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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

Update 3.1.2017: Relisted due an overseas buyer that backed out. Links updated with new listing links. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

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
Ducati February 1, 2017 posted by

The Paso Perfected: 1991 Ducati 907IE for Sale

Although many motorcyclists feel that you shouldn't trust a motorcycle you can't see through, Ducati's strikingly futuristic, very-fully-faired sport-touring 907IE might be a worthy exception. The 907IE seen here was the final version of the Paso, with more modern running gear, liquid-cooling and updated fueling. Powered by the long-serving two-valve Pantah engine, the Paso and its derivatives weren't rocket ships in any form, but were light, handled well, featured quite a few trick features, and generally fulfilled their sport-touring mission pretty well. Unfortunately, Ducatisti are a hidebound bunch and, with a pretty poor performance-to-dollar ratio, sales didn't meet expectations.

Pasos have been candidates for My First Ducati for a while now, owing to their very low values. Unfortunately, early Pasos were plagued by some issues with their carburetors: Cagiva decided to use an automotive-style Weber carburetor nestled in the "V" of the cylinders instead of the later Mikuni units found on the SS and Monsters, and these original bikes were plagued by an annoying midrange flat-spot, right where the v-twin should be pumping out smooth power. Reportedly, the stock Weber can be tuned to get rid of these annoying tendencies but, at the time, the solution was to rip out the offending unit and fit a set of conventional motorcycle carburetors. The later 906 added liquid-cooling to the package and boosted displacement to 904cc while the gearbox sprouted an additional cog for a total of six to update performance, but the 907IE really solved solved the fueling issues by adding fuel injection "Iniezione Elettronica" to the otherwise charismatic engine.

Pasos were also a victim of the 80s move to 16" wheels and tires, which means that it's difficult to fit cutting-edge rubber to the early bikes, a real shame considering the advances in tire technology over the last couple decades. The 907ie came fitted with 17" wheels as standard, but it is not an easy swap to perform on the earlier bikes, and the cost means you might as well pony up for a nice 907 or just live with the 16" wheels. So if you like the futuristic style of the Paso, this 907IE is the one to have: fuel injection solves the only real flaw in the original machine, and the wheels allow you to fit modern tires. Mileage may be high by Ducati standards, but pretty low for a sport-touring motorcycle. And when properly maintained, the Ducati L-twin is a very durable engine, needing only regular belt changes and valve adjustments to rack up some pretty impressive mileages.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Ducati 907ie for Sale

I'm putting my 1991 Ducati 907ie up for sale.I have had so much fun with this bike, and it runs so well , I hate to part with it. I have used it for Sunday rides and bike nights locally. I am a certified Ducati mechanic and have continually upgraded the bike.When I started listing all of the upgrades it really hit home how much time and money I have in it.
The best thing about the bike is that it is fun and reliable. The bike is a torque monster and blasting from light to light is good fun. It always draws a huge crowd at bike night and everyone loves to hear it. It sounds like a Ducati should - awesome! I have a folder with all receipts and paperwork on the bike that comes with it. I would also be available to any purchaser in the future to answer any questions or help with future maintenance. This is a Sport/Touring bike and is much more comfortable than a pure sport bike. I am 6'-1 and 230 and I'm very comfortable on it. In average condition these bikes sell for $3-6000.00. I am asking $8500.00 for this one. You could buy one cheaper, but not like this. You also couldn't build it for that price. Bike has 23,975 miles on it.

Here is a list of upgrades, etc.

Recent service (@ 23,500 mi) consists of MBP collets (more than doubles valve adjustment intervals) and precise valve adjustment, new belts, oil (Motul) and filter. New fuel filter and fuel lines, clamps. New Samco silicone hoses ($600.00) with all new stainless steel clamps (the good ones), new coolant. Radiator fins cleaned up and radiators re painted flat black. New OEM radiator fan.
Wheels powder coated white (original color) new OEM cush lugs, updated rear cush hub to larger pin diameter, added titanium cush lug pins ($220.00) with 12 point titanium nuts (see photo) new bearings, seals and decals.
New tires front and rear. Michelin Pilot Road
New o ring chain and sprockets including a SuperSprox rear sprocket.
Titanium rear axle nuts with black anodized chain sliders. ($100.00)
Front and rear rotor bolts are titanium.
Installed 1992 forks in order to use 320mm rotors. Forks were completely rebuilt with new seals, bushings, wipers, oil. Fork lowers were powder coated satin black. The rotors are from Apex and are 320mm cast iron, full floating, with new pads ($700.00). New OEM 1992 calipers also installed at this time with titanium caliper bolts. ($350.00)
New Nissan radial pump master cylinder ($300.00) to get the most from the new front brakes.
New Kevlar front brake lines in black.
SS rear braided brake line. ($60.00)
SS braided clutch line. ($60.00)
New OEM rear caliper and rotor with new pads. Titanium caliper bolts. ($200.00)
Powder coated rear caliper carrier.
Euro tail light (very expensive if you can find a good one, used value is $600.00 in good condition.) This one is perfect.
F1 polished aluminum mufflers.
Fast By Ferraci EPROM chip. ($175.00)
Powder coated front frame support.
Triple clamps powder coated satin black with new stem bearings and seals.
Clutch completely upgraded with new billet inner and outer baskets, gold anodized billet pressure plate, Barnett extra plate Kevlar clutch, new springs, spring holders, vented clutch cover ($1000.00)
Yoyodyne clutch slave ($220.00)
Upgraded headlight to Yamaha FZ-750 unit. (Direct bolt in.)
LED Dash Lights
Battery is a Yuasa maintenance free and is about a 1-1/2 old.
Black body bolt kit.
Seat looks like a Corbin but is an aftermarket kit stapled to a stock seat pan. Has held up well and is comfortable.

