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Ducati May 26, 2018 posted by

Super Premium: 1995 Ducati 916SP for Sale

If you’re shopping for a rare homologation Honda from the 80s or 90s, it’s usually not that hard to be sure you’ve got the real McCoy. Does it have a V4 and a single-sided swingarm? It’s probably the real thing. But Ducati was a much smaller organization, with much less in the way of financial resources or manpower, so introducing and entirely new machine just to make their production-based racers more competitive wasn’t possible. That means bikes like today’s Ducati 916SP can be a little more difficult to identify. The SP especially was largely similar to the regular 916: later bikes like the SPS had more obvious visual changes, but the SP was Ducati’s first stab at a 916 special, and most of the most important and exotic changes were under the skin.

It helps that the 916 and its variations were pretty heart-attack serious sportbikes to begin with. Obviously no one else was going to get away with 6,000 mile service intervals and a riding position that pretty much had your hands grabbing the front axle and your ass higher than your head. And it makes things even more complicated that Ducati had a pragmatic, “hey, whatever’s on the shelf Luigi: these bikes are supposed to ship out on Friday” philosophy when building the bikes. Sure, maybe an SP was supposed to have a carbon-fiber airbox, but if you're looking at a bike without one, it could still be authentic. Ducati might just have been out of them the week the bike was built. It means verifying the truly rare versions of the 916 can be tricky, since most everything special-looking, like the Öhlins shock and carbon fender, can be bolted on, and the really tricky stuff is hidden behind the engine cases.

Which is where we can start: the cases are sand-cast, and the heads are slightly different as well, lacking the usual "DESMO 4V" text. Inside, you'll find Pankl H-beam titanium connecting rods, higher compression pistons, larger valves, more aggressive camshafts, a lightened flywheel, big 50mm throttle bodies with a pair of injectors each to fill the cylinders, and other tweaks and changes to handle the rigors of racing. Power was a claimed 126 and while that's not all that much in today's terms, it's a charismatic engine with fairly brutal delivery. Riding it on the road is what you'd expect: like riding a barely detuned racebike on the street. The gearing is wrong for daily use, it doesn't want to idle, doesn't like low rpm or part throttle...

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Ducati 916SP for Sale

This is a 1995 Ducati 916 SP ~ A wonderful bike, distinctive and very collectable. As like the ones Carl Fogarty use to race with, this 916 has the impossible to find Magnesium Chromate Wheels, they are not painted gold, its the color of the metal. I will leave them on the bike, for an additional $3000.00. I do have the original ones as well and will mount them on this 916 if the buyer chooses not to include the Magnesium Chromate. This 916 was brought into the US and owned by "Fast by Ferracci" and was sold at the time for $21,885. Feel free to e-mail me at alex@mygpracing.com or call me at 916 276-1080 if you have any questions. I am also selling a 1955 F.B. Mondial "Sogno" 160cc, a Ducati Cucciolo Bicycle, an MV Agusta Disco Volante and a couple of other vintage bikes.

The Buy It Now price is listed at $21,000, but is this the real deal? I'm not enough of an expert to say, and the relatively low-quality photos don't help. What's it worth? Um. Probably less than an SPS but more than a regular 916? Technically, this is a Ducati 916S P2, and just 401 were supposedly built. Once again, who really knows for sure? See above. The 1994 models were the SP1, the 1995 models the SP2, and the 1996 version was the SP3. Of course, the SP stands for "Sport Production" and not "Super Premium" but you could be forgiven for making that mistake if you'd tried to buy one new, since the 916 wasn't cheap to begin with and the SP was even less cheap: an eye-watering $21,885 when new, just $885 more than the Buy It Now price...

-tad


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MV Agusta May 25, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna with 85 Miles !

Buying an exclusive commemorative, one would hope for a low-mile example. This F4 Senna has but delivery miles and has never been registered.  Its rarity is enhanced by the as-new condition.

2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna with 85 miles !

