Posts by tag: L-Twin

Ducati June 19, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale

Unlike some retro-styled motorcycles that sacrifice performance for style, Ducati's SportClassics really allow you to have your cake and eat it too: they look great, with a nice blend of classic and modern styling cues, excellent handling, and enough power to satisfy the more mature riders that might have remembered the original bikes that inspired these modern interpretations. After a great deal of initial buzz, demand fell off pretty quickly and the SportClassics were discontinued after just a few years, but demand on the used market remains high, especially for the original Sport 1000 and Paul Smart 1000LE as seen in today's Featured Listing.

The blue and silver colors and half-fairing are obviously meant to evoke the machine that won the Imola 200 in 1972 and basically put Ducati's v-twin motorcycles on the map and the 1000DS that powered the Paul Smart and the larger, 1100 version that followed represent the pinnacle of Ducati's oil and air-cooled v-twin. Faced with tightening emissions controls and increased demands for power, Ducati decided to create a twin-plug version of their two-valve engine: those big pistons mean that for efficient combustion, two spark plugs are better than one, and the performance increase required a less comprehensive overhaul of the engine than a change from two to four valves would have. Power claims of 92hp are modest but, coupled with very respectable torque and a flexible midrange, it makes an ideal road bike engine.

Quality suspension and geometry of the SportClassic line made that power easy to exploit, although the wire wheels are much more a fashion statement, as they're obviously heavier than is necessary, and the Pirelli Phantoms originally fitted were grippy enough, but fitted mainly for style as well as their tread pattern was designed specifically to mimic older tires. This bike has had a replacement set of Diablos fitted, which should be much more in line with the suspension's sporting capabilities. It's largely stock, except from some bolt-on dress up items that are of generally high quality. I personally prefer Zard's slightly wilder exhaust option for the solo-seat Sport 1000 and Paul Smart, but you can't go wrong with a classic set of Termis!

From the Seller: 2006 Paul Smart Limited Edition #1668 of 2000 for Sale

US Bike located in Vancouver Canada.

9,300 miles

Absolutely mint with all OEM parts included with a few tastefully installed aftermarket parts including:
-Termignoni Shotgun Exhaust
-HDESA Clutch Spring Cap
-Speedymoto Open Clutch Cover
-Speedymoto Frame Sliders
-Sato Rearsets
-Luimoto Suede Seat and Tank Belt
-Regulator rectifier relocation

All maintenance done. New battery. New Pirelli Diablo tires.

$23,000 USD
Jacky Wang
jacky_wang99@hotmail.com
Will not accept Paypal. The bike can easily be exported to USA as it is a US bike with the speedometer in miles. Can help to arrange shipping but you need to visit in person and pay in cash.

So the seller is asking $23,000 for this very nice example. That might seem like a ton of money for a ten year old, 92hp motorcycle but it's in line with what we've seen lately for the Paul Smarts, and the very nice images give a good idea of the attention that appears to have been lavished on the bike. These have, unfortunately, rapidly escalated to the point where owners might be afraid to ride their investment. Which is a shame because, uncomfortable ergos aside, the 1000DS engine makes for a great ride. Hopefully, the new owner will take this one out for regular exercise!

-tad

Suzuki June 11, 2017 posted by

“A” for Effort – 2001 Suzuki TL1000R

Hard to fault Suzuki ( and Honda ) for trying to follow Ducati's "win on Sunday, sell on Monday" strategy - with a big twin superbike which took advantage of WSBK rules and had torquey street performance.  The TL-1000R had some unusual innovations and great power and sound.  Though it didn't result in a long term model for Suzuki, the TL-R has the makings of a cult classic, and this is an excellent example with Yoshimura exhaust and Power Commander.

2001 Suzuki TL1000R for sale on eBay

The L-twin in the TL-1000 has an engaging sound because of the hybrid chain/gear cam drive.  And the booming twin exhaust.  Internals slightly updated from its sister TL-1000S, the -R claims 135 hp.  Since the vertical cylinder took the spot usually used by a centerline monoshock, the beefy twin-beam chassis has a side-mounted spring and a rotary damper, a space saver but problematic once temperatures went up.  Brakes are superb 6-piston Tokico, and the fairing has fresh-air intakes and a Hayabusa-like pillion cover.

