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MV Agusta April 23, 2015 posted by

Race bred – MV Agusta F4 750 S EVO3

A dynasty like no other, MV Agusta won 63 world championships from 1948 through 1980, in all classes of Moto GP.  After the death of the founder’s son Count Domenico Agusta in 1971, the drifting trademark was revived by Cagiva in 1991, which re-introduced MV Agusta cycles in 1997.  Now-legendary designer Massimo Tamburini had recently completed the Ducati 916 and leg the Cagiva Research Center in their efforts, consulting with Ferrari on the new design, especially the hemispherical combustion chamber.

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2003 MV Agusta F4 750 S EVO3 for sale on eBay

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A true exotic, the F4 was built in very low numbers of around 300 per year, and generally cost more than double what more popular machines could ask.  The radial array of 4 valve per cylinder is derived from the Ferrari Formula 1 engine, generating 137hp at 12,500 rpm.  The bodywork, which was carbon on the 1998 show bike, is mostly fiberglass, as the magnesium parts of the original F4 are now generally aluminum.  Brakes can only be considered extreme with 6-piston calipers gripping 310mm front disks.  The often-copied underseat exhaust has 4 small mufflers.  A lovely and light package, capable of 170 mph.

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20150421 2003 mv agusta f4 750 s evo3 rear  20150421 2003 mv agusta f4 750 s evo3 left lever

This MV has 9,500 miles and upgrades include carbon bits and wheels, and lower profile rear lighting.  From the eBay auction:

Solo seat version.
Excellent condition!!!

 
Upgrades include: 
Carbon fiber fenders, exhaust guards, ignition guard, etc.  
Marchesini wheels.  
Aftermarket rear lights / turn signals
Also included:
Extra Pirelli Diablo tires ( 2 front, 1 rear)
bike cover.
20150421 2003 mv agusta f4 750 s evo3 right rear wheel  20150421 2003 mv agusta f4 750 s evo3 left rear wheel
20150421 2003 mv agusta f4 750 s evo3 right front  20150421 2003 mv agusta f4 750 s evo3 cockpit
Factory improvements to the F4 750 were mostly cosmetic in 2003, as MV Agusta prepared the 1000cc model for introduction.  The one has some nice improvements, and is looking to be in excellent shape, with spare tires and matching leathers ( if you’re 5’10” and 155 lbs. ).
-donn
Race bred – MV Agusta F4 750 S EVO3
Bimota April 23, 2015 posted by

Carbon Fiber Fantasy – 2000 Bimota SB8R

2000 Bimota SB8R on eBay

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Bimota managed to carve out a nice little niche in the sportbike market by taking existing engines from established manufacturers and packaging them in their own sexy Italian style.  The Bimota SB8R might be the epitome of that idea.  Starting with the positively stonking 135hp 996cc v-twin from Suzuki’s Tl1000R, Bimota surrounded it with a twin spar frame that was half aluminum and half carbon fiber and then draped it in striking carbon fiber bodywork.  The giant carbon fiber air inlets seem to be a “love it or hate it” part of the style, but either way, they are certainly a trademark design element for the SB8R.  The generous use of carbon fiber and other weight savings tricks resulted in a motorcycle that still had the great power of the Suzuki but weighed almost 75lbs less.  That’s a recipe for fast any way you cut it.  Production was very limited with only 150 total units sold, so act fast if you want one of your very own!

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This beautiful Bimota appears to be in near flawless condition.  The seller also list a few minor modifications that he’s made in his eBay listing seen here: 2000 Bimota SB8R for sale

any ways the bike has had recent oil and fluids changed  and is in near perfect condition. I will say it is as I bought it from the importer , which I got it right out of the crate. so anything you think or see that is not right, well, its the way it came.

with the flowing exceptions.

stainless steel brake lines installed from brand new

moto corsa exhaust installed at brand new.

digital fuel trimmer, installed at brand new.

