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Featured Listing August 10, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna #222

The fanboys will tell you that the MV Agusta F4 created a warp in the sportbike space-time continuum. With serious power developed with the help of Ferrari racing engineers and overall design courtesy of the Cagiva Research Center and legendary artist Massimo Tamburini, the limited Senna edition created a rare and gorgeous motorcycle with performance and cache that stands out today. The haters simply called it a warmed over Ducati 916.

Featured Listing: 2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna #222

It is true that the rebirth of MV Agusta gave Tamburini a fresh canvas upon which to work - making the F4 the spiritual successor of the 916/996/998 lineup. The supermodel sexy bodywork is pure Tamburini, as was the single sided swingarm. But unlike Ducati twins, MV Agusta offered a clean sheet of engineering paper enroute to a 174 HP inline four cylinder screamer. Not-so-subtle touches like the four organ pipes poking out of the tail section give the F4 a character unlike any other bike.

From the seller:
This bike is like new. Always garaged and covered. No scratches. Number 222. I bought the bike 2 years ago when it had less than 100 miles. It was recommissioned with new fluids, tires, and the heavy duty water pump. Comes with original rear stand, cover and certificate. Ready to ride!

Another area where MV Agusta mimics Ducati is in the proliferation of Limited Edition models. There exist 5 exclusive variants of the F4 (each numbered and limited, naturally), not counting the mass production F4 1000S and 1000R models. The Senna takes its roots from the R model, but adds specific graphics on carbon panels, updated front (Marzzochi) and rear (Sachs) suspension, exclusive Marchesini wheels, and an upgrade to the already excellent Brembo brakes. Finally, the rider's perch was upgraded to alcantara. Notably all Senna editions (whether they be Ducati or MV Agusta) offered a percentage of the profits to support Ayrton Senna's charity looking after needy children in Brazil.

The F4 has oft been voted the most beautiful motorcycle ever developed. From the sharp front view to the flowing side panels, from the exposed rear wheel to the shotgun pipes, the F4 is a looker. And the Senna is, arguably, the best looking of the bunch. The carbon/graphite color scheme preserves the wonderful shape of the bike without the "look at me!" schemes of some of the other editions. While Senna was not known as a motorcycle racer, he was a consummate competitor with serious star power. And speaking of power, don't forget that you have 174 happy ponies on tap for the asking.

This particular bike looks to be what one would expect given the pedigree: very low miles and very well cared for. With but 526 miles on the digital clocks, this one-of-300 examples is looking for a new home. The opening ask is only $13k, with the BIN set at $16k. Those are very competitive numbers, with most Senna editions we have seen having sold in the $15k-$18k range. Check it out here before this exclusive rocket finds itself a new home. Good Luck!!

Featured Listing: 2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna #222
Aprilia June 25, 2018 posted by

TTBC Graduate – 2004 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory

Aprilia made neat black Haga and Edwards commemoratives on the 2003 RSV1000R, and continued applying the signature decals on the early 2nd generation Factory.  Rather than the black and Alice livery, the 2004 is an adult multi-grey, with the R's blue wheels.  The Factories had excellent components and this one shows just over 2,200 miles.

2004 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory for sale on eBay

The revisions for the '04 RSV are package-oriented, with the chassis geometry and powertrain being very similar, though improvements to the heads and intakes netted 143 hp.  The CAN-bus system was introduced on the gen-2, reducing wiring complexity, and the bodywork simplified and modernized.  Carbon is found on the side covers, mudguards, and air guides on the Factory, and Öhlins appointments also include the steering damper.  Radially mounted Brembo brakes are top of the line, and the O-Z wheels' wide flat spokes are forged.  The fairing is more angular than the earlier model, with a ram-air intake and dual headlights replacing Mickey.

This Ohio based RSV looks excellent and the Aprilia 60-degree twin should be tolerant of the long rest.  Not exactly a Colin Edwards replica, most sources credit the sticker to left over materials from the '03, but maybe a reader knows for sure.  Looks like stands are included.  Maybe someone can comment on the "informal" position of the carbon nostril in the nose.  From the eBay auction:

Factory R is Aprilia's base model for a superbike racer. All the Factory R features. One of 30 imported. Also known as the Colin Edwards replica. All top of the line Ohlins front, rear suspension and steering dampener. Brembo block calipers and pump master cylinders. Special OZ light weight wheels. Carbon fiber throughout. CRG levers. Arrow silencers. Showroom condition. 2200 original adult owned miles. These bikes are getting harder to find in this condition as most of them ended up as track bikes. No disappointments.

Edwards was reigning WSBK champ and MotoGP rookie when he rode for Aprilia, which was the middle of a three year effort for the manufacturer.  He went on to 10 more years in MotoGP, mostly with Yamaha but also Honda and Kawasaki.  Back home in Texas Edwards started the Texas Tornado Boot Camp, a four day school focusing on dirt track skills.  The 2004 RSV's had some nice updates from the first generation and the Factory is certainly the way to go.  The buy-it-now seems like a nice bargain for such low miles and high-end componentry...