Having covered only 6,600 miles, this TL-1000R looks stock and unblemished in the factory's racing blue and white.  Seems quite original except for the polished exhaust system, the increased flow compensated by an fuel injection box from Dyna-Jet.  Not much on recent maintenance, and appears almost ready for new rubber.  From the eBay auction:

This bike is the nicest you will find out there.  Bike was babied, truly a garage gem, 6550 miles of pamperedness... never down, always cleaned and polished after every ride, well maintained.  Not a scratch on it!  All fairings are perfect, no scratches, no rust, no corrosion, no dents (not even a ding) or cracks of any kind, there is a small discoloration on the left midfairing on top, but it's barely noticeable...  Even the rims are perfect!  Aftermarket YOSH exhaust that sounds amazing....dynajet performance (130hp/78ftlbs TQ stock!)...  Bike runs and shifts smooth but make no mistake it's a beast...  There are NO more out there like this...  Comes with the back seat and stand as well...  I have the title in hand!!  Don't miss out, it just might be your day to take it home for an awesome deal.

The TL-1000R gained a reputation for quirky handling, and acquired a steering damper in response.  Build quality was at a high level for Suzuki, and the TL-R is well appointed and finished.  Maybe because the Superbike wins didn't come, the bikes were slow sellers and the model wasn't re-newed for 2004.  Still, it's an interesting take on the big twin and though the owner has an optimistic ask, the condition and performance of this TL-1000R  just might result in offers...

-donn

“A” for Effort – 2001 Suzuki TL1000R
Ducati May 14, 2017 posted by

Pick of the Litter – 2005 Ducati 749R #0051

Happy Mother's Day to mothers everywhere !  - Donn

Built to compete in the Supersports class and within reach of privateer teams, it's rare to see a 749R without slick tires and number plates.  Seen on RSBFS in 2016, this 2005 example almost seems unused, with under 5,000 miles and meticulous owner care.

2005 Ducati 749R #0051 for sale on eBay

The 749 was made for only a few years, and just 200 copies of the -R were made each year in 2004-06.  The testastretta engine is more oversquare than the base model or the 999, helping the 749R rev a little easier and claim 121 hp at 10,250 rpm.  Elsewhere the Termignoni, Öhlins, Brembo, and Marchesini components and build quality are a pinnacle.  Templating its  big brother in many ways, the 749 does have plastic instead of carbon bodywork and a factory slipper clutch which even the 999 didn't get.

 

One always hopes the previous owner will turn out to have been a bit of a fanatic, easily confirmed in this case.  This 749R changed hands after it was the subject of - this - RSBFS Featured Listing just last winter.  After riding the bike just a handful of miles over the year, this owner has made some nice moves in returning this 749R to as-delivered condition, including new fairing lowers and insulation, and a head-scratching re-installation of the DOT license plate mount and fender extension.  From the eBay auction:

On offer is a 2005 Ducati 749R homologation Superbike, serial 0051, 4841 miles. This bike is in superior cosmetic and mechanical condition, having excellent maintenance and care over the years. I am the third owner to the best of my knowledge, originally believed to have been sold by Ferracci into Pennsylvania, then to Connecticut, then relocated with this owner to Florida where I purchased it. All services are up to date, tires have about 600 miles, many service records. In my ownership of about 16 months, the fairing lowers have been replaced with new parts, early heat damage corrected with tubing wrap, now fairings are as new. The fairing interior sound padding has also been replaced, along with the old fasteners, tool kit is the complete original unit, now located back on the inside of the RH fairing. Original complicated license plate mount has been installed using all factory parts, now as original. New battery has been installed, all original warning decals are in place including the "servo starter" label on the rear of the tank. Samco hoses were installed by the previous owner.

 

The 749's as a group tested better for the road than the 999, as the performance is more usable, and to paraphrase one review, you take the 749 out for a ride, but the 999 runs away with you.  The 749R with 121 hp might have an easier time getting out of hand than a base or -S, but then no Ducati Superbike is for a novice rider.  That said, it seems all but guaranteed that this particular 749R will be seeing a lot of the display stand and rather little of the road or racetrack...

-donn

Pick of the Litter – 2005 Ducati 749R #0051
Ducati April 25, 2017 posted by

Signed and Numbered: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale

 

Different motorcycle manufacturers have different ways of mining riders' nostalgia and their own history: Triumph makes motorcycles that look like they rolled straight out of the 1960s but perform like modern machines, while Harley Davidson makes actual 1960s motorcycles, only heavier and with 1980s brakes and electronics. Ducati's retro bikes manage to straddle the line between vintage and modern styles, so designs for their Sport Classic and Scrambler models have classic colors and shapes, but you'd never mistake them for actual vintage machines. When released, bikes like the Paul Smart 1000LE caused a sensation, but demand died out relatively quickly and the line was discontinued after just a few short years, with only the GT soldiering on until 2010.

