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Ducati July 24, 2017 posted by Tad Diemer

Featured Listing: 2007 Ducati SportClassic Sport 1000S for Sale

Some bikes take years to become collectible: 1980s GSX-Rs could be had for basically peanuts up until very recently, when sportbike fans realized that very few nice examples of these iconic machines were left. But these were made as recently as 2009 and, after a brief period of time where they sat unsold on showroom floors, the Ducati SportClassics began to rapidly appreciate. In fact, it almost seemed like all it took for values to take off was for Ducati to discontinue the line... Is the custom work and low-mileage condition of today's Featured Listing Sport 1000S worth what the seller is asking? Time will tell, but there's no doubt that this show-winning machine is one of the nicest examples out there.

Whether you chose the Paul Smart, Sport 1000, or GT1000 SportClassics all got the same drivetrain: Ducati's well-developed air and oil-cooled 1000DS engine with twin plugs and a claimed 92hp. It was the perfect package for the mature sportbikers Ducati was targeting, and the SportClassics clearly had one eye on the future and one on the past. This bike is actually the Sport 1000S that took the Paul Smart's place in the SportClassic lineup once that limited edition machine ceased production. The Paul Smart was a monoposto, a result of the unusual tubular swingarm that had its monoshock offset on the left side, but the Sport 1000S used an even more retro dual-shock setup that allowed you to take a passenger. Unless of course you decided to replace the stock exhaust with a full titanium system from Zard...

 

If you're a fan of originality, this particular Sport 1000S might not be your bag, but the paintwork is appropriately evocative and the classic Ducati logo looks great on the tank. The original half-faired bodywork suggests bikes like the classic 750SS, but I love the way that titanium header pipe passes through the fairing lowers on this setup. Certainly the upgraded front and rear Öhlins suspension components should provide impressive handling if you decide to risk your investment on a racetrack or winding back road.

From the Seller: 2007 Ducati SportClassic Sport 1000S for Sale

Custom Build with only 1,511 original miles!
* This Sport Classic is a 7-time Show Winner and is truly a special motorcycle.
* Full Documentation and Clean, Clear, Blue Texas Title
* Serious inquiries Text or Call for more information.

- Ohlins FGRT 211 Front Forks (1098S/R,1198S/R/SP)
- Ohlins DU707 Rear Shocks
- NCR/ZARD Full Titanium Exhaust System - Italy ($4,500 & 4 months wait)
(This is the same exhaust that came on the very limited edition $75K "New Blue" NCR Corse Ducati)
- MicroTek ECU with custom dyno tuning
- BMC Air Filter & Modified Air Box
- Oberon 30MM Clutch Slave Cylinder
- Ducabike Billet Rear Sets
- Brembo 4 piston radial mount calipers
- AFAM aluminum 14T front & 40T 520 rear sprockets
- DID EVR3 520 Gold Chain
- Captive Rear Axle Housing - Quick Change
- CRG adjustable racing levers - Black
- Domino Superbike grips
- Fleda Rear LED Light System & license plate mount
- Ducati Side Fairings - literally "Unobtainable"!
- Ducati OEM short side fairings included also
- MotoBrilliance Rear Hugger
- Watsens LED High Intensity micro front turn signals
- Carbon Fiber front fork guards
- STM billet aluminum oil filler cap - Red
- Red Billet Crankcase Inspection Cover - "Ducati"
- EVR Countershaft sprocket cover - Italy
- Rizoma Cable Cover - Black Anodized
- NCR Billet Aluminum cam inspection covers - Italy
- Custom suede seat with red "DESMO" embroidery
- Caswell Tank Coating Process - sealed when new.
- Rizoma "Retro" black bar-end mirror
- Custom Paint by Motion Ducati/SBK
- Custom fairing, rearset & pipe brackets
- Custom front fairing bracket & CNC work
- CNC Billet Aluminum quick turn fuel cap
- Speaker 7" LED Headlight
- Cooler Screen - Black, by Cox Racing Group
- RhinoMoto Swingarm Sliders
- RhinoMoto Fork Sliders
- Ducati Sport Classic Satin Garage Cover
- Pit Bull Ducati Sport Classi Rear Stand
- Dunlop Sportmax Q3 tires
- Full Documentation with Ducati Sport Classic brochures, manuals, keys, etc.
- This bike is 100% ready to Ride, Show or Collect & needs absolutely nothing!
- Many extras will come with the bike.

