Monthly Archives: April 2014

Ducati April 11, 2014 posted by

X-Ray Vision: 2002 Ducati MH900e Brand New in the Crate!

2002 Ducati MH900e for sale in the crate

Even though these were practically released as turn key collectibles, most buyers put them on the street for a little while to experience the investment a little bit. If you browse our archives, the examples we have highlighted have only turned 500-2500 miles in most cases. Not this one. It’s still a 0 mile example and never removed from the crate. While previously unopened sportbikes we’ve seen haven’t necessarily had a preview of what’s inside, this seller has taken the time to x-ray the contents! While part publicity stunt, it will add to this particular example’s history and value. 20 years from now if it’s still in the crate, can you imagine what it may be worth?


2002 Ducati MH900e for sale on eBay


from the seller:

2002 Ducati MH900e still in the original, un-opened, crate!

This is #1617/2000. The crate has literally NEVER been opened. It still has the original nylon straps around it as it came from the factory.

I won’t go into details about the Ducati MH900e model itself because I’m sure, if you’re looking at this listing, you are well aware of the history of these bikes. If not, Wikipedia has some great information.

This particular bike was purchased locally by an acquaintance who, by the time the bike was actually delivered to him (2 yrs after his online order), had fallen ill and was in no condition to drive it so he had it delivered to his home still in the crate. It sat in his heated garage until last year when I acquired it.

Knowing the rarity of finding an MH900e still in the crate I did not want to open the crate either. But also knowing that a potential buyer would want some form of confirmation as to the contents, I made arrangements through some senior contacts I have at UPS to have the bike taken to the airport for a security scan and x-ray. I’ve attached pics of the x-ray. If you look closely you can see everything inside, including the stand and box that contains the plaque & shirt (on top of the seat). I also have the original bill of sale (from 2002) from the local dealership.

I make/offer no warranty about the mechanical condition of the bike itself other than it is brand new, complete, and the crate has never been dropped, damaged, or opened. Obviously never having been PDI’d by a dealer, it would be impossible for me to warrant it mechanically.

I apologize that there aren’t more pics, but there’s only so much detail you can show of the crate itself. If you would like any more shots please contact me. For obvious collectability reasons though, I will NOT “break the seal” and open the crate to take pics. The winning bidder will be entitled to open the crate and my facility prior to shipping if they choose, once payment in full has been made.

X-Ray Vision:  2002 Ducati MH900e Brand New in the Crate!
Cagiva April 10, 2014 posted by

1987 Cagiva Freccia C9 available in Colorado

Cagiva Freccia for sale

Back in the late 80’s, I would eagerly await the monthly delivery of Cycle magazine (FYI-If you don’t know what a “magazine” is, ask your parents). Each months issue covered the latest offerings from the big 4 Japanese manufacturers; 1st gen GSX-R’s, Kawasaki Ninja’s, Honda Hurricanes, etc. Unfortunately, the meager budget of myself and my friends meant our exposure to information about the smaller displacement bikes from Europe and Japan was petty much nil.

1987 Cagiva Freccia C9 for sale on eBay


This little gem is an Italian two stroke from Cagiva called the Freccia, which means arrow. It was introduced in May 1987 and was designed by Massimo Tamburini who is now famous for the 916 and MV Agusta F4. Cagiva claimed the Arrow had enough power to hit a top speed of around 97 mph, which while not a lot by today’s standard, was close to what most 250s could achieve at the time.


Reviews of the the Freccia said “it pulls cleanly from as low as 3000 rpm but at 7000 rpm there’s a sudden surge of extra power as the exhaust valve opens fully, leading to GP-levels of performance at the upper reaches of the rev band – and that remarkable top speed. The close-ratio, six-speed gearbox makes light work of keeping the engine on the boil.” The full review can be read here.


So in summary: its rare, it’s a two stroke, it’s Italian, and it’s designed by the late, great Tamburini.


NOTE: The seller is a dealer in Colorado who often offers pieces out of collections. I personally bought a Mondial Piegga from them last year with no issues, including shipping within the USA. -MG

1987 Cagiva Freccia C9 available in Colorado
Sport Bikes For Sale April 10, 2014 posted by

Revisit: 1993 Honda NSR250R MC21 availble in Washington

Update 4.13.2014: A buy-it-now has been added for $8500. -dc

1993 Honda NSR250R MC21 For Sale

We’ve seen this NSR250 before in 2009 and 2010, and both times it presented itself as an affordable entry into two stroke sportbikes. It’s not a perfect example but an honest one that appears very complete. The opening bid is set at $4000 reserve not met, which would suggest the seller is looking for a price similar to what we’ve seen previously on this one.


