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Ducati April 7, 2018 posted by

Ugly no more? 2005 Ducati 999R

When the 999 series was introduced in 2003 as the successor to the fantastic 916/996/998 genealogy of Ducati Superbikes, the world collectively groaned. Far removed from the sexy, flowing lines of the Tamburini-penned predecessors, the Terblanche-designed 999 series was rough and angular. The stacked headlight arrangement made the bike instantly recognizable in the sort of way a clown sticks out in a police lineup consisting of otherwise normal, average businessmen. In short, it was everything the earlier generations were not. There was some commonality for the Ducati faithful, however: Performance. The 999 - and especially the top-of-the-line R model - were quicker and faster than the bikes that came before. This became especially evident in World Superbike racing; so good was the platform that the 999 soldiering on through the 2007 racing season even though the bike ended production in 2006.

2005 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

Despite the appearance, the aerodynamics of the 999 was actually more efficient than the earlier models. This translated not only into racetrack success, but a better riding experience. With greater adjustability and better ergonomics, more riders could enjoy the extreme Ducati experience. And what an experience - thanks to the updated L-twin testaretta engine now producing 150 HP at nearly 10,000 RPM. But as most of you already know, it is the torque of the desmoquattro twin that really drives the bike off of the corners. To that end Ducati fitted the 999R with radial-mount Brembo calipers, the very best equipment to slow you down for the next bend in the road. Out back the braced box-section swing arm keeps track of the rear wheel movement with fewer unsprung pounds than the earlier single-sided unit. Ohlins suspension (fully adjustable, naturally) completes the impressive list of components bolted to the R spec superbike.

From the seller:
2005 999R with 4081 miles. I'm the 2nd owner. I purchased from the original owner back in 2011 . Since then I've added a few parts including the following:

-Brembo 19 RCS brake master cylinder
-Brembo 16 RCS brake master cylinder
-Carbon large intake tubes (with aftermarket filter but can't remember brand)
-Carbon rear hugger
-Custom LED rear lights
-Fender eliminator
-Gearing change (with chain)
-4 post slipper clutch
-Swapped Ohlins OE rear for RS Ohlins with remote adjuster
-Swapped OE calipers for gold M4 calipers
-Free float rotors
-Swapped rear rotors
-Custom full titanium exhaust
-Dynojet tune for bigger custom exhaust
-Comes with Ducati spare keys and card to reprogram keys

The ugly-duckling 999R was an exclusive and expensive piece of kit. Produced in low numbers (an estimated 200 units in 2005), the R model would set you back 30 large bills a decade and a half ago. At the time, many would-be buyers considered that a ridiculous price for such a visual departure from normal Ducati supermodel status. Today, we find that the 999 series has aged rather well. The lines have held up better than the so many me-too copies that permeate the used bike listings. This is a distinctive, evocative motorcycle that brings substantial performance along for the ride. Look closely at the details - for example how the "Ducati" and "999R" logos on the fairing are actually clear coated showing the carbon fiber below - and then look at the price for a decent used example. Ugly no more, indeed.

At the time of writing this 4,000 mile bike has just crossed over the $8k mark, with reserve still in place. We have seen these bikes push into the $20ks for pristine examples, down to the high teens for others in good condition. This particular specimen has been modified to some degree, but most changes have been in the interest of performance. Check out this beast here, and let's see what the market says. Meanwhile, head over to our Comments section and share your thoughts on the 999: Love it or hate it? Is this a "future collectable" that you can still afford today? Let us know!

MI

Ugly no more?  2005 Ducati 999R
BMW March 14, 2018 posted by

What could have been: 2009 BMW HP2 Sport

In 2008 BMW launched the ultimate boxer sport bike, the HP2 Sport. An offshoot of the stillborn GP racer project (which management wisely decided could not be competitive in a straight up fight), BMW instead released a no-compromise sporting twin of uber-exclusive status. Limited in numbers and impossibly expensive, the HP2 Sport was a brief, flashy prelude to the more conventional S1000RR. I've been eyeing this example for a bit, and decided it was finally time to share with RSBFS readers.

2008 BMW HP2 Sport ABS for sale on eBay

The BMW HP2 Sport is a bit of a dichotomy. Long known as the gentleman's transport, BMWs staid reputation was based on longevity, quality and composure; out and out sporting intent was conspicuously missing. Incorporating all of the traditional elements of BMW - including the boxer twin and shaft drive - the HP2 Sport stretched the boundaries of what was possible. New cylinder head design opened up the airways with four valves, yet were shorter than older 2-valve assembly. That new dimension, bolted onto cylinders that were placed a bit higher on the bike, made for better cornering with less risk of touching down the heads during spirited cornering. Power was up - way up - with an estimated 130 HP on tap. While nothing compared to the following S1000RR's 200 ponies, this was a high water mark for a factory boxer. Top level brakes (Brembo) and suspension (Ohlins) complimented the package, along with a generous sprinkling of carbon fiber. Test riders universally liked the HP2 Sport, outside of the price tag and the limitations of the boxer packaging. By 2012 the HP2 Sport faded into the sunset, and with it the future of the boxer as a serious sporting platform.

