Posts by tag: desmodue

Ducati March 31, 2017 posted by

One Mile per Month – 2002 Ducati MH900E

The past few years have gone by like a flash, but even more so for this very mint Ducati special. Built just in 2001 and -02, the retro-tech Mike Hailwood commemorative began Ducati's Sport Classic phase.  Hard to believe the concept was shown in 1998 and the run of 2000 sold out within hours via the interweb.

2002 Ducati MH900E for sale on eBay

   

Pierre Terblanche kept the priorities straight when sketching the MH900E, pretty good performance from the air-cooled desmodue, showing it off with the sculpted fairing and belt covers echoed on the tank.  Long and low, the MH900E was more at home on a fast sweeper than a twistie, though it did have fine Marzocchi forks and remote reserve Paoli monoshock.  Red as the fairing, the trellis frame and swingarm show off the manufacturer's art.  The exhaust makes its way under the seat to a pair of seemingly too long mufflers, extending well past the finned seat fairing.

   

This owner has the bug bad, and has preserved the original numbered shipping crate for the bike.  Though it has new tires and cam belts, the originals are saved just in case.  - Here - is his walk around video, which has a little of the blatty exhaust and dry clutch music.  The engraved open clutch cover is new to me, and the owner says this in the eBay auction:

This particular example #1003 is believed to be the first one released to the public as the first two went into museums and it only has 129 original miles making #1003 the lowest mileage one in the country and perhaps the world in this 1000 series. It was ridden less than a mile a month to keep the fluids-engine-drivetrain-suspension in working order. I just serviced it with new fluids, new Pirelli tires, new cam belt (kept the originals) and both batteries. Please take a minute to look at the hi res pics and how detailed/clean it is, I'll post the video walk around and start/run as well. To preserve the museum quality it comes with the original date coded tires with the nibs still on them, original cam belt, 2 sets of keys, original books, original decals in place, original clear protector on the swing arm and the one off factory display stand. The rarest and best part of it all is it comes with the original shipping crate and the number #1003 from the factory hand painted on it !

   

In honor of Mike Hailwood, the MH900E recalls his 1978 Isle of Man victory.  Reviewed as just as much fun to ride as look at, most have languished on the dais, and regularly show up with low mileage, but not low like this.  And I suppose it's deserved, the MH900E's design is way over on the show side ( versus go ) and we can't blame the owner for wanting to keep it nice.  Bidding is quite active and has made back MSRP with almost three days to go.  Likely it will end up on display again, but here's hoping the new owner doubles the mileage beforehand...

-donn

 

One Mile per Month – 2002 Ducati MH900E
Ducati March 23, 2017 posted by

Soft Baggage – 1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR

Every so often a future classic pops up, but with too many niggling questions to be worth pursuing.  A lightweight air-cooled desmodue, the 1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR is a pending collectible and great rider.  With not much of anywhere to hide mysteries, this CR appears free of damage and the long-past salvage title might make it possible.

1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR for sale on eBay

  

1998 was the last year of the carburetted and square headlight supersports.  The 85 hp 904 cc twin was mated to a 6-speed trans and nicely equipped with Showa inverted forks and monoshock, and generously sized Brembo brakes.  The Cafe Racer had the upper-only fairing with an un-cramped riding position and raised clip-ons.

  

Treated to the 944 cc pistons and accompanying engine work, this Texas Ducati has an unusual 41mm carburettor upgrade as well.  These changes should result in close to 100 hp, and has recent maintenance, as the owner relates in the eBay auction:

Clean, well maintained 1998 Ducati 900SS CR.  Owner since 2004.  Bike has roughly 1000 miles on Fast by Ferracci 944cc high compression overbore kit.  Carburetors have been upgraded to Keihin 41mm FCRs.  Vance and Hines carbon fiber exhaust completes the package.  This bike sounds mean and has the performance to back it up.  The bike has been recently serviced with all fluids changed, ignition system upgraded, racing plugs and wires installed, and a fresh set of Michelin Pilot Powers mounted.  Receipts available.  The bike does have a salvage title.  The previous owner bought the bike at a police auction and restored it cosmetically.  To my knowledge, this bike has never been down or sustained any major damage.  The bike has been in my care for the past 12 years.  This beautiful bike is ready for some lucky buyer to take her home...

  

Under attack by the Monster and with a re-design coming, only a few hundred Supersports were brought this way in 1998.  This CR has had the benefit of a long-term owner, and shows nicely for just over 11,000 miles.  An afternoon with our friend Nev-R-Dull and a sticker-ectomy would only complement the rugged good looks and performance.  After inspection, it would be worth checking with DMV about the implications of a salvage title in your state, but it might put an otherwise out-of-reach machine back in the ballpark...

-donn

Soft Baggage – 1998 Ducati 900 SS/CR
Ducati March 16, 2017 posted by

One Rider – 1990 Ducati 750 Sport

Acknowledging the short Canadian riding season, this pretty 750 Sport was photographed some fine un-wintry day.  But if a classic carburetted desmodue is up your alley, plan for spring's eventual arrival and check this auction for a low-mile Ducati which has only been ridden by its first owner.

