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Ducati February 19, 2017 posted by

Ride it like Mike: 1980 Ducati 900 MHR

The history of Ducati racing is long and storied. And while many riders have tasted success on the booming twins from Bologna, perhaps none have matched the exploits of Mike "The Bike" Hailwood. In honor of their legendary rider and his comeback success in the 1978 TT (Tourist Trophy), Ducati created the 900 MHR (Mike Hailwood replica) in 1979 - and continued the model through the mid 1980s. Meant to replicate the racer, the 900 MHR edition had everything it needed to go fast, and nothing else. As a prime example of weight savings, Ducati omitted the electric starter and went with the lighter, old-school method of kick starting. Given the TT background, the occasional bump start would likely also be OK.

1980 Ducati 900 MHR for sale on eBay

The MHR series of bikes was the last major evolution of the bevel drive desmo twin before the introduction of the "rubber band" Pantah. It exudes all of the wonderful charismatic noises and idiosyncrasies of these early Ducatis, while offering up a rare and unique ownership experience. These bikes are not exactly plentiful as far as this era of Ducati goes, as Ducati were simply not moving many bikes period. Nor are they particularly powerful; Ducati rated the L-twin desmo at a mere 72 horsepower back in 1980. That is not a lot by today's standards, nor was it a lot by the Japanese four-cylinder standards of the early 1980s. What the Ducati did have to offer was torque - significant amounts of lower RPM grunt, fed through a dry clutch and 5-speed gearbox. Easier to ride fast through changing conditions than the hyper-strung Japanese multis, it's no wonder that Ducati dominated the TT (Mike Hailwood might have had something to do with that as well).

From the seller:
Ducati 900 SS MHR original 13700 KM (8600mile).
Motorcycle not Mint condition, Very good Running !.
Has crack original screen.
chips and scratch on original paint.
some surface rust.
Brake good working.
Electric works,
Please see more picture for detail.
Kick only Model.
Very rare to find Vintage Bevel Desmo Twin.

The seller has offered some good pictures on this bike, but not too much by way of information. One little bit of info that is definitely missing is the whereabouts of the factory lowers and side panels. The MHR model came with a full envelope of fiberglass, yet this bike is only listed with the upper fairing and windscreen. I do not believe the original lowers are still available from the factory, meaning that 3rd party lowers would need to be sourced to truly complete the bike. Otherwise, this Southern California-based machine looks to be in pretty good condition for a 37 year old import.

We have seen Ducati prices fluctuate wildly over the years on RSBFS. This bike has been bid to up over $13,000 USD and it looks like it will sell. It would be well-bought at the current figure, but I would expect it to go up as we get closer to the close of auction. We have seen these models listed for double this amount in years past - albeit in more complete condition. Fun Fact: These Mike Hailwood Replica machines are not exactly the Holy Grail of rarity when it comes to Ducatis; and estimated 7,000 MHRs were built between 1979 and 1986, making the MHR model the the most numerous of all the bevel-drive twin models made. Still, owning a Ducati from this period does place you in an exclusive group. It is a fantastic looking machine, and likely to fare well in the future. And it is eminently enjoyable today as something you can ride. What more can you ask for? Check it out here, and let us know what you think!

MI

Ride it like Mike: 1980 Ducati 900 MHR
Ducati February 16, 2017 posted by

Worked – 2007 Ducati Sport 1000 Biposto

Ducati SportClassics were made from 2006-2010, and with their cafe-racer looks, were very popular with customizers.  The dual-spark 992cc engine was fuel injected, and its reliability lent itself more to breathing upgrades than internal work.  This example has had intake and exhaust work and some well-executed cosmetic upgrades.

2007 Ducati Sport 1000 Biposto for sale on eBay

Designer Pierre Terblanche got started with the wild-retro MH900E, and completed the thought with the SportClassic line.  Pretty good power from the air-cooled desmodue at 92hp, with stable handling and moderate weight.  Dual shocks and dry clutch make reference to the good old days.  Bars are apparently clip-ons, but have risers and some adjustment to ease the pain.  The seat is the best of both worlds, a dual seat with color coordinated cafe cover.