-donn

TTBC Graduate – 2004 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory
BMW June 23, 2018 posted by

Way Out of the Box – 2014 BMW HP4 Competition

BMW has liked to use some of their limited editions as technology showcases, and the HP4 Competition is no exception.  The 2014 special  S1000RR had traction control, dynamic damping control, racing ABS, launch control, and the list goes on.  Forgot to mention the nearly 200 hp  and dry weight well under 400 lbs.  With numbers like that, wheelie control had better be standard.

2014 BMW HP4 Competition for sale on eBay

Released in 2009 and meant to put BMW on the WSBK map, the S1000RR has been a significant competition and showroom presence.  The 999 cc four is seriously oversquare and runs quite high compression at 13:1, on its way to 193 hp.  Chassis and swingarm are aluminum, with castings and stampings both used, the swingarm being double-sided for strength.  Excess weight was in the crosshairs with full titanium exhaust and lightweight battery.  The HP4 was introduced in 2012 as a continuation of the HP marketing concept, and capitalizes on racing-derived electronics to improve things for the sport rider.  The ABS, suspension, and traction are all computer controlled and the system has modes for Rain, Sport, Track, and Slick operations.  Additionally, a speed-shifter is standard, a launch control routine makes a smooth start possible, and wheelie control has been improved for 2014.

This HP4  shows just under 6,000 miles, and looks damage-free.  Not sure how the HP4's are numbered, but though the triple tree isn't pictured, the sliders are numbered 5322.  Production should be under 1,000 for this model.  The Competition package includes the carbon under-tray and HP levers and rearsets, and also BMW racing blue finish on the wheels.  The N.J. owner keeps it to the point in the eBay auction:

2014 BMW HP4 Competition Edition (#5322) in completely mint condition, garage kept, less than 5500 miles, only one owner, lots of accessories, no falls, no drops, no damage of any kind, complete working order & ready to ride, if you don’t know what this is, then it's not the bike for you

BMW fought their way to a string of podium finishes, initially with Troy Corser, but probably the best year being 2012 under Marco Melandri and Leon Haslam.  The effort is currently a top-10 regular, run by Althea Racing who also enters the European Superstock 1000 series.  It's also a staple at the Isle of Man, Michael Dunlop taking the TT win just a few weeks ago.  Certainly the sportbike a lot of people said BMW should have been making much earlier, these days the HP4 is a track only beast, made in very low numbers.  The few HP4's don't change hands often, and the BIN seems like a pretty good value, surprising no one has snapped it up, or at least put a deposit on and have a dealer take a close look...

-donn

Way Out of the Box – 2014 BMW HP4 Competition
Ducati March 12, 2018 posted by

Live from Hollywood – 2005 Ducati 999R

Long ago when V-twin Superbikes made do with a mere liter, Ducati made a smashing revision to the 916 series.  Like some other revolutions, it was voted down - but the monoposto 999R is the apex of the short-lived Tamburini design.

2005 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

 

Ducati produced just 200 of the R-spec for homologation purposes, and while not quite race-prepared, they had the equipment that the WSBK team wanted to be able to use.  For the 999R, that meant a slightly different engine with revised heads and a lot of titanium, resulting in 150 hp at a low 9,750 rpm, and a flat torque curve.  Headstock angle is adjustable, as is the seat console position.  Öhlins are found front and rear, fully adjustable with revised valving and nitride-treated fork legs.  Clutches were "free" or unconstrained by the rule book, so the factory was not compelled to add a slipper clutch, though the big twin calls for one.

 

Looking very stock and showing just under 10,000 miles, this 999R is apparently in the care of a specialty dealer in Florida.  Maybe not subject to the endless polishing and re-farkeling it would get at home, but very good shape with only one scrape, though how it got there without a lot of collateral damage is a mystery.  From the eBay auction:

This motorcycle is in excellent condition, and has been cared for properly since day one. Starts runs and drives perfectly. 2005 was the first year of the deep sump 999R 150HP motor, and big swing arm. The previous year came with a weaker motor, and less robust swing arm. It also has the full carbon bodywork.
There are a few tiny scratches, and a small bit of road rash on the underside of the belly fairing, but overall it is in amazing condition.

 

The base 999 has a lot of awe-inspiring details, and the -R has them as well, but executed in carbon or forged alloy, and often adjustable.  But turning some of these knobs requires some expert knowledge, besides open track time and a mechanic or two.  Like winning the lottery, it would be fun to give it a go.  Not sure if there is a "starter" 999R, but this might be it - ready for a valve adjustment, new rubber, a little paint work, and maybe a personalizing update or two.  The Make Offer button beckons...

