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Ducati October 16, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1980 Ducati 900 SS

The last and one of the fastest of the bevel drive Ducatis, this 1980 Ducati 900SS is yet another throwback to the time before Japan dominated the sportbike scene. The bevel Ducatis, named and famous for their unique gear-drive cam setup, came to prominence in the '70s as British makers faded from relevance and the big four in Japan were making the switch from commuters to race-bred machines.

1980 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

This example is being sold by brand specialist Moto Borgotaro in Brooklyn, who purchased the bike from its fastidious original owner  and treated it to a good freshening. The bike is largely original, with a few key but reversible changes made, and all the original parts included.

Moto Borgotaro says the first owner had the engine torn down and gone through in the '90s to maintain it and increase reliability, though even the original piston rings will come with the bike. It also wears updated petcocks, a gear-gazer bevel cover and new fork springs and rear shocks. The original fork springs, petcocks and bevel cover are included, though it sounds like the shocks are gone.

From the eBay listing:

1980 Ducati 900 Super Sport For Sale

1980 Ducati 900 Super Sport bought from the original owner and spruced up at Moto Borgotaro inc. Moto Borgotaro specializes in Vintage european motorcycles. Moto Borgotaro website: https://motoborgotaro.com/

The previous (original) owner had many bikes, and he liked then all to run correctly and ride correctly. The 900SS here is no exception, the former owner did not want any issues so he had the motor redone at some point in the 90's to make sure he never had any issues with running or riding. The box of goodies that comes with the bike, the original piston rings, extra valve half rings, spare cables, original petcocks, original manual, original tool pouch, original bevel cover (gear gazer currently installed) -- he also had the front fairing mount reinforced as they can be prone to breaking.

Overall this is a great rider with restored paint and redone motor, and terrific suspension... Not a show pony, bike starts runs and rides sweetly and is ready to go. Any questions please call the shop directly 929-264-7212

MANY OTHER BIKES AVAILABLE !! Ducati, Mv Agusta, Laverda, Moto Guzzi -- Buy, sell, trade-- look at last picture.... your NEW SS is coming from a good home!

Will ship worldwide!! -

· Excellent Restored paint

· Dyna coils (original coil pack included)

· Works Billet tracker shocks (from Bevel Heaven)

· Works fork springs (from Bevel Heaven) (original fork springs included)

· New gel battery

· Stainless brake lines

· Fresh oil

· Good tires

· Newer clutch - (original included)

· Original wheels-- VGC

· Original paint on frame—VGC

· Extended clutch arm (original included) -- much better clutch feel

---Other

· Spare cables

· Original petcocks

· Original tool pouch

· Original manual

· Original bevel cover (gear gazer currently installed)

The restored paint and original frame paint are in fantastic shape. There is some paint chipping and oxidation on the fork legs and the pipes and engine cases look like those of a bike that has been ridden properly. The asking price indicates that the value of these bikes is continuing to grow, and this example is one you should not be afraid to display and ride.

Ducati October 16, 2017 posted by

Featured listing: 1998 Ducati 900SS Final Edition

To say commemorate its wildly popular, fast and cantankerous carbureted 900SS as fuel injection approached in the late '90s, Ducati put the old beast out to pasture with a worldwide run of 800 bikes with special paint and graphics and a few trick parts.

The 1998 Ducati 900SS Final Edition carried upswept dual exhausts for cornering clearance, lighter wheels, bigger floating disc brakes, and a solo seat tail section. Bologna didn't exactly throw the racing parts catalogue at the bike, and its performance was just slightly better than the standard version, but the changes were enough to tip you off that this is not an ordinary SS.

Today's featured 900SS has been tweaked even further by its current owner, with an Ohlins shock and a brand-new set of Keihin FCR 41 flatslide carbs. The big carbs won't make the big Duc's famous starting ritual any simpler, but will definitely sweeten the ride once everything gets up to temperature.

The bike is number 118 of 300, and reportedly has had $4,000 worth of work in the last 50 miles, which includes the aforementioned Keihins as well as a new chain, tires, stem bearings, timing belts and a valve adjustment.Though it has been very well looked after, its 10,894 miles show that neither of its previous owners have been afraid to ride the bike.

