Posts by tag: 1098

Bimota December 4, 2017 posted by

Hometown Hero – 2009 Bimota DB7

After many years using superbike engines from Japan's leading manufacturers, Bimota started a new chapter with Ducati and developed a 1098cc testastretta-engined special. A Scottsdale collector-car dealer presents this bespoke superbike with only 1,621 miles.

2009 Bimota DB7 for sale on eBay

 

Ducati's modern and water-cooled L-twin develops 160hp and is housed in the complex and beautiful combination of oval-tube trellis frame, CNC side plates and carbon fairings.  Hard to explain the combination of high tech and craftmanship in a low-volume specialty like the DB7, but take a careful look at how the machined aluminum side plates interface with the frame, drivetrain, and fairing.  Marzocchi's 43mm Corse forks are up front, with a twin-reservoir monoshock damping Bimota's progressive-link rear.  Brembo four-piston calipers are radially mounted on Bimota's machined mounts with 320mm floating rotors.  Rearsets and levers are each another showcase for the CNC-machined aluminum artistry.

 

In impeccable shape, this DB7 still has its factory titanium muffler.  The eBay-based dealer has a wide selection of exotic cars available, and has great pictures but only a few words about the DB7, safe to assume anyone shopping for a DB7 will have at least some knowledge of the brand -

  • Only 1600 miles
  • Just serviced
  • One of the rarest super bikes produced
  • Call today for additional information

 

Bimota was on the mend in the mid-oughties and relied on Ducati for powerplants, which continues today.  The DB7 reviewed as a rewarding machine, slim and lightweight, and worth setting up correctly.  Production numbers are hard to verify but appear to be just 100 or so for the 2007-10 run, it was succeeded by the 1198cc DB8 which is still available.  A sparkling display of technical and manufacturing capability, the DB7 shown here seems a gem.  The ask is about what DB7's were fetching a few years ago, poised for appreciation, which should please the three dozen watchers on the buy-it-now...

-donn

Hometown Hero – 2009 Bimota DB7
Ducati June 18, 2016 posted by

Just in Time for Le Mans – 2007 Ducati 1098

Ford GT-40's circa 1970 and this year's Porsche 991 RSR's wear the Gulf powder blue and orange to the race on the longest Saturday of the year.  This '07 Ducati 1098 also has classic Gulf livery, a commemorative  of the 2008 Ducati Endurance Racing Team.

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2007 Ducati 1098 for sale on eBay

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Not quite the 1098R prepared for the 24 Hours Moto, even a plain vanilla 1098 is a willing ride.  The Testastretta EVO engine throws 160 hp at the issue, along with 90 ft.-lbs. of torque.  Styling revisions returned the bike to a now-classic Ducati look, along with single-sided swingarm and separate dual exhaust.  Showa provides the fully adjustable forks and monoshock, and Brembo makes the radially mounted monoblock brakes.  The track-oriented LCD dash has multiple logging functions.

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Built as a show ( not race ) bike and with 9,000 careful miles, this 1098 also has a Werks exhaust, open clutch cover and matching orange levers.  Though it's missing a few lightweight goodies, the base model was only two thirds the cost of an S.  From the eBay auction:

This your chance to own a very rare Ducati 1098. The design is based off the 1098R Gulf Racing Team Endurance bike. It was built for show-purposes only. This will be a head turner anywhere you take it. Includes WerksUSA exhaust system and other misc upgrades as pictured. This has been a locally owned Utah bike with a clean record and history. It was just recently serviced with new belts, recommended per the Ducati owner manual for under 9k miles.

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The two French Ducati dealers who arranged Gulf sponsorship for DERT ran three major endurance races before folding the tent.  Gulf continues to sponsor a wide variety of racing, lately a motorcycle drag team.  The 24 Hours Moto is held in April without much fanfare, but you'll actually be able to watch most of today's auto race on cable.  Looking fine in the Gulf colors, the 1098 reviewed widely as too much bike for the road.  But as they say about winning the PowerBall ruining people's lives, it'd be nice to give it a try...

-donn

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Just in Time for Le Mans – 2007 Ducati 1098
Bimota June 15, 2016 posted by

Edgy Beauty: 2009 Bimota DB7 for Sale

2009 Bimota DB7 R Side

Starting with their DB1, obviously, and continuing through the present day, Bimota has a long history of using Ducati engines in their bikes. And while other Ducati-powered Bimotas have generally used the torquey but relatively low-power air-cooled versions of their classic v-twin, this Bimota DB7 is powered by the liquid-cooled, four-valve Testastretta version, which gives it the goods to keep up with other superbikes of the period!

