Posts by tag: Massimo Tamburini

MV Agusta March 25, 2017 posted by

Y2K: 2000 MV Agusta F4 750

From the VERY talented pen of Massimo Tamburini - co-founder and chief designer of Bimota (including the DB1), father of the Cagiva Mito, author of the Ducati 916/748 design language and more - comes a swan song. Tamburini closed out his storied motorcycle design career with the passion to bring MV Agusta back to life. And what he created was considered by many to be the most beautiful motorcycle ever designed: the MV Agusta F4. He passed in 2014, but left behind a legacy of evocative, brilliant designs that beg to be stared at, drooled over and appreciated for decades to come.

2000 MV Agusta F4 750 S for sale on eBay

This particular F4 appears to be a standard 750 model, which is officially known as the F4 750 S. It contains all of the great visual elements of the F4 lineup (save for the gold magnesium castings of the Oro model), but lacks the super-exclusive, limited numbers of some of the other MV Agusta models of this time. Still, it shares the fabulous inline four cylinder engine with fabled 4-valve hemi chambers, good for approximately 124 HP. Novel intake runners - dubbed the Torque Shift System (or TSS) - allow for varying lengths in the intake duct work. This high-tech solution maximizes the intake runner length for a given RPM, flattening the power curve. This is a bike that performs as well as it looks.

From the seller:
F4 MV Agusta in very good condition garage kept with good tyre

This is the type of advert that infuriates a RSBFS writer. This is a wonderful machine that looks decent. But there is so little information presented it begs several questions. The bike apparently has a touch over 9k miles on the odo, but no mention of service history, mods or other. Good to know the garage is kept with good tires, though. The seller is looking for $8,800 OBO. So stare at the pics, enjoy the apex of Tamburini's career and talent, and ask questions. This could be a fantastic bike... but some detail is lacking.

Check out the full description here, and then jump back to the Comments and share your thoughts on the F4 lineup. Which is your favorite amid the plethora of limited edition 750 models offered (Oro, Senna, SPR, Neiman Marcus, SR...)?

MI

Ducati February 1, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 2001 Ducati 748RS

Update 3.1.2017: Relisted due an overseas buyer that backed out. Links updated with new listing links. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

If you are looking for the ultimate variant of the iconic Ducati 748, look no further. The RS model - intended strictly for competition - is the baddest of the baby 916s. With more power thanks to RS-specific engine internals (approx 124 HP out of the box) and less weight thanks to a different chassis, thinner bodywork made fully in carbon, and the omission of all street legal equipment whatsoever, the RS model was sold to privateer racers. And in the right hands, the 748RS was a winner. From a visual perspective, the gorgeous 748/916 silhouette originally penned by famed designer Massimo Tamburini looks even cleaner in full-race mode. And did I mention that these RS models are RARE? The voluminous pages of RSBFS have only listed a handful over the years.

2001 Ducati 748RS for sale on eBay!

This particular 748RS has a nifty trick up its sleeve. Instead of being a track day only bike, this one is actually registered for street use, in California. I'll give that a moment to sink in. Registered. In Cali, no less. That is a massively Big Deal, as rather than have a race replica based off a street machine, here you have a street bike built from the racer. Hard to get more hard-edged than that. Looks like the original Magnetti Marelli digital dash has been retained, and the add-ons are very, very subtle. If you went into this article thinking that the RS is a rare beast, this example just took it up another level.

From the seller:
Up for Sale is my 2001 Ducati 748RS. This bike is crazy clean. It looks brand new. This bike was the backup bike for a Ducati Race team. The Bike is California Street Legal with some hidden lights you can't see. This bike has little to no time on it. It has never been raced and has very little hours on it. Its in really really nice condition. I do not know a too much about this bike other than what I have said above. I can't find anything wrong with it and looks like a brand new bike. There is a small crack on the tail section in the white of the number plate. Its very hard to see and you can't take a picture of it. No other starches or chips or anything that I can find but will let you know if I find any. This was a display bike for me but was run often to keep it in running condition. If you are looking for a 748RS you know how hard they are to find.

When it came to placement on the 748RS, only race proven, top-shelf equipment need apply. The front of the RS model is held up by a beefy 43mm fork with Ohlins internals, with the rear also supported by Ohlins; both full adjustable, naturally. Brembo brakes are the order of the day all around (320mm front, 220mm rear) as well as the requisite Marchesini lighweight 5-spoke wheels. The full exhaust system with carbon canisters could have come from nobody but Termi. Magnetti Marelli provided the race dash and electronics, just like one would expect from a factory race bike.

