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Gilera March 31, 2016 posted by

Slippery Stroker: 1991 Gilera CX125 for Sale

1991 Gilera CX125 R Side Front

The impossibly exotic Gilera CX125 still looks futuristic today but, while the fully-enclosed bodywork and unusual suspension appeared radical when new, the underlying mechanical bits are surprisingly pedestrian. Sure the bike handled well, but the 125cc two-stroke single powering the CX is far from the exciting, sophisticated engine you’d expect, considering the bike’s striking design. The bike does have an electric start to get the bike snap, crackle, and popping so there’s at least a nod to sophistication…

1991 Gilera CX125 L Side

At 300lbs wet, the modest 28 rear-wheel horses certainly moves the bike along, but performance couldn’t be considered much more than “brisk,” with a top speed hovering around 100mph. Of course, straight-line performance wasn’t really the point.

1991 Gilera CX125 Dash

Single sided front and rear suspension mean that the bike appears to have no suspension at all when viewed from the right-hand side: the wheels just seem to float in space. The design of the front isn’t as ambitious as something like the Tesi or GTS1000. It’s basically just a telescopic fork with one leg missing and was developed by suspension specialists Paioli. It handles well, but that’s likely due to the bike’s light weight and sporty frame geometry: the advantages of this setup are mainly cosmetic, aside from the fact it should make for easy tire changes.

1991 Gilera CX125 Front

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Gilera CX125 for Sale

Located in Santa Ana, California. This bike has 3432 KM = 2059 Miles. I believe this bike is all original, but not 100% sure. I’m not a expert on these CX125s. Engine runs good, no problems. I think the bike is in good condition for it’s age. This bike is being sold with a bill of sale only. I don’t have a title for the bike and can not get one, so don’t ask. All stupid questions will not be answered. More info is available on our website. If you overseas or Canadian buyer, you will have to make your own shipping arrangements. I can help USA buyers with the shipping, or you can arrange your own shipper. Bike is being sold as is, no returns. Ask questions and look at the pictures carefully before you bid. Again, this bike is being sold with a bill of sale only, NO TITLE.

1991 Gilera CX125 Front Suspension

Oh god, right there at the end: “no title”! Such a shame, since a CX125 certainly isn’t much good for track work. Aside from some very minor imperfections, the bike appears to be in beautiful shape which is great because, unless you live in a state with a very permissive DMV, this bike is going to be on display in your home, not down at the local bike hang out…

1991 Gilera CX125 Rear Suspension

At a starting bid of $5,900 there are no takers yet. Certainly, you’re not buying performance here, but that price does seem like a pretty fair price for such a rare and interesting machine. Even if you’re forced to just look at it.

-tad

1991 Gilera CX125 R Side

Slippery Stroker: 1991 Gilera CX125 for Sale
Cagiva March 28, 2016 posted by

Monster Fighter: 2000 Cagiva Raptor 1000 for Sale

2000 Cagiva Raptor R Side Front

Cagiva’s Raptor was a followup to the Ducati Monster by the original bike’s designer, Miguel Angel Galluzzi. Powered by Suzuki’s powerful, reliable and, most importantly, low-maintenance v-twin in both 650 and 1000cc flavors, the Raptor attempted to recreate the magical Monster formula for Cagiva. Unfortunately, while it was better in pretty much every quantifiable way than the air-cooled Monster, it never really captured the imagination of the buying public and was never officially imported to the USA, making this one of only a couple I’ve ever seen for sale here.

2000 Cagiva Raptor L Side

With 105hp and weighing in at around 400lbs with gearing to suit a naked bike, the Raptor 1000 is a fairly quick machine, although it obviously can’t compete with modern supernakeds like the KTM Superduke. But those contemporary bikes would be virtually uncontrollable without modern electronic aids, something the Raptor obviously lacks entirely.

