Posts by tag: Massimo Tamburini

Ducati August 29, 2017 posted by

Rare Original: 1995 Ducati 916 “Varese”

Update 9.19.2017: We've been contacted by the new owner to note this bike has been sold to a collector in Minnesota. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Ducati rocked the motorcycle world with the introduction of the 916 in 1994. Here was a machine that revolutionized the idea of how sharp a street-going motorcycle could be; it offered stunning performance with supermodel good looks. From every angle and by every measure, the 916 redefined the top tier of sport bikes. No longer an evolution of the 851/888 line, the 916 was essentially all new and was an instant hit for Ducati, leading to a huge rise in sales and a fine collection of WSBK trophies.

In case you have lived in a cave for the last 20+ and have not kept tabs on any major motorcycling milestones, allow me to fill you in. The vaunted 916 essentially made its way to the top of the "best sport bike of 1995" article from every single motorcycle publication. Maybe it was the allure of the flowing bodywork. Perhaps it was the statement made by the single-sided swingarm, laying the back wheel bare to the world. Maybe it was the under-seat exhaust, tucked away for cornering clearance and aerodynamics. Perhaps it was the 90 degree L-twin, the 4-valve heads, desmo valve actuation, fuel injected and liquid cooling. But most likely it was the total package, tipping the scales at just over 420 lbs, narrow and svelte like a 600, but pushing 114 HP at the rear wheel with enough torque to loft the front end handily. Handling was unmatched, braking was a similar affair. There was no single element that made the 916 revolutionary, but the complete collection of bits was unlike anything the world had seen.

There is an interesting wrinkle to the 916 story, and one that makes this bike even more special. In 1994 Ducati was ramping production of the 916 to meet with unprecedented demand (most 1995 bikes were build in the latter part of 1994) - the rumor is that every first-year 916 in the US was spoken for before it ever left Italy. The factory in Bologna was running at full song. But a tragic fire (which started in the paint shop) shut down the production line at an inopportune time. Scrambling to continue building the most important motorcycle in Ducati's history, manufacturing was relocated to the Cagiva-owned MV Agusta factory in the city of Varese. Here, approximately 2,663 Ducati 916s were assembled (predominantly by hand) to keep the dream alive. The Bologna factory returned online in 1995, and production was reestablished there for the remainder of the builds. In addition to the base 916 model, approximately 310 SP spec bikes were also assembled in Varese.

From the seller:
A beautiful Ducati 916 in fantastic condition and extremely low miles. One of the closest to OE you can find. Comes with lots of extras, including carbon fiber bodywork and exhaust system. Minor imperfections include a vertical scratch on the right side of the tail (pictured) and very small scratches on the front of the lower left fairing.

Already one of the more rare and iconic Ducati motorcycles, this bike is one of the 2,663 916's to be hand built in the Varese factory due to a fire at the assembly line in Bologna. The 916 led Ducati to 4 World Superbike Championship victories in '94, '95, '96 and '98

Although Varese-built machines do not differ from any other 1995 model year 916, they are considered a bit special because of the circumstances involved. Some believe that a Varese 916 is build a bit better, having been more "hand made." The truth is that Varese 916s are indistinguishable from their Bologna counterparts, but for the 11th digit of the VIN; 916s assembled in Varese during this period have a "V" in that position rather than the traditional "B." Otherwise, all other parts and components are completely interchangeable with Bologna 916s of the same model year. Does that make them more collectable?

1995 Ducati 916 Varese for sale on eBay

Putting the Varese complication aside, the 1995 model year 916 is an aspiring classic. This is perhaps one of the most recognizable motorcycles in the world. 20+ years later, this bike still looks fresh and new. Massimo Tamburini's masterpiece was a shot across the bow of all other manufacturers; Ducati was in the game to win. Sure, the Honda RC30 offered a single-sided swing arm years previous, and the oval-piston NR750 sported both that and the under tail exhaust - but neither bike was a mainstream build. The 916 took those elements and owned them for good. And today, these early 916s are gaining popularity - with prices following. This particular US-based Varese 916 has been on eBay for a bit, and is listed with a $18,590 Buy It Now. That is a bit higher than a clean 916 might bring, but the scant 2,265 miles, the claimed originality (although I spy with my little eye a non-OEM Evoluzione clutch slave cylinder), the impressive collection of spares, the FBF exhaust cans, the overall condition and the Varese connection might make this one worth it. Be sure to check it out, as the seller is open to offers. This is your chance to own what many consider to be "the most beautiful motorcycle in the world." Good Luck!!