Values for them second-hand have been surprisingly strong however, particularly for the 1000LE and Sport models. I'm a huge fan of the offset monoshock that looks like a dual-shock setup from the left side and the tubular swingarm, although that setup on the original bikes meant a solo-seat option only. Performance was fairly tame on paper, although 92hp is really nothing to sneeze at and can be put to good use because of the bike's excellent handling. This was a bike pitched at a more mature crowd and experienced riders who appreciate a fast motorcycle but weren't interested in bench-racing or pointless horsepower-measuring contests.

Paul Smarts show up pretty regularly on eBay, considering how few were built, often with low miles and exorbitant prices. This particular bike certainly fits that description, as the asking price is $27,500 only with even lower miles and the added bonus of Paul Smart's signature on the bodywork, which should be like catnip for Ducati collectors. I'm glad the factory pipes are included for originality's sake, but they are very ugly things clearly designed to be replaced by the owner as soon as possible. The Keihan exhausts currently installed suit the classic style of the bike, but are almost too vintage for my tastes, and are likely too quiet as well. Maybe some Termignoni pipes would be more appropriate? Or those wild Zard high/low pipes that only work on the solo-seat models?

From the original eBay listing: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale 

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE Limited Edition. Perfect condition with just under 700 miles.  Autographed by Paul Smart on the tank and tail. Both have had a clearcoat applied over them. Always garaged. Collector owned. The bike is located in Washington DC, but I can arrange for shipping anywhere. Aftermarket Keigen pipes, but the originals will be included in the sale. More photos available upon request.

Aside from a relatively uncomfortable riding position, the 1000LE makes for a pretty great roadbike, with excellent handling, adequate power and a rich midrange, wind protection, decent fuel economy, and reasonable reliability, assuming you take good care of it. But in such perfect, low-mileage condition, and with that Paul Smart signature on the bodywork, I doubt anyone would want to destroy the bike's value by actually riding it. So it's a shame that such a practical exotic will  probably spend most of its time in an office, living room, or heated garage, sealed away as an investment.

-tad

Signed and Numbered: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale
Moto Guzzi March 12, 2017 posted by

Meaty Beauty, Big and Bouncy – 1996 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100

With apologies to the Who, this cheesecake of a sportbike is one of Guzzi's greatest hits.  The design was based on the Daytona and shown in fall 1993 as a 1994 model.  One of the last carburetted Guzzis, the 1996 model had fully adjustable suspension front and rear, and the company's torquey 2-valve L-twin.  This higher-mile example has been well-loved and presents well.

1996 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport for sale on eBay

No denying the 1100 Sport tends toward the traditional, with the slightly oversquare air-cooled mill and 5-speed shaft drive.  But a new frame design began the updates, W-P provided the outstanding forks and monoshock, and un-linking the brake system was a nod toward sportier riding.  The riding position and fairing compare to other supersports of the day, and the company eagle soars over a nicely finished machine, this time in the deep red.

This owner's mods show the sportier side, the factory's catalyzer traded for a full Termignoni exhaust, and the airbox removed in favor of foam air filters, which also gives a good view of the rear shock.  Fork tube cozies and head guards are a nod to the realities of road riding.  15 years and 30,500 miles on, the owner has been in for the long term and provides a maintenance update in the eBay auction:

I've decided to part with this beauty after owning her for 15 years. I've owned 2 of these up until a few years ago. I bought this one at Meyers Ducati/Moto Guzzi in Asheville (since closed). I've always considered these to be one of the sexiest Italian V twins of the era. I've read there were 215 of this year produced. Not sure if that's accurate. They are getting rare these days and are destined to become more valuable. This Sport 1100 is equipped with a few extremely hard to find after-market performance parts including Termignoni stainless exhaust full system and Marvic wheels, UNI Pod air filters (air box was removed before I got it). It runs strong and starts easily. It's always had good maintenance, regular valve adjustments, and primarily full synthetic oil. I only run ethanol free premium fuel. Most recently serviced at HCV Motorsports in Asheville NC. 

A regular in supersports and thunder-twin race series, the race-developed frame was shared with the 1100 Sport.  The weight can't be erased but the biked tested as good to hold a line once turned in, and strong torque numbers make the back roads unwind.  No worries about the longevity of the drivetrain, and with a fan's updates and up-to-date care, this might be a good entrée into a classic sportbike...

