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Honda June 9, 2015 posted by Donn

Undercover – 1989 Honda CBR 600F

Sometimes known as the Hurricane, the Honda CBR 600F broke a lot of ground in 1987 when it was introduced, and led to a long line of successors.  Borrowing a chapter from the Ducati Paso design book, the CBR bodywork envelopes the frame and engine, but where Ducati had an air-cooled engine inside, the water-cooled Honda primarily needs to cool the radiators.

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1989 Honda CBR 600F for sale on eBay

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Returning to an inline four from the more complex V-4 in the Interceptor series, Honda hid all manner of structure, plumbing and electrical inside the CBR's soap bar and used the money they would've spent on making the parts beautiful on engineering, producing one of the best balanced, most refined, and accessible sportbikes of any displacement or price.

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The over-square 598cc engine generates 93 hp at 9,500 rpm, along with 45 ft-lbs of torque.  Visible outside of the Tupperware are the 276mm drilled front disks and 218mm rear.  Semi-hidden are the air-adjustable forks ( with TRAC anti-dive ) and Pro-Link monoshock rear.  Harder to locate is the magic, the refinement and smoothness that made Cycle World call the 1988 model "The best Japanese motorcycle we have ever tested".

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Showing almost 22K miles, the years have been kind to this 600F, appearing un-restored.  Plastics look tight and correct, a surprising lack of wear for that many miles.  From the eBay auction:

-ALL original body panels

-NEVER painted

-NOT sunbeaten

-COMPLETELY stock

-1 year ONLY and the most desirable paint scheme produced

-Motorcycle originated in Northern California

-Has a clean, clear California title

-Few little nick here and there but obviously NEVER been down

-Minor imperfections pictured

-NO disappointments here, she is a true & beautiful survivor!!

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Though it's hard to call any Honda 600 sportbike rare, not so many are over 25, surprisingly original, and well cared for.  The auction is from a Florida dealer, the owner stating that the CBR is his personal bike.  Upgrades to the 1989 model year include 8 horsepower more than the 87-88 models, and the pearl-white with red and blue paint was new in 1989.

Undercover – 1989 Honda CBR 600F
Ducati June 7, 2015 posted by Donn

Unchained – 1983 Ducati 900 S2

While not a critical or sales success, the 1982-84 Ducati 900S2 is still an honest-to-goodness 900cc Desmo-engined Supersport.  Caught up changing in emissions and noise regulations, the air-cooled and carbureted engine was silenced on intake and exhaust, and performance suffered.  With bevel-drive cams and Ducati handling, it's better than its reputation.  The example here has been a collector bike since new, apparently never registered, titled, or run.

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1983 Ducati 900 S2

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Hanging on though they were at the time, Ducati still built a fine machine, with beautiful half faring, 18-inch cast wheels, triple disk brakes, and adjustable suspension.  Putting out a respectable 80 hp, the neat bevel drive engine now has a vintage look.  The red frame stands out, complementing the stripes on the black faring.  The cockpit is completed by sweet teardrop mirrors and nice instrument cluster.  Distinctively, this is a kick-start Ducati, one of the last models without a starter.

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Evidently on display since new, this is a zero-mile, no fluids, and no chain bike.  Never registered, the owner provides the Manufacturer's Statement of Origin as documentation.  Looking better than a neglected museum bike, this one seems to have been cared for and detailed.

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A lot of information in the eBay auction, here is a short excerpt:

This is a rare chance to own a VERY PURE zero miles vintage Ducati .  Might be the only one in the world in such well preserved condition .  Bike looks brand new like the day it came from the factory. Brakes functions correctly without any fluid leakage or damage.  Front tire rotated frequently to avoid flat spots . Petcocks knobs turns freely. Cylinders are lubed and kicks over with great compression. All settings remains factory.  It should start up and ready to ride with gas , fresh oil, and recommend using sealed battery. These bevel twins are bullet proof with much more refined electrical for reliability than early Bevels .  Bevel Ducati sounds very exciting , rides smooth and responsive in corners. 

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The S2 was the 900SS's kid brother, and never got the development it deserved.  Around the corner were the belt-driven cam engines and cool as they were, the bevels were history.  This amazing collector bike could be put back on the road, but more likely will be on display again, showing all the classic Ducati beauty without divulging its foibles...

-donn

Unchained – 1983 Ducati 900 S2
Bimota June 5, 2015 posted by Donn

Innovative – 1983 Bimota KB2 Laser S

One of the final Tamburini designs before he departed for Cagiva, the 2nd Kawasaki-powered Bimota delivers the company paradigm of chassis design and lighter weight using state-of-the-art powerplants.  Perhaps named for the laser the chassis fabricator wished he had when assembling the 44 frame members, which cradle the 543cc air-cooled Kawasaki inline four.  Because the engine is relatively narrow, the red frame holds both sides of the motor and allows the swingarm to pivot at the chain drive sprocket, keeping chain tension constant despite suspension movement.  Another innovation is the use of 16 inch wheels front and rear, reducing gyroscopic forces and turning in a little easier.

