Monthly Archives: May 2015

Ducati May 25, 2015 posted by

Three Cheers for the Red, White and well, Green – 3 Ducati 750 F1’s

Rare as they are, an 80’s Ducati 750 F1 should not be overlooked, but this week, there are three on eBay.  In what could have been Ducati’s last gasp, the 748cc aircooled twin F1 was produced in 1985-88 in a numbered edition.  A stripped-down racer with equipment for the road, few have survived intact, of the three here, two are restorations, the other a barn find.  ( below 750 F1’s at Daytona in 1986, Marco Lucchinelli leading Jimmy Adamo, from )

20150524 1986 ducati 750 f1 daytona

Ducati 750 F1 – Three for sale on eBay

Fed by two 36mm Dell-Orto carburetors, the 76 hp are fed through a dry clutch and 5-speed transmission, and slowed by three 280mm disk brakes.  The endurance racer fairing is decked out in the Italian flag, and the aluminum tank nestles in the red trellis frame.  40mm front forks and mono-shock rear supports a tube-fabricated swingarm.

20150524 1985 ducati 750 f1

The 1985 F1A here is the barn find, parked for twenty or so years, and was featured here last November.  Surprisingly intact, it’ll need a comprehensive going over or could be a restoration candidate.  Most distinctively, it has 570 miles and has never been titled or registered.  As stated in the auction:

With the motorcycle comes the original Ducati document – the Manufactures Statement of Origin – Photo included – This bike is most likely the only 1985 750F1A in the United States with this document and has never been titled.  I believe #499 to be the most original Ducati 750F1A in the country (maybe the world) and only that has not been titled.

20150524 1986 ducati 750 f1

The 1986 is a fresh restoration and has a lot of upgraded and new parts.  Showing 16,000 miles, most of the photos show the restoration in progress.  The owner states:

it has radial masters with single reservoir, first design billet calipers, brembo verlicchi arm clip ons, acront/marvic wheels, verlicchi exhaust, ccr did repairs on the bodywork

allazura sidestand, 39mm fcr Penske rear shock, I have the original dellortos and works performance emulsion shock

this is not a stock f1 it is a period correct highly  modified f1 all the good stuff from the 80s

As with any restoration, one man’s upgrade might not suit another, so careful inspection is warranted.

20150524 1987 ducati 750 f1

The 1987 F1B is also a new restoration and boasts original equipment, totally rebuilt driveline and 12,500 miles.  From the eBay auction:

1987 Ducati F1 B. Just completed frame up restoration. Almost impossible to find an example of this model with all original equipment still in place. Stock motor new valve job, cylinders and side covers remove looks like new inside. New belts. New tires and battery. Rebuilt kits replaced in brake hydraulics. Parts usually not available are with this bike mirrors, turn signals,Brembo brakes, air box, 36 mm carbs,.dual seat, passenger foot pegs come with it. All systems in working order. Bike to be shown at the Riding Into History Concours d’ Elegance event on May 23rd at St Augustine Florida.

Not insignificant money-wise, two of these auctions have buy-it-now’s of $18,500, so shop carefully.  These lightweight replicas are simple, no-nonsense, and capable of TT-winning speeds.  Cagiva’s investment revived the company and led to bigger and better, but these years are a signature moment for Ducati.

Three Cheers for the Red, White and well, Green – 3 Ducati 750 F1’s
Honda May 22, 2015 posted by

Baby V4 in the USA: 1988 Honda NC30 for Sale

1988 Honda NC30 R Side

The Honda NC30 was officially introduced in 1989, although this one obviously slipped in under the wire as, according to the seller, it was manufactured in December of 1988. This was the first year of the smaller V4 to feature the iconic look seen here, with dual round headlamps to match the single-sided swingarm and overall look of the bigger RC30.

1988 Honda NC30 Fairing

Internally, this was also the first year for the 360° “big bang” firing order that has the combustion events occurring close together, instead of spaced evenly. This theoretically allows the tire to regain traction briefly between pulses, increasing grip, improving tire life, and making a much cooler noise as a bonus! Front tire was a 17″ with the rear 18″, making tire choice a bit limited today.

1988 Honda NC30 Rear Wheel

The little 400cc motor makes an underwhelming 53hp, although handling is another story and the NC30 is definitely about corner speed and momentum.

And the right side of the bike may be the good side, with all that single-sided-y goodness. But it always makes me worry that the un-photographed side hides some dark secret…

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Honda NC30 for Sale

December 1988 Honda NC30 VFR400. This bike is one of the first off the production in Japan and I have a letter from Honda to prove along with it confirming its correct engine and frame numbers.

These were only ever made for Japanese market. Never sold here.

