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Cannondale December 8, 2022

Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – 2003 Cannondale S440

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2003 Cannondale S440 

I’m going to guess we’re all in for a bit of a lesson here. Cannondale? Motorcycle? My only initial objection to this is the fact that I really don’t like bicyclists… Especially road bikers who occupy a lane/shoulder and idolize a dude with one nut and a few stripped titles. Move out of the way because there’s a better way to get around on two wheels. Bicyclists also have zero humor. I once summited a Vietnamese mountain peak on a CRF150 and ran into a couple on holiday who had had ridden their bicycles to the top (with a chase van behind in case they got tired). I tried explain to them how the the holy trinity of air, fuel, and spark can go BOOM but got nothing. I think they were European…

The RSBFS audience probably feels that this one hangs on to the niche by the skin of it’s teeth but I disagree and there’s far too much going on here to ignore. For the naysayers, please watch the the extensive S1GP Championships on Youtube and if you’re not convinced these are sport bikes you probably still believe the Earth is round…

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Origins stories are hard to come by for motorcycles. Google is good but it doesn’t have everything about everything. I’m sure word got around paddocks and magazines back in the day but as I’m sitting at my keyboard, my eyes and ears aren’t long enough to read those pages or hear those stories. As any responsible member of the automotive journalism community would do, I shall speculate:

Joe Montgomery, Jim Catrabone, and Ron Davis all founded Cannondale in 1973 as avid mountain bikers. We must give all credit there; It has become a super successful and innovative company. At some point along the way some Chad dirt biker must’ve made a comment or given a look that rubbed the folks at Cannondale the wrong way. The dirt bikers were probably looking down on the “lame” cyclist population and stealing all the girls which left the cyclists angry. Or Cannondale wanted a share of a massive dirt bike market and figured they knew enough about aluminum to make things work. I prefer the former. One thing I can tell you about the origin story is that the S440 started as dirt bike and Cannondale eventually opted to make 52 street or “S” versions. These came with different gearing, Brembos, and a sumo wheel and tire combo.

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The S440 and X440 had a few new innovations when it came out. This isn’t uncommon for new market entrants. Buell, Ghezzi-Brian, and Bimota are just a few examples but they all entered a competitive market and brought new ideas to the table. It’s a lot easier to get into a creative flow when you don’t have to fend off a bean counter on your way to take a piss. Anyways, aside from the wide variety of high-spec parts tacked on to the bike the main novelty was really the engine which was a new in-house design. Reliability, power, and refinement all ended up being off the mark and you have to make sure you at least have either reliability or power to build trust (or hope) with a customer base. The novel part of the powertrain was the orientation of the engine. Traditionally, MX bikes keep the filter/airbox on the real of the cylinder to avoid dirt inhalation and the exhaust up front. Cannondale opted to stash the filter behind the front number plate where it was supposed to “ram” the air but ultimately struggled to breathe. The American outfit eventually had to add a secondary filter under the tank which complicated a simple filter cleaning job. In theory the exhaust could be shorter and the all the routing would be simpler. However, a short exhaust proved difficult to tune. Yamaha ended up adopting this design but extended the exhaust with a couple turns in order to get adequate power from the system. An electric start was also part of the package but struggled to start the bike after it hit operating temperatures. That would have been harmless except a kickstarter was not part of the package.

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Weight isn’t unwelcome on every bike. There are stability and tuning advantages depending on your riding application. A lack of high-level riding experience on dirt bikes was probably missing during the design phase because the 440 was 30-40 lbs heavier than the competition. We all learn to live with a few extra pounds but we all also know that going from 175 lbs to 200 lbs is a lot tougher to stomach than going from 200 lbs to 225 lbs. Riders and critics have other faults with Cannondale’s experiment but I’ll stop ragging now. I’ve never been one to kick a horse while it’s dead.

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This specific bike seems to have been well taken care of by the seller. A factory odometer didn’t make it’s way onto the 440 so it’s unsure of exactly how many mi or hours are on the bike but this seller has just gotten the motor fully rebuilt by a Cannondale specialist. Any and all known engine reliability upgrades were also completed prior to the seller’s acquisition. The chassis and plastics all look fairly clean so I’m going to guess this thing hasn’t done Goldwing miles or been laid down. Check out the listing here to see a full list of mods and upgrades completed by the seller. A running video can be also be seen here on Youtube.

