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Cagiva May 23, 2012 posted by

Classic Duck: 1986 Ducati F1

For Sale: 1986 Ducati F1

Update 5.23.2012: We first saw this Duc in November of last year and it's be relisted. Last time we saw bidding cross $10k with the reserve still in place. Currently at $5700 reserve not met. Links updated. -dc

From San Francisco, California comes this fantastic Ducati 750 F1 "B" model, with engine internals breathed on by the legendary Fast by Ferracci crew. While this is not a pristine example of the breed, it is in very nice condition and appears to have enjoyed considerable "experience" unknown to many garage queens. For more museum quality F1s, consider these posts HERE and HERE.

The Ducati F1 was as close to a race bike with lights that you could purchase back in the day. Patterned after the TT racers, the F1 was the base model of this stripped down series of bikes. Although the F1 is exclusive in its own right, the Montjuich, Laguna Seca and Santa Monica models were built upon the F1 base and offered more exclusivity and more performance. Still, the F1 was a strong runner for its day, and offered torque, light weight and nimble handling (thanks in part to the 16-inch front wheel).

Today's bike has a paltry 6,000 KM on the clock - that is approximately 3,700 miles for us metric-challenged US-based riders. This is not terribly high mileage, as this bike is pushing on 25 years of age. That works out to be about 148 miles per year, or about one tankful of gas per annum. That is not much at all.

From the seller:
This is a very nice example of a Ducati F1B "survivor" in original condition. The F1 is the epitome of Ducati's racing-bred efforts from the company's early resugence in the 1980s. The F1 is basically a factory-made, low-production racing motorcycle with added lights and turn signals. This one has very low miles.

The F1B was an evolution of the original F1A of the late 1980s- the F1B's have more engine development including a better combustion chamber and bigger valves that boosted performance. The earlier F1A's were slightly anemic by comparison as the earlier bikes merely borrowed the 650 Pantah/Alazzurra motor with the same sized valves and merely a larger 88mm bore. The F1B rectified this lower performance with these noted modifications.

The motor in this F1 was built by Ducati experts Fast by Ferracci. It uses quick- responding flat slide 38mm Keihin carbs, NCR #7 cams, and significant head work to squeeze the most from the high performance cams. The bike runs very well ....especially above 5000 rpm- It'll definitely straighten your arms, and it's noticeably quicker than a stock F1!

On top of the built motor, this F1 is outfitted with some very nice period racing equipment. A Silentium 2-into-1 racing exhaust system, a vented clutch cover, twin 280 mm full floating Brembo rotors. Menani front brake adapters with 3034 Brembo 4 piston brakes. Forks are 40mm Forcella Italias, the best period forks available. Tires are in good shape- approximately 60% left. The motor was recently serviced with fresh oil, a valve adjust and new belts. You can jump on and ride it home if you so desire.

The paint, particularly on the fairing panels and tail section, is in very good condition with nice patina developing. I would conservatively rate the cosmetic condition as a 6.5 out of 10, well above average. There are paint dings on the frame in the area near the rear wheel, from thrown gravel and road debris. Other paint dings are shown in the photos.

Like many F1's , this bike has some racing history. I was told that this bike was raced, when new, by an editor of an automotive magazine ( "Road and Track" is what I was told) Its racing number was #88.

F1's are rapidly appreciating, period superbikes. With the recent interest in and support for these fine machines at Ducstock and the TT2 symposium, prices will continue to rise.

Check out the multiple photos, and video of this fine example of a great running F1B. This would be a great daily driver, cafe racer, weekend canyon carver, or Sunday morning coffee- getter. It would be equally at home on display in your garage, office, or living room. Very few bikes draw as much attention or sheer awe as the F1.

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The odometer reads in kilometers, so this has 6000km, not miles.

I added the VIN number to the bike's description per your requests. PLEASE note that the bike is a 1986 model, not a 1988.