1990 Ducati 750 Sport for sale on eBay

Ducati was in the swim if not cresting a wave in the late 1980's, and their product managers knew how to shave development costs.  The frame for the 750 Sport was a lightly modified F1 chassis, and the drivetrain came from the controversial Paso.  But the lightweight fairing showed off the trellis frame nicely and had eye-catching sunburst livery.  Power nudged the magical 100 hp / liter mark, and the sound was pure desmodue.  With weight under control, the 750 Sport reviewed as a competent handler, with an un-cramped riding position.

An Ontario native, this Sport was only ridden 6,000 or so miles by the original owner, has changed hands and the new owner hasn't returned it to riding status.  Save a tired turn signal, it appears excellent and original.  So the auction winner will been looking at new belts, rubber, fluids, and possible a seal or two.  From the eBay auction:

The bike is extremely original, meaning, original paint, no modifications, original muffler,  and was only driven by 1st owner.  The first owner ordered the bike from the only Ducati dealership in Toronto, Continental Motorcycles Inc and took delivery of bike in May of 1991.  I have the original bill of sale and the ownership is still in the original owner's name.  The bike runs and shifts nicely, but hasn't been started in a while.  With the sale comes the original bill of sale, the owner's Manual, workshop manual and four magazines featuring the bike (Cycle World, Cycle Canada, Cycle).  This is a rare bike in very nice condition.

Rideability issues with the original two-barrel Weber carburetor are well documented and many owners have tuned them out or changed to Mikunis or Dell'Orto carbs.  16" wheels are a bit of a period item, but tire options are actually better now than they were in the 1990's.  The factory black exhaust are rarely seen on a running 750 Sport, and speak to the bike's originality.  So long as the reserve is sensible, this desmodue should have a much longer happy life...

-donn

One Rider – 1990 Ducati 750 Sport
Ducati February 16, 2017 posted by

Worked – 2007 Ducati Sport 1000 Biposto

Ducati SportClassics were made from 2006-2010, and with their cafe-racer looks, were very popular with customizers.  The dual-spark 992cc engine was fuel injected, and its reliability lent itself more to breathing upgrades than internal work.  This example has had intake and exhaust work and some well-executed cosmetic upgrades.

2007 Ducati Sport 1000 Biposto for sale on eBay

Designer Pierre Terblanche got started with the wild-retro MH900E, and completed the thought with the SportClassic line.  Pretty good power from the air-cooled desmodue at 92hp, with stable handling and moderate weight.  Dual shocks and dry clutch make reference to the good old days.  Bars are apparently clip-ons, but have risers and some adjustment to ease the pain.  The seat is the best of both worlds, a dual seat with color coordinated cafe cover.

No word on how many owners, but this Sport has been treated well and shows just one spot of clearcoat failure for its 7,500 miles.  The current owner is an Arrow fan and put on 2-into-1 exhaust and had it altered to work with the passenger pegs.  Velocity stacks and ECU reprogramming complete the respiratory therapy.

Not often seen at this level are the fender-ectomy and SpeedyMoto open cam belts ( with guards ).  Can't say the license plate mount is my taste but there a lot of nice smaller upgrades.  From the eBay auction:

• Pazzo adjustable brake and clutch levers
• Kuan steering damper mount with Ohlins damper
• Rear fender removed
• Taillight flipped and mounted under the seat pan (turn signals reversed to accommodate flip)
• Custom license plate mount with factory license plate light
• STM clutch slave
• Custom Arrow 2 ­1 stainless steel race full exhaust (not a slip on) ­­ I fell in love with Arrow exhaust when I put a system on my Monster. The sound is second to none and this exhaust does not disappoint. The reason it is custom is that Arrow never made a system to fit a biposto bike; it was only intended to fit the 2006 mono. I purchased one and worked with a local exhaust shop to modify it just enough so that it would clear the brake pedal and rear set.

• Speedy Moto frame sliders
• Speedy Moto Leggero belt pulley covers
• Corse Dynamics high performance intake system (includes velocity stacks, air filters, crankcase breather, etc.)
• MW Tuning / REXXER ecu re­flash to accommodate intake and exhaust mods. O2 sensor delete.
• Billet high capacity ECU heat sink
• Corse Dynamics magnetic oil drain plug
• Lane splitter style round bar­end rear view mirror
• RAM Mount triple clamp mounted ball for accessory mounts (phone/gps/etc.)

Light on the miles and looking great, this SportClassic has a steep buy-it-now but the right equipment and up-to-date maintenance.  The Make Offer button is there if this classic red machine speaks to you.  As the wintry mix fades this might be a good opportunity...

-donn

Worked – 2007 Ducati Sport 1000 Biposto
Ducati February 4, 2017 posted by

The Next Step – 1990 Ducati 750 Sport

Backing away from the brink, Ducati needed a successor to the F1 and a second fiddle to the 907 i.e., and found it in the 750 Sport. The fully-faired desmodue was lightweight and used the Paso engine in the F1 frame.  Not an earth-shattering development, but gave the SuperSport department a chance to show their expertise.

