Posts by tag: Ohlins

Norton February 22, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2015 Norton 961 Commando PLUS 1967 Norton Atlas!

When you think of the most storied marques in motorcycling history, what do you think of? The Japanese Big Four have certainly been dominant on the racing scene as of late, with Italy holding their own throughout the ages. But it was the English brands that led the way to greatness, with the great Norton conglomerate - initially launched in 1898 - standing as the iconic representation of what a performance motorcycle should be. From the cafe racer scene to the mighty TT street races to doing the ton, Nortons have been the mainstay of cool and an unmistakable status symbol for those in the know.

Surviving through the rapid changes of the 1950s and 1960s - changing hands to become Associated Motorcycles (AMC - including brands AJS, Matchless, Francis-Barnett and James) in 1953, Norton thrived through the 1960s and into the 70s and even took over BSA and Triumph in an all-British consolidation move. Unfortunately, the bottom dropped out of the UK motorcycle market shortly thereafter, driving Norton (as well as the Norton-Villers-Triumph company) under. Through the 1990s the Norton name was kept alive by enthusiasts and restoration shops, changing hands a few more times. US-based restorer Kenny Dreer created the first iteration of the 961 Commando, but the Norton name was eventually re-aquired and launched in the UK with the resources to make a difference. This Donnington-era version of Norton placed the fantastic 961 Commando into solid production, a beautiful recreation of the Norton glory days faithfully updated with current, cutting edge components. Today's special featured listing is a 2015 Norton 961 Commando, but also includes a well-preserved 750 Atlas model from 1967.

Featured Listing:
Buy a 2015 Norton 961 Commando
and get a 1976 Norton 750 Atlas for free!

Let's start out with the modern bike first: 2015 Norton 961 Commando. The roots of the 961 Commando starts across the pond in the US with Kenny Dreer, a famed Norton restoration expert. As the rights to Norton moved back to the UK, the 961 was evolved and redesigned (virtually every part, so they say). And lest you think this was just the offshoot of a backyard dreamer, post 2008 variants of the 961 involved serious design and development; none other than Pierre Terblanche (of Ducati fame) counted his name on the Norton employee roster.

Powering the Commando is an air-cooled parallel twin with 270-degree crank pins. Bores are Nikasil coated to improve sealing, ensuring power and longevity. The feel and sound emulate the past, but the power delivery through a modern 5-speed tranny is all of the current day. Top shelf Brembos shed velocity, while Ohlins take up suspension duty front and rear. With about 80 HP on tap, this reincarnated Commando holds its own against the Monster or Suspersport lineup from Ducati while exuding more than a little British soul.

This was a $20k machine when new; exclusivity goes hand in hand with a high price tag.

From the seller:
2015 Norton Commando SE 1 of 50, only 566 miles, just in from California, beautiful condition, Dominator pipes, recalibrated ECU, all recalls and TSBs performed.


Putting aside the new Commando, let's step back some 50+ years; that is when the Norton Atlas first came into being. Acting as a precursor to the Commando of the late 1960s, the Atlas featured a 750cc parallel twin housed in a fabled featherbed frame. What makes the Atlas most interesting is the target market: America. Initial units were exclusively developed for export to the US. For the day, the Atlas was a significant motorcycle - all 55 HP, four-speed trans, limited suspension and drum brakes of it. Today these capabilities seem modest, but there is clear DNA in those bones.

This particular Atlas has but 8,000 miles, has been restored to what appears to be a very good standard, and has some star power as formerly being in the collection of Ewan McGregor. Not too shabby as far as a two-fer goes!

From the seller:
1967 Norton Atlas 750, restored and in very nice condition, 8K original miles, runs and rides and is well sorted. Former Ewan McGregor private collection bike.