SHOW HISTORY:
2013 Harvest Classic - Modern - Luckenbach, TX - 1st Place
2014 Harvest Classic - Modern - Luckenbach, TX - 1st Place
2015 MotoLiberty Annual Bike Show - Modern - People's Choice
2015 Harvest Classic - Modern - Luckenbach, TX - 2nd Place
2016 Crashed Toys of Dallas, TX - Sportbike - 1st Place
2016 Harvest Classic - Modern - Luckenbach, TX - 1st Place
2017 Veteran's Car Show - Denton, TX - Best of Show, Motorcycle
***** All Show Awards will go with the bike! *****

The seller is asking $27,500 for this machine, which is obviously big money for a SportClassic that isn't a Paul Smart. But values for all the SportClassics have been rising steadily since they were discontinued, and if you're looking for one with low mileage to add to your collection, it's hard to beat this example: it has just 1,500 miles from new and has been upgraded with a laundry list of quality aftermarket parts. Obviously, it's not completely original, which may deter some collectors, but it appears that the modifications can be reversed if you prefer. Contact Ken via email with your interest: kenphillips04@yahoo.com

-tad

Featured Listing: 2007 Ducati SportClassic Sport 1000S for Sale
Kawasaki July 18, 2017 posted by Tad Diemer

Featured Listing: 1995 Kawasaki ZXR400R for Sale

Although bikes in the 400cc class are virtually unknown in the USA, they were big business elsewhere, with bikes like the Honda CBR400 and VFR400, Yamaha FZR400, and today's Featured Listing Kawasaki ZXR400R competing in showrooms and race series for the hearts and hard-earned money of sportbike enthusiasts. Here in the US, it is 600s that are generally thought of as the lightweight, "beginner" sportbikes, and anything smaller than that is the domain of cheap and cheerful commuters and learner bikes.

Overseas, it was a different story: tiered licensing, heavy taxes, and high gas prices meant there was a great deal of interest in serious motorcycles with smaller displacement. Consider that for Yamaha, the FZR600 was the low-tech model of the range, with a steel beam frame in place of the aluminum Deltabox unit found in the FZR400, FZR750, and FZR1000.

With today's 1000cc superbikes sporting sky-high redlines of more than 13,000 rpm and Yamaha's R6 claiming 16,000 shrieking revs, it's maybe hard to think of a bike with a 14,500 rpm redline as being "high-strung" but the 398cc inline four in the ZXR400R needs to be worked hard to make speedy progress, which is completely in keeping with the bike's sporting mission. Produced between 1989 and 1999, there were basically two versions of the bike, the earlier "H" bikes and the later "L" version. The H bikes made 61hp while the L made a few more horses at a higher rpm, with a slight loss in torque. The H model weighed a bit less than the L at 350lbs dry and the bike had a top speed north of 140mph.

Today's Featured Listing has fairly low miles and appears to be in excellent condition, aside from some minor cosmetic issues expected of a bike that's been ridden. Best of all: it does have a valid title and is registered for road use!

From the Seller: 1995 Kawasaki ZXR400R for Sale

Up for sale is a VERY RARE 1995 Kawasaki ZXR400R in collector quality condition with only 16,267 kilometers (10,107 miles). It has a few tiny rub marks and a couple of small scratches from its 10,000 mile journey thru life but overall its in MINT condition. After thorough inspection, I can tell that this bike has been loved and cherished over the years. It is in completely stock unmolested condition.  All fairings and components are 100% OEM factory Kawasaki. Brand new Bridgestone Battlax tires have been installed front and rear. Bike runs like the day it was new. This ZXR comes with a Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use. I have set the purchase price at $10,500 because my last 1993 ZXR400R sold on Ebay for $10,450 in the "your choice" auction with the GSXR400RR. Serious buyers can contact me at 801-358-6537 for more pictures or any other questions you may have. $500 deposit thru PayPal due immediately after sale.

The seller is asking $10,500 for this fizzy little monster. Obviously, that's not a whole lot of bang for your buck if you consider it in purely performance terms, and the ZXR400 isn't quite as iconic as something like the NC30. But these are exceedingly rare here in the USA and if you're a die hard Kawasaki lover or a fan of motorcycle exotica, this will probably fill a large [figuratively], green hole in your collection. If you notice any other bikes in the background, we have been told they are for sale as well.  Skip the line before they get listed publicly! Everything must go!