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1983 Bimota KB2 Laser S for sale on eBay

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Originally introduced with a 500cc engine, the "S" has the 550, delivering 65hp at 10,500 rpm.  A wet clutch is in the engine cases, and drives a 6-speed transmission.  Big 280mm disk brakes in front, with 210mm disk at the rear.  40mm front forks and rear monoshock are adjustable for preload and damping.  The full fairing is punctuated by small air openings and rounded edges, and uses flush fasteners.  Very neat cockpit has Brembo clip-ons and a full-featured instrument cluster courtesy of Kawasaki.

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Seeming un-restored and very nice shape, this KB2 shows only a couple of nicks in the seat fairing.  Bimotas of any age are very rare, but the Kawasaki driveline can be comforting.  This example resides in England but is offered by a eBay dealer from Italy.

From the eBay auction:

Said to be Massimo Tamburinis personal favourite Bimota design and not without good reason with an excellent power to weight ratio and build quality second to none, due to its very high cost when new Bimota only managed to build and sell 177 of them so they very rarely reach the market this being the first we’ve ever seen in the shop, it’s an excellent un restored example with just under 14000 recorded KM’s believed to be genuine having had the same owner for the past 21 years.

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This KB2 is a very neat design, very innovative, only 8,000 miles, appearing quite clean and original.  More of a TT than an envelope-pushing superbike, a rideable exotic ready for a look...

-donn

Innovative – 1983 Bimota KB2 Laser S
BMW June 3, 2015 posted by Donn

Eurostar – 2003 BMW R1100S BoxerCup Replika

Introduced in 1999, the BMW R1100S re-introduced motorcyclists to the sportier side of BMW, and inspired a brand race series in Europe, which developed into a support race for MotoGP and the Daytona 200.  Signed by spokesman ( and AMA hall of fame member ) Randy Mamola, the BoxerCup Replika is the ultimate version of the oil-cooled BMW 1100cc twin.

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2003 BMW R1100S BoxerCup Replika

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Applying evolution to the classic BMW twin, factory designers added a lot of new things to the R1100S - a new rear subframe supports the suspension ( rather than the transmission case ), underseat exhaust, aluminum fuel tank ( under the beauty cover), and clip-ons.  Front and rear fenders are carbon fiber, as are the valve covers.  Keeping the successful 4-valve heads and shaft drive ensured reliability and a solid 98 hp.  The traditional automotive-type dry clutch resides between the engine and the close-ratio six-speed transmission.  On a sportbike weighing in at 500 lbs., the 320mm front ( and 275mm rear ) disks will be tested.  Nice touches on the BCR optional on the the R1100S are the 5-1/2 inch rear wheel, Ohlins shocks, bellypan, braided brake lines, as well as pillion cover and clear signal lenses.

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Almost ready for its first oil change, this BoxerCup Replika has just 1,600 miles over 12 years.  No dusty barn find, this one looks basically new.  Naturally, not much said about repair or maintenance history, but new fluids and rubber would be expected before a serious ride. The owner states:

As stated I am the original and only owner of the bike. I really hate to part with it. It has been part of my bike family and like any family member I will miss it. Bike has been stored and maintained in a climate controlled environment and I would consider in mint condition.

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Though it was succeeded by the R1200S, and eclipsed by the HP2 and eventually the RR1000, the R1100S was a signature all-rounder, which could be ridden to and from a track day.  This BoxerCup Replika is a barely broken-in example of one of BMW's best S-bikes...

-donn

Eurostar – 2003 BMW R1100S BoxerCup Replika
Ducati May 30, 2015 posted by Donn

Bet it All on Black – 3 Custom Ducatis

Unusual to see three well done customs pop up at the same moment, as "well done" can be pretty subjective.  While customs are not RSBFS's specialty, this trio of black Ducatis caught my eye, and maybe you'll enjoy them as well.

Three Custom Ducatis ( Black ) for sale on eBay

2007 Ducati 696 Monster Cafe Racer

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This 2007 Ducati 696 Monster Cafe Racer has a Sport 1000 flavor with retro badged and striped half-fairing.  Lots of new parts in the cockpit and neat monoposto looking seat.  Freshly serviced, the Monster-based bike should be a sharp handler.

From the eBay auction:

One of a kind built at Beverly Hills Ducati.  The bike is a 2007 Ducati 695 Monster.  New Build includes 1970's style Custom SS fairing w/clear wind screen (both tank and fairing are custom painted with Vintage Ducati emblems and racing stripe).  Front end includes new clip-ons, Rizoma grips, Rizoma resevoirs, Rizoma mirror, Brembo slave cylinders & CRG adjustable levers.  Also included, Fresh tuneup, New brake pads, New rear sets, new tires, High tech speed superbright l.e.d. turn signals, Custom made café seat & High performance Leo Vince exhausts.

2007 Ducati Sport 1000S Custom

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The exquisitely photographed 2007 Sport 1000S is pared down to the bare minimum but finished to a very high level.  With no carbon or billet parts, all the magic here has a vintage look, though many of the hard parts are from later Ducatis.