SB8RS bimota rearsets installed slightly after purchase

clear clutch cover and custom made flywheel with Barnett Kevlar clutch set, installed slightly after purchase.

one tooth smaller front sprocket and billet sprocket cover. installed slightly after purchase.

recent brisk sparkplugs

recent shorai battery.

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Carbon Fiber Fantasy – 2000 Bimota SB8R
Yamaha April 22, 2015 posted by

One Mean RZ: 1985 Yamaha RZV500R with California title

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When it comes to 500cc GP bike replicas, the Yamaha RZ is king of popularity. It may not be the outright favorite two stroke out there (far too many Gamma fans to walk out onto that ledge), but it was built in reasonable numbers and seems to be a readily available model for those seeking smoke. This particular RZ is a “V” model – meaning it has the coveted Japanese market aluminum frame. And while the stock RZV was de-rated in power for the home market, this one seems to have quite a few mods thrown at it (although no mention made of removing the restrictions).

1985 Yamaha RZV500 for sale on eBay

From the seller
1985 Original RZV 500cc, V-4, 2-stroke, Stock RZV Aluminum Frame, Stainless-steel Lomas pipes , Marchesini Rear Wheel, 5.5 x 17, Marvic Front Wheel, 3.5 x 17,1992 FZR1000 Front End, Sunstar rotors, Galfer brake lines,Honda Hawk 650 Swingarm, Works Performance Rear Shock, Under seat oil tank, Air filter is a Unifilter in stock air box, Stainless allen bolts throughout the chassis, California Titled and Registered, 4311 km

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These two pictures are all we have of this rare, California legal beast. The bike looks sharp and obviously has had a lot of parts thrown at it in an artful sort of way. The tail section is clean and purposeful, and really shows off that single-sided swingarm. Don’t get me started on those chambers, as I could stare at the welds all day long. I like the beefy forks and triple clamps as well. Nice stuff. Check it out here if a whiff of castor oil starts your day on the right foot. Bidding has been spirited and this one is already over $13k with a few days to go. How high will this one run? Check it out and let us know what you think!

MI

One Mean RZ: 1985 Yamaha RZV500R with California title
Ducati April 20, 2015 posted by

Dressed to the nines – Ducati 999

For 2003 Pierre Terblanche penned a smoothly faired liter-bike capitalizing on the narrow Testastretta engine, the stacked headlights and air scoops generating a love-it-or-hate-it response.  A World Superbike adapted for the road, the 999 can stretch a one-hour ride into an afternoon of deep braking and wheelies leaving the corners.

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2003 Ducati 999 for sale on eBay

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Though eclipsed by -S and -R variants of later years, the early 999 is very well equipped and with 124 hp, a great performer.  The steel trellis frame is all but hidden by the fairing, and this bike has some extra carbon fiber guards on the long frame rails ( and swingarm ).  Though the factory supplied fully adjustable Showa front and rear dampers, this owner upgrades to Ohlins, which hold a pair of the lightest-looking 17-inch wheels ever.

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With a pair of 320mm disks in front ( upgraded by the owner to Brembo HP series ) and 4-piston calipers, only one or two finger-fulls of the CRG levers should be required.  Originally equipped with a catalyst and muffler combination under the rear seat, this bike has been upgraded with Remus carbon mufflers.

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And about the seat, this bike was delivered as a biposto, but has been converted to a single-seater with factory bodywork.  Currently sporting the sponsorship of the Italian telecom company Alice (“A-Lee-Chay”), the owner has retained the original fairing.