-tad

Featured Listing: 1995 Kawasaki ZXR400R for Sale
Ducati July 18, 2017 posted by Tad Diemer

“For Off Road Use Only”: 1992 Ducati 888 Corsa for Sale

Update 7.18.17: We originally saw this 888 Corsa last September and the seller was reportedly looking for $75k. This bike is back on eBay and has a buy-it-now of $60k. Links are updated. -dc

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This Ducati 888 Corsa isn't some roadbike that was stripped of lights and accessories. It is one of a claimed 30 built in 1992 explicitly for racing and came ready for battle, naked except for the parts both inside and out needed to make it go fast and be competitive in World Superbike racing.

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Powered by a liquid-cooled, four-valve development of Ducati's air and oil-cooled Desmo L-twin engine, the 851 and later 888 marked Ducati's return to relevance. The air-cooled bikes certainly handled well, but were significantly down on outright power and, as the Japanese Big Four continued the rapid development of their four-cylinder sportbikes, just couldn't compete in terms of outright performance.

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Hung in one of their tubular trellis-style frames, the new Desmoquattro featured fuel injection and generally made less peak horsepower than competing four-cylinders, but produced its torque-rich power across a wider range, allowing riders to get on the power sooner for better drive out of corners. That, in addition to the displacement advantage granted to them compared to the 750cc inline fours, gave the new four-valve Ducatis a significant advantage, and they were very successful in World Superbike with the 851, 888, and later with their 916.

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From the original eBay listing: 1992 Ducati 888 Corsa for Sale

This bike is one of 30.
Only 30 were produced in 1992 for Ducati race teams.
Don't know how many are left in the world.
The bike has Termignoni exhaust.
The front brakes are one carbon rotor and one conventional rotor.
Bike is titled as an off road track only but it is titled.
From 1989 to 1992 the frame was white and a red body.

Unfortunately, the listing doesn't include any information about the bike's history. As a race bike, there's likely been an evolving roster of components, unless the bike's been off the road for a long time, and I wonder what's going on under the skin. Witness the mismatched front discs that use two different materials and the modern radial front brake and clutch master cylinders. The bike is obviously clean and in excellent shape, and bidders don't seem put off by the spare listing: at almost $32,000 the reserve has not been met and there are still several days left on the auction.

-tad

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“For Off Road Use Only”: 1992 Ducati 888 Corsa for Sale
Honda July 18, 2017 posted by Tad Diemer

Big Red Muscle Bike: Very Clean 1995 Honda CB1000 for Sale

In the 1990s, Honda had a bit of a problem with their engineers building cool machines the company didn't seem to know how to sell: the Hawk GT, the CB1, and their retro-styled musclebike, the CB1000F known internally as "Project Big One." And big it is: those are 18" wheels front and rear, but they look like a set of modern 17" hoops fitted to a much smaller machine.

The big, 998cc four cylinder engine that motivated the beast was taken from the Hurricane, retuned for midrange punch and backed by a five-speed gearbox. Power was a respectable 97hp and the overall package weighed 542lbs dry.  It was a practical performer, but its lifespan was limited: the CB1000 was introduced in 1992 and sold until 1996, but the bike wasn't even available in the USA until 1994.

Period reviews were very positive and the physically imposing bike handled well, but the CB1000 proved to be a tough sell. Like the earlier Hawk GT, the Big One predated the naked and retro-style crazes that bikes like the Monster and Speed Triple either started or capitalized on, and was long gone by the time it might have been a hit. It didn't help that prices for the CB1000 were high: it was just $500 less than the higher-performance CBR1000, so you can guess which one most buyers chose. If you missed out on the Honda CB1000 the first time around, this very clean example in bright red might be just the ticket.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Honda CB1000F for Sale

1995 Honda CB1000F A.K.A. " THE BIG ONE" 

An Extremely Rare and Mint 100% Stock and Low Mileage Survivor in Pristine Condition. 97 Horsepower, Very FAST! Owned by a 70+ year old guy that babied this beauty, never seen rain, stored indoors 24x7!

New Tires Front and Rear, braided stainless brake lines, Full Service, tune-up and a pro detail just completed!

HERE IS A CHANCE TO OWN THE CLEANEST CB1000F IN THE COUNTY AT AN ABSOLUTE STEAL...

