Posts by Category: Ducati

Aprilia September 30, 2009 posted by

Wednesday Rapid Post: Wes Cooley Project, Bimota SB6R, Ducati 851, and Aprilia RS125

Squeezing in a quick post between meetings today with some interesting finds. Enjoy! -dc

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1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley on Craigslist for $1850 (24k miles, California):

Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley For SaleSuzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley For Sale

quote from Craigslist:

1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley - RUSTED ROUGH NOT RUNNING - MOTOR TURNS - 24K-BRAKES FROZE - TANK RUSTED THRU- ALL ORIGINAL COMPLETE FOR RESTORATION

This bike seems to be priced pretty high considering how much work it needs done and compared to previous GS1000S bikes listed on this blog. But if the buyer can work a deal, could be an interesting project for this winter.

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When I got my eBay alerts this morning, I spotted the little thumbnail for this gray SB6R. I didn't realize the came in gray... Check out this (Seattle, $9500 buy-it-now, 5300 miles):

Bimota SB6R For SaleBimota SB6R For Sale

quote from seller's listing:

[...] From what I am told, the 1st owner was a serious bike collector from Florida. I was able to contact the salesperson from 2004 and he tells me the bike was always meticulously maintained by that 1st owner. We are also led to believe that the 1st owner carried out basic performance mods such as upgraded camshafts, mild cylinder head porting, carburetor rejetting, fuel system sorting, racing exhaust, different rims, upgraded calipers, etc. I do not have specific info on the internal engine mods but both Jay and the salesperson from '04 recall the bike being represented as such. I can tell you the bike runs strong, crisp and way better than the stock SB6R I had in 1998.

So why the heck is the bike this color? Funny you should ask! Jay did not care for the solid red paint scheme as delivered from the factory. He removed all the bodywork sometime in early 2006 and handed it to a well known local Seattle bike painter to create what Jay thought would be the ultimate paintjob for his expensive piece of Asian/Italian finery. Three years later Jay finally got fed up and picked up his bodywork which had been sanded and prepped for painting but that was all. He wanted to ride so he bought many cans of grey Krylon and went to town. [...]

Again, compared to other SB6 Bimotas listed on this site, this seems high regardless of how much expense has gone into this bike. If we were talking about a garden variety GSX-R or Ninja, I'd give the Krylon painted bodywork a pass, but not on a Bimota!

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Yep, another Ducati 851. Isn't it great owning your own website so you can be this self indulgent? Self: Yes! Check out this :

Ducati 851 For SaleDucati 851 For SaleDucati 851 For SaleDucati 851 For Sale

quote from the eBay listing:

I just picked the bike from Hansen’s BMW Ducati in Medford, Or where they completed over $1500 of service on the bike. The bike needs nothing but more gas. It is currently titled in California if that is a concern to your titling issues. Besides being incredibly beautiful, it has some very rare and historic parts bolted to it.

Make sure to read the full description on eBay. This bike reportedly has $40k in upgrades and work, and apparently a history to back it up. There is an interesting thread on the Ducati 851/888 mailing list debating what the value and sale price value look like. Most agree that it's worth mid-teens but won't likely get over 9-10k at auction.

Update 10.6.09 - This auction ended at about $4900 reserve not met.

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Finally, Ari spotted this street legal RS125 on the Bay Area Two Stroke forums (1400 miles, $8500):

2009 Aprilia RS125 For Sale Street Legal California2009 Aprilia RS125 For Sale Street Legal California2009 Aprilia RS125 For Sale Street Legal California

quote from the forum listing:

I have a 2009 RS125 California plated bike for sale.
Mods are as follows:
1. 154cc Big bore kit
2. 34mm carb (properly jeted).
3. Intake manifold.
4. V-force reeds.
5. Arrow pipe.
6. Euro wiring harness, lights, switches, mirrors, etc.
7. Seat cowl
8. Carbon Fiber Chain Gaurde
As i said it's registered and has around 1400 miles on it. Very fast, runs excellent !

