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MV Agusta May 21, 2019 posted by

Fulsome – 1977 MV Agusta 750S / 850SS America

The mid-seventies saw MV Agusta floundering after the founder’s death, and about to accept an offer they couldn’t refuse from the Italian government.  U.S. importers persuaded the company to try and revive their fortunes with a special 750, a monoposto bristling with premium parts.  This rare example returned to Italy for a mid-stream model upgrade before sale.

1977 MV Agusta 750S / 850SS America for sale on eBay

Before almost every big bike was an inline four, MV Agusta had a history of air-cooled DOHC Grand Prix machines.  For the 750S, displacement was increased to 788cc’s, heads re-designed and 26mm Dell’Orto carburetors were specified.  Though the cams are driven by a gear train between cylinders two and three, the alternator is behind, resulting in a trim crankcase.  Shaft drive indicating its more GT purpose, most MV 750’s came with front discs and a drum rear brake.

Not enough to be one of 500 or so, this MV was upgraded by the factory to an 850SS, which the factory did to just a few dozen leftover machines to make them more enticing.  A little history from the eBay auction:

750S to 850SS conversion: Factory records during this period in MV history can be inconsistent. 1977 was the final year of factory-produced MV Agusta motorcycles, and the factory was fast and loose with some things, including specifications from bike to bike. They were also having a hard time selling new 750S Americas in a crowded field of ever larger and more powerful Japanese machines, which could be had for a fraction of the MV’s $6500 sticker price. So, an uprated variant of the 750S, the 850SS, was cooked up as a way to move leftover or unsold 750S machines. In late 1976, MV recalled 19 unsold new 750S machines (including this bike) for conversion from distributor stock.

They also instructed dealers/distributors in how to convert other 750S machines to 850SS spec. Fortunately, this bike’s journey is well-described in both factory and distributor documents. The bike is first described in documents from 1975 and early 1976, as a “1976 model 750cc ‘S’ America”. Later documents from 1977 list it (by serial number) among 19 bikes that were recalled in late-1976 to the MV factory in Italy for conversion to “850S” specification. Additional documents from 1977 pertain to the re-importation of the bike by the US distributor, Garville, now as an “850S” with “86hp” (vs 75hp in standard 750S trim), and allocation to Champion Motorcycles in Costa Mesa, California.

The bike has 750S sidecover emblems; these may have been left on the bike at the factory or re-installed later. It has the factory optional and 850SS-correct EPM cast alloy wheels with triple Brembo calipers. 850SSs typically used 27mm carbs unless bound for the US, like this one, which then used the standard 26mm Dellorto carbs of the 750S America. All original documents relating to this bike are included in the sale, both when it was a “1976 750S” and after conversion to 1977 850SS (see pix), with the exception of the document listing this bike among the 19 recalled to the factory for 850SS conversion. That particular document belongs to the records of another of my MVs, but I will provide a copy/scan of that original document to the new owner as well. 

42 years on, the 850SS shows no particular wear, but chips and aging paint and plating of a real classic.  Despite the outstanding components from Ceriani, Tomaselli, and Brembo, the factory thought having the LaFranconi mufflers black would be sporty.

Already playing catch-up to the new Japanese imports, Agusta didn’t have the time or resources to engineer a new lightweight model.  At over 500 lbs. dry, the 750 and 850S reviewed as a better ride for moderate speeds but did so in style.  The factory wound down shortly and was offline for ten years before being revived by Cagiva.  Seeming more appropriate for a white glove auction than online, this 850S is a history lesson in 1970’s design and manufacturing.

-donn


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Aprilia May 20, 2019 posted by

Loris Reggiani Replica: 1996 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

I found this little gem while searching the “Other Makes” section of eBay. I was hoping to find something truly offbeat to share, but a first-generation Aprilia RS250 in this kind of low-mileage condition is always worth a post! If the seller is reading this: I’d recommend you list this under the “Aprilia” category, as you might get a bit more attention over there… “Other Makes” seems like the place where listings go to get lost among weird off-brand scooters and die these days… Anyway, don’t let that put you off, as this looks like a very clean machine!

All of the RS250s are slick little sportbike, but I prefer the earlier style bodywork, particularly the more traditional gauge cluster seen here, with surprisingly restrained graphics for a race-replica. It’s not quite as distinctive as a Ducati 916 or a Honda RC45, but it somehow embodies all the best styling bits of the 1990s in one little sportbike.

Whichever version you prefer, the bones are basically the same: an utterly gorgeous aluminum and magnesium beam frame with a matching swingarm, wrapped around Suzuki’s RGV250 two-stroke and six-speed gearbox. Aprilia made a wise choice here, as the liquid-cooled v-twin is highly tuneable with plenty of power to motivate the lightweight machine.