MI

Rare Original: 1995 Ducati 916 “Varese”
Bimota August 25, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1974 Bimota HB1 Clone for Sale

Today’s Featured Listing Bimota HB1 is a bit older than we generally list on this site and isn’t technically the real thing: it’s a lovingly-crafted replica. Considering Bimota only made a handful of the original HB1s, that’s pretty much the best way to get your hands on one anyway… And while Bimota has been has struggled to find financial success and has been in-and-out of bankruptcy, there’s no questioning their racing pedigree and commitment to the sportbike art, so it seems fitting to showcase this machine here on our site.

Fans of RSBFS might be most familiar with their recent offerings that seem to offer up more bling and exclusivity than outright performance, but the decline of Bimota is more about the major manufacturers catching up to Bimota than any real failure in terms of concept or design. Bimota’s beginning was pretty unlikely, since the company was originally founded to manufacture heating and air-conditioning systems, But it’s hard to imagine that founders Valerio BIanchi, Giuseppe MOrri, and Massimo TAmburini didn’t at least have motorcycles in the back of their mind. Especially since the original HB1 prototype was built around the remains of a Honda CB750 crashed by Mr. Tamburini.

The reliable, powerful CB750 engine suited Bimota’s mission to a “T”: in the early 1970s, the Japanese manufacturers had definitely sorted their engines and were selling like hotcakes, but handling sometimes bordered on lethal, owing to frames with the approximate stiffness of al dente pasta. Instead of trying to build an entire motorcycle from scratch, Bimota simply took those powerful, reliable engines and fitted them with very few updates to lightweight, stiff frames and wrapped them in sleek, aerodynamic bodywork. They were fast, uncompromising, and very expensive.

Only ten original HB1s were ever made, although the HB2 that followed was nearly mass-produced, with 200 built. It may not be original, but this recreation, or replica, or tribute, or whatever you choose to call it was clearly a labor of love.

From the Seller: 1975 Bimota HB1 Clone for Sale

1 of 1 and only one in USA

Photography by Ryan Handt  Ryan Handt

Completed Sept 27, 2016

Lots detail on my Instagram

Bimota HB1 (Honda – Bimota 1) CB750 Clone

Bimota’s first Japanese / Italian hybrid

HB1 custom frame by Framecrafters

Carbon fiber tank, Seat fender and front fender

Over 50 custom designed parts all hand made

This is a true Stressed-member frame.

Photo below is of 1 of only 10 original Bimota HB1 750 ever built from BX-1 kit.

It appears there may only be 4 in existence and this clone.

Specifications:

Engine:

  • Engine 1974 Honda CB750K4 100% Rebuilt
  • Engine detailed by Rob
  • Megacycle Cam
  • K&N Air Filter
  • Custom Oil Pressure Gauge by Rob
  • Custom oil tank by Ian Halcott Twinline Motorcycles
  • Custom oil lines with custom CNC engine adaptors by Rob
  • Dynatek Electronic Ignition
  • 4X4 Custom Mandrel bent exhaust with hand bent megaphone silencers, Magni Style
  • Custom CNC exhaust hangers by Rob
  • Titanium and Stainless Steel fasteners

Frame:

  • Custom HB1 stressed-member frame by FrameCrafters.net, CNC frame parts by Rob
  • HB1 Carbon Fiber tank
  • Ducati petcocks
  • Carbon Fiber seat with leather upholstery and tail glove compartment
  • Carbon Fiber front fender
  • Paint and decals as original
  • Custom front and rear axles
  • Original type custom CNC eccentric chain adjuster by Rob
  • Custom axle spacer by Rob
  • Custom CNC brake disc spacers by Rob