2000 Cagiva Raptor Dash

Unfortunately, the only couple Raptors I’ve seen here in the US are the “standard” bikes, not the much wilder V-Raptor that featured a slightly insane, very angular pointed headlight unit and a pair of air-tubes that curved back over the tank and look like they were cribbed off a Bimota SB8R… The standard Raptor is a good-looking bike but, in my opinion, lacks the elemental quality of Galluzzi’s original Monster. It’s bland and overstyled at the same time, with gimmicky gauges and a busy cast frame in place of the simple trellis unit of the Ducati.

2000 Cagiva Raptor Tank

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Cagiva Raptor 1000 for Sale

This bike may look like a Ducati Monster, since it was designed by the same designer, Miguel-Angel Galluzzi. However, when Cagiva divested Ducati (Ducati and MV Agusta were all owned by Cagiva under Claudio Castiglioni at the time) the later-designed Raptor employed the more powerful and reliable Suzuki v-twin motor. Google ‘Cagiva Raptor 1000 (2000-2005) Review’ to read some of the background of the genesis of the Raptor.

This bike is rare in the U.S. This may be the only Cagiva Raptor in the U.S. If you own one I would be interested to hear from you. I don’t think they were ever imported here.
The bike is exotic in its Italian naked bike background but extremely reliable with its fuel-injected water-cooled Suzuki motor which doesn’t require the valve adjustment every 6000 miles like the Monster. The Suzuki motor is also much more powerful than the air-cooled Ducati Monster motors of that vintage. The Suzuki motor is still used in production bikes and in flat track racing.
 
I bought this bike from the second owner in 2005, flew out to Los Angeles and rode the bike the 2000 miles back home to Springfield, Illinois without problems. Since that time I’ve put relatively few miles on it riding locally. The maintenance history of the bike during the time I’ve owned it is shown below.
 
The bike has metric instrumentation, so the speedometer and odometer readings are in kilometers. This requires some mental calculating when riding.
 
Everything works on the bike, except that the headlight does not come on with the ignition key switch. So I currently have a rubber band around the flasher switch (found on European-version bikes) to keep the headlight on continuously. I have an appointment with the local Cagiva dealer to have this fixed, so that may be remedied by the time of sale if it doesn’t require parts ordering.
 
The bike runs strong and has a great v-twin exhaust note. It pulls cleanly and handles nicely, weighing only a little over 400 pounds. It is essentially in original condition as can be seen from the photos, still wearing most of its original ‘MV Agusta S.p.A.’ stickers. The tires only have a couple thousand miles on them although they were installed in 2007. The front fender and tank color have been changed to an original factory Cagiva color because the fender and tank were silver with MV Agusta badging when I bought it.
 
The bike is being sold with its original exhaust pipes which are in very nice condition. I have recently installed a new set of Staintune stainless steel exhaust pipes which have a somewhat throatier sound. These are not included in the sale price, but I would sell them for an additional $800 (these are $1200 retail if you can find them) above the sale price of the bike.
 
Please note that the photos shown in this auction were taken last year. However, they are still an accurate depiction of the bike’s condition as only a few hundred kilometers of local cruising have been put on the bike since the time of these pictures. The bike has always been stored indoors in a heated garage with battery tender during the off-season.
2000 Cagiva Raptor L Side Engine
When new, this would have been a lower-maintenance, more powerful alternative to Ducati’s air-cooled Monster. Now, it’s role is a bit more ambiguous. The Suzuki V-twin is a fantastic motor. It’s plenty powerful, and I’m sure a set of TL1000R cams and other parts would likely slot right in to get the Raptor up to that bike’s claimed 135bhp. Unfortunately, electrical parts and bodywork will likely be shipping over from Europe, so “reliability” becomes a relative term.
2000 Cagiva Raptor SeatThis particular machine has very reasonable miles considering its age and looks to be in excellent cosmetic shape. Which is certainly a great starting point for a bike this rare at this price point: you certainly don’t want to buy a cheap, basketcase exotic.  In spite of the condition, there are no takers yet at the $4,500 starting bid. Considering a decent Monster of the same era can be had for much less, this may just be priced a bit high.
-tad
2000 Cagiva Raptor R Side
Monster Fighter: 2000 Cagiva Raptor 1000 for Sale
Moto Guzzi March 27, 2016 posted by

Set-Up – 1984 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans Mk. III

Responding to pressure from the east with scores of refinements on the Le Mans theme, the archetypal Moto Guzzi is just now ( after 30+ years ) making the jump to “classic”.   A stable, torquey heavyweight, this particular Le Mans has been beautifully maintained and upgraded.

