Posts by tag: 998cc

MZ April 15, 2018 posted by

von Zschopau – 2005 MZ 1000ST with just 16 Miles

With everything from two-stroke racers to sidecars in their century-long repertoire, state-owned MZ ( Motorenwerke Zschopau ) went private in 1990 and was sold to Malaysian investors in 1996.  These were their salad days, with lots of new smaller-displacement models and their first original four-stroke engine for the MZ1000S.  This ST variant has the S frame and is tuned for more torque, but more importantly was dealer-owned and on display since new.

2005 MZ 1000ST for sale on eBay

Sometimes known as MuZ, the company designed a 998cc parallel twin for their new machine, in sport touring tune showing 117 hp and 71 ft.-lbs. torque.  Components were up to date with Marzocchi forks, Sachs monoshock, and Nissin brakes.  The twin spar frame is a double-tube design similar to the Aprilia Falco, but this time in chrome-moly steel.  The angular fairing knifes through the air with a slightly bug-eyed expression up front.

A few thousand NOS parts flying in formation, this MZ has never been registered, and is seemingly undamaged by years of display and storage.  It's a bit monochromatic in silver, gray and black but in staggering condition.  Luggage was part of the original package but is not pictured, either way it can stay on the shelf.  From the eBay auction:

This bike is in essentially brand new condition. Being sold by a former MZ motorcycle dealer. This bike was kept as a show / display bike. It has been regularly maintained, washed and only ridden from the store to the owners home and around the dealership. It has approximately 16 miles on it. Its never been tagged and has been stored in a climate controlled environment. It was started recently and fired right up, the battery is still great, tires are excellent, seat is in like new condition. Shows very minimal sign of age considering it is 13 years old. There is some slight rust on the rear side of the exhaust, see pictures. This should come off with some elbow grease. 

MZ was unconstrained by years in the liter-bike market and the 1000S reviewed as a fresh look at some issues, the twin compact if not underweight.  The company battled the demons of international trade until 2009 and tried but never returned to motorcycle manufacture.  For a fan of the brand or maybe Saxony, this rare example looks worth a shot...

-donn

 

von Zschopau – 2005 MZ 1000ST with just 16 Miles
MV Agusta March 27, 2018 posted by

Papa-Paparazzi – 2005 MV Agusta F4 Tamburini #256 of 300

Like a director's cut of your favorite movie, a special edition sportbike named for the designer will be a memorable experience.  The Tamburini signature F4 is the second 1000cc special edition, and number 256 of 300 has been upgraded and cared for by a notable collector.

2005 MV Agusta F4 Tamburini for sale on eBay

 

The F4 was introduced in 1999 as a 750cc, and the Tamburini is a bit of a return to the original Oro edition where carbon was used extensively.  The Ferrari-designed heads have the valves arranged on the domed top of the combustion chamber for theoretical optimum flow and power, but complicating the head with valves splayed slightly in three dimensions.  With multi-point fuel injection the 998cc four is rated at 173 hp, and the torque curve is helped by the newly introduced Torque Shift System, which shortens the intake runners substantially as rpm's approach 10,000.  Presuming a skilled rider, electronics can help slow the throttle curve and limit power, but there is no traction control or ABS.

 

Somehow this F4 has amassed 14,800 miles, but looks quite excellent.  Along the way the wheels were replaced with BST carbon fiber, the exhaust changed to the factory racing set, and front brakes upgraded to carbon-ceramics, which alone save around 3 lbs of unsprung weight.  Other upgrades are described in the eBay auction:

The original owner went crazy with upgrades and it has BST full carbon-fiber wheels, a performance slipper clutch, carbon ceramic rotors and Brembo mono-blok calipers.  Also has  Ohlins shocks nice adjustable rear set and numerous other things.   All in all I see well in excess of $20,000 spent on upgrades.
The bike comes with an extra seat, the racing exhaust (installed) as well as the street exhaust.  I am including two keys, the rear paddock stand, the cover as well as a few spares like the original license plate frame, grips, levers and clutch.  Bike has the original invoice as well as service records from new.
The original wheels do not come with the bike but I understand they are available if you choose to take off the $10,000 wheels that are currently on the bike.  
I have just had the bike serviced and it runs fantastic.  The brakes are absolutely amazing!   I had all fluids replaced, valves adjusted and the radiator upgraded with a popular reinforcement (weak link on these bikes) All in service cost $1,600.   
I purchased the bike from Guy Webster who is very well known as a collector of rare Italian motorcycles.  The bike still has his signature "Motoguy" stickers on the bodywork, easily removed. 