So here is the deal: Buy the ultra rare 961 Commando, and get the Atlas for free. Offers around $25,000 USD to be considered. The seller is willing to break up the pair for the right buyer, but is offering a pretty good discount for both. Drop Corey a note if you are serious: coreyallan01@hotmail.com Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 2015 Norton 961 Commando PLUS 1967 Norton Atlas!
Honda February 9, 2018 posted by

Crown Jewel: Ex-Nicky Hayden Erion Racing 1999 Honda CBR900RR

Beyond the tragedy of losing a young life with so much unspent potential, the death of Nicky Hayden robbed from American motorcycling the last great talent to take a DIY mentality born on a dirt track to the world stage. The loss will resonate for years, as Hayden's influence touched every corner of the sport in the United States.

Nicky Hayden 1999 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

This is a chance to own a piece of Hayden's legend, an early brick in his road to the 2006 MotoGP World Championship. This is one of two 1999 Honda CBR900RRs Hayden campaigned for Erion Racing in the AMA's Formula Extreme category. We featured the other bike in the collection four years ago. In each case, the seller has offered direct confirmation that the bike is real from Kevin Erion.

From the eBay listing:

Erion Racing cbr 900rr ridden by Nicky Hayden in the 1999 AMA Formula Extreme series.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own one of the bikes raced by the 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden. This is not a replica...Certification documentation provided by Kevin Erion.

No mention is made of the bike's running condition, though it looks to have been left mostly in as-ridden shape, minus sponsor decals. It still bears Hayden's iconic 69 number plate. It's crass to mention value given the circumstances, but if the bike is indeed the real thing, its pedigree is without question and its mystique is likely to grow.

Crown Jewel: Ex-Nicky Hayden Erion Racing 1999 Honda CBR900RR
Ducati February 9, 2018 posted by

Lookalike – 2001 Ducati 996 with 2,057 miles !

For six out of the eight years Carl Fogarty rode Superbikes for Ducati, he either claimed the championship or came in second.  That sustained championship riding ( 1992-2000 with 1996 spent on Honda ) has led to countless sticker kits and many factory tributes.  This 996 has updated -S components and a race-look decal set, but more importantly has never been registered and spent most of its life on display.

2001 Ducati 996 for sale on eBay

 

Ducati updated the successful 916 in response to twins from Suzuki and Aprilia, keeping most of the package except for improvements in the power area - the 80 additional cc's helping deliver 122 hp and 69 ft.-lbs. torque.  Two fuel injectors per intake ensure outstanding response at WOT, but some mere mortals had the system modified to improved part-throttle running.  Brembo produced new and improved Gold Lines for the 996, and the -S had Öhlins adjustable dampers and Marchesini alloys.

 

Evidently a showroom display, this 996 barely has break-in miles and looks great except for needing a nice detail.  Beside the correct Öhlins and wheels, pair of Micron mufflers and Corbin seat are the main enhancements, and the race livery is a good likeness.  From the eBay auction:

This motorcycle is a former Ducati dealership owners personal motorcycle that has never been registered. Bike has only 2057 miles on it and is in excellent condition.  The motorcycle has carbon fiber Micron exhaust. Along with many other carbon fiber items. This bike has the dealer installed Fogarty decal kit. This can be removed for a non race bike look. All Ohlins suspension, including steering stabilizer.

 

No matter how low the mileage, cam belts, tires and fluids will have to be done, though deferring the valve clearances could be debated.  That's presuming that the next owner is a rider, which seems appropriate for the not super-rare 996.  If care is taken not to get stuck in traffic and over-tax the cooling system, the 996 with S updates can do more than look fast.  Though the starting bid is set high, it's certainly showable, and riding to the show would be the way to go...

-donn

Lookalike – 2001 Ducati 996 with 2,057 miles !
Aprilia February 4, 2018 posted by

400 Miler: 2009 Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory

I never really understood "new in the box" type of people. As I kid I did not hang out with the action figure collectors who liked to look at their as-new packaged Star Wars figures. I prefered to use my toys, breaking them occasionally. As I grew up, little changed (except maybe the frequency of breakage). Fast forward many years and I do not regret the immediate satisfaction over using that which I wanted; be it what is now a collectable toy or - much more importantly - a collectable motorcycle. Ownership to me implies ultimate control, and the ultimate luxury of doing what you want; and I've always prefered to ride rather than to ogle, to risk damage rather than participate in stagnation, and to get things dirty rather than spending all of my time cleaning. That's why this advert jumped out at me. Here you have a 2009 Ape RSV 1000R Factory that was new in the box - and this seller decided to open the box and take it for a spin or two. I say Bravo to him!