Suspension+

  • Marzocchi shocks
  • Brembo front calipers
  • Caliper mounts designed and CNC by Rob
  • Dual front disc brakes with modified hub by Rob
  • Drilled rotors by Rob
  • Brembo caliper- rear disc brakes
  • Brembo rear master cylinder
  • Brembo master cylinder mount by Rob
  • New CB750 Front brake master cylinder
  • Custom made brake lines front and rear by Hel Performance
  • Fully tuneable Ceriani GP35R forks. Compression, rebound and preload adjustable
  • Custom adjustable offset triple tree, 45mm +/- 2.5mm or +/- 5mm by Rob
  • Tommaselli clip-ons
  • Tarozzi rear sets
  • Custom shift and brake rods by Rob
  • Excel aluminum shoulder rim
  • Stainless Steel spokes by Buchanan
  • Bridgestone BT45 tires
  • Road race grips
  • Electrical
  • MotoGadget M-Unit  with Custom wiring
  • Micro Processor operated supervised circuits
  • Hazard warning lights
  • Internal fusing with current monitoring with automatic circuit shut down
  • Semiconductor switching
  • Automatic turn signal shut-off
  • Programmable flasher Digital brake light modulator with flashing sequence
  • Integrated Starter relay Automatic headlight turn off during starter routine
  • Integrated horn relay
  • Integrated alarm system
  • LED circuit indicators for active circuits
  • Ceriani headlight mount with integrated led turn signals
  • Custom Front LED turn signals  by Rob
  • Classic tail light housing with LED lighting and signals
  • Original CB750 headlight with Halogen Tri-Bar lamp
  • Original CB750 handle bar controls
  • Original CB750 tachometer with custom Bimota HB1 dial by Rob
  • Dakota Digital speedometer
  • Custom dashboard and indicators by Rob
  • Anti-Gravity lithium battery
  • Custom CNC battery/solenoid tray by Rob
  • Solid State regulator/rectifier integrated into custom CNC starter cover

The seller also provided links to a few articles that feature the bike here and here that are definitely worth a look as well. It may not be the real thing, but this kind of detailed recreation is alright by me, considering the passion and craftsmanship that are clearly in evidence. Keep in mind that the original Bimotas were basically kit-bikes, especially in their earliest days, and probably into the 1980s and 1990s as well... so this painstaking Bimota HB1 tribute is  probably better-built and much better-finished than the original, and a modern electrical system means it will surely be more reliable. What price perfection? Well the seller is asking $33,000 for this stunning HB1 replica, which seems almost a bargain, considering the work and high-quality components that have gone into it.

Contact Rob with your interest by email: artrob1@optonline.net

-tad

Featured Listing: 1974 Bimota HB1 Clone for Sale
Bimota August 9, 2017 posted by

Unobtanium alert: 2008 Bimota 3D Carbonio

Here's one that meets all the major RSBFS criteria, a 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D in the rare carbon bodywork.  Enjoy!

2008 Bimota Tesi 3D Carbino on eBay

Ah the Bimota Tesi 3d...an evolution of an idea that began in 1991 with the 1D, continued with the 2D/Vyrus in 2005 and then reached its final form in the 3D in 2007.  The original Tesi was the work of Bimota founder and legendary designer Massimo Tamburini, the same person responsible for the Ducati 916 and MV Agusta F4 and a tesi is probably on every rare sport bike collectors "bucket list".

While the 3D certainly looks the business, in typical Bimota fashion the result didn't quite quite live up to the promise of the design concept.   It wasn't a major failure like the V-Due, but most reviews expressed a sentiment of it not being all that it could have been in large part due to the power limit of a 95 bhp Ducati engine.  Reviewers also noted a lack of front end feel which was no doubt due to the hub-centered front fork design.  But on the plus side, the same fork system offered improved braking due to no front-end dive and it still looks amazingly cool.

The seller indicates this is one of 29 Tesi 3D units.  While experience has taught us that any official production number information from Bimota should be taken as  leap of faith (cough-VDue-cough-SB6-cough) the Tesi is certainly something you don't tend to see at bike night.  Oh, and one additional note -  from what I understand, the carbon-skinned bodywork makes this a much rarer model.

