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Ducati March 22, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition

Update 3.22.2019: Now on eBay as well. Links added. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

The 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition appears only occasionally on RSBFS, and this Featured Listing is owned by a collector, in primo condition with some choice updates.  It's a rarity as only a couple of hundred were made, and is one of the high peaks of the classic Ducati superbike family.

2004 Ducati 998 Matrix for sale on eBay

The 998 had first-generation testastretta cylinder heads, with revised valve angles for better reliability and reduced maintenance, not to mention 123 hp !  Shortened intakes and electronic fuel injection improved throttle response, and an additional cooling fan whispered a prayer when caught in traffic.  The Matrix edition had top-of-the-line Showa forks, with an Öhlins monoshock, and steering damper to boot.  Brembo brakes and dry clutch are de rigueur for a Ducati superbike and the 320mm disks on the Matrix had outstanding reviews.  It's a biposto ( after all, Trinity had to have a place for the Keymaker ) but the black seats don't clash with the deep green paint.

Stephen in New York has taken nice care of this 998, equipping it with nicer Termignoni carbon underseat mufflers, a billet clutch and carbon covers that top the fairings.  Mileage is just under 9,000 and it's cleaned and detailed nicely enough to be in the dining room.  The owner's comments:

one of 217 supposedly ever built w 8976 miles
adult owned and dealer maintained
kept wrapped in heated garage and never down on a tender
Full Termignoni Carbon Fibre exhaust
Carbon Fibre top panels replacing plastic stock pieces
Billet Pressure Plate and open clutch cover
Ohlins rear shock
LED integrated tail lights
Mirror Integrated turn signals
never down w 3 minor scratches (didn't want to touch so minor)
bike has been meticulously owner maintained

Ducati got a lot of - excitement - for their product placement in the sequel, way more than GM who seemingly rolled hundreds of cars.  Likewise 998 Matrix owners, who stayed out of the -R or -SPS spending spree but still had a very sharp-edged tool.  This 998 looks to have been carefully ridden and maintained, and Stephen asks $12,000 for his copy.  He requests questions and offers by email - here -.

-donn

Ducati March 22, 2019 posted by

No Restoration Hardware – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition

Some of us are happy enough with inside storage in a shed or unheated garage, but not the owner of this PS1000LE.  This low mile 2006 Limited Edition has been kept nice enough to be front and center in the home.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition for sale on eBay

The PS1000LE was the showpiece of the Sport Classic line-up, based on the spunky dual-spark air cooled motor.  45mm throttle bodies work with Marelli fuel injection to make 92 hp.  The teal trellis frame recalls the - 1974 Imola winner - and and the 2006-only asymetrical swingarm leaves room for the exhaust to pass under.  The LE has nicer Öhlins dampers and Brembo brakes, along with a steering damper.  The monoposto seat is roomier than Paul Smart's '74, but still has a long reach to the clip-on handlebars.

This PS LE has rolled just 4,200 miles, and though the owner didn't move it for pictures, appears to be immaculate.  Like most, the dual exhaust has been recycled, this time in favor of a Termignoni titanium 2-into-1.  An open clutch cover replaces the chrome factory hubcap.  From the eBay auction:

The unit we have here for your consideration is unit No. 1576, a two owners machine that has been kept in the living room all its life and used sparingly for a total of 4200 miles in 13 years to keep everything properly working. Bike is in Mint condition and comes with the unobtainable factory Termignoni Titanium exhaust and full side fairings. All keys, including the red key and card.

Ducati was in the odd position of being a step ahead of the retro craze and the Sport Classics are more popular now than they were in the showroom.  Have to take any claims of motorcycles being a great investment with a massive dose of reality, but the ROI gets a lot better if you're out for a ride occasionally...

-Donn


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Ducati March 20, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Edition

If you feel like snagging a patent-leather set of, um, leathers and flying around the Oakland freeways like Trinity did in The Matrix Reloaded, may we present your ride. The bike from the original Hollywood scene was a 2001 Ducati 996, but by the time the movie came out, Ducati’s 998 had reached dealers. So sci fi fans were treated to a 2004 Ducati 998 wearing a beautiful metallic green paintjob and some stickers bearing the title of the movie.

Under the skin, the bike was a standard 998, sporting an Ohlins fully-adjustable rear shock and adjustable Showa forks. The Tetrastretta twin pushed out somewhere around 120 horsepower in the final iteration of the iconic 916 body shape. As Ducati special editions from the mid-aughties go, this one is pretty light on special details, but its lineage is enough to make collectors drool.

