Posts by tag: homologation

Ducati October 6, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 1991 Ducati 851 SP3 for Sale in the USA!

Update 2.22.2106: Now listed with AMS Ducati Dallas. -dc

Update 10.6.2015: Price dropped from $32,000 to $27,500. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 L Front

If you're an 851 fetishist, today's Featured Listing Ducati 851 SP3 is a rare sight here in the USA. We first saw this particular example back in July from the same owner, but the bike is back now with seriously improved photography. Even if you have no interest in buying, it's worth a few right-clicks on the images to add to your dream garage...

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 R Front Detail

At the time it was last posted, the RSBFS commentariat was pretty critical of both the pricing and the photography, but with the photography issue sorted, I think it's clear why the seller has ambitious goals in terms of pricing: it's a beautiful example of a very rare bike that is likely to become very valuable. The 916 is perhaps the most iconic modern Ducati, but the 851 laid the groundwork and although the 851 certainly isn't as pretty or as elegant as its descendant, it has a brutal simplicity that is every bit as purposeful and effective.

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 Clocks

Originally introduced in 1987, the 851 was most significant for its introduction of four-valve heads, liquid-cooling, and fuel injection to the venerable L-twin engine, changes required to make the bike competitive in the then-new World Superbike series. It worked, and Ducati returned to the world performance stage in a big way.

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 Front Suspension

Good for a claimed 93hp and the usual fat midrange and lazy power delivery compared to four-cylinder rivals, the 851 was eventually superseded by the bored-out 888 that displaced, surprise surprise, 888cc.

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 L Rear

That bigger motor also powered the homologation SP3 and put out 111hp. Other changes to the SP3 included Öhlins suspension at both ends, a close-ratio gearbox, reinforced cases, and a few cosmetic carbon bits. The original bikes did have a set of Termignoni upswept pipes, although this bike features what appear to be Verlicchi megaphone exhausts. It's a shame the originals are missing*, but I've seen a number of earlier 851's with similar exhausts so they're not completely inappropriate.

(*Note: I've discussed with the seller and he notes that he has identified a source for the originals but that it would require a trade for the current exhaust. Please contact the seller for further details. -dc)

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 Pipe

From the seller: 1991 Ducati 851 SP3 for Sale

I purchased this bike from The Silverman Museum Collection. It was serviced extensively prior to me purchasing it. I then had the fork seals replaced and the clutch and brake lines replaced along with a few other odds and ends (oil change, battery, etc.) I only rode the bike once (it scared me), I thought it was just beautiful to look at. I would put new tires on it if i planned on riding it a lot, but other than that, it's in great shape.

I believe these pictures do the bike justice. I can provide a video of a cold start for anyone who is interested: it likes a little throttle when cold but after it's warm it will idle without issue. It sounds phenomenal.

Keep in mind while the seller is asking some big money for an 851, this is an extremely rare homologation-special SP3 and even cooking 851's are finally beginning to appreciate in value. While the Ducati Monster can be credited with saving Ducati in terms of sales, it was the 851 that gave the brand back the street cred on which the parts-bin Monster traded, and paved the way for the stunning 916 that graced a million bedroom walls.

-tad

1991 Ducati 851 SP3 L Side

Featured Listing: 1991 Ducati 851 SP3 for Sale in the USA!
Ducati September 29, 2015 posted by

Form and Function: 2008 Ducati 1098R for Sale

2008 Ducati 1098R L Side Front

We could argue all day long about the style of the unpopular but very effective Ducati 999 versus the 916-aping but also very effective 1098. I happen to like the striking Terblanche-styled older machine, but there's no arguing with the popularity of the restyled bike: they practically flew out of showrooms, adding credibility to my belief that, while Ducatisiti can be passionate about performance, they're also a very conservative bunch. But no matter how you feel about style, there is no denying that the Ducati 1098R is a serious road and track weapon.

2008 Ducati 1098R L Side Rear

Internally, the 1098R shared little with it's more pedestrian brethren, with titanium connecting rods and valves to save weight and allow for a larger bore and shorter stroke. The 1098R actually displaced 1198cc, right on the limit for World Superbike v-twins. Interestingly, this is the exact opposite of the Panigale, where the R model is a bit smaller than the more road-oriented versions to meet those same requirements.