Early in seller Joe's nine-year ownership, the bike was repainted to a very high standard by Ferrari of Houston, as it had been scratched in the original owner's garage.

From the seller:

1998 Ducati 900 Supersport Finala Edition, VIN ZDM1LC4M5WB027187. Rare and immaculate 1998 Ducati 900 Supersport Final Edition. #118 of only 300 of the last of the carbureted series of classic Ducati Supersports, considered one of the most iconic and beautiful motorcycles ever made. I purchased this bike approximately 9 years ago, and it had a scratch on one of the fairing panels due to something falling against it in the prior owner's garage. I elected to acquire the correct graphics from Ducati and have the entire bike professionally repainted at the Ferrari of Houston award-winning paint facility, and it is stunning.

The bike has had almost $4,000 in service and upgrades performed in the last 50 miles, including a Keihin 41mm flat-slide carb conversion, new tires, full service including valve adjustment and timing belts, chain, new steering head bearings, and much more. It has an Ohlins rear shock and Corbin custom seat. Brand new Vitaloni Baby Turbo mirrors included with sale. All original parts included. It is realistically priced at $9,900. I don't believe you will find an example in better cosmetic/mechanical condition than this one. This is an appreciating classic that's as great to ride as it is to look at.

As mentioned, it has been fitted with a Corbin seat and a set of Fast by Ferracci exhausts to round out the package. The bike is listed at $9,900 and is located in Houston, TX. Joe can be reached at jvmaniaci@hotmail.com

Buell October 16, 2017 posted by

Fashionably Late – 2007 Buell XB12 Super TT

One of Buell's last Harley-powered models, the XB12 Super TT has a slightly longer and more stable XB2 chassis, powered by the 1203cc pushrod twin.  Styled as a super / hyper street machine, it's a great performer and snappy dresser.

2007 Buell XB12 Super TT for sale on eBay

Part of the XB2 upgrade was more fuel in the frame, and the STT has 4.4 gallons available.  The familiar Sportster powerplant is shrouded in the alloy perimeter frame, with Buell's Thunderstorm heads and downdraft fuel injection providing 103 hp and 84 ft.-lbs. torque. Showa suspension is fully adjustable and the signature 6-piston Zero Torque Load front brake provides a visual statement as well as great stopping power.  The binnacle fairing has a number plate look to it, as do the panels below the seat, adding to the short, spare, lightweight look.

The Illinois owner has put under 3,000 miles on this STT, and has kept it very clean, and apparently upgraded the suspension and seat, but doesn't shout about it in the eBay auction:

SUPER NICE ORIGINAL CONDITION NOT MUCH TO SAY OTHER THAN THESE ARE RARE AND IN MY OPINION THE NICEST LIGHTNING THAT THEY MADE. THE BIKE NEEDS NOTHING OTHER THAN A NEW HOME. I HAVE A FEW EXTRAS THAT ARE INCLUDED WITH THE SALE AS ONE OF THE PHOTOS SHOW. I MIGHT HAVE A FEW MORE MILES ON BIKE AS I WILL TAKE A COUPLE SHORT RIDES BEFORE STORING IT FOR THE WINTER.

The black forks are at least a cosmetic improvement, and the owner shows a more road-oriented white front fender on the spares page, which would be going on first thing if it were mine.  While the overall design might be an acquired taste, the STT reviewed as a great fun bike, no more or less practical than any other hyper, but the big torque makes it a leave-it-in-drive kind of ride.  Fully sorted might be a good way to describe the XB2, a mature though innovative frame design and bombproof Evo motor, along with Buell's funky solutions to some age-old motorcycle design issues...

-donn

 


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Yamaha October 14, 2017 posted by

Extreme-ly LE – 1989 Yamaha FZR750R / OW01 with 1277 Miles !

An iconic product of the WSBK race series, the Yamaha FZR-750R or OW01 was an homologation special which sold for more than twice what a more streetable FZR-1000 fetched, and cost Yamaha zillions.  Rather than a tarted-up road machine, Yamaha built the race bike - poorly suited for the road actually - equipped it for DOT inspection, and sold it to race teams and collectors.  Pre-owned by the latter, this OW01 was imported but never registered, and has been ridden only 1277 miles.