This low mileage of this particular Bimota Tesi 3D seems to indicate it was a bit of a toy for the current owner.  As for condition, the seller indicates the standard Ducati belt service has not been done, the brake fluid looks dark and no mention is made of tire age so I am thinking this one has been standing for a while.   The seller does mention oil changes in the questions section of the ebay listing but overall I would expect to spend $1000 to put it back on the road and a few more thousand if the intent is to make it a concours-level machine.

Here is a recap of the info provided in the eBay post:

  • Mileage 4,355
  • Due for a timing belt/ inspection replacement
  • Has Zard carbon fiber slip-on's with the stock exhaust included
  • Last serviced in 2010 by Rockwell Cycles (dealer bike was purchased from) at approximately 2,500 miles.
  • I have personally changed the oil and filter several times since the initial dealer servicing.
  • Excellent condition except for small cracks in -pain at fuel tank fill (see photos).  Other than the paint crack near the tank it needs no other work and is basically a new motorcycle.

So let's just to the big question - is this bit of carbon skinned Italian goodness worth the current $30,000 USD Buy-It-Now asking price?   Well lets look at the positives and the negatives

  • Positives -  the Tesi 3D is probably the ultimate iteration of the hub-centered philosophy and given its low production number, this one will likely hold its value.  Also this is the carbon edition of which suposedly very few were produced and for collectors of factory offered carbon-skinned Italian exotics of this era, this is right up there with the Aprilia Nera, Benelli Tornado Tre and Ducati MH900e.
  • Negatives - the asking price is well above what we have seen other carbon Bimota Tesi 3D's go for on RSBFS. Furthermore, if the intent is to buy it as an investment, bringing it back to concours-level condition will probably involve a few more thousand in cost.

I have to admit that I am a fan of the 3D Tesi but I prefer the non-carbon version as it seems to be a more dramatic presentation of the hub-centered technology.  This carbon skinned Tesi 3D seems like it will appeal most to either a collector focused on Bimota's, someone who is already familiar with the Tesi/Vyrus lineup, or an investment oriented collector who is willing to put it into dry storage for a bit.

One additional note - the seller indicates offers are being accepted but I wouldn't expect to see any serious reduction from the asking price simply because even though its almost 10 years old, its still a damn cool bike.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Unobtanium alert:  2008 Bimota 3D Carbonio
MV Agusta July 27, 2017 posted by

High Velocity: 2009 MV Agusta F4 1078 312RR

Speed is nothing more than distance over time. And time, as well all know, is money. Welcome to the rare MV Agusta F4 312RR - a bike designed to go as fast as it looks. In this case the "312" stands for kilometers per hour, which is the purported top speed of this sexy Italian scooter. For those of you less versed in the devilish complexity of the metric system, that would be approximately 194 mph in USA speak. Big numbers indeed. And being an MV Agusta, you can image that those numbers are only matched by the price.

2009 MV Agusta 1078 312RR for sale on eBay

Since we have seen quite a few MV Agusta F4s as of late (click here to Search), I'll spare you the "Tamburini left Ducati to head up the Cagiva Research Center and designed the follow-on to the 916 to herald the rebirth of the famed MV Agusta brand" story. Instead, I will remind you that the original F4 models were all 750cc bikes, with the 1,000cc machines introduced a bit later. Ferrari was indeed involved in the development of the cylinder heads, and these bikes utilize Formula 1 technology in the form of the TSS - Torque Shift System - a novel design that allows for varying intake length depending on RPM and throttle setting. The 312 was a rare model, but the 2009 1,078cc version (utilizing the power plant from the F4CC) was a notch above that. This is only the mid-grade of the 312 lineup, however, as there was a very, very rare F4 1078 RR 312 Edizione Finale, offered only in 2010.

From the seller:
Very Rare 2009 Mv Agusta F4 1078 312RR in perfect condition, 2297 km not miles bike is from North Carolina and has a North Carolina Title bike is in Canada but never registered so no duty, bike is hand made in Italy engine was made by Ferrari 190 hp fast is a understatement best handing bike ever. I didn't like the original seat so a changed it to red suede looks great and feels better. Too much to say I'm selling my baby and a few others in my collection. Serious buyers please, comes with all keys books. questions please ask. bike will sell. Can arrange shipping extra fee.

