Posts by tag: V4

Ducati March 3, 2018 posted by

Misplaced Priorities: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR for Sale

I realize that I'm spoiled. I'm spoiled because my current riding group includes five or six MV Agustas that actually run, a pair of RSV4s, a few Ducatis, a couple Bimotas, and a KTM. I'm spoiled because I live in Southern California, and car and motorcycle exotica are everywhere: I've recently come across a few Arch Motorcycles, nearly every variety of 90s two-stroke, Confederate Fighters actually being ridden on the road, a slew of Bimotas, pretty much every vintage and modern sportbike you can possibly imagine, even a Gurney Alligator. Which is possibly why I'm surprisingly blase about the Ducati Desmosedici RR, one of the most exotic machines of the past twenty years.

It's not fair to the Desmo. I should be incredibly impressed by it, but it probably doesn't help that I've never really thought the Desmo was all that beautiful. It's no doubt a very aggressive machine, with a leering, hungry-catfish face and a wild exhaust that exits through the top of the tailpiece, at least in stock form: there's also a Ducati Performance system that vents two of the cylinders through the bellypan on the right side and the others through a more traditional underseat pipe. But although it lacks the slim-waisted purpose of a 916 or the sculptural elegance of an MV Agusta F4, the D16RR, meant to closely ape the look of Ducati's 990cc MotoGP racebike, has an air of ruthlessness about it and looks like nothing else on the road.

The original idea was to take Ducati's V4-powered MotoGP racebike and detune it, then sell a few to well-heeled enthusiasts to use at trackdays or as living room ornamentation. While other "race replicas" of the period generally consisted of race bike colors, graphics, and even sponsors splashed across otherwise stock bikes, Ducati went and made a bike that had almost nothing in common with any of their production motorcycles. It even used an annoyingly-authentic 16" rear wheel, something that must be pretty inconvenient when you're trying to get street tires to shoe this thing.

Of course, the D16RR is obviously no "homologation special" since MotoGP is a prototype series and the bikes need share nothing except a badge with a company's roadgoing offerings. Appearances and specifications to the contrary, the Desmo doesn't actually use a detuned MotoGP powerplant: race engines in the premier class don't factor longevity into the equation and, even detuned, don't make useable or practical road bike powerplants, considering they lack things like a charging system or a starter...

Instead, Ducati basically whipped up an entirely new V4 engine for the bike that very, very closely mirrors the specifications and layout of the racebike while at the same time sharing almost no parts... So you still get a 989cc 90° V4 with gear-driven cams, Desmodromic valve actuation, and a "twin-pulse" firing order that gives it a bit of Ducati flavor compared to a "screamer" or "big-bang" configuration, along with a beefed-up cassette-style gearbox.

Considering the price tag, you could be forgiven for being unimpressed with the 170hp output and 425lb wet weight, but the numbers alone fail to capture the wild, track-bred character. And the Desmo is littered with top-shelf parts that help reign in the power, like the Öhlins FG353P gas-pressurized forks up front that are truly "race spec" and normally cost as much as a new GSX-R600...

From the original eBay listing: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR for Sale

No compromise, Italian passion personified. The high water mark for street legal sportbikes.

#895 out of 1500.

1878 miles all street so far. May increase in the next few months I don’t think I can resist doing some track days on this bike as the weather improves.

Serviced by a Ducati Master Technician at 1814 miles.

Clean title in hand, all manuals, 2 keys, technical workshop DVD.

Here’s a good article detailing the specs and history of this bike: https://www.sportrider.com/sportbikes/ducati-desmosedici-rr-firebreather#page-4

The bike is in my living room right now, seems perfectly normal to me, but wife isn’t amused - please buy this so I can start sleeping in my bed again.

I'm willing to deliver or meet you within a 1000 mile radius of Salt Lake City for a small additional fee.  Please contact me for details.  Or haulbikes.com is a good option for shipping.

Bike is for sale locally also, I reserve the right to end this auction at any time.