Legally imported and registered with a clean and clear title which I have in hand. I owned this machine in England where I used it and then legally imported it when I moved here.

It’s in the very rare seed silver.

Wheels are immaculate.

Good Bridgestone battleax tires.

Just serviced all with official Honda parts.

Air filter, oil filter, spark plugs, and oil.

Recent new front brake pads.

Absolutely no leaks anywhere.

All original panels no cheap reproduction.

Blue flame exhaust but also has its original uncut system included.

Has a black double bobble screen but also has it original screen (still has Japanese decal)

Recently fitted speedo converter when I moved here, Now reads in MPH rather than KMH

Other than the mentioned this bike is completely standard. Has the original rubber seals around the headlights, the infill panels between the panels and the frame. The drain pipes and hoses are in place along with the holders in their positions as they should be.

Renthal chain and sprocket set.

Spares include front discs (rotors)

Spark plugs 

Fork dust seals

Speedo cable.

Just a extremely clean and reliable bike for 27 years old. A iconic collectors bike. Not another forsale in the whole country that I can find.

I use the bike regularly. 

Nothing else looks or sounds like it.

1988 Honda NC30 Front

The NC30 was produced for the Japanese market, but some were officially sold in select European markets. Bikes did manage to find their way to North America by way of Canada and, in this case, individuals jumping through the hoops required to import them. In spite of their rarity and exotic specifications however, prices have been generally much less than the more famous 750cc version.

1988 Honda NC30 Rear

They’re far from fast bikes, but they handle beautifully and, if you’re looking for genuine Honda racing heritage with gear-driven V4 whine and your funds won’t stretch to an RC30 or RC45, this is a pretty good way to get a very polished piece of exotica you can actually use every day.


1988 Honda NC30 R Side2

Baby V4 in the USA: 1988 Honda NC30 for Sale
Ducati May 21, 2015 posted by

Four-Valve Founding Father: 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale

1991 Ducati 851 R Front

Introduced in 1987, the 851 was a huge leap forward for Ducati, adding four-valve heads, liquid-cooling, and fuel-injection to their 90° v-twin. The resulting engine was good for a claimed 93hp at the rear wheel and was dubbed the “Desmoquattro” for obvious reasons. The new bike allowed Ducati to again be competitive in racing, and was followed by a bored-out 888cc version known, shockingly as the “888.” 1991 Ducati 851 Tank

Interestingly, the new superbike was styled by Pierre Terblanche. For all of the controversy surrounding his tenure at Ducati, people often forget that he also designed the Supermono and the restyled Pantah-engined 900SS as well as the 999/749. The 851 isn’t pretty in the same way as the 916, or as aggressive as the new Panigale, but it looks simple and purposeful in a way that some of his other designs were not, and has definitely aged well. 1991 Ducati 851 Dash

It’s not completely clear, but I’m assuming this bike is based on the Strada version of the bike, not the higher-spec SP. Those front calipers, while not original, should provide plenty of stopping power. And the Giacomoto Spagetti exhaust is more than just a pair of slip-ons and should provide enough boom to annoy neighbors two towns over and help produce some legitimate power gains.

1991 Ducati 851 Front Brake

The add doesn’t mention if he has the original parts, other than the pictured original wheels, but that information would just be a quick email away.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale

The bike is 24 years old, I have had it almost 24 years. It has a few scratches and the front of the forks have some marks from the salt air [I live and ride on the coast] it is a beautiful bike and it shows very well. The registration shows it as a 90 sold in 91, I believe it to be a 91.

  1. 903cc
  2. high compression pistons
  3. SPS cams
  4. light flywheel
  5. Barnett Clutch
  6. magnesium side case
  7. single seat tail [aluminum subframe]
  8. ISR Calipers
  9. Brembo GP brake and clutch masters
  10. floating rotors
  11. Brembo 4 piston rear caliper [probably from a small cc gp bike]
  12. Giacomoto spagetti exhaust
  13. magnesium wheels [original white wheels included]
  14. Sato adjustable clip ons
  15. tool kit and steering damper [not shown]  

I have had the bike for about 20 years, I believe I am the third owner. Engine work done by Evoluzione, runs great, do not ride much,I am 72. I will be selling my other Italian bikes. If this add seems a little lame, its my first attempt on Ebay Motors. Any questions please ask. $1000.00 to my paypal account on completion of sale, the rest wire transfer to my bank. The mileage is approximate, the magnesium wheels do not have a speedo pickup. Once again, clear title, registration is current.   

1991 Ducati 851 R Side

This isn’t completely perfect, low mileage, or original, but that shouldn’t deter buyers: the updates are all appropriate, although the ISR brakes might cause some controversy, and the bike has obviously been owned by an enthusiast.