If you want to look like a boy racer, there are many potential options. If you want to BE a boy racer, you need a proper motor scooter. And this, my good reader, is a proper scoot. I won't get into the potential comfort factor here; racers aren't built for the cush factor. The full race exhaust may be a bit overwhelming at times, considering that even the base models sound louder than the DOT & EPA regulatory approvals would suggest. I don't know how high-strung the bike is, although I would assume the internal mods made by the Ducati factory wizards give some serious bite to go with the bark. Bring it on, say I!

This California street legal RS model Ducati 748 (that is a combination of words you don't hear every day!) is available right now on eBay. The opening ask is just shy of $12k, which seems to be smack in the ballpark for other RS models we have seen more recently - and a bargain considering the CA status and street legal nature of the bike. It's clean enough to eat off of, and rare enough to solicit a Pavlovian response among collectors. Check it out here (you know you want to), and step up into MAN-racer league!

MI

Featured Listing: 2001 Ducati 748RS
MV Agusta November 22, 2016 posted by

Limited Edition: 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini for Sale

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MV Agusta certainly got the basic components right when they introduced their exotic and achingly-beautiful F4 750, but it was down on power and a member of the suddenly superfluous 750 class. Luckily, they were easily able to bump their displacement to play in the liter-bike class, although the new MV Agusta F4 1000 was obviously much more expensive and no faster than bikes like the Suzuki GSX-R1000. It's tough for small manufacturers to keep pace with the rapid development of companies like Suzuki, so while the big Gixxer went through four different iterations between 2005 and 2008, the F4 soldiered on with very little in the way of fundamental updates. So how to stimulate interest in the same old [blindingly fast, exotic, Italian] thing? Take the fundamentally good chassis and engine, swathe it in lightweight bodywork and distinctive paint, and call it a "numbered, limited edition." In this case, the bike in question is named after the father of this machine and one of the most talented motorcycle designers of all time: Massimo Tamburini.

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Well, they also added a few cool gizmos to the engine, in addition to all that shiny carbon and paint. Interestingly, MV Agusta's Torque Shift System and Engine Brake System are intended to improve rideability, not peak horsepower. Which makes sense since 174 claimed horsepower is really skirting the edge of controllable power anyway, for a bike lacking modern traction control systems. The Torque Shift System uses variable length intake runners to boost midrange power and keep the bike's screaming top end. The Engine Brake System takes the place of a slipper clutch, basically leaking fuel and air into the engine on closed throttle to provide engine braking without locking the rear tire. Surprisingly, the system works very well.

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The result is a very fast motorcycle with stunning looks that still look modern more than fifteen years later. This particular Tamburini looks basically perfect. As it should be, considering the asking price and the low miles. These listed at a stunning $43,000 new, so today's example could be thought of as something of a bargain...

From the original eBay listing: 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini #85 of 300 for Sale

"My Dream, My Bike" - Massimo Tamburini

One of the most exotic motorcycles ever built. The MV F4 was limited to only 300 made, only 59 brought in to the USA. The plaque on the triple clamp shows #85 of 300. Very rare indeed. Few would argue its beauty. And even if you never ride the Tamburini, looking at it might be enough. Gold-toned mesh covers the fairing vent holes, while forged aluminum wheels are gold anodized to continue the theme, just as with the 6 piston billet Nissin front brake calipers. The low-friction titanium-nitride coating on the 50mm Marzocchi inverted fork sliders jives nicely with the gold anodized uppers.

Aside from the fuel tank which is steel, the Tamburini's bodywork is nearly all carbon fiber, finished to a very high standard. A nice touch is the F4 and CRC logo work on the fairing sides that lets the c-f weave “peek” through the high-gloss paint. Who needs decals when the underlying material itself is so nice you simply leave paint off? Sensual shapes and exotic materials set the Tamburini apart. Front axle carriers and brake calipers are machined from billet for maximum rigidity, while lower triple-clamp, frame sideplates and gorgeous single-sided swingarm are lightweight magnesium. And check out the carbon-fiber weave on the fairing panels!

Only 4,159 miles, adult owned and fully serviced. 

Arrow pipes and all booklets, plaque authenticating serial number, etc.