20150420 2003 ducati 999 stands  20150420 2003 ducati 999 spare bodywork

Truly too many upgrades to list, the eBay listing tries –

Minor scuff on tank (in pics) Shop Service Manual incl’d: CD & Printed Binder (color) / PitBull Front & Rear Bike Stands / Shorai Lithium-Iron battery (NEW) / CRG Lane Splitter Mirrors / CRG collapsible Brake/Clutch Levers / Gilles chain adjuters & Rear sets / GPR damper / Pipercross air filters / Speed Bleeder brake-screws / Rhino-moto axle sliders & frame sliders / $4K in Shift-Tech Carbon Fiber parts / Ducati Mono-Tail / 3-sets of fairings, including original bodywork / Nice Cycle “Alice” Fairings / 2 sets of wheels: Both sets are Marchesini wheels (2), Cast Aluminum*Gray*(2) / Forged Magnesium*Black*1098 Frt. susp. upgrade w/Ohlins internals / Brembo HP-series front rotors / Remus Grand Prix Carbon Exhaust: w/DEI Exhaust wrap(Black) / Undertail lic. plate holder / LED turn signals front/rear / Rear turn signals integrated into LED Brake / Sargent seat / 2005 Black swingarm / Ducati service performed in Oct. 2014: Belts, Fluids, Valve check, overall inspection / New Barnett Clutch w/less than 50miles – Too many other items to list.

20150420 2003 ducati 999 right front

While winning WSBK championships in 2003, 2004, and 2006, the model was superseded by the 1098 in 2007 when rules allowed increased displacement.  This bike, obviously the recipient of much care, has recent service and new wear parts in addition to the mountain of upgrades.

The owner explains –

For sale is my 2003 Ducati 999 Bi-Posto. The tail section on this 999 was converted to a Mono-Posto with OEM Ducati upgrade accessories. However, all original parts are included, should the buyer choose to place the 999 back to its original state. Every single item that was changed or ugraded, the factory part was retained. Copies of all receipts will accompany the sale of the bike. Receipts varying from parts, to accessories, to service records has all been recorded/filed. The bike was serviced at Coleman PowerSports in Falls Church, Virginia has been serviced at Speed’s Cycles in Elkridge, Maryland.The 999 model was only manufactured during the years of 2003-2006. These models are rare, as they were not manufactured for too many years. A question that is frequently asked, “What kind of bike is that? Who makes it?” The 999 definitely draws attention to itself.This bike has been very meticulously cared for. It has been garage kept, and never ridden/caught in rain. There is a minor flaw on the left top side of the tank, as a part on a shelf in the garage fell down and made contact with the tank. The pictures will show the extent of the flaw. I chose not to paint/repair this flaw, as I have rarely been riding the bike as of late. Please feel free to contact me regarding any questions on the bike, or the items that will be sold with along with it. The bike really has many hard to find carbon parts, that took extensive research to locate. The swingarm carbon fiber made it to the USA, from Germany. I planned to purchase a spare and to my surprise found that the item(s) had been discontinued. The carbon fiber frame covers are another item which is no longer in production.

A lot of great possibilities here – show bike, back to biposto, track star, or maybe leave just as it’s shown and rule the twistie bits.

-donn

 

Dressed to the nines – Ducati 999
BMW April 20, 2015 posted by

Silver slipper ( yellow stripes ) – 2000 BMW R1100S

Introduced in late 1998 as a 1999 model, BMW brought an S-model back to the brand.  Pushing 98 hp from the 1098cc boxer, the light(er) weight Beemer could break 12 seconds in the 1/4 mile and very nearly 140 mph.  Telelever front end has inherent dive control, and low-maintenance Paralever swingarm encloses shaft drive.  This second-year R1100S with optional paint has low miles and some nice upgrades.

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2000 BMW R1100S for sale on eBay

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For the R1100S introduction, BMW made many sport-related upgrades to their sport-touring package.  While their family of touring bikes hangs the rear suspension directly from the transmission housing, the R1100S has a sub-frame providing much great rigidity to the chassis.  The flowing design of the bodywork hides the underseat exhaust and an aluminum fuel tank holding almost 5 gallons.  Carbon front fender and clip-on handlebars were first on a BMW on the R1100S.  BMW pioneered development of ABS and debate continues of whether sportbikes should have it, but the triple Brembo disks on this bike appear to be ABS controlled, and who knows, it could make a save one day.  This example has only 8,500 miles and the newly recovered seat has the cowling, also the nice touches of enlarged windshield, barbacks, clear signal lenses, and factory cover.