1991 Ducati 851 Rear Brake

19,000 miles shouldn’t scare anyone off: Ducati engines are generally very durable when properly maintained and this one appears to have been shown plenty of love. It’s hard to see the exact condition of the paint from the photos, but it looks very clean and well looked-after.


1991 Ducati 851 Wheels


Four-Valve Founding Father: 1991 Ducati 851 for Sale
Yamaha May 21, 2015 posted by

BSB Replica – 1995 YZF750SP on eBay UK

1995 Yamaha YZF70SP on eBay UK


If you were a Superbike racing junkie like me in the 90s, you know that BSB provided some of the best racing to be found.  Like AMA Superbike, it was a launching point for some of the biggest name to eventually hit the WSBK scene and the BSB riders always did the home crowds proud when WSBK made their annual stops at Brand’s Hatch.  I always loved the Boost Yamaha’s livery and this replica is a beauty.  Underneath the vibrant purple paint lies all of the homologation goodies that the SP was known for including the solo seat, an adjustable front and rear suspension, 39mm flatslide carburetors, more aggressive cams and a close ratio transmission.  Niall Mackenzie would be proud.  That tall windscreen has to go though… it just looks, wrong!


As a YZF750R owner, I think the SP is overlooked in the homologation world.  It’s overshadowed by the OW01 and R7, I think (perhaps foolishly) that I’d rather have an SP over those two.  The eBay auction does not have a lot of details, but if you want to check it out, you can find it here: 1995 Yamaha YZF750SP on eBay UK

Yamaha YZF750 SP painted in Cadbury boost paint job, immaculate condition for year! MOT’d & Taxed, Excellent opportunity to buy a rare bike like this one.  The bike qualifies for classic insurance due to being 20years young.  Has a bimota topend converstion, very quick bike!! VIEWING A MUST FOR SERIOUS BIDDERS. 


BSB Replica – 1995 YZF750SP on eBay UK
Ducati May 20, 2015 posted by

Well there’s that – 1992 Ducati 888 SP4 #361

After Doug Polen’s 1991 Superbike championship aboard a 888 Corsa, the Ducati 851 SP3 ( which used the 888 engine ) was updated to the 888 SP4 for the 1992 model year.  Though there was also an even racier 888 SPS, the SP4 used the winning 851 frame and 888cc engine.  Quite rare here in the USA,  this one is located in Minnesota and while the photos aren’t comprehensive, appears to be stock and undamaged.

20150520 1992 ducati 888 sp4 left

1992 Ducati 888 SP4 #361 for sale on eBay

20150520 1992 ducati 888 sp4 right

First introduced in 1987, the Desmoquattro four-valve head was the beginning of a long successful run, with belt-driven cams, fuel injection and water cooling.  The 888cc engine delivers 116hp at 10,200 rpm.  Fully adjustable Ohlins forks and shock absorber support the white-painted frame.  Full-floating cast iron disks are 320mm in front and 245mm out back.  Some mild modernization of the fairing appears very successful on this sweet-looking machine.

20150520 1992 ducati 888 sp4 binnacle

With a little over 10,000 miles, this particular bike has not been ignored and looks in very nice shape.

From the eBay auction:

1992 Ducati 888 SP4 in very good original condition. I have owned since Jan.1997. One previous owner. All body parts have original factory paint and no cracks or repairs. Bike comes with the original tires ( Michelins TX HI Sports) and new OEM hand grips . Just had injectors clean and flow tested as well as new fuel filter . Will need new sprocket and chain soon and probably cam belts.  Engine runs well – has not been apart other than  a cam timing in 2000 by Doug Lofgren at Motor Cycle Performance.

Bike has a clear Minnesota title. Some factory upgrades from the standard sport/strada are 45/50mm exhaust , twin injectors per cylinder, hotter cams, full ohlins suspension , adjustable rear ride height rocker, close ratio transmission, full floater cast iron rotors, factory carbon fenders and rear shock heat guard, better clutch, solo tail with aluminum sub frame, a bit more compression maybe some others but can’t recall right now.

20150520 1992 ducati 888 sp4 left engine  20150520 1992 ducati 888 sp4 right engine

20150520 1992 ducati 888 sp4 under seat

Certainly one would expect to renew the rubber, belts, and liquids before running this bike as intended, and inspect the sprockets and chain as the owner recommends.  But once those are done, it’s off to the races, as it were.  And speaking of races, 12 hours into the auction there are 14 bids, up over $10K which hasn’t met the reserve, looks like interest in this model and condition will be strong.