Funny thing about the 312 models: Other than MV Agusta claims, I have never seen evidence that the 312 could actually achieve the stated top speed. I'm sure for such an exclusive machine that is really perfunctory - even gauche - but I would hope the claims to be true. The bike certainly looks like it is good for 190+ mph just standing still, although the pictures could be more clear. Blame another dark parking garage and crappy cell phone camera for the blur effects, but low-res imagery doesn't do the seller any favors (or this bike any justice).

The opening ask for this Federalized, DOT-approved, US imported bike (which just so happens to be currently located in Canada) is a cool $10k, with no takers. That is actually not bad money for an exclusive F4 model - especially one that has fewer than 2,500 miles on the clock. Somebody could end up with a deal here, and not even have to hassle with importation problems related to title. The auction ends very soon, so this is a time-limited opportunity. Check it out here, and then ping us back on your favorite MV Agusta model. Good luck!!

MI

High Velocity: 2009 MV Agusta F4 1078 312RR
MV Agusta July 20, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini #192

Massimo Tamburini was a founder of Bimota, head of design at Cagiva, and designer of the legendary Ducati 916. The Castiglioni brothers commemorated Tamburini in 2005 with a special edition of the F4 1000. The very leading edge machine had variable-length intake runners, single-sided magnesium swingarm, and full carbon bodywork. The numbered edition of 300 packs a 173 hp wallop and shows how things could be done in billet and carbon.

Onboard the technology showcase, MV Agusta's Torque Shift System moved the intake horns to provide better low rpm response, in the style of Formula 1 cars of the era. Frame connectors are magnesium alloy and brakes are 6-piston Nissins. The company's Engine Brake System adds a bit of air and fuel to the intake on over-run, smoothing downshifts.

As though just 2,500 km and museum-quality storage wasn't enough, the owner claims the most original as-delivered set of artifacts and collectibles to be found. Hard to disagree, with a list like this:

In addition to the great state of vehicle ( exactly equal to new ) is probably the only complete F4 Tamburini that was delivered at the time of purchase:

This amount includes:
1) Delivery box (delivery of MV Agusta motorcycles to dealer)
2) Limited edition plate
3) Official MV Agusta stand/easel
4) Double keys
5) Handbook
6) Double booklet coupons
7) Original advertising for the SENNA model, that was delivered to all the Tamburini buyers
8) MV Agusta Corse  accessories book delivered with the purchase of the bike
10) Original Purchase invoice
11) MV Agusta official show rug
12) Double exhaust race and road legal...

Consider an MV Agusta and you open yourself to three or four times the cost of a comparable production sportbike.  But the engineers have been paid, the exotic materials purchased, the shops organized around a short run of special bikes.  Agusta trademarks like the 4-2-4 exhaust and winged fuel tank are accompanied by new techniques, materials, and electronics.  Fittingly pictured in a sculpture garden, it's hard to say the Tamburini's original owners didn't get their money's worth.  At the ask of €34,000, it looks ready for the next event.  The bike is in Italy and interested parties can contact Riccardo: zagostyle@hotmail.it

-donn

Featured Listing – 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini #192
MV Agusta June 30, 2017 posted by

Carbon Copy: 2006 MV Agusta F4CC

We already know the MV Agusta lineup is a pretty exclusive affair. Originally conceived as a 750cc model to re-launch the historic brand, the F4 eventually grew to 1,000cc and spawned many "Limited Edition" models. From the original 750cc Oro (like this one here), through the Neiman Marcus Edition, the Ayrton Senna tribute (both the 750 as well as the 1000), The Ago tribute, the Tamburini tribute, the Veltro Strada and Veltro Pista, The R and RR models and the 312, MV Agusta leveraged the F4 lineup with special editions of varying performance and exclusivity. The Big Daddy of them all, however, was reserved as a tribute to Claudio Castiglioni, the driving force behind the rebirth of MV Agusta. The F4CC (Claudio's initials), was the uber-rare of the street-going F4 set (although not quite as limited as the Veltro Pista racer), and the most hot-rodded of all of the factory models (including the 312). It also had the highest price tag. When new this F4CC had a MSRP sticker of $120k(!).