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From the eBay auction :

New Michelin Tires, Full Remus ext, New recon seat, bmw cover, Barbacks, New batt.

Bike is in the best condition runs great needs nothing but a rider. you can see in the pics how fine the bike is.

20150418 2000 bmw r1100s tail  20150418 2000 bmw r1100s right rear wheel

A sparkling presentation with new tires and battery, upgraded exhaust, and usual Bosch Motronic reliability, a successful bidder should have a summer full of trouble-free miles.

-donn

Silver slipper ( yellow stripes ) – 2000 BMW R1100S
Cagiva April 18, 2015 posted by

Mini Strada: 1987 Cagiva Freccia 125 on its way to UK

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Don’t feel bad if you aren’t familiar with this mini Ducati Paso; this is only the 2nd Cagiva Freccia posted on RSBFS.  This little Italian two stroke from Cagiva is 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. The Freccia was effectively a 125cc version of the 750/907 Paso.

Cagiva claimed the Freccia could hit a top speed of around 97 mph, which was close to what most 250s could achieve at the time.  Reviewers of the the Freccia wrote that it had decent revs at around 3000 rpm but really came on the boil at 7000 rpm.

“Rev it and you get  a big rush in power as the exhaust valve opens fully… put the power bump together with a new chassis and riders get a 125-class MotoGP experience, provided they kept the engine at the upper reaches of the rev range.”

Click here to rear a review of the Freccia.

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1987 Cagiva Freccia 125 for sale on ebay uk

This particular Freccia is being offered by a UK seller but apparently its still in Japan right now.   The seller indicates it will be available in the UK in a few months so inspection of the bike isn’t possible right now.

As for condition,  the bike looks dirty with a few scuffs/decal removal residues but I don’t see any evidence of crash damage.  Color scheme appears to be correct (available colors were Red/White and Blue/White).  Also I don’t see significant amounts of rust which is always a concern with bikes from Japan.

The seller is a dealer and the ebay post provides limited info about the bike.  Here is what the seller has to say:

  • low mileage (only 778 on the odometer!)
  • original condition
  • turns over with good compression ,requires general servicing.
  • sold AS IS

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So what’s this little Italian two stroke worth?  Well it’s certainly rare, it’s a two stroke, and it was  designed by the legendary Tamburini.  The price when new in in 1987 was 4,698,900 Lira which converts to about 1,750 GBP or $2,2624 USD today.  But the “As-is” statement from the dealer is a bit of a concern since this can mean anything from “all servicing must be done by new owner” to “its held together by zip ties”.  I would think that anyone interested in this junior version of the Paso might want to chat to the dealer and if possible, do a visual inspection when it arrives in the UK later this year.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Mini Strada: 1987 Cagiva Freccia 125 on its way to UK
Ducati April 17, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 1998 Ducati 916 SPS #279

Update 4.20.2015: Now sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller. -dc

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In addition to their 900SS/SL Featured Listing, Black Label Meccanica is also auctioning this gorgeous 1998 Ducati 916 SPS. Check out these start up videos of this SPS:

1998 Ducati 916 SPS for sale on eBay

As you may have noticed from the video, this one has been considerably upgraded by Ferracci from the beginning and sports a 1026cc stroker kit! Here is the description from the seller:

This stunning example of a 1998 916 SPS is available for your consideration. VIN# ZDM3SB5V7WB000666. Plaque Number #279. Engine Number SB5000730.

This one has only 2289 original, documented miles on it. The original owner took deliver of this bike in November of 1998 from Ferracci , drove it for 49 miles. He then commisioned Ferracci to build the bike into one of their 1026cc stroker, fire breathing monsters on 11/11/1998.