2009 Bimota DB7 Headlight

Founded in an era when the Japanese “Big Four” had mastered the art of making powerful, reliable engines but were still falling short in the handling department, BiMoTa [Valerio Bianchi, Giuseppe Morri, and Massimo Tamburini] took those powerplants and stuck them into lightweight, cleverly-engineered masterpieces that were very much “race bikes for the road.” Lightweight bodywork that lifted off with just a couple bolts, stiff and light frames that look like modern art, and high-end suspension components all made for racy, rolling sculpture. But time marches on, and once they were done with engines, the Japanese manufacturers moved their attention to handling, which would have effectively put Bimota out of business. So it was “adapt or die” time for the tiny Rimini manufacturer, and they shifted to building the bikes they do today: hideously expensive but very exclusive and meticulously-crafted motorcycles for well-heeled enthusiasts.

2009 Bimota DB7 Clutch

I've said it before, but take a long look at the photos: Bimotas get more impressive the closer you get. That hybrid frame with both steel trellis and machined aluminum components, along with a swingarm that matches. The DB7 isn’t really any lighter than a Ducati 1098 of the same era and doesn’t make more power, so you’re paying a real premium for style and quality, which you get in spades. Only the Koso gauge lets the looks down a bit, since I’ve been seeing ads for them in the back of bike magazines for years and is a bit too “common” for my taste. I’d prefer something a bit more in keeping with the wild looks, but it should at least work, something older Bimota gauges seemed reluctant to do. Plus, those white segments along the outer edge of the tach do light up as the needle swings around, which is pretty cool.

2009 Bimota DB7 Dash

As the seller mentions, this example has had the muffler removed, leaving just the "bladder" that likely contains the catalytic converter, with a pair of tips on one side. Funny, it almost looks like it was designed to be that way... This is a popular trick for older single-sided swingarm Monsters as well, saving weight and increasing noise in a way that's easily reversible. Better sound, less weight, and no impact on the environment: win, win, win!

With a $15,000 starting bid and no takers yet, I think this bike looks like a bit of a bargain, compared to the nearly $35,000 list price for a new DB7 in 2008. Of course, that’s really the only time you could think of a DB7 as any sort of bargain…

From the original eBay listing: 2009 Bimota DB7 for Sale

This is the 2nd bike they built which makes this bike even more exclusive. This bike has been sitting inside my living for the past 3 years and now stored at a local performance shop where they did a complete major service. This is a one owner bike and has never been down, crashed, wrecked, tracked, or even ridden by anyone except myself. I babied this bike from the day I purchased it six years ago. I only rode this bike every three months from Las Vegas to Angeles Crest Hwy in LA so all miles were highway.  This is the cleanest bike you will find.  It looks BRAND NEW!!!!!!

The front windscreen has been painted white to match the bike
The bottom belly pan had been painted white with custom red/black BIMOTA logo
The wheels were painted white
The exhaust was custom cut and two stainless steel tips added
Custom license plate bracket
HID lights installed
Brand new tires
Brand new rear sprocket
Brand new chain

This bike looks amazing... all the above were tastefully done. It draws attention everywhere you go. If you have any questions, please contact me.  The bike is now stored at Irish Mike's Performance in Henderson Nevada.  If your local or happen to be in Vegas, just stop by his shop.  He has full service reports.

2009 Bimota DB7 Rear Sprocket

The seller mentions that this is “the second bike they built” but, since the DB7 was introduced in 2008, I’m wondering if this is maybe the second bike of the second model year? Regardless, the DB7 is a very beautiful machine, with immaculate detailing. I think modern Bimotas are well worth the money if you’re a rich enthusiast, as you’ll appreciate the workmanship that went into its creation and the exclusivity, while the extra outlay in purchase price is probably a drop in the bucket compared to the other toys already in your garage. But if you’re a regular Joe, looking for the best bang for your buck, this doesn’t even rate: there are plenty of faster bikes out there that cost far less and won’t have you crying every time you accidentally rub up against it with a belt buckle or jean rivet...

-tad

2009 Bimota DB7 L Side

Edgy Beauty: 2009 Bimota DB7 for Sale
Ducati January 22, 2016 posted by

Addition by Subtraction – 2007 Ducati 1098

Beside the displacement increase, Ducati's 2007 re-design focused on lightening the bike and improving performance.  The 1098, even the base model, has many updates and features, it's a great superbike alternative.

