Posts by tag: Commemorative Edition

Suzuki March 6, 2018 posted by

Low Mile Lookalike – 1979 Suzuki GS1000E Wes Cooley

I had expected an "S" with the GS1000 badge on this sparkling Wes Cooley commemorative, but the differences between the -E are minor and hardly detract from the aggressive looks of this AMA Superbike commemorative.

1979 Suzuki GS100E Wes Cooley for sale on eBay

Suzuki and Yoshimura joined forces and were almost instantly successful on the AMA Superbike trail.  Lightness was given priority, which helped the air/oil-cooled four's 90 hp move things in the right direction.  Pneumatic rear shocks were replaced with regular hydraulics on the -S, though forks remained air-charged.  The solid triple disks could handle the heat but not a light touch, squeaking around town.  Suzuki nailed the chassis geometry and came away with a quick-handling package that could accept a 1000cc engine's power.

Not many miles has elapsed for this GS1000, replica paint still shines, and aluminum castings made before today's miracle coatings look good.  Period Kerker is polished nicely.  Might be nice to try the rear quarter view without the luggage rack.  From the eBay auction:

Purchased in 2005, bike had approximately 5K miles on it

2005 - installed after market rack and rear tire; had front and rear tires rebalanced, and professional valve adjustment

2014 - new clutch and speedometer cable installed

2016 - new battery

No disappointments in running condition; bike runs as good as she looks! Bike has always been garaged and well maintained. This bike had the after-market Vance & Hines exhaust system (4 into 1) when I purchased it, so I do not have the original stock pipes.

Bike as you see it is exactly as I purchased it in 2005; has not been altered or repainted. The only addition / change I made to it was the after-market rack, rear tire and mechanical items (as mentioned above).

Lifting the bikini fairing from BMW's R90/S gave designers the excuse to fit a lower handlebar, receiving a sporty riding position as part of the bargain, helping high speed stability.  Suzuki played a little catch-up with the -S, it was originally just offered in Europe, but stateside dealers clamored - after all, it was the AMA winner !  Which might explain the -E instead of -S, maybe a dealer-done special or early example.  A close look at the rear wheel might divulge, the -S had an 18-inch rear.  Maybe a knowledgeable reader will have the whole story, meantime we will just have to enjoy...


Low Mile Lookalike – 1979 Suzuki GS1000E Wes Cooley
Yamaha December 10, 2017 posted by

1 Liter, 1 Owner, 1 Mile – 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 LE

Yamaha dreamed up a 50th birthday present for them and us in 2006, and made only 1000 copies. Serial number 002 was put in storage without even a celebratory ride and is available as new.  It's a show and go affair with Roberts-era racing colors and 174 hp.

2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 50th Anniversary #002 for sale on eBay

The R1 was first introduced in 1998, and improved over the years with fuel injection, underseat exhaust, more aerodynamic fairing, and 2006 was the last model year to use the 5-valve Genesis engine.  For this year the reinforced swingarm was extended, and a factory slipper clutch system added.  The commemorative edition has Ohlins front and rear, forged Marchesini wheels, and a data-logging race dash.


Presented by a Las Vegas specialty dealer, this LE looks showroom new.  No history to speak of, but they did say in the eBay auction:

Please enjoy viewing this 2006 Yamaha  R1 anniversary Limited edition.  It has been professionally "mothballed" in order to store it without damaging the bike. It has never been ridden and has 0 miles on it.  This is #2 of 500 made and #1 is in the Yamaha museum.  Included with this bike is everything that came with the bike along with a special tool kit only made for this bike.


Likely the mileage and low serial number will be of more interest than the late R1's reputation as a forgiving superbike, ready to rack up the miles.  The 50th anniversary is also a milestone as for 2007 Yamaha returned to a more typical 4-valve head.  Fun to think that a skilled rider could take this ten year-old superbike right out and ( after a stop at the tire dealer ) turn a 10-second quarter mile...


1 Liter, 1 Owner, 1 Mile – 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 LE
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 ...


Victim of Causality – 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition
MV Agusta July 20, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini #192

Massimo Tamburini was a founder of Bimota, head of design at Cagiva, and designer of the legendary Ducati 916. The Castiglioni brothers commemorated Tamburini in 2005 with a special edition of the F4 1000. The very leading edge machine had variable-length intake runners, single-sided magnesium swingarm, and full carbon bodywork. The numbered edition of 300 packs a 173 hp wallop and shows how things could be done in billet and carbon.

Onboard the technology showcase, MV Agusta's Torque Shift System moved the intake horns to provide better low rpm response, in the style of Formula 1 cars of the era. Frame connectors are magnesium alloy and brakes are 6-piston Nissins. The company's Engine Brake System adds a bit of air and fuel to the intake on over-run, smoothing downshifts.

