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Ducati July 12, 2018 posted by

DesmoNue – 1993 Ducati 900SS

Ducati has carved out an enormous niche in the super-sport area, with some compromises on the sporting intentions of their superbikes, but often more versatile and plenty of fun.  This 900SS was parked after a year or so of use and recently re-incarnated, a happy beginning to its next chapter.

1993 Ducati 900SS for sale on eBay

A descendant of the 851 and Paso, the 900SS uses the 904cc desmodue, with belt driven cams.  Mikuni carburetors were less fiddly and helped deliver 84 hp.  Adjustable Showa dampers were a nice upgrade and ergonomics were relaxed a bit.  The full fiberglass fairing has the classic Ducati lines.

This Cali SS looks unblemished by its 5,049 miles or the long nap.  Though it's not a limited edition or racy example, refreshed it looks like a new 1993.  The owner shows off the clean in un-faired photos.  From the eBay auction:

Found this in a garage in Lafayette California. And hadn't been run since 1995
Replaced Timing Belts
Flushed the tank, cleared the lines, New Fuel Pump and filter
Rebuilt the Carbs with OEM parts
New Tires, Battery, flushed the brake lines, oiled the cables
Soaked the Chain and Re-oiled
Cleaned, Cleaned and CLEANED AGAIN!!
It Runs and Performs AMAZINGLY!!! AND FAST!!!!

Reviewed as an all-day performer, the 900SS had classic good looks and at the time was called Ducati's best ever.  Maybe a memory lane trip for the next owner, or picking up dad's bike ?  Obviously not new new, but instead of 25 this one looks just a few years old...

-donn

 

DesmoNue – 1993 Ducati 900SS
Bimota July 2, 2018 posted by

Cult of Personality – 2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio

Bimota was on the rebound from their 2001 bankruptcy when the Ducati dual-spark 1000 caught their designers' eyes.  The naked / standard Delirio was midway through a beautiful friendship between the companies and was in production until 2011.

2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio for sale on eBay

Penned by designer Sergio Robbiano, the Delirio has the wonderful 992 cc desmodue, somehow finding room for underseat exhaust and 93 hp.  And while the trellis frame is familiar, the aluminum frame connectors and swingarm ends are special.  For a naked there are a surprising number of carbon covers and fairings, even a scoop for the oil cooler.  The premium suspension and brakes insure it will be an exciting way through 4.2 gallons.

Likely having had several maintenance services on its way to 3,800 miles, this Delirio had the required major service last year.  Ready for lots of trouble-free miles, as the owner relates in the eBay auction:

Very low miles, meticulously maintained, last services by Bimota Spirit in Raleigh, NC in March 2017, flushed fuel tank, tested and flushed fuel pump, changed and adjusted timing belts, oil & filter changed, adjusted and cleaned chain, flushed front and rear brake fluid, and comes with new tires. This beautiful exotic Italian naked bike was hand made by Bimota in Rimini, Italy, it comes with a 1000 cc Ducati DS highly evolved air cooled L Twin engine, with twin-plug form, it has several carbon fiber pieces such as front and back fenders, side panels, belt covers, and clutch cover, Brembo brakes & clutch master cylinders, Zard Exhaust, and 2nd generation ECU board. Hardly used, except for a few weekend cruises with friends, and never ever tracked or raced. This is a very rare and exotic bike, be one of the few Bimota owners in the world.

The DS liter is revered as one of the most fun engines around, this time in a designer package.  Bimota has moved on to a edgier-looking naked Impeto ( as well as a naked Tesi ! ) but you can rest assured there won't be another parked at the coffee stop.  Early on a student of Tamburrini, Robbiano was taken way too early in a motorcycle accident.  The award-winning DB6 is a fine record of his time in Rimini...

-donn

Cult of Personality – 2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio
Ducati June 6, 2018 posted by

Garaged Every Night – 2007 Ducati SportClassic Sport 1000 Biposto with 1,180 Miles !

As much as fans cringe when another nearly unused special hits RSBFS, mint examples naturally have the interest of buyers.  This lightly updated SportClassic was used as a display article for a garage customizing company, and is ready for a riding owner.

2007 Ducati SportClassic Sport 1000 Biposto for sale on eBay

Designed by Pierre Terblanche, the SportClassics didn't break much new ground technologically, but tapped into the fuzzy good memories of past motos.  The DS1000 engine was a revelation, a winning combination of updated desmo valve angles, air/oil cooling, fuel injection, and updated electrics which provided a reliable 92 hp and sweet sound.  Suspension looked forward with 43 mm upside-down forks, and back with dual remote reservoir shocks.  Memories of cleaning spoked wheels must have faded since they are back aboard the SportClassic, and in alloy they complete the retro look.

With a lot of niceties from Rizoma, this monochromatic Sport 1000 looks almost new.  Cam belts are uncovered but guarded, and the wet clutch precludes the normal open cover.  Slightly shorter rear turn signal stalks are the perfect mod.  Having been wheeled in and out of the display garages for the past ten years, this Sport 1000 could use new belts, though valves should be ok and tires would be optional.  There should be a pillion seat under the café cover.  From the eBay auction:

This 2007 Ducati is in great condition and has been properly maintained and kept in my climate controlled garage. It has primarily been used in our RaceDeck Garage Flooring marketing/shows and  the occasional cruise in the canyons. The condition of this show-stopping motorcycle is like it was in a time capsule. Has never been dropped, runs fantastic and a great ride. 

As you will see in the photos, this Ducati Sport Classic is not only a show stopper, it is outfitted with the best accessories, such as Termignoni sport exhaust, Rizoma mirrors, Rizoma grips, numerous other Rizoma accessories, radiator guard, tank coat, Speedymoto, recessed taillights and license plate, Ducati Motorcycle cover, etc.

Looking good in garages of a certain age, the Sport 1000 reviewed as a quality all-rounder, and a rise in the handlebar height for '07 was welcomed.  Most likely a second or third Ducati for the lucky ones, the SportClassic's statement is in its non-aggression pact.  No race pace or sponsor ads, the Sport 1000 is just here for the good times...

-donn

Garaged Every Night – 2007 Ducati SportClassic Sport 1000 Biposto with 1,180 Miles !
Ducati May 31, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 2007 Ducati 944 Race/Track Bike

Update 5.31.2018: Price reduced to $7,000 USD! Good luck to buyers and seller. -dc

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 $7,000 and can be reached - here -.

-donn

 

 

Featured Listing – 2007 Ducati 944 Race/Track Bike
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 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