2008 Ducati 1098R Engine

Ducati had to lobby hard to get the rules changed to allow the bigger motor, and while they were able to use almost the full 1200cc allowed, those same rules changes meant they were very limited in terms of other tuning options. That made it tough for the factory to squeeze out more performance, but it means that the road bikes and the race bikes are closer than ever in terms of specifications, so this particular homologation special is very, very special indeed.

2008 Ducati 1098R Dash

With the included "race kit" installed, the twin made a claimed 189hp, but it wasn't just power that made this bike so impressive. In addition to the snazzy Ducati Datalogging Analyzer, the 1098R featured the first-ever traction control system fitted to a road bike: the DTC system which, unusually for something Italian, was far sexier in practice than it sounds.

2008 Ducati 1098R L Side Fairing

Activated by the installation of a performance chip that was part of the aforementioned race kit, the Ducati Traction Control system featured 8 progressively-less intrusive levels of control to help riders of all skill levels make use of that massive power without high-siding into the weeds. DTC was no newbie gimmick and was basically the same system fitted to Casey Stoner's MotoGP bike and Ducati's WSB machines.

From the original eBay listing: 2008 Ducati 1098R for Sale

  • Superbike 1,461 miles
  • Collector bike
  • Never downed or dropped
  • No scratches
  • Recently serviced
  • Original everything
  • Bike cover
  • Stand
  • Books and manuals
  • Title in hand

2008 Ducati 1098R Rear Suspension

This particular bike is barely broken in and looks to be in basically perfect condition, with under 1,500 miles on the clock, although the Buy It Now price of $20,000 may sound a bit ambitious at first.

But with just 300 imported to the US and a price of $40,000 new, one could also look at the Buy It Now price and think "wow, that's a pretty serious bargain." And for sure, these are collectibles in the making, as all Ducati's R bikes are. The question is, just how long will it before collectors are longing for the days when these cost just $20,000...

-tad

2008 Ducati 1098R L Side2

Form and Function: 2008 Ducati 1098R for Sale
Suzuki August 27, 2015 posted by

Special Slabbie: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition for Sale

1986 Suzuki GSXR750R LE R Front

The iconic GSX-R750 looked ready for endurance racing right off the showroom floor. But while it set the standard in terms of racy looks, there were plenty of compromises made for production, and the 1986 GSX-R750R Limited Edition helped rectify that. The homologation LE included the regular production '86 bike's change to a longer swingarm, but added a dry clutch, lightweight aluminum fuel tank, solo seat, and electronic anti-dive forks.

1986 Suzuki GSXR750R LE R Side2

New, the bike cost $6,500 compared to about $4,000 for a standard GSX-R750, making it the most expensive Japanese sportbike of that time. The lightweight parts saved about 7lbs over the standard model, for a dry weight of 388lbs but it wasn't all that different from a standard GSX-R in most regards.

1986 Suzuki GSXR750R LE L Side Engine

LE's don't seem to have the desirability of the RC30 or OW01, but that may be down to the fact that they're not as exotic in terms of specification. This example has relatively low mileage and appears to be completely stock and in very good nick, as the Brits like to say.

1986 Suzuki GSXR750R LE Forks

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R LE

For sale is 1986 Suzuki gsx r750r Ltd, only 8700miles (14100km)
All original with all books, 2 keys, tools.
The bike is in excellent condition with no problems
Real opportunity for collectors and people who know facts about this motorcycle.
The bike is in
Europe in my storage.
Price includes the shipping to major continental
US ports where shipping from Europe (Germany) is possible.

1986 Suzuki GSXR750R LE Dash

Starting bid is $18,800 with no takers as yet but plenty of time left. The eBay listing indicates the bike is in Florida, but the text, "Price includes the shipping to major continental US ports where shipping from Europe [Germany] is possible" combined with the German VIN tag on the bike, suggests it's in Deutschland. If you're a collector, that may not matter. If you want to register this for road use, do some homework before laying down your cash.