That's most of it. I'm sure I've missed a few things. I have replaced many small rubber pieces etc. as I have worked on it. If something looked suspect it was replaced. I have always worked on it with care and patience. The body is in excellent condition, everything works as it should. I would not hesitate to ride it anywhere as it sits. I have a ton of OEM spares for the bike as I have purchased anything I could find. Such as complete new wiring loom, new computer, fuel pump kits, gasket, etc, etc. The can be sold with the bike if someone wanted or I can sell them separate. I also have one of the F1 pipes new as a spare. All parts removed from the bike can go with it. Such as stock rotors, lower 1991 fork legs etc.

So there you have it. The most desirable of the Pasos, with a comprehensive list of upgrades and maintenance, owned by an obviously knowledgeable and conscientious enthusiast. Unless you prefer your Ducatis red, you're unlikely to find a better 907ie. The question is: can you live with that $8,500 asking price? In the greater scheme of things, that's not really a lot of money, but it is big money for a Paso variant, and it will be a long time until the market catches up with this asking price.

-tad

The Paso Perfected: 1991 Ducati 907IE for Sale
Ducati January 30, 2017 posted by

Low-Mileage L-Twin: 2000 Ducati 996S for Sale

In creating the 996, it might look like Ducati simply slapped a set of fresh decals onto their 916, with an extra "9" replacing the "1." But the development of the 916 into the 996 and finally into the 998 saw a lot of gradual changes under that very pretty and iconic skin. Introduced in 1999 as an evolution of the 916, the 996 featured exactly what is says on the tin: a 996cc four-valve L-twin engine with many upgrades, including the displacement, from the earlier 916SPS, although it used different camshafts for softer power delivery and 112 peak hp. Proper fuel metering for big twins can be tricky, and the 996 used a pair of injectors per cylinder for improved power and response.

With a whole range of S, R, SPS, and even RS versions of the 916/996/998, it can be a bit tricky to navigate all the differences between different Ducati superbikes. In general, the S bikes represent a step up from the base model in terms of looks and handling, with some carbon fiber bits and suspension upgrades, although performance is largely unchanged. So the 996S seen here was basically a regular 996 with the springy bits front and rear upgraded to shiny gold Öhlins bits from the stock Showa components.

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Ducati 996S for Sale

Showroom condition Ducati 996S. This is not the regular 996, this is the S. This is number 298 made. Termignoni half system slip on pipes in carbon fiber and black. New tires fresh inspection. Block of plates for mirrors. 2,000 miles on bike. ALL RECORDS. I bought it from a collector 4 yrs ago. Comes with stand. I did take off the rear blinkers for a sleeker look.  I just use my hands to turn. NEVER TRACKED and to my knowledge never in the rain. Always stored inside in my living room. Tires are brand new. Custom black frame, triple tree, wheels  and front number plate professionally painted. I also have new air filter just put in. I think this is one of the best 996s in the country. To me it looks FLAWLESS. Firm on Price. Adult owned and ridden. No trades. Clear title.

From the photos, this appears to be a nice bike and, as we know, complete maintenance records are critical for any Ducati so the fact that the seller has ALL THE RECORDS is a bonus. Unfortunately, I think plenty of collectors will balk at that "custom black frame." Even if it was done, as the seller indicates, to customize the bike and not to hide damage, it's something that would require complete disassembly to put back to stock, and that's probably going to hurt price. Luckily, the seller is asking a very reasonable $7,500 for this bike which, if the mileage is correct, could mean a very nice bike for someone who's not worried about owning a perfectly original example of this classic Bolognese superbike.

-tad

Low-Mileage L-Twin: 2000 Ducati 996S for Sale
Ducati January 23, 2017 posted by

Diamond in the Rough: 1994 Ducati Monster M900 for Sale

The very definition of an "affordable exotic," the Ducati Monster M900 was designed from the beginning to be cost-effective: their proven air and oil-cooled two-valve v-twin and six-speed gearbox combo, the frame from the 851 with suspension, wheels and brakes from the 900SS meant everything except the minimal bodywork was off-the-shelf. Originally available in 904cc format, a 750cc version with a wet-clutch and five-speed gearbox was soon added to the lineup, followed by an anemic 600 and then a whole host of other displacements, including the liquid-cooled S4 and superbike-powered S4RS. The 916 may have been an icon of motorcycle design, but Ducati never could have sold enough of them to keep the company in the black and the Monster is the main reason they're still around today.