Well there’s that – 1992 Ducati 888 SP4 #361
Ducati May 20, 2015 posted by

Keeping it Simple – 1995 Ducati 900 SS / CR

Filling out the 1995 line-up next to the 916 and 900SS, and of course the Monster, was the Ducati 900SS/CR ( Cafe Racer ? ).  A lot less money than the new 916, and a little less than the 900SS, the half-fairing 900SS/CR still has respectable performance and a great fun factor.  The sweet-looking CR had a great view of the engine and few things that occasionally, the upper range of the line wished they had.

20150519 1995 ducati 900ss cr left

1995 Ducati 900SS/CR for sale on eBay

20150519 1995 ducati 900ss cr left front

Based on the Desmodue engine from the Pantah and 851, the air-cooled 904cc engine has a simpler valve train but still delivers 84hp and over 60 ft-lbs. torque.  The silver trellis frame supports a steel tubing swingarm, nicely reinforced and not prone to cracking.  Dry clutch, but of course.  Plenty of brakes with 320mm front and 245 rear disks.  Upside-down front forks and adjustable rear shock are both by Showa.  On the aluminum three-spoke rims, a 170mm wide rear tire allowed fitment of a 4-1/2 inch rear rim, in-keeping with the overall theme.  Likewise, there is no center stand.

20150519 1995 ducati 900ss cr left rear  20150519 1995 ducati 900ss cr seat

20150519 1995 ducati 900ss cr binnacle  20150519 1995 ducati 900ss cr tank

Showing under 6,000 miles, this CR looks cherry by any standard.  Red bodywork and silver frame look great.  Stock seat is unmarked.  Nice Campion del Mondo graphics in honor of Carl Fogarty’s 1994 SBK championship ( he would repeat in ’95 ).  One scrape on the right muffler and the owner states so in the eBay auction:

Probably the best example of this classic Ducati sport bike currently for sale!
This two owner bike has only 5900 miles from new – has new tires and chain and has had a complete service just completed including:

  • New Cam Belts
  • New Oil
  • New Oil Filter
  • New Air Filter
  • Valve Service
  • New regulator
  • Steering bearings checked
  • Wheel bearings checked
  • Brake pads checked

This bike is ready to be added to your collection
There is one tiny blemish on the right hand silencer (see photos) but otherwise this bike is perfect

20150519 1995 ducati 900ss cr left front wheel  20150519 1995 ducati 900ss cr left engine

20150519 1995 ducati 900ss cr left rear wheel  20150519 1995 ducati 900ss cr right engine

Seeming well preserved and well serviced, this CR looks a great entry into the Ducati world- a little simpler, a little lighter, maybe not 916 quick, but still a classic air-cooled 900cc Ducati, and a nice one.


Keeping it Simple – 1995 Ducati 900 SS / CR
Ducati May 19, 2015 posted by

Hiding in Plain Sight – Rare Ducati 748R

2001 Ducati 748R on eBay


Nobody would blame you for overlooking this one.  I almost did.  Just another guy who thinks his Ducati is worth way more than it really is, right?  Maybe not.  It turns out this is a very rare Ducati 748R.  I happen to have a good friend who is a serious Ducati collector and this is one he told me to be on the lookout for.  The 748R is a legitimately hopped up homologation special with quite a few upgrades designed to make it a serious contender on the SuperSport racing scene.  There were approximately 2000 of them made and only 100 of them were designated for import into the U.S.


The 748R had a slightly different frame to accommodate a larger carbon fiber airbox, different injectors, titanium rods and valves as well as top notch Ohlins suspension both front and rear.  I believe it also featured a slipper clutch as well as a taller first gear, similar to the Honda RC30/45 and the ZX7R homologation models.  So, street riding might be a bit of a chore.  But I wouldn’t complain!


This one appears well cared for with a number of expected modifications as well as some legitimate engine work.  Whether that’s a positive or a negative is up to you.  The seller gives some more details about the Duc’s condition below or you can read about them as well as the list of modifications on his eBay auction seen here: 2001 Ducati 748R for sale

Time to make some room in my garage so I’m going to part with this rare beast. Its an original 2001 Ducati 748R.  No. 711. Not many of these around anymore and this one’s good some nice goodies. it has 11k miles (I do ride it here and there so there may be some more)

I am the second owner and the previous owner did all of the upgrades. The bike is in very good shape, not mint there are a couple light scratches on the tank, a small scuff mark on the right fairing and the foam around the instrument panel is a bit melted from the sun. (I think this was due in party to the double bubble windscreen magnifying it). The paint is in amazing shape. It has much more power than a regular 748 and the R has a more unique sound due to the differences in the motors. Maintained at Munroe Motors Ducati in San Francisco. Head were checked at 10,000 miles and rockers/valves had no signs of issues.


Hiding in Plain Sight – Rare Ducati 748R

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