-tad

1986 Suzuki GSXR750R LE R Side Tail

Special Slabbie: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition for Sale
Yamaha August 24, 2015 posted by

Inner Beauty: 1990 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 for Sale

1990 Yamaha OW01 R Side

Based on YZF750 race bikes from 1987 and 1988, the Yamaha FZR750R OW01 went head-to-head with Honda's RC30, although on the surface it may have seemed less exotic. While Honda's machine used a gear-driven V4 configuration with a striking single-sided swingarm, the Yamaha mostly looked like a garden-variety FZR750.

But under the skin, it was every bit as special.

1990 Yamaha OW01 Tank

Titanium rods, twin-ring pistons, an aluminum tank with endurance-style fuel filler, a detachable alloy subframe, quick release axle clamps, and Öhlins suspension at both ends. But the centerpiece may have been the gorgeous, hand-welded frames that are almost like fingerprints, with no two exactly alike.

1990 Yamaha OW01 Front

While the engine displaced the expected 749cc, it was rev-happy and radically oversquare, with Yamaha's signature five-valve head. 121hp doesn't sound like much in today's world of "underpowered" 600cc sportbikes that make similar claimed numbers, but it was very competitive at the time and the additional displacement means you get some midrange to go with your howling top end.

 

1990 Yamaha OW01 Frame Plate

And, unlike the RC30, the OW01 always used 17" wheels at both ends, making tire choice simpler for the modern rider...

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 for Sale

One of only 500 produced this bike has never been raced. dry stored for the last 7 years, running and riding perfect before storage
has the stock exhaust and muffler which is in mint condition,
has 34,000 kilometers (20,000miles)
top end was done using Yamaha parts and i have the receipts
comes with the owners manual and pouch
original toolkit, missing one small socket
as you can see in the pics there are 2 chips in the paint beside the headlight and under the headlight area there are stress cracks in the paint

1990 Yamaha OW01 Cockpit

With 20,000 miles on the clock, it's obvious this bike's been enjoyed as intended, and not just filed away in some collection. These are extremely rare, with just around 1000 OW01s made in total and interest has recently spiked, making this bike a great opportunity with a mere $17,000 Buy It Now price. It's not perfect, but spares are still available and this could be left as-is, or turned into a gorgeous restoration.

-tad

1990 Yamaha OW01 L Side

Inner Beauty: 1990 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 for Sale
Yamaha August 6, 2015 posted by

Second Coming: 1999 Yamaha YZF-R7 OW02 for Sale

1999 Yamaha R7 R Side Front

Introduced in 1999 and sold for just two years, the exotic Yamaha YZF-R7 OW02 was the long-awaited successor to the OW01 of the late 1980's, a barely-legal roadbike intended to homologate the R7 for World Superbike competition. But after just two years, Yamaha pulled the plug on the bike and their WSBK team as well. Was it because Yamaha felt their inline four couldn't be competitive in a series whose rules heavily favored v-twins? Possibly: even Honda gave up on their RC45 to run twins, a move which saw them achieve the success they'd been seeking, but unable to find with their V4 superbikes.

1999 Yamaha R7 Tank

Regardless, the R7 featured tiny details all over the bike that made it more than just another roadbike: the steering geometry could be changed to suit rider preference, with rake, trail, and the steering head all adjustable. The 749cc engine, as you'd expect, featured Yamaha's five-valve heads. Dead stock, the bike made a disappointing 106hp, but that was simply to appease emissions and safety legislation. Each bike has a second, dormant set of injectors that could be activated. Along with a race-kit and a carbon airbox that added a ram-air effect, the two sets of injectors unleashed the full race-spec 162hp.

1999 Yamaha R7 Tail

Of course, this led to a corresponding loss of reliability. Hardly a concern for race teams, but a bit of problem if you wanted to use your R7 on the road. Some owners just said "screw it" and fitted an R1 engine, which seems sacrilegious, until you realize the swap probably captures the R7 experience in terms of power, if not in terms of the original engine's appetite for revs...

1999 Yamaha R7 Radiator

From the original eBay listing: 1999 Yamaha YZF-R7 OW02 for Sale

The bike is in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition with only 6490 Kilometers (4032 Miles). The Yamaha YZF-R7 OW02 is a race homologation motorcycle of limited production run of only 500 units. It was designed to compete in the Superbike World Championship and Suzuka 8 Hours endurance races.