From the seller:

This summer I discovered this motorcycle in the window of a local bicycle shop.  The owner said he bought it 10 years ago to put in the window of his bicycle shop.  If you search youtube for the term “Deerfield Beach Cannondale S 440” you will find a video he posted from 2012 of the bike at his shop.  If you want to learn more take a look at the facebook groups or contact the retailers for parts on these bikes who are aware of this bike/history.
 
After buying it this summer and consulting with a Cannondale expert I discovered there are known engine updates that typically need to be made.  I sent the engine to Blackwidow and they informed me the updates had already been done there in 2012.  Since they had the engine and it had been sitting for 10+ years I had them rebuild everything new piston to crank shaft and port the head.  The ECU map they provided they said should be around 50whp but I have not verified that on a dyno.  Invoice is attached.  

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I don’t want this post or my opinion of this bike to be misunderstood. An American dirt bike that saw production and time on dirt tracks around the country is nothing to be scoffed at. It’s a hell of a story to be able to tell your grandkids at the least which is probably worth more than profit. I’m not saying these guys pioneered the segment or permanently altered it’s course but rather the criticism was too harsh and expectations too high. There must be just a handful of “perfect” first generation designs let alone from new companies. On the bright side, it seems the enthusiasm was there for an American dirt bike to rival the Japanese. Pride in riding American machinery has never been in short supply stateside and this bike even won a “Bike of the Year” award before it was released. This award had no doubt played a part in building up the high expectations and subsequent let down. The performance let down, lack of cash flow, and tarnished brand weighed on the company and ultimately led to the sale of the motorcycle division and end of the 440.  It was no doubt a valiant and exciting effort that earned 440 a place at the Barber Museum but not much else.

So what do you pay? The seller is looking for a $6.5K starting bid. I think you shouldn’t pay that. Used examples have traded for far less over the years but so few “S” models are traded and conditions vary enough to the point it’s hard to pin down value. It’s certainly a rare and interesting piece that will get you an in with the bicycle community but that’s whole different set of risks and is arguably worse than overpaying.

Thanks for reading!

Norm


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Honda December 8, 2022

Victor / Victoria – 1990 Honda VFR400 NC30

I’ll start with the obvious: Having owned this bike for over 18 years, the seller is hardly a flipper. And those 18 years of ownership also help the two-faced images you see in the photos. This particular NC30 has enjoyed many years of riding adventure, and is likely not destined for a museum. Rather, this is a plated and proven gray market steed that can be enjoyed by the next rider without fear of mileage, a new scratch or worse. It even includes an outfit change, allowing you to express yourself depending upon your mood. Best of all, the NC30 is a jewel of a bike to ride, and is very likely to continue to be a collector classic well into the next couple of decades.

1990 Honda VFR400 NC30 for sale on eBay

Looking very much like a baby RC30, the VFR400 offers a similar gear-driven cam V4, but of smaller displacement. The bodywork is very much RC30, right down to the endurance racing inspired twin headlights. The single-sided swing arm is another nod to the big daddy of collectibles, and helps establish the NC30 as a road-based scalpel in its own right. Expect about 60 horsepower right up where the tach reaches 13,000 RPM, pushing the 370-ish pound package along smartly.

From the seller:
This is a 1990 VFR400 NC30 with 15826km (9835mi) with clear Colorado title.
I have owned it for 18yrs.with regular use other than 2022.
It has always been maintained by me with regular oil changes, carb tuning and recent reshiming of all valve clearances.

More from the seller:
It currently has the original body work installed which has some cracks and repairs.
Included is a complete as new aftermarket ROTHMANS body set with fuel tank. This is pictured on the bike before replacing with original body work.
Rear wheel is 17″ from NC35 to facilitate more tire choices.
Original 18″ wheel is included along with original front wheel with mounted discs.
Recent fork seals, Avon tires, new battery.
Various spares included, carbs, manuals, sprockets, cables, air filter, etc.

The NC30 was made available in a variety of liveries and colors in different markets. This bike was apparently the black/red scheme when originally shipped, but the seller is offering a mounted set of Rothmans bodywork along with the sale, in addition to the stock bodywork & wheels. Mileage is stated at just under 10k, which isn’t bad for the length of ownership. Keep in mind that these were never federalized in the US, and thus the clocks are in kilometers. This looks to be a pretty neat rider, with zero bids on a $6,500 opening ask and a $9,500 Buy It Now option. Located in Colorado, you can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

MI


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Buell December 7, 2022

Factory Authorized – 1999 Buell X1 Carbon Kevlar

Buell’s final Lightning was a substantial update to the S1, and incorporated a neat alloy seat subframe, Thunderstorm engine mods, and a few limited editions, like today’s super clean Carbon Kevlar example.