2009 Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory with only 400 miles!

The Aprilia RSV 1000R is well known as a v-twin torque monster. The 60 degree, liquid cooled cylinders are fueled by computerized fuel injection and a proprietary ram air system. Four valves are operated by DOHC, and engine cases are a combination of aluminum and magnesium to save weight. Expect approximately 145 HP from one of these beasts; more than enough to keep your riding buddies in sight during spirited canyon carving. And it is during canyon carving (or on the race track) that the Factory bits really come into play. The Factory is essentially an upper spec RSV, containing fully adjustable Ohlins forks, rear shock, and steering damper. Specialty forged aluminim wheels (designed through finite analysis to produce the strongest wheel with the least amount of weight) reduce unsprung and rotational weight. The alumimun frame and swingarm are standard RSV bits, although the Factory augments the visuals via anodizing and polishing various pieces. Topped off with carbon fiber bodywork pieces to further reduce mass, the Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory is as well put together as any bike you are likely to find in the class. They were not cheap to start with, but the attention to detail makes the difference.

From the seller:
09 Aprilia rsv 1000 R factory with 400 miles. I purchased the bike new in the box and about 2 years ago i took it out the box and registered it and ever since it's been in my climate controlled garage, The condition is what you would expect from a motorcycle with 400 miles.

I must admit that I would really love to know more about how the seller came across a crated Factory and the circumstances aound the purchase. Did he agonize at all about cracking the seal and devaluing a zero mile example by 35% or more just by uncrating it? My guess is that any anxiety felt was instantly replaced by sheer joy at the booming twin exhaust and the sound of the bike on full song. But at only 400 miles, this particular model is not even broken in. I can only guess that the 400 miles travelled have not been excessively hard on the bike. And the condition seems to agree. The pictures show a clean example of a great motorcycle - as you would hope. No telling if the crate is still available, but given that this one has been ridden at this point, the collector value for a zero mile bike with all the fixin's is gone. So how much for a truly awesome model Aprilia that appears to be in excellent shape? The seller is looking for $9,800 - which is a bit dear for a used motorcycle. Thankfully the seller is open to offers, so there may be some opportunity for this Factory model yet. If you are in the market for a used Ape and looking for the best you can find, this very low mileage, nearly-new example might just fit the bill. Check it out here, and then share your thoughts in the Comments section whether you would have unboxed this monster or left it wrapped up like an action figure. Good Luck!!

MI

400 Miler: 2009 Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory
Ducati January 16, 2018 posted by

Palm Trees not Included – 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore

With a great portion of the country below freezing ( so cold here yesterday I couldn't tell if my heated gear was even working ) the palm trees in this eBay offering got my attention - and the S4RS in the foreground isn't too shabby either.  The 1098-based flagship is a bona fide naked superbike.

2008 Ducati S4RS Tricolore for sale on eBay

Ducati's Monsters became the brand's best-seller shortly after their 1993 introduction.  Most often seen with an air-cooled desmodue, the model was treated to a parade of water-cooled desmoquattros in the 2000's.  The S4RS is the ultimate for testastretta fans, the 130hp L-twin completely visible.  In Tricolore trim, Öhlins are found at both ends, carrying gold-painted Marchesini Y-spoke alloys.  Carbon fiber is used for the cam belt covers and radiator guards, and in this case the Termignoni mufflers.

 

This San Diego owner has been sparing with the mods and the miles, beside the Termi's, just LED blinkers, shorty levers and the way-too-angular Rizoma mirrors.  Not sure if the Speedymoto water pump housing implies a past failure, but though it's a stressed part on the 1098, the Monsters had better cooling without the fairing.  From the eBay auction:

I'm the 2nd owner whom purchased from original owner. Bike has 4,350 original miles. All original paper work in hand. I wanted this bike for years and purchased as the last bike I'd ever own. This bike is immaculate with no issues. Minted #77/400 ever made with only 240 release into the US. 
 
