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Ducati March 21, 2018 posted by

Distant Rumble – 2004 Ducati 1000DS SuperSport

Long and lean, Ducati's 1000 Dual Spark SuperSport impressed reviewers with stable handling and sensible seat height.  Its 85 air-cooled hp don't snap the bike upright but do just fine making the cars and bikes behind get smaller.  This 2004 model has miles but recent maintenance and a very factory appearance.

2004 Ducati 1000DS SuperSport for sale on eBay

Ducati used two sparks plugs ( and valves ) per cylinder to help increase power.  Similar 90-degree L-twins powered the Monster and Multi Strada, trading the stable temperatures of liquid cooling for the simplicity and lighter weight of air cooling.  Many updates were made to the heads to improve valve angles and gas flow.  The classic trellis frame provides a solid platform for the 43mm Showa forks and alloy swingarm with Öhlins shock.  The dry clutch is also all aluminum to save weight.  Gold line Brembo calipers are found over dual 320mm front disks and 245mm rear.

Despite 24,000 and 14 years, this 1000DS looks very good.  As a 2004 it has alloy swingarm, Marchesini wheels, and Öhlins rear shock that were later value-engineered into cheaper components.  It also has the rarely seen aluminum mufflers and factory turn signals.  I had thought that Ducati only offered the 1000DS SuperSport with full fairing, but maybe this example snuck in under that wire as well.  Maintenance history from the eBay auction :

Work at 17,000 Miles :

  • Valves Checked (No adjustment needed)
  • New Timing Belts Installed

Recent Work at 21,000 Miles :

  • New Brakes

Just Installed at 24,000 Miles :

  • Oil Changed – 100% Synthetic, with new mounts on the oil cooler
  • Ducati Air Filter
  • New Front and Rear Tires
  • New chain
  • Both sprockets (front and rear) are new, geared for the highway
  • New Battery
  • New Rubber Oil Cooler Mounts


Fans might differ on the complex Terblanche design, but the basic facts of a nicely faired 1000cc sportbike remain, with the fanfare of the big L-twin on approach.  Some afficionados recommend buying the very latest of whatever model you choose, but the 1000DS SuperSport is an exception, this 2004 being better equipped than later years.  Since the last year of the model was 2007, all major improvements are on board the '04.  The simplicity of the desmodue also lends itself much better to hobbyist maintenance than a new bike, and this well cared-for example is worth a look-see...


Distant Rumble – 2004 Ducati 1000DS SuperSport
Ducati March 19, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Carbon-Bodied 2002 Ducati MH900e for Sale

Italian bikes are sometimes accused of putting style before function, but I think it's more accurate to say that they prioritize performance and style over comfort and practicality... But in the case of the Ducati MH900e, style was far and away the most important priority, and everything else came after. Penned by Pierre Terblanche, the MH900e was meant to evoke Mike "The Bike" Hailwood's race-winning Isle of Man TT NCR-prepped machine and the replica MHRs that followed. The "e" at the end of the name was for "Evoluzione" as the bike is the spiritual successor of those storied machines.

The MH900e's concept bike looks are wild and impractical, but its beating heart is Ducati's long-serving oil and air-cooled two-valve L-twin. Displacing 904cc, the twin pumps out an honest 75hp at the rear wheel along with respectable midrange torque. It's obviously not a powerhouse, but the 410lb machine has Ducati's race-bred frame geometry and quality suspension at both ends. The riding position is committed, with a long reach to low bars over the tank, high rearsets, and a tall seat that requires long legs if you want to put your feet flat at traffic lights.

Frankly, there are just two things really stopping the bike from being a great back-road bike like the later Sport Classics: the brutal ergonomics and the insane, Harley Sportster-sized fuel tank. The ergonomics you can justify, but the tiny, 2.2 gallon tank means about 90 miles between stops, even with the two-valve twin's surprisingly decent mileage. It's a little shocking, since the bike looks like it'd have a generously-sized fuel cell, but most of what you're looking at is apparently an airbox.

Luckily, California Cycleworks makes a much larger 4.6 gallon unit that doesn't require any permanent modifications to the bike to install. It appears to still be available and would make the bike much more practical. With just 2,000 produced between 2001 and 2002, they're rare and valuable enough that most seemed doomed to a life as display pieces, but that's a shame, considering the excellent handling, solid reliability, and easy-to-service engine.