No word on how many owners, but this Sport has been treated well and shows just one spot of clearcoat failure for its 7,500 miles.  The current owner is an Arrow fan and put on 2-into-1 exhaust and had it altered to work with the passenger pegs.  Velocity stacks and ECU reprogramming complete the respiratory therapy.

Not often seen at this level are the fender-ectomy and SpeedyMoto open cam belts ( with guards ).  Can't say the license plate mount is my taste but there a lot of nice smaller upgrades.  From the eBay auction:

• Pazzo adjustable brake and clutch levers
• Kuan steering damper mount with Ohlins damper
• Rear fender removed
• Taillight flipped and mounted under the seat pan (turn signals reversed to accommodate flip)
• Custom license plate mount with factory license plate light
• STM clutch slave
• Custom Arrow 2 ­1 stainless steel race full exhaust (not a slip on) ­­ I fell in love with Arrow exhaust when I put a system on my Monster. The sound is second to none and this exhaust does not disappoint. The reason it is custom is that Arrow never made a system to fit a biposto bike; it was only intended to fit the 2006 mono. I purchased one and worked with a local exhaust shop to modify it just enough so that it would clear the brake pedal and rear set.

• Speedy Moto frame sliders
• Speedy Moto Leggero belt pulley covers
• Corse Dynamics high performance intake system (includes velocity stacks, air filters, crankcase breather, etc.)
• MW Tuning / REXXER ecu re­flash to accommodate intake and exhaust mods. O2 sensor delete.
• Billet high capacity ECU heat sink
• Corse Dynamics magnetic oil drain plug
• Lane splitter style round bar­end rear view mirror
• RAM Mount triple clamp mounted ball for accessory mounts (phone/gps/etc.)

Light on the miles and looking great, this SportClassic has a steep buy-it-now but the right equipment and up-to-date maintenance.  The Make Offer button is there if this classic red machine speaks to you.  As the wintry mix fades this might be a good opportunity...

-donn

Worked – 2007 Ducati Sport 1000 Biposto
Ducati February 12, 2017 posted by

Your Tax Dollars at Work ? – 2007 Ducati Monster S2R 1000 with 31 miles !

Shoehorning the 992 cc dual-spark into the popular Monster frame, Ducati lined up the elements of a great naked sportbike.  With air-cooled desmodue, single-sided swingarm, and dual mufflers, the model held down the middle of the showroom between the basic M695 and the radical S4RS Testastretta.  This example has been stored since new, and could continue the beauty contest or be rare stock rider.

2007 Ducati Monster S2R 1000 for sale on eBay

Now nearly halfway back through the long and continuing Monster history, the S2R 1000 has a slightly overstuffed vibe but still supports the original concept.  Nicer components such as adjustable suspension, sculpted trellis swingarm, oil cooler, and Marchesini alloys set the scene.  The reliable 1000 DS lump has scores of internal improvements and was found at the top of the range in Ducati's SuperSport and MultiStrada line-ups.  And of course with the Monster it's all on display.

A display bike since new, this Monster has only 21 miles for its ten years, bone stock and virtually showroom.  From the eBay auction:

The back story:  This motorcycle along with a second unit where purchased by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on a research grant testing electric drive systems.  The first bike was the primary, and used for testing of the drive system.  This bike was the back up and went literally untouched.  Upon completion of the research grant both bikes where offered for sale which is how I got a hold of this rare find.  I've had the bike for almost 7 years.  Being my second bike I elected to keep it as a display piece.  I have relocated to Houston from New England and no longer have the space to store the bike.

Quick on its feet around town, the Monster can be a challenge on the slab with just its headlight fairing.  The S2R has a few carbon accents, but the black belt covers, exposed fuel vapor system and Euro-3 catalyst are waiting for the customizer's credit card.  Rather more rare than smaller top-selling Monster, this would be a  great platform for a caught-in-time retro, or for a fan, maybe it's the one that got away...

- donn

Your Tax Dollars at Work ? – 2007 Ducati Monster S2R 1000 with 31 miles !
Ducati February 4, 2017 posted by

The Next Step – 1990 Ducati 750 Sport

Backing away from the brink, Ducati needed a successor to the F1 and a second fiddle to the 907 i.e., and found it in the 750 Sport. The fully-faired desmodue was lightweight and used the Paso engine in the F1 frame.  Not an earth-shattering development, but gave the SuperSport department a chance to show their expertise.