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2007 Ducati 1098 for sale on eBay

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Capitalizing on the successful Testastretta ( narrowhead ) engine, the EVOluzione engine is 5kg lighter  than the 999's mill, and incorporates innovations like elliptical throttle bodies to improve response of the 1099 cc, 160 hp motor.  Exhaust was also lightened using thinner material in a 2-1-2 configuration, and dispensing with the canister muffler.

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The traditional trellis frame was re-engineered using larger diameter, thinner walled alloy steel tubing, saving weight and increasing rigidity.  43mm Showa forks are fully adjustable, as is the Showa rear monoshock on new single sided swingarm.  Brakes are radial-mounted Brembos of 330mm diameter in front, and 245 mm rear.

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Most noticeable however, is the new fairing design, returning to a more 916 look, with dual high and low beams and turn signals in the mirrors.  The full-featured digital dash is also used on the -S and -R models.

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The 1098 on offer has been updated with Ohlins front and rear, and Termignoni exhaust, which brings it up to -S spec, only missing the forged Marchesini wheels.  Looks great with only 4,300 miles, new battery and fresh oil.  Including the front and rear stands is a niice touch.  From the eBay auction:

You are bidding on a wonderful Ducati 1098 with low mileage on.

Main additions were the front forks Ohlins FGRT 803
Rear Ohlins DU788 TTX rear shock
Full Termignoni exhaust
Slick tires with only one track day in intermediate group.
The bike comes with the stands - Pitbull front and Ducati rear and has the original forks and exhaust in a box that can be shipped as well.
Low mileage, only 4333 miles.
Never fell, not even laid down on the side while not in motion.
The bike is almost perfect, some small scratches more than normal in a bike that is 2007.
Great power and torque, new oil and battery, no directs to report.

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The 1098 went on to win the 2008 Superbike World Championships with Troy Bayliss aboard, and had many more victories.  The bike regularly reviewed as more at home on the track, too much for the street.  But a veteran or expert rider would be a requirement, which is how I think this 1098 with its slick tires and -S updates finds its way to market.  Experience is a great teacher, but usually starts out with a hard quiz before the first lesson.  The owner is wise to relinquish his undamaged 1098 and trade for a bike with more accessible performance.  Bidding is healthy and has just a couple of days to go...

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-donn

Addition by Subtraction – 2007 Ducati 1098
Ducati May 30, 2015 posted by

Bet it All on Black – 3 Custom Ducatis

Unusual to see three well done customs pop up at the same moment, as "well done" can be pretty subjective.  While customs are not RSBFS's specialty, this trio of black Ducatis caught my eye, and maybe you'll enjoy them as well.

Three Custom Ducatis ( Black ) for sale on eBay

2007 Ducati 696 Monster Cafe Racer

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This 2007 Ducati 696 Monster Cafe Racer has a Sport 1000 flavor with retro badged and striped half-fairing.  Lots of new parts in the cockpit and neat monoposto looking seat.  Freshly serviced, the Monster-based bike should be a sharp handler.

From the eBay auction:

One of a kind built at Beverly Hills Ducati.  The bike is a 2007 Ducati 695 Monster.  New Build includes 1970's style Custom SS fairing w/clear wind screen (both tank and fairing are custom painted with Vintage Ducati emblems and racing stripe).  Front end includes new clip-ons, Rizoma grips, Rizoma resevoirs, Rizoma mirror, Brembo slave cylinders & CRG adjustable levers.  Also included, Fresh tuneup, New brake pads, New rear sets, new tires, High tech speed superbright l.e.d. turn signals, Custom made café seat & High performance Leo Vince exhausts.

2007 Ducati Sport 1000S Custom

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The exquisitely photographed 2007 Sport 1000S is pared down to the bare minimum but finished to a very high level.  With no carbon or billet parts, all the magic here has a vintage look, though many of the hard parts are from later Ducatis.

The Portland-based builder, Digital Directiv, states:

Many builders like to take pride in doing everything themselves, but at the expense of the final product. I’m not one of those guys. Everything has to be perfect and if someone is an expert at what they do, I’m not afraid to involve them in the project. That’s why I recruited some of the best in the business to help me out. Chris from Masic Industries was enlisted to refinish every nut and bolt back to factory new condition and the only one I trust to coat the mildly-modified frame and wheels. Also done there was the mirror-like polishing of every aluminum part including the engine covers. All seams and casting marks were removed before many of the parts received a brushed finish; a feature also taken from the unique MH. Jeff Johnson of Ill Eagle Designs hand-formed the one piece aluminum solo tail section that mounts using the stock seat latch for easy removal. He also adapted the Monster 1100 headers into an amazing underseat exhaust capped by Cone Engineering cans. Ginger from New Church Moto was the only choice to make the sexy hand-stitched suede seat and matching pad. Tying it all together is the bottomless black and charcoal paint laid down by Tony’s Customs.