Seller is definitely asking a premium for this one as it's nearly impossible to get something like this registered in California. But I sat on one at last year's Seattle Motorcycle Show, and it's a beautiful machine. So light and the craftsmanship is awesome! Thanks for the submission Ari!

dc

Ducati September 16, 2009 posted by

Two Nice Ducati’s to Wake Up To: 851 Strada and 900 SuperLight

I can't say I've ever seen a Strada for sale in the U.S. before. Check out this (21k miles, $1050 reserve not met with 5 days to go):

Ducati 851 Strada For Sale

quote from the eBay listing:

This 1991 Ducati 851 Strada bike is 1 of 225 imported. It is a strickly stock bike except for the Corbin seat and stainless steel braided brake lines ( both nice improvements!) It is in EXCELLENT condition for age( marks here and there, a "6 footer" ); REVS, RUNS AND RIDES beautifully! I really hate to let this great bike go.

--> ONLY 21, 660 miles! DESMOQUATTRO ENGINE STARTS, RUNS, and REVS LIKE NEW! This year 851 Ducati is one of the best in many ways: Ohlins front and Showa rear; both fully adjustable! Had 20,000 mile service. Electrical systems work fine. Clutch is typical Ducati. Tires are in good shape also! It is an Italian bike and rides like one; stiff but ready to rock and roll when necessary. At a stop light or parked, always gets noticed.

In some ways more fun to ride than later Ducati Sportbikes! ( at a fraction of the cost!)

And here's a sexy yellow (19k miles, $4k reserve not met with 4 days to go):

Ducati 900 SS/SL Superlight For Sale

quote from seller's listing:

1993 Ducati 900 SS/SL Superlight

* Superb condition. Runs beautifully.
* 19,059 miles.
* BCM 944 kit
* High-tensile head studs
* Recent valve job
* New battery.
* Marchesini wheels
* Dunlop Sportmax tires - 170/60 ZR17 rear, 120/70 ZR17 front
* Arrow carbon fiber mufflers
* Corbin saddle

Includes:

* Original mufflers
* Original saddle
* Eclipse touring bag
* Tank bra
* Weather-proof cover
* Pit-bull bike stand
* Spare 900 SS (non-perforated) clutch cover.

The one thing that strikes me about both bikes is that they've been ridden, and I applaud that! Two exceptional enthusiast rides that deserve to be ridden even more!

dc

Ducati September 8, 2009 posted by

Vintage Ducati Superbikes For Sale: 750 F1 Laguna Seca and Heavily Modified 851

I'm posting late night because I'm on a short work week and probably won't get the chance to post again for a bit. Luckily Doug and Alex have my back!

In the meantime, check out these two early Ducati Superbikes for sale right now!

1987 Ducati F1 750 Laguna Seca For Sale1987 Ducati F1 750 Laguna Seca For Sale1987 Ducati F1 750 Laguna Seca For Sale

quote from seller's ad:

Un-molested Ducati F1 Laguna Seca race bike. This bike has not been modified to make it street legal, but I do have it registered and licensed. I have ridden the bike one time for about 2 blocks. I start the bike up once a month and run it through a heat cycle. The bike is part of my race collection and is inside in a Heated show room. For the past 20 years I have been restoring race bikes and I am getting up in years and would like to thin out my collection.

I don't know alot about these older Superbikes, but here is an excerpt from Brad the Bike Boy website (make sure to check out this link, the detail is amazing!):

There were three F1 specials – the Montjuich (to celebrate victory at the track of the same name), the Laguna Seca (to celebrate Lucchinelli’s victory there) and the Santamonica (to celebrate Lucchinelli’s victory there in the ’86 F1 World Championship race). According to the Motociclismo book, they had 73 Hp at 9,250 RPM at the axle, while the works bikes had almost 90.

Here's a YouTube video of an 88 F1 to check out what they sound like:

And if you need to get your F1 fix on even more, check out this April entry from DucatiNewsToday with a wallpaper for your viewing enjoyment!

If you have feedback on the value of these bikes, I'd love to get some comments below!