From the seller:
For the BMW Motorrad enthusiast - a 2009 BMW HP2 Sport ABS in absolutely pristine condition. Freshly serviced by A&S BMW in Sacramento, it's been fitted with a rare Fat Cat slipper clutch (with less than 100 miles since installation). As used on the race versions, this Suter-designed clutch is the final piece that transforms the torquey HP2 into a fluid track day or backroad delight. Very few HP2 Sports have been equipped with one as they are hard to find (this one came from England) expensive to buy and install, but worth every penny on a big-bore high performance twin like the HP2.

This motorcycle has been garaged, covered, and impeccably maintained since new. Never dropped or down and in perfect mechanical and cosmetic condition. BMW made an iconic engineering statement with the HP2 Sport by building a very limited production, hand crafted "factory special" featuring DOHC radial valve heads, exotic internals and carbon fiber bodywork from an F1 constructor (signed by the technician who built each piece). The result was the highest performance BMW boxer twin ever made (136bhp), featuring sublime handling, ABS brakes, a factory-installed quick shifter and the first carbon fiber subframe on a production motorcycle. This bike sparkles with carbon fiber valve covers and tail light assembly, milled-from-billet foot controls/clip-ons/upper triple clamps, Motek MotoGP-style instrumentation (with programmable displays and lap timers), Magura levers, forged aluminum wheels, BMW's patented telelever/paralever front/rear suspension with fully adjustable Ohlins shocks and Brembo radial-mount monoblock calipers. The best components available were used in constructing these machines.

More from the seller:
Approximately 230 HP2 Sports were imported into the US (BMW kept the actual number confidential) and they will never make another Boxer like this one. A blue-chip collectible motorcycle that's a revelation to ride - it represents the ultimate evolution of the classic air/oil cooled BMW boxer motor, wrapped in bespoke carbon bodywork and mated to a lightweight chassis with world-class components. Understandably, it draws a crowd wherever it goes. The track stand (pictured) is also included. Original MSRP was nearly $27,000, and prices for exceptional examples like this now are on the rise.

The HP2 Sport was available as a base model, or with ABS. The option list was short, with both models benefitting from the same excellent componentry throughout. Price wise, this was a $25k+ motorcycle in 2008 - which was a princely sum. Prices for used models have slowly dropped as they infiltrate into the secondhand market, but overall the valuation of these bikes has persisted. What we are likely seeing is the common pricing dip prior to an eventual rise in overall values. This is a limited edition, very special model motorcycle that should present well for years to come. This is exactly the type of model that will appreciate in the future even if it was not as appreciated as a sport bike when first introducted. This particular model looks to be in very good condition, has a reasonable number of miles, and has been listed several times on eBay. The price point has slowly moved downwards since the first listing, making this example a good (possible bargain?) candidate. Bidding starts below $15k, which is in the range for the model. Check it out here, and if you're a BMW fan (airhead, oilhead, brick or inline) hit us up in the Comments and share your thoughts. Does the HP2 Sport push the right buttons for you? Good Luck!

MI

Featured Listing 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: coreyallan01@hotmail.com Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 2015 Norton 961 Commando PLUS 1967 Norton Atlas!
Ducati January 21, 2018 posted by

All original: 1994 Ducati 916

When the 1994 Ducati 916 was unleashed, it caused the motorcycle world to stand up so fast it promptly fell right back down on its ass. When the industry press and its leather-clad readership had finally quit seeing stars, what they were staring at was a genre-definer the likes of which hadn't come along since the '80s.

1994 Ducati 916 for sale on eBay

The 916 platform went through myriad iterations and increases in displacement over the years, and there are plenty of 916 and 916 lookalikes available on every corner of the internet. Still, an unmolested first-year bike is a sweet find. With the exception of some dirt and grime, this 1994 Ducati 916 looks fully sorted and ready to go.

From the eBay listing:

Great condition survivor, not many left like this, never raced!
Italian model, registered in US
All stock, recently serviced by licensed Ducati shop, new tires, brake pads and lines. New timing chain done as a pre-maintanance.
Can help with crating and shipping at new owners expense.
Actual miles: 10,850

The ad goes easy on the particulars, but the asking price shows the seller knows what kind of lust these bikes inspire.

All original: 1994 Ducati 916
Suzuki December 3, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: Suzuki Carbon Katana Resto-Mod!

