Posts by tag: desmodue

Cagiva May 5, 2018 posted by

Have Blue – 1987 Cagiva Alazzurra 650SS

Cagiva re-badged the Pantah for 1985 and tried on their own badging and design features.  The Alazzurra had toned down its testosterone content a bit, but was improved in some good ways.  This 1987 example has been a labor of love for its present owner, who has made some long term investments in the bike's future.

1987 Cagiva Alazzurra 650SS for sale on eBay

The belt driven cams of the desmodue help the Alazzurra push 55 hp and 36 ft.-lbs. torque.  Right side-up 35mm forks and dual Marzocchi shocks are appropriately light weight, as are the 260mm dual disk brakes.  The supersport fairing flows sweetly and it looks like there is beaucoup ground clearance.

 

The Virginia owner has  made several improvements to the Alazzurra, without indulging in any sort of bling - well, maybe the red brake lines.  Here is his rundown from the eBay auction:

Since I've owned it, I've done the following:

1- fixed a leaking base gasket ($100 + labor)
2- adjusted the valves to the perfect spec. ($150 + My Labor)
3- replaced the belts ($40 + My Labor)
4- new chain and custom rear sprocket ($80 + My Labor)
5- upgraded stainless steel brake & clutch lines and hardware with speed bleeders ($180 + My Labor)
6- rebuilt the ignition sensor wires ($30 + My Labor)
7- powder coated the exhaust ($100 + My Labor)
8- brand new battery ($65 + My Labor)
9- rebuilt the carbs ($60 + My Labor)
10- rebuilt the key ignition switch. ( + My Labor)
11- replaced the leaking petcock and fuel hoses. ($130 + My Labor)

I've REALLY enjoyed working on and riding a true Italian cult bike. I don't have to sell it, but it's time to move on. 

There is also a cold start video - here -.

Cagiva soon realized that tossing out a well-known name and competition history was folly, leaving the friendly Elefant in a tough position.  Luckily this Alazzurra has weathered that storm and looks ready for a long weekend on the Blue Ridge Parkway, perhaps as the new owner takes her north or south and home again...

-donn

Have Blue – 1987 Cagiva Alazzurra 650SS
Ducati April 29, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 2007 Ducati 944 Race/Track Bike

RSBFS reader Tom caught a mean case of the track bug back in 2006, and embarked on an exciting custom project. He enlisted pro builders from south of his Canadian border and developed a 944cc desmodue with a titanium chassis. The result is faired in Sharkskinz 998, with 999 tank and seat fairing, all red of course.

 

Doug Cook at ARC Fabrication fabricated the chassis from titanium.  The resulting frame is bizarre and beautiful, but the geometry, suspension and brakes are all reworked 900SS so handling is a known quantity.  Bruce Meyers at BCM Motorsports in Laconia rebuilt Tom's 900SS into a ported and polished race engine, with oversize cylinders resulting in 944cc, fed by 41mm Keihin flat-slide carburetors.  Tom enlisted BlackStone Tek to make a set of carbon fiber wheels for the project, and ARC supplied two underseat exhausts, one muffled to usual racetrack requirements, and the other open for unrestricted events.

 

Real life stepped back in the picture after the build was complete and Tom could only claim a few track events in the each of the next few years, on display since then.  The bike has been run but has low hours and is undamaged.  Pictures show the artful fabrication and sanitary presentation, from polished swingarm to tidy cockpit.  Tom's own thoughts on the bike:

This is truly a unique and amazing track bike ridden only occasionally for two or three seasons.  The full race motor (including STR cams, 41 mm FCR's, over-sized race pistons, ported and polished heads, blueprinted, etc.) was built by BCM Motorsports in New Hampshire.  The titanium frame, stainless exhaust pipes and red carbon fiber cans were built by Doug Cook.  The welds on the ti-frame, exhaust and the cans are pure art.  The bike has new front and rear Michelin slicks, 916 triple clamps, Rizoma brake fluid reservoirs, straight-through megaphones (they're wild!), cast iron rotors, Brembo levers, Shorai lithium battery, etc.  The bike weighs approximately 320 pounds and, it really flies, brakes fantastically (one finger) and turns like crazy.