As though just 2,500 km and museum-quality storage wasn't enough, the owner claims the most original as-delivered set of artifacts and collectibles to be found. Hard to disagree, with a list like this:

In addition to the great state of vehicle ( exactly equal to new ) is probably the only complete F4 Tamburini that was delivered at the time of purchase:

This amount includes:
1) Delivery box (delivery of MV Agusta motorcycles to dealer)
2) Limited edition plate
3) Official MV Agusta stand/easel
4) Double keys
5) Handbook
6) Double booklet coupons
7) Original advertising for the SENNA model, that was delivered to all the Tamburini buyers
8) MV Agusta Corse  accessories book delivered with the purchase of the bike
10) Original Purchase invoice
11) MV Agusta official show rug
12) Double exhaust race and road legal...

Consider an MV Agusta and you open yourself to three or four times the cost of a comparable production sportbike.  But the engineers have been paid, the exotic materials purchased, the shops organized around a short run of special bikes.  Agusta trademarks like the 4-2-4 exhaust and winged fuel tank are accompanied by new techniques, materials, and electronics.  Fittingly pictured in a sculpture garden, it's hard to say the Tamburini's original owners didn't get their money's worth.  At the ask of €34,000, it looks ready for the next event.  The bike is in Italy and interested parties can contact Riccardo:


Featured Listing – 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini #192
Ducati June 20, 2017 posted by

Outasight – 2008 Ducati-NCR Mike Hailwood TT

Since its formation in 1967, NCR motorcycles has been Ducati's de-facto competition arm, developing and producing race bikes based on Ducati themes.  For the 30th anniversary of Mike Hailwood's 1978 Isle of Man TT victory ( on an NCR-built Ducati 900SS ), the company produced a very short run of super light, no-holds-barred commemoratives, with titanium frame and 1120cc air-cooled desmo engine.

2008 Ducati-NCR Mike Hailwood TT for sale on eBay

With the founders ready to retire in 2001, the owners of Poggipolini, a titanium manufacturing specialist, took an interest in NCR, and the Mike Hailwood TT became a showcase for advanced techniques, with a full titanium trellis and exhaust system.  Internal to the 130 hp V-twin is a billet crank, while the carbon fairings and wheels are easier to appreciate.  4-piston Brembo billet calipers and Öhlins MotoGP forks are leading edge, while the nostalgic twin rear Öhlins shocks at least leave room for the exhaust headers.

A number of the NCR Mike Hailwoods were delivered at the 2009 Isle of Man race, where the factory website says they were raced, though it may have been in an exposition part of the event.  The Vegas owner has added a couple of nice extras, and has this to say in the eBay auction:






Though the next owner will be a rare collector, the auction has a dozen bids, with $50K not hitting the reserve.  NCR's ( and Poggipolini's ) credibility is above reproach, and the 300 lb. machine is one of just a dozen or so.  Though one could quibble that these machines are built to be ridden, this TT likely will never see that third mile...


Outasight – 2008 Ducati-NCR Mike Hailwood TT
Moto Guzzi June 7, 2017 posted by

2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Tenni with 1,204 miles !

Commemorating Omobono Tenni, a Guzzi racer who gave the factory many victories in the 1933-48 era ( and died in a crash during GP practice ), the Le Mans Tenni is a brilliant and subtle styling exercise using the recent V11 base.  This Tenni is badged number 114 of 170, and has been preserved with only first-oil-change miles.

2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans #114/170

Helped by Aprilia's development lire, the V11 used the venerable air-cooled V-twin which reported 91 hp and nearly 70 ft.-lbs. torque.  Signature shaft drive is helped by a torque arm, and Marelli fuel injection makes starting and running easy.  Top components from Öhlins and Brembo, and improvements like the hydraulic clutch and oil cooler bring the big machine into the 21st century.

Owned by an Illinois collector, this Tenni is dead stock and almost unused.  The suede seat was a fair-weather option and a vinyl seat is also included.  Just a few dings on the seat fairing detract, but should correctable.  From the eBay auction:

Original owner of a rare, low mileage, unmolested Moto Guzzi LeMans Tenni, number 114 of 170 worldwide.  I purchased this motorcycle new in December 2003 from Motorsports Inc. in Wichita, KS.  I have kept the bike in a climate controlled space, and have not performed any alterations whatsoever to the engine or body.  Periodic cleaning, oil changes, and engine starting, with a occasional ride around the block!  Hence the very low miles.  Bike comes with an original Tenni sales brochure, owners manual, shop manual, parts manual, two keys, tool kit, MG bike cover, extra gasket set, and two seats (black vinyl and brown suede).

With weight approaching 550 lbs. wet, the V11 quickly becomes a lot of work to push quickly.  More suited to less twisty bits, the rock solid handling inspires confidence, and great torque makes for a fun ride.  The V11 has a mature powertrain, and the Tenni has premium appointments and an attractive take on racing green.  For a Guzzi fan, it's a very low-mile example, 1 of 170 total of a single-year commemorative, with the late Le Mans half fairing, a modern and nice-riding machine to boot...


2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Tenni with 1,204 miles !