Recalling the great Formula 1 champion and benefiting his charity for children, the MV Agusta F4 Senna was first displayed in 2002, and was renewed for the 1000cc model in 2006-07.  Hard to call 174 hp "standard" but it is expected from every 998cc F4 with Weber-Marelli multi-point injection.  The suspension is equally qualified with 50mm Marzocchi forks and the Sachs monoshock with adjustments for high and low speed rebound.  No electronic nannies, but radially-mounted Serie Oro Brembo brakes, Ohlins steering damper, and Agusta's Engine Brake System ( which acts similarly to a slipper clutch ) round out the rideability aids.  Fit and finish is luxurious, the grey and black livery accented by the red frame and alacantra seat.

Never registered and only recently titled, the Senna has spent its days on display.  It looks every bit the part of a superb model which hasn't been used, in contrast with most which have a few thousand miles.  Here are the owner's comments:

Never registered, first titled at the end of 2017. The bike was purchased at a private collectors auction last year.  I have copies of the original MSO and Bill of Sale showing the original purchase price of $29,995.  Comes with original stand and cover along with an MV Agusta helmet bag.  The bike is in overall excellent condition with one small defect, it appears something fell against it while in storage for the original owner causing a scuff on the left side fairing which is very difficult to see in photos.  I highly recommend an inspection done in person.  Will help with shipping arrangements.  Own the lowest mileage example I've ever seen! Asking $18,500 but open to offers from a person who will treat this motorcycle as art like it deserves.

Agusta executive Claudio Castiglioni and Senna were friends, ensuring that the benefit to the Instituto Ayrton Senna was not just a marketing exercise.  As well as being a premium model with outstanding components, the F4 1000 starts with a superb Tamburini design, with Ferrari's assistance in the engine department.  The owner Chad asks $18,500 and welcomes offers on (716) 901-6046.

Kawasaki May 25, 2018 posted by

Unloved Zed sled: 1995 Kawasaki ZX9R with 6,813 miles

Kawasaki's ZX-9R has always been a bit of mongrel bike; situated between the legendary ZX7 and ZX11 series, the 899cc bike was initially developed as a response to the Honda CBR900 but never achieved top status in the segment.  Although the configuration lasted for nearly 10 years, sales were never huge for Kawasaki and it isn't considered to be a historically or technologically significant bike by collectors. Still today's offering is an ultra clean model with less than 7000 miles in its over 23 years, is in the rare for the model candleberry-wine-red color scheme and appears to have all OEM bits available so it seemed worth of a post.

1995 Kawasaki ZX9R on ebay

The ZX9R was somewhat hastily developed by Kawasaki as a segment response to the CBR900 Fireblade.  The problem for Kawasaki was that as a smaller manufacturer they didn't have the resources to launch an all out assault against the class leading Honda (it would take a few more years until Yamaha's R1 did that).    Kawasaki instead tried to stake out a middle ground, offering a 900cc bike that wasn't an ultra-light-weight repli-racer fit only for the track but was also not a large capacity "sportbike" touring machine.  To do this Kawasaki essentially took their legendary but now outclassed ZX7/ZXR750 and incorporated a number of ZX11/ZZR-1100 design features.  Suspension was an upgrade over the 750 with fully adjustable 43 mm upside-down KYB front forks and a fully adjustable remote-reservoir KYB mono-shock while the brakes were Tokico front and rear.  The most obvious  change came in the engine but even there parts were shared with the majority of the engine pieces (crankcases, clutch and gearbox) coming from the 750cc while the cylinder head was from the ZX11/ZZR-11100 with different valve actuation.  The result was more grunt and a red line of 12,000 rpm (the Fireblade stopped at 10,500 rpm).  Put it all together and you got exactly what Kawasaki intended - a mid sized bike that existed between the ends of the segment.

While the ZX9R delivered on its intended purpose, it never really developed a strong following like the Fireblade, GSXR or the soon to follow Yamaha R1.  In retrospect is seems Kawasaki  misjudged the long term impact of the "less is more" movement begun by the Fireblade.  Also the first models of the ZX9R were heavier compared to the competition and had the typical-of-the-time Kawasaki build quality issues, especially with the paint.