1999 Buell X1 Carbon Kevlar for sale on eBay

Peak power wasn’t the Sportster engine’s strongest suit, but stump pulling torque made the most of the dry sump and digital fuel injection.   There’s more to the steel tube chassis than on the S1, and the alloy swingarm is fitted with a better Showa pull shock.  Inverted Showa forks are up front, along with the 340mm single disc brake.  H-D’s Kevlar drive belt matches the carbon kevlar fairings and tank cover, though the voluminous rear mudguard didn’t get the treatment.

Just 9,100 miles from new, the blue frame and wheels on this X1 play well with the carbon tank cover, scoop and fender.  The oversized factory intake has been reduced to a conical filter, the shock is safe in a beauty cover, and the muffler is polished.  History, condition and commentary could have been a great part of this eBay auction, but the seller did post links to two walkarounds, – here – is the running one.

Most X1’s arrive more experienced than this carefully tended example, and number 69 of 250 is the first Carbon Kevlar we’ve seen.  One thing the 45-degree V-twin didn’t do was make designers jump through hoops to achieve a quick handling wheelbase.  As you’d expect from a young company with plenty of oversight, Buell presented an X1 that was a little more mature than the S1, but didn’t forget the fun factor.  The carbon treatment makes this one an interesting and rare animal.

-donn


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BMW December 6, 2022

Featured Listing – 2014 BMW HP4 Competition Limited Edition

BMW knew the writing was on the wall. The iconic boxer motor – more powerful and efficient than ever – had evolved from air cooled to air/oil cooled, the chassis was on the cutting edge of suspension with the Paralever and Telelever designs, and a successful promo campaign concluded with the Boxer Cup one-make race series. The wildly popular – and expensive – HP2 Sport took the boxer ideal to new heights (as did the stillborn MotoGP project with Nico Bakker). But if BMW wanted to go racing against other companies in the fierce battleground of WSBK and beyond, they needed something more. Enter 2009 and the mighty BMW S1000RR. This homologation machine was continually massaged and updated, including a rare, optional offering specifically for track days and racing – the Competition Package. Today’s 2014 BMW HP4 Competition is one fantastic example of that rare combo.

Featured Listing – 2014 BMW HP4 #5503

To call the S1000RR a successful racer is an understatement. WSBK involvement included riders such as Troy Coarser, Rueben Xaus, Leon Haslam and a win by Marco Melandri (BMW continues to compete in WSBK to this day with riders Scott Redding & Michael van der Mark). The S1000RR was also in MotoGP competition during the era of the CRT class, with Colin Edwards competing on a Suter chassis powered by the BMW engine. Legendary Michael Dunlop competed – and won – at the Isle of Man TT in two different classes on a S1000RR. To say that BMW introduced a competitive machine would be to state the obvious. And for mere mortals like the rest of us riders, the BMW S1000RR makes for a sublime street bike; there is lots of racing DNA built in, but amenities and assistance to keep commuters safe and happy. Win. Win. Win.

From the seller:
2014 BMW HP4 Limited edition bike number 5503. It has 3935 miles on it and in mint condition, all stock except rear fender delete.

The bike is a 2014 HP4 with the competition package, so it has real carbon fiber and aluminum forged wheels. I am the third owner and the bike has been serviced by the owners. Last owner installed a new rear tire on it and changed the oil. I have installed a new lithium battery. Bike runs like new and is in new condition as you can see from the pics. Bike is always stored indoors and has never been down or tipped over. Bike has never been ridden in the rain or the race track. It has a nice tank bag and you can charge your phone inside. The original owner hurt his back and sold it to his nephew, I purchased it from him. Most miles were put on the bike by the original owner, I purchased the bike with 3500 or so miles on it. I am selling because I have other sportbikes and I am planning to build a race car in the spring. Bike is located in Prescott AZ.