From the Seller: 2002 Ducati MH900e for Sale

Ultra Rare 2002 Ducati MH900e for sale

Limited production 1812 of 2000
Mileage: 4,500 Miles
US bike from Oregon
Clean title like new condition
Price: $19,600 USD

Factory upgraded Ducati Performance carbon fiber bodywork and tasteful parts including:

  • DP Clutch Cover
  • DP Slave Clutch Cylinder
  • DP Signals
  • Speedy Moto Pressure Plate & Basket
  • Rizoma Handle Bar Grips
  • Rizoma Mirrors
  • Staintune Slip-on Exhausts

Bike comes with:

  • Owner plaque
  • T-Shirt
  • Rear stand

All services done. Timing belts changed in 2017. New tires. Needs nothing. Bike is as is and does not come with additional parts.

Bike is located in Vancouver BC Canada. Serious inquiries only. No PayPal. Wire or cash only. The bike can be easily exported back to the US because it is an US bike. Shipping can be arranged at buyer’s cost.

Price in USD

Contact Jacky by email with your interest:

It is unfortunate that the original bodywork and other parts don't seem to be included, but the Ducati Performance panels are obviously an appropriate modification and look great, even if exposed carbon fiber reduces the visual ties to the red and silver of the original NCR bikes. The bike also includes a set of Staintune exhausts that look very similar to the stock system but let the bike sound more appropriately Ducati-ish. Considering the prices of Sport Classics these days, the $19,800 asking price seems pretty reasonable, and is in line with other examples of the MH900e that we've seen lately.


Featured Listing: Carbon-Bodied 2002 Ducati MH900e for Sale
Benelli February 28, 2018 posted by

Oh Sei can you see? Two Benelli SEI 750s on eBay

In striving to bring readers the best online classifieds every day, RSBFS writers are besieged by drought and deluge. Some rare machines might not be seen for months or more, only to arrive in pairs. Such is the case with today's 12-cylinder post; not one but two awesome Benelli 750cc six cylinder examples for your enjoyment. Widely known (pun intended) as the World's First production six cylinder motorcycle (despite the later attempts by Honda, Kawasaki and BMW), the Benelli was a technical and stylistic tour de force. Engineered by none other than Alejandro de Tomaso of Pantara fame (the sports car, not the band), the Sei persisted for more than 15 years until the ultimate merger of Benelli into Moto Guzzi. Interested in one of these ground-breaking machines? Read on!

1977 Benelli Sei 750 for sale on eBay

The first of the 750 Benelli Sei models were introduced way back in 1973. While Honda was busy wowing the world with their four-cylinder technological might, de Tomaso sought to one-up the Japanese by tacking two extra cylinders onto a copy of the Honda power plant. With that move, a 500cc four became a 750cc six - and history was made.

To keep the already portly engine block from becoming too unwieldy, de Tomaso re-positioned the alternator from the end of the crank (where it sat on the Honda) to behind the cylinders. This move not only narrowed the ultimate width of the engine, it also started a trend to centralize mass within the frame; a discipline followed to this day. Total power was not tremendous - rated HP was a mere 72 ponies.

From the seller:
Up for sale is this extremely rare 1977 Benelli 750 “Sei” (Italian for “six” – not “sex”!), one of the three vintage six cylinder bikes ever made. It is an un-restored original in excellent condition, With a clear title and only 10,463 miles, (16.742 Kilometers) this is one of the nicest survivors of only a thousand 750 Seis imported into the US from 1974 to 1978. And it’s a “rider,” not a trailer queen: driven once every month or two, and only in clear weather – has never been in the rain, nor been dropped or scraped. Only cosmetic flaw is a tiny chip on the tank.

In the year 1977 only 283, 750 Sei were made, making this year a very rare one. Breaks got a tune up and work just as well as a modern bike, all switches and gauges work as they should, gas tank received a coat treatment to prevent rust, it has new air filters, recently got carburetor tune up. This bike only has a small dent on one of the exhausts and very small paint chips on the gas tank(please see pictures).