Production numbers are hard to pin down. The seller says around 200 were built, while various Internet sources claim between 150 and 200, or just flat out admit they have no idea. Suffice to say, there aren’t a ton of these things kicking around.

Aside from a tear in the seat, as noted in the Craigslist posting, and aftermarket rearsets, this 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Edition is as it left the dealer. The seller notes that the bike has been displayed for the last few years on slicks and a non-op title. Before it was put to rest, it reportedly ran well, though it was apparently a lemon law buyback.

From the Craigslist post:

Rare Matrix edition, only about 200 units built. Collector’s bike.
This bike is prepped for display. Fluids and battery removed, slicks installed. It has been like that in my living room for the last 5 years. It was running well before.
Non operable, title in hand, says “lemon law buyback”.
No scratches, great condition. Small tear in rear seat as depicted. Everything original except for rear sets.
Rear stand included. Dog not included.

With 12,000 miles on the dial, we have to guess that whatever issues this bike had from the factory have been handled. And, at $7,000, it’s a semi-affordable way to own a rare Ducati in an iconic body style.

Aprilia March 20, 2019 posted by

Shipping Not Included: 1998 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

The Aprilia RS250 was my introduction to the quarter-liter two-stroke sportbike class. I didn't even get into motorcycles until the late 1990s, by which time two strokes were completely gone from the sportbike scene here in the US. But, as an avid reader of the British biking magazines, I saw them mentioned time and again in such glowing terms. Sure, there were performance differences between the Honda NSR250, Yamaha TZR250, Kawasaki KR-1, and Suzuki RGV250 that loaned its engine to the Aprilia, but as a group they pretty much set the standard for light weight and handling. Bikes today still aspire to be so simple, purposeful, lightweight, and engaging.

As I mentioned, Aprilia didn't design the RS250's engine, they borrowed a perfectly good one from Suzuki. Aprilia claimed a host of changes the RGV250's engine, but mostly they didn't mess things up, since the two-stroke v-twin was already a solid choice: tuning parts were readily available and it was capable of making competitive power. Instead, Aprilia focused on the bike's frame and swingarm, in the process creating a hybrid machine with sublime handling, Italianate looks, and good parts availability for maintenance and tuning.

I prefer the looks of the first-generation RS250, but the updated styling seen here is still a winner and the partially-digital dash, while looking decidedly retro today, was pretty cutting-edge at the time, with an analog tach and digital speedometer, as well as a lap-timer function.

This one also includes passenger pegs and that hideous pillion pad that grows like a tumor from the top of the sloped tail section. The only bike with an uglier solution might be the biposto Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000. These little two-strokes make generally terrible two-up mounts, but at least the earlier version of the bike looks like they put a bit of thought into making the bike capable of carrying two in a pinch, without murdering the sleek lines...

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

MADE IN ITALY !!! Collector's Bike-Antique. This model has won a lot of world championships! Aprilia Racing spirit super fast supersport bike antique. The Ferrari of motorbikes! Aprilia sells replacement parts for this bike till now. 250cc racing two-stroke with 0-60miles or 0-100km at 4.3 seconds, the bike it is, like it was bought, no modification was made because it is already powerfull. These engines produce 300 atmospheric horse power (without turbo or supercharger) at 1000cc when they have racing carburetors and exhausts. The bike has the manufacturer's upside-down racing forks and the manufacturer's GOLD Brembo brakes!!! It only needs new battery.

WARNING: SHIPPING NOTICE :    I CAN HELP AT THE SHIPPING PROCESS. I CAN PACKAGE THE BIKE IN THE SAME BOX AS THE MANUFACTURE SHIPS IT. ALSO I CAN FIND FOR YOU A SHIPPING COMPANY IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE TIME FOR IT AND GET READY ALL THE LEGAL PAPERWORK. THE BIKE IS SOLD WITH THE LICENSE PLATES READY FOR ROAD USE IF YOU LIKE OR WITHOUT THEM IF YOU WISH TO RIDE IT IN THE TRACK-COURSE. THE SELLING PRICE OF THE BIKE IS THE SAME FOR BOTH CASES. SHIPPING COST IS THE BUYERS EXPENSE. IF THE BUYER WANTS TO COME TO ATHENS FOR THE PACKAGING AND SHIPPING THIS CAN BE DONE (i will escort him/her from the time that will arrive to the airport) IF THE BUYER WANTS TO RIDE THE BIKE TO THE DESTINATION COUNTRY, IF THE COUNTRY IS NEAR BY, THIS CAN BE DONE ALSO, ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

The bike has 13,600 miles  or 22000 kilometers. The indication of distance made from the bike on the display is in kilometers.