For more info, contact Jim Demonte (jimdemonte@gmail.com) 609-932-6898

Asking Price: $18,500

According to BMW, the Competition Package – known as ordering code 197 – included HP carbon engine spoiler and trim, HP folding clutch and brake levers, HP adjustable rider footrests, standard forged wheels finished in Racing Blue Metallic, decal kit and added approximately $4,500 to the MSRP. This was over and above the $20k+ cost of a new HP4 in 2014, which already included 193 HP, weighed in at 373 pounds (dry), offered race-tuned ABS braking with Brembo monoblock calipers, ride by wire throttle and an impressive array of tunable, electronic traction controls, Dynamic Dampening Control (DDC) to allow the suspension to automatically adjust to conditions, launch control, a “shift assist” feature to allow for full throttle, clutch-less upshifts as well as a slipper clutch for smooth downshifts at speed. The HP4 in any guise is a limited and impressive machine – the optional Competition Package takes that up a few notches further.

This beautiful 2014 BMW HP4 with Competition Package is located in Prescott Arizona. The seller is the 3rd owner, but all told this wicked machine has traversed fewer than 4,000 miles. The pictures tell the tale; crisp and clean with no hint of damage. The seller notes a rear fender delete is the only adjustment from stock. If you are in the market for one of the truly great bikes of the current century there are few offerings that combine the power, performance and civility of the BMW S1000RR. This rare HP4 with the optional Competition Package is priced at $18,500, and interested viewers can contact Jim for more information and details. Good Luck!!

MI

Suzuki December 6, 2022

Sunshine & Gamma Rays – 1990 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22A

We are coming to a point in the year where – in many places in the United States at least – the riding season is coming to a close. But across the south – from coast to coast – temperatures remain inviting and there is nary a snowflake in the forecast. Not surprisingly, that lower belt is where this pretty 1990 Suzuki RGV250 is located, ready to fire up and lay some blue smoke down.

1990 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22A for sale on eBay

The RGV series is arguably the best of the quarter liter smoking set, and back in the day the closest you could come to achieving GP goodness on the street. Suzuki switched from the parallel twin RG series to a 90 degree reed valve twin in order to maximize the packaging in the slim, twin-spar aluminum chassis. With upside down front forks and the fabled “banana” asymmetrical swing arm, the 282 pound (dry) package offered 50-ish stock ponies with which to play. So good was the RGV series that Aprilia licensed the motor from Suzuki for their RS250 line of bikes. A tight and tidy cockpit with full racer replica body work completed the offering.

From the seller:
1990 SUZUKI RGV250 VJ22A RGV250L RGV VJ22

“Gorgeous all original with just a few small scratchesand handling marks”

Up for sale is a 1990 Suzuki RGV250L VJ22A with only7,916 kilometers (4,359 miles). All fairings are 100% genuine OEM Suzukifactory. Bike is completely stock original condition except for the custom handgrips. Bike is in excellent condition and shows very well. Lower silencer has atiny ding in it on the top, right side lower has a few small to tiny scratches,left side rear fairing has some scratches. The rest of the bike is mint. Eventhough it’s not a museum piece this bike is a gorgeous low mileage rider. Youjust can’t find them like this in Japan anymore. Runs like new.

The oil pump works, everything works!

Suzuki did not officially import the RGV250 into the United States, making this a rare bike on our shores. Many were imported (with varying levels of registration success) and this continues to be a popular model for both riders and collectors. This beauty is plated in Texas, shows but 4359 miles on the all metric clock, and is looking for a new home. There are many days to go as of yet – and a somewhat surprising lack of bidding interest to this point (with reserve still in place) – but there is a Buy It Now option for a reasonable $9k. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI


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MV Agusta December 5, 2022

Quick-Change Artist – 2000 MV Agusta F4 750S

Even as their “base model” F4, MV Agusta’s 750S ran interference for their many limited editions and total production could have been accomplished in an afternoon in Japan.  Today’s MV looks to have great potential, with a few notable upgrades.

2000 MV Agusta F4 750S for sale on eBay

Engineers at the Cagiva Research Center placed a call to their buds in Maranello for a little assistance with the hemi-head design on the F4, and its radial array of valves.  It’s been a great engine for MV Agusta, with the original 749cc mill clocking 126 hp.  Though initially built with a magnesium swingarm and sideplates, for the not-so-limited edition they were aluminum.  Designer Massimo Tamburini’s latent thoughts on the Ducati 916 are evident when looking at the F4 unfaired, with the compact trellis frame and speed-oriented riding position.  The hinted velocity was delivered with the 750S, able to run an 11-second 1/4-mile and a top speed of 160 mph.