1990 Ducati 750 Sport for sale on eBay

Sporting Weber's single carburettor between the cylinders, the 750 Sport had occasional driveability issues, but once sorted the 748cc air-cooled mill was a winner.  Staying on budget, Marzocchi supplied suspension for both ends, and likewise single-puck Brembo brakes.  16-inch rubber can be a test of a fan's dedication, but the options are much better today than when this bike was simply middle-aged.  Especially with the sun-ray graphics, the endurance fairing is sweet, but is more a fond glance over Ducati's shoulder than a look ahead.

This owner's second 750 Sport, this example has a little over 21,000 miles and a set of period slip-ons.  Good shape though scrapes and bumps almost suggest a trip to the paint booth.  The smashing factory paint scheme justifies freshening up.  It has new tires but recency of the cam belts would need to be determined.  From the eBay auction:

Runs great - excellent, not perfect, unrestored condition.  Tires and hoses are new.  Awesome nearly VINTAGE Ducati.  I bought one of these in 1990 and loved it.  This is my second one.   My Ducati book says only 150 were imported into the US.  Many of those went to the track and I have never seen another one on the street.

Similar to a PASO but cooler.  I have manuals and original Cycle World magazine where they tested the bike that will go with the sale.
The auction has several bids and the owner is refreshingly under no illusions of starting bids or reserves.  Likely to always be a rider, the new owner could have a nice one or with a little work, a gem to roll out.  An interesting chapter in the Ducati history book, frozen in trellis frame and desmodue...
-donn
The Next Step – 1990 Ducati 750 Sport
Cagiva February 3, 2017 posted by

Snapshot – 1987 Cagiva Allazzura 650SS

Founded in 1950 and a relatively minor manufacturer, the Castiglioni family leveraged the Ducati brand in 1985, and though they had thoughts of folding it into Cagiva, only a few larger displacement bikes were produced before they acknowledged Ducati's greater name recognition.  The Alazzurra was a sporty mid-size with a Ducati-branded desmodue aboard, and had a lot in common with, and improvements to, the Pantah on which it was based.

1987 Cagiva Allazzura 650SS for sale on eBay

With its newly designed supersport fairing, the Alazzurra looked a little more modern than the Pantah it was intended to succeed.  The recently designed engine was a revelation, especially above 5000 rpm.  Moderately-sized Brembo and Marzocchi hardware acquitted themselves in the braking and suspension departments but were more sport-touring than race replica.  The relatively light weight and willing engine endeared the Alazzurra to reviewers.

Coming out of a Florida home, this Cagiva has been faithfully rejuvenated and updated by its most recent owner.  A lot of details in the eBay auction:

This survivor was purchased from the widow of a friend of mine several months ago.  The odometer shows 5200 miles and is probably accurate based on the condition of the instrument cluster, the wiring and in particular the black chrome head pipes ( these are almost always corroded).  The valves are in spec and the oil came out pretty clean with no metal bits. Engine runs very strong, clutch doesn't slip and gears  shift well.

Upgrades include 38 mm Marzocchi front forks ( probably from an 860 GT ), K-N air filters, Dyna coils, 280 mm Brembo cast iron rotors, as new Avon tires, adjustable steering damper, Brembo Goldline brake and clutch levers, black chrome Conti mufflers ( there is a small ding on the left Conti above the C ).  These things were on the bike when I got it this past fall.  I found and rebuilt the missing rear brake caliper, rear  master cylinder, replaced the droopy rear turn signals with shorter new old stock CEV's, replaced the leaking fuel petcocks with Bevel Heavens aftermarket items, installed new old stock Superbike bars, English high quality bar end mirrors, rebuilt carburetors, added alloy tops, alloy oil and ignition sight  windows, stainless steel brake lines front and rear, new Thomasselli throttle and cables, timing belts, oil and filter, fork oil, replaced ignition pick up lines with Bevel Heaven kit, repaired the rear turn signal wiring ( amazingly all the wiring except the PU's and the rear turn signals remain intact, soft and pliable ), installed a new fuse box from Moto Guzzi to replace the original ( which was missing the cover ).  All that to the tune of about $2000-- receipts included.  All the lights and gauges work, the  brakes are very strong, the clutch doesn't slip, forks don't leak, steers and tracks true.

