Posts by tag: 750cc

Ducati August 23, 2017 posted by

An Elefant’s Memory – 1988 Ducati Paso 750

Shortly after the Castiglioni family took controlling interest in Ducati, they commissioned Massimo Tamburini with a new and competitive sportbike, fully faired and built tough underneath. The Paso didn't result in a dynasty, but is a sporty and interesting chapter in Ducati's history.

1988 Ducati Paso 750 for sale on eBay

Fully enclosing an air-cooled engine would generally raise some flags, but the Paso handles the heat with two ducted oil coolers, and the bodywork helps answer intake and valvetrain noise concerns.  The 73 hp have a healthy torque complement, and testers found the 5-speed acceptable.  Marzocchi suspension and Brembo triple disks are par for the course, and the 16-inch tires help the slightly overweight bike turn in.  Another innovation on the Paso was a single two-barrel Weber carb, which like the hidden mechanicals saved lira, but caused some adjustment difficulties.  Some have been converted to dual Mikuni's and some still run fine.  Jumping on the big soap bar was a new experience, but most found the built-in mirrors, signals and ergonomics excellent.

With rather low ( under 9,000 ) miles for the age, this tidy blue Paso has been waiting for a fan to come along.  Not ridden much by the current owner, it looks neither babied nor abused, but just biding its time.  Carbon silencers but hard to see any other updates.  From the eBay auction:

1 of 50 Blue bikes brought to the US 
I love the bike but I never ride it and am not into collecting for the sake of collecting
Bike is very low mile and has not been ridden much so should be tuned by a competent Ducati Tech before riding any distance
New Gel Battery 
Starts and runs great handles like a dream very quick and agile motorcycle 
In fact best handling motorcycle I have had the pleasure of riding 
I have the stock mufflers that go with the bike they are in excellent condition 
there is a small tear at the rear of the seat near the grab handle 
Also some spares
Clear title in my name 

Beside the Cagiva portmanteau, the company used an elephant mascot denoting strength and durability from their days in the luggage business.  The logo is found here and about on the Paso, almost fitting with its robust square-tube frame and desmodue.  The Castiglionis elected to stick with the better-known Ducati name at the last minute, else we'd still be seeing the little pachyderm everywhere.  The Paso evolved over its five years to a 900cc fuel-injected model, and the 750 has a good sporty-dollar ratio though its power-to-weight is a little less.  Seeming quite original, and with it's sensible opening bid, this edition may find the interested buyer out there...

-donn

An Elefant’s Memory – 1988 Ducati Paso 750
Ducati May 14, 2017 posted by

Pick of the Litter – 2005 Ducati 749R #0051

Happy Mother's Day to mothers everywhere !  - Donn

Built to compete in the Supersports class and within reach of privateer teams, it's rare to see a 749R without slick tires and number plates.  Seen on RSBFS in 2016, this 2005 example almost seems unused, with under 5,000 miles and meticulous owner care.

2005 Ducati 749R #0051 for sale on eBay

The 749 was made for only a few years, and just 200 copies of the -R were made each year in 2004-06.  The testastretta engine is more oversquare than the base model or the 999, helping the 749R rev a little easier and claim 121 hp at 10,250 rpm.  Elsewhere the Termignoni, Öhlins, Brembo, and Marchesini components and build quality are a pinnacle.  Templating its  big brother in many ways, the 749 does have plastic instead of carbon bodywork and a factory slipper clutch which even the 999 didn't get.

 

One always hopes the previous owner will turn out to have been a bit of a fanatic, easily confirmed in this case.  This 749R changed hands after it was the subject of - this - RSBFS Featured Listing just last winter.  After riding the bike just a handful of miles over the year, this owner has made some nice moves in returning this 749R to as-delivered condition, including new fairing lowers and insulation, and a head-scratching re-installation of the DOT license plate mount and fender extension.  From the eBay auction:

On offer is a 2005 Ducati 749R homologation Superbike, serial 0051, 4841 miles. This bike is in superior cosmetic and mechanical condition, having excellent maintenance and care over the years. I am the third owner to the best of my knowledge, originally believed to have been sold by Ferracci into Pennsylvania, then to Connecticut, then relocated with this owner to Florida where I purchased it. All services are up to date, tires have about 600 miles, many service records. In my ownership of about 16 months, the fairing lowers have been replaced with new parts, early heat damage corrected with tubing wrap, now fairings are as new. The fairing interior sound padding has also been replaced, along with the old fasteners, tool kit is the complete original unit, now located back on the inside of the RH fairing. Original complicated license plate mount has been installed using all factory parts, now as original. New battery has been installed, all original warning decals are in place including the "servo starter" label on the rear of the tank. Samco hoses were installed by the previous owner.

 

The 749's as a group tested better for the road than the 999, as the performance is more usable, and to paraphrase one review, you take the 749 out for a ride, but the 999 runs away with you.  The 749R with 121 hp might have an easier time getting out of hand than a base or -S, but then no Ducati Superbike is for a novice rider.  That said, it seems all but guaranteed that this particular 749R will be seeing a lot of the display stand and rather little of the road or racetrack...