 

Guy Webster is a rock band photographer whose bike collection was part of the "Art of the Motorcycle" show in 1998 and got a neat write-up in the Robb Report.  From the looks of it the F4 may have just been too new to really fit in.  My back-of-the-napkin math shows a pretty serious discount from the original purchase price to the buy-it-now, compounded by some dollar-intensive upgrades.  Hopefully a fan will step in and give this distinctive MV a permanent home...

-donn

Papa-Paparazzi – 2005 MV Agusta F4 Tamburini #256 of 300
Aprilia December 15, 2017 posted by

Special Order – 2001 Aprilia RSV Mille R

As good as Aprilia's first superbike was, the R-spec variant was worth stretching the budget for.  This RSV Mille R is in an eye-catching color not often seen in 2001, and impeccable condition.

2001 Aprilia RSV Mille R for sale on eBay

Aprilia was showing off their design and manufacturing chops on the RSV Mille, the box tube perimeter frame elements aren't box-like but sculpted triangular, welded to cast frame connectors and steering head.  Similar construction for the banana swingarm which allows the out-sized exhaust to climb out from underneath.  Carbon mudguards, fairing vents, and hand deflectors are the real deal.  Big changes for the -R are full Öhlins suspension including steering damper, and forged Marchesini seventeens.

Apparently in private ownership after a stint in Meguiar's Car Care collection, this RSV has just under 3,100 miles and is awfully nice for its age.  The owner says this in the eBay auction:

one of a kind Aprilia RSV 1000R, custom ordered from the factory by the Meguiar's car polish family's private auto collection in 2001.  Although it has been in their collection since new it has been ridden and maintained so it has some mileage on it.  At only 3000 miles and not a scratch.

All the paint color is bright and vibrant, all of the fluids and manufacturer recommended scheduled maintenance is followed by the book.  This bike is as new as you can get in the way it looks and runs just like the day it rolled off the manufacturer's floor.  This bike has all oem parts just the way it was ordered from Aprilia factory with upgraded Öhlins front and rear suspension and all carbon fiber fairings and fuel tank. 

The bike has brand new factory brand tires with aftermarket rim tape for cosmetic appeal.  I was honored that they sold me this bike and have had a real blast owning it and showing it off.  I own a number of exotic bikes and am an avid sport bike enthusiast.  Letting go of a couple of my bikes to make room for a brand new bike.

The RSV reviewed as a little overweight, but the torquey, trouble-free drivetrain makes up for a lot.  This monoposto is more of a special order than a custom, a low-mileage creampuff with the desirable -R equipment.  Bidding is quite active and it'll be interesting to see where it goes...

-donn

Special Order – 2001 Aprilia RSV Mille R
Yamaha December 10, 2017 posted by

1 Liter, 1 Owner, 1 Mile – 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 LE

Yamaha dreamed up a 50th birthday present for them and us in 2006, and made only 1000 copies. Serial number 002 was put in storage without even a celebratory ride and is available as new.  It's a show and go affair with Roberts-era racing colors and 174 hp.

2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 50th Anniversary #002 for sale on eBay

The R1 was first introduced in 1998, and improved over the years with fuel injection, underseat exhaust, more aerodynamic fairing, and 2006 was the last model year to use the 5-valve Genesis engine.  For this year the reinforced swingarm was extended, and a factory slipper clutch system added.  The commemorative edition has Ohlins front and rear, forged Marchesini wheels, and a data-logging race dash.

 

Presented by a Las Vegas specialty dealer, this LE looks showroom new.  No history to speak of, but they did say in the eBay auction:

Please enjoy viewing this 2006 Yamaha  R1 anniversary Limited edition.  It has been professionally "mothballed" in order to store it without damaging the bike. It has never been ridden and has 0 miles on it.  This is #2 of 500 made and #1 is in the Yamaha museum.  Included with this bike is everything that came with the bike along with a special tool kit only made for this bike.

 

Likely the mileage and low serial number will be of more interest than the late R1's reputation as a forgiving superbike, ready to rack up the miles.  The 50th anniversary is also a milestone as for 2007 Yamaha returned to a more typical 4-valve head.  Fun to think that a skilled rider could take this ten year-old superbike right out and ( after a stop at the tire dealer ) turn a 10-second quarter mile...

-donn

1 Liter, 1 Owner, 1 Mile – 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 LE
Aprilia November 3, 2017 posted by

Working Girl – 2008 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory Race Bike

Aprilia's RSV1000R was built from 2004-10 though its roots go further back to 1998 and the RSV Mille superbike.  The 998cc magnesium-cased twin has gear-driven cams and has proved a reliable mill, this vintage producing 139 hp and 79 ft.-lbs. torque.  The race-only bike presented here was campaigned in '09 by Chaz Davies in the AMA Daytona Sportbike series, and has some neat "factory" and race-developed details.