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1984 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans Mk. III  on eBay

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Deriving 82 hp from the 844 cc 2-valve twin, the Mk. III has twin 36mm Dell’Orto carburetors and revised valvetrain and angular heads.  Pretty good torque allowed the company to retain the 5-speed transmission, but noise restrictions necessitated a revised airbox and exhaust system.  Shocks and forks are air-adjustable and brakes are 300mm dual disks with single 242mm rear.  Bikini fairing revised in the wind tunnel tested well, protecting the rider and aiding high speed handling.

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With the same owner since 1990, this Le Mans has some great mods and looks super.  Ohlins and rearsets are nice mods, but gear-driven cam, head guards and de-linked brakes signify a real fan.  From the eBay auction:

Up for auction is my beloved 1984 Moto Guzzi Lemans III. I have owned this bike since 1990. Elbow and wrist issues have kept me from riding it over the past few years and I have decided to give it a new home. Modifications are the fitting of Ohlins piggyback shocks, gear driven camshaft, rearset footrests, de-linked brakes with Kosman steel braided lines and individual K & N air filters. I have nearly all of the original parts including the airbox, Marzocchi shocks, footrests etc and I am including them in the sale. This is a very reluctant sale and it is being offered locally as well. I may end the auction and remove the listing at any time. The bike has just been serviced and had a new Yuasa GYZ battery installed. It will need tires as the ones on it are pretty old. Ask any questions before bidding, thank you and good luck!

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Shopping for that special bike, one always hopes to run across the bike and owner that had done the investigations, found the right mods, and had the right shop.  With its condition and comprehensive upgrades, this appears to be that Le Mans.  Hoping the owner can continue riding with a more upright bike – good luck with sale…

-donn

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Set-Up – 1984 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans Mk. III
Yamaha March 26, 2016 posted by

1984 Yamaha RZ350 with Only 3,984 Miles in Florida

Yamaha RZ350 for sale

This RZ350 has just under 4k miles, is almost all original, and not restored. The pictures show not only an uncut bike but one that has been kept in great condition behind the plastics. With over 50 watchers there is strong interest, but no one has pulled the trigger on the $10,500 buy-it-now — yet.

dc

1984 Yamaha RZ350 for sale on eBay

from the listing:

For Sale is my Mint Condition 1984 Yamaha RZ 350. This bike is all original not restored. I have owned it for just over a year now and it is kept in my spare bedroom. The bike is in absolute Museum Quality. Everything works perfectly. Looks like it rolled off the showroom last year. Bike has 3975 original miles on it. All stock except the DG exhaust. I sold the stock exhaust in mint condition to a friend who still has it if someone wanted to buy it from him. I bought it with the intention of riding it more but I cant make it a daily rider its just too nice. Starts up first or second kick when cold. Everything looks like new cables brakes switches ect. If you saw this bike in person you would surely go get money and buy it now. Needs a new home. I have been to many 2 stroke rallies and there is not another one that even comes close to the condition of this bike. The only way you could find a nicer one is if Yamaha has one new in a crate somewhere.