Here are some a list of the work done at Ferracci.

Renthal Quick Change rear sprockets carrier
Ferracci billet lightweight flywheel
High Pressure fuel regulator
Ported and Polished heads
Stage 3 Eprom Chip
Corse rearsets
37mm Intake valves
31mm Exhaust valves
54mm Ferrracci Forza full stainless system
Ohlins shock revalved
Hyperpro spring
Ferracci Billet clipon handlebars
98mm 12:1 Compression piston Kit
FBF PowerCrank 68mm stroke
Ducati Performance Carbon Fiber underseat oil vent tank
MS Production Carbon air intake runners
Stage 3 Cams
Pankl Titanium rods
Carbon Fiber MS Production Swinagrm Cover

I have all documentation from the build, Dyno sheets, Original cover and bag as well as the owner’s manual and front and rear stands. A total of over $17k in receipts. These receipts do not include the cost of the Dymag carbon fiber wheels or other items that were later purchased.

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Going back through the archives, it’s interesting to see just how many comments note that the SPS is a real track weapon and that it isn’t well suited for the street. Just the recipe sportbike fans drool over when it is still equipped for the street. I can only imagine how much more dangerous this one is with the Ferracci upgrades!

RSBFS would like to thank Nick Anglada and Black Label Meccanica for helping to support the site with another Featured Listing. Please contact me if you’re interested in selling your prized sportbike!

dc

Featured Listing:  1998 Ducati 916 SPS #279
Ducati April 17, 2015 posted by

Air-cooled collector’s edition set – Ducati MH900e and PS1000LE

In one quick transaction, you could have two venerable Ducati air-cooled twins, rare and collectible with low miles.  The first of Pierre Terblanche’s tribute designs, the 2000 MH900E has only 1900 miles, with a nice selection of memorabilia.  With 7,800 miles, the 2006 Paul Smart 1000LE is signed by Paul Smart ( he may have been the original owner ) and has the optional lower fairings and Pro Italia exhaust.

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2000 Ducati MH900e and 2006 Paul Smart 1000LE

for sale on eBay

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These single-cam bikes are great performers in vintage costume, the 900 having 75hp and the 1000 92hp.  With the stability and wide turning radius of a the long trellis frame, they are good-handling riders.  Current upside-down forks and single-sided swingarms are on both bikes, along with three big brake disks.  While the dry clutch is a nod to past, fuel injection acknowledges the present.  The exhaust on the MH900E is tucked under the seat, and the PS1000LE has a two-into-one with a polished aluminum muffler.

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From the eBay auction:

One auction price for a lot of 2 bikes.

Bike 1 is a year 2000 Mh900e, it has about 1800 miles on it and is in excellent condition.  This bike comes with the special T-Shirt with the bikes serial number which is number 30. It also comes with the matching plaque and owners manual.
 
Bike 2 is year 2006 Paul Smart 1000 LE with rare number fairings.  Even more rare is the rear fender signed by Paul Smart.  The bike has the original manual with it.  The bike was bought from Pro Italia in Glendale, CA.  It is believed that the pipe system was custom ordered from Ducati and came with the bike originally.  I have been told but I cannot prove the bike was owned by Paul Smart himself.  The bike has about 8k miles on it and runs very well and is in excellent condition.
 
We are reducing our collection and would like to see the bikes go to a good home.

Both fitting tributes, the MH900e is named for Isle of Man TT specialist Mike Hailwood, who had 14 wins there between 1961 and 1979.  Paul Smart won the 1972 Imola 200 on a Ducati 750 Desmo from which the PS1000LE color scheme is derived.  Presuming a minor amount of service to make them ready, this could be an expeditious way to an epic riding season.

-donn

Air-cooled collector’s edition set – Ducati MH900e and PS1000LE

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