1993 Honda NSR250R for sale on eBay


from the seller:

1993 Honda NSR 250R PGM -3 ; This is a 2 stroke street bike imported from japan. It is titled in Washington state and the tabs are current. These are gray market bikes and are not legal in every state so check before bidding. The bike is stock but has had the first two wire splices done.If you don’t know what that is it would be better that you Google it then me trying to explain it. Bike is in good running order ,starts on 3 or 4 kick after it has been sitting for a month( yes I don’t ride much).It has some scratches, the back tail has a small crack and the forks are showing there age. The bike is quick and fun to ride and handles every well being so light and every thing on it works (lights, oil injection,horn,) It is a R model so it has a wet clutch. It is a nice clean 2 stroker. I use only synthetic oil and non-ethanol gas . It comes with spare parts I have collected over the years, see pics to much to list. All the parts are extras the bike is all stock like I said but it never hurts to have extras since they don’t make these anymore. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions but I don’t know much of the history of the bike . Navy guy based in japan took bike home with him. If you have a negative feed back or no history you will need to talk to me before bidding. If the bike does not meet its reserve the highest bidder will be told what its set at.



Revisit: 1993 Honda NSR250R MC21 availble in Washington
MV Agusta April 9, 2014 posted by

Indoor Fun: 2002 MV Augusta F4 750

Update 4.9.2014: We first saw this F4 750 in January and it’s been relisted a few times never meeting reserve. It’s highest bid on one of the closed auctions was $8400 but it’s back now with a buy-it-now of $9500. Links updated. -dc


I absolutely love it when owners take their bikes indoors. It shows a level of caring and obsession not normally seen. It is also (usually) an indication of bachelorhood. Personally, I wish we could convince the boss to allow us to park our bikes inside the ultra plush offices of RSBFS, but alas that has not yet come to pass. Meanwhile, we can all park inside vicariously through this owner and lust after his pampered F4 750.

2002 MV Agusta F4 750 for sale on eBay


From the seller:
It’s not too late for a Christmas present. This is my 2002 MV AUGUSTA F4 750. It has only 3,700 miles on it and a ton of extras. I am the 3rd owner but have only put about 150 miles on it since I have owned it. It currently sits in my living room as a rolling work of art!! It has carbon fiber pipes from Fast BY FERRACCI and the upgraded ecu to go along withe pipes. It has FBF clipons, custom machined and polished reservoir covers and lots of carbon fiber including: custom painted front fender, rear swing arm,key guard, air box covers, frame covers,exhaust guard and rear wheel hugger. It has custom (and very expensive!!) PVM magnesium wheels. It has integrated clear alternatives tail light and clear front turn signal installed in mirrors. There is an 8K HID lo beam and 4K yellow high beams with LED parking lights. There is also a tasteful amount of chrome including rearsets,kickstand, chain sprocket cover and clutch cover and hand polished DZUS fasteners. Custom high end gas cap, bar end sliders and front axle sliders as well as custom tanks grips also add a great look to this bike. The tires are new with less than a 1000k on them. The bike also has a custom suede seat which is really beautiful. I am probable forgetting things but have tried to be as detailed as possible. I have a lot of the original parts which I will include in the sale. Included will also be a full service manual and all off the service records from the bike both prior to and during my ownership. The bike has just completed a full tune and Dyno performed by old man Ferracci himself (we have become friendly!!), this included a new clutch because he wasn’t happy with original one!!

I know I’ve given a lot of info here but it’s just because the bike is so beautiful. Here’s a chance to own a modern classic!! it’s among the early F4’s made with original 750 motor. There’s a reason it’s in The MOMA’s permanent art collection!! It really is in like new condition which I hope the pictures demonstrate.


Listed prior to Christmas and making the rounds again, this MV Agusta F4 750 is a good looking bike, and obviously well cared for. Does the “parked on carpet” series of photographs make the bike any more valuable to you? It’s not stock, but does that really make a difference considering some of the add-ons? Check it out here, then jump to the forums and let us know your thoughts. Good Luck!