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1984 Yamaha RZ350 with Only 3,984 Miles in Florida
Honda March 25, 2016 posted by

Rothmans Race Rep: 1994 Honda NSR250R SP for Sale

1994 Honda NSR250R Roth R Side

With only 1500 ever made, the 1994 Honda NSR250R SP is one of the most desirable and exotic two-stroke sportbikes of the 80s and 90s. It checks all the boxes: snarling two-stroke v-twin with a manic powerband? Carburetors matched to an exotic ignition system that used plastic cards to load different maps? Single-sided PROARM swingarm? Cassette-style six-speed gearbox? Dry weight under 300lbs? Check, check, check and check. The liquid-cooled 249cc v-twin in the NSR250R produced about 45hp stock, nothing to sneeze at considering the bike’s weight. But de-restricted, these could pump out 60hp making them pretty formidable for riders who don’t mind having to work a little bit.

1994 Honda NSR250R Roth L Side

And to top it all off, this example has the very flattering and evocative Rothmans replica paint scheme. The premium tobacco manufacturer sponsored some of Honda’s racing efforts in the 80s and 90s and although we all miss the innocent days of motorsports prior to heavy corporate sponsorship, it’s hard to complain when those relationships result in machines that look this good.

1994 Honda NSR250R Roth Dash

Certainly, many of the 250 two-stroke sport bikes from this era are valuable in the USA because of their forbidden fruit status. Overseas, they’re well-loved but not especially valuable. They’ve been ridden hard and put away wet in many cases, used hard on road and track by young riders before they moved on to something bigger. But here in America, little 250 machines have traditionally been considered learner bikes, and the two-stroke market had dried up by the 90s anyway because of emissions concerns. These 250cc sport bikes offer up genuine performance and an involving nature that requires a rider skillfully exploit the limited powerband to make fast progress on road or track. In an era of stunning on-paper performance backed by an ever more sophisticated electronic safety net, many riders are happy to ride these scalpel-like machines that reward riding skill and offer up performance accessible to mere mortals.

Also, I’m pretty sure there’s some sort of addictive quality inherent in two-stroke oil: fans of the breed never seem to shut up about that smoke and the smell…

1994 Honda NSR250R Roth L Side Fairing

From the original eBay listing: 1994 Honda NSR250R SP Rothmans Replica for Sale

Authentic 1994 Rothmans NSR250R. Fully derestricted to accept HRC card on factory wiring,  has aftermarket HARC Pro exhaust, HRC jet kit has been installed and bike is properly jetted for my area, engine has excellent compression and was rebuilt by previous owner and has about 1800 km since rebuild, there are some chips and cracks on the fairings but plastics  are original and intact,  front rim is not Magtek, bike runs fantastic and everything works the way it should, has 17552 km or about 10906 miles,  will come with two stock key cards and one HRC P10 dry conditions only card, all fluids have been changed, clean California title with correct 11 digit VIN and engine # current registration ’till April 2017.

1994 Honda NSR250R Roth L Side Front

Although there are some cracks in the plastics, it sounds like this NSR250R has been properly maintained, and the fact that it has been de-restricted and includes several different PGM-IV cards is a bonus. The California title? That almost makes the asking price palatable. Almost. I think the $9,000 asking price is a bit high for a bike in this condition: certainly, with perfect plastics you’d be looking at a bike that could easily command that price. But while the bodywork is complete, I think collectors will balk at the wear-and-tear and the non-original front wheel. Magnesium wheels have a reputation for being fragile, so I wonder if it simply failed, or was the bike involved in a crash of some kind? Track day riders and two-stroke fans looking for their next fix might not mind the middling cosmetic condition, but I’m expecting collectors and our readers to give this one a pass considering that Buy It Now price…

-tad

1994 Honda NSR250R Roth R Side Rear

Rothmans Race Rep: 1994 Honda NSR250R SP for Sale
Honda March 23, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda CBR400RR

Often gray-market specials re-appear on the market with just a few miles, but this CBR400RR has been loved by someone.  Never offered in the U.S., they were a staple in countries where progressive licensing required lower horsepower and speed for younger or new riders.  The model was updated in 1990 and has gear-driven cams, fresh air intake, and a race-inspired sculpted swingarm.

