [included if purchased at asking price]
Also included are a set of hi-rise handle bars [not installed]

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Looking excellent in burnt yellow, this SportClassic has under 5,000 miles.  With 5-1/2 days to go there are already quite a few bids, to be expected for a creampuff which has been updated and maintained...

-donn

Yeah Hello – 2006 Ducati SportClassic 1000
Yamaha September 11, 2015 posted by Donn

Cover Your Eyes ! – 1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance & Hines Edition

Last seen here in 2010 with some 1,200 less miles, this FZR600 is as special as speed yellow and magenta.  Together.  A long-lived model built 1989-99, the FZR600 was the lightweight of the 600s, often winning the late braking segment and occasionally the overall shoot-out.  The Vance & Hines colors are a 1992-only edition, and at number 505 0f 636, this FZR600 offers great performance if only an apology to the pillion.

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1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance & Hines Edition for sale on eBay

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Using a light-gauge steel Deltabox perimeter frame, the FZR600 kept the weight around 450 lbs. fueled, not bad for the time.  The carburetted 4-valve engine delivered 91 hp via a 6-speed transmission.  Yamaha's EXUP controlled exhaust valve system was on some bikes in this era, but just as well not this one.  Dual disks in front of 298mm diameter, with single 214mm rear, are mounted to 17-inch wheels.

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This Vance & Hines edition could use a detailing but looks good overall, having been mildly customized.  The color-coordinated seat looks great, and the rim edges have been polished.  Not sure the steering damper is factory, but it is Vance & Hines.  Exhaust system is polished and the owner states the engine is also, in the eBay auction:

- V&H SS2R Stainless Muffler
- V&H Stainless Steel Header
- K&N Intake Air Filters
- Has Rear Seat Cowling Cover
-Stabilizer Bar
-Engine Has been Polished
-Has Alarm
-Bike has custom neon lighting at night
-Has Come Seat with FZR in purple on back.  Comes with Original seat as well.

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Not to mention alarm system, neon lighting, and the world's smallest banana wing on the tail cone.  The fairings look pretty good, and any mechanicals required should be easy.  With some judicious neatening up, you could have a single-year performer that could again be a show bike...

-donn

Cover Your Eyes ! – 1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance & Hines Edition
Moto Guzzi September 10, 2015 posted by Donn

Berliner’s Request – 1979 Moto Guzzi Le Mans CX100

In the late 1970's, longtime U.S. motorcycle importers Joseph and Michael Berliner requested a 1000cc Moto Guzzi to compete with the BMW R100RS, and while Guzzi had a more touring oriented 1000SP, they capitalized on the Le Man's good name and introduced the CX100.  Built in 1979 and only 353 units, it's quite rare to find a stock CX100 these days, most having undergone cosmetic surgery.  The distinctive fairing was honed in Guzzi's wind tunnel and looks tough but provides stability at speed.

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1979 Moto Guzzi Le Mans CX100 for sale on eBay

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Using gear-driven overhead cams to actuate the 2-valve heads, the 949cc CX100 generates about 80 hp, but a healthy helping of torque.  With the good handling Le Mans frame, forks were up-sized and brake calipers moved behind.  The CX100 is equipped with Guzzi's linked brake system, which generated many complaints but tested very well.  The colorful and fully equipped dash came over from the 1000SP, and the bars tuck in properly.  The fairing from the Mk. II Le Mans re-design shares the angularity between the handlebar and engine fairings, protecting the rider better than the original bikini.

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Stored for many years, this Le Mans has only 2,500 and change miles.  Part of its re-birth was a re-paint, but appears correct and well-detailed.  Hard to see anything that's not stock here, though the owner states that the airbox is in storage - from the eBay auction:

The motorcycle was purchased from the original owner who had the bike stored in his garage until 3 years ago.
The bike is in fantastic condition , over the years the tank and fairings picked up some scratches from being in a packed garage so naturally I had the bodywork repainted to factory specs. Looks amazing.
The bike is Concours ready, you could ride this bike anywhere or display it in your home, it is that nice!
The mileage is extremely low, I have yet to find another CX100 anywhere that is this nice, or with this low of mileage.
Velocity stacks are running screens right now , but the stock air box is included along with the original owners manual.

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Evidently a collector with other Guzzis, this owner has done a smashing restoration of a particular moment in Moto Guzzi history.  Too long and heavy to be too sporty, this bike still cruises at 100 mph with surprising ability in the esses...

-donn

Berliner’s Request – 1979 Moto Guzzi Le Mans CX100
Ducati September 8, 2015 posted by Donn

Nuanced – 1991 Ducati 907IE

Incremental improvements made over the years of production can often add up to make the final model year or two the ones to buy, and that is certainly the case with the Ducati Paso, made 1986-92.  Introduced as an air-cooled 750, the Paso evolved into a 900cc water-cooled, fuel-injected sportbike with a slippery fairing which covers all the mechanicals.

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1991 Ducati 907ie for sale on eBay

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The 907IE has a strong ( and rare for Ducati ) square tubing dual cradle frame, completely concealed by the fairing.  Water cooling was added to the 904cc engine in 1989, though the heads maintained some of their cooling fins, making the system work better overall.  Weber fuel injection gave the 90 hp engine a smooth power curve with good torque available from 3000 rpm.  Marzocchi supplied the 42mm forks and rear monoshock, which received excellent reviews.  Brembo made the 4-piston calipers for the dual 300mm front brakes, with two-piston 245mm rear.  One major update to the driveline was 17-inch tires front and rear, more important these days as 16-inch tires are not widely available.

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Offered by a St. Louis specialty car store, this 907IE looks great with under 5,500 miles.  Corbin seat and Termignoni carbon mufflers appear to be the only updates, and a missing turn signal lens the only squawk.  From the eBay auction:

  • Same Owner Since 1998!
  • Chassis & engine numbers matching
  • Used in Ellese Tennis Shoe commercial in Italy
  • 904cc SOHC “L” V-twin engine
  • 6-speed transmission
  • Termigoni exhaust
  • Weber Marelli fuel-injection
  • Brembo front & rear brakes
  • 3-piece Brembo wheels
  • Veglia instruments
  • Only 5,467 original miles

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Reviewed as a great handler with nicely tuned fuel injection, the 907IE is the Paso to own.  The dry multi-plate but hydraulically activated clutch and six-speed trans also impressed the media.  Fairly low clip-ons make the country more fun than the city, though you could certainly add bar risers.  A love-it-or-hate-it affair, the all-inclusive bodywork looks even better in person than pictures.  A pair of cam belts might be in order unless some history is available, but that points out one of the reasons to consider the Desmodue, maintenance that won't be a deal-breaker...

-donn

Nuanced – 1991 Ducati 907IE