1989 Yamaha FZR750R for sale on eBay

Yamaha was playing a little catch-up after the first WSBK season, and prepared the FZR750R for 1989 year.  Based on a proper race engine, the OW01 has Yamaha's signature 5-valve heads, titanium connecting rods, and low-friction pistons with short skirts and only two rings.  Their EXUP exhaust valve adjusts exhaust flow and improves running outside of the 9,000-12,000 powerband.  The light alloy DeltaBox frame is thin but wide, capped by an aluminum fuel tank.  43mm conventional forks lead an Ohlins monoshock, and 4-piston Nissin brakes are up front.  Riding position in the full endurance fairing is uncompromising.

This Oregon owner has been a fine caretaker of #427, with no apparent wear or damage.  Even the footpegs are pictured, virtually unmarked.  It's without a stateside title, but some preparation for registration has been done.  From the eBay auction:

Out of the crate this is part of what you got for your money.

1.       Titanium con rods with light weight, short-skirt, stepped-top pistons.
2.       Hand polished ports on a big 5 valve head.
3.       Handmade aluminum fuel tank and handmade aluminum Delta box frame, etc.
4.       Huge magnesium Nissin racing calipers and 320 mm discs provide race quality stopping power.
5.       More magnesium parts to reduce weight.
6.       Quick release axle clamps.
7.       Light weight fiber cowling/fairing.
8.       Close ratio 6 speed gears.
9.       Ohlins adjustable rear shock.
10.     43 mm forks with full range of adjustment.

The OWO1 has the perfect balance of light weight, agility and power. The OWO1 represents one of the best handling and most exclusive Japanese sport bikes of the era and in my opinion, is one of the sexiest looking motorcycle design ever to come out of Japan.

Now about my 1989 OWO1 #000427

This a Japanese domestic model OWO1 with 1277 miles/2044 kilometers. Mileage and initial registration is documented on the Japanese vehicle registration form (shaken-sho). The Japanese shaken-sho is up-dated every two years through a physical vehicle inspection by the Japanese DMV.

This OWO1 is guaranteed to have never been raced. It is a beautiful motorcycle that is 100% stock except for two things. The original owner changed the single horn to a dual horn set-up for safety reasons. He also added a little more heat shielding to protect the light weight fiber cowling/fairing.

This bike has never been registered here in the U.S. You will receive the following from me after purchase so that you can register the bike.

  1.   (CBP form 7501(04/05). This form tells the DMV that customs has been cleared and the bike is ready to be registered.
  2.   A bill of sale
  3.   Because this bike is over 25 years old no EPA or DOT documents are necessary for registration.

This bike has been in storage for a while, so I have done the following before the sale. I have put in a new battery, changed the oil, filter, coolant, brake fluid, and spark plugs.

This OWO1 is extremely rare and beautiful. It is very hard to find one in this kind of condition. But, please keep in mind that it is not a new motorcycle so there are some minor blemishes.

Most OW01's went racing, with a dealer's team or privateers, and a factory race kit which added a few thousand to the already astronomical price.  Finding an almost un-used FZR750R has become a odyssey for some, since only a few hundred were made each year.  Though it never resulted in a championship, the OW01 made a healthy mark on WSBK, and under Carl Forgarty held the absolute lap record at the Isle of Man TT for many years.  From an era when factories' engineering chops could be seen and felt, fans speak reverently of discovering the little-known secrets of the OW01...

-donn


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Suzuki October 13, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Suzuki RG500Γ Gamma for Sale

Like Ducati’s MotoGP inspired Desmosedici, the square four in the Suzuki RG500Γ "Gamma" in today's Featured Listing wasn’t actually a detuned version of the race bike's engine. Race bikes engines are built for power, not longevity, and simply “de-tuning” is probably not going be enough to make one work in a road bike. So in both cases, the engines shared the configuration and general specifications with their MotoGP racebike counterparts, but few or no actual parts. Which almost makes them cooler in my mind: in both cases, the one-off engines were built to be installed in a very limited run of exotic motorcycles, with no intention that they be mass-produced or turn much of a profit. These engines and bikes exist seemingly only for a very small group of enthusiasts, and there's something inherently cool about that. Also, I love using the Greek alphabet typing up these posts.