As for this particular ZX9R, the bike looks to almost completely OEM but the pictures aren't the best...I mean seriously, how hard would it have been to move the truck?  The seller doesn't give any service info other than "newish tires" so I would expect there to be a need for fresh fluids with particular attention paid to the brake system (a known issue for Kawasaki bikes of this period if left standing for long periods).  On the plus side the bike looks clean with no evidence of indicator or rear tail modifications common of the era and even the exhaust looks OEM and pristine.  The only non-stock item appears to be the windscreen and the seller indicates the OEM unit will be included in the sale.

So let's jump to the question - is this low mileage and apparently almost completely OEM ZX9R worth the current Buy-It-Now price of of $3999 USD?  Well a quick search through sites like Cycletrader show that price to be a bit more than expected but not out of range given the mileage of this bike.   As for value, I don't think this one will appeal to collectors and will probably never appreciate significantly but it isn't something you are going to see at your local bike night and might also be a good fit for people who always liked the bigger ZX11/ZZR1100 in this color scheme but found that bike too big to handle easily.  Based on the pics and the mileage the current owner is not a major Kawasaki fan so they might be motivated to move off the asking price, especially if you can offer something Suzuki-related in trade?

-Marty/Dallaslavowner


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Laverda May 24, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1974 Laverda SF2

In 1974, the Laverda SF2 was roughly equivalent to an R1M, though at the time, twin disc brakes sufficed for high technology. Over-engineered and powerful, the bike in its day was as fast as it was premium. They aren't easy to find in any condition, let alone fully restored.

1974 Laverda SF2 for sale on eBay

This one, which is located in a dusty corner of New Mexico, has been treated to a full engine and transmission rebuild recently  and wears an older cosmetic restoration. The seller says it isn't perfect, or entirely correct or original, but it will make a great riding addition to a Euro bike collection.

The seller went over the bike's attributes in great detail, so we'll let him take it from here. From the eBay listing:

1974 Laverda 750 SF2

First introduced at the 1966 Earls Court Show the big Laverda twin was a 650. Barely 100 were made before becoming a 750 in 1968. As production was about to begin, in 1968, four prototype twins were entered in the Giro d'Italia and all four finished in the top ten. The factory officially began racing in 1969 enjoying considerable success in long distance events like the Barcelona 24 hours and the Bol d'Or. These successes lead to the production development of the road bikes. In 1971 two intrepid Italians, one just 20 years old, took a pair of production 750s on a 34,000km ride from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska. They actually started in Buenos Aires, then to Tierra del Fuego, then to Anchorage, Alaska (if you'd like to read more about this adventure pick up a copy of Jean-Louis Olive's book Raid Tierra del Fuego - Alaska ISBN 9782956254812

A bike that was built to stay built. Laverda's own foundry sandcast the alloy engine components. The crankshaft is a pressed up full roller affair with a duplex chain drive to a camshaft running in ball bearings. Ancillaries were all top shelf components; much of the electrics including the starter and generator by Bosch, suspension by Ceriani, rims by Borrani, switchgear and instruments by Nippondenso (starting 1974), etc.

By 1973 the 750 shared carburettor and valve sizes with the illustrious SFC. The SF2 of 1974 introduced disc brakes. The first production bike with twin front discs. Further reading can be found online at RealClassic uk , simply search for Laverda SF750.

This example of the SF2 is an older restoration which has recently benefited from a full mechanical rebuild of the engine and gearbox, carbs, front suspension, brakes. It has also been fitted with fresh tires, drive chain and battery. This numbers matching bike sports the optional solo seat with locking glove box. It is finished in a dark metallic grey close to one of the 17 factory shades offered on these machines. This is not a concours machine by any means yet it is an attractive and reasonably correct (seat should be satin black, pattern silencers and stainless brake hose) rider in sound mechanical condition. If I were to do anything toward modernization it would be to upgrade the rear dampers to Koni or Ikon units. Included is the original exhaust crossover box, indicator stalks and owners manual. Please ask if you wish for specific images.