With 8K and change miles, this F4 has been enjoyed, but looks excellent with the second owner’s attention.  Along with the carbon Silmotor mufflers, the exhausts have been ceramic coated, elevated by the included designer rear stand.  Some better pictures could be requested, but fairing tip-overs seem to be in the past, and some nicer spare lowers are included in the sale.  Comments from the eBay auction –

Many spare fairings, Rizoma rear brake fluid reservoir (red), three stands (2x rear 1x front), much carbon fiber, new tires, new tune up, fresh oil change, coolant flush, new plugs, new neutral switch, Moto Corse billet aluminum side stand (and original side stand), new fuel filter, new rear hub. Two owners (including myself), clean Carfax (included).
 
Also Factory magnesium wheels, ceramic coated pipes, Fast by Ferracci carbon fiber silencers (Italian Silmotor slip-ons), FbF bar risers, and two bike covers. One rear stand is Pitbull, one rear stand is the now unobtanium original Tamburini rear stand.
 
Note 1 – Ferrari badge from previous owner removed from fairing. Pix with fairing off are so potential buyer can see the frame and engine. Can send video of running bike. One LH fairing damaged in garage when I dropped the bike on my leg (see fairing pix) because of auto-retract side stand “feature”. No other damage. Fairings currently on bike are “daily driver” bought used to save new or nearly-new fairings. Two keys. “Suicide stand” auto-retract side stand “feature” now disabled with Ducati 748 side stand spring. Typical crack in RH side belly pan fairing – epoxied and this is shown in the pix. Magnesium wheels in great shape. Front and rear fenders are carbon fiber (see pix).
 
Note 2 – The stock rear hub has been replaced with a new “Mitch” rear hub. Bike will also come with the original used rear hub in a box.

There isn’t an MV Agusta dealer in every town, but fans of the brand will have a couple of websites and an “indy” service shop handy.  This seller doesn’t hide the bike’s history and seems to have made every effort to make things easy for the next owner.  At this point the F4 is an acknowledged classic and is as solid an investment as any motorcycle, with an occasional spirited ride as a benefit.

-donn


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Honda December 2, 2022

Track Day Thursday – 2000 Honda SuperHawk

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2000 Honda SuperHawk Track Bike Conversion

I’ll admit that writing about a small niche can sometimes become a bit difficult in the sense that there are only so many angles to approach some of thee bikes we come across. Every once in a while you will get something super unique and eye-catching which is not only great for us but also our audience. I think it’s fair to say this find checks those boxes. This 2000 SuperHawk that started as a stock bike has undergone quite the cosmetic and mechanical conversion in order to make into a track weapon. It’s hard for us to determine how sharp this knife is from where we sit but I think everyone at the track would be at the pitwall as you roll down the straight. Regardless of what other people think, we live in a world where one can identify as whoever they want so if a SuperHawk identifies as MotoGP bike, who are you to say no?

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Hard to say this things looks bad. The color scheme, stickers, and windscreen are all pretty damn cool. Some people who take this route try a bit too hard and completely over do it while trying to be different but I don’t think that’s the case here.

Does the tasteful approach to the cosmetic surgery cross over to the mechanical side? Let’s see what we can gather from seller’s mechanical mods

Chassis: Custom subframe & subframe brace, Penske rear shock, 04′ CBR1KRR front end, MotoGP brake and clutch master cylinder from 2000 MotoGP bike

Electrical – Coil on plug upgrade, battery relo

Powertrain – Custom 2-1 exhaust

That wasn’t an exhaustive list of the modifications but there are some other pretty cool things the seller has done. Definitely check out the listing for an exhaustive list. A positive here is that nothing seems to have been done to the motor and nothing is terminal outside of the custom subframe since the seller has retained the original parts. That being said, any time you buy a custom bike the quality of work is a concern but it looks like the seller hasn’t gone full Allen Millyard on us and has kept the technical complexity relatively low. I’ve successfully pasted on a front end before and if you watch me turn a wrench you might be tempted to grab the wrench and hit me with it.

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“…The bodywork fits so nicely, the upper and lower carefully matched right up to stock mounting points. The bike is 99% complete, just needs a minor bit of buttoning up and then taken to the track.