From the original eBay listing: 1996 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

At 75 and primarily due to the passing of a family member, as well as for other reasons, I have begun liquidating my small collection of motorcycles. I’m willing to consider all offers and to work with a capable buyer absent any prolonged negotiating drama. Can provide loading help. Bike is in excellent condition, ran strong when last ridden two years ago. Has always been kept indoors in temp and humidity controlled storage.

No rust or corrosion. Paint and graphics are excellent. No dings/scratches/cracks/chips. Good tires, engine, trans, brakes, clutch, electrical, gauges, etc. She is in excellent all around condition for a 23 year old lady. However, she has been sitting and will need to restart up attention and a new battery.

I just no longer want to play around with doing so, although I would like both buyer and seller to be happy with this sale transaction she is being sold as is, where is, no returns. I’m the second owner. Has a 17 digit VIN number so she can be registered in California for road use. Two-cycle, v-twin, liquid-cooled (70hp?) engine, auto oil injection. Comes with an original, printed out in English, factory-issued workshop edition service manual. Has a clear open title for your use. Your prior inspection is welcome, and your questions are always welcome. Opportunity is knocking. Thank you.

Aside from some scuffing on the end of the brake lever, this looks to be in extremely good condition, with the original exhaust and turn signals, parts that don’t often survive on bikes this old. Mileage is listed at 9,033, but the speedometer reads in kph, so I’d assume it has 5,612 actual miles, making this a very low mileage bike for the $9,200 asking price. Move fast as I don’t think this one will be around too long.

-tad


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Bimota May 19, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio Azzurro

When it comes to motorcycle manufacturers, none seem to offer the combination of performance, artwork and mystique than iconic builder Bimota. Originally known for their frames and eventual frame kits for various engine makers, Bimota made the leap to become a full-blown motorcycle manufacturer utilizing Ducati power plants exclusively (with the exception of the ill-fated, in-house Vdue project). And by standardizing on a family of engines, Bimota was able to hyper-extend their focus on the art of performance. This maniacal frenzy of artistic and mechanical expression is best seen on the lesser-clothed machines – and this rare DB6 Delirio Azzurro is the perfect case study.

Featured Listing: 2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio Azzurro

All in all, there are seven different variants of the DB6 platform. All enjoy the same gorgeous trestle frame with aluminum side plates, Brembo binders, Marzocchi suspension (Ohlins for the R bikes) and air cooled, Ducati desmo engine. The earliest of the models – including today’s Delirio Azzurro – utilized the fuel injected 992cc dual spark mill, while later DB6 models were uprated to the 1100 (actually 1078cc) format. The Azzurro is one of the more rare versions of this already rare bike, offering some exclusivity due to the graphics and purpose. As the story goes, Bimota created this version of the DB6 as a tribute to the Italian soccer team for winning the World Cup. Football – or soccer as it is known in the US – is a very big deal throughout most of Europe, South America and Australia. World Cup winners are heroes in their home country, and being Italian the 2006 World Cup winners received a special edition Bimota. A total of 23 bikes were produced in this striking livery with a only a few being offered to the public. Grazie!!

From the seller:
This bike is one of 23 ever made and was given as a gift from the Italian government to one of the 2006 Italian World Cup championship players. A New York collector bought this bike and stored it in his climate controlled garage. I purchased the bike from him when he was relocated back to Europe and have displayed it in my office in my home ever since. This bike has less than 1000 miles on it. It is number 8 of 23.

Price: $ 25,000
Contact: tonybosi@gmail.com
or 201.206.4572

Artfully executed from frame to swing arm, polished and anodized to show striking contrast, fitted with top-notch components throughout with performance on tap thanks to light weight and Ducati torque, the DB6 Delirio Azzurra is a sharper, crisper, rarer Monster. It retains all of the rideability traits of the naked bike – upright seating, low weight and simply less clutter and farkles, but loses none of its potency when the going gets twisty. With miles of ground clearance, compliant suspension, boat-anchor brakes and exclusivity that only a hand-built, limited production machine can bring this is the bike you want to be on to show the world you’ve made it in style.

With fewer than 1,000 miles on the analog/digital clocks, this particular example has spent more time being seen than being ridden. But when you have artwork that looks like this, one might just have to reconsider the other side of the equation. Certainly the value with any collector piece such as this relates to condition, and lower miles simply equate to the perception of better condition. Mechanically sympathetic readers might cringe at “hangar queens,” but there are many facets to the hobby; the artistry that goes into a Bimota makes for collector appreciation even while static. This uber-rare Bimota is looking for a new home. If you are a riding fan, a Bimota fan, a Ducati dual spark desmo fan, a football fan (or even a soccer fan), or a fan of all things Italiano, this is something you should be checking out. Interested readers can give Tony a ping via phone or email. Good Luck!!