-donn

Meaty Beauty, Big and Bouncy – 1996 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100
Ducati February 28, 2017 posted by

Pantah-stic: 1981 NCR Ducati 600TT for Sale

Ducati's first motorcycle was the Cucciolo [or "puppy" in Italian], which was basically a simple engine strapped to a bicycle, an affordable tool to get the Italian population mobile and back to work after the end of World War II. Certainly a far cry from the frameless, race-inspired exotica they're famous for today. This NCR 600TT hails from the middle period of Ducati's history, and is powered by the grandfather of all their modern v-twin engines, the single overhead cam, two-valve Pantah.

They're famous for the format today, but Ducati didn't start out making v-twin sportbikes. Instead, once they graduated from producing simple, efficient people-movers, they built and raced single-cylinder motorcycles of various displacements, before eventually building their first v-twin. The hottest versions of those earliest v-twins featured Ducati's trademark Desmodromic valve-actuation that has become their engineering trademark. But they also used a complex and expensive-to-manufacture system of tower shafts and bevel gears to operate the overhead cams, and Ducati needed to increase profitability to stay afloat, so introduced a parallel twin that was much more compact and affordable to produce and assemble, much to the horror of famous engineer Fabio Taglioni.

That parallel-twin engine proved to be a massive flop, but Taglioni continued to develop the v-twin on his own, and the Pantah was the result. The revised v-twin swapped the tower-shaft and bevel-drive cam-drive of the earlier engine for a much simpler rubber belt arrangement. This meant the engine was less expensive to manufacture, but also meant owners needed to religiously maintain their bikes, as failure of the toothed rubber belt led to catastrophic engine damage. Today's Ducati engines are direct descendants of that original two-valve v-twin.

This particular Pantah-powered machine is literally a racebike with lights, and includes frame, bodywork, and preparation by NCR. If you're not familiar, NCR are best known today for their high-performance and obsessively lightweight Ducati parts, as well as for converting already expensive exotica into completely un-affordable, even more exotic exotica. But before that, they were originally a race team. The race team, in fact, responsible for Ducati's many racing successes until the creation of their in-house racing division, including Mike Hailwood's famous TT-winning bike, so they've been around the track a few times. Although the bike does include a headlight, a tail light, and turn signals, it appears that wasn't enough to get past rigorous TÜV certification and the bike couldn't be registered for road use in Germany where it was stored for many years. Maybe a new American owner will have more luck?

From the original eBay listing: 1981 NCR Ducati 600TT for Sale

The 1981 Ducati Scuderia N.C.R was one of the preeminent motorcycle racing teams of all time. They were the de-facto Ducati factory race team from the early 1970s until Ducati took it in-house with Ducati Corsa in 2000. They continued as privateers and had success with rider Ben Bostrom. The company was then sold and continues as a specialist builder of very high end motorcycles.

NCRs wins on the world stage are almost too numerous to mention. But Imola 200 winners Paul Smart, Isle of Man TT winners Mike Hailwood were all on the bevel drive NCRs. The string of wins by Tony Rutter on the belt drive TT2 were all Nepoti and Caracchi machines that made NCR a household name with their distinctive logo of a speeding helmet clad dog.

Nepoti and Caracchi Racing designed their own frame for the belt drive Pantah based series. This was the 600TT. It differs from the more common TT2, which was more of a Ducati design. A total of nine frames were made by Verlicchi and a further two by DM. All but two were racing frames. Of these two street bikes produced, this is the only one built with an alloy gas tank. Imagine a genuine NCR with a steering lock.

This bike has spent most of its life unused in Germany. The owner tried to convert his Pantah to a NCR framed machine, but the TUV would not allow it, due to their ultra-strict type certification. Throughout 1980s, 90s and 2000s it was in hiding. It re-surfaced in 2006 and was recommissioned. However the German owner was still not able to use it.

It came to America several years ago and has been in a private collection museum ever since. It has a US tile as the original donor Ducati Pantah.

Gas has been drained and battery removed for storage and display. We are selling this incredible machine for a client of ours and all technical questions will be answered as quickly as possible but may take time to get as he has limited access. Sold on a clean, mileage exempt US title.

VIN#DM500SL661261

Bidding is up to just north of $9,100 with plenty of interest and plenty of time left on the auction. In general, the earlier bevel-drive bikes are considered the most desirable and collectible Ducatis, but this is an exceptionally rare and cool motorcycle, considering the direct links to NCR and the fact that it's theoretically a roadgoing racebike. Obviously you should be careful to consult with your local DMV if you plan to register this machine for road use, but this one might be best used as the crown jewel in a collection anyway, considering it's status as just one of two ever built.

-tad

Pantah-stic: 1981 NCR Ducati 600TT for Sale