 
 998 Testastretta water cooled engine, Ohlins suspension, Termignoni full exhaust, Brembo brakes, Rizoma mirrors, LED light, front and rear, Marchesini wheels. Bike rides and shifts perfectly. 380 lbs. dry with 131hp makes this and experienced riders dream.   Bike is covered, garage stored, near seen rain, and adult owned.
 
The S4RS was way over-equipped for it's all-purpose mission, unless you consider its real role to generate showroom excitement.  The bikini fairing got good marks but not for a longer trip at speeds the bike found easy.  The last flagship before the 2010 re-styling, the S4RS looks almost quaint today, voluptuous and rounded, understandable with everything out in the warm breeze.
-donn
Palm Trees not Included – 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore
MV Agusta January 6, 2018 posted by

Used as Intended: 2013 MV Agusta F4-RR

The seller of this 2013 MV Agusta F4-RR seems to know little about its history or provenance, but it appears to have been mostly for track use up to this point, and sports a monoposto tail section devoid of taillights or provisions for license plates. The ad says the bike has a clear title, but the dealer isn't standing behind it as a street bike.

2013 MV Agusta F4RR for sale on eBay

That said, MV Agusta F4-RRs are scarce as dog feathers, so if the numbers come back clean it's still a worthy grab for someone. The RR version of MV's mighty F4 wears Brembo M50 monobloc brakes, cast aluminum wheels, Ohlins electronically adjustable suspension and switchable engine maps. Oh, and it pushes out around 200 horsepower that carts around not much more than 420 pounds.

From the eBay listing:

2013 MV Agusta F4-RR Track Bike
NADA Retail Value $19,780

1,229 Miles
White/ Red/ Black Paint
998 cm3 (60.9 cu. in.) Short-stroke inline four-cylinder engine with central cam chain and radial valves
Precise-shifting five-speed transmission includes overdrive fifth.
Final Drive chain drive
Liquid Cooled Fuel Injected
ELDOR electronics package with Ride-By-Wire system and four maps engine
Throttle sensitivity adjustable (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
Max torque (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
Variable Engine response (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
Engine Braking (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
RPM limiter (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
Inertial vehicle lean angle sensor
Traction control adjustable on eight levels
Electronic EAS (Electronically Assisted Shift)
Modular mixed structure frame with hand TIG welded tubular steel trellis and aluminum plates
Ohlins suspension with electronic control (F4 RR)
Brembo monobloc brake calipers (model M50 on the F4 RR)
This Bike runs and rides great. Very Fast and first year of production for this model
A great fun bike for the serious racer or collector.
Call or come by and talk to one of our sales associates today so we can get your knees in the breeze on this great Track Bike today.
This Bike appears to have been set up to be ridden on a closed track, so we are selling her as is, we do not know of any apparent problems. Because we have reason to believe she may have been run on a track we are selling her "as is", "with all faults" and for "Track use only" and the price reflects this. Any street use or ability to restore her to street use is NOT warranted. Further we do not Warrant, expressly or implied, that this bike is suitable for such use. This motorcycle has been modified for track use, thereby voiding any factory or seller warranty. The buyer is expected to practice due diligence when purchasing this bike and check all pictures and descriptions of the bike to insure it is what they want. If you have any questions please ask them before purchasing. FOR OFF ROAD USE ONLY. There are no warranties which extend beyond the description on the face hereof.

Some of these bikes are New Inventory and have not been through our shop yet. Some parts may not function or otherwise meet our quality standards and may be removed or replaced during our shop's inspection,any changes will be at our Service Managers sole discrection. The initial picture(s) represents a 'First Look' at the bike, so that you can get a general idea of the bikes condition.

The asking price under $12,000 seems a little low, but since the seller seems to know little about the machine and what its past life was like, there could be good reason for that.

Used as Intended: 2013 MV Agusta F4-RR