This one appears to be nearly untouched, with under two thousand miles. Which makes sense because the seller claims it's currently being used in lieu of a big-screen television or a painting of a ship being tossed on stormy seas to liven up their home. They may have chosen to get rid of the Desmo, but is that the real problem here? New, the bike retailed for $72,000 and the 1,500 built were quickly snapped up by collectors, although anyone looking to quickly flip their purchase for profit were severely disappointed: these can often be found for well under that, and certainly much less than today's example with an $80,000 asking price. Have values jumped sharply, or is this seller simply ambitious?

-tad

Misplaced Priorities: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR for Sale
Honda January 25, 2018 posted by

Fun Size: 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

A recent influx of  Honda VFR400R NC30s means they're in danger of not being nearly such rare sportbikes as they used to be... But relatively few were made for all markets, so there's no real chance of them ever being a common sight, especially here in the US where they've only recently become legal to import. Basically, a smaller version of the Honda's homologation superbike RC30, the NC30 used the same formula, only with less weight and displacement.

The NC30 used stiff, lightweight aluminum beam frame to suspend the heart of the bike, a 399cc V4 with gear-driven cams and a six-speed gearbox. Fully-faired, endurance-racing style bodywork with twin round headlamps helped support the family resemblance, as does the distinctive, single-sided ProArm swingarm out back, something that wasn't all that much use in World Superbike competition, but was handy for endurance racing. Plus, it obviously looked cool enough that the nobody's-idea-of-a-long-distance-anything Ducati 916 used a single-sided swinger just because.

So why build a smaller RC30? Well the NC30 was intended to form the basis for machines that would be used to compete in the hotly-contested 400cc class that was pretty popular everywhere but, you guessed it, here in the USA. With just 59hp, it's obviously no powerhouse, but the bike's 313lb dry weight means a respectable 130mph top speed, more than enough for a road bike or a shorter, tighter track. It's a bike that obviously stressed handling over power, and the "big bang" V4 has a wide powerband, making it easy to be in the right gear, and makes a distinctive drone.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

Honda VFR400R NC30. NO RESERVE 11,035 Miles (17,758 Kilometers) Completely original and unrestored. Mechanically Sorted. Cosmetically does have touchup paint and some cracks and scratches. Some pitting on the aluminum especially at the swingarm. Please see images. All fluids are fresh.  Shifts and revs to redline perfectly.  Starts effortlessly every time. Very Honest OEM Bike.  Fuel tank is Rust Free. Bike has Vin Matching State of Ohio Title.  NC30-1101*** Buyer is responsible for their own State Requirements. Imported into the States through all legal channels. Sold as is. Buyer responsible for shipping. Thanks for looking.

As with many of Deftone Cycle's offerings, it isn't museum quality, but is complete, clean, and mechanically sound, with fresh fluids. In addition, a short video of the bike starting and running is included. Bidding is up to $4,500 with a couple days left on the auction, although I'd expect it will go higher. How much higher? Well recent examples of this mini-endurance racing replica have sold for somewhere between $7,000 and $8,000 so we'll see where this ends up.

-tad

Fun Size: 1991 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale
Ducati January 18, 2018 posted by

Pie in the Sky: $90k 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR

To the average sportbike addict, the 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR stands alone among race replica bikes as the one that nailed all the details and defined the genre in a taught, carbon fiber-clad package. Honda saddled its RC213-VS with electronic nannies, a restrictive exhaust and a collectors-only asking price. Ducati engaged in no such silliness. They detuned, added lights, and slapped on a pricetag.

2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR for sale on eBay

What's more, the Italians asked under $100k for their super-exclusive, experts-only racebike, and readily provided the few things you needed to truly go nuts. Despite their rarity, the bikes have depreciated since then, and nice examples regularly go for the same price as a BMW 3 Series. Most, that is, except this 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR.

While it is extremely low mileage, comes with all the factory extras, including the more business-minded exhaust system, $90,000 is a big ask, especially considering a brand-new Desmo was $72,500.

From the eBay listing:

2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR

1 of only 299 in the United States!

1 of 1500 Worldwide!

Owner never rode it.

