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Ducati June 17, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Cherry 2004 Ducati 999

It's pretty rare that someone selling anything, whether it's a motorcycle or a tennis ball, is totally honest about the condition it's in. As dedicated Craigslisters, we come to accept that "no rust" really means, "stored at the bottom of the Atlantic." It's a fact of life.

This 2004 Ducati 999 is the exception. The seller says the only signs of use are wear on the front brake rotors, and he's not kidding. OK, fine, if you want to nitpick, the odometer does not say zero and the tires are not the ones it left the factory on. But beyond that, the description is accurate.

The 999 followed the iconic and better-loved 916-998 series, but are deserving stars in their own right. The bikes won the World Superbike Championships in '03, '04 and '06, and threw in a British Superbike Championship in '05 to make a four-year run of championships.

The bike listed here is a base 999, which means it carries none of the expensive tchochkes of the S and R models. From the seller:

No holds barred, I cannot ride a Ducati. I am too large, too old and need a cush in the seat department to make it more than 50 miles at a whack. I am “one of those”. I guess that was same conversation about “you can’t trust anyone over thirty” forty years ago. It is just a separation of reality and perceptions with little gray areas in-between. But I am not prejudice! “Someone of my best friends ride Ducatis”. What is the world coming too?

Which leads us to this absolutely gorgeous, Ducati Red, one geriatric owner, bought new at Hansen’s, almost no miles 2004 999. We get a lot of bikes in, mostly in excellent condition, unabused with minimal signs of use. And then there is this bike.

The only signs of use you can see are the front brake rotors. Nothing else shows any signs of use. All of the factory stickers are still in place, even the ones on the mirrors. Not a single bolt was modified, nothing changed, nothing added. It still has the factory clutch cover! It is in as close to new cosmetic condition as when it was delivered as vehicle could be having been driven 7,600 miles.

The 999 was the base model of the range, but that meant in reality, $10,000 less at the dealer, 15hp less than the R version and 15#’s heavier and more than adequate suspension. I had a riding friend who received the greatest of joy riding his 999 standard and beating up the R model bikes at track events in the day owned by “checkbook” enthusiasts. It was a great bike, more than most could realistically handle and a bargain for the time.

Our selling price of the motorcycle is $6,495. VIN# ZDMIUB5T04B008511 and miles are 7,639. For other interesting bikes and collectable vehicles, visit our web site http://www.automaniagp.com , 541 479 8888 or come by and see us at 895 SE Gladiola Drive, Grants Pass, Oregon, 97526. Oregon Dealer DA1287

Short of a dealer leftover FZ-07 or an SR400 or something, there ain't much you can find in this condition for that price. I hate to gush, but honestly. Get on it.

Featured Listing: Cherry 2004 Ducati 999
Aprilia June 16, 2018 posted by

High-Spec Hooligan: 2003 Aprilia Tuono Racing for Sale

After the introduction of their RSV Mille, Aprilia knew they needed something a little less extreme, at least in terms of riding position. But while Ducati’s original approach to the naked bike was to put a lower-spec engine into a frame from an older sportbike, Aprilia was forced by necessity to go a different route: they didn’t have a less powerful engine, or a different frame. The resulting Aprilia Tuono and especially this Tuono Racing was never gonna be great for cruising or posing or generally blatting around, at which the Monster excels.

Perhaps most significantly, unlike every other naked sportbike, the Tuono wasn't detuned at all: the 998cc Rotax-developed v-twin still made 126 hp and 74 lb-ft. torque, while balance shafts meant it was surprisingly smooth, considering the 60° configuration. The frame looks similar to the beautiful aluminum beam design seen on the RS250. I can’t imagine it’s the exact same part, considering the different engines, but I’m sure Aprilia tried that before designing a new one… And the Tuono was actually lighter than the RSV, owing to the lack of a fairing and some additional carbon bits. Throw in some high bars and you're looking at the original "supernaked."