Hard to fathom the number hours that went into this build, but the quality shows that a pro builder starts from a different plane than a shade-tree race mechanic.  The desmodue is a nice choice for a club racer, without liquid cooling and readily available.  Probably not the right mount for a novice track rider, but for someone ready to step up to a purpose-built lightweight, this is a singular opportunity.  Tom asks $9,500 and can be reached - here -.

-donn

 

 

Featured Listing – 2007 Ducati 944 Race/Track Bike
Ducati April 27, 2018 posted by

Red Contrasts – 2007 Ducati Sport 1000S

Ducati's SportClassics had sharp engineering though the styling recalled earlier days of motorcycling.  The versatile dual spark 992cc engine made the bike easy to love, and the Sport 1000S had a neat SuperSport design and most of the features of the Paul Smart commemorative.

2007 Ducati Sport 1000S for sale on eBay

Beside its 92 hp air-cooled engine, the Sport 1000S is a clever combination of old and new, dual-shock Sachs rear with progressive springs, wet clutch hydraulically actuated, flat black Termignoni exhausts, a big brace on the 43mm Marzocchi forks, and stainless spokes on black alloy wheels.  The upper-only fairing beats the wind for the rider but leaves most of the Sport 1000S on display.

This example appears to have been well-loved, carefully farkled in red and undamaged over 9,000 miles.  Here is the owner's list of upgrades from the eBay auction:

Adjustable clip-on handle bars
Brembo brakes system
Adjustable front and rear suspension (tunable to fit specific person)
A Pair of Termignoni exhaust pipes
Custom Red Super-Sprox rear sprocket
Gold DID chain
Open belt-system w/ red cover
Battery is new, purchased from dealer 2 years ago
T-Rex Racing frame sliders
Front fork sliders, Rear spindle sliders
Custom under tail tidy kit for brake light & plate
Custom bar-ends w/ twist-cruise lock on throttle side
Machined aluminum front suspension protector
Upgraded Ducati race ECU underseat
Rizoma RED master brake cylinder, front brake cylinder, clutch cylinder
Motul high performance brake fluid
K&N under-tank air filter system
Full synthetic motor oil with new oil filter
Red CFRP rear tire hugger

Fit and finish had turned a corner on the SportClassics, the polish and paint on the fairing supports is just one indication.  Handling was standard Ducati SS, wonderful at speed but ponderous around town.  We could quibble about the open belts, oversize frame sliders and new two year-old battery, but it's a sweet package.  Must be spring because the ask is in Paul Smart SE territory...

-donn

 

 

Red Contrasts – 2007 Ducati Sport 1000S
Ducati April 25, 2018 posted by

Insignificantly Rare – 2005 Ducati 1000SS/DS

Ducati developed a new dual-spark desmodue engine for the 1000SS and it is revered among Ducatista.  Its first platform was the Terblanche-styled SS which was fighting a losing showroom battle.  In hindsight it's a great SuperSport and classic Ducati.

2005 Ducati 1000SS/DS for sale on eBay

Engineers made many changes to the new DS engine, the lower valve angles, shortened exhaust ports and up-to-date fuel injection making for a more reliable, even tempered mill.  The 85 hp from the air-cooled 992cc's leave the water-cooling system behind, relying on air and oil cooling to contain temperatures.   Elsewhere, it's classic SuperSport, a fairly aggressive riding position, complex fairing, trellis frame, and room for a passenger.

This SS is offered by an eBay dealer with quads, bikes, and campers on their roster, and the Senna gray with Ferrari red wheels look excellent for their 17K miles.  For some reason the clutch cover is not present, something should be there to protect the rider and keep the rain out.  The mirror booties need adjustment, likely they were folded, but appear to be the stock item.  From the eBay listing:

Fuel Injected

17,031 Miles

Marchesini Red Wheels

Factory Tool Kit

Zero Gravity Smoke Windshield

Brembo Brakes

Red Key

CLEAN AND CLEAR TITLE !

Tested and Inspected, Ready to Ride Now !

Normal wear and tear, open dry clutch assembly with common Ducati Clutch Plate noise

New Harley Davidson Dealer Trade In !

Very Clean Original Bike !

The SuperSport would only survive another year, starved for customers in a showroom with SuperBikes, Monsters, ST3's and 4's, the MultiStrada.  The love-it-or-hate-it body design probably didn't help matters, though the drivetrain would live on in Monsters, Multis, and the new Hypers and SportClassics.  Earlier SuperSport fans will love the new engine, and the handling will bring back memories.  Bar risers are still available to move the grips up and back a little, and the Make Offer button is there to move the bid down and forward a little...

