Posts by tag: 998cc

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 !
Ducati September 27, 2017 posted by

Fun at Any Speed – 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore 101/400

A one-year wonder, the numbered edition S4RS Tricolore put some pizazz in the 2008 Monster line-up.  The heavily oversquare testastretta engine brings 130 hp to the party, up at 9,500 rpm.  Well-finished despite being naked, the 998cc V-twin also has components on the superbike level.

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS 101/400 for sale on eBay



The 998's narrowhead engine is thoroughly modern, Marelli fuel-injected and water-cooled with an auxiliary oil cooler.  Once identified, the different plumbing loops for intake, exhaust, water, oil ( and even fuel vapor ) make sense.  The special Tricolore livery contrasts nicely with the golds of the trellis frame, Ohlins and Marchesini components, and the carbon accents on the radiators, fenders, and side covers.  Stacked exhaust and half-tube mufflers are sweet, but reviews warn of a toasty right heel.

Hard to say how this special Duc found itself with under 2,000 miles, but likely it was a trade-in at the West Palm specialty auto dealer who listed it.  Still has the rarely seen evaporative emissions system on board.  From the eBay auction:

This is a super rare 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore model with just 1171 miles!  This is the lowest mile S4RS out there that is collector quality !  This was meticulously maintained and cared for.  This bike has never been down with no marks on it.  It is a collector bike and only going up in value!  It is fitted with Michelin Pilot Power tires that are like new!   We have all original books and keys for this bike.  The handgrips and the catalytic converter have been removed.  Other than that 100% original !  Bike is absolutely amazing !!!

Like new or not, the calendar says belts and tires will need a careful inspection before grabbing a big handful of throttle on this S4RS.  But it's a desirable model since the Tricolores are only an occasional special, and the condition is spectacular.  The bikini fairing provides enough protection for a quick run at the ton, but Monsters are better in the twisties, maybe a fall day on the tail of the dragon - something like that, yeah...

-donn

 

Fun at Any Speed – 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore 101/400
Ducati September 25, 2017 posted by

Victim of Causality – 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition

Caught in its own time-warp, the 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition actually commemorated a 996 used in the movie shoot.  The post-production delay benefited the bike, with new testastretta engine and 123 hp.  This example has under 2,500 miles and has been carefully kept.

2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition for sale on eBay

 

Probably the ultimate development of the 916 family without resorting to -R or -SPS spending, the 998 transitioned the desmoquattro to the narrow-head engine, with its reduced valve angles and longer maintenance intervals.  Power and torque are a little beyond what's fun on the road, but suspension and brakes are nicely spec'ed, with Showa fork, Öhlins monoshock, and 320mm Brembo brakes.  Looks are classic superbike, though in a strange green paint.

 

Spotless and un-farkeled except for the Remus exhaust and clutch cover, this Matrix is ready for its close-up.  The owner sticks to the facts in the eBay auction:

Ducati 998 matrix edition 1 of only 500 made. Special edition final year of the 998 which is one the best bikes Ducati ever made. 

Miles: 2,410
Year 2004
Color: Green
Tires like new 
Runs Great
Super clean

Original owner with clean title in hand. In excellent condition never dropped or abused. Garaged and parked inside.

 

Reviewed as a ride to look forward to every single time, the 998 could also be finicky and used an older cooling system design.  But at or above highway speeds, pressure on the handgrips lightens up and miles reel off.  This owner has set the buy-it-now right up there, but graciously provided the "make offer" button.  In a rare event, new and newer superbikes shared the 2004 showroom, the 999 waiting in the wings and the seas just about to change.  But this 998 might be just the thing for the back-to-basics, special edition, or anything-but-red fan ...

-donn

Victim of Causality – 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition
Honda September 23, 2017 posted by

Exceptional – 2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol with 285 Miles !

After Nicky Hayden's see-saw MotoGP championship in 2006, Honda's occasional race livery special edition for '07 was a lock.  The 2006-07 model was the second generation of the CBR1000RR, with many updates and lighter weight than the 2004-05 model.  This example has been carefully stored with the factory's break-in oil still in the crankcase and no doubt Hamamatsu air in the OE tires.

2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Replica for sale on eBay

The second-gen Fireblade had a new head with double intake valve springs, revised ports, and 12.2:1 compression, a slight increase.  Minor decreases in steering head rake and front axle trail were part of a sharper-handling new chassis.  Brake disks are 10mm larger but thinner and lighter as a result.  Thinner radiators and some magnesium covers helped bring a 17 lbs weight reduction overall.  Evolutionary changes to the fairing don't mess with the original wicked-good looks.

It's hard to differentiate the CBR on offer from a brand-new machine - there is no damage or corrosion, barely any dust or dirt, and almost no miles.  The owner's comments from the eBay auction:

Authenticity can be a concern when limited editions come to market, especially in a very catchy and often dubbed graphics package.  Along with the plant code in the VIN, the silver frame, blue metallic seat fairing, a low serial number is one way to know.  My overnight research indicates that this bike's 00113 has a better chance of being the real thing, though hopefully a knowledgeable reader will chime in with the total production.  Either way, the buy-it-now is not insane money for a pre-nannie 170 hp commemorative, basically new to boot.  For a fan of the late Kentucky Kid, it's a winning tribute...

-donn

Exceptional – 2007 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol with 285 Miles !
Honda August 30, 2017 posted by

Show, Ride or Hide – 1984 Honda VF1000F

Following the introduction of the 750cc Interceptor in 1983, Honda upped the ante for 1984 and bored the V-4 out to 998cc.  With its chain-driven cams and silver painted steel frame, the VF1000F was more of a GT than superbike, but the best balanced and sportiest feeling of the FJ / GPZ / Jota / K100 group.

1984 Honda VF1000F for sale on eBay

The big Interceptor has four valves per cylinder and 122 hp is available.  With good torque of 66 ft.-lbs., only a 5-speed is required.  Triple 276mm disks seem a little light for the 550 lbs. fueled weight.  Period wheel sizes of 16" front and 17" rear help turn-in.  The supersport fairing breaks some of the wind for the rider but a review wished for more protection since the bike was capable of a ton and a half.

Evidently a two-owner bike, this VF1000F has 19,000 and change on the clock and looks very good.  Some puzzling roughness and re-paint of the left side alternator cover is detailed, but no other damage is apparent.  The owner says this in the eBay auction:

First year of production.  19K miles, runs, rides and handles like new.  The first owner was a nuclear engineer and did ALL the service and maintenance.  I purchased the bike 3 years ago and have put less than 1000 miles on it.  None to be found on eBay, just parts from wrecked bikes! Show it, ride it or hide it!  This bike will only go up in value! 

Not quite sure how prevalent the camshaft oil supply malady was on the VF1000F, but it did have a major effect on the 750cc bikes and they were built from similar castings.  In a rare event, the company addressed the issue by ending all the chain-driven cam V-4's ( except for the 400 and 500 which were a different design ) after 1984, in favor of gear-driven cams.  Still, many bikes are unaffected and run like, well, Hondas.  Ride reviews found the bike confidence-inspiring, stable and powerful.  Even for a fan the asking price for this VF1000F seems optimistic, but the make offer button is enabled...

-donn

Show, Ride or Hide – 1984 Honda VF1000F