The Tuono may not be quite as sexy as something like a Ducati 998 or a Monster, but it’s way more comfortable than the 998, faster than a Monster, more reliable than either of them, and likely more fun as well. It’s a bike to ride, not to look at, and that Rotax twin is famous for being virtually trouble-free and has reasonable servicing costs.

The Racing was the top-spec Tuono and Aprilia wasn’t kidding with the name: it was designed to compete in an Italian series against rival Ducati's S4R. And they weren't kidding with the components: suspension was by Swedish specialists Öhlins, a fully-adjustable shock out back and a 43mm fork up front, with a matching steering damper. Instead of a slipper clutch, Aprilia used their Pneumatic Power Clutch that used engine vacuum to disengage the clutch during downshifts to prevent the rear wheel from locking. Top-of-the-line radial Brembo calipers meant you could have stoppies to go with your wheelies.

From the original eBay listing: 2003 Aprilia Tuono Racing for Sale

Up for sale is my 2003 Aprilia Tuono Racing #002

This a very rare bike only 200 produced worldwide and 50 examples imported to the United States. This bike is #2 from the production run worldwide. This bike was sold to the public specifically so Aprilia could qualify to race it against and beat Ducati in the Italian Naked Race Series.

I have owned this bike since the summer of 2011 and I know I'm going to miss it, but I have a new kid and we are getting a bigger house so this has to go. I'll be hanging on to my two other Aprilias.

I have every original extra part that you received with the 2003 Racing, plus I have an extra Front Race Fairing and Track Belly Pan (most people don't have any of these parts and I have 2 sets, see below for additional price):

  • Carbon Fiber Front Racing Fairing x2
  • Carbon Fiber Track Belly Pan x2
  • Aprilia Racing Exhaust and Race Chip (both currently installed)
  • Original Stock Exhaust and Chip (in factory original box)
  • Passenger Seat
  • Carbon Fiber Solo Seat Cowl 
  • Passenger Pegs (currently installed)
  • Track Counter Shaft Sprocket
  • Aprilia Racing GP Shift Kit (currently installed)
  • Standard OEM Shift Linkage
  • Brake Light Delete Panel
  • Factory Drilled Bolts for Race Wire
  • Factory Manuals (Racing & Operator)

Non-Factory Parts:

  • Integrated Rear Turn Signals (I have the stock turn signals)
  • Rhino Frame Sliders (they are black and look nicer, I'm pretty sure I have the stock white ones)
  • Rear Fender/License plate Kit (I have the stock rear fender) 

The extra Front Race Fairing and Track Belly Pan would bring a pretty high price all by themselves, but I want to keep it all together.

Its in very good condition with about 10000-ish miles (I'll have to charge the battery and check). I've had it for a long time but put very little few miles on it. The bike is 15 years old and has been ridden so there are a few minor imperfections.

The extra set of carbon fiber race fairings I'll include for an additional $750.  

None of the parts are for sale separately please do not ask. 

I am willing to assist in shipping the bike, but it is 100% at the buyer's expense

Thanks

Okay, none of the Tuonos are really beautiful, but I think the first-generation is the best-looking of the bunch. It didn't even bother trying to be subtle, and the styling is just a bonkers mess of in-your-face. I mean that as a compliment. The seller's $8,000 is high for an early v-twin Aprilia in general, but first-generation Tuonos are pretty hard to find and seem to get snapped up pretty quickly. Given all of the available, often very hard to find extras and the overall condition, I wouldn't be surprised if he gets what he's asking.

-tad

High-Spec Hooligan: 2003 Aprilia Tuono Racing for Sale
Aprilia June 13, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Barely broken in 1997 Aprilia RS250

Today's featured listing comes to us from a seller whose bikes we have written about a number of times, but is a first-time featured seller. The guy has moved some pretty impressive metal in the past, but for his first feature he chose something truly special, a 1997 Aprilia RS250 with fewer than 700 kilometers on the clock. As a bonus, it carries a California street title, so it should be a fairly slick process to get it out of the garage and on the road as riding season hots up.