The eBay auction lists this bike as a 1988, but the VIN checks out as a 1986. The seller has made a correction in his text which seem to indicate a simple mistake. The F1 was introduced in 1985 and ran through 1988, so this bike certainly looks to be legit. However as well caution all of our RSBFS readers: if are interested in a particular bike, do your homework and ask lots of quetions. In this particular case, I would love to know more about the racing history of this particular bike as I find vintage racers quite interesting.

The value of the 750 F1 series has been pretty solid in the $9,000 – $12,000 range as of late. Perfect bikes with no miles will go for higher (between $13k and $15k according to history) , and well used models a little less. We have seen some bikes listed for as high as $25k, but thus far I have no knowledge of one selling at that stratospherical price. This bike is up to $10,000 relatively quickly, and the reserve is still in place. The modifications and racing history may make up for the lack of "perfection" that some collectors desire. For me, this is *exactly* what I would hope to collect, as it is a bike that has been used and can be ridden. For your chance at this California beauty, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!

MI

Cagiva April 7, 2012 posted by

Italian Two Stroke -’86 Cagiva Aletta Oro S2 125

Update 4.7.2012: Originally listed in September 2011, I believe this to be the same bike that is currently listed on eBay. Very close mileage and still in New Hampshire. Looks like the original windshield has been refitted. Links updated. -dc

Location: Chichester, New Hampshire

Mileage: 1,319

Price: Auction with reserve

Want a super cool two-stroke that you don't see everyday? Well, I have it for you. Here is a Cagiva Aletta Oro S2 125 two stroke. We all know that two strokes are not common in the U.S. market and certainly Cagiva's are not common either. So here's an opportunity to have what I'm guessing would be a really fun bike to ride or something to fill a hole in your collection. Or both.

The single cylinder 125 cc pumps out a not so staggering 23 hp at 9,100 rpm. So this is clearly not a speed demon. But it's also a lightweight 271 lbs. So it could be a blast for grabbing some corners.

Here's some more pics (with many more in the auction)-

Here's the breakdown from the seller-

VERY VERY RARE 1986 CAGIVA S2 125 2 STROKE ROAD RACE BIKE.. WELL IM THINNING DOWN ON MY BIKES, AND HERE IS A VERY HARD TO FIND BIKE.. YOU DONT FIND THEM OUT THERE FOR SALE SO HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO OWN THIS CLASSIC RACER.. VERY LOW MILES "2124 KM" WITH EQUALS 1319 MILES AND IT RUNS GREAT AND STARTS ON THE 1ST OR 2ND KICK...CLEAN BIKE FOR A 1986 BUT IT NEEDS A LITTLE TLC LIKE A NEW FUEL CAP,TURN SIGNALS ETC,, THE FACTORY WINDSHIELD HAS BEEN CUT DOWN.. BUT PARTS CAN BE FOUND ON EBAY ITALY "ETC" I HAD A VERY LARGE COLLECTION OF BIKES AND THIS BIKE WAS GREAT BECAUSE ITS RARITY AND COOL LOOKS...PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THIS BIKE IS 25 YEARS OLD AND GOOD LUCK FINDING ANOTHER ONE OUT THERE.. WITH THAT BEING SAID PLEASE REVIEW MY PICTURES AND IF YOU HAVE ANY FUTURE QUESTIONS PLEASE EMAIL A $250.00 IS DUE WITHIN 24 HOURS FROM ENDING AND MUST BE PAID IN FULL WITHIN 3 DAYS FROM ENDING.... PLEASE CONTACT ME ABOUT MAKING FINAL PAYMENT... BIKE IS SOLD WITH A BILL OF SALE ONLY,, N.H. DOES NOT TITLE VEHICLES OVER 15 YEARS OLD..BUYER IS TO ARRANGE THERE OWN SHIPPING....

The seller highlights the bike needs work and that there has also been some modification, the cut down windshield being notable. The seller also notes that these parts may be found on Ebay. The other thing significant thing is the fact that it comes only with a bill of sale. The bike is not currently titled, so that may present some problems.

All that being said, the mileage is low and this is still a unique machine that could be an awesome addition to any garage and a blast on curvy roads. Or you can just freak out other sportbike people. Not many of these around, so if you want to take a shot at this one, make the jump!