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1990 Honda CBR400RR for sale on eBay

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The inline four in the CBR400RR is a stressed member of the aluminum box-section frame and makes 59 hp at 12,500 rpm.  Confessing the bike’s humble aspirations, the right-side-up forks are still a hefty 41mm.  The “Castec” ( aluminum casting technology ) rear suspension has the curved “gull arm” which allows the exhaust to pass under the swingarm.  Binders are 275mm front discs and single 220mm rear.  Sharp looking, from a block away you might mistake the 400 for the CBR900RR, at least until you could hear it well.

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Looking much better than it should for the kms, this CBR400RR wears the original silver/teal/black livery nicely, and shows some patina but  no major mods or damage.  Plus the owner is including a full set of aftermarket bodywork.  From the eBay auction:

1990 Honda CBR400RR NC29. 47,648 Kilometers (29,607 Miles) This is a very clean well cared for bike. Fairings and body work are OEM.  Tank is excellent with original paint. I am including  after market fairing kit I had made to duplicate the originals. Seats are in excellent shape with no tears. Tires have another season left on them.  I have gone thru the bike mechanically and everything works as it should. Turn signals, brake lights, horn, High and low beams, radiator fan, Shifts and revs to redline perfectly. Starts effortlessly every time. No leaks No smoke Very smooth running. Bike has USA Title ready to transfer into your name.

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Sized as the CBR900RR’s younger sibling, the 400 will be snug for an average adult ( and what kids you’d have to be to use the passenger seat ) but it is fully equipped.  But maybe for a lighter rider, or maybe junior.  With almost 30K miles and no damage, obviously somebody fit this bike well and loved revving it up – that should continue…

-donn

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Featured Listing: 1990 Honda CBR400RR
Honda March 22, 2016 posted by

Tiny Trackday Terror: 1998 Honda RS125 for Sale

1998 Honda RS125 R Side

If you’re looking for a pristine, collectible example of Honda’s RS125, you should probably just move along. Nothing to see here. The original engine is long gone, lunched by a previous owner. That’s no real surprise: these were pure racebikes, and never built to last. The durability required for a roadbike means that everything is heavier than is ideal for racing and, when you’re only working with 124.4cc and trying to maximize speed, every ounce counts.

1998 Honda RS125 Dash

Your average street-legal 125 is basically a jumped-up moped, an entry-level motorcycle to be quickly discarded or a hypermiling commuter for fans of extreme frugality. But the RS125 is another animal: that little, slightly undersquare two-stroke single, freed from any need to last beyond this weekend’s racing, can be tuned to make in the neighborhood of 45 highly-strung horses. With fuel, the bike weighs in at a featherweight 155lbs, so there’s more performance available than you’d expect.

1998 Honda RS125 Tank Detail R

But straight-line speed is hardly the point: a 125 or 250 is all about cornering speeds, and the bantamweight RS125’s handling is in another league, offering up a worthy sacrifice of rubber and knee pucks on the Altar of Lean. All the grip in the world can’t really overcome the weight of the average four-stroke sportbike. Sure, the ultimate grip may be there, but that mass dulls everything, and is always lurking, ready to bite.

1998 Honda RS125 Frame

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Honda RS125 for Sale

THIS IS A COMPLETE HONDA RS125

The original NF4 series motor did not survive the prior owner and the bike has been equipped with a modified CR85 Engine, former AMA motorcycle racer owned with modified internals. NF4 series motors can be easily sourced online for the true purist.

This treasure was found via word of mouth within the continental USA–I’m not sure when the bike was brought into the USA but bike has been sitting in the back of the shop for several years–recently pulled out for overhaul and prep.

The bike runs and drives, comes as pictured:

New chain, air filter, extra rear sprockets, full fairing set, etc.

Bike bump starts very very easily!