2008 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory Race Bike for sale on eBay

Dollar intensive upgrades like Öhlins dampers for front, rear, and steering, and O-Z forged aluminum wheels set the Factory version apart, along with several carbon fiber details.  An Akrapovic exhaust was an option, but this RSV has a Leo Vince system.  Aprilia literature shows the Factory having gold anodized frame and wheels, but clear anodized frame and white wheels are on this bike.  Brakes are a strong point with Brembo's radially mounted calipers and braided lines.

Never anything but an AMA Pro racebike, this RSV1000R seems like it was spared any high sides, and shows a lot of carbon fiber, safety wire, and billet parts.  At least for this bike, Aprilia's choice of "Factory" as a sub-model has clouded the factory race bike issue.  Very clean overall, though a pro race bike is out there every week and some wear and tear is expected.  The list from the eBay auction:

- Bike weighs a tick over 370 lbs wet
- 2 oem spare tanks
- 1 kevlar race tank
- Spare rear wheel from Goeberts bike
- tons of new sprockets
- 2 sets of spare rear sets
- Moto R rearsets on bike now
- clip ons
- race fairing stay
- carbon ram air tubing (wsbk spec)
- air box mod
- Dynos 142whp/ 79 ftlbs on sunoco gtx
- Leo Vince full titanium exhaust
- New Yoyodyne slipper clutch, new fibers as well
- MT adjustable triples
- Ohlins R&T forks, 25mm superbike inserts
- Ohlins custom TTX shock
- Ohlins steering damper
- quick change rear wheel, captive spacers and ceramic bearings front & rear
- Brembo calipers and rotors
- Brembo 19x20 master with remote adjuster
- Brembo 18x16 clutch master
- Custom KWS radiator
- lightweight battery
- Kit lightweight harness
- start/ kill controls on left bar
- PC3 w/ gp quickshifter
- numerous, numerous other parts and details

In the mid-2000's Chaz Davies was a regular on the AMA circuit, rode for the factory-supported Aprilia team in 2009, which led to a factory Triumph World SuperSport ride and the championship for Yamaha in 2011.  Since 2014 he has ridden a Ducati for the Aruba.it team in WSBK, and has been a regular on the podium.  The 2008 edition is toward the end of the run for the RSV, as development of the V-4 was underway, and has all the best of the big Italian superbike.  A club-racing program is just a pleasant daydream for most of us, but this late Aprilia would be a nice choice for an expert rider...

-donn

Working Girl – 2008 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory Race Bike
Ducati November 2, 2017 posted by

2004 Ducati 998S FE With Just 1,164 Miles !

Update 11.2.2017: Back on eBay, this FE previously reached $10,600 reserve not met in July of this year. Now it wears a buy-it-now of $22k. Links updated. -dc

Ducati's own commemorative of 10 years manufacturing the 916-derived superbike, the special order 998 Final Edition had a plaque on the triple-clamp and the new testastretta under the fairings.  This monoposto shows just over 1K miles and is pictured in front of the proverbial barn.

2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition for sale on eBay

Sporting the classic trellis frame and World Champion Superbike graphics on the tailcone, the FE has the powertrain and premium components to back it up.   The nicely oversquare testastretta knocks on silly power's door with 136hp at 10,200 rpm.  The standard Ducati rev counter doesn't show a redline, but many owners label 11,000 rpm with a "$$$" or "Bang!" as repair costs escalate exponentially.  As an -S, the FE should have the deep sump crankcase, though some claim differences between U.S. and Euro S/FE's.  Fully adjustable Öhlins are found front and rear, and Brembo four-piston front brakes and Marchesini alloys complete the picture.

Tucked away somewhere for most of its life, this 998 is a little dusty but unmarked, and appears factory original.  Most owners might have changed at least a couple of the brushed aluminum details to carbon if the bike was handy in their garage or foyer.  Most of the comments in the eBay auction are specifications and advertising, but there's also this -

1 of 112 Ducati 998 Final Edition Monoposto California's made. This bike was only available by special order, it was not available as a regular production model. Quite rare to say the least. I'd imagine this could be, the cleanest, lowest mile one in existence; as I have never seen a lower mileage 2004 998 FE pop up.

Check the pictures, flawless. Radiator is one of the a very reliable bellwether of use or lack there of: it looks almost brand new.  Colorado Title with original owner's name.

Since earth-shattering 999's were being prepared for shipment at the same time, one can imagine the misty eyes as the last few special-order 998's were wheeled out.  The tank decal recalls 8 championships and 115 race wins, a record deserving of a large number 1 in a wreath.  Rarity assured, as a final year edition of a beloved model, and barely used.  With 2-1/2 days to go, bidding is active but reserve is tbd.

-donn

2004 Ducati 998S FE With Just 1,164 Miles !