The little ripper came to this county more than 20 years ago, but was cooped up in a dealership's display for the first six years of its life. After that, the first owner rode it extremely sparingly until it came to our seller, who picked it up earlier this year. He set about adding a list of choice modifications and repairs and now presents it as a very ready, very sorted example of one of the finest handling bikes ever minted. We'll let him tell you what's what:

1997 Aprillia RS250, 2 owner bike, super low miles and California titled and registered. I purchased this bike a few months ago from the original owner. From what I was told he bought the bike in 2003 from Aprilia of Oceanside. They had used it as a display in the dealership since ‘97. From 2003 to April of this year the bike only accumulated 387 km. As soon as I purchased the bike it was time to make it road worthy. The brake master cylinders both needed service to unplug the bleed back holes. The carbs were taken apart and all the jets were either replaced or cleaned. All fluids were also replaced and I went about tuning the bike. Having owned two RGV250's in the past I decided to change to ignition and SAPC boxes for a Zeeltronic unit. I used an old SAPC box for the connectors so didn't need to cut or splice the harness. This upgrade makes tuning much easier and the bike really responded and runs clean from idle to redline now. My two RGV's both had the common power valve failures of loose pins so it was an easy decision to replace the power valves with the Cougar Red Valves that don't have this problem. Bike runs flawlessly and rides like a proper GP 250 replica should. The tires were also changed because who wants to take a chance with rubber that old. As far the condition of the rest of the bike there are some scratches on the tailpiece and a few nicks on the tank. Nothing that would be hard to repair, just finding original decals can take some time. I have owned more 2-stroke bikes than I can count, the fun factor with this one is off the charts. Only selling because I'm turning 60 and have no more desire for riding on the street. I work for Ferrari here in So Cal and wrench on old 2-strokes for a hobby. Getting ready to make the transition and try my hand at working on bikes for a living.

Check out Ron's website here: https://www.ronsvintagemotorcycles.com/

If the description isn't enough, check the following three videos for further proof:

If you're on the hunt for one of these little beasts, this one ought to jump to the top of your list. There are few enough miles to almost say you got it new, it sits ready to roll and it has had every potential problem area addressed. The seller is asking $12,000 for a machine that is not likely to lose value any time soon. He can be reached at ron42rogers@netscape.net

Featured Listing: Barely broken in 1997 Aprilia RS250
Featured Listing June 11, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23

Update 6.11.2018: This seller has renewed his Featured Listing for this gorgeous RGV250 Lucky Strike! He also notes that front and rear stands and all special Suzuki tools for the bike, are included. He can also help with shipping costs. Thanks for continuing to support the site with a Featured Listing and good luck on the sale! -dc

Representing maybe the only way to smoke, be cool and rep Lucky Strike, this 1997 Suzuki RGV250V is one of just 120 export-model RGVs in Kevin Schwantz-aping Lucky Strike graphics. The export models got smaller rear sprockets, different airbox lids and exhaust cans and were de-restricted to around 50 horsepower, up from the JDM 40.

The last of a long line of reliable, light, simple and terrifying Japanese two-stroke sportbikes, the RGV250 VJ23s rocked a 70-degree v-twin that is rumored to have been capable of 70 horses when full uncorked. With just 300-ish pounds to push around and the breed's characteristic on/off powerband, RGs are not mounts for faint-of-heart novices.

Even though this 1997 example is a 'V' model, which indicated it was destined for export, seller and friend of the site Alan says he imported it to England from Japan in 2012. It got a refresh in 2013, and has been used since then. Despite the miles, it is in excellent to immaculate condition, with just one minor blemish near the taillight.