-donn

Pick of the Litter – 2005 Ducati 749R #0051
Suzuki April 4, 2017 posted by

Slabbie Import – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition

The first few years of GSX-R750 production had a simple race-derived seat fairing and refreshing performance.  The 1986 update included a lengthened swingarm to tame the handling, and introduced a Limited Edition homologation special with dry clutch and solo seat.  This Japanese import is in rare Yoshimura colors and just under 8,000 miles.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition for sale on eBay

Thirty-odd years ago, the GSX-R750 broke a lot of new ground and was pretty close to an endurance racer with lights.  The air/oil-cooled 749cc's were good for 100 hp, and the small-tube alloy frame helped keep the wet weight within a gallon of 400 lbs.  18-inch wheels, 310mm brakes, and Full Floater monoshock combined to spell capability.  Fiberglass seat console and full fairing with dual headlamps had a no-nonsense look.

The year after introduction, the Limited Edition had all the nice things the race department wanted to use, dry clutch, 41mm forks with Suzuki's New Electrically Activated Suspension ( NEAS ) anti-dive system, remote reservoir shock, wider rear wheel, and a host of lightened assemblies.

This Northwest GSX-R is a special import, the red and brown Yoshimura colors jangling a bit with the black seat and exhaust, and gray engine paint.  The VIN indicates a machine for the Japanese market, as does the lack of reflectors, tinted turn signals, and lack of heat shield on the muffler.  The overall condition shows that it must have been ridden very carefully and stored or displayed with a curator's care.  From the eBay auction:

All of the body panels are in excellent condition, there no cracks or major nicks anywhere. The original Suzuki exhaust is in excellent condition with no scratches or dents anywhere, The wheels are also in excellent condition with good paint and no major chips anywhere. Even the windscreen is original and in great condition. Basically the motorcycle is a 9.5 out of 10 cosmetically.  Mechanically the bike runs and rides perfect, there are no oil leaks anywhere and all of the engine paint still has the original GSXR shine with out any major dings or chips. All of the electrical components work as they should; lights, blinkers, horn, speedo, tach, fuel gauge, all work properly. The bike just had a full service tune up including new tires, all fluids were changed, and mechanically everything was inspected and replaced if necessary with original Suzuki parts.

Offered by a vintage parts house, the story of how this LE came to be isn't told in the auction, so bidders will have to send a query or go on wondering how so few parts appear to indicate use or even to have aged.  Maybe the preservation or restoration question doesn't even matter much, but as the auction goes on and the "reserve not met" sign remains lit, someone will want to know...

-donn

Slabbie Import – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition
Ducati March 16, 2017 posted by

One Rider – 1990 Ducati 750 Sport

Acknowledging the short Canadian riding season, this pretty 750 Sport was photographed some fine un-wintry day.  But if a classic carburetted desmodue is up your alley, plan for spring's eventual arrival and check this auction for a low-mile Ducati which has only been ridden by its first owner.

1990 Ducati 750 Sport for sale on eBay

Ducati was in the swim if not cresting a wave in the late 1980's, and their product managers knew how to shave development costs.  The frame for the 750 Sport was a lightly modified F1 chassis, and the drivetrain came from the controversial Paso.  But the lightweight fairing showed off the trellis frame nicely and had eye-catching sunburst livery.  Power nudged the magical 100 hp / liter mark, and the sound was pure desmodue.  With weight under control, the 750 Sport reviewed as a competent handler, with an un-cramped riding position.

An Ontario native, this Sport was only ridden 6,000 or so miles by the original owner, has changed hands and the new owner hasn't returned it to riding status.  Save a tired turn signal, it appears excellent and original.  So the auction winner will been looking at new belts, rubber, fluids, and possible a seal or two.  From the eBay auction:

The bike is extremely original, meaning, original paint, no modifications, original muffler,  and was only driven by 1st owner.  The first owner ordered the bike from the only Ducati dealership in Toronto, Continental Motorcycles Inc and took delivery of bike in May of 1991.  I have the original bill of sale and the ownership is still in the original owner's name.  The bike runs and shifts nicely, but hasn't been started in a while.  With the sale comes the original bill of sale, the owner's Manual, workshop manual and four magazines featuring the bike (Cycle World, Cycle Canada, Cycle).  This is a rare bike in very nice condition.

Rideability issues with the original two-barrel Weber carburetor are well documented and many owners have tuned them out or changed to Mikunis or Dell'Orto carbs.  16" wheels are a bit of a period item, but tire options are actually better now than they were in the 1990's.  The factory black exhaust are rarely seen on a running 750 Sport, and speak to the bike's originality.  So long as the reserve is sensible, this desmodue should have a much longer happy life...