Also comes with a huge pile of stock parts, complete front end, alternate dual exhausts, lights, etc etc.
Title is clean, Florida title not yet reassigned to me. If you want it registerable in your state, please add $350 for paperwork fees. This 996cc v twin engine is perfect for the occasional track day warrior, and bike now qualifies for vintage series. Way cheaper for parts than a Ducati, RC51, or Aprilia, but same amazing torque band and rideability. “
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The Japanese have blessed us with a few two cylinder track bikes in the past; Think RC, TL, and SV. Furthermore the Italians have been doing it forever. The formula works. I think the question here is if the whole is really greater than the sum of it’s parts? Does adding a MotoGP master cylinder really mean anything? It’s certainly a conversation piece. As much as I would like to answer that for our audience, I’m broke. If only one of the readers would be so kind.

The listing has been up for two days with zero action and a starting bid of $3k. At the least check out the listing and let us know what you think in the comments about your experience with SuperHawks. Good luck!

Thanks for reading!

Norm

 


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Featured Listing December 1, 2022

Featured Listing – 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Ago #170 of 300 !

Thirty years after Giacomo Agostini won his last championship, MV Agusta paid tribute with their introductory F4 1000 Ago.  RSBFS reader Danny presents his barely broken-in Ago on its original tires.

2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Ago asking $28,000

As an update to the 1999 F4 750 design by Massimo Tamburini, the F4 1000 picked excellent parentage.  The engine shares the F4 radial valve architecture, and though it comes at nearly 12,000 rpm, a full 166 hp await.  The 310mm six-piston Nissin brakes are simply the most capable, and the forged ten-spoke wheels Marchesini’s lightest.  Gold-finished forks and shocks are from Marzocchi and Sachs, and Arrow made the underseat exhaust.  Outwardly, the F4 1000 is another Tamburini masterwork, sleek and shapely, the sharp nose making room for a big radiator inlet, with the sidestand faired into the full lowers.

Danny isn’t the original owner, but has exercised considerable restraint, obviously providing excellent care and improving his F4.  Gilles rearsets offer more adjustments, and the Arrow exhaust is musical in Danny’s walkaround video –

 

Danny’s comments show his appreciation for the Ago –

MV Agusta F4 1000 Ago is one of the most desirable machines that money can buy, only 300 Ago models have been assembled for the 2005 model year honoring the legendary Italian racer Giacomo Agostini.
Agostini was one of the greatest motorcycle racer of all times.
He holds the world record for the most Grand Prix victories ever with over 120 wins.
This bike is in pristine condition with just over 2,800 miles in like new old stock condition, and still carries the factory original tires.
I have owned this bike for over 10 years in my personal collection with over other 20 unique Italian bikes.
Bike starts and runs perfect.
Few upgrades are the factory Arrow RG3 racing exhaust that sounds amazing 
and Gilles Tooling rear sets (extremely hard to find).
Bike includes rear factory stand, 2 keys,framed certificate of authenticity numbered and signed, an original MV Agusta Ago leather suit and gloves (extremely hard to find).
Manual book and tools.
Asking price $28,000

Contact Danny via email with questions – here -.

Agostini’s winning streak certainly deserves the big number 1, with 13 MV Agusta championships over an eight-year stretch, in the 500cc and 350cc classes ( and then a couple with Yamaha ! ).  MV Agusta’s own competition record is just as remarkable, with a championship in at least one class from 1952-1974 except 1957, and winning every class ( except the sidecar ) in the 1958-1960 seasons.  Danny’s Ago is eminently collectible, and with some new rubber could be ridden a bit since it’s not a zero-mile bike.

-donn

Laverda December 1, 2022

Waygu Wellington – Laverda 750 Sport Formula

Laverda is a company that went through some pretty distinctive periods; from being family owned through the mid 1980s to the various government, corporate and investment teams that brought it back to life, to the Aprilia-owned years that saw its eventual demise. But it is the latter half of the ownership story that interests us today, the revolutionary “Zane” era Laverdas that promised a modern comeback story for the otherwise staid Italian marque. And to prove that point, we present an example of the rare Laverda 750S Formula – a bike only offered between 1998 and 1999.

Laverda 750 Sport Formula for sale on eBay

A far cry from the Jota, SFC or RGS inline triples of past Laverda history, the Sport Formula was a parallel twin, originally developed in a 650cc format. Weber-Marelli fuel injection sprayed into reworked 4-valve cylinder heads with hotter cams than the rest of the Laverda lineup. Punched out to 747cc, the new motor offered 92 HP on tap, which was competitive against other similar offerings such as the Ducati 748. The aluminum frame was crafted by legendary frame designer Nico Bakker, and the sport bodywork offered twin headlamps and a solo saddle to complete the “factory racer” look. Components are an all Italian affair: carbon exhaust cans are courtesy of Termi, suspension is all Paioli, wheels are Marchesini and brakes are the redoubtable Brembo variety. All in all, the 750 Sport is a nicely kitted out sport bike that is distinctly different from other rivals of the period.