I will include some spare parts, a copy of the owners manual, a copy of the shop manual, as well as a copy of the spare parts manual. Some magazines in which the bike was featured at that time. Previous owner kept this motorcycle in a museum. This motorcycle is only missing the tool kit and the rubber strap that holds the gas tank.

This particular 1977 example appears to be in great shape. Benellis of this era were not exactly known for robust reliability, so it is actually a huge benefit that this is a regular rider. Nothing ages a motorcycle like stagnation, and this one has thus far avoided the neglect that many of these complex machines have suffered. Check it out here, but be sure to bring lots of Lire - the starting bid for this one is a cool $19,000.

1979 Benelli Sei 750 with ZERO miles for sale on eBay

The Benelli Sei is as much an exercise in excess as anything you are likely to see. The frame is dominated by the huge engine and offset by six exhaust pipes. Nothing on this bike is subtle, nor was it meant to be. The visceral elements of the Sei were created by famed Carrozzeria Ghia (think of the VW Karmann Ghia or the Ferrari 212), the bodywork as striking as the mechanical elements. Benelli - under the guidance of de Tomaso - was going to make a statement: the Italians were the equal of Japanese technology and held all the cards in the styling department. At the end of the day, they surely succeeded.

Today the Sei continues to be more distinctive than anything short of a one-off, overwrought custom cruiser. To consider that this was a production model for sale publicly throughout the 1970s and 1980s is unbelievable. It is also pretty rare. Sei models were considerably more expensive than mass-produced counterparts; the dealer network was smaller than Japanese, German, or even other Italian marques.

From the seller:
1979 Benelli 750 Sei. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy a zero mile... yes , zero mile motorcycle. Here is the story as I was told when I bought it. This motorcycle was purchased new by a Florida collector, who at the time of his death (about 2 years ago) was 82 years old. The previous owner had amassed over 300 motorcycles, many of them being rare, high ticket items.

His widow sold 70% of his collection to a German collector, as a package deal. I managed to get a few of his other bikes, two of which were Benelli 750 Sei zero mile bikes. This collector, as described by his brother, was extremely eccentric, and not particular about the absolute care, and method of storage for his motorcycles. Consequently, although a zero miler, it does display various imperfections which are visible in the photos. Please feel free to contact me and we can do a video walk through closeup of the specifics. Included with the sale are, the original toolkit and manual.

1977 is listed as the final production year of the 750 model; the 900cc replacement version of the Sei entered as a 1978 model. However it is not uncommon for model year data to be based on the sale or registration of a given bike. It is also not uncommon for smaller European brands to have somewhat erratic record keeping, making exact determinations difficult. Regardless, this claimed ZERO mile example is certainly an albino of the Unicorn world. Low mileage specimens of low-volume production models will always perk the interest of collectors. There are lots of questions on this one - including the overall condition - but the seller seems open to answering them. Check it out here, and once again bring lots of Lire to the party: this one is $24,000 in a Buy It Now format, with the seller open to offers.

At the end of the 1980s Benelli was absorbed by Moto Guzzi. The name and rights were later sold to a Chinese company, and Benelli enjoyed a brief US revival in the early 2000s with the three cylinder Tornado and TNT models. Today Benelli - while still officially headquartered in Pesaro, Italy - is a Chinese company that partners with with DSK Group of India, producing smaller and middleweight motorcycles and scooters for those markets. There are Benelli imports into the US, but only officially through a third party (SSR Motorsports). The glory days of Benelli being a power house of style and technology are largely over. Better collect an old school example when you still can. Good Luck!!


Oh Sei can you see? Two Benelli SEI 750s on eBay
Norton February 22, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2015 Norton 961 Commando PLUS 1967 Norton Atlas!

When you think of the most storied marques in motorcycling history, what do you think of? The Japanese Big Four have certainly been dominant on the racing scene as of late, with Italy holding their own throughout the ages. But it was the English brands that led the way to greatness, with the great Norton conglomerate - initially launched in 1898 - standing as the iconic representation of what a performance motorcycle should be. From the cafe racer scene to the mighty TT street races to doing the ton, Nortons have been the mainstay of cool and an unmistakable status symbol for those in the know.