2006 MV Agusta F4CC for sale on eBay

Utilizing the same basic architecture of the rest of the F4 1000 lineup, the CC model had some special - and significant - touches. Power was way up from base models, nearing 200 HP (and matched only by the later RR model) thanks to a bump in displacement to nearly 1,100cc, and trick titanium engine parts that include rods, valves and crank. Titanium was also used on external engine parts such as the complete exhaust; other magic metals such as magnesium were utilized for items such as engine cases and ancillary covers. This technology not only added to the HP, but detracted from the total weight of the bike. At 413 pounds, the F4CC is a lightweight beast, undercutting the entire history of the F4 lineup with the exception of the 750 Oro. Much of the light weight that is not related to the engine is due to carbon fiber; the entirety of the fairings are made of this aerospace material. The frame begins as an off the shelf F4 1000 unit, although the massive swingarm is magnesium (rather than aluminum for base models). With only 100 models in existence, the F4 performs as good as it looks - and costs as much too.

From the seller:
The 2006 MV Agusta F4CC #76 is the Enzo of motorcycles, you can't pull your eyes away, every inch of her draws you in with growing curiosity.

With only 750 miles , expect near new condition on the F4CC. The howl of the inline four through the beautiful, sculpted, titanium organ pipes is intoxicating! Winner Greenwich Concours D'Elegance

The bike comes with a cover, a full titanium racing exhaust is installed and spare stock exhaust, a Corse rear wheel stand, a matching #76 Girard-Perregaux Evo3 Laureato watch ($10,000 value), Trussardi F4CC leather jacket ($4000 value) certificate of Authenticity. The F4CC is the bike that MV Agusta President Claudio Castiglioni built for himself.

The F4CC had an MSRP of $120k, making it the most expensive production bike at the time. Only 100 F4CCs have been built with less than 20 making it stateside, and 90% of the components are made as one-off items including the fork feet, the upper steering plate, the steering damper, the brake and clutch fluid reservoir, the gear change and brake levers, the foot pegs and the side stand were all machined and hand-assembled by MV's top artisans.

There is no doubt that MV Agusta has made - and continues to make a huge statement. It's great to see them survive and thrive, and their involvement in WSBK is a aural, ear-splitting treat. Like their Italian brother, Ducati, it seems that so many of the MV Agusta Limited Edition models are fancy marketing schemes. With the F4CC, you are getting something truly special and unique to the lineup. Besides, it is hard not to fall in love the Darth Vadar blacked-out look of the bike; welcome to the dark side my friends.

This particular CC appears to be in the loving hands of a collector (given the Oro and Senna editions that share the parking area). This bike is fanatically clean, and obviously very loved. Included in the sale are both a to-die-for, numbers matching Girard-Perregaux timepiece, as well as a F4CC leather jacket. The cover for this bike is form fitting, and includes a reproduction of Claudio's freaking signature (matching the sparse paintwork on the bike). From the CNC-machined controls that are exclusive to this model to the tiny details of the cockpit, the F4CC oozes with the sort of one-upmanship that Ducati cannot deliver, save for the Desmosidici RR (almost). This is a price-is-no-object exercise that results in a glorious bit of artwork with a ferocious bark (and bite). Keep in mind that your $120k, irreplaceable, numbered-edition rocket ship comes with nearly no rider aids - if you get yourself into trouble on the F4CC, Claudio expects you to get yourself out of trouble too. Best to utilize your superior judgement lest you find yourself relying on talent alone when the bike costs the equivalent of a decent home in some parts of the country.

The problem with Limited Edition models is that they try to emulate what natural selection has done for us in the past. By artificially limiting production, the laws of supply and demand are quasi-circumvented; the payday is immediate for the manufacturer, but these models do not necessarily appreciate in the short term in the same manner for follow-on owners. These may be good investments to hold onto for a bit longer, but for now this looks to be a lot of bike and a lot of additional stuff for a pretty steep discount compared to new. Depreciation is an evil mistress, making this sub-1,000 mile missile $45k less than when parked in the showroom. Check it out here, and and then jump back to the comments and let us know your favorite MV Agusta model. Good Luck!!

MI

Carbon Copy: 2006 MV Agusta F4CC