RSBFS has long been the leader in bringing you the best classifieds found online every day. Typically we focus on rare, original machinery and stay away from bitsa bikes, rat bikes and customs. Generally we ignore anything that devalues a collector steed. But once in a while we come across a bike done so well that we feel we would be doing our readers a disservice NOT to post it. Such is the case with this incredible Katana resto-mod. Far from a whored out 'Busa or the like, this is a tasteful build that reflects the true spirit of the 1980s - a period correct homage, if you will - while also bringing the bike up to a more current spec.

Amazing Suzuki Katana Resto-Mod for sale!

As stunning as the stock Katana was when first introduced at the cusp of the 1980s, the shape remains effective today. This was (and is) an aggressive looking motorcycle. In fact, it's hard to believe that the Japanese farmed out the design work to a German company; regardless of how it happened, the Katana remains one of the most polarizing motorcycles of the modern era. And this build simply reinforces the amazing shape and purpose of the bike, introducing modern technology such as carbon fiber and combining updated components to the existing platform; the original clearly shines through the updates. There is so much going on with this bike, that I will leave it to the seller to help explain the details:

From the seller:
Darren Begg of dB Customs has quickly established himself as a leader in world-class restomod builds. His builds often retain the original silhouette and paint scheme of the vintage sport bike while upgrading the powerplant, suspension, brakes, and switch gear. The results are high-powered icons of yesteryear, brought fully into the modern age — the true spirit of the restomod.

More from the seller:
Ray Mancini of Xtreme Motorsports, in Tennessee, built the motor. A 1260cc 173hp (@counter shaft) (110 ft-lbs trq.) was created for this Carbon Katana. Ray used a MTC Block,Webcam cams (.370/256), long hard weld rockers, his Stage 1 ported head with 1mm oversized stainless valves, top end oiler, HD case studs, under cut transmission and a balanced crank. 10.5-1 compression pistons fed by 38mm RS Mikuni carbs and relieved by a JayGUI Racing Exhaust finish it off. A Powder coated frame, Carbon Fiber Fuel tank cover and Carbon body work sourced from Japan keep it black.

More from the seller:
The build includes Brembo brakes, Öhlins Racing AB suspension, Dynatek Electronics ignition, OZ Racing wheels. Michelin Pilot Power 2CT tires. Underbridged and modified Bandit 1200 Swingarm. Billet Triple Trees from Pulse Performance. Woodcraft Technologies rearsets, Speedcell battery, Koso gauge cluster, Yoshimura Japan Co.,Ltd. throttle and cables, GSXR 1000 controls. Rizoma Spy Bar Ends. Paint work by Sketchs Ink (all paint, no decals!). It is a one of a kind powerhouse bringing together the past and present! Titled in Arizona. Delivery available.

1980s Katanas remain a pretty hot item in the collector world. In 1981 this was the fastest street motorcycle available, bar none. But nothing introduced nearly 40 years ago can be considered in the same performance vein as anything remotely modern thanks to the inexorable march of technology. This is a bike that someone like Pops Yoshimura would have envisioned back in the day, had any of these parts been available. But this bike is more than just a sum of the parts. This phenomenal build takes the spirit and intent of the original Katana and multiplies it many times over.

There are many collectors in our ranks that own factory hot rods from a bygone age. And while in some areas these bikes can still deliver the goods, the inevitable truth is that performance benchmarks have not remained static over the years. Even something like an uber-rare oval piston NR750 will feel tame compared to today's crop of hyper 600s. Imagine being able to ride the dream machine from your youth, but with the power (173 HP!), suspension (Ohlins), brakes (Brembo) and handling that you've come to expect in today's world. That would be a true dream machine, and that is exactly what this Carbon Katana delivers. This is a one-off built by someone who did not pinch pennies; the results are obvious and the outcome is glorious. You could not replicate this for the asking price, making this both a dream AND a bargain. Check it out here, because this one will go as fast as it looks. What a build!!

MI

Featured Listing: Suzuki Carbon Katana Resto-Mod!
Suzuki November 20, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: Toni Elias Suzuki GSX-R1000 Factory Yoshimura Superbike (MotoAmerica)

11.20.2017 Update: Relisted due to a buyer that dropped out. Links updated. -MI

RSBFS welcomes a new collection to our pages. Check out this fantastic Yosh Superbike ridden by Toni Elias, and then stay tuned for some amazing more hardware to come. Thanks for supporting the site, Pete!

Race bikes are an interesting prospect. Part uncompromising wild stallion, part rule book slave - but mostly rock star when piloted by one of the best - the life of a cutting edge racer is miserably short. Teams upgrade to new bikes with each passing year, and successfully competitive machines earn a second life as a collectable piece of memorabilia when the cheers of the crowd and the spray of champagne have faded. Such is the situation with this wonderful icon from the young MotoAmerica Superbike series. Developed by the legendary Yoshimura Racing Team and piloted by Moto2 World Champion turned Moto America racer Toni Elias in his stunning MotoAmerica debut (2016), what you are looking at is a work of art, a potential track day weapon, and a trophy unlike any other.