Surviving through the rapid changes of the 1950s and 1960s - changing hands to become Associated Motorcycles (AMC - including brands AJS, Matchless, Francis-Barnett and James) in 1953, Norton thrived through the 1960s and into the 70s and even took over BSA and Triumph in an all-British consolidation move. Unfortunately, the bottom dropped out of the UK motorcycle market shortly thereafter, driving Norton (as well as the Norton-Villers-Triumph company) under. Through the 1990s the Norton name was kept alive by enthusiasts and restoration shops, changing hands a few more times. US-based restorer Kenny Dreer created the first iteration of the 961 Commando, but the Norton name was eventually re-aquired and launched in the UK with the resources to make a difference. This Donnington-era version of Norton placed the fantastic 961 Commando into solid production, a beautiful recreation of the Norton glory days faithfully updated with current, cutting edge components. Today's special featured listing is a 2015 Norton 961 Commando, but also includes a well-preserved 750 Atlas model from 1967.

Featured Listing:
Buy a 2015 Norton 961 Commando
and get a 1976 Norton 750 Atlas for free!

Let's start out with the modern bike first: 2015 Norton 961 Commando. The roots of the 961 Commando starts across the pond in the US with Kenny Dreer, a famed Norton restoration expert. As the rights to Norton moved back to the UK, the 961 was evolved and redesigned (virtually every part, so they say). And lest you think this was just the offshoot of a backyard dreamer, post 2008 variants of the 961 involved serious design and development; none other than Pierre Terblanche (of Ducati fame) counted his name on the Norton employee roster.

Powering the Commando is an air-cooled parallel twin with 270-degree crank pins. Bores are Nikasil coated to improve sealing, ensuring power and longevity. The feel and sound emulate the past, but the power delivery through a modern 5-speed tranny is all of the current day. Top shelf Brembos shed velocity, while Ohlins take up suspension duty front and rear. With about 80 HP on tap, this reincarnated Commando holds its own against the Monster or Suspersport lineup from Ducati while exuding more than a little British soul.

This was a $20k machine when new; exclusivity goes hand in hand with a high price tag.

From the seller:
2015 Norton Commando SE 1 of 50, only 566 miles, just in from California, beautiful condition, Dominator pipes, recalibrated ECU, all recalls and TSBs performed.

Putting aside the new Commando, let's step back some 50+ years; that is when the Norton Atlas first came into being. Acting as a precursor to the Commando of the late 1960s, the Atlas featured a 750cc parallel twin housed in a fabled featherbed frame. What makes the Atlas most interesting is the target market: America. Initial units were exclusively developed for export to the US. For the day, the Atlas was a significant motorcycle - all 55 HP, four-speed trans, limited suspension and drum brakes of it. Today these capabilities seem modest, but there is clear DNA in those bones.

This particular Atlas has but 8,000 miles, has been restored to what appears to be a very good standard, and has some star power as formerly being in the collection of Ewan McGregor. Not too shabby as far as a two-fer goes!

From the seller:
1967 Norton Atlas 750, restored and in very nice condition, 8K original miles, runs and rides and is well sorted. Former Ewan McGregor private collection bike.

So here is the deal: Buy the ultra rare 961 Commando, and get the Atlas for free. Offers around $25,000 USD to be considered. The seller is willing to break up the pair for the right buyer, but is offering a pretty good discount for both. Drop Corey a note if you are serious: Good Luck!!


Featured Listing: 2015 Norton 961 Commando PLUS 1967 Norton Atlas!
Ghezzi-Brian February 11, 2018 posted by

Gutsy Ghezzi – 2002 Ghezzi-Brian Furia

In operation just since 1995, Ghezzi-Brian has capitalized on Moto Guzzi's long history beginning with the SuperTwin race bike.  Their naked-sport Furia served fans of the brand with a lighter street package which just happened to be a looker as well.

2002 Ghezzi-Brian Furia for sale on eBay

For '02 the Furia used Moto-Guzzi's oversquare 1064cc engine, with 87 hp, 5-speed transmission and shaft drive.  The backbone frame from Moto-Guzzi is updated with Paioli forks and G-B's own monoshock swingarm.  The front end has a Buell-esque rim-diameter disk brake, and the muffler is crafted to echo the silhouette of the oil pan.