From the seller:

For sale

My last rgv250v
This is a factory lucky strike and and is completely stock
This example was imported from Japan myself in 2012 and is unrestored and in superb condition.
Nothing needs doing to it and the usual consumables have been replaced.
It has currently been winterised and is showing 19001km
The vin run for these is as follows
Vj23a-102099 thru to 102218,just 119 bikes that’s it.
This bike is 102164.
It has a tiny mark on the rear edge of the LH rear panel,but that’s it.
It’s fitted with new conti sms.
This bike has been used since I recommissioned it in 2013,and is not a museum piece.
Look at the pics,any questions I’ll do my best to answer them.
Compression on both pots is around 145psi, and included with the bike is a complete spare top end kit and all the handbooks/sales leaflet.
Price is £14k firm plus shipping.
I’ve sold two others this last year for similar money ,not many left bog stock in this condition.

Contact: tasswipe@icloud.com

The asking price for this beast is breathing on $20,000, and that is before the cost of shipping it and importing it to the U.S. It's a steep ask, but the Lucky Strike-liveried VJ23s are rare beasts and should climb some in value.

Featured Listing: 1997 Suzuki RGV250 VJ23
Aprilia June 8, 2018 posted by

The Anti-Duc: Low-Mile 2002 Aprilia RSV Mille for Sale

For a while, World Superbike rules favored v-twins, thanks to the... um, influence of Ducati. Soon everybody wanted to get in on the act: Honda switched from a V4 to a twin for their RC51 and Aprilia's first big bike fit a Rotax v-twin into a revised version of their gorgeous aluminum twin-spar beam frame. Unfortunately, their efforts to distance themselves from Ducati also extended to the new bike's styling and, while the hyper-modern techno looks of the RSV Mille were certainly different, it's definitely not a classic design.

Instead of a 90° v-twin that is generally pretty hard to fit into a modern sportbike chassis, since it's very long front-to-back, Rotax used a much more compact 60° configuration for their 998cc twin and kept the increased vibrations in check with a pair of balance shafts. The result was a bit more "agricultural" than Ducati's engine, but it had plenty of character to go with its competitive power output, along with famous reliability.

Ergonomics of the RSV were a nice change from Ducati's race-track serious riding position, and the new Aprilia was an all-around more user-friendly machine. It's got character to spare though and, combined with the bike's reliability and currently very affordable prices, has made the Mille something of an oxymoron: an affordable, reliable Italian superbike. Which means today's example is particularly odd, since it has just 2,000 miles on it.

From the original eBay listing: 2002 Aprilia RSV Mille for Sale

Selling my 2002 Aprilia RSV Mille. I acquired this through any estate sale with only 300 miles on it. The engine was properly broken in, raising the rev limiter according to mileage, and it currently only has 2k miles on it. This is essentially a brand new bike wearing the original tires that still have the nubs on them.

I changed out the starting circuit with a more robust starter, starter relay, and wiring, replacing weak OEM setup. It comes with factory racing exhaust and race chip installed, and OEM street pipe and chip as well. Perfect, showroom condition.

I purchased this bike because of the bullet proof Rotax 60° V-twin engine in that beautiful Italian GP frame, intended to convert this into a track bike, but its just too pristine. I've seen these engines raced hard with 70k miles on them with no rebuilds!

There are NO prefect condition RSV Mille bikes left out there.
This is a cash only sale and I do not need any assistance in selling it.

"There are NO perfect condition RSV Mille bikes left out there"? That's a pretty bold statement, and one I'm sure we can trust, since he's trying to sell a bike... It is pretty unlikely that there are all that many with miles this low, but I'm sure there are at least a few out there, particularly the R version, bought by people with an eye towards future values. And that's the real issue here: this RSV in basically perfect condition, with a couple of nice, factory extras, but it's not a collectible version of the bike. It's a supremely competent bike, even in stock form, but not especially valuable yet: these regularly trade hands for far less than the $5,750 the seller is asking. If you're a collector willing to pay premium dollars for an RSV, I'd think you'd hold out for an R. If you're a fan of funky, budget exotica... You'll probably just pick one with more miles up for less money.