Now is your chance to own one of the rarest motorycles produced by Ducati

Please Teddy With any questions 7278083284

The seller provides little in the way of description, but the pictures do a lot of the talking. Check out the gallery below and let us know what to make of the price in the comments.

Pie in the Sky: $90k 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR
Honda December 30, 2017 posted by

Jersey-Titled Vee Four: 1992 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale

Prices of the RC30 have gone through the roof, and enthusiasts who want a taste of Honda's homologation specials have been forced to go elsewhere. Luckily, the less-desirable, less cubically-endowed, and equally exotic VFR400R NC30 manages to provide many of the qualities of its larger sibling at a greatly reduced cost. At a glance, it's pretty hard to tell the RC30 and the NC30 apart anyway, as both feature very similar styling with those distinctive twin round headlamps and the distinctive Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm. It's just as tasty under the skin, as both the 750cc RC30 and the 400cc NC30 are powered by V4s with gear-driven cams and 360° "big bang" crankshafts that gave the bikes a distinctive noise and a wide, accessible powerband that made them easy to fully exploit on road or track.

The NC30 had impressive handling to match it's bigger-engined brother, and although power was down compared to the RC30, so was weight: the NC30 clocked in at a claimed 313lbs dry versus 400lbs, and the little 400cc machine had a top speed of 130mph, a pretty impressive achievement. Sure, the NC30 only makes 59hp, but handling is the name of the game here, and revving the nuts off a bike to make good progress on a fast road is much more fun than loafing with the throttle barely cracked for fear of catapulting yourself into the weeds riding a 200hp liter bike.

Prices for the smaller V4 machine have increased significantly over the past few years, but examples like this very clean Honda VFR400R show that good deals are still available for the cost of a used R6. Keep in mind that these are all grey market imports here in the US: some have sneaked in from Canada, and more have been brought over from Japan in recent years. But a valid title, especially from a state with more stringent requirements like New Jersey as is the case here, adds plenty of value for anyone who actually wants to ride their little homologation specials on the road.

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Honda VFR400R for Sale

1992 Honda VFR 400 NC30 with 24449 miles. It will come with a clean New Jersey State title. Full maintenance service was performed including carb rebuild, new fork seals, new ngk ER9EH spark plugs, Motul Motocool coolant, motul brake fluid, Motul 300V oil, hiflo filter and new set of Michelin PRD3 tires. I also had the wheels and fork legs powder coated. Bike does have some minor scuffs all over from years of service. Fairings are all OEM but does have some scratches and fading on front fender. This bike is solid and ready to go! Please refer to the High Resolution pics attached.   

Bidding is slow so far, and up to just over $2,000, with a Buy It Now price of $7,800 that still seems like a relative bargain. That funky 18" rear hoop might make things a bit more difficult when the time comes to fit new tires. Fortunately, an increase in the popularity of classic racing means there have been more options recently, since a number of the late 1980s two-strokes share the 17" front and 18" rear combination seen here. Aside from a few scuffs and scrapes, this appears to be in very nice condition, the the seller is obviously an enthusiast.

-tad

Jersey-Titled Vee Four: 1992 Honda VFR400R NC30 for Sale
Yamaha December 15, 2017 posted by

Twin-crank V4 two-stroke: 1985 Yamaha RZ500

The Yamaha RZ500 promised GP-bike glory for the every man when it hit the scene in '84, with a quartet of exhaust pipes poking out at odd angles producing a biblical scream. By '85, Suzuki had rained on the parade a little with the RG500, which was lighter, more powerful and a few notches crazier, but the big Yamaha remained a sweet street bike, even if it wasn't king of the boy racer heap any more.

1985 Yamaha RZ500 for sale on eBay

This 1985 Yamaha RZ500 lives in Canada and was pulled from a private collection in the last couple years and given a full engine rebuild to cure the ills of long-term dormancy. In the course of the engine rebuild one of the two crankshafts was replaced after being ruined by a gummed up oil injection pump. Including an ultrasonic carb cleaning and all-new OEM gaskets and pistons, the rebuild supposedly totaled $10,000.

The seller says the bodywork is all original and in mint condition, but the stock seat cowl is missing and one exhaust header is dented.