-donn

Live from Hollywood – 2005 Ducati 999R
Ducati January 20, 2018 posted by

Too Much of a Good Thing – 1995 Ducati Supersport SS/SP

Drumming up business sometimes involves a round of badge engineering, which Ducati succumbed to in the early 1990's with their SuperSports.  The normally venerable Sport Production designation was a bit diluted but the all-American model was graced with some carbon components and Showa adjustable suspension.  Still it's a significant and low-production Ducati, and number 349 is from Colorado, boasts under 10,000 miles and has enjoyed factory service since it is or was owned by a Ducati dealer.

1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP #349 for sale on eBay

 

Positioned in between the Cafe Racer and Super Light, the Sport Production had the best of each, alloy swingarm, 17-inch wheels, dual seat with low-swept mufflers.  Performance was standard Super Sport with 84 hp pushing a dry weight of just about 400 lbs.  The warm silver trellis frame went well with the silver engine and swingarm, as well as the matching wheels and silver and gold decals on the red fairing.

 

Relatively low miles and no apparent damage show on the classic SS, though the discoloration of the carbon mudguards and clutch cover is puzzling - perhaps over-enthusiastic cleaning.  Surprisingly stock, this 900SS will require no un-updating by the new owner.  From the eBay auction:

This bike is one of the classic SuperSport that has a timeless look !  It starts right up and runs and sounds so good ! Bike has 9,729 miles on it.  Carbon fiber mufflers.  And is in great condition !  Bike was Senior owned by a former Ducati dealership owner.  All service was performed by his factory trained Ducati mechanics.  Feel free to ask me any questions about this motorcycle.  I am selling it for the owner and am also a Ducati factory trained mechanic.  This bike will put a smile on your face every time you ride it !  Bike is serialized number 349.

 

The 91-98 SuperSport reviewed as a two-wheeled Swiss army knife and has been successful in racing and sport-touring alike.  With not much you don't need, the performance was crisp with the only niggle being somewhat ponderous low-speed steering.  The opening $3,800 bid hasn't enticed anyone yet, but eventually someone will see that a new owner and proper detailing is the only thing between this SS/SP and a continued very sporty tour.

-donn

 

 

Too Much of a Good Thing – 1995 Ducati Supersport SS/SP
Ducati January 7, 2018 posted by

Bella Varese – 1995 Ducati 916

Ducati's 916 was on the verge of success when fire at their shops in Bologna forced a move to their parent company Cagiva's facility in Varese.  The resulting year's worth of production were given more than the usual hands-on attention and have acquired a certain cachet among Ducatisti.  This collector-owned 916 has 10,000 miles and a sprinkling of SPS-related updates.

1995 Ducati 916 for sale on eBay

 

It feels gratuitous to even review the specs for the familiar and iconic 916, but it was Ducati's foray into the 100+ hp bracket with 114 hp.  66 ft.-lbs. torque helped put the racing version on the WSBK four times in five years.  It was somewhat lighter than the preceeding 888, with a compact riding position and tucked-in underseat exhaust.  Designer Massimo Tamburini sketched in an alloy perimeter frame before reverting to Ducati's trademark chrome-moly trellis, and the lines of the frame echo throughout the bike.

 

Having evidently had its own brush with oblivion early on, this 916 was repaired flawlessly and updated to a carbon SPS tail and rear mudguard.  The owner has had the nose painted as a SPS model and added many nice carbon accents, as well as an Öhlins steering damper.  From the eBay auction:

- Most modifications in the form of quality bolt-on autoclave carbon. No cheap chinese ill fitting parts. This includes ram air tubes, airbox, chain guard, sprocket guard, lower "v" radiator cover and front fender. 
The paint is all factory except for the SPS number plate scheme on the front that replicates the look of a SPS bike to match the tail.
- The paint is in excellent condition with no dings or dents in the tank. There might be the minor shoe scuff or scratch but so minor it is impossible to really capture on camera. Any such imperfections would just be considered patina from 23 year old bike.
- This year bike came stock with an Ohlins rear shock. It has an Ohlins front steering damper and the stock damper is included.
- It has a the expensive BMC air filter system in the airbox. Basically they are mini K&N style filters that slide into their own receptacles at each ram air tube opening in the airbox. See pictures.
Much better than the stock air filter system and high tech.
- It has a Forza (Fast by Ferracci) exhaust system and chip and sounds fantastic. New clutch pack at 8000 miles. Vented clutch cover in period correct factory 1/2 cover configuration.
The tires are visually perfect but are at the age where you should consider replacing if you plan to ride this bike aggressively.
- The previous owner literally kept a hand written diary of all work done. I've never seen such diligence. It reads like a journal. You also get all the receipts and service records. There is zero unknowns with this bike. The bike was maintained religiously. Full service and belts where recently changed in October 2016 with 10039 miles on the clock. All work done by Desmoto sport in San Francisco.

Almost goes without saying that the 916 was Ducati's landmark success, and the model's successors became a dynasty on the track and street.  Most nicer 916's are likely on display at this point, and though the 10,000 miles and rebuilt title could lead the new owner out on the road, it seems too nice for anything but an occasional ride to a show...

-donn

Bella Varese – 1995 Ducati 916