Featured Listing: 2016 Suzuki GSX-R1100 Factory Yoshimura MotoAmerica Superbike (Toni Elias)

Helmed by superstar Wayne Rainey, MotoAmerica (sanctioned by the AMA and FIM) set out to put Americans back onto the top step of international motorcycle racing. While it is still early days, the showing of Jake Gange in WSBK competition is a good sign. Another good sign? MotoAmerica has become a destination for renowned European racers as well. Thus, Toni Elias landed a ride in the Yoshimura camp alongside the ever-popular Roger Lee Hayden. Moreover, Toni Elias is the newly crowned 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike champ. And this bike was his first step to that championship. Here is the seller to tell you more:

From the seller:
Here is your opportunity to own a real factory superbike. This is Toni Elias's 2016 Factory Yoshimura Suzuki GSXR1000 superbike. This is the real deal. full factory superbike suspension with telemetry, the fresh motor pumps out 221 rwhp on VP MR12. It weighs right on the AMA limit at 370 lbs with a full tank of fuel. One off parts include the hand formed Yoshimura fuel tank, billet sub frame, massive radiator, full Ti Yoshimura pipe and numerous other Yoshimura only parts, The brakes are MotoGP spec Brembo radial calipers clamping down 330mm superbike rotors. 17 inch light weight Martek magnesium wheels. A Motec ignition system with a Yoshimura Kit wiring harness creates the fire. Yea it is pure crazy eye candy. This bike was the winner of 5 Moto America races last year with Toni "The Tiger" Elias twisting the throttle. Elias won the AMA Superbike title this year on the new GSXR1000. I guarantee you will not ever ride a better setup machine. The brakes are just one finger pull from 180mph stoppers. The motor accelerates so smoothly, its all drive no spin! I saw this bike at the NY Motorcycle Show in December of last year and had to have it! I bought it directly from Yoshimura at the end of last season. I used it at a couple of track days this summer and it is so amazing. I have a huge collection of superbikes that I'm now liquidating to pursue car racing full time. With age comes a cage! If you desire the ultimate track tool look no more. Here is your E-ticket ride.

RSBFS has known this collector for a number of years, and there has always been some interesting machinery in his stable. Unlike some who acquire bikes for museums and static displays, this individual is also someone who likes to ride. Thus, this Toni Elias Superbike has already seen a couple of track days. Hopefully it can go to a home that encourages an active lifestyle. For while this may be an outstanding man cave conversation piece, the real special sauce can only be experienced out on the track. Expensive for a track-day bike? No question. But if you want the best you can assure yourself that YOU will be the limitation here, not your hastily converted streetbike.

More from the seller:
If you have any questions or you need additional photos call me on 1-203-515-5146 or email me at bocco1@optonline.net There is so much more to this bike that I haven't even begun to list. The cost to build this bike is in the $100's of thousands to build and develop into a true winner. You can own it for a fraction of build cost.

I will include shipping to anywhere in the United States to the winning bidder. You foreign Dudes gotta pay all shipping and importing fee. God bless America!!!!

The history of MotoAmerica is not extensive enough to have much market data on values, but you can bet your bottom dollar this build was a no-expenses-spared exercise in developing a dominant Superbike. While rules limit what can be done in the class, these are very competitive when compared to WSBK machinery. Think of the best suspension available - with a setup developed by one of the best riders available today. One the engine side, nobody could accuse the Yoshimura Suzukis from being weak out of the corners or down the straights; you may need to recalibrate your brain as straights become shorter as you twist the throttle. Thankfully the brakes and remainder of the chassis is up to snuff. Brake and corner by thought as much as will.

Here is the deal with ex racebikes: Today something this new is still a novelty and a status symbol. Given time - and the continued rise to fame of Toni Elias - this becomes a very real collector item with astounding values (a Moto2 machine ridden by Jorge Lorenzo recently fetched $133,544 USD in a Bonhams auction). Until that happens you have yourself a piece of furniture that tops out above 180 mph and makes you the envy of everyone at your next track day. Just think of all of the custom Yosh parts on this thing - the entire rear subframe is bespoke for this racer, as is the tail piece. Plus there is a second hand-formed aluminum tank (apparently with a dent courtesy of Josh Herrin) valued at some $7,500(!). What's not to like? Check out this fantastic 2016 Yoshimura-Suzuki GSX-R1000 MotoAmerica Superbike before it's gone!

Featured Listing: Toni Elias Suzuki GSX-R1000 Factory Yoshimura Superbike (MotoAmerica)