From the eBay listing:

Here it is, the one you may have been waiting for.

This is not a dried out crusty “time capsule”. Although it was back in 2016 when it was pulled from a private collection. Of course it ran then, but everything was dried out and failing.

The bike under went a full refresh at 7200 klms in 2016 from a well established accredited Yamaha dealer engine was completely torn down to replace every seal and anything else that was needed. The 2 stroke specialist insisted that the bike was to be done correct and kept 100% factory original. Every part used is genuine Yamaha OEM.

Upon closer inspection there was some parts to be found worn including a crank due to a crusty old oil injection pump. So all of that was replaced, also along with all the obvious stuff like seals, gaskets, pistons, etc. Basically, everything was replaced with new YAMAHA OEM parts. Receipt for $10,000 included.

The engine is not modified in anyway it is in “as new” condition, as it left the factory in 1985. Needless to say the carbs are also completely ultrasonically rebuilt. Everything is new on this bike like tires hoses filters fasteners heat shields etc.

The body work is completely mint not a crack or blemish all gauges and indicators work flawlessly. There is no stories or excuses with this bike. Turn key first kick ride reliably across the country today.

Some things to note would be a blemish on an exhaust pipe and the rear seat cowl has yet to be found. As of now it won’t be included with the sale

This is not a backyard restoration this is the real deal. Study the pictures carefully what you see is what you will receive, and it’s beautiful.

A definite museum/collector quality bike that is 100% reliable, issue and leak free to ride and enjoy.

Included with sale is all documentation with the bike. Also a clean title, owners manual, the receipt in excess of $10,000 for the recent “refresh” and a recent appraisal letter from Yamaha stating its value.

Iam happy to assist in anyway I can with shipping and crating.

** DISCLAIMER **
* Although the bike is in pristine condition I will not be offering any kind of guarantee, warranties or returns of any sort.
* I will assist in export in every way possible but Iam not responsible for any unforeseen fees or complications
* The bike is currently insured and I take it out for short rides to keep the juices flowing to ensure it’s always in top condition so the klms may slightly raise.

Overall, this is a really clean, ready-to-ride example of a throw-back repliracer. As long as you can get it over the border from Canada and secure above-board paperwork, it will make a great bike night conversation piece and interesting canyon carver.

Honda December 14, 2017 posted by

Mini Missile: 1992 Honda VFR400R

This 1992 Honda VFR400R is claimed to be road-ready, with a clean New Jersey street title, a recent carb clean and fluid refresh, refinished wheels and a fork rebuild. The seller says it is not in immaculate condition, but it's hard to tell from the pictures how bad or good the cosmetics are. It does wear the edgier black and orange paint scheme, a refreshing break from the usual red-white-blue livery many of these bikes wear.

1992 Honda VFR400R for sale on eBay

The VFR400 was known for its agility, weight and ability to carry corner speed. With a healthy torque curve from the V4, NC30s are honeys on twisty roads, where the engine's usability gives the bike a friendlier feel than peakier inline-four 400s. This example appears to have had its 18-inch rear rim swapped for a 17-incher -- the Michelin Pilot Road 4s it wears do not come in 18 inch.

From the eBay listing:

1992 Honda NC30 up for grabs! This bike has a clean New Jersey title. Currently registered and insured as well. i had the wheels powder coated color matched to the original, forks had to be refinished since it had some corrosion, new fork seals, fresh tune up (spark plugs, air filter and carb clean), new yuasa battery, new set of michelin tires, motocool coolant, motul brake fluid and motul 5100 w/ hiflo filter. please keep in mind that this bike is 25yrs old will show some type of wear. i am not claiming that its in immaculate condition. aside from the wheels and forks getting refinished overall the bike is all original. i can put aftermarket set of fairings to make it look new but i'd rather have the buyer see the bike in its current condition. please pm if you any questions. thanks for looking. Asking price is $9500

Though the little VFRs are extremely popular and relatively rare, the $9,500 ask for this one is at the top of the range. That said, it's a nice example and will be a blast come spring.

Mini Missile: 1992 Honda VFR400R