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One of a kind, completely modified 1992 Ducati 851 on L.A. Craigslist:

Heavily Modified Ducati 851 For Sale in Los AngelesHeavily Modified Ducati 851 For Sale in Los AngelesHeavily Modified Ducati 851 For Sale in Los AngelesHeavily Modified Ducati 851 For Sale in Los Angeles

quote from seller's listing:

YOU'VE HEARD IT BEFORE , THIS IS TRULY ONE OF A KIND BIKE. BEST BIKE IN SHOW AT LAGUNA SECA , COVER OF MOTORCYCLIST, DUCATI CALENDAR BIKE. ALL CARBON FIBER INCLUDING RIMS . TERMIGNIONI EXHAUST , OHLINS FRONT & REAR END. FAST BY FERRACI ,
140 HP JUST OVER 300LBS. WAY TOO MUCH TO LIST . OVER $ 60,000.00 DOCUMENTED WORK .
SERIOUS INQUIRES ONLY $ 22,500.00

It could be argued that you'd have to be crazy to spend $60k on an 851, but does that make it a bargain at $20k? I have to believe that this personal love affair will have a hard time fetching that money even at 3:1. But it sure sounds like the business. I know we have a quite a few 851/888 aficionado subscribers, what are you thoughts?

dc

Ducati August 31, 2009 posted by

1997 Ducati 916 with only 183 miles from Private Collection

Please join me in welcoming Doug as our latest author at Rare SportBikes For Sale. As you may have noticed, Doug has submitted numerous bikes for us to post here and I finally realized he should really be a regular author with that eye! Doug has been riding since he was a boy, and in addition to having owned a number of great motorcycles over the years, he also has experience campaigning an FZR400 in WERA. Welcome aboard Doug! -dc


 

WOW! is all I can say..... 

14 year old factory tires183 miles!1997 916 for saleOhlins

This is one super nice, low mileage Ducati for sale, from a private collection, right now on

The owner states: There are NO deviations from original on this 916. The powerful liquid-cooled V-twin is untouched. It is 100% stock and 'as-delivered' from the factory.

In my opinion, this is the one that put Ducati on the map.  They were good before, but this model made them great!  This one even comes with the original tires!  This is one of those bikes that I would love to have, but would be afraid to ride and decrease the value.  My guess is as good as yours as to what this bike will sell for, but it will make a great addition to any stable. 

dd

Ducati August 30, 2009 posted by

Just in at Ducati Seattle: 2000 Ducati 748R

I'm a member and the webmaster for the Seattle Ducati Club, DesmoNorthwest.com, and one of our sponsors is Ducati Seattle. Dave just posted up one of their latest pieces of inventory, this tastefully upgraded 748R with only 5700 miles for $8199:

2000 Ducati 748R For Sale at Ducati Seattle2000 Ducati 748R For Sale at Ducati Seattle Ohlins2000 Ducati 748R For Sale at Ducati Seattle2000 Ducati 748R For Sale at Ducati Seattle

quote from forum listing:

Miles: 5732
853cc motor by Jeff Nash Advanced Motorsports
Ohlins forks, shock and damper.
Wave Rotors
Billet Calipers
GP Brake and Clutch pumps
Helibars
Sargents seat
Aftermarket Adjustable rearsets
Marchesini Magnesium wheels
Carbon Airbox, rear fender, plate holder, intakes ++
PC3
Valued at - $8199.00

I realize 5700 miles isn't brand new, but with all the expensive upgrades and a big bore kit already added, it might as well be! I can't think of a brand new bike in that price range I'd rather have anyway!

dc

Ducati August 26, 2009 posted by

RareSportBikesForSale.com Decals Now Available

Ducati 750SS Wallpaper

Update 2013: While this promotion has long since passed, please visit our Swag Shop for our latest offerings!

As seen above, we now have Rare SportBikes For Sale decals! As a thank you to the readers of our site, the first 75 responders get them for free! Just shoot me an email at dan@motoringblogs.com with your address and I'll drop one in an envelope for you (address information will not be sold or distributed).

We have some cool changes coming in the next couple months to make the site even better. One of the first things we'd like to do is show off your rare and collectible sportbikes in a fan gallery on this site. It'd be especially cool if your photo included a shot with the sticker, like the one I took above of my Duc (click the pic for a 1680 widescreen wallpaper if you like!) Send me your pics at the same email above.

Stay tuned for more updates, and many thanks to you all for the suggestions, submissions, and kind words in emails this summer. It makes running the site a real pleasure for us!

Sincerely,

Dan and Alex