The Portland-based builder, Digital Directiv, states:

Many builders like to take pride in doing everything themselves, but at the expense of the final product. I’m not one of those guys. Everything has to be perfect and if someone is an expert at what they do, I’m not afraid to involve them in the project. That’s why I recruited some of the best in the business to help me out. Chris from Masic Industries was enlisted to refinish every nut and bolt back to factory new condition and the only one I trust to coat the mildly-modified frame and wheels. Also done there was the mirror-like polishing of every aluminum part including the engine covers. All seams and casting marks were removed before many of the parts received a brushed finish; a feature also taken from the unique MH. Jeff Johnson of Ill Eagle Designs hand-formed the one piece aluminum solo tail section that mounts using the stock seat latch for easy removal. He also adapted the Monster 1100 headers into an amazing underseat exhaust capped by Cone Engineering cans. Ginger from New Church Moto was the only choice to make the sexy hand-stitched suede seat and matching pad. Tying it all together is the bottomless black and charcoal paint laid down by Tony’s Customs.

2008 Ducati 1098

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Using more carbon fiber and powder coating than the others combined, this 2008 Ducati 1098 is re-finished and upgraded, previously the owner's track bike.  Every system has been overhauled and / or upgraded, and comprehensive maintenance makes it seem ready to go.

Too much to list here, but the owner makes these comments in the eBay auction:

The sale of the bike will include the following OEM/Extra parts: Passenger seat, Passenger rearsets, OEM rear midnight black seat, Extra set of carbon fiber mid-side fairings.

I'm the second owner, the bike has been maintained throughout its life at Ducati AMS Dallas.
The following has been recently done to it - Past 3000 miles or so. Yes this Ducati visits the track, thus the upkeep and upgrades.

Though it rarely results in more value, sometimes a bike has to be refinished if not rebuilt.  Laid down or just run out, it's the owner's opportunity to try something, a combination of components or finishes that wasn't available from the factory that year.  These three bikes have a lot of personality as well as a very professional presentation.  If the right cyclist comes along, and does their homework, everyone could wind up happy.

- donn

Bet it All on Black – 3 Custom Ducatis
Ducati May 28, 2015 posted by Donn

Pre-Poggipolini – 1982 Scuderia NCR 600 TT

Around the corner from the Ducati factory in Borgo Panigale, NCR founders Nepoti, Caracchi, and Rizzi began to modify and race Ducatis in 1967.  Their lightweight chassis and race team became a presence in endurance racing, winning the Isle of Man TT in 1978 with Mike Hailwood aboard.  Early in the trellis-frame's development, Pantah-based 600cc bikes were built to Tourist Trophy specifications ( by more than one tuner ), and this NCR 600 ready for the road may be more rare than a factory TT2.

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1982 Scuderia NCR 600 TT for sale on eBay

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Most of the Ducati V-twin 600cc engines have 80mm bore and 58mm stroke, displacing 583cc, though there was an 81mm bore update, displacing 597cc and using 40mm rather than 36mm Dell-Orto carburetors.  In the neighborhood of 60 hp is available mostly north of 6000 rpm, with two-into one exhaust, dry clutch and 5-speed transmission.  Three 260mm Brembo disk brakes provide the stoppage, very light looking 18-inch wheels suspended by 35mm forks and monoshock rear.  At a weight which should be just over 300 lbs, handling this bike will be a joy.

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Though one might want to fit air filters for the road, the discretely lighted 600 TT displayed appears ready for a ride.  The owner's comments mention a 2005 restoration, and the bike looks at least excellent, though there is no odometer, it's nearly 35 years old.  The alloy tank, half-fairing and monoposto seat fairing look unblemished, as does the frame.

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From the eBay auction:

Believed to be one of only two 600cc street bikes made by the legendary Ducati race team. The 600 TT is purely a NCR design, where the better known TT2 is more a Ducati product. Approximately seven NCR 600 TT race bikes and two street bikes were built. This bike was most likely built in Germany from a kit.

Unable to pass the ultra strict type certification the bike was placed into storage. It resurfaced in 2005 and was restored and rebuilt and serviced. Still unable to be used in Germany it was advertised for sale in 2012. I purchased it, and imported it into the United States. The bike has barely been used since being built.I have ridden it a few times, where it performed flawlessly.

It has a clean correct Tennessee title. The condition is excellent. The only non standard parts are the turn signals. The only fault is a small dent in the exhaust system.

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Pedigree would seem critical for a bike with this kind of buy-it-now, and perhaps the previous owner, restorer, or NCR can provide a paper trail.  Unrecognizable on the road, a vintage Italian track day would be a good day out for this machine, hopefully it will not be relegated solely to display.

- donn

p.s. - After being purchased in 2001 by Poggipolini, an aerospace and motorsports titanium concern,  NCR continues to thrive hand-crafting exotic parts and Ducati-based bikes.

Pre-Poggipolini – 1982 Scuderia NCR 600 TT