1990 Ducati 750 Sport for sale on eBay

Sporting Weber's single carburettor between the cylinders, the 750 Sport had occasional driveability issues, but once sorted the 748cc air-cooled mill was a winner.  Staying on budget, Marzocchi supplied suspension for both ends, and likewise single-puck Brembo brakes.  16-inch rubber can be a test of a fan's dedication, but the options are much better today than when this bike was simply middle-aged.  Especially with the sun-ray graphics, the endurance fairing is sweet, but is more a fond glance over Ducati's shoulder than a look ahead.

This owner's second 750 Sport, this example has a little over 21,000 miles and a set of period slip-ons.  Good shape though scrapes and bumps almost suggest a trip to the paint booth.  The smashing factory paint scheme justifies freshening up.  It has new tires but recency of the cam belts would need to be determined.  From the eBay auction:

Runs great - excellent, not perfect, unrestored condition.  Tires and hoses are new.  Awesome nearly VINTAGE Ducati.  I bought one of these in 1990 and loved it.  This is my second one.   My Ducati book says only 150 were imported into the US.  Many of those went to the track and I have never seen another one on the street.

Similar to a PASO but cooler.  I have manuals and original Cycle World magazine where they tested the bike that will go with the sale.
The auction has several bids and the owner is refreshingly under no illusions of starting bids or reserves.  Likely to always be a rider, the new owner could have a nice one or with a little work, a gem to roll out.  An interesting chapter in the Ducati history book, frozen in trellis frame and desmodue...
-donn
The Next Step – 1990 Ducati 750 Sport
Cagiva February 3, 2017 posted by

Snapshot – 1987 Cagiva Allazzura 650SS

Founded in 1950 and a relatively minor manufacturer, the Castiglioni family leveraged the Ducati brand in 1985, and though they had thoughts of folding it into Cagiva, only a few larger displacement bikes were produced before they acknowledged Ducati's greater name recognition.  The Alazzurra was a sporty mid-size with a Ducati-branded desmodue aboard, and had a lot in common with, and improvements to, the Pantah on which it was based.

1987 Cagiva Allazzura 650SS for sale on eBay

With its newly designed supersport fairing, the Alazzurra looked a little more modern than the Pantah it was intended to succeed.  The recently designed engine was a revelation, especially above 5000 rpm.  Moderately-sized Brembo and Marzocchi hardware acquitted themselves in the braking and suspension departments but were more sport-touring than race replica.  The relatively light weight and willing engine endeared the Alazzurra to reviewers.

Coming out of a Florida home, this Cagiva has been faithfully rejuvenated and updated by its most recent owner.  A lot of details in the eBay auction:

This survivor was purchased from the widow of a friend of mine several months ago.  The odometer shows 5200 miles and is probably accurate based on the condition of the instrument cluster, the wiring and in particular the black chrome head pipes ( these are almost always corroded).  The valves are in spec and the oil came out pretty clean with no metal bits. Engine runs very strong, clutch doesn't slip and gears  shift well.

Upgrades include 38 mm Marzocchi front forks ( probably from an 860 GT ), K-N air filters, Dyna coils, 280 mm Brembo cast iron rotors, as new Avon tires, adjustable steering damper, Brembo Goldline brake and clutch levers, black chrome Conti mufflers ( there is a small ding on the left Conti above the C ).  These things were on the bike when I got it this past fall.  I found and rebuilt the missing rear brake caliper, rear  master cylinder, replaced the droopy rear turn signals with shorter new old stock CEV's, replaced the leaking fuel petcocks with Bevel Heavens aftermarket items, installed new old stock Superbike bars, English high quality bar end mirrors, rebuilt carburetors, added alloy tops, alloy oil and ignition sight  windows, stainless steel brake lines front and rear, new Thomasselli throttle and cables, timing belts, oil and filter, fork oil, replaced ignition pick up lines with Bevel Heaven kit, repaired the rear turn signal wiring ( amazingly all the wiring except the PU's and the rear turn signals remain intact, soft and pliable ), installed a new fuse box from Moto Guzzi to replace the original ( which was missing the cover ).  All that to the tune of about $2000-- receipts included.  All the lights and gauges work, the  brakes are very strong, the clutch doesn't slip, forks don't leak, steers and tracks true.

Still, there are a couple of things to do before she goes out the door, but not seeming deal killers, and the the Alazzurra has a much-improved Corbin seat from the previous owner.

As project bikes go, this one seems about 90 percent complete, and though the ask might be a little high for an obscure almost-done, the work that has been done looks ok and there is the "make offer" button.  The Alazzurra reviewed as a little less racey but more friendly than the preceding Pantah, and got gigged for gas-crisis jetting but was otherwise a nice rider.  No arguing the rarity, and if you like the classic feel, this low-mile Alazzurra could be sweet Sunday morning bike...

-donn

 

Snapshot – 1987 Cagiva Allazzura 650SS