1998 Honda RS125 Rearset

Starting bid is $2,600 with no takers as yet. As the seller mentions, this RS125 is currently powered by an CR85 engine, one of their entry-level two-stroke dirt bikes. I’m not sure how that compares in terms of performance to the original engine, but it should be pretty easy to find parts to tune it and keep it running… This bike has been well-used, although the hard parts are all there to turn this into whatever you want: run it as-is, knowing it should be a snap to find parts. If you prefer, you could track down and fit an original engine, or slot in something bigger and more modern, like maybe one from an Aprilia SXV…

-tad

1998 Honda RS125 L Side Front

Tiny Trackday Terror: 1998 Honda RS125 for Sale
Ducati March 21, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 2005 Ducati 749R #0051

Update 4.14.2016: SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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Sold and equipped for the street, but meant to homologate the bike for World SuperSport racing, the 749R was built in very low numbers, with substantial differences from the base and -S models.  Since most were modified and raced by privateers, very few survive in stock form today.  With more accessible performance than the 999R, the 749R would be the more sensible choice of experienced but non-professional riders.  In mint condition, with up-to-date maintenance and road-oriented upgrades, this 749R could be a weekend rider, a concours winner, or returned to the racetrack.

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The 749R’s engine is much more oversquare than the base model with a 94mm bore and 54mm stroke.  More exotic materials were used – titanium valves and connecting rods, magnesium valve covers, carbon-fiber belt covers.  With 12.7:1 compression the power output was 118 hp.  Other enhancements for the -R were a bigger fuel tank, slipper clutch, fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, and steering head with rake adjustment.

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Updated for the 2005 year, the 749R bodywork is polymer, and recognizable by the two-intake nose ( 999’s have four intakes ).  The rear mudguard is carbon, but the front fender is polymer, very handsome in red with white racing stripe.  The steel trellis frame is matching red, and the rear swingarm is quite different than the base and -S model’s, a stronger straight box section.  Brakes are the excellent radially-mounted Brembos, and wheels the very light Marchesini forged Y-spokes.

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The owner has cared for and upgraded this 749R with versatility in mind.  Here’s his list:

  • 2005
  • Number 51 of 1200: Over 11 years many were club raced to toast and parted out.
  • Mint condition
  • 4813 miles
  • Second owner
  • It’s had about 350 miles put upon it a year – it has never been in storage; it has been ridden constantly – with a dedicated mechanic providing the maintenance 
  • Always kept in a heated garage – has never seen water (rain/hose) or a race track.

A common grump about the 749R is it’s absolute, no compromise, racing set up.  I made some upgrades to compensate for the realities of typical weekend riding:

  • STM Evoluzione R slipper clutch (OEM slipper is in perfect condition, boxed, and also comes with cycle) No chatter, squawking or stalling.
  • Slightly higher tooth rear sprocket for easier starts (OEM sprocket also comes with cycle); standard retrofit.

Other upgrades:

  • Termignoni 57 mm titanium racing exhaust and matching ECU – Installed by dealer when the cycle was first purchased 
  • Extra OEM 749R left panel.  I heat shielded and vented an extra panel to allow for better heat dispersion of the 57mm exhaust.  The original panel is stored in a foam box for the next owner 
  • Ducati carbon fiber clutch cover and rear hugger – the good weave, not the cheap stuff. (OEM clutch cover also comes with cycle)
  • Samco hose kit (the 749R OEM hoses have a reputation for coolant oozing and corroding the clamps – the Samco kit solves the problem)
  • DID Gold XRing chain

The Pitbull stand and dust cover included.  Michelin Power Pilots about 500 miles ago. 

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Maintained and ready for spring, the sensible mods made to this 749R can easily be reversed to dead stock for display, but enhance the rideability, as the owner says:

One strong selling point is, unlike some stock 749R’s, this example can be ridden around town without bucking, squawking, or stalling.  And due to proper heat shielding, the plastic won’t melt or bubble on the bottom of the left panel, which is a common comment on the Ducati blogs by owners who’ve upgraded exhaust plumbing to 57mm. No issues with the extra heat or fitment.

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Ready to go in any direction, this 749R has an uncommon blend of rarity, originality, super condition, recent-era performance, and road usability.  Seems like an outstanding alternative to liter-plus superbikes…

-donn

Featured Listing – 2005 Ducati 749R #0051

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