The original bike used fairly crude, non-adjustable Showa or Marzocchi forks and a simple shock out back, and this limits handling if you're planning to really tear up the back roads. But it's easy to swap in more sophisticated bits from the later Monster 900S, the SS/SP, or even the entire front end from a 748, and shocks are readily available at a variety of price points. Hey, the 851 shock will fit, if you can find one! Certainly, the engine won't set the world on fire, but more performance is available there as well, if you've got money to burn. But even in stock form, it moves the bike along smartly, considering its relative light weight, and there's a reason it's often mentioned as one of the most charismatic motorcycle engines of all time.

Today's example is in good condition and has extremely low mileage. It appears to be in stock form, other than the non-original side panels, chopped tail, missing rear fender, and those reverse-cone mufflers. If you don't like the pipes, you can certainly find stock parts easily enough on eBay, or just get yourself a nice set of aftermarket carbon cans for improved boom and lighter weight. Or buy some of the original cans on the cheap and "core" them for a stock look and a very not-stock sound. The oil-cooler is also mounted at a strange angle, but that should be an easy fix. Note: while I'm a big fan of the tail chop, it does require a couple bits of projecting frame be removed. It's an aesthetic improvement but once you cut them, you can't go back.

From the original eBay listing: 1994 Ducati Monster M900 for Sale

I have a 1994 Ducati M900 for sale. Motorcycle has been well maintained with one adult owner. VERY LOW MILES - 4830. This Ducati Monster was originally purchased from Burcham Cycles and serviced at Richmond Superbike. We recently performed a full service including timing belts replaced.  Bike Runs and Sounds Great!!!

Upgrades:

  • Front Carbon Fiber Mudguard
  • Aftermarket Exhaust
  • Jetted Carbs
  • Bar End Mirrors

Obviously, Ducati sold a boatload of these: they kept the company afloat through some difficult years. But since they were cheap, many were bought and ridden more than they were cherished and displayed, so it's pretty hard to find them in good condition these days. Even nice Monsters can be had for very reasonable money: bidding on this one is up to just $3,500 with a couple days left on the auction. Obviously maintenance for a Ducati will cost you more than for other, less exotic motorcycles, but the two-valve Desmodue engine is relatively simple to work on, parts are reasonable, and the bike is surprisingly reliable, although electrics can reportedly be troublesome on some examples. Italian bikes and cars seem to suffer when they sit still, so my advice? Buy this budget exotic and ride it.

-tad

Diamond in the Rough: 1994 Ducati Monster M900 for Sale
Ducati January 21, 2017 posted by

Good Copy – 2006 Ducati 999R Xerox #243

Not winding down during its last year of production, the 999R for 2006 was an update, if somewhat cosmetic, from the the previous years.  And the design that brought Ducati three World SuperBike  Championships would have to serve for the 2007 season while rulesmakers fiddled.  In the livery ridden by Troy Bayliss on the way to a WSBK championship, this example has just break-in miles and a polished Zard exhaust.

2006 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

 

The -R is a radical leg up from the introductory model, with a 26 horsepower gain from new heads and increased compression.  Aluminum valve covers have become magnesium and plastic belt covers are now carbon fiber.  Gear ratios are the same but Öhlins replace the Showa forks and monoshock.  Radially mounted Brembo monoblock brakes are shared, but the wheels are forged instead of cast.  The seat/tank console are adjustable, as are the bars and pegs.

 

Residing and occasionally riding in central Texas, this 999R appears barely used but ready for duty.  The owner says this in the eBay auction:

The 999R Xerox is a special series motorcycle with a wide range of features that distinguish it from the standard 999R model, such as Öhlins forks with black sleeves, anodized black footpegs and top yoke, Öhlins 'Racing' rear suspension with double damping adjuster in compression, aluminum body, counter-spring and spring pre-load setting.  The motorcycle is also fitted with radial-mounted front brake calipers with the red Brembo Racing logo, is decorated with "Xerox Replica" graphics and comes with a racing kit and extra adhesives.

I'm the second owner of this bike and own it for few years and hardly ride on it.  I always keep this bike in the garage and never ride it in the rain.

  

Though Ducati also campaigned the 999 in AMA SuperBike and won some races, the factory ceased their effort after the 2006 season, concentrating on WSBK.  The base 999 got great reviews for riding position thanks to the taller fairing design and adjustable controls, and engine torque, which increased as the testastretta developed.  Few riders will appreciate the improvements that the -R brought to the power and suspension, but they are there, along with the carbon fairings and race-replica livery.  This one appears a fine example of the ultimate variant of the last year of 999 production...

-donn

Good Copy – 2006 Ducati 999R Xerox #243