-tad

The Anti-Duc: Low-Mile 2002 Aprilia RSV Mille for Sale
Moto Guzzi June 5, 2018 posted by

Muscular Classic: 1976 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans for Sale

These days, Moto Guzzi "sportbikes" really need the quotation marks I've included here. Ducati managed to develop their signature 90° v-twin format and stay competitive among the current crop of tech-heavy rockets, but it's unlikely that, even given a pretty large budget to attempt something like that, Guzzi could have stayed true to their longitudinal twin and shaft drive and expected to remain relevant. And even if they'd been allowed to produce the much more radical 72°, liquid-cooled and overhead-cammed, chain final-drive package they'd been working on, a purchase by Piaggio permanently locked Guzzi into the retro-roadster limbo where they've languished ever since. I'm glad they've managed to survive into the modern era, but it's sad that that they only do so as a bit of a self-parody, since they were fully capable of building legitimate racebikes like their impressive, but unsuccessful V8 Grand Prix entry and versatile sportbikes like today's 850 Le Mans.

Often referred to as a "Mark I" Le Mans, that's obviously a name that was coined after the fact to differentiate it from the bikes that followed. An evolution of the earlier V7 Sport and 750S, the new 850 Le Mans sportbike even continued with Lino Tonti's excellent frame, wrapped around a bored-out engine with chrome-lined cylinders, high compression pistons, and a set of 36mm Dell'Orto carburetors. The result was 71 rear-wheel horsepower and a top speed of 130mph. To make sure the rider could safely slow the machine from those heady speeds, the bike used triple disc brakes and a rudimentary but very effective linked-brake system.

It's easy to dismiss the Guzzi for being a "tractor" and the chunky, slightly angular style, massive-looking engine, shaft drive, and simple, pushrod v-twin do lend themselves to agricultural comparisons. But although the spec sheet doesn't seem cutting edge now and really wasn't even when the bike was new, it's the overall package that impressed then, as well as the brute motive force supplied by the 850cc engine. The noticeable torque-reaction caused by the longitudinal crankshaft aside, handling was excellent, and the engine was revvier than you might expect. Much more rev-happy, in fact, than the contemporary Ducati bevel-drive v-twin. But it wasn't a high-strung machine and had a nice blend of exotic looks, torquey power, and practicality that saw Guzzi eventually shift from sportbike to sport-touring as they were unable to compete with the relentless pace of cutting-edge motorcycle development in the 80s and 90s.

From the original eBay listing: 1976 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans for Sale

Bike restored in 2016 and only 1600 miles added since... A true beauty with only natural flaws, this is a bike to be ridden.

Bike was completely gone through in 2016 by the team at world famous CYCLE GARDEN in Huntington Beach over $20k spent on restoration , tank was left with original paint . Bike looks exactly as an original 1976 should . There is not a better one to be found anywhere, this is a rare opportunity to own a true piece of motorcycle history.

"Now acknowledged as one of the great sporting motorcycles of the 1970’s, the Le Mans was a Masterpiece ” -Ian Fallon

 

A very nice video of the bike by Cycle Garden is included that shows the bike in motion and goes over some aspects of the restoration. An old Triumph or bevel-drive Ducati might have more vintage looks, if you're into chrome or polished metal, but the same qualities that have characterized Guzzis from the beginning are present here, and the first-generation Le Mans is about as good as it gets for a practical classic sportbike: it's got stable handling and the flexible motor can even keep up with more modern bikes without much trouble. The powertrain is reliable and the whole bike is pretty easy to get parts for, considering the mere 6,000 or so that were built between 1976 and 1978. Unfortunately, these are no longer the bargains they once were, and the seller's $24,979 Buy It Now price gives a pretty clear indication of where things are headed.

-tad

Muscular Classic: 1976 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans for Sale