-RN

Cagiva March 7, 2012 posted by

A Ducati by any other name…. 1985 Cagiva 650 Alazzurra

For Sale: 1985 Cagiva 650 Alazzurra

If elements of this Cagiva Alazzurra look familiar, they should. Until the late 1980s the Cagiva brand name (and elephant logo) were the face of Ducati in the United States. Yes, we all knew about the Ducati brand before then, but with Ducati-sourced engines, the only officially imported brand in the US was Cagiva. Thus, this Alazzurra contains a Pantah-based L-twin rubber-band motor, the same as the Ducati 2-valve, air cooled twins of the era. The componentry was likewise Ducati spec (Marzocchi, Brembo, etc), and the Alazzurra was known as a sweet handling bike in the day.

By 1985 Cagiva had acquired Ducati and dropped the Cagiva name from the U.S. lineup. While Cagiva continued to be a European brand to be reckoned with (including competiting in several seasons of 500 GP road racing with the likes of Randy Mamola and Eddie Lawson), Ducati was the only way forward for the brand abroad. That makes this little Alazzurra a reasonably rare and significant motorcycle.

From the seller:
This auction is for a 1985 Cagiva 650 Alazzurra with 26173 miles. To my knowledge only 300 were built. This bike looks very good and runs and drives good. It is all original. The paint has almost no scratches. The tank is clean and has no dents. The front fender had been repaired. The tires are fair and everything works on this bike, including the clock! The tranny works fine and the engine sounds and feels healthy. The battery is brand new as well. It's not leaking, not smoking and doesn't make any noises! The tool kit is included! It might need a minor tune up, but you see me riding it!

If you collect bikes and this isn't in your collection, you should get this one!

Here is a video of the actual bike in action:

This bike looks to be in fair shape given the years and the miles. These tend not to be uber-collectable, pricey machines - which makes this a nice opportunity for a unique bike you can actually ride. The bike has a look all its own, and that familiar 90 degree Ducati sound. It even comes in the standard Italian color: red.

This auction is going on right now, and the cost of entry is a paltry $3,500. There has not been much interest in this bike as of yet, but I don't expect that to last. The starting price is a bit higher than I might like to see, but it is certainly in line with the value of the bike. For more information and pictures, click the link and jump over to the auction. Don't forget to tell 'em you found it on RSBFS!

MI

Cagiva September 13, 2011 posted by

Simple 2 valve twin – 1987 Cagiva SS650

OK so I am sure some of you are wondering why this is up as a rare sports bike well it was priced under the era when Cagiva owned Ducati and this used the 650 Ducati engine. In fact only 500 of these bikes ever made it to the US..  It was from a time when Ducati was in transition having had huge financial problem and been saved by the Cagiva purchase.  The Pantah engine which is used here was getting tired and not long after these venture Cagiva went back to using the Ducati name and the company introduced the 851.  The reset as they say its history.  However this part of the Ducati heritage should not be overlooked.  The parts used were high quality and you have to love the Silentium exhausts which were anything but!

650cc.....5 speed.....Brembo brakes.....

On the block:1987 Ducati/Cagiva Aluzzurra SS 650........Made by Ducati for the parent company Cagiva.Ducati engine,Ducati frame,Ducati decals,etc........

In 1985 Ducati was purchased by the Castiglioni brothers (Cagiva),which was already the largest manufacturer in Italy(mainly small street bikes and mopeds),with the intention of entering into the sport bike market.The Aluzzurra SS650 was an upgrade of the defunct Pantah.

"Gone are the swoopy paint, flashy lines and radical seating position of the Pantah," Rider said in its March 1985 review. "Instead, the Alazzurra has been designed to appeal to a far broader spectrum of riders … Whereas the Pantah was an outrageous Italian flashbike, a mini machomobile, the Alazzurra is a sensuous rolling sculpture of tasteful and graceful proportions."

Thankfully Cagiva realized the importance of the Ducati name,and restored the mark in 1987 with only the Elephant retaining the Cagiva name.