Something you'll appreciate, as a rider, is the ease of service by the owner and the absolute reliability of its operation. Simple to maintain it begs a "How to keep your Laverda 750 alive for the complete idiot" (with apologies to John Muir). However, the esteemed Mssrs. Tim Parker and Phil Todd have conspired to produce the Twin and Triple Repair & Tune Up Guide; ISBN: 9780979689109 aka "the Green Book". Get one. There are also international forums and facebook pages for the marque.

With a total production run, of all models 650/750, being something less than 19,000 units you'll be fortunate to see one on the road (compare this to something like 150,000+ Norton Commandos) or at a bike show. This is a good time to saddle up on a relatively unknown and undervalued, sporting machine known for its stable handling and inspiring reliability. For mountain residents I can jet for your altitude.

As it is for sale locally (Santa Fe -Taos CL) and may be removed from auction do consider the buy it now option.

The bike is on Craigslist in New Mexico for $12,000, though the bidding is at just over $8,000 with three days left.

Suzuki May 24, 2018 posted by

Wes Cooley Replica: 1980 Suzuki GS1000S for Sale

It may not look like a sportbike or a race-replica to riders weaned on GSX-Rs and Repsol Hondas, but this classic blue-and-white Suzuki GS1000S is both. In fact, this upright, bikini-faired, four-cylinder monster is one of the original "superbikes," and competed on road and track against other air-cooled inline fours from the Japanese manufacturers. "Bigger is better" was the order of the day, and displacements grew along with cylinder count, and weight crept steadily upwards to match.

It's hard to imagine today a serious sportbike could have twin shocks and skinny handle bars mounted to risers on top of the triple clamps, but there you go: we all have to start somewhere. And, believe it or not, the Suzuki GS1000S was quite the handler at the time. In fact, that was its calling-card: the GS didn't have the power of a Z1 or CB, but it could out corner them. And with engines developed by the legendary "Pops" Yoshimura and riding taken care of bike the likes of Wes Cooley, the bike saw significant success in competition.

Interestingly, the 997cc motor that powered the GS1000S was a development of the GS750 engine, but was actually lighter. The bike was originally intended for the European market, where folks actually cared about going around both left and right corners. But Wes' championship wins in AMA racing led to the blue-and-white bike being unofficially called the "Wes Cooley Replica," and the name stuck.

From the original eBay listing: 1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica for Sale

The bike you  are looking at is a mostly original 1980 Wes Cooley replica, I bought the bike the way you see it with the front fork brace, aluminum handlebars and front fork air gauge other than that the bike looks to be all original sans new tires. The bike is unrestored but looks amazing and has just been serviced and runs unbelievable. The bike is not flawless but is very nice with just the right amount of patina not like a 38 year old bike that it is, but more like a 4 or 5 year old bike might have. Look at the pictures and decide for yourself and email with any questions and I will do my best to answer promptly. I have a large collection of Japanese Superbikes from the 70's and early 80's and I have decided to sell some as I just can't ride them all and they have become too time consuming  to maintain and store, and I have included some pictures in this auction of some bikes that will be coming up for sale and they range from flawless some of the best in existence original bikes, to best of the best top quality restorations and survivor bikes that look new or restored. Every single bike I own runs to perfection and is ready to go. If you have an interest in a bike let me know I will tell you when I am going to list it.

The Suzuki GS1000S is actually very rare, with approximately 1200 made: 500 in 1979 and 700 in 1980. This second-year model featured electronic ignition, a stepped seat, slotted brake rotors, and other minor updates to its appearance. There are over 21,000 miles on the odometer, but the GS1000S is built like a tank and it should have plenty of life left in it: Suzuki’s big four cylinder was extremely popular among drag racers and can handle all sorts of abuse and still make it home under its own power. Bidding is very active and up to $8,500 with another day or so left on the auction. Considering the age of the bike, this one appears to be in exceptional condition.

-tad


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