2008 Ducati 1098

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Using more carbon fiber and powder coating than the others combined, this 2008 Ducati 1098 is re-finished and upgraded, previously the owner's track bike.  Every system has been overhauled and / or upgraded, and comprehensive maintenance makes it seem ready to go.

Too much to list here, but the owner makes these comments in the eBay auction:

The sale of the bike will include the following OEM/Extra parts: Passenger seat, Passenger rearsets, OEM rear midnight black seat, Extra set of carbon fiber mid-side fairings.

I'm the second owner, the bike has been maintained throughout its life at Ducati AMS Dallas.
The following has been recently done to it - Past 3000 miles or so. Yes this Ducati visits the track, thus the upkeep and upgrades.

Though it rarely results in more value, sometimes a bike has to be refinished if not rebuilt.  Laid down or just run out, it's the owner's opportunity to try something, a combination of components or finishes that wasn't available from the factory that year.  These three bikes have a lot of personality as well as a very professional presentation.  If the right cyclist comes along, and does their homework, everyone could wind up happy.

- donn

Bet it All on Black – 3 Custom Ducatis
Bimota May 17, 2015 posted by

Form and Function: 2008 Bimota DB7 Nera for Sale

2007 Bimota DB7 R Side

Introduced in 2008, the Bimota DB7 is yet another collaboration with Ducati and has been one of their most successful bikes in terms, not only of sales numbers, but in terms of function. While they've always offered on-paper advantages over the bikes from which they borrow their engines, many Bimotas, right out of the box, have actually needed quite a bit of fine-tuning before they're ready to run with the brand-new top-shelf sportbikes. The DB7 actually offers up superior handling and comfort, compared to the 1098 with which it shares its running gear, although that's not necessarily saying much, since it'd be difficult to create a bike less comfortable than a 1098...

Beneath the fairings seemingly designed by someone who really, really likes rulers and t-squares hides an exotic hybrid frame that combines an oval-tube trellis front section with billet aluminum side plates and a self-supporting carbon tail to provide a rigid foundation for high-spec suspension components.

2007 Bimota DB7 R Side Rear

Power comes from Ducati's 160hp "Testastretta" L-twin, an almost ideal sporting motorcycle powerplant that offers up arm-stretching torque, high-revving power, and a strong dose of character completely in keeping with Bimota's exotic design brief.

From the original eBay listing: 2008 Bimota DB7 Nera for Sale

This is one of the last Bimotas imported into the USA – a special version of the DB7 – the Nera (Black).  It has full clear-coated carbon fiber bodywork on a black and aluminum frame. This motorcycle is practically new – 520 miles and never titled - still on the MSO (Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin). The motorcycle is stock except for the silencer removal and the addition of MotoGP-exit style exhaust tips and a rear fender eliminator (see last photo).  It comes with a full manufacturer’s warranty.

The DB7 is one of the best motorcycles that Bimota ever built – featuring the Ducati 1098 engine.  When Cycle World compared the DB7 to the Ducati 1098R Bayliss in an article entitled “Sex on Wheels” – they said “The DB7’s ergos fit me nicely, I felt like I was down in it, nestled behind the bars.” “As for me, I actually went faster on the Bimota…the Bimota is easier to ride fast and ultimately a little more enjoyable.” “The Bimota…is a beautiful work of art, handles like a dream and has awesome real-world V-Twin power that makes it more accessible to more riders.”

The same Cycle World article the seller references actually praises the power delivery of the DB7 compared to the Ducati, a nice change of pace for a Bimota!

2007 Bimota DB7 R Side Exhaust

Tragically, in this era of bikes that are pretty great, even right out of the box, the question becomes: where does Bimota fit in? It used to be that they had a wealth of floppy-handling, underbraked bikes with over-engineered drivetrains to choose from. But these days, most Bimotas aren't appreciably better than the bikes from which they crib their running gear, they're just more expensive, more exotic. Which is valuable for those with the cash, but they've become more toys for the uber-rich rather than hardcore, purist-oriented road and track tools.

The DB7 looks gorgeous, is beautifully detailed, and handles like a two-wheels scalpel, but for the additional cost over a 1098, it's hard to justify the cost. And, with Ducati abandoning frames altogether, where does that leave Bimota?

-tad

2007 Bimota DB7 R Side Front

Form and Function: 2008 Bimota DB7 Nera for Sale