When I got this bike it hadn`t been riden much. The spark plugs were old,and the carbs were dirty,and not adjusted properly. I took it to my mechanic who removed/cleaned/adjusted both Dellorto carbs. Installed new NGK plugs,and a new battery. Charging system works excellent.

I drove it about 40 miles.The more I drove it the better it ran.Fast and nimble.Trans/clutch are like they should be.Lots of fun for a cheap price!

Note:Sold as-is.This is a 25 yr old bike so expect wear. Look at all the BIG pictures. I`m sure I missed a ding-scratch-crack-blem or whatever so ask questions. Will need tires soon.Good tread but old. Smokes SOMETIMES when first started. The more I drive it the less it happens. No extra parts. There are e-bay listing for lots of Cagiva parts.

The eBay action is here.

This might just be a cracking bargain for someone with it no doubt going for a small sum.

AS

 

 

 

Cagiva April 3, 2011 posted by

Back to kick-ass motorcycles: 1987 Ducati 750 F1

For Sale: 1987 Ducati 750 F1

Fresh from our April 1 escapades (you DID realize it was April Fool's Day, didn't you?) comes this fantastic 1987 Ducati F1 in classic Italian tri-colore livery. Built during Ducati's dark days of the mid-to-late 1980s - sales were way down and Ducati was struggling financially - the 750 F1 was intended to evoke the company's TT racing success. The bikes were fantastic pieces: trellis frames, air-cooled desmo twins, Brembo hardware on both ends and Marzocchi suspension components. But with demand way down, Ducati simply did not import many - making these rare models to find today.

From the seller:
1987 Ducati 750 F1

Loud and fast Italian .40mm carbs,dry clutch,Open megaphone exhaust.Original condition,some nicks and scratches but excellent condition.Clear title.

This auction is current right now. The opening bid is set at $12,000, with no takers as of yet. The starting price seems a bit steep for a non-Montjuich model (which had higher performance and upgraded componentry), but this is indeed a relatively rare model and a significant piece of Ducati history. This is a no reserve auction, so the higher starting price is somewhat understandable. With a claimed 600 miles on the clock, this looks to be a relatively well preserved model ready to be ridden by its new owner.

For more pictures and more information, click on the link and . And let us know if you like this sort of stuff - or if we should go back to trikes and 'Busa customs. Send us some comments, as operators are standing by...

MI

Cagiva February 23, 2011 posted by

Italian Teens Commuter Or U.S. Exotica? Titled 1995 Cagiva Mito

Italian Teens Commuter Or U.S. Exotica? Titled 1995 Cagiva Mito

It is kind of funny how something can be very ordinary in one place an exotic in another.  These little Mitos, in my opinion, are classic bikes.  Their design/look is timeless much like, say a Ducati 916.  Could it be because the same pen designed them?  Maybe but park this next to an Aprilia RS125 and tell me which is the newer bike.  What makes this impressive is that the Mito is considered a beginners bike and they usually look like, well:  beginners bikes.  Only the tiny exhaust and single disc give away its' lack of cc's.

You may recognize this garage, as it has been producing some extremely nice grey bikes for sale lately.  Lucky for us the seller has decided to thin out his herd.  Lets go down the checklist for the bike.  Title: check.  Low miles: check.  Extremely clean: check.  There really isn't a whole lot to say.  If you've been waiting for a Mito to come up for sale here it is.  It has everything you could ask for.

Can you see the 916 now?  This one is just smaller and smokes.  I'd love to see some comments from owners about these bikes.  Do they motivate pretty good?  I think back to my RM125 dirt bike and remember that thing was pretty damn strong.  Did Cagiva plug it up with restrictions and if so, are they easy to remove?  What is the fit and finish like on a Cagiva as I've never seen one in person.

I think this is one of those bikes that if you got it in your garage you'd find yourself riding more than you thought you would.  I'd take in a heart beat if my wallet would only cooperate.  This one is another Ebay bike and it looks like it has attracted a few bidders although the price is still well below what I think the seller would let it go for.  .

Since I compared the two, here are the RS125 and the Mito together. In all honesty, they are both sharp looking bikes.

IK





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