Coming out of Virginia, this Ghezzi-Brian has under 6,000 miles and looks complete and undamaged.  The owner states that this particular bike is a pre-production machine, perhaps it was the importer's demo to entice dealers.  From the eBay auction:

-Exotic Italian design, totally stock from Moto Guzzi 1100cc shaft drivetrain
-Lightweight components: naked sport frame, perimeter front rotor, Ohlins shock, carbon fender, hand welded fuel tank & muffler, projector beam headlights
-This 2002 Furia was the prototype & the first model in the U.S. (production began in 2003)
-Velocity Motorcycles received this Furia & one Sport Twin

A long runner in the bespoke European segment, the Furia is still in Ghezzi-Brian's catalogue, and is even available as a kit for an owner to modify their own Guzzi.  The fuel-injected drivetrain and strong chassis are known quantities and a good choice for a custom.  Ghezzi-Brian motorcycles have undeniable rarity, and some neat low-volume touches.  Just the thing for a Guzzi fan with exceedingly good taste.



Gutsy Ghezzi – 2002 Ghezzi-Brian Furia
Ducati January 22, 2018 posted by

Time Capsule: 1994 Ducati Monster M900 with Just 931 Miles for Sale!

It's arguable whether or not Ducati's iconic Monster actually started the naked bike craze. Certainly, the Honda Hawk GT and CB-1 beat it to market by more than a couple years, but were relative failures and certainly didn't spark the public's imagination in the same way: being first to market doesn't really mean much if you're so far ahead of the curve that no one buys your innovative product. And Triumph introduced their Speed Triple just a year or so later and that's been a popular class benchmark for years now. But you can't really dispute that the Monster saved Ducati from financial ruin and has remained one of their best-selling, most accessible models. From the start, it managed to be enough of an authentic Ducati to capture the company's racing mystique, while being cost-effective enough to generate good profits for the eternally cash-starved company.

The secret? This iconic Italian motorcycle is a parts-bin lash-up: basically, the only new parts were the gas tank, the seat, and the plastic instrument surround. Everything else was sitting right there on the shelf. The frame? From the 888, obviously a terrific place to start. The engine? Ducati's air and oil-cooled, two-valve v-twin with a six-speed gearbox and dry clutch pulled straight from the 900SS. The suspension and wheels were from the base model 900SS, with fairly crude, non-adjustable forks up front, but it all worked fine for the bike's mission and kept costs down. It didn't even come with a tachometer at first, just the big, white-faced Veglia speedometer from the 900SS and a bank of giant, square idiot lights.

The lack of a tachometer might seem like a serious oversight but, frankly, while the 900SS engine may be redlined at 9,000 rpm, it runs out of puff much earlier, especially in the carbureted form seen here, so there's really no need to wind it out towards the hypothetical redline to make the most of the bike's claimed 75 hp. Even as late as the Dual-Spark 1100, Ducati's two-valve twin has always been about the midrange, and that suits the Monster's "sexy urban hooligan" image to a T. Just be careful or your carefully-cultivated sexy urban hooligan image may take a hit when you try to pull a quick u-turn and run afoul of the bike's shockingly limited steering lock. Stock gearing was a bit tall for actual urban riding, but is easily changed if that's where you spend most of your time.

The Monster is a blast to squirt from stoplight to stoplight, and the Brembo brakes were pretty much industry standard at the time and haul the bike down quickly, given the bike's 407lb dry weight. Of course, the bike's parts-bin nature meant upgrades were sitting down at your local Ducati dealer or at the breaker's yard: the fully-adjustable rear shock from the 851 bolts right into place, adjustable forks from the SS/SP slide into the triple clamps with no fuss and even use the stock brakes and front wheel. Big-bore and high-compression kits exist to take your Monster to a fire-breathing 90hp and beyond, although it's not really going to give anything modern a hard time and you'll impact reliability. And of course in the years following the bike's introduction, an entire aftermarket industry sprang up to create a wealth of bolt-ons and dodads and carbon-fiber farkles to make your Monster one-of-a-kind.

All of which makes the Monster sort of like an Italian Harley-Davidson Sportster, but 2/3 the weight and less likely to ground out at the first sign of a corner.