From the seller:
For Sale a newly imported (Japan) Laverda 750S Formula

The bike is in very good condition for it’s year with only a few age related marks but nothing drastic, we have had to fit aftermarket levers as the clutch lever had a broken end, however i am sure if the new owner wishes he would be able to get a OEM set if desired

The bike has had a new battery fitted along with a fuel replenish, she starts on the button and sounds awesome.

More from the seller:
The bike as mentioned is an import and will require registering in the UK,the process on the larger CC bikes is fairly easy and along with our help should be completed within a matter of weeks

The bike comes with the Japanese de-reg certs and it’s Nova.

The KM is 13478 which equates to 8375 miles

These bikes are becoming as rare hens teeth and are a great collectors items which will only go up in price in the years to come.

A deposit of 20% will be required within 24 hours of the end of the auction, with the balance payable on collection

The winning bidder will require a van or trailer for collection, however we can arrange a courier at cost to the new owner

The Laverda 750 Sport Formula can be considered the pinnacle of Zane era – and offered the promise of a successful rebirth. Sadly the firm was unable to successfully pull off a financial win, and only 7 years into an ambitious plan the famed Laverda name was sold again (and for the last time). Today’s example of the 750S Formula comes to us by way of England, although the bike originally came from Japan. That is a pretty multi-national journey for an Italian motorcycle, but such is the way for collectible bikes. Offered on eBay for the equivalent of just over $7,700 USD starting bid, this black and orange beauty is looking for a new home. You can check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI


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Ducati November 29, 2022

Boz Hoss – 2002 Ducati 998s Bostrom Edition #97

The Ducati 998 was an evolution of the already successful 996, which was itself an evolution of the original 916. Far from yet another warmed over model with minor cosmetic changes, the 998 was a substantially new beast in the same wolf’s clothing. Making significant changes to the engine bay in order to remain competitive in the frenzied world of WSBK superbike racing, Ducati altered the bore-stroke ratio of the 996 even more in the direction of over-square (bigger bore, shorter stroke). With revised crank, rods, pistons, cylinders and a new cylinder head design with larger valves, the 998 was reported to churn out an additional 12 horsepower over the outgoing model. Those 123 ponies (stock) were put to good use by racers such as Troy Bayliss and Ben Bostrom, and each were represented by a replica street bike in 2002. Today’s example is a Bostrom edition, perhaps the wildest of the paintwork ever to adorn a showroom stock Ducati. Numbered 97 out of only 155 produced units, this Bostrom model is said to have only delivery mileage, and has never been ridden.

2002 Ducati 998s Bostrom Edition #97 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
This is your opportunity to bid on a never ridden two mile special edition Superbike.

Ducati Superbike. 998s Bostrom, signed with 2 factory miles.
Number 97 out of 155.
This was the exact bike that was featured in M&M Magazine in August 2002 when the bike was released.

Fluids drained. Fog prepped.
Bike has never been serviced.

Comes with stand, signed helmet, and regular red Ducati cover.
Collector Plaque was stolen during transport.

Clean title

More from the seller:
BIKE COMES WITH
Signed Helmet
Two keys
Ducati brochures
Copy of the magazine that bike was featured in
Ben Bostrom #155 Hat
Red Ducati Cover
OEM Blue Stand

I also have the original Ducati receipt

The seller has included a walkaround video of the bike in question, which can be found here:


It seems fitting that we post a track star hero on what is traditionally Track Day Tuesday on RSBFS, even if the bike in question is fully street legal. Sometimes it is puzzling why Ducati chose to honor a great rider like B-Boz with a 998S instead of the more potent 998R, although keeping some stratification across the model lineup must certainly have been a factor. It is a shame that this bike could not be pulled out of the storage area for proper photographs, although what is there shows a beautifully preserved example of a pretty rare and wild bike. Check out the pictures, check out the video, and then check out all of the auction details here. This is a popular model for collectors, and an extremely low mileage example such as this will certainly raise some eyebrows. Offered in a Buy It Now format for a cool $38k, this example is located in California and promises you plenty of attention wherever you go. Good Luck!!

MI


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