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Bimota November 16, 2017 posted by

Still Fuel Injected: 1998 Bimota V-Due

There were a lot of things that led to the Bimota V-Due's inauspicious fall from grace, mostly related to costs and hype that would ultimately spell disappointment when the bike finally broke cover. But by far the bike's worst flaw was its positively heinous fuel injection system, which was designed to keep the bike in compliance with emissions regulations while keeping a two-stroke's characteristic light weight and simplicity.

1998 Bimota V-Due for sale on eBay

The fuel delivery system was so poor that many of the bikes were retrofitted with carburetors at Bimota's expense, which not only sank the company, it rendered the bikes offroad-only toys for the well-heeled, and not the stylish, fancy street racers the factory had envisioned. Added to the injection problems were oiling issues that seized pistons, electrical gremlins and poor crankcase sealing as the result of badly-cast engine cases.

The 1998 Bimota V-Due shown here is one of the few that runs well, with both its fuel injection and street legality intact. The seller says this bike was one of a handful that were purchased out of the company's unsold stock by Piero Caronni, who set about fixing the promising-but-terrible machines. It has 417 kilometers on the clock from new, though the 500cc v-twin has zero miles on a rebuild that apparently fixed its original gremlins.

From the eBay listing:

Please see video (link below) and if you need more pics or information just let me know.

For most reading this you know all about the Bimota V-Due for those that don’t a quick google will tell you all you need to know. There were less than 500 Bimota V-Due’s built.

I’ve had this V-Due for 18 months and bought it from a UK V-Due collector with the intention of preparing it for trackday use. The reality is that its far too good to be used on track hence the reason for selling it.

What makes this bike rare, and the one to have, is that not only does it run, and run well but its one of what is believed to be less that 100 injection V-Due’s left in the world. On another point most of the V-Due’s seem to end up in private collections and never used and I’m hoping that this bike will find an owner wanting to take it on and develop it further. Obviously it’s not my concern once it’s sold.

When I bought the bike I knew it had electrical problems preventing the bike running for more than a few seconds. I’ve spent the past year diagnosing the problems and a combination of improving earth connections and other wiring, changing HT leads and fuel line connectors have solved the problem and the bike runs well and now just needs run in. The engine has Zero miles…..

This V-due would have a been an unsold stock bike when the Bimota business failed in 2001. Piero Caronni the then technical director for the V-Due at Bimota bought all the V Due stock when the Bimota factory closed. It was then first “sold” by him to Mr Sascha in 2005 in Germany. The German owner then sold it to the previous UK owner before me in 2016. In 2014 the previous owner sent the engine back to Piero to have it rebuilt. All the mechanical issues relating to the original engine was sorted and left perfect, Piero’s words, not mine. The previous owner then purchased new twin ECU’s, again a problem area in the original bike, bought new coils, and rather than refurbishing the original fuel injectors bought new improved ones from Piero.

The bike has a total of 417kms from new, with zero miles on the engine and it is in original condition and specification other than the rear indicators having been changed to something less obtrusive. Original indicators are still available new from Classic Bimota Parts in Italy. Also included in the sale are the original coils, HT leads, and twin ECU’s. I’ve also got the original owners handbook - with wiring diagram intact. The German transport documentation (from Mr Sascha) to allow a new V5 to be applied for in the UK. Also comes with a rare Bimota V-Due brochure and magazine pull out. Bike also has both keys.

The next owner may want to consider what to do next? Thankfully there is a keen and growing following of developers and riders and just recently released from promap-europe.com is a new improved “piggy back” ECU along with revised injectors that further improves ride-ability. Check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BIMOTA500/?ref=br_rs this is the way to go if you want to ride this bike regularly.

There is a small pin head chip to at the front of the tank that could be dabbed in, personally i’d leave it. The right hand side of the fairing mid section has had a repair to a stress crack (known issue) that could be improved on at some stage. Other than that and a very few light scratches associated with being 20 years old the overall condition can only be described as “as new” certainly the bike with a little detailing could be presented as concours.

In summary this is a serious collectors bike that can be used and enjoyed, one of the last remaining fuel injected bikes, an appreciating asset. Only a change in my needs for a trackway bike mean this bike is for sale.

The bike is located in Lisburn just outside Belfast, Northern Ireland, just 10-20mins from all airports or ferry terminals. I can arrange transport to anywhere in the UK at cost if required. Viewing recommended.

While I have make an offer really the price is what I'm prepared to sell for, if you want to offer me your RC30 and a bucket of cash, well yes then i'd have to rethink. If you have something special then let me know.