THE CB1000F IS SIMPLY A PHENOMENAL MOTORCYCLE

The video included by the seller features a bit too much generic hard rock music that masks all the good bike-y sounds, although it's a Honda so the stock exhaust is pretty muted anyway... These are generally pretty hard to find, although a couple have popped up recently. None were in this sort of collectible condition though. The seller is asking $4,750 for this particular CB1000 which is obviously on the high side, but you are unlikely find one nicer.

-tad

Big Red Muscle Bike: Very Clean 1995 Honda CB1000 for Sale
Laverda July 17, 2017 posted by Tad Diemer

Italian Brute: 1982 Laverda Jota for Sale

 

A bit of a throwback, this brawny Laverda Jota was built in the 1980s but has its roots firmly in the 1970s. Big, powerful, and uncompromising, the Laverda Jota had plenty of speed available, but made you pay for it with heavy controls and vibration that could shake your fillings loose. With the 981cc triple putting out 90hp, the Jota was capable of 146mph, no small feat in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The earlier examples used a 180° camshaft that had the outside pistons rising and falling together. Laverda used that configuration for better for power, and it was also good for noise: the triple was famously raw and basically ran like a four with a miss… In 1982, Laverda switched to a smoother 120° camshaft that wasn't lacking in character, but purists of course prefer the 180° bikes.

Interestingly, the Jota wasn't even designed in house. Slater Laverda in the UK proposed a higher-performance version of the bike, and the Jota featured high-compression pistons, different camshafts, and a free-flow exhaust. Specs varied by market, and it is generally believed that the US models were a bit less powerful than European machines.

Today's example is one of the later machines and features the Jota's famous adjustable bars. Mileage is very low, but higher-mile bikes shouldn't put prospective owners off: the triple wasn't quite as overbuilt as the earlier 750SF twins, but was still very durable.

From the original eBay listing: 1982 Laverda Jota for Sale

Absolutely beautiful 1982 Jota. Needs nothing. Mechanically great. Starts and drives perfectly. No rust or oxidation. Stored inside and driven very occasionally. Perfect addition to any collection. All original.

Well, that isn't very much detail, but what more is there really to say? There are just a couple days left on the auction, with no takers yet at the $20,000 opening bid. That isn't an outrageous number, considering what Jotas have been going for, but maybe buyers are thinking that should be the Buy It Now price, and not the opening bid?

-tad

Italian Brute: 1982 Laverda Jota for Sale
Bimota July 15, 2017 posted by Tad Diemer

Featured Listing: 1999 Bimota SB8R for Sale

Two nice Bimotas in one week! Today's SB8R Featured Listing that can also be found on eBay doesn't bother with a traditional Italian powerplant like the DB2, but does stick with a v-twin, in this case the liquid-cooled, 996cc unit from Suzuki's TL1000R. The TL-R may have been flawed as a sportbike, but there was surely nothing wrong with that engine, and Suzuki supplied it to Bimota and Cagiva to power their Raptor line as well. The engine was largely stock, although Bimota used different fuel injectors to bump power to a claimed 138hp. It's reliable, sounds great, and offers up plenty of performance in this lightweight machine.

Styling certainly isn't as svelte as the Ducatis it was pitched against, but the look is distinctive, with lots of exposed carbon on the bodywork and frame. Of course, that frame really is the centerpiece of any Bimota and the SB8R uses a sophisticated, composite design that uses aluminum spars and carbon fiber side plates, a design inspired by the one found on Cagiva's Moto GP bike. That curvy tail is made of carbon as well, and is self-supporting. Up front were beefy Paioli forks and a traditional Öhlins rear shock replaced Suzuki's troublesome rotary rear damper. These components helped shave nearly 50lbs compared to the TL-R and improve both the power-to-weight ratio and handling of the SB8R.

Suzuki donated the headlight and the gauges as well. They don't look quite as special as you might hope for on a pricey Italian exotic, but they also actually work, something that wasn't guaranteed on other 1990s Bimotas, so it's a sensible choice. Those huge carbon intake tubes may hearken back to a late 1980s Kawasaki ZX7, but that beautiful top triple they frame really shows the incredible details found on Bimotas of every era: innovative frames, trick bodywork that removes with just a few fasteners, machined from billet frame parts, footpegs with eccentric adjusters, and top shelf components. If you don't like what you see at first, just look a little bit closer.

