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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...


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.




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...


Bella Varese – 1995 Ducati 916
BMW December 27, 2017 posted by

Naked Aggression – 2007 BMW K1200R Sport

BMW's niche of performance, clientele, and MSRP has given even their dabbles a certain credibility.  A marque that has always had a standard in the line-up ventured into musclebike territory in the mid-2000's swapping some fuel economy for showroom excitement.  The owner of this mildly customized K1200R Sport gives a nod to the days when all BMW's were black.

2007 BMW K1200R Sport for sale on eBay


Early oughties BMW developed a canted 1157cc inline four and put it in three models, S, GT, and R.  The K1200R for 2007 pushed 163 ponies, right up there for a semi-standard.  The box L-frame carried the stressed engine and was supported by BMW's Duolever front end and Paralever shaft-drive rear, which had electronically adjustable suspension as an option.  Power-assist EVO brakes had ABS available but traction control was still just over the horizon.  The Sport model had a Supersport fairing which cut the wind and allowed a relaxed handlebar position.


Evidently curated by a knowledgeable Florida owner, this K1200R Sport was retro-modded to BMW black and has covered under 1,000 miles.  The usually bare engine has an aftermarket carbon fairing which is a nice improvement, as is the Puig windscreen.  From the eBay auction:

Response to Questions:
1. Original color was "White Aluminum Metallic M"
2. Factory options include: sport wheels, heated grips, white turn indicators, Integral ABS II
3. Original keys and manuals shown in updated photos are included
4. Original factory MSRP sticker has been added to photos
5. The tires are original
6. Bike starts, idles, and runs like new
7. Bike has all recalls completed by BMW in Orange CA. Work Orders provided
8. Factory tail light will be reinstalled prior to shipping.

The price is absolutely FIRM. This gorgeous 2007 BMW K1200R Sport is in perfect shape with less than 1000 original miles. It has spent 10 years on display in a motorcycle collection and it looks and rides like new.
The bike has been upgraded with gloss black paint (by local BMW painter), lower carbon fiber cowling, clear tail-light, raised bars, and Puig windscreen. Nothing else is needed on this incredible bike.


Collectability would be enhanced is this had been a factory special rather than a customer's design, but very few of the K1200R Sports were made, and this one is pretty special.  Vertigo-inducing pictures show it to be flawless except for the peeled-off reflectors, and great options save ESA.  The ask is a third more than the Sport cost new, which will be a challenge for a brand that prides itself on longevity almost above all else...


Naked Aggression – 2007 BMW K1200R Sport
Bimota July 24, 2017 posted by

Eyes Wide Shut – 2008 Bimota DB6R

Using Ducati's air-cooled 1100 desmodue, the rest of the Bimota DB6R pushed a lot of boundaries in the name of light weight and design.  Spot-on ergonomics and handling had many reviewers proclaiming it the best naked bike ever.  Certainly one of the most unique, and rare as only a $35K naked can be.

2008 Bimota DB6R for sale on eBay

Ducati's top desmodue pushes 95 hp, with 76 ft.-lbs. torque on tap.  The minimal trellis frame, as well as sculptural swingarm and seat frame keep the weight below 370 lbs. fueled.  Carbon side covers, belly pan, fenders and headlight fairing ensure the light weight isn't the neglect of strength.  Elsewhere billet frame connectors, wheel and brake mounts, and forged Marchesini wheels stay on message.

Offered by a Miami exotics dealer, this DB6R has just over 7,000 collector miles, and looks original and immaculate.  Their comment from the eBay auction:

2008 BIMOTA DB6 R is for riders who are looking for the most unique naked bike out there and for whom money is not an obstacle. The MSRP was $34,990.00 very few were made. A collector's must have !

Somewhere between a standard and a hypermoto, the premium construction and components on the DB6R made it kind of the Neiman-Marcus naked bike, though is has been succeeded by a more mainline hyper in the DBX.  The "Transformers" headlight and fuel tank will have you showing the bike every time you park, and the Marelli fuel injection allows you to just hop on and go.  The form-follows-function design is almost timeless, looking fresh today and ready to take it to the streets...


Eyes Wide Shut – 2008 Bimota DB6R
Ducati July 10, 2017 posted by

Blue By You – 2005 Ducati Monster S4R

Usually a contrasting silver or gold color, the frame on the oughties' Monster S4R is body color.  Generally seen in red with red frame or blue with same, the S4R incorporated the 996 water-cooler into the naked concept.  With premium components, the 113 hp Monster is one heck of a way to get around town.

2005 Ducati Monster S4R for sale on eBay


Even the grocery-getter side of the showroom has their flagship and the S4R was it in the early 2000's.  The ultimate Monster is adorned with all manner of glam but didn't forget the basics - 996 cc's of water-cooled desmoquattro.  Nice torque number of 70 ft.-lbs. peaks at a usable 7,000 rpm.  Suspension is all Showa, fully adjustable with upside-down forks and single-sided swingarm.  Two-into-two exhaust passes through a catalyst on its way.  Hiding the 996 plumbing on a Monster is impossible, but this owner has made a go of it with carbon radiator shroud and chin scoop, complementing the factory's carbon fenders and timing belt covers.


Presented by an eBayer with an eclectic sports focus,  this Monster has just under 10,000 miles, quite a few brand-name updates, and appears to have missed any major life events.  Of interest are the Arrow exhaust tuned by ECU and Power Commander, Rizoma handlebar, new battery, and valve adjustment last spring.  The dented tank might be addressed by a paintless dent magician, and the cracked tail cone should be an easy fix or replace.  Carbon fiber mufflers are balanced by a carbon bikini fairing, and there are a lot of farkles described in the eBay auction:

Upgrades Include:
Arrow Factory Race Full Exhaust with Carbon Fiber Cans & Race ECU - $1800
Power Commander
Oberon Mini LED Turn Signals
Oberon Vortex Billet Aluminum Clutch Cover
CRG Brake and Shorty Clutch Levers
CRG Lanesplitter Billet Bar End Mirrors
Rizoma Aluminum Tapered Handlebar
Rizoma Billet Aluminum Lux Grips
Rizoma Billet Aluminum Brake and Clutch Fluid Reservoirs
Speedymoto 2" Bar Risers
Ducabike Pilot Eco Aluminum Rear Sets
Arrow Steering Stabilizer
Seat Cover


With just a couple of knocks over the years, this S4R looks ready for a little TLC and the rest of the summer.  Reviewers thought the S4R was a handful in stop-and-go traffic, but the drivetrain was a joy in the suburbs.  The buy-it-now is fairly optimistic but there are many watchers, and the make offer button is ready...


Blue By You – 2005 Ducati Monster S4R