From the original eBay listing: 1994 Ducati Monster M900 for Sale

This is it. Where it all started for the Monster Era. 1994 was the very first year for the Monster in the USA and i am proud to present this amazing piece of Ducati history for auction today. This is an all original 1994 Ducati Monster 900 with 931 ORIGINAL miles on it. Yes, you read that right. 931 miles. This is an amazing machine that has been extremely well preserved and retains all of its originality down to the original Michelin M89 Tires with no dry rot!  I am the second owner of this bike, however, it was never titled in my name so it is technically an original 1 owner bike. I have a clean NYS title in the original owners name with the mileage on the title as 00002. I have some great original documentation on the bike including the original Ducati owners identification card and Ducati limited warenty for street motorcycles paperwork. Papers you received when purchasing the bike new. I also have the original mirrors that will go with the bike in the sale as well as another set of factory exhaust cans i aquired that are brand new originals. Two original Ducati Keys as well. This bike still retains the original oil from Ducati! As you can see the original exhaust cans and even the big licence plate bracket that everyone removed back then, remains. This is truly a collector piece for anyone looking to have in their motorcycle collection. With that said, this machine can be ridden as well. The bike runs absolutely flawless. I own a motorcycle repair shop here on Long Island and personally own and did the carb service on this machine. Carbs were removed, cleaned in an carburetor acid bath and fully rebuilt with all new parts I.E. float needles, gaskets, o-rings, float bowl gaskets etc. Fuel tank does not have a drop of rust in it anywhere as this bike has been stored in a heat controlled area since new. If someone purchases the bike locally and chooses to ride this machine, i would love to see the bike come back to my shop for any service work. The paint on the bike i would say is a 9.5 out of 10. Giving the .5 to two extremely small nicks all the way at the front of the fuel tank as seen in pic. Some touch up paint and you wouldn't notice. There is also come scratches on both left and right side foot rest brackets i can only assume is either from someone transporting the bike and it got scratched from incorectly strapping it down or the original owner had something on his boots that scratched it up. Never the less, with some paint, it can def be repaired/touched up. Just want to be 100%. Other then that, as you can see, the bike is flawless and retains all of its original components. Factory EVERYTHING. Factory tool kit is under the seat as well.  I can honestly say i challenge anyone to find another first year M900 monster in this color combo, with this mileage and condition anywhere in the world. I feel you will be hard pressed to find another and that owning this machine is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will not come around again. These bikes are just not around anymore and if you do see one, it has a ton of miles on it and is most likely run down. With 931 miles on it, its a true collectors piece and will be as close to a new bike as you will get. I have no problems with a local sale and anyone that would like to come see it personally is absolutely welcome to do so. I also have no problems shipping the bike. It will be the buyers responsibility to arrange/pay with shipping but i will help with this any way that i possibly can. Please, if you aren't fully prepared to purchase, do not have the money on hand, or any other issues pertaining to an easy smooth sale, please refrain from continuing with my auction. Anyone truly interested in owning this motorcycle is welcome to call me directly at 631-872-5009. My name is Jay. This is a land line number so please do not text. I have tons of pics so if there is something you specifically want to see, please let me know. Starting bid will be $1.00, so bid to win! Buyer will be responsible for a $200.00 non-refundable deposit via pay pal after the sale of the bike. The remaining balance must be made by either bank wire transfer or cash in hand. The machine will not leave my possession until funds are cleared or cash in my hand. Whoever purchases this bike is getting a true original historical piece that will only go up in value. A true investment if you will. I do not have to sell it, but unfortunately i have a few to many toys and not enough space.

I also have a set of original FG Italy front and rear stands that are period correct for this bike that i am open to selling to the winner of the bike if he/she wants them. The rear can be seen in pic. They will NOT be included in this auction.

Thank you and happy bidding!

So obviously, you may be thinking, "Yeah, the Monster may have saved Ducati from being a motorcycling footnote, but these things are freaking everywhere!" And they are. But what we're looking at here is probably one of most pristine examples in existence, with just 931 miles on the odometer, in relatively unusual metallic black. Bidding seems stalled out at $6,000 with the reserve not met. That's obviously very high for a Monster, but a pretty fair price for a classic, practical roadster, especially one that was featured in the Guggenheim's Art of the Motorcycle exhibit.


Time Capsule: 1994 Ducati Monster M900 with Just 931 Miles for Sale!