The second set of fuel injectors have been activated (only 4 of 8 are activated from the factory), also included are the supporting YEC kit parts:
carbon fiber airbox
velocity stacks
throttle and cables
fuel pump
fuel regulator

I also have the OEM versions of these parts.

When the power is turned on to the bike, the oil light flashes 5 times, meaning the ECU supports
all 8 fuel injectors being activated.

This R7 had the crank recall done at Wilson Yamaha in Fresno California where the bike was originally purchased.

Also, this R7 is titled and plated in CA. There are no back DMV fees due, the bike is in non-operation status.

I also have the factory assembly manual and YEC kit manual.

1999 Yamaha R7 R Side Peg

As is so often the case, I'd love some better photographs: seriously, if you upload them and realize they're kinda blurry, you can go back and reshoot them. Especially if you're expecting top-dollar for your bike.

And with a Buy It Now price of $22,000 the seller certainly is. Although with some pretty serious bidding going on, it looks like the market isn't caring so much about those poor-quality photos...

-tad

1999 Yamaha R7 R Side

Second Coming: 1999 Yamaha YZF-R7 OW02 for Sale
Ducati July 24, 2015 posted by

More Than Skin Deep: 2001 Ducati 748R for Sale

2001 Ducati 748R R Side

Ducati's 916 bikes were built in great enough numbers, and are available for sale often enough, that it's sometimes hard to think of them as "rare." I mean, it's much harder to find a nice ZX-7R than it is a 996 these days. But while we may have become a bit blasé about these former fantasy-garage machines, there are still a few out there like this 748R worth getting excited about.

2001 Ducati 748R L Side Front

While Ducati's "S" models are generally just their regular offerings with some carbon parts thrown at them and some upgraded suspension bits you probably won't notice unless you're racetrack-bound, if at all, the "R" bikes are often a whole different kettle of fish.

2001 Ducati 748R Cockpit

They generally don't look all that different, but that's kind of the point: they're homologation bikes built to include parts Ducati wants to use on their racebikes, and they generally don't need to sell all that many of them, so they can be very, very expensive.

2001 Ducati 748R Tail

Designed to compete in World Supersport racing and heavily revised in 2001, the 748R used a lightened version the 996 World Superbike's frame to allow use of a larger, two-part airbox. Constructed from carbon fiber, the new airbox added some stiffness back to the lighter frame and permitted the use of Formula One type shower fuel injectors. The new airbox and injectors, along with titanium valves and connecting rods gave 106hp on the road, with plenty of potential waiting to be unlocked by the race teams.

Adjustable triple clamps and Öhlins suspension front and rear helped make what may have been the sweetest-handling Ducati of the period even sweeter.

From the original eBay listing: 2001 Ducati 748R for Sale

Well well well...you won't see this every day. Immaculate 2001 Ducati 748R with only 1,695 original miles!

This rare example is nearly stock with an Arrow exhaust, Yoyodyne slave cylinder and a few carbon bits. We've just done a major service including valves, all fluids, battery, chain, brake pads and more.

You won't find one this nice anywhere else.

Tech Specs: The top of the range model was now the 748R, Ducati's racing homologation model produced only in very limited numbers. This engine was again a derivative of the SPS model but with more tuning. The main difference is that the R model has an overhead shower-injector arrangement compared to the 748E and S model's traditional throttle bodies, titanium connecting rods, titanium valves and more extreme valve timing.

As such, the 748R has a larger, two-part airbox and thus the frame was also different in order to accommodate this. The suspension choice was Ohlins for both the rear shock and front forks, although the very first models in 2000 used Showa titanium nitride (TiN) front forks and a Showa shock absorber. The engine included a very basic slipper clutch to ensure that this would then be homologated for use in racing, as well as an oil cooler.

2001 Ducati 748R Rear Suspension

High-mileage Ducati's shouldn't scare you off, but badly-maintained ones should have you running the other way, hands clamped protectively over your wallet. This bike has low miles and is being sold by a dealer, which likely means the price will be higher. In the plus column, they obviously know what they have and what they are doing, which will hopefully increase buyer confidence.

If you're looking into four-valve Ducati ownership, there are much, much cheaper options out there. But for collectors or track junkies, this is one to have.

-tad

2001 Ducati 748R L Side

More Than Skin Deep: 2001 Ducati 748R for Sale