Indoor Fun: 2002 MV Augusta F4 750
Classic Sport Bikes For Sale April 8, 2014 posted by

Revisit: 1974 Harley-Davidson RR350 (Aermacchi 350)

Harley Davidson RR350 for sale

We first saw this bike (I believe it’s the same one) in 2011 when Ian wrote it up in a post he titled The 70′s, HD And Things That Rattle: 1974 Harley-Davidson RR350 (Aermacchi 350). It looks to be back with some update photographs. At the time it was bid up past $27k and the reserve wasn’t met. I don’t know if it sold privately or if this is the same seller, but this time it’s wearing a buy-it-now of $25k — which is down from the $33,500 from just a few days ago when the listing started.


1974 Harley-Davidson RR350 for sale on eBay


from the seller:

The RR350 Racer is one of 26 originally made. These racers were hand built in the Aermacchi Harley-Davidson plant in Varese, Italy for the sole purpose of road racing. This bike has the twin disc front brakes, double leading shoe rear brakes, 6 speed transmission, Ceriani forks, water cooled, Dansi electronic ignition and is in the legendary Harley-Davidson racing colors. These machines were similar in design and performance to the Yamaha TZ twins and were successful in national events. Harley Davidson imported a number of 250′s to compete in AMA road races, but the 350 is virtually unknown. This bike, the engine is brand new and I have all the documentation to prove that. All hoses have been replaced on radiator and as you see in the photos the brake calibers are being completely rebuilt. The lower and top fairing are flawless and tires are race ready.


Revisit:  1974 Harley-Davidson RR350 (Aermacchi 350)
Honda April 7, 2014 posted by

Expatriate Honda CBX1000 with just 8 Miles!

1979 Honda CBX1000 for sale

Originally purchased and stored by a U.S. collector, this “new old stock” Honda CBX1000 is now for sale at The Bike Specialists in the UK. Needless to say it looks spotless in the photographs and will be looking for another collection to call home with it’s £25,980.00 (~$43k USD) price tag.


1979 Honda CBX1000 for sale on eBay


from the seller:




Expatriate Honda CBX1000 with just 8 Miles!
Bimota April 5, 2014 posted by

Early Bimota – 1986 Bimota DB1

Listed originally in October 2011, this DB1 is back on eBay. Previous auctions have seen this one bid into the high teens but maybe this spring it will sell for the buy-it-now of $30k. Links updated. -dc

Here we have a lovely example of the first Ducati engined Bimota’s the DB1. This bike dates from 1986. The bike had a 750cc Desmo engine and 453 of these bikes were made in this standard model form. Just have alook at the pictures and you see high level components from the likes of Brembo and Marzzochi. The normal high quality craftmanship and gorgeous aluminium machinings are present. One unusal feature of this machine is the fully enclosing body work last seen in the 1950’s on the Vincent Black Knight.

The owner says the following:

Up for auction is a 1986 Bimota DB1. This is a very clean motorcycle that I am selling for my Dad who is selling his collection. This bike is is brand new with zero miles and has never been started.

The Vin# is DB100023. The condition of the bike is fantastic. There is no title or mso with this bike.

The auction on eBay is here.

The owner is looking for nearly $30,000 for this beauty. One cannot help but think $30k is too high for this bike and it might be a while before a seller turns up. Perhaps you should make an offer.


Early Bimota – 1986 Bimota DB1
Suzuki April 4, 2014 posted by

Got Mladin? 1999 Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R600 with history


Up for grabs today is a 1999 Suzuki GSX-R 600 with a claimed link to Matt Mladin. This bike, you see, is purported to have been Matt’s practice machine in the lower classes prior to jumping up to SuperBike. You might have heard of this Matt guy. He won seven AMA titles before retiring in 2009. Along the way he picked up records for race wins in a season, poles in a season, outright race wins as well as outright poles. Ex race bikes with documentation bring the money, and if this one checks out it could be an interesting piece of history.


1999 Ex Matt Mladin Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R600 for sale on eBay


From the seller:
1999 Suzuki GSXR
Complete factory built Yoshimura motorcycle
Authenticity by Yoshimura Race Coordinator and signed on Yoshimura letterhead.
Built for World Champion Mladin to ride as practice bike in 1999 before moving up to Superbikes


Gixxer 600s are not expensive motorcycles. I cannot tell if the $8,500 OBO price tag on this particular example is based on the Yoshimura build or the Mladin history. Possibly it could be some of both. It’s hard to put a price on history, and as this does not appear to be the actual racebike ridden by Matt but rather a practice machine, that could limit its value. It is also not clear as to how original this bike might be. Why were lights added if it was only a track bike? Regardless, this is an interesting piece. We would love to hear what our readers think about formerly owned/ridden by famous personalities. Does it add to the value? Let us know!


Got Mladin?  1999 Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R600 with history

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