From the Seller: 1999 Bimota SB8R for Sale

This example is number #18 out of 250 ever produced, with just 50 SB8Rs officially imported into the USA.  Hand built Italian super bike weighing in at around 380 lbs dry and 135 HP. This Bimota is truly stunning, especially considering it's 18 years old!  The red paint is a vibrant red, white is very clean and the carbon work is amazing.  The only imperfections that are all quite minor are the barely functional mirrors (look good for display though) and a tiny little crack in the "carbon tube base" where it meets the fuel tank (I pointed it out in the picture with my finger) but even that would be a very easy touch up, if you even noticed it.
 
The bike is pretty much stock other then a carbon Arrow Exhaust, 6 pot ISR calipers (rebuilt in 2016 with receipt), aftermarket kickstand (stock ones are known to collapse) and adjustable rear sets.  I have the stock exhaust and a few other things in a box.  Bike starts right up as it should with the choke engaged and is currently sitting in our warehouse under a soft cover.  Will need tires pretty quick though if you're planning to ride.  If you want to fly in and ride it back, I'd be willing to have new tires installed prior to your arrival at your cost of course...the labor would be free though.
 
I've been a huge Bimota fan since they first came out but back then they were out of my budget and just a poster bike.  The workmanship with the beautiful gold forks, CNC'd fork legs, carbon fiber frame and beefy swing arm are truly Italian Art.  The reason the SB8R is one of my favorites is that it utilizes the TL1000R motor which means you get the Italian style and an exceptionally easy motor to work on whereas some of the other models are belt driven Ducati's and much more expensive to keep running.  This is one of the few collector quality motorcycles that you can actually ride.  It's not a small bike by any means (I suspect it may be large for anyone under about 5'10) but it's exceptionally well planted on the freeway, excellent torque, fantastic brakes / suspension and much more comfortable then many of my prior bikes.
 
I've been shopping for one for years but they were not the condition I was looking for or perhaps I didn't trust the source.  So why sell after a short stint of ownership?
 
My son had went down on his Daytona 675 last year (see it on my other ebay auction), he's saved up enough for a new ride so we stopped to see a pretty special bike on the way to Laguna Seca last week.  Turns out, he has my UNICORN of motorcycles...the one bike that I've never been able to get my hands on, a beautiful condition RC45!  He also has the CBR400 my son was looking for.  Here's the catch, he's getting up there in years and cleaning house.  He will only sell me the RC45 if I take all 7.5 of his bikes (the .5 is a  rolling chassis)...  I've never really wanted a large collection, just a handful at the most, not to mention I just picked up some classic sport bikes in the trailing weeks to fix up with my son.  SOOOO.. seeing that I can't pass up this RC, looks like I'll be selling some of these others once I get through all the paperwork and figure out what I want to keep (tough life I know...HAHA).
 
Bear in mind, I'm not letting the Bimota go for cheap, if it doesn't find the right owner then I'll focus on selling some of the others.  Fact is, this SB8R is in such great shape, I feel bad to ride it... just too hard to find bodywork and I'm not the kind of guy that just looks at my bikes. The RC45 comes with 2 set of bodywork which is perfect for taking her out and new skins for showing it off :).
 
Thank you again Frank, my son and I are very excited about the new arrivals!!  I know you watch the 'Rare Sportbikes for Sale" site daily as we try too so you'll undoubtedly see this post.
 
Title is clear, in my name and CA registered.  If you want to ship, no worries.  I use Federal Transport (owned by Allied Van Lines), great guys!
 
PS.  This bike has had a few owners, as such you can search SB8R and see some of the prior postings as well as many other pics.  Last owner was a great guy!  He babied the bike and just sold it to get something that was a little more of a daily rider.  I've already waxed it as well so she's looking spiffy!
The SB8R was one of Bimota's most successful models, a much-needed win for the financially troubled company. With a starting bid of $8,000 and several days left on the auction, there's still time to pounce on this bit of Italian exotica, so head on over and bid at eBay if you're interested! This example has been thoughtfully upgraded with six-pot calipers and a set of classic Arrow cans, as indicated by the seller. There are just over 7,000 miles on the clock, which is low enough for collectors, but not so low you'd be afraid to put on a few more riding your handbuilt superbike.
-tad
Featured Listing: 1999 Bimota SB8R for Sale