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Low-mileage, low-production run F4s show up for sale pretty regularly,  owing to the fact that they're often bought as display pieces and objects of lust more often than they are as functional motorcycles. Which makes sense, considering how awkward and uncomfortable they can be to actually ride on the street... They obviously offer handling and straight-line performance on par with the rest of the class, but their outright expense, crippling ergonomics, and high maintenance costs mean these are best left as occasional weekend or track-day toys: you masochists out there using your F4s as daily transportation have my respect. Obviously, if you want the gorgeous lines and don't have the $35,000 the seller is asking for this Tamburini, a more common F4 can be had for less than a third of the price and is just as stunning, if not ultimately as valuable.

Hell, I prefer the very stylish five-spoke wheels on the original F4 anyway...

-tad

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Limited Edition: 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini for Sale
Ducati July 1, 2016 posted by

Blue By You – 1988 Ducati Paso 750

The Paso was more revolutionary than evolutionary, with square-tubing frame, full bodywork, and two-barrel Weber carburetor.  Despite reviewing well, the Webers had some rideability issues, and the love-it-or-hate-it styling as well as the import price stranded the bikes in the showroom.  With sales under a thousand per year, the bikes are now a rarity and significant, as they mark the Cagiva era and began Ducati's sport-touring segment.  This example is a distinctive blue, well kept and has had fuel delivery and charging system updates.

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1988 Ducati 750 Paso for sale on eBay

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Very similar to the 750 F1 desmodue, the Paso's 748 cc's are good for 73 hp, routed through a 5-speed transmission.  Because of the single Weber, the vertical cylinder has the intake at the front, and the 2-into-1 exhaust has a collector under the engine.  42 mm Marzocchi forks split compression and rebound duties in an early anti-dive method.  An Öhlins damper is hidden under the Tamburini-sculpted body, which also provides conformal turn signals and mirrors.  Brembo brakes are 280mm fronts with 270mm rear, all single-puck.  16-inch wheels and tires are wide - 130/60 front and 180/60 rear.

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All bikes with nearly 30 years and 21,000 miles have a past and this one includes a repaint of the right side, but it looks good.  From the background we see that the owner knows his way around a carburetted engine, and has this to say in the eBay auction:

This is a very nice example of a rare blue 1988 Ducati Paso 750. It was previously owned by an ex Automotive and Aerospace Engineer who was meticulous and put in a lot of time to Engineer and fix the original fuel, air and electronic problems that were inherent on this bike. He upgraded the starter, fuel system, rebuilt the carbs, fixed wiring, redesigned fuel pump and air flow needed to fix these issues. She starts great, runs great and is a real head turner. She has a new battery included in sale.  The blue color is very rare and less than 50 were made Worldwide and shipped to the U.S.  A lot of  time and effort was expended to make her run better than original.

In an age where just about everyone has loud pipes, the original black-chrome mufflers should be at least friendly.  Non-working tacho should be an easy fix.  Overall build quality after the Cagiva investment was better than ever.

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Updates eventually came to the Paso, including a water-cooled 907 cc engine, six-speed and electronic fuel injection, but the styling never caught fire and the line shut down in 1992.  Often shunned because of the 16-inch tire size, choices are better now than they were in the 1990's, when the now-classic was simply used.  If you like the aerodynamic styling, it's a great looking bike, and tested as a nice handler.  This example looks original but has had some attention under the bodywork, and should be a great rider.

-donn

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Blue By You – 1988 Ducati Paso 750
MV Agusta May 28, 2016 posted by

Track Day Exotic: 2005 MV Agusta F41000 for Sale

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Normally, the goal here on RSBFS is to feature rare, unusual, or quirky sport motorcycles and we generally try to stick to machines in good, stock condition or bikes that have been tastefully modified. But today’s MV Agusta F4-1000 track bike is exactly the kind of thing I’d love to put together myself, if I had money and was feeling particularly brave. In this case, a perfectly good piece of nearly useless motorcycle jewelry appears to have been built to tackle the tarmac as an expensive and very fast trackday bauble. Honestly, I’m not sure which racing classes it’d be eligible to compete in and an F4 would obviously be far more costly to campaign than a GSX-R1000 without offering any real performance advantage, but that doesn’t mean someone shouldn’t take the plunge.