-donn

 

Insignificantly Rare – 2005 Ducati 1000SS/DS
Ducati April 12, 2018 posted by

More Than the Sum – 1993 Ducati 900SS Custom

Ducati's iconic 900 SuperSport has everything you need and nothing you don't.  The early 90's edition inspired this retro-faired monoposto, where even more of everything is out in the open.  The custom frame, tank and fairing hang together very well, looking like a Friday afternoon ride into the hills waiting to happen.

1993 Ducati 900SS Custom for sale on eBay

The 900SS goes way back to 1975, but belt drive unburdened the engine in 1988 and the conversion to Mikuni carburetors in 1993 freed up 84 hp.  Big brakes from the 851 provided ample stoppage, and fully adjustable Showa suspension were a nice improvement.  Dry weight was under 400 lbs.

As built by Union Motorcycle Classics, this SuperSport might be under 400 lbs. with half a tank, though the trip odometer might want to be used as a gas gauge.  Perhaps the wafer-thin seat atop the revised subframe would remind the rider to take a break, though the aluminized Ferracci exhaust and Fox rear shock say go.  From the eBay auction:

Introducing a one-of-a-kind professionally built 900SS. Everything on this beautiful motorcycle shows attention to detail and mechanical craftsmanship. (search "custom 900SS" on google and this will be one of the top 5 motorcycles that appears in images.)

The one-off hand crafted tank is a merging of a 900SS tank and a late 80's 750 Sport. Beautifully done. You will see throughout the build are custom manufactured brackets and period race parts, with all work performed by Union Cycles.

Likely the builder didn't change the frame geometry, not messing with one of the best handling SuperSports of the day.  Union has beautifully reduced the 900SS to its cafe' racing denominator, as Hunter S. Thompson described in his original Cycle World review of the bike.  With the limited seating position, rider endurance might be even lower.  But cafe's aren't that far apart these days, and the new owner will likely be having extended Q&A at coffee stops, with spirited blasts in between...

-donn

More Than the Sum – 1993 Ducati 900SS Custom
Ducati April 1, 2018 posted by

Swiss Army Bike – 2007 Ducati Monster 800 S2R

Ducati definitely had a Monster for every rider in the mid-oughties, from a 996cc water-cooled naked superbike to a M400 progressive license special.  The 800 S2R had a firm hold on the middle of the road, air-cooled and torquey, sporty but more like a ragtop sports car.  This example barely has break in miles and looks to have been garaged every night.

2007 Ducati Monster 800 S2R for sale on eBay

Styled by Miguel Galluzzi and in production since 1993, the Monster has led, cornered, and specialized in the street fighter market.  The 800 S2R's L-twin delivers 77 hp and 54 ft.-lbs. torque, supersport if not superbike numbers.  The classic trellis is red this time, leaving very little to the imagination, and complemented by the bracing on the single sided swingarm.  Up front there are fully adjustable 43mm forks and 300mm brakes, and a fitting update to the usual dry clutch is Ducati's APTC ( Adler Power Torque Plate ) clutch, which provides softer downshifts and low lever forces.

Offered by an Akron dealer, there are only 1,200 miles on this S2R and almost none of the usual owner add-ons.  The factory plastics still look new, and it's surprisingly clean.  A stainless and carbon exhaust system has been installed, though no mention is made of a corresponding change to the fuel injection electronics.  From the eBay auction:

Selling this for a friend who Purchased it New, Original owner & Clear Title in Hand.
It has been Adult ridden and Meticulously cared for since Day 1.
Equipped with a Dealer installed Carbon Fiber Exhaust System.
Always stored year round in a Temperature Controlled Environment.
The Overall Condition is Excellent in every way!! No Disappointments here!!

Some of us still aren't ready for the new Monster styling, and this hi-spec desmodue does everything pretty well.  The 800cc engine is an educated declaration of independence from liter-bike power, a little lighter but still plenty of giddy-up.  A close inspection of those ten year old tires and belts would be a must, but then starting shopping for those farkles...

-donn

Swiss Army Bike – 2007 Ducati Monster 800 S2R