Armed with new ECUs, wiring and fuel injectors, the bike should (emphasis on should) be ready to enjoy. For those in the EU or Britain, registration should be a relative breeze. The story will be different on this side of the pond, though that will change once the bike meets the 25-year mark.

To further make his point, the seller has included a video of the bike starting, idling and revving:

Even as a track or display-only machine, the Bimota V-Due is odd and interesting enough to warrant serious collector consideration.

 

Still Fuel Injected: 1998 Bimota V-Due
Bimota November 15, 2017 posted by

Hen’s Tooth: 1983 Bimota SB4S

Hailing from a time when Bimota had its pick of mass-produced engines to stick into lovely bespoke frames, this 1983 Bimota SB4S is a one-of-34 machine from a factory that wasn't exactly known for its production capacity. What makes this SB4 so rare is that it is fully faired, setting it apart from the other 200-odd SB4s built.

1983 Bimota SB4S for sale on eBay UK

Under the gorgeous red-and-white bodywork lies a Suzuki Katana 1,100 engine, which was about the baddest mill money could buy at the time, and brings the weight savings and simplicity of air cooling to the party. As mentioned, the bike sports a hand-welded frame of Bimota's own design and crafting, and the best suspension money could buy at the time.

From the eBay listing:

Super rare and stunning Bimota SB4 SS

Only 34 factory built full fairing bikes were made and this bike has been sat in a collection and never used

Powered by the incredible Katana GSX1100 engine and fitted with the best forks and brakes that money could buy this was the ultimate sports bike of its day

Terrific value and a solid investment to ride or collect

Making this bike even more special is the fact that it is a zero-mile machine. It was purchased and stuck in a collection, making it a truly unused and untested time capsule. The machine is available through eBay classifieds in the U.K. for £15,885, or about $20,000.

 

Hen’s Tooth: 1983 Bimota SB4S
Ducati November 14, 2017 posted by

Built to the Hilt: 2006 Ducati PS1000LE

As special editions to begin with, Ducati Paul Smart 1000LEs generally see duty as garage queens, left largely stock and original. This one certainly has led a pampered existence thus far, but clearly was owned by someone who did not know the phrase "leave well enough alone."

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE

The list of additions is long, but includes a Termi exhaust, two Schedoni seats, and a smattering of pieces from Rizoma. Cosmetically the bike is immaculate, and given its ultra-low mileage, it should be mechanically sound, too, though it might benefit from a once-over to make sure time hasn't eroded its rubber and plastic parts.

In anticipation of mid-aughts Ducati nylon fuel tanks' propensity to swell in the presence of ethanol fuel, the seller is including an unused, OEM gas tank.

From the eBay listing:

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE Limited Edition bike. IMMACULATE!! Always garaged. Never dropped. Perfect condition. Rare bike in as new condition. ******Comes with an OEM replacement tank that has never been used. Also, has not one, but TWO Schedoni seats (one tan, one black; both suede). Extras include:

Titanium Termi 2 into 1 exhaust

Titanium NCR rear sets, shifter and rear brake pedal

FLEDA LED rear light system

FLEDA front turn signals

Bar end mirrors

Rizoma grips

Rizoma reservoirs

Brushed aluminum chain guard

Elusive OEM lower fairings with #16

NCR titanium gas cap

Rizoma open clutch cover

Rizoma brushed aluminum belt covers with clear windows

CRG Brake and Clutch levers

Too much to list all. Have all original parts that were removed as well.

Bike can be seen in Manhattan Beach, CA. Buyer to arrange shipping from Los Angeles, CA

Good Luck! I reserve the right to sell outside of eBay and cancel auction at any time.

Being a Paul Smart bike, and one laden with aftermarket bits and bobs, the asking price is upper-echelon. With ten days left in the sale, the bike has attracted a few followers at its $29,500 asking price.

Built to the Hilt: 2006 Ducati PS1000LE
Ducati November 8, 2017 posted by

Barely Ridden Race Replica: 2002 Ducati 998S Troy Bayliss Edition

By 2002, the evolution Ducati began with the 916 was nearing the end of its rope, as age and the need to advance took their toll on the range. That didn't stop Duc from taking one more stab at making the bikes faster and more competitive, though, and the year saw the release of the 998, which had the then-new Testastretta motor punched out to 998cc, and spitting out 123 horsepower, 11 more than the previous 996.