Used by riders such as Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi, Marco Melandri, Jorge Lorenzoand, Loris Capirossi in MotoGP races.

The Aprilia RS250 is powered by a modified Suzuki RGV250 (VJ22) engine which is prepared by Aprilia, changes include a revised ECU, Aprilia-designed expansion chambers, barrels and airbox. The twin 34 mm flat slide Mikuni carburettors inside.

The frame is a cast twin spar aluminium/magnesium alloy with thin-walled monocoque reinforcements, with the engine as a fully stressed member manufactured by Benelli for Aprilia. The banana swingarm is made out of the same polished aluminium alloy as the rest of the frame. The reason for the swingarm's banana shape is to allow the expansion chambers to run unobstructed under the engine to improve ground clearance in turns.

The forks are 41 mm Showa inverted units and are adjustable compression and rebound, the rear suspension is a Sachs mono-shock which is adjustable for preload,compression and rebound. The front brakes of the RS 250 are Brembo dual 298 mm discs with Brembo Oro four-piston calipers. The rear brake is a single 220 mm disc with a Brembo twin-piston caliper.

The front & rear rims are lightweight, 5 spokes, cast aluminum rims are 3.50x17 up front (3.0x17 on the older models) and 4.50x17 out back that require tires of 120/60x17 and 150/60x17, respectively.

The RS gauges feature a digital instrument panel that gives the rider a variety of information. It will display maximum and average speed readings in kilometers or miles per hour, an adjustable rev limiter warning zone indicator,water temperature in choice of scale, battery charge indicator, a clock,and a chronometer that can remember up to 40 lap times.

Note that this bike is currently in Greece, so I'm sorry for the let down if you're... Somewhere other than Greece. When we first spotted the listing, the price was a jaw-dropping $50,000 which raised a bunch of questions... Fortunately, the seller realized that might be a bit out-of-line, considering current RS250 values, and the listing currently shows a Buy It Now price of $12,000 which is much more reasonable. Mileage isn't exactly collector-bike low, but it looks well maintained, aside from the broken left-front turn signal. It otherwise appears to be in good condition, a nice example of an appreciating two-stroke sportbike.

-tad


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Sport Bikes For Sale March 19, 2019 posted by

RG Bargey – 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

Suzuki developed the RG500 in the mid-1970's as their Moto GP weapon, and the updated Gamma was offered in road trim only from 1985-87.  Here is a Canadian import that is in special condition and ready to ride.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma for sale on eBay

Based on the square four two-stroke first raced by British rider Barry Sheene, the RG500 Gamma has two crankshafts, with a gear driven clutch between them.  Except for a shock damper to protect the cranks from transient loads, the engine is very similar to the race machine, making 95 hp  at 9,000 rpm.  Looking between the fairing and the engine, you'll see four low-profile 28mm flat slide carburetors, each connecting directly to the disk valve on the cylinder.  Suzuki's SAEC automatic exhaust control tailors the header volume depending on engine speed and throttle setting, widening the 500's torque band from 5,000 to its peak at 9,000 rpm.

The alloy chassis looks ahead with its massive triangulated steering head, though brakes seem smallish at 260mm, and the wheel sizes are the de facto -80's standard 16 and 17 inches.  Single adjustable 38mm forks work in concert with the Full Floater monoshock.  The pillion is hidden under a faux-mono cover, and the rear exhausts sail out under the seat console.

Coming from a suburban Philadelphia independent, this RG has been stateside since 2000, and has just under 20,000 miles.  No more history in the comments but it has been re-commissioned after some downtime and has new tires.  From the eBay auction:

Cosmetic condition as you can see in the pics is excellent. There are some very minor nicks but on the whole the paint and decals are glossy and unmarred. While not quite concours ready, it is in exceptional rider condition. We've included a owner's manual, service manual and set up manual - all in good shape. There are 2 original factory keys, as well.
We've had our resident two-stroke tech go through the bike after a prolonged storage. Air cleaner was renewed, fluids freshened, tank drained, carbs cleaned, etc. Bike started easily and runs well with no clutch slippage. Slight rotor chatter was felt on braking but otherwise rides and handles fine. Tires are brand new Avons mounted on what appears to be Dymag wheels. The anti-dive valves have been blocked off.

Suzuki campaigned the RG from 1974 to '85, and then as a more modern RGV from '86-2001.  But the short run of the road machine has honed its legend.  Reviews praised the quick steering, good suspension, and of course the power, which would happily take the engine right through 10,000 rpm.  This one is not an unused collector, and the starting bid reflects the very nice rider condition.  Going to be watching this one !

-donn


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