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The adulation that surrounded the original F4’s introduction faded to polite applause once riders got to test it back-to-back against competing machines costing half as much: during the development of the exotic, radial-valved 750cc machine, the world lost interest in the class and literbikes had taken center stage, leaving MV hopelessly outclassed. Those bikes were much faster than the F4, at least in a straight line, weighed the same, handled almost as well, and cost less. MV Agusta left the beautiful looks alone, but addressed the lack of performance in stunning form when the F4-1000 was introduced a few years later. It was still more expensive than the Japanese literbikes and wasn’t really any faster, but at least those bullies couldn’t kick sand in its face anymore and it offered up a rawer, more committed experience for experienced riders.

Basically, the perfect choice for a track day monster!

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From the original eBay listing: MV Agusta F4-1000 Track Bike

I am second owner, first owner is US servicemen, he bought this bike brand new from Pro-Italia and used for couple track days then deployed out of US, so he have to sale to me, this bike never register in DMV, I have all the papers word will including on this sale.

  • Please pick Option 1 or 2 only after you win my auction
  • 1:Red Marchesini Forged $2000 with Dunlop Ntec 211 tires cost $325 set
  • 2: Silver Marchesini Forged cost $2000 with Dunlop Ntet 212 tires cost $375 set
All the parts below will come with the bike:
  • Marzocchi 2009 RR312 Fork $850
  • Brembo M50 Calipers $550
  • Brembo clutch and 17mm brake master including both Reservoir $400
  • Ohlins TTX rear shock $1000
  • STM Slipper Clutch $1200
  • upgrade to shorai battery $190
  • upgrade Eprom $50
  • FBF rearset $375
  • FBF Exhaust $850
  • Power Commander PC3 $375
  • Power Commander Quick Shifter $275
  • Power Commander LCD $ 250
  • Arrow mid Exhaust $345
  • X-bike Fairing stay $325
  • Catalyst Composites track fairing $900 painted Professional $350
  • Brembo Rotors $300
  • Carbon Swingarm cover $250
  • Carbon hugger $175
  • 520 DID Chain front and rear sprocket covert $375
  • Set of Muzzy Aluminum Fan $160
  • Fresh Engine Ice Coolant
  • Top and Bottom Radiator guard $120
  • Quick Release Gas Cap SSR brand $120
  • Just Oil Change Motul 300v 15w50
  • Zero gravity clear painted red $90

Total parts I paid over $11k, I am sure missing couple more items.

While I do appreciate the seller listing all of the parts that went into the build, it always does seem a bit tacky to include the pricing. With that $8,500 starting bid, I’m sure he’s hoping to make a good chunk of that back, but he’s missing that important lesson discussed here on the site and in the comments section ad nauseam: throwing $11,000 in parts at a motorcycle will have very little impact on its value, other than to possibly make it more likely to sell than another machine in similar condition. And as these bikes become more and more collectible, all those expensive custom parts can actually make it less likely to sell… That’s certainly becoming true for early 916s.

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Here’s the other thing: aside from actual, professionally-prepped racebikes, track day motorcycles generally sell for a good bit less than their road-legal counterparts. The reasons are pretty simple: the market for track-only bikes is much smaller, they’re  guaranteed to have been thrashed, since that’s basically the whole point of the exercise, and quite possibly have been crashed a few times. Track day junkies are expecting to crash at some point, and crashes mean repairs. A simple low-side in a slow corner doesn’t necessarily mean an end your day or weekend, assuming you can throw a new clutch or brake lever and clip-on bar onto the bike, or borrow a spare rearset peg or shift lever. A bag full of spares and a package of zip ties can quickly get you back on track, once you clean all the grass out from behind your fairings…

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And in spite of the obvious quality of the parts and preparation that have gone into this motorcycle, the reality is that you can buy a decent, road-legal F4 for what he likely wants for this, and the bits on those aren’t exactly of poor quality to begin with. This is obviously a very high-quality motorcycle, but I think the seller may have a hard time finding a buyer at that price.

-tad

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Track Day Exotic: 2005 MV Agusta F41000 for Sale
MV Agusta January 14, 2016 posted by

2000 MV Agusta F4 750 with Just 1,000 Miles

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While the iconic Ducati 916 is the most celebrated Massimo Tamburini design, the F4 was also some of his best work of the period. This 2000 MV Agusta F4 750 has just 1,000 miles and is advertised as being displayed indoors most of it's life. With a $12k buy-it-now, the seller notes shipping is free for qualified buyers -- which I interpret as a full asking price purchase. There isn't much additional information about the bike for sale but at that price I hope it's recently serviced and ready to ride.

dc

2000 MV Agusta F4 for sale on eBay

2000 MV Agusta F4 750 with Just 1,000 Miles