2002 Ducati 998S Troy Bayliss edition for sale on eBay

The work paid off, and the bike carried Aussie Troy Bayliss to the 2001 World Superbike Championship. This 2002 Ducati 998S is number 354 of the run of 400 special edition 998s that commemorated Bayliss' success. It recently was treated to a thorough going over at a dealership in Richmond, Va., likely to brush off the cobwebs accumulated from sitting.

The bike should now be perfect mechanically and cosmetically, having only covered 403 miles in its 15 years.

From the eBay listing:

We are pleased to offer arguably the finest low mileage (403miles) Bayliss Edition outside of a museum. The attached photos will tell the whole story. Since receiving the bike, we have thoroughly serviced and cleaned, Dyno tested and made ready for sale this impeccable example of the timeless Limited Edition Superbike; including the original plaque and cover . The bike is for sale at our store locally. All sales are FOB at our Richmond, Virginia location. We will assist in shipping. Shipping cost are at Buyers expense. Due to the local offering we reserve the right to end the auction at anytime.

Limited Edition - Number 354 of 400

All Sales are final!!!

Thank you!!!

It is being sold by the dealership that did the work, and they are asking a premium, given the bike's rarity and the fact that it has not been ridden in anger. Values on these have been working their way up, but $25k is still a big ask for a 15-year-old superbike.

Barely Ridden Race Replica: 2002 Ducati 998S Troy Bayliss Edition
Ducati November 7, 2017 posted by

Rad and Retro: 2007 Ducati Sport Classic 1000S

This 2007 Ducati Sport Classic 1000S has covered just 6,300 miles since it left the showroom, and has very few blemishes to show for its 10-year tour of duty. Along the way, it has been given suspension bits from RaceTech, sexier side covers and belt covers and wears a set of sticky Dunlop Sportmaxes.

2007 Ducati Sport Classic 1000S for sale on eBay

This is the first year of the faired Sport Classic for the masses. For 2007, it only came in red with a white stripe, and differentiated itself from the standard Sport Classic with the cowl from the Paul Smart edition bike and lower handlebars.

From the eBay listing:

6,300 miles, lovingly maintained in showroom mechanical and cosmetic condition. New Dunlop tires. Some aftermarket add-ons by previous owner (Race Tech suspension, sliders, covers), but otherwise original. Always garaged, never raced, no track days, never laid down.

I ride this bike less than 1000 miles per year, mostly nice weather weekends. It's a really beautiful machine - very precise, responsive, strong, smooth, powerful.

I have a vintage BMW R90S coming out of a year-long frame-off nose-to-tail restoration, and my wife will kill me if I keep both these bikes. Bike is in San Francisco; I can recommend an excellent shipper who specializes in collectible cars and motorcycles, and coordinate pickup on this end.

The unfettered, elegant steel structure keeps the bike on the south side of 400 lb dry, despite this model year carrying a wet clutch, dual-shock swingarm and pillion seat as opposed to its previous year's single-shock monoposto setup.

While they are not particularly rare, the Sport Classic range cuts a gorgeous profile, and they are not seen as often as the rest of Duc's mid-aughts lineup. With updated modern suspension and mechanicals, they deliver a ride that belies their styling.

Rad and Retro: 2007 Ducati Sport Classic 1000S
Ducati October 28, 2017 posted by

Simple, Clean, Classic: 1995 Ducati 900SS/SP

There are exactly no words I can type that will more accurately or adequately describe the bike before you than Hunter S. Thompson's legendary CycleWorld review. So, before you go any further with me, please give it a read.

1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP for sale on eBay

Keep in mind, readers, that dear Dr. Gonzo was scared silly by a bike that pumps out a paltry-by-today's-standards 80 horsepower. That isn't cause he didn't have the stones; think of it as a testament to what you really need, and where the line that delineates normal from excessive actually is.

The Ducati 900SS/SP you see before you, number 321 of the production run, is in excellent shape and has been very well kept over its 22-year, 18,000-mile life. The sellers give scant details, but says the bike  recently was serviced and wears a brand-new set of Dunlop Q3s. They do not mention the all-important timing belts.

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From the eBay listing:

Super Clean and well maintained 1995 Ducati 900 SuperSport SP #321, Termignoni Slip On Exhaust, Carbon Fiber Front Fender, Rear Fender Hugger, Belt Covers and Clutch Cover, New Dunlop Sportmax Q3's, frsh oil and Brake and Clutch Flush all services are current. This is an 8.5 out of 10.

With a Buy-It-Now just north of $7,500, this bike cannot be called inexpensive, but already is an icon, and its rarity and desirability will climb in equal measure.

 

Simple, Clean, Classic: 1995 Ducati 900SS/SP