Still, there are a couple of things to do before she goes out the door, but not seeming deal killers, and the the Alazzurra has a much-improved Corbin seat from the previous owner.

As project bikes go, this one seems about 90 percent complete, and though the ask might be a little high for an obscure almost-done, the work that has been done looks ok and there is the "make offer" button.  The Alazzurra reviewed as a little less racey but more friendly than the preceding Pantah, and got gigged for gas-crisis jetting but was otherwise a nice rider.  No arguing the rarity, and if you like the classic feel, this low-mile Alazzurra could be sweet Sunday morning bike...

-donn

 

Snapshot – 1987 Cagiva Allazzura 650SS
Ducati February 1, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 2001 Ducati 748RS

If you are looking for the ultimate variant of the iconic Ducati 748, look no further. The RS model - intended strictly for competition - is the baddest of the baby 916s. With more power thanks to RS-specific engine internals (approx 124 HP out of the box) and less weight thanks to a different chassis, thinner bodywork made fully in carbon, and the omission of all street legal equipment whatsoever, the RS model was sold to privateer racers. And in the right hands, the 748RS was a winner. From a visual perspective, the gorgeous 748/916 silhouette originally penned by famed designer Massimo Tamburini looks even cleaner in full-race mode. And did I mention that these RS models are RARE? The voluminous pages of RSBFS have only listed a handful over the years.

2001 Ducati 748RS for sale on eBay!

This particular 748RS has a nifty trick up its sleeve. Instead of being a track day only bike, this one is actually registered for street use, in California. I'll give that a moment to sink in. Registered. In Cali, no less. That is a massively Big Deal, as rather than have a race replica based off a street machine, here you have a street bike built from the racer. Hard to get more hard-edged than that. Looks like the original Magnetti Marelli digital dash has been retained, and the add-ons are very, very subtle. If you went into this article thinking that the RS is a rare beast, this example just took it up another level.

From the seller:
Up for Sale is my 2001 Ducati 748RS. This bike is crazy clean. It looks brand new. This bike was the backup bike for a Ducati Race team. The Bike is California Street Legal with some hidden lights you can't see. This bike has little to no time on it. It has never been raced and has very little hours on it. Its in really really nice condition. I do not know a too much about this bike other than what I have said above. I can't find anything wrong with it and looks like a brand new bike. There is a small crack on the tail section in the white of the number plate. Its very hard to see and you can't take a picture of it. No other starches or chips or anything that I can find but will let you know if I find any. This was a display bike for me but was run often to keep it in running condition. If you are looking for a 748RS you know how hard they are to find.

When it came to placement on the 748RS, only race proven, top-shelf equipment need apply. The front of the RS model is held up by a beefy 43mm fork with Ohlins internals, with the rear also supported by Ohlins; both full adjustable, naturally. Brembo brakes are the order of the day all around (320mm front, 220mm rear) as well as the requisite Marchesini lighweight 5-spoke wheels. The full exhaust system with carbon canisters could have come from nobody but Termi. Magnetti Marelli provided the race dash and electronics, just like one would expect from a factory race bike.

If you want to look like a boy racer, there are many potential options. If you want to BE a boy racer, you need a proper motor scooter. And this, my good reader, is a proper scoot. I won't get into the potential comfort factor here; racers aren't built for the cush factor. The full race exhaust may be a bit overwhelming at times, considering that even the base models sound louder than the DOT & EPA regulatory approvals would suggest. I don't know how high-strung the bike is, although I would assume the internal mods made by the Ducati factory wizards give some serious bite to go with the bark. Bring it on, say I!

This California street legal RS model Ducati 748 (that is a combination of words you don't hear every day!) is available right now on eBay. The opening ask is just shy of $12k, which seems to be smack in the ballpark for other RS models we have seen more recently - and a bargain considering the CA status and street legal nature of the bike. It's clean enough to eat off of, and rare enough to solicit a Pavlovian response among collectors. Check it out here (you know you want to), and step up into MAN-racer league!

MI

Featured Listing: 2001 Ducati 748RS