The "configuration and general specifications" we're talking about in this case refers to the two-stroke, twin-crank, disc-valve square four that displaced 498cc. Four very compact Mikuni flat-slides fed fuel and air into the engine, and the gearbox was a quick-change cassette six-speed. Of course it featured a power valve system, in this case Suzuki's AEC or Automatic Exhaust Control that helped smooth out the two-stroke's abrupt powerband. The result? The Gamma put just a bit less than 100hp worth of stinky, heavy exhaust smoke out of its four tiny stinger exhaust pipes.

The rest of the bike was more familiar, with an aluminum frame not all that different from the GSX-R, with hydraulic anti-dive forks in the front and Suzuki's "Full-Floater" system out back. Skinny period 16" front and 17" rear wheels mean terrifyingly skinny tires that look like they'd be more at home on a beach-cruiser bicycle today, but were par for the course in 1986. With 340lbs worth of dry weight to push around and less than 100 horses to do it with, performance seems like it would be unimpressive. But it's the very nature of that spiky power delivery, the all-or-nothing acceleration that requires constant use of the gearbox to make fast progress, the challenge that seems to get two-stroke fans excited.

Unless you're "of a certain age" or younger and a bit of a bike nerd, the appeal of the whole two-stroke thing may fly over your head. They're smoky, buzzy, and generally pretty high-maintenance. They also have famously narrow and fairly abrupt powerbands, making them challenging to ride quickly. But even though they do require more regular maintenance than a four-stroke motorcycle, the upside is that they're relatively simple to work on, lacking traditional intake valves, and therefore cams, cam chains, cam belts, pushrods, or any of the other bits typically associated with "normal" motorcycles.

This particular bike is claimed to have seen the attention of the famous Rick Lance during its refresh and appears to be in extremely nice condition, ready to become the showcase of the next owner's collection and hopefully be the talk of every motorcycle gathering when the new owner takes it out for a spin and stretches its legs.

 

From the Seller: 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma for Sale

Located in Greater Chicagoland Area 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

This 1986 RG500 Gamma with 17,769 km (approximately 11,041 miles) is in near mint original condition.  It comes out of the famous BAC car and motorcycle collection. It was extremely well cared for by the previous owner and the current owner.  BAC has owned this bike for almost ten years.  The current owner searched for almost two years to find the best one that could be found.  After purchasing the bike, he had Mike the Chicagoland expert on Gammas along with Rick Lance, a Gamma guru, to supply necessary technical information to bring this bike back to its original factory condition and near mint condition.  The bike runs just as you would expect an original factory bike to run.  And looks exactly like an original factory bike would look after only a few thousand miles were put on it.

Over the years many of these bikes have either been raced into the ground or had the engines pulled out to put in a smaller bike leaving the close to mint original bikes very few and far between.  The current elderly owner has collected cars and motorcycles and says that these Gammas have a long way to go in terms of appreciation and wants to be sure that the next owner is going to preserve the intrinsic and cosmetic value as he has invested so much time, energy and money to bring this bike to its highest level.

Mike the master Gamma mechanic and Rick spent two long years getting this bike and all its necessary parts together to make this bike one of the finest original Gamma’s that exists.

Great bike for those who want only the finest and priced accordingly.

Asking price is $18,500 negotiable.

For more information please contact adreply514@gmail.com

Other two-stroke GP replicas of the period compromised: the RD500LC famously added a balance shaft to make the bike more civilized, while Honda's NS400R went with a smaller displacement to help home-market sales. Both offered a much more refined experience, and both have a far less rabid cult following than the RG500 as a result. Prices have been steadily rising, although the RD and NS have increased in value as well, perhaps simply because RGs have been nearly unobtainable for a while now. If you've been looking for an RG and have the cash to spend, this one is worth a look.

-tad

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