-donn

One Rider – 1990 Ducati 750 Sport
Ducati February 4, 2017 posted by

The Next Step – 1990 Ducati 750 Sport

Backing away from the brink, Ducati needed a successor to the F1 and a second fiddle to the 907 i.e., and found it in the 750 Sport. The fully-faired desmodue was lightweight and used the Paso engine in the F1 frame.  Not an earth-shattering development, but gave the SuperSport department a chance to show their expertise.

1990 Ducati 750 Sport for sale on eBay

Sporting Weber's single carburettor between the cylinders, the 750 Sport had occasional driveability issues, but once sorted the 748cc air-cooled mill was a winner.  Staying on budget, Marzocchi supplied suspension for both ends, and likewise single-puck Brembo brakes.  16-inch rubber can be a test of a fan's dedication, but the options are much better today than when this bike was simply middle-aged.  Especially with the sun-ray graphics, the endurance fairing is sweet, but is more a fond glance over Ducati's shoulder than a look ahead.

This owner's second 750 Sport, this example has a little over 21,000 miles and a set of period slip-ons.  Good shape though scrapes and bumps almost suggest a trip to the paint booth.  The smashing factory paint scheme justifies freshening up.  It has new tires but recency of the cam belts would need to be determined.  From the eBay auction:

Runs great - excellent, not perfect, unrestored condition.  Tires and hoses are new.  Awesome nearly VINTAGE Ducati.  I bought one of these in 1990 and loved it.  This is my second one.   My Ducati book says only 150 were imported into the US.  Many of those went to the track and I have never seen another one on the street.

Similar to a PASO but cooler.  I have manuals and original Cycle World magazine where they tested the bike that will go with the sale.
The auction has several bids and the owner is refreshingly under no illusions of starting bids or reserves.  Likely to always be a rider, the new owner could have a nice one or with a little work, a gem to roll out.  An interesting chapter in the Ducati history book, frozen in trellis frame and desmodue...
-donn
The Next Step – 1990 Ducati 750 Sport
Suzuki October 29, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 1992 Suzuki GSX-R750

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Not often seen on RSBFS outside of low-mile introductory-year models or factory racers, the GSX-R750 is the legend that launched a million amateur race teams.  As any long runner, the model has had its great and meh years, and this is an interesting one - 1992 was the last year of the air/oil-cooled GSXR.  The rest-of-world folks got a water-cooler that year, but the U.S. got a final year of the proprietary SACS two-stage oil cooling but new looks.  This lightly used example has been returned to former glory at a Gulf Coast Florida shop, and is ready for a show and / or ride.

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After a 1990 engine and suspension update, the GSX-R750 revisions were light for 1992 and the "M" got a new valve train design using a rocker arm for each valve and supplied 115 hp.  Great handling from the alloy frame, 41mm inverted forks, and Full-Floater monoshock rear remained, fully adjustable for those with set-up knowledge.  Stoppage was excellent with 4-piston 310mm front brakes and 280mm rear.  The roomy new fairing was more aerodynamic as well as more comfortable.

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With only 5,700 miles this Suzuki was a find, but the fuel system and cosmetics had taken the brunt of the twenty-plus years of downtime.  The owner describes the uncompromising way they were addressed:

When I got it didn't need a thing. Well me being me I couldn't just leave it alone so I started with the fuel system ) just as a precaution ( and knowing old fuel systems real well ) I didn't want to wait until it failed so I ordered four new OEM rebuild kits and complete fuel shut off , all new fuel lines for the shut off as well.

Also the ones that connect each carburetor, all new from Suzuki, ( NO ) aftermarket parts were used.  I did clean the tank with Yamaha tank clean.  Having said that it didn't get to the very top so the lip of the tank still has some left over dust from rust but only on the lip the rest of the tank seems ok .

It looks rusty on the inside but that's just how that product works.  I fitted the bike with new Pirelli Diablo's front and rear I also kept the old tires ,OEM I think, ( I'm not riding on tires from the 90's .

So that lasted about three months and I thought this bike would look its best if I had it painted the factory 1991 colors.

I called the best painter the sport bike world has ever known and asked if he could fit it into his schedule. He agreed, so me being me the colors had to be as close to a perfect match as possible. I also wanted every decal to be as exact as possible so he made all the decals himself. In the end the paint is better than new using only the best paint and materials.

The wheels I had powder coated to match. Then fitted with new seals and bearings, again all OEM Suzuki. This bike didn't have a scratch on it when I got it and it still doesn't. All other parts are original to the bike.

The owner also offers a Photobucket slideshow with some before, during, and after pictures here.

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The idea of rebuilding and tuning four carburetors has likely scared off many would-be classic sportbike riders, but a pro has taken care of that here.  As well the paintwork, looking super and original, when so many are scarred up or rattle-canned.  Starting with an undamaged low-mile supersport from the last year without a coolant system, this owner has been careful to return to the stock looks and retain all the smaller parts.  This adds to the value now and as time goes on.  The owner asks $6,000 and Steve at Southwest Cycle can be reached at (239) 898-3050.

-donn

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Featured Listing – 1992 Suzuki GSX-R750