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale May 17, 2019 posted by

Rest in Peace Rick Lance

We are saddened to learn that Rick Lance, affectionately and respectfully known as “Lance Gamma”, has passed away. He was well known in our sportbike community as the authority on restoring, tuning, and improving the mighty Suzuki RG500, and many of the machines he massaged were featured on these pages. A true loss to our sport. Our thoughts are with his family and friends today.

We invite you to share your memories in the comments. RIP Rick.

dc


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Featured Listing May 17, 2019 posted by

Sponsored Listing: 2014 Kalex Moto2 Zarco Tribute race bike

If you are looking for the ultimate collector, why would you settle for a watered-down street bike when something better is available? What is better you may ask? How about a complete and current Moto2 GP machine with a world championship winning Kalex frame, fully race prepped Honda 600cc engine, and top line competitive components and electrics throughout. How could that not strike your fancy?

Featured Listing: 2014 Kalex Moto2 Zarco Tribute race bike

If you can get past the “oh my God, this is an actual Moto2 machine” there are myriad details worth diving into. It is easy to get lost in the whole, but just check out the individual parts that go into this racetrack rocket: From the radial-mount Brembo front brakes heavily streamlined by the front fender to the tiny rear caliper hidden under the swingarm; from the exquisite carbon fiber swingarm cover to the (seemingly) rudimentary carbon dash and minimalist display; to the obviously used and adjusted WP front suspension atop the gorgeous milled triple trees to the trick rearset adjustment range; from the beautiful aluminum twin-spar frame to the even more beautiful aerodynamic carbon fiber bodywork. Did you miss the integrated electronics? The super-tucked-in exhaust? The race pattern quick shifter? What is there not to love? And here is a fun fact: according to Kalex each chassis contains approximately 33 feet of welds!

From the seller:
We took delivery of the bike here in Florida in April and I had the privilege of testing it at at track day two weeks ago at PBIR; put in about 20 laps. The bike is really impressive; substantially lighter than a track prepped / CCS/WERA SBK R6; the WP suspension front and rear was set up by our technicians in Barcelona very neutral straight out of the box; the long carousel turns allowed for smooth 2 wheel drift and powering out of the turns; likes to be backed into sharp turns; the frame as expected is crisp and v. responsive; riding position is comfortable for a 5’10” guy and in fact there was more room in the saddle in comparison to R6, ie the bike sits a bit longer; performance was impressive on the top end. The Kalex has spent a lot of time in the wind tunnel with dramatic notable higher top speed by 10-15 mph over the SBK R6’s ( perhaps the biggest surprise ); when in the full tuck position wide open in 6th gear, dropping your head below the windscreen to rest on the tank was without any wind noise or buffeting; exhaust tone is Moto2 perfect; Shifting is crisp; clutch has more weight on it than stock Honda but is still easy and precise; brakes were excellent as anticipated without fade.

More from the seller:
Sale comes with extra set of fork and shock springs, front and rear sprockets and set of both rain & soft compound Dunlop Moto2 race tires ( scuffs) ; spare OZ wheelset available for additional modest charge.

Dunlop USA was at the track with us for support; The Dunlop Moto2 rear tires are a 195 / 75R 17 ; The Moto2 tires are not directly available to the general public and more importantly, they are designed for 50+ minutes of extreme use; Great tire for endurance racing but for sprint racing in USA and or track days, the bike will be better off on sprint rubber; for rear tire, Dunlop recommended their 2662 soft compound in a 200 / 55R 17 for the same rolling diameter and better grip. (front is the same size 120/70 17); Obviously, other brand tires would work too.

Contact: info@gpmotorbikes.com

With the advent of the Triumph 675 era of Moto2, Honda-powered Moto2 machines are slowly trickling into the market. This German made Kalex chassis is the real deal in more ways than one. Firstly, Kalex has more Moto2 championships between riders and teams than anyone in the business; you are looking at the best of the best. In fact, this is a race machine that you can still get parts for, as Kalex continues to do in-house manufacturing and shipping of new bikes and spares. And speaking of spares, this machine comes with sprockets for gearing changes, as well as additional fork and main springs for tuning (we can’t all be at our 18 year old race weight these days…). An additional spare set of wheels is also available for an additional cost. Drool through the pictures, and then jump over to the Amatumoto Grand Prix Motorbikes store for more details. Good luck!!

MI

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